New president for Uptown Alliance

Uptown Alliance has had a new president since last month, when Michael H. Jerrett took over leadership of Lower Queen Anne's urban stewardship group from past president John Coney.

Jerrett is a Seattle native who grew up in the Northgate area. He has made Queen Anne his home for about 12 years; he and his wife and two children currently live in Uptown.

After achieving an associates degree in computer network technology, Jerrett transferred to the University of Washington-Bothell and earned a bachelor of arts in global studies with a minor in human rights. During his undergraduate studies his interest in politics and social issues grew, leading to his service as a Washington state Senate intern for Bill Fink- beiner. As a postgraduate, Jerrett pursued a master's in public policy studies at the UW, achieving it in spring 2005.

"My goal as president of the Uptown Alliance," said Jerrett, "is to carry on with what has been established by the previous Uptown Alliance presidents and to help make a strong organization stronger by getting more peo-ple involved with the Alliance and its community events and activities.

"I encourage everyone to attend our next meeting Feb. 9 at the Uptown Neighborhood Center."

Which brings us to ...

The Uptown Alliance will have its regular monthly meeting Thursday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Uptown Neighborhood Center.

* Kathy King, representing Picture Perfect Queen Anne, will present the details of the new streetscape project for Queen Anne Avenue North between Galer and Boston streets.

* Craig Hanway, Land Use Review Committee chair for the Queen Anne Community Council, will discuss a plan to develop an overlay district for Queen Anne Avenue North.

* Dace Campbell will present a land-use report on Gates Foundation Planning for the new campus in Uptown.

* John Coney, transportation committee chair, will report on the need to contact city council members regarding how the neighborhood needs its Aurora Avenue connections for motor vehicles and intermediate-capacity transit for Seattle Center and the Uptown Urban Center.

* Jean Sundborg will address funding oversight and update the Alliance on fundraising for Counterbalance Square, the new Uptown park. She will have a report on her experience with the "street-level survey" using a handheld computer to document sore spots and bright spots in Uptown.

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