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When ‘same size’ doesn’t mean ‘same size,’ and what else emerged from Fauntleroy ferry-dock replacement Community Advisory Group’s latest meeting

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The latest meeting of the Fauntleroy ferry-dock replacement project‘s Community Advisory Group was as notable for what members didn’t get as for what they did get.

First, they were expecting to get long-awaited research information at Wednesday’s meeting on promised studies of how dock traffic might be affected by changes such as using the Good To Go! electronic payment system. That information, as Fauntleroy resident Frank Immel said, is what “we all have been waiting for.” Some have long contended that the more efficient fare-paying can be made, the less space the new dock will need. WSF promised at last month’s meeting (as we reported) that the information would be available at this meeting, but said Wednesday it wasn’t ready after all.

Second, some members complained that they didn’t get the time they needed to review a 64-page environmental-analysis report that Washington State Ferries had sent to them the day before the meeting. (See that report here.)

Otherwise, there was one major headline from the meeting:

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GRATITUDE: Lost/found dog’s family says thank you for the help – and for much more

That’s Sue, one of the thousands of pets that have spent time on the WSB West Seattle Lost/Found Pets page since we launched it 15+ years ago. One month ago, Sue got lost – and then found – thanks to caring people. One of Sue’s people, Ryan, wanted to publicly thank them – and many others, as you’ll see if you read on:

I am writing this primarily to say thank you to West Seattle for helping us find our boy named Sue. He was recently hit while crossing Fauntleroy at night after he slipped his light collar. Afterward we found him in less than 24 hours because of this amazing community. So, I have to say, thank you, West Seattle!

Thank you to the commuter who accidentally hit my black dog as he ran home across Fauntleroy at 9:00 pm with no light. Thank you for calling your family and helping me look for him in Lincoln Park for 3 hours. You are amazing and why this community is the best.

Thank you to Sebastian, Lynn, Dave, Dirk, Tony, Brett, Sarah, Shia, and anyone else I might forget for scouring West Seattle for our dog.

Thank you to the West Seattle Blog and Nextdoor communities for helping us find him over a mile away licking his wounds and hiding.

Thank you to the VCA for helping Sue and getting him back to his goofy healthy self.

Our dog is happy, healthy, and home because of all of you.

Additionally, I want to say thank you to this amazing community I am lucky to call home. Thank you to Gatewood and all the other amazing public schools we have here and the hard work you do to make our community better.

Thank you to the amazing Parks Department that keeps our section of Seattle the best! (Even though you may be distracted by the pickleball debate.)

Thank you to the police, fire department, and all our amazing emergency services that do your best to help us in spite of ourselves. The majority of us trust, respect and appreciate you.

Thank you to the businesses that give us the best banh mi, tamales, dive bars, guitar shop, bakery, record store, movie theater, beach, and community in Seattle!

Thank you for being the only place I want to call home. In my lowest moments, this community always reminds me that we live in an amazing place surrounded by people who may not agree with you, may not particularly want to talk to you, but care for you and want to improve your life.

Thank you from Sue, Chelsea, Rowan, Renee, and Ryan.

WEEKEND PREVIEW: West Seattle egg hunts begin!

March 22, 2024 8:12 pm
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 |   Fun stuff to do | West Seattle news

(File photo)

Another look ahead to the weekend – Sunday (March 24) brings the first community egg hunt of the season. This one is presented by the Fauntleroy Community Association, which is doing it a bit differently this year – be at the historic Fauntleroy Schoolhouse (9131 California SW) playground at 1 pm Sunday; the hunting will happen in waves, with the littlest ones (4 and under) going first. At last report FCA is still looking for volunteers to help fill and hide the eggs earlier on Sunday, so if you might be able to help with that, email coordinator Candace Blue at the address you’ll find here.

All the rest of the community egg hunts are next weekend – Saturday, March 30, and Easter Sunday, March 31 – and we’ve updated the full list here. (If you know of one that’s not listed, please send us the info – – thank you!)

BIZNOTE: The Beer Junction launching online preorders for pickup

March 22, 2024 5:34 pm
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 |   West Seattle businesses | West Seattle news | WS beverages

The Beer Junction (4511 California SW) plans to add a new service starting Monday. Here’s the announcement from proprietor Corey Leitch:

At noon on Monday, March 25th, The Beer Junction will launch our new online ordering system! It will now be easier than ever to shop for your favorites and find new beers to try. We will offer in store and curbside pickup of beer, cider, wine, snacks, and more.

We have been working diligently over the past six weeks to get our entire inventory added to the new store with photos and descriptions, so you will have access to everything we sell. Everything is set up by the single unit so you’re not limited to buying in 4/6 packs; you can build the mixed case of your dreams just like when you shop in our store.

Beyond our huge beer selection, we have developed a great wine program over the last year and we have a massive selection of non-alcoholic beer and soft drinks as well. We will also have our selection of snacks (soft pretzels, nachos, etc.) available for order all ready for you to heat them and enjoy at home.

One of the most exciting things about this new service for us is that this will make it easier for parents to shop at our store and we are thrilled to let you know that children 10 and younger may accompany parents into the store while they are picking up their orders

In preparation for this, The Beer Junction has remodeled its website – including a live tap list.

WEEKEND PREVIEW: Two big days of ballgames @ West Seattle Little League Jamboree

March 22, 2024 3:32 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | WS & Sports

Play ball! It’s time for West Seattle Little League‘s season-opening Jamboree this weekend, and they’ve sent this community invitation:

West Seattle Little League (WSLL) will kick off the season with its annual Jamboree this weekend. All games will be held at WSLL’s Bar-S home field!

The games will be held on Saturday, March 23rd, and Sunday, March 24th. Games will be between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on both days.

Come cheer on our kids, take pictures with the DubSea Fish Sticks mascot, learn about WSLL, and grab a bite to eat at the concessions.

More info here! Bar-S is off Admiral Way west of 64th, on the back side of Alki Point.

Dangerous driving dominates discussion as City Councilmember Rob Saka talks with Alki Community Council

(WSB photos unless otherwise credited)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The main event at last night’s Alki Community Council meeting was a conversation with District 1 City Councilmember Rob Saka, in his fourth West Seattle community Q&A in a little over two weeks

ACC president Charlotte Starck said she wanted to “set the stage for the conversation” with the context that Alki isn’t just another neighborhood, it’s a “gem for the city of Seattle … but the city does not seem to manage to the crowds when they flex,” and that means a lot of chronic problems go unchecked.

Before she got into specifics – starting with questions received before the meeting – Saka introduced himself, saying “you don’t just win and turn it off .. I’m here right now putting in the work …” and giving a shoutout to his support staff, two of whom were present, district-relations director Leyla Gheisar and policy adviser Heather Marx.

Starck had opened with the topic of dangerous driving along Alki, including two crashes in the past year involving allegedly drunk drivers and cars ending up in the water.

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New name ahead for Senior Center of West Seattle, now seeking artist to paint a mural about it

(WSB file photo, Senior Center’s north side)

The Senior Center of West Seattle is getting close to unveiling a new name. To celebrate it, a mural will be painted on its building at California/Oregon – potentially all three sides – and an artist for that mural is being sought now. Here’s the announcement we just received:

Call for artists! Senior Center of West Seattle is seeking professional artists to submit proposals to paint a mural on its building in the West Seattle Junction.

The Senior Center of West Seattle is seeking artists to respond to its Request for Proposals to paint a mural on the side of its building at 4217 SW Oregon St. The mural will wrap from the alley on the Oregon St. side all the way to the California Ave. SW side of the building.

The Senior Center is excited to be going through a renaming and rebranding this year. In mid-May, the nonprofit will announce to the community its new name, which will reflect its long-term goal of broadening and diversifying its membership.

As part of that, the organization is seeking a vibrant and meaningful mural to express its new name and brand that will enhance the visual appeal of the center, create a welcoming atmosphere, and reflect the spirit of the community.

Part of the funding for this project is coming from a Neighborhood Matching grant from the City of Seattle. The Senior Center will be raising the remainder of the funds for the project through its GiveBIG campaign this May.

The Mural Committee for the Senior Center of West Seattle is putting out a Request for Proposal for muralists. Indigenous/BIPOC artists are encouraged to submit a proposal. The deadline to apply is Monday, April 22.

If you’re interested in receiving the Request for Proposal, please contact Karen Pfeiffer Bush at

WEST SEATTLE FRIDAY: 15 opportunities

March 22, 2024 10:30 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(Rosalie Miller photographed a ‘newly emerged Mason Bee’)

Here’s our list of Friday highlights! Most are from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

STAY & PLAY OPEN GYM: Until 11:30 am at Arbor Heights Community Church (4113 SW 102nd), free!

NORTHWEST WINE ACADEMY: Open 1-6 pm at South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor).

FREE TODDLER GYM: 3-5 pm at the Salvation Army Center (9050 16th SW).

HIGH-SCHOOL SOFTBALL: One home game – West Seattle HS hosts Kentlake, 4 pm at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle).

HIGH-SCHOOL SOCCER: Two home matches – West Seattle HS hosts Bishop Blanchet, 4 pm at Walt Hundley Playfield (34th/Myrtle), while Chief Sealth IHS hosts Garfield, 4:30 pm at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle).

FOOD POPUP: 5-9 pm at The Nook (2206 California SW) in North Admiral, Lovely and Dapper Desserts, McCormick Jam Co., and Cooking With Timmy are in the house.

CULTURAL CONNECTION NIGHT: “The White Center Teen Program (aka the Log Cabin) is excited to invite the community to the premiere of Cultural Connection Night from 5-7 pm at Steve Cox Memorial Park (1321 SW 102nd). Join the WCTP for an evening of Cultural Performances along with a Visual Art Gallery featuring the artwork of local artists ages 12-19. In addition, attendees are welcome to wear cultural attire to participate in the inaugural Log Cabin Cultural Fashion Show.”

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

WEST SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL MULTICULTURAL NIGHT: 6-8:30 pm, with dinner at 7, all welcome: “WSHS student clubs have come together to plan an incredible celebration of diversity through music, dance, and global cuisine. Enjoy student performances, education, community resources, and fun for the whole family!” More info in our calendar listing. (3000 California SW)

LIVE MUSIC AT C & P: Tonight, you can see/hear longtime fave Forrest Sallee 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.

LIVE AT THE SKYLARK: 7 pm doors for Sundodger, Pent Up!, Waves of Rust. $10 cover. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

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

MAKE IT LOUD! Skate to live music at Southgate Roller Rink (9646 17th SW), 9 pm-midnight, this week featuring Rat King, Abhoria, Whythre. $18 cover + $5 skate rental

LATE-NIGHT SINGING: 10 pm karaoke at Talarico’s Pizzeria (4718 California SW).

Something to add to our calendar? – thank you!

SPRING BREAK: EcoArts camp in West Seattle has room

Two weeks from today, school gets out for spring break for many local kids. For families still looking at options, here’s a nonprofit West Seattle day camp with room: DNDA is offering EcoArts Spring Nature Camp for students ages 7-12.

(DNDA images from camp flyer)

It will run 9 am-3 pm daily, Monday, April 8, through Friday, April 12, with before- and/or after-care options. The camp will be based at DNDA’s Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW), with a field trip to Camp Long to learn rock climbing. You can register here – the deadline is March 31.


March 22, 2024 6:04 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

6:04 AM: Good morning! It’s Friday, March 22.


Cloudy with a chance of more showers, high in the upper 50s. Sunrise will be at 7:06 am, sunset at 7:26 pm.


As we noted Thursday, SDOT has “started early work at South Horton Street,” which means it’s closed between East Marginal and 99 – for maps and other alerts, see the East Marginal Way Corridor Improvement Project website.


Metro today – Regular schedule; check advisories here.

Water Taxi today – Regular schedule. Check the real-time map if you need to see where the boat is.

Washington State Ferries today – The usual 2 boats on the Triangle Route. Check WSF alerts for changes. 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 our hotlinr (when you can do that safely, and after you’ve reported to authorities if they’re not already on scene) – 206-293-6302. Thank you!