West Seattle, Washington
Big announcements at the top of tonight’s roundup:
MORE REOPENING, MORE VACCINATION ELIGIBILITY: Two big headlines from Gov. Inslee‘s midafternoon briefing (video here) – both involving phases:
*Reopening moves to the newly defined Phase 3 on March 22nd. Here’s how the governor’s announcement explains it (pending full details next week):
Sports guidance will change in Phase 3 to allow in-person spectators at events for the first time in a year. Spectators will be allowed to attend outdoor venues with permanent seating with capacity capped at 25%. The change affects both professional and high school sports, as well as motorsports, rodeos, and other outdoor spectator events. Social distancing and facial covering are still required.
The new phase also allows for up to 400 people maximum to attend outdoor activities, as well as events in indoor facilities — so long as 400 people does not exceed 50% capacity for the location, and physical distancing and masking protocols are enforced. Larger venue events are capped at 25% occupancy, or up to 9,000 people, whichever is less, and must follow spectator guidelines.
Additionally, Phase 3 will allow up to 50% occupancy or 400 people maximum, whichever is lower, for all indoor spaces. This applies to all industries and indoor activities currently allowed; restaurants, gyms and fitness centers and movie theaters, among others, may all increase their capacity. A full list of industry-level changes for the new phase will be released next week.
*Vaccination eligibility opens to everyone in Phase 1B, Tier 2 – including “workers in agriculture, food processing, grocery stores, public transit, firefighters and law enforcement” and “people over the age of 16 who are pregnant or have a disability that puts them at high-risk.”
PRESIDENT’S ANNOUNCEMENT: President Biden spoke to the nation this evening (here’s the video), and said he’s telling states that vaccination eligibility has to open to all adults in the U.S. by May 1st. How’s that going to happen? This White House-issued fact sheet has the detailed plan.
NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: From the Public Health daily-summary dashboard, here are today’s cumulative totals:
*83,653 people have tested positive, 182 more than yesterday’s total
*1,429 people have died, unchanged from yesterday’s total
*5,159 people have been hospitalized, 3 more than yesterday’s total
*925,061 people have been tested, 562 more than yesterday’s total
One week ago, the four totals we track were 82,716/1,411/5,113/912,028.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: Find them, county by county, on the state Department of Health page.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 118.5 million cases worldwide, 29.2 million of them in the U.S. See the nation-by-nation breakout here.
ANOTHER VARIANT; The one from Brazil has turned up here, Public Health says.
VACCINATION UPDATE: King County’s status report says 76 percent of the people eligible in the county have had at least one dose.
SEEKING VACCINE? If you’re eligible now, here are places to look:
*65+ Seattle residents are eligible for the city-run West Seattle and Rainier Beach sites and Lumen Field Event Center hub – go here
*ADDED: The mayor’s office says WS appointments are available in the days ahead for ANYONE now eligible, not just 65+ – register here
*Your health-care provider (particularly bigger ones like UW Medicine, CHI Franciscan, Swedish, Kaiser Permanente, etc.)
*covidwa.com (volunteer-run aggregator)
*Pharmacy chains big and small – Safeway, Rite Aid, QFC, Pharmaca, Costco
*Sea Mar clinics
NEED FOOD? All welcome at the weekly distribution of food boxes 2-5 pm tomorrow at Food Lifeline (815 S. 96th).
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7:22 PM: A Seattle Fire “scenes of violence” response is headed to 30th/Roxbury after a report of gunfire, possibly a drive-by shooting that left cars damaged too. One person is reported injured. The Guardian One helicopter may be joining the search. More to come.
7:29 PM: Though SPD and SFD are assisting, most of this is unfolding on the county side of Roxbury. The vehicle description so far: Black Charger, last seen southbound on 30th. Guardian One is arriving in the area.
7:39 PM: Deputies have told dispatch that witnesses said two other people were shot but left the scene to go directly to a hospital. The victim who was at the scene when SFD medics arrived is being taken to Harborview. … At the scene, we’re told only that the victim is male. Meantime, Guardian One has moved on, as the shooter is believed to be long gone.
8 PM: Deputies tell us this all happened at the gas station. We’re checking on the victim’s condition; haven’t heard anything further about other possible victims. Traffic at the scene is back to normal now that the initially sizable SFD response has left.
8:19 PM: SFD spokesperson David Cuerpo tells WSB the victim taken to the hospital by their medics is 18 and was transported in stable condition.
ADDED 12:29 PM FRIDAY: KCSO spokesperson Sgt. Tim Meyer tells WSB that the investigation continues and “I am not aware of additional victims and know of no arrests.”
The photo is from Gretchen, co-proprietor of Admiral District restaurant Circa. She emailed us today to say, “Got to work today and someone had painted our 3 huge recycle, compost & garbage bins in their bright, fresh, original colors. They’d been tagged with graffiti many times and looked terrible. No idea who did this, if it was the city or an amazing Good Samaritan??? Did it happen anywhere else?” Since Seattle Public Utilities crews do indeed do some painting over graffiti vandalism, we asked SPU spokesperson Sabrina Register if that includes solid-waste containers. She replied, “Our contractors will paint out graffiti or replace the dumpster entirely. They do this on a rotating basis throughout the City.” (Contractors = Waste Management and Recology.)
Emily Juarez is one of the artists you can meet during tonight’s West Seattle Art Walk. She’s at West Seattle Runner (2743 California SW; WSB sponsor) until 7 pm – preview her work here. WSR is one of the newest participants in the Art Walk. You can visit several other businesses hosting artist receptions tonight – from North Admiral to Arbor Heights – or you can enjoy art online; the official Art Walk preview for this month explains how (and where, and when – as late as 9 pm for at least one venue)!
2:37 PM: The governor says on March 22nd, every county in Washington will move into Phase 3 – which means 50 percent restaurants, fitness, movie theaters, more. Click above to listen. We’ll add more as it goes.
2:41 PM: He also says sports guidance is changing – so sports venues “with permanent outdoor seating” will be open up to 25 percent capacity – that means, for example, he says up to 9,000 fans when the Mariners open their season. High-school sports is included too. He says youth sports and summer camps are being evaluated as well.
He has vaccination news too – with more open appointments, he says, the next tier of eligibility will kick in March 17th, sooner than previously expected – “everyone in tier 2 will be eligible.” That’s food processing. grocery stores, law enforcement, firefighters, pregnant people, transit, farmworkers, and those with disabilities that put them at higher risk.
But even with all this, he says, “we gotta understand, we’re still in a fight,” so don’t drop your safety precautions. “If we do this, we (should) have a tremendous summer.”
2:47 PM: On to Q&A. Yes, the governor’s office got Seattle/King County signoff on the stadium-reopening plan. … As for youth sports, March 18th is the date they’ll open to some spectators “so more parents and loved ones can watch kids play sports,” said Inslee staffer Nick Streuli. … What about the variants? The governor says they’ll be assessing stats like hospitalizations, county by county, to see if anyone needs to regress to an earlier phase but if people keep up masks and distancing, he’s optimistic that won’t be necessary. Today’s announcement also again changes the metrics they’re watching to assess reopening readiness – see below:
3:03 PM: Here are the details. Counties will be evaluated individually every three weeks, so the next evaluation for reopening will be April 12th. The full industry-by-industry changes will be published next week.
3:17 PM: The briefing is over – the video window above should take you to archived video soon. Meantime. the announcements have started coming in – Mariners expect fans for their April 1st home opener; Sounders FC says it’s hoping to have fans at Lumen Field for its April 16th home opener.
5:59 PM: The governor has issued one correction – the vaccine eligibility is going to Tier 2 *of Phase 1B*.
Thanks to Greg for sending the photo, taken from the hillside east of Weather Watch Park. He notes, “Seems most likely it’s the USS Connecticut based on the MMSI number provided by Marine Traffic.” The Connecticut is indeed based at Naval Base Kitsap, and made headlines earlier this week for a reported bedbug infestation; the linked story notes it had training scheduled this week.
Just a few days left to get your nomination(s) in for this year’s Westside Awards, presented by the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce. Here’s the original announcement, explaining this year’s focus:
Every year in the Spring, the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce gathers to celebrate four categories of businesses, individuals and non-profits that have made notable contributions to the West Seattle business community.
This Spring, the Chamber recognizes that 2020 was an incredibly difficult time for businesses and individuals alike. For that reason, we are changing our annual Westside Awards business-nomination process to honor stories of hope and perseverance in 2020!
At a time when individuals may not have the job, home, or food security they deserve, and when businesses have been forced – through legislation or circumstance – to close doors, there are uplifting stories of those who soldiered on, to help others and to help support their West Seattle community.
Businesses and individuals are thinking outside the box, tightening their belts, and acknowledging that now is not the time for “business as usual.” These businesses and individuals deserve our recognition.
If you know of a business, non-profit, or individual that deserves recognition for personal or business actions taken in 2020, please let us know by filling out a nomination form. Click this link to take you to the form site.
Monday (March 15) is the nomination deadline. Last year’s winners are listed here.
Demolition has begun at 2715 California SW, across from Hiawatha, clearing the site where the long-planned Admiral Station mixed-use development will be built. We reported on the project’s land-use approval two years ago, when it was described as a “4-story, 49-unit apartment building (44 units and 5 small efficiency units) with retail and office” and 46 off-street parking spaces. The view above is from the alley on the west side of the site. Here’s a rendering from when the project went through Design Review in 2017:
The site held three small commercial/residential buildings; construction is expected to last about a year. (Thanks to the reader whose recent tip about activity at the site put this back on our watch list!)
From the WSB inbox:
Announcing the West Seattle Rotary Past Presidents’ Scholarship Fund – a brand-new $6,000 scholarship was developed to support an individual’s post-high school education. This scholarship fund is the largest yet of the scholarships provided through the Rotary Club of West Seattle and has the most flexibility for applicants to qualify for funding.
The West Seattle Rotary Past Presidents Fund began many decades ago when a gift of $25,000 was donated by a local doctor as the start to the fund. The Past Presidents added to the fund throughout the years through special fundraisers and memorial gifts to a point where the proceeds have been donated to causes that support children in West Seattle.
What makes this new scholarship flexible is that there are four categories a person can fall under to be able to apply for the $6,000 scholarship:
• You are a graduating senior from a high school in the West Seattle area who wishes to earn a 4-year degree.
• You live in the West Seattle area and are graduating from a high school outside of the West Seattle area and wish to earn a 4-year degree.
• You live in the West Seattle area and are transferring from a 2-year program to a 4-year college/university seeking a bachelor’s degree.
• You live in the West Seattle area and have recently earned a bachelor’s degree and wish to work toward a higher degree.
Note: West Seattle area encompasses West Seattle as well as neighborhoods to the south that have not been included in the application qualification in the past. [Examples: White Center, South Park]. Also: Rotarians or a member of a Rotarian’s immediate family are not eligible for this scholarship.
Apply for the scholarship here: westseattlerotary.org
Deadline: April 15, 2021
(Photo by Machel Spence)
Here’s what’s happening, with nine days until spring:
PANDEMIC BRIEFING: As noted in our nightly pandemic-news roundup, state health officials’ weekly briefing/media Q&A is at 9:30 this morning; you can watch here.
(added) GOVERNOR’S BRIEFING: Just announced this morning, Gov, Inslee’s having a briefing/media Q&A too. 2:30 pm – watch here.
DEMONSTRATE FOR BLACK LIVES: Second of this week’s two streetcorner sign-waving events:
Black Lives Matter sign waving
Thursday, March 11, 4 to 6 p, corner of 16th SW and SW Holden
Come build awareness that will help tear down the systems that have oppressed Black lives for over 400 years on this continent. Hold signs, meet neighbors and stand for racial justice. Organized by Scott at PR Cohousing, endorsed by Hate-Free Delridge. Signs available.
WEST SEATTLE ART WALK: You can enjoy art in person and/or online again this month – official hours are “5 pm until late” but Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor) is starting its artist reception at 4 pm – see the official Art Walk preview for all the ways and places to see art this month. (WSB is a community co-sponsor of the West Seattle Art Walk.)
WORDS, WRITERS, SOUTHWEST STORIES: This month’s speaker, presented online by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society at 6 pm, is T. Andrew Wahl with “Comic Book Reality: Superheroes and the Power of Representation.” Free! Our calendar listing has registration info.
What are we missing? Send your event info to firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
9:19 AM: Crash blocking Cloverdale in South Park at 8th, so if you need to get to the South Park Bridge, wait a while. SPD and a Response Team are on scene.
6:12 AM: Good morning! More sunshine today. .
1st Avenue South Bridge – Southbound lane closures continue today:
*Through noon Monday (March 15th), two southbound lanes closed around the clock
*The entire southbound bridge is scheduled to close Sunday night (March 14th) and Monday night (March 15th), 9 pm-5 am both nights
Delridge project – The current week’s plan is here.
West Seattle Neighborhood Greenway – As noted Monday, work has begun on Phase 2, so you might encounter crews on streets including 42nd SW south of The Junction.
BRIDGES AND DETOUR ROUTES
353rd morning without the West Seattle Bridge. Here’s how it’s looking on other bridges and routes:
Low Bridge: Ninth week for automated enforcement cameras, while restrictions are in effect 5 am-9 pm daily. Here’s a bridge view:
West Marginal Way at Highland Park Way:
Highland Park Way/Holden – with a new left-turn signal for northbound HP Way, turning to westbound Holden:
The 5-way intersection (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):
And the 1st Avenue South Bridge (map) – remember those southbound lane closures:
For the South Park Bridge (map), here’s the nearest camera:
To check for bridges’ marine-traffic openings, see the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed.
Trouble on the streets/paths/bridges/water? Please let us know – text (but not if you’re driving!) 206-293-6302.