UPDATE: Road flooding following West Seattle downpours


11:08 PM: Thanks for the photo and the tips – Fauntleroy and Raymond [map] is one of the spots that has flooded worse than usual during tonight’s deluge. (We’ve already advised one person who called about it to report it to Seattle Public Utilities, whose 24-hour dispatch is 206-386-1800.) We’re also hearing about deep water at spots including Harbor/Spokane. So if you’re headed out any time soon, be extra careful, and if you see what looks like a totally flooded roadway ahead, you’re advised not to drive/ride through it.

\11:30 PM: And just five minutes after we published that, the National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for areas including Seattle, until 2:15 am. Meantime, Darlene mentions in comments that the Delridge ramp to the bridge is swamped too.

12:15 AM: Michelle reported in comments that her husband and neighbors cleared the Fauntleroy/Raymond drains, and she sent a photo:


Meantime, another “standing water” report on the scanner – 9200 block of 35th SW.

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‘They saved his life’: Family of child hurt in windstorm shares ‘positive news’

(WSB photo from October 14th)

Twelve days after a little boy was rushed to the hospital with a serious injury suffered during the October 14th windstorm, we are hearing for the first time from his family. We had a short followup last week, and then today received this:

Dear West Seattle Community,

We are a local family and the parents of the 4-year old boy who was injured by the falling tree in Fauntleroy Park on October 14. We have so appreciated the kind words and thoughts on the West Seattle Blog and from our local community that we wanted to update you all on his status. We have tried to maintain his confidentiality, but we felt compelled to share more information, especially since we now have positive news to share.

Our boy suffered serious injuries, including a fractured skull, brain injury and broken femur. He was stabilized by the Seattle Fire Department, transported by Medic One, treated at Harborview Medical Center ED and Pediatric ICU, and is now in in-patient rehabilitation at Seattle Children’s. Thanks to the fantastic care of numerous providers, and to the love and support of his family, friends and community, he has made great strides in his recovery. He is a sweet, tough, energetic little boy and we are happy to report that he is talking, eating, smiling and playing. We are hopeful that, in time, he will make a full and complete recovery.

We are enormously fortunate to live in a city with quality emergency care. SFD and Medic One were quick to arrive and professionally assess, stabilize and transport our boy. HMC was hands-down exceptional from start to finish; we now understand why it is a nationally renowned Level 1 trauma center. And Children’s is, well, Children’s – we could not ask for a better place for our boy to recover and improve. Collectively, they saved his life, his body, his brain and his spirit.

Our boy has a long way to go, though, so we appreciate the continued hopes, thoughts, prayers, meditations, words, rays of light and all other ethereal forms of support the people of West Seattle have so kindly shared. Please know that, even if you do not know his name or address, he and we receive them all.

We remain deeply grateful for the love and compassion of our wonderful community.

Thank you.

REZONING: ‘Focus group’ looks at draft maps, with dots but without a deep dive

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Less than a week after the city went public with proposed rezoning maps for the city’s “urban villages,” the feedback process remains diffuse.

Last night, for a firsthand look at how part of it is working, we went to one of the “focus groups” that have been meeting monthly on related matters involved with the initiative known as HALA, the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda. (We wrote about the recruitment process last winter.) This group has been focused on areas including the West Seattle Junction. More on that shortly, including an alternative way to comment if you are having trouble with the site the city set up at hala.consider.it.

And today, the city announced that Mayor Murray will preside over a live Q/A about HALA via the mayoral Facebook page tomorrow (Thursday) morning at 10:45 am. Since it’s not a two-way video connection, you are asked to post questions now, either via this “event” page or via your Twitter account, with the hashtag #AffordableSeattle.

Now, to the background. Read More

APOLOGIES: Mega-outage for our otherwise-reliable longtime server-management company

Please accept our apologies for WSB being inaccessible for three-plus hours – if you missed our explanation on social-media channels, our server-management company WiredTree suffered some kind of catastrophic outage. It affected many sites as well as ours – we were able to see by monitoring Twitter mentions that we were far from alone. WiredTree hasn’t fully explained it yet, but the company is usually spectacularly reliable and responsive, and has been for the 8+ years we have been with them. We do have backup sites that we would have deployed if this had gone on any longer, or if there had been a major breaking story (luckily it was a quiet afternoon aside from the downpours) – including our White Center site, whitecenternow.com, whose server is with a different company, and the westseattleblog.wordpress.com backup site we used during our technical transition last winter. But now we’re back, so we’ll be publishing the stories we were working on when the site became inaccessible, soon as they’re ready – thanks again for your patience.

CITY BUDGET: South Seattle College contingent campaigns for 13th Year Promise scholarship expansion

(South Seattle College photo: 13th Year scholar Blanca Olivera speaking to City Councilmembers last night)

Two major events at City Hall last night. While we were covering a Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda “focus group” meeting talking about proposed rezoning (story to come), the City Council was listening to public comment about the budget. Among those commenting: A South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) contingent there to ask the city to contribute to expansion of the 13th Year Promise scholarship program. SSC communications director Ty Swenson shares the photo and report:

It was democracy in action at a Seattle City Council public hearing at City Hall as South Seattle College students, faculty, and leadership spoke to the council about the impact of our college’s 13th Year Promise Scholarship, and encouraged passage of a proposal to expand the program to three more high schools.

Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell has submitted a budget proposal that would expand the 13th Year Promise Scholarship to additional high schools over 2017 and 2018 with city support.

Currently offered to all Rainier Beach, Chief Sealth International, and Cleveland high school graduating seniors, the 13th Year Promise Scholarship provides one year of tuition-free college at South along with support services. It has increased access to higher education for area youth, particularly those from underrepresented groups including first-generation college students, low-income students, and students of color. The program began in 2008, and to this point has been funded by donations to the college’s foundation.

Speaking on behalf of the proposal to city council were South Seattle College President Gary Oertli, South Foundation Chair (and West Seattle resident) Catherine Arnold, Mathematics Instructor Heidi Lyman, and students Ken Bert and Blanca Olivera, both attending college through the 13th Year Promise Scholarship.

The potential expansion schools include West Seattle High School. The program expanded to Chief Sealth in 2011; CSIHS was the second school, and Rainier Beach was added in 2014.

Emphasis patrols, graffiti vandalism, and a one-block crime study @ West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network

From last night’s West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network meeting @ the Southwest Precinct:

WHERE POLICE ARE FOCUSED: Precinct commander Capt. Pierre Davis says their current emphasis patrols to get a step ahead of car prowlers include The Junction and Morgan Junction. As he has said at earlier community meetings, they made progress in former hotspot Highland Park over the summer. Data helps them figure out the hotspots – so if it happens to you, even if nothing is taken, please report it. And, he reiterated, please reduce car prowlers’ incentive by keeping stuff out of your vehicle.

Capt. Davis also said police are patroling Roxhill Park and some other area parks, as well as keeping an eye on certain people and places. He made mention of last week’s arrests near South Park, after officers spotted a stolen car linked to multiple West Seattle robberies.

By the way, court documents show that the adult suspect arrested in that incident, 19-year-old East Admiral resident Ayub M. Rage, is now charged with one count of second-degree robbery and one count of attempted second-degree robbery for two incidents last Thursday – a holdup at the Admiral 7-11 and an attempted holdup at the 41st/Admiral Chevron. His bail is set at $75,000, though prosecutors had requested $200,000.

Also discussed last night: Read More

BIZNOTE: Work begins for Ulta Beauty at Westwood Village

(WSB photo)

A few people are asking about the work that’s now under way at the former Pier 1 Imports space in Westwood Village. In case you missed our original story back in June: It’s being remodeled into an Ulta Beauty retail-and-salon location. Back when we discovered that in building-permit files, Ulta wouldn’t confirm it, but not only has the permit been granted and work started, they’re even advertising for help at the new store. We’re checking on a projected opening date.

7 options for your West Seattle Wednesday

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

(Engine 37 firefighter with Fauntleroy Fall Festival-goer last Sunday)

FIREFIGHTER STORY TIME: 11:15-11:45 am at Delridge Library, bring preschoolers to meet firefighters and learn about fire safety during a fun special story time. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

ENTREPRENEUR MEETUP: Noon-1:15 pm, it’s free meetup day at West Seattle’s only coworking center, WS Office Junction (WSB sponsor). Bring your lunch if you want to and go meet new people! (6040 California SW)

CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP: 3-4:30 pm at Senior Center of West Seattle, talk with others who know exactly what you’re going through. (4217 SW Oregon)

WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT HOMELESSNESS: Come to tonight’s Highland Park Action Committee-presented panel discussion (in place of the regular monthly HPAC meeting) ready to learn, listen, and talk, 7 pm at Highland Park Improvement Club. (12th SW/SW Holden)

POEMS AND STORIES: The monthly Poetrybridge event at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) features Rayn Roberts and Chris Jarmick, plus a community microphone. (5612 California SW)

SIGGIE THE VINTAGE MAN: Live music at Whisky West in Morgan Junction, 7-9 pm. No cover; 21+. (6451 California SW)

KNATHAN RYAN: At Parliament Tavern, 8-11 pm, Knathan Ryan of The Bruised Hearts Revue celebrates a night of acoustic sounds. No cover; 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

P.S. This is the ONLY day/night of the week with nothing in the WSB West Seattle Halloween (etc.) Guide – but check it out when you can, as we’ve added even more to the list of what’s up (for all ages!) between now and next Tuesday. And if we’re missing something, there’s still time for us to add it – e-mail the info (plain text in your message) ASAP to editor@westseattleblog.com – thank you!

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday updates, alerts, previews

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)

6:59 AM: Good morning! The rain’s back. No incidents reported right now in/from West Seattle.


SCHOOL’S OUT EARLY: 2-hour early dismissal for Seattle Public Schools today.

FERRY MEETING TOMORROW: If you use the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route, your chance to talk with Washington State Ferries about problems/solutions is 5-6:30 pm Thursday at The Hall at Fauntleroy (9131 California SW).

WEST SEATTLE WATER TAXI: This is the last week of 7-day operation – the weekday-only schedule starts Monday (Halloween). Meanwhile, the WSWT will be on an extended schedule Thursday night because of the Sounders FC playoff match.

NEW METRO BOSS: Rob Gannon, who has been interim general manager of Metro Transit since March, is now its official GM.

HARVEST FESTIVAL ON SUNDAY: The Junction’s Sunday road-closure pattern will be expanded on Sunday (October 30th) because of the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival, 10 am-2 pm – closer to the Summer Fest footprint, with California closed to motorized-vehicle traffic between Edmunds and Oregon, and SW Alaska closed between 44th and 42nd. Look for an updated preview later today.

7:17 AM: SDOT’s traffic center reports a crash at Myers Way and 1st Ave. S., at the east end of the Roxbury corridor.

7:35 AM: Texter reports a fenderbender on the EB high bridge. No SFD dispatch.

8 AM: SDOT says it’s a stall in the center lane.

8:20 AM: Bridge incident is clear.

8:30 AM: Crash blocking right lane in NB Battery St Tunnel.

8:39 AM: And SDOT says that has cleared.

FAUNTLEROY CREEK COHO: Singing and drumming Sunday, after a preview

(October 2015 WSB photo)

Even before this Sunday’s annual gathering at Fauntleroy Creek to call the coho home with singing and drumming, there’s hope of spawners – creek steward Judy Pickens reports that “we saw 5 coho in the spawning reach late Wednesday (October 19th) but nothing since. Our cadre of watchers continues to monitor for more and we could well get them, as their usual arrival time is about October 30th.” And that is Sunday, when you are invited to join the 5 pm gathering at the fish-ladder viewpoint (SW Director & upper Fauntleroy Way SW).

West Seattle Crime Watch: Two stolen-car cases

In West Seattle Crime Watch – two stolen-car cases:


15TH/ROXBURY: This one unfolded over the past hour or so, on the city side of the 15th/Roxbury intersection – thanks to everyone who texted about it. The van in our photo above was stolen, police say; when they tried to pull it over,its driver and passengers jumped out and bolted, leaving the van on 15th, just north of Roxbury. So far, no luck finding the suspects.

FAIRMOUNT PARK: We got a note this afternoon mentioning a green Civic, damaged and seemingly abandoned, at the end of the alley that runs along the west side of Fairmount Park Elementary:


The e-mailer asked if we had heard about a stolen car like this one. No – but we found it on the SPD Twitter feed @getyourcarback, and advised them to call it in to police, which they did, reporting back later that SPD and the owner had arrived. We do not know where it was stolen from, because @getyourcarback does not cross-reference to case numbers or addresses, but it was taken somewhere in Seattle.



This fall’s most-awaited West Seattle food/drink opening has arrived: The new New Luck Toy (5905 California SW) is open as of about an hour ago. October was the target for co-proprietor Chef Mark Fuller (also known for Ma’Ono in TheJunction) when we checked in a month and a half ago, and he and NLT partner Patric Gabre-Kidan have made it with a week to spare. As Fuller described it to us in September, it’s not a restaurant with a bar – it’s “a bar that will offer a small menu (16-20 items) of classic Chinese-American dishes. 50 seats, and a private karaoke room that will accommodate up to 8 people, cozily.” 4 pm-2 am nightly. The previous venue in the space, Chopstix, closed back in February; the plan for New Luck Toy (named after a longtime Junction restaurant/bar) emerged in March.

P.S. New Luck Toy’s menu isn’t online yet but we got a sneak peek at a test version last month, if you just have to look before you go. And the NLT Instagram page has previewed some slushy cocktails.



Two weeks until Election Day arrives, and the vote-counting begins. With King County Elections having sent out ballots last Wednesday, you should have yours by now, and KCE wants to hear from you if you don’t – 206-296-VOTE.

If you do, and you’re ready to vote, a few reminders:

*The new dropbox on SW Raymond outside High Point Library (photo above) is open for business, 24/7. A reader asked us how often it’s emptied; we checked today with KCE, and spokesperson Kendall Hodson replied, “Ballot drop boxes are picked up at least daily. For some higher-volume locations, we’ll actually pick up even more frequently than that.”

*One thing Hodson wanted to add: “Let people know that if they are mailing their ballot they only need a single stamp (there’s been a lot of confusion around this).”

If you’re using postal mail, make sure your ballot is postmarked by Election Day (November 8th). If you are using a dropbox – here’s the full list of locations – you need to get yours there by 8 pm November 8th. Don’t start marking it at 7:55 that night … you have more than three dozen races/issues to decide!

P.S. Voted already? Use the online Ballot Tracker to ensure yours is received.

P.P.S. Not registered? You still have until next Monday (October 31st) to register – but you have to do it in person.

BY THE WAY: That’s an image of suffragist/abolitionist Elizabeth Cady Stanton taped by someone to the front of the box.

HOMELESSNESS: Panel @ Highland Park Action Committee tomorrow; mayor’s plan; councilmember’s context @ Alki CC

Three notes on what remains the most-discussed issue of the day:

PANEL DISCUSSION AT HPAC TOMORROW: Wednesday night at 7 pm, the Highland Park Action Committee‘s monthly meeting will be devoted to a panel discussion about homelessness. From HPAC’s website:

This panel is being created in response to local concerns, creating a common understanding of homelessness, the challenges some may face accessing housing, and ways we can help. Speaking on the panel will be Ruth Herold, Executive Director, Elizabeth Gregory Home; Polly Trout, Ph.D., Founder, Patacara Community Services; and a member of Camp Second Chance’s leadership team. The panel is moderated by Gunner Scott, Chair of HPAC.

Goals for the discussion include dispelling stereotypes, demystify homelessness, and to lay the groundwork for greater communication, understanding and involvement between all neighbors – housed and unhoused. There will be time for Q & A.

Everyone is welcome.

(Camp Second Chance is the encampment just inside the entrance to the Myers Way Parcels.) HPAC meets at Highland Park Improvement Club, 12th SW/SW Holden.

MAYOR’S PROPOSALS: As the City Council tabled its discussion of changing the “protocols” for encampments – when and where they can and can’t be removed – Mayor Ed Murray went public last Friday night with details on his interim plan. If you haven’t yet read about it, here’s the news release; here’s the plan. Some details are still pending, such as what locations will be proposed for the four sanctioned encampments the mayor wants to set up to get hundreds of people out of unsanctioned ones.

COUNCILMEMBER HERBOLD’S THOUGHTS: Last Thursday night, City Councilmember Lisa Herbold was a late addition to the agenda at the Alki Community Council. She talked extensively about the ongoing budget process, and then was asked about the encampment-legislation controversy, which she acknowledged was a “flashpoint.” Our notes: Read More

MISSING TEEN: Have you seen Will?

Family and friends are looking for your help in finding Will, 16 years old and reported as missing:

From Will’s aunt:

Friends, especially those in West Seattle and Tukwila, please help us locate my nephew Will. He was last seen October 5th and we last heard from him October 9th. His family is desperately searching for him. A police report has been filed In both Tukwila and Seattle. He has been known to hang out at Westwood Village, Castle Skate Park, White Center, Lincoln Park, High Point, and along Roxbury in West Seattle. Again, please let us know if you see or hear from him – any information is helpful! He is 16 years old, 6’4″ and approximately 140 lbs.

Refer to Seattle Police report #16-372774.

Peel & Press: Welcome, new WSB sponsor!

Joining us today as a brand-new WSB sponsor is Peel & Press in Morgan Junction, with an anniversary celebration all week. Here’s what they would like you to know:

Peel & Press is excited to celebrate our two-year anniversary on October 29th. We have had a great first two years, with our pizza, pasta, and cocktails well received, including a great review in the Seattle Times. As a thank you to all our customers who have supported us on this adventure, we would like to extend a free appetizer or dessert for your table when you join us this week (through Sunday, October 30th).

The support of West Seattle residents has allowed us to continue to update and expand the restaurant. We are thrilled to be adding an additional covered outdoor seating area for private parties and overflow seating on our busy nights, and yes, there will be heat lamps. We also have a plan to expand our bar seating (without removing any of our current family dining) that should take place over the next year.

Your patronage at Peel & Press has allowed us to support many local charities, schools, and community groups. We whole-heartedly believe in giving back to the community that has given so much to us. Please stay tuned as we pair with local leaders to restore the mural on the back of our Morgan Junction building. We will be hosting a benefit night in the near future and have been working hard on gathering donations and grants to help restore this 1989 piece from the Murals of West Seattle project.

Thank you again for the last two years. We are proud to call West Seattle home and look forward to many anniversaries to come.

Peel & Press is at 6503 California SW, 206-937-1457, open for lunch and brunch as well as dinner and drinks.

We thank Peel & Press for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

West Seattle Tuesday: Rezoning, crime-fighting, dancing, listening, more…

(One more photo from Herring’s House Park during last weekend’s Duwamish Alive! – see the gallery from WSB’s Leda Costa here)

Here are some highlights for the rest of your Tuesday. First, from the WSB West Seattle Halloween (etc.) Guide:

EL VESTIDO DE TLAMANALLI: Looking ahead to Dia de los Muertos, at the South Park Library, 6:30 pm tonight – “El Vestido de Tlamanalli“:

In this beautiful fable, author and actress Nora Girón-Dolce takes us on an imaginary trip to the beginnings of the Mexican tradition of setting up the offering and altar for the dead. The audience will participate in the setting of a small offering that will help them understand its elements and their meaning. This program is presented entirely in Spanish. For children ages 3-11.

Details here. (8604 8th Ave. S.)

Now, two reasons you might want to go downtown tonight:

CITY COUNCIL BUDGET HEARING: This is the council’s second evening public hearing to listen to what you want to, and/or don’t want to, see in the city budget. 5:30 pm at City Hall – signups for speakers start at 4:30 pm, according to the detailed budget-process update in City Councilmember Lisa Herbold‘s latest online post. (600 4th Ave.)

DISCUSSION OF PROPOSED JUNCTION REZONING: Remember those maps we published last week, the draft proposals for rezoning in “urban villages” as part of what the city calls Mandatory Housing Affordability? The process that led to those maps includes ongoing meetings of “focus groups” and the next one – open to the public – is tonight at City Hall. This group includes reps from the West Seattle Junction area, the West Seattle “urban village” with the most proposed changes.

(Direct link to West Seattle Junction map)

Particularly if you are a property owner in the area, you might want to go. 6 pm in Room 370. (600 4th Ave.)

And from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, on-peninsula highlights for tonight:

JUSTIN KAUSAL-HAYES: Live at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor), 5-8 pm. No cover. Come early for Happy Hour specials 3-6 pm. (1936 Harbor SW)

DANCE AUDITIONS: A grant-funded program for young dancers 7-12 years old has hip-hop auditions at 6:30 pm, Bollywood auditions 7:15 pm, both at Dakota Place Park. Details and preregistration info are in our calendar listing. (California SW/SW Dakota)

WEST SEATTLE BLOCK WATCH CAPTAINS NETWORK: 6:30 pm at the Southwest Precinct, with an update from local police plus guests including Crime Prevention Coordinator Mark Solomon – see the preview at the end of last night’s Crime Watch roundup. You don’t have to be a Block Watch captain, or even member, to attend – all welcome. (2300 SW Webster)

JOE ROSS & THE BIRD WATCHERS: Honky-tonk jazz at Parliament Tavern, 8-11 pm. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

LOTS MORE TO CONSIDER … on our complete-calendar page.

West Seattle development: Next Design Review meeting set for 4532 42nd SW

The calendar for the Southwest Design Review Board has been a little empty lately, but another meeting has just been set – what could be the final review for 4532 42nd SW, a 6-story mixed-use building planned for ~74 apartments over 5,302 square feet of retail and office space, with 71 offstreet parking spaces. This is immediately north of Capco Plaza (home to apartments and businesses including Junction QFC). The review is set for 6:30 pm Thursday, December 1st, at the Senior Center/Sisson Building (4217 SW Oregon). A 2008 proposal for the site fizzled; the current proposal went through three Early Design Guidance meetings (here’s our report on the third one last April), and you can find the city reports on them by following the links here.

SIGNUP TIME: ‘Plant for the Planet Academy’ in West Seattle

Think global, act local. That applies to the Plant for the Planet youth movement, which the video above is about, and which is having its next daylong Plant for the Planet Academy for interested kids this Saturday, 9 am-5:30 pm, at Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Gatewood.

Do you know a young person who is concerned about climate change? Please spread the word about the upcoming Plant for the Planet Academy on October 29th. At this free day-long workshop, 50 students (ages 9-14) will learn how they can take action to protect and heal our environment, as part of Plant For The Planet – an international group of 34,000+ young people worldwide who are planting trees and leading communities to solve the climate crisis now.

At the Academy, students will learn how to present information to others about the science of climate change and ways to take positive action – both as individuals and as communities. Students will use hands-on activities to teach one another about climate science, how to plant a tree, how to give a climate presentation, and they will make plans with other ambassadors to engage our community on climate solutions. The upcoming Plant for the Planet Academy will culminate in an educational and moving slideshow presentation for families and the public, as the world’s newest Ambassadors for Climate Justice share what they have learned from each other and make their commitments to plant and speak for the trees, and for our environment!

It’s free, with snacks, a T-shirt, and the book “Tree by Tree” provided to participants. Here’s how to register.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday updates and alerts

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)

7:06 AM: So far, no incidents in/from West Seattle. Transportation-related notes:

JUNCTION BUS SHELTERS UPDATE: Here’s our followup about the plan to remove two shelters at the west end of the south side of SW Alaska near 44th SW.

EARLY DISMISSAL TOMORROW: Seattle Public Schools are out two hours early on Wednesday.

WASHINGTON STATE FERRIES MEETING THURSDAY: 5-6:30 pm Thursday at The Hall at Fauntleroy (in the historic schoolhouse at 9131 California SW), WSF plans a meeting to listen to concerns about the “triangle” route.

NEARBY TRAFFIC ALERT THIS WEEKEND: Friday night through Monday morning, East Marginal Way S. will be closed at Diagonal Ave. S. for railroad-track replacement. This means detours – all detailed here.

COMMUNITY GIVING: ‘Living supply’ donation drive in advance of ‘Lunches with Love’

(Chalk art outside ‘Lunches with Love’ assembly location last year)

Community generosity tends to rise as the winter holidays draw near – and sometimes, the number of requests can be overwhelming. Here is an opportunity to do something early in the season. West Seattle/South Park entrepreneur and community advocate Lashanna Williams is planning this year’s Lunches with Love again and sends word that the effort is beginning with a dropoff donation drive for “living supplies” – literally, the supplies that unsheltered people need for daily living. This week and next, a dropoff spot is set up for you to use any time to give any or all of the items they’re looking for – click ahead to see what’s needed and where: Read More

West Seattle Crime Watch: Reader reports, robbery suspect update, and tomorrow’s Block Watch Captains Network plan

4 reader reports, one followup, and a look ahead to a meeting you might want to attend Tuesday:

TRUCK AND TOOLS STOLEN: HWLP says thieves took their truck last night from Arbor Heights, near 35th/104th – despite its alarm system – and while the truck was found via its tracking system, its starter and door locks are broken and “all my power tools are gone as well as all my hand tools and tool bags, along with most of my material used for everyday repairs, (copper fittings/ brass fittings/ nipples, etc.), many thousands of dollars worth.” The truck is “in police impound where they are searching for fingerprints” and HWLP can’t work without it or the tools.

AUTO THEFT, BREAK-INS: From Sebastian in the 4500 block of Delridge Way SW:

I live in a new housing community across from the Delridge soccer fields. One of my neighbors had this car stolen that was parked on Delridge and 2 of my neighbors had their cars broken into last night that were parked in our small private parking lot. We’ve lived in North Delridge for 2 years, and this is the first time we are aware of break-ins and car thefts in that area. Just wanted to make residents in that area aware of what is going on! My neighbors have alerted the police about all of these incidents.


Just wanted to say my mail box was broken into last night on 25th SW/Juneau off Delridge. We own a security box and they ripped the hinges clean off. This isn’t the first time I’ve walked out to my car in the morning to see neighbors’ boxes open. Please beware if you live in the area.

ANYBODY MISSING THIS CAR? Spotted by Debra at 28th/Yancy today – missing all four wheels, she says:


We checked @getyourcarback and didn’t see the plate among the thefts listed there.

FOLLOWUP ON ROBBERY SUSPECTS: The lone adult suspect in a West Seattle holdup spree, a 19-year-old East Admiral resident who was among those arrested after that pursuit and crash in South Park last week, remains in jail, with bail set over the weekend at $7,500. He does not appear to have a felony record, at least in this state. Tomorrow is the charging headline if he and three juvenile suspects are to continue to be held, for now; we’ll continue following up. The robberies in which they are under investigation happened last week at the Admiral and Harbor Avenue 7-11s and the 41st/Admiral Chevron. Probable-cause documents say the Chevron robbery was thwarted by the clerk, who refused to hand over any money, asking, “Is this a joke?”

TOMORROW – WEST SEATTLE BLOCK WATCH CAPTAINS’ NETWORK: You don’t have to be a Block Watch Captain, or even in a block watch, to attend this monthly meeting full of helpful, illuminating information. 6:30 pm Tuesday (October 25th), the WSBWCN agenda has expanded – in addition to the Southwest Precinct‘s Crime Prevention Coordinator Mark Solomon, two more guests are planned, precinct researcher Jennifer Burbridge to talk about this year’s Public Safety Survey (taken it yet? publicsafetysurvey.org) and Jake Hellenkamp from Seattle Neighborhood Group to speak briefly about a new crime-prevention project in eastern West Seattle. (2300 SW Webster)

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