Arbor Heights – West Seattle Blog… http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:55:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 VIDEO: Songs and stories @ Arbor Heights Elementary’s Black History Month celebration http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/video-songs-and-stories-arbor-heights-elementarys-black-history-month-celebration/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/video-songs-and-stories-arbor-heights-elementarys-black-history-month-celebration/#comments Sat, 17 Feb 2018 23:52:25 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=909059

(Starr W., Simone S., Zoe P., Tevia & Taytum C., Denise K. singing ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’)

“We’re here to remember, honor, and celebrate Black history and Black culture, which is American culture.”

With that mission, Arbor Heights Elementary students and staff presented songs and stories in an hour-long assembly this past Thursday afternoon. They were each other’s audiences – joined by many parents, too. A big ovation greeted AH staffer Rosslyn Shea, who emceed the assembly (and kindly invited us to cover it).

She explained the backstory of Black History Month – which became a monthlong celebration in 1976, half a century after it began – “a time to remember the struggle, while remembering the accomplishments …” The program, directed and produced by Laura Drake, then began, with the anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing” (top video). Ms. McAlpin‘s class sang “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around”; then Reyana H. portrayed Sojourner Truth, telling her story of slavery, and marriage with five children.

She was 30 when slavery ended in NY State in 1827. “I began to work with other abolitionists … I was also a strong believer in women’s rights.” Student Artise B., portrayed Frederick Douglass. “It was against the law for slaves to learn to read and write,” but he secretly taught himself.

“Once I learned how to read, I taught other slaves.” He was an adviser to President Lincoln. “A white man’s happiness cannot be purchased by a black man’s misery.”

Ms. Irish‘s class sang “Keep Your Eyes on the Prize.” A poem by Langston Hughes was performed by students Simone D. and Naimo M. Then pilot Bessie Coleman‘s story was told by Mariah R., speaking of achievement despite discrimination.

“I opened the possibility for women of color to become pilots,” though her life was cut short by an airshow-rehearsal accident.

Booker T. Washington, the influential educator, was portrayed by Joaquin L.. “Once I saw white children inside a schoolhouse reading books, that was what I wanted to do.” He ran a school “that is still going strong today.” He closed by reading this quote spiritedly: “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else!” Then Ms. Ciocca‘s class sang “Woke Up This Morning with My Mind Set on Freedom,” and Ms. Amble‘s first-grade class performed to Ella Fitzgerald‘s version of “Old MacDonald Had a Farm.”

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That was followed by Ms. Wilson‘s class with “If You Miss Me at the Back of the Bus.” Then, from even-more-recent history, more historic character portrayals – two trailblazing Black candidates for President, U.S. Rep. Shirley Chisholm (by Phalestine W.) and Rev. Jesse Jackson (by Zinneddine A.). “What is the American Dream? The American Dream is one big tent.”

Two third-grade classes sang along with Sly and the Family Stone‘s “Everyday People” – “Sometimes I’m right, I can be wrong …” they raise their index fingers on the chorus.

“Love’s in Need of Love Today” by Stevie Wonder was the afterschool program’s presentation, and then “We Shall Overcome” as a closing song, with everyone in the auditorium invited to join in. And on the way out, we stopped to notice student work on the walls:

AH and other Seattle Public Schools are now out for a week of mid-winter break, with classes resuming Monday, February 26th.

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Crime drop, bog progress, park future @ Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Coalition http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/crime-drop-bog-progress-park-future-westwood-roxhill-arbor-heights-community-coalition/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/crime-drop-bog-progress-park-future-westwood-roxhill-arbor-heights-community-coalition/#comments Thu, 08 Feb 2018 23:24:54 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=908215 By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Some promising news emerged on multiple fronts at this month’s Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Coalition meeting.

CRIME DROP: WWRHAH was briefed by Southwest Precinct Operations Lt. Ron Smith. The area covered by this community group, he said, has had 56 incidents in tracked categories compared to 119 a year earlier. That includes one fewer robbery, one more aggravated assault, 7 crimes against persons compared to 5 – but property crime is down dramatically – one more burglary, one more commercial burglary (3 compared to 2), but larceny (much of it shoplifting) is down dramatically, about a fourth of what it was. Also: 15 car prowls compared to 17, 8 car thefts compared to 13. 49 property crimes in all – less than half it was at this point last year. Police continue working harder to get repeat offenders kept in jail – including for example making sure the “(law enforcement) objects to release” box is checked on reports.

The subject of the arrest of officer-assault suspect Jorge Cruz-Benitez two nights earlier came up; he was allegedly first spotted doing graffiti vandalism in the area (Delridge/Henderson). Lt. Smith echoed what we noted in a previous discussion, that not all tagging is gang-related. (This meeting was on Tuesday night; one night later, on Wednesday night, Cruz-Benitez was released from jail, according to the KC Jail Register.)

(Southwestern side of Roxhill Bog – WSB photo from 2014)

ROXHILL PARK AND BOG: WWRHAH has been pushing forever to get the bog water-flow fixed –
here’s an extensive report we published in 2014 – and is making progress. Your involvement can accelerate things. First:

Rory Denovan recapped a wetland tour on a rainy day a week and a half ago that included city reps from Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle Parks, plus Duwamish Alive!, Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association, and Councilmember Lisa Herbold. He said they took a look at areas of settlement and other problems such as camping and drug use. “We didn’t really get the chance to start talking about solutions,” he said, but a project plan has been drafted and the next steps are to apply for grants, so some proposals will be written for that. The city is pursuing green stormwater infrastructure on 29th SW just west of the park, but he feels that there needs to be a bigger-picture plan for the area first – more of the diverted stormwater could be channeled into the bog, for example.

More advocacy is needed to solve the bog’s woes – and WWRHAH needs another point person to advocate and communicate as a liaison between the various agencies. Get involved and help make sure the progress continues! Contact WWRHAH if that resonates with you.

9201 DELRIDGE DESIGN REVIEW: As we’ve reported here, a storage building is proposed to replace the automotive business at 9201 Delridge Way SW, and its first Design Review Board meeting is coming up next week (see the design packet here). “Something’s wrong in orienting the building the way they have, where they don’t have eyes on Delridge,” WWRHAH co-chair Kim Barnes said. She plans to be at the hearing to share her concerns. Eyes on the street are vital in “a developing neighborhood,” she said. In ensuing discussion, it was noted that this area of Delridge is supposed to become pedestrian-friendly, with walkable businesses, as it densifies, and it’s unfortunate that this project – while allowed by current zoning – isn’t going to enhance that. The meeting is at 6:30 pm February 15th; more info here.

HALA APPEAL: WWRHAH is among the community groups involved in the appeal of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for HALA Mandatory Housing Affordability, so Barnes updated the group on what was going on. “We have a really good case,” she believes, while saying she can’t elaborate. She also noted that, as has been discussed at other community meetings recently, the appeal hearing is expected to be delayed until June, because preparations will take longer. She also noted that the appeal coalition is continuing to raise money. WWRHAH and other participating groups want the city to address neighborhood-specific concerns in the Environmental Impact Statement, which has been alleged to have been published as a “one size fits all urban villages” type of plan instead.

ROXHILL PARK COMMONS: WWRHAH continues to be involved with the concept of getting Roxhill Park involved with the Parks Commons Program, “to help increase park usage and enrich the life of the neighborhood.” A kickoff meeting is planned 6:30 pm February 27th at Southwest Library – all welcome.

SOUTH DELRIDGE COMMUNITY GROUP: Home Depot to Roxbury, three blocks on either side, is the area for South Delridge Community Group, which is relaunching meetings – they will meet on second Tuesdays at 7 pm at Two Fingers Social (9211 Delridge Way SW), starting February 13th.

Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Coalition meets first Tuesdays most months, 6 pm, at Southwest Library. Watch wwrhah.org for updates.

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YOUR COMMUNITY: Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights CC won’t meet tonight but invites you to 2 special events http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/your-community-westwood-roxhill-arbor-heights-cc-wont-meet-tonight-but-invites-you-to-2-special-events/ Tue, 02 Jan 2018 21:47:54 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=905263 The Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Coalition usually meets on first Tuesdays – but not tonight, given the proximity to the holidays. However, WWRHAH is helping coordinate these two special upcoming community discussions that you’re encouraged to be part of. First – imagine more events in Roxhill Park!

learntodance(2016 WSB photo from ‘Blood Wedding’ performance in the park)

On Tuesday, January 9, from 6:30 to 7:30 at Southwest Library, we’ll join Parks Commons and Arts in Parks Coordinator Randy Wigner to discuss ways Roxhill Park could be a good location for this program. The goal of the Parks Commons Program is to develop community capacity and civic engagement in event production, and the program is assigned to parks that experience long-term public safety issues and where those issues would be improved by increased community use of these parks. We’ll discuss park needs and if the program is a good fit.

Next – looking ahead to the RapidRide H Line, but not about the buses or routing:

On Thursday, January 18, community members and kids are invited to join artists from Oakland’s WowHaus studio for a discovery walk to help inform art projects coming to our neighborhood as part of the redevelopment of the 120 into the Metro Rapid Ride H line. Around 2:30 pm, we’ll meet at Roxhill Elementary under the main entry awning, then walk over to the 26th and Roxbury stop and hop on the 120 bus to the stop at Trenton and Delridge (so bring your bus fare). Members of the public can also meet at between 3:30 and 4 at the corner of Delridge and Henderson (where the largest concrete triangle is located in the right-of-way), and join the walk from there. What ideas do you have? Join us and share! Learn more about our selected artists here.

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What Seattle City Light will do in south Arbor Heights to prevent more power outages http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/what-seattle-city-light-will-do-in-south-arbor-heights-to-prevent-more-power-outages/ Thu, 21 Dec 2017 23:00:42 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=904321

In case you missed last week’s community meeting about the recent Arroyos/south Arbor Heights power outage and related trouble – what you see above is the slide deck explaining what Seattle City Light has planned for the area. A project spanning multiple blocks of South Arbor Heights is expected to last about a year and scheduled to start next March. (The slide deck includes a map you can also see here.) SCL says it’ll be putting in “new electrical conduit and cables” to replace “underground, direct buried cables (that) are approaching the ending of their life.” Besides this month’s outage, the area’s relatively recent outages included last April, August 2016, and May 2016.

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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Police find stolen car; vehicle break-in; abandoned bicycle http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-find-stolen-car-vehicle-break-in-abandoned-bicycle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-find-stolen-car-vehicle-break-in-abandoned-bicycle/#comments Wed, 20 Dec 2017 00:34:52 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=904187 In West Seattle Crime Watch:

STOLEN CAR FOUND: Thanks for the text about a sizable police presence at 16th and Henderson this past hour. Officers were questioning someone after finding a stolen car.

Two reader reports:

CAR PROWL: From Cheryl:

Wanted to let you know that I filed a police report on 12/12 regarding a break in of my car parked in front of my apartment building (in the 3500 block of) SW Ocean View Drive, Arbor Heights. They took several personal items including leather gloves (which were in a compartment), my phone holder, CDs (in the trunk) and my handicap parking permit (in the side compartment of my door). Other silly items taken as well.

ABANDONED BICYCLE: Lisa says this has been on a Fauntleroy corner for almost two weeks:

Yours? Let us know.

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FOLLOWUP: 2017 sidewalk projects you won’t see until 2018 http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/followup-2017-sidewalk-projects-you-wont-see-until-2018/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/followup-2017-sidewalk-projects-you-wont-see-until-2018/#comments Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:53:43 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=903747 (City-provided map from March 2017)

Back in March, we mentioned three West Seattle sidewalk projects were in the works for this year; the city-provided map above accompanied the announcement. With the year almost over, we found that two of them have slid to 2018: The city is currently seeking bids to build the sidewalk along 35th SW between SW 100th and SW 106th in Arbor Heights and a shorter stretch near Sanislo Elementary on Puget Ridge, plus a project outside West Seattle in the same solicitation. No word on the status of the third project, one block of SW 104th in Arbor Heights.

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ARROYOS/ARBOR HEIGHTS OUTAGE AFTERMATH: Seattle City Light plans community meeting Thursday http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/arroyos-arbor-heights-outage-aftermath-seattle-city-light-plans-community-meeting-thursday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/arroyos-arbor-heights-outage-aftermath-seattle-city-light-plans-community-meeting-thursday/#comments Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:50:31 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=903585 Weekend before last, more than 100 homes in The Arroyos and South Arbor Heights lost power. The unrelated but concurrent Trader Joe’s outage overshadowed it in our headlines, but it’s not the first time an equipment problem took out the power for southwesternmost West Seattle, and so Seattle City Light is having a community meeting Thursday to answer questions and explain “future electrical infrastructure upgrades” in that area. Bring your questions/concerns to the meeting at 6:30 pm Thursday (December 14th) at Westside School (10404 34th SW; WSB sponsor).

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Water break in Arbor Heights http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/water-break-in-arbor-heights/ Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:14:21 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=903453 (Added: WSB photo, SPU crew wrapping up work around 11:40 am)

Thanks for the tip: We just checked with Seattle Public Utilities about a reported water break in Arbor Heights. SPU says a 4-inch main broke and water was welling up in the 11400 block of 35th SW. They “partially closed a valve to reduce the flow” while making repairs; water should be returning to the 58 homes and four hydrants that were temporarily affected.

P.S. If you have water problems, such as no service or discoloration, 206-386-1800 is the SPU hotline. And thanks for then letting us know too, so we can check on the big picture of what’s going on.

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UPDATE: House-fire response in Arbor Heights http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/house-fire-response-in-arbor-heights/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/house-fire-response-in-arbor-heights/#comments Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:33:22 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=903285 4:33 PM: Seattle Fire has a “full response” headed for a house in Arbor Heights, in the 9900 block of 37th SW. More to come.

4:49 PM: The log shows most of the SFD units have been dismissed from the call, so it’s not major. We are en route in hopes of finding out.

5 PM: Last SFD crew (Engine 37) left just as we were arriving in the area and the call is officially closed. No one else around to ask but note that 99th is blocked off in the area – looks like downed wires/cables of some kind, on the other side of the yellow “caution” tape.

SUNDAY NOTE: Lynn explains here what happened.

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Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Coalition toplines, from SPD to HALA http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/westwood-roxhill-arbor-heights-community-coalition-toplines-from-spd-to-hala/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/westwood-roxhill-arbor-heights-community-coalition-toplines-from-spd-to-hala/#comments Thu, 07 Dec 2017 20:19:45 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=903085 Quick toplines from this past Tuesday night’s Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Coalition meeting at Southwest Library:

CRIME TRENDS: Southwest Precinct Operations Lt. Ron Smith said a major problem in the area – shoplifting at Westwood Village – is down significantly, after months of emphasis patrols. (More on that in our upcoming Southwest District Council report.) SPD’s work at Westwood will soon be enhanced by an observation station.

SAFETY: WWRHAH member Earl Lee reported that the long-awaited lighting of the bus stop across Barton from WW Village is up and working:

(WSB photo, added Thursday night)

HALA UPZONING APPEAL: As reported previously, WWRHAH is participating in the citywide coalition that is appealing the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed upzoning in the city’s HALA Mandatory Housing Affordability plan. The coalition is now awaiting hearing dates, planning to go door to door to talk with neighbors, and raising money for legal help.

NO GENERAL MEETING IN JANUARY, BUT … Since the first Tuesday is the day after New Year’s, no general WWRHAH meeting until February. But watch wwrhah.org for TBA details of a January 9th meeting about Roxhill Park.

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WEST SEATTLE POWER OUTAGE: More out in south Arbor Heights/Arroyos http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/west-seattle-power-outage-more-out-in-south-arbor-heights-arroyos/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/west-seattle-power-outage-more-out-in-south-arbor-heights-arroyos/#comments Mon, 04 Dec 2017 14:55:20 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=902757 Thanks for the messages about the power outage in the south Arbor Heights/Arroyos area; Comcast is reported to be out, too. Seattle City Light‘s map shows the outage as an extension of the one that started yesterday, though now it’s listed as 127 customers, about 30 more than when last we checked Sunday night. If you’re out and not shown on the map, be sure to let City Light know (206-684-3000).

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Westside School partnering with Town Hall Seattle for two events http://westseattleblog.com/2017/11/westside-school-partnering-with-town-hall-seattle-for-two-events/ Wed, 29 Nov 2017 21:21:17 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=902212 Two big events are coming to Arbor Heights because of this partnership that Westside School (WSB sponsor) has just announced:

Westside School is excited to announce our temporary partnership with Town Hall during their reconstruction project.

We are honored to host Beverly Tatum, who will present her research on Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting In The Cafeteria Together this Sunday, December 3 from 2 – 4 p.m. in Westside School’s theater. This event is open to the public and is sold out (320 tickets).

We have contacted SPD Lieutenant Smith to send a traffic officer or two, during arrival time on Sunday to ensure positive traffic flow. Westside will put out no-parking signs in front of the houses located directly across from our site to keep people from inappropriately parking. Additionally, Westside School staff will be present to assist in directing people to the site.

We are super excited about this Town Hall partnership and we expect this event to be positive for the West Seattle community.

The second Town Hall event set for Westside School will be at 7:30 pm January 22, “The German Art of Raising Self-Reliant Children” with Sara Zaske. Ticket information and other details are on the Town Hall website.

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Chronic crime/safety problems? Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Coalition gets resource rundown http://westseattleblog.com/2017/11/westwood-roxhill-arbor-heights-community-coalition-gets-primer-on-safety-resources/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/11/westwood-roxhill-arbor-heights-community-coalition-gets-primer-on-safety-resources/#comments Thu, 09 Nov 2017 07:57:49 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=900152 By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Outside of 911 calls when there’s trouble – what resources can police offer you to address chronic crime/safety problems?

A primer of sorts was presented at Tuesday night’s Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Coalition meeting, led by co-chair Kim Barnes.

The discussion started with Joe Everett, who is the (relatively) new City Attorney’s Office liaison to the Southwest Precinct. He explained that the position is meant to “address chronic problems as they are emerging … before they turn into really big incidents.”

The precinct liaison program was founded in 1995 and at the time, the attorneys were based downtown, but “over time, thanks to some federal grants, we moved out to the precincts,” and now the program is fully funded by city funds – with one liaison for each of the five precincts, which is also new; for a while South and Southwest Precincts shared a liaison, but as of last week, each precinct has its own liaison.

When there’s a problem, they work to “bring everyone to the table.” Day to day, he provides “proactive advice” to SPD as needed; he mentioned a recent case of a disturbance where a tow-truck operator hired to repossess a car “came into contact with a car owner who didn’t want to give up their car” and so he helped sort out “who needed to back down.” He also gets other agencies involved “when appropriate”; he also litigates code violations if a property turns into a nuisance and the city has to go to court. “And it’s my job to facilitate communications … if you have a problem in the community and you’re not sure who to call …” call him and he’ll do his best to put you in touch with who you need to contact.

On a larger sale, he mentioned some problem properties in South Park, a situation in which SPD and the Department of Construction and Inspections worked together, with the City Attorney’s Office; the property ended up getting boarded up and sold, and it will be torn down and replaced with multifamily units in the next year or so, Everett said. A specific ordinance covers nuisance properties, he explained, and a particular frequency of violations has to be documented before, for example, SPD can declare it to be such. That “triggers a duty for the property owner to work with the city to do something about it.”

What about foreclosed properties? Community Police Team Officer John O’Neil said that requires a little more of a process. They made contact with the bank that owned a nuisance property, for example, “and we were successful.” The process, he explained, is that first they get a complaint – maybe a house with squatters – and they have to contact the owner, which can be difficult. “Officers cannot just go in and remove them without legal authority … once we get a hold of the owner, we try to get them signed up for the trespass program.”

Operations Lt. Ron Smith picked up, “Especially if it’s a nuisance property and someone’s residing there, it can take a long, long time” – it took three years in one case. “Just because you’ve identified a nuisance property and can articulate (the violations), doesn’t mean it’s going to happen overnight. It frustrates the community and also frustrates us, but that’s the rules … we can’t go beyond the scope of our authority in clearing it up.”

An attendee noted that when it comes to rental properties that are nuisances, it seems to give the landlord impetus to get the problem tenant out and get the property fixed up, maybe even sold.

Another attendee mentioned a problem property and said, so if he calls it in, is that something they can look into? (Turned out that the house he was asking about is already on SPD’s radar.) Some neighbors are concerned about retaliation in cases like this, if they report something, it was acknowledged.

Everett noted that in most cases, you can find out via the SDCI website if there’s already a complaint/enforcement action in process. He also warned that a call to him doesn’t guarantee he can “go out and make it all better,” but he’ll do what he can. He also recommended the Find It, Fix It app (everyone at the meeting was familiar with it already).

Next, SW Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Burbridge spoke, saying her job involved safety/security assessments and serving as “a civilian liaison between the community and the police.” She also helps facilitate and maintain Block Watches – and they all work differently, she noted, some with online groups where they are in constant communication, some with handwritten notes and postal mail that might arrive monthly. Contact her if you have questions – jennifer.burbridge@seattle.gov.

She mentioned Block Watch signage – the city doesn’t buy or install them, though, that’s up to you, but they’re usually relatively inexpensive. “If anyone doesn’t have a Block Watch program, I highly recommend it,” said Barnes. She also said she wished the non-emergency SPD number had more resources. Burbridge explained that there are several ways around that – for example (as we’ve often reported is said during community meetings) just call 911 and let them decide how to prioritize your call, since the call-takers are all the same. Or, maybe what you’re reporting can be reported online (for example, an overnight car prowl with little to nothing taken).

Lt. Smith noted that officers are not dispatched from the precinct, so don’t call there to get an officer – call 911!

If you have a chronic problem to discuss, you can contact the Community Police Team, Officer O’Neil said, but ultimately they have to determine the best way to deal with it; Lt. Smith said they’ll discuss a situation before figuring out how to “triage what our response should be.”

CRIME STATS AND WESTWOOD VILLAGE EMPHASIS: All crime in West Seattle is down 6 percent – property crime down 5 percent – in the past month, Lt. Smith said. In the neighborhoods covered by WWRHAH, it’s down about 2 percent. One big drop – residential burglary is down by 41 percent, 46 incidents this past month compared to 78 in the same time a month earlier. Car prowls are down 34 percent, and motor-vehicle theft is down 18 percent. There was one street robbery, same as a year earlier. Commercial robbery was up 42 percent – often “shoplifting gone bad” (turned violent), he explained. Larceny/theft is up even more, but mostly because of a doubling of the shoplifting rate.

They’re continuing to focus on Westwood Village because what happens there has so much effect on the surrounding neighborhoods. CPT Officer O’Neil explained that he had met with the property manager and the new head of security at the shopping center, talked about their in-house security, their action plans. They also met with stores’ management, with nearby schools, and they are dealing with nearby RVs, coming up with a plan so that each individual business can address and help “bring down these numbers here.” The new “no panhandling” signs have helped too, he said. There’s a new WWV parking space for the Mobile Precinct, “and that’s a visible deterrent, especially in the holiday season. … Our command staff is committed, that we’re going to attack these issues.” The mobile precinct is there most days.

Everett said Rite-Aid is getting around to installing locked liquor cabinets, which should dramatically deter shoplifting.

Lt. Smith said they’re also talking with the county about dealing with Metro fare evasion – to cut down on people traveling over here that might be up to no good once they “get to the end of the route (and are) dumped out … without any money … what are they gonna do?”

The Larceny Action Plan also features “emphasis patrols,” and Lt. Smith said that downtown has given the SW Precinct a little bit of overtime to deal with Westwood/Roxhill problems. They’ve also made at least three auto-theft arrests at Westwood. And with the population growing, “we’re hoping to get more officers,” he said, but every precinct is making the same request, and it still takes a long time to get an officer hired, trained, and ready to hit the street – 9 1/2 months, generally.

The precinct also got funding for 50 warning signs in vulnerable-to-car-prowl areas; Burbridge said about 18 of them have been distributed so far.

About RVs – they tow more cars than RVs, police noted. And they don’t just show up and tow – “we offer (the vehicles’ residents) services … lots of options, lots of warning.” That’s city policy. “We’re not just kicking the door and yanking them out of their home on wheels.”

O’Neil mentioned the commercial, industrial, residential zone differentiations – and “we learned recently that there’s a large area of residential where they’re not supposed to be parked between midnight and 6 am if they’re over 80 inches … we’re trying to enforce the best we can with what we have.” Officer Todd Wiebke remains the main precinct point person on homelessness-related issues.

Also regarding RVs, we’re supposed to put a 24-hour sticker on them, said Lt. Smith, “but no one’s ever seen a 24-hour sticker … it’s just one of these things that was on the books. It’s a learning curve for us .. we’re trying to catch up with them.”

Regarding needles, Burbridge mentioned the recently announced city program – which we wrote about here.

About child-luring cases, Officer O’Neil said, please call in if there’s “even a perceived threat.” He mentioned recently reported cases of students being followed off buses – we reported one two weeks ago when local schools sent a letter to families.

What about suspicious people just standing around watching the playground? asked one attendee. Yes, police say, they can make a “social contact,” but if there’s no crime being committed, they can’t go beyond that. “Often times, though, just by doing that … if they’re thinking about doing bad things, they’re probably just going to move on.”

Burbridge added that if you call something in, “be very explicit about what you’re reporting … I often say ‘a person’s not suspicious, behavior is’.”

Don’t be afraid to call, ever, said Lt. Smith. And keep in mind that only a small percentage of what police deal with turns out to be criminal.

He also went over the latest stats on shots-fired incidents. West Seattle has 59 so far this year, “a little less than last year.” That number includes both non-injury incidents and two murders – the unsolved-to-date May shooting at Alki and the September Westwood shooting (in which two people have been charged). “A lot of the shots-fired right now involved Rainier Valley vs. West Seattle groups, (or) South King County gangs vs. South Park or parts of West Seattle.”

(For full shots-fired stats citywide, see page 3 of this recent SeaStat slide deck.)

The action plan for shots-fired incidents was shown as including “dedicated aggressive directed emphasis patrols, heavily patroling the areas where incidents occur, additional violence prevention emphasis patrols primarily on weekends and adjusted to meet the shots-fired events, assistance from gang unit/SWAT, directed patrol emphasis car working in the area of the shots-fired incidents, emphasis on collecting evidence, and suspect identification. ”

Every Monday and Thursday, Lt. Smith is on a Skype call sharing regional information about such calls.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: The meeting was running out of time – its site, Southwest Library, requires the meeting room to clear out at 7:45, since the library closes at 8 – so Barnes recapped some quick notes:
-Transit hub lighting still on the way (as reported here)
-Stormwater and Roxhill Bog – Rory Denovan said that Willard Brown of DNDA is working to set up a meeting with SPU about stormwater issues and Roxhill Bog; he mentioned the peat fire four weeks ago and the digging that had to be done – “we need to expedite efforts to get the bog fully restored.”
-Walkway project restored, as announced by SDOT that afternoon
-New website, to be configured more toward resources and information, which will be built out “more robustly” – wwrhah.org

The Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Coalition meets first Tuesdays most months, 6:15 pm, upstairs at Southwest Library (9010 35th SW).

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TUESDAY: Neighborhood safety @ Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Coalition http://westseattleblog.com/2017/11/tuesday-neighborhood-safety-westwood-roxhill-arbor-heights-community-coalition/ Tue, 07 Nov 2017 01:48:32 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=900038 Live, work, study, shop in Westwood, Roxhill, and/or Arbor Heights? Be one of the neighbors making things happen via the Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Coalition, which gathers Tuesday night, 6:15 pm at Southwest Library. Neighborhood safety is a big topic for tomorrow night, with guest speakers Community Police Team Officer John O’Neil and Southwest Precinct city-attorney liaison Joe Everett, who will talk with you about “empowering the community and leveraging city resources to deal with chronic neighborhood issues” such as abandoned houses (with or without squatters) and problem houses. Also from SPD, Operations Lt. Ron Smith will have the area’s newest crime trends/stats. And lots of “quick discussion items” (see them all in our calendar listing – and bring your own!). Just go to the upstairs meeting room at the library, which is at 9010 35th SW.

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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Kite-surfing gear stolen http://westseattleblog.com/2017/11/west-seattle-crime-watch-kite-surfing-gear-stolen/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/11/west-seattle-crime-watch-kite-surfing-gear-stolen/#comments Mon, 06 Nov 2017 01:29:35 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=899931 Our second report today of sizable items taken in a car prowl. This report is from Paul in the 3500 block of SW 98th [map] in Arbor Heights, where the theft happened sometime this weekend:

The main thing that was stolen was a large gear bag (black PGA golf bag with wheels) that contained kite-surfing gear:

Kite board
10 and 12 meter kites
Harness
Bar and line
Wet suit
Long board skateboard
About $2500 worth of stuff to the right person but worthless to most people

I also lost a black briefcase that had my entire financial life in it and an old MacBook Pro.

Hopefully the criminals just dumped it all somewhere and I can recover it soon.

If you have any information, the SPD incident # is 17-410552.

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