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posted Friday, September 12 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 37
'Find It, Fix It' walk with mayor on Capitol Hill scheduled; SOSea releases security app
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'Find It, Fix It' walk with mayor on Capitol Hill scheduled; SOSea releases security app

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will join SPD Chief Kathleen O'Toole and members of the community on Wednesday, September 17 for the Capitol Hill walk in his 'Find It, Fix It' series. At the events, community residents, police, and city officials walk together to identify physical disorder and solve it. As a result of these walks, Seattle City Light, the Seattle Department of Transportation, the Department of Planning and Development, and Seattle Public Utilities will supposedly work to make improvements in Seattle's neighborhoods.

You can watch videos and view photos and read actions taken as a result of these walks at: http://murray.seattle.gov/finditfixit

Although the mayor's office has not released a lot of information about next Wednesday, Murray is expected to include a tour of Cal Anderson Park, named after the first openly Gay elected official in Washington state, who also happened to be the mayor's mentor until his death in 1995. The park has no doubt seen happier times. Currently, it serves as a sort of home base, when the sun goes down, for muggers and thieves that turned August into a month of police reports about stolen phones and threats made with weapons.

Joelle Hammerstad, communications manager with Seattle Parks and Recreations told Seattle Gay News Thursday that at the request of the Seattle Police Department's East Precinct, the lights will be left on at Bobby Morris Playfield until 2:30 a.m. this weekend and next.

'SPD has asked us to make this temporary change in order to ensure the safe passage of those who leave the [Capitol Hill] bars, which close at 2 a.m.,' said Hammerstad.

Stepped up foot patrols began last weekend and are reportedly going to continue, which many Capitol Hill residents hope will change the uptick in crime. Two men were arrested for street crimes in the Pike/Pine corridor last weekend.

On Monday, Social Outreach Seattle (SOSea) will hold a community safety forum and personal safety app launch at Grim's (1512 11th Ave) from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. More information can be found on the event's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/624851794289823/. Concerned citizens are encouraged to show up and join the discussion, which will include local officials and police and community leaders as to what a solution to this crime looks like, instead of a temporary fix.

Everyone seems to be waiting for Winter to come so the crime can be less. That is not the answer, clearly. While SOSea does not pretend to have all the answers, we are interested in getting together with people who actually live, work, and go to school on the Hill, so we can get some action items together and start to turn things around. We are not an organization that starts out any meeting or approaches any issue by talking about who we won't work with or holding exclusive meetings designed to keep the public out. You, I, SOSea, the bars and clubs and restaurants are the public. So let's meet.

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