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.

Neighborhood Yard Sales Draw Sellers & Buyers

The first attempt to do a neighborhood-wide Victory Heights yard sale event went very well on Saturday.  Eleven residents held sales in their own yards while six set up next to the park on NE 106th Street.

Vendors began setting up a little after 8 AM and were ready by the time first wave of buyers started coming by at 9 AM. The cloudy skies and mild temperatures were perfect weather for selling.

Maps were available to direct people at the park to the other neighborhood sales.  At 2PM The Salvation Army had arranged to pick up anything leftover that nobody wanted to haul back to their house. Thanks to Ann Forrest for organizing everything.

How The Police Deal With Homeless Issues In Seattle

This month’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council featured returning speaker, Seattle Police Department Officer Bryan Kennedy, speaking about “How the police interact with homeless individuals.”

Read the entire minutes of the May meeting.

Officer Kennedy said, “Our goal is not to arrest our way out of this issue.” The city council calls the shots, and that policy includes at the moment non-enforcement of laws about sleeping on sidewalks, in parks, etc. Typically officers try to do an assessment of any homeless persons and try to hook them up with services, but often they are dealing with people with mental health and addiction issues. There is a Navigation Team to deal with large encampments. If you see someone sleeping on public property, use the “Find It, Fix It” app (or website) to report it. On private property where trespassing is an issue, or if there is a crisis moment occurring, you should call 911. Ultimately he said of homelessness, “This kind of issue isn’t resolved quickly.”

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, June 16th: Neighborhood-wide Yard Sale.  We will be closing NE 106th Street just west of the park if you want to set up as a group, or you can sell things directly from your yard or garage.

Tuesday, June 19th: Victory Heights Community Council Meeting, probably in the park (we can’t use the preschool during the summer). Guest speaker: Tracy Cramer, sharps disposal educator.

Tuesday, July 17th (note new date!): Our annual Victory Heights Potluck and Ice Cream Social. 6 PM on NE 106th Street on the west side of the park.

Tuesday, July 24th: Block Leader Meeting, which will feature our local crime prevention coordinator.

More events coming including a “Stop The Bleed” first-aid course, soliciting for paint designs for the traffic circles, a “Tallest Tree in Victory Heights” contest, and an Urban Survival Skills demonstration in the park this autumn after the path is finish.

Don’t forget the Lake City Farmer’s Market starts Thursday, June 7th, every Thursday through September. They have 14 new vendors this year.

Despite Rain, Emergency Communications Drill A Success

Despite steady rain all morning, on Saturday the Victory Heights Community Council successfully hosted a drill for our emergency communications HUB in Victory Heights Park. Part of a city-wide drill, “No Power, No Bars,” to simulate an area-wide prolonged power outage, pop-up tents were set up in the tennis court area for our HUB.  Nearby, amateur radio operators had their own area set up to receive messages being broadcast by the city, and to communicate with other HUBs.

Volunteers trickled in all morning to work the various HUB operations, as well as participating in mock “needs” that the workers would attempt to resolve. This was a good way to simulate what would happen during an actual crisis.

The HUB is not intended to provide first-aid or any type of physical supplies in the case of an emergency, but rather to allow members of the community to communicate with each other, by hooking up people with resources with people who have needs.  Hopefully most people have prepared with enough provisions to ride out an event where outside help might be days or weeks from coming.  Here are some tips to get started.

The supplies in the HUB, which are stored in the park, were supplied by the city thanks to a matching grant we received last year.  We are currently running a GoFundMe to help supplement supplies.  Thanks to everyone who participated and ignored the rain!

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Idriss Mosque Battles Religious Extremist

At last night’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council (read the complete minutes here), we heard from Hisham Farajallah about an unfortunately problem they’ve been having at the local Idriss Mosque on Northgate Way. A religious extremist has taken it upon himself to show up outside during Friday afternoon prayers with very offensive signs, a video camera, and the hopes of sparking a confrontation that he can “document” and go viral with. The feeling at the mosque is the best way to deal with this protester is to ignore him, apparently he hates that. They are hoping volunteers can show up on Fridays to help attendees avoid interactions. They don’t want a counter-protest. They don’t want to engage him. Just have everyone ignore him.

On the plus side, the mosque will be hosting an open house pre-Ramadan event on Saturday, May 5th starting at 5:30 PM that will include tours and a potluck. It’s worth checking out.

In other news, our emergency communications HUB in the park has been installed (or at least the storage box we got from the city using the grant we won). And we’ll be testing it at our “NO POWER, NO BARS” drill on Saturday, April 28th between 9 AM and noon. This is a city-wide event to simulate what would happen if the electricity failed for a long period of time. We need HUB volunteers (no experience necessary, and you get to wear a neat hat), as well as actors who will be given scripted scenarios to help the volunteers practice (again, no experience necessary). You might end up doing both. Bring the kids, last year’s drill included a very helpful Scout troupe. Our GoFundMe campaign is still going on, we hope to raise some funds to buy walkie-talkies, tables, and other things that the HUB didn’t come with.

The Victory Heights Neighborhood Yard Sale will be Saturday, June 16th from 9 AM – 2 PM. We have received permission to close NE 106th Street along the west side of the park, if people want to bring their stuff to be sold in one central location. Or let us know where your yard sale will be and we’ll have maps.

The next meeting is Tuesday, May 15th when Officer Kennedy from SPD will be speaking about dealing with homelessness, particularly the person who is camped out on 19th Avenue NE and Northgate Way.

Support Our GoFundMe For Victory Heights Emergency HUB

Support our GoFundMe campaign to raise money to help the Victory Heights emergency communications HUB.  On April 28th we will be holding a disaster drill in Victory Heights Park to simulate an extended power outage in our area.  Our new HUB lock box will be ready, along with the tables, chairs, magnetic boards, hats and other equipment so we can receive and distribute information to residents.  But we need more, hence this fundraising effort to get us more than the “bare-bones”: walkie-talkies, message boards, waterproof maps, rain ponchos, and canopies for starters.  Help our neighborhood be prepared in case of an emergency.  And come participate in our drill on the 28th (9 AM in the park–you can be a HUB volunteer or play out various scenarios that we will provide). The board of the Victory Heights Community Council thanks you!

Upcoming Events This Spring & Summer in Victory Heights

At last night’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Center (see full minutes of the meeting) the following events were announced:

Saturday, April 28th: Emergency Communication HUB Drill. We will setting up and testing our new HUB and participating in a city-wide drill to simulate a widespread power grid outage. Come volunteer, no experience necessary.  9 AM in Victory Heights Park.

Saturday, June 9th: Spring Clean. Still in the planning stage, but a chance to walk around and clean up the neighborhood.

Saturday, June 16th: Victory Heights Neighborhood-wide Yard Sale. We’ll be advertising and putting out signs.  Set up at your house or at a central location near the park.

Tuesday, July 17th: (new date) Victory Heights Potluck and Ice Cream Social.  Our annual party to get together and meet neighbors, eat, have free ice cream and maybe even tour a fire engine. 6 PM on the west side of Victory Heights Park.

Don’t forget upcoming meetings of the Community Council (everyone welcome): Tuesday, April 17, and Tuesday May 15th. 7 PM in the Victory Heights co-op preschool in the park.

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Learn Disaster Preparedness 101 on March 18th

Disaster Preparedness 101
DON’T TUNE OUT! I know the subject feels daunting but I can almost guarantee you will feel better after this class. Knowledge is Power!

On Sunday, March 18 from 2 – 3pm at the Victory Heights preschool (1747 NE 106th Street), some of the things we’ll cover: – how to ride out an earthquake in bed – what to do with electricity, gas, and water – what’s the most important thing to stock up on – and much more! 

No need to bring anything except maybe an adult size chair.
Questions? Contact Ann @ VictoryHeights.Seattle@gmail.com.

Northgate Pedestrian Bridge Drop-In Sessions This Month

The Seattle Department of Transportation has announced three “drop-in sessions” this month to show off the latest design of the proposed Northgate pedestrian bridge over I-5 that will hook up with the Link Light Rail station there.  Working with their partners at North Seattle College, they recently refined the west approach to the Northgate Ped/Bike Bridge. Stop by a session to learn about:

  • Bridge design updates
  • 1st Ave NE protected bike lane
  • Public art
  • Upcoming State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) environmental review and how to provide feedback during the public comment period

Monday, March 19: 12 – 1:30 PM
North Seattle College, The Grove
9600 College Way N

Tuesday, March 20: 8 – 9:30 AM
Aljoya Thornton Place
450 NE 100th St

Wednesday, March 21: 5 – 6:30 PM
Neighborcare Health at Meridian, Room 110
10521 Meridian Ave N

Drop-in sessions are open, informal opportunities for you to come and go as fits your schedule and speak with project staff. Can’t make one of these events? Information will also be posted on their project webpage.