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My Reactions to the Aug 2015 Metro Proposed Bus Changes for the 8, 11 & 43


I’ve have reviewed the August 25, 2015 Metro proposal and I am sorry to say it fails, since:

1. It lengthens the runs of the 8/11 which are already among the most unreliable routes.
2. It does not allow for seamless transfers between the 11 and 12 going east and west.
3. It removes the 8 from John/Thomas.
4. It does not allow seamless access to the Community College on Broadway and other places on East Pine.
5. It duplicates service on East Madison from 19th to 24th which does solve any problems, but eliminates access to bus service on East John between 19th and 23rd Ave East.
6. It will require changes in the 19th Ave East and East Madison intersection for 60 foot buses to turn west or north.

I know that Metro has spent the last two months trying to work this out and I believe that plan could be made palatable by moving the 8 back to East John/Thomas and by having the 11 continue west to 12th Ave East where it would turn north to John and light rail. These are easy fixes and would leave the rest of the plan intact!

Amazingly this plan has united the users of the 8, 11 and 43 in opposition to the Metro 2016 Capitol Hill restructure! I look forward to talking to you about these issues. If this plan can’t be modified then I would suggest, as others do, that the Capitol Hill changes be postponed until after the implantation of Light Rail so that the impact of it and the Prop One changes can be reviewed.

If you would like to provide public testimony to the King County Council on this proposed March 2016 Metro Transit service changes please go to:


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Proposed Metro March 2016 Service Changes Transmitted to King County Council Tue Aug 25, 2015


I just received the following in email from the Lead Metro planner on the proposed March 2016 bus changes: 

The service change ordinance was transmitted to the King County Council today.  Information about the recommended changes is now available on the Metro website:

Here’s a link to the Route 11 info sheet. 

Here is the link to the other bus changes: 

As you can see in the updated system map, Routes 8 and 11 would share a common path between Madison Valley and the west side of Capitol Hill. Both would serve the segment of E Madison between 19th and 23rd Avenues, and both would connect with Capitol Hill Station. There would be no loss of coverage on E Madison Street, as Route 12 would serve Madison west of 19th Avenue E. The segment of E Madison Street between 23rd and 19th would have considerably more service than today, and new connections to Seattle Center, South Lake Union and the Central Area. The County Council will deliberate the proposals over the coming weeks.

Please check the Council website for opportunities to share your comments about these changes with Council members directly.


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Community Invited to Cayton Corner Park Open House


The Friends of Cayton Corner Park invite the community to an Open House on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 from 6 to 8 pm at Cayton Corner Park, 1831 E Madison St.

At the event the community is encouraged to learn about the new design, meet the designer, JA Brennan, ask questions and get involved. In 2011, funding from Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund contributed to the purchase of the 4,500 square foot, triangular-shaped lot on E Madison and 19th Ave. This property helped fill a need for open space in the neighborhood. The Friends of Cayton Corner Park have applied for and received two Department of Neighborhoods Neighborhood Matching Fund awards. With this funding, they hired the design consultant, JA Brennan. The “Friends” have been working hard to involve neighbors in the design process and have conducted work parties to keep the site tidy. Their leadership will transform the empty lot into a gathering place for a uniquely diverse neighborhood. 

The property at the corner of 19th Ave. and E Madison St. was named Cayton Corner Park.  Horace Cayton published the Seattle Republican, a newspaper directed at both white and black readers in the early 1900s. At one point the paper had the second largest circulation in the city. The Caytons were a very prominent family in the African American community, promoting education and making significant contributions to the development of our city and its ethnic populations.

For more information or to donate to this community-initiated park project please visit the Cayton Corner Park page on Facebook.


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Land Use Notices Madison Valley, July 30 - August 20, 2015


Here are the Dept. of Planning and Development’s Land Use notices pertaining to the Madison Valley community from the last three weeks, along with Seattle citywide actions of interest.


City Council Public Hearing on Proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendments for 2015-2016

The City Council’s Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability (PLUS) Committee will hold a public hearing on proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments for 2015 amendment cycle. The public hearing will be during the PLUS Committee meeting on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, at 2:00 in the Seattle City Council Chamber, 2nd floor, Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue.

Notice of Public Hearing


2609 E Thomas St

Land Use Application to allow a three-story structure containing five residential units in an environmentally critical area. Surface parking for five vehicles to be provided. Existing single family residence to be removed. Zone: Potential Slide Area, Lowrise-2

Notice of Application


1733 27th Ave

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6428351. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Environmental review conducted under Project #3018450. Zone: Lowrise 1, Potential Slide Area, Steep Slope (>=40%)

Notice of Decision


Select Committee on Housing Affordability

The Select Committee will work with the Mayor and members of the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Advisory Committee to increase housing affordability in the City. The Select Committee will be informed by recommendations presented in July 2015 by the HALA Advisory Committee and the Mayor's Roadmap to an Affordable and Livable City.

Wednesday, September 9, 5:30 p.m. (Public Hearing), Location to be determined


Seattle 2035 Draft Comprehensive Plan

The recent building boom is a reminder that Seattle is an attractive and growing place. Continued growth will present challenges about how the City can ensure that everyone in the city will have a chance to prosper.  This Plan provides long-term guidance that will help the City make decisions about managing growth over the next 20 years and providing services to make the growth for all of the city.  Since the Plan was first adopted in 1994, it has embraced the concept of sustainable growth, meaning that the City would accommodate additional people and businesses, while also aiming to maintain and enhance resources for future generations.  Join the conversation, comments due by the end of September.



Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map 
Design Review Board

Buildings in Design Review Map

Seattle In Progress


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Summer Surge at Jarbo


Jarbo Fashion Design will be holding a three-day summer sale, August 21–23, with savings up to 70% off!

2809 East Madison
877 457-2464 ex 1
Mon–Sat: 10 AM – 6 PM
Sun: 12 PM – 5 PM



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July 2015 Police Reports


Driven by a substantial drop in car prowls and auto thefts, the number of crimes reported to police in Madison Valley dropped to a level (40 incidents) similar to the early months of 2015. There were six burglaries, however, which is a common monthly total.


1. Sometime between the afternoon of July 2 and the morning of July 3 a burglar entered a home on 30th near Henderson that is being remodeled. The burglar stole tools worth approximately $4000, but left no fingerprints.

2. During the night of July 12 – 13 a burglar entered an apartment on Union near 27th by breaking a window near the front door of the unit. The burglar stole computer equipment worth approximately $3000, motorcycle clothing, and jewelry of undetermined value. Police found no fingerprints.

3. On July 15 at 9:15 AM police were notified that an alarm had been tripped at a home on E. Galer near 25th. When they arrived at the scene, a resident told them that nothing had been taken, but that a screen had been removed from a window. The burglar apparently was frightened away when the alarm sounded. The police found no fingerprints in the vicinity of the window.

4. On July 17 between 11 AM and 1 PM someone entered a home on 30th near Olive through an unlocked back window. The burglar stole an iPhone, approximately $500 in cash, and other items. The police found fingerprints around the window through which the burglar entered.

5. Sometime between July 15 and July 19 while the residents were away from home, a burglar smashed open a window of a home on E. Aloha near 20th and stole approximately $3000 worth of computer equipment, wallets and handbags, personal identification documents, and skiing equipment. The burglar left via the back door of the home and the police found fingerprints on the door handle.

6. Around midnight on July 21 there was a non-forcible entry burglary at an address on 25th near Howell, but the police have not posted a description of it.

Finally, there was a robbery on the edge of Madison Valley during July.

On July 11 at about 8 PM police received a report of a robbery that had just occurred on Union near 25th. The victim, who was taken to Swedish Hospital, told the officers that she had been walking along Union when a black male, about 5' 8” tall, 30 years old and with a possible limp, passed her on the sidewalk and then turned around and pepper sprayed her in the face. He then grabbed her smart phone from her hand and fled west on Union. Police subsequently searched the area of the robbery but found no suspects.


Lowell Hargens is a Madison Valley resident and former University of Washington professor of sociology specializing in the statistical analysis of data.


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Stay Informed with AlertSeattle


When emergencies happen, be the first to know. Stay informed with AlertSeattle to receive real-time, official notifications from the City of Seattle. AlertSeattle is a free service that allows you to sign up online to receive customized alerts via text message, email, voice message, and on social media (Facebook and Twitter). This service is provided by the City of Seattle at no cost; however, message and data rates may apply.

The City of Seattle uses AlertSeattle to send official, real-time alerts to the public with information about potentially life-saving actions they may need to take to keep themselves and their families safe. By signing up for AlertSeattle, you are taking a large step toward improving your personal safety.

In addition to emergency alerts, you can also choose to receive customizable community notifications. These will include notifications about severe weather, safety, health, utility disruptions, major traffic incidents, and more. For more information, visit


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Peaches Update


Well, Peaches has been found, safe — although he won’t be flying anytime soon. The story is a sad tale of mistaken identity and good intentions gone wrong, along with an interesting explanation of free flight bird training. Read the full story on Facebook or visit Peaches’ Facebook page.



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Free Concerts in Madison Park Thursdays 6:30 - 8 pm


Madison Park Business Association continues the annual tradition of bringing you free concerts (great for all ages) in Madison Park on Thursday evenings in August 6:30-8pm, (schedule of bands below).

Bring a blanket or chair, sit back, relax and enjoy some of Seattle’s most talented musical artists as they perform both original songs and covers. From boogie-woogie blues to New Orleans R&B, soul, swing, folk & pop — your toes will be tapping and you might even get up and dance! 

With so many great restaurants in Madison Valley & Madison Park, grab some to go and enjoy a picnic dinner at the park. 


All concerts are on Thursday evenings 6:30-8pm: 

8/6—Two Scoops Combo
Back by popular demand, this high-energy combo features Eric “Two Scoops” Moore, Washington Blues Society’s 2013 Best Songwriter, on piano and vocals. This Big Buffet of boogie-woogie, blues and swing will have the whole family dancing in the park! Two Scoops of Fun! 

8/13—Shaggy Sweet
With a focus on blending different musical styles, Shaggy Sweet delivers a unique, harmonious and FUN experience. Playing originals as well as cover songs, expect to hear everything from Jimi Hendrix to John Mayer to Maroon 5. Come and enjoy your night! 

8/20—Gin Creek
Gin Creek is one of Seattle’s busiest bands, playing regularly at leading music venues across Western Washington. Their music is rooted in the blues but draws on soul, swing, and New Orleans R&B, and their ability to play in a wide variety of rhythms makes them a favorite of dancers. They are happy to return to The Madison Park Summer Concert series.

8/27—The Side Project
Relax. Tap your toes. Dance. Fall in love! With enchanting originals and covers blending pop, folk, and contemporary tunes inspired by artists like Sarah McLachlan and Jason Mraz, The Side Project feeds the soul with uplifting harmonies throughout. 

Special thanks to this year’s generous sponsors: Park Shore Retirement Living and Aegis. 


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11 East Madison Update as of August 3, 2015


This is an update on the status of the proposed routing of the 11 E Madison in March 2016. Metro has made several alternatives other than leaving the bus as is. In June 2015 Metro proposed a routing that would take the 11 off of Madison west of 24th Ave East & East Madison by routing it up John/Thomas to light rail and then downtown via Olive to Pike/Pine.

The August issue of the Madison Park 
Times which contains an article with my comments about the proposal to take part of the 11 off of East Madison that we were given in June. The article is “We get faster service on No. 11, and then it goes away” on the editorial page and online for those who don’t have a copy of the Madison Park Times at:

Your comments over the last months have been passed on to Metro and Nextdoor users participated in a survey about what they wanted for the routing of 11 in March 2016 and it is included in the article. 

Today, Monday August 3, 2015 we received the following communications from the Metro planner working on the 11:

Hello All – 

We are still in the process of evaluating options for Route 11 and considering feedback we have received. I will keep you posted. 

Thanks for your patience, 

-- Jeremy

Note, given the above response I would suggest that you contact Metro with your comments at:

DeAnna Martin
Community Relations Planner


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Peaches is Missing!


Please help keep an eye open for this bird. Peaches is a Goffin’s cockatoo — mostly white with some rainbow plumage on his tail and wings from Seattle Pride. His left leg has an aluminum ID band.


UPDATE, 11:53 PM: The neighborhood's favorite cockatoo was found late tonight. Someone has clipped his wings; full story to come.


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Land Use Notices Madison Valley, July 7 - July 27, 2015


Here are the Dept. of Planning and Development’s Land Use notices pertaining to the Madison Valley community from the last three weeks. 


224 23rd Ave E (revised app)

Land Use Application to allow a 4-story structure containing 6 small efficiency dwelling units and 4 apartments. No purposed (sic) parking. Existing duplex structure to remain (12 total units).

Notice of Application

Project # 3020668


1733 27th Ave

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

Notice of Application

Project # 3021255 



307 36th Ave E

Land Use Application to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land in an environmentally critical area. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 5,039 sq. ft. and B) 5,068 sq. ft. Existing structures to remain.

Notice of Decision

Project # 3019041


2603 E Thomas St

Land Use Application to allow a three-story, five unit rowhouse in an environmentally critical area. Three surface parking spaces provided on site. Environmental review includes future unit lot subdivision.

Notice of Application

Project # 3020412


227 23rd Ave E

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

Notice of Decision

Project # 3020249 



Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map 
Design Review Board

Buildings in Design Review Map

Seattle In Progress


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Fury Summer Clearance Sale


Here we go again! Our big annual clearance sale starts Sat. July 25 and will run for a couple weeks. We will start to put out fall and transitional items partway thru the sale.

Fury Storefront 2

All of our spring & summer items will be reduced 30-70%! Stock up on dresses, sandals, purses, etc. Bring a friend, its a fun time and the deals can't be beat.  

Consignors, call for your fall appt. now. 206-329-6829

Thanks for your support, we couldn't do it without all of our loyal customers and consignors.  

Extraordinary Consignment

2810 East Madison St.
Seattle, Wa  98112

Open Tues-Sat 10-5:30


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Dr. Jenn’s Health Tips: Magical Magnesium


Although magnesium isn’t actually magical, it can sometimes appear that way due to its profound effects. There is, however, sound scientific evidence of its benefits.  Magnesium deficiency affects the majority of us, and since it’s an essential mineral involved in over 300 biochemical reactions in our bodies, deficiency can contribute to a number of health complaints. Deficiency occurs not only from lack of magnesium in our diets, but also as a result of excessive sugar, calcium or alcohol intake, prolonged stress, and can be depleted with certain medications. 

Eating a diet rich in magnesium can be difficult depending on the depletion level of the soil from which the produce is yielded. Generally, good choices of magnesium-rich foods include avocados, organic dark leafy greens (especially beet greens, Swiss chard, and spinach), nuts & seeds (pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, almonds, and cashews), legumes (navy beans, tempeh, pinto beans, kidney beans, and lima beans), some grains (buckwheat, millet, barley, and quinoa), and dark chocolate. 

Helpful for headaches, insomnia, leg cramps and muscle pain, there are so many reasons to add a magnesium product into your daily routine. Navigating the different forms of magnesium can be a bit tricky and is a common question asked on a daily basis at Pharmaca. If you’ve taken a look at an aisle of magnesium supplements, you have probably noticed that there are different types. The magnesium must be attached to another substance, be it a salt or an amino acid, which distinguishes the different forms.

Which magnesium is right for you?

When considering a magnesium supplement, take into account the bioavailability, effect on the digestive system and the general indications of the form. This list is not conclusive; other forms of magnesium also exist, but are much less common. Before adding a new supplement to your routine, check with your healthcare provider to make sure it is a right fit for you. 

Magnesium Citrate:  This common, inexpensive form is very bioavailable and therefore, usable by our bodies. It does a good job for any result you’re looking for with magnesium, such as complementing calcium, vitamin K2, and vitamin D for bone health, muscle pain or cramps, constipation, anxiety, or insomnia. Although generally well-tolerated, it can have a mild laxative effect for some at regular doses.  If you tend to have loose stools or have a lot of GI irritation, consider another type, or figure out what your dose limit is.

Magnesium Glycinate:  This chelated form is touted as having great bioavailability and is especially good for those tending towards anxiety or insomnia. The magnesium is attached to glycine, which is an amino acid that works as an inhibitory neurotransmitter, resulting in a calming effect. Additionally, this form does not have a laxative effect, so it would be a form to choose if diarrhea is an issue. 

Magnesium Malate:  Good bioavailability and helps with cell energy production, as malate is a substrate in the Krebs cycle. In particular, the malate form can help with bodily pain, ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), and fibromyalgia, in addition to the other general magnesium uses.

Magnesium L-threonate:  This form is believed to have that ability to cross the BBB (blood brain barrier) allowing it to have potential benefit in the realm of neuroscience. It has been studied for use in Alzheimer’s disease and has been found to improve working memory, as well as short-term and long-term memory. I tend to gravitate towards this form for migraines, as well.

Magnesium Aspartate:  Decent bioavailability, although supposedly less so than citrate and glycinate forms, yet more so than oxide form. This type is not as common, but is sometimes used for ME/CFS, as well as other general magnesium uses.

Ionic Magnesium:  This liquid form typically combines a number of magnesium types and is potentially absorbed more quickly due to the liquid ionic form of the minerals.  This would be one to consider if you prefer a liquid to a pill. 

Magnesium Oxide:  Due to poor bioavailability, and because only about 4% is absorbed in the body, this form tends to be a decent laxative. For this reason, it is not an ideal form to use for supplemental uses other than constipation.

Magnesium Sulfate:  Otherwise known as Epsom salts, this form is often used for therapeutic baths to promote muscle relaxation and stress relief, as the magnesium is absorbed through the skin. 

Magnesium Chloride:  Found in a concentrated topical spray, this magnesium can be sprayed directly onto tight or cramping muscles and is readily absorbed through the skin.  If it feels itchy when applied, dilute with a little bit of water.

Stop by Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy at 4130 E. Madison St. in Madison Park to check out our magnesium selection, or shop online at We look forward to seeing you!


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June 2015 Police Reports


After three months of substantially fewer Madison Valley incidents being reported to the police, June saw a return to a more typical number, 56. The increase over May’s total of 43 incidents was due to increases in car prowls and vehicle thefts, which grew from 16 to 25, and burglaries, which grew from 3 to 7 incidents.


1. On June 2 at 8 PM police were called to investigate a burglary that occurred sometime earlier in the day at an apartment on 21st Ave. E near John. The burglar unlocked the front door by removing the screen of an adjacent window that had been left open for ventilation, and then ransacked several drawers in the apartment, taking a laptop and other items not enumerated in the police report.

2. Sometime between 8 AM and 1 PM on June 5 a bicycle worth $1000 was stolen from the fenced patio of an apartment on 24th Ave. near Howell. The burglar apparently jumped over the patio fence and removed the unsecured bicycle from a hook outside the apartment.

3. On June 9 there was a forced-entry burglary at a residence on 25th Ave. near Union, but the police have not released a description of this incident.

4. Sometime during the afternoon of June 10 a burglar entered a residence on Pine near 26th by climbing through a window that had been left open because of the heat. When the residents returned around 5 PM, they noticed that their indoor cat was outside the house and found that their laptops and other computer equipment had been taken. Although other valuable items were not taken by the burglar, the items stolen were worth approximately $2500.

5. On June 20 at 3:08 AM a burglar tripped an alarm at a restaurant on Madison near 28th by throwing a rock through the glass of a French door at the rear of the restaurant. When the police arrived they found nothing amiss other than the damaged door, and an employee subsequently failed to find that anything valuable was missing.

6. On June 22 at around 10:30 PM police were called to a residence on 26th Ave. E near John to investigate an attempted burglary. The burglar broke a window of the home, but found that it was too small to permit entry. The burglar then attempted to enter a nearby residence, but only succeeded in breaking a crank on a window he hoped to open.

7. On June 29th in the late afternoon police were called to a home on 25th near Olive to investigate a burglary that occurred earlier that day. The residents reported that although they had locked the doors to the house when they left in the morning, someone had entered through an unlocked window on the second floor and stolen a laptop worth approximately $1600.

8. Finally, on June 23rd, around 1 AM an armed robbery occurred on 19th Ave. E near Republican St. A woman who was out walking at that time was accosted by a robber described as a white or hispanic male about 5’ 6” tall and wearing a black hoodie. The robber threatened her with a handgun and told her to give him her purse. After giving him her purse, the victim asked the robber to allow her to keep her phone. The robber did so, and after he left the victim called the police. During a search of the area the police found the black hoodie.


Lowell Hargens is a Madison Valley resident and former University of Washington professor of sociology specializing in the statistical analysis of data.


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