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West Seattle Herald/White Center News Wednesday, November 5, 1997 3 MEETINGS ;st Seattle than West elec- politi- of of But for the an idea fen- closed Y a police mem - petition The a mini-city the police )wn and said of the a larger Detective of the a a lit- resi- noted ~par- in the were from a the sid- to danger just a police Packing a dark, it doors to gather 'Problem a young from Offi- where OUt from the talk to for rifles were - been "The had Harmon thinks the building is big Some measures have helped ease enough to house a precinct as well the travel-time problem tor police. as some other agencies.- The West Seattle Crime Preven- An issue of concern for the Del- tion Center provides space for offi- ridge Neighborhoods District Coun- cers to write reports, make investi- cii has been the response time of the gation phone calls and take breaks Seattle Fire Department in getting while they're in West Seattle. The to medical emergencies in Arbor center was located at 5400 Califor- Heights. Perhaps the Fire Depart- nia Ave. S.W. until recently when it ment could set up some kind of moved into the new West Seattle facility in the same building, Har- Town Hall in the Junction at 4750 mon said. California Ave. S.W. "Then they could come right The mobile precinct, the huge down Barton Street to Fauntleroy Seattle Police van that's frequently and Arbor Heights," she said.parked at different locations in West There might also be space for the Seattle, also provides help for Southwest Neighborhood Service police officers. It's a moveable sta- Center, which is now located on tion where officers can even lock up 16th Avenue Southwest in White prisoners temporarily before book- Center. ing them into jail. For many years, Seattle Police The petition will be presented to have patrolled West Seattle streets Mayor Norm Rice and the City from the South Precinct. But it's Council in mid-November, Harmon located on Beacon Hill, so officers said. have to drive clear back to Beacon Copies of the petition for a West Hill to transport prisoners and fill Seattle police precinct are available out reports, to sign at Young's Restaurant, 9413 Many West Seattleites have wor- 16th Ave. S.W., and at West Seattle tied about the community's vulner- Texaco, 9200 35th Ave. S.W. Or ability to crime during police shift call Susan Harmon at 937-2779. changes. Officers coming on duty sometimes h ven't arrived in West Seattle by the time police going off duty have left to drive back to the South Precinct. been stolen in the last two months," Gray said with an incredulous shake of his head. Police suggested that the rifles be taken out of ,their boxes and stored boxes could out as befoi:e to" advertise the fact that rifles were available for purchase. Police hoped the pelletguns then wouldn't be such easy shoplifting targets. The store managers agreed. Gray was still bothered by the fact that realistic-looking pellet pis- tols were for sale in a display case at the store. !'I told them it wasn't such a good idea to sell these guns in an urban community," Gray said. He convinced Kmart to stop sell- ing pellet pistols. "We haven't sold the pistols, air rifles or BB guns for over a year," said Mae Stewart, a sales clerk in Kmart's sporting goods department. JUST BEFORE the Chief's Forum, Stamper returned from a national convention of police chiefs from large cities, All the chiefs were saying that crime rates are low now, he said. He attributed part of the reason to the healthy economy. But good times can bring problems of their own, Stamper said. Growthcan mean societal upheaval and volatili- ty, he said. As the Seattle Police Department looks ahead, it's bearing in mind that more and more development will fill in the empty spaces in Seat- tle, Stamper said. Prosperity also means more high-rise buildings for what Stamper called "vertical liv- ing." A strong economy also means more technological ways to fight crime and that will lead to more cooperation among law-enforce- ment agencies throughout the region, he added. Police across the country also are bracing themselves for the "Baby Echo." That's ihe large population of 14- to 24-year-olds who are the children of "Baby Boomers." Tues., Nov. 4 Admiral Planning Committee The Admiral Neighborhood Planning Committee meets from 7-9 p.m Tuesday, Nov. 4 at Lafayette Elementary School, 2645 California Ave. S.W. The committee will finalize plans for its Nov. 8 community event, when it will present survey results to the public. More info: Bob, 932-7282. Wed., Nov. 5 Southwest District Council Michael Van Dyke, of the Seattle Finance Department, will discuss councilmanic bonds at the Southwest District Council meeting 7 p.m. at the South Seattle Community College president's board room, 6000 16th Ave. S.W. Thurs., Nov. 6 Puget Ridge Council The Puget Ridge Neighborhood Council meets 7 p.m. at South Seattle Community College, 6000 16th Ave. S.W., Room RS79. Seattle Police will discuss youth gun-violence problems. More info: 762-6311. NHUAC The North Highline Unincorporated Area Council (NHUAC) meets at 6 p.m. at the North Highline Fire District Office, 1243 S.W. 112th St. On the agenda: a King County Airport Master Plan overview; budget priorities; the "North Highline Community Profile;" and Car Theft "COPS" Grant. Wed., Nov. 12 Proposed traffic circles Neighborhood residents have petitioned the city to install new traffic circles at 28th Avenue Southwest and Southwest Kenyon Street as well as at 30th Avenue Southwest and South- west Elmgrove Street. Residents are invited to discuss the proposals with a representative of Seattle Transporta- tion. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Southwest Community Center, 2801 S.W. Thistle St. More info: Susan, 684-0815. Thurs. Nov. 13 Morgan Community Association The Morgan Community Association is sponsoring a neighborhood plan- ning/community meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at Gatewo.xt School, 4320 S.W. Myrtle St. A representative from Metro will be speaking and :tsking lbr feedback about service enhancements in our area. More into: Teresa, 935-5911. 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