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Seattle University’s 4th annual citywide Seattle Public Safety Survey is now available through Nov. 30 to get citizens’ feedback on public safety and security concerns. Seattle Police Department uses that feedback for neighborhood safety planning.

The survey is available in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrinya and Vietnamese.

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Bloodworks NW will be in the Windermere Greenwood parking lot, 311 N. 85th St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Halloween (Wednesday, Oct. 31).

You can make an appointment by calling 206-527-5250, or just walk in. Photo I.D. required to donate. (Closed from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.)

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The City of Seattle last year defined 29 technologies that meet its definition of surveillance. The city is holding a series of five meetings to get public comments on the first six of those technologies. Each meeting will feature a short presentation on each technology, then attendees will break into small groups for discussion.

The closest meetings to our neighborhood are both at the Green Lake Library, 7364 East Green Lake Dr. N. The first meeting is from 5-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, with a presentation by the Seattle Police Department. The final meeting is from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5, with presentations by Seattle Department of Transportation and Seattle Fire Department.

This first group of technologies includes automated license plate readers, parking enforcement systems, hazardous materials cameras, emergency scene cameras, license plate readers and traffic cameras.

You also can comment online at seattle.gov/privacy or by mail to Surveillance & Privacy Program, Seattle IT, PO Box 94709, Seattle, WA 98124. The public comment period runs now through Nov. 5.

The recent update to the Surveillance Ordinance is grounded in current issues of government surveillance against historically and unfairly targeted communities, including undocumented immigrants. Departments hope to address potential community concerns about these technologies by providing details on the policies that govern their use.

To promote informed engagement, the City of Seattle has produced one-page overviews of each technology to supplement the Surveillance Impact Reports available for review. In the interest of equity, these, the flyers announcing the public meetings, and other materials have been translated into seven of the City’s common non-English languages, which are also available at seattle.gov/privacy.

This is the first round of public comment and covers technologies used for parking, traffic, and emergency response. No new surveillance technologies have been submitted for review since the Ordinance went into effect on September 1, 2017. For information on the technologies or Surveillance Ordinance visit seattle.gov/privacy.

Comments will be included in revised Surveillance Impact Reports and submitted to the newly created Surveillance Working Group, made up of external partners, for a civil liberties and equity assessment. The final Surveillance Impact Report will be presented to City Council and available to the public.

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Ballots have started arriving in mailboxes for the Tuesday, Nov. 6, election.

You can mail your ballot for free (King County is paying the postage now), or you can drop it in an official Ballot Drop Box, which is open 24 hours a day until 8 p.m. Nov. 6.

Here are the nearest Ballot Drop Boxes to our neighborhood:

  • Ballard Library, corner of NW 57th Street and 22nd Avenue NW
  • Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Green Lake Community Center, 7201 East Green Lake Drive N.

Click here for a full list of all King County Ballot Drop Box locations.

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Just a reminder that the annual Hunger Goblin’ Trick or Treat at neighborhood businesses will be from 12-3 p.m. this Saturday (Oct. 27). Many businesses along Phinney/Greenwood avenues and 85th Street will pass out candy to costumed kids.

Hunger Goblin’ artwork by Sandy Nelson Design.

While the event is free, you can bring a non-perishable food item or donate $2 for a Hunger Goblin’ sticker, with proceeds going to the FamilyWorks Greenwood Food Bank to help families in our community. Just look for donation stations in the trick or treating area.

Stop by the photo booth at Umpqua Bank at 7120 Greenwood Ave N. (share your pics with the hashtag #hungergoblin).

And the Greenwood Library will have a special “Bats and Crafts at the Library” from 12-3 p.m. that day.

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Here’s what’s happening in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge this weekend. Check our Events calendar any time for more.

Madison Grove Farm Petting Zoo at Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., from 12-4 p.m. Saturday. (It’s also an all-day party to celebrate Naked City’s 10th anniversary.

Dylan Thuras, author of “The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid,” talks about his book from 3-4 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in Room 7 of the Blue Building, as part of Town Hall’s Inside/Out series. Admission is $5 for adults, free for youth 16 and under. “Atlas Obscura” is an illustrated guide to 100 of the world’s most breathtaking landmarks, with the goal of inspiring a love of exploration in kids.

The Fretless in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the PNA, in Community Hall in the Brick Building.

Film screening of “Lives Well Lived” at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Greenwood Senior Center. “Forty people aged 75 to 100, with a collective life experience of 3000 years, share their secrets, wit, and wisdom on how to live a meaningful life.” Free.

Seattle Folklore Society presents the Kathy Kallick Band at 7 p.m. Sunday at the PNA in Community Hall.

There are lots of Halloween events happening around town. Near to our neighborhood:

  • Halloween Carnival from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday at Loyal Heights Community Center, 2101 NW 77th St. Unlimited bracelets are $10. Bounce houses, carnival games, crafts, cookie decorating, cake walk. Hot dogs and water for sale for $1 each.
  • Big Pumpkin Bash from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Bitter Lake Community Center Annex, 13040 Greenwood Ave. N. Carnival games (tickets are 25 cents each), face painting, cake walk. Bring a can of food to donate to the local food bank.

Traffic-wise this weekend:

  • Both directions of State Route 99 will be closed from the north end of the Battery Street Tunnel to South Spokane Street from 9 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday for the Viaduct’s final inspection. (The Viaduct is scheduled to permanently close on Jan. 11, 2019, when it will be replaced by the tunnel.)
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Seattle Met reports that Windy City Pie will be moving into the former Phinney Market Pub space in early 2019.

The Chicago style pizza is currently housed within Batch 206 distillery in Interbay. The new location at 5918 Phinney Ave. N. will be family-friendly.

You can read Seattle Met’s full story here.

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The King County Assessor’s Office has a cool new “Taxpayer Transparency Tool” that shows you the estimated cost of any proposed property tax measures on the ballot, based on your property’s current assessed value. It also shows you exactly how much of your taxes go to things such as Emergency Medical Services, schools, Sound Transit, Port of Seattle, etc.

Seattle is proposing a renewal of the Families and Education Levy, but at a higher amount than the current expiring levy, so this tool helps you determine how much extra you’ll pay.

The Transparency Tool only shows the impact of property tax measures, not any other measures such as sales tax increases or benefit charges.

Speaking of property tax bills, the Assessor’s Office notes:

King County taxpayers have seen significant increases in their taxes this year. There are two primary reasons for this increase:

1. In recent years, voters have approved ballot measures that will fund vital services through property tax levies.

2. Last year state lawmakers voted to dramatically raise the state share of the property tax in order generate more school funding to satisfy the Supreme Court order in the McCleary case. In 2019, local school levies will be reduced, offsetting part of that increase. But in 2018, taxpayers will pay both their current school levy, and the new, increased state property tax. That led to a big spike in the property tax bill in 2018.

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The PNA celebrates the 20th anniversary of the cult movie “The Big Lebowski” with its annual Winter Beer Taste “The Big Lebrewski” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10.

Tickets are $25-$60 (designated drivers are just $10) and available online or at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. For an additional $25 (tax deductible) donation, you can get in early for the Preview Tasting at 6:15 p.m., plus get a complimentary glass, sliders and slaw.

More than 35 local microbreweries and cideries will be pouring. Your tickets gets you 10 tastes, plus pub-style snacks, treats, and a silent auction of beer paraphernalia.

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