Queen Anne could lose crime prevention coordinator

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.

BHS sports paperwork deadline extended

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.

SPD releases neighborhood crime map

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

BHS sports paperwork accepted until Wednesday

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.

Pictures from Seattle Pride 2010

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.

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.

Marathon runners take over Aurora Saturday

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?