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North Delridge Neighborhood Council: New officers; policing plan

October 13, 2014 9:16 pm
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Two notes from tonight’s North Delridge Neighborhood Council meeting:

NEW OFFICERS: After tonight’s elections, Jake Vanderplas and Michael Taylor-Judd are co-chairs, Nancy Folsom is co-secretary, Lisa Taylor-Whitley is beautification chair, Kirk Lauckner is outreach chair, Parie Hines is community design/land-use chair, and Taylor-Judd also serves as streets/pedestrian advocacy chair. That still leaves three open positions – co-secretary, treasurer, and public-safety chair.

POLICING PLAN: Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Steve Wilske was a last-minute cancellation but the draft neighborhood-policing plan for North Delridge – one of at least half a dozen under development for local neighborhoods (as part of a process under way citywide right now) – was circulated, same one originally linked from the NDNC website last month:

If you’re interested in shaping the final plan, a neighborhood walking tour with Capt. Wilske was announced for 4 pm October 27th – please RSVP to Kirsten Smith, NDNC’s point person for the policing plan, so you’ll get info on the meeting point when it gets closer.

NDNC meets second Mondays, 6:30 pm, at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, and is online at

Design process to start for Highland Park play-area upgrade

October 13, 2014 7:52 pm
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 |   Highland Park | West Seattle news | West Seattle parks

Though the Parks and Green Spaces Levy expires this year – with the newly voter-approved Park District to follow as a source of extra funding – some of the projects it funded are still in the pipeline. And the design process is getting going for one in West Seattle – the Highland Park play-area upgrade. We just received word via a postal-mail postcard that a community meeting is set for 6:30 pm October 29th at Highland Park Elementary (1012 SW Trenton). As first proposed more than two years ago, the plan here is to “improve the usability and safety (of) the play area” at the park (1100 SW Cloverdale), which also is home to West Seattle’s only spraypark, another project largely funded by the 2008-2014 levy. What kind of play equipment and access do you want to see? Everyone interested is invited to get involved with planning, and this meeting is the next step.

West Seattle Crime Watch roundup: 35th SW, not shots; recognize this car?; recognize this bike?; robbery reports

Five notes in West Seattle Crime Watch – one from an incident that’s just wrapped up:

NO, IT WASN’T SHOTS: Police converged on an apartment building in the 7500 block of 35th SW (map) this past hour after a report of possible shots. They eventually determined it was fireworks, but not until some commotion involving people in a car and apartment, some of whom we’re told took off running. No injuries.

RECOGNIZE THIS CAR? Trina says this car has been near her parents’ house in the 5th/Kenyon vicinity for at least a week:

It’s been tagged by police already. But in case you know someone who is missing a car like this – she wanted to circulate the word, too.

RECOGNIZE THIS BIKE? Carla found a possibly stolen bicycle in an alley near Ercolini Park west of The Junction:

She describes it as a purple “Glacier Point” Magna 15-speed mountain bike, looks to be a kids’ bike or woman’s.”

Ahead – two strong-arm robberies, both on the same day last week:Read More

Seattle Farm School to launch in Delridge; needs ‘home arts’ teachers

Another new venture just announced: Seattle Farm School, founded by West Seattleite Katie Stemp, who is looking for teachers to be part of it. She explains, “We are dedicated to preserving the home arts and growing our community in sustainable practices through affordable classes. We are going to be starting classes in mid November at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (same location as the Tool Library) on Delridge, just south of the bridge. I’m gathering teachers from our community who are skilled in the following subjects and interested in teaching one or many classes with us. Here are the subjects that I am looking for people who have experience and are willing to teach:”
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West Seattle Junction burger joint! Coastline uncloaks, seeks crowdfunding

Back in August, we reported that the former Shoofly Pie Company in The Junction would become Coastline, and that Aaron Shepherd, proprietor of Copper Coin in The Admiral District, is involved. Until today – that’s all we could find out. Remodeling has clearly been under way, as you can see in the photo above. And now Shepherd reveals, in his reply to our original inquiry, that Coastline will be a burger joint, and that he’s crowdfunding to get the job done:

The same team that opened Copper Coin is now opening Coastline, a neighborhood burger joint. At Coastline we will focus on the art of the burger, an American classic. By keeping our focus narrow and having a singular craft we are raising the bar on this classic. We create a house blended and hand formed burger using the best all-natural product available to us. Pairing this burger patty with a freshly baked bun that comes out of the Coastline Bakery and working with top quality produce is our recipe for delivering an awesome and delicious burger.

To go with your delicious burger we will be offering a rotating line up of local craft beers, hand cut fries, Husky Deli shakes, and POSSIBLY the same award winning Babe’s Onion Rings you find at both Red Mill and Copper Coin.

This Wednesday we will be having a dual celebration at Copper Coin. To celebrate the two year anniversary of Copper Coin and the soon to open Coastline we will be offering our Deluxe Burger with Haystack Fries at $4.99. On our one year anniversary, in support of I-522, we offered our Deluxe for $5.22, and had a blast seeing nearly all of our neighbors on one night. This year the deal is even better. Why $4.99? That’s the price of a Deluxe at Coastline.

As we near the end of the lengthy challenge that is opening a new restaurant we are turning to our friends and neighbors to help us with the final push of our project budget. We have decided that Kickstarter is the proper teammate in achieving our fundraising goal.

Shepherd’s pitch, complete with a video explaining Coastline, is up on Kickstarter now. Meantime, we’re pursuing a few followup questions, including how soon they hope to open.

12:08 PM: Mid-November, if all goes well, Shepherd replies. We also asked about the windows on the sides that somewhat resemble a drive-through configuration. But no, not going to be a drive-through.

Followup: Woman injured in Junction bus incident expected to survive

Continuing our coverage (which started an hour and a half ago in the WSB morning traffic report) of the 7:24 am Junction incident in which a Metro Route 50 bus hit and injured a woman: She is seriously hurt, according to Seattle Fire, but expected to survive, according to Seattle Police. SPD spokesperson Det. Patrick Michaud tells WSB that witnesses report the bus pulled up to the stop on eastbound Alaska just west of California, allowed people on and off, and then as they were pulling away, the woman – who had been “asleep on the sidewalk” – stood up, “stumbled into traffic right in front of the bus,” and was hit.

SPD’s Traffic Collision Investigation Squad is expected to be on the scene until 10 am or so; we’ll be checking so that we can update when the bus stop is open again. As noted in our traffic coverage, until then, the outbound stop on Alaska east of 44th is recommended.

9:38 AM UPDATE: Alaska is now open again in both directions. (The traffic cam at that intersection is among those featured on the WSB Traffic page.)

9:49 AM UPDATE: Metro has just sent out its “routes back to normal” alert.

3:48 PM UPDATE: The driver is 62 years old and has been with Metro for more than 13 years, according to spokesperson Jeff Switzer, responding to an inquiry we sent this morning. He adds, “The operator was relieved of duty pending post-accident testing. Based on preliminary information about this unfortunate incident, we expect the driver will likely be back to work in coming days.”

West Seattle Monday: 8 9 local notes as the week begins

(Fall flowers! Dahlias from Deborah‘s garden)
The new week begins. Here’s what we’re spotlighting from the WSB inbox and West Seattle Event Calendar:

NO MAIL/BANKS … for Columbus Day. Open/closed list via The Seattle Times (WSB partner).

COMMUNITY ART SHOWCASE: 10 am-8 pm, regular hours for the Southwest Branch Library, you’re invited to stop by and see the ongoing Community Artists’ Showcasedetails here. (35th/Henderson)

ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP: 1:30 pm at Providence Mount St. Vincent – details in our calendar listing. (4831 35th SW)

NORTH DELRIDGE POLICING PLAN: That’s what Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Steve Wilske will be talking with the North Delridge Neighborhood Council during the October NDNC meeting tonight, 6:30 pm, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

(added) PIGEON POINT NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL: 7 pm at Pathfinder K-8 lunchroom. Agenda highlights here. (1901 SW Genesee)

(back to original list) DENNY INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE SCHOOL PTSA: Tonight’s 7 pm meeting will be at the South Park Community Center, focusing on Common Core state standards and standards-based grading. (8319 8th Ave. S.)

PACKAGING PARTY: Help the West Seattle Food Bank package bulk food made available via donations from PCC Natural Markets (WSB sponsor) shoppers. 7 pm, all welcome; details in our calendar listing. (35th/Morgan)

BUDDHIST MEDITATION CLASS: 7:30 pm drop-in class at Sound Yoga (WSB sponsor), no experience necessary – details here. (5639 California SW)

NIGHTLIFE! Trivia and karaoke – multiple venues – top tonight’s offerings; go directly to the calendar to see what’s happening where.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday updates, including Junction bus collision

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
The new week is here, and we’re watching the roads – the weather, too, since it might be a rainy commute heading back this way later today.

LOOKING AHEAD, 2 NOTES: Next weekend’s Highway 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct inspection closure has a few complications around the edges – here are the full details … Looking further ahead, just two more weeks left in the West Seattle Water Taxi‘s 7-day-a-week season; two weeks from today, on October 27th, the 5-day-a-week fall/winter schedule takes effect (preview it here).

7:36 AM: There’s a crash on the eastbound bridge at the ramp to northbound 99. Also, there is a medic response in The Junction at California/Alaska. Checking further on both.

7:47 AM: The incident in The Junction has closed Alaska both ways just west of California, according to SDOT. It’s delaying multiple routes, according to Metro. Also, per scanner, Traffic Collision Investigation Squad has been called, and that usually means the scene will be closed for some time.

7:54 AM: Clarification from the scanner: Eastbound Alaska is closed between California and 44th. Westbound is still open.

(Traffic camera showing Junction scene)
8:01 AM – JUNCTION INCIDENT UPDATE: There is a temporary stop set up on 44th if you need to catch an outbound bus. Meantime, we’re starting to get more information – a Metro bus is reported to have hit someone, who has been taken to the hospital.

8:15 AM – BRIDGE INCIDENT UPDATE: This has cleared, according to SDOT. No injuries reported.

(WSB photo)
8:17 AM – JUNCTION UPDATE: Metro says the buses that usually stop at the eastbound Alaska stops between 44th and California are using the stop on 44th north of Alaska instead.

8:36 AM: Still no details about exactly what happened in the Junction incident – police are still sorting out and can only confirm that a bus did hit someone. We’ll have a separate followup later when more info is available, likely within the hour. Meantime, Metro supervisor at the scene told us they would be advising people to use the outbound bus stop on Alaska east of 42nd.

8:43 AM: Seattle Fire says the person hit is a woman around 30 years old and describes her injuries as serious.

9:22 AM: We’ve just published our followup with more info, and will also update that when Alaska reopens.