West Seattle, Washington
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Nineteen days ago, police cars and fire/medical units filled southbound Delridge Way, for a short time, outside Southwest Youth and Family Services.
SWYFS is this area’s lead agency for the city’s new Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, so there was uncomfortable irony in the fact those emergency units were there because one of its classrooms had become the scene of an act of youth violence: One boy stabbed another, both 17, after an argument.
The victim was rushed off to Harborview Medical Center; the alleged attacker was led off by police. The incident drew citywide media attention – but since it was quickly determined that victim and attacker knew each other, and that the victim would survive, the attention ebbed after a day.
Since then, though, what happened has been a daily reality for the students in the blended-grade high-school classes at Southwest Education Center – getting updates on their wounded classmate.
Until Thursday, when he returned to school, and told his story as part of an unusual group interview offered to WSB, unsolicited, by SWYFS.
Heads up from the National Weather Service: A wind advisory is in effect till 6 pm Monday, upgrading to a high wind watch Monday night through Tuesday afternoon, possibly with gusts as high as 60 mph. Famous forecaster Cliff Mass says a “major event” is possible – but adds that some forecasting models disagree. Not sure you’re ready? There’s good advice at Take Winter By Storm. 9:36 PM UPDATE: The wind advisory’s been revised a bit – it’s in effect till noon tomorrow, then a break before the high wind watch takes effect in the evening.
This Wednesday, the Seattle School Board is scheduled to vote on the newest versions of the attendance-boundary maps for its Student Assignment Plan. West Seattle resident and parent Susan McLain has started an online petition to ask the board to push back that vote so that WS parents can have more time for feedback on the revised maps (find them here). The first maps were followed by 9 community meetings (2 in West Seattle), which led to revisions, but the second version — with major changes for West Seattle — was followed by 2 community meetings and one public hearing (none in WS). No changes will be made now unless they’re amendments proposed by a board member and approved by a board majority before the final vote. The online petition is here; whatever your thoughts on the new maps, if you’re interested in speaking at Wednesday’s board meeting, signups start at 8 tomorrow morning, via firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 252-0040.
Per the city website – Admiral Safeway‘s next date with the Southwest Design Review Board, which could be its last if the project design wins the board’s final approval, is tentatively set for December 17th, 8 pm, Youngstown Arts Center. (One of the additions since its October SWDRB review, another store entrance on California SW, was previewed at the Design Commission a week and a half ago.) ADDED 8:46 PM: Almost forgot to mention, there’s a 6:30 pm review same night/same place – 2988 SW Avalon, the 16-unit Transitional Resources building last reviewed in April.
The foggy, soggy weather isn’t keeping friends, neighbors and well-wishers away from the Highland Park Improvement Club 90th anniversary party, in full swing now till 5 pm, including tantalizing treats:
Live music too, with the Zadrozny Jazz Trio. Read the HPIC history here; go join the fun at 12th and Holden – all ages welcome.
From now till 4 pm, you’ll find adoptable pets at three places along a half-mile of California SW in Morgan Junction. The photo above shows Ted, who we found at The Wash Dog (6400 California); other pets looking for their forever home are at Pet Elements (6701 California) and Stella Ruffington (7003 California). ADDED 3:30 PM: A pic shared by the folks at Stella R’s – this is Butch Cassidy the cat:
Still time to go find a new friend!
Out of the WSB inbox, from MC:
We live at 41st and SW Holgate [map], and woke up last night to a noise (what I now think in retrospect was the sound of my car door slamming shut). My GF and I both heard a car out on the street and went to the bedroom window to take a look. There was a red extended cab Dodge pickup (that’s the ID from my girlfriend, since I didn’t have my glasses on) driving VERY slowly east down the hill on holgate. We heard some talking, and actually saw someone run up to the truck from further north on 41st (where it dead ends). We thought it was kind of suspicious, obvs, but the truck turned around on Holgate and went back south on 41st.
I wish we would have called the cops, because when I went out to my car in the driveway this morning, the contents of my center console were strewn about the car. Nothing was missing, because there was nothing of value to be had (except for my brand new stereo, which was left untouched). I called SPD this morning and made a report, and Officer Jorgensen (6122) came by within 30 minutes. He said there’s been a rash of car prowls, but primarily in the area south of WS High School. He gave me a case number, and said the info was useful for them for trending/tracking purposes. Anyway, just a reminder for neighbors to keep their eyes peeled, and don’t be shy about calling if something doesn’t seem right. (OFC Jorgensen’s words).
And you’ll also hear that if you come to the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting this Tuesday, 7 pm, Southwest Precinct meeting room.
Hutch sent the photo, wondering if the bird is a peregrine falcon. We couldn’t say for sure from consulting various online sources, so thanks in advance to any of the many expert birdwatchers of West Seattle who might offer an opinion. ADDED 11:18 PM: Rob sent this next photo he took near Schmitz Park a week ago, thinking it’s the same bird and hoping the photo might help with ID:
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Second-to-last Farmers’ Market till Thanksgiving – and you’re likely to see that display again this week, with a reminder about the chance to enter your market-sourced Thanksgiving dinner in a contest. As always, the market’s 10 am-2 pm, 44th/Alaska. Here’s the Ripe ‘n’ Ready fresh sheet.
CURIOUS KIDSTUFF SALE: While you’re in The Junction for the Farmers’ Market, check this out – West Seattle’s only toy store, Curious Kidstuff, rejoined the WSB sponsor ranks this week to get the word out about today’s big sale – massive chance for early holiday shopping – 25 percent off, 11 am-5 pm, today only. (No gift wrap.) 4740 California SW.
FREE YOGA: Perhaps before brunch and shopping, you’d like to work out – for free? SoundYoga (WSB sponsor) is offering Free Sunday Yoga today, 11 am-12:15 pm.
SHARE YOUR HOME! One day after the fun and games of Catsino (photo above), Furry Faces Foundation presents its now-traditional afterparty of sorts – the Morgan Junction Pet Stroll – 1-4 pm at Pet Elements, The Wash Dog and Stella Ruffington, new furry friends looking for their forever homes.
LOTS more in the West Seattle Weekend Lineup – including two plays and a concert this afternoon.
We received two notes suggesting we share the news that one of two lawyers honored at the state American Civil Liberties Union’s Bill of Rights Celebration Dinner last night is from West Seattle: Amanda Lee of Fauntleroy received the organization’s 2009 Civil Libertarian Award, as did colleague Jeffrey Robinson, for work the organization describes as “seeking to uphold American values in proceedings for detainees facing the death penalty at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp” (detailed here). Lee and Robinson are part of the John Adams Project.