West Seattle, Washington
(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).
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.
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.
Three notes on what remains the most-discussed issue of the day:
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
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.