West Seattle, Washington
As the new statewide restrictions start taking effect, here’s tonight’s roundup of virus-crisis news:
WHAT’S TAKING EFFECT AND WHAT’S NOT: First a reminder about what the governor announced on Sunday. Everything takes effect at midnight tonight EXCEPT the end of indoor service for restaurants/bars – that’s not until midnight Tuesday night.
NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: On to today’s daily summary from Public Health – the cumulative countywide totals:
*35,209 people have tested positive, 672 more than yesterday’s total
*829 people have died, 1 more than yesterday’s total
*2,867 people have been hospitalized, 33 more than yesterday’s total
*598,646 people have been tested, 1,096 more than yesterday’s total++++
One week ago, the totals were 31,244/812/2,643/573,962. (++++The county says the number of new test results and people tested is “underreported” because of a delay in data from the state.)
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: See them – nation by nation – here.
MORE NEARBY TESTING: In addition to the city’s 6-days-a-week testing, you have an extra opportunity tomorrow (Tuesday, November 17th) – noon-4 pm in White Center; details here.
NEED FOOD? 3 chances coming up – first, Food Lifeline will distribute free emergency boxes of food to anyone who shows up, 2-5 pm Friday (November 20th) at its South Park HQ, 815 S. 96th.; then, two events on Saturday – starting at 9 am, the Eastridge Church turkey-and-groceries giveaway (39th/Oregon), and 2-4 pm, the Greater Filipino-American SDA Church has 50 holiday food boxes (turkey and groceries) to give out, first-come first-served (2620 SW Kenyon).
GOT SOMETHING TO REPORT? firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-293-6302, text/voice – thank you!
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
When will the mayor decide on repairing or replacing the eight-months-closed West Seattle Bridge?
Tonight’s “Town Hall” about the bridge didn’t answer that, nor did it include any other significant new information. It provided a recap of what’s been done in recent months, repeated insistence that the decision delay isn’t harming progress, and 45 minutes of Q&A on well-trod ground. If you missed it, here’s the video:
The online event was moderated by Department of Neighborhoods director Andrés Mantilla, a West Seattle resident. Here’s how it unfolded:
ORIGINAL 7:42 PM REPORT: Two West Seattle Crime Watch notes tonight:
STOLEN VEHICLE FOUND … ON ITS SIDE: On Sunday, we published Jim‘s report of his family’s stolen CR-V. It was found early this morning … after this crash:
Whoever was driving the car when it crashed near 34th and 97th in Arbor Heights subsequently bolted. Arlene sent the photo and said the driver was described as “a young man” wearing a black ski mask, blue jacket, and jeans. We confirmed with Jim tonight that it was indeed his CR-V, totaled. A parked car was reported to have been damaged too.
MAIL THEFT: From Kelly: “Mail theft from 22nd Ave between Thistle and Trenton. All mailboxes were opened including multiple locked boxes. I had a package stolen.”
ADDED 8:14 PM – ROBBERY INVESTIGATION: Police are north of The Junction right now investigating a reported street robbery near Holy Rosary. Officers have told dispatch that they’re looking for three suspects, Black men 18-22, all about 6′ and thin, all wearing face coverings and blue jeans, one in a white shirt, one with a black handgun, all of whom got away in a metallic blue 4-door sedan. No details so far on the robbery victim, circumstances, or what was taken.
ADDED 10:18 AM TUESDAY: Just got the report narrative on the robbery:
XXXX stated that she was walking from her home in the 4500 block of 40 Av SW to the restaurant located at 41XX California Av SW. She stated she was walking northbound in the 4400 block of 42 Av SW when an unknown year, make, model, four-door sedan, metallic blue in color traveling southbound on 42 Av SW suddenly pulled up next to her. XXXXXX believed the vehicle was stopping to pick up a possible [ride-share] customer.
XXXXX stated three Black males, 18-22 years old, 6-0, thin build, all wearing blue jeans exited the vehicle and surrounded her. She stated one male was wearing a white T-shirt and armed with a black handgun. XXXXXX stated this male pointed the handgun at her head and stated, “XXXXXXXXXX” XXXXXX advised she was terrified and clung to the purse. She stated the males were stronger than her and ripped the purse from her grasp. XXXXX advised that her identification, credit cards and cell phone were inside of the tan rounded purse. … XXXXX advised she was not injured from the robbery. She stated the suspects left southbound in a vehicle on 42 Av SW. An area check for the suspects and vehicle was negative.
The X’s are what was redacted by SPD before the narrative was provided in response to our request.
Thanks for the tips. Capco Beverages (4100 SW Alaska) in The Junction – West Seattle’s only liquor store – confirms it’s closing in January. Manager Dolly Amend tells WSB that they’ve launched a big sale because “everything must go.” The store opened eight years ago in what had been a state liquor store. Online listings indicate the space has been offered for lease for a while. According to Amend, Swedish is moving into the space; we have a message out seeking more details on that.
Not all local businesses face changes because of the new pandemic-related restrictions – some were already operating under those same guidelines. Among them, longtime WSB sponsor Illusions Hair Design (5619 California SW), which wants you to know it has been open and will remain open, as “personal services” :
Since opening up again in June, we have been operating at 25% with safety of staff & clients at a high priority. With the new rules, we will not need to change anything we have been doing currently. We do need to stress that clients MUST have reviewed our current COVID-19 protocols, and have filled out and submitted our online waiver (illusionshairdesign.com) prior to their first appointment. We ask that any client who has recently traveled out of state to not schedule until they have followed the state quarantine guidelines (currently set at 14 days). All clients with appointments are required to call from their vehicle when they arrive at the salon, and wait for instructions on entry time. We remain open M-F, and clients can currently schedule through Dec. 23 (unless we get completely shut down).
If people are interested in purchasing any of our retail items, and they do not have an appointment, we encourage them to call during business hours for item availability. We will take their credit card over the phone, and have their items available for curbside pickup (the same day if timing works out). Clients can always call our 24-hour phone line and leave a message about setting up an appointment or for retail purchase requests. 206-938-3675
Hair salons are under the “personal services” category in state guidelines, with 25 percent maximum indoor occupancy (see #14 here).
With a week and a half to go until Thanksgiving, and the recommendatian to keep it small and simple at home, you might be looking for help with your holiday dinner. Here are (updated) seven places to start – NOT an all-inclusive list – let us know of others (that aren’t already sold out) – but what we have to start with:
WEST SEATTLE THRIFTWAY (4201 SW Morgan; WSB sponsor): You can order a turkey dinner, ham dinner, or various a la carte main and side through the store deli; the form is in Thriftway’s latest newsletter. Thriftway tells us you have to order by 4 pm next Monday (November 23rd), in person or by phone (206-937-0245), and Thanksgiving Day pickup is available (though the day before is recommended).
WEST SEATTLE WHOLE FOODS MARKET (4755 Fauntleroy Way SW): Order online at least two days in advance, for pickup by the day before Thanksgiving. Here’s what’s available.
SALTY’S ON ALKI (1936 Harbor SW; WSB sponsor): Meal kits for as few as two people are available, with the ordering deadline this Wednesday (November 18th), and pickups the day before Thanksgiving. Order by phone, 206-937-1600; here’s the menu.
PECOS PIT (4400 35th SW; WSB sponsor): Offering full Thanksgiving dinners, as well as a la carte components, for pickup. See the menu here. Order by Monday (November 23rd) for pickup the day before Thanksgiving. You can order online or by phone (206-708-7691).
METROPOLITAN MARKET (2320 42nd SW; WSB sponsor): Full precooked dinners are showing as sold out, but as of our check this morning, you have other options, such as a fully cooked turkey. Ordering deadline is next Monday, and you can order online.
HUSKY DELI (4721 California SW): You can order a “family-sized” Thanksgiving dinner (and other options), for pickup the day before Thanksgiving. Info’s online. Call 206-937-2810 or email email@example.com by 7 pm Tuesday, November 24th. If you order and prepay by phone, you can arrange curbside pickup.
(added) HARRY’S BEACH HOUSE (2676 Alki SW): Offering options from a la carte turkey and sides to a feast for 8. Here’s the menu. Order online or by email no later than this Friday (November 20th) for pickup next Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday.
Someplace else to add? Email us the info – firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
Three quick traffic notes:
OLSON/2ND CRASH: Thanks for the tips – police are headed to a two-vehicle crash at the east end of the SW Roxbury corridor. One car is reported to be “facing the wrong way.” No SFD dispatch so far so apparently no major injuries.
CALIFORNIA/STEVENS LIGHT: Thanks for the tip on this – the light at California/Stevens is out; SDOT is reported to have arrived on scene. Reminder that out/flashing signals are all-way stops.
16TH SW WORK: SDOT says this weekend work is continuing into the week: “Crews continued paving work on 16th Ave SW near the north entrance to South Seattle Community College. This work will continue early this week until approximately Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. 16th Ave SW will remain one lane in each direction on the east side of the road (the northbound lanes), which means the capacity is maintained, but parking will remain restricted.” Today’s rain might stretch that out further (we’re checking).
Just in from Senior Center of West Seattle executive director Amy Lee Derenthal:
Following the Governor’s new restrictions announced Sunday, the Senior Center of West Seattle will be closed for most in-person programming beginning today.
The Senior Center will continue to provide essential services including weekday lunch delivery, food bank distributions, Meals on Wheels distributions, social worker outreach and phone counseling. If you are in need of services, please contact the Senior Center for help.
The Senior Center will continue to provide a variety of online and virtual classes, programs and social opportunities. Check out the list of activities on the Senior Center’s website.
The Senior Center’s Stop-n-Shop Thrift Shop, located at 4504 California Ave. SW, will remain open with a limited schedule. Hours are Thursday-Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Monday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (Donations accepted by appointment.)
Questions or to access resources: Contact us at 206-932-4044 or visit sc-ws.org.
We’re still working on Thanksgiving info – but just had a Christmas sighting. Trees have arrived at Junction TrueValue (44th/Edmunds). The store tells us they’ll be available for purchase starting by 4 pm or so. (Our forthcoming Holiday Guide will include a list of tree sellers as always – advance info appreciated, email@example.com – thank you!)
The city’s third approved scooter-share provider is distributing its scooters in Seattle starting today. This one is the seated-scooter company Wheels. From its announcement:
Wheels are designed far differently from traditional stand-up scooters. A seated riding position and low center of gravity provide a safer and more stable ride — one that’s more accessible for a much broader demographic, as evidenced by the fact that half of Wheels’ riders are women and one-third are over the age of 35. Large 14-inch tires create a smooth ride across bumps, cracks, and uneven surfaces. And, unlike other offerings, Wheels comes with its own integrated helmet system! Initially, 20% of Wheels scooters in Seattle will have integrated helmets, but this will soon be scaled up to cover the whole fleet.
Those reusable helmets include “removable biodegradable liners,” the company says. It’s also working on “self-sanitizing grips” with surfaces that it says contain “mineral nanocrystals … powered by any visible light to create a powerful and toxin-free oxidation reaction that continuously breaks down any organic contaminants at the microscopic level without the use of poisons, traditional heavy metals or dangerous chemicals.” As with other transportation-share options, this one requires an app for usage. We’re still waiting to hear back on West Seattle deployment plans; let us know if you see these anywhere on the peninsula.
6:12 AM: Welcome to Monday, the 238th morning without the West Seattle Bridge.
Delridge project: Interesting notes in the weekly bulletin include the installation of temporary traffic counters on 26th and on Delridge to help guide the decision about diverters on 26th.
CHECK TRAFFIC BEFORE YOU GO
West Marginal Way/Highland Park Way:
Highland Park Way/Holden:
The 5-way intersection (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):
Restricted-daytime-access (open to all 9 pm-5 am) low bridge:
The main detour route across the Duwamish River, the 1st Avenue South Bridge (map) . Here are two cameras:
The other major bridge across the river – the South Park Bridge (map). Here’s the nearest camera:
Going through South Park? Don’t speed. (Same goes for the other detour-route neighborhoods, like Highland Park, Riverview, and South Delridge.)
Checking for bridges’ marine-traffic openings? The @SDOTBridges Twitter feed is working again.
You can see all local traffic cams here; locally relevant cameras are also shown on this WSB page (we’ve added the new Highland Park Way cameras).
Metro – Fare collection has resumed.
Water Taxi – Also charging again.
Trouble on the roads/paths/water? Let us know – text (but not if you’re driving!) 206-293-6302.
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