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VIDEO: SDOT’s director talks bus lane, Highland Park Way, more @ West Seattle Transportation Coalition

That’s our video of SDOT director Sam Zimbabwe‘s return trip to the West Seattle Transportation Coalition at their September meeting. He was brand-new to the job when he last appeared before the WSTC five months ago (WSB coverage here). Since then, he and his family have chosen West Seattle to put down their local roots. And, as he moved on to the hot topic of the night – EB bridge backups blamed on the return of the NB 99 bus lane – he said he’s a bus rider too, most days.

We reported on his comments regarding the bus-lane situation in this WSB story on Friday.

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DEVELOPMENT: Next Design Review Board meeting set for West Seattle Junction project at 4508 California SW

One year after its last Southwest Design Review Board meeting, the project planned for 4508 California SW in The Junction has its next date with the SWDRB. As published on the city website, the meeting is set for 6:30 pm Thursday, November 7th. The project is currently described as “a 7-story building with 44 apartment units, 14 small efficiency dwelling units (58 units total), lodging and retail. Parking for 17 vehicles proposed.” It would replace the storefronts that currently hold three restaurants, Kamei, Lee’s, and Naked Crepe. The review meeting will be at the Senior Center/Sisson Building (4217 SW Oregon) and will include a comment period. Also of note, separate from Design Review, the comment period on the project application has reopened – here’s the notice about that (PDF).

UPDATE: California reopens after gas-leak response

(Added: WSB photo by Christopher Boffoli)

1:40 PM: California SW is closed to traffic in the 3700 block – north of Charlestown – because of a gas-leak response. Avoid the area.

2:44 PM: Thanks for the tip – California has reopened and the SFD call has closed.

SNEAK PEEK: See inside PCC’s new West Seattle store before Wednesday opening

Story by Tracy Record
Photos by Patrick Sand
West Seattle Blog co-publishers

PCC Community Markets (WSB sponsor) will celebrate both a grand opening and an anniversary at its new West Seattle store on Wednesday.

We got a sneak peek inside the store this morning with Cate Hardy, the West Seattleite who has led PCC as its CEO since 2015.

It was a bookend of sorts – we last interviewed Hardy in May 2017 on the final day of the old store, on the same site (2749 California SW) but half the size of the 24,000-square-foot new one.

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Guns turned over to police after Extreme Risk Protection Order served in West Seattle

The photo and report are from SPD Blotter:

Family members of a 91-year-old man with dementia contacted police last month expressing concern about him after he began threatening to shoot anyone that came to his home. The family members knew he had firearms in the house and were very concerned that he might harm himself or others.

A Crisis Response Unit officer took the lead and petitioned the King County Superior Court for an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO). The order was granted. The order was served last week and the man voluntarily turned over eighteen firearms from inside his West Seattle home. The firearms were submitted into evidence for safekeeping.

For more information about Extreme Risk Protection Orders, go to

Back in January, ERPOs were explained at a meeting of the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council.

BIZNOTE: Spud-less week ahead

Thanks to Kathy for the tip about that sign at Alki Spud Fish and Chips (2666 Alki SW). We subsequently went over last night to find out more. The closure is likely to last through Friday, we learned – the restaurant expects to reopen by next weekend. The work they’re doing includes the rear siding:

Some interior work is planned too.

6 for your West Seattle Monday!

(Dark-eyed Junco, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Highlights to start the week, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

YOUR VOICE, YOUR CHOICE VOTING DEADLINE: One more reminder, today is your last day to vote for up to three of 11 West Seattle/South Park safety projects vying for funding from the Neighborhood Park/Street Fund. They’re listed here along with information on how to vote.

AGING WELL: Facilitated discussion at the Senior Center of West Seattle, 1-2 pm – get support and coping strategies, and share your story. (4217 SW Oregon)

FRESH HOP WEEK: 4-9 pm at Ounces, first day of Fresh Hop Week: “The Fresh Hops are coming! For one full week, we’ll be featuring a TON of Fresh Hops on tap! These babies are super tasty and super fresh … so come drink em’ while they last!” (3809 Delridge Way SW)

FOR PARENTS AND GUARDIANS: 6:30 pm at Lafayette Elementary:

Lafayette Elementary welcomes a speaker from The Office of the Education Ombuds who will be presenting to parents and guardians about the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and 504 Plan. This is an opportunity to learn more about navigating the IEP/504 process, to address the basics of your child’s right to special education services, to gain the tools to work collaboratively with the school teams, and to answer any questions you may have about these programs.

RSVP here. (2645 California SW)

FAMILY STORY TIME: 6:30 pm at High Point Library. Bring everybody! (3411 SW Raymond)

QUIZ NIGHT X 2: Two options! 7:30 pm at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW), 8 pm at Parliament Tavern (4210 SW Admiral Way).

PREVIEW THE REST OF THE WEEK … via our complete calendar!


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

7:29 AM: Good morning! No incidents/alerts reported so far.