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West Seattle (Athletic) Club update: Deadline set for $1.1 million payment

(WSB file photo of West Seattle Club)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

New information tonight from the ongoing proceedings related to the proprietor of the West Seattle Club (formerly the West Seattle Athletic Club). When last we wrote about this on September 3rd, the property’s owner was trying to reopen the most recent “unlawful detainer” complaint – an action that can lead to eviction – which had been put on hold when club proprietor Sam Adams filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy organization in June.

On September 3rd, Adams, landlord John Pietromonaco, and their respective lawyers were in federal bankruptcy court downtown to argue over whether that hold (technically a stay) could be lifted. Adams hadn’t paid even the partial rent owed, his landlord’s lawyer David Tall argued, and had had enough time to do so. Judge Marc Barreca agreed the stay on the “unlawful detainer” proceedings could be lifted.

Though that case had been closed for lack of activity since the June stay, Tall filed to reopen it, and a King County Superior Court judge granted that request in mid-September. A hearing subsequently was set for yesterday morning in the Regional Justice Center courtroom where such cases are heard on Monday mornings if things haven’t been worked out before the hearing date. (When a similar action was scheduled for a hearing in February, it didn’t happen, because Adams had made a payment.)

This time, there was a hearing, albeit a brief one. The property owner’s lawyer Tall was there; no one was there on Adams’ behalf. But in these types of hearings, the documents usually say much more than the words actually spoken in court, so we waited to see them before writing this update, and by late today, they were available online.

Bottom line to the main document, an “agreed order”: If the landlord gets $1,150,000 by October 24th, the “unlawful detainer” case will be dismissed. According to the “agreed order,” that money is “being procured by financing to be extended to Hollystone Holdings Inc. pursuant to a loan contract already executed by Hollystone Holdings by its officer, Sam A. Adams.” The “agreed order” did not include any further details of that financing, but as noted in our last report, Adams’ lawyer told the bankruptcy judge in September that his client was pursuing a $3 million loan.

The “agreed order” also says that any and all “liens against the premises” must be paid with the expected loan money. Meantime, as this plays out in state court, Adams’ Chapter 11 case continues; documents in the federal file say one of the upcoming matters to be decided is the future of the club lease.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Stolen bike; stolen tires/wheels

Two West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports tonight – starting with Dawnee‘s bicycle, stolen near 18th/Trenton:

Another day, another stolen bicycle. Mine was taken from our locked garage sometime between 8:30am – 3:30 pm today. It was there this morning when I fed the chickens (I keep their feed in the garage), and when I went out this afternoon to feed them again I noticed the back garage door wide open and my red 2010 Marin Larkspur hybrid (valued at $450) was gone. Police report #14-335901. The bike was in great condition, recently tuned up, and was my secondary transportation (I haul my kiddos in a trailer with it) and my workout buddy. A big loss, as I can’t afford to replace it.

Also –Kathrine‘s 2009 Honda Fit was hit by thieves:

I just wanted to let you know two wheels and tires were stolen off my car overnight [Sunday to Monday]. I went outside to leave for work … and they were gone. It must have happened overnight. The two tires that were left, all the lug nuts had been removed but the car was too close to the curb and the thieves could not get them out. Just wanted to let people know in case it happened to others. I am at 40th between Oregon and Alaska. Police report has been filed.

P.S. The West Seattle Crime Prevention Council will meet this month – 2 weeks from tonight, Tuesday, October 21st, 7 pm, at the Southwest Precinct (Delridge/Webster).

Traffic alert: Southbound Battery Street Tunnel reopens after crash

October 7, 2014 6:24 pm
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6:24 PM: If you’re heading this way from north of downtown – note that a crash has closed the southbound Battery Street Tunnel. Traffic is being diverted off at Denny Way, just before the tunnel.

7:18 PM: SDOT says a tow truck has arrived and the scene should be cleared soon.

7:40 PM: The tunnel has reopened.

You can help! Be at the table for White Center Food Bank’s 10th annual Harvest Dinner/Auction

October 7, 2014 3:00 pm
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(WSB photo, September 2014)
That’s the Baby Pantry at the White Center Food Bank – using space that was home to a King County Public Health clinic before it moved to Greenbridge, where it was about to be closed until the county found a private partner to help keep it open. Partnerships are a big part of the WCFB’s operations – the Baby Pantry, for example, is in partnership with WestSide Baby. And the food bank couldn’t serve thousands of West Seattle and White Center (and a bit beyond) residents without being in a partnership with you and so many other community donors. Now they’re inviting you to what’s both a celebration and fundraiser, a week and a half away:

The White Center Food Bank’s 10th Annual Harvest Dinner and Auction is taking place this year at 5:30 pm on Saturday, October 18 at the Brockey Center at South Seattle College. In addition to the festivities of a dinner, drinks, and live music, there are plenty of incredible items up for auction, including Seahawks tickets, many different theater tickets, a three stone diamond ring from Wyatt’s Jewelers, roundtrip tickets on Alaska Airlines, a week at a condo in Hawaii, and so much more.

This is the White Center Food Bank’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and allows us to continue doing great work for this community. In 2013, White Center Food Bank served more than 60,000 people in the White Center, West Seattle, and Burien community, and we count on this auction to continue serving even more people next year. We are grateful to every one of our donors for making it possible to do this important work, and we count on your continued support to continue serving our community.

Tickets are available online through Brown Paper Tickets for $75 each (here), and more information – including daily updates about items available at the auction – is available (here).

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call our Development Director Kristina Dahl at (206) 762-2848 or email

Followup: RapidRide on California in The Junction? 2 briefings

Back in August, following up on a reader tip, we reported that SDOT is considering moving the RapidRide C Line route in The Junction onto California between Edmunds and Alaska. At the time, SDOT told us “outreach” was planned in the fall. Now that it’s fall, what’s the status? we asked SDOT’s Marybeth Turner, who replied:

SDOT staff is scheduled to meet with the West Seattle Junction Association on Oct. 22, and the SW District Council on Nov. 5 about California and Alaska, including the needs of cars, buses, and pedestrians.

In November they will mail information to some of the nearby businesses and residents, and talk in person to some of the businesses.

Turner says the recent re-sequencing of the California/Alaska signal (reported here Saturday) is NOT related to this – she describes that as having been done to improve “safety,” and is still working to get us more information from department engineers.

UPDATED P.S., CORRECTING MEETING INFO The aforementioned WSJA briefing is for the group’s membership (businesses in The Junction), but the Southwest District Council meeting is open to everyone, 6:30 pm Wednesday, November 5th, at the Senior Center of West Seattle (Oregon/California).

Seattle, Tacoma ports to ‘unify management’ with Seaport Alliance

(Photo by Peter West Carey, shared via Twitter)
On Thursday, the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce hosts Port of Seattle co-president Stephanie Bowman at its monthly lunch meeting. Questions about the future of shuttered Terminal 5 were already expected – and now there’s something new: Today’s announcement that the Seattle and Tacoma ports are forming a “single Seaport Alliance.” Here’s the news release from the Port of Seattle:

The Seattle and Tacoma port commissions plan to unify the management of the two ports’ marine cargo terminals and related functions under a single Seaport Alliance in order to strengthen the Puget Sound gateway and attract more marine cargo for the region.

The Seaport Alliance will manage marine cargo terminal investments and operations, planning and marketing, while the individual port commissions will retain their existing governance structures and ownership of assets.

This unprecedented level of cooperation between the state’s two largest container ports is a strategic response to the competitive pressures that are reshaping the global shipping industry.

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West Seattle eclipse-watching: Stay up late tonight (or, get up early tomorrow)

Most of what you’ll see today regarding the lunar eclipse will refer to Wednesday. Technically, that’s correct, but conversationally, it’s more like “tonight” – starting after midnight. In case you missed Alice Enevoldsen‘s latest “Skies Over West Seattle” update on WSB, published here on Saturday, it’s full of helpful info if you’re interested in staying up late tonight to eclipse-watch (or maybe, getting up VERY early – the peak is at 3:25 am). The October SOWS has the schedule, and a look ahead to the partial solar eclipse later this month.

P.S. Wondering about the forecast? “Mostly clear” tonight!

West Seattle Tuesday: Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights, WS Bike Connections, WS Community Orchestras, health, and nature!

(From Chris W, via the WSB Flickr group)
Take a closer look at what’s happening around you! Ways to explore and get involved are on the list for today/tonight from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

TOT TREK AT CAMP LONG: 10:30 am, explore autumn colors with your toddler(s) at Camp Long Environmental Learning Center. $4/person and pre-registration is required, so check ASAP to see if there’s room! (5200 35th SW)

AFTER-SCHOOL NATURE HIKES AT LINCOLN PARK: 3:30 pm, join naturalist Stewart Wechsler for his next Tuesday afternoon nature hike – meet by the kiosk in the northern Lincoln Park parking lot. Suggested-donation amounts and other info on Stewart’s website. (Fauntleroy/Rose)

GO PLAY (MUSIC)! Tonight at Chief Sealth International High School, varying times, it’s the first rehearsal night of the season for West Seattle Community Orchestras, which include groups for all ages and skill levels. Our preview from last month explains how to sign up and get involved. (2600 SW Thistle)

SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS ISSUES/CONCERNS? Bring them up with the School Board director elected to represent this area, Marty McLaren, at her next community-conversation meeting (drop-in format, so don’t worry if you can’t be there right at 6) at West Seattle (Admiral) Branch Library. (2306 42nd SW)

LIVE/WORK IN WESTWOOD, ROXHILL, OR ARBOR HEIGHTS? 6:15 pm tonight at Southwest Branch Library, meet your neighbors and get informed as the monthly WWRHAH community-council meetings get back to their “first Tuesday” schedule. Agenda highlights:

6:15-6:45: Introductions & Community News; New Business: Westwood / Highland Park Urban Village

6:45-7:00: Committee & Neighborhood Council Updates

7:00-7:40: Seattle Public Utilities/Parks Department, Cheryl Eastberg: Update on Roxhill Bog Rehydration Project; Q&A

7:40-7:45: Wrap Up: Break down the room; library locks up promptly at 8 pm.

The meeting has a Facebook event page, here. (35th/Henderson)

WEST SEATTLE BIKE CONNECTIONS: 6:30 pm, join WSBC for a presentation/discussion exploring on “Port Activity and Bicycle Commuting Between West Seattle and Downtown.” Details and location on the WSBC website.

(Monday sunset photo by JayDee)

PUBLIC HEALTH CAFE: 7 pm at Chaco Canyon Organic Café in The Triangle, come join the conversation about “The Quantified Self: Sharing your data for environmental-health research,” free, no registration required. The Public Health Café conversations are described as “a series of informal, interactive conversations intended to raise awareness about the fascinating and often overlooked science of public health.” Full details here. (38th/Alaska)

PINK & BLUES: 8 pm, the ongoing Tuesday night Blues To Do series at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) takes a special direction this month, starting tonight:

Throught October we’re dedicating each Tuesday night to Breast Cancer Awareness, featuring all-women hosted jam sessions in a series called Pink & Blues. This will be blues represented in all its hybrid forms, including jazz, R&B, soul, funk, roots, Americana and folk.
We’ve invited special guest ational touring artists and legacy artists, further providing opportunities for mentoring as well as representing a powerful statement with this remarkable women’s musical collective.

More info on the Blues To Do page at the Feedback website. (6451 California SW)

MORE NIGHTLIFE! Including open-microphone night at The Cask (WSB sponsor), bingo at Outwest Bar, the Starlite singer/songwriter showcase at Shadowland, two karaoke locations … see all the listings on our calendar.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Foggy Tuesday; Olson/Myers crash

October 7, 2014 6:57 am
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(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Foggy as we head for the heart of the commute, and that’s the biggest challenge this morning, so far.

7:23 AM: For our Vashon Island friends – King County advises the Vashon Water Taxi is running up to 15 minutes late because of the fog. No advisories re: West Seattle, so far.

7:50 AM: If you’re headed toward Highway 509 via Roxbury and vicinity – note that police and fire are responding to a “heavy rescue” call at Olson and Myers. More when we get it.

7:55 AM: “Heavy rescue” means emergency responders might have to cut someone out of the wreckage – but scanner conversation says the people in the vehicle got out OK and won’t need that, so some SFD units are being canceled. A private ambulance is being called. Still likely to be affecting traffic.

8:50 AM – VICE PRESIDENTIAL VISIT WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY: We’ll hit this again tomorrow, but note that Vice President Biden‘s visit will be Wednesday evening through Thursday afternoon, at least according to our interpretation of the Boeing Field advisory.