West Seattle, Washington
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Preston Anderson believes he can “bring positive change” to Seattle by being elected to the District 1 City Council seat
He is the latest candidate to sit down with us for our initial series of Candidate Chats, video-recorded conversations meant to give you an early chance to see and hear the candidates who have officially announced they’re campaigning for the seat Lisa Herbold is leaving after two terms. Anderson is a West Seattle resident and clinical social worker who works at the Veterans Administration medical center. We talked with him at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse last Monday; here’s our unedited half-hour conversation:
If you can’t or don’t want to take the time to watch/listen, here’s our summary:
Though the Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Council isn’t meeting this month, if you have questions for local police, you have two opportunities on Tuesday night. Precinct leaders are expected at both the Admiral Neighborhood Association and Fauntleroy Community Association‘s monthly meetings, 7 pm Tuesday (March 14th). Admiral meets in-person only, at Admiral Church (4320 SW Hill); Fauntleroy meets in person with online/call-in options, at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse (9131 California SW). There’s a potential third option when Alki Community Council meets at 7 pm Thursday (March 16th) at Alki UCC (6115 SW Hinds) and online, as they too often have an SPD guest, but their agenda isn’t out yet.
6:02 PM: Police have told dispatch that 35th SW northbound is closed between Alaska and Avalon. A two-vehicle collision is involved but some kind of police response preceded the crash – we’re working to find out more.
6:10 PM: Thanks to Jason for the photo above. More than two vehicles appear to be involved. We’re heading to the scene to try to find out more.
6:26 PM: The juvenile driver of the black car that hit the tree is being taken to the precinct for questioning. Police at the scene told our crew that he was driving recklessly, speeding, downhill on 35th before hitting other cars. The car was not stolen. However, just after our crew left the scene, an officer told dispatch that this car matches the description of the one in which the Westwood GameStop robbery suspects are believed to have gotten away in, so they’ll be investigating that. No injuries reported at the crash scene.
7:11 PM: Police are reopening the street; the black car is being towed to SPD’s evidence-processing facility.
5:56 PM: Thanks to Kersti Muul for the tip: Transient orcas are in the area right now, in Elliott Bay, headed toward the north end of the downtown waterfront. Just in time for extra daylight to see them – the first Daylight Saving Time sunset is still an hour-plus away!
7:37 PM: Thanks to Kate H. for sending that video with a glimpse of orcas just off Seacrest!
11:38 PM: Thanks to Robin Sinner for the photo added above, taken around 6:45 pm from the Don Armeni Boat Ramp area
Tom Trulin sent that photo of a nesting hummingbird, a perfect illustration for this reminder we received from Suzanne Krom: When you’re out doing yard work (or if you don’t have a yard, if you’re out helping or volunteering in greenspaces), watch carefully to be sure you don’t unintentionally disturb one of these nests:
Hummingbirds nesting now … be super aware if you’re pruning
These tiny nests are so easy to miss! They are only 1.5 inches in diameter.
Before pruning and without touching the branches of a tree or shrub (or minimally touching, at most), carefully look for nests. They’re usually somewhat obscured by leaves. Their placement will probably be at the intersection of a stem and an anchoring branch.
If you see a nest, leave the birds alone to let them raise their young in peace. Disturbing an active nest often results in the adults abandoning the eggs/young. Let them be. A bird’s greatest secret is the location of their nest.
It’s up to each of us to respect that secret. Life is hard enough for them without us interfering in their lives.
The perfect nest in the photo was in our Tall Oregon Grape last year, located about 4 feet off the ground. The pair of Anna’s hummingbirds that frequent our yard used it twice to successfully raise their young. I moved it into our home at the end of October, when I knew their nesting season was complete.
1:41 PM: The Game Stop store at Westwood Village was held up at gunpoint around 12:30 pm today. The robber reportedly was armed with a handgun and stole cash before running out of the store and toward Roxhill Park across SW Barton. That’s where police detained two people minutes later but determined those weren’t the people they’re looking for, so their search resumed. We’re going back through archived audio and will add any description information we find. No injuries reported at the store.
2:07 PM: The descriptions broadcast on police report were of two Black men, possibly in their early 20s, one 6’1″ and light-skinned, the other 5’9″ and darker-skinned, with black clothing, white shoes, and light-colored masks, one with a silver handgun. Police also talked with a person who saw two possible suspects hopping into a vehicle (no description of that) on 31st SW and heading south “at a high rate of speed.” If you have any information, the SPD incident # is 23-68210.
2:47 PM: SPD has just posted about this, with one added detail – the robbers also got away with a customer’s wallet.
10:56 AM: That photo is from Pecos Pit (35th/Fauntleroy; WSB sponsor), which was burglarized overnight. The restaurant is closed for lunch while it assesses the damage; we’ll be checking back to see when they reopen. If you have any information, the SPD incident # is 23-067996.
12:17 PM: We just stopped by Pecos Pit to follow up. They don’t expect to be able to open today; the burglar(s) did serious damage to the point-of-sale system, so that has to be repaired. Some food was also stolen. They’re hoping to be able to open tomorrow – regular hours would be 11 am-9 pm.
Here’s what we’ve sprung into on the first day of Daylight Saving Time 2023 (sunset, by the way, will be at 7:10 pm):
GIRL SCOUT COOKIES: Second weekend for in-person cookie sales – just one week left. You can look up all the “cookie booths” – locations, dates, times – by going here.
ONLINE RELIGIOUS SERVICES: We’re continuing to update these – see today’s lineup here.
GROUP RUN & GOOD SOCIETY AFTERPARTY: Join West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) for the Leprechaun Leg Group Run and after-gathering at The Good Society, starting at 9 am from the Hiawatha track (2700 California SW).
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, the market offers almost-spring 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)
ART POP-UP: Second-to-last day for artist Reeve Washburn‘s pop-up at California/Oregon, 10 am-2 pm.
MERMAID HARPIST: 3-5 pm at C & P Coffee (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), Irish harp music with Halcyon the Mermaid. No cover.
LADIES MUSICAL CLUB: 3 pm at West Seattle (Admiral) Library (2306 42nd SW), free classical concert with Ladies Musical Club – see the program in our calendar listing.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!