West Seattle, Washington
If you go to Safeway or QFC in The Junction early Wednesday afternoon, you might see picketers. It’s not a strike, yet, explains this union announcement:
After four months of contract negotiations that cover nearly 30,000 grocery store workers, Informational Pickets have been called for 32 locations this week. The purpose of Informational Picketing is to reach out to customers about the serious challenges in the contract negotiations. While there has been progress made in negotiation sessions, there is still a long way to go to reach an agreement. Workers are increasingly feeling the pressure of understaffing, unpredictable schedules, and low wages. While the wealthy CEOs of the big national grocery store chains are making more than 300 times their average worker, the employers are proposing wage increases of only a fraction of what workers need. These grocery store workers are represented by UFCW 21, Teamsters 38, and UFCW 367.
The West Seattle picketing is planned to start at 12:30 pm Wednesday outside the Junction Safeway, one hour later outside the Junction QFC. The full regional list is here.
Two more notes from today’s Seafair media briefing:
BLUE ANGELS CHANGES: We’ve already noted a few changes for this year – the Friday-Sunday airshows are starting later (3 pm), and happening just a bit further south, so the I-90 bridge will NOT have to close when they’re up. One change we did not know about until the event at the Museum of Flight today: The Blue Angels are no longer parking south of the museum, behind that razor-wire-topped fence where hundreds have gathered over the years to watch the jets be prepped for the shows and to see the pilots’ “walkdown.” Instead, they’re parking in the Museum of Flight’s main lot. Better viewing – but it means you will have to pay MoF admission to see the prep/walkdown. (You can see the jets up close for free during the museum’s free “First Thursday” [August 1st], 5-9 pm, points out MoF spokesperson Ted Huetter.)
HOMESTREET & HYDROS: HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor), which is headquartered in Seattle and has a branch in The Junction (4022 SW Alaska), had a big presence at today’s briefing:
HomeStreet Bank is the presenting sponsor of the weekend hydroplane races on Lake Washington, now the HomeStreet Bank Cup, in which Jimmy Shane (above left) will race the Miss HomeStreet unlimited hydroplane (also on display at the briefing).
If you’re a HomeStreet customer or employee, you get free admission to watch the weekend’s happenings on the water and in the air.
P.S. To see everyone who spoke today, here’s our unedited video of the briefing:
One reader report today, with security video. I’s from Michael: “On Friday morning, 0500 hrs, July 26th, my helmet and gloves were stolen from my motorcycle. It was taken from our covered carport in our condo building (in the 4100 block of) Chilberg Ave. SW.” (We’ll add the police-report # when we get it.)
Last December, we reported on Admiral Congregational Church pastor Rev. Andrew Conley-Holcom speaking to the Admiral Neighborhood Association about his church’s future, saying “changes” were inevitable for its underutilized 27,000-square-foot site. While no specific plan has yet been crafted, the pastor wanted to share an open letter today to address “rumors” and “misunderstandings”:
Greetings to our neighbors in Admiral-
I have heard from a few of our immediate neighbors that a number of inaccurate rumors are rapidly spreading regarding the future of the oldest church in West Seattle, Admiral Congregational United Church of Christ, located at California and Hill Street in the North Admiral District. We would like to correct those misunderstandings and give everyone the facts as they presently exist.
Over the past 12-18 months, our congregation has come to realize that we are too small in size and our building is too expensive to maintain for us to continue with “business as usual”. We have thus embarked on discussions amongst ourselves and with others about what types of change might provide for long-term sustainability and health. One option we needed to seriously consider was to sell our property and move to some other location. Our congregation has overwhelmingly decided that we DO NOT want to sell our property or leave our neighborhood. We love being Admiral’s church.
Therefore, we have engaged the services of an architect and design firm to conduct a feasibility study for our property. We have asked them to give us insight on possible uses based on our needs, those of our mission partners (A Child Becomes pre-school, numerous 12-step recovery groups that use our facilities, and other community users), and other income-generating options. We have also started conversations with the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce and the Admiral Neighborhood Association about the needs of the North Admiral area in terms of housing, green space, and other services/amenities.
We want to stress that we are in the very preliminary stages of gathering information. We are endeavoring to be as transparent as possible, and we want community input on how we move forward together. At the same time, we are also clear that we cannot continue to serve this community without significant changes to how we operate. We hope that this information will address some of the rumors we have heard.
As pastor to this neighborhood, I keep community office hours at the Admiral Bird on Wednesdays from 1:30-3:00pm. If you have questions, concerns, praises, or pastoral needs, please feel free to meet with me there or contact me by call/text at 206-512-7537 if you’d like to schedule a meeting.
In Peace and Solidarity,
The church’s site at 4320 SW Hill is zoned Lowrise 3.
11:46 AM: Just back from the Museum of Flight, which hosted the annual media briefing about Seafair’s biggest week; we went to get the latest on points of special interest in our area, including the Parade of Ships, which is happening today. Rear Admiral Scott Gray, the U.S. Navy’s regional commander, announced that two Navy ships are participating – the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) and guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111). Also part of the “Seafair fleet” this year are the U.S. Coast Guard cutter USCGC Active and two Royal Canadian Navy ships, HMCS Nanaimo and HMCS Edmonton. The ships should be in view by 1 pm, if not sooner. Later this week, tours begin; from the Navy announcement:
The Seattle visit offers the public an opportunity to take a tour of the ships and meet Sailors and Coast Guard members as they showcase the ships’ capabilities. It also gives the public a chance to gain a better understanding of how the sea services support the national defense of the United States and freedom of the seas.
The U.S. Navy ships on Pier 66 will be open for public visitation Tuesday, July 30 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, August 1 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., and then Friday, August 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Times for tours may vary from day-to-day.
When arriving for public tours, all visitors will be required to present a photo ID and pass through an airport-style security screening checkpoint prior to boarding the ships. All visitors are subject to search prior to entering the security zone. Visitors are encouraged to bring as few items as possible when arriving for their tour, and are recommended to wear flat-heeled, closed-toe shoes.
Prohibited items on board include the following:
– Weapons, including knives, firearms and club weapons
– Defensive chemicals or sprays, including mace and pepper spray; spray cans of any type
– Fireworks, flammable liquids or other explosives
– Drugs and drug-related paraphernalia illegal by federal standards (including cannabis)
– Large bags, including backpacks, diaper bags and large camera bags (small camera bags and small handbags may be permitted, but will be subject to search)
– Do not leave personal items unattended.
– While general photography of this event is allowed, the use of drones is strictly prohibited within 3,000 feet laterally and 1,000 feet vertically of the U.S. Navy ships.
12:41 PM: The Parade of Ships has come into view off Alki Point, turning into Elliott Bay. A Seattle Fire Department fireboat is spraying mid-bay to greet them.
1:40 PM: Adding a few photos, and more to come.
2:34 PM: More photos, first, the USS Spruance:
USS Mobile Bay:
USCG helicopters passed by too, headed for a downtown demonstration:
ADDED: One more view of fireboat Leschi, by Monica Zaborac:
The service suspension originally planned for last week has been rescheduled for next week. Here’s the announcement:
King County Water Taxi will suspend service Aug. 5-11 as construction crews complete work that will allow vessels to operate out of the new downtown Seattle passenger dock at Pier 50.
King County Water Taxi and Kitsap Fast Ferry customers have boarded vessels at a temporary location at Pier 52 since August 2017 to allow for construction. The new facility will be located on the south side of Colman Dock at Pier 50 and is part of a larger project to renovate Colman Dock.
While service is suspended, construction crews will move the gangway from its current temporary location at Pier 52 to the new terminal and finalize connections and testing necessary for operations at the new terminal. Service is scheduled to resume on Monday, Aug. 12.
The new passenger ferry terminal represents a major investment in passenger ferry service and the region’s long-term mobility, connecting downtown Seattle with West Seattle, Vashon and the Kitsap Peninsula. The new covered facility will have room for approximately 500 passengers. Later this summer, the facility also will feature an observation platform overlooking the bay at the west end as construction progresses.
Highlights as the week begins:
WADING POOLS & SPRAYPARK OPEN TODAY: Wading-pool weather continues! 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 is open noon-7 pm. And the Highland Park Spraypark (1100 SW Cloverdale) is open 11 am-8 pm.
LOW-LOW TIDE: All week, you have another chance for daytime shore exploration at low-low tide, starting today with -1.5 feet at 9:22 am.
SOUND STEPS WALK: Weekly 10 am walk in Lincoln Park. Meet at center of north parking lot. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)
BUG CLUB: Weeklong youth program at High Point Library, for ages 11-14, 2:30 pm. Free but preregistration required, so check with the library to see if there’s room left. (3411 SW Raymond)
CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES’ FORUM: Still deciding who to support for City Council District 1? Tonight you can see the three candidates side by side one more time before voting ends on August 6th. The League of Women Voters is presenting the forum at West Seattle (Admiral) Library; doors open at 5:30, forum at 6 pm. (2306 42nd SW)
HIGHLINE BEARS: Just a few moe chances this summer for you to see the Bears play at home at Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center! 6:35 pm home game vs. the Northwest Reign. (1321 SW 102nd)
6:59 AM: Good morning. SDOT reports a collision on Harbor Ave at Fairmount. Also, one transit alert: The 7:16 am Route 56 won’t run, Metro says.
AVALON/35TH PROJECT: The latest update includes an alert that SW Yancy might be closed at Avalon as soon as today.
SLURRY SEALING: This work could also start on some West Seattle streets “as soon as” this week, as previewed here.
ALERT FOR LATER THIS WEEK: The NB Highway 99 tunnel is scheduled to be closed 11 pm Friday-noon Sunday for “joint and pavement repairs.”
12:09 AM: Multiple 911 calls about gunfire sent police to 9th SW/SW Henderson, just west of Westcrest Park, and officers have reported via radio that they’ve found shell casings south of the intersection. No injuries reported so far, and also no description of suspect(s).
12:29 AM: Unrelated so far as we know, but here’s another call that’s drawn a police response of note: A resident in the Aura Apartments (35th SW just south of Avalon) reported someone broke into their apartment and ran out, westbound, with a laptop. Police are searching the area, with a K0 unit dispatched too.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Three weeks after a woman was hit and killed crossing SW Barton by Westwood Village, the West Seattle Transportation Coalition brought in SDOT to find out what will be done to improve safety there, after years of community pleas.
That was the biggest of three topics dealt with at the WSTC’s July meeting.
With SDOT’s longtime Vision Zero leader Jim Curtin on another \assignment, the safety-emphasis program is now being led by Brad Topol. He spoke to the concerns on SW Barton that have been long spotlighted. “My goal is safety and trying to find the best solutions to get to that.” He notes there’s long been a pedestrian median there; it was rebuilt when a RapidRide stop was installed 5+ years ago. “We’re currently reviewing our full crash history at this location.”
Topol revealed the driver was arrested for vehicular homicide.
9:26 PM: A big response is headed to Alki/62nd SW (land and sea) for what was dispatched as a possible kayaker in trouble.
9:30 PM: Some units are being sent to Seacrest/Don Armeni, the usual rendezvous point if someone needs to be brought to shore for medical attention.
9:35 PM: Kayaker’s been found, per SFD, and is being helped to get to shore. A medic unit will be sent to the beach.
8:18 PM: Big SFD response was headed for 4500 block 42nd SW but it’s just been downsized.
8:21 PM: SFD says it was a kitchen fire and it’s already out.
7:25 PM: Usually the Blue Angels fly in for Seafair around midday, but the Museum of Flight – their “home” while here, at the south end of Boeing Field – says they’re due in around 8 tonight (they performed in Grand Junction, Colorado, this weekend). As we’ve reported over the years, the MoF is where you get the “behind the scenes” view as the Blue Angels take off and land before and after their practices and shows.
8:20 PM: They’ve arrived:
— The Museum of Flight (@museumofflight) July 29, 2019
ADDED: Reader video as they taxied at Boeing Field:
Though you’ll likely see/hear them on VIP flights the next few days, as usual Thursday-Sunday are the big days – Thursday with morning and afternoon practices, Friday-Sunday shows. The schedule indicates they’re flying a little later in the day than previous years. Also a reminder, Seafair says the I-90 floating bridge will NOT be closing for this year’s practices and shows.
Two reader tips we checked out:
PAPA MURPHY’S: We checked out a tip from Thomas, who said all seemed normal when he was last at the Jefferson Square store, but today he found it closed and saw “people moving stuff out.” No one was there when we went over to check, but the door had a lockbox and the website labels this location “temporarily unavailable.” The chain was sold earlier this year, but stores are run by franchisees. The newest online list of available outlets shows an “existing” Seattle opportunity but doesn’t get any more specific. We’ll check with corporate HQ tomorrow. (Added Thursday: They never replied. But even the sign is gone now.)
WESTWOOD VILLAGE LIQUOR STORE: Hard to tell how long this store’s been closed, but Jim is the first to mention it to us; he emailed after noticing the store shuttered.
No signage indicating its status, but a peek through the windows shows empty shelves, and the phone disconnected.
A caller asked us about a rally at Don Armeni, so we headed that way and found the group shown in our photo, gathering in opposition to the Thirty Meter Telescope project on Hawai’i island, atop Mauna Kea (which like Mount Rainier is a 14,000-foot
dormant volcano). Project opponents say the “proposed 18-story observatory … would cause irreparable harm to our sacred mountaintop …” The project was supposed to start construction earlier this month, but protests continue on the mountain. Here’s the latest from Hawai’i.
Though West Seattleite Donna Sandstrom, founder and executive director of the nonprofit advocacy/education organization The Whale Trail, served on Gov. Jay Inslee‘s orca task force, she hadn’t met him until he visited one of the stops along the “trail” earlier this month. She shared the photo and explains:
We met him, First Lady Trudi, and their grandson Brody at West Beach in Deception Pass State Park, along with other Whale Trail partners from NOAA Fisheries, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, WDW Enforcement and Washington State Parks.
We talked about land-based whale-watching and its role in orca recovery. And spotted some seals too!
A big day for The Whale Trail, started in West Seattle a little over a decade ago, and inspired by watching orcas from Alki.
On Wednesday, you have a rare chance to see professional ultimate in West Seattle! From the Seattle Cascades:
Come to West Seattle Stadium on July 31st and see the Cascades take on Melbourne Ellipsis from AUSTRALIA! This is a benefit game for DiscNW Tier 206 Tour, and we’ll be collecting donations at the gate: recommended $15 adult, $5 youth. 100% collected will go to DiscNW. Gates open at 6:15 pm for a 6:45 pm game.
The Seattle Cascades are a professional ultimate team that competes in the West Division of the American Ultimate Disc League. Our home stadium is Memorial Stadium, in the heart of Seattle, right under the Space Needle. Our home games run April-August on weekends.
In addition to a women’s roster and open roster (all genders), we have a mixed roster that includes a set ratio of women’s and men’s division players. We play in three Cup games in July-August, including a MUST SEE international match with Melbourne Ellipsis from Australia!
Last pro disc team to play here that we recall was the now-defunct Seattle Rainmakers, which played home games at Southwest Athletic Complex in 2013.
Here are your Sunday highlights, beginning with the biggest:
ALKI ART FAIR, DAY 2: Shop 120+ artists/vendors, let your kid(s) enjoy the play area (above), listen to music … lots to do at the Alki Art Fair, 10 am-6 pm. Here’s the overview; here’s the music lineup for the main stage east of Alki Bathhouse. Free shuttle from Admiral/California by the gas station or from the park-and-ride under the bridge. (2701 Alki SW)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, see what’s fresh in the street in the heart of The Junction! (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
GARAGE BOOKSTORE: Noon-5 pm, garage bookstore open:
Super cheap Back-stock Pleasure Boat books, 20% discount on new releases, other used books, art & refreshments. If you have kids, my daughter Maude has a little kids area, and will often have a lemonade stand! Tax deductible receipt provided.
Visit: Pleasure Boat Studio: A Nonprofit Literary Press. (3710 SW Barton)
TOUR ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE: 1-4 pm tours of the historic lighthouse on Alki Point – get there by 3:45 pm. No admission charge. (3201 Alki SW)
MUSIC AT THE COFFEEHOUSE: Correo Aereo at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. No cover. All ages. (5612 California SW)
‘TRICKLE DOWN TOWN’: The documentary by West Seattleite Tomasz Biernacki will be screened at the STIFF film festival today in the “Social Awareness Doc Block,” 4-7 pm. Check here for tickets. At Factory Luxe. (3100 Airport Way S)
SONG SWAP: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern: “Folk/Americana songwriters swap tunes.” 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
WONDERING WHAT ELSE? See our complete calendar!
After this weekend’s Alki Art Fair, West Seattle’s next summer festival is on August 10th – Delridge Day. It’s happening 11 am-3 pm at the Delridge Community Center park and the adjacent skatepark, and organizers say it’ll be bigger than ever. One new feature: The Sustainable West Seattle GreenLife Expo, formerly part of Summer Fest in The Junction, is moving to Delridge Day this year. The SPD Picnic in the Precinct is part of Delridge Day again this year. So are dozens of vendors and community organizations. Entertainment and kids’ activities too. And a skating competition (here’s the flyer). The park’s at Delridge/Genesee. We’ll be reporting from the festival as it happens – see you there on Saturday, August 10!
Didn’t get advance notice of this but happened onto it on our way to the Alki Art Fair: Marchers demonstrating in support of freedom for Lolita (Tokitae), the last Puget Sound-captured orca in captivity. They rallied at Luna (Anchor) Park and then marched along Alki Avenue. This was one of 16 awareness-raising events around the world today. Tokitae remains at the Miami Seaquarium, where she’s been for almost a half-century.
You can listen to live music (here’s the schedule):
Or if you’re of a certain age, you can play in the kid zone set up by soon-to-open Alki playspace Outer Space Seattle:
Go into the Bathhouse to bid on silent-auctions donated to raise money to help keep the festival free for attendees:
Booths are open until 6 tonight (and again 10-6 Sunday) with music continuing until 9 on the main stage (when you visit, also check out the busker stage at the west end of the boardwalk, which we’re sponsoring again this year). Even if you’re not biking, walking, or busing to the beach, you can still go without worrying about parking – a free shuttle is running between Alki and the Admiral District (California/Admiral by the Chevron station) and the park-and-ride under the bridge.
The photo and report are from David:
Stolen between 11 pm and 11 am from the corner of Willow and 39th in Gatewood. 1992 Toyota Pickup regular cab with white canopy. License C30416C.
If you see it, call 911.
2:02 PM: Just checked in on yet another event we previewed in today’s highlight list – the #KidsTakeAStand lemonade stand near Lincoln Park, at 46th/Rose. They told us they’d served more than 600 people as of a short time ago (the area of course is full of families today, headed to and from the “Sesame Street” event in the park). It’s part of a nationwide movement raising money to help refugee/immigrant families at the southern border. The stand will be there until about 3 pm.
9:37 PM: Sarah notes in comments that it was actually $600+ when we stopped by (not 600+ people), and by the time they were done, that was up to $1,000+ raised.