West Seattle, Washington
Ounces has set the date. We checked back today with co-proprietor Laurel Trujillo at the new taproom/beer garden’s location at 3809 Delridge Way SW, and as she showed us, they’re almost ready to go. With some unique touches, too, like the fence made from palettes obtained from Alki Lumber. And spools that will be turned into tables for standing and sitting outside.
They’ll have a tent area too, and heating; Laurel promises it’ll be “toasty.” They’ll be working on a “tailgate” type of atmosphere – with a big-screen TV under the tent on game days. They’ve made lots of progress since we last checked in with Ounces a month and a half ago, Inside, the bar and 30 taps are installed.
The space over the taps will hold the menu board; the starting tap list will be finalized soon. The plan remains Washington beer, wine, cider, and kombucha – some food too.
Here’s the opening plan for Ounces: First day will be Saturday, October 22nd. A two-week soft-open/shakedown period will follow, and the grand-opening festivities are set for Friday, November 4th, through Sunday, November 6th. Probably some live music – the plan’s still evolving. Hours will be 3-10 pm weekdays, noon-10 pm Saturdays, noon-8 pm Sundays. There’s a spacious on-site parking zone on the north side of the property; on the south end, Ounces plans games, like Cornhole and Giant Jenga.
One more reminder – 9:30 am-noon tomorrow, an open house and resource fair will be your one-stop shop to see some of what the city’s up to in eastern West Seattle and to share your opinion about it – including a joint project with the county, looking ahead to the plan to turn Metro Route 120 into a RapidRide route in 2018. Tomorrow’s event, previewed here last month, has also gone by the name Delridge Projects Workshop, and here’s most of what it’s about:
That was provided by senior city planner David Goldberg, who’s been working on all this with community members for a long time. He tells WSB that tomorrow’s event at the Southwest Teen Life Center (2801 SW Thistle) will include a brief welcome from new Department of Planning and Community Development director Sam Assefa at 9:45 am. Whether you have 15 minutes to spend or the entire 2 1/2 hours, drop in and see what’s up.
Two West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports today – both car prowls in Gatewood, first one caught on video:
That video is from C on SW Webster in Gatewood and happened two hours ago:
At 1:15 pm a red sport car (Pontiac?) pulled up next to my contractor’s truck. A white man, late 40’s, 6 feet tall, 180 lbs, medium length dark blond hair, with black wraparound sunglasses and wearing a gray hoody sweatshirt and jeans got out of the car and opened the contractor’s truck. He shuffled in there a bit and got out with something. I walked toward him and asked him if I could help him.
He turned back to his car, saying that no, I couldn’t help him. He then sped away, going south on 39th.
The item he took was just a paper notepad of no value but I just want people to be aware of that red car – that means trouble.
C says a review of earlier video shows the car went by twice before the incident. If you have any idea who the suspect is, call SPD and refer to 16-363849.
CAR PROWLER STEALS FROM MOM-TO-BE: Also from Gatewood:
Just want to alert neighbors that my car was broken into last night out in front of my house. I am 37 weeks pregnant and had 2 packed hospital bags ready to go in the trunk that they stole. There was nothing of value in them except to me (including a baby book with photos and a letter to baby) so I wish the thieves would just return the bags!
Something like that might be unceremoniously dumped somewhere, so please look around.
2:36 PM: Thanks for the text – 206-293-6302, any time – a tree is reported to be blocking the downhill lanes on the east Admiral Way hill (north of the West Seattle Bridge).
4:45 PM: Finally got a chance to go look – all clear.
North Delridge is home to lots of business development and densifying residential development.
But its neighborhood council is on the brink of folding without new participation/leadership.
That was revealed in today’s notice canceling next Monday’s meeting of the North Delridge Neighborhood Council. Outgoing secretary Nancy Folsom says it’s time for nominees for at least three open leadership positions: “As it stands, unless people take over the helm, this group will be disbanding.” Want to get involved or re-involved? Speak up, here.
ORIGINAL 10 AM REPORT: This morning, the City Council’s Budget Committee is taking a closer look at what the mayor proposes the city spend on homelessness in the next two years.
But it’s just a briefing – no vote.
Meantime, the council is getting closer, outside the budget process, to voting on a controversial proposal that we are told is continuing to take shape, but “changing daily” according to one source – a new city policy regarding people camping on city-owned property, when and where it will and won’t be allowed, and for how long.
Some have described the evolving proposal as “opening” city-owned public property to camping. At one recent meeting, as reported here, Councilmember Lisa Herbold said 40 percent of city parks, for example, already have campers, so what they are trying to do is codify what to do about that beyond pushing campers from one place to another.
One councilmember, Tim Burgess (one of two current councilmembers elected to citywide “at large” spots), declared this week that he thinks the general concept goes “too far.” The proposal doesn’t just address parks as potential campsites. It includes sidewalks.
Here is what our source says is the newest version of the proposed legislation (if you look at the PDF, you’ll see how it’s been changing).
Its definition of public areas:
“Public space” means any area within the City limits which is owned, leased, maintained, controlled, or managed by the City, and does not include Public Development Authorities, privately owned land, public schools and colleges, the University of Washington, or the Port of Seattle.
And it includes this definition of public areas that would be “unsuitable” for camping:
“Unsuitable location” means a public space that has a specific public use that is substantially impeded as a result of an outdoor living space in that location. Improved areas of City parks, including restored natural areas or natural areas actively undergoing restoration, and public sidewalks in front of houses and dwelling units are per se unsuitable. Sidewalks in commercial areas are prohibited to sitting and lying during certain hours under SMC 15.48.040.
“Specific public use” is defined, in turn, as “lawful, appropriate use that benefits, assists, or is enjoyed by members of the public more than incidentally and occasionally.”
So, that all said, two maps are in circulation related to this. Note that since this is all evolving, they are not definitive “here’s where camping would be allowed” maps – and note that the park map shows parks that have what, under the definition above, could be considered “unimproved” areas; while Lincoln Park is entirely shaded in, for example, the “unsuitable” definition above would seem to rule out camping in much of its space. Here’s the citywide map of parks and greenbelts that have some “unimproved” areas (click it for a full-size PDF version):
If it’s determined that campers should be moved, the proposal includes a long list of rules regarding notification, proof of it, what has to be offered in terms of services/shelter – you can read the current proposal for rules starting on page 5 of the current draft legislation.
Also worth noting: This would be followed, under a proposed change in the legislation this week, by a followup process to determine where vehicle camping would be allowed:
Section 7. Individuals Using Vehicles as Residences. The 2016 one night count of unsheltered homeless identified over 900 people using vehicles as residences. The unsheltered population living in vehicles faces similar instability to those who reside in outdoor living spaces and risk impoundment of their vehicles and loss of personal property. The Human Services and Public Health Committee and the Gender Equity Safe Communities and New Americans Committee of the Council shall draft, consider, and introduce to the full Council legislation in 2017, based on the same principles contained in this ordinance, coupled with a long-term goal of providing adequate housing for those individuals living in vehicles. The legislation should address the multiple ordinances and laws that govern parking throughout the City with the goal of providing stability and protections for those people using vehicles for shelter commensurate to those established in this ordinance. To achieve that goal, the legislation will provide to people living in their vehicles protected areas for parking and modifications of parking standards, provide for outreach to address the reasons for homelessness, and establish standards for notice and safeguarding personal property, including impounded vehicles, equivalent to those established in this ordinance. The Committees named above shall be tasked with proposing legislation that meets these purposes to the Full Council by April 30, 2017.
Back to the proposals about camping, the current version of the proposal suggests a two-year limit:
In keeping with the recognition that public camping as a substitute for permanent housing is detrimental to the health and safety of all, and that these measures are an interim response to a situation the City is expected to resolve through other policy measures, this ordinance shall expire two years after its effective date unless expressly extended by the City Council. The Mayor shall report to the Council every six months in the interim on implementation of this ordinance.
Now the big question: When will this be voted on, whatever shape it finally takes?
We checked with City Council communications staff just before publishing this. The reply: “Too soon to tell.” While there’s nothing related to it on next week’s calendar, something could be added with just a few days’ notice.
SOMETHING TO SAY? City councilmembers’ contact info is here.
ADDED 11:38 AM: The Seattle Green Spaces Coalition has sent city officials this letter expressing opposition. An excerpt:
We oppose funding for temporary, outdoor “solutions,” which leave homeless people exposed to increasingly severe weather as winter approaches. Instead, we urge you to find indoor shelter, which is available in city-owned vacant and underutilized buildings, and make that your preferred option going forward.
Meantime, the City Council Twitter account has now confirmed a committee hearing on the proposal next Friday (October 14th) at 9:30 am. It’s also been added to the council calendar since we first published this story.
(David Hutchinson’s two views of the Alki Ave. light-pole-loving osprey)
Happy almost-the-weekend! Options for tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
WORDS, WRITERS, WEST SEATTLE: 5-7 pm at Barnes and Noble/Westwood Village, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society-presented series features Seattle University professor Steven W. Bender discussing “Mea Culpa – Lessons on Law and Regret from U.S. History.” Here’s his video invitation, provided by SWSHS:
This is a free, drop-in-when-you-can event. (2800 SW Barton)
HPIC CORNER BAR: Starting at 6 pm, it’s the monthly big-fun night at Highland Park Improvement Club. A change in headliners – Ari Joshua and Phriends, with DJ Evan, will entertain you tonight; full Corner Bar details are on the HPIC website. (12th SW/SW Holden)
HIGH-SCHOOL FOOTBALL: At 7 pm, West Seattle High School is home at Southwest Athletic Complex vs. Liberty – it’s homecoming and Senior Night, too. (2801 SW Thistle) … And if you’re wondering who’s playing at West Seattle Stadium (4432 35th SW) tonight, it’s a 7 pm game between Lakeside and Seattle Prep.
AUTHOR @ C & P: 7-9 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), Teresa Mosteller reads from her book of poems “There Used to Be a Fish Called Salmon.” (5612 California SW)
PREVIEW YOUR WEEKEND … via our complete calendar!
(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)
6:59 AM: Blustery Friday morning! Here are the reminders and alerts:
WEEKEND VIADUCT CLOSURE: 6 am-6 pm Saturday and Sunday, West Seattle Bridge to Battery Street Tunnel plus a Saturday closure north of the BST, and the Highway 520 bridge will be closed too.
—Admiral Way Safety Project work will extend beyond today because of the weather, SDOT says, in reminding people to keep heeding the no-parking signs.
We’ll be checking on other projects, as we did yesterday.
–Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth state-ferry riders should be aware that the smaller Tillikum has replaced the Kitsap, which had to be moved to another route in a domino effect from a ferry problem on the Bainbridge run. Thanks to Gary Dawson (ferry-issues point person for the Fauntleroy Community Association) for the heads-up.
7:15 AM: SFD has a crash call at 1st Ave. S/Spokane.
The West Seattle High School Wildcats roared in their 3-0 varsity-volleyball victory over the Chief Sealth International High School Seahawks on Thursday night. But WSHS’s home-court win wasn’t the runaway you might assume from that score.
None of the games was a lopsided win. Sealth ran off seven unanswered points at the start of the first game, which WSHS won, 25-23.
The Wildcats got out to an early lead in the second game and held it easily for a 25-18 win, and then the third game was close, WSHS 25, Sealth 23.
The two teams have a rematch at 7 pm next Wednesday (October 12th) in the Chief Sealth gym.
Before the rematch, according to their online schedules, WSHS visits Roosevelt at 7 pm next Tuesday, and Sealth plays in a tournament up at Mount Vernon this Saturday.
One “early” game for a local team this week: Chief Sealth International High School is still looking for its first football win of the season. Thursday night, the Seahawks played Cleveland at Southeast Athletic Complex. The Eagles won, 30-13. Next week for Sealth, it’s the annual Huling Bowl crosstown-rivals game vs. West Seattle HS, 7 pm Friday, October 14th, at Southwest Athletic Complex.