West Seattle, Washington
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
“Let this be a day of healing and education.”
That was the hope voiced in the prayer that opened the first-ever Mental Health Day at Seattle Lutheran High School in The Junction.
It was intended to be life-saving – but not dour. Humanities chair Tim Caudle, the organizer, also promised students, “Today is going to be a fun day – so you guys can learn that there is hope, there is a future.”
Parents were alerted more than a month in advance, and provided with an outline of what would be discussed.
We were invited to sit in on the assembly that began the day – with special guests from the Jordan Binion Project, founded by a couple who lost a child to suicide – a child the age of many who sat listening to them in the SLHS gym last Thursday morning – a child who had just turned 17.
This was the epitome of the urgency voiced by Caudle, who said that he and SLHS principal Dave Meyer had been to three funerals of people with some connection to the school.
The statistics told the story: Mental illness affects one in five people directly – and their loved ones.
That’s where Deb and Willie Binion stepped up to talk about the nonprofit they co-founded to educate high-school students about mental illness, named for their son Jordan. Read More
The latest West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports:
TIRE/WHEEL THEFT: The photo and report are from Matt in Alki:
I live on the corner of 59th Ave SW and Admiral. When I went out to my car this morning to leave for work I came upon this. Someone had jacked just one entire tire/wheel with bolts. Has anyone else in the area had this happen or did any of my neighbors notice anything unusual last night?
SHARED-CAR VANDALISM: Last night, somebody smashed the window of a car2go vehicle left parked outside Ben‘s house on 8th SW in Highland Park:
He says 911 told him he couldn’t file a report because he wasn’t the victim. After multiple tries, he reached car2go, which said they would report it and send someone over to clean up and get the car.
PACKAGE TAKEN: The video and report are from Isaac on Puget Ridge:
16th Ave right across from South Seattle College. Happened today 4/25 at 12:32 pm.
PACKAGES, MAIL TAKEN: From Adam in the 3000 block of SW Avalon Way:
We have had two packages stolen from our home, one on 4/10 @ 3:35 AM and also on this Saturday @ 02:11 by different people. Both are outgoing food delivery coolers to be picked up by FEDEX in the morning which is why we place them outside before we go to bed.
Also last week our mailboxes were ripped open and the mail stolen.
MEETING REMINDER: Neighborhood crime/safety concerns? The West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network meets at 6:30 pm at the precinct, with new Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Burbridge as guest speaker. All welcome. (2300 SW Webster)
Just in from the city’s director of homelessness George Scarola – a third “community conversation” about the now-sanctioned encampment Camp Second Chance on the city-owned Myers Way Parcels and the non-sanctioned campers in the area:
At the community meeting on February 1st, there was a request to arrange a third meeting that would focus on public-safety issues related to homelessness along Myers Way South:
*Issues relating to the RVs parked along Myers Way and the unsanctioned encampments east of Myers Way;
*Concerns raised by community members regarding 9-1-1 calls;
*The City’s ongoing efforts to remove the trash along Myers Way; and,
*A progress report from Camp Second Chance.
That will all be part of this:
3rd Community Conversation re: Myers Way Homeless Encampment
Monday, May 15th
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Joint Training Facility, 9401 Myers Way South
WSB coverage of the February 1st meeting is here; our coverage of the December meeting is here. Scarola, meantime, briefed the City Council two weeks ago (WSB coverage here) and CSC’s population was listed as 33 at the time, just under half its current capacity.
Eight months after its first Design Review meeting (WSB coverage here; official city report here), 5458 California SW has a date for its next, and possibly final, one: June 1st. The project is a three-story building with six live-work units, planned to replace the 109-year-old “log house” on the site that currently serves as home to Ventana Construction (WSB sponsor), which will move to a new location when its lease expires this summer; the house, as reported here in March, has been sold and will be moved to a new site. Meantime, the design packet for the June 1st hearing (6:30 pm, Senior Center/Sisson Building, 4217 SW Oregon) isn’t out yet, but we’ll publish an update when it is.
Just announced by Westside School (WSB sponsor) in Arbor Heights:
Westside School will once again open its doors to three- and four-year-olds for a half- and full-day preschool program for the fall of 2017. Expanding upon our current pre-kindergarten program, we will offer emergent curriculum focused on experiential learning and inspired by a variety of teaching practices. Preschool students will have access to many of our specialists, such as visual art, performing arts, physical education, and world languages.
Great early-childhood education has been a hallmark of Westside School since its founding in 1981 and we are thrilled to announce the return of our preschool after a several-year hiatus. We encourage families to join us for our Preschool Preview or a tour.
Westside School is now accepting applications for preschool and other grades (depending on availability) for the fall 2017. For more information, please contact Ted Holmes in our Office of Admission, firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.932.2511.
Tuesday, May 9: Preschool Preview, 10:00 to 11:00 am. Meet the preschool teachers and learn about the program in detail. Parents and guardians only, please.
Tuesday, May 23, Student Observation, 10:00 to 11:00 am. We will meet prospective students in a short observation session.
Tours for all grades: Available upon request: 206.932.2511
If you’re planning to be part of the 13th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day on Saturday, May 13th, and you’re not registered yet – two more days! 9 pm Thursday (April 27th) is this year’s registration deadline – and here’s where to sign up.
So far, 240+ sales are on their way to The Map (which will be available here, along with the listings, one week before sale day). Searching through them, we found – so far:
*60 sales mentioning toys
*29 sales mentioning tables
*20 moving sales
*16 sales with free stuff
*14 sales with beds or stuff for them
*7 sales mentioning antiques
*7 sales where you’ll find lemonade
*6 sales with bicycles
*5 sales offering “treasures”
*2 sales mentioning “wedding decor”
*1 sale promising “nerdy gifts”
*1 sale with a wine cooler AND an air conditioner (think summer!)
… and (as 13 listings promise) much more! North to south, east to west, you’ll probably find some sales within walking distance of wherever in West Seattle (and a bit south) you are. So set aside 9 am-3 pm Saturday, May 13th (or some portion thereof), and be ready to join in the city’s biggest person-to-person recycling day. More updates ahead!
That was the scene this morning at Anchor Park along Duwamish Head, which is one place you might want to be later this week when low-low-tide season starts, for a good overview of the shore, or a starting point to walk along it. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will bring the first minus-two-feet daytime low tides of the year – -2.3 at 1:03 pm on Friday, -2.4 at 1:51 pm on Saturday, -2.1 at 2:41 pm on Sunday. So far, the weather looks best on Saturday.
P.S. Memorial Day weekend will bring the first minus-three-feet tides of the year, and Seattle Aquarium beach naturalists too.
Highlights for today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
LOOKING FOR WORK … can be easier with help. 2-4 pm today and every Tuesday, you are welcome to drop by Neighborhood House High Point and get help, as detailed in our calendar listing. Don’t forget to check the job listings here on WSB, too. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)
PLAY CHESS … that’s the invitation for young players who drop by High Point Library, 4:30-5:30 pm. (35th SW/SW Raymond)
NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY AND CRIME PREVENTION … is what you’ll hear and talk about at tonight’s monthly meeting of the West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network, 6:30 pm at the Southwest Precinct. You don’t have to be a BW captain – you don’t even have to be in a BW – all are welcome. Special guest is new SW Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Burbridge. (2300 SW Webster)
DISCUSS RACISM … at the first of four gatherings in a new series at Fauntleroy UCC Church, centered on the book “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.” 6:30 pm; details in our calendar listing. (9140 California SW)
STORIES AND SONGS … are at the heart of Family Story Time tonight at 7 pm at Delridge Library. (5423 Delridge Way SW)
ORIGINAL ELECTRIC JAZZ … is what you’ll hear at Parliament Tavern tonight starting at 8 pm, with saxophonist Kate Olson and friends. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
6:48 AM: Good morning! No incidents in/from West Seattle right now.
PATH ALERT: A texter reports a tree down on the bike/foot path near the scene of yesterday morning’s Harbor Avenue crash. This was mentioned in comments last night and as we noted there, it needs to be reported to SDOT the same as if it were road debris – 206-386-1218 if outside business hours, 206-684-ROAD otherwise.
CAMERA NOTE: Still only one SDOT camera working on the high bridge, so that’s why only one is featured above again today.
8:01 AM: Slow going but still incident-less. Note for bus riders: Last week we told you about Metro‘s new survey asking your opinion on two options for “simplifying” fares. If you’re downtown at lunchtime, you’re also invited to drop in to today’s noon-2 pm meeting at King Street Center (201 S. Jackson) to talk with Metro reps in person.
8:23 AM: SFD has been dispatched to a crash reported on the eastbound West Seattle Bridge ramp to northbound 99.
8:46 AM: We haven’t had an update from SDOT but the 911 log shows that Seattle Fire units have closed out the call.
In our recent reports on West Seattle roads in need of repaving, and the ensuing comments, 35th SW and Delridge Way SW dominated the discussion. Tonight, we received SDOT e-mail announcing the start of “outreach” for two other repaving projects, including “fact sheets” with maps for each.
The other is SW Avalon Way and three blocks of 35th, still on the list for 2019:
We’ve already mentioned Avalon, when the repaving plan was noted on a map related to the upcoming Harbor/Spokane/Avalon/Manning Improvements project. But news of a potentially earlier timetable for Roxbury repaving is somewhat out of the blue. Tonight’s e-mail from SDOT communicator Dan Anderson says a postcard about Avalon has been sent, and one for Roxbury “is coming soon.” Avalon also has an online survey, and each project, says Anderson, will have “a public event” in the next month or so.
We have a lot of followup questions and couldn’t ask them tonight since all this arrived fairly late. But we wanted to get this info out for starters, and we’ll be following up tomorrow. In the meantime, Anderson also mentioned e-mail addresses you can use for questions or comments:
The sun showed up this afternoon for the only regular-season boys-soccer match of the year between West Seattle High School and Chief Sealth International High School. The Wildcats got the win, 1-0. It would have been a bigger gap if not for the hard work of Sealth goalkeeper Levi Erdman:
That one Wildcats goal by Alex Coronado (#4, below) came after Erdman was knocked down – and he stayed down for a while, but got up and the game resumed.
You can see both goalkeepers in action in our short clip:
WSHS is now 6-2-5 overall; Sealth is 4-8-0. The Wildcats’ next game is at home (Walt Hundley Playfield, 34th SW/SW Myrtle) at 4 pm Wednesday vs. Lakeside; the Seahawks also have a 4 pm home game on Wednesday, at SWAC vs. Seattle Prep.
Highline Premier FC has had fantastic tryouts for all age groups up to this point and formed some solid teams for the 2017/18 season. Next up are those girls and boys born in 2006 and 2007 with tryouts set for Tuesday, April 25th; Wednesday, April 26th; and Friday, April 28th, @ Walt Hundley Playfield (Girls 5:45 – 7:15 pm and Boys 7:15 – 8:45 pm).
Also, because of strong demand, we are holding additional supplemental tryouts for our 2009 age group on Tuesday, April 25th, and Wednesday, April 26th, also @ Walt Hundley, from 5:45 – 7:15 p.m.
Take this opportunity to register your child by clicking here and having them showcase their skills with some of the best talent in the surrounding area and receive some amazing coaching to boot. See you on the pitch!
Walt Hundley Playfield is in High Point, at 34th SW and SW Myrtle.
Two burglary reports in West Seattle Crime Watch:
BREAK-IN WHILE RESIDENTS WERE HOME: A scare this morning for residents of a house in the 10200 block of Marine View Drive SW. They called 911 this morning just after 8 am to say someone had just broken into their house – while they were home. They thought there were two people and that they took off in a vehicle, but had no description. This is all SPD could tell us when we called at midday; we have requested the full report but it wasn’t available then and despite followup requests, we haven’t received it yet. Whenever we do, we’ll add any additional details.
THE BURGLARS WHO LET THE CAT OUT: Over the weekend, we featured a lost-cat notice from Julia in Highland Park, who had come home with her husband to discover a break-in, with their dog injured – apparently tearing a ligament chasing the burglar(s) out – and their cat missing. After he was found, we asked if she would share details for Crime Watch:
Friday evening around 5:30, my husband and I went out to grab some dinner. We were pulling out of our driveway and my husband noticed that there was a younger man with a gray sedan parked across the street fiddling with a broken passenger-side mirror. My husband said that he thought that the guy looked suspicious, but he dismissed it (I was messing with the radio and missed the guy entirely). We got home at 7 or so and the back door was unlocked and the dog was going crazy. The screen on the window above the sink was missing and all of the stuff surrounding or under the window was displaced and, when we got into the bedroom, there were dresser drawers pulled out and suitcases open. The burglar took a jar with some cash and a jewelry box with some cheap (albeit sentimental) jewelry, but no portable electronics, so we think the dog must have woken up and charged him before he got far. Unfortunately, the dog, who is a sweet old girl, hurt herself (or was kicked), and the cat was let out (But found! Yay!) during the escape. A police report has been filed (Many, many props to the extremely kind officer who came by and helped us out. When we were leaving for the ER on Saturday night, we noticed that he was sitting outside in his cruiser. We went up to see what was happening and he said he just wanted to make sure that the burglars knew the police were now watching our house! What a sweetheart!).
NEIGHBORHOOD CRIME CONCERNS/QUESTIONS? See these two opportunities for talking with police in the next week and a half.
If you were hoping to be among the first to try the cocktails and small plates at Alchemy, you’ll have to wait a little longer. We were first to report last month that the new bar/lounge was planning to open in the West Seattle Junction on April 28th; since that’s this Friday, we checked in today with spokesperson Sara Ryan to see about a preview, and she told us the opening had been “pushed.” No new date yet. It’s one of two new enterprises that F2T Hospitality is opening at Junction 47 (California/Alaska/42nd), as first reported here last June.
Two upcoming opportunities to hear from and talk with local police:
WEST SEATTLE BLOCK WATCH CAPTAINS NETWORK: 6:30 pm tomorrow (Tuesday, April 25th) is the next monthly meeting of this local group, which just announced that the new Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Burbridge will be the special guest. You’ll also hear about crime trends and updates at the start of the meeting. All welcome – you don’t even have to be involved with a Block Watch. It’s at the precinct, 2300 SW Webster.
COFFEE WITH A COP, ROUND 2: As reported here last week, the first Coffee With a Cop at Junction Starbucks was a bit underpublicized due to some date confusion, but the rescheduled event has just been confirmed for 1-2:30 pm Wednesday, May 3rd, same location. Burbridge tells us she’ll be there, as will Community Police Team Officer Todd Wiebke, the precinct’s point person on homelessness-related matters, as well as others from the precinct. All welcome to drop in with questions and comments, or just to say hi, at California/Alaska.
After big pushback to proposed regulations last year, the City Council is ready to consider a revised set of rules for people who rent short-term via Airbnb, VRBO, and similar services, as well as potential bed-and-breakfast operators.
Today’s Land Use Information Bulletin includes official notice of the new proposal, with this description:
The legislation would establish a new definition for “short-term rental” as a type of lodging use and establish standards for short-term rentals, including a limit on the number of dwelling units that an individual may operate as a short-term rental. The legislation would also modify the definition of “bed and breakfast” as a type of lodging use and modify the standards for bed and breakfasts as an accessory use in residential zones, allowing existing “bed and breakfast” uses to continue but regulating new bed and breakfast uses as short-term rentals.
The legislation adds a requirement that all short-term rental uses have a short-term rental operator’s license from the City and that all short-term rental platforms have a short-term rental platform’s license from the City, and establishes a process for the enforcement of licensing requirements. The legislation includes a one-year compliance window for anyone currently offering nightly or weekly rentals of a residence within the City of Seattle.
According to a news release from City Councilmember Tim Burgess, who officially announced the revised rule-change proposal, the aforementioned limit would mean “anyone may provide their primary residence and one additional unit as a short-term rental, without limitation of nights per year.”
Burgess is quoted as saying, “Under my revised proposal, a family can still rent out their home when they go on a weekend vacation, or a homeowner can rent out their second property to help pay the mortgage. All this while preventing a mass turnover of existing rental housing stock into short-term rentals. I think we’ve struck the right balance, and I look forward to more review in the weeks ahead as the Council considers this ordinance.” The news release says the next step is for the council’s Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods, and Finance Committee to consider the legislation in early June. (Burgess chairs the committee, and its vice chair is West Seattle/South Park Councilmember Lisa Herbold.)
You can read the full proposed ordinance by going here. Today’s notice also includes the city’s determination that the proposed rule changes are environmentally non-significant; you have until May 8th to either comment on that contention, or appeal it, and the notice explains how.
Today we’re welcoming Kahler Law Office as a new WSB sponsor. Here’s what attorney Amy K. Kahler would like you to know about what she does:
Based in West Seattle, Kahler Law Office represents parents, families, and children: “Working with me is often intertwined with an important life event – from the difficulty of a divorce to the joy of an adoption, and everything in between. I most often hear that I helped make the process ‘less scary’ and offered reasonable solutions to my client’s situation. They appreciate that I’m proactive in my communications, a strong advocate for their case, and that I’m ‘pretty nice … for a lawyer’!
“My personal philosophy as a lawyer is to represent my clients with integrity and compassion. Today’s modern family looks a lot different than the generations before us, and they present unique challenges. I respect the circumstances that bring my clients to me, and am mindful of their need to move on to the next chapter of their life with empowerment and dignity.”
Kahler Law Office is online at kahlerlaw.net, where you’ll find a form to request a consultation; you also can e-mail email@example.com or call 206-841-6343.
We thank Kahler Law Office for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.
If you noticed that damaged van east of the Harbor Avenue 7-11 this morning, with car parts and tire tracks nearby, it’s the aftermath of a crash that happened around 2:15 am. According to Seattle Fire Department spokesperson Lt. Harold Webb, the van, parked on the north/westbound side of Harbor, was hit by another vehicle whose driver careened up onto the sidewalk and into a tree:
Lt. Webb says “three male adult patients” were taken to Harborview Medical Center by private ambulance, one man who had been asleep in the van, two men from the car that hit it, all in stable condition when transported.
Thanks to Corey Scherrer for the photo, taken around 6:30 pm Saturday from a flight on approach to Sea-Tac. At ground level, here’s some of what’s up today/tonight in West Seattle:
MONDAY AFTERNOON AT THE ORCHARD: 3-5 pm, the Community Orchard of West Seattle on the northeast end of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus welcomes you to visit, learn, and help out, as explained in our calendar listing. (6000 16th SW)
IMMIGRANT RIGHTS AND FAMILY SAFETY: 5 pm workshop at Roxhill Elementary, offered by Seattle Public Library, Colectiva Legal del Pueblo, Seattle Public Schools, and ACLU of Washington, offered in English and Español; details in our calendar listing. (9430 30th SW)
TINKERLAB: Free drop-in STEM craft/activity session, 6-7:30 pm at Delridge Library. Tonight: “Learn to program BB-8™ by Sphero, a small app-enabled droid inspired by ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘.” (5423 Delridge Way SW)
EVEN MORE … happening today/tonight – just check our complete-calendar page.
6:43 AM: Good morning! No incidents in, or outbound from, West Seattle so far this morning. Notes:
SPRING BREAK OVER: Everybody’s back in session this week.
BUS STOP ALERT: In case you missed this story from Friday – starting today, the southbound California/Spokane bus stop will be used by Microsoft Connector employee shuttles as well as Metro buses.
STADIUM ZONE: Nothing going on today/tonight – the Mariners are on the road; the Sounders’ next home game is Saturday night.
8:35 AM: SFD and SPD are responding to a crash reported at the Harbor/Spokane intersection.
8:43 AM: No word on how the crash is blocking the intersection, but SFD has already closed out its part of the call.
Two Crime Watch notes tonight:
ROXHILL PARK ROBBERY: This is from the online SPD files – one of the few incidents in the past week with a narrative added in the publicly visible system; we noticed it while checking those files tonight. The report says a 14-year-old boy was robbed of his phone, wallet, and other items in a “wooded area” of the park shortly before 6 pm Tuesday (April 18th). The victim told police he and two others were walking in the park when they crossed paths with a group of a half-dozen or so other teenage boys. Two of them pushed the victim to the ground and started hitting him while demanding his belongings. He told police one looked like a former schoolmate of his and described him as Hispanic, male, teens, heavyset, about 5-8 to 5-10, no clothing description, while saying the other robber/attacker was black, male, teens, 200-210 pounds, 5-8 to 5-10, short hair, gray coat, blue jeans. No arrests were reported; SFD medics treated the victim for injuries described in the police report as a black eye and lip laceration.
PACKAGE THEFT? Amy in High Point found torn-open, empty Amazon Prime packaging on the sidewalk near her home, addressed to someone about three blocks away:
That’s about half the box, which was inelegantly torn open, raising Amy’s suspicions; the other half has the recipient’s full name and address. Nothing inside by the time Amy found it. The recipient’s initials are AA. If that’s you and you’re missing a package – let us know (bonus if you have a police report # – this might be matchable as evidence).
Even if you’re not a full-fledged birder, you know West Seattle is a great place for bird-watching. And now it’s drawn a special designation related to that: Kersti Muul tells us that Lincoln Park is now part of Seattle Audubon‘s Neighborhood Bird Project:
The NBP started in 1995 and Lincoln Park is the first new addition in over a decade!
Basically, the NBP utilizes citizen science to monitor species diversity throughout the city of Seattle.
Audubon volunteers, under the guidance of a group leader for each park (I am the leader for Lincoln Park), conduct bird surveys once a month on a set date and time. The data we gather is then entered into a master database. The data are used to monitor urban bird abundance, assess the effectiveness of restoration projects, and to educate volunteers regarding their neighborhood habitat, phenology, etc.
Audubon encourages volunteers to pick a park that is in their neighborhood for this reason, as it makes them a stronger and better educated advocate for their locale. Anyone interested can contact Toby Ross, science manager at Seattle Audubon (firstname.lastname@example.org).
You can find out more about the NBP here.
Seattle Audubon, by the way, is the source for the BirdWeb infopages we link to species names in the captions of the bird photos featured atop many morning previews on WSB (thanks to the wonderful local photographers who share them, some of whom are involved in the NBP) – BirdWeb provides a wealth of information about each species found in Washington, including what the birds look like, what they sound like, and where their habitats and ranges are.