West Seattle Blog... » Neighborhoods http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:56:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Beach policing plan, city’s shoreline-rules update both reviewed @ Alki Community Council http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/beach-policing-plan-citys-shoreline-rules-update-both-reviewed-alki-community-council/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/beach-policing-plan-citys-shoreline-rules-update-both-reviewed-alki-community-council/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 10:40:06 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286158 As a draw for people from around the region, Alki Beach poses a unique challenge for local police. It’s one of six areas of West Seattle for which Southwest Precinct leaders are drawing up neighborhood-policing plans, so Operations Lt. Ron Smith came to this month’s Alki Community Council meeting in search of comments on the draft. He was one of two guests, along with a city rep working on the revised Shoreline Master Program.

ALKI POLICING PLAN: The ACC had circulated the draft policing plan along with the meeting agenda:

See it here – short and simple, no multi-chapter, triple-digit-page-count tome.

Lt. Smith, a former Alki resident, pointed out that the SPD Traffic Unit can have considerable impact with enforcement in the beach zone – “a ticket is worth 10 arrests” for some offenders in the area, he explained. Traffic and crime aren’t the only issues – dogs on the beach represent a policing issue, too, Lt. Smith said. And that is an example of how city departments cannot stay heads-down in their own silos any more, he said – “If we can get Parks, animal control, fire, and the community involved, we can get a better handle” on a problem like that.

Regarding traffic enforcement – be aware, if they’re out enforcing, they’re writing tickets for residents as well as visitors. Meeting attendees said they are particularly concerned about the motorcycle groups that tend to descend on Alki, especially in summertime, gathering in front of businesses and sometimes causing noise problems – revving engines, blasting music, profanity.

Lt. Smith said they are aware of parking issues too, which observing that West Seattle is unique in a lack of metered street parking. And he said police are working on getting keys for park facilities, and encouraging third-watch officers to make sure the gates are closed. Overall, the plan inevitably will evolve; they just want to get a feeling for community concerns. When you have a concern, Lt. Smith urged, don’t be timid about calling 911!

Recognizing that pro-active presence is of extra value on the beach, they’re also seeking funding for a new mobile precinct so one can be parked on Alki more often at peak times. And this past summer, bicycle-riding officers have been high profile.

SHORELINE MASTER PROGRAM UPDATE: Maggie Glowacki from the Department of Planning and Development gave a detailed presentation of the changes that are expected to be finalized next year, covering zoning of and future development guidelines for the city’s major shoreline areas. She explained that it would be the first true update since 1987, focused on “use preferences” for the shoreline as well as ensuring ecological protection and protecting public access. Puget Sound, Elliott Bay, and the Duwamish River are the local shorelines governed under the master program – NOT any of the local creeks. The update has been years in the making – as you’ll see on its city website. Here’s the 43-page slide deck she presented (including some West Seattle-specific examples):

Among the toplines: There are five types of urban shoreline environments – urban general, urban industrial, urban maritime, urban stable/urban commercial, urban residential. The plan assesses anticipated future needs as well as current statuses. Each environment would have specific uses listed as allowed, descriptions for what types of buildings and development would be allowed, how much setback from the shore would be needed, what kind of “over-water coverage” would be allowed, would shoreline modification be allowed and how much, etc. Much of it is a balancing act, Glowacki explained – the industrial zone, for example, doesn’t come with a public-access requirement.

Among the big issues this deals with: What uses are allowed in industrial shoreline areas; how does the shoreline plan deal with “floating homes”; how does it handle public access; how does “no net loss of ecological function” get measured, and how does it relate to development standards.

The proposed plan is in the final stages of review before going to the City Council. Its online materials include a massive virtual stack of documents linked here, including comment letters from shoreline businesses (Vigor Shipyards, for example) and city responses. Glowacki’s contact info, if you have questions or comments, is on the right side of the page.

SIDE NOTE: The presentation was strictly about the city’s in-the-works guidelines, not any specific development proposals, though some in attendance had questions about the status and future of the “Pier 1″ property immediately southeast of Salty’s (WSB sponsor). That did not fall under Glowacki’s purview; the most recent information we could find is that its owners had sought a site-specific zoning change through the current Comprehensive Plan Amendment process that’s before the City Council, but it’s not recommended for approval.

ALSO MENTIONED: A citizen proposal for modifying the West Seattle Water Taxi shuttle routes is in the works … The growth of volleyball tournaments on Alki, taking up much of the sand space on summer weekends, came up (as it did last year in the WSB Forums). Interested in those topics, or anything else happening in the Alki/Beach Drive area? Be at the next Alki Community Council meeting – third Thursdays, 7 pm, Alki UCC Church (62nd/Hinds).

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Admiral Neighborhood Association toplines: Saturday’s Adopt-A-Street cleanup welcomes you! Plus, traffic-signal update, more… http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/admiral-neighborhood-association-toplines-saturdays-adopt-a-street-cleanup-welcomes-you-plus-traffic-signal-update-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/admiral-neighborhood-association-toplines-saturdays-adopt-a-street-cleanup-welcomes-you-plus-traffic-signal-update-more/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:11:33 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285401 Live/work in Admiral? Tomorrow you can join the Admiral Neighborhood Association‘s quarterly Adopt-A-Street cleanup, with rewards – treats before/after from the Admiral Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor). Meet your fellow volunteers outside the store at 9 am Saturday. Don’t worry about bringing bags or equipment – it’s all provided. Young volunteers welcome, too.

The Adopt-A-Street cleanup is part of what was on the agenda at this past Tuesday’s ANA meeting. Centerpiece item: The long-requested, soon-to-be-installed 47th/Admiral traffic signal.

Toplines from that discussion, and more, ahead:

47TH/ADMIRAL SIGNAL UPDATE: As announced three weeks ago, design is done and construction will start this fall. SDOT sent a delegation to ANA’s meeting for an update and Q/A about the long-requested signal. No start date set yet, explained Maribel Cruz, because they haven’t even chosen a contractor yet. But it’s definitely on the horizon, reiterated Dongho Chang, who said SDOT’s been listening to feedback and incorporating it into the plan – he noted that, given the nature of the intersection, this is a serious challenge.

Most of the attendees’ questions involved parking spaces and which lane would be able to turn which way. Street parking by Alki Mail and Dispatch on the southwest side of the intersection will be reduced by one space. according to SDOT. As for lanes and signal operation, the priority will be to keep Admiral Way moving, and to ensure that no one turns off 47th into pedestrian paths, or onto Waite, while picking up speed. They’re aware that all possibilities won’t be foreseeable until the signal is built and running, but SDOT will be ready, Chang said, to adjust timings and whatever else needs to be tweaked.

For more project details and updates, watch SDOT’s official project page.

SUMMER CONCERTS AT HIAWATHA: This year’s highlight of the ANA-presented six-concert series (with sponsors including WSB) was the four-digit turnout for Caspar Babypants on July 31st. Competing against Seahawks games on two of the six Thursdays was a challenge, it was agreed.

The Admiral Neighborhood Association meets second Tuesdays, 7 pm, at The Sanctuary at Admiral (42nd/Lander), all welcome.

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Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights CC isn’t meeting tonight, but IS meeting with Highland Park AC, police on September 24th http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/wwrhah-isnt-meeting-tonight-but-is-meeting-with-hpac-police-on-september-24th/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/wwrhah-isnt-meeting-tonight-but-is-meeting-with-hpac-police-on-september-24th/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:04:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=284379 It’s September, and the community groups that took all or part of the summer off would usually be getting back to their normal schedules. But two of them have a different plan for this month. Tonight, the first Tuesday, would usually be the regular meeting night for Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council, but here’s what’s on the schedule instead, as announced by Joe Szilagyi:

One more month of a slightly different WWRHAH schedule!

No meeting tonight as we’ve mentioned — the next one will be a joint meeting with the Highland Park Action Committee at their meeting space on Wednesday, September 24 at 630 pm. This meeting will be dedicated to and focusing on Seattle Police across our two areas and South Delridge. Bring your questions — we’ll have all the key staff from the Southwest Precinct there!

Meeting: HPAC & WWRHAH joint SPD meeting
Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Time: 630 pm-830 pm
Location: Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Holden

Here’s the Facebook event if you want to join that or share it.

If you live in one of those areas and have concerns/questions for SPD, that meeting will be particularly crucial, as the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council has canceled its September meeting because of health challenges among its leadership.

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Summer Concerts at Hiawatha 2014 wrapup: ‘A big high-five’ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/summer-concerts-at-hiawatha-wrapup-a-big-high-five/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/summer-concerts-at-hiawatha-wrapup-a-big-high-five/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:52:02 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=284083 Thursday night was the last of this year’s six Summer Concerts at Hiawatha, presented for the sixth consecutive year by the Admiral Neighborhood Association, whose president David Whiting shares this wrap-up:

“A Big High-Five to Our Sponsors!”

The Admiral Neighborhood Association would like to thank all of our sponsors that contributed to make the Hiawatha Summer Concerts possible. We especially want to acknowledge Metropolitan Market, who, in addition to their support, handed out treats at every one of the six concerts. Christian Heilman, our sound engineer this summer, did a great job and we were fortunate to have his expertise.

Gold Sponsor
Metropolitan Market

Silver Sponsors
Associated Recreation Council
Bank of America
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate
The Cask
Curious Kidstuff
Emeritus Senior Living at Admiral Heights
Menchie’s Admiral
Ranger Chicken – Draper Valley Farms
Seattle Parks and Recreation
Weitzel Construction
West Seattle Blog

Bronze Sponsors
Alki Mail and Dispatch
Brent Amacher State Farm Insurance
Bob and Dawn Brown
Flower Lab
Head to Toe Day Spa
Little Gym of West Seattle
Kayle Shulenberger Speech Pathologist
Stuffed Cakes
Thunder Road Guitars
Wiseman Appliance

Nearly 3,000 people listened and danced to musical acts that ranged from rock, country, funk to kid friendly pop. If you enjoy concerts and similar community events your local neighborhood association or community council needs to hear from you. The West Seattle Blog announces all West Seattle community councils’ meetings and their activities. The ANA is planning a December holiday event and could use your participation. Learn more at our upcoming meeting, 7:00 pm Tuesday, September 9th, at The Sanctuary.

ANA launched the concert series in 2009, and we’re proud to have been a sponsor every year since the start.

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West Seattle Land Use Committee launches one week from tonight http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-land-use-committee-launches-one-week-from-tonight/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-land-use-committee-launches-one-week-from-tonight/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:17:00 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283026 After months of discussion, the West Seattle Land Use Committee is about to become reality. The seed was planted as local community-group leaders discussed the fact that there is no West Seattle-wide group looking at development and zoning/land-use issues – they only come up in response to/conjunction with particular projects. Other neighborhoods have land-use committees that get involved early on, so why not West Seattle, with so much growth and change? So here’s the agenda for the first meeting, set for next Wednesday (one week from tonight):

WEST SEATTLE LAND USE COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27 – 6:30 – 8:00

West Seattle Senior Center – Nelson Room – 4217 Southwest Oregon
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6:30 – Welcome and Introductions of Land Use Committee Members
*Introductions of attendees from the public

6:45 – Recap of the joint meeting of the Southwest District Council and the Delridge District Council – Sharonn, Vlad and Matt

7:00 – Additional issues to be added to the summary document – All

7:30 – Additional possible solutions to be added to the summary document – All

7:50 – Additional topics to be discussed at our next Land Use Committee meeting

8:00 – Adjourn

All are welcome. Helpful homework if you’re planning to be there – the official notes from last June’s joint meeting of the Southwest and Delridge District Councils with City Councilmember Mike O’Brien to talk land use:

We covered the meeting; our as-it-happened coverage is here.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Night Out 2014 parties in neighborhoods around West Seattle http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/happening-now-night-out-2014-in-neighborhoods-around-west-seattle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/happening-now-night-out-2014-in-neighborhoods-around-west-seattle/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 01:03:51 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=281634 FIRST REPORT, 6:03 PM: Night Out is on! We’re visiting block parties around West Seattle again this year and will add updates here. Since we can’t get to them all, we’d love one from yours if you care to share – editor@westseattleblog.com (or Twitter/Instagram, where the hashtag is #SeattleNightOut and we are at @westseattleblog) – thanks; updates ahead!

FIRST STOP, ARBOR HEIGHTS – in the block where we attended a Seattle Police Living-Room Conversation at Block Watch Captain JoDean Edelheit‘s home two years ago. (That’s JoDean in the back row, third from right.) This block is getting busier, as it’s near the undergoing-renovations future home of Westside School (WSB sponsor) at 34th/104th.

SECOND STOP, SUNRISE HEIGHTS: Carole invited us to stop by; her husband Michael is Block Watch Captain and has also recently gone through a round of preparedness training, so he’s leading the neighborhood in getting everybody organized to start working on a neighborhood plan. That’s why there’s preparedness info at their party:

They’re hoping not only to be, well, more prepared as a result, but also to inspire other neighborhoods. (Have we mentioned lately – lots of preparedness info at westseattlebeprepared.org, including the location of your nearest Emergency Communication Hub.)

7:20 PM UPDATE: Thanks to Marcia for tweeting this photo from her neighborhood’s party:

Via text, more preparedness, at 23rd and Cambridge, including this photo:

The texter (206-293-6302 any time!) says neighbor Patty Doty got a grant to “put together emergency kits to distribute tonight to our neighbors!” Meantime, back onto our travels:

OUR THIRD STOP, GATEWOOD: Sue‘s neighborhood has an annual “flags of all nations” display:

The biggest flag there in the middle synergizes with the sign – the flag is for Hawaii, the sign says No Ka Oi (Hawaiian for “is the best”) Party. We also discovered while visiting that Jeff is an award-winning amateur winemaker:

As we continue our travels, we’re noting MANY side streets closed off for block parties – way to go! And closing streets takes some logistics – and signage:

OUR FOURTH STOP, HANSEN VIEW: The sign above is from Hansen View just south of The Mount, where Night Out always means a big party. Including bluegrass band The Mighty Fallen.

We just missed visiting firefighters. Lots of neighbors having a great time!

Hansen View is home neighborhood to West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network leaders Deb Greer and Karen Berge, who we’ll see again – and you should come too! – at Delridge Day this Saturday. Meantime, a photo texted from Gatewood:

The band is Woodland, playing near 35th and Rose – thanks for the photo!

OUR FIFTH STOP, FAIRMOUNT: We were leaving Hansen View, headed to Junction Plaza Park (stop #6), when we noticed two Seattle Fire vehicles at a block party, so we pulled over, and got a group shot including the visiting firefighters:

This is Fairmount, south of The Triangle, not to be confused with Fairmount Park or Fairmount Springs. Then it was north to …

OUR SIXTH STOP, JUNCTION PLAZA PARK: The re-activated Junction Neighborhood Organization threw a party in the park … we didn’t arrive until it was almost over, but caught the small spirited group that remained:

West Seattle Bike Connections joined JuNO for the party. Police and fire had visited earlier too, as had City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, who was making West Seattle rounds. JuNO had water balloons, too … now THAT is a party. JuNO’s director René Commons says they hope next Night Out will bring their SECOND annual party in the park.

ADDED 9:23 PM – OUR SEVENTH AND FINAL STOP, SEAVIEW: 5900 block of 44th and vicinity – thanks to Kelli for inviting us. A 1970 El Camino was a canvas for chalk art:

Heather from Sparklez Face and Body Art was creating art too:

And the group:

(added) WE STOPPED HERE TOO: Thanks to Sarah for kindly pointing out in comments that we had neglected to publish anything from one of our stops, 6000 block of 37th – and this was actually the first invite we’ve received, from Aaron. Found the pic!

(back to Tuesday night in-progress report) Next: Photos from the inbox – thanks for sharing! First:

That’s from Steve at 16th and Trenton. One block over, at 15th and Trenton, a party photo from Chris:

Next, from Leslie on Canada Drive SW:

Tweeted by Jason in Admiral:


Lots of kid activities at tonight’s parties. Even a bouncy house in Belvidere, on 36th SW – thanks for this e-mailed photo:

Further south on 36th SW, here’s the group photo from Jenny‘s neighborhood (“between Findlay and Brandon, best block EVER!” she declared):

Also very proud of their block:

We love our neighborhood and thought you might like a glimpse of our amazing gathering. 61st Ave SW – between Hinds and Spokane St.

Mary Pyper and Janinne Brunyee, Block Watch Co-Captains

Pigeon Point always has a big bash, and Pete Spalding shared photos – here he is with Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Steve Wilske:

Deputy Chief Mike Washburn also stopped by, as did a Seattle Fire engine:

But neighborhood mingling remained the big draw, as it was with parties from north to south, east to west:

Next, we head all the way to the other end of West Seattle – Jim Edwards of West Seattle Big Band and West Seattle Grand Parade fame shares a photo from North Shorewood:

A first-time event in North Shorewood on 102nd SW. The west end of the block is the City of Seattle. The east end of the block, unincorporated King County. From 28th SW to 30th SW. We are also participating in an informal radio net with the West Seattle Radio Club.

Next year … maybe a band appearance? If you live out that way, keep watch for flyers next summer! Heading back north, to Gatewood again, Long B. Nguyen photographed his SW Portland neighbors:

From the 6300 block of 41st SW, Fairmount Springs vicinity, Jenny explains the next photo as “not everyone at our block party, but still a picture of neighbors enjoying each other.”

From the 3400 block of Belvidere Avenue, Erika shares a photo of the youngest neighbors, noting, “We had another fantastic night of community gathering with our neighbors and the gang of kiddos had so much fun riding bikes and scooters, as well as jumping in a bouncy house! We love National Night Out and look forward to it all year!”

From 46th SW between Walker and Hill in North Admiral, a photo texted earlier in the night:

And from Rutan Place SW, John shares a photo of his well-attended block party:

ADDED WEDNESDAY MORNING: Two more – first, from Diane, the late crowd on 45th SW between Alaska and Edmunds:

The block party had double this amount in attendance earlier, with games, bubbles, a balloon artist, & sidewalk chalk for the kids. Most had headed home by this late hour to get little ones to bed and missed the photo. The block party also had 2 musicians who sang for them through the evening, accompanied with a guitar and double bass cello. A great block party for 45th Street!

And Don‘s neighborhood in Fairmount Springs had visitors who brought goodies – the Ben & Jerry‘s truck that’s making Seattle rounds this month:

Thanks again for sharing glimpses of awesome West Seattle neighborhoods.

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Night Out tomorrow in West Seattle: Junction Neighborhood Organization plans party in the park http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/night-out-tomorrow-in-west-seattle-junction-neighborhood-organization-plans-party-in-the-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/night-out-tomorrow-in-west-seattle-junction-neighborhood-organization-plans-party-in-the-park/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 16:31:48 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=281491 Live in The Junction? There’s a “block party” for you tomorrow night during Night Out. René Commons from the local community council, the Junction Neighborhood Organization, shares the announcement:

JuNO – The junction Neighborhood Organization is staging the First Annual JuNO Neighborhood Night Out Block party at Junction Plaza Park. The event is open to all and we are looking for talented musicians from the neighborhood to perform in the park. JuNO will be roasting hot dogs – kosher and vegan – and staging contests. This is a potluck and we are asking people to bring a side dish or dessert. We will have tents set up and will feature information on crime prevention and emergency preparedness.

Neighborhood Night Out at the Park welcomes all to show their neighborhood STYLE:

Best Hat
Best Dressed Dog
Best Kids costume
Best Decorated Bike (Yay! We have a bike corral in the Junction!)
Best Yodel

Adult Balloon Toss
Kids Balloon Toss

Open call to all neighborhood musicians, dancers and magicians to perform; please contact event coordinators!!!
Looking for volunteers to help set up and stage games

Event Contact: Lilah Gael – lilahgael@gmail.com – & René Commons – wsjuno@yahoo.com

The park is on the northwest corner of 42nd and Alaska. Any other neighborhoods having a party open to those beyond the immediate block, let us know - editor@westseattleblog.com – thanks!

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Speed cams, school-zone beacons, ‘pedestrian zoning’ and more @ this quarter’s Morgan Community Association meeting http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/speed-cams-school-zone-beacons-pedestrian-zoning-and-more-this-quarters-morgan-community-association-meeting/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/speed-cams-school-zone-beacons-pedestrian-zoning-and-more-this-quarters-morgan-community-association-meeting/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:56:31 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279615 Transportation issues dominated this quarter’s Morgan Community Association meeting – with information of interest beyond Morgan’s borders.

SPEED CAMS: In addition to the two new ones that will be activated on Roxbury (by Roxhill Elementary and Holy Family School) this fall, dozens of other locations remain under evaluation around the city, according to SDOT‘s Brian Dougherty. Since the first one to be activated in West Seattle is on Fauntleroy Way near Gatewood Elementary, and since a flashing (cameraless) beacon recently went in on California SW near Gatewood, Dougherty was asked if the latter location would likely get a speed camera. He said he thought that 35th SW by Our Lady of Guadalupe – frequently staked out by the flexible-location “speed van” – would be a more-likely priority for another West Seattle speed cam. Once there’s a new list of proposals, they would require City Council approval, and you’ll recall that the money generated by the cams is all slated to go to school-safety projects. One such project is in the works for the aforementioned Fauntleroy crossing by Gatewood, at Myrtle – bulbs to shorten the crossing.

FLASHING BEACONS ON FAUNTLEROY: Dougherty also mentioned that new flashing school-zone beacons will go up on Fauntleroy Way before newly expanded Fairmount Park Elementary reopens this fall, so look for that work soon.

The meeting included even more transportation info – regarding the Fauntleroy/California intersection – click ahead:

FAUNTLEROY/CALIFORNIA INTERSECTION: Grumbling about this intersection has increased since RapidRide launched, with bus bulbs and middle-of-the-street bumps to keep drivers from passing a stopped bus. But its “level of service” remains at an acceptable level, according to the SDOT reps who came to brief MoCA at its longstanding request. The information provided at last Wednesday’s meeting was from an analysis done last February-March. In the eastbound and westbound directions, the “level of service” is low – “D” – and there are issues the analysis likely didn’t take into account, the SDOT reps were told. Here is a table explaining what the letter grades for service levels mean:

One couple who live on 41st SW said drivers detour onto Holly, one long block south of Fauntleroy, and they think their intersection needs a traffic circle.

SAVING METRO SERVICE: MoCA remains concerned about Metro Transit cuts, and discussed area routes that remain on Metro’s potential chopping/trimming blocks – the 128, 21, 22 in particular. The group voted to send a letter in support of saving local service.

ANOTHER LETTER: The group also voted to sign on to a letter that the Coalition for an Affordable, Livable Seattle – a group raising concerns about development – is circulating. See it on the CALSeattle website.

PEDESTRIAN ZONE FOLLOWUP: Back in January, as reported here, MoCA was the first local community council to get a visit from the Department of Planning and Development‘s Aly Pennucci, who has been working on potential zoning changes for business districts, to make them more pedestrian-friendly. In all, she recapped, the City Council asked that 60 areas around the city be studied. After outreach and feedback, she said, Morgan Junction residents seemed to be making it clear they did not want the potential rezoning. The overall plan is getting some changes that might address concerns, Pennucci said, and the area “meets many of the qualifications and qualities” of the zoning, but since the community doesn’t want it, she said her inclination will be to NOT recommend one for Morgan. However, she qualified, DPD will only be making a recommendation to the mayor and council, so she can’t say for sure what will happen. DPD’s “revised analysis” will be published by September, she said, and this could go to the council by year’s end.

More quick notes from the quarterly meeting:

BUSINESS ASSOCIATION? Morgan businesses may be interested in organizing themselves into a business association. Not an easy thing to create and maintain, as Admiral learned, it was noted.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENT FOR CHURCH PROPERTY TOWNHOMES: It’s moving on as of a City Council committee meeting. Next council consideration soon; here’s our most-recent mention.

STREET FUND PROPOSAL FOR CALIFORNIA/JUNEAU: Bicycle/Pedestrian improvements are potentially in the pipeline for California/Juneau. Final decision would be in the hands of mayor/council next fall.

6917 CALIFORNIA PROJECT: Appeal was withdrawn, settlement worked out.

COMMUNITY GROUPS IN THE PARADE: MoCA is one of the West Seattle community groups that walked in the July 19th West Seattle Grand Parade (which at the time of the meeting was still a few days away); see a photo in our fifth parade report.

VOLUNTEER CLEANUPS Friends of Morgan Junction Parks is still doing cleanups and planting (not in the heart of summer) including the triangle on the west side of Fauntleroy/Juneau.

WEST SEATTLE LAND USE COMMITTEE: Launch meeting, August 27th. (Still awaiting time/location.)

MORGAN COMMUNITY FESTIVAL: Great weather, great turnout, 45 vendors, kids’ activities, and even with food trucks on site and restaurants all around, West Seattle Thriftway‘s (WSB sponsor) barbecue benefit brought in a big donation for the festival. Date’s set for next year – Saturday, June 20, 2015. (See our as-it-happened coverage of this year’s festival here.)

The Morgan Community Association usually meets four times a year – January, April, July, October – track meeting dates and other information at morganjunction.org.

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Tonight’s calendar highlight: Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights CC http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/tonights-calendar-highlight-westwood-roxhill-arbor-heights-cc/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/tonights-calendar-highlight-westwood-roxhill-arbor-heights-cc/#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2014 17:08:52 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=275376 Thornton Creek did it – can Roxhill Bog do it too? That’s one of the neighborhood issues on the agenda for today’s featured calendar highlight, the Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council meeting. Live/work in any of those neighborhoods? Go check out WWRHAH at 6:15 pm, Southwest Branch Library (35th/Henderson). See the agenda in our calendar listing, and the calendar itself has many more events for today/tonight, including nightlife!

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Be part of this year’s Night Out! Signups, $ applications now open http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/be-part-of-this-years-night-out-signups-applications-now-open/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/be-part-of-this-years-night-out-signups-applications-now-open/#comments Fri, 30 May 2014 17:20:50 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=274928

(You don’t HAVE to have a bouncy toy, but Hillcrest does – 2010 WSB photo by Christopher Boffoli)
Be part of the year’s biggest night of block parties, the 30th annual Night Out, on Tuesday, August 5th. Sounds like a long way away, but our area’s SPD Crime Prevention Coordinator Mark Solomon sends word that registration is open NOW. If you sign up, you can close your street to traffic that night (provided you’re not on an arterial and a few other caveats) – go here as soon as you’re ready. Early party-planning also offers the chance to apply for a Department of Neighborhoods matching-fund grant – the deadline is June 23rd; find out about it here. More than 1,400 neighborhoods around Seattle had block parties last year – this year, join ‘em!

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Townhouse-rezone endorsement and more @ Morgan Community Association’s quarterly meeting http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/townhouse-rezone-endorsement-and-more-morgan-community-associations-quarterly-meeting/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/townhouse-rezone-endorsement-and-more-morgan-community-associations-quarterly-meeting/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:13:51 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=270722 By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The Morgan Community Association is now officially on the record as supporting the West Seattle Church of the Nazarene‘s proposed six-townhouse plan for land it owns south of the church and its parsonage at 42nd and Juneau.

The vote came at the end of last night’s meeting, after a return appearance by developer and area resident Joe Paar (above), who said he and the church – planning to sell the townhouses but retain ownership of “park” open space on the rest of the site – wanted MoCA’s blessing since they are about to take the first part of the rezoning proposal to the city. The room was full of church members/supporters, about triple MoCA’s usual turnout in the lower-level meeting area of The Kenney (WSB sponsor).

They had a multipage glossy color handout with renderings and Q/A on the project. (Previously, they set up a website.) A sign and painted-on-the-ground outlines are now set up, said Paar. He said they’re still working out where to put the park on the open space that will be left between the townhouses and 42nd SW. He said they’ve been designed to look like “Craftsman-style townhouses,” not the “modern” design that is prevalent in new construction today. The community will be asked to vote on color schemes.

He noted that he and church leadership already have made three appearances at MoCA and will be back often as the proposal proceeds – “you’re going to get sick of us.” A community garden and movie screen are proposed as part of the park section of the site. The project will require a zoning change, as noted previously. The townhouses will have a private porch transitioning into a semi-private yard, then a public path, and the community park area. Their garages won’t be connected to the homes – residents will have to walk to their homes, “which is intentional,” Paar said.

They propose 12 spaces of parking for the townhomes, in addition to 11 parking spaces for the church. The biggest townhomes will have 2 bedrooms and 2 baths in addition to basement space that could be used for a bedroom or office. It was reiterated that these will be sold, not rented, townhomes on fee-simple land. “Would somebody be allowed to buy them for an investment and rent them out?” an attendee asked. “That’s not what we’re looking to sell these for,” said Parr. The church retains ownership of the “park” portion of the land, as well as the parsonage house between the “park” site and the church building.

One attendee said “I commend you on how these buildings look; the buildings they’re building now, they look terrible.” Parr reiterated that he lives nearby and he was afraid a “bad-guy developer would get a hold of the site and build something (we didn’t want to see).”

He outlined a timeline:

*May 2014 – rezoning proposal going to City Council
*May 2015 – response expected from council
*Construction not expected until 2016 or even 2017

It’s a two-step rezoning process, he said, and it requires community support. So far, he says, they have 33 letters from neighbors voicing support, but they all but pleaded for MoCA’s support. The brochure they circulated even included a public accounting of what the church would do with the expected $760,000 revenue, including $200,000 work on the church’s exterior.

MoCA president Deb Barker stressed that the comprehensive-plan amendment being proposed here to facilitate a contract-rezone proposal would only affect the lots on the site. And Parr noted that what they were presenting involves the public benefit they would be required to provide. MoCA’s Eldon Olson said the “park” portion of the site – which would be open to the public but remain church-owned – was attractive, as urban areas are supposed to have more of those.

In the end, MoCA went on the record as voting unanimously to support the comprehensive-plan amendment proposed to change the zoning from single-family to Lowrise 1 on the site. Since MoCA allows anyone present to vote, those who came to show support were part of the vote too.

Earlier in the meeting:

LAND-USE INFO: Cindi Barker from the MoCA board (no relation to president Deb) led this discussion – it’s become an increasing specialty of hers, tracking “what the city is proposing that we believe is going to affect our neighborhood.” She mentioned two projects, 6917 California and 5949 California, which “woke people up to (the fact that) you can build stuff in places and not require parking any more.” Now, MoCA is among the groups getting involved BEFORE rule changes are finalized – and next one up (as reported again here last Friday) involves new rules for microhousing, “to standardize so that when developers say they want to put microhousing in, the neighbors understand what’s about to show up in their landscape … It’s time to get involved if you’re interested in (this).” She explained that microhousing is defined as buildings with “up to eight sleeping rooms around a centralized kitchen.” She said that’s based on the fact that a house can have up to eight unrelated people living in it, under city rules. She mentioned that tomorrow, there’s a City Council committee briefing; May 19th, a public hearing; June is when the council might vote on whether to make it law.

MoCA has not yet taken a position on it; Barker said she’s still going through it, but key points include the fact microhousing would be allowed in “any area zoned lowrise”; she noted that she has talked to someone paying $1100 for a 250-square-foot studio in another part of the city, so this isn’t cheap housing, but on the other hand, that person gets to live in the area where they want to live. But she exhorted people to go in and read through the legislation. (Find the city’s docs and other info by going here.)

Pedestrian zoning: Barker mentioned DPD staffer Aly Pennucci‘s briefing at the last MoCA meeting regarding these possible changes for certain business district. MoCA has “gone through the pros and cons” and has found “hidden things … that we just gotta ferret out,” so they’ve come up with six conditions before they would think about considering one of these zones here. For one, they don’t like the city proposal that this zoning wouldn’t allow lawyers and other service professional, nor the barring of businesses such as gas stations. The city is “shooting for one size fits all” but that won’t necessarily work for Morgan, she said. The ped zoning also would mean that if Thriftway, for example, ever went out, building would be required on that site. The lack of a parking requirement was also troubling, she said – it doubles how much building space would be exempted. And they would want to see some kind of funding mechanism – preferably from developers – for the mandated features such as bike racks; right now, she said, weather overhangs are the only amenities that developers have to provide. She also says they’re looking for more clarification on the floor-area ratio part of the proposal. MoCA voted in favor of sending a letter to DPD and City Council, not necessarily to voice support or opposition, but: “This is the start of a dialogue.”

Height in low-rise zones: MoCA also sent a letter about this; the legislation isn’t out yet, but they’re hoping for a fix to the height-determining changes that suddenly found five-story buildings allowed in zones that had been three-story max. “As daunting and mind-numbing as land use is, it’s the thing that affects you … it’s all around you. Right now the city is entering into a comprehensive-plan-update process,” president Deb Barker reminded – “taking us out to 2035.”

CAL SEATTLE: Deb Barker talked about the letter this new group is asking other organizations to endorse. She has signed it as an individual citizen; others are invited to sign it (go to calseattle.wordpress.com to read it, which Barker did, aloud, at tonight’s meeting after it seemed few in attendance had familiarized themselves with it ahead of time). Here’s an excerpt, what the group is asking for:

1) institute a system of development impact fees to ensure that developers pay their fair share of the costs of growth on our transportation network, utilities, parks, and schools;

2) approve rules requiring every developer to replace, one-for-one, low income housing they remove with low income units of equivalent size;

3) adopt rules and allocate funds to help tenants buy and ‘co-op’ their apartments before they’re sold to speculators or demolished;

4) approve new zoning rules that prevent out-of-scale development in all lowrise and single family zones;

5) adopt new budgeting that guarantees “equitable distribution” of tax dollars to all Seattle neighborhoods and newly created council districts; and prevents misallocation of the city’s general funds into downtown and special interest boondoggles; and

6) adopt stiff regulations protecting our declining older growth tree canopy and fragile urban streams.

The group debuted at the city’s Neighborhood Summit a week and a half ago (as mentioned in our coverage of the summit), handing out flyers with its manifesto and URL. MoCA tabled further discussion of a possible group endorsement until its next meeting. The group is having an organizational meeting on the 30th, it was noted.

SDOT UPDATE ON CALIFORNIA/FAUNTLEROY: Mike Ward from the Seattle Department of Transportation came to talk about California/Fauntleroy, post-RapidRide work (for which he was the project manager). It was late summer 2012 when the changes were largely complete; since then, Ward says, some traffic counts have been ordered for the intersection – they were requested in October but he said he just learned it hadn’t been done; asked by an attendee how that happened, Ward said there were a variety of reasons but he took the blame for not following up. (They’re looking to evaluate the “level of service” is graded A-E, good through clogged; last check 2009-2010, he said, was C to D in both peak periods.) He promised to have that information by MoCA’s next meeting in July. Ward also mentioned that Metro has been checking the California/Alaska signal timing for possible tweaks. He was asked about the new sounds at California/Fauntleroy; that wasn’t part of Ward’s project but he’ll inquire.

MURRAY CSO PROJECT UPDATE: King County’s Doug Marsano was back with an update on the combined-sewer-overflow-control storage-tank project across from Lowman Beach Park. The “soil-nail wall” is what’s in progress right now; that work will continue into early May, and will be followed by shoring work, required since the groundwater is high at the site. “Secant piles” will be installed through the summer, and then excavation for the tank itself will begin. Projected completion date: September 2016. Asked how Barton Pump Station (north of the Fauntleroy ferry dock) is doing, Marsano mentioned that most of the work will be complete this summer, ahead of schedule.

FRIENDS OF MORGAN JUNCTION PARKS: “It’s the season again,” as Tod Rodman noted – so May 4th, with the help of Peace Lutheran Church, they’ll be having a work party – 10:30 am; it’ll be followed by mulching at 11 am May 11th at the biggest Morgan park. Watch the MoCA website (and our calendar) for more details.

WEST SEATTLE TRANSPORTATION COALITION: On behalf of the organization for which she is an interim board member, Deb Barker talked about the WSTC’s endorsement of Proposition 1, “with some caveats.” Voting deadline, attendees were reminded, is Tuesday (April 22nd). Another interim board member who’s part of MoCA, Rodman, stood up and said that without passage, a lot of bus service “will disappear – we’ll still have the C Line and Route 21 here in West Seattle, but that’s about it … please understand that if you vote no or don’t vote and this doesn’t pass, we’re in a world of hurt.”

SIDEWALK-CAFE APPLICATION FOR THE BRIDGE: Deb Barker mentioned the comment period under way now for the proposal at The Bridge (California/Graham), 8 tables. The deadline is next Tuesday (April 22nd); here’s how to comment.

MoCA WEBSITE RENOVATION: If you have a business or organization in the Morgan area, reach out to MoCA so you can link to its renovated website, where you’ll find community news, meeting agendas, e-mail addresses, and more.

EMERGENCY HUBS DRILL: Cindi Barker updated the group about a 9 am-noon Saturday, May 17, drill – “the scenario was picked before Oso,” a lahar – the “ash flow after a volcanic explosion.” Two West Seattle hubs will join up in Ercolini Park and actors (you’ll get a script) are needed to portray people who might arrive at the hub looking for help. More info at morganjunction.org.

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Photos/updates: The city’s Neighborhood Summit @ Seattle Center http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/happening-now-the-citys-neighborhood-summit-seattle-center/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/happening-now-the-citys-neighborhood-summit-seattle-center/#comments Sat, 05 Apr 2014 16:14:14 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=269666

(Photos by WSB co-publisher Patrick Sand)

FIRST REPORT, 9:14 AM: We’re just arriving at Seattle Center to check out the Neighborhood Summit (agenda here) that’s a fulfillment of one of Mayor Ed Murray‘s campaign promises – under way at the Exhibition Hall (3rd/Mercer) until 1 pm.

(Video feed no longer active but keeping box as a placeholder for archived video Monday)
We’ll be adding some photos and updates, but for starters, clicking the “play” button above should take you to live coverage from Seattle Channel, including remarks from the mayor before 9:30 or so. If you’re there and posting to social-media channels, #SNS2014 is the hashtag. More to come.

10:03 AM UPDATE: We’ve been here for about 45 minutes. The mayor has spoken, stressing that this isn’t a self-contained event, but meant to be “the beginning of the conversation.” Here’s a 15-second Instagram video clip we took, panning the space here at the Exhibition Hall, as he spoke:

We’ve seen West Seattleites from Admiral, Arbor Heights, Fairmount, Genesee, Morgan, North Delridge, Pigeon Point, Westwood; we’ve seen South Park’ers. We’ll have a photo gallery later; we’ve put up cameraphone pix on our Twitter feed at twitter.com/westseattleblog (you should be able to see it even if you don’t use Twitter – that’s the web address). There IS password-free wi-fi here, and it seems to work pretty well.

10:32 AM UPDATE: Former City Councilmember Jim Street (above, at podium on the stage, with the mayor at left) is speaking and taking Q/A; most of those who’ve spoken seem to have issues more for current councilmembers – including land use – microhousing and rowhouses have come up. Now, a question about crime/public safety, which Street again can’t answer as he’s not a current councilmember. (Maybe the council should have been here. If they are, we haven’t seen them yet.)

11:34 AM UPDATE: We had to leave midway through, but coverage continues in the video window above (currently, it’s a discussion about the search for a new SDOT director) and on Twitter. Re: council presence, the mayor subsequently mentioned Councilmember Sally Bagshaw was there – not surprising since she chairs the Seattle Public Utilities and Neighborhoods Committee – and there was a Twitter mention of Councilmember Tom Rasmussen.

The first declared candidate for the West Seattle-specific City Council seat in next year’s elections (District 1), Chas Redmond, was there too (above right, with North Delridge’s Dorsol Plants at left).

12:23 PM UPDATE: Mayor is giving closing remarks (it’s open another half-hour, but speeches/discussions are ending onstage) and says more than 600 people participated in person, in addition to others online or watching the stream. He also gives a shoutout to Kathy Nyland, who put it together.

5:26 PM: Finally getting a chance to add our photos – interspersed above and below.

Above, Amanda Leonard and Holli Margell from North Delridge. Next, Sharonn Meeks from Fairmount and Cindi Barker from Morgan:

Cindi was also there for official “peer networking” regarding preparedness. Next, SPD’s crime-prevention coordinator for the Southwest (and South) Precinct, Mark Solomon:

Next, Jim Cavin from Admiral and Mary Fleck from the West Seattle Green Space Coalition:

Below, from left, Amanda Kay Helmick and Joe Szilagyi from WWRHAH and the West Seattle Transportation Coalition, with Deb Barker from Morgan:

Pete Spalding from Pigeon Point:

She’s not from West Seattle but much WS-related information has been shared over the years on the Seattle Schools Community Forum website by Melissa Westbrook:

(A few more to add – stand by)

Meantime, here are a few links potentially of interest:

-“Live blog” coverage by city staff, with notes, curated tweets (including a couple of ours) and photos

-Coalition for an Affordable Living Seattle was handing out flyers outside, headed “Developer impact fees now! Growth controls now!” with a URL that isn’t working, but we found them online here

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Going to the city’s Neighborhood Summit? See the agenda http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/going-to-the-citys-neighborhood-summit-see-the-agenda/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/going-to-the-citys-neighborhood-summit-see-the-agenda/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:35:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=269332 This Saturday at Seattle Center‘s Exhibition Hall (Mercer/3rd), Mayor Ed Murray hosts the “Neighborhood Summit” he promised to have within 100 days of taking office. If you’re thinking of going, the agenda is now available so you can make up your mind – or, if you know you’re going, you can preplan how to spend the four hours. See it here. Child care and light refreshments are promised; we see at least one West Seattle name on the list of “peer networking” participants – Cindi Barker, community-preparedness guru, who has provided lots of info here on WSB to help you get prepared. The summit’s scheduled 9 am-1 pm on Saturday, though the agenda looks conducive to dropping in for just part of it if you can’t commit to that entire time frame.

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Pedestrian changes for business districts? City survey extended http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/pedestrian-changes-for-business-districts-city-survey-extended/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/pedestrian-changes-for-business-districts-city-survey-extended/#comments Mon, 31 Mar 2014 23:10:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=269240 Almost every local community council got a visit in recent months from Aly Pennucci of the city Department of Planning and Development regarding potential changes in “pedestrian zoning” for business districts As part of the city’s comment-gathering, an online survey was made available. Community leaders just got word that the survey has been extended for another month – so if you haven’t taken it yet, go here. It’ll ask you first about a specific “region” – West Seattle is in the south region, so start there; next screen will ask you about specific zones. Our first coverage of this issue during a local community-council meeting was at the Morgan Community Association‘s meeting in January.

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Admiral Neighborhood Association: Adopt-A-Street tomorrow; new meeting location http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/admiral-neighborhood-association-adopt-a-street-tomorrow-new-meeting-location/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/admiral-neighborhood-association-adopt-a-street-tomorrow-new-meeting-location/#comments Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:22:38 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=266968 News from the Admiral Neighborhood Association:

ADOPT-A-STREET CLEANUP TOMORROW: Join ANA on Saturday morning by the main entrance of Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor), 9 am, to help clean up nearby streets. As noted by ANA president David Whiting in the announcement, “As always beverages, refreshments and sack lunches are provided, as well as gloves and tools.” So all you have to bring is yourself! (Youth helpers welcome, too.)

MEETINGS MOVE TO THE SANCTUARY: After years of meeting in the basement at Admiral Congregational Church, ANA is moving its regular meeting site starting this month. Meetings will now be at The Sanctuary at Admiral (northeast corner of 42nd/Lander), starting next Tuesday (March 11th), 7 pm. Speaking of which:

TUESDAY’S AGENDA: Pedestrian retail zoning – a topic at several other local community-group meetings this winter – will be discussed, along with the WSHS “Steps at Stevens” pedestrian-connection project.

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