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Another game-day reroute: Southbound Metro buses on Thursday

No word yet on the longer-term solution that’s in the works (as mentioned Monday), but Metro is going to reroute southbound buses out of Pioneer Square (corrected) on Thursday because of the Seahawks‘ final preseason game. Announced for 4-8 pm Thursday, for routes 21 Express, 37. 55, 56, 57, 113, 120, 125, RapidRide C Line:

For all buses except Route 37, there will be no stops between southbound 3rd Av & Columbia St and West Seattle.

For Route 37 there will be no stops between southbound 2nd Av & Marion St and West Seattle.

The full reroute one-sheet is here (PDF).

FYI from SPD: Level 3 sex offender moves to Puget Ridge area

Just sent by Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Danner, another of the occasional notifications that a Level 3 sex offender has moved into a local neighborhood:

In an effort to keep you informed, and in our constant attempts to reduce future victimization, we want to let you know about one level 3 sex offender that has recently moved into a Southwest Precinct neighborhood.

Joaquin Garcia, a 38 year old Hispanic Male, is a level 3 registered sex offender who has recently moved to the 1800 Block of SW Dawson St. Mr. Garcia is currently under Department of Corrections supervision.

To learn more about this offender and for additional safety tips please visit the website at and search by his name. [Editor’s note: Here’s a direct link to the page with his photo and background information.]

To register to receive an email alert whenever a published offender registers within one mile of your desired addresses, go to this website.

Level 3 sex offenders pose the highest risk to re-offend. It is normal to feel upset, angry and worried about a registered sex offender living in your community. The Community Notification Act of 1990 requires sex offenders to register in the community where they live. The law also allows local law enforcement to make the public aware about Level 2 and Level 3 offenders. Since these offenders have completed their sentences, they are free to live where they wish. Experts believe sex offenders are less likely to re-offend if they live and work in an environment free of harassment. Any actions taken against the listed sex offenders could result in arrest and prosecution as it is against the law to use this information in any way to threaten, intimidate or harass registered sex offenders. The SPD Sex offender detectives will check on these offenders every 3 months to verify our information.

The single most effective means of protecting your child is communication with your child. They have to feel comfortable discussing sensitive matters with you. Teach your children that they should not be asked to touch anyone in the bathing suit areas of their body or allow anyone to touch them in those areas. Teach them types of situations to avoid. It is not good enough to tell a child to avoid strangers. Please remember that children are most often molested by someone they or their parents know.

Other questions? This FAQ might help.

Another round of Dog Days ahead at Arbor Heights pool

(2017 photo by Jamie Kinney)

In case the extra-warm weather gets you wondering – yes, Dog Days will be back this year at Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club (11003 31st SW). It’s a fundraising tradition after the last human swimming days of the year, before the pool’s off-season cleaning; the admission fees benefit youth swim teams. This year’s dates will be Monday, September 16 through Sunday, September 22, and the various price options will include one for dog walkers, sessions on Tuesday and Thursday, $50 for up to 8 dogs. Questions? coriroed (at) gmail (dot) com

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Last Tuesday in August

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

6:59 AM: Good morning!

HARBOR AVENUE PARKING: Reminder that two stretches of the street are off-limits for parking today.

STADIUM ZONE: Mariners host the Yankees again tonight, 7:10 pm, so the West Seattle Water Taxi runs a late-evening schedule.

FOLLOWUP: Seattle Public Schools contract vote Tuesday

As noted here on Saturday night, Seattle Public Schools and its teachers (and more) union have reached a tentative contract deal. The Seattle Education Association says its members will vote on the three-year deal Tuesday at 5 pm at Benaroya Hall downtown. You can see a detailed summary of the contract proposal here.

LAST CALL! Admiral Neighborhood Association hopes you’ll answer these questions

The Admiral Neighborhood Association may be best known for bringing you Summer Concerts at Hiawatha every year – just wrapped up last week – but that’s only part of what ANA’s about. Earlier this month we mentioned the survey the group opened in hopes of getting your answers to questions like the ones above. If you haven’t answered it yet – last call – it’ll close soon so the all-volunteer group can evaluate the results and chart a course. The survey starts here!

State Sen. Joe Nguyen to serve coffee and Q&A tomorrow

August 26, 2019 6:53 pm
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With a few months to go until the state Legislature starts its next session, maybe you have a question or comment for 34th District State Sen. Joe Nguyen. Tomorrow afternoon, 3-4 pm, you can talk with him during a “coffee hour” unlike the typical elected-official coffee hour – he’ll be at the White Center Starbucks (9862 16th SW) “serving lattes and meeting with constituents to chat and take questions from behind the bar!” as his staff describes the plan. All welcome.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Ferry-line cutting leads to 1 arrest, but not the line-cutter

(Saturday photo, sent by Kenneth)

We found out more today about a case of line-cutting that led to an arrest on the Fauntleroy ferry dock Saturday afternoon. WSF spokesperson Ian Sterling says it started around 2 pm with someone who got cut off reacting very intensely. A third person a few cars back, according to the police report, drew a gun to try to defuse the situation. That didn’t really help. A tollbooth attendant called police, and ultimately the person who drew the gun was arrested; the line-cutter apparently left the scene. No injuries reported; the ferry at the dock at the time was slightly delayed because the captain opted to hold off until everything was sorted out. Sterling tells us that August is peak time for line-cutting complaints, which have been on the rise in general – the state’s special hotline for ferry-line cutting had 2,000 calls in 2017, 2,400 last year, and is on pace to likely exceed that this year. Mukilteo and Edmonds generally bring in the most complaints – for example, 39 last August in Fauntleroy, compared to about 200 in Mukilteo. You can report line-cutting to 877-764-HERO – it’s a $139 fine.

P.S. Back to Saturday’s case – records show the 68-year-old man was arrested for investigation of “use of a weapon to intimidate,” and that after two days in jail, he’s being released today.

PARKING ALERT: 2 stretches of Harbor Avenue SW

Lots of questions today about “no parking” signage along Harbor Avenue SW. One stretch to the south/east of SW Florida is posted for 7 am-3 pm tomorrow through Friday; another stretch from Seacrest to Fairmount is posted for 5 am to 10 pm tomorrow (Tuesday) only. The 4-day signs are missing the added explanatory sheet of paper that usually accompanies no-parking signs; on the Tuesday-only signs, the attachment on a sign by Seacrest said “loading/unloading.” We’re following up with SDOT.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: 2 motorcycles stolen in Admiral

The photos and report are from Stanley:

I had both of my motorcycles stolen from my secure parking spot in the Element 42 Apartment building, 2641 42nd Ave SW. I am a tenant there. Incident number 2019 – 315455

The theft happened August 18, 2:45 AM. At 2:07 AM, a man in a black and white Helly Hanson hoodie approaches the front door (Person 1). He goes to work with a pry bar. He gains entry by 2:12:19

2:13 AM, Person 1 forces entry into the first floor south hallway next to the office. This is that last I saw of Person 1.

2:45:25 AM, two men are seen leaving the garage with my motorcycles. I don’t think that Person 1 is either of these individuals. The guy in black on my Harley has different shoes than Person 1. The person pushing my dirtbike appears to be of a slighter build than Person 1, but they could be the same person, I just don’t know.

I think Person 1 has two tool bags with him. He has what is possible a Bellevue High duffel bag under his right arm, and he appears to have something on like a backpack under his hoodie. I think this because of his big humpie back in image “Capture 2”.

2006 Harley Davidson FXDWGI – Dyna Wide Glide, Yellow
2017 KTM 500 EXC-F, Orange

UPDATE: Start date announced for Highway 99 tunnel tolling, and news of a bus plan on the horizon

11:02 AM: Today the signage for the Highway 99 tunnel says FREE, but not for much longer. At a media briefing near the tunnel’s north end, WSDOT has just announced tolling will begin November 9. Details to come.

11:23 AM: The briefing is wrapping up and there’s been another announcement of sorts: SDOT’s Heather Marx says they are about to announce a plan for addressing the West Seattle bus slowdowns. Plus they’ll have a plan for the Dearborn demolition of the remaining Alaskan Way Viaduct demolition. The reroute details are almost ready to go.

11:46 AM: New since the announcement:

A few other notes from the briefing: If you already have a Good To Go! sticker, you’re set. If not, get one – you can do it online, free if you act fast.

(Good To Go sticker, held by WSDOT’s Patty Rubstello)

Otherwise, if you take the tunnel once tolling begins but don’t have one, you’ll get a bill in the mail, at a higher rate (as is the case now with other WSDOT facilities that use GTG such as the 520 bridge across Lake Washington). With GTG, as set by the state Transportation Commission last year, the tolls will range from $1 to $2.25 depending on time of day. The tolls are meant to raise $200 million of the tunnel’s cost.

Another note from the briefing – a few new SDOT catchphrases detected. For example, Marx (who lives in West Seattle) repeatedly stressed that your “commute decision is a community decision.” Also, she mentioned a new program that’ll involve large employers, to be called Flip Your Trip. Also, a repeated reminder that years of the “Seattle Squeeze” remain.

The WSDOT and SDOT reps acknowledge – as they have all along – that the start of tolling could lead to a significant amount of “diversion” – people avoiding the tunnel – possibly up to 50 percent at the start. Currently they say the tunnel is up to about 80,000 vehicles a day.

5 for your West Seattle Monday

August 26, 2019 10:09 am
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<(Orange-Crowned Warbler, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Highlights for the last Monday of August …

WADING POOL & SPRAYPARK: The forecast is for sunshine and 70s, so Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) wading pool and Highland Park Spraypark (1100 SW Cloverdale) will be open 11 am-8 pm.

END-OF-SUMMER CELEBRATION: 4-7 pm at High Point Library, all ages: “There will be bubbles, a tinfoil boat competition, create and design your own t-shirt activity (for youth ages 11+), crafts, games, prizes and an ice cream sundae bar (starting at 6 pm) for all.” (3411 SW Raymond)

WATERCOLOR CLASSES: At C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) with artist Jennifer Carrasco. 6 pm. Contact the artist to see if spaces remain – info’s in our calendar listing. (5612 California SW)

QUIZ NIGHT #1: At The Skylark, 7:30 pm, free, with Quizfix. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

QUIZ NIGHT #2: Go play! 8 pm at Parliament Tavern, $2/player. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: August’s last Monday

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

6:52 AM: Good morning!

STADIUM ZONE: Mariners host the Yankees tonight, 7:10 pm, which means a late night for the West Seattle Water Taxi.

WHAT’S AHEAD FOR AVALON/35TH PROJECT: The newest weekly update includes a warning of intersection closures ahead, plus work outside the zone (on SW Charlestown west of California) later this week.

Advocate for sexual-assault survivors takes her case to presidential candidate, 34th District Democrats:

During presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren‘s Seattle visit on Sunday, Leah Griffin had a request for the candidate:

As Griffin explained in a subsequent tweet, the “Survivors’ Access to Supportive Care Act will increase access to Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners so that fewer rape victims will be turned away from hospitals because they do not administer rape kits.”

Griffin has been fighting for this, and more, since becoming a rape survivor. She talked about her advocacy work earlier ths month at the August meeting of the 34th District Democrats.

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West Seattle weekend scene: Healing Day bell-ringing

August 25, 2019 8:47 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle religion

Thanks to Katie for the photo from noon today at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Admiral, where – as previewed here – the bell-ringing was to commemorate the 400th anniversary of a grim date in history: The day the first enslaved Africans were brought ashore in English-occupied North America. The “Healing Day” was a national action called for by Episcopal leadership. Participants said a Litany of Repentance in addition to ringing the bell for one minute.

BACK TO SCHOOL: Here’s who starts classes this week, and beyond

August 25, 2019 5:13 pm
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Here’s our updated list of when local students are going back to school:

Kennedy Catholic High School

Seattle Lutheran High School

Holy Family Bilingual Catholic School

Holy Rosary Catholic School
Hope Lutheran School
Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic School
(added) The Bridge School
Vashon Island School District

Explorer West Middle School
(WSB sponsor)
Highline Public Schools
Seattle Public Schools
Tilden School
(WSB sponsor)
West Seattle Montessori School & Academy
Westside School
(WSB sponsor)

South Seattle College
(WSB sponsor) starts fall quarter

(One school, Summit Atlas, started classes this past week.)

REMINDER: We welcome school news, announcements, event-calendar listings (etc.) from any and all schools throughout the year – best way to get us information is via email, (unless it’s urgent, in which case please text or call our hotline, 206-293-6302) – thank you!

BACK TO SCHOOL: Shopping for supplies? Buy some extra if you can

If you’re shopping for back-to-school supplies, consider buying extra, if you can, to donate to the Southwest Youth and Family Services donation drive. Through Thursday (August 29th), they’re accepting donated items as listed above. Then on Thursday 4-7 pm they’ll distribute donate supplies to local kids. If you can donate, you’ll find SWYFS at 4555 Delridge Way SW.

When will tolling start for the Highway 99 tunnel? Announcement tomorrow

(WSB file photo)

Almost seven months after the Highway 99 tunnel opened, it’s still toll-free – but we may finally be about to learn when that will change. WSDOT has invited media to an announcement event at midday tomorrow at which it promises information about a start date. As noted on the state’s infopage, once tolling begins, “Toll rates will range from $1 to $2.25 with a Good To Go! pass depending on time of day.”

FOLLOWUP: Youngstown Coffee’s diner expansion officially open

When last we checked in with Youngstown Coffee Company proprietor Zoe, she was testing her Morgan Junction expansion’s food operation. Now, she sent word last night, it’s officially open and ready to go, serving salads and sandwiches in what used to be Harry’s Chicken Joint next door. Speaking of what the space used to be, Zoe adds: “We took down the Jade West sign, but will be cleaning it and putting it up inside the building to honor the memory of it. A new sign should be coming soon.” If you’re new around here, Jade West was a long-beloved cafe, best described here, not long before its proprietor Wah Wong (whose family still owns the building) was seriously hurt in a crash. Back to Youngstown: Starting this week, hours will be Beginning this week, hours for now will be 6:30 am-8 pm Mondays-Fridays, 7 am-5 pm Saturdays and Sundays. Zoe also sent this image of the new menu:

Address: 6032 California SW.

UPDATE: Rescue response for Delridge crash

8:16 AM: Big Seattle Fire response for a two-vehicle crash on Delridge south of Thistle. Though the initial call classification was “rescue extrication,” SFD says everyone’s out safely and being assessed for injuries.

8:28 AM: Photo added. Our crew says three vehicles are involved. One person is being taken to the hospital. Delridge remains blocked just south of Thistle.

9 for your West Seattle Sunday!

(Osprey and Bald Eagle, photographed by Danny McMillin)

Ahead for your Sunday:

WS FARMERS’ MARKET, WITH COOKING DEMONSTRATION: 10 am-2 pm market as always, this time with a 10:30 am-noon cooking demonstration by vegan-cookbook author Sapana Chandra. Look for the Seattle Public Library tent.(California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)

PASTOR’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY: Join First Lutheran Church of West Seattle in celebrating Rev. Ron Marshall‘s 40th anniversary of ministry here. 10:30 am worship, 11:45 am lunch, more info here. (4105 California SW)

ALKI BEACH PRIDE: 11 am-7 pm beach party celebrating Pride, with music, food trucks, and more. All ages. (2701 Alki SW)

DAY OF HEALING BELL-RINGING: As previewed here, West Seattle’s St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church plans to ring its bells at noon as part of a nationwide commemoration of the day 400 years ago when the first enslaved Africans were brought ashore in English-occupied North America. (3050 California SW)

FRAUD PREVENTION SEMINAR: 12:30 pm at Admiral Church, free. (4320 SW Hill)

2ND-TO-LAST CHANCE TO TOUR THE LIGHTHOUSE: After today, you have just one more chance to tour Alki Point Lighthouse this summer! 1-4 pm is today’s window for free tours – get there by 3:45 pm. Free. (3201 Alki SW)

THE TURBOS: Rocking C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) 3-5 pm. No cover. All ages. (5612 California SW)

SOCCER FOOD DRIVE: 5-8 pm at Walt Hundley Playfield, bring nonperishable food for the West Seattle Food Bank and enjoy soccer-related games and activities with Highline Premier FC. (34th SW/SW Myrtle)

OPEN BLUEGRASS JAM: 7 pm at Parliament Tavern, singers and instrumentalists welcome. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

SEE WHAT’S AHEAD THIS WEEK … by browsing our complete calendar.

VIDEO: Water break on Avalon Way

1:32 AM: Police are being summoned to help direct traffic near Avalon/Genesee because of a water break. You’ll want to avoid that area for a while. No details on the cause or extent of the break; if you’re experiencing water trouble, be sure to notify SPU at 206-386-1800.

1:54 AM: Thanks for the video – above, emailed by Michael; below, from a texter, showing water flowing down Genesee from Avalon:

Michael says the break appears to have originated right in front of the Marq Apartments at 3261 SW Avalon Way.

9:04 AM: As noted by commenters, this isn’t fixed yet. Thanks for the photos – this one is from Anthony:

We just talked with Seattle Public Utilities spokesperson Sabrina Register. She says they don’t have an estimate yet for how much longer it will take to fix; 43 customers are affected (but that counts an entire apartment building as one “customer”). The broken line is an 8″ pipe; cause, not yet officially known – though that entire stretch is part of the big SDOT project, overnight work was not scheduled.

2:20 PM: After 13 hours, some in the area are reporting their water’s back on.

Seattle Public Schools reports tentative agreement with teachers

August 24, 2019 9:16 pm
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In case you were worried about a possible teacher strike … Seattle Public Schools just announced that negotiators for the district and its teachers’ union Seattle Education Association have reached a tentative agreement, with a week and a half to go until SPS classes begin September 4th. No details yet, but the district promises it’ll post info here.