What happened during Mayor Jenny Durkan’s fourth West Seattle Junction walking tour

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.

51 Replies to "What happened during Mayor Jenny Durkan's fourth West Seattle Junction walking tour"

  • Elise Lindborg October 25, 2019 (11:49 pm)

    What a great opportunity for small businesses to meet with the Mayor, Assistant Police Chief and Fire Chief.Where was our City Council representative Lisa Herbold? Absent – as usual.

    • WSB October 26, 2019 (12:41 am)

      As included in our Friday preview list, district office hours:

    • aa October 26, 2019 (6:30 am)

      It seems unfair to me to throw Lisa Herbold under the bus because she wasn’t walking around with the Mayor.  How do you even imagine that would happen?  The mayor calls and says, hey Lisa, I’m heading over to West Seattle, wanna join me?

      • Anne October 26, 2019 (9:07 am)

        Yes-exactly what l imagined would happen-“Lisa -will be walking around in your district-want to join?” 

        • KM October 26, 2019 (10:20 am)

          Can you imagine if Lisa did, cancelled her office hours, and then everyone complained she “cancelled meetings with her constituents” to do a “silly walk around” with the mayor?  

    • Azimuth October 26, 2019 (10:20 am)

      And you’d complain if Herbold was there that she wasn’t doing her job.

      • Thomas Wood October 26, 2019 (11:49 am)

        Lisa rarely makes it out of South Park or Delridge way.She’s worthless

        • WSite October 27, 2019 (1:10 am)

          What a nasty thing to say, and it’s not true, I’ve seen Lisa around the Junction several times…and most notably, she canvasses the neighborhood going door to door to talk to people unlike Phil Tavel who holds court like a king for all to go see him at local business venues. And what dies he stand for again, besides Amazon?

          • WSB October 27, 2019 (8:01 am)

            Both candidates are going door to door. They’ve both been to ours. (First election that’s happened.)

          • Thomas Wood October 27, 2019 (4:04 pm)

            Have you read the mailers mailed out for Lisa lately they’re as nasty as you can get.Take a look where her money is coming from.If you want another four years of criminals drug addicts and alcoholics laying around.Then you go ahead and vote for lisa. It’s guaranteed Lisa and her fellow Council members will keep raising your taxes .I’ll stand with the 100 small West Seattle buisness.

          • Nolan October 28, 2019 (9:55 am)

            @Thomas Wood: care to name them? My personal boycott list has a good start from this article, but apparently it needs about 97 more entries.

            Elections have consequences. Supporting Amazon’s takeover of city council will have consequences long past this election, no matter what happens, and I’m eager to do my part to hold business owners accountable for them.

  • Plf October 26, 2019 (12:12 am)

    Mayor continues to believe that the crime and increase in violence can be managed by everything other than increase in police monitoring  and holding people accountable for their actions, our city and neighborhood is going down the drain and her lack of support for the police and her left wing bleeding heart for criminal activity is pathetic,  I’m happy to help folks and to provide a safety net but things are way out of hand, can’t wait to vote her out of office

    • WSite October 27, 2019 (1:13 am)

      Our mayor is definitely not left wing, you’re way off the mark.

  • Jort October 26, 2019 (12:42 am)

    “Inhumane” is a pretty powerful word. This Junction business association person says getting your place (which is not a human) broken into is “inhumane.” How many individual businesses in the Junction have had to “deal with” “repeat break-ins?” How many break-ins per business? Or are we just continuing to devalue the actual words of our actual language? “Inhumane” is a very, very loaded word. Is getting your business broken in to a couple times ACTUALLY “Inhumane?” Annoying, criminal, frustrating, infuriating, sure… I get that. “Inhumane”? Is getting broken into at the same level as a fundamental absence of human dignity and compassion? Let’s think about our words. Our actual words. Not our drama words. We can still have our opinions without co-opting the terminology of disaster and apocalypse. 

    • WSB October 26, 2019 (2:31 am)

      Oh, I think the word was quite thought-out. That’s why I put a big star by it on my notepad.

    • Gene October 26, 2019 (7:38 am)

      Yes Jort-lets think about our words-our actual words-not our drama words.

      • The King October 26, 2019 (12:25 pm)

        Haha, I think someone is jealous they didn’t think to use that first in a rant. Cars are INHUMANE !!! Inhumane I tell you. 

        • West Seattle Hipster October 26, 2019 (1:53 pm)

          Hahahahaha, well played The King

        • Jort October 26, 2019 (2:00 pm)

          Automobile-related crashes actually kill and seriously injure far more actual humans than homeless people do, though. So, yeah. 

          • Olafur October 26, 2019 (3:59 pm)

            Jort got pwned.  LOL

    • Correcto October 26, 2019 (4:54 pm)

      Jort- your takeaway is so inconsequential, it is inhumane that the rest of us must trudge through it. 

  • Thomas Wood October 26, 2019 (4:40 am)

    Frankly I’m sick and tired of the lip service from the city.How many times have we been told more cops will be on the street Then have to listen to the City Council say jail is to harsh for repeat offenders.It’s time the Mayor and the Council take their rose colored glasses off and get a dose of reality.

    • Chris October 26, 2019 (9:10 am)

      Not that I have any answers, but the lack of police presence isn’t necessarily the fault of the city. Currently the police department is recruiting and suffering from a lack of recruits. People don’t want to be police officers. Do you?The job involves the most serious of decision making it very very stressful moments. One mistake could cost a life – and villianize you on national news headlines.

      • Mike October 26, 2019 (10:16 am)

        Plus you have a hostile city government towards the police.  You have Sawant calling them murders and no support from the city council whatsoever.  It is only going to get worse.   Pretty disgusting.  You get what you vote.  Vote Herbold out!

        • WSite October 27, 2019 (1:33 am)

          Mike, please actually do some research and comment in an informed manner vs bashing our female leaders, it’s neither Lisa’s nor Kashama’s fault. The state of our degrading city (county, state, country) infrastructure lays at the feet of GOP leaders as far back as the Reagan era at which time the tax rate dropped off a cliff for corporations, top wealth and onto the backs of the rest of us. Let’s use our local Amazon as a great example, Bezos is filthy rich and can SO afford to pay taxes (or make a positive difference) but is greedy. Instead, he complains and throws his money at attempts to control outcomes he wants rather than towards the community. He selfishly pours billions into saving his own future a$$ on a fantasy planet. Who in their right mind as the wealthiest person in the world chooses to turn their back on the community, country, planet? It’s insane

  • Lincolnparklove October 26, 2019 (7:05 am)

    I do not know if people expect the losses they will incur when they create a business plan and head to the bank.  Damage and theft is huge and a loss in another business can ripple and it does the Boeing plane crashes for instance.  If you take this number that’s  a number to hand over to the city as a group and I figure those increases you see every quarter  need to be added to the city budget . I hope you got the number our mayor needed.

  • anonyme October 26, 2019 (7:11 am)

    Drivel from Durkan, hyperbole from Radford.  And yes JD, people who break the law need to pay the consequences – including being thrown in jail if they have refused services.  You might even be able to demand a few more million to hire more bureaucrats for the purpose. 

  • Anne October 26, 2019 (7:52 am)

    Grateful we have a Mayor that visits our Seattle communities & takes time talking & listening.   Like that she is committed to hiring more Police Officers-but  realistically- even if she hires 100  or even 50 new officers -all of them wouldn’t be going through the Police Academy at the same time( unless a lateral hire or transfer -even then  there’s some training involved)for a brand new officer it can take  a good 6-8 months  for  them to actually be out on the street  & able to make an impact. So what do we do in the meantime-?

  • Eddie October 26, 2019 (8:31 am)

    Ah, the mayor was walking around, that explains why the fancy mobile precinct motorhome was parked in the junction, and it explains why I saw the first bike cops I’ve seen in the area since summerfest. 

    • Erithan October 26, 2019 (9:06 am)

      And why the park was quiet for the first time in weeks…. until night hit anyway. ><

  • Elise October 26, 2019 (8:34 am)

    Wow WSB – such a great puff piece of reporting on a visit by the Mayor, police and fire chief. Your report made me yawn and show how out of touch you are about the life blood of West Seattle – small businesses. I used to really like the WSB but not any more. Your reporting on the real issues stinks.

    • Curious October 26, 2019 (10:13 am)

      Serious question on what you think the WSB got wrong or misreported, or why you think they are out of touch on this “puff piece”? I wasn’t there and rely on this blog for local stories since we don’t have a local West Seattle paper or other entity to keep up with all the going’s on in our neck of the woods. I generally find the posts here concise, informative, and unbiased. What did you find out of touch with this post?

    • Zark00 October 26, 2019 (12:50 pm)

      You’re lashing out at the wrong folks. WSB tells it like it is, period. This article literally states what happened, when, and who was there. No hyperbole, no exaggeration, it’s how the news is SUPPOSED to be. 

    • Lagartija Nick October 26, 2019 (4:10 pm)

      Elise, I really don’t understand this comment. The entire article was about Durkan meeting with the owners of small businesses and listening to their concerns. What more do you want?

  • Bigdog October 26, 2019 (8:40 am)

    Publicity stunt, photo op, dog and pony show. Call it whatever you like but nothing will change . Durkan will go back to  city hall  and continue to bury her head in the sand.

  • sgs October 26, 2019 (8:48 am)

    I agree with you that “inhumane” is not the best word in this case, but this was a conversation and sometimes the right word doesn’t come to mind. This is not the same situation as the recent use of the word “lynching” in the news where there was real harm done and it should be challenged. Not sure where the harm was done here. I’m all for NOT catching what I perceive to be everyone’s missteps – we lose the main point and get sidetracked.

  • Mj October 26, 2019 (9:58 am)

    Theft and vandalism is rampant all over the City.  Everyone pays for this with businesses increasing prices to cover the cost.  What I want to see happen is for the City to start making the thieves/vandals accountable for their actions.  How many times does it take for a perp to break the law before they get locked up?  

  • heart October 26, 2019 (10:06 am)

    How many of you who are dissatisfied with Mayor Durkan have taken the time to participate in her efforts to meet with you by coming to our community? It is easy to critique in a blog but will that really make a difference? Get involved!

  • Alki resident October 26, 2019 (10:28 am)

    Great publicity stunt, everyone with their fake smiles. Lots of lip service . Gotta love it. 

  • anonyme October 26, 2019 (11:13 am)

    I saw no pre-notification that Durkan was to be in the Junction, nor any invitation for constituents to join her for an unscripted Q&A.   So much for her “efforts to meet with community members”.  Bah.  That’s been her M.O., to stage and control the dialogue for her own means.  I also happen to believe that comments posted on this blog do represent “getting involved”, especially when most other options are closed.  Blogs have pretty much replaced meetings in the town square.

  • Elise October 26, 2019 (11:40 am)

    When was the last time Lisa Herbold walked around the Junction to meet our local business owners? I have never seen her in West Seattle. This was a great opportunity for her to show her face and actually listen to small business owners – which she does not. She thinks we are all rich and is consistently nickel and diming us. 

  • DH October 26, 2019 (12:16 pm)

    Both my parents and grandparents were small business owners so I’m familiar with the challenges small businesses face. I actually go out of my way to support small businesses but listening to the perpetual whining of some of the Junction small business owners (i.e. these comments) blaming the mayor and city council members for our situation is getting annoying. Many of the policies that they are complaining about are things that many of the residents in the area support, such as the soda tax. My home state of Texas is having a problem with homelessness and it’s not because they are easy on prosecuting crime.  In fact I’m taking that list of businesses from the PAC and using that to decide where NOT to take my business especially with the way West 5 has been promoting one of the candidates. 

  • Diane October 26, 2019 (12:23 pm)

    based on the photos, all junction biz owners endorsing Tavel, and the last photo full of Tavel supporters, looks more like a pro-Tavel campaign event; and as wsblog already noted in comment at top, CM Herbold had long-ago-prescheduled office hours to meet with constituents, including any small biz who want to show up to meet with her; and I’m not suggesting wsblog of any biased reporting or photos; this is who the mayor chose to meet with, small biz owners in the junction (who happen to be supporting Tavel), while our CM was doing her job

    • WSite October 27, 2019 (1:39 am)

      Hear, hear! Couldn’t have said it better than this!

  • UnreasonableExpectations October 26, 2019 (1:40 pm)

    I don’t get it- Why is this a notable event? The mayor of the city strolls down the street.. she is swarmed by cameras and wildly gushed at by delighted citizens! I would EXPECT the mayor to walk around in the city she mayors- a lot! Strolling through a very large district 4 times in 2 years shows a major interest?!?! That’s a 2 X a year photo op! I can’t understand how it would be possible to visit less in the course of being the mayor of Seattle. 

  • UnreasonableExpectations October 26, 2019 (2:00 pm)

    Did you know that YOU PAY HER to mayor Seattle? She works for you! She’s not some visiting celebrity like appliance superstar Jack Roberts. Get a grip, people! Everyone is so fame crazed that they lose sight of what is actually happening here. It should go more like this-You: hey Jenny, let’s get this traffic and homeless stuff sorted, ok?Jenny: ok, I’m on it. Can I get you an ice cream?

  • Scubafrog October 26, 2019 (6:00 pm)

    This mayor’s atrocious.  More photo ops and “walks” than any other.  Homelessness?  Can’t be bothered.  Unpoliced crime?  Can’t be bothered.  Incompetent police chief who wants to hire back bad apples?  Can’t be bothered.  Amazon’s abuses?  Can’t be bothered.  Traffic?  Can’t be bothered.  Reforming the SPD (which was her ‘baby’)?  She’s flip-flopped.  Under the Durk, we’ve seen mass-gentrification, traffic, homelessness, and rise of an unchecked Amazon that should by all means be taxed.  No More 0% Tax Rates for Corporations in Seattle.Lip Service and Photo Ops!  Another 1-term Mayor.  SAD!

    • Nolan October 26, 2019 (10:08 pm)

      Durkan is a consummate politician, only concerned about our city insofar as she can use it to enrich herself and her corporate backers. This was obvious even during her campaign. As far as I can tell, voters either voted her in because of her pedigree or because they balked at Moon’s platform of using evidence-based approaches to help homeless people and improve on bus/bike transit.

      No one should be surprised that she’s only in it for herself; she rode into a position of power by telling sweet nothings to a gullible public. I can only hope would-be Tavel voters see the obvious parallels.

      • WSite October 27, 2019 (1:46 am)

        Tsk, tsk. You’ve missed the obvious – she was actually stumping for Tavel, meeting with him and visiting businesses who support Phil. Very curious she didn’t choose to come on a day when Lisa was also available. 

        • Nolan October 28, 2019 (9:58 am)

          Diane already nailed that point, so I didn’t see a reason to reiterate it.

  • Lincolnparklove October 27, 2019 (5:57 pm)

    When the federal government returned taxes that the city would call back for and use, you have to ask which ones of those businesses needed that roll back. For the company’s posting record profits where did that tax break go? Did they reward stock holders who were often times employees that lowered their salary by putting money back in their company by way of 401k plans that stableized their stock prices.  Did they fix up so that construction workers got paid and could then shop with them. Did they just add to their profit margins. I’m looking at Amazon and I wish them the best they employ a lot of people. I worry about their model which seems much like a modern day Sears, a company that did not survive.  The garbage that single item shipping produces is going to cause quite a backlash. Food safety issues will likely hit them if I understand the processes involved at wholefoods shopping services ecommerce. The gas resources have already caused them problems when people examine the costs to the environment Amazon got it together at the right time . They made it so people could do buissiness without a brick and mortar store.  They made it so some employees could stay home with kids and grandma’s and grandpa’s. The housing for the poor and extra green spaces just did not really materialize in the way people had hoped. I think the money that gets spent on these campaigns is a waste but people do want to use their money as a tool. Some see what changes have occurred and decided to double down. Cecile Hanson if you ran for office as a write in do not think you would not win.

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