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READER REPORT: Harassed on a West Seattle street

From Emily:

I’m reaching out to spread awareness of women pairing in two or more to diffuse potential threats of sexual harassment and assault.

I was an eyewitness today to an incident in the neighborhood of 40th and Edmunds where a young professional woman was the victim of sexual harassment. In said incident the woman was approached from behind and “sniffed” by a stranger, old white male in mid-70s, over 6ft tall. He said something along the lines of “I’ll be coming back for more” and stood within inches, again approaching the young woman from behind. Understandably, she was so startled she couldn’t respond or react.

Myself and another young woman immediately started screaming at the man. I raised my hands at him and yelled “what is your problem?” We both began yelling that sniffing someone was outrageous and absolutely inappropriate behavior. We reminded him it was 2019 and the other woman remarked “would you do that to your daughter?” The old man walked away and then returned to make more comments at us for “bullying him” and forcing him to “feel bad” for his actions. We demanded he apologize to the young woman that he harassed and grossly invaded her personal space and privacy. He backed down and shrugged his shoulders and walked away seeming defeated. He yelled a half-winded apology to the female and left the area.

I hope this is helpful to other woman in similar situations. I truly believe power in numbers came into play here and it was just two against one. I want to spread awareness that sexual harassment is always prevalent, it doesn’t cease even in the current Me Too Movement. Something disturbing about this encounter was that the old man knew he was in the wrong and still walked the line of perversion, daring to see if anyone would object. I encourage other ladies to stick together, even if it’s a stranger, your power will be immeasurable. I’m especially saying this to women who understandably feel like they can’t stand up for themselves in the moment of said harassment or assault. This should add a level of responsibility and accountability for one another that can only grow in years to come.

Here’s more about street harassment.

DEVELOPMENT: 10 townhouses proposed for HALA-upzoned Westwood site

(King County Assessor’s Office photo)

That house at 9256 26th SW, on the corner of Cambridge, south of Westwood Village, is proposed for demolition, to be replaced by 10 rowhouse-style townhouse units and 7 offstreet parking spaces. The block of single-family houses was upzoned to Lowrise 1 by the passage of HALA Mandatory Housing Affordability. It’s an early-stage proposal; here’s the site plan (PDF).

VIDEO: Business records at issue in latest City Council District 1 debate, plus topics from taxes to sex work

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The face-to-face politeness in the Seattle City Council District 1 race ended last night at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.

During the hourlong debate presented by Seattle CityClub, when the candidates were given the chance to ask each other a question, incumbent Lisa Herbold accused challenger Phil Tavel of mismanagement in his business dealings, and followed that up with an email sent to her campaign mailing list.

We’ve subsequently spent hours searching public records for corroboration of her allegations. So before we get to the rest of the debate, here’s what we found:

She listed 12 businesses with which Tavel was involved dating back to 2001, all LLCs or PLLCs “administratively dissolved” by the state for failure to file required reports and/or non-renewal. Secretary of State records confirm the administrative dissolutions. We also searched the state system for Herbold’s name and found one LLC formed in 2013 and administratively dissolved by the state in 2014 for the same reason..

Herbold’s allegations also included warrants for unpaid state taxes by one of Tavel’s companies and court action taken over a bounced $3,100 check. Records verify both cases, since closed.

When Herbold brought this up during the debate, Tavel was flustered, at first denying involvement, then when shown the list, acknowledging it and mentioning former business partners; records show others involved in most of the entities. After the debate, we emailed Tavel to request comment. A campaign representative sent this reply: “This is a desperate attack. I look forward to providing more information and am disappointed that this is the tone that Councilmember Herbold set after calling for civility and a clean campaign.” (Herbold had decried “divisive attack mailers” sent by third-party organizations opposing her and supporting Tavel before the August primary.) We also asked Herbold about her state-dissolved LLC; she replied by email, “Bob [her husband] and I were looking into doing a hobby distillery. We didn’t pursue it.”

The rest of the debate, moderated by Seattle Times reporter Heidi Groover and KUOW’s Ross Reynolds, was a lot like previous debates/forums. CityClub recorded it and will link the video here when ready (added 6:28 pm, here’s the video):

We took notes and our summaries (exact quotes only when denoted by quotation marks) are below:

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About the emergency response at Constellation Park

October 11, 2019 3:32 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | WS breaking news

Got a question about this and in case anyone else is wondering – According to radio communication, a kayaker got into trouble but got out of the water OK. SFD was called to check him out but the main problem seemed just to be that he was “cold.”

Another cleanup, this time ‘abatement’ behind a house near Westwood Village

October 11, 2019 1:46 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | Westwood

We took the photos on Thursday after a tip about a cleanup under way in a yard off an alley in the 9200 block of 25th SW, just south of Westwood Village. Though police and city personnel were involved, it was on private property, so it took a while to research.

The property’s online history shows eight complaints in the past three and a half years, filed with the city Department of Construction and Inspections, which verified that this was an “abatement” action. The complaints included camping in the backyard and trash around the house. SDCI spokesperson Wendy Shark explains that the property owner had been cited repeatedly and, “When we are not successful in resolving the issues per the citations we send the case to Law to get an Order of Abatement so that the City can remove the violations stated within the citations. In this case SDCI issued and posted an ‘Abatement Cleanup Schedule’ on the property which was scheduled for yesterday.” (Law is a reference to the City Attorney’s Office.)

Shark added, “A Housing Zoning Inspector was on site the entire time to manage the cleanup with the Conservation Corps. The inspector planned for a one-day cleanup and accomplished what was needed yesterday.” The officers on site told us they didn’t know how many people had been camping there.

P.S. We asked her if property owners are billed when the city has to step in like this: “After the abatement is completed, the Conservation Corps will send us an invoice and we will pay them for the services rendered. We will then get an SDCI invoice that we will mail to the property owner on record for payment. The property owner is aware of this because it’s listed in the ‘abatement order’ issued by the judge.”

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen black Escalade

The photo and report are from Guy:

Our 2005 Escalade was stolen some time yesterday or overnight from the street in front of our
house on SW 45th Ave. SW, between Edmunds and Alaska. License plate 700 XYE. If anyone has seen it, please contact me at 206.819.6496.

But first, call 911.

8 for your West Seattle Friday!

(Sanderlings, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Highlights for the hours ahead:

BINGO: 11 am-2:30 pm, with a lunch break, at the Senior Center of West Seattle. 18+. (4217 SW Oregon)

WEST SEATTLE OKTOBERFEST: 3 pm-10 pm at Ounces, first of three days. (3809 Delridge Way SW)

WEST SEATTLE SKI SWAP DROPOFF: Planning to sell skis, snowboards, gear this weekend at the West Seattle Ski Swap? Dropoff hours at VFW Post 2713 today are 3 pm-7 pm. Here’s what you need to know. (3601 SW Alaska)

FOOTBALL: Tonight’s home game is Chief Sealth International High School vs. Lakeside, 7 pm at Southwest Athletic Complex. (2801 SW Thistle)

NOT DEAD YET TURNS 10! The West Seattle band Not Dead Yet is celebrating its 10th anniversary tonight at The Skylark, 7 pm. Also playing, The Approximations (King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg‘s band). $8 cover, 21+. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

JOSEPH ARTHUR: Live in-store acoustic performance, 7 pm at Easy Street Records. Signing to follow. Free, all ages. (California/Alaska)

‘SUNSET BABY’: 7:30 pm curtain tonight at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor), “Sunset Baby” by Dominique Morisseau. Ticket info here. (4711 California SW)

AT THE PARLIAMENT: Double bill! 9 pm, Caveman Ego and Scorpio & The Hunter at Parliament Tavern. $8 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

SEE WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING … today, tonight, this weekend, and beyond, on our complete calendar!

YOU’RE INVITED: Taco Tuesday at West Seattle High School

If you’re on-peninsula at lunchtime next Tuesday (October 15th), the West Seattle High School ASB invites you to help them raise money during a special event: The El Chapulin Oaxaqueño taco truck will be on campus, and as the ASB explains, there’s a gap between student lunch periods, so they’re inviting you to stop by and get lunch too, (updated) 12:30 pm-1 pm. WSHS is at 3000 California SW.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: No-school Friday watch, and weekend reminders

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

6:57 AM: Good morning! No incidents or alerts so far.

NO SCHOOL: In-service day at Seattle Public Schools, so no classes.

99 & TUNNEL CLOSURES: As announced by WSDOT, NB 99 will close from 11 pm tonight to 4 am Monday (we’ll report if it reopens early), from the West Seattle Bridge to the north end of the tunnel. And the SB tunnel will close overnight tonight, 10 pm to 8 am.

BUS LANE WORK: During the NB 99 closure, as we reported earlier this week, SDOT says it will be “adjusting” the NB 99 bus lane. (added)

LIGHT-RAIL NOTE: All weekend, the line downtown is shut down, replaced by bus service, SODO to Capitol Hill.