Slow Down or Pay $189

Seattle Schools

Photo Courtesy of Seattle Times

If you missed the article in the Seattle Times the other day, pay attention because it could cost you $189.  The City of Seattle is adding new cameras to snap pictures of school-zone speeders near four schools. The cameras, at least for the time being, will only be used to catch speeders when the school-zone beacons are flashing for motorist to slow to 20 MPH.  If they catch you, the ticket will automatically be mailed to the register owner of the car.

While there are cameras by four Seattle schools, the only one close to Madrona, Leschi, and Mt. Baker is Thurgood Marshall Elementary located in Judkins.  Thurgood Marshall is just off of Martin Luther King Jr. Way as it goes over the I-90 tunnel so anyone driving along Martin Luther King Jr. Way in that area during school hours better slow down or smile because you’re on Candid Camera.

Halloween Party in Mt. Baker, Sunday October 28th!

Looking for Halloween fun this weekend.  No matter if you live Mount Baker, Leschi, Madrona, or what have you, there is fun to have this weekend just down the road.  Tomorrow, Sunday October 28th, from 2-4 p.m. there will be a FREE Halloween Party at Bradner Gardens in the Mount Baker Neighborhood!

This is a family-friendly Halloween party! There will be trinkets for the young ones, fresh-pressed apple juice (they have an old-fashioned manual apple press, where they will have fresh pressed apple juice on the spot! So bring an apple or two to contribute and a container to drink from if you remember!), fun Halloween activities for kids, and of course kids in costumes!
The Halloween Party is a collaboration between Bradner Gardens Park and Mount Baker Preschool. For more information about Mount Baker Pre-School visit their website!

So come out to enjoy all the Halloween festivities! Feel free to invite family and friends, all are welcome!

Madrona’s Pike Station 70%+ Sold

Madrona real estateThe other week, I wrote about the proliferation of Madrona real estate development and what it indicated to me: that the Seattle real estate market is improving.  Since my blog, two things came to my attention to bolster my thoughts.  One, the May local real estate market numbers were released and again there were gains in the local real estate values: especially in certain Seattle neighborhoods such as Leschi/Mt. Baker.  Two, I noticed that the Pike Station on 34th and East Pike is reporting that 5 of the 7 Madrona townhomes have already sold.  As most Madrona residents know, the Pike Station is still far from completion so having a majority of the homes sold is encouraging.

If you want to know more about the Seattle real estate, please feel free to contact me.

Seattle Times Blasts Madrona Rep. Santos, Praises Rep. Pettigrew

Sharon SantosA Seattle Times editorial blasts Madrona’s Washington State House Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos (Democrat) while praising  Madrona’s State House Representative Eric Pettigrew (Democrat) for their stances on how to fix the state’s school system.  The Seattle Times editorial said Santos along with her counterpart in the State Senate blocked even a vote on educational reform involving both teacher evaluations and charter schools.

The Seattle Times praised Pettigrew who recently spoke about his struggles at school while growing up in South Central Los Angeles.  Pettigrew wrote a bill to add limited charter schools to the state, but his counterpart Santos would not allow a vote on his bill.

If you have an opinion on this matter, you can click on the links above to either Santos’ or Pettigrew’s bios.  Once on either of their bios you can click “email” and after adding your address you can contact your Madrona Representative.  If you check the box on your email then it will go to all three of your State Representatives.

Santos and Pettigrew not only represent the Seattle neighborhood of Madrona, but Denny Blaine, the Central District, Leschi, Mount Baker, Seward Park, and most of southeast Seattle.