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UPDATE: Peel & Press, The Westy, Mission Cantina, Circa, Baked, Itto’s donating part of proceeds to New Leaf Bistro family on Wednesday

(UPDATED 12:18 AM WEDNESDAY – now six venues participating)

ORIGINAL REPORT, 11:56 PM MONDAY: Over the weekend, we published a followup about the community generosity toward the family that owns New Leaf Bistro in Admiral, as they cope with the sudden loss of father, husband, and co-proprietor Geoffrey Ly. That generosity continues with this announcement sent tonight by Dan Austin of Peel & Press in Morgan Junction:

This Wednesday [March 15th], Peel & Press and The Westy will donate 10% of our sales to Shi Qiu Chen of New Leaf Bistro. We were very saddened to hear about the passing of Geoffrey and wanted to create an additional way for folks to support the family. Being small-business owners is incredibly hard, and to add the loss of a loved one is just unimaginable. Peel & Press will also be selling two $50 gift cards with all proceeds going to the family. Our friends over at The Bridge have also offered to donate gift cards that will be available at Peel & Press for cash donation. If any other restaurants would like to join us, please reach out!

Peel & Press is at 6503 California SW; The Westy is at 7908 35th SW. (Both are WSB sponsors.)

ADDED 10:10 AM TUESDAY: As noted in comments, Mission Cantina in Admiral is joining the fundraiser: “Mission Cantina will also be joining in and donating 10% of their sales from Wednesday night. We will be selling $25 gift cards with all the proceeds going toward the fundraiser. They will be available at Mission Cantina (2325 California SW) or Peel & Press.”

ADDED 4:41 PM TUESDAY: Another Admiral District restaurant, Circa (2605 California SW), is joining in donating 10 percent of Wednesday’s proceeds.

ADDED 10:24 PM TUESDAY: And more – the Admiral custom bakery Baked is “selling cake at Circa and the Admiral Bird tomorrow and donating all proceeds to New Leaf,” as well as 10 percent of the proceeds of their own sales tomorrow.

ADDED 12:18 AM WEDNESDAY: We’ve also heard from Itto’s Tapas (4160 California SW), joining in to donate 10 percent of Wednesday proceeds.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Tool burglars caught on camera

That image shows the burglars who drove up to, and broke into, Hal‘s shipping container on Beach Drive SW around 12:30 am today and stole tools. The burglary was caught in its entirety on a neighbor’s security camera – it’s not embeddable but you can try watching it here (it worked for us on Mac Safari but not Chrome) – the actual break-in starts just after two minutes into the clip. Hal says, “What was stolen was SnapOn tools, engraved “Snyder” and a SnapOn special edition (Rick Mears) toolbox I believe it is one of 500. Also other tools in the Husky bottom box.” If you have any information about the burglars and/or the stolen property, you can contact SPD and refer to incident #2017-88925.

YOU CAN HELP: Enjoy dinner Saturday with ‘very small PTA’ supporting school with big needs

Concord International School is in South Park, but serves part of West Seattle too. And you can stay right here in WS next Saturday night to be part of its benefit dinner/auction supporting what Lesley, who e-mailed us about it, describes as a “very small PTA who supports an incredibly diverse, predominantly low-income population.” She adds that besides reaching out to help Concord’s students and teachers, reasons for you to go include “some awesome stuff to bid on and a delicious dinner.” The party’s at Highland Park Improvement Club (12th SW/SW Holden), 7 pm Saturday. You can buy a ticket right now by going here – only $20/person, $35 couple.


Organizers of the June 3rd celebration of West Seattle High School‘s centennial are sharing new information about how the event will unfold:

100th Year Commemoration of the opening of our School Building!

West Seattle High School Alumni Association along with the SW Seattle Historical Society will be celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the opening of our school building at the 2017 All-School Reunion on June 3rd, 2017.

This year’s West Seattle High School’s All-School Reunion has a special community photo to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the landmark West Seattle High School building.

2017 Schedule of Events:

4:00 – 4:30 pm Pick up programs, name tag and roam the halls
4:30 – 5:15 pm Individual Class Reunions in assigned rooms.
4:30 – 5:15 pm “92 Years of Westside Pride” video in the Theater
5:15 – 6:15 pm Presentations in the Theater: Hall of Fame induction, Scholar-ships Awarded, Recognition of the 50th Reunion of the Class of 1967
6:15 – 6:30 pm Assemble outside the North Entrance for the Group Hug Photo
6:30 pm Photo shoot – please be prompt


The photo known as a Group Hug for West Seattle High School will be taken at the conclusion of the annual All-School Reunion that afternoon.

Mark the date, June 3rd, 2017!

For more information, or to volunteer to help, contact Jim Biava, All-School Reunion chair, 206-387-2683,, or Clay Eals, executive director, Southwest Seattle Historical Society, 206-484-8008,

To see what the “Group Hug” photo shoot will resemble, check out our coverage of other “Group Hugs” orchestrated outside West Seattle landmarks by the SWSHS – the Admiral Theater last June and the Alki Homestead a year before that.

West Seattle development: See 2715 California SW plan before Thursday’s Design Review

That’s the “packet” (also viewable here, PDF) with graphics and information for the next project to be reviewed by the Southwest Design Review Board – the mixed-use building proposed for 2715 California SW, which gets its first review this Thursday night at 6:30 pm (Senior Center/Sisson Building, 4217 SW Oregon). This is the phase known as Early Design Guidance, which focuses on project aspects such as the building’s size and shape. The architect is Clark Design Group, which summarizes the project as:

… a four-story mixed-use building with 48 residential units over ground floor commercial
use (2,404 square feet.) There are 1½ levels of below-grade parking for 46 vehicles that is accessed from the alley. There is a roof terrace garden and green house for residential amenity use.

This is the same block (across from Hiawatha and West Seattle High School) where the PCC Natural Markets (WSB sponsor) site is set for redevelopment into a much-larger mixed-use building with 108 apartments and a commercial space in which PCC will be the lone tenant.

About the police, fire response in Admiral

If you’ve been wondering about the police and fire response near Admiral Way and 42nd – and/or the subsequent police response at California and Spokane – sorry for the delay, it took a while to sort out exactly what this is about.

(California/Spokane, photo courtesy Bill Schrier)

The southernmost scene (photo above) is where police took one person into custody in connection with what was reported to be an assault near the northernmost scene (photo below).

(WSB photo)

A Seattle Fire crew apparently was among those who witnessed the assault, which police say is believed to be a case of domestic violence, and did not result in major injuries, but initial concern led to a dispatch for both police and fire on a “fast backup” basis.

DELRIDGE RAPIDRIDE DECISION: ‘Online open house’ for H Line asks you to choose between 2 options

Three weeks after we reported that the Delridge RapidRide plan is moving ahead – including a name, the H Line, and a later launch date (2020) – a new planning phase has just launched, with questions for you including one major decision between two options for how Delridge Way will be configured along the route.

It’s in the form of an “online open house” that starts here. The introduction confirms that what is currently Metro Route 120 will “become” the H Line. And you’ll want to click all the way through the “online open house” to get to the big decision – what you think about Option 1 (PDF here, embedded below) vs. Option 2 (PDF here, embedded below):

They’re summarized on this SDOT fact sheet as:

OPTION 1 focuses on improving bus speed and reliability in the corridor by adding bus only lanes, both all day and at peak times. A widened sidewalk would accommodate people who bike and walk along key sections of the corridor in addition to the neighborhood greenways, which run parallel to Delridge Way SW.

OPTION 2 would add bus-only lanes in the north section of the corridor between the West Seattle Bridge and SW Alaska St. It would also add about 3 miles of protected bike lanes along Delridge Way SW.

The “online open house” also includes this comparison (PDF here, embedded below) of what the cross-section of parts of Delridge would look like under the two proposed options:

After all that, as you continue through the “online open house,” you’ll get to a survey section. It doesn’t ask you immediately about your preference for the two options, but it does get there, so be sure to keep going. Then, you’ll reach this list of in-person outreach events coming up:

Visit us in person as we spend time out on the corridor the week of March 20. We hope to see you!

3/20 from 7 – 8 AM at the southwest corner of Delridge Way SW and SW Andover St
3/20 from 11 AM – 1 PM at bus stops along Delridge Way SW
3/21 from 7 – 9 AM at bus stops along Delridge Way SW
3/22 from 5 – 6 PM at 21st Ave SW and SW Dawson St along the neighborhood greenway east of Delridge Way SW
3/23 from 4:30 – 6:30 PM at bus stops along Delridge Way SW
3/24 from 8 – 10 AM on the east sidewalk at the intersection of Delridge Way SW and 17th Ave SW

(We’ll be adding those to the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, with reminders in our weekday-morning traffic coverage.) Even if you don’t have time to deal with this now – you’ve got two-plus weeks; the city says the “online open house” will be up and running through the end of the month.

P.S. If you’re concerned about the crumbling pavement on parts of Delridge Way – particularly the northern half – we recently asked SDOT about plans for repaving, and the reply was that it would be done in connection with the RapidRide project. How much, when, and where, we don’t know yet. You’ll see the state of the pavement mentioned in the “online open house.”

What Highland Park Elementary students asked Governor Inslee to ‘think about’

(WSB photos and video)

11:36 AM: That’s Gov. Jay Inslee reading a letter from first-graders at Highland Park Elementary during his visit this morning. They asked if he would consider more money for their school because they need it for afterschool programs, playground equipment, and supplies including pencils. “Can you please think about it and get back to us?” they concluded. The governor was there to talk about education funding, as well as to tour the school:

(L to R with governor, First Lady Trudi Inslee, HPE assistant principal Sharon Stone, principal Chris Cronas)

We got a few minutes to speak with the governor; among other things, he says he expects to sign the “levy cliff” bill – which will alleviate some of the current public-education-funding crisis – within a few days, as soon as it arrives on his desk. We’ll be adding to this story later, including video and more photos.

ADDED MONDAY EVENING: The governor spoke with students, including a sort of quick quiz on civics:

He looked in on what they were working on:

And he read from a book he and Trudi wrote and illustrated for their grandchildren:

Then a few minutes were set aside to talk with reporters – our photographer and two TV crews.

The governor said he expects the school-funding situation to be resolved this year. And he said it’s vital for kids like the students at Highland Park – many of whom need extra support at school because of trauma in their lives outside school: “These kids deserve schools that function.”

West Seattle Monday: Cookies, clothes, ferries, and more…

(Photo by Trileigh Tucker)

What’s ahead for today/tonight in West Seattle, as a new week begins:

GIRL SCOUT COOKIE SALES CONTINUE: Today is the start of the last week of this year’s Girl Scout Cookie sales – go here to find out who’s selling, where, and when.

POP-UP CLOTHESLINE: As previewed here last night, the High Point Library is hosting the West Seattle Helpline with a pop-up edition of the Clothesline clothing bank, 4-6 pm. (35th SW/SW Raymond)

TRIANGLE TASK FORCE: 4:30 pm at Fauntleroy Church‘s Fellowship Hall, it’s the second-to-last scheduled meeting of the citizens’ advisory group put together to come up with “quick wins” to help improve the “Triangle Route” – Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth. Public welcome; here’s the agenda. (9140 California SW)

GATEWOOD ELEMENTARY PTA MEETING: As previewed here on Sunday, tonight’s Gatewood PTA meeting, 6:30-8 pm, will include a look at sketches for improvements to the school’s playfield. Community welcome. (4320 SW Myrtle)

FAMILY STORY TIME: 6:30 pm at High Point Library. Free & fun! (35th SW/SW Raymond)

ALL-AGES QUIZ NIGHT: 7:30 pm at The Skylark – all ages are welcome for Monday Quiz Night. Prizes! (3803 Delridge Way SW)

LOOK AHEAD TO THE REST OF THE WEEK … and beyond, via our complete-calendar page.

Seen off West Seattle: USS Nimitz, northbound

Thanks to Guy Smith for the photo, and to everyone else who texted/e-mailed – the aircraft carrier headed northbound this murky morning was the USS Nimitz (CVN 68). We’ve seen it relatively often in recent months, on a variety of semi-short trips following its big overhaul that wrapped up in Bremerton last year. No word yet what today’s departure is about.

P.S. In case you missed it – the aircraft carrier that went by on Saturday won’t be coming back – the USS Independence is on its way to a Texas scrapyard. As of late last night, the Independence and tow boat Dino Chouest were well out in the open Pacific, off Grays Harbor.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday updates; first weekday since Metro service change

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

6:49 AM: The rain has returned for your Monday morning.

No traffic incidents in/from West Seattle reported so far.

Transit reminder – it’s the first weekday since Metro’s service change on Saturday. Here’s our story on what was to take effect for this area.

8:20 AM: Speaking of buses, Sound Transit express routes including the 560 are all running late, per ST.

8:44 AM: Note for ferry riders/neighbors – the citizens committee working on “quick wins” for improving the Triangle Route (Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth) has its second-to-last scheduled meeting at 4:30 pm today at Fauntleroy Church. All welcome; agenda’s here.