West Seattle, Washington
Thanks to Ambrose Dieringer for the report and photo:
I wanted to share a new mural with you and your readers, located in the alley between 36th and 37th Ave. SW (midway down from cross streets SW Genesee and Dakota).
My neighbor across the alley,Lawrence Genette is a local artist who is putting the finishing touches on his garage mural as a tribute to the slain artist and activist Nipsey Hussle.
President Obama sent a letter praising Hussle, at his funeral, noting: “While most people look at the Crenshaw neighborhood where he grew up and see only gangs, bullets, and despair, Nipsey saw potential” “He saw hope. He saw a community that even through its flaws taught him to always keep going.”
Hussle’s legacy and Lawrence’s art are a powerful reminder that all communities have their challenges, but it is up to us to channel our talents and energy into a positive force.
Other murals by the artist include one on Capitol Hill depicting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
TUESDAY UPDATE: We have struck out the part of Ambrose’s report that suggests the artist is painting the mural at his own home – we’re now told he is working there but does not live there.
You might have noticed the big GRAND OPENING banner in The Admiral District – for the reopening of Irashai (2352 California SW). We finally got a chance to talk briefly with its proprietors today – the restaurant has the same name as the one that closed in January, but new owners. Their menu includes sushi, sashimi, teriyaki, bulgogi, and bi bim bowls. They’re open 3:30-9:30 pm Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, noon-9:30 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, closed Tuesdays.
Extra work in part of the Avalon project zone this Friday – tree trimming. Here’s the alert just in from SDOT:
Crews will be working this Friday, May 3, in Zone A (between SW Bradford St and SW Andover St), Zones C (SW Avalon Way from 35th Ave SW to SW Genesee St) and E (35th Ave SW from SW Avalon Way to SW Alaska St) to trim trees in the public right of way. We anticipate work happening along:
*The west side of SW Avalon Way from SW Bradford St and SW Andover St
*The north side of SW Avalon Way from 35th Ave SW to SW Genesee St
*The west side of 35th Ave SW from SW Snoqualmie St to SW Oregon St
You can expect to see no-park signs along the corridor as early as tomorrow morning. Parking restrictions will go in effect Friday from 7 AM to 7 PM.
Other work happening this week was previewed in our report last Friday.
The photo and report are from Kitty, who hopes you might be able to find her stolen car:
Have you seen Subie? Our 1984 Subaru GL 4WD wagon was stolen last night from North Admiral, at 44th and Seattle St. She’s got around 309,000 miles and is a daily driver. She’s part of the family at this point… Crystal Mountain and Alta stickers, plus the extra roof rack, make her stand out. Washington plates 746KNY.
If you see this car, call 911.
UPDATE: As you can see in comments below – Silvia spotted “Subie” and Kitty confirms they got it back!
1:55 PM: A Chief Sealth International High School student is being taken to the hospital, injured by a hit-run driver while crossing SW Thistle by the school. The injuries are not major, as the student is being transported by AMR instead of SFD medic unit. Westbound Thistle remains blocked right now; police are looking for what they describe as a “red Honda,” likely to have damage on the passenger side. If you have any information, call 911.
2:15 PM: The road has reopened. We have a request out to SFD for any available info on the student and their condition.
2:35 PM: SFD says the victim is a 16-year-old boy who was in stable condition when taken to the hospital.
2:44 PM: Police tell us they found the vehicle and arrested a suspect in Top Hat, in the 11000 block of 1st SW.
TUESDAY UPDATE: As Alex S. notes in a comment below, the driver was booked on suspicion of DUI and the jail docket shows a failure-to-appear on one prior case. We are checking further on the 29-year-old suspect’s history.
Some of the most controversial cuts Seattle Public Schools had been facing – including librarians and counselors – will not happen after all, the district says, because of what the Legislature did before adjourning late last night. Here’s the SPS statement:
The Legislative session in Olympia ended on Sunday, April 28. Due to the Legislature’s actions, Seattle Public Schools will be able to collect $3,000 per student from local, voter-approved funds beginning in 2020.
This will restore $12.2 million directly to classrooms in the 2019-20 school year, with an estimated total increase in revenue of $16 million, and will provide an estimated additional $28 million to the district beginning with the 2020-21 school year.
This restored revenue, along with increased flexibility to use capital funds for maintenance costs, will help SPS address some of the $40 million budget shortfall for the 2019-20 school year. It supports restoration of the most critical supports for our students – our school-based staff.
We want to thank the Seattle Legislative Delegation for its leadership on restoring this much-needed Levy authority, particularly Senate Ways and Means Committee Vice Chair David Frockt, Senator Jamie Pedersen, Senator Reuven Carlyle, and Representative Gael Tarleton. We also want to thank Senate Ways and Means Committee Chair Christine Rolfes for her efforts on behalf of school districts.
Based on the SPS budget shortfall anticipated prior to the Legislature’s final action on the state budget, 2019-20 school-based cuts — which included librarians, counselors, and assistant principals — will be restored. Other budget reductions, including those to central office, will move forward.
“With sweeping changes to K-12 funding, fine tuning was needed and will need to continue. A huge thanks to the Legislature, especially our local delegation, for recognizing the challenges and increasing Seattle’s levy collection authority,” said Superintendent Juneau. “Our local
legislative delegation has been fighting hard for our students and staff across the entire state. I also want to thank the families, educators, district staff, and students who raised their voice and shared their concerns with decision-makers in Olympia. This win for Seattle students is because of you.”
While SPS can access additional funding for next school year, many districts cannot. There are many districts across the state that will manage large budget shortfalls next year and into future years. SPS has and will continue to advocate for ample K-12 funding for all of Washington State’s children, including those that receive specialized services.
Superintendent Juneau expressed her deep gratitude to Senator Frockt and our legislative delegation for their work on the capital budget, with Seattle Public Schools receiving $18 million for additional classroom construction at Leschi Elementary and Madison Middle Schools, and funding for a new HVAC system at North Beach Elementary School.
The state’s Special Education budget increase is a down payment on a much-needed long term solution. Next year, Seattle Public Schools will receive an additional $2 million for Special Education.
Annually, the district spends $70 million of local levy funds to provide the services our students need. We appreciate the increase for Special Education, but continue to have grave concerns about the state’s slow pace in fully funding Special Education as is required by law.
“The fight for full funding of public education is not over,” said SPS School Board President Leslie Harris. “While we are very grateful for the new infusion of money, Special Education continues to be underfunded statewide, including in Seattle. Special Education funds outlined in the state’s two-year budget continue to fall short of what our students need and deserve. We are committed to working with our representatives and others in Olympia to get this resolved.”
Additional Background Information:
Thieves do this sometimes with cars, sometimes with bikes – steal one, leave another behind. That’s what happened to Jamie, who emailed us to report that this happened near 36th/Stevens: “My black Kona mountain bike was stolen from my garage. A dark green Cannondale was left in my yard. I have made a police report, but I’d love to get the Cannondale back to its owner and to get my bike back if possible.” Let us know in either case and we’ll connect you; we’ll also add Jamie’s report number when it’s available.
(See legend on PDF version of map here)
Two more intersections will see work in May as part of the West Seattle Neighborhood Greenway project, SDOT has announced:
Work to improve arterial crossings along the West Seattle Neighborhood Greenway will take place at the intersection of 30th Ave SW and SW Barton St on the weekend of May 4 – 5, and at 34th Ave SW and SW Morgan St the week of May 20.
What work will take place?
30th Ave SW and SW Barton St: Cutting bike detection loops and installation of overhead signs
34 Ave SW and SW Morgan St: Installation of new pedestrian refuge islands
What are the potential impacts?
Possible impacts to pedestrian access
The project website recaps where work already has been done and what’s ahead.
6:58 AM: Good morning. Notes for today:
4TH SW CLOSURE STARTS: Here’s our update on the month-plus closure scheduled to start this week just south of Roxbury.
CRANE COLLAPSE AFTERMATH: If you are headed to/through South Lake Union – note that SDOT says all streets are now open.