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WEST SEATTLE SATURDAY: 12 notes!

(Recent sunset scene photographed by Theresa Arbow-O’Connor)

February’s first weekend is here. If you’re wondering what’s happening around West Seattle today/tonight, here’s what we have on the schedule:

SATURDAY MORNING ULTIMATE: 8 am at West Seattle Stadium (4432 35th SW), just show up to throw with the West Seattle Ultimate Frisbee Family.

PRE-VALENTINE’S POP-UP: 10 am-1 pm, get in the Valentine’s mood early with art, vendors, treats, and beverages in the new Launchpad coworking space next door to Youngstown Coffee (6032 California SW)

SEATTLE CHINESE GARDEN: 10 am-4 pm, the garden’s centerpiece courtyard is open, while the rest of the garden’s grounds are accessible dawn to dusk. More info here – and don’t miss the Lantern Festival tomorrow. (5640 16th SW)

GRIEFSHARE RECOVERY GROUP: Starting at 10:30 am today, “Grace Church will host a 13-week GriefShare recovery support group for those who have lost a loved one by death. There is a one-time charge of $20 for the GriefShare journal.” Meeting in the church basement. (10323 28th SW)

MORNING MUSIC: 10:30 am-noon at C & P Coffee (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), Marco de Carvalho and Friends perform. Find out about Marco’s music here.

FREE WRITING GROUP: 10:30 am in West Seattle, registration required – see full details in our calendar listing.

VIETNAMESE CULTURAL CENTER: The center is open to visitors noon-3 pm, as explaineed here. (2234 SW Orchard)

LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: Visit the home of West Seattle’s history is noon-4 pm Saturdays. (3003 61st SW)

VISCON CELLARS: 1-6 pm, the doors are open to the tasting room at Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor) – selling wine by the glass or bottle. Check out the wines here! (5910 California SW)

NORTHWEST WINE ACADEMY: You can visit the tasting room on the north end of the South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor) campus 1-6 pm today.

‘AN ENDLESS SHIFT’: New play at ArtsWest (4711 California SW; WSB sponsor) continues tonight, 7:30 pm: “Created from verbatim accounts of the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic by the Seattle nurses who were there, “An Endless Shift” is a tribute to the everyday heroes who were confronted with what would become the longest shift of their lives. Solo performance by Gloria Alcalá. Get your ticket(s) here.

AT THE SKYLARK: 6 pm doors, 7 pm show, indie rock at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW), with Toy Bastard, Fishing Trip, Carter C.

If you have something for our calendar – event, class, game, music, theater, comedy, outdoor activity, fundraiser, or … please email info to westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you!

BIZNOTE FOLLOWUP: Alair will stay open after all

A beloved small independent business that announced closure plans two months ago will NOT be closing after all. Alair Gift Shop at 3270 California SW (and co-housed sibling business Dylan) has a new owner! Alair founder Shandon Armstrong finalized the deal this week. The new owner explained via email, “I was shocked when Shandon said she was closing because I knew she built something really great over the years. We were able to come up with a solution. I’m thrilled to be able to keep the awesome local staff, location, name, and general awesome vibe of Dylan and Alair.” The new owner and partners are choosing to be anonymous but describe themselves as “long-time locals with a passion for women-owned small businesses.” The transition will be seamless, and you’ll have more time each week to shop there soon: “We will move to being open 6 days per week (Tuesday-Sunday) beginning February 14th.”

BASKETBALL: Chief Sealth IHS celebrates senior girls while winning home finale

Thanks to Chief Sealth International High School‘s assistant girls-basketball coach Casey Johnson for the photo! Chief Sealth celebrated Seahawk senior girls before Wednesday night’s regular-season home finale. They are:

#1 – Catherine Sermeno
#3 – Hailey Merryweather
#4 – Solvieg Defant
#10 – Delaney Sipila
#20 – Nassira Hassan
#40 – Cyanna Aguirre
#42 – Vivian Gaither
#44 – Maryann Passmore

The girls beat Nathan Hale on Wednesday, 52-43, and are now 11-6 with one game left on the regular-season schedule, 7 pm Tuesday at Lincoln.

ELECTION 2023: Burien Mayor Sofia Aragon becomes second candidate for King County Council District 8

The first declared candidate for King County Council District 8 is currently on the Seattle City Council; now we have a second candidate, who’s currently on the Burien City Council. We’re frequently checking the state list of people registering election campaigns, and this afternoon it had an addition: Burien Mayor Sofia Aragon, registering a campaign for the County Council seat that Joe McDermott is leaving after a decade-plus. Burien’s mayor is chosen by fellow councilmembers; Aragon has held the title since last year, and has been on the council since 2020. Two years before that, she ran for 34th District State Senator, finishing fourth in a primary field of 11. The City of Burien website describes Aragon as “a registered nurse and attorney (who) worked in Olympia for over a decade to advocate for affordable and accessible health care, protecting public health, workplace safety, and ensuring differing opinions are included when developing public policy.” She currently is executive director of the Washington Center for Nursing (Burien city councilmembers serve part time). The field for the County Council race won’t be final until the official filing week in mid-May; the August 1st primary will send the top two finishers to the November primary.

UPDATE: ‘Rescue extrication’ response at 20th/Roxbury

5:57 PM: Avoid the area. We’re en route to find out what happened.

6:14 PM: We are juat arriving. A reader texted this photo:

6:22 PM: The driver went into a ditch that’s been netted off as part of road work. No serious injuries, firefighters tell us – no one needed to be taken to a hospital.

7:51 PM: A texter says the car’s been pulled out, so the scene should be entirely clear shortly.

WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: Power outage for 3,200+ customers blamed on tree

2:52 PM: After another burst of wind gusts, the power’s out for some in West Seattle. So far we’re hearing from the Admiral area. (Our lights flickered here in the south but the power’s still on.) Not yet mapped. Updates to come,

2:54 PM: Now it’s mapped. 3,292 customers in northeast West Seattle – part of Delridge, too. … Note that you’ll hear sirens because power outages tend to set off some automatic fire alarms and strand people in elevators, and SFD has to respond to those calls. (Added – Reader photo of Ladder 13 at Salty’s on Alki [WSB sponsor] for an elevator rescue:)

3:03 PM: Note that some businesses are affected as well as signalized intersections (that means the latter are all all-ways stops). … Another standard reminder: The “estimated restoration time” on the SCL map is absolutely meaningless – power could be back in five minutes or five hours. Commenters in North Delridge report hearing the type of noise pre-outage that suggests tree vs. wire but no specific reports yet – if you see City Light crews at work, let us know!

3:34 PM: Outage is down to 1,310 customers, per SCL map:

3:58 PM: The “elevator rescue” calls are all resolved now, but at one point both West Seattle ladder trucks were busy with them, so a third truck – Ladder 1, based at Station 10 in the International District – had to be called over. Here’s a texted reader photo of its response at 1661 Alki SW:

4:09 PM: From SCL: “The current West Seattle outage was caused by a tree coming down onto wires in the vicinity of 26th and Nevada.” … We don’t have specifics on this tree but if you know of a tree that appears to be a threat to power stability, SCL does have a form you can use to report it – find it here.

4:38 PM: Commenters report SCL is working at 28th/Nevada. Here’s a photo from Chris:

4:58 PM: The outage has disappeared from the map, which means everybody should be back on now.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Police response at LA Fitness

Police have detained two people after responding to an incident at LA Fitness in The Junction. Details are few but police told us at the scene that they’re told three people went into the gym and to the front desk, where at least one of them brandished a gun and was wearing a ski mask. What the intent was, is still under investigation, but the suspects were still in the garage when police got there, and they’ve reported probable cause for detaining two people on suspicion of harassment, and the call is classified “threats.” Officers reportedly found one gun while questioning the suspects. We’ll add anything more we find out.

YOU CAN HELP: Dream Dinners cooks up food fundraiser for West Seattle Elementary

Dream Dinners-West Seattle (longtime WSB sponsor) has long been partnering with local schools for fundraisers that get easy home-cooked meals for you and vital support for the schools. Here’s the latest:

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, help us support our community. Friends of West Seattle Elementary has a BIG GOAL to reach and we want to contribute. When you purchase 3 Special Event meals from us, we are able to donate $10 back to West Seattle Elementary. If you have ever experienced ‘what’s for dinner’ decision fatigue, we can help you get dinner on the table and contribute to West Seattle Elementary. Our dinners last up to 3 months in the freezer. You will always have a dinner ready to cook! It’s a WIN for the students and a WIN for your family and your peace of mind. Let’s support our community together.

Direct links for orders and pickup dates/times for the fundraiser:

2/22 – 6 pm dreamdinners.com/session/964354
2/23 – 11 am dreamdinners.com/session/964355
2/23 – 6 pm dreamdinners.com/session/964361
2/25 – 9:30 am – dreamdinners.com/session/964356
2/27 – 10 am – dreamdinners.com/session/964360

FOWSE adds, “If you haven’t been to Dream Dinners before, these are pre-made, frozen meals that can either be defrosted for consumption or put in your freezer for a future dinner.” Dream Dinners-West Seattle is on the east side of outer Jefferson Square, at 41st/Alaska.

Corner Bar returns and more for the rest of your West Seattle Friday

(Seen in Gatewood. WSB photo)

Here’s what’s happening for the rest of February’s first Friday!

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

NORTHWEST WINE ACADEMY: Tasting room on the north end of the South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor) campus is open 1-6 pm Fridays (and Saturdays).

FREE INDOOR PLAYSPACE: Toddler Gym weekday afternoons at the Salvation Army Center (9050 16th SW), ages 2-6, 3:30-5 pm.

AFTER-SCHOOL MAGIC LEAGUE: Weekly 4-6 pm event for 12+, $5 per player – learn about and play “Magic: the Gathering” at Meeples Games (3727 California SW)

CORNER BAR RETURNS: Buildingless but not eventless! Highland Park Improvement Club takes Corner Bar on the road, 6-10 pm at Highland Park Corner Store (7789 Highland Park Way SW), as previewed here.

LIVE AT C & P: Guitar Gil plays C & P Coffee (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor) 7-9 pm. No cover!

AT THE SKYLARK: 7 pm, free all-ages Emo Night, spinning 2000s tunes. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

‘AN ENDLESS SHIFT’: Second week at ArtsWest (4711 California SW; WSB sponsor) continues tonight, 7:30 pm. Get your ticket(s) here.

FULL MOON SOUND BATH: Presented by Inner Alchemy at Move2Center, 7:30 pm. (3618 SW Alaska)

Something to add to our calendar? westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you!

SCHOLARSHIPS: Application time for two offered by Rotary Club of West Seattle

Need college money? The Rotary Club of West Seattle might be able to help. Here’s the reminder we just received:

WEST SEATTLE ROTARY SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE –
APPLY NOW
(deadline April 1st 2023)

As in past years, West Seattle Rotary is pleased to announce that two higher education scholarship programs are available to applicants who meet the criteria:

Gambriell. The Gambriell Scholarship awards $6,000 in total to one or more residents of West Seattle who meet the following criteria:

ü Seeking admission to or enrolled in an accredited post-secondary educational program.
ü Strong financial need (documentation must be provided) — would not otherwise be able to attend college without this scholarship.

Past Presidents. The Past Presidents Scholarship awards $6,000 to a student who meets any one of the following four conditions:

I. Graduating senior from a high school in the West Seattle area and wishes to earn a 4-year degree.
II. Lives in the West Seattle area, graduating from a high school outside of the West Seattle area, and wishes to earn a 4-year degree.
III. Lives in the West Seattle area and transferring from a 2-year program to a 4-year college/university bachelor’s degree program.
IV. Lives in the West Seattle area, recently earned a bachelor’s degree, and wishes to work toward a higher degree.

Go to westseattlerotary.org/scholarships and click on the “Download Gambriell application” and/or “Download Past Presidents’ application” link.

These two programs are in addition to West Seattle Rotary’s Student of the Year and Cruzen scholarship programs and are open to Student of the Year candidates.

Remembering Marilyn Masterman, 1932-2023

Family and friends are remembering Marilyn Masterman, and sharing this remembrance with the community:

MARILYN MASTERMAN
12/6/1932 TO 01/07/2023

Marilyn’s smile and laughter would light up any room she entered. She had a quick wit and ready comment for anyone who crossed her path. Marilyn was quite a character and not easy to forget. When Marilyn began her adult life, she moved to Seattle in 1950 and witnessed much of the city’s music and comedy history in her 90 years. Marilyn had many friends throughout her life and times.

Marilyn was extremely interested in civil-rights issues and stayed informed about politics and life. She spent her career in the hospitality industry (working at fine hotels like The Olympic, The Westin, and the Warwick) and her customers and co-workers loved and confided in her.

Marilyn married Lyle Masterman in 1963 and lived in West Seattle until her stroke in November 2021. After her stroke, Marilyn moved to Gig Harbor to be closer to her daughter, Marjanne Masterman. The stroke affected her speech and cognitive skills, the most important parts of her personality, as well as her fierce independence. On January 7, 2023, she left this part of her journey to join those that had preceded her in death, her twin sister, her Mom & Dad, her husband Lyle, and many other siblings and friends. Marilyn brings them her laughter, love, and mischievous ways. Without a doubt, she will liven things up!

Marilyn is survived by her 3 stepdaughters; Shari, Sandi, and Marjanne Masterman, her son-in-law Gary Lauritsen, 4 grandchildren; Catherine, Dominique, Lauren, and Etienne, and 3 great-grandchildren: Theo, Cami, and Zach.

Marilyn was born in Arkansas in 1932 to James and Mary Ann Miller. She was the fifth of 14 siblings and there are many tales of their lives together. Her surviving siblings live outside of Washington and include Norma Peyton, Glennett Britton, James Miller Jr., Claudette Griffith, Gloria Banks, Charlene Hammonds, and Ivory Miller. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and their families.

We will miss her laughter, her chuckle, and her quick wit every day. Life is not the same without her.

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

TRAFFIC, TRANSIT, WEATHER: Friday arrives, with wind alert

6:01 AM: Good morning! It’s Friday, February 3rd.

WEATHER

Rainy and windy, high around 50, with a Wind Advisory alert for 10 am-7 pm – possible gusts up to 45 mph.

TODAY’S TRANSIT STATUS

Metro is on its regular schedule, but still canceling some trips/suspending some routes, so keep watching notification channels such as @kcmetroalerts for trip cancellations and route suspensions. (Still waiting to hear from Metro about how the bus repairs are going.)

-Regular schedule for the West Seattle Water Taxi.

Washington State Ferries‘ Triangle Route continues on a two-boat schedule – check here for alerts/updates.

TUNNEL CLOSURE

Maintenance closure for the Highway 99 tunnel, both directions, 10 pm tonight-6 am tomorrow.

SPOTLIGHT CAMERAS

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

High Bridge – the camera at the top:

High Bridge – the view from its southwest end (when SDOT points the 35th/Avalon/Fauntleroy camera that way):

Low Bridge – looking east to west:

1st Ave. S. Bridge – the south route:

Highway 99: – the northbound side at Lander.

MORE TRAFFIC CAMS: See all working traffic cams citywide here, most with video options; West Seattle and vicinity-relevant cameras are also on this WSB page … Are movable city bridges opening for vessels? Check the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed.

If you see a problem on the bridges/streets/paths/water, please text or call us (when you can do it safely, and after you’ve reported to authorities if needed) – 206-293-6302.

BASKETBALL: Chief Sealth IHS boys host West Seattle HS, honors Seahawk seniors

Big night at the Chief Sealth International High School gym as basketball season winds down:

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

Last regular-season home game for the boys-varsity team, so they celebrated Seahawk seniors – nine on the roster – here they are in numerical order:

#1 – Tyler Valdez
#2 – Demiko Bousley
#4 – Amarri Lard
#10 – Miles Clark
#12 – Nicholas Nguyen
#14 – Jai Ihedioha
#15 – Anthony Porter
#22 – Giovanni Mazzoli
#23 – Declan Golan

Their visiting opponents hadn’t traveled far – West Seattle High School.

The Wildcats (12-6) got the win, 80-44. Saturday at 4 pm, they close out the regular season at Rainier Beach.

This was the regular-season finale for the Seahawks (2-19) and the only WSHS-CSIHS game this year.

(Athletic Directors Corey Sorenson of WSHS and Ernest Policarpio of CSIHS)

DEVELOPMENT: Aegis Living plan for 5252 California SW sails through first Southwest Design Review look

(Massing rendering of Option 3 for 5252 California SW, by Ankrom Moisan)

In their second online meeting of the night – after months with no meetings at all – the Southwest Design Review Board gave the Aegis Living plan for 5252 California SW approval to move into the next phase of the review process.

The first phase of Design Review is about “massing” – buildings’ size and shape – and this project is a lot larger than what’s around the site right now, so that was a major factor in the discussion. The meeting was led by SWDRB chair Patrick Cobb (Fauntleroy), with board members Alan Grainger (Fauntleroy), Johanna Lirman (North Admiral), and Gavin Schaefer (Camp Long area)=. From the city Department of Construction and Inspections, the project’s assigned planner Theresa Neylon was there. Here’s how the meeting went:

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DEVELOPMENT: Southwest Design Review Board tells 7617 35th SW architect to try again

(Rendering from design packet by LDG Architects)

The first of tonight’s two Southwest Design Review Board meetings ended with an order for 7617 35th SW to make some changes and return for a second round of Early Design Guidance.

This first phase of Design Review is all about buildings’ size and shape, aka “massing,” and that’s what the big concern was here, along with placement of its entries. Board chair Patrick Cobb (Fauntleroy) led the meeting, with board members Alan Grainger (Fauntleroy), Johanna Lirman (North Admiral), and Gavin Schaefer (Camp Long area) in attendance. From the city Department of Construction and Inspections, David Sachs was filling in for the project’s assigned planner Joseph Hurley. Here’s how the meeting went, along the required four-section format:

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Brown water in Seaview

Just texted to us – at least two neighbors in Seaview are seeing “brown water and air in pipes.” If this is happening to you too, be sure to notify Seattle Public Utilities at 206-386-1800. Advice for dealing with discolored water – including, don’t do laundry till it clears up! – is here.

‘Fix the bricks’: Are you on the list? City edges closer to ordering quake-safety retrofits for unreinforced-masonry buildings

(WSB file photo of one of the smaller West Seattle buildings on the list, at Highland Park Playground)

For years, the issue of ordering earthquake-safety retrofits for unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings has been simmering in Seattle. Our archives show a local presentation about it at a community meeting almost 10 years ago. At that time, it was estimated that Seattle had at least 1,000 URM buildings, including more than 50 in West Seattle. Now the topic is bubbling back up. For one, the city has just updated its list of what’s now an estimated 1,100 URM buildings – you can see the list here. (A quick search finds 44 addresses on the list containing SW, signifying they’re in West Seattle. Also, here’s a less-up-to-date map.) The list accompanies this city-website update saying the city intends to finalize an ordinance next year to mandate the retrofits. Before that ordinance is drafted and finalized, the city has created four “working groups” to tackle different aspects of the process, and is inviting participation. Here’s what they’ll work on:

*Development of a minimum retrofit standard to increase the life safety of unreinforced masonry buildings. The Technical Briefing Working Group has been established to provide input and ask questions prior to finalization of the standard currently in development by SDCI. The draft technical standard will be available spring 2023.

*Development of funding resources to increase capacity of URM building owners to invest in resilience. The Funding Working Group has been established to identify grants, credits, and financing available to support earthquake retrofits.

*Development of resources to support URM building owner and tenant needs during the retrofit process. The Owner and Tenant Needs Working Group has been established to mitigate tenant displacement, to support and guide building owners, and meet the needs of underserved stakeholders.

*Development of clear and accessible communications on the need for earthquake retrofits and compliance requirements of the ordinance. The Communications Working Group has been established to develop a comprehensive communication strategy.

If you’re interested in participating in any of those groups, the city update also has info on who to contact,

Seattle Public Library expanding ‘Homework Help’

More Seattle Public Library “Homework Help” is being added at one branch in West Seattle, and the service is expanding to a new location nearby. From the announcement, here are the local highlights:

Homework Help, The Seattle Public Library’s free after school tutoring service (spl.org/HomeworkHelp), will add two locations and increase hours in February.

Starting the week of Feb. 6, the South Park Branch will offer two afternoons of Homework Help a week, and the Columbia, High Point and Rainier Beach branches will increase their weekly Homework Help hours …

At Homework Help, students in kindergarten through grade 12 can get help with their homework, as well as read and play learning enrichment games with trained volunteer tutors.

The new schedule is below; changes start the week of Feb. 6:

High Point Branch: 3411 SW Raymond St., 206-684-7454

o *Mondays, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (additional day)
o Tuesdays, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
o Wednesdays, from 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

South Park Branch: 8604 Eighth Ave. S., 206-615-1688

o Tuesdays, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
o Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Homework Help will not be offered when Seattle Public Schools is not in session, including midwinter break (Feb. 21 through 24) and spring break (April 10 through 14). Homework Help will also not be offered on Wednesday, March 22, when all Library locations are closed for All-Staff Day. Homework Help’s last day for the 2022-2023 school year will be Thursday, June 22.

SPL also continues to offer free one-on-one online tutoring at all grade levels and in three languages – find out more about that here.

FOLLOWUP: What’s next for The Original Bakery’s Fauntleroy space

Since the Alonzo family announced Tuesday that they will close The Original Bakery in Fauntleroy later this month after almost half a century of owning and operating it, legions of fans have voiced their sorrow. Some also wondered what will happen with the space at 9253 45th SW, which the Alonzos’ announcement said would be taken over by the owner of CHOW Foods, which operates Endolyne Joe’s next door. We reached Peter Levy by email – here’s what he told us:

Yes, we are moving into the Original Bakery space. Given the history of the space, what we do know at this point is that we will continue to serve morning pastries & espresso.

We are still working on determining conceptually what our plans are for the balance of the day & night operating hours. Depending on the permitting process and time required for construction, we are anticipating opening sometime in the late summer/early fall of this year.

We also asked if the pastries he mentioned would be baked on site, retaining the space’s use as a bakery: “We are in the very formative state in the process and I have no further information to provide at this time.” But, in response to another followup question, he did say the space “will have a different name” rather than being operated as part of Endolyne Joe’s, which has been at 9261 45th SW for almost 20 years.

P.S. Watch for a story here soon looking at the history of The Original Bakery, which plans to close after Sunday, February 26th.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Shot-up sign

Seattle Police say they confirmed gunfire off the Highland Park Way hill after 911 calls Wednesday evening. They responded after reports came in just after 5:30 pm. Officers arriving in the 7000 block of Highland Park Way SW [vicinity map] found, according to the SPD summary, that “the sign to the trailhead had been struck by at least 20 rounds (and a) tree was also struck.” No injuries were reported. As for who did it, the summary says, “The male suspect left in an older-model sedan that was either white, tan, or charcoal gray.”

Design Review x 2, theater, comedy, more for your West Seattle Thursday

(Brant at Constellation Park, photographed by Cindy Roberts)

If you haven’t already checked our calendar, here’s what’s ahead for the rest of today/tonight:

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

WEST SEATTLE UKULELE PLAYERS: All levels welcome, weekly 1 pm gathering. Email westseattleukuleleplayers@gmail.com to see where they’re playing today.

THURSDAY FOOD-TRUCK POP-UP: 4-8 pm at Highland Park Corner Store (7789 Highland Park Way SW), the Mexicuban food truck will be visiting.

HIGHLAND PARK RUN CLUB: Also at HP Corner Store, meet up at 6:30 pm Thursdays for a ~3-mile run.

WRITING WORKSHOP FOR KIDS: Ages 8-12 can learn to “Write Your Story” in this workshop – free but registration required – first session 4:30 pm today at High Point Community Center (6920 34th SW).

DESIGN REVIEW X 2: Two Southwest Design Review Board online meetings to look at major West Seattle redevelopment proposals – 5 pm, 7617 35th SW mixed-use building; 7 pm, 5252 California SW senior-living building. Meeting links for attending/commenting are in our calendar listing.

TAE KWON DO: The West Seattle Tae Kwon Do Club‘s first February class is tonight at 6:30 pm at High Point Community Center (6920 34th SW) – our calendar listing has details.

SILENT BOOK CLUB: This monthly West Seattle “happy hour for introverts” is gathering at six venues tonight at 7 pm! Our preview has the locations.

NORTH HIGHLINE UAC: Live/work/study in White Center or elsewhere in unincorporated North Highline? 7 pm online, the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meets for the first time this year, with a public-safety focus.

BASKETBALL: The Chief Sealth IHS boys host West Seattle HS, 7:30 pm. (2600 SW Thistle)

‘AN ENDLESS SHIFT’: New play at ArtsWest (4711 California SW; WSB sponsor) continues tonight, 7:30 pm: “Created from verbatim accounts of the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic by the Seattle nurses who were there, AN ENDLESS SHIFT is a tribute to the everyday heroes who were confronted with what would become the longest shift of their lives.” Get your ticket(s) here.

COMEDY NIGHT: “Jokes at The Junction,” 8 pm at Great American Diner & Bar (4752 California SW) – ticket link is in our calendar listing.

Have something to add to our calendar? Email info to westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you!

ELECTION 2023: Teresa Mosqueda wants to move from Seattle City Council to King County Council

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

After five years as one of the Seattle City Council‘s two at-large members, North Delridge resident Teresa Mosqueda says she feels a “pull” toward a different role in local government – that of King County Councilmember.

Mosqueda announced this morning that she is campaigning for the seat that District 8 County Councilmember Joe McDermott is leaving after more than a decade. The newly remapped district stretches from downtown Seattle to Burien, also including West Seattle, White Center, and Vashon and Maury Islands, among other neighborhoods (see the map here).

Mosqueda talked with WSB just before her announcement. She says she will continue with her City Council job – which isn’t up for a vote again until 2025 – while campaigning for County Council. (If she wins the new job, the remaining city councilmembers would have to appoint someone to fill the rest of her term.) Though the County Council represents three times as many people as the City Council, it toils in less of a spotlight, generally with far less pressure and scrutiny. Mosqueda wouldn’t mind: “Everyone asks, aren’t you going to be bored? I say, no!”

She says what’s “pulling” her toward the County Council are two issues in particular – health and housing. County government has “more purview over public health and behavioral health.” On the latter, she’s supportive of the behavioral-health levy the County Council just voted to send to voters in April. And she sees even more areas of the county in need of workforce housing, especially Vashon and Burien. She wants to work with the state legislators who have housing in the spotlight this session. The county also runs the major transit system – Metro – and “working families need round-the-clock transit – we need to reimagine that.”

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TRAFFIC, TRANSIT, WEATHER: Welcome to Thursday

6 AM: Good morning! It’s Thursday, February 2nd.

WEATHER

Mostly cloudy, high around 50.

TODAY’S TRANSIT STATUS

Metro is on its regular schedule, but still canceling some trips/suspending some routes, so keep watching notification channels such as @kcmetroalerts for trip cancellations and route suspensions. (We have an inquiry out to Metro asking how the bus repairs are going.)

-Regular schedule for the West Seattle Water Taxi.

Washington State Ferries‘ Triangle Route continues on a two-boat schedule – check here for alerts/updates.

TUNNEL CLOSURE

Maintenance closure for the Highway 99 tunnel, both directions, 10 pm Friday-6 am Saturday.

SPOTLIGHT CAMERAS

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

High Bridge – the camera at the top:

High Bridge – the view from its southwest end (when SDOT points the 35th/Avalon/Fauntleroy camera that way):

Low Bridge – looking east to west:

1st Ave. S. Bridge – the south route:

Highway 99: – the northbound side at Lander.

MORE TRAFFIC CAMS: See all working traffic cams citywide here, most with video options; West Seattle and vicinity-relevant cameras are also on this WSB page … Are movable city bridges opening for vessels? Check the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed.

If you see a problem on the bridges/streets/paths/water, please text or call us (when you can do it safely, and after you’ve reported to authorities if needed) – 206-293-6302.