West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle police http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:49:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 New speed cameras on Roxbury: ‘Real’ tickets start Thursday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/new-speed-cameras-on-roxbury-real-tickets-start-thursday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/new-speed-cameras-on-roxbury-real-tickets-start-thursday/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:31:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287225

(WSB file photo – camera near Roxhill Elementary)
The new speed-enforcement cameras on SW Roxbury – in the Roxhill Elementary and Holy Family school zones – will start issuing “real” tickets this Thursday, October 2nd, as planned. We just checked with Seattle Police to verify that, and they confirm that the “warning period,” which started on September 3rd, ends Wednesday. If you received a “warning” ticket this month, we’d be interested to hear from you (please comment or e-mail us); we asked for information on how many “warnings” have been issued and are told we’ll have to request that via the public-disclosure process, so it might take a while. According to an SPD-provided info-sheet, West Seattle’s first speed-cam zone, Fauntleroy Way near Gatewood Elementary, was responsible for 5,500 $189 citations last school year. The city expects to add more cameras next year, but hasn’t announced the locations yet.

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West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network, report #1: More fingerprinting kits, and other crime-fighting/-preventing plans http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-block-watch-captains-network-report-1-more-fingerprinting-kits-on-the-way-and-other-crime-fighting-preventing-plans/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-block-watch-captains-network-report-1-more-fingerprinting-kits-on-the-way-and-other-crime-fighting-preventing-plans/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 01:41:36 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286797 In discussions following West Seattle Crime Watch coverage here, some have wondered why police officers don’t appear to seek fingerprint evidence at every scene. Last night, at the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network meeting, Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Steve Wilske said one challenge is that they didn’t have access to working kits – so he’s fixing that. In our first of two reports on last night’s meeting, here are the new local stats and prevention plans he mentioned as the meeting began:

First – the “neighborhood policing” plan that’s been mentioned by new SPD Chief Kathleen O’Toole and Mayor Murray.

SPD hasn’t released full precinct-by-precinct stats yet, just citywide numbers through August, but Capt. Wilske revealed two key numbers.

Auto theft is up 10 percent in this area (compared to 44 percent citywide); burglary is down 30 percent here (down 6 percent citywide). Both are major areas of emphasis in neighborhood-policing plans, said the captain. And he mentioned new – relatively – tools to fight and prevent crime:

*A “chronic offender database” – since a “very small number of offenders are responsible” for a very large number of the crimes. He says officers in the field will have access to that database, with information about chronic offenders who live in and/or “caper in” West Seattle. “That’s actually pretty much done,” said Capt. Wilske.

*New fingerprinting kits. The ones available to SW Precinct officers have “degraded” over the time, so the precinct is going to get updated kits and materials, “so that when we do respond to a burglary, auto theft, recover a stolen vehicle, we have the ability to get prints,” and increased chances of finding suspects and convicting criminals. (Added, 7:44 pm – We’re at another meeting featuring Capt. Wilske, and he’s elaborated that they’ll be buying a fingerprinting kit for EVERY officer in the precinct.)

*New engraving tools for citizens to borrow. Capt. Wilske says they’re hoping to encourage you to engrave your driver’s license number on key valuables – because if you get something stolen, that increases the chance of making a match when it’s found: “So when somebody’s driving down the street with seven TVs in their car, if your driver license number is engraved in it the officer can put that into the system” and make a match. “I probably won’t ever be able to eliminate burglaries … but if you get your stuff stolen, I want a way to get it back.” He’ll put out the word when they’re available. An introductory demonstration might be possible at next month’s WSBWCN meeting. (Side note: Social Security numbers are no longer recommended as identifying information for engraving, but there’s little risk in having your driver’s-license number out there.)

Crime Prevention Coordinator Mark Solomon, also at the meeting, added that he has a template for an “inventory list” you can make – and, he reminded, when you take photos of your valuables, take the card out of the camera (lest it be stolen with all those pics).

Capt. Wilske added an update on staffing: Foot beats and bicycle officers will be visible in The Junction and local parks soon, as the Alki emphasis seasonally winds down and the extra officers are no longer needed there. Also, the precinct front desk now has a clerk scheduled 23 hours a day (with a sergeant watching for the 24th), Capt. Wilske confirmed – that’s part of Chief O’Toole’s department-wide directive.


Part 2 of our coverage from last night’s meeting will be in a second story; it’s just too complicated to tack onto this one. Three King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office deputy prosecutors explaining, basically, the intricacies of why repeat car thieves/burglars don’t just get locked up for life at some point – with a ton of context about everything from the filing of charges to the determination of sentences. It might help answer a lot of questions often asked when we cover arrests and sentencing hearings.

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West Seattle Crime Watch followup: High Point shooting suspect arrested http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-crime-watch-followup-high-point-shooting-suspect-arrested/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-crime-watch-followup-high-point-shooting-suspect-arrested/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 23:01:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286789

(Friday photo by WSB’s Christopher Boffoli)
We’ve just confirmed the arrest of a suspect in last Friday’s High Point shooting. As reported here shortly after it happened, an 18-year-old was shot in the leg during what was reported as a fight involving about 20 people near 30th SW and High Point Drive. Police found a gun and multiple shell casings near and under a car in the area. After hearing from multiple sources about a possible arrest, we just confirmed with SPD spokesperson Det. Drew Fowler that a 17-year-old boy was arrested in West Seattle today in connection with the incident, was being questioned by Gang Unit detectives, and is being booked into the Youth Services Center for investigation of assault and unlawful possession of a firearm.

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Update: Man shot in the leg in High Point, police search under way http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/police-investigating-shooting-in-high-point/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/police-investigating-shooting-in-high-point/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 22:44:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286286

(First two photos by WSB’s Patrick Sand)
3:44 PM: Police and fire are responding to a report of a man shot in the leg near 30th SW and High Point Drive SW. Officers are with him and SFD medics are arriving. Updates to come.

3:57 PM: The victim is an 18-year-old man described as having a small-caliber-handgun wound through the back of his calf. He’s on the way to the hospital. No arrest reported yet. According to our crews on the scene, it’s actually in the southeast part of High Point, near the 30th/Sylvan area where Forest Lawn has its headquarters building.

4:12 PM: Via SPD Blotter, here’s what police are saying:

Officers began receiving calls just after 3:30 p.m. Friday of a fight involving up to 20 people in the 3000 block of High Point Way SW. Officers rushed to the scene and found an 18-year-old that had been shot in the leg. Witnesses pointed officers towards a group of people who had made their way through a cemetery and disappeared. … Officers continue to scour the area looking for the suspect in this case. The only description provided of the shooter is a black male, 5-foot-8, 150 pounds wearing a red shirt. Officers are asking anyone who spots the suspect to call 911 immediately.

According to radio communication, police believe they have found the (or a) gun in the area.

(This photo and next by WSB’s Christopher Boffoli)
5:21 PM UPDATE: Still no word of an arrest. The aforementioned gun can be seen in the photo above, under a car. Though only one victim has been confirmed at this point, multiple shots were fired, indicated by the markers:

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Meet your neighhhhh-bors @ SPD Mounted Patrol open house http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/meet-your-neighhhhh-bors-spd-mounted-patrol-open-house/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/meet-your-neighhhhh-bors-spd-mounted-patrol-open-house/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:16:14 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286114

(WSB photo from Delridge Day, 8/6/14)
On the heels – or hooves – of the Seattle Police Mounted Patrol Unit appearance at last month’s Delridge Day, here’s your next chance to see the unit’s horses and humans: This Saturday, it’s the second annual open house at their West Seattle home base. We’re giving you an extra nudge because Sgt. Jim Scott says they really want to make sure you know about the chance to come visit them. The Mounted Patrol is based alongside Westcrest Park in Highland Park (9000 8th SW – directions here); the open house runs noon-5 pm and is hosted by the nonprofit Seattle Police Foundation, whose announcement mentions riding demonstrations at 1 and 4 pm, plus free hot dogs.

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Citywide crime’s up, neighborhood stats still in the works, as Seattle Police work on neighborhood ‘micropolicing’ plans http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/citywide-crimes-up-neighborhood-stats-still-in-the-works-as-seattle-police-work-on-neighborhood-micropolicing-plans/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/citywide-crimes-up-neighborhood-stats-still-in-the-works-as-seattle-police-work-on-neighborhood-micropolicing-plans/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 04:17:57 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286052 When Mayor Murray previewed his public-safety budget last Friday, our coverage noted his mention of “more than 100 micropolicing plans” in progress. Tonight, Seattle Police mentioned those plans in the context of the newest crime statistics.

The precinct-by-precinct crime-stats breakouts for May, June, July, and August aren’t out yet, but the citywide numbers are, and SPD Blotter reports they show an overall increase, led by a 44 percent citywide jump in auto theft. The SPD Blotter update also says: “The Department is using the crime data as part of a new program it’s launched, called SeaStat, that’s aimed at quickly addressing crime hotspots based on analysis of crime data and community reports of incidents.” In addition to computer analysis, “SeaStat also takes community views into account through regular meetings where the department can hear directly from residents if its efforts are working. The community feedback, and analysis of crime data, will be used to adjust the precinct community policing plans now under development.”

In West Seattle, local precinct leadership has been consulting neighborhood groups while drafting those plans. Just two examples: The North Delridge Neighborhood Council is looking for feedback from its community on the latest revision of a proposed North Delridge plan, linked from the NDNC website; and if you are in the Alki/Beach Drive area, the Alki Community Council is looking for feedback on that area’s draft plan when it resumes monthly meetings tomorrow night (Thursday 9/18, 7 pm, Alki UCC parlor, 6112 SW Hinds).

Meantime, we’re awaiting the precinct-specific (West Seattle and South Park comprise the Southwest Precinct) crime-data updates and could hear tomorrow (per our Twitter exchange with SPD, below) when that’ll be available:

You can see the citywide updates on this page (which, at the bottom, links precinct-by-precinct data through April).

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Video & as-it-happened coverage: Mayor Murray’s public-safety-spending plan, and how he’d address homelessness http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/happening-now-mayor-murrays-public-safety-spending-plan/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/happening-now-mayor-murrays-public-safety-spending-plan/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:08:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285409

(Added – archived video of briefing)

-Mayor promises 50 more SPD officers will be on street by end of 2015
-100+ neighborhood “micropolicing” plans in the works
-Re: homeless encampment sweeps, he says policies haven’t changed since before he took office


As-it-happened notes after the jump:

12:08 PM: Click the “play” button to see live Seattle Channel video of Mayor Murray talking about his plan for public-safety and human-services budgeting next year. We’ll add key notes here as it goes, and when it’s over, we’ll replace the “live” window with archived video once it’s available later.

The mayor starts with a lengthy caveat that while city finances are better, they’re still not great.

For the public-safety budget (Chief Kathleen O’Toole is there with him, as is Councilmember Bruce Harrell, current chair of the Public Safety committee), he mentions points including:

*More officers on patrol: He elaborates by saying this will involve reassignment of personnel when necessary, but also says he’ll keep his pledge to increase force by 100 during his term – which means 50 more by the end of 2015
*More data-driven policing
*More civilian experts
*The federal court order will be complied with
*”Micropolicing” plans “to connect police to every neighborhood in the city … Getting officers out of their cars and walking the street” … “to be more visible on our streets and truly create a community-based problem-solving approach.” He says 100+ neighborhood plans are involved.

12:17 PM: He moves on to discuss human services via a stark stat about homelessness – 3,000 homeless children before “The Great Recession,” 27,000 now, statewide. He says the new city budget will “make no cuts” in city spending regarding homelessness. He also mentions that Seattle has 300 homeless veterans and a commitment to end that situation by next year, promising “rapid rehousing” as part of it.

12:30 PM: On to Q/A. Much discussion of SPD data, and mayor’s vow that they’ll “get it right,” especially because it’s clearly considered vital to the federally mandated police reform. The department’s newly hired chief operating officer was mentioned earlier as digging into the data situation. Then, in response to a question, he declares that, related to human services/spending, “We have a housing crisis that extends beyond homelessness.” He says the city does not have “the tools in place” to help people who want to stay in Seattle but can’t afford housing.

He then, responding to a question about homeless-encampment sweeps, says the city and nation “are in a massive homeless crisis.” He also says policies have not changed regarding encampments and sweeps since before he took office. But he says “the broad spectrum of what we should do” regarding housing will be examined. Overall, he says the city has a $60 million unmet need regarding human services.

12:40 PM: What about the police’s pilot body-cameras project? Murray says it’s really important to go with the pilot program first before going wider, especially to address concerns about privacy. They are not in use yet, Chief O’Toole clarifies – they’re still working on policies, “to strike that right balance between accountability, civil liberties …” But (later) she says she hopes they’ll be able to “get on with it” soon. Asked next when additional officers will be in service, she says they are in recruiting/training planning but trying to figure out how to accelerate.

12:50 PM: Q/A wanders off the topic, with one involving whether the $15/minimum wage will depress Seattle’s business climate; the mayor pointed to Weyerhaeuser moving its HQ to Seattle, bringing 900 jobs, and said the city will soon be announcing more businesses moving here and opening here. When the questioning moves back to SPD body cameras, the mayor says one consideration is all the video archives they’ll generate, how to deal with them, how to handle requests (including media) for archived video. Then, it wraps up at 12:52 pm. Again, we’re taking down the live-video window, replacing with a screengrab photo, and adding the archived video when it’s available later. If news releases and other docs become available, we’ll link here too.

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Here’s what we found out about the early-morning death investigation at Admiral Way Viewpoint http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/about-the-early-morning-death-investigation-at-admiral-way-viewpoint/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/about-the-early-morning-death-investigation-at-admiral-way-viewpoint/#comments Sun, 07 Sep 2014 01:47:23 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=284827 If you are among those wondering about the police, fire, and then Medical Examiner response at Admiral Way Viewpoint just after dawn today – especially unnerving to some in that area after the overnight fires – we finally have a bit of information. SPD Lt. Alan Williams responded to our inquiry, saying a suicide victim was found there, a man believed to be in his 70s.

(As always when mentioning suicide, we want to point out a local resource for those considering self-harm or otherwise in crisis: The Crisis Clinic has a 24-hour hotline, 206-461-3222.)

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Followup: Surveillance video from South Delridge shooting/robbery http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/followup-surveillance-video-from-south-delridge-shootingrobbery/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/followup-surveillance-video-from-south-delridge-shootingrobbery/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 23:05:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=284723

Seattle Police have just gone public with that video from this morning’s shooting/robbery outside the South Delridge 7-11 (WSB early-morning coverage here). And they have new information. From the accompanying SPD Blotter post:

SPD Robbery detectives collected video surveillance from the scene of this morning’s shooting and are now working to identify a group of suspects.

In the video, the group of suspects can be seen circling through the parking lot of a West Seattle 7-11 in a gray or silver Buick early this morning, before they climb out of their car and confront several men and women standing outside the store.

During the confrontation, one of the suspects grabbed a man’s phone and demanded his watch before the suspects returned to their Buick.

As the group of suspects began to drive away, one of the victims lobbed something at the suspects’ car. The driver of the Buick then fired several shots out a car window — striking one man in the buttocks and a woman in both her legs — and sped away from the scene.

Witnesses described the gunman as a white male in his mid 20s, possibly with blonde hair, and said he was accompanied by three black males in their 20s and 30s.

If you recognize the suspects in the video or know anything about this case, please call the SPD Robbery Unit at (206) 684-5535.

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Update: 5 hurt, including SPD officer, in Highland Park crash http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/automobile-rescue-call-in-highland-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/automobile-rescue-call-in-highland-park/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 04:18:21 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=284333 ORIGINAL REPORT, 9:18 PM: Another big police/fire response – this time an “automobile rescue” call at Highland Park Way/West Marginal Way SW. This also involved an SPD officer, per Twitter.

9:35 PM: SFD has extricated the officer. Three other people are reported hurt.

10:09 PM: We have just talked at the scene with SPD night commander Capt. David Proudfoot. He says the car was coming down the hill to a ‘fast backup’ call in South Park when the officer apparently lost control, hit the pole, ricocheted into a passing car.

4 people taken to the hospital, no major injuries.

11:04 PM: Another update – Seattle Fire now says there were five people in the car with which the SPD officer collided.

The driver, in her 30s, went to the hospital along with three girls, two 8 year olds and a 9 year old. A 1-year-old boy in the car was taken home by his dad, SFD says. Investigators are likely to be on Highland Park Way a while longer; when we left, Seattle City Light was also there checking on the pole and wires.

12:47 AM: A summary is on SPD Blotter; the only update from the briefing at the scene is further clarification of how the two vehicles collided – that the SPD car had gone backward into the pole and was then hit by the other car.

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Update: Police search in 35th/Myrtle area http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/police-search-in-35thmyrtle-area/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/police-search-in-35thmyrtle-area/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:39:19 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=284226

8:39 PM: Just in case you’ve seen the police search near Myrtle Reservoir Park – police tell us they are looking for someone they had pulled over who turned out to have a warrant out for his arrest, and took off running.

9:04 PM: No arrest yet, but we’re continuing to monitor.

MONDAY AFTERNOON: Here’s an update.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Burglary suspect in custody http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-crime-watch-burglary-suspect-in-custody/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-crime-watch-burglary-suspect-in-custody/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:07:29 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283965

If you heard/saw the big police response in southeast West Seattle, it was for a report of someone breaking into an occupied home (added: near 21st/Barton) … and police are reported to have a suspect in custody. More when we get it.

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The WSBeat: Four police-report summaries, starting with fruit theft http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/the-wsbeat-four-police-report-summaries-starting-with-fruit-theft/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/the-wsbeat-four-police-report-summaries-starting-with-fruit-theft/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:33:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283913 By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog

This edition of our periodic feature The WSBeat contains summaries written from reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers – generally cases that (usually) have not already appeared here in breaking-news coverage or West Seattle Crime Watch reports, but that might at least answer the question “what WERE all those police doing on my block?” Or on the bridge, or the beach, or …

*A Fauntleroy resident went out to his planting strip to harvest his organic pear crop and was dismayed to discover that all of the ripe fruit had been taken. He estimates that at least 50 pounds of fruit — worth $200 — was missing. A nearby citizen said she saw a man and woman in a white van picking the fruit. The van is registered to a Georgetown address.

Three more summaries ahead, including the case that began with a naked man and a tree:

*Around 6:30 pm on the 26th, officers were dispatched to the 2500 block of 56th SW where a naked man was doing pullups from a tree branch. He didn’t appreciate being placed in the rear of the patrol car, where he spent his time mumbling and spitting. The 17-year-old from Kent was eventually restrained (and fitted with a “spit sock”), placed on a gurney, and transported to Harborview for treatment.

*On Harbor Avenue on the evening of the 21st, a rollerblader claimed that a driver speedily exiting a restaurant parking caused a collision. He said the driver entered the skating lane so unexpectedly and abruptly that he (the fast skater) was unable to stop in time and slammed into the car. When medics arrived, they found him on the ground. On the other hand, the police report says, the driver, two passing witnesses (who knew neither the driver or skater), and the restaurant video told a different (and consistent) story: The driver *had* pulled out and was waiting for passing traffic to clear before entering the street. The skater (“moving slower than I walk” said one witness) chose to pass in front of the car (rather than going behind), tapped/grasped the hood the entire time. As he reached the driver’s side he lowered himself “gracefully” to the ground, claiming injury, and pulled out a cellphone. They also say he was lucid and talking … until medics arrived and transported him to Harborview. Officers interviewed him there and warned him that his version was at odds with those of the witnesses. They even mentioned that security footage likely recorded the scene. They asked if he wanted to amend his version of events. He did not, and is facing investigation of false reporting.

*Around 6:15 pm on the 21st, medics were sent to the 1900 block of 42nd SW where they revived a man in a parked car who had overdosed on heroin. He was transported to Harborview. Meanwhile, his female friend who called for assistance was taken into custody for an outstanding felony warrant and for a variety of needles, methamphetamine, and fake IDs in her possession.

EDITOR’S NOTES: Remember, the CRISIS CLINIC hotline is a resource for those in crisis, including thoughts or acts of self-harm, or trying to find help for someone in crisis: 206.461.3222 … Previous WSBeat roundups are archived here. We also publish crime reports when we get tips or otherwise hear about noteworthy incidents – they don’t all turn up on the scanner, so please don’t be shy about letting us know when you see/hear something happening = call or text 206-293-6302.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Police investigating gunfire http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-investigating-gunfire/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-investigating-gunfire/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 03:43:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282854 No word of any injuries, but it appears that police have confirmed that was gunfire heard by many near the Delridge Library (5400 block of Delridge) a little while ago. Officers are still in the area investigating and one reported (via radio) finding shell casings. One nearby resident who called 911 tells WSB that dispatchers told her others had called too.

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Election 2014: Despite (or because of?) park proliferation, Seattle Proposition 1 on losing side here http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/election-2014-despite-or-because-of-park-proliferation-seattle-proposition-1-on-losing-side-here/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/election-2014-despite-or-because-of-park-proliferation-seattle-proposition-1-on-losing-side-here/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:58:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282241 checkbox.jpgAt week’s end, King County Elections published the legislative-district-by-legislative-district breakdown of the first night’s results in the August 5th election. Though the citywide total has been in favor of Seattle Proposition 1 – creating a Park District with taxing authority for extra parks funding that has previously come via levy – parkland-rich West Seattle is in the “no” column. West Seattle has the bulk of in-city voters in the 34th Legislative District (map), and the district’s opening-night vote was 42 percent “approve,” 58 percent “reject.” That was the lowest “approve” percentage of any legislative district with some Seattle voters; next lowest was the 32nd District (map) in northwesternmost Seattle, at 43 percent “approve.” The strongest support, meantime, was 63 percent “approve” in the 43rd District (map), which includes downtown, Capitol Hill, and Green Lake.

If you’re interested in other King County races’ election-night district-by-district breakout, it’s all in this PDF. No precinct-by-precinct breakout yet; the final vote won’t be certified until next week. (And again, what’s reported above is from a breakdown of the first count, made public election night, and does not include ballots counted and reported since then. The “approve/reject” gap has widened a little citywide since that first round; as of Friday afternoon, “approve” was ahead with 53.2 percent, while on Election Night, it was at 52.4 percent.

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