day : 08/04/2011 13 results

West Seattle Crime Watch: Burglar(s) steal security; clogged thief?

Two West Seattle Crime Watch reports tonight. From Todd early today:

I came home (last night) to find my front door kicked in, all the lights on and the back door wide open. Gone are all the computers, cameras, small electronics and any sense of security. Closest intersection is 32nd and Juneau. Two other houses in the hood have been hit in a similar fashion in the last year.

And from Dianne

Last Saturday night someone entered my car and stole my GPS, left my jar of change on the seat, and took my tote bag that held my clogging shoes. I live on 45th Ave SW in North Admiral – between College and Admiral Way. Anyone seeing or hearing a potential robber wearing clogging shoes, please contact WS Blog.

Well, actually, call the police. But once you’ve reported it to them, feel free to let us know.

Update: SPD supporters rally outside precinct; protesters nearby

On the Delridge side of the Southwest Precinct, a group holding signs urging support for local police is staging the demonstration it had promised, with whistles and cheers every time a car passes (and some are honking in response). Across the street, there are a few counter-demonstrators chanting.

Arrivals are continuing; we’ve recorded video, including interviews with both sides, but wanted to get something up quick in case you drove by and wondered what was going on (we previewed it earlier today). There is also an SPD car at the scene, lights flashing, keeping guard. (update) As of 7 pm, we took a count: 34 police supporters, 4 counterdemonstrators (two more just joined the two in the photo above).

9:21 PM NOTE: The rally was scheduled to last until 8:30; we had to leave just past 8. By that point, the counterdemonstrators had crossed Delridge (by walking all the way down to the stoplight at Orchard, and then walking back south on the west side of the street toward the precinct). They stopped maybe 50 yards away; the police car that had been at the corner by the precinct moved down to that area (later moving back closer to the precinct, while flares were placed in the lane alongside both groups). Southwest Precinct Captain Steve Paulsen was at the precinct for the duration, frequently coming out to check on how things were going. When we left, those on hand in the two-block stretch from the southwest corner of Delridge/Webster to the midblock spot where the counterdemonstrators had stopped numbered 30 with police-support signs and six in the counterdemonstration group.

ADDED 10:08 PM: After the jump, four video clips:Read More

West Seattle restaurants: Opening night for El Chupacabra on Alki

The clouds have slid in, but the earlier sunshine drew enough of a crowd to Alki tonight to make it look a little bit like almost-summer. And the newest deck open for food and drink is the balloon-festooned El Chupacabra Mexican restaurant and bar, site of the former Casa Feliz, beneath Siam Pura, east of Homefront. This is the second location for El Chupacabra, a quirky hit on Phinney Ridge. Owner Aaron Wright is on Alki tonight:

Inside, following up on our preview from earlier this week, a little more of the distinctive decor:

And what would any place named after a mythical creature be without a few skeletons on the shelves?

You can find menu – including plenty of vegetarian/vegan options, as Wright promised when we first talked to him in January – and hours information on El Chupacabra’s Facebook page.

Traffic alert: Alaskan Way (surface) complicated by water-main break

April 8, 2011 5:12 pm
|    Comments Off on Traffic alert: Alaskan Way (surface) complicated by water-main break
 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

SODO-area traffic is already complicated tonight by the Mariners’ home opener – but there’s another twist: A water-main break has closed a lane between Atlantic and Massachusetts. Says SDOT via Twitter: “Expect delays.”

Admiral Safeway tour, 1st report: Umpqua Bank on the way

Safeway says the first tenant has been signed for the new retail building on its Admiral site – Umpqua Bank. That’s part of what we found out during a hard-hat tour with neighborhood leaders this afternoon; the tour had been in the works for weeks, and today’s sunshine finally made it possible. Sara Corn from Safeway’s real-estate division says Umpqua will take about a third of the space; she describes it as “boutique” (here’s a video showing what one of its newer branches looks like, on Capitol Hill – coffee and chocolates, as well as cash). They’re still looking for other tenants; there will not be an in-store bank branch at the Safeway, but it will have a BECU ATM. We’re working on a separate story with multiple views from inside the project site; among them – from the store roof, which will be primarily a parking level with more than 100 spaces, there’s a view toward downtown, including the Space Needle:

And on the California Avenue side, there’s a sweeping view staircase down from the parking deck (next to an elevator tower if you would rather not, or cannot, walk) to the store:

The elevator concrete will be poured this week. We have more to show you regarding what they’re doing as they aim for LEED certification (they won’t know what level till their “points” are added up); that’s coming in a separate report. If you’re wondering about the recent protests, there’s no new information/comment on that but one of the tour participants, Admiral Neighborhood Association president Katy Walum, tells WSB she is trying to get Carpenters’ Council and construction-company reps to come discuss it at ANA’s meeting next Tuesday (7 pm, Admiral Church).

ADDED 6:38 PM: Walum confirms the Carpenters Council will be at the meeting; she’s still working on the other side. And regarding the project’s schedule – Corn told us that they’re still on schedule (albeit a “tight” schedule) for opening the store on August 12th.

Tool Library grand reopening tomorrow: ‘Great Tool Migration’ done

April 8, 2011 4:27 pm
|    Comments Off on Tool Library grand reopening tomorrow: ‘Great Tool Migration’ done
 |   Sustainable West Seattle | West Seattle news

EDITOR’S NOTE: Last week, we showed you the scenes at the West Seattle Tool Library locations old and new, as the old location at South Seattle Community College closed for good Sunday afternoon, while the new one at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center was readied for its grand opening tomorrow. This afternoon, the Tool Library’s director is sharing a report and photos of what they had dubbed “The Great Tool Migration”!

(This photo by Patrick Sand for WSB, showing the exterior of the new Tool Library space, taken last Sunday; other photos courtesy Patrick Dunn)
By Patrick Dunn, West Seattle Tool Library director
Special to West Seattle Blog

The Great Tool Migration of 2011 has officially and thankfully been completed. Through the kind help of a number of West Seattle Tool Library volunteers and their trucks, our entire community tool collection is now down at our new location at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.

Though it was certainly a tough job, moving a collection like that with a bunch of environmentally-minded folks has its advantages. Due to a biodiesel truck in our fleet, our convoy smelled a lot like french fries the whole day. That always helps to take the edge off.

After the Migration (and a greasy lunch), the crew spent most of the evening just staring at the collection, trying to make it smaller so that we could put it all away in time for our Grand Re-Opening. We have no idea how we crammed so many tools into the Tool Library’s previous storage closet up at SSCC.

At least at our new space, we won’t need advanced math and engineering degrees to find room for everything. The new home at Youngstown actually quadruples our square footage. While we have one section set up for tool storage, which will effectively serve as The Tool Library, we’ll also have a separate, 500 square foot room dedicated to serve as a community workshop and makerspace.

The Tool Library’s Grand Re-Opening will take place tomorrow (Saturday) from 9 am-2 pm. By then, we’ll not only have all the tools organized for proper viewing and rental, but we’ll also have the workshop opened up for tours.

In addition to seeing the space itself, those visiting our Grand Re-Opening can also take part in our monthly Ask an Expert series from 10 am to Noon. The series serves as a meetup for DIYers, tinkerers, and really anyone who’s taking on a project or even just thinking about taking one on. Into that motley crew, we throw a bunch of local experts on topics such as solar power, green building and architecture, and urban gardening to help our visitors with the finer details of their plans.

To top it off, The Grand Re-Opening will also host a demonstration by a local engineer who has turned a pressure washer and a few spare parts in to a computerized tile milling machine.

So whatever draws folks out, The Tool Library would love to see everyone on Saturday. The official opening ceremony will take place at 11 am. As always, coffee and pastries will be provided.

West Seattle Water Taxi’s future: Onboard chat with Joe McDermott

On the day the King County Water Taxis West Seattle-Downtown Seattle run switched to its warm-season schedule – with blue sky and sunshine in abundance – it was the perfect day to ride roundtrip with the County Councilmember who now chairs the Ferry District Board and is about to take over its Executive Committee as well, for a talk about the service’s future.

Councilmember Joe McDermott of West Seattle brought King County Marine Division director Scott Davis as we rode roundtrip to and from downtown at noontime. Longer story in the works, but a few toplines here; both feel strongly that the county’s marine operations have come out of a rocky year stronger than ever, in terms of leadership and operations. The latter still has a hole to fill; when the Ferry District Board has its quarterly meeting next week, Councilmember McDermott says, they’ll be reviewing proposals they’ve received for executive-director services – which he foresees will be filled with a consultant-type contract, rather than a full-time employee.

Later in the year, longterm finances for the Ferry District need to be settled, with another look at its levy rate, which is currently less than 10 percent of what it originally was. And Marine Division leadership is currently evaluating a report on potential criteria for the boats it plans to have built (with millions in federal funding available for the project). But bottom line – for those who thought the Water Taxi was on the ropes because of recent controversies from the downtown crash (final report’s not out yet) to thefts (Davis says security policies have been tightened) to operating costs (also tightened, and farebox receipts, McDermott says, are up) – the county insists that, with transit part of its core mission, the Water Taxi is here to stay. (Remember it’s running late tonight for the M’s home opener – here’s the schedule.) More in the longer story.

Wayfinding kiosk installed in West Seattle’s Junction Plaza Park

It’s a day that’s been years in the making – the first installation of a wayfinding kiosk in western West Seattle (the pilot’s been up outside the Delridge Library for quite some time, and they’ve been on the drawing board for more than three years, part of West Seattle Walks) – and what a perfect day, since the kiosks are all about guiding you while you’re out and about. WSB contributor Ellen Cedergreen photographed ceramic artist Mike Raney and metal artist Paul Sorey with the kiosk installed today at Junction Plaza Park. Kiosks like this, with a map, art, and information about the nearby area, will eventually be up all over West Seattle, with the help of city matching-fund money.

West Seattle Runner: New WSB sponsor; happy anniversary!

Today we welcome a new sponsor, West Seattle Runner. Owners Tim and Lori McConnell (that’s Tim, above) invite you to stop by this weekend — they’re celebrating their first anniversary today, Saturday, and Sunday. There’s 20 percent off some items in the store and they’ll have a couch-to-marathon information session at 6 pm tonight, hosted by the American Heart Association.

Tim says West Seattle Runner is the only store in West Seattle that caters to runners. He says that he, Lori, and their staff, are West Seattle residents and runners who will take the time to find you the right shoe with the right fit. He adds that West Seattle Runner has shoes and advice for all runners, whether you’re an absolute beginner or an experienced marathon runner. Also, West Seattle Runner has a large selection of women’s apparel. They stock Amphipod and FuelBelt hydration packs, along with supplements from GU and Clif.

In addition to finding shoes and apparel, you can also find out about runners’ groups in West Seattle. Since the first of the year, Tim has offered his own couch-to-marathon class that will help people get ready for the Seattle Marathon this fall. West Seattle Runner is also a sponsor for the West Seattle 5K and Alki Beach Run benefit events. West Seattle Runner is upstairs at 3727 California SW (corner of Charlestown), and is on Facebook here; by phone – 206-938-0545.

We thank West Seattle Runner for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news on WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

Garage sale season! WS Eagles tomorrow; WSCGSD signups continue

April 8, 2011 10:36 am
|    Comments Off on Garage sale season! WS Eagles tomorrow; WSCGSD signups continue
 |   Community Garage Sale Day | West Seattle news

Two updates as garage-sale season revs up:

WEST SEATTLE EAGLES GARAGE SALE TOMORROW: Linda shared the news; the West Seattle Eagles‘ garage sale is tomorrow, enter through the alley at 4426 California SW. Note that they still have tables available, $15 each – call Mary Lou at 206-937-5484 if you want one. Sale hours on Saturday are 10 am-4 pm, and they’re selling burgers and hot dogs all day.

garagesaledaysmalllog5.jpgWEST SEATTLE COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE DAY REGISTRATION CONTINUES: 55 sales are signed up so far for the seventh annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day , presented/coordinated by WSB, coming up Saturday, May 14th, 9 am-3 pm. It’s not one big garage sale, but rather, dozens and dozens all over the peninsula, large and small (more than 200 last year!), all on one map we put together (printable and Google versions). You can sign up your sale onlinejust go here. Meantime, three group-selling spots are planned so far (want to host one? let us know – Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (4410 California SW; WSB sponsor) will have courtyard tables again (contact Lora,, if you want to reserve one); the VFW Hall at 3601 SW Alaska plans to offer tables (we’ll have more details and contact info shortly); and Cycle U (4550 Fauntleroy SW) is offering the chance for you to sell bikes and gear. We’ll keep updating here, but if you lose track of the latest update at any point, just remember the official WSCGSD, full of info as well as coverage of the sales since we took over as presenting organization in 2008 –

Pro-police support rally planned in West Seattle tonight

Another event happening tonight in West Seattle: Organizers confirm the next in a series of rallies around the city to show support for the Seattle Police Department is planned tonight outside the Southwest Precinct. They hope to line Delridge and Webster outside the precinct, starting around 6:30, and the public is welcome to join in. It’s not an official SPD event; coverage of rallies at other precincts has noted that organizers and participants have included members of officers’ families.

West Seattle Friday: Water Taxi; ‘Sweet, Sweet Music’; bingo!

This morning’s featured photo is courtesy of Julie Clegg – she’s just put up a display of photos inside Mud Bay in the Admiral District, where you can see them today (and all month long). She’s at (or on Facebook here) and also has a new “dog lifestyle line” at with 10% of the proceeds going to fight canine cancer. Now, from the WSB West Seattle Events calendar:

WEST SEATTLE WATER TAXI SPRING/SUMMER SCHEDULE STARTS: It’s now running all day long (instead of just commute hours), plus Friday/Saturday nights, Mariners/Sounders game nights, and weekends. Here’s our preview from last night.

EL CHUPACABRA OPENS ON ALKI: The new bar/Mexican restaurant in the old Casa Feliz spot, which we first told you about back in January, opens today. (Here’s our update from earlier this week.)

2 PLACES TO ROLLER SKATE: Yes, it’s the second night for the Southgate Roller Rink (first-night coverage here), but the Friday Night Skate Program at Alki Community Center continues too! $3/person, bring your skates or borrow some, 6:45-8:45 pm every Friday night.

‘SWEET, SWEET MUSIC’: 7:30 tonight, Fauntleroy Church sanctuary, with the church’s chancel choir opening, the Chief Sealth International High School Honor Choir closing, and inbetween, clarinetist Emma Pierce will team with SSM organizer Bronwyn Edwards Cryer on the piano. $5 at the door ($15/family) includes dessert in the narthex after the performance. You’ll also have a chance to donate toward the honor choir’s upcoming trip to Carnegie Hall. Details at

RAINBOW BINGO! “Putting on the Ritz” Rainbow Bingo at West Seattle Senior Center (4217 SW Oregon St), food and drinks at 6 pm, music and entertainment begins at 6:30. $15 prepaid donation to play, $20 at door ($10 prepaid for SCWS members, $15 at the door). Call 206.932.4044 ext. 4 for a reservation.

Preparedness Month, 7th report: Watch, or read about, WS training

In case you just couldn’t make it to the Senior Center of West Seattle last night for the first training session sponsored by the all-volunteer West Seattle Be Prepared – above, you will find WSB video of the session, in its entirety. The leaders were David Shannon and Sarah Rothman from the local branch of the American Red Cross. If you don’t have time for an hour-and-a-half video, here’s our report on the highlights (added 8:59 am):

By Katie Meyer
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

“Our volunteers are our most precious asset and resource, and without them, we can’t do it,” declared Deb Ticknor, Red Cross Readiness Manager, leading off the first session in a new West Seattle series with an overview of how the Red Cross responds to local disasters.

“If something happens here in Washington, say we have a major wildfire and a landslide at the same time, a lot of families would be impacted, and our local chapters would respond. We would bring in people from around our state who are Red Cross-trained, so when a disaster hits we’re ready to stand up and provide services that our community needs.”

However – you need to be prepared, too, and that was the point of the session – don’t expect somebody else will rescue you (not immediately, anyway).Read More