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October 14th, 2014, Community Meeting Minutes

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South Park Neighborhood Association Community Meeting
October 14th, 2014, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Held at the South Park Neighborhood Center, 8201 10th Ave S.
Minutes recorded by Irene Stupka (secretary)

7:00 Introductions: 25- ­30 residents, service representatives and others were present.

7:15 Announcements

1. ECOSS Executive Director Kevin Burrell encouraged community members to participate in the Rainwise program offered by the City of Seattle and King County. There are already 21 or 22 projects implemented in South Park.

2. Librarian Lupine Bybee Miller invited us to a Dia de los Muertos event, Saturday, Oct 18th from 2­4pm at the South Park Library, 8604 8th Ave S, for ages 5+. Decorate a calavera medallion to celebrate the Day of the Dead.

3. Katey Roe from Consejo announced services provided for youth from the Consejo office at 8615 14th Ave S including mental health and addictions counseling and interventions for high risk youth to provide support for academics, job training and community attachment. A computer lab is available onsite Thursdays from 3 ­ 7pm.

4. Resident Patty Hill invited community members to comment on the DPD change in use proposal for 8500 14th Ave S, from Retail/Office to Urban Farm. This is the site of the old drycleaners now being used as a marijuana growing cooperative.

5. Duwamish River Clean­up Coalition (DRCC) project manager Alfredo Rodrigues mentioned:

­ Duwamish River Opportunity Fund for 2014 was approved at $250,000 and the decision of which projects to fund is expected soon (the date has just been postponed from this week to sometime in the next two weeks).

­ DRCC will be joining the campaign for the City to increase the fund to $2M each year for the next five years.

Residents are invited to attend the City Budget Committee public hearing Oct 23rd at 5:30 at City Hall.Sign up for those wishing to speak is at 4:30. DRCC is willing to provide transportation (by carpool or a rented van).

­ Healthy Home assessments continue to be available. Look for a joint educational session with DRCC and the American Lung Association including instruction on making an air cleaner from a box fan, coming soon.

­ The EPA record of decision is still pending. EPA needs to be encouraged to take a strong stance in favor of a thorough clean­up and adequate compensation from the responsible parties.

­ Seattle City Light is going to be building a new training center for their staff in South Park. Their sight is next to Hamm Creek and Delta Marine.

6. Brian Anderson, Boeing, announced that dredging is underway and shifts are 24 hrs to get the work completed as soon as practicable. The current dredging is north of the SP bridge.

7. Irene Stupka, Sleepy Hollow Farms, announced a fall garlic planting party at the Marra Farm, Saturday October 25, 11am ­ 4pm. Free lunch and refreshment provided.

7:27 ­ Election of new Treasurer: Co­president Brooke O’Neill explained that the board member previously elected as treasurer had to step down for personal reasons and that the board suggests electing Irene Stupka to serve as treasurer in addition to secretary as she is willing.

Attendees were invited to contact Brooke or co­president Lora Suggs if they are interested in serving on the board.

MOTION: (Patty Hill, Paulina Lopez) To elect Irene Stupka as the treasurer of the SPNA for the remainder of the year (ending June 30, 2015). Unanimously passed.

Subcommittee report on the Future of the Neighborhood Center: A report outlining the circumstances around the neighborhood center lease and the City’s intentions around raising the rent or selling the property has been prepared by the subcommittee (attached as Appendix 1). Some salient points listed below and a review of the discussion will bring the reader up to speed. For those who have never heard of this issue, a review of the report or executive summary will be needed.

At the September 16th meeting with councilor Tom Rasmussen it was revealed that for three years the City will not initiate any changes to the current arrangements.

Brooke reviewed the executive summary of the report.

Someone enquired as to why it would take $50,000 to manage the center. She was referred to the report.

Max Lienert asked about what uses the building is currently supporting and what is the difference between SPARC and SPNA. These answers are also available in the appendix.

Kevin Burrell talked about the inadequacy of the floor space for covering the cost of operations. Because this conclusion (plus space limitations felt by current occupants) indicated a need for a larger building the SPARC board had made decisions supporting a campaign to raise funds and develop a new space to serve some or all of the uses of the current center plus meet unmet needs.

Antonia expressed concern that such a large expense could be funded in South Park.

Examples of where communities have strong neighborhood groups and the facilities to house them were given: Phinney Ridge, Wallingford.

Paulina Lopez suggested making the report available in the Community Center Lobby.

Cote Soerens thanked SPARC for their work in operating the Neighborhood Center over the years. Cote, with help from partner, Tim, suggested hosting a pitch night to gather ideas from local groups and entrepreneurs for revenue neutral or revenue positive uses of the building.

A community member suggested we demand that the City fund any shortfall in rent and just keep the building open. She was referred to the subcommittee to explore these issues in detail.

Mike Calvert asked whether there is a desire in SPNA to take over the management of the building. No one volunteered.

7:56 Police Report and 911

A resident mentioned that a couple people in official looking dark green vests (with a badge or medallion crest) may have been perpetrating a scam in the neighborhood as they were entering yards on the claim of doing an inspection or meter-reading, but they were not from SPU or the City. Officer Kiehn responded that, timetting, this is an easy activity to check out, so please call (911) if you see suspicious activity like this.

Paulina Lopez mentioned that Feet First, the safe-­walk-­to­-school program will be conducting a walking tour potentially with SPD on Oct 17. Information about Feet First is available at http://www.feetfirst.org/what­we­do/safe­routes. We look forward to hearing the results of their tour.

A resident (or two) complained about the number of people traveling to or loitering near the metals recycling business on 8th Ave.

A resident expressed some concern and frustration about a lunchtime and after work marijuana smoking session going on at the south end of 2nd Ave at Henderson St. The persons involved arrive in a red pick­up and hangout from 11:30 ­ 1:00 and smoke in their vehicle. They also sometimes come at 7­9pm. She is worried about going outside with her small children during this time. She was encouraged to keep reporting to 911, although it would likely be a low priority call. Officer TJ said he would encourage officers to visit this block at the relevant times to discourage the practice. A similar vehicle has also been seen taking lunch at the Director St parking lot at Marra Farm.

The inability of police to respond immediately to such calls was explained by officers Berg and Kiehn:Currently dispatch calls are prioritized on a 5 point scale, 1 being most urgent. There are always level 3 and 4 calls in the queue. Much of the time, there are level 1 and 2 calls. This makes it take a lot of time before a level 5 call can be responded to. A level 5 call is for crimes that are not a felony or where the crime happened some time in the past, there is no suspect at the scene and no one is in danger of injury/ needing medical attention. South Park falls into Frank sector, which extends from 35th Ave SW to the Duwamish (it includes Delridge, Pigeon Point, Highland Park, South Park). The number of officers seems to be bound by the City budget and the time required to hire more officers and get them onto patrol. Officer TJ mentioned that many nights (his shift is 7pm ­ 4am), there are 4 patrol officers for Frank Sector. He also mentioned that the number of miles on their cars has increased over the years ­ he remembers driving vehicles with 75,000 miles, but now every car has >100,000.

Officer Kiehn emphasised his engagement in improving the use of communication with and by the SPD precinct to get the best responses using the fewest resources (adding resources is beyond his control). There was also comment that City has received a high level of pressure from residents in north seattle to add to staffing in the north precinct.

Discussion of the shooting on Sept 28th at 12th and Trenton was interesting but Officer Kiehn pointed out that the response was still being documented, the case was active, and should not be commented on too candidly by police at the moment. It seems a shooting occurred outside, it was reported to 911. The victim was inside, and responding officers did not have sufficient cause to forcibly enter a residence to seek the victim. Neighbors or whoever called police were not able to give information to warrant entering any particular house. Upon a return visit by police a short while later, it seems the victim came forward and asked for assistance. According the Seattle Times, the victim was shot twice in the chest and once in the leg, and a 21 year old suspect was arrested Oct 23rd in White Center.

Despite the fact that it was almost 8:30, we imposed upon Officer Kiehn to give us the “How to call 911” basics, and he was kind enough to do so.

Thanks Isaac Underhill for distributing your notes on this which were used to form the basis of this account.

Before-hand Preparations:

Setup a profile linked to your phone number at smart911.com (if you are comfortable providing home and personal information)

> This allows the 911 to already know address, resident and pet information ­ Saves Time, Allows Faster Response

You can always place an anonymous call if you are worried that neighbours might harass you for calling the police or don’t wish to be identified for whatever reason. Officers accessing the 911 system never see caller info for anonymous calls. In the past, anonymous calls were logged with all information intact.

A ‘phone contact only’ option also exists, which allows police to call you for more information later

*** This allows SPD to use information you provide to stop and question a felony suspect that matches your description

> Anonymous Call ­ You don’t give your name, 911/SPD won’t contact you once you hang up

*** SPD can not use information you provide to stop someone, they rather need to develop probable cause on their own to make a stop

No call is truly anonymous, but SPD will respect anonymous calls.

Landline records, all cell phones built since 2005 are required by the FCC to transmit phone number and GPS location info when calling 911.

http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/enhanced­9­1­1­wireless­services

When to Call:

> Public Safety (Someone is in physical danger or is hurt)

> If you believe a Crime is in progress

> Police, Medical or Fire response is needed ASAP

http://www.seattle.gov/police/contact/911.htm

>>> Non­Emergency Line 206­625­5011 for noise/parking issues or a crime that has already happened with no on going safety concerns.

Officers Kiehn and Berg explained that officers need information about crimes to act on. Calling 911, the non­emergency line (or Officer Kiehn directly) provides that information. He said that each neighborhood has a level of criminal activity that is tolerated by residents. By calling police the level is reduced.

The 911 operator is going to try to find out:

1. What happened? – What crime or accident?

2. Who is hurt?

3. Who needs to get got (apprehended)?

4. What do they look like?

Think about these things:

> Where am I?

Address, Hundred Block, Cross Streets, or Landmark (Least preferred)

> What just happened?

Theft: Taking property without permission

Assault: Physical Harm or Attempted Physical Harm

Harassment: Threatening harm or damage of property

Trespass: Being where someone doesn’t have the right to be (police need the report of a property owner or their agent to enter a property on this charge ­ for example a tenant, manager or real estate agent can call or the actual owner of record, but you can’t get police to kick someone off a vacant lot next door ­ they will need to find the owner or an agent)

Burglary: Trespass + (Any other crime)

Robbery: Theft + Assault

> Medical Response Needed?

Age and gender of injured person

Nature of injuries (Especially if there are head or neck injuries)

Are they alert and conscious or have they lost consciousness during the incident.

(40 year old female with a cut on her head, conscious, but not very alert)

> Dangers

Is there a weapon? (Gun/Knife)

Environmental danger? eg. Downed Power Line

Danger to first responders? Guard dogs, rotting boards,

> Suspects?

Describe things that can’t change: (Race, Gender, Age, Scars, marks, tattoos)

Describe clothing from top to bottom and inside to outside. (Blue hat, White t­shirt with a black jacket, blue pants, white socks, grey tennis shoes)

Describe characteristics that make them stand out. (Walks with a limp, no teeth, sweating profusely)

Describe the last known place and direction they are headed

> Suspect Car?

1ST License Plate Number & State

2ND Color (Red, Green, Lighter, Dark) and/or Make (Ford, Nissan)

3RD Type: 2­Door, 4­Door or Hatchback, small pick­up, SUV, …

4TH Accessories ­ Roof Rack, Tinted Windows, Fancy Rims, etc

5TH describe the last known place and direction they are headed

Officer Kiehn suggested, when trying to memorize a licence plate, say the letters to yourself first, then say the whole thing (BK, B61723K). Or, if you have a harder time with numbers, say the numbers first, then the whole thing.

Make the Call:

Take a deep breath ­ this helps oxygenate your brain and your eyes. Look around, try to keep calm, make sure you are in a safe place and speak clearly.

If you do not speak English, simply state “I Speak ‘Arabic'”, you’ll be transferred to an operator who speaks the same language. Translators are always available for every call, for any language.

Handy phrases to allow for dispatch before all the details are collected (dispatch when someone is hurt or in danger will occur as soon as there is a location established, while the 911 operator/ translator stays on the line to gather more information):

“I need police”

“There is a fire”

“I need an ambulance”

Operator will say “911 ­ What are you reporting”?

Your response should be “I’m reporting a ‘*Enter crime or emergency here*’.”

Then LISTEN, operator will enter the type of call and will ask a list of questions best suited to the type of event.

LISTEN for question then calmly and clearly ANSWER.

If you don’t know the answer to a question, simply say “I don’t know”. (The call report can always be updated if you remember something extra later)

STAY ON THE LINE until the operator directs you to hangup ­ this is especially important for anonymous calls, because there may be important questions which cannot be answered later.

Other resources:

Seattle Blockwatch Captains Network. This links all Blockwatch Captains from the Duwamish to the Sound.

http://wsblockwatchnet.wordpress.com, Monthly meeting of West Seattle Blockwatch Captains occurs last Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm ­ 8:30 pm at the SW Precinct on Webster St (Near Home Depot on Delridge).

Officer Kiehn offered his own number for South Park residents to call if they had non­emergency concerns, such as issues that patrol officers may not be able to act on without additional support (like permission from a landlord. 206.733.9593.

Next South Park Community Meeting: November 11th, 2014, 7pm at 8201 10th Ave S

9:05pm the meeting adjourned