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2 mayoral notes: Neighborhood Street Fund; budget-speech plan

NEIGHBORHOOD STREET FUND: As first reported here in early August, two West Seattle projects are getting money from the Neighborhood Street Fund “Large Projects” allotment – and tonight, those two were among 11 citywide formally announced by the mayor. In what the city calls the Southwest District – basically western West Seattle – crossing improvements are on the way for three California SW intersections: Othello, Frontenac, and Findlay. And in the Delridge Neighborhoods District – basically eastern West Seattle – 25th SW between Brandon and Juneau is in for improvements including curbs and street-widening.

MAYOR’S BUDGET-UNVEILING SCHEDULE: Next Monday is the day we’ll find out just what the mayor proposes to cut to make up for a big budget shortfall, and the schedule of events for the day is out. It’ll start with a “budget address” that is open to the public, noon Monday at the Rainier Beach Community Center. “Limited seating,” warns the mayor’s office, so they will stream it online at Then the mayor officially presents the budget to the City Council at 2 pm, and will answer media questions after that.

Followup: Alki police-shootout suspect pleads not guilty

Thomas Qualls, the Alki man shot by police when he allegedly fired at them, was in court this morning. King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office spokesperson Dan Donohoe says he pleaded not guilty to three counts of second-degree assault (each of which has a “firearms enhancement”). He remains in jail, where he’s been since he was released from the hospital five days after the September 3rd shooting; his next court date is October 6th. (For the police narrative of how the incident reportedly unfolded, see our story from the day charges were filed.)

Delridge Skatepark update: Bids opened today

Another milestone bringing the Delridge Skatepark closer to reality: Bids for the project were opened today, according to Seattle Parks‘ Kelly Davidson, who’s leading the project. She notes that nothing is final immediately – so this doesn’t necessarily mean the low bidder gets the contract: “We have a lot of paperwork to complete before this contract can be awarded. The process to review and approve all necessary paperwork usually takes at minimum two weeks. This contract will not be considered awarded until all documentation has been approved by the City.” That said – TF Sahli Construction – which built the two-year-old Lower Woodland skatepark – appears to be the low bidder, at $413,000; second lowest was Grindline Skateparks, the West Seattle firm that designed the Delridge project (subcontracting for Abbotswood, Davidson clarifies; final design shown above) – $502,000; A-1 Landscaping and Construction came in third at $576,000; Construct Company, LLC, was the high bid at $589,000. Construction is expected to start next month. THURSDAY MORNING NOTE: Matthew Lee Johnston, a West Seattleite who’s on the Skatepark Advisory Committee and runs, has published his thoughts on this there.

West Seattle school news: Time to get involved with your PTSA

We’ve got word of two PTSA meetings in the next two nights (and we welcome you sharing your announcement of any others) – first, from Lashanna:

Tonight Pathfinder K-8 will be having its 1st General PTSA meeting of the year. Our agenda is packed full of information about our school, what we do and how to get involved. Our goals this year are continued Academic Success and Community Building. You do not have to be a PTSA member to join, but you can join at the meeting! The meeting will be 6:30-8:00 pm in our cafeteria. We are excited about this upcoming year would be honored to have your participation in helping make our community ROCK (more) :)

And tomorrow night is the first PTSA meeting of the year at Chief Sealth International High School – 7 pm tomorrow (Thursday) – details on the school’s home page.

Water woes reported in Admiral neighborhood

Melissa e-mailed to say that she and neighbors in the 1700 block of Walnut (map) are noticing “brown water” this morning. No word so far from Seattle Public Utilities of any particular problems – SPU has a webpage (see it here) suggesting steps to take if you notice a problem like that at your home/office.

Update: Police say Roxhill Park murder victim apparently beaten

(Editor’s note: If any new information comes out tonight, we’ll add it to this story)

9:43 AM: Thanks to the tipsters who let us know about a huge police presence at Roxhill Park (map). SPD says via Twitter, “Murder investigation at Roxhill Park, SW Cambridge St and 29 Avenue SW. Homicide, CSI and PIO are on scene. More information to come.” We have just arrived on scene. Obviously there’s no access to the park, so steer clear of the area. 9:48 AM UPDATE: What’s known so far: Someone walking through the park this morning discovered a body and phoned the Fire Department around 7:30 am, and SFD in turn called police, according to SPD’s Det. Mark Jamieson, who tells us the body is that of an adult male who appeared to have suffered “homicidal violence.” The park is closed till further notice. The body has not yet been taken away by the Medical Examiner. Here’s a wider view of the scene:

10:44 AM NOTE: No new information so far. We’re watching SPD Blotter, where police have promised to post any available updates, and will be checking back at the scene in a bit. By our records check, this is the first murder in West Seattle in more than a year and a half, since the Fauntleroy/Dawson case.
3:47 PM UPDATE: Police have finally issued a statement on SPD Blotter – the only additional information is the apparent cause of death:

On September 22nd around 7:30 a.m. officers responded with Seattle Fire Department personnel to a report of a body lying next to a gravel path inside Roxhill Park, located in the 9200 Block of 29th Avenue Southwest. Officers and firefighters arrived and discovered a deceased adult male. It appears that the male may have been beaten. Homicide and CSI detectives responded to the scene and began their investigation. Anyone with information on this crime is urged to contact the Seattle Police Homicide Unit at (206) 684-5550.

Several citywide media organizations are quoting family members as identifying the victim as a 40-year-old man. We are not publishing an ID until and unless it’s released by authorities.

West Seattle Wednesday: Equinox sunset; HPAC; Alki dance; more

September 22, 2010 8:26 am
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(Picture of the morning: Mike’s iPhone photo of our peninsula as seen from his workplace across the bay)
Feels like fall got here a week or so ago – but tonight, it’s here for real – just after 8 pm our time. Mark the occasion by watching the sunset from West Seattle’s Solstice Park (map) with Alice Enevoldsen, publisher of Alice’s Astro Info and NASA Solar System Ambassador – sunset’s at 7:07 pm, show up around 6:30 and talk about the universe … Also tonight, Highland Park Action Committee welcomes neighbors to come talk about what’s up in the neighborhood, 7 pm at HP Improvement Club (12th/Holden; map) … Feel like dancing? Beginning East Coast Swing (6:30 pm) and Zydeco (7:45 pm) classes continue tonight at Alki Community Center (5817 SW Stevens; map) – you can sign up there and/or call Lilli Ann with questions at 206-264-5646 … There’s more on the WSB West Seattle Events calendar! (And be sure to let us know if you’ve got something coming up and would like to see it on the calendar.)

West Seattle Crime Prevention Council: Business Watch; trends

September 22, 2010 3:17 am
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Preventing and tracking crime were the main points of discussion at Tuesday night’s West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting, first time the group’s met since June – members voted earlier this year to change the bylaws to skip July and August meetings. Toplines – including which crimes are up, who’s on the street, and a one-day chance to clean out your medicine cabinet – ahead:Read More