West Seattle, Washington
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
The fourth candidate to formally announce a campaign for the Seattle City Council District 1 seat is making his third try for it.
Days after Phil Tavel declared his candidacy for the position that Lisa Herbold is leaving after two terms, we sat down with him for this week’s early “get to know you” video-recorded Candidate Chat. Our talk with him took a slightly different turn than our previous interviews with first-time candidates – more “get to know you again.” Tavel is an Arbor Heights resident and full-time administrative-law judge who talked with us Thursday. Here’s our unedited half-hour conversation:
If you can’t or don’t want to take half an hour to watch/listen, here’s our summary:
Spring is almost here and summer’s just a few months beyond that. Time for many teens to think about summer jobs/internships. Here’s an invitation from local businesses that’ll be offering those opportunities, from West Seattle High School Career Connected Learning Coordinator Brian Fitzgerald:
Are you hiring teens for part-time employment? Or do you have internships available for high school students? West Seattle High School would love to have you showcase your opportunities to students during our Job and Internship Fair on April 5th from 12 pm – 3 pm!
Click this link to fill out our MSForm so we can get in contact with you!
Rapper Macklemore returned to Easy Street Records in The Junction this afternoon for a meet-and-greet signing event to celebrate his new album. Fans were waiting in this street – still closed post-Farmers’ Market – to snap pics:
“Ben” was released this week; its first music video, “No Bad Days,” features Macklemore’s 7-year-old daughter Sloane. Easy Street sold out of the early “Ben” sales required to get a chance to meet him today.
Macklemore heads out on a world tour next month.
P.S. Days before Macklemore’s visit, artist Desmond Hansen was seen sprucing up his signal-box mural at 35th/Avalon:
(Thanks to Ian for the photo.) Hansen originally painted it in 2019.
Instead of this month’s Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Council meeting, which was to be held this Thursday, SWPCPC chair Melody Sarkies has invited would-be attendees to join the Before the Badge online discussion set for tomorrow (Monday, March 6th). Here’s the description of what that’s all about:
Are you interested in:
-Meeting new Seattle Police Recruits and learning about who they are, why they entered policing, and their thoughts and ideas about how to improve public safety in Seattle?
-Helping new SPD recruits learn about Seattle precincts and neighborhoods?
-Sharing your real-time public safety concerns with the new SPD recruits so they can better understand quality-of-life-related public safety issues communities face?
-Understanding how community members can work creatively and in concrete ways with new SPD recruits to improve public safety in Seattle?
The Seattle Police Department’s Micro-Community Policing Plans Seattle University Research Team will be conducting a special series of “Before the Badge” Community-Police Dialogues. These dialogues will be conducted virtually via Zoom on designated dates by precinct. The dialogues offer the opportunity for community members to meet with and engage in conversation with new Seattle Police Recruits who are completing the SPD “Before the Badge” training which is a 45-Day training that newly hired SPD recruits take prior to Law Enforcement Academy Training Program. Southwest Precinct dialogues will be taking place on Monday, March 6 and April 10, 2023.
To sign up to participate in one or more dialogues, go here.
Though there’s no Crime Prevention Council meeting this month, local neighborhood groups often host SW Precinct lieutenants at their meetings for community Q&A – this month that includes the Admiral Neighborhood Association meeting on March 14th.
For the second time in three days, Seattle Public Utilities crews are working on a water-main break in West Seattle. After a texted tip (thank you!), we went over to 29th SW just north of SW Othello [map], where the street is blocked by repair crews. It’s been three days since two breaks in Fauntleroy (the second one was caused by the first, SPU says). The utility’s water-outage map says this is affecting at least 69 customers (homes/businesses); as seen in past cases, water-main breaks may also have effects beyond the immediate zone, so if you’re seeing discolored water, it might be related.
Three weeks after the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce announced that nominations are open for the 2023 Westside Awards, the deadline is just two days away. The categories are Business of the Year, Not-for-Profit of the Year, Emerging Business of the Year, and Westsider of the Year. You can send nominations via this online form. Just get them in by the end of Tuesday (March 7th)! The winners will be honored at a breakfast event May 16th in The Brockey Center at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) on Puget Ridge.
P.S. See past winners here.
Here are highlights of what’s scheduled today – mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
GIRL SCOUT COOKIES: Above is a photo from Troop 41843, which reports “a surprise visit from Western Washington Girl Scouts CEO Andrea Anderson Friday night to kick off the first night of Girl Scout Cookie Booths! What a great surprise! Thank you for coming out Andrea AND for your purchase!” Troop 41843 is one of the troops selling again today – their times/places are added to our spotlight calendar listing – and you can look up all the “cookie booths” by zip code by going here.
ONLINE RELIGIOUS SERVICES: We’re continuing to update these – see today’s lineup here.
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, the market offers late-winter produce as well as flowers, cheese, fish, meat, baked goods, condiments, fresh-cooked food, beverages (from kombucha to beer/wine), nuts, more. Here’s today’s vendor list. (California SW between Oregon and Alaska)
MAKERS’ ART MARKET: Late winter edition! Shop artists and makers at Alki Bathhouse (60th/Alki), 11 am-4 pm. See a vendor list in our calendar listing.
MACKLEMORE VISITS EASY STREET: 3-5 pm meet-and-greet for buyers of his new album – sold out, so we’re just mentioning it in case you wonder what the crowd’s all about.
MUSICIANS FOR THE WEST SEATTLE FOOD BANK: 3-5 pm at C & P Coffee (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), with Judy Kaplan and Steven Cristol. Help them support WSFB!
YOGA, MEDITATION, GONG BATH: Presented by Inner Alchemy, 7 pm at Move2Center (3618 SW Alaska), $35.
LATIN SUNDAYS: DJ at The Benbow Room (4210 SW Admiral Way), starting at 9 pm.
SUNDAY NIGHT KARAOKE: 9 pm to 1:30 am at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW).
Have an event to add to our calendar? Please email email@example.com – thank you!