West Seattle, Washington
In four weeks, one of these young women will be crowned as this year’s West Seattle Hi-Yu Senior Court queen. Tonight, Holy Names Academy senior Kelly Crum (left) and Chief Sealth International High School senior Aislyn Crane (right) read their essays to a panel of judges during the monthly Hi-Yu meeting. The topic: “What are my dreams for my future?” The series of judged events will culminate in the coronation during this year’s Hi-Yu Tea and Silent Auction, 2 pm Sunday, May 31st, at The Hall at Fauntleroy – details (including ticket info) here.
So far, the forecast looks great for the 11th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day, now just five days away – 9 am-3 pm this Saturday, May 9th. The online map of the 340+ registered sales went live on Saturday (the screen-grab at right is what it would look like if you zoomed way out) – if you haven’t already seen it, go here, or click the “Garage Sale Day Map” tab above the sidebar on any WSB page. The printable map/sale list (PDF version) is almost ready – we’re still triple-checking those 340+ listings! If you are a seller, your number is the same, of course, on both versions of the map, so let all your friends, co-workers, relatives, etc., know they can find you at #xx. If you haven’t printed a poster already, here’s one (PDF, 8 1/2 x 11) – put it on the board at work, school, wherever, and add a note with your sale number! (Even if you’re NOT a seller, consider sharing a poster – we’ve put up dozens around West Seattle already but we also promote the sale off-peninsula so if you work downtown, Eastside, wherever, you’ve got the opportunity to put up a poster someplace we won’t be able to!)
Some 2015 WSCGSD trivia, from the listings:
*74 listings feature “kid” stuff
*29 listings are for “moving sales”
*13 sales promise treasure(s)
*11 sales will have coffee (including the two multi-seller sites, which ARE coffee shops!)
*8 sales plan to serve lemonade
*6 sales are for “downsizing”
*5 sales list knick-knacks
*2 sales mention ephemera
*2 sales offer tchotchkes
Even if you’re not really looking for anything in particular, what we hear each and every year is that this is a prime chance to get out and mingle with your neighbors – somebody nearby is probably having a sale. Maybe more than one “somebody.”
Tomorrow – more highlights, including, by request, a list of the fundraiser sales!
One week from the start of the official filing week for the District 1 (West Seattle and South Park) City Council race, another candidate has appeared on the city’s list of who’s running – Jody Rushmer. No contact info listed yet, and we haven’t found a website or Facebook page, but for everyone who’s keeping track, Rushmer becomes current candidate #9. Next candidates’ forum is two weeks from tonight, as noted here over the weekend.
That’s the flyer for a benefit tomorrow to help the three families whose homes burned last Thursday – Peel and Press, The Bridge, and Beveridge Place Pub have announced that they will donate part of Tuesday’s proceeds to help them with short-term expenses. The fire Thursday afternoon (WSB coverage here) tore through three houses on 46th SW in the Pelly Place area, which is between Morgan Junction and Lincoln Park. No human injuries, but at least one pet was lost. Seattle Fire investigators determined Friday that it was sparked by an improperly installed heater, estimating $2.7 million damage to all three homes and their contents. Crowdfunding accounts also have been set up for the families – here, and here, and here.
11:46 AM: Just in from the city Department of Planning and Development, that’s the document we’ve been waiting to see, ever since hearing that Mayor Murray told a breakfast meeting this morning that the city would tell the Port of Seattle that new permits would be needed for Shell’s Arctic-drilling vessels to dock at West Seattle’s Terminal 5. We’re reading the document now but note one item of interest early on:
(Monday afternoon image courtesy Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce webcam)
The city says the port indicates only the drilling platform Polar Pioneer would be mooring here, with “two tugboats,” not the drillship Noble Discoverer as well, as had been previously believed.
The interpretation released today is the result of the city investigation announced almost two months ago. (Updated) The mayor has now released this statement:
To prevent the full force of climate change, it’s time to turn the page on things like coal trains, oil trains and oil drilling rigs. It’s time to focus on the economy of the future: electric cars and transit, green homes and environmentally progressive businesses. I expect the port to obtain all required city permits before any moorage or work begins at T5 on off-shore oil drilling equipment. While requiring a new permit may not stop the port’s plans, it does give the port an opportunity to pause and rethink this issue. I urge the port to consider, is this really the right use of Terminal 5, even for the short term? Does this use reflect the businesses of the future we want in Seattle? This is an opportunity for the port and all of us to make a bold statement about how oil companies contribute to climate change, oil spills and other environmental disasters – and reject this short-term lease.
The port has not yet commented; when we contacted spokesperson Peter McGraw earlier this morning, he replied, “We have not received the interpretation yet. When we do, we will review it and provide a response.”
Meantime, EarthJustice, leading a lawsuit that challenged the Port granting a lease to Foss Maritime for hosting Shell vessels, sent this statement:
Today, Mayor Ed Murray announced that the Seattle Department of Planning and Development’s investigation showed the Port of Seattle cannot use Terminal 5 as a homeport for Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet under its current permit. The Port is in violation of its twenty-year-old shoreline permit issued by the City.
On March 2 in King County Superior Court, Earthjustice filed a lawsuit on behalf of Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, The Sierra Club, Washington Environmental Council, and Seattle Audubon Society. That legal challenge details the Port’s circumvention of public process and violation of the State Environmental Policy Act. The City’s decision today is consistent with our argument that Shell’s use of Terminal 5 is a change from the Terminal’s historical use as a cargo terminal and requires environmental review and the issuance of new permits.
“We applaud the Mayor’s office and the City of Seattle for prioritizing this investigation and reaching a conclusion consistent with the law and the public’s interest in full participation,” said Earthjustice Managing Attorney Patti Goldman. “We urge the Port of Seattle’s commissioners to take the Mayor’s invitation to use this opportunity to reevaluate the Port’s priorities and to reject Shell’s use of Seattle’s waters as a homeport for its harmful Arctic drilling operations.”
As we’ve been reporting, Shell’s already had one vessel at Terminal 5, the icecutter Aiviq, which is there right now, (updated) as is another support ship, the Harvey Supporter. The Polar Pioneer has been in Port Angeles for two weeks (with this PA Chamber of Commerce webcam focused on it), being prepared for a tow here. We’ll be adding more as we read the DPD document and as other reaction comes in.
ADDED 1:13 PM: Foss says it’s carrying on, considering this “a dispute between the city and the port”:
Foss Maritime has a lease with the Port of Seattle to operate a portion of Terminal 5. During the negotiation of that lease, Foss had extensive discussions of its planned activities there, including the moorage of the Polar Pioneer and other vessels.
Port management agreed that those activities were allowed under Terminal 5’s existing permit, which was issued by the city in the 1990s, so Foss entered into the lease in good faith.
On Monday morning, Mayor Ed Murray suggested that the activity is not consistent with the permit. This is a dispute between the city and the port. Foss intends to continue work at Terminal 5 under our lease with the Port regardless of the mayor’s comments.
The Mayor’s action also raises grave concerns about his stated commitment to Seattle’s thriving maritime community. By giving a small but vocal group the ability to jeopardize the commercial relationships between our local maritime businesses and the Port of Seattle, the Mayor is casting serious doubt on the future of the city’s working waterfront.
ADDED 4:58 PM: The mayor has published something of a rebuttal to that last paragraph.
(SEE JUNE STORY FOR UPDATE – CAR SHOW **IS** ON FOR 2015)
(WSB photo from 2014 West Seattle Car Show)
No West Seattle Car Show this year, according to Swedish Automotive and West Seattle Autoworks (both WSB sponsors), who joined forces last year to make sure the show would go on despite the death of its founder. They have just sent this statement and asked us to share it with you:
Due to all the changes in The Junction, including scheduling and space restrictions, The Junction is no longer an option for a car show, and there is no other reasonable alternative at this time. We regret to inform the community that we are unable to put on a car show in 2015. We appreciate the community support we had last year in our first presentation of the show in honor of Michael Hoffman and all of the volunteers, sponsors, participants, and spectators that made it a great success – and the biggest in the show’s history.
The show had been an annual late-summer Junction tradition since its start in 2008, founded and organized by local entrepreneur Michael Hoffman until his sudden death at age 47 in March of last year.
Thanks to Elaina Alonzo for that photo of bubble-blowing on Alki during Sunday’s sunset (first published on the WSB Facebook page). Looks like it’ll be another beautiful night at the beach (and elsewhere) – but in the meantime, here are highlights for today/tonight:
HIGHLAND PARK PTA: As previewed here last night, Highland Park Elementary‘s PTA is having its final meeting of the school year, starting with a 5:30 pm potluck before the 6 pm meeting. (1012 SW Trenton)
SCHOOL BOARD DIRECTOR’S COMMUNITY MEETING: West Seattle/South Park’s rep on the Seattle Public Schools board, Marty McLaren, hosts one of her periodic community-conversation meetings, 6-7:45 pm at (UPDATED LOCATION) Southwest Branch Library. (35th SW/SW Henderson)
WEST SEATTLE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB: Every Monday night at 6:30 pm, weekly on-air “meeting”:
The West Seattle Amateur Radio Club (WSARC) weekly net @ W7AW Repeater, 441.800, input +5, tone 141.3. Echolink and IRLP are also available -see westseattlearc.org for more info. The repeater is located at High Point.
HI-YU MEETING: During tonight’s 7 pm West Seattle Hi-Yu meeting at Admiral Congregational Church, the candidates for Senior Court Queen will present judged essay readings, as part of the process leading up to the coronation later this month. More meeting details here. (California/Hill)
YOU’LL FIND MORE TO DO … if you check out the full list of events for today/tonight (and beyond).
(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
7:34 AM: So far, so good for this morning’s commute. One reminder for today:
DOWNTOWN BUS STOP CHANGES: Two bus stops on 3rd will be closed for more than two months starting today, and one is now closed permanently – read about them here.
8:09 AM: From the scanner, police are being dispatched to check out a report of a stalled vehicle on the eastbound bridge. Not sure yet exactly where – the main camera for the eastbound bridge isn’t working.
8:24 AM: Center lane @ the crest, says commenter WSBorn&Bred.
8:29 AM: And now SFD is being dispatched to a reported 2-car crash at Delridge/Brandon with one possible injury.
8:40 AM: Commenter “Fun” says no sign of stall now.
8:47 PM: SFD has closed out of the Delridge/Brandon incident, per the 911 log; no further details.