West Seattle, Washington
Sent on behalf of Girl Scouts Cadette Troop 43779:
Mary sent the announcement, explaining, “The troop is earning their Silver Award by getting the community involved for a good cause.” Wyatt’s Jewelers (2600 SW Barton; WSB sponsor) is at Westwood Village and you can find its hours online; same with Second Gear Sports, which is at 6529 California SW.
(Added Monday: ST-created slide summarizing what ELG recommends – from this PDF doc)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Though County Councilmember Joe McDermott reiterated “This is just the beginning” of the West Seattle to Ballard Sound Transit light-rail planning process, Friday’s meeting of the Elected Leadership Group that he co-chaired was part of the end of the opening act of that process.
It comes after almost a year and a half of meetings, including the one on Friday, as well as a variety of public engagement and feedback that all wraps up with two meetings next month that are to result in the Sound Transit Board officially deciding what routing/station possibilities should be studied for the project’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement.
Five of the 11 ELG members (roster here) are also on the ST Board (roster here) – McDermott, King County Executive Dow Constantine, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers, plus Seattle City Councilmember Debora Juarez (replacing recently resigned CM Rob Johnson). Before the board makes a final “what to study” decision at its May 23rd meeting (1:30 pm, ST board room downtown), its System Expansion Committee – which has no ELG membership overlap – will talk about the project at its May 9th (1:30 pm, ST board room)
On Friday, co-chair City Councilmember Mike O’Brien remarked that “it seems like yesterday” when the ELG first met 16 months ago (WSB coverage here).
ST CEO Peter Rogoff reiterated that the ELG decisions, and those to be made by the ST Board next month, are not decisions about what to be built, but “alternatives to be studied.”
In the 2-plus hours that followed, one other major issue came up repeatedly – money. But first, the ELG’s final meeting began with public comment, which ran for about half an hour and starts at nine minutes into our first clip (following introductory discussion):
Thanks to Scott at Seattle Dive Tours for the report and photos:
On Saturday, April 27th, Seattle Dive Tours coordinated an underwater clean up at Seacrest Park. 10 divers committed their time to clean up debris found underwater and were able to remove around 100 pounds of debris from our ocean.
West Seattle-based and West Seattle-owned Seattle Dive Tours coordinated the event to help clean up their primary dive site. They used Project Aware’s Dive Against Debris program to provide education and a PADI dive specialty certification that included a short presentation from an environmental scientist. After collection, all the debris was weighed, sorted and cataloged by a volunteer from the University of Washington’s School of Marine and Environmental Affairs.
Project Aware’s Dive Against Debris program collects data from divers and dive businesses around the world to assist in aggregating data of marine debris to better understand this issue confronting our world.
The most interesting item found was a tennis racket while the heaviest item was a car tire. As always, there is always a plethora of plastic spoons found. Previously, Seattle Dive Tours owner Scott Flaherty recovered a McDonald’s coffee stir spoon that hasn’t been produced since the early 1990s. This is just another reminder that plastics do not break down. Sadly, the vast majority of the debris is always found closer to water taxi at the buoy line.
Just before the almost-over State Legislature session began, in our pre-session conversations with local legislators, 34th District Rep. Eileen Cody told us she had hopes for approval of a “public option” for health insurance. This news release we received today says it’s on its way to reality:
A bill passed April 27 by the Washington State Legislature would create a public option for health care coverage, available through Washington’s Health Benefit Exchange. The plan would be known as Cascade Care, and would be the first public health insurance option in the nation.
Senate Bill 5526, sponsored by Sen. David Frockt (D-Seattle), and led in the state House of Representatives by Rep. Eileen Cody (D-West Seattle), will give Washingtonians who purchase healthcare coverage on the individual insurance market an option that would decrease the cost of premiums, copays and other out-of-pocket expenses. Gov. Jay Inslee also supported the legislation, and worked with lawmakers throughout the process.
The bill passed with a 56-41 vote in the House, and a 27-21 vote in the Senate. It now goes to the governor for signing.
“Under the current administration in Washington DC, health care policy has gone backward,” Frockt said. “Their policies have led to dramatic increases in premiums and deductibles for our residents who don’t have employer-sponsored coverage (and) rely on coverage from our health benefit exchange.”
Cascade Care will lend predictability by establishing standard benefit packages that are easier for consumers to understand and navigate, and will lower cost sharing — which includes deductibles and copays. The plan will also make cost sharing more transparent and predictable.
“Cascade Care is the next step in affordable and accessible health care for everyone and further demonstrates the Democratic desire to ensure access to care. It is that dedication that has led to the state’s lowest uninsured rate ever and a guarantee of essential health benefits to keep Washington families healthy,” said Rep. Eileen Cody, Chair of the House Health Care & Wellness Committee.
Cascade Care will be available to all Washingtonians, regardless of income, who are not covered by employer health plans. Washingtonians who receive care through an employer, Medicare, or Apple Care will not be affected.
“Every Washingtonian deserves access to consistent and affordable health insurance,” Frockt said. “We need to ensure that people in every county of our state have options to buy into the individual market. Cascade Care takes imperative steps to establish lower premiums and deductibles. This new option with standardized plans will not only make insurance coverage more affordable, but will allow people to have better access to care when they need it.”
Looks like West Seattle will again be tons lighter after the twice-annual Recycle Roundup, with 1 Green Planet crews on site right now at Fauntleroy Church. The second hour is wrapping up; we stopped by in the first hour and found a steady stream of recyclers:
No charge for dropoffs – check check this list before you go. And be aware the crew has the discretion to refuse items; we haven’t heard of that happening much over the years but one commenter this morning says their plastic-and-fabric office chair was not accepted.
Another caveat – while this continues until 3, please don’t wait until the last minute! The volunteer organizers/coordinators will appreciate that. Fauntleroy Church is at 9140 California SW; here’s a map.
Sunday highlight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
BENEFIT RUMMAGE SALE: Hope Lutheran youth continue their big benefit sale today, 8 am-11 am, to raise money for travel. Half off! (4456 42nd SW)
RECYCLE ROUNDUP: 9 am-3 pm, it’s your springtime chance to drop off a wide variety of recyclable items, free, in the Fauntleroy UCC church parking lot. Just check this list to see what’s being accepted and what’s not. (9140 California SW)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Something new every week now that we’re in the heart of spring – last week, we noticed asparagus, rhubarb, lettuce, and the annual arrival of Vashon Island plant growers Langley Fine Gardens, among others. 10 am-2 pm in the street in The Junction. (California SW between SW Alaska and SW Oregon)
DIY BIKES: 1-4 pm:
DIY Bikes will be offering free bicycle maintenance at the West Seattle Tool Library to get ready for bike month, May 2019. Bring your bike, replacement parts if needed and time to learn some basic maintenance tips and get ready to ride.
(4408 Delridge Way SW)
‘WIZARD OF OZ’: Final performance of this student production at Seattle Lutheran High School, 2:30 pm curtain in the gym. (4100 SW Genesee)
COMEBACK MAN: Live “cross-genre music with elements of blues, rock, jazz, and rap” at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. No cover. All ages. (5612 California SW)
ALL-AGES OPEN MIC: Signups start at 3 pm for the monthly free all-ages open mic at The Skylark. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
BLUEGRASS JAM: “Bring your instruments, bring your voice” to this jam starting at 7 pm at Parliament Tavern. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
LOOK INTO THE FUTURE … by browsing our full calendar, here.
“Earlybirds should bring donuts.” That’s a friendly warning from one of the 300 listings you’ll find in the West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day map packet when it’s ready to go one week from today. Then, there’s the confession from another seller: “All [items] in good condition but we want new stuff.” And: “Clearing out the Barn! … I don’t want to grow old with too much stuff!” We have seen all that and more as we review all 300 listings as part of the map-making process, and making notes to use while promoting and previewing WSCGSD in the next two weeks leading up to the big day (Saturday, May 11th). If you’re a seller, keep watch on the email address you used to register, not only because that’s where we’ll send your infopacket early next week but also just in case we have a question. Also: If you’re selling something unusual, send a photo (email@example.com) for potential advance promotion! And whether you’re selling or shopping, keep watching for more updates/previews on the 15th annual WSCGSD (coordinated by WSB).
Exactly two months from today, it’s the last day of classes at Seattle Public Schools. Some schools are out sooner. And it’s never too soon to finalize summer plans. West Seattle High School volleyball coach Abby West has an invitation again this year for interested tweens/teens:
West Seattle High School Volleyball is hosting their annual Wildcat Volleyball Camp for all rising 5th-9th graders. The camp will be held in West Seattle High School’s gym from 9 am-1 pm July 22nd-25th. The cost is $150. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for registration information.
Two weeks from tonight, the West Seattle Food Bank will honor the CoHo Team of Windermere Agents as its 2019 Instruments of Change Award recipient, at the WSFB’s annual fundraising gala/auction. WSFB says that since the team was created in 2000, “this group of agents has donated over $1.1 million to a variety of non-profits that support housing and community development.” That includes, since 2012, $52,000 to support WSFB’s work to fight hunger. You can help too by attending the 12th annual Instruments of Change celebration May 11th at the Seattle Design Center in SODO, 6-10 pm. To purchase tickets, be a sponsor, or donate to WSFB, go here.
Susan is the third person in the past few weeks to email us about a Golden Pheasant sighting – first with a clear photo, so we’re posting in case you see it too. It’s been six years since the first time we published a Golden Pheasant report; species information we’ve found online suggests six years is the outer range of their life span, so no way to know if it’s the same one. We also received a photo last year. Wild? Roaming pet? Still a mystery.
The photos and report are from Toni Wells:
16 neighbors of all ages came out this morning to participate in our Pigeon Point neighborhood spring clean. We picked up a mountain of garbage and cleared a lot of invasive plants. Please visit the bicycle park at the north end of 22nd to enjoy our labors.
P.S. If you’re thinking about a neighborhood spring clean – here’s how to get some city support.
Happening until 1 pm at the West Seattle YMCA (3622 SW Snoqualmie; WSB sponsor), everybody’s on the moo-ve at this year’s Healthy Kids’ Day. Other creature sightings:
Though the shark was sighted on land, there’s also water involved at HKD:
And a bit of rodeo-style riding:
It’s all free, membership not required (though you can sign up today with no joining fee) – activities and entertainment inside the main Y as well as outside.
Welcome to the final weekend of April! And thanks to Gary Jones for the Great Blue Heron photo at right. Your Saturday highlights:
WEST SEATTLE JUNCTION SPRING CLEAN: Can you volunteer for a bit this morning? Meet up at Junction Plaza Park at 9 am. (42nd/Alaska)
BENEFIT RUMMAGE SALE: Hope Lutheran youth have a big benefit sale today, 9 am-3 pm, to raise money for travel. (4456 42nd SW)
FIT FOR HER: Help provide clean water to women around the world by participating in this fitness fundraiser, 9 am-12:30 pm at South Park Hall. (1253 S. Cloverdale)
FREE COMPOST: Starting at 9 am and continuing while it lasts on the north side of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus. (6000 16th SW)
HEALTHY KIDS DAY AT WEST SEATTLE Y: 10 am-1 pm, free family fun at the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) in The Triangle, membership not necessary (although joining fees are waived if you’d like to try it). Entertainment and activities. (3622 SW Snoqualmie)
DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY: 10 am-2 pm, any expired/unneeded/unwanted drugs can be taken for dropoff at the Southwest Precinct, no questions asked, during the spring Drug Take-Back Day. (2300 SW Webster)
POLITICAL MEETUP: 10 am-11 am at Cupcake Royale in The Junction, you’re invited to a weekly meetup presented by the 34th District Democrats “to inform all interested Democrats on ways to help plan and participate in the Annual Fundraiser and other events. The Annual Fundraiser is our main source of funding for the monthly meetings, hosting forums/debates/panels, printing and social media sharing of updates within our community and party, as well as all necessary maintenance. We also are preparing for cost of education and execution on the transition from caucus to primary.” 34th DDs membership not required – just drop in. (California/Alaska)
SOUTH SEATTLE COLLEGE GARDEN CENTER: 10 am-3 pm, plants for sale at the garden center near the north entrance of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus. (6000 16th SW)
ROCK AND GEM SHOW: 10 am-5 pm at the Masonic Center, first of two days for the free annual show presented by the West Seattle Rock Club. (4737 40th SW)
(added) INDIE BOOKSTORE DAY AT PEGASUS: 10 am-6 pm, Pegasus Book Exchange in The Junction celebrates Independent Booksellers Day with “free swag and deals all day long.” (4553 California SW)
CAMBODIAN NEW YEAR STREET FESTIVAL: 10:30 am-5 pm in downtown White Center – here’s the schedule. (15th SW/SW 98th)
BOOKSELLERS POP-UP: Alair is hosting Paper Boat Booksellers 11 am-5 pm for a shopping pop-up on behalf of Independent Booksellers Day. (3270 California SW)
‘WIZARD OF OZ’: Second night for this student production at Seattle Lutheran High School, 7:30 pm curtain in the gym. (4100 SW Genesee)
‘THE BEST YOU’VE EVER SEEN‘: Parliament Tavern show explained as “sensory overload.” In a good way, of course. 9 pm. $8 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admial Way)
WHAT ABOUT TOMORROW? Look into the future via our complete calendar.
Three West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports:
LOOK FAMILIAR? LK spotted that dumped-and-likely-stolen bicycle in Arbor Heights. Let us know if it’s yours.
CAR PROWL: Amanda reports, “My car window was broken into between 4/24 10 PM and 4/25 6 AM. The entire window was smashed. The car was parked in a rear alley off Beach Drive. A red Sleepypod (pet carrier) was stolen. If anyone sees this around, it would be nice to get it back.”
HIT-RUN: It’s been a few weeks since this incident but Tom sent this in hopes someone has info:
On Friday afternoon 4/12/2019, my neighbor driving a gray Mazda CX5 was traveling north on Highland Park Way and making a left turn onto SW Holden when she was struck by a green Dodge Durango. The driver of the Durango sped away southbound on Highland when he almost struck another car. The Durango should have front end damage due to the hit and run. If you have any information, please contact the Seattle Police Department (2019-130096).
The photos and report from this week’s Super Science Night at Madison Middle Schoolt are courtesy of educator Fred Jenner:
Excellent job to Madison Middle School’s science department, Ms. Bell, guest presenters, adult volunteers, and student volunteers for making it a great Super Science Night.
Our guests had a great sampling of activities for students and families to interact with, including Microsoft HoloLens, computer coding, physics and chemistry experiments, owl pellet dissection, a Ruben’s tube experiment, science trivia competitions, delectable root beer floats, and a great selection of books on sale.
Thank you again to all who offered support and who participated in making it a successful and interesting night!
Something cool at YOUR school? email@example.com – thank you!
Two quick reminders about opportunities this weekend to get rid of what you don’t need:
DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY: 10 am-2 pm Saturday, take unneeded/unwanted/expired medication to the Southwest Precinct (2300 SW Webster) and drop it off. No questions asked. We asked SPD if there were any restrictions on what type they’re accepting – the reply is, no.
RECYCLE ROUNDUP: This also is a twice-yearly event. 9 am-3 pm Sunday at Fauntleroy Church (9140 California SW), bring your recyclables – as long as they’re on this list – and drop them off, free. Organizers request that you come as early in that window as you can to avoid an end-of-day backup.
Mahimahi sails weekly between Seattle and Hawaii. The last regularly scheduled container operations at T-5 were in 2014.
Matson previously called at T-30 on the south end of the downtown waterfront.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
AVALON PROJECT: As the project’s second week of ~14 months of work concludes, project team reps came to WSTC. So what’s new? When the 35th work starts in early May, that street will be down to one lane each way, said project spokesperson Adonis Ducksworth. And some early 35th work could start as soon as next week, which is one week before the big work starts, he said. First, the latest weekly update on the project, received a few hours before the meeting:
This week, crews are demolishing and removing the road on the east side of SW Avalon Way from SW Genesee St to SW Yancy (Zone B) so we can rebuild the base before beginning to pave on the east side of SW Avalon Way as early as Saturday, May 4. Paving is highly weather dependent so it can be postponed if weather is wetter than anticipated.
From Saturday, April 27 through Sunday, May 5, we will be closing the east side of the intersection of SW Avalon Way and SW Genesee St to make water utility repairs. Crews will need to work across multiple lanes of traffic in the intersection. We also anticipate work on 35th Ave SW (Zone E) to begin as soon as the week of May 6. You can expect to see no-parking signs go up as early as next week. …
Overview of upcoming work for next week:
*Lots of construction activity including jackhammering, removing the east portion of the roadway, large trucks, machines, noise, dust, and vibrations.
*We will coordinate with residents for driveway closures.
*Uniformed police officers will typically be onsite
*Typical work hours from 7 AM – 7 PM (no noise from equipment like jackhammers before 9 AM on Saturday and Sunday or before 8 AM on weekdays)
*We have heard that Seattle Public Utilities will be working to make some water service renewals along SW Avalon Way. They will coordinate directly with neighbors as their work is scheduled.
*Buses are making in-lane stops. Please follow the safe passageways set up for your safety. Starting Monday, April 22nd the northbound stop at Genesee will be temporarily closed.
*The contractor is coordinating with King County Metro to reroute route 50 from Saturday, April 27 through Sunday, May 5.
Project questions included the closure of 30th SW, with WSTC board member Chas Redmond saying it reduced part of the access to that neighborhood and Ducksworth contending it was a safety issue, and board member Marty Westerman asking about Avalon business access, with Ducksworth mentioning what SDOT had told us in a pre-construction briefing – that they are trying to do some early work there. Some discussion of the project’s effects on bicycle riding also ensued. At some point, travel will be on ground-down pavement, Ducksworth warned, while also saying there would not be plates in the road during May, which is “Bike Everywhere Month.” WSTC board member Deb Barker also wondered what further steps SDOT would take to communicate important messages – more on-site signage and enforcement, she suggested. The project team said another sign was planned, for starters.
SAM ZIMBABWE: He joked he gets “like one more week of being the new guy” before recapping his background. We recorded his entire appearance:
12:31 PM: At the Sound Transit board room downtown, the Elected Leadership Group that’s been working on West Seattle-to Ballard light rail just finished its meeting for recommendations to be made to the ST Board. Comprehensive report to come later, but in the short run, the West Seattle recommendations were not dramatically different from those sent to them by the Stakeholder Advisory Group last week. Perhaps the biggest difference: This group wasn’t given a directive to come up with one recommendation “if extra money is found” and another if it’s not. As summarized by ST’s Cathal Ridge at meeting’s end, the major support was for crossing the Duwamish River south of the existing bridge, the Delridge area would be “blue line with refinements” in hopes of “reducing neighborhood effects,” and for The Junction, “blue tunnel/red modified” with no further consideration of the orange option. Full details, video, and more, later.
5:26 PM: Pending our full report tonight, here’s our video of the hour-and-a-quarter in which the ELG members made their recommendations:
Seattle Channel also records ELG meetings but its video isn’t available yet.
We’re welcoming a new WSB sponsor today!
Snip-its Haircuts for Kids is open in West Seattle, joining Snip-its of Bellevue in providing a magical space full of fun distractions, and a happy haircut adventure for kids. Duc Quan is the local owner of both locations and is a West Seattle resident with husband Brian and 6.5-year-old daughter Justine.
Duc noticed that there were no kid-focused salons in the area and parents were driving a significant distance for a children’s salon or taking them to a local adult salon that might not be equipped for kids. Duc and his family are very excited to have found the right space in the Alaska Junction to open the second Snip-its in the PNW.
Everything at Snip-its is about helping kids look and feel great all while making haircuts relaxing for parents. Every haircut adventure starts with a Snip-its Adventure Pass, then the stylists work their magic while kids play games and watch videos on kid friendly tablets. At the end of each haircut, kids turn in their adventure pass and get a prize from the Magic Box! There are other goodies like crackers, lollipops, and balloons that make getting a haircut so easy. But this salon is more than just haircuts- Snip-its will offer kid friendly spa services and birthday parties. There will also be a fun play area in the lobby and families are welcome to come play, even if they don’t need a haircut yet!
Snip-its parents love that their kids look forward to getting a haircut and that our stylists are so kind and patient to their littlest clients. They often comment about how their first visit at Snip-its was the first time their child actually enjoyed a haircut, which is extremely rewarding to hear.
Snip-its has also partnered with Autism Speaks to develop a training program where stylists are certified to work with kids on the Autism spectrum. All kids, all abilities, are welcome! It’s fitting that the salon is opening during Autism Awareness Month.
Duc loves the West Seattle community and is connecting with local family-focused no-profits about possible partnership opportunities. And since the salon is located on the Farmers’ Market block, Snips (the Snip-its mascot) will make frequent appearances on Sundays to say hello to community members while staff provide fun, free activities such as temporary hair color for kids.
Soft-opening is today, at 4506 California SW! Appointments can be booked on the salon webpage, coming soon. In the meantime, the Snip-its West Seattle Facebook page has all the information and updates. Come check us out and see why we say #WeSpeakKid!
We thank Snip-its Haircuts for Kids of West Seattle 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.
Story and photos by Jason Grotelueschen
Reporting for West Seattle Blog
Special guests at the meeting: Members of the Guardian One helicopter team from the Air Support Unit of the King County Sheriff’s Office, who talked about their work in the skies of West Seattle and the surrounding area.
Happy Friday! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
SOUND TRANSIT LIGHT RAIL: The Elected Leadership Group meets at 9:30 am at the ST board room downtown – with a public-comment period toward the start of the meeting – to recommend which West Seattle-to-Ballard routing/station locations they want to see go into environmental studies. We’re there and will be updating on Twitter as well as publishing a story as soon afterward as we’re able. (401 S. Jackson)
WEST SEATTLE GARDEN CLUB: 10:30 am-2 pm at Daystar. Visitors welcome for all or part of the meeting; agenda info is in our calendar listing. (2615 SW Barton)
FRIDAY AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES: 1 pm at Senior Center of West Seattle. Today’s movie is 1955’s “Soldier of Fortune.” $1 members, $2 nonmembers, free popcorn. (4217 SW Oregon)
COUNCILMEMBER HERBOLD’S OFFICE HOURS: 2-7 pm, drop-in hours with City Councilmember Lisa Herbold meeting with constituents at the Southwest Customer Service Center adjacent to Southwest Pool. (2801 SW Thistle)
PLANT SALE: The White Center Library Guild is selling plants at the library 10 am-2 pm today. (1409 SW 107th)
GARY BENSON: Live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor). 7-9 pm. No cover. All ages. (5612 California SW)
‘WIZARD OF OZ’: Student production at Seattle Lutheran High School, 7:30 pm curtain in the gym. (4100 SW Genesee)
JOHNNY & THE MOLES, STINGSHARK: Live at Parliament Tavern, 9 pm. $7 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
PREVIEW THE WEEKEND … via our complete calendar!