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Entries from April 2014

And now we have a lost cat…Mama

April 30th, 2014 by Mike

Update: Mama has been found! We are elated and go grateful for your help!

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Angie emails this morning:

My husband and I have spent all morning searching for our cat who got out last night. Her name is Mama. We live at Northeast 96th Street and Eighth Avenue Northeast, right next door to Olympic View. Her photos are attached.

Can you please put a posting up on the blog? We’re going to put fliers up around the neighborhood. Our cell #s are 206-229-5696 and 602-373-7090.

She’s an indoor cat only, so we’re afraid she’ll meet some raccoons, dogs, etc and hope to find her soon.

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Black and white dog found, another dog lost

April 30th, 2014 by Mike

Update: Annie is home.

James from Doggie Style found her and called just a bit ago. This is my plug for all dog owners in the ‘hood: show James some love by getting your pup groomed at Doggie Style! #customers4life.

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Nancy emails:

Found black & white dog. Call 206-527-6174. Otherwise animal control coming in the morning – April 30th.

Separately, Jen emails that her dog is lost this morning:

Annie slipped out of our yard on Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 103rd. She wasn’t feeling well and I don’t think she went far, but we can’t find her. She is a sweet, 13-year-old Australian Shepherd, but looks like a fluffy puppy (big front paws). She is blue merle, mostly salt and pepper, no tail. Again, super sweet and slightly deaf. She is chipped but not wearing a collar. Please call Jen 372-8397 if found or seen.

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79 degrees at Maple Leaf Life South!

April 29th, 2014 by Mike

79 degrees and getting hotter later this week.

Shorts and sun dresses are in at the park.

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Crime items from Maple Leaf neighbors ….

April 28th, 2014 by Mike

Two- no, three -crime  things that today have come across what would once have been our transom.

* August emails this afternoon:
A common theme in Maple Leaf, but I mistakenly left my garage door open last night and in the morning, I noticed my car door and hood ajar in my garage. Someone stole the few items that were in the car, but I had nothing of real value other than a really old GPS unit that doesn’t really work well. It seemed like a grab and go, since items in my garage and trunk were not taken. However, it was quite brazen, since I live in a small 4 townhouse group on Northeast 94th Sgtreet  and you have to walk into a driveway area that only goes to our 4 garages. A reminder to always keep everything locked.
Hannah emails:
I just wanted to let you know that there was a theft that occurred between April 11-27 on the corner of Northeast 85th Street and Fourth Avenue Northeast. I can’t tell you exactly when the theft occurred because I was on vacation when it happened. The contents inside my car’s glove box and other storage units within the vehicle were strewn about the passenger seat and floor, but only a GPS device was stolen from the car. The peculiar thing about all of this was that the car windows were not damaged. I’m not sure how the suspect broke into the car without breaking the windows or damaging the door locks. This is the 2nd theft that has occurred in the last year and a half since I moved to Maple Leaf and I know that there have been numerous other crimes occurring in the area. I hope that reporting these events will help increase awareness and boost police presence.
And Jesse emails:

Hey guys,

We had a nicer fold up ladder stolen last night/this morning. It was our only access to our small roof garden.

We don’t know the brand or enough details to make a police report, but wanted to get the word out in case the community could help locate it.

Stolen from near Northeast 98th Street and 17th Avenue Northeast.

I hope someone has seen it!

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Welcome (and soon goodbye to) Brenda, our own Tunnel Boring Machine

April 28th, 2014 by Mike

Update: There is now a Sound Transit press release about this event here.

Brenda, the Tunnel Boring Machine that already bored a segment of the light rail tunnel from downtown to the University of Washington, is being given a send off this afternoon at the Maple Leaf Portal.

With speakers, ceremony and a smashed cider bottle, Brenda is on her way again from the portal across First Avenue Northeast from Silver Platters and SAS Shoes.

Two light rail tunnels will be drilled from this location to Sound Transit’s Roosevelt Station, on 12th Avenue Northeast near Northeast 65th Street.

Marcus Donner, at the Puget Sound Business Journal, has more photos here.

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Olympic View plant + book sale this weekend

April 24th, 2014 by Mike

Olympic View Elementary School’s highly popular plant sale has been combined with its annual used book sale this year, and both are this Friday and Saturday.

Together, they’ve been rebranded Books & Blooms, and as usual will take place at the school, 504 N.E. 95th St.

Hours are:

Friday Blooms 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Books 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday Books and Blooms 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A flier about the event is here. (pdf)

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Plan C for buses? Don’t forget the coming parks tax vote

April 23rd, 2014 by Mike

Late afternoon update April 24: Metro has released new estimates of what routes will be lost or changed. The original figure of 600,000 service hours lost (17 percent of service) has been reduced to 550,000 hours (16 percent).

The revised recommendation will do the following:

Delete 72 routes (formerly 74)

Change 84 routes (formerly 107)

Leave 58 routes unchanged (formerly 33)

The new estimates are here.

Update April 24: Preliminary results from election night indicate that in the state legislative district that includes Maple Leaf (the “Fightin’ 46th, which also includes much of northeast Seattle), the vote passed roughly 59 to 41 percent.

On the other hand, turnout was only 34 percent.

Returns mailed up until the Tuesday deadline are still coming in and being counted.

Also, in comments below Tim has posted a link to the map at right, which shows election night returns. Blue is “yes,” red “no.” The full countywide map is here.

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With the defeat of King County’s Proposition 1, local transit supporters have already announced an initiative, aimed at November’s ballot, to raise money locally for buses.

Seattle voters only would vote on hiking taxes only in Seattle, and the resulting buses would only serve Seattle.

The measure could raise up to $25 million a year for the next six years, enough to reverse most cuts to King County Metro routes that serve Seattle.

“Seattle will grind to a halt if we don’t act fast to save buses,” said Ben Schiendelman, founder of Friends of Transit and proponent of the ballot measure. “Seattle voters want better transit. We will not rest until we have reversed these cuts and begun making the investments we need to provide Seattle with the transit system it deserves.”

The full press release from Friends of Transit is here. The idea is to hike Seattle property taxes $22 per $100,000 of assessed value for the next six years. It thus avoids the $60 car tab fee that likely doomed Tuesday’s transit vote.

Here in Maple Leaf  the toll would be something in the neighborhood of $80 to $100 annually.

Here are stories by The Seattle Times, the Stranger and seattlepi.com.

Should another bus tax make the November ballot, it will follow a vote, currently scheduled for August, on likely the  largest property tax levy in Seattle history – for parks.

City Councilman Nick Licata sent an email blast this afternoon:

On Monday, April 28th, the City Council’s Select Committee on Parks Funding will meet to finalize its proposal for a Seattle Park District funding measure. It would go to voters in August and, if passed, would replace the city’s current levy process with a separate taxing authority authorized under the State’s amended Metropolitan Park Districts law.

Last month the Times’ Danny Westneat looked at that proposal here.

But the tax to pay for this would be the largest property-tax levy in city history — and not by a slight amount. At $54 million a year, it’s 35 percent bigger than the Seattle record-holder, the 2006 “Bridging the Gap” street-repair tax, which is still in effect.

The new parks tax would be more than double the last parks levy. Plus, under this plan it could be nearly doubled again without going back to the voters.

In today’s email Licata says the council’s committee has reduced that $54 million to “around $48 million.

“While some reductions to arrive at this level were technical administrative adjustments, such as staffing expense reductions, others did propose program reductions, such as reducing 25 new programs totaling $205,000 in the Recreation Opportunities for All category.”

Licata would like to restore $200,000 to the recreation category. He proposes other changes as well. His blog is here.

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Plan C for buses? Don't forget the coming parks tax vote

April 23rd, 2014 by Mike

Late afternoon update April 24: Metro has released new estimates of what routes will be lost or changed. The original figure of 600,000 service hours lost (17 percent of service) has been reduced to 550,000 hours (16 percent).

The revised recommendation will do the following:

Delete 72 routes (formerly 74)

Change 84 routes (formerly 107)

Leave 58 routes unchanged (formerly 33)

The new estimates are here.

Update April 24: Preliminary results from election night indicate that in the state legislative district that includes Maple Leaf (the “Fightin’ 46th, which also includes much of northeast Seattle), the vote passed roughly 59 to 41 percent.

On the other hand, turnout was only 34 percent.

Returns mailed up until the Tuesday deadline are still coming in and being counted.

Also, in comments below Tim has posted a link to the map at right, which shows election night returns. Blue is “yes,” red “no.” The full countywide map is here.

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With the defeat of King County’s Proposition 1, local transit supporters have already announced an initiative, aimed at November’s ballot, to raise money locally for buses.

Seattle voters only would vote on hiking taxes only in Seattle, and the resulting buses would only serve Seattle.

The measure could raise up to $25 million a year for the next six years, enough to reverse most cuts to King County Metro routes that serve Seattle.

“Seattle will grind to a halt if we don’t act fast to save buses,” said Ben Schiendelman, founder of Friends of Transit and proponent of the ballot measure. “Seattle voters want better transit. We will not rest until we have reversed these cuts and begun making the investments we need to provide Seattle with the transit system it deserves.”

The full press release from Friends of Transit is here. The idea is to hike Seattle property taxes $22 per $100,000 of assessed value for the next six years. It thus avoids the $60 car tab fee that likely doomed Tuesday’s transit vote.

Here in Maple Leaf  the toll would be something in the neighborhood of $80 to $100 annually.

Here are stories by The Seattle Times, the Stranger and seattlepi.com.

Should another bus tax make the November ballot, it will follow a vote, currently scheduled for August, on likely the  largest property tax levy in Seattle history – for parks.

City Councilman Nick Licata sent an email blast this afternoon:

On Monday, April 28th, the City Council’s Select Committee on Parks Funding will meet to finalize its proposal for a Seattle Park District funding measure. It would go to voters in August and, if passed, would replace the city’s current levy process with a separate taxing authority authorized under the State’s amended Metropolitan Park Districts law.

Last month the Times’ Danny Westneat looked at that proposal here.

But the tax to pay for this would be the largest property-tax levy in city history — and not by a slight amount. At $54 million a year, it’s 35 percent bigger than the Seattle record-holder, the 2006 “Bridging the Gap” street-repair tax, which is still in effect.

The new parks tax would be more than double the last parks levy. Plus, under this plan it could be nearly doubled again without going back to the voters.

In today’s email Licata says the council’s committee has reduced that $54 million to “around $48 million.

“While some reductions to arrive at this level were technical administrative adjustments, such as staffing expense reductions, others did propose program reductions, such as reducing 25 new programs totaling $205,000 in the Recreation Opportunities for All category.”

Licata would like to restore $200,000 to the recreation category. He proposes other changes as well. His blog is here.

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Fight leads to truck fire overnight near Northgate

April 20th, 2014 by Mike

Seattle Police report a fight just north of Northgate Mall ended with a truck set on fire and at least one arrest.

In addition to the police press release, our news partner The Seattle Times has a story with map here.

Police said that the suspect, a man in his 20s, was arguing with the vehicle’s owner, a 28-year old man, over a woman who was part of their group. The suspect pulled a gun, poured a flammable substance into the truck, and set it on fire. The incident occurred in the 11300 block of Corliss Avenue North.

The incident occurred just before 11 p.m.

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Easter eggs in the park – followed by “not a drizzle”

April 19th, 2014 by Mike

The Easter egg hunt in Maple Leaf Reservoir Park got going earlier this morning – followed by rain.

A lot of rain.

And wind. At Maple Leaf Life South, 19 mph at 11:19 a.m.

Umbrellas were blown inside out.

Actually, it appeared there were at least two hunts – the one pictured here, sponsored by Lux Communities, and one a couple hours earlier in the lower park. (Kids plus a puppy.)

As for the rest of the day, here’s what KOMO tweeted earlier:

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