Voting is Open for Your Voice Your Choice 2018

Voting is open for 2018 Your Voice Your Choice parks and streets projects. You can help decide where to spend $3 million of the city’s budget. You may vote for three projects per district. We are District 5. There is one project in Victory Heights and three projects in Lake City. Hint, hint.  Below is a map of the nearby projects. You can see the project descriptions and vote on-line at, or you can get a paper ballot at Lake City Community Center. Voting is open June 16 – July 16.

North Precinct Crime Statistics – May 2018

I stopped posting the monthly Pinehurst crime map a while back because the city’s website changed in a way that didn’t let me collect the data. I heard that soon-ish there will be a way to collect data by SPD beat by some date span, maybe quarter, but I can’t remember if it’s also by month. So then I’ll be able to present some data, though this source isn’t a map; it’ll just be numbers.

In the meantime, here’s a chart from the last SeaStat meeting. SeaStat is a bi-monthly meeting of all the SPD bigwigs to look at crime data. This chart compares property and person crimes in the last 28 days to the same categories and same 28 days a year ago. Please note that it is for all North Precinct, not Pinehurst.

I’m not sure what is accomplished by comparing the current month to the same month last year.  Maybe more informative for us is looking at the bottom graph that shows number of crimes month by month. It is trending up. Again, I don’t know if this is true in Pinehurst, since the chart is for all North Precinct.

North Precinct Advisory Council Minutes for June 2018

This month we had two guest speakers. First up was City Council Person Mike O’Brien, representing the north end’s District 6. He discussed two programs: Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) that is being expanded from its pilot neighborhoods, hopefully soon into the North Precinct, and the Community Service Officer program that is ramping up to offload some of the workload from the SPD officers.

Then Mark Bridge from SPD’s Data Driven Policing Department spoke. SPD analysis of crime statistics informs its crime-fighting tactics; that is why I say over and over that reporting crimes, even if there’s no hope of police being able to investigate every crime, what less your crime, is still important. If Pinehurst under reports crime, we will never get the attention from SPD that we want.

Read the comments by O’Brien and Bridge, plus lots more info and news, in the minutes here.

Lake City Farmers Market Opens

The Lake City Farmers Market opens this Thursday June 7, 2018!  It will be open every Thursday from 3-7 p.m.

NE 125th & 28th NE, next to the Library off Lake City Way

Please see this link for more details:

World Dance Party in Lake City – June 15

It’s happening again this year – Lake City’s World Dance Party! You can learn fun dances, meet neighbors from all over the world, and it’s a potluck, so you can try lots of food from other cultures. There are lots of families and kids; fun is had by all!

Kids’ Art in Pinehurst Pocket Park

This month’s art in the pocket park is by Akli. He’s a regular at Pinehurstfest, and he drew this adorable baby in 2016. He’s right, ya gotta love a baby! Check it out in the kiosk at the pocket park – NE 117th St & 19th Ave NE.

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

Free Youth Swim Lessons

Parks and Rec is offering free youth (6-16 years old) swimming lessons at all nine beaches this summer. The ones closest to Pinehurst are Magnuson, Green Lake and Matthews. Space is limited and signup starts June 1. See website for more information:

D5 Panel Discussion

Thursday, May 31, from 7 to 9 p.m., the D5 Community Network (Pinehurst is in District 5)  is hosting a panel discussion of issues pertaining to District 5 with citywide council members Lorena Gonzalez and Teresa Mosqueda and Deputy Mayor Michael Fong, at the Haller Lake Community Club, 12579 Densmore Ave. N. This is a great opportunity to exercise your civic muscles. Ask questions. Get answers.

The meeting will begin with a 15-minute social period, during which attendees can submit questions for the panel, peruse the literature tables, and enjoy some light refreshments and each other’s company.

A note from one of the organizers: “Given the heated controversy that has developed over the City’s recently adopted head tax, I think it is important for me to state that that issue is beyond our scope–although we definitely do have many questions on our list for the evening about homelessness, drawing from questions submitted by the community.  We are looking forward to a productive, substantive, respectful conversation.”

See the flyer below for how to submit questions.


Micro-Policing Plan Focus Groups

If you live west of 15th NE in Pinehurst, you’re in the Northgate Micro-Community Policing Plan area.

Consider going to the Northgate MCPP focus group on Friday, May 25, 4:30 – 5:30 pm at Northgate Library to express your perceptions of crime in the area, as well as the performance of the SPD.

Here’s more information about the plans and the focus groups:

Bystander Intervention Training

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

6 – 8 pm at Literacy Source, 3200 NE 125th St

Please register here as space is limited.

Have you ever wondered how to intervene if you saw someone being harassed because of their religious identity or for any other reason?

Learn how to engage in situations of public harassment and violence without escalating the danger.

This free training is led by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Washington State.