West Seattle, Washington
The Metro Transit flat rate proposed this past summer just got approval from the County Council. From the official notice of today’s hearing, here’s what will happen:
The regular fare peak, off-peak and zone fare differential would be eliminated to create a flat regular fare of $2.75. The regular fare would be increased by $0.25 per trip during the off-peak, remain the same for one-zone trips during the peak, and be decreased by $0.50 for two-zone trips during the peak. The youth fare, low-income fare, seniors and persons with disabilities fare, and fares for Access paratransit service would not change. These fare changes would apply to all regularly scheduled public transportation service on buses, trolleys, transit vans, and dial-a-ride vehicles. These changes would take effect July 1, 2018.
Four development-related notes:
FALCONRIDGE FARM PROPERTY: For those watching the fate of the Highland Park horse farm that’s for sale and could either be preserved or redeveloped into a housing subdivision (which is what the site is zoned for), we noticed over the weekend that an early-stage “preliminary site plan” has been filed with the city for the latter, showing 26 potential home sites. So we checked this morning with farm owner Dr. Jean Nokes, who states emphatically that she hasn’t signed a deal with anyone and is still talking with a multitude of potential buyers, including Pulte Homes, which is who filed the site plan (which is news to her, she told us), four other potential developers, and others who would preserve the farm.
3084 AVALON APARTMENTS: Another “preliminary site plan” in the city system proposes an apartment building at 3084 SW Avalon Way. Avalon of course is awash in apartments but this is notable because it’s just north/west of 3078 SW Avalon, where a long fight over a proposed 100+-unit building ended with the plan being traded for townhouses. This site has the same owner. Nothing publicly visible shows the proposed height or unit count, though it is mentioned that no parking is planned.
NEXT ROUND OF COMMENTS FOR DOWNSIZED 1250 ALKI: When we first reported on the plan for 1250 Alki SW in 2015, it was proposed for 125 apartments. Neighbors argued it was out of scale for the area. Now it’s a six-story, 40-unit project, with 74 offstreet parking spaces, and today’s Land Use Information Bulletin has the official notice of its “shoreline substantial development” permit. This opens a comment period until December 13th; here’s how to comment. The downsized project still is making its way through Design Review.
FAUNTLEROY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION TO DISCUSS REZONE: Two weeks ago, we reported on an early-stage proposal to rezone 9250 45th SW – a somewhat triangular site in Fauntleroy’s Endolyne business district – for a 5-story mixed-use redevelopment. The Fauntleroy Community Association board will talk about it at its Tuesday meeting (7 pm, Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, public welcome). P.S. As pointed out in comments previously, this site would be upzoned from 30′ to 40′ under the new HALA MHA proposal.
11:41 AM: Police are investigating after the driver of a Ford F-150 pickup truck is reported to have hit other vehicles, ending with a crash on Highland Park Way. We have heard the location described as being near West Marginal and being near Othello – and more officers are being summoned for traffic control, so avoid the hill if you can. At least one person is reported to have been injured.
12:16 PM: Adding photo. This is on the uphill (southbound) side, near SW Othello.
10:10 AM: Police are searching in the 17th and Barton vicinity right now for one or two people wanted in what’s been described via scanner as a robbery and hit-run in which someone was reportedly dragged by a stolen car. One suspect has been described as a “possible Hispanic man, 25, heavy set, brown or black wavy hair, small mustache, black hoodie, light T-shirt.” The car’s been found but no one was inside. We’ll update with anything more we find out.
10:31 AM: The search continues, and a K-9 team will be joining. The person who was hurt did not need to be taken to the hospital, we’re told. That part of the incident apparently happened near/at a 13th/Henderson-area construction site (photo added above).
10:37 AM: Added above, a photo of the abandoned stolen car, a blue Subaru with plates starting in AYT. (We don’t know whether it was stolen in West Seattle or elsewhere – it’s not one that we’ve received a reader report about. Police eventually plan to impound it.)
First – as mentioned in earlier coverage, we’re continuing to watch the weather throughout the day, with a High Wind Warning in effect through 9 pm; thanks again in advance for tips (trees down, power out, etc.) texted/called to 206-293-6302. Now, on with highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
ORCA BENEFIT AT JOE’S: Through 10 pm, dine at Endolyne Joe’s (WSB sponsor) and part of the proceeds go to the Orca Network‘s campaign to free the last Southern Resident Killer Whale in captivity, Tokitae/Lolita. (9261 45th SW)
FOOD TRUCKS DEBUT AT SSC: First day of the new plan for daily food-truck visits at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor), near the Clock Tower.
MEATLESS MONDAYS COOKING @ THE Y: Nationally renowned West Seattle-based chef/cookbook author Kim O’Donnel is continuing to lead cooking classes at the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) and that includes Meatless Mondays, 10 am and 4 pm today and several other upcoming Mondays – see the schedule/info in our calendar listing. (36th SW/SW Snoqualmie)
COLLEGE ESSAY WORKSHOP: Students working on essays for college applications are invited to the Bureau of Fearless Ideas workshop, 4 pm at Chief Sealth International High School, room 252B. (2600 SW Thistle)
FRIENDS OF ROXHILL ELEMENTARY: Come support the parents and community members working to support the school! 6 pm in the library at Roxhill. (9430 30th SW)
WEST SEATTLE EDUCATION FAIR: WSB is a sponsor of this free event where you can find out more about, and talk with representatives of, 9 local independent schools (both secular and parochial). Just stop by the Alki Masonic Center in The Junction between 7 pm and 9 pm. Free parking in the center’s lot. (4736 40th SW)
An addition to this year’s calendar of fundraising run/walks in West Seattle – the first-ever Amazon Turkey Trot is happening in Lincoln Park next Saturday, November 18th, 7:30 am. (It was moved from the originally planned South Lake Union location “due to heavy construction,” according to the event poster.)
It’s a fundraiser for Northwest Harvest, which works with food banks and other parters to fight hunger. Organizers stress that the Turkey Trot is a casual 5K, no timing chips, though they promise a clock at the finish line. There’ll be a “kids’ dash” for 10 and under, too.
Everyone’s welcome to participate, even if you aren’t connected to Amazon – scroll down this page to register.
P.S. We are also including this to the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide, covering the season through New Year’s Day and launching shortly – if you have anything for the guide, please send us the info soon as you can – email@example.com – thank you!
6:35 AM: As predicted, the wind has kicked up. No incidents reported so far. One transit alert:
Transit Alert – Route 116 to downtown Seattle due to leave the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal at 7:30 AM will not operate this morning.
— King County Metro🚌 (@kcmetrobus) November 13, 2017
Please let us know about any weather/traffic trouble you see (including power outages), when you can do so safely – text/call 206-293-6302. Thank you.
7 AM: Still no incidents/outages – one person reports a Comcast outage in Belvidere, no way to know if it’s weather-related but they want to remind you to report cable outages too so repair crews will be dispatched quicker. Meantime, the wind advisory is in effect through 7 tonight.
8:05 AM: At least where we are, the wind has quieted somewhat, for now. Still no local incidents reported.
8:23 AM: This is apparently just a break in the wind – the NWS has upped the alert to a High Wind Warning, with possible gusts to 60 mph, in effect through 9 tonight.
9:52 AM: Crash reported, three vehicles, with at least one person hurt, on NB Highway 99 at Yesler.
Nine schools are participating in this year’s 2017 West Seattle Education Fair, and tomorrow is the night you can come talk to all their reps in one room, 7-9 pm at the Alki Masonic Center (4736 40th SW) in The Junction. You’ll find details in our calendar listing; just drop in during the Education Fair and find out more about any or all of the participating schools, which cover from preschool through 8th grade. Free to attend; all welcome; easy access, with parking for vehicles and bikes, and buses running nearby. (WSB is a sponsor.)
When we talked with Chef Mark Fuller and Marjorie Chang Fuller for our recent preview of their new Junction venture Supreme, they were aiming for an opening date of November 12th. Now it’s here – and so is Supreme. We just stopped by their bar-with-New-York-style-pizza-and-pinball joint at 4521 California SW for an opening-night photo. (Note the slushie machines toward the right side, like their north-of-Morgan enterprise New Luck Toy.) The menu is online; Supreme’s hours are (updated) 4 pm-2 am every day.
4:19 PM: Get everything charged, just in case … the National Weather Service has a Wind Advisory for our area, covering 7 am-7 pm Monday. It’s predicting “South (wind) 25 to 35 mph, with gusts 50 to 55 mph.” You can read the full alert here.
MONDAY MORNING NOTE: As of just before 8 a Monday, the alert has been raised to a High Wind Warning, with gusts possible to 60 mph, in effect through 9 pm.
You might have seen that video online – or maybe this New York Times story from earlier this week – without realizing its subject, actor Mickey Rowe, lives in West Seattle. Mickey has gained natioal fame as “the first openly autistic actor to play the role” of Christopher, an autistic teenager, in “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” He told us he is on the road for three months, performing the play (which closed in Syracuse today, after a run in Indiana) and will return to West Seattle, where he lives in an apartment in The Triangle. He is a 2011 graduate of the University of Washington drama program with a long list of theatrical accomplishments, even before this role brought him a bright spotlight.
While the Admiral Neighborhood Association would usually meet this coming Tuesday – the second Tuesday of the month – the November meeting is canceled, president Larry Wymer tells us. But unlike many community groups, ANA will meet in December, so you can re-set your calendar for Tuesday, December 12th (7 pm, The Sanctuary at Admiral, 42nd/Lander).
So many people have observed that the fall colors this year are the most spectacular in memory. Even before this memorable season, one West Seattle garden was putting on such a great late-season show that it’s showcased in this month’s issue of Sunset magazine! Mark and Kathryn Daughhetee of Gatewood are the owners; Lisa Port is their landscape designer; and David E. Perry – also a West Seattleite – photographed their garden for the article, which you can see here. (Perry shared a bonus photo, which you see above, for us to publish with permission.) The Daughhetees chronicled the transformation of their garden with several updates on this personal website.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
If you want to – or have to – let someone else do the driving, you have more options than you might realize.
That was the theme of a recent forum presented by the West Seattle Transportation Coalition. WSTC put together a panel of representatives from advocacy groups and transportation providers who presented information, and answered questions, about many of those options.
It’s a money matter as well as a mobility matter:
Some of your options for today, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Year-round in the street in The Junction, 10 am-2 pm. Here’s what’s fresh. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
FAUNTLEROY FINE ART AND HOLIDAY GIFT SHOW FINALE: Last chance to shop this year’s Fauntleroy Fine Art and Holiday Gift Show, 11 am-2 pm at Fauntleroy Church‘s Fellowship Hall. See the participant list here. (9140 California SW)
KIERKEGAARD LECTURE RECEPTION: Noon at First Lutheran Church of West Seattle:
The Rev. Ronald F. Marshall, longtime pastor at First Lutheran Church of West Seattle, (delivered) the Watkin Memorial Kierkegaard Lecture at Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, on November 9, 2017.
Upon his return, a reception is planned for Sunday, November 12, at 12 Noon at First Lutheran Church of West Seattle. It will be a time to ask questions about the lecture which is titled: “The Confused Name of the Century: Luther’s Thought as the Matrix for Kierkegaard’s Writings.”
Our calendar listing also includes information on how to get a free copy of his lecture. (4105 California SW)
CHORO TOCANDO: Live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)
GOODNESS: They’re reuniting to celebrate the vinyl release of their 1995 album! Free in-store concert at Easy Street Records, 5 pm, all ages. (California/Alaska)
LUSTERLIT: At Parliament Tavern, 8 pm:
Lusterlit (Susan Hwang and Charlie Nieland) play songs about books with friends and fellow contributors to the Bushwick Book Club performance series, Homewrecker Spoon (with Don Rauf), The Long Hot Summer (Scott M.X. Turner and Amber Crea), Nessa Grassing and Brooklyn’s Jessie Kilguss.
Admission free. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
FULL CALENDAR … always accessible, 24/7, here.
“Thank you” was said in many ways tonight as American Legion Post 160 in The Triangle hosted its annual free drop-in dinner for veterans and others connected to the armed services, along with their families. In the photo above are Cameron Foisy, Malia Geraghty, and Ana Geraghty, students at Holy Rosary School, where thank-you cards were made, along with Gatewood Elementary.
Once the first wave of guests – who ranged in age from babies to seniors – got their spaghetti and garlic bread, Post 160 Commander Keith Hughes offered a few words. He began with gratitude that Veterans Day is a holiday about celebrating those who are still with us, and gratitude for their service:
He also paid tribute to the service that so many continue to provide, even after they leave the military – a tribute that rang true, at the dinner cooked and served by volunteers, most of whom had also spent part of the day placing and removing flags in the West Seattle Junction.
Dinner guests also heard from Chelsea Clayton, a West Seattleite who works for U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, who read a letter from the senator, who began it by describing herself as the daughter of a World War II veteran:
In the letter, Sen. Murray promised she would “never stop fighting for those who fought so bravely for us.”
Throughout dinner, special music this year – patriotic songs performed by Sandra Walker:
Hughes explained she was a late addition to the program – he spoke at another local Veterans Day event earlier in the day, heard her play, and invited her to be part of the Post 160 dinner. She accompanied Hughes as he sang “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” with guests invited to join in singing its chorus, before dinner resumed.
P.S. Post 160 – at 3618 SW Alaska – is also home to help for veterans year-round.
Thanks to Linnea Westerlind for the photo of Gatewood Elementary students and mascot today outside West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), where she reports they had a “fun, soggy time” talking to people about the Gatewood Playfield Project (featured here earlier this week). Less than a week into the campaign, they are about a quarter of the way toward their goal of $50,000 to replace the rutted playfield so the students – and neighbors, outside school hours – have someplace decent to play. This new video shows you what it’s all about:
The video was put together, with dozens participating in a shoot during yesterday’s day off from school, by alumni dad and local videographer Barry J. White, who donated his time. Want to help? Here’s how.
Earlier this week, we published Tim McConnell‘s invitation for any interested local U.S. Marine Corps veterans to join him in informally celebrating the USMC’s 242nd birthday last night. He promised to let us know how it turned out – and so today we received the photo and report:
Last night we had 5 Marines and one Marine family member whose mother was a Marine recruiter in WWII, get together to celebrate the 242nd Marine Corps birthday.
Only 2 of us knew each other beforehand, but by night’s end we all decided to make this an annual event!
Thanks to Poggie Tavern for letting us get together, swap stories, meet up with old friends (last saw each other April of 1990!), and make a few new ones.
Thanks for the tips. We’ve been trying to confirm this one for a while, ever since a liquor-license notice appeared for Café Mia at the same address as Fiddlehead Fine Foods in The Junction (4310 SW Oregon) – and today Fiddlehead has itself confirmed that it’s closed (the shown-above notice is in the window – thanks to Daniel for the photo):
Thank you for your support and business over the last 6 years. It has been quite a journey and we have enjoyed meeting and serving our neighbors here in the West Seattle Junction. We are excited to announce there is a new breakfast/lunch cafe (Cafe Mia) that will be taking over and wish them the best of luck.
Café Mia describes itself as a “bistro + vin bar in West Seattle specializing in house-made global cuisine, wines, craft beer, teas, PNW coffee, & organic juices + smoothies.”
The photo is from Brigit, who wonders if these are stolen items:
There’s some items at the bottom of 16th and Orchard that I initially thought might be free, but looking again, they look to be in basically perfect condition so it made less sense as to why someone would dump them. There’s no “free” sign, either.
Attached is a photo: a blue and black umbrella stroller that looks to be brand new, crutches in perfect condition, and a small pet crate.
The Occam’s razor answer is that they’re likely free but I thought I’d email and check if any of the blog readers knew more.
If you know – please comment (or if you’d rather not, you can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!)
This is one of the few holiday bazaars where you’ll find a bar. Drinks and even lunch are available as the Highland Park Improvement Club‘s 2017 Holiday Bazaar continues until 3 pm. You can buy home-baked treats too, cookies, of course, and also Mike’s peach cobbler and sweet potato pie (available in individual sizes!):
(That’s Christie with Mike – she’s HPIC’s bazaar organizer, among other roles.) On behalf of Highland Park Elementary PTA, these guys will sell you cookies:
And so will a group of Girl Scouts:
Lots of non-food items, of course, including Lashanna‘s unique wares:
And if you like to celebrate your sense of place – stuff stocking with these switch plates and other items made with local maps:
HPIC is at 12th and Holden. Next holiday event is on Sunday, November 19th – wreathmaking (bring your own greens, tools, etc. and enjoy good company with your neighbors, 1-4 pm)!
8:53 AM: Thanks for the tips: Seattle Fire is arriving at another “rescue” callout for a crash, this time on SW Admiral Way, near the viewpoint [map]. Avoid the area. More to come.
9:02 AM: At least one person is being taken to the hospital, per scanner, and they’re looking into the possibility a medical problem might have preceded the crash. SPD is calling for more traffic-control help, so again, avoid Admiral Way south/east of the business district. We’ll be there shortly to find out more.
9:12 AM: SPD is calling out the Traffic Collision Investigation team, which usually means the crash scene will stay closed for hours.
9:22 AM: Two vehicles collided – we’ve just added a photo. Only one person had to be taken to the hospital. Admiral’s been taped off, and police really need drivers to stay away. Slow down on side streets, too (we’re parked on 36th and people are going by way too fast).
11:36 AM: JoAnne says in comments that Admiral is still closed both ways.
12:33 PM: Just went down the hill – reopened both ways.
7:13 PM: In a comment, Brad says this collision actually involved three vehicles, and also reports having heard that the driver who had to be taken to the hospital had experienced a health incident. SFD tells us tonight that the driver is an “adult female” who was transported in critical condition – we don’t know her current condition, but that was the assessment after the crash.
Happy Saturday! First, today is the official Veterans Day holiday, so here’s the Veterans Day info:
VETERANS DAY CLOSURES/CHANGES: Seattle Public Library and King County Library branches closed … banks closed … U.S. Postal Service holiday … Most Seattle Parks facilities that are usually open Saturdays are open today (see the list).
STATE FERRIES’ TRIBUTE: Washington State Ferries plans a moment of silence on all vessels at 11:11 am, lasting two minutes, followed by blowing the ships’ whistles.
VETERANS DAY DINNER: 5:30-7:30 pm at American Legion Post 160 in The Triangle, veterans, active-duty service members, Guard/Reserve, and families are all welcome to drop by for a free Italian dinner. (3618 SW Alaska)
Also happening today/tonight:
MARTIAL-ARTS TOURNAMENT AND HURRICANE-RELIEF BENEFIT: 9 am-3 pm at Evergreen Tang Soo Do Academy in The Admiral District, you’re invited to watch today’s tournament, $5 admission fee going toward Puerto Rico hurricane relief, as explained here. (2701 California SW)
HIGHLAND PARK HOLIDAY BAZAAR: 10 am-3 pm at Highland Park Improvement Club, more than 20 vendors – bar open, lunch for sale, come browse and hang out. (1116 SW Holden)
FAUNTLEROY FINE ART AND HOLIDAY GIFT SHOW: 10 am-4 pm, it’s the second day of this year’s show/sale at Fauntleroy Church‘s Fellowship Hall, with 17 artists participating – here’s our report from last night. (9140 California SW)
GATEWOOD PLAYFIELD PROJECT AT THRIFTWAY: 10 am-1 pm, “kids, parents and the Gatewood Gator mascot himself” will be tabling at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) to answer questions about the project to raise money for a much-needed playfield renovation. (4201 SW Morgan)
FAUNTNEAU WORK PARTY: 10 am-noon, the Fauntleroy/Juneau rejuvenation continues – help spread mulch! (Meet at the Fauntleroy/39th bus stop)
SHOREWOOD HOLIDAY BAZAAR: 10 am-4 pm, bazaar with food trucks, book sale, bake sale, Santa photos, more – details in our calendar listing. (2725 SW 116th)
ANDREA & JOSEPH: Originals, covers, multiple genres, live music at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
CAROLE J. BUFFORD & ARTHUR MIGLIAZZA: After-Hours Stomp at Kenyon Hall, 7:30 pm – details in our calendar listing, including how to make your reservation. (7904 35th SW)
‘LAST CROISSANT’ SECOND NIGHT: 8 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, it’s the second performance of “The Last Croissant,” a world-premiere production of a new play by Veronica Tjioe. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
NEIL YOUNG BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE: Featuring Rubies in the Dust, “awesome tribute band featuring local artists Kathy Moore, Norman Baker, Kent Halvorsen, Scott Goodwin, and Gary Westlake. Live painting during the show by Orion Misciagna.” $8 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
LOOK AHEAD TO THE REST OF THE WEEKEND … by checking our complete calendar.