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Sveiks and hello,

The first Open House/Public Comment meeting was held by Sound Transit this week. There are 3 more next week at a variety of locations listed below, the first being at the Northgate Community Center. While the collective LBVS and Church boards continue to work on our joint formal response to the Sound Transit DEIS (Draft Environmental Impact Study), the Boards would like to see a show of support from the Latvian and Baltic communities at these Open Houses/Public Hearings and encourage all community members to submit their comments on the DEIS.

The Open House format allows community members to ask questions of Sound Transit staff and board members starting at 5:30 until 8:00. At 6:00 the spoken comment/public hearing session begins and those who sign up can present their comments and have them recorded by a court reporter. They do not answer or address any questions posed during the public hearing session, The answers to any question posed in the public hearing session will only appear in the Final DEIS – much too late to do any good. So if you have any questions you can try to corner the various representatives from Sound Transit at the Open House portion. Written comments may be completed on provided forms throughout the duration of the Open House and may be placed in drop boxes.

Community member responses SHOULD emphasize your personal connection to and experiences at the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church and Center, and SHOULD emphasize that eliminating this community gathering place is unacceptable. Community member responses SHOULD NOT, at this point, weigh in on whether an elevated or at grade option is preferable.

Next Open House Meetings:

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Northgate Community Center, Gymnasium
10510 5th Ave NE, Seattle

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Embassy Suites, Rainier and Baker rooms
20610 44th Ave W, Lynnwood

Thursday, August 22, 2013 from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Shoreline Conference Center, Shoreline Room
18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline

For continued updates beyond email, community members are invited to “like” The Seattle Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church/Center on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Latvianchurch and/or join the Facebook group,
Save the Seattle Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church/Center at
https://www.facebook.com/groups/199520976880282/.

The Latvian Church/Center PR team would like to invite all who attend the Northgate open house to join us for drinks and debriefing following the open house at Twigs at the Northgate mall beginning around 7pm. http://www.twigsbistro.com/twigs-bistro-northgate-mall-seattle-location.

Sincerely,

Marisa Way-Rogainis, Ēriks Raisters, Andrejs Zāmelis and Lukas Petersons

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