Road Rules – Two Way Turn Lanes

These are direct quotes from Washington State RCW 46.61.290 regarding two way turn lanes:

A two-way left turn lane is near the center of the roadway set aside for use by vehicles making left turns in either direction from or into the roadway.

Upon a roadway where a center lane has been provided by distinctive pavement markings for the use of vehicles turning left from either direction, no vehicles may turn left from any other lane. A vehicle shall not be driven in this center lane for the purpose of overtaking or passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction.

No vehicle may travel further than three hundred feet within the lane. A signal, either electric or manual, for indicating a left turn movement, shall be made at least one hundred feet before the actual left turn movement is made.

North Precinct Advisory Council Minutes for December 2017

This month there was no guest speaker. Instead, we had a social and poster session where we could write down crime problems, public safety concerns, etc. for our neighborhoods. We’ll distribute the compiled lists in January. Doing it by neighborhood was suggested by the SPD Community Police Team. They are interested in using this information to target problems specific to certain neighborhoods.

Seattle is using a data-driven policing method, where data is compiled, analyzed and used to deploy officers throughout the city and within the precincts as needed. A question came up as to where the data comes from. Crime reported by contact with an officer on the street, by calling 911 and by on-line reporting all goes into the crime database that the Crime Analysis Unit uses. If you want to make totally sure your call or on-street contact is logged, ask for an event number.

The meeting minutes are here.

Road Rules – Turning on Red Arrow

Q: When is it OK to turn right on a red arrow? Does it matter if there’s more than one lane turning? And is it ever OK for a left turn?

A: Under Washington law, you can turn right on a solid red arrow (the same as a solid red light) provided you come to a full stop, traffic is clear, and it’s safe to do so, unless there’s a sign posted that prohibits it. That’s true even in situations where there are two lanes turning right. It’s also OK to turn left on a red arrow when you’re turning onto a one-way street.

Turns on red require an extra​ dose of caution. You’ll want to double check for bicyclists and pedestrians who may not be expecting your turn.

And if you encounter a (fairly rare) flashing red arrow? Treat it the same as you would a stop sign.

Information shared here is for educational purposes only and is not legal advice. If you have legal concerns, contact a law enforcement source or attorney.

Mariachi Band!

Save the Date – District 5 Up-Zone Open House

Managing growth in Seattle was a key campaign issue this past November as we voted for a new mayor and both city-wide council members. City Hall is moving ahead with the land use and housing policies described by  H.A.L.A. (Housing Affordability & Livability Agenda).

As part of its plan to up-zone 27 Seattle neighborhoods, the city government released its Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS) on Nov 9, 2017 and is hosting “Open Houses” to tell us all what to expect regarding up-zones in our neighborhoods. Our District 5 meeting is February 28, 2018. The Lake City and Northgate urban villages are included in District 5. See info below:

Kids’ Art in the Pinehurst Pocket Park

I was cleaning out a cupboard at my parents’ house this month when I ran across this construction paper picture. Mom was a kindergarten teacher, and she made all kinds of colorful bulletin boards for her classroom. It’s now up at the pocket park, a cheerful spot of color. The park is at NE 117th St & 19th Ave NE.

If you would like to submit your child’s artwork (or yours!) for the Pocket Park, please email 


Lake City Library Renovation Briefing

The Lake City Branch is one of the most heavily used libraries in the city, with more than 220,000 patron visits last year. That’s enough people to fill Safeco Field five times! In 2018, The Seattle Public Library plans a major renovation of the Lake City Branch, expanding the amount of public space to meet the needs of the neighborhood.

The Seattle Public Library would like to invite you to a special briefing to learn about the project and how you can be part of the community campaign to renovate the library. This is an informal meeting complete with small bites and beverages. See RSVP request below.

Monday, December 11
6:30 pm – 8 pm
Lake City Branch Library
12501 28th Ave. N.E.

Please RSVP to Sharon Griggins at or 206-386-4130 by December 8, 2017


2018 City Budget and Our District 5

The table below with highlights from the adopted 2018 City budget is from our District 5 City Council Member Deborah Juarez’s office.  In addition to the Lake City Community Center and the expansion of the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program, it highlights a number of other projects and programs of interest to District 5, including funding for Vision Zero traffic safety projects along Lake City Way, Sand Point Way and Aurora Avenue, and a continued commitment to replace the inadequate SPD North Precinct building.

LEAD expansion will proceed in 2018 based on a plan that will be submitted to the City Council early next year for review and approval.  If you are interested to learn more about the plan to be proposed and how it might affect North Seattle, please plan to attend the North District Council meeting on Tuesday, January 2, which will feature Tara Moss, the Seattle-King County LEAD Project Director.  The meeting will start at 7 p.m. at Lamb of God Lutheran Church, at 12509 – 27th Ave NE, in Lake City.


District 5 – New Investments = $6,274,910

Lake City Community Center Rebuild  $5,000,000
 Hubbard Homestead Park neighborhood planning $35,000
Sound Generation: Expansion of the Lake City and Northgate “Senior Center Without Wall”  $60,000
Aurora Commons: Expansion of outreach and drop-in services  $60,000
Sweetened Beverage Tax – Increase funding for food banks* $369,910
Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Expansion to SPD North Precinct  $750,000

*Some of this funding will also be used to support food banks in other Council Districts


Citywide/Multi-District – New and Continuing Investments = $11,100,000

Worker Retention and Job Security Initiative SLI
 Chief Seattle Club pre-design funds for future affordable housing project $100,000
Maintain commitment to North Precinct Police Station  $11,000,000


Collaborations = $1,875,000 (these investments include programs and projects that were sponsored by other Councilmembers and that require investment from other government and/or nonprofit partners)

Community Health Engagement Locations  $1,300,000
Youth Opportunity Center and Housing Project  $500,000
Home and Hope – Housing pre-development (Northgate & Citywide)  $75,000


This budget also includes funding for pedestrian improvements throughout our community through the Move Seattle Vision Zero initiative:

Project Spend Plan Projected Design Projected Construction
Sand Point Way Safety Corridor $970,000 2018 2019
Aurora Ave N Safety Corridor (in partnership with WSDOT) $580,000 2017-2019 2018-2019 (multiple phases)
 Lake City Way Intersection Improvements $500,000 2017-2019 2020


Purifying Water During Disaster Emergencies

Plan for one gallon (1 gallon = 4 quarts or ~4 liters or 128 oz or 16 eight-oz bottles) per person per day: Drink ½ gallon of water per day—more if you are in a hot climate, sick, or pregnant. Use the rest for hygiene. Only use water that has been
disinfected for drinking, cooking, making any prepared drink, washing dishes, and brushing teeth. Below are five ways of ridding the water of pathogenic bacteria, viruses, and protozoa. Water that has been contaminated with chemicals cannot be purified and should not be used.


1. Store 10-14 day supply of water, 1 gallon per person per day. Don’t forget water for pets. You can either:
 Store commercially bottled water and/or
 Store your own tap water
 Use 2-liter soda bottles. Rinse well in clean water. Do not use plastic jugs that have had milk or milk products in them.
 Fill with tap water. Date the bottle. Store the bottle.
 Keep for 6 months then repeat procedure.

2. Access water from your hot water heater. Now, before the disaster, make sure that the water heater is secured to the wall. If it falls, the water will be lost. (See separate handout on accessing water from the hot water heater.) A 40-
gallon hot water heater will supply a family of 4 for ~10 days.


3. Use bleach.(Parts of this section were adapted from the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA,
 Another source of fresh water could be Lake Washington or Lake Union or Lake Sammamish. Water from rain barrels can also be used, although generally, flowing water is a better choice than still water. Do not use water
that is salty—from Puget Sound or the Pacific Ocean. Avoid grossly contaminated water.
 Disinfection does not work as well if water is cloudy or colored. If there are particles in the water, let the water sit for 30 minutes so particles can settle to the bottom. Next strain the water using a cloth or paper towel, or a coffee filter, or an article of clothing, like socks or hosiery, into a clean container.
 For each gallon of water, add chlorinated bleach (like Clorox), 8 drops of regular-strength bleach or 5 drops of concentrated bleach. Accurately measuring drops may be difficult without an eye dropper, so you can:
 Use a straw—put straw in bleach; cover end of straw with your thumb; remove straw from bleach; slowly release thumb so that individual drops fall and are collected into a separate container; add those drops of bleach to the water container. Note: The size of the straw may alter drop size.
 Use a 1/8 teaspoon measure: Fill the 1/8 teaspoon nearly full to equal 8 drops; fill it about half full to equal 5 drops. If your smallest measuring spoon is ¼ teaspoon, then estimate a half amount for directions for 1/8 teaspoon. (1 milliliter = 15 drops; 1 teaspoon = ~ 5 milliliters; 1 teaspoon = 75 drops; 1/8 teaspoon = ~9
 If you have neither straw nor measuring spoon, estimate as closely as you can and go by smell and taste.
 Allow treated water to stand for 30 minutes. Properly treated water has a slight chlorine odor. If there is no chlorine odor, add the same amount of bleach wait 15 minutes, and recheck for chlorine odor. If the chlorine taste is too strong, pour the water from one clean container to another and let it stand a few hours before use.

4. Use commercial products. Travel or outdoor recreation stores have iodine tablets, ultra-violet purifiers, pump- and gravity-filters, all of which would be useful in an emergency kit. Follow specific instructions for each.

5. Boil water if you have a power source. If the water is cloudy, or if there is particulate matter, filter it first. Bring to a rolling boil for at least one minute. Above 5,000 feet, boil the water for 3 minutes. Let water cool naturally and store
in clean, covered containers. To improve the flat taste of boiled water, add a pinch of salt, or pour it from clean-container to clean-container several times. (From

Emergency Preparedness – Using Your Water Heater’s Water


Step 1: Ensure the water in the tank stays clean. If you haven’t already shut off
water to the house, do that now. If you can’t shut off water to the entire house, at
least close the valve that allows water to enter the water heater (the supply valve).
This will keep potentially contaminated water from sullying the water in your tank.

Step 2: Cut off power to the tank.
– ELECTRIC water heater: flip the breaker supplying electricity to the appliance.
Rationale… you’re going to drain the tank and you never want to run this appliance without water in it.
– GAS water heater: shut off the gas to the tank. Rationale… if you are eyeballing
your hot water tank for drinking water you probably can’t afford a hot shower.

Step 3: Allow the water to cool. This will take hours!

Step 4: Attach a hose. Near the bottom of the tank is the drain. Attach a washing
machine hose or garden hose to it. Do NOT open the valve yet!

Step 5: Break the vacuum. Water won’t come out of the tank until air is allowed
in. Disconnect the hot water line at the top of the tank. If you can’t get the line
off, turn on a hot water faucet in the house to allow air into the tank.

Step 6: Collect the water. Open the valve at the bottom of the tank and collect
the water in a clean storage container. The first few gallons may contain rust
and/or sediment. Let it settle before using it.

Step 7: Treat the water. Add bleach, stir, and let the water stand for 30 minutes.
– Regular bleach (5.25%) – add 8 drops per gallon.
– Concentrated bleach (8.25%) – add 5 drops per gallon.

** BEFORE disaster hits, mark the supply valve. Run the hot water from any sink.
Touch the two pipes attached to the top of the water heater. The “supply” line will
be the colder one. Mark the valve as “supply”. This will be the one to close in an
emergency so that contaminated water will not go into the tank as you drain the
clean drinking water that is stored in it.

**Allow the tank to fill completely before restoring power to the water heater.