November 2020

Menashe lights will be 10% of normal due to Covid-19 this year

The  Menashe family Christmas light display so iconic it made it on national television will, of necessity be less this year, "about 10% of normal" according to family member Josh Mensahe. "We have so much in storage and so much we normally do, but this year we need people to be aware that it's just safer this way,"

The display, normally featuring tens of thousands of lights, animated displays, inflatable characters, and the reindeer on the roof will not have the same look. "We are going to use spotlights and floodlights to keep the display more controlled," said Menashe.


The entire collection often spreads out to their backyard on Beach Drive SW but most of it will be in storage until the pandemic passes. "I'm already dreaming up how to make it even more special when we come back next year, " he said.

In a message to the whole community the Menashe family said.

"Dear West Seattle Neighbors and friends,


Seattle cuts, but doesn't ‘defund,’ police budget in 2021

After a summer of protests and a pandemic-induced budget crunch, the city is moving toward a new public safety reality.

By David Kroman /

The Seattle City Council voted Monday to cut almost 20% of the Seattle Police Department’s budget including a last-minute $2 million reduction that could slow future hiring of new officers.

And yet, because members of the city council made headlines last summer by pledging to slash 50%, the significance of trimming a department that has historically seen nothing but growth is easily lost. 


Suspect in SeaTac shooting held on $300,000 bail

A male suspect, later identified as Wilson Flint, 28, was arrested late Tuesday Nov. 24 in SeaTac following a shooting which wounded another man, which for a few hours resulted in a standoff with law enforcement according to the King County Sheriff.

Officers came to 14723 25th Court South around 1:30 p.m. after a call about gunfire,  There, they found a 29-year-old male who had  been shot in the hip but the bullet traveled into his chest.

The wounded man, a Mr. Bierig, was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition Tuesday evening.

Flint was taken to the King County Jail after being booked with felony assault. He made his first appearance before a judge later on Wednesday,