West Seattle, Washington
9:52 PM: Just got word of this vehicle theft, which happened about an hour ago: A 2004 tan GMC Sierra extended-cab pickup, taken between 8:45 and 9:15 pm in North Admiral. License B79890V. We’ll add the SPD incident # as soon as the victims get it from police.
10:05 PM: Adding a photo, and the incident # – 23-63797.
Hiawatha Playfield turf replacement will start in mid-May, Seattle Parks says. They’re expecting the work to last about three months. As shown above, the new turf will include markings for baseball, soccer, football, and softball. (Here’s a PDF version of the rendering shown above, including the legend explaining the markings.) Parks’ update also says, “Seattle Public Schools will provide safety fencing for the outfield when baseball and softball are in play. This project will include replacing the batting cage and resurfacing the rubberized three-lane running track. Seattle Parks and Recreation is investing in a state-of-the-art synthetic turf system that is safe, playable, durable, and retains less heat in the summer. Our standard is to provide a sustainable cork and sand infill over a cushioned pad system.” The contractor is FieldTurf, which installed the current turf in 2009 (twice, actually). FieldTurf USA was one of five bidders, online documents indicate, winning with a $1.4 million bid.
P.S. This project is unrelated to the other two much-delayed Hiawatha projects, the community center and play area. We’re working on a separate followup about them.
Two West Seattle Crime Watch notes:
HIGH POINT SEARCH WARRANT: Thanks for the tips/questions. Multiple law-enforcement agencies – including Seattle Police, King County Sheriff’s Office, and ATF – are at a residence near 32nd/Holly. (The photo above shows some of their vehicles staged nearby.) All they’ll say so far is that it’s a warrant service, and that includes a warrant to search the residence. In the meantime, SW Holly is blocked in the immediate vicinity. We’ll be following up.
STOLEN CAR FOUND AT SCHOOL: A reader emailed around 7:30 this morning to report that at Pathfinder K-8 on Pigeon Point, “There are belongings scattered all over the school parking lot, and a car has crashed through the fence right where the downed tree was.” By the time we got over to look around 8:45 am, the scene was clear, but we got a bit of followup information – the car found there was a Hyundai stolen in Pierce County. No arrests reported; the car was unoccupied when police arrived.
6:32 PM: If you need to take the eastbound bridge to northbound Highway 99, you might want to wait a while to leave. SPD and SFD are dealing with a one-car crash at the start of the ramp. One person is reported to be injured.
7:55 PM: The scene is cleared. The injury wasn’t major, and SFD told dispatch that the person who was hurt did not need to be transported to the hospital.
The pump-station project in the 1400 block of Alki Avenue SW isn’t going to be done in spring after all, Seattle Public Utilities says. In their latest progress report for the Pump Station 38 project, SPU says, “Due to significant procurement delays, the work is tentatively scheduled to be completed this summer.” The project’s last phase in the next few months will include finishing electrical work, installing irrigation and planting landscaping, and the art project detailed here, involing “pouring decorative litho-mosaic concrete artwork.” The Pump Station 38 project is intended to upgrade the station, which SPU says has been handling “a significant increase in flows” in recent years. The work was originally expected to start in early 2021 and be done in early 2022.
After two more water-main breaks in West Seattle on Sunday and Monday, following the two on Thursday, we had a few followup questions for Seattle Public Utilities. Here’s the reply we received today from SPU spokesperson Sabrina Register, incorporating answers to our questions:
While we don’t know the cause of the water main breaks on 100th SW (Monday) and 29th SW (Sunday), they are likely not related to the two water main breaks that occurred last Thursday, March 2. The above-mentioned locations are in different pressure zones than last week’s breaks.
With regard to the two leak locations Sunday and Monday:
29th SW – installed 1945 – Cast Iron – 585 pressure zone*
100th SW- installed 1938 – Cast Iron – 585 pressure zone
We tend to experience more water main breaks whenever we have cold weather, dipping below freezing or near freezing. Pipes are carrying very cold water, and the ground freezing around the pipes can play a role. The contraction and expansion of pipes during cold weather can cause pipes to break.
To give context to the number and location of water main breaks around Seattle, in the past month Seattle Public Utilities has investigated and/or repaired nine leaks in Seattle south of Denny and 12 leaks investigated and/or repaired north of Denny.
SPU’s rate of breaks is currently about 7-9 breaks per 100 miles of pipe per year. While there isn’t an “industry standard” threshold for water main breaks, utilities generally consider below 15-20 main breaks per 100 miles of pipe per year as an acceptable rate.
(*Pressure zone: “A water system subsection operating from sources at a common hydraulic elevation.”)
We also asked about some big-picture info, such as plans for updating the city’s aging pipes – there’s some overview info here and a project list here, though nothing currently planned in our area; for the really big picture, the water-system plan is linked here, and Register recommends Volume 1, Chapter 5 (we’ll be reading that eventually for another followup).
The streetcorner space at the Senior Center of West Seattle is hosting another pop-up this week. Artist Reeve Washburn is showing and selling her art, “recent mixed-media work on wood panels, many of which feature hand-created monoprint collage.” She’s there through Sunday, noon-5 pm each day except Sunday (when her hours will be 10 am-2 pm to coincide with Farmers’ Market hours). Plus, on Thursday night you’re invited to a reception during the West Seattle Art Walk (which Washburn has long coordinated), 5 pm-8 pm. She’s “offering complimentary Babycakes from Cupcake Royale while supplies last” that night, as well as “piano backgrounds by Jeremy Bacon, local jazz musician.” (And you can wish her “Happy Birthday!”) If you haven’t been to the space, it’s on the southeast corner of California and Oregon.
Another candidate has just joined the race for Seattle City Council District 1. Stephen Brown is a West Seattle resident and entrepreneur. He is founder and president of Eltana Bagels, which has cafés on Capitol Hill and in North Seattle. In his announcement – which you can read in full here – Brown vows “to bring a pragmatic approach on issues such as urban vitality, small business support, and transit” and says, “I began to seriously consider running a few years ago when I decided to keep Eltana Bagels open and un-boarded during the height of the Black Lives Matter, George Floyd protests, and ensuing CHOP occupancy. I could have followed many businesses at the time and closed my doors or joined some of my neighboring businesses in their lawsuit against the city. Instead, I listened to the community and to my employees. We worked to keep people employed and keep our doors open for our customers. I think that kind of collaborative leadership is desperately needed on the Council right now.” Brown’s announcement also notes that his background includes serving as “Lead Entrepreneur of the Seattle Monorail Project” from 2003-2007, during which time “he participated on the task force that created the ORCA card.” Brown’s announcement for the seat Lisa Herbold is leaving follows the declarations of Preston Anderson, Maren Costa, Rob Saka, and Phil Tavel; as we’ve been doing with all the announced candidates, we’ll be seeking a sit-down video interview with Brown shortly. So far, though the recent remapping process has expanded D-1 outside West Seattle/South Park, everyone running lives in WS. The field for the August 1st primary won’t be final until after King County Elections filing week in mid-May.
Mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, here are highlights for the rest of today/tonight:
GIRL SCOUT COOKIES: In-person sales continue – use this lookup to find cookie booths near you, and/or check our list of local troops who have told us where they’ll be (to add yours, email us at email@example.com).
STATE OF THE COUNTY: West Seattle-residing King County Executive Dow Constantine presents this year’s State of the County address at 1 pm. Watch via King County TV, on cable or streamed online.
CHESS CLUB: Tuesdays 1:30-3 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon): “Are you looking for a new activity to keep your brain sharp and clear? The Senior Center Chess Club welcomes both novice and experienced players. Join us at 1:30 p.m. for lessons, short tutorials and chess for all levels of expertise. For more information, contact Conwell: firstname.lastname@example.org.”
FREE INDOOR PLAYSPACE: Toddler Gym weekday afternoons at the Salvation Army Center (9050 16th SW), ages 2-6, 3:30-5 pm.
DEMONSTRATION FOR BLACK LIVES: Long-running weekly sign-waving demonstration at 16th/Holden. 5-6 pm. Signs available if you don’t have your own.
SCRABBLE NIGHT: 6-10 pm, you can play Scrabble at The Missing Piece (9456 35th SW).
OPEN MIC AT OTTER ON THE ROCKS: Hosted by Michael Pearsall, 7 pm. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
TRIVIA X 3: Three establishments 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 Sporcle Pub Quiz at The Lodge (4209 SW Alaska).
BINGO AT LARRY’S: 7:30 pm, with prizes, at Larry’s Tavern (3405 California SW).
BELLE OF THE BALLS BINGO: Play bingo with Cookie Couture at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW), 8 pm. Free, all ages!
You can always see the future via our event calendar – if you have something to include on it, please email info to email@example.com – thank you!
Family and friends are remembering Malik N. Davis and sharing this with the community:
Malik Nkrumah Davis was larger than life in all possible ways. He was often heard before he was seen, with his booming voice calling out a greeting or his laughter echoing around the room and, standing tall in both height and character, he made those around him feel cared for and protected. But he was most known for his passion and outsized love which encompassed all of those he cared about, fueled his pursuit of social justice and drove his well-known fervor for his beloved University of Washington Huskies. Nothing was greater than his endless love for “his girls” – his beautiful wife, Colleen, and his adored daughters, Waverly (15) and Quincy (13), who were the center of his world.
The profound impact of his life is matched only by the pain of his passing, since he died Feb. 21, suddenly and unexpectedly of a heart attack at home.
Malik was born to Alice Davis and Waverly Davis on Dec. 2, 1970 in Seattle. He graduated from Garfield High School (‘88) and then earned a degree in Political Science from the University of Washington (’94). He went on to earn a master’s degree in Public Administration from the New School, located in New York City.
His mother, Alice, inspired his passion for social activism starting when he was a boy. He grew into a gentle giant with humility and compassion. He spent his life committed to helping others and actively working for positive change, whether that was through his work in politics, at non-profits, or marching for justice.
At the time of his passing, he was a Legislative Aide for Seattle Councilmember Alex Pedersen and previously worked at Mary’s Place as the Associate Director; at the University of Washington as Director of Constituent Relations, UW Alumni Association, and later as a Major Gifts Officer at the College of Arts and Science. He also previously was a Client Relationship Specialist for Charter Construction and held several roles for the City of Seattle.
Malik was a proud and active member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity as well as The Breakfast Group, a Seattle-based non-profit focused on addressing the challenges of at-risk youth of color. He was a frequent mentor to high school and college students, in addition to being an active volunteer in his community and at his children’s schools.
Malik will be remembered for his gregarious personality and fierce advocacy for people and the causes he held dear. He had a consummate ability to make every person around him feel as though they were the most important in the room. He was always up for whatever his family wanted to do, whether it was dressing up in their tradition of themed Halloween costumes, sharing a passion for all things Marvel with his daughter Quincy, being his daughter Waverly’s biggest fan at her sports events, or going on myriad trips, including a pandemic vacation in an RV, a visit to New York, Hawaii, and a recent trip to Disneyland. For his 50th birthday, he and Colleen took a cross-country train trip, in honor of his passion for trains. Malik adored Luther, their chocolate Labrador, and the newest addition to the Davis family, Otis, their French Bulldog.
Malik was loved beyond words and returned that love so powerfully that it will wrap around his family for the rest of their lives and will ripple across time for generations to come.
In addition to his wife, daughters, and mother, he is survived by his brother Kalauu Davis, of Seattle; brother Karim Davis, niece Kaleilah Davis and stepmother Sheila Davis, all of Tigard, Oregon; a large and loving extended family and enough friends to fill a stadium. Malik was preceded in death by his father.
The Davis Family is proud to share that leaders from the City of Seattle will be proclaiming this December 2nd, Malik’s birthday, as “Malik Davis Day.”
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to a scholarship being set up in Malik’s name to benefit Kappa Alpha Psi. For more information, visit www.MalikDavisMemorial.com.
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6:03 AM: Good morning! It’s Tuesday, March 7th.
The forecast for today is identical to Monday: Partly sunny, chance of showers, high near 50. Sunrise 6:38 am, sunset 6:03 pm. (We “spring forward” an hour Saturday night/Sunday morning.)
Water Taxi – Regular schedule.
Metro – Regular schedule, but trip cancellations remain possible, so check notification channels such as @kcmetroalerts.
SPOTLIGHT TRAFFIC CAMERAS
High Bridge – 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 – looking east to west (unless SDOT turns the camera):
1st Ave. S. Bridge – another route across the river:
Highway 99: – the northbound side at Lander.
BRIDGE INFO: Are movable city bridges opening for vessels? Check the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed.
If you see a problem on the bridges/streets/paths/bay, please text or call us (when you can do it safely, and after you’ve reported to authorities if needed) – 206-293-6302.