West Seattle, Washington
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
What’s often the biggest neighborhood cleanup of the year is happening Saturday morning.
Biggest in volume, if not always in turnout. Last year, the neighbors of Fairmount Ravine piled up two tons of trash and debris before they were done.
This year, while they are again hoping for your help (here’s the official announcement/invitation), they are also expecting the final tally to be considerably less.
One uphill neighbor got an early start and has already pulled out prodigious piles of refuse, according to John Lang, longtime cleanup cooordinator, and Matt Algieri, who succeeded John in that role starting with the 25th annual cleanup last year.
In West Seattle Crime Watch tonight – Southwest Precinct police are hoping you can help identify the person in the photos. They sent the photos and this explanation:
This suspect stole several valuable items from a locker at the LA Fitness at 3900 SW Alaska St on 3/15/2018 between the approximate times of noon to 1:30 pm. He subsequently went to Menashe and Sons Jewelers and used the victim’s credit card to purchase a $6,000 Rolex watch, followed by several other unauthorized transactions in the Tukwila/Southcenter area.
Any information on his identity can be directed to the SW Precinct Detective Unit at 206-233-2623.
The Fauntleroy ferry dock is about to get repaved, and Washington State Ferries says it’s years overdue. We got a project update at tonight’s meeting of the Triangle Route Task Force (we’ll cover the rest of the meeting in a separate report). At one point, WSF thought the work was going to start next week, but now it looks like it’ll get going around April 9th. The asphalt helps preserve the timber decking at the dock, which has a full replacement planned in about seven years – which is how long this round of repaving should last. The work is going to be done four nights a week, 7 pm-4 am, Monday through Thursday nights, for about six weeks. And WSF says it’s going to be noisy, especially as they demolish the old asphalt. The work also will involve the walkway on the south side of the dock, replacing the railroad-tie barrier that’s the only thing between the path and the lane used as vehicles come off the boats. On work nights, some lanes will be closed, and that will mean “changes to loading and offloading procedures,” WSF says. An extra traffic attendant will be there to help direct drivers. They expect to be out in the nearby neighborhoods with flyers next week, and that information will include a 24-hour hotline for construction questions/complaints.
Starting next week, Seattle Public Utilities will be replacing a water main on Hobart Ave. SW [map] in Upper Alki. It’s “part of a citywide water main restoration effort,” SPU says. They expect to start work next week, with the project lasting about six weeks, mostly Mondays-Fridays 7 am-5 pm. SPU says they hope to reopen the street during non-work hours. The project is also expected to include “two short (about 1 hour) and two long (about 8 hours)” water shutdowns, with advance notice for residents who will be affected. Questions? Brian Eng is project manager – firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 386-9744.
Late addition to the Mariners‘ pregame plans for Opening Night tonight at Safeco Field – team spokesperson Rebecca Hale tells WSB that they’ve added a military flyover. If all goes as planned, around 6:52 pm, a U.S. Air Force C-17 from the 4th Airlift Squadron at Joint Base Lewis-McChord will fly over the stadium, from the northwest to the southeast. She also mentions there will be some “small pyrotechnics” during the pregame ceremony. So if you’re not going to the game but happen to see and/or hear any of the above, now you know!
Business of the Year: Husky Deli
Emerging Business of the Year: Alair
Not-for-Profit of the Year: Senior Center of West Seattle
Westsider of the Year: Lora Swift
Also from the Chamber’s announcement this afternoon, the explanation:
Each year the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce reaches out to the West Seattle community for nominations of three local businesses and one individual who demonstrate results-oriented leadership, a cornerstone of a thriving economic region. Criteria for the awards include:
* A major or visible contribution in the past year that reflects commercial growth and achievement, innovation, creativity or community involvement
* Contributes and promotes the economic growth, stability and improvement of West Seattle
* Gives generously of themselves and/or staff in time and resources to community activities
* Consistently excels in customer service and business conduct
You’re invited to the awards breakfast where Husky Deli, Alair, the Senior Center, and Lora Swift will be honored – it’s at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor), 7:30 am May 1st, presented by Quail Park Memory Care Residences of West Seattle (WSB sponsor; opening later this spring). For ticket info and reservations, go here!
We sat in last night on the School Board‘s three-hour-plus work session looking ahead to next year’s BEX V levy, to listen for more hints on which West Seattle schools might make the list for rebuilds, expansions, and/or renovations. Decisions are still months away, but with a community meeting coming up next week, here are the toplines of what we heard:
SPECIFIC SCHOOLS: No additions/deletions from West Seattle since our preview the other day. Schools under consideration for major projects remain broken out into two lists – capacity (more space needed) and condition (how dilapidated are they?). Alki, Lafayette, and Roxhill are on both lists. The capacity list also includes Madison Middle School, where portables are planned, and the condition list also includes Boren STEM K-8 and Schmitz Park.
The condition list got very little discussion because the information has been the same since a districtwide report in 2014. As for the capacity list – first, district official Ashley Davies went over the enrollment-projection numbers.
Today’s city-circulated Land Use Information Bulletin includes the notice for a hearing appealing the approval of plans to build a 66-unit, no-offstreet-parking apartment complex at 2222 SW Barton, just uphill from the southeast edge of Westwood Village.
(Image from Design Review packet by Cleave Architecture)
According to documents in the online files, the appeal was filed by residents who live a block away from the site, saying they don’t believe the city adequately addressed concerns including crime, traffic, and parking, and alleging that the site is incorrectly characterized as being in an “urban village.” Lawyers for the developers have filed a request to have the appeal dismissed, showing that the site is indeed in the middle of the Westwood-Highland Park Urban Village as well as calling other concerns “without merit on their face.” Regarding the parking concerns in particular, they note that the city has no authority to require it because the project is close to “frequent transit.” They cite a traffic study as showing that the project could result in a “peak demand” for 66 parking spaces on the street, but that, they say, would still not come close to maxing out what’s available now. Unless the motion to dismiss is granted, the hearing is set for the city Hearing Examiner‘s chambers on the 40th floor of the Municipal Tower downtown at 9 am May 3rd.
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
TRIANGLE ROUTE TASK FORCE: 4:30-7 pm at Fauntleroy Church Fellowship Hall, it’s the next meeting of the task force that’s continuing to work on Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route issues with Washington State Ferries. We’ll add the agenda when we get it. (update – see it here) Public welcome. (9140 California SW)
HIGH SCHOOL INFO NIGHT: At Madison Middle School, 8th graders and their families are invited to come have dinner and look ahead to their first year at West Seattle High School, 6:30 pm. (3429 45th SW)
‘A CHORUS LINE’ OPENING NIGHT: 7:30 pm at the West Seattle High School Theater, you can be among the first to see the new WSHS production of the long-running Broadway classic! Ticket info is in our calendar listing.
HOLY WEEK SERVICES: See the updated list on our Easter Etc. page – we now have schedules for 15 churches (email@example.com for late additions) as well as other seasonal events.
Which type of play equipment would you like to see at Puget Ridge Playground (6029 21st SW) when it’s renovated? The images above are from the a Seattle Parks survey that just opened – and you’ll also be able to talk about it at the newly announced community meeting, 5-6:30 pm Monday, April 16th. This is one of three local park playgrounds that’ll be overhauled in the months ahead.
7:02 AM: Good morning. No incidents in/from West Seattle so far, and no transit alerts.
WATER TAXI SCHEDULE CHANGE: Today is the first day of the West Seattle Water Taxi‘s spring/summer schedule, which adds weekends as well as runs between the am and pm commutes (through October 28th). And extended schedules on game nights – such as tonight, first game of the season for the Mariners (7:10 pm vs. Cleveland).
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
“I think it’s powerful and beautiful that it’s us, the students, who are making this change,” said West Seattle High School student Makhari Dysart during the closing assembly at the school’s third annual Equity Day.
She was referring to the gun-law-reform campaign spotlighted by the student-organized March For Our Lives events around the nation four days earlier. That issue in fact was one of the workshop topics offered to WSHS students during Equity Day on Wednesday – but only one of more than 30, and there was only time for each student to spend the morning at two. Here’s the full list, as shared with us by faculty member and organizer Jennifer Hall:
Native American Panel
Physical Activities and Individuals with Disabilities
LGBTQ+ Activism Through Art
Unions and Equity
Women of Color: STI Inequity .
Disability is Diversity
Education Equity and Standardized Testing
Student Voice Forum
Equity and Drug Treatment
The Intentions of “Trash Talk”
Equity and the Arts
Equity and Age Discrimination
Equity and Socialism
Equity Through Restorative Justice
Education Equity for People with Disabilities
Equity and Homelessness
School Gardens and Equity
Equity and Religion
Mental Health Equity
Resisting Hate Groups in the Pacific Northwest
Gun Laws and Equity
Slanted Eyes: The Asian American Experience
LGBTQ+ 101 Q&A Panel
Fighting Human Trafficking
Equity Through Self-Defense
Like each student, we attended two workshops.
1:18 AM: Police are searching after a report of an armed robbery at 42nd SW/SW Alaska in The Junction. According to radio communication, the victim described the robber as a white man in his mid-20s, gray vest and long-sleeved white shirt, who got away in a dark blue BMW 330 sedan, last seen eastbound on Alaska. Call 911 if you think you see it.
ADDED 1:03 PM: We asked SPD media relations for more details. Det. Mark Jamieson says the victim told police the robber was someone he knows – he ran into him in the area, the two talked for a while, and then, the victim said, the suspect pulled out a handgun and demanded money. Then he took off in the aforementioned vehicle. With the description and plate, police came up with a name and an address in Auburn; they asked Auburn Police to check the registered owner’s address, but no one was there. Robbery detectives are investigating further.