May 2023

Attempted break-ins and assaulting police officers lands man in jail

Information from Seattle Police Blotter

#2023-144407/Southwest Precinct/Third Watch:

At 1:14am on May 26, officers responded to the 9300 block of Fauntleroy Way SW after a 911 caller reported a man trying to break down their door, and then attempting to break into another property at the same location.

When contacted by police, the suspect assaulted officers as they took him into custody.

Three officers sustained minor injuries and were treated by Seattle Fire at the scene.

The suspect was booked into KCJ for multiple felonies.


Art installation on Alki will decorate Pump Station 38

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) operates a pump station in the north end of Alki Beach Park, which is essential for moving sewage and stormwater from the surrounding area to the treatment plant. This pump station, known as Pump Station (PS) 38, has required considerable maintenance and is in need of improvements. In recent years, PS 38 has experienced a significant increase in flows which causes the air compressors to run more frequently and for longer periods of time.

SPU will convert the current pump station from an airlift-type station to a more standard pump station. This conversion will reduce the risk of failure, improve system reliability and performance, and reduce maintenance costs.

SPU, in coordination with the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), is also working with an artist to install artwork in the area around the pump station.


Kassa Overall in-store at Easy Street Records Friday; All day event celebrates Seattle native's new release


 This Friday, Easy Street Records will launch the release of ANIMALS, a new album by Seattle native and visionary drummer, producer and rapper Kassa Overall with an exclusive daylong event. His music is a blend of jazz, soul, and rap.

The Junction will be 'Lit' for the holiday season thanks to Neighborhood Matching Fund grant

Hi-tech projections will be shown on the Alaska House wall; The Glorious Lights of West Seattle will be back too

In a growing tradition, with the goal of putting West Seattle holiday lights on the map, the West Seattle Junction Association was just awarded a $29,500 grant to create an artificial intelligence projection light show as part of the annual tree lighting ceremonies. 

"This past season I was watching the tree lighting and I was looking at the wall of the Alaska House (the senior living facility on 42nd SW0 and i realized we had a huge blank canvas," said West Seattle Junction Association (WSJA) Executive Director Chris Mackay. Her vision was to employ a series of projectors that would put pictures, animations, and other images on the wall as part of the ceremonies. Using some aspect of artificial intelligence the projectors will show ideas and art work submitted to the WSJA by the public. That art will be shown for one week after the festival.


City of Seattle’s Neighborhood Matching Fund invests $1,012,644 in 25 community-led projects

West Seattle will see an Artificial Intelligence driven holiday light show featuring community generated art

Information from the City of Seattle

The City of Seattle has awarded $1,012,644 to support 25 community-initiated projects through Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF). Twenty-five community groups received awards ranging from $13,535 to $50,000 and have pledged $889,749 to match their award through local cash donations, volunteer hours, donated materials, and in-kind professional services.


Steve and Sharon Huling Automotive Technology Center celebrated at South Seattle College

South Seattle College celebrated the grand opening of the Steve and Sharon Huling Automotive Technology Center on May 23.

HATC outside
The Huling Automotive Technology Center at South Seattle College. Photo by Patrick Robinson


It was the realization of a dream more than a decade in the making. WestsideSeattle covered the story in 2011 when the dream began to take more shape. Our story then said,


Left turn signal installed at 26th SW and Roxbury Street SW; Not yet active

The intersection of 26h SW and Roxbury street SW has been the scene of numerous motor vehicle incidents as people sometimes race to beat the light, or attempt to turn on to or off of Roxbury. 

Both roads are also bus routes and 26th is a main road to get to Westwood Village shopping center.

That issue is finally being addressed with a left turn signal now installed there. Right now it's bagged but clearly, a left turn signal is being installed there. Westside Seattle contacted Chris Arkills, Transportation Policy Advisor to King County Executive Dow Constantine as to the signals status.

"This intersection’s signals are currently on hold pending Seattle City Light (SCL) vault relocation and an electrical cabinet foundation repair. There is no work currently scheduled in the next three weeks."