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Entrepreneur proposes three ways to make Admiral District more walkable. Next step, community support

(California/Admiral intersection – Google Maps Street View image)

Stu Hennessey has a dream – a walkable Admiral District.

It’s where he does business as the proprietor of Alki Bike and Board (WSB sponsor), and it’s home to an increasingly busy collection of homes and businesses, including newer apartment buildings such as Luna, Admiral Station, and Element 42, plus Lafayette Elementary, West Seattle High School, and a senior-living complex.

While The (Alaska) Junction has a “walkability score” of 98, the Admiral Junction area scores only 70, says Hennessey, who presented his ideas for fixing that to Tuesday night’s Admiral Neighborhood Association gathering.

In a written version of his presentation, he asks, “Is it our fate to have so much less walkability than the Alaska Junction? Both intersections have about the same amount of daily traffic volume. Both intersections should have the same regard for pedestrian safety. There have been plenty of pedestrian or bicycle accidents along California Ave. SW from SW Stevens to SW College St. Considering the schools, assisted-living facilities, and business storefronts, this neighborhood requires the same amount or more safety improvements to raise our walkability score to the level of the Alaska Junction. The call for better walkability is a call for economic development that will serve businesses and neighbors alike.”

(California between Admiral and Lander – Google Maps Street View image)

Here are Hennessey’s three proposals – two of which would mirror what’s in place at Alaska Junctiion:

Walk-All-Ways intersection at California/Admiral. He says, “The biggest safety concern for pedestrians crossing the streets is the right turn on red. The all-walk design would eliminate the right turn on red. Traffic-light synchronization would both keep the traffic flow from backing up and increase the mobility and safety for pedestrians with a 40-second all-walk crossing.”

Mid-block raised crossings on California between Lander and Admiral and College and Admiral. These would serve people going to and from the Admiral Theater and Admiral Safeway.

Permanently close SW Lander between California and 44th. Hennessey elaborates, “This is an often-ignored one-way and daytime-temporarily-closed street that could be used as an emergency gathering point for Lafayette School, auto-free pickup of students, and a potential event space such as a farmers’ market.”

So what would it take to make any or all of that happen? He hopes to engage everyone with a stake in the area – residents, businesses, schools, even law enforcement – to petition SDOT. Support could be voiced through a variety of feedback channels, he suggests, and shown via yard signs with a QR code as well as flyers in shop windows, all pointing to the petition.

How to pay for it? Hennessey has thought about that too: “Beyond the next transportation-plan levy, there is available federal funding, and matching grants.” Last year, he said, the feds made $5 billion “available for community-safety improvements. To date, $813 million has been granted to 385 community groups like ours.”

Hennessey is no stranger to community advocacy; he is a co-founder of Sustainable West Seattle and led the campaign to create Puget Ridge Edible Park. His next step toward a more-walkable Admiral District is to build a stakeholders group, and he suggested the ANA should be involved. President Joanie Jacobs said their board will discuss it, but first reaction was positive. Hennessey emphasized that the funding is out there – what will be needed to make any of this happen is widespread organized community effort. He expects to return to the ANA at its next general gathering in March with updates.

COUNTDOWN: Four months until West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2024

We’ve already received questions about this year’s West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day – so here’s a quick “countdown” note: It’s now exactly four months away, second Saturday in May as always, and that’s May 11 this year. If you’re new, this isn’t one big sale, but rather sales large and small all over the peninsula, one of the first events of the spring/summer season. In the spirit of other community-wide sale days around the country, this one was founded by a now-defunct nonprofit in 2005, and we took over as coordinators starting in 2008. Registration to be on the official WSCGSD map will open in early April. (Here’s our coverage from last year.)

Seen on 2024’s first West Seattle Art Walk

Still time to bundle up and get out to see art tonight!

Photographer Iris Margell is one of the West Seattle High School students showing their work tonight at West Seattle Grounds (2141 California SW) during the January 2024 West Seattle Art Walk. Magnus Payne is another student artist showing work there until 8 pm:

WSHS musicians are providing the soundtrack:

Toward the south end of tonight’s Art Walk (see the map/list of venues here), Alki Arts (6030 California SW) also has a reception until 8 pm:

Above, Kate Flückinger Petty; below, Brooke Borcherding:

Those are just two of dozens of places you’ll find art and/or food and drink specials on the second Thursday of every month – find highlights for each month here. (WSB is a community co-sponsor of the West Seattle Art Walk.)

FOLLOWUP: Sound Transit Board votes to hire Goran Sparrman as interim CEO for $385,000+

Three days after Sound Transit announced Goran Sparrman was under consideration to become interim CEO, board members voted this afternoon to hire him for a year. Outgoing CEO Julie Timm‘s last day will be tomorrow, and Sparrman will start work right after that. Timm was hired less than a year and a half ago for $375,000; Sparrman’s salary will be $385,000, plus a $30,000 signing bonus and $29,000 retention bonus if he stays the entire year, according to the board-motion document. Sparrman is a former director of the city of Bellevue’s transportation department as well as former deputy director and interim director of SDOT; most recently, he worked for private-sector infrastructure firm HNTB. Major ST action expected during his year at the helm is expected to include the board’s final vote on West Seattle light-rail routing and station locations, after the Final Environmental Impact Statement is published (currently expected “midyear”).

WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: Alert issued for ‘record-breaking cold temperatures’

(Morning view at Luna/Anchor Park, by Theresa Arbow-O’Connor)

4:44 PM: So far, doesn’t look like we have to worry much about serious snow, but that very cold air is arriving. The National Weather Service issued a Special Weather Statement alert this afternoon for our area, including:

Record-breaking cold temperatures are expected to spread across western Washington this afternoon and tonight and continue into at least early next week. The coldest temperatures and wind chills are expected Friday through Sunday followed by a very slow warming trend.

This cold snap will begin with rapidly falling temperatures this afternoon through tonight and could result in flash freezing of any wet surfaces including roadways. This could create rapidly deteriorating travel/commute conditions.

By Friday morning, extremely cold air will be in place across western Washington …

In addition to all the other preparation advice, we’ve been asked to remind you – keep your pets inside, and watch out for your neighborhood birds, too, like this one:

(Photo by Jerry Simmons)

Reader Laura sent this advice if you have a hummingbird feeder:

Rather than bringing feeders inside at night, it is best to keep them up 24/7 and provide heat to keep the nectar thawed during sub-freezing temps. If you have some incandescent (non-LED) holiday lights you can simply wrap the lights around the feeder or put the bundled string of lights in an empty plastic nursery plant pot and hang it underneath the feeder (I use unfolded paperclips to connect from the perches on the feeder to a few holes punched along the rim of the pot). If your feeder has a bottle, slipping an old wool sock and/or bubble-wrap around the bottle helps too. If you keep feeders thawed by bringing them indoors periodically, this is best done by swapping them out (have at least 2) so there is always one available.

As always, thanks in advance for tips and photos enhancing our weather coverage – text 206-293-6302 or email any time!

5:31 PM: North winds are bringing in that cold air, and they’ve also led to the cancellation of the Vashon Island Water Taxi for the rest of the evening. (West Seattle is still running.)

6:30 PM: Very light snow, but it’s cold enough that it’s sticking to parked vehicles:

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Two followups and two reader reports

In West Seattle Crime Watch:

HIGH POINT HATE-CRIME ARREST FOLLOWUP: The 38-year-old man arrested Tuesday remains in the King County Jail. Today we’ve obtained the probable-cause document from a hearing Wednesday at which his bail was set at $50,000. It says police first responded around 12:16 pm Tuesday to a call of a man yelling “racist remarks” at passersby and pointing a gun at them. The document says the suspect, who is described as white, is reported to have used a derogatory term for Black people, yelling from the second floor of an apartment building, including threatening to kill someone. According to the document, he lives in the building where he was arrested near Lanham/Graham. Police say they found “a pellet gun that looks like a real gun.”

ADMIRAL ARRESTS FOLLOWUP: In this story last night, we mentioned two juveniles taken into custody after incidents at Admiral businesses late Wednesday afternoon. We still don’t have full details on what happened, but an SPD spokesperson answered our inquiry:

This incident involved two juveniles ages 11 and 14. The 14-year-old male juvenile was booked into the King County Child and Family Justice Center for burglary and the following charges for property destruction, assault, and unlawful use of weapons were requested. The 11-year-old was identified and released to a legal guardian and charges were requested for burglary.

We’re following up with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.


Wanted to share that today 1-11-24 our community mailbox was pried open and broken into. 2400 block SW Webster St, near the home Depot.

PACKAGE THEFT: The latest reader video is from an Arbor Heights resident:

The victim says this happened Tuesday, and that the thief who drove into her driveway took four packages. She filed a police report, tracking number T24000707.

UPDATE: Here’s who wants to be your next citywide Seattle City Councilmember

12:15 PM: The City Council has just gone public with the list of 72 “qualified applicants” for the citywide position vacated by Teresa Mosqueda‘s move to the King County Council. See it here, along with their application materials. The council meets tomorrow to choose finalists; the person they choose later this month will serve until someone is elected this fall to serve what will then be the final year of Mosqueda’s term. We’re still reading through the 642-page document, but an initial search for West Seattle references brought up some familiar names: Three-time City Council candidate Phil Tavel, West Seattle VFW commander (and Seattle Police Captain) Steve Strand, and former King Conservation District supervisor Chris Porter. Also identifying themselves as West Seattle residents – Cheyenne Baron, Chris Cody, and Nick Duda. We’ll add any other local names we find.

1:54 PM: Just finished scrolling through the entire document. Another former District 1 candidate from last year, Preston Anderson, is also among the applicants. And as mentioned in this story last night, Mark Solomon, another former candidate (not in D-1) who is currently handling SPD Crime Prevention Coordinator duties in the Southwest Precinct as well as South, has applied. Other former candidates from around the city are also among the applicants, as is a current Seattle School Board member, Vivian Song.

4:22 PM: The list is now online in short form, with links to each applicant’s background info.

9:33 PM: A reader tells us applicant Wesley Andersen is also a West Seattle resident.

Zoo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – West Seattle: Welcome, new WSB sponsor!

Today we’re welcoming Zoo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – West Seattle as our newest WSB sponsor. When new sponsors join us to advertise their local businesses to you, they get the opportunity to tell you about themselves – here’s what Zoo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – West Seattle would like you to know:

Zoo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – West Seattle specializes in offering both Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Self-Defense classes for kids and adults Mondays-Saturdays as well as private lessons during certain off-hours. They are located at 5432 California Ave SW and are enrolling kids starting at age 9 as well as adults. (There is currently a waitlist for kids 6-8.)

Owner/founder Bob Brown and his family moved from Missoula, MT to West Seattle in November of 2021. After a 13-year career in the corporate world, Bob started Zoo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – Missoula in 2015, still operating and thriving today. Zoo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – West Seattle is his second location and he’s excited to offer the West Seattle community a positive space for adults and kids to learn a new skill, get an incredible physical and mental workout, and meet new people. No experience is needed to start and, in fact, almost everyone that walks through the doors has little to no martial-arts background. Just like learning any new skill, all it takes is consistent practice and time.

What’s a typical class like? “We like to mix things up to keep it exciting, but a typical class will start off with a brief warmup. Sometimes the warmup will include calisthenics. Other times it will be a functional warmup where we incorporate movements that will be used during the technique portion of the class. Then the bulk of the class will be spent performing techniques that the instructor demonstrates. The instructor will monitor and help you drill the moves correctly until you are able to perform them without help. Finally, the class will usually conclude with a period where you perform the same techniques but with increased intensity and potentially more resistance from your partner. This allows you to get accustomed to executing the movements against an active opponent.”

If you or anyone you know might be interested in checking out Zoo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – West Seattle, they offer a free trial class! The first step is to email them to get on the schedule and then go from there. The first class is free; after that, cost will depend on a number of factors such as how much you want to train, payment frequency (e.g. monthly, yearly), payment method, etc.

For more questions you can email Bob directly or check out the FAQ section on the Zoo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – West Seattle website.

We thank Zoo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – West Seattle 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!

West Seattle Art Walk, benefit comedy show, much more for your Thursday

Highlighting tonight’s happenings … 2024’s first West Seattle Art Walk. Here’s the new list/map for this quarter:

Some venues have art and receptions for this month’s featured artists, some just art, some food and drink specials for those out on the Art Walk. Here’s where to get previews of venues and who they’re featuring. Most events are 5-8 pm. That includes one of tonight’s highlights, a show by West Seattle High School students at West Seattle Grounds (2141 California SW). Some run longer, like the Jet City Cauldron Artists’ Pop-Up Shop (5-9 pm, 4547 California SW).

Also happening today/tonight, mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

FREE INDOOR PLAYSPACE: Open until noon, drop in at the West Seattle Church of the Nazarene (42nd/Juneau).

PRESCHOOLER STORY TIME: 10:30 am at West Seattle (Admiral) Library (2306 42nd SW), every Thursday morning!

UNDERSTANDING MEDICARE: 11 am presentation at Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon).

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

HPCS FOOD-TRUCK VISIT: Every Thursday, 4-8 pm, Highland Park Corner Store (7789 Highland Park Way SW) gets a food-truck visit. Tonight it’s Lunch on the Plate.

FREE ECO-ARTS CLASS: 4-7 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW) – drop in!

VISCON CELLARS: Along with presenting artist Michael A. Knutson as part of the West Seattle Art Walk, the winery’s tasting room/wine bar is open 5-9 pm (5910 California SW; WSB sponsor) for wine by the glass or bottle.

INTRO TO WAXING: 6 pm class at Mountain to Sound Outfitters (3602 SW Alaska; WSB sponsor) – what to know now that snow-sports season is in full gear.

WORDS, WRITERS, SOUTHWEST STORIES: As previewed here last night, Maria Chávez speaks online about “The Firsts: Latina Struggles in the United States,” 6 pm. Go here to register for the link.

HIGHLAND PARK RUN CLUB: 6:30 pm, meet at Highland Park Corner Store (7789 Highland Park Way SW) for a 3-mile run through the neighborhood.

WESTIES RUN CLUB: Meet at Future Primitive Beer Bar (2536 Alki SW) at 6:30 pm for a 3-mile run – more in our calendar listing.

BENEFIT COMEDY SHOW: 7 pm at Otter on the Rocks (4210 SW Admiral Way), Cozy Comedy presents a show benefiting the Lafayette Elementary PTA. Check to see if tickets remain!

BLUES NIGHT: 6:30-9 pm at The Spot West Seattle (2920 SW Avalon Way), every Thursday you can listen to the blues.

OPEN MIC: 7-9 pm at C & P Coffee (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), open mic for musicians of all genres.

YOGA, BREATH WORK, GONG BATH, MORE: 7 pm at Move2Center (3618 SW Alaska), $35.

Planning something that should be on our calendar and in daily preview lists like this? Email info to – thank you!

Memorial service January 20 for Terrence A. Menstell, 1960-2023

Family and friends will gather January 20 to remember Terry Menstell. Here’s the remembrance being shared with his community now:

Terrence (Terry) Anthony Menstell, age 63, of Seattle, passed away on Sunday, December 31, 2023.

Terry is survived by his wife of 35 years, Leslie; his mother Marian; brother Steve; sisters Virginia and MaryLynn; his children Elizabeth (Tyler) and Katharine; and his grandson August. He was preceded in death by his father Robert and his brother John.

A proud graduate of the Culinary Arts program at Seattle Central College, Terry worked professionally as a chef in a variety of Seattle-area establishments ranging from the Seattle Sheraton Hotel, the Lakes Club, and the Harbor Club to senior living communities including Madison House – Kirkland, Queen Anne Manor Senior Living, and Sunrise Senior Living – Mercer Island and Bellevue.

A loving and dependable son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, son-in-law, brother-in-law, co-worker, and boss, Terry always lent a cheerful and generous helping hand – from picking staff up and driving them to work on snowy early mornings, dead car battery rescues to computer troubleshooting, multiple household dump runs, and moving day help – truck and heavy lifting all included.

A memorial service will be held at (updated location) Fauntleroy Church (9140 California SW) in West Seattle at 12 noon on January 20, 2024, followed by a light lunch.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to FareStart:

To share a memory about Terry, please visit the Dignity Memorial site:

(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries and memorial announcements by request, free of charge. Please email the text, and a photo if available, to


6:03 AM: Good morning. It’s Thursday, January 11th.


Mostly cloudy, possible rain/snow, high in the low 40s – then the colder air is due to head in, with a low in the 20s tonight. Today’s sunrise will be at 7:55 am, and the sun will set at 4:39 pm.

(Wednesday photo by Peter DeLory)


SDOT crews are expected to continue work on the permanent signal at Highland Park Way and Holden. Lane closures are likely.


Monday is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day – school and government closures, and some transit changes.


Water Taxi today – Regular schedule. Check the real-time map if you’re wondering where the boat is. For Monday’s holiday, the WT will be out of service.

Metro today – Regular schedule; check advisories here.

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


(The video options on SDOT‘s camera map are working again.)

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

1st Ave. S. Bridge:

Highway 99: – northbound side at Lander:

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

BRIDGE INFO: The @SDOTBridges feed on X (ex-Twitter) shows whether the city’s movable bridges are opening for vessel traffic.

If you see a problem on the bridges/streets/paths/water, please text or call us (when you can do that safely, and after you’ve reported to authorities if applicable). Thank you!