Although stations at NE 130th and 220th St. SW (Mountlake Terrace) were not part of the preferred alternative the Board identified in late 2013, there was enough public interest in both stations the Board directed staff to continue the analysis of them through the environmental review process and Final EIS. While the identification of the preferred alternative does not remove any route or station previously reviewed in the Draft EIS from consideration, the additional information and analysis of these two stations will help inform the Board when they select the project to be built early next year and after the Final EIS is published.
There are many potential outcomes related to any future Board action on both stations but I think after receiving community input they could decide to:
· Identify additional funding and build one or both stations during the current phase of the project
· Build enough of the station infrastructure during this phase (to not disrupt future train operations) and retain the option of adding either station in the future or,
· Not build either station or the future station infrastructure during this phase of the project.
So it would be accurate to say the Board is continuing to look at the potential for stations at NE 130th and 220th St. SW and a decision on both stations is expected in early 2015 after the results of the Final EIS are evaluated and input from each jurisdiction and the public has been received. We will be sure to let folks know when the Final EIS is available and when there is an opportunity to provide comments to the Board prior to their final decision on route and stations.”
This month there was no guest speaker. Instead, we had reports from the four focus groups charged with selecting and solving specific north end hot spot problems. These groups were set up in response to the NP Captain’s survey that asked us to tell him what our public safety fears and concerns are. The groups are:
Each group is comprised of a few volunteer NPAC members and an SPD lieutenant. The NPAC members choose a problem and the SPD officer mobilizes SPD as needed. Then the entire team plus the community in which the problem resides work together, including requesting City services as needed.
The first project of the Drugs/Anti-Crime group was a big success. There was a nuisance house at Burke and 137th – drug dealing, rats, garbage in the yard, etc. The focus group worked with police, the bank (the house was in foreclosure) and the community club. The community club raised money to hire a lawyer to evict them. The police made almost daily visits to keep their eye on and discourage the activities. It took several months, but it worked!
If you know of any specific public safety issues that a coordinated effort might solve, let us know at email@example.com. I can submit them to the appropriate focus group.
The entire meeting minutes are here.
Here is a partial picture of Pinehurst property crime for the month. Click on the map to enlarge it.
You can see ALL the types of crime at http://web5.seattle.gov/mnm/policereports.aspx. Select the North neighborhood and enter a date range.
Update from SDOT’s Dongho Chang on their safety review of 5th Ave NE (after the tragic accident in April that took the life of Sandhya Khadka):
“I have conducted a safety review of the corridor on 5th Avenue NE between NE 130th Street and NE Northgate Way (NE 110th Street). 5th Avenue NE is classified as a collector arterial street with a 30 mph speed limit. The segment is approximately one mile in length, generally has a 60 feet right of way with 40 feet roadway (parking permitted on both sides, one lane of traffic in each direction, planting strip/sidewalks/curbs/lighting), and widens to 90 feet right of way near 112th Street with 66 feet roadway. Metro routes 41 and 242 serve the community with stops on 5th Avenue NE. There are marked crosswalks at NE 130th St, NE 123rd St, NE 117th St, NE 115th St, NE 112th St, and NE Northgate Way. 5th Avenue NE carries 12,800 vehicles per day just north of NE Northgate Way.
The collision review indicates that 5th Avenue NE at NE 125th Street and NE 130th Street need additional attention. The angle collisions at NE 125th Street all involved westbound NE 125th Street drivers colliding with northbound 5th Avenue NE drivers. We will review sightlines to reduce these collisions. The collisions occurring between I-5 off ramp and NE 130th Street involve off ramp drivers colliding with 5th Avenue NE drivers. We will be working with Sound Transit to reconfigure the off ramp as part of the light rail project to eliminate these type of collisions at this location.”
Here are tips from a Seattle car thief on how to keep your car safe in Seattle. Flamingmoon Kine is in prison, but he now wants to help society, so he agreed to be interviewed by The Stranger. Here are his tips copied from the resulting article:
“Keeping a clean car is the best thing you can possibly do,” Kime said. “Don’t leave things in the visual area that with a little effort could be kept in the trunk. And don’t buy or own a Honda between the years of 1988 and 2004, or a Nissan, period!”
Kime said it only takes a $2 piece of equipment that can be found at any hardware store to efficiently shatter your back window. “A car alarm doesn’t even always go off when you break a window,” he said, “only when you open the door. So you can peel a car out without even setting off the alarm.”
“Jackets are a big thing,” Kime said. “When someone sees a jacket, a suit jacket especially, or a nice f***ing North Face, they’re thinking there will be a wallet in it, and they’ll risk breaking a window just to check.”
Kime said he even knows someone who found $10,000 cash in a McDonald’s Happy Meal bag inside an unlocked car full of garbage, so keeping a disgustingly messy car isn’t a deterrent.
An occasional vehicle may be dismantled and sold piece by piece on eBay or Craigslist, but both Kime and Fowler laughed at the notion of chop shops. “Not in Seattle,” said Kime. “The cars just get driven around until they get too hot.”
“If the garden-variety thief sees a Club [on the steering wheel], he’ll maybe go to a different car,” said Scafidi. Kime backed up this idea. He disagreed with the Seattle Police Department’s advice to park in a well-lit place, however. “Parking in a well-lit area will just make it easier to see everything in the car,” Kime said. “When you exit your vehicle, take a quick look and think like a thief: What would I mistake for a potential valuable?”
Continuing our kids’ popular dragon theme, here is the latest art in the Pinehurst Pocket Park kiosk at NE 117th St & 19th Ave NE. Aileen, 9 years old, drew it at this summer’s Pinehurstfest. Her positioning of the subject is really quite sophisticated, with its wings going beyond the edges of the paper. Nice work, Aileen! And it is really brightening up the park!
If you would like to submit your child’s artwork for the Pocket Park, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll put it on mat board donated by FRAMEIT Ltd, 10712 5th Ave NE.
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