Memo leak: SPD North Precinct too under-staffed to investigate most burglaries


According to a confidential memo reportedly leaked to KOMO 4 News, SPD North Precinct detectives are too under-staffed to investigate most burglary reports in our area. The memo, marked confidential and not for public display, comes at time where burglaries appear to be on the increase in our neighborhood.

KOMO 4’s police source reportedly stated that “unless burglary detectives have a suspect’s name, evidence photos or surveillance footage, and complete witness interviews, it’s unlikely a case will even get worked let alone solved.”

Pete Rogerson, who works with the SPD through the North Precinct Advisory Council, told KOMO 4 that he has never seen anything like this memo in his career. “I think this memo is very troubling. It’s very surprising and I cannot believe this is the case,” Rogerson told KOMO reporters.

The memo reportedly mentions the dramatic difference between the current and previous levels of detective staff assigned to the North Precinct. The 14 detectives that were assigned to work burglary, theft and juvenile cases in our area has now dropped down to two plus an on-loan patrol officer despite burglary cases increasing to 1,500 a month.

The concluding paragraph of the memo is concerning, especially with the recent increase of crime in Ballard. The final words state that “misdemeanor and even many felony crimes can no longer be investigated except on a very rare, case by case basis.”

KOMO 4 reports that the SPD won’t release information about staffing numbers in order to keep criminals on their toes. However, the SPD did confirm that the major crimes task force also takes on burglary cases and that the department uses real-time data and community input to guide where resources are directed.

Mayor Ed Murray is planning to add 100 new officers in the coming years, however, this does not seem sufficient to resolve the current under-staffing issues. “Adding more officers is not the sole solution to addressing our public safety needs but it clearly needs to be part of the solution,” says Mayor Murray.

Despite the under staffing in the North Precinct, KOMO 4 crime experts state that it is still important to report crimes to the police as it shapes how their limited resources are assigned.

If you experience a crime or burglary in our neighborhood email us at As a neighborhood we can work together to keep each other and our belongings safe.

Image courtesy of KOMO 4 News.

Salmon Bay Eagles to host Oktoberfest event this Saturday


Salmon Bay Eagles are hosting their first ever Oktoberfest event in support of Ballard Food Bank this Saturday, September 27, from 5 – 10 p.m. in the Aerie Social Room (5216  20th Ave NW).

The event will be filled with dirndls and lederhosen, music and beer! Attendees will enjoy great beer from nine local breweries, wieners, live music, burlesque performances, and good times all for a great cause!

Tickets cost $16 and include full access to main stage burlesque performances by Faye Doe Doe & Florence Wetmore, music from the Roy Kay Trio, and three drink tokens good for one 5-oz. taste each. More tokens will  be available for $2 each at the event (cash preferred).

Tickets can be purchased online and all proceeds will go towards the Ballard Food Bank. The event is for 21+ only.

Volkswagen driver involved in hit and run at 20th Ave NW

A My Ballard reader emailed in to report a hit and run incident that occurred in Ballard at approximately 8:48 p.m. last night.

According to the reader’s report, a late model black Volkswagen heading Southbound on 20th Ave NW without lights on, ran the stop sign and broadsided a late model PT Cruiser (pictured below) heading East on NW 80th St. The impact spun the Cruiser around and the vehicle ended up facing Westbound against the curb in the Eastbound lane.


The reader reports that the driver of the PT appeared to be fine, however, the Volkswagen (pictured below) continued without stopping. The hit and run suspect finally abandoned the car on the Southwest corner of NW 75th and 19th Ave NW.


If you have any information about the incident contact the SPD North Precinct at (206) 684-0850.

What’s on this weekend

The final weekend of September is here, bringing with it a change of season and some fantastic events in the neighborhood. Enjoy your weekend in Ballard!

Friday, September 26

  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. featuring The Wages of Sin, Warren G Harding and Jipsea Party. Tickets $10. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
  • Live Music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Tekla Waterfield & The Sweet Nothings, Tofte and Barton Carroll. For more information, click here.

Saturday, September 27

  • Ballard Preschool Co-op’s annual Gently Used Kid’s Gear Sale at Phinney Neighborhood Association (6532 Phinney Ave N, in the Brick Building) from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Shoppers can get big savings on gently used clothes in newborn to size 8, shoes, toys and gear, like pack-and-plays, cribs, car seats, strollers and maternity wear. Click here for more information.
  • What Should I Be Doing in My Garden This Fall? at Swanson’s Nursery (9701 15th Ave NW) from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Rolf and Kathy, Swansons’ dynamic duo for perennials, trees, and shrubs, will provide the info you need to prepare your garden for winter. Cost is free.
  • Self-Defense for Women, An Empowerment & Awareness workshop at Fighting Chance Seattle (1446 NW 53rd St) at 12 p.m. Self-Defense for Women is a one-day workshop that teaches physical defense techniques, awareness skills, and the importance of undoing social and cultural norms that perpetuate female victimization. Cost is $45.
  • Simple Home Remedies: How to Make Your Own Herbal Medicine at Dandelion Botanical Co (5424 Ballard Ave) from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. Join class one of a 5 week course designed to teach you how to make your own herbal, medicinal products.  This first workshop will cover the basics on herbal medicine making. Cost is free.
  • Somatic Movement Education Workshop at Soma Yoga & Dance Studio (1423 Northwest 70th St) from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Somatic Movement Education involves slow, gentle movement re-patterning to change chronic tension patterns and invite optimal movement functioning in all of your physical activities. Cost is $40. Click here for more information.
  • Salmon Bay Eagles Oktoberfest at Salmon Bay Eagles (5216 20th Ave NW) from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Enjoy great beer from nine local breweries, wieners, live music, and burlesque performances in support of Ballard Food Bank. Click here for more details.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Kopecky Family Band, Avid Dancer and Joesph Giant. Tickets $10. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
  • Live Music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Harley Bourbon, McDougall and Orchestre d’Incroyable. Tickets $8. For more information and tickets, click here.

Sunday, September 28

  • Ballard Farmers Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Weekend Brunch at Hilliard’s Beer (1550 NW 49th St) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Brunch will be provided by The Biscuit Box, with coffee from new Ballard-based pop-up Mmmhmm Coffee. Click here for more details.
  • 11th Annual Sustainable Ballard Festival at Ballard Commons Park (NW 57th St and 22nd Ave NW) from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Come sample Ballard craft brews and delicious bites, win prizes, catch live music on the solar-powered main stage, watch cooking demonstrations, test ride a cargo bike, make your own green cleaning product, and meet farm animals! Event is free. Click here for more details.
  • How to Install and Maintain Your Rain Garden workshop at Swanson’s Nursery (9701 15th Ave NW) from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Join experts from both the 12,000 Rain Gardens and King County Rain Garden Projects for this informative seminar on how to install and maintain your own environmentally friendly rain garden. Cost is free.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Featuring Chuck Ragan and Rusty Maples. 21 and over. Tickets $18. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Do you know of an event happening this weekend or in future in our neighborhood?

You can submit it to our events calendar here on, or email the information to to ensure we include it in our weekly weekend roundup.

Ballard Preschool Co-op to host annual Gently Used Kids Gear Sale this Saturday

Ballard Preschool Co-op is set to host its annual Gently Used Kids Gear Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building.

Shoppers can get big savings on gently used clothes in newborn to size 8, shoes, toys and gear, like pack-and-plays, cribs, car seats, strollers and maternity wear.

Customers are asked to bring their own bag and to be reminded that strollers won’t fit inside the sale and must be parked outside. Organizers say the line to get in often starts before 9 a.m., so plan to get there early.

All proceeds will benefit the Ballard Preschool Co-op.

Candidates needed to fill Seattle Park District committee positions

City Council and Mayor Ed Murray are currently 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, with an aim to create 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, in addition to providing 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 comprise 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, send a letter of interest indicating which district you represent and resume by October 20, 2014 to Councilmember Jean Golden at Please title the subject line: Oversight Committee Application. Electronic submissions are preferred.

Send printed submittals to:

Councilmember Jean Godden
PO Box 34025
Seattle, WA 98124

Throwback Thursday: Ballard buildings back in the day

There are so many amazing buildings in the neighborhood so the My Ballard team thought we would pay homage to some of them in this week’s Throwback Thursday post. Many of the buildings are still in use today and add a special feel to the best place in Seattle.

The black and white photo below, taken in 1911, features the original Ballard Library building on Market St. This building housed Ballard’s first public library that was one just a reading room on Ballard Ave. This building was built on Market St with money from both the community and the Carnegie Foundation. The building was home to both a library and a large auditorium and was the first branch library in the city to have a children’s librarian. The building is now home to the Kangaroo and Kiwi Pub and various Ballard business offices.

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The black and white photo below, taken in 1946, features the Ballard City Hall building which stood at the corner of Ballard Ave and 20th Ave NW. The cornerstone for the building was laid in May 1899 and the building was completed nine years later. The building was home to a jail, city offices, the fire department, community meeting rooms and a ballroom. At the time of this photo the building served as a police station and it was later torn down in 1965.

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The black and white photo below, taken in 1939, features the Ballard News Building which stood at 5412 Ballard Ave NW.

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Do you have an historical photo or a story that readers would enjoy hearing about? Email us at with Throwback Thursday in the subject line.

Photos and information courtesy of MOHAI.

Nearby news: Man attacked by group of teens in Greenwood

The My Ballard team received reports of another group attack in nearby Greenwood from reader Jennifer. According to reports, a male in his early 40s was attacked yesterday afternoon by a group of five teens in a parking area near Greenwood P-Patch at NW 88th St. Check out more details from Jennifer’s Facebook post below:

Attention Greenwood friends: There was a brutal attack today on one  adult person by 5 tweens or teens in Greenwood in a parkstrip near the Greenwood P-Patch at NW 88th St. It happened in broad daylight at around 3:30 – 4 p.m. today (Wednesday) which put the victim in the hospital with  severe head injuries.

Please PLEASE keep your heads up, try not to walk  alone, carry mace and notify 911 if you see anyone suspicious or if you are getting harassed or attacked. They are still looking for the attackers so if you know anything or people with security cameras in businesses please contact SPD.

Spread the word by re-posting this and be on the lookout please. The police need help solving this crime so contact them if you have any ideas on who could have done it.

If you have any information regarding this incident, or the attack of two BHS students over the weekend contact SPD North Precinct at (206) 684-0850.

Development Update September 25: More subdivisions

One subdivision application and a subdivision approval for residential unit construction make up this week’s development update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin. No other applications, appeals, decisions, or notifications in Ballard were made this week.


2012 NW 64th St


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 2,397 sq. ft. and B) 2,596 sq. ft.


6701 Mary Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been conditionally approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units has been approved under Project #6389358. 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.

Comments about the application should be submitted to or mailed to the address below.

City of Seattle DPD PRC
700 5th Avenue Suite 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA  98124-4019

Students attacked by large group in Ballard

According to The Ballard Talisman, two students from Ballard High School were attacked on 14th Ave NW and NW 85th St while walking home from Crown Hill Safeway last Saturday night.

The students were walking through Baker Park between 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. when they were confronted by a large group of people. The students were then surrounded and subsequently attacked by the group that reportedly contained some people that they recognized

“We weren’t asking for it. We had a dozen donuts and some soda. They were asking for some donuts and we didn’t want to give them free donuts. We were just talking to them and all of a sudden this kid comes out of nowhere and punches Grant in the head,” one of the victims told reporter Greta Rainbow from the Ballard Talisman.

“He was standing at an angle where I couldn’t even see him in my peripheral vision and he just punched me right in the face [and] fractured my jaw,” the other victim reported.

According to the article, the violence then escalated to the group of between 12 – 15 people hitting and punching the students in the face and head. The students then managed to escape to the nearby Safeway with the attackers in full pursuit until they entered the store. When they were safely inside, the victims were then able to notify police.

“I was shocked that something like that would happen in Ballard,” one victim told Rainbow. “I have always felt super safe.” The student has since been diagnosed with a concussion as a result of the incident.

The victims report that the majority of the attackers were between 15-18 years old, with the group containing about 15 guys and a two or three girls.

Another incident, also reported over the weekend, occurred at Woodland Park and involved the attack of other BHS students. According to Rainbow’s article, one student is currently in hospital after his face was repeatedly stomped on. The students attacked in Ballard told the Ballard Talisman that they believe that the attack was made by the same group they encountered.

Assistant Principal James Slaid advises students to be careful when walking around the neighborhood at night. “Travel in numbers and be aware of your surroundings, you never know the circumstances of these situations,” Slaid told The Ballard Talisman.

One victim’s mother, Debbie, believes that it is important to get this message out to readers before the upcoming BHS Homecoming event on Saturday. “I feel it would be good for all parents of high schoolers to know, just in case the gang tries it again this coming weekend,” says Debbie.

If you have any information regarding the incidents last weekend contact SPD North Precinct at (206) 684-0850.