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Seattle City Light cut trees before scheduled protest

February 12th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

As the My Ballard team reported on Tuesday, a protest was organized for 12 p.m. this afternoon to oppose the removal of a group of mature cherry trees at the unused Loyal Heights Substation at 7750 28th Ave NW.


We received an email from My Ballard reader Laura, confirming that City Light crews (pictured) arrived at about 10:30 a.m. this morning and cut down the trees before the planned protest started.

Many locals were angered over what appears to be a pre-emptive tree removal and decided to move forward with the protest as planned at noon. “City light got there first,” says protest attendee Jay.


According to Seattle City Light, the soil in the area has been tested and found to contain levels of the banned pesticide dieldrin at 70 times higher than state-mandated cleanup levels. In order to replace the soil, City Light confirmed that the trees needed to be removed.

“There is simply too much ground beneath them to remove without taking those trees out,” Scott Thomsen of City Light told KIRO 7 News.

According to KIRO 7, City Light confirmed that some cedar trees on the property will be able to be saved through the technique of vactoring as their roots do not run as deep as the cherry trees. (During the vactoring process soil is vacuumed out around roots and replaced.)

At this stage there is no plan for the future of the property, however, many locals fear that the land will be sold to developers.

We will keep readers updated when more information about the property comes to light.

Photos courtesy of Jay and Laura.


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Package thieves return to Ballard

February 12th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

We received an email from My Ballard reader Katherine to report that package thieves are back in the neighborhood near her home at 14th Ave NW and NW 60th St.

Check out Katherine’s full report below:

Having seen this article, I am writing in about my and my neighbors’ recent package thefts. Five days ago, someone swiped a package my girlfriend ordered. They left a less valuable package alone.

Four days ago, I found a neighbor’s package that someone slashed open and tossed around the side of my and my girlfriend’s house. There was a book in the package, with an item missing.

Today, the same neighbor reported another package stolen.

Keeping this report of package theft in mind, remember when ordering online attempt to send the packages to your work location or to somewhere where people will be present to receive the package.

Alternatively, if you are ordering from Amazon they offer a secure Amazon Locker service where packages can be picked up from lockers at various locations around Seattle including at the Ballard 7 Eleven (1550 NW Market St) and outside Five Guys (1500 NW Market St). The service has no extra charge and provides additional security for your packages.

Have you experienced recent package theft? Email us at

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Neighbor Appreciation Day set for Saturday

February 12th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

It’s time to celebrate Seattle’s annual Neighbor Appreciation Day this Saturday, February 13. It is a special day to reach out to neighbors and express thanks to all who make each neighborhood a great place.

The City has organized a number of events in our neighborhood which are open to all.

Check out the event details below:

Ballard Neighbor Appreciation Day Pool Party

Join Ballard Pool for an extended Saturday public swim with $2 promotional price for all ages!

Time: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Ballard Pool, 1471 NW 67th St

Cost: $2

Wallingford Planting Party

Begin your Neighbor Appreciation Day by showing some love to Wallingford’s N 46th & Midvale landscape and meet some great volunteers.

Time: 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Location: N 46th and Midvale Ave N


Donuts and Coffee Cleanup on 3rd Ave NW

Come enjoy donuts and coffee, and help cleanup 3rd Ave NW. It will be fun! And Donuts!

Time: 10:00 a.m. – Noon
Location: 3rd Ave NW and N 140th St


Neighbor Appreciation Day Fire Station Open Houses

Join the Seattle Fire Department for open houses at certain fire stations throughout Seattle.

Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Fire Station 35, 8729 15th Ave NW

If you can’t attend one of the above events, why not do something nice for your neighbor over the weekend to show your appreciation!

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BHS swimmer brings home gold at Metro Champs

February 11th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


The Ballard High School Swim Team are to be congratulated on their fantastic performance at the Metro Championships this week.

Congratulations in particular go to Captain Rory Carlson for his two first place finishes in the 50 and 100 freestyle event.

The 200 freestyle relay team (Carlson, Rice, Acari, Hibbing) also brought home the hardware with their 6th place in the 200 IM advanced relay. The Ballard team ranked 9th overall in the competition.

The following swimmers advance this weekend to the District meet held on Mercer Island; Captains Rory Carlson, Ian Rice & Garrett Jaeger, Seniors Gates Onstad, Sandro Aracri, Grant Barton, Gabe Pehrson, Sophomore Tyberius Hibbing and Freshmen Matthew Reddoch and Jake Misclevitz.

Congratulations to all involved!


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Resident in critical condition after RV fire at temporary Interbay camp

February 11th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


SFD crews responded to fire at a temporary RV camp in Interbay at about 4:30 a.m. this morning.

The SFD confirmed that the fire was caused by cooking stove fuel being spilled near a heater and that two adults were taken to Harborview Medical Center with burns. Our news partners at The Seattle Times reported the injured as being a man and woman in their 30s.

Harborview spokeswoman Susan Gregg told The Seattle Times that the woman was in serious condition in the intensive-care unit. The man was reported to be in a satisfactory condition.

The fire occurred in the Interbay lot (W Armory Way at 15th W) that was opened as an interim location for RV residents who will move to one of the two “safe lots” to be opened under Mayor Ed Murray’s emergency order on homelessness here in Ballard or in Delridge.

The Ballard “safe lot” will hold an estimated 50 vehicles and will be opened on land owned by Seattle Public Utilities at the old Yankee Diner parking lot (Shilshole and 24th Ave). The City is aiming to have the lot open by the end of February.

Interbay lot resident Clayton Lewis, who lives near the RV that went into flames, told The Seattle Times that he heard a loud boom and thought at first that a nearby wall has toppled over.

“I saw sheets of paper on fire in the street. Smoke was filling up,” Lewis told The Seattle times, referring to his RV.

Another resident, Jarrett Shickling told The Seattle Times that he heard his neighbors screaming. “That could have brought mine down, my RV. These things go up like tinder boxes,” said Shickling.

Both Lewis and Shickling told The Seattle Times that they were concerned about the effect this fire would have on the future of the temporary camp.

Photo courtesy of The Seattle Times.

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Reminder: CBRA meeting with Police Chief on next Wednesday

February 11th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The folks from the Central Ballard Residents Association wanted to remind locals that this month’s meeting is next Wednesday, February 17, at 7 p.m. in Conference Room A on the first floor of Ballard Swedish Hospital (5330 Tallman Ave).

The meeting has been rescheduled from the usual time due to the availability of Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole.

“Next week’s meeting is a special opportunity to meet the Chief, learn about issues concerning the Ballard area and ask questions,” says CBRA Membership Coordinator Rebecca Todd.

No registration is required for the event.

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Development Update Feb 11: a subdivision, row-houses and a DNS

February 11th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

One subdivision approval, a row-house application and a DNS for a drainage project make up today’s development update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.


2603 NW 63rd St


A Land Use Application has been submitted to allow a three story, 5-unit rowhouse with two surface parking stalls. Existing structure to be demolished.


2412 NW 61st St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6453487. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

Appeals of the above decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 2/25/2016.


NW 120th St and 9th Ave NW

Notice of Outfall and Drainage Improvements SEPA Determination of Non-Significance (DNS). Project aims to improve drainage systems in the streets rights-of way for NW 120th St and 9th Ave NW.

Appeals of this DNS must be accompanied by an $85.00 filing fee and must be filed by 5:00 p.m. on March 3, 2016. Allow extra time if mailing an appeal.

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City seeking community members for HALA Focus Groups

February 10th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The City is on the lookout for community members to serve on the community focus groups that will guide the implementation of Seattle’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA).

The Community Focus Groups will guide implementation of the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA), the plan put forth by Mayor Murray and the City Council to improve housing affordability and availability throughout Seattle.

“We are asking residents from neighborhoods across the city to participate as volunteers to inform the HALA process. A key focus of the Community Focus Groups will be land use and zoning changes that could affect neighborhoods,” says our Neighborhood District Coordinator Thomas Whittemore.

Check out more information about the focus groups set to be formed in the North Region below:

  • Community Focus Groups will meet monthly, March through December in 2016.
  • 4 or 5 groups will be formed, each comprised of 20 to 40 people.
  • Group will include representatives of every urban village and neighborhood vicinity in the city.
  • The meetings are intended to bring about constructive dialogue about housing programs.
  • Meetings will be open for other members of the public to observe and comment during a set time on the agenda.
  • Meetings may also be recorded or filmed so a broader public audience can follow the process using social media or online tools.

Community representatives involved in the focus groups will be asked to attend about right meetings, read materials, and respond to emails between meetings. The total time commitment will be between 10–15 hours per month.

Most meetings will occur at City Hall downtown outside of typical business hours. The City will also offer access to free parking and public transit for Community Focus Group members during meeting times.

Downtown was selected as a central meeting location so that representatives from many neighborhoods have access. City meeting rooms also facilitate audio and video recordings that can be shared with other members of the public.

The City is accepting applications until Friday, February 26, 2016, by 8 p.m. At the closing of the application period, if more applications are received than can be accommodated, a committee of City staff from the Mayor’s Office, the Department of Neighborhoods, the Office of Housing, and the Office of Planning & Community Development will convene to select the group of representatives.

“The main selection criterion is intended to create a balanced set of representatives in each focus group. Consideration will also be given to applicants who are representative of a larger community organization, council, or cultural community in their local area,” says Whittemore.

The City is looking to make sure that the focus groups represent a range of different demographics and perspectives including traditionally under-represented groups (including minorities, immigrants, refugees, and non-native English speakers), renters, households with children and experienced neighborhood advocates.

If you are not able to commit to joining the community focus groups you are able to participate by attending neighborhood meetings, completing web surveys, via social media and on the HALA website.

Learn more and complete the application online.

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USPS shortages result in irregular local mail delivery

February 10th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

My Ballard reader Cynthia emailed in to let us know that many residents in the Salmon Bay neighborhood have experienced no or irregular mail delivery over the past few days.

Cynthia has received no mail delivery over the last two days to her home near the intersection of NW 70th St and 20th Ave NW.

“I stopped by the Ballard Post Office Annex on Tuesday morning for an explanation and I learned that some routes have been changed and carriers are in the process of learning new routes,” writes Cynthia.

Cynthia was unable to get a specific explanation of where her mail was or when delivery is expected to return to a regular Monday-Saturday schedule.

“I understand that the PO Annex now has to serve a larger territory and staff are scrambling to keep up with the workload.  That sounds like a tough situation,” writes Cynthia.

The My Ballard team are making attempts to get to the bottom of the situation and will update the post with more information about when delivery is likely to return to normal.

Have you experienced this issue during the last few days? Email us at and let us know.

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Have you seen Bob in Ballard?

February 9th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


Update February 10:

Bob was found this morning close by his home. Thank you to everyone who helped in looking for him.

Original Post:

My Ballard reader Melissa emailed in to report that her cat, Bob (pictured), is missing in the neighborhood.

Bob is a black, fluffy cat with yellow eyes and was last seen at 3rd Ave NW and NW 55th St on Sunday.

“Bob is a really friendly, indoor cat. He doesn’t know how to hunt and if you give him a treat he will come to you,” writes Melissa on the missing poster.

If you have seen Bob, call or text Melissa at (312) 753-8163.

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Seattle Animal Shelter celebrates World Spay Day with free procedures

February 9th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

To commemorate World Spay Day (February 23, 2016) Seattle Animal Shelter‘s Spay and Neuter Clinic is offering free spay/neuter packages to area pets that are scheduled for surgery between February 22 through 26.

“Spaying and neutering allows your pet to have a longer, healthier, happier life,” says Dr. Mary Ellen Zoulas, Director of the shelter’s Spay and Neuter Clinic. “It can reduce the risk of serious health problems, eliminate undesirable behaviors such as fighting and spraying, and reduce inter-dog aggression.”

These surgeries usually cost between $120-$155 for dogs, $85-$90 for cats and $75 for rabbits. While there is no residency requirement to take advantage of this special offer, pets of Seattle residents must be currently licensed or a license can be purchased on the day of the appointment.

For altered animals, a one-year license is $22 for cats/$30 for dogs, and a two-year license is $30 for cats/$40 for dogs.

Dr. Zoulas also recommends having your pet – dog, cat or rabbit – microchipped while it is at the clinic for surgery, as microchips are invaluable for the peace of mind provided by this permanent means of identification should your pet ever become lost or stolen. Microchipping is available at the time of surgery for $30.

Dogs, cats and rabbits can be spayed or neutered at 4 months of age or older.

This promotion is possible in part because of a generous grant from the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation.

If you are interested in making an appointment for your pet call (206) 386-4260. Spaces are limited.

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Protest to save local trees set for Friday

February 9th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

My Ballard reader Hannah emailed in to let the community know about a protest that is set for this Friday, February 12, to save a group of mature cherry trees in Loyal Heights from removal by Seattle City Light.

According to Hannah, last week Seattle City Light posted survey markers and signs for a 10-day public comment period before it intends to cut down the group of mature cherry trees at the unused Loyal Heights Substation at 7750 28th Ave NW.

“This is a site that neighbors are hoping to turn into a park, P-patch or public space,” writes Hannah. It is, as Hannah also mentioned, one of the sites highlighted in our December report about potential locations for restoration in the neighborhood.

Seattle Green Spaces Coalition, TreePAC, Keep Ballard Trees Standing and other groups are coming together to protest the tree removal. Check out the post on Seattle Green Spaces Coalition’s website below:

The city intends to cut down three large and exceptional ornamental cherry trees (among others) at the Seattle City Light’s surplus property (the former Loyal Heights Substation) before a decision regarding the destiny of this land has even been made! (It has not yet been determined if the property will be kept as a pocket park or sold to private developers.)

Protesters are demanding that the area be secured with construction fencing, and the trees kept until the final use of the property has been determined. They are also calling for an independent environmental contractor to assess soil remediation options and the overall impacts to the adjoining neighbors.

Seattle City Light has consistently sidestepped public process (as they did with the Market Street site last summer). It’s not just about the trees. The pattern of disregard for community process is fueling citizen anger.

If not for vigilant neighbors the trees could have been cut with only 10-day public comment notice (posted on 2/2/16).
The healthy trees would be protected as exceptional if they were on private, not public property. Notice claims they will be unstable after mitigation for contaminated soil (pesticides). This is misleading. They want to remove them before cleanup; but they there are methods that have been used successfully by SCL on other sites (soil vacuuming) in West Seattle.

The rally is being held on the first day that crews could come to cut the trees,” writes Hannah.

Members of the public are invited to comment through Thursday on the issue. Click here to find contact details.

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