Delridge District Council: From police surveys to speed signs

From the SPD door-to-door survey, to traffic concerns, and a P-Patch tour reminder – toplines from last night’s Delridge Neighborhoods District Council meeting at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center – read on for our toplines:

POLICE UPDATES: Door-to-door surveys were among the topics addressed by Southwest Precinct Lt. Norm James. You might recall first word of SPD surveying households, reported here in June, during an early test of the program. Now they’re expanding, asking people how SPD could improve, asking what they fear – remember that “reducing fear” is one of the department’s new goals – and how the police can help. Lt. James said they’ll start in Pigeon Point and South Park in mid-October, for about a week. … Meantime, crime in Delridge overall is down, said Lt. James. He also mentioned the upcoming change of command at the precinct (first reported here Wednesday morning), with newly promoted Capt. Steve Paulsen returning to the SWP as its commander, while 2 1/2-year commander Capt. Joe Kessler takes over the West Precinct.

SPEED ALERTS? A suggestion came up about signs needed to remind drivers coming off the West Seattle Bridge at Delridge about the speed limit change – while it’s 45 on The Bridge, it’s 30 once you’re on Delridge.

SCHOOL TRAFFIC: Pigeon Point neighbors of Pathfinder K-8 at Cooper are reporting heavier-than-ever traffic going into the school – few kids appear to be using the buses, but many are being driven, and the already-tiny parking lot is overflowing. Neighborhood leaders plan to meet with school leaders and SDOT, hoping that perhaps some solutions can be found, such as more carpooling.

P-PATCHES: After a city reminder about P-Patch van tours citywide starting later this month – with one in West Seattle on September 25th (meet at the Delridge Neighborhood Service Center, Delridge and Brandon, 1 pm) – council chair Mat McBride noted that there are concerns about P-Patch pilfering in West Seattle and elsewhere. Features such as gazebos might make them more park-like and discourage stealing.

CITY BUDGET: Another reminder – the mayor’s going public with his budget proposal at 2 pm September 27th, and that’ll be followed by City Council public hearings around the city, including one here in West Seattle on October 13th (as noted here last week) at South Seattle Community College‘s Brockey Center.

SPEAKING OF THE MAYOR: A city rep at the meeting said the Q/A that ended Mayor McGinn’s recent Delridge tour (WSB coverage here) was such a hit, they’re hoping to incorporate it into future walking tours around the city.

The public’s always welcome at Delridge Neighborhoods District Council meetings, which include representatives from community councils and other major organizations/institutions around Delridge, third Wednesday of the month, 7 pm @ Youngstown.

2 Replies to "Delridge District Council: From police surveys to speed signs"

  • Eric B September 16, 2010 (9:36 pm)

    The heavier traffic at Pathfinder might partly be because it has more students. It is close to 500 this year – about twice the number of students that were at the Cooper building a couple of years ago.

  • mcbride September 17, 2010 (10:13 am)

    Thanks Eric.
    Hey folks just a reminder – if you have any questions, concerns or announcements at all regarding the Delridge Neighborhood (the entire area east of 35th from the W Seattle Bridge to White Center), or just wish to get involved civically, this is a great venue. We regularly host city council members, as well as other ranking officials in city government. In addition to presenting great information, they also listen and takes notes. It’s pretty awesome.
    This last meeting included Stella Chao, Director of the Department of Neighborhoods ( A great person and resource to discuss issues where you live, wherever that may be.
    These meetings are always open to the public, and I encourage all of you to come down and add your voice. We have a vision of greatness for this community, and I invite you to roll up your sleeves and join us. It’s The Delridge Way.
    Mat McBride, Chair, Delridge District Council

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