January 2014

UPDATE: Stolen car chased in West Seattle, suspect now in custody

King County Air Support video shows suspect running from police

UPDATE 2 7:10am Feb. 1
An SUV equipped with LoJack that was stolen on Jan. 31 was chased by Seattle Police into the 4800 block of 47th S.W. The vehicle entered an alley then backed up at high speed crashing through a fence. The suspect exited the vehicle and ran through the neighborhood, hiding from police. Then he broke into a house, where according to SPD he once lived. Police obtained a search warrant and arrested the suspect.

The SPD Blotter said: "The suspect made a few evasive turns before he stopped and jumped out and ran on foot with officers chasing. The suspect broke a small basement door window of a nearby house and entered the house. Officers learned that the suspect used to live there. Officers surrounded the house and issued warnings to the suspect while waiting on a search warrant. A couple of hours later, the adult male suspect came out of the house on his own and was taken into custody. He was later booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Auto Theft and Burglary."

UPDATE 11:49


Long time West Seattle restaurateur Leonard Vann has passed away

Owner of Vann Bros. Restaurant in the Junction

Long time West Seattle resident and restaurateur Leonard Vann passed away on Saturday, Jan. 25. He was 85. Vann Bros. Restaurant was started by Ruel and Irv Vann and then in 1966 Roger Vann took over Ruel's role. When Irv passed away in 1969 Leonard and Roger ran it, and Jeff Vann and Leonard ran it until 1985 when the business was sold. The restaurant moved three times in its history. It was first in the Admiral District, then moved to Alaska Street, and then in 1935 it moved to 4542 California Ave. S.W.

The services will be held on Saturday, February 15th between 11-2pm at Forest Lawn (6701 30th Ave SW Seattle, WA 98126) inside the chapel. We will have a service from 11-12 followed by the reception from 12-2pm where we will have a catered lunch in their reception room.

The restaurant began in 1922 in the Admiral District in what is now the Admiral Safeway then moved in the 1930's to the West Seattle Junction at 4542 California Ave. S.W. where the Maharaja Restaurant is located now. The building still carries the name "Vann Bros. Bldg" above the door.


Sports Roundup for 1-31-14

Sports Roundup

Monday, Jan. 27
Girls basketball
Kennedy 62, Lindbergh 36
Diondra Bourgette finished with a team-high 15 points as the Lancers scored a victory on Monday.
Myah Williams threw in 13 points and Kelsey Abrejera added 10.
Evergreen 49, Lakewood 37
Stephanie Herrera hit 14 points and Caroline Tupa 10 as the Wolverines defeated Lakewood by a 49-37 score Monday.

Tuesday, Jan. 28
Boys basketball
TJ 61, Mt. Rainier 57
Mount Rainier took a loss to Thomas Jefferson in a South Puget Sound League 4A North Division game Tuesday.
Andrew Lenneberg led the Rams with 15 points.
Highline won the team competition in Wednesday's meet, scoring 133.72 points ahead of the 124.1 of Renton and the 117.15 of Tyee.
Alexis Sata of Tyee took all-around honors with 28.20 points, with Nieves Alvarez of Highline taking second with 27.85. Katie Gato of the Pirates was third with 26.35.

Wednesday, Jan. 29
Girls basketball
Evergreen 47, Highline 35
Tupa led the Wolverines with 13 points in Wednesday's Seamount League win over the Pirates ahead of the 10 scored by teammate Antonee Harrell.


12th Man rallies in Ballard

The 12th Man spirit is alive and well at Columbia Lutheran Home, which has been a Ballard area fixture since 1920. Columbia Lutheran Home is a non-profit nursing home. To accompany the recent dining room addition, a new flag pole was placed near the entrance of the building. The 12th Man flag was raised on Friday Jan. 31 to support our Seahawks as they head to the Superbowl on Sunday. GO HAWKS!

seahawks flag


seahawks flag

Picture by Shay Quigley Isaacson


Bus Routes 55 and 128 will be re-routed Monday Feb. 3 through Feb. 17

From Monday, February 3 through Monday, February 17, 7:00 AM until 5:00 PM, Monday through Thursday only, Metro routes 55 and 128 will be rerouted off of SW Seattle St between California Av SW and 44th Av SW, due to construction. Service on Fridays and weekends will not be affected.

During this time, Routes 55 and 128 heading toward the Admiral District will travel instead via SW Massachusetts St and 44th Av SW to their regular routes.

Heading toward downtown Seattle and Southcenter these routes will not be affected.

Please visit the Metro Online Service Advisories Table for specific reroute details.


Sports Roundup 1-31-14

Monday, Jan. 27
Girls basketball
Evergreen 49, Lakewood 37
Stephanie Herrera hit 14 points and Caroline Tupa tallied 10 as the Wolverines of White Center won a non-league game this past Monday.

Tuesday, Jan. 28

Boys basketball
Seattle Luth. 63, Chief Leschi 49
Seattle Lutheran High School of West Seattle defeated Chief Leschi by a 63-49 score Tuesday, led by the 24 points of Abijah Smith.

Girls basketball
Seattle Luth. 45, Chief Leschi 18
Hailey Meyer scored 17 points for the Saints as they crushed Chief Leschi this past Tuesday.

Ingraham 60, West Seattle 24
The Wildcats were pinned with a loss by Ingraham in a Metro League match on Tuesday.

Wednesday, Jan. 29
Girls basketball
Evergreen 47, Highline 35
Tupa scored 13 points to lead Evergreen to victory Wednesday. Antonee Harrell tossed in a team-high 10 for Highline.
Boys basketball
Evergreen 62, Highline 45
Brandon Valencia led the Wolverines to a win Wednesday with 23 points.

Thursday, Jan. 30


South Site Project Update: Crews clean siphons week of Feb. 4 and begin restoring West Commodore Way right-of-way

Information provided by King County Department of Ecology

Crews completed the new 84-inch siphon pipe under Salmon Bay between the Ballard and Interbay areas of Seattle and have begun work to re-line the twin 36-inch wood siphons that have served the area for over 80 years.

To prepare for re-lining the existing siphons, crews will clean the existing siphons from the construction area in the Salmon Bay Marine Center the week of Feb. 4 (see first map below). Near neighbors may experience possible odors during this work.

Crews will also begin restoring the right-of-way on the south side of West Commodore Way in front of the project site (see second map below). There will be no parking in this area for up to one month while crews complete the restoration work.

What to Expect at the South Site:

· Possible odors from siphon cleaning week of Feb. 4

· No parking on West Commodore Way right-of-way in front of the project site (see second map below)

· High level of activity involving crews, trucks and equipment; noise and dust typical of a construction site


Super food for a Super football party

Few events bring us together each year like the Super Bowl. When the best of the best of the NFC and AFC meet for Super Bowl XLVIII, on February 2nd, it’s a signal to get together to critique the ads, eat and drink, and watch some football!

The 12th Man will be present in spirit from Seattle to the Met Life stadium. Online fans will take to social media to root for our team, and rate the ads. Whether you tune into the show for Bruno Mars, the Red Hot Chile Peppers, Doritos’ Crash the Super Bowl, the tailgate, or the game, it’s practically an American holiday, bringing our city and our nation together to party!

Of course, good food is central to the fun, so tune into the TheBrownLounge.com for a yummy mix and match menu of apps, salads, main dishes and desserts for Football Party Food Fun. Whether your tailgating or parking in front of your big screen TV there’s something for everyone. You’ll find dishes that are easy to make, and can be prepared in advance, so you aren’t stuck in the kitchen while everyone else is watching the big game!  

Go Hawks!!

Holly Brown, Publisher, WebTV &


Alki Lumber's Jim Sweeney honored with a heartfelt and permanent display

West Seattle icon Jim Sweeney, who passed away Feb. 5, 2012, influenced many lives, changing them for the better. As a mentor, friend, adviser, and American patriot, Sweeney was an example for many.

To honor his memory, his son in law, Matthew Pedersen, and Kory Love decided to create something that would serve to remind everyone of the impact Jim's life had on those who knew him.

Working with Ron Bryant of Bryant Fine Concrete, they designed and installed an exposed concrete slab, a flagpole and most importantly a commemorative plaque that reads:

"Dedicated to the memory of Jim B. Sweeney
'Tell it to Sweeney'

Above it the American flag is flying proudly, joined by the Seahawks 12th Man Flag.

The plaque itself was made by Northwest Trophy.


Neighbors of mixed use apartment project at 3210 California Ave. S.W. express frustration

By Hannah Danforth

Concerned Admiral residents met with DPD participants Wednesday evening, January 29th at the West Seattle Senior Center.

What was meant to be an informative meeting for neighbors affected by the proposed added 40 feet in building height for the Admiral Urban Village at 3210 California Ave SW, quickly turned into residents passionately criticizing what could be the largest development north of The Junction.

The proposal for the five story, 149­ apartment,168­ parking­ space and retail project is compared to other Seattle residential urban villages including Wallingford, Greenlake and Upper Queen Anne. Residents were very vocal about specific details on how they believe this project will affect the charming, eclectic Admiral neighborhood. Serious worry of losing daylight altogether, traffic flow, lack of public transportation, garbage collection, and general home value of the neighborhood superseded the loss of olympic mountain and water views.