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Magnolia Patrol Update as of May 1st.


I would like to update you on the status of our launch on May 1st. We are very close in launching our community patrol. We anticipate another few weeks to make sure we have all the requirements to provide this service to our community. Please check our website for the latest updates and changes.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us anytime.

Again, thank you for your support and patience.

Joe Villarino
MPA Organizer

Block Watch Captains or Group Leaders

Hello [newsfield name=”name”],

If you are a member or a block watch captain who now can submit your information to our new interactive map that identifies all active block watch, SNAP Groups, CERT members and Ham Radio Operators. This will help all of us during emergencies and disasters. Here is the link to fill out the form:

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at

Best regards,

Joe Villarino


Magnolia Town Hall – April 9


Please join the Magnolia Community Council & the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce for a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, April 9th, from 7 – 9 pm. The meeting will be held at Catherine Blaine School in the cafeteria.

Invite your friends & neighbors and participate in the discussion about the future of Magnolia, especially the Village. Learn about the Magnolia Community Council & the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce and the work they do to make Magnolia a better place. Contact Greg Carnese, for more information.

See you there!


Final Survey – Membership Head Count


We have some great news we are just a few weeks out in becoming an official organization and one of the largest membership group in Magnolia. I want to thank everyone on the board of directors and advisory council for their hard work and dedication to getting all our ducks in a row on this long journey ahead us. Continue reading

Nearly 30 Queen Anne burglaries plus trespassing make up February’s crime stats

March 7th, 2015 by Laura – Queen Anne View

In the past few weeks, we’ve had several readers write in with their own personal experiences with crime – and not just car prowls. We get a lot of car prowl reports, so they often don’t make the blog. Those crimes are a nightly occurrence.

However, these two separate incidents are a bit more alarming – an attempted daylight break-in and a suspicious person (with warrants) sleeping in a resident’s car.

The descriptions from the readers are below – if you see someone matching the description of the suspicious person, call 911. And, be sure to lock your car doors…  and check the back seat of your vehicles. Continue reading

Let Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood police itself

The typically quiet Magnolia neighborhood Seattle neighbors fight uphill battle to maintain public Lake Washington access. (MyNorthwest Photo/File)

When you’re not feeling safe in your neighborhood, is it a smart move to hire security? What if the security is just a bunch of off-duty police officers?

That’s the scenario unfolding in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood. The residents are seeing an increase in theft and burglaries. They’re not happy with the response from the Seattle Police Department, so they’re turning to the idea of hiring off duty officers for some extra patrols.

Burglary victim Lauren Nichols told KING 5 she wants to see extra patrols in Magnolia, and wants officers to take burglaries more seriously. “They broke the window and were able to reach in and unlock our door,” said Nichols. “That felt really scary that the police didn’t prioritize coming to our house.”

According to the KING 5 report:

Seattle Police said in December 2014 that it was ramping up its efforts to address property crime and reduce response wait times, but residents in Magnolia say they aren’t seeing any improvement.

“Property crimes in Magnolia seem to be abundant from packages stolen off porches to cars being stolen,” said reporter Steven Smalley of the blog

More than 100 people gathered over the weekend to consider hiring off-duty officers patrolling Magnolia. Concerned citizens want more than a handful of officers to tackle what they estimate to be a nine percent increase in property crime compared to this time last year.

So is hiring off-duty officers the right move? Is it a move that should even be considered? After all, it’s the job of the SPD to protect and serve all the communities and be responsive.

I think it’s a good idea but I understand why it would rub people the wrong way. Specifically, I know a lot of you would say you pay taxes for SPD to protect you and your neighbors, and you damn well expect they’ll show up when you call them after a burglary.

Well, it’s not so black and white.

Of course, in a perfect world, the Seattle Police Department or your city’s police department, have endless amounts of officers to strategically place across the community.

That way, would-be criminals would think twice about committing crimes. The petty car thefts and home burglaries would likely be lessened considerably.

But we don’t have an endless supply of cops. Each department has budgets they adhere to, along with the retention and recruitment issues.

So, what you have to do instead is use the resources you have to put together a plan that best addresses the city as a whole.

SPD, for example, is using the system SEASTAT to figure out where the high crimes areas are and determine the best way to tackle crime. Sometimes that means more patrols, other times it means installing deterrent technology.

That’s where Magnolia comes in.

Perhaps they’re having higher than usual crime. Maybe they perceive it to be worse than it actually is. Maybe it is bad, but not as bad as Capitol Hill, SoDo or Pioneer Square.

The SPD can’t always assign more officers in your neighborhood. You’re still working with a finite number of officers so when you take a few from Pioneer Square, suddenly Pioneer Square sees increased crime.

Is it fair to the business and residents of Pioneer Square anymore than it’s fair to Magnolia when they don’t get the protection they feel they need?

There is always going to be a loser when it comes to communities getting attention from the police department. That’s a reality. That’s also the reason why you’re not getting an immediate response from the SPD.

The upset that it took four hours for a police response to a burglary, is similar to Danny Westneat complaining that no one is dropping everything to chase down his stolen phone.

It’s a selfish feeling. It’s one I understand. Someone stole something, they broke into a home or car and we feel vulnerable. We need someone to make us feel safe again.

That’s all about your own feelings, which is why I say it’s selfish. You’re no more important than anyone else in the city – rich or poor. You should realize unless it’s a burglary in progress, it’s not all that important to send an officer out immediately when a competing issue is presented.

For example, let’s say you were robbed while at a movie, you get home, realize your house was broken into. The burglar isn’t there anymore, it happened hours ago. You call the police. Of course, you want their immediate attention. But what if their immediate a couple officers in a high-crime neighborhood of their beat?

Again, I understand wanting to feel better instantly. I’d experience the same thing. I have experienced the same thing but it’s selfish.

What’s the best way to feel safer and get all the attention you need? Pay for it yourself – pay for the off-duty, extra protection. The cops can’t be in your neighborhood 24/7 under the current budget – and that’s the case for every big city – it’s the case for a lot of small ones too.

If you’re not willing to deal with that reality, then hire the job out to supplement what the cops are already doing. It’s a good idea. What do you think?



NEW – KIRO 7 News Story on 911 Response Time – Magnolia Residents Featured


I like to thank Claudia Heiden about this news story it was posted also on

Linzi Sheldon from KIRO 7 had a new news story today on the SPD 911 response time. Features one of our Magnolia neighbors and what they experienced in the the response time from SPD in their home burglary:…

Then KIRO 7 provided 911 response time data from SPD and FAQ’s on how to read the data:…

FAQ’s on 911 response time data:…

Thank you,

Joe Villarino

MPA Organizer

Reminder – Advisory/Volunteer Meeting Tomorrow


This is just a reminder that the advisory and volunteer meeting will be tomorrow at 6pm at the Magnolia United Church of Christ 3555 W. McGraw St. on the lower level of the church which is called the parlor.

Please bring your ideas to this meeting. I want to thank everybody who have sent email of encouragement, suggestions and ideas for our advisory board. Since there is a lot of interest in the advisory board and to include volunteers the idea of having one board with this large of a group needs to be expanded. I feel that to better serve the community and having each one of us in participating with this program I would like hear your thoughts on this proposal. There will be two structured boards. Continue reading

My brazen car prowlers turn out to be state’s ‘Most Wanted’

by Danny Westneat – Seattle Times

The case of the bungled car prowl just gets curiouser and curiouser. As hard as this may be to believe, it gets more embarrassing for the Seattle police.

Last week I wrote about how the police mostly ignored my family’s repeated calls to come and bust a vanload of car prowlers that my 14-year-old daughter had tracked using an iPhone app. The thieves were so brazen they held up our stolen stuff in plain view. But we were told by police dispatchers to go home and file an insurance claim.

As it turns out, these weren’t just any car prowlers. They were Washington’s Most Wanted! Continue reading

Skype Call – During Meeting 2/21/15


If you are not able to attend the meeting on Saturday we will attempt to have a Live Skype Call during the meeting on February 21, 2015 at 12pm. Please add me to your contacts on Skype. Our Skype name is “MagnoliaPatrol” hopefully this test run will work well. If not, we can try Google Hangout at the next meeting. I will also video record the meeting and post it on the website.

Also, I would like to have someone to volunteer to take meeting notes during our meeting. If you are interested please send me an email.

Thank you for your support.

Joe Villarino

MPA Organizer