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Police, Parks, promises @ Alki Community Council’s ‘new start’ meeting

January 19, 2024 11:59 pm
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By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

What you see above – taped onto the door of Alki UCC Thursday night – was one sign (literally) of the Alki Community Council‘s “fresh start.”

Another sign – more than 20 people in the room, and others joining online, a much larger turnout than most recent meetings.

“We’re all here thanks to a very long history of volunteer service,” new ACC president Charlotte Starck observed in her introductory comments. “This group has done a lot for a long time … we’re all here because we love Alki, we love our home, we want to contribute … We’re not just driven by one issue.” Starck explained that the new leaders, elected in. November, see the role of the ACC ss to “facilitate the conversation and help keep the dialogue going,” not necessarily to advocate for any particular position.

New vice president Lindsey Pearsall elaborated that they hope “to bring the community together, to uplift Alki in general.” She said they’re working to streamline communications, including launching a newsletter – “a resource for the community to go to.” They’ll also be updating the website, automating membership technology, and working to circulate a community survey. That’ll be announced in the newsletter. She’s also interested in ideas of how you would like to see information distributed. They’ve also been connecting with other neighborhood groups, with new District 1 City Councilmember Rob Saka, and others.

From there, it was on to the night’s featured guests and topics:

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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Gunfire investigated in two locations

10:29 PM: Multiple 911 callers – and texters contacting us after calling 911 – reported suspected gunshots in High Point a short time ago, and police have confirmed it was gunfire: Officers have just told dispatch they found casings at 29th/Brandon. They’ve also heard from people near 29th/Findlay who say they were “shot at” – but no injuries are reported so far. The only description is a “black sedan with aftermarket headlights.”

10:47 PM: A texter says they’ve found casings by the 34th/Myrtle roundabout and have reported that to police.

10:56 PM: Officers have just told dispatch they’re at the aforementioned “second scene.”

11:11 PM: They’ve subsequently reported a “bullet in a house” near the second scene. Still no injuries reported in connection with either scene.

WEST SEATTLE SCHOOLS: Holy Rosary Alumni Day next weekend

If you ever attended Holy Rosary School, they’d love to see you back next weekend – here’s the announcement:

Calling All Alumni for Holy Rosary Alumni Day

Are you an alum of Holy Rosary, or do you know someone who is? Or, come together as an alumni class! We are celebrating all Holy Rosary school alumni on Sunday, January 28, 11:30 am-1:30 pm. HRS alumni are invited to contribute to the Holy Rosary Alumni Book while enjoying light refreshments in the school hall. Families are welcome to join.

Please direct any question to

PARKING: West Seattle Junction RPZ expands

Thanks to Steve for the tip about those covered-up signs near California and Andover. SDOT confirms they’re signs for an expansion of what started as the West Seattle Junction Restricted Parking Zone (RPZ):

These signs are for a single-block expansion of Restricted Parking Zone 35 on SW Andover Street between 44th Ave SW and California Ave SW. We followed our standard practice for single-block expansions as described on our website here.

Here’s what the signs will look like when uncovered:

Here’s the current RPZ map; here’s what this zone covered when launched almost five years ago. This is one of two RPZs in West Seattle; the other is in Fauntleroy,

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen green Sierra pickup; gas theft

Two reader reports:


My 2000 GMC Sierra pickup was stolen at 4 AM of the 18th while parked in the 6000 block of Beach Drive. The truck is a medium green with a flat bed cover and Washington license N7IGG.

Guilty party was the passenger in a 2000 to 2006 GMC Tahoe, license beginning in “D” and ending in “10”. If anyone notices either please call 911 and mention the case number: 24-16382.

GAS THEFT: Reported via text – “Just a note that on 38th between Stevens and Lander last night at about 930 somebody drilled out my gas tank on my Toyota Tacoma and stole the gas.”

BIZNOTE: Westwood Village McDonald’s temporarily closed

Thanks for the tips that the Westwood Village McDonald’s is temporarily closed. We just went over to verify. The sign on the door doesn’t give a reason for the closure; one tipster says it’s a pipe problem. We’ll check again in a few hours; let us know if you see it reopened sooner.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: School threat, determined to be a hoax

2 PM: Thanks for the tips. Chief Sealth International High School and Denny International Middle School families have received an email from their schools’ principals about a threat today that they say was determined to be a hoax. Here’s the version sent by principal Ray Morales:

This morning, a threat was reported regarding Chief Sealth International High School. Seattle Police Department (SPD) responded quickly to our campus.

SPD completed a thorough safety check on our shared campus. Seattle Public Schools (SPS) safety and security team has reviewed our security alarm system and found no unauthorized people entering the building. SPD and SPS have determined this was a hoax. There is no credible threat to our students and staff.

The incident remains under investigation with SPD and SPS Department of Technology Services who are attempting to determine the source of the email.

For Denny, out of an abundance of caution, we kept first lunch Denny students inside due to the additional police presence.

I am grateful for the quick and thorough response by SPD and SPS. Today, you or your student may see additional SPD and additional SPS safety and security staff on our campus as they investigate and support our school community.

We’re checking with SPD to see if they have any additional information; the call log on X (formerly Twitter) says police responded to a threat call at CSIHS just after 9:30 am.

ADDED 2:58 PM: Here’s the SPD response to our inquiry:

On 01/19/2024 at approximately 0937 hours, a local news station received an email from an unknown individual. The email was regarding a bomb threat at (the school) and a teacher’s residence. Officers headed to the high school and contacted the principal of the school. Based on the email, the school deemed that the email non-credible and wished not to evacuate the school. The listed teacher declined to speak to officers. Officers checked the outer perimeter of the school and did not locate anything suspicious. The school staff checked the inner perimeter and reviewed security camera footage, nothing was suspicious.

FOLLOWUP: If you’re wondering what’s up with the long-closed Jack Block Park pier …

(WSB photo, 2021)

Three years have now passed since we reported that the pier at Jack Block Park (2130 Harbor Avenue SW) might have to be rebuilt, after what by our count was at least its third closure in a year and a half – and this time, a closure from which it has never reopened. The park is owned by the Port of Seattle, and inquiries are handled by the Northwest Seaport Alliance, the partnership of the Seattle and Tacoma port authorities. So we asked NWSA spokesperson Melanie Stambaugh for an update on the pier’s status/future. Here’s what she told us:

Analysis on the best solution (repair or replacement) for the Jack Block Park Pier was conducted and the NWSA has determined a replacement of the pier is best. Design of the Pier Replacement Project will begin this year and funds for the replacement were approved in our 2024 budget. The full completion date of the project has yet to be determined.

We didn’t find the line item in the NWSA’s budget but it’s in the Port of Seattle budget – 196 pages in, $500,000 is allotted this year, $2.5 million next year, and $3.4 million in 2026 for what’s billed as “pier and plaza replacement” at the park.

HELPING: One more MLK Day of Service scene – students at Lincoln Park

The extra-cold weather didn’t keep students from spending their day off as a “day on” back on Monday – the photos and report are from Lincoln Park forest steward Lisa McGinty:

Sharing some highlights from Monday’s MLK Day of Service co-hosted with students from WSHS Earth Club. 53 students from WSHS and other area high schools showed up on a cold morning to help restore our urban forests in Lincoln Park. It was a great ‘youth-leading-youth’ event with WSHS Earth Club leaders helping to guide students at restoration sites in the Park. They worked to remove blackberry, ivy, holly and trash debris found in the forest. Thanks to all the awesome students who braved the cold and shared the 💚!

Watch this site for opportunities to help in Lincoln Park (and elsewhere!).

Fauntleroy YMCA town hall, WSHS play, music, more for your West Seattle Friday

(“Northwest conifer with decorative flattened scales and winter buds,” explains photographer Rosalie Miller)

Mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, here’s the lineup for the rest of your Friday:

TODDLER GYM: Free drop-in gym at Arbor Heights Community Church, 10 am-11:30 am. (4113 SW 102nd)

SCRABBLE CLUB: Play 12:30-1:30 pm at Margie’s Café inside the Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon).

TODDLER GYM: Free indoor playspace, 3-5 pm at Salvation Army Center (9050 16th SW).

FAUNTLEROY YMCA TOWN HALL: As previewed here, the YMCA (WSB sponsor) wants to hear from you regarding the future of its longtime Fauntleroy location. This event, 4-6 pm at Fauntleroy Church/Y (9140 California SW), is intended for you to offer comments and/or ask questions.

VISCON CELLARS: Tasting room/wine bar open – wine by the glass or bottle – 5-9 pm at Viscon Cellars (5910 California SW; WSB sponsor).

SONGWRITER INCUBATOR NIGHT: 6 pm signups, 6:30 pm music at Kenyon Hall (7904 35th SW).

LIVE MUSIC AT C & P: Folk rock with Dublin Abbey at C & P Coffee (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm, all ages, no cover.

SHOWCASE AT THE SPOT: Fridays are Live Artist Showcase nights at The Spot West Seattle (2920 SW Avalon Way), 7-10 pm.

‘ALMOST, MAINE’ AT WSHS: The West Seattle High School Drama-produced play has its final performance tonight at 7:30 pm in the school theater. (3000 California SW)

LIVE AT THE SKYLARK: 8 pm at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW), Beefeetees, Torch, Justin Harden. $10.

DJ NIGHT AT REVELRY ROOM: Music 9 pm-1 am on Fridays! (4547 California SW)

Something to add to our calendar? – thank you!

CAN YOU HELP? Madison Middle School students seeking gift-card donations for read-a-thon

You donate, they read! The Madison Middle School ASB (student association) has a request:

Help us get people reading!

Madison Middle School’s annual fundraiser is approaching! This fundraiser allows us to fund clubs, sports, and extracurriculars. This year, we’ll be holding a read-a-thon, from March 11th to March 25th. We are looking for incentives for students to motivate them to participate. The Madison Middle School ASB will be accepting gift cards/certificates to local West Seattle businesses, no more than $25 each.

If you have any questions, or would like to make a donation, please email


6:00 AM: Good morning. It’s Friday, January 19th.


Big news today is an expected high in the 40s for the first time in more than a week – mid-40s to be specific, per the forecast, which also says it’ll be cloudy with a chance of more rain. Today’s sunrise will be at 7:50 am, sunset at 4:50 pm (one week from tonight, the sunset will be at 5 pm).


As noted here last night, SDOT says it’s resuming work at Roxbury/Olson – here’s the project flyer.


Water Taxi today – Regular schedule. Check the real-time map if you’re wondering where the boat is.

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.


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: All functioning traffic cams citywide are 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!