Community Meeting with Debora Juarez

By John Lombard

You are invited to the next meeting of the D5 Community Network, which will feature a question and answer session with District 5 City Councilmember Debora Juarez, on Tuesday, February 13, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Seattle Mennonite Church in Lake City, 3120 NE 125th St.

The church has a parking lot behind it, accessed through a driveway just to the east of the church on NE 125th St, but if you can carpool, take public transit, walk or bicycle to the meeting, that will be easier on both the environment and the surrounding community.

We have asked Councilmember Juarez to discuss action and prospects for action on community priorities as they were identified at our community meeting with her last September 19. The poster sheets with comments from attendees at that meeting will be up again at this meeting. We also will end this meeting with introductions of community groups from District 5 that are present at the meeting and a discussion of next steps for the D5 Community Network itself.

I hope you can join us! Please circulate this notice to anyone you know who lives or works in District 5 who you think might be interested to attend. All are welcome. A formal meeting flyer will be going out within the next week.

John Lombard is chair of D5 Community Network

2017 Pinehurst/Northgate Find It, Fix It Update Report

Here is a report of the results of the Find It, Fix It Community Walk we did April 2017. It shows actions that were completed, those in progress, and things they have no plans to do. Read it here. <—Note that because the file is too big to put on WordPress (this blog site), clicking on the link downloads it. If you don’t want to download it, if you have a Facebook account you can read it on the Pinehurst Facebook page instead.

2018 Your Voice Your Choice

Time to submit our ideas for park improvements and pedestrian and street safety feature improvements. Last year Pinehurst benefited from this process and we can do it again this year if we submit ideas and vote for them. Below are some dates for brainstorming project ideas. The more people, the  merrier —>

2018 Lake City Library Renovation

Lake City Library is getting a big make-over in 2018. It’s one of the most heavily used libraries in the Seattle system. Its Homework Help program is the most used in the city. In mid-April it will close for six months for renovation. If you put books on hold, you can designate a different library for pick-up for the duration. They are trying to find a place to position a drop box so we can still go to Lake City to return books, but that depends on how extensive the fencing is and other considerations.

The library especially needs more community space, such as meeting rooms, kids’ books, space for teen programs, etc.

Because the building is a landmark, designated by the Landmarks Preservation Board, the footprint will not be expanded. Instead, the existing space will be reconfigured. For instance, the area between the two sets of entrance doors, including where the bathrooms are, will be incorporated into the library. Some staff area will become public area.

There will be five meeting rooms, the largest can hold up to 120 people, double the number in the current largest room. There will be new furnishings and some new shelving. The number of books will not change.

Now here’s the thing: The library system budget is covering $3 million, and Seattle Library Foundation (SLF) is raising the other half million. SLF would like to raise $100,000 from Lake City and the surrounding areas (like Pinehurst). It would like to get $50,000 in small donations, and a benefactor will match with the other $50,000. SOOOO, if you would like to help, your donation of any amount would be most welcome. If you donate at least $50, your name can be listed at the library somewhere. Do you know a local business that you could ask to donate?

To make a donation, go to the SLF website to donate, click on Ways to Give, choose from the drop-down list Donate Now, choose your donation amount, click on Direct My Gift To, and choose from the drop-down list Lake City Branch Renovation. I imagine you could also drop off a check at the library, or mail one to the Foundation, but you’d have to research those options. Here is the SLF website:

TCA Meeting – January 18, 2018

Texting and Driving Warning Period is Over

The education and warning period for the state’s new distracted driving law is over, and troopers will start handing out tickets if you’re caught holding a cell phone while behind the wheel.

Since July 2017, when the law went into effect in Washington, police have pulled people over and given them warnings about the law, which states you cannot have a phone in your hand for any reason while driving. But now that we’re in 2018, the warnings have ended and the ticketing will begin: First time offenders will get a $136 fine, and if you are caught a second time it’ll set you back $234.

Minutes for North Precinct Advisory Council – January 2018

This month’s guest speaker was Student Officer Jessica Chandler who just finished her training at Washington’s police academy. Last year she was the SPD Micro Community Policing Plan intern, and she enjoyed working with the community and the officers so much that she applied to the department. Read about the process of applying and training in the minutes, as well as here assessment.

Also in the minutes are crime statistics for all of 2017, comparing to 2016 and to city-wide.

2017 North Precinct Crime Statistics

Here are comparison crime statistics for our North Precinct in 2017 compared to 2016, and compared to city-wide statistics. I think they reflect the effort the NP has been making to reduce residential burglaries and car thefts.


In 2017 crime was down 3% from 2016, whereas city-wide it was down 2%.

Person crimes were up 7%, compared to city-wide up 6%.
– Aggravated assault up 11%, compared up 12% city-wide.
– Aggravated assault domestic violence up 25% compared to city-wide up 19%.
– Robbery was down a bit both here and city-wide.
– There were 4 homicides here, with 24 across the city.

Property crimes were down 4%, compared to city-wide down 2%.
– Arsons up 45%, same as city-wide; we had 44, mostly in dumpsters and porta-potties.
–  Larceny up 1%, compared to up 2% city-wide.
– Residential burglaries in the precinct down 14% (335 fewer than 2016) compared to down 4% city-wide.
– Commercial burglaries in the precinct down 4% (32 fewer), compared to up 14% city-wide.
– Car prowls no change from last year, compared to down 6% city-wide.
– Car thefts down 19% compared to city-wide down 12%.

Disaster Preparedness – Ham Radio Classes

Help our neighborhood survive in a disaster – In the event of a major disaster when most forms of communication fail, Ham radio communication will still be working. It would be great to have more Amateur radio operators in Lake City. If you are thinking of becoming an Amateur (Ham) radio operator, the West Seattle Amateur Radio Club is offering a free 3-day class later this month.

The Club will be offering 2 classes hosted by the American Red Cross so you can learn about amateur (ham) radio and take the test to get your FCC license, all in the same weekend.   And while ham radio has been around a long time, there are many new applications which are being adapted to take advantage of amateur band radio frequencies.  For instance, you can now send email over radio waves and create your own Wi-Fi using radio equipment.

Amateur Radio Technician Licensing Class (all 3 days for the class)

When: Friday, Jan. 26, 2018: 6pm – 9pm

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018: 9am – 5 pm

Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018: 9am – 3:30pm

Testing: Sunday, Jan 28, 2018: 3:30pm – 6pm


Where: Seattle Red Cross, room 207

1900 25th Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98144

Cost:   $15.00 test fee (cash or check)

Book:   Recommended is Gordon West Technician Class Manual

(2014-18) – please purchase before class

Practice Tests at:

Register at: Send email with your name and preferred email contact to

Questions: Cindi Barker at or



Amateur Radio General  Licensing Class (all 3 days for the class)

When: Friday, Jan. 26, 2018: 6pm – 9pm

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018: 9am – 5 pm

Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018: 9am – 3:30pm

Testing: Sunday, Jan 28, 2018: 3:30pm – 6pm

Where: Seattle Red Cross, room 130

1900 25th Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98144

Cost:   $15.00 test fee (cash or check)

Prerequisite:  Valid Technician License

Book:   ARRL General Class License Manual, May 2015  –

            please purchase before class (available on Kindle too)

Practice Tests at: , many other sites and iOS and Android apps are available


Register at: Call (206) 323-2345 and ask for Kevin Kopp or email


Walk-ins for testing for Technician, General and Extra are welcome. Test fee is $15.00.

Free Resilience Workshop by Lake City Future First

What is Resilience?

Please join Lake City Future First for the first of a series of workshops to discuss community resilience on January 14th from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lake City Library. LCFF is working with local resident, West Latta, on this informative series to explore the fundamental concepts of community resilience and use them as a lens to examine the many challenges we face today and in the future.  From environment to economy, the local and the bio-regional, we’ll make connections, explore systems and discover how to make our communities stronger, more adaptive, and ready to face the full scope of social, environmental and economic challenges equitably and sustainably.

Please RSVP to

Sunday, January 14, 2018

1:30 – 3PM – Lake City Library Conference Room

What Is Resilience