West Seattle, Washington
A question about the date for the next Recycle Roundup at Fauntleroy Church reminds us that it’s time to remind you – exactly one month away! 9 am-3 pm Sunday, April 28th, you will be welcome to drive/ride/walk up with your recyclables for free dropoff with the church’s Recycle Roundup partner, 1 Green Planet. Just be sure it’s on the newest list of what they’re accepting – see that list here. It all happens in the parking lot outside the church, 9140 California SW.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
It was a multimodal edition of the West Seattle Transportation Coalition‘s just-adjourned monthly meeting tonight, tackling bike share and light rail.
First – the two-wheeled transportation.
FREE-FLOATING BIKE SHARE: WSTC has been working for a while to arrange a “conversation about free-floating bike share,” chair Michael Taylor-Judd noted. This one included overviews from reps of both services that are currently operating in West Seattle, as well as some pointed questions.
First to speak: Jump senior operations manager Kian Mousavi. He went through some backstory. Though Uber owns Jump now, it began independently, launching in Buffalo, NY in 2013, taking on this name in 2017, and selling to Uber in 2018. In Sacramento, Jump has more rides than Uber.
As for why Jump is dockless – unlike Seattle’s previous bikeshare Pronto – “convenient for the user … you’re way more likely to find a bike within a five-minute walk.” Ending rides at intended destinations, rather than at docks, allows the company to learn more about how their bikes are being used.
Most months, the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce holds an “After-Hours” evening gathering, a chance for networking and for learning about a local business/institution. Tonight, Westside School (WSB sponsor) in Arbor Heights was the location – a beautiful night to mingle in its light-filled lobby. Both Westside and the Chamber have leaders in their first year of service:
In our photo are Westside’s head of school Steve de Beer and Chamber CEO Julia Jordan. Next Chamber event, the monthly lunch meeting on April 11th, which has a “speed networking” theme.
On behalf of The Admiral’s Barbershop (4225 SW Admiral Way), reader David sends this news:
Richard Alonzo of The Admiral’s Barbershop is back open for business! He has been out for three months recovering from an injury but welcomes new and long-time clients back to the shop.
His phone is not in service and the shop has been closed for a long time. People may have been wondering when the shop was going to reopen. It is open now during normal business hours: Tues – Fri 9:00 to 5:30, Saturday 8:00 to 3:30, Closed Sunday and Monday. Clients are encourage to go earlier in the day. As he continues to recover, some times he is only able to work the first half of the day.
David notes that this business’s status has been discussed in the WSB Community Forums too.
A choppy start to the West Seattle Water Taxi‘s 7-day-a-week schedule – the 3:45 pm departure from downtown is being skipped because, per the county alert:
Due to a mechanical issue with the Doc Maynard, the 3:45 departure from West Seattle has been cancelled while the crew takes the vessel to the King County maintenance facility and brings the Spirit of Kingston into service beginning with the 4:05 departure from Pier 52.
The substitution could be problematic later since the Mariners’ home opener could mean bigger usage, and SoK is a smaller boat. We’re checking.
A new executive director has just been announced for The Kenney (WSB sponsor). Here is the announcement we received this afternoon:
David Smeltzer, CEO of Heritage Ministries has announced that John Cruz, MBA has been named the Executive Director of The Kenney in West Seattle.
A graduate of San Francisco University with a degree in Organizational Behavior Studies, Cruz earned his Master of Business Administration from the Marylhurst University in 2017, and has extensive experience in the senior care industry, previously serving as the Executive Director of a senior living community in Oregon.
“We are excited to have John join our team at The Kenney as the new Executive Director. We believe his expertise, prior experience, and passion will add tremendous value to our organization and our residents. Over the past 4 years, the collaborative partnership between The Kenney and Heritage Ministries has allowed both organizations to flourish in their mutual passion and mission to serve seniors. We also see tremendous opportunity, in both the immediate and long term future of our industry and our companies,” said Bruce Erickson, Heritage Vice President of Senior Housing.
Cruz will oversee daily operations of all aspects at The Kenney, West Seattle’s only CRCC community, including Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care. “I am excited to be joining the team at The Kenney, and the long history surrounding it. My short time here has been enriched by staff and resident open arms. I look forward to being part of the future here at The Kenney,” he stated.
Heritage Ministries, the parent company of The Kenney, was founded as the Orphanage and Homes of the Free Methodist Church in 1886 and has grown from its original campus in Gerry, NY, to six locations in New York with additional affiliations in the states of Washington, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. As a not-for-profit provider of senior care and housing, Heritage is a leader in the industry, employing approximately 1,500 team members, and serving over 2,500 individuals annually. With locations in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Washington, Heritage and its affiliates provide rehabilitation and skilled nursing services, memory care, independent retirement housing, and assisted living. The Homestead Stables provides intergenerational equestrian opportunities as well as boarding, training, and lessons. In addition, child care is provided at two campuses, allowing for intergenerational programs.
The Kenney is at 7125 Fauntleroy Way SW.
More than a year after Jesús Aguirre quit as Seattle Parks superintendent, he’s just been nominated to return to the job. That’s one of four cabinet-level changes announced by Mayor Jenny Durkan’s office today. Aguirre left in January of last year to join his family’s welding business. Christopher Williams, who served as interim superintendent for four years before Aguirre was hired in 2015, has filled in since his departure. The mayor’s news release also notes the impending departure of city Housing Office director Steve Walker as well as nominees to lead the Office of Economic Development and Office of Employee Ombud; read it after the jump:
With less than a week remaining for “scoping” comments on Sound Transit’s West Seattle light rail, the newest developments:
ELECTED LEADERSHIP GROUP TOMORROW: The slide deck is available for tomorrow’s 9 am-noon meeting of the Elected Leadership Group, which next month will make its routing/station-location environmental-study recommendations. The meeting is centered around station locations – particularly Delridge – and the West Seattle material in this deck starts on page 56 (some of it was reviewed at the Stakeholder Advisory Group meeting we covered last week). This, for example, is from page 84 of tomorrow’s 99-slide deck:
The Friday ELG meeting will include a public-comment period – the agenda says Delridge station comment will be accepted starting at 10:30 am. The meeting will be at the ST board room on the south end of downtown, 401 S. Jackson. (Added: See this comment if the “agenda” link still isn’t working.)
CHAMBER BACKS TUNNELING: Various local organizations are working to finalize their official comments before the “scoping” period ends Tuesday. The West Seattle Chamber of Commerce has gone public with theirs:
The West Seattle Chamber of Commerce (WSCC) is committed to promoting sustainable economic growth of a diverse, viable business community. One of the biggest challenges to achieving this goal is our present transportation infrastructure. To support the future viability of the business community on the West Seattle peninsula, the WSCC has 3 main objectives by which any light rail proposal should be assessed:
Does the solution improve the quality of life for residents ( i.e. customers and business owners) who live and work in and around the proposed alignments and station locations?
Does the solution improve the movement of people and commerce?
Does the solution minimize the disruption to economic activity during and after construction as well as provide suitable mitigation measures?
The WSCC continues to have grave concerns about the present alignments that appear to moving forward for further study in the upcoming Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process. The WSCC would like to put forward the following concerns and comments from our business community here in West Seattle:
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
DRINK BEER, FIGHT BRAIN TUMORS: Ounces‘ co-proprietor Laurel Trujillo has organized this multi-brewery/taproom fundraiser as she prepares for brain surgery – it’s raising money not for her personally but for brain-tumor research. Ounces is open at 4 pm. (3809 Delridge Way SW)
LIBRARYLAB: 4-5:30 pm at High Point Library – “Learn about electronic components and basic principles of electronics with Snap Circuits.” All ages. (3411 SW Raymond)
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ‘AFTER HOURS’: 5:30-7:30 pm, this month at Westside School (WSB sponsor). Free to Chamber members, $10 nonmembers. (10404 34th SW)
WEST SEATTLE TRANSPORTATION COALITION: 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House High Point – agenda info here. Guests are from bike-share companies Lime and Jump. WSTC will also talk about light-rail scoping comments. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)
‘INTO THE WOODS’ OPENING NIGHT: 7:30 pm curtain for the first performance of the West Seattle High School spring play:
Our calendar listing has more details including ticket info. (3000 California SW)
TUNES AT THE TAVERN: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern, Into The Cold and The Will Moore Band. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
MORE … on our complete calendar!
From Judi Yazzolino at the West Seattle Food Bank:
The West Seattle Food Bank would like to thank all of the Cub and Boy Scouts of West Seattle for participating again this year in their annual Scouting for Food. What a year – 3713 lbs. of food (from multiple troops/packs) & $1712 (all from Pack 282)!
Above, Pack 284; below, Pack 793:
Next, Pack 799:
And Pack 282:
Most of the scouts dropped bags off on the doorsteps of their neighborhood and picked them up again last Saturday to deliver all of the food to the food bank. Pack 282, instead, did a food & funds drive on Saturday at West Seattle Thriftway. The scouts were then able to help us sort and pack all the food here at the food bank, take a tour and learn more about how their food will help. Thank you to not only the scouts & their parents but to all of the many West Seattleites that donated food. This will go a long way to help the 11,500 individuals that we serve every year.
One upcoming way you can help WSFB and the people it serves is to attend its annual Instruments of Change celebration May 11th – full details here!
7:06 AM: Good morning! No incidents or traffic alerts in our area so far.
WATER TAXI SCHEDULE CHANGE: Today is the start of the West Seattle Water Taxi’s 7-day-a-week sailing schedule.
MARINERS’ OPENER: The M’s open their season with a 4:10 pm game against the Red Sox.
7:42 AM: Metro alert just in: “The last Route 37 to downtown Seattle due to leave SW Alaska St & 35 Av SW is operating more than 20 minutes late this morning.”