West Seattle, Washington
If you haven’t already seen this in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar: American Legion Post 160 in The Triangle will again host its Veterans Day Spaghetti Dinner, on Saturday, November 10th. The free dinner is not just for veterans but also for active duty, reserve, national guard, military veterans, and families. No RSVP required; just show up. Dinner is served at 5:30 pm; program at 6 pm. Post 160 is at 3618 SW Alaska.
Now, our request: Anyone else planning a Veterans Day event? And/or extending a special offer to veterans this weekend and/or on the official holiday Monday? Please let us know – firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
Toplines from tonight’s Southwest District Council meeting:
BUSES, POST-VIADUCT: Have you seen this map yet?
It was brought to the SWDC meeting by Chris Arkills from King County, who has been visiting local groups to explain what’s happening during and after the January closure. The yellow pathway is what buses from the south end will use during the closure; after that, the interim period “9 months to 1 year,” it’ll be the blue pathway; then the green signifies the “permanent south end pathway.”
7:20 PM: We’ve received a few questions about a police presence near 45th/Hanford. According to SPD Lt. Tammy Floyd, who happened to be speaking at the Southwest District Council meeting that your editor is covering right now, it involves a person in crisis who has barricaded themselves inside their home. There was some concern about a possible gas leak but police say there’s been no evidence of that so far. (Photo added: SFD was standing by in case.)
7:53 PM: Our crew has checked the area. The situation’s not resolved yet; 45th is closed between Hanford and Hinds.
8 PM: The situation has been resolved, our crew reports.
King County has published its second round of general-election results. See them all here. Among them:
34TH DISTRICT STATE SENATOR: Joe Nguyen maintained about the same lead over Shannon Braddock as election night, 30,199 votes and 57.4 percent, to 22,398 votes and 42.6 percent.
FAMILIES, EDUCATION, PRESCHOOL, PROMISE LEVY: This didn’t change much either, passing with 68.6 percent “yes” vote.
TURNOUT: So far the count is at 56.45 percent.
NEXT COUNT: By 4 pm tomorrow.
P.S. If you’re wondering about the 7th District Congressional race – U.S. House Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D) vs. Craig Keller (R), both West Seattleites – those results are on the state site. Rep. Jayapal has won re-election with 83.5 percent of the vote.
Got a child headed for middle school? Even if you are certain about where your child will be going next year, you’ll want to be at next Tuesday’s Greater West Seattle Middle School Information Night. It’s from 6-8 pm November 13th in the gym at Our Lady of Guadalupe (7000 35th SW), and along with a chance to get information about multiple local middle schools – public AND private – organizers will offer “a short talk on the transition to middle school as well as a panel discussion about the different types of schools in the area” starting at 6:30 pm. Free admission; all welcome.
Given that fencing around the front of the Southwest Customer Service Center, the city understands why you might think it’s not open. But, says city spokesperson Cyndi Wilder, it is!
Customers to the Southwest Customer Service Center (2801 SW Thistle St.) have reported that they think the office is closed due to construction happening at the front entrance. We’re making ADA improvements to the front entrance, but we’re open during construction. We’re asking customers to enter using the south entrance instead. Hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (No passport application processing after 5 p.m.) Anyone with questions should call the Southwest Customer Service Center at 206-684-7417.
Southwest Pool next door is open too, as noted on the marquee.
Not all victory parties were held on Election Night. 14 hours after results showing a big win (69 percent approval) for the city Families, Education, Preschool, Promise levy, Mayor Jenny Durkan returned to South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) in West Seattle to lead a celebratory event.
She spoke at Cascade Hall, same place she appeared one year ago – on her second day in office – to announce her plan to expand the 10-year-old “free college” 13th Year Promise program, which she said at the time might be levy-funded (as noted in our 2017 coverage), and it subsequently became part of the FEPP levy, which combined two expiring levies, the Seattle Preschool Program levy and Families and Education Levy.
Surrounded by city and education leaders, the mayor began, “I’m here to say thank you!” She said she had been inspired by meeting 13th Year Promise scholars at SSC and wanting to make that program available to more. With this levy, “We did it.” She gave a “big shoutout” to Seattle Public Schools, whose new superintendent Denise Juneau was there for the announcement, as well as the SPS Board of Directors, whose Zack DeWolf and Jill Geary were there. Plus: Councilmembers Lorena González and Rob Johnson, former Councilmember and interim Mayor Tim Burgess, who evangelized the Preschool Program that also was folded in. (Burgess was called “the godfather” of that proposal when it was announced at a High Point event in 2014.)
“I want to thank Seattle … time and time again, when it matters, our city steps up to invest in the future,” the mayor reiterated before yielding the podium, describing the result as “even more tools to close the opportunity gap.” Burgess was next at the podium, calling the passage a “huge win” and saying he is “deeply grateful to the voters of Seattle. … We believe in all of our children and making sure they’re successful.”
Following him, Councilmember González said she is a product of the community-college system, having gone for 2 years in the Yakima area before continuing her education career, and also “the beneficiary of subsidized pre-K” because her family was migrant farmworkers. “You too could someday be a civil rights lawyer and city councilmember,” she said to the students and aspiring students in the room. “… The voters once again showed us they are generous … and that they see the value of these investments.” She said that taxpayers “paying a little more (will) get a huge return on their investment,” and that the levy will include help for students and their families experiencing homelessness. “It is a very huge deal. … We have received a mandate from the people of Seattle .. we are ready to get to work, to put your dollars to work.”
She was followed by Councilmember Johnson, noting that the city has made investments in Seattle Public Schools going back to 1990.
Then Anthony Garcia, a Promise scholar and Cleveland High School graduate as well as the son of Guatemalan immigrants, spoke. He said having the opportunity to go to the college tuition-free “is a blessing” and that students have “remarkable” support. “You have to capitalize on the opportunity.” He had high praise for the SSC programs and staff, saying he’s “a part of something great. … Who would give students free college?”
CM González behind him: “Seattle would!”
Next to speak, Seattle Colleges chancellor Shouan Pan. “Clearly, the voters have spoken … for equitable education for Seattle residents. … This vote is really a vote for investing in education … really K through 14.” He offered a little more explanatory information, saying that the program will expand to all Seattle public high schools by 2020. He promised the program would be “flexible” and that “we will not disappoint.” They also will raise a “significant endowment” in support of “this work”: “We need help” with that. (The 13th Year Promise program, explained here, has been supported by fundraising since it was launched at SSC in 2008.)
“Wow, Seattle, I love my new city!” exclaimed SPS Superintendent Juneau, speaking next. “We know that an investment in children is an investment in our future.” She noted that her own personal story – tracing back to the Blackfeet reservation – is about education. She said she looked forward to “partnership with the city … (to) achieve great things for our kids.”
When the mayor opened the floor to questions, there was only one. Student Andy Garcia had a question for the mayor – not related to the program. He wondered about city employees “trained in social engineering.” Durkan said that her staff was focused on “serv(ing) the people of Seattle” and while she didn’t see it as “social engineering,” she saw the importance of city staff being trained in equity and understanding “what (city residents) are going through.” She described it as “social vision.”
And with that, the event concluded, and the Cascade Hall lobby emptied, with dignitaries and students headed out to the rest of their day.
MORE INFO: For more information on the levy, you can read the fact sheet here and the full levy text here. The mayor’s post-event news release, just in as we finish this story, summarizes the levy as:
· Expand the popular and highly successful Seattle Preschool Program, increasing eligibility to all of Seattle’s 3 and 4-year-olds, and growing by more than 65 percent over seven years to serve 2,500 children in the 2025-26 school year.
· Provide child-care vouchers targeted towards families currently experiencing homelessness so that children can attend a program while families complete housing and stabilization needs.
· Support K-12 school health investments and adds three new school-based health clinics to increase access to compressive medical and mental health care and other services to promote early intervention, prevention and treatment of other health-related barriers to learning success.
· Increase K-12 and community investments that offer supplemental services focused on closing opportunity gaps, for highest needs students, and communities with a focus on college access and job readiness.
· Expand the Seattle Promise College Tuition Program, created by Mayor Durkan: beginning in fall 2019 all Seattle Public Schools graduates will be eligible for two years (90 credits) of tuition at any of the Seattle Colleges. Students that have other financial needs (books, materials, living, childcare, etc.) will have access to funding support as needed depending on eligibility.
ADDED: Our video of the SSC event:
Before the day gets too much further along,
seven EIGHT highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
LIBRARY LAB – CODING WITHOUT COMPUTERS: Wednesdays continue to be early-release days, so students 6-12 years old are invited to drop by the West Seattle (Admiral) Library 2:30-4 pm to “try out simple analog coding with gadgets and games!” (2306 42nd SW)
(added) PIZZA FOR PRESCHOOL: Lincoln Park Co-op Preschool is benefiting from a portion of the proceeds tonight at Proletariat Pizza in White Center, 4-9 pm. Just mention “Co-Op” when you order, whether dine-in or takeout. (9622 16th SW)
MYRTLE STAIRWAY MEETING: 6 pm at the Southwest Precinct, as noted in this recent report, a community meeting is planned to discuss the SDOT stairway project on SW Myrtle between 25th and Sylvan. (2300 SW Webster)
SOUTHWEST DISTRICT COUNCIL: 6:30 pm at the Senior Center/Sisson Building, with agenda items including the Highway 99 transition, city outreach related to Sound Transit light rail, and how to file missing-person reports. All welcome. (4217 SW Oregon)
‘UNDERSTANDING YOUR CULTURAL LENS FOR OUR MULTICULTURAL COMMUNITY’: 7 pm at Our Lady of Guadalupe‘s Walmesley Center, “an interactive workshop to explore our cultural lenses. Cultural lenses affect how we walk through the world and how we interact with people from different cultural backgrounds.” All welcome. (7000 35th SW)
DUTCH SHUFFLEBOARD: Play Sjoelen, 7 pm at Tin Dog Brewing in South Park. (309 S. Cloverdale)
OPEN MICROPHONE: 7:30 pm signup, 8:30 pm music at The Skylark. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
WHAT ELSE IS UP? See our complete calendar by going here!
10:40 AM: Thanks to the person who tipped us about this. A small outage in Highland Park is now on the City Light map, which says 12 customers (in this area, we believe that’s all residences) are affected. No word yet on the cause.
11:57 AM: The cause is now listed as “bird/animal.”
As noted here Monday, today at 9:30 am, the City Council meets for the next step in getting to a budget for next year: Budget chair Councilmember Sally Bagshaw presents the “balancing package” of changes that are now formally proposed to the mayor’s proposal. The specifics have just been made public, with less than an hour to go until the meeting; you can see them here in the meeting agenda (each item in it is linked to a specific document). We note that some of Councilmember Lisa Herbold‘s previously noted proposals such as a 35th SW repaving project, the Highland Park roundabout, and more days for Colman Pool. You can see today’s meeting live via Seattle Channel.
7:33 AM: Good morning. One problem in the area – a crash blocking the right lane of NB 99 at Michigan, so that’s affecting people headed in from the south, including 509.
7:37 AM: Now there’s a dispatch for a non-injury crash midspan on the eastbound West Seattle Bridge. (added) Though it was reported via scanner as non-injury, SFD is being dispatched.
7:51 AM: Watch the top left camera view for the status on that crash.
8:20 AM: Bridge crash cleared.