West Seattle, Washington
Police were sent to Pigeon Point this past hour looking for the source of what 911 callers reported as an “explosion.” We got a text from a reader explaining what happened, so in case you heard it and were wondering, here’s what they said happened right outside their house: “If anyone reaches out to you about a loud flash and bang in Pigeon Point that set off car alarms – an owl flew into (or was thrown from) the power lines. Sadly, it appears to have been electrocuted. A request to Seattle Animal Control for dead wildlife pickup has been requested.” No power outage resulted, per the City Light map.
8:26 PM: Tonight’s biggest race in our area is for the City Council District 1 seat that Lisa Herbold is leaving after two terms, representing a newly expanded area including not only West Seattle and South Park, but also Georgetown and south-downtown neighborhoods. In the first and only round of results to be released tonight, here’s where the race stands:
Rob Saka – 10,088 – 58.65%
Maren Costa – 7,013 – 40.77%
In the six other council races, the three incumbents that are running for re-election – Tammy Morales, Andrew Lewis, and Dan Strauss – are all trailing their challengers. Second round of results will be released around 4 pm tomorrow.
9:58 PM: Saka’s Election Night party was at Portage Bay Café in The Junction. We went over after the results came in and talked to him briefly:
If none of the leads change – the only one close is District 6, where incumbent Dan Strauss is two percentage points behind challenger Pete Hanning – and if Teresa Mosqueda is elevted to the County Council (she’s narrowly leading), Saka would be one of eight new City Councilmembers, with Sara Nelson (midway through her first term) the only holdover.
8:25 PM: Tonight’s second-biggest race in our area is for the County Council District 8 seat that Joe McDermott is leaving after 13 years. In tonight’s first and only round of results, here’s where the race stands:
KING COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 8
Teresa Mosqueda – 16,189 – 50.18%
Sofia Aragon – 15,929 – 49.37%
9:50 PM: Mosqueda, a citywide Seattle City Councilmember and North Delridge resident, spent Election Night at a party downtown, too far for us to go interview her, but she has sent a statement saying in part: “It’s been incredibly motivating to connect with community leaders and neighbors across this district. The outcome of this election is a testament to our campaign’s deep community engagement and collaborative work to support community-led solutions. Thank you to every endorsing community member, labor union, organization, small business, and elected leader who generously offered their time to help make this result possible. I appreciate your support and look forward to working together to deliver on diverse needs across District 8.”
Another local seat without an incumbent is being decided in this election – Leslie Harris is leaving the Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors after two terms. She represents District 6 (West Seattle and most of South Park); in the general election, all board seats are decided by a citywide vote, so that means we’re tracking four seats tonight. Here’s tonight’s first and only round of results:
SEATTLE SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 6
Gina Topp – 88,366 – 86.84%
Maryanne Wood – 12,946 – 12.72%
(updated) Here are the first results in the other three districts (asterisk marks an incumbent):
SEATTLE SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 1
Liza Rankin* – 61,290 – 60.77 %
Debbie Carlsen – 38,919 – 38.59 %
SEATTLE SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 2
Lisa Rivera Smith* – 68,870 – 68.00 %
Christina Posten – 31,995 – 31.59 %
SEATTLE SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 3
Evan Briggs – 51,788 – 51.08%
Ben Gitenstein – 49,122 – 48.45%
SEATTLE PROPOSITION 1
Yes – 74,078 – 65.98%
No – 38,196 – 34.02%
The Chief Sealth International High School PTSA‘s “rebuilding year” includes a big fundraiser that’s now less than four weeks away, and in addition to selling tickets, they’re also welcoming sponsorships and auction-item donations:
It’s the Season of Sealth! For the first time in four years, Chief Sealth International High School is hosting an auction. We’re so excited to be celebrating our school, its successes, and our students, teachers, and staff with an event that’s sure to sparkle and amaze. The auction will be December 2nd at 5:30 pm at the Brockey Center, South Seattle College.
The funds raised at auction are hugely impactful for our school. In the past, we’ve used these funds to support everything from academic programs, books, college readiness programs, sports uniforms, healthy snacks for test days and much more. We’re currently in the process of reaching out to businesses and members of the community who might have something great to donate for the auction, whether that be physical goods, a gift card, service, or a monetary donation. Have something to contribute? We’d love to hear from you!
Businesses can also become auction sponsors, which is a great opportunity to get visibility for your business and its support of our school. The following Sponsorship levels are available:
Seniors ($3,000 and above) Your logo on all advertising materials including social media plus a table for 10.
Juniors ($2,000) Your logo on all online advertising plus 6 tickets to the event.
Sophomores ($1,000) your logo on online advertising plus 4 tickets to the event.
Freshmen ($500) your logo on all online advertising plus 2 tickets to the event.
Please contact Auction Chair Dawn Pomeroy with any questions or to arrange pick-up of a donated item. You can also send general questions to email@example.com. Buy tickets, donate funds or auction items, and learn more on our CSIHS auction website.
You can preview what’s already been donated here – including ticket packs for the Mariners and the Seahawks, ski and snowboard equipment, gift cards from all sorts of local West Seattle businesses. and a lakeside cabin getaway.
P.S. Along with sponsorships and item donations, the PTSA welcomes auction volunteers too.
Two weeks and two days until Thanksgiving – if you’re looking for cooking help, The Skylark in North Delridge can offer you some assistance. Skylark proprietor Matt Larson emailed to say, “We will be offering take-home Thanksgiving dinner again this year featuring house-smoked turkey plus sides. Order must be in by Friday the 17th and pickup is Wednesday the 22nd. Orders can be placed on our website.” Sides available include mashed potatoes, stuffing, and green-bean casserole. (Anybody else with Thanksgiving take-home – or dine-in – offerings? Email us – firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!)
If you missed your chance to get a free tree at Trick Or Trees in Highland Park, here’s another chance! Just announced:
FREE NATIVE TREE GIVEAWAY Pop-Up at Roxhill Park
Sunday, Nov. 12th, 11 am- 1 pm
Roxhill Park, 9234 29th Ave SW
Time: 11:00 – 1:00 by children’s play area
Limit: 2 trees per household
Help these trees find their forever homes, while beautifying your home and neighborhood! Including trees in your landscaping also provides shade in the summer. helps filter air pollution and reduces storm water runoff during our rainy season – good for the environment too. These native trees are appropriate for neighborhood yards , with information provided for selecting the right tree, how to plant and care for it. Fall is the best time to plant! QUANTITIES ARE LIMITED
This is sponsored by Duwamish Alive Coalition and its partners DIRT Corps and Delridge Neighborhood Development Association.
Today we welcome Seattle Canine Club as the newest WSB sponsor. When local businesses start advertising on WSB, they get the opportunity to tell you what they do – so here’s what Seattle Canine Club, which is in SODO – convenient for many West Seattle commuters – wants you to know:
We have over 19 years in the market. We are among the few that offer a one-stop shop for all dog-related services (day care, boarding, grooming, training, and lab services) but especially notable, we are the best-rated dog facility in Seattle, with over 4.9* in our Google Reviews. We are proud to pay the best salaries in town and have staff members with as long as 9 years in tenure with us. We provide a safe environment for dogs, where peace of mind of our humans is key – we invest on our staff and are constantly improving our processes and services.
Here’s why customers choose Seattle Canine Club – they always value the care we bring into our services, the level of detail and attention we give to their dogs and our relationship with them. We are a family-owned business and our staff treats our members’ dogs as their own. We don’t charge for playtime, treats, lunches, or anything you’d consider just caring for dogs. And we go the extra mile to help dogs be happy, calm, and enjoy their time. Our grooming, training, and day-care services follow FearFree approach to ensure minimizing any dog anxiety. Also, all our staff is Pet CPR and First Aid certified. Members come first because they need a place for their dogs for boarding or day care, they stay because they know we care for their furry friends as they would themselves.
For some members, Seattle Canine Club has touched their life by enabling balance between their busy professional careers and their love for their dogs. Our first member, 19 years ago, is currently on her 4th dog, coming every day of the week. For another member with 4 teacup dogs, we created a unique pricing model that fit her special needs. For another member who is originally from across the world, a passing in the family meant that their faithful companion spent 2 months with us. We took special care with walks, training, and exercising outside the normal services. Every dog and every member is unique, and meeting them where they need us is what makes us unique!
Seattle Canine Club‘s owner is Jose Rodriguez, who took over the business when founder Rick Beaubelle retired after 18 years in business. Since then, he has grown the staff 30%, and included training, grooming, and lab services as part of the offerings, as well as doing renovations across the facility and expanded capacity to meet our customers needs. Seattle Canine Club is at 2751 4th Avenue South [map] – phone #, email, and other ways to reach them are here.
We thank Seattle Canine Club for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.
We looked into both of these Alki observations after reader photos/tips:
RESTORATION: Christopher sent that photo of a section on the beach near the volleyball courts, “wondering what exactly is being restored here and why.” According to Seattle Parks, “This area is one of the last remnants of the native dune ecosystem at Alki Beach. We are working to protect this area during the high season when there is a lot of foot traffic.”
PALM GONE: We also asked Parks about what Kathy spotted, sending the photo above – the disappearance of the 59th/Alki palm tree that briefly gained regional fame after we published a reader report last March. Parks says it was removed because “it was dying.”
Here’s what’s happening for the rest of today/tonight, mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
VOTE! One more reminder, it’s Election Day, and that means voting ends and vote-counting begins. The King County Elections dropboxes close at 8 pm sharp, and if you’re dropping your ballot in USPS mail, do it by afternoon, because it must have today’s postmarked. Tonight’s first and only round of results will be announced around 8:15 pm.
CHESS CLUB: Tuesdays 1:30-3 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon). All levels welcome. (Questions? Email email@example.com.)
DEMONSTRATION FOR BLACK LIVES: Long-running weekly sign-waving demonstration continues at 16th/Holden. 5-6 pm. Signs available if you don’t have your own.
LEARN ASL: Free class, 6 pm at West Seattle Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (4001 44th SW) – info’s in our calendar listing.
SCRABBLE NIGHT: 6-10 pm, you can play Scrabble at The Missing Piece (9456 35th SW).
FREE TRACK RUN WITH DEMO: Meet at West Seattle Runner (2743 California SW; WSB sponsor) for this free weekly run at 6:15 pm. Special this week: “New Balance Demo Track Night: Come for our regularly scheduled group run and demo a pair of the new New Balance 1080v13!! This is a great chance to try something out on a run without having to make a purchase. Be prepared, this shoe is a cushy crowd fave!” Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org
KINDERGARTEN INFO NIGHT @ HOPE LUTHERAN SCHOOL: 6:30 pm, come talk about kindergarten readiness and what Hope Lutheran School (WSB sponsor) offers – registration link is in our calendar listing. (4456 42nd SW)
WEST SEATTLE TOASTMASTERS 832: “Improve your public speaking, communication, and leadership skills” with West Seattle Toastmasters 832 – online meeting at 6:30 pm – our calendar listing has the registration info.
SING! Singers have an open invitation to join the Seattle Metropolitan Singers – “all treble voices welcome” – just show up for one of their rehearsals, Tuesdays 7-9 pm at Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon).
TRIVIA X 4: Four places to play Tuesday nights – 7 pm at Ounces (3803 Delridge Way SW), free and hosted by Beat the Geek Trivia; 7 pm at Zeeks Pizza West Seattle (6459 California SW), hosted by Geeks Who Drink; 7 pm at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW); also, 7:30 and 8:30 pm Sporcle Pub Quiz at The Lodge (4209 SW Alaska).
BELLE OF THE BALLS BINGO: Play bingo with Cookie Couture at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW), 8 pm. Free, all ages!
You can look ahead any time via our event calendar – if you have something to add to it, please email the info to email@example.com – thank you!
9:50 AM: Thanks for the tips. Police have blocked off 46th SW north of Admiral. We just went to the scene ti ask what’s happening. They tell us they’re in a standoff with a domestic-violence suspect.
10:41 AM: We asked the SPD media office if they could tell us anything further. They say this started as an assault call around 8 am; the victim “sustained a non-life-threatening injury.” Officers at the scene trying to arrest the suspect include negotiators.
11:52 AM: Not yet resolved.
2:38 PM: Commenters report police have left. We’re following up on how this was resolved.
6:34 PM: While an SPD spokesperson confirmed that the situation was over, they hadn’t yet received a final report on how it ended. All we can verify independently is that apparently no one was hurt, as there were no SFD medical responses in the area. We’ll ask again tomorrow for that report and will update here when we finally get info.
ADDED 11:53 AM WEDNESDAY: Here’s the summary we received from SPD after another inquiry this morning:
Police responded to a report of an assault in the 2300 block of 46 AV SW around 8:00 a.m. Victim sustained non-life-threatening injury from the reported assault. Police were at the location effecting the arrest of the barricaded suspect. HNT [Hostage Negotiating Team] was on scene assisting with communications.
Police did not make physical contact with the suspect in the home because officers did not want to escalate the crisis the suspect was experiencing.
The victim was relocated to another residence and did not return to the property.
Officers established PC [probable cause] to arrest for Assault 4 and Harassment, but no physical arrest was made. Domestic Violence Unit detectives are investigating.
From her family: “Rebecca Hewitt was a lifelong Seattleite and had just moved to her home in West Seattle in early 2022. She absolutely loved living in West Seattle. Some of her favorite places were the West Seattle Thriftway, C&P Coffee, and West Seattle Nursery, among others. She also enjoyed the many friends she made on her ‘alley’ where her home was located. Her family would like to share her obituary with the West Seattle community”:
Rebecca Hewitt (77) passed away unexpectedly at her home in West Seattle on Saturday, October 7, 2023.
She was born in September of 1946 to parents Catherine (Baker) and Eugene Houplin at Madison Street Hospital in the heart of Seattle.
Rebecca graduated from Rainier High School in Des Moines, WA. She enrolled at Central Washington University, but before graduating returned to the Seattle area, where she met an aerospace industry engineer named George Hewitt. Becky and George lived in the same apartment building, The Ponderosa, in SeaTac. It was filled with a fun group of young singles, dubbed The Ponderosa Gang, who had such a blast together, going out dancing and throwing big parties.
Becky and George married on October 14, 1967 and raised three daughters. As a wife and mom, Becky modeled a fierce intellect, sense of justice, feminist ideals, and hunger for adventure. She was fun and funny, and actively and routinely sought out cultural experiences that stood well apart from life in suburbia.
When her girls were school age, Becky enrolled at the University of Washington and earned a degree in mathematics. Becky taught math at Bellevue College; students were treated to engaging classes and her contagious sense of humor and some kept in touch with her long after they left the classroom. Rebecca enjoyed word games and puzzles and she was an avid reader. Rebecca’s intellectual pastimes were equaled by her artistic talents. She ran a highly successful Etsy shop, selling beautiful crib blankets she meticulously stitched by hand. Everyone loved her beautifully handwritten notes, recipes, and sketches; every card she sent was a keepsake. Friends and family will always remember Rebecca’s delicious homemade meals, baked desserts, and jam. Other loves of Rebecca’s included gardening, live music, theatre, and travel. Rebecca visited her favorite city, Paris, several times. She also traveled across Canada by train to see the polar bears, and to Madagascar to see lemurs and other rare and endangered species.
Rebecca is survived by her husband George Hewitt; daughters Laura Hewitt Walker (Steve), Christa Fleming (Brian), and Emily Boyer (Sean); grandchildren Benji, Grace, Henry, Leo, Ella, and Annie; her close and treasured friends; and her beloved cat, Waldo.
Donations in memory of Rebecca may be made to ArtsFund (artsfund.org) or any of Seattle’s many other cherished arts organizations.
(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)
6:03 AM: Good morning! It’s Tuesday, November 7th.
WEATHER AND SUNRISE/SUNSET TIMES
Cloudy, chance of showers, high in the low 50s. Sunrise today is at 7:02 am; sunset, 4:43 pm.
Things might get busy tonight around the 8 pm deadline, particularly by the Junction (SW Alaska between California and 44th) and High Point (SW Raymond east of 35th) dropboxes.
Friday is when Veterans Day will be observed by most (though some will observe on Saturday – libraries will be closed, for example).
Water Taxi – Regular schedule today – now on fall/winter schedule, still 7 days a week, but no late-night service Fridays/Saturdays.
Metro – Regular schedule today; check advisories here.
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):
1st Ave. S. Bridge – southeastern route across the river:
Highway 99: – northbound side at Lander:
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 that safely, and after you’ve reported to authorities if applicable). Thank you!