West Seattle, Washington
Highland Park’s Find It, Fix It Walk is now a week and a half away – the evening of Thursday, May 25th – but there’s a lot left to plan, and Tuesday’s your chance to help do that. Just be at Highland Park Elementary (1012 SW Trenton), 6:30 pm (May 16th). The walk’s start time and route still have to be set, and while there’s already a long list of potential topics, it’s not too late to add your idea, and help shape which stops/topics are chosen. The proposed starting spots for the FIFI Walk, for example, are either Riverview Playfield or Highland Park Improvement Club, and this post on the Highland Park Action Committee website lists the potential stops/topics discussed so far.
Almost directly across the street from where Mayor Murray announced last week that he would not run for re-election, a new candidate announced tonight that he’s in the race. Greg Hamilton is an entrepreneur and military veteran who served in the Special Forces (his biography is here) and says he wants to “save Seattle.” He is the first candidate to make his announcement in West Seattle – it happened at Pegasus Pizza, where we talked with him for a few minutes:
P.S. This is official “filing week” for mayor of Seattle and many other offices around King County, through Friday; you can check here to see who has filed so far; 14 mayoral candidates had registered campaigns with the city through today (not yet including Hamilton), and they are listed here.
An incident this morning led to the principals of Chief Sealth International High School and Denny International Middle School sending this letter to families a short time ago. It was sent to us too:
We want to share with you information regarding an incident that was reported today involving one of our scholars as she exited a Metro bus on her way to school. At approximately 8:50 AM, a 9th grade female scholar reported that she was followed off the bus by a man when she disembarked at the corner of Delridge and Thistle. She stated that the man grabbed her wrist and asked her if she wanted to go with him. She was able to free herself from his hold and then she ran to school. She reported the incident to Chief Sealth staff, who notified the police. The Seattle Police Department is investigating the incident.
The safety of our scholars is our top priority. We will continue to collaborate with the Seattle Police Department and Seattle Public Schools Safety and Security to help monitor the surrounding area before and after school.
You can help your children stay safe by talking to them about personal safety. Tips to discuss are:
• Walking in pairs or groups and being aware of their surroundings at all times.
• Leaving for school at times where there are high levels of pedestrian traffic.
• Immediately reporting anything suspicious to trusted adults (school staff and family members).
• Keep earbuds off and expensive phones out of sight.
Cathy Phillips from King County Public Health and Julianne Ruffner from the state Ecology Department (below) visited Alki Beach this morning, to sample the water while providing a quick media briefing on the BEACH program, which monitors the water at “high-use saltwater beaches” between Memorial Day and Labor Day. (Here’s the draft list for this year.)
Whether you’re going to Alki or one of the other beaches on the list, their message is to “surf the web before you surf the beach” – check online before you go into the water – look at this map to see if there’s an advisory where you’re going. The BEACH program samples water at its designated beaches every week; Phillips explained that the water is shipped to the lab the same day it’s gathered, and they find out within about 24 hours whether there’s a problem. Be careful after a storm, she warned, because rain can change the water quality even from whatever a previous day’s tests showed. You can help keep the water safe, the program advises – “pick up after your pets, have toddlers wear swim diapers, make sure young children get frequent bathroom breaks, and pick up your trash. Avoid feeding the wildlife.”
4:46 PM: Thanks for the text – a traffic incident at Delridge and Willow (map) is detouring vehicles. We’re on our way to find out more.
5:11 PM: By the time we got there, SFD was leaving and the scene was completely clear. We’re told by witnesses that it was a collision between a bicyclist and driver, and the bicyclist was transported by private ambulance.
5:28 PM: Via e-mail, SFD spokesperson Kristin Tinsley confirms this was a bicyclist/driver collision, and the rider, a woman about 30 years old, was transported to a hospital via AMR, in stable condition.
Back in February, we brought you first word of King County’s plan to build a sidewalk and replace road panels along the south side of SW Roxbury between 28th and 30th SW (right side of our file photo above). Today, the county is saying the work will start in “late May,” and will go like this:
·Work scheduled from late May-July, if weather cooperates
·Area is SW Roxbury Street between 28th Avenue SW and 30th Avenue SW
·One lane of road will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., each day
·Flaggers will direct two-way vehicle traffic
·Pedestrians will be detoured
·Roxhill Elementary bus loading areas will be moved to west edge of the school property
·Businesses along this section of SW Roxbury Street will remain open and access provided at all times. Access points will be provided for the gas station, the auto parts store/latte stand and auto repair shop.
Our February report has more details on that; the county also has sent out this mailer:
Today we welcome Our Lady of Guadalupe School as a new WSB sponsor. Here’s what OLG would like you to know about what they do:
From its perch on top of the highest point in Seattle, Our Lady of Guadalupe has been a West Seattle treasure since 1962. The school provides a strong academic and faith-filled learning community in which students are nurtured and challenged to reach their full potential. OLG graduates are: confident, engaged learners; service-oriented leaders committed to making a positive impact; and students who excel academically, while demonstrating reflectivity and critical thinking skills.
OLG is a place in which each child is known and cared about, and passionate educators make learning relevant, effective, and exciting. Students learn to take ownership of their learning process and grow as students within a rigorous academic program. Creativity and problem solving flourish through a curriculum infused with STEM, the arts, and technology. Students develop confidence and proficiency in research, presentation skills, and collaboration. Opportunities for student-initiated projects foster curiosity, initiative, and strong project-management skills. The school’s extracurricular programs provide enrichment beyond the school day as well.
Our Lady of Guadalupe students thrive in a community that believes wholeheartedly in education that develops the whole child. Alongside a strong academic program, a hallmark of an OLG education is service. By the time students reach eighth grade, they design and implement their own yearlong service focus through the Juan Diego Graduation Project, a hallmark of the school.
OLG is a special place to learn and grow – and a welcoming community for the whole family! Contact the school to schedule a tour and see for yourself what makes OLG school so special! Please email email@example.com, call 206-935-0651, or visit our website at www.guadalupe-school.org for more information.
We thank Our Lady of Guadalupe School 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.
Two local schools are inviting you to help them help homeless children and teens whose families are at the new Mary’s Place-operated shelter in White Center:
Lafayette and Genesee Hill Elementary Schools are doing a book drive this month to collect books for children and teens who are guests at Mary’s Place in White Center. We have collected over 1200 books already!
We are still on the lookout for books that are in languages other than English and ones that feature characters and themes that are historically underrepresented in children’s books and reflect the population Mary’s Place serves (diverse ethnic and socioeconomic narrative settings, immigrants, nontraditional family units, etc.). If people have books of this sort that are new or gently used, they are welcome to drop them off at Lafayette from today through Friday May 19th.
There will be a box outside of the school’s front doors where books can be dropped off.
Lafayette is at 2645 California SW in The Admiral District.
In the ongoing saga of 9029 16th SW, site of three house-fire calls in five years, demolition is finally under way right now – a week and a half after the heavy equipment arrived. We first went by around 9 this morning; workers were at the site for the first time we’d seen since the backhoe’s arrival two Fridays ago, so we made a note to go back at noon, and that’s when we recorded the short clip above, as work had finally begun.
After the big fire back in February, the city had ordered the owners to do something about what was left of the house; the detached building behind it is boarded up but otherwise untouched as of noon, so we’ll check on it later. The owners have a redevelopment plan in the permit pipeline, for what’s described only as a “mixed-use building.”
A few possibilities from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
ORCHARD MEETUP: Most Mondays bring a 5-7 pm meetup at Community Orchard of West Seattle on the northeast end of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus – a great way to spend some time out in the fresh air during our lengthening spring evenings. (6000 16th SW)
FAMILY STORY TIME: 6:30 pm, High Point Library – for kids of all ages, and their families! (35th SW/SW Raymond)
MYERS WAY HOMELESSNESS MEETING: The third “community conversation” convened by the city is tonight, 7 pm, at the Joint Training Facility in southeast West Seattle. As announced, this is intended to address issues/questions/concerns in addition to the city sanctioning of Camp Second Chance, which recently convened its Community Advisory Committee (WSB coverage here). And if you have a question about the new unsanctioned RV encampment east of Highland Park, we’re told the city will be ready to answer that too. (9401 Myers Way S.)
ALL-AGES QUIZ: Monday night quiz at The Skylark, 7:30 pm, prizes! (3803 Delridge Way SW)
MORE ON OUR CALENDAR … for today/tonight and beyond; check it out here.
Before we get to what’s happening for the rest of today – Chief Sealth International High School principal Aida Fraser-Hammer explains why you might hear music in the Westwood area tomorrow morning:
Tomorrow (Tuesday, May 16th) from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, the students at Chief Sealth International High School will be rocking out to the music of platinum-selling rock band Plain White T’s (who are famous for the songs “Hey There Delilah” and “Rhythm of Love”) as well as other rising young musicians. This concert will be part of a festival organized by High School Nation, a non-profit traveling Music & Arts Festival that visits public high schools all across the country introducing students to opportunities in the arts. It is the largest secondary school touring music festival, and their services are provided to public schools free of charge.
High School Nation selected Chief Sealth as one of only 60 high schools from across the entire country to benefit from the Festival, which supports and showcases journalism, film, fine and performing arts, fashion, photography, and stage production. High School Nation will also donate and establish a professional recording studio at Chief Sealth with gear and components from high-end equipment manufacturers. Their total donations to Chief Sealth will top over $30,000 as they continue to achieve their goal to promote and support the arts and music programs within public schools.
During the Festival, High School Nation will take over the SW Athletic Complex for the morning. Students will have the opportunity to visit hands-on zones where they will interact directly with products and educational programs such as tie-dyeing and printing shirts, painting records, recording music, and playing various instruments, arts and crafts booths, and other attractions. They will also participate in other events geared at celebrating the arts.
Find out more about High School Nation here.
It’s been a while since the last city meeting scheduled by community request for a project that otherwise wouldn’t get one. Today’s Land Use Information Bulletin brings the official notice of one meeting May 25th for these two microhousing (what the city calls Small Efficiency Dwelling Units) projects:
In response to requests from community members, the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) will hold a public meeting to gather comments on two projects located at 5952 California Avenue SW (Project No. 3024606) and 6016 California Avenue SW (Project No. 3025264). This meeting is being held jointly due to the close proximity of both projects to one another. The two separate proposals under review are described as follows:
Project No. 3024606, 5952 California Avenue SW [design packet here] Land Use Application to allow a 4-story apartment building with 29 small efficiency dwelling units and 6 apartment units (35 units total). Surface parking for 5 vehicles to be provided. Existing structures to be demolished.
Project No. 3025264, 6016 California Avenue SW [design packet here] Land Use application to allow a 3-story structure containing 36 small efficiency dwelling units and 2 live-work units. Existing structures to be demolished.
Both projects need approval through the Administrative Design Review (one of two types that don’t go to the Design Review Board) and State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) processes. We first wrote about the 5952 California SW project one year ago, and first wrote about the 6016 California SW proposal last August. Both have changed their proposed number of units since then (fewer for 5952, more for 6016); both have the same architect, Hybrid. They’re in the same block as the greater Morgan Junction area’s first microhousing building, 5949 California SW.
The May 25th meeting will start at 6 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon)
6:56 AM: Good morning and welcome to the brand-new week. No incidents reported in or from West Seattle so far.
FAUNTLEROY FERRY TERMINAL TOLLBOOTH TEST: Today is the first of four days that Washington State Ferries will test tollbooth-procedure changes to see if they help ease backups at Fauntleroy, as announced here.
8:10 AM: Still incident-free.
8:22 AM: That just changed. SFD and SPD have just been dispatched to a crash reported at 16th and Barton.
8:53 AM: The SFD call for that crash has closed.