June 2019

Mashiko is changing hands but not hearts; Founder Hajime Sato is leaving

How do you follow Hajime Sato? The answer is with integrity, dedication and focus. Sato is leaving Mashiko, the sushi restaurant he founded in the West Seattle Junction 25 years ago to take care of his wife's health in her home state of Michigan. But he believes he is leaving his beloved restaurant in very capable hands. Employees Allison Hill, Brandon Wicks and Mariah Kmitta are the new owners but have decades of combined experience in the industry. They are also joined by chef Britney Payne in the kitchen

Sato said he will, "miss everything. The customers, the work, yelling at employees, the joy of seeing them get it right," and feels he has accomplished what he set out to do. Build a Seattle infused sushi style that his former employees will carry on.


Think Green: Recycle event is set for Saturday in the Junction

Reuse and Recycle in the Junction is happening this Saturday June 29 from 9 AM to 1 PM. The location is the parking lot behind the Junction on 42nd SW between Alaska and Oregon Streets SW.

There will be two shredding trucks this year, supported by Windermere. Plus the usual array of recyclers ready to take items from Styrofoam to the usual array of electronics.


SPD holding community focus groups to learn specific concerns about crime

Seattle University is partnering with the Seattle Police Department to conduct qualitative research on community crime concerns. Qualitative concerns allow SU researchers to collaborate with SPD leadership to improve the city’s community policing initiatives. As a part of the process evaluation of the Seattle Police Department’s Micro-Community Policing Plans, Seattle University is looking for community members to participate in an hour-long discussion. This discussion is regarding community perceptions of crime, safety, and police legitimacy, as well as knowledge of and satisfaction with the MCPP. The more participation from community members the better, the information obtained from these focus groups will help inform your neighborhood’s Micro Community Policing Plans, so please come share your concerns and suggestions.                                            


Sheriff increasing emphasis patrols after weekend shootings in White Center

information from King County Sheriff

After a series of shootings over the weekend, the Sheriff’s Office wants to assure our White Center residents and business owners that public safety is our top priority and we are taking action to combat violent crime in the area.

King County Sheriff Mitzi G. Johanknecht said, “We are aware that violent crime is trending up. We will be adding deputies for increased emphasis patrols targeting crimes of violence.”