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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Gunfire investigation

ORIGINAL THURSDAY REPORT: Police have so far reported recovering at least three shell casings at the scene of gunfire reports near 37th/Manning. No word of any injuries or property damage. So far the only description information is “black sedan.”

ADDED MONDAY: Here’s the SPD summary of the incident:

At 2257 hours, officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 3700 block of 37th Avenue Southwest. Officers recovered shell casings from the intersection of 37th Avenue Southwest and Southwest Manning Street. Video was provided to officers showing two vehicles entering the intersection. A road rage ensued whereupon several shots were fired from one fleeing car. No victim located.

Have fun at the Fauntleroy Fall Festival while volunteering!

(WSB photo, Fauntleroy Fall Festival 2022)

The Fauntleroy Fall Festival is just two and a half weeks away. It’s powered by volunteers and donations, and festival organizers are especially interested right now in more of the former:

The Fauntleroy Fall Festival is Sunday, October 15, from 2-5 pm. This annual event is free to the community and expects more than a thousand people this year. The event offers bouncy castles, pumpkin painting, bird house building, live music, bunny petting zoo, food vendors, pie-eating contests, and so much more. The event is organized by volunteers and could use additional help the day of the event. If you have the time, please consider volunteering for the event.

The festival is spread across both sides of California SW in the heart of Fauntleroy – in and around the church/Y and event hall/schoolhouse.

UPDATE: Water-main break in Seaview

5 PM: Thanks for the tip! Seattle Public Utilities crews are working on a water-main break at 49th/Morgan. The SPU water-outage map says it started around 4:15 pm and that about 26 homes are affected.

UPDATE: SPU says water was restored just after 6 pm.

YOU CAN HELP: Pizza fundraiser for Sanislo Elementary

Students at “small but mighty” Sanislo Elementary on Puget Ridge could use your help if you haven’t yet locked down on dinner plans for tonight. Until 10 pm, a portion of proceeds at the Westwood Village MOD Pizza will benefit the Sanislo PTA. Their announcement says, “Families can eat in and mention Sanislo, or order online using the coupon code MODGIVES25, and MOD Pizza will donate to the Sanislo Elementary PTA 25% of the proceeds.”

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Two guns found after burglary-attempt arrest

3:24 PM: We asked SPD today for followup information on a burglary-attempt arrest at 24th/Henderson last night, with officers reporting they found two guns on and near the suspect. They’ve added the incident to SPD Blotter. Police say they were called around 7:45 pm by a resident in the 9200 block of 22nd SW reporting “a man was trying to pry open the front door of his home with an unknown object. The caller yelled at the man to stop, but the (would-be burglar) didn’t flee until he heard the approaching police sirens.” Officers found a 20-year-old suspect nearby; he tried to run, throwing a gun out of his pocket. They caught him and found another gun in his pants. The SPD Blotter post included these images of the two handguns, and ammunition.

The suspect was booked into King County Jail.

11:14 PM: And after 24 hours, he was released from jail. We don’t have the court documents so we don’t know whether it was bail, recognizance, or lack of probable cause. He does not appear to have a record.

WEST SEATTLE PARKS: October 10 on-site meeting to talk about Junction ‘landbanked’ site

(WSB file photo)

Thanks to Sharonn for sending an image of the postcard she received for a Seattle Parks meeting about the “landbanked” site on 40th SW in The Junction.

On Tuesday, October 10th, 4-6 pm, Parks will be at the one-third-acre site (4700 block of 40th SW, north of Sound & Fog in Broadstone Sky and west of the Alki Masonic Lodge) to talk about the newest “schematic design” for the future park. It’s one of three “landbanked” sites in West Seattle that have long been on hold. Last update we had was early this year, when the fence was taken down so it could be used as an unofficial dog park. The city bought and “landbanked” the site a decade ago; it was originally expected to have been developed into a park by now but the pandemic and other factors got in the way. They’re now projecting park construction – funded at almost $2 million – to happen next year.

P.S. Parks has opened this survey to check on which potential park features interest you most.

Blooma Tree Experts: Welcome, new West Seattle Blog sponsor!

Today we’re welcoming a new sponsor to the team of local businesses advertising on WSB: Blooma Tree Experts. When new sponsors join us, they get the opportunity to tell you about themselves – here’s what Blooma Tree Experts would like you to know:

(Blooma Tree Experts photos)

Fall has arrived and you might be considering tree work before winter sets in, but you’re unsure how to navigate the city’s tree permit process. That’s why Blooma Tree Experts works to empower you with comprehensive information, enabling you to navigate the regulations effectively. At Blooma Tree Experts, we manage permit compliance for you, ensuring a hassle-free experience for our clients. Blooma is there to help you navigate the city’s tree regulations and permit process. You can read a detailed overview of the Seattle tree-work permit process at

Blooma provides complimentary tree-work estimates with an ISA-Certified Arborist and then handles publishing public notices and following through with all needed paperwork. Blooma Tree Experts is licensed with SDCI under license #LIC-TSP-18504, which underscores our commitment to excellence in tree care. Whether it’s tree pruning, tree removal, hedge trimming, tree healthcare or any other tree work, Blooma is ready to work with you. We are locally owned & operated in Seattle and have 17+ years of experience serving the region – check out our Google Reviews to see what our clients say about us!

You can contact Blooma by filling out a contact form at or call/text 206-735-4081. We will be in touch within 24-48 hours to set up a complimentary consultation with an ISA-Certified Arborist.

We thank Blooma Tree Experts for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here; email for info on joining the team!

UPDATE: Tree down on 48th SW

12:02 PM: Thanks to Jason Enevoldsen for the photo and tip. A tree has toppled onto 48th SW, uphill from Lowman Beach. This has happened multiple times before on that stretch of tree-lined street. SDOT was being dispatched last we heard so it might not be blocked for long.

1:47 PM: Thanks to Deb Barker for the photo – as of a little while ago, the work continued.

SEEN OFF WEST SEATTLE: Another state ferry headed for repairs

September 28, 2023 11:44 am
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 |   Seen at sea | Transportation | West Seattle news

Thanks to Mark for the photo. The state ferry under tow in Elliott Bay is M/V Walla Walla, headed for the Vigor shipyard on Harbor Island. This is the ferry that ran aground on Bainbridge Island in April. That problem was attributed to contaminated fuel. But that’s not why it’s going in for repairs. This is because of recent propeller damage, Washington State Ferries spokesperson Ian Sterling tells WSB. The most-recent WSF weekly update explains:

Following a significant shudder felt aboard Walla Walla Friday, we sent divers to inspect the ferry’s propellers and they found damage to one of them. The vessel will need to go into dry dock so the prop can be replaced. If no other issues are found, the boat is expected to be out of service for up to four weeks. Until it returns, plan for reduced vehicle capacity on some routes.

Also currently at Vigor is M/V Wenatchee, for conversion to hybrid-electric.

Taste of West Seattle, WS Transportation Coalition meeting, AI ‘civic conversation,’ more for your Thursday

September 28, 2023 10:01 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(WSB photo – seen in Upper Fauntleroy)

Here are highlights of what’s happening today/tonight, mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar (where you’ll see even more):

WEST SEATTLE UKULELE PLAYERS: All levels welcome to this weekly 1 pm gathering. Email to find out where they’re playing today.

THURSDAY FOOD-TRUCK POP-UP: 4-8 pm at Highland Park Corner Store (7789 Highland Park Way SW), Mexicuban will be visiting.

HIGHLAND PARK RUN CLUB: Also at HP Corner Store, meet up at 6:30 pm for a 3-mile run!

CIVIC CONVERSATION ABOUT AI: Another chance to chat about AI in a conversation convened by James Boutin, 5-7 pm at C & P Coffee (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor).

TASTE OF WEST SEATTLE: This benefit for the West Seattle Food Bank is back to its original format – multiple food and beverage purveyors offering tastes at The Hall at Fauntleroy (9131 California SW), 5:30 pm VIP entry, 6 pm general admission. UPDATE: Yes, some tickets are available at the door, $75 general admission.

WESTIES RUN CLUB: Meet at The Good Society (California/Lander) at 6 pm for a 3-mile run – more in our calendar listing.

WEST SEATTLE TRANSPORTATION COALITION: Meets online and in-person at Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon) at 6:30 pm.

1) Jonathan Lewis, SDOT will be presenting on the Seattle Transportation Plan, which SDOT is currently conducting outreach for and seeking public comment.on.

2) Both of the D1 City Council candidates have been invited to attend to learn more about the city’s transportation planning, and what their future constituents top concerns are. We will have a casual conversation with each of them about their priorities for transportation in our district.

3) We will also discuss Sound Transit’s plans for outreach to our community about light rail probably next month and thoughts about the local group pushing to “Rethink the Link.”

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 821 3764 3056
Passcode: WSTC

BLUES NIGHT: 7 pm at The Spot West Seattle (2920 SW Avalon Way), every Thursday you can listen to the blues.

THURSDAY NIGHT CORNHOLE: Go play at Ounces (3809 Delridge Way SW), 7 pm.

‘MATT & BEN’: Final week begins at ArtsWest (4711 California SW; WSB sponsor), 7:30 pm. Check for tickets here.

THURSDAY THROWDOWN: All-vinyl DJ night at Revelry Room (4547 California SW, alley entrance), 8-11 pm.

We publish these daily lists as reminders, but you can look ahead any time, to any day, by visiting our calendar!

SATURDAY: West Seattle community mini-walk for Alzheimer’s awareness

September 28, 2023 9:00 am
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 |   Gatewood | How to help | West Seattle news

Once again this year, at the same time as the regional Walk to End Alzheimer’s downtown, an unofficial mini-walk is planned in West Seattle. Here’s the invitation:

The local Alzheimer’s Caregivers’ Support group invites anyone who wants to join us for an easy, fairly level walk around the neighborhood, staying on sidewalks. Meet up with the West Seattle group if you don’t want to go downtown.

Meeting at 39th and SW Holden
Saturday 9/30 at 10:00 am

All are welcome. Wear purple if you can!

TRAFFIC, TRANSIT, WEATHER: Thursday watch, with westbound bridge crash

7:55 AM: Another rollover crash is reported on the westbound bridge. The driver is reported to have gotten out of the car and SFD says they’re in “stable condition,” so an initially large response has been reduced.

8:03 AM: Only one engine is still on this call.

8:28 AM: Thanks to the reader who just texted a photo of the vehicle, which went on its side near the Welcome to West Seattle sign.

There have been multiple crashes in that area in the past few days and a report yesterday of a “slick spot” nearby too – we’re checking with SDOT.


6:03 AM: Good morning! It’s Thursday, September 28th.


Showery, possible thunderstorms, high in the low 60s. Sunrise today is at 7:04 am; sunset, 6:55 pm.


Another reminder that the low bridge will be closed to surface traffic October 7-14, SDOT announced Monday.


Metro – Regular schedule; check advisories here.

Water Taxi – Regular schedule.

Washington State Ferries – 2-boat service on the Triangle Route. Check alerts for changes, and use Vessel Watch to see where your ferry is.


Delridge cameras: Besides the one below (Delridge/Henderson), cameras are also 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 cam:

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: The @SDOTBridges feed on Twitter/X 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!