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FOLLOWUP: ‘Flip Your Trip’ details finally out, puppet and all

Back in August, when the start date was announced for Highway 99 tunnel tolling, SDOT’s downtown-mobility director Heather Marx mentioned a commute-related campaign to be launched under the title “Flip Your Trip.” She mentioned it again at last week’s Southwest District Council meeting. She said it would have something to do with a puppet. She wasn’t making that up – here’s the official Flip Your Trip video, unveiled today:

Aside from the video, the campaign description is fairly simple:

To reduce the number of people driving alone downtown during peak commute times, we launched a new campaign called #FlipYourTrip on October 7 to encourage people to commute car-free at least once a week to downtown Seattle. Our message is simple: if you usually drive into Seattle by yourself, commuting car-free once a week is an easy way to do something good for yourself, your city, and your planet.

Visit to learn more about the campaign and find helpful tips for changing commute behavior.

The August mention suggested this would be a campaign involving “large employers” but as launched, it appears to be targeting anyone and everyone who works downtown.

DEVELOPMENT: Approvals for Delridge, Alki projects

October 7, 2019 12:37 pm
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From today’s Land Use Information Bulletin, approval notices for Delridge and Alki projects, each opening appeal periods:

*4155 Delridge Way SW, six townhouses. Here’s the notice (PDF); the appeal deadline is October 21st.
*1728, 1730 Alki SW, technically two separate projects, twp 2-unit buildings on adjacent sites. The notices and decisions are here and here, both with the appeal deadline of October 28th

Highlights for your West Seattle Monday

(Harlequin Duck, photographed early Sunday morning by Mark Wangerin)

The weekend and the sunshine are gone, but our calendar rolls on with highlghts for your Monday night:

HAM JAM: 6 pm at the Senior Center/Sisson Building, presented monthly by the West Seattle Amateur Radio Club:

New Hams, learn how to participate in the West Seattle Amateur Radio Club Monday night radio nets. Bring your handheld transceiver.

Future Hams, bring your questions and learn about the club, the hobby, how to get licensed, and ways to serve your community.

(4217 SW Oregon)

RENTERS’ RIGHTS, LIGHT RAIL: If you have any interest in either of those two topics, tonight’s Junction Neighborhood Organization meeting is where you’ll want to be, as previewed here – 6:30 pm at the Senior Center/Sisson Building. (4217 SW Oregon)

FAMILY STORY TIME: For kids of all ages. 6:30 pm with children’s librarian Ms. Kristin at High Point Library. (3411 SW Raymond)

TRIVIA/QUIZ NIGHT x 3: You have options!
*Best of Hands Barrelhouse (7500 35th SW), 7 pm, $2/person, 21+
*The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW), 7:30 pm, free, all ages
*Parliament Tavern (4210 SW Oregon), 8 pm, $2/person, 21+

Pump station in West Seattle nominated for landmark status

(King County Assessor photo)

For the first time in a while, the city Landmarks Preservation Board has a new West Seattle nomination to consider – that 90-year-old pump-station building at 3214 SW Spokane. We received the announcement this morning:

Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board will consider the nomination of the SW Spokane Street Pump Station at 3214 SW Spokane Street in Admiral on Wednesday, November 20 at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in Seattle City Hall (600 4th Avenue, Floor L2) in the Boards & Commissions Room L2-80.

The public is invited to attend the meeting and make comments regarding the nomination. Written comments are also accepted and should be received by the Landmarks Preservation Board at the following mailing address by 3:00 p.m. on November 19:

Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649

A copy of the Landmark Nomination is available for public review at the West Seattle Branch Library, (2306 42nd Avenue SW) and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods office in Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue, 4th Floor (206-684-0228). The nomination is also posted on Seattle Department of Neighborhoods website under the heading of “Current Nominations.” (Editor’s note: Here’s a direct link, as well as below:

A landmark nomination provides a physical description of the building, object, or site, and information on its history, current and historic photos, site plans, maps, drawings, and more. To learn about the nomination and designation process, visit our webpage.

The nomination document is laden with historical info and photos, but what it doesn’t explain, so far as we could tell in a quick browse, is why this building’s been nominated now, so we’re checking with Seattle Public Utilities about that. The current list of city-landmarked sites includes other public-works buildings such as the historic substation structure at West Seattle’s Dakota Place Park.


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

6:52 AM: Good morning!

AVALON/35TH: The intersection reopened earlier than projected – around 4 pm Sunday – so it’s back open this morning.

Concerned but confused about climate-change action? This might help

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

“I have hope that if we work together we can fix it.”

That optimism was voiced by 6th grader Gresham Crone, speaking briefly at the start of the climate-change panel discussion last Tuesday at Our Lady of Guadalupe‘s Walmesley Center.

He had gone to the previous Friday’s Global Climate Strike rally. It was one example of the event’s theme – what you can do about the climate crisis.

The venue itself was another example – a LEED-certified building, as explained in opening remarks by Vince Stricherz, a co-chair of the Green Ministry, which OLG and Holy Rosary started in response to Pope Francis‘s call to care for the planet. The event was also meant in part to look ahead to next year’s 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, and Stricherz recalled some of the flashpoints that led to it.

The panel’s moderator is in fact leading the plan for Earth Day Northwest 2020, Forterra founder Gene Duvernoy.

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NEXT WEEKEND: NB Highway 99 closure

Looking ahead to next weekend, one closure alert: WSDOT plans to close northbound Highway 99 all the way from the West Seattle Bridge to the north end of the tunnel, 11 pm Friday (October 11th) to 4 am Monday (October 14th).

TRAFFIC UPDATE: 35th/Avalon intersection now open again

As it did during last month’s closure, the 35th/Avalon intersection has reopened early again. SDOT just announced via Twitter that the work’s done and the intersection is open.

NAME TIME: Deadline approaching for 48th/Charlestown park suggestions

(WSB file photo, future park site at 48th/Charlestown)

Back in August, Seattle Parks announced the call for suggestions about what to name the future park at 48th SW/SW Charlestown. The deadline’s now less than two weeks away, so in case you missed it, or didn’t have time to send in a suggestion, we’re publishing this reminder. The city bought and “landbanked” the third-of-an-acre site five years ago and now is getting ready to turn it into a park, as explained and shown here. Our previous coverage has details on criteria for name consideration and where to send your suggestion(s) – find all that here.

THURSDAY: Coming Out Day Celebration @ Hiawatha Community Center

October 6, 2019 1:26 pm
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Again this year, Hiawatha Community Center is hosting a celebration for National Coming Out Day. Here’s the announcement for Thursday’s event:

This year on Thursday, October 10th from 5-7 p.m., the Hiawatha Community Center will be hosting its second annual National Coming Out Day Celebration. Whether it’s coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) or as an ally, we come together in celebration and advocacy of equality and living openly. In an effort to gather together resources for the community, we’re hosting this event not only as a celebration but also as a show of support for our LGBTQ neighbors and their journey. There will be community organizations with LGBTQ resources, music, art projects, and food. See you there!

Hiawatha is at 2700 California SW.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Burglar on video; bicycle stolen

Two West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports:

BURGLAR ON VIDEO: The clip is from Peter, who reports that person broke into his home at 9:19 pm last night: “Intruder was aggressive and tried to knock down my bedroom door. Thankfully, no one got hurt.” Police incident #19-372516. It happened near 35th/Fauntleroy.

STOLEN BICYCLE: The photo and report are from Vincent:

I foolishly left my garage door open, which provided a convenient opportunity for a thief to make off with the bike in the attached picture. The bike is essentially brand new and completely stock. It was taken from the 2900 block of Walnut Ave. SW in the early morning of Sun., Oct. 6.

9 for your West Seattle Sunday!

(Bald Eagle photographed Saturday on Alki Point by Gary Jones)

Here’s what’s happening as the first weekend of October wraps up:

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, cheese, beverages, more sold by local farmers/makers in the street in the heart of The Junction. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)

WEST SIDE ARTISTS’ TOUR: 11 am-3 pm, second and final day of this self-guided tour of local artists’ studios. Our preview includes the map and locations.

CROP WALK ON ALKI: Help raise awareness and money to fight hunger by joining in this annual walk, leaving Alki UCC at 1 pm. (6115 SW Hinds)

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS: Bring your furry, feathered, scaled (etc.) friend(s) to the West Seattle High School parking lot for this event presented by neighboring St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, 1 pm. (3000 California SW)

COMMUNITY ART SHOWCASE OPENING RECEPTION: 2 pm at Southwest Library, “meet your creative neighbors and see their art on display at the Library!” Coffee and dessert provided. (9010 35th SW)

CAMP SECOND CHANCE COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE: 2 pm in the community room on the east side of Arrowhead Gardens, it’s the monthly meeting of the community volunteers who meet to get updates on the city-authorized tiny-house encampment in southeast West Seattle. All welcome to attend, observing and/o participating with comments/questions (9200 2nd SW)

‘SUNSET BABY’: 3 pm matinée today at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor) for “Sunset Baby” by Dominique Morisseau. Check ticket availability here. (4711 California SW)

MICHAEL TOMLINSON: 6 pm performance at Camp Long Lodge. Advance tickets – buy yours here – required. (5200 35th SW)

SINGER/SONGWRITER SHOWCASE: Featuring David Rodriguez, Sean Crozier, and Joey Vargas, at Parliament Tavern, 9 pm. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

SEE WHAT ELSE IS UP … by browsing our complete calendar!

West Seattle Halloween Guide: It’s time to send your event info!

October 5, 2019 7:02 pm
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As we do every year, we’re assembling a special guide for West Seattle Halloween events and this month’s other seasonal celebrations. We have a few in our calendar already but know there’s more out there, so if you haven’t sent us word of yours – please do! We just need the W’s – what, when, where, who, weblink if you have one – emailed to Thanks! (Photo: Reader-contributed jack-o-lantern pic from past Halloween)

Happy 15th anniversary to Click! Design That Fits

Until 7 pm, you can stop in and join the party as Frances and John Smersh celebrate 15 years of their shop Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor). Treats, deals, more (as previewed here)!

COUNTDOWN: 3 weeks to West Seattle Monster Dash 2019!

(WSB photo, 2018 West Seattle Monster Dash)

Three weeks till the busiest weekend of October – and it’ll start on the run, with the 8th annual West Seattle Monster Dash, 9 am Saturday, October 26th at Lincoln Park. Something new this year – the Family Fun Zone. You can still register at a discount rate until October 20th – just go here. The Monster Dash is a fundraiser for South Seattle College (West Seattle) Cooperative Preschools.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen silver Civic (update: found), silver Fusion

1:16 PM: Another stolen car to watch for – reported by Sarah:

My friend’s car was stolen some time after 9:30 (pm Friday) when she was staying with me. It was stolen out of the Delridge Library parking lot. It is a silver 1998 Honda Civic DX 4-door with a back window broken out. It was reported to the Seattle Police. If seen, you can email me at

(added) License AQS9052.

SUNDAY NIGHT UPDATE: Sarah reports the car’s been found.

ADDED 3:03 PM: And another auto-theft report, this one from Chris:

My vehicle (was) stolen overnight off Thistle and Delridge. It is a Silver 2014 Ford Fushion stolen some time after 8 pm last night, October 4th. No distinguishing features, although the bottom of the right from bumper is hanging a little loose. Inside there is a seat protector covering the entire back seats. License plate; ARU3618. Any information will be appreciated and can be sent to

But first – if you find or see any known stolen car – call 911.

Seattle Planning Commission to visit Delridge for its next meeting

The Seattle Planning Commission is the most influential advisory group you’ve (probably) never heard of. Its discussions look at policies and proposals long before they hit centerstage. One example: The commission’s Neighborhoods For All report, which suggests an end to single-family zoning. The commission’s next meeting will be held in North Delridge, 4 pm October 10th at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, centered on a discussion with east West Seattle community groups. From the draft agenda:

Discussion with Community and Neighborhood Organizations 4:30 – 5:20 PM

Representatives of community and neighborhood organizations will introduce themselves and share their organization’s respective mission, issues, projects, and concerns. Organizations include:

• Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association
• Delridge Neighborhoods District Council
• Pigeon Point Neighborhood Council
• Puget Ridge Neighborhood Council
• High Point Community
• LD Arch Design

That’ll be followed by a public-comment period. The meeting will be held in the Movement Studio at Youngstown (4408 Delridge Way SW) and is open to all.

14 for your West Seattle Saturday!

(Pine Siskin, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

We start with a traffic reminder:

35TH/AVALON INTERSECTION: This intersection’s closure is expected to continue all weekend. Bus reroute information is here.

Now, 14 highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

GROUP RUN: 8 am at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), just show up! (2743 California SW)

DROP OFF YOUR WORK FOR SOUTHWEST ARTIST SHOWCASE: Last chance to bring in up to three works for this month’s non-judged community show at Southwest Library! The library’s open 10 am-6 pm today. (9010 35th SW)

MUSHROOM WALK: 10 am, presented by West Duwamish Greenbelt Trails:

Kim Traverse, past president of the Puget Sound Mycological Society, will guide us through our West Duwamish Greenbelt hunting and identifying mushrooms! October is an excellent time to find mushrooms growing wild in our West Seattle forests. All ages are welcome.

(14th SW/SW Holly)

PAPER BOAT BOOKSELLERS GRAND-OPENING CELEBRATION: All day, 10 am-5 pm, special events, treats, more as the new bookstore officially celebrates its grand opening – the schedule’s in our calendar listing. (6040 California SW)

WEST SIDE ARTISTS’ TOUR: 10 am-5 pm, first day of this free self-guided tour – see the map and addresses in our preview.

HIGHLAND PARK PLANT SWAP: 11 am-noon, bring a plant and/or seeds to swap at Highland Park Improvement Club. (1116 SW Holden)

CLICK! ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: 4-7 pm, celebrate 15 years of Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor), with treats and a 15% discount on purchases, plus the Employee Art Pop-Up. (4540 California SW)

INDIGENOUS FEATURES @ SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM FESTIVAL: 4 pm at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse, two Indigenous features will be screened as part of the Social Justice Film Festival. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

SOUTHWEST YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES GALA: Doors open at 5:30 pm at Seattle Design Center for the Night of Giving Gala benefiting Southwest Youth and Family Services. (5701 6th Ave. S.)

WEST SEATTLE MEANINGFUL MOVIES:Keepers of the Future” is this month’s movie. Doors open at 6:30 pm, film and discussion at 7 pm, at Neighborhood House High Point. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)

AT C & P COFFEE: Dan Lundin and the Lundin Family Tree, 7-9 pm. No cover. All ages. (5612 California SW)

AT THE SKYLARK: 7 pm at The Skylark, WaterPenny, Champagne Honeybee, Claire Michelle. $8 cover. 21+. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

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

AT PARLIAMENT TAVERN: The Riffbrokers, The Mrs. Bill Larsens, and The Shaken Growlers. 9 pm at Parliament Tavern. $8. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)


Reader report just in:

My parents’ car was stolen today from the free Junction parking lot off 42nd (behind Matador) between 6-6:25 pm. It is a 2016 white Ford Escape with Louisiana plates. While they were making their statement to a police officer, another lady mentioned her car was broken into in the same lot earlier in the day.

FOOTBALL: Chief Sealth IHS vs. Ballard

October 5, 2019 12:55 am
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At Memorial Stadium downtown Friday night, Chief Sealth International High School lost to Ballard, 29-6. Head coach Ted Rodriguez‘s Seahawks, now 2-3, are home at Southwest Athletic Complex next Friday (October 11th), 7 pm, vs. Lakeside.

FOOTBALL: Homecoming victory for West Seattle High School

At Southwest Athletic Complex tonight, victory for West Seattle High School in their homecoming game:

Head coach Jeff Scott and the Wildcats (1-4) are on the road next week, playing Cleveland at Southeast Athletic Complex at 7 pm Friday (October 11th).

READER REPORT: Dumped-and-likely-stolen green bicycle

The photo is from a reader, who explains: “This bike has been in the bushes where 35th meets Marine View Drive, just north of Seola Park.” Recognize it? Let us know.

WEEKEND PREVIEW: West Side Artists’ Tour

October 4, 2019 6:31 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | WS culture/arts

One more pre-weekend heads-up – you have the chance both days this weekend, 10 am-5 pm Saturday and 11 am-3 pm Sunday, to check out the West Side Artists’ Tour.

The West Side Artists Annual Studio Tour showcases the artwork of 30+ artists at 8 welcoming stops in the West Seattle Area. This self-guided tour is free and open to the public. Each stop is at a working artists studio and will have three or more people showing in many media – From Ceramics to weaving, encaustic painting to forged jewelry, and from colored pencil to tin collage – We have it all! Explore these neighborhood, hidden gems, and make a day of discovering local talent.

It’s a free self-guided tour, so visit the stops at your leisure during the tour hours.