West Seattle, Washington
(Thanks to Brian Presser of TouchTech Systems for the Junction snow photo)
8:58 PM: While we’ve had reports of flakes here and there for more than an hour, only now is it starting to get a bit more serious, so we’re launching tonight’s snow coverage to see how long it lasts and what the forecasters have to say.
Photos appreciated – email@example.com – thanks! For now, the official alert level remains “Winter Weather Advisory,” in effect until 8 am Friday.
9:27 PM: Snowiest traffic camera so far is the one at the Fauntleroy ferry dock – the screengrab is from a few minutes ago. And Thomas Starks just sent this video from Alki:
WSB’s Christopher Boffoli caught the snowfall between Admiral and Alaska Junctions:
Here’s the newest National Weather Service “forecast discussion,” saying this is playing out pretty much as they had expected, and that it’s still due to change over to rain. Then a few days down the road – there’s the chance of more Sunday/Monday, per the NWS.
9:54 PM: From Twitter:
— Fe Lopez (@FeLo0679) December 9, 2016
— Stephanie Arthur (@WSeattleSteph) December 9, 2016
Generally SPS won’t make a decision until early morning – we will of course be keeping watch for that. In the meantime, you can watch snow in the streetlights on the bridges via the “live video” links from West Seattle at the lower right of the city’s travelers-info map. In The Junction, for example, snow’s sticking on the road – just grabbed this traffic-cam view:
10:25 PM: 911 log has a report of wires down at Fauntleroy/Trenton. You can see emergency lights in this screengrab from the nearest traffic cam:
Not far away, from Tamsen Spengler of the West Seattle Timebank, a pastoral scene northeast of Morgan Junction:
10:36 PM: Metro just announced it has some buses on snow routes, including some West Seattle/White Center-area routes.
10:55 PM: Be extra careful if you’re going out – sledding is under way on some hills:
That video was sent by Cynthia.
Photos by Christopher Boffoli for West Seattle Blog
Two years after ceremonial groundbreaking launched construction of The Whittaker – West Seattle’s biggest mixed-use project ever – its first building at 4755 Fauntleroy Way SW is officially open, with a ribboncutting celebration today, including namesake Jim Whittaker, the West Seattle native who made history on Mount Everest. The lobby displays a photo of him on Everest in 1963:
Whittaker’s partner Dianne Roberts told Christopher that they still have the ice axe and flags in the iconic photograph, as well as the camera used to shoot it. She said that the clothes he was wearing in the photo are now on display at the Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum in Golden, Colorado.
The ribboncutting marked the fact that residents are moving into the south building this month, and will follow in the north building next spring. Property manager Ashlie Quon of Windsor Communities told WSB’s Christopher Boffoli that the South building has 129 units complete and open, 39 of which are leased so far.
Art for the site was commissioned from West Seattleite Troy Pillow – who also created the new kinetic sculpture in Junction Plaza Park. Some of his work is up outside the south entry:
The lobby sections open today feature sitting areas with gas fireplaces, a “wine room” upstairs with a function area with a small kitchen just off it for events, a mailroom, and a separate package room.
The large, open lobby features reclaimed wood throughout and a suspended Douglas Fir staircase (which leads up to the wine room/function area. That’s where some of today’s speeches took place.
While the residential units are opening, the commercial tenants won’t start to open until next year. So far, as we reported last summer, they include – besides anchor tenant Whole Foods Market, taking the retail space in the north building – BECU, City MD, MOD Pizza, and T-Mobile.
West Seattle Chamber of Commerce CEO Lynn Dennis, among today’s speakers, said, “The Whittaker represents an example of creating density while preserving green spaces and celebrating the real character of West Seattle.” Jim Whittaker spoke too, saying he felt “lucky” to be born in West Seattle and that the new building was marvelous and he was delighted to be on hand for the opening.
Thanks for the tips about a water break at 11th and Barton in Highland Park. We just talked with Andy Ryan from Seattle Public Utilities. He says an eight-inch main is broken; they don’t know yet how the break happened but they first heard about it just after 4 this afternoon. 37 customers are affected. Crews are on the scene, but there’s no estimate of how long it’ll take to get it fixed.
While the Highway 99 tunneling machine hasn’t made much news lately, it’s continuing to dig steadily along, says WSDOT. Their latest twice-weekly update, published this afternoon, says it’s more than two-thirds of the way down the route – 6,337 of 9,270 feet. It’s already gone past the deepest point on the route and is starting to climb back toward the surface, currently in the zone beneath Belltown. The current estimated opening date remains early 2019, and as noted in this tweet, Viaduct demolition would follow over much of the rest of that year.
Nine months after the Southwest Seattle Historical Society launched its campaign to get city-landmark status for two buildings in the heart of The Junction, a hearing date is set for the first one to be considered, the Hamm Building on the northwest corner of California/Alaska, where Easy Street Records is the anchor tenant. Here’s the official announcement from the city today, explaining how you can comment:
Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board will consider nomination of the Crescent-Hamm Building at 4302 SW Alaska Street/4559 California Avenue SW on Wednesday, January 4 at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in Seattle City Hall (600 4th Avenue, Floor L2) in the Boards and Commissions Room L2-80.
The public is invited to attend the meeting and make comments. Written comments should be received by the Landmarks Preservation Board at the following mailing address by 3:00 p.m. on January 3, 2017:
Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649
A copy of the Landmark Nomination is available for public review at the West Seattle Branch Library, 2306 42nd Avenue SW (206-684-7444), and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ office in Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue, 4th Floor (206-684-0228). It is also posted on the Department of Neighborhoods website, under the heading of “Current Nominations,” or you can view it here (PDF).
The landmark nominations for the Hamm and Campbell Buildings were officially submitted in September. No date is set yet for consideration of the Campbell Building. Despite its place in West Seattle history, The Junction currently has no city-designated landmarks – the nearest one is the old utility building at Dakota Place Park. You can find a list and map of all city landmarks here, along with more information about the designation process.
The Whale Trail‘s Donna Sandstrom sends early warning that orcas might be swimming southbound off West Seattle before sunset. She reports that Orca Network‘s Kersti Muul reported them off Richmond Beach, and so she’ll be looking northward from Alki starting around 3 pm. Just an early alert since the weather’s good – for now! – and we have about two more hours of light.
That tree on the water side of the Alki Bathhouse isn’t a Christmas tree but rather a memorial tree. Relatives and friends of Joel Eggert, the 46-year-old West Seattleite who died after his motorcycle crashed in Highland Park early Sunday, e-mailed to tell us about it. It’s there with Parks Department permission, and, according to Tonia, “People are encouraged to place notes and mementoes to remember Joel.” Stephanie says, “Tomorrow night at 3:30 pm there will be a sunset gathering for him and moment of silence.” And Mr. Eggert’s sister Stacey e-mailed to share the news of the crowdfunding account for his children. She says Mr. Eggert’s last wish is being fulfilled – donating his organs to save others. Plans for an official memorial event are in the works, we’ve also learned, and we’re expecting an update on that soon.
10:59 AM: It’s midmorning and that means the National Weather Service is out with its newest “forecast discussion.” The outlook right now, the NWS says, is for snow tonight, but not for long: “A front will reach the area this evening. With cold air in place, the precipitation will be snow, then turning to rain by daybreak for most areas,” at least an inch before the switch. Read the full outlook here.
7:23 PM: We’re hearing reports of some flake sightings in West Seattle. If and when it starts to get significant, we’ll launch new coverage.
First, from the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide:
BOOK FAIR AT GATEWOOD: The community is invited:
The Gatewood Elementary Winter Book Fair is happening now! All of our students (K-5) have worked very hard in Ms. Rachel’s art class to create beautiful artwork for our winter theme inspired by the book The Whisper by Pamela Zagarenski.
The book fair is an important event at Gatewood that promotes literacy and the excitement of reading by bringing in a vast selection of books that kids want to read. Not only does the fair help to inspire a real culture of reading, but it also raises necessary funds to support our library program.
Community members are welcome to come shop at the fair. We accept cash, checks and credit.
Today – Until 4 pm, and again 5:30 pm-7:30 pm.
Friday – 7:15 am to 12:15 pm
(4320 SW Myrtle)
ARTS & CRAFTS AT LAFAYETTE: Shop a selection of goods made by both students and adults! Lafayette Elementary is hosting an Art Show and Craft Fair at the school from 5-8 pm. (California/Lander)
WEST SEATTLE ART WALK: Holiday edition!, 6-9 pm. Check wsartwalk.com for artists/venues.
SHOP LATE THURSDAY: Many West Seattle Junction merchants are open late!
And from the year-round WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
FAMILY STORY TIME: 10:30 am, bring the kid(s) to Southwest Library for stories, rhymes, and songs. (35th SW/SW Henderson)
PRESCHOOL ART CLASS: 11:30 am at Delridge Library – details in our calendar listing. (5423 Delridge Way SW)
UPTON FLATS INFORMATIONAL MEETING: 3:30-4:30 pm at High Point Community Center, the developers of High Point’s future Upton Flats mixed-use project are having an informational meeting for community members with questions. Site work is expected to start soon, according to the notice a resident shared with us. (6920 34th SW)
RAVEN’S NEST WEST GRAND OPENING: As previewed here on Wednesday, tonight is the official grand opening of this new shop and art gallery in The Junction, during WS Art Walk, 6-9 pm. (4557 Glenn Way)
STANDING ROCK BENEFIT: Annie O’Neill & Amy Denio, tonight at Whisky West, 8-10 pm. (6451 California SW)
(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)
7:02 AM: Good morning! Cold but no snow this morning – that’s expected later today.
One outbound-commute problem: A crash backing up northbound I-5:
— WSDOT Traffic (@wsdot_traffic) December 8, 2016
LOW-BRIDGE ALERT: For drivers and riders, this is something of a reverse alert – the low bridge will NOT be opening for marine traffic between approximately 8 am and noon today, because of maintenance that SDOT announced a few weeks ago. They say it will NOT affect vehicle traffic.
7:22 AM: Two lanes have reopened at the scene of the I-5 crash, but WSDOT says one is still blocked and backups are big.
7:56 AM: The scene is clear but the backups aren’t.
The photo and report are from Kate:
There is a car on my block that has been there for a week or so, and has not moved. The front and back plates have been removed. I suspect it is a stolen vehicle and that someone may be looking for it. I have reported it as an abandoned vehicle. It is in the Gatewood neighborhood, on 37th Ave SW, just to the south of Holden. It is a black, late 90s, early 2000s Volvo wagon with a lot of bumper stickers. The door to the gas tank is also missing. There appears to be some kind of wood shelves in the back.
5:59 PM: We have crews at both locations of the city “open house” we’ve been talking about for weeks (our final “guide” to it is here) – first crew at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW) [photo below], second crew at Shelby’s Ice Creamery and Bistro (4752 California SW).
Here’s what you can expect:
-Most of the easels with information and space for feedback are devoted to the HALA rezoning – upzoning “urban villages, and commercial/multifamily property everywhere, to give developers/builders added capacity in exchange for requiring them to build part of their projects as “affordable housing” or pay a certain percentage into a city fund for it to be built somewhere else.
-You’ll also find the maps – two sets showing current zoning (the multicolor maps) and proposed upzoning (these maps are mostly green) on tables.
-At the SDOT/SDCI station, there’s an easel with information about the potential parking-policy changes, and lots of informational sheets about other projects/initiatives – Fauntleroy Boulevard (as previewed), Residential Parking Zone policy changes, West Seattle Greenway (the next “greenway” in our area, with the route yet to be finalized), RapidRide expansion (Delridge, in a few years). Also you can learn about the Department of Construction and Inspections and how you might interact with it even if you’re not a builder (they handle noise complaints, for example).
Lots of conversation under way here in the Youngstown Theater. And a big table with snacks. This is on at both locations until 7:30 pm.
6:04 PM: First report from our crew at Shelby’s – it’s swamped.
(It was originally the only location for this event, though community advocates had warned the city that more room would be needed.) At both locations, you can write your feedback on the HALA rezoning proposals (which also is being accepted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and the special site hala.consider.it).
At Youngstown, we’ve seen some early feedback too.
More to come. Again, the city promised that what’s available to ask about and comment on is identical at both locations.
6:25 PM: Just talked to Andra Kranzler from Councilmember Lisa Herbold‘s office, who is at Youngstown to see how it’s going. Steady stream here, and a continued crowd at Shelby’s in The Junction:
6:54 PM: The buzz of conversation goes on here at Youngstown – and more feedback has appeared on easels:
We listened in as some attendees talked about the Westwood-Highland Park Urban Village map. Some wondered how the future potential annexation of White Center might play into decisions made now.
While SDOT had said the Fauntleroy Boulevard project – recently “re-initiated” – would be featured, we found only an info-sheet. No model, map, or other detailed display.
At Shelby’s, the rezoning maps were on display in booths – like the one where we found Eric Iwamoto, co-chair of the Southwest District Council (which had to cancel its meeting, when the city decided to schedule this on the same night):
We’re headed back over there to see how this wraps up.
7:34 PM: We’ve asked city reps for an attendance count here at Shelby’s – where in the early going it was jampacked, and dozens are still here now.
City reps say they won’t be able to put the count together until tomorrow. Meantime, though the official end time has passed, conversations and comments continue:
7:45 PM: We’re in the Parks/Greenways room at Shelby’s. One line item notes that a 34th SW greenway will connect people to Walt Hundley Playfield in 2017, with “bike ramps/bike racks (to) conect to existing paths and High Point Community Center.” Looks like this is close to a wrap, so we’re leaving and will be following up tomorrow.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Four drug charges and one gun charge are now filed against 38-year-old Michael E. Maine, who police describe as owner/bartender of the Corner Pocket bar in The Junction.
The bar is closed, its license suspended for six months and facing permanent revocation, in the wake of Maine’s arrest last Friday night. That night, we reported on police serving what they described as a “drug-related warrant” at the bar and at Maine’s home; on Monday, we published a followup with information from the probable-cause documents and the state Liquor and Cannabis Board.
Today, we have obtained the newly filed court documents that charge Maine with five felonies; we also have the LCB’s emergency order suspending the Corner Pocket’s liquor license. Read More
The potential for snow Thursday night into Friday has lessened a little since the National Weather Service issued the alert. As of this afternoon, the alert level has been reduced to Winter Weather Advisory, in effect 4 pm Thursday to 8 am Friday:
A WEATHER SYSTEM WILL MOVE FROM SOUTH TO NORTH THROUGH WESTERN WASHINGTON THURSDAY NIGHT. WITH COLD AIR IN PLACE SNOW WILL FALL AND SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 1 TO 3 INCHES IS EXPECTED ACROSS MOST OF THE LOWLANDS. THE SNOW SHOULD CHANGE TO RAIN BEFORE DAYBREAK FRIDAY.
Meeting last night at the Sisson Building/Senior Center, the Junction Neighborhood Organization also was looking ahead to tonight’s city-organized “open house” about topics from housing to roads to parks to parking – though it had two other major topics.
REZONING ACTION PLAN: On the eve of the city’s big “open house,” JuNO director René Commons talked about community concerns, especially about how poorly the city had been communicating about the rezoning that is part of the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda‘s Mandatory Housing Affordability component. The area is just now feeling the effects of changes in the late ’90s, she noted, with major projects. So input means more now than ever.
“This is a draft proposal… and activism matters,” said Commons. “It’s about not being angry, but about being passionate – to make change, good change.”
One attendee brought up that “this is not the only upzone we’ll be dealing with – Sound Transit 3 will put two elevated stations in our area, and these stations are big, and each one comes with a ‘station overlay,’ to ensure that there’s adequate density around the stations, to make them more viable… (but) people working on HALA are not necessarily talking to the people working on ST3.” For one, he said, the area should have options – “at least two materially different proposals” – for how to accommodate growth, not just the “blanket approach that every urban village should be treated the same way.”
Another attendee talked about finally hearing about the proposed upzoning in late October from coverage on WSB – “oh, that’s my street!” She tried to find out if she had missed some outreach that would have helped her understand; no, she hadn’t. Even the city’s title “Mandatory Housing Affordability” was not conducive to helping people understand about rezoning – “it sounded like somebody’s finally doing something about the rising rents, and that’s not it at all.”
So what kind of feedback should JuNO offer, tonight and beyond? Read More
A 16-year-old boy is recovering at home after being shot in West Seattle, and his father is asking for help in the investigation.
It happened around 1 am Sunday near 34th SW and SW Trenton [map]. We didn’t hear about it until the victim’s father contacted us last night. There was no “assault with weapons” medical callout because friends drove the victim to the hospital. The police report we obtained today says that several people called 911 to report suspected gunfire; police found no victim, no shell casings, no blood. Then, about half an hour later, the investigating officer found out that a person with a shoulder wound had shown up at Harborview Medical Center, saying he had been shot at a party in West Seattle. The person whose house was the scene of the party told SPD he didn’t know anything about a shooting. The officer looked a second time and still found no physical evidence of a shooting in the area.
The victim’s father tells WSB that his son is believed to have been shot by someone who pulled up in a vehicle outside the party, opened fire, and left. No description information. The Gang Unit is following up, according to both the police report and the victim’s father, who says his son is not involved with gangs but the shooter is believed to be. If you have any information about the shooting, contact SPD and refer to case 2016-435767. (Anonymous tips can be sent this way.)
When Dumplings of Fury opened back in July at 4302 SW Oregon in The Junction, proprietor Ben Jenkins suggested they would likely expand hours at some point. And now it’s happened – Dumplings of Fury has just announced that it’s now open 11 am-9 pm, Tuesdays through Sundays (closed Mondays).
Four biznotes to share:
ADMIRAL THEATER SCHEDULE CHANGE: As the Admiral Theater (2343 California SW) continues its transformation into a 4-auditorium moviehouse, it’s hoping to get the last two done in time for next week’s premiere of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” So before you plan a trip to the movies, check their schedule, which is updated to reflect the temporary changes.
RAVEN’S NEST WEST GRAND OPENING: We told you two weeks ago about this new Native art gallery/shop in The Junction. Tomorrow night during the West Seattle Art Walk, Raven’s Nest West proprietors Sue and Israel Shotridge are celebrating its grand opening:
They will offer tribal songs, drummed by a small group of Alaskan Native tribal members.There will be members from the Eagle and Raven clans to bring a sense of cultural balance and harmony to the Nest.
Original Northwest Coast Native art along with limited-edition art prints, ivory sculptures and wood carvings will be displayed. A wonderful collection of Native engraved sterling silver jewelry along with contemporary silver, copper and brass pieces will be featured. Native designed Holiday Art cards, ornaments and many other gift options depicting Native imagery in all price ranges will be offered. Great stocking stuffers too!
Raven’s Nest will offer refreshments and will be gifting small tokens to all visitors during the art walk at its Grand Opening. The Shotridges also just launched shotridge.com, which is a wonderful ecommerce that is associated with the Raven’s Nest. Customers will be able to place orders online at shotridge.com and pick up their orders at the Raven’s Nest West to eliminate shipping costs.
Business Hours currently are Thursdays thru Sundays 11 am – 6 pm; however, we have been adjusting them from previous postings till we figure out what will work best for the location.
Raven’s Nest West is at 4557 Glenn Way.
ALSO ON THURSDAY, AT MERRYWEATHER BOOKS: 6-9 pm during Thursday’s Art Walk, Merryweather Books (4537 California SW) will be featuring West Seattle Scribes:
Seven West Seattle authors will be showcasing their books this Thursday during Art Walk night from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Merryweather Books.
The authors are: Alice Kuder, Theresa McCormick, Arleen Williams, Christopher Anderson, Lisa Richesson, Janine A. Southard, and Cat Rambo. Art work by Theresa McCormick will also be on display. Come and enjoy free refreshments while viewing the art and talking with our local authors.
WILDWOOD MARKET: We’ve been asked how this new Fauntleroy business at 45th SW and Wildwood is progressing toward opening.
We asked co-proprietor Lonjina Verdugo, who says they don’t have a set date yet but: “We are close! Within the month, we hope. However something to mention that might help speed things along, we are officially hiring! We just posted on our site.” (The listing is also in the WSB Forums West Seattle Jobs Offered section, where local businesses can list local job openings for free.)
(American Wigeon, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
Nothing in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide for tonight – aside from ongoing light shows, tree lots, etc. – but the year-round WSB West Seattle Event Calendar is topped by one big event at two locations:
CITY OPEN HOUSE ABOUT REZONING, ROADS, PARKING, PARKS, MORE: Tonight’s the night. We’ve been talking about this for weeks – talking about the central topic, proposed rezoning for the Mandatory Housing Affordability component of the mayor’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda, for even longer – and this is your chance to ask questions and offer comments. Other topics you can learn and ask about and comment on are all listed in our big preview published Tuesday. Tonight’s locations, 5:30-7:30 pm – just drop in, no presentations planned – are Shelby’s in The Junction (4752 California SW) and Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in North Delridge (4408 Delridge Way SW).
P.S. In addition to the maps we’ve been showing – you will see a second version, just showing what’s proposed (not current zoning), at the open house. These maps have been added to the city’s feedback site at hala.consider.it (look for your nearest “urban village” on the dropdown, choose “expand map,” and scroll through both). Or, see just the second version of all West Seattle maps by going here.
Also happening today/tonight:
NETWORKING MEETUP: Working from home? Running your own business? Home on the peninsula for some other reason? West Seattle Office Junction (WSB sponsor) welcomes you to this week’s free networking meetup, noon-1:15 pm. (6040 California SW)
TOYS FOR TOYS, FINAL DAY: As mentioned here yesterday, today’s the final day of the Toys for Tots drive at John Moore‘s Northwest Insurance Group in Morgan Junction – drop off your new, unwrapped toy donation by 4:30 pm! (6055 California SW)
HIGH POINT LIBRARY CLOSURE CONTINUES: Just one more reminder – the High Point Library‘s closure for renovations continues. The reopening date isn’t yet set but it will be sometime in January.
SINGER-SONGWRITER, LIVE: Jim Page performs at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
HONKY-TONK, SWING, ROCK-N-ROLL, LIVE: Billy Joe Huels and the RC’s perform at Parliament Tavern, 8-11 pm. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
The proposed rezoning for the Housing Affordabiity and Livability Agenda‘s Mandatory Housing Affordability component was a major topic for the two community councils who have met this week in advance of tonight’s city-organized 2-location “open house” about that rezoning, and more.
First was the Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council, which met Monday night at the Southwest Library. Feedback on the rezoning plan comprised most – but not all – of the night’s discussion; later in this report, you’ll see toplines from other topics including a big change in WWRHAH leadership as well as an SPD update on crime trends.
Back to HALA rezoning:
One member observed toward the end, “The scary part of this is that the majority of the community has no idea about the tidal wave that is headed their way.”
That was a reference to the shortage of direct city communication – no briefings or announcements directly explaining “this is the rezoning we’re proposing in your area and why” – since the draft rezoning maps appeared online in October.
In recent weeks, community groups have taken to organizing their own discussions of those maps in hopes of at least helping neighbors comment effectively – pro, con, or otherwise – online and at tonight’s open house (5:30-7:30 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW, and Shelby’s, 4752 California SW).
The rezoning is focused on the city’s long-designated “urban villages,” as well as multifamily/commercial property in all areas. Read More
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7:26 AM: Good morning! No incidents but frosty out there – below freezing for the first time since the cold snap began.
WINTER STORM WATCH: If you missed it last night – we’re under one for Thursday morning until Friday morning. Here’s the latest version, as of early today. Might bring a few inches of snow, forecasters say.
SDOT’S WINTER WEATHER MAP: Check here to see which roads have been treated most recently. And if you notice any problem spots – let SDOT know; Monica e-mailed to say the bicycle path eastbound out of West Seattle had been oversalted yesterday.
Four reader reports tonight:
RECOGNIZE THIS SCOOTER? Abandoned vehicles of all types usually turn out to be stolen, so we’re featuring this here. From Charlie:
On Thursday evening, someone parked a silver Piaggio (Vespa-style) motorbike in the street out in front of our home near Morgan Junction. I have checked with neighbors and our Neighborhood Watch families to see if anyone living nearby belonged to the vehicle, to no avail. It seems to have been abandoned or ditched and I have filed an abandoned vehicle report with SPD. The tag [2A6034] expired in 2015. Maybe one of your readers will recognize this vintage ride!
LOCKER-ROOM THEFT: We’ve published reader reports before about car prowls in the LA Fitness parking garage. Now there’s word of an LA Fitness locker break-in – Susan told us via Twitter that it happened Monday morning; her purse, phone, and lock were stolen from the locker room and one of her credit cards was used at Target a half-hour later. She says the thief would have to be a member because of the gym policies.
DOOR KICKED: Richard on 26th SW in Westwood reported that someone tried to kick in his door while he was home this afternoon.
FURNITURE THEFT: From Cindy:
Bummer 3 stacking end tables were just taken from our side yard….. stolen!?!?
At 7:40 PM today 12/6/16 while moving stuff from my mothers home to our home (4601 SW Stevens), our son took three nesting walnut tables out of his car to the sidewalk’s edge/lawn on the 46th Ave SW side of our house. He brought in a box of books. Went back for the tables and they are GONE.
Attached picture from the internet is almost but not exact. Ours are walnut. Ebay value is about $600.
Police report filed – incident #2016-439271