The Laurelhurst Blog staff will be on vacation and will return to posting on January 5th, 2014.
In the meantime, please keep sending us your informative emails, story ideas and comments. We look forward to responding upon our return.
Grab your binoculars and join your friends for Seattle’s Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on Saturday, December 27. Now in its 115th year, this annual bird census draws birders of all abilities to count as many birds as possible over a 24-hour period. This Seattle tradition is a great way to see new birds and old friends — and experienced birders, neighborhood residents, and newcomers are all welcome!
If your home is within the Seattle CBC area, you can even stay at home and report the birds that visit your feeder on count day, as long as you have made prior arrangements with the count organizer.
After a full day of birding, warm up with an evening soup potluck and a tally of the species seen during the day.
The event is free, but a $5 donation is recommended to help support Seattle Audubon’s Citizen Science programs. . Visit Seattle Audubon's Christmas Bird Count registration webpage or Seattle Audubon's website for more information.
In response to this camera footage, the way in determining the “assault rifle” is a fake is by examining the two tone colors. Look at the butt stock of the weapon, just below that is the hand guard or trigger mount, it also is a different color then the body of the weapon itself. Look at the magazine cartridge also a different color then the body. I want to say this is a nice air soft rifle.
These rifles although air soft look like the real thing. The width of the barrel is not conducive to the likes of a real assault rifle as well judging on how his hand wraps around the entire rifle. It is light weight which is why it tilts forward at an angle, a loaded assault rifle would be too heavy and awkward to hold it in this position. I know this because I am a trained weapons handler and a military man as well, just offering my knowledge.
The only thing I can imagine is that the burglar would attempt a strong armed robbery with the weapon, and yes if it is in fact an air soft rifle as I believe it to be then it is capable of shooting pellets. These pellets can break the skin and should be considered dangerous. During this time of year people get more desperate I would advise an additional level of vigilance being aware of your surroundings when entering and exiting your home. I hope this little information helped if you ever need another voice of reason when it comes to these type of incidents please don’t hesitate to inquire.
MOST burglars will hit a home during the day when the home is unoccupied. And most live within a reasonable distance to the area they hit-are comfortable with. By some statistics a large number of this unpleasant fraternity lives usually within 2 miles of an area they target.
However that is not always the case. There is a lot people can do from a CPTED perspective to hard target their homes-posting alarm advisories-such as ADT-or just buying them-Bulger’s Safe and Locks sells these and they are a good investment. Block watch signs are also valuable. And authentic alarm systems are strong deterrents-and as important is calling 911 if you observe perimeter or chronic area loitering-listening to intuition is key-if someone makes you feel uncomfortable act on that and make a call.
Burglars will look for opportunity-steps taken to mitigate that opportunity will normally drive them away from an area and also impact their ability to operate in a chosen locale with any success. Eric will defer to you re the type of weapon this fellow had.
Explore the basic designs of paper airplanes and why they work, then craft and test out a plane on the flying course.
Craft your own airplanes and watch them soar! We’ll explore the basic designs of paper airplanes and why they work, then make our own creations.
We’ll even have a flying course so you can see how your flyers measure up!There will be simple designs for younger kids and more complex designs for tweens and teens.
For ages 3 - 18.
|Action Code||Status Date||Case Action Type Description|
|CM||May 09, 2014||Complaint Made|
|VIOL||May 12, 2014||VIOLATION|
|Inspection||May 12, 2014||Inspection:1 Failed|
|HCO||May 14, 2014||HAZARD CORRECTION ORDER: SENT Compliance due:13-JUN-14|
|HCO||May 14, 2014||HAZARD CORRECTION ORDER: ISSUED Compliance due:13-JUN-14|
|Inspection||May 14, 2014||Inspection:2 Failed|
|EXTENSION||Jun 19, 2014||EXTENSION: ISSUED Compliance due:18-JUL-14|
|Inspection||Oct 03, 2014||Inspection:3 Failed|
|Legal Action||Oct 17, 2014||SENT TO LAW DEPARTMENT|
The owner of the property is responsible for correcting the violation, since the rockery was not installed by the City, the City doesn't maintain the rockery walls.. Two agencies, DPD and SDOT, are involved in enforcement in this matter. DPD’s issues are limited to the retaining wall itself on private property. SDOT has authority to deal with right-of-way issues including the blocked sidewalk.
DPD has been in contact with the owner to rectify the outstanding safety hazard, letting him know in October that they had prepared his violation for the Law Department and urged him to continue to obtain all required permits. The owner has been turning in some of the required documents, including the geotech report requested by SDOT for initial approval to construct a replacement retaining wall in the right of way, which would then allow the DPD permitting process to start.
A concrete brick retaining wall (Project No. 777-134) was constructed in 1970 by the City of Seattle that borders the failing rock wall to the north (see attached images). This retaining wall was constructed to toe the sidewalk (see images – separate email “Part II”). The sidewalk on 55th AVE NE is 1.5’ wider than the standard sidewalk, so 75% of the 2’ sidewaIk clearance already exists. As we discussed in person, I’m seeking SDOT approval to construct a new retaining wall linear to the existing concrete retain wall constructed by the City of Seattle in 1970.
Without SDOT approval for construction within the right of way, the entire ECA hillside will need to be removed along with my brick patio, glass railing fence, the deck attached to my house, and the house suspended in order to construct a new retaining wall. The possibility exists such construction could undermine and destabilize the foundation of our home. Therefore, your help, assistance, and ultimate approval by SDOT to construct in the right of way is being asked in order to bring quick resolution to this current public safety hazard.
SDOT understands that the restoration of this slope and remediation is a high priority. However, SDOT is also concern that the proposed repair and permanent mitigation measures meet standard of practice in the industry and ensure public safety in the long run.
At this time, SDOT is also anxiously waiting on the private owner to act on the restoration of this area. SDOT will continue to monitor this hazard area periodically to ensure that sidewalk is closed until the restoration have been completed by the private owner.
The closed off area is considered to be a potential hazard and thus SDOT Street Use had restricted public access in this area until this rockery failure had been restored. As noted previously, SDOT considered this rockery failure to had originated from the private property and was waiting for the owner of the private property to provide a restoration plan. The owner had submitted a plan previously, however, that submittal did not meet SDOT standards and requirements for this type of project. SDOT wanted to ensure that proper design and engineering will go into this restoration.
At that time, SDOT had requested a geotechnical engineering report to ensure adequate design for this mitigation as well as minimize future wall failures. Please see the attached. The owner had coordinated and funded this geotechnical study and had just submitted this report to DPD and SDOT on Oct. 6, 2014. SDOT had just reviewed this geotechnical study and concurred with the recommendations by the geotechnical engineer. Both SDOT and DPD had contacted the owner to submit appropriate plans for review by both departments. Once the plans have been reviewed and approved by DPD and SDOT, the owner will then be able to proceed with construction and restoration of this wall.
As 55th Ave NE is a residential street the general traffic volume is inferred to be relatively light, it was SDOT Street Use’s opinion that pedestrian are able to traverse safely around this closure. Street Use empathizes with the frustration of the neighborhood on this sidewalk closure. SDOT’s priority is consistently and foremost about public safety which is the reason for this sidewalk closure.
Initial investigation earlier this year by SDOT Street Use determined that this rockery failure originated on the private property located in the 5300 block of NE 42nd Street. The potential hazard zone was evaluated and appeared to be limited to the adjacent sidewalk area. Thus, SDOT decided to close this section of the sidewalk due to public safety concerns. This decision was carried out in consideration that this is a residential street, and that in SDOT Street Use’s opinion, pedestrian does have a relatively safe alternative accesses around the closed off sidewalk. This closure is consistent with other similar slides and/or wall failures that SDOT responded in other parts of the City.
Further, SDOT Street Use was aware that DPD was working with the owner of the property to provide a permanent mitigate measure and restore this area. As responsible steward of taxpayer funds, SDOT would expect the owner of this property to pay for the restoration of this section of the ROW and, thus, have not taken action to remove the current debris. Unless the potential hazard is considered to be imminent, SDOT generally would only delineate and restrict entrance to the hazard area. This policy or response, again, is consistent with other similar events that SDOT had encountered.
As this failure had originated from the private property, SDOT would expect the private property owner to restore this failed slope. SDOT understands that proper engineering needs to be used here to ensure long term stability of this wall and thus had waited for the owner of the property to paid for the required engineering. The owner had shown that he/she is proceeding with a proper fix.
A DPD Hazard Correction Order was issued in this case in May. The owner was required to obtain a geotechnical report as part of the resolution of that order. Stability issues were identified by a geotechnical engineer and DPD instructed the owner to start the permitting process to rectify the problems.
When he began to address the issues, an extension was granted to 7/18/14. (DPD works with people, which might include granting additional time, when they are in violation but are making good faith efforts to resolve the violation—which seemed to be the situation here.) There have been several communications with the owner since July but at this point he has not made sufficient progress in the permit process and the case is being prepared for a referral to the Law Department for further enforcement action. A lawsuit will be filed against the owner and he will be subject to civil penalties.
There will be poetry reading, free food and wine, and Hiroko is going to give a sumi demonstration. What we have in mind to do is, as I read a poem, she will paint a sumi illustration, and we'll both finish together. It should be a lot of fun.
Today, November 21, we will be bringing in a crane and large steel beams as part of our continuing construction. A large semi-truck will arrive with the crane around 6:00 a.m. and from that time until 8:00 a.m. the crane will be unloaded.
The Laurelhurst Blog Staff checked with the City of Seattle and found no permit on file for this delivery. The City of Seattle has a noise ordinance policy that states that no commercial trucks are allowed in a zoned residential area before 7am.
The delivery was startling and loud to hear so early in the morning, as Children's is always so good about not making any deliveries or loud noises in our neighborhood before 7am, So we were quite surprised to hear the loud beeping for quite a long time and well as loud noises.
In addition the delivery was made to a small opening on NE 45th Street across from 42nd and 43rd Avenues NE. I don't believe that that area even has a driveway for deliveries so it doesn't seem to be a designated delivery area. Plus, it is in the middle of a zoned residential area. The delivery was not made to the loading dock, which is it in an zoned residential area, as it in a commercial area on Sand Point Way that allows deliveries before 7am.
The Hospital's Blog post says the delivery would be at 6am, which it was. The post said the delivery was that early so as not to disturb traffic at NE 45th Street. Shouldn't there also have been flaggers since it sounded like it was quite a large truck.
Did you know that there are three ways to silence your ringing iPhone? Did you know that you can turn on your iPhone's flashlight in three taps, even when the phone is locked? If you lose your phone, do you know how to find it or render it unusable if stolen? And did you know that your iPhone can remind you stop stop at the bank when you go to the nearby grocery store?
Join NEST and trusted vendor Chris Altwegg in which you will learn to do all this and more with your iPhone or iPad.
The class will be held on Thursday, from 1:00 to 2:30, at the NEST office, 5751 33rd Avenue NE.
Space is limited to 10 people, so call or email the NEST office to sign up today, (206) 525-6378 or email@example.com.