West Seattle, Washington
Tonight’s pandemic-related local notes:
NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: From the Public Health daily-summary dashboard, the cumulative totals:
*51,671 people have tested positive, up 820 from yesterday’s total
*920 people have died, up 3 from yesterday’s total
*3,543 people have been hospitalized, up 57 from yesterday’s total
*675,103 people have been tested (fewer than yesterday’s total – the state says data is still in flux)
One week ago, those totals were 46,173/886/3,305/628,862.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 69.5 million cases worldwide, 15.6 million of them in the U.S. See the nation-by-nation breakout here.
OUTBREAK UPDATE FROM THE MOUNT: Getting ready for the vaccine, increasing testing, and dealing with an ongoing outbreak that’s taken three more lives – that’s all in this update from Providence Mount St. Vincent, along with how you can show support for residents.
GROCERY-STORE CASE: We watch various business websites for COVID-19 updates, including this page on the Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor) website. Tonight we note it reported:
One of our Admiral team members tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, December 8th. The team member last worked in the store on Thursday, December 3rd. We are following the recommended response guidelines from public health authorities, including the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) and the King County Department of Health. In addition to the rigorous sanitation protocols we already have in place, the store undergoes a commercial-grade, electrostatic disinfectant service twice a week, and we are able to safely remain open at this time.
All team members who came into close contact with the person who tested positive have been identified, notified, and are required to self-quarantine for 7-days and may return pending a negative COVID-19 test.
We’ve also noted that past case reports from other stores have been removed from the website after a few days; here’s a screengrab in case that happens before you look at the link.
GROCERY WORKERS’ SAFETY: The main union for grocery workers in this region, UFCW 21, has launched a campaign asking customers to help them track safety concerns.
GOT PHOTOS/TIPS? 206-293-6302, text or voice, or email@example.com – thank you!
Five items to report in West Seattle Crime Watch:
STORE ATTACK: An angry customer choked and threatened an employee who went outside the High Point Walgreens to empty trash cans on Wednesday night. Police were told the suspect usually visits the store to buy cigarettes once or twice a week, but that night didn’t have ID with him, nor did his mother, who was accompanying him. They left the store a few minutes later with other purchases, and minutes later the employee was attacked; he told police the attacker said, “I’m gonna kill you the next time I see you” and then left in a vehicle. The victim declined medical help.
CAMP ARREST: A 37-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday at Camp Second Chance for investigation of malicious harassment after a clash with other residents that police say involved racial slurs. She was accused of forcing her way into another tiny house at the camp, pushing one of its residents and calling him a racial slur. Police were told she then continued to wander around the encampment, assaulting two more residents. She was arrested and booked into King County Jail, from which she was released today.
THREATENED IN NORTH DELRIDGE: A resident reports:
(Tuesday) around 4:30 pm, I stepped out to walk the dog near Nevada St. and 26th Ave SW. and noticed an unfamiliar man had made himself at home on my neighbor’s covered porch. My husband and I approached him and asked him to leave when he pulled out a long aluminum tube and threatened us with it. After a few minutes, my husband was able to get him to unplug his radio, pick up his belongings and leave. He proceeded to walk up the street knocking down garbage cans and striking things along the way with the tube in his hand.
A police report was filed.
CATALYTIC-CONVERTER THEFT: Katie emailed to say hers was stolen Tuesday night. She didn’t say where but did add, “The tow truck driver said mine was the *7th* tow for this in two weeks, all in West Seattle.”
MISSING AN EMERGENCY KIT? Bill discovered this in his Upper Fauntleroy rockery on Wednesday:
Car prowlers hit his neighborhood the night before, but it didn’t belong to those victims, so maybe it’s from a prowl elsewhere. If you recognize it, let us know.
Three bridge notes tonight:
LOW-BRIDGE CAMERAS UPDATE: SDOT sent the photo, announcing “that crews installed the first camera today without any need for lane closures. They plan to install a second camera close to 11th Ave SW tomorrow.” We went out on the low bridge this afternoon and noticed several new signboards like the one in the photo. SDOT says those will be used to let people know when enforcement is happening and when (like 9 pm-5 am nightly) it’s not. The cameras are expected to be activated next month; this SDOT post recaps the current rules for low-bridge use.
1ST AVENUE SOUTH BRIDGE UPDATE: As we first reported in October, repair work will bring lane closures to the southbound 1st Avenue South Bridge next month. This week, we checked back with WSDOT – this is a state bridge, not a city bridge – to see if the dates were set yet. Short answer: No. Long answer: No, because they haven’t chosen a contractor yet. Five bids were received, and opened yesterday; the three lowest bids are listed on this WSDOT webpage. The contract likely will be awarded next week, and the work schedule will be set after that.
REMINDER – SOUTH PARK BRIDGE CLOSURE TONIGHT: Quick reminder that tonight is the second scheduled night for an inspection closure of the South Park Bridge, 10:30 pm-6 am.
Thanks to Nick for the photos – multiple recommendations have come in for this home in north Morgan Junction, on 42nd SW between Graham and Raymond [vicinity map].
Nick says this is only the second year that residents Kim and Gabe have been decorating, but they are continuing to add more daily.
Driving around looking at Christmas lights are one of the safe ways to celebrate this season – state health authorities even made a point of that in their briefing this week. So we are continuing to spotlight them nightly, and adding to the list in our West Seattle Holiday Guide – you can scroll through the archives here, and if you have a suggestion, with or without a photo, email firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
That’s Brittany Philbin, who’s at West Seattle Grounds in North Admiral (2141 California SW) as part of tonight’s West Seattle Art Walk. The photo she posed with is one you might remember seeing here on WSB back in October, when that pregnant Southern Resident orca – J46 Star – was part of a group that passed West Seattle. Brittany is a conservation advocate and health-care worker as well as a photographer; she’s at WSG tonight until 8 pm, one of several artists having indoor receptions this month. In The Junction, you can drop in on a few – among them, Erika Bell is at Verity Credit Union (4505 California SW; WSB sponsor) until 8 pm, and a group show is at Wild Rose’s (4529 California SW). Some businesses are just showing art during regular hours, but you can preview it all here – and for holiday shopping, remember that most artists are selling their work too.
(From SPU water-outage map)
Everyone affected should already have received notice, but just for the record – about 145 Seattle Public Utilities customers along California SW between Juneau and Graham are scheduled to be without water tonight, potentially 9 pm-5 am. SPU spokesperson Sabrina Register tells WSB this is the same kind of work that required a nighttime outage earlier this week in Pigeon Point/Puget Ridge – “SPU water crews will be installing a 12” valve on a nearby water main. Valves allow smaller sections of a water main to be shut down, impacting fewer customers, when repairs and maintenance are needed in the future. They also provide an additional safety measure should an emergency water-main shutdown need to occur.”
In case you haven’t seen these in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide – two holiday movies-turned-radio-plays will be presented live online by local groups in the next week and a half!
‘IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE’: Tomorrow (Friday) night at 7:30 pm, Seattle Lutheran High School presents the radio-play version of this classic:
Seattle Lutheran Drama is proud to present a rare holiday-themed performance! It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play by Joe Landry is an adaptation of the classic film interpreted as a 1940’s-style radio drama. Clarence, an Angel 2nd Class, is given the daunting task of teaching George Bailey about all the good he has put into the world in order to prevent George from taking his own life. George sees his hometown and the changes that would have occurred if he had never been born. Our talented actors will each perform from their homes, assisted by live practical sound effects. Filled with all your favorite characters and lines, this heart-felt Christmas classic is sure to please! Streaming ONE NIGHT ONLY! Friday, December 11th = Tickets: $15 per device: Purchase tickets here.
‘MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET’: Twelfth Night Productions will perform this radio-play “version of the classic 1947 film ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ … based on the holiday movie favorite of the same name and presented as a live 1940s radio broadcast. ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ tells the timeless story of an old man who calls himself Kris Kringle and is hired as the Macy’s department store Santa. His claim to be the real Santa Claus becomes a court case and a young child’s belief could make all the difference.” It’ll be live online at 7:30 pm Saturday, December 19th, and 3 pm Sunday, December 20th; your pay-what-you-can ticket (donate here) will allow you to watch either or both, and/or to view it later.
The Missing Piece Café and Game Lounge is open at 35th/Roxbury, and joining the WSB sponsor team. New sponsors get the chance to let you know what they’re all about:
The Missing Piece isn’t just a place for coffee (roasted by Seattle’s own Victrola) and tea, but also for shopping.
First, about the café: Its a bright, friendly, and clean space that hosts fantastic coffee and pastries that are all sourced from other businesses within the area. They are impressing a wide array of people from gamers to tea drinkers. Both the owners are extremely passionate about all things board game-related and they love to share their extensive knowledge with the friends and neighbors in our community. Tea drinkers have consistently complimented the way they steep their loose-leaf tea, along with how large their selection is. Here’s the menu.
Shopping: The Missing Piece has a curated selection of retail games for sale and we sell used games – on consignment, so if you would like to sell a used game, there is a form to fill out on our website. (The seller sets the price, and we shrink-wrap the game and put a sticker on it with the information the seller provided. The seller has 60 days for the game to sell and gets 70% in store credit when it sells.)
When indoor service is allowed again, The Missing Piece has distanced seating space that’s open until 10 pm daily.2 private rooms that are available for rent (which can be booked from our website). You’ll always be welcome to bring in your own games and play. COVID is delaying their free-to-play game library, but it is coming soon.
Their friendly, at-home, atmosphere is bringing people back along with their coffee and bakery items. The neighborhood is so excited to have a close-by coffee shop; for many, it is within walking distance. They are ready and excited for when they can host events and are already planning on hosting their own events as well, such as backgammon night.
In the meantime, The Missing Piece is open 7 days a week from 8 AM-10 PM on the northeast corner of 35th/Roxbury. Call ahead to order cafe items or put a game on hold for pickup. 206-420-8960
We thank The Missing Piece for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.
If you have a few minutes to answer some questions, a community group would appreciate your assistance. Here’s the announcement:
The SW Seattle Youth Alliance, a school and community coalition formed to address the high rates of youth substance use in Southwest Seattle, would like your help in learning more about community concerns related to drugs and alcohol. The coalition will use these surveys to guide their work in selecting effective prevention programs and services for youth and the community. Please take a few minutes to complete this anonymous survey.
We’re continuing to check on ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks at West Seattle care facilities. We asked Providence Mount St. Vincent (“The Mount”) for a status report on theirs, as well as whether any community support is needed. Here’s the update they provided in response, also including word that they’ve increased testing and are getting ready for vaccine availability:
The outbreak at Providence Mount St. Vincent continues to reflect the surge of Covid-19 in the broader community. Since the update provided just prior to Thanksgiving, 3 additional people have died. Since the beginning of the pandemic, The Mount has lost a total of 14 people to Covid-19. Right now, 19 residents and 21 caregivers have tested positive in the current outbreak following a period of 6 months with no resident cases. Most all who are positive are in the process of recovery.
“Our hearts go out deeply to those who have lost a loved one and for those fighting to get well either here at The Mount or in the broader community,” said Dr. David Roesel, who serves as an on-site medical provider. “It’s disheartening for all of us to see this. While the entire team of caregivers at The Mount are taking this incredibly seriously, doing everything possible and often with great personal sacrifice, we are seeing across the state and the nation how difficult it is to contain the virus once it is started in congregate settings.”
In addition to months of routine, weekly testing of caregivers and as-needed symptom-based resident testing, last week The Mount began point-of-care rapid testing for residents and caregivers. All residents are additionally being tested this week. Any positive resident test result is immediately followed up with communication with the resident and their family.
Additionally, caregivers will now be tested twice per week. “The new, on-site lab took a herculean effort to get approved and set up, but is already making a difference”, said Dr. Roesel. “It has enabled us to identify asymptomatic caregivers in under an hour rather than multiple days, and to stop the transmission of the virus from that individual.”
“Continuous transparency with our community of residents, family members, Intergenerational Learning Center parents and caregivers has been our goal since day one,” said Administrator Charlene Boyd. “In addition to weekly written updates; a daily family recorded phone-line update; and a dedicated phone line for family members to call at any time; we have conducted at minimum monthly virtual Town Halls followed up with written notes for all. Since the start of this recent surge, The Mount has increased the Family Virtual Town Hall to bi-weekly. The Town Halls are conducted by our on-site Infection Preventionist, our Director of Clinical Services, our on-site Physicians, and myself. Nurse and administrative leaders for all neighborhoods and living areas throughout The Mount’s campus have also increased weekday morning standup infection-prevention briefings to seven days a week and I couldn’t be more proud of their efforts”.
The team at The Mount has additionally been working hard to be ready to administer the vaccine on-site through a partnership with a national pharmacy and with support from Providence Health and Services.
“The vaccine cannot arrive a moment too soon as we work to protect the most vulnerable residents and caregivers here at The Mount as well as for our broader community,” said Dr. Roesel. “We have the potential to end this pandemic if people are willing to accept the vaccine and keep up public health measures and social distancing until we get there.”
Given the continued surge expected through the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, we implore people to stay home, wear masks and maintain social distancing.
And, please join us in our efforts to make Christmas special for all of the residents at The Mount and to thank the tireless efforts of the caregivers.
A wish list has been developed to fulfill individual resident Christmas wishes and to add a Christmas decoration to their rooms and apartments. Gifts purchased online will be shipped directly to The Mount and team members will ensure a special delivery.
Additionally, ornaments may be purchased in gratitude for The Mount’s residents and caregivers through our hallelujah tree program. You may personalize a note to be delivered to them with the ornament, and funds raised support other wonderful life activities through the Providence Mount St. Vincent Foundation.
With immense gratitude to the entire West Seattle community for their outpouring of love and support for all those who make The Mount their home and all those who care for them.
The Mount is West Seattle’s largest facility of its kind.
Reminders before the day gets too much further along:
DEMONSTRATE FOR RACIAL JUSTICE: Scott from Puget Ridge Cohousing continues leading the twice-weekly sign-waving at 16th and Holden, 4-6 pm.
DECEMBER ART WALK: Support local businesses and artists – in-person and online – via tonight’s West Seattle Art Walk. See who’s participating, where, and when/how, by going here.
‘HOLIDAY GUIDE’ ONLINE SHOPPING: More ways to spend local! As previewed yesterday, tonight’s the night The Junction features local stores in a live online gift guide, starting at 5 pm.
WORDS, WRITERS, SOUTHWEST STORIES: 6 pm online. “Hidden Child of the Holocaust” is this month’s presentation, sponsored by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society – here’s how to attend.
YOGA/ZUMBA BENEFIT FOR BLACK VOTERS MATTER: 8 pm online, the Pigeon Point Anti-Racism Project invites you to a yoga and Zumba benefit, supporting Black Voters Matter – our calendar listing explains how to be part of it.
Sometimes it takes a while to get information. Here’s one such case. In the 8 am hour Wednesday, we got some questions about a low-flying Alaska Airlines jet that some said “buzzed Admiral.” Flightradar24 showed Alaska flight 676 looping back to Sea-Tac shortly after takeoff (here’s a screenshot). We asked the airline what happened. This morning, we got the answer:
Alaska Airlines Flight 676 Seattle-Omaha returned to Sea-Tac Airport shortly after take-off due to what was ultimately a faulty indicator light. Our standard operating procedure is to return to the departing airport. The aircraft landed safely without issue. We swapped planes and got our guests back out about 3.5 hours later. We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused our guests.
We continue highlighting ways to help those in need – this Saturday in The Junction, you have two opportunities:
DRIVE-UP FOOD DRIVE: Atticus, an 8th-grade student at Hope Lutheran, is hosting this 10 am-3 pm Saturday in the Hope lot off SW Oregon east of 42nd SW:
I am doing a Covid-safe food drive to benefit the West Seattle Food Bank during the holiday season. Just drive up and pop your trunk! Monetary donations are also appreciated. Thank you for helping me support the members of our community during these times.
Also on Saturday:
FOOD/BOOK DRIVE FOR FARMWORKERS: ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery is “accepting masked, contactless drop-offs at both the front and back entrances of our building from 12 pm-5 pm Saturday” for this drive:
Since launching in May, WashMasks has collected more than 17,600 masks, over $10,000 in school supplies, 20 full shipments of food, bedding, infant care, and paper goods; and $1,000 in cash donations for farm-working communities affected by Covid-19 and this summer’s wildfires.
This December we are having the Heart of Washington Drive: Food & Books for Washington Farm Workers. The food drive shall address the food scarcity that many of these communities face, while the books shall be an expression of love and support to migrant youth, reminding them that they matter. We have a specific book list (all with BIPOC protagonists and many bilingual or in Spanish) set up through the Bookshop website so all proceeds can benefit an independent bookstore (we are encouraging people to buy through Estrelita’s Library so it also benefits a Black-owned bookstore).
The food list is here. ArtsWest is at 4711 California; its back entrance is in the 44th/Alaska parking lot just south of KeyBank.
6:07 AM: It’s Thursday, December 10th, the 262nd morning without the West Seattle Bridge.
SPEAKING OF BRIDGES
Low Bridge: Camera installation today, which means some lane closures 9 am-3 pm.
South Park Bridge: A second inspection closure is planned for tonight, 10:30 pm-6 am. For bus riders, here’s the Metro advisory:
From Wednesday evening, December 9, through Friday morning, December 11, overnight only from 10:30 PM until 6:00 AM each night, Metro Route 60 will be rerouted in both directions due to the closure of the South Park Bridge for routine operational system testing. During this time, Route 60 heading toward Broadway or Westwood Village will travel via alternate roadways and will not serve the stops on 14th Av S at S Cloverdale St and the stops on 16th Av S at East Marginal Way S.
Terminal 5 Bridge: The Port is live-load testing, continuing today. This weekend, that will affect part of West Marginal Way. Details, with maps and times, are here.
OTHER ROAD (ETC.) WORK
(added) California/Raymond: Utility work today, possibly related to water outage scheduled for tonight. Raymond is closed at California. (Thanks to WSB sponsor Ventana Construction for the tip!)
Delridge project: Here’s what’s planned for this week, including closing SW Thistle between Delridge and 20th (which hadn’t happened yet as of Wednesday night).
Metro – Regular schedule.
Water Taxi – Back on regular schedule after last weekend’s dock work.
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 (note: camera ticketing will NOT start today):
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) – see the closure advisory above. 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? See the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed.
Trouble on the roads/paths/water? Let us know – text (but not if you’re driving!) 206-293-6302.