West Seattle


Yesterday the Pea Eye did not come and I was forced to raid neighbor Margaret's Seattle Times box.

I cannot eat breakfast unless I have my morning news and cartoon fix while munching my ration of Cheerios and sliced banana and a sprinkle of raspberries from the garden.

I was deep into Hagar the Horrible when the phone rang. I knew it was Margaret because she is aware of my addiction.

"Jerry? Do you have my paper again?"

"Yes, Margaret," I said. "My Pea Eye did not come. I looked in the bushes, too.


Arbor Heights hosted the 2005 annual Seattle Summer Swim League Southern Division championship and were good hosts, letting just about everyone else beat them of teams from Olympic View, Normandy Park, Gregory Seahurst, Lakeridge, Kent, Marine Hills, and Twin Lakes.

"We took sixth," said coach Casey Murphy, down-headed a little.

But they had fun. And, really, when it gets down brass tacks, so to speak, isn't that really what it is all about?

But it is also about doing better than before, 'shaving off time,' as swim lingoists would call it.


WINNERS. Southwest Little League player Mitchell McElwain pitches first game in State Senior Division Little League Tournament. Southwest Little League went on to win game 8 to 2, finishing 2 to 2 in week-long tournament held in Vancouver, Wash.

Saturday morning, around 1:30, a man dressed only in a red spandex Speedo bathing suit jumped from some bushes and grabbed a woman in the alley in the 4700 block of California SW. He asked the woman if she was OK. She was able to run from him. Officers checked the area but found nothing.

A young woman returned to her parked car at the Junction. She found it in the middle of the alley, bumped up against another car. She tearfully told the officer that she had locked the car and left it in Park, but at it was now unlocked, in Drive, and contained garbage that was not hers.


On July 19, a number of secondary streets heading up to the Admiral District of West Seattle were chip sealed creating a hazardous situation to what was previously a safer alternative to a cycling route up the main arterial, Admiral Way.



As a two-term Seattle City Council member Richard Conlin said his leadership in the past eight years to bring community concerns and plans through council approval is part of what drives his confidence in his re-election campaign.

Having the ability to go into any community and point out my hand in many of their accomplishments with community goals makes me a difficult candidate to beat, he said.

As chair of the Councils Transportation Committee, Conlin said his goals for the next four years are to continue to largely concentrate on addressing tran


One of West Seattle's leading liberals, Tom Weeks recently announced his resignation as chairman of the monorail project after helping create the $11 billion fiasco. If I remember correctly, previously he took his financial expertise to the Seattle School District and then resigned after the district lost $35 million.



Are Burien's best days behind it?

The question popped into my head abruptly during an interview following Melba Eyler's death.

Melba Eyler, who passed away May 2, ran a Burien dance studio in the '50s, publicized Highline student achievements in the '60s and co-authored the definitive Highline history book in the '70s.

The then-Burien Chamber of Commerce named her 1972's "Woman of the Year."

My interview subject concluded Melba Eyler was one of Burien's prime movers and shakers during its "heyday."


I have been observing Jack Block, Sr. for over 30 years.

This former White Center schoolboy is a graduate of Highland Park Elementary, West Seattle High and the U-Dub class of 1957 with a degree in international studies who went on to become a Port of Seattle commissioner for a record of 28 years. He is now retired and living with a new wife in a beautiful home overlooking the ferry dock in West Seattle.

Not bad for a working guy, a longshoreman, crane operator on Seattle's waterfront.


What can West Seattleites expect if an earthquake takes down the Alaskan Way Viaduct?

The Seattle city police, transportation planners and emergency managers proposed an emergency closure plan for the viaduct to the Transportation Committee of the Seattle City Council July 18.


A man leaned on his elbows at the Seattle Monorail Project board of directors' conference table and urged the board members to divide the Green Line into two $800 million halves which would cut interest payments significantly.

First build the monorail from Seattle Center to West Seattle, the man suggested.