West Seattle Blog... » Arbor Heights http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Fri, 27 Nov 2015 07:00:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: Bail set at $100,000 for suspect in Game Stop robbery, under investigation in 4 more holdups/thefts http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/crime-watch-followup-bail-set-at-100000-for-suspect-in-game-stop-robbery-under-investigation-in-4-more-holdupsthefts/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/crime-watch-followup-bail-set-at-100000-for-suspect-in-game-stop-robbery-under-investigation-in-4-more-holdupsthefts/#comments Fri, 20 Nov 2015 00:45:01 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329674 New information today in the case of the 30-year-old man arrested at an Arbor Heights house Tuesday night on suspicion of robbing the Westwood Village Game Stop store earlier that night. His bail is set at $100,000 after his appearance in a jailhouse courtroom downtown this afternoon. And the probable-cause documents say police suspect him and a 39-year-old relative – who is not in custody – of committing this robbery, and are investigating them in connection with three other robberies/major thefts in the past six months:

According to the documents, Tuesday night’s Game Stop heist started ten minutes before closing time, when two masked men, one with a handgun and one with pepper spray, entered the store. They ordered employees to take all the money out of the tills; one refused, and was sprayed. That employee started fighting with the spray-wielding robber; in the meantime, the one with the gun started taking money from the tills. Then both robbers ran out to the parking lot – and that’s when the witness mentioned in our original coverage saw them and took a photo of their vehicle while making note of its license number. The witness called the information to 911. That enabled officers to get the Arbor Heights address to which the vehicle was registered. They found the vehicle at the house and saw two men standing in the front yard; they ordered them not to move, but the two walked into the house. Police surrounded the house, ordered them to come out, and one – the man in custody – eventually did, along with a female relative who lives there. She gave them permission to search the house for the other suspect, who wasn’t found. She wouldn’t let them look for evidence, so they had to get a warrant.

As the vehicle was being towed to the evidence room, police say, they spotted a Taser/stun gun inside it. After this mention, the probable-cause document goes into the other robberies for which they are investigating the two suspects in this one:

-On November 10th, the smoke shop on 35th SW just north of Roxbury was robbed by two men, one armed with a Taser/stun gun, one with pepper spray. They sprayed and Tasered a store employee while stealing cash from the till. They got away with the money and a carton of cigarettes.

The three earlier incidents happened outside West Seattle:

-May 14 in Federal Way, two people stole an ATM from inside a store in the 27000 block of Military Road South, loading it into what was described as a stolen station wagon.

-July 12 in Federal Way, two people tried to steal a drive-up ATM from a bank in the 32300 block of Pacific Highway South using what was described as a “stolen lift truck.”

-September 28 in Georgetown, two people with that same “stolen lift truck” held up a 76 station in the 500 block of S. Michigan Street by spraying the on-duty employee with “bear spray” and then making off with the store’s ATM.

The suspect who is in custody does not have a felony criminal record so far as we have found. He is due back in court tomorrow unless prosecutors file charges, in which case an arraignment date would be set

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FOLLOWUP: Arrest in Arbor Heights followed robbery at Westwood Village http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/followup-arrest-in-arbor-heights-followed-robbery-at-westwood-village/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/followup-arrest-in-arbor-heights-followed-robbery-at-westwood-village/#comments Wed, 18 Nov 2015 21:11:52 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329572 Thanks to everyone who tipped us about a big police response at an Arbor Heights house last night. We have finally obtained Seattle Police confirmation that the arrest made there was linked to the robbery we covered earlier in the evening at the Westwood Village Game Stop store. A witness to the robbery tells WSB they saw a getaway vehicle and provided its description and license plate to police. Officers found the vehicle at a home near 35th and 104th in Arbor Heights and, with a warrant, searched the house and arrested a 30-year-old man who is now in the King County Jail; the vehicle was towed as evidence. We’re expecting a few more details from police this afternoon, and will add them when available, but after many inquiries today about the AH response, we wanted to publish this as soon as we had confirmation of the link.

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UPDATE: Wall fire at house in Arbor Heights; no one hurt http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/house-fire-call-in-arbor-heights-2/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/house-fire-call-in-arbor-heights-2/#comments Thu, 05 Nov 2015 06:29:58 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328189

10:29 PM: A sizable Seattle Fire response is headed for a house fire reported in the 11200 block of 35th SW [map]. It’s believed to have originated in a gas fireplace. More to come.

10:35 PM: Per scanner, “fireplace started a wall fire.” Everyone is reported to be out safely.

10:55 PM: Our crew is on scene. Some smoke visible, and firefighters working on the wall.

Some of the responding units are being dismissed. We’ve confirmed that no one is hurt.

11:00 PM: The fire has just been declared “tapped.”

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FOLLOWUP: Despite funding ruling, West Seattle charter school moving ahead http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/followup-despite-funding-ruling-west-seattle-charter-school-moving-ahead/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/followup-despite-funding-ruling-west-seattle-charter-school-moving-ahead/#comments Wed, 28 Oct 2015 22:28:59 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=326929

3:28 PM: West Seattle’s first charter school is still moving toward opening in Arbor Heights next fall, despite the state Supreme Court ruling saying public funding for charter schools is unconstitutional.

That’s according to Jen Wickens, regional director for California-based Summit Public Schools, which plans to open Summit Atlas, a charter middle/high school, at 9601 35th SW. Washington Charter School Development bought the site from Freedom Church in June for $4,750,000, initially with a large-scale remodeling/addition project that has now been changed to two phases, the first to get the building ready to host the founding 6th- and 9th-grade classes next fall. City files show its permit is still pending.

Wickens tells WSB that the Washington Charter School Commission “unanimously approved the Atlas contract” earlier this month. She says that while Summit is “deeply disappointed” with the state Supreme Court ruling, they’re moving ahead because “we remain hopeful that we will find a solution to serve the students and families of West Seattle.”

Summit opened its first two schools in Washington this fall and took interested West Seattle families on a tour of one earlier today, Summit Sierra in the International District. Wickens says the Summit Atlas principal, Greg Ponikvar, “has been meeting with families and students and we know there is deep interest from the West Seattle community.” The Charter School Commission approved Summit’s application in August, less than a month after a hearing held at the building the school intends to use. First word of the charter-school plan emerged in January, when we found out about it via a building-permit application that popped up in city files.

Meantime, 10 state legislators – none from our area – are asking the state Supreme Court to reconsider its decision. The ruling has not been finalized, which is why, as explained in this month’s report by the Charter Commission’s executive director, the schools that are open have continued to receive state funding.

ADDED 4:09 PM: And there’s word a short time ago of another filing asking the Supreme Court to reconsider – this one is a “friend of the court” brief from four former state Attorneys General – Ken Eikenberry, Slade Gorton, Christine Gregoire, and Rob McKenna. Here’s the document.

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UPDATE: Police response in Arbor Heights for person in crisis, resolved http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/traffic-alert-police-response-in-arbor-heights/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/traffic-alert-police-response-in-arbor-heights/#comments Tue, 20 Oct 2015 23:50:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=326611

(Added 6:21 pm: WSB photos)

4:50 PM: Police are dealing with a possibly armed person in crisis at a residence in Arbor Heights, and as a result, they’re blocking off traffic, including SW 106th – we’re not sure exactly how far west of 35th, but avoid the general area.

5 PM: Our crew checking on the nearby road closures reports helicopter activity. First it was Guardian One, then a TV helicopter.

5:13 PM: We still have a crew in the area watching for word of a resolution to this. They and others are being kept at a distance. Again, SW 106th is blocked off for several blocks from 35th west.

5:19 PM: The person is reported to have come out of the house and is in custody. An ambulance is going in. That doesn’t mean anyone’s been hurt – usually in situations like this it’s so the person in crisis can be evaluated.

5:30 PM: The person who came out of the house is being placed in the ambulance.

5:40 PM: Our crew at the scene just talked to SW Precinct Lt. Alan Williams, who says they’re still sorting out exactly what started all this, but they hope to have the area opened up again shortly. A relative has been allowed into the house to make sure three dogs in there are safe, and police have been dealing with parents arriving to get their kids at a nearby day care that was being “held in place” until everything was resolved. They also are reported to have retrieved what was described as an inoperable .22 from the house. Again, no injuries reported to anyone in the situation. Police deal with things like this more often than you might realize; we’re reminded of an incident in Gatewood we covered just nine days ago, also resolved without injury.

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FOLLOWUP: Memorial bench from ARK Park has been found http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/followup-memorial-bench-from-ark-park-has-been-found/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/followup-memorial-bench-from-ark-park-has-been-found/#comments Fri, 09 Oct 2015 05:25:57 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=325391 Update on a story we reported here about this time last night: The memorial bench from ARK Park in Arbor Heights has been found. The family of the baby for whom it was named says the little bench turned up in some bushes in the park, broken in two. Despite the damage, they’re glad to have it back, and thankful that so many people were on the lookout for it.

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‘Irreplaceable’ – and stolen: Arbor Heights bench honoring a baby http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/irreplaceable-and-stolen-arbor-heights-bench-honoring-a-baby/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/irreplaceable-and-stolen-arbor-heights-bench-honoring-a-baby/#comments Thu, 08 Oct 2015 05:35:35 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=325278

This marble bench graced ARK Park at 42nd SW and SW 102nd in Arbor Heights, in memory of a little life lost, until a heartbreaking discovery: Someone has stolen it. They had to have known it was a memorial, given this plaque:

Allexandra Ramona Kimball is the park’s namesake and inspiration; as noted here in 2009, the first anniversary of her birthdate was the day ground was broken for the park. While the land is owned by neighboring Arbor Heights Community Church – which also operates ARK Preschool in her memory – it was created for the entire neighborhood, and has been the site of block parties and other celebrations. The bench is described as “irreplaceable to those who were affected by her short, sweet life.”

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UPDATE: Big response, small fire in 10200 block 41st SW http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/fire-response-in-10200-block-41st-sw/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/fire-response-in-10200-block-41st-sw/#comments Sun, 27 Sep 2015 23:21:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324251 4:21 PM: A big Seattle Fire response is on the way to a possible house fire in the 10200 block of 41st SW (map). More to come.

4:26 PM: First unit on scene said it appears to be a small fire on the deck.

4:46 PM: We confirmed that on scene. So small, firefighters were able to extinguish it quickly. No injuries, little damage, SFD left right after we got there.

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West Seattle scene: 1st ‘Dog Days’ swim at Arbor Heights STC http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-scene-1st-dog-days-swim-at-arbor-heights-stc/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-scene-1st-dog-days-swim-at-arbor-heights-stc/#comments Wed, 23 Sep 2015 02:34:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=323772

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

Didn’t take your dog to the Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club tonight for the first of five “Dog Days of Summer“? Your next chance is 5-7 pm tomorrow. It was sunny but a little brisk, yet the dogs just couldn’t wait to get into the pool

This is an annual fundraiser tradition to help support the AHSTC swim teams – the dogs are allowed in after the human swimming season ends, before the pool is drained and cleaned to await next year.

This continues 5-7 pm the next three days, and 11 am to 1 pm this Saturday – details in our preview.

The pool is at 11003 31st SW.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: The case of the car prowler(s) who also looked under the hood http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-crime-watch-the-case-of-the-car-prowlers-who-also-looked-under-the-hood/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-crime-watch-the-case-of-the-car-prowlers-who-also-looked-under-the-hood/#comments Sun, 13 Sep 2015 06:10:58 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=322704

When Betina found her car had been prowled overnight, she noticed an odd detail:

My car was broken into last night/early morning between 2:00 and 7:00 AM (Saturday, 9-12-15) near the intersection of SW 104th Street and 32nd Ave. SW in Arbor Heights. The car was parked in the driveway.

I found that the rear passenger quarter glass window was smashed, the driver door was left open, and the hood was also left open (not left wide open, but they did not latch it closed after they were done peering into the engine compartment). Nothing of any significance was stolen and there was no damage to the car, except the window. It does not appear that the person/prowler/thief was very interested in any personal items in the car or they were very neat, because everything was still in the glove box, console, etc.

I find it interesting that the hood was open, but no attempt was made to steal the car itself (no steering column damage). Maybe this car did not fit their esteemed criteria.

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Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club again offering end-of-summer ‘Dog Days’ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/arbor-heights-swim-and-tennis-club-again-offering-end-of-summer-dog-days/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/arbor-heights-swim-and-tennis-club-again-offering-end-of-summer-dog-days/#comments Sat, 12 Sep 2015 17:17:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=322636

It’s become a tradition at the Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club pool – just before it’s drained and cleaned after the season ends, it’s opened to local dogs for a fun(draiser). More than a few people have messaged us in recent weeks to ask if it’s happening again this year, and finally we can say “yes,” after receiving the photo and announcement from Cori Roed:

It’s that time again, The Dog Days of Summer at the Arbor Heights Swim & Tennis Club. Tuesday 9/22 – Saturday 9/26.

Weekdays 5-7 pm
Saturday 11 am-1 pm

Donation to AH Teams via cash or check to AHSTC
Suggested: $10/dog or $25 for a pass for the week.

Your donations allow us to purchase equipment and keep our team fees low. Thank you!

11003 31st Ave SW – Please drive slowly on 31st, no matter HOW excited your passenger is. See you on deck!

No, you don’t have to be a member. And no, you can’t go in too – dogs only.

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West Seattle Crime Watch update: Stolen work van found, thanks to WSB reader http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-crime-watch-work-van-stolen/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-crime-watch-work-van-stolen/#comments Fri, 11 Sep 2015 17:48:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=322539 ORIGINAL STORY, 10:48 AM: In West Seattle Crime Watch this morning, a stolen work van to watch for:

My husband’s van was stolen from in front of our house sometime between 8:00 pm last night and 9:00 am this morning. It was locked and parked in our driveway. We live in the Arbor/Arroyo Heights neighborhood at 10811 35th Ave SW.

It is a white 2003 Ford Econovan 250. It has my husband’s logo on both sides and the back of the van – “Toma Construction LLC.” It contained many tools. We have notified the police, and the dispatcher told us another Econovan (apparently a painter’s van) was stolen from the neighborhood last night, as well. If anyone has seen it, please contact us at alexislewinger@gmail.com, at 602-326-7262, or at 206-697-5087.

But first, please call 911.

6:57 PM UPDATE: Found!

(Late this afternoon), we got a call from a WSB watcher saying the van was parked on his street, about two blocks from our house. There is damage to the car and my husband’s expensive tools are gone, but we are thankful that we have the van. Thank you, WSB and neighbors!!

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ROAD-WORK UPDATE: More Arbor Heights microsurfacing Friday http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/road-work-update-more-arbor-heights-microsurfacing-friday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/road-work-update-more-arbor-heights-microsurfacing-friday/#comments Fri, 11 Sep 2015 02:26:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=322460 Received tonight from SDOT:

We are writing to provide an update on the microsurfacing project in Arbor Heights. We will be using our make-up day, tomorrow, Friday, September 11, to complete microsurfacing on the following streets:

*SW Arroyo Dr and 39th Ave SW, beginning at 9 AM
*49th Ave SW
*SW 112th St between Marine View Dr SW and 35th Ave SW, including side streets scheduled for microsurfacing
*SW Ocean View Dr
*SW 114th St

We understand using our make-up day may interrupt plans or be otherwise inconvenient, and we make every effort to avoid such occurrences. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we complete this work.

If you have any questions about what to expect during tomorrow’s work or about the project, please feel free to review the attached construction notice we sent previously or contact us.

Here’s that notice; the project hotline is 206-727-3669.

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@ Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council: Updates on crime/safety, transportation, The Bog, more… http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/westwood-roxhill-arbor-heights-community-council-updates-on-crimesafety-transportation-the-bog-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/westwood-roxhill-arbor-heights-community-council-updates-on-crimesafety-transportation-the-bog-more/#comments Tue, 08 Sep 2015 11:00:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=321566 Before this week’s round of community meetings gets under way, we have one more to recap from last week – the Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council‘s first meeting since June.

CRIME FOLLOWUP: As WWRHAH co-chair Amanda Kay Helmick pointed out, the June meeting (WSB coverage here) focused on crime, especially chronic problems in the South Delridge area. Some action had ensued – “some flare-ups, some diedowns.” And then Community Police Team Officer Jon Flores got up to speak. He’s one of two Southwest Precinct CPT officers right now – the team had been up to 4 just a few months ago, but, he said, one member has been promoted and another has been assigned to a technology project.

In this area in the past two months, he said, SPD has tallied:

-112 calls for suspicious activity/circumstances
-19 residential burglaries
-13 harassment/threat calls
-10 assaults
-6 car prowls
-2 armed robberies

After the June WWRHAH meeting, Officer Flores said, they were clear on what needed to be done in the South Delridge area – they met with several other city departments, got some CPTED principles applied to the area, but they are still working on some things, like graffiti-vandalism cleanup.

They’ve also obtained some help from the King County Sheriff’s Office Metro Transit Police, more of a “presence.” He summarized, “What we’ve tried to do is change the look of that area.” One attendee asked, “Were there patterns to the residential burglaries?” Flores said, no; some burglary arrests have been made around West Seattle, but he didn’t know offhand if any were related to burglaries in the WWRHAH coverage area.

He said the “suspicious” calls were heartening because “since we’ve really been able to deal with community members directly, we’ve stressed, please call and let us know what’s occurring … so when we see numbers like 112, it means the community is heeding that advice.”

Overall, “it was a pretty average summer” in Officer Flores’s view, voiced after Helmick asked for a comparison, but overall, “busy.” The bicycle patrol is not yet being staffed full time, after a couple of departures, Officer Flores said. To be part of it, officers have to go through bike training, he said, and the next round isn’t until October.

Another attendee asked what would happen with school starting: “Because of some of those high-profile incidents, we had regular meetings (at the end of last school year) at Denny … (Mark Solomon, crime prevention coordinator) and I are going to have an assembly … if we can communicate with the kids and make them comfortable right off the bat … get a line of communication off the start, get these things reported as quickly as we can.” He said there will be emphasis patrols “in and around” the schools (WSHS and Madison as well as Sealth and Denny), not necessarily every school day, but often. (Here’s our June coverage of the Denny followup he mentioned.)

Community concerns subsequently brought up included a now-phoneless phone booth outside a store at 16th – it was suggested that it be reported via the city’s Find It, Fix It smartphone app.

TRANSPORTATION: Chris Stripinis of the WWRHAH Infrastructure Committee reminded everyone that the Roxbury rechannelization work was scheduled to start soon (and indeed it did, days later). There also was discussion about any city followup from the last walking tour in the area; short answer – none, though Helmick mentioned some interesting discussion with city traffic engineer Dongho Chang including wondering whether a walk-all-ways might be the solution for pedestrian challenges at the southwest entrance to Westwood Village.

DUWAMISH ALIVE! Helmick mentioned the upcoming October 17th Duwamish Alive! event. Roxhill Bog steward Scott Blackstock will lead a work party there – you should be able to sign up for that or any other of the day’s events online soon.

METRO TRANSIT STOP UPDATE: Helmick says the lighting and sidewalk improvements are still in the works, and encourages others to keep renewing the requests. … Blackstock mentioned that people are relieving themselves along the east trail of Roxhill Park and suggested that Parks or Metro might consider a portable toilet on that side.

ROXHILL BOG & PARK: Other quick updates -they’re still looking at how to help the bog be more of the true wetland it’s meant to be; one discovery, its trees are taking in much of the water. As for the park, grant money remains for environmental-interpretation signage, and discussions continue. WWRHAH also is trying to get park officials, potentially including the new Superintendent Jesús Aguirre, to confer with them to help make it happen.

(October 2014 photo courtesy Amanda Kay Helmick)
And an update on the turret that had to be removed after the Roxhill Park play structure project out of safety concerns – Parks has finally come up with a plan to reinforce the area with concrete so that it can be returned, and that likely will be in October, according to Helmick.

WHAT SHOULD BE ON FUTURE WwRHAH AGENDAS? After the November election, City Council District 1′s new City Councilmember should be invited, co-chair Eric Iwamoto said. Another suggestion: Have David Goldberg from DPD come talk about the Delridge Action Plan … and bring in the White Center-assigned planner who works for the county. Another suggested topic: P-Patches, and how to get one for the area. Helmick said she had been trying to get someone from Summit Public Schools – which now has state approval for a charter school at 35th/Roxbury – to come to a meeting, but isn’t getting callbacks. (Note: This was a few days before the State Supreme Court ruling that public funding for charter schools was unconstitutional.) It was also suggested that a discussion about what it takes to get an intersection mural would be a topic. And the new Department of Neighborhoods director Kathy Nyland was a suggested guest.

NEIGHBORHOOD GRANTS: Iwamoto encouraged everyone to look into applying. Here’s the info on that.

WWRHAH meets on first Tuesdays, 6:15 pm, in the upstairs meeting room at Southwest Library.

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FOLLOWUP: What will State Supreme Court ruling mean to just-approved West Seattle charter school Summit Atlas? http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/followup-what-will-state-supreme-court-ruling-mean-to-just-approved-west-seattle-charter-school-summit-atlas/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/followup-what-will-state-supreme-court-ruling-mean-to-just-approved-west-seattle-charter-school-summit-atlas/#comments Sun, 06 Sep 2015 02:34:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=321946 By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

As you might have heard by now, the State Supreme Court has ruled that the publicly funded charter schools stemming from Initiative 1240, approved by voters in 2012, are unconstitutional. The Friday afternoon ruling (see it here) said they’re not eligible for public funding because they’re not under local voters’ control.

This comes less than a month after the state Charter School Commission approved what would be West Seattle’s first charter school, a plan by California-based Summit Public Schools to open a middle-/high-school campus next year at what’s currently the Freedom Church/Jesus Center at 35th/Roxbury (newly named Summit Atlas, according to its website). Even before the state commission’s approval, the site was purchased by Washington Charter School Development for $4,750,000, with the intention of remodeling the supermarket-turned-church building into the school’s first wing (its seven grades are to be phased in, starting with 6th and 9th in the first year). Summit announced that the West Seattle school’s director, Greg Ponikvar, was starting work right after the approval, and had started taking applications.

Summit’s first two schools in Washington had just opened – one in the International District, one in Tacoma. We e-mailed Summit’s regional director Jen Davis Wickens (who we interviewed in July to talk about the West Seattle plan) to ask for reaction on the court ruling. Regarding the West Seattle plan, Wickens said, too soon to say: “Our lawyers are still analyzing the ruling and we’re working on our next steps.” Their Washington operation has been focused on reassuring the families enrolled in the two newly opened schools – here’s the letter Wickens said was sent to those enrolled at Summit Sierra last night in the ID by its director (principal), Malia Burns:

Dear Founding Spartan Families,

It is with sadness that I write this message to you this Friday evening before the holiday weekend.

Today, the Washington Supreme Court ruled that public charter schools are “unconstitutional.” The ruling is not a criticism of charter schools or charter school organizations like our, nor does not immediately shut down charter schools. The case will be sent back to King County Superior Court to determine next steps.

We want to assure you that school will be open on Tuesday, September 8th, as usual. We will be hosting a special community meeting Tuesday morning at 7:45 AM to provide updates.

Rumors and misconceptions can quickly take hold, but please remember that Summit remains deeply committed to each and every family.

Also, please know there are many folks fighting for our public charter schools. We will be working with our colleagues in other schools and with WA Charters to chart our collective path forward (updates will be available on the WA Charters website).

For those families that have asked how they can show their support for their school, please come to the community meeting Tuesday. We will share any and all information that we have with you then.

Our community is new, but it is powerful, courageous, and committed.

Here’s the statement that the Washington Charter School Association, mentioned in the letter, has published. Meantime, back to Summit Atlas, the 400-plus-page application it had filed with the state envisioned supplementary funding from charter-school-support organizations as well as the public funding set up by the voter-approved initiative; the organizations mentioned include the Hollyhock Foundation, CSGF Walton, and the Gates Foundation. You can see the budget documents starting with Attachment 25 in the application. Work has not yet started at the building, which its new owner had leased back to Freedom Church TFN.

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