West Seattle, Washington
We’ve heard from multiple people about possible gunshots heard around 10 pm – and we heard them ourselves in the distance. People in Sunrise Heights and Gatewood say they called 911 and were told many others had. Monitoring the scanner, we haven’t heard about anything that would confirm gunfire – casings or property damage; please let us know if police are in your neighborhood and seem to be finding something.
Last September, Erika Norris became the first swimmer in 50 years to complete the Bremerton-to-Alki Point “Amy Hiland Swim“ – named in honor of the woman who swam it in 1959. Tomorrow (Saturday, August 26), two more swimmers plan to take it on – Jerome Leslie and Lauren Boilini. Both are open-water swimmers who train off Alki, according to one of their compatriots, Andrew Malinak, who sent us first word of the plan. Jerome and Lauren plan to start from Bremerton at 10 am, and will be using the Northwest Open Water Swimmers Association tracker that you should be able to follow here once it’s activated. If all goes well along the 10.4-mile route, they expect to arrive at Alki Point by 4 pm or so.
Two of our boys were approached by a gold Acura SUV just now in Arbor Heights and the man inside lowered his sunglasses asked our boys “if they wanted pizza” they said no so he took off. Right by 102nd & California
Police are here now taking a description, Caucasian male, late 30’s, black shirt and sunglasses.
West Seattle Crime Watch reports:
BICYCLE STOLEN: Joe says this happened at California/Admiral:
My girlfriend’s bike was stolen sometime (Thursday) night or this morning. It’s a Kona Africabike. Black color, single speed, with a front rack and rear rack. Next to the bike shop – had a cable lock, and the bike has a rear wheel lock. So I imagine whoever took the bike must have had wire cutters and a truck. Or just took it on the bus. Just want to keep an eye out for it and warn others to remember. Keep your bikes inside.
BUSINESS BREAK-INS: Three are listed on Tweets by Beat (the Southwest Precinct automated tweets can be reviewed any time on our Crime Watch page) – We’ve learned that the 4700 block of 42nd SW break-in was at Season’s Salon on the ground floor of Mural. A business about a block away reported finding a cash drawer dumped by their recycling bin, and the possibility of a connection was being checked out. Meantime, we don’t know which businesses were hit in the other two break-ins – one was reported in the 4100 block of California SW, the other in the 6500 block of California SW.
COUNTERFEIT CASH: The West Seattle Junction Association is also warning businesses that a retailer got a counterfeit $50 bill on Wednesday.
TAGGING VANDALISM: Big ugly tags overnight on the wall by KeyBank in the heart of The Junction – cleanup is planned, if it hasn’t happened already.
The photo is from Lynn Hall, who says the performance at Anchor Park is/was a promotion for Leavenworth. Given that liederhosen and mountain goats are not usual sights around here, we will take her word for it. Maybe we can set up an exchange program and offer them … a standup paddleboarder bearing fish ‘n’ chips?
If you didn’t already see it via City Councilmember Lisa Herbold‘s weekly e-mail/online update, the city is circulating a short survey about 10 possible concerns in the Alki area, all involving vehicles/driver behavior. It asks your thoughts on those concerns, plus an open-ended question on whether you’re “concerned about anything else.” You can answer the survey by going here.
(WSB file photo from past Arts in Nature Festival)
Only one of this weekend’s major events is happening both days – the Arts in Nature Festival presented by Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association/Nature Consortium at Camp Long! Art, music, participatory activities, food, fun … at a West Seattle park that is an attraction all its own. You can decide when you want to go on Saturday and/or Sunday by checking the schedule here – most of the festival is outdoors but don’t miss what’s happening in Camp Long’s historic lodge, or in its rustic cabins, where artists are in residence for the weekend. Don’t worry about getting hungry or thirsty – there’s a beer garden and food trucks. WSB is proud to be among the Arts in Nature Festival sponsors this year! Festival hours are 11 am-9 pm Saturday, 11 am-6 pm Sunday, and you can get your ticket in advance online. (Camp Long is at 5200 35th SW.)
(Meeting video, unedited. You’ll want to fast-forward through 1-on-1 conversation break, between 17 and 32 minutes)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
After thirteen months of gestation, the city’s Community Involvement Commission was born Thursday night.
It arrived on the second floor of City Hall, five floors below the conference room where Mayor Murray had announced the plan to create it by executive order.
“It’s been a long process,” acknowledged Department of Neighborhoods director Kathy Nyland, the highest-ranking city staffer in attendance at the commission’s first meeting. She said getting the right staffing in place was a major reason. Danielle Friedman is now on board as the program coordinator, and led most of the meeting – which you can see in its entirety in the unedited video above.
But first, Nyland offered the backstory.
The plan to create the Community Involvement Commission came in a surprise mayoral announcement we covered in July of 2016. The city’s 13 “neighborhood district councils” – groups of volunteers representing smaller community groups and organizations – knew the system was being reviewed, and were looking forward to a report on that review, when the mayor abruptly announced the system would be “replaced” by the new CIC. On elaboration – as Nyland again stressed last night – the councils were not disbanded or dissolved, but the nominal city funding they received (about $500 each per year, generally spent on meeting-room rental) was pulled, and the level of city-staff support was cut.
(WSB file photo – Alki Kayak Tours @ Duwamish River Festival)
Another big Saturday event we’re previewing – the 11th annual Duwamish River Festival! The Duwamish runs along much of West Seattle’s eastern border, and this annual event presented by the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition celebrates not only efforts to improve the waterway, but also the cultures of those who live along it. The festival is headquartered at Duwamish Waterway Park in South Park, with free boat and kayak tours of the river, free food and entertainment, community environmental and health resources, and more. It runs noon-6 pm on Saturday (August 26th) and will be followed by an annual favorite – masked Mexican-style wrestling with Lucha Libre Volcánica at 6 pm in the park.
(WSB file photo – Lucha Libre Volcánica @ Duwamish Waterway Park)
DRCC’s latest update says the festival’s entertainment lineup includes:
Amigos de Seattle, Guatemala
Madcap Pusher Band of Georgetown
Bopha Lokei Cambodian Dance
Meshika Dancers,Danza Kalpulli Tlaloktekuhtli
Angeles de Mexico
Thai Classical Music and Dance
Northside Drill and Step Team
Chaotic Noise Marching Band
And the Duwamish Tribe opening the day!
Duwamish Waterway Park is at 7900 10th Avenue S.
Thanks to Susanna from Niederberger Contracting (WSB sponsor) for the view of this morning’s bright and beautiful sunrise! Before we get to a weekend full of big events … a relatively quiet Friday (aside from Seahawks-watching!). From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
WADING POOL AND SPRAYPARK: The only wading pool still open for the season is Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way); it’s open 11 am-8 pm today, as is Highland Park spraypark (1100 SW Cloverdale), both open daily through Labor Day.
COLMAN POOL: Time’s running out for your chance to swim at West Seattle’s only outdoor saltwater public pool, on the shore at Lincoln Park. Noon-7 pm; here’s the schedule.
(added) SUMMER CONCERTS AT THE MOUNT: 6 pm on the south side of the Providence Mount St. Vincent campus, Joey Jewell’s Tribute to Sinatra and Friends closes out this year’s concert series. Free; bring your own chair/blanket. Dinner/drinks available for purchase starting at 5:30 pm. (4831 35th SW)
FREE TEEN SWIM: Youth 11-19 are invited to swim for free tonight at Southwest Pool, 8-9:30 pm. (2801 SW Thistle)
MUSICAL BENEFIT FOR LAFAYETTE ELEMENTARY: Space Tractor performs at Parliament Tavern, to benefit nearby Lafayette Elementary, 9 pm-midnight. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
PREVIEW THE WEEKEND … and beyond, via our complete calendar.
With a VERY big weekend ahead, we’re planning previews throughout the day today, starting with one more reminder about the 10th annual West Seattle Car Show, presented by West Seattle Autoworks and Swedish Automotive (WSB sponsors)! 10 am-3 pm tomorrow (Saturday, August 26th).
If you have a vehicle to show off – you can enter same-day – find the form (and fee info) here – load-in starts at 8 am on the north side of the Puget Ridge campus of South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor). Show proceeds support SSC’s Automotive Technology program.
If you’re planning on being a spectator, entry is free, and the show is more than just a chance to look at cars – there’s music – the Disco Cowboys, live! as well as a DJ – kids activities, vendors, the Double Up food truck (Caribbean cuisine), other adjacent attractions including SSC’s acclaimed Northwest Wine Academy and the Seattle Chinese Garden (which is having an 11 am-4 pm open house), and a chance to get your own car checked out for oil leaks and bulb safety (just mention it to the parking volunteers when you arrive).
We’re proud to be a co-sponsor again this year and look forward to seeing you there!
7:29 AM: Good morning! No incidents so far in/from West Seattle. Here’s what you should know, looking ahead:
SEAHAWKS TONIGHT: The stadium zone will be busy this afternoon/evening – the Seahawks host the Chiefs at 5 pm.
COSMO RUN ON ALKI SUNDAY: The Cosmo 7K/5K – successor to the Alki Beach 5K – will bring a few hours of parking restrictions/road closure on Sunday morning; it starts from Alki Bathhouse at 9:30 am.