News Blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf Neighborhoods


Mayor brings Town Hall to Northgate C.C. tomorrow

November 26th, 2012 by master

You’re invited to have your voice heard by Mayor Mike McGinn tomorrow, Nov. 27, at a Neighborhood Town Hall starting at 5:30 p.m. at Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E.

The community gatherings are taking place around the city as part of the Engage Seattle initiative.

What Maple Leaf issues would you like to take up with our local elected leaders?

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Mayor celebrating Family Literacy Night at Northgate Elementary

March 1st, 2012 by master

Tonight Mayor Mike McGinn will help the students, families and staff of Northgate Elementary School celebrate Family Literacy Night, which also is a celebration of Dr. Seuss’ 100th birthday, and will even feature the “Cat in the Hat.”

The March 1 event begins with a meal of pizza and salad at 6 p.m., followed by the mayor reading from his favorite children’s books. In addition, there will be presentations by Seattle Public Library and Seattle Schools Literacy Coach, literacy games and more.

A news release from Seattle Public Schools and the City of Seattle says that student academic achievement is on the rise at Northgate, a K-5 school where 90 percent of the students receive free/reduced lunch and 50 percent speak English as a Second Language.

The school is located at 11725 First Ave. N.E.; attendees are invited to dress like their favorite Dr. Seuss character.

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Report a Maple Leaf pothole (and see if it gets filled)

January 31st, 2012 by Mike

From time to time we get emailed complaints about potholes in the neighborhood. Then the Pothole Rangers are called out.

A week’s worth of ice and snow have made the problem worse. Here’s an overview from the city’s pothole map. Green means a fixed pothole, blue means a request to fill one is  “pending”  (?). We don’t seem to have any yellow (not fixed for the last half year) or red (not fixed for a year).

But I know we have more potholes than this.

Mayor Mike McGinn says the city’s transportation department has $9 million available to address street surface repairs, which includes potholes. About $8.5 million of that is earmarked for main arterials.

“Freezing weather and heavy precipitation mean that we’re seeing more potholes. We’ve added dollars to respond to pothole repair requests,” McGinn says.

So let’s help out. Report potholes to the city here. Call in the rangers!

(Thanks to My Wallingford for some of this information.)

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Mayor answers questions from Northgate town hall

May 3rd, 2011 by master

Although Mayor Mike McGinn earlier released the questions and answers posed at his town hall-style visit to Northgate and Maple Leaf in March, some of the questions he was unable to answer.

Mayor Mike McGinn visted Thornton Creek Park No. 6 in March.

Now we have the answers. From the Mayor’s Office:

1) How can we respond to business concerns about day laborers looking for work at the corner of 117th and Aurora?
It’s important to understand that the main reason workers are there right now is that employers are stopping to offer them work. That’s unlikely to change in the future, but a lot of issues can be addressed with better communication between local businesses and the workers in question.

Casa Latina, a local non-profit that works to organize and educate Latino day laborers around the city, has generously offered to facilitate a meeting between local businesses and the laborers themselves to help each side better understand the other’s needs. Please contact Sol Villarreal in my office at or 206-427-3062 if you’re interested in participating in such a meeting.

2) Will there be cuts to the school lunch program next year? [Read more →]

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Seattle Times finds Mayor McGinn's tunnel statement here half true

April 18th, 2011 by Mike

Last month Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn finished his walking tour of Maple Leaf by saying he had new information about the proposed deep-bore tunnel replacement for the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

“The deep-bore tunnel, with tolls, causes more congestion and delay on city streets than any other option,” McGinn told the March 19th meeting at Aljoya Thornton Place, 450 N.E. 100th St.

Apparently he repeated the claim on KUOW public radio last week, according to Sunday’s Seattle Times “Truth Meter:”

The claim: Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn said last week on a radio appearance that the state’s data show the planned Highway 99 tolled tunnel would cause the worst downtown congestion of all options to replace the 58-year-old Alaskan Way Viaduct.

What we found: half true

We took a look at the same numbers, and the state does predict its tunnel plan would mean more car traffic in the area, which the anti-tunnel McGinn points to as more congestion. But the state’s research also says drivers would reach their destinations sooner compared with the surface-transit option McGinn favors. Because of that, we find McGinn’s statement half true.

You can read the full story here in today’s Seattle Times.

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New street projects to be announced Wednesday

September 21st, 2010 by Mike

A raft of large, new street projects will be announced Wednesday evening, the mayor’s office has announced.

Please join Mayor Mike McGinn, City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, and community members for an announcement of the list of Neighborhood Street Fund Large Projects to be funded and built in 2010-2012. These projects directly reflect neighborhoods’ desires for improvements that support walking, biking, and transit. Each three year cycle, Bridging the Gap helps build approximately $4.5 million in community nominated large projects throughout Seattle.

The announcement is set for 6:30 p.m. just outside Maple Leaf. The e-mail from the mayor’s office says it’s at Ravenna Avenue Northeast and 90th Avenue Northeast, but doesn’t name the location. It’s not on the mayor’s or Rasmussen’s calendars, either.

Correction, 4:30 p.m.: The mayor’s office has now corrected the location to Northeast 90th Street and Ravenna. And the announcement will be al fresco.

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