West Seattle Blog... » High Point http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:42:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Video: Protests split Seattle Housing Authority rent-increase meeting into two gatherings http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/happening-now-protests-split-seattle-housing-authority-rent-increase-meeting-into-two-sessions/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/happening-now-protests-split-seattle-housing-authority-rent-increase-meeting-into-two-sessions/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:18:58 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287251

FIRST REPORT, 7:18 PM: We’re at High Point Community Center along with a crowd we’d estimate to number at least 200, at what was supposed to be an informational/Q-A meeting about the Seattle Housing Authority‘s controversial Stepping Forward” rent-increase proposal.


SHA executive director Andrew Lofton barely got through the pre-planned slide deck, with chants and shouts between almost every line.

After a few attempts at Q/A – really, just Q, because SHA said it would not answer any of the questions – one man shouted that those in attendance were being insulted and should walk out.

Many did, and went into the gym, where they and protesters rallied, with City Councilmember Kshama Sawant on hand.

(Added 9:26 pm – here’s our video of what Sawant told them, amplified via “human mike”:)

Others, meantime, stayed behind, and some spoke about the “stepped” rent increase proposal, which could take a subsidized household now paying $50 in rent, up to $1,000 in the fifth year. Even those who said they supported the concept of encouraging self-sufficiency said unemployment is high and there’s no guarantee anyone can get work, no matter how hard they try.

There were declarations that while SHA is calling for tenant accountability, no one is calling for developer accountability to provide more low-income housing.

The meeting is now in an “open house” phase at which those with questions are seeking answers in one-on-one conversations.

9:26 PM: Above, we’ve added our video of what Councilmember Sawant said after “the other meeting” convened in the Community Center’s gym – we had one crew in each room.

Our full video of the meeting in the original room, including all of the protests and the presentation they punctuated, will be added after we get it uploaded later tonight. (Added: Here it is:)

Meantime, Sawant told those gathered in the gym that the SHA meeting was “a joke” and called for “a big action in City Hall” on October 15th.

Opponents of “Stepping Forward” have a petition, and details of their position and objections, online here.

Meantime, the “next steps” slide in the official presentation said a possible “workforce pilot” would begin late this year, and that the proposal would be revised, more public comment taken, a recommendation made to SHA’s Board of Commissioners, then a phase-in with about 4 years from Board approval to full implementation, “rent changes no earlier than 2016.”

“We don’t want it revised!” someone yelled. “We want it gone!”

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West Seattle Crime Watch reader report: Parking lot robbery attempt http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-crime-watch-reader-report-parking-lot-robbery-attempt/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-crime-watch-reader-report-parking-lot-robbery-attempt/#comments Sat, 27 Sep 2014 05:58:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287020 One more West Seattle Crime Watch reader report tonight – an attempted strong-arm robbery. Jacqueline sent this note:

I wanted to let you know that I called the police and reported an incident that happened just before 8 pm this evening, 9/26/14. I stopped at the Walgreens at the corner of 35th & Morgan in West Seattle (High Point neighborhood), right across from the West Seattle Food Bank. I was stopping quickly to return a dvd rental at the Redbox. When I was getting out of my car, a man approached me and grabbed a hold of my car door handle and tried to grab my purse. I immediately screamed extremely loud, and since I still had my right side of my body partially inside of my SUV, I started beeping my horn and the man backed off, and I also swung my door open at him to try to get him away. I screamed so much and got everyone’s attention in the parking lot with the sound of my horn.

I was able to get back into my car and get the heck out of there. I pulled out onto 35th Ave SW and drove up a few blocks and called 911. Here is the description I gave the police:

-Black male
-Around mid-20′s or so
-Tall and slender
-Baggy clothes
-Ball cap on, with Afro hair kind of sticking out of sides of hat
-The man seemed on some kind of drug
-He was walking back to the bushes and side of the gas station next to the Walgreens where there were a few other males lingering around.

***When I called 911, the dispatcher told me to hold on because they were dispatching police right away, because she had another call come in earlier with an attempted handbag robbery at the same parking lot.

What is going on with this area!?!?! I feel like I am in East Cleveland again. I no longer feel comfortable going to this location again. This area really needs some police presence and I am trying to find out information on community meetings so that I can voice my concerns on this corner. I don’t feel it is safe to go to that Walgreens for myself or other women. I wanted to get the word out. I can’t believe I was almost robbed so close to home. There is obvious drug activity at this corner, and it needs to be addressed!

We are checking with police regarding the report of at least two attempted robberies and whether anyone was arrested. As for Jacqueline’s question about meetings – we haven’t seen an agenda lately, but the High Point Neighborhood Association had been meeting at 6 pm, second Tuesdays, at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center, and the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council will resume its meetings at 7 pm, third Tuesdays, as of October 21st, at the Southwest Precinct.

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Update: Man shot in the leg in High Point, police search under way http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/police-investigating-shooting-in-high-point/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/police-investigating-shooting-in-high-point/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 22:44:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286286

(First two photos by WSB’s Patrick Sand)
3:44 PM: Police and fire are responding to a report of a man shot in the leg near 30th SW and High Point Drive SW. Officers are with him and SFD medics are arriving. Updates to come.

3:57 PM: The victim is an 18-year-old man described as having a small-caliber-handgun wound through the back of his calf. He’s on the way to the hospital. No arrest reported yet. According to our crews on the scene, it’s actually in the southeast part of High Point, near the 30th/Sylvan area where Forest Lawn has its headquarters building.

4:12 PM: Via SPD Blotter, here’s what police are saying:

Officers began receiving calls just after 3:30 p.m. Friday of a fight involving up to 20 people in the 3000 block of High Point Way SW. Officers rushed to the scene and found an 18-year-old that had been shot in the leg. Witnesses pointed officers towards a group of people who had made their way through a cemetery and disappeared. … Officers continue to scour the area looking for the suspect in this case. The only description provided of the shooter is a black male, 5-foot-8, 150 pounds wearing a red shirt. Officers are asking anyone who spots the suspect to call 911 immediately.

According to radio communication, police believe they have found the (or a) gun in the area.

(This photo and next by WSB’s Christopher Boffoli)
5:21 PM UPDATE: Still no word of an arrest. The aforementioned gun can be seen in the photo above, under a car. Though only one victim has been confirmed at this point, multiple shots were fired, indicated by the markers:

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Seafair Clowns and friends visit West Seattle Elementary for school-supplies giveaway http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/seafair-clowns-and-friends-visit-west-seattle-elementary-for-school-supplies-giveaway/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/seafair-clowns-and-friends-visit-west-seattle-elementary-for-school-supplies-giveaway/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 20:49:29 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285438

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
For the 10th year, Seafair Clowns stopped at a local school for a big supplies giveaway. Today was the big day, and this time, the recipients were students at West Seattle Elementary in High Point. Seattle firefighters and police were there to help too:

That included Fire Chief Gregory Dean:

And West Seattle’s own “Officer Lumpy” got a big smile from West Seattle Elementary principal Vicki Sacco:

Also part of the event – Stoneway Concrete and Gary Merlino Construction.

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Update: Kitchen fire at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/new-fire-callout-in-high-point/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/new-fire-callout-in-high-point/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:52:01 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283666

(WSB photo by Christopher Boffoli)
6:52 AM: Now a second fire response – again, it’s always a big response for a building, until crews get there and evaluate – this time, 6400 Sylvan Way SW, which is Neighborhood House in High Point.

6:56 AM: SFD reports it’s a kitchen fire at High Point Center. They’re reducing the response, canceling some of the units that were headed that way. The biggest challenge, per scanner, is dealing with the automatic sprinkler system.

7:07 AM: SFD’s investigator won’t be able to get to this scene until he’s done at the fire on SW Barton in Westwood.

9:40 AM NOTE: WSB’s Christopher Boffoli checked back at the center a short time ago and says they were finishing cleanup and expected to open for the day shortly.

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First week for High Point Market Garden Farm Stand http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/happening-now-first-week-for-high-point-market-garden-farm-stand/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/happening-now-first-week-for-high-point-market-garden-farm-stand/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 01:16:00 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=278788

It doesn’t get much fresher than a stand selling organic produce right next to the big garden where it’s grown, and that’s what’s happening until 7 pm at the High Point Market Garden Farm Stand (32nd/Juneau), during this season’s first weekly opportunity for public purchases. Here’s the produce/price list for this week:

High Point is one of two Market Gardens that are part of the city Department of Neighborhoods community-gardening program. The produce stand will be open to the public every Wednesday, 4-7 pm, through the end of September.

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High Point Market Garden to open for the season Wednesday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/high-point-market-garden-to-open-for-the-season-wednesday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/high-point-market-garden-to-open-for-the-season-wednesday/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:01:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=278588

(2011 WSB photo from High Point Market Garden)
This Wednesday is your first chance to buy fresh organic produce picked steps away from the point of sale – opening day for the High Point Market Garden Farm Stand, just announced by the city. It’s at 32nd/Juneau (map) and it’ll be open 4-7 pm Wednesdays, July 9th-September 24th. The first harvest is expected to include spinach, carrots, leafy vegetables, new onions, peas, turnips, and radishes. The city announcement adds that the stand and its counterpart at NewHolly “accept EBT cards and participate in Fresh Bucks which doubles consumers’ first $10 spent on the card.

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Portable classroom arriving today at West Seattle Elementary http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/portable-classroom-arriving-today-at-west-seattle-elementary/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/portable-classroom-arriving-today-at-west-seattle-elementary/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:00:36 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=277947 Local public-school enrollment continues to rise, and even new construction/expansion isn’t taking all the pressure off some campuses. Latest evidence: Today, a portable classroom is arriving at West Seattle Elementary in High Point, according to Seattle Public Schools spokesperson Tom Redman. He says it’s a “single-classroom portable -to be used as a homeroom.” According to district numbers featured here last month, WSE expects 443 students this fall, up about twenty from last year.

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Congratulations, Middle College (High Point Center) High School Class of 2014! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/congratulations-middle-college-high-point-center-high-school-class-of-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/congratulations-middle-college-high-point-center-high-school-class-of-2014/#comments Wed, 18 Jun 2014 05:31:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=276774

One more round of graduation congratulations tonight: A commencement ceremony at The Hall at Fauntleroy celebrated the 14-member Class of 2014 from Middle College High School‘s High Point Center campus, a Seattle Public Schools program also known as the School for Social Justice and Community Engagement.

Congratulations to the graduates, in alphabetical order:

Abdi Ahmed
Chris Brown
Chanelle Conway
Gabriel Enriquez
Melody Gill
Victoria Hedglin
Joab Henderson
Kelly O’Shea
Chris Otey
Anisa Saadi
Christina Sanders
Mya Santucci
Dan Tekle
Casey Ware

Congratulations also to their administration, faculty, and staff, led by MCHS principal Cindy Nash, at right below with West Seattle’s school-board rep Marty McLaren:

MCHS’s location at High Point Center facilitates environmental education and volunteering, including participation in Keep High Point Green, featured here earlier this year.

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Update: Kitchen fire at Stewart Manor, 34th/Morgan http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/fire-call-at-34thmorgan/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/fire-call-at-34thmorgan/#comments Sun, 15 Jun 2014 03:51:57 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=276555

8:51 PM: Seattle Fire has sent a major “fire in building” response to Stewart Manor, the 72-unit Seattle Housing Authority apartment building at 34th and Morgan (map). It’s been described on the scanner as a “room fire.” This will affect traffic traveling Morgan/Sylvan east of 35th.

9:01 PM: Firefighters have reported over the radio that the smoke appears limited to the fifth floor and it does not appear to be a major fire – they’ve just declared it “tapped”, originating in the kitchen, and are working on ventilation; no injuries reported.

9:11 PM: Many of the units are being dismissed; firefighters are monitoring air inside the building to be sure it’s safe for residents to go back to unaffected apartments.

9:29 PM: Our crew was told at the scene that no one was home in the unit where the fire started on a stove. That unit probably won’t be inhabitable tonight but other residents should be let back in the building soon.

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35th Avenue SW safety: No more left turns from Graham, soon http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/35th-avenue-sw-safety-no-more-left-turns-from-graham/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/35th-avenue-sw-safety-no-more-left-turns-from-graham/#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 17:32:31 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=276194

(December 2013 WSB photo by Christopher Boffoli)
After James St. Clair was hit and killed walking across 35th at Graham in the High Point area last December, longstanding concerns about 35th were aired again – and in February, the city announced a road-safety project. Today, SDOT sends word of a change ahead even before the safety project officially begins this fall:

SDOT is moving forward with operational changes at the intersection of 35th Avenue Southwest and Southwest Graham Street [map] this month. Residents living nearby will receive the attached postcard later this week in regard to this work.

SDOT will be installing “right turn only” signs on Graham Street at the junction with 35th. This operational change will improve safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers. Once the signs are installed, drivers going from Graham to 35th will be limited to right turns only.

The signs will be installed before the end of June and additional changes to this
intersection will be considered through the 35th Avenue Southwest Road Safety Project which will kick off in October.

35th/Graham also was the site of the collision that killed Susanne Scaringi in fall 2006.

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Happening now: Happy 10th birthday, High Point Library! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/happening-now-happy-birthday-high-point-library/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/happening-now-happy-birthday-high-point-library/#comments Sun, 08 Jun 2014 21:20:52 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=275907

The sun’s appearance in time for this afternoon’s 10th-anniversary celebration at the High Point Branch Library is appropriate, since it graced the Miller Hayashi Architects-designed library’s dedication in June 2004 too, according to the Seattle Times (WSB partner) archives. On that day, this became the third location in 62 years to hold High Point’s public library.

Even if you aren’t interested in borrowing library materials, you can check out the branch for events such as story times (our top photo, in fact, shows a story time of sorts – when we stopped by a few minutes ago, library staff and patrons were sharing memories); they’re usually on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar as well as the library’s online calendar of events. This afternoon’s celebration, meantime, continues at the branch (35th/Raymond) until 3:30 pm. (And when you visit, don’t miss the art!)

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Batter up – and listen up! Seattle Sluggers show off ‘beep baseball’ at home field in High Point http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/batter-up-and-listen-up-seattle-sluggers-show-off-beep-baseball-at-home-field-in-high-point/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/batter-up-and-listen-up-seattle-sluggers-show-off-beep-baseball-at-home-field-in-high-point/#comments Mon, 02 Jun 2014 04:54:16 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=275174

Beautiful weekend for baseball – including the game that crowd came to watch at Walt Hundley Playfield in High Point on Saturday afternoon. Not your standard baseball game, though:

The reason for the sign? The game was “beep baseball” – designed so sight-impaired players can hear the ball:

That’s the ball, which really does beep, and is 16 inches around. Listen to hear it in this short clip from one at-bat:

The team: The Seattle-South King Sluggers (see the roster here), for whom Walt Hundley serves as home field:

As previewed here a few weeks ago, they extended a special community invitation to their “awareness event,” playing a team from the Seattle Police Department – in black, with special specs that are worn by all players:

This is the second season for the Sluggers, coached by Kevin Daniel

Want to see – and hear – the Sluggers in action? Here’s their schedule.

P.S. According to an update on the Sluggers’ Facebook page, they won 7-0.

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West Seattle traffic alert: Crash on 35th blocking two lanes http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/traffic-alert-crash-at-35thraymond-blocking-two-lanes/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/traffic-alert-crash-at-35thraymond-blocking-two-lanes/#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 20:33:52 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=274801

One lane is blocked each way on 35th SW in the High Point area because of a crash – thanks to the person who texted to let us know. Police at the scene tell us no one was hurt, but it’s slow going in the area so avoid it there for a while if you can. In all, police confirm three cars were involved.

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‘The second Independence Day’: New local Juneteenth celebration announced for June 22nd http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/the-second-independence-day-new-local-juneteenth-celebration-announced-for-june-22nd/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/the-second-independence-day-new-local-juneteenth-celebration-announced-for-june-22nd/#comments Wed, 28 May 2014 23:01:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=274715

Just announced – plans for a new celebration of Juneteenth – “the second Independence Day” – in West Seattle, set for June 22nd. Here’s the announcement (starting with some history), from High Point resident Liz Davis, shared by community builder Shukri Olow:

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.’

This summer will not pass without two opportunities to celebrate freedom, June 19th and July 4th. Do you remember your first Fourth of July? The first time you drove a car? What about your first kiss? Did you have trepidation and enjoyment at the same time? Were there Internal and external fireworks? Celebration and excitement? The exploration of something new yet unknown can bring many different, sometimes conflicting feelings.

That’s what I think the enslaved Africans in Galveston were feeling summer of 1865 when they received the announcement from the Union Major-General Gordon Granger, “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor…” This announcement was two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed into law. Over the years the celebrations and realization of freedom have grown.

Are you ready to celebrate this summer? You may have mixed emotions about this celebration. You may not have heard of this day of independence. No matter how you feel about Juneteenth, The Juneteenth Committee invites you to celebrate FREEDOM. Volunteers of The African American community at High Point are working with community partners including Seattle Housing Authority Community Builder to bring entertainment, spoken word, and food from the rich and uniquely West African and American culture known by many different descriptions; Black American, Soul/Soul Food or African American, to name a few. Children and adults will have lots to taste, touch and eat at this inaugural High Point Juneteenth Celebration. Sunday, June 22, 2014 2-6 pm at The Neighborhood House High Point Center, 6400 Sylvan Way SW!

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