Meeting at Mercer to discuss school levy priorities

Seattle Public Schools will host a community meeting at Asa Mercer Middle School on Tuesday, April 10 from 6:30-8 p.m., to discuss possible building construction projects to include in the Building Excellence IV (BEX IV) levy package. This is the third in a series of community meetings over the next couple of weeks throughout the city to work on the BEX IV package, which is expected to be voted on in February 2013.

The meeting will include presentations by Capital Projects and Planning staff, followed by a question and answer session. Comments from the community will be collected to consider when the District puts together the BEX package.

If you can’t be there but still have something to say, emailed comments are welcome to

The BEX III levy was approved in 2007, and included renovations at Chief Sealth International High School, Hamilton International Middle School, Ingraham High School, Nathan Hale High School and Rainier Beach High School. It also included new construction at South Shore Pre-K-8 and Denny International Middle School.

Asa Mercer Middle School is located at 1600 S. Columbian Way.

Spring classes offered at Jefferson, Van Asselt community centers

Piano is just one of the class topics you can take at our local community centers. Photo by rok1966 via Creative Commons/Flickr.
Spring is here, and with it, registration for spring classes at our local community centers. You can read the spring activity brochure for all Southeast Seattle community centers online, including Jefferson and Van Asselt.

Classes offered include pottery, Zumba fitness, toddler “Precasso” arts, a community kitchen project, Shaolin kung fu, voiceover work, ballet, piano, Chinese, rugby, and many more.

Registration for most classes can be done online through the SPARC registration system.

Have you seen Coco the kitty?

Neighbor Heather writes to tell us that Coco, the unofficial “12th Avenue Viewpoint park greeter” cat, is missing again. Coco was last seen on the morning of Saturday, March 24, at 12th Avenue South and South Stevens Street.

“Things to know: female, social, black and white long haired, green eyes, and has one pupil that is bigger than the other and probably with some bushes or branches attached to her tail. She is EXTREMELY friendly and has a home. Please call me if you have seen her.
Thank you!!!


Have you seen Coco?

Police notify community of Level 3 sex offenders in area

Two Level 3 sex offenders recently moved to North Beacon Hill, according to a Seattle Police Department announcement distributed this week to notify neighbors about seven offenders who have moved into the South Precinct. Two of the offenders are living in North Beacon Hill, one in Georgetown, one in Columbia City, one in Sodo, and two near the Othello area of Rainier Valley.

The offenders on North Beacon are Malik Calhoun, 20, who moved to the 1300 block of 15th Avenue South, and Michael L. Johnson, 35, who moved to the 1400 block of South Columbian Way.

According to the police, Level 3 sex offenders have the highest risk of re-offense. These offenders have completed their sentences and are free to live wherever they wish; however, they are required to register in the community where they live, and police may publicize their presence. It is against the law to use this information to threaten, intimidate, or harass registered sex offenders.

Here is the announcement from Mark Solomon at the SPD:

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Is this dog yours? And have you seen a missing golden retriever?

Neighbor Joshua sent us this message last night:

“This sweet girl ran up to me this afternoon on 13th near Angeline around 5:30. She would really like to go home. Is she yours? Give me a call at 206.354.2582.”

Another dog is not where he should be. Neighbor Allison posted a plea to the Beacon Hill Mailing List last night: “Our golden retriever Jack escaped our yard near El Centro. As of 10pm he's out and about. He typically comes home on his own. He wears a tag but the current one may not have our phone numbers on it.” Contact us here at the blog if you find Jack.

(Editor’s note: Jack has now been found!)

Golf Clubhouse, station block development on agenda for NBHC

A proposed design for the new Jefferson Park Golf Clubhouse, as viewed from the Beacon Avenue side.

The Jefferson Park Golf Clubhouse and the new development planned for the southeast corner of the Beacon Hill Station block — both topics of a fair amount of neighborhood interest — are on the agenda for the next North Beacon Hill Council meeting Tuesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. at the Beacon Hill Library community room.

Here’s the agenda:

This is an important meeting for all residents concerned with the
redevelopment happening on Beacon Hill. Please come to ask your
questions and voice your opinions.

  • 7:00 Welcomes and hellos
  • 7:15 Susan Rockwell, Seattle Parks Dep’t. Program Coordinator – Plans for the clubhouse at Jefferson Park; Q&A to follow
  • 7:45 Andrea Leuschke, Pacific Housing NW, Landscape Architect – An update on the development planned for the SE corner of 17th Avenue and McClellan (light rail station block) with questions and answers
  • 8:15 Community concerns and announcements
  • 8:30 Closure and executive board meeting if needed

The Beacon Hill Library is located at 2821 Beacon Avenue South. All are welcome to observe or participate in the neighborhood council; you are part of the council when you attend your first meeting, and you have voting privileges when you attend your second.

Applications filed to subdivide on Sturgus, expand at El Centro

The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has announced two new applications for Beacon Hill projects.

El Centro de la Raza (2524 16th Ave. S.) has filed an application to allow the expansion of the existing child care center, consisting of two portable classroom buildings. The El Centro site is currently zoned as SF5000 (single-family residential) and so this institutional expansion requires an administrative conditional use permit.

According to the application, the child care center will have eight employees and will provide care for 68 children. Existing parking will be redistributed on the current site.

Comments on this application may be submitted through April 4. You can comment by filling out this web form.

At 1534 Sturgus Ave. S., an application has been filed to subdivide one site into four unit lots for the construction of residential units. Permits have already been granted to tear down a 1906 3-bed/1 bath home on the site (sold in December for $200,000) and construct two 2-unit townhouses, with one garage and three surface parking spots. The subdivision is for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the individual unit lots.

Comments on this application may be submitted through April 4. You can comment by filling out this web form.

This house has survived a century, but it looks as if it won’t see another one:

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Van Asselt readers to compete for city championship

“The Van Asselt Bobcat Champions” from Van Asselt Elementary School on South Beacon Hill will compete in the city final of the 2012 Global Reading Challenge against students from Adams, Alki, Arbor Heights, Graham Hill, Greenwood, Loyal Heights, Northgate, Roxhill, and View Ridge elementary schools. The event is this coming Tuesday, March 27, at 7 p.m. in the Central Library Microsoft Auditorium, 1000 Fourth Ave., and it is free and open to all. Parking is available for $5 in the library’s garage.

The Challenge is a “Battle of the Books” for kids in grades 4 and 5. To compete, children read books from this list, and then participate in a “Quiz Bowl” game. Questions about the books are read to the teams and repeated once. Then the teams have 20 seconds to write down the correct answer. The winning Seattle team will take home the Global Reading Challenge traveling trophy and continue on to a videoconference challenge against students from Fraser Valley and Coquitlam in British Columbia, Canada.

The final against the Canadian teams will be held on Friday, April 13 at 10 a.m. at the John Stanford Center, 2445 Third Avenue South.

“High-octane” booze sales may be voluntarily restricted on Beacon Hill

Photo (not of Beacon Hill, as far as we know) by Steve Snodgrass via Creative Commons/Flickr.
Retailers in Beacon Hill, Sodo, and Lake City would be asked to voluntarily refrain from selling certain “high-octane” alcohol products during morning hours under a pilot program currently being developed by Mayor Mike McGinn’s office.

Under this voluntary plan, sales of fortified wine and some beers would be prohibited between 6 a.m. and 1 p.m., seven days a week. Bars and restaurants would not be included. Community organizations would be notified if local businesses don’t participate.

According to a report by Casey McNerthney at, the project will involve a partnership with several alcohol distributors who will encourage local retailers to participate in the program, and will keep track of the program’s progress. The program is still in the planning stages, but could be operating as soon as May.

The voluntary program would not preclude the city from eventually creating an Alcohol Impact Area (AIA) on Beacon Hill if necessary. In an AIA, retailers may be restricted from selling certain types of alcoholic beverages that are linked to local chronic public inebriation problems. This is the list of products currently banned in AIA areas. A group of Beacon Hill neighbors began a drive last year to form an AIA.

New trees sprouting on North Beacon Hill

Photo by Wendi Dunlap.

You may notice a lot of new trees like this one on North Beacon Hill. These are two of the 300 or so trees that the Seattle Department of Transportation is planting along some of our neighborhood streets this month through the SDOT Community Tree program.

The trees pictured here, on 17th Avenue South, are Paperbark Maples, which are known for their decorative peeling red bark and for spectacular autumn colors. Other trees offered to the neighborhood included Serviceberry trees and American Hornbeams.