West Seattle, Washington
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Quiet month at Camp Second Chance – the city-sanctioned/funded encampment at 9701 Myers Way S. – but not so quiet in the pockets of unauthorized camping across the road.
Complaints about camping in the woods on the other side of Myers Way resurfaced toward the end of this month’s meeting of the Community Advisory Committee for Camp Second Chance, held Sunday afternoon at nearby Arrowhead Gardens.
Also during the meeting, one of the reps from the camp’s operator, the Low-Income Housing Institute (LIHI), suggested the committee and other community members put pressure on the city to provide a daily meal for the campers. Other updates ranged from budgeting to trash pickup.
7:38 PM: You’ll want to avoid the Delridge/Henderson area, which is reported to be blocked right now for a police investigation, including westward to 20th SW [map]. An “assault with weapons” SFD dispatch is on the way too, for a Seattle Police officer reported to have a knife wound to the hand. More to come.
7:50 PM: We just talked with police at the scene. They tell us the officer who is hurt had just detained a suspected tagger allegedly caught in the act. The suspect, they say, became uncooperative and stabbed the officer in the hand. Not life-threatening – the officer is being taken to the hospital now. Delridge is open but Henderson is blocked just to the west. The suspect is in custody.
10:10 PM: We just went over to verify that investigators have cleared the scene and reopened the road, which they have. We hope to find out more tomorrow about the officer’s condition and the suspect’s status.
Another reminder that tomorrow is the scheduled start of the SDOT project that will close the intersection of Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Wildwood [map], just south of the ferry terminal, for up to two weeks, for replacement of concrete road panels and construction of a curb ramp. That means a traffic detour, bus reroutes, and parking restrictions nearby, including along the temporary bus route, which includes SW Trenton.
SDOT says the closure starts at 7 am Monday; Metro says the reroutes begin at the “start of service” for the affected routes. We will be checking the area for our regular weekday traffic/transit coverage. You can check traffic cameras in the vicinity via this page on the Washington State Ferries website.
The fate of C & P’s site at 5612 California SW remains undetermined, four weeks after its owners put it on the market, with C & P subsequently crowdfunding and working to muster a counter-offer. (Nothing to announce when we last checked in with them.)
If you’re a C & P fan, you’re invited to join in what Historic Seattle has planned. The organization’s announcement explains that heart-bombing is …
… a form of advocacy, a fun and creative way to bring people together and raise awareness about what’s cherished in a community — places both safe and threatened– with homemade valentines that serve as a sort of love letter to places that matter. This February, groups and individuals across the country will be heart-bombing the places that matter to them. To join in, you craft up a valentine and then go out and show some love for the places that matter to you. Next you take a picture, and share on social media using #heartbombSEA and #IHeartSavingPlaces to be a part of the local and nationwide love fest.
On February 8 from 4-6 pm, we are hosting a heart-bomb valentine craftmaking “party” at our headquarters on First Hill. Following that, on February 13 from noon-1 PM, Historic Seattle staff and other advocates will be gathering to heart-bomb C & P Coffee (and take a group photo).
This isn’t a surprise party – C & P already knows. You’re welcome to be there on the 13th whether or not you make it to the craft party five days earlier (Historic Seattle, by the way, is at 1117 Minor Ave.) – or, if you can’t be there in person, you can drop off your Valentine at C & P before then.
Just out of the WSB inbox, from Beetle:
My car was stolen this morning around 2 am- 3 am around 18th Ave SW and Elmgrove. My CCTV footage showed 2 possible males drive by in a minivan; one got out as a lookout and the other got into my car and they both drove off.
It was a gold ’95 Honda Accord lX with minor body damage to driver’s-side front panel and rear. WA license plate AYU4885. Not a fancy car but it was a reliable way to work an hour away from here. Any info if seen around the neighborhood would help greatly. I have already reported it stolen and this is the second time it’s happened … same car and location.
Call 911 if you see it.
Thanks to Heather Griffin from the Chief Sealth International High School faculty for sharing the rehearsal photo and invitation:
Ninth-grade students at Chief Sealth International High School are participating in the 17th annual Page to Stage drama-based instruction conducted by Book-It Repertory Theatre. Students have been studying poetry in their Language Arts classes, and have used that work to create a final performance for you to see on Thursday, February 8th, at 7 p.m. We welcome the community to join us in this dynamic interpretation of student-written poems at the Chief Sealth International auditorium.
The auditorium is on the west side of the campus at 2600 SW Thistle. Last year we recorded and published video of 11 of the 23 performed poems – but nothing compares to being there and seeing and hearing for yourself (performers always appreciate an audience, too).
Would you post this on the blog for us?
(Photo by Ankit Saxena, who photographed the colors from Alki after a mid-January rainstorm)
The Game isn’t all that’s happening this Sunday! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS MARKET: 10 am-2 pm in the street in the heart of The Junction. And market management informs us that today is National Homemade Soup Day, which you can celebrate by purchasing many locally grown ingredients at the market. (California SW between SW Alaska and SW Oregon)
LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: Didn’t get to last night’s reception for the new exhibit Navigating to Alki? See it at the museum today, regular hours noon-4 pm. (61st SW/SW Stevens)
‘FRANK VS. GOD’: 1 pm at Kol HaNeshamah – instead of a talk, it’s a movie matinée for this edition of the FRED series, and you’ll meet the West Seattleite who’s one of the producers of “Frank vs. God.” More info in our calendar listing. (6115 SW Hinds)
CAMP 2ND CHANCE COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE: Monthly meeting is at 2 pm, Arrowhead Gardens community room. Our preview published Friday night includes info addressing two frequently mentioned issues – the camp operator’s contract with the city, and the process for renewing the camp’s permit for a second sanctioned year. The meeting is as always open to the public. (9200 2nd SW)
THE BIG GAME: You have many options for watching The Bowl. Two Bowls, if you go to The Westy (WSB sponsor) – they promise a screen in the corner will be showing the Puppy Bowl, though the main event otherwise is of course the Super Bowl. Wing specials, too. You’re advised to get there early! Eagles vs. Patriots kickoff is at 3:30 pm our time, but the fun starts a lot sooner. (7908 35th SW)
SOUND BATH: Find yourself in need of unwinding after The Big Game? 7:30 pm at Bikram Yoga West Seattle, Serene Sound Sessions offers a Crystal Sound Bath. (4747 California SW)
LOOK INTO THE FUTURE … via our complete calendar!