West Seattle, Washington
Tonight’s local pandemic-related toplines:
NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: From the Public Health daily-summary dashboard, the cumulative totals:
*35,993 people have tested positive, 283 more than yesterday’s total
*834 people have died, 1 more than yesterday’s total
*2,903 people have been hospitalized, 13 more than yesterday’s total
*603,808 people have been tested, 3,473 more than yesterday’s total
One week ago, the four totals we track were 31,948/816/2,753/579.089.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: Find them, county by county, on the state Department of Health page,.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: See them, nation by nation, here.
COVID OUTBREAK: Providence Mount St. Vincent reports 19 cases and another death.
NEED TESTING? West Seattle has one of the major citywide free testing sites, in the Southwest Athletic Complex parking lot at 2801 SW Thistle, open 8:45-5:30 Mondays through Saturdays. Go here to get an appointment.
NEED FOOD? Three holiday-food distribution events in West Seattle are now set for Saturday.
‘STAY HEALTHY BLOCKS’ EXTENDED: The city is extending this program until February, and inviting you to register your non-arterial block for a “Streetsgiving” event.
GOT INFO? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us, text or voice, at 206-293-6302 – thank you!
Spend local! We’re continuing to publish updates on West Seattle businesses, with the new statewide restrictions leading to changes for many. Thanks to the dozens of businesses that have emailed us updates already. Here are four more notes:
CANNA WEST SEATTLE (5440 California SW; WSB sponsor): Updates for customers:
Canna West Seattle is committed to serving its community and will continue to do so. Following the latest order by Governor Inslee and following recommendations from health officials, Canna West Seattle will be implementing a few extra safety protocols to its procedures already in place in an effort to ensure the safety of its staff and customers.
COVID-19 Store Policy Updates – Effective Immediately
Store Capacity: Limit 3 customers in store at a time.
Masks Required: Must cover the nose, mouth and chin.
When checking your ID, Canna West staff will ask customers to briefly pull down their masks to ensure the face matches the ID, following LCB regulations and for security purposes.
Mandatory Temperature Checks: All staff and customers will be required to have their temperature scanned in order to enter the Canna West Seattle building. Anyone with a temperature over 100 degrees will be asked to leave. Customers may return 48 hours after the fever has passed.
“During these uncertain times there may be days that we are short-staffed and we may have longer wait times at the door than normal,” says Canna West Seattle owner Maryam Mirnateghi. “That is because we prioritize our staff and our customer’s safety above all else. We strongly encourage our customers to pre-order online for convenient in-store pick up and to shorten wait times for all. We also offer curbside service, which is available from 8 am-6 pm daily.”
SECOND GEAR SPORTS (6529 California SW): This shop also offers online shopping and curbside pickup:
Second Gear Sports continues to be open to our customers (Monday-Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Sun 11 am to 5 pm) with limited occupancy. We offer curbside pickup as well as an ever-growing inventory online at store.secondgearsports.com. Be sure to check out our huge selection of skis and other winter gear just in time for the winter season! Shop small and shop local!
EMERALD WATER ANGLERS (4502 42nd SW; WSB sponsor): Do your holiday shopping early! Through December 15th, 5% of gross sales go to the Wild Steelhead Coalition. EWA has online shopping, too.
WEST SEATTLE VERIZON (4502 California SW): This shop emailed to say that its “Black Friday deals” are launching tomorrow (Thursday, November 19th). Watch online for details and updates.
Got a business update? email@example.com – and please include whether you also offer online shopping/curbside pickup/delivery – thank you!
Sound Transit now says its Draft Environmental Impact Statement for West Seattle/Ballard light rail will be out “mid-2021.” That’s the next big comment period, and the next step toward firming up details of the route, but in the meantime, ST has just launched an “online open house” website to let you know where things stand. Here’s what’s in it:
The updated site features an overview of our environmental review process along with detailed maps, elevation profiles and descriptions of each alternative currently being studied. Additionally, we have new maps for each proposed station and cross-sections for all elevated stations, along with information about how people could walk, roll, bike, or take transit to potential station locations.
The map above, with accompanying cross-section, is just one of those featured, as are station cross-sections like this (click through the dots beneath each station map):
The maps and descriptions outline the possible routing under consideration, including the potential guideway elevations, as well as the possible station locations.
Planning for the voter-approved light-rail extension continues even though a delay is possible – it is scheduled to open in 2030, but ST has been hit by the pandemic economic crunch, and its board will decide within a few months whether to push back the timelines on projects like this that aren’t yet under construction.
Providence Mount St. Vincent is dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak, with one life lost. Here’s the announcement we received tonight:
Thank you to our West Seattle friends, neighbors and family members for continuing to express care and concern for the residents, patients and caregivers at The Mount. We remain humbled by the outpouring of love and support we have received.
Following nearly 6 months with no positive cases among the residents of Providence Mount St. Vincent, we now have 10 residents/patients who tested positive and 9 caregivers who tested positive. This increase is unfortunately consistent with the surge in positive cases throughout our region, our state and our country.
We have been testing caregivers weekly for many months and target-testing residents and patients. We believe a caregiver became sick between their weekly tests and unknowingly spread the virus in primarily one localized area of the building.
Affected caregivers are quarantining at home and will be cleared to return to work through Providence Caregiver Health. We are deeply saddened that one resident/patient who tested positive has died due to complications of COVID-19 while also facing other compromising health issues. Our hearts go out to the family and the caregivers of this beloved member of The Mount community.
The safety and well-being of our residents, patients, their families and our caregivers remains our highest priority. While the virus is surging throughout the broader community, we are employing every possible method to contain further spread. Our highly-trained caregivers are continuing to follow all infection control protocols, including the use of appropriate personal protection equipment (PPE), in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local King County Department of Health and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) guidelines, while providing our residents/patients expert and compassionate care.
We continue daily monitoring of all residents, patients, and caregivers for any signs of illness, especially a fever or cough. We remain closed to visitors, with the exception of end-of-life visits which are accommodated on a person-by-person basis. Window and video visits remain open for scheduling. Outdoor visits are temporarily on hold.
We are working closely with state and local health authorities, as well as the CDC, to ensure we continue delivering safe, high quality care for all residents and patients. We have notified the families of all residents and patients, and the Intergenerational Learning Center families, about the situation and will continue to share updates with the community as needed.
As of last week’s weekly King County long-term-care status update – before this announcement – The Mount had lost seven people.
Two West Seattle development notes:
COMMENT TIME FOR 6314 41ST SW: Comments have opened as Administrative Design Review begins for this project with three small apartment buildings with a total of 36 units and 15 offstreet-parking units. From the notice:
SDCI will accept written comments to assist in the preparation of the early design guidance through November 30, 2020. You are invited to offer comments regarding important site planning and design issues you believe should be addressed in the design of this project. Please note that the proposed design will likely evolve through the review process.
The notice explains how to send your comments.
DESIGN REVIEW MEETING TOMORROW FOR 3417 HARBOR SW: Reminder that tomorrow night is the next Southwest Design Review Board meeting for this 115-apartment, 68-offstreet-parking-space project just north of the West Seattle Bridge’s west end. The meeting starts at 5 pm Thursday, online. The design packet is here, with connection information (and how to comment/ask questions during the meeting) here This is potentially the final meeting for the project; our previous coverage is here.
Four West Seattle Crime Watch reports today:
ATTACK CHARGE: A convicted killer is back in jail, charged with attacking a 73-year-old man in West Seattle. We didn’t hear about this incident when it happened, but learned of the charge: Court documents say the victim was walking with his wife near 35th and Morgan last Wednesday morning when 42-year-old Lonnie W. Jones punched him, unprovoked, knocking him down and sending him to the hospital. Police found Jones nearby, and learned he had been in the area a while, kicked out of the West Seattle Food Bank earlier in the morning. Charging documents say Jones was convicted of murder for killing a man during a home-invasion robbery in Federal Way in 1996. Court records show he was released in 2013, and found guilty the next year of assaulting his wife during a fight at her sister’s Highland Park apartment. His bail is set at $100.000.
Three reader reports:
VANDALISM: Senior Center of West Seattle executive director Amy Lee Derenthal tells WSB that a second-floor window was broken by someone overnight. “Looks like maybe a wine bottle was used because there’s a broken one on the sidewalk below the window,” she added.
PACKAGE THIEF ON VIDEO: Soren sent the clip and report:
Just reaching out regarding a package theft (in the 4800 block of) 26th Ave SW. Got a phone call from a neighbor right after it happened, camera footage is super clear; unfortunately, no license plate number is visible.
MAIL THEFT: From Philippe:
I wanted to report that our & the neighbors’ mailbox at Delridge & Trenton was broken into sometime Saturday afternoon to Sunday early afternoon. All of the mailboxes for us and neighbors were opened. Not sure if the thieves got away with anything. One neighbor reported also Monday that some of those same boxes were re-opened.
Everyone should, if they can, remove their mail ASAP after it is delivered, to be safe.
12:59 PM WEDNESDAY: Mayor Jenny Durkan‘s long-awaited West Seattle Bridge decision will be made public tomorrow (Thursday). That’s what mayoral spokesperson Chelsea Kellogg just told WSB. We contacted the mayor’s office late yesterday after hearing that the mayor said in a KING 5 interview that she would likely announce her decision this week, though in Monday’s “Town Hall” (WSB coverage here) she said only “in the coming weeks”; we just got the reply. Mayor Durkan was already scheduled to meet with the Community Task Force at 3:30 tomorrow afternoon. Next Monday will mark eight months since the bridge was abruptly closed because of fast-growing cracks; SDOT’s contractor is almost done with stabilization work that the city says had to be done first regardless of whether the next course of action is repair now/replace later or replace now.
7:45 AM THURSDAY: The decision will be announced at 9 am. You should be able to watch here.
We usually feature opportunities for help, such as food distribution, in our nightly pandemic-news roundup. But with the holidays ahead, we’re spotlighting them separately too. So here are three ways you can get food before Thanksgiving (and please wear face coverings, even though you don’t have to get out of your car):
FROM THE WEST SEATTLE FOOD BANK: In addition to what they’re doing at the food bank, they also have a special distribution on Saturday. Here’s the announcement we received today:
We are offering several options for our neighbors this Thanksgiving.
The West Seattle Food Bank, partnering with South Seattle College, will have a drive-thru distribution Saturday, November 21st at 10 am at South Seattle College, North Lot #1, 6000 16th Ave SW. Each family can receive a turkey along with a box of fresh produce and dairy. Everyone must wear masks and remain in their car.
For the week of November 23rd, West Seattle Food Bank distribution hours are:
Monday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
3419 SW Morgan St.
We will have turkeys, chickens, and a variety of other items for our neighbors.
Questions? Call 206-932-9023. This is open to all, not just people who are ongoing WSFB clients.
EASTRIDGE CHURCH’S TURKEYS-AND-GROCERIES EVENT: We have already mentioned this several times, but one more reminder: Starting at 9 am Saturday, outside the church at 39th/Oregon, Eastridge’s annual distribution of turkeys and groceries is drive-up-style this year. They have hundreds to distribute and ask people not to arrive early so as not to jam traffic in the area.
GREATER SEATTLE FIL-AM SDA CHURCH’S HOLIDAY MEAL BOXES: The church at 2620 SW Kenyon has been doing periodic food distribution and on Saturday, starting at 2 pm, they will have 50 boxes to give out, with turkey, potatoes, stuffing, brownie mix, and fruit.
P.S. Not in West Seattle but not far, so we mention this weekly in our roundups, Food Lifeline HQ at 815 S. 96th has been distributing food boxes on Fridays, 2-5 pm, and has a distribution this week too.
(Bewick’s Wren, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
from the calendar and inbox, here’s what’s ahead today:
CITY COUNCIL BUDGET VOTES: Under way now, with a second session at 2 pm, the council is in the final round of voting on more than 160 changes to the mayor’s proposed budget for next year. (Want to see what any individual councilmember is sponsoring? Use this new tool just unveiled.) Today’s agenda for both sessions is here, with links to documents. You can watch live here,
DINE OUT FOR GENESEE HILL: 10:30 am-10 pm, you can help raise money for Genesee Hill Elementary by getting food from MOD Pizza in The Junction (4755 Fauntleroy Way SW). Details are in our calendar listing.
DINE OUT FOR ROXHILL: 2 pm-10 pm, you can help raise money for Roxhill Elementary by getting food from The Westy (7908 35th SW), which also has limited outdoor seating. Info’s in our calendar listing.
WESTSIDE SCHOOL MIDDLE-SCHOOL INFORMATION NIGHT: Online at 5 pm, find out about middle school at Westside School (WSB sponsor) in Arbor Heights. Our calendar listing explains how to get the participation link.
TOWN HALL WITH ELECTED OFFICIALS: Online at 6 pm, you’re invited to a Town Hall opportunity for Q&A with State Sen. Joe Nguyen (who is hosting), State Reps. Eileen Cody and Joe Fitzgibbon, City Councilmember Lisa Herbold, and County Councilmember Joe McDermott. The attendance link is in our calendar listing.
Those who knew and loved Pat Moak are invited to her memorial Saturday, online. Here’s the remembrance her family is sharing:
Pat Moak passed away November 10, 2020.
She is survived by her husband Bill and son Brent. She is also survived by her brothers Ken and Debbie, Lyle, Ed, and Sue Lyle as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews.
Pat taught at West Seattle Christian School, where she made many friends with staff, parents, and so many students.
There will be a Zoom service from West Seattle Christian Church this coming Saturday starting at 11:00 am; please check the church website for link info.
Any memorials can be made to West Seattle Christian Church.
Share memories and condolences with Pat’s family at www.emmickfunerals.com/obituary/Patricia-Moak. Arrangements entrusted to Emmick Family Funeral Home of West Seattle.
(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please email the text, and a photo if available, to firstname.lastname@example.org)
6:07 AM: Welcome to Wednesday, the 240th morning without the West Seattle Bridge.
Delridge project: Here’s the bulletin for this week.
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.
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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