West Seattle, Washington
Sunday night brings our weekly update on local pandemic stats and news.
KING COUNTY CUMULATIVE NUMBERS (through Friday – they’re not updated on weekends):
*166,672 cases – 2,453 more than a week ago (5,934 total in West Seattle, up 72)
*8,531 hospitalizations – 104 more than a week ago (253 total from West Seattle, up 5)
*2,034 people have died – 27 more than a week ago (74 total in West Seattle, unchanged)
83.3% of King County residents 12+ have completed their vaccine series (up .4% in the past week)
By West Seattle zip code:
98106 – 85%
98116 – 88.7%
98126 – 80.7%
98136 – 90.4%
98146 – 80.8%
(Find more COVID-related King County stats here)
THE WEEK’S PANDEMIC HEADLINES
Vaccinations for kids – On Tuesday, the feds authorized the Pfizer vaccine for 5-to-11-year-olds, and our state concurred Wednesday. Many clinics started administering it by week’s end, including the city clinic in West Seattle, but appointments are required. In comments, readers mentioned where they were finding appointments.
Seattle Public Schools clinics – The district set regional clinics for all SPS students and school-day clinics that are only for the students of the schools where they are held. Here’s the updated list of days, times, and locations.
County health officer’s briefing – Dr.Jeff Duchin held a briefing/Q&A session on Thursday – see it here.
NEED TO GET TESTED IN WEST SEATTLE?
The UW Medicine testing service in the Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex parking lot (2801 SW Thistle) continues to operate; you can make an appointment here, though readers report walk-ups have been accepted. Meantime, the Curative testing kiosk at Don Armeni Boat Ramp (1222 Harbor SW) is also still operating, as is a Curative location at Summit Atlas (35th/Roxbury). In addition, both West Seattle Walgreens stores are offering drive-up testing (35th/Morgan and 16th/Roxbury) – more info here.
On Friday we showed you the sendoff for West Seattle High School cross-country athletes who qualified for the state championships. Here’s how they did in the events held Saturday at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco. The boys – the first WSHS cross-country team ever to make it to state – placed 12th; team members are Elliott A., Asher M., Tao N., Ewan K., Dylan W., Elliott B., and Ethan K.. Two WSHS girls competed individually; the results list shows Anika P. finished 91st, Sylvie G. finished 95th in a field of nearly 200. Congratulations to them all!
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
A seven-house West Seattle development called The Orchard is home to a fight over trees.
This past week, several readers called our attention to a banner hung on the front of one of the new homes in the development, at 5620 Beach Drive SW [map], very visible to passersby. The banner announces, “WE’RE SUING THE DEVELOPER.”
The banner also names the developer, Calvin White, so we checked King County Superior Court files and found the lawsuit against him and his firm Charcoal Creek LLC, filed almost three weeks ago.
Thanks for the tips about an ownership change at Alki Beach Pub (2722 Alki SW). We had noticed a liquor-license application recently, and that led us to the new owners, West Seattle residents Jackie Mallahan and Dan Mallahan. Reached by email, Jackie confirms they took ownership this past Friday: “We are currently waiting for our liquor license to transfer and hope to be open for operations early this coming week! As of now, we are not planning to change the name or hours of operation. However, we are excited to announce a partnership with Geof Redd of Bigfoot Long’s, the elusive Sasquatch-themed hot-dog pop-up. “Bigfoot Long’s West Seattle Sabbatical” will be with us through the winter.”
If you’re worried about affording a turkey dinner for Thanksgiving, here’s some help: Eastridge Church has announced that it will again give away hundreds of turkeys and bags of groceries on the Saturday before Thanksgiving (November 20th. It’ll be focused on drive-up service again this year, starting at 9 am – they ask that you approach the church (which is at 39th/Oregon on the east side of The Junction) northbound on 39th, and they won’t allow queueing before 8:55 am. Eastridge also does this at its Issaquah campus on the same morning, if you know somebody on the Eastside who needs the holiday help. There’s more info in our calendar listing.
ORIGINAL REPORT, SUNDAY AFTERNOON: A woman says she was attacked in The Whittaker‘s garage and has started an online petition to ask the property management to increase security. Her story has been circulating on social media and the victim, Hillary, sent it to us early today:
I was in Whole Foods parking garage at 9:30 am Tuesday. A woman approached me very quickly mumbling something. I stopped like huh? She grabbed my purse and began punching me in the face about 5x. I tried to get my purse; she ripped my keys out of my hand, and I realized she was trying to take my car. I tried to stop her but she began hitting me in the back of the head with my keys. There were 3 women and a man that saw the whole thing but did not intervene. She took off in my car with my purse. The cops came but I was kind of out of it and left to try to track my phone. They never even marked my car as stolen despite that I called police later and asked if they needed more info or what was my incident #? Just no help and transferred to non-emergency line and nobody ever picked up. I called WF and they said there’s no cameras in the garage.
Hillary said she later found her car herself, near the truck stop/gas station at Detroit SW and 1st South. Her online petition is directed to Kimco, the current managers of The Whittaker’s retail spaces, and Whole Foods, the largest commercial tenant; the petition page says in part, “I definitely think that we as a community need to let large profitable companies know that they need to do more to protect their customers and clients.”
ADDED MONDAY AFTERNOON: The police media-relations office was able to find the report for us, though we couldn’t find an incident number (as noted in comments below). Here’s how the officer wrote the report (names were redacted by the media office before the narrative was provided to us):
I was dispatched to investigate a carjacking incident which took place in a parking lot located 47XX Fauntleroy WY SW.
This call came out as:
AUTO THEFT JUST OCC’D VEH DROVE UNK DIRECTION OUT OF PARKING GARAGE
Upon arrival, I observed witnesses with the victim who appeared to be very agitated. I tried to speak with the victim, who per dispatch was identified as XXXXXX, however, XXXXXX did not want any police assistance.
I noticed that XXXXXX had some redness on her nose, but I could not verify if that was a result of an assault. XXXXXX kept on saying “XXX took my car.”
As I attempted to investigate the incident by questioning XXXXXX, XXXXXX decided to leave the scene without providing me with any information.
I could not verify if the suspect had permission to drive XXXXXX’S vehicle.
Due to the lack of information I was unable to determine if there was probable cause to arrest the unknown suspect. XXXXXX had stated that her bag and cell phone were in the vehicle.
I spoke with two witnesses regarding the incident. The first witness identified as XXXXX, stated that he observed XXXXXX and the suspect exchanging punches. XXXXX stated that it appeared that the two parties knew each other, but he could not say for sure. XXXXX stated that the suspect entered the vehicle and drove away.
I spoke with the second witness identified as XXXXXX, who stated that XXXXXX had been in a yoga class with her, and they were walking to their cars in the garage when the incident occurred. XXXXXX stated that she observed when the suspect approached them from the garage elevators, and upon reaching XXXXXX began to assault her. XXXXXX stated that she was afraid to intervene and because it all happened so fast, she was not able to get a better description of the suspect. XXXXXX stated that the suspect entered the vehicle and drove away.
The incident is classified “suspicious circumstances” in the SPD system, incident # 21-290889. P.S. Hillary described the woman as “white, 5’7”, about 170 lbs, brown hair pulled back, in sweat pants.” The archived radio exchanges we listened to last night added the details of purple sweatshirt and black pants, apparently from the witnesses.
The Admiral Neighborhood Association invites everyone who lives, works, shops, or studies in the area to join them for a “hybrid” meeting on Tuesday (November 9th):
Admiral Neighborhood Association – Tuesday, November 9th, 7-9 PM General Meeting With Board Member Elections And Upcoming Events
We will be having elections for ALL Board Member roles, including: Secretary, Membership, Vice President, Art Walk Coordinator, and Social Media Board Member Positions.
If you are interested in making a positive impact in the Admiral Community or just want to check us out, please join us. If there is another role or idea you have for a Board Member Position, please let us know!
You do not need to be a Board Member to be a part of the Admiral Neighborhood Association.
We exist to help all residents, businesses, and individuals who work and live in the Admiral Junction Neighborhood!
The meeting will be our 4Q21 General Meeting and all are welcome.
Location: Hybrid Meeting- Virtual and In Person
In Person at Admiral Church in the Lounge Room, located at 4320 SW Hill Street admiralchurch.org
Virtual at: Zoom
The viewing/call-in info is in our calendar listing.
Family and friends are remembering Paul D. Wiese, and want the community to know of his passing:
We are deeply saddened to share that Paul David Wiese died on October 7, 2021.
He is preceded in death by our loving parents Ted and Doris and our other brothers Greg and Tom.
No public service will be held. Donations can be made to the charity of your choice.
Thank all of you for befriending and loving our Paul.
Please visit his Memory Page at klontzfuneralhome.com
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We’re back on Pacific Standard Time – make sure you’ve got everything synched! Here’s what’s ahead today/tonight:
CHURCHES: Most are still streaming, along with offering in-person services. Here are this week’s links for 20+ West Seattle churches’ services.
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Still lots of fresh produce even in mid-autumn. Shop 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. (The market is a WSB sponsor.)
TOYS FOR TOTS: During the market, you can drop off new unwrapped toys at the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle booth (west side, near the north end).
CONCERT CANCELED: The Kindie West concert by The Not-Its was canceled.
ADMIRAL CHURCH SHELTER MEETING #2: Noon at Admiral Church (4320 SW Hill), the second info meeting about the church’s new partnership with Operation Nightwatch to shelter up to 10 men nightly in the sanctuary. Guest: Operation Nightwatch’s director.
SUNDAT RUN CLUB: Meet at noon at Ounces (3809 Delridge Way SW).
PK DWYER: Roots music at C&P Coffee (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm, no cover.
NEED FOOD? White Center Community Dinner Church serves a free meal (take-away available) at 5 pm Sundays at the Salvation Army Center (9050 16th SW).
SUNDAY NIGHT KARAOKE: 8 pm to 1 am at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW).
SUNDAY NIGHT JAZZ: Triangular Jazztet at The Alley (4509 California SW), 8 pm and 9 pm sets.
Got an event for listing in our calendar and previews? Email firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!