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TUESDAY: City Council briefing on ‘racing zone’ designation that could pave way for speed cameras on Alki, Harbor, West Marginal

The map is from the presentation that members of the City Council’s Transportation and Seattle Public Utilities Committee will see tomorrow morning, their first look at the proposal to designate six streets – three in West Seattle, three elsewhere – as “restricted racing zones.” As we reported last week, this would be necessary before speed-enforcement cameras could be set up. The presentation explains that what’s being proposed now is a potential prelude to cameras, but does not authorize or fund them:

Here’s what that new state authorization means:

The council staff memo also prepared for Tuesday’s briefing has no price tag or other specifics about the potential speed cameras, noting, “This legislation anticipates that the [mayor] will propose implementation measures as part of a future budget proposal, including progress on the required equity analysis. … The financial and other implications of implementing additional camera enforcement will be dependent on the specific implementation measures proposed.” Tomorrow’s meeting starts at 9:30 am and will not include a vote on this – it’s just a briefing. But the meeting will start with a public comment period for this item and anything else on the agenda, which explains how to comment either online/by phone or in person at City Hall downtown.

FOLLOWUP: Westside Pickleball League cleans NCSWAC courts, adds lines, hosts tournament

(Photos courtesy Westside Pickleball League unless otherwise credited)

The lines are painted and the Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex courts now can accommodate pickleball as well as tennis outside school hours. We first reported in April that the Westside Pickleball League had secured Seattle Public Schools permission to add stripes to the courts; now it’s been completed, and the first big tournament is in the books, the league reports:

In January, Westside Pickleball League raised enough money to clean the SWAC courts and paint “ice blue” pickleball lines for 6 permanent courts, and paint line markers for 6 additional courts so temporary lines (orange tape in photos) can be taped. In March, we received permission to move forward with the project. In mid-May the courts were cleaned, and lines were painted.

(Photo by Brendan DeVoue of

It’s been a week since our inaugural “ASTRIA Rally on the Rock” tournament on June 10th. This was the Westside Pickleball League’s way of presenting the 12 new pickleball courts to the community. Rain cancelled other tournaments in the area that day. We could not tape lines on 6 of our 12 courts unless they were dry. But we were determined to make it happen! We made some strategic adjustments. Our army of volunteers stood at the ready in the morning rain. And together we summoned some pickleball magic and forged ahead after a 3-hour rain delay!

(Photo by Brendan DeVoue of

The Seattle Metro Pickleball League wrote here about our tournament.

Here are some numbers:

(Winners of Men’s Advanced Doubles division @ tournament)

-144 players participated
-Over 51 volunteers helped
-Tournament started 3 hours late due to rain at 12:00 noon and ended at 8:45 p as we were losing sunlight. Perfect timing!
-ASTRIA Pickleball donated over $3200 in prizes for our tournament winners
-101 pounds of food were donated to the White Center Food Bank through the tournament; our fundraiser for that cause continues
-We will donate a portion of our tournament proceeds to Sealth Athletics at Chief Sealth International High School

The best parts of the Westside Pickleball League are the friendships that have been made among the players, and the other communities we are able to help through donations.

(Westside Pickleball League admins Amy, Rosina, Nancy)

Our league will take a break over the summer and will start up again in Sept/Oct. Interested players should check our website for registration dates opening in September.

We first featured the pickleball group in this February story. The NCSWAC courts are just west of Southwest Pool/Teen Life Center (2801 SW Thistle).

WHALES: Humpback in Elliott Bay

June 19, 2023 6:20 pm
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If this downpour ends any time soon, might be evening whale-watching again tonight – Kersti Muul reports there’s one, maybe two humpbacks in Elliott Bay right now.

PRIDE: Self-defense seminar Friday at Combat Arts Academy

June 19, 2023 5:28 pm
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One of the Pride events yet to come in West Seattle is happening Friday in North Delridge – a self-defense seminar. If you haven’t already seen it in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, here’s the announcement:

We are organizing an LGBTQ+ Pride Self-Defense Seminar, scheduled to take place on 6/23/2023 at 7 pm.

The seminar aims to provide a safe and inclusive space for members of the LGBTQ+ community to learn valuable self-defense techniques from instructors who are also part of the community. We believe that self-defense skills are essential for empowerment, and this event aims to equip attendees with the knowledge and confidence to feel safer in their daily lives.

In addition to empowering our community, we have chosen to make this event donation-based to support a worthy cause. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Lambert House in Capitol Hill, a local organization that provides housing for transitioning youth. By attending and making a donation, participants will not only enhance their personal safety but also contribute to the well-being of LGBTQ+ youth in need.

The seminar will be held at Combat Arts Academy, located at 5050 Delridge Way SW. We have selected this venue for its commitment to creating an inclusive environment and providing a suitable space for our event.

After the seminar, we have organized a special gathering for participants at Ounces (3809 Delridge Way SW). As a gesture of support, Ounces has graciously offered our group a $1 off deal on drinks and reserved space for us to socialize and celebrate the strength and unity of the community.

To register, sign up here, and then go donate to Lambert House here; forward your receipt to CAA at

Brown water after hydrant testing in North Delridge

First, we received this photo via text:

The caption texted with the photo: “Cloudy with a chance of brown water in North Delridge.” A short time later, Manuel emailed this photo:

He wrote, “It had been a while but getting brown water in North Delridge.” If it’s happening to you, even with the likely explanation (brown water is generally caused by unusual activity – hydrant testing, a line break, etc. – stirring up sediment/rust), please report to Seattle Public Utilities so they can keep tracking – 206-386-1800.

BIZNOTE: Opening date set for Hoste in Admiral District

More retail coming to Admiral! Thanks for the tip about a new business moving into the former Spira Power Yoga spot at 2332 California SW. After a few visits looking to catch up with the future proprietor, we caught up with Lana Bear, who has been intensively remodeling the space and plans to open Hoste on Saturday, July 8th. Hoste will offer “vintage and modern goods for all” – apparel and home goods – but “vintage” is more like the past few decades, than further back, Lana told us. (She’s been an online retailer previously – now venturing into brick-and-mortar.) See for yourself when Hoste opens – hours will be 11 am-7 pm Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and 11 am-5 pm Sundays, closed Tuesdays.

CONGRATULATIONS! Local players/coaches win big in Washington Fastpitch Academy 10U’s first season

A marathon weekend and a big finish has given a team of local softball players and coaches something to celebrate after their team’s first season took them to the USSSA C state tournament. Thanks to Claire for sending the photo and report:

The Washington Fastpitch Academy‘s inaugural 10U season ended with the team winning second place after 10 hard-fought games over two days.

Saturday morning started with a great win; however, a close loss landed them in the losers’ bracket. The girls didn’t give up, playing two more games Saturday to get them an 8 AM win-or-get-eliminated game Sunday morning.

Sunday, game after game, those girls played through hail, hard rain, drying the ball inbetween every pitch, to end up beating the undefeated number one team of the tournament to play in the final game

WFA 10U is comprised of girls from both West Seattle Little League and Southwest Little League, playing some hard Fastpitch ball led by coaches Tony Colagrossi and Will Wharton.

These girls never gave up, never got down, and really entertained. You can see many of these girls in the West Seattle Little League 10U All-Stars this summer.

The games were played Saturday and Sunday in Olympia.

The list for your West Seattle holiday Monday

(Lined chiton, photographed at low tide by Rosalie Miller)

Here’s what’s on the list for today, the 2023 observance of Juneteenth:

CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAY: Banks, government offices, Post Offices, libraries, many Seattle Parks facilities

HIGHLAND PARK SPRAYPARK: Open 11 am-8 pm, whatever the weather. (1100 SW Cloverdale)

LOW TIDE WITH BEACH NATURALISTS: One more appreciably low tide before early July – out to -2.2 feet at 12:18 pm. Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists will be out 11 am-1:30 pm at Constellation (63rd/Beach Drive) and Lincoln (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) Parks.

(added) JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION: Mid-afternoon until beach closing time. From Mary: “Celebrate Juneteenth with music on the beach at Alki/53rd. Happening now til park closes at 10 pm. Bring something to share if you like; firewood, Beverages, Snacks, Food, attitude of love, peace, and inclusion.”

CRAFTING AND CREATIVITY NIGHT: 6-10 pm at The Missing Piece (9456 35th SW), info here.

OPEN MIC: Weekly BedHead Open Mic continues at West Seattle Church of the Nazarene (4201 SW Juneau), 6:30 pm – info in our calendar listing.

D&D: Open D&D starts at 6:30 pm at Meeples Games (3727 California SW), all welcome, first-time players too. $5.

COMEDY AT OTTER ON THE ROCKS: 7 pm, monthly Routine Killers show – some tickets remain as of this morning. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

ALKI MEDITATION: Meditation, discussion, and community, as explained in our calendar listing, 7 pm at Alki UCC (6115 SW Hinds).

FAUNTLEROY MEDITATION: Free weekly Zen sitting/meditation event at the chapel at Fauntleroy UCC (9140 California SW), 7 pm-8:30 pm.

PLAY TRIVIA! Three options on Monday nights for playing trivia – 7 and 8 pm Sporcle Pub Quiz at Three 9 Lounge (4505 39th SW); 7 pm at The Good Society (California/Lander), 7:30 pm at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW)

MONDAY MUSIC: Live music with The Westside Trio, 8 pm at The Alley (behind 4509 California SW), 21+, no cover.

Have a West Seattle/White Center event to add to our calendar ? Please send info to – thank you!

UPDATE: Another West Seattle Junction power outage

8:11 AM: Thanks for the tip. For the second time in four days, part of the West Seattle Junction area has lost power – this time, 261 customers between 40th and 41st, Alaska to Edmunds. Like last Friday’s outage, this one is blamed on “bird/animal contact.”

11:43 AM: Per SCL’s map, the outage is over.

TRAFFIC, TRANSIT, WEATHER: Monday info, including Juneteenth holiday changes

6:00 AM: Good morning. Welcome to Monday, June 19th, the 2023 observance of Juneteenth.


Today’s forecast: Mostly cloudy, high around 60, chance of showers, mostly after 4 pm. Today’s sunrise was at 5:11 am; sunset will be at 9:10 pm.


Seattle Public Schools have no classes today because of the holiday


Metro – Though it’s a holiday, Metro’s running on a regular schedule, with trip cancellations and temporary route suspensions possible as usual

Water Taxi – The West Seattle WT will be on a Sunday schedule for Juneteenth; no service on the Vashon WT.

Washington State Ferries – No holiday changes. Triangle Route continues on the 2-boat schedule; sailing cancellations remain possible on short notice, so check here for alerts/updates and see Vessel Watch for boats’ locations.

Sound TransitNo holiday changes.

Parking holiday – In Seattle neighborhoods where fees are charged for on-street parking, there’s no charge today.


Delridge cameras: Besides the one below (Delridge/Henderson), cameras are also up at Delridge/Genesee, Delridge/Juneau, Delridge/Orchard, and Delridge/Oregon.

High Bridge – the main camera:

High Bridge – the view from its southwest end (when SDOT points the 35th/Avalon/Fauntleroy camera that way):

Low Bridge – east-end vicinity:

1st Ave. S. Bridge – alternate route across the river:

Highway 99: – northbound side at Lander.

MORE TRAFFIC CAMS: See all working traffic cams citywide here, most with video options; West Seattle and vicinity-relevant cameras are on this WSB page.

BRIDGE INFO: Check the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed to see if the city’s movable bridges are opening for vessel traffic.

If you see trouble on the bridges/streets/paths/bay, please text or call us (when you can do it safely, and after you’ve reported to authorities). Thank you!