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LAST REMINDER: Highway 99 tunnel tolls start Saturday

That’s a WSDOT crew uncovering one of the signs south of the northbound Highway 99 tunnel last night. By 5 am, all signs in both directions will be uncovered, because that’s when tolling begins – though it’ll be a little later on the northbound side, since that’s scheduled for a maintenance closure 10 pm tonight until 8 am tomorrow. If you’re still not entirely sure how tolling will work, here’s a WSDOT video:

And here’s the chart of what you’ll pay and when:

If you don’t have a Good To Go sticker pass, you can still get one, but they’re not free any more. You can also open a Good To Go account without a sticker – that’ll cost you an extra quarter each time you’re tolled if your car is registered to the account. Or if you skip Good To Go altogether, every time you take a tolled trip, you’ll pay $2 extra and get a bill via postal mail.

UPDATE: Police search after 1 person shot in South Delridge

6:48 PM: SPD and SFD are heading to the 8600 block of 18th SW for a reported shooting. More to come.

6:55 PM: At least one person’s been shot. Police are searching with K9 and the Guardian One helicopter – but no one is reported in custody. The shooting is now reported to have happened in an alley west of 18th/Thistle.

7:05 PM: The victim is female, we’ve learned at the scene, and is being taken to Harborview Medical Center.

7:11 PM: We’ve also learned at the scene that the victim is 19 years old. An area resident says the first they heard of this was a group of young people on the run, yelling that someone had been shot.

7:18 PM: SPD says the victim’s injury is not life-threatening. Gang Unit detectives have joined the officers investigating.

8:05 PM: No further updates, nor word of anyone in custody. Our crew’s back and we’ve added two photos above.

ADDED SATURDAY: Here’s what SPD Blotter has today. Not much beyond what we reported last night:

Gang Unit detectives are handling the investigation following a shooting that occurred Friday evening in the South Delridge neighborhood. The victim, a 19-year-old female, was transported to the hospital with a non life-threatening gunshot wound.

At approximately 6:40 pm, Southwest Precinct officers were dispatched to a reported shooting in the 8600 block of 18th Avenue SW. Officers arrived and located the female victim. Officers performed first aid until Seattle Fire took over primary care and transported the victim to the hospital. Fortunately her injuries are not life-threatening.

Officers learned from witnesses that the victim was with a group of other people in the alley just west of 18th Avenue SW and SW Thistle Street. The witnesses stated that an unknown male who was with another group fired a shot toward the victim and her group, striking her.

Officers searched the area for the suspect, including the King County Sheriff’s helicopter Guardian One and an SPD K-9 team, but the suspect or people he was with was not located. Gang detectives responded and will conduct the follow up.

CONTINUING SATURDAY: 2019 Fauntleroy Fine Art and Holiday Gift Show

(WSB photos)

Call it the first weekend of the holiday season. If you’re ready to look for gifts, the Fauntleroy Fine Art and Holiday Gift Show is ready for you.

(On the Fellowship Hall stage, hats by Millinery Artisan Guild Pacific Northwest)

This curated show/sale has 18 participants, set up in the Fauntleroy Church Fellowship Hall (9140 California SW) with wares from wall art to hand-crafted hats, jewelry to garden art, and more (here’s the list).

(Battleworks 451 booth, artist Christopher Allen)

The show’s open until 8 tonight, 10 am-4 pm Saturday, and 11 am-2 pm Sunday. No admission charge.

ELECTION 2019 UPDATE: 4th & 5th rounds of results

checkbox.jpg3:36 PM: Just released: The 4th round of results since voting ended Tuesday night, first of two updates promised today. Here’s where Seattle City Council District 1 (West Seattle/South Park) stands:

Lisa Herbold – 18,460 – 55.36 %
Phil Tavel – 14,764 – 44.28 %

That’s roughly double the margin she had after yesterday’s count. And that means the incumbent has sewn up the win, as the number of D-1 ballots left to count is about 2,600, smaller than the number by which she leads. (added) One more D-1 note – with 37,000+ ballots cast in this election, that’s a third-plus more than the 27,000 cast in 2015, when Herbold won by 39 votes.

And in other results, Kshama Sawant is now leading in D-3, by 500+ votes. The only other district that was in play appears to be settled – in D-7, Andrew Lewis (behind by a few votes on Election Night) is now 1,400+ votes ahead of Jim Pugel.

In the statewide measures, (update) Referendum 88 is now too close to call; I-976 approval is still well ahead, though the gap closed a bit more.

WHAT’S NEXT: King County Elections plans to release one more set of results by 8:30 pm, and says that will be less than half the size of this one. As noted above, ballot-return statistics indicate a little over 2,500 ballots remain to be counted in D-1.

8:29 PM: That next round is now up. In D-1:

Lisa Herbold – 19,647 – 55.63 %
Phil Tavel – 15,542 – 44.00 %

That leaves about 2,500 D-1 ballots yet to be counted. … For those watching the D-3 race, Kshama Sawant now leads Egan Orion by more than 1,500 votes. … The next results won’t be out until Tuesday, since Monday is Veterans Day.

9:55 PM: It’s been pointed out that we were using the wrong stats to calculate what’s left to count. Not all ballots have votes in all races. So with 36,853 *ballots* counted in D1, and 37,736 ballots received, there are actually fewer than 900 remaining to be counted.

ADDED SATURDAY MORNING: Phil Tavel has just sent this to his campaign mailing list:

First of all, I want to thank you so much for all of your support during my campaign. My supporters are the reason I ran – to help make the community better for us all. The way that the community stepped forward to support me over the past year is truly humbling.

Unfortunately this time around, we came up short. While things didn’t end up the way we had hoped, I am proud of the campaign we ran and forever grateful for the backing I had every step of the way.

I’m going to take some time off and spend some time with my family, but I look forward to seeing what other opportunities arise in the future. My commitment to our community has not diminished, and I want to thank you again for believing in me.

WHALE-WATCHING UPDATE: Southbound orcas, visible from West Seattle

2:39 PM: Thanks to Kersti Muul for the tip – she reports southbound orcas off Bainbridge Island. She also notes this is at least the third consecutive year of orca sightings in this area on this date!

3:22 PM: Just heard from Donna Sandstrom of The Whale Trail. She says the orcas are off Blake Island, slowly heading south, visible from Me-Kwa-Mooks/Emma Schmiz Overlook (4500 block Beach Drive SW) if you use binoculars (she’s there now with some you can borrow!).

5:01 PM: Texter says they’re now northbound, passing Fauntleroy.

FOLLOWUP: Community meeting set for revised 9201 Delridge Way SW project

Four weeks ago, we broke the news of a dramatic change in the redevelopment proposal for the auto-shop site at 9201 Delridge Way SW. Instead of a 4-story storage facility, a 5-story mixed-use building is now planned, with 51 apartments, 5 live-work units, and offstreet parking spaces for 8 cars and 59 bicycles. Today, we just got word from Caron Architecture that an “early design outreach” community meeting is planned, 6-7 pm Tuesday, December 3rd, at Jim Wiley Community Center in Greenbridge (9800 8th SW). Above is the flyer, in English, Vietnamese, and Spanish (or see it here in PDF). As it says, you also can answer an online survey to provide feedback – find it here.

Another West Seattle Junction redevelopment project, 4508 California SW, finishes Design Review

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Now there are two redevelopment projects on the way to construction in the heart of The Junction, after 4508 California SW cleared the Design Review process last night.

This was the Southwest Design Review Board‘s third review of the yet-to-be-named building, which will be the third mixed-use Junction redevelopment for Leon Capelouto, after Capco Plaza (42nd/Alaska) and AJ Apartments (42nd/Oregon). This one will replace the building that currently holds Lee’s Asian Restaurant, Kamei Japanese Restaurant, and The Naked Crepe.

Last night’s meeting was sparsely attended, with two community members commenting. David Reddish of Caron Architecture led the briefing on design changes made since the project’s last review one year ago (WSB coverage here). Here’s the packet:

As recapped last night, 58 apartments are planned, plus 12 lodging units, 17 underground parking spaces, and ground-floor retail space. Reddish said the project is intended to create spaces for smaller retailers, as the current building does. Other design points: Read More

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen black CR-V; apartment-garage car break-ins

Two West Seattle Crime Watch incidents:

STOLEN CAR: From Joey:

Our black 2015 Honda CRV (license # AXZ7036) was stolen last night from in front of our home on the 1700 block of Alki Ave SW.

If you see it, call 911.

CAR BREAK-INS IN APARTMENT GARAGE: Thanks for the tips on this. At least four vehicles were broken into in the garage at The Huxley (4754 Fauntleroy Way SW) Wednesday night/Thursday morning. We obtained the police report today. It says windows were broken on three victims’ cars. While police were there, the report says, building maintenance told them about damage to an exterior door that leads to the bicycle-storage area, from which the garage is accessible. They believe that’s how the burglar(s) got in. No description in the report, but it says security video was expected to be available for followup.

10 for your West Seattle Friday!

(Golden Pheasant on Genesee Hill, photographed by Christopher Mitchell)

WEST SEATTLE JUNCTION HOLIDAY PREVIEW: As noted last night, this shopping event starts today and continues through Sunday. (Multiple merchants)

FRIDAY AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES: 1 pm at Senior Center of West Seattle, 1940’s “Foreign Correspondent” is this week’s “Greatest Movie You’ve Never Heard Of.” $1 members/$2 members. (4217 SW Oregon)

FAUNTLEROY FINE ART AND GIFT SHOW: First of three days, 5-8 pm at Fauntleroy Church. Participating artists are listed here. (9140 California SW)

SPARKLE! VAIN (WSB sponsor) offers your hair and nails a chance to sparkle tonight, 5-9 pm. Details here. (4513 California SW)

(Thursday night sunset, photographed by Kersti Muul)

FOOTBALL: West Seattle High School plays Evergreen HS at 7 pm tonight, Southwest Athletic Complex. (2801 SW Thistle)

SONGWRITERS’ SHOWCASE: Monthly showcase at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. No cover. All ages. (5612 California SW)

‘A FEW GOOD MEN’: Second night of the West Seattle High School Drama Club production, 7:30 pm curtain. Ticket info (veterans free!) is in our calendar listing. (3000 California SW)

JAZZ AT KENYON HALL: Rebecca Kilgore and the Ray Skjelbred Trio, 7:30 pm at Kenyon Hall. Ticket info’s in our calendar listing. (7904 35th SW)

BLUES AT THE PACIFIC ROOM: Award-winning blues artist Sheri Roberts Greimes performs at the Pacific Room (WSB sponsor), 8 pm. Tickets here. (2808 Alki SW)

TRIPLE BILL: Knick Knack Records artists Gravelroad, Low Hums, and Sweet Jesus at Parliament Tavern, 9 pm. $8 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

PREVIEW THE WEEKEND … via our complete calendar!

WEST SEATTLE ART: Desmond Hansen’s newest signal-box tribute

Just noticed this one while headed out on an errand – Ray Charles, painted by Desmond Hansen on the cabinet at the northwest corner of 35th/Thistle. Unless we’ve missed one, this is the first one we’ve heard about since these two months ago.

COMMUNITY GIVING: Coat/clothing drive @ Dave Newman State Farm office in West Seattle

(2018 donations)>

You can help neighbors stay warm by donating coats and other winter wear at the Dave Newman State Farm Insurance (WSB sponsor) office. Here’s this year’s announcement:

West Seattle residents give generously with donations of clothes, coats, and shoes during the Holiday season.

Week one of our annual clothing drive in support of the West Seattle Helpline is now under way. So far we have one full barrel of much-needed winter clothing to help our less fortunate friends and neighbors.

Dave Newman State Farm Insurance agency will continue to collect clean donations of clothes, coats and shoes until January 1st. The drop-off location is the State Farm office at 3435 California Ave SW.
Pickup may be available for those who have donations but are unable to transport their clothes, coats and shoes to the donation location.

For further information, contact the State Farm office at 206-932-1878.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Friday watch; tunnel-tolling eve; Water Taxi notes …

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

6:52 AM: Good morning! Lots of info to start with:

TUNNEL: This is your last toll-free Highway 99 tunnel day – tolling starts 5 am Saturday. … The north side of the tunnel, however, is scheduled to be closed 10 pm tonight to 8 am Saturday.

WATER TAXI: Two answers to reader questions – First, no Sunday runs for the Sounders‘ MLS Cup match; second, they’re hoping to have the Doc Maynard back on the run by next Tuesday – still waiting on a part for the Sally Fox.

HOLIDAY MONDAY: No Water Taxi service Monday, since it’s Veterans Day. No school; Metro buses will be on a “reduced weekday” schedule.