Fauntleroy – West Seattle Blog… http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Tue, 22 May 2018 05:30:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 FOLLOWUP: Fauntleroy Creek salmon-release season at midstream http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/followup-fauntleroy-creek-salmon-release-season-at-midstream/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/followup-fauntleroy-creek-salmon-release-season-at-midstream/#respond Sat, 19 May 2018 04:58:30 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917112 (Volunteer Dennis Hinton instructs Pathfinder students and EarthCorps crewmembers in the gentle releasing of fry into Fauntleroy Creek. Photo by Kersti Muul)

Thanks to Judy Pickens for the update from Fauntleroy Creek:

Salmon-release season passed the midpoint this week, with nearly 400 students, plus 170 adults and younger siblings, having put just over 700 coho fry in upper Fauntleroy Creek. Reared through the Salmon in the Schools program, the fish will spend the next year in the creek, then head for two years in saltwater.

EarthCorps trainees restoring habitat along the middle reach of the creek were special guests on Pathfinder’s May 15 field trip, joining students to release fish and answer questions about their work and career plans.

Keeping the creek safe for such students as well as healthy is a major objective of the Fauntleroy Watershed Stewardship Fund administered by EarthCorps. Since March 1, individuals and school groups have donated $6,300 toward a goal of $30,000.

Salmon releases will continue through June 1.

Here’s the backstory on the stewardship fund.

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HAPPENING NOW: What do you see in Washington State Ferries’ future? Long-Range Plan open house http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/happening-now-what-do-you-see-in-washington-state-ferries-future-long-range-plan-open-house/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/happening-now-what-do-you-see-in-washington-state-ferries-future-long-range-plan-open-house/#respond Fri, 18 May 2018 01:35:31 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=916989

What should Washington State Ferries be planning for between now and 2040? As you’ll see at the open house now under way at Fauntleroy Church, the system already has some idea … but wants to hear yours too.

It’s a low-key event – no presentation, just a chance to learn about the long-range-plan creation process, talk, leave written comments (from sticky notes to formal comment forms) if you’re interested:

The open house is on until 8 pm, at 9140 California SW. If you can’t get here, you can also see the same info-boards, and share your thoughts, via the online open house that’s continuing for one more week, through May 24th. The long-range plan has to be complete and ready to present to the Legislature by New Year’s Day.

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Reinforcement reveals history at Fauntleroy YMCA http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/reinforcement-reveals-history-at-fauntleroy-ymca/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/reinforcement-reveals-history-at-fauntleroy-ymca/#comments Sun, 13 May 2018 23:23:47 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=916631

A project at the Fauntleroy YMCA (WSB sponsor) gym has opened the door to revisiting history involving a window. Judy Pickens shares the story:

Anyone who’s played basketball at the Fauntleroy YMCA knows that a forceful throw could cause noticeable movement of the west wall of the gym. Now that structural weakness is being rectified through a joint project of the Y and Fauntleroy Church. (In the top photo, the boarded-up window framing is visible behind scaffolding as Potter Construction works to reinforce the west wall of the Fauntleroy gym.)

Large windows to let in natural light seemed like a good idea in 1914 when the community built the wood-frame facility to provide young people a place for sports, meetings, and manual training. This illustration showing the fully exposed windows appeared in a 1944 edition of the “Little Brown Church News” to keep service members from Fauntleroy up to date on local basketball activity.

The windows stayed until 1950, when more stability was needed for the building’s move to its present location to make way for a new sanctuary.

Full use of the gym is expected to resume by June 1.

(Image credits: Top photo by Monika Lindman; other two, from Fauntleroy Church archives.)

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FOLLOWUP: West Seattleites’ dropoffs total up to a record-setting Recycle Roundup! http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/followup-west-seattleites-dropoff-total-up-a-record-setting-recycle-roundup/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/followup-west-seattleites-dropoff-total-up-a-record-setting-recycle-roundup/#comments Tue, 01 May 2018 00:24:03 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=915365 (WSB photo, April 22nd)

So many people showed up for Fauntleroy Church‘s Recycle Roundup on April 22nd, it was a record-setting event, Judy Pickens tells WSB. With 500 vehicles – the most ever – “1 Green Planet relieved West Seattle of 14.6 tons of recyclables for responsible disassembly.” The fall edition will be in September – no date yet, but we’ll announce it when we find out. And in the meantime, the West Seattle Junction Association will have a drop-off recycling-and-more event in late June.

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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Early-morning burglary attempt; dumped purse/bag http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-early-morning-burglary-attempt-dumped-purse-bag/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-early-morning-burglary-attempt-dumped-purse-bag/#comments Sun, 29 Apr 2018 02:55:08 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=915215 Two reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch tonight:

BURGLARY ATTEMPT: From Mitchell:

Friday morning, April 27th at around 5:35 a.m., a man tried getting into my house. He was pushing on the windows and tried to open the sliding glass doors located on the back of my house. I called the police and shortly after I watched the person walk off my property down Fauntleroy SW. Police responded, but said they couldn’t do much as the person did not enter the home and they did not see him in the area.

My home is about a block from Gatewood Elementary on Fauntleroy Way SW. Closest street intersection: SW Mills St. and Fauntleroy Way SW. If you could post a notice to the community, that would be appreciated. Maybe just a note to keep windows and doors locked even as we move into the warmer months.

STOLEN AND DUMPED PURSE? Not far south of there, later in the day on Friday, Tom found potentially stolen/dumped items:

Walking the dog around 5 PM on 4/27 and spotted a purse that appears to have been tossed in the bushes near the corner of SW Cloverdale St and Fauntleroy Pl SW. Contains a pair of shoes, a sports bra, and a receipt. Owner can contact me at TL98136@gmail.com.

We asked Tom if he had taken possession of the items – he went back for them and the jacket/yoga pants in the purse (which he thought might also be a gym bag) were gone, but he has everything else, so if you’re missing something in that area, contact him.

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SATURDAY: Citywide disaster drill including three West Seattle hubs, and you can help! http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/saturday-citywide-disaster-drill-including-three-west-seattle-hubs-and-you-can-help/ Fri, 27 Apr 2018 03:40:38 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=915085 (WSB photo from hub drill last July)

From Pigeon Point to High Point to Fauntleroy, three local Emergency Communication Hubs will be participating in a drill this Saturday morning, 8:30-noon – to prepare for something everyone hopes will never happen. And you can help! We’ve mentioned it a few times before, and here’s the official announcement:

Imagine there is a major power blackout covering Seattle and the metro area. There is no cellular phone service. No one knows the cause of the outage or knows when power and cell service may be restored. Emergency generators at hospitals and other essential service providers can only last as long as there is fuel. How would the region communicate?

This is the scenario behind the “Power Out, No Bars” exercise that Seattle ham radio operators and designated emergency Hub volunteers throughout the City will be testing. The Seattle Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS), a volunteer organization operating under the auspices of the Seattle Office of Emergency Management, and the Seattle Emergency Communication Hubs, a grass-roots, neighborhood network of community members, will jointly conduct the citywide communications exercise.

The drill simulates the day after an unexplained failure of grid power and cellular service, with no updates on when either would be restored. Because the Hubs are the major residential and business resources for neighborhoods, situational awareness, resource coordination, and communications between the Hubs, ACS, and the city’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) are critical.

The key goals of the exercise are:

*Activate several neighborhood Communication Hubs and Seattle ACS, emphasizing reliable, efficient, accurate message management and documentation. Exercise participants will use voice as well as data communications via radio, throughout the city.

*Demonstrate, practice, and assess the ability to communicate up and down the various levels of the response structure, based on the Incident Command System (ICS), which spells out a hierarchical, yet flexible, means of managing emergency situations.

*Build strong working relationships among Emergency Communication Hub members and ACS members, through team problem solving and practice.

Exercise Scenario

In an event such as the one this exercise portrays, the neighborhood Hubs would mobilize to assist with the immediate needs of residents, especially those who may need emergency services. The ACS would also have activated shortly after the scope of the outage was known, with sector sites around the city providing situation reports and helping coordinate emergency and logistical responses.

“In a citywide or regional event, people will need to go to neighborhood gathering places to find access to information and start matching resources and skills to what is needed” said Cindi Barker of West Seattle, one of Seattle’s Hub Captains.

“Power Out, No Bars is the latest in a series of emergency exercises that have helped our membership continually hone their skills and upgrade, deploy, and test their equipment,” said Mark Sheppard, founder and director of ACS. “This is critical to improving our ability to be more effective and be better prepared to face a real emergency or natural disaster.

Here are the West Seattle hubs participating:

*Pigeon Point Hub, 20th Ave SW & SW Genesee St
*High Point Hub at Neighborhood House, 6400 Sylvan Way SW
*Fauntleroy United Church of Christ Hub, 9140 California Ave SW

You are invited to stop by and observe, or participate, 9 am-noon Saturday. For more background info – West Seattle’s hubs are explained here; the citywide hubs here; you can find out more about Amateur Radio here.

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Salmon-release season begins! 2018’s first student visit at Fauntleroy Creek http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/salmon-release-season-begins-2018s-first-student-visit-at-fauntleroy-creek/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/salmon-release-season-begins-2018s-first-student-visit-at-fauntleroy-creek/#comments Thu, 26 Apr 2018 18:44:13 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=915027

The weather could not have been more perfect for the start of salmon-release season at Fauntleroy Creek this morning. Fifth-graders from Alki Elementary became the first students this year to visit the creek to release fry they’ve been raising.

Once the fry were in the creek, it was time to watch and wait. That involved polarized sunglasses to help with potential sightings.

Fauntleroy Watershed volunteers will be helping students with their releases for the next month-plus. This all traces back to January, when more than a dozen schools received salmon-egg deliveries as part of the Salmon in the Schools program. Then in fall, volunteers watch the creek for returning coho; they counted four last fall.

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SEEN ON SHORE: ‘Very large’ shark washes up south of Fauntleroy ferry dock http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/seen-on-shore-very-large-shark-washes-up-south-of-fauntleroy-ferry-dock/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/seen-on-shore-very-large-shark-washes-up-south-of-fauntleroy-ferry-dock/#comments Tue, 24 Apr 2018 21:13:14 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=914865

Sara sent the photo, saying that “very large” shark washed up on the beach not too far south of the Fauntleroy ferry dock over the weekend. She reported it to the state Fish and Wildlife Department; after sending them the photo, she said, they thought it might be a soupfin shark. Any other guesses?

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HAPPENING NOW: Earth Day 2018 brings a busy Recycle Roundup http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/happening-now-earth-day-2018-brings-a-busy-recycle-roundup/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/happening-now-earth-day-2018-brings-a-busy-recycle-roundup/#comments Sun, 22 Apr 2018 18:02:52 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=914639

Two hours down, four to go for the spring Recycle Roundup, coinciding this year with Earth Day. The Fauntleroy Church Green Committee partners twice a year with 1 Green Planet, which has multiple trucks on site to collect a long list of recyclable items (see it here). No matter what the weather, every year hundreds of West Seattleites drop off tons of recyclables, but it’s a bonus that this year the sky’s clear. Recycle Roundup continues until 3 pm, but organizers hope you will NOT wait until the last minute, as the lot (9140 California SW; map) doesn’t have much room for a queue.

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SUNDAY: Ride for Major Taylor will bring hundreds of bicycle riders through Fauntleroy ferry dock http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/sunday-ride-for-major-taylor-will-bring-hundreds-of-bicycle-riders-through-fauntleroy-ferry-dock/ Sun, 22 Apr 2018 03:32:24 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=914582 groupshot

Those are some of the riders who took part in the Cascade Bicycle Club‘s Ride for Major Taylor two years ago, when it started at Chief Sealth International High School. This year’s ride is tomorrow, with its start and finish line at the bike playground in White Center’s Dick Thurnau Park. After riders head south to Tacoma and across the water to south Vashon Island, they’ll head up to north Vashon and the ferry to Fauntleroy, riding back from West Seattle to White Center – here’s the route map. Washington State Ferries issued this alert today:

On Sunday, April (corrected) 22nd, drivers should anticipate delays on the Point Defiance to Tahlequah and Vashon to Fauntleroy routes due to heavy bicycle traffic participating in the annual Major Taylor Bicycle Event. More than 300 bicyclists are expected, and vehicle capacity may be limited from 10:55 am to 12:35 pm departing Point Defiance and between 11:50 am and 2:45 pm from Vashon to Fauntleroy. Vehicles should allow extra time reaching the terminal and use caution approaching the terminals and when boarding.

If you’re interested in riding, online registration is over but you can sign up at the park in WC starting at 8 am – details are here. The ride raises money for the Major Taylor Project, the Cascade youth program named for bicycling champion Marshall “Major” Taylor, the first African-American to win an international sports title.

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REMINDER: Recycle Roundup on Sunday! http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/reminder-recycle-roundup-on-sunday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/reminder-recycle-roundup-on-sunday/#comments Sat, 21 Apr 2018 19:40:05 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=914571 Quick reminder while you have time to collect whatever you might want to drop off – the spring edition of Recycle Roundup at Fauntleroy Church is tomorrow (Sunday, April 22nd – Earth Day!), 9 am-3 pm. No charge to drive up/ride up/walk up to where 1 Green Planet will be set up in the church lot (9140 California SW) – just check the list (PDF) to see what they are and aren’t accepting this time.

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NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES: Fauntleroy Community Association recaps Food Fest, previews festival fundraiser, more http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/neighborhood-notes-fauntleroy-community-association-recaps-food-fest-previews-festival-fundraiser-more/ Tue, 17 Apr 2018 05:00:08 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=913815 Toplines from this past week’s monthly meeting of the Fauntleroy Community Association board:

(WSB photo from March 20th Fauntleroy Food Fest – Washington State Ferries table)

FOOD FEST WENT WELL: The annual membership meeting on March 20th at The Hall at Fauntleroy, the Food Fest, was a big success – big turnout and many membership renewals (WSB coverage here). Board member David Haggerty said more than 160 people attended, and for the first time in a few years, the barrel collecting donations for the West Seattle Food Bank was filled to the brim.

BUT ONE THING DIDN’T: Many of the A-boards used to promote the event (and other Fauntleroy happenings) were vandalized, their hinges broken, the board faces spray-painted black. The only ones spared were the three closest to The Hall. Replacements will be sought before future events, especially the Fauntleroy Fall Festival.

(WSB file photo, Fauntleroy Fall Festival)

SPEAKING OF WHICH: The festival’s new chair is David’s son Reed Haggerty, who has served on its board for the past four years. He’s looking at trying some new things during this year’s free afternoon festival (usually held in October) and he’s excited to get going. The annual Endolyne Joe’s (WSB sponsor) fundraiser for the Fall Festival, by the way, is coming up on Tuesday, April 24th – dine at Joe’s (9261 45th SW) that day/night and part of the proceeds will go toward helping keep the festival free and fun. (Look for raffles at the restaurant, too.)

9250 45TH SW: FCA continues to watch the site that, as we first reported last October, has an early-stage proposal for rezoning and redevelopment, but so far, nothing new’s been filed, and no formal application yet. FCA has registered with the city as a party of interest, so whenever something does happen, they’ll be notified.

UPCOMING: Events of note that were mentioned include the Washington State Ferries Long-Range Plan meeting, 6-8 pm May 17th at Fauntleroy Church (9140 California SW) and the District 1 HALA Mandatory Housing Affordability public hearing, 6 pm June 5th at Chief Sealth International High School (2600 SW Thistle).

The FCA board meets second Tuesdays most months, 7 pm at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse (9131 California SW).

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1 WEEK AWAY: Ready for spring Recycle Roundup next Sunday? http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/1-week-away-ready-for-spring-recycle-roundup-next-sunday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/1-week-away-ready-for-spring-recycle-roundup-next-sunday/#comments Mon, 16 Apr 2018 00:11:20 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=914035 It’s your one-week warning – 9 am-3 pm next Sunday (April 22nd), Fauntleroy Church‘s Green Committee presents the spring Recycle Roundup, with partner 1 Green Planet on site to receive your drop-off recyclables. Check the updated list (PDF) before you gather up what you plan to take down to the no-charge event. It’s in the lot on the north side of the church, which is at 9140 California SW, and organizers request that you come as early in the six-hour window as you can, to avoid big backups toward the end.

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FAUNTLEROY CREEK: Our Lady of Guadalupe students’ morning research visit http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/fauntleroy-creek-our-lady-of-guadalupe-students-morning-research-visit/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/fauntleroy-creek-our-lady-of-guadalupe-students-morning-research-visit/#comments Tue, 10 Apr 2018 20:36:29 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=913593 (Photos by Dennis Hinton)

By Judy Pickens
Special to West Seattle Blog

Sixth-grade science students from Our Lady of Guadalupe School, with teacher Jackie Ellis, descended on lower Fauntleroy Creek this morning to do the annual stonefly exoskeleton count and learn about other research on the creek.

Stonefly larvae are a major food source for juvenile salmon and an indicator of water quality. This is the time of year they take wing, leaving their exoskeletons behind.

Teams counted a total of 42 exoskeletons on trees, bridges, fences, and the ground in the study area. Last year’s count, done nearly a month later, was 28. Torso size averaged a typical 4 cm.

Environmental analysts with Seattle Public Utilities were on hand to summarize the city’s ongoing bacteria study in the creek, which is monitoring electrical conductivity and temperature to help identify sources of water pollution.

“In terms of what we’re sampling, Fauntleroy Creek has some of the cleanest water in all of Seattle’s urban creeks,” analyst Chapin Pier said. “This student research provides additional data, from another perspective.”

Dennis Hinton and Pete Draughon told the class about the spring out-migration study that’s been going on since 2003. Using soft traps in the upper and lower creek, these volunteers have caught and released 18 smolts so far as they head to saltwater, compared to 15 this time last year. Monitoring will continue through May.

Next up on Fauntleroy Creek will be Salmon in the Schools releases involving at least 750 students. The first of 20 releases in Fauntleroy Park will be April 26.

The watershed council’s Fauntleroy Stewardship Fund has received $4,275 in donations since March 1 to enable timely work to keep this outdoor classroom safe for students and healthy for aquatic life. The fund’s initial goal is $30,000.

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From past test to future schedule @ Washington State Ferries’ Triangle Task Force http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/from-past-test-to-future-schedule-washington-state-ferries-triangle-task-force/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/from-past-test-to-future-schedule-washington-state-ferries-triangle-task-force/#comments Sun, 08 Apr 2018 23:59:22 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=912650 (WSB photo from February, approaching Fauntleroy)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Tomorrow night, six weeks of pavement and pathway work will start at the Fauntleroy ferry dock, aimed at keeping it viable until its scheduled replacement in about seven years.

That’s part of what the Washington State Ferries Triangle Improvement Task Force members heard about at their most recent meeting – projects in the near and distant future.

We’ve already published details of the dock work. So now, here’s what else was talked about at the task force meeting:

WSF is still working on the challenge that originally led to the task force’s creation – improving efficiency at the Fauntleroy terminal. Part of the meeting was spent reviewing results of a two-week experiment last month. You can see the results in the slide deck used for the meeting:

The test focused on the pm-commute period on weekdays during the weeks of March 12th and March 19th, breaking out pre-ticketed vehicles. In WSF’s view, the experimental procedures didn’t “meet the potential for improvement.” They included frequent changes to the illuminated signage at the tollbooths, and that, WSF said, led to confusion in loading. What did work: Communication between team members at the dock.

That’s what Task Force member Gary Dawson of Fauntleroy said he noticed, in observing the test: “The thing that really impressed me was watching the team work together – that includes the officer.” Team members would even be looking for the officer’s location by accessing the dock/vicinity cameras on their phones. Dawson said that was a reminder that the period without an officer at the dock because of a funding cut did not work well at all.

Another task-force member from Fauntleroy, Mardi Clements, said the experiment was “not working on so many levels.” She thought more public information about it – before, during – might have helped.

Kari Ulatoski from Vashon also saw a need for more information (the experiment was implemented relatively quietly) but was impressed by the collaboration. The pm commute time still has big challenges – she said she has stopped trying to use the 4:05 pm ferry because the wait is invariably an hour.

Kathleen Stephanick of Fauntleroy pointed out that social-media channels that have often been full of grousing about the ferry backups had “people … raving” about the experiment.

And there were other suggestions that advance announcements about changes would be helpful.

Tim O’Mahony, representing Southworth, observed the experiment for two days; on one, he said, he counted almost 100 vehicles headed to Southworth before one going to Vashon (WSF has said the Kitsap use is growing dramatically). He thinks the answer to the challenges will lie with the schedule changes.

Speaking of those … that’s another focal point for the task force this year. The route schedule is expected to change next year for the first time in a very long time, and task-force members are vetting proposals. At the meeting, with WSF senior planning manager Ray Deardorf leading the discussion, a “possible weekday-morning schedule concept” was floated, with a new 3:50 am Southworth departure, a 4:35 am Southworth departure (15 minutes later than the current one), a 6:15 am direct run from Southworth to Fauntleroy, a 7:40 am Southworth departure (15 minutes later than the current one), and a new 8:10 am direct run from Southworth to Fauntleroy, followed by 8:30 am Vashon to Fauntleroy.

For afternoon concepts, they’re looking at a new Fauntleroy multi-destination sailing at 4:45, a new Southworth to Fauntleroy direct sailing at 5 pm, and reversing the single- and multi-destination sailings at 7:15 and 7:30 pm. “The whole dynamics of the traffic patterns are changing,” Deardorf reiterated. And the densification of West Seattle, with the resulting traffic increases, is of note, too. No decisions were made at the meeting – this is all still in the run-up stage.

The task force also heard from WSF’s John Vezina, who had quick updates including the plans for UW researchers to study Fauntleroy dock operations – he will be meeting later this month with the professor and class who will be working on it.

And the WSF Long-Range Plan, another major focus for the task force, is moving forward. An “online open house” for it will open on Tuesday (April 10th) and remain open through May 24th (check wsflongrangeplan.com), and a series of in-person meetings will start soon too. The one set for Fauntleroy is on May 17th (6-8 pm at Fauntleroy Church, 9140 California SW, which is where the task force meets), and WSF hopes that task-force members will be able to be at the meetings – their next meeting, in fact, will immediately precede the one in Fauntleroy, 4:30-6 pm May 17th. They’re geared toward helping WSF “identify priorities and considerations” for the plan. No formal presentation is planned – it’ll be a drop-in meeting.

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