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VIDEO: 4 mayoral candidates @ Admiral Neighborhood Association

Most of tonight’s Admiral Neighborhood Association meeting was focused on the Seattle mayor’s race, with four candidates speaking and taking questions. We recorded them on video, above – first, Gary Brose; second, Casey Carlisle; third, Greg Hamilton; fourth, Larry Oberto. Each was given up to five minutes to make a statement, and then questions continued for close to an hour. (Sorry about the lighting, or lack of it – ANA meets in a low-lit room at The Sanctuary at Admiral – the clip works best if you just listen to it in the background.)

WHAT’S AHEAD: King County Elections mails ballots tomorrow, so primary-election voting is about to start (deadline is August 1st, and that’s when vote-counting will begin). 21 candidates in all are running for mayor; see them all here. You have at least two more chances to see multiple mayoral candidates in West Seattle – 16 of the 21 candidates have RSVP’d for the Sustainable West Seattle-presented forum that we’re moderating at Summer Fest this Saturday, 2 pm, in Junction Plaza Park; six candidates will be at the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce‘s transportation/business-issues forum at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center on July 20th (mingling 6:15 pm, forum 6:45 pm).


ORIGINAL 9:03 PM REPORT: Aaron reports his motorcycle was stolen on Beach Drive:

The bike is a black, silver, and white 2007 GSXR 750 sports bike. It has Texas license plates # 3ZL797. Last 8 of Vin: 72101610. The bike was stolen today between 9 am and 5 pm. Please call (911) if found.

9:48 PM: Ben reported in comments that two motorcycles were stolen from him today in West Seattle; he has since e-mailed the photo and info:

“Had two bikes stolen today from my driveway on Admiral Way between 1030 and 1130 AM. 2007 Suzuki gsxr and 2007 Yamaha R6.” Same goes for these – if you see one or both, call 911.

UPDATE: Garage fire in west Admiral

6:41 PM: The photo is from WSB’s Christopher Boffoli, who is at the scene of a sizable Seattle Fire response for a garage fire in the 2600 block of 50th SW [map].

6:48 PM: Update – the fire is tapped, SFD tells Christopher at the scene. No injuries, and no information yet on how it started.

7:05 PM: As for damage, Christopher says there wasn’t a vehicle in the detached garage, but what he described as a charred canoe was visible. The fire did not spread to the house. SFD’s fire marshal is investigating.

9:21 PM: More photos added, including the two below in which, once the fire was out, firefighters explained their gear to a curious young neighborhood resident:

We’ll check tomorrow on the final report about the fire’s cause.

ADDED 9:22 AM WEDNESDAY: According to SFD spokesperson Kristin Tinsley, “Fire investigators ruled this fire as accidental and determined the cause was from smoking material discarded into a garbage can. Estimated loss is $20,000.”

WEST SEATTLE HISTORY: Luna Park documentarian’s request

That’s West Seattle’s legendary, short-lived and long-gone Luna Park, circa 1910, from the Seattle Municipal Archives. If you have any Luna Park memorabilia/photos, Michael Falcone is hoping you’ll help:

I’m working on a documentary on Luna Park (amusement park 1907-1913) and would like to put out a call for any photographs/materials relating to the park and/or early West Seattle. I will be at the High Point Library Sunday, July 16th from 1-3 pm in the High Point Meeting Room for people to come by with any materials they would like to see included in the documentary.

I will have a laptop, scanner and camera present in case people allow me to copy images at that time. I am working with SW Historical Society in part on this project and seeking a Seattle CityArtists grant with the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.

If you have questions, you can reach Falcone through his website.

WEST SEATTLE DEVELOPMENT: Demolition under way for duplexes-to-rowhouses project at 61st/Admiral

3:39 PM: Thanks to Peter for the photo and tip: Demolition of the three 1940s-built duplexes on the northeast corner of 61st/Admiral is under way. We first reported last October on the plan to replace them with 12 three-story rowhouse units, eight facing 61st and the other four facing Admiral. The Alki Parking Overlay requires one and a half offstreet-parking spaces per unit, so there will be 18 spaces, accessible from the alley to the east.

4:48 PM: Just went by. Two duplexes down, one remaining, and the crews appeared to be done for the day.

YOU CAN HELP: Urgent call for blood donors, especially Type O

July 11, 2017 3:10 pm
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If you can donate blood, especially if you’re Type O, your help is urgently needed. Here’s the announcement we received:

Bloodworks Northwest issued an urgent appeal for donors after the community supply for Type O blood — the most common blood type among people in the Northwest — plunged by 37% since the beginning of July, and now stands at 1,000 units below normal operating levels.

“Sadly, more people needed lifesaving trauma care recently, reminding us that the need for blood doesn’t take summer vacation,” said James P. AuBuchon, MD, president and CEO of Bloodworks, “In the past 10 days we’ve had high patient needs, but 550 fewer donors than during the same period a year ago. Inventories of the most-needed blood types and platelets are between critical and emergency levels – only a one or two day supply.”

The need for blood is continuous for patients having surgeries, trauma care, organ transplants and cancer treatment. About 45% of people in the Northwest have Type O blood.

Bloodworks welcomes donors at 12 centers and conducts up to 100 mobile drives per week across the Northwest. It takes about 800 donors a day to maintain a sufficient supply for more than 90 hospitals served in Washington, Oregon and Alaska.

Noting that “good things come in pints,” Snoqualmie Ice Cream has teamed up with Bloodworks
to offer 5,000 pints of ice cream to donors to help address the summer shortage. People who
register at any Bloodworks donor center to give July 10-16 will receive a free voucher for a pint
of ice cream. To learn more and register visit:

Donors can schedule an appointment at any donor center by going online at or by calling 800-398-7888. People can also can check online at to find dates and times of mobile drives close to where they live or work.

We often list local drives in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, which shows two next Monday (July 17th) – one at Alki Masonic Lodge in The Junction, the other at Our Lady of Guadalupe.

WEST SEATTLE SUMMER FEST 2017 COUNTDOWN: See who’s there for shopping, food, kids’ activities, more

(SDOT camera at California/Alaska, a section of street that’ll be festival-filled Thursday night-Sunday)

Three days to West Seattle Summer Fest 2017, coming up in The Junction this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! We’ve talked a lot about Summer Fest Eve/WS Art Walk on Thursday night – including updates in last night’s preview – so in this update, we’re pointing you to more information about who and what you’ll find during the festival.

SHOPPING & MORE: You need all three days of the festival to see/shop/meet everyone you’ll find there – both the vendors and organizations with booths, and the year-round merchants, many of whom are offering sidewalk sales (after all, that’s what the festival used to be – the summertime sidewalk sale!). Some people like to show up at the festival and discover who’s there, but if you would rather plan ahead, or at least get some hints, the list is now online, including links you can use to find out more about who they are and what they do. Find it here.

FESTIVAL FOOD: Also online, the food list – not just which festival-only vendors will be there, but also the year-round restaurants, including those that’ll be serving up specialties on the sidewalk. See them here.

RETURN OF THE ART DIVE: It’s back this year! Find the artists at California/Oregon.

GREENLIFE SCHEDULE: We’ve talked about the mayoral-candidates debate (13 confirmed candidates now!) on Saturday, but that’s just part of what Sustainable West Seattle’s offering at the GreenLife expo, in Junction Plaza Park (42nd/Alaska). Here’s the schedule.

KIDS’ ZONE SCHEDULE: Kid stuff at Summer Fest is more than just the rides – lots of fun activities. See the list and schedule here.

And that’s STILL not all … watch for more previews coming up! Festival hours, by the way, are 10 am-6 pm Friday and Saturday, 11 am-5 pm Sunday, with the beer garden and mainstage music (both on California between Genesee and Oregon – here’s the festival map) running until late Friday and Saturday nights.

YOU CAN HELP! Here’s what Friends of Roxhill Elementary needs for playground push

(WSB photo: Playground at EC Hughes, mid-June)

While EC Hughes Elementary in Sunrise Heights is getting some renovation work before Roxhill Elementary is moved there in fall of 2018, the project doesn’t include the playground … so, as we reported a month ago, the new support group Friends of Roxhill Elementary is launching a community campaign. Today, from Jenny Rose Ryan, an announcement of the next phase, focusing on ways you can help – with money, materials, and/or volunteer time:

You can also find out more at the upcoming Friends of Roxhill Elementary meeting – 6 pm Thursday, July 20th, at White Center Library (1409 SW 107th) – everyone’s welcome.

8 highlights for your West Seattle Tuesday

(Cedar waxwings, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

What’s up for the rest of today/tonight:

NEW CRAFTING GATHERING: Drop by Highland Park Improvement Club 11 am-1 pm for a new crafting group – described in our calendar listing. Free, open to all, children welcome. (1116 SW Holden)

WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARK OPEN TODAY: Lincoln Park wading pool and Highland Park spraypark are both open 11 am-8 pm; Delridge wading pool is open noon-6:30 pm. (Find addresses here)

JUSTIN KAUSAL-HAYES: Live music at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor), 5-8 pm. (1936 Harbor SW)

CONVERSATION & FILM ABOUT GENDER DISCRIMINATION: 6 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, presented by Southwest Youth and Family Services. Watch and talk about the film “Anita” – more info in our calendar listing. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

JUNCTION LAND USE COMMITTEE ON HALA REZONING: 6:30 pm at the Senior Center/Sisson Building, the Junction Land Use Committee presents a workshop with information on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda‘s proposed Mandatory Housing Affordability rezoning, as previewed here, as the DEIS comment period continues, extended by the city until August 7th. (4217 SW Oregon)

WEST SEATTLE BIKE CONNECTIONS: This month’s meeting moved to the second Tuesday because of last week’s holiday. 6:30 pm at HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor), with agenda items including the Roxbury and Avalon paving/rechannelization projects and next Sunday’s Mini-STP ride. (41st/Alaska)

FAMILY STORY TIME: 7 pm at Delridge Library, bring the kids for stories, songs, and rhymes. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

MAYORAL CANDIDATES @ ADMIRAL NA: As previewed on Monday, three FIVE mayoral candidates will talk to the Admiral Neighborhood Association at 7 pm, The Sanctuary at Admiral. The group is also looking ahead to the Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series that it’s presenting starting next week. (42nd SW/SW Lander)

MORE … on our complete-calendar page!

ONE WEEK FROM TONIGHT: West Seattle Big Band Concert in the Park

July 11, 2017 9:04 am
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Just wanted to get this on your post-Summer Fest calendar, if it’s not there already: One week from tonight, you’re invited to the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center for the West Seattle Big Band‘s 22nd annual Concert in the Park, free and fun. Bring a chair/blanket/picnic dinner, bring the family/friends/neighbors; the band, directed by Jim Edwards, starts playing at 7 pm Tuesday, July 18th. WSB is proud to be a co-sponsor this year. If you haven’t been before, while Hiawatha’s official address is 2700 California SW, the concert is on the Walnut side. See you there!


July 11, 2017 7:06 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

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

7:06 AM: Good morning! The high-bridge cameras are still down. No incidents reported in/from West Seattle. One road-work alert continues:

ROXBURY SIDEWALK WORK: We checked on Monday and as announced, the project to build sidewalks and replace road panels along the south (eastbound) side of SW Roxbury between 28th and 30th has indeed begun.

WEST SEATTLE SUMMER FEST: We’ll be reminding you all week – Junction road closures and bus reroutes for West Seattle Summer Fest start at 6 pm Thursday and continue through late Sunday night, California between Edmunds and Genesee (with Oregon remaining open to east-west traffic) and Alaska between 42nd and 44th. The reroute alerts are now online here.