West Seattle, Washington
9:52 PM: Not too much for the Wildcat Nation to cheer about tonight at Southwest Athletic Complex, where the West Seattle High School football home opener just ended in a 46-16 loss to North Creek. We’ll add toplines and photos later tonight. Next Friday at 7, the Wildcats play cross-town rivals Chief Sealth International High School, also at SWAC, where the Seahawks face Black Hills tomorrow night.
ADDED SATURDAY: Sorry for the delay!
WSHS #6, Colin Roman, had both TDs. We caught the first one on video for Twitter.
First West Seattle TD, with 1:43 left in 1st half, extra-pt kick good, now 18-7 North Creek. pic.twitter.com/YljGjxaWTg
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) September 8, 2018
As shown there and below, #2, Cyrus Storlie, had a busy night of throwing.
But North Creek had a ground game as well as an air game, and that made the difference, though the WSHS defense did a good job keeping them in check in the first quarter – the Jaguars’ first TD wasn’t until the quarter had just over 2 minutes left to go.
New uniforms for the players, by the way, as well as a new head coach – this was Jeff Scott‘s home debut:
Rain began to fall in the second quarter and continued fairly steadily for a while. Quarter-by-quarter scores: 6-0 NC after the first, 18-7 NC at halftime, 34-16 NC after the third.
With another tentative agreement for the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 302, work is expected to resume on many projects in the region, including two that SDOT has going in West Seattle. One is the Arbor Heights sidewalk project along the west side of 35th SW between SW 100th and 106th; SDOT’s LeAnne Nelson tells WSB, “We are working with crews to plan work starting on Monday, but it’s not yet known if there will be challenges in getting materials—with many public and private projects resuming concrete/asphalt work at the same time. It’s expected that the concrete work will take place first.” The other is the Chief Sealth Walkway Improvements project on 25th and 26th north of SW Trenton. Nelson says, “This work requires asphalt, which ended up with more of a backlog from the strike than did concrete. The team is checking with the contractor to determine when the asphalt subcontractor will be available to finish the trails.”
4:03 PM: In our Wednesday coverage of the newest information available about potential West Seattle light rail alternatives, we mentioned that Sound Transit promised to make new “visualizations” publicly available. They are now up for you to view as part of an “online open house” that’s also been launched – see them above or here (PDF). They’re black and white (unlike the unofficial community-member-created ones featured here back in January) and do not appear to cover all the possibilities currently under discussion, but they’re something else you can take into consideration. The new “online open house” starts here and is open for use until September 23rd. And again, you’re invited to the West Seattle Neighborhood Forum that Sound Transit is presenting tomorrow (Saturday, September 8th), 9-11:30 am in the gym at Seattle Lutheran High School (4100 SW Genesee). This is a key time for your feedback, as the process of determining a “preferred alternative” to send into full formal environmental study is about to get to the third and final stage of review.
ADDED 6:21 PM: We have since received some additional information we had requested – the estimated numbers for displacements projected along each of the alternatives currently being reviewed, and an additional 100-plus-page document with even more evaluation specifics.
The “representative project” (ST’s original proposal): Between 85 and 145 potential residential unit displacements
Pigeon Ridge/West Seattle Tunnel: Between 145 and 220 potential residential unit displacements
Oregon Street/Alaska Junction Elevated: Between 145 and 220 potential residential unit displacements
Golf Course/Alaska Junction Tunnel: Fewer than 85 potential residential unit displacements
Oregon Street/Alaska Junction Tunnel: Between 145 and 220 potential residential unit displacements
Just a week into the new school year, Seattle Public Schools will be making the rounds one last time to gather thoughts on what should be in BEX V, one of two renewal levies it’ll take to voters in February. Five meetings are planned around the city, including one at West Seattle High School, 6:30-8 pm next Thursday, September 13th.
Not long after that, the School Board will have to settle on the project list for the levy, which it’s been discussing at work sessions since the last round of community meetings back in April (WSB coverage here).
According to the info packet from the board’s most recent BEX V work session on August 22nd – 161 pages – the schools with the biggest potential projects under consideration (see the list starting at page 90) still include Alki Elementary (modernization/expansion, estimated at $55 million), Lafayette Elementary (replacement estimated at $71 million or a modernization/expansion that would only be $3 million less), Madison Middle School ($6 million addition), Roxhill Elementary (replace the original school at the original location for $73 million), West Seattle Elementary ($9 million addition).
A multitude of smaller West Seattle projects are under consideration too, such as a $512,000 “parent drop-off area” for Sanislo Elementary and $225,000 in “classroom sound systems” for Louisa Boren STEM K-8. And the list continues on through other specific types of repairs/rehabit – from roofs to playgrounds (the latter is a new category – it’s long been up to community groups to pursue funding, as happened most recently at local schools including Roxhill, Highland Park, and Gatewood).
After all that, the draft list of potential projects moves on to technology. Much of this list includes central/districtwide items but there’s also, for example, a $1 million line item for “Equitable Access and Distribution of Technology to High Need Elementary Schools,” with the list including four elementaries in our area: Highland Park, Sanislo, West Seattle, and Concord International. A similar item for “high-need secondary schools” would include Denny International Middle School.
Also to be discussed at next Thursday’s community meeting, the next three-year Operations Levy, which is explained here, but the BEX V project list is the big decision ahead for the School Board. Its next work session is September 26th, at which time members are expected to reach “consensus on project list for levy” and on the levy rate. So next Thursday is your last big chance to pitch for (or against) something. These levies will go to voters next February.
P.S. Community advocacy has made a difference in the past – for example, Arbor Heights – one of the major projects on the BEX IV levy (along with Genesee Hill and Fairmount Park) – wouldn’t have been rebuilt yet if not for a push to get it onto the levy and then get the construction timetable moved up.
It’s a little chilly, a little cloudy – technically still summer for another two weeks but it’s really feeling like fall. So – it’s time to talk about your opportunities for being part of this year’s West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival! 10 am-2 pm Sunday, October 28th, in the street, in the heart of The Junction. New here? Here’s how the West Seattle Junction Association explains it:
Now in our seventh year, the Junction’s Harvest Festival has become a favorite event for West Seattle. With California Ave closed, the streets are filled with colorful farmers and local vendors, fun art activities for kids supported by West Seattle businesses and community groups, plus a costume parade lead by West Seattle High’s marching band, the Farmers Market Applepalooza and a root beer garden. The Harvest Festival is good community fun!
(Here’s our as-it-happened coverage from last year.)
*WSB is proud to be the Harvest Festival media sponsor again this year. The festival welcomes sponsors to help cover the costs of presenting a free and fun event for the community – want to be one? Go here to sign up!
*Can your business/organization provide a free arts-and-crafts activity booth during the festival? Go here to sign up!
*Can you provide chili for the West Seattle Food Bank-benefiting Chili Cookoff at the Harvest Festival? (Note that you must cook and prepare the chili in a commercial restaurant/facility.) To sign up, e-mail email@example.com!
*The Root Beer Garden will be back for a second year and needs volunteers. Can you help? Go here to sign up!
And of course – you can be part of the festival by just showing up as a participant, spectator, chili taster, costume-parader, trick-or-treater … Whatever your plan, we’ll see you in The Junction on October 28th!
The weekend’s in view! Here are highlights for the rest of today/tonight:
OPEN HOUSE: South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) welcomes “friends, family, and community members who are ready to go back or attend college for the first time” to the TRiO Educational Opportunity Center, 11 am-3 pm – just drop in. (6000 16th SW)
CORNER BAR: The monthly “pop-up party” at Highland Park Improvement Club features Deal – a Grateful Dead tribute band! 6 pm doors open, 8 pm-ish is when the music begins. All ages, all welcome. (1116 SW Holden)
PAELLA AND FLAMENCO FUNDRAISER: Starts with tapas and sangria at 6 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle – call to see if tickets are still available. (4217 SW Oregon)
SAN GENNARO FESTIVAL: This annual Italian-American celebration, founded by West Seattleites, starts tonight in Georgetown, 6 pm-10 pm. Free and family-friendly. (South Angelo & Ellis Ave. S.)
HIGH-SCHOOL FOOTBALL: West Seattle High School is home at Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle), 7 pm, vs. North Creek. At West Seattle Stadium (4432 35th SW), Seattle Prep is home vs. Redmond.
ERIC APOE: “Pop and underground music with cinematic imagery” at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
PREVIEW THE WEEKEND, AND BEYOND … via our complete calendar.
The announcement was sent by Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Danner:
Sometimes first aid isn’t about a bandage, or CPR or calling 911. Sometimes, first aid is you!
A person you know could be experiencing a mental health or substance abuse problem. Learn an action plan to help! You are more likely to encounter someone in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. Learn how to help a friend, family member, coworker or neighbor in need. Get trained in Mental Health First Aid.
When: Saturday, October 6th 8 am- 5 pm
Where: Seattle Police Department’s SW Precinct (2300 SW Webster St)
Register: Sue Wyder – 253-426-5957 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Training provided by King County at no charge. Lunch will be provided. See attached flyer for more information.
7:06 AM: Good morning! No incidents reported in/from West Seattle so far.
STADIUM ZONE: The Mariners open a series vs. the Yankees, 7:10 tonight at Safeco Field.
7:18 AM: Joanne reports a big backup on SB I-5, with lanes closed at Michigan.