West Seattle, Washington
10:24 PM: If you’re hearing the sirens: Police have been searching for a suspect in a store robbery and assault on a security guard in The Admiral District – the address mentioned by the dispatcher checks to Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor).
10:54 PM: We are at Metropolitan Market and found police here. They say it was a case of shoplifting turned violent and that’s why it’s classified now as a robbery. No one in custody so far.
Like to know sooner rather than later when a significant development project is on the way? Early outreach is one of the recent Design Review program changes that just kicked in, and here’s how to make sure you’re plugged into that early info. First: Keep watch on this new city webpage where projects doing “early outreach” are supposed to be listed. (Thanks to Cindi Barker for first sighting of that.) No West Seattle projects listed yet. Also, the city has a new calendar page for events related to early outreach. These are for events even before a project has its first Early Design Guidance meeting. The process is explained here. Previously, some developers did early outreach, but it was entirely voluntary; now, for projects of a certain size/scope (explained here), it’s mandatory.
Thanks to David Hutchinson for the photo of the Everett-based U.S. Navy destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) in Elliott Bay this afternoon. As with many military vessels, it’s not showing on MarineTraffic.com, so we don’t know if it’s still in Seattle, but we did find this, noting that it spent last weekend in Vancouver, B.C.
If you’re going to Alki for the 4th of July – you need to know about reroutes that police are planning in hopes of getting traffic cleared out more efficiently. “We’re trying something a little different this year,” is how Southwest Precinct Sgt. Ryan Long explained it. If you’re going up the California Way hill to California SW, once you get to Admiral, you’ll have to turn left – eastbound. If you’re heading southbound on Harbor toward the bridge, once you get to Spokane, you’ll have to turn left – eastbound. In order to set that up as a “free left turn,” traffic coming downhill – northbound – on Avalon will be directed onto EB Genesee. Sgt. Long says this will all start around 10 tomorrow night and will last just as long as it takes for people to clear out.
That photo is from the Lincoln Park area, taken by Stani – one of several people who’ve pointed out this afternoon that the red algae bloom known as Noctiluca is back off West Seattle shores today.
— RicKitty (@Rick_Kitty) July 3, 2018
We reported on sightings about a month ago too – same time the state Department of Ecology explained it here. It’s non-toxic, as Ecology’s post notes, but it’s not a good thing: “An increase in the abundance of Noctiluca is an indication of an unbalanced system, and while the plankton is not toxic itself, their presence creates a cascade of effects in the marine food web. … While Noctiluca are naturally occurring and blooms have been observed and recorded in Puget Sound since the 1940’s, there is growing concern that human-caused nutrient over-enrichment is increasing the intensity, changing the timing, and increasing the spatial distribution of Noctiluca blooms.”
2:28 PM: Thanks to the tipster who just called our 24/7 hotline (206-293-6302) about that crash on the eastbound West Seattle Bridge. It’s before the highrise, so if you need to head eastbound, you might want to wait a while before heading out from the Fauntleroy end, or access it via Delridge.
3:26 PM: Scene just finished clearing, per SDOT live cameras, and all lanes are open.
The West Seattle 4th of July Kids’ Parade is actually more than a parade. It’s West Seattle’s biggest Independence Day celebration, and after the parade, there are sack races, activity booths, and food trucks at Hamilton Viewpoint Park, where the route ends. Here are the basics:
WHEN: 10 am Wednesday, July 4th
WHERE: Parade starts at 44th and Sunset – from the official parade website, here’s the route:
WHO: Countless hundreds of West Seattle kids and their families
HOW MUCH: No cost to be in the parade or the post-parade games/activities. However, if you can chip in a bit to help the volunteer organizers cover the costs (permits, etc.), here’s the crowdfunding page.
WHO’S SPEAKING/SINGING? No politician speaking this year at the start of the parade. School of Rock West Seattle student Vega Zaringlee will sing the national anthem.
WHO ELSE IS AT THE PARK? 12 sponsor/activity presenters! Plus usually police and fire for vehicle visits.
WHO MAKES THIS ALL HAPPEN? This year’s coordinators are Emily Williams, Megan Erb, and Nicole Lutomski.
WHAT TO BRING: Besides your red-white-and-blue-decked selves … diapers! They’re being collected for WestSide Baby.
ANYTHING TRAFFIC/TRANSIT OTHERS SHOULD KNOW IF THEY’RE NOT PARADING/SPECTATING? Yes! For one, traffic will be held by police when the parade crosses California SW on the last leg (hard to say when that will happen, somewhere between 10 and 11). Second, Route 128 will have a reroute during the parade – details here.
See you there!
This is not a new scam but somebody must still be falling for it, or else the scammers wouldn’t keep trying it. So we’re sharing the warning just received from Natalie – she got two calls this morning that both spoofed the official Seattle city utilities hotline, 206-684-3000, with someone telling her that her electricity was about to be cut off if she didn’t pay them pronto. The info on this City Light scam-alert page goes for Seattle Public Utilities too – including that they will “never call, email, or make a home visit requesting an immediate payment.” And if you hear from a would-be scammer – report it! Natalie says the SPU person with whom she spoke had gotten other recent reports too
(Rufous Hummingbird, photographed by Trileigh Tucker)
Welcome to a quiet (so far) pre-holiday Tuesday! A few notes:
WADING POOLS: Seattle Parks says they’ll be open today! That means Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) 11 am-8 pm and Delridge (Genesee & Delridge), noon-6:30 pm.
DELRIDGE GROCERY FARMSTAND: Fresh produce 3-7 pm at the farmstand at the Shell across from Delridge Grocery Coop‘s future store. (5441 Delridge Way SW)
WEST SEATTLE BIKE CONNECTIONS MEETING RESCHEDULED: No WSBC meeting tonight but you’re invited to a “more social” get-together next Tuesday, July 10th, 6:30-8:30 pm at Beer Star in White Center. (16th SW/SW 98th)
FREE YOGA & CHILD CARE: All welcome at Neighborhood House High Point, 6 pm. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)
WEST SEATTLE TOASTMASTERS: All welcome at tonight’s meeting, 6:30 pm at Brookdale West Seattle. (4611 35th SW)
Looking ahead to the holiday? Our West Seattle 4th of July page is here!
Our holiday-info page for the 4th of July – special events and what else you need to know – is here. If you have something to add – an event we missed, or holiday business hours (open or closed) – it’s not too late for us to add it! Just send the info to email@example.com. Thanks!
12:57 AM: Seattle Fire is sending a “scenes of violence” (formerly “assault with weapon”) response to a house near 35th SW and SW 106th in Arbor Heights. Per scanner, a 29-year-old man is reported to have suffered a gunshot wound to his leg in what was described as a “drive-by shooting” – but the location and circumstances are unclear; it may have happened elsewhere.
1:10 AM: Per scanner, the victim, now described as 24, shot in the “right thigh,” will be taken to the hospital via SFD Medic 32. Officers have broadcast the description of a possible suspect vehicle – black Subaru Outback.
1:15 AM: The victim is reported to have been walking when shot; police report finding a casing near 35th/Roxbury.