West Seattle Blog... » White Center http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Fri, 09 Oct 2015 03:57:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 YOU CAN HELP! Ticket time for White Center Food Bank’s Harvest Dinner and Auction http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/you-can-help-ticket-time-for-white-center-food-banks-harvest-dinner-and-auction/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/you-can-help-ticket-time-for-white-center-food-banks-harvest-dinner-and-auction/#comments Tue, 29 Sep 2015 18:11:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324428 Earlybird price is about to expire for one of this fall’s biggest benefits. Kristina at the White Center Food Bank (which serves West Seattle from SW Myrtle southward, too) sends the reminder:

The White Center Food Bank’s 11th Annual Harvest Dinner & Auction is coming up on October 17, 2015 at South Seattle College’s Brockey Center. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and helps us to continuing feeding our community; in 2014, we served 64,473 people from West Seattle, White Center, and Burien. The auction is really fantastic this year, with items ranging from restaurant gift cards to a week in Mallorca, Spain, and everything inbetween; the dinner is a delicious steak and salmon entrée (vegetarian also available). Tickets are on sale now, and the price goes up October 1st, so the time to buy is RIGHT NOW! Last year, the event sold out, and we hope for the same this year. Information, tickets, and a preview of items up for bid, all available at whitecenterfoodbank.maestroweb.com

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UPDATE: Meander’s Kitchen changes management, closes early today, says it will reopen Monday http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/meanders-kitchen-changes-management-closes-early-today-says-it-will-reopen/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/meanders-kitchen-changes-management-closes-early-today-says-it-will-reopen/#comments Sun, 02 Aug 2015 22:26:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=318687 By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Popular diner Meander’s Kitchen in White Center closed early today – about two hours short of its usual 3 pm closing.

That wouldn’t be noteworthy, except for the circumstances: A management change, made with King County Sheriff’s Office deputies standing by, following 12-plus hours of unofficial claims, attributed to employees, that today would be Meander’s last day of operations.

First word of this came with postings in various spots on Facebook late Saturday night/early Sunday morning – including the “posts by others” section of the WSB page – saying that Sunday would be the restaurant’s last day open and urging customers to come show support. We also received a text message to that effect, saying the staff was opening the restaurant in hopes of making enough money to cover payroll and vendors. By morning, this sign was up at the restaurant (several people texted us the image):

Patrons told us employees were also telling them personally that it was closing. Contacted via Facebook, restaurant founder Miranda Krone – working out of town as a maritime chef – told us that was definitely not true, and that a new general manager/partner, Afton Larsen, who had been part of Meander’s operations in its early West Seattle days, would arrive at the restaurant later in the day to sort things out.

Larsen also contacted us directly to say she would be at the restaurant “this afternoon to talk with staff in person and keep our doors open.” And a post on the restaurant’s official FB page echoed, “We are NOT closing”:

We had planned to check in by mid-afternoon – and then came a text from a patron about the arrival of deputies, around 1:15 pm, with diners being told that service was ended for the day (regular daily closing time has been 3 pm). That accelerated our plan to go check on the situation. WSB co-publisher Patrick Sand was told on arrival that the deputies were there to ensure an orderly transition, but that there was no trouble and no one had been arrested.

Some employees say their paychecks had bounced, but so far, no one has reported filing a complaint with state Labor and Industries. Larsen (photo below) told us she was just starting to go through the books so didn’t know the status of the restaurant’s accounting yet.

She said some of the current staff has agreed to stay on; she said she hopes Meander’s will be open tomorrow, usual hours, but if circumstances make that infeasible, they would expect to reopen by midweek, potentially with limited service until things are straightened out.

Meander’s first opened in January 2011 in the tiny ex-Jade West Café north of Morgan Junction. Its popularity led Krone to seek a new, larger space, and Meander’s moved to its first White Center space in fall 2012. That turned out to be a bit too big, she said, moving the restaurant to its current space at 9809 16th SW in late summer 2013.

6:54 PM UPDATE: Via e-mail, Larsen says, “We will be open from 10-3 tomorrow running a limited menu with a skeleton crew.”

11:25 PM UPDATE: As discussed in the comment section, while a variety of allegations/rumors continue flying here, we don’t report what can’t be substantiated/verified, until and unless it is. One thing we did verify a short time ago, after some difficulty getting into online court records: An unlawful-detainer (potential eviction) complaint was initiated against the restaurant in late June by the previous tenant from whom they sublease. A hearing date was set for July 10th but online records do not indicate any court action taken then or since. We are seeking clarification from the new management on whether that means it’s been resolved.

11:19 AM MONDAY: Owner Krone responded via text that the rent is now current and resolution of the case is being negotiated by lawyers. Asked if there was any chance the restaurant would be evicted, she replied, no.

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TOMORROW: Fireworks show launches White Center Jubilee Days http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/tomorrow-fireworks-show-launches-white-center-jubilee-days/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/tomorrow-fireworks-show-launches-white-center-jubilee-days/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 01:17:02 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=316580 Every year we publish a reminder about the White Center Jubilee Days fireworks show, in case you want to go see it, or just want to be forewarned about the booms in the distance. This year’s show is tomorrow night (Wednesday, July 15th) at dusk, at Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center (1321 SW 102nd), where it’ll also be the first night of the Jubilee Days carnival.

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Cannabis crackdown: County, state target ‘unlicensed’ marijuana businesses in unincorporated area; City Council discussion ahead too http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/cannabis-crackdown-county-state-target-unlicensed-marijuana-businesses/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/cannabis-crackdown-county-state-target-unlicensed-marijuana-businesses/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 23:19:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=315892 Tomorrow morning in White Center, King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg and King County Sheriff John Urquhart plan to brief the media on what their advisory describes as an “effort aimed at closing down unlicensed marijuana businesses operating in unincorporated King County,” which includes WC. Sources tell us they’ve already been circulating letters to some of those businesses. Some unincorporated-area community advocates have long been expressing concern about the proliferation of medical-marijuana enterprises in North Highline, particularly White Center; it’s been a frequent topic at North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meetings, including one we covered in April. This follows passage of a new state law requiring that medical marijuana be handled as a sideline in state-licensed recreational-marijuana shops. (One of the latter recently opened in downtown White Center.)

Here in the city, Seattle is moving toward a crackdown of its own – the issue is, in fact, on the agenda for the City Council’s Finance and Culture Committee tomorrow afternoon.

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From White Center Now: A fish (store) story http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/from-white-center-now-a-fish-store-story/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/from-white-center-now-a-fish-store-story/#comments Sun, 07 Jun 2015 01:28:12 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=312629 EDITOR’S NOTE: Earlier this year, WSB reader Jerry sent us a postal-mail letter expressing concern about the future of White Center’s B & D Aquarium, the only aquarium-supplies store for miles around. He asked us to do a story. Took a while, but here it is – first published on our partner site White Center Now, republished here tonight.

Story and photos by Randall Hauk
Reporting for West Seattle Blog & White Center Now

“I’ve been hanging on so long, I’ll hang on as long as I can.”

Being a brick-and-mortar retailer these days can be a challenging prospect, even for businesses which have accumulated decades of expertise in their industry while serving their community.

Such is the case with White Center’s B & D Aquarium, regarded by many Puget Sound-area hobbyists as a valuable resource for serious hobbyists, who rave about the shop’s knowledgeable staff and the intense care paid to keep healthy stock available.

B & D’s owner, who prefers to be identified only as P.D. (“That’s what all my friends call me.”), started his business in 1972, at 35th SW & Roxbury. Listen to P.D. tell his story:

The current location at 10450 15th Ave SW (next to the White Center Eagles), with a large Clown Loach painted on the north-facing side, is the fourth iteration of the store.

Between P.D. and his two employees, B & D Aquarium staff offer knowledge compiled through more than 100 years collectively in the business, which started and has been maintained all through the passion of a true hobbyist. In addition to all the advice and equipment needed to start and maintain your home aquarium, B&D Aquarium’s 70 tanks offer a variety of fish from “all over the world . . . except Antarctica.”

A year after quitting his aquarium-shop job, P.D. found himself missing the atmosphere of being surrounded by fish, especially after having had to get rid of most of his 52 tanks at home due to the expense. In an early ’70s version of crowdfunding, P.D. opened a shop with “the help of friends and donated tanks.”

When the shop found itself in need of a new home, “customers and ex-employees all came in to help move,” says P.D. And though he also says he was “lucky to find this place,” four years later, B & D hasn’t entirely recovered fiscally from that move, as his humble business has struggled to compete with larger pet shops and online retailers.

“I’ve seen (chain pet stores) selling equipment for less than our wholesale cost,” says P.D. of the challenges in staying competitive. “People tell me, ‘We bought our stuff somewhere else because it was cheaper, but we come to you for advice because you know what you’re talking about.”

The loss of revenue from that segment of their potential customers already forced B & D to get out of the saltwater side of the aquarium business several years ago. Advising people who were not spending money in their shop was also taking too much time away from the time needed to properly care for the fish they have on hand.

And for P.D. and his colleagues, all dedicated hobbyists themselves, taking shortcuts to create time and reduce operating costs is simply never a consideration.

In order to assure the fish he sells leave the shop in good health, P.D. says, “they have to be treated, quarantined, and watched. We make sure they’re 100% healthy, which takes ten times as much work as making sure they’re even 99% healthy.”

His love for the hobby and the fish themselves also can get in the way of cynically taking every dollar that presents itself at his cash register.

“I spent far too much time talking people out of buying things to be profitable!”

That level of dedication is precisely what draws hobbyists from throughout the greater Puget Sound region for their aquarium needs. It also speaks to why B & D has such a loyal, if small, customer base. Spending the extra money on the fish initially saves them later on the cost of chemicals and other treatments that follow fish not properly prepared for the move to a home-aquarium environment.

But how do people get drawn so strongly to a hobby that requires significant expense and effort to maintain? Perhaps even to the point of running a struggling shop for forty-plus years?

“It’s a spiritual experience,” explains P.D.. “It can lower your blood pressure. They prescribe it for hyperactive children. It can really open your eyes . . . (one gets a) completely different understanding of the whole universe.”

He concludes: “It can be wonderful.”

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QUESTION FOR DISTRICT 1 CANDIDATES: Annex White Center and the rest of unincorporated North Highline, or not? http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/question-for-district-1-candidates-annex-white-center-and-the-rest-of-unincorporated-north-highline-or-not/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/question-for-district-1-candidates-annex-white-center-and-the-rest-of-unincorporated-north-highline-or-not/#comments Wed, 03 Jun 2015 05:47:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=312204

(Looking southward over the heart of White Center. Photo by Long Bach Nguyen)
Tomorrow (Wednesday) morning, as reported here Monday, the issue of White Center/North Highline annexation comes up for another briefing before the City Council’s Education and Governance Committee. Last December, that committee voted to take a step that it stressed just kept the city’s options open for potentially seeking an annexation vote in time to use a state tax credit considered vital for covering some of the costs. Now, another step has to be taken to keep that option open, councilmembers will be told tomorrow. But another vote would be required to actually pursue a vote by residents of the potential annexation area, and if that vote happens, it might not be until after the November election. As a prelude to tomorrow’s briefing – we asked the nine candidates for City Council District 1 (West Seattle/South Park) whether, and why, they do or do not support annexing WC/NH. We sent the questions to their official e-mail addresses just before noon Monday, with a deadline of midnight. Seven candidates replied; we’ve published their responses in the order received and as received, unedited:


First would favor for the voters to have the option to express in voting what is their choice.

I will tell you that this is not a hard issue for me to give you my take.

I have always believed that there are far too many government subdivisions in most metro areas and that does not make for an efficient government and taxing system. We would realize efficiencies by consolidating the many functions of the local government into one.

Many jurisdictions around the country are even discussing the consolidation of services between the local county and city governments to realize some economies of scale. These are jurisdictions that are having budget problems and these measures are seen as responses to save while keeping governments effective and efficient.


You asked not good question.

In this case it does NOT matter what I think: I must act what the most of We the People, for theirs benefits will say me to do.


As long as it makes financial sense, Seattle should annex White Center and the rest of unincorporated North Highline. Currently, the costs of providing services to the area are greater than the revenue the area will generate. Further, annexation will bring with it substantial capital costs. If we annex the area, we have to take care of it, invest in its infrastructure and economic development. White Center cannot remain unincorporated for much longer. King County has no interest in continuing to pay for the area and the State’s Growth Management Act requires that some city or other annex it. Still, we should make sure the time is right and that we don’t take a significant loss on the deal. We need to work with King County to get the State Legislature to increase the tax incentive available to Seattle to offset the costs of annexation.


I support the annexation of White Center and the rest of unincorporated North Highline to Seattle. Seattle and White Center are linked in people’s daily lives–many of us dine, repair cars, go to McLendon’s, etc. in White Center. I am all too aware of the fact that the County is constrained when it comes to revenue options and has been forced to reduce services that people in White Center need – roads, parks, human services, and public safety. The county simply is not set up under state law and our tax structure to serve urban unincorporated areas. Cities can fund services with a balance of sales taxes, property taxes, B&O taxes, and utility taxes. Counties can’t levy the last two and tend to have weaker revenues from sales and property taxes due to the lack of major tax generators in unincorporated areas. A significant portion of White Center is in the city and it makes it difficult to do strategic urban planning for the area with split jurisdiction. White Center is already a vibrant business district with over 300 businesses, but could benefit from the planning expertise and business assistance that the city provides – the city has many programs the county can’t afford to assist businesses, provide human services, fund parks, and improve roads. West Seattle, South Park, and White Center would have a larger voice working together on issues such as environmental justice, food deserts and improving public safety and community policing. It is a big undertaking and I would ensure an open dialogue and outreach on all the issues related to annexation. Ultimately, I believe it is an issue of equity and worth the investment. A vibrant and diverse White Center belongs in the city of Seattle and will make both White Center and Seattle stronger together.


I am personally in favor of annexation. I live along the Delridge corridor, and so much of the political boundary separating White Center and unincorporated North Highline feels arbitrary, an imaginary line separating neighbors and similar neighborhoods. So I think it makes a lot of sense culturally and geographically. That said, annexation must also include full integration. It’s one thing to move a boundary line, but we can’t make this decision unless we commit to making these residents full-fledged, equal citizens of Seattle—entitled to the same services and consideration as the rest of the city, and not treated as a bonus property tax base with little power or voice.


I support the annexation of White Center and the rest of unincorporated North Highline. Annexations are always complex issues, often with intense emotions on both sides.

My reason for supporting this annexation is quite simple. Safety and Support.

The unincorporated area operates under a different set of rules which allows for unlawful activity on one side to slip across to the other side and be gone. The border between Seattle and White Center is a permeable one, where unlawful activity can cross a jurisdiction line and disappear. Development permits, licensing of liquor and marijuana establishments and even investments such as street lights, signage, social services, and police presence, all impact the behavior one experiences. Bringing White Center into Seattle will put everyone and every business under the same rules with a unified vision of safety.

There is also a significant tax base in the area that I fully expect to grow over time which will support these additional services.

The eastern area of North Highline provides another location for investment and development. With vision and a DPD willing to work to lure firms with larger numbers of employees, we could develop new jobs in the North Highline area. Imagine living and working without leaving the peninsula. Incorporating White Center into Seattle also brings some very well developed parks and open space areas, sorely needed in a growing city.

Therefore, it is in Seattle’s interest to bring developed areas right on our border under the same jurisdiction. Fortunately, I also believe annexation is good for the residents of these communities. We would be bringing greater control over crime and the umbrella of city services Seattle would provide gives greater stability to everyone that might be struggling. Seattle’s minimum wage rules also will help all employees in the White Center and North Highline areas.

Annexation should not occur without the approval of the residents. However, once our White Center and North Highline neighbors are offered the many benefits Seattle can provide, I am confident they will support joining our city.


It is not a simple issue. Supporters refer to annexation as a social justice issue. I agree; it absolutely is a social justice issue. If I was certain that Seattle could actually deliver on the promise of addressing the needs of the potential annexation areas, I would also agree that it was Seattle’s responsibility to annex these areas to address those needs. Yet, the challenge is that I am not certain Seattle could deliver on such a promise.

We have a long list of needs in existing Seattle neighborhoods and we already know that revenue generated by annexing North Highline & White Center is not sufficient to fund needed services and our attempt to do so might only further delay our ability to address the pressing demands of our existing underserved Seattle communities.

If voters approved annexation I would want to consider that position seriously. In addition, if we received additional revenue from the State sufficient to fund the services needed by a newly annexed North Highline and White Center, I would similarly reconsider.

I’m very sympathetic to the needs of these areas, but I believe that the needs of our existing Seattle neighborhoods are the first responsibility of our elected officials.

To date, we have not heard from Jody Rushmer and Phillip Tavel. Thanks to the candidates who did reply!

Your next chance to see and compare them side-by-side is Monday night, June 8th, 7 pm, at the Pigeon Point Neighborhood Council‘s forum in the Pathfinder K-8 cafeteria (1901 SW Genesee).

The primary election to shorten the list of contenders to two is on August 4th; you’ll get your ballot in mid-July.

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Should Seattle annex White Center and vicinity? City Council committee to discuss Wednesday; ‘intention’ notice due Friday http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/should-seattle-annex-white-center-and-vicinity-city-council-committee-to-discuss-wednesday-with-intention-notice-deadline-friday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/should-seattle-annex-white-center-and-vicinity-city-council-committee-to-discuss-wednesday-with-intention-notice-deadline-friday/#comments Mon, 01 Jun 2015 18:29:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=312048 Will the Seattle City Council move ahead with an attempt to annex White Center and the rest of unincorporated North Highline?

(Potential annexation area is in green)
The topic will come back before the council’s Education and Governance Committee, chaired by Councilmember Tim Burgess, this Wednesday morning, largely because time is running out for a specific notice to be filed, if the city wants to keep its options open for accessing a tax credit that would make annexation more financially viable. Details are on our partner site White Center Now; we’re also putting the question “annex, yes or no?” out to all nine City Council District 1 candidates.

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VIDEO: Suspect arrested after South Delridge/White Center search with police, deputies, helicopter http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/police-sheriffs-helicopter-search-in-white-centersouth-delridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/police-sheriffs-helicopter-search-in-white-centersouth-delridge/#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 07:56:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308312

(Aerial/infrared video of last 7 minutes of the search, ending with arrest)

12:56 AM: Thanks for the texts – a search that’s under way seems to be spanning both Seattle Police and King County Sheriff’s Office jurisdictions, with locations including the 26th/Roxbury vicinity. Working to find out what/who they’re looking for.

1:05 AM: Per scanner, deputies have taken a suspect into custody; at some point this included pursuit of a vehicle that the suspect ditched.

1:23 AM: Guardian One has explained via Twitter what it was about:

3:51 AM: Just added atop the story, Guardian One’s video of the last 7 minutes of the search, as they spotted the suspect hiding in the 9600 block of 24th SW and talked the ground officers (including a K-9 team) in.

P.S. Guardian One’s pilot is the guest at next Tuesday’s meeting of the West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network – bring your questions – 6:30 pm at the SPD Southwest Precinct (Delridge/Webster).

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West Seattle/White Center traffic alert: 15th/Roxbury work next week http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/west-seattlewhite-center-traffic-alert-15throxbury-work-next-week/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/west-seattlewhite-center-traffic-alert-15throxbury-work-next-week/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:26:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=302263 Followup on a traffic alert mentioned in our daily transportation watch: It started with a tip from Erika, after a sign went up on Roxbury warning of lane closures all next week, and led us to both the city and county transportation departments to get details. We finally have the full explanation from KCDOT: 200 feet of underground fiber-optic installation starting next Monday “will require the closure of one southbound through lane on 15th Avenue SW north of Roxbury and a northbound left turn lane on 15th Avenue SW at Roxbury. Work is planned 9 am to 3 pm weekdays March 2 through March 6.” That’s in addition to other installation work in White Center that’s not likely to affect traffic that much; those details are on our partner site White Center Now.

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From New Orleans to White Center: Mardi Gras Donuts is all about the beignets http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/mardi-gras-donuts-is-all-about-the-beignets-bringing-them-from-new-orleans-to-white-center/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/mardi-gras-donuts-is-all-about-the-beignets-bringing-them-from-new-orleans-to-white-center/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:23:29 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=302183

By Tracy Record and Patrick Sand
West Seattle Blog/White Center Now co-publishers

First word arrived via a tweet directed at us by Caffé Delia in White Center, with a photo of newly opened Mardi Gras Donuts and the message, “Donuts! In Rat City!” So we headed over to investigate.

More than the donuts, it turns out, Mardi Gras is all about the beignets.

That’s what proprietor Michael Williams (“call me Mike”) told us.

The donuts are a sideline to the beignets (ben-YAYS, as he pronounces it in his New Orleans accent – “New Orleans born and raised,” he says proudly).

He’s been open a few days at 9828 16th SW (a storefront that’s been a bakery before). Signage just went up yesterday. No decorations inside, and when we walked in, we wondered if he would tell us he’s not really open yet. But oh, he is.

His marquee item, the beignets, are 3 for $2.25. He says he’s making and selling other types of donuts because, well, that’s expected – cakes, glazed, honey buns, apple fritters, twists, donut holes.

He’s here as what sounds to be the latest stop on a cross-country journey of sorts. He worked in a donut shop in New Orleans that gained fame via a Food Network feature in 2011. Later that year in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, he opened his first Mardi Gras Donuts shop, featured in local news there.

Deciding to make a move, Williams said he almost wound up in Fargo, North Dakota, where he owned some property. The prospect of deep-freeze winter was a little much. Talking to a wholesaler, he heard Seattle didn’t have much in the way of beignets. So here he is.

6 am-8 pm for starters (Williams says he’s still figuring out the hours depending on how the customer flow goes), and during the morning, they’ll make hot glazed donuts while you wait. Cash only, by the way.

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West Seattle/White Center restaurant notes: Uncle Mike’s semi-closing; Mission’s 10th anniversary; Endolyne Joe’s bacon bash http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/west-seattlewhite-center-restaurant-notes-uncle-mikes-semi-closing-missions-10th-anniversary-endolyne-joes-bacon-celebration/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/west-seattlewhite-center-restaurant-notes-uncle-mikes-semi-closing-missions-10th-anniversary-endolyne-joes-bacon-celebration/#comments Sat, 07 Feb 2015 02:12:19 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=300347 Three local food notes:

UNCLE MIKE’S BBQ CLOSING DINING ROOM, FOR NOW: If you are a fan of Uncle Mike’s BBQ in White Center and haven’t been lately, get there fast – Proprietors Mike and Elizabeth announced via Facebook that they are closing the dining room (but NOT the catering operation) at “the end of (this) week,” and then Mike elaborated:

End of the week means Saturday or Sunday. Why are we closing the dining room? Several reasons but mainly because I’m going through cancer treatment & while we can handle catering events just fine, running a full restaurant takes a lot more work. Right now I want to spend more time with Elizabeth and focus on beating the cancer. In the near future I plan to offer take-out as well as catering – stay tuned! Thanks – Love, Uncle Mike

Uncle Mike’s, known not “just” for barbecue but also for fried chicken and even hearty vegan food, is at 9640 16th SW.

MISSION MARKS 10 YEARS: Happy 10th anniversary to Mission in The Admiral District! Tomorrow’s the big party – open for lunch and dinner Saturday with a special food/drink menu (featuring a pig roast!), 10 am-2 am, all ages until 9 pm with a DJ at 10. (2325 California SW)

Speaking of pigs …

LOVE BACON? JOIN THE CELEBRATION @ JOE’S: Endolyne Joe’s (WSB sponsor) is celebrating the return of Danny the Pig (reported here last week) – Rich from Joe’s explains how: “In celebration of Danny’s return, this weekend we will be giving away one pound of bacon to a random lucky table every hour from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM this Saturday & Sunday. Sunday night, we will be drawing a winner for one case of bacon at 8:00 pm.” (9261 45th SW)

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@ Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights CC: The no-$ urban village http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/westwood-roxhill-arbor-heights-cc-the-no-urban-village/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/westwood-roxhill-arbor-heights-cc-the-no-urban-village/#comments Thu, 05 Feb 2015 17:00:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=300209 Spotlight topics at this week’s Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council meeting included how the area’s “urban village” has fared in city spending, plus, potential White Center/North Highline annexation.

27 people were in attendance, per the official count taken by WWRHAH’s Joe Szilagyi. Co-publisher Patrick Sand was there for WSB and these are his toplines:

URBAN VILLAGE: WWRHAH leaders were at last week’s briefing on “urban villages, 20 years later,” in which the Westwood-Highland Park Residential Urban Village was one of two of the West Seattle “urban villages” (along with The Junction) included in the study. (Find the original 1999 neighborhood plan here.)

The key takeaway: The city hadn’t “invested” anything in the Westwood-HP area over the years. The area also hasn’t seen even the modest amount of predicted growth.

The slide above is from the deck shown at the urban-village presentation – see the full slide deck here – which centered on a report commissioned from a consulting group led by former City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck. WWRHAH, which you may recall is a relatively new group, will continue working to change this going forward, with millions of dollars of investment now in the pipeline (such as safety improvements along the SW Roxbury corridor).

Potentially playing into that:

WHAT IF WHITE CENTER/NORTH HIGHLINE IS ANNEXED? Back in December, the City Council put itself back on the record as officially interested in having the unincorporated area vote on whether to join the city – but as a early-stage technicality that had to happen by year’s end, in order to preserve eligibility for the state-supported tax credits that would help an annexing city cover its costs.

Tuesday night’s WWRHAH discussion was not intended to review pros and cons, but to note some of what’s at stake. Chris Arkills from King County Executive Dow Constantine‘s office explained that the remaining unincorporated urban areas such as White Center must either be annexed to a city or incorporate as cities themselves, because the county is not able, for multiple reasons, to continue providing urban services, even at the relatively low current level. Burien had proposed annexation in 2012, but it wasn’t approved by voters, and with recent changes in its City Council, is not expected at this point to pursue it again.

DELRIDGE MULTI-MODAL CORRIDOR PLAN: SDOT’s Sara Zora was at WWRHAH for a version of the presentation we covered in our report on January’s Delridge District Council meeting.

P.S. For more details on all of the above and then some, the official minutes from Tuesday’s meeting can be found on WWRHAH’s Facebook group – here’s the link. (10:30 am update: They’re on the group’s website now, too.) Next meeting is 6:15 pm Tuesday, March 3rd, at the usual place, Southwest Branch Library.

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Be a hero! Run/walk in the White Center 5K to help 3 nonprofits http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/be-a-hero-runwalk-in-the-white-center-5k-to-help-3-nonprofits/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/be-a-hero-runwalk-in-the-white-center-5k-to-help-3-nonprofits/#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 01:49:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=300021

(2014 WC5K photo by Patrick Sand)
Run or walk five kilometers to help three local nonprofits! Signups are under way for this year’s White Center 5K. From the official announcement:

The White Center Community Development Association (CDA) is partnering with the YES Foundation of White Center and the White Center Food Bank to host the third annual White Center 5K Walk & Run. This community event will take place on March 28, 2014, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at White Center Heights Park. Like the previous year, this will be another Superhero Run and all participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite superheroes.

The 5K has an official start time of 9:00 am, with registration beginning at 8:00 am. Following the completion of the race there will be an award ceremony to recognize the fastest runners in each age group. The cost of participation is $25 for people aged 11 through 18, $30 for people between the ages of 11 and 54, $25 for those aged 55 and up, and free for children 10 years of age and younger. All proceeds from the event will benefit the White Center CDA, the YES Foundation of White Center, and the White Center Food Bank.

Sign up now – just go here.

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Before you celebrate – a good deed! Help needed, New Year’s Eve http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/before-you-celebrate-do-a-good-deed-help-needed-new-years-eve/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/before-you-celebrate-do-a-good-deed-help-needed-new-years-eve/#comments Mon, 29 Dec 2014 23:46:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296612 Get the last day of the year started off right:

Volunteers able to lift between 20 and 50 pounds are needed at 9:00 am Wednesday, December 31 to help the White Center Food Bank do inventory. The inventory will take place at 10829 8th Ave SW. Volunteers should dress for a warehouse and wear closed-toe shoes. Available? Contact Audrey Zemke at audrey@whitecenterfoodbank.org or 206-762-2848.

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Crime Watch: Another business burglary, this time at Zippy’s http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/crime-watch-another-business-burglary-this-time-at-zippys/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/crime-watch-another-business-burglary-this-time-at-zippys/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:30:12 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296080

Zippy’s Giant Burgers proprietor Blaine Cook was expecting today to be one last full day of business before an early closure Tuesday for the staff party, and then a long holiday break. Instead, Zippy’s will be opening a bit later than usual today because he has to buy a new cash register – to replace one stolen by burglar(s) who broke a door to get in. He told WSB he’s not sure what time it happened; a family member who comes in to clean around 4 am discovered the broken glass and missing register.

The cash register is the only thing taken, according to Cook (update – Zippy’s Facebook post says, a safe too) – the burglar(s) didn’t even take the champagne that was awaiting the staff party. No surveillance video – no camera – but that, he says, will have to change. Since Zippy’s is in the unincorporated area (9614 14th SW), the King County Sheriff’s Office is investigating; deputies were just leaving as we arrived. You’ll recall the Greenbridge area had a spate of business burglaries last month; Zippy’s is several blocks west of there.

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