West Seattle Blog... » Neighborhoods http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:37:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 @ Morgan Community Association: Books, bike racks, development… http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/morgan-community-association-books-bike-racks-development/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/morgan-community-association-books-bike-racks-development/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 01:15:22 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298973 From a new Little Free Library, to bike racks, to development updates, and more – here are our toplines from the Morgan Community Association‘s quarterly meeting:

BICYCLE RACKS: Seven locations through the heart of Morgan Junction are set to get bike racks, as part of city money set aside back in 2012 for beautifying California SW. The locations run from Morgan Junction Park south to California/Myrtle. According to MoCA’s Cindi Barker, three businesses are considering “artistic” racks, but they would have to foot the extra cost for that type of rack.

LIBRARY AT THE PARK: MoCA’s been talking a while about sponsoring a Little Free Library at Morgan Junction Park. The plan is going ahead, and the base will be dug soon.

THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL DATE: Setting your calendar for the year? June 20th is the date for the MoCA-presented 2015 Morgan Junction Community Festival.

MURRAY COMBINED SEWER OVERFLOW PROJECT UPDATE: A King County rep confirmed the biggest concrete pours for the million-gallon storage-tank project across from Lowman Beach are over. The most-recent one was for the base of the tank, and now it’s time to start building the tank itself. That won’t bring anywhere near the concrete-truck traffic of the pours. She said the contractors are serious about working to make sure the trucks stay on the announced routes, and acknowledged that early on, up to a tenth of the trucks were deviating from those routes, but said those drivers have been replaced and the trucks are continuing to be monitored. Overall, she said, the project remains on schedule.

DEVELOPMENT UPDATES: MoCA president Deb Barker said the organization has now sent its letter to the City Council’s Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability Committee (chaired by Councilmember Mike O’Brien) with wording for changing the city comprehensive plan to allow the zoning change needed for the 6-townhouse project planned for land owned by the West Seattle Church of the Nazarene. This was the subject of a special community meeting back in October. … President Barker also discussed setting up a receivership committee to handle the $25,000 financial settlement that’s part of mitigation for the 30-apartments-no-parking-spaces building going up at 6917 California SW.

What it will go toward hasn’t been decided yet. The Admiral Neighborhood Association, now a 501(c)(3), will be MoCA’s fiscal sponsor. MoCA’s Cindi Barker said the developer is open to neighborhood suggestions about color schemes for the building, as part of the mitigation (added: here’s the settlement agreement; here’s our 2013 story showing what the developer had described as the building’s “twin”). … As reported here a week ago, the city has come out with its proposed Pedestrian Zones plan, and honored MoCA’s request not to have Morgan Junction included.

DEPARTMENT OF NEIGHBORHOODS: James Bush from the city DoN visited to touch on a variety of topics. For one, changes are on the way for the team of Neighborhood District Coordinators serving what DoN calls the South Region (including West Seattle) – according to Bush, Yun Pitre will be transitioning to the Central Region, where Stan Lock – well-known to West Seattleites – recently retired. No timeline, nor replacement, yet. Bush also went over the range of Neighborhood Matching Fund grants available (you can review the list here), since deadlines for some applications are coming up – except for Small Sparks, which is open year-round, and described by Bush as intended to help applicants bring people together creatively. Speaking of projects:

NEIGHBORHOOD PARK AND STREET FUND PROJECTS: Some that didn’t win funding in past years will be resubmitted, including a safer crossing at California/Juneau, including paving the alley behind the businesses on the east side of California north of Fauntleroy, rutted-road repair on California south of Juneau.

FUTURE POSSIBILITIES: Sites/projects on MoCA’s radar for future discussion include Solstice Park, the substation near California/Morgan/Fauntleroy, and neighborhood greenways.

Next Morgan Community Association meeting is in April … keep an eye on morganjunction.org.

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Neighborhood Park & Street Fund: See the final list of which West Seattle projects got $ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/neighborhood-park-street-fund-see-the-final-list-of-which-west-seattle-projects-got/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/neighborhood-park-street-fund-see-the-final-list-of-which-west-seattle-projects-got/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 21:26:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298815 Thanks to Southwest District Council co-chair David Whiting (president of the Admiral Neighborhood Association) for sharing the city’s announcement confirming which Neighborhood Park & Street Fund projects are funded for this year. See the full list of projects citywide here; below, see the excerpts showing West Seattle projects (the city considers WS to be two neighborhood districts, Southwest and Delridge):

The citywide total for all projects funded this year is almost $2 million. In some cases, the grant money is applied to a larger project – for example, this will be the case with the Boren crosswalks, a project confirmed earlier this month. We don’t have full details on all the projects but they will certainly be topics at the respective district council meetings, including Delridge, 7 pm tonight at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (as previewed in our daily highlights list).

P.S. A similar amount, about $2 million, is set aside for this year’s NPSF – and the application deadline is approaching.

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@ Junction Neighborhood Organization: Underground utilities for ‘Fauntleroy Boulevard’? (and more) http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/junction-neighborhood-organization-underground-utilities-for-fauntleroy-boulevard-and-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/junction-neighborhood-organization-underground-utilities-for-fauntleroy-boulevard-and-more/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:44:47 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298060 By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Should the Fauntleroy Boulevard project include undergrounding utilities – considering that could cost an extra $6 million or so? That’s the question Councilmember Tom Rasmussen raised at this month’s Junction Neighborhood Organization meeting.

The undergrounding cost was first mentioned publicly a week earlier, at the Southwest District Council meeting (WSB coverage here), with SWDC’s immediate past co-chair Sharonn Meeks reporting on a conversation with Rasmussen. This is the first time he had subsequently discussed it publicly with a West Seattle group. Taking utilities underground, he noted, “can be … transformational,” but the project has to be designed that way, and it’s now at a crossroads, with about two-thirds of the design completed: Should it be designed with underground utilities or not? The councilmember says he’s looking for community feedback. A few points to consider:

-The Fauntleroy Boulevard project currently is, he said, “kind of in the middle” of the list of city priorities
-If it’s a community priority, it needs to get into the budget cycle that starts this spring, looking ahead to the capital-improvement plan for 2016
-Utilities will indeed be out of sight (“undergrounded” via vaults) at The Whittaker‘s site, which is at the west end of the Alaska-to-35th Fauntleroy Boulevard plan

What other projects for West Seattle are already in the mix? he was asked. The 35th SW and SW Roxbury safety improvements, for starters, he pointed out. Neither would be as costly as the Fauntleroy Boulevard project, but they’re both already well into the pipeline, after recent community meetings. Speaking of which, Rasmussen wondered if a “large community meeting” might be merited for gathering feedback on undergrounding Fauntleroy; instead, after some discussion, it was decided the February 4th Southwest District Council meeting (which, like all district and community-council meetings, is open to the public – 7 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle) would be the best, and soonest, venue.

Also discussed last week at the JuNO meeting:

NEIGHBORHOOD CONSERVATION DISTRICTS: Previously, these were discussed in council committee back in September, as a way for the city to support neighborhoods looking for ways to preserve some of their “character” even amid growth and redevelopment. Watch for official proposals soon; they might include “affordable-housing goals,” according to Rasmussen, who said those proposals will be unveiled for community comment and public meetings, likely starting in March, before legislation is finalized and taken to the full council. The new city budget does have funding for at least a part-time person to be assigned to the project.

NEW HUB: The Junction will be the site of another hub to be added to the West Seattle Be Prepared Neighborhood Emergency Communication Hubs, and will need lots of volunteers to help. It’ll be in the Hope Lutheran Church parking lot. Contact ellenwest@hotmail.com if you’re interested.

JUNCTION PROJECT UPDATES: JuNO’s been talking to development teams including the forthcoming CVS at 4722 Fauntleroy Way SW (here’s our December update), which JuNO director René Commons says has a 15-year lease for the site. Project consultants, she says, are “looking at neighborhood character” rather than just working on a “typical suburban strip mall” type of project. … The Junction 47 project (California/Alaska/42nd) is proceeding with its art plans (mentioned here in October), and JuNO is working with the developer and its curator Sara Everett, who Commons says is “selecting artists right now.”

DESIGN REVIEW: Cindi Barker from Morgan Junction, who’s been an advocate on housing/development-related issues citywide, told JuNO that the city’s expected to start “public outreach on Design Review changes” soon.

WEBSITE: JuNO has one coming online soon – it’ll be at wsjuno.org.

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Happening now: Santa, snacks, shopping @ Holly Jolly Holiday Fest http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/happening-now-santa-snacks-shopping-holly-jolly-holiday-fest/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/happening-now-santa-snacks-shopping-holly-jolly-holiday-fest/#comments Sun, 07 Dec 2014 22:56:07 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=294465

Don’t know whether Santa lost his smartphone or picked up because he knew someone was calling in with a Christmas wish, but we caught him in the British-style phone booth in the lobby at The Sanctuary at Admiral, where the new-this-year Holly Jolly Holiday Fest continues until 4 pm, presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association.

In the heart of The Sanctuary – a city landmark that was once a church – you’ll find free treats plus a mini-bazaar with local businesses/organizations including the new Seattle Farm School and WSB sponsor Mode Music Studios, which brought some students for holiday music:

You’re also invited to come talk to neighborhood reps over cookies and mulled cider. ANA is the same group that brings you Summer Concerts at Hiawatha every year as well as meeting most months (resuming in January, second Tuesday, 7 pm, at The Sanctuary) to focus on issues/concerns. They support the 4th of July Kids’ Parade, too, whose co-organizer Jackie Clough of Alki Party Treasures (WSB sponsor) was spotted chatting with Mr. Claus:

Stop by before 4 pm, 42nd and Lander, across from the northeast corner of the park adjacent to Hiawatha CC.

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Neighborhood Matching Fund changes? Delridge District Council’s opposition letter; presentation ahead at SW District Council http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/neighborhood-matching-fund-changes-delridge-district-councils-opposition-letter-presentation-ahead-at-sw-district-council/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/neighborhood-matching-fund-changes-delridge-district-councils-opposition-letter-presentation-ahead-at-sw-district-council/#comments Mon, 03 Nov 2014 02:29:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290864 Major changes proposed for some of the city’s Neighborhood Matching Fund grants will be discussed in West Seattle again this Wednesday, this time in a presentation to the Southwest District Council. Meantime, the Delridge Neighborhoods District Council, which got the presentation last month, has followed through on its plan to send city leadership a letter opposing the changes. More on both of these updates – including the full text of that letter – ahead:

We first wrote about the proposed changes after covering the DNDC’s October meeting, at which they were presented by Jackie Ramels, former Alki Community Council president and city Parks Board chair, currently serving on an advisory committee that drew up the proposals. Other committee members are taking the proposals to other district councils around the city (there are 13 in all, each with representatives from local community councils and organizations).

The concern focuses on the proposals to open the Large Projects Fund to non-geographic-based proposals, and to remove the District Councils from the vetting process; currently they review community members’ applications and make recommendations before the applications move on to the next steps and ultimately toward a city decision. Since its meeting two and a half weeks ago, the DNDC has sent Mayor Murray a letter not only spelling out its opposition to the proposed changes but also alleging that they violate city policies:

(If you can’t read the embedded letter above, see it here as a PDF.) Signing the letter, DNDC chair Mat McBride and vice chair Pete Spalding say the proposals also violate the spirit of Mayor Murray’s election promise to rebuild the city’s relationship with and commitment to neighborhoods.

Meantime, if you would like to hear about the proposed changes firsthand, the Southwest District Council meeting on Wednesday is open to all – 6:30 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle (Oregon/California in The Junction). A final decision on whether they’ll be implemented for next year’s grant cycle is expected by year’s end, according to a document handed out at last month’s DNDC meeting.

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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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