West Seattle, Washington
Recent reader reports:
LINCOLN PARK CAR BREAK-IN: Wendy reports this happened Monday morning: “Had my car window passenger side broken into between 7-7:15 am while dropping off my boys at YMCA summer camp – interrupted prowler so notbing was taken, reported to police. Had parked in south parking lot.”
HIT-RUN: From Alison:
My daughter went to Starbucks on Alki and parked our car – 2016 Mazda CR-X 5 Red – on 62nd SW between Stevens and Admiral (about 3018 62nd Ave SW). My car repair person believes a box truck or flat bed truck smashed into the front passenger corner and just kept going. This was major damage not just a scratch.
Any witnesses? Let us know and we’ll connect you.
PACKAGES TAKEN: Juan‘s Ring camera caught this video of someone taking packages from his porch on July 2nd. This happened on SW Holden near Riverview Playfield.
9:33 PM: Thanks for the tips: 9th SW is closed between Barton and Roxbury right now because of a police response. At the scene, SPD would tell us only that they’re attempting to serve a search warrant. As shown in the photo, SWAT team members are involved. At last report, they were asking everyone inside the residence to come out. We’ll be checking back. (In case you wondered, this is not far south of last Saturday’s response.)
9:42 PM: Radio communication indicates police have been able to get into the residence.
We’ve reported before on award-winning West Seattle advocate/educator Bettie Williams-Watson and her nonprofit Multi-Communities, working with survivors of sexual assault and abuse. An announcement from the mayor’s office today includes word of new funding for Multi-Communities. As explained at the start of the announcement:
Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today announced $100,000 in additional 2019 funding in the second quarter’s supplementary budget for education and prevention programs seeking to address gender-based violence in Seattle. The funding will support existing organizations to build their capacity and advance youth programming, education programs for boys and men, and programs focused on marginalized populations, including Latinx, Black and African American, and Native American and Indigenous communities.
“We must do more to prevent and end gender-based violence,” said Mayor Durkan. “We have a responsibility to invest in programs that work to stop this violence from occurring in the first place, especially for communities most impacted. Seattle stands up for survivors, and our services must be available and accessible for all. To the survivors in our city: We believe you, and we will fight for you.”
The City of Seattle invests more than $10 million annually in gender-based violence services, including prevention, legal, intervention, housing, and offender accountability services. The Mayor’s $100,000 mid-2019 investment supports upstream programming to prevent the violence from taking place at all and will focus on programming for Latinx, Black and African American, and Native American and Indigenous communities.
A significant percentage of gender-based violence fatalities occur when the victim is 21 years or younger, and these victims often meet their perpetrator in middle or high school. Additionally, language barriers, lack of culturally relevant services, threats of deportation, and fear of isolation put marginalized communities at an increased risk of experiencing gender-based violence. Women of color and Native women are two-to-three times more likely to experience a gender-based, violence-related fatality than their white counterparts.
As part of the $100,000, Williams-Watson’s organization will work in partnership with other organizations led by the Filipino Community of Seattle on what the announcement describes as “the Access to Advocacy outreach and mobilization projects. These projects work to prevent gender-based violence in marginalized communities including Native American and Indigenous, Latinx, and African American and Black communities.” We spotlighted Williams-Watson and her work in this WSB story last year.
For three nights later this month, incoming third through eighth graders can practice basketball skills and drills with some of the state’s best players – the West Seattle High School girls! $100 for three nights, 5:30-8 pm July 29-31. To sign up (or if you have a question), email (updated) Taylor.DarnellWSHSGB@hotmail.com and/or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apparently trash pickup is a hot-button issue for Mayor Jenny Durkan. Though District 1 City Councilmember Lisa Herbold couldn’t get the mayor to make a statement promising fireworks enforcement, today she found herself the recipient of an unsolicited terse letter from the mayor right before Herbold’s committee revisited the idea of every-other-week trash pickup:
In the letter, which we requested and obtained from the mayor’s office after hearing it mentioned during the meeting, Durkan declared, “I believe that garbage should be picked up every week in every part of the city and do not support any efforts at reducing service levels to the people of Seattle.” Among other concerns, she noted that households of color and households with lower income were among those most displeased with the 2012 pilot in four city neighborhoods (including part of Highland Park).
Today’s briefing – previewed here yesterday – was not connected to any formal proposal to change service levels; Herbold said she thought it was worth talking about as the city tries to find more ways to meet environmental goals, with some other cities having success in going to every other week. Another of the councilmembers present, Mike O’Brien, lamented that Seattleites have stalled in progress toward a zero-waste/reduced-emissions future, and admitted he had not been pushing much for change in recent years. But the mayoral hammer hung heavy in the air as the meeting ended on a note of frustration as much as anything else, with Herbold wondering, “if not this, then what?”
Three days to go until West Seattle Summer Fest, the year’s biggest party, in the heart of The Junction. Our previews continue. This year, official festival T-shirts are back! Right now – last call for advance T-shirt sales, if you want to show up at the festival (Friday-Sunday, July 12-14) already decked in Summer Fest splendor – or if you just want to be sure you get one; advance sales end at noon tomorrow (Wednesday). After that, they’ll be sold at the Info Booth during the festival (California/Alaska) while they last. Find the order form and lots more info here.
This spring, philanthropist Adah Rhodes Cruzen was honored as Westsider of the Year by the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce. Now, another honor – she will ride in the West Seattle Grand Parade on July 20th as this year’s recipient of the Orville Rummel Trophy for Outstanding Service to the Community. The West Seattle Rotary Club Foundation presents the parade and just announced Adah Cruzen as the recipient, as well as announcing Carl Blake – of bakery fame – as this year’s Grand Marshal. The parade runs southbound on California SW from Lander to Edmunds starting at 11 am Saturday, July 20th, and you can cheer for the honorees in advance as the awards are presented at next Tuesday’s West Seattle Big Band Concert in the Park (7 pm July 16th on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center, Walnut/Lander).
P.S. This will actually be Adah Cruzen’s second Grand Parade ride with the Rummel Trophy – in 2014, her husband Earl Cruzen was the honoree but had to stay home on doctor’s orders, so she filled in:
(July 2014 photo by Steve Fuller)
Mr. Cruzen died in 2017.
One year after the first Southwest Design Review Board meeting for the next major West Seattle Junction redevelopment project, the second is set for next week, as we first reported in May. Today, the “packet” of design/plan details to be reviewed that meeting is available via the city website if you want a preview.
The project is now described as:
• 6 STORIES OF APARTMENTS OVER 1 STORY OF RETAIL
• +/- 73 RESIDENTIAL UNITS
• +/- 45 RESIDENTIAL PARKING STALLS
• +/- 5,000 SF COMMERCIAL AREA AT STREET LEVEL
The “primary tenant,” of course, will be Husky Deli, whose proprietor Jack Miller owns and is redeveloping the site. Among many other things, the packet by Ankrom Moisan Architecture addresses the suggestion for a mural on the south side of the new building (like the current site) and suggests a concept like this, based on a historic photograph (which you can see in the packet):
Next week’s meeting is at 6:30 pm Thursday, July 18th, at the Senior Center/Sisson Building (4217 SW Oregon) and includes a public-comment period. You can also comment before then via email; the official meeting notice explains how.
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
FREE SUMMER MEALS FOR KIDS/TEENS: Lunch and snacks are available at multiple locations. Use this lookup to find the nearest one.
48TH/CHARLESTOWN FUTURE-PARK PARTY: 5-7 pm, come to the future park, see the schemaic design, and eat ice cream provided by Seattle Parks. (48th/Charlestown)
ADMIRAL NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: 6:30 pm at The Sanctuary @ Admiral, with an agenda – see the highlights here – spanning topics from zoning to music. (2656 42nd SW)
CRIME/SAFETY/POLICING: If those topics are of interest and you live/work in High Point, tonight is your focus group for updating the area’s Microcommunity Policing Plan, facilitated by the Southwest Precinct‘s criminal-justice intern from Seattle University, at the High Point Library. (3411 SW Raymond)
Seattle Parks had one of the busiest booths at last month’s Morgan Junction Community Festival, showing design concepts for the park addition so you could “vote” with sticky dots. If you missed it, now you can vote online – Parks has launched an online survey with the design concepts. It will be open until July 22nd; after that, the design team will use the online and in-person feedback to develop a “preferred design” to present to the community later this year. The survey starts here.
7:15 AM: Good morning! No incidents/alerts in our area so far.
Reminder for later this week:
SUMMER FEST ROAD CLOSURES/BUS REROUTES: Thursday night (6-ish) through Sunday night, streets in the heart of The Junction will be closed for West Seattle Summer Fest – SW Alaska between 42nd and 44th, California SW between SW Genesee and SW Edmunds (with SW Oregon remaining open for west-east traffic).
8:09 AM: We’re watching outbound traffic firsthand for the second consecutive Tuesday morning, headed out on an off-peninsula errand. 25 minutes from Upper Fauntleroy to NB I-5, only a bit slower than last week.