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CONGRATULATIONS! West Seattle golfer Janine Surge headed to Junior Americas Cup tournament with Team Washington

(Janine Surge with first-place trophy from Western Open)

Congratulations to Janine Surge, a West Seattle resident who’s won a prestigious golf tournament and is on her way to another one. Here’s the announcement:

West Seattle resident Janine Surge is one of four female high-school golfers who will be representing Team Washington at the Girls Junior Americas Cup (GJAC), hosted from August 1st – 3rd, 2017 at Reflection Bay Golf Club in Nevada. The GJAC tournament brings together teams from 17 western states and one (1) team from British Columbia, comprising of the top four girls from each state/country.

En route to earning a spot on Team Washington, Janine claimed a 1st-place finish at the WA State Junior Golf Association’s Western Open, firing rounds of 69 and 70 (two-day total of 5 under par) at Capitol Golf Course in Olympia. She also earned an exemption into the prestigious IMG Junior World Golf Championship, to be contested in San Diego July 11th – 14th, 2017 at Torrey Pines Golf Course by carding rounds to 73 and 74 at the qualifier tournament at Tumwater Golf Course.

Good luck, Janine, at Junior Worlds and GJAC!

Janine is a former Madison Middle School student who will be a junior at Holy Names Academy this fall (but is not currently on the school’s golf team).

FRESH! First day for High Point Market Garden Farm Stand

Another sign of summer! It’s the first weekly Farm Stand day at High Point Market Garden (32nd SW/SW Juneau). Every Wednesday, 4-7 pm, through September 27th, you can buy organic produce grown by local residents at the mini-farm that’s steps from the stand:

As announced by the city Department of Neighborhoods, which oversees the program, the farm stand (one of two in the city – the other is at NewHolly) accepts EBT cards and participates in Fresh Bucks, “which doubles consumers’ first $10 spent on the card.” Also, ROAR is at the stand again this year; it “sells produce to neighborhoods with limited access to healthy food.”

HALA REZONING: Junction Land Use Committee plans community workshop July 11

Two and a half weeks left to comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the rezoning proposals in the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) component. If you’re in the Junction area and still sorting it out, a local community group invites you to a workshop next Tuesday:

Mark Your Calendar – HALA DEIS Workshop on July 11, 2017 at 6:30 p.m at the West Seattle Senior Center

The Junction Land Use Committee (JLUC) will present a summary of key portions of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement related to the proposed upzones on the Junction Urban Village. The workshop will also include a description of the impact of the upzones, actions you can take, and ways to help you identify additional areas on which you might wish to comment. Location: 4217 SW Oregon.

CAN YOU HELP? WestSide Baby needs extra volunteers tonight, tomorrow

July 5, 2017 2:02 pm
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The photo is from WestSide Baby – which is thrilled by lots of recent donations, and now in need of some help to organize them:

WestSide Baby needs extra hands tonight and tomorrow (July 5th and 6th) so if you’re looking for a volunteer opportunity to help keep kids in our community safe, warm and dry, this could be it! WestSide Baby’s main offices in White Center will be open tonight and tomorrow from 6-9 pm for volunteer opportunities because we are inundated with donations (hooray!) Grab a friend or family member (8 years and up) and come volunteer. Email Shana Allen at to let her know you are coming, or visit for more information.

VIDEO: Full Council to vote on income tax Monday after committee approval today

That’s the archived video of this morning’s meeting of the City Council’s Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods, & Finance Committee, which voted unanimously for CB 119002, the “income tax on high-income residents.” The five councilmembers present and voting were committee chair Tim Burgess, the bill’s sponsors Lisa Herbold and Kshama Sawant, Sally Bagshaw, and Mike O’Brien. That sets up a final vote by the full Council next Monday morning (July 10th). You can see the full bill here; its key points: “a tax on individual residents with total income above $250,000 per year ($500,000 for joint filers) …” The tax would be levied only on the income beyond that amount, not on the first $250K (individual) or $500K (joint). The income beyond those amounts would be taxed by the city at 2.25 percent. Here’s what the bill says the money would go toward:

All receipts from the tax levied in this Chapter 5.65 shall be restricted in use and shall be used only for the following purposes: (1) lowering the property tax burden and the impact of other regressive taxes; (2) addressing the homelessness crisis; (3) providing affordable housing, education, and transit; (4) replacing federal funding potentially lost through federal budget cuts, including funding for mental health and public health services; (5) creating green jobs and meeting carbon reduction goals; and (6) administering and implementing the tax levied by this Chapter 5.65.

The big question remains, what happens after the full council vote, considering that an income tax is against state law? City leaders say they’re ready to fight anyone who sues, thinking that it could lead to a ruling changing state law.


(WSB photo, Summer Fest Eve 2014)

It’s been three years since The Bubbleman whirled and swirled his show in the heart of The Junction on West Seattle Summer Fest Eve. But this year, Junction Association executive director Lora Swift tells us, he’ll be back. Summer Fest Eve is Thursday, July 13th, when the streets shut down for festival setup, and many local businesses start pre-festival fun, so this will be part of it – it’s West Seattle Art Walk night, too, and with the recent additions to Art Walk, you’ll find food and drink specials at many venues as well as art. Lora says Bubbleman will be there 7-8 pm on Summer Fest Eve, exact location TBA (the festival zone is on California between Edmunds and north of Oregon, and Alaska between 44th and 42nd) – and stand by for news of other SF Eve entertainment, too.

West Seattle Wednesday: Post-holiday highlights

(Garlic tops @ Westcrest Park P-Patch – photographed by Ben Harris)

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar (where you’ll find even more of what’s going on today/tonight/beyond):

AVALON SUBSTATION @ LANDMARKS BOARD: As announced in May, the city Landmarks Board will consider the former Avalon Substation building at its City Hall meeting today, 3:30 pm. The review is part of the process through which Seattle City Light is seeking to demolish the building as part of a site cleanup. Public comment welcome. (600 4th Avenue)


The WSLL 10/11 year old All Star team has made it to the District 7 championship game!
Come cheer them on (tonight) at Pacwest in SeaTac. Game time is 6 pm. Wear your red to support the team. See you there!

(14653 16th Ave S, SeaTac)

DANCE! 6-8 pm, monthly evening Dance Time with Lauren Petrie at the Senior Center of West Seattle. Details here. (4217 SW Oregon)

SOUTHWEST DISTRICT COUNCIL: As previewed on Tuesday, the SWDC **does** have a July meeting, and all are welcome. Topics include the Port, paving, and noise. 6:30 pm at the Sisson Building/Senior Center. (4217 SW Oregon)

JIM PAGE: Singer-songwriter performing at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

PISTOL SISTERS AND MANNEQUIN BBQ: Performing at 8 pm at Parliament Tavern. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

Plus … our daily aquatics check:

WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARK: Open today – Lincoln Park wading pool, until 8 pm; Highland Park spraypark, until 8 pm; Hiawatha wading pool, noon-6:30 pm; EC Hughes wading pool, noon-7 pm. (Addresses are here)

And an advance alert:

COLMAN POOL CLOSURES … While the outdoor saltwater pool on the shore at Lincoln Park is open **today** as regularly scheduled, it will be closed to the public the next three days for swim meets, July 6-8 (also July 14-15).

READER REPORTS: Parks left trashed post-holiday

FIRST REPORT, 9:17 AM: Sadly, we’re sure this is only one of many parks left in this condition after another 4th of July night full of illegal fireworks. But James is the first to send photos and a report:

I was going for my usual morning walk and I could not believe the vast amount of garbage that people left/disregarded. Lincoln Park trash cans had bags of trash and styrofoam coolers stacked next to them, but Solstice Park was beyond the pale. It looks like a bomb went off here.

I don’t know if you are collecting readers’ stories about partygoers treating West Seattle like a trash dump, but it’s truly shameful that other people would do this to a community.

Anyone/anyplace else?

SECOND REPORT, 9:57 AM: From Jason in Highland Park, a report on Westcrest Park:

Incredibly annoying and sad how people leave the parks after a day of celebration.

We know there are also bighearted neighbors who go out every year and quietly clean up, and welcome photos of them too.

THIRD REPORT, 12:16 PM: From Jenni:

Highland Park Playfield on the baseball field.
11:00 am, July 5th

We’ve also heard from a couple people who didn’t have photos – including one mentioning debris at Sanislo Elementary School.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Post-holiday Wednesday

July 5, 2017 6:59 am
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(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

6:59 AM: Good morning! Mostly quiet on the routes through and from West Seattle – no incidents reported so far this morning.

West Seattle scene: How the 4th of July fireworks looked from here

Thanks to Chi Krneta for the fireworks photos, looking north from West Seattle toward Lake Union.

If you missed the fireworks – or just can’t get enough – another local show is just two weeks away, White Center Jubilee Days fireworks at Steve Cox Memorial Park (1321 SW 102nd) on Wednesday, July 19th.