West Seattle, Washington
On the second Saturday night of August, here are tonight’s virus-crisis toplines:
NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: Here are the cumulative totals from Public Health‘s daily-summary dashboard – but with a caveat from the county, “Negative test results from 8/6-8/7 are not accurately reflected in this update; data will be corrected over the next day”:
*16,472 people have tested positive, 200 more than yesterday
*675 people have died, 5 more than yesterday
*2,025 people have been hospitalized, 7 more than yesterday
*322,412 people have been tested, 606 more than yesterday
One week ago, those totals were 15,399/649/1,957/298,173.
ANOTHER LOCAL DEATH: One of the newly reported deaths is in the 98146 zip code – part of which is in West Seattle; 98146 now has 9 deaths.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 19.6 million people have tested positive, and more than 726,000 have died. Most cases: U.S., Brazil, India, Russia, South Africa – same as the past 3 weeks. See the breakdown, nation by nation,
DONATION DRIVE TOMORROW: Reminder – 10 am-3 pm Sunday, food and more will be collected outside Alki UCC. The announcement:
Collections will be taken outside our building at 6115 SW Hinds; social distancing observed
Feeding hungry kids is our focus this summer. In addition to regular contributions of non-perishable food and other items, special requests include fruit cups and rollups, Gogurt, peanut butter and jelly, protein bars, mac and cheese, cereal, noodles and pasta sauce.
Toilet paper, diapers (all sizes), Similac formula, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer and baby wipes are always welcome.
Donations are distributed through the White Center Food Bank.
SAFE SOCIALIZING: Public Health Insider breaks down the rules.
GOT SOMETHING TO REPORT? firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-293-6302, text/voice – thank you!
Thanks to Jim Borrow for the photo. If you were out looking for orcas from the shore of Elliott Bay this afternoon, your binoculars might have shown you that gigayacht instead. Bravo Eugenia, owned by football mogul Jerry Jones – who owns the Dallas Cowboys – and named for his wife, has been anchored in the bay for a few days. MarineTraffic.com shows it sailed here from Auke Bay in Alaska; British Columbia news sites noted it passing Vancouver Island despite COVID-19 travel restrictions. The 357-foot gigayacht was built by Oceanco, noted this report touting its fuel efficiency, among other features. (Two helipads, says this report.) How much longer will it be here? No hint in regional-media reports so far!
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Five months into the pandemic, the city’s Design Review program has joined the online-meeting world, and a West Seattle project was first up.
The Thursday afternoon meeting for 4406 36th SW – one-half of a two-building megaproject planned by the Sweeney family, longtime Alki Lumber owners – went smoothly, and concluded with the Southwest Design Review Board voting unanimously to advance the proposal to Phase 2.
The online meeting followed the same four-segment format of in-person Design Review Board meetings, with just one alteration – signing up to comment was supposed to be done within the first half-hour.
All five board members (a volunteer position) were present – chair Crystal Loya introduced members John Cheng, Alan Grainger, Matt Hutchins, and Scott Rosenstock; all are West Seattle residents. Three city reps to – planner Sean Conrad, assigned to the project; Lisa Rutzick, the program manager; and Daniel Kopald, handling the tech.
Here’s how the meeting unfolded:
As previewed, SDOT was back on SW Alaska west of California SW today, continuing work to repair bus-battered pavement. The westbound side of that block is closed to traffic as a result. In previous discussion of the project, WSB readers noted that SW Edmunds, one block south, has markings suggesting upcoming work, so we asked SDOT about that. Spokesperson Kari Tupper responded, “There are another 14-16 concrete panels that we are planning to replace in the vicinity of 44th Ave SW & SW Edmunds. This work has not been scheduled as yet. These repairs are a high priority and we are planning to complete them in 2020. Please keep in mind, however, that schedules might be altered by circumstances beyond our control. These circumstances would include budget and crew resource constraints, COVID-19 impacts, and so forth. If we are able to complete this project, the work will be completed over 2 to 3 weekends due to the high number of panels involved.”
I live in Arbor Heights, and my Honda Metropolitan was stolen from my driveway, from inside my carport last night, Friday, 8/7, between the hours of 8 pm and 8 am Saturday morning. It has Washington plates, and a slight hole in the seat. If anyone has seen this, please contact the police, or Jena at (206)383-6999.
We’ll add the plate #/incident # when available.
After a year and a half, the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce‘s CEO has left, and the organization will be looking for a new one. Here’s the announcement sent by the Chamber today:
The West Seattle Chamber of Commerce announced that Julia Jordan is leaving her position as the CEO of the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce effective immediately.
“In these unprecedented times, the Chamber is adapting to the ongoing pandemic, the closure of the West Seattle Bridge, and the looming recession. The Chamber Board’s review has given rise to new goals and a new direction for the Chamber. We thank Julia for all of her efforts and wish her the best in her future endeavors.” said Abby Fisher, chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors of the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce will be launching a search for a new CEO in the coming months.
11:14 AM: Transient orcas are back in the area and heading this way. Kersti Muul says they are southbound off North Bainbridge, toward the west side of the channel, so you’ll need binoculars to look for them.
1:31 PM: Update from Kersti – the orcas are in Elliott Bay, between West Point and Alki, headed southwest as of about 15 minutes ago – “long, long down times.”
4:41 PM: Thanks to Jamie Kinney for the above three photos, from the orcas’ pass by Constellation Park. (added) And thanks to Dan Ciske for the photo below, showing a research boat with the orcas (which were off The Arroyos, still southbound, at last report).
If not for the pandemic, this year’s Delridge Day would be happening in the park outside Delridge Community Center today. The organizers – VieWS (Visualizing increased engagement in West Seattle) decided to put together a “virtual” version – here’s the announcement!
As the date for this year’s Delridge Day festival approached, we the VieWS organizers were a little sad not to be preparing for another great day of community-building with you… and we quickly realized we weren’t the only ones missing out on this year’s festival. So we decided to try something just a little different!
While we will be happy to sleep in, we’re sad we couldn’t be up early at Delridge Community Center preparing to welcome you and all of our great performers, community groups, and musicians for another great Delridge Day neighborhood festival. But if you tune in when the Festival would normally begin at 11:00 am, we will have a few video messages to share with you along with some memories from previous festivals.
We invited some of our longtime sponsoring organizations and volunteers to tell us what they miss about not attending the Delridge Day Festival this year, and how they and their organizations have been adapting to the challenges of the pandemic.
Are you excited to check them out? Visit our temporary YouTube channel to check out the playlist now!
We also wanted to let you know that the festival may have gone virtual this year, but our sponsors helped us to ensure that our annual support of the community didn’t also go virtual.
Thanks to generous support, VieWS was able to donate $1,200 each to Southwest Youth & Family Services, the West Seattle Food Bank, and the White Center Food Bank to support our neighbors in need – which we all know is especially critical especially this year! If you have the means, take a moment to visit one of their websites – or all three – and make a donation right now in honor of Delridge Day and our community!
Stay tuned in the coming months. We have a few more virtual ideas in mind before we mark our calendars for the next Delridge Day – Saturday, August 14, 2021!
See our coverage of last year’s festival here.
We start Saturday – a busy day for road work – with a reminder that SW Genesee is closed all weekend between Delridge and 25th SW as part of the big RapidRide-readiness project. It’s scheduled to reopen by 5 am Monday, with another closure next Friday-Sunday. SDOT says its contractor is expected to wrap up work by 10 each night (but has a noise-variance permit if they miss that cutoff – note that you might hear nighttime noise from unrelated private construction). SW Alaska – temporarily reopened – and SW Andover are west-east detour routes. Metro Route 50 is being rerouted.
Also closed this weekend, and several other upcoming weekends – the Delridge Community Center parking-lot entrance. Road-rebuilding work is happening on that side:
Starting next Wednesday (August 12), paving operations will move to the east side of Delridge in that area, between Genesee and Alaska. SDOT says it will “connect with residents in this area to share information on how to access their driveways during this work” – but if you have any concerns/questions, you can reach the project team at DelridgeTransit@seattle.gov or 206-775-8739.
For the full rundown on what’s happening with the Delridge project during the coming week, read this.