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UPDATE: Seattle Education Association announces strike, 7+ hours after district cancels Wednesday classes

4:40 PM: Seattle Public Schools just announced in a message to families and staff that even though talks continue, it’s called off the scheduled start of classes tomorrow:

Seattle Public Schools will not start school as planned on Wednesday, Sept. 7, because of a planned work stoppage by Seattle Education Association (SEA).

Student meals will be provided at several school sites. Free sack lunches are available for all students and will be available for pick up from approximately 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. We are also reaching out to community childcare providers to help support our families. We expect after-school athletics will continue, even if there is a delay in the start of school. We will publish details about student meals, child care, and additional resources. Please visit our Family Resource webpage for locations and details.

Seattle Public Schools respects our educators and staff. We are optimistic the bargaining teams will come to a positive solution for students, staff, and families. Negotiations with SEA are ongoing. We are looking forward to beginning school and welcoming students and staff for the 2022-23 school year.

This announcement comes four and a half hours after the Seattle Education Association announced that its members had voted to authorize a strike if no deal was reached. It has not yet announced one, though.

4:58 PM: West Seattle sites for students to pick up meals 10 am-1 pm tomorrow are listed as:

Arbor Heights Elementary School: 3701 SW 104th St.
Boren K-Stem K8: 5950 Delridge Way SW
Concord Elementary School: 723 S. Concord St.
Denny Middle School: 2601 SW Kenyon St.
Highland Park Elementary School: 1012 SW Trenton St.
Madison Middle School: 3429 45th Ave. SW
Roxhill Elementary School: 7740 34th Ave. SW
Chief Sealth International High School: 2600 SW Thistle St.

(added) A note for those picking up at Chief Sealth IHS and Denny IMS – “We will be serving lunches off the back dock on the east side of both campuses. (Families/students) can drive through or walk and we will be back there from 10 am to 1 pm.”

5:38 PM: SEA is still rallying at district HQ. Speakers have included bargaining-team members who say talks are still under way right now, and union leadership just said that though the district has canceled classes for tomorrow, it’s not too late to avert a strike.

8:34 PM: No public updates since then on whether bargaining is still under way and/or whether SEA is officially striking. It would be the first SEA strike since 2015, which in turn was the first one since 1985.

12:17 AM: The strike is on, according to this announcement just received from SEA:

Educators want to be in the classrooms with their students and needs SPS to give those students the supports and adult attention they deserve. At this hour Seattle Public Schools has failed to agree to a contract that adequately staffs Special Education and Multilingual Learners, that limits caseloads and workloads so that each student gets adequate attention, and that provides pay that allows educators to live in the city where they work. The SEA Bargaining Team is continuing to work at this hour and SEA calls on SPS to share our urgency and reach a contract agreement that brings us back to classrooms as fast as possible. The 6,000 office professionals, paraprofessionals, and certificated teaching staff united in SEA will strike beginning Wednesday morning for a contract that meets student needs.

The announcement says picketing will start at schools at 7:30 am today and continue daily until 3:30 pm “until SEA members ratify a tentative agreement.”

8:30 AM: Picketing has begun. We’ve been to three West Seattle schools so far and will be heading back to others. At Sanislo Elementary, we talked with SEA president Jennifer Matter, who says bargaining resumed at 3 am and continues this morning. Separate story to come.

FOLLOWUP: City action at SW Brandon encampment area

(Reader photo)

That’s a texted photo of the RV that nearby residents report was towed away from one of the SW Brandon encampment areas today. When we went over for a look, we saw this A-board sign left behind as official announcement of the towing, as had happened when the city swept the 26th/28th/Andover encampment.

(WSB photos from here down)

Alsp in view:

A cleanup crew’s truck was there too:

Nearby residents say they’re still concerned about RVs on 29th SW as well as a large structure someone has built around a tree in the Longfellow Creek greenbelt nearby.

HELPING: Lemonade fundraiser for animal rescue

Thanks to the reader who called to tell us about this so we could go get a photo: Avery, Maisi, and Bailey are running a lemonade-stand fundraiser right now at 36th/Holden in Gatewood. There with them is Shadow the cat – fittingly, as they’re raising money for Emerald City Pet Rescue. They told us they’ll be there until 4:30 or so.

BIZNOTE FOLLOWUP: First day for one-week Alki Arts pop-up in The Junction

It’s the first day of business for this week’s Alki Arts pop-up in the former Bellevue Rare Coins space on the Senior Center of West Seattle‘s ground floor at California/Alaska. As we showed you last week, murals mark the spot:

The murals are on the plywood covering the storefront’s still-to-be-replaced windows. Above is the one Brooke Borcherding was working on last week; below is the one Steffanie Lorig painted more recently:

Both murals will be for sale after the windows are replaced (with half the proceeds benefiting the Senior Center). Meantime, Alki Arts’ Diane Venti will open the pop-up daily through Sunday (September 11th), noon-5 pm each day except Thursday, when they’ll be open until 8 pm for the West Seattle Art Walk.

Artist Reeve Washburn (who also happens to be Art Walk coordinator) will be doing some live painting inside the pop-up this week too.

UPDATE: Seattle Education Association says members voted to authorize strike if agreement’s not reached

12:07 PM: The Seattle Education Association has just announced that its members have voted to authorize a strike if no agreement is reached by tomorrow. The union says 75 percent of its 6,000 members voted, and that 95 percent of them voted to authorize a strike, But contract talks are still under way right now, they stress, so a strike is not yet a sure thing. Updates to come as their briefing continues.

12:10 PM: A member of the bargaining team joined the briefing for a moment to say, “We’re prepared to stay all night if that’s what it takes.” Union leaders did not take questions and ended the briefing after less than 10 minutes, noting again that they’re planning a rally at district HQ at 4:30 pm. The SEA contract expired August 31st. Tomorrow is the first scheduled day of classes for most Seattle Public Schools students.

1:26 PM: So far no word from either side so far on any kind of cutoff time for a decision on what happens tomorrow. We will of course update as soon as we hear anything.

4:42 PM: The district has announced no school tomorrow, though talks are continuing. We’re updating separately here.

VIDEO: Council committee recommends confirming Greg Spotts as SDOT director

After less than an hour of Q&A this morning, SDOT director nominee Greg Spotts won unanimous support from the City Council’s Transportation and Public Utilities Committee. His nomination now goes to the full council for a final vote, likely one week from today (September 13th). The council asked most of its questions in writing (as reported here over the weekend, here’s the document with the answers), but there were a few during the meeting,

West Seattle/South Park Councilmember Lisa Herbold had two questions, including one she attributed to a constituent – how he would do the job without an engineering background. Spotts replied that he would rely on the professionals in that area and others, and that he sees his role as “shaping” their work, comparing that role to an orchestra conductor. He talked about his background overseeing a portfolio of $10 billion in megaprojects in the Los Angeles mayor’s office, and added that more recently, he had overseen the StreetsLA engineering division for eight nonths, during a transition time. But, he added, he’s not planning to micromanage “individual details of individual projects.” Herbold also asked if Spotts had yet familiarized himself with Seattle’s sidewalk problems, both neighborhoods without them and the many areas where they’re in poor condition. He said he’d been reading reports/audits on the situation and that he’s heartened that the city has mapped its sidewalk conditions, as the first step toward fixing a problem is understanding its extent. In his opening remarks, Spotts noted that he has already received more than 40 invitations for “listening tours.” He also said that if Seattle Public Schools start as scheduled tomorrow, he’s planning to join Mayor Harrell in walking students to school in West Seattle. (We’re awaiting details on where that would be happening.) Tomorrow is also his first day as interim SDOT director, pending final confirmation. ADDED: Here’s video of the meeting:

YOU CAN HELP: Senior Center of West Seattle brings back benefit breakfast

September 6, 2022 10:36 am
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The Senior Center of West Seattle is bringing back its in-person benefit breakfast. The event is September 20th but this Friday is the deadline for RSVPs – so if you’re not already signed up, here’s the announcement:

The community is invited to attend the Senior Center of West Seattle‘s annual Fundraising Breakfast on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the Alki Masonic Hall.

The event is the Senior Center’s largest annual fundraiser and will feature live music, stories and highlights from the Senior Center’s programs, and an opportunity to give. All funds raised support the fun, engaging programs and critical services the Senior Center provides West Seattle residents as they age.


Advance RSVP is required. RSVP by Friday, Sept. 9:

Tuesday, Sept. 20; Doors open 7:30 am. Program 8-9 am.
Alki Masonic Hall is located at 4736 40th Ave SW.


Can’t make it to the in-person event but want to support the community’s seniors? The Senior Center is accepting online donations before the event to help reach its goal to raise $75,000 through September.

Your gift supports:

$2,500 = Funds 800 hot, nutritious lunches open to the community
$1,000 = Supports 33 home visits to vulnerable seniors by our social workers
$500 = Covers one month of digital equity classes and services to all seniors who need technology help
$250 = Funds fitness classes for one month to help seniors stay active
$100 = Sponsors two memberships for seniors who can’t afford to pay

More event info:

Thank you to our sponsors. See our business supporters on our event website.

17 things to know for the rest of your West Seattle Tuesday

(Seal, photographed at Constellation Park earlier this week by Marc Milrod)

Busy Tuesday – here’s what you should know about, mostly (but not entirely) from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

BLOCK DROP DIY CLEANUP: 9 am-6 pm today, West Seattle High School‘s north-side entrance (3000 California SW) will be the pickup/dropoff spot for equipment and bags for your DIY cleanup.

SDOT DIRECTOR NOMINEE:9:30 am, the City Council’s Transportation and Public Utilities Committee will question SDOT director nominee Greg Spotts and potentially vote on his nomination. The agenda has information on viewing and commenting.

POSTCARDS TO VOTERS: 10:30 am politics-at-a-distance volunteers’ weekly gathering at C & P Coffee (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor).

SPRAYPARK STILL OPEN: Wading pools are now all closed but Highland Park Spraypark (1100 SW Cloverdale) remains open 11 am-8 pm daily through September 18th.

SCHOOL STRIKE VOTE ANNOUNCEMENT: At noon, the Seattle Education Association plans to announce its strike-vote results in a media briefing.

ALKI ARTS POP-UP IN THE JUNCTION: First day for this pop-up art shop – with murals – on the southeast corner of California/Oregon, noon-5 pm, as previewed here.

COVID VACCINATION POP-UP: 2-7 pm at Delridge Library (5423 Delridge Way SW), vaccinations (Moderna) will be available.

CITY COUNCIL RECONVENES: 2 pm, the first council meeting post-end-of-summer break is happening online and in-person – here’s the agenda, with inforation on how to comment.

DEMONSTRATION FOR BLACK LIVES: Longstanding weekly 4:30-6 pm sign-waving demonstration at 16th/Holden. Signs available if you don’t have your own.

STORYTIME IN THE GARDEN: Bring your little one(s) for a story followed by a garden activity, at the Delridge P-Patch, 6 pm (5078 25th SW).

TAE KWON DO: 6 pm, first West Seattle Tae Kwon Do class of September, at High Point Community Center. (6920 34th SW)

SCRABBLE NIGHT: 6-10 pm, go play Scrabble at The Missing Piece (9456 35th SW).

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

WEST SEATTLE TOASTMASTERS: You’re invited to their online meeting tonight – learn to become a confident communicator! – starting at 6:30 pm.

TRIVIA X 3: Three of the venues where you can play Tuesday nights – 7 pm at Ounces (3809 Delridge Way SW), 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!

(Last Friday’s Alki sunset, photographed by David Hutchinson)

ALKI BEACH PARK CHANGES: Tonight is the first night the closing time goes back to 11:30 pm; also, no beach fires starting tonight.

You can always see more on our calendar – and if you have something to add for the future, please email info to – thank you!

TRAFFIC, TRANSIT, WEATHER: Post-holiday Tuesday

6:03 AM: Good morning! Welcome to Tuesday, September 6th.


Sunny, breezy, mid-70s predicted .


First day of classes for Holy Rosary Catholic School and Holy Family Bilingual Catholic School


Ferries: WSF continues the 2-boat schedule for Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth. Check here for alerts/updates.

Metro buses are on their regular weekday schedules; watch @kcmetroalerts for trip cancellations/reroute alerts.

The West Seattle Water Taxi is on its regular schedule.


898th morning without the West Seattle Bridge. 12 days until SDOT expects to reopen it – on September 18th.

Low Bridge: Automated enforcement cameras remain in use until the high bridge reopens; restrictions are in effect 5 am-9 pm daily – except weekends; the bridge is open to all until 8 am Saturday and Sunday mornings.

1st Avenue South Bridge:

South Park Bridge:

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 currently functional city traffic cams can be seen here, many with video options; West Seattle and vicinity-relevant cameras are also on this WSB page

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