West Seattle, Washington
More than 50 people attended a cozy fundraiser upstairs at Duke’s on Alki tonight for the Seattle (Alki) Statue of Liberty Plaza Project. It marked the start of one more big push for the $57,000 that SSLPP leaders Libby and Paul Carr say they still need to pay for their group’s full vision of a plaza to surround the recast statue and its future new pedestal. They’ve already raised more than $100,000, including $50,000 from the city and other donations including this one announced by Walter Reese from Delridge’s Nucor steel mill (introduced by Libby Carr) at tonight’s event:
Here’s part of the opening remarks by KIRO Radio talk-show host Dave Ross, who emceed the evening, telling a story about appreciating the US – and its icons such as the Statue of Liberty and replicas like the one on Alki – after a trip in Eastern Europe long ago:
Other dignitaries who attended (but didn’t make speeches) included West Seattle-dwelling Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, his newly elected fellow Councilmembers Bruce Harrell and Tim Burgess, new city Parks Superintendent Timothy Gallagher, and West Seattle’s County Councilmember Dow Constantine. Here’s one more clip, as Paul Carr explains the state of the SSLPP finances:Read More
Just out from Seattle Public Utilities. We won’t get to read through it till later but wanted to get you the links now.
As mentioned earlier, Mike Gain and Roger Cayce granted our request for an interview about their proposal to upzone a stretch of California Avenue south of Admiral, and sat down with us for an hour and a half at midday today. Here’s our long-form writeup:Read More
Just got a tip about an accident that’s blocked off Delridge. The only thing on the 911 log is a medic response to the 5900 block. We’ll see what else we can find out. 5:55 PM UPDATE: Just drove the length of Delridge; whatever was going on, has been cleared.
This is why we love the National Weather Service “forecast discussions” more than the forecasts themselves … the brutal honesty. This, from the “discussion” posted by the NWS moments ago:
SHORT TERM…WELL THIS EVENT DIDN’T PAN OUT AS WELL AS I WOULD HAVE HOPED. 1 TO 3 INCHES OF SNOW HAS BEEN REPORTED OVER THE HOOD CANAL AREA THIS AFTERNOON…WITH LIGHT COATINGS OF SNOW IN PARTS OF SNOHOMISH COUNTY…EASTERN KING COUNTY AND THE CENTRAL COAST. HOWEVER OUTSIDE OF THAT…BASICALLY THE REMAINDER OF THE AREA HAS SEEN A VERY LIGHT RAIN/SNOW MIX AT BEST. THIS SYSTEM DIDN’T PRODUCE HEAVY ENOUGH PRECIPITATION TO SNAP IT OVER SNOW AND ACCUMULATE. A DECENT SOUTHEAST COMPONENT TO THE LOW LEVEL WIND FIELD IS ALSO HAVING A DRYING AND WARMING EFFECT FROM THE CENTRAL SOUND AND AREAS TO THE SOUTHEAST. BACK EDGE OF SIGNIFICANT PRECIPITATION IS NOW MOVING INTO THE PUGET SOUND REGION SO THEOUGH 4 PM MANY AREAS MAY SEE A BURST OF SNOW SHOWERS FOR A BRIEF PERIOD…BUT ACCUMULATIONS OUTSIDE THE HOOD CANAL UNLIKELY. WILL BE PULLING THE SNOW ADVISORY OUT OF MOST OF THE LOWLANDS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE HOOD CANAL AS IT IS STILL SNOWING AND ACCUMULATING THERE.
West Seattle-based DNDA is receiving a $2.4 million award just announced in this King County news release, going toward the Strength of Place Village project in White Center. (Here’s some of what DNDA already has done; we have a message out to DNDA executive director Derek Birnie in hopes of finding out more about Strength of Place.)
After last month’s contentious public meeting regarding the proposal to upzone both sides of California between Hanford and Hinds (and a bit further south on the west side), longtime West Seattle real-estate/property-management partners Mike Gain and Roger Cayce offered to talk personally with anyone who has questions about what they hope to do. So we took them up on it, and they just spent an hour and a half talking with us. First headline: It was suggested at the last Admiral Neighborhood Association meeting (WSB coverage here) that they withdraw the proposal and start over again; they told WSB today they’re not going to do that. But they had plenty more to say (and info to offer) — much of it, we think, that provides previously unreported context for what they want to do and why; we are writing up a full-length report that you’ll be able to read in a separate WSB post later this afternoon.
With less than three weeks to go till their fundraising deadline, Seattle Statue of Liberty Plaza Project organizers Libby and Paul Carr are gathering supporters and donors tonight at Duke’s on Alki (as first announced in a Dec. 3 e-mail). KIRO Radio talk-show host Dave Ross is billed as MC; at one point Mayor Nickels was expected to attend but had to cancel, according to an SSLPP spokesperson. New city parks superintendent Timothy Gallagher is still on the guest list, however; he’s already been to West Seattle at least once, as noted during our coverage of the Parks Department’s business-plan public-input meetings last month. In an update added to the comment thread of this post, Libby Carr reported last week that they hope to raise $60,000 more by the January 15 deadline; at least one major donation is expected to be announced tonight. The size and scope of what will be installed around the statue (last discussed in a September 13 public meeting) will depend at least in part on how far the fundraising goes; the SSLPP website has more details on the various ways they’ve been soliciting donations.