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PREVIEWS: Two more mini-lists from among Saturday’s 500+ sales, as West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day approaches

Now the forecast for Saturday is up to 80-ish – especially excellent news for the West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day sales promising lemonade stands! So that’s the first of tonight’s two mini-lists from among the 500+ sales registered for Saturday (May 11) – the sales with descriptions mentioning lemonade:

#19: 7517 19th Ave SW
#42: 7742 15th Ave SW
#61: 4819 47th Ave SW
#111: 4845 48th Ave SW
#113: 3227 45th Ave SW
#149: 4707 SW Hudson St
#210: 3604 61st Ave SW
#228: 4720 SW Edmunds St
#248: 1616 42nd Ave SW
#249: 2707 48th Ave SW
#307: 3279 38th Ave SW
#319: 7924 32nd Ave SW
#415: Fauntleroy Way SW and Holly Place SW
#441: 9360 Forest Court SW
#443: 4313 SW Concord St
#455: 5955 42nd Ave SW
#502: 11217 Arroyo Beach Place SW
#507: 10750 18th Ave SW

The other mini-list we promised for tonight – sales with added days:

#69: 4822 SW Niesz Ct (also open Friday)
#129: 4764 Beach Drive SW (also open Sunday)
#209: 4056 44th Ave SW (also open Sunday)
#289: 7333 29th Ave SW (also open Sunday)
#386: 5633 44th Ave SW (also open Friday and Sunday)
#398: 5610 42nd Ave SW (also open Friday)
#414: 6757 40th Ave SW (also open Friday)
#433: 7525 44th Ave SW (also open Friday)
#448: 5637 42nd Ave SW (also open Friday)
#506: 3703 SW 107th St (also open Sunday)

If you haven’t visited the West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day map yet, find the clickable/zoomable/etc. online version here, and see who’s having a sale near you – many have told us that’s their favorite thing about WSCGSD, a chance to meet more neighbors. Find the printable guide here (PDF) with all 500+ listings. Official sale hours Saturday are 9 am-3 pm; some are starting earlier and/or ending later, and that’ll be in their listing (please also heed the plea “No earlybirds” except for the few sales that expressly say they’re welcoming early visitors). More previews to come!

SCHOOLS: Students launch petition to keep Chinese teacher at West Seattle High School

(WSB photo, January. Above, Consul General Zhang Jianmin and wife Zheng Xin with WSHS Chinese teacher Ying Yu)

When China’s Consul General visited West Seattle High School in January (WSB coverage here), the school’s Chinese teacher Ying Yu beamed with pride as her students presented a program showcasing what they’d learned about the language and culture. Now, less than four months later, students have launched a petition campaign to keep her at the school, after a reported plan to transfer her elsewhere. We received this email asking that we publish the link:

Dear West Seattle Residents,

On Friday afternoon, Ms. Yu was notified that district HR made the decision to displace her. SPS plans to replace her with another teacher. She was devastated by the decision that was made without consulting her, or WSHS students, parents, or admin. This statement was arranged by her students who are trying to get the word out to keep our teacher here at WSHS. She is a vital part of the community and structure of WSHS. Please fill out the electronic petition to let the district know that the community supports her and wants to keep her here.

Thank you so much!
-WSHS Chinese program

In addition, nine of the speakers on the 20-spot speaking list for tomorrow night’s Seattle School Board meeting are slated to speak about the issue; one of the listed speakers is the teacher herself. The public-comment section of Wednesday’s meeting (here’s the agenda) starts at 4:30 pm.

CRIME WATCH: Stolen white Elantra

The report and photo are from Natalie:

My Hyundai Elantra 2020, white, was stolen at 3:50 pm at the Ross parking lot in Seattle. It has an immobilizer installed and a wheel club on.

**Reported Stolen to SPD**
License Plate BYG3433

Call 911 if you see it.

9:36 PM NOTE: Natalie clarifies that while she lives in West Seattle, her car was stolen outside the Ross store on Rainier Avenue.

GRATITUDE: Shredding success and generous donors at John L. Scott Westwood event

May 7, 2024 7:36 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | Westwood

Sunday before last, John L. Scott Westwood Real Estate (WSB sponsor) presented a shredding event and food drive in a corner of the Westwood Village parking lot. Now we have the results, and words of gratitude!

(WSB photo, April 28)

Thank you to:

White Center Food Bank for their time coming out – we raised $1,295 in donations and 495 pounds of food.
Joe Kiser and Jason Fox of the Madrona Group/John L. Scott Westwood for putting on this community event.
Luke Zender of Evergreen Home Loans> for supporting this amazing event!

We were able to shred 3,675 lbs of paper.

Please contact Natalie Trius @ if you would like to be added to our email list for our next shred event!

P.S. You can help the WCFB any time by going here.

CRIME WATCH: Store crash-and-grab; car windows broken

Two reports in Crime Watch:

CRASH-AND-GRAB: Shorewood Grocery at 10455 26th SW has been hit by cmash-and-grab burglars again. Thanks to Waikikigirl for the tip and photo:

Since the store is in unincorporated North Highline, we checked with the King County Sheriff’s Office. Spokesperson Sgt. Eric White confirmed it was a burglary, adding: “Damage to front structure from possible stolen white Hyundai left running at the scene. Currently it is unknown as to the value of damage or value of any (if any) items stolen. No suspects in this case and the incident is currently an active and open investigation.” This isn’t the first crash-and-grab at this store; we reported on one last June, in which the burglars stole the store’s ATM.

CAR WINDOWS BROKEN: Reader report via text:

At least a couple of cars got windows smashed in on 45th Ave SW just north of the Junction probably right around 2:30 pm. Totally random (at least seemingly) and no attempt at theft, just vandalism. Our neighbors were hit (45th & Dakota).

BIZNOTE FOLLOWUP: Daiso announces Westwood Village opening date

(WSB file photo)

Thanks to Ashley for the tip! Ten months after we first reported that Westwood Village had a Daiso store on the way, the opening date has been announced: Saturday, June 1. If you haven’t seen the signage (which went up two months ago), Daiso is opening in a newly consolidated space that was formerly SportClips and Fresh Vitamins. According to the announcement, the first 100 customers making $30 purchases after the store opens will get tote bags and plushies. Store hours weill be 9 am-9 pm Mondays-Saturdays, 10 am-8 pm Sundays.

Brown water in some neighborhoods near West Seattle Junction

Two “brown water” reports so far today – one from Karen near 45th/Edmunds on the south side of The Junction, one from Crystal near California/Genesee in the north. No current emergencies mapped so it might be hydrant activity – SFD did have a short-lived gas-leak situation near 40th/Edmunds this morning, and firefighters usually connect to a hydrant precautionarily. Whatever the suspected cause, always report brown water to Seattle Public Utilities, 206-386-1800.

FOLLOWUP: City giving you two more weeks for comment on draft One Seattle Plan

Toward the end of last week’s West Seattle bonus briefing on the draft of the future-growth “roadmap” One Seattle Plan, an attendee asked city reps if they could extend the comment deadline (which was yesterday). No promises were made. But today, the city just announced it’s giving you two more weeks. So if you have something to say about the plan – an update on how the city wants to see growth handled over the next 20 years – you now have until 5 pm Monday, May 20. Here’s a link to the draft plan; here’s the city’s overview; here’s our first report from March on some West Seattle highlights; here’s our report from April on the official West Seattle open house; here’s our report on last week’s WS briefing. Two ways to offer your feedback: via the city’s Engagement Hub, or via email,

BIZNOTE: JaRays Grill and Lounge opens on Orchard

Darlene Hampton has officially opened Jarays Grill and Lounge in the former Tug Inn/Bee’s Plumbing space at 2216 SW Orchard, just north of Home Depot. We took a look inside just before opening:

Hours weren’t finalized at the time but we have them now: For starters, open Wednesdays noon-midnight, Thursdays through Saturdays noon-2 am, closed Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays.

Jarays will offer drinks, food, and entertainment. Darlene texted us this week’s menu – you can see it here.

ELECTION 2024: Want to run for something? It’s Filing Week

If you want to run for one of the state/local positions that’ll be on the ballot this November, this is your week to do it: It’s King County Elections‘ filing week. Here’s the list of what’s up for election this fall. The local positions of note include both 34th Legislative District state representatives (incumbents Joe Fitzgibbon and Emily Alvarado already have filed to run for re-election) and citywide Council Position 8 (to which Tanya Woo was appointed – now the final year of the term goes to whoever wins). Here’s how to file; here’s who has filed so far. 5 pm Friday (May 10) is the deadlinr.

UPDATE: Harrier military jets fly over North Admiral

10:37 AM: We saw/heard that very loud two-jet flyover while covering an unrelated outdoor event in North Admiral. Looking into it!

12:03 PM: Since the Museum of Flight is at Boeing Field and very plugged in to the happenings there, we asked MoF spokesperson Ted Huetter what he knows. While he said he doesn’t have specifics about these jets, “the planes are Harriers. There are seven at Boeing Field today. There were a number of them here last month before heading up to Alaska for training exercises.” (The U.S. Marine Corps flies them.)

12:19 PM: The training exercises Ted mentioned were part of Red Flag Alaska 24-1, which wrapped up a few days ago.

Ferry-dock meeting, dine-out fundraiser, food drive, more on your West Seattle Tuesday list

May 7, 2024 9:22 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(Photo by James Bratsanos)

Here’s what’s happening today/tonight, mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

EXPANDED FAUNTLEROY YMCA HOURS: The Fauntleroy YMCA (WSB sponsor) continues its newly expanded hours – 9 am to noon and 4 pm to 7 pm, Mondays through Thursdays. Classes have been added, too.

FREE PLAYSPACE: Drop in Tuesday mornings until noon at West Seattle Church of the Nazarene (42nd/Juneau).

CITY COUNCIL’S TRANSPORTATION LEVY REVIEW: Starts this morning around 10:30 am, right after the regular meeting of the Transportation Committee, chaired by D-1 Councilmember Rob Saka. Here’s the agenda; watch live here.

CHESS CLUB: Tuesdays 1:30-3 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon). All levels welcome. (Questions? Email

CITY COUNCIL MEETING: Regular weekly meeting of the Seattle City Council, 2 pm. There is a public-comment period – in person or by phone – if there’s something you want to tell the council. The agenda explains how. You can watch live via Seattle Channel.

WSHS FOOD DRIVE: West Seattle High School‘s care coordinator is collecting donations of food and more (see the list here) at the school’s north entrance, 4-5:30 pm today. (3000 California SW)

POSTSEASON SOFTBALL: Chief Sealth International High School plays Rainier Beach, 4 pm at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle).

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.

FERRY DOCK MEETING: Catch up on the Fauntleroy ferry-dock replacement project during a 6 pm online meeting with Washington State Ferries. Our calendar listing has the registration link.

DINE-OUT FUNDRAISER: Happening tonight:

Dine Out for Hope Lutheran School at the Great American Diner on Tuesday, May 7th from 6-9 pm. Join us with your family and friends for great food and live entertainment from Hope’s talented students. Dine in or Take Out! Please mention “Hope” when ordering. Proceeds benefit the 2025 7th and 8th Grade East Coast Trip. Menu available here.

(4752 California SW)

FREE INTRODUCTORY ASL CLASSES: This start-any-time series continues, 6 pm at the West Seattle Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (4001 44th SW), info here.

SCRABBLE NIGHT: 6-10 pm tonight, play Scrabble at The Missing Piece (9456 35th SW).

FREE TRACK RUN: Run with your neighbors! Meet at West Seattle Runner (2743 California SW; WSB sponsor) for this free weekly run at 6:15 pm.

TOASTMASTERS 832: Improve your speaking, communication, and leadership skills by checking out Toastmasters – this is a 6:30 pm online meeting; attendance info is in our calendar listing.

MAKE POTTERY: 6:30-9 pm “girls’ night” at pottery studio The Clay Cauldron (5214 Delridge Way SW), sign up in advance to work on your project(s).

BINGO AT THE SKYLARK: Play – free! – Belle of the Balls Bingo hosted by Cookie Couture, 7 pm Tuesdays. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

TRIVIA X 4: Four places to play Tuesday nights – The Beer Junction (4711 California SW) has Sporcle Pub Quiz with David at 7 and 8 pm … 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).

BINGO AT TALARICO’S: You can play 8 pm bingo every Tuesday. (4718 California SW)

What are YOU planning? Are community members invited? Tell everyone via our event calendar – please email the info to – thank you!

UPDATE: 1 hurt in car-on-side crash on Harbor Avenue

8:03 AM: Seattle Fire sent a rescue response to a crash on Harbor Avenue at Harbor Lane [map], but they’re downsizing it already – nobody needs rescuing. At least one injury is reported, though. The road is blocked so avoid the area for a while.

8:10 AM: Thanks to Rose for the photo.

8:22 AM: Police just told dispatch they’re reopening northbound Harbor.

8:28 AM: Our photographer just spoke with responders at the scene. The driver is being taken to the hospital by private ambulance. No other vehicles were involved; the car went on its side after the driver hit a tree on the southbound side of Harbor. A tow truck is there now and has already righted the car for removal.

10:59 AM: SFD says the driver was a 17-year-old girl, in stable condition when transported.


May 7, 2024 6:01 am
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle traffic alerts

8:05 AM: Crash blocking Harbor Avenue at Harbor Lane. Covering separately.


6:01 AM: Good morning! It’s Tuesday, May 7.


Partly sunny, slight chance of rain, high in the upper 50s. Today’s sunrise was at 5:41 am; sunset will be at 8:30 pm.


*The Delridge pedestrian-bridge earthquake-safety project continues at Delridge/Oregon, which is narrowed as a result:


Metro today – Regular schedule; check advisories here.

(Photo taken aboard the Water Taxi by Theresa Arbow-O’Connor)

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 last-minute changes. Use the real-time map to see where your ferry is.


Low bridge: Open.

Delridge cameras: Besides the one below (Delridge/Orchard), cameras are also at Delridge/Genesee, Delridge/Juneau, Delridge/Henderson, Delridge/Oregon, and video-only (so you have to go to the map), Delridge/Holden and Delridge/Thistle.

High Bridge – Here’s 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:

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 open for vessel traffic. (We’re aware that the low bridge hasn’t shown up in this feed since the recent closure, and we’re awaiting SDOT’s explanation.)

If you see a problem on the bridges/streets/paths/water, please text or call our hotline (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!