August 2020

Cost benefit analysis on repair/replace of West Seattle Bridge discussed in Task Force meeting

Reconnect West Seattle ballots are in and the plans are being formulated regarding traffic mitigation

The sixth in the series of West Seattle Bridge Community Task Force (CTF) meetings took place Wednesday, Aug. 5 and as the short term repairs are continuing the focus is shifting more to the low bridge policies and traffic mitigation around the area.

SDOT offered a policy update for the low bridge noting that emergency vehicle response remains a top priority with enforcement  on the new placards during peak periods. Those placards, a temporary measure until automated enforcement starts this fall, are being issued for display in the rear window. All vehicles are  allowed on the bridge from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., seven days a week. But  from 5am to 9pm it is now limited to

• School buses

• 75 Maritime/industrial users proximate to Harbor Island

• 22 Employer shuttles

• 8 Vanpools of essential workers

• 113 ILWU


Alki Beach and Don Armeni Boat Launch to be closed at night Thursdays through Sundays

The rowdy crowds, and overflowing garbage that have seemingly taken over both Alki Beach and the Don Armeni Boat Launch are getting relief. The Seattle Police Department has just shared this announcement:

Parks Department has generously agreed to fund a three-officer detail to support Parks staff in closing Alki Beach and the Don Armeni Boat Ramp at night, starting tomorrow (Thursday), August 6th. The officers will work three hours, from 8-11 pm, every Thursday through Sunday night for the remainder of the summer, until Sunday, September 27th. 

We hope that this partnership between SPD and Parks will address some of the issues neighbors have been experiencing with noise, fires, alcohol use, and other parks violations at Alki and Don Armeni. 

If you would like to call attention to specific violations that you observe, please call 911 for emergencies or 206-625-5011 for all other issues.


Metro transit plan includes updates for Water Taxi, Shuttle, C Line, Service from Admiral District

42 page plan includes service cuts coming in 2021, Park and Ride lots, Vanpool, Biking and more

King County Metro Transit has been busy formulating a plan for people in West Seattle and beyond to get around, practically from the day the closure of the West Seattle High Rise Bridge was announced on March 23.

That plan is finally ready to be shared and it is a complex mix of solutions that encompass two primary scenarios over two time periods.

The 42 page plan is available for download.

Download the full plan here

From the Executive Summary of the plan:


Ken's View: Huberd's Shoe Grease

By Ken Robinson

Huberd's Shoe Grease.

I remember it well. It was a mysterious  substance to an 8 year old. It’s curious viscosity, burnt amber color and slightly acrid aroma  gave it a timeless quality. Once in a while , we would pop the lid and look at it smell it.

When i was older and had my own leather books, the dark green “Ted Williams’ model Dad got me for my fourteenth birthday, I oiled them with Huberds. The new leather absorbed the oil, protecting

Them from moisture. We were going hunting for pheasants in White Swan, near Yakima. The cornfields there had been been cut low and after sunup, would still be a little damp until the sun dried them later.

My boots were protected.


Gun violence flaring in King County; More people were shot in last six months than the same period over the last four years

King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office expanding community partnerships, taking public health approach to gun violence

information from King County Prosector

The King County Prosecutors office said on Tuesday that in the first six months of 2020, more people were shot in King County than in any of the previous four years over the same time period.

 A map is available here.


Apply for a South King County Fund Economic Recovery Grant

information from West Seattle Chamber of Commerce

We are excited to announce the launch of the South King County Fund, established by the Port of Seattle to develop equity-based partnerships and provide resources and support in near-airport communities. The Fund’s first grant cycle in 2020 is now open, and will focus on supporting regional recovery from impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With ties to all of Washington’s key economic sectors and connections to more than 500 employers operating at our facilities, the Port is uniquely positioned to help lead the regional recovery. Through this Fund, we hope to support communities most deeply impacted by the current economic crisis with projects connected to Port-related industries, including aviation, maritime, construction trades and green career industries.