West Seattle, Washington
Story by Tracy Record
Photos by Patrick Sand
West Seattle Blog co-publishers
The “father of West Seattle’s murals,” Earl Cruzen, was there not only in spirit but also in photo as his widow Adah Cruzen announced a big gift toward their restoration.
“He left me a bunch of zeroes,” Adah Cruzen quipped about her husband, who died last year at age 96. Five of them were on the ceremonial $100,000 check displayed this afternoon, as she joined community leaders at the foot of the mural that’s being restored right now in Morgan Junction.
The announcement was hosted by Lora Swift of the West Seattle Junction Association and Dan Austin of Peel & Press, whose restaurant is in the building that’s home to the Morgan mural that artist Bob Henry is now working on. (Added: Video of the event:)
As it began, both Swift and local journalist/historian Clay Eals told the story of the murals – 11 in all – that were painted in West Seattle between 1989 and 1993.
The report is from Chief Sealth International High School track and field coach Lorna Considine, forwarded by Nicole Sipila of the Sealth PTSA:
In the history of Chief Sealth Athletics there has been no one that has achieved what ELIJAH JACKSON did last Friday.
He became the 2018 METRO CHAMPION in the LONG JUMP 22’8”, TRIPLE JUMP 44’5”, and HIGH JUMP 6’4”. He is also the anchor leg of the MENS 4X100 RELAY who came in 4th and will advance to the District Meet. We are very proud of what he’s accomplished and look forward to seeing him succeed on his journey back to the STATE TRACK MEET next weekend. Good luck!!!!!
Also join me in congratulating the following student athletes who’ve advanced to the 2018 District Track Meet this Wednesday and Friday: EVE ELMORE, JASMINE SMITH, CHLOE MYERS, QUINN WILEY, SADIQUE CALLOWAY, DONNIE MCMILLAN, DIEGO JACKSON, and BRANDYN GIBSON! Good Luck, Seahawks!
(Reader photo from April 2010 HONK! Fest West in West Seattle)
Back in April 2010, there was a glorious day of dancing and music in the streets, with an eccentric edge, as HONK! Fest West came to West Seattle. In the ensuing years, the street festival of wild-and-often-wacky marching musicians has visited other neighborhoods in the city but hasn’t been back here. Next month, though, it’ll be close – HONK! Fest West bands (the list is now online) will spend the festival’s second day on the streets of White Center, 1-6 pm Saturday, June 2nd. It’s free, it’s unpredictable, and you’re invited to drop by for part of it or all of it. (We have a bit more background in our recent White Center Now coverage of a festival briefing for the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council.)
Two developments as planning continues for West Seattle’s planned 2030 light-rail extension:
ELECTED LEADERSHIP GROUP MEETS THIS WEEK: For only the second time since the kickoff of the intensive one-year-plus planning process to come up with a “preferred alternative,” Sound Transit is convening the Elected Leadership Group for the West Seattle/Ballard lines. They meet 2-4 pm this Thursday, May 17th, at ST’s downtown board room (401 S. Jackson). The meeting will include a public-comment period. (Here’s our coverage of the ELG’s first meeting back in January.)
(3:32 PM UPDATE: Since we published this, ST has added the Thursday meeting’s agenda and slide deck to its website. One page of interest in the slide deck – page 20, feedback highlights from the May 5th “neighborhood forum” in West Seattle.)
MORE UNOFFICIAL RENDERINGS FROM ‘AVALON TOM’: Though five “concepts” emerged for the West Seattle end of the line (as shown here a month ago), ST’s public visualizations of them haven’t gone any further than flat lines. So “Avalon Tom” offers unofficial visualizations for anyone interested in seeing what the “concepts” might look like. Backstory: He is a West Seattle resident who generated lots of discussion four months ago by producing renderings based on ST’s original “representative alignment.” Now he’s generated a raft of new renderings that show what the 5 West Seattle concepts MIGHT look like. He has multiple renderings for each one – we’ve just pulled one from each set, and you can click through to see the others (or just skip ahead to his special webpage):
Next, the “West Seattle Bridge/Fauntleroy” alternative:
Again, click the links to any/all of the pages “Avalon Tom” has for the “alternatives” and you will see multiple renderings – we just chose one from each. At its most recent meeting, the project’s Stakeholder Advisory Group (which meets again May 30th) recommended only continuing consideration of the “Pigeon Ridge” and “Oregon Street” concepts (WSB coverage here), but that’s by no means a binding recommendation – the Elected Leadership Group is to take it under advisement.
Last fall, we covered a forum on transportation alternatives, presented by the West Seattle Transportation Coalition and packed with information about options. It was so informative, WSTC decided to present another one – and they’re reminding you that it’s coming up this Saturday (May 19th):
This public forum on transportation alternatives is intended to help seniors and people with disabilities learn more about mobility options other than driving. If you or anyone you know is driving less—or even no longer able to drive at all—this forum will explain the resources that are available to help. This should be a very informative afternoon with lots of interesting guest speakers. We are counting on you to spread the word to folks who might not otherwise hear about this event!
It’s happening 1:30-3:30 pm Saturday at the Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon).
Running a small business? And/or launching one? The Seattle Public Library has free consultation appointments open starting soon for its Library to Business program. Librarian Nancy Slote, who’s part of the L2B team, explains, “We help research business questions, particularly with market research. The library has great subscription databases, available in the branches and remotely, with a library card, which can provide consumer buying data and identify competitors and market trends. We meet with entrepreneurs in all stages of business development, from people with an idea, to those writing business plans, to those operating businesses.” They have appointments at the Delridge, High Point, and South Park branches – this flyer shows the day/time windows, and the number(s) to call to get yourself set up to go in for help (or, Nancy says, you can schedule via e-mail at L2B@spl.org).
(Tacoma-baesd SS Cape Island, passing West Seattle on Monday, photographed by Jamie Kinney)
Highlights for the rest of your Tuesday, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
MOTHER’S DAY LUNCH: Two days after the special day in honor of Mom, you are invited to the Senior Center of West Seattle at 11:30 am for a special lunch in honor of moms. Call to see if there’s still room. (4217 SW Oregon)
LOW-LOW TIDE: 11:35 am, the tide is out to -1.8 feet, as the low-low tides of spring/summer begin, Even lower the next three days – here’s the tide chart!
MURAL ANNOUNCEMENT: This afternoon, you’re invited to a public announcement of “a major step forward to jump-start the restoration of the Murals of West Seattle.” It’s happening at 2 pm in front of the mural that’s leading off the project, hosted by the West Seattle Junction Association and Dan Austin of Peel and Press. (West side of the southwest corner of California/Fauntleroy)
PRESCHOOL PREVIEW: Got a preschooler or preschooler-to-be? West Seattle Montessori School and Academy (WSB sponsor) invites you to tonight’s open house, 6-7:30 pm. Kids welcome too. (11215 15th SW)
HIGH POINT READS ‘HOMEGOING’: 6:30 pm evening book group at High Point Library features a discussion of the 2018 Seattle Reads book, “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi. (3411 SW Raymond)
ADMIRAL NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: As previewed here, the 6:30 pm bimonthly meeting of the Admiral Neighborhood Association at The Sanctuary at Admiral will feature a Community Police Team officer, an update on the West Seattle Neighborhood Greenway extension to Admiral, and the latest on Sub Pop‘s August 11th Alki anniversary extravaganza. All welcome. (42nd/Lander)
CHIEF SEALTH IHS BOOK-IT REPERTORY THEATER: You are invited to come watch and applaud Chief Sealth International High School students’ Book-It performances, adapting poetry into theater. 7 pm at the school auditorium. Free admission. (2600 SW Thistle)
WEST SEATTLE CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL: Transportation is on the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council agenda tonight as Jim Curtin of SDOT is the scheduled guest, along with the usual updates from – and Q&A with – SPD reps. 7 pm at Southwest Precinct. (2300 SW Webster)
SEE WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING … by visiting our complete-calendar page.
Two reader reports to start off the day in West Seattle Crime Watch:
STOLEN BLUE CIVIC: Yolina‘s car was stolen near 24th SW and SW Holden. It’s a blue four-door 1998 Honda Civic, plates AOT1713. If you see it, call 911.
DUMPED AND LIKELY STOLEN: From Jonathan:
I woke up this morning to find that someone had dumped a handbag and some other personal items at my curb. I have attached a photo in the off chance it can find its way back to its rightful owner.
I’m located at 49th and Stevens.
P.S. – CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL TONIGHT: Got a neighborhood crime concern? Or a question for police? Tonight’s your chance to bring it up with them in person at the monthly West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting, 7 pm, Southwest Precinct (2300 SW Webster), all welcome.