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?



Lake City Library Reopening

The library will reopen on January 2, and there will be a celebration on Saturday January 12 from 1-3 p.m., with refreshments and entertainment.  Mark your calendars now! 


Snow-Safe Driving

Are you a snow-safe driver? Try this Pemco Insurance quiz to test what you know in the snow. Answers are below.

  1. If your rear tires start to slide, should you “steer into the skid?”
  2. Is it better to approach a snowy hill at a steady speed rather than “getting a run at it” so momentum will carry you to the top?
  3. Do stopping distances triple in the snow compared with dry pavement?
  4. Should you use daytime running lights in the snow?
  5. Should you keep tire pressure the same, regardless of the season?
  6. Should you stay behind a snow plow?
  7. Does cold weather weaken my car’s battery?
  8. In snowy or icy conditions, should pedestrians always walk facing traffic?
  9. If you get stuck, should you stay with the vehicle?
  10. Should you turn off cruise control in freezing weather?


  1. Yes,but that term “steering into a skid” is confusing. A simpler way to say it is to steer in the direction you want the front of the car to go. If your rear wheels are skidding to the right, for example, the front of your car will be pointing slightly left. You want to turn your wheel gently to the right to straighten the car. Resist the urge to brake, because that can make the skid worse. Once you’ve regained control, take your skid as a sign you need to slow down.
  2. Yes, a steady speed gives you a better chance to crest the hill safely. But better yet is planning a route that avoids hills in snowy conditions whenever possible.
  3. Yes. That’s especially important to keep in mind when you’re approaching intersections.
  4. Yes. They help other drivers see you.
  5. Yes. While you may have heard that reducing tire pressure improves traction, it’s safest to follow manufacturers’ recommendations for tire pressure.
  6. Yes. That’s safer than trying to pass it and you’ll have freshly cleared road to drive on. Just remember to give the plow LOTS of space – a full eight car lengths.
  7. Yes. Frigid temperatures can sap your battery by 30%, so to be on the safe side, consider replacing batteries older than five years.
  8. Yes. That gives you a chance to see a car that’s starting to slide and to get out of the way.
  9. Yes. Unless you can see help from where you are and it’s safe to walk there without risk, stay warm inside your car and wait for help. Keep your exhaust pipe clear of ice and snow to avoid carbon monoxide buildup inside the car.
  10. Yes. Its automatic acceleration or downshifting.