month : 03/2008 311 results

Taco truck sighting in West Seattle


Thanks to Lillie for the tip that this taco truck has turned up at the Orchard/Sylvan road fork west of Delridge (map), across from the northwest corner of Home Depot. We previously hadn’t noticed any taco trucks closer than White Center/Burien, as discussed in this WSB post (and ensuing comments) a year ago.

Crime Watch: Keep an eye out for stolen Cafe Rozella signs

This just out of the WSB inbox from Cafe Rozella owner Ricardo Guarnero:

We had two sandwich-board signs stolen last night. One was on Roxbury and Delridge, the other one was on Delridge next to Center Tool Rental. They both say Cafe Rozella and have a cup logo and an arrow on them. One was 4 feet high and the other was 5 feet high. I know that this is small potatoes compared to what other crime victims encounter but for a small business like ours it really hurts. I’m hoping some punks just dumped them by the side of the road and hope that somebody sees them.

Cafe Rozella’s address/phone info is at the bottom of its home page. (It’s on the southeast edge of West Seattle, shortly before Delridge meets Roxbury.)

West Seattle paving plans: City update

Noting that the Alki Ave paving wasn’t completed by last Friday as per the original city announcement (previous coverage here), we checked with SDOT to ask about both the new schedule and any other near-future West Seattle paving plans. Here’s what SDOT spokesperson Marybeth Turner replied:

The Alki paving was delayed due to the weather and an equipment breakdown last week. The new completion date is March 24, weather permitting.

The plan is to also pave the following two segments this year, depending on how far the available money stretches:

-SW Genesee St from 51st Ave SW to 47th Ave SW

-16th Ave SW from SW Findlay St to SW Brandon St

Looks like my fellow Fauntle-rut Way drivers and I are out of luck for now – but keep reporting individual potholes to 206/684-ROAD, or online by using the form here.

West Seattle scenes, Monday night edition


Above: At Lincoln Park tonight at sunset, WSB contributing photojournalist Matt Durham discovered even adults couldn’t resist a turn on the swing set. (Prints of Matt’s WSB photos and his other work are available through his site,
Below: Jana Ablin says she dubbed this Beach Drive scene “The Little Mermaid” because of the seal’s position on the rock:


ADDED TUESDAY MORNING: Two more photos that came in late last night, shot at Alki by Mac from Pocketlama Productions:Read More

Amazon Fresh adds more West Seattle turf


(photo by Jerry from JetCityOrange)

4 months after Amazon’s home-grocery delivery service Amazon Fresh expanded to West Seattle, with zip codes 98116, 98126, 98136 (original WSB coverage here), Amazon’s Vincent Chu sent word tonight that it’s now added 98106. Sorry, no word yet on a timetable for 98146!

West Seattle Crime Watch: More burglary suspects nabbed

Besides the missing 14-year-old being found safe and sound (see below), this is the other big news we found out about while at the Southwest Precinct this afternoon: handcuffs_2.jpgThree suspects are under arrest for investigation of charges including burglary after a wild scene that began with a break-in in the 4500 block of SW Austin (map) – not too far from the general Gatewood/Upper Fauntleroy area that’s been the scene of quite a few daytime burglaries in the past week-plus. Even before seeing the report, we heard about this when 2 of the burglary victims came to the precinct while we were there, to pick up some of the recovered loot. Stand by – we’ll add full details here as soon as we write them up. 6:07 PM UPDATE: That update’s going to take a bit longer than we hoped because we just got even more info from police – bottom line is that there have been three general “patterns” of burglaries in West Seattle lately and police believe they’ve made significant progress in two of them, with some key leads in the third. ADDED 6:50 PM: OK, here are full details and the “big picture”:Read More

Breaking news: 14-year-old Jordan King found safe

This just e-mailed to WSB from the Southwest Precinct.

The missing 14 year old autistic female was located 5 minutes ago when the librarian from the White Center Library 11220 16th Avenue SW recognized the missing juvenile from the photo from the westseattleblog. The juvenile has been recovered safe and sound.

5:12 PM ADDITION: That update came in via e-mail (and Patrick posted it) while your editor here was elsewhere at the SWP going through reports – there’s more big news today that we will post about shortly – an officer had just mentioned to us moments earlier that they were checking out their “second possible Jordan King sighting today” at a library, after an earlier report closer to her Admiral home didn’t pan out. Hooray for the eagle-eyed reader who recognized her from the photo, and we’re happy for the family who did a thorough job getting the word out. We had just actually seen the original report while at the precinct – Jordan had been gone (original coverage here) since about 1:45 pm last Friday, three long days ago.

“Birthday” celebration for legendary West Seattle native Ivar

haglund.jpgIf you’re new-ish to the area, you might not know that “the” Ivar — founder of Ivar’s restaurants — was a West Seattle native. If he hadn’t gone off to the eternal Acres of Clams in 1985, Ivar Haglund (photo left) would be turning 103 this Thursday, and a news release issued by Ivar’s today says they’re offering cups of chowder at $1.03 on Thursday in his honor. You can read a great bio of Ivar (classic pix and all) at (Nearest Ivar’s locations to WS are the downtown waterfront location and the Burien “seafood bar” location; Ivar’s also owns Spud’s on Alki but there’s no indication it’s participating.)

Medic callout at 5908 California

March 17, 2008 1:44 pm
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 |   WS breaking news

WSB contributing photojournalist Christopher Boffoli is on the scene at 5908 California, a commercial building where he says somebody apparently collapsed and needed major medical attention – that’s why all the fire/medic units – no other details so far but we’ll let you know anything else we find out. ADDED 2:35 PM: Photo from Christopher:


Feed the need to read: Free books for “West Seattle Reads”

One of West Seattle’s smallest elementary schools has a big event for all West Seattle families this week: Sanislo Elementary (16th/Myrtle; map) is one of just a few schools to win a “One Book, One Community” state grant, thanks to the successful proposal sent in by Sanislo librarian Maryann Horsley. Your part in this starts 6:30-7:30 pm Wednesday, when you’re invited to Sanislo for emperorkite1.jpgthe kickoff of “West Seattle Reads” — including free books! Kites are the theme, appropriately enough for this time of year. Two books will be offered — a picture book for kindergarteners through 3rd graders, “The Emperor and the Kite” by Jane Yolen and Ed Young, kitefighters.jpgand a chapter book for older kids, “The Kite Fighters” by Linda Sue Park and Eung Won Park. The school says the Drachen Foundation is also providing a temporary installation of Drachen kites. (Besides free books, kite-making kits will be distributed during Wednesday night’s event.) As a followup to Wednesday, discussions about these books are planned at local libraries including Delridge (7 pm 4/14) and Southwest (7 pm 4/15) library branches, and then a community kite celebration at Sanislo is set for April 27th.

Top o’ the morning to you


In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, WSB contributing photojournalist Matt Durham sends this scene from a house you’ve probably seen if you visit Lowman Beach – its occupant(s) put out decorations for almost every holiday. (Prints of Matt’s WSB photos and his other work are available through his site,

Happening today/tonight: It’s all about the blue and green

No, not the Seahawks.

BLUE: The Tap Project is under way. As we mentioned 2 weeks ago, participating restaurants are asking patrons to donate $ for their otherwise-free tap water; the $ goes to UNICEF for safe drinking water for kids. 4 West Seattle restaurants are participating (through Saturday): Ama Ama, Beato, Eats Market Cafe, Skylark. Saturday is World Water Day and will be marked with the Walk for Water on Alki.

GREEN: Sustainable West Seattle meets tonight @ Camp Long. The agenda includes a rep for Puget Sound Community Change — connecting green businesses and customers.

Gospel luminaries at Kenyon Hall, nightly thru Wednesday

That’s Pat Wright of the Total Experience Gospel Choir on stage tonight at West Seattle’s Kenyon Hall, accompanied by KH proprietor Lou Magor in an impromptu-by-audience-request performance of “Amazing Grace.” This was the first of four amazing nights of Wright and her choir visiting KH somewhat as artists-in-residence, as they get ready for a major journey:Read More

More Fauntleroy frontage up for sale – less than $1,000,000!

March 16, 2008 10:08 pm
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 |   Development | West Seattle news

fauntleroyfrontage.jpgThat photo is from the listing we just saw for yet another parcel in the “Triangle” zone between Fauntleroy, Alaska, and 35th east of The Junction — 4450 37th, just west of the Diva Espresso building, two buildings on 4,200 square feet for $700,000, a small lot with big visibility (and C1-65 zoning); as an aside, the “comparables” listed on the last page of its flyer include the sale price for 4550 38th, site of the future Harbor Properties development — $3.1 million.

Congratulations to “Handbags for Hunger” organizers



Above, “during” and “before” pix from the WSB Forum members’ smash-hit benefit this afternoon at Beveridge Place Pub — ringleader JoB has posted a wrapup in this forum thread, and we just got this note from Pete Spalding of the West Seattle Food Bank board:

WOW!!!! Where can I start?

First of all from all of our clients, the Board of Directors of the West Seattle Food Bank would like to send out a HUGE THANK YOU to the organizers, everyone that participated and to Gary the owner of the Beveridge Place Pub for making a big difference on a Sunday afternoon.

I could not believe the number of folks that turned out for this quickly, but well-organized event. Lots of energy in the room for not only the West Seattle Food Bank but also for a great program, Dress For Success. Through everyone’s hard work and charitable mood it was a most successful event. The big event today raised a whopping $704.51 along with approximately 300 pounds of donated food.

Just a quick plug to say that our work at the West Seattle Food Bank goes on everyday of the year. The need in our community is on the increase right now and we certainly appreciate all of the very generous folks here in our West Seattle community that help us keep our doors open to our neighbors in need.

Here are a couple of other ways you can help us right now:

1. If you are a Bruce Springsteen fan you know that he is playing at KeyArena on March 29th. You can go to this link
and bid on a pair of tickets to the show as well as passes to the E Street Lounge before the concert begins. The proceeds from this bidding will benefit the West Seattle Food Bank.

2. On May 1st we will be celebrating our first anniversary in our new building by holding an event at the Hall at Fauntleroy. It is called Instruments of Change because everyone that comes that night is an instrument of change for our West Seattle Community. The event begins at 6 pm and tickets are $75. The ticket includes a sit-down meal along with some great entertainment. Phyllis Campbell, President/CEO of the Seattle Foundation, will be our guest speaker. You can go to our web site to buy tickets or for more information.

Once again thanks for a great Sunday afternoon event. WSB readers ROCK!!!

Ditto that from us. Huge “way to go” for the folks who expanded their online friendship into the offline world and found a way to morph a meetup into a chance to do even more good in the community. You can join the ongoing discussion here.

Admiral family searching for missing autistic daughter

(5:30 PM MONDAY UPDATE: Police say Jordan has been found – more info here.)

missinggirl.jpg(ORIGINAL SUNDAY NIGHT REPORT) That’s a photo of missing West Seattle 14-year-old Jordan King, sent to WSB by her mom Paula, who has been handing out flyers near their Admiral home. Paula says Jordan has been missing since Thursday. In addition to being autistic, Paula says of Jordan, “She is homeschooled and has no memory for phone numbers so she could be very lost.” The family asks that you call 911 — they of course filed a police report, so there’s a record in the system — if you have any idea where Jordan might be. (Her description: 5-2, 138 lbs., dark-brown hair, hazel eyes, last seen in light-pink pants, black tank top, black tennis shoes, black hoodie.)

Happening now: “Handbags for Hunger”

Quick photos snapped just before the official start of the West Seattle Food Bank-benefiting festivities. Beveridge Place Pub, now till 4 pm. Full details here (or scroll two posts down if you’re on the home page).



West Seattle retirees got game: Wii at The Mount

We saw it in the Providence Mount St. Vincent newsletter that landed in the WSB postal-mail box one day: Wii bowling at The Mount. So much for the old image of retirees sitting around playing canasta, or maybe, just maybe, shuffleboard. They were kind enough to let us drop in to see for ourselves:

As you can see, they’re doing pretty well. Resident assistant Ken Howard told us that it’s really just a matter of, if you can’t get out to play the games, this is a new way to bring the games in to them:

By the way, if you’re not familiar with Providence Mount St. Vincent, it’s the huge complex on the west side of 35th along the big rise south of Alaska, nicknamed “The Mount,” and it’s been around longer than some of its residents – more than 80 years. It’s even home to a unique child-care program that brings together the oldest and the youngest members of the West Seattle community. As for the Wii — it’s also being used at local libraries, with occasional how-to’s for adults, and the Delridge Library is offering teens open play with Wii and Dance Dance Revolution this Wednesday, 3-5 pm.

Today’s the day: “Handbags for Hunger” @ Beveridge

Ever heard the phrase “the Seattle process,” as in, propose something, talk it to death over a long, arduous period of time, and then maybe in the end nothing happens anyway? NOT the case with this. Over the course of barely a week, a group of WSB Forum members has hatched this idea, expanded it, and this afternoon — with your help too — is making it happen. Join them at Beveridge Place Pub in Morgan Junction (map), 2:30-4 pm, for good times on behalf of a good cause – here’s the full announcement one more time:

Members of the West Seattle Blog Forums got together to create a fundraising social for the West Seattle Food Bank… and another local charity, the Seattle Dress for Success program.

What began as a few local members cleaning out their oversupply of quality handbags and donating them to charity as an excuse for a good party has attracted local attention and we are getting donations we didn’t expect; some of them top-end designer handbags.

All donated handbags will be up for sale at the auction… some of them will simply be for sale for $5… some of them will be up for bid with a $5 minimum and $25 maximum.

We will also be collecting non-perishable food items and cash/checks for the West Seattle Food Bank. Every donation will be matched through the current $1 million dollar Feinstein Foundation donation challenge (read more about it here). This will be a great opportunity to make your dollars count and help out one of our more important local resources.

What began as a problem; what to do with handbags that didn’t sell, has created another opportunity for donations. We will be donating any bags that don’t sell to the Seattle Dress for Success program and will also collect donations of quality used women’s business attire and cash/checks for their program. They especially need plus size clean and ready to wear clothing.

We expect participation from local representatives from both organizations and will have information on both organizations for those who would like to know more.

So if you are 21 or older (Beveridge Place is a pub), this is a great chance to drop by, have some fun, drink a little beer, drop off some of what you just cleaned out of the closet, do some good, find a great handbag at a really reasonable price and get to meet some of the more infamous West Seattle Blog Forum members. We will be wearing nametags with our sign-in names so you can identify us.

We are accepting donations of all types of quality bags; we hope to have something to offer those males who are brave enough to attend. If you would consider selling it at a consignment shop; we want it. You can show up at 2 pm when the pub opens to drop off donations, or contact JoB to arrange drop-off prior to the event. All unclaimed bags will be donated to Dress for Success.

If you’ve got any last-minute questions, the latest forum thread is here.

A shutdown that’s good news, for once

March 16, 2008 7:06 am
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 |   Highland Park | Pets | West Seattle news | West Seattle parks


Westcrest Park Off-Leash Area steward Steve McElhenney reports West Seattle’s only official off-leash park area will be closed for two days next month — April 2-3 — for maintenance work, and that’s GOOD news! Here’s how he announced it to users:

Finally, after many years of complaining, my persistence is paying off. On Wed. and Thurs. April 2nd and 3rd. Westcrest will be completely closed! Parks will be trenching a water line from the entrance to the main area to replace my garden hose. They’ll also be repairing the fences and other maintenance issues. They are bringing in heavy equipment and have requested for full closure so we don’t interfere with their work. Thanks for your cooperation and understanding.

Again, that’s the off-leash area, not the rest of the park. Looking for an alternative OLA those two days? Here’s the city Parks Department’s full list.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Sunset (North Admiral) burglary

E-mailed to WSB by Scott:

Home broken into on Friday morning between 9:30-11 am (3/14). Two attempts to throw rocks through windows of doors on back side of house. First unsuccessful, second successful in shattering 2nd floor window. Took TV, computer, and loose coins. Magazine solicitor came to door Monday prior at 3:30pm (late 20’s, African-American, 5’10”, 200 lbs [muscular], clean cut, nice guy, very talkative).

As has been discussed in other threads, we all want to be careful not to assume all door-to-door solicitors are potential burglars casing our homes. However, the recent wave of daytime burglaries coincides with an increase in solicitor reports, so as my mom always said, “better safe than sorry” — and always ask solicitors for ID/license. Here’s the city code governing solicitors.

Tomorrow’s West Seattle Farmers’ Market: The latest list

March 15, 2008 11:06 pm
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 |   West Seattle Farmers' Market

Every week, the Neighborhood Farmers’ Market Alliance sends around its list of highlights from the West Seattle and U-District markets, the only ones it’s running year-round. So here’s the latest on what you’ll find tomorrow, 10 am-2 pm in The Junction:Read More

From the follow-up files: 37th/Findlay murder, 1 year later

March 15, 2008 10:42 pm
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 |   Crime | West Seattle news

March 2007 was a news-laden month in West Seattle; going through the archives (which you can access month-by-month, dating back to the 12/05 start of WSB, from the list toward the bottom of the right sidebar), we note that yesterday marked exactly a year since the deadly shooting at 37th/Findlay, one of three murders in West Seattle last year. gavel.jpgThe victim was 35-year-old Dewayne West, who had spent time in prison for killing someone when he was 16 and lived in the house outside which he was killed. The suspect, 29-year-old Jabarie Phillips, whose criminal record dated back to age 14, has been in jail since 3/16/07, two days after the shooting, charged with second-degree murder, bail set at $1,000,000. The docket in case shows his trial date, postponed several times (not unusual in these cases), is now tentatively set for May 6. The last round of court documents we reviewed didn’t note a clear motive, but the suspect and victim were described as having known each other a long time.