West Seattle, Washington
8:46 PM: A bit more than three hours to go in this year’s GiveBIG one-day donate-a-thon organized by The Seattle Foundation, which has “stretch dollars” to add to donations made to participating nonprofits until 11:59 tonight. Around the city/region, people are answering the call:
We passed another milestone–as of 7pm we're at $10.1 million in #GiveBIG donations. Amazing!
— Seattle Foundation (@TheSeattleFdn) May 7, 2014
If you missed it earlier – or saw it and forgot to go back and do something about it – here once more is the link to the page we put together with 70+ participating LOCAL nonprofits, working in West Seattle, White Center, and/or South Park. Show one or more some $ love if you can, with the knowledge each dollar will go further!
1:20 AM: And the final regional tally:
$12.89 million. 64,000 donations. I think we can officially call it a successful #GiveBIG! Thanks everyone! pic.twitter.com/HDagwlGunM
— Seattle Foundation (@TheSeattleFdn) May 7, 2014
(Photo courtesy Rhonda Porter)
5:32 PM: A police search right now in the heart of the Admiral District is reported to be related to a burglary, according to scanner traffic. After texts about the search, we’ve sent a crew that way to find out more in person. We’ll add info as we get it.
5:45 PM: Radio discussion indicates police are looking for a specific potential suspect who lives in the area they’ve been searching.
(This photo and next one by WSB’s Patrick Sand)
5:58 PM: Police have detained the person they were looking for.
6:13 PM: A witness has been brought to identify the suspect; police tell us they’ll be looking for the stolen items next. The burglary was reported to have happened just a few blocks away.
6:43 PM: Southwest Precinct Lt. Alan Williams confirms the suspect was arrested and that the investigation is “ongoing.”
ADDED WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON: More details from the police report, which we obtained via SPD media relations. It started with a woman calling police at about 5 pm to say a strange man was in her house and had just left headed southbound on 45th SW. She said he was standing in the kitchen when she came home and told her he had been passing by and had seen “three teenagers in her house and chased them off,” according to the report. He also gave the woman his first name, age, address, phone number, and allowed her to take a picture of him with her cell phone. Looking at that photo, an officer apparently familiar with the suspect zeroed in on his address and matched a prior mugshot to the cell-phone photo. They found him at his residence and arrested him; he gave them permission to search for stolen property and didn’t find any.
Returning to her residence with police, the victim pointed out “long-handled garden tools that had been laid out very neatly for unknown reasons” and then inside, “numerous shopping bags that had been filled with random items from different ares of her house.” She also thought a rifle belonging to her roommate was missing. The roommate later told police two rifles and his wallet were missing.
The mystery of the three possible teenage suspects wasn’t solved, but the man was booked into jail for criminal trespass and an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in connection with earlier theft charges.
The final results are in from the April 22nd vote on transit/roads-money Proposition 1:
No – 239,834 – 53.95%
Yes – 204,734 – 46.05%
The county says that’s a 39 percent turnout – a bit more than the predicted 38 percent. The final precinct-by-precinct breakout is out too
(not mapped yet), earlier than expected. (Added 9 pm, a map by Oran Viriyincy, who gave us permission to use it – you’ll have to grab it and drag it to get West Seattle centered up, and from there you can zoom all the way in to your precinct – mouse over a precinct to see its vote results:)
(back to original report) Earlier breakouts showed Prop 1 would have won if it had been a Seattle-only vote, which has heartened supporters of what is now Seattle Initiative 118, a property-tax increase to raise money for Seattle bus routes. They have four weeks to gather enough signatures to get it onto the ballot, and today they announced a list of endorsements, including West Seattle’s two state House reps, Rep. Eileen Cody and Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon. If they get enough signatures, they’re aiming for the November ballot, which still could leave enough time to stave off planned bus cuts; for example, the four routes that Metro says it will “delete” in West Seattle are not proposed for that “deletion” until September of next year.
ADDED 7:21 PM: After The Stranger reported that Mayor Ed Murray asked a legislator to pull his support for I-118, the mayor’s office tweeted that Murray is getting ready to announce his own plan:
@dominicholden the mayor is putting forth his own proposal to save metro later this week.
— SEA Mayor's Office (@OfficeofMayor) May 7, 2014
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
In their fifth year at 7514 35th SW in Sunrise Heights, the owners of Red Star Pizza are looking for a new home.
Co-proprietor Mike Supino tells WSB they’ve been told they’ll have to clear out by year’s end, if not sooner, because the site’s owners are selling the property. No sale is on record with the county so far, but there’s an early-stage redevelopment proposal for a three-story medical building, described in city files as an “eye clinic.” Documents filed with the city in the past week further describe the project as a 13,000-square-foot clinic, with 1,460 square feet of retail and “more parking than required by city code” – 15 spaces are proposed in a garage, up to 51 on the surface, and the project proponents are hoping to keep it accessible from 35th, though current city codes usually encourage parking access from alleys.
Supino identified the future clinic owner as West Seattle Highline Eye Clinic, and one of the city documents indeed lists that firm as the applicant; The architect for the project, PB Architects, also worked on the clinic’s current space in Westwood Village. We sought comment from the clinic; our message for its owners has yet to be returned.
The site-plan documents indicate the project does not involve the building housing John’s Corner Deli, but that at least two residential structures on the property would be demolished, as would the small retail building housing Red Star.
Supino and wife Shannon Cross opened Red Star in fall 2009, after buying what had been Pizza Time. They had been operating a pizza shop under the Red Star name in the Pierce County town of Lakewood before that. Supino says they’d appreciate any leads on a suitable new spot; they’ve been looking but haven’t found a workable site yet.
More than a year before they opened the shop in 2009, the site was listed for sale, as reported here, along with the co-owned parcels north to Webster. It’s all zoned NC-40, which means buildings up to four stories (depending on the grade). Records show the owner has held the deli site on the corner for almost 30 years, and the south part of the site, where Red Star is, since 2006.
That’s a sketch of this year’s West Seattle Hi-Yu parade float, as shown at last night’s Hi-Yu meeting, and the organization is looking for someplace where they can work on it before parade season. That’s one of the headlines from last night, at which the three Senior Court candidates read essays on which they’re being judged, essays about their childhood dreams, written a week ago but not practiced – the video starts with introductions, with the reading starting about 3:40 in:
The judges were all West Seattle community leaders – Joe Gong, Dawn Leverett, and Mark Swanson:
Judges’ evaluations will be figured into the results for who becomes this year’s Hi-Yu Senior Court Queen or King, who will be coronated at the May 18th Hi-Yu tea (details in our story from last weekend). Also noted last night, rather than being part of another afternoon-tea event as in the past, the White Rose Ceremony featuring past and present royalty will be part of a Hi-Yu meeting in June. And this year’s travel schedule will be minus one customary stop; Hi-Yu won’t be taking the float to Fathoms O’Fun in Port Orchard, because there’s a schedule conflict: The Seafair Pirates Landing on Alki is earlier this year, scheduled for June 28th, and West Seattle events take priority for Hi-Yu, so royalty and volunteers will be here instead of in Port Orchard.
P.S. So, do you happen to have or know of covered-garage space where Hi-Yu can work on the float? With electrical outlets? If you do, please let them know! There’s contact information at westseattlehiyu.com.
Just out of the WSB inbox:
Please join us on Tuesday, May 13th, from 7:00-8:30 in the West Seattle High School Library to learn about how the legalization of marijuana and increased availability of marijuana products are affecting our students and our community. The West Seattle counseling staff is pleased to host this informative evening providing the latest research and data on marijuana legalization issues, use among teens and how to talk with our kids about all of it. Presenters will include Lisa Sharp and Stephen Bogan. Lisa is SPS Manager of Prevention and Intervention Education and has been working with adolescents for 15 years as a case manager, intervention specialist and health educator. Stephen Bogan is a private clinician with over 35 years of experience working in the field of chemical dependency, mental health and adolescent development.
If you have any questions, please contact Tara Vanselow at email@example.com
Anyone in the community who’s interested is invited – not just WSHS families. The school is at 3000 California SW.
(Evening Grosbeak in West Seattle, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
Happy Tuesday! Looking ahead to the rest of today/tonight, as we do most mornings:
GIVEBIG: The one-day donate-a-thon is on, and for the third consecutive year, we have a local list you can use to find the special links for your favorite West Seattle/White Center/South Park nonprofits (and some you might not have realized have local ties). Find the list here – and give by 11:59 pm tonight to help make recipients eligible for part of a “stretch fund.” P.S. Our page also includes information on “Dine Out for Hunger,” with participating White Center restaurants donating part of their proceeds today/tonight to the White Center Food Bank as part of this day of giving.
WEST SEATTLE MONTESSORI OPEN HOUSE: “Preschool Preview” open house today at West Seattle Montessori (WSB sponsor), with multiple sessions through 1:30 pm – details in our calendar listing. (11215 15th SW)
WESTWOOD-ROXHILL-ARBOR HEIGHTS COMMUNITY COUNCIL: 6:15 pm, monthly meeting at Southwest Branch Library, all welcome. From the agenda (published in full on the WWRHAH website):
6:15-6:30: Introductions & Community News; SWDC looking for volunteers to form a Land Use Committee; May 17th Citywide Emergency Drill …
6:30-6:35: Elections – Slate:
Chair: Amanda Kay Helmick * Co-Chair: Eric Iwamoto * Secretary: Joe Szilagyi
6:35-7:00: Committee & Neighborhood Council Updates
7:00-7:30: Seattle Public Utilities, Cheryl Eastberg: Update on Roxhill Bog Rehydration Project
7:30-7:40: Other Business
TALK ABOUT HOMELESSNESS: Our Lady of Guadalupe‘s Life, Justice, and Peace Commission invites you to join an “interactive discussion” about homelessness in our community, 6:30-8 pm at the OLG Parish Life Center. Short film planned along with guest Elissa Knight from Catholic Community Services FAITH program (or Faithful Action in Transforming Homelessness). Light refreshments. (35th/Myrtle)
WEST SEATTLE BIKE CONNECTIONS: What better time than Bike Month to get involved with West Seattle Bike Connections? Tonight’s monthly meeting is at 7 pm at HomeStreet Bank in The Junction; details on the WSBC website. (41st/Alaska)
‘GIRL RISING’: Screening tonight at the historic Admiral Theater, 7 pm, organized by local Girl Scouts, as previewed here. (2343 California SW)
BLUES TO DO: Tuesday night is blues-day night at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), 8 pm, this time around with Michele D’Amour & The Blues Dealers. (6451 California SW)
MORE … for today, tonight, tomorrow, beyond, on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar.
(WS Bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
So far today, quiet on the routes through and from West Seattle.
Dozens of local nonprofits are participating in today’s GiveBIG one-day donation drive coordinated by the Seattle Foundation. Whatever money you give TODAY ONLY to any or all of the participating nonprofits is not only a big help all by itself, it also boosts their eligibility for a “stretch pool” of partial matching funds, to be distributed proportionately depending on how much each participating nonprofit raises during GiveBIG, by 11:59 pm tonight. BIG catch: You **must** donate through the special pages all participants have on the foundation’s website, NOT via their own websites. So again this year, here’s our list of those special pages for participating West Seattle, White Center, and South Park-based or -founded/-connected nonprofits. The special links take you to pages on the Seattle Foundation website with background information, as well as the donation links to use for this one-day event. (P.S. Please let us know if we missed a WS, WC, or SP-based organization – post a comment or e-mail us ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org – thanks!)
ART FOR ANIMALS’ SAKE – go here
ARTS CORPS – go here
ARTSWEST – go here
ASSISTANCE LEAGUE OF SEATTLE – go here
DELRIDGE NEIGHBORHOODS DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION – go here
DENNY-SEALTH PERFORMING ARTS – go here
DUWAMISH RIVER CLEANUP COALITION/TECHNICAL ADVISORY GROUP– go here
ENVIRONMENTAL COALITION OF SOUTH SEATTLE – go here
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE CENTER – go here
EXPLORER WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL – go here
FAUNTLEROY CHILDREN’S CENTER – go here
FRIENDS OF SEALTH – IB SCHOLARSHIP FUND– go here
HELPING LINK-MỘT DẤU NỐI – go here
HIGHLINE SCHOOLS FOUNDATION FOR EXCELLENCE – go here
INVEST IN YOUTH – go here
KILLER WHALE TALES – go here
KING COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM FOUNDATION – go here
KOL HANESHAMAH – go here
MARRA FARM COALITION – go here
NATURE CONSORTIUM – go here
NAVOS – go here
NEIGHBORHOOD FARMERS MARKETS – go here (gifts of $50 & up will be matched, says NFMA)
NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE – go here
NONFICTION MEDIA– go here
NORTHWEST CENTER – go here
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE SCHOOL – go here
PLUMBERS WITHOUT BORDERS – go here
PONGO PUBLISHING – go here
PROVIDENCE MOUNT ST. VINCENT FOUNDATION – go here
PUGET SOUNDKEEPER ALLIANCE – go here
SAFE FUTURES YOUTH CENTER – go here
SCHOOL OF ACROBATICS AND NEW CIRCUS ARTS – go here
SEAL SITTERS – This is an unusual path; you need to go to the Associated Recreational Council GiveBIG page, click donate, and then in COMMENTS, you must write that it’s for Seal Sitters (ARC is its fiscal sponsor)
SEA MAR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS – go here
SEATTLE CHINESE GARDEN SOCIETY – go here
SEATTLE GLEE CLUBS – go here
SEATTLE PARKS FOUNDATION – go here
SEATTLE POLICE FOUNDATION – go here
SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION – go here
SEATTLE YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS – go here
SENIOR SERVICES – go here
SOUTH PARK AREA REDEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE – go here
SOUTH PARK INFORMATION AND RESOURCE CENTER – go here
SOUTH PARK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION – go here
SOUTH PARK SENIOR CENTER – go here
SOUTH SEATTLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOUNDATION – go here
SOUTHWEST SEATTLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY – go here
SOUTHWEST YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES – go here
SPORTS IN SCHOOLS – go here
TECHNOLOGY ACCESS FOUNDATION – go here
THE CABIRI – go here
THE SALVATION ARMY – KING COUNTY – go here
THE SERVICE BOARD – go here
THE VILLAGE OF HOPE – go here
THE WHALE TRAIL – go here
TRANSITIONAL RESOURCES – go here (matching-gift pool from their board, too!)
TWELFTH NIGHT PRODUCTIONS – go here
URBAN ARTWORKS – go here
WEST SEATTLE FOOD BANK – go here
WEST SEATTLE HELPLINE – go here
WEST SEATTLE JUNCTION ASSOCIATION – go here
WESTSIDE BABY – go here
WESTSIDE SCHOOL – go here
WHITE CENTER COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION – go here
WHITE CENTER FOOD BANK – go here – and again this year, WCFB has added events on GiveBIG day. This morning, there’s a donation station at Caffé Delia; then it’s Dine Out For Hunger, as announced by WCFB:
Several fabulous White Center restaurants will host Dine Out for Hunger events by donating a portion of their proceeds (today/tonight) to the White Center Food Bank. Grab a friend, a colleague, or a family member and head out for burgers at Zippy’s Giant Burgers, pizza at Proletariat Pizza, dinner and drinks at Company, ice cream at Full Tilt, or pub fare at Mac’s Triangle Pub. Look for White Center Food Bank staff board members at these locations, and come say hello!
According to the WCFB Facebook page, Meander’s Kitchen also has joined.
WHIT PRESS – go here
YES FOUNDATION OF WHITE CENTER – go here
WEST SEATTLE/FAUNTLEROY YMCA – go to the YMCA of Greater Seattle donation page and write in the comments that it’s for the West Seattle YMCA
YOUTH MEDIA INSTITUTE – go here
YOUTH VIOLENCE PREVENTION NETWORK – go here
YWCA OF SEATTLE-KING COUNTY – go here
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