West Seattle Blog... » Westwood http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sun, 29 Nov 2015 05:33:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: Bail set at $100,000 for suspect in Game Stop robbery, under investigation in 4 more holdups/thefts http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/crime-watch-followup-bail-set-at-100000-for-suspect-in-game-stop-robbery-under-investigation-in-4-more-holdupsthefts/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/crime-watch-followup-bail-set-at-100000-for-suspect-in-game-stop-robbery-under-investigation-in-4-more-holdupsthefts/#comments Fri, 20 Nov 2015 00:45:01 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329674 New information today in the case of the 30-year-old man arrested at an Arbor Heights house Tuesday night on suspicion of robbing the Westwood Village Game Stop store earlier that night. His bail is set at $100,000 after his appearance in a jailhouse courtroom downtown this afternoon. And the probable-cause documents say police suspect him and a 39-year-old relative – who is not in custody – of committing this robbery, and are investigating them in connection with three other robberies/major thefts in the past six months:

According to the documents, Tuesday night’s Game Stop heist started ten minutes before closing time, when two masked men, one with a handgun and one with pepper spray, entered the store. They ordered employees to take all the money out of the tills; one refused, and was sprayed. That employee started fighting with the spray-wielding robber; in the meantime, the one with the gun started taking money from the tills. Then both robbers ran out to the parking lot – and that’s when the witness mentioned in our original coverage saw them and took a photo of their vehicle while making note of its license number. The witness called the information to 911. That enabled officers to get the Arbor Heights address to which the vehicle was registered. They found the vehicle at the house and saw two men standing in the front yard; they ordered them not to move, but the two walked into the house. Police surrounded the house, ordered them to come out, and one – the man in custody – eventually did, along with a female relative who lives there. She gave them permission to search the house for the other suspect, who wasn’t found. She wouldn’t let them look for evidence, so they had to get a warrant.

As the vehicle was being towed to the evidence room, police say, they spotted a Taser/stun gun inside it. After this mention, the probable-cause document goes into the other robberies for which they are investigating the two suspects in this one:

-On November 10th, the smoke shop on 35th SW just north of Roxbury was robbed by two men, one armed with a Taser/stun gun, one with pepper spray. They sprayed and Tasered a store employee while stealing cash from the till. They got away with the money and a carton of cigarettes.

The three earlier incidents happened outside West Seattle:

-May 14 in Federal Way, two people stole an ATM from inside a store in the 27000 block of Military Road South, loading it into what was described as a stolen station wagon.

-July 12 in Federal Way, two people tried to steal a drive-up ATM from a bank in the 32300 block of Pacific Highway South using what was described as a “stolen lift truck.”

-September 28 in Georgetown, two people with that same “stolen lift truck” held up a 76 station in the 500 block of S. Michigan Street by spraying the on-duty employee with “bear spray” and then making off with the store’s ATM.

The suspect who is in custody does not have a felony criminal record so far as we have found. He is due back in court tomorrow unless prosecutors file charges, in which case an arraignment date would be set

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FOLLOWUP: Arrest in Arbor Heights followed robbery at Westwood Village http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/followup-arrest-in-arbor-heights-followed-robbery-at-westwood-village/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/followup-arrest-in-arbor-heights-followed-robbery-at-westwood-village/#comments Wed, 18 Nov 2015 21:11:52 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329572 Thanks to everyone who tipped us about a big police response at an Arbor Heights house last night. We have finally obtained Seattle Police confirmation that the arrest made there was linked to the robbery we covered earlier in the evening at the Westwood Village Game Stop store. A witness to the robbery tells WSB they saw a getaway vehicle and provided its description and license plate to police. Officers found the vehicle at a home near 35th and 104th in Arbor Heights and, with a warrant, searched the house and arrested a 30-year-old man who is now in the King County Jail; the vehicle was towed as evidence. We’re expecting a few more details from police this afternoon, and will add them when available, but after many inquiries today about the AH response, we wanted to publish this as soon as we had confirmation of the link.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Westwood Game Stop robbed http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-crime-watch-westwood-game-stop-robbed/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-crime-watch-westwood-game-stop-robbed/#comments Wed, 18 Nov 2015 05:42:31 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329522

Police are investigating a robbery this past hour at the Game Stop store in Westwood Village, right around closing time. We’re just back from talking with officers and the store clerk, who said the robber tried to pepper spray him, then took a swing at him, and eventually got away with some cash. No medical attention needed; no suspect descriptions. We had just left the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting, where Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Pierre Davis had mentioned that robberies are a category of crime currently on the upswing citywide – full report to come.

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West Seattle restaurants: Ripple Café closes, cites rent increase http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-restaurants-ripple-cafe-closes-cites-rent-increase/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-restaurants-ripple-cafe-closes-cites-rent-increase/#comments Thu, 12 Nov 2015 19:26:47 +0000 Patrick http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328909 A local restaurant has closed suddenly, blaming a rent increase. Here’s the photo texted by a reader:

The Ripple Café was in the small multi-business building on 35th SW just south of SW Henderson, also home to West Seattle Fish House and Stuffed Cakes. It hadn’t even been open for six months. The King County Assessor‘s records show that the 86-year-old building changed hands this year for the first time in 19 years, sold to WD Group LLC in June for $600,000. While that LLC has a Seattle mailing address, one of its managers lists an address in San Francisco; we’re attempting to contact the owners for comment, and have also messaged the Ripple Café’s proprietor. The building recently underwent some external renovations; the site is zoned for up to four stories of potential mixed-use development, but a check of the online files shows no proposals on the record so far.

In case you’re wondering about the building’s other tenants, we went over a short time ago to verify the closure and while there, stopped in to check with Stuffed Cakes proprietor Donna Lawson. She confirms the change in landlords and a rent increase – which she expected, given the sale – but says her business is doing well and she’s staying. (She also mentioned that the San Francisco owner grew up in Seattle, so does have local ties.)

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Westwood ‘transit center’ lighting, sidewalk improvements delayed until next year, Metro says http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/westwood-transit-center-lighting-sidewalk-improvements-delayed-until-next-year-metro-says/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/westwood-transit-center-lighting-sidewalk-improvements-delayed-until-next-year-metro-says/#comments Mon, 09 Nov 2015 23:40:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328648

(WSB file photo: ‘Wall of buses’ along Roxhill Park, across from Westwood Village)
It’s been two years since the Westwood-Roxhill Community Council started seeking safety improvements along the Roxhill Park section of the Westwood-area “transit center” – particularly lighting. We’ve covered walking tours of the area going back to the end of 2013, where WWRHAH leaders including co-chair Amanda Kay Helmick pointed out the safety issues. In January of this year, Metro told WWRHAH that they had procured a $170,000 county grant for lighting and ADA sidewalk upgrades to the area – but it hasn’t happened yet, so Helmick just followed up again, with various people in the loop, including King County Executive Dow Constantine‘s transportation adviser Chris Arkills, who investigated and then forwarded this update from Metro’s Paul Roybal:

Thank you for your inquiry about the status of King County Metro’s project to construct sidewalk and lighting improvements at the Westwood Village C Line Terminal. Over the past several months, Metro’s preliminary design work has included:

· coordination with the City of Seattle to address technical design issues,
· completion of federal environmental review requirements, and
· identification of City of Seattle permitting requirements.

Certain project elements, including the lighting improvements, trigger requirements of the City of Seattle Street Improvement Permit process. This process requires additional coordination with various City departments, and is typically completed in a three- to six-month time frame. Concurrently, Metro is actively working with the City of Seattle to identify options to reduce the construction duration once permitting is complete. Metro’s design team now estimates that construction will be complete in mid-2016.

Some of the other problems pointed out by WWRHAH in the 2013 walking tour have already been addressed.

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HAPPENING NOW: Shirley Enebrad @ Words, Writers, & West Seattle http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/happening-now-shirley-enebrad-words-writers-west-seattle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/happening-now-shirley-enebrad-words-writers-west-seattle/#comments Sat, 07 Nov 2015 01:48:23 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328398

Until 7 pm, author and longtime West Seattleite Shirley Enebrad is at Barnes & Noble/West Seattle for this month’s edition of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society-presented literary series Words, Writers, & West Seattle. She’s currently based in Honolulu but remains well-known here for her years not only as a neighbor but also as an entrepreneur – she co-owned The Good Book – and television producer. B&N is in the midst of a mini-Makers Faire so Shirley is talking tonight about the process of “making” writing, from TV to books to web, as well as speaking about her book “Over the Rainbow Bridge,” chronicling her 9-year-old son Cory‘s death from cancer. Shirley was introduced by series coordinator Dora-Faye Hendricks.

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Come & get it! Post-show pickup time for Southwest Library art http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/come-get-it-post-show-pickup-time-for-southwest-library-art/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/come-get-it-post-show-pickup-time-for-southwest-library-art/#comments Tue, 03 Nov 2015 02:17:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=327961

This year’s Community Art Showcase at Southwest Library featured 112 creations by 57 artists and musicians – and librarian Jane Gibson says that if you’re among them, tonight and tomorrow are your last chances to go get your work and bring it home! She shared the photo collage of participants; click the image for a larger version. The library at 35th SW & SW Henderson is open until 8 tonight and 10 am-8 pm tomorrow.

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FOLLOWUP: Bail set at $25,000 for suspect in Saturday house fire http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/followup-bail-set-at-25000-for-suspect-in-saturday-house-fire/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/followup-bail-set-at-25000-for-suspect-in-saturday-house-fire/#comments Tue, 06 Oct 2015 16:40:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=325111

(Police and fire investigators at scene on Saturday)
An 18-year-old man is in jail, suspected of setting the fire that damaged a house in the 9200 block of 31st Place SW on Saturday afternoon. SFD confirmed on Monday that the fire had been ruled arson, but we weren’t able to confirm until this morning that a suspect is in custody. Court documents say he is the boyfriend of the 18-year-old woman who was found outside the house, “screaming and crying,” as it burned. She is reported to have told investigators the suspect lived inside the house, and that when they had argued earlier in the day, he had threatened to set it on fire. She also said the house, described by SFD and in an online complaint as “vacant,” had belonged to a relative of her boyfriend and that he had been staying there because he was otherwise homeless. A neighbor told police he had seen the man walking away from the house just before an “explosion” that preceded the fire. The suspect was found “on a pathway near the Roxhill Park entrance,” according to the probable-cause document, and recognized by officers “from prior contacts” (he does not, however, appear to have a criminal record, either felony or misdemeanor). He was booked into King County Jail on Saturday night; on Monday afternoon, a judge set his bail at $25,000. Prosecutors have until tomorrow to file charges.

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UPDATE: Fire at vacant Westwood house; firefighter injured http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/big-response-for-possible-house-fire-in-9200-block-of-31st-place-sw/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/big-response-for-possible-house-fire-in-9200-block-of-31st-place-sw/#comments Sat, 03 Oct 2015 21:51:31 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324825

(Added: Photo courtesy Conrad)
2:51 PM: Seattle Fire has a “full response” headed to a possible house fire in the 9200 block of 31st Place SW, which is in Westwood (map). More to come.

(Smoke was visible for blocks – photo courtesy Sebastian, looking SW over Westwood Village)
2:55 PM UPDATE: It’s a confirmed fire and SFD units have water on it.

(WSB photos from here down)
3 PM UPDATE: Now reported to be under control. One possible injury.

3:07 PM UPDATE: Via Twitter, SFD describes the house as “vacant.” That’s borne out by this DPD record for the address that SFD has logged for the fire – a complaint made and investigated less than a month ago.

3:20 PM UPDATE: Nobody hurt, we’ve confirmed with SFD. Fire investigators are en route to look into the cause. The fire is mostly out except for some smoldering in the walls. Neighbors tell us it’s been a problem house for a year or so.

3:35 PM UPDATE: Update – we’ve since been told a firefighter suffered a hand injury and has been taken to the hospital.

5:58 PM UPDATE: As mentioned in comments, fire and police investigators have been there; we went back over for photos.

Still no official word on the cause, but the police presence confirms they are investigating the possibility of arson.

MONDAY UPDATE: Lt. Sue Stangl from SFD says investigators determined that this fire was “set,” and so Seattle Police are investigating. Damage to the house is estimated at $100,000, and $5,000 to its contents.

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West Seattle coyotes: Just spotted, in the street http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-coyotes-just-spotted-in-the-street/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-coyotes-just-spotted-in-the-street/#comments Thu, 01 Oct 2015 06:15:39 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324589 Just in via text (206-293-6302, 24/7), our first coyote report of the fall:

Just spotted a large coyote in the street on SW Thistle, near the alley between 24th & 25th Ave. I slowed down thinking it was a stray dog, then watched it go into the walkways in between the apt buildings there. Just want to spread the word since it’s in a highly populated area.

As also noted in our exchange with the texter, that’s across the street from the stretch of Longfellow Creek that runs east of the Chief Sealth International High School/Denny International Middle School campus. But coyotes can turn up anywhere, whether a greenbelt is nearby or not – just browse our eight-plus-year archive of sighting reports for ample evidence of that. When you see one, do your best to scare it away – more for its good than yours – as explained here.

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FOLLOWUP: About the missing, fire-damaged Westwood mailbox http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/followup-about-the-missing-fire-damaged-westwood-mailbox/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/followup-about-the-missing-fire-damaged-westwood-mailbox/#comments Tue, 22 Sep 2015 18:14:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=323740

(August 28th photo, courtesy Megan)
From the “in case you were wondering too” file: Three and a half weeks after the fire that destroyed mail and led to removal of the mailbox outside the Westwood post office, we asked USPS spokesperson Ernie Swanson if it would be back any time soon. His response: “There is no spare mail collection box of this type available. So we are repairing the old one. The process is underway and we hope to have it ‘back in place’ in the not too distant future. I can’t give you a date for that just yet.” We’re still checking on the fire investigation, but we’ve been asked several times recently about the box’s status, so here’s that followup in the meantime. If you need an outdoor dropbox, the Junction post office (California between Genesee and Oregon) still has one.

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HAPPENING NOW: Raingarden tours in Sunrise Heights and Westwood as King County marks completion of its first ‘green stormwater infrastructure’ project http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/happening-now-raingarden-tours-in-sunrise-heights-and-westwood-as-king-county-marks-completion-of-its-first-green-stormwater-infrastructure-project/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/happening-now-raingarden-tours-in-sunrise-heights-and-westwood-as-king-county-marks-completion-of-its-first-green-stormwater-infrastructure-project/#comments Sun, 20 Sep 2015 20:44:58 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=323525

1:44 PM: Looking for something to do this afternoon? After King County Councilmember Joe McDermott and project manager Mary Wohleb ceremonially cut a big yellow ribbon, raingarden tours are under way in Sunrise Heights and Westwood until 4 pm – find the map here. It’s all to celebrate the completion of 91 roadside raingardens in planting strips spread across 15 blocks in those two neighborhoods, to keep stormwater out of the combined-sewer system and, in turn, keep untreated wastewater from overflowing into Puget Sound when the Barton Pump Station in Fauntleroy is overwhelmed. This is one of two King County Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) reduction projects in West Seattle that date back to early public meetings in 2009, and it was the county’s first-ever project of this type (the other project is the million-gallon Murray CSO storage tank being built across from Lowman Beach Park).

ADDED 3:24 PM: First, our video of the short round of speeches that began the event – Kristine Cramer from the KC Wastewater Treatment Division spoke first, then Councilmember McDermott and Wohleb.

As McDermott pointed out, “Neighbors spoke up, and the county listened.” That hinted at the pre-construction controversy for both West Seattle CSO projects. After early meetings dating back to 2007, three options for reducing the Barton basin (map) overflow were presented in 2010, and this was one of them; the other two involved stormwater-storage facilities on the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse back lot, or under upper Fauntleroy Way across from the ferry dock, which generated much opposition, given the historic unofficial park status of the area.

Once the “green stormwater infrastructure” plan was announced in late 2010, that too generated skepticism – the city had tried it in Ballard and that did not go well, to say the least. In 2011, the county tried to calm the most common concerns with a special meeting to address them.

Before today’s ceremony, we talked with project manager Wohleb, who said none of the fears had borne out, so far. No ponding, for example – if anything, she said, the bioswales are draining water more quickly than expected. While this coming fall/winter will be the first rainy season post-completion, some raingardens were done before last winter, so we asked if they have any data. Not so far, in part because the Barton Pump Station itself has been out of commission for construction, too, KCWTD says.

Wohleb also had words of praise for the entire project team, including the contractors >Goodfellow Brothers and designers SVR. Also mentioned today: The copious amount of communication with neighbors (look at all the block-by-block updates on this page, just as an example).

WHAT’S NEXT: If the county needs more stormwater to be taken out of the system, four more blocks could get raingardens – shown in the project map above as “delayed”; they were designed and permitted, just in case. If you’re in the project area and interested in a home raingarden or cistern, the rebate program through RainWise is funded through next year; check it out to see if you’re eligible.

And note that projects like this are in the works for Highland Park and South Park – here’s the county project page for that.

Something to say about the Barton CSO project? The county has set up an online survey – just go here.

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SUNDAY: Celebrate completion of Barton CSO roadside-raingarden project in Sunrise Heights, Westwood http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/sunday-celebrate-completion-of-barton-cso-roadside-raingarden-project/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/sunday-celebrate-completion-of-barton-cso-roadside-raingarden-project/#comments Thu, 17 Sep 2015 18:56:22 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=323184

The rain falling right now reminds us of what’s coming up Sunday afternoon in the Sunrise Heights and Westwood neighborhoods – the King County Wastewater Treatment Division‘s celebration of the completion of the Barton Combined Sewer Overflow Control project. 15 blocks now have roadside raingardens after two seasons of construction; a ceremonial ribbon-cutting is planned at 1 pm Sunday at 32nd SW and SW Kenyon, and then from 1:30-4 pm, tours will be offered of “three recently planted blocks.” It’s also a chance to get updated information about the project, including the ongoing RainWise program, offering incentives for people in the target area to install rain gardens and/or cisterns. This project has been much-discussed, going all the way back to early meetings six years ago, so now that it’s done – whether you’re coming to the celebration or not – the county’s offering a survey for feedback – find it here.

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@ Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council: Updates on crime/safety, transportation, The Bog, more… http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/westwood-roxhill-arbor-heights-community-council-updates-on-crimesafety-transportation-the-bog-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/westwood-roxhill-arbor-heights-community-council-updates-on-crimesafety-transportation-the-bog-more/#comments Tue, 08 Sep 2015 11:00:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=321566 Before this week’s round of community meetings gets under way, we have one more to recap from last week – the Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council‘s first meeting since June.

CRIME FOLLOWUP: As WWRHAH co-chair Amanda Kay Helmick pointed out, the June meeting (WSB coverage here) focused on crime, especially chronic problems in the South Delridge area. Some action had ensued – “some flare-ups, some diedowns.” And then Community Police Team Officer Jon Flores got up to speak. He’s one of two Southwest Precinct CPT officers right now – the team had been up to 4 just a few months ago, but, he said, one member has been promoted and another has been assigned to a technology project.

In this area in the past two months, he said, SPD has tallied:

-112 calls for suspicious activity/circumstances
-19 residential burglaries
-13 harassment/threat calls
-10 assaults
-6 car prowls
-2 armed robberies

After the June WWRHAH meeting, Officer Flores said, they were clear on what needed to be done in the South Delridge area – they met with several other city departments, got some CPTED principles applied to the area, but they are still working on some things, like graffiti-vandalism cleanup.

They’ve also obtained some help from the King County Sheriff’s Office Metro Transit Police, more of a “presence.” He summarized, “What we’ve tried to do is change the look of that area.” One attendee asked, “Were there patterns to the residential burglaries?” Flores said, no; some burglary arrests have been made around West Seattle, but he didn’t know offhand if any were related to burglaries in the WWRHAH coverage area.

He said the “suspicious” calls were heartening because “since we’ve really been able to deal with community members directly, we’ve stressed, please call and let us know what’s occurring … so when we see numbers like 112, it means the community is heeding that advice.”

Overall, “it was a pretty average summer” in Officer Flores’s view, voiced after Helmick asked for a comparison, but overall, “busy.” The bicycle patrol is not yet being staffed full time, after a couple of departures, Officer Flores said. To be part of it, officers have to go through bike training, he said, and the next round isn’t until October.

Another attendee asked what would happen with school starting: “Because of some of those high-profile incidents, we had regular meetings (at the end of last school year) at Denny … (Mark Solomon, crime prevention coordinator) and I are going to have an assembly … if we can communicate with the kids and make them comfortable right off the bat … get a line of communication off the start, get these things reported as quickly as we can.” He said there will be emphasis patrols “in and around” the schools (WSHS and Madison as well as Sealth and Denny), not necessarily every school day, but often. (Here’s our June coverage of the Denny followup he mentioned.)

Community concerns subsequently brought up included a now-phoneless phone booth outside a store at 16th – it was suggested that it be reported via the city’s Find It, Fix It smartphone app.

TRANSPORTATION: Chris Stripinis of the WWRHAH Infrastructure Committee reminded everyone that the Roxbury rechannelization work was scheduled to start soon (and indeed it did, days later). There also was discussion about any city followup from the last walking tour in the area; short answer – none, though Helmick mentioned some interesting discussion with city traffic engineer Dongho Chang including wondering whether a walk-all-ways might be the solution for pedestrian challenges at the southwest entrance to Westwood Village.

DUWAMISH ALIVE! Helmick mentioned the upcoming October 17th Duwamish Alive! event. Roxhill Bog steward Scott Blackstock will lead a work party there – you should be able to sign up for that or any other of the day’s events online soon.

METRO TRANSIT STOP UPDATE: Helmick says the lighting and sidewalk improvements are still in the works, and encourages others to keep renewing the requests. … Blackstock mentioned that people are relieving themselves along the east trail of Roxhill Park and suggested that Parks or Metro might consider a portable toilet on that side.

ROXHILL BOG & PARK: Other quick updates -they’re still looking at how to help the bog be more of the true wetland it’s meant to be; one discovery, its trees are taking in much of the water. As for the park, grant money remains for environmental-interpretation signage, and discussions continue. WWRHAH also is trying to get park officials, potentially including the new Superintendent Jesús Aguirre, to confer with them to help make it happen.

(October 2014 photo courtesy Amanda Kay Helmick)
And an update on the turret that had to be removed after the Roxhill Park play structure project out of safety concerns – Parks has finally come up with a plan to reinforce the area with concrete so that it can be returned, and that likely will be in October, according to Helmick.

WHAT SHOULD BE ON FUTURE WwRHAH AGENDAS? After the November election, City Council District 1′s new City Councilmember should be invited, co-chair Eric Iwamoto said. Another suggestion: Have David Goldberg from DPD come talk about the Delridge Action Plan … and bring in the White Center-assigned planner who works for the county. Another suggested topic: P-Patches, and how to get one for the area. Helmick said she had been trying to get someone from Summit Public Schools – which now has state approval for a charter school at 35th/Roxbury – to come to a meeting, but isn’t getting callbacks. (Note: This was a few days before the State Supreme Court ruling that public funding for charter schools was unconstitutional.) It was also suggested that a discussion about what it takes to get an intersection mural would be a topic. And the new Department of Neighborhoods director Kathy Nyland was a suggested guest.

NEIGHBORHOOD GRANTS: Iwamoto encouraged everyone to look into applying. Here’s the info on that.

WWRHAH meets on first Tuesdays, 6:15 pm, in the upstairs meeting room at Southwest Library.

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UPDATE: SW Barton reopening after substance found on Metro bus turned out NOT to be a ‘hazardous material’ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/emergency-response-at-westwood-village-bus-stop/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/emergency-response-at-westwood-village-bus-stop/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 23:42:12 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=321657

(WSB photo. Note: This is NOT the bus on which the substance was found – that’s a few buses down)

4:42 PM: Eastbound Barton is closed right now at 30th SW because of a Seattle Fire response at the bus stop across from Westwood Village. According to the scanner, a “white powder” of some kind was found on a bus, which subsequently was evacuated, and they’re treating it as a possible hazmat situation until otherwise determined. We’ve just arrived at the scene to find out more.

4:48 PM UPDATE: This appears to be happening aboard a C-Line bus – not the one in our photo, a short ways east on Barton, which is now blocked both ways.

4:55 PM UPDATE: We’ve confirmed with SFD at the scene that no one has needed medical treatment. The suspicious substance was called in by the bus driver. Barton remains blocked off between 30th and 26th. (And yes, that is a TV helicopter that just arrived over the scene.)

5:09 PM UPDATE: Crews are suiting up in hazmat gear.

5:25 PM UPDATE: They subsequently went into the bus. We’re waiting to hear/see what happens next. Again, Barton is blocked BOTH WAYS.

5:33 PM: The verdict: Cleaning supplies (photo added above).

Barton will reopen shortly.

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