* There WAS a plan to spend around $20 million to connect the neighborhoods across Interstate 5 to Maple Leaf and the Northgate transit center and light rail station via a pedestrian and bike bridge from North Seattle College to the station. Got that? (It entirely avoids the word “interagency.”)
* It ran out of money. Specifically, Sound Transit set a July 2015 full funding deadline, after which it would withdraw the $5 million it committed. Seattle failed to get a federal grant, leading to a cliffhanger going into the new year….
In a recent response, Sound Transit staff say they will recommend that their Board extend the deadline to February 2016. While not a huge amount of extra time, it will give leaders more opportunities to identify funding options.
Two different readers emailed to alert the neighborhood to possible scams this weekend.
Late this morning Steve wrote:
A fellow calling himself “Larry Anderson” called late Saturday afternoon to say that the utility bill for our son’s restaurant was overdue and our power would be shut off.
He said go to the drug store to buy a PaymentPak and call him back with the 10-digit number. “Larry” is probably in Belize or Florida….there is no such person working for the power company. I DID NOT buy a PaymentPak I DID NOT PAY HIM $400! I did call the FBI and I did contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
The key is that utility companies do not ask for money order or paymentpak payments, especially on weekends when all the staff has gone home.
I wanted to put the word out that a man came to my door this evening (Eighth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 94th Street) asking “where we wanted him to deliver our free newspaper”. He said “they were offering free newspapers to people”.
I told him we didn’t take the paper and didn’t want it. He left without trying to come into my home, but immediately got into a truck and drove away instead of continuing on to another house as he should have done if he was in fact selling the newspaper.
This incident was very similar (not the same man) to an incident that occurred last summer at the same time of day/same day of the week (Saturday).
I reported the incident to 911 and she said they would send a car to do a drive-by. Just wanted neighbors to be aware.
KIRO is now tweeting: “Steady rain is moving out of Puget Sound and into the Cascade Mtns. Much drier evening w/ fewer showers.”
But North Seattle College (just across Interstate 5 from Maple Leaf on Northeast 92nd Street just emailed: “Northeast parking lot near the Wellness Center will be closed off due to flooding.Please remove your car if you are parked in the NE lot as soon as possible.”
Any other flooded areas?
Rain returns Saturday.
(Rain update: 0.86 inches this morning at Maple Leaf Life South.)
“The 5 day rainfall total for the mountains could be 10 to 13 inches in some areas, with 1 to 4 inches for the lowlands…. Winds will be southerly and gusty for nearly all areas tonight through Friday, with the strongest winds on the Coast and North Interior.
“Winds could be gusty again Saturday. Stay tuned to the latest forecasts for this wet and windy weekend!”
Probably the most significant West Coast heavy rain event of the winter will occur during the next few days, with Northern California being the hardest hit. Three “atmospheric rivers” will strike the coast between now and Sunday, with the middle one possibly being the strongest in years.
Overnight Wednesday into today 0.72 inches of rain fell at Maple Leaf Life South.
In more terrestrial pursuits – mail theft, John emails:
Found a big pile of stolen mail at Olympic View Elementary School playground. Included some folks’ tax stuff. I’d found more in early January along Eighth Avenue Northeast in the vicinity of the school and dumped near my house on Northeast 97th Street.
One neighbor’s stolen mail included a credit card statement, and someone subsequently tried to use that card fraudulently.