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  • in reply to: Family on verge of homelessness during the holidays #87158

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    You may be eligible for an ESG grant. To apply for one you register by calling the 211 phone line. This link describes it. http://www.needhelppayingbills.com/html/washington_homeless_and_evicti.html

    Wishing you the best. (And contact Solid Ground, Housing Hope and the Salvation Army if you haven’t already)

    in reply to: Ballard Commons Park #87051

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    I’d hate to be 61 and living in a tent. So confused about what is right for the homeless in Seattle. I miss my parks, I miss Ballard Library being a place for families. But I also have great empathy for many of the people living on the streets and in the parks and know that we as a society should do better by them. But I have no answer.

    in reply to: …as if the world was ending #77699

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    When fire departments first started they were subscription based, the early form of insurance in the U.S. You paid your dues and they would give you a plaque to hang on the house. If there was a fire, the trucks would look to see if you had their plaque before saving your house. Times changed, we evolved, and we ended up with public fire departments that assisted anyone whose home was on fire. Just saying.

    in reply to: hummingbirds not around #77257

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    Nectar, the natural drink of hummers, is a mixture of 55% sucrose, 24% glucose and 21% fructose dissolved in water (per Wikipedia). I think that pretty much qualifies as sugar water.


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    Back to the tangent. I have always hated the phrase about beating dead horses because it seems to imply that beating a live horse is okay. And we return to property crimes.

    in reply to: neighborhood blight #77144

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    I had a very ugly truck park right in front of my house for four months – he would move it for one or two hours every three days. When I complained about it, several times to different departments, the city was quite fine with him doing that based on the number of axles he had – two it was legal, three or more verboten.

    in reply to: Locks building roof access? #77143

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    Well building a stairway up to the roof sure doesn’t help with disabled access.

    in reply to: Package theft #77067

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    I’m thinking good thoughts about Chief O’Toole. It still hasn’t been very long and I see the logjam starting to break. She has made a big impact on policing(increased patrolling) in Capital Hill/First Hill/Central District region already. I am ready for her to bring some focus to Rainier Valley and then to the North precinct.


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    At first I thought it was low but without the recipes the name doesn’t mean much. And they don’t own the bldgs so no real estate. I just want one more amazing tofu sandwich.

    in reply to: Scifi Geek-out #76506

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    phoo – I could get into a Sci-Fi geek-out if it featured Firefly (which I’ve never seen but would love to binge watch some day). Never seen Babylon 5 but am leary of the commitment – how many episodes in the series? (I find I have to watch the whole series if I watch one episode so sometimes better not to get started).


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    Peter being the East, South and Southwest precincts of Seattle? Yeah, he is always getting robbed. While Paul up in the West and North precincts, not as much.


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    Oh, I agree that the real answer is more resources, for every part of the city. But I don’t see that happening soon and the interim solution is not to rob Peter to pay Paul, particularly when Peter is the needier of the two.


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    I understand what you are trying to do, and there are certainly many ways to look at data to prove whatever point that a person (or agency) is interested in proving (“Lies, damned lies and statistics” Mark Twain attribution).
    But I am far more interested in looking at meeting the needs of the city as a whole then trying to get more police services in North Precinct (meaning less in East or Southwest…). What you are doing is also a type of cherry-picking to try to get more for “us” and less for “them.”


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    Well yes, per capita crime rates do matter. And it is my understanding that is why police resources are tilted towards East, South and Southwest. On a per capita basis they have more crimes, and more violent crimes, then West and North. I mean there is a reason we chose to live in North even though property values/rents are higher on average.

    edited to add: One minute search found this map which you can overlay on the precinct map to get population estimate for the precincts. Then you can calculate per capita crime rates. Since you are so into pulling the data together. http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/cs/groups/pan/@pan/documents/web_informational/dpdd017048.pdf

    in reply to: OH NO say it ain't so Paseo is closed! #75679

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    They had the best tofu in the city; so sorry to not get one last sandwich in. Will reserve judgment on how they treated employees on the “there is always two sides…” theory.

    in reply to: LED light bulbs #75571

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    Light bulbs have become just one more thing I don’t understand… But the silver lining is that if they last for twenty one years I won’t have to buy that many more.

    in reply to: big fire at 39th near Leary #75491

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    One of the stories described the building as containing sleeping rooms with shared common areas. Similar, it sounds like, to what apodmenys will be like twenty years after the initial construction. So sad that an eighty year old man was living there and unable to get out. I worry this might be the straw that forces the residents into homelessness.

    in reply to: big fire at 39th near Leary #75485

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    You live where you can afford; I wonder where the (surviving) residents will go? It makes me sad that someone tried to make a garden every year.

    in reply to: SEIU shoots itself in the foot again… #75286

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    Well I have to say I am (pleasantly) surprised. I didn’t think that Seattle would vote to fund preschools.

    in reply to: My two cents on the gun initiative #75259

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    Last spring I was up at the Monroe Fairground for a fiber festival. The same day in another building on the fairgrounds was a gun show. I walked in out of curiosity. Looked at some guns, talked to a few people about the guns they were showing me. I could have carried a gun and ammo out of there no problem, no questions, provided I had cash. I was told that as long as I didn’t conceal it, I would be just fine taking it to my car and driving home. That scares me.

    in reply to: Ballard Bike Thiefs #75130

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    I have a sense of humor but did not find your comment the least bit funny. And telling people to “get a sense of humor” when they object to the use of violent motifs is insulting and condescending on your part.

    in reply to: Election #75129

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    Thank you for the info on voting for judges. I guess my issue is that we vote for them at all. The blurbs in the voter’s phamoket have a decidedly political tone to them and they have to raise money and seek endorsements like a politician. At what point do they lose their judicial impartiality in favor of what will get them re-elected. But then again being appointed can be very political depending on the governor. And I do want some process for removing bad judges from office. I find voting for judges very confusing even when I do read what they have to say or is said about them.

    in reply to: Election #75107

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    Doing my ballot tonight. I consider myself an educated voter…until I get to the section for judges. Does anyone really feel they know what their doing on that part of the ballot? I confess that mostly I just leave the judgeship elections blank.

    in reply to: Cats are so great #75086

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    VB – Two mice? I’d love to hear about how two mice stood out. Do tell.

    (One of my cats fell in the toilet this week. I love them but not so sure how “great” they are.)

    in reply to: SEIU shoots itself in the foot again… #75084

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    As someone who strongly supports having universal Pre-school for children, I’m pretty pissed at SEIU too. Talk about muddying the waters and confusing/irritating voters. The City Council actually did a good job of soliciting input from the various sectors of the Early Childhood community. SEIU had every opportunity to represent their members early on in the process but were absent.

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