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Lake Washington beach access at end of NE 130th St no longer public, appeals court rules

This Lake Washington access point was ruled to be private property at the end of NE 130th Street.

This Lake Washington access point was ruled to be private property at the end of NE 130th Street.

A Washington State Appeals court ruled on June 30th that a beach on Lake Washington is private property and not a place the public can access the water. The ruling may change nearly 80 years of public use of the small property.

The court ruled 3-0 against the City of Seattle and King County and sided with property owners on either side of the land at the end of Northeast 130th Street.

Lake City Live first reported about the dispute in April 2013 after signs were placed on the property announcing coming improvements as part of a Parks and Green Spaces Levy. When the sign was erected announcing the street end improvements by Seattle Parks and Seattle’s Department of Transportation, the adjacent property owners filed a dispute of title, saying the land was private property. As the case made its way through court, the project at the site was put on hold.

The dispute stems from the 1926 purchase of property from the Puget Mill Company. In 1932 King County vacated the street that separated the properties. The timing of the street vacation led to the dispute.

Some residents advocating for public Lake Washington access have expressed their disappointment via a Facebook group, and are now advocating for the City of Seattle to condemn the property for public use.

Area resident David Pope wrote in letter to City leaders, “The North end of Seattle has very limited access to Lake Washington and it would be irresponsible to let this public beach be taken over by two land owners who already enjoy water access.”

The beach is the only public access to Lake Washington between Matthews Beach and the Log Boom Park in Kenmore.

You can see a Google Street view of the area below:

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You can see the Washington Court of Appeals ruling below.

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Taco Time restaurant planned for Lake City


tt_contact_357x389The former site of Pierre Auto Center’s fleet and commercial sales and leasing is slated to become a Taco Time restaurant, according to permits filed with the Seattle Department of Planning and Development.

In recent weeks the fleet vehicles were moved from the location and workers have been seen preparing the building. Permits issued by the City of Seattle are for the building to be demolished and replaced with the new business. The proposal is for a 2,096 sq. ft. restaurant. No changes to the parking lot are noted in the application. The site is adjacent to Thornton Creek, where it flows under Lake City Way, see map below.

Wind gusts bring down large tree branch across 35th Avenue Northeast

A branch is shown after it fell on 35th Avenue Northeast. (LCL photo)

A branch is shown after it fell on 35th Avenue Northeast. (LCL photo)

A tree branch fell onto a van during gusty winds on Friday. The end of the branch landed on the van with a woman and dog inside. They were uninjured but the van had some dents and scratches from the tree.

The branch was first reported about 11:45 after it fell near Northeast 123rd Street.

The traffic impact from the branch was minimal as 35th Avenue Northeast is already closed south of there for the Thornton Creek project near Nathan Hale High School.

Summer Meal sites for Kids and Teens open Mon-Fri in Lake City

Lake City-based Hunger Intervention Program (HIP) works to bring food to local families and now seniors through its Healthy HIP Packs Program, meal programs, and by advocating for our hungry neighbors.

Credit: Craig P Stehling, Momentum Imagery

Credit: Craig P Stehling, Momentum Imagery

Five sites in the Lake City/NE Seattle area are now open for kids and teens to visit all summer long to enjoy free meals and snacks.  On top of that free activities, games, reading and more are offered at each site.  The overall goal is to provide fun meal sites that make sure kids get the nutrition they need while out of school and get in all the fun play time that a summer should be filled with.

Lake City nonprofit, Hunger Intervention Program, runs four meal sites in the neighborhood.  All meals are made fresh by HIP volunteers.  To see specific hours and locations, visit HIP’s blog.  Families can check out the weekly menu there too.

Menu - Week of June 23          Credit: Craig P Stehling, Momentum Imagery

Summer meals are also a great place for volunteering.  If you would like to help prepare meals, help out at a meal site or lead kids in your favorite activity this summer, sign up to volunteer with HIP this summer at HIP’s website or contact Julia at (206) 457-2871.  We still need many volunteers at our meal sites and are looking for volunteers to drive our meals to sites.

For families that live outside of the Lake City area, the best way to find the nearest summer meal site to you is at ParentHelp123.  Just type in your zip code for a listing of sites closest to you.  Or call 1-888-436-6392 or text FoodWA to 877-877


Rick’s strip club adding new 16′ x 8′ illuminated sign on LCW


DreamGirls at Rick’s strip club is installing a new, 30-foot-tall, illuminated pole sign, according to a permit issued by the City of Seattle. In recent days, painters have also been working on the building, painting it bright red.

20140626-133650-49010322.jpgThe illuminated sign and paint job come just weeks after the business severely pruned street trees along Lake City Way. The city has ordered the business to replace the trees that they say were cut illegally and improperly, according to a report from KIRO Radio. The cost of replacing the trees will be significant, said a spokesperson for the Seattle Department of Transportation.

The permit for the pole sign is for one similar to the style of signs at Bill Pierre Ford and Chevrolet. The permit for the Rick’s sign says the image on the sign “shall not change more than 7 times per minute. No flashing, no video display methods, and no off-premises advertising is permitted.” The Department of Planning and development said they cannot enforce the content of the sign.

The permit also says that the existing neon roof sign must be removed before installation of the new illuminated pole sign. The new sign will be 30-feet-tall from street level, and each sign face will be 8-feet by 16-feet.

In recent years, DreamGirls, owner of Rick’s, has battled with the Seattle Mariners over the location of a strip club and notably the illuminated sign next to Safeco Field. The dispute over the strip club led the Mariners to sue DreamGirls’ and the City of Seattle. Lawsuit filed here.

The Mariners eventually dropped the suit in an agreement with DreamGirls after the strip club chain agreed to not show certain types of images during days that the team was hosting events for children.

Temporary use for old Fire Station 39 proposed, delays development for two years


A proposal that would put development of the old Lake City Fire Station 39 property on hold for two years has been made by the City of Seattle and Pierre Auto Centers.

In 2012 the City of Seattle proposed that the site be sold for development of homeless-transitional housing. That proposal generated controversy because of the location of the site in what is considered the civic core of Lake City.

The controversial 2012 proposal, along with redevelopment plans for Pierre properties in Lake City and local transportation issues, spurred creation of the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance, bringing together many local groups that had been working independently on similar issues affecting the community. The proposal was unveiled to the group in recent days.

The proposal would be for Pierre auto businesses to lease the site for two years for parts storage. The site would be used for warehousing and would not appear to be an active business from the exterior. The City of Seattle would generate revenue from the lease and the the Lake City organizations would be able to have more time as they work on an Urban Design Framework with the City of Seattle. The Lake City Neighborhood Alliance plans to draft a letter of support for the plan that will include some ideas for community-generated enhancement of the building exterior.

PHOTOS: Lake City Farmers Market kicks off 2014 season

Thursday was the first day of the 2014 Lake City Farmers Market. Opening day crowds bought up most of the food at the prepared food vendors, with some completely running out. The market was buzzing with shoppers browsing rows of booths for much of its run from 3 pm to 7 pm.

Concerns over the future of the market, which in recent years has been challenged with attendance and sales, have led to discussion about it being moved from the neighborhood. However, if crowds like the opening day crowd can continue to show up through the season —and spend money— the market should have a strong year.

You can see photos from the 2014 opening day below.

Customers browse the market.

Customers browse the market.

A salmon burger from Fish Basket N.W. is shown.

A salmon burger from new vendor Fish Basket N.W. is shown. The vendor is part of a rotating food truck space that will bring other food options to the market.

314 Pies are shown.

314 Pies are shown at the new vendor. 314 Pies plans to be a regular at the market with their tasty pies. But get them early as they mostly sold out on opening day.

Young buskers perform music for shoppers.

Young buskers perform music for shopper.

Jasmine Harrick, 10, paints faces at her booth Jazz Paints.

Jasmine Harrick, 10, paints faces at her booth Jazz Paints. The young artist surprised many at the market with her considerable art skill.

A family enjoys some books from the Lake City Library while spending time at the market.

A family enjoys some books from the Lake City Library while spending time at the market.

A customer buys berries.

A customer buys berries.

Pasta from La Pasta.

Pasta from La Pasta is shown.

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Fire engulfs home on 30th Avenue NE

Seattle firefighters battled a large house fire Wednesday afternoon on 30th Avenue Northeast near NE 143rd Street. The fire sent flames towering into the sky, as seen in the Seattle P-I video below.

At one point the fire threatened nearby structures.

Crews were dispatched at 4:37 pm and it took almost an hour for the blaze to be tapped. It was reported that no one was found to be home at the time of the fire.

Multiple neighbors and police said the house had been vacant for some time, however a car was seen in the driveway. Other neighbors also said that transients often gathered on the property.

You can read more from here.

Neighbors react to the flames. (photo courtesy Said Zaiou)

Neighbors react to the flames. (photo courtesy Said Zaiou)

Seattle Public Schools releases new names for Jane Addams K-8 and Pinehurst K-8/Indian Heritage Program

On Tuesday Seattle Public School sent the following press release:

Superintendent José Banda has approved new names for the Jane Addams K-8 program and the Pinehurst K-8/Indian Heritage program.

· Jane Addams K-8 is newly named Hazel Wolf K-8
· Pinehurst K-8/Indian Heritage combined program is newly named Licton Springs K-8.

As a result of the voter-approved Building Excellence IV (BEX IV) capital levy in 2013, a number of schools are being built or renovated. The Jane Addams building is becoming a neighborhood Middle School and as a result, Jane Addams K-8—now Hazel Wolf K-8— is moving to the John Marshall building for two years while their new home, the Pinehurst building, is being newly constructed. The Pinehurst K-8/Indian Heritage combined program—now Licton Springs K-8—is moving to the Lincoln building for three years while their new home in the middle school building on the Wilson-Pacific site is being constructed.

Jane Addams K-8 principal Debbie Nelsen and Pinehurst K-8 principal Roy Merca have worked with their respective students, staff, program’s leadership and partnerships teams and PTSA to identify and vote on possible new names. Each principal then sent a letter of recommendation with suggested names to Superintendent Banda for his review and decision.

“I am pleased to approve the new names of these two school programs, which were identified as a result of a collaborative effort that included students, staff and families,” said Superintendent José Banda. “It’s clear that the naming process was thoughtful and took into consideration the legacy of these programs and what they represent.”

Hazel Wolf was a Seattle-based environmental and social justice advocate whose causes ranged from the rights of workers, immigrants, women and minorities to the protection of wilderness, wetlands, and wildlife. She eventually became one of the most respected figures in the Northwest environmental community, passing away in 2000 at the age of 101. Those participating in the naming process noted that Hazel Wolf bridges the social justice movement represented by the Jane Addams K-8 school program’s original namesake, Jane Addams, with the environmental focus of its program.

Licton Springs, the neighborhood where the Wilson-Pacific site is located, takes its name from Liq’tid or Licton, the Salish word for the reddish mud of the springs and is one of the few Puget Sound Salish words still used as a place name. The actual source of the springs is in a small park not far from the Wilson-Pacific site and has deep spiritual significance to the Duwamish people first settled the area.

Building naming process to begin this fall. The new middle school and elementary school buildings on the Wilson-Pacific site will open for the 2017-18 school year and the naming process for each of these two buildings will begin this fall. Community residents, families, school staffs and PTSAs will be included in the naming process for each building. The School Board will then vote on and approve the two new names.

Lions Club to host Spaghetti Dinner for Oso/Darrington Disaster Relief Fund

(photo courtesy

(Photo courtesy Used with permission.)

Although it has been more than two months since the Oso mudslide destroyed a neighborhood, killed at least 42 people and mostly cut off the town of Darrington, there is still need in those communities. The mudslide was one of the worst natural disasters in Washington State history.

Our own Lake City Lions Club is working to help raise money with a Spaghetti Dinner for Oso/Darrington Disaster Relief Fund. The dinner will be held on June 7th from 3-8 p.m. at the Lake City Community Center. The cost will be $10 for adults, $5 for kids. All money from the event will go to the disaster relief fund. See the flyer below.

A flyer for the event

A flyer for the event