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Fauntleroy Community Association: Festival fundraiser, ferry dock’s future, more…

It’s never too soon to look ahead to … fall? That was part of the Fauntleroy Community Association‘s April agenda this past Tuesday.

(WSB photo from 2018 Fauntleroy Fall Festival)

FALL FESTIVAL FUNDRAISER: The FCA is a major supporter of the annual festival and is involved in its major fundraiser coming up May 7th at Endolyne Joe’s (9261 45th SW; WSB sponsor) – dine there that day/night and part of the proceeds benefit this year’s festival! FCA board members donate baskets to be raffled during the benefit, and spent some time Tuesday discussing that.

POLICE UPDATE: Southwest Precinct operations commander Lt. Steve Strand was in attendance. He mentioned a noise-enforcement patrol is planned in Fauntleroy soon. As precinct leadership have been telling community groups, they’re providing special attention in other trouble spots too. He also had another update on the fire-ravaged problem house across from Lincoln Park – it’s boarded up, with “no trespassing” signage, and ready for sale or demolition. (No permits are in the city files but we did see the “emergency order” mandating it to be vacated a month ago.)

As happens at just about every community meeting with police in attendance, the subject of RV camping came up. Lt. Strand said “new directives” are in progress for dealing with that and should be in place within a few weeks.

FERRY DOCK’S FUTURE: Though the Fauntleroy dock rebuild is still a decade or so away, conversations about the project are already happening. A rep from one of the engineering firms already talking with Washington State Ferries, Harbor Consulting Engineers, was at the FCA meeting. He said the state is currently looking at a nearly $100 million investment in the project, starting with an environmental study that alone would likely take about four years. His main message was that the state wants to get community opinion about the dock’s future and impacts including traffic. The FCA’s longtime ferry liaison Gary Dawson pointed out that all this has long been on the FCA’s radar. Another significant issue: The dock project’s effect on salmon, with Fauntleroy Creek’s mouth right next door.

The Fauntleroy Community Association board meets second Tuesdays most months, 7 pm, at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse; community members always welcome. Watch fauntleroy.net for updates between meetings.

West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2019: Need someplace to sell?

The 15th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day (presented by WSB) is exactly one month away – Saturday, May 11th. If you’re planning a sale and haven’t signed up yet, you have two more weeks to register – 100 sales are already signed up! – just go here. If you want to sell but don’t have a space to do it – every year somebody offers spaces for rent, and so far this year The Kenney (WSB sponsor) is the first:

Got stuff to sell, but no yard? RENT A YARD HERE! We have a limited number of 10′ x 10′ spaces available on our lawn for a $25 donation. 1 six-foot table, 2 chairs included. Sell your own items, keep your profits! Table fee benefits our Resident Care Fund. Contact Danette via email: dutley@thekenney.org or call 206-937-2800.

The Kenney is at 7125 Fauntleroy Way SW, just north of Lincoln Park. You’ll see it on the map, which will be available in clickable and downloadable/printable versions one week before sale day!

Seen on the first West Seattle Art Walk of spring…

5:57 PM: Awesome night for art! The first spring 2019 West Seattle Art Walk is on, and our first photo is courtesy of Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor), where Shelli Markee and her wire sculptures are featured until 8 tonight. Check out this post on the WSAW website for more highlights, plus the map and venue list – we’re off to make a few stops too.

6:49 PM: On the north end of The Junction, we visited West Seattle Art Nest (4138 California SW):

That’s calligrapher Claire Braby demonstrating her art.

7:17 PM: And a bit south, Maggie Sharar is at Hotwire Coffee:

Hotwire is at 4410 California. Art Walk is second Thursday every month – get out and explore!

West of Chicago Pizza Company: Welcoming a new West Seattle Blog sponsor

A new pizza option in West Seattle starting today: Deep dish. West of Chicago Pizza Company is opening in Delridge and joining the WSB sponsor team to get the word out:

West of Chicago Pizza Company is pick-up only for now, and you can place your order online or by phone. “While West Seattle has plenty of pizza places, there are 0 deep-dish pizza places, says proprietor Shawn Millard – until now. He explains that he has “almost 25 years of experience feeding people,” and a “passion for the craft” of preparing food, respecting the ingredients too. “People who know me fight for a seat at my table; people know when I’m feeding them, they’ll be fed well. … I think the community will be pleased with an option that is completely different from the other current options.”

West of Chicago Pizza Company is starting small, at 5604 Delridge Way SW, but expecting to expand as sales grow. Shawn is a resident of West Seattle and is here to stay; he is looking forward to supporting local nonprofits, too, as do so many local independent businesses. You can see the West of Chicago Pizza Company menu on the website and you can order there for pickup, or call 206-339-DEEP – that’s 206-339-3337. Thursdays through Sundays, 4 pm-10 pm (last order at 9:15 pm).

We thank West of Chicago Pizza Company for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

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VIDEO: If you saw the motorcade …

2:24 PM: After multiple questions about motorcycles and other law-enforcement vehicles in a motorcade through West Seattle – plus a few photos, including the one above (thanks!) – we called SPD to check. It’s training again, they tell us. This time, multi-agency.

2:42 PM: Also thanks to the reader who sent this video as the vehicles went through Fauntleroy:

VIDEO: 4 candidates, 7 issues @ 34th District Democrats’ District 1 City Council forum

Story, photos, video by Tracy Record and Patrick Sand
West Seattle Blog co-publishers

Four of the five candidates who have registered campaigns for the District 1 (West Seattle/South Park) City Council seat appeared in the second forum of the season last night.

This one was presented by the 34th District Democrats, whose rules require that candidates contending for the group’s endorsement – the ultimate reason the group has forums – affirm they are Democrats. Isaiah Willoughby did not, the 34th DDs said, but the remaining four – Lisa Herbold, Phil Tavel, Brendan Kolding, Jesse Greene (that’s the L-R order in which they were seated) – did.

First, here’s our full unedited video of the forum, organized by legislative-action committee chair Jordan Crawley, with questions asked by first vice-chair Rachel Glass:

Crawley explained they had used results of their online survey to determine seven issues to focus on. If you don’t have time to watch/listen, we have toplines ahead – but please note, these are not anything close to full transcriptions; for the candidates’ full answers, see the video.

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TRAFFIC ALERT UPDATE: Eastbound West Seattle Bridge crash now cleared

(Added: SDOT traffic-cam image)

11:52 AM: Thanks for the tips. If you’re headed off-peninsula, don’t take the eastbound bridge for a while – two lanes are blocked near the Delridge onramp because of a crash. Big backup.

12:32 PM: The crash scene has cleared. We’re checking with SFD on injuries.

CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: Jury finds Chayce Hanson guilty on all counts

Two weeks ago, we reported that the trial was under way for 43-year-old Chayce A. Hanson, a West Seattle man charged with five felonies including rape and witness tampering. After tips from people following the case, we have confirmed via court documents this morning that a King County Superior Court jury found Hanson guilty on all five counts: Second-degree rape, witness tampering, second-degree assault, hit-and-run, and vehicular assault. In addition, the jury included a “special verdict” that the assault was done with sexual motivation. Hanson was found guilty of raping a West Seattle woman, described as an acquaintance, in February 2017, while she was incapacitated because she had been seriously injured in a crash that he didn’t report. The witness-tampering charge resulted from Hanson trying to get the victim to sign a document saying he had not raped her.

Hanson has a felony conviction in his past, for killing his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter in Renton in 2000 by kicking her down a flight of stairs. He was originally found guilty of murder but a state Supreme Court ruling overturned the conviction and he subsequently pleaded guilty to manslaughter. We have an inquiry out with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to find out when Hanson will be sentenced in the rape case. He has been in jail since the rape charge was filed two years ago.

BIZNOTE: New owners for Dream Dinners-West Seattle

(Photo courtesy Dream Dinners-West Seattle: Meghan Hogan and Leslie Thomson)

A big change for a longtime Junction business, Dream Dinners-West Seattle (also a longtime WSB sponsor): New ownership! Just announced this morning:

After nearly 15 years of owning and operating Dream Dinners, West Seattle, Leslie and Lew Thomson are super excited to announce they are turning over the keys to longtime Dream Dinners guests Meghan and Mark Hogan.

The Hogans are West Seattle residents and have 2 children at Lafayette Elementary School. They share Leslie and Lew’s passion for the Dream Dinners mission “Growing Great Kids!” by making dinner time a reality in homes in our community.

Leslie and Lew are grateful to the amazing Dream Dinners team who helped serve our fantastic guests these past 15 years. It has been an honor helping families make dinner time a reality. The Thomsons are humbled and blessed by each of you and the way you touched their lives.

Meghan and Mark look forward to meeting you and are excited to help make dinner time just a little easier at your home.

Dream Dinners-West Seattle is on the outer east side of Jefferson Square, at 4701 41st SW. Never tried it? Here’s what it’s all about.

West Seattle Art Walk and what else is, and isn’t, happening for your Thursday

We start with the night’s biggest event … the West Seattle Art Walk! Here’s the spring quarter map/venue list:

Note the venues offering food/drink specials in support of the Art Walk, some with artists, some without. As for the art – previews are here, with some amazing features this month, including:

JEWELRY: Shelli Markee at Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW, WSB sponsor), 5-8 pm.

COOKING WITH CANNABIS: At Canna West Seattle Culture Shop, 5435 California SW, “Mary J. White, author of Every Day Mary J, will be signing copies of her book in-store! Since this event takes place during the art walk the Culture Shop will also feature spray artist Zcans! There will also be complimentary refreshments.” (21+)

WEST SEATTLE ART NEST: Calligrapher Claire Braby, 5-8 pm at 4138 California SW.

HOTWIRE COFFEE: Live painting, live DJ, and free tarot readings, 5-8 pm with artist Maggie Sharar at 4410 California SW.

CAPERS: West Seattle artist Cathy Woo shows paintings at 4525 California SW starting at 5 pm.

ROSEFIT: New WSAW participant at 4519 California SW will reveal a mural by Mari Shibuya, starting at 6 pm.

VIRAGO GALLERY: Mixed-media artist Alisa Sikelianos-Carter starting at 5 pm, 4537 California SW.

Two things you should know today:

DON ARMENI BOAT RAMP CLOSED TODAY: West Seattle’s boat ramp is out of service today, as explained here.

NO RAMP ACCESS AT LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: The museum is open noon-4 om as usual but its access ramp is out of service because of repairs, until next week. (61st SW/SW Stevens)

And finally, a few other highlights from our full WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

SECOND THURSDAY OUT! The Senior Center of West Seattle partners with Generations Aging With Pride for a community conversation themed “Don’t Call Me a Senior.” 6 pm. Free dinner! Details here. (4217 SW Oregon)

WORDS, WRITERS, WEST SEATTLE: 6 pm at Southwest Library: “Join us to hear Kurt Armbruster discuss his newest railway history, ‘Pacific Coast, Seattle’s Own Railroad’.” (9010 35th SW)

WHITE CENTER SAFETY: Talk about it with residents, businesspeople, and King County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Bill Kennamer, 6:30 pm at RJB Photo Studio. (9649 16th SW)

OPEN MIC: All ages, all genres! At C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

JESSIE McKENNA & FRIENDS: Plus the Jaydogs. 8 pm at The Skylark, $8, 21+. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

SOUL BLAZERS: “Soul/funk mashup” at Parliament Tavern, 9 pm. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

MUCH MORE … listed on our full calendar!

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday watch

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

7:39 AM: Good morning! Another quiet morning, so far.

TUNNEL CLOSURE REMINDER: Friday night 11 pm to Saturday morning 8 am, the SB Highway 99 tunnel will be closed.

7:48 AM: An SFD dispatch is headed for a crash reported at 51st SW/SW Admiral Way.

8:02 AM: That call just closed.