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We get faster service on the 11, and then it goes away.

JULY 1, 2015 | REG NEWBECK

The good news is that we will be getting 15-minute service on the 11 E Madison bus this September due to Prop One funding. The bad news is that there is currently a proposal floating around that would remove the 11 from Madison between 24th Ave East and Broadway and move it over to East John Street, then down Olive to Bellevue and then the Pine/Pike area downtown. Basically this combines the 43 and 11 buses, but the 11 user will be inconvenienced with transfers or longer walks. 

 

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Hopefully, the following will answer the questions of why the central area needs a bus on Madison Street despite the desire to move the 11 over to East John so it can go to the Light Rail Station on Broadway (CHS):

1) John/Thomas already has access via the 8 and adding the 11 is duplicating existing service. Yes, this requires a transfer, but the users for the 8 transfer to the 11 today!

2) The 8 already goes to CHS and can be accessed at MLK or 23rd—and it’s seamless.

3) Light Rail access is already available for 11 users via the Nordstrom station that gives access to all light rail stations today and in the future, including CHS.

4) Moving the 11 off Madison, yes, helps replace the 43, but at what cost to the users of the current 11?

5) Replacing the 43 with the 11 puts a diesel bus in place of an electric bus and we are getting new electric trolleys. Is this really the direction we want to go?

6) The Proposed 11 on East John would be a longer run and more likely to be less reliable than our current unreliable 11. It will be faster to transfer to Light at CHS then to take the bus to Pike/Pine.

7) The tradeoffs don’t justify the transferring and walking that having no bus on Madison will cause.

8) Telling 11 users who go to Safeway that they can use the one on 15th is fine, but Group Health is not an alternative for the Medical facilities on Pill Hill! BTW, Group Health uses Swedish for its hospital.

9) Madison Street east of 23rd is growing with new businesses and housing being added. Taking the bus off Madison will retard that growth.

10) Madison Street has been chosen for a BRT route and redevelopment by its implementation.

11) Taking the 11 off Madison promotes the use of private vehicles.

 

The following is a partial list of places that people frequent on the Madison corridor today and this includes a transfer from the 8 at MLK from the 8 and at 23rd from the 43 and 48. This 11 is NOT just a Madison Park bus, it is a bus used by residents all along the Madison Corridor!

  • Gyms and Health Clubs on or near Madison
  • Seattle Arts Academy that meets at TDHS School Facility
  • The Bullitt Center
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Central Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Seattle Hearing & Balance Center
  • Three black Churches including Madison Temple Church of God, Mount Zion Baptist and A.M.E. Church plus a Catholic Church
  • Jewish Family Child Service at 16th Ave East & East Pine
  • Retirement homes such as Aegis Living and The Council House 
  • Countless residential buildings along East Madison above Safeway, The Co-op, Trader Joe’s, and numerous other older facilities
  • The Community College on Broadway
  • Bailey Boushay House at MLK
  • Deaf-Blind Services Center at 1620 18th Ave, #200
  • League of Women Voters at 18th

The area on John/Thomas does not provide alternatives to most of these places and in some cases none. Transferring and waiting for buses at all hours of the day and weekends for employees is not good. Seniors and disabled are hampered by this move and Access (a Metro run on-call door-to-door service for the disabled) is not always an alternative.

Bottom line, to be given the 11 Madison bus 15-minute service in September and then to tell riders sorry, but you going to have to transfer or to walk to get your destinations is very mean spirited. This is why I say Metro needs to slow this process down and give its latest proposal the light of day by giving it to the community before giving it to the County Council.

 

The following unscientific poll was run on Nextdoor: 

Which of the following routes would you prefer for the 11 E Madison?

  • A bus that would service Madison shore to shore with a seamless transfer to Pike/Pine buses: 31% in favor.
  • Keep the bus as-is on its current routing: 27%
  • Have the bus turn on to E John at 24th Ave E to Light Rail then to Pike/Pine: 19%
  • A two-bus solution with a Madison to Madison run with one running up John to Light Rail then to Pike/Pine: 13%
  • A bus that would service Madison from shore to shore: 10%

 

Please feel free to voice your comments to Metro about this proposed change:

Contact:
DeAnna Martin
Community Relations Planner
deanna.martin@kingcounty.gov 
206-477-3935

 

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Action Requested: Madison BRT!

JUNE 29, 2015 | LINDY WISHARD

Dear Neighbors,

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is about to propose Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on Madison. 

Currently SDOT is favoring ending the BRT at 23rd Ave East and East Madison. This means Madison Valley would not benefit from the BRT at all. This would be a huge loss for our neighborhood. The ability for residents to travel down Madison quickly, as well as the ability for customers from downtown and Capital Hill to get to Madison Valley would be great for us. 

In addition to providing rapid and improved bus service on Madison would also give numerous infrastructure improvements along Madison. The new improvements include intersection improvements, street lighting, and new sidewalk and bus stop improvements that our neighborhood would benefit from! 

The pending traffic pattern changes due to the 520 will impact the businesses since most people will be using 23rd to access the bridge. The BRT is an opportunity to bring shoppers to our businesses on Madison from the Coleman dock and downtown hotels near Madison. This will help the restaurants and shops we love stay in business. 

The funding for the BRT will come from the Move Seattle ballot initiative this November and a vote by the state legislature for matching funds, but SDOT’s recommendations to City Council are going to happen very soon. 

If you want to support extending BRT to Madison Valley please email Maria right away. Let her know that you support BRT coming to Madison Valley. Tell your friends to reach out to her. She needs to hear from our community that we want BRT to come to Madison Valley. 

Please send an email to: 

Maria Koengeter
SDOT - Transit Advisor
Maria.Koengeter@seattle.gov
206-733-9865
206-684-3238 Fax 

Comprehensive information with maps, designs, routes, cost, etc:
Madison BRT FINAL Boards.pdf

More info at the government site:
http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/MadisonBRT.htm

Thank you,
Lindy Wishard
President
Madison Valley Community Council
MadisonValley.org

 

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May 2015 Police Reports

JUNE 12, 2015 | LOWELL HARGENS

There were 43 incidents reported to the police in Madison Valley during May, up from April but still substantially lower than the months in late 2014 and early 2015. Most of the increase over April was due to a rebound in car prowl theft and vehicle theft to more typical levels (16 incidents in May compared to 5 in April). There were three burglaries, a robbery, and an assault against a policeman during May.

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1.  During the afternoon of May 23rd there was forcible-entry burglary at a residence on 22nd Ave. E. near John, but the police have not posted a description of that incident.

2.  On May 31 at about 7:45 PM police responded to a call reporting a non-forcible entry burglary at a residence on 23rd near Pine. The victims reported that the burglar had entered the residence sometime earlier in the day and stolen an iPad, a laptop, a backpack and a box containing items worth approximately $50. The police report does not mention whether the officers sought fingerprints at the scene.

3.  During the night of May 31 – June 1 a burglar gained entry to a business on Madison near 28th without using forcible means. The burglar stole a cash register containing about $200 in cash, a cash bag containing about $160, an iPad, and the hard disk of the business's security system. The police report suggests that the burglary may have been an inside job, and learned from the business owner that he had dismissed an employee a couple of months earlier for theft.

4.  On May 5 at about around noon police were called to the Post Office at 23rd and Union to deal with a disturbance caused by a heavily intoxicated man. After the police decided to arrest him for trespassing, they handcuffed him and started to pat him down, at which point the man head-butted one of the officers in the face. When the police were putting him into a patrol car to take him away, the man assaulted the officer again. The police report states that the man kicked at the door and roof of the patrol car as he was being taken to the East Precinct Police Station.

5.  On May 30 at about 1:30 AM a cab driver called 911 to report that he had been robbed. Earlier he picked up a couple who were intoxicated at a bar and took them to the corner of 21st and Olive. When the couple left the cab without paying the $10 charge, the driver asked them to pay but the male told him to “go home” and threatened to kill him. After arriving at the scene the police searched for the couple but were unable to find them.

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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District 3 City Council Candidate Forum is On YouTube

JUNE 10, 2015 | BOB EDMISTON

160 voters turned out to learn where the five District 3 candidates stand on our issues. Thanks to all of the candidates, those who came out to hear them in person, The Bush School for hosting the event and the volunteers for staffing the event. The audience generated a solid set of tough questions for the lightning and long answer rounds. The waffles went over well enough that nobody had to be paddled. It turned out to be a great opportunity to get to know where the candidates stand on issues of importance to our district. Watch the event on YouTube.

 

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An Evening of Elegance: Garden Party at the Japanese Garden

JUNE 4, 2015 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

The Garden Party is the premier event of the season at the Seattle Japanese Garden, and tickets are on sale now. From 6–8:30 p.m. on Friday, July 24, the Japanese Garden will serve as a backdrop for an elegant Japanese dinner served with fine wine and sake. The event is one of the garden’s largest fundraisers. Proceeds support vital programs and community events at the garden.

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Garden Party guests will have the opportunity to participate in a traditional Nodate outdoor tea ceremony and read artfully installed haiku as they stroll the garden. There will be a flute performance by White Swan label recording artist Gary Strousos, traditional koto music performed by pianist Chris Kenji Beer and a traditional Japanese dance by Fujima Fujimine Dance Ensemble.

Prentice Bloedel Japanese Garden Arboretum Unit 86 is the title sponsor of the event. Other sponsors include Japan Prestige Sake, Inc., Vinum Importing, JM Cellars, Tankokai, and Steve Alley & Jack Rafn.

Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased at www.seattlejapanesegarden.org.

 

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Dr. Jenn’s Health Tips: Are you ready for summer?

JUNE 4, 2015 | JENN GRUSHON, ND - LEAD PRACTITIONER AT PHARMACA

Summer in Seattle is approaching, and outdoor activities are even more abundant. Renew your commitment to being fit, happy and healthy! Here are some ideas to help you with exercise recovery and environmental exposures.

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Gearing Up

Be prepared to stay hydrated. Dehydration can cause headaches, muscle pain, dizziness and nausea. Have on hand water and electrolytes, such as Vega Hydrator powder or Nuun tablets. Add in Trace Mineral ConcenTrace drops to improve hydration even further.

If you’re outdoors, wear your mineral sport sunscreen. I recommend Juice Beauty Sport Moisturizer or Thinksport sunscreen, which are both chemical-free, sweat- and water-resistant sunscreens. Devita Solar Body and Solar Moisturizer for the face are also great choices for a sheer, mineral-based sunscreen.

During the days when insects are rampant, avoid mosquito bites by making sure to spritz on some Quantun Health Buzz Away insect repellant. This product is essential oil-based, DEET-free and quite effective at keeping the bugs away!

Winding Down

Any time you provide stress on your muscles, you want to make sure to build the muscle up by consuming protein post-workout; protein shakes are a simple, fast way to achieve this. Leucine is an amino acid that is especially important at contributing to skeletal muscle mass. L-glutamine amino acid helps to prevent muscle breakdown, and the powder can be added to protein shakes. Although whey protein is often considered as having an “ideal” amino acid profile, certain plant protein powders are adequate for those avoiding dairy. My favorites are Plant Fusion Phood and Sun Warrior, Warrior Blend plant-based powders. Mix these with your favorite dairy-free milk in a blender bottle for a quick, on-the-go recovery drink.

Less Inflammation, Less Pain

To help with post-workout recovery, I recommend New Chapter’s Zyflamend capsules as an effective herbal anti-inflammatory combination product, alongside a magnesium product. Zyflamend is a nice alternative to taking NSAIDs, and magnesium helps with muscle pain. Eating anti-inflammatory foods and avoiding inflammation-promoting foods is important. Herbs and spices, such as ginger, turmeric, cinnamon and garlic, especially when combined with lots of vegetables, are all good choices. Drizzle this “Sunshine Dressing” on your veggie-loaded salad, for a delicious recovery meal.

Sunshine Dressing

  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice & zest of 2 lemons
  • ½ avocado
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 TBSP ground turmeric or 1 scoop of MegaFood Daily Turmeric powder
  • 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
  • 1 TBSP raw local honey (optional)
  •  pinch of sea salt and black pepper (to taste)

In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.  

Add some radiance

Did outdoor activities, such as swimming in a chlorinated pool, leave your hair dry, dull and lifeless? If so, revitalize it with an apple cider vinegar hair rinse:  mix ½ cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of water, and add in 10 drops of essential oils of your choice; lemon, rose and/or lavender essential oils work well for this. 

Instead of chemical-laden self-tanners, consider going the less toxic route by choosing jane iredale’s Tantasia self-tanner. The natural color will develop with daily use from a sun-kissed glow to a healthy tan.

Join us at the Madison Park Pharmaca on Saturday, June 6th from 11am–3pm for our Sports Nutrition & Fitness event. Enter to win a Fitbit Flex wristband (a $99 value), enjoy chair massages, try free samples and take advantage of special savings!

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley, May 4 - May 28, 2015

JUNE 1, 2015 | KATHRYN KELLER

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

2035 Open House 

Comprehensive Plan Update

The City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development has issued a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) addressing an update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The City is considering text and map amendments to the Seattle Comprehensive Plan that may affect the distribution of 70,000 new housing units and 115,000 new jobs expected in Seattle by the year 2035, and that would influence various City operations.  The EIS evaluates four alternatives including a No Action Alternative and three other alternatives with different possible distributions of future residential and employment growth among Urban Centers, Urban Villages and other areas. 

Comments are due: June 17, 2015
Seattle 2035 Draft EIS Survey
Notice of Draft Environmental Impact Statement
Online Open House
Public Hearing Video

 

Amendments to Lowrise Multi-Family Zoning Regulations

The Seattle City Council is proposing to amend the Land Use Code (Title 23 of the Seattle Municipal Code) to make adjustments and corrections to the regulatory framework for Lowrise zones.

Comments due and public hearing: June 2, 2015
Notice of Public Hearing
Presentation to Council PLUS Committee at 56:44
Materials presented to Council PLUS Committee  3. Summary Matrix (for quick overview)
Backgound and Legislation

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2305 E MADISON ST

Land Use Application to allow a 4-story residential structure containing 50 units above 3,492 sq. ft. of retail space. Surface parking for 13 vehicles to be provided.

Notice of Decision
Project #3015490

 

1710 27TH AVE

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into six unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

Notice of Application
Project #3020363  

 

1716 27TH AVE

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into two unit lots.  Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

Notice of Decision
Project #3019489 

 

1729 25TH AVE

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

Notice of Decision
Project #3020123 

 

221 24TH AVE E

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into six unit lots.  Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

Notice of Decision
Project #3016954

 

Resources

Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map (Click the markers for more info.)
Design Review Board schedules and documents

https://www.seattleinprogress.com/ (New evolving website that has easy links to design proposals)

 

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Candidate Forum Reminder

MAY 27, 2015 | LINDY WISHARD

74 people have RSVP’d to attend the Candidate Forum on June 8. We still need another 12 volunteers to help. Can you spare an hour or two?

Please share the Facebook event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1597932883826898/
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4cabae29a2fe3-district

Seattle City Council District 3 Candidate Forum
Monday, June 8th, 7:00 PM
Bush School Auditorium
3400 E Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98112

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Madison BRT and 8/11 Metro Update Meeting

MAY 21, 2015 | JIM STEARNS

On May 20th about 15 Madison Valley/Madison Park residents attended an update meeting on two public  transportation projects affecting east Madison neighborhoods:

* Madison Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) — Update by SDOT
* Proposed 8 and 11 Changes — Update by Metro KC

Thierry Rautureau of Luc kindly hosted the meeting. Lindy Wishard called the meeting to order and gave an quick overview of the two projects. She introduced Reg Newbeck, a neighborhood public transportation advocate, and then introduced the SDOT and Metro speakers.

Maria Koengeter of SDOT on Madison BRT

Madison BRT would provide fast, reliable bus service on Madison Street from the waterfront to 23rd Ave or possibly Martin Luther King (MLK).

Residents present expressed support of the BRT extending to MLK. There was some concern about loss of parking on Madison in the Valley, but Maria said there would be no dedicated bus lane east of 20th Avenue. Residents also advocated for an intermediate stop between 23rd and MLK so as to reduce the need to walk a steep hill.

Maria mentioned that an extension to MLK would require creating a layover location on Arthur Place, with the loss of some parking.

The buses will be electric trolley buses — regular tires, not rail. Overhead wires would be used, although they are exploring the possibility of using electric battery buses.

The BRT will improve speed and reliability by using dedicated lanes and priority traffic signaling. Studies and simulation indicate a local bus takes about 16 minutes to travel from First Ave to 23rd, as little as 8 minutes and as much as 23 minutes. Maria projects that a BRT with dedicated lanes and signal prioritization will reduce average travel time to 9 minutes, plus or minus a minute.

Implementation of the BRT to 23rd is estimated to cost between $98 Million and $120M. Extension to MLK would cost another $13M for more wiring and a new electrical substation.

$15M of the funding would come from the $930M Move Seattle initiative on the ballot this fall. The balance ($83M+) would be sought from federal matching grants.

The possibility of extending the run of a subset of the trolley buses to Madison Park is being discussed, but no budget estimates have been made.

The project is in the planning stage. Service is proposed to begin in 2019.

More information and a survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MadisonBRTSurvey. The survey closes May 24th.

DeAnna Martin and Jeremy Fichter of Metro on Proposed 8 and 11 Bus Routes

DeAnna gave an overview of the Link Connections project to improve connectivity to the light rail system that will be expanded next March with Capitol Hill and Husky Stadium stops.

As publicized in earlier posts, Metro proposes the following changes to the two routes most used by east Madison residents:

* Move the western portion of 11 off of the Pike/Pine corridor and convert it to a water-to-water Madison route, with increased frequency — at least every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday.

* Split 8 into two routes at Jackson/Yesler. The northern/western half retains the 8 designation while the southern half becomes 38.

Jeremy Fichter of Metro gave more details:

When asked how riders will get to Pine/Pike commercial district, Jeremy suggested a transfer to 10 at 15th Avenue. He said it was a short walk, less than 600 feet. He did acknowledge the the transfer on return involved crossing both Pine and Madison. He also suggested taking 11 to 3rd, then taking one of the buses running north on the 3rd Avenue “transit spine” for the six blocks to Pine.

A Madison Park resident expressed concern over reduced access to light rail. For the ambulatory, the current 11 would have provided, with a 2+ block walk, access to the Capitol Hill Station. For the less ambulatory or more burdened, the current 11 provides direct access to the Convention Center light rail station. The proposed 11 doesn’t provide direct access to any of these stations. Jeremy said that Madison Valley residents will use 8 to get to the Capitol Hill Station. Madison Park residents can transfer from 11 to 8, or take 11 to 3rd Avenue and walk 3 blocks to the University Station. No Madison Park resident present expressed happiness with these alternatives.

Reg asked Jeremy why Metro didn’t incorporate the “notch” he proposed with his Alternative 3: that 11 would go off Madison at Pine and return on Broadway, providing an easier transfer to Pine/Pike via 10, and the 2 block walk access to Capitol Hill Station. Jeremy said route design calls for straight lines wherever possible and avoiding turns in congested areas.

Multiple concerns were expressed about the performance of the 8 on Denny. During rush hour, Denny is a parking lot. Jeremy agreed that this is a problem and that Metro is looking at mitigations. No details were provided.

Concerns were also expressed about the best split point between 8 and 38. I’m afraid I missed that part of the discussion.

More details can be found at http://metro.kingcounty.gov/programs-projects/link-connections/proposal.html#by-area. This Metro site asks for comments through email or web through the end of May.

The King County Council (not the Seattle City Council) will review the proposal late this summer.

This was a 90 minute meeting; these notes are not complete. Lindy, Reg, and other meeting participants, please supplement and correct as needed. All, please use the links above to find out more about these two proposals, and to register your comments.

 

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Seattle Japanese Garden celebrates Children’s Day May 31

MAY 21, 2015 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

Experience family-fun surrounded by the beautiful scenery at Seattle Japanese Garden on Sunday, May 31, when the garden hosts its annual Children’s Day event.

From 11 a.m.–3 p.m. there will be live entertainment and a variety of hands-on activity stations to give visitors of all ages an opportunity to enjoy Japanese cultural traditions. The Seattle Japanese Garden is located at 1075 Lake Washington Blvd S.

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The performances, many of which will be interactive, include Issunboshi — The Inch High Samurai: A Modern Telling of an Ancient Japanese Story, by local puppet theatre West Cascade Puppet Brigade; an energetic taiko drumming show by youth group Kaze Daiko; an Aikido demonstration by the instructors and kids of Seattle Aikikai; and a dynamic presentation with Japanese swords by Seibu Ryu Iai-Battojutsu. 

Local group Haiku Northwest will assist kids and adults with crafting garden-inspired haiku poetry. Washington Park Arboretum Education and Outreach staff will lead nature-inspired crafts, while P.A.P.E.R. volunteers will host mini-lessons on origami, including how to make wearable samurai kabuto hats. In a nod to the Japanese Garden’s Zen roots, children will be invited to rake their own miniature sand-and-stone garden and try water-based sumi-e brush painting with Japanese Garden volunteers.

Children’s Day is a Japanese national holiday that traditionally takes place on May 5, the fifth day of the fifth month. It is a day set aside to respect children’s personalities and to celebrate their happiness. It was designated a national holiday by the Japanese government in 1948.

Admission is free for all children age 12 and under. Ticket price for adults is $6; for youth 13 and over, seniors ages 65 and older, and students with ID, it is $4. Annual passes are accepted for event admission; with no additional charge.

For more information, including the exact time of the performances, visit www.seattlejapanesegarden.org.

 

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April 2015 Police Reports

MAY 18, 2015 | LOWELL HARGENS

There were 31 incidents reported to the police in Madison Valley during April, substantially lower than March, and only about half the monthly average reported in the several months before March. There were relatively few car prowls and vehicle thefts during April, but other frequent types of crime such as property damage/graffiti and theft were also rare. However, there were four burglaries during April, and a strong arm robbery.

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1. On Tuesday, April 7 at 6:40 AM police responded to reports of an alarm sounding at marijuana distribution outlet on Madison near 23rd. When they arrived, they found that a glass panel in the front door of the business had been smashed open and that a burglar had entered the business through it. The police could not determine whether anything had been taken, although they did find a marijuana food item on the floor inside the front door. The owner of the business later reported that he had viewed a video recording of the burglary and that the burglar, whom he described as a male wearing a bandanna and a hoodie, had taken only one food item before leaving. The burglar left no fingerprints.

2. On Thursday, April 9 at about 4:30 PM residents of an apartment on Madison near 29th called police to report a burglary that had occurred sometime earlier that day. The burglar(s) kicked open the front door of the apartment and and searched both floors of the apartment, greatly upsetting the apartment’s canine resident in the process. Items worth approximately $2500 were stolen, including credit cards in a backpack left in an office near the front door. Neighbors did not report hearing the break in, but police found possible fingerprints in an upstairs bedroom.

3. Sometime during the night of April 22–23, a burglar gained entry to a business on Madison near 28th by prying open a key lock-box. The burglar stole approximately $500 from a cash drawer, a laptop computer, and five women’s workout shirts from the business’s retail display area. Police found fingerprints at the scene, and the owners of the shop have given the police names of possible perpetrators.

4. On Thursday, April 23 between noon and 12:30 someone kicked in the front door of a residence on John St. near MLK. When one of the residents returned home and saw the door, she called the police. The residents searched the home and found that a few items had been stolen, but what the items were and their value are not given in the police report. Police did not find fingerprints in the home.

Finally, on Monday, April 20 a resident of a building on 23rd near Denny called police around 5:45 PM to report that she had just been a victim of a strong arm robbery. The woman had parked her car on the P1 level of the building’s parking garage and hurried into the room outside an elevator when she saw her assailant, who was emerging from the stairway from the P2 level of the garage, notice her purse and start walking toward her. The robber was able to get through the door between the elevator room and the parking garage, however, and proceeded to shove her into a corner and demand that she hand over her belongings. The woman tried to fight off the robber, but he took her purse and fled into the stairway outside the elevator room. The woman’s purse contained her passport, credit cards, and a laptop worth approximately $650. There is a security camera in the elevator room where the robbery took place, and the manager of the building told the police that a tape of the robbery would be available on April 21.

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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520 Construction Tours

MAY 18, 2015 | LINDY WISHARD

At the May update meeting of the 520 Bridge construction, WSDOT staff announced that the June, July, and August monthly meetings will include a tour of the bridge construction area. The tours will begin with a brief meeting at the Graham Visitors Center. Afterward staff will lead neighbors out to Foster Island and beyond to view the current construction area. Participants are advised to wear hiking boots or shoes and be prepared for a one-hour walk. Interested neighbors who want to go on the tour need to register in advance. The dates for the tours are:

Wednesday, June 3rd, 5:30 pm

Wednesday, July 1st, 5:30 pm

Wednesday, August 5th, 5:30 pm

Register for the tour on the WSDOT website. Look for the article “Latest WABN Construction Update.”

 

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METRO Update on Proposed 8 & 11 Route Changes

MAY 13, 2015 | REG NEWBECK

Metro has announced their latest recommendations for re-routes to the Seattle bus system. 

David Lawson did a good job of summarizing the changes in an article written for the Seattle Transit Blog. You can view the specific article here. The Seattle Transit Blog is independent of any transit agency including Metro, Sound Transit, and SDOT.

For the latest information direct from Metro visit: http://metro.kingcounty.gov/programs-projects/link-connections/

If you would like have a say in the latest iteration of the transit plan, please complete the survey here: http://metro.kingcounty.gov/programs-projects/link-connections/have-a-say.html

Finally, Metro will be in Madison Valley on Wednesday, May 20th, from 9:30 – 11 am at Luc to explain how the routes will affect our neighborhood. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. 

Note: The comment period for this final round of design changes ends May 31st, so get your comments in soon! Nextdoor is an excellent place to comment and join the conversation on the Metro changes: https://arboretum.nextdoor.com

 

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Assault in Harrison Ridge Greenbelt

MAY 13, 2015 | CATHERINE NUNNELEY

On Tuesday, May 13 at 2:30 PM three female residents and volunteers working in the Harrison Ridge Greenbelt were assaulted by stranger. He approached smiling with a friendly greeting. Suddenly, he looked enraged and struck one of us with two fists on the side of the head, knocking her to the ground. He looked at the two standing gardeners with malice and raised fists but abruptly turned and walked away.

He was a white male, mid 30’s and a bit unkempt.

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Medics and police were summoned by 911. They both arrived promptly, were efficient and kind. The injured woman was treated at the scene and released home.

With our description, the police were able to locate and apprehend the man within the hour. We identified him and he was arrested.

The Parks Dept. and the police will sweep the Greenbelt on Thursday, May 15 to search for any sign of an encampment. We don’t expect anything but are using all caution to ensure our safety.

We cannot praise the fire fighters/ medics or police enough. They were truly wonderful.

Although our community is very safe, occasionally an incident such as this one will happen. This post is to remind everyone to use good judgment and safety awareness while out and about.

 

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AllTheBestPetCare
We will be closed Saturday, July 4 to celebrate Independence Day. We wish you a very happy holiday! t.co/PeBGSpa6dO

Elizabeth Roberts
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Cafe Flora
We are serving the brunch menu today! Waffles + AC = Magical Friday!!!!

Elizabeth Roberts
2-days until fireworks! #4thofJuly #retro #fashion #style #streetstyle @LuckyBrand @toryburch @eroberts_us t.co/YzPc3xDZh5

River Song Jewelry
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AllTheBestPetCare
We love the 4th...but our pets? Not so much! Make them a little happier with some calming remedies. Stop in and... t.co/X3BM2igLi2

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