West Seattle, Washington
Tonight’s pandemic toplines:
NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: From the Seattle-King County Public Health daily-summary dashboard, the cumulative totals:
*75,289 people have tested positive, 388 more than yesterday’s total
*1,241 people have died, 1 more than yesterday’s total
*4,763 people have been hospitalized, 27 more than yesterday’s total
*822,897 people have been tested, 4,865 more than yesterday’s total
One week ago, the four totals we track were 72,924/1,198/4,643/801,482.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: Find them, county by county, on the state Department of Health page,.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: See them, nation by nation, here.
GOT INFO? Email us at email@example.com or phone us, text or voice, at 206-293-6302 – thank you!
Seattle Police and King County Sheriff‘s deputies are investigating two crashes on SW Roxbury believed to have been caused by the same hit-and-run driver. He is reported to have hit a pole in the 900 block of Roxbury, then a vehicle near 14th/Roxbury, and then walked or ran away. A search is under way.
This week, we’ve been announcing upcoming school tours/open houses – all online events – as we hear about them. Tonight, we have more:
PATHFINDER K-8: Three events are coming up –
Middle School Tour – Thursday, January 28 11:00 am-12:30 pm:
Click here to join
Or call in (audio only) 206-800-4125 (Phone Conference ID: 186 850 64)
K-5 Tour – Wednesday, Feb. 3rd 5:30-7:00 pm:
Click here to join
Or call in (audio only) – 206-800-4125 (Phone Conference ID: 988 639 515)
Middle School Tour – Thursday, Feb. 4 – 5:30-7:00 pm
Click here to join
Or call in (audio only) 206-800-4125 (Phone Conference ID: 906 152 910)
(added) ALKI ELEMENTARY: “Alki Elementary will be hosting two Open House/Kindergarten Tours virtually in February for all families interested in attending Alki Elementary in the Fall of 2021.” 3 pm Monday, February 1st, and 6:30 pm Tuesday, February 9th. Attendance info is here.
WESTSIDE SCHOOL (WSB sponsor): “Limited availability in some grades (PS-8th grade) and still accepting applications for the 2021.2022 school year. Via our virtual tour, you’ll learn about our unique program and get a peek at our spaces. In addition to your virtual tour, you’ll get an opportunity to speak with our Director of Admission, Ted Holmes.” Email him – firstname.lastname@example.org – or call 206-932-2511 to sign up for a tour. Coming up:
Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten – Thursday, February 4, 10:00 – 11:00 am
Kindergarten – Wednesday, February 3, 1:30 – 2:30 pm
LAFAYETTE ELEMENTARY: Two open houses are coming up:
Thursday, February 4 @ 5:30 pm
Click here to join
Or call in (audio only) 206-800-4125 (Phone Conference ID: 405 850 553)
Thursday, February 11th @ 5:30 pm
Click here to join
Or call in (audio only) 206-800-4125 (Phone Conference ID: 423 932 196#)
CHIEF SEALTH INTERNATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL: February 11th open house for prospective new students and their families; time/info will be on this page when set.
Any more to add? email@example.com – thank you!
Earlier this month, we reported on wildlife advocates’ advice to temporarily remove your bird feeder to save birds’ lives, because current crowding can spread potentially deadly salmonellosis among them. On Tuesday, Seattle Audubon hosted a state expert ta talk about the problem; the video is above. If you’re concerned about the birds, it’s worth watching. Thanks to Kersti Muul of Salish Wildlife Watch, also a longtime bird steward, for letting us know!
Two notes about scams today. First, an alert for restaurants:
RESTAURANT SCAM: Arthur’s in Admiral says that person hit their restaurant and at least one other nearby to defraud them out of free food. Proprietor Rebecca explains:
This person called Sunday identifying an order from Saturday that (he said) had a hair in one of the entrees. We found the order and made sure he was directly referencing something that was ordered. Check and check. He requested that we rectify the situation by remaking two of the entrees, which struck weird with me because he asserted that only one was compromised. I tried to steer him to accept a gift card that would more than compensate the original issue, but he then demanded we put together two entrees for pickup. No understanding or compromise was possible — I wanted to appease the customer and said his food would be ready in 10. I have screenshots of our camera footage — he would not step beyond the entryway and when I asked him to converse with me about the mistake he refused to talk and only would wait for food (comped and nonpayment).
They contacted the person who had placed the order on Saturday and they claimed no knowledge of the person who demanded the make-good. If you have any information, the police report # is 21-022481.
PREVENTION ADVICE: Coincidentally, the Southwest Precinct‘s monthly crime-prevention newsletter, sent today, focuses on scams and other types of fraud, particularly the type seen at tax time, which is fast approaching:
If you can’t read it in the format above, here it is in PDF.
If you need to get tested for COVID-19, a one-day community clinic is coming to Madison Middle School next Tuesday (February 2nd). Here’s the announcement:
Neighborcare Health and Seattle Public Schools Present: Community Covid-19 Testing
Covid-19 testing is available for all students, staff, family, and community members in this outdoor event. Everyone is eligible to receive a test regardless of insurance or immigration status. Testing is also FREE for everyone. We will bill your insurance if you have it, but will not charge a fee if you do not have insurance or your insurance does not cover testing. On-site interpretation services available through phone.
Date: Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021 from 12:00-4:00 pm
Location: Madison Middle School: 3429 45th Avenue SW
For questions, please contact: Neighborcare Community Access Team at 206-333-2524
3:03 PM: Thanks for the tips. The Guardian One helicopter is assisting police in a search for a suspect. We’re still trying to get details but police confirm it’s related to an assault. It happened near 6th and Kenyon. A victim is being taken to the hospital. More details as we get them.
3:16 PM: As noted in comments, K-9 is helping search too. They’re also extending the search east to West Marginal Way in case the attacker fled through the greenbelt.
3:31 PM: A little more info from police – who describe this as a “domestic-violence assault.” We don’t have a description but are going back through archived audio to see if one was put out over the air earlier.
4:13 PM: They’re still searching. Here’s the description from archived audio: Hispanic man, 20s, 6′, medium build, “full tattoo sleeve” on one arm, blue crew-neck shirt, tan shorts.
4:25 PM: Just in case you’re wondering – Guardian One is leaving, but the suspect remains at large.
7:20 PM: We’re covering the HPAC meeting, where Southwest Precinct Lt. Chris Johnson just said they know who the suspect is, and “there’s a whole lot of people looking for him.” The suspect, he said, had been arrested for a crime against the same victim, got out of jail, and attacked the same victim again.
9:13 AM: We learned this morning from Southwwst Precinct commander Capt. Kevin Grossman that the suspect is now in custody. (We are following up further on the case and the reported previous arrest.)
2:40 PM WEDNESDAY: That’s the former West Seattle Christian Church preschool building, more recently an arts center and clothing bank, on the southwest corner of 42nd SW and SW Genesee, and if you want to take one last look at it, your time is running out. Multiple sources tell WSB it’s set for demolition starting tomorrow (a no-parking zone has been in effect around the building since yesterday). It’s been a year and a half since we first reported on the redevelopment plan for this site, which was upzoned to a 55-foot maximum by HALA Mandatory Housing Affordability.
It’s expected to include 72 “small efficiency dwelling units” – microapartments – and 5 live-work units, with 36 offstreet-parking places.
10:53 AM THURSDAY: We went by to check, and indeed, demolition is under way:
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Seattle Public Schools – like most public entities – is facing a big budget shortfall.
Potentially, $48 million.
Cuts and changes won’t be finalized until summer, but one proposed cut would have a big effect on 15 schools, including two in West Seattle: A proposal to cut yellow-bus service for most “option schools,” including Pathfinder K-8 on Pigeon Point and Louisa Boren STEM K-8 in Delridge. Parents at both schools are organizing opposition.
First, here’s the slide shown at a School Board budget work session last week (see the full agenda packet here):
Here’s what’s on the list for the rest of today/tonight (are we missing anything? let us know!):
CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE: The Select Committee on Homelessness Strategies and Investments meets at 2 pm. The agenda includes a proposed expansion of the city’s tiny-house encampment system. West Seattle already hosts one, Camp Second Chance.
SEATTLE SCHOOL BOARD: Online meeting, 3:30 pm; here’s the agenda.
DENNY INTERNATIONAL MS OPEN HOUSE: 5:30 pm, prospective families are welcome at this online event. You’ll find the links, and more information, on this Denny webpage.
MADISON MS PTSA: The next Madison Middle School PTSA General Membership meeting is tonight at 6:30 pm. Participation information is on the PTSA website.
TALK TRAFFIC @ HPAC: 7 pm online, HPAC – the community council for Highland Park, Riverview, and South Delridge – talks bridge-traffic mitigation with SDOT, focused on the Home Zone strategy. All welcome; attendance info is on the HPAC website.
‘FOREST BATHING’: Find out about its potential health benefits in a 7 pm online event presented by Aegis Living. RSVP info is in our calendar listing.
Thanks to Camille Morgan for the photos and report:
Asher Morgan, member of Troop 282 and Hope Preschool alum, worked with 14 fellow Scouts to construct a new playhouse for the Hope Lutheran Preschool this month for his Eagle Scout project. The 4×6 covered structure is a fun addition to the garden area that kids will enjoy for years to come.
Special thanks to Alki Lumber and Hope Lutheran School for their support of the project!
Hope Lutheran is at 42nd/Oregon in The Junction.
6:07 AM: Welcome to Wednesday, January 27th, the 310th morning without the West Seattle Bridge.
Water Taxi – On its regular schedule but this week and next week, they’re using the lower-capacity Spirit of Kingston
ROAD (ETC.) WORK
Delridge project – The SW Thistle closure continues between Delridge and 20th. Here’s what else is happening this week.
California and Myrtle – The sewer-repair project continues – if driving/riding on California, watch out for the bumps on the northbound side.
CHECK TRAFFIC BEFORE YOU GO
Low Bridge: Third week for automated enforcement cameras, while restrictions are in effect 5 am-9 pm daily. (No stats yet.) Here’s a bridge view:
West Marginal Way at Highland Park Way:
Highland Park Way/Holden:
The 5-way intersection (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):
The main detour route across the Duwamish River, the 1st Avenue South Bridge (map):
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 all the other detour-route neighborhoods, both the arterials and neighborhood streets!)
To check 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.