City Council, Mayor seek candidates for positions on Seattle Park District Community Oversight Committee

parkslogoThe following press release was sent to us here at Lake City Live, with a note encouraging people from Northeast Seattle to apply for a position on the Seattle Park District’s new Community Oversight Committee.

We often hear from people in our community that Lake City is underrepresented at a city level. Well, here is your chance.

SEATTLE – The City Council and Mayor Ed Murray are seeking candidates to fill seven positions on the Seattle Park District’s newly created Community Oversight Committee. The Seattle Park District was approved by Seattle voters in August 2014, creating a sustainable and long-term source of funding for the Seattle parks system.

The Community Oversight Committee will provide advice to the Mayor, City Council and the Superintendent of Parks and Recreation, as well as provide oversight of projects, programs and services undertaken by the City and the Seattle Park District. The committee will meet quarterly to:
• Make recommendations on the allocation of the Major Projects Challenge Fund;
• Hold public meetings and make recommendations to update the next spending plan;
• Review the Department of Parks and Recreation Annual Report; and
• Provide the Mayor, City Council and Superintendent of Parks and Recreation with annual reports on the progress of expenditures and projects.

The Committee will be composed of 15 members, seven members of the public (one from each Seattle district), four Board or Commission members to be recommended by Seattle City Boards & Commissions and four members from the Seattle Board of Park Commissioners. Each will serve either a one, two or three year term, to be determined during the selection process. The City seeks to appoint Community Oversight Committee members with a diversity of expertise and perspectives including, but not limited to parks management, public financing, urban horticulture, landscape architecture, contract management and the interests of low-income and communities of color. The Committee’s first official meeting will be held in April 2015, but members should be available to meet before this date, in early 2015.

The Council and the Mayor are committed to promoting diversity in the city’s Committees. Women, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community and persons of color are highly encouraged to apply.

To be considered, please send a letter of interest indicating which district you represent and resume by October 20, 2014 to Councilmember Jean Godden, jean.godden@seattle.gov. Please title subject line: Oversight Committee Application. Electronic submissions are preferred.

To send a paper submittal, please address to:

​Councilmember Jean Godden
​PO Box 34025
​Seattle, WA 98124

Fun for the whole family at HIP Fest

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.

HIP Fest flyerOn Sunday, September 28th, Hunger Intervention Program (HIP) is hosting its first annual HIP Fest to increase awareness and support for its vital work. HIP is a Lake City-based anti-hunger organization that provides nutritious meals, basic cooking skills, and nutrition education to families, children and seniors in the north Seattle area.

HIP Fest will take place at the Lake City Community Center (12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125) from 1-4pm and will be a fun family event featuring games, a raffle, a cake walk and delicious food. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 per person and will include food. Tickets can be purchased at the event for games, cake walk and raffle entries. Raffle prizes include passes to Woodland Park Zoo, EMP passes, a tour of KEXP studios, box seats to the Everett AquaSox, Two Dog Yoga classes, goodies from the Lake City Farmers Market, gift card to Kaffeeklatsch, and more. A special thank you to our sponsors – Union Bank, QFC, Lake City Lions, and North Seattle Chamber of Commerce – for their generous support of this event.

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Lunch time at one of HIP’s summer meal sites. Credit: Craig P Stehling

HIP has been fighting hunger in Seattle since 1998. We’re actively working with our community partners to end hunger in Lake City. HIP’s staff and 90+ volunteers lead cooking demonstrations at North Helpline Food Bank each week, teaching easy and delicious recipes. During the summer you can find HIP in local parks and playgrounds serving fresh, healthy and free lunches and snacks for kids and teens. During the school year, we put together Healthy HIP Packs, a weekend food program that makes sure kids at risk of hunger at John Rogers, Viewlands, Olympic Hills and Briarcrest Elementary schools have food to eat when out of school. All year long, seniors can enjoy HIP’s nutritious weekly meal every Monday at the Lake City Community Center. This fall we’ll be partnering with the Lake City Library to offer free afterschool snacks to kids and teens in partnership with their Homework Help program.

Come celebrate the start of the school year and the harvest season with your local community at HIP Fest! For more information about HIP Fest and to see our programs in action, visit www.hungerintervention.org.

Lake City Way Traffic Safety project ‘crosswalk action’ scheduled for September 29

The Lake City Way Traffic Safety project has scheduled another “crosswalk action” to highlight pedestrian-safety issues on LCW and to mark the 6-month anniversary of the project’s launch.

On Monday, September 29, the group will meet at 4:30 near Bartell Drugs and traverse the crosswalks at 125th and LCW. There will be police officers at the event, enforcing traffic laws. The group will have bright message signs and safety vests.

The group is asking for community participation to highlight the fact that the highway runs through the heart of our community.

Also, check out the new coaster design at Elliott Bay Brewing.

A newly-designed coaster is shown at Elliott Bay Brewing Company.

A newly-designed coaster is shown at Elliott Bay Brewing Company.

New DreamGirls at Rick’s illuminated video sign stirs controversy

Update: A City of Seattle inspector visited DreamGirls at Rick’s and found that the images displayed on the sign over the weekend were in violation of the permit issued for the illuminated video sign. You can see a report from KOMO/4, which happened to have a crew present during the visit, below.

The sign controversy and Rick’s management’s toeing the line on the rules is getting the business and their logo plenty of airtime.

(Original report below)

The new Rick's sign is causing controversy.

The new Rick’s sign is causing controversy.

A large video sign permitted by the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development in front of DreamGirls at Rick’s strip club is causing controversy. The sign has been installed on the property adjacent to bus stops used by many Nathan Hale students.

We originally published a story about the coming sign in June. You can read that here.

The permit issued by the City of Seattle for the 8-foot by 16-foot sign atop a 30-foot pole says images 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 by city ordinance.”

When viewing this sign during its first weekend of operation, it did seem to violate the “video display methods” requirement as there was motion in some of the images. It also quickly changed its state of illumination in a way that could be perceived as flashing.

You can see the sign operating in the video below and be the judge if it is following the rules set by the city:

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.

The City of Seattle is limited in its ability to dictate rules for signs because ones like Rick’s are legal and legislation and rules have not kept up with changing technology.

Over the last year the strip club has found itself in hot water with the City of Seattle and community groups after it topped the street trees in front of the business (our story here). The City has ordered the business to replant trees equal to the size they would have been before the aggressive trimming.

A community group also fought the placement of a large van with provocative imagery parked at the business and illuminated backpack signs people were paid to wear and walk along Lake City Way at night.

KING/5 reported on the sign over the weekend. In their report they found some of the images on the sign provocative enough that they blurred out images of dancing women and jiggling body parts. You can see their report below.

Over the weekend the sign caused many people to contact Lake City Live to voice concern. The sign sparked a discussion on our Facebook page about Lake City Way and the perception of the road that runs through our community.

The permit for the new sign also required removal of the classic neon Rick’s.

HIP Fest is Here!

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HIP is hosting its first annual HIP Fest!

This fun family event will take place on Sunday, September 28th from 1-4pm at the Lake City Community Center (12531 28th Ave NE) and will feature games, a raffle, a cake walk and delicious food. Admission is $5 per person and will include food.  Tickets can be purchased at the event for games, cake walk and raffle entries.  Raffle prizes include passes to Woodland Park Zoo, bread for an entire year from Panera Bread, EMP passes, a tour of KEXP studios, box seats to the Everett AquaSox, and more.

Celebrate the start of the school year and the harvest season with your local community at HIP Fest!  For more information about Hunger Intervention Program, visit www.hungerintervention.org.

We still need volunteers!!  All volunteers will get a super cool HIP t-shirt and our undying gratitude.  Come show your support for HIP!  If you are interested in volunteering for HIP Fest, sign up for a volunteer job here.

Seattle Drum School building being sold, looks to old Fire Station 39 as possible new location

Steve Smith, owner of the Seattle Drum School, is shown at the building  in north Seattle on May 4, 2013. (seattlepi.com photo used with permission)

Steve Smith, director of the Seattle Drum School, is shown at the building on 15th Avenue NE. (seattlepi.com photo used with permission)

In a post on The Stranger’s Slog, writer Trent Moorman reports that the Seattle Drum School in NE Seattle will likely have to move because their building is in the process of being sold. The building is in need of extensive and costly code updates.

City leaders and Lake City residents gather at the old Fire Station 39. (LCL photo)

City leaders and Lake City residents gather at the old Fire Station 39. (LCL photo)

The post on Slog titled “DEAR MAYOR MURRAY, Please Don’t Let an Automotive Parts Storage Lot Go Where Seattle Drum School Could Go” says that school owner Steve Smith is working to convince the City of Seattle that the school should be allowed to reopen in Lake City’s old Fire Station 39 building.

The City of Seattle has announced previously that a lease was being worked out with Pierre Auto Centers to use the building as parts storage for the car dealerships until a permanent decision can be made on the future of the property. That lease was planned to be for two years and was supported by the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance as a mechanism to buy time while plans for the future of the civic core of Lake City are drawn up.

From The Stranger’s post:

Drum School director Steve Smith says the city has other options for this fire station property, and they need supporters to let the Mayor’s office and the city council know that Seattle Drum School belongs in Lake City.

Smith said, “What we need now more than anything is the city’s cooperation and support. We think there’s a lot of enthusiasm inside the city’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services (FAS) for our attempt in acquiring the fire station. They have stressed repeatedly that getting politicians involved in the process is going to be critical to our success.

However, relocating to the old fire station is complicated. Like their current building on 15th Avenue Northeast, the fire station needs significant updates to bring it to code, including a seismic retrofit. And in a recent social media post, Lake City Neighborhood Alliance representative Janine Blaeloch —acknowledging the importance of the Seattle Drum School to the community— explained that Lake City is in the middle of creating an Urban Design Framework for Lake City’s Hub Urban Village and that the Pierre storage lease would keep the site as-is for two years while the Urban Design Framework is formulated. It has also been proposed that lease money paid to the City by the Pierres could go to help fund the Urban Design Framework effort.

“This is a more complicated siting issue than it may appear,” Blaeloch wrote. “It’s clear the Drum School has a lot of good will in the community, and I, too, hope they can stay in the Lake City area, but the old FS 39 site is not the uncomplicated solution it may seem.”

We will keep you updated as we get more info on the future of the Seattle Drum School. If you know of a good and available location that could keep the beloved school in Lake City please share it in the comments or email lakecitylive@gmail.com and we will pass it along.

Seahawks player, Sea Gals deliver needed school supplies at Olympic Hills Elementary

Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse is introduced by Mark Traylor of Chevron as members of the Seagals, and representatives from Chevron deliver school supplies to a first grade classroom at Olympic Hills Elementary School in northeast Seattle. Chevron and DonorsChoose.org donated the supplies. Through Chevron's "Fuel Your School" campaign it is expected that $600,000 will be awarded to public schools in King County. Photographed on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. (Joshua Trujillo, seattlepi.com)

Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse is introduced by Mark Traylor of Chevron as members of the Sea Gals, and representatives from Chevron deliver school supplies to a first grade classroom at Olympic Hills Elementary School. (Joshua Trujillo, seattlepi.com)

Students at Olympic Hills Elementary had a big surprise Tuesday morning when Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse dropped by the school with members of the Sea Gals, staff from Woodland Park Zoo and representatives of Chevron. The entourage showed up at the northeast Seattle school to deliver school supplies as part of an online request made by first grade teacher Julie Solarek.

Kearse and the other visitors opened a pair of boxes that included learning games and supplies for first graders at the school.

Television cameras and photographers were there capturing the moment as staff members and officials from Seattle Public Schools watched the excited students. State Senator David Frockt of the 46th Legislative District attended the event and staff from Woodland Park Zoo even brought along their spectacled owl Coba for the visit.

After the official school supply hand-off, Kearse and Sea Gal Jackie and Sea Gal Kylie briefly visited a few other classrooms, getting everything from chants and cheers to reserved smiles and a few shy shoulders. They posed for photos as they walked through the school.

The photos below are shared courtesy of the Seattle P-I. You can see more photos from the visit by clicking here.

Students look over new supplies as Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, members of the Seagals, and representatives from Chevron deliver school supplies to a first grade classroom at Olympic Hills Elementary School in northeast Seattle. Chevron and DonorsChoose.org donated the supplies. Through Chevron's "Fuel Your School" campaign it is expected that $600,000 will be awarded to public schools in King County. Photographed on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. (Joshua Trujillo, seattlepi.com)

Students look over new supplies as Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, members of the Seagals, and representatives from Chevron deliver school supplies to a first grade classroom at Olympic Hills Elementary School in northeast Seattle. Chevron and DonorsChoose.org donated the supplies. Through Chevron’s “Fuel Your School” campaign it is expected that $600,000 will be awarded to public schools in King County. Photographed on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. (Joshua Trujillo, seattlepi.com)

Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse and State Sen. David Frockt participate in a presentation by staff from the Woodland Park Zoo as they deliver school supplies to a first grade classroom at Olympic Hills Elementary School in northeast Seattle. Chevron and DonorsChoose.org donated the supplies. Through Chevron's "Fuel Your School" campaign it is expected that $600,000 will be awarded to public schools in King County. Photographed on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. (Joshua Trujillo, seattlepi.com)

Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse and State Sen. David Frockt participate in a presentation by staff from the Woodland Park Zoo. (Joshua Trujillo, seattlepi.com)

Principal Helen Joung speaks as Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, members of the Seagals, and representatives from Chevron deliver school supplies to a first grade classroom at Olympic Hills Elementary School in northeast Seattle. Chevron and DonorsChoose.org donated the supplies. Through Chevron's "Fuel Your School" campaign it is expected that $600,000 will be awarded to public schools in King County. Photographed on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. (Joshua Trujillo, seattlepi.com)

Principal Helen Joung speaks as Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, members of the Seagals, and representatives from Chevron deliver school supplies. (Joshua Trujillo, seattlepi.com)

First grade teacher Julie Solarek thanks donors as Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, members of the Seagals, and representatives from Chevron deliver school supplies to her first grade classroom at Olympic Hills Elementary School in northeast Seattle. Chevron and DonorsChoose.org donated the supplies. Through Chevron's "Fuel Your School" campaign it is expected that $600,000 will be awarded to public schools in King County. Photographed on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. (Joshua Trujillo, seattlepi.com)

First grade teacher Julie Solarek thanks donors. (Joshua Trujillo, seattlepi.com)

Students look at their new classroom supplies as Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, members of the Seagals, and representatives from Chevron deliver school supplies to a first grade classroom at Olympic Hills Elementary School in northeast Seattle. Chevron and DonorsChoose.org donated the supplies. Through Chevron's "Fuel Your School" campaign it is expected that $600,000 will be awarded to public schools in King County. Photographed on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. (Joshua Trujillo, seattlepi.com)

Students look at their new classroom supplies as Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, members of the Seagals, and representatives from Chevron deliver school supplies. (Joshua Trujillo, seattlepi.com)

Seagal Jackie and Seagal Kylie talk to students as Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, members of the Seagals, and representatives from Chevron deliver school supplies to a first grade classroom at Olympic Hills Elementary School in northeast Seattle. Chevron and DonorsChoose.org donated the supplies. Through Chevron's "Fuel Your School" campaign it is expected that $600,000 will be awarded to public schools in King County. Photographed on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. (Joshua Trujillo, seattlepi.com)

Seagal Jackie and Seagal Kylie talk to students. (Joshua Trujillo, seattlepi.com)

Karen Ofsthus of Woodland Park Zoo shows the zoo's spectacled owl Coba as school supplies are delivered to a first grade classroom at Olympic Hills Elementary School in northeast Seattle. Chevron and DonorsChoose.org donated the supplies. Through Chevron's "Fuel Your School" campaign it is expected that $600,000 will be awarded to public schools in King County. Photographed on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. (Joshua Trujillo, seattlepi.com)

Karen Ofsthus of Woodland Park Zoo shows the zoo’s spectacled owl Coba. (Joshua Trujillo, seattlepi.com)

Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse is introduced by Mark Traylor of Chevron as members of the Seagals, and representatives from Chevron deliver school supplies to a first grade classroom at Olympic Hills Elementary School in northeast Seattle. Chevron and DonorsChoose.org donated the supplies. Through Chevron's "Fuel Your School" campaign it is expected that $600,000 will be awarded to public schools in King County. Photographed on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. (Joshua Trujillo, seattlepi.com)

Woodland Park Zoo’s spectacled owl Coba is shown during the event.. (Joshua Trujillo, seattlepi.com)

Get Your Kids Feet Checked For Free

kids feetEach one of us is born with one pair of feet. These feet must last us a lifetime. As parents you worry about your kids—everytime they get sick you call the doctor just to make sure that cold that’s dragging on isn’t something really bad, you make sure that they are safe by making sure car seats and other safety devices are installed properly and that they wear their bicycle helmets, and you make sure that they have all they need for their intellectual, social, and physical development. But when was the last time you thought about your kid’s feet?

As your Seattle podiatrist, we decided to offer free initial exams to kids 12 and under this year because we know how important it is that kids get off on the right foot in life, literally.

If your child is sitting on the sidelines, has swelling around a nail, trips and falls easily, or is complaining of foot pain, call the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City at 206-368-7000 to set up an appointment.

Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City
2611 NE 125th St, Suite 130
Seattle, WA 98125
www.bergdpm.com

Car crashes into Backdoor Pub, injuring woman

A car smashed into the back side of the Backdoor Pub on Lake City Way early Thursday morning injuring a woman. A woman suffered a broken leg and was transported to Harborview Medical Center after she was pinned between the car and the rear wall of the business.

The first rescue call came in at 12:35 am and Seattle Fire dispatched 15 units to the heavy rescue.

There was initial concern that the building was structurally compromised but it was determined to be safe.

The owner of the business told a reporter for Q13 Fox News that they still plan to be open for Thursday night’s Seahawks season opener.