Free Play in Lake City – Save the Date – February 16, 2019

PACE Civic Leadership Development Program – Apply Now

Lake City has become an excellent self-advocate for improvements. There are some dedicated leaders there pushing the city for improvements in public safety, transportation, a new community center, and more. Pinehurst could use some advocacy and more leadership, too. Do you love Pinehurst but want to make it a better place to live? Do you want to help neighbors work together to do neighborhood improvement projects and work with the city to get funding for important projects? And finally, do you want to learn skills to be an effective community leader?

People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE) is now accepting applications. PACE is a civic leadership development program for the next wave of community leaders. The Winter Quarter begins Saturday, February 23 and runs through March 23.

Winter Quarter will be held on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. Topics include: Approaches to Leadership, Accessing City Government, Community Organizing, Inclusive Outreach and Public Engagement, Public Speaking, Conflict Resolution, and more.

Tuition for the 5-week program is $100. Tuition assistance is available. To apply, visit The application deadline for the upcoming Winter Quarter is Monday, February 11 at 5:00 p.m. Applications for all quarters are accepted on a rolling basis.

Given the popularity of the program, PACE is offered three times a year: winter, spring and fall. For more information, visit its webpage and for questions, email

North Precinct Advisory Council Minutes for January 2019

This month the guest speaker was Tracy Gillespie, project manager of the North Precinct LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) program. It’s an alternative to arrest for prostitution and drug possession. Instead of arrest, SPD officers can recommend an offender to the LEAD program. LEAD offers services to help the person overcome issues that lead to the problem. A case manager helps the person get services they need, such as housing, mental health care, a job, etc.

A study by UW shows that people who go through LEAD are less likely to reoffend, the city spends less money on them than if they were arrested, and that they have good rates of getting housing, jobs and income/benefits.

The north precinct bike patrol has been referring to LEAD some people living in tents at Northgate’s I-5 southbound on-ramp. The Navigation Team is scheduled to clean up that encampment in January. Success is contingent on whether there are enough shelter beds to offer to the campers.

For more information on LEAD, and for other news about public safety in our precinct, read the minutes here.

Thornton Creek Alliance Meeting – January 17, 2019

Learn all about managing beavers in urban settings.  We’ll have a panel discussion with representatives from Seattle Public Utilities (Deb Heiden), Seattle Parks (Patti Bakker), and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (Ezekial Rohloff).

  • Thursday, January 17, 2019
  • 6:30 pm social half-hour
  • 7:00 pm program begins
  • Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, 10005 32nd Ave. NE, Seattle, 98125

As always, this event is free of charge and open to the public.


Victory Heights Seed Swap

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal – Constituent Services

In 2018, the office of our U.S. Legislative Congresswoman, Pramila Jayapal, helped more than 760 constituents in the 7th Congressional District. The office handles Social Security problems, federal disability filings, IRS difficulties, immigration issues, tuition problems, and veterans’ benefits, and assists constituents with visas, citizenship and employment.

If you need assistance, she encourages you to contact her Seattle office by calling 206-674-0040 or going to her website at Her office is at 1904 3rd Ave, Suite 510, Seattle.

Kids’ Art in Pinehurst Pocket Park

To start off 2019, this month’s drawing in the pocket park kiosk is by seven year old Leana, who drew it at Pinehurstfest. If I’m not mistaken, that’s a golden retriever under the tree. Nice work, Leana! The pocket park is at NE 117th St & 19th Ave NE. Check it out!

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

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North Precinct Advisory Council Minutes for December 2018

This month the Captain’s report contains information on cars parked without license plates, crime statistics, car prowl prevention tips, and a substantial downward trend in almost all crime categories in the last 28 days. Read the minutes here.

November 2018 SeaStat Dashboard

Here is a dashboard of North Precinct crime statistics that compares 2018 YTD with 2017 YTD. The takeaway from the graph at the bottom is that crime is not increasing, right?