What is going on in Seattle!?!?

Breaking News on King5.com, Seattle Police are searching for a gunman who ran away from Cafe Racer in the just east of Green Lake and I-5 and west of Ravenna Park.  Two male victims were killed, and two more men and a woman were taken to Harborview Medical Center.

The suspect is described as a white male, 6 feet 1 inches tall, 30 to 40 years old, very thin with curly, light brown hair.  He was wearing a white and brown plaid shirt.

Roosevelt is on lockdown and Eckstein Middle School and Greenlake Elementary students are bing told to shelter in place.  The public has been encouraged to stay away from the area.

This comes just a week after a Madrona murder, a shooting at Folklife, drive-by shooting in South Seattle, and a shooting death just this morning in Downtown Seattle in an apparent carjacking.

West Seattle Has More Problems

Nearly 20,000 streetlights are being inspected after a number of recent problems popping up all around the city, and four new problems have been found in West Seattle as of Monday, January 3rd. Other problems have occurred in Capitol Hill and another in Queen Anne, which killed a family pet.  The Queen Anne incident spurred the investigation, and West Seattle has seen problems before.  Crews, who have been looking for anything emitting voltage over 30 volts, check the poles and metal plates around the lights.   Dangerous voltage levels have been found at three poles in West Seattle and one in the international district.  Although no one was hurt, this brings the number of related problems to 12.   The inspection, performed by Seattle City Light Crews and employees from two other companies, Davey Resources Group and Power Resources Corp, expect the project ( nearly 20% complete) to be finished in March of this year.   

The latest problems were found at

  • 56th Ave S.W. and S.W. Bradford
  • Fauntleroy Way S.W. and S.W. Edmunds
  • Marine View Dr. S.W. and 42nd Ave. S.W.
  • 12th Ave. S. and S. Jackson Street. 

Todd Pacific Shipyards Acquired

Todd Pacific Shipyards, the iconic shipyard serving Seattle since 1916, has been acquired by Vigor Industrial, a Portland-based company in exchange for nearly $130 million.  Todd Shipyards, located in the West Seattle area, was founded by William Todd and is a full-service company from ship construction to conversion and repair.  Todd Shipyard’s has worked on everything from Washington Ferries to U.S. Navy vessels.  Last week, Todd Shipyard’s market share rose to a high of $21.25 and the purchase price breaks down to $22.27 a share.  Although the company’s management and contracts will not change, officers and directors with stock percentages will tender their shares.  The acquirement includes Vigor’s commitment to refinance existing debt and buy outstanding shares.

Seattle City Light Update

Seattle City Light, now under pressure to test city street lights for potential problems, has hired two companies to help them finish the project.  Seattle City Light plans on checking nearly 20,000 poles across the city as over 6 problems have been found, stemming from the tragic electrocution of a Queen Anne family’s pet on Thanksgiving Day.  To date, Seattle City Light and employees from the other two companies (Davey Resources Group and Power Resources Corp.) have tested 600 poles .  They expect to finish testing by March of 2011.

Christmas Ships

Every year, Argosy Cruises runs it’s annual Greater Seattle Christmas Ship festival, featuring a holiday cruise that sails to over 45 waterfront communities in the Puget Sound Area .  The long running tradition (over 61 years) features holiday music from an on-board choir, full decor and a meal option.  Aboard the ship, passengers enjoy the sites of the season from the water.  On-shore, many community members gather in anticipation of the Christmas ship’s arrival to see the beautiful sights.  They are visiting many Seattle neighborhoods this Holiday Season.  For those of you in West Seattle, see the ships this Saturday, December 11th at Lowman Beach from 8:50-9:10 pm and at Alki Beach from 9:40-10:00 pm. If it is anything like previous years, then you had better get down there early.  If you don’t, you will have to park several blocks away from the beach, which ‘I heard’ is no fun running to when you hear the music start and you have a two year old in tow. Don’t miss out on this long-standing traditions and see the Christmas Ships this holiday season!  Follow the link to see a full schedule of stops and tickets.

In The Dark About Seattle City Light?-Here’s an Update.

After a dog in Queen Anne was tragically killed in an electrocution accident on Thanksgiving (see the blog about it here), the city and its residents have been paying more attention to the light poles around them.  Monday, a West Seattle woman reported a pole with exposed wires in the neighborhood.  The incident was called in by a High Point resident about a malfunctioning light.  Upon investigation, the wires were found in the lamp’s head.  The second incident prompted Seattle City Light to check 170 streetlights in High Point for potential problems.  Superintendent Jorge Carassco briefed the media on the plans to check 20,000 poles and 10,000 light vault covers for safety hazards and voltage between now and May 1st.  Seattle residents are encouraged to report any concerns regarding light poles by calling 206-684-7056.  Crews will recognize problems requiring immediate attention.

West Seattle Schools Score Reports

Seattle Public Schools recently released a district wide report on state test scores and yearly improvement rates.  Eighty-two schools were involved and rated from 1-5, one being low passage rates and little improvement and a 5, the contrary.  Some schools received high grades, while others scores were not so impressive.  Twelve schools in the district got a perfect score, but almost just as many received a 1.  The Elementary Schools in the West Seattle neighborhood of Seattle include Lafayette, Alki,, Gatewood, West Seattle Elementary and Sinslo. According to score reports on seattleschools.org, Lafayette received a 5,  Alki  a 3, Gatewood a 2, West Seattle a 1 and Sanislo a 2.   Scores among the middle schools and high schools for the West Seattle area included: Madison Middle School-3, Pathfinder K-8 at Cooper- 3, West Seattle High School-2, Chief Sealth-3.  District leaders have said that if these rankings don’t improve (in schools scored in the lower range) in the next couple of years, replacing the staff or closing schools may both be possible consequences.    Schools will be provided funds to carry out improvement plans, and those with the lowest scores will get the largest dollar amounts.  Among other communities whose primary schools received lower grades, residents have expressed concern over how this reflects on the education and curriculum in the community, and school representatives plan on providing them information as well as a meeting to discuss the reports.  Because the data is fairly extensive, some school staffers are organizing meetings for residents to attend.  Hopefully, these resulting scores will increase the emphasis put on the importance of education in our communities.  More detailed reports can be seen at www.seattleschools.org.

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North Admiral Rental

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This West Seattle home, offered for rent at $3,995/mo, has unbelievable postcard quality views of Elliott Bay and the Downtown skyline in the quiet North Admiral location.  It is a nearly new home in pristine condition and located on Edgewood Avenue, S.w.  The home has two bedrooms upstairs and two offices downstairs, and an open floor plan on the main level.  The home has easy access to downtown, freeways and  the airport, as well as California Ave and Alki shops and restaurants. Live the dream!

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