West Seattle, Washington
This year’s West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day – 13th year, 10th year that it’s been coordinated by us at WSB – is just four days away, 9 am-3 pm Saturday, May 13th. As we continue counting down, we’ll be sharing some lists from within the big list of 300 sales, all types, all sizes, all over the peninsula, all on the official map. Tonight, the list of which sales involve benefits for or at nonprofits:
Sale #8: 4408 Delridge Way SW – West Seattle Tool Library
Sale #112: 3855 48th Ave SW – Girl Scout Troop 44028
Sale #126: 4142 47th Ave SW – fighting breast cancer
Sale #154: 2701 51st Ave SW – proceeds to Planned Parenthood
Sale #156: 2007 Ferry Ave SW – WSHS baseball
Sale #172: 3446 38th Ave SW – students selling items to benefit WestSide Baby
Sale #231: 5637 42nd Ave SW – multifamily sale benefiting Mount Hood Kiwanis Camp for children and adults with disabilities
Sale #233: 7400 Fauntleroy Way SW – Solstice P-Patch plant sale
Sale #236: 5242 41st Ave SW – multifamily sale benefiting West Seattle Timebank
Sale #243: 7702 44th Ave SW – Seattle Children’s Hospital
Sale #249: 8436 Fauntleroy Way SW – benefit for Delta Kappa Gamma, scholarships for women educators
Sale #256: 9261 45th Ave SW – Sale at Endolyne Joe’s with half the proceeds benefiting Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Sale 307: 10323 28th Ave SW – Multifamily sale at Grace Church benefiting missions to Nicaragua
Click on any line on the online map to open the bubble with its description. More lists to come before sale day! Any questions about WSCGSD, e-mail us at email@example.com – thanks!
If you haven’t already heard – tomorrow is Bike to School Day, as part of Bike Everywhere Month, so you’ll see more students on two wheels than usual. We know some schools are also planning special “bike trains,” and remember that elementaries start early, so you’ll see these “trains” in the 7 am vicinity.
P.S. What used to be called Bike to Work Day is now Bike Everywhere Day, and that’s coming up Friday, May 19th.
Those big white-with-small-black-print signs that mark proposed development sites could be changing. This week’s first Land Use Information Bulletin includes notices premiering the new format the city wants to change to – the one you see atop this story. The intent is to provide more information, more readably, about the proposed project. This notice explains what prospective developers would be required to do; this notice explains how to comment before a final decision is made about the change – the deadline is May 23rd, two weeks from today. Unless something major comes up, the city hopes the new sign format will be in use starting next month.
P.S. In a Twitter exchange about the proposed sign-format change, we mentioned to @SeattleDCI that the ubiquity of tagging vandalism on the current-format signs seemed to be one of the biggest hindrances to their readability. In response, they told us that vandalized signs should be reported to firstname.lastname@example.org so they can be cleaned or replaced.
Another attempted early-morning burglary, interrupted by a resident. Bobby says this happened at an apartment in the 6000 block of California SW [map]:
On Monday morning at 4:00 AM, I woke up to a loud noise and went into my living room to discover a thief climbing through the window. I yelled loudly and he ran off. He only managed to break the outside screen before I caught him. Pretty startling to wake up to someone climbing through your window.
Bobby says SPD responded quickly and found a possible suspect; we’re checking on the status of the case.
P.S. Got questions about crime/safety? A member of the Southwest Precinct Community Police Team, Officer Jon Flores, is confirmed for tonight’s Admiral Neighborhood Association meeting, 7 pm at The Sanctuary at Admiral (42nd SW/SW Lander).
In our coverage of the most-recent Morgan Community Association meeting, we mentioned MoCA announcing that the city was working on a May 31st meeting about the ongoing Lowman Beach seawall issue – it’s damaged and needs to be either replaced or removed. MoCA board member Cindi Barker sends word that the city has set the time and location – 6:30-7:30 pm May 31st at The Hall at Fauntleroy (9131 California SW). The details are on the Lowman Beach Park webpage, and indicate that the city is likely to remove the seawall – as was done with one to the south years ago – and keep the tennis court. See the official meeting flyer here.
(Added 12:09 pm: Unedited video of the mayor’s 9-minute speech)
10:29 AM: We’re at Alki Bathhouse, where Mayor Murray has just taken the stage.
Front of the room pic.twitter.com/1ysFCJP4aC
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) May 9, 2017
(Front of the room, moments before the mayor arrived)
We’re told he will not take questions after making his statement. He begins, “I’m happy to be back home in Alki, where I spent my childhood … Alki is my favorite place on this planet. I’m happy to be back .. where it all began. I’m happy to be back here, a poor kid from this neighborhood who never even heard the word ‘gay’.” He says he’s “standing here before you as your mayor” and gets applause – a round of which greeted his arrival.
He is detailing achievements, starting with transportation, including the Viaduct/tunnel. “I’m happy to have been here, and to have been in the (state) House … and I’m happy after a 29-year battle to have passed the (LGBTQ) civil-rights bill.” More applause.
He continues to run through highlights of his career. “I’m happy to have been part of some remarkable achievements … from the civil-rights bill to the ring I wear on my finger.” Husband Michael Shiosaki is standing at his left. Murray’s voice is breaking a bit. “… We together have made progress as a city,” he continues.
Part of what the mayor just said in explaining why he will not run again. pic.twitter.com/qETo1gAXkS
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) May 9, 2017
(One minute of the mayor’s speech just before confirming he won’t run for re-election)
He is withdrawing as a candidate for mayor, he said at 10:34 am. He says the mayor’s race must focus on the future, and the “scandal” – referring to the lawsuit accusing him of sexually abusing minors decades ago – is making that impossible. He says it is hurting this city, as well as hurting him and his husband.
But, he says, deciding not to run for “the best job in politics – mayor of the city of Seattle – this career that has been my life” is painful. “It tears me to pieces to step away, but I believe it is in the best interest of this city that I love.”
… “I plan to remain mayor of this city until the end of my term, and I will be just as active (then as before). … As I have said in my final State of the City address, we cannot wait, Seattle cannot wait, we must continue moving forward.” And he thanks those who have stood by him for years, volunteers, family, friends. “I thank you for your support and your love .. and to the people of Seattle, thank you for the opportunity to serve you and this great city … It has been the absolute absolute opportunity of a lifetime.”
10:42 AM: The mayor has finished his remarks, and as an assistant told us beforehand, did not stay for questions. He left the stage after hugs and applause:
Mayor has finished speaking. pic.twitter.com/bnWOhx25pN
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) May 9, 2017
So who WILL be on the August 1st primary ballot? Next week is the official filing week for candidates, but 11 – besides Murray – have already filed campaign notices with the city – see them here – and we’ve heard of at least two more who aren’t listed there.
11:31 AM: We are back at HQ, uploading our video with the mayor’s entire statement, and we’ll be adding a few photos too. Here is the news release just published on the city website; it’s been one month and two days since the Seattle Times published first word of the lawsuit against the mayor.
While the mayor left right after his statement, some of those who stood behind him and along the walls inside the Bathhouse went outside and mingled a while in the sunshine, some doing TV interviews.
Two and a half months ago, we told you about the Best of Hands Barrelhouse, coming to the southeast corner of 35th/Webster. Last night, we heard from proprietor Nicholas Marianetti, who is asking for neighbors to keep an eye on the site, after metal thieves struck:
We began working at around 2:00 PM (Monday, May 8th) at the former site of John’s Corner Deli (we’ve been demoing there since mid April), and noticed that someone had come by between then and Sunday night when we were there last, and had cut apart and stolen copper piping from the back of the building. It looks like they may have been scared off by something as they left one large piece of piping behind as well as a tool they were using.
Earlier in the day, a reader had in fact asked us how Best of Hands was coming along, so we asked about that – here’s the reply:
So, right now we’re aiming for a December opening. Of course, this will depend on how quickly permitting works its way through the city and the Federal governments. According to our architect, we should expect to see our building permits sometime early-mid June. We plan to demo the rest of the month and perhaps into June, and be ready to build out as soon as the permits arrive. Hopefully build-out will be done by September, and we’ll be able to test-batch while we’re waiting for our federal TTB permits to clear (they were about 6 months out when we applied in April). We’ve already acquired a 7BBL brewhouse, so we’ve got our ducks in a row.
John’s Corner Deli closed in late January.
Yes, for those who are asking, Mayor Murray‘s office has just confirmed (via an advisory e-mailed to news media including us) that he will “make an announcement at 10:30 this morning at Alki Beach.” What that announcement will be, lots of rumors, nothing official. It’s been a month since he was sued with allegations of sexually abusing minors decades ago. Since then, he has continued to insist he’ll stay in office and run for a second term; the official filing period isn’t until next week. Why Alki? The mayor has an affinity for this area, having lived here for a while in childhood, and also, he noted after his election in 2013 that he had the largest margin of victory in this area. We’ll be there for the announcement.
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
PRESCHOOL PREVIEW AT WESTSIDE SCHOOL: Westside School (WSB sponsor) is re-launching preschool, and 10-11 am this morning, parents/guardians are invited to come meet teachers and find out more about the program. (10404 34th SW)
RESIST/WRITE: This group invites you to its meeting at 6:30 pm at Uptown Espresso in The Junction “to discuss projects such as blogging, videos for youtube, economic boycotts, etc. to formulate a visible national resistance. Serious focused individuals welcome.” (California/Edmunds/Erskine)
ADMIRAL NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: 7 pm at The Sanctuary @ Admiral, with an agenda including HALA, the 4th of July Parade, the Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series, and (updated 10:10 am) Community Police Team Officer Jon Flores, who has just confirmed he’ll be there, according to ANA president Larry Wymer. (42nd SW/SW Lander)
FAUNTLEROY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: 7 pm at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, monthly board meeting, public welcome. (9131 California SW)
FAMILY STORY TIME: 7-7:30 pm tonight at Delridge Library – bring kids of all ages! (5423 Delridge Way SW)
6:59 AM: Welcome to sunny Tuesday! No incidents in/from West Seattle so far this morning.
ADMIRAL ALERT: If you didn’t see this when we published it last night … what one resident described as a “sinkhole” is blocked off in the main eastbound travel lane on Admiral Way near 57th.