Urban Survival Skills Fair Sunday

This Sunday, September 30th, come to NE 106th Street (west side of Victory Heights Park) for an Urban Survival Skills fair.  Booths will demonstrate important skills you will want to know in case of an emergency or disaster.

Sponsored by the Victory Heights Community Council. It’s completely free and could save your life!

10 AM – 2 PM.

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Strategies For Dealing With Homeless Encampments

At last night’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council, we heard from the city’s point man on homelessness, George Scarola, about the recent situation in the Kingfisher green belt of Thornton Creek.

Read the entire minutes of the September meeting.

George said a rather large settlement of five homeless camps had been set up in the greenbelt south of 17th Avenue NE in recent weeks. After the city’s Navigation Team worked to arrange temporary housing with some of the campers, eventually they were given three day’s notice that everything would be cleared out. This was done with a large city presence last Friday, September 14th. As of Wednesday evening, the site was still all clear.  However, people are camping underneath the 15th Avenue NE bridge again. George said it would be “added to the queue” and the city would get to it in time. In the meanwhile, he had this advice:

  • If you see signs of encampment, report via the “Find It, Fix It” app or call the phone number listed at the trail head
  • Any suspicious activity, call 9-1-1
  • Illegal activity, call 9-1-1
  • Report any of the above concerns immediately to VictoryHeights.Seattle@gmail.com
  • Don’t take pictures of, or confront, people
  • Equipment for safely picking up needles is available in the job box at the head of the trail on 104th/17th or call (206) 684-7250

Ann Forrest, Chair of the VHCC, has put together a list of times that folks can use to help patrol the space. Please go to: http://signup.com/go/RXPppDv to sign up for the Thornton Creek Walkabout where neighbors will regularly patrol the greenbelt to prevent further beachheads of camps from forming.

In other news, the community council will be holding an Urban Survival Skills Fair on Sunday, September 30th on NE 106th Street on the west side of Victory Heights Park between 10 AM and 2 PM.  Booths will be set up on the (closed) street to teach useful skills to have during an emergency event.  You could be there for three hours and still catch the kickoff of the Seahawks game that afternoon, so stop on by.

The Parks Department will evaluate Victory Heights Park next week with a possibility of removing the fence around the new lawn.

Have you noticed this blog is loading much faster now? The community council took official possession of the victoryheights.org URL (previously owned and hosted by the folks at Pinehurst Seattle) and moved the blog over to a commercial web host where it now loads much faster and more reliably.  Thanks to Pinehurst Seattle for the many years they hosted our site.

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September Events Calendar

UPDATED! Here are events of interest to Victory Heights this month:

Tuesday, September 11th: Disaster Skills Basic Aid: The first of city-sponsored classes for dealing with emergencies. 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM, Beacon Hill Library, 2821 Beacon Ave S.

Wednesday, September 12th: Disaster Skills Workshop: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM, Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave NW.

Monday, September 17th: Lake City Corridor Improvement Project Drop-In Session: We’re getting more sidewalks and bike lanes on Lake City Way (yea!). Find out more in the first of two “drop-in” sessions: 6 PM – 8 PM, Faith Lutheran Church, 8208 18th Avenue NE.

Tuesday, September 18th: Victory Heights Community Council meeting.  Find out first-hand about issues affecting our neighborhood.  7 PM in the co-op preschool building in Victory Heights Park.

Wednesday, September 19th: Light Search & Rescue Class: 6 PM – 8 PM, Seattle Fire Joint Training Facility, 9401 Myers Way S.

Thursday, September 20th: “Stop The Bleed” Class: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM, Douglas-Truth Library, 2300 E Yesler Way.

Saturday, September 22nd: Home Retrofit Class: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Beacon Hill Library, 2821 Beacon Ave S.

Tuesday, September 25th: Lake City Corridor Improvement Project Drop-In Session 2: 6 PM – 8 PM, Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Avenue NE.

Sunday, September 30th: Urban Survival Skills Fair: Join your neighbors in Victory Heights Park to find out about finding drinking water, HAM radio, emergency hacks, get home bag, emergency toilets.  Free and fun for all ages, sponsored by the Victory Heights Community Council.  10 AM – 2 PM in Victory Heights Park.

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Communications HUB Drill September 15th

The Victory Heights Emergency Communications HUB will have another drill to “test drive” operations on Saturday, September 15th from 10 AM to 1 PM in Victory Heights Park.

Everyone is welcome (volunteers needed!) to learn how the community supports itself after a major disaster.

The Scenario:

Day 3 after a medium-sized earthquake (magnitude 5.0) lasting 25 seconds.

Goals:
  1. Move those papers around and actually match resources and needs (we’ll provide scenarios)
  2. Brainstorm how to shut the Hub down for the night
  3. Continue to educate the community

Join us to learn how the community supports the HUB.  We hope to see you there!

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School Is Open: Bus Etiquette for Cars

School buses will soon roll out across Seattle. Here’s a review of what to do when their red lights flash.

RULE 1 – When you’re behind the bus
Always stop, regardless of the number of lanes. Never try to pass on the right, since that’s where kids are loading and unloading.

RULE 2 – When the bus is coming toward you
Stop unless the road has three or more lanes (at least one in each direction, plus a center turn lane) or the lanes are separated by a physical barrier or median.

Once the red lights come on, you need to stay stopped until the bus driver turns them off.

From Pemco Insurance

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Thornton Creek Homeless Situation

The Victory Heights Community Council has been made aware of a homeless encampment in Thornton Creek in the green belt near 17th Avenue NE.  After talking with stakeholders, they released this statement on how to deal with it going forward:

Dear neighbors,

The individuals camping near Thornton Creek will be approached by the City’s Navigation Team in the next few weeks.  They will be educated about available services and encouraged to take advantage of such.  They will be given three days to remove their belongings from the area and/or their belongings can be placed into storage.   After the three days, the Navigation Team will remove the debris and clean up the site.

Because this site is so important to our neighborhood and the health of all, we encourage everyone to contact City officials and keep the pressure on for the earliest possible resolution.

How the City prioritizes sites:

https://www.seattle.gov/Documents/Departments/FAS/Rules/FAS-encampment-rule-17-01.pdf

“The following criteria, which have no relative priority, shall be considered when prioritizing encampments for removal: (1) objective hazards such as moving vehicles and steep slopes; (2) criminal activity beyond illegal substance abuse; (3) quantities of garbage, debris, or waste; (4) other active health hazards to occupants or the surrounding neighborhood; (5) difficulty in extending emergency services to the site; (6) imminent work scheduled at the site for which the encampment will pose an obstruction; (7) damage to the natural environment of environmentally critical areas; and (8) the proximity of homeless individuals to uses of special concern including schools or facilities for the elderly.”

These particular encampments, along the Thornton Creek, address 4 out of 8 concerns.

  1. Human waste is being dumped close to the stream.  The pathogens contaminate ecological systems and also sicken humans and animals.
  2. If someone in that area needed emergency help, it would be VERY difficult for first responders to reach them.
  3. The Thornton Creek watershed is both Seattle’s and Shoreline’s largest watershed, and drains into Lake Washington at Matthews Beach Park. That water ultimately goes through the Lake Washington Ship Canal to Puget Sound. The creek is a historic home to at least five species of Pacific salmon and trout.
  4. That area is used by many children/families as they make their way to Sacajawea Elementary School. The first day of school is Sep 5th.

WHO TO CONTACT:

Customer Service Bureau:

Phone: (206) 684-2489

Customer Service report form

Find It, Fix It app (Android and iPhone users)

Fax: (206) 684-5529

Mailing Address:

Customer Service Bureau
PO Box 94726
Seattle, WA 98124-4726

District 5 Council Member Debora Juarez

Write, call, email. 

Use the talking points above.

Contact the CSB regularly!!

Yours,

Victory Heights Community Council

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Mosque BBQ, Jazz Festival: August Event Calendar

Here are events in and around Victory Heights in August:
Sunday, August 12th: 17th Annual Idris Mosque Annual BBQ, 2-5 PM, 1420 NE Northgate Way.
Saturday, August 18th: 16th Annual Jokumfest: Victory Heights own jazz festival will again be held behind Gary Schudie’s house, 2021 NE Northgate Way, 3-10 PM. Complementary beverages and main dish will be provided. Please bring a side dish to share.
No Victory Heights Community Council meeting this month, we’ll be back on September 18th.
Enjoy your summer!

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Open Park, New Path, Draw Big Crowds to Potluck

The sixth annual Victory Heights Potluck/Ice Cream social on Tuesday night was another big hit this year with a record crowd of 150 stopping by to sample the food, eat ice cream, and enjoy the new playground equipment and path at the park.
The firemen from Engine 40 in Wedgwood brought their fire truck again for tours, (no doubt hanging out in the shade of NE 106th Street was preferable to their hot-house brick firehouse). Kids (and adults) got to climb over the equipment and sit in the driver’s seat for nearly the entire two hours the event lasted.
The Lake City Farmers Market and the Thornton Creek Alliance both had booths set up, and our emergency communications hub was set up by the tennis courts.  But probably the largest draw was the fact Victory Heights Park is open again, with the path around the field (which is still fenced off to let the new grass grow) having just opened a week ago.
Families from all across the neighborhood continued to show up all evening, the result of which we ran out of ice cream, a first! Sorry for anyone who missed out. There was plenty of food though, most of it homemade.
Thanks to everyone who attended, and those who volunteered during the event. We hope to see you again next year!
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Vote To Improve NE 104th Way

At this month’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council we heard about voting for “Your Voice, Your Choice” and the chance to get $90,000 in funding to improve NE 104th Way.
Read the entire minutes of the June meeting.
The city of Seattle has accepted proposals throughout the city for various improvement projects including one we submitted to put a sidewalk in on NE 104th Way from 23rd Avenue NE to Lake City Way. Currently pedestrians going to the bus stop at the bottom of the street must walk in the middle of the narrow lane. The city has modified our proposal, saying the street is too narrow and steep for a sidewalk, but they can put a shoulder up to Lakeview Lane. You can now vote to fund this project.
Everyone over 15 can vote for three projects by visiting this site: https://pbstanford.org/seattle Then select “District 5” then click “Vote Now” and then verify your phone number, so be ready. Once you have received a text message with a code and input it into the site you can vote.  Be sure and vote for Project 5F, the NE 104th Way project. Thanks!
In other news, we heard an update about the Northgate Community Center (they have a Community Festival coming up on June 29th from 5-8 PM), and how to safely pick up used needles that are found on private property (the city will pick up needles on public right-of-ways within 24 hours if you use the Find It, Fix It app or website, but they cannot do it on private property).
Our annual potluck/ice cream social will be Tuesday, July 17th on NE106th Street next to the park from 6-8 PM. This is our big neighborhood event each year that draws scores of families and usually an appearance by the Seattle Fire Department.

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