October 2021

Pat's View: Tom Meier was an incredible human being, and my friend

Tom Meier 1943 - 2021

By Patrick Robinson

When I met him it was at a party. His party. And that party never seemed to end.

It was one of many that were already legendary I would later learn. 

Tom Meier was a constantly buzzing bright light of curiosity, humor, and above all, action. He seemed to be in motion even sitting still. I came to the party with a girl I was dating at the time and Tom was busy writing names on tags he would quickly slap on your chest so there were no strangers, no awkward introductions.. it was like visiting Disneyland in that way and many others. 

He was the master of innovation and a true creative genius. 


SDOT: Upgrading the detour route: planned construction this weekend on 16th SW

information from Seattle Department of Transportation

This weekend, we’ll be completing the concrete street panel work started a few weeks ago on 16th Ave SW and SW Austin St in the northbound direction. This work is anticipated to begin as early as 7 AM Saturday and is expected to be completed by 5 PM. You can expect to see some travel lane closures throughout the day on Saturday, October 30, but traffic will be maintained in both directions. After completing the work, we will place steel plates Saturday evening to allow the concrete to fully harden. You can expect minor traffic impacts on Sunday afternoon, October 31 as concrete crews remove the steel plates.

concrete panel


Land Use application on 76 unit apartment with retail spaces on 20th Ave SW filed; Awaits design review

A Land Use Application to allow a 5-story, 76-unit apartment building with 71 apartments, 5 small efficiency dwelling units, retail and office has been approved by the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections for 9208 20th Ave SW.


site map

 No parking proposed. The existing building will be demolished. Early Design Guidance conducted under 3036618-EG. 

The following appealable decisions have been made based on submitted plans: 

Conditioned - Design Review 


Burien's Dia De Los Muertos happens Nov. 1

Burien's annual Dia de los Muertos event is taking place Nov. 1 -5 and this year it has some virtual components.

This FREE event is open to the entire community and celebrates the tradition of honoring and remembering our ancestors and families.

Date: November 1–5, 2021

Time: Various times

Location: Citywide

Burien’s Día de los Muertos 2021 celebration is here! Its a week of fun virtual activities to celebrate with.

Follow the Facebook event for updates!

Tour Día de los Muertos Art Installations around Burien

We are featuring art and ofrendas (altars) dedicated to Día de los Muertos in many locations around downtown Burien.

Check out art at these locations:


Future of Junction parking lots still being explored by ownership group

 By Patrick Robinson

The future of the parking lots in the West Seattle Junction remains uncertain following a meeting of the shareholders of the corporation that owns them on Oct. 28. 

Held at the Senior Center of West Seattle the meeting was the first in nearly two years. The corporation, West Seattle Trusteed Partners, did not hold a meeting in 2020 or this past spring explained President Joe Erickson, “Because we were not confident we had the logistics to accomplish it.”

The meeting served a variety of purposes from the election of new Board members to a review of finances, to the discussion of a recent offer to buy and develop the land by Community Roots Housing. Newly elected to the seven member board were Director of the Senior Center of West Seattle, Amy Lee Derenthal, and Jack Menashe, owner of Menashe Jewelers in the Junction.


Detectives seek assistance identifying Delridge robbery suspect

information from Seattle Police Blotter

Detectives are seeking assistance identifying a man who robbed a woman at knifepoint in the Delridge neighborhood.

Around 10:30 PM on October 16th, the victim had gotten out of her car in an alley in the 8800 block of Delridge Way Southwest when a man came up behind her, grabbed her by the throat, and held a knife to her ribs.

The suspect then grabbed the woman’s purse, punched her in the face, and fled.

The woman called 911 a short time later. Officers and a K9 team searched the area but were unable to find the suspect.

The woman told police the suspect was a black male in his late 30s, 5’10, wearing a black jacket, white shoes, a black mask with three white stripes on it, and sunglasses. While police do not yet have photos or video related to this case, detectives are hoping the description of the distinct mask will help lead them to the suspect.


UPDATE! Admiral District businesses reverse course: Trick or Treating is back Oct 29


The organizers of the Admiral District Halloween regretfully cancelled this year’s event earlier this month.  The decision was made out of caution since no guidelines had been given from the CDC, and Covid trends were unclear.  While some of the businesses in the Admiral District were in favor of hosting the event, others were not.  In lack of a consensus, the event was cancelled. 


UPDATE: Back to the future: Costacos returns with Willie Mays and an NFT; it sold for $50,000

 Award-winning sports/pop culture artist John Costacos unveils blockchain-based digital collectibles company


The NFT (Non Fungible Token) encompassing a variety of baseball legend Willie Mays items went up for auction on Oct. 24 and thanks to a last minute bidding war, sold for $50,000. The proceeds will all go to benefit the Willie Mays Say Hey Foundation.


Original Post Oct 22

If you are old enough to recall the Seahawk's Brian Bosworth, Husky Coach Don James, and other local sports stars from the late 1980's you will remember a series of popular posters from that era. Remember the "Dawgfather" poster?

The man behind those images is back and this time he's got the legendary Willy Mays. But it's not a poster now. It's an "NFT" and the purpose is not profit but instead to assist well known athletes and their foundations.


West Seattle Junction has Harvest and Halloween fun plans

The West Seattle Junction’s Harvest Festival has become a favorite event for West Seattle. 

Quickly becoming a West Seattle beloved fall event, Harvest Fest will look different this year, but that won’t stop the community from donning costumes (kids, adults, and pets welcome!) for a full week of Harvest-y fun.

The West Seattle Junction can’t close down California Ave for this fantastic fall festival, so your downtown is bringing Harvest Fest to you.


Scavenger Hunt – Monday, October 25th – Sunday, 31st

What flies above but haunts below? You'll need to figure out this clue, plus 12 more to get the goods during the second annual Harvest Fest Scavenger Hunt. Beginning on Monday, October 25th, pick up your scavenger hunt map from participating businesses. Or, if you purchase a tote bag, the scavenger hunt map will be included.