West Seattle, Washington
A tragic anniversary is hours away. Robb Mason was killed by a hit-run driver as he bicycled home from his job in West Seattle on July 15, 2022. His wife Claudia Mason wants to mark the occasion with this message centered on gratitude:
Tomorrow marks one year since my husband, Robb Mason, was brutally killed by a hit-and-run driver while commuting by bicycle from West Seattle. I’ve spent this past year learning how to live without my best friend, a devoted companion and the love of my life. While the year has flown by, each day has felt like an eternity. Making the transition from wife to widow has been excruciating and my life has been put on a course that I didn’t ask for and that I would have never chosen.
The support of my family and friends has been indispensable in helping me bear this burden, but what I had not anticipated was the crucial role that so many others would play in processing Robb’s unnatural and very public death. I have met too many people to count and while some have jobs that may, at times, expose them to the worst of humanity (which was done to my husband), every one of them, through their competence, compassion, patience, and understanding revealed to me the best of humanity.
Although I cannot list them all, I offer here a small selection as well as my heartfelt thanks.
There were those who took great care of Robb’s body, including Rescue One, the Seattle Fire Department. and the King County Medical Examiner’s Office. A special place in my heart is reserved for the wonderful people at Return Home who, for the funeral, presented Robb with dignity in spite of his terrible injuries so that I could see him one final time to say goodbye.
There were those who worked and continue to work at getting some justice for him and for me: the Seattle Police Department, the King County Prosecutor, and my civil attorneys at Washington Bike Law.
There were those who honored him in their quest to make our streets safer; Seattle Critical Mass, Washington Bikes, and Seattle Neighborhood Greenways with support from the offices of the Mayor and the SDOT director.
There were those in institutions, organizations, and government agencies who helped with the seemingly endless transactions that are required when a person dies. To my sad surprise I learned that our state provides benefits to families of homicide victims and the empathetic employees at the Labor & Industries Crime Victims Compensation Program helped connect me to them.
Finally, there were countless people who offered small yet important acts of kindness to show that Robb’s life mattered. Along with all the cards, flowers and GoFundMe donations, a lovely condolence wind chime arrived at my home sent by Regence BlueShield when they learned that one of their own massage therapy providers had been killed.
My life continues to be transformed through all the people I have met and new bonds have been established amongst my family, friends and acquaintances which have made our community stronger than it was before. Out of tragedy has come unity, love and hope.
We can never predict when tragedy will strike us but we may take comfort in knowing that our community is ready and willing to lend support when it does. I wish that I hadn’t had to learn this firsthand but it nonetheless fills me with gratitude.
Claudia V. Mason – Magnolia resident and a victim of traffic violence
(At present, the person charged with the death of my husband remains on home electronic detention.)
In West Seattle Crime Watch, two reader reports about Hyundais:
STOLEN: Reported by Kara, stolen from a friend in Highland Park last night or early today:
Blue Hyundai Elantra SEL, 2018
LIC Plate BYP 0384
Has a yellow “Please be patient…student driver” on left bumper.
Case #: 23-198949
DUMPED-LIKELY-STOLEN: We hope this isn’t the same car. Reported earlier today by Megan, who hasn’t heard whether this was ultimately resolved:
I came across a dumped Hyundai in the same spot one was found earlier this week. It’s partially pushed over the edge of a ravine at the Riverview Playfields. Down by the little league fields.
I’ve attached some pictures in case anyone recognizes it. I also tried calling SPD non emergency number but I couldn’t get through to anyone.
(TRANSPORTATION: Find bus-reroute info here, stop by stop …)
($5 for one inflatable, $20 for an all-day unlimited pass.) The festival food stands are set up on SW Alaska east of California:
And more than 120 vendor booths line California between Oregon and Edmunds. We’re on the north side of the Information Booth – no sign yet, so just look for it in the heart of the Walk All Ways intersection – where you’ll also find Summer Fest merch sold by West Seattle Junction Association volunteers – T-shirts and totes, among other things.
You’ll also find some community organizations on one side of the info booth throughout the weekend, too. (Save the Stone Cottage is here right now.)
Meantime, music starts at 3 pm with The Potholes on the main stage (California north of Oregon – that’s where you’ll find the beer garden, too). Main-stage music is today and tomorrow; the Junction Plaza Park stage will be set up Saturday and Sunday. But as much fun as the special features are, this is also a chance to find out more about the year-round businesses – food, drink, retail. Sidewalk sales – which are how this festival began, decades ago – are happening too. More on that as the festival continues.
2:11 PM: Here in the early going, we’re catching up with some of the WSB sponsors who are also here at Summer Fest. (Our sponsors are the businesses who advertise on WSB to reach tens of thousands of neighbors. So far, we’ve seen Dream Dinners (“the original meal kit”) – their year-round HQ is on the east side of outer Jefferson Square.
Emerald Water Anglers, which focuses on fishing but also sells all-purpose outdoor apparel, has a booth too – their year-round store is at 4502 42nd SW:
Canna West Culture Shop – just south of our spot here in the Info Booth – is the place to find out about CBD; proprietor Mimi is there right now:
(The Culture Shop’s year-round home is across California from the main Canna shop – 5435 California SW.) Camp Crockett – dog day care and services in North Delridge and Upper Morgan – has a booth, and Vanessa was there when we stopped for a pic:
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest Real Estate has a booth at Summer Fest too, not far from their HQ in the Jefferson Square office tower:
We also caught up with Ross from West Seattle Coworking, whose north location is on the east side of California just north of Oregon (they also have a big new space on 35th SW just north of Barton):
Meantime, we’re now less than an hour from The Potholes kicking off music on the main stage – it’s been just under four weeks since they performed at the Morgan Junction Community Festival. More to come!
2:45 PM: Thanks to the person who stopped by with a tip – the Kids’ Area bouncy houses are shut down right now because the temperature is too high – they’re working on a way to spray them down and will reopen when they get that figured out.
3:24 PM: We’re told the bouncy toys are back in action. It’s music time, too – here’s how The Potholes got started:
Performances start at the top of the hour, every hour through 9 pm tonight. Waves Crashing is up at 4 pm on the main stage (California north of Oregon – that’s where you’ll find the beer garden too).
4:09 PM: One highly popular free item we’ve seen a lot of people walk by with – SDOT‘s SLOW THE FLOCK DOWN yard/planting-strip signs. SDOT’s booth is on the west side toward the north end of the festival zone on California. If you have any questions about West Seattle light rail, Sound Transit‘s booth is next door.
5:03 PM: We’ve had our first candidate visit of the festival at the Information Booth – Stephen Brown, running for City Council District 1. Our standing policy is to photograph every candidate who stops by to say hi:
The D-1 race – is one of four major reasons to vote in the August primary, as we reported here. … Music continues! We caught up with the 4 pm band, Waves Crashing, before their set ended:
(We’re hearing lots of excitement looking ahead to tonight’s lineup, especially the Dusty 45s at 7 pm.) Also on California north of Oregon, you can contribute to this year’s community mural:
Artist Stacey Sterling is coordinating again this year. You might recall, this is made possible by a gift from the late Dan Wiseman. … Also north of Oregon, another chance to buy Summer Fest merch from the Junction Association, which presents the festival.
6:12 PM: Randy Campbell is onstage and lots of people are here – Friday evening picks up after 5 pm. One of the truly unique booths is Author Event Network – where you’ll find writers promoting and selling their books:
This is a relatively new effort and they have dozens of members – stop by the booth on the west side of California between Oregon and Alaska and see who you meet – and what you might find to read! (Thanks to local author Susan Kemp for telling us to be on the lookout for this booth – she’ll be there Saturday and Sunday.)
6:36 PM: Here for dinner? Almost every Junction restaurant fronting California has a sidewalk café during the festival, including the new arrival Dué Cucina.
And of course there are options in the festival food zone on Alaska east of California – African, Asian, Latin American options, pizza, burgers. P.S. For dessert all weekend long, you aren’t limited to elephant ears and/or cotton candy – look for Lovely and Dapper Desserts‘ booth on the east side of California between Alaska and Oregon – they are famous for their mini-cakes.
7:12 PM: If you’ve been waiting for things to cool down before coming to the festival, lots of shade now. On the main stqge (“by the post office,” if that mnemonic works for you), The Dusty 45s are playing. (added) Here’s video, with King County Executive Dow Constantine introducing the band (as he does on occasion, memorably Mudhoney at Summer Fest 2009), plus the first song (which starts about two minutes into the clip):
Shaina Shepherd is up at 8 pm, Polyrhythmics at 9, and music is scheduled to wrap for the night around 10. Tomorrow is the longest day of the festival, opening at 10 am, with music also on until 10 pm (booths operating until 8-ish). Thanks to everyone who came by the Info Booth to say hi!
9:18 PM: One last video to add – the start of Shaina Shepherd‘s set, after her introduction by KEXP’s Troy Nelson (she takes the mic at about 1:20):
Tomorrow at Summer Fest, the stage lineups start with New Age Flamenco on the Junction Plaza Park stage at 11 am and Mode Music Showcase on the main stage at noon.
While traveling on SW Thistle between 35th and Delridge this week, we noticed three sets of markings that appeared to outline future speed humps. So we asked SDOT whether this was a continuation of the Westwood-area work that so far has included a new four-way stop at 25th/Trenton. Spokesperson Ethan Bergerson says this is specifically tied to safety for Chief Sealth International High School and Denny International Middle School, and that the markings we saw on SW Thistle won’t be the only ones added – they’re planning four on Thistle as well as others on 26th, 27th, and Kenyon, as shown on this map:
That’s from Denny_ChiefSealth_TrafficCalming_Postcard (002) (2) that Bergerson says SDOT sent to residents nearby. As it notes, the ones for SW Thistle are actually speed cushions – the difference is explained as “Speed cushions are like speed humps but have breaks that allow emergency vehicles to pass through them without slowing down.” No installation timeline yet.
West Seattle Summer Fest starts this afternoon!
We’ll be in The Junction reporting live from the Info Booth throughout the festival, to show you what’s happening. Here are the basics as you make your plan:
Festival hours today: 1-8 pm (music runs later)
Booth/vendors: 1-8 pm
Sidewalk Sale: Merchants’ hours may vary
Music: 3-10 pm (main stage on California north of Oregon)
Kids Zone: SW Alaska west of California (free activities plus inflatables that are accessible with a daily pass)
Food: SW Alaska east of California (plus year-round restaurants/bars, and also some local booths throughout the festival zone)
Info Booth: In the heart of Walk-All-Ways
See you in The Junction! Here’s what else to know about West Seattle happenings today/tonight:
GARDEN CENTER OPEN: Need more plants for your garden, containers, etc.? You can shop at the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) Garden Center, open with a wide variety of student-grown plants, until 2 pm. (North end of campus, 6000 16th SW)
WHITE CENTER LIBRARY GUILD SIDEWALK SALE: 11 am-3 pm, at White Center Library (1409 SW 107th): Secondhand books and “gently used household treasures.”
SPRAYPARK OPEN: 11 am-8 pm, Highland Park Spraypark (1100 SW Cloverdale) is open daily.
DELRIDGE AND HIAWATHA WADING POOLS OPEN: Noon-5:30 pm. (4501 Delridge Way SW and 2700 California SW)
LINCOLN PARK WADING POOL OPEN: Noon-7 pm. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)
COLMAN POOL CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC: First day of a two-day swim-meet closure, so no public sessions.
SCRABBLE CLUB: You’re invited to play 12:30-1:30 pm at Margie’s Café inside the Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon).
NORTHWEST WINE ACADEMY: 1-6 pm on the north side of South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor), student-produced wine by the glass or bottle.
VISCON CELLARS: Tonight, visit Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor) for wine by the glass or bottle, 5-9 pm (5910 California SW).
SONGWRITERS’ SHOWCASE: 7 pm at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), no cover, all ages.
LIVE AT THE SKYLARK: Midnight Atmosphere, Sundodger, Mourning Watch, Trask, doors 8 pm, music 9 pm at The Skylark – $10, 21+. (3803 Delridge Way SW).
FIREWORKS SHOW DOWNTOWN: If you hear sustained fireworks off in the distance – tonight there’s a show following the Mariners’ game at T-Mobile Park.
Something to add to our calendar? email@example.com – thank you!
Another local youth-baseball success story! This one is from Coach Penny Stone, vice president of the Southwest Little League board and manager of the SWLL Dodgers/Regional All-Stars:
This season for Southwest Little League has been fantastic!! The SWLL Dodgers played a 12-1-1 season and won the Tournament of Champions. We combined teams with the PacWest LL – that formed the SWLL All-Star team and won the Regional (District 7) All-Star tournament.
We are headed to the State All-Star Championship as the Regional (District 7) All-Star Champions. The State Tournament will be held in Cheney from 7/15-7/23.
It’s been a long season for these players, but they are rising to the occasion. They have shown the grit and the determination it takes to go this far. This is the first time in many years for SWLL to go as far as Regionals, much less State!!
Many thanks to the parents for trusting us with their kids, the SWLL Board believing in us and PacWest for sharing their players. Thanks to all the work by District 7 to put together a seamless All-Star tournament!
And a BIG thank you to one the most knowledgeable and dedicated coaches I know, Zack Reasor.
We are so proud of these players:
Cole Utter, Jose Cardenas, Jack Derning, Pedro Toledo-Walls, Calder Stone, Dylan Dreier, Jerome Blossom, Ian Cropley, Eli Policarpio, Josue Delgado, Emiliano Morales, Torin O’Neill, Will Herman.
This small League is doing big things!!
Anyone that would like to support this great group of kids, please consider donating here:
GO DISTRICT 7 ALL-STARS!!
Co-coach is Zack Reasor (who is also coach of the Chief Sealth International High School Junior Varsity baseball team).
Family and friends will gather next Tuesday to remember Jerry Rice. Here’s what they are sharing with the community:
Longtime West Seattle resident Jerry Rice, 72, of Olympia passed away on July 5th. He was born in Seattle to Howard and Ellade (Sinnett) Rice. He attended Holy Rosary School, St. Martin’s High School in Lacey, and graduated from Seattle University. Meeting and marrying the girl-almost-next-door, the love of his life, Barb Conlan, he gladly joined her large and boisterous family, and they became an important part of his life. After he and Barb raised their own family in West Seattle, they retired to Olympia in 2018, where they enjoyed kayaking, biking, and walking in nature.
Jerry was one of the kindest, most giving, and selfless individuals to walk the earth, with great personal integrity. He was a gifted mechanic, and helped many people throughout his life, both with their cars and in other ways — be they friends, family, or strangers. While sharing his talents generously, he always remained a humble soul. He loved animals, particularly cats, and in addition to being adored by his own felines, was “godfather” to assorted neighborhood cats who came to visit him.
His passion was classic Chevrolets, and he restored scores in his lifetime, his “baby” being a 1959 Chevy Impala. During the last year of his life, while undergoing chemo, he elected to take on a new project, and completely disassembled and restored a 1977 Chevy Nova. Jerry was not a man to sit idle, even while battling cancer. In addition to restoring cars, he was always eager to improve his homes, and with amazing skill created many beautiful updates and additions to both interiors and yards, including building huge decks at his Olympia lakefront home.
Jerry was preceded in death by his beloved son Matt. He leaves behind Barb, his wife of 41 years, and daughters Brigette and Katie. A funeral mass will be held at Sacred Heart Church in Lacey on July 18th at 10 a.m. Any memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Jerry’s favorite charity.
(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries and memorial announcements by request, free of charge. Please email the text, and a photo if available, to firstname.lastname@example.org)
6:00 AM: Good morning. Welcome to West Seattle Summer Fest day one – Friday, July 14th. (We’ll be on site at the festival with as-it-happens coverage as usual.)
WEATHER & SUNRISE/SUNSET TIMES
Sunny, high in the upper 70s. Today’s sunrise was at 5:26 am; sunset will be at 9:05 pm.
WEST SEATTLE SUMMER FEST
In The Junction, the festival starts at 1 pm today, but street closures have been in effect since yesterday – California north of Oregon, south of Oregon to Edmunds, plus Alaska between 42nd and 44th. Metro bus reroutes are in effect too – find them route by route here. And if you’re parking, note that the lots around The Junction are subject to special “event parking.”
ROAD WORK ALERT
Continuing today in the Highland Park Way/Holden vicinity, work for the permanent signal:
Construction will take place on SW Holden St, just west of Highland Park Way SW between 7:00 am and 3:30pm each day. There will not be any full street or intersection closures. Workers will only be doing construction in one part of the road at a time, and while work is occurring people will be directed to drive on the other side of the road. At some times, this may require a single lane alternating between two directions with flaggers to help safely direct traffic.
Metro – As mentioned above, Summer Fest reroutes in The Junction continue – see the info here.
Water Taxi – Regular schedule. The shuttle’s affected by Junction reroutes too.
Washington State Ferries – 2-boat schedule for Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth. See Vessel Watch for boats’ locations.
SPOTLIGHT TRAFFIC CAMERAS
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.
BRIDGE INFO: The @SDOTBridges Twitter feed shows whether 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!
Heard a lot of sirens in the past 15 minutes or so? So did we. It was a four-unit SFD response to Cal-Mor Circle (the cylindrical apartment building at 6420 California SW) after someone reported an “explosion” and seeing “a window blown out.” So far, crews are telling dispatch that it appears to have been “somebody setting off fireworks on the roof.”