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Vigil planned for 17 year-old student struck by car, killed in NE Seattle

Sandhya Khadka was the only child of her parents.  Sandhya left Nepal in the past year to come to Seattle and to attend school.  Her dream was to become an accountant. (courtesy photo)

Sandhya Khadka was the only child of her parents. Sandhya left Nepal in the past year to come to Seattle and to attend school. Her dream was to become an accountant. (courtesy photo)

Sandhya Khadka, a native of Nepal, left her home country in the past year to come to Seattle where her father lives. She came to the U.S. to attend school. Her dream was to become an accountant.

That dream abruptly ended on Monday morning when 17 year-old Khadka was struck and killed by a truck, while on her way to school at the intersection of NE 115th Street and 5th Avenue NE in Pinehurst.

She was hit by the truck while crossing 5th Ave NE, on her way to catch the 41 bus to get to school and work at North Seattle Community College.

The Seattle P-I reports:

A green Ford Ranger headed south about 8:20 a.m. on Fifth Avenue Northeast hit the pedestrian while she was crossing west at the intersection of Northeast 115th Street.

Seattle Fire Department medics responded and declared the girl, 17, dead at the scene.

A drug recognition expert evaluated the pickup truck driver, per protocol, but determined the driver was not impaired. The driver was released at the scene.

On Thursday night, a candlelight vigil is planned for the young girl, the only child of her parents. The family would appreciate your attendance.

The vigil will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the intersection of NE 115th Street and 5th Avenue NE in Pinehurst.

Her father, Sahadev Khadka, lives in Seattle and her mother is in Nepal.

Sandhya’s family will have some extra candles, but encourage those who join them to bring candles with them. They hope to honor Sandhya and to “create awareness so that no other young person has to die again.”

The Seattle P-I reported that In recent years, neighbors have advocated for a crosswalk at that intersection. The P-I reported:

A proposal in 2013 by neighbors cited the number of people that cross there to use the number 41 bus. However the Seattle Department of Transportation denied the proposal and said the intersection did not meet criteria for a crosswalk.

Remember, what you put in that drain does go somewhere

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Now that weather is warming, people are cleaning winter grime off their cars and pressure washing the moss off of their homes.

But remember, all that chemistry you are including in the wash solution does not just disappear once it goes down a drain. Often it will drain into our urban streams and lakes.

A neighborhood resident that lives near Lake Washington sent us this photo Monday. It shows foam from what appears to be soap coming out of a culvert, about to enter Lake Washington.

A resident uphill was later discovered to be using a pressure washer.

Northeast Seattle’s Thornton Creek is among Seattle’s most damaged streams, with dangerous levels of fecal coliform bacteria discovered in the water. And much of the runoff from our community drains into Lake Washington and in some areas into the creek. You can read more about the damage to Thornton Creek here in this post.

Meeting to discuss relocating bus stop in front of Romio’s scheduled for April 16th

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The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and King County Metro Transit (Metro) are seeking community feedback on a proposal to relocate the bus stop currently in front of Romio’s Pizza. SDOT and Metro will present this proposal at the North Seattle Chamber of Commerce’s public lunch meeting, April 16th, 1pm at the Elliott Bay Brewery on Lake City Way.
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This proposal responds to outreach from the Lake City community to the City of Seattle and King County regarding loitering and safety concerns at the northbound bus stop on Lake City Way in front of Romio’s Pizza.

This led to conversations between SDOT and Metro with representatives of the North Seattle Chamber regarding bus stop relocation. SDOT and Metro recognize that relocating the stop could improve access to transit and pedestrian safety as well as alleviate the loitering and safety concerns highlighted by the Chamber.

At the meeting on the 16th, SDOT and Metro will discuss the factors that influence selection of bus stop locations, including:

• Stop spacing (Are stops placed at regular intervals along the corridor?);
• Transfer points (Are stops placed to facilitate transfers to intersecting routes?);
• Lane position (Do buses stop within a travel lane, or do buses pull out of traffic to stop?);
• Lighting
• Adjacent businesses
• Shelter
• Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
• Pedestrian safety
• Law enforcement
• Art

Metro and SDOT want to coordinate effectively with business and community interests, as they assess whether relocating the stop will alleviate some of the concerns that have been raised with the current location. Please encourage everyone you can to attend this meeting.>

Lake City awarded funds, welcomed into ‘Only in Seattle Initiative’ program

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray makes the announcement on Tuesday. (courtesy photo)

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray makes the announcement on Tuesday. (courtesy photo)

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced Tuesday that Lake City will become part of the Only In Seattle Initiative.

Lake City was awarded $30,000 by the program to hire Brian Douglas Scott consulting to formulate a strategic plan for the Lake City business district. The Only In Seattle Initiative is a multi-year program with multiple steps for Seattle neighborhoods to strengthen and improve their business districts.

“This investment in neighborhood business districts is critical to our city,” said Mayor Ed Murray in a statement. “Healthy business districts equate to thriving businesses, stable jobs and overall success for our city.”

City data shows that small businesses employ 72-percent of the local workforce and contribute 35-percent of the city’s business tax revenues, totaling $55.4 million. Local neighborhood business districts are the incubators for many of the city’s small businesses, the statement said.

Some of the strategies used by the Only In Seattle program include:

  • Business and retail development (supporting businesses, enhancing business mix);
  • Marketing and promotion (events, social media, district advertising);
  • Clean and safe (graffiti removal, dumpster free alleys, lighting);
  • Streetscape and appearance (catalytic development projects, façade, public art); and
  • Business organization development to sustain the effort, including participation of an existing
  • Business Improvement Area (BIA) or exploration to form one.

New funding was also announced for other neighborhoods involved in the program. Including Lake CIty’s $30,000 award, the total award across the city announced Tuesday is $2 million.

The goal of the program for Lake City would be to create a self-sustaining Business Improvement Area (BIA) and to strengthen Lake City businesses.

You can read more about the program below:

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PHOTOS: Lake City Way Traffic Safety Project kickoff

The Lake City Way Traffic Safety Project sign is unveiled. (LCL photo)

The Lake City Way Traffic Safety Project sign is unveiled. (LCL photo)

The Lake City Way Traffic Safety Project kicked off on Friday, March 28 with a safety walk and sign unveiling at the intersection of NE 125th Street and Lake City Way.

The Lake City Way Traffic Safety Project is a joint effort between agencies and citizens to improve safety along Lake City Way from Northeast 78th Street to NE 145th Street. The team is comprised of three teams —engineering, enforcement and education— that will identify problems and develop action plans using short term, low cost solutions to reduce serious injuries and deaths.

The Friday event featured officials from the Seattle Department of Transportation, Washington State Department of Transportation, Seattle Police Department, Washington State Patrol, and Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark.

Community members marched with signs, socialized and unveiled a large street sign that will inform drivers of the project and enhanced traffic enforcement. Probably the most exciting moment was when two dozen motorcycle cops and officers in cruisers launched form the event to begin a blanket of traffic enforcement. You can see photos of the event below.

Marchers are pushed to the edge of the crosswalk by a car. (LCL photo)

Pedestrians are pushed to the edge of the crosswalk by a car during the event. (LCL photo)

Members of the Free Wheelers participate. (LCL photo)

Members of the Free Wheelers participate. (LCL photo)

Students from Nathan Hale High School participate. (LCL photo)

Students from Nathan Hale High School participate. (LCL photo)

Washington State Patrol Troopers pose for a photo at the event. (LCL photo)

Washington State Patrol Troopers pose for a photo at the event. (LCL photo)

Nathan Hale students and other community members participate. (LCL photo)

Nathan Hale students and other community members participate. (LCL photo)

A sign written in Arabic is held up. (LCL photo)

A sign written in Arabic is held up. (LCL photo)

A sign in Spanish is held up. (LCL photo)

A sign in Spanish is held up. (LCL photo)

Nathan Hale students and other community members participate. (LCL photo)

Nathan Hale students and other community members participate. (LCL photo)

City Councilmember Sally Clark speaks. (LCL photo)

City Councilmember Sally Clark speaks. (LCL photo)

Washington State Patrol troopers and Seattle Police officers begin enhanced traffic enforcement. (LCL photo)

Washington State Patrol troopers and Seattle Police officers begin enhanced traffic enforcement. (LCL photo)

Lake City Way Traffic Safety Project kickoff scheduled for Friday, March 28

Flyer announcing the Lake City Way Traffic Safety Project.

Flyer announcing the Lake City Way Traffic Safety Project.

You may have already noticed the billboards, flyers or walkers carrying signs in recent months along Lake City Way. But on Friday, March 28, The Lake City Way Traffic Safety Project will formally kickoff with an event on Lake City Way.

Neighborhood residents march on Lake CIty Way on November 12, 2013. (LCL photo)

Neighborhood residents march on Lake CIty Way on November 12, 2013. (LCL photo)

The project is a coordinated effort between the community, the City of Seattle, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission and the Washington State Department of Transportation. The project will bring engineering improvements, extra enforcement, and greater safety awareness to the busy Lake City Way traffic corridor.

Corridor Safety Projects are one of the tools employed by the WTSC to achieve the agency goal to end traffic deaths and injuries by 2030. There have been two other traffic safety projects in Seattle, Rainer Avenue South and Aurora.

Data compiled for Lake City Way from Northeast 78th Street to NE 145th Street between January 2007 and December 2011 show that on this 3.7 miles stretch of roadway there have been:

  • 717 crashes (143 per year)
  • 21 serious and fatal crashes (4 per year) and
  • 438 total injuries (88 per year)

At 3:30 p.m. there will be a walk along the street and at 4 p.m. the project will launch at Chase Plaza on the southwest corner of 125th and Lake City Way.

The LCW Traffic Safety Project task force is organized into three teams —engineering, enforcement and education— to identify problems and develop action plans using short term, low cost solutions designed to reduce serious injuries and deaths.

You can learn more about the project by clicking here.

Seattle Police: Vandals enter church, smash equipment, light candles

Update: KIRO/7 reported on Monday that a cemetery on 35th Avenue NE was also desecrated Friday night when about 10 headstones were knocked over. See their report below:

Original report here:

Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church. (Google)

Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church. (Google)

The Seattle Police Department reported that they were called to Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Wedgwood Saturday morning (March 15) after employees there discovered smashed and missing church equipment, an open door and trash thrown around the building. But before leaving the house of worship, and maybe in an attempt to make amends from above, the vandal lit several candles in the church.

From the Seattle Police:

Sometime between 7:30 PM Friday and 10:15 AM Saturday, someone broke into the church—located in the 8900 block of 35th Ave NE—smashed a 60″ flatscreen TV and a candle holder, knocked over trash bins and a flag, stolen a microphone from a podium, and left several candles burning.

After police were unable to find any smashed locks or broken windows in the church—indicating a possible break-in—church staff said it was possible someone had hidden in the church following services and waited to come out until everyone else had left the building.

Seattle Police said the case will be referred to detectives for investigation. If you have any information on the vandalism please contact police.

 

Olympic Hills Greenway project open house Thursday, March 13th

Olympic-Hills-Save-the-Date-Web-GraphicProgress and proposals for the planned Olympic Hills Greenway on 27th Avenue NE will be unveiled during an open house, Thursday, March 13 at the Lake City Library.

The open house starts at 6 p.m. and a presentation begins at 6:30.

The City of Seattle elicited responses to the intial proposal for the greenway. A greenway basically takes an existing roadway and puts bikes and pedestrians on par with automobiles via design and safety enhancements. A greenway is planned for 27th Avenue NE and parts of 25th Avenue NE.

Last summer SDOT hosted a public meeting and gathered input on building the greenway, and input received then has influenced the project. “Based on feedback and our evaluation we have identified the most promising route and are excited to share recommended traffic safety improvements with you,” said an announcement received by neighborhood residents.

The proposed Olympic Hills Greenway

The proposed Olympic Hills Greenway

Police: Explosion Monday night on NE 135th caused by marijuana operation

The Seattle Police Department reported that an explosion Monday night in Lake City was caused by an operation to extract THC from marijuana in the 3000 block of NE 135th Street. The explosion moved a wall of the home back 3 inches.

Butane can be used to extract THC, the mind-altering element in marijuana, which then creates a highly concentrated substance used to vaporize or ingest. If the Monday explosion was caused by the process, it would be one of at least two explosions in recent weeks caused by the process. The other that made headlines was in South Seattle.

Seattle police said the man’s Lake City house “will definitely need some repair work” after the refrigerator exploded in the house. There were no injuries.

From SPD:

Seattle Police and Seattle Fire responded to a report of an explosion in the 3000 Block of NE 135th Street last night around 9:30 pm. When officers arrived, they contacted the 37-year-old resident, who told investigators that his refrigerator had exploded. Officers suspected that this occurred while he had been extracting the THC from marijuana, and the man confirmed that. The explosion broke four windows and moved the back wall of the house three inches. Detectives from the Arson/Bomb Squad (ABS) responded and took over the investigation. This remains an active investigation.

Update: Below is a report from KING/5:

Saturday night windstorm knocks out Comcast service to thousands in Lake City

20140216-132320.jpgA broken fiber optic cable knocked out Internet and cable to thousands of customers in Lake City during a wind storm Saturday night. As of 11:30 am on Sunday, a representative from Comcast was unsure how long it would take to restore service, reported the Seattle Times.

Vice President of Communications for Comcast Steve Kipp told the Times in an email:

“Our repair crews could not begin their work until this morning because, due to safety reasons, they had to wait for Seattle City Light to complete its repairs first.”

So if you were hoping to watch a movie on Netflix during this gloomy day you may be out of luck. (Yet if you are reading this, then you have some kind of Internet service.)

Perhaps today is a good day to grab an old fashioned book or newspaper and curl up with a cup of tea.