West Seattle news – West Seattle Blog… http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sun, 27 May 2018 03:31:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 UPDATE: Flipped-car crash at Highland Park Way SW and W. Marginal http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/flipped-car-crash-at-highland-park-way-sw-and-w-marginal/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/flipped-car-crash-at-highland-park-way-sw-and-w-marginal/#respond Sun, 27 May 2018 03:03:46 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917846

8:03 PM: Thanks for the tips. On our way to check out what’s reported to be a flipped-car crash at Highland Park Way and W. Marginal. Avoid the area.

8:17 PM: Photo added. A second car is already being towed. Flipped car is in outside west/southbound lane of W Marginal.

8:29 PM: No serious injuries. We talked to the driver of the flipped car; she’s fine. The other driver was being given a field sobriety test.

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West Seattle weekend scene: Colman Pool’s first day of 2018 http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/west-seattle-weekend-scene-colman-pools-first-day-of-2018/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/west-seattle-weekend-scene-colman-pools-first-day-of-2018/#respond Sun, 27 May 2018 01:17:48 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917830

Walking along the Lincoln Park shore this afternoon, we stopped for a few photos between the second and third swim sessions of Colman Pool‘s first 2018 day. The pool is open again tomorrow and Monday, starting at noon each day, the first of four “pre-season weekends” before its short 7-day-a-week season starts on June 18th. The full schedule brochure is here (PDF); the brochure includes the list of fees, including the extra-but-optional slide charge that this poolside sign notes:

You’ll want to remember that Colman Pool closes on five days in July for swim meets – this year those dates are July 12, 13, 14, 20, and 21. Never been? Easiest access is to walk/run/bike on the waterside trail, via the Lowman Beach end of Beach Drive, or the Lincoln Park south parking lot access.

P.S. The historic pool celebrated its 75th anniversary just two years ago.

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Northwest premiere next weekend for ‘Return to Mount Kennedy,’ documentary with West Seattle ties http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/northwest-premiere-next-weekend-for-return-to-mount-kennedy-documentary-with-west-seattle-ties/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/northwest-premiere-next-weekend-for-return-to-mount-kennedy-documentary-with-west-seattle-ties/#respond Sat, 26 May 2018 22:41:54 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917824

A new documentary that has its Northwest premiere next weekend has multiple West Seattle ties. You’ll recognize the local names involved with “Return to Mount Kennedy.” Here’s the announcement:

The locally produced documentary chronicles the expedition of the sons of Senator Robert F. Kennedy and mountaineering icon Jim Whittaker, and features original music by Eddie Vedder.

Director Eric Becker and other special guests will attend the hometown screening.

In 1965, Robert Kennedy was the first man to summit Mount Kennedy in the Yukon Territory, named in honor of his late brother. Leading that expedition was Jim Whittaker, the first American to summit Everest and original fulltime employee of REI.

50 years later, Jim’s sons Bob and Leif, along with Christopher Kennedy, decide to climb the mountain again in honor of their fathers’ joint accomplishment and unique friendship. Seattle-based filmmaker Eric Becker’s touching documentary combines archival footage —including several Kennedy home movies — with interviews from Jim himself and those who know them best as we follow three sons and the journey literally in their fathers’ footsteps.

The documentary features original music by Eddie Vedder, never-before-seen archival footage, and includes interviews with Sub Pop records co-founder Bruce Pavitt, mountain guide Dave Hahn, and members of the original climbing team.

The film was scheduled to have its world premiere last night as the opening night film of the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival. Its scheduled local screenings are Saturday, June 2 at 3:30 pm at Kirkland Performance Center (tickets here), and two at SIFF Uptown on Queen Anne – Saturday, June 9 at 6:30 pm, and Sunday, June 10, at 3 pm (tickets here).

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HAPPENING NOW: American Legion Post 160 offering Memorial Day poppies http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/happening-now-american-legion-post-160-offering-memorial-day-poppies/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/happening-now-american-legion-post-160-offering-memorial-day-poppies/#comments Sat, 26 May 2018 19:25:03 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917811

It’s a Memorial Day tradition that’s almost a century old – American Legion red-crepe-paper poppies, made by, and benefiting, veterans. You can get yours today until ~5 pm and again tomorrow, 8 am-5 pm, at West Seattle Thriftway (4201 SW Morgan; WSB sponsor). This morning’s poppy distributors were American Legion Post 160’s Walt DeLong, a U.S. Navy veteran, and Keith Hughes, a U.S. Army veteran:

Post 160 also welcomes your help taking down and/or putting up the West Seattle Junction flags on Monday – meet at the northeast corner of California/Alaska at 9 am and/or 5 pm. And inbetween those times, you’re invited to the 2 pm Memorial Day service at Forest Lawn (6701 30th SW; WSB sponsor) and 3:15 pm community cookout at Post 160 HQ (3618 SW Alaska).

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West Seattle weekend scene: First-ever ZwingRally cruises Alki http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/west-seattle-weekend-scene-first-ever-zwingrally-cruises-alki/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/west-seattle-weekend-scene-first-ever-zwingrally-cruises-alki/#comments Sat, 26 May 2018 18:38:28 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917804

When you launch a new event, you never know who will turn out. The first-ever ZwingRally for “supercars” promoted room for up to 120; we counted 15 as participating drivers swung through Alki this morning.

We first heard about this from Southwest Precinct police at the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network meeting last Tuesday. They had a few officers out this morning just in case.

After a stop on Duwamish Head, the drivers headed up to the Alki business district, then turned around and headed back toward the bridge.

Drivers in the rally, organized by local filmmaker Zach Wingfield (who is of course chronicling the whole thing), were scheduled to head to another beach – Seaside in northwestern Oregon – after their West Seattle stop.

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Dozen-plus possibilities for your West Seattle Saturday http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/dozen-plus-possibilities-for-your-west-seattle-saturday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/dozen-plus-possibilities-for-your-west-seattle-saturday/#comments Sat, 26 May 2018 14:33:56 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917775 (Photo by Jim Borrow – cargo ship Mount Rainier headed north past West Seattle, with a pilot boat, this morning)

The holiday weekend is here! Highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

AMERICAN LEGION POPPIES: 8 am-5 pm, American Legion Post 160 is distributing Memorial Day poppies at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) – backstory in our calendar listing. (4201 SW Morgan)

TAI CHI ON ALKI: 9 am, meet by Statue of Liberty Plaza for the weekly class, all welcome, by donation. (61st SW/Alki SW)

‘SUPERCAR’ RALLY’S ALKI LAP: 9:15-10 am, as previewed here earlier this week, “supercars” on a Seattle-to-Seaside rally plan a “lap” through the Alki area. If we get any early word on the route, we’ll update here. (9:40 AM UPDATE: Small group; we caught them passing Don Armeni; they stopped a bit further west and are about to take off again.)

GARDEN CENTER: Looking for plants? The South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) Garden Center will be open 10 am-3 pm today on the north end of campus. (6000 16th SW)

MAHONIA WORK PARTY: Also at SSC, join Team Mahonia for a 10 am-noon work party, explained here! (6000 16th SW)

SPRAYPARK SEASON BEGINS: Opening day for Highland Park Spraypark, 11 am-8 pm. (1100 SW Cloverdale)

ART SHOW & SALE: 11 am-5 pm at West Seattle Church of the Nazarene, more than half a dozen local artists are showing and selling their work; we stopped by last night. (4201 SW Juneau)

COLMAN POOL OPENS: First day of the first pre-season weekend at West Seattle’s city-run outdoor pool on the shore at Lincoln Park. Noon-7 pm, including three sessions today – here’s the schedule. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

TREASURE TRUCK PET PARTY: Noon to 5 pm at Ounces in North Delridge, “Amazon Treasure Truck is bringing their deal truck to Ounces for a special Pop-Up Event with Purina Dog Chow! Purina and Treasure Truck will be taking over the Ounces upper parking lot for an afternoon of doggie games, treats, a photo booth … AND a pop-up dog park! FREE! Kids & Pups welcome! Deal on truck will be announced on Saturday.” (3809 Delridge Way SW)

INTERGENERATIONAL THEATER: Free performance by Silverkite Community Arts, presented by Quail Park Memory Care of West Seattle (WSB sponsor), 2 pm at Senior Center, all welcome, free. (4217 SW Oregon)

TALK WITH YOUR SCHOOL BOARD REP: 3-5 pm, you can drop by Delridge Library and talk with Leslie Harris, president of the Seattle Public Schools board and elected representative for West Seattle/South Park. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

WEST END GIRLS, A DRAG EXTRAVAGANZA: At The Skylark – doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm, hosted by Cookie Couture. Tickets and lineup here. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

GARY BENSON: Performing at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

PEEK INTO THE FUTURE … our complete calendar is here.

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CONGRATULATIONS! State championship for Chief Sealth IHS’s Elijah Jackson http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/congratulations-state-championship-for-chief-sealth-ihss-elijah-jackson/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/congratulations-state-championship-for-chief-sealth-ihss-elijah-jackson/#comments Sat, 26 May 2018 06:38:30 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917782

Thanks to Bonnie for sending the photo and word that Chief Sealth International High School‘s Elijah Jackson has won the state championship in the triple jump! That’s one of three events in which he won Metro League championships last week, as reported here. You can see his results here.

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While we’re talking about murals … what do you want to see at Roxhill/EC Hughes? http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/while-were-talking-about-murals-what-do-you-want-to-see-at-roxhill-ec-hughes/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/while-were-talking-about-murals-what-do-you-want-to-see-at-roxhill-ec-hughes/#respond Sat, 26 May 2018 04:38:40 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917771 (WSB photo)

Tonight we seem to have an art theme going. Above is artist Henry Luke, who is leading the community mural project for the future home of Roxhill Elementary at renovated EC Hughes Elementary in Sunrise Heighs. He’s been offering workshops for youth interested in getting involved – and now there are two chances for everyone, all ages, to get involved, at two design meetings:

These will be a chance to discuss our ideas for the mural design which will be painted 8′ x 40′ at the new EC Hughes playground this summer. What is important to illustrate about the cultures and communities of Roxhill? How do you want to be represented in this mural? What is your vision for a bright future for the neighborhood?

Sunday, May 27, 11 am
DubSea Coffee: 9910 8th Ave SW

Tuesday, May 29, 6:30 pm
Southwest Branch Library: 9010 35th Ave SW

The mural will be painted this summer after the new playground is installed.

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FOLLOWUP: Morgan Junction mural progress http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/followup-morgan-junction-mural-progress/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/followup-morgan-junction-mural-progress/#comments Sat, 26 May 2018 03:12:37 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917765

Passing through Morgan Junction this afternoon, we spotted muralist Bob Henry continuing his work restoring the mural on the west wall of the Peel & Press/Starbucks/Pet Elements/West Seattle Vision/Subway building, so we stopped to check in.

It’s been about two weeks since he started. Check out how bright and clear the mural is looking!

It depicts a late-1930s scene across California SW, where West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) is now, with the homes of north Gatewood Hill behind it. As announced in front of the mural a week and a half ago, the restoration of this almost-30-years-old mural is intended to spark restoration of the others painted around that time in The Junction.

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HAPPENING NOW: See and shop pop-up art gallery @ West Seattle Church of the Nazarene http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/happening-now-see-and-shop-pop-up-art-gallery-west-seattle-church-of-the-nazarene/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/happening-now-see-and-shop-pop-up-art-gallery-west-seattle-church-of-the-nazarene/#respond Sat, 26 May 2018 01:59:07 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917751 (WSB photos)

Something fun to do tonight and/or tomorrow – go admire, browse, maybe even buy local artists’ work! It’s a show and sale organized by artist Genna Draper at West Seattle Church of the Nazarene, where she has a studio.

That’s Genna, above, with the church’s Pastor Shaun Mattson. Genna explains that the show has transformed the church “into a beautiful Art Gallery filled to the brim with high-end, quality art by 7 local artists, a perfumer and Seattle dress designer.”

Part of the show proceeds will be donated to the church, for its community-service work and upkeep, Genna says.

The show/sale is on until 8 pm tonight, continuing 11 am-5 pm tomorrow; other participating artists are Rick Duque, Magdalena Cooney, Scott Gibson, Bryant Goetz, Laura Van Horne, Jennifer Carrasco, and Ruby Trinneer. The church is at the corner of 42nd SW and SW Juneau, and Pastor Shaun is also happy to answer questions about the long-planned development on part of the “park” site south of the sanctuary. He says that depending on the rest of the permit process, work could finally start this summer; the church is still planning to use funds for renovation of its building, and that should start by fall.

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3 out-of-state finalists announced for Seattle Police Chief http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/3-out-of-state-finalists-announced-for-seattle-police-chief/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/3-out-of-state-finalists-announced-for-seattle-police-chief/#comments Fri, 25 May 2018 22:14:01 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917699 Three finalists have been announced for Seattle Police Chief, and acting Chief Carmen Best isn’t on the list. All three are from outside the Northwest:

After extensive community outreach and a thorough review of many highly qualified applicants, the Police Search Committee … forwarded to Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan three candidates who best meet the community’s requirements for Seattle’s next Chief of Police. Mayor Durkan received the list of finalists for the next Chief of the Seattle Police Department this afternoon. In the coming weeks, she will interview each finalist and then nominate one for the position. The three finalists are: Eddie Frizell, Inspector, Minneapolis Police Department; Cameron S. McLay, Former Chief of Police, City of Pittsburgh; and Ely Reyes, Assistant Chief, Austin Police Department.

(Photos added by WSB – L to R, Frizell [Minneapolis city photo], McLay [Twitter photo], Reyes [Austin city photo])

“Our Police Search Committee, who has deep experience in criminal justice reform and policing, has worked relentlessly to ensure the voice of the community is a vital and powerful part of this selection process. The strong national interest in this position has led to several great candidates but tough decisions about how the City can best move forward to continue reform and accountability. As I begin the interview process, our next chief must be committed to public safety while continuing to build an accountable, diverse police department focused on meaningful and lasting reforms,” said Mayor Durkan. “I’m incredibly grateful for the work that Interim Chief Carmen Best has done and will continue to do as part of the Seattle Police Department. I have known Chief Best for years and her work has been invaluable to me as Mayor – she has been a strong leader as Interim Chief.”

The City of Seattle and the Police Search Committee conducted a robust community engagement process, hosting 14 community meetings and events and partnering with 50 community organizations. More than 2,600 community members completed the Community Input Survey, up from 191 in 2014. The survey and workshops were open to all Seattle community members and businesses and provided opportunities for people to share their thoughts about the characteristics and experience necessary for the next police chief.

The results of the survey show that Seattle residents want a Chief of Police who understands the importance of community, and is committed to developing lasting relationships and trust, particularly with communities of color. A majority of responders agreed that the next police chief should be a courageous leader dedicated to reform, especially in improving relationships with the public and training officers more rigorously in de-escalation and cultural sensitivity. The survey indicated that the next police chief should demonstrate an ability to set high standards within the department, understand the history of policing in the United States, build confidence with diverse communities, and make all Seattle neighborhoods safer. You can read the full Community Input Survey and Engagement Report here.

“As a member of the Police Search Committee, I’m proud of the work we did to find three superb candidates that have a vision for and commitment to ongoing reform and culture change within our police department. These candidates also understand the need to empower our neighborhoods through community policing and by delivering excellent public safety services,” said Councilmember M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide). “These candidates were identified by our diverse committee through a nationwide search after engaging over 2,000 people through an online survey and a series of community meetings. With the identification of the three finalists, I encourage our community to actively engage in getting to know each candidate.”

The 25 members of the Police Search Committee, many of whom have extensive experience in criminal justice reform, collaborated with a national search firm to attract many qualified applicants from across the country. At the end of the community input process in late March, the Committee worked together to narrow the field of applicants.

“Our next Chief of Police will shoulder the incredible responsibility of protecting all Seattle communities and building trust among those who have the greatest distrust of police and the criminal justice system, and who face the bias and institutional racism of our current system,” said Co-Chair Colleen Echohawk, Executive Director of the Chief Seattle Club. “Over the past several months, a diverse range of community members who are invested in criminal justice, police reform, and public safety have made their voices heard. I believe that any of our finalists could lead Seattle to a safer and more just future.”

“From dozens of applications, over many weeks, we carefully focused our efforts on three outstanding finalists. Each of the three remaining individuals understand – and can actualize – a critical truth: The Chief of Police must be both a steward of public safety and a champion for racial justice,” said Co-Chair Jeffery Robinson. “I look forward to Mayor Durkan’s decision and the next chapter in the Seattle Police Department’s continued reform.”

“As a former King County Sheriff, I believe that the three individuals announced today as finalists are people of deep experience, integrity, and seasoned leadership,” said Co-Chair Sue Rahr, Director of Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission and former King County Sheriff. “Each one would be a strong, effective steward of public safety, hold the trust of the rank-and-file and communities, and be a leader committed to lasting reform.”

The three finalists are:

Eddie Frizell, Inspector, Minneapolis Police Department. Eddie Frizell is an Inspector with the Minneapolis Police Department, which he has served for 25 years. Inspector Frizell also holds the rank of Colonel in the Minnesota Army National Guard, which he served for 28 years, including a deployment to Iraq.

Cameron S. McLay, Former Chief of Police, City of Pittsburgh. Cameron S. McLay is the former Chief of Police for the City of Pittsburgh. Prior to his service to Pittsburgh, Chief McLay spent 29 years at the City of Madison Police Department.

Ely Reyes, Assistant Chief, Austin Police Department. Ely Reyes is an Assistant Chief with the Austin
Police Department, which he has served for 22 years. He also served in the United States Army and performed six years of overseas service. He is a recipient of the Purple Heart, Lifesaving Medal, and three Meritorious Service Medals.

“The Mayor’s assignment to the Search Committee and the co-chairs was based on very clear principles. First, the next Chief must continue to build an accountable, diverse, and effective police department, focused on meaningful and lasting reforms. Second, the search process had to be based on input and leadership from the people of Seattle, especially those communities that face bias and institutional racism in our current criminal justice system,” said Co-Chair Tim Burgess, former Mayor of Seattle. “I believe our work met these principles and found finalists who are experienced leaders, seasoned law enforcement officials, and individuals committed to building trust in the communities they serve.”

The Mayor will review the qualifications of the three finalists, interview each, and nominate one individual for the position of Chief of Police in the coming weeks.

As mentioned above, the city has compiled a report on input during the search process. One of the community meetings was held in West Seattle in early March.

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SDOT behind-the-scenes, plus a greenway update, @ West Seattle Transportation Coalition http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/sdot-behind-the-scenes-plus-a-greenway-update-west-seattle-transportation-coalition/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/sdot-behind-the-scenes-plus-a-greenway-update-west-seattle-transportation-coalition/#comments Fri, 25 May 2018 20:57:45 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917606 By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Two guests from SDOT headlined the West Seattle Transportation Coalition‘s monthly meeting last night, and the first provided a bit of a behind-the-scenes look at the department’sis in transition mode,

The meeting was led by WSTC board member Deb Barker, in the absence of chair Michael Taylor-Judd and vice chair Marty Westerman.

SDOT LEADERSHIP: Genesee Adkins, chief of staff for acting SDOT director Goran Sparrman, spoke in his place – he had to be at the concurrent meeting of the Levy to Move Seattle Oversight Committee, given the recent disclosures about that levy going somewhat off the rails. She first reminded everyone that the mayor is looking for public input in the search for a permanent director (as noted here, including a survey you’re invited to answer). She said Sparrman had come out of retirement to help out with SDOT’s transition before and now after ex-director Scott Kubly and has been tasked with taking a hard look.”We want to be headed in an altered direction and have some good momentum when the new director comes.” Finding “someone to run a 1,000-person agency” is a big task, Adkins noted. She said that the agency is still getting to know Mayor Jenny Durkan, her style, her priorities, where she wants to push the envelope.

Right now, the department is taking an “internal view” and “can speak freely” about things that have not gone well, for an assessment that Adkins says should be done within a few weeks.

“It’ll be concrete and will have a lot of action steps.” It’ll go to the mayor first and then there’ll be “some kind of public release at some point.”

Speaking of Move Seattle, Adkins said they’ve been “working diligently” on assessing it. Last year, department staff and the Oversight Committee observed that something seemed awry – “how can we be checking off all the deliverables yet not drawing down the balance” at a comparable pace? That led to the discovery that they weren’t on track to meeting goals. For one, SDOT “rolled over a large chunk of money” from the preceding levy (Bridging the Gap) when Move Seattle (“almost three times the size” of its predecessor) began. For two, an assumption that MS would spend the same amount of money each year turned out to be wrong – a lot of planning and designing needed to be done. So they hired a consultant to audit the levy.

They’re now talking with advisory boards and others about where things stand. 23 of the levy’s programs “are looking good”; eight “need a harder look.” In particular, Adkins said, three – new sidewalk construction, bicycle facilities, and multimodal corridors – are going to have a gap. The sidewalk situation is being affected by the consent decree requiring construction of 1,250 curb ramps a year, she noted. Earlier in the week, they talked with the Transit Advisory Board about the multimodal situation (that would include new RapidRide corridors such as Delridge’s H Line), which they thought would reap “a tremendous amount of federal dollars.” The federal-funding process is taking much longer than it used to, she said. “The new administration has really shifted priorities … they’ve prioritized grants to rural areas … across the board.” So among other things, that has thrown schedules for such projects into some degree of chaos.

So right now, SDOT is “putting all our cards on the table,” trying to be honest about where things stand.

Another topic was the on-hold Fauntleroy Boulevard project. It is “obviously at 100 percent design,” Adkins said, and they’re hoping to hear more at month’s end about whether Sound Transit light rail is still pursuing a route that might conflict with it. Short term, in consultation with Councilmember Lisa Herbold, they’re “going to try to make some critical investments … to improve safety for all uses to buy us time until we know what Sound Transit is going to do. … what can we do on the surface, what can we do for pedestrians and bicyclists …” She continued, “The sliver of potential good news here is that Sound Transit may give us a renewed chance to (figure out) what makes sense.”

How will those short-term plans be released? “We’re just developing those right now,” Adkins said, working with Herbold’s office, and talking about what to do with the balance of the Fauntleroy Boulevard funding.

Might some of that go toward the Highland Park roundabout? Barker asked. “It could,” said Adkins, recapping what the Highland Park Action Committee heard Wednesday night – that SDOT is applying for another state grant, and doesn’t expect to hear until December.

Q&A included how SDOT is prioritizing curb-ramp locations, and the Magnolia Bridge situation (SDOT doesn’t have funding to replace the 90-year-old bridge, which is safe, but “not in good shape”). SDOT is looking at three alternatives. Also: An attendee wondered about SDOT’s plans for the Viaduct closure pre-tunnel opening. “It’s going to be a challenging stretch here,” acknowledged Adkins, who said they’re “negotiating with the state now about when that’s going to be – probably sometime in October.” They’ll be focused on incident management and encouraging commute alternatives. Asked if it could happen sooner, Adkins said the state is not likely to be ready – but they do hope this will happen before the weather turns, and the time changes, and so on.

“First Avenue will still be off-limits?” asked Redmond. “That’s all utility work,” noted Adkins, “mostly water main and a little sewer.” And since the related streetcar work is on hold TFN “until we get our house in order,” it’s expected to be done by October 1st.

How are Sound Transit and SDOT coordinating? asked Barker (who is also a member of the West Seattle/Ballard light-rail Stakeholder Advisory Group). Adkins said it’s challenging from the city’s point of view because ST wants to “narrow the scope” as it goes forward. “We have to really have our act together and get it right.” On the good side, interim director Sparrman had been Bellevue’s transportation director and so has experience in figuring out how the city and agency can “co-own” this collaboration – so the city’s approach is being re-shaped, to be both “collaborative and aggressive” – or at least, “not passive.” Now there’s a new Sound Transit division inside SDOT, for example.

Another question, from West Seattle High School senior WSTC board member Sam Cleary, was about project funding such as levies. Adkins deflected that into an observation that Mayor Durkan is data-driven. There could be other ways to fund for example mobility improvements -such as congestion pricing, which the mayor has asked be studied. (They just put out a call for bids on that study a few weeks ago, Adkins said. She also said Sparrman attended a congestion-pricing seminar in Vancouver last week.)

WEST SEATTLE NEIGHBORHOOD GREENWAY: Summer Jawson from SDOT brought an update, noting that this greenway starts construction this summer, since they have accelerated the south end – speed humps, some paving improvements, some sidewalk improvements, curb ramps at two intersections. By the end of this month, they’ll be at 60 percent on Phase 2, from High Point to The Junction. Community feedback shaped it – “everybody really really wanted to go to The Junction” – Jawson explained. For Phase 3, she said, the Bicycle Advisory Board offered some feedback on additional walking and biking connections – so now they’re working on the North Admiral Connection (as we’ve reported previously). “What we’re looking at is how to get from 42nd and Edmunds to North Admiral.” 42nd is the only non-arterial involved in The Junction at that spot – “but it’s not a typical greenway route – it’s going to be an urban village enhanced street.” It carries a lot of traffic including when California is closed for the West Seattle Farmers’ Market. She explained that for example, the angled parking by Holy Rosary would have to be replaced by parallel parking under one option. An attendee thought that was a bad idea. Jawson said they’re still looking for comments on route preferences – this survey appears to still be open, but Jawson said it’s supposed to be closed, so if you have comments, send them to westseattlegreenway@seattle.gov.

Asked how they survey traffic, Jawson said they use the double tubing, which measures both volume and speed, and she said they survey at different times of year, while they’re aware they can’t capture “all the dynamics.” She said SDOT hopes to be back out in West Seattle in July/August to talk about “what we heard.” Barker invited her to return to WSTC for an update then.

BOARD ELECTIONS: One potential candidate, Kate Wells, was present at the meeting. She’s a multi-modal mom of 2. “I like to really imagine the future and plan for future needs and sustainability as opposed to the ways of getting around right now.” Board elections will be held next month.

WHAT’S NEXT: WSTC only takes off August, so otherwise, you’re invited to fourth Thursdays next month, in July, and in fall and beyond, 6:30 pm, at Neighborhood House High Point (6400 Sylvan Way SW).

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Holy Rosary students build a ‘tiny house,’ 45 minutes at a time http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/holy-rosary-students-build-a-tiny-house-45-minutes-at-a-time/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/holy-rosary-students-build-a-tiny-house-45-minutes-at-a-time/#comments Fri, 25 May 2018 18:57:16 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917664

Soon, someone living unsheltered will have a new, albeit small, roof over her/his head, thanks to Holy Rosary School seventh- and eighth-grade students in West Seattle. They have been building a “tiny house” – the small structures that have gradually replaced tents, when available and donated – at the city’s sanctioned encampments. It’s been a one-class-period-at-a-time project, taught by wood-shop teacher Mike Ritscher, so they’ve been working on it for months. This week, we stopped by while the students were painting the tiny house:

With the school year almost over, the tiny-house project is too. In a little over two weeks, LIHI – which operates encampments including Camp 2nd Chance in West Seattle – will pick it up. The construction materials, by the way, are from Alki Lumber.

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West Seattle Friday: Art, music, gardening… http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/west-seattle-friday-art-music-gardening/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/west-seattle-friday-art-music-gardening/#comments Fri, 25 May 2018 17:42:31 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917638 (Photo by Deborah Kasperson)

The holiday weekend is about to begin! But first, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

WEST SEATTLE GARDEN CLUB: The monthly meeting is under way but you’re still welcome to drop in, especially for the afternoon program featuring a floral designer’s presentation at 12:45 pm. At Daystar. (2615 SW Barton)

TALK WITH YOUR CITY COUNCILMEMBER: First time in 2 months that West Seattle/South Park City Councilmember Lisa Herbold has had district office hours. 2-7 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle – be there by 6:30 pm. (4217 SW Oregon)

ART SHOW AND SALE, PLUS DEVELOPMENT PROJECT INFO: 4-8 pm at West Seattle Church of the Nazarene, it’s the first day of an art show and sale that’s also a chance to get an update on the project to build six townhouses on part of the church’s “park” land to help raise money to renovate the building. Resident artist Genna Draper – one of eight featured artists – has more info on her website. (4201 SW Juneau)

KIDS INVITED TO PLAN A MURAL: Second of three Friday afternoon workshops with artist Henry Luke at Southwest Library, 4-5 pm, with kids 7-13 invited to help plan the new Roxhill mural at EC Hughes. (9010 35th SW)

ALKI SKATE NIGHT: Second-to-last chance this year for Friday night skating at Alki Community Center! 5:45-7:45 pm. (5817 SW Stevens)

SIGGIE THE VINTAGE MAN: He’s back in West Seattle, one night only!

7-9 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor). More about Siggie here. (5612 California SW)

LIVE MUSIC: Grim Statistic, Retromancer, and Good Riddance play The Skylark – doors at 8, music at 9, $8 cover, 21+. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

Got something for the calendar? Send the info as far in advance as you can! westseattleblog@gmail.com – thanks!

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YOU CAN HELP! Chief Sealth IHS Green Team’s garden request http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/you-can-help-chief-sealth-ihs-green-teams-garden-request/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/you-can-help-chief-sealth-ihs-green-teams-garden-request/#comments Fri, 25 May 2018 16:36:49 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917646

The photo and request are from Chief Sealth International High School student Zhen Williams and schoolmates working on a garden project:

I am part of Green Team, a committed group of student representatives that come together to ensure a healthy environment for current and future generations. Our student committee meets weekly and discusses environmental issues, spreads awareness, and works on environmental issues impacting the Puget Sound. Currently we are working on creating and maintaining a courtyard garden, located within Chief Sealth International High School (the school I attend), to promote the idea of community and increase the awareness and our impact on the environment as a school. It also provides an opportunity for students to understand concepts such as sustainability, how to improve our environment, and how students can make a direct change.

Currently, we have an irrigation system almost installed to keep the plants alive and healthy during the summer months. We still need plants for the garden, preferably flower and vegetable starts, native bushes, and potting soil and compost, to ensure that the plants are able to grow and be sustained over the summer when the students are out of school.

We hope that you will consider donating any plant starters or compost to help our courtyard garden. The Green Team relies heavily on the support and donations of our community members and believes in the power of local businesses.

Feel free to contact me with any questions about our club or our Courtyard Garden plans. I can be reached at williams.zhen@gmail.com. Thank you for considering!

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