Ravenna Blog Social Media Round-Up, October 30-November 5

A closer look at one of the artists chosen for the Roosevelt Light Rail Station, a local business’s thoughts on I-1183, and more!

Willy Wonka, eat your heart out – Will Bake for Food is back!

Ravenna Blog's Junior Editor sampling a Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Roll by Cook Local at Will Bake for Food 2010.

We love a good bake sale, don’t you?

Well, they do not get any better than Will Bake for Food.

Imagine a room full of baking bloggers who have donated their time, culinary talents, and tasty goodies in exchange for donations of food or cash to a local charity.

Donations of food or cash are exchanged at the door for tickets, which are then used to “buy” goods at all the various tables. Or, if you’re the gambling sort, raffle tickets can be purchased as well.

This year’s donation recipient is The Emergency Feeding Program of Seattle and King County. You can find a list of the items the Emergency Feeding Program needs most here (PDF).

This year’s bake sale of champions takes place on Saturday, November 12, at University Heights (5031 University Way NE), from 11AM-2PM.

Our haul from last year, long since consumed with gusto.

Last year’s event collected 1,903 pounds of food and $946 for Northwest Harvest. The 1,631 items sold by 54 bakers and 138 beverages (55 coffee, 83 cider) poured by 2 volunteers sold out in 90 minutes.

To see a sampling of this year’s bakers — which includes Molly Wizenberg of Orangette and Delancy, Cook Local of the Roosevelt neighborhood, and the secretary of the Ravenna-Bryant Community Association — visit the Bakers page of the Will Bake for Food website.

For more on the organizers of Will Bake for Food, check out our post about last year’s event (“Will Bake For Food: The Ravenna connection to next week’s event for Northwest Harvest”).

Learn Home Weatherization Tips with Sustainable NE Seattle

The days are growing shorter, the air is getting colder, and your heating bill is on the rise.

What a perfect time to learn about home weatherization.

Sustainable NE Seattle‘s November meeting will be held on Thursday, November 17, at the Wedgwood Presbyterian Church (8008 35th Ave NE), from 6:30-9 PM (social time with treats for the first half hour).

Here’s the event description:

There are some immediate things we can do to make our homes more energy efficient. We will learn what to do before replacing windows from our community expert [and Ravenna resident], Joel Gregory. Also, learn about Solarize NESeattle, project to bring reasonable pricing for solar power to our neighborhood. Additionally, SustainableWorks® home retrofitting org, will be here for input and Q&A.

Bring a snack to share, if you wish, and your own utensils.

Sustainable NE Seattle is, via their about page, “a community of citizens dedicated to building a sustainable, resilient future for our locality, which includes Seattle neighborhoods that are north of the ship canal, east of I-5, and north to about 110th St NE.”

For more information on the organization, check out their FAQ (PDF).

Roosevelt Station Construction Open House on Thursday, November 3 (archived live blog)

UPDATE (after the meeting): My live blogged session has now been archived for your reading pleasure. I will upload more information from the presentation when it becomes available from Sound Transit.

Roosevelt Station Construction Open House (11/03/2011)
6:06
Ravenna Blog:

Welcome!

Thursday November 3, 2011 6:06 Ravenna Blog
6:17
Ravenna Blog:

[Any long pauses you can chalk up to “Baby Issues.”]

Thursday November 3, 2011 6:17 Ravenna Blog
6:22
Ravenna Blog:

I would guesstimate about 60+ people here so far, taking in the open house portion. Large poster boards up around the perimeter, outlining the construction areas, affected parts of the neighborhood, etc. Pictures later.

Thursday November 3, 2011 6:22 Ravenna Blog
6:30
Ravenna Blog:

Presentation starts at 6:30. Sound Transit generally makes the presentation slides available within a few days of the event.

Thursday November 3, 2011 6:30 Ravenna Blog
6:31
Ravenna Blog:

Ooo! There are paper craft light rail trains!

Thursday November 3, 2011 6:31 Ravenna Blog
6:33
Ravenna Blog:

North Link Deputy Project Director Ron Endlich is starting off the presentation portion now.

Thursday November 3, 2011 6:33 Ravenna Blog
6:35
Ravenna Blog:

After Intro is Roosevelt Station Construction info, then Next Steps, Q&A, and back to Open House.

Thursday November 3, 2011 6:35 Ravenna Blog
6:36
Ravenna Blog:

Overview of the whole system now. I’ll be sticking to the Roosevelt-specific info.

Thursday November 3, 2011 6:36 Ravenna Blog
6:41
Twitter
RavennaBlog:

Live blogging the Roosevelt Station Construction meeting. Follow along at http://ravennablog.com. [via Twitter]

Thursday November 3, 2011 6:41 RavennaBlog
6:43
Ravenna Blog:

Excavation to start in early 2013. There will be a 24-hour construction hotline, manned by an actual person, for answering questions.

Thursday November 3, 2011 6:43 Ravenna Blog
6:46
Ravenna Blog:

Mid-2012 will see the start of demolition, and the beginning of the onslaught of trucks into the neighborhood.

Thursday November 3, 2011 6:46 Ravenna Blog
6:48
Ravenna Blog:

Excavation and tunneling from 2013-2017. Some parking lost on 66th and 67th, some sidewalks to be closed.

Thursday November 3, 2011 6:48 Ravenna Blog
6:50
Ravenna Blog:

If you’d like a real world example of what the construction site will look like, head up to the Capitoll Hill Station site. Wall will be very similar.

Thursday November 3, 2011 6:50 Ravenna Blog
6:52
Ravenna Blog:

There will be night work, and a variance will need to be granted. Another construction meeting to follow with more specifics.

Thursday November 3, 2011 6:52 Ravenna Blog
6:55
Ravenna Blog:

Routes that the trucks will take to and from the construction site will depend on whether the trucks will be heading north or south from the site.

Thursday November 3, 2011 6:55 Ravenna Blog
6:58
Ravenna Blog:

Parking, sidewalks and streets near the site will remain affected during station construction (post-tunnel boring).

Thursday November 3, 2011 6:58 Ravenna Blog
7:01
Ravenna Blog:

Q&A time now. (There’s LOTS more to the presentation, but the presenter was speedy. I’ll be sure to hunt down the slides later for you.)

Thursday November 3, 2011 7:01 Ravenna Blog
7:03
Ravenna Blog:

12th Ave NE will remain open during construction, but the parking lane on the west side will be taken for construction/truck traffic.

Thursday November 3, 2011 7:03 Ravenna Blog
7:05
Ravenna Blog:

Good ? about repairs to roads affected by the toll of heavy truck use. Sound Transit will be the one to repair, should streets need it. Would work with SDOT.

Thursday November 3, 2011 7:05 Ravenna Blog
7:05
Twitter
brucenourish:

No meeting, however seemingly mundane of a topic, is ever boring in Roosevelt. [via Twitter]

Thursday November 3, 2011 7:05 brucenourish
7:08
Ravenna Blog:

Yes, parking will be affected, but workers will be parking off-site. So, that will help. Some.

Thursday November 3, 2011 7:08 Ravenna Blog
7:11
Ravenna Blog:

Parking at the station question. No, no additional parking for the station. Idea is to walk to the stations or use transit. Residential Parking Zones could be created/expanded.

Thursday November 3, 2011 7:11 Ravenna Blog
7:11
Twitter
brucenourish:

Petitioner wants ST to attempt to save some “sacred” trees that ST has already determined cannot be transplanted. [via Twitter]

Thursday November 3, 2011 7:11 brucenourish
7:21
Ravenna Blog:

QFC sounds like they’ll be closing in January. Staff will be relocated to other stores, but the store itself will NOT be relocated.

Thursday November 3, 2011 7:21 Ravenna Blog
7:24
Ravenna Blog:

The excavation and tunneling portion of construction s a 24/7 affair. 12 trucks per hour is the estimate. And as I understand it from an earlier meeting, that would be dump trucks with trailers (doubles).

Thursday November 3, 2011 7:24 Ravenna Blog
7:26
Ravenna Blog:

Worry about property values dropping during construction. Thought is gain after completion would outweigh.

Thursday November 3, 2011 7:26 Ravenna Blog
7:27
Ravenna Blog:

7 months to excavate the station. 20 months to tunnel (to the stadium, I believe).

Thursday November 3, 2011 7:27 Ravenna Blog
7:30
Ravenna Blog:

About 100 people here, by the way.

Thursday November 3, 2011 7:30 Ravenna Blog
7:32
Ravenna Blog:

40-50 feet a day is the speed of the boring machines. That’s where the 20 months comes from.

Thursday November 3, 2011 7:32 Ravenna Blog
7:32
Ravenna Blog:

230 tunnel easements for North Link total.

Thursday November 3, 2011 7:32 Ravenna Blog
7:34
Ravenna Blog:

Exact route of the North Link tunnels not yet known, but current mapped route is within a half a block of the final, says Ron.

Thursday November 3, 2011 7:34 Ravenna Blog
7:37
Ravenna Blog:

Ooo, some rage against the machines that have no luggage racks. (The trains don’t have them.)

Thursday November 3, 2011 7:37 Ravenna Blog
7:40
Ravenna Blog:

And now back to the open house portion. And, hey! Peaks is handing out free cone coupons!

Thursday November 3, 2011 7:40 Ravenna Blog
8:38

Ravenna Blog Social Media Round-Up for October 23-29

Good news! The tool that we use to create these weekly updates has gone though an upgrade, making it much easier to grab stories from not only twitter, but facebook, RSS feeds, and much much more!

Henceforth, we’ll be calling this weekly post the “Social Media Round-Up” to reflect this enhanced collectibility of good local Internet stuff.

ENJOY.

The Return of the Weekly Ravenna Blog Twitter Round-Up

Once again we welcome back the weekly round-up of notable tweets from the Ravenna Blog twitter feed from the past week.

This week’s selection includes some archival photos of Wedgwood Elementary from the Seattle Public Schools Flickr account, a town hall with Mayor McGinn at Nathan Hale High School, and hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of fines upheld against a certain Roosevelt-area landlord.

Public Hearing on the Roosevelt Neighborhood Rezone, Monday, Sept. 19 (UPDATES)

UPDATE (Monday, September 26): You can now watch the entire Roosevelt Rezone Public Hearing here, on the Seattle Channel’s website.
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Tonight at the Roosevelt High School Auditorium (1410 NE 66th St), the Seattle City Council’s Committee on the Built Environment (COBE) is holding a public hearing about the Roosevelt Neighborhood Rezone.

Photo by Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times. Used with permission.

This is everyone’s chance to speak his/her thoughts and concerns to members of the City Council directly (for two minutes); however, written comments can be sent to Councilmembers up until the vote is taken (late this year, or early 2012).

And rumor has it all nine Councilmembers will be in attendance.

This public hearing starts at 6 PM, with sign-up for speakers opening at 5:30 PM.

For those of you who cannot attend, you have three live-tweeters to choose from: Us (@RavennaBlog), the Roosevelt Neighborhood Blog (@Roosiehood), and one of Seattle Transit Blog’s writers, Bruce Nourish (@brucenourish).

If you ARE attending tonight’s hearing and would like to contribute to the Twitter conversation, we’ll be using the hashtag #RRzone. Folks at home can follow along here.

More information about the Roosevelt Neighborhood Rezone

Today’s edition of the Seattle Times included a piece about the rezone, primarily from the neighborhood’s point of view: Neighborhood embraces change — but fights to save a view

Seattle Transit Blog also posted a piece today, detailing density proponents’ frustrations with the neighborhood’s plan: Roosevelt rezones up for discussion tonight

UPDATE: The Roosevelt Neighborhood Association has two a final document detailing their latest wishes for the rezone: “Sustainable, Livable Roosevelt”

The Chair of the Ravenna-Bryant Community Association, Andrew Miller, has laid out the RBCA’s position on the Roosevelt Neighborhood Rezone.*

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*Full disclosure: I am the Chair of the RBCA’s Communications Committee, which means I update the association’s website and assist with the newsletter. You can find the full list of Board Members and Committee Chairs here.

Busy weekend for police at the northern Ravenna/Roosevelt boundary (Update of Saturday incidents)

UPDATE (Tuesday, September 20): The word on those three incidents on Saturday, September 17, from North Precinct Officer Thomas (via email; emphasis mine):

The first two incidents you mention are the same looking at the event #. In this incident a male was almost home when he was approached by three subjects. One pointed what looked like a gun at the victim and asked him “what he had.” The others told him to put the “heater” away. They were not located. The other incident was a [domestic violence] assault with an arrest. Incident #2011-307248.

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It’s been a busy couple of days for police officers in the area just north of the NE 65th St and 15th Ave NE intersection.


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Here are three FOUR police-related incidents we’re currently working on.

Friday

Ravenna and Roosevelt residents in the area of 15th Avenue NE between NE 65th St and NE 75th St may have woken up a bit on the early side on Friday morning, September 16.

Two residents reported hearing two loud bangs/explosions just after 5 AM that morning. Several others remarked about a hovering helicopter in the area. Metro bus routes 72 and 73 (northbound only) were rerouted around the area during this time, “due to an incident.”

Local resident Sue went so far as to call the Seattle Police Department (at, we assume, their public information number) and was told (per her email to us), “[T]he helicopters might be related to a Bellevue police search for someone on an arrest warrant.”

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ADDED Saturday, 10:24 PM: The editor over at Roosiehood emailed over the following from area resident Kelly (written on Roosiehood’s Facebook page):

I called the police Friday AM and they told me the explosions were some sort of compression bombs that were launched by the Bellevue police to flush someone they had a search warrant for out of one of the Sisley properties. Seattle police were aware of the situation. It really frightened me!

Reminder: At this time, I do not have confirmation of an address or block that the Bellevue Police were targeting that morning.

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We were able to confirm through SPD Officer Brian Thomas (the Community Police Team member for the area) that the Bellevue Police had been in the area, but he had no further information on the activity.

Our call to the Bellevue Police Department Public Information Officer on Friday has gone unanswered, thus far.

If/When we learn more information about this activity, we will update this post.

Saturday

[Recent update for this section is at the top of this post.]

There have been two three events in the area so far today:

  1. This morning at 1:12 AM, an armed robbery took place on the 6800 block of 16th Ave NE.
  2. This morning at 4 AM, an armed burglary (with a gun) was reported in the 1500 block of 68th Avenue NE.
  3. At approximately 10 AM, Ravenna resident Sarah reported (via text) “Cops all over 65 n 15th now!” and, when asked about which kind of police (Seattle or Bellevue), she said, “Spd they were arresting[.]”

We will get in touch with Officer Thomas tomorrow (Sunday) and see if he can provide any more information on these two three incidents. Updates will be posted below.

Now, let’s all have a quiet Sunday, shall we?

A day in the life of a North Precinct patrol officer

Yesterday’s Seattle Police Department “Tweetalong” with Officer Audi Acuesta started off slow, peaked with a robbery arrest in Maple Leaf (complete with news helicopers), and made for interesting reading throughout.

Seattle Police Officer Acuesta, just before heading off to assist fellow officers with arresting a home invasion suspect in Maple Leaf.

The following is a collection of nearly all of Officer Acuesta’s tweets on the Seattle Police Department’s twitter feed yesterday, plus some of my commentary. I also pulled some comments made by others from the #tweetalong hashtag, though not all.

Got my car and responding to a nuisance call. #SeattlePD #tweetalong
SeattlePD
September 13, 2011
Guy sleeping on a couch! Nasty hangover! #SeattlePD #tweetalong http://t.co/NJCveI1
SeattlePD
September 13, 2011

yfrog Photo : http://yfrog.com/h7sjtjyj Shared by SeattlePD
Photo by yfrog.com on YFrog

@RavennaBlog Have to say, so far Ravenna doesn’t look like the most happening neighborhood, according to @SeattlePD! #thisisagoodthing
joyeousness
September 13, 2011
Tweet-a-long with Seattle Police @SeattlePD today- complete with photos! #tweetalong #SeattlePD
nansen
September 13, 2011
@nansen I trust they’re pulling over to the side of the road first? 😛 #tweetalong #SeattlePD
Willowbottom
September 13, 2011
.@joyeousness Nope, it’s been pretty quiet. But he’s off to help with a burglary suspect near Northgate now.
RavennaBlog
September 13, 2011
@SeattlePD what is with the helicopter around the Northgate I-5 area? (1:51 pm 9/13)
colourofspring
September 13, 2011
Met up with @SeattlePD Ofc. Acuesta at Ravenna Third Place Books, talked shop. Our ‘hood is lucky to have him on patrol here, IMHO. …
RavennaBlog
September 13, 2011
It’s the slower part of his shift now (hence lack of tweets). + he’s a solo officer in a patrol car (a different gig than those on bikes).
RavennaBlog
September 13, 2011
@SeattlePD This is so interesting, thank you for doing a tweetalong!
EyeOnUptown
September 13, 2011
Caught suspect in a home invasion Robbery!!!! Great work to all the officers at the scene!! #SeattlePD #tweetalong
SeattlePD
September 13, 2011
#SeattlePD has taken into custody a wanted robbery suspect in North Seattle. We hope to have more details on the SPD Blotter within an hour
SeattlePD
September 13, 2011
@SeattlePD I like this idea of Tweeting while you folks are on duty! Great job keeping us informed!
SeahawksFan11
September 13, 2011
What Air4 is currently flying over: RT @SeattlePD: #SeattlePD has taken into custody a wanted robbery suspect in North Seattle.
komonews
September 13, 2011
Still waiting details on robbery arrest in N. Seattle, but here’s SPD taking their suspect into custody- http://t.co/uL5fRYS
komonews
September 13, 2011

yfrog Photo : http://yfrog.com/gys87acj Shared by komonews
Photo by yfrog.com on YFrog

Dirty pants running thru the yards!!! #SeattlePD #tweetalong http://t.co/5TFMnZo
SeattlePD
September 13, 2011

yfrog Photo : http://yfrog.com/gzx88czj Shared by SeattlePD
Photo by yfrog.com on YFrog

Helps to have a @komonews chopper taking pics! RT @Roosiehood: @kristen206 @SeattlePD I’m LOVING the Tweetalong! It’s like I’m there! 🙂
RavennaBlog
September 13, 2011
It was nice talking with Rebecca!!!! #SeattlePD #tweetalong
SeattlePD
September 13, 2011
I love the tweetalongs. Helps people see police as REAL people. Stay safe & sincere! @SeattlePD
rengetsu13
September 13, 2011
.@SeattlePD Nice talking to you, too! Glad to see that your day got a little more exciting (but not TOO exciting). #tweetalong
RavennaBlog
September 13, 2011
Off to see what’s going on at Cowen and Ravenna park. #SeattlePD #tweetalong
SeattlePD
September 13, 2011
Ofc. Acuesta mentioned that burglary calls tend to pick up around 3PM, as folks start getting home from work. #tweetalong
RavennaBlog
September 13, 2011
#SeattlePD apprehends wanted robbery suspect in North Seattle. For additional details go to http://t.co/rhocZm3
SeattlePD
September 13, 2011
SPD Blotter » Wanted Robbery suspect apprehended in North Seattle

Posted by Detective Jeff Kappel On September 13th at approximately 1:29 p.m. North Precinct patrol officers spotted a wanted robbery suspect driving a white sedan in the area of NE 107th Street and 15th Avenue NE (there was probable cause to arrest the adult male suspect for a home-invasion robbery that occurred in the city within the last few weeks).
Ofc. Acuesta and I were finishing up our chat when the burglary call came through. He sped off to assist… #tweetalong
RavennaBlog
September 13, 2011
Not a call he would normally go to alone, as he’s only a single officer in a patrol car. But he did help out: http://t.co/1D0SZEo
RavennaBlog
September 13, 2011
In Cowen/Ravenna Park now. RT @SeattlePD: Drugs are bad! Please so no to drugs! #SeattlePD #tweetalong http://t.co/aJcqSKD
RavennaBlog
September 13, 2011

yfrog Photo : http://yfrog.com/hs7c6yuj Shared by SeattlePD
Photo by yfrog.com on YFrog

@SeattlePD .. thank you for you service police department.. I live in the area and feel good knowing you are looking out for us
hughes75
September 13, 2011
@SeattlePD what’s the legality of this scenario pictured? Curious on the discretion officers take of risk, threat, and nuisance #tweetalong
thegarrettp
September 13, 2011
Part of Ofc. Acuesta’s normal patrol routine is to walk around the parks, check under the bridges, see if folks need aid. #tweetalong
RavennaBlog
September 13, 2011

Metro Bus Route 73 was detoured off of 15th Ave NE between NE Northgate and NE 80th St for at least half an hour, due to the police activity in the area. Back to regular route at about 3PM.

I meant to say “Say”, not so! #SeattlePD #tweetalong
SeattlePD
September 13, 2011
Just went to a suicidal person call on the overpass NE 85 st over I-5. #SeattlePD #tweetalong
SeattlePD
September 13, 2011
Home Invasion Suspect Arrested Following Chase, Crash In North Seattle http://t.co/tPQV5QK
publicolanews
September 13, 2011
No one located in the area! Area check near the location for person. #SeattlePD #tweetalong
SeattlePD
September 13, 2011
No one located, only one caller reporting the incident. #SeattlePD
SeattlePD
September 13, 2011
Going to a intoxicated male on 8000 blk of 5 av NE. Guy walking in an out of traffic. #SeattlePD #tweetalong
SeattlePD
September 13, 2011
Contacted the intoxicated male, he was standing on the sidewalk. #SeattlePD #tweetalong
SeattlePD
September 13, 2011
Male had been drinking and was upset over a divorce. He stated he is going to go home and drink more! #SeattlePD #tweetalong
SeattlePD
September 13, 2011
@SeattlePD ha, just saw you on that while driving by. #spdcelebsiting
daveschilling
September 13, 2011
@SeattlePD Yeah, *that* will fix it… Doh!
VeloBusDriver
September 13, 2011
Hanging out with biker boys on the Ave! #SeattlePD #tweetalong http://t.co/nIXxWTh
SeattlePD
September 13, 2011

yfrog Photo : http://yfrog.com/h3c30jkj Shared by SeattlePD
Photo by yfrog.com on YFrog

Good to see some community-relevant tweets by @SeattlePD! Whoever is tweeting knows their #socialmedia stuff!
bikegrrl
September 13, 2011
Going to an accident on Roosevelt/NE Campus PY. Veh vs bicyclist. #SeattlePD #tweetalong
SeattlePD
September 13, 2011
Everyone is ok. #SeattlePD #tweetalong
SeattlePD
September 13, 2011
Suspicious person at the 4100 blk of university Wy NE. #SeattlePD #tweetalong
SeattlePD
September 13, 2011
Male keeps bringing bicycles and locking them up, he has five now. #SeattlePD #tweetalong
SeattlePD
September 13, 2011
@SeattlePD does each cop usually respond to this many incidents in one day? #tweetalong
SeattleBlank
September 13, 2011
@SeattlePD sometimes I imagine super snarky commentary for you guys.
thejedi
September 13, 2011
Bicycle patrol were flagged down at 1413 NE 50 st. Some one wanted to report they saw a Americas Most wanted person. #SeattlePD #tweetalong
SeattlePD
September 13, 2011
Going to back the bike guys. #SeattlePD #tweetalong
SeattlePD
September 13, 2011
With the bike unit. Guy is not wanted! #SeattlePD #tweetalong
SeattlePD
September 13, 2011
At the Safeway on Brooklyn. With a felony warrant for burg! #SeattlePD #tweetalong
SeattlePD
September 13, 2011
Suspect with warrant taken into custody and transported to the North PCT #SeattlePD #tweetalong
SeattlePD
September 13, 2011
Doing some paper work at the North Pct and will be going home shortly! 3rd watch stay safe! #SeattlePD #tweetalong
SeattlePD
September 13, 2011
@SeattlePD Thank you for keeping us safe & patroling the streets of Seattle! Appreciate what you do!
laurig
September 13, 2011
@SeattlePD Thanks for today’s #tweetalong ! Thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a lot. Thanks for keeping our ‘hoods safe!
nSeattleSarah
September 13, 2011
@SeattlePD Good tweeting Officer Acuesta
SoloLobo86
September 13, 2011
@SeattlePD Thanks for the #tweetalong there. You guys should keep on doing this more. I appreciate what you guys are doing now these days.
andrewkim101
September 13, 2011
Thanks for all the tweets today! RT @SeattlePD: Doing some paper work at the North Pct and will be going home shortly! 3rd watch stay safe!
Roosiehood
September 13, 2011

Ride along with Officer Acuesta, virtually, as he patrols Ravenna

Ever wanted to go on a ride-along with a police officer? Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 13, you have your chance!

Officer Acuesta has plenty of room for you to ride along...but only tomorrow from 11AM to 8PM. (Picture source: Seattle Police Department)

From the SPD Blotter (Seattle Police News and Events site):

Ever wanted to go on a police ride along but never had the time? Curious as to what a day in the life of a Seattle Police patrol officer looks like? Now you can – virtually.

Join us tomorrow for Tweetalong Tuesday. Follow North Precinct patrol officer Audi Acuesta as he goes about a typical day patrolling roughly from I-5 to 35th Avenue NE and from NE Ravenna Boulevard to NE 95th Street. Police responses will be summarized in easily digestible bites of 140 characters or less. Pictures will be included as appropriate. Learn more about Officer Acuesta and follow his shift Tuesday 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM by following us @SeattlePD on Twitter.

Below is a map of Officer Acuesta’s patrol area tomorrow. It includes ALL of Ravenna and Roosevelt, and parts of Bryant, Maple Leaf, and Wedgwood (by my estimation).


View SPD Tuesday Tweetalong area in a larger map

We plan to retweet the highlights as they happen on the Ravenna Blog twitter feed, and Storify as much of the virtual ride-along for a post on Wednesday (for those who wish to read the tweets later, on this website).

This is not the first time the Seattle Police Department has experimented with social media: The first tweetalong was with East Precinct officers on bikes on August 9th (highlights at Capitol Hill Seattle). Before that, on July 26th, the SPD official twitter feed posted nearly every emergency call in the city for 12 hours. Perhaps you read about it, in the New York Times.