June 2021

Meal distribution by Seattle Schools suspended for Monday June 28 due to heat

information from Seattle Public Schools

Because of excessive, record-setting heat in the Puget Sound, Seattle Public Schools announced that all meal distribution sites will be closed today, Monday, June 28, 2021. 

“As the majority of meal distribution is outdoors, we’re concerned about the risks to students and families gathering to collect meals, the risks to the SPS Nutrition Services staff who operate the sites, and we’re also concerned about food safety,” said Fred Podesta, SPS Chief Operations Officer. 

Mr. Podesta said that it is expected that all meal distribution sites will be open and resume normal operations tomorrow, Tuesday, June 29, 2021. 

SPS has alerted all student families by email, robo-call, social media posts, translated texts, the SPS website, and news release. 


UPDATE: Beating the heat is important (and can be fun but be careful)

The City of Seattle is opening 30 'Cooling Centers' and there are other options cool off

With record high heat expected over the next few days staying cool will be a challenge.

If you do choose to get in the water, exercise caution.

The water temperature in Puget Sound today is 60.8°F.

The average water temperature in Puget Sound in winter reaches 46.4°F, in spring 48.2°F, in summer the average temperature rises to 57.2°F, and in autumn it is 53.6°F.

So diving in can be a shock. If you are boating use Coast Guard approved floatation devices and life preservers.

The City of Seattle will be opening more than 30 “cooling centers” including senior centers, community centers, libraries, day/hygiene, and an emergency shelter in addition to beaches, pools, spray parks, and wading pools. All locations and hours of operation vary. Temperatures across Seattle metro area are forecast to reach the mid-100’s by Monday, a record-breaking day.  

NEW: Cooling Center at Amazon Meeting Center in Downtown Seattle


Rep. Jayapal secures $11.2 to aid funding for West Seattle Bridge

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal has secured new grant through the INFRA grant program in the amount of $11,250,000 to help fund the repair and rehabilitation of the West Seattle High Rise Bridge. The Seattle Department of Transportation applied for the grant in March and this is roughly half of the $21.6 million they requested.

To completely repair the bride SDOT has budgeted $175 million. They've hired Kraemer North America to handle the remaining work of installing post-tension steel cabling inside the hollow girders and perform other strengthening and reinforcing work. The Low Swing Bridge is also due to see just over $11 million in repairs and reinforcement work over the next year.

SDOT has said the bridge will reopen in Summer of 2022.


HERBOLD: West Seattle Bridge Repair: WSOT and FHWA approval and notice to proceed

District 1 City Councilmember Lisa Herbold offered this update via her newsletter to constituents:

On June 3, both WSOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) approved the West Seattle Bridge repair NEPA submittal.  It is a major West Seattle Bridge repair benchmark and delivered well in advance of when it was anticipated.

SDOT submitted the signed National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) form in late May. This NEPA approval helps keep the project on schedule. SDOT reported earlier this month that repairs are on schedule to be completed by mid-June 2022.


Highland Park Improvement Club suffers heavy damage in fire

Club closed, 'Community Fridge' shut down indefinitely; Damage estimated at $200.000, cause undetermined

The Highland Park Improvement Club (HPIC) at 1115 SW Holden suffered a major fire early Friday morning and is now closed was shuttered after a fire early Friday. Damage estimated at $200.000. Cause undetermined.

The club does have insurance and adjusters have been in touch.

in the main hall


We currently have a team of amazing folk securing the building from the significant damage. FOR YOUR SAFETY PLEASE DO NOT COME ON THE PROPERTY. We know that you are all feeling this loss with us. Currently the parameter is not a place we want people to be unattended.

At this point the cause of the fire remains undetermined, and we are still waiting on final clearance from the fire department on the safety of the interior.


Early Design Guidance meeting for 7 story 96 unit apartment with retail set for July 15

4448 California Ave SW; No parking planned

4448 California Ave SW

Design Review Early Design Guidance for a 7-story, 96-unit apartment building with retail. No parking proposed.

Review Meeting
July 15, 2021 5:00 PM
Meeting: https://bit.ly/Mtg3037829

Listen Line: 206-207-1700 Passcode: 187 604 2246
Comment Sign Up: https://bit.ly/Comment3037829

Review Phase
EDG--Early Design Guidance  

Project Number

3037829  View Related Records

Greg Johnson

From the early design guidance packet:



West Seattle Transportation Coalition will review Bridge rehab and ferry terminal plans

A visit with the Seattle Times Traffic Lab and WSTC Board Elections are also scheduled

West Seattle Transportation Coalition will hold a scheduled Zoom meeting:

Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

Zoom Meeting ID 891 5557 6989

Passcode 995555

On the web  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89155576989?pwd=MWkwQnhnZG5hZTduSjdIMms1RDVzZz09

Via phone +12532158782,,89155576989#,,,,*995555#


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