West Seattle, Washington
That memorial for 20-year-old murder victim Ka’Don Brown is set up near the spot where he was found dead of gunshot wounds last Saturday morning in the southwest corner of the Chief Sealth International High School campus. Toward the start of the Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Council meeting this past Thursday night, the precinct’s Operations Lt. Dorothy Kim said she had no update yet from homicide detectives on how the investigation into West Seattle’s first murder of the year was going. She did have some stats: Confirmed gunfire incidents in the precinct area (West Seattle/South Park) are down from this time last year – 23 so far in 2023, including this murder, and two injuries. By this time last year, she said, there had been 30. Shots-fired incidents are also down citywide – 207 to date in 2022, 165 this year.
Other crime trends: Major categories are down except for auto thefts, which Lt. Kim noted is a “citywide problem,” in part because of the social-media-fueled Hyundai and Kia theft wave. Aside from some of those thefts, which are more of a joyride/dare situation, “most vehicles are stolen to commit another crime,” she explained. “Chop shops are not super-common here.)
Obviously the recently cleared encampment area near the 1st Avenue South Bridge is an exception to that, she acknowledged. She said that area is the subject of a directive for any attempt at re-occupying to be addressed/cleared quickly.
Also at the SWPCPC meeting, held both in person and online:
CRIME PREVENTION ADVICE: The precinct’s longtime crime-prevention coordinator Jennifer Danner offered some advice for the upcoming warm-weather months. Car prowls, for one, tend to increase, so don’t leave anything in your car, she urged: “Unfortunately our cars aren’t a safe place to store things any more” – even just a sweatshirt or grocery bag, as prowlers might think it’s covering/hiding something, and they’ll break in just to check. Summer is also prime time for “non-force” burglaries, she noted, so remember that leaving doors/windows open leaves you vulnerable.
She also mentioned upcoming precinct events, including the steering-wheel-lock giveaways for Hyundai and Kia owners (one was held Saturday, and another is coming up Thursday, 2-4 pm) and next Saturday’s Drug Take-Back Day (10 am-2 pm). “We take ALL medications, no questions asked – we don’t even look at it, you can just put it in the bag and walk away.”
Her final words: “Remember, we’re data-driven, and we want the stats to be accurate, so (if something happens), REPORT IT. If it’s happening now or just happened, 911 is the best route.
NEEDLE DISPOSAL: Michael Eggers from the Clean City Division of Seattle Public Utilities offered a primer on this city service. His division deals with illegal dumping, graffiti, and more, including “sharps.” If you find a needle/syringe on public property, report it via Find It Fix It, and it should get picked up within 24 hours. (Other debris could take up to a week.) Walking attendees through how the reporting system works, he recommended providing your email address if you’re interested in updates, though you can report completely anonymously, he said. The city also maintains 23 sharps-disposal boxes; the nly one in West Seattle is at the restroom building in Roxhill Park. Citywide, those boxes were used for disposal of 456,000 sharps last year, Eggers said. (Read more about the sharps-disposal program here.)
But since the city won’t pick up needles/syringes on private property, what should you do if you find one? He gave a quick demonstration – wear gloves, use a utensil (such as tongs) to pick up the item – keeping it as far from your body as possible – grab the syringe by the barrel (midsection), have a hard-plastic container ready to drop it in, pointed side down, and then afterward, use bleach to disinfect the utensil/tool you used.
COMMUNITY CONCERNS: One attendee wanted to know how to get advice on dealing with neighborhood concerns; Danner said she’s the person to contact and can for example set up a Block Watch meeting … Danner also offered to help with the RPZ enforcement concerns that Fauntleroy Community Association president Mike Dey brought, following up on the most-recent FCA board meeting – they’re concerned about the discontinuance of visible permit tags, and enforcement challenges without them. Lt. Kim noted that the new system that Parking Enforcement Officers are supposed to use differs from what police officers are equipped with. Danner offered to organize a multidepartmental meeting with SPD and SDOT to discuss the problem.
COMMUNITY SERVICE OFFICERS: Two CSOs were in attendance at the SWPCPC meeting. They’re not assigned to or from precincts, though – they are currently deployed from downtown.
NEXT MEETING: Watch for word of a May meeting.
(WSB file photo)
Paintable pumpkins are part of what’s needed to put on the fun, free Fauntleroy Fall Festival every year. If you’ve ever been, you know the festival also offers live music, birdhouse-building, salmon-hat-making, a cakewalk, a chance to see raptors up close, a climbing wall for kids … and it’s all powered by donations and volunteers. One of the biggest donation events to raise festival funding is happening this week, Tuesday (April 18th), at Fauntleroy restaurant Endolyne Joe’s (9261 45th SW). On Tuesday, go to Joe’s for breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner – its hours will be 8 am-10 pm that day – and part of the proceeds will be donated to the festival. At dinnertime, you can buy tickets for the gift-basket raffle (5-9 pm), even if you’re not dining. Meantime, set your calendar – this year’s festival will happen on Sunday, October 15th.
205 sales are now registered for West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2023 on Saturday, May 13th. Whether you’ll be a seller or a shopper that day, you might be interested in what we’re seeing as we review the listings received so far:
-Sales in 20+ neighborhoods (plus areas of West Seattle that don’t have specific neighborhood names)
-Two sites with free pianos
-Two sites promising “good vibes” as well as merchandise
-Glass, metal, framed art
-Indoor and outdoor furniture
-Appliances include a swamp cooler and air conditioner
-Tons of toys and other kid stuff
-Various types of tools
-Many sizes of clothing and shoes
That’s just part of it! Sale descriptions will be included with the (searchable) online and printable map/list versions, both available one week in advance, by Saturday, May 6th, here on WSB and at westseattlegaragesale.com. Sales will be numbered as always so sellers can invite friends, family, and co-workers to “sale #xx.” If you’re thinking of having a sale, you have until Thursday, April 27th, to sign up – here’s where to go when you’re ready. Have your sale description ready, up to 20 words, including anything unusual you’re selling and any hours you plan to be open beyond the basic 9 am-3 pm WSCGSD window – thank you!
Less than 10 percent of King County voters have sent in their ballots so far for the April 25 special election. You’re voting on just one issue: The countywide levy to fund crisis-care centers. Here’s an info-sheet about the levy. As noted here in January, this nine-year levy would raise a total of $1.25 billion to set up five new regional crisis-care centers, among other things. According to King County, “The levy would be assessed at 14.5 cents per $1,000 in assessed value, estimated to cost approximately $119 per year in 2024 for a median-priced home of $694,000.” Tuesday,April 25th is your deadline to get your ballot postmarked and into USPS mail, or (by 8 that night) into a dropbox. We have three in West Seattle: In The Junction on the south side of SW Alaska just west of California, in High Point on the south side of SW Raymond just east of 35th SW, and on Puget Ridge in front of the South Seattle College [6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor] administration building. (The full countywide list, including dropboxes in White Center and South Park, is here.)
Those floats off Seacrest were not marking a routine Sunday dive. Today, 20 divers were signed up for an underwater cleanup led by Seattle Dive Tours and SR3. As of our visit to the dock just before noon, they had already hauled up 316 pounds of debris – and that weight doesn’t count perhaps the biggest item, a scooter:
The running total did include a wide variety of smaller items, even a video monitor:
Not available for photography: Divers also found a gun. It had been turned over to Seattle Police by the time we stopped by to check on the cleanup, which should be wrapping up about now. Scott Flaherty from Seattle Dive Tours – which is based in Admiral – says this is the first time they were able to plan this cleanup since 2019 – the West Seattle Water Taxi‘s weekend break made it possible. Along with the diving volunteers, he said more than three dozen people were signed up to clean up on shore, including Girl Scouts!
The report and photo are from Kaley:
Our silver 2001 Honda CR-V was stolen again out of the alley behind our house on the 6700 block on 35th Ave SW. This was between 3:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.
Plate BTR3878; uncovered 5th wheel on the back. SPD incident # (refer to this if you call in a sighting) is 23-102358.
SUNDAY NIGHT UPDATE: Kaley says the car’s been found.
MONDAY MORNING UPDATE: Kaley says it has since been stolen again!
11:02 AM: The photo and report are just in via text:
This massive tree just fell across 48th Ave SW between Beach Dr and and Holly. Totally blocking street. It fell on a car that was driving up 48th but they survived because the top of the tree hit their car. They were lucky to have survived!
To report a road hazard/blockage on weekends/evenings, SDOT’s 24-hour line is 206-386-1218 (or call 911).
12:15 PM: As of 10 minutes ago, when we went by the west end of 48th, the street was still closed and work crews were in view.
4:50 PM: We finally got a chance to go back over to look; the street is open.
Family and friends are remembering David Zuckerman, and sharing this remembrance with the community:
David Zuckerman passed away peacefully at home on April 8, 2023 after a long and brutal battle with Posterior Cortical Atrophy, a rare form of early-onset Alzheimer’s. David’s last four days were spent at home, in his beloved music room, surrounded by family and friends and listening to his favorites — Mozart, the Beatles, and Bob Dylan.
David was born in 1960 in Brooklyn, New York to June and Israel Zuckerman. There was no mistaking his Brooklyn roots in his straightforward manner of speaking, his love of a good bagel, and his ability to parallel park in impossibly tight spaces. David attended Great Neck South high school in Long Island, where he made lifelong friends and was, of course, on the math team. He went on to Brown University, where he was a math major but seemed to be equally focused on playing music. His friends from Brown remained close to him throughout his life. Following college, David put that math degree to good use … by becoming a recording engineer at the Splice of Life studio in Boston. For reasons that still remain unclear, David then left the recording business and entered law school at Northeastern University in 1985. On the first day of law-school orientation, David met his life partner, Maureen Devlin. After the longest courtship in recorded history, they married in 1998. David’s extraordinary legal mind was revealed at Northeastern. Classmates, including Maureen, relied on David’s notes and class outlines to survive. Purportedly, some of those outlines remained in circulation for years. David was selected by his classmates to give the graduation speech, in which he noted that our class attitude was not that we could play this game as well as anyone, but was instead, “This is a dumb game everyone is playing. Maybe we should change the rules.” Following law school, David moved to Seattle to work for The Public Defender Association. He then clerked for Federal Judge William Dwyer before opening his own practice.
David was a rare breed, a true Renaissance man. He was a brilliant criminal defense lawyer who managed to fight for his clients with tenacity, courage and decency. He was not only highly respected by clients and colleagues, receiving in 2017 the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ highest honor, the William O. Douglas award, but was equally respected by his adversaries and the judiciary as well. David had many clients facing a death sentence and would say that his greatest professional accomplishment was that not one of those clients lost the battle on his watch. David was endlessly giving of his expertise, often volunteering his time to provide advice or to speak at continuing education events. He also was passionate about protecting civil liberties and devoted countless hours in service to the American Civil Liberties Union.
There was so much more to David than his remarkable legal career. David was a talented musician, having played piano in several rock bands including his aptly-named college band, The Geeks. He was also always athletic, an avid skier, a swimmer, a former competitive diver, a runner, and a triathlete. He loved to hike and backpack and traveled far and wide to do so. He had a wry sense of humor, specializing in eye-rolling Dad jokes, never lost his cool, and always made time to care for friends and family.
David’s pride and joy were his twin daughters, Anna and Leah Zuckerman. He was endlessly devoted to them. They adored him and the feeling was mutual. Nothing mattered more to David than the happiness of his girls. He never missed an opportunity to be with them, or to brag about them, as they flourished into the beautiful, brilliant, amazing young women they are today. No doubt that David’s influence and love will carry them through forever.
In addition to Maureen, Anna, and Leah, David is survived by his brother, Daniel Zuckerman, and by too many friends to count. While his light was extinguished too soon, he packed more into those 63 years than most of us can dream of doing. May he be at peace now and free. A celebration of a life well lived will be held at a later date. For more information and updates, visit: EmmickFunerals.com/obituary/David-Zuckerman
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On to the second half of April! Highlights for today/tonight from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
NO WATER TAXI: Reminder, no West Seattle Water Taxi again today, as the service preps for the spring/summer Friday/Saturday-night runs to return next week.
WEST SEATTLE RUNNER 13TH ANNIVERSARY: The celebration continues at West Seattle Runner (2743 California SW; WSB sponsor) all weekend, with a 10 am group run to demo Saucony shoes (celebratory beverages afterward) and an anniversary sale, plus Bemer demos. The shop is open today 11 am-4 pm.
RELIGIOUS SERVICES: We’re continuing to update the online list – see today’s lineup here.
UNDERWATER CLEANUP: Happening at Seacrest (1660 Harbor SW), Seattle Dive Tours and SR3 are organizing an underwater (and beach) cleanup, 7 am-2 pm. You’re invited to stop by and see what they’re amassing!
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm; the market offers early-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)
BEACH VOLLEYBALL: The UW’s only home beach-volleyball tournament of the year wraps today, starting at 10 am, at Alki.
DONATION DRIVE AT ALKI UCC: 11 am-3 pm, drop off items to help people stay dry, as explained here. (6115 SW Hinds)
END THE WEEKEND PEACEFULLY: Inner Alchemy offers Kundalini Yoga, Meditation, Breath Work, and Gong Bath from 7-8:30 pm at Move2Center (3618 SW Alaska). RSVP/fee info is in our calendar listing.
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!