CRIME WATCH: Roxbury 76 robbery

January 27th, 2023 at 9:30 pm Posted in Crime, King County Sheriff's Office, White Center news | No Comments »

King County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating another robbery at the 76 station/mini-mart at 2851 SW Roxbury. As announced in a bulletin a short time ago over the Seattle Police airwaves as an FYI, five armed people robbed the station, then left in a blue sedan, last seen heading eastbound – that’s all the information we have so far.

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FOLLOWUP: Teen found dead along Highway 509 finally confirmed as homicide victim

January 23rd, 2023 at 11:59 pm Posted in Crime, White Center news | No Comments »

(October 7th photo by reader Mel)

Three and a half months after the discovery of a 16-year-old girl’s body along Highway 509 east of White Center, the King County Medical Examiner’s Office has released results of her autopsy. The most recent media-information list released by the KCME says Keyaleas Brewer died of “asphyxia due to strangulation” and ruled her death a homicide. When we last checked with the King County Sheriff’s Office a few weeks ago, they repeated only that it remained an “open and active case.” Back in October, as reported here, they asked for video from anyone driving on southbound 509 between the 1st Avenue South Bridge and South 112th between 5 am and 7 am on Friday, October 7th – the morning Ms. Brewer was found dead – and welcomed anonymous tips via p3tips,com or info via email at mcutips@kingcounty.gov – refer to case #C22033455.

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ELECTION 2023: King County Councilmember Joe McDermott says he won’t run again

January 20th, 2023 at 6:18 pm Posted in Election, White Center news | No Comments »

(WCN photo, Councilmember McDermott at White Center event in October)

King County Council District 8 Councilmember Joe McDermott has announced he’s not running for reelection. McDermott lives in West Seattle but represents a district that includes White Center, Vashon and Maury Islands, and part of Seattle on the east side of the Duwamish River (the County Council also has recently remapped districts). McDermott served in the State Senate and State House before moving to the County Council 12 years ago, shortly after Dow Constantine became County Executive. He was the first openly gay person to serve on the County Council. He is also a current member of the Sound Transit Board. Councilmember McDermott’s announcement does not specify what he plans to do next:

I look forward to pursuing other professional opportunities yet to be identified once I leave office while always remaining involved in the issues I am passionate about. … I am grateful for the opportunity to work for our communities. I look forward to continuing doing so as a private citizen.

You can read the full announcement, including his list of accomplishments (one of which is the fireworks ban in unincorporated King County), here. State files show that no far no one else has registered a campaign for District 8, but the official filing week is still four months away.

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Bowl at Roxbury Lanes next Friday for White Center Pride

January 14th, 2023 at 11:36 pm Posted in Fun, How to Help, White Center news | No Comments »

Set your calendar for a night at Roxbury Lanes (2823 SW Roxbury) on Friday (January 20th) to help White Center Pride raise money for this year’s street festival:

White Center Pride Bowling Fundraiser with Adra Boo
Roxbury Lanes
Friday January 20, 2023
6:30 pm

Lace up your bowling shoes and show your pride Friday, January 20th at Roxbury Lanes in White Center! Join White Center Pride for a night of fun and fundraising hosted by singer extraordinaire, Adra Boo.

This special happy hour will have games and entertainment, a bowling fundraiser, and the opportunity to meet other members of the community. It is also a chance to show your support for the White Center Pride Street Festival as we work to raise funds for this wonderful event. All ages are welcome!

White Center Pride has announced June 3rd as the date for this year’s festival.

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WHITE CENTER RESTAURANTS: Que Chevere now open

January 13th, 2023 at 10:06 pm Posted in Food, Restaurants, White Center news | No Comments »

More than a year after we first reported the plan for Que Chevere to open in the former Taradise Café space at 9808 16th SW, it has quietly opened. We noticed the “OPEN” sign last night and went back today for a closer look.

We’re told they opened in late December. When we talked with proprietor Felipe Maqueda in 2021, he was planning on Latin American cuisine, and the menu reflects that, including Mexican favorites – see it here, here, and here.

Que Chevere is open for lunch, dinner, and/or drinks Mondays through Saturdays.

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POLITICS: 34th District Democrats’ leadership election

January 11th, 2023 at 11:58 pm Posted in Politics, White Center news | No Comments »

(Also published on partner site West Seattle Blog)

After two years as chair of our area’s biggest political organization, the 34th District Democrats, Carla Rogers watched tonight as her successor was elected.

Graham Murphy (right) is now the 34th DDs’ chair, winning the only contested seat of the night; David Toledo also ran for the spot. Murphy promised to lead the group forward as it prepares for two key election years – with an open City Council seat this year, and a presidential race next year.

Others elected at tonight’s online meeting:

1st Vice Chair – Rachel Glass
2nd Vice Chair – Jordan Crawley
State Party Representative – Chris Porter
State Party Representative – Roxanne Thayer
King County Central Committee Representative Bunny Hatcher, Leah Griffin (alternate)
King County Central Committee Representative – Ted Barker, Preston Anderson (alternate)
Treasurer – Julie Whitaker
Secretary – Steve Butts

ENDORSEMENTS: The 34th DDs voted to support passage of Seattle Initiative 135, the “social housing” measure that is the only thing on Seattle ballots for the February 14th special election. (White Center/North Highline have nothing this time around.)

Also endorsed: Longtime 34th DDs member Chris Porter, in his bid for re-election as a King Conservation District supervisor. This is an entirely different election that’ll be held online, with three weeks of voting starting January 24th.

APRIL ELECTION? While votes were counted in the chair contest, the group heard from two elected officials – King County Executive Dow Constantine and County Councilmember Joe McDermott – who both mentioned the behavioral-health levy that’s expected to go to King County voters in April.

The 34th District Democrats meet second Wednesdays of most months – watch for updates at 34dems.org.

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THINK SPRING! Southwest Little League registration open – including new girls’ softball division

January 10th, 2023 at 10:43 pm Posted in Sports, Steve Cox Memorial Park, White Center news | No Comments »

Southwest Little League is registering players for 2023 – and it’s not just baseball this year – they’ve added a new girls’ softball division to SWLL. You can register online right now, or if you and the player(s) in your household would rather sign up in personm the annual chance to do that is coming up February 11th, noon-3 pm at the Little Log Cabin at Steve Cox Memorial Park (1321 SW 102nd).

Find out more on the SWLL website.

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Remembering Harold Dale Foster, 1926-2022

January 8th, 2023 at 7:12 pm Posted in Obituaries, White Center news | No Comments »

Family and friends will gather for a funeral mass this Friday and a celebration of life in March to honor Harold Foster. Here’s the remembrance they’re sharing with his community:

Harold Dale Foster, 96, passed away peacefully at home on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2022, in White Center. He was born on February 26, 1926 in Spearfish, South Dakota to Ralph Bay Foster and Gertrude G. (Willsie) Foster.

Harold was preceded in death by his wife of 66 1/2 years, Lorraine C. (Garceau) Foster, his son Michael Dale Foster, his parents Ralph and Gertrude Foster, and all of his siblings, including his brothers Ray Foster, Everett Foster, and Wesley Foster, and his sisters Fae E. Rainey and Lola Mae Foster, as well as many extended family relatives and very dear friends.

Harold is survived by his son Jeffrey J. Foster and his daughter Sue Foster; his grandchildren Kara (Adam) Peters, Amanda Foster, Matthew Lambertsen, and Mark Lambertsen; great-granddaughter Sloan P. Kilpatrick-Foster and great-grandson Oliver Dale Peters, as well as his nephew Wayne (Kathy) Rainey and Loraine (Rainey) McRae and many special distant relatives and very close friends.

Harold had a nomadic childhood due to poverty since his father Ralph Foster was always looking for work. He told stories of moving many times and having very little to eat while growing up, including working for a neighbor and getting paid with a sack of potatoes to help feed his family when he was a teenager. His Father died in 1942, a few days after having surgery for a ruptured ulcer, when Harold was 16 years old. He moved back to Seattle, where his mother Gertrude Foster was staying with his older sister Fae E. Rainey. Eventually, Harold bought a house with his mother near South Seattle Community College. Gertrude Foster was working as a Nurse, and he started working at the Boeing Company in 1943. He left the Boeing Company briefly to serve his country in the Navy from 1944 – 1946.

In 1948, Harold was back working at the Boeing Company and he met his future wife Lorraine Garceau through her sister Aurora Garceau. Harold and Lorraine had a double wedding with Lorraine’s sister Muriel and Keith (Bud) Pearson on September 15, 1950, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in West Seattle. They had three children, Michael Dale, Jeffrey John, and Suzette Marie. They purchased their home in 1961 and Harold would go on to live there for 61 years with many family gatherings and Harold’s last birthday open house on February 26th, 2020.

Harold and Lorraine were parishioners at Holy Family Catholic Church for almost 70 years and had their children attend Holy Family school as well as their granddaughter Kara and many other cousins. Harold was also a longtime Aerie member of the White Center Eagles since the 1950s, where Harold and his wife would dance around the supporting pole in the middle of the dance floor at the old Eagles building. In later years, he would go to the new Eagles building to meet his “Cooney” friends (as Lorraine would say) for a drink at 4pm and he enjoyed Sunday morning breakfasts with his Eagle buddies.

Harold and Lorraine went on to purchase camping membership at Lake Trask Timber Trails near Shelton in 1975 with many other Sears and Boeing families. Camping was a great getaway from the city at their summer retreat. They made many friends over the years there who became like extended family and Harold always had a joke or two to share with everyone as well as a helping hand.

And that’s his story and he is sticking to it. Please smile to yourself when you remember him.

His funeral mass will be held on Friday, January 13th, 2023 at Noon at Holy Family Catholic Church in White Center, located at 9622 20th Ave SW. His burial will follow at 2 pm at Greenwood Memorial Cemetery, 350 Monroe Ave NE, Renton. No reception following.

His Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 25th, 2023 from 2 pm to 4 pm at the White Center Eagles, 10452 15th Ave SW.
The Foster Family is looking forward to celebrating this wonderful man’s life with everyone.

In lieu of gifts, please donate to Northwest Kidney Centers, PO Box 3035, Seattle, Washington 98114.

(We publish obituaries and memorial announcements by request, free of charge. Please email the text, and a photo if available, to whitecenternow@gmail.com)

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County councilmember proposes requiring businesses to accept cash

January 5th, 2023 at 2:37 pm Posted in Businesses, King County, White Center news | 4 Comments »

From the office of County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles, a proposal that would affect White Center and vicinity if passed:

King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles on Thursday introduced legislation to require businesses in unincorporated King County to accept cash. The measure is meant to ensure everyone has access to the economy, especially people who don’t or can’t access bank accounts, credit cards, and other financial instruments.

“When I am out and about, I am finding that more and more businesses are only accepting payment by credit cards or smart phones rather than cash,” Kohl-Welles said. “I believe the trend in this direction is highly problematic as it will prevent many people in our community who do not have bank accounts from participating in the economy. And this isn’t just a novel problem – it has the capacity to further hurt our most marginalized communities from accessing the goods and services they need to survive.”

During and even before the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses in the Seattle area and beyond began shifting to cashless operation, leaving people who rely on cash with fewer options to purchase goods and services. Research, however, shows that cashless businesses most impact communities of color, seniors, people with disabilities, undocumented residents, refugee and immigrant and communities and low-income communities.

At least 2.1% of Washington residents are unbanked, meaning they don’t have bank accounts, credit cards, or other typical financial services, according to the 2021 FDIC Household Survey. Five-year estimates put that number even higher – at 3.1%. More than 17% of residents are underbanked, meaning they might have a bank account but often rely on alternative financial services, such as money orders, check-cashing services and payday loans.

If applied to King County, these figures mean approximately 67,000 people could be unbanked and more than 380,000 people could be underbanked.

It’s unclear how many – if any – businesses in unincorporated King County have gone cashless, but Kohl-Welles intends the proposal as a tool to anticipate a future issue as this trend continues.

“While it is true that this legislation will only pertain to unincorporated King County, I believe that King County is a trend- and example-setter,” Kohl-Welles said. “I am confident that if this ordinance is approved, we will bring attention on this burgeoning issue to a much wider audience.”

Of those who still use cash for most purchases, the largest shares are people of color and those with the lowest incomes, according to data from the Pew Research Center.

A shift to more cashless businesses would leave these people with fewer and fewer options to make purchases, including for food and essential services.

The legislation would require businesses in unincorporated King County to accept cash for most retail transactions, and to not charge higher prices than for another form of payment. It would allow for retailers to only accept up to $250 in cash payment for single transactions larger than that amount. It would allow for civil actions to be brought by someone whose cash payment was refused.

“Tens of thousands of King County residents are unbanked, especially low-income seniors,” said Katie Wilson, general secretary of the Transit Riders Union. “Already they’re locked out of so much in our high-cost region just because they can’t afford high rents or expensive meals. At the very least, everyone deserves to be able to buy the things they can afford. That’s why TRU supports this important legislation, to make sure that people don’t walk into a store and find out that their cash doesn’t count.”

The proposal (ordinance number 2023-0027) will be referred to the Local Services committee.

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BIZNOTE: New ownership for Dubsea Coffee

January 3rd, 2023 at 11:56 pm Posted in Beverages, Businesses, Greenbridge, White Center news | 1 Comment »

13 years after its much-awaited opening in Greenbridge, Dubsea Coffee has new ownership. Founder Sibelle Nguyen made the announcement on social media, saying she has “passed the reins of Dubsea to Carrie and Erin Wilkins.” The couple, with a wide range of career and personal experiences, say in the announcement that they “had discussed running a coffee shop for some years.” They recognized Dubsea’s status as a community hub and promise to continue to grow it in that role. In her parting words, Sibelle expresses confidence that will happen, and adds, “Dubsea, both as a space and an intention, has shown me that it is more than possible for people of all walks of life to be together in kindness, sweet joy, creativity, and connection … in other words, a truly loving community.” She also offers words of gratitude to staff, artists, and customers.

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REMINDER: No North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting this month

January 2nd, 2023 at 11:56 pm Posted in North Highline UAC, White Center news | 3 Comments »

Quick reminder – while the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meets on first Thursdays most months, it’s not having a January meeting, so this Thursday’s calendar is clear. Next NHUAC meeting will be 7 pm Thursday, February 2nd, online – watch for the preview when it gets closer.

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Evergreen High School project contracts on Highline School Board’s next agenda

January 1st, 2023 at 9:58 pm Posted in Highline School District, White Center news | 1 Comment »

(Rendering by Bassetti Architects)

School resumes Tuesday, and the Highline Public Schools Board meets on Wednesday. The agenda for the 6 pm meeting includes two introduction items related to construction contracts for the Evergreen High School project. The biggest is the motion regarding the major construction contract; the full details are not yet available – the text of the motion to be introduced says the district received three bids, and that the motion will be updated with the name of the chosen contractor before the final vote. Wednesday’s meeting will be held at the Central Office Building, 15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW; you’ll also have the option of watching online here.

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WHITE CENTER CRIME WATCH: Charges filed in 2 White Center cases

December 28th, 2022 at 11:52 pm Posted in Crime, White Center news | Comments Off on WHITE CENTER CRIME WATCH: Charges filed in 2 White Center cases

From the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, word of charges in two White Center felony cases:

STOLEN-CAR CASE: 43-year-old Nicholas V. Renion is charged with possession of a stolen vehicle – a car in which police say they found him early the morning of December 19th. The owner of the Chevrolet Aveo had started it up outside his home in the 10000 block of 17th SW to warm it up; when he left it running and went inside, that’s when it was taken. He was able to track it via an Apple AirTag on his keychain, and within an hour, he and his parents found it parked in a lot in the 9000 block of Delridge Way SW. They notified Seattle Police, who responded to the scene, found Renion in the car, and arrested him. He’s been in jail ever since, bail set at $15,000. Inside the recovered car, the victim found a bag that did not belong to him, and the documents say:

Inside the bag, officers found five access devices in the names of three different people. A Keybank debit card and a Bank of America debit card were located in (one person’s name). A Seattle Credit Union card was located in (another name). A BECU debit card was located in the name of (the car’s owner).

Renion has a criminal history dating back 29 years, with prior convictions including stolen-vehicle possession, burglary, and assault, plus another auto-theft case currently pending. He’s already been in the King County Jail twice this fall, there for a total of 43 days, most recent release less than two weeks before the arrest in this case.

BURGLARY CASE: 39-year-old Nyakat R. Jean Pierre is charged with first-degree burglary for a November incident in the 400 block of SW 110th Lane. Court documents say she was visiting her boyfriend there while he in turn was visiting friends who live in the apartment; her dog jumped on one of the residents, woke him up, and she got into a fight with him. Police were called but did not make any arrests because it was determined that no crime was committed. She left the apartment, prosecutors say, but came back about an hour later, breaking through the front door to get in, and a melee ensued, with two residents of the apartment reporting injuries. All this eventually resulted in the charge that’s just been filed. She is not in custody.

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WHITE CENTER WEATHER: Thaw time

December 23rd, 2022 at 7:36 pm Posted in Businesses, Weather, White Center news | Comments Off on WHITE CENTER WEATHER: Thaw time

Thanks to the reader who texted photos from downtown White Center this morning – you can see why some businesses stayed closed (or closed early), like Full Tilt Ice Cream

and Proletariat Pizza

Crawfish House is open tonight until 9:

After being suspended all day because of the ice, Metro buses are back tonight, at least the routes on the Emergency Snow Network list are. The temperature is rising slowly and the ice is finally melting, so tomorrow – despite the forecast for rain – should be a better time to get out and do whatever you need to do before Christmas closures!

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WHITE CENTER’S FUTURE: What’s next for King County Comprehensive Plan update

December 21st, 2022 at 1:09 pm Posted in Development, King County, White Center news | Comments Off on WHITE CENTER’S FUTURE: What’s next for King County Comprehensive Plan update

The next update to the King County Comprehensive Plan – a road map for future change and growth – is proceeding through the system, and the county has sent an update on its recent survey:

In September, we reached out to get your input on the 2024 King County Comprehensive Plan update (2024 Update). We heard from thousands of people from across King County – community members who shared their thoughts on social equity, affordable housing, and climate change in our region.

We’re currently processing and translating all of the survey results Today we’re excited to share the preliminary survey results. We’ll share additional data as it becomes available.

King County will use the results to guide the 2024 Update. As set in the Scope of Work, the update will focus on actions to address social equity, affordable housing, and climate change.

Upcoming 2024 Update engagement opportunities

In February 2023, the County will release a summary of the proposals currently being contemplated for the 2024 Update. At that time, you’ll have the opportunity to see the direction the update is going in and let us know if it is on the right track. Your feedback on those proposals will help inform the additional development and refinement of the 2024 Update.

Additionally, a Public Review Draft of the entire 2024 Update is anticipated to be issued in June 2023 for public review and comment, along with a State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Draft Environmental Impact Statement. More opportunities for public review and feedback on the update will also occur during King County Council review of the proposals throughout 2024.

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WHITE CENTER WEATHER: Tuesday snow

December 20th, 2022 at 1:03 pm Posted in Snow, Weather, White Center news | Comments Off on WHITE CENTER WEATHER: Tuesday snow

The King County Roads cameras tell the story – the snow has returned. Above is a cam from 17th/98th; below, 16th/100th:

Avoid hills – that’s where people are getting stuck. As for the forecast, a Winter Weather Advisory alert remains in effect until 2 pm, so the National Weather Service expects things will improve after that.

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HOLIDAY HELP: Join with White Center Pride to help WC Food Bank

December 16th, 2022 at 7:17 pm Posted in Holidays, How to Help, White Center Food Bank, White Center news | Comments Off on HOLIDAY HELP: Join with White Center Pride to help WC Food Bank

Looking for an easy way to expand your holiday giving? Here it is!

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CONGRATULATIONS! Peter Truong retiring from KCSO – you’re invited to his sendoff

December 13th, 2022 at 3:00 am Posted in King County Sheriff's Office, White Center news | 3 Comments »

Thanks to Liz Giba for sharing this – all are invited to celebrate retiring CSO Peter Truong, but please RSVP, as shown below:

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Want to be on the first-ever King County Sheriff’s Office Community Advisory Board?

December 12th, 2022 at 11:13 am Posted in King County Sheriff's Office, White Center news | Comments Off on Want to be on the first-ever King County Sheriff’s Office Community Advisory Board?

From the WCN inbox:

King County Executive Dow Constantine and King County Sheriff Patti Cole-Tindall announced the launch of a new Community Advisory Board for the King County Sheriff’s Office that will bring together public safety experts, community members, and advocates to support and advise in the creation of a just, dynamic, and responsive public safety system.

The advisory board is part of a renewed partnership with the community stemming from the new plans Sheriff Cole-Tindall shared in July regarding how KCSO will transform the way it delivers public safety.

“Our ability to deliver genuine safety in King County depends on bringing the community into the process, ensuring that diverse experiences and perspectives can help shape a robust and effective public safety network,” said Executive Constantine. “I look forward to partnering with this group to provide accountability and tackle root causes to bring about systemic change.”

“As a premier law enforcement agency, we must continue to center our work on accountability, equity, and the vision and values of the communities we so proudly serve,” said Sheriff Cole-Tindall. “I am honored to work with a panel of King County community members who share our commitment to evaluating and reimagining how we can enhance trust and preserve public safety.”

The Community Advisory Board will have between 10 – 15 members, selected to represent different backgrounds and geographies reflective of the communities where KCSO provides policing. The group will be comprised of residents living in both urban and rural areas, and individuals affiliated with BIPOC groups, civic organizations, and business groups. Additionally, the board will strive to include youth and individuals with prior justice system involvement.

Individuals interested in serving on the Community Advisory Board should submit a letter of interest, explaining their desire and qualifications. More information about the board and details on the application process can be found here. Applications will be accepted until January 31, 2023.

The board’s first meeting will take place in March 2023, and the organization’s charter will be finalized and the work program for the year will be set at that time.

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SATURDAY: White Center Santacon multi-venue party to raise money for WestSide Baby

December 9th, 2022 at 9:15 pm Posted in Fun, WestSide Baby, White Center news | Comments Off on SATURDAY: White Center Santacon multi-venue party to raise money for WestSide Baby

Saturday (December 11th) from 2 pm on into the night, it’s the first-ever White Center Santacon, to enjoy local businesses and raise money for WestSide Baby. It’s a two-part party – 2-5 pm, free family activities at some businesses, then a food/bar crawl starting at 5, requiring a $20 wristband (benefiting WS Baby) to get in on the deals. Buy your wristband here. The map and other info is below:

See a larger version on the White Center Block Party website.

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