West Seattle, Washington
10:49 PM: Seattle Police and Fire are on the scene of an incident involving a motorcycle rider at 12th SW and SW Thistle in Highland Park [map]. The rider will be taken to the hospital via Seattle Fire medic unit and is reported to have “significant trauma.”
11:34 PM: Just back from the scene. Photo added. The motorcyclist crashed on the north (westbound) side of SW Thistle between 12th SW and 13th SW. SFD medics were still working to stabilize him before leaving for Harborview. We weren’t able to talk with police but have learned more via the scanner – according to medics, the rider is reported to be around 50 years old, and believed to have crashed at high speed and been thrown at least 50 feet.
Wednesday, proposed rezoning for the city’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda is the biggest (but not only) topic at the multi-department city “open house” in The Junction. Before then, two West Seattle neighborhood groups are talking about it, and you’re invited:
MONDAY – WESTWOOD-ROXHILL-ARBOR HEIGHTS: 6:15 pm tomorrow (Monday, December 5th), the Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council meets at Southwest Library (35th SW/SW Henderson), and the central item on the agenda is the draft rezoning map for the Westwood-Highland Park Urban Village.
Notes co-chair Amanda Kay Helmick, “We will answer questions as best we can, but all feedback should be directed to the City.” (Those three ways are via hala.consider.it, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or Wednesday’s “open house,” 5:30-7:30 pm at Shelby’s and Uptown Espresso in The Junction, on opposite sides of the California/Edmunds intersection.)
TUESDAY- JUNCTION NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATION: The draft rezoning map for the West Seattle Junction Hub Urban Village also expands its boundaries.
JuNO organized a much-attended presentation/discussion back on November 15th (WSB coverage here) and now plans to discuss the map as well as an action plan for communicating concerns during a 6:30 pm meeting Tuesday (December 6th) at the Senior Center/Sisson Building (4217 SW Oregon). The agenda also includes updates on city lighting in the Junction, and discussion of a Residential Parking Zone application.
SIDE NOTE: Speaking of parking, our next planned story tonight includes the city’s ongoing review of parking policies and how you’ll be asked to comment on that topic, too, at the big Wednesday open house.
Three restaurant notes from Alki:
CACTUS REMODELING STARTS TOMORROW: General manager Darin Kawabata sends word that Cactus at 2820 Alki SW will close for about a week starting tomorrow. The closure is tentatively scheduled to end December 13, but “it is mostly cosmetic, so we could reopen sooner than that, if things proceed quickly.” Cactus’s website and a sign on the door describe the work as a “10-year refresh and deep cleaning.” The restaurant opened in September 2006.
SUNFISH CLOSURE: Sunfish at 2800 Alki SW has just begun its annual holiday-season closure – a sign in the window says they’ll be closed through January 15th.
EX-SUBWAY FOR LEASE: One month after the Subway sandwich shop’s sudden closure at 2658 Alki SW, a “for lease” banner is up outside the space. While it names this agent, we haven’t yet found a corresponding listing online.
2:40 PM: We now have two possible-snow alerts for Monday from the National Weather Service – as reported here early today, a “winter weather advisory” for 4 am-noon; added this afternoon, a “winter storm watch” in effect 4 pm Monday through 4 am Tuesday. They’re both covered in this NWS message, with this key component:
SNOW LEVELS…MAINLY NEAR 500 FEET MONDAY MORNING…RISING IN THE AFTERNOON. SNOW LEVELS FALLING TO SEA-LEVEL MONDAY EVENING THROUGH LATE MONDAY NIGHT AS COLD NORTHERLY FRASER OUTFLOW DEVELOPS.
As noted earlier, 500 feet is close to the highest point not only in West Seattle but in the entire city, by Myrtle Reservoir at 35th/Myrtle. We’ll be on weather/traffic watch extra-early because of the alert; and if/when snow starts, we hope you have our hotline in your contacts already – 206-293-6302, text or voice – thank you!
9:25 PM: The mid-evening “forecast discussion” is out now – see it here – not much change in what’s projected, at least for Monday morning, though Seattle does not look to be in line for the most snow, and if any falls here, “Hilltops will be most likely to get snow, and sea-level areas may not get any.”
5:08 AM MONDAY: We’re keeping watch on weather and traffic here.
Thanks to Lauren for the photos of, and report about, damage done in a crash early this morning outside Westcrest Park: She reports a driver knocked down mailboxes as well as the street signs and park sign in the photos:
She adds, “We spoke to a neighbor who was at the scene just after the driver drove over her mailboxes and ended by the edge of the Westcrest ravine with a head injury … she said the driver was taken to the hospital.” Today’s real-time 911 log shows a “motor-vehicle-incident/medic” response just before 2 am at 8th SW and SW Henderson [map].
Just wanted to alert people that we just saw a coyote walking down our street on 37th between Willow and Myrtle. [map] It’s a busy walking area but fortunately no one was out at that specific moment. It was walking southward and into someone’s driveway towards the greenbelt area.
If you see a coyote, best thing to do, for your sake and the animal’s sake, is to do your best to frighten it away. Authorities advise yelling, waving your arms, even throwing rocks. They live among us (and vice versa); you can read the state Department of Fish and Wildlife‘s “Living with Coyotes” advice here.
The final games are just under way as the National Wheelchair Basketball Association‘s Seattle Jam 2016 wraps up in the West Seattle High School gym. We caught part of the two games just before lunch break, Seattle Sonics vs. Albuquerque Kings, above, and San Diego Wolfpack vs. Rogue Valley Scorpions, below:
Those four teams are among the six Division 1 wheelchair-basketball teams from around the West who are participating in Seattle Jam this weekend, along with seven Junior Division teams.
Sponsors include Seattle Adaptive Sports, always looking for volunteers to help with events like this.
As first reported here three weeks ago, SDOT is circulating the “Delridge RapidRide Expansion Survey.” It’s set to close tomorrow (Monday). But it’s not only about buses – you’re asked for your thoughts on Delridge, featuring the graphics below, showing its current configuration:
The survey wants you to prioritize transportation options on each of those Delridge Way sections – including transit, walking, biking, and/or parking. It’s meant to look ahead to the RR route expected on Delridge within the next few years; the survey intro says, “Delridge Way SW is one of the corridors on which we’d like to make bus service better. We also have an opportunity to make it safer and more comfortable for people walking, biking, driving, and delivering goods.” If you haven’t already taken the survey, go here ASAP.
(Photo by Alan Robertson. Red-breasted Sapsucker?)
The “winter weather advisory” doesn’t kick in until 4 am Monday, so don’t worry about snow for your Sunday. Here are the highlights of what IS happening – first, from the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide:
SANTA AT CAPERS: 9 am-noon, CAPERS in The Junction is open early for bring-your-own-camera Santa photos. Free but a monetary donation to the West Seattle Food Bank is suggested. (4525 California SW)
HOLIDAY STUDIO OPEN HOUSE/ART SALE: At Brace Point Pottery in Arbor Heights. 10 am-5 pm. (4208 SW 100th)
HOLIDAY CRAFT BAZAAR: At Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor), promising “a beautiful and unique selection of hand-sewn items, stocking stuffers, crafts, Seahawk, Cougar & Husky fan items, gift baskets, and baked goods available for sale at our Holiday Craft Bazaar. Sip on a hot beverage while you choose the perfect gifts for special people in your life: children, teachers, bosses, friends, family members. This event is immediately following the Worship Service and will be held in the Parlor from 11:30 am till 12:30 pm.” Enter @ the front entrance. (3940 41st SW)
HOLIDAY POP-UP: West Seattle Moms’ Holiday Pop-Up, 2-6 pm at Fit4Mom West Seattle. Handmade goods & more. (2707 California SW)
POP-UP SHOP: Featuring Lolly Clothing, Jillianmade, Twink Louise, 2-6 pm. (2932 Walnut SW)
WEST SEATTLE LIGHTS FUNDRAISER: Cash donations accepted again tonight, during the 5-9 pm light shows, for the family of fallen Tacoma Police Office Jake Gutierrez. (3908 SW Charlestown)
And from our regular year-round WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Year-round, 10 am-2 pm in The Junction. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
GAME DAY AT OUNCES: Noon-5 pm pre-game tailgating at Ounces; 5:30 pm, watch the game (TVs inside and outside); 2-8 pm, Anchor End Pretzel Shoppe food truck. (3809 Delridge Way SW)
TRANSFORMING PAIN, FEAR, AND ANGER INTO ACTION: 1:30-4:30 pm at Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation, this workshop is presented by Hate-Free Delridge with other organizations co-sponsoring. Full details in our calendar listing. (7141 California SW)
FAMILY DANCE: You’re invited to this afternoon’s Family Dance at Duwamish Cohousing on Puget Ridge, 3-4:30 pm – info in our calendar listing. (6000 17th SW)
DENNY BOOKFAIR: Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village fundraiser continues through tonight for Denny International Middle School PTSA. Portion of proceeds will benefit Denny if you mention at checkstand – or buy online via bn.com/bookfairs and enter (UPDATED NUMBER) Bookfair ID 12049292. (2600 SW Barton)
Got an event to list on our calendar or in our Holiday Guide? Please send it ASAP – our regular guidelines are, at least a week in advance. Don’t worry about having a poster or “press release” … just send us the basic info, plain text in the body of your e-mail, so we can let everybody know. email@example.com – thank you!
The weather-alert level for tomorrow is now up to “Winter Weather Advisory.” While that was announced early this morning, it doesn’t take effect until early Monday morning:
…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO NOON PST MONDAY MAINLY ABOVE 500 FEET…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SEATTLE HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO NOON PST MONDAY.
* TIMING…MONDAY MORNING BETWEEN 4 AM AND NOON.
* SNOW AMOUNTS…UP TO 2 INCHES MAINLY ABOVE 500 FEET.
* SNOW LEVELS…MAINLY NEAR 500 FEET.
* IMPACTS…HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE DURING THE MORNING COMMUTE ON MONDAY MAINLY ON THE HIGHER HILLS.
For an elevation check, note that the highest point in Seattle, 520′, is in West Seattle, near Myrtle Reservoir.