Ballard, Wallingford, Fremont lead in City parking violations


According to data visualization mapping sourced from Seattle Police Department’s open data, the Ballard/Wallingford/Fremont sector leads all SPD sectors in parking violations this year.

My Ballard reader Andy, who created the map, emailed in to share the information with our readers.

“Locals can play around with the filters to discover insights on when/where parking tickets occur,” writes Andy.

Click here to check out the map.

Thanks for sharing the information Andy!

Suspects arrested after 7-Eleven armed robbery


SPD officers updated the North Precinct blotter with the following information about the robbery:

Three suspects were arrested early this morning following an armed robbery with a shotgun at a 7-11 in Ballard.

Shortly after midnight officers responded to a 911 call of an armed robbery at the store located at NW 61st and 24th Avenue NW. The caller stated that a man with a shotgun had just robbed the store and left on foot with another accomplice. The clerk stated it was possible that the suspects left in a car.

Officers arrived quickly and spoke with the victim. The clerk stated that two masked men entered the store, one armed with a shotgun. The suspect with the shotgun struck the clerk in the back of the head during the robbery and left with an unknown amount of cash. Fortunately, the injury to the clerk was not serious.

While officers were interviewing the clerk, additional officers were searching the nearby neighborhood. Officers located a suspicious abandoned car at the corner of NW 70th and Jones Avenue NW. Officers could see a shotgun and cash inside the car. Clothing that matched the suspect’s attire was found just outside the car.

K9 officers responded to the car and began a track. The search ended up outside a house in the 7000 block of 24th Avenue NW. Officers located the suspects and they were taken into custody and transported to police headquarters where they were questioned by detectives.

Following the interviews, the 21-year-old and 18-year-old suspects were booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Robbery, and a 14-year-old suspect was booked into the Youth Services Center for the same crime. This remains an active investigation.

Original Post:

According to a Kiro News report, SPD officers have arrested three suspects who were believed to be involved in an armed robbery at the Ballard 7-Eleven (6111 24th Ave NW) early this morning.


Police reported that the robbers walked into the store just after midnight on Monday morning and one had a shotgun.

After the robbery, the suspects reportedly fled the scene in a sliver four-door Toyota Corolla.

SPD officers tracked the group to a nearby house and took them into custody.

Photo courtesy of Kiro News.

Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board seeks new members

The Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board (SBAB) is accepting applications for new members to advise the City on the concerns and needs of the growing bicycling community.

The volunteer board, which was created by Seattle City Council in 1977, plays an influential role in implementing Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan.

The board advises the Mayor and City Council, participates in planning and project development, evaluates policies and makes recommendations to all city departments including the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT).

Board members serve a two-year term, with an opportunity to serve a second term. Current members represent all types of bicycle riders and skill levels, from casual weekend riders to year-round commuters. The board meets the first Wednesday of each month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Seattle City Hall.

SBAB members shall be representatives of:

  • Different user groups including, but not limited to, persons with disabilities, senior and school-age residents, and recreational and commuter bicyclists in Seattle;
  • Different geographical locations throughout the city in Seattle;
  • Interested private community members concerned with urban bicycling issues in Seattle;
  • Bicycling organizations or clubs in Seattle;
  • Schools, businesses, and neighborhood organizations in Seattle; and
  • Organizations concerned with bicycling safety in Seattle.

Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter explaining their interest via email by April 21 to with “SBAB” in the subject line or call (206) 684-4690.

To learn more about the board or join the mailing list for agendas and other board updates, click here.

What’s on this weekend

The last weekend in March is here! Enjoy it at these fantastic events.

FRIDAY, March 25

  • Live Music
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). 7 p.m. – Joanne Klein and Kate Loitz – Festive jazz from Joanne Klein and vintage movie music from Kate Loitz. 9 p.m. – Arnaldo! Drag Chanteuse and Charles Crowley – Crooner joins the chanteuse in a back to back cabaret musical journey from Crosby to Piaf to Damone to Kitt and beyond
    • KBCS Presents-San Fran Folkicanagrass: Hot Buttered Rum with Front Country at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $17.
    • The Crocodile Presents The Mynabirds and Vaudeville Etiquette at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $14.
    • The Knast, The Reverberations and The Crush at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $8.

SATURDAY, March 26

  • 2016 WA Democratic Caucasus will be held all over the state starting at 10 a.m. Not sure of your Ballard caucus site? Click here to find out and preregister. You can also register on site on Saturday. Ensure to arrive early at your location.
  • Woodland Park Zoo Annual Bunny Bounce (5500 Phinney Ave N) from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Throughout the day, families can enjoy amazing egg hunts for children ages 1-8, crafts, bunny encounters and other eggs-citing zoo programs. Activity included with zoo admission ticket purchase.
  • Two Part Spring Series at Kula Movement Center (5340 Ballard Ave NW) from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Connect with Your Inner Child & Align with Your Wiser Self. Workshop includes Asana Practice, Pilates Foam Rolling, and Talking Circle. Second class on April 30. Cost is $80 and preregistration is required. Register online or call (206) 972-2999.
  • Live Music
    • An ‘Octagon’ Album Release Party: Polyrhythmics with Afrocop at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $15.
    • The Crying Shame and The Harm Brothers at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m.
    • Tractor Tavern Presents Quilt and Lures at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m.  Tickets $10.
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). 7 p.m. Carolyn Magoon and Helene Smart – Singer-actress Carolyn Magoon presents “Breakin’ Hearts and Breakin’ Heels”; Bainbridge Island’s Helene Smart sings cabaret favorites. 9 p.m. Arnaldo! Drag Chanteuse and The Sirens Of Swing.

SUNDAY, March 27

  • Spring Egg Hunt at Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW) and Loyal Heights Community Center (2101 NW 77th St) starting at 9:45 a.m. Bring a basket or bag to hunt for eggs. The event is free.
  • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
  • Live Music
    • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-up at 7:30 p.m.
    • The Crocodile Presents HINDS, Chastity Belt and Cotillon at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 8 p.m.
    • The Western Red Penguins, Cold Comfort, James Anaya and the Current at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 7 p.m. Tickets $8.

Light rail could be coming to Ballard… 22 years from now

Sound Transit has unveiled its next proposal for light rail expansion: $50 billion worth that would connect Everett, Tacoma, Redmond, Issaquah, West Seattle and Ballard. Here’s the map and list of projects (.pdf)

But there’s a catch. The Ballard leg is slated for 2038. (Do yourself a favor and don’t calculate how old you would be.)

Here’s how Sound Transit describes the proposed line to Ballard:

This project would build light rail from Downtown Seattle to Ballard’s Market Street area. It would include elevated and at-grade light rail on 15th Avenue NW and Elliott Avenue West and a rail-only movable bridge over Salmon Bay. It includes a new rail-only tunnel through the Uptown neighborhood and Downtown Seattle. This project would include nine new stations.


Adds the Sound Transit Blog in a very good overview:

From Westlake, trains would run undergound to Queen Anne with stations at Denny Way, Harrison Street, and Seattle Center. From there trains would emerge and run at-grade through Interbay, with stations at Smith Cove, Interbay (likely at Dravus Street), and terminate at an elevated station at 15th/Market in Ballard. The train would cross the ship canal in a new drawbridge that would only open in off-peak hours, with ST working with the Coast Guard to limit openings as much as possible.

For those who have criticized Sound Transit for being too conservative with mass transit over the years, the new proposal is much more aggressive. “The debate over light rail is over. We are building a system north, south, east and west,” said CEO Peter Rogoff. It includes a second downtown transit tunnel.

But it’s not cheap. If approved, the project is estimated to add $392 a year in taxes for a typical household, Sound Transit says. The proposal could make the November ballot. Initial thoughts?

Ballard baking business owner launches Kickstarter


Ballard small business owner Krista Nelson has launched a Kickstarter campaign and is looking for local support to help grow her business.

The My Ballard team published a post about Krista’s Baking Co. last June when Nelson was a finalist in the Umpqua Bank Made to Grow grant contest.

Nelson owns and operates Krista’s Baking Co. in Ballard, and makes baking mixes using local organic ingredients. Customers purchase the recipe kits (pictured above) filled with all of the ingredients and directions needed for the “anti-baker” to bake to perfection.

“The mixes are your chance to show off your culinary skills. I’ll help with the measuring and instructions to ensure that you don’t burn your house down, despite life’s many distractions. Some may say you can’t boil water, but this is your chance to prove them wrong,” writes Nelson on her website.

Krista’s Baking Co. started as a “tiny operation” when Nelson rented kitchen space at a small brunch restaurant that she had worked out through college. “They closed at 3pm, so I would work from 6pm through the night. Because of lack of storage space at the restaurant, I also turned an empty 100 square foot room in the basement of my parent’s home into a state-certified warehouse,” says Nelson.

Nelson started small and since the business has grown significantly. Her product can now be found in over 30 retail locations across eight states. In Seattle retailers include Theo Chocolate Factory Store, DeLaurenti, Ken’s Market, and Cone & Steiner.

“All of this growth is amazing and I’m so excited that I was able to move my little operation out of my parent’s home and into its own home here in the heart of industrial Ballard. However, with growth comes a cost, and that’s why I am asking for your help,” says Nelson.

Funds raised from the Kickstarter will help to keep Krista’s Baking Co. in its new production space, it will fund equipment including a commercial mixer, and, if the fundraising goal is exceeded it may allow Nelson to hire her first production assistant.

“I’ve rounded up some pretty great rewards in exchange for your donations, which I hope you will enjoy. Any donation amount will help – big or small,” says Nelson.

Click here to donate to the Kickstarter campaign.

Reuben’s to host Pink Boots release party


Reuben’s Brews (5010 14th Ave NW) will be hosting a release party today (Friday, March 25, at 5 p.m.) for their newest brew, Pink Boots.

The new beer is named in honor of The Pink Boots Society, an organization created to empower women beer professionals to advance their careers in the beer industry through education.

The women of the Reuben’s team brewed the new Hibiscus Gose earlier in celebration of the Big Boots/International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day.

50 cents from each glass sold will be donated to the Pink Boots Society.

“We hope to have Pink Boots brews from other Seattle breweries on tap, too! Come meet the brewers and celebrate a great organization in the brewing industry,” says Adam Robbings, co-founder and head brewer of Reuben’s Brews.

Google to move out of Fremont into new complex on Lake Union

One of the largest companies in neighboring Fremont is planning to move into a larger space in South Lake Union. Today Google announced plans to build four buildings, developed by Vulcan, in prime real estate just south of the lake.


“We’ve loved being in the Fremont neighborhood but will need a bit more breathing room,” explained Clyde McQueen, Site Lead for Google Seattle. “We’ll still catch a view of Lake Union, just from a new location. We’re looking forward to walking, biking and riding the streetcar through the neighborhood.”

The plan is to finish the construction and move into the complex in 2019. Meanwhile, Google just opened its new Kirkland campus last month, and the company now employs 1,900 people in the Seattle area.

Close call between bike and car at 4th and 60th

West Woodland blog has shared a chilling video of a near collision between a car and a bike at 4th Ave NW and NW 60th St.

The video, posted below, was captured yesterday via a surveillance camera that was installed specifically to monitor the intersection for the dangers it poses to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

According to post, this is the second close call of the year between cars and bicycles at this intersection. Both times the cyclists have jumped back on their bikes and cycled away with no call to the police and no accident report filed.

“Our narrow neighborhood roads are rain-slick making it hard to stop. Take is slow, the life you save may be your own,” writes West Woodland blog on their Facebook page.

Check out Ballard Greenways response below:

Thank you West Woodland for sharing this video. This incident occurred at 4th Ave NW and NW 60th St near West Woodland Elementary School.

Regardless of right of way, etc it’s a great reminder for everyone to be aware of their surroundings and slow down at intersections. Luckily no one was seriously injured in this near-miss and everyone made it home to their loved ones.

A media company has agreed to license the video and all funds generated will go toward building a 6th Ave NW Greenway.

“Every time you click on the video, we will be closer to creating a pedestrian & cyclist friendly route through the West Woodland Neighborhood with the help of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways and Ballard Greenways,” writes West Woodland on Facebook.

Throwback Thursday: Then and Now

Today’s Throwback Thursday post, courtesy of our news partners at The Seattle Times, features a glimpse into the past of a home still standing on the corner of 4th Ave NW and NW 60th St.

According to the report, the home was built in the 1890s most likely by carpenter-contractor Rasmus “Robert” Jensen who stands on the front porch in the photo below with his wife, Marie, and their daughter, Anna.


Below you can see Susan Pierce and her son Andy standing in front of the same home today. Pierce and Andy live in the home that stands directly east across Fourth Ave from the former Jensen residence.


Pierce has been documenting the history of the West Woodland area on her blog Vintage West Woodland and via organization’s Facebook page.

Thank you Sue for sharing these photos and information with the My Ballard team. Photos courtesy of MOHAI and The Seattle Times.