West Seattle, Washington
11:38 PM: Happened to hear this on the scanner – Guardian One was in the vicinity and volunteered to help check out a call police were en route to, a possible prowler sighting/possible shots heard in the 30th/Roxbury vicinity. Now we’re hearing that sheriff’s deputies told police the shots were in
White Center county territory to the south, involving someone firing a gun after an incident involving a car. No report of injury. The helicopter isn’t seeing any evidence of a prowler so might not be around for long.
ADDED 12:10 AM: A texter on the county side of the line says deputies are still out looking for evidence of the reported gunfire, in the 28th/104th vicinity.
ADDED 12:31 AM: Our texting tipster adds that deputies did find shell casings in that area. But still no indication of any shooting victim or damage. The deputies arrived on the scene quickly, he says, because they were in the area for canvassing related to the ongoing search for the Roxbury rapist.
Just in via text (206-293-6302), that photo of a sign mentioned today by several readers, who said the operators of the Taqueria El Antojo food truck posted it, telling customers they have to leave the Morgan Junction spot where they’ve been parked for the past six months, by the Short Stop market and adjacent cleaners north of Morgan Junction Park. The property is expected to become an expansion site for the park – the city’s been working for about two years to buy it – but county records do not show a finalized sale. If we hear about a new location for the truck, we’ll mention it – please let us know if you see it first.
Two reminders tonight:
SATURDAY SALE BENEFITING CO-OP PRESCHOOLS: As announced a month ago, the big consignment sale benefiting South Seattle Community College Cooperative Preschools is on for Saturday (March 29th), 9 am-1 pm, with more than 100 consigners participating, at the VFW Hall in The Triangle (3601 SW Alaska). Lots of advance info on the official Facebook page. We also got word today that Mountain to Sound Outfitters across Alaska will have a free barbecue for shoppers starting at noon that day – hot dogs, turkey dogs, veggie dogs.
MONDAY = DAY 1 FOR WS COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE DAY REGISTRATION: The 10th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day is coming up Saturday, May 10th – coordinated by WSB again this year – and we start signups next Monday, March 31st. If you’re new to West Seattle, this is a day of sales all over the peninsula, from single homes/apartments to group sales to school/team/organization sales, all depends on who signs up! Watch here and on the official WSCGSD website at westseattlegaragesale.com for the link when the form’s ready on Monday.
Since the West Seattle Transportation Coalition was formed six months ago, it’s been led by volunteers who were careful to reiterate their status as an interim board. Now, they have an official board – still volunteers; while technically there’s an election ahead in May, the deadline for applying has past, and 10 candidates emerged for 11 spots (the 11th will remain unfilled TFN), so the vote’s a formality. Meet the board here and see the issues the WSTC plans to tackle on the road ahead, starting with its next meeting – all welcome – 6:30 pm April 8th at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center.
A new group has just formed to oppose the 40-apartment, 5-parking-space building proposed for that site at 4439 41st SW in The Junction. We’ve written about it twice in the past four weeks – first, here, when we discovered March 4th that the original townhouse proposal for the site had morphed into an apartment building, and then last week, when the comment period was extended. The group invites you to a meeting at 7 pm tomorrow (Friday, March 28th) at Holy Rosary:
Led by a group of neighbors, the newly formed group, Residents of the Junction will have a meeting to discuss apodments being built in our neighborhoods.
Neighbors in the Junction area of West Seattle are meeting Friday night, March 28, at 7:00 pm at Holy Rosary School’s meeting hall, located at 4142 42nd Avenue SW to rally support in blocking the development of 4439 41st Avenue SW, currently a single-family home, into an apodment complex with 40 – 300 square feet each- units and five parking spaces. (Project #3015444).
All in our community who are interested and/or affected by this, and other, development in our community are welcome to join us at the meeting.
The objectives of the community meeting are as follows:
· summarize the shared concerns to create a group letter/petition to the city (planning, council, Mayor, etc.).
· identify a critical path for the group to pursue, once the comment period is over.
· identify areas of expertise and resources within the group and assess what additional resources are needed.
· identify other neighborhood groups who have expertise in organizing opposition to over development of our neighborhoods.
· identify research for various group members to conduct and report at an agreed upon next meeting time.
If there is adequate response, it would be great to grow the size of the group through active recruiting and get the appropriate professional expertise to make the apod style development in our community infeasible.
One note – while the neighbors’ announcement refers to this as “apodments,” that’s a trademarked term for one brand of microhousing, and while this project is proposed as small apartments, so far as we can tell from the online plan set, they are not technically microhousing – they have individual kitchens.
(WSB file photo of The Kenney)
The Kenney (WSB sponsor) has announced a new “investment lender relationship” that, it says, allows the center to “remain a nonprofit, charitable organization.” Here’s the news release we received with the details:
A new investment lender relationship has been established for The Kenney. The Kenney has been seeking a new lender and/or sponsor to provide a stronger financial footing for The Kenney. Through that process, Seattle Healthcare Investors, a limited liability company, was formed, which is now the lender for The Kenney.
The new lender purchased the debt and outstanding note from the previous lender, which is exiting this sector of financial investing. This was a mutually-agreed upon transaction between the new lender and The Kenney board of directors.
PRESERVING THE PAST. PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE:
By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog
This edition of The WSBeat contains summaries written from reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers – generally cases that (usually) have not already appeared here in breaking-news coverage or West Seattle Crime Watch reports, but that might at least answer the question “what WERE all those police doing on my block?” Or on the bridge, or the beach, or …
*Intruder #1: Responding to reports of a man staggering and weaving near Palm SW and Edgewood SW (map), an officer saw a suspect inside a fenced yard. The officer parked the car but the suspect had disappeared. Because the gate was locked, the officer climbed the fence and noticed the front door was partially open. He announced himself at the door and informed the resident of what was going on. The homeowner opened — and then quickly closed — a powder-room door and said, “He’s in there.” The man, a 28-year-old Des Moines resident, was handcuffed. No other suspects were discovered. He was booked into king County Jail for investigation of burglary.
*Intruder #2: After knocking loudly, a glassy-eyed man opened a screen door and tried to enter a residence in the 2300 block of Alki Avenue. The female resident slammed the door and called 911. When officers arrived she saw that he was lying on the ground in front of a nearby residence. He gave officers a false name, couldn’t remember where he was or how he had gotten there. He was incoherent and repeatedly referenced “Navy Seal Team Six” but told officers he was not on any medication. An ID check on a credit card and with the man’s birthdate identified him as a bi-polar man from a previous incident who had been off his meds and was sent to Harborview for suicidal behavior. A neighbor had seen the man try to gain entrance to an apartment laundry room and then try to start a grill with his lighter. The suspect was transported for a mental-health evaluation.
7 more summaries ahead, including a followup to last week’s High Point helicopter-and-ground search, and a 4-year-old left alone:
(WSDOT aerial of slide zone, via Flickr)
Here in West Seattle, 65 miles away from the agonizing search of the slide zone in and around the Snohomish County town of Oso – 25 dead, 90 missing – you might wonder what you can do to help.
Here’s one answer, hatched overnight on social media by one of West Seattle’s most-prolific fundraisers, Tracy Dart: This Sunday, support West Seattle for Oso, WS4OSO for short. Local businesses are jumping in to offer various ways you can help by shopping at their stores and/or dining/drinking at their restaurants/lounges; volunteers will be circulating in neighborhoods including The Junction to collect money; and other ideas are percolating. Best thing you can do right now is “like” the Facebook page that Tracy set up early today: facebook.com/ws4oso – or at least go there to see who’s participating so far (full list to come before Sunday). If you use Twitter, follow the hashtag #WS4OSO. If you are not much for social media, no worries, we’ve pledged to publish updates here. More to come!
ADDED 12:06 PM: Minutes after we published this, the first official news release arrived, including an early list of participants, and how to reach Tracy if you would like to join in:
Thanks to James Bratsanos for that view of a state ferry (update: the new Tokitae, on sea trials!) in the mist off Blake Island this morning. Looking ahead to tonight – five options between 6 pm and 11 pm, from here to the other side of the Duwamish, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
SPRING FLING IN THE JUNCTION: 6-9:30 pm, special shopping event in The Junction, with six businesses participating, including longtime WSB sponsor Click! Design That Fits. Details in our preview from earlier this week.
SOUTH PARK BRIDGE: 6 pm at Napoli Pizzeria, come see and hear the latest on the new bridge, now projected to open this summer, including a photo slideshow. Details toward the bottom of the county’s latest construction update. (8600 14th Avenue S.)
DUWAMISH ROWING CLUB FUNDRAISER: Not happening IN West Seattle, but the rowing club serves West Seattle as well as South Park and Georgetown, and is inviting you to a movie-watching benefit tonight, 7 pm at Georgetown Stables – “Blondie Goes to College” – also food, beverages, a drawing, and more fun. Info in our calendar listing. (980 South Nebraska)
More on our calendar!
The West Seattle Chamber of Commerce has announced this year’s Westside Awards recipients, who will be honored at a breakfast event one week from today. From WSCofC CEO Lynn Dennis and chair Nancy Woodland:
The Westside Awards Breakfast honors three local businesses and one individual who demonstrate success and innovation that contribute to this thriving economic region.
The West Seattle Chamber of Commerce received more than 80 nominations, setting an all-time record of participation. We are thrilled to share the news about our 2014 Westside Award Winners. As is to be expected, this decision was difficult because we have so many truly outstanding businesses, non-profits and individuals working in and supporting the West Seattle community.
West Seattle High School‘s soccer team is back on the field today, playing at Nathan Hale, after another win on Tuesday, 4-2 over visiting Cleveland HS. Our reader correspondent (who also shared the photo – thank you!) reports, “It started off rough with a downpour of rain for the first half. But after halftime, the Wildcats came back strong with the next two goals winning the game.” Here’s the scoring list. Today’s match is between early conference leaders – Hale and Westside both have two in-conference wins.