SNAP – Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare

Get your neighbors together to discuss and prepare your neighborhood for a disaster.

1 – Meet and discuss emergency preparedness

Discuss and assess the current level of preparedness in your neighborhood and learn key aspects of preparedness through SNAP presentation, available online.

2 – Get organized

Delegate responsibilities among neighbors and agree upon neighborhood meeting places.

3 – Get confident

Take a training course through the Seattle Office of Emergency Management. You will learn disaster skills, water control, first aid, water storage and purification, fire extinguisher use, and basic search and rescue.

Find more information, including the SNAP presentation referred to above, at


New Traffic Website

A new website provides resources to help you get to and through downtown during the upcoming new era of tough traffic that will begin with WSDOT’s permanent closure of Alaskan Way Viaduct on January 11, 2019. As WSDOT works to #realign99 and prepare to open the new SR 99 tunnel in early February, check in here for traffic updates.

The new website includes a sign-up for real-time traffic alerts, live updates on traffic in major corridors, and information about transit alternatives. For instance, check on current commute times between downtown and neighborhoods here:

Visit today to learn more and sign up for alerts.

North Precinct Advisory Council Minutes for November 2018

This month’s guest speaker at NPAC was Judge Ed McKenna, presiding judge of Seattle Municipal Court. SMC handles misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor cases, such as DUI, domestic violence assault or harassment, theft and criminal trespass. It also handles infractions like traffic tickets, traffic camera tickets, and parking tickets, and civil violations related to building and zoning. For information about the court, including some of the pressures it and the judges face in light of the current city crises such as the opioid epidemic, read the minutes below.

The Crime Prevention Coordinators and Patrol Officers have been reaching out to the Jewish schools and synagogues since the mass shooting in Pittsburgh. This year SPD has seen more reports of anti-Semitic bias reports.

Some overtime hours have been granted north precinct for more police presence at Northgate Mall over the holidays.

Robbery is up 11% year to date in the north precinct, same as city-wide. Residential burglary was up 2% here, whereas city-wide it was up 3%. There’s been a spike in car prowls, but car theft is down 5% YTD. An average of over 3 cars per day are stolen in the north precinct.

For a full report, read the minutes:

Northgate Park and Ride Changes

Northgate Transit Center Park-and-Ride Changes coming November 19th.

Sound Transit’s new Northgate Station Garage will open and three Northgate park-and-ride areas will be closed (see red areas on map below) on Monday, Nov. 19. The four-floor garage, located at the future Northgate light rail station, will provide nearly 450 parking spaces at the busy Northgate Transit Center. Even though Northgate Station will open in 2021, Sound Transit is opening the garage early for transit riders.

How to use the new garage

Enter Level 1 of the garage from Northeast 103rd Street. Parking permit holders should proceed down to Level 4 where the reserved spaces are located. Others may park on Levels 1-3 of the garage. Permit parking spaces are open to first-come, first-served parking on weekends and after 9 a.m. on weekdays.
Upon securing your valuables and locking your vehicle, access the Northgate Transit Center by exiting Level 2 on Northeast 103rd Street. Crosswalks to the transit center are located on either side of the garage driveway.

New Reserved Parking Permit option

The Northgate Station Garage will be the first Sound Transit facility to offer a reserved parking permit option for people driving alone. Current carpool permit holders may renew, and transit riders may obtain free carpool parking permits.
To learn more about pricing or to get a permit visit our permit parking page. Parking permit holders will have reserved parking on the lower level of the garage on weekdays during the morning rush hours.

Kids’ Art in Pinehurst Pocket Park

This month’s art in Pinehurst Pocket Park is a lovely scene, drawn by eight year old Ella at this year’s Pinehurstfest. How many animals did she include? For an up-close look, it is in the kiosk at NE 117th St & 19th Ave NE, beautifying our neighborhood park. Thanks, Ella!

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

Neighborhood Street Fund Applications

Neighborhood Street Fund (NSF) funds community-proposed transportation improvement projects in the City’s Right of Way.

This cycle will be a little different from previous cycles. SDOT has improved the process in the following ways:

  • Application workshops: They will host workshops in various communities through November 19 to increase accessibility and facilitate neighborhood collaboration. Check out the website for dates and times.
  • Community sorting: in January and February, we’ll hold meetings where communities can rank proposed projects according to wants and needs.
  • Public voting: once projects have been prioritized to top projects per council district, the public will vote on the projects they would most like to see constructed in their neighborhoods.

This cycle, your project could be selected. Click here to fill out your application online. The application period will close November 19. Check the  website for upcoming application workshops near you.

Read the FAQ and Application Dos and Don’ts before you get started.

Click here to subscribe to receive future emails about the NSF cycle.

Questions? Contact SDOT at or call (206) 733-9361

Mobile Incubator in Lake City Mini Park

Community members might notice a bright orange 1957 Shasta camper trailer in the Lake City Mini Park November 19-21 3-7 pm. The Mobile Incubator is a mobile office where artists, designers, performers, writers and other cultural entrepreneurs can come to seek business advice for their creative ventures.

The Mobile Incubator is itself a work of art, featuring creative contributions from a variety of artists in its design, including a 1,000+ piece wooden mosaic. Since its inaugural voyage from Seattle, the mobile office has traveled over 25,000 miles across 42 states.

Lucas Spivey, BFA/MBA hybrid, will host open office hours out of The Mobile Incubator. “My goal is to teach business principles to artists, but I encourage everyone to interact on their terms because I feel that people learn best when they’re comfortable and excited,” said Spivey.

These events are funded by the Arts in Parks program. The Arts in Parks program supports new and established community festivals, art happenings and music concerts that enliven Seattle parks. These arts and culture offerings celebrate diversity, build community connections and energize parks while connecting with under-served communities. Arts in Parks is an initiative of Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Office of Arts and Culture.

Lake City Upcoming Events

Below is a handful of upcoming events in Lake City for you consideration:

* Sunday, October 21st from 1pm-3pm – Lake City “Fall Clean” – Join neighbors at any one of three locations for litter pickup and get treated to snacks from Elliott Bay, treats from Kaffeeklatsch and coffee from True North. In addition there will be free “Love Lake City” t-shirts while they last. Go here for more info: 

* Sunday, October 21st the community will celebrate a true neighborhood hero at the Lake City Community Center. Chuck Dickey’s “Celebration of Life” will begin at 2pm. Consider helping with the clean up before Chuck’s celebration as a perfect way to honor his legacy. 

* Friday, October 26th from 5:15-6:15 – The 26th Annual Fright Night and Trick or Treat Walk. Families with little ones can meet Children’s Home Society, LCFF and Seattle Parks at the 125th Street Mini Park to pick up treat bags and maps for participating businesses. Visit here for flyer and info about Fright Night:

Sunday, October 28th 2pm – 5pm – 3rd Annual “Pumpkin Palooza” with Kaffeeklatsch and many local partners. Visit Lake City First’s Facebook page for details: 

* Saturday, November 10th – 3rd Annual “Lake City Pub Crawl” benefiting North Helpline Food Bank. Be sure to register early to get an awesome t-shirt. Visit here for details and link to get tickets: 

* Tuesday, November 13th from 6:30pm – 8pm – Lake City Community Center – Save the date for “Lake City Arts and Culture Community Conversation” – free food and presentations and information from local artists on the Lake City Mural Project and from Coyote Central. “Coyote Central is looking forward to bringing hands-on arts experiences to the young people of Lake City! Over the next few months, we’ll hope to talk to all kinds of families and community members here to help guide us as to what Coyote programs should look like in Lake City.”

Pumpkin Palooza!

Kaffeeklatsch is at 12513 Lake City Way NE

2018 Seattle Public Safety Survey

This year’s public safety survey, administered by Seattle University, is available here.

The survey began in 2015 as part of an evaluation of the Seattle Police Department’s neighborhood-specific policing plans.

Last year, about 6,500 people responded to questions about their fear of crime, confidence in Seattle police, whether officers treated people fairly, whether there are enough police in their neighborhood and other public-safety issues.

The surveys help create the Micro-Community Policing Plans. Pinehurst east of 15th Ave NE is in the Lake City plan, while Pinehurst west of 15th Ave NE is in the Northgate plan.