North Precinct Advisory Council Minutes for September 2016

SPDbadgeThis month’s speaker was Debbie Goetz from the Office of Emergency Management, part of Seattle Police Department. She spoke about emergency hubs, like the one in the parking lot at Fred Meyers. Pinehurst is working on setting up a hub, also. For a review of her talk, and more, read the minutes here.

Also, a crime dashboard for August and year-to-date was handed out. I don’t know what the range columns mean (I wasn’t at the meeting this month).


New North Precinct Building Kerfuffle

SPDbadgeRecently some City Council members have questioned the design and budget of the building that will replace the old North Precinct police station near North Seattle College. The new building will be on Aurora at NE 129th St.

Also, Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat wrote an article August 16th questioning the cost and some of the design features. The North Precinct Advisory Council (NPAC) invited to its September meeting Doug Carey, Deputy Director, Department of Finance & Administrative Services for the City, to answer questions about the design and cost. He gave us a handout that responds to many of the items Westneat mentioned. You can read it here.

Also, a City Council member criticized NPAC for not advising the City well on this expensive project (and not being diverse enough), and not adequately reaching out to the public about it. However, he is mistaken about the role of NPAC. While NPAC supports a new North Precinct station, it was not a party to the design and was not tasked by the City to conduct outreach or gain public input. It merely gotten several updates on the design over the last 2.5 years. Just to set the record straight!


Provide Input for New Park

There’s planning afoot for property at NE 125th St & 33rd Ave NE. This Seattle Park District project will create a new neighborhood park. It was funded (by the new Seattle Parks District we voted into being a couple years ago) to provide the community access to open space within our high density urban neighborhood. The property has already been purchased and the old apartment building was demolished. In July there was a public input meeting about the park, and another meeting is coming up. What do you want in a nearby park? Go to a meeting September 29th and let Parks know! Here is the info below, and more info is on the projects website here.


August 2016 Pinehurst Crime Map

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 Select the North neighborhood and enter a date range.


Seattle to Announce Safer Speed Limits!

Street safety has been a hot topic in the Pinehurst community, especially due to the opening of our new Hazel Wolf school but also in general. Now, Seattle has finally decided to do something about it.

Seattle City Council members and SDOT directory Scott Kubly are going to make an announcement about a change to Seattle’s speed limit policy at noon tomorrow.

speed_limit2The attached flyer doesn’t elaborate on the announcement, but according to Gordon Padelford, Policy Director of Seattle Neighbourhood Greenways, the new limits will be 20 MPH on non-arterials and 25 MPH on select arterials.

When: Tuesday, September 13, noon
Where: Horizon House, 900 University St., 98101

Here’s hoping that the Pinehurst Way / Roosevelt corridor running right by the Hazel Wolf school will be designated as a 25-MPH zone.


Roll and Read Event for Kids Saturday 9/17

Children and their families and caregivers are invited to a fun children’s literacy event in the Lake City core on September, 17 from 10:00 -1:00! Gather at the North Seattle Family Resource Center
Address: 2611 NE 125th St #145, Seattle, WA 98125, Phone: (206) 364-7930

Groups will leave every 15 minutes to visit Lake City Library, Literacy Source, the Emergency HUB and other neighborhood groups. Tour the neighborhood, have snacks, get free books from the Lions Club, eat wonderful snacks from Hunger Intervention Program, meet Cat in the Hat, Dorothy and Toto, do craft activities, make a small book and more! You are invited to color a Pete the Cat high top sneaker to put on display at the Family Resource Center or the library!


Pinehurst Pets – Nova


Don’t let her cuteness fool you, Nova  is one feisty pooch. She was a stray and spent 9 months in the shelter. Her person got her in February and feels so lucky. She is fear-reactive towards strangers and dogs sometimes but they’re working on it slowly. At home she is such a clown and zooms around the tiny apartment, hence her name. She loves belly rubs and keeping a vigilant watch on the neighborhood.

If you’d like your pet featured, please send a photo and its name and a short description or story to

Kids’ Art in Pinehurst Pocket Park


Check out the colorful salmon in the kiosk this month at Pinehurst Pocket Park! Earlier in the summer Thornton Creek Alliance hosted an event over at Meadowbrook called The Influence of the Confluence. TCA had a table for kids to color these salmon posters. A teenager named Nat volunteered to give me the one she was coloring for the park. So thanks to Nat for this splash of color! Check it out; the park is on the corner of NE 117th & 19th Ave NE.

If you would like to submit your child’s artwork for the Pocket Park, please email We’ll put it on mat board donated by FRAMEIT Ltd, 10712 5th Ave NE.


Adopt-A-Street Litter Pickup Event Sunday Sept 4

logo-seattle-adopt-a-streetPinehurst Community Council participates in the City’s Adopt-A-Street program.  We’ve adopted these streets for occasional litter pickup:

  • Pinehurst Way NE – from Roosevelt Way NE to NE 125th St
  • NE 115th St – from 20th Ave NE to Pinehurst Way NE

Our next work party will be Sunday, September 4th, at 10:00 am.  It takes about two hours, but you aren’t committed to the whole time if that’s too long for you. We have grabbers, bags, brooms and a sharps container.  You bring work gloves. If you are interested in helping, please email

We’ll meet at the northeast corner of Pinehurst Way and NE 115th St, rain or shine.

This is a fun event – we work in pairs and have good laughs over some of the stuff we put in our garbage bags. And it’s always nice when a neighbor honks or gives us a thumbs-up for our efforts!

Our commitment is for four cleanup events a year, but volunteering for this event does NOT commit you to future work parties.

If you participate, you’ll sign a volunteer sign-in sheet that gives you insurance coverage during the event.  I’ll go over safety precautions with everyone before we start.

Information about the City’s program is at:

If you haven’t contacted Nancy and want to show up on the spur of the moment, that’s fine.

Come on and join the party, meet your neighbors and make a difference!

Pinehurst Pets – Cheeks

Here is handsome Cheeks’ story, told by one of his people: “We adopted Cheeks in March from the Humane Society. He was originally called Mr. Cheeks but I thought Cheeks sounded more gangster. They found him at 4 years old on the mean streets of Tacoma. He’s 14 lbs of fluffy love. He loves to roll over and have his tummy rubbed. He talks to us at all hours (not always appreciated!). When he’s not laying on one of us, his favorite spot is in his cat tree keeping watch over our backyard.”

If you’d like your pet featured, please send a photo and its name and a short description or story to