Friday, April 21, 2017

Update On Proposed Cell Phone Tower In Bryant And How To Get Involved

 (photo courtesy of petitioners)
Last month, a special meeting regarding a proposed cell phone tower near Assumption St. Bridget School, that T-Mobile has applied for (Permit #3026196 at 3114 NE 65th Street) was held at the school. 

The tower is proposed to be 100 feet high and attached to the utility pole in the parking strip area near the school, on NE 65th Street and 32nd Avenue NE.

The school said that "regulations require that proper notifications be sent to everyone within 300 feet of the proposed site. This was not done." 

More information and a petition by a group of neighbors can be found here.

Jessica Jackson, church parishioner and ASB parentsent the Laurelhurst Blog this update from the meeting:

The meeting was attended by about a dozen T-Mobile representatives, representatives from the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspection (SDCI), representatives from Seattle City Light, Geri Morris (Legislative Assistant to Councilman Rob Johnson), and about [30] members of the community.

T-Mobile provided background information regarding its company, wireless communication, and a gap in coverage in the vicinity. Its health expert, Andrew Thatcher (an independent consultant highered by T-Mobil), discussed studies that suggest that RF radiation in the levels permitted by the FCC does not cause negative health effects. Speakers also included Onum Esonu from the SDCI, Gerry Morris on behalf of Councilman Rob Johnson, and representatives from Seattle City Light. Jessica Jackson (parishioner and ASB mom) and Karl Eberhardt (dentist next to the Bryant Corner Cafe) spoke in opposition of the project.

When the meeting was opened up for questions, many voiced concerns and opposition about the proposed cell tower, and no one in the audience spoke in favor the cell tower. Questions were raised about alternative sites for the cell tower and related logistical and engineering issues, visual impacts of a 70 ft pole, notification issues, health effects and the lack of scientific studies on children and cell towers specifically (among others). It was noted by one community member that in Europe countries restrict cell tower placement within 1000-1500 ft of an elementary school.

Seattle City Light will make the final decision regarding the project. Anyone wanting to voice an opinion with respect the project can sign an online petition (against the project) and/or contact any of the individuals listed below:


Petition (against the project)
Rob Johnson (City Councilman for NE Seattle) - or
Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, 2nd Floor, Seattle, WA 98104 or

 Sephir Hamilton (Chief of Staff, Seattle City Light) -, same address as above

Larry Weis (General Manager & CEO of Seattle City Light, (Seattle City Light makes the final decision regarding the project) - or 700 5th Avenue, Suite 3200, P.O. Box 34023, Seattle, WA 98124-4023

 Scott Kubly (Director of the Seattle Department of Transportation final approval of the project requires his consent) - or Seattle Municipal Tower, P.O. Box 34996, 700 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3800, Seattle, WA  98124-4996

Michael Mattmiller (Chief Technology Officer of the Seattle Department of Information & Technology, final approval of the project requires his consent) - or Seattle IT, P.O. Box 94709, Seattle, WA 98124-4709

 Mayor Ed Murray - or PO Box 94749, Seattle, WA 98124-4749 or on-line


Here is a letter that Rob Johnson, NE Seattle City Councilman wrote in support of the concerns of the community:
March 29, 2017
Director Nathan Torgelson
Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections
700 5th Ave. Suite 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA 98124-4019
General Manager Weis
Seattle City Light
700 5th Avenue Suite 3200
P.O. Box 34023
Seattle, WA 98124-4023
Dear Director Torgelson and General Manager Weis,
I’m writing about the application by T-mobile to affix a communication utility on Seattle City Light Utility Pole #1347883, located at NE 65th Street just west of the intersection of 32nd Ave NE.
I have heard from over 125 Bryant residents, business owners and members of Assumption St. Bridget’s school and parish community expressing their concerns about the project – specifically regarding the location of this communication utility and the manner in which public notice was received.  Although I acknowledge that the official public comment period for this project has closed, I would like to submit this letter echoing their concerns and outlining two legislative actions I plan to take to address these concerns for future projects.
First, because the City owns the property on which these types of utility poles are placed, we as a City, in our proprietary capacity, get to decide to whom we lease space on these poles and for what purposes. I would like City Council to explore the criteria by which Seattle City Light (SCL) decides to lease their utility poles. Furthermore, I would like to explore establishing a criterion for SCL that precludes telecommunications projects locating on City Light facilities within a certain number of feet of an elementary school.
And second, while I acknowledge that notice was mailed to residents and business owners residing or operating within 300 feet of the project (and I thank Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections for that work), in response to concerns heard from community members in regards to the manner in which notice was provided, I believe that the definition of notice around telecommunications projects should be expanded.
As chair of the Planning, Land Use & Zoning committee my goal is to ensure as much transparency to the public about City projects, and I believe that a higher degree of transparency can be achieved going forward.
I understand that, due to separation of powers, decision-making authority for this action lies outside the legislative branch of City government, however, I do hope that my strong opposition echoing that of my constituents is registered and taken into consideration.
If I may provide additional information about this issue please don’t hesitate to contact me at or (206) 684-8808.
Councilmember Rob Johnson, District 4
cc:       Shauna Larsen, Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections
Maura Brueger, Seattle City Light
Inga Manskopf, Ravenna Bryant Community Council
Chris Fiori, Ravenna Bryant Community Council
John Finelli, Wedgwood Community Council

Pop Up Book Shop Event Tomorrow At NE Branch Library

The Friends of the Seattle Public Library is visiting the Northeast branch Library (6801 35th Ave. NE), tomorrow from 10-2pm.

The information says:
Pop in to purchase:
Pre-owned paperbacks and children’s books for $1.  Goodies from the FriendShop, including tote bags, mugs and jewelry.  Gifts for readers. 
Purchasing gifts, used books and more at these Pop-up Shops helps the Friends advocate, educate and raise funds on behalf of The Seattle Public Library.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Home Break-In Near St. Stephens Church Using Garage Door Opener

The Laurelhurst Blog received this information:
We live on the 4500 block of 48th Avenue NE (our driveway faces St. Stephen’s Church, the front door of the house is on 48th Avenue NE ) and on the evening of April 9th/morning of April 10th while we were home asleep, someone rummaged through my husband’s car, found the garage door clicker and used it to open the garage.  
The person entered our home through the door in the garage, and stole our son’s back pack.  We found the back pack ditched near our neighbor’s garbage. One binder is missing.
We did file a police report but because the value of stolen property is less than a threshold amount, no investigation will be made.   
We pay for the private patrol services through Laurelhurst Community Club.

Earth Day Storytime at Center For Urban Horticulture On Saturday

Miller Library, located in Laurelhurst at the UW Botanic Gardens (3501 NE 41st Street)  is holding a story time on Saturday with the theme of "Earth Day" from 10:30-11:15am.

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Three very different stories celebrate our precious planet and some of the ways we can appreciate and care for it.  
After the stories, join us in the program room for playtime with tree blocks and floor puzzles.

Books to be read are:
THE TREE LADY by H. Joseph Hopkins
MAY THE STARS DRIP DOWN by Jeremy Chatelain

Storytime is geared towards children ages 3 to 8 and celebrate gardens, plants and nature. All ages and their families are welcome

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Picture Of Person Breaking Into Car On NE43rd Street

The Laurelhurst Blog received this information:
On April 10 about 2:35am, the dirtbag, pictured above, broke into several cars on the 4800 block of NE 43rd Street.
He also stole at least one garage door opener and attempted to enter the home.   
The whole thing was caught on video and  above is a still photo in case anyone knows or sees some skinny white guy looking for crack money.
Please contact the Seattle Police Department if you have information.

Magnuson Tot Nature Class Series Starting

Magnuson Park is starting a special 3 week series of  classes on Fridays from 10-11:15, introducing nature to preschoolers with hands on nature adventures..

The "Tots to Nature" class registration is  underway for children ages 2-5 with an adult through Magnuson Nature Programs.

The class runs until May 5th.  The fee is $45 for each 3-week series of classes.

Here is more information:
Each series of 3 classes has a different theme for its nature stations, story time, and walk, including Digging into Nature! (4/21-5/5) and Wildlife Babies 5/12-5/26).  
Classes include a “snack walk” in the organic p-patch garden, and a Garden Friend puppet show.
Adults also receive a take-home sheet each week, filled with simple nature activities and songs on the class topic.

The class is taught by Magnuson Nature Educator Emily Bishton and Magnuson Nature Docents and takes place at the Magnuson Brig/Hawthorne Hills Room, Children’s Garden, and P-Patch. 


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Submit Comments Now On SR520 Noise Variance For Upcoming Montlake Phase

The City is accepting public comments through April 20 regarding the SR520 nighttime noise variance, which will define the allowable nighttime noise limits for the Montlake Phase construction, which begins next year.

The variance includes information on potential nighttime construction activities as well as noise monitoring and compliance requirements.

The document is published on SDCI's Land Use Information Bulletin (Project #3027364).

Comments can be emailed to (include project number in subject line) or by regular mail to SDCI, PRC, P.O. Box 34019, Seattle, WA, 98124-4019. 

The Laurelhurst Community Club recently published this information in their newsletter: 

Nighttime Noise Variance for SR520 Requested
The  “Major Project Noise Variance” (Project 3027364 ) on SR520 if granted, would outright entitle the contractor to generate noise every night at six decibels over what WSDOT predetermines as “the average” noise measured at night.
Neighbors attending the meeting expressed skepticism that WSDOT and its contractors and the City could establish a reasonable noise level that would be tolerable every night or a system where violations could be documented and corrected. WSDOT offered a 24/7 noise monitor and a hotline as assurance.

LCC recently told the Laurelhurst Blog Staff:

Laurelhurst , Madison Park and Medina have all suffered through a very noisy construction period, and what WSDOT wants the City of Seattle to do is grant them a  permanent noise variance which is 10% over the current noise for the 8 year (or more) duration of the rest of the SR520 project.
Noise carries across the water very loudly up to residences all over our community. LCC encourages all neighbors to comment on this noise variance.


Tonight Seattle Opera Free Preview of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" At NE Branch Library

Seattle Opera Preview Lecture: 'The Magic Flute'

Tonight at 6:30pm, the NE Branch of the Seattle Public Library will host a one hour preview of  Mozart's"The Magic Flute,"which will be at the Seattle Opera May 6-21.

The information says:
Join Theodore Deacon for an entertaining preview lecture of Mozart’s utterly unique extravaganza blends myth, magic, and wonderful music to deliver its affirming message: love conquers all.  
Handsome prince and comical sidekick receive enchanted musical instruments and undergo mystical tests and trials in a circuitous quest to rescue the Queen of the Night’s daughter. Fabulous fun for all ages.

The event is free and no RSVP is required.

Monday, April 17, 2017

March Laurelhurst Real Estate Report

Kim Dales has provided this neighborhood real estate activity monthly report:

3904 NE Belvoir Place

March ended with an increase in supply of homes on the market over two previous months.
The market remains brisk with continued overall lack of inventory contributing to multiple offers.

Nationally the fastest-moving markets were, Seattle (with about half of all homes pending sale within 12 days of being listed); Oakland (where homes typically spent 15 days on market); Denver (18 days on market); San Jose (21 days); and San Francisco (28 days).

In our neighborhood some homes of interest that were listed in March include the following:
5308 NE 43rd Street:  a brick cottage reminiscent of the English countryside
4556 52nd Avenue NEeastern views of Lake Washington and the Cascades, home to the screenwriter of the Oscar nominated movie Hacksaw Ridge
3904 NE Belvior Placecontemporary home with landscaped grounds. Originally designed in 1954 by NW Modernism Architect, Bert A. Tucker.


List Price
Price per/sq.ft
4707 49th Ave NE
5308 NE 43rd St
5010 48th Ave NE
4556 52nd Ave NE
5156 NE 54th St
3904 NE Belvoir Place
* under contract in March
** Active, pending, closed sale in March


List Price
Price per/sq.ft
4605 NE 54th St
4008 NE 40th St
4241 51st Ave NE
5010 48th Ave NE
3801 49th Ave NE

List Price
Sold Price
Price p/sq.ft
5136 45th Ave NE
4707 49th Ave NE
4314 NE 42nd St
5142 46th Ave NE

(photo courtesy of Renee Menti Ruhl)

Tonight Learn How To Identiy Native Washington Plants

UW Botanic Gardens’ Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street) is having a free class called Native Plant 101: Identification and Gardening tonight from 6:30-8pm. 

The information says: 
Come to UW's Union Bay Natural Area to learn how to identify some of our native Washington plants!  We'll cover several of our common native plants as well as their growth preferences and how to best incorporate them into your garden at home.  This class will include a walk around the Union Bay Natural Area to look at examples of native plants.

RSVP online, email at or by phone (206-685-8033).