West Seattle Blog... » Neighborhoods http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sat, 25 Oct 2014 07:06:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Morgan Community Association: Digging; rezoning; park expanding… http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/morgan-community-association-digging-rezoning-park-expanding/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/morgan-community-association-digging-rezoning-park-expanding/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 04:07:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288803 Tonight’s fall-quarter meeting of the Morgan Community Association drew more than 20 people to the basement meeting area at The Kenney (WSB sponsor) and covered a wide range of topics, as usual:

MURRAY CSO PROJECT UPDATE: Excavation is going “fast and furious,” said Hannah from King County Wastewater Treatment, as the space for the million-gallon combined-sewer-overflow-storage tank is dug across from Lowman Beach Park. It’s about halfway to its expected depth – 30 of 60 feet – she said. It’s still likely to be completed by early November, which means up to eight truckloads per hour, plus the added Saturday work that started just last weekend.

They acknowledged the concerns about the haul routes; “we’ve done our very best to make sure the truck drivers are sticking to this haul route” but some new drivers have wound up on other routes. “If you ever see a truck that gives you concern off our designated haul route, call our hotline as soon as you can” – that’s a 24-hour hotline that will reach a live person, – and they will get the crew to get word to the drivers to stick to that route, she said. Another concern: Trucks idling along Lincoln Park Way as they wait to get filled. “We’ve been working closely with drivers in our team to address that,” asking drivers to turn off their ignition if they expect to be in place for more than a few minutes. How to tell if it’s a Murray CSO project truck? Double dump trucks branded CTI, ProUSA, C&E, or A-1, and they’re supposed to be covered.

In Q/A, the nighttime work from last weekend was asked about; the test results for those pipes showed “everything is fine, no problems,” said county reps.

REZONING REQUEST FOR CHURCH’S TOWNHOUSE PROJECT: The proposal for six townhouses on some of the land owned by the West Seattle Church of the Nazarene at 42nd/Juneau is moving forward, and is right now in the process of City Council review for amending the city Comprehensive Plan so that zoning on the site would allow the project – it’s single family now, and needs to be multi-family for the church to advance the project, which it hopes will raise money it needs for renovations. Lots of red tape, is the bottom line. MoCA president Deb Barker explained that there is language in the city documents that needs to be reviewed. Copies of a document with language from the existing neighborhood plan were circulated. The language needs to be drafted in a specific way that would only open the door for this zoning change on this site – so that it won’t open the door to other projects in the future that might not be carefully crafted to win community approval. Lots of ideas were thrown out; Deb Barker welcomes contact from anyone in the community interested in continuing the work, with a special meeting about it penciled in for November 20th. MoCA leaders stressed this language change has to be a community effort, not just their group’s board.

MORGAN JUNCTION PARK EXPANSION: MoCA board member Cindi Barker shared an update from Seattle Parks, saying it’s working on relocating the businesses that are on the now-city-owned expansion site north of the current park (mini-mart and cleaners), and on getting permits for demolishing those buildings once the businesses are out.

LITTLE FREE LIBRARY IN MJ PARK? MoCA talked about putting one up in the park, but solicited volunteer/donated help to make it happen. First, Joe Paar, developer of the aforementioned church/townhomes project, volunteered to build it. Design, maintenance, and other help will be mustered. (Want to help? Contact MoCA.)

CITY GRANT TO REVAMP SIDEWALKS: MoCA has been applying for one of the city’s grant for years to fix up the sidewalks on California south of Fauntleroy – and “we won, we got the money!” But not quite all the money they were looking for, and the city didn’t grant funding to cover the full scope of what was sought – just the California/Fauntleroy corner by Starbucks. They will get $90,000 and need $15,000 more. Maybe a business could partner with them and donate that sum? it was suggested.

FRIENDS OF MORGAN JUNCTION PARKS: Barry White recapped the work that FoMJP, with the assistance of Peace Lutheran Church volunteers, has been doing in park parcels from MJ Park north of Beveridge Place Pub to the triangles on Fauntleroy Way (by Morgan/42nd, and further north at SW Juneau). You can keep up with FoMJP activities via its Facebook page – including the 2-4 pm work party on Saturday, November 1st.

PEDESTRIAN RETAIL ZONE? MoCA was the first community group to hear a presentation about this city-rezoning initiative, back in January. Because of feedback, it’s expected no zoning change will be recommended for Morgan Junction when the city Department of Planning and Development comes out with its citywide plan.

MORGAN JUNCTION COMMUNITY FESTIVAL: Next June will be the 10th annual festival, and the financial/community-support results of this past June’s 9th annual edition were recapped at the meeting: 40 vendors, 14 sponsors, 7 patrons (higher-support-level sponsors), 7 financial donors, and 3 food trucks. The festival finished in the black – more income than outgo – announced treasurer Eldon Olson. One key requirement, next year and every year: Volunteer help is vital and needed, president Deb Barker said.

COMMITTEES: MoCA is setting up several, including one to decide what to do with targeted-for-nonprofits money from part of the agreement related to the “30-units, no-parking” project on California SW, and one to nominate new officers (Chas Redmond will be stepping down as vice president and Eldon Olson will be relinquishing the treasurer position), though that one had no takers, for starters.

WEST SEATTLE LAND USE COMMITTEE: MoCA president Deb Barker invited all to join in on the new committee as it continues to take shape. Its third meeting will be one week from tonight, October 22nd, 6:30 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle (Oregon/California).

PEOPLE’S ACADEMY FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: MoCA board member Chas Redmond extolled the merits of this leadership-/community-action-training program – not in West Seattle, but open to all interested, when a new round of classes starts next spring. Find out more here. (Redmond served on last year’s advisory board for the program.)

WEST SEATTLE GATEWAY: MoCA heard from Chris Loeffler, who said he is going around talking to community groups about cleaning up the “gateway to West Seattle” area – beyond the “Walking on Logs” area, which has been watched over by the volunteer group that MoCA president Deb Barker has been involved with. It will take a lot of help, and probably some fundraising too, but right now Loeffler is just in the testing-the-waters phase.

LAST MEETING OF THE YEAR: Since MoCA meets quarterly, its next meeting won’t be until January 2015. Keep an eye on morganjunction.org for updates in the meantime.

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Gunfire suspect now in jail and other investigation updates at tonight’s Admiral Neighborhood Association meeting http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/gunfire-suspect-now-in-jail-and-other-investigation-updates-top-tonights-admiral-neighborhood-association-meeting/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/gunfire-suspect-now-in-jail-and-other-investigation-updates-top-tonights-admiral-neighborhood-association-meeting/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 04:08:25 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288700

(October 9 photo by Christopher Boffoli; suspect Daren Atwood at center, khaki pants)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The man arrested after last Thursday’s gunfire incident near Fairmount Ravine was booked into jail this evening and is charged with a misdemeanor.

That case topped crime updates from Southwest Precinct Community Police Team Officer Jon Flores during tonight’s Admiral Neighborhood Association meeting, held at Hiawatha Community Center (a last-minute move because of a conflict at regular venue The Sanctuary at Admiral).

We had been checking on the suspect’s status; as reported during our coverage on Thursday, he was initially taken to Harborview for a 72-hour mental evaluation. That has since ended and as of this evening, King County Jail records confirm that the suspect, 30-year-old Admiral resident Daren Atwood, is there, charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm, a gross misdemeanor. No bail amount is listed on the jail register so far, but Atwood is due in the city’s Mental Health Court tomorrow, according to online records.

Ahead: Other crime incidents/issues discussed at the meeting, plus two other major topics, including presentations on both preschool-related measures you’ll see on the November 4th ballot:

OTHER CRIME/SAFETY UPDATES: Officer Flores began with stats: Over the past 2 months, Admiral area has had two strong-arm robberies, last week’s firearms incident, five residential burglaries, one non-residential burglary (at the Shell station), three car prowls, three auto thefts.

Regarding the first of the two strong-arm robberies, August 18th outside the 41st/Admiral Starbucks, there’s been one arrest (out of three suspects), according to Officer Flores, with charges either filed or pending. Regarding the October 4th attack/robbery in Hiawatha Park – “one of the issues here – 911 was not called immediately, so by the time officers were dispatched, about 25 minutes had elapsed – the victims made their way home.” He said multiple officers made “area checks” but didn’t find anyone specific, yet it remains “an active and open investigation … (with) at least one potential lead.” The attackers were believed to be young adults – late teens, early 20s, past high-school age, he said in reply to a question of whether they might have been high-school students.

One other major crime/safety topic – people hanging out/living under the Admiral Bridge. For one, Officer Flores said, while he was part of the containment during last Thursdays’ gunfire incident, he was approached by many people who “thought it was the people under the bridge,” though, as noted above, the suspect turned out to be a local resident.

Police and other city departments are working on strategies including, he said, “We are working toward being able to close off those sorts of structures – bridges – to (people)” – getting some signage in the area (which doesn’t have any right now) – “it will allow for active enforcement. .. There isn’t any reason for people to be under that bridge, unless you’re a structural engineer.”

Side note: During one recent cleanup of the area, a unique collection of potential stolen property was found – a bag with four binders full of near-mint-condition sports trading cards “one you knew someone was missing” – dating back into ’70s, ’80s. Officer Flores said the cards were taken to the SPD Evidence Unit ‘and hopefully we can find owner of that property.”

PRESCHOOL MEASURE PRESENTATIONS: Heather Weiner, a supporter of Proposition 1A, said it is on the ballot “against” 1B despite supporters’ wishes that the two weren’t pitted against each other. She said she is “not a big critic” of 1B – “we had wanted voters to be able to vote yes-yes.” What 1A does, she says, is “address the larger child-care crisis … your average single woman in King County pays more than half her income in child care. That’s a really big issue over the quality of the care she might choose and whether she chooses to stay at work.” It comes down to high turnover because teachers have not-so-high wages, which Weiner said is “detrimental to children.” The proposal deals with wages and training that would deal with issues such as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and recognizing child abuse, she said. The $3 million/year cost could come from a surplus in the already-approved city Families and Education Levy or from the city seeking grants, Weiner said.

For Proposition 1B, campaign manager Austin Miller started by listing supporters/endorsers. “After taking a look at both plans, (supporters) recognized that only 1B creates high-quality preschool” and would help to close the achievement gap. He said that 1B has its own funding, a four-year property tax. Holly Miller (no relation) said that she is here on her own time though her day job is running the city Office of Education. She said this sets up a 4-year “demonstration project,” learning from the mistakes of Boston, for example, which, she said was too ambitious in its first three years. “Start slow” was the advice they received, she said. The program will be serving 2,000 children in 100 classrooms around the city by the end of its fourth year, she said. The measure requires teachers to have a certain level of credentials but also offers money to help them achieve that level, she said. And she listed “social and emotional support” for students and families in the program. By the end of the four years, she said, they think the funding picture for the program might look different because of grant availability from other sources. (She also said Weiner’s claim of a Families and Education Levy surplus was inaccurate.)

Asked how the participants will be chosen, 1B advocate Holly Miller said criteria will include neighborhoods of low-academic-achievement schools, concentrations of low-income families and/or English language learners, but “in building the classroom, we would want to make sure there were children” from mixed-income levels. The plan is still being drawn up, she said.

You can read both measures on the King County Elections website – note the very specific request for you to say whether one should be enacted into law, and then if one IS, which one – watch for your ballot to arrive later this week.

(Added: Prop 1A’s Weiner sent related documents including this one about how it would be paid for.)

HOLIDAY EVENT: ANA is planning a big community holiday event for noon-4 pm December 7th at The Sanctuary, and they’re hoping for help with planning. Photos with Santa Claus, chorus/musical entertainment, gingerbread-house contest, donation drive for the West Seattle Food Bank, and a holiday craft bazaar, are among the likely features. Interested in being part of the bazaar? info@admiralneighborhood.org – don’t wait, as there are just a few tables, $35 each.

NEXT MEETING: Second Tuesdays 7 pm, so that’s November 11th; should be back at The Sanctuary.

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North Delridge Neighborhood Council: New officers; policing plan http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/north-delridge-neighborhood-council-new-officers-policing-plan/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/north-delridge-neighborhood-council-new-officers-policing-plan/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 04:16:12 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288639 Two notes from tonight’s North Delridge Neighborhood Council meeting:

NEW OFFICERS: After tonight’s elections, Jake Vanderplas and Michael Taylor-Judd are co-chairs, Nancy Folsom is co-secretary, Lisa Taylor-Whitley is beautification chair, Kirk Lauckner is outreach chair, Parie Hines is community design/land-use chair, and Taylor-Judd also serves as streets/pedestrian advocacy chair. That still leaves three open positions – co-secretary, treasurer, and public-safety chair.

POLICING PLAN: Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Steve Wilske was a last-minute cancellation but the draft neighborhood-policing plan for North Delridge – one of at least half a dozen under development for local neighborhoods (as part of a process under way citywide right now) – was circulated, same one originally linked from the NDNC website last month:

If you’re interested in shaping the final plan, a neighborhood walking tour with Capt. Wilske was announced for 4 pm October 27th – please RSVP to Kirsten Smith, NDNC’s point person for the policing plan, so you’ll get info on the meeting point when it gets closer.

NDNC meets second Mondays, 6:30 pm, at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, and is online at ndnc.org.

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Be there! From police to politics, see what’s ahead for this week’s community-group meetings in West Seattle http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/be-there-from-police-to-politics-see-whats-ahead-for-this-weeks-community-group-meetings-in-west-seattle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/be-there-from-police-to-politics-see-whats-ahead-for-this-weeks-community-group-meetings-in-west-seattle/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 03:28:36 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288534 Busy week ahead for community council/coalition meetings. Highlights for those from which we’ve received agendas/previews:

MONDAY – POLICING PLAN @ NDNC: Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Steve Wilske guests at the North Delridge Neighborhood Council meeting tomorrow night (Monday, October 13th). NDNC says he’ll be there “to discuss the precinct’s draft policing plan for North Delridge as well as any other issues you would like to bring to the table.” 6:30 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

TUESDAY – CRIME STATS @ ANA: Southwest Precinct Community Police Team Officer Jon Flores is on the agenda for Tuesday’s Admiral Neighborhood Association meeting, along with reps from the two preschool-money measures on November’s ballot. Here’s the official flyer. 7 pm, The Sanctuary at Admiral. (42nd/Lander)

TUESDAY – WILL WSTC ENDORSE THE BUS-MONEY MEASURE OR NOT? That’s the big question on the West Seattle Transportation Coalition‘s agenda for Tuesday night. Since WSTC includes reps from community groups around the peninsula, they wanted to give members time to get the sense of their organizations before voting on whether to endorse Seattle Transportation Benefit District Proposition 1. A vote is expected during the meeting, 6:30 pm Tuesday at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)

WEDNESDAY – FOUR GUESTS FOR DNDC: The second community-meeting appearance of the week for precinct commander Capt. Wilske is the Delridge Neighborhoods District Council meeting, 7 pm Wednesday at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. He’s one of four guests; also scheduled are guests talking about the city budget, Neighborhood Matching Fund, and the SDOT Freight Master Plan. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

WEDNESDAY – LONG LIST FOR MORGAN: The quarterly Morgan Community Association meetings at The Kenney (WSB sponsor) are always info-packed, and there’s a big list of topics for this one at 7 pm Wednesday; see it on our calendar listing for the meeting. (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW)

Also meeting this week, though we don’t have agendas/previews yet – Fauntleroy Community Association (7 pm Tuesday, Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, 9131 California SW) and Alki Community Council (7 pm Thursday, Alki UCC, 6112 SW Hinds).

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Saga of the Jacobsen Road goats: Why the feeder’s gone again http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/saga-of-the-jacobsen-road-goats-why-the-feeders-gone-again/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/saga-of-the-jacobsen-road-goats-why-the-feeders-gone-again/#comments Fri, 03 Oct 2014 19:21:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287687

(Photo by Suzanne Krom - goats with visitors before the feeder was removed last month)
You might recall the saga of the Jacobsen Road goats – Bama, Deli, and JJ - who would come say hi to visitors who put a quarter in a food dispenser and rang a bell to summon them. As reported here in June, the feeder went away in late spring after the goats’ owner acquiesced to a neighbor’s complaint. Then, encouraged by community support, he brought it back. Now, it’s gone again, as explained on this sign:

(September 25th photo)
This time, the feeder was removed under order of the city Department of Planning and Development, because of a zoning complaint – the feeder apparently turned the goat display into a “petting zoo.” We started asking DPD for comment last week, and finally received a response last night. Spokesperson Bryan Stevens told WSB, “We inspected the site (Wednesday) and found it to be in compliance with what the code allows in the single-family zone. The owner has been very cooperative and removed the elements that created the ‘petting zoo’ use. The feeding signs, bell, and 25-cent feeder have been removed, but the three goats remain.”

We asked Stevens about what appeared to be a new beef in the goat site’s file: “The more recent complaint that you’ve referenced was regarding the number of animals kept. Someone was claiming that there were more than three animals on site, but upon inspection from the sidewalk, only the three goats were observed … so the service request was closed. Up to three small animals are allowed on each single family property.”

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Reminder: 1-day closure next Wednesday for local libraries http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/reminder-1-day-closure-next-wednesday-for-local-libraries/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/reminder-1-day-closure-next-wednesday-for-local-libraries/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 22:10:50 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287478 Your friendly neighborhood local librarians want to remind you that, one week from today, all five southwest-area Seattle Public Library branches are closed, for an in-service day for the people who work there. That’s Wednesday, October 8th; the “closed” sign will be up that day at Admiral (West Seattle), Delridge, High Point, South Park, and Southwest Branch Libraries. Book drops will still be open. Other libraries in the city will remain open – this year they’re staggering the “in-service day” regionally rather than doing it citywide all at once.

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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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