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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Good Samaritans pursue purse snatcher; suspected stolen car

In West Seattle Crime Watch tonight, two reader reports:

PURSE SNATCHER PURSUED: Earlier this evening, a texter reported seeing “several adults pursuing several teens” in The Junction. We were unable to find out what it was about – until this report that just arrived, from Lynda:

I wanted to give a HUGE shoutout to the local community to help retrieve my purse after it had been snatched this evening around 6:15 PM.

I was sitting at the Lodge with friends next to the window and a teenager grabbed my purse off of my chair. There was a group of 4 teenaged, black men in hooded sweatshirts with their pants hanging below their waists loitering in front of the Lodge. I turned my back for one second and one of them grabbed my purse which was hanging on my chair on the INSIDE of the restaurant furthest from the window. I immediately jumped out of my chair, through the window onto Alaska, and gave chase. I screamed as loud as I could for anyone to stop the (*&#@&*&^%$$ with my red purse. I didn’t realize it at the time, but everyone on California came to my aid. People were literally jumping out of windows and running down the street to help me catch this POS and get my purse back. I swear, it was like something out of ‘Starsky and Hutch’…LOVED IT! Well, I loved it in hindsight.

Thank you to EVERYONE for helping me, as I truly felt helpless running down the middle of California in my flip flops screaming. I want to give a special shout out to the man and his son that ultimately forced the thief to toss my purse. This man was/is total bada** and I believe the thief knew he was done at this point. I also want to REALLY thank the staff at the Lodge, there were at least 4 staff personnel that ran after the thief alongside me. They were truly intent on getting the thief and they went above and beyond the call of duty … thanks Tita and staff!

Also tonight:

STOLEN CAR? This has been in a local parking lot for two days, keys in the ignition, we’re told:

Police notification to come but in the meantime, if it happens to be yours, let us know.

BACK TO SCHOOL: West Seattle Elementary’s ‘Be There Rally’ now hours away

(WSB photo, September 2018)

The first day of school is hours away for thousands more local students, and what might be the biggest kickoff event at a Seattle Public Schools campus will happen here in West Seattle. As we mentioned two weeks ago, West Seattle Elementary will welcome its students with the “Be There Rally,” featuring community members high-fiving and applauding as the students enter the school, walking on a red carpet. This year, those community members will include SPS Superintendent Denise Juneau, School Board President Leslie Harris, and Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best (added 10:40 pm, Mayor Jenny Durkan too), joining Principal Pamela McCowan-Conyers and her staff, according to the district. Be there by 7:15 am to be part of it – and “dress for success” to set an example for the kids. WSE is at 6760 34th SW.

35TH/AVALON CLOSURE: In case you were wondering about bus-reroute info too

While the Metro alerts/reroutes page includes info about two major changes ahead for West Seattle buses – the southbound downtown rerouting starting September 9th and the Dearborn demolition-related rerouting starting September 12th – a reader pointed out over the weekend that there’s nothing yet about the 35th/Avalon intersection closure coming up this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. So we asked Metro today. Spokesperson Travis Shofner told WSB at day’s end, “I’ve been told they are working on finalizing details and alerts and service advisories are scheduled to go out tomorrow.”

UPDATE: Car-on-side crash in southeast West Seattle

3:57 PM: Big Seattle Fire response on the way to 1st Ave. S. and Myers Way S. [map] SFD says the report is a crash involving a vehicle on its side in the northbound lanes.

4 PM: SFD says extrication isn’t needed after all and has downsized the call. Avoid the area for a while, though.

4:18 PM: Added a photo of the scene – no sidewalks, no place to pull over, so that’s as close as our crew could get. One NB lane is getting by (downhill) and the SB (uphill) lanes are unaffected.

4:50 PM: Just went back to check – scene’s now completely clear.


September 3, 2019 2:56 pm
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From police reports filed over the holiday weekend:

SUNDAY: Another garage break-in and bicycle theft. It happened sometime Saturday in the 2700 block of SW Holden. The owner noticed at 8:30 pm that his 2019 Specialized Tarmac Sport Disc bicycle – dark gray and neon yellow with a bottle cage on the back of the seat – was missing. No evidence or damage, and nothing else taken.

MONDAY: A resident in the 4000 block of 45th SW reported that someone had broken into her house via a sliding-glass door left unlocked while she was outside. Items reported taken included two cameras and two boxes of custom-made greeting cards.

TIME TO VOTE: 11 Your Voice, Your Choice projects vying for $ in West Seattle/South Park

The city has just opened voting for the next round of Your Voice, Your Choice projects, proposed by community members for a share of $2 million in citywide park/street-project funds. You can vote online here, supporting up to three projects in District 1 (West Seattle/South Park). Eleven projects are on the D-1 ballot; we’ve previewed it so you can see the list before you open a ballot – each description links to more details about the project proposal:

Crossing Improvements on intersection of SW Admiral Way and 44th Ave SW
Estimated Cost: $120,000

Traffic Calming Improvements on 61st Avenue SW between SW Admiral Way and Beach Drive SW
Estimated Cost: $30,000

Crossing Improvements on 16th Ave SW & SW Holden St
Estimated Cost: $30,000

Crossing Improvements on 9th Ave SW from SW Kenyon St, SW Elmgrove St, and SW Thistle St
Estimated Cost: $120,000

Crossing Improvements on 16th Avenue SW
Estimated Cost: $120,000

Sidewalk/Trail Improvements on SW Barton St between 21st Ave SW and SW Barton Pl
Estimated Cost: $112,700

Crossing Improvements on Olson Pl SW & SW Roxbury St
Estimated Cost: $35,000

Crossing Improvements on 700 S Cloverdale St
Estimated Cost: $90,000

Crossing Improvements on Glenn Way and Oregon St
Estimated Cost: $10,000

Crossing Improvements on the corner of 39th Ave SW and SW Oregon
Estimated Cost: $45,000

Crossing Improvements on SW Alaska St. & 36th Ave. SW
Estimated Cost: $20,000

Voting continues through September 30th; if you want to use a paper ballot, you can get one at any Seattle Public Library branch (or print one from the city YVYC webpage).

BIZNOTE: Canna combats weed waste with new recycling program

(WSB photo)

Canna West Seattle (5440 California SW; WSB sponsor) and its partner shop Canna Culture have just launched a recycling program for cannabis and CBD packaging, even if you didn’t buy the item(s) there. Here’s the announcement we received today:

Canna West Seattle’s sister store, the Canna Culture Shop, which is located across the street at 5435 California Ave SW, announced today that it has created a recycling program for cannabis and CBD product containers. Though the program is focused primarily on West Seattle residents, anyone from anywhere can deposit all of their cannabis and CBD-related recyclables at the Canna Culture Shop.

“Some experts estimate that by 2020 the cannabis industry will be generating over one billion units of single-use plastic packaging waste per year,” says Canna West Seattle and Canna Culture owner Maryam Mirnateghi. “As an entrepreneur in this industry, that statistic bothers me and it bothers my staff, so we are taking action.”

Last year journalist Kristen Milares Young published a landmark story in the Washington Post, “Garbage from Washington state’s booming pot industry clogs gutters, sewers and landfills.” In a followup interview with KUOW radio, she stated that, “in California, Oregon, and Colorado, $217 million in doob tubes were sold in just one 12-month period.”

All of Seattle’s ‘doob tubes’ (pre-rolled joint packaging), regardless of whether or not they are made of recyclable plastics, are going straight to its landfills. According to Washington’s state regulations, any plastic tube material that has a lid smaller than three inches across cannot be recycled and must be sent to a landfill.

But: “We want to point out that we are collecting joint tubes as well in hopes that we can come up with a real solution for recycling them soon, in the very least, we hope it will keep trash off the ground,” says Mirnateghi. “The solution may involve something technology focused and in a city full of world-class engineers, we likely have the talent to overcome what is a global problem. Or it may involve something art-focused. Either way, we are committed to leading the charge for change in this specific arena so stay tuned.”

Canna is thanking those who participate in its Canna Collect Recycling Program by offering discounts and membership rewards at both retail locations. To recycle used cannabis and CBD packages, anyone who wants to participate can simply bring them to the Canna West Seattle Culture Shop and the store’s staff will take care of their immediate disposal.

5 for September’s first West Seattle Tuesday!

September 3, 2019 10:30 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(View from Alki Point Lighthouse window on final day of tours, photographed by Anjanette Nelson-Wally)

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

ROTARY CLUB OF WEST SEATTLE: Weekly lunch meeting, noon at Alki Masonic Center. Speaker list here; other info in our calendar listing. (4736 40th SW)

EARLIER ULTIMATE: West Seattle Ultimate Family Frisbee‘s weekly all-welcome Tuesday night session moves to 6 pm starting tonight, at Fairmount Playfield. All welcome! (5400 Fauntleroy Way SW)

WEST SEATTLE BIKE CONNECTIONS: Help advocate for safer bicycling around West Seattle! WSBC welcomes all to its monthly meeting, 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House in High Point. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)

TOASTMASTERS: 6:30 pm at The Kenney (WSB sponsor), local Club 832 meets and welcomes your visit to “a non-profit educational organization that teaches speaking and leadership skills.” (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW)

OPEN MIC AT THE PARLIAMENT: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern. 21+. Hosted by Joey V. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Back-to-school week, Tuesday watch

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

6:45 AM: Good morning! it’s back-to-school day for:

Holy Rosary Catholic School
Hope Lutheran School
Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic School

The Bridge School
Vashon Island School District

ADVANCE ALERTS: As the week continues –
Wednesday/Thursday: Charlestown hill surfacing work west of California
Friday: 35th/Avalon intersection closure 9 am Fri.-6 am Mon.

7:27 AM: Metro says the 7:30 am Route 55 won’t run today.