West Seattle Blog… https://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Thu, 18 Oct 2018 08:36:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Simple ways to make your home safer, plus Q&A with police, @ West Seattle Crime Prevention Council: https://westseattleblog.com/2018/10/simple-ways-to-make-your-home-safer-plus-qa-with-police-west-seattle-crime-prevention-council/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/10/simple-ways-to-make-your-home-safer-plus-qa-with-police-west-seattle-crime-prevention-council/#respond Thu, 18 Oct 2018 06:34:55 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=930984 Home safety was the spotlight topic at the final West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting of the year, Tuesday night at the Southwest Precinct, so we’re starting with what the ~15 people in attendance heard from Jennifer Danner, the precinct’s crime-prevention coordinator:

She began by going around the room and asking people what they wanted to know about. Most had questions about video and cameras. Danner reminded everyone that she can do home-security assessments. She started with some myth debunking – “when a door is kicked in, it’s not the door that breaks, usually it’s the frame.” Changing the length of the screws with which your door is fastened is an easy, cheap way to help secure it, Danner said. When it comes to locks, exterior doors should have deadbolts – there too, the length is important; an inch-and-a-half throw is even better than the more-standard inch.

Window security – “You always want to add one more thing to your window,” since most windows can be broken into from the outside.

A dowel in the track is very helpful for a window that slides sideways or up. So even if someone defeats the other lock, the dowel is almost impossible to get around. Breaking the glass is loud and that’s usually a criminal’s last resort. Make sure the dowel is an inch or two shorter than the track so you can at least open the window a bit. “Security film” is another way to make windows more secure – even if the window is broken, the glass stays in place. It’s a good idea especially if your door lock is within two and a half feet of window glass. Added “track locks” are helpful too.

Lighting, cameras, alarms – First of all, Danner said, remember that burglaries almost always happen during the day when homes are vacant, not while the people inside are home at night, Danner reminded attendees. As for cameras, one high-quality camera is worth 10 low-quality cameras, she said. The clearer the better – you might catch an identifying mark on a criminal’s face or body, for example. Be careful where you place/point the camera, though, warned precinct liaison attorney Joe Everett – be mindful of neighbors’ privacy; even though it’s not illegal “you’re getting closer to getting yourself in trouble,” so it’s most advisable to point your camera at your own front door, your own property. She recommends having it cover entry points. What about motion-sensor lighting? It’s often placed in a spot where it’s not drawing the attention it’s intended to, she noted. And if you have a camera that runs all the time, be sure you have lighting in that area at all times too.

Cameras can be helpful – but they’re not the be-all-and-end-all answer – even if a criminal sees the camera, s/he may speculate nobody’ll check it, and proceed anyway.

What about an audible alarm? If you get one of those, Danner advised, make sure it’s VERY LOUD, at least 100 decibels. Then – test it and let your neighbors know what it sounds like and that you appreciate them calling 911 if they hear it going off.

Danner’s contact info is here.

FROM THE CAPTAIN: The meeting opened with the usual briefing from, and Q&A with, precinct commander Capt. Pierre Davis. He said property crimes are still the big problem year to date in this area. The recent Myers Way illegal-encampment cleanup has helped, especially in Highland Park and vicinity, and some crime statistics have since started to drop, he said. But we’re just now coming into the fall and holiday season when thieves “come out of the woodwork,” he warned. So “you have to help us help you.” Strong Block Watches, “watching out for each other’s property,” not hesitating to call 911, are all important. He said “property emphasis patrols …above and beyond what we normally staff” will be added. “There is a need.”

Officers are also watching vacant properties and RVs, Davis said. The trespass program is vital for the former – so if there’s a problem in your area, be sure police are aware. For the latter, the captain gave a nod to community members who’ve been calling attention to the Harbor Avenue parking (we count there daily and saw only one this afternoon). Note: This meeting was a few hours before the West Seattle Health Club crash/fire.

Back to crime in general, Capt. Davis said “area saturation” is a technique once they see trends in certain areas, along with arresting repeat offenders and continuing to work with prosecutors and judges to keep them in jail longer.

Community questions/concerns:

A longtime community member had a bit of a rant about the many questions 911 dispatchers/calltakers ask. “Yes, sometimes it’s frustrating … but there’s a reason why they ask the things they do,” noted Capt. Davis.

Another community member echoed the concerns and wondered why calltakers ask what “race” a suspect is when the more proper question would be about skin color – light, dark, etc.

Next question: If a neighbor spots a crime at the construction site next door, can they report it? Yes, said Davis. What if you have evidence, like video, of a crime at a neighbor’s house? Get the case number and use that when you contact police, but keep in mind that there may be a higher-priority situation happening at that time so the officer might not show up until later. You can also come to the precinct and talk to the desk person – there’s someone in the lobby 24/7.

Can 911 accept texted photos? asked another attendee. Crime prevention coordinator Danner said they don’t have the capability but are working on it. One small step – if you call 911 from a cell phone and hang up, they are able to send you a text asking if you are OK. (Calling 911 from any phone and hanging up gets a response, it was noted.)

Since officers have cell phones, what about contacting them directly, texting them a photo, etc.? Capt. Davis replied that they don’t have the capability to work that way just yet.

WSCPC president Richard Miller mentioned seeing the bicycle squad earlier in the day. Precinct leadership is deploying them where there’s a need, along with the Anti-Crime Team, and other resources.

Someone asked about Saturday night’s shooting and stabbing incidents. Capt. Davis didn’t have additional information on the former beyond what we reported in our Monday followup. In general, he said this year has been “better” than last year in terms of gunfire incidents overall. 34 incidents so far this year in West Seattle (just under one per week). He then mentioned the 5900 block of Delridge shots-fired incident we covered a week and a half ago, and “no one knows anything about that either” so due to a lack of witness information that one too remains a mystery.

Two reminders:

DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY: Reminder that 10 am-2 pm Saturday, October 27, you can bring unneeded medication to Drug Take-Back Day at the precinct (2300 SW Webster), including properly packaged liquids.

PUBLIC-SAFETY SURVEY: Another reminder, this is now open for you to take it and surface crime/safety/policing issues in your community (here’s our story from earlier this week).

The West Seattle Crime Prevention Council will start up again in January – it meets 7 pm third Tuesdays at the precinct.

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COMMUNITY GIVING: West Seattle Food Bank gets a boost from real-estate community golf tournament https://westseattleblog.com/2018/10/community-giving-west-seattle-food-bank-gets-a-boost-from-real-estate-community-golf-tournament/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/10/community-giving-west-seattle-food-bank-gets-a-boost-from-real-estate-community-golf-tournament/#respond Thu, 18 Oct 2018 05:32:25 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=931140 (Michael Mallagh [Co-Director] and David Katt)

This fall sunshine has been a boon for outdoor activities – including a benefit golf tournament organized by members of the local real-estate community to raise money for the West Seattle Food Bank. Don Bereiter from Windermere has sent photos and a wrap-up on the event held at the WS Golf Course last Friday – all totaling a $7,000 donation to the WSFB, from $3,500 in sponsorships and donations matched by PepsiCo. All from a first-ever tournament that was pulled together in just two weeks! Don continues:

Michael Mallagh and Stephanie Quam (Berkshire Hathaway HS Real Estate) are the brains behind it. They wanted to do something for the Food Bank and get others involved in the Real Estate community. Agents, lenders, title companies, etc., all pitched in a very short time period to make this happen. Below are a list of sponsors and volunteers just to show how everyone came together for a good cause. This was the first annual, and with more time for planning for next year, the dollar amount raised will be significantly larger.

The picture below is the winning team (from left to right) Mike and Debbie Kerns, Jill and Jim Campbell, with a score of 10 under par:

Sponsors

Pepsi – Kenny Turner: Matching Donation Sponsor
JetClosing – Nate Eisele: Beverage Ticket Sponsor
Stewart Title – Cathy Steger & Mary Forrey: Check-in Sponsor
The Westy, Connelly Skis, & The Bridge: Prize Supporters
Ballad Pictures / Adam Bale & Kent Colony: Photos
Garrett Wheadon – Sign Pros
Kelli Strand – Chicago Title
Ron Ballman – American Home Shield
Chris Dutton – Guild Mortgage
Holmquist + Gardiner Attorneys at Law
Nick Perovich – HomeStreet Bank
Shari Kruse – Windermere
Napoleon Williams – Cornerstone Home Lending

(Cathy Steger, Mary Forrey, Jennifer Whip, Stephanie Quam (Tournament Co-Director), Jennifer Ruemping, Sally Hardwick, Kathy Sheldon)

Volunteers

Kathy Sheldon – Berkshire Hathaway
Jennifer Ruemping – Berkshire Hathaway
Sally Hardwick (and Emily!) – Windermere
Jennifer Whip – Windermere
Stephanie Quam – Berkshire Hathaway

The Winners!

1st Place with a 62 (-10): Jill Campbell / Jim Campbell / Debbie Kerns / Mike Kerns ($300)
1st Place (Mixed Division) with a 69 (-3): Stephanie Quam / Marian Padgett / Tonya Hamilton / Chris Dutton ($200)
2nd Place with a 63 (-9): Napoleon Williams / Tyler Martinez / Matthew Martinez / Carsten Olufsen ($100)
Closest to the Pin (Hole 11): Jeff Dabbs & Nancy Spiro ($50 Gift Card)
Long Drive (Hole 12): Tyler Martinez and TBD for the women (the long drive results went missing, so if you hit the fairway let me know ;) ($50 Gift Card)

Motivated to join them in donating to the WS Food Bank? Here’s how.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Car break-in at Lincoln Park https://westseattleblog.com/2018/10/west-seattle-crime-watch-car-break-in-at-lincoln-park/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/10/west-seattle-crime-watch-car-break-in-at-lincoln-park/#comments Thu, 18 Oct 2018 03:15:20 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=931121

The photo and report are from Leanne:

As I now understand, Lincoln Park is unsafe and cars are broke into here daily. A Good Samaritan helped me to clean the mess. It happened around 3:30 this afternoon. They got a leather tote, purse, iPad, etc. … but not my wallet!! Haha!!!

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UPDATE: SW Genesee closed for 6+ hours after steel balls spill from truck https://westseattleblog.com/2018/10/traffic-alert-ball-filled-truck-trouble-on-genesee-east-of-avalon/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/10/traffic-alert-ball-filled-truck-trouble-on-genesee-east-of-avalon/#comments Wed, 17 Oct 2018 23:53:36 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=931107

4:53 PM: Thanks for the tips! Those are forged-steel balls and bags full of them fell out of a truck on the SW Genesee hill east of Avalon, which is currently closed westbound as a result from 26th on up. We’d advise avoiding the area both ways for a while.

4:59 PM: Our crew at the scene says that these are heavy items – check the inscription on the bags:

So SDOT is trying to figure out how to clean up the ones that spilled. Some have rolled into vehicles parked in the area.

7:11 PM: Cleanup is under way – and both sides are blocked, we’re told – thanks for this texted photo:

Your co-publishers are embedded at community events tonight, so we appreciate an update (in comments preferably) if you notice the road has reopened before we get word of it!

8:50 PM: Just went by. Still closed.

10:06 PM: Scanner traffic indicates getting the truck off the hill will involve some backing up and potentially a temporary Delridge closure, so heads up on that.

11:23 PM: After more than six hours, the truck and balls are gone. We’ll do our best to follow up on whether any citation was issued.

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CONGRATULATIONS! West Seattle HS golfer Lauryn Nguyen sets course record, wins Athlete of the Week https://westseattleblog.com/2018/10/congratulations-west-seattle-hs-golfer-lauryn-nguyen-sets-course-record-wins-athlete-of-the-week/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/10/congratulations-west-seattle-hs-golfer-lauryn-nguyen-sets-course-record-wins-athlete-of-the-week/#comments Wed, 17 Oct 2018 22:55:19 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=931098 Two updates this afternoon on West Seattle High School golf star Lauryn Nguyen:

First, her WS Golf Course record has been confirmed. It was mentioned in this report on the WSHS girls-golf season that she was believed to have set it during the Metro Championships last week – and today, WSHS says it’s official – at 67, 5 under par, she holds the course’s women’s record.

Second, she is the third local high-school athlete in three weeks to be honored as a Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Athlete of the Week! WIAA noted in today’s announcement, “Nguyen was the Metro League Golf Championship Individual Champion with her score of 67, setting a new ladies’ course record by two strokes. She also was named Metro League Player of the Year.”

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FOLLOWUP: Tunnel tolls finalized, plus other Highway 99 notes – including a change to this weekend’s closure plan https://westseattleblog.com/2018/10/followup-tunnel-tolls-finalized-plus-other-highway-99-notes/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/10/followup-tunnel-tolls-finalized-plus-other-highway-99-notes/#comments Wed, 17 Oct 2018 20:34:18 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=931079 (WSDOT photo: NB view inside the tunnel, from August)

1:34 PM: The state Transportation Commission has finalized the toll rates for the Highway 99 tunnel – $1 to $2.25, depending on daypart, providing you use Good To Go. From the announcement:

On weekdays, tolls will be $1.50 during the morning peak commute (7 a.m. to 9 a.m.), $2.25 during the evening peak commute (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.), and $1.25 during non-peak hours between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. Overnight (11 p.m. to 6 a.m.) and weekend tolls will be $1.00. Toll rates will increase by 3 percent every three years beginning in July 2022, subject to annual review by the Transportation Commission.

The Transportation Commission has previously determined that there will be consistent exemptions on all toll facilities for public transit, emergency responders, highway maintenance vehicles, school buses and qualified private buses, which serve the public or commuters.

State law requires that SR 99 tunnel tolls be used to repay $200 million borrowed to build the tunnel as well as related debt service costs, and ongoing operations, maintenance, and safety costs.

Drivers will not be charged immediately when the tunnel opens in early February. The start date has not been set, but it will apparently be months after the tunnel opens rather than weeks – this WSDOT Blog report about traffic-pattern changes expected when the tunnel opens says tolling is “expected to begin as soon as summer 2019.” In the meantime, until tolling begins, the report says, WSDOT is projecting more drivers will use the tunnel than currently use the Viaduct. … While we’re discussing Highway 99, yet another reminder that it will be closed BOTH WAYS this weekend, starting Friday night (October 19th) for inspection plus some viaduct-to-tunnel-transition work. As always, if the closure ends early, we’ll update you here.

4:21 PM: And we have an update already. The NB part of this weekend’s closure will be shorter. From the WSDOT website: “Northbound SR 99 will close Saturday, Oct. 20 at 6 a.m. and reopen Saturday afternoon by 5 p.m. The southbound closure remains unchanged.”

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UPDATE: Toddler found alone in Highland Park https://westseattleblog.com/2018/10/police-looking-for-parents-after-finding-toddler-in-highland-park/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/10/police-looking-for-parents-after-finding-toddler-in-highland-park/#comments Wed, 17 Oct 2018 18:58:38 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=931066 11:58 AM: Tweeted by Seattle Police: “Officers located an unaccompanied 2-year-old boy near 8th Ave SW and SW Henderson a short time ago and are looking to reunite him with his parents. If you’re missing a child, please contact the SW Precinct at 206-733-9800 or 911.” Working to find out more.

12:47 PM: We went to the precinct to ask at the front desk. The child was spotted around 9:30 am by someone who called 911. Parents/guardians apparently not found yet, as he is now in CPS custody.

2:46 PM: No further info on circumstances but we did just get word there’s been a reunion.

4:10 PM: And a clarification – Southwest Precinct Operations Lt. Steve Strand tells us that while the child’s mother was found, the child remains with CPS for now “for safety reasons.”

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West Seattle Wednesday: Candidates; WordsWest; Morgan Community Association; more! https://westseattleblog.com/2018/10/west-seattle-wednesday-candidates-wordswest-morgan-community-association-more/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/10/west-seattle-wednesday-candidates-wordswest-morgan-community-association-more/#respond Wed, 17 Oct 2018 18:16:25 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=931056 (Photo by Don Brubeck, looking toward Magnolia from Upper Alki this morning)

Just a sampling of what’s happening:

WEDNESDAY AT THE MOVIES: 1 pm screening at the Senior Center of West Seattle. This afternoon’s movie: “Richard III” from 1995. $1 members/$2 nonmembers. (4217 SW Oregon)

LEARN ABOUT CREATING ‘INTENTIONAL HOUSEHOLDS’: Westside Neighbors Network is at HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor) for a free presentation explained here. Wine and hors d’oeuvres too, 6-7 pm. (4022 SW Alaska)

THE CANDIDATES! As ballots are mailed today, it’s almost time to vote. Tonight, the Delridge Neighborhoods District Council offers you another chance to see Joe Nguyen and Shannon Braddock, 34th District State Senate candidates, side by side, 7 pm in Olympic Hall at the south end of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus. P.S. Free parking. (6000 16th SW)

MORGAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: Busy night for MoCA‘s quarterly meeting, 7 pm at The Kenney. See the agenda here. (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW)

WORDSWEST LITERARY SERIES: West Seattle is a place to celebrate writing, and the monthly WordsWest events offer you an opportunity to see and hear topnotch writers. 7 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), “an evening with writers Stacey Levine and Anca Szilágyi, whose female characters inhabit and explore worlds that stretch far beyond their given roles.” (5612 California SW)

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS NIGHT: The West Seattle High School volleyball team is accepting donations for the fight against breast cancer during tonight’s home game against Cleveland. 7 pm. (3000 California SW)

MADISON PTSA: First general meeting of the 2018-2019 school year! 7 pm – agenda details here. In the school library. (3429 45th SW)

AND MORE! Check our complete calendar page to see what else is happening in the days and weeks ahead.

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Motorcycle rider hurt in Morgan collision https://westseattleblog.com/2018/10/motorcycle-rider-hurt-in-morgan-collision/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/10/motorcycle-rider-hurt-in-morgan-collision/#comments Wed, 17 Oct 2018 16:23:43 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=931050

SFD is just clearing 41st/Morgan, which has reopened after a crash that sent a motorcycle rider to the hospital. Police told us that the rider was headed uphill and a driver was headed downhill when they collided.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday watch; weekend 99 closure reminder https://westseattleblog.com/2018/10/traffic-transit-today-wednesday-watch-31/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/10/traffic-transit-today-wednesday-watch-31/#comments Wed, 17 Oct 2018 14:33:40 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=931036

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

7:33 AM: Good morning! No transit alerts or outbound incidents from West Seattle so far.

WEEKEND VIADUCT CLOSURE: A reminder again, Highway 99 is scheduled to close in both directions this coming weekend (late Friday, October 19th, through early Monday, October 22nd) for the Alaskan Way Viaduct’s final planned inspection, plus some tunnel-transition-related work.

7:51 AM: Problem in the right eastbound lane on the bridge high-rise.

8:22 AM: SDOT says that scene is clear.

9:04 AM: Medic response at 41st/Morgan and texter tells us a motorcycle is involved. On our way to check.

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UPDATE: West Seattle Health Club in North Delridge damaged after ‘RV’ hits building, sparks fire, gas leak https://westseattleblog.com/2018/10/fire-response-in-north-delridge-2/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/10/fire-response-in-north-delridge-2/#comments Wed, 17 Oct 2018 08:25:39 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=931012 (CONTINUING TO ADD UPDATES as the day goes on)

(SFD photo)

1:25 AM: Seattle Fire has a “full response” arriving in the 2600 block of SW Andover. Updates to come.

1:32 AM: The address logged for the response is the West Seattle Health Club. “Light smoke” reported by fire crews searching inside. A gas meter is involved and an “ongoing gas leak” is reported.

1:37 AM: SFD says via Twitter that this started as an RV fire.

1:43 AM: Though RVs park nearby, generally west and north of the health club, this one hit the SW corner of the building, according to our crew who’s just arrived on scene.

(WSB photos from this point on)

1:57 AM: Photo added of the burned vehicle. No word yet on injuries but SFD’s public-information officer has just arrived on scene.

2:05 AM: You might recall that we covered an RV crash on the east side of the health club’s parking lot back in July; the building and its operations were not involved. Meantime, the gas leak remains the big lingering concern at the site right now.

All but four SFD units from the initial response are being dismissed.

2:21 AM: We’ve talked to SFD’s Kristin Tinsley. The gas is off now. She says (update) no one was treated for injuries. (Video added)

We don’t know yet how, or if, this will affect WSHC operations and will have to check back a little later in the morning. (If you get an update before we do, text/call our hotline – 206-293-6302.)

6:17 AM: Per texter the club is open but the pool is closed.

8:01 AM: As one commenter notes, the vehicle looks like a bus. However, RV is how SFD describes it, apparently more as a catch-all term for a rolling-residence type of vehicle. Meantime, the club posted this morning:

Well folks, another RV plows into the clubs property. This time it started a fire in the pool area and caused significant damage to the structure. We’ve been trying for months to have the RV encampment removed from Andover st. Please call the mayor’s office at 206 684 2489 and complain. We have to stop the unsafe conditions they bring to our club. Constant drug use, illegal dumping of garbage, and theft.

Unfortunately the pool will be closed until we can repair the damage. We will try to keep you posted on the reopening once we learn the extent of the damage.

We are also following up with SPD to see if they had contact with the driver, as SFD confirmed they did not.

8:42 AM: West Seattle Health Club has given us permission to publish its photos from the crash/fire aftermath:

“Enough is enough!” club management said in our exchange, vowing not to stop until they “get this resolved.”

12:20 PM: We are still waiting for responses to our followup questions for SPD. Meantime, Councilmember Lisa Herbold‘s office shares this report they just received from SFD:

The accidental fire occurred when the suspect of a shoplifting incident fled the scene in an approximately 15-passenger shuttle van and crashed the vehicle into the west exterior wall of the West Seattle Health Club’s pool building. The van collision damaged the exterior above-ground natural gas line. Fire from the van extended primarily to the exterior wall of the pool building. No injuries were reported. Damage is estimated at approximately $300,000.

Here’s an exterior view, as seen when we went back around 9:30 am:

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What happened when the Seattle Public Library’s chief librarian came to West Seattle https://westseattleblog.com/2018/10/what-happened-when-the-seattle-public-librarys-chief-librarian-came-to-west-seattle/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/10/what-happened-when-the-seattle-public-librarys-chief-librarian-came-to-west-seattle/#comments Wed, 17 Oct 2018 05:14:32 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=931005 When Marcellus Turner, who leads the Seattle Public Library system, came to West Seattle for a community conversation earlier this month, we weren’t able to be there, but SPL told us they planned an online recap. That recap is now online, and if you’re among SPL’s thousands of local users, you might be interested. Along with a summary of what Turner told those in attendance at Southwest Library, you can also read how he responded to the following questions – on the recap page, each is followed by a plus sign you can click to see the response.

Are building renovations covered under the maintenance portion of the budget?

Is the Library allowed to pursue grants?

Do you approach local businesses to request in-kind services?

When I was growing up, librarians were strict. But now, kids are often noisy while playing games on computers, sometimes multiple people per one computer. It goes against what I feel is the proper use for the Library.

Different libraries seem to allow different levels of noise. Can we have a maximum noise level?

If there’s a group that gets consistent complaints, can they be removed?

I have inadvertently viewed material on the public computers at the Central Library that I didn’t want to see. What is being done to prevent that?

How is the Library addressing the needs of people who need quiet vs. people who need to make noise?

Can the Library have resources, programs and outreach focused on people with dementia?

Could we have more Young Adult titles in Peak Picks?

Can the Library loan more physical objects? For instance, a wooden shoe that kids could learn to tie shoes with.

If nobody is waiting for a book, why are we limited to only two renewals?

Please don’t shelve juvenile non-fiction with adult non-fiction – it makes it hard for me to find the kids books.

Is the Wi-Fi turned off at night?

I want to see book groups at every branch.

When we give our information to a third party company through the Library, like for streaming videos or e-books, is the info we give them protected by the Library’s privacy policy?

This was Turner’s only West Seattle stop in the current round of community conversations. SPL says about 30 people were there.

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West Seattle schools: Highland Park Elementary Move-A-Thon in the fall sunshine https://westseattleblog.com/2018/10/west-seattle-schools-highland-park-elementary-move-a-thon-in-the-fall-sunshine/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/10/west-seattle-schools-highland-park-elementary-move-a-thon-in-the-fall-sunshine/#respond Wed, 17 Oct 2018 03:33:54 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=930993

Thanks to Highland Park Elementary PTA president Laura Olson for the photos and report:

The sun was shining for Highland Park Elementary’s second annual Move-A-Thon! Students wore their own individually tie-dyed spirit wear as they walked, skipped, and ran to the cheers of staff and parents.

A big thanks to our PTA volunteers who made this event possible and our sponsor Rain City West Screen Printing. While this was primarily a fitness celebration, it’s also a fundraiser. If you want to support the HPE PTA in it’s continuing good works, you are welcome to contribute!

Here’s how.

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DELRIDGE TRIANGLE: Interested in leading the next phase of its redesign? https://westseattleblog.com/2018/10/delridge-triangle-interested-in-leading-the-next-phase-of-its-redesign/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/10/delridge-triangle-interested-in-leading-the-next-phase-of-its-redesign/#respond Wed, 17 Oct 2018 01:40:14 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=930981 (Photo courtesy WWRHAH)

With a Neighborhood Matching Fund grant to help, local volunteers are ready to continue moving the Delridge Triangle into the future. Now, they’re ready for a partner. Here’s the announcement:

The Friends of the Delridge Triangle has now officially partnered with the Highland Park Improvement Club as our Fiscal Sponsor. We’ve now started the process of seeking a consultant or firm with expertise in planning, urban design, and/or landscape architecture to lead a series of public meetings to develop and deliver design concepts and cost estimates for the space located at 9200 Delridge Way.

If there are any local firms or consultants that are interested in submitting a response for consideration, the RFQ, support documentation and submissions process can be found at: delridgetriangle.org/rfq/

Submissions are due November 2nd. We hope to hear from interested professionals in the West Seattle community!

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FOLLOWUP: Admiral sidewalk section restored https://westseattleblog.com/2018/10/followup-admiral-sidewalk-section-restored/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/10/followup-admiral-sidewalk-section-restored/#comments Tue, 16 Oct 2018 23:20:55 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=930968

Thanks to Al and Andy for the tips! One week after we reported on the saga of the long-missing sidewalk section by the Admiral Way 7-11, it was finally restored today. Still closed for drying and finishing touches, of course.

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