West Seattle, Washington
Tomorrow the pandemic begins its ninth month in our area. Here’s the latest:
NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: First, here’s today’s daily summary from Public Health – the cumulative totals:
*26.621 people have tested positive, 100 more than yesterday’s total
*800 people have died, 9 more than yesterday’s total
*2,559 people have been hospitalized, 14 more than yesterday’s total
*526,824 people have been tested, 4,055 fewer than yesterday’s total++
One week ago, the totals were 25,367/785/2,508/510,947. (++The county explains the drop in people tested as the result of a new state “deduplication process” and adds that 2,183 new test results were reported today.)
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.
NATIONAL/WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 43.9 million cases worldwide, 8.7 million of them in the U.S. – see other nation-by-nation stats by going here.
GOVERNOR’S BRIEFING: This morning, Gov. Inslee announced that our state will join with other Western states in a workgroup to independently review any COVID-19 vaccine approved by the FDA. This would not be a lengthy review delaying the availability of a vaccine, he said, as the group will be accessing data along the way, even before approval announcements. The video from his briefing is here.
CONTACT-FREE HALLOWEEN: Thanks to Don Brubeck for this photo from North Admiral, in the spirit of the pandemic-year Halloween season:
We are continuing to add decoration locations and no-contact trick-or-treat events to the WSB West Seattle Halloween page.
BRIEFING TOMORROW: State health officials’ weekly briefing is happening again Wednesday at 2 pm; you can watch the livestream (or, later, the archived video) here.
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By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Stay Healthy/Keep Moving Streets were launched as a pandemic response, but some will outlast COVID-19.
The no-through-traffic streets comprised one of two major discussions at this month’s West Seattle Transportation Coalition meeting; the other recapped what’s new with the West Seattle Bridge and detour-traffic mitigation.
STAY HEALTHY STREETS: SDOT’s Summer Jawson brought this update. She reviewed some of the basics of how the program got started, and what they’re seeing – people out and about, distanced, little car usage. She acknowledged they do still get some questions – from “can my delivery get through?” to complaints about racism expressed toward people gathering.
For a refresher, here are maps of the Stay Healthy Streets in West Seattle:
Thanks to Lynn for the photo above from Monday’s sunset – and Terry for the photo below with an optical illusion from tonight’s sunset:
We’re taking a moment to remind you that Daylight Saving Time ends early Sunday (2 am November 1st) – that’s when we “fall back” one hour. So while the sunset is right before 6 pm now, next week it’ll be before 5 pm – moving toward the earliest sunsets of the year, 4:17 pm on December 9-10.
P.S. Though it’s now been a year and a half since our state law changed to allow permanent Daylight Saving Time, its implementation won’t happen unless Congress changes federal law. There was an attempt this fall to at least extend DST for a year.
Three items in West Seattle Crime Watch this afternoon:
CAR PROWL ALERT: Received from Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Danner:
The SW Precinct has recently seen an increase in car prowl incidents in our William 2 (W2) patrol beat area, specifically on and around Beach Drive SW. These incidents are mostly occurring in the night time hours.
Here is the link to our Patrol Beat/Sector map. In order to address this increase, we would like to remind our community about the following car prowl prevention strategies:
• Check vehicle regularly (especially important during COVID times)
• Never leave valuables in plain view
• Hide chargers and accessories that indicate an electronic device may be in the vehicle
• Remove garage door openers, key cards and other keys from the vehicle
• If possible, park vehicle in a busy, locked, monitored and/or well-lit area
• Install anti-theft devices
• If possible, activate alarm
And from the SPD “significant incident” file, two summaries of note about arrests this past Sunday:
SHOPLIFTING TURNS TO ROBBERY: This happened in the 7300 block of Delridge:
On 10-25-2020 at 1632 hours, a subject was contacted by store security after they witnessed him shoplifting inside of a local business. Security attempted to contact the subject about merchandise taken when the subject pulled out a knife and threatened security staff. Subject left area on foot as officers arrived in the area. A student officer spotted a subject matching the description a block away and detained him for investigation. A witness from the store positively identified the subject as the person that pulled a knife. He was placed into custody and booked into King County Jail.
WEST MARGINAL CRASH FOLLOWUP: We briefly reported on this crash in realtime early Sunday. The “significant incident” summary reveals it had a backstory:
On 10/25/2020 at 0131 hours, the Washington State Patrol was actively pursuing a vehicle which exited SR599 and continued northbound on city streets, eventually heading north on W Marginal Wy SW. The suspect vehicle came upon a large gathering of vehicles and, after performing a U-turn, continued southbound on W Marginal Wy SW. The suspect vehicle entered the intersection of Highland Park Wy SW against a red light and subsequently collided with a motorist. The suspect driver fled on foot. WSP notified nearby agencies requesting a fast back. SPD SW and S units, Port of Seattle and King County units responded. WSP was able to capture the suspect and take him into custody. SPD assisted further with traffic control while SFD cut two passengers out of the victim vehicle. WSP is conducting the follow-up investigation.
That’s a framegrab from the new SDOT traffic camera at Highland Park Way and Holden, which was increasingly busy before the West Seattle Bridge closure, and has since become even busier as the epicenter of detour-route traffic, Future improvements are part of what HPAC will talk about with SDOT tomorrow night (Wednesday, October 28th), 7 pm online. Here’s your invitatian:
Join us Wednesday, as SDOT planners check in with Highland Park, Riverview & South Delridge residents, to report back to the larger community on what was heard on the Home Zone walks of October 20-21, and collect additional feedback from community to develop a proposed Home Zone plan.
A Home Zone plan involves the entire neighborhood working together to prioritize improvements that calm traffic and improve pedestrian mobility and neighborhood livability during the impacts of the WSBridge detour routes. We will also hear a brief update on the progress of Highland/Holden intersection planning work. Meet your neighbors and help build a safer, more user-friendly community. Log in virtually here:
Meeting ID: 894 0739 2875
Call into the meeting: 253 215 8782
(Spotted sandpiper, photographed in 2017 by Mark Wangerin at what was then T-107 Park)
Just announced at the Seattle Port Commission meeting – the six new names for Port of Seattle parks on the Duwamish River. Four are in the Lushootseed language, two are in English. From the meeting-agenda document:
The former T-105 and T-107 parks, now tuʔəlaltxʷ Village Park & Shoreline Habitat and həʔapus Village Park & Shoreline Habitat, are in West Seattle. ha?apus is the name supported by the Duwamish Tribe, whose Longhouse and Cultural Center is across the street; we reported on their advocacy when the renaming process began in July. At today’s meeting, chair Cecile Hansen and longhouse director Jolene Haas expressed their thanks to community participants in the process, saying of the renaming, “We pray it will create an opportunity to heal our relationship with one another as Indian people and citizens of Seattle.”
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As I work with my clients, my reward is seeing the shift in their understanding, how relieved they are, and how pleased they are with their final decision. They thank me for being patient with them and for helping them to understand how it all works. They are grateful that they now feel confident enough to make an informed decision. I know I’ve helped them because they tell me.
I’m so lucky to be doing this in West Seattle, where I’ve lived since 1985. I love living here and know the area really well, as I’ve been a Real Estate agent since 2012. I’m a member of the West Seattle Garden Tour and of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. I’ve also been a volunteer substitute aerobics instructor at the West Seattle YMCA – I loved doing that!
Just in time for the annual Medicare enrollment period, I’m doing presentations as well as individual sessions at the Senior Center of West Seattle – give them a call for more information. I’m available by phone at 206-430-3782, or email at email@example.com
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Another Hallo-week activity! The photo and announcement are from the Fauntleroy Community Association:
In an effort to bring some fun to the dwindling daylight, throughout the week of October 26-30, The Fauntleroy Community Association is sponsoring a community pumpkin hunt. If you search around the Endolyne/Fauntleroy area, you may find a white pumpkin — or even a beautiful blown glass pumpkin — with a note attached. Some even include a gift certificate for use at our local merchants, compliments of the FCA board members. We hope you’ll participate. We encourage you to take your pumpkin home with you, then take a picture of yourself with your pumpkin, and post it on social media, with #FCApumpkins
Fauntleroy Community Association
2020 Board Members
We’re also adding this to the WSB West Seattle Halloween page – which we’re updating multiple times daily this week, as new decoration-location reports and trick-or-treat events/locations come in!
One week until Election Day. So we start our daily preview with …
VOTING: As of last night, 55 percent of Seattle voters had turned in their ballots. King County Elections is hoping for 90 percent turnout. Imagine how cool it would be if those all got in early enough to be part of the Election Night results! You have your choice of three West Seattle drop boxes (and one each in White Center and South Park), all listed/mapped here, If you’re going to use USPS, don’t wait much longer, just in case. If you’ve already sent in/dropped off your ballot, check here to ensure it was received
PARK NAMES: The new crowdsourced names for the Port of Seattle‘s Duwamish River parks will be announced around 12:30 pm during the Port Commission meeting – here’s how to watch. (P.S. If you don’t want to be surprised or don’t have time to watch – looks like the new names are revealed in this meeting-agenda document.)
DEMONSTRATION: Scott‘s continuing the twice-weekly demonstrations through fall:
Black Lives Matter sign-waving
Tuesday, October 27, 4 to 6 pm, corner of 16th SW and SW Holden
Thursday, October 29, 4 to 6 pm, 16th and Holden
Come show support for BLM and ending systemic racism. Hold signs, meet neighbors, and stand for racial justice. Scott at PR Cohousing, endorsed by Hate-Free Delridge. Signs available.
DESSERT POP-UP: Last time Sticky Treats & Sweets had a pop-up in the Itto’s Tapas space, a power outage interrupted. So they’re trying again tonight (Tuesdays are an off-night for Itto’s), 4-8 pm. Here’s the menu. (California & Genesee)
PUBLIC HEARING: Got something to say about what should or shouldn’t be in next year’s city budget? Sign up to speak during tonight’s public hearing online, which starts at 5:30 pm. The agenda explains how to participate and/or watch.
HALLOWEEN DECORATION LOCATIONS: See the growing list on the WSB Halloween page!
6:07 AM: Welcome to Tuesday – the 218th morning without the West Seattle Bridge.
ROAD WORK, ETC.
*Delridge project: SW Alaska is closed east of Delridge, and tonight there’s work at SW Brandon. Here are this week’s details.
CHECK THE TRAFFIC BEFORE YOU GO
New cameras! In addition to the West Marginal Way/Highland Park Way cameras we mentioned last week, there’s now a Highland Park Way/Holden camera too – see it here:
Meantime – here’s the 5-way intersection camera (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):
Here’s the restricted-daytime-access (open to all 9 pm-5 am) low bridge:
The main detour route across the Duwamish River is the 1st Avenue South Bridge (map) . Here are two cameras:
The other major bridge across the river is the South Park Bridge (map). Here’s the nearest camera:
Going through South Park? Don’t speed.
Check the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed for info about any of those bridges opening for marine traffic.
Metro – Fare collection has resumed.
Water Taxi – Also no longer free.
Trouble on the roads/paths/water? Let us know – text (but not if you’re driving!) 206-293-6302.