West Seattle, Washington
Now that it’s been open again for a month and a half, the West Seattle Bridge is apparently ready for its closeup. Just got word that it’ll be the scene of a commercial shoot on Sunday. As is customary in these cases, they can’t say in advance who the client is, but they do want you to know:
We are filming a vehicle driving westbound and eastbound on the West Seattle Bridge and Spokane Street Viaduct between 7:00 AM and 12:00 PM this Sunday morning, November 6. We are using the bridge and the viaduct because of the spectacular visual setting they provide. The film production will use aerial camera drones and a “Russian Arm” camera car to help create stunning visuals.
The production is hiring Seattle Police Officers to assist with vehicle “rolling slowdowns” which are performed for the safety of the public and the film production crew. The rolling slowdowns will occur alternately on the westbound and eastbound lanes of the West Seattle Bridge. Temporary vehicle holds on onramps to the Spokane Street Viaduct and West Seattle Bridge will also take place.
The permits are being coordinated and issued by the Seattle Office of Economic Development.
We asked a few followup questions: Yes, the plan is to do this regardless of the weather. Also: “We won’t be filming on the bridge during the entire time frame of 7 am -12 pm, just during certain spurts of time. We have a lot of camera adjustments and notes to digest during the whole-time frame.”
In the years since West Seattle’s only tiny-house encampment, Camp Second Chance, set up on the Myers Way Parcels, it’s been mostly low-drama. This week, though, a mention emerged in court documents for a previous accusation against the man charged in last Sunday’s double murder in Georgetown. LIHI, which has the contract to operate CSC, sent its Community Advisory Committee members – and us – this email about the situation today:
We wanted to inform you of two serious incidents that occurred by the same person who was a previous client of Camp Second Chance. One of these happened at Camp Second Chance and the other at LIHI’s Martin Court Apartments, which provides transitional housing for homeless people in Georgetown.
1) On August 15, John Williams, a client at Camp Second Chance at the time, had assaulted other clients. LIHI called SPD and he was arrested by police for these assaults and permanently exited from the site. We recently learned from a news report last night that in addition to these assaults, on July 18, Mr. Williams allegedly committed an attempted rape of a guest who came to the site with him. Please note that while the media reported this, it has not been confirmed with us by SPD. There were no reports brought to our attention about this incident.
2) On Sunday, Oct. 30, this same person, John Williams, accompanied a resident to her apartment at Martin Court. The police have him in custody as a suspect for allegedly brutally killing this resident and a guest of hers in the apartment. John Williams is not a resident of Martin Court. SPD was able to find and arrest John shortly after the tragic incident. We are fully cooperating with SPD and the investigation is still underway. Grief counseling is being provided for our residents and staff and traumatic leave offered for our building staff.
We are devastated by these terrible incidents and working closely with clients, residents and site staff to support them in the grieving process and recovery from trauma through counseling and other means. We have taken measures to increase safety and staffing.
Unfortunately there has been an increasing number of crimes and violent incidents at our sites, which is being experienced across the region by other non-profit providers, businesses, and neighbors. We are meeting with SPD soon to discuss these incidents and ways we can partner more closely together on addressing violent criminal behavior that impacts our sites, residents, clients, and staff. We are encouraging SPD to more consistently support the safety of our villagers and staff by allowing us to fully enforce our code of conduct and its zero tolerance policy on violence and helping us exit clients in violation who pose a safety risk.
The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office says that Williams was arrested July 19th in the attempted rape case, and that bail was initially set at $75,000 – half what prosecutors asked for – but that he had to be released three days later because SPD had not sent the documents needed to file charges (and still has not).
Then, after the August 15 arrest mentioned above, he spent eight days in jail, according to online records. Less than two weeks after that, he was arrested September 3rd for assault and weapons charges that were prosecuted by the City Attorney’s Office; he served his sentence and got out last Friday, two days before the Georgetown murders. What we don’t know is whether the August 15th arrest and “exit” was the last time he was at Camp Second Chance; we have followup questions out to LIHI. Williams remains in the King County Jail, held without bail.
Meantime, the next Community Advisory Council meeting for Camp Second Chance is next Tuesday (November 8th), online at 6 pm, and as always, all are welcome – we’ll have connection/call-in information in the daily preview list that day, and in our event-calendar listing as soon as it’s provided.
A few people asked us about a big fire response east of south Arbor Heights this afternoon. We covered it on partner site White Center Now.
That reader-contributed photo shows the fire at its peak. It burned a detached garage at a home near 28th/110th [map] in unincorporated North Highline. No injuries.
Tilden School is returning as a WSB sponsor, and inviting prospective families to an open house this Saturday. New sponsors get the opportunity to tell you about themselves, so here’s what they would like you to know:
Tilden School is an independent K-5 school in West Seattle, founded in 1985. We offer small class sizes with academically engaging, individualized education. Our curriculum balances core reading, writing, math, science and technology skills with a rich arts program. We graduate inquisitive, confident and caring students who thrive in public and private schools around the region – and at colleges around the country!
What our students love:
-Our joyful learning environment
-School days that balance structure with free-play, creativity with rigor
What our parents/guardians love:
-A commitment to providing strong academics with the ability to meet each student where they are
-Our community traditions and values
-A school where every student is known by every educator
Why choose an independent school? Choosing an independent school means that there is flexibility inherent in our programming and curricular choices. We have the ability to adapt what we teach, and how we teach, based on each student, the dynamics of each class, and the events shaping our world today. Enabling our faculty and staff with that flexibility, and that trust, translates to a learning environment where the passion is evident in the daily experience.
Why choose Tilden School? What are the values unique to the school? We are deeply committed to building a strong educational foundation for your student. We value kindness and respect, and honor what each student brings to the classroom. We strive for each individual to learn personal accountability. Our aim is to graduate students who are as adept at their mastery of core academic essentials, as they are confident in their voice, and their ability to critically examine and
Join us! If you are curious about what the Tilden School experience is like and would like to learn more about the value of an independent school education, we invite you to our Open House this Saturday (11/5) from 10:00-noon at 4105 California Ave SW (centrally located just north of the Alaska Junction). Alternately, please connect when convenient for you – we are happy to arrange a conversation or a tour. Call 206-938-4628 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, and visit our website at tildenschool.org to learn more.
We thank Tilden School for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.
We’ve shown you the dedications of two Peace Poles placed by the Rotary Club of West Seattle, onw at Fauntleroy Church/Hazelwood Prechool and another at C & P Coffee (WSB sponsor), and now you’re invited to the next one – this Saturday near Fauntleroy Creek. Here’s the announcement:
Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony “Fauntleroy Creek Crossing Peace Pole”
Saturday, Nov 5, 2:00 pm-2:30 pm
Fauntleroy Creek Ravine Overlook, 9102 Fauntleroy Way SW
The Peacebuilding Service Committee of the Rotary Club of West Seattle has chosen to present to Fauntleroy Creek Crossing a “Peace Pole” because this sacred land is a cross-road for youth going to and from school and for those who use the ferry system to travel to Vashon and points of interest near and far across the Olympic Peninsula. It is a place to simply cross paths and visit with a neighbor; a crossing for all the native habitats, including our coho salmon who swim through these waters to spawn at the Fauntleroy Creek; and a place where children can see the end of the salmon’s fragile lifecycle at this hatchery.
We now dedicate the “Fauntleroy Creek Crossing Peace Pole” as a symbol of peaceful crossing and to honor this sacred spiritual connection with the land and water. We hope you will pause here from time to time to reflect on the role that you can play to foster peace in our community, our country and our world.
• Welcome and Introductions
• International Peace Pole Project
• Rotary Club of West Seattle
• Fauntleroy Creek Ravine Overlook:”Story of Salmon as a Peaceful Focal Point”
• Procession to the Fauntleroy Creek Crossing
• Peace Pole Declaration: “May Peace Prevail on Earth”
• Instrumental Music
Our community, friends, families, organizations, businesses, and clubs are all welcome to join together and celebrate.
The report and photo are from Larissa:
Sometime between 10/24-10/31 our bike was stolen on 60th Ave and Stevens. It was covered and contained a bike lock. It’s a 2022 Husqvarna 701 Supermoto. License plate: #5J5838
SPD incident # is 2022-294305.
Thanks for the tip. A reader texted to let us know that multiple city crews and tow trucks were out at the RV encampment east of the West Marginal Way/Highland Park Way intersection. We went by for photos and saw crews along both Highland Park Way (above) and 2nd Avenue SW (below).
We hadn’t asked the city about this site lately, but we have an inquiry out now. Some of the previously swept encampment sites have seen RVs return – such as West Marginal Place and Harbor Avenue SW – but not those where the former parking area is now obstructed (such as the bike lane along Andover/28th/Yancy and ecoblocks along 1st Avenue South north of Cloverdale).
West Seattle’s booming wine scene now has the full participation of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) Northwest Wine Academy once again, after more than two years. It’s reopening to the public tomorrow – here’s the announcement:
South Seattle College and the Northwest Wine Academy (NWWA) are excited to announce the NWWA Tasting Room, Wine Bar and Retail Store is reopening on Nov. 4, 2022. Hours of operation will be 1-6 p.m. on most Fridays and Saturdays.
The tasting room has been closed for the past few years, and NWWA looks forward to welcoming the community once again to share amazing local, student-produced wines.
We are also pleased to introduce the Academy’s new Winemaker and Winemaking Instructor John Darin to the program and community. Darin’s extensive background in winemaking and cellar logistics has been developed after years of working with a diverse spectrum of grape varietals and winemaking practices. His experience, as well as his time working with many industry leaders, brings critical first-hand knowledge from the winemaking industry directly to the classroom.
Hours and dates of operation
The Northwest Wine Academy Tasting Room, Wine Bar and Retail Store is open again as of Nov. 4, 2022! Hours of operations will be (most) Fridays and Saturdays, 1-6 p.m.
November: Open Nov. 4-5; 12; 18-19 (closed Nov. 25-26 for the holidays)
December: Open Dec. 2-3; 9-10; 16-17 (closed the remainder of the month and reopening in January)
Please note: At this time only credit and debit cards are accepted for purchases
The NWWA is on the north side of the SSC campus (6000 16th SW) – look for it on the east side of the north parking lot.
Here’s what’s happening today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
LEARN ABOUT ROXHILL BOG: Online presentation about one of West Seattle’s most unique – and endangered – natural features, 6 pm.
BLUES AND FUNK: Live music at The Spot West Seattle (2920 SW Avalon), starting at 6 pm.
WINE TASTING/PIANO BAR: Night out at the Senior Center! Wine, appetizers, music, benefiting the center – info’s in our preview.
BOARD GAME NIGHT: Go play at Meeples Games (3727 California SW), starting at 6:30 pm.
WEST SEATTLE SILENT BOOK CLUB: Read with others – but you don’t have to chat if you don’t want to! 7 pm monthly gathering at Beveridge Place Pub (6413 California SW).
LIVE/WORK IN WHITE CENTER? Your community council, the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council, meets at 7 pm tonight. Agenda and connection/call-in info can be found on our partner site White Center Now.
BENBOW’S COUNTRY NIGHT: Thursday “Nashville Nights“ continue at the Benbow Room (4210 SW Admiral Way), 9 pm. 21+.
Have something to add to our calendar? Email info to email@example.com – thank you!
9:31 AM: Crash reported in the northbound 99 tunnel.
6:02 AM: Good morning. It’s Thursday, November 3rd.
–Two continuing closures: The outer southbound lane on West Marginal Way between 17th SW and the Duwamish Longhouse … The east end of Sylvan Way.
Saturday night/Sunday morning at 2 am, we “fall back” an hour as Daylight Saving Time ends.
–Metro buses are on their regular schedules; watch @kcmetroalerts for trip cancellations/reroute alerts.
-The West Seattle Water Taxi is on its fall/winter schedule (still daily, all dayparts, but no late Friday/Saturday runs).
-Still a 2-boat schedule for WSF’s Triangle Route (check here for alerts/updates).
High Bridge – here’s the camera at the top.
High Bridge – the view from its southwest end (if SDOT points the 35th/Avalon/Fauntleroy camera that way).
Low Bridge: Open to all.
1st Ave. S. Bridge: The alternate route.
Highway 99: Here’s the northbound side at Lander.
All functional city traffic cams can be seen here, most with video options; West Seattle and vicinity-relevant cameras are also on this WSB page … Are movable city bridges opening for vessels? Check the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed.
If you see trouble on the roads/paths/water, please text or call us (when you can do so safely) – 206-293-6302.
12:43 AM: Seattle Fire has a “scenes of violence” response on the way to the 5200 block of 17th SW, where a man in his 30s is reported to have a gunshot wound to the back. No information yet on circumstances.
1:03 AM: Still no further information. Emergency-radio traffic has been usurped by an unrelated major incident on I-5 in North Seattle, so we might not be able to find out more until later this morning.
1:39 AM: Police now say the man died. They are canvassing nearby residences for security video.
2:27 AM: Still awaiting details. The last deadly shooting in West Seattle was in June, when 56-year-old Anthony Gonzalez was killed in a tent at 26th/Juneau. His accused killer was arrested and charged days later.
3:02 AM: Here’s all police are saying about what happened this morning:
At 12:22 a.m., police responded to the 5200 block of 17th Avenue SW for reports of shots heard. Officers arrived and found a man with a gunshot wound inside a residence. Police and Seattle Fire Department medics attempted lifesaving measures, but medics declared the man deceased at the scene.
Members of SPD’s Crime Scene Investigation Unit responded to process the scene for evidence.
Homicide Detectives also responded and will lead the ongoing investigation.
Anyone with information about this incident should call the Violent Crimes Tip Line at (206) 233-5000.
8 AM: Police were still at the scene 7+ hours after the shooting.