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EARTHQUAKES: 4.2 in Hood Canal area felt by some here; later, a 4.8 off Vancouver Island

9:33 PM: Just got a text from someone in the Alki area saying they felt an earthquake that hit about half an hour ago in the Hood Canal area. Preliminary info indicates it was magnitude 4.2, which is stronger than the mild earthquakes which otherwise aren’t so uncommon in the region. The epicenter is described as west of Belfair. (The US Geological Survey map puts it under Hood Canal.) Will add anything more we find out.

10:26 PM: No damage reported, according to authorities near the epicenter:

10:33 PM: Much further away, but still in our region, another quake tonight – 4.8 magnitude, off northwest Vancouver Island (here’s the USGS page). And we’re reminded that the 16th anniversary of the 6.8 Nisqually quake is next week. So we’re going to take a moment to remind you again of your Emergency Communication Hubs – memorize the nearest one, so you know where to go in case of something big:

FAUNTLEROY BOULEVARD: Two ‘Walk-and-Talks’ announced for March


6:48 PM: The Fauntleroy Boulevard project through The Triangle is suddenly a hot topic, and tonight we have word of two more chances for you to find out more about it. Along with the West Seattle Transportation Coalition meeting tomorrow night (Thursday, February 23rd, 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center) and the new Fauntleroy Way Neighborhood and Business Association‘s meeting a week from tonight (Wednesday, March 1st, 7:30 pm at Rudy’s Barbershop/Realfine Coffee), SDOT just announced two “Walk-and-Talk” tours along the route.

Project spokesperson Rachel McCaffrey says, “These walking tours will be an opportunity for us to share the latest design, discuss early construction planning, introduce the project team to the public, and gather feedback. We’ll include light refreshments from Fauntleroy businesses along the way.” She says it’s “the same tour on two different dates: Thursday, March 16, from 12-1:30 PM, and Saturday, March 18, from 10:30 AM-12 PM. The tours will begin outside of LA Fitness, at 3900 SW Alaska St, and end at West Seattle Brewing Co., at 4415 Fauntleroy Way SW.” Also, watch your postal mail for a postcard about this (see it here) – she says it’s being sent to a “swath” of the area (we have a followup question out asking exactly where said “swath” is).

ADDED 11:57 AM: We have the reply to that: “We mailed the postcard to approximately 8,560 addresses roughly in the boundaries of SW Charlestown St, 45th Ave SW, SW Juneau, and 26th Ave SW. We’ll also announce the event via our email newsletter, which has about 300 subscribers.”

FOLLOWUP: Complete look at new design proposal for PCC-site project

(Rendering courtesy Hewitt Architects)

One week from tomorrow, the Southwest Design Review Board will consider the newest plan for the 108-apartments-and-grocery-store project featuring a new PCC Natural Markets (WSB sponsor) store at the site of the current one. Last week, architects Hewitt gave a “sneak peek” to the Admiral Neighborhood Association (WSB coverage here); today, their full “packet” for next week’s meeting is online, full of images for various parts of the project plus detailed information on everything from its floor plans to its landscaping. The 77-page packet is on the city website, and we’ve downloaded it to embed below:

This could be the final Design Review meeting for the project at 2749 California SW, which has already had two Early Design Guidance reviews. It’s at 6:30 pm Thursday, March 2nd, at the Sisson Building/Senior Center (4217 SW Oregon); if you can’t be there to comment in person, you can also comment on the project by e-mailing the assigned city planner,

@ West Seattle Crime Prevention Council: Community concerns; ‘active shooter’ survival advice

(From left, Southwest Precinct Lt. Ron Smith, Capt. Pierre Davis, and West Seattle Crime Prevention Council president Richard Miller)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

For those interested in more alerts about repeat offenders (like the ones we wrote about last weekend) – police might soon be sharing that kind of information publicly.

That was one revelation from last night’s West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting, along with a guest presentation about what to do in case of an “active shooter” situation.

More than 25 people were at the WSCPC’s monthly meeting at the Southwest Precinct, including two groups of neighbors from areas of North Delridge and Puget Ridge. Here’s how it unfolded:

CRIME TRENDS: “We’ve arrested a significant amount of people out there,” began precinct commander Capt. Pierre Davis. Much of the property crime is linked to drug use, he noted, because users need to get money and “just don’t care.” So “don’t leave valuables in your car,” he reminded people. That would “help us out” in terms of discouraging criminals.

(Moments before we published this report, two flyers with related SPD crime-prevention advice came in:
Car-prowl prevention advice is here; auto-theft prevention advice is here.)

And make sure your valuables are identifiable, in case they are stolen (by burglary, for example). He mentioned repeat offenders, saying “we’re ready to start putting their faces out to the general public … so you guys can see exactly what these individuals are up to and what they look like … they don’t like it, they’ve told us they don’t like it … we’re going to ramp it up.” Read More

BIZNOTE: West Seattle AAA store closing

Thanks to Cindi for the tip: The AAA West Seattle store in Jefferson Square has announced it’s closing after March 31st, consolidating operations into the company’s Magnolia location (1523 15th Ave. W.).

AAA moved to Jefferson Square in 2012, displaced from its previous location on the southwest corner of 42nd SW and SW Alaska because of the Junction 47 development. No word yet on what will follow; the vacancy is shown on this marketing flyer.

HALA REZONING: One week until Westwood-Highland Park Urban Village discussion

(Direct link to draft Westwood-Highland Park Urban Village rezoning map)

While the Westwood-Highland Park Urban Village was the first of West Seattle’s four urban villages to get a city-coordinated Community Design Workshop about its HALA Mandatory Housing Affordability rezoning proposals, that November 9th event was so soon after those proposals were released that it was little-publicized and lightly attended. But community volunteers have continued to review the WW-HP proposals (see the official “draft rezoning map” above) and are inviting you to a meeting one week from tonight to collaborate on a community response while the comment period remains open. Here are the details, from Kim Barnes:

The Westwood-Highland Park Urban Village community volunteers will hold a followup short presentation and discussion centered around the city workshop held on November 9th, and community led workshop held on November 30th, 2016.

All members of the public interested in collaborating a full response to the MHA legislation and upcoming EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) that will provide the rezoning proposal of Westwood Highland Park are invited to attend.

Please note that this is a community led meeting and city employees will not be in attendance.

Please join us Wednesday, March 1st to get in the loop and collaborate. Topics covered in this tight
90 minute meeting will include:

o A very brief overview of the MHA Principles. Brief overview of the proposed up-zoning for the Westwood Highland Park Residential Urban Village.

o Where is the City information? Where to find the resources to learn more.

o Overview of the Revised Timeline for public input on the draft EIS.

o Review and discuss the Community Feedback gathered on November 9..What’s missing and why.

o Discuss what other neighborhoods across the city are doing—how they are formulating their own community response.

o Agree to a next-steps plan to collaborate knowledge and resources to develop a full response to the EIS in the coming months.

o Formulate a request to the City to present the draft EIS for our urban village as soon as it’s published.

o If time allows: Review the Urban Village up-zone map and 3D model presented in late November at HPIC.

What this meeting is not:

o A city-sponsored meeting with experts in the areas of MHA legislation, zoning, etc.

o A forum for comments or complaints regarding MHA and HALA to be conveyed by the volunteers to the city.

Date/Time: March 1, from 7 pm-8:30 pm, doors open 6:45 pm

Please rsvp for an anticipated head count to:

Location: Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Holden Street

The city’s official notes from the November 9th meeting, by the way, were finally posted online about a week ago, and you can find them linked from this page (where the Junction and Admiral notes will apparently eventually appear, too).

YOU CAN HELP: West Seattle donation drive for welcome baskets for refugees

Here’s a simple way to help refugees arriving in our area. Hope Lutheran Human Care Ministry, along with the Lutheran Community Services Northwest refugee-settlement program, is making “welcome baskets” for local refugee families. The next two Saturday mornings, you’re invited to bring donations for those baskets. Here’s what they need:

New or Like-New Items Only

Donations Needed:

Kitchen Kit: Pots & pans, cutlery, plates, bowls, drinking glasses, cups, tea kettles
Household Kit: Warm blankets, dish towels, hot pads
Hygiene Kit: Feminine products, toothpaste, soap, razors

Collection Site: Hope Lutheran Church (main entrance), 4456 42nd Ave. SW [map]

Collection Dates/Time:

Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 9-Noon

Saturday, March 4, 2017 @ 9-Noon

Questions? Contact Elissa at esommer (at) hopeseattle (dot) org or 206-937-9330.

West Seattle Wednesday: Highland Park Action Committee; entrepreneur meetup; poems & stories; more…

(Pigeon guillemots at Fauntleroy ferry dock – this photo and next are both by Mark Wangerin)

Highlights of what’s up for the rest of today/tonight in West Seattle, from our calendar:

BABY STORY TIME: Bring your baby (up to one year) to High Point Library for stories, rhymes, and songs, 11:30 am-noon. Free as always. (35th SW & SW Raymond)

ENTREPRENEUR MEETUP: Running your own business? Starting one? Thinking about it? This week’s free Wednesday midday meetup at coworking center West Seattle Office Junction (WSB sponsor) is for you. Noon-1:15 pm, just drop in, and you’re welcome to bring your lunch. (6040 California SW)

JUNGLE CRAFT & GAME: 2:30 pm at Southwest Library, “do a fun jungle craft and learn about the environment with an iPad game.” (35th SW & SW Henderson)

FREE TAX HELP: 5-9 pm at West Seattle Food Bank/Community Resource Center – details here. (35th SW & SW Morgan)

SAUCONY FREEDOM RUN: Join the weekly 6:15 pm run from West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) and try out new shoes – details here. (2743 California SW)

HIGHLAND PARK ACTION COMMITTEE: 7 pm at Highland Park Improvement Club – from the agenda (detailed version on the HPAC website):

*SPD Update & HPIC Update
*Your Voice, Your Choice – Neighborhood Parks and Street Fund Presentation
*HPAC Community Ideas Fund Brainstorm Session
*Update on Myers Way Encampment
*HPAC Executive Committee Election
*Community Announcements

(12th SW & SW Holden)

POEMS AND STORIES: It’s the monthly Poetrybridge night at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7 pm. (5612 California SW)

THE HASSLERS: Live Americana music at Parliament Tavern, 8-11 pm. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

TRIVIA AT TALARICO’S: West Seattle’s longrunning trivia night, hosted by Phil Tavel, 8:30 pm at Talarico’s Pizza. (4718 California SW)

CHECK OUT EVERYTHING ELSE THAT’S HAPPENING – by going to our complete-calendar page.

BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS: Here’s who, when, where WSHS & SLHS teams play Saturday

February 22, 2017 9:00 am
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Three local high-school teams are heading into the regional/state playoffs, and this morning we finally have the slate for the next games for all three.

The final opponent to be filled in was for the West Seattle High School girls. Now we know they’ll play Edmonds-Woodway HS in regionals at noon Saturday (February 25th) at Bellevue College (3000 Landenholm Circle SE). It’s a must-win game for them to advance to state (here’s the bracket).

Right after the girls’ game, the West Seattle HS boys play a regionals game against Timberline HS, 2 pm at Bellevue College. They are guaranteed at least one game at the state tournament, however this one turns out (here’s the bracket).

Also at 2 pm Saturday, the Seattle Lutheran High School boys play Napavine HS in a regionals game at WF West HS (in Chehalis). They too are guaranteed at least one state-tournament game beyond this (here’s the bracket).

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Mid-midwinter-break Wednesday

February 22, 2017 7:02 am
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(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)

7:02 AM: Good morning! Midpoint of midwinter break for Seattle Public Schools and others following the calendar. No incidents so far in/from West Seattle.

8:39 AM: Trouble on the NB I-5 collector/distributor – an SFD medical response at Dearborn.

BASKETBALL: West Seattle Pride tryouts start this weekend

February 22, 2017 12:56 am
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Another youth-sports league is getting ready for its 2017 season: The tryouts for Seattle Pride AAU boys’ basketball (explained here) are about to start, with 4th- through 8th-grade boys invited to try out this weekend:

Saturday, February 25th – 4th-6th Boys – 4-5:30 pm @ Seattle Lutheran High School
Saturday, February 25th – 7th-8th Boys – 5:30-7 pm @ Seattle Lutheran High School

Sunday, February 26th – 4th-6th Boys – 4-5:30 pm @ Seattle Lutheran High School
Sunday, February 26th – 7th-8th Boys – 5:30-7 pm @ Seattle Lutheran High School

High-school boys’ tryouts start one week later:

Freshmen – 15U

Sunday, March 5th – Frosh/15U Boys – 4-6 pm @ Seattle Lutheran High School
Thursday, March 9th – Frosh/15U Boys – 5-6:45 pm @ Seattle Lutheran High School
Friday, March 10th – Freshman / 15U Boys – 5-6:45 pm @ Seattle Lutheran High School

Sophomores/Juniors/Seniors – 16U, 17U, 18U

Monday, March 6th – Seniors, Juniors, & Sophomore Boys Only- 7-9 pm @ West Seattle High School (3 courts)
Thursday, March 9th – Soph/Juniors/Unsigned Seniors – 7-9 pm @ Seattle Lutheran High School
Friday, March 10th – Soph/Juniors/Unsigned Seniors – 7-9 pm @ Seattle Lutheran High School

To register early, sign up here. See the official tryouts flyer here. (Photo courtesy Seattle Pride Basketball)