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Video: Fashion & compassion with ‘Style ’14’ raising money to help cancer patients

April 29, 2014 12:35 am
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 |   Health | How to help | West Seattle news

(Video by Edgar Riebe of West Seattle-headquartered Captive Eye Media)
The women you’ll meet in that video are what and who “Style ’14” this Thursday night is all about – their stories reveal how you can help Northwest Hope and Healing, the West Seattle/West Seattleite-founded and -run organization that assists cancer patients as they get through day-to-day life, which doesn’t stop down just because you’ve been diagnosed with cancer.

Your ticket gets you into Showbox SODO for a runway fashion show with models who also happen to be breast-cancer survivors. You can get a ticket to just attend the show, or you can buy a VIP ticket including admission to a pre-event party and cocktail reception with “heavy appetizers,” reserved seats, and a thank-you gift. Doors are at 6:30 pm for VIP, 7 pm for general admission, with the fashion show at 7:30 pm; it’s a 21+ event. Also part of “Style ’14”: West Seattle businesses including West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), Carmilia’s, Coastal, Ola, Twala Intimates, and more, as well as West Seattleites who are on the volunteer planning committee. You can buy your ticket online here (see the left sidebar of that page).

Create a Park District to raise more money for Seattle Parks? Council approval today means you’ll vote in August

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

A month and a half after Mayor Murray came to Hiawatha Community Center to announce the proposal to create a Park District to raise extra money for Seattle Parks and Recreation in the years ahead, it’s ballot-bound.

That’s because, during their meeting this afternoon (archived Seattle Channel video above), the City Council voted unanimously (8-0, with West Seattle-residing Councilmember Tom Rasmussen absent) to send it to voters.

This will replace – now and into the future – the more-recent pattern of sending ballot measures to voters every few years, levy or bond, to raise extra money for Parks. Most recent one was the five-year Parks and Green Spaces Levy approved in 2008. It was set to raise $146 million over six years, ending this year. Before that, the Pro Parks Levy approved by voters in 2000 raised $198 million over eight years.

But this time around, city leaders decided to go for a permanent way to raise extra money, instead of a fixed-term levy. The Park District would be accountable to the City Council, sitting as its board, but would have its own taxing authority. As laid out in this memo, councilmembers want the Park District to raise about $48 million a year for the first six years, 11 percent less than the $54 million the mayor had suggested. So what about the money Parks gets from the city budget now? According to the mayor’s website: “The City will continue to use City revenues to fund Parks and will continue to allocate a minimum of $89 million per year of General Fund revenues (2014 level of funding) to support Parks’ services and facilities unless the City Council by a three-fourths vote determines that a natural disaster or exigent economic circumstances prevent the Council from maintaining this level of General Fund support.”

Meantime, here’s the bill councilmembers passed to ask voters whether they will approve creation of the Park District.

In public comment before the vote, they heard from several critics who expressed concerns about accountability and about the fact that unlike the levies, citizens won’t be voting on how much they will be taxed – they will be instead voting to give the Park District taxing authority. One critic suggested few citizens had heard about this and accused the council of being “in an insulated bubble.”

Councilmembers disagreed with that. They also said an “interlocal agreement” between the city and the proposed district – set up in a second bill they passed today – would increase accountability.

Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, who chairs the Parks and Neighborhoods Committee, said it would help solve the problem of Parks’ huge unfunded maintenance backlog, estimated at more than $260 million, because 60 percent of the money raised would be spent on that. She said that over three years of trying to figure out what’s next for Parks funding, she had looked at and listened to thousands of comments.

Councilmembers Nick Licata and Kshama Sawant both acknowledged the Park District proposal wasn’t perfect, but considered it to be acceptable.

Councilmember Sally Clark described it as a tool to be used “without the council going all evil and using it for unintended purposes.”

Mayor Murray said in his announcement last month that the Park District would be able to tax up to 75 cents per $1,000 assessed value. The slightly larger funding package he was supporting at the time would have used about 42 cents of that authority, so the one the council is supporting would be a few cents less than that. After today’s council vote, he issued a statement saying the principles of his proposal “remain intact.” The mayor’s website has Q/A with more details on how the district would work.

If you’re a Seattle voter, you will be part of the final decision in the August 5th election.

You can help! Sustainable West Seattle welcoming, celebrating volunteers next Saturday

(WSB photo from SWS picnic – including a celebration of volunteers – last August)
“Volunteers are the essential ingredient to make West Seattle more sustainable.” So says Sustainable West Seattle, inviting you to its first Volunteer Orientation and Appreciation Party next Saturday (May 3), 4-7 pm, at CrossFit West Seattle in The Admiral District (4200 SW Admiral Way). From the announcement:

… The orientation for prospective volunteers includes descriptions of what SWS volunteers do and the many opportunities offered. Volunteers work at the Tool Library, Community Orchard, Tox-Ick wastewater awareness program, multiple bicycle activities including WS Spokespeople, West Seattle Bike Connections and our newest project, DIY Bikes.

… The celebration includes a Volunteer Appreciation Party, with a potluck, music and green prizes. SWS will provide food and beverages and you’re welcome to bring a dish to share. For additional information, contact Kimberly Leeper at

West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day updates: 12 days away!

Twelve days away from Saturday, May 10th, the day West Seattle becomes the person-to-person recycling capital of the region for six hours – the 10th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day. garagesaledaysmalllog5.jpgWe here at WSB are excited to be coordinating it for a seventh year, and thrilled that more than 270 sales are confirmed (with many more sellers than that, because of multi-seller sites, block sales, etc.). A sampling of what you’ll find on the map when it goes public this Saturday, along with 240+ individual sales all over the peninsula:

*Block sales in/near areas including Delridge, South Admiral, Hansen View, Sunrise Heights, Upper Fauntleroy, Genesee, Lincoln Park, Seacrest Park

*Benefit sales at sites including the Log House Museum, future Delridge Grocery, West Seattle Eagles’ Aerie, Alki Masonic Center, King County Veterans Center, Straight Blast Gym (WSB sponsor), Taproot School, West Seattle High School, Bella Mente’s new location

*Special ways to donate, with WestSide Baby’s shopping list, and collections at Hotwire/Ginomai for books to donate to schools and

*The multi-seller sites at Ginomai/Hotwire & C&P (both coffeehouses are WSB sponsors)

We always love hearing the stories about WSCGSD leading to neighbors meeting neighbors they hadn’t met before, because – as you’ll see when the map’s out – even if you just want to walk around the immediate neighborhood, there’s bound to be somebody participating.

NOTE FOR WSCGSD SELLERS: One more call – PLEASE check the e-mailbox for the address you used to register; we still have a dozen-plus sales that aren’t finalized because they only made it halfway through the registration process. Saturday night, we sent notes to everybody on that list, and if we don’t hear from them, we have to assume they quit halfway through because they changed their mind, or had a problem; in either case, we need to hear from you by tomorrow – – thank you!

More updates to come …

Update: Pickup goes sideways at West Seattle High School; no one hurt

(Thanks to Jessi for tweeting that photo)
12:15 PM: A police and fire response is en route to West Seattle High School for a reported vehicle rollover. We will be there shortly for updates.

12:22 PM: No serious injuries reported. Everyone got out of the car OK.

12:35 PM: Make that, truck. The rolled – more like, on its side – vehicle is a white Ford Ranger pickup.

17-year-old at the wheel, one passenger, both are unhurt, we were told at the scene – nobody else hurt either, which, observers say, is just sheer luck since this happened at lunchtime on a sunny day and many students were out and about.

New local restaurant: Opening day for Greenbridge Café

Just a block south of the West Seattle/White Center line, a brand-new restaurant opened today: Greenbridge Café. Its owner, Chef Blanca Rodriguez, e-mailed to let us – and you! – know about it. It’s been taking shape at the corner of 8th SW and SW 99th in recent months and is now open for breakfast and lunch (fresh-made sandwiches, salads, and soups), 8 am-4 pm. See the menu here. Chef Rodriguez also owns Pimientra Bistro and Bar in Federal Way.

Followup: Locations, dates announced for Metro-cuts meetings

April 28, 2014 11:23 am
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 |   Transportation | West Seattle news | West Seattle politics

Post-election last week, you’ll recall, King County leaders announced the official plan for Metro bus cuts to cover the money gap that the voted-down ballot measure Proposition 1 was intended to cover. At the time, they promised nighttime meetings to answer questions about the proposed cuts. Locations and dates have just been announced for three meetings – one in Seattle, one in Bellevue, one in Renton. According to the county announcement, “Each evening meeting will include an open house staffed by Metro to provide specific details about the changes and answer questions.” Here’s the schedule:

· Tuesday, May 13, Union Station, Ruth Fisher Boardroom, 401 South Jackson Street, Seattle
· Thursday, May 15, Bellevue City Hall, City Council Chambers , 450 110th Avenue NE, Bellevue
· Tuesday, May 20, Renton Pavilion Event Center, 233 Burnett Avenue South, Renton

5:30 p.m. sign in/open house; 6:00 p.m. public testimony

The county is not planning live streams from the meetings, but says video will be available online and via cable the day after each one. The cut plan is expected to be voted on by the County Council next month, and cuts/changes would be rolled out starting next September and continuing in phases through September 2015.

ADDED 12:56 PM: We doublechecked with Councilmember Joe McDermott‘s office to see if there would be any other hearings in Seattle. Response: “There will also a public hearing when the measure goes to the Full Council. Most likely, this will be on June 2nd at the regularly scheduled council meeting from 1:30-4pm. This meeting will be at the King County Courthouse.”

In the auto-repair biz? Get greener! Free workshop and Swedish Automotive tour May 8th

April 28, 2014 10:46 am
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Just announced by Swedish Automotive (WSB sponsor) – a chance for other auto-repair shops to learn how to get greener:

On May 8th from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm, EnviroStars and ECOSS (Environmental Coalition of South Seattle) are hosting a free workshop for auto repair shops at Our Lady of Guadalupe and a tour of Swedish Automotive (a 5-star rated shop) on how auto repair shops can adopt practices that will help manage hazardous wastes, prevent pollution and protect our environment as well as reducing costs, liabilities and compliance with local regulations.

Ahead, details and the registration link:Read More

‘You’re only as old as you allow yourself to think you are’: Ultra-senior tennis stars in film co-produced by West Seattleite

Need some Monday inspiration? Check this out. West Seattle resident Heather P. Olson e-mailed to tell us about a documentary she’s co-producing called “Gold Balls” (with another area connection, editor and Vashon Island resident Eric Frith). The quote in our headline is from the trailer, narrated by Seattle actor Tom Skerritt. Info forwarded by Olson explains that it’s about “the world of ultra-senior tennis … where the players actually look forward to getting older, if only every 5 years when they age up into the next category and have relative youth on their side.” As with so many creative projects these days, they are crowdfunding, with less than a week left – their Kickstarter link is here. But even if you’re not interested in contributing, watch the trailer when you have a few moments. It gives a new meaning to “bucket list”!

West Seattle Crime Watch: Car theft; suspected gas theft

Two West Seattle Crime Watch notes this morning:

STOLEN CAR: Watch for Brian‘s car, a “light blue 91 Toyota Camry stolen last night from in front of my house on 60th and Admiral.” (map) As noted in the SPD @getyourcarback tweet (which includes the plate #), please call 911 if you see it.

STOLEN GAS? From Jon at 38th/Graham {map):

I want to report what seems to be a case of gas siphoning from my vehicle. This morning at 5:20 am, I came out to my truck to go to work. As I was waiting for it to warm up (it’s an older truck) I noticed the gas gauge dropping down to empty. I had just filled up last week and had only done 73 miles, so it should have been over 3/4 full. When the gauge hit zero, I turned the engine off and checked underneath for a fuel leak – nothing. I looked at the gas cap door and saw that it was bent and easily opened. I don’t have a locking gas cap, so I think someone has been siphoning off gas from my truck.

Jon’s household also has a car but he says it was not touched.

What’s ahead for your West Seattle (and beyond) Monday

April 28, 2014 9:04 am
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(Sunday’s subtle rainbow; photo by Don Brubeck)
Brand-new week, during which we’ll start a brand-new month. But not quite yet. Here are highlights for today/tonight, the third-to-last day of April, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

PARKS DISTRICT TO THE BALLOT? The proposal to raise extra money for Seattle Parks by forming a Park District will go to voters in August, if the City Council finalizes that plan at its 2 pm meeting today. Public comment will be at the start of the meeting, which you can watch live via Seattle Channel, online or cable. (City Hall)

OPERA PREVIEW: “Multimedia lecture” at West Seattle (Admiral) Branch Library, 6:30 pm, previewing Seattle Opera‘s upcoming production “The Tales of Hoffmann.” Free. (2326 42nd SW)

FAMILY STORY TIME: 6:30 pm at High Point Branch Library. Free. (35th/Raymond)

COCKTAIL CINEMA: Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) – which just celebrated its fifth anniversary! – pairs movies and cocktails, and tonight it’s “The Jerk” (Steve Martin) with a cocktail creation titled the Soda Jerk, 7:30 pm on the big screen. (6451 California SW)

NEW MOON: From the most-recent edition of “Skies Over West Seattle,” that’s what you’ll find (or not find!) in our skies tonight.

LOOK INTO THE FUTURE! … check out our calendar to see what’s happening in the days and weeks ahead.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Getting around on Monday

The “live” view above is the eastbound West Seattle Bridge (update: most local SDOT cams are out – the 35th/Fauntleroy bridge entrance is an exception, so we’ve substituted it); below, northbound 99 at the south end of the remaining elevated Alaskan Way Viaduct:

Any time of day/night, you can find more cameras (update: when they’re working!), and other info, on the WSB Traffic page. As we head for the heart of the morning commute, a crash just reported on northbound I-5 in the collector-distributor lanes approaching James, but the vehicles were quickly cleared to the shoulder. Everybody’s back from spring break now – parochial schools were out last week, public schools the week before that – so traffic is at as full volume as it gets.

7:47 AM NOTE: We just went out to doublecheck the traffic signals that were flashing for up to 6+ hours on Sunday; all appear to be working now. But in comments, “Trickycoolj” warns that 4th/East Marginal is flashing in the Georgetown area.

8:11 AM NOTE: Also in comments, “Azimuth” points out that most traffic cameras are out. Looking for relevant replacements and checking to see what’s up.

Washington State Ferries fares rise this Thursday

Reminder for Washington State Ferries users – a fare increase kicks in on Thursday (May 1st), same day the peak-season vehicle surcharge takes effect. You can check fares for any date using this lookup tool on the WSF website – for example, if you’re riding between Fauntleroy and Vashon as a walk-on tomorrow, it’s $5.10, and then $5.20 starting Thursday; a standard vehicle and driver on the same trip will pay $17.25 tomorrow, $22.05 Thursday.

Update: Burglary suspect arrested after confrontation in Fairmount Ravine area

(Reader photo substituted for original WSB photo of police cars on Fairmount)
ORIGINAL REPORT, 7:06 PM SUNDAY: Lots of questions about a big police response in the north West Seattle area. Thanks to the tipsters who told us it was focused in the Fairmount Ravine area; our crew has just spoken there with police. They say it started with a reported burglary. They tracked the suspect to an area near the top (south end) of Fairmount Ravine and pursued the suspect, at which time the suspect brandished a weapon at officers. They believe it was a knife. They subsequently used “non-lethal means” – reportedly, a Taser – to stop him. The big response was when they called for backup.

(Added: Photo texted by reader)
The suspect is in custody.

ADDED MONDAY MORNING: We asked SPD for more details last night and they’re now available this morning, via SPD Blotter. According to that writeup, the suspect is a 45-year-old man. The burglary happened in the 2200 block of Fairmount Avenue, and the suspect had been “living in one of the victim’s vehicles outside the home.” The man threatened police with a dagger when they found him and the vehicle a few blocks away; even after they Tasered him, leading to him dropping the dagger, he “got back up and charged at officers, who were able to take the man into custody after a brief struggle. Neither the suspect nor the officers were seriously injured.” Police say they found two of the victim’s debit cards in the suspect’s possession and a receipt showing that he had pawned a camera belonging to the victim.

Passing of the Golden Rake, and other ways neighbors paid tribute to Vern Christensen

A memorable West Seattle neighbor named Vern Christensen is gone but not forgotten. Cindy Craig shared photos and the story of how neighbors and friends gathered to remember him a few rainy/sunny Sundays ago:

On Sunday, March 30, about 40 friends (several of them 4-legged) gathered at the traffic island at 40th Av. SW and SW Juneau to remember their good neighbor, Vern Christensen, who passed away on March 15.

Most days during the past 24 years if you drove by the grassy knoll there on the corner previously known as ‘Weed Island’ you were likely to see Vern taking his daily constitutional, keeping a benevolent eye on the neighborhood between Fauntleroy and California and Brandon and Morgan. If it was raining, you would probably see him clearing the storm drain with his trusty rake because the city had asked citizens to help. Long before the West Seattle Blog was the ‘go to’ source for any news in Fairmount Springs, Vern was who you thought to ask first.

Vern was a farm boy from Flasher, North Dakota, born during the Great Depression in 1932. He always seemed to embrace those rural values of knowing your neighbors and taking the time to stop and share a story. He knew what the value of community was and he would have been pleased to see the diverse group of people that he helped weave together gathering to celebrate our common thread at the newly renamed ‘Vern Island.’

A native currant was planted on the island in Vern’s honor, and the Golden Rake and its duty to keep the drain cleared was transferred to another resident of 40th Av. S.W., Vern’s close friend Paul Sureddin:

And for a little while on a rainy Sunday afternoon in March, the sun came out just long enough for Vern Christensen’s neighbors to take one more walk around Vern’s beloved Fairmount Springs and remember a man who reminded us every day in his unassuming way what it was to be part of a community.

We will miss him.

West Seattle traffic-alert update: 2 stoplights still malfunctioning after 6+ hours

2:26 PM: Just a heads up – the stoplights on Alaska at Fauntleroy and at 42nd are flashing red. Remember that means you need to treat them like 4-way-stop intersections. Thanks for the texts about this!

8:46 PM: Thanks for the updates in comments; we just checked both lights within the past 20 minutes and they are both STILL out. Documented via short Instagram clip – here’s Fauntleroy/Alaska:

We will check early in the morning, too, because if they are not fixed by the commute, could be trouble.

10:10 PM: In addition to updates in the comments (thanks!), we were just out on an errand and noticed that while Fauntleroy/Alaska is working now, California/Fauntleroy and California/Graham are blinking.

Congratulations! AAUW honors 4 Sealth, WSHS students

(Photo by Judy Waring)
Congratulations to the two West Seattle High School and two Chief Sealth International High School students shown above! Marilyn Mears explains their accomplishment:

Earlier this month, AAUW (American Association of University Women), Seattle Branch, honored girls from 9 Seattle area high schools for their achievement in the areas of Math, Science, and Technology. The four girls from West Seattle were (left to right in photo): Chief Sealth IHS: Nicole Carter (Science) and Thu Trinh (Math), and from West Seattle HS: Nafisa Ali (Science) and Noriel Sarquilla (Math).

AAUW promotes equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, research, and philanthropy. Our Seattle Branch held its 14th Annual Scholar Recognition Program on April 9th, recognizing senior girls from nine Seattle high schools for their achievement in the areas of Math, Science, and Technology. Dr. Deborah Jensen, President/CEO of Woodland Park Zoo was the guest speaker at the event. The Scholar Recognition Program is all about encouraging more young women to become interested in STEM careers by honoring their achievements to date with a goal of encouraging better representation of women in these fields in the future.

Happening now: Don’t want it? They probably do! Fauntleroy Church Recycle Roundup until 3 pm

It’s on – rain or shine as usual! Dozens and dozens of types of items – see the list here – are being accepted, for free, at the twice-yearly drop-off Fauntleroy Church Recycle Roundup, with 1 Green Planet on site, filling trucks with the types of recyclables you just can’t put out on your curb, until 3 pm today. Drive/ride/walk up, drop off, move on. (If there’s a line when you get there, please be patient, urges this commenter.) And one more time, since this is a change from past Recycle Roundups, we’ll remind you that they’re not taking TVs – but they ARE taking more than 65 other types of items. The church is at 9140 California SW, but you can’t get there by just driving south from the California straightaway – here’s a map; heading eastbound, it’s uphill from the ferry dock, or westbound, just take Barton, which curves to (briefly) become California SW by Fauntleroy Schoolhouse (which is across the street from the church).

Headed for college? Rotary Club of West Seattle offering scholarship money

College can be costly. Here’s potential help: The Rotary Club of West Seattle is offering scholarship money again this year. Here’s the announcement:

Continuing Education of our young people is such an important resource that every year the Rotary of West Seattle awards Scholarships to two or three graduating West Seattle Seniors towards their college education.

The deadline for applications is fast approaching, so if you know a deserving West Seattle Senior please visit our website to fill out the application. It is open to any senior student in the West Seattle area.

Please e-mail for an application.

Ahead, the requirements and details:
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In case you were wondering: Last night’s law-enforcement presence at Fauntleroy ferry dock

April 27, 2014 9:33 am
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We’ve answered a few inquiries about King County Sheriff’s Office and Medical Examiner vehicles/personnel at the Fauntleroy ferry dock Saturday evening, and in retrospect should have mentioned this here while it was happening: They were investigating a crash that killed a motorcycle rider on north Vashon and closed Vashon Highway for a few hours. KCSO told the News-Tribune that the northbound rider apparently was hit from behind while waiting to make a left turn.

West Seattle Sunday: Recycle Roundup; Rock Club show; free self-defense seminar; meet Richard Blanco…

(Another fabulous Alki bald-eagle closeup by Gary Jones)
Good morning! Possibilities for your Sunday, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

RECYCLE ROUNDUP: Less than a week after Earth Day, you get the twice-annual chance to go to the Fauntleroy Church parking lot to do the kind of recycling you just can’t do at curbside. As we reminded again last night, no TVs! Here again is the list of what 1 Green Planet will and will not take – free but if you appreciate the opportunity, you will have the chance to make a free-will donation to the church’s Green Committee, which organizes this event. (9140 California SW)

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm as always. (44th/Alaska)

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Charell at Firefly Café and Creperie says the new Junction Church across the street is putting up its third Little Free Library today and, “If anyone would like to help out, they could use some volunteers. They are meeting at 10:00 a.m. at the church. Should be done around noonish.” The church is across the street from her café. (4157 California SW)

ROCK AND GEM SHOW: Displays, activities, and more in the second and final day of the West Seattle Rock Club‘s annual rock fest, 10 am-5 pm at the Masonic Center. (40th/Edmunds)

MEET THE INAUGURAL POET: At High Point Library, 11 am, meet Richard Blanco and join in a discussion with the writer and other readers about his memoir, “For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey.” Details in our calendar listing. (35th/Raymond)

FREE SELF-DEFENSE SEMINAR FOR WOMEN: As noted here last night, there’s still room in the free “Warrior Woman” self-defense seminar at Straight Blast Gym of Seattle, 12-3 pm. (5050 Delridge Way SW)

FIRST MATINEE FOR ‘HAIR’: The Age of Aquarius returns with the classic musical onstage at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor), 3 pm. Ticket and show info here. (4711 California SW)

LIVE MUSIC AT C & P: C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) presents David Grixoni and Paul Luczak with “the coffeehouse sound.” (5612 California SW)

VENDOR FAIR: Local artists/entrepreneur selling their wares at Mind Unwind in The Admiral District, 4:30-7 pm. (2206 California SW)

West Seattle Crime Watch: Flasher in North Admiral

First indecent-exposure case we’ve heard of since January – e-mailed late Saturday night by a reader in North Admiral:

We just filed a police report because my 11-year-old daughter and her 10-year-old friend were bike riding this afternoon at about 4:30 near 44th Ave. SW and Sunset Ave. SW and experienced an incident of lewd conduct. A man who looked to be in his late 20s, dark hair, dark skin tones, was naked in the back seat of a black SUV. He opened the door, exposing himself to the girls. The girls left the scene and were unharmed but we were of course very concerned.

West Seattle community cleanups with more ups & downs than usual

(UPDATED SUNDAY NIGHT with more photos)

As previewed in our daily highlights list, Saturday was a big day for cleanups – and we have photos from all five of the stairway cleanups that were among 15 citywide. Above, we stopped by Delridge/Myrtle as site captain Craig Rankin (left) started rallying volunteers around 9 am. The next four photos are courtesy of West Seattleites Jake and Cathy Jaramillo, Seattle Stairways Walks authors, who led the effort with the sponsorship of Feet First. Further north on Delridge, the cleanup was part of the spring-cleaning event organized by Lisa Taylor-Whitley (below left) with the North Delridge Neighborhood Council:

Further west on Genesee, at 49th, here’s the aftermath of volunteers’ hard work:

Further north on 49th, at Hanford, here’s the crew:

And finally, it’s site captain Janet Jones smiling while working at Carroll and 58th PL SW.

Seattle has 650 stairways in all, the Jaramillos point out on their website.

ADDED SUNDAY NIGHT: Three more photos from Craig @ Delridge/Myrtle, plus a report:

Thanks to the dozen volunteers who worked with 4 Parks employees on the Delridge and Myrtle stairway. (‘Before’ photo:)

We removed about 500 square feet of blackberries, moved 5 yards of much and a bunch of trash. (‘After’ photo:)

Great local turnout.

(Pictured: Mark, Ryan, and Jackson Colby from Puget Ridge)