West Seattle, Washington
— Lindsay (@Lindsaylew03) April 19, 2017
Tuesday evening brought a mix of sun, rain, and rainbows. Many lovely photos were shared with us via Twitter … thought we would close out the night by re-posting this one here.
Here’s a simple way to help local students. From Roxhill Elementary PTA president Amanda Kay Helmick:
We know the West Seattle community is generous and wants to help! And here is an opportunity to do so. Roxhill Elementary started a school fundraiser today! What’s great is that you can look at all the items online. Roxhill is trying to raise money for field trips, classroom supplies, school community events, and playground equipment. It runs from today until May 2nd. If you know a Roxhill student, you can buy things under their name, or just buy items for the school at large.
If you don’t have a specific student to support at Roxhill you can put in SM4 as both the first and last name in order to support some of our higher-needs students. Roxhill has two classrooms that support students with autism, Down syndrome, and other capabilities. Some of these students might not be able to engage with neighbors and the community to sell fundraising items. But you can support them by putting in their class name so that their classroom earns prizes and participates in drawings. Thank you for your support of Roxhill and all of our students!
Another abandoned (therefore likely stolen) bicycle found – this time, in the White Center area, reports Matt, who shared the photo of that Cilo Pacer, saying, “It’s a really cool old bike. Hope the owner gets it back.” Is it yours? Or likely that of someone you know? Let us know and we’ll point you at Matt.
3:32 PM: Big Seattle Fire “heavy rescue” response is on the way to 35th SW/SW 108th in Arbor Heights. More to come.
3:36 PM: Per scanner, the person in the vehicle is OK and the response is being downsized.
3:48 PM: SFD is also at the scene of another Arbor Heights crash, 39th/98th, and we’ll have our crew check on that one too.
4 PM: Thanks to Brent Lindblom for sending a photo from 35th/108th, added above. (He talked to the driver before authorities arrived and says, “He apparently had a dizzy spell and hit the light post.”) Our crew also has briefly stopped there and verified that the driver was not hurt; the road will be clear once the truck is towed. We’re on the way now to the other crash scene.
4:10 PM: Two cars collided at 39th/98th, and a woman had to be extricated from the Toyota in the photo above, we’ve been told at the scene. She was taken to a hospital by private ambulance.
The city’s latest Land Use Information Bulletin brings notice of one more approval for the port’s Terminal 5 modernization project – this time, from the state Department of Ecology, allowing installation of a sheet pile wall as part of the project. This comes two weeks after key city approvals for the project, and it means the clock is ticking for anyone interested in appealing these approvals – the latest notice says you have until May 4th, and explains how. The port, meantime, has not yet finalized how it will fund the project, but is expected to make that decision later this year.
ORIGINAL REPORT, 12:04 PM: Yes, the no-pets-on-the-beach law is enforced at Alki and other waterfront parks sometimes – and at least one citation recipient is unhappy about it. We took that photo this morning after someone called to tell us about the sign. A first-time violation will cost you $54, according to this list of city fines, which has the reminder that it’s “unlawful to permit any dog to run at large in any park, except in designated off-leash areas, OR unlawful to permit any dog to enter any public beach, swimming area or wading area, pond, fountain, stream, or organized athletic area.” We’re checking to see if Seattle Animal Shelter (aka “animal control”) has any stats on how many tickets it’s issued so far this year.
3:16 PM: Perhaps a coincidence, but while our information request to SAS has not yet been acknowledged, we received this news release from the city minutes ago:
Spring is blossoming and hatching in Seattle, and now is a particularly important time to ensure that immature wildlife have their best opportunity to flourish in the Northwest. Because of this, the Seattle Animal Shelter will be conducting emphasis patrols on all saltwater beaches in the city.
Dogs are not allowed on any of Seattle’s public saltwater beaches, whether leashed or unleashed. This law helps to protect the fragile ecosystem along our shorelines. Marine mammals, such as seal pups who are typically born in April, use the city’s beaches to rest and warm themselves. Shore birds also frequent our beaches. Wildlife that interact with dogs are less likely to reach adulthood.
Uniformed animal services officers will be patrolling city parks with a focus on saltwater beaches and may issue citations to violators.
If you would like to report Seattle beaches where dogs are frequently seen, please submit a service request here. You can also contact the shelter directly by calling 206-386-PETS (7387) or by visiting seattleanimalshelter.org.
3:44 PM: Our request for stats has been answered by Kara Main-Hester at Seattle Animal Shelter:
The Park District team started in 2016. Since the start of the program, they have written 905 violations and conducted 1002 patrols. (Data: 1/1/2016 – 3/31/2017). During that time, they wrote 29 citations at Alki parks (Alki Beach Park + Alki Playground) and 34 at Lincoln Park.
Many questions this morning about overnight gunfire incidents, so we asked SPD for report summaries first thing this morning, and here’s what we have so far. No injuries reported in any of these:
10 PM, 28TH/DAKOTA: “Officers met with victim who said he was sitting in his parked car when he heard his window break, but didn’t hear a gunshot. There appeared to be a hole in the rear passenger side window. Officers searched but did not locate any shell casings or bullet fragments.”
1 AM, 2100 BLOCK OF SW HOLDEN: “Just before 1:00 am. officers responded to report of several gunshots … Officers searched the area but did not locate anything, and there was only one caller reporting the shots. Shortly after 2:00 am, a homeowner about a half-block away called 911 to report that their house had been struck by gunfire. Officers located several .40 caliber shell casings in the street. Three vehicles were struck and the house had damage from three rounds.”
2:20 AM, 26TH/DAKOTA: “Officers found a parked car that had its rear driver’s-side window shot with either small caliber or pellet. This was two blocks away from an earlier call with similar damage. Officers did an area check but did not locate any suspects.”
4:25 AM, 4100 BLOCK DELRIDGE WAY SW: “911 received multiple calls of shots fired (and) reported property damage to homes. Officers responded and contacted the residents of one of the houses that had multiple bullet holes. The residents stated that they had no idea why their house was targeted. Officers located multiple spent shell casings of various calibers in the street. Those casings were photographed and collected for evidence. Fortunately there were no reported injuries. The Gang Unit has been notified and will be handling the followup investigation.”
We sent a crew to look for any obvious signs of damage, but didn’t see any; if any happened where you live, and you have a photo, email@example.com – thanks.
P.S. As mentioned in our daily preview, tonight happens to be the monthly West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting at the Southwest Precinct (2300 SW Webster), 7 pm, and it always includes a chance to ask police about specific incidents and/or bring up neighborhood concerns.
Highlights for today/tonight from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
JOB-SEARCH HELP: 2-4 pm at Neighborhood House High Point Center, drop in to “work one-on-one with a coach and get help searching for opportunities, filling out applications, creating a cover letter and resume, practicing interview skills, and more. You are also welcome to use our computer lab with free use of Wi-Fi, printing, fax, scanning, and copying.” Free weekly event, open to all. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)
JUSTIN KAUSAL-HAYES: 5-8 pm, live music at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor). No cover/minimum; happy-hour specials available until 6 pm. (1936 Harbor SW)
’13TH’ SCREENING & POTLUCK DINNER: 6:30 pm at Fauntleroy Church Fellowship Hall, a “special screening of ‘13th‘ (trailer), an Oscar-nominated documentary exploring the history of race & criminal justice in America.” Free; bring a potluck dish to share. (9140 California SW)
WEST SEATTLE CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL: 7 pm at the Southwest Precinct, it’s your monthly chance to hear about local crime/safety trends and ask police about your neighborhood concerns. (Like the early-morning gunfire in North Delridge – story to come.) Also a special guest who will discuss the SPD Safe Place program and the Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum. All welcome. (2300 SW Webster)
UNPLUGGED – A MUSICAL GATHERING: Acoustic instrumentalists and singers are welcome to come play at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
FAMILY STORY TIME: 7 pm at Delridge Library – bring the kids for stories, rhymes, and songs. (5423 Delridge Way SW)
MORE ON OUR COMPLETE CALENDAR … see it all here!
6:39 AM: Good morning! No incidents reported in/outbound from West Seattle so far. Transportation-related notes:
SPRING BREAK … continues for most parochial schools and some other independent schools. That affects some of the school speed-limit zones, including Holy Family (20th/Roxbury) and Our Lady of Guadalupe (35th/Myrtle).
POTHOLE PATROL: If you see them in West Seattle today, let us know. SDOT told us they were in south and east Seattle yesterday; We spotted one crew pulled over by 35th/Alaska but don’t know if they did anything, as they were gone when we circled back around to check. SDOT has an official “kickoff” event later today with the mayor on Beacon Hill.
I-5 MAINTENANCE PROJECTS: WSDOT has announced that two sections of I-5 will have major maintenance work over the next 2 years, including some near the West Seattle Bridge, though the first project is in south King County.
7:33 AM: From the scanner – report of a vehicle blocking one lane on the eastbound bridge by the Delridge onramp. (Center lane, per subsequent SDOT tweet.)
7:50 AM: SDOT says SPD has cleared the stalled vehicle, and all lanes on the bridge are open again.
9:07 AM: Crash on southbound I-5 near the West Seattle Bridge exit – not sure yet if it’s affecting traffic from the exit but here’s your first heads-up.