July 2022

Mayor Harrell nominates Greg Spotts to be next Director of Seattle Department of Transportation

Information from City of Seattle

Today, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell announced that he will appoint Greg Spotts to be the next Director of the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), pending confirmation by the Seattle City Council. Spotts currently serves as the Executive Officer and Chief Sustainability Officer at the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services. 


UPDATE: A light plane makes splash landing off Alki Promenade; Now out of the water

Video from both the promenade and flight simulator inside the aircraft

UPDATE: The Cessna 150 that splash landed just off the Alki Beach Promenade on July 26 around 4pm has been successfully lifted out the water by a crane aboard a truck on shore. It was attached and lifted on to the promenade around 9:30 AM Wednesday morning. The plane will be dismantled by AvTech Services, then hauled to salvage.

A crane aboard a truck lifted the aircraft on to the land. Photo by Kersti Elisabeth Muul



White Center will rock the block again on Aug. 28: The fundraising Block Party returns

The White Center Block Party returns to the community Aug. 28. Begun in 2021 as a response to a spate of fires and vandalism, the celebration of the diversity of White Center and its spirit was surprisingly successful.

Since then, the WCBP committee has continued to plan events for the White Center community. Profits generated through the Annual Block Party will be set aside for future events. A small portion will be donated to a local White Center community organization.

The purchase of your wristband will get you discounts at participating stores and special offerings at restaurants during the White Center Block Party hours.

The event will again feature food from area restaurants, local musicians, vendors and community information booths will round it out. 


Free swag, banners and more for your Neighborhood Night Out party available Aug. 1

The Seattle Police Department's Jennifer Danner asked us to share this message about Night Out materials.

My name is Jennifer Danner, and I am the Crime Prevention Coordinator for the Seattle Police Department’s SW Precinct.

First off, to those who registered, thank you so much for registering for Night Out! We are so very excited to celebrate with you.


Mayor Harrell to announce new Seattle Department of Transportation leadership

On July 27, Mayor Bruce Harrell will announce his selection for the next director of the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) following an extensive national search.  

Mayor Harrell sought a leader for SDOT who will address Seattle’s transportation priorities by leading with equity and climate, elevating community engagement, and maintaining and repairing critical infrastructure. The search process included a robust search committee of local transportation experts including former and current SDOT employees, government partners, advocates, and economic development and community leaders. 


SDOT: Work has been completed on West Seattle Bridge post-tensioning system

System will dramatically increase the bridge’s strength, moving us closer to reopening. 

Information from Seattle Department of Transportation

 Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has reached another major construction milestone on the West Seattle High Bridge repairs and completed tightening the steel post-tensioning cables inside the bridge. Crews began the tightening process early last week. This is an important part of our work to strengthen and fully repair the bridge, and brings SDOT one step closer to reopening as planned. 


High temperatures this week mean you might need to cool off: Here's how and where

The temperatures are forecast to be in the 90's all week which means you might need to cool off. Only 40% of homes in the greater Seattle area have air conditioning so the City of Seattle and King County have some tips on how to stay cool and some places to go to keep yourself comfortable.

Here's the forecast from the National Weather Service this week for our area.


Shooting reported, broken glass, bullet holes found; No suspects

Information from Seattle Police Blotter

#2022-191937/Southwest Precinct/Third Watch: 

On 07-24-2022 at 1:37am, officers responded to a shots call in the area of 24 AVE SW/SW Kenyon ST.

Officers located evidence of a shooting, broken glass, a makeshift memorial and two unoccupied vehicles struck by gunfire.

Witness advised he heard several people arguing, followed by the sound of gunfire and saw two unknown vehicles depart the area.

Scene processed by patrol. GVRU advised.


HERBOLD: Hit and run cyclist death / SDOT Response

SDOT proposes safety improvements

District 1 City Councilmember Lisa Herbold shared this update via her constituent newsletter

On July 15 Robert Mason was the victim of the hit and run near the Spokane Street Bridge while he rode his bicycle. He is the thirteenth person to die from a collision on Seattle streets in 2022.

I’ve heard from constituents with questions about what the City does after fatal crashes, and about potential road safety changes in that location.

After fatal crashes, SDOT evaluates sites from an engineering perspective to see whether there are short term and longer-term safety improvements to be made. This is in addition to the Seattle Police Department’s Traffic Collision Investigation Squad’s work on crash reconstruction and criminal investigation.