North Precinct Advisory Council Minutes for December 2019

This month’s guest speaker was Ann Forrest, Chair of Northeast Seattle Hubs. She explained the function of the community emergency hubs, such as the ones at Lake City’s Fred Meyer parking lot and Victory Heights Playground. The hubs are places where people can go after a disaster to get information and help if normal forms of communication are down (such as internet and phones). Here are some things the hub can facilitate:

  • Hook up people who have stuff with people who need stuff
  • Disseminate information. Ham radio operators will be on duty. The city will broadcast information at the top and bottom of each hour, and the hubs will post it for all to see.
  • Trained volunteers will have helpful advice on how to cope with the disaster challenges and help individuals share their knowledge with neighbors.

Hubs will not have material things such as water, food, tools, tarps. Households are expected to prepare these things for themselves ahead of a disaster. For more information and links to Seattle Emergency Hubs and the city’s website on emergency preparedness and the hubs, read the minutes – link at bottom.

Auto theft is down across the city, but up in the north precinct. Lock your car, don’t turn it on to warm up then go back in the house, use a club on the steering wheel.

Two studies recently showed that our precinct is understaffed (we knew that already, right?). One said optimal staffing would require 32 additional officers, but a minimum of 19.  North precinct has been promised some new officers as they come out of the police academy starting in mid-December.

Read all the minutes here.

Pinehurst Picks

Space needle with twelfth man flag – anyone know where this pole is?

Please send in photos of art – or anything unexpected and fun – that you see on your walks around the neighborhood, to

Holiday Event at Licton Springs – December 21

Come to Mineral Springs Park on Saturday, December 21st from 1 PM to 4 PM for a FREE holiday event including music, holiday card-making activities, festive games, hot beverages and snacks.

Bring winter clothing items for donation to Aurora Commons.

Musical Performances by Seattle Sugarplum Elves from 1:30PM-2:30PM.

All are welcome! Event will be rain or shine!
Facebook Event:

Kids’ Art in Pinehurst Pocket Park

December’s art in the park is by nine year old Ella. She made this colorful abstract at Pinehurstfest. Take a winter walk to the park to see this cheerful piece in the kiosk at NE 117th St and 19th Ave NE. Thanks, Ella!

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

Nathan Hale Urban Farm Winter Open House

NOON TO 2 pm

Greenhouse North of Jane Addams Middle School

More details here:


They’ll also be at the Ballard Sunday Farmer’s Market on December 1st!


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Lake City Living Memorial Triangle

Volunteers/neighbors are organizing to create a memorial and beautification project after the violent events of March 27, 2019 at and around the bus stop on 125th Ave NE and the triangle of land at Sand Point Way NE and Bartlett Ave NE in Seattle. Click on image below for details of the event.

The Lake City Living Memorial Triangle group has been awarded the City’s Small Sparks Grant in the amount of $4,991. Seattle Parks Foundation is its fiscal sponsor.

In this stage of the ongoing efforts, it will focus on planting trees along Sand Point Way and Bartlett, as well as ground-cover/shrubs around the oak tree the group planted in July. It will need people and tools to get this new work done before March 27, the 1st anniversary of the shootings.


  1. To be notified of future updates, follow the prompts to be added to the email list. Or ask to be added by emailing
  2. Join the next meeting: Monday December 9 from 6 to 7 pm at the Lake City Community Center.  It intends to meet on the 2nd Monday each month for these meetings.
  3. See photos of the work so far.
  4. If you wish, donate money via Seattle Parks Foundation once it gets their website set up.
  5. Volunteer to help plant the trees. Also, do you have contacts who may be willing to donate their equipment, skill and/or time? If so, please ask if they’d be willing to help the Lake City Living Memorial Project:
    • work partiers – The plan is to plant 7 trees and 30 or so ground-covers. They will need people and tools to get this work done before March 27, the 1st anniversary of the shootings. Dates will be set for early 2020.
    • graphic artist –  The group would like to design a straightforward communication flyer letting neighbors know about its plans.
    • photographers, amateur or professional  –  Well-taken photos would be a powerful addition to the communication aspect of the work.
    • surveyor – It * might* eventually need a professional survey as the project progresses

North Precinct Advisory Council Minutes for November 2019

This month’s guest speaker was SPD Officer Leroy Outlaw, who gave a presentation on active shooter awareness for civilians. He defined ‘active shooter’, described the kinds of places these incidents tend to occur (most in high-traffic commercial areas, but also schools, places of worship, etc.) and characterized them as essentially random targets. He explained when and how to run, hide, or fight, and what to do once law enforcement arrives. The minutes gives many of the details of his presentation.

Captain Sano, in his Captain’s Report, said that YTD 92% of the crime in the north precinct is property crime. SPD is trying to ID and arrest the prolific repeat offenders, which should greatly help reduce property crime.

Given the 6 fatality collisions on Aurora and 2-3 on Lake City Way, SPD got a Vision Zero grant to enforce speed limits on those two streets. and to make a north precinct traffic emphasis plan.

This year’s special holiday patrol plan will not include Northgate Mall since most of the stores have closed, but patrols will keep an eye on it as usual.

For more news in the north precinct, such as about the high number of shots fired this year, and the work Community Police Team has been doing to clear encampments that block sidewalks and in parks, read the minutes.

You can see all the minutes here.

Burglary Prevention Class November 18

SPD is hosting a burglary prevention class on November 18th! See details below. If you want to go, please register at

Out Crime Prevention Coordinator, Mary Amberg, is an excellent speaker and has all kinds of tips for making your home to reduce the likelihood of property crimes.

Annual Sock Drive

SPD’s Community Police Team has a sock drive every year that North Precinct Advisory Council participates in. One year we in Pinehurst dropped off almost 100 items at our collection point – Treehouse Coffee. I haven’t been actively pushing the drive for some time. Today I’ll just mention that the drive actually goes on all year round, and the socks are distributed around the holidays to places like Mary’s Place for families experiencing homelessness, a foot clinic for homeless in Pioneer Square, and more. See below for how to donate and what other new items are accepted beyond socks. If any of you knitters want a good cause…. 

Nathan Hale Theatre Performance

HARK! A MARVELOUS SHOW IS NEAR! This weekend is the debut of Nathan Hale Theatre’s production of the Shakespearean comedy “Much Ado About Nothing.” Don’t miss this exceptional show of enemies turned lovers, weddings turned foul and troublesome little brothers. Acquire tickets at