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History uncovered, public safety survey, vintage shop moving, crime, video voters guide, city design commission looking for members

Here’s a roundup of various news from in and around the neighborhood.

The Phinney Neighborhood Association recently uncovered a bit of history while renovating the Brick Building. Workers removed a blackboard, only to find another blackboard underneath, with writing from 1937 still clearly legible.

PNA Brick Building Blackboard-resized

Seattle University is administering a citywide public safety survey. A report on survey results will be given to the Seattle Police Department to help with future policing needs. The survey is online (in several languages) through Nov. 30.

Vintage shop and art gallery Le Merde, at 6421 Phinney Ave. N., will be moving to share space with Ludlow, a home furnishings store, at 7315 Greenwood Ave. N., starting in January.

Nancy tells us a shirtless man was seen prowling several yards on NW 56th Street between Palatine Avenue and 2nd Avenue NW on Friday, Oct. 16. Police were called but couldn’t locate the man.

Sloane says someone tried to break into her home near 10th Avenue NW and NW 77th Street between 6 p.m. and midnight last Saturday, Oct. 24.

No one was home, all the doors and windows were locked, and the person entered our backyard via the alley. They popped the screen off of a window and used a crow bar to slide the window open. It also appears that they attempted our back door first, which was locked with the dead bolt. They stole fine jewelry.

The Seattle Design Commission is looking for two new members, an Urban Designer and a Fine Artist, with terms beginning in March 2016.

Commission members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council for up to two 2‐year terms. The 10‐member commission is comprised of architects, urban designers, environmental designers, urban planners, landscape architects, engineers, members‐at‐large, and one member from Get Engaged, the YMCA Young Civic Leaders Program.

Established in 1968, the Seattle Design Commission advises City officials on the design and environmental effects of capital improvement projects. Members also help select consultants for City projects. The Commission meets during the day on the first and third Thursdays of each month. In addition, members serve on project subcommittees and represent the commission on other advisory boards. Members work an average of 15 to 20 hours a month and cannot contract with the City on any capital improvement project reviewed by the commission. Commission members receive an hourly rate as compensation for their service.

To be considered, please send a letter of interest and resume by December 1, 2015, to:

Mayor Ed Murray c/o: Michael Jenkins, Director – Seattle Design Commission, Department of Planning and Development, City of Seattle, 700 Fifth Ave., Ste. 2000, PO Box 34019, Seattle, WA 98124‐4019.

For more information, contact: Michael Jenkins, Director – Seattle Design Commission, michael.jenkins@seattle.gov, 206.386.4024.

The Seattle and King County Video Voters’ Guide is available now through your TV, computer or mobile device.

The non-partisan video guide offers candidates on the ballot up to two minutes to issue a prepared statement that outlines the key planks of their platform. The candidates and issues appear onscreen in the same order as they do on the ballot.

The 2015 Video Voters’ Guide will include statements for both countywide ballot issues as well as statements from candidates in the city of Seattle.

The King County portion will include candidates on the ballot for Metropolitan King County Council, King County Assessor, and Elections Director as well as candidates for Port of Seattle Commissioner. There will also be statements from representatives on two measures on the county ballot: King County Charter Amendment 1, which establishes a charter-based civilian office of law enforcement oversight, and King County Proposition 1, the proposed “Best Starts for Kids” tax levy.

In 2015, all nine seats on the Seattle City Council are up for election. The Seattle edition of the Video Voters’ Guide features candidates who will appear on the ballot for the City Council and Seattle School Board along with statements on I-122, Seattle’s proposed public financing of elections, and Proposition 1, the proposed “Seattle Move” transportation levy.

King County TV will carry the Video Voters’ Guide at various times on Comcast Cable (Channel 22 and HD channel 322) and Wave Cable (Channel 22 and HD Channel 722). You can find specific viewing times at www.kingcounty.gov/kctv. The programs are also carried on the Seattle Channel and many local government access channels on Cable 21.

The programs are also available online at: www.kingcounty.gov/kctv/vvg.