West Seattle, Washington
TUESDAY: Thanks for the tip. A texter reported a “major police presence” at Tony’s Market (35th/Barton) so we went over to check. The police had just left as we arrived, but proprietor Joey told us it was a break-in attempt. He interrupted the would-be burglars; they took off, and he called 911. We’ll be checking tomorrow on the potential security video (and the police report).
ADDED WEDNESDAY: No updates. We did talk again with Joey, who explained that he happened to have eyes on his business while pumping gas at the 7-11 across the street when he saw the break-in attempt.
That’s one of the signs at 5401 California SW, where OutWest Bar closed two nights ago after 8 years. Also in the window:
OutWest proprietor Bob Lunke had promised a fixtures and furnishings sale, so that’s what’s set for 9 am-3 pm the next three days. The sign lists two commercial refrigerators, an ice machine, sink, TV and electronics, and booths/tables. As for what the building’s owner plans for the site – that’s not clear yet. Nothing on public view (listing/filing) so far; the site is zoned for potential mixed-use development up to 4 stories.
Though the opening show of this year’s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series was rained out, this week’s forecast looks much more summery, so we feel safe in reminding you that The Not-Its are scheduled to take the stage at 6:30 pm Thursday. This bouncy bunch had two big West Seattle shows last year – at the Sub Pop Records 30th-anniversary party on Alki (photo above) and the Hometown Holidays Night Market/Tree Lighting in The Junction – so you might already know something about their “kindie rock” style. Bring your own chair/blanket/dancing shoes to the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center (along Walnut south of Lander). The Admiral Neighborhood Association presents Summer Concerts at Hiawatha, with the support of community sponsors (including WSB) – see you there!
Two biznotes from the health-care world:
NOW OPEN: ATI Physical Therapy has opened a second West Seattle location. First one is in Westwood Village; second one, on the east side of outer Jefferson Square, at 41st and Alaska. Their announcement says they offer physical therapy “for sports and orthopedic injuries” as well as “vestibular therapy.”
NOW CLOSED: We checked on the status of Glo Dental Studio, which opened at 3295 SW Avalon Way two years ago, after hearing from two patients who had shown up for appointments only to find the door locked and the voicemail full. The practice’s website is no longer working. Further searching turned up a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing by proprietor Dr. Ronald Winn, who sought to have the case dismissed because, a document says:
Despite exploring every option available, cash flow has become insufficient to continue operating the dental practice. As of June 25, 2019, the practice has closed.
The case docket indicates the dismissal was granted a week and a half ago.
(SDOT map – see it in PDF here – with streets to be slurry-sealed marked in red)
In our coverage of last month’s Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Coalition meeting, we mentioned SDOT was planning to slurry seal those streets this summer. Now, Adonis Ducksworth from SDOT sends word the work is about to start:
Starting as soon as next week, we will be slurry sealing streets in the Highland Park, South Park, RoxHill, and South Delridge neighborhoods. This is maintenance work we do every summer. It is not road repair work.
Earlier this spring and summer, we sent 2 mailers to impacted neighborhoods. Last week, we did our first initial round of door-to-door outreach. Later this week, impacted streets will see the NO PARKING signs go up. The impacted residences will also receive a more detailed schedule for their street.
For more information about the project, please visit our website.
Slurry seal is a protective seal coat which extends the life of pavement. It is a thin, tough layer of asphalt emulsion blended with finely crushed stone for traction.
This is a cost-effective method to renew the road surface and seal minor cracks and other irregularities. This preventive maintenance process protects the pavement from moisture penetration and oxidation.
Similar to painting a house, slurry seal creates a protective layer which preserves the underlying structure and prevents the need for more expensive repairs in the future.
Two weeks from tonight – on Tuesday, August 6 – the voting ends and the vote-counting begins. You should have your ballot by now. (If not, here’s what you can do.) Not registered yet? Here’s how. Haven’t looked at your ballot yet? Though you’ve likely heard the most about the City Council race, you have six other decisions to make:
SEATTLE SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 6: Incumbent Leslie Harris is running for a second 4-year term.
KING COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 8: Incumbent Joe McDermott is running for re-election.
SEATTLE PORT COMMISSION: Two positions, elected countywide, are on this ballot. 7 candidates are running for Position 2 (which incumbent Courtney Gregoire is leaving) – Dominic Barrera, Kelly Charlton, Sam Cho, Grant Degginger, Nina Martinez, Ali Scego, and Preeti Shridhar. For Position 5, incumbent Fred Felleman is running for re-election, challenged by Garth Jacobson and Jordan Lemmon.
AND OF COURSE: As mentioned and as amply covered here, the City Council District 1 field of three will be trimmed to two. If you want one more side-by-side look at the candidates – incumbent Lisa Herbold, Brendan Kolding, and Phil Tavel – the League of Women Voters forum is next Monday (July 29th), 6 pm at West Seattle (Admiral) Library (2306 42nd SW).
READY TO VOTE? Remember that postage is no longer required, so you can just drop your ballot envelope in any mailbox. The county also has secure dropboxes, including two in West Seattle – The Junction and High Point – and one in White Center; the full countywide list/map is here.
Recognize that burglar? The nonprofit Senior Center of West Seattle says he broke into the center’s Stop ‘n’ Shop Thrift Shop around 3:30 am Sunday. Among other things, the burglar stole “some expensive items” that were being researched. They observed that the burglar “seemed to know his way around the center.” If you have any information, the SPD incident number is 19-268996.
Half a dozen highlights for the rest of your Tuesday:
WADING POOLS & SPRAYPARK OPEN TODAY: Though it’s overcast now, sun’s expected later, so the city says they WILL be open: Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) is open 11 am-8 pm, Delridge (4501 Delridge Way SW) is open noon-6:30 pm, South Park (738 S. Sullivan) is open noon-7 pm. And the Highland Park Spraypark (1100 SW Cloverdale) is open 11 am-8 pm.
BASEBALL: It’s Kids’ Day with the Highline Bears summer semi-pro team, playing the Hawai’i Rockies at 12:05 pm at Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center. (1321 SW 102nd)
SONGS INSPIRED BY OUR COMMUNITY: 1:30 pm at Delridge Library:
Write and perform a song inspired by your community. Here’s your chance to learn more about your community and how the environment has changed the world in which we live. We will present a story from someone in your neighborhood, and how the world has changed for them. Then you have the chance to hear music inspired by that story and to co-create a song yourself, with teaching artists from STYLE: Songwriting Through Youth Literature Education. For all ages.
(5423 Delridge Way SW)
‘VEGAN JUNK FOOD POP-UP’: Look for Cycle Dogs at 4-9 pm outside Best of Hands Barrelhouse – Kaya explained via email:
I’m a West Seattleite who works in a vegan food truck in Ballard. We’re usually at the Peddler Brewing Company, Wednesday thru Sunday, and the truck rarely moves far. But we recently tuned her up and I pushed for our first pop-up on a normally off day to be in West Seattle! We do classic trashy fast food burgers & creative hot dogs, with the twist that everything we serve is 100% vegan! We’ll have a special burger today that has fried mac & cheese on a Beyond Meat patty!
It’d be great to get a large WS turnout and to reach our vegan friends.
DISTRICT 1 COMMUNITY NETWORK: 7 pm at the Duwamish Longhouse, join community advocates from around West Seattle and South Park to work on issues of interest. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)
OPEN MIC: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern, hosted by Joey Vargas. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
Chief Sealth alums, Friday’s the big day! Here’s the reminder from organizers:
Only 3 days until the 4th annual Chief Sealth All-Class Reunion! Take this opportunity to catch up with old friends and make some new ones on Friday, July 26 at Lincoln Park, 5 pm-9 pm. Food will be available from Dante’s Inferno Dogs for $10 per person, which includes a gourmet hot dog or burger, chips, and a drink.
Look for the event at the picnic tables on the south end of the beach.
6:57 AM: Good morning! No alerts or incidents reported in our area, so far.
BUS STOP CLOSURE: In case you missed yesterday’s alert, the 35th/Avalon road work has closed the southbound bus stop on 35th south of Avalon TFN.