West Seattle, Washington
As Sound Transit‘s environmental studies for West Seattle light rail continue, it’s announced the next round of drilling for soii tests:
Starting as early as Thursday, Oct. 31, Sound Transit plans to begin drilling to collect soil samples for analysis near the 19th Ave SW and SW Charlestown St intersection … This work will inform our analysis of the alternatives along the north slope of Pigeon Point that we are studying in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Additional borings in this area will occur in the coming months; we will keep you informed as that work is scheduled.
See the full flyer here (PDF) or below:
Sound Transit has already done some testing on Pigeon Point.
ORIGINAL REPORT, SUNDAY AFTERNOON: Thanks for the texted tip about the big police response at The Huxley (4754 Fauntleroy Way SW). We went over to ask. Police told us they got a report of a possible burglary in the building, and the suspect may still be in the building, so they are searching with a K(. No other details.
ADDED MONDAY AFTERNOON: Still some details we haven’t been able to get, but we did confirm with SPD that one man was arrested. The 49-year-old suspect is in jail right now, held for investigation of drug violations as well as on a warrant related to a prior case.
2:53 PM: We’ve been talking for more than a week about Fauntleroy Creek salmon. This afternoon, you can celebrate them by making a salmon hat at the Fauntleroy Fall Festival. Or if you’re more interested in birds – don’t miss the raptors behind The Hall at Fauntleroy!
Also a petting zoo:
And pony rides:
Maybe you’d rather sit and listen to music. That’s happening indoors as well as outdoors:
Indoor tunes as well as outdoor @ Fauntleroy Fall Festival (9100 block California until 5 pm) pic.twitter.com/zmXopOkn7W
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) October 27, 2019
(That’s the Hilltop Jazz Project.) From Seattle Fire and Police, Engine 37 and the Mobile Precinct are visiting:
They’re in the church parking lot, as are opportunities to bounce and climb:
Inside the church/Y building, other attractions – cakes!
The decorated-cake contest judging is concluding, while the cakewalk is about to begin. The West Seattle Community Orchestras “instrument petting zoo” is inside Fauntleroy Church too:
This festival’s on until 5 pm – here’s info, including a map. More photos later.
ADDED 7:52 PM: More of what made the festival educational as well as fun – you could talk with Fauntleroy Watershed Council members:
Or learn about preparedness:
The festival is presented by a coalition of Fauntleroy organizations and businesses.
My friend’s 1999 Honda CRV was stolen last night in front of his house 3200 block of 44th Ave SW between midnight and 10 am. WA License BMA6382. Police report was made. These are pictures of the year/model/color of his car (but not his actual car.) Please call police if you see it. It has this decal on the driver’s side rear window.
10:03 AM: Not only is the West Seattle Farmers’ Market on in The Junction as always … so is the Harvest Festival, with a bonus block of activities on California south to Edmunds … both until 2 pm! Our as-it-happens coverage starts now.
The Chili Cookoff is on, at the KeyBank corner – $10 gets you 9 tastes and a vote, and the money goes to the West Seattle Food Bank … the contenders are right behind the booth:
The weather is clear but chilly so bundle up! The sun will be a little higher in the sky by Costume Parade time at 11:30. We’re already seeing lots of costumes:
We’re in the Info Booth at California/Alaska – right across from us at the south end of the Farmers’ Market block, you’ll find the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle, who would be happy to sell you advance tickets to their December 7th pancake breakfast!
11:12 AM: Lots of people here enjoying the festival. If you are here for the parade, gather at Junction Plaza Park, where the West Seattle High School Band is warming up. Meantime, activities continue on the block south of Alaska throughout the festival:
Above, Titans Lacrosse; below, Mode Music Studios.
Above, Westside School (which is a WSB sponsor as are the Titans and Mode); below, West City Rope Ninjas. 50 businesses, schools, and organizations are here with activities:
11:54 PM: The parade, which circles the Farmers’ Market block, has just wrapped up. The band had an appropriate song:
West Seattle HS Band leading the parade as it circles back around pic.twitter.com/KKvO9RymsM
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) October 27, 2019
Now it’s trick-or-treat time – businesses as well as booths! P.S. If you’re looking for something more savory, chili’s still available last time we checked the cookoff booth. Right next to it on the west side of California/Alaska is the Cider/Cocoa Garden, $2 for either.
Festival and Market both continue until 2 pm.
12:51 PM: Costume-watching continues, as does trick-or-treating – visit your Junction merchants too – they sponsor the festival through the Junction Association!
Above, Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor); below, Curious Kidstuff:
Along with the merchants, thanks to the many volunteers here today too! Events coming up: Around 1:30 pm, the chili vote winner will be announced; that’s also when the kids’ pie-eating contest (all spots filled, we’re told) will be happening here at the Info Booth (California/Alaska).
1:23 PM: Lots of costumed pets as well as people. CJ sent these photos of “Pope Leo” and “Stuart Little”:
1:34 PM: The Chili Cookoff vote results are in:
Easy Street #2
Elliott Bay #3
Almost 400 ballots cast — great support for the WS Food Bank (official tally later)!
1:54 PM: Festival’s almost over – here’s a bit of how the pie-eating contest went:
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) October 27, 2019
(added) Here’s Chris with winners Connor, Seth, and Arthur:
8:10 PM: A few photos added inline above, and below:
Above – name that costume! Below, from the WSHS Band leading the parade:
The littlest kids’ costumes were some of the cutest:
Thanks to everybody for coming down and being part of the festival!
(Golden-crowned Kinglet, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
Again today, we start the highlight list with what’s in the WSB West Seattle Halloween Etc. Guide:
HARVEST FESTIVAL: West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival, 10 am-2 pm. Held concurrently with the Farmers’ Market, adding an extra block to the usual street closure on California SW, plus SW Alaska on both sides of California. Kids’ activities (arts, crafts, games), Chili Cookoff, Cider/Cocoa Garden, 11:30 am costume parade led by the West Seattle High School Marching Band, noon trick-or-treating. Full preview here.
SEASONAL GLASS ART: Art Glass Pumpkin Patch at Avalon Glassworks in Luna Park: Hundreds of handmade glass pumpkins. 10 am-5 pm; watch live glass-blowing starting at 11 am! (2914 SW Avalon Way)
FAUNTLEROY FALL FESTIVAL: 2 pm-5 pm, pumpkin-painting, birdhouse-making, other kids’ activities, pony rides, raptor education, petting zoo, cakewalk, food and drink, music, more. In and around the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse/Church/Y. Full preview here. (9100 block of California SW)
WHITE CENTER TRICK-OR-TREATING: Trick-or-treat in downtown White Center, at participating businesses, 2-5 pm. (16th SW south of Roxbury, and vicinity)
Also happening today/tonight:
DROP-OFF FOOD DRIVE FOR PEOPLE & PETS: Joseph Meats‘ food drive continues today – drop off donations outside his house in Arbor Heights! (9910 34th SW)
CASPAR BABYPANTS: First show in new Sunday concert series at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, 1 pm. (9131 California SW)
OPEN BLUEGRASS JAM: 6 pm monthly jam at Parliament Tavern. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
Second half of Sunday’s festival doubleheader is in Fauntleroy:
2-5 pm tomorrow, that’s where you’ll find fun for all ages at the >Fauntleroy Fall Festival, which we’ve also been previewing. One last look at toplines:
Where – 9100 block of California SW [map]
Venues – In and around Fauntleroy Church and YMCA on the east side of the street, Fauntleroy Schoolhouse/The Hall at Fauntleroy
Road closures? No. Crossing guard will stop traffic for festivalgoers going between venues
Bus – The C Line stops right at the festival site
Pre-festival concert – Not part of the festival but reminder that Caspar Babypants is performing at 1 pm at the schoolhouse
Cake dropoffs – Entering a decorated cake in the contest, and/or donating to the cakewalk? Info’s here
Schedules – Performance and activity lists, with times, are here
Salmon – Learn about Fauntleroy Creek from Fauntleroy Watershed Council volunteers
All free, except concessions (and the pre-festival concert).
Festival doubleheader tomorrow, so we have one last round of previews tonight.
First up on Sunday is the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival, 10 am-2 pm, concurrent with the Farmers’ Market. The highlights:
Street closure – California between Oregon and Edmunds, Alaska between 42nd and 44th
Bus reroutes – Listed here
Activities – Businesses, schools, and organizations’ booths are mostly on California south of Alaska. 10 am-2 pm
Chili cookoff – $10 (benefiting the West Seattle Food Bank) for a flight of nine tastes and a ballot, California/Alaska, starting at 10 am
Applepalooza – Taste and vote at the Market, starting at 10 am
Cocoa/cider garden – $2, on Alaska west of California
Family costume parade – Everyone welcome! West Seattle High School Marching Band leads the way. Meet at Junction Plaza Park (42nd/Alaska); starts at 11:30 am
Trick-or-treating – Noon, at participating Junction businesses + festival Info Booth
Kids’ pie-eating contest – 1:30 pm, Info Booth
We’ll be in the Info Booth with as-it-happens coverage, so check WSB for festival updates. See you in The Junction!
Two Highway 99 notes tonight:
TUNNEL TOLLING IN 2 WEEKS: Saturday, November 9th, is now just two weeks away, and that’s the day WSDOT plans to start tolling the tunnel, nine months after it opened. Toll rates are here – extra charges if you don’t have a Good To Go! sticker pass and account, as explained here. There’s still time to get the sticker free by going here.
VIADUCT REMAINDERS: If you thought the Alaskan Way Viaduct demolition was complete – not so, explains WSDOT here. [corrected link]
— Ron Creel (@roncreel) October 26, 2019
Thanks to Ron for tweeting the video from Alki as this afternoon’s high tide approached, with wind out of the north. Good news – the clear weather is forecast to continue tomorrow (West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival and Fauntleroy Fall Festival day) and maybe even on through Halloween!
4:37 PM: Thanks to JayDee for the photo:
Something new at the West Seattle Monster Dash this year – the addition of a Family Fun Zone meant this morning’s event in Lincoln Park was about more than dashing. The 5K, however, was still the main event:
This year’s turnout to support West Seattle Cooperative Preschools was more than 430, bigger than last year. Here are some of the costumes we noticed:
This was the eighth West Seattle Monster Dash – first one was back in 2012.
In the week since the annual gathering by Fauntleroy Creek to call the coho home, 13 have responded. You might see one or more of them at the “open creek” happening until 3 pm today. We stopped by and saw one.
Volunteer creek-watchers report one pair has spawned so far in this season of celebrating 25 years since “Harry and Louise,” the creek’s first modern-day spawners following a major restoration project. For today’s open creek, follow the driveway along SW Director just east of upper Fauntleroy [map], and look for the sign pointing you to the stairway down. Whether you get there or not, you can talk with Fauntleroy Watershed Council volunteers during tomorrow’s Fauntleroy Fall Festival (9100 block of California SW), 2-5 pm.
Five years ago, we told you about then-8-year-old Joseph Meats going door to door collecting donations for the West Seattle Food Bank. Now he’s a teenager and still working to stop hunger – and this weekend, you can help. His family sent the photo and word that he’s set up outside 9910 34th SW in Arbor Heights [map] collecting drop-off donations of food for people and pets. Here’s the list of what’s most needed:
Young shoppers at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) are invited to the annual Kids’ Halloween Party, now until 1 pm. Look for the table on the north side of the store, where mini-pumpkin decorating is happening, and treat bags await. Thriftway is at California/Fauntleroy/Morgan.
Hallo-weekend’s biggest day/night starts now, so we begin the daily highlights with listings from the WSB Halloween Etc. Guide:
KIDS’ HALLOWEEN PARTY: At West Seattle Thriftway, 11 am-1 pm. Decorate a mini-pumpkin! Get a treat bag! (4201 SW Morgan)
CHILDREN’S PUMPKIN HUNT: At West Seattle Nursery, 11 am-3 pm. Costumes encouraged but not required. (5275 California SW)
(added) WHITE CENTER HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL: 2 pm-5 pm at the Steve Cox Memorial Park Log Cabin, organized by the teen program. (1321 SW 102nd)
SOUTH PARK HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST & PUB CRAWL: 7-10 pm. Prizes! 21+. Participating venues listed here. (14th S./S. Cloverdale)
ALKI ‘GARAGE HAUNT’: Nightfall Orphanage, 7:30-10:30 pm. Full details in our calendar listing. (2130 Alki SW)
ADMIRAL PUB HALLOWEEN PARTY, 9 pm-2 am: “Come spend Halloween at the Admiral Pub. Raffles every hour for some fun prizes. Costume Contest at Midnight so wear your spookiest costume. With drink specials all night.” (2306 California SW)
HULAWEEN: At Parliament Tavern, “surf/tiki/exotica costume party blowout!” Details here. 9 pm. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
And from the year-round WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
COMMUNITY CLEANUP: 10 am-noon, join Delridge Grocery Co-op volunteers:
We’ll be working to beautify Delridge Way SW from SW Juneau St to SW Alaska St. Trash bags, gloves, pickers, and other supplies will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own gloves and bags as well. This is a great family activity (as well as a great way for middle and high schoolers to get some community service time), and you can participate for as little or as much time as you have to spare. Meet up at Youngstown Coffee Company starting at 9:30 am, and then cleanup will be between 10 am and noon.
(5214 Delridge Way SW)
DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY: 10 am-2 pm, take your unneeded/unwanted/expired pills/tablets to the Southwest Precinct for no-questions-asked dropoff. (2300 SW Webster)
YOUR CHANCE TO SEE SALMON: Noon-3 pm, you’re invited to visit during the “open creek” at Fauntleroy Creek, as previewed here. (Fauntleroy & Director)
A touchdown by #2 Tom Nguyen was part of why West Seattle High School was leading Sammamish 13-6 when last night’s game at Southwest Athletic Complex was stopped for lightning. Also – two field goals by [corrected] #12 Ashton Sawade:
The game did not resume; the Wildcats’ Metro League page says, “The final 8:46 will be played on Tuesday. TBD.”
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Mayor Jenny Durkan walked around the West Seattle Junction this afternoon for the fourth time since taking office two years ago.
And there was some sitting involved, too.
“I’m happy that you take a substantial interest in West Seattle,” Jack Menashe told her as they chatted for a few minutes on the couch in his family’s shop Menashe and Sons Jewelers (WSB sponsor). He wanted to discuss the future of Junction parking, and the mayor suggested they arrange some time to talk. He also invited her to visit the legendary Christmas-lights display at his Beach Drive home; Durkan joked that he might merit a discount from Seattle City Light.
The tour was full of that kind of warmth as well as some serious discussions. It began at Husky Deli, where proprietor Jack Miller greeted Durkan with a hug:
Inside, he scooped a small cone of Husky Flake for the mayor and she nibbled at it while mingling with the seating area in the shop. She was accompanied by a crowd at the start – TV crews as well as city personnel, including Fire Chief Harold Scoggins and SPD Assistant Chief Deanna Nollette, plus Southwest Precinct leaders Capt. Pierre Davis and Lt. Steve Strand.
The TV turnout thinned after a group interview stop outside Easy Street Records. “This is a great store!” the mayor enthused. The TV people wanted to know whether, for example, things were better than her last visit. Yes, she believed, but they could always be better, so she hit her budget talking points including police hiring.
Inside West 5, proprietor Dave Montoure had a different view. He shared concerns about crime and disorder and the uneasiness that can result. “When our door opens at 11 am on weekends, we don’t know what’s going to come in.”
The mayor spoke of not just policing but also alternative tools for dealing with street disorder, including the new Health One program that SFD will be launching. Nollette also mentioned the long-awaited return of Community Service Officers.
Among a group of other local entrepreneurs who gathered at West 5 was Dan Austin of Morgan Junction’s Peel and Press. He voiced concerns about police staffing and retention; the mayor said she believed police morale “is returning.” (She announced initiatives in that area during a Delridge visit last month.)
From there, the tour crossed California to Menashe and Sons. Along with Jack Menashe, others there to greet the mayor included City Council candidate Phil Tavel and signal-box-muralist Desmond Hansen. And then the group headed back southbound toward the final scheduled destination, Cupcake Royale.
After offering to treat anyone interested to cupcakes, the mayor sat down for a roundtable of sorts with some of the businesspeople who had met with her at West 5, as well as Lora Radford of the West Seattle Junction Association.
Topics included business regulation – – the mayor agreed more could be done to reduce the burden on small businesses – but came around again fairly quickly to public safety. The mayor stressed that it wasn’t just a matter of “throwing everyone in jail,” but providing shelter and services for those who need them.
The businesses need services too, Radford noted at one point – describing it as “inhumane” for small-business owners to have to continually deal with crime problems such as repeat break-ins. But with a few more beat cops, and outreach services, “we can take care of it,” she said. However, they need to know who they can call, who they can count on.
Durkan agreed. The answer to “who do I call?” is not always 911, she observed.
Having to navigate the system while also trying to run a business can be daunting, Austin added.
Shortly thereafter, the mayor’s assistants said time had run out. And after a few more conversations, her 23rd neighborhood tour was over.
WHAT’S NEXT? The City Council continues reviewing the mayor’s budget plan – next scheduled meeting Tuesday morning.
Took a while to get the details on this but for everyone who asked why the Guardian One helicopter was looping over White Center and South Delridge for a while – it was part of a search for someone who robbed an employee of Proletariat Pizza (9622 16th SW) in the alley behind the business, says King County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. Ryan Abbott. He says a robber armed with a handgun took the employee’s wallet and cell phone “and fled northbound into Seattle on a bike.”
A plainclothes officer working in the 2300 block of California Avenue SW witnessed a fight in an alley and attempted to intervene. At least one of the participants in the fight drew a handgun and reportedly pointed it at the officer. The officer drew his own weapon and fired multiple rounds at the armed suspect. The group of assailants then fled the scene.
Officers detained several people at the scene, and continue to search for additional suspects. The CSI Unit recovered a firearm at the scene, believed to be dropped by one of the suspects. Detectives believe no one was struck by gunfire in the incident. The 45-year-old officer, a 5-year veteran of the department, has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation.
The officer was working a plainclothes assignment and was not equipped with a body-worn camera during the incident. However, detectives are canvassing businesses in the area to recover any surveillance video that may have captured the incident, and are asking anyone with footage or information about this case to please call 206-233-5000.
And from the inbox:
TWO BICYCLES STOLEN: Lauren sent the photos and report:
I wanted to write in to report the theft of two bikes from our apartment complex, Upton Flats. My husband had two bikes stolen from the secure bike room in the lobby of our building. We don’t know exactly when they were taken, as my husband hasn’t been riding recently due to injury. We think it was sometime in the last few weeks. The bikes were a Pinarello Dogma F10 and a Rodeo Trail Donkey. There were other bikes in the room that were not taken, suggesting the thief knew what they were taking (the two bikes are pretty high end). I’ve attached photos of each bike. We have filed a police report and listed on Bike Index.
Possibly of interest as well: the package room in our building was broken into on Monday. Someone gained access to the building, and then pried open the door to the room. Packages were opened, and I assume items were taken. Our items were left (not interesting enough, I guess).
Love cake? Especially if you love to bake and/or decorate cakes, part of Sunday’s Fauntleroy Fall Festival is for you – a cakewalk (with donated cakes as prizes) and decorated-cake contest. You are welcome to bring one or more cakes in for either one; this year the cake events are in the Fellowship Hall at Fauntleroy Church (9140 California SW). If you have an entry for the decorating contest, bring it 1-2 pm – if you’re donating a cake, 1-2:30 pm. The cakewalk starts at 3 pm. (See the full festival schedule here.)
From SDOT, the weekly Avalon/35th project update:
We started preparing for striping on SW Avalon Way this week and anticipate beginning striping as soon as the end of next week. This work is weather dependent and requires the road to be dry to allow paint to set.
Work near 35th Ave SW and SW Avalon Way Intersection:
We are rebuilding the center lanes on SW Avalon Way east and west of the 35th Ave SW intersection. For the safety of the public and our workers, we are temporarily restricting left turns from westbound Avalon at 35th. We expect this traffic configuration to remain in place until the end of next week. Thank you for understanding and being patient with our work.
To yield to oncoming traffic when trying to turn north or south on 35th Ave SW from SW Avalon Way
Traffic delays at the 35th Ave SW and SW Avalon Way intersection due to this lane reduction and turn restriction
One lane of travel in each direction on SW Avalon Way
Right turns only in and out of driveways at this time
Final Striping and new design for SW Avalon Way:
In the coming weeks, we will begin placing final striping in Zones A – C (SW Avalon Way from SW Spokane St to about 200 feet east of 35th Ave SW). This final striping will reflect our final design which was developed after months of outreach and community engagement before construction with the purpose of creating a safer, multimodal corridor along SW Avalon Way.
Expect to see striping on the road for:
New protected bike lanes northbound and southbound on SW Avalon Way
Flex posts likely will be installed in the spring as warmer temperatures are needed for installation
Peak bus-only travel lane for northbound buses
Narrowing of travel lanes and removal of the center turn lane to encourage slower, safer speeds and easier crossings
For more information on the final design, see our final design plans and graphics on our website.
Information by Zone
Zones A – C (SW Avalon Way from SW Spokane St to 35th Ave SW)
“No parking” signs are up in Zones A – C to prepare to place final striping on the roadway
These signs may be out for a few weeks to prepare for striping and give us flexibility to take advantage of dry weather to complete work; please pay attention to dates on the “no parking” signs for the latest information
While striping takes place, you can expect short-term single-lane closures
Zone C and Zone D (SW Avalon Way from Fauntleroy Way SW to just east of 35th Ave SW)
We are excavating and completing concrete paving on the south side of SW Avalon Way in part of Zone C Zone D. Please note:
We will continue pouring concrete curbs and panels on SW Avalon Way southeast and southwest corners of 35th Ave SW
As soon as next week, we will begin demolishing and pouring panels in the center turn lane of SW Avalon Way east and west of 35th Ave SW
People driving must turn right in and right out of driveways surrounding the intersection of SW Avalon Way and 35th Ave SW as we work in the center lane
Detours are in place for people walking; please follow the posted signs on the sidewalks
Zone E (35th Ave SW from SW Avalon Way to SW Alaska St)
We have begun demolition on the east half of 35th Ave SW which will continue this week
Access to the West Seattle Stadium and golf course will remain open during construction
Left-turn pockets on 35th Ave SW and SW Alaska St may be temporarily disrupted as we load out materials from excavation on the east side of 35th Ave SW.
Please be patient and be considerate of local neighbors and avoid cutting through our work zone. Speeding through residential streets is dangerous for everyone.
The move of one retailer from Morgan Junction to The Junction has cleared the way for another to move in the opposite direction. Behind the papered windows at 4736 California SW, former home of Thunder Road Guitars (WSB sponsor, now at 6400 California SW), the new West Seattle home of kids’-consignment store My Three Little Birds (also a WSB sponsor) is taking shape. We just talked there with proprietor Jennifer Young, who has already cleared out of her original south Morgan Junction space and is working to reopen the bigger-and-brighter new space as soon as possible. If you have questions, well-wishes, etc., she plans to be outside the shop handing out candy for trick-or-treaters during Sunday’s West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival. This is the sixth year in business for My Three Little Birds, which also has a Burien location. (P.S. Thanks to Mike for the tip!)