West Seattle, Washington
Tonight’s pandemic news:
NO COUNTY DASHBOARD UPDATE: The King County daily-summary dashboard hasn’t updated today, so no new numbers.
WEST SEATTLE TRENDS: Since this is a weekly check, we can still do it with the latest info in the system (which would be from Saturday). The numbers are shown in two-week increments via the “geography over time” tab on the daily-summary dashboard; to determine WS status, we combine the totals from the West Seattle and Delridge “health reporting areas” (HRAs): For the past two weeks, 80 positive test results; 64 in the 2 weeks before that; 100 in the two weeks before that. … We also are noting WS death totals each week. The total deaths for the entire pandemic in the two HRAs comprising West Seattle: 63, two more since last week.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 119.8 million cases and 2,653,000+ deaths, 534,000+ of them in the U.S. – see the nation-by-nation breakdown here.
VACCINATING EDUCATORS: The city had a special vaccination clinic today at the Rainier Beach “hub” for educators/school staff, child-care providers, and youth-services providers. They planned to inoculate 1,000 people with the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, first time the city has used that vaccine.
ELIGIBLE BUT NOT VACCINATED YET? Here’s our list of where to look for an appointment (potentially useful on Wednesday and beyond if you’re among those becoming eligible then):
*For the Lumen Field site as well as the city-run West Seattle and Rainier Beach sites – get on the notification list here; check for West Seattle appointments available in the next few days by going 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
GOT SOMETHING TO REPORT? firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-293-6302, text/voice – thank you!
10:50 PM: A crash on the West Seattle low bridge right now is blocking eastbound traffic. Police have told dispatch that westbound is getting through. Nonetheless, it’s of extra note since the southbound 1st Avenue South Bridge is closed for overnight work (until 5 am). If you have to head this way soon, you might consider the South Park Bridge instead.
11:02 PM: After a short total closure, they’re reopening the low bridge to westbound traffic.
11:43 PM: And now they’re reopening the low bridge to eastbound traffic.
Last month, we reported twice on a City Council proposal to change the rules for small businesses operating from home, as more have done to stay afloat during the pandemic. Tomorrow afternoon, the council is expected to vote on the proposal. It passed the Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee 4-1. Here’s how the agenda document summarizes the proposed changes:
Specifically, during the COVID-19 civil emergency, the bill would remove the following requirements that currently apply to home occupations:
Customer visits are by appointment only
There shall be no evidence of the home occupation visible from the exterior of the structure
No more than two persons who are not residents of a dwelling unit on the lot may work in a home occupation, regardless of whether the persons work full or part-time or are compensated.
The home occupation shall not cause a substantial increase in on-street parking= congestion or a substantial increase in traffic within the immediate vicinity
In addition, the legislation would (1) allow a home business to operate in a required parking space provided that no changes are made that would prevent the space from being used for parking in the future and (2) allow home businesses to install a nonilluminated sign up to 720 square inches bearing the name of the home occupation.
Looking at the week ahead: Here are the key places where you’ll see crews working on the road/utilities project to prepare Delridge Way for the RapidRide H Line:
Side street closures on Delridge Way SW during demolition and paving
SW Findlay St (east side)
SW Thistle St
21st Ave SW at Delridge Way SW
SW Hudson St (east side full closure happening soon)
Zone A (West Seattle Bridge to SW Findlay St)
Demolition and electrical upgrades on SW Hudson St between Delridge Way SW and Puget Blvd SW (east side)
Zone B (SW Findlay St to north of SW Orchard St)
Demolition and electrical upgrades between the intersection of SW Findlay St and SW Juneau St began this week and will continue into next week (east side)
Roadway demolition between SW Juneau St and SW Graham St near Louisa Boren STEM K-8 to begin as early as March 15
Zone C (SW Orchard St to SW Roxbury St)
Upgrades at 21st Ave SW and Delridge Way SW continue
Intersection upgrades continue at SW Kenyon and SW Holden St
Paving on the east side of Delridge Way SW between SW Thistle St and SW Cloverdale St beginning as early as March 15 (east side)
Full details, zone by zone, are in the project team’s email bulletin for the week ahead (see it here). If you have questions/concerns about the work, the project team promises responses via DelridgeTransit@Seattle.gov or 206-775-8739.
As springish as the past few days seemed – with Saturday’s temperature hitting 60 – winter isn’t officially over until next Saturday, and the forecast for late tonight/early tomorrow warns we might see a bit of snow. The temperature’s already dropped into the upper 30s by our gauge – official 7 pm temp at Boeing Field is 40. (Forecasters insist, “No snow accumulation.”)
To brighten your drippy Sunday, here are more West Seattle birds, thanks to your neighbors who have been sending in photos! Above, the always festive Northern Flicker, photographed by Michelle Green Arnson. Below, a Dark-eyed Junco, photographed by Mike Russell:
From Mark MacDonald, a Chestnut-backed Chickadee at Lincoln Park:
You can’t miss this orange-and-black bird if it shows up in your yard – a Varied Thrush that Max Welliver reports he was “surprised to see”:
Two leucistic birds showed up at local feeders – Samantha Burton photographed this Goldfinch:
This Hummingbird contribution is by someone who asked to be anonymous:
In the Duwamish Head Greenspace, J. Way encountered two Barred Owls, and caught this one on camera:
Finally, four awesome views of local Bald Eagles. First, from Jim Borrow:
From Danny McMillin:
From Chris Frankovich:
And from Jamie Kinney, an Eagle with an in-flight snack:
(If those photos have you wondering about the ailing, rescued Bald Eagle, we hope to have another update this week!)
Thanks again to everyone sharing photos, from breaking news to cool sightings – email@example.com, or text 206-293-6302 if it’s happening now!
From the WSB inbox:
TO: Jake, Alex & their German Shepherd Guardian – REWARD*
These are the stellar people who took the time to hear my pleas for someone with jumper cables to help, so I could drive what turned out to be my battery-dead car to an appointment 9 minutes away, with only 20 minutes to spare!
After Jake ran 3 blocks to drive his car to Alaska Junction, and had tried two different methods to give my car a jump, we realized it was useless. With polite caution, he said, “I don’t know how you would feel agreeing, but I am willing to drive you.”
Without hesitation, and a good deal of relief, I eagerly nodded yes, and off we went. I arrived at the vaccination tent on Thistle on the dot of my assigned time. Double YES!
So to JAKE, ALEX and their COMPANION, t h a n k y o u , for stopping and offering me a hand. I got a free Lyft home, thanks to the county; and my car will be running for my follow-up vaccination, March 18th!
A Very Grateful Neighbor,
* PS – I have called Husky Deli and arranged a $20 credit for the two humans of your party to go get grilled sandwiches there. I am partial to their veggie option, with yellow mustard & sauerkraut; but you can use the credit for anything from savory to chocolate or homemade ice cream! ; > DO BRING YOUR DOG with, and identify yourselves as THE GOOD SAMARITANS who helped Janette Brown!
Two incidents in West Seattle Crime Watch:
BUS-STOP ROBBERY: Just after 9 pm last night, someone was beaten and robbed by a person who followed them off a Metro Route 21 bus around 35th/Juneau. The initial police report says the robber “first approached” the victim on the bus; “a brief conversation ensued, and the victim got off the bus. The (robber) followed … then attacked the victim by punching them several times in the face, body and legs. Victim’s phone was destroyed during the attack, and the (robber) forcibly took the victim’s iPad Pro and ran off.” The victim was checked out by SFD for what the report described as minor injuries. No arrest, and the report does not include a description.
One reader report today:
GARAGE BURGLARY: After an early-morning garage break-in, Hans got some of the stolen items back, but a Santa Cruz mountain bike is still missing (photo and bike details here). His report:
Someone broke into our detached garage near the West Seattle water tower this morning at 5:51:20, and left at 5:56:20. Upon arrival they inspected car windows, then broke into garage – we immediately heard the garage, called the police at 5:52.
The burglars remained in the garage for 5 min, while the police triaged the situation. They biked away down Manning on the stolen bikes with bags of goods (see the list below). Police were able to intercept both of them around 37th and Manning, where they dumped goods and scattered. One ditched a bike (presumably because of flat tires) and went on foot through the Belvedere neighborhood, the other headed for the pedestrian bridge. They left behind several items, including a bike they came with, and items from other house(s) they had broken into. They emptied a hockey bag, (importantly: violating the most sacred of unwritten rules by coming in close contact with a hockey jockstrap/athletic supporter). Police did not fingerprint, but made a report.
Stolen items: Monitor, 2 bikes, Power Tools, hockey bag (with 1 single hockey skate, hockey shin pads, bluetooth speakers) and a couple of jerseys.
Police recovered 1 bike, monitor and tools, hockey gear, but mountain bike is still missing.
There was a Nest camera turned on on the garage (video); both suspects appear to be in t-shirt + sweatshirt combo, beanie hats.
Police report # is 20-062504.
Twelfth Night Production is proud to present four one-act plays from “All in the Timing” by David Ives. The four short plays are hilarious and sometimes absurd, providing witty perspectives on life and meaning, with a sometimes-sharp tongue and often uproarious word pay.
The four shorts featured in the live stream include:
· In Sure Thing, a couple on a first date has the opportunity to reset and try again each time they say the wrong thing.
· Words, Words, Words takes the “infinite monkey theorem”– the idea that given enough time, three monkeys in a room could eventually compose any given text, including Shakespeare’s Hamlet — and turns it into reality.
· The Universal Language, a shy young woman places her faith in her fraudulent language tutor, who is changed for the better when he discovers is the language they share: not the made-up “Unamunda” professes to be fluent in, but rather the language of love.
· The Philadelphia, a man discovers that he’s entered a strange pocket of the universe where the only way to get what he wants is to ask for the opposite.
The shorts will be streamed live on March 26 and 27 at 7:30pm and March 28 at 3:00 pm. Tickets are a suggested donation of $15 and can be purchased at http://www.twelfthnightproductions.org/productions/tickets
Did you spring forward? Daylight Saving Time started early this morning, when 2 am became 3 am. Here’s what’s happening for the rest of the day:
BRIDGE ALERT: The lane closures continue on the southbound 1st Avenue South Bridge, and there’s another full closure of all southbound lanes tonight, 9 pm-5 am. Tip: If you haven’t tried the South Park Bridge, we’re told it’s been a backup-free alternative.
TODAY’S ONLINE CHURCH SERVICES: Here’s our updated list of more than 20 local churches’ online Sunday services (a few offer in-person options too), with the newest links – see it here.
BAR-S CLEANUP: Bring shovels, rakes, and wheelbarrows to Bar-S (64th/Admiral) 9 am-noon to help West Seattle Little League get the field ready for baaeball.
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm in The Junction, the market’s on – and hot food is back. Scroll down the page at this link to find the vendor list and map for this week. (Enter at California/Alaska; pickups for online orders are at California/Oregon)
WEST SEATTLE TOOL LIBRARY: Open 11 am-4 pm – need a tool to fix or improve something? (4408 Delridge Way SW)
FREE TO-GO DINNER: White Center Community Dinner Church will serve to-go meals at 5 pm, outside, near the Bartell Drugs parking lot in White Center. (9600 15th Ave SW)
TONIGHT’S SUNSET: 7:14 pm!
Got something for our calendar? firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!