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Seattle Police are still offering Living Room Conversations. Here’s how one went at a West Seattle home

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

That “bag of bullets,” as one neighbor described it, is part of the reason why residents of one Highland Park neighborhood gathered for a Living Room Conversation with police.

The neighbors who organized it, after surfacing safety concerns to various city departments, invited us to sit in on the recent gathering in the living room of their home near Westcrest Park. They were joined by SPD Sgt. Dorian Korieo, whose community-outreach-centered work supervising 32 people includes the living-room program (launched more than a decade ago), and Officer German Barreto, community-liaison officer at the Southwest Precinct.

“It’s your chance to ask a police officer (something) without there being a crisis,” explained Sgt. Korieo.

A question came quickly: “How can we help you?”

“We’re hiring,” Korieo smiled.

But you might not be looking for work, police or otherwise. So another way you can help is to report everything, the SPD reps said. “Mayor Harrell is very clear – if it doesn’t have a stat on it, it didn’t happen.”

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WEEK AHEAD: Questions about One Seattle (Comprehensive) Plan? West Seattle-focused meeting Monday

The city is still accepting feedback on the Draft One Seattle Plan – the every-10-years update to the Comprehensive Plan that outlines the vision for shaping the city’s growth over the next 20 years. If the open house four weeks ago (WSB coverage here) didn’t answer all your questions, you might want to be at a meeting Monday night (April 29) featuring a presentation tailored to three West Seattle neighborhoods – Admiral, Alki, and Fauntleroy. It’s starting at 6 pm at Admiral Church (4320 SW Hill) and will feature a presentation by the city’s point person on the draft plan. We’re told the meeting was put together by City Councilmember Rob Saka‘s office; his chief of staff Elaine Ikoma Ko said members of the three neighborhoods told them they didn’t know much about the plan, even as the May 6 deadline for comment approaches, so they arranged for the briefing. It’ll focus on how the plan might affect zoning. Though Admiral, Fauntleroy, and Alki are the focus, people from other neighborhoods are welcome too. (The city’s open houses, meantime, wrap up with an online version on Thursday, May 2.)

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen green F-350 pickup truck

Just in via text, the second F-350 theft we’ve heard about this week:

Unfortunately, the West Seattle Rock Club show had a sad ending — one of our vendors had his truck stolen at 3:55 today from the Masonic Hall parking lot. 1999 green F-350 with silver canopy. License plate # (updated) B54044H. Stolen by thieves in a copper-colored truck with a triangle on the tailgate.

Call 911 if you see it. Police incident # is 24-115274.

COUNTDOWN X 2: 1 week to Emerald City Ride, 3 weeks to West Seattle 5K

April 28, 2024 6:11 pm
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Reminders about two big Sunday events on West Seattle streets in the next three weeks:

(Course map, from Emerald City Ride website)

EMERALD CITY RIDE ON MAY 5: One week until the Cascade Bicycle Club‘s ride across the westbound West Seattle Bridge and around the peninsula. It starts and finishes in SODO and gets going at 7 am next Sunday, May 5. Registration is still open. (The bridge’s westbound lanes will be closed to traffic 5:30-9:30 am that morning; the eastbound lanes will not be affected.)

(WSB file photo)

WEST SEATTLE 5K ON MAY 19: You also still have time to sign up for the peninsula’s first big 5K of the season, three weeks from today. The run/walk coordinated by the West Seattle High School PTSA starts (9:30 am) and finishes on Alki Avenue near the Bathhouse, out and back along the waterfront. Proceeds go toward programs supporting WSHS students. Be sure to sign up by May 12th – fees go up in the last week before the race. (The WS5K also involves a road closure – Alki/Harbor Avenues, 8 am to ~11 am on race morning.)

WEST SEATTLE WEEKEND SCENE: First community meeting for Morgan Junction Park’s ‘all-wheel area’

(WSB photo, Saturday)

As previewed here, the Morgan Junction All-Wheels Association held its first community meeting on Saturday, at By and By Skate Shop. We dropped in briefly and counted about 20 people there.

(Photo courtesy MJAWA)

The group’s focus is adding an “all-wheels area” to the south end of Morgan Junction Park (6413 California SW) when the park’s expansion to the north is built. So what happens next after this gathering? We asked MJAWA’s Matthew Lee Johnston:

Community input now gets internalized by the design team, who will be working on three alternatives based on the feedback they’ve gathered from the community. We got over 100 responses to the online survey, with over 76% of the responses coming from West Seattle, which Grindline says was their most successful survey they’ve facilitated! The three alternatives will be presented by the team at the Morgan Junction Community Festival, where we will be gathering input and feedback on those design concepts.

The festival will be at Morgan Junction Park on Saturday, June 15.

VIDEO: West Seattle Food Bank’s ‘Instruments of Change’ gala spotlights ‘explosive growth’ and honors C & P Coffee

Story by Tracy Record
Photos/video by Patrick Sand
West Seattle Blog co-publishers

The West Seattle Food Bank is providing food to 30 percent more people than it did a year ago.

If that sounds like a big increase, consider this: The need for another WSFB service, emergency financial assistance, has gone up 300 percent.

All that is part of why every dollar given at the WSFB’s Instruments of Change dinner/auction mattered so much. The crowd gathered Saturday night at The Hall at Fauntleroy heard about the people behind those numbers – an average of 500 families served every day that the Food Bank’s 35th/Morgan HQ is open for distribution, home deliveries to 400 more families every week, more than 400 students getting “backpacks” of food to take home for the weekend, when there’s no school meals to stave off hunger. And the WSFB operates the Clothesline clothing bank, too, whose clientele has doubled.

To help pay for all those services for another year, hundreds of supporters not only bought tickets to the dinner, but also had the opportunity to give more in multiple ways at the event, such as the traditional “dessert dash”:

There was also bidding on auction items – the silent auction included this bicycle:

The live-auction options included a West Seattle “staycation” that went for $400 and an annual favorite, the taco-and-margarita party with WSFB executive director Fran Yeatts and former operations manager Lester Yuh (auctioneer Matthew DiLoreto awarded two, at $2,600 each)

Before the bidding, Yeatts took the microphone to speak about the WSFB’s “explosive growth” as well as a big upcoming staff change and a highlight of the night – the annual Instrument of Change Award, presented this year to C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) proprietors Pete and Cameron Moores.

As Yeatts explained, C & P supports the food bank in myriad ways – from regular musical fundraisers tp Pete’s weekly volunteer delivery-driver shift!

Also speaking was the new WSFB board president, Joe Everett, who you might know as the longtime City Attorney’s Office liaison at the Southwest Precinct. He spoke about how his public-service career has shown him so much of what happens “when our social safety net fails” but he’s heartened at the support for the work WSFB does “to stop those things before they happen”:

A video produced by Straight 8 Films was shown later, introducing gala-goers to WSFB clients and volunteers, with the observation “None of us ever expect to be in need … but it happens … and when it does, you can expect the West Seattle Food Bank to be here.”

Earlier in the program, there were shoutouts for some of the elected officials past and present who were in attendance. We photographed them, and a few others, during the “happy hour” that opened the event. First, from left, State Rep. Emily Alvarado, State Senator Joe Nguyen, and Deputy King County Executive Shannon Braddock:

Below, former State Rep. Eileen Cody and former King County Councilmember Joe McDermott:

Below, WSFB’s outgoing development director Breanna Bushaw (thanked by Yeatts in her speech) and West Seattle Chamber of Commerce executive director Rachel Porter:

And incoming WSFB Development Director Robbin Peterson with executive director Yeatts:

If you couldn’t get to the event, you can help WSFB in multiple ways every day of the year – here’s how.

(WSB was a community co-sponsor of this year’s Instruments of Change.)

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen blue Astro van (update: found)

That van belongs to Alex, who reports via email: “I came home from work on Saturday (4/28), to find out my van was stolen from 42nd Ave SW, just off of Juneau. It’s a blue 2004 Chevy Astro van with black wheels and black front bumper. License plate number CFH2656.” Police report # 24-114825. Call 911 if you see it.

UPDATE: Alex says the van’s been found.

WEST SEATTLE WEEKEND SCENE: Shredding and food drive with John L. Scott Westwood

April 28, 2024 10:21 am
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(WSB photos)

Your next chance for free shredding is happening now. The John L. Scott Real Estate Westwood (WSB sponsor) spring shredding event is happening in the northwest lot at Westwood Village (northwest of the ex-Bed Bath and Beyond, southwest of the post office). Look for the White Center Food Bank van – they’re also collecting donations (non-perishable food and/or cash) for WCFB again this year.

They’ll be there until noon.

Memorial service Tuesday for Doreen Gilbert, 1928-2024

Family and friends will gather Tuesday (April 30) to remember Doreen Gilbert. Here’s the remembrance they’re sharing with the community:

Doreen Gilbert, born in August of 1928, in Port Angeles, WA, peacefully passed away on April 1, 2024, in Seattle at the age of 95.

She married George W Gilbert Jr on August 20th, 1955 at Queen of Angels Catholic Church. She was a beloved elementary school teacher in the Seattle School District for over 30 years and later found joy working at the Admiral Bakery.

Doreen dedicated her time to various volunteer endeavors, including St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, Discovery Shop, tutoring at Our Lady of Guadalupe, and Mt St Vincent.

Kind, generous, and always smiling, Doreen was an animal lover who found happiness in spending time with her pets, friends, and tending to her garden. She was a loyal supporter of the UW Huskies, enjoyed theater performances, and cherished her travel adventures.

Doreen is survived by her daughter Nancy, son-in-law Doug, and nieces Margaret, Phoebe Ann, and Enid. She was preceded in death by her husband, identical twin sister Edith and brother-in-law Jim, her parents Elsie and Fred, her brother-in-law and sister in law, Phoebe and Dick and her nephew Scott.

Doreen’s warm presence and dedication to her community will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Seattle Humane Society in her name.

A service will be held on April 30th at 2:00 pm at St John the Baptist Episcopal Church in West Seattle.

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


April 28, 2024 6:07 am
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(Photo by Allyne Armitage)

Here’s what’s up today, mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar (where you’ll find even more):

LOW-BRIDGE CLOSURE, DAY 9: If all goes as planned, this is the final day that the West Seattle low bridge will be closed to road/path traffic for communication-and-control system upgrades and will reopen no later than early the morning of April 29. More closure details from SDOT here (including how to get free rides on the Water Taxi or Metro buses).

HIGH POINT LIBRARY CLOSED: The branch at 3411 SW Raymond is closed Sundays through at least early June as part of a schedule shuffle as the system deals with staffing shortages.

FREE SHREDDING & FOOD DRIVE: 9 am-noon, John L. Scott Real Estate Westwood (WSB sponsor) hosts its annual free shredding event. They’ll be set up again in the northwest parking lot at Westwood Village, and accepting donations for the White Center Food Bank – food and/or cash.

MINI-POLAR PLUNGE: 9 am every Sunday, you’re welcome to join a group plunge into Puget Sound off Alki – meet at Statue of Liberty Plaza (61st/Alki).

WESTIES RUN CLUB: Meets at 9 am Sundays at rotating locations – today it’s Dough Joy Donuts (4310 SW Oregon).

NATIVE ART MARKET: Second day, 10 am-5 pm at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: The market is open today, 10 am-2 pm as usual, on California SW between SW Alaska and SW Oregon, offering spring vegetables, flowers, and fruit, plus baked goods, cheese, fish, meat, condiments, fresh-cooked food, beverages (from cider to kombucha to beer/wine), nuts, candy, more! Here’s today’s vendor list.

GRIEF WALK AT SCHMITZ PARK: At 10 am, join a guided forest walk to “listen to grief” – as explained in our calendar listing. Meet at the SW Hinds entrance to the park.

WEST SEATTLE ROCK & GEM SHOW: 10 am-5 pm, second day of the West Seattle Rock Club‘s annual show and sale at Alki Masonic Hall (40th/Edmunds), free admission.

SEATTLE RESTAURANT WEEK TRUCK VISIT: The Anthony’s truck Finn, part of Seattle Restaurant Week, visits Ounces (3809 Delridge Way SW) 1-6 pm.

POP-UP CERAMICS CLASS: 3 pm at Locust Cider (2820 Alki SW), register here.

CLOSING DAY FOR ‘ENGLISH’: The popular play has been selling out the house at ArtsWest (4711 California SW; WSB sponsor), 3 pm. Check with the box office if nothing’s available online via the link in our calendar listing.

THE HELLFLOWERS AT EASY STREET: 5 pm live in-store performance, free and all ages. (4559 California SW)

DENNIS JAMES & THE MIGHTY WURLITZER: Silent movie with theater organ! Doors 7 pm, show 7:30 pm at Kenyon Hall (7904 35th SW) – tickets here.

LIVE MUSIC AT THE ALLEY: Your weekend’s finale can be music by the Triangular Jazztet at The Alley (4509 California SW), 8-10 pm.

Are you planning something that should be on our community event calendar – one-time or recurring? Please email us the basics – – thank you!