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THORNTON CREEK ALLIANCE MEETING

  • FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLICFor questions about the meeting contact Dan Keefe at: papadan44@gmail.com

North Precinct Advisory Council Minutes for March 2019

This month we were introduced to the new North Precinct captain, Captain Eric Sano. Our previous captain, Captain O’Donnell, switched places with him, moving to Traffic Division.

Our guest speaker was Civilian Director Andrew Myerberg, Office of Police Accountability. He explained how complaints of officer misconduct are handled.

We also heard about three technology packages SPD uses in everyday activities: 911 Logging Recorder, Computer Aided Dispatch, and CopLogic, the software for making online police reports. To read more about these topics, here are the minutes.

World Dance Potluck in Lake City March 22

This is a fun event. Bring a potluck item to share and taste lots of dishes from around the world. Try out some new dances and meet new neighbors! Kid friendly.

Kids’ Art in Pinehurst Pocket Park

March’s art in the pocket park is a collaboration between Tony A. and his dad. Tony stopped by the kids’ art table at last year’s Pinehurstfest. Come to the pocket park at NE 117th St & 19th Ave NE for a stroll and a look at Tony’s piece in the kiosk. Thanks, Tony!

As always, if you would like to submit your child’s artwork (or yours!) for the Pocket Park, please email nancy@pinehurstseattle.org. 

 

March 13 Light Rail Station Open House

The City is hosting a meeting to discuss 130th and 145th station area planning on Wednesday, March 13, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Ingraham High School, 1819 N 134th St. See:

http://www.seattle.gov/…/ne-130th-and-145th-station-area-pl…

Goals for the meeting:

Plan for future changes, services and other opportunities near the stations.

Design sidewalks, bikeways and street improvements to make it easy to walk or bike to the station.

Coordinate and prioritize City investments to achieve multiple benefits.

Improve the capacity of the neighborhood to advocate for community goals.

Stolen Bikes

Once in a while people ask about stolen bikes, or about the piles of bikes at homeless encampments and wondering what the police can do about them. Here is information from Mary Amberg, our SPD Crime Prevention Coordinator. I took notes from our phone conversation, but any misinformation is mine.

First and foremost, it is very helpful to record for your records your bike’s serial number. Look online for how to find the number on the frame. Take a photo of your bike, too. For a safe place to keep track of this information, you can register the bike on the national bike index at https://bikeindex.org, but note that SPD doesn’t check recovered bikes there; it only checks them in SPD’s crime report database. It also helps SPD if you make your bike unique somehow – put stickers or tape on various parts, get a unique paint job, or engrave parts with your initials, etc.

The best hope of SPD being able to help get a stolen bike back is if you report it stolen and provide its serial number and unique features. You can report a stolen bike after the fact on the on-line reporting page: https://www.seattle.gov/police/need-help/online-reporting. You can also report the theft after the fact by calling the non-emergency line at 206-625-5011. If you see your bike being stolen, call 911 to report a crime in progress. For bikes reported after the fact, there is usually no follow-up investigation due to limited detective staff and lack of leads. The value of reporting is that if bikes with serial numbers are recovered by SPD later, the numbers are run through the reporting database and if matches are found, the bikes can be returned to their owners.

On another front, there is one SPD officer who deals exclusively with bikes. He works across all the precincts, checking shops, and trying to break up bike theft rings. He has been pretty successful making a lot of bike busts.

Bikes that are picked up by SPD are stored in the evidence warehouse for about 6 months. You can call the warehouse at 206-684-8720. But realize that if you don’t have a serial number or your bike has no unique features, and you just say your bike, for instance, is a blue Schwinn, staff isn’t going to be able to identify which of the couple dozen blue Schwinns in the warehouse is yours.

At homeless encampments, police can’t just assume piles of bikes are stolen. They can go into encampments to look for a stolen bike if there is cause to think it’s there. In general, there are way too many encampments to go through them looking for bikes reported stolen. And they can only inspect bikes that are outside. SPD must get a warrant to search inside a tent. This was established in a court case, Washington vs Pippin, which decided a person living in a tent is entitled to constitutional privacy protection like any other person has in their dwelling.

Bikes in the encampments are usually only dealt with during encampment cleanups done by the Navigation Team. When the team asks campers if bikes are theirs and they say Yes, SPD must treat them like personal property and store them so the campers can pick them up later. If they say No, staff run the serial numbers to see if they have been reported stolen, and if so, returns them to their owners. If there are no matches, the bikes are taken to the evidence warehouse and their serial numbers are put into the database. If there are bike parts in the camp that don’t have serial numbers, they are usually disposed of like other garbage in the camp.

 

 

Pinehurst Picks

In honor of the Chinese Lunar New Year 2019, the Year of the Pig, there is a temporary installation somewhere in Pinehurst. Where is it? Can you find it?

The Pig is the twelfth of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. Pig was late because he overslept. Another story says that a wolf destroyed his house. He had to rebuild his home before he could set off. When he arrived, he was the last one and could only take twelfth place.

In Chinese culture, pigs are the symbol of wealth. Their chubby faces and big ears are signs of fortune as well.

Thank you to Amy, Pinehurst knitter, for tailoring Pig’s warm winter sweater!

New CPT Officer Ryan Beck

Our SPD Community Police Team Officer Bryan Kennedy has transitioned to another team. Our new CPT Officer is Ryan Beck, who can be reached at Ryan.Beck@Seattle.gov or 206-233-3734.

The mission of the Community Police Team is to closely interact with the community to resolve neighborhood problems and concerns through the use of traditional and non-traditional police tactics and the coordinated application of resources beyond those available within the criminal justice system. We’ve often contacted our CPT when we become aware of a chronic problem like a drug house, recurrent graffiti issues, etc. Officer Beck is our go-to guy now.

Welcome, Officer Beck!

Pinehurst Community Council Meeting February 20, 2019

Please join us for the Pinehurst Community Council meeting!

The first Community Council meeting of the year will be held at Amante Pizza, 12319 Roosevelt Way NE, on Wednesday, February 20, at 6:30 pm.  We will be in the back room, clearly visible from the main dining room. Below is the agenda, and some information about each agenda item.

Hope to see you there!

Home Zone

A Home Zone is an area that is protected from lots of fast moving traffic so that streets are safe enough to walk on. Home Zones keep local access for residents, emergency access, and deliveries while discouraging cut-through traffic. Home Zones can use a variety of street improvements to accomplish this, but focus on improvements that have the best “bang for our buck” recognizing Seattle’s pedestrian budget is stretched very thin.

Northgate Light Rail Station

We’ll get an update on our light rail station that’s under construction.

Northaven Senior Living

Northaven is petitioning for zoning changes to its property to enable it to build over 80 units of low-income senior housing and a health clinic. We will learn about how it plans to help our neighborhood become more affordable.

Brainstorming

We want to hear your ideas for future community council meetings. What are your highest interests and greatest concerns? Do you have recommendations for guest speakers? Do you want more activism, like working to get grants for street improvements? Would you like meetings to sometimes be more about socializing, such as a bingo night or a kids talent show?

Kids’ Art in Pinehurst Pocket Park

In light of the impending cold snap with possible snow, and that just generally, it’s February and winter – this month’s art is a snowy scene. It’s a photo of a linoleum block print made by an adult (we’ll get back to kids’ art next month.) Come by the pocket park at NE 117th St & 19th Ave NE.

As always, if you would like to submit your child’s artwork (or yours!) for the Pocket Park, please email nancy@pinehurstseattle.org.