Video Voters’ Guide for King County

There is an online set of videos presenting two minute candidate statements.  Information about the voters’ guide and links are below.

Ballots for the Nov. 7 general election arrive in mailboxes this week, and with the launch of the 2017 general election Video Voters’ Guide, voters can hear directly from the candidates for city of Seattle and King County offices.

The non-partisan video guide offers candidates on the ballot up to two minutes to issue a prepared statement that outlines the key planks of their platform. The captioned video segments are unedited and published online and broadcast on local television. The candidates appear onscreen in the same order as they do on the ballot.

The Seattle portion of the guide includes candidates for Seattle mayor, city attorney, the two at-large Seattle City Councilseats elected citywide (Position 8 and  9), and three positions on the Seattle School Board (District 45and 7).  The King County portion of the guide features candidates for King County executiveKing County sheriff, two contested seats on the King County Council(Position and 9), and three positions on the Port of Seattle Commission (Position 13and 4). It also includes information about King County Proposition 1, which proposes to continue the King County Veterans and Human Services Levy.

“The Video Voters’ Guide brings to life the candidates and the issues in a convenient and accessible format,” said Shannon Gee, Seattle Channel’s interim general manager. “Working with our partners, we’re pleased to provide this comprehensive set of candidate statements which offers another vantage point for voters.”

Ballots in the vote-by-mail general election must be postmarked by Tuesday, Nov. 7 or returned to a ballot drop box by 8 p.m. that day.

Practice Drop, Cover and Hold at the 2018 Great ShakeOut

Millions of people worldwide will practice how to
Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:19 a.m. on October 19* during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills!

Washingtonians can join them today by registering for the 2017 Great Washington ShakeOut. Participating is a great way for your family or organization to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes– wherever you live, work, or travel.

For more information on how to get prepared for the next earthquake, visit the Seattle Office of Emergency Management website

* If you cannot hold your ShakeOut drill on 10/19, you can select another day when you register

Public Outreach Section

Office of Emergency Management

City of Seattle | Seattle Police Department

105 5th Avenue South, Suite #300; Seattle, WA 98104

 

Get Ready for Major Rain and Wind Events

The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting heavy rain and maybe windy conditions Tuesday through Thursday Oct. 17 – 19, and again Saturday Oct. 21.  Be prepared — clean gutters and drains, and have supplies for a possible electricity outage.

Below are excerpts from today’s 8:39 AM forecast discussion.  You can access NWS forecasts for Seattle online.

Today really is a good day to make preparation for the upcoming
stormy pattern…like making sure gutters are clean, drains are
cleared of any early fall leaves, lawn furniture is brought in,
etc. The weather will go down hill on Monday night as the front to
the northwest approaches the area.

Tuesday will be wet and breezy as the front moves southeast
across the area during the day.

Looks like a stormy fall day on tap for Wednesday, probably requiring the
eventual issuance of wind- related and possibly flood-related
watches, warnings, or advisories. A jet streak will develop in the
base of an upper trough over the Gulf of Alaska. As the jet noses
into B.C., it will push a strong warm front inland on Tuesday
night. This will bring a new round of heavy rain, though the ECMWF
hold heavy rain off until Wed morning. Southeast gradients will
become tight on Wednesday, supporting windy conditions. Windiest
weather will be in southeast-wind prone areas, such as the coast
and areas from Everett north through the islands and Bellingham.
Statistical guidance from the GFS and ECMWF show sustained winds
at Whidbey Island reaching 34 knots and 31 knots respectively. The
first such wind event of the autumn is commonly more impactful
than a similar event later in the season, after nature`s tree
trimmer has already been through a few times. As for rain, models
are developing a consensus in keeping heaviest rain over the
windward Olympic Mtns and North Cascades. The 06z GFS shows
24-hour rain totals as high as 8 inches over the northwest Olympic
Mtns as of 11 pm Wed. The official NWS forecast has 6.5″ at this
wettest location during the same 24 hours. Currently looking for
3-4 inches over the North Cascades. The interior lowlands
currently forecast to range from 0.75″ south of Olympia to near 2″
around Bellingham. See the hydrology section for more impacts.

An upper trough will make headway off the eastern Pacific, pushing
a cold front through Western Washington on Thursday. Once it
passes, the atmospheric river type weather should ease. Cool and
showery post-frontal conditions will prevail on Friday.

Yet another strong, consolidated jet will nose into the Pac NW and
B.C. next Saturday. Looks like this will be another atmospheric
river setup for heavy rain. With 850 mb southwest winds of 40-60
kt, should be windy too. Haner

Election Forum! Taproot Theatre

Election Forum!  Saturday Oct 14, 2:30pm at the Taproot Theatre

Please join your neighbors to get a closer look at the candidates, moderated by Steve Scher. Bring your questions or send in advance. There are other chances to hear candidates, but this is the one chance to hear them address concerns in Greenwood and Broadview. Please help spread the word!

Easy link to send questions and comments: Infor@greenwoodcommunitycouncil.org

North Precinct Advisory Council News

The North Precinct Advisory Council (NPAC) meets monthly.  Recently the meeting location was moved to Lakeside School.  Below are some of the notes from the September meeting. All the minutes of NPAC meetings are available here.

 Special Presentation Speaker: Detective Chris Brownlee, on describing his role as Nightlife Coordinator and the function of the Joint Enforcement Team (JET)

His position is full time as Nightlife Coordinator as SPD uniformed officer and there are a total of three officers assigned to the Joint Enforcement team.

The team is a co-compliance policy team with SPD, Mayor’s office, City Council, Finance Administrative Services Department, and others to determine issues and methods to resolve problems arising from nightlife activities in the City. This coordination also includes a Code Compliance Team of Department heads.

Focus of efforts is coordination with others and not simply enforcement but rather training and education from a shared perspective with nightlife businesses’ because of complex, rules and regulations.

Goal of these efforts is to assure nightlife business security staff have knowledge of methods to employ best-practices professionally and provide for safe enjoyment of nightlife activities as well as problem solving with other groups and the community.

Pete Henning praised the training but would like to see on-line training for nightlife business security staff of approximately three hours instead of the 5 hour course on Sundays.

Those who would like to have more information on the function of the team and training offered please contact Det. Chris Brownlee at: christopher.brownlee@seattle.gov.

Precinct Update: Captain Sean O’Donnell:

Captain introduced Lt. David Fitzgerald as his acting Operations Lt.

Crime statistics:

While there is a relatively low rate of person crimes  aggravated assault and domestic violence assaults still need focus. There were 2 homicides with arrests made.

Property crimes remain somewhat contained butcar prowls are a priority concern. Robbery was up 1% but 2 months ago it was up 10%. Car prowls are down to 6% from 10 %.

Homelessness remains a concern on right of ways, parks and vehicle right of ways with areas of emphasis including U District for car prowls and burglary, Aurora with vice-team, Lower Ballard with camping in Commons Park and Shilshole with RV Camping and Woodland Park west of Woodland Way with encampments.

Crime Prevention Report: Mary Amberg

There have been 30 new “Block Watches” established.

There were 122 security assessments conducted.

School opening is announced with safe walking in school zones addressed by speeding in school zone ticket set at $234.

New housing of 100 units at the Magnuson/Sand Point area.

City Attorney’s Office: Meagan Westphal

Firearms recovery June 15th to September 75 guns compared to 150 over course of year last year.

139 arrested for seeking sex on Aurora with no diversion available.

Waiting for new funding for training officers on the LEAD program.

There is a new position for prosecuting impaired driving.

Disasters in the News — Get Pepared

The recent hurricanes in the news showed people without electricity, water and food, shelter, and transportation.  In Seattle we face disaster from an earthquake.  The impact on people could be even more severe and last longer.

A recent article in the New York Times makes that point:

“In Seattle, which has been bracing for a long-overdue and potentially devastating earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone off the Pacific Coast, officials said Houston has underscored what they have been trying to instill into residents, police and fire agencies and hospitals: assume that nothing will work, from communications systems to roads and electricity grids.”

“They need to have themselves ready to be on their own, just like an awful lot of folks are stranded and on their own down in Texas,” said Barb Graff, Seattle’s emergency management director.”

You and your neighbors can deal with being on your own if you prepare before the disaster.  Seattle provides information and support at the Emergency Management site.

A couple years ago an article in the New Yorker magazine about the Big One motivated some people to work on their preparedness.  Let the recent hurricane disasters be your motivation to start getting prepared.  Prepare yourself, and work with your neighbors to prepare.

Festival of Fruit on September 16

 Festival of Fruit at Carkeek Park

FREE and fun for the whole family, the Festival of Fruit will take place on Saturday, September 16 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Carkeek Park Education Center, 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd, Seattle, WA.

Festival of Fruit activities include:

  • An apple pie contest
  • Cider pressing and tasting
  • A Master Gardener clinic
  • Orchard tour
  • Wildlife habitat tour
  • Mason Bee demos
  • Apple identification
  • Live music from Blue Star Creeper

 

Bring a homemade apple pie between 10:00 am and 10:30 am to enter into the pie contest or donate a homemade pie for resale. More interested in eating pies than baking them? That’s okay too! Donated pies will be available for purchase at Tillie’s Café, and the proceeds will go toward maintaining the orchard. Contest pies will also be available for purchase.

The Festival of Fruit is organized by the Friends of Piper’s Orchard, a group of dedicated volunteers who rescued the historic North Seattle orchard from invasive plants. Each year, the annual festival raises awareness and funds to help the volunteers ensure that the orchard, originally planted in the 1890s, will survive at least another 100 years.

Alongside the Friends of Piper’s Orchard, the Festival of Fruit is also sponsored by Seattle Parks and Recreation, Carkeek Park Advisory Council, Seattle Tree Fruit Society, and City Fruit.

Getting there

Metro bus lines D, 28 and 40 all travel near the McAbee entrance to Carkeek Park. From there it’s a ½ mile walk down the Piper’s Creek trail to Piper’s Orchard and another ½ mile to the Education Center.

Parking

Parking is very limited. Visitors are encouraged to park below the Education Center. Volunteers will be directing guests.

For more information

Call 206-684-0877, email pipersorchard@gmail.com, or visit www.pipersorchard.org

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National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass

Broadview Senior Neighbors. 3 days left to get your $10.00 plus $10 handling fee lifetime pass. All eligible Senior pass orders placed online before 11:59 pm eastern daylight time on August 27 or mail orders postmarked on or before August 27 will be processed at the $10 price.  Lifetime Senior pass orders placed online after 11:59 pm on August 27 eastern daylight time or mail orders postmarked after August 27 will be processed at the $80 price.  It only took me 5 minutes online to process. Link:https://store.usgs.gov/senior-pass