West Seattle, Washington
Congratulations to two independent West Seattle businesses (both WSB sponsors) that are celebrating anniversaries this weekend. Here’s what’s in it for you:
12 YEARS FOR CLICK! DESIGN THAT FITS: On Saturday (October 8th), Click! Design That Fits will mark a dozen years in business – six years in The Junction after six years in The Admiral District. Click! co-proprietor John Smersh says the party will include “in-store specials, drawings for gift cards, snacks and beverages, and something fun and new this year: A pop-up shop of works by our talented Click! staff!” Drop by and help Click! celebrate, 5-8 pm Saturday – see the Click! website for even more info. (4540 California SW)
3 YEARS FOR SECOND GEAR SPORTS: Saturday and Sunday, it’s a two-day party and “garage sale” for Second Gear Sports in Morgan Junction:
We’ll have discounts, treats, and a local donation opportunity. If you scored great deals at last year’s garage sale, get ready to do it again at this once-a-year event!
Some highlights include:
-Enjoy Starbucks coffee, cupcakes from West Seattle’s own Stuffed Cakes on Saturday, and Top Pot doughnuts on Sunday
-Donate a “backpack program”* item to our West Seattle Food Bank bin, and we’ll give you an extra 10% off already-great deals and discounts
-Special discounts throughout the store and bins marked at $1 and $5
Second Gear Sports recently remodeled, with more gear to serve your needs. Come check it out! We also have a new vehicle for pickup and delivery service — ask us about it! There’s something new every day, and we can’t wait to celebrate with you!
*WS Food Bank hands out backpacks with the following items so kids can have food stability on weekends:
– Shelf stable soy, almond or cow’s milk
– Juice boxes or cans
– Applesauce/fruit cups (unsweetened)
– Whole grain cereal/oatmeal
– Canned tuna or peanut butter snack packs
– Cup O’ Noodle/Ramen
– Individual meals (soup, Spaghetti O’s, ravioli, etc.)
– Healthy snacks (granola bars, 100% fruit leather, raisins, pretzels, dried fruits)
The party/garage sale runs 10 am-6 pm on Saturday and 11 am-5 pm on Sunday. Second Gear Sports is at 6529 California SW.
Big crosstown match tomorrow in local high-school sports – West Seattle High School hosts Chief Sealth International High School in volleyball! To promote the clash of crosstown rivals, the Seahawks and Wildcats joined forces for a fun photo-op one recent sunny afternoon – staging a symbolic tug of war at Southwest Athletic Complex. With their school right across the street, the Seahawks, coached by Lorna Considine, were joined by mascot Sammy:
The Thursday varsity match starts at 7 pm at the West Seattle High School gym (3000 California SW), preceded by the junior-varsity faceoff at 5:30.
Though Seattle Public Schools just changed school schedules this year, another change is ahead next year. And it’s just launched a survey asking you how you want to see that change made. First, here’s what the change is about:
As part of the Collective Bargaining Agreement process, SEA and SPS agreed to add 20 minutes to the school day in 2017-18 and provide one hour per week of teacher collaboration time.
As the district plans to make this schedule adjustment, we want to hear from families and stakeholders on how the additional time should be added and how and when to schedule the collaboration time.
The district sees six options for making the changes – they’re all listed on this page of the district website. You can officially make your choice via the online survey that you will find here – answering once for each child you have in SPS – or via paper copies of the surveys that are being distributed at schools. Deadline for replying is October 21st, two weeks from this Friday.
(Click map for full-size PDF version)
The second phase of Seattle Public Utilities‘ West Seattle water-main flushing is about to start; the map above shows where the water pipes already have been flushed, and where the utility is going to be flushing starting this Sunday night.
If you missed the run-up to phase 1, SPU reminds you that it “is performing this work to help maintain water quality and reduce the occurrence of discolored water that some West Seattle customers have been experiencing. Flushing won’t eliminate discolored water, but it will help decrease it.” The “sediment” that leads to discolored water, SPU explains, comes from a rust buildup. (We had first word of the flushing plan back in March; the work began in April.)
Phase 2, according to the SPU notice sent to residents in the work zone (see the entire notice here), will involve work Sundays through Thursdays, 10 pm-5 am, over the next four to six weeks. Signs will go up in advance at hydrants that will be opened as part of the flushing. (This WSB story shows how the process works and what’s done at the work zones.)
SPU also notes, “When crews are flushing nearby, customers will experience discolored water, which should clear quickly once crews are done flushing the water main. Running the cold water for a few minutes can also help clear the discoloration.” If you have discolored water that doesn’t clear quickly, or any other water-quality problem, SPU’s 24-hour emergency line is 206-386-1800.
P.S. Here’s a deeper dive into your water’s backstory.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Two months after the Westwood-Roxhill Find It, Fix It Walk with Mayor Murray and a platoon of city employees, has anything been “fixed”? That was the biggest item – and the final one – on the agenda for this month’s Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council meeting.
FIND IT, FIX IT FOLLOWUP: Lemmis Stephens and Laura Jenkins, working with the city via AmeriCorps, came to WWRHAH for the followup. Here’s the report they brought:
Jenkins pointed out that pages 7-9 show which projects were awarded grants – one of the neighbor groups, at 22nd and Henderson, will have one more work party this Saturday, and, as reported here a week and a half ago, have been paid a visit by overgrowth-munching goats: Read More
11:41 AM: Eight days after the 3-alarm Lam-Bow Apartments fire on Delridge, the 40+ people who lost their residences are putting their lives back together. Some have asked about an online fund to donate money to the fire victims, and that’s finally been set up. We noticed it on the Seattle Housing Authority home page late last night. It goes to the same fund to which you can send checks, as announced last week. Here’s how to donate:
-Online (see the PayPal link here)
-Via check (here’s how)
As for material items, we haven’t heard of any current needs, after the outpouring last week left community liaisons most in need of volunteer help to get the donations sorted, especially at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.
ADDED 1:23 PM: SHA reiterates in an update that no material items are needed right now but check back to see if rehoused residents have furniture needs in the future. This information also was sent:
SHA has had contact with all 19 households affected by the fire to assess their housing and other needs. Some families are already moved into new apartments with SHA, some are in the process and others are considering options. All families will have received offers of, or be moved into, replacement subsidized housing by the end of this week. Out of the 19 households:
5 households have moved into apartments
4 households have accepted apartments and are in the process of leasing
1 elderly household has decided to live with family members permanently
1 household has decided to permanently move out of SHA housing
All other households have had their needs assessed and are in the process of being provided with housing options.
All families with children are able to keep their children in the same school. School transportation is currently being provided to all children housed at the shelter.
SHA included this update on the burned building (one of two buildings that comprise the Lam-Bow complex):
The Seattle Fire Department has concluded its investigation of the fire and has determined the fire started on the building’s exterior but were unable to determine a specific cause. The building has been assessed by a structural engineer and it has been deemed unsafe to enter. SHA has secured the perimeter of the building and is providing 24-hour security.
Andersen Construction is providing pro-bono work on the building, removing damaged materials from the roof and third floor and shoring up the building for safety. It is unknown if the building is salvageable or if it will be completely rebuilt. Further structural investigation is required before anyone can enter for further assessment. It is not known at this time if or when it will be deemed safe for residents to enter to possibly retrieve any salvageable belongings.
Three West Seattle Crime Watch notes this morning:
CAR STOLEN: Sometime overnight, before 7:15 this morning, a navy-blue 1998 Nissan Maxima was stolen on SW Concord in Fauntleroy. Plate ALN 6403, red “zone 3” sticker on back window. Call 911 if you see it.
CAR BREAK-INS: We haven’t heard directly from any victim(s) yet, but Wendy reports this:
I was walking this morning happened upon a few cars with their trunks and doors wide open on 46th between Erskine and Findlay. Good reminder to not leave anything in your car and lock ’em up!
NEXT WEST SEATTLE CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL MEETING: Just announced by WSCPC president Richard Miller, the 7 pm meeting on Tuesday, October 18th, will include guest Rex D. Caldwell, Operations Division Manager, Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center, with a presentation on the past, present, and future of law enforcement training. All are welcome at the meeting, which also includes local police with updates on crime trends, and a chance to talk about your neighborhood crime/safety concerns. It’ll be at the SW Precinct as usual, 2300 SW Webster.
(Golden-crowned kinglet, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and archives:
BABY STORY TIME: 4- to 12-month-old in the family? This is for you! 11:30 am at High Point Library. (35th SW/SW Raymond)
GET OUT OF THE HOME OFFICE/COFFEE SHOP … and meet other local solopreneurs/small-bizpeople/etc. at the weekly lunchtime meetup at West Seattle’s only coworking center, WS Office Junction. Noon-1 pm, bring your lunch, see who else shows up. (6040 California SW)
CITY COUNCIL’S FIRST BUDGET HEARING: Something you want the Council to change in the mayor’s budget proposal? Or, NOT change? Take to the microphone at City Hall during the first public hearing of this year’s budget process. 5:30 pm. Here’s our preview from last night. Free child care available. (600 4th Ave.)
WSHS GOLF TEAM BENEFIT: If you dine at Chipotle in The Junction 5:30-10 pm tonight, tell the cashier you’re supporting West Seattle High School Golf, and half the proceeds will go to the WS Booster Club in support of the golf team. (4730 California SW)
SOUTHWEST DISTRICT COUNCIL: Whether or not the mayor’s plan to slash support for neighborhood-district councils gets City Council approval, the Southwest District Council, with reps from groups around western West Seattle, has voted to go on. How will that work? They plan to talk about it at 6:30 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle. (SW Oregon/California SW)
FIRST WSHS PTSA MEETING: The first general West Seattle High School PTSA meeting of the year starts at 7 pm tonight in the school library:
Please come to our first PTSA General Meeting of the year! Meet your WSHS PTSA board members, hear from your WSHS Principal team, and learn about the re-visioning of high school to better educate our students. Think about stepping up to chair our West Seattle 5K fundraiser, be a PTSA vice president, or legislative liaison. Questions? Visit our web page for contact information and more.
(3000 California SW)
DUOPHONICS: Live music at Parliament Tavern, 7:30 pm. 21+, no cover. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
EVEN MORE for today, tonight, beyond … just browse the complete calendar, here!
There’s NO indication this is linked to the “creepy clown threat” outbreak, but a Highland Park Elementary parent shared this with us and we’re republishing so that nearby residents can help keep watch too:
Hello Highland Park Families,
Today [Tuesday] at recess some Highland Park Students reported seeing a suspicious person on the playfield adjacent to our playground. This person was not seen by any adults, and we contacted our security department. Security came to our campus and stayed until dismissal. All students were safe at all times, we just wanted you to be aware of the report.
We get some but not all alerts from the district and schools’administrators, so we very much appreciate forwarded info like this if you don’t see a timely mention on WSB after receiving something of potentially wider interest – firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)
6:59 AM: Good morning! We start again with alerts and reminders:
WEEKEND VIADUCT CLOSURE REMINDER: Highway 99’s twice-yearly inspection is planned for 6 am-6 pm Saturday and Sunday, and WSDOT’s alert points out the Highway 520 bridge will be closed too, which means I-5 will likely have some challenges through downtown.
–Beach Drive SW, south of 61st SW: Last scheduled day of paving.
–Tomorrow and Friday, paving is planned on 39th SW between SW Oregon and Fauntleroy Way.
—Surface Spokane work east of the low bridge continues.
7:23 AM: Thanks to Gina for also reminding us that this is the rescheduled start date for SDOT’s Admiral Way Safety Project, though, as noted in the rescheduling announcement last week, it’s weather-dependent, so that could slide.
9:22 AM: Another crash at Olson/Cambridge, same general area as Sunday. (Thanks for the text alert!)