West Seattle, Washington
The stay-home order is ending, but the pandemic isn’t over, and a long transition to reopening has just begun, so we’re continuing our nightly roundups – this one’s later than usual, though, because of a wave of unrelated breaking news:
GOVERNOR’S NEW PROCLAMATION: The extended Stay Home/Stay Healthy order expires at midnight, and Gov. Inslee has signed the proclamation that replaces it – Safe Start/Stay Healthy. Read it here. At the heart of it:
… until there is an effective vaccine, effective treatment or herd immunity, it is crucial to maintain some level of community interventions to suppress the spread of COVID-19 throughout all phases of recovery; and, therefore, throughout all phases, individuals should continue to engage in personal protective behaviors including: practice physical distancing, staying at least six feet away from other people; wear cloth face coverings in public places when not eating or drinking; stay home if sick; avoid others who are sick; wash hands frequently; cover coughs and sneezes; avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; and disinfect surfaces and objects regularly …
WHAT’S NEXT: King County will apply for state permission to move into a “modified Phase 1” mode, which if approved would mean additional types of businesses would be able to operate at partial capacity (as detailed here). Back when all this was announced Friday, the plan was to apply tomorrow – we’ll be watching to see if any of that has been affected by the weekend’s other events.
NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: From the Public Health daily-summary dashboard:
*8,159 people have tested positive, up 105 from yesterday
*557 people have died, up 1 from yesterday
One week ago, those totals were 7,819 and 540.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: See them – nation by nation – here.
FARMERS’ MARKET CHANGES LAYOUT: After four weeks with booths lining both sides of the block, the West Seattle Farmers’ Market took a step toward its old format today, with booths back in the middle of the street:
Other format changes remain, including one entrance, at California/Alaska.
SERENADING HIS STREET: Through these many weeks of the stay-home order, we’ve been pleased to share neighbors’ stories of how they’ve supported each other in ways big and small. This report and photo are from Erica:
In case you want to post another uplifting video of neighborhood cheer, here’s one of our neighbor Clem Zipp giving a piano concert as he has been doing from his front porch a few afternoons a week since March when restrictions began.
He’s near the corner of California Ave SW & SW 98th Street. Bikers, dog walkers, strolling families, and neighbors pause on the street to listen and voice their appreciation of the music and of his wife Monica’s garden. It really sweetens the hood.
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9:29 PM: Another emergency response – this time for a reported stabbing at 35th/Roxbury. Police are looking for a suspect. No word yet on the circumstances or the victim’s condition.
9:33 PM: The victim is being taken to Station 37 to be transferred to am ambulance, which indicates non-life-threatening injuries.
9:50 PM: Photo added above was sent by Lisa. It shows the victim was being treated by the commercial building on the east side of 35th just north of Roxbury. No update on the search for the suspect, but the police-radio exchange indicated they knew who they were looking for, so this may not have been random.
ADDED 1:23 PM MONDAY: We asked police for more info: “Last night around 10:30 PM officers responded to a house at 35th/Roxbury. Report of a physical fight between two men who knew each other. At one point the 18 year old suspect stabbed the 19 year old victim in the back. Suspect was arrested, victim transported to hospital for treatment. Suspect later booked into KCJ. Detectives will handle follow up.”
7:42 PM: The suspect remains in King County Jail, held for investigation of assault.
9:18 PM: Another emergency callout right now, this time in the 1200 block of Alki. The SFD engine on scene reported that it’s a slide behind a building. Police are there too (added: note in the photo, that includes backup from outside Seattle); they’re calling in Seattle Public Utilities. This follows a record-rainfall day – 1.14 inches of rain at Sea-Tac, wettest May 30th on record.
ADDED 4:09 PM MONDAY: We went to the scene late this morning and also followed up with SPU. Above and below are our photos from behind 1210 Alki SW, but SPU’s Sabrina Register tells us the problem was actually uphill:
Seattle Public Utilities responded after midnight to reports of a water leak on California Lane SW. Water was temporarily shut off to about a dozen customers while crews investigated the source of the leak. After it was determined that the leak was on private property, water was restored to 11 customers. Crews continue to investigate to verify there’s no damage to SPU infrastructure.
9:04 PM: Multiple SFD units are arriving at an incident reported as a garage fire in the 4100 block of Delridge Way SW [map]. It’s already reported to be under control.
10:26 PM: Call is closed. Incident log shows the last unit to leave was only there half an hour.
Thanks to Troop 284‘s Eric Linxweiler for the report and photos:
This weekend, we had a “virtual campout” which included some scouts actually outside in tents. Campfire complete with skits, jokes, and more on Saturday night, and cooking demonstrations Sunday morning:
Boil-in-a=bag omelette, and breakfast burrito. Nice demonstration, even without the smell of a campfire.
Then, after the morning ended, a few scouts emailed around, and decided to earn some service hours by helping clean up downtown.
Spent two hours helping, and feeling really good about seeing our city come together and clean up.
Lots of people thanked them, but one downtown business owner stopped his truck to thank the scouts, who really appreciated it.
4:36 PM: Live via Seattle Channel above, another briefing for the mayor, and this time she’s joined by Gov. Inslee and “community and faith leaders to discuss the escalated incidents this weekend and the continued importance of seeking justice for George Floyd.” Meantime, crowds are again gathered downtown, and the second night of a citywide curfew order is slated to take effect at 5 pm (as an AlertSeattle bulletin just reminded everyone subscribed to that service).
4:43 PM: So far no new information. The mayor turns over the mic to the governor, and says he will be followed by Seattle Central College president Dr. Sheila Edwards Lange. Inslee stresses that the “important message (of the protests)” must not “be obscured” by the destruction that followed. He adds, “We have so much more to do to root out the inequities in our society.”
Dr. Lange says she hesitated to accept the invitation because she is “tired … angry … grieving.” She speaks of the protests’ message earlier in the day – and then seeing “mostly white men … with huge backpacks” who were not there to hear “the message of hope.” What can allies do? “Join us” in fighting for justice, for equity, and more. She is followed by Dr. Rev. Carey Anderson, pastor of Seattle’s First African Methodist Episcopal Church. He too speaks of the hopes and dreams expressed yesterday, and of the “pandemic of racism … that we must come to grips with.”
He is followed by Andre Taylor, founder of Not This Time. He tells his “story of redemption” and implores others to take hope from it – “When I am here, you are here as well … we all have a lot of work to do.”
5:02 PM: On to Q&A. Asked what proof the city has so far that the destructive agitators were from elsewhere, the mayor cites none, instead saying, “wherever they were from,” they came with a different agenda. Then, a question about the protests under way downtown right now – what will the police do differently? SPD Chief Carmen Best says they’re working to “manage” the crowd of about 1,000 people and that they “fully intend to enforce” the curfew that just took effect, working on a strategy right now.
Dr. Rev. Anderson says they’re having a prayer vigil at noon Monday at his church – with social distancing – all welcome. (1522 14th Ave.)
No numbers on arrests or injuries; the mayor notes that there were “no significant injuries.”
Asked why a citywide curfew, the mayor says among other things it provides a lawful basis to ask people to disperse. She also notes that the stay-home order remains in effect (without noting that it expires at midnight, five hours before the curfew ends). Will the curfew be extended beyond tonight? The mayor said they’ll be evaluating it after tonight. … The event wraps at 5:30 pm. When archived video is available, we will add it above in place of the live SC window. (added 8:10 pm – added).
Historic Highland Park Improvement Club has continued to be a community hub despite operational constraints during the pandemic. And it’s getting some TLC, too. The update is from HPIC trustee Kay Kirkpatrick:
While we are closed due to the Stay-Home Order, activity continues at the Highland Park Improvement Club.
As readers may know, we are helping distribute food to children and families in need Monday – Friday from the club parking lot. (11 am-1 pm)
In addition, we are taking advantage of the down time by doing some long-needed building repairs using a facilities grant from King County 4Culture.
On Saturday, our contractor team from Metis Construction, a worker-owned company here in Seattle, landed and staged a re-enforcing roof beam into the center of our 100-year-old building. Taking advantage of a brief break in the rain, they lifted and fed this 3500-pound steel beam from the parking in through the side of the historic hall.
Inside, they will be lifting it into place over the next couple of weeks to stabilize the roof support structure, and get the club building ready for whatever the next 100 years throws at us.
In “normal” times, HPIC (at 12th/Holden) is a nonprofit community hub for a wide variety of activities and events – classes, celebrations, meetings, more.
What a story something seemingly simple can tell – such as the moss that grows in so many places, so much of the year. The Duwamish Valley Cleanup Coalition shares this story of what’s being made possible by youth working on a community-science project:
Moss samples gathered by local youth can serve as reliable scientific samples to help guide air-quality improvements in the Duwamish Valley, a collaborative study has found. The study, led by Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition’s Clean Air Program, in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station and other partners, demonstrates the value of community-gathered moss data as living indicators of air pollution in Seattle’s Duwamish Valley. These data can help identify potential areas of high air pollution for follow-up monitoring and mitigation.
Air monitoring studies have shown the lower Duwamish Valley has some of the worst air quality in the region, but little is known about the local concentrations and specific causes of the pollution. A persistent barrier to cleaning up air pollution in major cities is that it is very difficult to identify localized pockets of pollution at the block or neighborhood scale. Sampling tree moss can help with this problem. “Our cumulative health impacts analysis has shown that people living in the Duwamish Valley have higher rates of diseases linked to air pollution than other areas of Seattle,” said Paulina López, Executive Director of the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition. “We envision a healthy place to live and work where the air we breathe does not harm our health or livelihoods, and this study will help us achieve this vision.”
Using community-based participatory methods, 26 teens from the Duwamish Valley Youth Corps were trained how to collect moss samples to use as an indicator of air pollution, by Forest Service scientists and DIRT Corps members. In all, they collected 80 moss samples from street trees in a 5,300-acre grid covering South Park and Georgetown. Scientists then re-sampled moss at 20 locations sampled by the youth corps for comparison. All 100 samples were analyzed in the Forest Service’s Grand Rapids Laboratory for a suite of 25 metals and other elements — including heavy metals like arsenic, lead, and chromium — all of which occur naturally in the environment but which tend to concentrate in cities and industrial areas from sources like traffic and industry.
The study applies techniques developed as part of the Portland Moss and Air Quality Study, which, ultimately, helped to identify several previously undetected hotspots of air pollution in Oregon’s most populous city in 2016. The Portland study also demonstrated the ability of a species of moss commonly growing on trees in the Pacific Northwest, the same as the one gathered in Seattle, to serve as a bioindicator — or living barometer — of air pollution.
The Duwamish moss study’s overarching goal was to determine if community partners, with guidance from scientists, could successfully collect and prepare moss samples for heavy-metal analysis. If so, the study’s results could be used as a screening tool, to empower the community to take action in their own neighborhood by guiding placement of air-monitoring instruments in the Duwamish Valley as well as informing mitigation strategies.
Analysis showed that the samples collected by the youth were consistent with those collected by the scientists, demonstrating that trained youth could, in fact, collect reliable moss samples. Moreover, analysis of the samples yielded maps of concentrations of 25 metals in moss across the Duwamish Valley. “I did not know how much information you can get from moss, now I even look at the trees differently,” said Paola Silva [photo at right], a 15-year-old Duwamish Valley Youth Corps member who gathered moss in the study.
Moss data collected in the study are only an indicator of air pollution, not a direct measurement of metals in the air. Therefore, the relationship between metal concentrations found in the moss to what people might be breathing can only be known by taking air samples using air quality monitors. However, research — like that conducted by Sarah Jovan, a U.S. Forest Service research lichenologist who helped train the youth, coordinated laboratory analysis of the samples, and interpreted the data — shows that higher levels of metals in moss generally reflect higher levels of metals in the atmosphere, making moss invaluable for optimizing the placement of expensive—and, therefore, limited—air monitoring equipment. In addition to demonstrating the promise of community-gathered moss data, the study found that levels of arsenic, chromium, cobalt, and lead in the Duwamish Valley moss samples were higher than those found in similar studies of moss in Seattle-area parks and in residential areas of Portland, Oregon, that were part of the 2016 study. Arsenic and chromium levels in moss in the Duwamish Valley were generally twice as high as those in Portland.
In addition, metal concentrations found in the moss samples were highest in the industrial areas of South Park and Georgetown, especially along the Duwamish River, and lower in the residential areas. There are many potential causes of high metal concentrations in moss, and Forest Service scientists and partners at the University of Washington and Western Washington University are currently working to identify patterns of metal concentrations and possible causes and to study the potential value of different pollution mitigation approaches. The analysis can help the community, regulatory agencies, and the government to collaborate on next steps to address air quality issues in the Duwamish Valley and, in this way, empower the community to address local air pollution. In the meantime, the Duwamish Cleanup Coalition is sharing the study’s initial findings with local, regional, and federal regulatory agencies to begin conversations about potential mitigation efforts. “Even though the findings are still technically ‘preliminary’ and there is already widespread community concern about harmful agents in the air, given the potential public health significance of these findings, clean air is even more important now in protecting communities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Lopez.
Additional study partners include the U.S. Forest Service, State and Private Forestry, Pacific Northwest Region; Just Health Action; Street Sounds Ecology; The City of Seattle’s Office of Sustainability and Environment; Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment; and the University of Washington’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. The partners were identified and convened as an Urban Waters Federal Partnership project.
Thanks to the Duwamish Valley Youth Corps for the photos.
11:36 AM: One other look-ahead note: Reminder that the mayor’s citywide-curfew order (read it here) is in effect again tonight, with a 5 pm-5 am curfew. If you have questions about it, the city website has an FAQ.
While the city says businesses are allowed to be open during curfew hours, they’re not supposed to serve customers, so some businesses are closing early. So far we’ve heqrd about two changes, both grocery stores: Trader Joe’s is closing at 3 pm, PCC at 5 pm. If we hear of anything else, we’ll add to this post – firstname.lastname@example.org or text 206-293-6302. (ADDED) Both Rite-Aids are closing at 5 pm …. (added) Freshy’s is closing at 5 pm … Target, Thriftway also closed early …
12:48 PM: Mayor Durkan, Police Chief Best, and Fire Chief Scoggins are presenting a briefing – you can wqtch it live via Seattle Channel. (The mayor opens by saying another media briefing is set for 4:30 pm.)
1:01 PM: No new information but the mayor spoke emotionally on several points including seeing community members who have gone to ravaged areas today to join in cleanup. … The police chief says “dozens” of people arrested yesterday (the mayor said no one was arrested simply for curfew violation, however). … The briefing ended at 1:30 pm. We’ll add the archived video when it’s available.
3:01 PM: Video of earlier briefing now added above. Meantime, the mayor will be joined by the governor and faith and community leaders at 4:30 – we’ll cover that separately.
(Western Tiger Swallowtail, photographed by Eddie)
Welcome to Sunday. As usual, our list of what’s happening begins with this week’s updated links for West Seattle churches’ online services:
ADMIRAL UCC: The video service is here. Also – follow that link for 11:15 am sermon talkback and 11:45 am coffee hour.
ALKI UCC: 10 am online service, via Zoom – info and link on church’s home page.
ALL SOULS SEATTLE (WSB sponsor): Online worship will be linked here at 10 am.
ARBOR HEIGHTS COMMUNITY CHURCH: Livestreaming here at 10 am.
BETHANY COMMUNITY CHURCH: Livestreaming here, 8 am, 9:30 am, 11 am, 7 pm.
EASTRIDGE CHURCH: Livestreaming here at 9 am and 11 am.
FAUNTLEROY UCC: Livestreaming on the church’s YouTube channel at 10 am.
FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH OF WEST SEATTLE: Today’s online liturgy is here.
GRACE CHURCH: Livestreaming here, 10:30 am.
HALLOWS CHURCH: Streaming at 10 am via the church’s YouTube channel.
HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC CHURCH: Livestreaming in English at 8:30 am, en Español at 10 am, all here.
HOLY ROSARY CATHOLIC CHURCH: Livestreaming at 9:30 am here.
HOPE LUTHERAN: Today’s worship service and children’s story are viewable here.
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE CATHOLIC CHURCH: Livestreaming at 10 am, both here.
PEACE LUTHERAN: Livestreaming at 10:30 am on YouTube.
TIBBETTS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (WSB sponsor): The video service for today will be viewable here.
TRINITY CHURCH: Livestreaming here, 10 am.
WEST SEATTLE CHRISTIAN CHURCH: The video service is viewable here.
WEST SEATTLE CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE: Livestreaming here, 11 am.
WEST SIDE PRESBYTERIAN Livestreaming at 10 am on the church’s YouTube channel.
WESTSIDE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION: Livestreaming via Zoom, 10:30 am.
WESTWOOD CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY: Online worship at 11 am; info here.
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WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, with a change this week – booths will be in the middle of the street rather than lining its sides. But you’ll still enter at California/Alaska; the line goes east on Alaska, then north on 42nd. Here’s the vendor/product list for this week.
WEST SEATTLE TOOL LIBRARY: Open 11 am-4 pm – need a tool to fix or improve something? (4408 Delridge Way SW)
FREE TO-GO DINNER: High Point Community Dinner Church will serve to-go meals at 5 pm, outside, near High Point Community Center. (6920 34th SW)
11:40 PM: Another big emergency callout -this time on Sylvan Way by Sylvan Heights, reported as a driver hitting a tree. At least one person is reported to be hurt.
12:10 AM: A neighbor sent the photo and word that Sylvan is closed while a tow truck is awaited. The person in the car was rescued and taken to a hospital via ambulance.
12:34 AM: The street is open again.
10:02 PM: Big Seattle Fire response to the 8800 block of 9th SW [map]. Updates to come.
10:04 PM: SFD says it’s a small exterior fire at a vacant building. The response will be downsized.
10:23 PM: We’re at the scene. 9th is blocked just north of Henderson.
10:37 PM: Fire’s out. Firefighters described the scene as a “derelict building.” Cause is under investigation; no one was hurt.
11:41 PM: The “derelict building,” according to city records, is slated for demolition, to be replaced by four townhouses. It’s also been reported multiple times in recent years, most recently in a February complaint that described it as a “trash-filled broken-down house.”
Second-to-last night of the Stay Home/Stay Healthy order, and we’re moving on from the other big news of the day:
NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: From the Public Health daily-summary dashboard:
*8,054 people have tested positive, 48 more than yesterday
*556 people have died, up 2 from yesterday
One week ago, those numbers were 7,764 an 538.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: More than 6 million people have tested positive. Most cases: U.S., Brazil, Russia, United Kingdom, Spain. See the breakdown, nation by nation, here.
BIG CHANGE AT FARMERS’ MARKET TOMORROW: Sunday will bring the fifth West Seattle Farmers’ Market since the coronavirus-crisis closure ended. And market managers say there’ll be a big change:
The market layout will look like a version of its former self with vendors in the middle of the street this week.
Otherwise, other modifications remain in place, including the one entrance at California/Alaska, with the line stretching east along Alaska. And don’t forget your face covering! Here’s the vendor list for this week.
GROCERY-SHOPPING UPDATES: As usual, the commenters have updates to share following our weekly grocery-shopping notes.
LIFE GOES ON: Donna B. sent this photo of a waterfront wedding on Alki last night:
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5:04 PM: Mayor Jenny Durkan has just ordered a 5 pm citywide curfew – minutes before 5 pm – because downtown protests have turned destructive and dangerous.
AlertSeattle: The City of Seattle asking all residents to immediately disperse from downtown. The City has imposed an immediate curfew of 5 pm.
— AlertSeattle (@AlertSeattle) May 31, 2020
5:22 PM: Here’s the mayor’s news release:
Mayor Jenny A. Durkan, Police Chief Carmen Best, and Fire Chief Harold Scoggins announced an 5:00 p.m. curfew effective today, May 30 and tomorrow, May 31. Mayor Durkan will soon be signing an emergency order. The curfew will be in effect from 5:00 pm – 5:00 am, and during those hours residents and visitors should remain in their residence to the extent possible and should refrain from traveling in and through Seattle. The curfew is intended to prevent violence and widespread property damage, and to prevent the further community spread of COVID-19 through continued gathering.
“While most of those protests were peaceful, there have been isolated but significant events of violence and destruction. This temporary curfew is intended to preserve the health and safety of our residents by keeping our streets safe and accessible for essential workers and first responders and preventing the further spread of COVID-19,” said Mayor Durkan.
The temporary curfew does not impact people who need to commute to work during these hours, people experiencing homelessness, people in a medical emergency or people in a dangerous situation, first responders, health care workers, and the news media. In addition, the curfew does not require businesses to close while it is in effect, and it will not alter public transit schedules. The Mayor and Chiefs ask all residents and visitors to voluntarily abide by the curfew. The City does not intend to enforce the curfew, except for violations that result in public health and safety threats including fires, extensive property damage, and violence.
Today, the Seattle Police Department, Seattle Fire Department, and Seattle Department of Transportation monitored the demonstrations and stood ready to provide assistance, manage traffic impacts, and preserve health and safety. Staff from Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods were downtown distributing hundreds of disposable masks to demonstrators.
5:25 PM: From the governor:
Gov. Jay Inslee today activated up to 200 members of the Washington National Guard in response to a request from the City of Seattle to help protect against property damage and manage crowds and traffic during downtown protests. Guard personnel will be unarmed and work under the direction of City of Seattle leadership.
The guard was activated by a letter from the governor to Maj. Gen. Bret Daugherty, commander of the Washington National Guard, as demonstrations were underway in Seattle protesting the death of George Floyd in Minnesota earlier this week.
“The National Guard is on stand by to assist the Seattle Police Department as requested by Mayor Durkan,” Inslee said. “They will be unarmed and assist with infrastructure protection and crowd movement. They will only be utilized if absolutely necessary and we appreciate their efforts to help in this important work.”
5:45 PM: The mayor is speaking with reporters at 6 pm. We’ll be phoning into that and will add notes.
6:10 PM: Still awaiting the mayor. Note that (as discussed in comments) at least a few West Seattle businesses have closed early because of the curfew – please let us know of any others (email@example.com, or text 206-293-6302). We’ll build a list here:
(adding as we hear of others)
6:18 PM: “For most of today, the demonstrators were peaceful,” says the mayor. “Unfortunately, in the late afternoon, (protests) downtown turned destructive and violent.” She draws a clear line between those who protested peacefully earlier, and those who turned violent later. The violent acts do not honor George Floyd, she notes, and won’t be tolerated. “We will take all steps necessary to protect residents and property …” She has issued three emergency orders: A civil emergency and a prohibition on weapons use, as well as the curfew tonight and tomorrow. (You can watch on Seattle Channel.) Both the mayor and fire chief have explained that firefighters were delayed from getting to some of the set fires downtown because it was unsafe.
After a few minutes of mayoral, police, and fire statements, it’s Q&A. First one: The timing of the curfew. The mayor says the 5 pm time was set at SPD’s recommendation “to get people safely home.” The mayor also notes that the statewide stay-home order hasn’t expired yet so people should be staying home anyway. In another response, she again differentiates the peaceful protesters who rallied earlier and those who “hijacked” the demonstration later and caused “such destruction and chaos.” The latter will not be allowed to eclipse “the message of hope, justice, and love,” she insists. She is then asked about earlier videos that appeared to show police using force, and she says that will be reviewed. But she also says force used against officers was not appropriate either.
In closing at 6:38 pm, she reiterates support for those who are grieving, and for their right to protest, but vows to restore order “and hold those people accountable” who caused the “chaos and destruction.” She says they don’t know yet if, like some other cities, those who caused it were from out of town.
8:25 PM: In case you were wondering: We just drove through the West Seattle business districts. Looked like most restaurants that are open for takeout/delivery this time of night were still open. Streets were relatively empty.
12:43 AM: Detailed Metro alert from late Saturday night:
Metro buses are not serving the downtown core area between Denny Way and Edgar Martinez Dr S, due to the events currently taking place in that area in conjunction with the City of Seattle’s curfew.
Metro riders are advised to avoid the downtown area, be aware of conditions in their immediate vicinity that my change quickly, revise travel plans as needed, and most importantly, stay safe.
As of 9:00 PM and until the end of service, including late night routes that operate after 1:00 AM, Metro plans the following, however, changes could occur without notice:
Routes 7 and 49 are staying east of downtown Seattle along Broadway and Boren through the Capitol Hill and First Hill areas.
Routes 10 and 12 are canceled.
Route 36 is turning back at S Jackson Street and will not serve Queen Anne.
Routes heading toward downtown from the north end will turn back or be rerouted at – or near – Denny Way, and will not continue into downtown Seattle. Board these routes northbound at stops north of Denny Way.
Routes heading toward downtown from the south end will turn back or be rerouted at – or near – Edgar Martinez Dr S, and will not continue into downtown Seattle. Board these routes southbound at stops south of Edgar Martinez Dr S.
Most routes (except trolley routes) that normally travel through downtown Seattle to continue as other routes – such as routes 5 and 21 or 24 and 124 – will continue to their destinations at each end, but will travel via non-stop routing that avoids the downtown core area.
Routes 40, 70 and the RapidRide D Line will serve their stops on Sixth Avenue S, but will not serve downtown Seattle south of Denny Way.
Metro Route 41 and Sound Transit Express Route 522 are not traveling south of Northgate Transit Center; riders who need to go south from there can transfer to Route 40 or other service, depending on their destination.
Eastside I-90 routes are terminating at Mercer Island and not continuing to downtown Seattle.
Eastside SR 520 routes are terminating at the South Kirkland P&R, except for Metro Route 255 and ST Route 545, which are continuing to the University District.
Link light rail is operating, but with some station closures and changing conditions; check Sound Transit Link alerts.
Use regularly published timetables, but expect likely significant delays during the operation described above. Predicted departure times in customer information apps will not be accurate.
Metro expects to operate regularly scheduled service at the start of Sunday morning. Watch for updates during the day on Sunday.
In contrast to the protest downtown, in West Seattle this afternoon, anti-racism demonstrators stood quietly in the rain on multiple street corners:
Thanks to Jena for the last-minute tip about this, organized on social media as “a peaceful show of support for our black and brown community” as anti-racism protests continue nationwide in the wake of the Minneapolis killing of George Floyd.
One group walked the all-ways crossing in The Junction:
On one of those corners, the Easy Street marquee has displayed George Floyd’s name for at least 3 days – we tweeted this photo on Thursday:
ORIGINAL 2:56 PM NOTE: Love sci-fi/fantasy? You might want to watch the Nebula Awards online tonight. West Seattle writer Cat Rambo sent the info – she’s up for a Nebula Award for her book “Carpe Glitter.” The ceremony starts at 5 pm – here’s the trailer for the event, which is part of a three-day conference:
Cat notes that LeVar Burton, seen at the trailer’s end, is presenting the Andre Norton Award. (Last month, you might recall, he read one of her stories for an online audience.) Her work is a finalist in the Novelette category; the full list of Nebula finalists is here.
8:36 PM: As noted in comments, and earlier via Twitter, Cat Rambo won! Congratulations!
Even if you didn’t see this morning’s thunderstorm, you probably heard it! Thanks to everyone who sent photos of the storm, and what preceded it. Above, Kersti Muul caught lightning on camera. Below, the clouds themselves put on a show – first, from Lance Merkin @ Alki:
Next, James Tilley‘s photo shows the rain advancing toward that formation:
And from Shorewood, Jim Edwards sent this view:
Deb Barker scanned the sky for this video view:
A few hours before the storm, @WestSeaWX tweeted this gorgeous sunrise view:
As for the forecast, the thunderstorms have passed, but more rain is on the way, and breezy conditions too.
11:40 AM: Another try today for the historic SpaceX Crew Dragon launch – and West Seattle educator Alice Enevoldsen is webcasting again, starting shortly. Go here for the quick required registration to join via Zoom.
11:48 AM: Alice’s webcast has begun. Launch is still on for 12:22 pm.
12:23 PM: Lifted off! (See it on Twitter.) … First American astronauts to launch from the U.S. since the last shuttle mission in 2011.
We’ve seen many heart-tugging videos with schools’ staff showing students how much they’re missed – and vice versa. This time, though, it’s not just the students who are missed, but also their parents/caregivers – because cooperative preschool is for them as well as their little ones! Jen Giomi sent the clip, explaining, “South Seattle College Cooperative Preschools managed to keep the program intact and move to online operations for all of spring quarter, a heavy lift for sure. Here is a link to a video that we made for our community to express our gratitude. We are so grateful to our community and the legacy of all of the Co-op Preschool families in the community.”
Less than a week before the about-to-expire Stay Home/Stay Healthy order kicked in, we started tracking local standalone grocery stores’ hours and policies – updating this list since March 18th. Every Saturday after that, starting March 21st, we’ve published a grocery-shopping update. After several stores/chains expanded their hours in the past few weeks, no changes are reported this week. One store has an update of note: PCC West Seattle notes that “as we prepare for Phase 2 of the re-opening of our counties, we will keep our stores at 30% capacity. We appreciate your patience should you need to wait briefly before shopping.” P.S. Even if your store’s not crowded, health authorities continue to stress that grocery shopping is an important time to wear your face covering. … Anything different at YOUR favorite store this week?
Might be blustery tonight, so this is a reminder to be sure you haven’t left anything outside these past few warm days that you wouldn’t want to see caught in a storm. The forecast says it’ll be very rainy – potentially more than an inch! – tonight, and breezy too, out of the south/southwest.
ADDED 8:17 AM: Yes, that’s thunder!
Busy afternoon, with news conferences by the governor, county executive, and mayor. That’s where we begin our nightly roundup:
SO WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN? After Gov. Jay Inslee‘s event at 2:45 pm, Executive Dow Constantine‘s event at 4 pm, and Mayor Jenny Durkan‘s event at 4:35 pm, this is what’s happening: The statewide Stay Home, Stay Healthy order will NOT be extended – when it expires Sunday night, it’s done. The “Safe Start” reopening plan now has new county-by-county flexibility – so some counties like ours that aren’t eligible for Phase 2 can instead seek to move into a “Modified Phase 1”:
Details of the revised reopening plan are here. Our county plans to apply for Modified Phase 1 permission, and the review could take just a few days, What would be allowed to resume? The King County news release has details of what they’re seeking permission for. Some of it, though, requires further accommodation – most notably outdoor dining, which most restaurants don’t have. Expanding space for sidewalk cafés or “streeateries” would require city permission, and the mayor said during her news conference that discussions are under way.
MORE FACE-COVERING USE: One big component of what the governor announced today – more use of face coverings will be key to continuing to keep the virus at bay. From the announcement:
Beginning June 8, all employees will be required to wear a cloth facial covering, except when working alone in an office, vehicle, or at a job site, or when the job has no in-person interaction. Employers must provide cloth facial coverings to employees, unless their exposure dictates a higher level of protection under the Department of Labor and Industries’ safety and health rules and guidance. Refer to Coronavirus Facial Covering and Mask Requirements for additional details. Employees may choose to wear their own facial coverings at work, provided it meets the minimum requirements.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO *YOUR* BUSINESS? Are you gearing up to reopen or resume service? How and when? Share your story – firstname.lastname@example.org.
DATAPOINT: The Stay Home, Stay Healthy order was originally announced March 23rd. We’ll never forget that day for another reason – that same afternoon is when the city announced it was closing the West Seattle Bridge.
NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: From the Public Health daily-summary dashboard:
*8,006 people have tested positive, 29 more than yesterday
*554 people have died, 2 more than yesterday
One week ago, those totals were 7,697 and 537.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: See them – nation by nation – here.
DON ARMENI BOAT RAMP REOPENING: This got lost in all the afternoon announcements – we just discovered this news on the city website, saying that Don Armeni Boat Ramp reopens tomorrow. Goes with this photo Stewart L. sent tonight, showing new signage:
The parking lot is also now sporting some of the large concrete blocks most recently seen in the Lincoln Park south lot before it reopened.
FOOD BOXES TOMORROW: 10 am-2 pm Saturday at Holy Family Catholic Church, for anyone in need.
INSPIRATIONAL CHALK ART: Another out-on-a-walk sighting from Noodle:
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Tonight, more details on a Saturday food distribution we mentioned previously, briefly:
Catholic Community Services of Western Washington (CCSWW) is partnering with United States Department of Agriculture contract awardee Pacific Coast Fruit Company to distribute over 200,000 lbs. of Farmers to Families Food Boxes weekly through the end of June. CCSWW will partner with parishes across Western Washington to disseminate the food via 25-pound boxes of dairy, produce, and protein across 17 sites.
On Saturday, May 30, Holy Family Parish at 9622 20th Ave SW in White Center will host a pop-up pantry and provide 2,250 boxes from 10 am – 2 pm to the general public. Holy Family Parish is partnering with Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in West Seattle, local faith communities, schools as well as multiple St. Vincent de Paul Conferences to organize volunteers and ensure that families experiencing food insecurity are aware of the pantry.
Holy Family Parish serves 1,100 families across Greater Seattle. Pastor Fr. Alvarez expressed the profound need for the food boxes, “At Holy Family Parish, we are in the middle of the community that has been most affected by unemployment and we are happy to host the pop-up pantry. Due to the pandemic, many people lost their jobs or have had their hours of work reduced and are having difficulty paying their bills. Food is the last thing they should worry about and the distribution of food will help tremendously to improve their quality of life.”
With over 170 programs, CCSWW is the largest private social service provider in the state, serving nearly 100,000 people in need each year. Organizer and Network Builder at CCSWW, Erin Maguire expressed her deepest gratitude for all the partners that have made the event happen, “With great compassion our partners have enthusiastically united in service to their communities. We know that the need is great and I am proud that so many organizations have responded with even greater love.”
Physical distancing practices and masking will be followed during delivery and distribution.
This will be happening in the parish parking lot. All are welcome, no questions asked.