West Seattle, Washington
In the spotlight tonight at Easy Street Records – the new magazine PMA. It’s the creation of West Seattleite Matthew Lee Johnston, who explains in the opening pages of PMA, “There are magazines that show you that you can bake a beautiful cake or plant an amazing garden, but what about a magazine that helped you build a more authentic life?” PMA – short for Positive Mental Attitude – is Johnston’s way of building one for himself, too.
He was among the speakers at tonight’s party for PMA, whose initial issue’s first run is already sold out online. He said PMA’s mission has just begun with the magazine and will go beyond. ESR’s Matt Vaughan (with the mic in the next photo) also spoke:
So did Ken Workman of the Duwamish Tribe, who not only noted that the tribe is in “the DNA” of everything in Seattle, but also endorsed the PMA inspiration of positive energy. The crowd also included two people featured in PMA’s first edition, Abigail McCarthy from Warm Current, which provides surfing gear and instruction to indigenous communities, and Skate Like A Girl‘s Kristin Ebeling.
ALKI POINT PROJECT: 3220-3224 Alki Avenue SW is not a big site, but it caught some readers’ attention because of its prominent location where Beach Drive becomes Alki Avenue at Alki Point. The 97-year-old house above and a smaller building behind it were demolished earlier this week; only debris remained by Friday.
City records show this site, purchased by a homebuilder for $1.2 million, will be redeveloped with two three-story, 2-unit townhouse buildings, each with three parking spaces (as required by the Alki Parking Overlay, one and a half spaces per unit). The site is zoned Lowrise 2.
A few blocks south …
BEACH DRIVE ROWHOUSES: Two duplex buildings at 6003 SW Orleans, just off Beach Drive near Cormorant Cove Park, are proposed for replacement with six rowhouse-style townhouses, with six offstreet-parking spaces. It’s an early-stage proposal for a site that also is zoned Lowrise 2.
Thanks to Judi Yazzolino from the West Seattle Food Bank for sharing her photo op from this afternoon’s Northwest Harvest food-drive kickoff at Admiral Safeway. Not only did Seahawks player Doug Baldwin show up as promised – so did former teammates Richard Sherman and Cliff Avril. Lots of fans got autographs and photos – this next photo was shared by Kristen (thank you!) featuring Leighton and Carter Joy:
The donation drive’s first day was a win, per Judi from the WSFB, who tells WSB, “We’ll have the poundage on Monday. It was a lot. We’d like to thank all the West Seattleites who came and donated food.” This is just the start of an emergency statewide food drive to help food banks like WSFB deal with the effects of the federal shutdown – a need that won’t abate immediately just because of the potentially temporary end to it. You can donate food at any Safeway store (Albertsons too, though there are none in our area).
One more wildlife sighting before we move on to other news: David Spry shared the clip, reporting, “I managed to get some footage of a coyote this morning. It was just outside of my fence in Fauntleroy Park.” We used to get and publish relatively frequent coyote reports, but haven’t heard much about them for a while, and we get the occasional reader note saying the same thing. Nobody officially tracks them, though a new Woodland Park Zoo/Seattle University project is aiming to do so.
P.S. If you’re new – here’s info on coexisting with coyotes.
SATURDAY REPORT: Thanks to the texter who reports a humpback whale sighting off Jack Block Park, headed northbound, a while ago. Not sure how to tell what kind of whale you’re looking at? Here’s The Whale Trail‘s page about humpbacks.
ADDED SUNDAY: Thanks to Colin for sharing the photo, added above, via a comment.
The District 1 City Council race is intensifying, with 7 months until the primary. On Friday, we broke the news of a fourth candidate in the race, Jesse Greene. Now there’s news that the first candidate to register his intention to campaign, Phillip Tavel – who also ran in 2015 – has scheduled his official launch event. Thursday night at 6:30 pm (doors open at 6), he and supporters will gather at Easy Street Records – here’s the official flyer (PDF). Four candidates in all have registered campaign intentions (formal filing is in May, but paperwork is required sooner in order to fundraise), also including Brendan Kolding and Isaiah Willoughby. Incumbent Lisa Herbold has yet to announce whether she plans to run for re-election
11:28 AM: If you’re heading downtown, do NOT use 4th Avenue South – police have currently closed it at Walker because of a shooting investigation. It’s reported to have happened aboard a Metro bus. Two people were hurt, one from a gunshot wound, the other from injuries attributed to whatever “altercation” happened.
12:11 PM: Street is still blocked as the investigation continues but Pooja emailed us with this advice: “We just went on 4th and it’s possible to go around Lander to 6th to Holgate (and I think still faster than waiting on the West Seattle bridge and I-5 to get to 90).” SPD, meantime, says via Twitter that no suspects are “outstanding” though they haven’t clarified whether that means someone else is in custody or the shooting was done by one of the two people taken to the hospital.
12:28 PM: SFD says the shooting victim is a 51-year-old man and was transported in critical condition; the man with other injuries is 88 and in stable condition. Both were taken to Harborview Medical Center.
1:46 PM: Southbound traffic is now being allowed through. The northbound lanes are still blocked.
ADDED SATURDAY EVENING: According to SPD, the older man shot the younger man, and then fell and hit his head.
Off to a late start today but we hope you have already browsed our always-there West Seattle Event Calendar. Here are some events of note for the rest of the day:
DUWAMISH LONGHOUSE’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY: Today’s open house is on until 5 pm, kicking off what Longhouse director Joleen Haas tells us is an all-year celebration. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)
BENEFIT FOR LOCAL ARTIST: Until 4 pm, CAPERS in The Junction hosts a pop-up benefit for local artist Christine Helen Olson, whose gallery was damaged by fire. (4525 California SW)
FOOD DRIVE KICKOFF: As previewed here on Friday, a statewide food drive kicks off at Admiral Safeway at noon, with Seahawks player Doug Baldwin expected to visit at 1 pm. All welcome. Bring nonperishable food – and/or monetary donations – for Northwest Harvest, which supplies food banks/pantries including the West Seattle Food Bank. (2622 California SW)
LOG HOUSE MUSEUM OPENS LATE: Today and next Saturday, the home of West Seattle’s history opens late because of its annual retreat. The museum welcomes you 1:30-4 pm. (61st SW/SW Stevens)
PROJECT 968’S ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY: 5:30-8 pm at Project 968 (WSB sponsor):
Project 968 is celebrating its one-year anniversary! Leave the kids at home and make it an evening out. Join us at the gym for adult beverages, light appetizers, and socializing. This event is open to the public, so grab a friend and show them what it’s all about! We’re looking forward to celebrating with you!
(4617 37th SW)
PMA MAGAZINE LAUNCH PARTY: 6 pm at Easy Street Records. Celebrate the launch of a new magazine founded by West Seattleite Matthew Lee Johnston. (California/Alaska)
LIVE AT C & P: Damon Buxton performs at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) 7-9 pm. No cover. (5612 California SW)
LIVE AT PARLIAMENT TAVERN: Christy McWilson Experience plus Wildcat Rose, 9 pm at Parliament Tavern. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)