Drone view of Skyway-West Hill showing green trees and blue sky, with WHCA logo and text: "Community Updates".

Opportunities to Build a Safer, Healthier, More Affordable Skyway-West Hill

by Devin Chicras

Could a roundabout slow down vehicles speeding past 7-Eleven on MLK/SR 900? Will we see affordable housing and free preschool in downtown Skyway? West Hill Community Association’s Winter 2022 Community Quarterly Meeting touched on these topics and more on February 15. Watch the full video below, or read on for highlights.

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Vacant US Bank Donated to Community wide

The Biggest Skyway-West Hill Stories of 2021

By Devin Chicras

While the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic tried its best to impede progress, it was utterly powerless to slow down the passionate community advocates who work every day to make Skyway-West Hill a better place for everyone. We’ve rounded up only a few of our favorite stories from 2021 to look back and celebrate the dreamers and doers who made great things happen despite another frustratingly challenging year.

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We Made News, Magic, and Friends in 2021

by Devin Chicras

2021 was a year of getting things done in the face of great challenges. It was a year full of big wins on the path to collaboratively building a more equitable, informed, engaged, and vibrant Skyway-West Hill community. Here’s a recap of some of the things we got to do this year, with your support.

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Rain activated sidewalk art with message reading "I Love Skyway"

Skyway-West Hill’s First Community Development Association (CDA)

by Jeannie Williams and Devin Chicras

In July 2021, the WHCA board voted unanimously to begin the process of becoming a Community Development Association (CDA). The process will be challenging, requiring our 100% volunteer-run organization to raise millions of dollars and hire our first-ever employees, but we are dedicated to finding new ways to meet our community’s needs and create neighborhoods that work for all. 

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Kahdijah Jackson, coordinator of Skyway Community Van (credit King County Local Services)

WHCA Fall 2021 Quarterly Meeting Recap

By Devin Chicras

Our Fall Quarterly Community meeting on October 19, 2021 featured updates from Skyway Water & Sewer District, King County Local Services, King County Fire District #20, King County Sheriff’s Office, and a great presentation from Kahdijah Jackson who leads the Community Van program in Skyway for King County Metro. Also, learn more about what a Community Development Association (CDA) is, and what WHCA’s next steps are in becoming one!

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West Hill Reads: AANHPI Month 2021

by WHCA Communications Committee

May is Asian American and Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month, which is extra special for Skyway-West Hill because over one-third of our wonderful neighbors identify as Asian American or Pacific Islander. We celebrate and recognize those who have made our community a better place to live – from the Japanese family who survived incarceration in a World War II internment camp to reclaim their business which turned into a local icon, to the Vietnamese immigrant whose hard work and talent eventually led to the opening of her own restaurant in the heart of Skyway which has recently exploded in popularity.

We asked Hailey (Public Services Assistant) and Jennifer (Teen Services Librarian) from Skyway Library to help us find some great books available at the library that showcase some incredible AANHPI authors, illustrators, and stories. They did not disappoint – see their excellent picks for readers of all ages below. And don’t forget, now that the library is open, Hailey wants to remind you that you can stop by the library and see all of the great AANHPI books on display inside, and check one out today without the wait!

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TNT Fireworks stand in Skyway

Are Fireworks Illegal in Skyway-West Hill? Here’s What the New King County Ban Means

by Devin Chicras

On April 27, King County Council passed Ordinance #2021-0057 into law, banning fireworks in Unincorporated areas of King County, including Skyway-West Hill. If you have questions about when the ban goes into effect, whether there are any exceptions, and what the penalties for violating the new law are, read on. We’re also hosting an online community forum on Monday, May 3 at 7 p.m. featuring King County Councilmember Girmay Zahilay, if you have further questions.

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WHCA Earth Month - Haleina Dunn takes on WHCA Litter Challenge 2021

Skyway-West Hill Community Celebrates Earth Month 2021

by Devin Chicras

West Hill Community Association joined forces with our neighbors and local businesses to find ways to do our part this April for Earth Month. You may have seen our West Hill Reads roundup of the best books about sustainability and eco-friendliness that you can check out from Skyway Library, or read our green tips series on social media. But did you know we also did a Community Spotlight video series for local Meatless Monday options and hosted a community-wide litter challenge?

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WHCA 2021 Board of Directors Election - Daniel Smith and Beth Hintz

Results of the 2021 WHCA Board of Directors Election

by WHCA Board

One brand new board member and one returning board member will be joining Fin, Basha, Jeannie, Joey, and Devin on the West Hill Community Association Board of Directors! Because there were not enough candidates that would require a vote to narrow down the list, we asked our community if we should confirm the two candidates that were nominated. Here are the results!

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WHCA Spring 2021 Quarterly Meeting Zoom Screenshot

Quarterly Snapshot: Free Student Orca Cards, New Storefront Officer, Board Elections

by Devin Chicras

West Hill Community Association’s 2021 Spring Quarterly Community Meeting once again packed tons of hyperlocal information into 90-minutes – but since you don’t have that much time, let us give you the recap of what you need to know so you can go about your day!

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West Hill Reads: Earth Month 2021

by WHCA Communications Committee

Sure, you’ve been following our Meatless Monday suggestions and green tips on social media, and you already added your name to the 2021 WHCA Litter Challenge pledge, but now you need some fresh ideas for how to continue doing your part for Earth Month and beyond. Look no further than our own library! Let’s take a look at some of the books, ebooks, and audiobooks you can access for free with your library card to amp up your Earth Month know-how.

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WHCA Heal the Hood Rally 2020 - Invest In Skyway Now sign

Skyway-West Hill Neighbors Will Soon Elect WHCA’s Newest Board Members

By WHCA Elections Committee

ℹ️ BALLOT NOW AVAILABLE. Unincorporated West Hill resident aged 18 or older? Tell us if we should confirm the newest candidates to the board (and if you have thoughts on who would be good to fill the remaining vacancies! Thanks, and please check back here and/or subscribe to our newsletter for updates!

West Hill Community Association (WHCA)  is now accepting applications for new board members!

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