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Entries from June 2010

Queen Anne could lose crime prevention coordinator

June 30th, 2010 by Doug Alder

The people who work directly with our neighborhood in preventing crime could soon be out of a job.  The six civilian crime prevention coordinators for the Seattle Police Department, including West Precinct and Queen Anne coordinator Terrie Johnston, have been told they’ll lose their jobs next spring when grant money runs out.

The crime prevention coordinators work directly with residents doing everything from setting up block watches to going door to door to warn about recent crimes. They’ve been part of the police budget up until last October, when the positions then became paid for with federal grant money. That ends on March 31 of next year.

“We are the link between the community and the police department,” Terrie Johnston (pictured right) told us. “Patrol officers are often promoted or transfer out. We’re the ones in people’s living rooms and churches.”

Johnston and her fellow coordinators have logged hundreds of community meetings over the past year. She worries that officers and precinct bosses won’t be able to give residents one on one attention if the crime prevention coordinators are let go.

“When we’re gone, who will take the time?”

Councilmember Tim Burgess, who chairs the Public Safety and Education committee, tells us his office is closely tracking the issue as it heads toward the mayor and council. If you’d like to voice your opinions, here’s a link to the mayor and City Council.

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BHS sports paperwork deadline extended

June 30th, 2010 by Cory Bergman

Earlier this week we reported that the paperwork for fall sports at Ballard High School would be accepted until today, June 30th. Today’s deadline has been extended. According to the Beaver Athletics website:

Athletic paperwork will be accepted in the main office Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon during the month of July (with the exception of July 5 as the office will be closed for the Independence Day holiday.) Paperwork only (not payments) will be accepted; this will greatly reduce your wait time in August when you or your student comes in to pay fees.

In August, football players must turn in their paperwork and pay fees on August 11th between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. All other fall athletes must turn in their paperwork on August 17th between 9 a.m. and noon or August 18th between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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SPD releases neighborhood crime map

June 29th, 2010 by Thea

As part of an ongoing effort to make crime reports more readily available to the public, the city and the Seattle Police Department have created an interactive map that displays all manner of crimes, including robberies, homicides, to theft and graffiti.

This screenshot shows incidents recorded in Queen Anne and Magnolia from Tuesday, June 22 to Tuesday, June 29, and almost all fall under the category of property crime/theft.

Different crimes are represented by color-coded icons. And according to the city, crimes should be visible on the map within 12 hours of being first reported to police. (For up to the minute updates, see SeattleCrime.com’s interactive crime map). Along with the map of a particular incident location, a pop-up dialogue box also offers a brief description of the crime and a police report number that can be used to look up the report on the SPD  crime report website unveiled last month.Q

Queen Anne View reports on most crimes in the neighborhood, including car prowls, vandalism and break-ins. However, we don’t always find out about everything. If you know of a crime in our neighborhood, please email us at tips@queenanneview.com

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BHS sports paperwork accepted until Wednesday

June 29th, 2010 by Cory Bergman

To avoid the lines in August, Ballard High School is accepting fall sports paperwork until June 30th (that’s tomorrow.) If you have a student hoping to play a fall sport at BHS, paperwork is due during the summer break. If you miss the June 30th cutoff, the paperwork won’t be accepted until August when the lines can be pretty long. Here are the August dates to turn in paperwork, pay the sport fees and buy the ASB card:

Football players:
August 11 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

All other fall sports:
August 17 between 9 a.m. and noon
August 18 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Here is the packet (.pdf) that needs to be filled out completely and the parent release form (.pdf) that also needs to be filled out. Forms that aren’t completed will be given back to the student.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact athletic secretary Sharon Davis at 252-1000. Sharon is in the office from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through June 30. More information on Beaver athletics can be found here.

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Pictures from Seattle Pride 2010

June 28th, 2010 by Thea

For anyone who was in downtown Seattle this weekend, you probably caught some of the Pride Parade, which poured into Seattle Center mid-day Sunday, where thousands celebrated Pride Fest under the Needle.

For those of you who couldn’t make it to Pride this year, we’ve captured some of the festivities through photos.

Crowds enjoyed the International Fountain on the cloudy, but still quite warm summer day.
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The Space Needle flew the Rainbow Pride flag for the weekend, a first in the history of Pride Seattle and a major point of pride for those involved (.pdf).

Just like most celebrations at the Center, the grounds were filled with costumes, fun events and vendors.

There were also two stages set up with live performances throughout the day…

And lots of dancing within the crowd.

Have pictures of Pride you’d like to share? Email them to tips@queenanneview.com.

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Marathon runners take over Aurora Saturday

June 28th, 2010 by Thea

It’s hard to imagine Aurora sans cars during daylight hours, much less what it would look like inhabited only by runners, which is exactly what happened on Saturday when Highway 99 was closed off for the Rock’n'Roll Marathon.

Reader Bruce Wilson sent in this photo, taken Saturday morning. I think it’s kind of surreal looking, don’t you?

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Queen Anne photos from the ferry

June 27th, 2010 by Cory Bergman

We snapped a few photos of Queen Anne from a ferry this weekend.

It was a beautiful trip, so we thought we’d share a few photos from an angle you may not see very often. Click through the link below to see a few more…

West Queen Anne, behind the Magnolia ferry terminal (Pier 91).

The businesses lining the water on Elliott.

The cruise ship parked on Pier 66.

It’s a big boat.

Ok, it’s not anywhere near Queen Anne, but a beautiful shot of Rainier.

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Are the BAT lanes on 15th Ave W working?

June 25th, 2010 by Gladys

The BAT lanes on 15th Ave have generated lots of controversy since they were implemented in early 2009.  This morning  reader Bruce Carter wrote in to our sister site, Magnolia Voice, and sent these pictures of the commute coming into the city. He noted that the BAT lanes are often empty while cars are backed up.

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He writes:  Are these photos typical of our morning commutes?  Are these commuters happy?  Is this the best way to move  people and commerce?  Do Mayor McGinn,City  Council Transportation Chair Tom Rasmussen, Vice Chair Jean Godden, and Committee Members Tim Burgess and Nick Licata know how much commuters enjoy best time to take viagra 50mg McGridlock?

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How much have the 15th NW/ Elliott commute trip times and greenhouse gas emissions changed since introduction of these glorious BAT lanes?  There are occasional  scheduled Metro buses and bicyclists who inhabit the BAT lane, though bicyclists who are not training for the Tour De France seem to prefer the waterfront trail past the grain terminal.

Do you agree with Bruce?  Tell us what you think in comments below.

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Diaz selected as new Seattle Police Chief

June 25th, 2010 by Thea

Mayor Mike McGinn announced his selection of current interim Seattle Police Chief John Diaz to take on the permanent post Thursday, June 24. Seattle Channel recorded the mayor’s announcement, which you can watch below.

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Diaz stepped in as interim chief when former Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske left to take up a new position as the nation’s Drug Control Policy Director. The mayor had narrowed the selection pool down the three finalists last month, including Diaz, Sacramento police chief Rick Braziel and East Palo Alto, California police chief Ron Davis, when Braziel withdrew from the race. For more information on Diaz and what’s in store for the Seattle Police Department, read this piece by our news partner, The Seattle Times.

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Host family needed for chaperone of French exchange students

June 25th, 2010 by Doree

Fifteen French students are coming to our area this summer through an organization called Mondes Nouveaux, and most have been placed with local families in Wallingford, Green Lake, Phinney Ridge, Ballard and Roosevelt.. Their chaperone, a 29-year-old woman, still needs a host family for July 29 to August 18. The organization also needs back-up families willing to host a student at the last minute, just in case another host family has some kind of emergency.

If you can help, email Jill Zawatski at jillzawatski@gmail.com.

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Turning vacant lots into art spaces

June 24th, 2010 by Doug Alder

A lot of those big holes and vacant project sites around Seattle are about to get a facelift.  The Seattle Design Commission has just announced the finalists for Holding Patterns, an initiative to temporarily improve the look of stalled construction projects until work is ready to start again.  One proposal for Queen Anne made the final cut.

A group called ViDea, a collective of live visual performers using real-time animation and live video mixing techniques, is proposing to turn the old Mountaineers site (above) at West Thomas and 3rd Ave W into a live video performance space.  Buildings would be used as digital projection surfaces.  As we reported a few days ago, that site is about to become a new apartment complex which could complicate any proposal at this location.  You can read the full proposal here.

There’s another proposal that suggests turning graffiti into art including a site at 15th and West Blaine (below) in Interbay.

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The idea is to use the vacant lot to experiment with public art by mounting large metal panels as canvases, providing paint, and letting people go at it. The panels would eventually be taken down, cut up and turned into new art for parks, civic buildings, art galleries or private collections.

The next step is to bring the finalists together with vacant property owners, developers, and City officials.

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SDOT proposes bike lane for Dexter Avenue N

June 24th, 2010 by Thea

The Seattle Department of Transportation has proposed improvements to the stretch of Dexter Ave N between Mercer and Nickerson that it says are “designed to benefit everyone who uses the street, including commuters, truck drivers, bus passengers, pedestrians, and bicyclists.”

The project would include:

  • Repaving Dexter Ave N
  • Installing bike lanes on both sides of the street that are separated from vehicle traffic by a parking lane
  • Removing the two-way left turn lane
  • Providing dedicated left-turn lanes at busy intersections
  • Providing dedicated load zones for businesses that need them
  • Providing in-lane bus stops to improve transit speed and reliability
  • Installing dedicated bus islands

SDOT will be holding an open house regarding the plan from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29 in Conference Room A at the Seattle Center’s Center House.

If you can’t make it to the meeting, public comments may be submitted via e-mail to walkandbike@seattle.gov, or by calling 206-684-7583.

The project, if approved, would be funding Seattle’s Bridging the Gap Levy.

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