May 2021

HERBOLD: Reflections on the 1 year commemoration of the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers

District 1 City Councilmember Lisa Herbold shared her thoughts with her constituents via her weekly newsletter:

May 25th marked the one year anniversary of the death of George Floyd. I made the following comments at the beginning of the Public Safety and Human Services committee the morning of the 25th:


COVID-19 Community Vaccination event at SSC June 3

The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, in collaboration with Fred Hutch and Public Health of Seattle & King County, will hold a Covid-19 Community Vaccination Event at South Seattle College’s Brockey Center on Thursday, June 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be offered at no cost to anyone 18 years and older.


Property values rose in two West Seattle neighborhoods during 2020 

Taxpayers in Fauntleroy and North Central W. Seattle to receive re-valuation notices soon 

information from King County Assessor

The King County Assessor’s office has begun the annual process of mailing property valuation notices to taxpayers. Notices will be arriving in two west Seattle neighborhoods soon.  

Median residential property values rose by 9.2% in Fauntleroy, and by 8% in North Central West Seattle.  

Each year, County Assessors set values on every commercial and residential property value in the state. These values – set effective as of January 1 by state law – are then applied to the next year’s tax bill.  Property values are being set as of January 1, 2021, for taxes due in 2022. 

Data indicates that home sale prices and overall home values have risen sharply in most King Count neighborhoods, despite the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 


George Floyd tribute painting defaced and now restored

Artist Desmond Hansen has made a name for himself by hand painting traffic control boxes around the greater West Seattle community. Now numbering around 60 he has painted music stars from Jimi Hendrix to Prince to Chris Cornell and many others. But his painting of George Floyd that was done on a box near Roxbury Street and Delridge Way SW drew many reactions. On the whole it served as a strong reminder this past year of painful issues that divide us. 

Apparently for someone, on the anniversary of George Floyd's murder, it was too much. They defaced the painting with silver/white paint. 


defaced painting
Someone defaced the tribute painting of George Floyd. Photo by Patrick Robinson



The Sidewalk Sale is BACK July 8-10

information from the West Seattle Junction Association

Leaning into the roots of Summer Fest, we’re going back to the deep West Seattle beginnings as the foundation of this year’s festival. The old guard West Seattleites will remember merchants merrily filling tables loaded down with deep discounts and one-of-a-kind treasures on tables lining the streets.

This year we’ll go way back to the ’60s bringing back the Sidewalk Sales (no street closures) July 9 and 10, lining California Ave with goods from the merchants, plus local and handmade artisans.


Car prowls and bike thefts are spiking in West Seattle

By Jennifer Danner

Seattle Police Department SW Precinct

Crime Prevention Coordinator

The SW Precinct is currently seeing an increase in crimes committed within secured parking garages, including car prowl and bicycle theft. This trend is most prominent in the Alaska Junction neighborhood. In an effort to decrease future incidents, the SW Precinct’s May crime prevention newsletter will focus on secured parking garage crime prevention- including car prowl and bicycle theft prevention. 


Renovated SEA Airport North Satellite set to open with unique new features at the end of June

17 new dining and retail spaces, live music stage, collected rainwater will flush toilets, better wi-fi, SEA’s first integrated pet relief area, nearly 3,500 seat charger outlets 

Forty six years ago, the North Satellite at the Seattle Airport entered service. Now after a $700 million renovation and expansion the new space is set to open at the end of June. Work is nearing completion on the modernized facility with new gates, nearly double the space, and is notable for its natural light, triple the restaurants and shops. Pacific Northwest inspired art and sustainability features include the use of collected rainfall, saving some 2.8 million gallons of water annually.

The Phase 2 renovation of the existing facility features 12 remodeled gates, a Central Marketplace with a flagship restaurant, nature-inspired art installations, and the airport’s first fully-integrated pet relief area. The renovated interior includes new building forms and functional interests that are cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and improve accessibility through thoughtful design considerations. Two gates are open now.