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CONGRATULATIONS! West Seattle teen wins debate championship, heading to nationals

Another amazing achievement by a West Seattleite! National competition is next for Stephanie Glascock, whose proud family shares the photo and announcement:

Stephanie Glascock, a West Seattle resident who is a senior at Raisbeck Aviation High School, became the First Place Champion in Congressional Debate at this weekend’s Washington State Championship Tournament sponsored by the Washington State Forensics Association (WFSA) and Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA). (RAHS placed second in school sweepstakes for Congressional Debate.)

Having competed since her freshman year, Stephanie has garnered several local, state, and national debate awards and distinctions including quarter- and semi-finalist spots at the annual Harvard National High School Invitational Forensics Tournament, held in Cambridge, Mass., which is the largest and most prestigious high-school debate tournament in the country. She has competed twice in the National Speech and Debate Association’s National Championship Tournament held in June, qualifying again this year.

Congratulations, Stephanie!

Open-water women swimmers share stories, advice, inspiration (and a love for Alki)

Story and photos by Jason Grotelueschen
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

“If you can swim in Puget Sound, you can swim anywhere.”

That was a comment by open-water swimmer Heidi Skrzypek, one of the panelists at the Women in the Open Water: Awakening the Dolphin Within event in downtown Seattle on Thursday night, featuring swimmers with impressive accomplishments who happen to regularly train at Alki Beach.

The women on the panel shared their experiences and advice about open-water swimming, and answered questions from attendees during the 2-hour event (see a slideshow video on YouTube, which was shown prior to the event).

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COMMUNITY: No Block Watch Captains Network meeting Tuesday, but SPD @ HPAC Wednesday

March 25, 2019 6:06 pm
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 |   Safety | West Seattle news | West Seattle police

If recent high-profile incidents have you wondering about the next chance to talk with SPD leadership at community meetings, two things you should know:

WEST SEATTLE BLOCK WATCH CAPTAINS NETWORK: Though WSBWCN usually meets fourth Tuesdays, they’re skipping this month and inviting you to their next meeting at 6:30 pm April 23rd (at Southwest Precinct), at which you’ll hear from the Guardian One helicopter crew.

HIGHLAND PARK ACTION COMMITTEE: At 7 pm this Wednesday (March 27th) at HP Improvement Club, the HPAC meeting will include a crime-trends update from precinct operations Lt. Steve Strand and a presentation by Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Danner.

UPDATE: Man shot in South Delridge

(WSB photos)

3:24 PM: Police are investigating a shooting in the 9400 block of 16th SW [map]. They say 1 man is hurt. No one in custody yet. Updates to come.

3:39 PM: We’ve talked briefly with police at the scene. They believe this was a drive-by shooting. No clear vehicle description yet. So far they don’t believe it was random. The victim is being transported to Harborview Medical Center via SFD Medic 32.

4:05 PM: Both precinct commander Capt. Pierre Davis and operations Lt. Steve Strand were among the police at the scene, and have talked with us. The victim was shot outside of a business building on the west side of 16th SW, which is currently closed for the investigation. According to a short update just posted to SPD Blotter, he was hit in the back.

4:19 PM: Initial information from SFD – which could change – is that the victim is about 30 years old and was in serious condition when transported.

4:29 PM: 16th SW is reopening.

FOLLOWUP: Comment time for new 79-unit Lam Bow Apartments proposal

(‘Preferred’ massing option, from project packet by SMR Architects)

As first reported here two weeks ago, the Seattle Housing Authority has a new plan for the Lam Bow Apartments at 6935/6955 Delridge Way SW. Instead of just replacing the building destroyed in a 2016 fire, they’re going to demolish the remaining building too, and build a new ~79-unit building – almost 30 more apartments than the two original buildings had. The project is going through Administrative Design Review, and the design packet is now online for your review and comment (see it here, 68 pages, PDF). This is the Early Design Guidance phase, so the packet shows massing (size/shape/placement on site) options and lists these project goals:

• Replace the 21 units lost in the October 2016 fire and increase the total number of units on the site.
• Create a mixed-income community with units serving residents at or below 30% of Area Median Income (AMI) and 60% of AMI.
• Increase the supply of affordable homes, especially larger apartments (2BD+) for families with children. Our target unit count and mix is:
1-Bedroom Units: 22
2-Bedroom Units: 42
3-Bedroom Units: 15
Total Units: 79

One note – today’s notice published by the city erroneously refers to it as a 50-unit project, which it was previously, but we’ve confirmed with SHA that was a error by the Department of Construction and Inspections. The notice explains how to comment in this stage of Design Review – deadline April 8th.

UPDATE: Driver, dog rescued from car-on-side crash at California/Brandon

(Photo courtesy Mark Daughhetee)

11:31 AM: A big Seattle Fire response is headed to California/Brandon [map] for a crash reported as involving two cars, one on its side. This is reported to be in the northbound lanes but avoid both ways for now.

11:37 AM: California’s now reported to be blocked both ways. Firefighters are reported to be rescuing the driver whose vehicle went sideways.

(WSB photo by Patrick Sand)

11:49 AM: Photos added. The driver is out and did not suffer major injuries – he will be taken to the hospital by AMR ambulance. A dog was rescued from the car and is also OK, we’re told.

11:59 AM: Continue avoiding the area, as cleanup will take a while. Metro has just sent an alert that the C Line (update: also Route 22) is routed off California “between Morgan and Edmunds” for now. Meantime, the crash circumstances remain under investigation but a second car is damaged and is up on the sidewalk on the northbound side.

12:48 PM: Just revisited the scene – the road’s open, SPD and SFD gone.

CLOSURE ALERT: Seattle Public Library systemwide shutdown Wednesday

March 25, 2019 10:39 am
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 |   West Seattle news

Thanks to Forest for the suggestion that we make sure you’re aware of this: “All locations of The Seattle Public Library and book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Wednesday, March 27 for a staff in-service day. Regular operating hours will resume Thursday, March 28.”


(SDOT MAP with travel times/ Is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE/ West Seattle-relevant traffic cams HERE)

6:58 AM: Good morning. No incidents reported so far in/from West Seattle.

TRANSIT ALERT: Metro says the 6:31 am Route 57 is running “more than 30 minutes” late.

SERVICE CHANGE: This is the first weekday since Metro’s service change Saturday; the most notable system change is the end of buses using the Transit Tunnel downtown. There are a few changes on West Seattle routes – here’s the full service-change overview, route by route.

BACK TO 3 BOATS: Washington State Ferries‘ Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run is back to 3 boats as of today.

WEST SEATTLE LIGHT RAIL: With 9 days to comment, what you need to know now

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

What routing and station locations will be deemed “preferred” for West Seattle light rail? Key decision deadlines are headed this way fast.

With Sound Transit soon to decide what will be the focus of environmental studies, you have nine days left to comment as part of the “scoping” period. Here’s what’s happening as the April 2nd deadline nears:

JUNO MEETING TONIGHT – The Junction Neighborhood Organization is focusing its meeting on light-rail routing, 6:30 pm tonight (Monday) at the Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon). This is one place for you to have a say, along with the online open house.

EAST ALASKA JUNCTION NEIGHBORHOOD COALITION: We reported on this new group two weeks ago. Sunday, you might have seen their table at the West Seattle Farmers’ Market:

They’re advocating for tunneling into The Junction and, in particular, opposing the “orange” elevated routing (their materials call it the “yellow” line), not only because it could take out an entire residential neighborhood but also, they say, because it would predetermine how light rail would expand south – taking out even more homes. Go here to see the flyer they have been circulating, as well as their proposed alternative.

ALSO CONCERNED ABOUT DISPLACEMENT: Youngstown-area residents continue voicing their concerns about the southernmost option for the Delridge station; we reported in January on a special meeting they had with ST. They invited Port of Seattle Commissioner Stephanie Bowman on a walking tour of their neighborhood this past Thursday:

That’s Bowman at left above with Dennis Noland, a longtime area property owner who’s been leading the neighbors in advocacy against the Youngstown-area station location. She’s a member of the Elected Leadership Group, which will make a routing/stations recommendation next month to the ST board.

The ELG also meets this Friday (March 29th), scheduled to talk about the Delridge and Chinatown-ID stations, 9 am-noon at the ST board room downtown (401 S. Jackson). That’s where the Stakeholder Advisory Group (which had a member along on the Youngstown tour too, Deb Barker) met this past Thursday night – here’s how that went:

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