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High-school football: West Seattle High School wins Huling Bowl for first time in 4 years

(Added: WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
10:05 PM FRIDAY: For the first time since 2011 – the West Seattle High School Wildcats take the trophy at the annual Huling Bowl game vs. Chief Sealth International High School. The final score at Southwest Athletic Complex in Westwood: WSHS 29, CSIHS 6. This was also homecoming and Senior Night for the Wildcats.

ADDED 6:25 AM SATURDAY: Top staff from both schools, including principals Ruth Medsker of WSHS (below left) and Aida Fraser-Hammer of CSIHS (below right), were at the grill for the pre-game barbecue:

Great turnout in the stands:

The WSHS fans included a group with members of the West Seattle Class of 1996, getting ready for their 20th reunion next year (with a Facebook page set up already):

Now, as for the football:

The first quarter was a long one. The Wildcats got on the scoreboard with just under five minutes left, with #3 Nate Pryor scoring the TD less than a minute after an interception. A WSHS field goal with 2:30 left in the first quarter brought the score to 9-0.

The Seahawks made an impressive defensive stand with just under seven minutes left in the second quarter, when a pass brought the Wildcats to first and goal, but the TD was denied, with plays including a sack by Sealth’s Sam Tino. Finally, WSHS kicked a field goal, and it was 12-0 at 5:04 left in the half. The next few minutes saw multiple turnovers, and the score remained WSHS 12, Sealth 0 at halftime.

First TD of the second half, at 9:42 left in the third quarter, was WSHS #18 Carter Golgart to Pryor. 19-0 is where the third quarter ended, and the game was already more than two hours old.

Golgart himself scored the Wildcats’ last TD at 10:25 left in the game.

#33 Joe Merlino kicked the point after, taking it to 26-0. Then a field goal for WSHS, and the score was 29-0 until Sealth started threatening in the final two minutes or so.

The Seahawks’ #11 Daron Camacho had a big run, then a TD with :15 on the clock, and that was the final score – 29-6. The Tom Burggraff-coached Wildcats’ trophy celebration followed, with #85 Andrew Burggraff and #17 Gabe Gangon hoisting it as our video begins:

That was the last regular-season game for WSHS and CSIHS. What happens next, we’re told, depends on the outcome of tonight’s Garfield-Rainier Beach game – there’s a chance Sealth and WSHS could face off again at the postseason’s start.

P.S. Lots of pink last night for breast-cancer awareness – socks for players, pom-poms and bows for cheerleaders:

For new arrivals … here’s our 2012 report with the backstory on why the annual crosstown-rivalry game is called the Huling Bowl.

Design Review doubleheader, final report: 9021 17th SW project sent back because ‘it feels like a mini-fortress’

October 16, 2015 9:49 pm
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In the second part of Thursday night’s Southwest Design Review Board doubleheader, a 31-apartment, 31-offstreet-parking-space building proposed for 9021 17th SW was told to give Early Design Guidance a second try – though board members agreed the design had promise from the start, they were most concerned about how the building would relate to its setting.

Four SWDRB members were on hand – chair Todd Bronk and Matt Zinski, who are West Seattleites; Donald Caffrey from Beacon Hill; Alexandra Moravec from the Central District.

With them, Tami Garrett (at right in photo above), the DPD planner assigned to the project.


Bob Guyt with Bremerton-based Blue Architecture and Design said it’s a 4-story building over underground parking “optimiz(ing) the zoning for the site,” which is LR3, and noted that all three of their massing (height and shape) alternatives are “code-compliant” – no zoning exceptions. “The scale of the neighborhood per zoning is beginning to change and become more dense.” The single-family house that used to be on this site has been torn down, he said. The architects pointed out the transitions in the area – some single-family housing, some apartments, some commercial zoning. “This is kind of a middle ground.” They tried to respond to a couple of large trees on the south side of the site, regarding solar shading.

Option #1, the project team’s “preferred option,” has some pitched-roof elements, and a larger residential-amenity area “on the sunny side of the area.” 20 spaces would be under the building, 11 on the north side of the building, all accessed off the alley (and later noted, on the lower point of the site). A raingarden is planned on the site to divert rainwater.

Option #2 “would take advantage of the entire zoning envelope,” including 4 feet of additional height and a flat roof. No overhangs at the top, so the building would be closer to the south property line, with less shading of the properties on the north side.

Option #3 “brought back the shed roof elements,” with a raingarden space, but the parking “flipped over to the south side,” with the building pulling back a bit from those two big trees on a neighboring property.

BOARD QUESTIONS: Bronk said he wasn’t really seeing much difference in the massing – at the Early Design Guidance stage, there are supposed to be distinct options. He also wondered why they hadn’t gone for entirely underground parking. It had to do with circulation, the architects said, while promising the surface-parked cars would be in carport-type enclosures to “minimize the impact.” The cars wouldn’t be parked directly at units’ window level, they said.

Zinski asked for elaboration on the amenity area. Guyt said it would be a place for residents to “barbecue, hang out,” and noted that they are required to have a certain amount of square footage devoted to that. Moravec asked about the private patios and whether they’d be basically equal to the shared spaces. The architects are still working that out.


Three people spoke. The first did not identify himself. He said the building looks a lot like many other buildings in West Seattle. “What distinguishes this building from a lot of the other buildings” in the area? “Is this a building they can be proud of, want to go and spend their life there?” He also wondered if the roof for the outdoor parking could be a green roof. And he wondered about the need for outdoor barbecuing space. Finally, he said rectangles and squares seem to be the “operative word in architecture,” but maybe there’s some other way to go about it. “I don’t see this as being that welcoming to passers-by.” He wondered “what’s the personality of this building? If I seem rather critical … that’s the general environment we’re facing in the community now … I would like to see more character, quite frankly. This building’s going to be here for quite a while, and people are going to be living with it in their neighborhood.”

The second was Deb Barker, former Design Review Board member, who pointed out that the architects had erred in declaring that this was White Center. She pointed out it was the Westwood-Highland Park Urban Village. She voiced concern that too much would be crammed into the site – that drew applause from the dozen or so attendees 0 and also noted that the three options didn’t have much differentiation in massing. She also felt the applicant had jumped to far ahead by setting up the unit counts before seeing what the site could accommodate. She also pointed out that the “underground” parking is NOT underground, that the site’s not being dug into, that it’s really “at grade,” and if it was being dug into, the building’s units would’t be separated from the street. “To set your whole facade in a seating wall, you’re really separating your pedestrians from the residents.” She also said she’s a fan of roof overhangs as seen in Option 1. She urged the project to come back with other massing options, maybe a U shape with internal courtyard.

The third person to speak didn’t identify himself. He said he likes the U shaped idea and he expects at least half the units to have kids so there should be a courtyard for them to play in. He said he was nervous about fencing because graffiti vandalism is a problem in the areae and landlords usually aren’t very responsive about painting it over. He also said he “really really really appreciate you guys putting parking spaces in.”


Starting with concerns: Moravec said she didn’t think it was a bad design but would have liked to see more options. She also voiced concern about at least three units in the shade and looking at parked cars. Caffrey’s concerns included the interaction with the site – retaining walls, fences, etc. Bronk said he doesn’t see the project doing anything to be of value to the neighborhood. He doesn’t “feel great about approving a project that gets a bonus for having only half of its parking underground.” Taking a single family lot and putting 15 cars on there just feels “not in concert with being a good neighbor.” He also is “not in love withthe big ramp that’s going to be necessary at the entrance.” He also voiced concern about the “self-constrained program of 31 units.”

Issues of concern for the board include topography. They gave props to the project team for trying to save plants/habitat, and expressed appreciation for the raingarden that’s proposed; some “significant” but not “exceptional” trees are proposed for removal, and that requires replacement, Garrett noted. One of the architects pointed out that this building is not required to have parking but “street parking there is a mess” and so they have opted to provide some.

Adding 31 people to the block without a real “meet your neighbor” aspect to it is a problem, said Bronk, looking at the public life/open space guidelines for the area. They asked to see a “window study” to see how nearby residents will be affected. They asked the team to consider where people would park bikes and how bikes would be brought into the building, as that wasn’t shown in the presentation. Zinski said he didn’t think the building had to be a “jumble” of facade treatments. Bronk voiced concern about the size of the outdoor amenity space, and whether it would be accessible to more than the people next to it.

Ultimately they wanted to see another Early Design Guidance round because they weren’t seeing three distinct options. Though this isn’t a bad design, a majority of board members said, they would like to see a U-shaped option among others. Bronk said he doesn’t think the building’s design is in the best interest of the neighborhood. He’d like to see another massing option “with the building on the ground.” Moravec agreed that she’d “love to see another option.” Zinski said he saw a “lot of unresolved (issues) … all of the unresolved pieces of this are really going to drive the massing.” Bronk said that when issues are left unaddressed in Early Design Guidance, the building might wind up having the next phase of the Design Review process stretched out. “It feels like a mini-fortress,” is how Bronk summarized the concerns about the current massing. But while saying the changes might just be “little tweaks overall,” cumulatively they are “big enough that we need to see it again.” That means at least two more meetings; in the meantime, if you have comments on the project, contact planner Garrett,

Design Review doubleheader, report #2: Asking ‘Perch,’ 100 apartments at 1250 Alki SW, to ‘connect the dots’

As reported here last night, both projects brought to the Southwest Design Review Board for Early Design Guidance in a doubleheader meeting were told to try again. Here are the toplines from the first meeting, about SolTerra‘s proposed Perch 100-unit apartment building at 1250 Alki SW, first reported here in May.

This meeting was attended by dozens of the almost 400 neighbors who have organized as the Action Alki Alliance. They’re not objecting to the idea of apartments on Alki, they say, but to a proposal they say is out of scale for the neighborhood. Here are their talking points:

And a longer document of concerns sent to the city, provided to us by spokesperson Sandee Spears:

Factors such as traffic and noise are not in Design Review’s purview; they’re in the environmental review that the assigned SDOT planner – BreAnne McConkie for this project – will lead.

SWDRB chair Todd Bronk observed that the proposal as shown last night doesn’t seem to “connect the dots.” Overall questions include how the massing – which is a major concern at the EDG stage – would work in relation to the street, allow enough sunlight for the planned courtyard, and how the front facade would work with the neighborhood.

In addition to options that had been in the design “packet” for weeks (as shown here back in xx), SolTerra also brought a version with a few changes responding to concerns voiced by neighbors – including the reduction to 100 units, from the original 125, as described post-meeting by SolTerra spokesperson Melissa Milburn:

We angled out the break between the masses by a small amount; otherwise it’s identical in every way. The project is now 100 units (not 125), 20% less, specifically to address community concerns. No option impedes the steep slope buffer. We are not seeking extra height, any setback relief, bonus square footage, uses not permitted in the zoning, or anything else = other than the two departures we’re asking for on the building overall width and depth to help with sightline for neighbors. Everything we propose is allowed in the zone and we are not getting any concessions from the city.

Other public-comment concerns included the building’s placement on the property and the plan for the hillside behind it, which has seen slides over the years. Neighbors want to make sure some views of the greenbelt remain. Some concerns also were voiced about how the building would be accessed by services such as solid-waste pickup; the access will be addressed next time around.

The board liked aspects of Option 2 best, not the development team’s preferred Option 3, but overall, the instruction to the project team is to take the feedback back again and return. (The official city version of the meeting notes should be on the DPD website within a few weeks.) Because of the requirement for at least one more Early Design Guidance meeting, that means this project will have at least two more meetings – dates TBA. You can send comments about the project, in the meantime, to planner McConkie at

West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival 2015 countdown: Meet the chili competition contenders!

October 16, 2015 5:19 pm
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Just nine days until the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival – four fun-filled hours, 10 am-2 pm on Sunday, October 25th, including activity booths (all four hours), a costume parade (11:30 am), business trick-or-treating (noon), and the chili competition benefiting the West Seattle Food Bank – you buy a flight of samples and vote for your favorite! The West Seattle Junction Association has just announced the competitor lineup:

Easy Street Café
Elliott Bay Brewery and Pub
Husky Deli
The Westy Sports and Spirits
West 5
West Seattle Brewing Company

Each competitor is bringing and donating 2 1/2 gallons of chili, and it goes fast, so don’t miss it at 11 am during the festival – one week from Sunday! – on the southwest corner of California/Alaska. (WSB is among the festival co-sponsors again this year, and we’ll be among the activity providers again too – see you there!)

FOLLOWUP: West Seattle Hi-Yu Junior Court Queen Emily Cain’s winning art now arriving in mailboxes

Back in May, we told you about West Seattle Hi-Yu Junior Court Queen Emily Cain winning a statewide art contest. The State of Washington General Election Voters’ Pamphlet with her work is now arriving in mailboxes – we got ours today, and Emily’s art is on the back cover (her photo, below right, is courtesy WS Hi-Yu):

Emily’s Hi-Yu reign continues until the next Junior Court Queen is crowned in early December – applications are being accepted now.

P.S. Inside this edition of the state pamphlet, you’ll find information on Initiatives 1366 and 1401 and four Advisory Votes.

Before Santa, there’s oompah: Celebrate Oktoberfest with West Seattle Rotarians to help fund Children’s Holiday Spree & more

October 16, 2015 2:27 pm
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(WSB photo, December 2014)
Every year in early December, the Rotary Club of West Seattle brings holiday gifts and fun to about a hundred local students in need via its annual Children’s Shopping Spree. The rest of the year, the club has other events and donation drives to raise money for its charitable projects, including the spree. You’re invited to be part of a fall fundraiser that’s now just eight days away:

Saturday, October 24, 2015, the Rotary Club of West Seattle will host its 2nd annual Oktoberfest from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM at Alki Masonic Hall, 4736 40th Ave SW. Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the hall.

The festivities will include German & local microbrew BEER, authentic German FOOD, an Oompah BAND, and a RAFFLE.

Net proceeds from the event will be used to support the Club’s charitable projects. Tickets are $45 and may be purchased (must be age 21 or older) on the Club’s website.

Tired of construction closing sidewalks? New city rule in the works

Tired of seeing sidewalks blocked because of construction? The city’s proposing a new rule, and taking comments right now – see how to have a say, at the end of this announcement:

Requests for construction-related closures of Seattle sidewalks will soon come under more stringent city review in an effort to make it easier and safer for people to walk here. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is proposing a revised Director’s Rule for Pedestrian Mobility in and Around Work Zones (SDOT DR 10-2015). The expanded rule emphasizes sidewalk closures as a last resort, when there is no other reasonable solution to keep a public walkway open.

“We want contractors and pedestrians to know what to expect, and we want to provide swift and certain enforcement when pedestrian access regulations are violated,” explained SDOT Director Scott Kubly. “Seattle considers safety for people walking and riding bikes a top priority because if they are hit, the likelihood of injury is almost 100 percent.”

The newly updated rule establishes standards for meeting Seattle Municipal Code requirements, including materials, their placement, and steps to ensure American Disability Act (ADA) compliance. These include calling for water-filled barriers to protect pedestrians around construction sites, and eliminating the orange tube delineators known as candlesticks as an option on arterials. This change alone could be life-saving, as the barriers were September 8, 2015 when a car crashed into them near a very busy bike lane along 2nd Avenue, near Pike Street. The driver was arrested for speeding but no one was hurt; the barriers worked as designed.

“This new rule means fewer people walking into traffic or zigzagging across intersections on their way home,” said Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, Chair of the Council’s Transportation Committee. “This is the result of SDOT’s collaboration with businesses, pedestrian and bicycle groups, and disability advocates. It’s heartening to know it’ll be easier to get around town as construction continues to boom.”

“We make safety personal; the people who interface with our projects are not only our end users, but also our own family and community members,” said Howard S. Wright Senior Safety Health & Environmental Manager Brian Sorensen. “It is important to see a refocus on the significance of safe pedestrian mobility and to “raise the bar” for our community.”

In the past, if contractors kept pedestrian access on the same side of the street as construction they could get a mobility credit; now that pedestrian routing approach is the proposed standard. The updated rule is supported by a new progressive enforcement procedure that focuses on providing clear direction to reduce infractions, and heightened attention on those with cumulative violations.

“The Alliance for Pioneer Square strongly supports improvements to pedestrian safety around construction zones,” said Alliance Public Realm Director Liz Stenning. “With an unprecedented number of development and construction projects throughout Pioneer Square and the rest of downtown, safe and efficient travel for all users and those with limited mobility should be prioritized.”

The complete DR 10-2015 is posted online at Comment is being accepted now through October 29, 2015. To provide comment, contact LeAnne Nelson in the SDOT Street Use Division at or 206-684-3897. You may also drop off a written comment to the Street Use offices located on the 23rd floor of the Seattle Municipal Tower, at 700 5th Avenue downtown.

Reader report: Mom says thanks for stranger’s help in incident that turned out not to be what was feared

What turned out to be a misunderstanding on Thursday nonetheless has resulted in a local mom wanting to issue a public word of thanks, and the incident, though not what was feared, also is a good reminder of safety rules for kids.

Yesterday afternoon as my 10-year-old son was walking home from an after-school activity, he had an encounter at 42nd & Dakota with a stranger that “gave him a weird feeling.” He started running home and a passerby in a car asked him if that stranger was bothering him. He said yes and the driver called 911. My son was just about 8 houses from home. The police knocked on our door about an hour after the incident. They said the caller didn’t have our address but did give them the location and a description of the house, so the officer was able to follow up with us. They did locate the stranger and asked him about the incident. He told them he was just asking my son if he wanted to play catch. The officer praised my son for knowing not to talk to strangers and gave us the case number for the incident.

The mom wanted to thank the person who called 911, which enabled police to respond and investigate quickly: “We are so grateful this person was passing by when they did and that they took action, and we want to express our gratitude.” According to the police report, which we subsequently obtained, there was NO indication a crime was committed, and the man had no record – the man told them he had been walking back to his car from a nearby bank, when he saw the boy walk by holding a ball, and he asked the boy to kick the ball toward him. The police report says officers later found out the boy didn’t hear what the man said to him because he was wearing an earbud/earpiece. He headed home while the passerby was still talking with the man, who subsequently headed in a different direction; police caught up with him about a mile away. Though this incident turned out not to be what the passerby feared, it’s still a reminder to make sure your kids know how to stay safe; here’s advice from SPD.

VIDEO: This week’s final forum for West Seattle/South Park’s City Council District 1 candidates

October 16, 2015 11:20 am
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Three forums in three nights in West Seattle for City Council District 1 (WS/South Park) candidates Lisa Herbold and Shannon Braddock – and our hour-long video above is from the finale, last night at High Point Library, one of six district forums presented by the Friends of the Seattle Public Library and SPL around the city last night. Your editor here was honored to have been invited to moderate; our questions and those contributed by attendees spanned topics including transportation, education, taxation, campaign funding, and zoning, featuring some followups on questions that came up the previous two nights. If you haven’t received your ballot yet, you should soon – you have until November 3rd to vote, and unless you are absolutely certain who you’re supporting in this race, you might consider at least listening to one of the recent forums. We’ve recorded each one – in addition to the video above, the others:

*Tuesday’s forum (presented by West Seattle Chamber of Commerce and West Seattle Transportation Coalition), which also included citywide Positions 8 and 9 candidates

*Wednesday’s forum (presented by the 34th District Democrats)

Our coverage from Tuesday includes text highlights as well as full video, but we haven’t yet had time to put together text notes from Wednesday or Thursday (note-taking is close to impossible while participating) – might get the time to do it this weekend, which, barring unforeseen breaking news, doesn’t look too busy so far, so check back if you are interested in that.

Fire call in Morgan Junction

9:55 AM: SFD has a big callout at a building in the 6900 block of California SW. More to come.

10:01 AM UPDATE: The call has already closed, and the last truck was leaving the area as we arrived. The address had changed on the log, to a row of new townhomes.

West Seattle Friday: Huling Bowl football game; free family fun @ the Y; ‘School Daze’ pop-up museum…

(Killdeer, photographed at Alki by Mark Wangerin)
Your weekend begins in a matter of hours. Some of what’s up:

POP-UP MUSEUM: 2-5 pm in the lobby at The Kenney (WSB sponsor), the Southwest Seattle Historical Society invites you to bring your “School Daze” memories to share at this “pop-up museum,” previewed here earlier this week. (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW)

MOVIE NIGHT AT HPIC: Highland Park Improvement Club invites you to movie night, with doors opening at 6, kids’ short at 6:15, main feature at 7 – find out what’s showing by checking out HPIC’s online preview. (12th SW & SW Holden)

SCHOOL-AGE FAMILY NIGHT @ THE Y: 6:30 pm, FREE fun at the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) – that includes non-members – for families with K-5 kids. Includes free open swim at 7:35 pm. Details in our calendar listing. (36th SW & SW Snoqualmie)

ALKI SKATE NIGHT: This is the last Friday night skate at Alki Community Center until November 7th, so get your skate on, 6:30-8:30 pm. (5817 SW Stevens)

HULING BOWL: The annual crosstown high-school football game is tonight – 7 pm, at Southwest Athletic Complex, West Seattle High School vs. Chief Sealth International High School, trophy and all. If you only make it to one local HS game this year – this is it. Marching bands too! Here’s our coverage from last year, when CSIHS won for the third consecutive year. (2801 SW Thistle)

MUSIC AND COFFEE … and other beverages. Kick back in a comfortable community coffeehouse as Drew Martin performs live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7 pm. (5612 California SW)

PEARL JAM TRIBUTE: “Washed in Black,” 8 pm at The Skylark – get your tickets in advance online. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING ELSE? You might find it on our complete calendar.

VIDEO: Are you ready for a quake? Explorer West is.

October 16, 2015 9:22 am
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Even if you weren’t part of Thursday’s statewide earthquake drill – you can get your preparedness going ANY TIME. Here’s some inspiration – at Explorer West Middle School (WSB sponsor), the drill went far beyond the actual “imagine there’s a quake” moment. Out on the field, they set up a makeshift hospital. And some students portrayed people in major need of treatment.

This was all organized by teacher Timothy Owens, who explained it to us on camera:

(The call Owens took at the end of our chat, by the way, was from the school’s brand-new phone-alert system, which gets messages to families in case of emergency.) The drill was based on a long-lasting quake. Students took cover under their desks, then went out on the field, for a drill running about 45 minutes, followed by a debriefing; regular classes resumed after lunch.

P.S. If your earthquake/disaster preparedness is lagging – don’t feel guilty, you’re not alone! – a great place to get started, with local info, is West Seattle Be Prepared – be sure to find your nearest emergency communication “hub”!

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday on the move; what’s ahead

October 16, 2015 7:38 am
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(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Happy Friday! No incidents of note so far.

WHAT’S UP THIS WEEKEND: Here’s the citywide preview from SDOT. The Seahawks are in town, playing Carolina at 1:05 pm Sunday.

REMINDER FOR WEEKEND AFTER NEXT: October 31-November 1, 6 am-6 pm each day, Highway 99 will be closed between the West Seattle Bridge and the Battery Street Tunnel for the annual Alaskan Way Viaduct inspection and some maintenance work.

BUT FIRST, THE BIG BRIDGE MEETING ON MONDAY: 6:30 pm Monday (October 19th), come talk about the West Seattle Bridge-Duwamish Waterway Corridor Action Report and its 27 proposals for addressing area traffic, at the Sisson Building in The Junction (California SW & SW Oregon).