West Seattle, Washington
Two video clips from last night’s Delridge Neighborhoods District Council meeting:
TERMINAL 5: The Port of Seattle/Northwest Seaport Alliance reps continue making the rounds to answer community questions about the T-5 modernization project. (For extensive text coverage, see our report on the Southwest District Council appearance two weeks ago.)
CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 1: The DNDC had planned to hear from two of the remaining four who had announced campaigns for D-1, but only Phil Tavel showed up. Isaiah Willoughby had confirmed about two weeks ago, DNDC chair Mat McBride said, but didn’t show up. With one day left in filing week, he hasn’t filed, so we may be looking at a three-candidate race. The other two, Brendan Kolding and incumbent Lisa Herbold, are booked for the DNDC’s next meeting, 7 pm June 19th, Neighborhood House High Point, 6400 Sylvan Way SW.
One more day for candidates to file for the August 6th primary. Here’s who’s filed so far for local offices, listed in order of when they filed:
SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 1
KING COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 8
Michael Robert Neher
SEATTLE SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 6
See the full list of filings for offices around King County here. After filing ends tomorrow afternoon, KC Elections will draw for the order in which candidates will appear on the August 6th primary ballot.
Dorothy I. Walker‘s family is sharing this remembrance:
My Mum died suddenly Wednesday April 10, 2019, while on holiday in Florida.
Dorothy Irene Walker was born August 12, 1933 to my Big Nanny and Grandad White-Overton of London, England. Her early life consisted of living on a canal boat on the River Thames, which nurtured her adventurous spirit. Mum was very athletic, playing field hockey, table tennis and running track. She put me to shame one time when I thought I had it going on.
My Mum and her little sister, Aunt Frankie, grew up through the war years of the blitz. They had many adventures then and post-war England. Married my Dad, Norman, in 1953 and had to remain silent about her age to purchase their first house in Ashford Common. They started a family in 1958 with Martyn. Lost baby Timmy in 1961, but recovered with Stuart in 1964. They all moved to Camberly in 1966 and that’s when I come in, Darren, followed by Jonathan in 1969.
Growing up, my Mum was always there with loving patience for us ‘four boys.’ She packed lunches for picnics in the Ranges, taught us to swim at the seaside, kept us entertained during weekend go-kart racing, and hosted epic house parties with lots of friends and family around. We all moved to the US in 1973 to be closer to Aunt Frankie’s Family and settled in Kenmore. Mum was very active at our school’s PTA, serving as president and earning the Golden Acorn award. She was a beautiful presence in our lives as we transitioned to young men. My Mum also worked and formed many lifelong friends along the way, from the Fleeheart and Sullivan Girls to Daughters of the British Empire.
Marty and I were doubly lucky in that we had Mum as a business partner for many years, which took our already close relationship to a new level. I believe us “four boys” learned countless lessons under her gentle guidance and love. I do and always will miss her warm hugs and loving ways, immensely, as will everyone she engaged with. Love always, Cheers, my darling Mum.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Salvation Army.
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That’s part of a notice a resident “south of Solstice Park” shared with us on Wednesday. The notice didn’t go into details about the reason for the “planned outage” so we asked Seattle City Light today. SCL’s Scott Thomsen explained that as the utility continues inspecting poles for potential replacement, several in that area have “moved to the top of the list” and will be replaced on Saturday. He believed the outage would affect “dozens” of customers, all of whom should have been notified directly already.
SIDE NOTE – WHAT IF YOU SEE A PROBLEM POLE? This gives us the opportunity to share informatioon we obtained recently after another reader emailed wondering how to report a leaning pole in his neighborhood. Neither we nor the reader could find the answer on SCL’s website; the reader didn’t think the pole was in imminent danger of falling, so he contacted SCL the next weekday morning. He told us the utility sent out a crew, with a replacement pole installed shortly thereafter. Meantime, we asked SCL’s Julie Moore how to report a pole problem. Her reply:
Throughout the city of Seattle and the utility’s suburban franchise cities, Seattle City Light has a network of more than 90,000 utility poles. These utility poles carry power lines as well as communication lines for other entities (e.g., phone, broadband, and fire department signals). The services carried on the poles vary from neighborhood to neighborhood and street to street. Occasionally, utility pole replacements are necessitated by a variety of reasons, including infrastructure upgrades to add space for new equipment and structural instability from old age, weather, wildlife, and even vehicle-pole collisions.
If you see a utility pole that you believe may potentially be structurally unsound, it can be reported in several ways:
*Submit an online service request
*Report through Find It, Fix It mobile app
To assist our crews with finding the correct pole, please include the pole number, which is on a yellow and black tag about six feet up the pole.
If you believe it is an emergency (e.g., the pole has fallen, could fall imminently, or lines are down), call 911.
Earlier this month, we reported on a County Council committee considering the final routing/station siting for the RapidRide H Line, which is what Metro Route 120 will become in 2021. Paving and other changes are ahead for much of Delridge before the transition, so SDOT and Metro have two open houses ahead, including one in West Seattle – 5-7 pm Thursday, May 30th, at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (the other is the night before in Burien). (They’ll also be taking feedback online starting May 29th.)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
“This man left my son for dead, face down on the road.”
Merle Zahniser‘s son is 44-year-old Sean Lowry, who was riding his motorcycle on Admiral Way two months ago when “this man” hit him and drove away.
Sean wasn’t expected to survive. He did. Merle has more to say about that. But the main reason she contacted WSB is this plea:
“We really need the witnesses who saw the driver to step up and work with the detective.”
The driver, she says, is not a mystery; the vehicle was found. The witnesses are not a mystery – at least, some of them.
What is a mystery is why they are not fully cooperating with police.
As she talked with us by phone this morning, she was in Sean’s room at a nursing/rehab facility, where she and his girlfriend have been with him almost around the clock.
“Sean is doing amazingly well, considering what he has been through.” He was in a coma for six days; she says doctors at Harborview Medical Center thought he had only a “one percent chance” of emerging from it. “Fortunately he has a strong desire to come back … he is improving every day.”
He cannot – yet – walk, but he just achieved a milestone, Merle says – he was able to transfer himself from bed to wheelchair. Also, “his cognition is better” – he is writing in a journal, including simple things to help that cognition – as simple as what happened, why he is in a rehab facility. They are hoping and praying that improvement continues, both mental and physical; next milestone would be the ability to bear weight on his left side, which in a few weeks would allow him to go back to Harborview for an intensive rehab program. “He’s had to relearn everything.”
And yet, that’s a miracle, his mom says. “His neurosurgeon is so happy his assessment was wrong” – that Sean survived.
But while his will can help him accomplish a lot, and while his loved ones can offer seemingly boundless support, there’s one thing they can’t do.
The witnesses need to work with police. Merle points to WSB commenters following our coverage of the crash, which included at least one person who said they had seen the hit-run driver.
“(People) were talking about the driver not doing the right thing. They’re doing the same by not stepping up.”
If witness(es) see this and want to talk to Merle, we can connect you. Or maybe you lost the detective’s contact information? (Det. Feuerstein, 206-684-8934; case #19-098823)
Meanwhile, Merle and Sean’s girlfriend Mel remain at Sean’s bedside. “I hope that he will come back,” fully, Merle says. And don’t even ask about the bills – since he is still in care, there’s no final tally yet; the GoFundMe remains open.
One more time, Merle repeats her plea, through tears: Witnesses, please “step up” and help police so the driver who left Sean for dead can be fully prosecuted.
ORIGINAL REPORT, THURSDAY: An early-stage proposal is in city files for what would be the third apartment building on the west side of one block of 42nd SW in The Junction, between Genesee and Oregon. A site plan and pre-application documents are in the system for 4401 42nd SW, the West Seattle Christian Church-owned ex-school building that has in past years had a variety of community uses including artists’ studios and the West Seattle Helpline‘s clothing bank Clothesline.
Proposed for the site, which was upzoned to 55′ by HALA Mandatory Housing Affordability, is a five-story building with 72 microapartments (Small Efficiency Dwelling Units) and five live-works, plus underground and surface parking. The documents filed online say parking would total 36 car spaces and 80 bicycle spaces. The church-owned house to the south is not part of this project; we reported last December that townhouses and live-work units are planned there (4411 42nd SW).
ADDED FRIDAY: WSCC pastor Worth Wheeler has responded to our question about the Clothesline’s future: “We have been working closely with West Seattle Helpline for a few months now on providing a seamless transition for their Clothesline operation to another building on our campus. The church is looking forward to a continuing partnership with the Helpline that provides ample space for their needs and keeps their vital work right here in the Junction, close to the transportation hub that is indispensable for so many of their clients. West Seattle Helpline will likely make an announcement in the coming weeks and months about this transition.” Helpline executive director Erin Dury Moore confirmed that, adding, “We look forward to continuing our partnership with West Seattle Christian Church, and their dedication to our Clothesline.”
Just got the tip from Kersti Muul: A group of orcas identified as the T-65a transients (who, she notes, include a year-old calf) is headed southbound, seen off Yeomalt Point on Bainbridge Island [map]. Midchannel, so if you go out looking, bring binoculars. Let us know if you see them! We’ll keep updating this story, though we’re working on a lot today so it won’t be at the top of the stream for long.
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
WEST SEATTLE WRITERS: Group meets weekly, 11 am-1 pm at Uptown Espresso in The Junction; =Paul says they welcome new members/drop-ins. (California/Edmunds/Erskine)
AN AFTERNOON OF DANCING: 2-5 pm Senior Prom and buffet at Brookdale West Seattle. If you haven’t already RSVP’d, call to see if there’s room – info’s in our calendar listing. (4611 35th SW)
THE WHALE TRAIL: The Legislature has adjourned – what action did they take to help orcas, and what happens next? That’s part of what you’ll find out at The Whale Trail‘s gathering tonight, 7 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor). You’ll also hear from orca researcher Mark Sears, who gets to see the southern residents up close when they visit. Ticket info here. (5612 California SW)
ALKI COMMUNITY COUNCIL: 7 pm at Alki UCC. Missed one of the recent community-meeting Q&As with Port o Seattle/Northwest Seaport Alliance reps about the Terminal 5 project? Tonight at the ACC meeting, you get another chance. Also on the agenda: The future Alki Elementary rebuild adjacent to Alki Community Center. All welcome. (6115 SW Hinds)
THREE BANDS: Doors at 7, music at 8 at The Skylark – Wild Wild Mexico, Dusty, Fluung. $8 cover. 21+. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
BRASSY! Super Krewe performs at Parliament Tavern, 9 pm. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
EVEN MORE … on our complete calendar!
Burglary and auto theft reports in West Seattle Crime Watch:
BURGLARY: Adam sent that photo of his garage being burglarized Wednesday afternoon in the 8400 block of 22nd SW. No one was home at the time. Police were called. “Officers responded fairly quickly, but the men pictured were gone.” He is not sure yet what if anything they took.
AUTO THEFT: Posted this morning in the WSB Community Forums – a 2000 emerald green Honda Accord SE was stolen overnight Tuesday into Wednesday in Gatewood. Plate AQV4868. Call 911 if you see it.
7:06 AM: Good morning. No West Seattle incidents or transit alerts reported so far.
STADIUM ZONE: The Mariners play at 7:10 pm tonight, vs. the Twins, so the West Seattle Water Taxi will run late.
WEEKEND ALERT: Alki Avenue will close for about three hours Sunday morning for the West Seattle 5K run/walk.
On Monday morning, Jim in Seaview “was walking to the bus … and found this random note on the sidewalk at the corner of 45th and Findlay. It put a smile on my face. I assume it was in reference to Saturday’s yard sale day that always is a great way to get neighbors together.” Whatever it was in reference to, we’ve been looking for a moment to share it. Thanks to Jim, and the mystery note-writer!