West Seattle Tuesday: Crime Prevention Council, Junction Neighborhood Organization, more…

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(Lynn Hall photographed the Great Blue Heron checking out a streetlight along Duwamish Head)

Before too much more of the day gets away from us … five things for the rest of today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

‘TRY IT TUESDAY’ AT THE Y: As the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) expansion/reopening celebration continues, nonmembers are invited to stop in and try the Y on Tuesdays – open until 10 pm. (36th SW/SW Snoqualmie)

EARLY DAYS: The Early Days drop-in support groups have two days/locations in 2017. Today – and every Tuesday – 1-3 pm, you’ll find Early Days at Nurturing Expressions (WSB sponsor) in The Junction – details in our calendar listing. (4746 44th SW)

JUNCTION NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATION: As previewed here last night, this is one of two JuNO meetings to get ready for the city’s upcoming workshop on proposed rezoning as part of the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda. 6:30 pm @ the Senior Center/Sisson Building. (4217 SW Oregon)

WEST SEATTLE CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL: As previewed here over the weekend, tonight’s special guest is an SPD expert on “active shooter” situations. The meeting also brings you an update on local crime trends and a chance to ask police about your crime/safety concerns. 7 pm at the Southwest Precinct. (2300 SW Webster)

SOUTH SOUND NIGHT OF STARS: Live music at Parliament Tavern, 8 pm – details here. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

EVEN MORE … on our complete calendar page.

White Center annexation vote in 2018? City Council committee briefing Wednesday

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The city of Seattle currently has two potential annexations on the table – one in the South Park/Duwamish River area, the other in White Center/North Highline. A briefing on both is set for tomorrow’s meeting of the Seattle City Council’s Education, Equity, and Governance Committee (2 pm Wednesday, City Hall downtown, also live on seattlechannel.org). The documents in the agenda indicate that if the city decides to send North Highline annexation to the area’s 8,600+ registered voters, that’s more likely next year than this year (which had been previously mentioned as an option). See more in our preview on partner site White Center Now.

P.S. The committee meeting also includes updates on two voter-approved, levy-funded initiatives, the Democracy Voucher program and the Seattle Preschool Program, which according to the briefing slide deck now has half a dozen sites in our area.

TUESDAY NIGHT NOTE: The agenda has been revised and the Democracy Vouchers briefing is no longer planned.

INAUGURATION WEEK: Student walkouts

The Seattle Public Schools administration has sent SPS families a note saying they’ve heard school walkouts are likely on Friday. No specific schools were mentioned. But overnight, we received this:

I am a student at Madison Middle School writing to inform you of a walkout happening January 20th at Madison Middle School.

This will occur 6th period, or 1:30. We will walk from Madison, down California, and then to the Junction and back. It would be helpful if you could post the walkout on the blog to spread the word.

Thank you for your time,
A Madison Student

Here is what SPS sent families (thanks to those who forwarded it to us):

We have heard from some principals and through social media channels that our middle and high school students may choose to participate in a planned walkout on Inauguration Day, Friday, January 20. This call to action is not endorsed or sanctioned by the school district. The “National Student Walkout Against Trump” has been organized by a group called Socialist Students.

In November, ten thousand of our students safely walked out of school in response to the presidential election results. The district supports students’ rights to express their views in a peaceful manner. However, when civic engagement includes missing class, there are appropriate and standardized consequences. Students should understand that if they choose to participate in the January 20 walkout, they will receive an unexcused absence per board policy.

Board Policy 3121 (pdf)

Superintendent Procedure 3121 (pdf)

Following an unexcused absence, students do not have the right to make up school work. Any make up is at the discretion of the principal and classroom teacher. The opportunity to make up work will depend on the course syllabus and other factors. If students do choose to walk out, you will receive a notice from the individual school. At this time, it is hard to predict how many schools and students will participate, if any.

Educators and other school staff have been asked to remain at school. Staff participation in the January 20 walkout, for reasons other than ensuring the safety of our students, will be treated as a personnel matter.

Finally, any time we know of a planned walkout, the district’s Safety and Security department works very closely with the Seattle Police Department (SPD). We are already in contact with SPD regarding this potential event.

In closing, if you have questions or concerns regarding the potential January 20 walkout you can send them to publicaffairs@seattleschools.org or direct them to your child’s school principal.

TRAFFIC, TRANSIT, WEATHER: Tuesday watch

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)

7:02 AM: Good morning! With the temperature in the low 40s, it’s almost a heat wave out there. As for traffic – SDOT reported a crash at 31st SW/SW Cloverdale a short time ago, but SFD has already closed out of the call.

7:20 AM: Sound Transit says its express buses, including West Seattle-serving Route 560, are all running about 20 minutes behind due to “heavy traffic.”

7:51 AM: Charlie reports, “I’m on a rt 57 right now. Firefighters blocking the bus lane on 99. Helping someone in a stopped vehicle. Just north of the Starbucks building.”

8:14 AM SDOT says the 99 situation has cleared.

UPDATE: Heavy-rescue response for crash on Puget Ridge

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9:21 PM: A big Seattle Fire response is on the way to the 6700 block of 18th SW [map] on Puget Ridge. According to scanner traffic, an SUV has hit a tree and is on its side, with one person reported trapped. More to come.

9:25 PM: The person is now out of the vehicle, after reportedly claiming to be unhurt. Most of the SFD response is being canceled.

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10:08 PM: Photos added. This one wrapped up fast. The last SFD crew (Engine 11) passed us while we were still a few blocks away. Only one police car was left keeping watch on the vehicle until the tow truck arrived – and we passed it as we left. 18th, narrow as it is, wasn’t even blocked by the wreck.

ADDED TUESDAY MORNING: Neighbors say the driver appeared impaired, and overnight, the call was officially logged as DUI.

HALA REZONING: 2 Junction Neighborhood Organization meetings this week, in prep for January 26th city workshop

(Direct link to draft West Seattle Junction rezoning map)

January 26th is the next major city meeting in West Seattle related to proposed rezoning for the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda‘s Mandatory Housing Affordability component – and this week, the Junction Neighborhood Organization has two meetings to prepare for it. From JuNO director René Commons:

1/17 Tuesday, JuNO Meeting, 6:30-7:30 pm – West Seattle Senior Center’s Nucor Room

Guest Speaker Cindi Barker: Cindi will be sharing the MoCA (Morgan Community Association) response to the MHA HALA rezone. She will offer her insights on how best to plan and prepare our WS Junction community to respond at the upcoming city meeting on 1/26.

1/19 Thursday, JuNO Land Use Committee meeting – 6:30-7:30 pm, West Seattle Senior Center’s Hatten Hall – for neighbors to provide input before the 1/26 City meeting.

JuNO is excited to announce Rich Koehler and Carl Guess are Co-Chairs for the newly formed JuNO Land Use Committee, which is a part of JuNO that will focus on helping the West Seattle Junction neighborhood influence programs that include proposed land use changes such as HALA and ST3! The JuNO Land Use Committee will be hosting this meeting. Thank you Rich, Carl, & all the new volunteers!

The January 19th meeting will be a community-organized “workshop meeting,” Commons says, “to discuss a response that is related to rezoning, infrastructure, and affordable housing in our West Seattle Junction Urban Village in an open forum.” Then a week later, it’s the city-sponsored January 26th workshop, also at the Senior Center, 6-9 pm. If you’re interested in being there, JuNO hopes to see you at one or both of this week’s meetings. The Senior Center (Sisson Building) is at 4217 SW Oregon.

YOU’RE INVITED: Duwamish Tribe to celebrate Longhouse anniversary Saturday

Eight years after we took that photo – just after the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse in West Seattle was completed and dedicated in January 2009 – its next anniversary celebration is days away. You’re invited to the Longhouse next Saturday (January 21st), 10 am-5 pm, for an open house that will start with a screening of the new documentary Promised Land,” featuring the Duwamish and Chinook Tribes’ fight for restoration of their treaty rights – here’s the trailer:

This is the first time the film will be shown at the Duwamish Longhouse. Here’s the longhouse’s backstory, as shared by the tribe:

It is the 8th Anniversary of the building of the first Duwamish Longhouse since the last one was burned down in West Seattle in 1894 to push the Duwamish off their land. In 1851, there were over 90 Duwamish Longhouses. Opened in 2009, the Longhouse is a traditional cedar post and beam structure designed in the Puget Salish Longhouse style. It houses a Native Art Gallery, Duwamish History Museum, Gift Shop, Duwamish Tribal Offices, and traditional Longhouse. As in ancient times, the Longhouse is the site where tribal business is conducted and cultural & educational events are held.

Now, the plan for Saturday’s event:

Open house featuring new Duwamish film, cultural program & reception. Celebrate the heritage of Greater Seattle’s First People, Chief Seattle’s Duwamish Tribe. Open house, 10-5, visit exhibit areas and art gallery. Festivities include:

10 am – Duwamish Film: “Promised Land” – This new documentary revisits Chief Seattle’s Duwamish Tribe’s continuing struggle for justice in its own land. The filmmakers & Duwamish tribal leaders will be present for a brief discussion after the film, to be followed by a reception.

“Promised Land” is a social justice documentary that follows two tribes in the Pacific Northwest: the Duwamish and the Chinook, as they fight for the restoration of treaty rights they’ve long been denied. The film examines a larger problem in the way that the government and society still looks at tribal sovereignty. Produced and directed by Vasant and Sarah Samudre Salcedo, and sponsored by 4Culture and San Francisco Film Society.

12 pm – Reception

1-3 pm – Cultural Program with special guests & native storytelling. Duwamish Heritage Group will invite friends to join in song and dance.

Free admission & parking.

The Duwamish Longhouse is at 4705 W. Marginal Way SW.

UPDATE: About the 35th/Holden police response

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ORIGINAL REPORT, 3:48 PM MONDAY: Moments after we published a Crime Watch roundup, this happened – a big police response at the 35th/Holden gas station. Thanks for the tips! Per the scanner, officers recovered this stolen Honda Accord:

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We don’t know yet if there’s anything more to the case than “stolen/recovered car,” but even if there isn’t, the sizable response is standard – since motor-vehicle theft is a felony, it requires what is referred to as a “felony stop” (guns drawn).

UPDATE, 11:10 AM TUESDAY: We followed up this morning with SPD. What ended at the gas station started at Westwood Village, where an officer spotted the stolen car, alerting others along the way, and finally catching up with it. Its occupants, who were taken into custody, “had stolen credit cards and IDs” in their possession, per SPD.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Bike stolen; bikes found; bag theft; business holdup

Three reader reports plus a quick note from the online SPD files, and a reminder:

STOLEN BIKE: From WB:

Sometime on the evening of 1/15/17 and the morning of 1/15/17 my locked bike (Cannondale M400) was stolen off a second floor landing of my apartment building. California and Andover. Black/Dark Green. Commuter bike with rack. Serial #06526B5M16.

If you have info on it – refer to police report #2017-900426.

BIKES FOUND: Lewis sent this photo, reporting: “Just spotted these two girls bikes halfway up the staircase near Andover and 21st SW. They were in the trees off to the side of the staircase (visible from the stairs) if anyone is looking for them”:
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(They might be the same ones shown in this report – though we published that two months ago.)

BAG THEFT AT BAR: From Jordan, who hopes you will keep watch for some of the stolen stuff:

(Saturday) night (1/14) my bag was stolen from the bar at West 5. This happened between 8:30 pm and 11:30 pm. My partner and I were sitting closer to the middle of the bar, near the serving station. I had my jacket and my bag hanging from the hooks under the bar in front of my bar stool. I am guessing my bag got swiped in the short time that I was gone to the restroom. My boyfriend was sitting next to me the whole time, but he had his back turned talking to our friend who was sitting to our left while I went to the restroom. Neither of them noticed anyone come up and take it, nor did any of the staff. However, it was quite busy and loud, especially around the bar area, where people were coming and going, so it’s not so surprising that someone could have swiped it and not drawn attention to themselves. As soon as I noticed it was gone, the staff helped me search for it, including walking out in the alley behind the bar to see if someone dumped it since I don’t keep much of value in my bag.

The content of my bag included: A black plaid scarf, a silver ring, my light-up knit gloves, my fingerless/mitten gloves, a portable phone charger, an umbrella, prescription sunglasses, and a bottle of non-narcotic prescription medication. The most expensive items being my sunglasses and medication. I never keep my wallet, phone, or house keys in my bag and that paid off. I am shocked that this happened, especially at West 5. We are regulars there and we know all of the staff and many of the other regulars. This is the last place I would have expected something like this to happen and it’s an important reminder to never let your guard down and always keep an eye on your stuff. I did file a police report online and I am awaiting a response. The total to replace everything is going to be around $500. If anyone happens to see my messenger bag and other things dumped somewhere, let me know.

And from the online SPD files:

STORE HOLDUP: According to the police-reports map, the 7-11 at 3280 SW Avalon Way was held up just before 3 am today. The report’s narrative details are not available online yet, so that’s all we know.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL REMINDER: As previewed here on Saturday, the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council DOES meet tomorrow, and that’s where you can find out more about crime trends, get answers to questions about crime/safety concerns, plus see the guest presentation about “active shooter” situations. 7 pm Tuesday (January 17th), Southwest Precinct (2300 SW Webster).

PHOTOS: West Seattleites at Olympia rally for full education funding

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11:38 AM: Thanks for the photos!

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The crowd rallying at the State Capitol in Olympia right now for full education funding includes West Seattleites – Keri Watson sent the two photos above, and Emily Goldstein sent the next two:

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Parents, students, and educators are continuing to pressure legislators to fix the education-funding shortfall – both the failure to live up to the State Supreme Court’s McCleary decision, and the “levy cliff” problem (explained here) that is further constraining funding. After a School Board work session last week, Seattle Public Schools has a list of what cuts will be made if needed to cover $63 million of its potential $74 million gap, if nothing changes by February 28th – here’s the update from Superintendent Dr. Larry Nyland.

ADDED 2:11 PM: More photos! First, texted by a Pathfinder family:

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And two more from Emily Goldstein – first, meeting with 34th District legislators (in the background, from left, Reps. Joe Fitzgibbon and Eileen Cody, and Sen. Sharon Nelson), and then hearing from Gov. Jay Inslee:

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ADDED 7:31 PM: Thanks to Lindsay Yost for this photo of the Alki Elementary PTA contingent with SPS Superintendent Nyland at the rally:

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ADDED 8:46 PM: Thanks to Shawna Murphy for this photo of the Louisa Boren STEM K-8 contingent just before they left for Olympia this morning:

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And she also shared this panorama from the Olympia rally:

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ADDED TUESDAY MORNING: Thanks also to Darcey Pickard for STEM K-8 photos from Olympia:

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If you are concerned about school funding and not already involved with the PTSA/PTA at your school – check out its next meeting.

West Seattle Monday: What’s happening, and not, on this MLK Day

In addition to the transportation changes we noted earlier – more holiday info:

LIBRARIES: Closed

PARKS FACILITIES: Most closed, but the West Seattle Golf Course is open

U.S. POSTAL SERVICE: Post offices closed, no delivery/pickup

MLK DAY OF SERVICE: We don’t know whether they have room for more volunteers, but here again is our preview with four local work parties – three in West Seattle, one in White Center. (If you’re out on a Day of Service project today – please consider sending us a photo!)

HIGH-SCHOOL BASKETBALL: West Seattle High School plays tonight in the 4th annual MLK Day Unity Hoop Showcase at Garfield High School. Doors open at 4; WSHS plays Eastside Catholic at 5 pm; it’s Cleveland vs. Franklin at 7 pm. Admission $10. (400 23rd Ave.)

TRAFFIC, TRANSIT, WEATHER: MLK Day Monday info

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)

6:57 AM: Good morning! One last dry, cold morning – the rain isn’t expected to move in until tonight.

Meantime, here are the transportation changes for today’s Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day holiday:

METROReduced weekday service
WATER TAXINo service
SOUND TRANSITRegular weekday service for Route 560; light rail, Saturday schedule
CITY STREET PARKINGNo charge at city-run pay stations/meters
SCHOOL BUSES – No school, so no buses

INAUGURATION WEEK: ‘Ghostlight Project’ gathering Thursday at ArtsWest

Continuing our look at local events planned during this Presidential Inauguration week – ArtsWest is one of more than 300 theaters participating nationwide in the “Ghostlight Project.” All are welcome at a gathering outside the playhouse in The Junction, 6:45 pm-7 pm Thursday night:

ArtsWest will participate in the GHOSTLIGHT PROJECT, a nationwide event on January 19, 2017 for theatres and arts organizations to reaffirm a commitment to values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone – regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

On January 19 at 6:45 pm, ArtsWest will welcome members of the community to gather outside the doors of our Playhouse to celebrate the GHOSTLIGHT PROJECT. After remarks from ArtsWest Artistic Director Mathew Wright, participants will each be given a light and asked to turn them on simultaneously and create a “light” for challenging times ahead. The GHOSTLIGHT PROJECT coincides with Opening Night for MOTHERS AND SONS, and both events are occasion for ArtsWest to reaffirm a commitment to telling the stories of underrepresented, marginalized communities and using live theater as a powerful agent of change.

By participating in the GHOSTLIGHT PROJECT, ArtsWest joins fellow Seattle theater companies ACT, Intiman, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and the University of Washington School of Drama.

Others participating around the country are listed here. ArtsWest is at 4711 California SW.

Planning an Inauguration Week event but haven’t sent it in for our calendar yet? editor@westseattleblog.com – thanks!

West Seattle weather: The big meltaway

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Thanks to Scott Lipsky for the sunset view from Beach Drive tonight. After two weeks of the big chill, we’re on our way to the big meltaway – with temperatures high enough, and rain on the way, to get rid of the ice that’s been persisting on roadsides and in shallow ponds, among other spots. Rainfall so far this month is at only one inch – just a third of the normal almost-three inches.

INAUGURATION WEEK: ‘Positive Politics Potluck’ @ Community General Store

Continuing our look at events announced in West Seattle for Inauguration Week – we’ve also heard from the new Community General Store in Delridge, which has announced a “Positive Politics Potluck” for 6-9 pm Friday (January 20th):

Need somewhere positive and family-friendly to go next Friday evening? We understand. Please join us in the first of our monthly gatherings to share food and visions for a more beautiful world.

Diverse political perspectives are welcome; our common ground is an understanding that our strength as a community comes out of our diversity. Our conversation is not meant to uncover the way forward or convince anyone of our individual perspective. Rather, together we aim to illuminate the many possible ways forward, and strengthen and improve each path by sharing authentically and listening well.

We’ll meet on the third Friday of each month, so mark your calendars. Fun for little ones, conversation and support for grown ups, food for all!

**First-time visits to the CGS are free. Membership purchase available at the door. RSVP here!

The CGS is at 5214 Delridge Way SW, next to The Daily Dose.

INAUGURATION WEEK: Tibbetts United Methodist Church labyrinth

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We have been receiving, and adding to the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, announcements of events for this upcoming Presidential Inauguration week – events of contemplation, collaboration, commiseration. (We’ve also been asked about West Seattle contingents going to some of the citywide events – in particular, next Saturday’s Women’s March downtown.) So starting right now, we’re publishing home-page notes about some of what’s happening, and inviting you to send us any announcement(s) that you haven’t sent yet (editor@westseattleblog.com).

We start with the labyrinth that will be open to all at Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor), Wednesday through Saturday. The announcement:

The Presidential Inauguration ceremony is on Friday, January 20th and there are many in and around our community who are concerned and upset about the political climate in the U.S.

Tibbetts is blessed to have a Labyrinth, which will be available for contemplative walking beginning Wednesday, January 18th, for those who wish to meditate, pray, or simply find peace. Labyrinths have been in use for over 4,000 years and the basic design is fundamental to nature and many cultures, religious and non-religious traditions. Walking the labyrinth can clear the mind, give insight, and soothe your heart. The simplistic symmetry is made even more meaningful when accompanied by music.

We extend an invitation to all in the community, especially those who are struggling to find a means to gain clarity, find peace, pray, or meditate about what changes there will be in the U.S. in the coming years.

The Tibbetts Labyrinth will be set up in the gathering hall (NE corner of 41st & Andover) from Wednesday 1/18 through Saturday 1/21, hours listed below. The Labyrinth is made of heavy canvas and we ask that walkers remove shoes before starting. We will have hand-held labyrinths available for those who are mobility challenged and music will play softly in the background.

Tibbetts welcomes ALL to come walk the labyrinth during one of the open times below:

* Wednesday and Thursday from 9 am to 2 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm (Jan 18 & 19)
* Friday from 10 am to 4 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm (Jan 20)
* Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm (Jan 21)

Tibbetts is at 3940 41st SW.

Now in at Terminal 5: USNS Sgt. Matej Kocak

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1:41 PM: Just noticed via MarineTraffic.com that the Military Sealift Command ship USNS Sgt. Matej Kocak has arrived at Terminal 5. The Port of Seattle told WSB on January 5th that it was due to stop at T-5 January 9-15, so we’ve been watching for it. The 821-foot Kocak is a “surge sealift ship,” as explained here. As previously reported, another Military Sealift Command ship, USNS Bob Hope, might berth here later this year – we haven’t heard yet whether the proposal by the port and Foss Maritime was accepted.

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4:17 PM: Alki photographer David Hutchinson just sent photos of the Kocak’s arrival (thank you!) – added above.

Reclaiming the Delridge/Barton ‘Triangle Bus Park’: Community event January 28th

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If you live, work, shop, and/or travel through South Delridge, your help is sought for a community project to reclaim the “Triangle Bus Park” at Delridge/Barton, long plagued by problems including substance abuse and illegal dumping. Here’s the announcement from organizer Kim Barnes:

As part of a Roxhill / Westwood Find It, Fix It Community Project, the Westwood-Highland Park Urban Village community members, in partnership with the SDOT Office of Community Development, will host an informal two-hour community workshop to kick off the community-led goal to improve the safety and public usability of the public right of way, currently known as the “Triangle Bus Park” located at 9200 Delridge Way SW at SW Barton Street [map].

Please join us on Saturday, January 28th to learn about the best practices of urban design and contribute your thoughts about the untapped potential of this neglected and underutilized gathering place.

Reimagining The South Delridge “Triangle Bus Park” Workshop: Help Our Community Reclaim This Public Space

Date/Time: January 28th, from 10 am-12 noon, doors open 9:45 am

Location: Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Holden Street

· Street parking is available nearby
· Metro Routes 125 and 128 stop at 16th Ave. SW at Holden; walk east on Holden to 12th Street
· Light refreshments will be available
· Volunteer Spanish translator will be available

For more information:

– Copy of full press release can be found on the WWRHAH site in English here and en Español here.

– See the original grant application that details the background, scope, desired outcomes and photos here (Dropbox link).

– Contact Kim Barnes, the project lead, at kim.barnes.la@gmail.com or subscribe for email updates.

West Seattle Sunday: From Frisbee to history to hounds …

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(Sanderlings, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Options for your Sunday, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

WEST SEATTLE ULTIMATE FAMILY FRISBEE: Bring your disc and play! 10 am at Walt Hundley Playfield in High Point. (34th SW/SW Myrtle)

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, fresh food and beverages in the street in The Junction. (California SW between Oregon and Alaska)

GREYHOUND MEET AND GREET: 11 am-1 pm at Mud Bay in The Admiral District, come meet the gentle souls of Greyhound Pets Inc. (2611 California SW)

JAMTIME: Bluegrass and old-timey music at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 1-4 pm. (5612 California SW)

SOUTHWEST STORIES: As previewed here on Saturday, this month’s Southwest Seattle Historical Society/Seattle Public Library presentation will show you how to uncover the history of your house – or any other house that interests you – with King County archivist Greg Lange. As always, it’s free! 2 pm at Southwest Library. (35th SW/SW Henderson)

TRIPLE BILL: Pete + the Stray Dogs, Welcome Stranger, Emily McVicker at Parliament Tavern, 8-11 pm. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Card fraud; burglaries

In West Seattle Crime Watch tonight – reader reports plus incidents from the SPD files.

CHECK YOUR CREDIT CARD ACCOUNTS … if you have used cards at gas stations lately. This is from Kathy:

Got a call from Discover Card yesterday to tell me they had detected fraudulent activity on my card. Turns out that the last place I used the card was on Thursday at the Safeway Gas Station on Admiral Way (first pump on the left.) Looking back at the charges, even though I filled the tank, I was only charged $1 by Safeway! Then, yesterday morning a charge was made to my card for a “donation” to an entity I’ve never heard of. Discover is not charging me anything, and is sending me a new card, but I do want to put out a warning to potential victims. I spoke to Safeway, and they said they’d bring it to the attention of their manager, who won’t be in until Monday!

If you have gotten gas at the Safeway pumps in the last few days, I would suggest checking charges on whatever card you used to make sure you haven’t been ripped off.

It’s a good idea to check your credit and debit card accounts online between statements, as this could happen almost anywhere.

EGG VANDALISM: Bri’Anna e-mailed to report: “Our pickup was egged overnight [Wednesday/Thursday] while parked on the 4100 block of 25th Ave SW. Unfortunately, it froze to the vehicle. SPD did not take a report, but we thought we would give our neighbors a heads up. (Sooo many egg/chicken/fowl puns, and my mind is blank! I’m THAT frustrated with this.)”

From the police-report files, which we check daily to look for the newest reports published with details (narratives), five burglaries/attempted burglaries that were all reported in West Seattle last Monday (January 9th):

8100 BLOCK 9TH SW: A resident was away from home between 1 pm and 2:45 pm and discovered someone had forced open the back door, ransacking several rooms.

8800 BLOCK 9TH SW: In the same time frame, with the same method of entry, on the same street, another burglary happened about half a mile south. The family at this house got notification from its alarm company. The burglar(s) had ransacked rooms and left drawers open; a jewelry box and camcorder were missing.

3900 BLOCK 39TH SW: This also happened Monday afternoon. The resident was looking at a security camera while away from home after getting an alert around 1:20 pm, triggered by a motion center. The resident saw a “black male suspect” in black ski mask, gray sweatshirt, and black pants, walking “under the elevated back porch,” the report says, then looking into a back window before walking away. The resident believed a rear window screen had been removed, but it didn’t appear the residence had been broken into. Around the same time, a nearby resident called police to report two men – one of whom matched the prowler’s description – looking at houses from alleyways near 39th SW and SW Andover.

4900 BLOCK SW DAWSON: Residents told police that sometime between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, someone broke into the house and ransacked two rooms. Jewelry and a laptop were missing. The first hint they had that something was awry was that their dog didn’t greet them upon their return – they found the dog in one of the bedrooms, door closed, and they never put the dog there.

7300 BLOCK 44TH SW: Just before noon, police were called to investigate a construction trailer in this block. They were told that it had been burglarized, with a padlock cut to get in, and six power tools were missing.

It takes a while for report details (beyond location/time) to show up on the SPD website, so reader reports are helpful, so we can help get the word out faster – once you’ve called SPD, if it’s breaking, text/voice 206-293-6302, or e-mail info to editor@westseattleblog.com – thanks!

YOU CAN HELP: Local stylist going to Cambodia to help fight trafficking

This isn’t a request for much – $10 each from 400 people will make it happen.

Ola Salon in Luna Park “is in the midst of a campaign to send one of our stylists to Cambodia to have a direct impact on changing the life of formerly sex-trafficked youth. Over the next 2 months, we need to raise $4000 to make this happen,” says Ola proprietor Rachel Karlin. They’re working with the organization Justice and Soul. Stylist Julia Durfee has been accepted into the J&S program to provide training to people at risk of trafficking and is planning to go to Cambodia in April. If you are interested in helping, you can do it through this GoFundMe page.

West Seattle scenes: From the WSB inbox

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Thanks again for sharing photos your fellow West Seattleites might enjoy! First we have two more of the moon showing off – above, from Kersti Muul, as it approached the Olympic Mountains’ iconic peaks The Brothers early today; below, two from Marc, first, moonrise beauty from earlier this week:

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And a little whimsy:

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Just waiting patiently for its person, but from a certain angle, it looked like that dog was about to drive away, Marc says.

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