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Entries from June 2015

Headline: “Late-night munchies leads to pursuit of stolen car”

June 13th, 2015 by Mike

Hear any excitement overnight?

Seattle Police Detective Patrick Michaud this morning released this email:

Two officers were ordering food at a drive-through restaurant at 1 a..m. in the 2100 block of North. Northgate Way when they noticed something odd, a stolen car in line directly in front of them.

The officers called for reinforcements who arrived faster than the two people in the stolen car could get their food. The driver of the stolen car suddenly swerved out of the line and tried exiting the restaurant parking lot. Backup officers had already blocked all exits trapping the car.

The car stopped momentarily while the driver yelled that the female passenger had a gun. The stolen car suddenly sped backward ramming a patrol car six times before driving over a raised curb. Officers pursued the stolen car for 15 blocks before the chase became too dangerous to continue.

The King County helicopter, Guardian One, spotted the stolen car parked not too far from where officers called off the pursuit. As officers closed in on the stolen car it took off again, eventually going south on I-5.

Guardian One saw the car exit in the Eastlake area and drop off the passenger who was seen running into a nearby wooded area. The stolen car again sped away. Patrol officers, Guardian One, and Harbor Patrol units scoured the area, but were unable to find the suspects or the car.

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“Summer of Learning” begins at our branch libraries

June 11th, 2015 by Mike

Nearly a century old, this year’s summer program from The Seattle Public Library – “Summer of Learning” – begins Monday.

Called Wild Science!, this summer’s program encourages reading and activities around science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

The program runs from Monday, June 15 through Thursday, Sept. 10 and program guides and activity booklets for children, teens and parents of children from birth to age 5 are already available in the branch libraries.

New this year, thanks to our partnership with Woodland Park Zoo, we will award each participant two free tickets to the zoo, while supplies last. Participants are asked to complete as many programs and activities as they can and then fill out and return a simple survey starting Aug. 1. Zoo tickets are good Sept. 11, 12, or 13.

Here is the link for local programs at the Northgate Branch.

For a musical program for children ages 5 and up, on Friday Aug. 28th at 10:30 a.m. at the Northgate Community Center click here.

For programs at the Green Lake Branch click here.

More information, including links to the surveys, is on the Library’s website here. A link to activities parents can do with their children from birth up to age 5 is on the Library’s website here.

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Two neighbors report break-ins this week – plus police are taking a crime survey

June 11th, 2015 by Mike

Update Thursday p.m. On the police survey, it’s now possible to take it online at SurveyMonkey.

Sgt. Newsom emails:

Wow, I want to thank the almost 200 people who filled out the survey in less than 24 hours. You are all awesome. After my email blew up I listened to all your great advice. I am attaching a link to survey monkey. This way you can answer the survey out and not have to print, fill out and respond.


Two neighbors email to report break-ins – one of a car, the other a home.

James this morning said:

Just wanted to give you guys a heads up.

My driver’s side front window was broken tonight at around 9:30 p.m. (I’m guessing), looked like someone hit it with the end of a hard blunt object. Small entry hole, near the top of the window. Didn’t look like they tried to steal anything as it was so high away from the handle/lock button. I was parked on the street.

Nothing was stolen, just vandalized. Pretty crappy thing to do.

James lives at Northeast 96th Street and 20th Avenue Northeast.

And this email was sent both to us and to NextDoor Northgate/Maple Leaf:

Hello neighbors – We were the unfortunate victims of an attempted break-in at our home today. We have an ADT security system and have signs posted at the end of our long driveway and all over the house; this was not a deterrent.

I got home around 11:30 a.m., disarmed the alarm, then took my dog out for a walk for 15 minutes around the block. At 11:45 a.m., I noticed a TAN JEEP CHEROKEE with TWO MALES – they were sitting, engine running – in front of my house.

I took a close look because they looked suspicious, then when I peered harder, they drove off slowly, didn’t stop, and kept going… my suspicions were confirmed when my husband came home later and we attempted to set the alarm when we were heading out for another walk. The alarm would not set….

My husband then went downstairs and saw that our basement bathroom window had been pushed open, likely with a crowbar, and the sensor for the security system had been knocked off. The prowlers knocked this in while I was away for those 15 minutes!

This occurred on First Avenue Northeast and Northeast 90th Street.

Meanwhile, the police North Precinct, which covers Seattle north of the ship canal, sent a survey to the NextDoor Northgate/Maple Leaf group.

Sgt. Dianne Newsom says: “We would really like to hear from as many Neighbors as possible. The policing plans are to assist us in giving you the best service we can with the resources we have available. Could you fill out the surveys at your convenience and return them?”

Here is a .pdf of the survey. Here it is as a Word .docs. You can return it to dianne.newsom(at)

Its top two questions:

1.) What are the top three public safety issues that make you feel unsafe in your neighborhood?
2.) Tell us what you want to see from the North precinct to address the three concerns you identified above.

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Lake City Farmers Market opens this afternoon

June 11th, 2015 by Mike

The closest Farmers Market to Maple Leaf, in Lake City, opens this afternoon at 3 p.m.

But it won’t be cold and raining, like in the picture above from 2013.

It will be dry, cool and delightful.

The market will be open Thursdays from 3-7 p.m. until October 1st. It’s located at Northeast 125th Street and 28th Avenue Northeast.

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Questions and answers for City Council election

June 9th, 2015 by Mike

Update June 11: The Stranger has an update on the mayor’s $930 million proposed transportation levy.

In addition to the video of last week’s City Council forum, the Maple Leaf Community Council sent all local candidates a questionnaire, as it has done for every citywide election since 2011.

The questions, and the candidates’ answers, are now posted here.

We have delivered the questionnaire to all candidates for Seattle City Council in District 4, District 5, Position 8, and Position 9 who were registered by the city’s registration deadline…. The deadline for responses from the candidates was June 1, 2015.

The amount of work that went into this is considerable. Each of 18 candidate replies can be downloaded. (Five candidates did not respond.)

Reading the responses takes a fair amount of work, too. Some can be rough slogging.

Things to look for:

* Does the candidate rely on Mayor Ed Murray’s $930 million Move Seattle levy – the largest proposed levy in Seattle history – to fund improvements?

The city believes the levy – at about $300 a year for a half-million dollar home – will be strongly supported, but Crosscut talked to several experts who aren’t so sure. Seattle PI columnist Joel Connelly has a similar take.

* How does the candidate reconcile affordable housing with increasing density?

* Does the candidate believe it’s necessary for our neighborhoods to form additional taxing districts (LIDs) to pay for things like sidewalks?

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Volleyball at the park, raptor overhead – and it’s hot

June 7th, 2015 by Mike

Tents and nets fill the center of Maple Leaf Reservoir Park this morning.

Several osprey are also in the neighborhood, dining al fresco on fish.

And the National Weather Service has issued a heat warning:





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Video of local candidates forum now online

June 5th, 2015 by Mike

Update June 6: Erica C. Barnett has reported on the forum. In which she calls out sidewalk funding, “also known as The Most Important Issue Facing North Seattle Ever.”

More than 70 people attended Wednesday’s candidate forum sponsored by the Maple Leaf Community Council.

The council has now posted video of the event. Other photos are on the council’s Facebook page.

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Changes come to Maple Leaf bus routes

June 4th, 2015 by Mike

Beginning Saturday, a number of changes take effect on local bus routes – funded in part by passage of Seattle’s Proposition 1 last November, which adds 110,000 hours to dozens of routes in the city.

The easiest way to determine if this affects you is to use this online tool provided by King County Metro.

For example, for Maple Leaf’s popular Route 41, the tool advises:

On weekday evenings, seven southbound trips to downtown Seattle and seven northbound trips to Lake City will be added.

On Saturday, five southbound and eight northbound trips will be added.

On Sunday, two morning and two evening southbound and northbound trips will be added.

These changes will improve service frequency to about every 15 minutes on weekdays and Saturday. Early morning and evening service frequency will improve to about every 30 minutes.

If you’re a regular bus rider and want to flag Maple Leaf changes, please do so in comments.

For more information visit Metro Online.

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Starting today, real-time transit on Google Maps

June 2nd, 2015 by Mike

Now there’s another way to tell where your bus is – on Google Maps.

Starting today in Google Maps, relevant journeys are handily arranged and summarized in the app—so it’s easy to know at a glance how long you’ll be waiting and what your other options are if you just miss that bus.

Sound a lot like OneBusAway, the app used for years by thousands of Seattle commuters to figure out when to be at their stop?

That’s in part because the guy who wrote OneBusAway- as a University of Washington grad student and was then hired by Google – is responsible. From Geekwire:

The new data is being included thanks to Brian Ferris, who created the popular OneBusAway app before being hired by Google in 2011. Google added real-time data for Portland, Ore., later that year, and other cities like Chicago and London have been added since then, but Seattleites have had to rely on timetable data until now.

The change means users will now receive real-time information instead of relying on timetables. Route options will include the on-time status of different transportation options. This means you may be advised to jump on light rail if traffic is slowing down buses, or told to switch to a different bus line if you just missed your normal bus.

Good news? Mostly.

Using the transit data involves calling up Google Maps, remembering how to add layers to it, selecting the “Public transit” layer, not noticing anything new on the map, zooming WAY in and noting bus stops have been added as little blue bus icons.

Touch the icon and bus routes and times appear in a swipe-up menu at the bottom of the screen.

It’s like OneBusAway except that the original, stand-alone app is faster and also tells you if buses are delayed – and by how much.

But it lives in an app – Google Maps – you almost certainly already have and use.

(Thanks to the Seattle Transit Blog for Tweeting about this earlier today.)

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