West Seattle, Washington
It’s been a busy day for West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports. Three more:
BURGLARY: The security-camera photos show a person with items stolen from a residence in Morgan Junction. The victim reports:
This individual stepped up on a recycle bin, opened our living room window, broke the screen, climbed down into our home and took everything and walked out of the front door with full suitcases.
An air mattress in a bag
Two grey hard suitcases filled with:
Waterford crystal (from our wedding) Variety of items
My wedding shoes (gold heels with crystal decal)
One work laptop and mouse
One work iPad
4 watches on a cedar watch case (men’s)
Black Seahawks backpack
White “12” sign
That’s all we have found so far.
AUTO THEFT: Reported by M:
A4, dark gray, plate # BJL5155, 6:09 am 10/3/20, 7700 block 16th Ave SW
Call 911 if you see it.
BICYCLE THEFT: Second day in a row we have had a report of a bike theft from the garage at this apartment complex. From Andy:
My bike was stolen from the secure storage at the Huxley. 4754 Fauntleroy Way SW. It was there last night and I noticed that it was stolen when I went for a run this morning (10.3.20). Rocky Mountain Fusion 10, medium, red/black.
Thanks again to everyone who keeps an eye out for stolen cars, bicycles, and other items – so often, many stolen items large and small end up getting dumped somewhere.
On the President’s second night in the hospital with COVID-19, here’s what’ happening locally with the virus crisis:
NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: Here are the cumulative totals from Public Health‘s daily-summary dashboard:
*22,941 people have tested positive, 153 more than yesterday
*764 people have died, unchanged from yesterday
*2,395 people have been hospitalized, 13 more than yesterday
*449,170 people have been tested, 3,346 more than yesterday
One week ago, those totals were 22,000/758/2,353/428,983.
WEST SEATTLE TREND: Here’s our weekly check of this stat, with numbers accessible in two-week increments via the “geography over time” tab on the daily-summary dashboard, combining the West Seattle and Delridge “health reporting areas.” In the past 2 weeks, 70 positive test results were reported; 36 in the 2 weeks before that; 54 in the two weeks before that – so we seem to be on an uptick, after last week’s check indicated plateauing.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 34.7 million people have tested positive, and more than 1,031,000 have died; U.S. deaths are just under 210,000. Most cases: U.S., India, Brazil, Russia, Colombia. See the breakdown, nation by nation, here.
FOOD DRIVE: Local Cub Scouts are doing “Scouting for Food” door-to-door right now – if a hanger turned up on your doorknob and you can donate, they’ll be back next weekend to pick it up!
TOY DRIVE: The need is greater than ever this year because of the pandemic, so collection is starting early. The Kiwanis Club of West Seattle will be at California/Alaska every Sunday starting tomorrow, 10 am-1:30 pm, collecting new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots.
GOT SOMETHING TO REPORT? email@example.com or 206-293-6302, text/voice – thank you!
Three components to this week’s update on the Delridge road work paving the way for RapidRide H Line:
TREES SAVED: Two weeks ago, we reported on neighbors’ campaign to save the big trees outside Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, after the project team made a late-in-the-plan decision to remove them. SDOT told us that after neighborhood outcry, they were working on design revisions in hopes of saving them – and this week’s project bulletin says they succeeded:
This design change included a lane reduction for vehicles and reducing the size of the planted median. Additionally, we were able to extend the curb next to the trees even further than previously, which is better for tree health. We are not always able to preserve trees on project corridors and have already needed to remove other trees on Delridge Way SW. In all, we are replanting around 150 new trees on the corridor with only 6 planned removals.
TUESDAY UPDATE: Regarding the “lane reduction,” SDOT clarifies in response to our followup question that it’s a lane WIDTH reduction, not a removal of a lane.
DIVERTERS OR STAY HEALTHY STREET? Another late-in-the-process change that drew neighborhood pushback, once revealed, was shelved – but is now back on the table: We reported on this two months ago – a plan for “diverters” at two intersections where the 26th SW greenway crosses, at Brandon and at Genesee. Here’s the flyer neighbors received over the summer:
SDOT told us at the time they had dropped the idea – but now it’s been revived, and SDOT is running a survey right now asking about it (with other alternatives), open through October 14th, and plans an online community meeting Wednesday (October 7th) at 6:30 pm. The survey goes into extensive detail about three options SDOT says are now being considered: #1, the previous diverter plan; #2, a “modified” diverter plan described as “for people driving, 26th Ave SW would be an exit-only street at the intersections of SW Brandon St and SW Genesee St.”; #3, turn 26th between Brandon and Genesee into a “no-through-vehicle-traffic” Stay Healthy Street. The survey link is here; the meeting link is here.
OTHER WORK AHEAD: As for what’s happening on the project right now – remember that SW Oregon is closed east of Delridge this weekend, and there’ll be another closure next Friday through Sunday (October 9-11). Also of note, this week crews will “begin demolishing the roadway between SW Hudson St and Puget Blvd SW on the west side.” The full list of planned work ahead is in this week’s bulletin here.
The photo and announcement are from Pack 799 dad Jason T:
Today and through this weekend, individual Cub Scouts and their parents will be putting out door hangers in the Arbor Heights neighborhood and a few other neighborhoods around West Seattle (depending where they live, optional participation), and individual families will return on Saturday, October 10, 9 am to 12 pm to retrieve any nonperishable items, bagged, from the locations where they distributed hangers. Families will deliver these bags to the West Seattle Food Bank. If you see one of these hangers on your door, please consider helping us out with our service activity by donating. See the following link for items the West Seattle Food bank currently accepts:
Performing this activity as individual families is one way the Pack is adopting COVID-19 appropriate approaches for our community service activities. And with food insecurity on the rise, dens feel it is more important than ever to assist in small ways.
The West Seattle Democratic Women‘s recent planned meeting featuring City Councilmember Lisa Herbold was postponed at the last minute because of technical trouble. It’s now rescheduled for this Monday, October 5th, all welcome. From the WSDW announcement:
Following a short membership meeting; our speaker, Seattle City Councilperson Lisa Herbold, will begin at 6:3 0pm. She’ll be sharing her thoughts on the City’s proposed budget, how it will relate to any reduction/redirection of the funding of the Seattle Police Department, how any changes could affect the security of our local communities in her district, and any alternative benefits that might occur. A Q&A will follow. There is no cost.
If you have a question for Lisa, please submit it to WSDW as soon as possible but no later than 3:00 pm the day of the meeting.
If you’re not on our mailing list and need to register to get your Zoom codes, have questions to submit to Lisa, or for any other questions of WSDW, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Karen 206.920.2231.
Councilmember Herbold is also scheduled as a guest speaker at the District 1 Community Network meeting Wednesday night; we’ll publish those details when we get them.
Some stayed in their cars … others stood outside, distanced:
This was the pandemic-era Blessing of the Animals, held by St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church this morning in the neighboring West Seattle High School parking lot.
This is an early-fall tradition for many churches, honoring the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and ecology. As declared in St. John’s program: “Today we thank God for the gifts of companionship and beauty which animals and pets bring to our lives and homes, and ask God’s blessing on them.”
Presiding were St. John’s rector The Rev. Kate Wesch and Brother Paul Dahlke of the Order of St. Francis:
Also from the program, part of “a prayer attributed to St. Francis”:
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union;
where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.”
P.S. As previewed here, Alki UCC will include a Blessing of the Animals during its livestreamed service tomorrow, followed by a neighborhood walk-by.
Two bicycles start this Crime Watch report, one stolen, one abandoned and likely stolen (its owner might not even know it’s gone yet):
STOLEN CARGO E-BIKE: From Allison:
This was taken from our garage (Camp Long area) last night and we are devastated! I am trying to spread the word far and wide. This is a beloved family bike and daily mode of transportation.
RadWagon Cargo E-Bike
Red Child Yepp seat
Large front basket
caboose on back
registered on Bike Index and police report filed
ABANDONED BICYCLE: From Jonathan:
At approximately 6:50 this morning, two individuals went traipsing through our front yard with a bicycle which they proceeded to abandon in our driveway. We are located at 49th and Stevens. I have attached a picture of the bike and video captured by our security camera.
If you recognize the bike, please let us know and we will connect you.
And one more reader report:
HIT-RUN DRIVER LEAVES STOLEN CAR BEHIND: From Cindy:
A Honda Civic sped into the traffic circle at our corner at approx. 5:35 am today. Driver fled the scene on foot. Thank you to SPD for their quick response and for sharing that the vehicle had been reported stolen from the Lynnwood area.
Visibility might be low, but spirits were high this morning as Rotary Club of West Seattle members did volunteer yard work in Gatewood this morning. They’re helping out local seniors, with another event planned tomorrow morning in Westwood. The project started four years ago.
Jim‘s truck was stolen early today just south of the city-limit line:
10:37 AM: Someone drove off in my truck this morning at 4:30 AM in North Shorewood near the Safeway. 2006 F250 Crew Cab Super Duty, Brown with Gold Trim. Custom wheels and tires. Large Ham radio antenna hanging off the hood on the left front. Paint matched Snug Top canopy with blacked-out windows.
Call 911 if you see it.
5:44 PM: Jim reports in a comment that it’s been found.
First Saturday of October – here are notes for the hours ahead:
ROAD-WORK REMINDERS: Two reminders for today – SW Oregon is closed at Delridge, and could stay closed until predawn Monday. … In Westwood, concrete work is planned on SW Barton at 32nd SW.
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS: At 10 am in the West Seattle High School parking lot, neighboring St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church will present its annual Blessing of the Animals. This year, you and your pet(s) can either stay in your car or, masked and distanced, stand outside. (3000 California SW)
DONATION DRIVE, FLU SHOTS, MORE: 10 am to 2 pm in the north lot at Our Lady of Guadalupe, you’re invited to get a flu shot, register to vote, donate food and/or toiletries, or any combination of the above. (35th/Myrtle)
SIDEWALK SALE: New Morgan Junction business Doll Parts Collective invites you to come to theirs, 9 am-3 pm. (6016 California SW)
START MEDITATING: 10 am online, Puget Sound Zen Center – which has West Seattle gatherings in non-pandemic times – invites you:
Thinking about starting or rebooting a meditation practice this fall? In this free online sessions we’ll talk about how meditation can help in troubling times; beginner/refresher Zen basics; meditating online at home; and info on our fall online retreat and classes. Bring your questions and bring a friend. Visit PSZC.org for details and Zoom link.
HARVEST FEST IN SOUTH PARK: Noon-8 pm at Osprey Bistro and Tin Dog Brewing. Go here to find out how to get a reservation. (309 S. Cloverdale)
SUNSET: 6:44 pm.