West Seattle, Washington
When we ended our nightly pandemic roundups after 16 months, we promised weekly updates. Here’s the first one. These are baselines – so next week we’ll be able to start adding the week-to-week comparisons. The state and county are only updating stats on weekdays now, so these are the newest numbers.
KING COUNTY CUMULATIVE NUMBERS AS OF FRIDAY:
113,294 people have tested positive (3,936 in West Seattle)
6,550 people have been hospitalized (198 in West Seattle)
1,672 people have died (68 in West Seattle)
73.2% of King County residents 12+ have completed their vaccine series
By West Seattle zip code:
98106 – 73.9%
98116 – 83%
98126 – 71.8%
98136 – 84.3%
98146 – 69.5%
THE WEEK’S HEADLINES
CDC and FDA say, no booster shot recommended right now. (Here’s their announcement.)
CDC updates its school guidelines – recommending masks only for the unvaccinated.
$1 million vaccination lottery grand-prize drawing is Tuesday.
NOT VACCINATED YET?
Go here to see where you can change that.
That’s southbound Delridge Way SW just south of SW Holden, and we wanted to remind you tonight that SDOT says it’ll be closed for about two weeks starting as soon as tomorrow morning. The southbound closure between Holden and Trenton is part of the ongoing work to prepare for the RapidRide H Line; while crews have this blocked off, they will “demolish and rebuild” that section of the road. 35th SW is the recommended detour route between Holden and Trenton. (Here’s reroute information for Metro Route 120.) Work hours are 7 am to 7 pm, but the southbound closure will continue during the non-work hours too. Other continuing road closures include SW Thistle and SW Henderson on the east side of Delridge.
New art outside the Highland Park Improvement Club! This was in the works long before last month’s fire, and it has just been installed. It’s the “Bronze Award” project for the 5th graders of Girl Scout Troop 41169 – an “inclusion fence” along the SW Holden side of HPIC.
The project started with an idea for a mural in The Junction – but that didn’t work out (though it may eventually become a reality due to recent interest), so instead, the Scouts pivoted to this idea. Noirin Lynch sent us more photos and her troop’s explanation:
After 9 months of emails, phone calls, Zoom meetings, and painting sessions, we have finally completed our Bronze Award, the highest honor a Junior Girl Scout can earn. We are so excited to share our artwork with West Seattle residents and hope as they drive in and out of our community they are reminded of all the beauty and strength that our diversity provides. We were inspired to celebrate diversity and inclusiveness after watching our community, our city, and our nation become so divided this past year after the death of George Floyd.
Our troop started working on our Bronze project in 2020 and we have learned so much about working as a team, being responsible, and being resilient through the process. After our idea for a mural was rejected dozens of times, we were challenged to think creatively and persevere.
In the end, the Highland Park Improvement Club turned out to be a perfect match for us. They actively work to represent diversity and foster inclusion through all the work they do as an organization and this is exactly what our troop wants to celebrate. We are so grateful for their positivity and willingness to support our troop and we appreciate the invaluable role HPIC plays in lifting up our community. So as West Seattle residents are sitting in traffic trying to get on or off of our little “island” our troop and HPIC hopes our inclusion fence art brings you a little joy. Remember it is our diversity that makes our nation so unique and we are better for it. Differences in race, religion, gender identity, abilities, and politics should be a source of celebration, not divisiveness.
Congratulations to the Scouts – in the photo immediately above, front row L-R Vivienne, Akemi, Natalie, Harper; back row L-R Lena, Grace, Bereket, Ella. You can see their work at 1116 SW Holden.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
A potential expansion and a personnel shortage were part of what the Camp Second Chance Community Advisory Committee heard about this afternoon.
Camp Second Chance (9701 Myers Way S.) is the only city-sanctioned tiny-house encampment in West Seattle, close to the southeast city-limit line. The all-volunteer Community Advisory Committee meets monthly – currently, online – to hear updates and ask questions about camp operations. Meetings have usually been on first Sundays, but this month’s meeting was pushed back a week because of the holiday.
CAMP REPORT: Director Scott Harris (who is a LIHI employee) said CSC currently has 51 residents – 15 women, 36 men – and LIHI is looking to expand, adding up to 20 people (other tiny-house encampments, he said, are being eyed for expansion as well). The camp has space, he said, though this would mean adding tiny houses.
Some services provided by King County will continue online-only for a while. In case you missed that announcement this week, here’s the explanation:
Most of the restrictions implemented as the COVID-19 pandemic swept into King County and Washington State in early 2020 were lifted as of June 30. Gov. Jay Inslee recently unveiled the “Washington Ready” plan that will help the state reopen and get back on track after 15 months of shutdowns.
While the Washington Ready framework does allow government services to reopen to in-person customers, King County is in the midst of a project that will close the King County Administration Building in downtown Seattle and relocate the services that had been provided there prior to the pandemic. Until the project is finished later this year, services provided by the King County Records and Licensing Services (RALS) Division will continue online, by phone, and by mail or dropbox, depending on the service.
The RALS services that will remain virtual are:
*Certified copies of recorded documents
*Real estate transaction recording
*Restrictive covenant modifications
*Vehicle/vessel and pet licensing services that were once provided at the Administration Building
(Licensing subagents, which are independent small businesses that contract with King County to provide vehicle and vessel licensing, will continue to set their own policies for in-person service)
*For-hire driver licensing, including Transportation Network Company (TNC) permitting
*Process server registration
In addition, pet adoptions and other services at the King County Pet Adoption Center in Kent will remain on an appointment-only or will-call basis
For more information on how to obtain Recorder’s Office services, please visit kingcounty.gov/recorder. For information about vehicle and vessel licensing, including the locations of licensing subagents, kingcounty.gov/vehicle. To learn more about for-hire licensing and permitting, go to kingcounty.gov/ForHire. For animal services, kingcounty.gov/pets.
Work has been going on at the Morgan Junction Park expansion site, north of the current park in the 6400 block of California SW [map], but it’s not a sign the long-shelved park-development project is getting under way. That and other “landbanked” park projects (including two others in West Seattle) have been indefinitely idled because of Parks revenue losses blamed on the pandemic. So, some asked, what’s up with the heavy equipment and piles of gravel/rocks that have shown up at this site?
Kelly Goold of Seattle Parks told WSB that it’s “being used by a contractor associated with a SPU project under a Revokable Use Permit. Instead of fees [for using the site] the contractor will perform work on the site – clearing and grubbing of blackberries and invasive, rough grading, limited demolition, and the like.” What’s the Seattle Public Utilities project? We asked SPU’s Sabrina Register, who said the project is almost next door, “repair to a section of the sewer main that runs along SW Beveridge Place as part of a multi-site sewer-rehabilitation project.” SPU has used other Parks property in similar ways before, such as a section of the Myers Way Parcels (explained here). As for the future of the Morgan Junction Park Addition, the site (which formerly held businesses including a dry cleaner) is still set for hazardous-materials remediation at some point in the not-too-distant future – Goold said the funding for that, unlike the park development itself, has not been suspended, but the work has to go out to bid. (Here’s the environmental “checklist” from earlier this year.) The city bought the park site seven years ago; its status is likely to be a topic during the next quarterly Morgan Community Association meeting (7 pm July 21st, full announcement to come).
JULY 21 UPDATE: SPU has corrected which project is being staged at the future park site – it’s for the water-main repair work on SW Othello in Gatewood, not the upcoming Beveridge work.
Welcome to Sunday!
ROAD-CLOSURE REMINDERS: SW Genesee west of Delridge Way and westbound SW Alaska west of California SW are scheduled to remain closed again today because of road work.
CHURCHES: Many are still streaming, in place of – or in addition to – in-person services. Here are the newest links for 20+ West Seattle churches’ services.
FUNDRAISER SALE FOR TRAILER-THEFT VICTIM: Margarita got her stolen food trailer back, but it was trashed. So she’s having a fundraising sale:
Anthropologie furniture, mamaRoo, Halo, couches, upholstered beds, tables, baby-girl clothes, plus-size to xsmall women’s clothes, brand-new shoes, camping equipment, watercraft equipment, antique lamps, tons of framed art. This is a fundraiser, everything priced below what I paid for them new. 46th and Lander in West Seattle. Sunday 9-6, Venmo or cash only. If you would like to contribute to my GoFundMe I would greatly appreciate it.
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Changes started last week – you can enter the market from anywhere along the way, and no more market-wide mask mandate (though individual booths may have their own rules), plus, no more taped-off perimeter, soo you can now move around the market freely. You also can now eat and drink inside the market. Hours are still 10 am-2 pm on California between Oregon and Alaska. Scroll down the page at this link to find the vendor list and map for this week.
‘TYPEWRITER POET’ SEAN PETRIE: He’s at the Farmers’ Market, typing poems, 10:30 am-1:30 pm, and then at Paper Boat Booksellers (6040 California SW) at 2 pm.
TODAY’S AQUATIC SCHEDULE: Open today – Highland Park spraypark (11 am-8 pm, 1100 SW Cloverdale); Delridge (noon-5:30 pm, 4501 Delridge Way SW) and Lincoln Park (noon-7 pm, 8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) wading pools.
WHITE CENTER POST-FIRE GATHERING: Noon at Greenbridge Plaza (9800 8th SW), a community gathering to grieve the losses suffered in last Monday’s arson. Details on our partner site White Center Now.
LOW TIDE: At 12:32 pm, the tide’s out to -2.1 feet, so Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists will be out at Constellation (63rd/Beach) and Lincoln (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) parks, 11 am-1:30 pm.
CAMP SECOND CHANCE COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE: Find out what’s new at the only city-funded tiny-house encampment in West Seattle, 2 pm online. Viewing/listening/participation info is in our calendar listing.
LIVE MUSIC AT THE SKYLARK: Them with Cherry Tomato and Destin Mai, doors at 7 pm, $10 cover. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
Event listings welcome – firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!