West Seattle Blog... » Highland Park http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Thu, 28 May 2015 08:07:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle scene: Sunshine finally catches up with spraypark http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-scene-sunshine-finally-catches-up-with-spraypark/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-scene-sunshine-finally-catches-up-with-spraypark/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 23:09:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311585

Thanks to Alicia for the photo – finally, sunny, warm weather, on the sixth day of the 2015 season at Highland Park Spraypark, open 11 am-8 pm daily at 1100 SW Cloverdale until summer’s end.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Have you seen this scooter? http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-have-you-seen-this-scooter/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-have-you-seen-this-scooter/#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 22:38:48 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311315

A thief stole Cynthia‘s scooter overnight:

2009 Genuine Buddy Scooter (orange) with trunk box stolen last night/this morning on the 8100 block of 13th, between Elmgrove and Thistle. [map] License Plate is 4B9633. Police report has been filed under incident number: 2015-169636

If you see it, call 911 and refer to that case number.

SIDE NOTE: We just checked the incident-response map and so far that’s the only vehicle theft reported in this area today.

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Reader reports: Recognize either of these ‘found’ bicycles? http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/reader-reports-recognize-either-of-these-bicycles/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/reader-reports-recognize-either-of-these-bicycles/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 16:13:47 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311011

Within minutes of each other late last night, two reader reports came in (editor@westseattleblog.com) about bicycles found in West Seattle – stolen and dumped? or? – Above, Alicia spotted that child-size bicycle in the 8800 block of 30th SW, “lying out on the grass parking strip across the street from our house – for a few days now. It’s a newer bike and looks like it was ditched. Perhaps stolen.” Below, Alan spotted this bicycle “in a location where we have had multiple dumped stolen bikes (14th & Holly)”:

He added, “This one looks like someone may have found it in the woods and brought it out to the street. The tires are flat and the chain is rusted. Still, it looks like a bike that someone cared about at some point.” We’ve suggested to both that the bicycles be reported to police, but in the meantime, in case they look familiar, we’re sharing the photos and reports.

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West Seattle scene: Highland Park Community Spring Clean-ers http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-scene-highland-park-spring-clean-ers/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-scene-highland-park-spring-clean-ers/#comments Sat, 09 May 2015 04:22:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=309667 This e-mailed photo solved a mini-mystery for us …

Someone texted us last weekend and said they were pleasantly surprised to have seen people picking up trash in Highland Park. They didn’t know who or why. Neither did we, and the busy pre-WSCGSD week proceeded without further word – until the photo above arrived with this explanation:

We thought we would share a little neighborhood news for Spring Cleaning inspiration. A group of us from the 9000 block of 12th and 13th cleaned up 10 bags of trash all along Henderson and south of Henderson on 11th, 12th and 13th Ave this past Sunday.

If other blocks want to join in, the city is holding their annual Spring Clean and
they will give you supplies and pick up the trash from your block. All info here.

We know at least one other West Seattle neighborhood has Spring Clean plans this weekend. Get yours going too! (And you’re welcome to send us a photo afterward so we can let your West Seattle neighbors know what a cool thing you did. From left in the pic above are Irene Davis, Blair Johnson, Sarah Rudinoff, Wendi Sargent, and Jessica Bomball.)

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Highland Park Elementary PTA: Final meeting of the year Monday! http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/highland-park-elementary-pta-final-meeting-of-the-year-monday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/highland-park-elementary-pta-final-meeting-of-the-year-monday/#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 04:26:28 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=309123 Just about six weeks left in the Seattle Public Schools year, and that means some PTAs/PTSAs are meeting soon for the last time until fall. Holly Briscoe tells us that the Highland Park Elementary PTA has its last meeting of the year tomorrow night – Monday (May 4th) – starting with a potluck dinner 5:30-6 pm, then continuing with business including electing next year’s board. All welcome. HPES is at 1012 SW Trenton.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen truck; swapped plates; bicycles found/sighted; mail theft http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-stolen-truck-swapped-plates-bicycles-foundsighted-mail-theft/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-stolen-truck-swapped-plates-bicycles-foundsighted-mail-theft/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 22:42:33 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308432 West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports to share:

LUNA PARK TRUCK THEFT: Bob discovered this morning that someone had taken his white Chevy Blazer from what’s supposed to be a secure garage at City View Apartments in the Luna Park area. License plate 105YGD – call 911 if you see it.


This morning I discovered someone had swapped my back license plate on my car with someone else’s. I have reported them as stolen, so if anyone sees plates ASU6665 call the police. The ones they put on the car were ANK8876, and the officer said he recognized them from a call this morning. I live on Trenton & Delridge [map] if anyone saw anything.

This happens more often than you might think, so it’s always worth a quick glance at your plates every time you go out to your vehicle, if it’s parked outside.

POSSIBLE STOLEN BICYCLES: Two posts in the WSB Forums regarding bicycles -
**Vintage Puch bicycle found in a Westwood/Roxhill-area backyard
**Redline bicycle frame spotted in Admiral in unusual circumstances

HIGHLAND PARK MAIL THEFT: In the 9400 block of 10th SW (map), Fran A spotted several mailboxes open this morning, with mail littered on the street, including an envelope that was supposed to contain her husband’s new driver’s license.

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Highland Park Uncorked: 3 weeks away; sign up ASAP to join in and/or be a sponsor http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/highland-park-uncorked-3-weeks-away-sign-up-asap-to-join-in-andor-be-a-sponsor/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/highland-park-uncorked-3-weeks-away-sign-up-asap-to-join-in-andor-be-a-sponsor/#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 01:13:57 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308275

Love wine? Love sidewalks? Love solar power? Support all of the above – and then some – by attending and/or sponsoring Highland Park Uncorked. It’s happening three weeks from tonight (Saturday, May 16th) at Highland Park Improvement Club. Here’s how it works:

Each person brings a bottle of their favorite wine, priced at $15 or less. You are assigned a table. The bottle is placed in a brown paper bag, given a number and eventually placed somewhere on your assigned table. You don’t worry about that, as you relax with the wines from the award-winning Northwest Wine Academy, mingle with your neighbors, and munch on a wonderful spread of food prepared by our talented gastronomes.

When the tasting starts, you will go to your assigned table and your table captain will walk you through the process. Everybody tastes the wines that each person at their table brought and end up voting for the best. The winning wine from your table progresses to the finals where they are all tasted and the top three are chosen. There is still lots of wine at your table to further “examine” and enjoy with your tablemates.

Raffles too, and something new – the “Wine Aroma Challenge“! Find more details about Highland Park Uncorked here. Oh, and about the sidewalks? HPIC is raising money not just to support its ongoing operations as a community hub and event venue, but also to help with grounds improvements for its almost-century-old site at 12th/Holden. It’s received grants and donations for raingardens, a cistern, a courtyard, and future solar panels – but it’s also (as explained and shown here) had to spend more than $15,000 to fix broken sections of sidewalk and to replace part of its roof. Every bit of fundraising helps, HPIC says. So:

*Want to be a sponsor? (WSB is signed up to co-sponsor again this year.) Go here.

*Just want to save a spot at the table? Go here – HP Uncorked has sold out in advance in previous years, so don’t gamble on just showing up at the door.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Police search in Highland Park http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-search-in-highland-park-2/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-search-in-highland-park-2/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 09:14:04 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308111 2:14 AM: Police, including a K-9 team, are searching right now in the Highland Park Elementary vicinity (and beyond). We don’t know what preceded the search but they’re looking for someone who has an arrest warrant on record.

2:49 AM: Sounds like it started with circumstances including a car, a report of a fight, and two people fleeing, including the car’s owner.

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Looking for work? ‘Priority Hire’ to be spotlighted at Highland Park Action Committee this Wednesday http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/looking-for-work-priority-hire-to-be-spotlighted-at-highland-park-action-committee-this-wednesday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/looking-for-work-priority-hire-to-be-spotlighted-at-highland-park-action-committee-this-wednesday/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:12:36 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307748 Jobseekers might be interested in this Wednesday’s monthly meeting of the Highland Park Action Committee. As just announced by HPAC:

We will be having a guest speaker talking about *Priority Hire* joining us for Wednesday’s HPAC meeting: The City of Seattle recently passed a Priority Hire ordinance which will improve access to construction employment and improve training programs for workers in need of family-wage jobs. The ordinance prioritizes the hiring of residents that live in economically distressed areas in Seattle and King County on city funded construction projects- and 98106 qualifies. See this website for more information.

Also on HPAC’s agenda, District 1 City Council candidate Chas Redmond. 6:30 pm potluck precedes the 7 pm meeting Wednesday (April 22nd) at Highland Park Improvement Club, 12th/Holden.

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UPDATE: 3 taken to hospital after one-car Highland Park crash http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/crash-response-in-highland-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/crash-response-in-highland-park/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:22:56 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307715

4:22 AM: Another sizable response to a crash scene – this time, one vehicle is reported to have hit a tree in the 9000 block of Henderson Place (map) in Highland Park, with two people reported to be trapped. Both are reported to be conscious.

5:04 AM: Just back from the scene. The response was upgraded to “heavy rescue” while we were en route – second one of the night in West Seattle. Firefighters cut the driver out of the car, a 22-year-old man who medics took to Harborview.

Two others were hurt but got themselves out of the car, according to SFD, and were taken to the hospital by private ambulance. The road will be closed both ways at the crash scene while the investigation proceeds.

6:30 AM: Henderson Place is still blocked off at the crash scene; use 9th SW instead.

3:17 PM: Police confirm they are investigating the possibility of DUI.

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‘Assault with weapons’ response on 9th SW http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/assault-with-weapons-response-on-9th-sw/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/assault-with-weapons-response-on-9th-sw/#comments Fri, 03 Apr 2015 14:05:12 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306026 7:05 AM: Police and fire are headed for the 8100 block of 9th SW. The call is “assault with weapons”; the initial reports are that someone has a gunshot wound, possibly self-inflicted. We’re headed over to find out.

7:08 AM: Per scanner, most of the SFD units are being canceled, but they’re calling for a chaplain.

7:32 AM: Police cars were visible at the scene, but the officers were in the house and unavailable to talk to. A reminder in the meantime … the local 24-hour hotline from the Crisis Clinic: 206-461-3222.

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West Seattle Crime Watch followup: Plea bargain in Highland Park theft of SUV with baby inside http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-followup-plea-bargain-in-highland-park-theft-of-suv-with-baby-inside/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-crime-watch-followup-plea-bargain-in-highland-park-theft-of-suv-with-baby-inside/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 22:33:35 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=305860 Just found during our periodic check of open case files: A plea bargain in a crime that drew regional attention one afternoon last August, after an SUV was stolen from outside a Highland Park mini-mart with a baby in the back seat.

(8/27/14 photo by BETTINA HANSEN/THE SEATTLE TIMES, republished by permission)
25-year-old Estevan L. Sanchez pleaded guilty last week to auto theft and unlawful imprisonment – reduced from second-degree kidnapping – for stealing the vehicle from outside the Sea-Mart store at 16th and Holden last August 27th with a 10-month-old girl in the back seat. According to court documents from the plea bargain and from the original charges, the baby’s father ran into the store with the vehicle’s engine running, but the SUV was supposed to be locked and unable to be shifted out of “park.” Instead, Sanchez got in and drove it away even as the baby’s father ran out of the store and yelled for him to stop. 15 minutes later, the vehicle was found abandoned in White Center’s Greenbridge neighborhood, with the baby safe inside; Sanchez, a Highland Park resident, was found within the hour at 17th and Roxbury.

He already was wanted on warrants from a domestic-violence case in which he injured his girlfriend and her 11-year-old son, attacking her with a stun gun and knocking him down just before stealing her car.. As part of this plea agreement, Sanchez has pleaded guilty to reduced domestic-violence charges in that case too. In all, the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is recommending 19.5 months in prison – a little over a year and a half – for Sanchez, who has been in jail for seven months since his August arrest. King County Superior Court Judge Monica Benton is scheduled to sentence him on April 17th. .

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West Seattle scenes: Mini Pow-Wow at Highland Park Elementary http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-scenes-mini-pow-wow-at-highland-park-elementary/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-scenes-mini-pow-wow-at-highland-park-elementary/#comments Sat, 21 Mar 2015 08:46:57 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=304551

Dancing, drumming, and dinner were part of the festivities last night at Highland Park Elementary, as Native community members, family, and friends gathered for a Traditional Mini Pow Wow. We photographed Duwamish Tribe chair Cecile Hansen after the blessing she gave to open the event:

This was the second year of the event.

The group Niksokowaak – “all my children, all my relatives” – organized the Pow Wow.

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Highland Park Elementary shows off for visiting educators http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/highland-park-elementary-shows-off-for-visiting-educators/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/highland-park-elementary-shows-off-for-visiting-educators/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 02:46:00 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=304093

4th-grade PE students had an audience at Highland Park Elementary School this morning.

Physical-education professionals are gathered in Seattle for the SHAPE (Society of Health and Physical Educators) America national convention this week, and today dozens of them visited several SPS campuses to check out unique programs, such as flag football that’s played at HPES as part of an NFL collaboration:

Teacher Kevin Schmidt leads this program at Highland Park.

What the kids showed off today are drills they do after their teacher explains the objective, as the students write it down:

Once they have grasped the goal, it’s on with the drill. Highland Park Elementary, by the way, was the only West Seattle stop for the visitors from the conference, and it was the first school they visited on their all-day citywide tour.

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@ Highland Park Action Committee: From crime to campaigning http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/highland-park-action-committee-from-crime-to-campaigning/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/highland-park-action-committee-from-crime-to-campaigning/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 23:01:20 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=302210 Crime trends, a possible solution, and a campaign pitch comprised most of this month’s Highland Park Action Committee meeting, Wednesday night at HP Improvement Club.

First, the crime trends, presented by Community Police Team Officer Erin Nicholson:

If you don’t have time for the clip, three notes:

*43 auto thefts in the past 90 days in the Highland Park/South Delridge area
*49 stolen vehicles recovered in the area in that time frame (some from other jurisdictions)
*Cleanup of area stairways continues, in the wake of robbers targeting students on some of them – goats might be brought in for serious brush-clearing

WOULD ‘LEAD’ WORK IN HIGHLAND PARK? Kris Nyrop spoke to HPAC about the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program, by invitation of a resident who said she looked into it because so much of the crime in her neighborhood seemed to be related to drug dependence.

Nyrop is the project manager for LEAD in King County, which he said started on a pilot basis in 2011 and is currently being used in the West Precinct but will expand shortly into King County Sheriff’s Office territory, including Metro Transit Police. He summarizes it as a “post-arrest, pre-sentencing” program, potentially available to people detained for street crime such as prostitution, drugs in quantities of less than three grams … Their records are checked and if they don’t have a disqualifying offense, Nyrop explained, the officer could say “I have two doors – one leads to the King County Jail, one to a (LEAD) case manager. If you take #2, I go away, this arrest goes away.” That doesn’t mean they get a business card and an invitation to call someone at some point in the future – it means they are immediately handed off to a case manager who would be called in and would arrive in 15 to 20 minutes. Nyrop said that goal has been met in all but one instance over the past three and a half years.

The case manager does immediate screening and triage, including finding out from the suspect/client, “What is it you need right now to not be back out in the same situation the officer just arrested you in?”

Nyrop said officers started to ask, “Why would I need to wait to make an arrest to trigger a referral” for chronic offenders they’ve been seeing for years, and that led to the creation of a “social referral” involving people known to be engaged in criminal activity, primarily drug-related.

Case managers, he said, help with housing – downtown, 88 percent of the people diverted into the program are homeless at the time, he said – as well as job training and education. (As an aside, he mentioned three people who got trained in handling hazardous material and needed help getting passports when they were hired for work overseas.) Housing is the biggest hurdle, according to Nyrop, because of people’s past criminal records – even one felony can suddenly present a barrier to getting a rental, even if the program guarantees rent payment and promises intensive case management.

Does LEAD work? So far, Nyrop said, participants have been evaluated at points such as six months after and two years after. The latter evaluation is when a “dramatic reduction in the amount of new criminal activity by participants” is noted, he said. And they’re expecting soon to have an evaluation of LEAD participants compared to a control group of people “who were not diverted (into LEAD) but could have been.

“So how do we get (LEAD)?” asked co-chair Carolyn Stauffer.

“The neighborhood needs to tell the mayor and police chief that it’s interested.” At that point Nyrop noted that “the number of referrals has declined dramatically” and he blamed a reduction in the amount of support since Mayor Murray took office (the program began under his predecessor), saying the program is currently operating “under capacity.”

Lisa Herbold from Councilmember Nick Licata’s staff (and also a District 1 City Council candidate herself) spoke up from the audience, saying that the “squeaky wheel” will get the funding, but it could also be “tied to wherever the needs are.” She did note a potential funding challenge ahead – private foundation funding is “going away at the end of the year.” Nyrop added that there’s hope King County will apply for a share of a “huge” private grant.

SPEAKING OF THE CITY COUNCIL RACE: Candidate Amanda Kay Helmick was officially on the agenda to speak to HPAC about her campaign. Co-chair Carolyn Stauffer said HPAC doesn’t do endorsements but says she and co-chair Billy Stauffer had given testimonial-type quotes to Helmick and Herbold based on past interactions and relationships with both. Here’s what Helmick told the group about herself and her campaign:

Helmick was brought back up later in case anyone had questions. She was asked one, regarding hate crimes. She suggested that more officers on foot patrols could increase protection and prevention in the community. And toward the meeting’s end, she mentioned the upcoming community cleanup along South Delridge, meeting by Home Depot at 10 am March 7th, trash bags and tools provided since it’s being done in conjunction with Adopt-A-Street.

HPAC LEADERSHIP NOTE: At the last meeting, the Stauffers had invited anyone interested in taking over to come forward. Absent that, Carolyn Stauffer said this month, they’re willing to keep the reins for one more year but they need more help with various HPAC functions – a representative to the West Seattle Transportation Coalition, for example, and a representative to local school(s). Contact HPAC through its website if you are interested in helping – and/or come to the next meeting, 7 pm March 25th.

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