West Seattle, Washington
Tonight’s pandemic news, as the weekend concludes:
NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: From the King County Daily Summary Dashboard page, the cumulative totals:
*101,099 people have tested positive, 144 more than yesterday’s total
*1,542 people have died, unchanged from yesterday’s total
*5,949 people have been hospitalized, 14 more than yesterday’s total
*1,056,877 people have been tested, 1,995 more than yesterday’s total
One week ago, those totals were 98,941/1,526/5,866/1,042,548.
WEST SEATTLE TRENDS: Here’s our weekly check. These numbers are shown in two-week increments via the “geography over time” tab on the countywide 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, 122 positive test results; 187 in the 2 weeks before that; 128 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: 67, unchanged since last week. And a look at hospitalizations: 190 total have been attributed to people in the two West Seattle HRAs since the start of the pandemic, 3 of those in the past week.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: See them here.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: 158.3 million cases and 3,293,000+ deaths, 581,000+ of them in the U.S. – see the nation-by-nation breakdown here
VACCINATION SITUATION: No changes announced – city sites are still welcoming walkups, including the West Seattle hub at 2801 SW Thistle. We haven’t yet heard back on whether they’ll offer night hours again this week. Next Saturday is the “pop-up” clinic in the West Seattle Junction, 10 am-noon; it’ll be in the 42nd SW parking lot (just south of SW Oregon). Stand by for more info later in the week!
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By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
The District 1 Community Network – a coalition of West Seattle and South Park groups and organizations – spent this month’s meeting on a collection of ongoing issues.
D1CN has no elected leadership, but rather rotates meeting facilitators month to month. For May’s meeting, held online this past Wednesday, Randy Wiger from South Park served in that role.
DUWAMISH TRIBE RECOGNITION: Jolene Haas, director of the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center, asked D1CN for a letter of support in the tribe’s continuing quest for federal recognition. She recapped the history, including the brief granting of recognition in the waning days of the Clinton Administration, reversed 20 years ago by the Bush Administration. Now they’re trying to take it to federal courts, as Haas said some other tribes have done, successfully. Their lawyers are working on the case and are also working through the U.S. House.
Another highlight of the week ahead: This month’s West Seattle Art Walk on Thursday night. And the early outlook is for a rainless night, so you might as well just go ahead and plan to check it out. While The Junction remains the heart of the Art Walk, other participating businesses cover the peninsula north to south – from Admiral to Arbor Heights. The official May Art Walk preview already has some of the venues and artists listed – see them here, along with some of the venues supporting the Art Walk with food and/or beverage specials that night. Go early, go late, visit one venue, visit 10 … you can choose how to experience the Art Walk (including online!). P.S. WSAW community co-sponsors include WSB.
More of what’s ahead this week: The next big public briefing on the 13 1/2-months-closed West Seattle Bridge is at noon Wednesday (May 12th), when the Community Task Force meets. The briefing will be streamed live here. The agenda’s not out yet, but it’s likely to include updates on the process of hiring a contractor for high-bridge repairs and low-bridge work (when last we checked in, a “shortlist” was expected by the end of April), as well as low-bridge access applications, and Reconnect West Seattle projects such as West Marginal Way, where the protected-bike-lane decision is still pending. The CTF is an advisory group that meets monthly; to comment before/during/after their meetings, email WestSeattleBridge@seattle.gov.
That’s the trailer for “The Paper Tigers,” a martial-arts comedy that’s scheduled for a week-long run at West Seattle’s only moviehouse, The Admiral Theater, starting Friday (May 14th). The Admiral’s general manager Marina Kosenko emailed to let us know about it because this is a Seattle-set/filmed movie with “quite a backstory,” as she explains:
“Writer/director Bao Tran pitched the screenplay to Hollywood. The financiers wanted to produce, with the caveat that the actors be white. Instead of capitulating to Hollywood’s frequent whitewashing, he returned to Seattle and started a very successful fundraiser, which spurred private donors to pitch in as well. Filming started in Seattle in 2019, and included an extensive local crew. The film will be released 5/7 in only one local theater, Cinemark Lincoln Square Cinemas in Bellevue. I didn’t find out about the movie until Monday when I saw it on several news platforms. Unfortunately, our bookings for the 5/7-5/13 week were already solidified, but I’ve since had conversations with our booker, Jeff Brein (owner), Bao Tran, and their distributor to bring the film to The Admiral. I’m super excited about this film and think the West Seattle audience will appreciate it as well, given the content, local ties, and perseverance of the Paper Tigers crew.”
Among the outlets that have reported on the movie’s backstory is Northwest Asian Weekly. If you’re not up for in-theater viewing yet, the movie also will be released for video-on-demand Friday; if you are, you can check the schedule and buy online tickets via the website for The Admiral (which is at 2343 California SW).
Several readers texted/emailed us this morning to ask what happened at My Three Little Birds, the kids-consignment-and-more shop at 4736 California SW in The Junction, after seeing a repair crew there, with boards against the windows. Given the amount of vandalism suffered by businesses in multiple neighborhoods lately, they were worried. So we went over to the store to find out. Turns out that is NOT what happened here. We talked to the crew, who explained that the building’s awning had come down, and that’s what was being cleaned up. Cleanup was wrapping up when we stopped by.
Proprietor Jennifer Young wasn’t there when we stopped by; we just talked with her by phone, and she said the awning had been slated for replacement, and there’s no damage to the store, which is open today as usual.
A tipster reports seeing southbound orcas between Vashon and Blake Islands. Let us know if you see them!
Today’s the final day of a survey that Metro has announced as part of international research. The introduction explains:
Fifteen transit agencies from around the world, including King County Metro, are conducting a customer survey at the same time. These agencies will compare the results of the surveys to learn from each other and work towards giving you even better transit service.
We would like to hear your thoughts about the bus service King County Metro provides for you. For example, are the buses usually on time? Is it easy to get information about the bus services, is it convenient paying a fare? Are the buses clean, comfortable and well-driven?
They’re not just looking to hear from frequent transit riders, but occasional riders too.
Happy Sunday, and happy Mother’s Day. Quiet list today:
TODAY’S ONLINE CHURCH SERVICES: As we do every Sunday, we’ve updated our list of more than 20 local churches’ online Sunday services (some offer in-person options too), with the newest links – see it here.
SEATTLE CHINESE GARDEN: This is one place you can take Mom – the grounds are open all day, its famous courtyard is open 10 am-5 pm. It’s on the north end of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus at 6000 16th SW.
AND RIGHT NEXT DOOR … the SSC Arboretum is open too.
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Looking for a last-minute bouquet for Mom? Flowers are among the offerings at the Farmers’ Market, open 10 am-2 pm in The Junction. 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)
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