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Alki, West Seattle Elementaries still on ‘recommended’ list for final BEX V school-levy work session

That’s the agenda/document packet for tomorrow’s Seattle School Board work session on the BEX (Building Excellence) V levy that’s scheduled to go before voters next year. (See it here – 40 pages, PDF – if the embedded version above doesn’t work for you.) It’s the last work session scheduled before the board/district drafts a levy recommendation for one more round of public comment before it’s finalized and sent to the ballot. And as was the case for the previous board work session two weeks ago, a $53 million rebuild for Alki Elementary and $22 million addition for West Seattle Elementary are the only major local projects on the “recommended” list of capacity/condition-related projects, which could total $795 million citywide.

There are a few other points of West Seattle interest in the agenda documents, such as a note on the second-to-last page that even though Madison Middle School is experiencing double-digit enrollment increases (and has four new portables this year as a result), a Madison addition isn’t being recommended and instead boundary changes might be considered years down the line to send more students to Denny International Middle School and fewer to Madison. The public is welcome to sit in on – no comment period, though – tomorrow’s work session at district HQ (3rd and Lander in SODO), 4:30-5:30 pm.

From the ‘in case you were wondering too’ file: The 7-11 sidewalk saga

Several readers have asked when the sidewalk in front of the 4312 SW Admiral Way 7-11 – missing for many weeks – will be restored. We took the question to SDOT, whose spokesperson LeAnne Nelson looked into it and replied:

The 7-11 hired contractors to repair the sidewalk, but they removed the sidewalk without any Street Use permits, so they were issued a citation and required to submit a traffic control plan and field review; that’s due to the amount of sidewalk removed. They were not allowed to work until both were approved, which happened last week, I’m told. Our inspector has called the contractor to ask for a completion timeline.

We will check back on that if there’s no work-crew sighting at the site soon.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Crash at California/Hanford

October 9, 2018 5:02 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

Thanks for the tips! The photo is from WSB’s Christopher Boffoli. The crash is at California/Hanford; no major injuries – one tipster notes that the SFD unit didn’t stay long.

5:06 PM: Christopher reports the vehicles have been moved and traffic is moving again.

Schooner Brewing & Provisions – brewery, restaurant, deli! Welcome, new WSB sponsor

One of our newest WSB sponsors is Schooner Brewing & Provisions, which is more than a brewery – it’s also a restaurant and deli. Here’s what they would like you to know about what they offer:

Located in the heart of SODO, just a 10-minute drive from West Seattle, Schooner Brewing is a neighborhood brewery serving up delicious hand-crafted beers! Most of the staff call West Seattle home, and the brewery has a long history of involvement in the West Seattle community.

Independently owned and operated for over 11 years, Schooner Brewing offers everything from classic Northwest IPA’s and Lagers, to Barrel-Aged Sours and Farmhouse Ales. House favorites include Hopvine IPA, 3 Grid IPA, King Street Brown Ale, and SODO Lager. Longtime head brewer Joel Stickney enjoys experimenting with different hops and barrel-aged sours to consistently offer new and unique options. Schooner’s commitment to the craft is unwavering, and guests can taste the time and energy that goes in to every pint.

The tap list features 20+ options ranging from Schooner beers, draft Washington wines, house-brewed spiked seltzers from San Juan Seltzers, and Timber City Ginger Beer, a non-alcoholic beverage made in the South Park neighborhood.

The dinner menu showcases a variety of large plates and shareable appetizers such as Chicken and Turkey Bahn Meatballs, Beer Cheese Dip with Giant Soft Pretzel, Chicken & Waffle Sandwich, The Schooner Burger, Asian Noodle Salad, a Build-Your-Own Dirty Fries menu, plus a variety of seasonal dishes highlighting fresh, in-season produce. Dinner and snacks are available in the brewery from 3 p.m. to close daily.

Happy hour is offered Monday-Friday 3-5 p.m. and features $3 select pints and $2.50 King Street Brown Ribs. Schooner Brewing’s weekend brunch is served Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and offers dishes such as Biscuits and Gravy, Chicken and Waffles, Fresh Veggie Scramble, and Seasonal Pastries.

Schooner Provisions, the adjacent lunch deli, offers hot and cold made-to-order sandwiches, fresh salads, fish and chips and more, Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The brewery is family-friendly, with a shaded dog-friendly patio. Guests are encouraged to enjoy their custom-made shuffleboard table, giant Jenga, Thursday night trivia starting at 7 p.m. and other various events held at the brewery. Schooner Brewing is also a great setting for your next private event or party, with up to 75 people easily accommodated. For private event inquiries email

Schooner Brewing and Provisions is located at 3901 1st Avenue South. Schooner Provisions is open Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The brewery is open Monday-Thursday 3-9 p.m., Friday 3-10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Weekend brunch is served Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Happy hour is Monday-Friday 3-5 p.m. To learn more, visit or call 206-432-9734.

We thank Schooner Brewing and Provisions for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

Calling all cake bakers!

October 9, 2018 3:17 pm
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 |   Fauntleroy | West Seattle festivals | West Seattle news

(WSB file photo)

Less than two weeks until the Fauntleroy Fall Festival – time to start planning your cake, if you’re up for baking one! From Judy Pickens:

The judging of decorated cakes and an old-fashioned cake walk are popular activities at the Fauntleroy Fall Festival, this year on Sunday, October 21, 2:00-5:00 pm, and cake donations are needed for both. Demonstrate your creativity by decorating a cake with a fall, Fauntleroy, or West Seattle theme. Judging will be by level of difficulty and both adults and kids are encouraged to enter. If decorating isn’t your thing, simply bake and frost a donation for the cake walk. It can be just one layer, a small sheet cake, or a cluster of cupcakes. Plan to bring your creation to Fellowship Hall in Fauntleroy Church by 1:00 pm on festival Sunday.

The festival happens in and around the church and schoolhouse, across the street from each other (and there’s a crossing guard during the festival!) at 9131 and 9140 California SW.

Impact West Seattle: New giving group about to launch

(Photo courtesy Impact West Seattle. L-R, founding members Rachel Lazar, Robin Graham, Amy Huey, Rachel Hagenson, Kristen Corning Bedford)

Ever wonder what more you can do to help with community needs, beyond random occasional donations? Here’s a new option: A women’s giving group called Impact West Seattle is launching with an event one week from today. One of the group’s founding members, Rachel Lazar, tells WSB, “Our hope is that this group will bring together this community which has grown so much over the past few years, and to give women who want to engage and give back that opportunity.” Here’s how it works. The kickoff meeting is at 7 pm October 16th at South Park Hall (1253 S. Cloverdale), and its goal is explained here; if you aren’t able to be there, you can still join Impact West Seattle by going here. Questions? Here’s the FAQ.

What do you think about being watched? Comment time for city surveillance technologies, including West Seattle meeting

(WSB photo from 2013: One of the camera/”wireless mesh” installations on Alki)

When the city installed federally funded surveillance cameras almost six years ago – starting on Alki – the concern was as much about the fact the installation was unannounced and (until we followed up on readers’ questions) unexplained, as it was about the cameras themselves. The cameras were eventually deactivated and, earlier this year, removed. Along the way, city leaders promised to be clearer about what and how would be used in the future – by all departments, not just SPD. As part of the process, a comment period has just opened for six of 29 “currently existing surveillance technologies” covered by the city Surveillance Ordinance, passed last year. And that will include a meeting in West Seattle. Full details are in this post, which explains:

… The City of Seattle has published the first draft of Surveillance Impact Reports (SIRs) for six of the 29 currently existing surveillance technologies, per the Surveillance Ordinance. We’re looking for the public’s input on the SIRs to help the provide Council with insight into community perspective and ensure City policies responsibly govern the use of these technologies.

The public comment period opens Monday, October 8, and runs through Monday, November 5. … We have three ways to allow residents to provide input and share their concerns.

Residents can submit their surveillance comments online at: City of Seattle Privacy website.
Seattle residents can also mail comments to Attn: Surveillance & Privacy Program, Seattle IT, PO Box 94709, Seattle, WA 98124

Public Engagement Sessions: The City will hold a series of five community meetings … The meetings will include a presentation on the technologies, followed by small group discussions. These will be facilitated to allow attendees to interact with members of their community, ask questions, hear from technology experts in the department. Attendees may also provide written comment at the meetings, without staying the entire time.

The West Seattle meeting – which will focus on License Plate Readers, Traffic Cameras, Emergency Scene Cameras, and HazMat Cameras – is scheduled for 5 to 6:30 pm Thursday, October 25th, at Southwest Library (9010 35th SW). You can find out more about the city’s surveillance technologies and rules by going here.

OCTOBER 17 UPDATE: The location has been changed to American Legion Post 160, 3618 SW Alaska.

From community involvement to library-oke – it’s your West Seattle Tuesday list

(If we had an official WSB bird, the bright and loud Steller’s Jay would be it. Thanks to Mark Wangerin for the photo)

Here’s our list of highlights for the rest of your Tuesday:

CRAFTERS AT HPIC: Working on a project? Bring it to Highland Park Improvement Club and hang out with the South Seattle Fiber Arts Club, 11 am-1 pm. (1116 SW Holden)

LEARN ABOUT BUGS: Second of four lectures at the Senior Center of West Seattle by West Seattle entomologist Jen Paur, 4-5 pm. Fee. Details in our calendar listing, including how to call to sign up. (4217 SW Oregon)

CANDIDATES @ ADMIRAL NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: 6:30 pm ANA meeting at The Sanctuary is scheduled to include the candidates for the 34th District State Senate, Joe Nguyen and Shannon Braddock. (2656 42nd SW)

SOUTH DELRIDGE COMMUNITY GROUP: 7 pm meeting at 2 Fingers Social, community members welcome. (9211 Delridge Way SW)

FAUNTLEROY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: 7 pm at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, monthly FCA board meeting, with community members always welcome. Agenda’s in our calendar listing. (9131 California SW)

WEST SEATTLE BOOSTER CLUB: This group of West Seattle High School supporters meets at 7 pm in the school library. All welcome. (3000 California SW)

BOOKTOBERFEST LIBRARYOKE: 9 pm at The Skylark, you’re encouraged to sing songs about books and libraries. 21+. No cover. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

THAT’S JUST THE START … see our complete calendar for what else is up!

MISSING: Have you seen Jonathan?

We’ve received this flyer from multiple people. No additional details, except that the missing man is a teacher at Madison Middle School. Call 911 with any info.


(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

6:34 AM: Thanks for the tip. Early trouble – a crash is blocking 2 lanes on northbound 99 at Western.

6:52 AM: Incident log shows the last SFD unit has just left the scene.

7:01 AM: SDOT reports 99’s actually been affected by multiple crashes – one scene in the Battery St. Tunnel has just cleared. Even once the other scene clears, the residual backup’s already so bad that NB 99 is going to be worse than usual for some time.

7:46 AM: From SDOT – “Only NB left lane is now blocked on the Alaskan Way Viaduct at Western Ave and may be closed for awhile for guardrail repair. The SB left lane is also closed for safety precautions.”

8:16 AM: Crash reported at 45th/Alaska.