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West Seattle Crime Watch: Packages, and tools, taken

Three West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports:


Police report # is 19-036748.


USPS delivered a package to my house at 15th and Elmgrove at 10:19 a.m. When I arrived home at 6:30 p.m., I couldn’t find it anywhere. It contained a used women’s leather jacket I bought on Poshmark. Long shot, but if anyone sees a Madewell leather jacket (size M) in cabernet listed online, let me know (they don’t make the color any more).

TRESPASSING/BURGLARY/BREAK-IN ATTEMPTS: Ashley forwarded photos from her condo building’s security cameras last Wednesday night/Thursday morning, catching “3 groups of trespassers on our property” overnight, at which time tools were stolen from a work shack on site. Also stolen: An orange work vest branded with the on-site company’s name, Tatley-Grund. Ashley sent screen grabs – see them here, here, here, here, here, and here. Police report # is 19-031061.

FOLLOWUP: Here’s the special West Seattle Water Taxi schedule for Saturday’s viaduct/tunnel celebration

(WSB photo, earlier this month)

As promised – the King County Water Taxi is out with its West Seattle schedule for this Saturday (February 2nd), a special one-day-only plan for the big viaduct/tunnel party.

SCHEDULE: The Water Taxi will run every 35-40 minutes Saturday on this schedule:

If it fills up, with people still waiting, they’ll leave immediately and return as soon as they can, but they advise that if you’re trying for a particular time, be there early. All standard fares apply on Saturday.

PARKING: The free Pier 2 lot, which holds about 250 cars, will be open on Saturday. The entrance is at 2424 Harbor Avenue SW, across from the 7-11, and there will be a free shuttle to and from the Water Taxi at Seacrest as has been the case on weekdays. It will open at 5:45 am Saturday and close at 7:45 pm – if you don’t get your car by then, the county warns, it’ll be locked in until Monday morning.

Again, this is for Saturday only – the Water Taxi will not run Sunday (the only event that day is the sold-out bike ride). So what happens when you arrive downtown? The Water Taxi website has advice in this update.

ADDED TUESDAY: Though the Water Taxi will run Saturday, the 773/775 shuttles will not – just the Pier 2-parking-lot-to-dock-and-back shuttle.

FOLLOWUP: Food-drive kickoff in West Seattle a big win all around

(Photos courtesy Judi Yazzolino)

As promised, we have an update on Saturday’s big food-drive kickoff, courtesy of West Seattle Food Bank development director Judi Yazzolino, with a reminder that more donations are welcome:

The West Seattle Food Bank would like to thank Northwest Harvest for setting up the kickoff of their statewide Food Drive with Safeway & Albertsons at the Admiral Safeway on Saturday, and Seahawks Wide Receiver Doug Baldwin and former Seahawks Cliff Avril & Richard Sherman for coming to support and offer autographs and pictures to those who donated food.

Everyone had so much fun and we collected over 1,700 pounds of food & $125, half of which came to the West Seattle Food Bank, and half went with the US Coast Guard, whose representatives were extremely helpful in helping load it all into the vans. Thank you to everyone who put this event together, who came and donated food and especially to Doug, Cliff, & Richard for giving us your time and support!

This food drive was set up to help all of the furloughed federal employees, contractors, and other business owners and employees affected by the government shutdown. We also want to be sure and help those individuals that we serve who received their food stamps two weeks early on January 20th and may be running low by next week. There are West Seattle Food Bank barrels at the Admiral Safeway by checkout where you can continue to donate to help those in need.

The store is at 2622 California SW.

UPDATE: Fire response in Gatewood, downsized

January 28, 2019 3:25 pm
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(Added: WSB photo)

3:25 PM: Seattle Fire has a “full response” on the way to a house in the 3700 block of SW Webster [map]. Updates to come.

3:28 PM: The call was quickly downsized – described as a small fire blamed on an electrical problem, and it’s out.

Neighborhood Street Fund: Your turn to ‘prioritize’ West Seattle/South Park proposals

Another city grant program is seeking your thoughts on what should get funded. This time, it’s the Neighborhood Street Fund, and more than 20 projects are being considered in this area (West Seattle/South Park) alone – here’s the city’s clickable Google Map showing them:

Starting today, the “prioritization” process is under way, and the city’s asking you to do the prioritizing, as explained here. First, take a look at details of each project via PDFs linked here; then you can rank them online by going here – or at an upcoming meeting. There are two in D-1 – in West Seattle on Saturday (10:30 am February 2 at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW) or South Park a week from tonight (6:30 pm February 4 at South Park Hall, 1253 S. Cloverdale).

The NSF is an every-three-years grant program; one of the two projects approved for West Seattle in the 2016 cycle isn’t even complete yet (the Spokane/Harbor/Avalon intersection changes – just last week we learned the bicycle-crossing signal is still about two months away). The next phase after prioritizing of this year’s proposals, by the way, will be voting this spring.

Terminal 5 tenant announcement ‘soon’: That’s the word as ports go public with economic-impact report

(WSB photo: Commissioners Clare Petrich and Fred Felleman at Terminal 18 media briefing)

12:20 PM: Four and a half years after Terminal 5‘s last major tenant left, we’re still waiting to hear word of a new tenant. Last fall, the projection was that there’d be an announcement before year’s end. Now, one month into the new year, the new estimate is “soon” – as in, before the end of the first quarter. So said Clare Petrich, Tacoma Port Commissioner speaking on behalf of the Northwest Seaport Alliance partnership, as NWSA released a new report about the value of the maritime business to our state. Plans for upgrading T-5 have been awaiting news of a tenant. Among the other speakers at the report’s unveiling was Seattle Port Commissioner Fred Felleman, who declared the report to be evidence of a “renaissance” in the maritime business. He, Petrich, Dan McKisson from the ILWU, and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (who toured a dock crane first) all spoke during today’s announcement at Terminal 18 on Harbor Island. We’ll add video when it’s ready, and a few more details from the report later; you can see the report in its entirety here (PDF).

(Added: Photo courtesy NWSA)

4:05 PM: Here’s our video:

The report focuses very specifically on the impact of cargo shipping. Petrich noted that 90 percent of the world’s trade is done by water. One of the notable breakout charts in the report:

Here’s the NWSA news release with other highlights.

Future West Seattle park at 48th/Charlestown: Online survey now, in-person feedback opportunity next month

(WSB file photo, future park site at 48th/Charlestown)

Just last week, we published a followup on one of the three future “landbanked” parks in West Seattle. Today, the Parks Department has sent an update on one of the other two, the 48th/Charlestown site:

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is hosting a booth at the West Seattle Farmers Market, 44th Ave. SW and SW Alaska St., on Sunday, February 10, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is an opportunity for the community to learn about the new park project at 48th Ave. SW and SW Charlestown St., meet the design team from Cascade Collaborative and provide input on the design of this new neighborhood park.

SPR will work with the community on the park design and encourages community participation. Please visit our booth on Sunday, participate in this short survey ( and post design ideas on your social media with the hashtag #48thandCharlestown.

SPR purchased the .23-acre property in 2014. The design of the park will incorporate accessibility features in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and provide access to open space for the neighborhood.

This park project is made possible by the voter-approved Seattle Park District, which provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding for SPR, including maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites.

For more information or for meeting notification translations please (go here).

For questions about the project or if you need an interpreter or accommodations please contact Ed Pottharst at 206-386-4232 or

$1.2 million in Park District levy funding has been earmarked for developing this site.

6 for your West Seattle Monday!

(Spotted Towhee, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

New week! Time for highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar (thanks to everyone who’s sent listings):

CAMP FIRE CANDY SALE: The annual candy sale is on; in West Seattle, you are welcome to go buy yours at the Camp Fire Council‘s regional HQ. (2414 SW Andover)

WALK IN THE PARK: 10 am, meet up to walk in Lincoln Park with Sound Stepsinfo here. Meet at the south end of the north parking lot. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

LA LECHE LEAGUE: Breastfeeding support group meets at Neighborhood House High Point, 10 am-noon. (6400 Sylvan Way)

AFTERNOON BOOK GROUP: 2 pm at Southwest Library. This month’s book is “Year of Wonders” by Geraldine Brooks. (9010 35th SW)

SUPPORT GROUP FOR CHILDREN OF AGING PARENTS: 6:30 pm at Aegis Living of West Seattle. (4700 SW Admiral Way)

MONDAY QUIZ: They have questions, you have answers. All ages. Prizes, too! 7:30 pm at The Skylark. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

THAT’S NOT ALL … as you’ll see on our complete calendar.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: 3rd Monday AM watch, post-Viaduct

(SDOT MAP with travel times / WS-relevant traffic cams / Water Taxi schedule, other helpful info HERE)

5:30 AM: Good morning! No incidents or alerts so far this last Monday of January.

5:35 AM: If you’re waiting for the C Line, you might have a bit of a delay. Per radio communication, a bus is stopped at California/Fauntleroy awaiting police to assist with an “intoxicated male” who is refusing to disembark.

5:41 AM: Situation resolved before police arrived.

6 AM: Bridge getting busy but flowing relatively well.

6:13 AM: Still incident-free. Even regionally, fairly quiet. Check these three West Seattle road-work notes if you haven’t already.

6:20 AM: East Marginal Way and Alaska (map), 2-car crash, with SFD medics en route.

6:30 AM: That’s cleared. Meantime, it’s bridge-slowdown time.

6:55 AM: Still nothing unusual; the high bridge is the only West Seattle arterial mapping in yellow or red right now.

7:10 AM: If you’re heading for I-5 NB into downtown, note there’s a lane blocked by a stalled van in the Seneca/Yesler vicinity.

7:15 AM: That’s cleared. New problem – south of the bridge, crash reported at 4th Ave. S./Dawson (map).

7:28 AM: For those reporting trouble with Ride2, Metro just tweeted this:

7:51 AM: Bridge full. Sun’s out.

8:10 AM: Low bridge might not be the best way to go right now – SDOT has turned the camera eastward from the east end of the bridge and it’s looking sluggish.

8:30 AM: Still looking reasonable out there.

8:46 AM: Thanks to the reader who reported this on the east side of the challenging-even-without-road-work Holden/Highland Park Way intersection, photo included:

8:58 AM: Headed out to start covering the day’s news. If you see/hear something big, our 24/7 hotline is 206-293-6302 (when you can call/text safely/legally – after you get where you’re going, if you’re not a passenger – thanks!).