Little Free Libraries, Car Prowls Discussed At Community Meeting

The April meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council was held last night and among the topics discussed were supporting the Little Free Libraries and the recent string of car prowls in the neighborhood.

Read the full minutes of the meeting.

Little Library signThe two Little Free Libraries, built on spec by Bob Gordon last year, alas did not get a SPARKS grant from the city to help cover the cost of the materials Bob used. With the community council out of pocket for those expenses, anyone who would care to make a contribution to reimburse us would be appreciated.  E-mail Treasurer Brad Cummings for details on where to send a check. Also, it’s been noticed that two or three times ALL the books have been removed from the libraries. C’mon folks, it’s “Take a book, Leave a book,” not “Take all the books.”  It can’t even be theft, the value of the used books wouldn’t justify the cost of gas driving down to Half-Price Books to sell them. So respect the libraries, and as usual report suspicious activity if you see it.

Speaking of which, a rash of car prowls occurred on Victory Lane recently. Aside from the usual advice, “Don’t leave valuables in your car,” what can be done? Maybe a Block Watch needs to be set up, but as always, vigilant neighbors are the best defense.

In other news, the community council submitted five proposals to CleanScapes in hopes of getting some of the $50,000 award. The deadline passed yesterday. Proposals ranged from putting in a solar light on the park’s bulletin board, to a covered picnic area in the park. My favorite suggestion was paying the city ($1200!) for four “Welcome To Victory Heights” signs to be put around the neighborhood. CleanScapes will deliberate over the proposals and then form a committee of neighborhood representatives to make the final determinations of who gets what.

Around the area, Lake City Way is due for a major overhaul by the city as part of its Lake City Traffic Safely Corridor. 35th Avenue NE in Meadowbrook will be closed for six months while work is done on the Thornton Creek confluence. And Lake City’s annual Pioneer Days celebration has been rebranded as “Salmonfest Seattle,” which will be held August 1-3. No guesses what kind of food will be served at this Seafair-themed event.

The next meeting of the community council will be Tuesday, May 20th. We always like to see new faces, come get involved with your neighbors!

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Lake City Farmer’s Market Wants Your Opinion

The Lake City Farmer’s Market, which opens again this year June 12th every Thursday afternoon through September, really needs your help this year. Simply put, if more people don’t start attending, this could be its final year. In preparation for that, they have put out a survey that will help them focus their attention. Please visit the site and fill it out by April 18th.

And then don’t forget to visit the market this year when it starts in June.


Upcoming Events Calendar

Here are activities of interest to Victory Heights residents coming up:

Saturday, April 12th: Kingfisher Natural Area Work Party, Thornton Creek @ 17th Avenue NE, 10 AM – 1 PM. Help weed invasive plants and learn about the history of the site. Sign up here.

Saturday, April 12th: Lake City Master Gardener Clinic, Fred Meyer Garden Center, 13000 Lake City Way NE, 10 AM – 2 PM. Get free garden information and answers to your gardening questions each Saturday and Wednesday afternoons.

Tuesday, April 15th: Victory Heights Community Council meeting, Pre-School Building in Victory Heights Park, 7 – 8 PM. Our regular monthly meeting, everyone is invited.

Tuesday, April 15th: CleanScapes Proposal Deadlines. $50,000 will be spent in or around our neighborhood, do you have an idea? Read more here.

Tuesday, April 22nd: Ballots due for the special election vote.  Support Proposition 1.

Thornton Creek Adopt-A-Stream Meeting April 7th

The kick-off meeting for the Adopt-a-Stream Foundation grant will be Monday, April 7th at 7 PM at the Nathan Hale High School Commons, 10750 30th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125. They invite all of you to partner with Adopt-a-Stream and Thornton Creek Alliance as they embark on a major education outreach to creekside residents.

The agenda will include looking for areas, in terms of water quality, that could use some help.  They will be canvassing door-to-door in high-priority areas to identify good potential restoration sites (e.g., Areas with invasives along the bank where the landowner would let us remove and replant a 35’ buffer with natives) and deliver water quality information to people who could use the encouragement (e.g. Areas where there may be excessive pesticide use by private landowners, excessive pet waste, etc.).

Everyone with an interest in the health of the watershed is invited to participate.  Bring your ideas and observations.

For more information contact Brooke Clement with the Adopt A Stream Foundation, 425-316-8592 ext. 113

Support Metro Transit; Vote Yes On Proposition 1

Residents of Victory Heights who support a sustainable city with convenient bus service should vote for Proposition 1 in the special election this month (ballots should be arriving in your mail box any day now). As we wrote last year, if funding is not restored to Metro Transit, Victory Heights would lose direct bus service to downtown. The 72 bus would be eliminated completely, and the 73 would be moved west to Roosevelt Way. In order to get downtown, you would need to transfer from a 372 in the U District to another bus.

Those who oppose Proposition 1 have only one answer to congestion: build more roads. That may work on the eastside but there is nowhere in Seattle to put more roads. And nobody is in favor of additional freeways, like the RH Thompson Expressway proposal which was canceled in the 1960s.

Fewer buses mean more cars and that is only going to make traffic worse. Support Proposition 1, keep buses rolling and transit as a viable transportation option here in Seattle.

The Stranger’s Editorial


City Wants Feedback On Hazard Mitigation

The City of Seattle is looking for feedback from citizens who have concerns about how a major disaster could affect their community. You can provide input to a citywide hazard mitigation plan that addresses the potential impacts as a result of a disaster. In addition to a citywide Open House on Tuesday April 8th, they are collecting input during a public comment period March 25 through April 23, 2014. Comments can be provided during this period through an online survey, e-mail, postal mail or in person at the open house on the 8th at the Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. South. The presentation at the Center begins at 7 PM and runs until 8:30.

Take a minute to answer the survey if you can and feel free to add comments at the end that you think will help the city prepare for an emergency.


“Walk For Safety” In Lake City Friday

On Friday, March 28th you can be part of the Walk For Safety On Lake City Way. Starting at 3:30 PM at two different locations (in front of Lake City Power Sports, 30th Avenue NE & Lake City Way or in front of the Wells Fargo Bank, NE 130th Street & Lake City Way) and then walking to Chase Plaza on NE 125th Street. There, at 4 PM, a Project Launch to promote pedestrian safety will begin that will include free safety gear. “Join the Lake City community as we launch the Lake City Way Traffic Safety Project–a community led effort to make Lake City Way a safer and friendlier street for everyone.”

In January 2013 concerned citizens along with local and state agencies first met to kick-off planning for a project to improve safety along Lake City Way from Northeast 78th Street to NE 145th Street.  The task force is working with data compiled between January 2007 and December 2011 that shows that on this 3.7 miles stretch of roadway there have been:

  • 717 crashes (143/year)
  • 21 serious and fatal crashes (4/year) and
  • 438 total injuries (88/year)

The task force is organized into three teams, engineering, enforcement and education, to identify problems and develop action plans using short term, low cost solutions designed to reduce serious injuries and deaths.

For more information about pedestrian safety on Lake City Way click here.


Thornton Creek Alliance Meeting March 27th

thorntoncreekalliancelogoThe Thorton Creek Alliance will be having its monthly meeting on Thursday, March 27th at the Meadowbrook Community Center in Wedgwood starting at 7:15 PM. The public is invited.

In addition to elections, there will be a presentation on the Sound Transit Link Light Rail extension from Northgate to Lynnwood. Some of the questions to be addressed include: How are concerns specific to Thornton Creek being addressed during the construction phase? What are the mitigation projects and where are they planned? Are there opportunities for TCA to improve wetlands in the area through volunteer efforts? What is being considered and how will it impact Thornton Creek?

Community Council Meeting March 18th

The Victory Heights Community Council will be having a meeting on Tuesday, March 18th starting at 7 PM at the Preschool building in Victory Heights Park. The entire community is invited to participate. Among the discussions this month will be finalizing proposals for the CleanScapes Award (due April 15th), and planning for this year’s Neighborhood Night Out that will be held on August 5th. As usual, bringing your own chair means not having to sit in the scaled-down furniture at the school. And thanks to Daylight Savings Time, it will be still be light at the start of the meeting (and no rain, at least according to the forecast).  We hope to see you there!

Sacajawea Playground Public Meeting March 12th

sacajaweaSeattle Parks and Recreation is holding a public meeting on Wednesday, March 12th about the Sacajawea Playground Renovation project. The project will include improvements to trails, wetlands and additional playground equipment. At the meeting, the public can hear more about the project, the proposed timeline, and provide their input on selection of play equipment. Parks staff will attend to answer questions.

The meeting will be held at the school, 9501 20th Avenue NE from 6 PM to 7:30 PM. The project is funded by the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund, Sacajawea PTSA, Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund, Seattle Schools Self Help Projects, King County Youth Sports and generous community support. Construction would be done during the summer and completed by December this year.