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Municipal League ratings in City Council races

July 6th, 2015 by Mike

The non-profit Municipal League of King County this afternoon released its ratings for next month’s Seattle City Council primary election.

In the new Council District 5, which covers the vast majority of Maple Leaf, the league rated one candidate – Mercedes Elizalde – “very good.”

In District 4, which covers the southern toe of Maple Leaf, the league rated one candidate – Rob Johnson – “outstanding.”

The longtime incumbent, Jean Godden, whom the league was unable to interview, was rated “good.”

In endorsements last week, The Seattle Times picked Deborah Juarez in District 5 and Rob Johnson in District 4.

As for the two citywide districts, here are the Muni League ratings:

More about the ratings and the Municipal League can be found at its web site.

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Urban sketcher sketches Maple Leaf construction

July 6th, 2015 by Mike

Tina emails this morning:

Hello, Maple Leaf Life! I was walking at the park this morning (hadn’t been there in a while) and noticed several construction projects. I tried to search the blog for info on what is going on but couldn’t find anything. If you’ve already reported on it, would you point me to the post(s) with details? Here’s my blog post.

Most of the construction at the park is related to re-constructing the underground reservoir to the proper earthquake standards. That will take about 10 months.

Crews are also replacing a communications shack on the park’s west side, beneath the antenna tower.

Tina, who blogs about sketching at Fueled by Clouds & Coffee,  goes on to say:

I actually have a ton of sketches from the Maple Leaf neighborhood, but I don’t consider this far north to be part of Ravenna or Roosevelt, so I haven’t been putting them in that Flickr group. If I started a Maple Leaf Flickr group for images, do you think there would be interest?

Seems like there would be. ??

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This morning at Maple Leaf park

July 5th, 2015 by Mike

Debris field.

Also, more graffiti. (To report, 206-684-7250.)

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Yellow Lab mix missing overnight

July 5th, 2015 by Mike

Update 4:24 p.m. @ALL At 3pm our dog Mugi has been returned to us by Seattle Animal Shelter!! Thanks to all that kept an eye out for her.

Jeff emails overnight:

Our 13-year-old yellow Lab mix named Mugi found her way out of our fenced back yard last night (Northeast 98th Street and Eighth Avenue Northeast) at a little after midnight and is now missing.

She did not have her normal collar on and due to her age her hind legs are weak, and she can’t travel far. We have combed all around her normal walking route and nothing so far. She is very friendly.

I have attached a recent picture of her.

Please call 206.601.5088 if you see her.

Thank you.

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July 4th, 2015 by Mike

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Happy Fourth of July (esp. on N.E. 95th St.)

July 4th, 2015 by Mike

James sent us this photo of the annual July 4th parade on Northeast 95th Street.

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Let’s not burn down the neighborhood this weekend

July 3rd, 2015 by Mike

Update 3:15 p.m. Not good news. National Weather Service Seattle just extended the heat advisory through midnight Sunday.

Update 2:45 p.m.

#Q13FOX News  15m minutes ago

DEVELOPING: Around 10 brush fires burning on Whidbey Island; evacuations underway

“Will we cool down soon? Probably not,” says Cliff Mass.

Is it safe to build a July 4th campfire? Probably not.

Will we incinerate Maple Leaf Reservoir Park with fireworks? Let’s not.

Seattle police and firefighters really, really would like it if we don’t.

“911 call centers are typically inundated on the 4th with reports of fireworks-related injuries and house fires. Because of that influx of calls, please only use 911 to report life-threatening emergencies. We are also unable to respond to fireworks complaints (or any other crime reports, for that matter) sent via Twitter,” police say.

During this tinder-dry summer, Washington’s governor would really, really like to just ban fireworks statewide, but says he can’t.

(There’s a online petition asking for that ban; as of this morning it had 931 signatures.)

Oh, and fireworks ARE illegal here.

“The possession, manufacture, storage, sale and use of fireworks (meaning everything but pop-it caps) is prohibited in Seattle, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.”

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Dog, cat replace Sugar Shack mural

July 2nd, 2015 by Mike

The “foodedelic” mural that has adorned the south tip of Maple Leaf for years is no more.

For the last five years the artwork was on the east side of Cafe Kopi, but was originally painted when the sweets shop was the Sugar Shack.

The building also houses All The Best Pet Care, at 8050 Lake City Way N.E.

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Seattle Times endorses in new City Council district races

July 2nd, 2015 by Mike

The Seattle Times has released its local endorsements in the upcoming City Council election.

Most of Maple Leaf is in the new Council District 5, where eight candidates are on the ballot. You can read the Times’ endorsement for District 5 here.

Maple Leaf’s southern toe is in Council District 4. The Times’ endorsement for that district is here.

Bottom line, the Times points out that Maple Leaf and other northern neighborhoods could be the biggest beneficiaries of the new district, or ward, system.

The new Seattle City Council District No. 5, which includes most of Seattle north of Northeast 85th Street, might be the biggest beneficiary of a switch to district elections. It has been historically ignored by the city, lacks amenities like sidewalks, and has a large portion of working class, blue-collar voters whose interests are not well-represented on the council.

In District 5 the Times endorses Deborah Juarez.

In District 4 the Times picks Rob Johnson, not incumbent Councilwoman Jean Godden.

The five-candidate field for District No. 4 includes three-term Councilmember Jean Godden. She has been a strong member at times, especially on gender-pay disparities, but it is time for her to step aside.

The election dates are Aug. 4 for the primary and Nov. 5 for the general election.

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And still more graffiti at the park

July 2nd, 2015 by Mike

Yes, the graffiti from the weekend is still there as well.

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A dozen burglaries here during June

July 1st, 2015 by Mike

Evan emails overnight:

“Our house at (Northeast 89th Street and Eighth Avenue Northeast) was broken into this afternoon in broad daylight during a brief period where nobody was at home, despite an ADT alarm system (with obvious signs and stickers around the house exterior) and rather attentive neighbors.

“The burglar broke down our front door, removed the lock, searched for low-hanging fruit, left out the back door, and ransacked our garage. It looks to have been a very quick operation.

“One of our neighbors actually saw the burglar in the garage right before he left — apparently he was a Caucasian male. There was also an unknown black car on our block at the time that may have been related.”

The burglar stole some i Pads, computers, cameras, jewelry, watches, and several bottles of wine. “He also stole all identity-related documents he could find.”

This was one of 12 burglaries in Maple Leaf during June, according to the police crime map. Ten of those were homes. (The two at top left are businesses.)

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More graffiti at the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park

June 29th, 2015 by Mike

Graffiti at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park this weekend.

It’s not the first time this hitting wall has been tagged.

Here’s the best way to report graffiti at the park.

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Rain, thunder and lightning now in Maple Leaf

June 28th, 2015 by Mike

From the National Weather Service in Seattle:

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Lost dog Butters – a Golden Doodle – this morning

June 27th, 2015 by Mike

Sunday update: Butters is home.


Jeanette emails:

“Wondering if you would please share this on your blog? Thank you.

“Lost Dog

“Name: Butters

“Breed: Golden Doodle.

“Last Seen: Running towards Northeast 96th Street from Northeast 95th Street this morning, Saturday, around 9:15 a.m.

“He would respond to a tennis ball more than food. He should have his collar on with all of his tags and he is micro chipped.

“If you see him please call or text Jeanette at (206) 979-4692.”

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Is this your (stolen) stuff, detectives ask

June 25th, 2015 by Mike

Several readers have sent news of this arrest by Seattle Police:

Detectives have been chasing the 30-year-old man, his 22-year-old girlfriend, and at least five other suspects for the last two months, after the ring of thieves committed dozens of burglaries in North Seattle.

Police believe the crew of serial burglars broke into homes during the day and targeted businesses at night. Detectives also say the ring of suspects was involved in a break-in at 22 storage units in the University Village area.

The full police release is here. It contains photos hundreds of stolen items.

“If you believe any of the items pictured below are yours, you will need to provide proof of ownership, such as a purchase receipt, case number related to the item, or a photo clearly showing you with the item. You can provide that information to detectives at”

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