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Entries from February 2015

Overnight rollover crash blocks 15th Ave. N.E.

February 28th, 2015 by Mike

A rollover crash on 15th Avenue Northeast drew more than a dozen fire units to Maple Leaf overnight.

KOMO-TV reports: “An SUV sideswiped a parked truck, flipped over, and blocked traffic around 12:30 a.m.  Two people were inside the SUV, and one person was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.”

The accident occurred near the intersection with Northeast 91st Street.

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The (very many) dogs of Maple Leaf

February 28th, 2015 by Mike

Dog note: Seattle DogSpot posts the news that the state Legislature passed a bill making it illegal to leave a pet locked in a car under dangerous conditions.

Calvin as shark this past Halloween.

Sorry, Maple Leaf.

Despite repeated assertions over years that Maple Leaf (or at least the 98115 zip code) has more Dog Density than any neighborhood in Seattle, we don’t.

Not even close.

We know this thanks to our news partners The Seattle Times, whose FYI Guy has crunched the numbers by zip code.

Green Lake, Ballard – even downtown – top the Dog Density list, with more than 800 dogs per square mile.

The Maple Leaf Dog Oasis, a prime protector and feeder of local canines, regrets to learn this.

(HOWEVER we can report, anecdotally, that dog traffic at the Oasis has doubled – perhaps tripled – since the opening of the north entrance to the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park. We know this because the treat jar at the Oasis now has to be refilled daily.)

In Maple Leaf, Dog Density is between 400 and 600. In the 98115 zip code, that’s 80 dogs per 1,000 residents.

One zip code north of Ballard boasts 116 dogs per 1,000 two-legs.

The Dog Oasis is neutral on the Times’ finding that the most popular dog name here is “Lucy.”

There are a total of 490 dogs named Lucy in the city, and that’s not including variants of the name, like Lucy Latte (could a dog name get any more Seattle?).

If you go to the Times’ dog map, note that it’s interactive.

Also:  “In Seattle, one out of seven dogs is a Lab, and the breed dominates all but two Seattle ZIP codes: Downtown’s 98101 and Pioneer Square’s 98104 — Chihuahuas hold court in both.”

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Neighbors report crime news here

February 24th, 2015 by Mike

Robin emails this afternoon:

Just wanted to alert our neighbors that our home (we live on Northeast 102nd Street here in Maple Leaf) was broken into in broad daylight yesterday morning.

There were at least two intruders, possibly three in a gold-colored car with tinted windows and they smashed two windows and ultimately just bashed in the front door. Some valuables and our safe were stolen.

Thanks to the quick response from Seattle police and the Burien police, our safe was recovered, though broken, within an hour or so in Burien and we got back most of our personal papers.

Also, John emails a link to Washington’s Most Wanted: “He was involved with two others in the robbery of a patron met at Roosevelt 7/11 you reported on January 17. Post the video link, and maybe we get him busted.”

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Candidate forums for Maple Leaf’s City Council seats

February 24th, 2015 by Mike

Update March 5: The Seattle Times has coverage of City Council candidates here and here today.

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So far we know more about the three Seattle City Council members who are leaving the council than we do about the candidates who remain.

And there are a lot of them.

In Seattle’s new district, or ward, system, the vast majority of Maple Leaf is in Council District 5.

Our neighborhood’s southernmost toe, south of Northeast 85th Street, is in Council District 4.

Councilwomen Jean Godden is the incumbent in the 4th District. There is no incumbent in the 5th District.

Only two of the nine council members will run at large (citywide).

A forum for 5th District candidates is set for Wednesday, March 11, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

It’s hosted by the Broadview Community Council at the Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave. N.

Calling all community council members, neighborhood activists, business advocates, political junkies, civic troublemakers, citizens with a beef, and all other North Seattle voters!

This is the time to meet candidates for Seattle City Council in

YOUR VERY OWN District 5.

*  Sandy Brown

* Mercedes Elizalde

*  Debora Juarez

*  Mian Rice

*  David Toledo

*  Halei Watkins

Learn about their background and experience, ask them questions, grade them, and challenge them to be transparent. Decide who might get your donation and/or your vote.

Another forum, for 4th District candidates, will potentially be held in late June and again in October, and is being organized under the auspices  of the Northeast District Council.

Our news partner The Seattle Times is tracking the council elections here. The Times also has an opinion piece here, which argues the council may well move further left.

The Seattle Weekly, meanwhile, is arguing the election may well give Mayor Ed Murray more power.

The official city candidate list is here.

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Candidate forums for Maple Leaf's City Council seats

February 24th, 2015 by Mike

Update March 5: The Seattle Times has coverage of City Council candidates here and here today.

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So far we know more about the three Seattle City Council members who are leaving the council than we do about the candidates who remain.

And there are a lot of them.

In Seattle’s new district, or ward, system, the vast majority of Maple Leaf is in Council District 5.

Our neighborhood’s southernmost toe, south of Northeast 85th Street, is in Council District 4.

Councilwomen Jean Godden is the incumbent in the 4th District. There is no incumbent in the 5th District.

Only two of the nine council members will run at large (citywide).

A forum for 5th District candidates is set for Wednesday, March 11, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

It’s hosted by the Broadview Community Council at the Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave. N.

Calling all community council members, neighborhood activists, business advocates, political junkies, civic troublemakers, citizens with a beef, and all other North Seattle voters!

This is the time to meet candidates for Seattle City Council in

YOUR VERY OWN District 5.

*  Sandy Brown

* Mercedes Elizalde

*  Debora Juarez

*  Mian Rice

*  David Toledo

*  Halei Watkins

Learn about their background and experience, ask them questions, grade them, and challenge them to be transparent. Decide who might get your donation and/or your vote.

Another forum, for 4th District candidates, will potentially be held in late June and again in October, and is being organized under the auspices  of the Northeast District Council.

Our news partner The Seattle Times is tracking the council elections here. The Times also has an opinion piece here, which argues the council may well move further left.

The Seattle Weekly, meanwhile, is arguing the election may well give Mayor Ed Murray more power.

The official city candidate list is here.

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New: Found baseball glove. (Old: Keys found near N.E. 91st St.)

February 19th, 2015 by Mike

John emails overnight: “Found baseball glove, Olympic View Elementary School, 2/20/2015.

Ashley emails:

We found a large set of about 15 keys in the gravel dead-end street of Northeast 91st Street and 20th Avenue Northeast (in front of Grunge City Crossfit and near the Stratford Assisted Living).

If someone is missing them, they can be retrieved by commenting below.

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Dog meets cactus: Maple Leaf neighbors help

February 17th, 2015 by Mike

Grace emails:

I’d like to give a shout out to a local who really helped me out yesterday with a thorny situation. I love our neighborhood. People are so nice!

Walking my dog Luna on Northeast 90th street near Maple Leaf Ace Hardware, and as dogs do she was sniffing around the front edge of a neighbor’s yard ( 2-3 feet off the sidewalk but admittedly in their yard).

Suddenly she was covered with sticky, thorny cactus stickers. They were all over her face and paws. I couldn’t touch them. They needed leather gloves or tweezers.

Two ladies were walking by with their dog and one came over to help me. She calmly used her fingers to pull them off my dog. It took a good five minutes while I held my upset dog and wasn’t easy. I’m sure she poked herself a lot. The stickers burned and itched.

I was so upset that I thanked her profusely but didn’t get a name to thank her appropriately.

Luna and I then went right to Maple Leaf Vet where they were able to squeeze her in and pulled fifteen thorns out of her paws.

So a big thank you to a local, whose name I don’t know but would love to, and to the vet for squeezing her in. I’ve thanked them. And paid them. But the local I probably would not even recognize if I saw her.

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Good morning, Maple Leaf – plus a found bag

February 15th, 2015 by Mike

Did we mention it’s gonna be 54 degrees and bright sun this afternoon of Feb. 15th?

Moving along, this bag was found Saturday afternoon on 15th Avenue Northeast. Anybody know the owner?

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Our Scarlet-fronted Parakeets are back

February 14th, 2015 by Mike

Maple Leaf’s own feral flock of Scarlet-fronted Parakeets have returned.

At least a half-dozen of them were spotted (and heard!) at noon today near Northeast 88th Street and 12th Avenue Northeast.

They flew off to the northeast. (Minutes later, an American Crow chased a Merlin off a conifer near 15th Avenue Northeast. It flew off southeast.)

We last posted about the feral flock in 2011. Then, and more recently, only a few birds were seen.

We first wrote about them in 2010:

The flock has been around for decades, at least since the early 1990s, and possibly got started when bird-lovers discovered their pet parakeets were too loud to keep in the house. Local lore has it that the birds winter in Maple Leaf and spend summer vacations at Seward Park.

The size of the flock varies, but there don’t seem to be as many now as eight or 10 years ago, when a dozen or more parakeets would descend on the neighborhood. Over time they have been called parrots, Crimson-fronted parakeets, Red-fronted Conures and Mitred conures.

(Aratinga wagleri photo courtesy Dennis Paulson.)

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Traffic news: 20-mph zones and rush hour times

February 13th, 2015 by Mike

Our news partner The Seattle Times posted two stories this week that should interest many, perhaps most, of us.

Today’s piece is on a pilot program in Seattle to reduce speeds on some arterials streets from 35 mph to 20 mph. As for major streets,the plan calls for: “Review arterial speed limits and reduce to 30 mph or lower.”

Seattle will try limits of 20 mph for streets in five to 10 residential areas this year — including a swath of Lake City around the library, and a piece of Seward Park Avenue South at Rainier Beach High School.

Cities may lower speeds under a bill sponsored by Rep. Cindy Ryu, D-Shoreline, that passed the Legislature in 2013.

This has been frequently discussed in Maple Leaf, but until the new legislation passed there was no legal authority for local officials to make the change. The argument is that many more pedestrians (or bicyclists) can survive being hit by a car at 20 mph than at 35-40 mph.

None of Maple Leaf’s streets are directly involved in this year’s change, but proposed future changes include part of Lake City Way Northeast in our neighborhood (green lines).

The plan, dubbed Vision Zero, involves a number of other changes:

The city’s broad traffic-safety effort will include slower speeds, more school-zone cameras, fewer right turns on red and targeted enforcement. The name, “Vision Zero,” refers to a statewide effort by law enforcement, government, urbanist and safety groups to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries.

The Times story is here. The full Vision Zero plan (pdf) is here.

The Times’ “FYI Guy” earlier this week posted an interactive look at commute times throughout the city under the headline: “What times does your neighborhood leave for work?”

Locally, the FYI Guy says:

Very few of us leave for work in the late morning or afternoon, but it’s not uncommon in areas with a large concentration of people who do shift work, such as food service or retail jobs. The University District has a high percentage, as do Northgate, downtown Seattle and many areas in south King County.

The story and map are here. Below is the 10 a.m. commute from Northgate.

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