SPD Solicits Automated 911 Response Feedback

SPD is starting a new effort to solicit feedback to improve 911 response. People who dial 911 in Seattle will notice a few changes.
Beginning January 26, 2023, SPD will send fully automated follow-up text messages to many crime victims and 911 callers. Once the 911 emergency has passed, the system will solicit feedback about the caller’s experience with SPD to improve services to the community.
SPD is notifying community members about these changes so 911 callers will know the automated follow-up texts and emails are a legitimate attempt to gather feedback. They are not spam. It is the SPD’s hope that people will respond to the survey, and guide improvements to the City of Seattle’s emergency response system.
I couldn’t find examples of the messages that were very readable, but they will look something like these.

Poll Results To-date on Question of This Blog Continuing

December 27, we emailed a special Pinehurst Seattle Blog digest containing only one blog post, a poll asking the 299 neighbors on the blog’s email list to comment on the blog post if they wanted the blog to continue operating. To date 15 out of the 299 commented their interest in having the blog continue.

If you haven’t responded on that post, and wish to, scroll back to the 12/27/2022 post and comment. But so far, it isn’t looking like there’s much interest.

2023 Sock Drive Collection Locations

Here’s the scoop on our sock drive –

Zyberschtein’s Deli will take socks now through Feb 19. The hours are 8am – 3pm.

The bin at Victory Heights will be available starting January 29.

Please help us give a nice big bunch of NEW socks to our local service agencies!

Seattle Hazard Explorer

Check out the website Seattle Hazard Explorer , where you can type in your address to see what potential hazards you live near. Pinehurst doesn’t seem to have many hazards, thank goodness!

Below is a map of Seattle with hazards I chose from the layers box at right. It’s interactive, so as you check a box, colors appear on the map, so you know what hazard they are showing.

Get Critical Emergency Information Via Radio

Where to tune your radio to get critical information in case of a major disaster – KIRO-710 AM serves as a Primary Entry Point (PEP) station for FEMA’s National Public Warning System (NPWS). It provides critical information to the public before, during and after incidents and disasters.
In a national worst-case scenario, KIRO-AM 710 would broadcast a message from the President or other national authorities within 10 minutes. Via FEMA’s Emergency Alert System, other radio stations in the Seattle area would begin re-broadcasting the information coming from KIRO and its news staff. These include 97.3 FM, 97.7 FM, 94.4 FM and 1000 AM.
Local authorities, such as the King County Office of Emergency Management, may also disseminate life-saving information by way of the facilities installed at the KIRO tower site, which have backup communications equipment and power generators, and are specially designed and hardened to withstand various natural disasters and acts of terrorism.

North Precinct Advisory Council Meeting – Jan 4, 2023

At tonight’s North Precinct Advisory Council meeting, we learned that our two new Crime Prevention Coordinators have split up the precinct. Sarah Lawson (, 206-612-0320) is working the precinct east of I-5. We can contact her to ask about general crime prevention tips, schedule a home security assessment, request her presence at a community meeting and to discuss ongoing crime concerns in the neighborhood.
Tonight the CPCs mentioned that the SPD non-emergency telephone number isn’t always staffed due to personnel issues, so it’s best to call 911 and let the dispatcher figure out your call’s priority.
The CPCs also reviewed tips for discouraging car prowls. Car prowls are still a big problem. 1 – don’t leave stuff in the car where it can be seen; 2 – if you have a garage door opener in the car, take it with you when you leave the car, so if your car IS broken into, the opener can’t be stolen and used later to get into your house; 3 – try to park in well-lit, busy, monitored areas; 4 – don’t leave your car running when you’re not in it so someone cannot jump in and drive it away.
The precinct captain, Kevin Grossman, retired, so Lt Joseph Osborne is acting captain for the time being. He said that Parking Enforcement Division is back in SPD starting today, following City Council’s decision to move it back from its short stay in the Transportation Department.
Meagan Westphal, the City Attorneys Office liaison with North Precinct, laid out the CAO’s 2023 priorities: 1 – focus more on misdemeanor competency and mental health treatment. Felonies have gotten the most attention for this; 2 – focus on the rights of victims of crime, make CAO more victim-centered; 3 – focus on human trafficking. HT is a felony handled by King County, but CAO can employ some tools and procedures to help mitigate, like going after buyers of sex; 4 – focus on building bridges and connections in city government, break down the silos and work together more; 5 – promote data transparency, collect data both to make more informed decisions and for public to learn what’s going on.

KCVP Opens Office at Northgate

Good news for local veterans – the King County Veterans Program (KCVP) – which works with partners across the region to provide financial. housing, employment and other supportive services to veterans, servicemembers and their families in KC – recently opened an office in Northgate: 9725 3rd Ave NE, Suite 300. KCVP staff can be reached Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. See more info here:…/veteran…/programs-services.aspx
This info is from our KC councilperson Rod Dembowski’s newsletter.

2023 New Sock Drive: January 29 – February 19

Plan ahead for our sock drive! Collection locations will be announced later. If you have an idea for where to put them, let us know at!


The Skeleton Family is Back!

As some may know, the Victory Heights skeletons have returned to Seattle from Denver. They have children now! To see their ever-changing tableaus, go to the 103rd block of 20th Ave NE. The house is on the west side, and the skeletons are in the front yard. Here’s one with their new baby! The other one fell over in the recent wind, oops.


Compost Christmas Trees Via Seattle Public Utilities

Compost Christmas trees and holiday greens for free through January 31st. Remove all decorations, cut into 4-foot or shorter sections, and put trees or bundled greens next to your food and yard waste cart on your regular collection day.
Apartment residents can place up to 2 trees next to each food and yard waste cart at no charge.
You can also drop off up to 3 trees shorter than 8 feet in length at a Transfer Station.