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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Two more truck thefts; business burglary

What seems to be a trend of work-truck theft continues. We have two in tonight’s three Crime Watch items;

TRUCK THEFT #1: Details on this are few so we’re waiting on the answers to some followup questions, but if you see a truck branded for Northwest Mechanical, it may be the one stolen around 1:45 pm today in the 4000 block of 41st Avenue SW.

TRUCK THEFT #2: From Grayson:

My truck was stolen this morning from in front of my house behind Roxbury Lanes on 97th St. and 34th. License plate C59364S. It’s a white GMC Sonoma with black wheels. They also look like a Chevy S10. It doesn’t have a rack or canopy. It’s my work truck so it’s really thrown my life up. It looks similar to this (mine has the extended cab).

BUSINESS BURGLARY: After a tip about this over the weekend, we were finally able to get the report today. Jones Barbecue at 4417 Fauntleroy Way SW was burglarized early Sunday. Someone called police and reported a broken window. Police arrived just after 8:30 am and discovered the glass in the front entry door had been broken; they found a “large rock” that likely was what was used. A member of the owner’s family responded and confirmed that some items and equipment were missing.

WEDNESDAY: SDOT, city councilmember @ HPAC

March 22, 2022 6:57 pm
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 |   Delridge | Highland Park | Neighborhoods | West Seattle news

If you live/work/study in Highland Park, South Delridge, or Riverview, your community council, HPAC, meets at 7 pm Wednesday, online. Two major agenda items:

This month HPAC welcomes back SDOT staff with updates on Home Zone and Greenways work that has been progressing throughout the neighborhood. If you have followup questions regarding projects, or ideas for new protections needed to buffer any changes you have noted in the West Seattle Bridge Detour Route traffic, agency representatives will be on hand to speak with.

We also welcome back City Councilmember Lisa Herbold and team for further updates on planning for the proposed low-income housing at 16th SW and SW Holden, site of a former Seattle City Light substation. They have been working on clarifying concerns expressed by the community at their last visit.

All are welcome – go here to get information for watching/listening/participating.

WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: After the fog, the warmth

(Photo by James Bratsanos)

4:29 PM: Ever since that fog burned off, the day has been busily fulfilling the promise of above-normal temperatures – 64 degrees at the top of the hour, in hazy sunshine. (Not a record, though – that’s on the books as 71.) But don’t miss the chance to get out and enjoy it tonight while it lasts – tomorrow’s high is due to drop back into the 50s.

6:07 PM: Photo just in says it all – a sea lion basking off Alki Point:

Thanks to Reiner Peery for the photo!

FOLLOWUP: New idea for averting future concrete crises – have public entities make their own

(WSB photo, February 9)

2:29 PM: It’s been six weeks since Mayor Bruce Harrell and County Executive Dow Constantine stood in front of media in White Center and warned that the concrete drivers’ strike was starting to seriously hinder major public projects. Despite Teamsters Local 174 offering to send some drivers back to work at some companies, that apparently hasn’t happened yet. Today Constantine went to the King County Council, in collaboration with other entities including the city, and put forth a new idea: He wants them to approve what a news release describes as “legislation that would study the feasibility of King County and other local entities developing their own concrete manufacturing facilities to ensure the future of critical infrastructure construction in our region.” The study wouldn’t be due until December 1st, so, the county acknowledges, it’s not going to help the current situation. Meantime, we’re checking on the status of the nearer-term idea Constantine announced at that White Center event back in February, seeking alternate suppliers. We’re also checking with SDOT for any update on concrete supplies for the West Seattle Bridge, which has been closed exactly two years ago as of tomorrow.

3:18 PM: KCE spokesperson Chase Gallagher says the Request for Qualifications for alternate concrete suppliers closed March 11th, “no bids received.”

DEVELOPMENT: Demolition day for 6016 California

A demolition crew is working right now at 6016 California SW [map] on the north end of Morgan Junction, starting with the house on the alley side of the lot, before moving on to tear down the small mixed-use building in front. The site is to be redeveloped with seven townhouses; the three fronting California will be live-work units. According to city permit files, the project will not include offstreet parking. This is a downsized plan for the site, which had a plan for 30+ microapartments five years ago; that was scrapped two years later.

SkyLink, North Highline town hall, games, more for the rest of your West Seattle Tuesday

(Golden-crowned Kinglet in Lincoln Park, photographed by Trileigh Tucker)

Before we get much further into the day, a few notes from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and inbox:

DOUGHNUT DEADLINE: Last day to order Krispy Kreme doughnuts to pick up at Madison MS on Friday, benefiting the PTSA.

BOOK BENEFIT: As noted here, this is the first day you can make a purchase at Paper Boat Booksellers (6040 California SW) and help Louisa Boren STEM K-8 by mentioning the school when you check out.

CITY COUNCIL: Their weekly meeting is at 2 pm, online. The agenda explains how to comment; Seattle Channel is where to watch.

DEMONSTRATION FOR RACIAL JUSTICE: 4:30-6 pm at 16th/Holden, Scott leads the weekly demonstration for racial justice. Signs available if you don’t have your own.

NORTH HIGHLINE TOWN HALL: Live in White Center or other points just south of West Seattle? 6-8:30 pm, online, your local government – King County – presents the annual town hall to share information and answer questions about its programs and services. Our calendar listing has attendance info.

FAMILY GAME NIGHT: Meeples Games (3727 California SW) welcomes families 6-8 pm to this weekly hosted game-playing night.

SKYLINK PRESENTATION: Advocates of a gondola as an alternative to Sound Transit light rail in West Seattle have an online presentation tonight, 7 pm. Our calendar listing has info on how to attend.

TRIVIA X 2: Two of the venues where you can play tonight – 7 pm at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW), 7:30 and 8:30 pm at The Lodge (4209 SW Alaska).

BELLE OF THE BALLS BINGO: Play bingo with Cookie Couture at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW), 8 pm. Free, all ages!

There’s more on our calendar – and if you have something to add for the future, email us the info at – thank you!

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Another stolen classic van (update: found)

10:10 AM: Two categories of stolen vehicles that we are hearing more about lately are work trucks and classic vans. In the latter, April sent the photos and report this morning:

Our friend Thomas parked his van outside our home in Highland Park last night, 3/21, to carpool to work, and it was stolen.

It’s a 1984 Wofsburg edition Vanagon with lots of character (stickers on the windows, etc.) and her name is Elsa.

1:58 PM: Thanks to the readers who spotted it (see comments below)! April confirms Thomas has it back.

Shop & dine to help local schools: Books, plants/seeds, food/drink …

March 22, 2022 8:59 am
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 |   Gardening | How to help | West Seattle books | West Seattle news | West Seattle restaurants | West Seattle schools

Here are our ways your dollars can go further by helping local schools:

BOOK FAIR FOR BOREN STEM K-8: Today through Sunday, shop at Paper Boat Booksellers (6040 California SW) and mention Louisa Boren STEM K-8 at checkout – part of the proceeds will benefit the school. Organizers note, “Paper Boat has a great selection to choose from in stock, and any special orders you make for out-of-stock items can also benefit the school if they are pre-paid during this week.” Store hours are 10 am-6 pm Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 am-5 pm Sunday.

FLOWERS & MORE FOR ROXHILL ELEMENTARY: This one’s for gardeners:

Friends of Roxhill Elementary says, “We are partnering again with Flower Power Fundraising to sell flower bulbs, kitchen garden herbs, sprouts, seeds and more to bring some joy to your home garden or window sill this spring.” Go here to shop. You can support a specific Roxhill student by writing their name in “Give Credit for This Sale to” at checkout. Friends of Roxhill Elementary gets 50% of the profits from every order; deadline is May 15th. Questions?

MISSION CANTINA DINE-OUT FOR MADISON MS: This Wednesday (March 23rd), dine in at, get take-out from, or buy a gift card for Mission Cantina (2325 California SW) and part of the proceeds will benefit Madison Middle Schooldetails and links here. Mission Cantina will be open 4 pm-10 pm that day.

MARINATION MA KAI DINE-OUT FOR ALKI CO-OP PRESCHOOL: Here are the details on this benefit:

The wonderful folks at Marination ma kai are hosting a Dine Out to support Alki Co-Op Preschool on Tuesday, March 29th! Come say aloha and enjoy some delicious tacos or kimchi fried rice for lunch and/or dinner (11 am – 8 pm) and Marination will donate a percentage of the day’s total sales to the school. There are food options for the kiddos too. Gift cards and take-away orders also count, but let’s hope for some sun to enjoy a cocktail on the big outdoor patio. Marination ma kai is located at 1660 Harbor Avenue SW.

Got a school or nonprofit fundraiser to share with the community? Let us know – thanks!


March 22, 2022 6:01 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

6:01 AM: Good morning! Welcome to Tuesday, March 22nd.


Cloudy, maybe some drizzle, high near 60.


The 35th/Findlay sewer work is expected to continue.


Metro is on its regular weekday schedule – but, one more reminder, the twice-yearly service change took effect Saturday. Watch @kcmetrobus for word of reroutes/cancellations.

Water Taxi‘s on its regular schedule.

Ferries: WSF continues the two-boat schedule for Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth. Check here for alerts/updates.


728th 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):

Are movable bridges opening for vessels? Check the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed; 1st Ave. S. Bridge openings are also tweeted by @wsdot_traffic.

All city traffic cams can be seen here; West Seattle and vicinity-relevant cameras are also on this WSB page

Trouble on the roads/paths/water? Text or call us (when you can do so safely) – 206-293-6302.