Seattle City Light Update

Seattle City Light, now under pressure to test city street lights for potential problems, has hired two companies to help them finish the project.  Seattle City Light plans on checking nearly 20,000 poles across the city as over 6 problems have been found, stemming from the tragic electrocution of a Queen Anne family’s pet on Thanksgiving Day.  Another incidence occurred in West Seattle, and poles around the Capitol Hill area have been found emitting voltage.  To date, Seattle City Light and employees from the other two companies (Davey Resources Group and Power Resources Corp.) have tested 600 poles .  They expect to finish testing by March of 2011.

Seattle City Lights Finds More Problems

If you’ve been reading the news (or caught our other blogs in West Seattle and Queen Anne), you are probably familiar with the latest Seattle City Light inspection of over 20,000 streetlights in the Seattle Area including Capitol Hill. What stemmed from a tragic electrocution to a dog on Queen Anne (and other similar voltage problems), Seattle City Light is now conducting a wide-spread check of all metal lamp posts and plates to check for electricity and other related problems. More problems have been found in lamps in the Capitol Hill, First Hill, and Central District neighborhoods as of Wednesday, Dec. 15th. The Seattle Times released an article on the findings which revealed all three light posts emitted over 50 volts, which is considered to be dangerous.   One pole was found on Capitol Hill at 13th Avenue and E. Aloha Street, another on 23rd Avenue and E. Union Street and the last on First Hill at Boren Avenue and Madison Street.  The pole with the highest voltage was emitting between 90 and 105 volts and was found on Boren Avenue and Madison Street. Crews were immediately called to the scene to figure out the problem after Seattle City Light cut power. After speaking with other utility companies around the nation, Seattle City Light spokeswoman says nearly 1 in every 337 streetlights could have problems, which means more could pop up. In the meantime, if you notice anything suspicious about the poles in your neighborhood, you are encouraged to call 206-684-7056.

Capitol Hill Murder Leads to Mental Evaluation

One of the most recent incidences to be dominating headlines in Seattle is the November 22nd murder of Joseph LaMagno, who fell victim to a fatal attack in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. LaMagno was attacked on 14th and E. Union Street by a stranger, Michael LaRosa, who approached Lamagno and struck him in the head with what was described by witnesses as a pick-ax. SPD later determined the weapon to be a hatchet when it was found nearby. The 26 year-old LaRosa, who had left a grocery store at the same time as Lamagno, attacked him around 10:30 am that morning. LaRosa fled before police tracked him, finding him in an alley near the scene. Although there were numerous witnesses, whether or not there was a verbal exchange nor the length of the attack could not be determined. LaRosa had been previously booked three times this year under charges of assault and domestic violence, the latter in connection with a recent ex girlfriend who now has a restraining order. According to the ex-girlfriend, LoRosa has a history of mental instability which coincidentally is now his biggest defense in this latest case. LoRosa’s defense attorney has requested the arraignment to be postponed until he is mentally evaluated by state health experts. LoRosa’s half-brother told The Seattle Times that Michael was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia over ten years ago and was no longer being medicated when the attack took place. LaRosa was also on probation, but the Seattle Municipal Court declined to comment on probationary supervision.  LaRosa’s arraignment date is rescheduled for December 28th.

See one of many articles on LaRosa from The Seattle Times here.

Madison Valley Storm Pipes

Madison Valley in the Madison Park neighborhood of Seattle has for a long time fallen victim to flooding due to low-lying land and a lack of drainage systems. Fortunately, a storm water project is in the works to help lift the burden off of current residents. Construction on a massive holding pond being built at the south end of the Washington Park playfield in the arboretum is currently underway in hopes to alleviate floods as result of storm run-off from the surrounding Washington Park, Madrona and Capitol Hill neighborhoods. Four-foot storm pipes are also being installed in Madison Valley through which the water can run until it’s deposited into the holding pond. To the left are pictures taken of both the pond and the storm pipes that will be installed.

December Happenings

We’ve already had our first taste of winter as last week marked the first snowfall.  Most have started putting holiday lights and decorations, and we’re tuning our radio stations to those playing Christmas music.  Yet, December is much more than cold weather and “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” coming through the speakers.  Most importantly, it’s a time for family, community, and togetherness.  Here is a list of what’s happening in your neighborhood to help celebrate the spirit of the Holidays.

Dec. 1st – Dec.30th-Head to the The 5th Avenue Theatre with your family to see the newest rendition of a holiday classic “A Christmas Story: The Musical!”.  The toe-tapping take on the funny film is sure to put you in the holiday spirit.  The musical runs until the 30th of December, so be sure to make it to the Theatre. Continue reading