West Seattle, Washington
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Though the “zero” in Vision Zero is not yet in sight, the program’s coordinator remains hopeful.
Her presentation led off this month’s meeting of the West Seattle Transportation Coalition, which also spotlighted a local bicycling group, and ended with some decisions about WSTC’s future.
VISION ZERO: Seven and a half years have passed since Vision Zero, envisioning an elimination of traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030, was announced. The program’s coordinator for SDOT, Allison Schwartz, was the meeting’s first guest, accompanied by SDOT’s mobility manager Sara Zora. Schwartz noted that this presentation is similar to the update she gave to the Pedestrian Advisory Board two weeks earlier. Again here, she somberly noted the 10 people killed in traffic incidents – on foot (including two West Seattle deaths), on bikes, in cars – in Seattle so far this year.
But they’re undaunted in efforts to reverse the trend: “Vision Zero is more than a slogan … it requires a paradigm shift … prioritizing the movement of human beings” rather than prioritizing vehicles, she said. To do that would take “decades of undoing” what led to this point, she said. Here’s how the program hopes to get to a safer place:
The District 1 Community Network – a coalition of West Seattle/South Park advocates – finally gets its long-planned visit from Mayor Bruce Harrell this Wednesday (June 1st). It’s an online meeting, all welcome; the group has questions lined up, but only gets half an hour with the mayor, so there won’t be much if any time for open Q&A, but the group has been discussing questions spanning a variety of topics, from public safety to transportation to land use to homelessness. (On that last topic, this appearance will be on the day after Harrell’s scheduled Tuesday announcement of his long-awaited plan to deal with the crisis.) The meeting is at 7 pm Wednesday; viewing and call-in information is in our calendar listing for the meeting.
Three and a half years ago, Mallika Siddiq took over the space at 4547 California SW that had for 50 years been home to Terjung’s Studio of Gifts. First she opened Lika Love Boutique in November 2018; then a year ago she added the speakeasy-style bar In The Heart to the back of the space. Today, she announced both will close in two weeks. Siddiq told WSB via email, “June 12th is our last day. Everything must go. We are selling our merchandise, fixtures, furniture, and bar ware.” As for why she’s closing: “The obvious reason – it has been very difficult to run a small business during and even after the pandemic, Financially it makes the most sense.” Before opening Lika Love as a bricks-and-mortar boutique – first in a brief previous Junction location, then in Morgan Junction, and then the current space – Siddiq was mostly mobile, with a Lika Love fashion truck. So what’s she doing next? “I honestly have no plans for the first time in many years. I am taking time off to do the things I love, spending quality time with the people I love, and travel.”
4:16 PM: If you’re heading to/from South Park, be aware of a big emergency response to the Highway 509 interchange at 1st/Cloverdale [map]. A driver is reported to have gone off the road. A “rescue extrication” response was being sent but the person is reported out of the vehicle, so that’s being downsized.
4:42 PM: WSDOT says the crash is partly blocking the southbound 509 ramp.
Just received from Taylor:
House was broken into on the lower half of Fairmount Ave SW between Friday and noon today.
2021 white Porsche Cayenne S
Heirloom and new jewelry.
Chloe small clutch purse, a few other purses and belts of value
Black bike (don’t remember the model number).
This bike was left next to the shed, likely abandoned after taking my bike:
No police report # yet but we’ll add it as soon as it’s available. (Update: It’s 22-135939.)
If the student(s) in your household don’t have summer plans finalized yet, here’s an invitation:
Hoops4Life is back in full swing with 4 sessions at Seattle Lutheran HS this summer!
Hoops4Life is a high-quality basketball/life skills camp in its 25th year here in West Seattle. 9 am-4 pm Monday through Friday for $199. Still room in Session 2 (July 18-22) for 2nd-4th graders and room for all grades through 8th in recently opened Session 3 (July 25-29). Register now!! hoops4life206.com/content/2022-seattle-lutheran-camp
The SLHS gym is at 4100 SW Genesee just north of The Junction.
Another veterans’ organization is offering Memorial Day poppies as a fundraiser. Here’s the announcement we received this morning from Keith Hughes, American Legion Post 160 commander:
The American Legion will have Poppies at the American Legion Hall at 3618 SW Alaska St on Sunday and Monday, 10 am to 4 pm. Drive up at the curb or drive in. Donations all go to direct support of Vets and their families for emergency financial support during these hard times.
Look for the canopy right out front on the westbound side of SW Alaska just east of 37th SW.
Day two of the holiday weekend – here’s our list:
VFW POPPIES: The West Seattle VFW plans to be back at Admiral Safeway (2622 California SW) 9 am-noon offering the veteran-made poppies.
(added) AMERICAN LEGION POPPIES: Got word this morning that American Legion Post 160 is also offering poppies, 10 am-4 pm today/tomorrow at the post (3618 SW Alaska)
CHURCHES WITH ONLINE SERVICES: We’re still listing these – see today’s list here.
HOLIDAY WEEKEND SALE: New WSB sponsor Mountain to Sound Outfitters (3602 SW Alaska) is having a sale through Monday! Open today 11 am-5 pm.
LOW TIDE WITH BEACH NATURALISTS: Though today’s -1.4-foot low tide at 11:09 am is not super-low, Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists are making their season debut. Find them at Constellation Park and Lincoln Park 10 am-noon.
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, find fresh food – produce, meat, fish, cheese, beverages, baked goods, and prepared food – and plants at the weekly WSFM. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: The Southwest Seattle Historical Society has reopened its museum on Alki, and you can visit noon-4 pm, (61st/Stevens)
NEED FOOD? White Center Community Dinner Church serves a free meal (take-away available) at 5 pm Sundays at the Salvation Army Center in South Delridge (9050 16th SW).
SUNDAY NIGHT KARAOKE: 9 pm to 1:30 am at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW).
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