West Seattle, Washington
Story, photos, and video by Tracy Record and Patrick Sand
West Seattle Blog co-publishers
Though cleanups preceding Monday night’s Find It, Fix It Community Walk in Westwood/Roxhill left less of the area’s rawest problems to be “found,” it wasn’t all pre-sanitized.
The top photo is from a peek into an overgrown lot just off Trenton, northeast of Westwood Village, passed by the 120=plus walkers between official stops; the previous stop had been nearby, at a spot where a resident took the microphone and talked about a “recycling” bin that seemed to be a dumping magnet.
Another unofficial stop was a home on 24th with signs meant to catch the procession’s eyes – asking for speed bumps and police reform.
The department heads in whose purview those lay – SDOT’s Scott Kubly and SPD Chief Kathleen O’Toole – both stopped for a look, though not a chat, so far as we saw.
A few minutes earlier, we talked to the people in the yard, who said that regarding the speed bumps, their street is a popular cut-through, and somebody who zoomed through recently not only almost took out young siblings, but actually, they say, flipped off the kids before continuing on their way.
Also unplanned: A question about long-promised improvements that hadnt materialized along Barton, after an SDOT employee promised some community-requested improvements are on the way to the crossing by the RapidRide stop and Longfellow Creek,
But let’s get back to how it all started. Community members and city staffers gathered in and around Longfellow Creek P-Patch, east of Chief Sealth International High School, awaiting Mayor Ed Murray:
Once he arrived, it was showtime: Read More
While we’re working on our full report about tonight’s Find It, Fix It Community Walk in the Westwood/Roxhill area (short 1st report here): We took advantage of the presence of multiple city department heads at that event to get information about a few unrelated issues elsewhere in West Seattle. First followup: The Camp Second Chance encampment’s move to the Myers Way Parcels, after almost a week on private land across the street. We had sent an inquiry to the media liaisons at the Department of Finance and Administrative Services (which manages city-owned land like this) earlier in the day, asking if the camp was authorized and if not, whether it would be allowed to stay. They didn’t reply, so when we saw FAS director Fred Podesta at tonight’s event, we asked him directly. He told us he had stopped to check out the camp personally while on his way to the Find It, Fix It Walk. He confirmed that the camp does not have permission to be on city land, so it will eventually be given notice and then swept if it doesn’t move of its own accord. What the timeline for that would be, Podesta doesn’t yet know – “it’s not the only unauthorized encampment (on city land),” he noted. But he said the city will do what it can to help campers find services and to help the camp find another site.
We counted at least 130 people at the start of West Seattle’s second Find It, Fix It Community Walk. It wrapped up in Roxhill Park just after 8 pm. While it was certainly planned, it wasn’t staged, and there were some raw moments, including resident Ami standing at the bottom of a problem-plagued stairway at 22nd and Henderson, playing a video by a former neighbor (see it here) who moved away, saying she couldn’t take the threats and trouble any more but begging the mayor to help those still there.
Lots of photos and video – and the commitments we heard – to come, in our second report.
Charges are now filed against all three people arrested in High Point after last week’s incident at the east end of the West Seattle Bridge. As reported in our same-day coverage Wednesday and next-day followup Thursday, police say it began with a hit-and-run rear-end crash on Beacon Hill. The driver whose car was hit followed the other car onto the West Seattle Bridge in order, he said, to get its license plate, and ended up getting beaten up.
20-year-old Bona M. Adam and 18-year-old Jaime Trujillo-Lopez are both charged with second-degree assault, as is the third suspect, who is 17 and charged as a juvenile, so we are not identifying him.
The charging documents say Trujillo-Lopez was driving the car. The victim spotted it pulled over on the east end of the West Seattle Bridge and when he confronted Trujillo-Lopez, asking why he took off, Trujillo-Lopez punched him in the face. He allegedly yelled to his companions to “get the shotgun!” at which time prosecutors say Adam and the juvenile suspect did exactly that, getting a gun out of the car’s trunk, at which time Adam is alleged to have pointed it at the victim. He and the victim struggled for control of it, the charging documents say, and almost fell off the bridge in the process. The scuffle continued, also involving Trujillo-Lopez; Adam got control of the gun and reportedly tried to fire it, but that didn’t work, and after the juvenile suspect kicked the victim in the face, the documents say, the suspects all got in their car and took off. The victim drove into West Seattle and met police and medics near West Seattle Stadium; the suspects were traced to, and arrested at, the High Point address where the 17-year-old lives.
Prosecutors say Trujillo-Lopez has no criminal history; Adam has a conviction for burglary. Both are scheduled for arraignment August 8th, and their bail remains at $225,000. No convictions are on record for the 17-year-old.
(2011 photo by David Hutchinson as canoe families arrived at Alki)
As first reported here last Friday, tribal canoe families from throughout the region are stopping at Alki Beach on Wednesday, during the Paddle to Nisqually journey. It will be the first such stop at Alki since 2012. Today, we have new information about the timeline: The canoes heading here are coming from a west Sound stop hosted by the Suquamish Tribe, whose schedule shows them leaving around 8 am Wednesday. The Alki stop here is hosted by the Muckleshoot Tribe, whose newspaper editor John Loftus shared this information with WSB:
The Muckleshoot Tribe will be hosting the 2016 Canoe Journey at Alki Beach on Wednesday. The various canoe routes from both sides of Vancouver Island, Georgia Strait, and the Olympic Peninsula will converge at Alki and, thus, all of the canoes that will land at the final destination — Nisqually (Olympia) — will also land here.
Eighty to 100 canoes are expected, and Muckleshoot tribal representatives are scheduled to begin welcoming them to come ashore at noon. The tribe will be hosting, honoring, and feeding about 1,000 guests at their reservation between Auburn and Enumclaw afterward. Singing, dancing, and various honoring ceremonies will continue throughout the evening. The canoes will return to Alki Beach and depart for the Puyallup Reservation on Thursday morning. This is also quite a sight to see. All are welcome.
It’ll be happening on the beach, east of the Bathhouse. The canoes’ journey will end Saturday at the south end of Puget Sound, and a weeklong gathering will follow.
1:46 PM: That’s the scene on northbound California SW just north of SW Findlay north of Morgan Junction, where a driver rear-ended a RapidRide bus a short time ago. No injuries reported. Police say the car’s driver, who was also northbound on California, told them she doesn’t know how her car wound up on the sidewalk, hitting the bus. Northbound traffic is getting around via the center turn lane; passengers on the bus have already transferred to another northbound C-Line. A tow truck has been called, as has a Metro supervisor, so the scene might not be clear for a while.
1:57 PM: Above, we’ve added another view of the scene. You might recall the hydrant in that photo also had a close call in a 2-car (no bus involved) crash at the same spot last November.
Family and friends will gather Friday to celebrate the life of Lis Rudolph. Here’s the remembrance being shared with the community:
Elisabeth R. Rudolph (Gabler), born December 11, 1965, was in a fatal accident on July 16, 2016, and died on July 17th.
She is survived by her loving family: her husband, Scott Rudolph, and her children Cole, Cooper, Christopher, and Audrey. Also mourning her loss are her parents Jack and Idella Gabler and brothers Jon and his family, and Jim and Steve.
Lis graduated from Sealth High School in 1983 and Seattle Pacific University. Lis was an honored employee of the Seattle Fire Department’s FMO Division. A celebration of Lis’s life will be held Friday, July 29th, 2016, at Shorewood Foursquare Church at 7 p.m., 10300 28th Ave SW.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Lis Rudolph to Shorewood Foursquare Church (for the school), World Vision, Antioch Adoptions, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, or directly to Scott and Lis’s family/children through Seattle’s Bravest Charity (a licensed 501c3 charity), earmarked for Lis Rudolph’s family.
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12 PM: Thanks to the texter who let us know about fire units headed westbound on the bridge – they were heading to a potential “fire in building” callout in the 1700 block of Alki SW (map). We’re checking on it.
12:07 PM: The call has already closed, meaning all SFD units dismissed, so – no fire. (You’ll see Ladder 11 and Medic 32 nearby, though, as there’s now an unrelated medic call at another building in the same block.)
Skin Care by Casey (WSB sponsor) has moved to a new location, with more room, which proprietor Casey Rasmussen says means more comfort for clients. Skin Care by Casey is now in The Junction, on the lower level of the West Seattle Professional Building, at 4509 44th SW. Above is the new treatment room; they’re also proud of their new waiting alcove. More parking, too, Casey points out. So next time you’re looking for the kind of services they offer, you’ll find Skin Care by Casey in a brand-new space – private and quiet, down the courtyard stairs.
Welcome to the last week of July! It starts like this …
KIZUKI RAMEN & IZAKAYA OPENING DAY: We brought you first word of the soft-open last week; today is the official opening day for this new Japanese restaurant in The Junction, 11 am. (4203 SW Alaska)
BLOOD DRIVE: Supplies are low, need can be high – if you can donate, 1-7 pm at Our Lady of Guadalupe‘s Walmesley Center is your chance today (closed for break 3-4 pm). Details in our calendar listing. (35th SW/SW Myrtle)
FINAL FREE CHAMBER CONCERT: Have you been intending to get to Music Under the Stars in Delridge Community Center Park? Tonight is the LAST of the four free concerts presented by the Seattle Chamber Music Society, 7:15 pm, on the west side of the park. An ensemble performs live until 8 pm, and then the sound system switches over to a live stream of a concert at Benaroya Hall. Bring a chair/blanket, picnic dinner if you want, and relax. (4501 Delridge Way SW)
CREATE AN OPTICAL SPHERE: 2 pm at Delridge Library, kids in grades 4-6 will get to work with local artist Amaranta Sandys. Note that registration is required, so check our listing for how to do that. (5423 Delridge Way SW)
FIND IT, FIX IT WALK WITH THE MAYOR IN WESTWOOD/ROXHILL: 6 pm refreshments, 6:30 pm start at Longfellow Creek P-Patch for the city’s second West Seattle Find It, Fix It Community Walk. It will spotlight the Westwood and Roxhill areas, along a 1-mile route that ends at Roxhill Park. You’re encouraged to be part of it; see the map and other details in our preview. (SW Thistle/25th SW)
CELEBRATE RECOVERY DINNER/SPEAKER MEETING: Starts with a 6 pm barbecue dinner at Hope Lutheran Church, speaker Roger Stanton at 7 – see the evening’s full lineup here; more about Celebrate Recovery here. Child care provided. (42nd SW/SW Oregon)
MUCH MORE ON THE CALENDAR … see it all here.
The All-City Band won this year’s West Seattle Grand Parade – and you have the chance to see and hear them again in West Seattle this Friday night (July 29th) as they prep for the Seafair Torchlight Parade via Band Jam, a free, open-to-the-public event the night before. The official announcement:
Please join us on Friday, July 29th at the Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle) for Band Jam. This has become an annual event showcasing several bands that perform in the Seafair Torchlight Parade. Band Jam gives people the opportunity to see the bands perform in a concert setting on the football field.
Bands that are scheduled to perform this year include:
Seattle Schools Junior All-City Band
Pacific Northwest Drumline
Kennedy High School Marching Band
Sumner High School Marching Band
Rainbow City Band
Seattle Sounders FC Soundwave
Seattle Schools All-City Band
This is a non-competitive event sponsored by the Seattle Schools All-City Band.
Doors will open at 5:30 pm, with music starting at 6:30 pm. Admission is free. Come hungry! Concession stands will be open on site with the proceeds benefiting Seattle Schools All-City Band. We hope to see you there.
Wondering what Band Jam is like? Here’s our coverage from last year.
For the first time this seal-pup season, Seal Sitters have had a West Seattle visitor to protect. We mentioned this briefly in our coverage of the Alki Art Fair‘s second day; we stopped by the Seal Sitters booth near the Alki Bathhouse, and asked volunteers David and Eilene Hutchinson if the group still hadn’t had any local pup reports. In fact, they told us, the first one of the season had happened the day before – someone came up to the booth on Saturday and reported a seal pup on Alki Beach, near the volleyball courts. It went back into the water just after 9 pm.
A pup also turned up on Sunday, at some point after we talked to the Hutchinsons; we don’t know if it was the same one – we’re checking – but we have the photo courtesy of Andrea Howell. And it’s a chance for us to remind you about what to do and what NOT to do if you see a seal pup: Don’t get close to it – that’s not just a request, but federal law. Don’t touch it. Do report it to a marine-mammal stranding network so they can keep watch – in the West Seattle area, that’s Seal Sitters, and their hotline is 206-905-SEAL. Complete information on pupping season and best beach behavior is here.
(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)
6:43 AM: Good morning! No incidents reported in/from West Seattle so far this morning.
8:27 AM: Still a quiet commute.
We’ve had several reports of a loud explosion-type sound around quarter till 5 – with people reporting it from Highland Park to Sunrise Heights – but so far, at least as far as we can tell from emergency dispatches, no cause has emerged, though some who heard it did call 911. We’ll keep monitoring.
Five reports tonight in West Seattle Crime Watch:
NEW CHARGES AGAINST TAYLOR CHURCH: We start with an update on 26-year-old Taylor Church, a repeat offender arrested 2 1/2 weeks ago for alleged prowling in South Delridge/Highland Park (photo at right). At the time, she was only being held in connection with previous cases. But this past Friday, court files reveal, she was charged with residential burglary, after fingerprint evidence from a break-in scene was matched to her. That burglary, court documents say, happened July 5th at a home in the 9000 block of 12th SW, where surveillance video captured Church breaking in through a window. The victim showed the video to police, and when they arrested Church the next day in connection with three attempted burglaries, an officer recognized her as the burglar seen in the video. That officer had lifted “possible latent print evidence” at the 12th SW house the previous day; last Thursday, an evidence technician notified investigators that evidence matched two of Church’s fingers, and a burglary charge was rush-filed the next day. As we reported July 12th, she is serving time for a trespass case, so there’s no bail set for her right now, but if she finishes that sentence, the bail that would currently kick in for the new burglary charge is listed as $10,000.
Now, four reader reports to mention:
STOLEN CAR: Manny e-mailed this weekend about the car stolen from him last Monday:
My car was stolen from the corner of 47th and SW Othello St. It is a 1995 red Honda Civic. WA plate # AYL1534.
Call 911 if you see it. (7:24 AM MONDAY UPDATE: Manny says it’s been found.)
CAR PROWL: From Monica:
Wanted to report that my vehicle was broken into outside of my home on the 3800 Block of Beach Dr SW, last night. Several items were stolen.
ANOTHER CAR PROWL: Katharine saw the aftermath of this one on Friday at 42nd and Hinds:
Car alarm went off. Volvo SUV with broken back side window, bicycle hanging out the side, back side door hanging open, broken glass on the street, blue plastic glove on the street. Looked like someone noticed the bike in the car, smashed the window, tried to grab the bike, looks like unsuccessfully.
SPEAKING OF BICYCLES … A neighbor says this one appears to have been abandoned near Gatewood Elementary:
Let us know if you recognize it.
On Saturday, Mayor Ed Murray walked in the West Seattle Grand Parade. Tomorrow night, the mayor will be back in West Seattle for this area’s second Find It, Fix It Community Walk – the first one was last October in Delridge (WSB coverage here). The route is already planned, after several weeks of community discussions – as previewed here last week – but that doesn’t mean everything is scripted, so come along and join not only the mayor but some of his department heads, and see where the conversation goes. The walk starts at 6:30 pm from Longfellow Creek P-Patch on SW Thistle east of Chief Sealth International High School and will proceed through Westwood, to end at Roxhill Park:
You can arrive at the P-Patch as early as 6 pm for pre-walk refreshments and mingling.
A funeral Mass is planned next Wednesday for Muriel “Mert” Pearson. Here’s the remembrance her family is sharing with the community:
Muriel Pearson, 90, went to Heaven on July 6, 2016. She was born in St. John, North Dakota on May 7, 1926, the eldest child of Willie and Anna Garceau.
Muriel came out to Seattle in 1945 and rented a house with 3 of her sisters in White Center. She worked several clerical jobs over the years; one of them at Boeing. She met, then married Keith “Bud” Pearson on September 15, 1950, in a double wedding with her sister Lorraine and her husband Harold Foster at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in West Seattle. Later, Bud and Mert would co-own what was formerly Digby’s Tavern in Morgan Junction from 1973 to 1981. Once they retired, they moved to Lake Limerick in Shelton and again to Sumner.
She is survived by her son, Kevin Pearson, his wife, Lisa Pearson and her grandchildren, Amelea, Stephan, and Grace and great-granddaughter, Samantha of White Center, as well as her daughter, Kimberly Ann Pearson, and her grandchildren, Darby and Hannah Kenyon of Sumner.
She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Keith “Bud” Pearson and her sisters, Doris Gardner, Aurora Skeleton, Juliette Pearson, and Neoma Jones as well as her parents and many other Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.
Her funeral mass will be at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Sumner, Washington, next Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at 10:30 am.
There will be a small one hour reception at St. Andrew after the funeral mass.
Muriel Pearson will be buried next to her husband at Tahoma National Cemetery at 1:15 pm.
(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Got one or more incoming third-through-ninth-graders in need of something to do this week? We have word that the Chief Sealth Soccer Skills day camp still has space available, tomorrow (Monday, July 25th) through Friday. It’s for girls and boys of all skill levels, 9 am-2 pm each day at Southwest Athletic Complex, across from Chief Sealth. Details are in the flyer
One more weekend spectacle to show you – it’s become an annual tradition next door in South Park, the luchadores (masked, aerobatic Mexican-style wrestlers) of Lucha Libre Volcánica facing off in an outdoor ring.
The luchadores are students; Lucha Libre Volcánica has the only local school of lucha libre.
And as fierce as they all look in the ring, outside it, the wrestlers clearly love meeting their fans.
The show was sponsored by ECOSS – the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle. As it was wrapping up, the announcer mentioned that you can see the luchadores monthly at eVOLV Fitness (1317 Republican on Capitol Hill). Next event is next Saturday (July 30th), 8:30 pm.
2:24 PM: Another spectacular day at the beach, and you have almost four more hours to go wander the Alki Art Fair. Booths are open until 6:
A food truck and food booths are set up along the promenade and on the street, and music continues on two stages. We’re the sponsor for the “Busker Stage” toward the west end.
Stop inside the Bathhouse to bid on silent-auction items; the official Alki Art Fair T-shirt is on sale outside the Bathhouse; and nearby, you’ll find the Seal Sitters‘ booth – ask them about the first pup this season to turn up on a West Seattle beach, just last night on Alki. Maybe it was here for the Seal Sitters-benefiting Spud chowder deal too.
P.S. One more reminder about the free shuttle from Admiral – details on the Alki Art Fair home page.
9 PM: The fair’s a wrap for this year. We stopped by for a bit this evening, in time to catch some of the show by the final band of the night, The Fuzz:
Since we reported last Monday on an encampment, Camp Second Chance, moving from a South King County church to a privately owned parcel on Myers Way, much discussion ensued in the story’s comment section. The camp’s nonprofit supporter said there that it would be moving this weekend. Passing through the area this past hour, we saw that it has – the site, owned by a dump-truck company, is completely clear … and the camp in our photo above is now set up across the street and a bit to the south inside the gates to the main entrance to the Myers Way Parcels, the land that Mayor Ed Murray recently announced the city would keep rather than sell. The area outside the gate had been an unofficial staging area for RV campers earlier this year when the city had plans to open a “safe lot” in Highland Park, but that plan has long since been canceled. Some RVs have continued to camp along Myers Way in that area – half a dozen were in view earlier this week; this morning, we saw two. We have a question out to Camp Second Chance’s sponsor to verify whether that’s what is now set up on the city property.
Look for the bus and the emoji-costume volunteers. We’ll be checking back to see how it’s going.
2:14 PM: We just stopped back at the bus, where WS Baby’s Nancy Woodland tells us their diaper donations today alone totaled 37,533 – a partial total for July so far, not counting donation sites like Les Schwab outlets, is 209,833. They’ll update again in early August.
P.S. Our before and after shots, 10 am and a few minutes after 2 pm: