March 2022

Latino Civic & Cultural Center celebrates its grand opening in Burien

The Grand Opening of the new Latino Civic & Cultural Center (LCA)  was celebrated March 31 at 445 152nd SW. The event was also an opportunity to observe and honor Cesar Chavez Day.

The center, the first of its kind in the State of Washington means that the Latino community can learn about the civil rights movement in the state and recognizes its past and present leaders, civic education, and engagement, and Latino culture and heritage.

In addition, the LCA plans to add a recording arts studio for the youth and community to use. The center will also serve as a hub for the community to bring leaders together and build stronger partnerships all over Washington State.


What Is the difference between a Species Rhododendron and a Hybrid?

This column was prepared by the staff at the award winning West Seattle Nursery.  The Nursery is open for shopping, and they offer an array of trees, shrubs, bedding plants, garden supplies, decor and gift items. They are located at 5275 California Ave SW and you can find them online at

Most of the rhododendrons you see in Seattle are hybrids. They are the result of cross-breeding done to produce plants of certain sizes, with certain leaf textures and flower colors.


Robbery and pistol whipping investigated

information from Seattle Police Department

#2022-076571/Southwest Precinct/Third Watch: 

On 03-27-2022 at 11:32pm , officers responded to a report of an assault involving a handgun, the victim had been pistol whipped.

Victims were walking on Cloverdale near the 700 block when the suspect vehicle pulled up and ordered them to the ground presenting a handgun.

Belongings were taken and one victim was struck in the head with the handgun. Suspects left the area and area check results were negative.

GVRU and Robbery notified.


Elouise Margarette (Carle) Nix

Longtime Renton resident, (60 years) Elouise Margarette (Carle) Nix died Tuesday, March 15, 2022, in Renton, WA. She was 96 years old. Elouise was born July 4, 1925, in West Seattle to Vera and Domenick Carle. She was descended from the Andresen (granddaughter of) and Sutter pioneer families of Bainbridge Island.

Elouise attended Jefferson Grade School, James Madison Middle School, and West Seattle High School. She grew up in the family businesses, Carle’s Furs and Pacific Dye Works.

SDOT: West Seattle Bridge weekly update

information from Seattle Department of Transportation

While we continued work this week on epoxy crack injection, carbon-fiber wrapping, and preparing for post-tensioning, we’ve also been working on West Seattle Bridge maintenance projects. We have a series of maintenance projects including repairing pavement, clearing overgrown vegetation, and updating overhead signs to ensure the bridge is ready for the West Seattle community once all repairs are complete.  

One maintenance project is replacing the bridge’s expansion joints. Expansion joints allow segments of the bridge to expand and contract with changes in temperature. Over the past weeks, we have removed old joints and installed components for new ones. Once concrete is available, we will finish installing the new joints. 


HERBOLD: West Seattle Bridge update and more on the concrete issues

District 1 City Councilmember Lisa Herbold offered some information about the status of the West Seattle Bridge including the nature of what kind of concrete is required and what is involved in making it.


Earlier this week—March 23rd—marked just over two years since the closure of the West Seattle Bridge. I want to take a moment to acknowledge how difficult this has been for residents and businesses on the peninsula and Duwamish communities.  Getting the bridge open as soon as possible remains a high priority for all of us.


The need to obtain the specialized concrete that can hold more than 20 million pounds of force and sustain that strength for decades, has been the key issue impacting the schedule.


Concrete companies offer one month of health coverage to striking workers; They also require a 60 day work commitment

The latest step in the more than four month long concrete truck driver's strike that has paralyzed progress on numerous construction projects in the greater Seattle area is a new offer from the concrete companies. They sent a letter to Union Local 174 representing the drivers offering to pay for one month of health care coverage, but requiring the drivers to commit to working for two months as negotiations continue.

Here's the letter from the companies: 

"On March 24, 2022, the four concrete supply companies, Glacier Northwest, Stoneway Concrete, Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel, and Cadman sent a letter to the Teamsters Local 174 acknowledging our mutually agreed sentiment of getting our employees back to work.