Sound Transit light rail for West Seattle? Next steps for ‘ST3′ – including one you can take right now

July 1, 2015 at 9:51 pm | In Transportation, West Seattle news, West Seattle politics | 43 Comments

Will West Seattle get light rail if Sound Transit‘s next ballot measure passes? That’s not certain yet but the ballot measure itself is closer to reality because of the transportation package that finally made its way through the Legislature. In an announcement today, ST leaders including board chair King County Executive Dow Constantine said they’re proceeding with the measure known as ST3 for short, because legislators gave them the full potential funding authority they were seeking. That’s described in the announcement as:

*Property tax of up to 25 cents for each $1,000 of assessed valuation ($75 annually for a $300,000 house). …

*Sales tax of up to an additional 0.5 percent ($.50 on a $100 purchase).

*Motor vehicle excise tax (MVET) of up to 0.8 percent of vehicle value ($80 annually on a $10,000 vehicle).

Again, that’s just the taxing authority that Sound Transit will be given. The Legislature’s decision itself does not guarantee you’ll be taxed that way – it’s up to ST to ask voters and get their approval. The ST announcement says “ST3″ will take shape over the next year. If you want to speak up for West Seattle light rail or anything else in particular and have not yet taken the ST survey – go here to do it now – it’s only live for another week. Same survey we mentioned a month ago, so if you took it then, you’re covered.

(Back in Olympia, the transportation package itself still has a few more hurdles to clear, according to the Associated Press’s report from Olympia, and its own inherent costs – unrelated to the Sound Transit component – are calling for a gas-tax increase.)

West Seattle High School Class of 1970: Almost reunion time!

July 1, 2015 at 8:50 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | No Comments

Thanks to Verne for sharing this in case you or somebody you know graduated from West Seattle High School in 1970:

We are looking forward to seeing you Saturday July 18th, 12-4 pm. Class of ’70 is having “Our 45th Reunion Potluck Picnic” at Alki Shelter #1 (the only shelter) on the grass by 61st and 62nd SW and Alki Ave. Come down and join your classmates for some casual fun in the sun. We had enough funds for the shelter and 4 tables, so this is free this time. Might want to bring a chair, something to share, and beverage; we’ll have some water and paper plates available. We don’t have everyone’s emails so please forward this to your classmate friends and invite them to join us. We hope to see you there. I bet we see some kids, grandkids, and dogs too.

Your reps, Cathy Westwood McLynne and Jami Hanning Vaux

P.S. You can use the “Share This” button below this story to do exactly what they suggest – options include e-mailing the link as well as sharing to your favorite social-media channel.

West Seattle weather: ‘Heat advisory’ through Thursday

July 1, 2015 at 7:03 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle weather | 2 Comments

That’s the late-afternoon scene at E.C. Hughes Wading Pool in West Seattle, which opened for the season today; from here on out, it’s the full wading-pool schedule for the rest of the summer. Just in time, too, as the warmer-than-normal weather continues; the National Weather Service has the city under a Heat Advisory until Thursday night, with temperatures potentially reaching into the 90s again tomorrow.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Admiral/44th, Fauntleroy/37th crashes

July 1, 2015 at 5:39 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | No Comments

5:39 PM: Two crashes of note as the pm commute gets to its peak:

(44th/Admiral photo by Charlie G.)
One is at Admiral Way and 44th SW and is blocking at least part of Admiral. The other is on Fauntleroy at 37th and also is causing some backup on westbound Fauntleroy coming off the bridge.

(SDOT camera image)
No serious injuries reported in either, but if you haven’t headed out yet, you might consider avoiding both areas.

5:53 PM: Our crew just checked out the Admiral scene. Westbound Admiral is blocked, and backed up all the way down the hill coming off the bridge. Some good news – a tow truck has arrived at the scene, so it should clear before too long.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Armed street robbery on Puget Ridge

July 1, 2015 at 4:06 pm | In Crime, Puget Ridge, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

Two people were held up at gunpoint and assaulted late last night on Puget Ridge. We’ve just obtained the police report, which says they were walking to a residence when a group of people confronted them near 17th and Myrtle around 11 pm (map). The first robber “had some type of pistol and pointed it at both victims,” demanding, “Give me everything you’ve got.” The second one is quoted in the report as saying, “I’m gonna take your purse,” while reaching out to take one victim’s purse; that victim tried to resist by pushing the robber, who pushed her back and took the purse. All the while, the first robber had been “speaking with (the victim) and taking items from him (wallet, cell phone, day pack),” and then said, “Is that all you have?” When the victim said it was, the robber hit the victim in the right eye. The robbers then walked away, along with several other people who had accompanied them but did not participate in the robbery/assault. The victims called police from the house they had been headed to, a few blocks further north on 17th. According to the police report (and our followup question to SPD), the only descriptions provided were “black male” and “black female, 5-7.”

West Seattle 4th of July Kids’ Parade 2015 countdown: 3 days!

July 1, 2015 at 2:13 pm | In Fun stuff to do, Holidays, West Seattle news | No Comments

As reminded by our photo from last year, the West Seattle 4th of July Kids’ Parade isn’t “just” a parade – it’s also a fun family post-parade celebration with games on the green at Hamilton Viewpoint Park, all wrapped up in plenty of time for you to get your barbecue going, stake out your north-facing fireworks-watching spot, etc. Today, the key points:

WHEN/WHERE IT STARTS: 10 am Saturday, July 4th, at 44th & Sunset (map)
WHO’S IN IT: Whoever shows up! On foot, on bike, on scooter, on skateboard, in wagon, in stroller, etc.
WHO’S EMCEE’ING: Josh Sutton from the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor)
WHO ELSE YOU’LL SEE: Guests include West Seattle Hi-Yu royalty
WHAT TO WEAR: Red, white, and blue if you can, NOT mandatory
WHAT TO BRING: Diapers for WestSide Baby
WHERE IT GOES: 44th to Atlantic to Palm, and remember traffic stops down a while as the parade crosses California
WHAT NOT TO DO: Please don’t park along the parade route

Also from parade coordinator Jackie Clough of Alki Party Treasures (WSB sponsor): The crowdfunding campaign to cover parade costs (especially insurance, which was picked up by a sponsor in previous years) continues – if you can drop a few dollars in the virtual kitty, please do it here. And if you can spare a little time that morning but aren’t planning to be IN the parade – more volunteer help would be awesome (e-mail See you Saturday at the parade!

2 weeks until ballots go out in historic City Council election. Are you registered?

July 1, 2015 at 12:54 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle politics | 1 Comment

(WSB photo from May 18th Fauntleroy forum: L to R – Phillip Tavel, Shannon Braddock, Jody Rushmer, Brianna Thomas, Karl Wirsing, Chas Redmond, Arturo Robles, Pavel Goberman, Lisa Herbold)

If you’re looking forward to voting in the primary for the first-ever City Council District 1 (West Seattle/South Park) election – you’ll be able to do that (as well as voting on at-large Positions 8 and 9, School Board Position 6, Port Commission Positions 2 and 5, and County Elections Director) starting in a little over two weeks: King County Elections says it’s sending out the August 4th ballots two weeks from today. But you can’t vote if you’re not registered, and the deadline for getting that done is a lot sooner – July 6th, if you want to do it the easy way, registering (or updating your info) online or by postal mail. If you need to register, start here. If you want to be sure your address is correct in county records, so you get that ballot they’ll be sending, go here – that’s also where you can go right now to create your customized sample ballot, to see the races and follow candidates’ infolinks.

P.S. If you miss this deadline, you can register in person up until July 27th, but don’t procrastinate and set yourself up for the hassle – get it done now.

UPDATE: Truck driver to hospital after rescue response at Vigor

July 1, 2015 at 12:08 pm | In West Seattle news, WS breaking news | No Comments

(Photo tweeted by Seattle Fire Department)
FIRST REPORT, 12:08 PM: In case you saw the large contingent of fire/rescue vehicles headed onto Harbor Island: The “automobile rescue” call is at 1801 16th SW, which checks to Vigor Industrial. Early word from scanner traffic is that it involves a semi-truck that somehow “cantilevered onto its back wheels” and is pointing vertically into the air, but no one is hurt and crews are focused on securing the truck until it can be dealt with. Some of the responding crews have been canceled.

1:35 PM UPDATE: Thanks to Vigor spokesperson Athena Maris for this update:

Vigor is in the process of decommissioning one of its dry-docks. A contractor assigned to the project was carrying scrap material in his truck up a ramp when the truck flipped upward onto its back wheels. The driver has been safely removed and is on his way to the hospital. While the extent of his injuries is unknown, at this point he does not appear to be seriously injured. Fire & Rescue is departing the scene which has been stabilized. Once the truck has been removed, we will begin a full investigation of the incident.

Design Review updates: City’s making a map; 3 West Seattle meetings rescheduled; what happened at last week’s doubleheader

July 1, 2015 at 10:21 am | In Development, West Seattle news | No Comments

Updates today on Design Review, the only city program that regularly allows for public meetings on some development projects:

THE CITY’S MAKING A MAP: Linked from the newest monthly Department of Planning and Development newsletter, this announcement:

In July we will unveil a new online map that provides locations and detailed information of active Seattle Design Review projects. Our Shaping Seattle: Buildings map gives users the ability to click on a project to:

View design specifics
Find the building status
Comment on the project
Find related Design Review meetings

Users will also be able to see what the project will look like and download project documents to their computer. With this information, residents can be well informed on our projects and be involved in the design process.

No mention of whether this is linked to or inspired by the privately created, similarly missioned app Seattle In Progress.

UPCOMING DESIGN REVIEW MEETINGS – ONE NEW, THREE RESCHEDULED: Another one has just been added to the running schedule – at 6:30 pm August 6th, the memory-care facility proposed for 4515 41st SW is scheduled to come back before the board.

While checking the city site, we also noticed three project reviews have been rescheduled, including two that were supposed to go before the board tomorrow (but now there’s NO July 2nd meeting on the schedule):

-4700 Admiral Way SW is now scheduled for its Early Design Guidance review at 8 pm July 23rd – this is the 3-story, 80-unit Aegis Living memory-care/assisted-living project. (The DPD website indicates the notice with the revised date will go out tomorrow.)

4532 42nd SW is now rescheduled for 8 pm July 16th – this is the new 6-story, 89-apartment proposal for the site behind the Capco/Altamira/QFC building, and the revised notice about this should go out tomorrow, too.

5414 Delridge Way SW – This is now set for July 16th at 6:30 pm (one week earlier than previously scheduled). It’s proposed as a 4-story building with 7 residential units and 1,100 square feet of commercial space.

All of the above reviews will be at the Senior Center of West Seattle (Oregon/California).

LAST THURSDAY’S DOUBLEHEADER: While we weren’t able to have a reporter cover the doubleheader meeting last Thursday (June 25th), we do have some information. First, the CVS drugstore planned for 4722 Fauntleroy Way SW advanced out of the Early Design Guidance phase on its second try. If you’re interested in seeing how the discussion went but couldn’t get to the meeting either, we have it on video:

The second review that night (not on video) was the first Early Design Guidance look at 6058 35th SW, a 4-story building proposed for 89 residential units, 8,500 sf of office space, and 1,500 sf of commercial space at High Point’s most-prominent remaining piece of real estate. According to the city planner assigned to the project, Tami Garrett, the board decided this needs to come back for a second round of EDG. No date yet; we’re watching the calendar.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST … if you’ve read this far, you might be interested in the city’s ongoing review of the Design Review program. Go here for a chance to tell them what you think.

West Seattle Wednesday: Southwest District Council; coworking meetup; 2 more wading pools; Market Garden farm stand…

July 1, 2015 at 8:59 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

(June photo @ Alki, by Colby Perry)

Another 90ish day predicted. So today’s highlights begin at the beach and in the pool(s):

LOW-LOW TIDE, WITH BEACH NATURALISTS: Today’s low tide, just after 11 am, is out to -2.2 feet. And that’s why you’ll find Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists out at Constellation and Lincoln Parks, 9:45 am-1 pm.

OPENING DAY FOR HIAWATHA, EC HUGHES WADING POOLS: First chance this season for kids to play at the two West Seattle wading pools that hadn’t already opened: Noon-6:30 pm at Hiawatha (Walnut/Lander), noon-7 pm at EC Hughes (28th/Holden). Lincoln Park wading pool (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) is also open today (and every day), 11 am-8 pm, as is Highland Park Spraypark (1100 SW Cloverdale), same hours. Full citywide schedule here.

OFFICE JUNCTION MEETUP: Noon-1 pm, cool place to meet your fellow home-office, coffee-shop, laptop-at-the-park-or-beach workers for an hour and see West Seattle’s only coworking center. (6040 California SW)

HIGH POINT MARKET GARDEN, WEEK 2: 4-7 pm, this summer’s second weekly session for the High Point Market Garden Farm Stand, where you can buy fresh organic produce grown by local urban farmers, steps from where it’s grown. Here’s our coverage of opening day a week ago. (32nd/Juneau)

SOUTHWEST DISTRICT COUNCIL: 6:30 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle, with agenda highlights including:

6:40 p.m. Waterfront Seattle Update – SDOT
7:00 p.m. Don Armeni Boat Launch Parking – Parks & SPD
7:30 p.m. West Seattle Parade Participation by Neighborhoods

Second-floor meeting room. (Oregon/California)

TRIVIA WITH D-1 CANDIDATES PRESENT & PAST: 8:30 pm at Talarico’s in The Junction, as previewed here earlier this week, come root for a team of candidates past and present from the District 1 City Council race. (4718 California SW)

YOU’LL FIND MORE if you look at our full calendar.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday updates; holiday preview; 22nd/Trenton crash

July 1, 2015 at 7:02 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 6 Comments

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
7:02 AM: Welcome to July. All’s proceeding as usual in our area.

HOLIDAY PREVIEW: King County transit info for Metro and the Water Taxis on Friday and Saturday is here; Washington State Ferries info is here; Sound Transit info is here. (No changes today or Thursday.)

7:11 AM: Crash at 22nd and Trenton is blocking Trenton both ways just west of Delridge, per scanner.

7:28 AM: At the scene. Two vehicles involved, nobody hurt.

Tow truck on scene already to clear the one that’s badly damaged, so SW Trenton should reopen before too long.

7:51 AM: A couple reminders now that we’re moving along – as published here last night, road work at the Murray CSO Control Project steps up starting today, says the county. Also, a city update from the 47th/Admiral/Waite signal/crosswalks project:

… the installation of the span wires, wiring, signal heads, push buttons and signal controller is now complete. The new signal and pedestrian heads are currently bagged and crews are connecting the signal controller wiring this week. We will begin testing the signals after Seattle City Light connects power to the signal service cabinet and SDOT signal crews install the wireless sensor systems, at the end of this week at the earliest. Testing will not affect traffic.

Crews will begin deconstructing the existing pedestrian beacon once the new traffic and pedestrian signals are brought online. During the beacon removal, traffic will be temporarily detoured around the work area.

5:27 PM: Crash reported at 44th/Admiral. Don’t know yet how/whether it’s affecting traffic.

West Seattle Crime Watch: 2 bikes stolen; 1 pirate ‘launched’

June 30, 2015 at 11:57 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | 12 Comments

Two West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports:

From Rebekah:

We had two bikes stolen from our backyard at Croft and Delridge on sunday during the early evening when nobody was home. These bikes hold sentimental value for us. The pink one is a Diamondback, and has whitewall tires, the black and red one has flames on the tires. Both are slightly rusty.

Seen either or both? Let police know – and comment here.

From Guy – whose deck-dwelling pirate is seen first in happier times:

Around 2:30-3:00 am last night my life-size pirate statue was launched off my second floor patio on the 2600 block of Alki. I wasn’t home at the time.

A witness said it was a group of what appeared to be teenagers. They were seen getting into a newer dark green Ford king cab truck with a canopy. I’ve had the statue for three years and honestly I can’t believe it wasn’t stolen prior to this. I hope they get a severe spanking!

You can help! West Seattle Food Bank needs more books for kids

June 30, 2015 at 10:10 pm | In How to help, West Seattle books, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

Doing some pre-holiday cleaning? Got children’s books that the kids in your family have outgrown? Consider taking them to the West Seattle Food Bank, which provided the photos and the request:

The West Seattle Food Bank’s Bookcase Program is in need of all kinds of gently used children’s books, especially board books. Our Bookcase Program has grown tremendously over the last year – we distributed over 12,000 adult and children books all through generous donations from our community. Our clients love the program; they can take up to 10 books home to keep. Donation hours are Monday – Friday 9 am – 3 pm and we are located at 3419 SW Morgan St. on the corner of 35th & Morgan. Enter through the garage on Morgan, come in, and we have volunteers that can help you with your donation. Thank you so much.

(You want to make somebody smile before the holiday, right?)

Congratulations! ‘Wish U Could Swish’ team’s Hoopfest success

June 30, 2015 at 8:10 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 3 Comments

Thanks to Todd Carlsen for the photo and report:

“Wish U Could Swish,” a team made up of 4 soon-to-be 7th graders at Our Lady of Guadalupe School, finished in 2nd place in the 12 and under girls’ division at the 26th annual Spokane Hoopfest 3-on-3 tournament. The girls finished the 16-team bracket with a record of 6-2 and had to endure temperatures both Saturday and Sunday of 105-plus degrees. They fought their way through the losers’ bracket and ended up playing 5 games on Sunday before losing in the championship game Sunday afternoon. Team members include Mary Carlsen, Daniella Colberg, Eva Flanagan, and Dominique Monroe. The team is coached by Daren Monroe.

Murray CSO Control Project entering next phase: Pipe replacement under Beach Drive

June 30, 2015 at 6:30 pm | In Utilities, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | No Comments

Another update from King County, whose reps warn that Lowman Beach access is going to get even tougher in the weeks ahead:

King County contractors for the Murray CSO Control project will begin replacing an eight-inch water pipe in Beach Drive SW this week. The work requires excavators, trucks, and a crane to work in Beach Drive SW for about a month.

The work will create traffic congestion and delays, especially south of the Lincoln Park Way SW intersection on Beach Dr. SW. Flaggers will guide traffic around the work site. Emergency and local access on Beach Dr. SW will be maintained. All parking will be closed along Beach Drive SW south of Lincoln Park Way SW. Steel plates will cover the work area in the road outside of work hours. The road will be patched after the pipe is installed and fully restored at the end of the project.

Installing the new pipe will not affect water service to neighbors. Connecting the new pipe will require a service outage later this summer for Beach Drive SW residents south of the Lincoln Park Way intersection. More information will be provided before that work occurs.

Crews will continue building the underground storage tank while the water pipe installation occurs.

Thank you for your ongoing patience during construction. Please direct any concerns or inquiries to the project hotline: 206-205-9186.

TRAFFIC ALERT UPDATE: Crash cleared on NB 99 in stadium zone; now, trouble on Aurora

June 30, 2015 at 4:25 pm | In West Seattle news | 1 Comment

4:25 PM: If you’re headed outbound to NB Highway 99, heads up: SDOT says a crash is blocking all but one lane in the stadium zone.

4:58 PM: Not clear yet, and we hear it’s affecting the eastbound bridge.

5:37 PM: All lanes have reopened.

5:54 PM: New problem on NB 99 just north of downtown – a fire along Aurora, just south of the Aurora Bridge.

Hot job tip: Seattle Fire Department is recruiting in a big way

June 30, 2015 at 3:20 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle people | 3 Comments

The mayor and fire chief came to the southeastern edge of West Seattle today for what amounted to one big “Help Wanted” ad. During the event at the Joint Training Facility, new Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins said the department is recruiting – not just because of jobs open now, but because of up to 400 retirements projected in the next few years; he described SFD as an “aging department” and explained that recruiting and hiring is a long process:

This does NOT mean SFD is short-staffed right now – Chief Scoggins says all stations are fully staffed 24 hours a day, but if the force gets any thinner, current firefighters might be scheduled a little more intensively than the department would prefer. To cast a wide net for recruits, SFD will be going to community events around the city and holding open houses; if you or someone you know is interested in becoming a firefighter, just stop by a fire station to inquire. You can also go here to find out about qualifications, the application/hiring process, and more.

Memorial service planned July 9th for Barbara E. Boe, 1944-2015

June 30, 2015 at 2:35 pm | In Obituaries, West Seattle news, West Seattle people | 7 Comments

Barbara Ellen Boe, who died last weekend at 71, will be remembered at a service in West Seattle on July 9th. Here’s the remembrance her family is sharing with the community today:

Barbara Ellen Boe was born to Clayton Royal Lape and Ellen Ward on January 2, 1944, in Big Timber, Montana. Barbara spent part of her early childhood with her beloved grandparents, Robert (Bud) Ward and Anita (Brannin) Ward Hoyem up the Sweet Grass Canyon at the Ward & Parker Sawmill and ranch. Barbara’s father served in the US Navy during the Second World War, and her mother worked in Helena, Montana. Barbara formed a deep attachment to her grandparents and south central Montana.

Following several years in the Big Timber area after the war, the family moved to Santa Barbara, California. Barbara went through the Santa Barbara school system until the latter part of high school. She returned to Big Timber, Montana to stay with and help her grandmother. Barbara graduated from Sweet Grass County High School and attended the University of Montana at Missoula for a short time.

Barbara returned to Big Timber and was later married to LeRoy Schilling. They had one daughter, JoAnna.

Barbara married John Christopher (Chris) Boe on May 31, 1981 at the Big Timber Lutheran Church. The couple moved to Billings, Montana and resided there for nine years. Barbara worked for then Eastern Montana College in the library and also with the Continuing Education Department. While in Billings, Barbara and Chris were blessed with two daughters, Elizabeth Ellen and Kristina Anita (Nina).

In 1989 the family moved to Seattle. Barbara was employed as a property manager until her retirement in September of 2010. Following her retirement, Barbara maintained her lifelong love of reading, staying up on current events locally, nationally, and internationally, attending church, and being involved with her family and grandchildren.

Barbara passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2015, from acute myeloid leukemia. She is survived by her husband Chris, daughters JoAnna (Stacey), Elizabeth, and Nina, and grandsons Benjamin and Cameron.

Her funeral will be held on Thursday, July 9, at 2:00 pm at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church (3050 California Avenue SW). In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to

Also from our ‘if you were wondering too’ file: Sunfish signage

June 30, 2015 at 12:53 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle restaurants | 8 Comments

Another quick update: Last night, we heard from a few people who had seen the signage being taken down while passing by Sunfish at 2800 Alki SW, and as a result were worried that maybe it was closing or changing. So we went by today to check. What we found out: Sunfish is alive and well. The awning and sign just came down for refurbishment, and are expected back in a few weeks.

Big response, small fire in 6900 block of Delridge Way

June 30, 2015 at 11:35 am | In Delridge, West Seattle fires, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

Sorry we didn’t mention this in real time, but we’ve received a few questions, so we’re mentioning it now: The big Seattle Fire response in the 6900 block of Delridge Way SW just after 10 am turned out to be a small kitchen fire, according to SFD – most units dismissed quickly, no injuries reported.

‘Move Seattle’ transportation levy: After City Council sent it to the ballot, 4-month campaign begins

June 30, 2015 at 10:21 am | In Transportation, West Seattle news, West Seattle politics | 61 Comments

Now that the City Council has taken final action to send the Move Seattle” transportation levy to the November 3rd ballot – you’re going to hear a lot about it over the next four months. We noticed early today that SDOT has a new round of infosheets. The one below, for example, incorporates changes made by the City Council, including the revised categories for investments – “congestion relief” is now a focus – and added language, such as the “West Seattle ingress and egress planning” that Councilmember Tom Rasmussen pushed to add:

Breakouts by City Council district are now posted – though they’re still relatively short on specifics. Here’s the one for District 1 (West Seattle and South Park):

Again, the funding for Move Seattle – $930 million in property taxes – did not change before the final vote. And if you want to see the discussion before that vote, the Seattle Channel‘s archived video of yesterday afternoon’s meeting is up:

More background about the levy is on its city webpage.

What’s up for the rest of your West Seattle Tuesday

June 30, 2015 at 9:00 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

(The iridescent, invasive European Starling, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Highlights for the last day/night of June, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

LIBRARY STORY TIMES: At 10:30 am, it’s Baby Story Time at Southwest Library (35th/Henderson) and Toddler Story Time at West Seattle (Admiral) Library (2306 42nd SW); at 7 pm, Family Story Time at Delridge Library (5423 Delridge Way SW).

WADING POOLS OPEN TODAY: Lincoln Park, 11 am-8 pm; Delridge, 12 pm-6:30 pm. (Addresses & citywide schedule here)

BIKEMOBILE BIKE REPAIRS: The new Bike Works truck will be at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center 1:30-4 pm every Tuesday until September – read about it here. (6400 Sylvan Way)

DUWAMISH/GREEN RIVERS’ WATERSHED FUTURE: 5-7 pm at Camp Long, you’re invited to an open house, with presentations at 5:30 and 6:30 – details in our preview published last weekend. (5200 35th SW)

INTERESTED IN TEACHER CERTIFICATION? 5:30-7 pm, come to the Southwest Library to learn about a UW program in teacher certification – details here. (35th/Henderson)

WEEKLY DEMO & PADDLE RACE: At Alki Kayak Tours, 6-8 pm demos, 7 pm races, no preregistration required. (1660 Harbor SW)

MORE! Browse all the listings for today and beyond on our calendar.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday outbound watch & alerts

June 30, 2015 at 6:21 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 1 Comment

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Happy Tuesday! One day closer to the three-day holiday weekend (Saturday is the 4th, Friday is the government observance).

Shell’s other rig heads north, without ever coming to Terminal 5

June 30, 2015 at 6:08 am | In Seen at sea, West Seattle news | No Comments

(Photo by Valerie Costa)
According to tracking and photos tweeted by drilling opponents, the leased-by-Shell drillship Noble Discoverer is starting its journey to the Arctic. Its departure from Everett comes two weeks and one day after Shell’s other rig, Polar Pioneer, left Terminal 5 in West Seattle. At one point, it was expected that Noble Discoverer also would come to T-5 as part of Foss’s interim lease, but instead it’s been in Everett since its Puget Sound arrival. Polar Pioneer arrived in the Aleutian Islands last weekend as a stop along the way to the Chukchi Sea; several other Shell vessels that have spent time at T-5 in recent weeks are there already – including Aiviq and Harvey Explorer – or en route, including Harvey Champion, now in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. When they’ll return depends on what happens or doesn’t happen in the Arctic between now and September.

Reader reports: Hit & run; plant thefts; door-to-door concern

June 29, 2015 at 11:27 pm | In Crime, Door-to-door alert, West Seattle news | 8 Comments

Three reader reports to share tonight:

HIT & RUN: Tim says this was one lousy parting gift to get while preparing to move – damage done by a hit-and-run driver near 42nd and Manning (map). It’s been reported to police. Tim says a neighbor believes the car was a Subaru Forester – checking to see if they also mentioned its color.

PLANT THEFTS: The latest case of illegal grab-and-go from a garden:

1:30 am this morning, 2 white women were stealing plants from my driveway where I have
plant sales, when my neighbor came home. They already had the 2-3 Japanese Maples in their car (2 Ukigumo, 1 red Pygmy). They had taken two hostas in 3 gallon containers and placed at the front of the driveway – then they were discovered by my neighbor. They promptly left in their Toyota Sienna, around year 2000, color light gold/silver, partial license (starting with) 522 … My Neighbor was chasing after them on foot. This is a dead end block – one way in and out. 7300 block 19th Avenue SW.

DOOR-TO-DOOR CONCERN: Our final reader report:

I live in the 8500 block of 14th Ave. SW in Highland Park. A little before 4:00 p.m. two young men knocked on my door. The windows were open and the TV was on, but it took me a few seconds from the time I first heard knocking to get to the window and stick my head outside to see who was at the door. In the meantime, it sounded like someone wriggled the door handle and tried to get in. When I stuck my head out the window, they said they were from Century Link and they wanted to talk to neighbors about construction that is going on. We are having wires enhanced in the area. I said I wasn’t interested.

I called Century Link and it was confirmed that none of their representatives are going to houses in the area. They only send out technicians. The young men looked to be in their early 20’s. One was brunet Caucasian with slender build and the other was tall, stocky African American. They wore white shirts and black pants and carried clipboards.

There’s always the chance the person the reader spoke with at CL didn’t have good local info – so if you happen to know these visitors were legit, please advise, does happen sometimes.

West Seattle scene: Sweet sunset, with a holiday on the way

June 29, 2015 at 10:14 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle weather | No Comments

Tonight, no excuse for running pretty sunset photos – no weather alerts, for example – James Bratsanos just happened to share the photos, and with the holiday on the way, a sunset-pic break just feels like the right thing to do before the next few stories we’re working on.

Forecasters now say the 4th of July is expected to get into the mid-80s, cooling a bit from temps that they believe will peak on Thursday in the low 90s.

Think you can outsmart the (current/former) candidates?

June 29, 2015 at 9:35 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle politics | No Comments

Special event this Wednesday night at Talarico’s in The Junction – the regular weekly trivia night, long hosted by Phillip Tavel – who happens to be a candidate for City Council District 1 – features seven of his current and former fellow candidates, comprising one of the competing teams. Tavel says those who accepted the invite are ex-candidates Tom Koch and Dave Montoure plus current candidates Karl Wirsing, Brianna Thomas, Jody Rushmer, Chas Redmond, and Shannon Braddock. If they win, their prize and his pay get donated to a local nonprofit. You’re invited, 8:30 pm Wednesday at 4718 California SW.

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