September 2021

Huong Xua Deli seeking help to rebuild after devastating fire

Information from Huong Xua Deli

If you know White Center, you know Huong Xua Deli. This business has been part of our community for almost 3 decades, but now due to extensive damage from the September 13th fire, they are in very real danger of closing forever. Please donate and/or share, via their GoFundMe page and read this message from the owners:


Irene W. McCoy

It is with sadness that the family of Irene W. McCoy share news of Irene’s death on September 10, 2021, at the age of 94. As a long-time resident of Des Moines, WA and West Seattle, a teacher in the Seattle and Highline Public School Districts, and a faithful member of Tibbetts United Methodist Church, Irene was loved by all who knew her.


City Council candidate Ken Wilson says West Seattle Bridge could be opened much sooner than next summer

Reports on bridge condition show no basis for conclusions and contain numerous mistakes according to Wilson

City Council Candidate Ken Wilson PE SE contends that the West Seattle High Rise bridge could be opened much sooner than next summer and that the reports prepared by SDOT show conclusions about the bridge condition, but whose notes are copies from previous inspections.

Wilson, a structural engineer and bridge inspector, "someone who trains bridge inspectors" was the engineer for the Northgate pedestrian and bicycle bridge set to open Oct. 2. 

He maintains that the existing "Jersey Barriers" as the concrete and steel dividers are called, already outweigh the weight of cars in a one lane either direction configuration. If these and some side curbing were removed, work could still proceed on the bridge but traffic could be moving on it. 


Tour of West Seattle Bridge reveals most recent explanation for its failure; And work proceeding means it's on track to open next summer

Post tensioned cable stretching and concrete creep are to blame said SDOT

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) invited Seattle media for a tour of the West Seattle High Rise bridge on Thursday to show the work that's been done thus far to repair it and explain why it failed.

 The tour included a look inside the box beam concrete girders of the center span of the bridge where SDOT showed off the new anchors for the new post tensioned steel cabling that has been added inside, plus the cracks, now filled with epoxy to seal them from moisture, and the wide array of sensors that adorn the girder interiors monitoring cracks, movement and more.

Speaking for SDOT Heather Marx Safety Program Manager for the West Seattle Bridge said the agency is "on schedule and on budget exactly as we expected, we're in really good shape." SDOT is just finishing with their 90% design review process, and they are "getting closer and closer to that day that we can start the actual rehabilitation construction," said Marx.


Fall programming brings Friday Night Frights, more events for locals in SeaTac

Fall Recreation Guide is out and with it, new programming and customary events for all

information from the City of SeaTac

This Fall we are introducing Friday Night Frights, two safely spooky themed evenings for the whole family. On Friday, Oct. 15 people are welcome to join at the community center starting at 6 p.m. for kids music and later that evening the 2019 version of the “Addams Family.”

Friday, Oct. 29 is the It’s a Great Pumpkin Night from 6 to 9 p.m. Pumpkin painting, crafts, face painting, a family photo area and a bouncy house will be available for entertainment. We encourage everyone to dress up in costume!

Familiar events are returning this fall as well. The Holiday Bazaar is Saturday, Nov. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Community Center. People are encouraged to stop by to do some holiday shopping and enjoy food and beverages served by our senior program. 


SDOT launches new ‘Flip Your Trip West Seattle' initiative to encourage use of transit, vanpool, shared bikes and scooters 

information from Seattle Department of Transportation

Starting today, people who live or work in West Seattle can visit to sign up for a comprehensive travel options program that includes a $25 sign-up bonus for free rides on transit and scooter/bike-share, or free vanpool fares. The program also offers trip planning assistance, special informational events, as well as an opportunity to earn more free rides.