March 2017

McLendon's Hardware is being acquired by CNRG

Company will continue to be managed by Gail and Mike McLendon

Fourth generation, family-owned McLendon Hardware has agreed to be acquired by Central Network Retail Group (CNRG), a multi-format, multi-brand retailer operating 90 hardware stores, home centers and lumberyards throughout eleven states across the U.S. The transaction is expected to close in April.

McLendon Hardware president, Gail McLendon, said the move was inspired by the company’s desire for continued growth throughout the Puget Sound region and beyond. At present, McLendon employs more than 500 Team Members and operates seven independent hardware stores located in Renton, White Center, Tacoma, Woodinville, Kent, Sumner and Puyallup. The Renton store is the largest. It was established in 1926, initially as U.S. Junk Company, and is the longest-standing hardware outpost in Washington State.

“Expert advice, legendary customer service and unmatched product selection have been the hallmarks of McLendon’s success for more than 90 years,” McLendon said. “However, continued if not aggressive growth is essential. CNRG has the financial strength to sustain and expand our business in the Puget Sound Region and beyond.”


Taste of West Seattle tickets going fast; Event set for May 25

The annual Taste of West Seattle is set for May 25 and the tickets are going quickly.

This event is a fundraiser to help West Seattle families facing one-time emergencies get back on their feet. The West Seattle Helpline uses all proceeds from the Taste of West Seattle to help West Seattle residents with rent, utilities, clothing, bus tickets and more.

It takes place at the Hall at Fauntleroy and runs from 6 to 9pm.

This is the biggest event of its kind in West Seattle with over 40 establishments represented and more than 500 attendees expected.

You can buy your tickets online here.

VIP Ticket: Unlimited food AND drink tastes, private VIP seating area, exclusive food and drink tastings, special VIP gift bag, early admission at 6:00pm [$125 each]

General Admission PLUS (GA PLUS) Ticket: Unlimited food AND drink tastes, admission at 6:30pm [$80 each]

General Admission (GA) Ticket: Unlimited food tastes, (3) free drink tastes, admission at 6:30pm [$65 each]


King County Housing Authority Housing to open Choice voucher (Section 8) waiting list April 15-18

news from the King County Housing Authority

With a record number of low-income households around King County struggling to pay the rent, the King County Housing Authority will be re-opening its waiting list for Housing Choice (Section 8) vouchers for only the second time since 2011.
From Wednesday, April 5 through Tuesday, April 18 at 4 p.m. PDT, households in need of rental assistance can apply for KCHA’s Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) program waitlist. Registration for the lottery is free and available only at
The program currently provides rental subsidies to over 11,300 low-income households with more than 28,400 family members in King County outside of Seattle and Renton. Fifty-seven percent of participating households have at least one elderly or disabled member. More than 11,000 children are currently housed with these subsidies, most of which flow to the over 2,500 private landlords participating in the program.


Happenings in the Heart of West Seattle

Junction events and news; Petal Power, Record Store Day, Refreshed Art Walk

by Lora Swift

Petal Power - over 55 baskets have been adopted

Thank You! Join your community by adopting one of the beautiful flower baskets that line California Avenue in the Junction. Each basket is filled to overflowing with beautiful seasonal flowers that shows a real love for nature.

For $145 donation (you can purchase more than one basket) your flower basket will show the neighborhood your support for West Seattle. Your basket is professionally planted and designed by City Planters. The Junction Association will take care of watering and maintaining your basket.

Your basket will be completed with a nameplate affixed to the historic light pole showing who adopted the basket. You may have the nameplate in your name, for a gift (fun for an anniversary or birthday), or in memory.OWER: Two Ways to Adopt


West Seattle High School's Bonnie & Clyde playing now through April 7

West Seattle High School’s Drama Club & Music Department proudly present our spring production

Bonnie & Clyde
A thrilling musical with a non-traditional score combining blues, gospel and rockabilly music.
Music by Frank Wildhorn
Lyrics by Don Black
Book by Ivan Menchell

March 30, 31, April 5, 6, 7 at 7:30pm
Special Benefit Performance, April 1st, 6pm reception & 7:30pm performance

$10 with reservation (email
$15 at the door

About the Show:
At the height of the Great Depression, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow went from two small-town nobodies in West Texas to America's most renowned folk heroes and Texas law enforcement's worst nightmares. Fearless, shameless and alluring, the Tony-nominated Bonnie & Clyde, from the legendary Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde, Civil War, Dracula) is the electrifying story of love, adventure and crime that captured the attention of an entire country.


JuNO meeting will discus Open Space/Green space questions April 4

information from JuNO

The next Junction Neighborhood Organization (JuNO) meeting will feature two Guest Speakers from Seattle Parks & Recreation Department on Tuesday April 4th 6:30-7:30pm at the WS Senior Center - Nucor Room.

Superintendent Jesus Aguirre is sending staff representatives to discuss the Open Space or Green Space opportunities for the West Seattle Junction Urban Village - past/present/future. JuNO members learned about a year ago that the WS Golf Course and WS Stadium spaces were included in the open space/green space quotas which made our neighborhood appear that we are actually 'over' the amount of green space needed for our neighborhood. Members were shocked to learn this as the Golf course and Stadium are have a cyclone fence around them and are not truly open spaces like Hiawatha Park or Lincoln Park.

Guest Speakers:
Kathleen Conner - Major Projects & Planning Manager
Paul Wilkenson - Golf Programs Manager


West Seattle Helpline recognized by State Senate

information from West Seattle Helpline

The West Seattle Helpline was recognized in the Washington State Senate on Thursday, March 30th. The Senate unanimously passed SR 8615; a resolution honoring West Seattle's work preventing homelessness, providing emergency services, and supporting under-served families and individuals in our community. Senator Sharon Nelson, who represents the 34th legislative district, spoke on the Senate floor in support of the resolution and in praise of the West Seattle Helpline's local impact.

The staff of the West Seattle Helpline (Chris Langeler, Theresa Sundin, Layla Al-Jamal Judkins, and Joan O'Brien) and several members of the board (Nick Naubert, Tracey Byrne, Rev. Ron Marshall, and Mike Entzminger) were individually acknowledged before the Senate chamber upon the passage of the resolution.


Community garden, wetland planned for former Delridge substation

Information from Powerlines Blog - Seattle City Light

Seattle City Light, Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association, and Seattle Parks and Recreation are transforming a former Delridge substation into community green space with a community garden, wetland, and educational programs for students and adults on growing food and environmental stewardship.

“Delridge is a dynamic and diverse neighborhood that feels the pressure of urbanization. Longfellow Creek floods and salmon die from polluted stormwater runoff. What’s more we’re in a food desert with demonstrated lack of access to fresh food,” said Willard Brown, director of housing and environmental programs for the development association. “The Delridge Wetlands and Stewardship Project is our chance to help the neighborhood and provide things that the community wants and needs.”


'Hugh Mungus' to run for City Council

Before last February Ballard resident, Rudy Pantoja Jr. a.k.a. “Hugh Mungus” never thought he’d run for City Council, but after becoming an internet viral meme and supporters giving him a hand, Pantoja has his sights on grabbing the at-large City Council Position 8 seat.

Pantoja, 52, announced he was thinking about the race last month, however, health issues made him weary of taking on the endeavor. Pantoja suffers from a blood disorder and recently had a hip replacement. He is also in recovery for alcoholism. According to Pantoja, his doctor has “cleared him” as healthy enough run for city council.

Furthermore, a recent GoFundMe campaign raised $150,000 for Pantoja, which he says will help with medical bills and getting back on his feet. Pantoja has worked as a gardener and cleaning the streets for Ballard merchants since the 90’s.


Eight unit Live/work project for Arbor Heights subject of Design Review meeting April 20

A second design guidance review meeting with the Southwest Design Review board is set for April 20 on a proposed structure located at 4220 SW 100TH Street with eight townhouse units and one live-work unit in two, three-story buildings. Parking for eight vehicles would be provided at grade. The existing structure would be demolished. It is project number 3025192. The developer is Claremont Partners LLC and the architect is Lemons Architecture PLLC. It is owned by Jonathan Lemons of Lemons Architecture PLLC


Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: West Seattle Senior Center
4217 SW Oregon Street
Room: Hatten Hall

(An early design guidance meeting was previously held on January 5, 2017.)

All meeting facilities are ADA compliant. Translators or interpreters provided upon request. Please contact the Public Resource Center at or (206) 684-8467 at least five business days prior to the meeting to request this service.