Annual Public Safety Survey

Seattle University is administering the 3rd annual citywide Seattle Public Safety Survey. The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle. A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department to assist them with making our neighborhood safer and more secure.

The survey is accessible at  from October 15th through November 30th and is available in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrinya and Vietnamese. Please circulate this information to friends, family, co-workers and community members and feel free to post the information on your social media. Public safety and security are community concerns. Please make sure your voice is heard by completing the public safety survey today.

TCA Meeting on Natural Drainage Systems

Come and learn all about Natural Drainage Systems with Luis Ramirez of Seattle Public Utilities.  These projects collect street runoff in swales for biofiltration into the ground, and already exist in parts of Pinehurst and other locations in Seattle.

Thursday, October 19

Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, 10005  32nd Ave. NE

Social time: 6:30 pm

Meeting begins:  7:00

Following the presentation will be a short business meeting.


Open to the public – all welcome!

Upcoming Lake City Events

Here are some upcoming events in Lake City that Lake City Neighborhood Alliance send us:

October 15th – Lake City Future First “Fall Clean” – Join the Lake City Community in its clean up event from 3-4:30 pm. Free t-shirts while they last, snacks and refreshments and we provide all you need to take part. Details here.

The weather is looking great! Let’s have a great showing for our last Clean Up of 2017.

October 23rd – LCFF Business Luncheon at Hellbent Brewery – The guest will be Mayoral Candidate Cary Moon. They hosted Jenny Durkan in September. Ticket purchase required:

October 27th – Children’s Home Society and LCFF’s Trick-or-Treat Walk 5:15-6:15 pm walk begins at the Lake City Mini Park – Treat bags and maps available at the Mini Park.
Also join the Lake City Lion’s for the Annual Fright Night Party at the Lake City Community Center at 6:30-8 pm on this day.

October 29th – 2nd Annual “Lake City Pumpkin Palooza” – Join LCFF, Kaffeeklatsch, Hunger Intervention, the Lake City Library and the LC Farmers Market for kid’s activities, kids pumpkin decorating and treats. 2-5 pm at the Kaffeeklatsch.

November 3rd – World Dance Party – A fantastic Community Event – free and fun for all ages. Potluck and dances from around the world – Lake City Community Center – 6-9 pm.

November 11th – 2nd Annual Lake City Pub Crawl to benefit North Helpline.This event was an absolute blast last year. Tickets and information here:

November 15th – LCFF Community Conversation – Topic “Disaster Preparedness” in Lake City. Join them for this important conversation and meet your friends and neighbors while learning about how you can best be prepared for a disaster. All ages welcome. Free food provided by Lake City Future First. Doors open at 6:30 pm, discussion at 7 pm.

Lake City Branch of the library is going to be closed the first six months of 2018for remodeling.

Learn about the plans at an Open House with Chief Librarian Marcellus Turner.

6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23
Lake City Branch, 12501 28th Ave. N.E.

  • See the architectural designs
  • Learn more about expanded spaces and improved services
  • Get branch closure information
  • Find out where to receive Library services during construction

The six-month construction project is expected to begin in early 2018.

For more information, call 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

North Precinct Advisory Council Minutes for October 2017


The guest speaker at NPAC was Assistant Chief Steve Wilske, SPD Patrol Operations Bureau. He talked about SPD staffing, patrol priorities (officer safety, crime reduction, compliance with the DOJ settlement agreement.

The North Precinct Commander updated us on crime statistics.

The annual sock drive has begun. If you’d like to donate new socks, hats, gloves, scarves, take them to the North Precinct, 10049 College Way N. They will be distributed to social services such as family shelter Mary’s Place, a medical clinic for homeless, etc.

All the minutes can be read here.

Community Center Halloween Events 2017

Friday, October 6

Harvest Festival, Meadowbrook Community Center Parking Lot, 5-7 p.m. | All Ages – FREE ENTRY
Celebrate the Fall Harvest with your community and enjoy freshly pressed apple juice and $5 pony rides!

Friday, October 20

Funky Family Fall Festival
Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, 5:30-7:30 p.m. | All Ages – $3/Person or $12/Family (over 5 people)
Get the whole family together to join us for this annual evening of treats and a few tricks. Come in costume and enjoy carnival style games, crafts, haunted mini-golf, and more! Meet your neighbors, let your kids loose in the gym and have fun. Funky family costumes encouraged.

Saturday, October 21

Spooky Sprint
Magnuson Park Beach and Kite Hill, 10-11 a.m. | Ages 3-12 – $20
It’s time for ghosts and ghouls, zombies and spiders to lace up their sneakers and run through our haunted race course! Ages 6-12 choose between a 1 or 2-mile fun run, while ages 3-5 start the event with the special Tot Sprint. Race check-in begins at 9 a.m. and is located south of the swim beach. Please register by October 16. Cost includes t-shirt, award, prizes, and refreshments for all. Costumes welcome!

Friday, October 27

Pumpkin Carving
Northgate Community Center, 4:30-7 p.m. | All Ages – FREE
Kick off Halloween weekend with family pumpkin carving and decorating! We’ll have pumpkins of all sizes with safe carving tools and paints to create your spooky or funky jack-o-lantern. Enjoy cookies, candies, and hot cider while you carve; stick around for the jack-o-lantern contest to win prizes!

Tuesday, October 31

Halloween Make-Up Headquarters
Magnuson Community Center, 3-5 p.m. | Ages 2-12 – FREE
Complete your Halloween ensemble by getting your face painted! Stop by Magnuson Community Center before trick-or-treating on the biggest dress-up event of the year! Reservations strongly suggested. Call 206-684-7026 for make your appointment.


Volunteers Needed! Pocket Park Planting Party

We’re still looking for volunteers to make this community event happen! If you can help, please contact us at We can use people to:

  • put posters up at businesses and on telephone poles ahead of time
  • put small handbills on porches near the park ahead of time
  • bring snacks
  • help plant!
  • take photos of the party and the resulting plantings

Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill October 19, 2017

Millions of people worldwide will practice how to
Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:19 a.m. on October 19* during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills.

Washingtonians can join them today by registering for the 2017 Great Washington ShakeOut. Participating is a great way for your family or organization to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes– wherever you live, work, or travel.

For more information on how to get prepared for the next earthquake, visit the Seattle Office of Emergency Management website

* If you cannot hold your ShakeOut drill on 10/19, you can select another day when you register

Road Rules – Left Lane Camping

 Washington enforces “keep right except to pass” laws. Washington law states, “It is a traffic infraction to drive continuously in the left lane of a multilane roadway when it impedes the flow of traffic.” It doesn’t matter if you’re driving the speed limit.

In 2016, Washington state troopers stopped more than 16,000 left-lane campers for breaking the law, according to the Seattle Times. Many likely drove off with a $136 ticket.

There are exceptions, for example, when maneuvering to avoid an obstruction, giving extra clearance around emergency vehicles, or exiting on the left. And, of course, when freeways are in the throes of rush hour, troopers expect bumper-to-bumper cars in every lane.

Washington has a few additional restrictions and clarifications. For example, if there are three or more lanes moving in the same direction, the left lane is off-limits to vehicles towing trailers and those over 10,000 pounds. Another surprise for some drivers: The HOV lane is not considered the left lane.

Left-lane camping isn’t just illegal and annoying. It can be dangerous – not necessarily because it causes accidents, but by sparking road rage. Troopers agree that if you find yourself stuck behind a slowpoke, resist the urge to “educate” him by honking, gesturing, flashing headlights, or tailgating.

North Precinct Advisory Council Minutes for Sept 2017

NPAC has a new meeting place – Lakeside School. The guest speaker this month was Detective Chris Brownlee, SPD’s Nightlife Coordinator. His role is to help nightlife businesses (bars, restaurants, etc.) provide a safe environment for nightlife activities. He helps train security staff on how to resolve problems, and to understand the  rules and regulations.

Read the minutes here for more news about the North Precinct.