February Meeting Notes

Thank you to the 10 people who attended the meeting this month. We had one guest speaker from Pathfinder. Thank you all for participating! The next meeting is April 13, 7pm in the Pathfinder library.

Crosswalks! A neighbor and a Pathfinder parent have both submitted applications to the city for sidewalks to be put along Genesee. We believe the chances are pretty pretty good! They would likely be put across Genesee at 20th and 21st. There may also be improvements to the one from the Genesee stairs to the park/school.

Spring Clean is April 25th! We’ll be meeting at the Neighborhood Emergency Hub at 9:30am. Please bring gloves, garbage bags, and pruners. We will be climbing the local stairs, cleaning up and pruning as we go. Treats would be welcome. There will be coffee.

Street Painting! Street murals have been shown to slow traffic. A Pathfinder parent is looking into the permitting process that would allow us to paint the street at 21st and Genesee . We will need helpers if we are to do this. Please leave a message here, on Facebook, or in the Google group if you would like to be kept in the loop about this.

May 9th is Garage Sale Day! The more registered garage sales we have, the better chances we have of traffic. Talk to your neighbors and see if you can list a “multi-family garage sale” with some juicy descriptions to draw in the buyers. It would be a good day for lemonade and cookie stands too! Keep tabs on the garage sales here: https://westseattlegaragesale.wordpress.com/

People and Dogs, living together

Did you see the sign? A lot of West Seattle did. It was up from January 6th – 19th. It was on the West Seattle Blog and Komo News came out to interview a neighbor about it. We are not the first Seattle neighborhood to struggle with the issue of human and pet space, but it wasn’t fun to see the anger this brought up in a lot of people.  The original “no dogs, cats, or potbellied pigs” sign was removed by vandals.

The below sign was put up without Seattle Public Schools permission — as a neighborly request to be responsible pet owners. The School District requested that it be removed “because it implies that it is OK to have dogs on school property, and/or off-leash on public property” basically, the home-made, neighborly sign was too lenient.  

A request for a new “official” sign has been made. If you would like to help get an official sign put up, please report vandalism (removal of the official sign) here:  http://www.seattle.gov/police/prevention/graffiti.htm.

No Dog Poop Sign

City Night Out 2014!

City Night Out is Tuesday, August 5, 5:30 – 9:00!

2014-08-CityNightOutMark your calendar for this fantastic Pigeon Point tradition!  Join yo
ur neighbors for a potluck at the corner of 20th Ave SW and Dakota.  This event is for the whole Pigeon Point neighborhood.  There will be kids’ activities, music (maybe), great eats, and great company.  Typically, our local police officers, council members and firefighters stop by to mingle.  Bring a chair, your next door neighbor, and something to throw on the grill.

Please contact Joni (wynonanot@yahoo.com) if you would like to play music, lead a sing-along, or if you can bring hula hoops/jump rope/jai alai or lead other kids activities at City Night Out.

Playground Update

The Pathfinder Playground Revamp was awarded the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund large grant! Thanks to the City of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods for helping us really get the ball rolling with our new design. August 21st the playground is getting a facelift. With a Capital One $4,000 grant for the school, we are having a work party to do projects all over the school–and the playground is one of them. That means we can get started painting the braided stream and adding new features like a labyrinth and accurate US Map.

Are you ready to help us on August 21st? We need 6-8 folks ready to help lead the volunteers for the day, help organize supplies the day before, and a few creatives to make stencils to add some critter prints to the playground. Interested? Email pathfinderplayground2014@gmail.com – Thank You!

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Emergency Hub

Hi Pigeon Point2014-08-hub2! My name is Ian Brillembourg and I volunteered to be our neighborhood’s hub co-captain for Seattle’s Office Emergency Management, along with my wife Marcy and with the help and advice of Jim Sander who will remain as the neighborhood’s backup emergency contact.

We are very new to the role and are still figuring out all the details, but we are very happy to help our neighbors and have begun to look at opportunities for improvement. We will share our updates and progress with you on the Pigeon Point email and Facebook groups. We will also try and share regular updates and safety/preparedness advice via this newsletter.

First off, I wanted to make sure I drew your attention to Pigeon Point’s new emergency meeting point, right by the Pathfinder school field, next to what is known as “the bark pile”. This is the place to visit first if we ever have any sort of major emergency and you want to ask for or provide help to your neighbors – say an earthquake, an alien invasion, or a zombie horde, for example. On such a day, you will find our command center there and we will be ready to assist in any way we can. You may have noticed the sign in the last couple of weeks (thanks, Jim!).

As I menti2014-08-hub2oned, we have begun to discuss a few ideas for how we can be better prepared. Our first focus area is putting together some emergency supplies for the neighborhood. We are looking into working with the city to
get ahold of a secure and weatherproof container to store a few long-lasting goods and emergency gear for us all to hopefully never use or need. We are also looking at possible locations for it.

We have been living here for a year now and we absolutely love our neighborhood, so we are happy to be able to help out in a small way. I hope to have some good news on that front in time for the next newsletter. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us with your questions or ideas for Pigeon Point preparedness. You can reach me at ianfelipe@gmail.com or through the aforementioned email and Facebook groups.

Dog Resources

There have been a lot of talk about dog issues recently so we thought we would share some useful links for related to dogs:




Off Leash Dogs

From a concerned neighbor:

For those of you who know me you know that I am actually a pretty kind and reasonable person. But everyone has their breaking point and I have reached mine.

My dog Annie is a rescue dog who had clearly been in dog fights prior to me getting her. She is scared of other dogs and was aggressive when she thinks they pose a threat – i.e. off leash or lunging. After much training and time we had gotten to the point of her not reacting unless a dog was being aggressive towards her.

July 4th weekend we were walking and out of nowhere a large Rottweiler started to charge Annie. I look for an owner but no one was around. I yelled to “stay”, to no avail. It was going to go down and there was nothing I could do about it. Annie was struggling to get out of her harness and I let her go so she could defend herself. I was screaming at the top of my lungs for help, but we were in a school parking lot and no one was around. I tried kicking the dog, hitting it with the leather leash but nothing helped. For those who have never seen or heard a dog fight let me tell you – there are few things worse to witness.

I managed to get my legs around the other dogs hips. The other dog was hurt and whimpering at this point. Annie is not one to mess with. Annie still had the other dogs ear but she was not actively trying to hurt him – just contain him. I calmly (as calm as I could be) told Annie to let go of the dog – which she did. I then let go of the other dog and he ran away as fast as he could to the woods.

Just about then neighbors pulled up from hearing the screaming. Annie and I were safe, but to say we were rattled would be an understatement. The other dog was clearly pretty hurt, and Annie was bleeding. We got home, immediately went to the vets office.

Annie had 5 puncture wounds but would be alright. She slept all day and by the next day she was ready to go for a walk again. I won’t take her out until I have dog pepper spray (the safe kind).

Why was my dog’s health and life placed at risk? Why did she and I have to go through such a traumatic event? Because a human dog owner was so selfish and irresponsible that they let the dog loose or abandoned the dog.

This has not been a new problem in our neighborhood. Some of our neighborhood dog owners seem to have a sense of entitlement to let their dog room free, regardless of the law or reason for leash laws. Dogs also do not know the legal boundaries of their yard, so letting them run loose in an unfenced yard is still dangerous.

Too many dog owners seem to have the false assumption that there is nothing wrong with allowing their dogs to run off leash, because their dogs are “friendly” and won’t harm anyone. First of all, “so what”. Your belief that your dog is friendly does not make your illegal and dangerous choice to have them off lease acceptable.

For a leashed dog, having an unleashed dog rush unwanted and uninvited into its personal space when it is restricted by the leash is a stressful event. Allowing your dog to be off leash is blatantly selfish, irresponsible and puts others in a stressful and dangerous situation. Your dog’s desire to be off leash is not more important than my child’s, dog, or my health or well being.

The “Oh he’s friendly” claim is not only irrelevant but also a myth. No dog owner can accurately predict 100% of the time how her dog will react when greeting another dog or person.

Off-leash dogs are also dangers to themselves. Few owners have drop-dead verbal control over their dogs, putting them at risk for running into nearby streets and being hit by cars, or getting lost.
“But my dog won’t leave the porch, leave the yard, jump the 3 ft. fence etc.” First of all you don’t know that. Second, I don’t know that. Your dog taking a charge at a short fence scares me – as a full grown adult. Think what it does to kids.

I have a right to walk in my neighborhood and walk my dog in this neighborhood without the constant fear of running into an off leash dog. My neighbors have a right to walk their children without the fear of having a dog come up to them. You do not have the right to let your dog run loose in this neighborhood.

If appealing to your dogs self interest, logic, or sense of decency has not done the trick then I am left with the law. It is illegal to not contain your dog. Please see Seattle code 9.25.084. Let this serve as fair warning. If I see your dog off leash or off of your property, I will report you.

The school, school yard and field, are here for the benefit of the actual school children – not your dog. Children can’t or won’t play in the yard because you are there with your off lease dog. How do I know this? I have seen it and I have turned around plenty of times because I have seen you there with your off leash dog. This is selfish, rude, and very unneighborly. You do not have the right to use the field as your own private dog park.
Being a responsible dog owner is more than just feeding Fido a grain-free diet or buying the latest, trendy toys. It is about making sure he or she is safe as well as everyone else that could possibly come into contact with him.
Your neighbors thank you.