West Seattle Blog... » Fauntleroy http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Tue, 28 Apr 2015 02:25:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 HAPPENING NOW: Got recyclables? ‘Roundup’ on until 3 pm http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/happening-now-got-recyclables-roundup-on-until-3-pm/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/happening-now-got-recyclables-roundup-on-until-3-pm/#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 18:43:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308343

(WSB photo: Some of the early dropoffs)
You can’t put them out at the curb … you can’t put them in the trash … but chances are, those old items you have in the basement or back yard CAN be dropped off at today’s Recycle Roundup, happening right now in the Fauntleroy Church parking lot. If you haven’t already seen it in our daily highlights list, here’s the guide to what 1 Green Planet will accept (free!) and what they won’t. The church’s Green Committee sponsors this twice a year and will be glad to see you at 9140 California SW (map), until 3 pm.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Drive-by statue theft in Fauntleroy http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-drive-by-statue-theft-in-fauntleroy/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-drive-by-statue-theft-in-fauntleroy/#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 02:27:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308281 7:27 PM: Quick West Seattle Crime Watch reader report – somebody just stole a statue of Buddha out of a front yard in Upper Fauntleroy, put it in a car and drove away. The statue’s owner has already called police and says it was a blonde-haired man in his 20s, driving a blue Subaru Legacy or Outback, last seen headed southbound on 40th SW.

7:54 PM: Statue photo added.

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West Seattle Earth Day reminder: 4 days to Recycle Roundup http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-earth-day-reminder-4-days-to-recycle-roundup/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-earth-day-reminder-4-days-to-recycle-roundup/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 09:16:06 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307911 A green reminder on this Earth Day: If you’re ready to recycle items that you can’t put out with the usual curbside recyclables – good news: Fauntleroy Church‘s next Recycle Roundup is only four days away, coming up this Sunday (April 26th), 9 am-3 pm. It’s one of the two days each year that the church’s Green Committee partners with sustainable recyclers 1 Green Planet to set up the main church parking lot at 9140 California SW as a dropoff zone for your no-longer-needed items … as long as they’re on this list. See you there!

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FERRY UPDATE: Issaquah back in service on Fauntleroy route http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/ferry-update-issaquah-back-in-service-on-fauntleroy-route/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/ferry-update-issaquah-back-in-service-on-fauntleroy-route/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 04:59:51 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307897 Washington State Ferries says the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route is back to three boats now that the Issaquah is repaired. As noted in today’s traffic/transit watch, it’s been out of service since midday.

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@ Fauntleroy Community Association: All about the followups http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/fauntleroy-community-association-all-about-the-followups/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/fauntleroy-community-association-all-about-the-followups/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 04:27:56 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307301 Traffic trouble and green spaces top the toplines from this month’s Fauntleroy Community Association meeting.

(WSB photo from March)
GREEN SPACES: The push to keep the surplus substations (including Brace Point, above) and some other city-owned properties as open, green spaces continues. From what’s now the Seattle Green Spaces Coalition, FCA’s Marty Westerman said he and SGSC’s Mary Fleck will be outside Fauntleroy’s The Original Bakery on Sunday morning at 10 am for at least an hour to gather petition signatures, urging the city not to sell off these pieces of public land.

WALKING TOUR FOLLOWUP: Westerman is also point person with the city on followup from the walking tour around Fauntleroy back in January with FCA, Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, and SDOT reps.

(WSB photo from January walking tour)
He’s working to clarify what action actually is feasible – during the tour, they got lots of positive feedback from SDOT, he says, but now they’re being warned about “cost factors.”

Speaking of followups, some of the ongoing issues:

MOTORCYCLE NOISE: FCA president Mike Dey has been talking to police and the City Attorney’s Office about the ongoing concern with the daily exodus of loud motorcycles from the ferries. He’s been told the city is currently working on an overhaul of the noise ordinance in general because current laws are so wide-ranging, enforcement is difficult at best.

FERRY DOCK TRAFFIC: Money to restore traffic-directing help at the dock is in the State House version of the budget, FCA’s Gary Dawson said, but the State Senate version is still in play, so they don’t know how this is going to turn out.

Fauntleroy Community Association business meetings are held on second Tuesdays most months, 7 pm at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse. Inbetween, watch fauntleroy.net for updates.

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UPDATE: Candles blamed for 2-alarm house fire in 8000 block of Fauntleroy Way SW, 2 people taken to hospital http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/fire-response-in-8000-block-fauntleroy-way-sw/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/fire-response-in-8000-block-fauntleroy-way-sw/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 13:58:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306718 (TOPLINES: Fire under investigation. 2 men in hospital. Metro back to regular routing on Fauntleroy)

(WSB photo, added 7:17 am)
6:58 AM: Seattle Fire has a house-fire response on the way to the 8000 block of Fauntleroy Way SW, which is across the street from Lincoln Park. SDOT says Fauntleroy is closed at Monroe, and a traffic cam shows black smoke from blocks away. At least one person is reported to need medical attention. More to come.

7:06 AM: SFD is sending more engines and also notifying Metro it will need to reroute lines that use Fauntleroy in the area.

(This photo and next, by Kam Junejo)
7:17 AM: One person is reported to be on the way to Harborview via SFD medic unit; another medic unit radioed that another person in need of medical attention “just walked up” to their unit at the scene and was “in the fire room.” Our crew on scene says flames are still visible from the second floor.

7:24 AM: SFD is sending a second alarm, so you’ll see/hear more emergency vehicles. Traffic-wise, there is absolutely no access to the Fauntleroy ferry dock from the north – if you have to get there, approach from the south – 35th to Barton, then west on Barton (which becomes California past the schoolhouse and then Wildwood in the Endolyne area) to Fauntleroy. Ideally, avoid the area TFN. P.S. At least one TV helicopter is now overhead.

(WSB photos from this point down)
7:31 AM: This is still a full-on firefight. The house, according to public records, is 106 years old. SFD says the person taken to the hospital is a man in critical condition, suffering from smoke inhalation.

7:50 AM: We’re adding photos from an upslope neighbor showing the extent of the flames. SFD’s Lt. Sue Stangl has just spoken to media on scene; our crew says she told them that multiple neighbors called the fire in. Five people were in the house, all got out, but as we’ve reported above, one man was taken to the hospital with smoke inhalation. Fire is still not out.

(WSB photo)
One dog was rescued, one other pet’s status is not known. We’ll add video of her briefing when our crew returns to HQ.

8:12 AM: SFD reports the fire is “knocked down” – that still doesn’t mean out, but it’s progress. We also asked Lt. Stangl about whether there was a water-supply problem – one firefighter was heard via radio that they were “out of water,” and lines subsequently were rolled blocks further south, but Stangl says that they had water on the fire from the start and that might just have involved the backup line; they’ll be checking.

8:35 AM: Firefighters are now calling the fire “tapped” – another milestone toward being out – and scaling down operations a bit.

8:50 AM: Crews at the scene say they’re expecting to have one lane of Fauntleroy Way open within a few minutes. Washington State Ferries’ advisory says that “traffic is temporarily single-lane offloading and is being directed to the south when exiting the Fauntleroy terminal.”

9:13 AM: Fauntleroy Way has reopened and Metro says buses are back on their regular routing in the area.

9:52 AM: Two men are in the hospital – in addition to the one in critical condition, the other has a “minor burn to the leg,” per SFD, which still has several units at the scene. Meantime, the ferry terminal is back to normal offloading.

10:29 AM: Continuing to await word on the cause. Here’s what the front of the house looked like as of a short time ago:

As discussed in comments, neighbors say the house has a troubled past. What we’ve found so far are multiple complaints to the city regarding junk storage, inoperable cars, and a dormer built without a permit; the online file shows that case was referred to the City Attorney’s Office last year.

11:54 AM: SFD has just announced that the fire was caused by “unattended candles on the main floor.” It also says a neighbor’s house was damaged.

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West Seattle scene: Fauntleroy Creek’s first 2015 outbound coho http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-scene-fauntleroy-creeks-first-2015-outbound-coho/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-scene-fauntleroy-creeks-first-2015-outbound-coho/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 05:52:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=305525

They’re headed out – maybe to return. Thanks to Judy Pickens for a Fauntleroy Creek salmon update:

The first two coho smolts have been documented leaving Fauntleroy Creek. Volunteer Steev Ward found the first in a soft trap in the lower creek, closely followed by volunteer Dennis Hinton with the second, on Friday (March 27) – the first day of annual trapping. The Fauntleroy Watershed Council has been conducting volunteer monitoring to see how many leave the creek for saltwater since 2003 and this year’s research will continue through May.

Fall is when volunteers watch for returning coho spawners; 19 were documented last year.

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Fauntleroy Community Association’s new survey is now online http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/fauntleroy-community-associations-new-survey-is-now-online/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/fauntleroy-community-associations-new-survey-is-now-online/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 01:16:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=305511 From the Fauntleroy Community Association:

Do you live between the Arroyos and Morgan Street? Travel through or do business in Fauntleroy? The Fauntleroy Community Association (FCA) wants to hear from you!

The FCA has prepared a new community survey seeking input to identify and rank local issues. The anonymous survey can be accessed through www.fauntleroy.net and then clicking on “FCA Survey.” The survey takes about 5 minutes, and will provide guidance to the FCA Board on where to focus their efforts during the next two years.

The results from the 2013 survey led to the FCA organizing community meetings with city officials to address crime and traffic issues. Dialogues between residents and officials were constructive and resulted in agreed-upon action plans.

Take the survey and help to shape the future of your community!

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Barton Pump Station Upgrade traffic alert for tomorrow; project ‘very close to being done’ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/barton-pump-station-upgrade-traffic-alert-for-tomorrow-project-very-close-to-being-done/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/barton-pump-station-upgrade-traffic-alert-for-tomorrow-project-very-close-to-being-done/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:07:07 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=305100

(WSB photo, taken today)
With another traffic advisory from King County Wastewater Treatment Division related to the Barton Pump Station Upgrade Project next to the Fauntleroy ferry dock, we asked for an overall update. First – the traffic advisory:

The northern ferry lane entrance and toll booth will be closed for up to two hours starting at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow morning, March 26. The closure is necessary to allow Seattle City Light crews to remove the temporary electrical system that has served the Barton Pump Station during construction. This work is part of construction wrap up for the Barton Pump Station Upgrade. Flaggers will be on hand to keep ferry and Fauntleroy traffic moving. Please call the project hotline with any questions or concerns: 206-296-2999.

Now the overall update: County spokesperson Annie Kolb-Nelson tells WSB that “the project is very close to being done. The art work is scheduled to come in in April, and landscaping and restoration is ongoing through spring. WTD is working with Friends of Cove Park to plan a June celebration for the public. We’ll offer pump station tours, and Friends of Cove Park will host a celebratory re-opening of the beach.” Cove Park closed in June 2012, as the construction got under way.

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Spring cleaning? West Seattle shredding, recycling dates to save http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/spring-cleaning-west-seattle-shredding-recycling-dates-to-save/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/spring-cleaning-west-seattle-shredding-recycling-dates-to-save/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:44:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=304743 For everyone who’s asked if any free shredding events are coming up in West Seattle – we FINALLY have word of one: 1-4 pm Sunday, April 19th, at High Point Branch Library (35th/ Raymond) – details here. Then, to recycle what you can’t put at curbside, it’s Fauntleroy Church‘s spring Recycle Roundup – 9 am-3 pm Sunday, April 26th; yes/no list here.

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West Seattle scenes: Fauntleroy Community Association’s 2015 Food Fest http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-scenes-fauntleroy-community-associations-2015-food-fest/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-scenes-fauntleroy-community-associations-2015-food-fest/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 09:00:19 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=304248

Meet the Fauntleroy Community Association‘s new board, finalized during Tuesday night’s annual membership meeting and Food Fest at The Hall at Fauntleroy.

Besides electing the board, renewing memberships, and enjoying tastes from local eateries, those who stopped by got to mingle and to find out about programs both private and public. Yun Pitre and Kerry Wade were there from the Department of Neighborhoods, to share information on everything the DoN can help you with:

Maria from the West Seattle and Fauntleroy YMCA (WSB sponsor), which has its latter branch right across the street from where everyone gathered last night:

And from just north of Fauntleroy, Morgan and Ellen from The Kenney (WSB sponsor)

Also spotted … leaders from the nearby Morgan Community Association, president Deb Barker and vice president Jason Wax:

But what about the “food” part of the Food Fest, you ask? See the photo gallery on the FCA Facebook page! By the way, if you live and/or work in Fauntleroy and didn’t get a chance to renew your membership at last night’s event, you can do it online.

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West Seattle traffic alert: Resurfacing for California SW in Fauntleroy http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-traffic-alert-resurfacing-for-california-sw-in-fauntleroy/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-traffic-alert-resurfacing-for-california-sw-in-fauntleroy/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2015 23:24:07 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=304107 Just in from SDOT:

Paving crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation will resurface a block of California Avenue Southwest, between Southwest Brace Point Drive and California Drive Southwest on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 24 and 25. The crews will resurface the street pavement, working from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The street will be open to traffic on Tuesday, March 24, but there may be a wait of up to 15 minutes for equipment to clear the roadway. On Wednesday, March 24, the street will be closed to through traffic and pedestrians and driveways on this block will not be accessible. On-street parking will be restricted in the work area.

That block is in Fauntleroy – here’s a map.

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You can help! Fauntleroy Children’s Center auction 9 days away http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/you-can-help-fauntleroy-childrens-center-auction-9-days-away/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/you-can-help-fauntleroy-childrens-center-auction-9-days-away/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:32:51 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=302195

The Fauntleroy Children’s Center, headquartered in the historic schoolhouse, is nine days away from its annual fundraiser, and hoping to get a final attendance count within a few days – so it’s circulating a reminder that tickets are available online. The dinner/auction is at 5:30 pm Saturday, March 7th, on the other side of the schoolhouse at The Hall at Fauntleroy, $65/person. The theme is “An Evening in Paris” and you can read more about it here.

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Fauntleroy Community Association: Transportation tour; surplus-substation status; Cove Park restoration; more http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/fauntleroy-community-association-transportation-tour-surplus-substation-status-cove-park-restoration-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/fauntleroy-community-association-transportation-tour-surplus-substation-status-cove-park-restoration-more/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 16:59:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298075

(WSB photo from FCA transportation summit, November 2014)
Two months after the Fauntleroy Community Association‘s transportation summit, a promise made during the summit is about to be fulfilled: A walking tour of Fauntleroy’s traffic/safety hotspots.

That’s just part of what FCA’s board talked about at its first 2015 meeting last night.

****Board members and other neighbors will meet with Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, SDOT’s Bill LaBorde, and Mayor Murray’s transportation adviser Andrew Glass Hastings on January 23rd. The walking tour will include the triangle intersection by Endolyne Joe’s (WSB sponsor), the precariously placed intersection of Marine View Drive and SW Roxbury, and the use of (largely residential) 45th SW as an alternate route for people trying to get around ferry lines. FCA’s Marty Westerman noted that the visiting VIP’s will likely get a good look at the Friday-afternoon ferry backups.

****Another meeting with a city rep that’s in the works: FCA president Mike Dey is meeting with Lynn Best of Seattle City Light about the former substation site in Endolyne, one of the surplus properties SCL is deciding how to handle. Dey described the meeting as intended as a “meet and greet” to get information about the property’s status and that of the public process around its potential sale, including a timeline. He’ll report back to the board.

****Also utility-related: With the Barton Pump Station upgrade project close to completion north of the ferry dock, the restoration of waterfront Cove Park approaches.

(2011 rendering from Cove Park restoration plan)
It’s been closed for two and a half years because of the project. FCA’s Mardi Clements reported back on meetings she’s had with key parties, and the association’s responsibilities once the beach parklet is restored. It’s still on track to reopen late spring/early summer, she said.

****The steps up to the old main entrance of Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, where FCA meets and where an increasing number of community organizations and businesses are based, are without a handrail. FCA’s Kathleen Dellplain is talking with an architect, looking into what it would take to change that – costs, permits required, etc.

****Last but not least, FCA plans another community survey sometime in the next few months. The last one was the inspiration for action such as the public-safety and transportation summits, and FCA hopes to find out where community members’ interests lie now.

The FCA board meets second Tuesdays, 7 pm, at the schoolhouse board room, 9131 California SW, all welcome. Find FCA online at fauntleroy.net and via its Facebook page.

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You be the chef: Compete in the Fauntleroy Chili Cookoff http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/you-be-the-chef-compete-in-the-fauntleroy-chili-cookoff/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/you-be-the-chef-compete-in-the-fauntleroy-chili-cookoff/#comments Sun, 11 Jan 2015 03:19:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297230 Got a winning chili recipe? Maybe you even cooked it up for tonight’s game and won raves. The upcoming Fauntleroy Chili Cookoff could be your next playing field. Planners are looking for home-based chili chefs to compete. Meat or vegetarian, if your recipe is a winner, e-mail info@fauntleroyucc.org or call 206-938-4203 for competition details; the cookoff is 6:30-8 pm January 31st in the Fauntleroy Church Fellowship Hall. (If you’re more chili fan than chili chef, get it on your calendar now – more info here.)

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