West Seattle, Washington
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Seems like Sound Transit West Seattle light rail is Topic A everywhere.
One night before Thursday’s West Seattle Transportation Coalition presentation/discussion, it was also a big part of the agenda at Wednesday’s Delridge Neighborhoods District Council meeting – including another potentially loud voice supporting tunneling along at least part of what’s been drafted as an all-elevated route.
So that’s where our report begins:
(From the draft map for Sound Transit’s West Seattle light rail)
CITY REP ON SOUND TRANSIT 3 LIGHT RAIL: Interested in some tunneling on the West Seattle light-rail line, now in the “early scoping” public-comment mode through March 5th? The city may be on your side. Lyle Bicknell came to speak with DNDC on behalf of the city’s interest in the ST3 planning process – he’s with the Office of Planning and Community Development – and talking about how to minimize the impacts of the upcoming light-rail project.
Thanks to Doug B for the photo from a flipped-car crash at 44th SW and SW Graham in Seaview this past hour. We missed it because it was originally dispatched as a “heavy rescue” to 44th South and South Graham, miles away, and didn’t catch the correction – by which time it was re-dispatched with only one engine after all, and the incident log shows that engine left two minutes after arriving, indicating no injuries of note.
Four reports in West Seattle Crime Watch tonight:
CALIFORNIA/CHARLESTOWN ARREST(S): Thanks for the tips about police at the California/Charlestown 7-11 gas pumps, making at least one arrest, guns drawn, a little while ago. When we got there, we found out they’re Bellevue Police – but they refused to comment. We saw one person in handcuffs; tipsters said they saw two. We’ll follow up.
Next, two reader reports, both about stolen music-related equipment:
KARAOKE HOST’S EQUIPMENT STOLEN: Christopher Mychael is a legendary name in local karaoke – and tonight fans and friends are trying to help him recover from a theft. His SUV was broken into in the 6000 block of Lanham Place in High Point on Valentine’s Day morning. Stolen items include:
(3) computers (1 HP Desktop, 1 15″ Lenovo laptop, 1 17″ Toshiba laptop)
(3) external drives.
(2) Mixers. (Pwrd, 22 Ch. Beringer) (16 ch. Yamaha).
(2) 15″ pwrd JBL speakers
(4) Wireless Shure SM58 mics, (1) Shure 55 mic, (1) headset mic, plus all cables and backup cables and couplers and mic stand
Word of the theft was forwarded by another local karaoke host, “Karaoke Kelli,” who says, “During his career he’s KJ’d at all the local favorite bars, helped raise thousands of dollars for fundraisers around the community and been a safe place for people of all walks of life to sing their heart out.” So she and friends have a gear-replacemen fund going via a GoFundMe account.
BAND MEMBER’S EQUIPMENT STOLEN: Ryan came home to Highland Park after a Tractor Tavern gig with his band headwaves – and his locked van and trailer were stolen. He found the van and trailer along Myers Way, with all the equipment cleaned out:
2003 – Fender Stratocaster WHSC – SN: Z2145173, it has a pressure crack on the tail of the body
1965 – Silvertone Silhouette w/ tremolo bar
Nord – Stage 2
Pedal Board – Details Below
Ernie Ball – Volume Pedal
Dunlop – Wah Pedal
MusicomLab EFX MK IV – Analog Pedal Switcher
Strymon TimeLive – Delay Pedal
TC Electronic – Polytune Pedal
MXR Il Torino Overdrive
Rockett Pedals Archer Boost Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal
EarthQuaker Devices Organizer V2 Polyphonic Organ Emulator Pedal
Death By Audio – Apocalypse Pedal
Hotone Skyline Series VERB Digital Reverb Pedal
Solid Gold FX – Tremolo
Voodoo Labs – Mondo Power Supply
Pedal Train Pro w/ hard shell case
Akai Advanced 61
Novation Launchkey 61
Pedal Train Case for Keyboards
Ampeg – SVT-212AV
Two Tier Keyboard Stand
Single tier Keyboard Stand
25 Key Novation Launchport – Midi Keyboard
Roland Trigger Pad – SPD-S
Roland Drum Triggers
SPD incident number is 2018-050966.
BICYCLE THIEF PLEADS: You might remember the case of 25-year-old Casey Carlstedt, who was charged in a bicycle theft case that played out here in late 2016. Video showed him stealing Doug’s bicycle in North Delridge; a reader spotted the bicycle; another reader identified Carlstedt (backstory links are in this WSB story). We had checked in on the case from time to time, but it’s been a while, and Doug let us know this week that Carlstedt had struck a plea bargain. He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree theft, as well as a reduced charge from a drug case in December 2016, and when sentenced on March 2nd, the recommendation will be credit for time served. Records show Carlstedt spent six months in jail last year, from early March through early September, in connection with multiple misdemeanor cases.
2:52 PM: Light snow has started to fall in West Seattle. The National Weather Service is predicting less than an inch – we’ll see how it goes.
3:28 PM: Still snowing – as HelperMonkey describes it in a comment, sideways, mixed with sunshine. We’ll be tracking it throughout the pm commute, and watching traffic too.
4:34 PM: The snow’s intensified, though after an hour and a half, still not sticking. If you’re looking for traffic cams, here’s our page with 15 local views (we’re adding a couple atop this story for reference).
4:55 PM: And now it’s starting to stick – on cars, greenery, etc.
5:35 PM: First crash to report – 35th/Othello.
12:22 PM: For everyone interested in sights at sea – those four huge cranes headed for the Port of Tacoma are now coming into view from West Seattle. (We’re glimpsing them from west Charlestown hill, looking north.) They’re being carried by the heavy-lift ship Zhen Hua 28 – here’s its position via MarineTraffic.com; here’s the preview we published earlier this week. Updates to come.
12:29 PM: Visible from Alki, too.
12:45 PM: It’s currently pointed more southeast, as if it was headed for Elliott Bay rather than directly south.
12:55 PM: Clearly headed into Elliott Bay. So don’t be looking for it from west-facing WS.
1:04 PM: Just called Tara with NW Seaport Alliance. She says the ship turned into Elliott Bay to change pilots.
1:15 PM: Headed west out of the bay now. And if you are waiting along Beach Drive, NB orcas are reported to be in view.
1:35 PM: Southbound, with a good view from west Alki. Should be in view off Beach Drive in a few more minutes.
1:46 PM: Just passing Alki Point Lighthouse.
From Constellation Park. Listen to the wind. pic.twitter.com/n1lP7XEllG
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) February 23, 2018
2:05 PM: Now between here and Blake Island. Our in-person tracking ends here. Pic to share? email@example.com – thank you!
2:35 PM: One last glimpse for us, through the trees, as Zhen Hua 28 passes east Vashon.
(Slide deck for JuNO tunnel proposal)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
To tunnel or not to tunnel.
Sound Transit‘s draft plan for light rail to West Seattle, opening in 2030, is all elevated.
But here in the midst of its “early scoping” period soliciting comments and ideas, the idea of finding a way to put it underground, at least into The Junction, has some loud voices of support.
At last night’s West Seattle Transportation Coalition meeting, not only did Junction Neighborhood Organization reps present their tunnel-to-The-Junction proposal – the one previewed here on Wednesday – but County Councilmember Joe McDermott declared that he also envisions light rail getting to The Junction underground. His voice is a significant one, given that he is on the Sound Transit board – which has the final say – and co-chairing the Elected Leadership Group that will recommend a “preferred alignment” to the board next year.
McDermott also offered something of a primer of the upcoming transportation changes and challenges that peninsula residents do, and will, face getting to and through downtown in the next few years.
But first – JuNO’s presentation:
JuNO’S PROPOSAL FOR TUNNELING TO THE JUNCTION: Rich Koehler, with whom we talked for the preview published here on Wednesday, presented it, with slide deck (see above). Here’s our video:
(Winter colors, photographed by Don Brubeck and shared via the WSB Flickr group)
Highlights for your Friday:
SEE THE SHIP WITH THE CRANES: You can check here to see where Zhen Hua 28, the heavy-lift ship bringing 4 huge cranes to the Port of Tacoma, is now (off South Whidbey Island as we publish this at 9:18 am). We’ll publish a separate story when it’s in range. Here’s our previous report with backstory. 10:29 am update: A reader just texted this photo from Point No Point in North Kitsap as they went by:
WEST SEATTLE GARDEN CLUB: Meets 10:30 am-2 pm at Daystar, and you’re welcome to stop in for any part or all of the program – details in our calendar listing. (2615 SW Barton)
FRIDAY AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES: 1 pm at Senior Center of West Seattle. 1924’s “The Iron Horse” will be on the screen today. (4217 SW Oregon)
TALK WITH YOUR CITY COUNCILMEMBER: 2-7 pm at South Park Community Center, you are invited to drop in during this month’s “district office hours” with City Councilmember Lisa Herbold. (8319 8th Ave. S.)
DINE OUT TO HELP WEST SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL: 4-10 pm, Mioposto in Admiral will donate part of its restaurant proceeds to the West Seattle High School ASB. (2141 California)
KEVIN KILLMON: Indie/alternative rock and pop originals, and covers too, live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
‘NEXT TO NORMAL’: Twelfth Night Productions‘ play starts its second and final weekend at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 7:30 pm curtain. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
MORE FOR TODAY, AND BEYOND … find it via the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar.
5:42 AM: Good morning! No snow yet but the forecast says it’s likely this afternoon. Temperatures are in the mid-20s now so watch out for lingering ice on sidewalks and streets. No incidents reported in/from West Seattle so far this morning.
8:31 AM: It’s been a very quiet morning. Still no incidents. Reminder that school will be back in session for everyone on Monday – this is the last day of mid-winter break for Seattle Public Schools (and independent schools that follow its schedule).