Reduction of Bus Service if Metro Shortfall Not Solved

Metro is facing a 17% reduction in service due to budget shortfalls in the 2012-13 budget. This document shows a possible scenario for eliminating 600,000 hours of transit service over the next two years. It shows our north end buses 67, 68, 72 and 73 could be eliminated. Metro is making a proposal for a congestion reduction charge of $20 per King County vehicle to avoid these cuts.

The Metropolitan King County Council’s Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee will host three special evening hearings to hear public testimony on the proposed transit service reduction and the Metro Transit budget crisis. These meetings are an opportunity for you to learn about the proposals and weigh in on the future of Metro transit. The meeting in Seattle is:

Tuesday, July 12, 6:00 p.m.
King County Council Chambers 
516 Third Avenue, 10th Floor, Seattle

Bark! Espresso hosts Game Party Sun. 7/10 3 – 5 pm

Local cafe Bark! Espresso hosts board and card game play for all ages free and open to the public Sunday, July 10, 3 – 5 pm.

Location: 11335 Roosevelt Way NE Seattle, WA 98125
11335 Roosevelt Way Northeast
Seattle, WA 98125-6227
(206) 364-0185

All are welcome to bring games, or enjoy what’s on hand.

Tips for Reducing Bike Thefts

It’s summertime and we’re all out riding our bikes, right? The last thing we want is for our bikes to get stolen. Burglary detectives see stolen bikes being sold within hours of the theft on e-bay; Craigslist; in pawn shops and even on the street (one thief was selling stolen bikes on the Burke Gilman Trail). Here are some crime prevention tips from Seattle Police:

  • Write down the serial number of your bike and keep the number in a safe place.  Look for the serial number on your bike’s head tube, seat post tube, under the crank, or on the frame’s rear wheel mount. 
  • Take a photograph of your bicycle. 
  • If your bike is stolen, call SPD to report the crime and give the call-taker the serial number and any other identifying marks on your bicycle.  Try to get a police incident number that you can use for your insurance claim.
  • Always lock your bike, the whole bike (through the frame and both wheels).  Use more than one kind of lock if possible.  Typically, bolt cutters are used to cut through the locking devices.  Not all locks are equal, and you get what you pay for with locks.  If the lock’s manufacturer offers a warranty or insurance, register the lock and get the serial number of it.
  • Lock your bike to something permanent.  Lock it in a visible spot and someplace nearby. 
  • Lock your bike even if you are parking it on a porch; in the basement, the garage or storage unit.  Storing your bike inside is preferred. 
  • As always, use 9-1-1 to report anything suspicious. 

Another way to reduce this type of crime is to never buy stolen bikes. If the deal is too good to be true, it probably is stolen.

These tips are brought to us by Terrie Johnston, our Crime Prevention Coordinator.

Fireworks Are Illegal in Seattle But Don’t Call 9-1-1

This message comes to us from our Crime Prevention Coordinator, Terrie Johnston:

“Please remember that fireworks are not legal in the City of Seattle.  The 4th of July is perhaps the busiest day of the year for our 9-1-1 Communications Center.  The Comm. Ctr. becomes overloaded by non-emergency fireworks calls.  So only for July 4th , DO NOT call 9-1-1 unless you have life threatening emergency and need immediate response from Police, Fire or Medics.  You may use our non-emergency line to report Firework violations at 625-5011.”

Have a safe and happy holiday!

Kids Art at Pinehurst Pocket Park

EvanBugsThree year old Evan has made us another cool picture for our Pocket Park.

This one is a summer scene, with the sun, a bird, a butterfly and bugs. Thanks, Evan!

The Pocket Park is at 19th Ave NE and NE 117th St.

If you would like to submit an artwork for the Pocket Park, please email or come to Pinehurstfest, where we’ll have a table where kids can make drawings. We’ll put them on matt board donated for this purpose by FRAMEIT Ltd (539 NE Northgate Way) and put them up one by one at the Pocket Park.

REMINDER: Pinehurstfest July 16th!

I’ll keep this short as I’m getting married Sunday (only some last minute planning still left) but I wanted to make sure to send out another reminder on Pinehurstfest. It’s on Saturday July 16th from 2-5pm.


Pinehurst Community Council By-Laws On-Line

We posted the PCC by-laws on the Pinehurst Community Council page of this blog. Navigate to that page from the panel on the right side of the screen, under the Pages heading. Or read them here.

Pinehurst Land Use Notice

I don’t know any details other than what you see below but it looks like a nice mixed use project. It’s good to see mixed use as opposed to all the apartments and condos along 15th with nothing on the ground floor.

[EDIT:] It was pointed out that because the zoning is NC-40 and it’s in the Northgate Overlay District they’re required to have the commercial space on the ground floor. Also, this project was started and then stopped earlier.

Notice of Design Review Early Design Guidance Meeting











Contact phone:



Colin Vasquez

Planner phone:



The Director of DPD is convening the Design Review Board for an early design guidance meeting.


To propose a mixed use structure with 12 residential units above 1,400 sq. ft. of commercial use with at grade accessory parking provided within the structure. 


The applicants have applied for Design Review related to development of this site.  At the early design guidance meeting, the applicants will present information about the site and vicinity.  The public may offer comments regarding the design and siting ofa development on the subject site; and the Design Review Board members will also offer comments and identify those Citywide Design Guidelines of highest priority in developing the site.


Date: Monday, July 18, 2011

06:30 p.m.

Location: University Heights Center
5031 University Way NE
Room 209


For more information regarding this application or the Design Review process, you may contact the Land Use Planner listed above.  If you are unable to attend this meeting but would like to be informed of future meetings, please call the Land Use Planner to become a party of record.

The top of this image is North. This map is for illustrative purposes only. In the event of omissions, errors or differences, the documents in DPD’s files will control.

Pinehurstfest – Food Donations Accepted for North Helpline

One of the community organizations that will have a table at Pinehurstfest is North Helpline. It is a local organization that operates a food bank in Lake City. Recently it announced that donations were down, especially for protein foods. We’ll have a donation barrel at Pinehurstfest, so please consider making a donation of non-perishable foods, especially things like tuna and peanut butter. Thank you! See more about Pinehurstfest here. We hope to see you at our fun annual festival July 16th!


Police Picnic Coming Up July 9th

The Seattle Police Department North Precinct’s northprecinct_posterannual picnic is approaching.

Put it on your calendar!

It’s fun; I went last year and had a good time.

There was free food, music and dance on stage, tours of the precinct station, community tables, and I got to meet the bomb squad and their robots, swat team, the harbor patrol, and a huge police dog!

It’s Saturday, July 9th, 1-4pm.

The precinct is at 10049 College Way North (turn south on Meridian from Northgate Way and it eventually becomes College Way North), just north of North Seattle Community College, on the west side of the street. Parking is on the street.