July 2019

Short and happy life of restaurants

By Jean Godden

Years ago I reviewed restaurants for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. I was one of a staff of four food critics, writing part-time (my day job was writing a city column four days a week).

Just last week, I pulled out some of the reviews I'd written decades ago. There were darn few eateries anyone would know today. My assignment was high-end restaurants; so chances are they'd last. Still around are establishments like the Pink Door, Salty's on Alki, Canlis, Ray's Boathouse, El Gaucho, The Hunt Club, Phoenecia (first located near Seattle Center) and Cafe Sport.

But most of the 120 I reviewed -- about 90 percent -- are now gone. Many vanished quickly; others took a while to become a memory. Names of departed establishments included the Cloud Room, Garbo's Cafe, Tlaquepaque, Mirabeau, Brasserie Pavilion, Le Goumand and the Mark Tobey, named for Seattle's famed artist.


Here are all the local candidates running in the Aug. 6 primary election

Here’s the list of candidates who have filed to run for the 2019 primary election.  

The deadline to file for running for office in the August 6, 2019 primary election has passed, as such this is the most recent list.

The top two vote-getters for each position will move on to the Nov. 5, 2019 General Election.

Each candidate's name is a link to their individual websites where you can learn more about them.

Seattle City Council candidates

City Council District #1 Candidates

City Council District #2 Candidates



To the editor:

I am a long time subscriber and regular reader of Westside Seattle.

I am an ardent supporter of all things anti-Trump. I find our current President to be a buffoon, an embarrassment, and worse, a threat to our global safety on so many levels.

That said, I find the political cartoon by P. Riggee published on 7/12 to be offensive and in poor taste. The picture is of two drowned immigrants on our southern border whose tragic story has been in the news recently. Donald Trump is shown driving a golf ball into their lifeless bodies.  NOT FUNNY! This type of humor is just too dark and not kind. It is just wrong.


Lori MacDonald

West Seattle

LETTER: Where is the role model?

To the editor:

I grew up in a small town in the 50/60s and was taught a level of decency, code of conduct, call it what you will, by the generations before me - good role models. Being in the South as well, I had the solid religious education to supplement that. Being fair and considerate to others, especially those diminished and vulnerable for some reason.

Teasing and intimidation were not tolerated and cheating and deception were not acceptable behavior. Roll forward to 2016 and I had to shake my head when similar communities from which I was nurtured happened to vote in and still support a character like Trump – the very opposite of a good role model.


West Seattle Grand Parade featured Adah Cruzen and Carl Blake

The West Seattle Grand Parade rolled down California Ave once again under the watchful eye of Grand Marshall and West Seattle philanthropist Adah Cruzen. Cruzen whose donations have graced several West Seattle organizations and efforts with hundreds of thousands of dollars was also the Orville Rummel Community Service award winner for 2019. Her co- Grand Marshall was the well known former owner of Blakes Bakery Carl Blake.


West Seattle Grand Parade is this Saturday July 20

Paw-rade and Float Dodger 5K will precede the main event

The 84th West Seattle Grand Parade, hosted by the West Seattle Rotary Service Foundation will wend its way from the Admiral District to West Seattle Junction this Saturday July 20. It starts at 11am. The West Seattle Grand Parade  celebrates the diverse community and participants of the greater Seattle area.  It is a proud member of the Seafair family of events and includes all of the pirates, clowns, marching bands, drill teams, floats, pageantry and excitement that leads up to the Seafair Torchlight Parade the following weekend.