West Seattle, Washington
We just happened to be close enough to Seacrest to get that photo of the West Seattle Water Taxi arriving, shortly after King County sent out this reminder about the seasonal schedule change kicking in a week from Thursday (March 29th), as we first mentioned last month:
The new schedule includes sailings seven days a week between West Seattle and Pier 52 in downtown Seattle. The Water Taxi will also offer evening sailings on Fridays, Saturdays, and during Seattle Mariners, Sounders, and Seahawks night home games.
Sports fans can enjoy traffic-free travel to both the March 29 Mariners home opener at Safeco Field and the Sounders March 31 match at CenturyLink Field.
For an adult one-way fare of $5.75 ($5 with an ORCA card), passengers can enjoy a 15-minute ride across Elliott Bay with views (weather permitting) of the Seattle skyline, Mount Rainier, and Olympic Mountains—and avoid paying for parking in Seattle.
Added sailings on weekdays will mean boats leave every 30 minutes during peak commute hours and every hour in off-peak times.
The Water Taxi is accessible by transit. In West Seattle, riders can take free Metro shuttles to and from the Water Taxi landing at Seacrest Park. Route 773 serves the West Seattle Junction. Route 775 serves the Admiral District and Alki. Both also serve destinations offering dining, shopping, and other entertainment.
The Vashon Island Water Taxi schedule stays the same throughout the year (visit kingcounty.gov/watertaxi to learn more).
If you haven’t been on the WT in a while – remember that the downtown dock continues to be in its temporary location north of Colman Dock. (We’re checking on progress of the new dock.)
4:08 PM: Thanks to Kersti for the tip – police are directing traffic around a crash by Fauntleroy Park, at Henderson/Barton [map]. If you are headed to/from the ferry dock or the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse/YMCA (WSB sponsor) area, you might want to try an alternate route, for now.
5:14 PM: Still not clear – we just went through the area. But probably not too much longer, since a tow truck has arrived.
The photo and report are from William:
My car was stolen from under the West Seattle Bridge this morning between 7:30 and 8. 1984 Nissan 200SX, white, license plate 82460.
If you see it, call 911.
We’ve been reporting on the planning process for the first of three “landbanked” park sites in West Seattle awaiting development, the one on 40th SW in the West Seattle Junction. We’ve been asked, what about the other two?
They are, above, the Morgan Junction Park expansion site, north of the existing park, where the city demolished a commercial building in 2016. And below, the 48th SW/SW Charlestown site, which remains a meadow behind a low fence:
Both will go through a planning process, and we have an update on the city’s timeline – official planning for Morgan will start in the second quarter of this year, and for 48th/Charlestown, in the third quarter. That’s according to page 18 in this slide deck prepared for a briefing to be given to the City Council’s Civic Development, Public Assets, and Native Communities Committee at 2 pm tomorrow. The slide also lists the levy funding planned for developing those (and other) landbanked sites into parks – $1.4 million for Morgan and $1.2 million for 48th/Charlestown.
Spring is here and that means garage (yard/courtyard/rummage/etc.) sale season is on!
For the 14th consecutive spring, this year brings a day that’ll be full of sales of all sizes, all around the peninsula – West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day, coordinated by WSB since its fourth year back in 2008. We’re mentioning WSCGSD today because registration will begin in two weeks. The actual sale day is Saturday, May 12, 2018 (second Saturday in May every year), 9 am-3 pm, though participants are welcome to start sooner and/or end later if they want (if you’re having a sale and plan to do that, be sure to include the hours in the listing text you give us when you sign up).
Watch here on WSB and westseattlegaragesale.com for the announcement when signups begin!
We start by wishing good luck to the Enlightened Eagles, the Pathfinder K-8 team that is West Seattle’s sole representative in tonight’s citywide Global Reading Challenge finals. You’re welcome to cheer them on in the auditorium at the Central Library downtown (1000 4th Ave.), 7 pm, admission free.
Back here on the peninsula, it’s also a busy day/night. From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
DINE OUT FOR TWO SCHOOLS: 5-8 pm at adjacent White Center businesses Lil’ Woody’s, CTO, and Beer Star, a portion of the proceeds benefit two local schools – Boren STEM K-8 and Concord International. (
FAUNTLEROY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION FOOD FEST/MEMBERSHIP MEETING: It’s the annual chance to sample local eateries while learning what’s up in the community, voting for FCA leadership, and renewing your membership, all starting at 6 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy. This is not a “sit down and listen” meeting – more like mingling. (9131 California SW)
SPRING EQUINOX SUNSET WATCH: Starting at 6:30 pm (with sunset around 7:10 pm), join expert skywatcher Alice Enevoldsen at Solstice Park for the ninth anniversary of her quarterly sunset watches – this is the first one after this morning’s spring equinox. All ages welcome and encouraged. It’s free and on a drop-in/stop-by basis, so you can be there for a few minutes or for the entire hour or so that Alice will be there. Uphill from the tennis courts. (7400 Fauntleroy Way SW)
EXTEND ENCAMPMENT ANOTHER YEAR? 6:30 pm at the Joint Training Facility, it’s the city-organized meeting to take comment on whether to officially extend the permit of sanctioned encampment Camp Second Chance to remain on the Myers Way Parcels for another year. Note that the JTF is an adults-only facility. (9401 Myers Way S.)
LAFAYETTE ELEMENTARY PTA: 6:30 pm meeting at the school – agenda details here. (2645 California SW)
WEST SEATTLE CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL: 7 pm at the Southwest Precinct, your chance to hear crime-trend updates from, and ask questions of, local police. Plus a special guest this month will bring his insight into current regional illegal-drug trends. All welcome. (2300 SW Webster)
LOTS MORE ON THE CALENDAR – browse it here!
The Southwest Titans Lacrosse Organization has created a brand-new Lacrosse Team at the elementary level just for girls this year!
This is a momentous revival of our girls’ program. Every player on the team is from West Seattle.
Their first game is this coming Saturday: March 24, 9 am at Pathfinder.
That’s 1901 SW Genesee, on Pigeon Point.
6:58 AM: Good morning. Spring officially arrives at 9:15 am so it’s the last commute of winter. So far, no incidents reported in/from West Seattle; no transit alerts.
VIADUCT CLOSURE REMINDER: Remember that the Alaskan Way Viaduct is scheduled to close 6 am-6 pm Saturday (March 24th) for inspection; if the work isn’t completed that day, it’ll close Sunday too.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
The Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council continues to evolve.
Co-chair Kim Barnes says it’s now meant to function as more of a “support group for committees” – each one, small now and hoping to grow, taking on a particular area of interest. If any are of interest to you – or if there’s something else you’d like to help make happen in the area – jump in!
Among those areas of interest discussed at this month’s WWRHAH meeting:
ROXHILL PARK: The recent kickoff meeting for getting Roxhill into the Park Commons project went well. This would be a two-to-three-year project, Barnes said, “for us to develop ways and means” – some through assistance, some through guidance – “to create more interactive activities in the areas of the park that are less utilized and need ore positive activities in them.”
The photos are from Al, who explains: “Attached to the railing where the two bike paths merge under the south end of the 1st Ave Bridge is a new ‘Ghost Bike.’ It definitely wasn’t there Friday evening and I truly believe it wasn’t there this morning around 6 am, but it is there now. Dedicated to ‘Marvin Miller died doing what he loved…March 17, 2006…’.” This is attached, a picture of Mr. Miller and the text of his obituary:
7:03 PM: Seattle Fire is sending a full response to a “fire in a building” call at an apartment complex in the 4000 block of California SW.
7:09 PM: This is on California between Andover and Dakota. You’ll want to avoid the area for a while.
7:12 PM: According to radio communication, they haven’t found any sign of fire – some “sparking” – and they’re reducing the size of the response.
7:16 PM: Firefighters report finding an “arcing wire” that’s the source of the problem, and have declared it a “tapped fire.”
7:19 PM: Added photos sent by our crew; we’ve confirmed all of the above at the scene.
Firefighters also say there’s no damage of note, no injuries, and they’ll be wrapping up.
5:03 PM: Thanks for the tips about a police response on the east side of Westwood Village. It was wrapping up when we got there but the sergeant on scene was able to tell us that it wasn’t an incident response – they were there to arrest someone on a warrant. We don’t yet know who or what kind of warrant, but we’ll be watching the jail roster.
P.S. Crime concern/question? Tomorrow night is the monthly West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting at the Southwest Precinct (2300 SW Webster), 7 pm. The briefing/Q&A with local police precedes the featured guest – this month, find out about regional drug trends from Steve Freng of the Northwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.
ADDED TUESDAY: According to online records, the person arrested is a 19-year-old man wanted in connection with an assault case. He got out of jail less than three weeks ago after two and a half months behind bars.
Our area’s precious green spaces can’t be taken for granted. In realization of that, the Fauntleroy Watershed Stewardship Fund was announced earlier this month, and we have an update from creek steward Judy Pickens:
The fund to enable ongoing stewardship of Fauntleroy Creek and Fauntleroy Park now has $3,600 toward its initial goal of $30,000.
The Fauntleroy Watershed Council announced the fund on March 1 in the wake of ever-decreasing grant funding for restoring and maintaining Seattle’s natural areas. EarthCorps, an international conservation training program, is accepting tax-deductible donations on behalf of the council and its trainees will do the lion’s share of the work that’s funded.
“This early response is greatly encouraging,” said Peggy Cummings, a member of the council’s executive committee. “Our main concern is being able to maintain restoration already done at public expense so those investments aren’t lost.”
Ensuring that the creek is safe for students is a particular focus for donations. Volunteers will be hosting 19 salmon releases starting April 27, which will bring an estimated 750 students to the watershed.
Find out more about the fund at the council’s table at Tuesday night’s Fauntleroy Food Fest, 6 pm in the Hall at Fauntleroy, or at www.fauntleroywatershed.org.
The FFF is the Fauntleroy Community Association‘s annual membership meeting – community members are invited to enjoy tastings from local restaurants, to find out more about what’s going on in the community – with a multitude of groups (like the Watershed Council) and agencies participating – and to renew FCA membership. (The Hall is at 9131 California SW.)
A document in the agenda packet for this Wednesday’s Seattle Public Schools board meeting shows the timeline for upcoming work at Southwest Athletic Complex, the stadium and sports fields just south of Chief Sealth International High School. The levy-funded $1.5 million project “will include replacement of the existing synthetic turf at football, softball, and baseball fields using cork infill, refurbishing the existing rubberized running track, and associated work,” according to the document. A timeline is set for two phases of work – the first, starting on the track in mid-May, to be complete before graduation ceremonies at the stadium in late June, and then right after those events, field improvements will start, to be done before football practice begins August 15th. The agenda item seeks to award the contract to King County Directors’ Association, described as “a purchasing cooperative owned by Washington State Public School Districts.”
Early reminder that tomorrow (Tuesday, March 20th) brings the city meeting about whether sanctioned encampment Camp Second Chance will be able to stay on the city-owned Myers Way Parcels for another year. The city’s initial policies about sanctioned encampments stipulates that they can stay at any one site for up to two years. C2C actually has been at this site for more than a year and a half, as it originally moved onto the city-owned land without authorization in July 2016; the city later decided to open and fund sanctioned encampments, and retroactively designated C2C as one of them. Nonetheless, the city is considering renewing the permit through early next year, and a meeting for comments is part of the process: 6:30 pm Tuesday at the Joint Training Facility (9401 Myers Way S.). If you can’t be there but have comments about the proposed renewal, e-mail them to email@example.com (with Myers Way in the subject line) or call 206-727-8496 by April 5th. C2C is currently home to about 50 people, according to what was reported at the most recent meeting of its Community Advisory Committee.
Tower cranes handle many tasks – including getting portapotties to where they’re needed at construction sites. Thanks to Cathy Ingraham for catching and sharing that photo last week from the ongoing Harbor Avenue SW project we’ll forever know as the “former Alki Tavern” (now gone 5 years) site. Meantime, a few development notes from city files:
JUNCTION PROJECT UPDATE: It’s been three weeks since we first reported on the early-stage plan for a 7-story mixed-use building at 4747 California SW. One additional detail has turned up on a document that’s appeared in city files since then – the application for a “pre-submittal conference” lists an early projection of 84 residential units and 50 offstreet parking spaces.
DESIGN PROPOSAL FOR 3078 SW AVALON: Six months ago, we reported on the new 8-townhouse plan for this site, which once was proposed for an eight-story, 108-unit apartment building, and was at the heart of a neighborhood challenge. The current project is going through Streamlined Design Review (no meeting but open to public comment), and the design proposal is now online – see it here.
8823 9TH SW: Six townhouses are proposed to replace the 50-year-old duplex on this Highland Park site.
3850 22ND SW: Two 3-unit rowhouse buildings are proposed to replace the 88-year-old house on this Pigeon Point site.
ALSO ON THAT BLOCK: Two doors down from the aforementioned project, at 3842 22nd SW, there’s an application to tear down this 102-year-old house “for future construction.” (A separate site plan on file says it’s a 3-unit rowhouse building.) And inbetween, 3846 22nd SW is the address listed for a future new single-family house between the rowhouses.
Last day of winter, but spring seems to have arrived early, as evidenced by the two beautiful photos gracing today’s list. Highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
SOUTHWEST SEATTLE YOUTH ALLIANCE: This group working on “community and school strategies to reduce and prevent underage drug and alcohol use” meets at noon at Neighborhood House High Point. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)
SOUTHWEST POOL IS OPEN AGAIN: We confirmed that the city-run indoor pool reopened Sunday, one day later than planned after almost three weeks of maintenance work. Today’s swim sessions per the schedule include adult/senior, noon-1:30 pm; lap swims, 3-4 pm and 5:30-6:30 pm; public swim, 7:30-8:30 pm. (2801 SW Thistle)
LIGHT SEARCH AND RESCUE: Want to be REALLY prepared in case of catastrophe? This class offered by the city at the Joint Training Facility in southeast West Seattle might be for you. 6-8 pm. Check to see if there’s room – free but registration required. (9401 Myers Way S.)
FAMILY STORY TIME: 6:30 pm at High Point Library, for kids of all ages! (35th SW/SW Raymond)
LAST SUNSET OF WINTER: 7:20 pm, according to the daily list on the WSB West Seattle Weather page; moonset, 9:58 pm. And remember that tomorrow (Tuesday) night brings Alice’s spring-equinox sunset watch!
Our Easter, Passover, and More seasonal list went live over the weekend, and as always, we will be continuing to update it daily through the end of spring-holiday season in early April. The event list starts with an “early” egg hunt and spring celebration next Saturday (March 24th) at Forest Lawn (6701 30th SW; WSB sponsor). The list also includes church services for Holy Week (starting with Palm Sunday on March 25th), and we’ve heard from six churches already. As with our year-round calendar, it’s free to have your event(s)/service(s)/brunch/etc. on the list – just e-mail the info ASAP to firstname.lastname@example.org – no need for a fancy “press release” or flyer, just tell us the basic what/when/where/etc. – thank you!
6:59 AM: Good morning. No incidents reported right now in/from West Seattle; no transit alerts so far.
VIADUCT CLOSURE THIS WEEKEND: We’ll remind you every day this week – the Alaskan Way Viaduct is scheduled to close 6 am-6 pm Saturday (March 24th) for its spring inspection, and again on Sunday if the work isn’t completed Saturday.
WATER TAXI NOTE: As mentioned Friday, the Water Taxi backup boat Spirit of Kingston is scheduled to fill in for the Kitsap Transit foot ferry starting today, but King County says that if there’s a problem during that time with either of its boats, SoK will fill in.
We’re continuing to track various West Seattle crime cases through the court system, and have three updates:
WESTCREST PARK MURDER CASE: The trial date for the three defendants in last September’s Westcrest Park murder of 15-year-old Derek Juarez-Lopez has been changed again. Now Diego Carballo-Olivares, Elizabeth Cabrera-Aparicio, and Jonatan Islas-Martinez are scheduled for trial in July, depending on how a trial-readiness hearing goes on May 11th. Court documents say defense lawyers requested the extra time because they have dozens of potential witnesses – including law-enforcement personnel – to interview.
ADMIRAL STABBING CASE: A new trial date also has been set for Kierra Ward, charged with two counts of assault in the October stabbing of a woman walking with her baby. Ward is now scheduled to go on trial April 25th, depending on how her next trial-readiness hearing goes – that’s set for April 13th. She remains in King County Jail, in lieu of $400,000 bail.
WARRANT FOR BURGLARY/CAR PROWL SUSPECT: Four weeks ago, we reported on charges filed against Nicholas Watson, arrested in mid-February at an Upper Morgan one-time nuisance house that had since been renovated and readied for sale, found with what was described as loot from car prowls. It was his fourth arrest this year but first time he’d been charged. Checking on his case, we found court documents showing that Watson requested a bail reduction at his March 1st arraignment and was released from jail, on grounds he would participate in the CCAP program. Now a warrant is out for his arrest. Terms of the program included reporting for classes every weekday; court documents say he stopped reporting five days after he was released.
Over the weekend, West Seattle artist Desmond Hansen painted a tribute portrait on a fourth local signal box. This time, it’s Layne Staley of Alice in Chains, and it’s on the northwest corner of the Avalon/Harbor/Spokane intersection. That follows Jimi Hendrix at California/Fauntleroy (featured here March 7th), Bruce Lee at 35th/Morgan (featured here March 10th), and Chris Cornell at 35th/Alaska (here’s the artist’s Instagram photo). Hansen also launched a crowdfunding page to raise money for supplies, and it’s already past its goal; in a video accompanying it, he says he might even take the project citywide.
Thanks to Judy Pickens for sending the photos and sharing the report:
Today the second annual Worship Without Walls at Fauntleroy Church drew 120 adults and children to a morning of service, volunteering an estimated 200 hours to Food Lifeline, Friends of Lincoln Park, West Seattle Elementary, Project Linus, and refugee support through the International Rescue Committee.
The first-ever WWW last year saw volunteers involved with four projects that day.
(March 2014 WSB photo)
That was the spectacular sunset on March 20, 2014, as seen from West Seattle’s Solstice Park, during NASA Solar System Ambassador Alice Enevoldsen‘s spring-equinox event. Our archived coverage shows that was the most-recent time the sun cooperated with Alice’s spring sunset watches – but the forecast for the next one, 6:30-7:30 pm Tuesday (March 20th), looks promising! You’re invited to join Alice for the free and fun informational all-ages gathering Tuesday night – here’s how to get to Solstice Park (7400 Fauntleroy Way SW, uphill from the tennis courts) if you haven’t been there before.
P.S. Spring officially arrives at 9:15 am our time Tuesday. While the official sunset time will be around 7:20 pm, Alice has noted over the years that the moment of disappearance behind the Olympic Mountains is usually about 10 minutes earlier.