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Questions, comments about Camp Second Chance? Next Community Advisory Committee meeting Sunday

For the first time since the city announced it would extend Camp Second Chance‘s stay at 9701 Myers Way S. at least six more months, the camp’s Community Advisory Committee will meet Sunday. While the CAC is not a decisionmaking group – it’s all community volunteers – the meetings usually include reps from the city and from camp operator LIHI in attendance, and there’s a community comment period for questions, concerns, etc. The meeting is at 2 pm Sunday (April 7th) in the community room on the east side of Arrowhead Gardens (9200 2nd SW).

YOU CAN HELP! Senior Center of West Seattle’s annual breakfast is days away

(WSB photo, May 2018)

Morning person? It’s benefit season and some are scheduled at the start of the day – like the Senior Center of West Seattle‘s annual breakfast next Tuesday (April 9th)! Here’s the invitation:

Our 11th annual “Joy is in the Journey” spring fundraising breakfast: Come celebrate spring while supporting the Senior Center.

Come and have fun with us by starting off your morning mingling with good friends, enjoying a mimosa and then enjoy a sumptuous breakfast sponsored by The Kenney.

We moved the event last year to the Alki Masonic Center as we are growing and it was an amazing morning. Please do come and share in the Joy!

We have a goal this year of raising $100,000 to support our operations and programming for 2019. If you’d like to sponsor a table, volunteer, or join us, call Lyle @ 206-932-4044, ext 5. You can also RSVP here.

There are no ticket sales for this event, but we have a suggested minimum donation of $100 the morning of the breakfast. Your table captain will give you all of the details.

Tuesday, April 9th from 7:30 am-9:00 am

Alki Masonic Center, 4736 40th Ave SW (just 4 blocks from the center with ample parking)

Mayor returns to Delridge’s Refugee and Immigrant Family Center

(Photo courtesy Office of the Mayor)

The mayor visited West Seattle this afternoon for the second time in less than two weeks, this time to announce grant money available through the Equitable Development Initiative. Here’s the news release about her announcement, made at the Refugee and Immigrant Family Center Bilingual Preschool in Delridge (which she also visited a year ago):

Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today announced that $5 million in funding is available for community organizations through Seattle’s Equitable Development Initiative (EDI) that supports local groups responding to residential, commercial, and cultural displacement.

Community-based organizations working in Seattle on anti-displacement projects, strategies, and economic development opportunities are encouraged to apply to the EDI fund by June 5. Funding is available for capacity building, property acquisition, and capital expenses for community-initiated projects in neighborhoods at high-risk of displacement.

On February 20, Mayor Durkan issued an Executive Order addressing residential displacement, citing the positive work of EDI as an example that should be replicated and noting that “the most effective solutions will be community-based.”

“As we face the challenge of affordability in Seattle, far too many have been displaced and too many of our neighborhoods and businesses have been left behind,” said Mayor Durkan. “To tackle these challenges, our City is investing in community organizations who are leading the way in creating true economic vitality and opportunity in Seattle’s most underserved communities.”

Mayor Durkan made the announcement at the Refugee and Immigrant Family Center (RIFC) in Delridge. With the help of $815,000 in EDI funds awarded in 2018, the nonprofit Sound Child Care Solutions purchased the property where RIFC now operates a bilingual daycare for 45 children. RIFC had served lower-income families in the neighborhood for 30 years, but was at risk of being displaced when the owner decided to sell the building.

“We are thankful for the Equitable Development Initiative grant. Our landlord was selling the building and through EDI we were able to purchase the building and continue to provide culturally relevant, affordable/free child care for our community. We feel very fortunate knowing that our bilingual preschool will remain in the neighborhood serving the families that benefit best from a program like ours,” said Luz Casio, Center Director, Refugee and Immigrant Family Center, a chapter of Sound Child Care Solutions.

The EDI fund, administered by the Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD), and in coordination with Office of Economic Development, Office of Housing , Department of Neighborhoods, Office of Arts and Culture, and Office for Civil Rights, was created to respond to the needs of marginalized populations, reduce disparities, and support access to opportunity in healthy, vibrant communities. The initiative was championed by organizations responding to the impacts of historic disinvestment and ongoing displacement pressures in communities of color in Seattle.

OPCD will evaluate applications based on their ability to positively impact several equity drivers, including:

Promoting access to opportunity and economic mobility.
Mitigating displacement of marginalized populations, businesses, and community organizations and helping them to thrive in their neighborhoods.
Enhancing and building off the cultural assets within communities.
Reducing disparities in health outcomes.

EDI funds are intended to complement existing funding sources and address gaps identified by communities with their existing resources. Engagement with partner organizations will involve a multi-year process of building capacity, developing a project, and overseeing implementation and reporting.

Successful applicants will demonstrate a deep relationship with the community they are seeking to partner with and feature an inclusive community process, with community members serving in their organizational leadership.

Organizations planning to apply for funding are strongly encouraged to participate in OPCD’s pre-application meetings. Requests for meetings will be accepted through May 31. Applications are due June 5.

The mayor was also in West Seattle on Saturday, March 23rd, for the dedication of the renovated High Point Play Area (WSB coverage here).

SCHOOLS: Letter sent to families regarding response to ‘concerning comment’

Thanks to the Chief Sealth International High School/Denny International Middle School parents who forwarded this letter sent to families this afternoon by the schools’ principals:

We want to share information regarding a situation that occurred yesterday, how it was handled, and to assure you that we are always doing everything we can to support our scholars.

Yesterday afternoon, one Sealth scholar made a concerning comment to another Sealth scholar about violence at school. It was reported to Sealth administrators, who took immediate steps to investigate and respond. The Sealth team followed the appropriate steps with both Seattle Public Schools Safety and Security and the Seattle Police Department. The comment was deemed to be “low-level” and not a credible threat. Student safety is always our top priority and in Seattle Public Schools, no threat is too small to immediately respond to. Sealth administrators did that and are continuing to coordinate with the family, with Denny Administrators, and with SPS Safety and Security in alignment with the district’s procedures and policies.

Additionally, social media has played a large role in partial information being widely shared amongst our scholars about this incident. Unfortunately, that has caused some unnecessary stress in some kids. In order to try to help with, we shared information at both schools this morning and communicated that everything has been responded to thoroughly and everything is safe at school.

We would also like to recognize and thank all of the many scholars and families who immediately sent the related social media post to administrators to make sure we were aware. Sharing information quickly can help to ensure students’ safety and also dispel any inaccurate or partial information.

Please be assured that the safety and security of our scholars will always be our top priority. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Though that letter didn’t elaborate on what was “shared …at both schools this morning,” the short note sent to Sealth staff at midmorning was also forwarded to us by a recipient:

There have been rumors on social media that there may be some violence here at Sealth today. We are aware of this and the Sealth administrative staff in collaboration with SPS Safety and Security office and Seattle Police Department followed all safety procedures to ensure that our campus (both Sealth’ and Denny’s) are safe.

Tomorrow is the last day before spring break for Seattle Public Schools including Sealth and Denny.

DEVELOPMENT: Informal community meetings for Delridge, Admiral, Junction projects

Three more West Seattle projects have informal community meetings coming up as part of the city’s semi-new Early Community Outreach for Design Review process. All three of these projects are going through Administrative Design Review, which means no other meetings involved beyond these casual drop-in opportunities:

8415 DELRIDGE WAY: This 14-townhouse plan has a community meeting set for 4:30-5:30 pm next Monday (April 8th) at Southwest Library (9010 35th SW). There’s also a basic webpage set up for it, offering other ways to provide early feedback on the design, including this survey.

1606 CALIFORNIA SW: 12:45 pm Saturday, April 13th, is when you’ll be able to drop by the West Seattle (Admiral) Library for information on this 8-unit rowhouse project planned to replace a house and fourplex at 1600-1606 California SW. Here’s a webpage for the project, also with a link to a survey you can answer.

4800 ERSKINE WAY: The microapartment project planned to replace the Junction 7-11 will be discussed 5-6 pm April 15th at the Senior Center/Sisson Building (4217 SW Oregon), according to this poster:

Thanks to the reader who spotted it and sent the photo – since there’s no online mention yet in the city system. We have reported on the project before. The poster says construction is not expected before 2023 and notes that commercial space is planned as well as 65 microapartments, with no offstreet parking.

Day 2 of signups for 15th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day!

More than 20 sales are already set for West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2019, now in its second day of signups. From North Admiral to North Shorewood, Highland Park to Lincoln Park, neighborhoods all over the peninsula are already represented. Saturday, May 11th, will be the 15th WSCGSD, twelfth one presented/coordinated by WSB. If you plan to be part of it, remember that official sale hours are 9 am-3 pm, but you are welcome to start early and/or end late – if you do, be sure to make note of it on your registration form so it can be part of your listing with the WSCGSD map. Speaking of which, as is customary, we will have the printable and clickable versions of the map/sale list ready one week in advance. Registration will be open for about three weeks but you might as well not procrastinate -if you’re planning on selling, when you’re ready to sign up, go here!

7 for your West Seattle Thursday

(American Robin, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Highlights of what’s happening – and what’s not! – in the hours ahead:

SOME SEATTLE PARKS FACILITIES CLOSED TODAY: City-run community centers and pools are among the Seattle Parks facilities closed for a day of staff training – full details here.

COTTAGE GROVE NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING: Local residents will gather at 5 pm at Delridge Library “for a discussion about the Seattle Office of Housing (OH) oversight responsibilities pertaining to DESC Cottage Grove Commons and updates on outstanding community issues.” (5423 Delridge Way SW)

BILL DAVIE: Live music at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. No cover. All ages. (5612 California SW)

NORTH HIGHLINE UNINCORPORATED AREA COUNCIL: The community council for White Center and vicinity meets tonight, 7 pm at North Highline Fire District HQ. Preview the agenda via our partner site White Center Now. (1243 SW 112th)

‘INTO THE WOODS’ AT WSHS: Seen it yet? 7:30 pm curtain time again tonight for the West Seattle High School Drama Club production of “Into the Woods.” Our calendar listing includes ticket info. (3000 California SW)

‘JOHN’ AT ARTSWEST: 7:30 pm curtain. You can check here for ticket availability. (4711 California SW)

WARTUX ALBUM-RELEASE PARTY: Wartux debuts at The Skylark in celebration of their newly released self-titled album! 8 pm doors, 9 pm show. $8 cover. 21+. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

MORE, AS ALWAYS! Just hop over to our full calendar to see the rest.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! West Seattle Helpline to celebrate with bowling and pizza

Pizza, bowling, and birthdays! They go together so well that West Seattle Helpline is combining them in an event to which you are warmly invited:

Join us for our 30th birthday celebration with our neighbors and help strike out homelessness!

It will be a fun night of food, drinks, activities, and celebration. Our birthday party will be at West Seattle Bowl on April 26th from 6-8 pm. Enjoy two hours of bowling (including shoe rental), pizza, a drink ticket, and cake for just $20/person!

Tickets for the birthday party are on sale and available at wshelpline.org/birthday.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Not sure what the Helpline is all about? Go here!

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday watch

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

6:58 AM: No traffic incidents or transit alerts in our area so far.

REMINDER: Tomorrow is the last day of school before a week of spring break begins for Seattle Public Schools, as well as Highline Public Schools to the south and Vashon to our west.

8:40 AM: If you’re headed toward the bridge via Fauntleroy, SFD is on the scene of a car fire in the 4100 block.

8:51 AM: Fauntleroy looks OK via the SDOT cameras and it’s only a one-engine callout. The eastbound bridge, however, is not looking so great, thanks in part to a residual backup from an earlier incident near the Delridge onramp. Cleared but that of course is no instant fix.