West Seattle, Washington
11:31 PM FRIDAY: In West Seattle Crime Watch tonight – two stolen cars in Westwood, one taken, one found.
STOLEN FROM WESTWOOD VILLAGE: Mel reports a cousin’s car was stolen today from the parking lot near QFC at the shopping center. It’s a green 2000 Honda CR-V with license plate AVT1519, big ding on the front passenger side, license plate inside the car’s front passenger side, “Hawaiian warrior head on the rear-view mirror,” and the sign at right is on the passenger back-side window. (“Keiki” is Hawaiian for child.)
FOUND ACROSS FROM WESTWOOD VILLAGE: A texter reported finding this car earlier today and confirming it had been stolen:
It’s a Honda Civic, plate ALV4567. The finder reported it to police – so if it’s yours, hopefully you’ve long since gotten word of that.
12:50 AM SATURDAY P.S. Not related to either of those two cases so far as we know, but – Heidi e-mailed, wondering about a helicopter heard from North Arbor Heights after midnight. According to this tweet, it was Guardian One, helping with an ultimately unsuccessful search for car prowlers in White Center.
(WSB video: WSHS play from last minute of first half)
7:33 PM FRIDAY: Heartbreaker for the West Seattle High School girls-basketball team tonight – their season-long winning streak ended with a 67-64 loss to Bishop Blanchet in the Metro League championship game. Blanchet was also undefeated when the two teams met last month; WSHS got the best of them that time, but not tonight. The Wildcats went into the locker room at halftime with a 34-32 lead, but the second half belonged to Blanchet. West Seattle’s postseason rolls on, with a district-tournament game against a TBA opponent at 3 pm Tuesday at Bellevue College.
ADDED EARLY SATURDAY: Even as this postseason represents the swan song for the Wildcats’ senior stars, up-and-coming WSHS players performed well too, particularly Kelsie Lenzie:
With 11 points, she was one of three West Seattle players who scored in double digits. Bet you can guess who the other two were:
#32, senior Lydia Giomi, led WSHS with 16 … and #30, senior Lexi Ioane, followed with 13.
#20, freshman Grace Sarver, contributed 9:
Though the two teams stayed close in the first half, Blanchet had a big scoring run in the third quarter that WSHS could not recover from despite outscoring them in the final quarter.
The bracket has been updated; West Seattle will play either Juanita or Garfield in that 3 pm Tuesday game at Bellevue College (those two face off at 7 pm Saturday).
SATURDAY GAMES: 7 pm, the West Seattle boys host Chief Sealth in a loser-out district-playoff game, and there are two Tri-District games tonight at Seattle Lutheran High School – the SLHS girls vs. Cedar Park Christian at 5 pm, followed by the boys vs. Lummi Nation at 7 pm.
If you are a regular WSB visitor, you’ve seen many incredible wildlife photos by Mark Wangerin (including one just this morning). Again this year, he donated his images for a West Seattle Wildlife Calendar to raise money to help students at Chief Sealth International High School, where he used to teach. Laura Robb from Mark House Publishing, which made the calendars, sends the photo of Mark presenting the check for the proceeds to Sealth students and teacher Heather Griffin, along with this update:
It’s official! This year the 2016 West Seattle Calendar, with Mark Wangerin’s fabulous photos, sold out its run of 500 calendars and made a profit of $4,000 for Chief Sealth International High School.
Thanks to West Seattle retailers, student salespeople, teachers, and many, many individual purchasers, the students have had opportunities to expand and enrich their learning about the environment. The whole 9th grade class was able to participate in a hands-on project about water quality in the Duwamish River, and another group will be able to attend the environmental leadership conference, WAGIN, held this year at Ingraham High School.
Among the very helpful retailers were J.F. Henry, West Seattle Nursery, Emerald Water Anglers, West Seattle Thriftway, C&P Coffee, Page 2 Books (in Burien), and Capers. Also, LaFarge North America purchased several dozen calendars to support the sale.
A grad student who lives in West Seattle, Mike Northcutt, asked if we would share this announcement for independent research he’s conducting, self-funded, about local shopping, with a focus group this weekend. It’s a class project but the findings could benefit many:
Focus Group this Sunday to help small businesses in West Seattle.
Looking for 5-7 participants to join the conversation.
Topic: “The changing landscape for modern boutique retailers: How will they compete in the era of Amazon?”
Study is being conducted by a West Seattle resident / UW masters student and is aimed at delivering a beneficial report on issues such as: (1) How have shoppers’ expectations changed in the past 5 years? (2) How are people are using technology to drive purchasing decisions? (3) Why do people continue to shop at local stores when it is more convenient and cheaper to shop online?, and (4) How do millennials view brick and mortar local shopping? These and many other interesting topics will be discussed. This is a 4-week customer research study, with Sunday’s focus group being only the first leg. Findings from the study will be provided back to WSB in March for public viewing. If studies garner enough interest, a second study may follow.
If interested, please fill out this quick questionnaire (1-2 minutes). Selected participants will receive a $15 tab at the selected location for a beverage and pastry etc. The session will take approximately 1.5 – 2.0 hrs and will be held this Sunday (time and location TBA). This will be more formal than an open “meetup” as it will be a moderated focus group style format.
4:03 PM: Big Seattle Fire callout is heading to a possible house fire in High Point, 5900 block 34th SW.
4:11 PM: We’re at the scene. No flames visible, a little smoke. Firefighters were up on the roof to investigate.
4:22 PM: No injuries. Heating system problem suspected.
Four Level 3 sex offenders have moved to the area covered by the Seattle Police Department‘s Southwest Precinct – West Seattle and South Park – and the precinct’s crime-prevention coordinator Mark Solomon just sent an advisory to let you know about them:
In an effort to keep you informed, and in our constant attempts to reduce future victimization, we want to let you know about level 3 sex offenders that have recently moved into Southwest Precinct neighborhoods.
· Micheal Barron, a 27 year-old White male, is a level 3 registered sex offender who has recently moved to the 9000 block of 9th Avenue Southwest. Mr. Barron is currently under Department of Corrections supervision. [Editor’s note: See his photo and background here]
· Corey Brown, a 29 year-old African American male, is a level 3 registered sex offender who has recently moved to the 6300 block of 18th Avenue Southwest. Mr. Brown is currently under Department of Corrections supervision. [Editor’s note: See his photo and background here]
· Lawrie Campbell, a 47 year-old Native American male, is a level 3 registered sex offender who has recently moved to the 500 block of South Donavan Street. Mr. Campbell is no longer under Department of Corrections supervision. [Editor’s note: See his photo and background here]
· Richard Lovejoy, a 48 year-old White male, is a level 3 registered sex offender who has recently moved to the 9700 block of 33rd Avenue Southwest. Mr. Lovejoy is currently under Department of Corrections supervision. [Editor’s note: See his photo and background here]
Detective Foster from the Seattle Police Department’s Sex Offender Detail is assigned to check on these offenders and verify their information.
To learn more about these offenders and to see their photos, please visit the King County Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender website and search by their name. You will also find personal safety tips and resources on this site.
If you have further questions about these offenders, contact Michelle McRae of the Seattle Police Sex Offender Detail at 206-684-5581 or email at email@example.com.
Ahead, you’ll find general safety information that Solomon has shared with similar advisories in the past:
With music, art, poems, and stories, West Seattle Elementary in High Point celebrated Black History Month this morning in a district-wide spotlight, with media invited to cover the event. They’ve been learning about legendary leaders – note the kindergartener (above) holding a photo of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as classmates read a poem about him, and art in the hallways, with Rosa Parks and Maya Angelou among those featured:
The art is by third-graders, who also wrote essays incorporated into displays.
Along with learning about black Americans’ accomplishments, the children also heard firsthand stories of oppression, told by substitute teacher Lois Watkins, who is publishing a book soon with stories of growing up in segregated Little Rock, Arkansas.
Watkins read two of her short stories. One recalled how she and her sister were only allowed to play with a white girl under certain circumstances and in certain places, as they were not allowed in her home. Her other story recounted how she sneaked a drink of water from a drinking fountain designated “whites only” and was disappointed to find out the water was no different from what was provided in the one labeled “colored only” – as she realized the water all came from the same pipe.
The assembly also celebrated music, with first-graders singing Nat King Cole‘s classic “L-O-V-E“:
While onstage, the first-graders carried flags of all nations:
Fourth-graders also sang at the assembly – Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me.”
The annual celebration of African-American history was expanded to a month 40 years ago, in the nation’s bicentennial year, 1976.
Of all the on-the-way West Seattle restaurants, none has generated anywhere near as many “update, please!” requests as has Dumplings of Fury, coming to the ex-Quadrato space at 4302 SW Oregon in The Junction.
So we asked WSB contributing reporter Randall Hauk, who wrote this story about it three months ago, to check back. Randall reports:
Though the ownership team behind Dumplings of Fury has yet to set an opening date for the new quick-serve Asian-style dumpling shop, Ben Jenkins says the time for getting dumplings in The Junction is “getting close.”
Jenkins cites “normal scheduling stuff” in explaining the delay in the restaurant’s opening. As reported in November, the Fury team had optimistically targeted January 1.
“We had a couple of setbacks,” says Jenkins, “but we should be cooking in there and testing the menu this month.”
For now, the paper remains on the windows and the liquor-license notice posted on the front door, but we’re assured that “Furious” dumplings are coming soon!
(Red-breasted Nuthatch, photographed by Mark Wangerin – click image for larger view)
The Presidents Day weekend is about to begin – a four-day weekend for many, with Monday/Tuesday this year’s abbreviated “mid-winter break” for many local schools. Here are five ways to kick it off:
WINE TASTING: 5-9 pm, West Seattle winery Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor) opens its tasting room for regular Friday-night hours. (5910 California SW)
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: Not in West Seattle but you might want to go crosstown to cheer on the WSHS girls-basketball team going for the Metro League title tonight, 5:45 pm, vs. Bishop Blanchet, at Ingraham HS. (1819 N. 135th)
CHOCOLATE TASTING: 6 pm class mixing chocolate-tasting and stretches, at Limber Yoga. Check to see if there’s still room. (6019 California SW)
CONCERT AND CHILD CARE! 7:30 pm at Alki UCC, the series benefiting West Seattle Helpline continues with “Spanish Romance – Celebrate Valentine’s Weekend with an evening of marvelous piano pieces by Spanish composers, sweeping serenades and festive folk songs. Featuring pianist Tim Strong and vocalist Karen Oleson. Make it a date night! Child care provided.” $15-$20 free-will offering suggested – if you can, bring checks made out to WS Helpline. Full details here. (6115 SW Hinds)
MORE! … on our complete calendar.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Less than two months into her first term as the first City Councilmember for District 1 – West Seattle and South Park – Lisa Herbold made her first official appearance before the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce on (after a few unofficial appearances).
“I see my role at City Hall as a person you can count on to … keep things moving. Progress at City Hall can sometimes be slow and incremental.” She pointed out that Economic Development is part of her mission of the committee she’s chairing. She also said she hopes to serve the public by showing people how to “be their own best advocate.” Along the way, she also touched on several of the city’s current hot topics, including the SODO arena, the proposed bicycle-share takeover, and potential White Center annexation. Here’s our video:
The format was Q/A – starting with several pre-collected by Pete Spalding, who leads the Chamber’s government-affairs committee. The first gave her the opportunity to summarize her committee involvement on the council (as detailed here). The committee she chairs – Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development, and Arts – includes one that is charged with strengthening and enforcing workers’ rights, but with an “explicit commitment to business,” to “bring employeers and employees to the table together.” She’s also on the Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods & Finance Committee, and says housing affordability, “something I’ve been passionate about,” is part of her portfolio there. Job readiness, including apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs, is part of what she’s working on there.
Taking care of small businesses is important, she said, saying she’s “scoping out” whether the city could have a program like one in the Bay Area that protects “legacy businesses” (those in operation for decades) – determining how many had closed over a period of time, and then creating a registry of those still in business. “Once you quantify what you’ve lost, what you want to save, you can strategize how to save them,” she said, observing that voters in the Bay Area passed a fund specifically targeted at “helping these legacy businesses stay afloat.”
Another question: How does she plan to keep up on issues that businesses on the peninsula will be keeping up during her term?
One example she cited: The presentation at her committee meeting earlier this week, highlighting the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) training program at Vigor‘s shipyard on Harbor Island. You can see it at 18 minutes into the Seattle Channel video of the meeting:
Herbold told the chamber lunch’s ~40 attendees, “They have found that 81 percent of daytime graduates of this program were employed within the industry they were being trained for.” She also mentioned the Priority Hire program, focused on city public-works projects. That’s meant to increase what she said was a shrinking percentage of Seattle residents working on city-funded projects – now just 40 percent.
She promised to be “a regular” at Chamber meetings, and assured the group that transportation issues are among her priorities, too, describing the West Seattle Transportation Coalition is a good funnel for those advocacy issues, and suggesting the Chamber synergize with groups like that on key issues: “When we get letters that are written/signed by several interest groups, they’re compelling. … It really makes us take notice.”
When the floor was opened to questions, Chas Redmond – who had run for the seat Herbold won – asked how the new council is dealing with the proposed SODO arena.
“I was disappointed that we are moving forward with scheduling the street vacation public hearing,” she said. “I thought the appeal could conceivably identify some useful information to help guide us in the policymaking around the street vacation.” She said it doesn’t seem all the issues around the project have been revealed. She’s also interested in examining street-vacation policies in general. But she says she believes in negotiating from a position of strength and the street vacation “is a contract.” (Next questioner asked for an explanation of “street vacation” – find it here.)
After that: What might be your roadblocks for doing great things?
“Often, roadblocks associated with resources, sometimes the interest of folks in maintaining the status quo … we have a regressive tax structure in hte state and means we can’t do a lot of things we want to do, so we have to focus on the priorities.” She says she wants to focus on things affecting people’s day-to-day lives, and then expressed concern about the current proposal for the city to bail out and take over the bike-share program for $1.4 million (followed up by an expansion that would not likely include West Seattle): “The Pronto discussion, for example – I don’t know that keeping that afloat when it’s facing bankruptcy is the best use of finite resources.” So, she said, she’s “asking tough questions” about whether that would be “throwing good money after bad.”
Speaking about income inequality and homelessness, Herbold said: “We’re experiencing a lot of growth in the city and it’s not always being felt by everyone in the city.” She said the current efforts focus on “unsheltered homeless people.” She said that part of the problem in the past has been “up until a year and a half ago,” new resources was only being spent on permanent housing, rather than to get emergency shelter for the thousands of people sleeping outdoors.
White Center entrepreneur and North Highline Unincorporated Area Council board member Elizabeth Gordon then asked about how Herbold sees her role as representing a “border district,” with unincorporated WC next door, facing potential Seattle annexation (local voters rejected Burien’s overture years ago and that city is on record as no longer interested).
Herbold pointed out that she lives in a “border neighborhood” – Highland Park. She also reiterated what she had voiced repeatedly during the council campaign – that her view of WC/NH annexation is cautious at best. “I think it’s just a matter of partnerships – we have to always be in partnership with representatives and stakeholders that are our neighbors. I know there’s a lot of interest in pursuing annexation – I have a lot of concerns about annexation … I have an open mind but moving forward on these discussions … I don’t want to annex a new part of the region and have that part of the region just become another neighborhood on the list of underserved neighborhoods here in district 1.” She said she would want to make sure there are enough resources, and she’s not entirely sure that what the state might allocate this year (sales-tax-credit legislation is advancing) would be enough to cover the costs.
Your next chance to see Councilmember Herbold out in the district, by the way, is during the Nature Consortium’s Neighbor Appreciation Day work party tomorrow (Saturday, February 13th), 10 am-2 pm at Pigeon Point Park at 4418 21st SW, next to Pathfinder K-8.
Two more notes from the meeting:
CHAMBER’S NEW HOME: CEO Lynn Dennis mentioned that the Chamber has found a new HQ location – 5639 California SW, as reported here post-meeting yesterday afternoon.
YMCA UPDATE: The West Seattle/Fauntleroy YMCA (WSB sponsor) is now expecting to break ground on its expansion around mid-April, once the permits are finalized, Josh Sutton told the Chamber gathering. He also noted that the Y has 240 employees and is an $8 million business in West Seattle. It’s raised $3.65 million in West Seattle for the expansion, and its annual fundraising campaign is under way (as reported here)
For more information about the West Seattle Chamber, explore its website at wschamber.com; monthly events include lunches and “After Hours” gatherings. WSB is among the hundreds of local businesses comprising its membership.
A celebration-of-life gathering is planned next month for longtime West Seattleite Amelia “Amy” Beard Walker. Here’s the remembrance her family is sharing:
Amy went to her rest on February 1, 2016, at Highline Medical Center, at the age of 90.
Born on November 23, 1925, to Charles Grosvenor and Elizabeth Cooper Beard, in Jacksonville, Florida, and graduated from Central High School in Memphis, Tennessee, she married Thomas L. Walker Jr. in 1943, sharing life for 69 years, until his passing in 2012. They lived throughout the United States, wherever his career in aircraft and missile engineering took them. She worked in various public school systems, and completed her working career as the Director of Administrative Services and Assistant to the Executive Director, Goodwill Industries of Seattle.
Amy was active in the West Side Wheelers square dance club, the West Seattle Garden Club, Washington Arboretum, West Seattle Rock and Gem Club, and was a Member/Secretary for Toastmasters of West Seattle. She served on the Executive Board of the West Seattle Daystar Retirement Village and was a Daystar Ambassador, welcoming and assisting new residents. An active member of her church, she served as a reader for the 14th Church of Christ Scientist of West Seattle. She led a pro-active life, touching the lives of so many others in a positive, lasting way.
Amy is survived by her children; Carolyn Gabrio (Bob), Eileen Meling (Lee), Thomas Walker III (Toni), and Lawrence Walker (Rosario); seven grandchildren; Kristin Pottsmith (Chuck), Janice Belding, Jacqueline Walker, Marcella Bolen (Dan), Brian Walker (Andrea), Leah Walker, and Jamison Walker, and five great-grandchildren.
A celebration of her life will be held by her family at Daystar Retirement Village, 2615 SW Barton Street, on March 26th, 2:00 pm; after which a private family scattering of ashes will be conducted. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your favorite Veterans’ charity.
(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to firstname.lastname@example.org)
(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)
6:12 AM: Good morning! First, another thanks to Azimuth for finding the other high-bridge camera, which still isn’t back on the SDOT list, buried beneath another camera in a click on the city’s Travelers Information Map. It’s taken its place at top left.
Remember that Monday is the Presidents Day holiday – plus the first of two days off in an abbreviated midwinter break for most local students. For transportation, Metro will be on a “reduced weekday” schedule Monday, while the Water Taxi routes will not run at all. (Added: Washington State Ferries will be on their regular schedule.)
Today, though, everything’s as usual. If you see something unusual and can safely/legally use your phone, text or call us at 206-293-6302.
8:27 AM: Remains a relatively quiet commute in/from our area. One more note – if you’ll be driving in the Junction area tonight, the work at Fauntleroy/Alaska is expected to continue into next week, so be aware of a potential overnight detour by that corner.