Take Your Bike To Lunch Day at City Hall

  • RSVP
  • When: Tuesday, May 17 at 12 p.m. noon
  • Where: Seattle City Hall  – Main Atrium
  • What: Bring your sack lunch & your bike to City Hall at 12 p.m. Let Seattle City Council know we can’t wait any longer for safe connected streets. Help fill the main 5th Avenue bike parking of City Hall with your bikes. Write postcards and Seattle Neighborhood Greenways will deliver to Seattle City Council telling your stories. (Facebook event)
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    2) TESTIFY at CITY COUNCIL TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

    • What: RSVP to testify on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Seattle City Council Transportation Committee to let Council know we can’t wait for safe streets. Cascade will help you sign up to exercise your democratic rights to speak to our elected leaders.
    • RSVP
    • When: Tuesday, May 17 at 2 p.m. Arrive at 1:45 p.m. to get on the speaking list, meeting begins at 2 p.m.
    • Where: Seattle City Hall – Council Chambers 2nd Floor

PCC: A Presentation from the Architect

Come meet architect Charles Strazzara from Studio Meng Strazzara. Learn more about the design of the building that will occupy the City People's space.

Come meet lead architect Charles Strazzara from Studio Meng Strazzara. Learn more about the design of the building that will replace City People’s.

Charles Strazzara

Charles Strazzara

 

 

 

Madison Park Community Council May Community & Board Meeting

Community CouncilsThe Madison Park Community Council (MPCC)  will have our monthly meeting on Monday, May 2nd from 7 – 8:30 pm at the Madison Park Bathhouse.

Feedback and suggestions from the community are important so please join us on Monday!  Our meetings are held at 7 pm at the Bathhouse in Madison Park, located at 1900 43rd Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98112.

Everyone is welcome to attend as the meeting is open to the public.

 

 

Topics for discussion include:

  • Upcoming Community Programs
  • Neighborhood Improvements
  • MPCC Annual Membership Meeting – June 2016
    Keynote speaker: Seattle Police Department Chief Kathleen O’Toole
  • City People Development Impact on Madison Park
  • Transportation & Street Improvements
  • Recruiting & maintaining sustainable businesses to Madison Park
  • Emergency Preparedness HUB container
  • Community Improvement Grant Requests

We are looking for new board members to join the community council in June.  If you are interested in serving or volunteering for small community projects, please come to one of our meetings or send an email to mpcc.pr@gmail.com.

2016-05-02 Agenda

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Weather, Burglaries and Car Prowls

Weather, Burglaries and Car Prowls

by Captain East Pct Paul McDonagh from Seattle Police Department

Well the weather has gotten very nice and while we can enjoy this much-needed break in our rainy season, I need to remind everyone to be very careful and vigilant to protect your personal property.

We have already received a few calls of burglaries occurring where a door or window is not locked, someone gained entry and stole property.  We also have a couple of car prowl reports where the victims were away from their vehicles for a very short period of time 10 to 20 minutes and someone saw a bag or purse on the seat and broke the window then stole the item.

Please don’t hesitate to call if you have someone loitering around your premise, and you don’t recognize them. You know your neighborhood.

Some quick thoughts on house and apartment security:
• Keep the front door locked even when you are home. If you work in the backyard – you would not hear if someone walked into your home.

• Locks the windows, or block them from opening more than a few inches – then they can’t climb in when you are gone.

• Do not let others follow you into secured garages if you don’t know them. At multi unit sites, tailgating a resident into their secured parking (or through the main doors) is still happening and once inside they break into cars and storage units in the parking areas.

• Please take a moment to make sure when you enter and leave, you watch the door or gate close behind you without someone sneaking/darting inside. It only takes a few seconds to sneak in, but they can be seen if we take a few seconds and look. Asking if they are a tenant is OK, even in larger buildings. If everyone does it, then no one is offended and it reduces the opportunity for suspects to stay inside a location with multiple potential targets.

• Good night time lighting, trimmed shrubbery for sight lines and letting your friends next door know when you are going to be gone, all support a protected apartment, house, block and neighborhood.

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• Car Safety – don’t leave things visible inside the vehicle no matter what the time of day or how long you will be away. This includes removing/hiding the charger cords so thieves don’t think the phone/GPS/tablet is tucked under the seat. My quick review of recent car prowls ( car break-ins) showed visible items inside the passenger areas when the car was broken into.  Place valuables in your trunk before you leave to drive to your destination, not when you arrive. Criminals will watch for those who place purses, valuables or shopping bags into cars, then leave the cars unattended.

If you see someone committing a crime or you believe they are trying to, please call 911 for us to respond. If you can do it safely, pull out your cell phone and take a picture of the suspect. A picture is often worth a thousand words and lets the suspect(s) know the community is watching.

We have a great community and we can all assist each other by taking basic precautions and keeping a reasonable eye out for each other.

Please pass on this information to your friends and neighbors or they can sign up for Nextdoor Madison Park (or the Nextdoor in your neighborhood) to receive updates. We are training more police officers to use Nextdoor so we can provide ongoing information accurately and rapidly to all of you.

Paul McDonagh
East Precinct – Captain

How Will The Sale of City People’s and Future Development Impact the Madison Park / Madison Valley Corridor?

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Last month, the community was stunned by the announcement of the sale and closure of the much beloved City People’s Garden Center in Madison Valley.  Though still early in the process, there is a proposed development plan to create an approximately 165,000 sq. ft, (inclusive of a parking garage).

The structure will have four stories on Madison with subterranean parking below the Madison level.  The current design is mixed-use to include 75 apartment units, 164 parking spaces and a single ground-floor retailer (possibly two) on the approximately 38,000 sq. ft. lot.

With lingering questions of considerable magnitude for the Madison Park, Arboretum, Washington Park and Madison Valley corridor, a community meeting has been set by local residents to encourage a broader community discussion.

Included in this design will be 75 condo units, 164 parking spaces and a single ground-floor retailer.

Included in this design will be 75 condo units, 164 parking spaces and a single ground-floor retailer

In full disclosure, the MPCC has been contacted by a representative of the development company and representatives of the Save Madison Valley Committee.  The MPCC has not adopted a position other than encouraging thoughtful community discussion, a commitment to foster responsible development and encourage open dialog to address community concerns.

The MPCC would like to encourage community residents and businesses to participate in the discussion of this proposed development as all are stakeholders.

All are welcome to attend.

This community-wide meeting will be held on Saturday, April 9th at 4:30 PM at the MLK Fame Community Center in Madison Valley at 3201 E. Republican Street, Seattle, WA 98112.

Madison Park Community Council April Community & Board Meeting

Community CouncilsThe Madison Park Community Council (MPCC)  will have our monthly meeting on Monday, April 4th from 7 – 8:30 pm at the Madison Park Bathhouse.

Feedback and suggestions from the community are important so please join us on Monday!  Our meetings are held at 7 pm at the Bathhouse in Madison Park, located at 1900 43rd Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98112.

Everyone is welcome to attend as the meeting is open to the public.

Topics for discussion include:

  • Neighborhood Improvements
  • Upcoming Community Programs
  • Transportation & Street Improvements
  • Recruiting & maintaining sustainable businesses to Madison Park
  • Emergency Preparedness HUB container
  • Community Improvement Grant Requests

We are looking for new board members to join the community council in May.  If you are interested in serving or volunteering for small community projects, please come to one of our meetings or send an email to mpcc.pr@gmail.com.

2016-04-04 Agenda

2016-03-07 Minutes

WA State Caucus Locations & Information

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The Madison Park Community Council does not endorse or support specific candidates seeking political office.  We do not endorse or in any way support state or local ballot measures.  However, no matter what your age, we encourage thoughtful participation in the electoral process for the candidate of your choice as democracy is participatory. Government is formed from those who get involved.

We do participate in meeting with elected leaders and welcome them or their staff members to attend any MPCC meeting to engage their constituency.

For those who have little or no information about the Caucus process for WA State, we have put together some basic information.  If you are interested in a third party’s process for Caucuses or Primaries, we refer to your political party’s website.

Democrats:
The Washington State Democratic Party will be holding its caucuses to choose its nominee on March 26th at 10 AM. More information can be obtained at: http://www.wa-democrats.org/page/2016-democratic-caucuses

Caucus locations can be found https://www.demcaucus.com/register.
(For example, some may vote at Montlake Community Center, but you must pre-register to participate. You are not automatically registered as a Caucus participant if you are a registered voter.)

Once you have completed the form, you must please print it, manually sign the document, and take it with you on the day of the caucus.

Republicans:
The WA State Republican Party held caucuses on February 20th. These Caucuses were to elect Delegates to represent the County Precincts at the County Convention on April 9th and then State Convention in May.  For more information, you may visit the WA State Republican Party website at:http://wsrp.org/

What’s the difference between a Primary and a Caucus?
One of the main differences between a primary election and a caucus is who is running the show. State governments conduct Primaries, while state parties are behind Caucuses. In both processes, voters are selecting candidates who will move on to the Presidential election in November.

Can I vote by mail?
In the base of both parties, proxies [voting by mail] for any other purpose other than religious observance, military service, work schedule, disability or illness are strictly prohibited.  However, please consult your party’s official website for more guidelines.

MPCC Supports Safe Speeds for Seattle!

At our March Board Meeting, the MPCC was asked by Seattle Greenways to support a motion to send a letter to SDOT and Mayor Murray to adopt a default 20mph speed limit for residential streets in Seattle, and to change the default arterial speed limit to the same 25mph that the rest of the state has as a default.

For more information or to get involved by sending your own letter of support for the 20 Is Plenty Campaign, please visit  http://seattlegreenways.org/2016-campaigns/20-25-mph/

The MPCC discussed the issue at length and voted to adopt the recommendations in the following letter:

MPCC 20 Is Plenty Letter

 

 

 

 

 

Link Light Rail Opening with Huge Community Event and Free Rides!

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It’s time to celebrate the opening of University Link light rail! Join us at the new University of Washington and Capitol Hill stations for a day of fun, light rail rides, activities and entertainment for all ages.

Saturday, March 19
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Train rides begin at 10 a.m.
For more information you can visit http://www.ulink2016.org/launch-day.

Light rail service to University of Washington and Capitol Hill is a game-changer for getting around the Puget Sound region, and we’re excited to celebrate it with you. For a full list of Launch Day Activities, including the Bicycle Petting Zoo, please visit http://www.ulink2016.org/fun.

There will be food trucks, Giant Jenga, test your skill at Rush Hour or build a paper train.

What’s a party without music? A wide range of music will be offered, including classical, rock, folk, hip-hop and indie performed live throughout the event and spun by a live DJ in The Commons. Acts include DJ Riz Rollins, Pretty Shady String Band, Arte Flamenco and the Champagne Honeybee.

Car Prowls Are on The Rise

Courtesy of Seattle Police Department Public Affairs Officer Patrick Michaud

To date there have been almost 3000 car prowls in the city for 2016. This number is up more than 500 from last year.

Seattle Police Department has identified some repeat locations and created a graphic for this week’s SeaStat meeting.

Here are some simple ways to lower the chance car prowl burglaries:

1. Remove all your valuables.
2. Place valuables in the trunk of our car or in back of your SUV before leaving for your destination.  Placing items in the back after you arrived provides both motive and opportunity for theft within moments after you are out-of-site of your auto.
3. Before leaving your parked car, always remove the keys, roll up the windows and lock the car.
4. If your car is stored in a carport or parked near your house, leave your outdoor lights on throughout the night.
5.If you park your car in a dark or isolated area, consider the City Light Area Lighting Program, which permits additional light fixtures to be placed on existing poles. The cost is less than $5 per month per light. Call (206) 684-3000 for more information.

Finally, if you find yourself the victim of a car prowl either call police or report it online at:
http://www.seattle.gov/Police/report/default.htm

Without a report, the police cann not track crime and direct patrols into the area to stop emerging crime trends.

The Major Crimes Task Force continues to investigate these crime trends and we will keep you updated as noteworthy cases are closed.

Prevent the car break-in temptation by removing temptation.

Prevent the car break-in temptation by removing temptation.