West Seattle, Washington
10:23 PM: We’re at the Tacoma Dome, where the West Seattle High School boys have just lost to Capital, 48-41, at the state 3A basketball tournament, and that wraps a strong season for head coach Keffrey Fazio and team. They made a big comeback in the late third quarter/early fourth, but then fell behind again and couldn’t regain the lead. Photos and game report after we get back to HQ.
ADDED EARLY THURSDAY: The game’s leading scorer, Capital’s Chris Penner (26 points), announced himself right at the start, with two 3-pointers putting the Cougars ahead 6-0 within the first few minutes of the game. #24 Abdullahi Mohamed was the first to get on the scoreboard for WSHS.
Another major transportation issue is up for public comment tomorrow (Thursday) night, so we’re reminding you now:
SDOT staff will give a brief presentation at 6:30 PM.
Public comment will begin at 6:45 PM and is limited to 2 minutes per person.
All methods of commenting are treated equally.
Other ways to comment include this online survey, open until March 15th. Just catching up on this? The city website includes lots of background, including links to previous WSB coverage. The proposal was sparked by a community request more than two years ago – seven years after the city had rejected the idea of a Junction RPZ.
6:41 PM: You have until 8:30 pm to get to Sound Transit‘s West Seattle light-rail open house. Big turnout already, and a presentation is getting under way, but even after it, plenty of time will remain to “learn and share,” as the crowd has heard. The latter involves commenting on the “latest route and station alternatives,” “topics to study in the environmental impact statement,” and “project purpose and need.” County Councilmember Joe McDermott spoke briefly – he’s a member of the ST board and emphasized the importance of input now, even if you have commented before – now that it’s the official “scoping period,” they need to hear from you again. That gets you into “the official federal record,” as noted by ST’s Cathal Ridge. He also told the crowd that even though discussions and reviews have been under way for more than a year, this still is “the beginning of the process” as they move toward a board decision this May on what to send into environmental study as the next major step in the process of opening West Seattle light rail in 2030. Tonight’s open house is at the Masonic Center (4736 40th SW); if you can’t make it, you can comment via this “online open house” until March 18th.
7:02 PM: The presentation – which recapped the currently under-consideration alternatives (though you can tell ST you want to see something else considered) and where the process stands – is wrapping up. (UPDATE: HERE’S THE SLIDE DECK.) What happens next – the “open house” info tables, easels, etc., remain open. They are also inviting people to have conversations at “neighborhood forum” tables around the room, but made it clear that they are not taking notes at these tables because they want your comment(s) to be on the record, so if you want to comment here, seek out one of the official comment stations – or make it via the online open house or e-mail, postal mail, or phone. There are also two more in-person open houses, one of which is tomorrow in Ballard. Info on that and the commenting alternatives is all here.
Thanks for the tips that something was up at Mashiko, the acclaimed restaurant at 4725 California SW in The Junction. We have confirmed with longtime proprietor Chef Hajime Sato that, after 25 years, he has sold Mashiko to new ownership. In response to our inquiry, he sent this statement:
After nearly 25 years, effective yesterday, Mashiko has been sold to new ownership who will continue operating Mashiko in its current location. This was an extremely difficult decision, but it is the right one for my family. Thank you for trusting me to make so many meals for you. There are lots of people that I will deeply miss. Thank you for all of the great memories. I wish you many epic food adventures! Do not stop trying new things!
My wife’s cancer has made us reexamine our priorities. We are moving so that we can continue to heal mentally, physically, and financially. I will be making food again soon. If you’re ever near Detroit, come on by.
Sato has made news for, among other things, a commitment to serving sustainable seafood (as spotlighted here in 2011). Meantime, we will be pursuing more information about the new owners and their plans.
3:34 PM: An almost-down-to-the-wire victory for the West Seattle High School girls in their must-win opening game at the state 3A championships – they just beat Arlington, 50-45 at the Tacoma Dome. They were up by just 1 with less than a minute and a half ago, but fought to widen the margin and net the win. More details, plus photos, later. Here’s a highlight from the last minute before halftime:
HALFTIME at Tacoma Dome, girls' 3A championships: West Seattle HS 28, Arlington 21. (Video: Final min of half, Wilson basket for WSHS) pic.twitter.com/a5UJtmg60Q
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) February 27, 2019
Next up for the girls – Mt. Spokane, 2 pm Thursday, also at the T-Dome, which is where the WSHS boys start their state-tournament play tonight at 9 vs. Capital.
ADDED 5:53 PM: Here’s how the game played out:
As first reported here last Thursday, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society is hoping to move and save the well-known stone-covered cottage at 1123 Harbor SW before its new owner redevelops the site. Our story noted that SWSHS president Kathy Blackwell and preservationist John Bennett planned to meet this week with the company that bought the site and two adjacent lots. We checked back with them today to see how that meeting this past Monday went and what’s next. Blackwell described the meeting as “very cordial and positive.” She and Bennett both note that the new owners want the site cleared relatively quickly – voicing concern, Blackwell said, “about the buildings being vandalized or occupied illegally.” She also said the SWSHS is “very grateful for the outpouring of support” that followed when this all came to public attention last week. So what’s next? “Now the real work begins in finding a place where it can be re-located to. And researching the best way to move it.” Bennett adds that the site owners are “totally on board to save the stone house, but as business people, they want a plan and timeline on paper.” Speaking of documentation, in case you wondered, no redevelopment or demolition plans are on file with the city so far, just a permit that would allow work on the 90-year-old cottage’s exterior, studded with rocks its original owners gathered from the nearby beach.
12:07 PM: That video features our area’s King County Councilmember Joe McDermott explaining why he chose West Seattleite Renée Hopkins as one of this year’s nine recipients of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Medal of Distinguished Service. Hopkins is CEO of the Alliance for Gun Responsibility; you might also know her through her previous work leading the Seattle Police Foundation, or her community volunteer work. As explained in a County Council announcement, “This will be the 4th year Councilmembers recognize individuals with the MLK Medal of Distinguished Service, which celebrates those who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to make a difference in communities across King County.” The medals were presented in a ceremony this morning downtown.
5:31 PM: After the jump – the news release from McDermott’s office:
A few of the many highlights for the hours ahead:
LIBRARY RESOURCES FOR GENEALOGY: Learn about them at this Senior Center of West Seattle workshop, 1 pm. Call 206-932-4044, extension 1, to check whether there’s still room! (4217 SW Oregon)
WSHS AT STATE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS: The 3A state tournaments start today at the Tacoma Dome. The West Seattle High School girls play Arlington at 2 pm; the WSHS boys play Capital at 9 pm. Both are loser-out games. (2727 East D St, Tacoma)
SOUND TRANSIT LIGHT RAIL OPEN HOUSE: Questions/comments about the in-progress plan for Sound Transit light rail to West Seattle? Tonight’s open house is the last major ST-presented event before the agency decides this spring on routing/station locations for environmental study. 6-8:30 pm at the Masonic Center in The Junction. ADDED: We’ve confirmed with Sound Transit that there’ll be a presentation at 6:30. (4736 40th SW)
COMMUNITY BRIEFING ON SEATTLE IRON & METALS SETTLEMENT: Concerned about air/water quality in the Duwamish Valley? Important information at this Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition and Puget SoundKeeper community briefing. 6 pm at Gene Colin Education Hall on the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) Georgetown campus. (6737 Corson Ave. S.)
SPORTS BRA DEMO NIGHT: Join Brooks for this free demo night at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), starting at 6:15 pm – when you’re also invited to the weekly group run, though it’s optional. Plus – discounts, raffle, and wine and chocolate! Details in our calendar listing. (2743 California SW)
JAZZ JAM: Cephalopod at Parliament Tavern, 8 pm. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
SEE WHAT ELSE IS UP … by browsing our complete calendar!
Friday is just two days away and West Seattle High School music students and supporters want to renew their invitation to the 7th annual Big Band Dinner Dance – happening at the school Friday night:
This is a fun evening of music, dancing, raffles, dinner, and appetizers. Music is provided by the WSHS Jazz Ensembles 1 and 2, the WSHS Orchestra, and the West Seattle Big Band. All food is prepared by the WSHS Culinary Arts Program. All proceeds benefit the music program and help us to provide travel scholarships, music coaching, and support the growth of our growing music program. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.
You can buy your ticket right now by going here. WSHS is at 3000 California SW.