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SUMMER CAMP & MORE! What’s new at Mode Music Studios

July 2, 2019 9:55 pm
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 |   Delridge | West Seattle news | WS culture/arts

That’s a new video chronicling what it’s like to learn music with the professional musicians who own and teach at Mode Music Studios (WSB sponsor) in North Delridge. Mode proprietor Erin Rubin told us about it while sharing word that Mode expanded its summer-camp lineups and now has “availability in the all-day camps as well as private music lessons for summer and fall, enrolling now.” You can explore the camp and lesson info by scrolling through Mode’s website – and see what musicmaking at Mode is like by watching the video.

P.S. Mode is representing at West Seattle Summer Fest (now just a week and a half away) – the music lineup includes Blackie (Erin Rubin’s in the band), Jenn Champion (Mode teacher alum), Nils Petersen with Jeremy Enigk (Mode teacher alum), and the Mode Music Studios Kids!

West Seattle scene: Neighborhood party, the aerial view

(First two photos by Noah Shampain)

The aerial views are a highlight from a neighborhood party last weekend. Pete Spalding tells us Pigeon Point neighbors gathered on the field by Pathfinder K-8 in spots representing where they live on the neighborhood street grid.

At ground level, some more conventional views of the party:

The “Start of Summer” get-together included music.

Pete says, “There were well over 100 neighbors that came out to celebrate our little slice of paradise in the city.”.

ELECTION 2019: Talking with City Council District 1 candidate Brendan Kolding

(WSB photo)

With primary-election ballots going out in two weeks, we’re continuing our series of conversations checking in with the City Council District 1 (West Seattle/South Park) candidates. Tonight: Brendan Kolding, one of two challengers hoping to keep Councilmember Lisa Herbold from serving a second term. Your WSB co-publishers sat down with him for a wide-ranging conversation last week, which you can watch below, unedited:

If you can’t or don’t want to watch/listen, text toplines are below – but note that they do not represent a full transcript, nor are they direct quotes except where signified by quotation marks, just (in some cases very) brief summaries:

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First the sign, now the landscaping: West Seattle Chamber of Commerce seeks proposals

From the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce:

The West Seattle Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Welcome Sign Committee is seeking proposals for landscaping of the Welcome sign site. The following rendering is an idea coordinated by the Sign Committee.

We are open to additional suggestions and configurations. We encourage any firms/individuals that are able to successfully compete in this RFP to submit your bid, renderings and the requested information for the Committee consideration no later than Friday, August 2, 2019 by close of business (5 PM).

Here’s the full RFP document (PDF).

WATER TAXI: No service July 22-28 while downtown terminal moves

(King County aerial photo – temporary Water Taxi dock at left, almost-complete new one at right)

It’s been almost two years since a short break in West Seattle and Vashon Water Taxi service so it could move to an interim downtown terminal during construction of the permanent new one. Now, it’s time for another break to move “back,” as announced today:

From Monday, July 22 through Sunday, July 28 for all scheduled sailings, King County Water Taxi and Kitsap Fast Ferry service will be temporarily suspended while staff make final preparations needed to shift service from the temporary terminal at Pier 52 to the new passenger only terminal at Pier 50. Service is anticipated to resume Monday, July 29.

You can read more about the transition here.

Seen off West Seattle: USS Ralph Johnson

July 2, 2019 1:41 pm
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 |   Seen at sea | West Seattle news

Thanks to David Hutchinson (above) and Jim Borrow (below) for sending photos of the USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114), a US Navy destroyer commissioned last year.

The ship is homeported in Everett.

CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: Alki Avenue murder suspect arrested in Morgan Junction, bail set at $500,000

(June 2018 WSB photo by Christopher Boffoli)

11:04 AM: Some asked about an arrest Monday afternoon at the Morgan Junction Starbucks. Seattle Police have just announced that the person they took into custody is a suspect in last year’s murder on Alki Avenue SW near Anchor Park:

Seattle Police have arrested a 25-year-old man for the June 2nd, 2018 homicide on Alki Beach of stabbing victim Jonathan Pecina, age 28. Officers arrested the suspect in West Seattle.

Homicide detectives recently received DNA evidence from the WSP Crime Lab linking the suspect to an item left at the crime scene. This week, detectives coordinated with officers of the Southwest Precinct bicycle unit and the Southwest Precinct Anti-Crime Team in an attempt to locate and apprehend the suspect.

On Monday afternoon July 1st at about 4 pm, the suspect was located by those Southwest Precinct officers at a coffee shop at California Avenue SW and Fauntleroy Way SW. The suspect was taken into custody without incident.

Detectives interviewed the suspect and then booked him into King County Jail for investigation of murder. This remains an active and on-going investigation.

You’ll recall that SPD announced the DNA breakthrough back in January.

ADDED 1:27 PM: We asked SPD a followup question about how they found the suspect; Det. Mark Jamieson says the suspect “was known to frequent West Seattle. Officer spotted him at the coffee shop and came up with a quick plan to arrest him safely.” He is scheduled to appear before a judge this afternoon, and we’ll add any more information that emerges.

ADDED 4:16 PM: Though the suspect is not yet charged in this case, he has a high-profile West Seattle-related conviction on his record, so we are identifying him: Nickolas J. Osborne In March of last year, he set an SPD car on fire while Southwest Precinct officers were taking him to jail after arresting him for harassing Lincoln Park/Lowman Beach visitors. He pleaded guilty to malicious mischief in that case. Since then, records show, he also has served time for threatening people with a knife at a gym in Redmond – two incidents that happened just days after the West Seattle murder. Probable cause was found this afternoon to hold Osborne in lieu of $500,000 bail. We are reading the newest documents and will add any additional new details.

ADDED 4:54 PM: The probable-cause narrative begins by recounting the night of the murder, including “There were many 911 callers who reported seeing or hearing two Hispanic males and a white male yelling at each other on the inland sidewalk in front of the condominiums. One eyewitness heard the white male yell at the Hispanic male that that he hated people with saggy pants.” The three started fighting and it all ended with Jonathan Pecina being fatally stabbed. The other man with him was interviewed by police days later. He is reported to have told them:

They were confronted by a white male walking in the opposite direction. (The witness) would primarily refer to the man as a “Trump Supporter.” When asked what “Trump Supporter” meant, he claimed this person was racist against “Mexicans”. There was no further explanation of his use of the term “Trump supporter”. (The witness) said that the guy started saying “racial sh-t” including “I hate Mexicans”. Torres said they were going to walk off but “the guy kept saying sh-t”. The guy pulled out a knife. Jonathan took off his belt to use in self-defense. (The witness) said he was not wearing a belt (and) denied ever hitting the suspect. He said it all happened very fast but suddenly Pecina was stabbed.

While DNA from a knife sheath found at the scene did not bring up a match last year, this year it did, to Osborne. And, the probable-cause narrative continues, “Database research has revealed that Nickolas Osborne has been the subject of racially charged violent crimes and incidents before and since the murder of Jonathan Pecina.” They include the two we mention above; in the Lincoln Park/Lowman Beach harassment that preceded the poilce-car-torching arrest, Osborne is reported to have been saying he wanted to kill Mexicans and Black people (using a slur for the latter). In the Redmond case days after the Alki stabbing, police note, Osborne “used a knife to threaten a Hispanic male at a gym while muttering about the Illuminati, FBI, and MS-13.”

The document also says he was involved in two Alki incidents this year, a “disturbance” in March in which he was reported to be yelling racist and misogynist slurs both before and after police took him into custody, and one a little more than a week ago in which he allegedly had been pursuing “a Hispanic man” with a knife and was shot with a BB gun, later telling police “he was shot at by ‘border jumpers’ and ‘f—ing Mexicans’.”

DEVELOPMENT: 3 West Seattle project updates

3 updates, from The Triangle to Alki:

(Rendering courtesy Legacy Partners)

4722 FAUNTLEROY: The former West Seattle Produce (etc.) site is finally starting construction, announces Legacy Partners, which says it’s calling the project Legacy at Fauntleroy Apartments. From the news release:

The two-building community, located at 4722 Fauntleroy Way SW (seven stories) and 4721 38th Ave SW (four stories), will feature a 306-unit mix of one- and two-bedroom residences, as well as studios and live-work units. USAA Real Estate is providing equity financing for the development, with additional funding from PNC Bank.

Designed by Seattle-based Encore Architects, Legacy at Fauntleroy will have 261 parking spaces and 10,000 square feet of retail space, in addition to a state-of-the-art gym, media room, rooftop deck, and residential WiFi cafe.

The news release also touts the “peaceful coastal culture of West Seattle.” You might recall that this is the second redevelopment plan for the site; the first one, for a single-story standalone CVS drugstore, was cancelled three years ago.

(WSB photo added, taken Tuesday afternoon)

Demolition at the site began this morning.

1250 ALKI: A key approval is in for the revised proposal for this site, 40 residential units with 76 offstreet parking spaces – the Shoreline Substantial Development approval. That triggers a two-week appeal period, deadline July 15th; the official notices explain how.

5917 CALIFORNIA: The formal application is in for the 9-unit, 4-offstreet-parking-space plan on the former Charmann Apartments site. July 15 is also the deadline for comments on this – the official notice (linked on this page) explains how.

Go birding and make a difference! West Seattle help needed

July 2, 2019 10:30 am
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 |   How to help | West Seattle news | Wildlife

Our area’s seabirds – and the people who track them – could use your help. This year’s Puget Sound Seabird Survey includes five West Seattle locations and Seattle Audubon is now recruiting volunteers to be part of it. The announcement:

Are seabirds in the southern Salish Sea increasing or decreasing in numbers? Which species are changing their range? Help us find out. The Puget Sound Seabird Survey (PSSS) is a community science project managed by Seattle Audubon that trains volunteer birdwatchers to gather valuable data on wintering seabird populations across our region.

You can contribute to this vital seabird science by joining the 13th season of this exciting project. We are now recruiting enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers. Training on survey methodology will be provided on September 18th in Lincoln Park and at other locations throughout Puget Sound after that date until the first week of October. Volunteers should ideally be able to identify Puget Sound’s seabird species and be available on the first Saturday of each month, October through April. But, if determining between Barrow’s and Common Goldeneye is a challenge, we’ll team you up with more knowledgeable surveyors. To help us determine each volunteer’s seabird identification skills, take our quick, fun Seabird ID Quiz.

Learn more, including training dates, at and email Toby Ross, Senior Science Manager, if you would like more information, or to take part.

Highlights for July’s first West Seattle Tuesday

(Barred Owl, photographed in Fauntleroy Park in June by Mark Wangerin)

Two days until the 4th of July! Here’s what’s ahead for the rest of your Tuesday:

LOW-LOW TIDE, WITH BEACH NATURALISTS: Explore the shore with expert advice from Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists, 9:30 am through 12:45 pm this time, at Constellation and Lincoln Parks. (Today’s lowest tide is -3.0 feet at 11:14 am)

TODDLER STORY TIME: 10:30 am at West Seattle (Admiral) Library. (2306 42nd SW)

FREE SUMMER MEALS FOR KIDS/TEENS: Today’s locations include High Point Community Center (6920 34th SW), noon-1 pm lunch and 3-3:30 pm snack; EC Hughes Playground (2805 SW Holden), noon-1:30 pm lunch and 3-4 pm snack; Highland Park Playground (1100 SW Cloverdale), noon-1:30 pm lunch and 3-4 pm snack.

TAKE ACTION FOR WILDLIFE: 3 pm at West Seattle (Admiral) Library, with a “special animal guest” – part of the Summer of Learning program. (2306 42nd SW)

OPEN MIC NIGHT: Sing it, say it, play it. 9 pm at Parliament Tavern. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Pre-holiday Tuesday

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

6:57 AM: Good morning! Just two days until the 4th of July.

STADIUM ZONE TONIGHT: Mariners play at home at 7:10 pm, vs. the Cardinals. That means a late night for West Seattle Water Taxi runs.

7:53 AM: Heading outbound on an errand this morning, we can report that the eastbound bridge is moving well, NB I-5 is sluggish.

UPDATE: Fire at Jiffy Lube in The Junction

4:16 AM: Seattle Fire is at a commercial building in the 4000 block of SW Alaska.

(Photo by Seth Gray)

4:19 AM: SFD says it’s a small attic fire at the Jiffy Lube. Radio traffic indicates it’s under control.

(WSB photo)

4:29 AM: Our crew has just arrived. Meantime, via radio. firefighters are saying “a lot of smoke and a little fire” remains.

4:34 AM: Firefighters tell us at the scene that no one was in the building when this started and no one’s been hurt. The cause is under investigation.

4:45 AM: SFD is now starting to dismiss some of the units. We’ll be checking on the business’s status later in the morning.

11:12 AM: We checked with SFD spokesperson Kristin Tinsley about the cause. Her reply: “The fire at the Jiffy Lube automotive oil change store was ruled undetermined; estimated loss is $125,000. The store was unoccupied at the time of the incident. The fire originated in the mezzanine storage room above the business office.”