West Seattle, Washington
Thanks to ALS for the photo and tip that the Pegasus Pizza sign was taken down at 2768 Alki SW tonight, two weeks after the eviction notice was posted. After ALS published the photo tonight in a comment below our story from December 2nd, we went by; the sign (which was still up when we passed by this morning) was gone and no one was around. There’s been no public hint of what’s next for the space – no “for lease” listing, for example. We’ve also been checking court files, where a mid-November order to pay the restaurant’s landlord more than $146,000 had preceded the eviction action, but the only thing that has appeared in the case file since then is the King County Sheriff’s Office “return of service” certifying that the eviction had been carried out. Though the “unlawful detainer” (eviction) case was filed in July, the court documents say the restaurant owners owed the landlords money dating back to last December and had been ordered in March to pay up or clear out. A payment plan was then worked out, documents say, but the July action alleges that the amounts due weren’t paid.
Metro says the Water Taxi will return to normal service on both routes tomorrow. Just received:
Both the West Seattle and Vashon Island routes of the King County Water Taxi will resume their normal full sailing schedules tomorrow, Friday, December 16.
Last night, damage to one of the ships’ propellers left the division to operate both routes with one vessel today, which led to reduced service on both routes. Thanks to today’s crew, which spent the full day taking the Doc Maynard to Port Angeles shipyard and back, and thanks to the shipyard, which was able to get the vessel into dry dock on short notice and change propellers, each route will have a vessel to operate full service.
More cartoon characters in tonight’s West Seattle Christmas lights spotlight – thanks to Ron and Brian for sending the video tour of their “Very Minion-y Christmas.” Anyone who loves the boisterous little chattering creatures will adore this collection at 3233 47th SW [map].
Got a cool display? Or, seen one you want to suggest? email@example.com – thank you! And see what we’ve already featured by scrolling through this WSB archive.
A West Seattle resident will be presiding over the Sound Transit Board when the final decision about West Seattle routing is made next year. King County Executive Dow Constantine was elected this afternoon as the board’s new chair, a role he held 2014-2016. He’ll become chair in January, succeeding Kent Keel, a city councilmember from University Place in Pierce County, who has chaired the ST Board for the past three years. Keel and Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers will serve as vice chairs. As explained here, “The board includes three members from Snohomish County, ten from King County, four from Pierce County and the secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation.” The current King County members include one other West Seattleite, County Councilmember Joe McDermott. ST is currently working on the final Environmental Impact Statement for the West Seattle extension, due out next year, with a final routing/stations decision to follow. Latest timeline is for West Seattle to SODO light rail to open in 2032.
5:21 PM: Police are headed to Delridge and Andover for what’s reported to be a two-vehicle collision blocking all or part of Delridge at that intersection – avoid it for a while.
6:25 PM: No update on the intersection’s status, but there was no SFD dispatch for this incident, so apparently no injuries of note.
Tomorrow is the last day before winter break for Seattle Public Schools and other schools that follow its schedule – no classes until Tuesday, January 3rd (as Monday, January 2nd will be the “observed” New Year’s Day holiday). Because of the September strike, the school year is already scheduled to end on the last day of June. In order to avoid the possibility of stretching into July, SPS announced this week that it’s gearing up for remote instruction in weather that otherwise would cancel classes for “snow days” (leading to makeup days after June 30th). Toward that end, the district is asking that all students bring home a district-issued device before break, in case of snow on what would be the first day back. It’s all explained here.
Just added to our West Seattle Holiday Guide – the return of Cocoa Cris Cringle!
Cocoa Cris Cringle has presided over some of the most fun Santa-photo sessions in past years, and this Sunday (December 18th) he’ll be back at Easy Street Records (4559 California SW), 4-7 pm. The $20 photo-session fee is a food-bank fundraiser. Everybody’s welcome – even pets. No appointment necessary – just show up. Bonus this year: Cocoa Cris has a record coming out and plans to perform two holiday songs at 7:30 pm, so come for the photos, stay (or come back) for the music!
Daystar Retirement Village (WSB sponsor) is celebrating West Seattle’s newest centenarian:
Daystar’s Corrine Camerota tells WSB, “Our longtime resident Yvonne Bateman turned 100 today! She is a longtime WS resident, and her children still reside in her home in West Seattle! We wanted to get her on the blog so people could see her celebrating face!!”
PARKS/RECREATION CLOSURES: Reminder that – as noted here Wednesday – many Seattle Parks facilities/programs are closed today for staff training.
SILVER SOUNDS HOLIDAY SHOW: 1 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle (California/Oregon), madcap musical version of “A Christmas Carol” with music, dancing, jokes, skits, and a “mystery raffle.” Santa too!
HIGHLAND PARK RUN CLUB: Also at HP Corner Store, meet up at 6:30 pm Thursdays for a ~3-mile run.
WEST SEATTLE BOUTIQUE CRAWL: 5-8 pm, visit any or all of seven participating shops in The Junction, listed here.
HOLIDAY PARTY WITH REINDEER: You’re invited:
Join Denise with Compass Real Estate in welcoming reindeer from Rainier Ranch to West Seattle for an evening of festive tunes by DJ Blaznpersuasion, a visit with Santa, and toasty cocoa. 5-8 PM at 7746 32nd Ave SW. Hope to see you there!
WEST SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL WINTER CONCERT: Winter Concert for WSHS Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble, and Orchestra. 7 pm in the WSHS theater, free. (3000 California SW)
The report and photo are from Brooke:
It’s a sad morning. Stolen vehicle – 1986 Chevrolet K10 pickup, red lifted long bed. On corner of 44th Ave SW and SW Lander St. stolen between the hours of 8 pm and 530 am, December 14th-15th. Collectors plate 8302D. It’s very loud!
We’ll add the police-report number when we get it.
SATURDAY AFTERNOON: Brooke says the truck’s been found and an arrest made.
Six days before the start of winter, a hint of spring to follow … it’s the first day of registration for West Seattle Little League. Here’s the announcement we were asked to share with you:
West Seattle Little League Spring 2023 registration is now open for all youth ages 4-14.
Each year, we want to make sure all kids have the opportunity to write the next chapter in the Little League story, regardless of their situation. Thanks to the generous support of T-Mobile, financially challenged families in our community can apply for the T-Mobile Little League Call Up Grant, which helps cover registration fees associated with West Seattle Little League for the upcoming season! Little League and T-Mobile share the belief that every kid should have the chance to play ball.
The WSLL baseball and softball spring season will run from March – June and features fun activities like the jamboree, sandlot days, and end-of-the-year picnic. Interested to know more details? Check out westseattlelittleleague.com to find information about boundaries and divisions of play.
We look forward to seeing you on the field!
6:01 AM: Good morning! It’s Thursday, December 15th. If you’re heading through the stadium zone this afternoon/evening, remember that the Seahawks host the 49ers at 5:15 pm.
Sunshine forecast today, high in the low to mid-40s.
TODAY’S TRANSIT STATUS
-WSF’s Triangle Route remains on its two-boat schedule- check here for alerts/updates.
10 pm Friday night to 5 am Saturday morning, the Highway 99 tunnel is scheduled to close.
High Bridge – here’s the camera at the top.
High Bridge – the view from its southwest end (when SDOT points the 35th/Avalon/Fauntleroy camera that way).
Low Bridge: Or nearby, depending on where SDOT points the camera.
1st Ave. S. Bridge: The south 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 a problem on the roads/paths/water, please text or call us (when you can do so safely) – 206-293-6302.