West Seattle, Washington
9:04 PM: For some it flickered – others are out. Nothing on the SCL map yet. More info to come…
9:12 PM: Now on the outage map: 3,000+ homes/businesses.
9:22 PM: Unofficial suspicions point to the Delridge Substation, source of several problems this year and one just a week ago. There’s a ‘wires down’ call near there.
9:32 PM: Our photographer went to 26th/Juneau to check on that “wires down” report. So far no wires found down, per emergency crews. City Light says on Twitter that they think a “cable” is to blame and that power should be back “soon.” If you have to drive, note that some lights are out – that means it’s a four-way stop.
9:59 PM: SCL has updated the cause to “equipment failure.” Though the current “restoration estimate” is just before midnight, keep in mind that those are just guesses and it could be sooner … or later. Please let us know (comment, or text 206-293-6302) when you’re back on – our HQ only had flickers so we won’t know when the outage ends otherwise, and the SCL map has something of a lag … thank you. Meantime, some backstory – that widespread “momentary” outage last Friday night, also traced to the Delridge Substation, was also around 9 pm. We followed up with City Light on Monday and they thought it might have been a branch hitting a line, but they weren’t sure; they did explain that a “boom” heard that night was the sound of “breakers opening.” (As you can see in comments, many reported hearing “booms” again tonight.)
10:35 PM: Thanks for the texts! Sounds like at least some have power back.
10:49 PM: The SCL map has now updated to show all but a handful of customers are back on.
Thanks for the texts/tweets about a sizable emergency response by the bus stops on the SW side of California/Alaska. Here’s what we found out at the scene: Two men got into a fight at the bus stop (which is why KC Sheriff’s Transit Police are handling). One man is going to the hospital; the other was arrested.
Even on a rainy night, the annual Holiday Open House at Husky Deli draws a crowd. There’s live holiday music while proprietor Jack Miller and staff serve up samples to their fans.
The open house at 4721 California SW continues until 9 pm. Lots of other holiday events this weekend, in The Junction and beyond – see the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide!
Some cool creations by crafters of all ages are awaiting gift buyers right now in the Lafayette Elementary cafeteria (California/Lander). It’s the school’s holiday bazaar (with a book fair in the library). You can even get your gifts wrapped by students, raising money for a special cause:
From left, Elsie, Maddi, Ethan, Mia, and Maggie are at the wrapping table by the stage – one of their schoolmates, Thea, had e-mailed us to explain, “We are raising funds to buy 100 pairs of socks and shoes by grade level for kids in need.” 100 because this is Lafayette’s centennial. The bazaar continues until 7:30 tonight.
In West Seattle Crime Watch this evening:
LURING SUSPECT CHARGED: 25-year-old Tamir S. Mohammed was charged today with luring, three days after he was arrested on Puget Ridge. Court documents say the 14-year-old victim got on the 128 bus in the 3200 block of California SW; Mohammed boarded by 35th/Morgan. She got off the bus on 16th near SW Holly and he followed her, asking her name and saying “I’m lonely and I need someone to be with me.” He walked ahead of her at one point and she thought he was gone until he appeared in a driveway, telling her she should come down the driveway to see some Christmas lights, then grabbing her hand and trying to drag her with him. She tried to get him to stop by saying she was only 12 and that her father was waiting nearby; she said police cars started to arrive in the area and he let her go and fled. The house with the driveway had surveillance video that allowed officers to later recognize and arrest Mohammed at the 16th/Holden 7-11. He remains in the King County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Two reader reports:
LAWN MOWER STOLEN: The video is from Greg:
He says his lawn mower was stolen around 8 pm this past Monday, and his car was prowled the next night. He’s near 42nd/Dawson, south of The Junction.
JEWELRY BOX, JEWELRY, CURRENCY COLLECTION TO WATCH FOR: From Dawn:
My house at 12th SW and Henderson was broken into over Thanksgiving weekend while I was out of town (not sure if it was Thursday or Friday).
They stole a vintage jewelry box (black painted with an Asian theme). It had 2 of my grandmother’s opal rings, my son’s baby teeth, lots of jewelry that doesn’t mean much, but has sentimental value.
They also stole my son’s bank and coin/money collection. He had a lot of bills and coins from all over the world. If anyone sees anything discarded, please let me know!
That’s the note on the door at what had been the home of In Tandem Midwifery at 4522 44th SW. As of this afternoon, the midwives have delivered themselves (well, with the help of friends and fans) to a larger new location in Burien, at 14924 8th SW. In Tandem was West Seattle’s first midwifery-only practice when Taylor Hamil and Christine Tindal opened their original Junction location in early 2012.
12:43 PM: Thanks to Kersti Muul for the tip: Resident orcas are back in the area (just in time for tomorrow’s Welcome the Orcas event!) and headed this way. K Pod members were seen northbound off Normandy Park and are currently resting off Burien’s Three Tree Point, Kersti says. Let us know if you see them!
12:50 PM: Now an update from Jeff Hogan of Killer Whale Tales: They’re back on the move, off The Arroyos, and closer to this side of the Sound, so a good viewing opportunity if you can get to the shore!
1:25 PM: Update from Jeff – they’re now off Lincoln Park, still northbound.
2:05 PM: Visible from Constellation Park, according to updates from Jeff and from Donna Sandstrom of The Whale Trail (which is co-presenting tomorrow’s event).
4 PM: No further reports, and no remaining pods of whale-watchers in view. Photos added!
While checking the jail register for an unrelated case, we discovered a suspect had been arrested and charged in two armed robberies last Saturday, one of which happened in West Seattle. 21-year-old Seth C. Tapaka is in the King County Jail in lieu of half a million dollars bail, charged with two counts of first-degree robbery and one count of unlawful gun possession, since he’s a convicted felon who wasn’t supposed to have a gun at all, because of a 2015 robbery conviction for which he cleared probation just a month ago.
He is accused of holding up the South Delridge 7-11 around 5:20 am Saturday, an hour after holding up a Circle K store in South Seattle. At both stores, court documents say, he got away with cigarettes as well as hundreds of dollars in cash. Police reviewing security video from buildings near the 7-11 found that Tapaka’s girlfriend was waiting in his car nearby. Detective Michael Magan noted distinctive features of the green 1997 Honda Accord – particularly a wheel rim that was different from the rest. When the detective returned to the South Delridge area this past Tuesday in hopes of finding more video, he instead spotted that same green Accord, with Tapaka and his girlfriend inside. Det. Magan called for patrol units to stop the car, which they did, at 15th and Roxbury. Subsequent questioning led police to find the handgun used in the holdups, a 9mm semiautomatic Ruger that belonged to a former girlfriend of Tapaka’s, who lives with their child at Tapaka’s mother’s house on Beacon Hill. The report says the former girlfriend also noted, when shown video from the South Seattle holdup, that the gray backpack that Tapaka used was their baby’s diaper bag.
Before we get to the non-holiday highlights for today/tonight, here’s the Friday lineup from the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide:
HOLIDAYS WITH ELVIS: This show is at 3 pm at Bridge Park. All welcome. (3204 SW Morgan)
WEST SEATTLE ARTISTS’ STUDIO TOUR: This free holiday-season tour starts 4-9 pm and multiple West Seattle studios are participating – map and info here.
LAFAYETTE ELEMENTARY CRAFT AND BOOK FAIR: Everybody’s welcome!
You’re invited to an evening of shopping & selling at the Lafayette Elementary Annual Winter Craft & Book Fair! On Friday, November 30th, at 5:30 pm, our cafeteria will transform to a Winter craft bazaar with tables of home-made and local crafts for sale created by students, parents, and community members. Craft fair open 5:30-7:30 pm. Food & Hot cocoa for sale. Support our school Library by shopping at the Book Fair, open 5:00-6:30 pm in our library.
GIFT WRAPPING: Get your gifts wrapped during Lafayette Elementary Craft Fair. A fifth-grader explains: “We are raising funds to buy 100 pairs of socks and shoes by grade level for kids in need. During our craft fair, we are wrapping holiday gifts by donation. Our school turned 100 this year and that is why we picked 100 items.” 5:30-7:30 pm. (California/Lander)
HUSKY DELI OPEN HOUSE: Always a hot (free) holiday event! Tonight’s the night for the Husky Deli holiday open house, 6-9 pm. (4721 California SW)
‘LIGHT UP THE NIGHT’ – TREE TOO! Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish & School invites you to “Light Up the Night,” with Christmas caroling, hot chocolate, and of course, lights! The tree-lighting is back this year, too! Bring nonperishable food donations to fill the sleigh in the Walmesley Center, then gather in the closed-off street for the lighting and singing. 7 pm. (35th SW/SW Myrtle)
MENASHE FAMILY LIGHTS: The brightest Christmas lights in West Seattle are set to officially start the season tonight. We went by while they were doing setup and testing earlier this week:
We’re checking to see the planned start time and will update here. UPDATE: Around 5 pm. (5605 Beach Drive SW)
Now on to what else is up:
SEATTLE MUNICIPAL COURT OUTREACH EVENT: Happening through 4 pm at Delridge Community Center. Get help handling tickets, warrants, social-service searches – more details in this preview from earlier this week. (4501 Delridge Way SW)
A NIGHT FOR AYDIN: Today/tonight at Arthur’s in The Admiral District, a silent auction and raffle are benefiting the family of Chef Ian Welch as they deal with the sudden loss of their son. Arthur’s is also donating an amount matching today/tonight’s sales. More info here. (2311 California SW)
PIANO JAZZ: At Kenyon Hall, 7:30 pm, it’s the Seattle premiere of an award-winning documentary about Ray Skjelbred, described as “a national treasure,” produced by West Seattle’s John Ochs, followed by a live performance by the artist on the KH Steinway. Ticket info in our calendar listing. (7904 35th SW)
December is about to start and that means it’s peak time for holiday donation drives that have to wrap things up a bit early so they can deliver your gifts! We have three Toys for Tots reminders – where and when to donate new unwrapped toys for kids:
SATURDAY: West Seattle Kiwanis pancake breakfast, 7-11 am (December 1st) at the Masonic Center (4736 40th SW)
THROUGH DECEMBER 10TH: Northwest Insurance Group (WSB sponsor) is collecting new, unwrapped toys in their office on weekdays. (5431 California SW)
THROUGH DECEMBER 11TH: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate (WSB sponsor) – details here. (4700 42nd SW, Suite 600)
ALSO: Harbor Insurance Services is a drop site again this year. (3922 California SW)
7:08 AM: Good morning. No incidents or traffic alerts in/from West Seattle so far this Friday morning.
WEEKEND ALERT: SW Alaska will be closed between California and 42nd tomorrow afternoon/evening for the West Seattle Junction Hometown Holidays Tree Lighting (6 pm) and Night Market (3-7 pm). Bus reroutes are linked here.
Police are finding shell casings in the 12th/Trenton vicinity, per radio communication, after multiple 911 callers reported hearing gunfire in the area. One caller is reported to have seen someone firing a gun from a car that was seeing going northbound on 13th, then southbound on 12th. No reports of any shooting victims so far.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
You’ve heard lots of pitches about making your plan for the Seattle Squeeze, Period of Maximum Constraint, whatever you want to call the looming post-viaduct-and-more transportation crunch.
The group also got to do a little brainstorming with a group looking far beyond the looming years of transpo-trouble, envisioning the future of downtown.
Two months after we last checked on Upton Flats – the mixed-use development at 35th SW/SW Graham in High Point – its management has announced a “grand opening” event for this weekend. They’re inviting people to stop by for a look at the ~100-apartment complex Saturday or Sunday, 10 am-5 pm, and they’re promising beer and snacks. No confirmed tenants yet for the retail space, though; as we’ve reported previously, Seattle Housing Authority offices will occupy about 80 percent of the complex’s commercial space.
Last night, we featured the new entertainment schedule for Saturday night’s Hometown Holidays Tree Lighting and Night Market in and around Junction Plaza Park (42nd and Alaska) – see it here. Tonight, the vendors you’ll find at the market! The latest list from the West Seattle Junction Association includes:
Alki Beach Glass, Erose Creations, It’s Cathy Wu, Basilic, Live Inspired Jewelry, Jessica Heide Illustrations, Semilla Designs, Ramsey Chavez Art LLC, Sheetal Berg, Ranceart, Ugly Yellow House, From Where I See It, Apple Cox Design, Perch Papergoods, Angels Salon, Bakery Nouveau, Dream Dinners, Falafel Salam, Pacific Knotwest, Amarelo Bread, Chelo Cultured Cashew Crème, Timber City Ginger Beer, Patty Pan Cooperative, Seattle Canning Co, Lesedi Farm, Adrienne’s Cakes & Pies, Pinckney’s Cookie Café, La Pasta, Britt’s Pickles, Little Prague, Wilridge Winery, Whole Foods, Hope School, Flemings Lights, WestSide Baby, Trevani Truffles
The market will run from 3 pm to 7 pm on SW Alaska between California and 42nd, and you’ll find Santa there too!
More light reading! That’s the updated “work plan” for the Levy to Move Seattle, as just released by SDOT, with the levy’s oversight committee meeting at City Hall tonight (as noted in our daily highlights list). You’ll recall that SDOT said earlier in the year that it would have to revise the plan, and now the revision’s out. Key West Seattle (and vicinity) projects and dates mentioned:
-SW Avalon Way rechannelization/repaving (plus repaving 3 blocks of 35th and one of Alaska) is now listed as a 2020 project. Most recently, SDOT had said this project would have to span two seasons, 2019 and 2020, so we’ll be following up to see if the new work-plan date really means it won’t even start until 2020.
-Repaving Delridge between Avalon and Graham is listed as 2021, which is in line with the RapidRide H Line now scheduled to launch that fall
-East Marginal corridor improvements for freight and bicycles now listed as 2022-2023, pending additional funding
-Andover and Delridge pedestrian bridges are scheduled for work in 2020
-Both Admiral Way bridges are scheduled for work in 2023
-Here are the only “new sidewalk” projects listed for West Seattle between now and 2024:
Myrtle stairway from Sylvan to 25th, 2019
Sylvan Way between Orchard and Delridge, 2019
Sylvan Way, same stretch, other side, 2020
24th from Thistle to Barton, 2020
Kenyon from 24th to “dead end,” 2020
Edmunds stairway from Cottage Place to 23rd, 2023
Also of note, a reminder that the Move Seattle levy was supposed to fund the “Fauntleroy Boulevard” project:
The construction of the Fauntleroy Boulevard Project was put on hold in January 2018. SDOT is exploring the construction of near-term improvements to help improve predictability for people who walk, drive, and bike on Fauntleroy Way while Sound Transit considers the preferred alignment. Based on the final alignment decision, SDOT will seek community feedback on next steps.
The Sound Transit decisionmaking process is still on track to decide next spring on a “preferred alignment” for environmental studies.
Meantime, the new work plan is by no means a complete list of SDOT’s WS plans for the years ahead – there are smaller projects, as well as work funded outside the nine-year levy approved by voters in 2015.
Summit Atlas in Arbor Heights is one of only 10 charter schools that were operating in the state as of last school year, six years after voters approved the concept. It opened last year at 9601 35th SW with one middle-school and one high-school grade, and added one more of each this year. In our update report just before the school year started, we were short a few stats because school administrators didn’t have them handy. Now we have some stats courtesy of a newly released state audit of charter-school accountability.
The audit looked at the 2017-2018 school year. It didn’t cover all aspects of charter-school operation but did look at statistics that could show whether the schools are fulfilling a major mission, to serve at-risk students. In some categories, it compared what the charter schools did with what neighboring public schools, and the local public school district did. Examples: Summit Atlas was reported to have had a 46 percent free-and-reduced-lunch student population last year, compared to 60 percent for “neighboring” public schools and 34 percent for the Seattle Public Schools district at large.
Its public funding, meantime, was listed as $12,900 per student, 300 dollars less than the allocation for local public-school students. Summit Atlas served a slightly higher percentage of special-education students than “neighboring” schools – 17 percent compared to 15 percent – and a slightly lower percentage of English language learners, 11 percent compared to 16 percent.
The “profile” included in the audit (page 58) said that Summit Atlas had 167 students in its first year, and included its demographic breakdown:
Two or more races 13%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Pacific Islander 0%
That translated to a “diversity index” of .72, slightly lower than the .78 cited for neighboring schools. The audit did not address academic achievement or assessment; here are its overall conclusions:
The purpose of the audit was to examine whether Washington’s charter schools have the foundations in place to help ensure they are accountable to the public. We looked at whether charter schools have enrolled the types of students identified in their charters, whether they have complied with certain state and federal requirements, and whether their charter agreements include appropriate performance frameworks. We also examined the extent to which the charter schools and traditional schools work together. The results were mixed, which is not surprising given newness of the entire charter school system in Washington.
It is worth noting that during the course of the audit, charter schools made efforts to address some of the deficiencies found as a result of this audit.
Unfortunately, the newness of the system also keeps us from addressing another question about Washington’s charter schools—how effective are these schools at teaching students? As the system matures and more years of data accumulate, this is a logical question that should be addressed.
P.S. We’ll know soon whether any new charter school operators are applying to the state – tomorrow is the deadline for filing “notices of intent to apply” for the next annual cycle.
That’s Israel‘s car, stolen last night in Westwood:
It is a maroon 1999 Subaru Legacy and was stolen from the 9300 block of 30th SW (off Barton) the night of 11/28. The plate starts with “AOL” and it has a roof rack. SPD incident #18-445245.
Call 911 if you see it.
Two months have passed since Roxbury Auto Parts closed, its building “red-tagged” by a King County Department of Permitting and Environmental Review inspector as unsafe to occupy. A reader e-mailed wondering what’s happened since our previous report. We checked with the owners and they say they’re still in “a holding pattern” – waiting for another structural engineer’s report, via one of the insurance companies involved, so there’s no timeline yet for repairs or reopening. The county inspector primarily focused on damage to the building’s back wall; store owners believe that was caused when the county was using the back of the lot for storage during sidewalk construction out front, but identification of the cause and blame is pending completion of evaluation reports.
(Hermit Thrush with beautyberry, photographed by Mark Ahlness, shared via the WSB Flickr group)
Events of note from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
EFFECTIVE RESUME & JOB INTERVIEWING TECHNIQUES: Looking for work? This free event at High Point Library at 1 pm can help. Free but registration’s required – call to see if there’s room. (3411 SW Raymond)
LEVY TO MOVE SEATTLE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE: 5:30 pm meeting downtown, open to the public. This includes review of the third-quarter progress report, which includes brief mentions of a few West Seattle projects. City Hall room L280. (600 4th Ave.)
WEST SEATTLE HS 8TH GRADE INFO NIGHT: Got an 8th grader in the family? Tonight West Seattle High School invites you to learn about the school, 6:30 pm. (3000 California SW)
WEST SEATTLE TRANSPORTATION COALITION: 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House High Point, discussing downtown changes and getting around, including guests from Commute Seattle and Imagine Greater Downtown. All welcome. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)
GENESEE SCHMITZ NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL: Vote for new GSNC leadership – details here – and get an update on the future 48th/Charlestown park, 7 pm at Great American Diner and Bar. (4752 California SW)
For ongoing holiday events, check the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide! And send us info on anything you are planning, now through New Year’s, that’s not listed yet.
(WSB file photo)
Two days away from one of the busiest days of the holiday season – and you can start it by supporting a local service club while enjoying a festive fresh-cooked breakfast! This is the 72nd year the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle is presenting its holiday-season pancake breakfast, 7 am to 11 am Saturday (December 1st) at the Masonic Center in The Junction. Buy your ticket online in advance (go here) and save $2 – it’s $8 online, $10 at the door. Kids under 10 are free with paying adults, and Santa is there for photos too! If you can, bring a new unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. The Masonic Center is at 4736 40th SW; WSB is among the breakfast’s community co-sponsors.
Three West Seattle Crime Watch notes tonight:
BURGLARY ALERT: E. in South Delridge e-mailed to report, “Just witnessed an attempted burglary on the 9000 block of 16th Ave. SW. Police responded, no one caught. Just a heads up. People should keep an eye out tonight for suspicious activity.”
THIEF ON CAM: Kirsten says this security-cam video recorded in the Admiral District early today shows the (thoroughly covered) thief who stole from her porch and prowled two vehicles, getting away with:
Fold-up camp bench chairs
Bowling ball, shoes and league shirt
SEEN THIS QUILT? Ben‘s car was stolen in the University District last week and found in West Seattle, off West Marginal Way. But what had been inside was missing … including this quilt made by his mom and grandma to commemorate his graduation from high school:
He’s circulating the photo far and wide – maybe it’ll turn up dumped somewhere, or on sale at a thrift shop … Police report # if you have any info is 2018-435916.