West Seattle, Washington
9:58 PM: A “scenes of violence” response is headed to the 7700 block of 13th SW in Highland Park. SFD dispatch has told its crews it’s a “report of people being attacked with a machete.” More info when we get it.
10:01 PM: Police are on scene and have told dispatch they’re looking to see if they can find any victims.
10:03 PM: “No patients,” SFD dispatch has just told their crews. They’ve canceled the response.
Two more murals to show you, if you haven’t seen them already:
FOGUE GALLERY: Art inside, and now art outside too! That new mural by Tyson Krank is now adorning the front of Fogue Gallery (4130 California SW; WSB sponsor). The tree shadow isn’t part of the art, but fits right in!
A bit further south:
COMPASS: Thanks to Mara Haveson from Compass Real Estate in The Junction for sending the photo of the huge mural recently completed behind her office and the adjacent building on the west side of the 4500 block of California SW. She says, “It was done by Glam Dusty, the same artist that did the mural on the coffee shop off 35th.” (That’s the recently restored Birdhouse mural.)
P.S. Both Fogue and Compass participate in the monthly West Seattle Art Walk – next one April 14th.
Two West Seattle Crime Watch/police notes:
BUSINESS VANDALISM: Multiple readers have reported window-smashing at Bellevue Rare Coins (California/Oregon) in The Junction this afternoon. One reported seeing it done by someone with a “baseball bat” who ran to a “tan van” that quickly sped away. We won’t have access to the report on this until tomorrow but will follow up.
CARS PROWLED: Via text:
Reporting our cars being broken into. Both on the driveway, both cars were unlocked. They took coins and a couple of designer sunglasses. Property was not damaged. 45th/Findlay.
THE SHOTGUN SHELL THAT WASN’T: If you follow SPD’s automated Tweets by Beat – automated tweets of call types/times/vicinities that are aggregated on our Crime Watch page and in several unrelated apps – you might have noticed some changes in call classifications. That led to a question sent to us this morning about a call labeled as “Found gun/shell casings” last night in the 4000 block of SW Alaska. We asked SPD about it; the reply: “This call came in as a report of a loose shotgun shell. Upon further investigation they determined the item was not, in fact, a shotgun shell and did not require police action.”
Sent by Sarah, who sent this note under that heading, while explaining, “Just recently I have experienced several instances of road rage outside my home while getting my two children onto the Special Education Bus. People don’t understand how this system works and the buses are not all marked as Special Education. There are several contributing factors, including, no buses during COVID, reduced bus access for K-5 students forcing caregivers to drive children and be on the road with Special Education Buses.” Here’s her request to the community:
To Fellow Neighbors:
The key differences in how traditional large yellow buses operate vs smaller residential Special Education Buses operate.
First, children ride Special Education Buses for a number of reasons, some are physical and some are neurodivergent. For my family, we have two of our three children riding the Special Education bus and one fits into each category.
These buses are equipped with special seat belts and seats to ensure the safety of all the children; caregivers are REQUIRED to enter the bus and physically buckle the child into and out of the seat each day. The bus drivers are not allowed to do this, and due to certain circumstances, it may require more time to ensure the child is safely secured in the bus. I would very much like to remind impatient drivers that honking and yelling at the caregivers, driver, and kids does not make this process go any faster and instead can prolong the experience and induce feelings of fear, shame, and frustration for all involved.
There are also times that caregivers must pass on information crucial to a successful transfer to the school or for after-school pickup to the driver. This quick check-in typically occurs after the child is secured into the seat. This is not idle chit-chat, so please be patient.
Due to the fact that these buses serve several families each morning for the same school and each child can experience a range in how their day is going both physically and emotionally, it is not possible to have a set pickup and drop-off schedule. Therefore caregivers have children prepared before the bus arrives, most children utilizing this service cannot sit out and safely wait for the bus.
It is possible on a residential road to turn around if you are stuck behind or in front of a bus that needs that extra time and go down another side street. I know this my be an inconvenience, but please know that the caregivers, children, and bus drivers understand. Please, refrain from honking, yelling, or driving up onto the curb. It scares the kids, they don’t understand what is happening and it is emotionally harmful to everyone involved.
Thank you, West Seattle Neighbors! (Here) is a helpful article with some graphics and other helpful tips about school bus safety, including things are camera and ticketing.
(Reader photo, 2021)
Seattle Parks and Recreation is seeking input from tennis and pickleball players on how we can best support the growth of pickleball. Please join us online on Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. To register visit zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAsf-2rrTwqE9bpE6f9JbwvhTUl7WUYt3RW
This online event is part of the 2021-2022 Pickleball Study funded by the Seattle Park District. The project team will use the input from our community survey, the project advisory committee, and community meetings to recommend revisions to our dual-striping practices, evaluate standards for dual-striping, and draft a list of potential sites for dedicated pickleball. The team looks forward to presenting pickleball study work, input to date, and next steps at this meeting. Thank you to the over 3,300 people that responded earlier this year to our pickleball survey. Please continue your involvement and join us at this meeting to learn more and provide input.
An advisory committee is meeting throughout the study and additional community engagement will include one additional public meeting.
To find out more about the study and to subscribe to updates please visit seattle.gov/parks/about-us/projects/2021-2022-outdoor-pickleball-study or contact Oliver Bazinet at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Karen emailed to ask if Metro had announced plans for spring/summer-season changes on the West Seattle Water Taxi schedule, so we inquired. You might recall that the pre-pandemic routine was for the WT to go weekdays-only through late fall, winter, and early spring, but this year, after public clamor because of the West Seattle Bridge closure, the service has continued in 7-days-a-week mode, though the shuttle buses are on reduced schedules. Metro spokesperson Al Sanders tells WSB, “The West Seattle Water Taxi will begin its summer schedule on April 21. The only change from the current winter schedule will be the addition of late-night departures on Fridays and Saturdays.” Will the shuttle schedule ramp back up? Sanders says that’s not decided yet, “Summer shuttle schedule is also TBD. Marine (Division) is waiting to hear back from Service Planning on if their contracted service provider will be able to expand the current schedule.”
11:28 AM: SPD and SFD are investigating after another fire at the Longfellow Creek P-Patch shed at SW Thistle/25th SW. We were passing by when we saw Engine 11’s crew, and the smoke, around 10:20 am, and pulled over to see what was happening. Firefighters were extinguishing what had been major flames. This is the third fire at the shed in the past week; here’s our report from last Friday.
Even before this morning’s fire, we were planning to publish a followup today, after hearing from Christina, one of the P-Patch gardeners, who told us via email, “We lost a lot of tools and equipment in the fire and through repeated acts of vandalism and theft. We are hoping to replace that lost equipment and are looking for donations of shovels, rakes, pruners, a gas-powered lawn mower, hoses, or wheelbarrows.” She adds, “We are community gardeners and donate fresh produce regularly to the West Seattle Food Bank as well.” If you can help, donations are being coordinated by Kristin, at email@example.com. Meantime, we’ll be following up the the fire investigation.
ADDED WEDNESDAY NIGHT: We still haven’t heard back from SFD regarding the fire’s cause. Since the P-Patch, while managed and gardened by community volunteers, is on city land, we asked the city Department of Neighborhoods, which manages the P-Patch program, about the situation. Here’s the response from spokesperson Sam Read:
We are devastated to hear of another fire at the Longfellow Creek P-Patch. We share in the community’s grief and frustration and our P-Patch staff are working closely with the garden community and City partners.
The shed is not considered city owned, but rather managed and funded by community with occasional support and guidance from P-Patch staff. As such, the gardeners will need to come together to fund any rebuild or repairs.
P-Patch staff are coordinating with Seattle Parks and Recreation on developing a plan to remove garbage and cut trees from the area. In addition, P-Patch staff are coordinating with Seattle Police Department around these incidents. The Southwest Precinct’s Crime Prevention Coordinator has offered to work directly with our staff to organize a personal safety training for Long Fellow Creek Gardeners if there’s a collective interest.
ADDED THURSDAY MORNING: SFD tells WSB the fire”was ruled as ‘incendiary’ (intentionally set). Information was provided to the Seattle Police Department for follow-up. The shed was heavily damaged by fire, and partially collapsed.”
Busy day/night ahead:
GIRL SCOUT COOKIES: Last five days for cookie season, with more booths this afternoon/evening in West Seattle – check the lookup for the location/time of one near you.
FAUNTLEROY FERRY DOCK PROJECT: The Community Advisory Group‘s second meeting about potential alternatives for the dock/terminal replacement – current site? another site? same size? larger? etc. – is online tonight, 6-8 pm. Go here to register to watch. Here’s our coverage of the previous meeting two weeks ago.
TEACHING TEENS ABOUT CONSENT: The West Seattle High School PTSA welcomes all parents to its online meeting at 7 pm including a talk with a parenting educator about “Consent Etc.” More information, and the registration link, can be found in our calendar listing.
SAY GAY SEATTLE POSTCARD WRITING: Local advocates are gathering at Beveridge Place Pub (6413 California SW) tonight, 7-8:30 pm, to write postcards to Florida’s governor protesting that state’s new “Don’t Say Gay” law.
THEATER PREVIEW: “This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing” opens tomorrow at ArtsWest (4711 California SW; WSB sponsor) and you can see the preview performance tonight at a discount, 7:30 pm – get ticket(s) here.
SKYLARK OPEN MIC: 7:30 pm signups @ West Seattle’s longest-running open mic – no cover to watch. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
Something for our calendar? Email info to firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
The Seattle Public Library plans to add back more hours/days of operation, starting two weeks from today, on March 30th. From the announcement, here’s what the new days/hours will be at the four branches in West Seattle:
Delridge Branch, 5423 Delridge Way SW
-1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays
High Point Branch, 3411 SW Raymond St.
-1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays
Southwest Branch, 9010 35th Ave. SW
-10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; noon to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays
West Seattle Branch, 2306 42nd Ave. SW
-10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; noon to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays
You can compare to current hours/days by going here.
6:02 AM: Good morning! Welcome to Wednesday, March 16th. (Spring arrives 8:33 am Sunday!)
Some sunshine in the forecast, high in the 50s.
As reported here, a sewer-repair project is happening on 35th SW near Findlay.
BUSES, WATER TAXI, FERRIES TODAY
Water Taxi‘s on its regular schedule.
Ferries: WSF continues the two-boat schedule for Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth. Check here for alerts/updates.
BRIDGES AND DETOUR ROUTES
722nd morning without the West Seattle Bridge.
Low Bridge: 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.)
1st Avenue South Bridge:
South Park Bridge:
West Marginal Way at Highland Park Way:
Highland Park Way/Holden:
The 5-way intersection (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):
Trouble on the roads/paths/water? Text or call us (when you can do so safely) – 206-293-6302.