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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Business vandalism; suspects charged in three recent burglaries

In West Seattle Crime Watch tonight:

BUSINESS VANDALISM: The photo and report are from Patrick:

Late Wednesday night 6/1 or early Thursday morning, someone threw a rock or brick at the front window of the Evergreen Tang Soo Do Academy (5432 California SW). The outer pane shattered but not the inner pane. Police report filed.

CHARGES FILED: The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has charged suspects in three West Seattle burglaries that happened within the past week:

-Last Sunday (May 29th), 8800 block of 20th SW: 26-year-old Christopher R. Rodriguez is charged with residential burglary after police said they caught him in the same vacant house for the second time in three days. The first time, nothing was taken so he was cited for trespassing and released; this time he was booked into jail.

-Also on Sunday, 6700 block of West Marginal Way SW: 29-year-old Kaylan E. Ramos is charged with second-degree burglary after Port of Seattle Police arrested him in the Alaska Marine Lines yard, allegedly stealing items including a reflective vest.

-On Monday, 2700 block of 36th SW: 49-year-old Zachariah K. Hampton is charged with residential burglary for allegedly breaking into a garage and trying to steal a bicycle valued at $5,000.

All three of the aforementioned defendants have criminal records; all three remain in jail, Rodriguez with bail set at $15,000, Hampton and Ramos each with bail set at $5,000.

BIZNOTE: Dough Joy Donuts on the way to West Seattle Junction – with plants on the side

When Café Mia closed at 4317 SW Oregon six months ago, there were hints of what was on the way – but no confirmation until Dough Joy Donuts‘ announcement today:

Our new location in West Seattle is a donut shop AND a disco-themed plant shop in one! It will feature a layout that includes Dough Joy on one side, and Botanic! at the Disco > @botanicatthedisco < a disco-themed plant shop on the other. Glitter floors, neon lights, disco ball planters, cute houseplants - we got it all!⁣ ⁣At Dough Joy you’ll be able to find our fan favorites like Chocoholic, Strawberry Milkshake, and Pride, and we’ll often feature rotating specials like our Peanut Butter Cup, Banana Cream Pie, Boston Cream - and more! We will also have a full coffee bar with exciting drinks, featuring our friends at Fulcrum coffee. ⁣ ⁣All our donuts are raised, fluffy kind, and also have no egg, dairy, or animal by-products (vegan friendly, but would never know it!).

This is an expansion for Dough Joy, which has been selling its donuts on Capitol Hill and in Ballard. No official opening date yet but “very close” is how they describe it.

WEST SEATTLE LIGHT RAIL: Here are the routing/station options the city is recommending

Next Tuesday morning, the City Council’s Transportation and Utilities Committee will get a look at what West Seattle/Ballard light-rail routing and station-location alternatives the city is proposing supporting, before the Sound Transit Board settles on its “preferred alternative” recommendation next month. You don’t have to wait until the meeting for a look – the slide deck is already published along with the agenda (which explains how to comment at the meeting).

To come up with these recommendations, the city presentation notes, “Nearly 100 subject matter experts from 15+ City departments reviewed and commented on the 8000+ pages of (Draft Environmental Impact Statement) analysis.” They submitted more than 1,500 “technical comments” before the deadline a month ago; now, the biggest comments of all – which routing/station options the city wants to officially support. First, for The Junction:

The slide deck goes into more detail about why the city’s behind each option in the draft recommendations. Next, for Delridge:

And for the new bridge to get light rail across the Duwamish River, here’s the city’s choice:

The city support doesn’t carry an official weight – the final decisions on routing and station locations are in the hands of the Sound Transit Board, whose members include City Council President Debora Juarez and Mayor Bruce Harrell. They’re expected to settle on a “preferred alternative” at their July 28th meeting, though the absolute final word isn’t due until next year.

P.S. The board has made a big decision in the meantime – they’ve settled on a potential new CEO, Julie Timm from Richmond, Virginia – here’s the announcement made today.

VIDEO: Surprise finale @ Louisa Boren STEM K-8 concert

For most of last night’s school concert at Louisa Boren STEM K-8, the program went along fairly traditional lines. Elementary instrumental-music students began the night:

Introductory Band followed:

The Intermediate Band‘s part of the program included Ukraine’s anthem:

But the closing act turned the tables. For most of the night, parents had comprised the audience, proudly cheering on the students. Then suddenly – parents took the stage!

The tipster told us, “The band teacher, Mx. Sonja Borsman, put this together with 2 rehearsals. As far as we know, this is not a common thing. Several of the parents have been or are currently in bands, and others haven’t played since they were in high school.” Here’s what they called themselves:

This was kept as a total surprise up till showtime.

Ferry questions? WSF plans systemwide community meetings this month

June 3, 2022 1:30 pm
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 |   Fauntleroy | Transportation | West Seattle news

(Ferry in Elliott Bay, photographed by Jerry Simmons)

Most of the Washington State Ferries news here lately has been related to ongoing planning for the Fauntleroy terminal/dock rebuild. But the ferry system is still in a reduced mode of operation on some routes, including Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth, and has announced online community meetings to provide updates on where things stand. The meetings are set for 1 pm Tuesday, June 14th, and 6 pm Wednesday, June 15th. From the announcement, here’s the plan:

WSF staff will give a brief presentation on upcoming summer service, hiring challenges and the agency’s process to restore service to pre-pandemic levels. Participants will be able to ask questions and provide comments during the meeting. Both meetings will cover the same material and are designed to give participants the option to join the meeting that best fits their schedule.

You can register for the June 14th meeting here, and/or the June 15th meeting here, to get attendance info.

WEEKEND PREVIEW: Hike on Saturday to celebrate National Trails Day

June 3, 2022 11:34 am
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 |   Environment | Fun stuff to do | West Seattle news

The weekend’s almost here and you have many options for how to spend it. If you haven’t already seen this one in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar – here’s a reminder of one option for celebrating our greenspaces, sent by Judy Bentley:

On National Trails Day, Saturday, June 4, follow the water in the Puget Creek Watershed. Under the guidance of Steve Richmond, long-time advocate for restoring the health of Puget Creek, follow the creek from its origins near Puget Ridge Edible Park to its outlet into the Duwamish Waterway near the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center. Part of this three-mile trail from ridge to river and back is standard gravel; other parts are unimproved social trails. Begin at the Puget Ridge Edible Park, 1899-1801 SW Brandon St, at 11 a.m. RSVPs welcomed at

WEST SEATTLE SCENE: Laps With Lou 2022

At Pathfinder K-8 on Pigeon Point, Laps With Lou 2022 is on! For almost two decades, now-retired PE teacher Lou Cutler has raised money for Make-A-Wish by doing a lap for every year of the age he’ll be when his birthday arrives later in June. Students join him throughout the day. This morning, before taking to the field, Lou spoke to the school via the PA system:

This year he’ll be turning 71, so he plans that many laps – plus one for a bonus, to bring the total distance to 12 miles. Students have been going out to the field in groups, starting with photos.

Lou’s been a Make-A-Wish volunteer even longer than he’s been leading this annual fundraiser – for more than a quarter-century!. You can support his quest to grant more wishes by donating here.

ADDED FRIDAY NIGHT: He did it again! Thanks to the Pathfinder parent who sent photos from the end of today’s laps:

8 notes for your West Seattle Friday

June 3, 2022 9:00 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(Saturday’s sunrise, photographed by Stewart L.)

Here’s what’s ahead:

LAPS WITH LOU: Today’s the day retired PE teacher Lou Cutler plans 71 laps around the Pathfinder K-8 field on Pigeon Point, one for every year of the age he’ll be on his birthday later this month, raising money for Make-A-Wish. You can donate here!

LOG HOUSE MUSEUM CLOSED: It’s usually open Friday afternoons but is closed today because of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society gala tonight (later in the list).

LOOP THE ‘LUPE PACKET PICKUP: If you’re registered for Saturday’s Loop the ‘Lupe event, you can pick up your packet 4-6 pm at West Seattle Runner (2743 California SW; WSB sponsor). If you’re not, register online or at the event!

TASTING: 4-6 pm at West Seattle Liquor and Wine (4714 42nd SW; WSB sponsor), “We are pouring Graham Beck Brut and Rose Brut. Come enjoy some spring bubbles at West Seattle Liquor and Wine.”

AFTER-SCHOOL MAGIC LEAGUE: 4-6 pm at Meeples Games (3727 California SW), open to all 12+ interested in Magic: The Gathering.

WESTSIDE SCHOOL MIDDLE-SCHOOL STUDENTS’ ART SHOW: The show we previewed here opens tonight at Museum of Museums (900 Boylston Ave.) and continues there through July 13th,

SWSHS GALA: “Bridging Our Communities Together,” celebrating 25 years of the Log House Museum, is happening at Salty’s on Alki (1936 Harbor SW; WSB sponsor) tonight, 6-8 pm. Registration deadline has passed so we’re mostly mentioning this as a reminder for those who are registered.

BOB DYLAN TRIBUTE BAND: 8 pm at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW), “Wanderers by Trade, Seattle’s Premier Bob Dylan Tribute Band ,is back to play a great selection of some Dylan classics and hidden gems spanning his whole career. Joining them are Edmondz Tranzit Authority, laying down some rad jazz fusion.” $10, 21+.

Have an event for our calendar/daily lists? We’re adding more daily – email – thank you!

TRAFFIC, TRANSIT, ROAD WORK, WEATHER: Friday notes + weekend alerts

6:03 AM: Good morning; welcome to Friday, June 3rd.


Cloudy, showery today, with a high in the 60s (Wednesday hit 73).


*Seattle Public Utilities has begun the pavement-restoration work at California/Myrtle.

*The Highway 99 tunnel will be closed tonight for monthly maintenance.

*More “Revive I-5” lane closures are planned this weekend, starting tonight, on SB I-5 south of I-90.

*One weekend alert from SDOT: “On Sunday, we’re pouring concrete for the lane divider on SW Spokane St in the vicinity of 11th Ave SW. This is phase two of three phases to repair the damaged lane divider. We anticipate this work to begin as early as 8 AM and conclude by 4 PM. Traffic impacts include closure of the East Marginal Way S and the lower SW Spokane St ramps. There will be a detour in place for those traveling in the area. Please anticipate travel delays. Please know this work is weather-dependent.” Update: SDOT says this has been postponed.


Metro is on its regular weekday schedule; watch @kcmetroalerts for word of reroutes/trip cancellations.

The West Seattle Water Taxi is on its regular schedule.

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


803rd 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 (one of four new cameras!):

Highland Park Way/Holden:

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

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