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$10,000 burglary at NE Seattle Tool Library

October 11th, 2015 by Mike

Several readers have emailed to make sure we’re aware of the burglars who cleaned out the most expensive tools from the Northeast Seattle Tool Library.

The library, at 2415 N.E. 80th St. in the Wedgwood neighborhood, is asking people to keep an eye out for tools marked NESTL.

We just filed our police report and we are estimating about $10,000 worth of tools were stolen. These items include: our laptops, pressure washers, table saws, miter saws, sawzaws, circular saws, jig saws, routers, bolt cutters, air compressors, nail guns, staple guns…the list goes on.

All of these tools should have “NESTL” and numbers written on them.

The burglary occurred overnight Friday. The Seattle Times has a story here. Several people have suggested a Kickstarter campaign to replace the tools.

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4,400 without power north of Maple Leaf

October 10th, 2015 by Mike

Wind advisory for up to 45 mph until 5 p.m., over an inch of rain so far at Maple Leaf Life South.

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November election ballots arrive starting next week

October 9th, 2015 by Mike

Update Oct. 11: The Seattle Times has a critical analysis of the $930 million levy here.

Update: Over at Publicola there’s a related headline on the election: “District Five Sidewalk Brawl: Brown Versus Juarez.”

Most of Maple Leaf is in District 5. Spoiler alert! Sandy Brown pitches neighborhood-only taxes (Local Improvement Districts) to pay for sidewalks here.


Seattle’s first-in-a-century election of city council members by district is the focus of our upcoming November general election.

But the ballot also features the largest levy in Seattle history, more than doubling the size of the transportation levy it replaces.

The tweet above, received last week from the pro-levy Let’s Move Seattle folks, implies Maple Leaf is a hotbed of levy backers, and the levy does have a full roster of supporters.

But two of the usually reliable sources, The Seattle Times and the League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County, have come out against  Move Seattle, which would increase the average homeowner’s taxes by about $150 annually. Total cost: $930 million.

The Times’ reasoning is here, the league’s here. The King County voter’s guide information is  here.

Mail ballots for the Nov. 3 general election go out 20 days before election day.

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Found: A bike helmet, bags – and a dog

October 8th, 2015 by Mike

DC emails: “On my way to the bus stop this morning I discovered the bike helmet and bags in the attached photo on Northeast 82nd Street between Brooklyn Avenue Northeast and 14th Avenue Northeast.

“The bags had been discarded in some bushes so I suspect thieves took what they wanted and got away on a stolen bike. Please share as appropriate.”

Also, on Wednesday Annie wrote:

“FOUND dog: Large male tan Goldendoodle (guess) found running down 23rd Avenue  Northeast, between northeast 115th & 117th streets.

“Possibly was running with a small terrier, but the terrier ran off. The doodle is microchipped to a vet in Maryland. Please share…..

“(They had an earlier sighting of the dogs in Maple Leaf.”)

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Before the rain returns

October 6th, 2015 by Mike

Sunrise at the park this morning. The forecast is for rain returning tonight through much of the week.

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Maple Leaf, Metro buses and Pronto rental bikes

October 5th, 2015 by Mike

Two things about transportation:

1) Metro is considering a plan that could dramatically increase mid-day bus service in northeast Seattle. Specifically, from about 8,700  to 28,000 households served by a bus every 15 minutes.

There’s a meeting Tuesday night, 6 p.m., at The Mountaineers Club at Magnuson Park, hosted by Rod Dembowski of the King County Council, which oversees Metro.

The address is 7700 Sand Point Way N.E. More details are here.

2) Meanwhile, the city of Seattle,in a bid to rescue the apparently faltering Pronto bike ride-share program, is proposing spending millions of dollars to, among other things, put a Pronto bicycle-renting station at North Seattle College.

From our news partners The Seattle Times:

The proposal to boost the bicycle network is laid out in Mayor Ed Murray’s budget proposal, announced this week. Murray called fora $5 million city contribution to purchase 2,000 new bicycles, to go with a potential $10 million in matching federal grants for stations and other needs….

The idea surfaced earlier this year, as a section of a $25 million federal grant request, primarily to seek $15 million toward the Northgate Station walk-bike bridge over Interstate 5, plus $10 million for the citywide bicycle network.

The grant request touts bike stations around North Seattle College and South Seattle College, which serve higher proportions of low-income and minority students than the city population in general.

The full Times story, and several hundred mostly not-supportive comments, is here.

For more supportive comments, try the Seattle Bike Blog, here.

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NB Fifth Avenue backed up through Maple Leaf

October 3rd, 2015 by Mike

This weekend’s closure of the Interstate 5 on-ramp at Northeast 80th Street has backed up traffic on northbound Fifth Avenue Northeast from at least Rick’s Chevron (at Northeast 85th) north to past Northeast 92nd.

Roosevelt Way Northeast is much better.

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Lost pet Rika – dog of the north (Seattle)

October 3rd, 2015 by Mike

Nadia emails: “I am wondering if you can post this….We lost our Husky last Friday and she has been seen in several neighborhoods ( Wedgwood, Viewridge, Ravenna). We think she might head north.”

We’ve seen many Rika posters around the neighborhood. Rika lives near 130th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 25th Street, and was last seen at Northeast 65th Street and 12th Avenue Northeast.

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Vigil tonight at N. Seattle College for bus victims

September 30th, 2015 by Mike

A vigil to honor the five international students who died in last week’s bus accident on the Aurora bridge will be held at 6 p.m. at North Seattle College.

In a post to the community, college president Warren Brown wrote:

To honor the five students we lost and to support the students and staff still recovering from their injuries following the Aurora Bridge accident, North Seattle College and Student Leadership invite you to a vigil at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30. The vigil will be held in the North Seattle College courtyard and is open to the community.

The five students were the only deaths from the crash, with a Ride the Ducks vehicle. “Nine patients remained hospitalized Tuesday at Harborview Medical Center, with eight listed in satisfactory, and one in serious condition and in intensive care, a hospital spokeswoman said. Two other patients were in satisfactory condition at UW Medical Center,” according to The Seattle Times.

For more information on what the college is doing to help students and staff this week, and for a fundraiser, go to the president’s message.

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Officer-involved shooting at Roosevelt NE and NE 100th St.

September 29th, 2015 by Mike

Update from Seattle Police 8:30 a.m.

Detectives are investigating after officers shot a man following a foot pursuit through the Northgate neighborhood this morning.

Witnesses called 911 at 4:45 am Tuesday to report a car prowl in progress, later stating the male suspect had run from the scene. Officers responding to the call spotted the suspect in the area and went to contact him. The suspect ran from officers and at one point brandished a knife. An officer deployed a taser, but this failed to subdue the suspect. One of the officers then fired multiple rounds striking the suspect. Officers immediately called for Seattle Fire Department medics who took the suspect to Harborview Medical Center for treatment.

Update 7:50 a.m. from KING5:

SPD update officer invoked shooting in Maple Leaf. Car prowl suspect shot and hurt after brief pursuit NE 100th & NE Roosevelt Way live 8:00

Q13 is reporting the man was shot by police after a chase.

At 6:20 a.m. Seattle Fire tweeted:

Medics transporting an adult male with multiple gun shot wounds to HMC in critical condition. Pt found near Roosevelt & 100th.

The incident, reported as “assault with a weapon,” drew six fire trucks at 5:36  a.m. A Maple Leaf Life reader reported hearing gunshots around that time at Northeast 98th and Roosevelt Way Northeast.

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Bus route changes coming in the morning

September 27th, 2015 by Mike

The frequency of trips on several popular Maple Leaf commuter and weekend bus routes changes in the morning.

The biggest change here will be to Route 77, which will no longer go through the downtown transit tunnel.

Other changes affect the 73, 41, 66E, 67 and 68 routes.

For Route 77:

Southbound service to downtown Seattle will operate via Convention Place, Union St, 2nd Ave and 2nd Ave Ext S. These routes will serve the bus stops on Convention Place at Union St, on Union St at 6th and 4th avenues, on 2nd Ave at Marion and James streets, and on 2nd Ave Ext S at S Jackson St.

Northbound the bus stops on  4th Ave S at S Jackson (next to Union Station), on 4th Ave at James, Madison and University streets, and on Pike St at 6th Ave.

For more information check Metro’s website here.

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Report on condo owners meeting/pedestrian bridge

September 27th, 2015 by Mike

Photo by Terry Parkhurst

Terry has provided a photo of last week’s meeting of condo owners and renters, and some details.

“There were 45 53 attendees, or about 20 percent of the total population of the condos, including board members representing 7 condominiums; as well as Lt. David Sweeney, SPD – North Precinct; three representatives from Sound Transit; the current president of the Maple Leaf Community Council; and two representatives from SDOT.”

For discussion, see the comments section of the previous post.

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More reports of mail, package theft

September 26th, 2015 by Mike

A neighbor emails overnight:

I thought I would share a tip about mail theft from tonight (9/25/2015). We installed a mailbox alarm on our mailbox that triggers inside the house whenever the mailbox is opened, in part to notify us when our mail comes and in part to notify us if someone opens our mailbox at odd hours, since we’ve had sporadic mail theft for the past few years.

Tonight at exactly 10:00 p.m. our alarm went off, so I went out to the street to find two individuals going through mailboxes as they walked down our hill. We live on Northeast 98th Street at 15th Avenue Northeast, and they were walking east/downhill.

I immediately called 911 to give the police a chance to nab them as well. There were two individuals of average weight, one taller than the other (one male, one female?), both in black clothes/black hoodies, carrying a big black umbrella. I didn’t get a better description than that, but at least it’s something. Maybe someone else has noticed similar goings-on or people who match that description.

There was a similar report last week, about a man in an older red sedan. “He came by a few minutes after UPS and appears to be following the UPS guy and grabbing packages behind him.

“We’ve called the police … If anyone has seen this person before the police would of course be interested. Additionally, if anyone else has lost packages in the last few days they will be interested as well.”

Below are mail thefts reported to police in the neighborhood so far this year.

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Traffic alert: Aurora bridge closed all day by fatal crash with N. Seattle College students – call for emergency blood donations

September 24th, 2015 by Mike

Update 2:45 p.m. Seattle Times reports “All four people killed in Thursday’s crash were students at North Seattle College.”

Tweet from KIRO:

SB I-5 a parking lot from Northgate to SR 520. Again horrible, deadly crash on Aurora Br. Prepare for delays.


Update 1:58 p.m.:

Tragic bus crash triggers emergency call for blood donors

Multiple hospitals requesting additional blood components.

The tragic motor vehicle accident on the Aurora Bridge this morning is making major demands on the local blood supply. Bloodworks Northwest has issued an urgent appeal to blood donors to help meet those critical needs.

“With up to 40 people with injuries, we are responding quickly to additional orders for blood components from multiple hospitals receiving people injured in the crash,” said James P. AuBuchon, MD, president and chief executive officer. “We need to meet this emergency demand and also to replenish supplies so that we can continue to meet normal patient needs.


The Seattle Times is covering the fatal crash on the Aurora bridge here.
The bridge will apparently remain closed all day.

Kelley emails that there is a North Seattle College link: “This should get posted to the blog, as it will affect a lot of people (commute, community/students and staff). I saw students loading into the bus around 10 a.m. on my way to an appointment on Meridian. The crash happened just after 11 a.m.”

From the Times: ”

Update at 1:04 p.m.:

Forty-five students and employees from North Seattle College’s international program were traveling on the charter bus involved in the accident, said Melissa Mixon, spokeswoman for the college. Their conditions are not known at this time, she said.

Uninjured students are being brought back to campus, where the college has food and crisis counselors on hand, Mixon said.

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Maple Leaf Speedway as Chinese president leaves

September 24th, 2015 by Mike

Update 8:30 a.m: “Alert from the Seattle Department of Transportation, I-5 Express Lanes (SB) and I-5 northbound from Northgate to SR 526 are closed to traffic, for additional information, go to the Seattle Traveler’s map at”

All surface streets here appear to be raceways this morning.

Interstate 5 is closed as the Chinese president prepares to head for Paine Field.

Traffic has diverted to … us.

State Patrol: “During freeway closures, drivers should remain in their vehicles for their own safety, Traffic is unpredictable & lanes can reopen quickly.”

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