West Seattle, Washington
Two reader reports received this past hour, both of which include items big and small you might be able to help find:
STOLEN ELEMENT: The photo and report are from Kanti:
Stolen 2004 Black Honda Element WA AWN9996 from our home at 30th and Henderson. Vehicle has rocket box that carried supplies to Standing Rock, homemade Bernie 2016 sticker for WA delegate to the DNC in Philly and many many other heroic events. May we find her soon and continue our journey in sacred activism.
SPD incident number: 17-458428.
CAR BREAK-IN DURING SCHOOL CONCERT: From Jennifer:
Tonight while we were attending our son’s 6th grade band concert at the Chief Sealth auditorium, someone broke the back window of our car and stole several items inside. Most notable are a blue & white striped 150 ft arborist rope in a blue canvas bag, a battery-powered lantern, and two brand new pairs of Nike cleats we purchased today to give our son for Christmas. I’m hoping maybe these things will be discarded by the thieves and end up somewhere else in West Seattle – especially the cleats. They are size 5 and 5.5, one indoor pair (black/white) and one outdoor (gray/pink). This happened between 6 8:30 pm on the side of the school and we have reported it to Seattle Police. If anyone finds the items, I’d be happy to come pick them up!
We’ll add the incident # when we get it.
Thanks to Trissa for the photo! She explains:
I decided that I wanted a tree of lights & our whole family worked together to create this. We’re on Pigeon Point & you can see it when you’re driving east on Yancy from Avalon. Happy Holidays!
Also visible to the south when driving up Andover from Delridge. We’ll be showcasing lights nightly through Christmas – thanks to everyone who’s sent tips and photos – more tomorrow, and we’ll be adding to the list in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide!
The next huge Hometown Holidays night in The Junction is tomorrow (Thursday, December 14th) – when the December edition of the West Seattle Art Walk happens on Shop Late Thursday, which means many reasons to be there! Including Santa – roaming! – and caroling by Silver Belles, 5-7 pm, starting at Cupcake Royale at 5, then to Wild Rose, and then wandering between other Junction businesses. Here’s the latest Shop Late list from the Junction Association.
Art Walk highlights, running from 5 to late, are here – including the Mug Show at Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) and the Puny Picture Show at Wallflower Custom Framing. You’ll also want to visit Emerald Water Anglers (42nd/Oregon; WSB sponsor) tomorrow night for the shop’s holiday party and sale.
And of course the Art Walk stretches beyond The Junction – if you wander south, for example, you can shop for holiday wine at Viscon Cellars (5910 California SW; WSB sponsor) while meeting and seeing the work of artist Sandy Simpson. Venues to the north, too – see the map above!
Cocoa Cris Cringle is in the house – well, the shop – at Easy Street Records, for his annual photo sessions, benefiting the West Seattle Food Bank. (Discount if you bring a nonperishable-food donation!) We were there as Cocoa Cris’s fans of all ages started showing up for pics:
Holiday photos of course include the family pet(s) sometimes too:
Cocoa Cris is scheduled to be at Easy Street until 8 tonight – full details here. (And while you’re there – check out the used-vinyl blowout sale, which continues tomorrow!)
That “partnering agreement” between the city and Sound Transit, to get going on West Seattle (2030) and Ballard (2035) light rail, has now been signed by Mayor Jenny Durkan, whose office sent this announcement:
With the support of all Seattle-area Sound Transit Board Members, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan signed an agreement for an expedited plan to build the West Seattle and Ballard light rail extensions. The agreement, which was unanimously affirmed by City Council on Monday, provides a framework for Sound Transit and the City to work closely during the next 18 months to identify a preferred route alternative. Early identification of a preferred alternative along with other alternatives to study in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is a key strategy to meet the aggressive schedules for speeding up service to West Seattle in 2030 and Ballard in 2035. In addition, the agreement creates a new leader within the Mayor’s office to coordinate Sound Transit including a review of City codes, policies and permitting requirements.
“I am honored to appoint Mayor Durkan to the Sound Transit Board of Directors – she will be a strong partner as we keep our projects moving forward and tackle our transportation challenges,” said King County Executive and Sound Transit Board Member Dow Constantine. “People want light rail, and they want it now. During the ST 3 campaign I repeatedly pointed out that the timelines could be shortened if local jurisdictions and Sound Transit work together. Today, for West Seattle and Ballard, Seattle is a big step closer to making that happen, fulfilling my promise and showing the way for other cities.”
“If we want to remain the economic engine of the Northwest, with opportunities for all residents to thrive, we must have continued investment in light rail and other investments in public transportation. The West Seattle and Ballard to Downtown corridors will be areas of high ridership, and most importantly, will help our diverse communities stay connected. We are united in making this a top priority,” said King County Council Chair and Sound Transit Board Member Joe McDermott.
“We need better transit as quickly as possible. By expediting light rail to West Seattle and Ballard, we will be transforming our city for decades to come. As both Mayor and a member of the Sound Transit Board, I will work to cut red tape to provide faster, more reliable transit service to neighborhoods sooner. By working closely with key members of our community, region, and the Sound Transit Board, we will be able to make public transit more convenient and accessible to those who visit or live and work in and around Seattle,” said Seattle Mayor and Sound Transit Board Member Jenny Durkan. “I’ll also work to bring on better bus service to help immediately, as we build our next generation of transit.”
“We heard loud and clear that Seattle voters want light rail and they want it as soon as possible. This agreement will help the City and Sound Transit deliver the transit infrastructure our region demands,” said Councilmember Rob Johnson (District 4, NE Seattle) and Sound Transit Board Member. “We know that good transit reduces household costs, connects families to good jobs and helps protect our environment, and I am thrilled we are taking action today to bring those benefits to more Seattleites.”
The agreement will go before the Sound Transit Board on Dec. 21. It includes specific commitments from each agency that include working together with stakeholders to build early consensus around project elements; developing environmental review documents that both agencies can use for required project development approvals and permitting decisions; and streamlining permit review and processing.
If you skimmed through, go back and note the “better bus service” mention in the third-to-last paragraph. We’ll be checking on that.
2:56 PM: Two sky notes: First, that cloud formation – Byron asked us on Twitter about a “vortex” and we had no idea what he was referring to until we saw that photo e-mailed by Jeff Kaufer. Official name for this formation, anyone?
Also: Possible meteor-watching tonight, Alice Enevoldsen reminds us via Twitter:
Geminids will be occurring all night Dec 13th (Thu) and 14th (Fri), starting low in the East with a few spectacular ones between sunset and 10pm. Then 10pm-2am you'll have the chance to see a lot more directly overhead… 1/2 @westseattleblog https://t.co/koBhHNUyy8
— Alice's AstroInfo (@AlicesAstroInfo) December 13, 2017
ADDED 3:10 PM: Another view, from Tori:
Two West Seattle Crime Watch notes today – a followup and reader report:
DELRIDGE ROBBERY FOLLOWUP: We weren’t able to obtain the report on Monday night’s street robbery yesterday but do have it now. The narrative begins with the officers stopped at Delridge/20th and flagged down by a passing driver who said he had seen a fight in a parking lot to the north, and continues:
We started northbound on Delridge checking the area for the fight. We noticed two Hispanic males standing at the bus stop just south of 9Oxx Delridge Way SW. We also noticed a third Hispanic male walking northbound from 7/11. These were the only three people we saw on the west side of Delridge. We slowed down and one of the two males standing at the bus stop gave us a peace sign. Seeing no fighting or any signs of a disturbance we continued on. We got to the light at Delridge and SW Henderson when we noticed a male come out from behind the gas station at 90xx Delridge Way SW. The male … flagged us down and stated the two males at the bus stop just robbed him at gunpoint. As we turned our vehicle around the victim yelled that the suspects were running down the alley. The victim also pointed out another male next to the tree who he said was also with the suspects.
The male still at the scene was detained and identified … Officers began setLing up containment for the remaining two suspects that were last seen fleeing southbound through the alley in the 9000 block of Delridge (alley to the west). A K9 responded to the scene and attempted a track. K9 was unable to locate the suspects. Later (the victim) stated he was not certain he saw the suspects flee down the alley. A Metro bus was also pulling up at the same time and the suspects may have climbed aboard the 128 bus route.
(The victim) provided the following story during the K9 track … he had just dropped his girlfriend off at the gas station … and parked his vehicle in the parking lot. (He) stated he then realized that his girlfriend had his cell phone and he needed to get a hold of her.
(He stated) he decided to ask a couple of males he saw standing near the gas station if he could use their phone. (He) stated the males then placed him in a headlock and punched him in the side of the head (and) told him to give them his keys. (He) stated the male released him and then pulled out a black handgun from the front of his waistband. (He) said the suspect then said to give them what he has … he gave them the keys to his Jeep but they must have seen something because they threw the keys back to him and walked away. (He) stated he ran away and contacted police. (He) declined SFD (medical attention but he) had slight reddening on the right side of his forehead. (He) was unable to provide much of a description other than two Hispanic males 18-20 year of age, wearing dark hoodies. (He) was unable to say which suspect grabbed him and which suspect had the gun. During a search of the area around where the suspects were seen, (an officer) located a blue T-shirt in the bushes outside (a nearby address in the 9000 block of Delridge). Under the T-shirt on the ground was a black .380 handgun. These items were photographed and recovered.
As was, the report concludes, a brown bag with three unopened beers – a bag the victim thinks the suspects had been carrying. That led the police to a nearby store where they discovered one of the suspects had bought the beers at 9:04 pm, and saw video of him, recognizing him as someone they had seen at the bus stop before they knew there was a robbery. They describe him as Hispanic, early 20s, short hair, shown in the video wearing a blue jacket, white shirt, tight blue jeans with holes, and white shoes. They released the person they had detained earlier, as the victim was not certain he had been with the robbers, had not attacked him, and there was no other evidence, though they planned to check for more video.
One other Crime Watch note:
PACKAGE THEFT: Happened to a reader on Tuesday: “Amazon box with cat food taken off my porch, sometime between 9:30 and noon … On 36th Ave SW between Raymond and Graham.”
1:03 PM: Two weeks after a coalition of groups from around the city filed an appeal of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for proposed HALA Mandatory Housing Affordability upzoning, the hearing dates are set. Deb Barker from the Morgan Community Association was one of those in attendance at a pre-hearing conference this morning with the city Hearing Examiner, who will hear and rule on the appeal. (MoCA is one of three West Seattle groups among the 20+ citywide who are appealing; MoCA also has filed its own appeal, as has one of the other local groups, the Junction Neighborhood Organization.) Barker tells WSB the HE dates for the hearing are set for April 16-20, April 25-27, April 30, and May 1. The process is expected to proceed in parallel with the City Council‘s consideration of
upcoming legislation for the proposed upzoning; the city has pre-decision open houses and hearings scheduled into June. (We have asked Mayor Durkan’s office when she is expecting to send the MHA legislation to the council.)
5:45 PM: It’s since been pointed out to us that a HALA e-mail-list update from the Office of Planning and Community Development last week included a brief announcement that the legislation had been transmitted to the council. You can read the 368-page proposed bill here.
11:42 AM: Seattle City Light is investigating a power outage that started about 15 minutes ago in Delridge – the map shows two spots, one on SW Holden just west of Delridge, with most of the 140+ affected customers in what appears to be the West Ridge Park complex at Delridge/Kenyon. No word yet how it started; the current restoration estimate is mid-afternoon.
12:07 PM: Ken points out in a comment that a crash appears to be to blame – the SFD 911 log does show a “wires down” call a short time earlier in the 2200 block of SW Holden – and also says the Westhaven Apartments are affected.
2:42 PM: Just checked; outage continues, and restoration is now projected for after 7 pm.
11:22 AM: Just in from Washington State Ferries:
The Issaquah has been taken out of service to repair a water pump seal leak in the #1 engine. Repairs have been scheduled between the morning and afternoon commutes to minimize impact to our customers. Two-boat service will continue on the regular schedule with the Cathlamet and the Sealth until repairs to the Issaquah are completed. The Cathlamet departed Vashon for Southworth at 10:45 am and the Sealth departed Vashon for Fauntleroy at 10:15 am to begin temporary service modifications.
We’ll update when this changes.
2:44 PM: Repairs aren’t done yet; WSF continues 2-boat service with Cathlamet and Sealth: “The Cathlamet runs the #1 position with the following departure schedule … 2:50pm SW-Va-Fa, 3:35pm Fa-SW, 4:05pm SW-Fa. The Sealth remains in the #2 position with the following departure schedule … 3:00pm Fa-Va-SW, 3:45pm SW-FA.”
3:24 PM: Back to three boats – details here.
FERRIES’ TRIANGLE TASK FORCE: The advisory committee looking at various issues with the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route meets today, 4:30-7 pm at Fauntleroy Church‘s Fellowship Hall. Here’s the agenda. (9140 California SW)
LOCAL SCHOOLS CONSIDERED FOR LEVY $: As previewed here earlier this morning, a work session at Seattle Public Schools headquarters tonight includes an update on what’s under consideration for the BEX V levy. Six West Seattle schools are now on the “potential project list.” The work session starts at 4:30, with the BEX discussion expected to start around 6:30. (3rd Ave. S./S. Lander)
SANTA ON ALKI: Final night for Santa Photos at Pegasus Pizza on Alki, 5 to 9 pm. Free photos with any purchase. (2768 Alki SW)
HANUKKAH, NIGHT 2: No public events tonight but here’s our listing for Kol HaNeshamah‘s Friday party.
DROP-IN WRITING CIRCLE: Writers are welcome to drop in 6-7:30 pm at West Seattle (Admiral) Library for inspiration with writers from Hugo House, as part of the Seattle Writes series. (2306 42nd SW)
34TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS: Tonight’s meeting is the organization’s holiday party – potluck dinner, dessert, wine, and bring food for the West Seattle Food Bank to get a raffle ticket. 6:30 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy. (9131 California SW)
TRAILS MEETING: If you use the trails in city parks, the city’s draft plan for managing soft-surface trails needs your feedback. Meet with Seattle Parks at 7 pm tonight at Camp Long. Our calendar listing includes a link to the proposed plan as well as feedback opportunities if you can’t go tonight. (5200 35th SW)
CHIEF SEALTH IHS AND DENNY IMS BANDS: Student musicians in concert, 7 pm in the Chief Sealth International High School Auditorium. (2600 SW Thistle)
Something for our calendar/Holiday Guide (which includes listings through New Year’s!) – email@example.com – thank you!
Of local note: The agenda document (here are the 145 pages in PDF) has an updated list of schools under consideration for major BEX projects (see pages 27 and 28 in that document), and the list now includes six West Seattle schools, two added since the last work session in September.
The four local carryovers on the “potential project list” are Alki, Lafayette, Roxhill, and Schmitz Park elementaries – and now Boren STEM K-8 and Madison Middle School have been added. Being on the “potential” list doesn’t guarantee making it into the final measure to go to voters (likely in early 2019) – the district is reviewing far more schools than it could ask voters for money to rebuild/remodel. The addition of Boren isn’t too surprising as BEX planning took up a major portion of the meeting there back in October (WSB coverage here) when the district told them that it was no longer looking at moving STEM K-8 to another building.
The agenda document also contains a trove of data, including enrollment projections for schools around the district, which is part of what drove the changes to the list. Overall, the district expects “the largest enrollment growth in the next 10 years is projected in grades 9-12.” The public is welcome at tonight’s work session, which starts at 4:30 pm at district HQ in SODO and is expected to get to BEX around 6:30, but there’s no public comment, and no vote planned – more reviews and work sessions are ahead before levy language is finalized next year.
7:11 AM: Good morning. No incidents in/from West Seattle so far this morning. One transportation-news note:
FERRIES’ TRIANGLE TASK FORCE MEETS TODAY: The advisory committee looking at various issues with the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route meets 4:30-7 pm at Fauntleroy Church‘s Fellowship Hall. (9140 California SW)
8:54 AM: Another routine commute so far. Thanks again for alerts when something does happen – 206-293-6302 is our 24/7 hotline, text or voice.
More than 100 Chief Sealth International High School students are new members of the National Honor Society – 3.5 GPAs or higher – and many celebrated at tonight’s induction ceremony in the school Galleria. Proud family members were there to cheer:
Featured speaker was teacher Luke Azinger, who said that the students experiencing this success are those who are willing to seek out different perspectives and different ideas. He encouraged them to not only challenge themselves to learn, but to also stay close to schoolmates who aren’t there yet – that they have perspectives from which we all can learn.
Other faculty members were also there to honor the new NHS members, including advisor Katie Hubert, and the new members were introduced by this year’s NHS officers – co-presidents Tony Tran and Zhen Williams, vice president Kimseam Chou, secretary Rumi Conley, and treasurer Chandra Burnham.
P.S. Thanks to the CSIHS parent who e-mailed to let us know this event was happening tonight, so we could cover it!
With just under two weeks until Christmas, it’s time we start showcasing more lights, so we photographed a few displays on 16th SW tonight after getting this note from Meredith – the subject line, “Love the lights in Highland Park”:
Just wanted send some love out to my neighbors. I live in Highland Park near the fire station. I have to drive down 16th to Burien everyday for work. I just ADORE all the winter holiday lights everyone has put up on the stretch between Holden and Barton on 16th. It literally brightens my day and warms my spirit. Thanks and don’t stop!
We traveled the stretch at dusk and photographed a few displays. Nothing really big and flashy … just enough to warm the heart. This one is just south of Holden:
Next to that, lights are shining on DutchBoy Coffee:
Let us know where you’re seeing lights – we hope to feature some nightly through Christmas – e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org (photo if you have one, if not, just let us know where to look and we’ll go get one ourselves).
Weekend before last, more than 100 homes in The Arroyos and South Arbor Heights lost power. The unrelated but concurrent Trader Joe’s outage overshadowed it in our headlines, but it’s not the first time an equipment problem took out the power for southwesternmost West Seattle, and so Seattle City Light is having a community meeting Thursday to answer questions and explain “future electrical infrastructure upgrades” in that area. Bring your questions/concerns to the meeting at 6:30 pm Thursday (December 14th) at Westside School (10404 34th SW; WSB sponsor).
Another business hit by thieves – this time, Mountain to Sound Outfitters (3602 SW Alaska in The Triangle) reports:
We had 2 Thule Cargo Boxes stolen from in front of the shop last night. A Thule Force Large and a Thule Force XL. This is now the 3rd total that has been ripped off this year, and we want to let the community know to be on the lookout that local small businesses are being targeted.
If you have tips for the investigation, the SPD incident number is 17-457102.
A long meeting of the City Council committee chaired by West Seattle/South Park Councilmember Lisa Herbold just concluded with a vote supporting a small but significant expansion of Schmitz Park.
We published the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s announcement of this on Sunday. (They’re a supporter, though not a party, to the matter.) Today the Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development, and Arts Committee heard from the 5,000-square-foot site’s owner Bruce Stotler (right) and from West Seattle-residing former Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, who shepherded the proposed purchase until his term ended two years ago, and handed it over to Herbold.
Stotler said at today’s meeting that he wanted to make sure his parcel on the southeast edge of the forested preserve – donated by the Schmitz family more than a century ago – wouldn’t someday become a “megahouse with a five-foot yard.” Under terms of the deal with the city, he will sell it for $225,000 but retain a “reservation of life estate” interest so he can continue living there until he dies (or if he chooses to move), at which time the city takes full ownership and will demolish Stotler’s house. The money will come from the levy-funded Seattle Park District.
The city originally didn’t have the money for this, the committee was told, but Stotler didn’t give up. And, said Parks’ Chip Nevins, “It’s important to protect the edges of these parks from encroachment by development.” The site might also be part of a new pathway into the park someday, Herbold noted.
The two committee members in attendance, Herbold and Councilmember Mike O’Brien, both voted to approve the deal, and the full council will have the final vote sometime next month.
Mode Music and Performing Arts is a new nonprofit arts organization that introduced itself to the community with an open house this past Sunday – co-founded by Erin Rubin and Kristina Rowell.
Rubin is proprietor of Mode Music Studios, which is two doors south and will continue its core business of music instruction; Rowell is a veteran performing-arts instructor. MMPA will offer theater/performing-arts instruction for youth through classes, camps, and local schools. The first offerings are described in this brochure (PDF). The space also will be available for kids’ birthday parties centered on personalized drama workshops (info’s in the brochure) and event rentals – the space is 900 square feet.
Here are options for the rest of your Tuesday – first, from the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide:
HANUKKAH: The eight-night Festival of Lights starts at sundown. No public events that we’ve heard of, but see the top of our guide for a community celebration Friday.
SANTA AT PEGASUS: Night 2 for Santa Photos at Pegasus Pizza on Alki, 5 to 9 pm. Photos are free with any purchase. (2768 Alki SW)
SANTA VISIT AND DIY PHOTOS: 2-5 pm at Main Street Play in White Center. (9988 15th SW)
WEST SEATTLE COMMUNITY ORCHESTRAS: Come hear the WSCO Intermediate Orchestra and Wind Symphony: “December Celebration!” concert, 6:30 pm at Chief Sealth International High School Auditorium. Admission is FREE; donations appreciated! (2600 SW Thistle)
From our year-round Event Calendar:
SOUTH SEATTLE FIBER ARTS CLUB: 11 am-1 pm, all welcome – bring your project to this group gathering at Highland Park Improvement Club. (1116 SW Holden)
DINE OUT FOR DAKOTA HOMESTEAD: 5-8 pm at four restaurants – Mission, Great American Diner, Falafel Salam, Matador – part of the proceeds go to the Urban Homestead Foundation, working to buy the former Dakota Substation. More info here.
THE WHALE TRAIL’S WINTER GATHERING: As we type, orcas are passing West Seattle again. They are beautiful and endangered. What’s the latest on their present and future? Find out tonight with The Whale Trail, 6 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor). Tickets $5, kids free, available online in advance. (5612 California SW)
WEST SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ ENSEMBLE: All welcome at tonight’s 7 pm concert in the WSHS Theater. (3000 California SW)
LOTS MORE … on our complete calendar page!
9:25 AM: Last night people watched southbound resident orcas through sunset … now we are getting reports they are headed this way northbound, likely in view from Fauntleroy “soon.”
9:31 AM: At least one is already reported in view from Emma Schmitz Overlook.
10:08 AM: Thanks to commenters for updates, most recently Peter, who sees “About 6-8 orca heading northbound, mid-channel and spread out, between Blake Island marina and West Seattle.”
2:50 AM: Firefighters are at a house in the 3700 block of 59th SW [map], fighting what SFD calls a “small attic fire.”
3 AM: The fire has been declared “under control.” No injuries reported so far.
3:05 AM: And now the fire is pronounced “tapped.”
3:12 AM: Our crew has arrived and confirms the fire’s out, no one hurt. The cause is under investigation.
10:06 AM: We just checked back with SFD about the cause. Spokesperson Kristin Tinsley says, “Fire investigators ruled this fire as accidental … caused by heat from roof work earlier in the day, which ignited a smoldering fire in the eaves above the front door.” Damage/loss is estimated at $70,000.