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West Seattle coyotes: 2 more Upper Morgan/Gatewood sightings

Don’t know if it’s the same coyote, but two people reported sightings in the same general area of Gatewood/Upper Morgan (map) this afternoon. The photo is from John, who e-mailed to say: “Just took this pic this afternoon on Willow, between 39th and 38th. I was walking my dog and this coyote ran out in front of us, crossing the street into the backyard in the alley.” We also got a phone call from someone who reported seeing a coyote on SW Frontenac between 39th and 40th, headed east, around 4 pm. Our most recent round of sighting reports was Gatewood-centric, too. Remember that as advised by wildlife experts, best thing to do if you see one is to try your hardest to scare it away.

Update: Fire response in 1500 block Alki

January 29, 2015 6:15 pm
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(WSB photo)
6:15 PM: Seattle Fire is arriving at a 6-story apartment building in the 1500 block of Alki to check out a possible fire. More to come.

6:21 PM: Not a full-blown fire; some SFD units have already been dismissed.

6:30 PM: SFD tells us at the scene, just a fireplace fire gone a bit out of control with smoke and embers. Everyone’s OK and this is wrapping up.

Update: Driver hurt after car-flip crash in Morgan Junction

(Photo courtesy Edgar Riebe)
4:03 PM: On SW Morgan between 41st and 42nd, just east of West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), police and fire are dealing with the flipped car you see above. Thanks to everybody who’s texted, called, sent photos. Metro says Route 128 is re-routed as a result – use the stop on Morgan east of 38th. More to come.

(WSB photo by Patrick Sand)
4:09 PM: Added another photo. Our crew at the scene tells us the driver of the flipped car (added: 73, per SFD) was taken to the hospital; she hit a parked car that’s also seriously damaged.

Tow crews are at the scene now.

4:46 PM: The road is open again – Metro just texted that Route 128 is back to normal routing.

Fire stations on the move: Updates on interim sites for 29, 32

Updates on two West Seattle fire stations that will soon be on the move, temporarily:

INTERIM ADMIRAL FIRE STATION 29: Fencing went up today at the SDOT-owned triangle that will house Station 29 while its permanent home a block away is undergoing renovations and upgrades. This is the site where neighbors didn’t find out until the last minute that the planned site had changed. After more than a week of concerns, they had a meeting two Saturdays ago, organized by Councilmember Tom Rasmussen:

(January 17th photo courtesy Ted Johnson)
Neighbors’ safety concerns weren’t fully resolved – they’re still worried about blindspots on 44th, especially at SW Hill and Ferry, even with the city saying that parking won’t be allowed on the east side of 44th. That’s another impact that concerns them, as they’ve been told 12 street parking spots will be removed around the site, in all. Regarding the trees, they were given permission for a neighbor to rescue one of the existing trees, a gingko, and they have been promised tree restoration once the interim fire station is gone. Neighbors did not get a commitment for street improvements post-fire station but vow to keep pressing the point and hope to work with the Admiral Neighborhood Association on that. As for what’s next at the site, just as we were finishing this story, we heard back from Julie Moore at the city:

We had been waiting for a signed work order from the contractor, the street use permit from SDOT and for SPU to move its water testing equipment. All of that fell into place over last week and the beginning of this week. As such, some activity has begun, including installation of no-parking signs, the Honey Bucket, and temporary fencing. Over the coming weeks, additional work will occur, including grading of the site, preparation for utilities and ultimately delivery of the temporary trailer and assembly of the tent that will house the fire engine. Because preparation for and installation of the temporary facility involves various components that require the work of different trades and inspections, some of the work will be spaced out, so there may be days without visible activity.

Meantime, in The Junction:

INTERIM JUNCTION FIRE STATION 32: Temporary buildings are now in place on the 40th SW site between Alaska and Edmunds that will house Station 32 for more than a year; this site just north of the 4745 40th SW mixed-use development will eventually become a city park. The latest status report says construction is scheduled to start any day now at the 37th/Alaska home of Station 32, which will be torn down and replaced by a brand-new station on the same site.

4:43 PM UPDATE: For this one, Julie Moore from the city says, site work will actually start closer to late February, but crews will start to move out sooner: “The tentative move schedule shows the medics from FS 32 temporarily moving to FS 37 on Feb. 9, the other crews from FS 32 moving to temporary FS 32 at 4731 40th Ave. SW on Feb. 10, and the Battalion Chief from FS 29 moving to the temporary FS 32 on Feb. 17.”

West Seattle Crime Watch: Another student robbed; see the letter sent to families

(Delridge/Holden stairway where robbery is reported to have happened)
We had asked Seattle Police to confirm a report of another student robbery today. Now, we have details. Parents from Denny International Middle School are getting robocalls, and this has just appeared on SPD Blotter:

An armed robber pulled a gun on a teen and stole her backpack as she walked to school in West Seattle this morning.

The 13-year-old victim was walking down a staircase near 20th Avenue SW and SW Holden Street when a man approached her on the staircase, pulled out a gun, and told her to “give me everything you’ve got.”

The suspect patted the teen down looking for a cellphone and money. When he found neither, he snatched her backpack and fled. The teen walked the rest of the way to school and reported the incident. She described the suspect as a black male in his late 20s, muscular, wearing a purple bandana over his face, a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants. Officers searched near the scene of the robbery, but were unable to find the suspect or the victim’s bag.

Police are working with Seattle Public Schools officials to ensure the safety of students on their way to and from school. If you have any information about this case, please call 911.

This comes two weeks after the first in a recent string of West Seattle robberies, though police have said they haven’t found a connection between any of the cases except for the two in Admiral. The first one was January 15th near Myrtle Reservoir, in which a 14-year-old was robbed of his backpack while heading to a bus stop near 35th/Myrtle.

1:48 PM: Denny IMS principal Jeff Clark has sent us the letter that has gone out to Denny and Sealth families. Note that the location is described a bit differently, and this one is the same that we heard in a bit of police-radio discussion:

Dear Denny and Sealth Scholars and Families,

We want to share with you information right away regarding a crime that occurred in our community this morning.

At approximately 7:15am this morning an eighth-grade Denny scholar was walking down the staircase at Delridge Way SW and SW Holden St. When she arrived at the stair landing, an African American male who appeared to be in his late 20’s came into view. He pointed a gun at her, patted her down, robbed her, and then let her go. When the scholar arrived at school, she did the right thing by reporting this to school staff right away. Denny staff immediately notified the Seattle Police Department, who are actively investigating.

The safety of our scholars is our top priority. After school today and before and after school on Monday, the Police, Seattle Public Schools Safety and Security, and school staff will be in that area.

You can help your children stay safe by talking to them about personal safety. Tips to discuss are:
• walking in pairs or groups and being aware of their surroundings at all times
• report anything suspicious to a trusted adult (school staff and family member)

More tips and information can be found on the Seattle Police Department website:

The letter is signed by Denny principal Clark and Sealth principal Aida Fraser-Hammer. We have more safety information in our report on this week’s West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network meeting, at which police talked about the robberies as well as how to best try to protect yourself.

P.S. Reminder that Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole is coming to West Seattle next Tuesday for her first “community conversation” here, 6:30 pm February 3rd at the SW Precinct (Webster/Delridge, just a block from where today’s robbery happened).

FRIDAY MORNING NOTE: We checked with precinct leadership and they don’t know yet if this one was connected to any of the others. Capt. Steve Wilske did say in a note to neighborhood-council leaders, “We will be focusing a significant number of on duty and off duty resources toward this issue starting Monday morning, and for the foreseeable future until we either make some arrests or see the incidents stop.”

Former ArtsWest artistic director Christopher Zinovitch dies at 43

(April 2013 WSB photo by Nick Adams)
A Facebook post by ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery (WSB sponsor) confirms what we had just heard from a reader via e-mail: Former ArtsWest artistic director Christopher Zinovitch has died at just 43 years old. According to ArtsWest, “a short battle with cancer” took Mr. Zinovitch’s life. He left AW in summer 2013, after a year and a half as artistic director, following a decade in other roles with the organization, which remembers him today by saying that “during that time, we were blessed with an incredible body of work that he brought to our stage, his unrelenting passion for hard work and theater, and for the many lives he touched as he nurtured new artists.” Mr. Zinovitch had most recently been working as artistic director of Dakota Stage Ltd. in Bismarck, North Dakota. No memorial information yet but we’ll add it if/when we get it.

West Seattle High School girls’ basketball wins again

The West Seattle High School girls-varsity basketball continues to be one of the top teams in the state, 14-2 after winning again last night, though head varsity coach Sonya Elliott reports it was close:

We beat Bishop Blanchet 51-48. It was a battle. We were up by 3 going into the half and then came out of the locker room blazing, ending third quarter up by 11. Blanchet fought back in the fourth and we pulled off the 51-48 victory. Scoring: Lydia Giomi 13, Lexi Ioane 10, Emily Fiso 10, Charli Elliott 9, Gabby Sarver 9. We play Garfield at West Seattle High School this Friday, January 30th, in a Quad game with the boys:

High School Basketball – West Seattle vs Garfield @ WSHS tomorrow:
3:30 – JV Girls
5:00 – JV Boys
6:30 – Varsity Girls
8:00 – Varsity Boys

The WSHS gym is right off the south end of the school’s parking lot at 3000 California SW.

West Seattle Thursday: School open houses; Whale Trail volunteering; poker @ Feedback….

Thanks to Gary Jones for the series of bald-eagle photos (mature and juvenile) from Alki (taken in this past Monday’s sunshine) – we’re mingling them with highlights for today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

HOLY FAMILY SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: 1:30-3 pm, Holy Family Bilingual Catholic School‘s having an open house for prospective parents. (20th/Roxbury)

KINDERGARTEN TOURS AT LAFAYETTE: If you don’t have a reservation, call fast! 1:45 pm today. RSVP info’s in our listing. (California/Lander)

VOLUNTEER NIGHT FOR THE WHALE TRAIL: 6:30 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), come see what you can do to help, in the weeks and months ahead – details here. (5612 California SW)

SEATTLE LUTHERAN HS OPEN HOUSE: 7 pm tonight, visit Seattle Lutheran High School (WSB sponsor) and find out what J-Term is all about, among other things. Here’s our preview. (41st/Genesee)

CARD NIGHT: 7 pm (signups earlier), 2nd week for Seattle Poker Open (must be a member or buy a pass) at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) in Morgan Junction – details in our listing. (6451 California SW)

ALL OF THE ABOVE IS JUST THE BEGINNING … options and opportunities for tonight, tomorrow, and beyond, are browsable right now on our calendar.

@ West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network: Taking care of 35th/Morgan; personal-safety advice you can use anywhere…

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Lessons on staying safe and updates on crime/safety concerns were offered at the first West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network meeting of the year on Tuesday night.

More than two dozen people were at the meeting, not counting WSBWCN leaders Deb Greer and Karen Berge and four Seattle Police reps including precinct commander Capt. Steve Wilske, Crime Prevention Coordinator Mark Solomon, and Community Police Team Officers Jon Flores and Erin Nicholson.

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Seattle Lutheran High School: Open House tonight @ new sponsor

We’re welcoming Seattle Lutheran High School as a new WSB sponsor, and sharing their invitation for families to visit the school during its Open House tonight at 7 pm. SLHS executive director Dave Meyer says they’ll be highlighting a unique feature of Seattle Lutheran’s curriculum:

The J-Term Experience at Seattle Lutheran High School has transformed the learning experience. The environment is focused on students and their ability to build confidence, instill hope, develop integrity and find their passion. The January-term or J-term experience is one that allows all of these to come alive in the student leaders who attend Seattle Lutheran High School. The course selection and guest speakers bring education alive. We are a school of leaders, each young adult in our building is viewed as a leader. I am proud to guide them as we lead this transformation in the learning experience.

You’re invited to tonight’s Open House to learn more about J-Term, to see the students work, and to “hear more about the innovative approach to education offered right here in West Seattle at Seattle Lutheran High School.” The school is at 4100 SW Genesee just north of The Junction, and online at

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday on the roads/trails

January 29, 2015 7:04 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
7:04 AM: Good morning! So far, so good. Reminder that this is the last day of the week for Seattle Public Schools, which are closed for the “day between semesters” tomorrow (Friday).

8:01 AM: Still quiet. The calm before the Super Bowl. Speaking of which, we’ll be updating the WSB list of West Seattle Super Bowl-related notes later today – anything to add? – thank you!

12:58 PM: Just a reminder that we often have traffic-related notes on Twitter that don’t appear here on the site – sometimes they’re short-lived, or we didn’t get back in front of the laptop in time, or they’re more observations than anything else. Today, we mentioned 35th/Juneau utility work we happened onto, around 9 am, and then something else we didn’t expect – an SPD motorcycle officer doing traffic-enforcement work near WSB HQ. Between 9:40 am and 11:20 am, we saw the officer take off nine times to cite drivers who ran a stop sign at the California/Thistle 4-way stop – specifically, they all had driven through the westbound Thistle to northbound California turn without stopping. Over the years, many drivers who fail to stop there, and don’t even seem to bother looking all ways before proceeding, have almost broadsided us, and I’m sure some of our neighbors. If the prospect of injuring/killing someone doesn’t make you think twice about ignoring a stop sign or stop light – ANY place you find one – maybe the triple-digit fine will?

8 nights away from your First Look at District 1 council candidates

January 28, 2015 10:03 pm
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We’ll forgive you for having trouble concentrating on anything but The Big Game.

We’re looking ahead a few days past it – to the District 1: First Look city council candidates’ forum that we at WSB are presenting eight nights from now, February 5th, 7 pm (doors and mingling at 6:30) at Highland Park Improvement Club.

Five days after Councilmember Tom Rasmussen surprised politics-watchers by deciding not to run after all, the race remains with a field of three, listed here in order of their announcements:

*Chas Redmond, who was first to announce, in December of 2013
*Amanda Kay Helmick, who announced her candidacy last October
*George Capestany, who announced his run in November

They’re confirmed, and we’re looking forward to it. Yes, the field may well change between now and the filing deadline on May 15th. Doesn’t matter – it’s well past time NOW to find out what those who are running have to say in response to your questions and ours. This is the first time West Seattle and South Park get to elect a councilmember by district and you might as well make the most of it. You’ll have time to ask questions during the forum and you are also welcome to get suggestions in now ( Meantime, there’s lots of room at HPIC (12th/Holden) – full transportation info to come. We’ll have beverages and treats. See you there on February 5th.

Here’s what’s coming up at the north end of Delridge and beyond

6:43 PM: From the “in case you were wondering, too” file: A reader e-mailed today with the observation, “I noticed a construction sign and cement barriers up this morning on Delridge, north of Andover Street,” so we went over for a photo, then asked SDOT, and got this reply from Maribel Cruz:

The barriers you reference were installed to facilitate installation of four new Seattle City Light poles prior to the start of construction of pedestrian safety improvements along Delridge Way SW between SW Andover Street and the West Seattle Bridge Trail.

The pedestrian safety improvements project is scheduled to begin the third week of February and to last for approximately six weeks. It will improve the connection for pedestrians and bicyclists from the West Seattle Bridge multi-use trail to the signalized intersection at Delridge Way SW and SW Andover St., and beyond to the Delridge and West Seattle neighborhoods. Most importantly, this project will improve safety for all roadway users.

Project elements include:

* Widened sidewalk along the east side of Delridge Way SW
* Curb ramps at Delridge Way SW and SW Andover St
* Redesign of 23rd Ave SW where it meets Delridge Way SW to reduce the pedestrian crossing distance and provide uninterrupted sidewalk

Cruz promises another update soon.

ADDED 9:06 PM: This SDOT webpage has a little more information, including a simple map.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Burglary suspects charged; car prowls, and what was left behind

Two West Seattle Crime Watch reports this afternoon:

BURGLARY SUSPECTS CHARGED: The two 20-year-olds arrested after a burglary west of The Junction last Friday are now officially charged, accused of ransacking the house while a resident hid in a closet; they were found hiding in a shed outside a house less than a block away. As we reported here on Monday, James Michael French (left) and Donchevell Delraye Williams (right) both have records, including assault convictions, and both got out of prison (in separate cases) the same day, less than 3 weeks before this break-in, according to what we found out via an inquiry with the state Department of Corrections.

Each is charged with one count of residential burglary. Charging documents say they were found with a bag of property stolen from the burglarized house, and that Williams had a folding knife clipped in his pants. He listed a Federal Way address; French had a West Seattle address listed in probable-cause documents but the charging papers say he told court personnel he had been “living in a drug house in Kent.” Both remain in jail; prosecutors asked that their bail remain at the amount set at their first hearing last weekend, $100,000 for French, $60,000 for Williams. They are due in court on February 11th.

CAR PROWLS: Car prowlers hit at least three vehicles along the Upper Fauntleroy/Gatewood line overnight, one of them ours. First, Mark has more to tell about what happened to his family’s vehicle – and what he found nearby:

My wife’s Honda CRV was broken into sometime last night. Nothing of value was in the car and nothing seems to be taken, although the contents were strewn all over. There was no sign of forced entry, so either the car was unlocked (not likely), or a jimmy tool was used. My wife is in the process of filling out an online police report.

In addition, we found a Suzuki factory-type car rack with 2 bike mounts on it lying on the parking strip across the street. This was dumped there last night as well, and I’m guessing by the same people involved in the car prowl. I imagine the rack was from a stolen car, or was stolen separately and ditched there. I’ve attached a photo of the rack. If someone claims it via a comment in the blog, I will make arrangements for them to pick it up.

This occurred near the California Ave SW and SW Thistle intersection.

We also reported our prowl online (here’s where to do that). No damage; only evidence was open glove box and center console, plus an ice scraper moved from door slot to floor, one small electronics cord taken, will cost about $3 to replace. We don’t have details of the third incident, only that a vehicle was prowled in the same general neighborhood. Car-prowl prevention was a topic, by the way, of last night’s West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network meeting; we’ll have that full report sometime tonight.

Will allowing Shell’s Arctic-drilling fleet at Terminal 5 land the port in court? Coalition asks commissioners to reconsider

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

At the Port of Seattle‘s Jack Block Park, overlooking six-months-empty Terminal 5, a coalition of environmental advocates called today for the Port Commission to change its mind about allowing Shell’s Arctic-drilling fleet at T-5 as an interim use.

If commissioners don’t reconsider, they said, they might have to take the Port to court.

The notion of supporting an Arctic-drilling operation is incompatible with what the port and the region stand for, says the coalition, also suggesting, it could bring “…environmental harm (to) Puget Sound.” And reps at the media briefing repeatedly decried the fact the prospective deal had been secret until its appearance on the agenda for the commission’s January 13th meeting (published online five days in advance).

The coalition included nine national/state organizations plus City Councilmember Mike O’Brien and former Mayor Mike McGinn, both of whom were at the media event (O’Brien, left in top photo, was a speaker, McGinn, below, was not).

They are all signatories on a letter they said would go to the Port Commission today, leading off with concern that the port is fast-tracking this by using a State Environmental Policy Act exception that might ultimately not apply. Read the letter embedded below (or as a PDF, here):

As reported here right after the January 13th commission meeting, Port Commissioners Stephanie Bowman, Bill Bryant, and John Creighton voiced support for allowing staff to continue working with Foss Maritime, which would be providing the services to Shell, while Commissioners Tom Albro and Courtney Gregoire thought there should be more time for public comment. It was not a formal vote because, as also noted at that meeting, the part-time commission doesn’t usually vote on leases, delegating decisions to port staff.

Those speaking at today’s event took issue not only with the substance of the proposed deal, and with the pre-meeting secrecy, but with the notion of Arctic drilling in any form, supported anywhere. KC Golden from Climate Solutions said that it represents “a one-way ticket to centuries of hell and high water … we must not buy that ticket.”

“We flatly have to say no,” declared Councilmember O’Brien, who chairs the council committee that includes sustainability as its focuses. He said he’s hopeful that constituents will inspire Commissioners Bowman, Bryant, and Creighton to change their minds.

Raising the spectre of environmental damage to Puget Sound, Earthjustice’s Patti Goldman (top photo, second from left) made note of past problems with Shell’s fleet, “the fleet that had everything go wrong!” alluding to the expectation that the problem-plagued Noble Discoverer would return here – it was at Vigor on Harbor Island back in 2012:

(2012 photo by Ilona Berzups)
A West Seattle voice heard at the media briefing was that of attorney Peter Goldman (at right in top photo), who also had spoken during the public-comment period at the January 13th Port Commission meeting. “I regret that this press conference was necessary (but) I’m confident that (the Port Commission) will do the right thing.”

The port’s official statement on this, released this afternoon by spokesperson Peter McGraw: “This opportunity has the potential to create hundreds of family-wage jobs and generate tens of millions of dollars in revenue for the region. We also respect the differences of opinion amongst community stakeholders and Commissioners, and will carefully review their letter and concerns.”

Hours earlier at the Jack Block Park event, Councilmember O’Brien, among others, had seemed to anticipated the first part of that reaction, saying that “jobs vs. environment” is a “false choice.”

As for the timeline on finalization for the deal, a spokesperson for Foss told WSB they’re not commenting on where negotiations stand. Earlier information suggested work would have to be done at T-5 soon to make it ready for vessels to arrive in spring. Though the contract for Shell at T-5 would be through Foss, it wasn’t mentioned much during today’s event; we asked about that, and Peter Goldman said that while Foss has a good reputation, including attention to sustainability, “we can’t give them a pass just because they’re a good company.”

See the new map as Seattle Police redraws beat boundaries

Seattle Police announced today that the department has redrawn patrol-sector boundaries, among other changes – here’s the official announcement. From it, above, that’s the new map of sectors/beats in the Southwest Precinct (West Seattle and South Park); compare it to the old one below:

From the SPD Blotter post that contains the announcement, as linked above:

SPD’s five precincts’ beats will also more closely reflect Seattle’s census tracts, to match officer allocation to the recent growth and shifts in Seattle’s many neighborhoods. Beat realignments are a common practice for law enforcement agencies throughout the country, allowing police departments to account for city growth and population density changes. The last time SPD redrew its boundaries was in 2008. Now, six years later, the department has again taken the opportunity to reevaluate and meet the needs of each of Seattle’s neighborhoods.

We don’t have detailed information on the boundary changes, but on first look, the ones we notice seem to involve the William sector in western WS. Meantime, aside from the maps, we don’t have specifics yet about exactly what that means to you, but we’re asking for more details and will add anything we find out.

P.S. If you didn’t read the full announcement, SPD also is taking Tweets by Beat and crime maps down until next week, to align the automated information with these changes. That means the incident list you see atop our Crime Watch page will be unavailable. It also means your tips are more important now than ever, since the tweets and maps are a key way we try to make sure we haven’t missed anything major – or 206-293-6302 any time – thank you.

West Seattle Wednesday: Highland Park Action Committee tackles traffic trouble spot; Pathfinder Playground benefit buffet; more…

(Monday photo by Long Bach Nguyen)
Busy day/night! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

SPANISH STORY TIME @ MY THREE LITTLE BIRDS: 11:15 am on Wednesdays, My Three Little Birds in Morgan Junction offers Spanish story time. (6959 California SW)

BABY IN THE HOUSE? OR ON THE WAY? Early Days drop-in support group meets noon-2 pm Wednesdays at Limber Yoga north of Morgan Junction – explained here. (6019 California SW)

DINE OUT FOR PATHFINDER PLAYGROUND: 5-8 pm at Pecado Bueno in The Junction, Mexican buffet benefit for the Pathfinder K-8 Playground Project. Plus, facepainting and a raffle for a recycled-glass playground tile (to feature your name or a short quote).

(Pathfinder Playground supporters Kelly Guenther, Holli Margell, and Susan Melrose, with, 2nd from right, Pecado Bueno proprietor James Schmidt)
Buy a wristband at the door, $15 adult/$10 kid/2-and-under free. (4523 California SW)

PELICAN BREWING MEET-AND-GREET: 5-8 pm, as part of the Barrel Junction week of activities at The Beer Junction. (4511 California SW)

URBAN VILLAGES, 20 YEARS LATER: Not happening in West Seattle, but of interest – as previewed here, former City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck presents a report reviewing how “urban villages” (of which West Seattle has 4) are working (or not), two decades since their creation. 5:30 pm open house, 6 pm presentation, in the Bertha Knight Landes Room on the 5th Avenue street level of City Hall downtown. (5th/Cherry)

PEGGY LEE TRIBUTE SHOW: Doors open 5:30 pm, catered dinner at 6 pm for this Senior Center of West Seattle event – check ASAP to see if reservations are still available! (Oregon/California)

HIGHLAND PARK ACTION COMMITTEE: 7 pm at Highland Park Improvement Club, tonight’s HPAC meeting includes a discussion of the Highland Park Way/Holden intersection woes, plus the search for new leadership. (12th/Holden)

POEMS AND STORIES: 7-9 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), you’re invited – details here. (5612 California SW)

4000 MILES, WEEK 2: It’s the second week of performances for this Pulitzer-nominated dramatic comedy at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor). Curtain time 7:30 pm; get tickets online. (4711 California SW)

YES, THERE’S MORE … browse our calendar for more today/tonight events, and beyond.

West Seattle Seahawk spirit: ‘World’s largest 12 flag’ rally Friday

(WSB file photo)
Last year, just before the Seahawks’ first Super Bowl win, the giant 12 flag made its debut at Delridge/Andover [map], in a rally hosted by Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor) and Bartell Drugs, whose corporate HQs are in the building. This year, they’ve just invited you to help them rally again, 11 am-1 pm this Friday (January 30th), raising the 1,500-square-foot flag at 12:12 pm (of course!). Along with cheering the flag and showing off your own 12thness, the announcement says rallygoers will find product sampling from both companies as well as cheer card/poster giveaways and more. See you there!

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday morning updates

January 28, 2015 6:50 am
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(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
6:50 AM: Good morning! The Wednesday commute watch is on.

8:19 AM: Still no incidents. So we’ll note transportation-news links from the past 24 hours or so … First, if you heard about the proposal in the Legislature to kill the Highway 99 project, KING reports the bill itself is basically DOA … Speaking of the tunnel, if you want to review the fine print about the state and its contractor disagreeing on who’s responsible for extra costs because of soil conditions, WSDOT includes the memo in this update … Here’s our recap of the West Seattle Transportation Coalition‘s first 2015 meeting, including discussion of the city’s responses to WSTC’s 5 most-pressing issues.

9:24 AM: Six minutes after tweeting first word of a problem on the low bridge, SDOT says it’s already fixed.

@ West Seattle Transportation Coalition: Reviewing the city’s responses to the Top 5; mitigation money; more…

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Four months ago today, the West Seattle Transportation Coalition informed the city of what it considers the five “most pressing transportation issues” for the peninsula, and set a deadline for responses on what could/would be done about them.

In some cases, the answers boiled down to “not much, without spending a ton of money,” as you might have seen in our report earlier this month, featuring the replies sent to the WSTC right at the wire.

Meeting for the first time in 2015, the WSTC said in essence, that’s not good enough. Its list of 5, meantime, is down to 4. Here’s how the discussion, and other hot transportation topics, unfolded:

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Student reports ‘flasher’ incident

7:52 PM: Thanks to the Chief Sealth International High School parents who have sent us this message received tonight by families – first we have heard of it:

Yesterday, while walking home from school, a student was approached by a man in a newer model, gray minivan. A man drove up to the student, pulled off to the side, opened his door and exposed himself to her. This student ran away and reported this incident when she got home and then reported to the school today. Police were notified, took a report and description, and are now investigating. We do not have a license plate, but the description was a white male in his mid 30s, brown hair, wearing a white t-shirt and worn-out jeans, and driving a newer model gray mini-van. Our student did everything right, immediately getting away from the stranger, meeting up with a nearby familiar individual and reporting the incident to her parent, to the school, and then to the police.

The safety of our students is our top priority for Chief Sealth International. You can help your children stay safe by talking to them about personal safety. Tips to discuss are walking in pairs or groups and being aware of their surroundings at all times, as well as not talking to strangers or getting into their vehicles. Having these conversations, especially with younger children, can be difficult. We encourage you to be sensitive to your child. More tips and information can be found on the Seattle Police Department website.

While it hasn’t been mentioned here so far, we received this while covering the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network meeting and are pursuing more information from police; we’ll add anything more we find out.

8:14 PM: One additional detail that was not in the school e-mail – the police report says the student wasn’t certain exactly where it happened, but it was “near” Delridge/Thistle, which is a few blocks east of the school. This is the first incident of this type that has surfaced in our area since last September.

Can the man who saved the Shoremont save the Alki Homestead?

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

“It’s fixable, in my opinion.”

So says Dennis Schilling of the historic West Seattle landmark he’s considering buying and repairing, the Alki Homestead (originally Fir Lodge), vacant since the fire that charred its interior six years ago this month.

This Friday, Schilling takes a new repair/restoration/renovation plan to the city Landmarks Preservation Board‘s Architectural Review Committee. The meeting agenda is the first public document pointing to his involvement with the Homestead; after finding the damaged landmark on the ARC agenda for the first time in 3 1/2 years, we looked up the Department of Planning and Development files for the site and found Schilling involved.

If you can’t place his name, Schilling is the Mercer Island man who saved the Shoremont Apartments, blocks east of the Homestead, as first reported here in 2011. That classic brick building was at one point proposed for demolition and replacement with an ultramodern-style building. He bought it instead, fixed it up, and says everything’s “been great” since then.

One day while visiting Alki to go to the Shoremont, Schilling told us in an interview outside the Homestead today, he noticed the big “for sale” sign that’s been up for months. (He explains that every time he goes somewhere, he tries to “not drive home the same way twice.”) The rest was history.

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Return of the pilfered pig! Endolyne Joe’s gets Danny back – one year later

Adrian and co-workers at Endolyne Joe’s (WSB sponsor) in Fauntleroy are thrilled to have Danny the Pig back – more than a year after the two-foot-tall decorative swine was stolen. Rich at Joe’s e-mailed us to say that someone had suddenly showed up with Danny, having found the pig and known it was stolen because of the story we published in January of last year. We stopped by for a photo and talked with Adrian, who said the man who brought Danny in said only that he was a construction worker and found the popular pig near where he’s been working. He didn’t want to say where that was, nor did he want to accept a reward (not even the case of bacon originally offered). So if you’ve missed Danny, go say hi! And note that he is now secured.