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FOLLOWUP: Alki Avenue murder ‘could have happened anywhere,’ police say

(June 2nd WSB photo by Christopher Boffoli)

Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Pierre Davis offered an update on the June 2nd Alki Avenue murder toward the end of tonight’s precinct meeting about beach noise enforcement (separate report to come). “This was an altercation between two individuals and their conflict resolution … slipped to the point where it got physical,” and a deadly stabbing resulted. “It could have happened anywhere,” he stressed, adding that SPD emphasis teams were in the beach area and got there quickly, though not quickly enough for an arrest. Detectives continue working the case. The victim, 22-year-old Jonathan C. Pecina, was remembered at a memorial service in Everett last Friday.

West Seattle light rail: What Sound Transit said, and was asked, at Pigeon Point Neighborhood Council

(Sound Transit slide deck from Pigeon Point meeting)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Sound Transit‘s West Seattle light-rail line is either going to skirt Pigeon Point or tunnel through it, so the PP Neighborhood Council invited ST in for a briefing.

The briefing and ensuing Q&A took up most of last night’s semimonthly PPNC meeting, with about 50 people in the Pathfinder K-8 cafeteria to get an abridged version of what’s been unfolding over the past 5+ months.

ST’s Andrea Burnett and Stephen Mak, both working on the West Seattle line plan, were invited. He presented the backstory first on the Sound Transit 3 vote setting up a draft plan for a 4.7-mile extension to West Seattle, to open in 2030, with a new rail-only bridge over the Duwamish River, and three stations in WS.

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HARBOR/SPOKANE PROJECT: New info, with work starting as soon as tomorrow

New construction/detour info for the Harbor/Spokane safety project from SDOT:

>As soon as tomorrow, Wednesday, June 13, crews will begin construction of the Harbor Ave SW and SW Spokane St Intersection Improvements project. This Neighborhood Street Fund project will increase the visibility and safety for people walking and biking across Harbor Ave SW and SW Spokane St. We expect construction to last about 6 weeks.

Nighttime and weekend work

One of the first construction activities will be pavement breaking at the intersection of Harbor Ave SW and SW Spokane St in preparation for safety improvement work on the Alki Trail. This work will be done at night and over the weekend to reduce impacts to people driving. For details about what to expect, please see below.

Traffic impacts:

Westbound SW Spokane St will be reduced to one lane of traffic at Harbor Ave SW, except during peak hours (3 PM to 7 PM, Monday through Friday), when it will remain fully open
A uniformed police officer will direct right turns onto northbound Harbor Ave SW from SW Spokane St during work hours
Crews plan to work continuously from 7 PM on Friday, June 15, to 5 AM on Monday, June 18
Sidewalks will be maintained for people walking and biking

Construction impacts:

Noise, dust, and vibration from breakers and heavy equipment
Increased truck activity, back-up alarms, and workers communicating in the field
Additional nighttime and weekend work may be required at this intersection
Crews have a noise variance for this work

Looking ahead:

Starting as soon as Monday, June 18, crews will begin safety improvement work on the Alki Trail. Crews will begin by replacing segments of the jersey barrier along the trail. Please note: This work may require a partial closure of the Alki Trail at the intersection of Harbor Ave SW and SW Spokane St. We’ll share more information on detour routes for people walking and biking as the work approaches.

What you need to know during construction:

Typical construction hours are Monday – Friday, 7 AM – 5 PM
Occasional night and weekend work
Temporary lane, crosswalk, and sidewalk closures
Detours for people walking and biking
Possible parking and loading restrictions
Please expect typical construction impacts such as increased noise, dust, truck activity, and vibration
Impacts and schedule are subject to change

Here’s the official SDOT construction notice (PDF).

West Seattle beachwalking alert! Very low tides ahead next four days

(June 2017 tide, out past minus three feet, looking north from Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook)

The next four days bring a bonus for beachwalkers: Low-low tides of minus 3 feet or lower:

Wednesday, 11:11 am: -3.0
Thursday, 11:55 am: -3.5
Friday, 12:42 pm: -3.7
Saturday, 1:30 pm: -3.4

Here’s our favorite chart. You can also check tides any time on the WSB Weather page.

P.S. Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists will be out too – here’s the schedule.

Almost summer! Alice Enevoldsen’s solstice-sunset watch is a few days early this year

(WSB photo, June 2017)

If you’re looking forward to marking the change of seasons with Alice Enevoldsen‘s quarterly sunset watch at West Seattle’s Solstice Park – you need to know it’s happening a few days early this time around! Because of a schedule conflict, Alice will be at the park 8:30-9:30 pm this Saturday, June 16th – should be a great way to end a warm, clear day. (This year’s actual solstice moment will be 3:07 am Thursday, June 21st.) All ages welcome and encouraged; if you’ve never been to one of Alice’s sunset watches, it’s informative, fun, low-key, drop-in/drop-out when you want. Solstice Park is upslope of the tennis courts across from the north end of Lincoln Park (7400 Fauntleroy Way SW).

VIDEO: What happened at the City Council’s head-tax-repeal meeting

There was anger, chanting, shouting … and public comment on both sides. After a two-plus-hour meeting, seven City Councilmembers voted this afternoon to repeal the head tax they had approved less than a month ago (the “no” votes were Teresa Mosqueda and Kshama Sawant). In case you missed it, the Seattle Channel video is now available. Once public comment ended at about 1:11 into the meeting, West Seattle/South Park Councilmember Lisa Herbold was the first to comment pre-vote, starting at 1:14 in and continuing for seven minutes of near-fury. She refuted the claims that no progress is being made against homelessness, but said that progress is limited because more affordable housing needs to be built. She said the repeal vote “runs counter to my values as a person” but she felt compelled to vote for it because a majority of Seattle citizens believe homelessness has resulted from “government inefficiency.” “People say we are bowing to political pressure, but nothing could be further from the truth,” she insisted, saying a ballot fight between now and November would do more damage. She said she hoped the repeal would be a “temporary setback.” Other councilmembers who commented at length included West Seattle-residing citywide Councilmember Lorena González, who with Herbold co-chaired the task force that came up with the head-tax; starting at 1:38 in the video, saying “all the solutions (to homelessness) require new and additional revenue.” She said, “It gives me no pleasure to have to repeal this law because I think this law was well done” and vowed to “fight for solutions that will not tear this city apart.” She added that this is “a defining moment in the city of Seattle … and not a good one.”

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Reports from South Admiral, Gatewood, Hansen View

In West Seattle Crime Watch:

SOUTH ADMIRAL GARAGE THEFT: A reader alarmed by the Ring version of this SPD auto-tweet for an “occupied burglary” last night in the 3200 block of California asked us about it. We checked with SPD today. Det. Mark Jamieson says that the system shows, “Officers responded to a report of a theft from inside a secured parking garage … The theft allegedly happened 5 days ago (possibly a car prowl?) Officers could not locate the reporting party despite several calls back. If victim calls back we’ll respond to take a report.”

GATEWOOD BURGLARY: Via e-mail this morning:

We live a block from (The Kenney) just off of Fauntleroy Way; at some time between 2 AM and 5:30 AM on Thursday (June 7) a thief entered our home through a first floor open window. I’m embarrassed to say it but I know when it must have happened because I was asleep on the couch at the time and must have been in plain sight of the intruder (and I’m the one naive enough to think I could leave that window open.) I suppose in one sense it might be lucky I slept through the whole thing , only discovering what had happened when I awoke and saw the window screen pried off and a number of things stolen.

HANSEN VIEW REPORTS: From the neighborhood near Providence Mount St. Vincent, Block Watch captain Karen Berge (who you also know as co-founder of the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network) has an update:

Our Hansen View Block Watch area experienced another vehicle theft recently, as well as two detached garage break-ins. The two garage break-ins took place this weekend in the 5000 block of 36th off the alley shared with those on 35th. … another neighbor found “loot” stashed in the alley behind their home… it all eventually came together, and the loot turned out to be a combination of items from both locations. Key point here are that the perp(s) cut through a lock on one of the garages, not padlocks or cables attached to the locks. Also, the car theft a week or so earlier took less than 30 seconds to steal, although it was locked…and the car that was stolen had been stolen in late April, then recovered (’99 Legacy Outback).

BIZNOTE: Canna West Seattle moves to ‘new’ location across the street

(WSB photos. From left, Amir, Arianna, owner Maryam, Kara)

Canna West Seattle (WSB sponsor) is now open in its “new” location at 5440 California SW – which was intended to be its location all along.

When we reported back in 2016 that proprietor Maryam Mirnateghi had obtained the first state license for a recreational-marijuana store in WS, she had bought the Craftsman house and expected a relatively quick conversion from its previous incarnation as professional offices.

The city permitting process didn’t work out that way – so she launched Canna West Seattle across the street in a storefront that had been a dispensary in the medical-marijuana-only days.

But now, 5440 California SW is fully remodeled into Canna West Seattle’s permanent home. Mirnateghi says it’s larger than the space across the street, which means more room to display products and information.

There are also now five registers, which means less waiting at busy times. And soon there will be a sixth for people to pick up and pay for orders they place online. There’s also an illuminated menu board for pre-rolls.

While the new location doesn’t have offstreet parking, you can still park across the street in the lot for 5435 California SW, which Mirnateghi plans to reopen soon as Canna West Seattle’s merchandise store – “high-end glass,” T-shirts, etc. Also in the works, some paving along the alley behind the new location so a ramp can be installed for those unable to use the stairs that lead to the front door.

Canna West Seattle is open 9 am-11:30 pm seven days a week; June 23rd is set for a grand-opening party at the new location, so watch for details on that.

FOLLOWUP: 35th/Avalon collision survivor still in hospital

(WSB photo from last Friday night(

Many have asked if there’s any update on the man who suffered life-threatening injuries when hit by a driver on 35th north of Avalon last Friday night. We asked Southwest Precinct Operations Lt. Ron Smith at last night’s Pigeon Point Neighborhood Council meeting (separate meeting report to come), and he checked for us this morning. He says the 35-year-old victim remains at Harborview Medical Center, listed in serious condition. The man was trying to cross at mid-block when the driver, northbound, hit him, per SPD’s online update later that night, after the road was reopened following 3-plus hours of investigation. Witnesses rushed in to do CPR even before authorities arrived.

West Seattle Tuesday: Produce-stand debut on Delridge; music; meetings; more!

(Pileated Woodpecker, photographed in Fauntleroy Park by Mark Wangerin)

Eight things you should know about the rest of your Tuesday:

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL: Explorer West Middle School (WSB sponsor) students finish their year with a half-day. (10015 28th SW)

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A NURSE? 11 am-1 pm informational session today for the nursing program at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) – full details in our calendar listing. (6000 16th SW)

DELRIDGE GROCERY FARMSTAND: The Delridge Grocery Coop brings back its weekly farmstand for summer, starting 3-7 pm today by the Shell station. (5441 Delridge Way SW)

ALKI NOISE ENFORCEMENT: As announced by City Councilmember Lisa Herbold in her update on efforts to crack down on excessive vehicle noise, especially on Alki, there’s a meeting at the Southwest Precinct tonight to hear about SPD’s plans. 6:30 pm. (2300 SW Webster)

WSHS SPRING CONCERT #1: West Seattle High School musicians invite you to two spring concerts this week – first one is 7 pm tonight, “A Night of Jazz.” (3000 California SW)

SOUTH DELRIDGE COMMUNITY GROUP: Live/work in South Delridge? Join your neighbors at tonight’s South Delridge Community Group meeting, 7 pm at 2 Fingers Social. Kids welcome until 8 pm. (9211 Delridge Way SW)

FAUNTLEROY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: Monthly business meeting, public always welcome – 7 pm at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse. We’ll add the agenda here when we get one. (9131 California SW)

TRIVIA: Tonight and every Tuesday night at 7:30 pm, play trivia with Geeks Who Drink at Whisky West (WSB sponsor) in Morgan Junction. (6451 California SW)

SEE THE FUTURE! Check out our complete calendar here.

SUMMER CAMP: Still room in West Seattle skatepark camps

Thanks to longtime local skateboarding advocate Matthew Lee Johnston for sending word that Skate Like a Girl still has room in day camps at Delridge and Roxhill Skateparks this summer:

Come shred, West Seattle! Youth of all genders are welcome to join Skate Like a Girl at the Roxhill and Delridge Skate Parks for amazing weeklong skate camps, learning the basics of pushing, riding, ramps, ollies, and more! Take your skate skills to new heights with the folks at Skate Like a Girl!

To register visit skatelikeagirl.com/seattlecamp2018.html

Generous Financial Aid is available! skatelikeagirl.com/financialaid.html

Here’s the full flyer with dates and locations.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday watch

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

7:06 AM: Good morning. No incidents reported in/from West Seattle so far.

STADIUM ZONE: Mariners play the Angels again, 7:10 pm, and that means another night of extended West Seattle Water Taxi service.

CONGRATULATIONS! West Seattle rowers’ success at nationals

We have updates on the three West Seattle rowers featured here early Sunday for making it to the national championships – but first, we’ve also received a report on a fourth! From Regina Arceo-Schulz:

Reece Schulz (above right), born and raised in West Seattle, did something that not too many people can say they did, he won the Lightweight Junior Men’s 2x three years in a row at the 2018 US Youth National Rowing Championship. He and this year’s partner, Ruben Luthra, finished the 2000 meters in 7:00.669 at Lake Natoma, CA. They were first in time trials and semi-finals over the three-day regatta.

Reece won last year with Cole Graham at Sarasota, Florida and 2016 with Nick Angelillo at Mercer Lake, New Jersey. A little side note, Reece’s older brothers Spencer Schulz and James Teodoro (JT) Schulz had won the same trophy in 2014. Reece and Ruben row at Seattle Rowing Center and thank their coaches, Conal Groom and Derek Deleuw, for all the hard training and support.

Kathy Lower also updated us on Reed Lower, a West Seattle High School senior who rows for Mount Baker:

His team got 16th in the nation for the Men’s Varsity 4+.

And Steve Cameron updated us on the two Fauntleroy residents he had e-mailed about over the weekend – Chief Sealth International High School senior Mackenna Cameron’s Green Lake Crew 8 seat team “made the Grand Final and came in 5th in the nation,” while Rohin Petram, a Vashon HS student, “finished 12th in his single and is only a Junior with another year to make it to the top.”

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