City invites neighbors to participate in fourth ‘Find It, Fix It’ Community Walk

Mayor Murray’s ‘Find it, Fix it’ Community Walks, focused on several crime hotspots, makes its way to a fourth neighborhood in Seattle next Tuesday, July 29.

At the walks, community residents, police, and city officials have been walking together to identify physical disorder and solve it. The three walks already conducted have seen great success with a 40 percent rise in use of the Find It, Fix It application and identification, notification and action taken on graffiti removal, street lighting, litter and garbage clean-up, and trimming overgrown bushes and trees.

The next Find It, Fix It Community Walk
Tuesday, July 29, 7 – 9 p.m., Rainier Ave. and Genesee
Meet in the Jumbo’s parking lot (Map)

7 – 7:15 p.m.

  • Short program featuring Mayor Ed Murray, City Councilmembers Sally J. Clark and Bruce Harrell, City Attorney Pete Holmes, Seattle Police Department officials and department representatives.

7:15 – 9 p.m.

Walk commences along the following route:

  • East S. Genesee
  • South on 37th Ave S.
  • West on S. Oregon St.
  • North on Rainier Ave. S.
  • East on S. Andover St.
  • North on Courtland Pl.
  • East on the Charlestown St. Hillclimb
  • South on 37th Ave S.
  • West on S. Adams St.
  • Walk ends at Jumbo’s parking lot

9 p.m.

  • Walk concludes and department representatives are available for follow-up questions.

We’re scheduling additional ‘Find it, Fix it’ Community Walks that we will announce in the coming weeks. The next scheduled walk will take place on August 12, from 7 – 9 p.m. in the Rainier Beach neighborhood, at the intersection of Rainier and Henderson.

Residents are also encouraged to participate in the August 5 Night Out for Crime in their own neighborhoods. For more information and to register your event, visit the Mayor’s web site.

For more information on Murray’s public safety strategy for Seattle, visit http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/public-safety-strategy-for-seattle.

Join us for the Seattle’s 30th Annual ‘Night Out Against Crime’ celebration on Aug. 5

This year marks the City of Seattle’s 30th Annual “Night Out Against Crime” celebration on Tuesday, August 5th. Recently, Mayor Murray laid out a comprehensive public safety plan for Seattle that underscores the importance of providing opportunities for youth and community members to enjoy their streets and public spaces citywide. The Mayor believes Night Out is a great example of the types of opportunities that exist for reconnecting community to Seattle streets. Night Out, an annual national event hosted locally by the Seattle Police Department, shows that residents and City government can mobilize resources and energy together to move toward a safer and more connected Seattle. We hope you’ll join in making this Seattle’s best Night Out yet.

Sign your block up for Night Out:

  1. Register your event and add it to the map. (When you register your event in Seattle, most non-arterial streets can be blocked off—without a fee—so you and your neighbors can take over the street.)
  2. Invite your neighbors by printing off the materials on our website and distributing around your block.
  3. And finally, help us promote Night Out around Seattle by liking the Night Out Facebook Page, sharing updates, and inviting others do the same.

If you have any questions, you can email NightOut@seattle.gov or call your Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator.

Find a Night Out event:

View the public Night Out map to see events in your neighborhood.

Attend a Picnic in the Precinct:

Another key element of safer communities is when we all know our local police officers. Coming up are several opportunities for you to get to know the Seattle Police Officers who protect your neighborhood. Meet the new Chief of Police, Kathleen O’Toole, your local police officers, and other community members at one of four upcoming Picnics in the Precincts:

  • Tuesday, August 5th: West Precinct Picnic / National Night Out
    Occidental Square in Pioneer Square, 5pm – 8pm
  • Saturday, August 9th: Southwest Precinct Picnic
    Delridge Community Center (4501 Delridge Way SW), 11 am – 4 pm (More info)
  • Saturday, August 16th: South Precinct Picnic
    New Holly Campus (7058 32nd Ave S), 1pm – 4pm
  • Sunday, August 24th: North Precinct Picnic
    University Heights Center (5031 University Way NE), 1pm – 4pm
  • Saturday, August 30th: East Precinct Picnic
    Cal Anderson Park (1635 11th Ave), 1pm – 4pm

Whether it’s getting to know your neighbors better or building a stronger relationship with the officers in your neighborhood, a safer Seattle takes all of us organizing and working together. Take a moment to register a Night Out event on your block and put your local Picnic in the Precinct on your calendar. We hope you’ll take some of these important opportunities to build public safety across the city.

Fire Station 36 Open House

Fire Station 36 hosts an open house

Saturday  July 12, 2014

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

3600 23rd Ave. SW

 

SEATTLE – The Seattle Fire Department and the Seattle Fire Fighters Union, Local 27, invite the community to check out the completed seismic and safety upgrade of Seattle’s Fire Station 36, located at 3600 23rd Ave. SW in the Delridge/Harbor Island neighborhood during an open house on July 12, 2014, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fire Station 36 is one of 32 neighborhood fire stations being upgraded, renovated or replaced through the Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Program, which was approved by Seattle voters in 2003. Built in 1971, Fire Station 36 was in generally fair condition, but required seismic retrofits to meet current earthquake safety standards. Remodeling to enhance operations was also part of the $1.7 million project.

Fire Station 36 houses one engine company (E36), the department’s Tunnel Rescue Unit, and the marine specialty unit designated to serve the south end of Seattle. To ensure continued fire response to the neighborhood while the construction work was ongoing, the crew worked out of an interim facility located nearby.

“Our Marine Emergency Response Team provides vital technical expertise to Incident Commanders during any shipboard emergencies, including fires, hazardous material releases and confined space rescues,” said Fire Chief Gregory Dean. “These firefighters also work closely with the Fireboat crew to protect the 193 miles of city waterfront from disaster.”

As part of the safety upgrades to the facility, the roof structure was reworked for seismic strengthening and a new roof was installed. This project added 1,200 square feet of living space to the facility, including a bunkroom with heavily soundproofed walls and an ADA-compliant restroom. The existing south side of the building was reconfigured for a new physical training space, storage for the firefighters’ protective bunker gear, and a new decontamination area. The remodel work also included new mechanical heat pumps for heating and cooling and an upgraded power service.

The Fire Station 36 project was developed by the city of Seattle’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services, designed by Johnston Architects and built by Kirtley-Cole Associates LLC. Construction began in September 2013 and was completed in April 2014.

Mayor Ed Murray: “We can celebrate our successes while recommitting ourselves to push for equality everywhere.”

 

Mayor Ed Murray released the following statement about Pride.

This year is the 40th Anniversary of Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans Pride in Seattle. Seattle hosted our first pride just one year after the first pride in New York City. It was a march designed to recognize the one year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots which amplified a burgeoning movement to stop attacks on LGBT people from police, governments, the press, and more. At that time police regularly raided known gay bars to arrest patrons, and then the press would publish photos of those who were arrested, exposing the victims of the harassment to job loss, the loss of family, and physical attacks.

Now, 40 years later, I am proud of how far my community has come. There was a time in my life I never would have imagined that we could get married or have a gay mayor. Thanks to years of work with our friends in the labor movement, faith communities, the environmental movement, business leaders, the Democratic Party – and yes even some from the Republican Party – gays and lesbians are now allowed to marry in Washington State. In fact, on June 30th the remaining domestic partnerships between non-senior citizen couples will convert to marriages.  Washington has some of the strongest workplace protections in the country. Our youth are safer in school because of anti-bullying legislation. Gay and lesbian men and women can serve openly in the military. Hospitals which accept federal funding can no longer prevent loved ones of gays and lesbians from being at their side during times of crisis. And there is so much more.

Yes, we have a lot to celebrate this year. As we celebrate, I ask that you also think about how you can continue to help move equality forward. In more than 20 states there are no laws to protect LGBT people from being fired for being who they are. In 76 countries it is a crime to be gay or lesbian and in 10 the punishment is life in prison or death. In Seattle LGBT people still experience violence and hate because of who they are or who they love. LGBT immigrants fleeing persecution at home may arrive to communities in Seattle who are not as accepting as they could be. Homeless youth still suffer on our streets. The trans community is still not allowed to serve in the military and they face some of the toughest economic conditions of any population in the country.

We can celebrate our successes while recommitting ourselves to push for equality everywhere. As we enjoy the privileges of our city and state, let’s reach back and bring others along.  Inequality in all its forms is one of our greatest challenges, but I know that together we will achieve a tomorrow where no one will live in fear because of who they are or who they love.

The mayor proclaimed June Lesbian, Gay, Bi, and Trans Pride month and helped raise the Pride flag at City Hall with his husband earlier this month.

Fireworks and the 4th of July

Every year, fireworks-related fires and injuries increase around the 4th of July despite the fact that the selling, possessing or using fireworks is banned in the City of Seattle and in most cities and towns in King County.

Young children are at a high risk of being injured from fireworks. Around 35% of people hospitalized for fireworks injuries in 2012 were under the age of 15. Sparklers, which are perceived to be harmless, will burn at 1200 degrees F and can cause severe burns. According to the NFPA, sparklers, fountains and novelties alone accounted for one-quarter (25%) of the emergency room fireworks injuries in 2012.

The Seattle Fire Department recommends attending one of the many public fireworks displays to celebrate the holiday. Public Display Fireworks Shows by County