Busy Thursday! Four big West Seattle events tomorrow, from Admiral to Luna Park to Puget Ridge …

August 20, 2014 at 9:13 pm | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news | No Comments

Early calendar preview for tomorrow, with four big events happening Thursday pm:

SUMMER CONCERTS AT HIAWATHA: The video above previews Jessica Lynne‘s “contemporary country” sound, which will fill the park east of Hiawatha Community Center for the fifth of this summer’s six concerts presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association. 6:30 pm. Free!

HAPPY 25TH, LUNA PARK CAFE: 4-10 pm tomorrow, the famous café by the bridge marks a quarter-century, with one big party:

What? Never been there? LPC is at 2918 SW Avalon Way.

SUSTAINABLE WEST SEATTLE: The annual SWS picnic is Thursday night, and you’re invited. After a few years at the beach, this time it’s in the trees:

This year we’re celebrating at the Community Orchard of West Seattle from 6-9 PM. SWS will have music and food, tours of the orchard and garden, cider pressing with apples grown on site, demonstrations of electric bikes in the parking lot, and you can make a smoothie in our bike-powered blender. Feel free to bring a dish to share and or something to throw on the grill. We will provide charcoal grills, tables, drinks, musical entertainment.

The orchard is on the north end of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus at 6000 16th SW.

COMMUNITY BARBECUE IN SOUTH ADMIRAL: 5-8 pm, you’re invited to a community barbecue outside Equilibrium Fitness (WSB sponsor) and its neighbor businesses at 3270 California SW:

Free burgers (beef AND black bean) and hot dogs on the grill, music, cool people, at California/Hinds.

Fauntleroy ‘Boulevard’ plan update: Community meeting set for September 23rd

August 20, 2014 at 6:21 pm | In Transportation, Triangle, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

The date is now set for the promised community open house about the Fauntleroy Way SW Boulevard Project in The Triangle, currently in “early design,” tentatively scheduled for construction late next year if city leaders approve project funding: 5-7 pm Tuesday, September 23rd, is the date for that communitywide discussion of the project, proposed for Fauntleroy Way SW between 35th and Alaska. SDOT’s Maribel Cruz tells WSB they’ve had briefings in recent weeks with:

· Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board
· Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board
· Freight Advisory Board
· Washington State Ferries
· West Seattle Transportation Coalition
· West Seattle Bike Connections
· West Seattle Junction Association

We were at the WSTC/WSBC briefing last month, along with one member of each of those groups. No major new details emerged, but the question that arose in comments on our July 15th report, “what about the Trader Joe’s onstreet loading zone?” was asked, and the reply was that they’re still discussing options. As a “boulevard,” that section of Fauntleroy will have “no loading zones and no parking,” the project team said.

Background on the project, as well as details of its status, are on the official SDOT webpage. The September 23rd meeting will be at the Senior Center of West Seattle (Oregon/California).

What’s happening (& not happening) for your West Seattle Wednesday night

August 20, 2014 at 3:33 pm | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

Patricia shared that beautiful view of last night’s sunset (thank you!). As evening approaches, we wanted to note a few things that are, and are not, happening (there’s more on our calendar, as always):

HAPPENING

*High Point Healthy Families Celebration at Neighborhood House’s HP Center, 5 pm
*Science on Wheels at West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) with Pacific Science Center, 6 pm
*Backpack giveaway at Westwood Christian Community, 6:30 pm
*Comedy night at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), hosted by Mona Concepcion, 8 pm

NOT HAPPENING

*In a recent comment discussion, it was mentioned that new SDOT director Scott Kubly had accepted an invitation to the next Delridge Neighborhoods District Council meeting. Turns out DNDC is NOT meeting tonight but you can mark your calendar for Kubly, Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, and other transportation-related guests at the September meeting – 7 pm September 17th at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, per DNDC chair Mat McBride, who says they’ll move that meeting into the theater so there’s more room.

Decision’s in: Hearing examiner rejects second Arbor Heights Elementary project appeal

August 20, 2014 at 1:13 pm | In Arbor Heights, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 2 Comments

(WSB July photo of awaiting-demolition Arbor Heights Elementary)
The decision is now published for the second appeal related to the Arbor Heights Elementary rebuild, which has had key elements on hold pending the hearing and ruling. City Hearing Examiner Sue Tanner has rejected the appeal by affirming the city decision to allow demolition of the old AHES. Here’s her ruling (PDF), or read it embedded below:

We’re checking with Seattle Public Schools regarding how the project timetable will be affected, now that the decision is in. A separate appeal related to the project was argued and rejected in May.

Mayor launches search for Seattle Parks & Recreation superintendent

August 20, 2014 at 12:37 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle parks | 3 Comments

Since taking office at the start of the year, Mayor Ed Murray has hired department heads including a new Police Chief and new Transportation Director, and now he’s launching a search for another one – a new Parks Superintendent. Just in:

Mayor Ed Murray today thanked Christopher Williams, Acting Superintendent of Parks and Recreation for the past four years, who is stepping down to the role of Deputy Superintendent. Williams is returning to his previous role with the department as he manages some personal health issues.

“I want to thank Christopher for his dedication and service to Seattle Parks and Recreation and the people of Seattle over the last four years as Acting Superintendent, and for many years before that in other capacities with the department,” added Murray. “Under his leadership, the department has successfully weathered significant budget reductions as the result of the Great Recession, including both service and staffing cuts. Seattle’s park system will benefit from Christopher’s work for years to come.”

The Mayor will conduct a national search to find a new leader for the Parks and Recreation Department. The search is underway and will be completed by January of 2015.

Williams lived in West Seattle while growing up and is a Chief Sealth International High School graduate. (Photo: WSB file, from 2011)

West Seattle Land Use Committee launches one week from tonight

August 20, 2014 at 11:17 am | In Development, Neighborhoods, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

After months of discussion, the West Seattle Land Use Committee is about to become reality. The seed was planted as local community-group leaders discussed the fact that there is no West Seattle-wide group looking at development and zoning/land-use issues – they only come up in response to/conjunction with particular projects. Other neighborhoods have land-use committees that get involved early on, so why not West Seattle, with so much growth and change? So here’s the agenda for the first meeting, set for next Wednesday (one week from tonight):

WEST SEATTLE LAND USE COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27 – 6:30 – 8:00

West Seattle Senior Center – Nelson Room – 4217 Southwest Oregon
__________________________________________________________

6:30 – Welcome and Introductions of Land Use Committee Members
*Introductions of attendees from the public

6:45 – Recap of the joint meeting of the Southwest District Council and the Delridge District Council – Sharonn, Vlad and Matt

7:00 – Additional issues to be added to the summary document – All

7:30 – Additional possible solutions to be added to the summary document – All

7:50 – Additional topics to be discussed at our next Land Use Committee meeting

8:00 – Adjourn

All are welcome. Helpful homework if you’re planning to be there – the official notes from last June’s joint meeting of the Southwest and Delridge District Councils with City Councilmember Mike O’Brien to talk land use:

We covered the meeting; our as-it-happened coverage is here.

Early alert: Free earthquake-retrofit workshop ahead in West Seattle

August 20, 2014 at 10:12 am | In Preparedness, West Seattle news | No Comments

These sessions are usually really popular, and advance registration is required, so here’s an early heads-up: The city Office of Emergency Management is offering a free earthquake-retrofit workshop at West Seattle (Admiral) Branch Library on October 4th, 11 am-1 pm. More info here, including the note that you have to sign up, so if you’re interested, do that ASAP – e-mail snap@seattle.gov.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday watch; road-work alerts; 99 ramp problem, cleared

August 20, 2014 at 6:16 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 10 Comments

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Welcome to another late-summer commute. The morning starts with the road-work alerts:

ARBOR HEIGHTS MICROSURFACING CONTINUES: Our Monday story includes the map of which streets are getting it and when.

STRIPE-PAINTING: Just one day after the SDOT alert about work crews here by week’s end, we spotted one out working on California SW yesterday. Keep your distance if you see them.

HIGHWAY 99 WORK, INCLUDING THE BIG CLOSURE: Overnight prep work is closing lanes nightly, getting ready for the big work that requires a two-phase closure beginning Friday night: See maps/times here.

7:31 AM UPDATE: Thanks to CC in comments and someone via phone for the tip – there’s a problem on the ramp from the eastbound bridge to Highway 99. (added) Julia says, “We just passed the ramp. A semi and smaller truck appear to have collided and blocking the ramp. Use other routes if you can.”

7:41 AM UPDATE: Annie tweets that she’s on the Route 120 bus and it just “took the SODO detour.”

7:57 AM UPDATE: The ramp is now clear, according to multiple reports including an SDOT tweet. Thanks for the updates (again, especially from bus riders and others who aren’t driving – if you see a problem while you ARE driving, please don’t call, text, tweet, etc. until you can do so safely and legally after arriving at your destination).

West Seattle Crime Watch: Hit-and-run driver hits parked car

August 20, 2014 at 2:04 am | In Crime, West Seattle news | 31 Comments

ORIGINAL REPORT, 2:04 AM: Thanks to the tipsters who reported a hit-and-run crash early this morning on 44th between Andover and Charlestown. Both reports came in via text, and one included these photos with the explanation, “Stolen car hit a parked car.” The reportedly stolen car is actually the pickup truck in the photo above, and the car it hit was a small SUV.

No injuries reported. We’ll check later this morning to see if anyone was caught.

ADDED 5:53 PM: There are at least two reports related to this incident, and while Seattle Police Media Relations was unable to access, yet, the one with details about the crash itself, they were able to provide the one that dealt with alleged liquor violations by two teenagers believed to have walked away. Ahead, info from that report:

Click to read the rest of West Seattle Crime Watch: Hit-and-run driver hits parked car…

Video: Who’s in the water? iPhone ‘microscope’ shows you Puget Sound creatures you’d never see otherwise

August 19, 2014 at 6:38 pm | In Seen at sea, West Seattle news | 7 Comments

From the ever-creative “Diver Laura” James … a new idea for looking at who and what are in Puget Sound. She says it’s simple as pie to turn an iPhone into a microscope that’ll show you plankton and other micro-organisms in Puget Sound.

And there’s a reason she hopes you’ll look at the videos she’s creating with this rig, even if you don’t try to replicate it yourself:

My goal with these videos is to help show that every drop of our precious Puget Sound is alive, and when we pollute it, the stormwater is not going into just water, but flowing into and poisoning the homes of the foundation of our food web, and a nursery for so many baby critters that it boggles the mind.

See more of the plankton here:

And check out Laura’s YouTube playlist. She says she’s working on a “key” to help plankton viewers know exactly what they’re seeing, too.

See expanded Fairmount Park Elementary, getting ready to (re)open

August 19, 2014 at 4:31 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 9 Comments

(WSB photo, taken this morning)
Even if you haven’t turned off Fauntleroy Way to see the newly expanded Fairmount Park Elementary School on Findlay, new flashing beacons on Fauntleroy like the one in our top photo are a reminder that the area is about to have a school again. Fairmount Park will officially open two weeks from tomorrow, seven years after its closure. For a sneak peek at the expanded and remodeled school, Joe Wolf shares this Flickr album, including the main entrance along SW Findlay:

The central courtyard:

The auditorium entrance:

A classroom in the new addition:

Also in the addition, a second-floor corridor:

Again, you can see many more photos in Joe’s full album, here. According to the back-to-school letter from principal Julie Breidenbach, the school is starting with at least 340 students.

In addition to the addition of classrooms to bring Fairmount Park Elementary’s capacity up to 500, there also is a new pathway from the school’s north side, along the south side of Fairmount Playfield, to reach the sidewalks on Fauntleroy Way, where there will be a school-bus-loading zone – part of the reason the trees west of the playfield were removed in the past few weeks (as reported here August 1st).

‘Frozen’ finale for West Seattle Outdoor Movies this Saturday night: Bring diapers!

August 19, 2014 at 2:45 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | 1 Comment

The sixth and final West Seattle Outdoor Movies presentation of 2014 is a biggie – last year’s Disney hit “Frozen,” on the big screen in the courtyard by Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) this Saturday night, free. Come early – while 6:30 pm is the official “gates open” time, there’s really no way to lock down the courtyard, so when it’s a hot movie, stakeouts might start sooner. Preshow entertainment will be courtesy of Seattle Balloon Arts – and there’s a free community barbecue too, courtesy of West Seattle Christian, a longtime supporter of the movie series (as are we). The movie starts at dusk, which is probably going to be around 8:30 pm this time around.

Along with bringing your own chair/blanket, bring diapers! Every week there’s an official community nonprofit beneficiary for concessions and raffle tickets, and this week it’s WestSide Baby, whose main mission is to “cover little bottoms” all over the region. Movie mastermind Lora Swift tells us that every packet of diapers you bring will get you three raffle tickets. See you Saturday – 4410 California SW, next to the post office on the north end of The Junction.

47th/Admiral signal: Design’s done; construction set for this fall

August 19, 2014 at 12:21 pm | In Safety, Transportation, West Seattle news | 51 Comments

SDOT has announced that design is done and construction will start this fall – possibly as soon as October – on the long-sought signal at 47th SW and Admiral Way, and that it will be accompanied by four striped crosswalks, as seen in the new design graphic above. This fall will mark three years since the Admiral Neighborhood Association ramped up its campaign for the signal with a rally in memory of 26-year-old Tatsuo Nakata, killed at the intersection in fall 2006. It took a lot of pushing to get funding committed – in early 2012, SDOT was still saying 47th/Admiral wasn’t high on the list. Then last year, the City Council made changes in then-Mayor McGinn’s spending plan in order to find full funding for the signal.

Here are key parts of the finalized plan, according to SDOT:

*Installing a new traffic signal
*Adding four additional striped crosswalks
*Upgrading six curb ramps at key corners of the intersection to be compliant with current American Disability Act (ADA) standards
*Replacing the existing center-turn lane with left-turn-only pockets on SW Admiral Way
*Removing minimal parking up to 50 feet from the intersection approaches on the north and south sides of 47th Avenue SW and SW Waite Street
*Removing the existing pedestrian signal

According to SDOT’s Maribel Cruz, “We anticipate construction will begin late this fall and will last for approximately three months, depending on weather conditions. The project team plans to host a community drop-in session at a nearby café in October, prior to the start of construction, and will continue to keep the community informed as the project progresses.” More information is online at this newly updated project page.

P.S. We should note that this intersection will be a lot busier soon, with Aegis Living planning to build a new retirement center on the 4700 SW Admiral Way site of the former Life Care Center, proposed to include 48 assisted-living apartments and 33 memory-care apartments..

West Seattle Tuesday: Kurdistan benefit at Pegasus; City of Hope benefit at Salty’s; camp-fundraiser movie at Schmitz Park; more …

August 19, 2014 at 10:12 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Steller’s Jay silhouetted against the early-morning sun outside WSB HQ this morning)
Do a good deed while having a good time! Three of our calendar highlights for today/tonight fit that description and are on the list:

PEGASUS BENEFIT FOR KURDISTAN RELIEF: 4-9 pm at Pegasus Pizza on Alki, specials and raffle tickets benefit relief for children and families in Kurdistan – details in our calendar listing. (2770 Alki SW)

LAST CALL FOR FAMILY-FRIENDLY TENNIS LESSONS: 6 pm tonight, it’s the final session for USTA Family-Friendly Tennis at Solstice Park – you’re welcome even if you haven’t been to any previous sessions, and regardless of your skill level; details in our calendar listing. (7400 Fauntleroy Way SW)

SALTY’S BENEFIT FOR CITY OF HOPE: Tonight’s Tuesday Tuneup at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor), 6:30-8:30 pm, emceed and entertained by pianist Victor Janusz, is a fundraiser for City of Hope – no cover charge, donations accepted. (1936 Harbor SW)

SCHMITZ PARK ELEMENTARY OUTDOOR MOVIE: Rescheduled from last week (the weather’s much better now!), “Rio 2” outdoors at Schmitz Park Elementary, raising money for the 4th-grade Islandwood trip. “Doors open” at 6:30, movie around 8:15 pm, more in our calendar listing and on the SPE PTA website. (5000 SW Spokane)

BOBBY BARE JR., LIVE: Live in-store at Easy Street Records in The Junction tonight at 7 pm, it’s Bobby Bare Jr.details on the ESR website. Free. (California/Alaska)

BELLY DANCING: Time for the monthly Alauda freeform-bellydancing showcase at Skylark Café and Club (no cover charge), 7:30 pm. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

BRIAN LEE & THE ORBITERS @ THE FEEDBACK: The weekly “Blues To Do” show features Brian Lee and The Orbiters tonight at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), 8 pm. (6451 California SW)

MORE! … just go check out our calendar.

Need a backpack for school? West Seattle giveaway tomorrow

August 19, 2014 at 9:21 am | In West Seattle news | 1 Comment

With two weeks to go until school, it’s time for families to get supplies lined up for the new school year. The cost can add up, and some families need help. Next chance to get it – Westwood Christian Community shares the news that they’re having a “Kids’ Block Party” and backpack giveaway tomorrow (Wednesday, August 20th), at 6:30 pm. Food and games too; all welcome. WCC is at 9252 16th SW.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday notes, & lots of local road work

August 19, 2014 at 6:16 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 6 Comments

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Good morning! Time to watch traffic, just in case, and to share alerts and transportation news:

ROXBURY PAVING TODAY: The city will be finishing the work between 25th and 27th SW.

ARBOR HEIGHTS MICROSURFACING CONTINUES: The long-anticipated work is under way, as announced by SDOT on Monday. Kevin McClintic shares this view of one road post-treatment:

He says the street was kept closed for about four hours after application, and has some advice: “Keep your animals inside until the sealant dries, lest they get the stuff on their paws and they lick themselves crazy.”

NIGHTTIME LANE CLOSURES ON HIGHWAY 99: Announced on Monday, for the nights leading up to the big closure this weekend (and partly beyond). Speaking of which

HIGHWAY 99 CLOSURE STARTS FRIDAY NIGHT: The stretch from the West Seattle Bridge to the Battery Street Tunnel will be closed both ways all weekend; from the tunnel to Valley Street, it will be closed late Friday night-early Wednesday morning. See maps/times here.

PAINTING CREWS ON THE WAY: SDOT expects its road-painting crews to start work out our way by week’s end.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Another gunfire investigation tonight

August 18, 2014 at 8:34 pm | In Crime, Delridge, West Seattle news | 21 Comments

8:34 PM: For the second night in a row, police are investigating reported gunfire in North Delridge. This time, according to an SPD tweet a few minutes ago, it’s reported near 23rd and Juneau (map), which would be near the north side of the Boren campus, which will be housing two schools, K-5 STEM and Arbor Heights Elementary, as of next month. As in last night’s case – around the same time of night, near Delridge/Brandon – so far, no injuries reported.

8:53 PM UPDATE: A woman who says she saw it happen told our crew the shots were fired from a red car heading north on 23rd just north of Juneau, and were aimed at four young men walking on the street. Again, no injuries reported.

They’re looking at bullet holes in at least two parked cars, one of which has a flat tire (photo above); police won’t say how many shots they think were fired, but the witness thinks it was at least 10.

Another traffic alert: Nighttime lane closures on Highway 99

August 18, 2014 at 6:58 pm | In Alaskan Way Viaduct, West Seattle news | No Comments

Before we get to this weekend’s big Highway 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct closure (which continues north of the Viaduct for two days beyond that, WSDOT has announced some nighttime lane closures this week for prep work, starting tonight. Here’s the alert:

Drivers who use State Route 99 through Seattle’s SODO district should plan ahead for possible nighttime delays this week.

Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will close up to two lanes in both directions between Spokane and Atlantic streets nightly for pavement rehabilitation work.

The southbound lanes will begin closing at 9 p.m., and the northbound lanes will begin closing at 10 p.m. All lanes will be open by 5 a.m.

In addition to the weeknight closures, the eastbound West Seattle Bridge off-ramp to northbound SR 99 will close from 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21 until 5 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22.

The work will help prepare the roadway for the upcoming weekend closure of SR 99 in which 81 damaged concrete panels will either be repaired or replaced. The $10.08 million project on the south end of the Alaskan Way Viaduct will extend the life of SR 99 and provide a smoother, safer ride for drivers.

Eviction-fight followup: Jean Barton says, ‘As far as I am concerned, it is still our home’

August 18, 2014 at 3:53 pm | In West Seattle housing, West Seattle news | 90 Comments

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Jean Barton never did speak at the downtown rally called by housing-justice activists as a followup to the Friday arrests that removed her, her disabled husband, and one of their sons from the Morgan Junction house they long owned, as their foreclosure/eviction fight continues.

The activists, led by the group SAFE (Standing Against Foreclosure and Eviction), gathered this afternoon in Courthouse Park, to which they’d summoned the media; we were there along with regional-TV crews. While they engaged in chants denouncing King County Sheriff John Urquhart for the Friday arrests, Jean Barton arrived on the sidelines, and reporters/photographers converged.

She basically had a news conference steps away from where the advocates continued to shout and chant. She said that husband Byron Barton remains at the Seattle VA Hospital, but she wasn’t sure where she would be staying tonight, as she had been put up in a hotel for a few days but that was ending.

She also said, “As far as I am concerned, it is still our home.” Her lawyer explained that their lawsuit alleging illegal foreclosure (90-page PDF) continues to go through the courts, as does their appeal of the “unlawful detainer” complaint that resulted in their original official eviction exactly one month ago.

It was then announced via bullhorn that the protest would move over to the courthouse next door, where the KCSO is headquartered. Demonstrators marched back and forth in front of its 3rd Avenue entrances, while Jean Barton went inside to request a one-on-one meeting with the sheriff, who, as you can hear in our video, wasn’t there, she was told:

KCSO is charged with carrying out eviction orders regardless of whether they are in the jurisdiction of an agency such as the Seattle Police Department. After they evicted the Bartons on July 18th, the couple went back inside the house. SPD arrived on the scene and could have arrested them for alleged trespassing but did not; the following Monday, Mayor Murray announced he had asked SPD to “stand by” while the case played out in court.

After that, the company that bought the house at a foreclosure auction in April, Triangle Property Development, went to court to seek a “writ of mandamus” which would have ordered the city to take action. Last week, King County Superior Court Judge Mariane Spearman denied that request, saying it would have been an extraordinary action to order the city to do something in which it had discretion, while, she said, Triangle had other avenues available for getting possession of the house.

Then last Friday, KCSO showed up at the Morgan Junction house and carried out a search warrant it had obtained, signed by Superior Court Judge Helen Halpert, citing grounds that it had evidence a crime – trespassing – was happening in the house, and swept in around 8 am, arresting and removing the Bartons. Representatives of Triangle promptly occupied the house, saying they were readying it for a renter who would move in quickly. Byron Barton was reported to have been shuttled between the VA Hospital and Harborview before winding up at the former, and that brings us to what unfolded today. What’s next? We’ll continue watching court files, among other sources, to see.

West Seattle music: Jon Auer performs at C & P Coffee next week

August 18, 2014 at 2:30 pm | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 1 Comment

Several days/nights a week, C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) features live music, free admission. Today we have word of a show that C & P proudly announces as “kind of a big deal,” and seating is limited, with an admission charge, so here’s early word: Jon Auer, co-founder of The Posies, is playing at C & P 7-9 pm Thursday, August 28th, admission $21 – RSVP ASAP to nancystandifer1@msn.com.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Man beat up, robbed in Admiral

August 18, 2014 at 11:24 am | In Crime, West Seattle news | 62 Comments

Just in via SPD Blotter:

A coffee-shop employee was beat up and robbed in the North Admiral neighborhood Monday morning while he waited for the store to open. The victim got to work, near 41st Avenue Southwest and Southwest Admiral Way, about 4 am, before the manager arrived. After he sat on the steps to read a tablet computer, three men approached and asked for money. The victim said he didn’t have any and the men began hitting him in the face and head. The robbers took the victim’s tablet, cell phone and bag, then fled. Officers arrived quickly and surrounded the area but did not find the (robbers). Medics treated the victim at the scene and gave him a ride home.

Though the item doesn’t identify the coffee shop, the only one at that corner is the Admiral Starbucks.

More road work! Arbor Heights, south Fauntleroy ‘microsurfacing’ begins today

August 18, 2014 at 11:06 am | In Arbor Heights, West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | 17 Comments

Another alert from SDOT – the “microsurfacing” work in Arbor Heights (and south Fauntleroy) is under way. You might already have seen the crews doing advance weed-clearing work along the roads in recent days. Here’s a larger map and full info. It’s been seven months since SDOT’s original announcement of this work.

West Seattle road-work alert: Watch for SDOT painting crews

August 18, 2014 at 10:46 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | No Comments

SDOT has just sent out a general alert about crews repainting lines “on major arterial streets throughout the city” while the clear, dry weather lasts – 850 “lane miles” in all. Notes SDOT’s Marybeth Turner, “Re-marking the yellow, solid white and dashed white lines makes them easier to see, and the reflective beads in the paint also helps, enhancing safety.” The crews have already been through North Seattle and downtown, are in east Central Seattle now, and expected in our area later this week “where, if weather is favorable, they expect to complete striping in about three weeks.” The trucks carry signs warning you to keep away from the wet paint – please heed them!

Update: Southworth house fire, smoke visible from West Seattle

August 18, 2014 at 9:37 am | In Not WS but we're mentioning it anyway, West Seattle news | 4 Comments

(WSB photo)
9:37 AM: If you have a west-facing view and noticed the smoke by the Southworth ferry dock, it’s a house fire, according to a tweet from the Kitsap Sun. We got a call about it (thank you!) and are photographing the smoke from Constellation Park.

10:29 AM: The Sun reports firefighters say it’s “knocked down.” No other details yet but it is indeed close to the dock, according to this photo tweeted by a passenger:

12:53 PM: Here’s the Kitsap Sun’s full story, plus a photo sent to us by Mark Dale:

West Seattle Monday: Wading, reading, learning…

August 18, 2014 at 9:00 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 3 Comments

(WSB photo: M/V Issaquah heading out from Fauntleroy this morning – the run is back to 3 boats today)
Getting down to the quieter weeks of summer – but not *entirely* quiet:

ONE WADING POOL, ONE SPRAYPARK: Most city wading pools’ seasons ended over the past few days, but Lincoln Park‘s wading pool remains open daily (weather permitting), 11 am-8 pm, through Labor Day – so that’s two more weeks. Same for Highland Park Spraypark, 11 am-8 pm through Labor Day. Addresses and other info here.

AFTERNOON BOOK GROUP: 2 pm at Southwest Branch Library; this month’s book is “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” by Lisa See. No registration or previous participation required – just show up. (35th/Henderson)

WHAT MAKES A BOAT FLOAT? Kids 4-8 will find out tonight at 6 pm at High Point Branch Library. Free but registration is required – info and the phone number, all here.

P.S. for politics-watchers:

NO CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS FOR TWO WEEKS: If you keep watch on what the council and its committees are up to, you get a two-week break starting today – it’s the annual hiatus.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday updates; what’s ahead, including Highway 99 closure

August 18, 2014 at 7:29 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle traffic alerts | No Comments

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
No major problems right now as the heart of the morning commute approaches. As reported here very early this morning, the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth ferry run is back to three boats. Here’s what’s ahead this week:

ROXBURY PAVING, TUESDAY: The city has already ground down SW Roxbury from 25th to 27th but needed dry weather to repave, so that’s now set for tomorrow.

HIGHWAY 99 CLOSURE, STARTING FRIDAY NIGHT: The stretch from the West Seattle Bridge to the Battery Street Tunnel will be closed both ways all weekend; from the tunnel to Valley Street, it will be closed late Friday night-early Wednesday morning. See maps/times here.

ALKI SW CLOSURE NEXT SUNDAY: The Alki Beach 5K benefiting breast-cancer patients is next Sunday morning.

Ferry-alert update: Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth back to 3 boats

August 18, 2014 at 12:51 am | In Transportation, West Seattle news | No Comments

We noticed on Washington State Ferries‘ VesselWatch that the M/V Evergreen State, which broke down on Saturday, was back on the move as of earlier this hour – and now, WSF has sent official word that it’s back to the three-boat Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth for today’s morning commute:

Necessary repairs on the Evergreen State have been made and the route will return to the three boat schedule on Monday, August 18 beginning with the 4:05 am sailing from Vashon.

Without the Evergreen State, the “Triangle route” had been down to 2 boats all weekend, with long waits.

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