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New Climbing Gym Coming Nearby!

Uplift Climbing is beginning construction on a new training-focused climbing gym in the North Seattle area (17229 15th Ave NE), with plans to open this year. It aims to serve dedicated outdoor athletes who want to push themselves to higher levels of performance and is concentrated on serving the needs of people for whom climbing has become more than just a recreation. But they also welcome people of all ability levels.

Uplift Climbing is building a 7,300 square foot bouldering-only facility, with 14’ tall walls that vary in angle from 5° to 60° overhanging. Other amenities include hang boards, a campus board, Moon and Tension boards, cardio equipment, weights, and other training-focused equipment. The diamond-patterned climbing walls are built by Vertical Solutions, a Salt Lake City-based climbing gym company. Alongside a facility designed for training, programming will revolve around community events, training-specific classes, and outdoor stewardship.

Uplift Climbing is also the first climbing gym located on the north side of Lake Washington. It’s located in the North City Business District of Shoreline, just up the road from Pinehurst.

Construction started in August. It is a remodel of a longstanding building that most recently served as a Maid Brigade location. Previously, the building served as a branch of the Shoreline Library in the 1990s, as well as a disco club in the late 1970’s.

Address: 17229 15th Ave NE, Shoreline WA 98155
Website: upliftclimbing.com
Email: info@upliftclimbing.com
Instagram: @uplift_climbing

Wildfire Smoke Tips

It’s wildfire season, when Seattle can get smoky from nearby (and not so nearby fires.) Minimize the impact of wildfire smoke on you and your family:
  1. Monitor changing risk with updated maps. Check out these air quality maps for Washington. Limit exposure when air quality in the area dips to “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups.”
  2. Keep doors and windows closed, and use a towel to block gaps under doors. Close fireplace dampers, too. If you use the fan on your furnace to stay cool or have an air conditioner, set it on recirculate so you’re not drawing dirty air into your home. Consider buying a HEPA air cleaner, particularly for your bedroom. In your car, use recirculated rather than fresh air. 
  3. Limit exposure indoors and out. Postpone yard chores, exercise and outdoor play for the kids. Avoid vacuuming the carpet, which can send settled particles floating back into the air. If you have a medical appointment scheduled, find out if it’s possible to substitute an online visit, instead. That will save you from having to get out in the smoky air, perhaps aggravating your condition.
  4. Use N95 masks if possible. Thanks to their tight-fitting design and multiple layers, they block more smoke particles than the face coverings you’re probably using for everyday errands. However, they’re hard to find these days, so if they’re not already in your supply cabinet, continue using the masks you have now.
  5. Check your car’s air filter. If you’ve been driving in smoky conditions, your air filter can become clogged, leading to a breakdown. If you pull out your air filter and can’t see sunlight through it, it’s time for a change. Don’t wait until your normally scheduled service.

These tips are from Pemco Insurance, which also compiled its wildfire resources in one place, the PEMCO Wildfire Blog.

Kids’ Art in Pinehurst Pocket Park

September’s art in the pocket park is by Annaliese, an art student at the studio of Pinehurst artist, Victoria Raymond, https://www.victoriaraymond.com. It’s a beautiful collage featuring Freda Kahlo, the famous Mexican artist. The pocket park is on the corner of NE 117th St & 19th Ave NE. Thanks, Annaliese! Yeah, ‘Make it your own!”

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

North Precinct Advisory Council Captain’s Report – August 2020

Hello to North Seattle! My name is Brian Stampfl and I am the new Seattle Police Department North Precinct Captain. I’d like to offer a quick introduction of myself. But before I do, I have to thank Captain Eric Sano who has done an amazing job supporting the North Precinct and the communities it serves. Captain Sano is well, but he was asked to take command of SPD’s East Precinct. As you may know, the East Precinct was, and still is, the focal point of numerous protests over the last few months. It was just outside the doors of the East Precinct that the makeshift community called CHAZ, which was later renamed CHOP, was formed. The East Precinct has undergone a few changes and was searching for a strong leader who could reconnect with the Capitol Hill community and reestablish those relationships that may have been strained during those difficult times. Captain Sano is an amazing person and will be missed here at the North Precinct. I am grateful to him for his service and allowing me to take command of an amazing precinct.

About Me: I have been with the Seattle Police Department for twenty-five years. Prior to my arrival here at the North Precinct, I was assigned to the West Precinct. As a Lieutenant, I worked as a watch commander where I supervised the second watch patrol officers and their sergeants. I was then appointed to the Operations Lieutenant position where I served as second in command to the Captain of the precinct and supervised our Anti-Crime Team (ACT), Community Police Team (CPT), Burglary Unit, and our staff assigned to the Seattle Center. I spent many years in the Investigations Bureau, where I worked as a detective and supervisor, to include the Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit, Domestic Violence Unit, and our Crime Scene Investigations Unit.

Prior to having been promoted to Captain, I made it well known to anyone who would listen that I wanted to become a precinct commander. There is no other position in SPD that offers the opportunity to engage so closely with the community and provide leadership to so many excellent officers as we work to meet the community’s needs. I am honored to have been chosen to take command of the North Precinct and will do my best to provide excellent service on behalf of the Seattle Police Department.

While I realize that the COVID situation prevents large gatherings, I look forward to opportunity to meet the members of NPAC, other community members and business leaders. Together I hope to make a positive difference, one that we will both be proud of.

Addressing Homeless Issues:

It didn’t take but a few minutes in my new position to realize that homeless encampments, along with the associated crimes, socially unacceptable behavior, and general filth are North Seattle’s most pressing issue (or at least most frequently reported issue). I think it’s fair to say that most, if not all, of North Seattle’s neighborhoods have been affected by this problem.

While I’m sure the challenges the Seattle Police Department faces regarding homeless encampments have been shared many times, I believe I can generally summarize it in two points.

First, since the COVID pandemic began, the Mayor’s Office has mandated that encampments may not be cleared out and the persons removed from the area. The purpose of this mandate was meant to align with the CDC and state guidelines in preventing the spread of COVID. There have been a few exceptions, which were approved by the Mayor’s Office, but these are far and few between.

Secondly, SPD has been eliminated from the encampment removal process. SPD was an integral part of the Navigation Team, which worked to clean-up encampments while offering assistance and resources to those who were living there. This leaves SPD in a difficult position since we have historically been the ones to contact to address this problem.

However, all is not lost.

I am currently working with my Community Police Team (CPT) to come up with some criteria for addressing encampments. We won’t necessarily be able to move them, but we can address some of the criminal and incivility issues arising from them. More on this later as we develop a plan and learn more from the city as to how best to address homelessness issues.

I would also like for everyone to turn to the City’s website regarding homelessness. There is fair amount of information about the City’s approach to homelessness, and under the “Resources” link, there is information on the City’s “Find it, Fix it” phone app. This app allows you to report various problems within the city, many of which may be associated with homeless encampments.  https://www.seattle.gov/homelessness/resources

Closing

I appreciate the opportunity to share some information from the North Precinct. In future newsletters, I will focus more on crime related matters and how SPD and our community partners are working to address them. As I said before, I am grateful to have been appointed as the North Precinct’s new Captain, and I look forward to serving you.

 

 

Northgate Bike/Ped Bridge Project Construction Update August 21, 2020

The following construction activities will be taking place over the next several weeks:

East side of I-5: 1st Ave NE between NE 92nd St and NE 95th St, and between NE 92nd St and NE 100th St

Beginning as soon as August 24 and continuing for approximately two months, crews will be working on 1st Ave NE between NE 92nd St and NE 95th St, and between NE 92nd St and NE 100th St to install a new bike lane. Work during this time will include:
  • Sidewalk, curb ramp, and gutter restoration
  • Paving and roadway striping
Between the hours of 9 AM and 3 PM,  Monday through Friday and on occasional weekends, traffic will be reduced to one lane and directional travel will be maintained with flaggers. Impacts include temporary wait periods, pedestrian detours, and potential changes to the King County Metro bus stop at NE 92nd St.

East side of I-5: 1st Ave NE between NE 100th St and NE 103rd St

  • Intermittent lane closures along 1st Ave NE between 7 AM and 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday and on occasional weekends, with northbound and southbound traffic maintained
  • Temporary bridge deck handrail work
  • Walkway construction and installation
  • Ongoing concrete work for the two remaining pier columns
    • Placing forms and rebar cages
    • Placing concrete
    • Allowing concrete to cure
    • Removing the forms once concrete has cured

West side of I-5 (north side of North Seattle College and along N 100th St)

  • Construction of structural earth wall
  • Concrete work for two remaining pier columns
    • Placing forms and rebar cages
    • Placing concrete
    • Allowing concrete to cure
    • Removing the forms once concrete has cured
  • Installation of bridge girder temporary support blocks
  • Setting of bridge girders

What to expect during construction

  • Some noise and construction vehicle activity, including cranes
  • Some nighttime and weekend work
  • Detours for people walking and biking
  • Lane reductions on Northgate express lane on- and off-ramp
  • 2 freeway closures and detours (on weekends and at night only)
  • Construction staging and parking impacts near the construction sites, including at the north side of North Seattle College along N 100th St and on NE 100th St at 1st Ave NE
  • Closure of the North Seattle Park & Ride on 1st Ave NE

Questions during construction? Contact us:

Darrell Bulmer
NorthgateBridge@seattle.gov
(206) 905-3620
www.seattle.gov/transportation/NorthgatePedBridge.htm

Pinehurst Picks

A colorful tableau in a nice garden in the neighborhood on this summer day.

Please Send in photos of art – or anything unexpected and fun – that you see on your walks around the neighborhood, to info@pinehurstseattle.org.


Disaster Communication Class

Free (virtual) class to learn the truth about landlines, smart texting strategies, and a very simple radio option (GMRS) to communicate when the power is out and cell phone towers are down.
  • Heavy on useful information – light on technical jargon
  • We will not be discussing Ham radio
Register to receive the Zoom link at https://signup.com/go/gucoHCO
Class size is limited – don’t delay!

Survey – COVID-19 Impacts on Community

Seattle Office of Emergency Management has a survey out. From the email:

Please complete our short survey about your experience during the COVID-19. pandemic. We want to learn more about impacts in our community so we can help people be more prepared in the future.

English  https://bit.ly/3h07Llo 

Oromo– https://bit.ly/2XuGVe4

Vietnamese –  https://bit.ly/32lIa2p

Amharic – https://bit.ly/3a0angQ

Somali – https://bit.ly/30u8Axr

Tips to Cope With Wildfire Smoke

Those scarce N95 masks you’ve been hoping to find as part of your COVID-19 stay-safe strategy? It turns out, there’s a time you may need to use them even if no one else is around: during wildfire season., unlike cloth, dust and paper masks, can filter out the most harmful particles in wildfire smoke, thanks to their tight-fitting design and layers of protection.* But unlike wildfire seasons in years past, it’s difficult for most people to buy N95 masks right now because they must be reserved for COVID first responders and healthcare workers.

Fortunately, even without an N95, you can stay safe when air quality drops by limiting your exposure:

  1. Keep doors and windows closed. Rely on air conditioning, but close the fresh air intake and replace the air filter more often. For added protection, use towels to seal cracks under doors and around windows. In your car, use recirculated rather than fresh air. Once air quality improves, open windows to freshen your home and change your car’s air filter.
  2. Postpone yard chores and exercise. Also avoid vacuuming the carpet, which can send settled particles floating back into the air.
  3. Invest in an air cleaner with a HEPA filter. The pleated filters capture and trap particles suspended in the air. When you’re choosing an air cleaner, check its Clean Air Delivery Rating (CADR) to make sure it’s appropriate for the size of your room and is efficient at removing smoke. (If you’re buying a filter for your furnace or air conditioning system, always follow manufacturer’s recommendations.) Be mindful of devices advertised as “air purifiers.” They often generate ozone, which is widely recognized as a lung irritant.

Finally, even if you’re doing everything right to minimize smoke exposure, know when to get medical help. A scratchy throat, mild cough and itchy eyes are normal during poor air quality. However, a cough that won’t go away, shortness of breath, fatigue, unusual weakness or chest pain and tightness should be checked out.

*Air-quality experts note that an N95 mask doesn’t give wearers a “free pass” to carry on as normal during poor air quality. They can’t filter noxious gases you might encounter near a fire and, for a few sensitive groups, may worsen existing breathing problems and associated health risks because of reduced airflow through the mask. 
From Pemco Insurance’s Perspective Newsletter

North Precinct Advisory Council Captain’s Report – July 2020

NPAC July Report by Captain Eric Sano, North Precinct Commander
To all North Precinct residents, business owners and workers, I hope this report finds you all well during these still crazy and unprecedented times. Between our COVID response and what has been occurring elsewhere in the City with all of the impromptu protests and marches, we’ve had to adjust our response protocols. This makes crime analysis very difficult because, we are limited to responding to priority calls only. We did, however, continue to take a lot of calls over the phone through our North Precinct in-house Telephone Reporting personnel.

I am continuing to encourage our citizens to utilize our online reporting, CopLogic (https://www.seattle.gov/police/need-help/online-reporting ), to report crimes and/or our telephone reporting to minimize face-to-face contact. However, call 9-1-1 if you believe a crime is occurring, about to occur or has just occurred. We are still responding to priority calls or other calls for service all over the North Precinct.

Now, for a little bit of unexpected news…I am being transferred to take over the East Precinct effective August 5th. A lot has happened to that Precinct during the CHOP takeover of the streets just outside the Precinct and they need a veteran Captain to go there and restore morale and to mend fences with the community. I guess Chief Best thinks I’m the person who can do that…let’s hope she’s right. You will be getting newly promoted Captain Brain Stampfl. He is currently the Operations Lieutenant for the West Precinct.

So, let’s talk about the important stuff!

The City continues to amend their response to encampments due to the COVID protocols. Our Community Police Team (CPT) is monitoring existing encampments and is working closely with the City’s Navigation Team to determine how best to proceed with problem encampments. All encampment removals, however, must be approved through the Mayor’s Office.

In regards to crime: after seven months, we’re currently down 4% in crime and my only plus categories are auto thefts, which are up 11% (+89); burglaries, which are up 19% (+295) and arsons, which are up 47% (+7). Violent crime is down 10%, with nothing in the plus category.

However, in the last 28 days, while we’re down 21% in overall crime, arsons are up and leading the way with a 400% increase (from 2 to 8), robberies are up 40% (+12) and burglaries are up 23% (+46). Auto thefts, though, are down 8% (-12). Our aggravated assaults are also down 8% (-4) and our rapes are down 82% (-9). I have no explanation for the increase in arsons; they are up Citywide. I am having the Arson/Bomb Squad do a deeper dive to see if some of these are reckless burning cases from homeless encampments.

Of the 194 shots fired calls in the City, year-to-date, only 27 are in the North Precinct, which is roughly 14% of all the shootings in the City. Not bad for the largest Precinct in the City and we’re actually down 10 from this time last year. And, of the 13 deaths Citywide from shots fired, only 3 are in the North Precinct. Two of those three are from the Everspring Inn.

Speaking of the Everspring Inn, the City did serve them with a Chronic Nuisance Property letter on July 20th. It is now up to the property owner to meet with SPD to explain why the property shouldn’t be abated.

So, regarding the “Defund the Police” issue…I would suggest that ALL North Precinct residents and business owners contact their appropriate City Council Member and the two at-large Council members and voice their opinion. I will repeat what Chief Best has said publicly in that it is reckless to defund the Police Department by 50%, especially when you don’t have a plan in place to explain how police services would be handled with a 50% cut and/or what they would do with the money cut from the police budget. I’m not interested in buzz words like “more money for housing” or “more money for social services.” What does that really look like? How are they really planning to invest those funds? Next, can you think of any other business or government entity that could be effective with an immediate 50% cut across the board? What would happen if they cut the Fire Department’s budget by 50%; how would that affect responses to fires or aid calls? What about a 50% cut to hospitals? Schools? The City Council will vote on the 50% defunding on August 3rd. Irrespective of which way members of NPAC feel, they need to get their voices heard. The Councilmembers represent YOU. If the majority of Seattle wants to defund the police by 50%, then so be it.

There will be no new Precinct given the current budget crisis. Substations may be possible. We have an existing space at the Ballard library and the UWPD.

We are having numerous protests and demonstrations at the homes of Councilmembers Alex Pedersen and Deborah Juarez, who are voting NOT to defund the Police Department by 50%. We have had several protests near the Mayor’s house. We have had several protests at the Precinct. We have had a number of BLM marches around the North Precinct from Magnuson Park to the U-District to the Maple Leaf Reservoir. Thankfully, thus far, the protests have only resulted in minor property damage in the North Precinct. But, it’s just a matter of time, as they become more emboldened, before we see the kinds of things occurring downtown and on Capitol Hill happen here.

Lastly, this is a reminder to you: as the weather starts getting nicer, the inclination is to keep doors and windows open. Unless you can monitor those points of entry, don’t do that! Also, for those of you that live in secure apartment buildings, be cognizant of people following you in. Unless you know, for a fact, that they live there…keep them out. We are having a number of package thefts from supposedly secure buildings, where the mailboxes are in the lobby area. Lastly, for those of you that have secure parking garages, be cognizant of people following you in there. We’ve had an uptick in car prowls in supposed secure parking garages. Stay vigilant, be smart but stay safe. If you see something suspicious, call 9-1-1 right away. We’ll determine if someone belongs in a secure location or not.

It has been a pleasure and a true honor to have served as your North Precinct Captain the last year and a half. I have the fullest confidence in Captain Stampfl as he takes over next month. Be well and I hope our paths will cross again someday.