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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday watch; last bridge closure of the week tonight

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 13:28:01 +0000

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE) (Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page) 6:28 AM: Good morning! So far, no incidents in/from West Seattle. BRIDGE CLOSURE TONIGHT: Final closure of the week for the Fauntleroy Expressway seismic-cushion work, 9 pm-5 am; the […]

West Seattle ‘Summer Parkways’ update @ Southwest District Council

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 09:22:40 +0000

SDOT has finally officially announced the September 25th Seattle Summer Parkways (aka “car-free day”) West Seattle event, more than two months after we brought you first word it was on the way. A few hours after Wednesday’s announcement, Seattle Summer Parkways coordinator Jordan Adams briefed the Southwest District Council, during its June meeting. The plans […]

West Seattle schools: Lafayette Elementary gets its wish – earlier bell times next year

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 04:15:54 +0000

Lafayette Elementary in Admiral is getting its wish – an earlier schedule next year. Thanks to the parents who pointed us to today’s announcement, which is posted on the school website as well as having been sent home on paper. When the district announced new “bell times” last fall (WSB coverage here), mostly to try […]

West Seattle development: Site clearing begins at 4505 42nd SW

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 01:10:53 +0000

6:10 PM: Weeks after equipment showed up for clearing the site, work started today on the mixed-use project at 4505 42nd SW in The Junction, across the alley from the Senior Center of West Seattle. This project got final Southwest Design Review Board approval early last year after four meetings over the course of a […]

See which community proposals West Seattle’s district councils are advancing for Neighborhood Street Fund

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 22:45:20 +0000

By Tracy Record West Seattle Blog editor Tonight, the Southwest District Council‘s June meeting includes a discussion of an in-progress city review that could eventually determine whether the SWDC and the city’s other 12 district councils continue to exist. One of the arguments for district councils is their advocacy for their respective jurisdictions getting their […]

West Seattle scene: Feathered pedestrians on Admiral Way

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 20:37:52 +0000

Thanks to Marco for sharing the scene from Admiral Way, when a mallard mom and ducklings got some help making it across the street just west of 42nd SW. Marco adds, “Props to the guy who was keeping them safe in traffic!” A closer look: (We can’t quite guess where mom was headed – Hiawatha? […]

CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: South Seattle College security video shows truck before, after ATM theft

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 18:38:26 +0000

That’s the clearest image of the truck shown on security video, entering and leaving South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) in a span of less than 10 minutes, before and after Tuesday morning’s smash-and-grab ATM theft at Brockey Center (here’s our original report; here’s our followup on the damage done). While tracking technology led police to […]

New city rules proposed for short-term rentals: 90-night-a-year limit for many

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 17:01:57 +0000

A new move today in the city’s attempts to address the affordable-housing crisis: New rules proposed to crack down on alleged abuse of the new technology-enabled short-term-rental market. Here’s the announcement, just out of the WSB inbox: Mayor Ed Murray and Councilmember Tim Burgess today announced a proposal to prevent long-term rental units from being […]

What’s ahead for your West Seattle Wednesday

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 16:04:22 +0000

(American Goldfinch – the state bird of Washington! – photographed by Mark Wangerin) Brand-new month, and here’s how it starts – with highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar: NEIGHBORHOOD DISTRICTS VS. COUNCIL DISTRICTS: A City Council committee talks this morning about the draft report resulting from last year’s council request that the Department […]

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday updates; overnight bridge closures continue

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 13:28:47 +0000

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE) (Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page) 6:28 AM: Good morning! No incidents in/from West Seattle so far. Today’s updates: *Another Fauntleroy Expressway seismic-cushion work bridge closure tonight, 9 pm-5 am. *Seattle Public Schools are out […]

West Seattle Crime Watch: Drive-by car prowling, and more

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 06:56:01 +0000

In West Seattle Crime Watch: DRIVE-BY CAR PROWLING: Shaun reports: At roughly 1:28 am my wife witnessed this van driving down our street and stopping and opening car doors. Driver didn’t get out of van, just reached out of window to check if doors were open. We called it in, and followed at a distance. […]

CONGRATULATIONS! Chief Sealth IHS Green Team honored as Conservation Champion for project that might go district-wide

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 02:58:38 +0000

(In photo: Students Katia Oliva, Clarissa Perez, Brandon Edwards; Sealth grad & former Green Team president Jessie Dirks; teacher Noah Zeichner; YMCA Earth Service Corps instructor Tyrell Dozier) Thanks to Nicole Sipila from the Chief Sealth International High School PTSA for sharing the news that the CSIHS Green Team has been “recognized as a 2015-16 […]

UPDATE: Seattle Police say non-emergency line is OK again

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 01:52:05 +0000

6:52 PM: We hope you won’t need this info, but in case you do, just tweeted by Seattle Police: “We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with the nonemergency line. Please call 206-583-2111 or 911 if you need assistance.” 11:18 PM: As of about an hour ago, the problem is fixed, SPD tweeted, so you can […]

West Seattle schools: YMCA expanding preschool at new location

Tue, 31 May 2016 23:50:07 +0000

Though the old location of the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) preschool has been demolished as the Y gets ready for Thursday’s groundbreaking on its expansion, it’s still offering preschool, and has announced an expansion. The new location for the Y’s preschool is the former E.C. Hughes Elementary in Sunrise Heights, and the Y is […]

New signs for the West Seattle Bridge: Will ‘zones’ help problems clear faster?

Tue, 31 May 2016 20:12:04 +0000

(UPDATED 4:26 PM with information we requested on project’s cost) 1:12 PM: If you got into trouble somewhere on the West Seattle Bridge – would you be able to clearly describe your location to a 911 dispatcher? SDOT is about to install signs that it hopes will help more people answer “yes,” resulting in most […]

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