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FOLLOWUP: Miss Starla finds a new home – in West Seattle!

That’s Miss Starla the guinea pig. You might recall our story last month on the Seattle Animal Shelter reporting that she was the last pet still in need of a new home one year after she and hundreds of other animals were rescued from a house in Delridge. SAS told us she had been adopted by a West Seattle family – and we heard from them today.

Kaj and Janet – with rescue pup Niko – are Miss Starla’s new family. Kaj says they read about her here on WSB and got their application in fast to beat the rush. “We brought her home this weekend, and she’s been quickly adapting to her new environment, showing off her personality.”

DEVELOPMENT: East side of ‘Sweeney Blocks’ on 36th SW gets Southwest Design Review Board’s final OK

The two-building “Sweeney Blocks” megaproject in the West Seattle Triangle is halfway through the final stage of Design Review – the east building, at 4406 36th SW, got unanimous approval tonight from the Southwest Design Review Board, which will review the west building in two weeks. Here’s the “design packet” from the meeting:

Four board members were present – John Cheng, who chaired the meeting, along with Johanna Lirman, Patrick Cobb, and Alan Grainger. They were joined by the city planner assigned to the project, Sean Conrad.

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BIZNOTE: New White Center restaurant opens Saturday

(Also published on partner site White Center Now)

Thanks for the tips! The sign’s been up for months at 9602 16th SW – now finally The Roll Pod is about to get rolling. The Indian fast-food mini-chain says its White Center location will open its doors this Saturday (November 6th) at 6 pm. Hours will be 11 am to 8:30 pm, 7 days a week. You can preview the menu here. This will be the fifth incarnation for the space in less than five years – 3.14 Bakery, Brass Knuckle Bistro, Biscuit Bitch, and Bloom Bistro.


Thanks to David Hutchinson for photos from the shore south of Alki Point as this afternoon’s strong wind collided with this afternoon’s 12.1-foot high tide.

The wind will gradually ease tonight, but Saturday could be even windier, with 45-mph gusts forecast. ~12-foot high tides continue in the morning and early evening over the next few days.

ELECTION 2021: Two Seattle Port Commission incumbents now losing

checkbox.jpgThe newest results from Tuesday’s election are out. Nothing has changed in the Seattle city races – the gaps have narrowed a little but are still very wide. However, the Seattle Port Commission now has two incumbents losing. For Position 3, Hamdi Mohamed has taken the lead and is now two points ahead of incumbent Stephanie Bowman; for Position 4, Toshiko Grace Hasegawa‘s lead over incumbent Peter Steinbrueck has widened to three points. See the full list of updated results here. For King County, 43 percent of ballots have been received, 33 percent counted; for the city of Seattle, 54 percent of ballots have been received, 41 percent counted.

Lora Radford leaving West Seattle Junction Association after 5+ years as executive director, but ‘not going to be far away’

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Since West Seattle hasn’t been a city since 1907, it doesn’t have its own mayor.

But it does have civic champions. Few have worked more tirelessly in recent years than Lora Radford.

After five and a half years as executive director of the West Seattle Junction Association, she’s just announced that she’s moving on to serve the West Seattle community in a different role, as a community liaison in Sound Transit‘s next phase of light-rail planning.

Her Junction involvement actually goes back more than a decade before she moved into the Junction Association’s cozy office across from the Senior Center of West Seattle.

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New Southwest Precinct commander, neighborhood updates @ District 1 Community Network

The District 1 Community Network‘s monthly online meeting last night included many quick updates as well as a brief chance to meet the Southwest Precinct‘s new commander:

CAPT. MARTIN RIVERA: SPD’s new Southwest Precinct commander is on the job (as reported here) and sat in on last night’s D1CN meeting to start getting acquainted with community groups. Capt. Rivera explained that he was previously the night-duty captain, which means responding to any major nighttime incident in the city. Before then, he worked at the West Precinct – which includes downtown – and served in a variety of other roles in his 22 years with SPD. He was promoted to captain last year, according to his bio on the precinct website (which is the source of the photo at right).

The D1CN meeting, facilitated this month by Marty Westerman of the West Seattle Transportation Coalition and Fauntleroy Community Association, also featured an update from the gondola advocates of West Seattle SkyLink and a variety of quick neighborhood notes:

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WEST SEATTLE THURSDAY: Design Review x 2, another ferry-dock advisory group; Westside School info night, music, more

(Photo by Machel Spence)

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and inbox, here are highlights of what’s ahead today/tonight:

FAUNTLEROY FERRY TERMINAL PROJECT: Last night, the Community Advisory Group for the Fauntleroy ferry-terminal/dock replacement project met; today, the Executive Advisory Group – which includes elected officials – meets at 2 pm, also online, also open to public viewing. Go here to register to get the link (scroll down the page to find information on the EAG).

VOLLEYBALL TRYOUTS: U10, U12, U13 & U14 players can try out for the West Seattle Reign (WSB sponsor) 5-7:30 pm tonight at Seattle Lutheran High School (4100 SW Genesee) – info’s in our calendar listing.

DESIGN REVIEW X 2: The Southwest Design Review Board has two online project reviews tonight – at 5 pm, the 8-story mixed-use building at 4406 36th SW – our preview (with design packet) is here; viewing/listening/commenting info for the meeting is here; our coverage of the first review last year is here. Then at 7 pm. the 8-story apartment project at 3010 SW Avalon Way gets its first review; our preview (with design packet) is here; viewing/listening/commenting info for the meeting is here.

WESTSIDE SCHOOL INFO NIGHT: 6 pm online, prospective middle-school families (5th-8th grades) are invited to learn more about Westside School (WSB sponsor) – our calendar listing has details and the email address for getting the link.

CHOIR CONCERT: The Chief Sealth International High School and Denny International Middle School choirs perform tonight, and you can watch via livestream starting at 7 pm – top link on this page.

NORTH HIGHLINE UNINCORPORATED AREA COUNCIL: If you’re in White Center or other communities just south of the city limits, this is your community council, and it’s meeting online at 7 pm. The preview on our partner site White Center Now has agenda details and how to participate via video or phone.

BATTLESTAR KALAKALA: Monthly night to get your groove on at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW), 9 pm.

YOU CAN HELP: Dave Newman State Farm Agency now collecting warm clothing

What’s in the pickup shown above are the donations from last holiday season’s warm-clothing drive at Dave Newman State Farm Insurance Agency (WSB sponsor) – the biggest one ever. Can you help outdo that this year? The drive has just begun – here’s the announcement:

The 8th annual winter clothing drive has begun at Dave Newman State Farm Insurance Agency.

In conjunction with the West Seattle Food Bank/West Seattle Helpline, we are collecting donations of clothes, coats, and shoes until January 1st. Please drop off your donations at 3435 California Ave SW. The office is open for donations Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. For undergarments and socks, please donate only new and unopened packages of clothing items.

Pickup may be available for those who have donations but are unable to transport them.

For further information contact the State Farm office at 206-932-1878.

Thank you, West Seattle, for your generosity and spirit of giving.


November 4, 2021 6:07 am
|    Comments Off on TRAFFIC, TRANSIT, ROAD WORK, WEATHER: Thursday notes
 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

6:37 AM: Texter reports 2-car crash on West Marginal near Highland Park Way.


6:07 AM: Good morning.


Rainy, windy forecast for today.


Another reminder that this Saturday night/Sunday morning, we “fall back” an hour.


593rd morning without the West Seattle Bridge. Here are views of other bridges and routes:

Low Bridge: After its two-hour closure Wednesday morning, it had trouble again Wednesday night, but so far that’s only supposed to affect maritime traffic.

Meantime – automated enforcement cameras remain in use; restrictions are in effect 5 am-9 pm daily – except weekends; the bridge is open to all until 8 am Saturday and Sunday mornings. (Access applications are available here for some categories of drivers.)

The 1st Avenue South Bridge (map):

South Park Bridge:

West Marginal Way at Highland Park Way:

Highland Park Way/Holden:

The 5-way intersection (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):

Are movable bridges opening for boats or barges? The @SDOTBridges Twitter feed is working again; 1st Ave. South Bridge openings are also tweeted on @wsdot_traffic.

See all local traffic cams here; locally relevant cameras are also on this WSB page.


26th SW – Continuing southbound closure between Roxbury and Barton for RapidRide H Line prep work. Also, new work at 26th/Roxbury is starting. This flyer has full details.

15th SW: Still closed at Roxbury, on the south side of the intersection.

Admiral Way: Crews have been working on the stairway on the downhill slope, just before the Avalon cutoff.


Regular Metro schedule, except for the rerouting in RapidRide H Line work zones – on 26th and 15th SW in particular. Watch @kcmetrobus for word of trip cancellations.

For ferries and Water Taxi: WSF continues a two-boat schedule on the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run. Check here for alerts/updates. The Water Taxi continues on its modified schedule for this fall/winter (7 days but no weekend or off-peak shuttle buses).

Trouble on the streets/paths/bridges/water? Please let us know – text (but not if you’re driving!) 206-293-6302.