West Seattle, Washington
Thanks to Bonnie for sending the photo and word that Chief Sealth International High School‘s Elijah Jackson has won the state championship in the triple jump! That’s one of three events in which he won Metro League championships last week, as reported here. You can see his results here.
Tonight we seem to have an art theme going. Above is artist Henry Luke, who is leading the community mural project for the future home of Roxhill Elementary at renovated EC Hughes Elementary in Sunrise Heighs. He’s been offering workshops for youth interested in getting involved – and now there are two chances for everyone, all ages, to get involved, at two design meetings:
These will be a chance to discuss our ideas for the mural design which will be painted 8′ x 40′ at the new EC Hughes playground this summer. What is important to illustrate about the cultures and communities of Roxhill? How do you want to be represented in this mural? What is your vision for a bright future for the neighborhood?
Sunday, May 27, 11 am
DubSea Coffee: 9910 8th Ave SW
Tuesday, May 29, 6:30 pm
Southwest Branch Library: 9010 35th Ave SW
The mural will be painted this summer after the new playground is installed.
Passing through Morgan Junction this afternoon, we spotted muralist Bob Henry continuing his work restoring the mural on the west wall of the Peel & Press/Starbucks/Pet Elements/West Seattle Vision/Subway building, so we stopped to check in.
It’s been about two weeks since he started. Check out how bright and clear the mural is looking!
It depicts a late-1930s scene across California SW, where West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) is now, with the homes of north Gatewood Hill behind it. As announced in front of the mural a week and a half ago, the restoration of this almost-30-years-old mural is intended to spark restoration of the others painted around that time in The Junction.
Something fun to do tonight and/or tomorrow – go admire, browse, maybe even buy local artists’ work! It’s a show and sale organized by artist Genna Draper at West Seattle Church of the Nazarene, where she has a studio.
That’s Genna, above, with the church’s Pastor Shaun Mattson. Genna explains that the show has transformed the church “into a beautiful Art Gallery filled to the brim with high-end, quality art by 7 local artists, a perfumer and Seattle dress designer.”
Part of the show proceeds will be donated to the church, for its community-service work and upkeep, Genna says.
The show/sale is on until 8 pm tonight, continuing 11 am-5 pm tomorrow; other participating artists are Rick Duque, Magdalena Cooney, Scott Gibson, Bryant Goetz, Laura Van Horne, Jennifer Carrasco, and Ruby Trinneer. The church is at the corner of 42nd SW and SW Juneau, and Pastor Shaun is also happy to answer questions about the long-planned development on part of the “park” site south of the sanctuary. He says that depending on the rest of the permit process, work could finally start this summer; the church is still planning to use funds for renovation of its building, and that should start by fall.
Three finalists have been announced for Seattle Police Chief, and acting Chief Carmen Best isn’t on the list. All three are from outside the Northwest:
After extensive community outreach and a thorough review of many highly qualified applicants, the Police Search Committee … forwarded to Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan three candidates who best meet the community’s requirements for Seattle’s next Chief of Police. Mayor Durkan received the list of finalists for the next Chief of the Seattle Police Department this afternoon. In the coming weeks, she will interview each finalist and then nominate one for the position. The three finalists are: Eddie Frizell, Inspector, Minneapolis Police Department; Cameron S. McLay, Former Chief of Police, City of Pittsburgh; and Ely Reyes, Assistant Chief, Austin Police Department.
(Photos added by WSB – L to R, Frizell [Minneapolis city photo], McLay [Twitter photo], Reyes [Austin city photo])
“Our Police Search Committee, who has deep experience in criminal justice reform and policing, has worked relentlessly to ensure the voice of the community is a vital and powerful part of this selection process. The strong national interest in this position has led to several great candidates but tough decisions about how the City can best move forward to continue reform and accountability. As I begin the interview process, our next chief must be committed to public safety while continuing to build an accountable, diverse police department focused on meaningful and lasting reforms,” said Mayor Durkan. “I’m incredibly grateful for the work that Interim Chief Carmen Best has done and will continue to do as part of the Seattle Police Department. I have known Chief Best for years and her work has been invaluable to me as Mayor – she has been a strong leader as Interim Chief.”
The City of Seattle and the Police Search Committee conducted a robust community engagement process, hosting 14 community meetings and events and partnering with 50 community organizations. More than 2,600 community members completed the Community Input Survey, up from 191 in 2014. The survey and workshops were open to all Seattle community members and businesses and provided opportunities for people to share their thoughts about the characteristics and experience necessary for the next police chief.
The results of the survey show that Seattle residents want a Chief of Police who understands the importance of community, and is committed to developing lasting relationships and trust, particularly with communities of color. A majority of responders agreed that the next police chief should be a courageous leader dedicated to reform, especially in improving relationships with the public and training officers more rigorously in de-escalation and cultural sensitivity. The survey indicated that the next police chief should demonstrate an ability to set high standards within the department, understand the history of policing in the United States, build confidence with diverse communities, and make all Seattle neighborhoods safer. You can read the full Community Input Survey and Engagement Report here.
“As a member of the Police Search Committee, I’m proud of the work we did to find three superb candidates that have a vision for and commitment to ongoing reform and culture change within our police department. These candidates also understand the need to empower our neighborhoods through community policing and by delivering excellent public safety services,” said Councilmember M. Lorena González (Position 9, Citywide). “These candidates were identified by our diverse committee through a nationwide search after engaging over 2,000 people through an online survey and a series of community meetings. With the identification of the three finalists, I encourage our community to actively engage in getting to know each candidate.”
The 25 members of the Police Search Committee, many of whom have extensive experience in criminal justice reform, collaborated with a national search firm to attract many qualified applicants from across the country. At the end of the community input process in late March, the Committee worked together to narrow the field of applicants.
“Our next Chief of Police will shoulder the incredible responsibility of protecting all Seattle communities and building trust among those who have the greatest distrust of police and the criminal justice system, and who face the bias and institutional racism of our current system,” said Co-Chair Colleen Echohawk, Executive Director of the Chief Seattle Club. “Over the past several months, a diverse range of community members who are invested in criminal justice, police reform, and public safety have made their voices heard. I believe that any of our finalists could lead Seattle to a safer and more just future.”
“From dozens of applications, over many weeks, we carefully focused our efforts on three outstanding finalists. Each of the three remaining individuals understand – and can actualize – a critical truth: The Chief of Police must be both a steward of public safety and a champion for racial justice,” said Co-Chair Jeffery Robinson. “I look forward to Mayor Durkan’s decision and the next chapter in the Seattle Police Department’s continued reform.”
“As a former King County Sheriff, I believe that the three individuals announced today as finalists are people of deep experience, integrity, and seasoned leadership,” said Co-Chair Sue Rahr, Director of Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission and former King County Sheriff. “Each one would be a strong, effective steward of public safety, hold the trust of the rank-and-file and communities, and be a leader committed to lasting reform.”
The three finalists are:
Eddie Frizell, Inspector, Minneapolis Police Department. Eddie Frizell is an Inspector with the Minneapolis Police Department, which he has served for 25 years. Inspector Frizell also holds the rank of Colonel in the Minnesota Army National Guard, which he served for 28 years, including a deployment to Iraq.
Cameron S. McLay, Former Chief of Police, City of Pittsburgh. Cameron S. McLay is the former Chief of Police for the City of Pittsburgh. Prior to his service to Pittsburgh, Chief McLay spent 29 years at the City of Madison Police Department.
Ely Reyes, Assistant Chief, Austin Police Department. Ely Reyes is an Assistant Chief with the Austin
Police Department, which he has served for 22 years. He also served in the United States Army and performed six years of overseas service. He is a recipient of the Purple Heart, Lifesaving Medal, and three Meritorious Service Medals.
“The Mayor’s assignment to the Search Committee and the co-chairs was based on very clear principles. First, the next Chief must continue to build an accountable, diverse, and effective police department, focused on meaningful and lasting reforms. Second, the search process had to be based on input and leadership from the people of Seattle, especially those communities that face bias and institutional racism in our current criminal justice system,” said Co-Chair Tim Burgess, former Mayor of Seattle. “I believe our work met these principles and found finalists who are experienced leaders, seasoned law enforcement officials, and individuals committed to building trust in the communities they serve.”
The Mayor will review the qualifications of the three finalists, interview each, and nominate one individual for the position of Chief of Police in the coming weeks.
As mentioned above, the city has compiled a report on input during the search process. One of the community meetings was held in West Seattle in early March.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Two guests from SDOT headlined the West Seattle Transportation Coalition‘s monthly meeting last night, and the first provided a bit of a behind-the-scenes look at the department’sis in transition mode,
The meeting was led by WSTC board member Deb Barker, in the absence of chair Michael Taylor-Judd and vice chair Marty Westerman.
SDOT LEADERSHIP: Genesee Adkins, chief of staff for acting SDOT director Goran Sparrman, spoke in his place – he had to be at the concurrent meeting of the Levy to Move Seattle Oversight Committee, given the recent disclosures about that levy going somewhat off the rails. She first reminded everyone that the mayor is looking for public input in the search for a permanent director (as noted here, including a survey you’re invited to answer). She said Sparrman had come out of retirement to help out with SDOT’s transition before and now after ex-director Scott Kubly and has been tasked with taking a hard look.”We want to be headed in an altered direction and have some good momentum when the new director comes.” Finding “someone to run a 1,000-person agency” is a big task, Adkins noted. She said that the agency is still getting to know Mayor Jenny Durkan, her style, her priorities, where she wants to push the envelope.
Right now, the department is taking an “internal view” and “can speak freely” about things that have not gone well, for an assessment that Adkins says should be done within a few weeks.
Soon, someone living unsheltered will have a new, albeit small, roof over her/his head, thanks to Holy Rosary School seventh- and eighth-grade students in West Seattle. They have been building a “tiny house” – the small structures that have gradually replaced tents, when available and donated – at the city’s sanctioned encampments. It’s been a one-class-period-at-a-time project, taught by wood-shop teacher Mike Ritscher, so they’ve been working on it for months. This week, we stopped by while the students were painting the tiny house:
With the school year almost over, the tiny-house project is too. In a little over two weeks, LIHI – which operates encampments including Camp 2nd Chance in West Seattle – will pick it up. The construction materials, by the way, are from Alki Lumber.
The holiday weekend is about to begin! But first, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
WEST SEATTLE GARDEN CLUB: The monthly meeting is under way but you’re still welcome to drop in, especially for the afternoon program featuring a floral designer’s presentation at 12:45 pm. At Daystar. (2615 SW Barton)
TALK WITH YOUR CITY COUNCILMEMBER: First time in 2 months that West Seattle/South Park City Councilmember Lisa Herbold has had district office hours. 2-7 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle – be there by 6:30 pm. (4217 SW Oregon)
ART SHOW AND SALE, PLUS DEVELOPMENT PROJECT INFO: 4-8 pm at West Seattle Church of the Nazarene, it’s the first day of an art show and sale that’s also a chance to get an update on the project to build six townhouses on part of the church’s “park” land to help raise money to renovate the building. Resident artist Genna Draper – one of eight featured artists – has more info on her website. (4201 SW Juneau)
KIDS INVITED TO PLAN A MURAL: Second of three Friday afternoon workshops with artist Henry Luke at Southwest Library, 4-5 pm, with kids 7-13 invited to help plan the new Roxhill mural at EC Hughes. (9010 35th SW)
ALKI SKATE NIGHT: Second-to-last chance this year for Friday night skating at Alki Community Center! 5:45-7:45 pm. (5817 SW Stevens)
SIGGIE THE VINTAGE MAN: He’s back in West Seattle, one night only!
LIVE MUSIC: Grim Statistic, Retromancer, and Good Riddance play The Skylark – doors at 8, music at 9, $8 cover, 21+. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
Got something for the calendar? Send the info as far in advance as you can! firstname.lastname@example.org – thanks!
The photo and request are from Chief Sealth International High School student Zhen Williams and schoolmates working on a garden project:
I am part of Green Team, a committed group of student representatives that come together to ensure a healthy environment for current and future generations. Our student committee meets weekly and discusses environmental issues, spreads awareness, and works on environmental issues impacting the Puget Sound. Currently we are working on creating and maintaining a courtyard garden, located within Chief Sealth International High School (the school I attend), to promote the idea of community and increase the awareness and our impact on the environment as a school. It also provides an opportunity for students to understand concepts such as sustainability, how to improve our environment, and how students can make a direct change.
Currently, we have an irrigation system almost installed to keep the plants alive and healthy during the summer months. We still need plants for the garden, preferably flower and vegetable starts, native bushes, and potting soil and compost, to ensure that the plants are able to grow and be sustained over the summer when the students are out of school.
We hope that you will consider donating any plant starters or compost to help our courtyard garden. The Green Team relies heavily on the support and donations of our community members and believes in the power of local businesses.
Feel free to contact me with any questions about our club or our Courtyard Garden plans. I can be reached at email@example.com. Thank you for considering!
6:59 AM: Good morning! Almost the holiday weekend. No nearby incidents or traffic alerts so far. Lots you need to know:
STADIUM ZONE: The Mariners start a homestand tonight vs. the Twins (7:10 pm tonight and Saturday, 1:10 pm Sunday – then a 4-game series hosting the Rangers starts at 1:10 pm Monday, with a pregame C-17 flyover tentatively planned).
SCHOOL’S OUT MONDAY: Three-day weekend.
TRANSIT MONDAY: On Memorial Day, Metro will be on a Sunday schedule; the Water Taxi
won’t be running will run West Seattle on a Sunday schedule while Vashon takes the day off; nor will Sound Transit Route 560.
NO I-5 WORK THIS WEEKEND, BUT BIG CLOSURE NEXT WEEKEND: Late June 1 through early June 4, the “Revive I-5” project will completely close NB I-5 at the West Seattle Bridge – here’s why.