Department of Transportation to Host Rainier Avenue Traffic Calming Meeting

by Staff Writer

TrafficSparked by a score of recent automobile accidents along Rainier Avenue, including most notably when an SUV crashed completely into the Carol Cobb Salon located on Rainier Avenue South and South Ferdinand Street, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will be hosting a community meeting to address the traffic concerns of Southeast Seattle residents.

The meeting will take place this Wednesday, September 17th from 6:30 -9:00pm at the Rainier Valley Cultural Center.

Besides discussing “traffic calming” in south end streets, the meeting will also unveil transportation projects that are in the planning stages for Rainier Ave South, and will conclude with a Q & A session between SDOT officials and community members.

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Seahawks Game Day Prediction

by Clint Elsemore

GamedayThankfully for all Seahawk fans I was overly scared of the Green Bay offense last week as the LOB once again exceeded my expectations and made the Packers offense look ordinary.  This is no small feat, and coupled with the extra few days off after last week’s Thursday night tilt, the Hawks should be in great shape to travel down to San Diego and face the Chargers in week 2.

The Chargers are not an elite team, but they do have the ability to play up to their competition, beating the Broncos last year and playing well against most of the elite teams they faced.  They played well on the road in Arizona last week, failing to close our  NFC West Brothers,  failing to realize multiple opportunities to seal the road victory.  They are led by their offense under the control of side arm slinger Philip Rivers.  Their weapons are strong with WR’s Allen & Floyd to couple with TE’s Gates & Green, and finally a solid RB tandem in Matthews & Woodhead.  Rivers is a statue with limited mobility, but he generally has good awareness and gets the ball out early.  Playing at home the communication issues he had at the line of scrimmage last week should be nearly eliminated, and I expect the chargers to move the ball fairly well once again focusing on the short passing game and trying to keep balance by running the ball 20-25 times in the game.  I expect them to have sporadic success moving the ball, but to struggle in the red zone as the Hawks D tightens up leading to only 1 TD to go along with multiple field goals.  I see Rivers throwing for 1 score to balance out with 1 int and passing for 250 yards, Matthews to run for 70-80 yards, and for their offense to generally struggle to capitalize on their ability to move the ball through the middle of the field fairly well.

On Defense the Chargers are stronger than the Packers front they faced last week, but only marginally better.  I expect the Hawks offense line to struggle with the road environment coupled with strong line play from DT Liuget and DE Freeney.  San Diego will focus on trying to stop the run early, then bring pressure on 3rd down to get to Russell, and I expect this strategy to work for the most part in the first half.  After early struggles I expect Russell to make some big plays with his legs and buy time to find open receivers over the top as well.  Wilson will finish with 250 – 275 yards passing to go along with 50 on the ground and 2 touchdowns.  Lynch will punch in another score, but will be held to less than 100 yards rushing in the game.  I foresee Doug Baldwin having a strong game after being quiet last week bagging a score and near 100 yards receiving.

The offense will struggle more than last week, especially in the first half only mustering 10-13 points and once again facing a close game at the break.   In the second half Russell asserts himself and the offense will go on a role.  The defense continues its strong play and closes out the game with 3-4 sacks to go along with two turnovers.

Final game prediction: Seahawks 27 Chargers 16

South Seattle High School’s Highlight Football Classic

by Staff Writer

HS FootballEvoking recollections of the days when fervor for high school football in south and central Seattle was higher than the average city dweller’s morning caffeine levels, the First Annual Memorial Football Classic takes place today at Memorial Stadium with both Cleveland and Franklin High Schools participating.

The Classic is the brainchild of South Seattle native and former National Football League player Joey Thomas.

“Having grown up in and around the south end, I have an appreciation for the storied rivalries that once existed between the schools in the area and how that really brought out pride and friendly competition within the community. I thought that the event would provide a wonderful opportunity to rekindle that.” Said Thomas, who is currently the head football coach at Ballard High School.

The Classic gets underway today at 12:00pm with Cleveland facing off against Bainbridge, followed by Franklin taking on Garfield at 6:00pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Mayor Annouces Funding for South Seattle Crime Prevention Groups in Budget Proposal

by Staff Writer

Murray and Safety
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray unveils his budget as SPD Chief Kathleen O’Toole looks on.

Seattle – This Afternoon Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced that his 2015-16 budget to be formally proposed on Sept. 22 will make new investments in public safety and the safety net, including funding to South Seattle area violence prevention groups.

The budget, as currently constituted, seeks to allocate $100,000 for the Breakfast Group Mentoring Program, a program designed to provide young men of color in Seattle Public Schools with wrap-around services, individualized instruction plans and mentoring to complete their secondary education and improve employment opportunities for them.

The mayor’s budget also designates $75,000 for the Rainier Valley Corp, located in Hillman City, to recruit emerging leaders from diverse immigrant communities and provide training, support and mentorship. South Seattle currently has the highest concentration of immigrants and first generation Americans of anywhere else in the city.

“Public safety is our number one priority, and my budget for the police department reflects these basic budgeting principles by investing in best management practices and more effective use of resources to get better outcomes.” Said Murray.

In regard to direct investment in public safety, Murray’s 2015-16 budget for the Seattle Police Department will propose funding more civilian expertise, including a civilian Chief Operating Officer and a civilian Chief Information Officer for improved operations and systems management and innovation. The COO has been hired, and has already implemented CompStat, the crime and disorder data tracking and analysis method made famous by Commissioner William Bratton in New York City in the 1990s, where it was credited with reducing crime by 60 percent.

“CompStat will take the police department to the next level in observing, mapping and tracking patterns of crime and disorder, and in mobilizing, analyzing and evaluating officer response,” said Murray. “It is a major reform that I believe is the key to our future success in crime prevention, in efficient and effective deployment of SPD resources, and in police accountability.”

CompStat will be used in conjunction with the “micro-policing plans” that Chief Kathy O’Toole will deliver and make publicly available by the end of 2014, Murray said. The plans will reflect the specific needs and circumstances of each of the unique neighborhoods of the city, and are intended to reconnect officers with the communities they serve. CompStat will provide timely and accurate data to inform an ever-evolving patrol strategy, focusing resources on areas of concern and ensuring that police are present and visible where needed most.

Saving Mount Baker’s Day In The Park

by Marcus Harrison Green

Day In ParkWhile squeezing out the last droplets of Summer prior to the dawning of the Fall Equinox is the primary predilection of pretty much anyone saddened by the impending retreat of warm weather and blue skies, there might not be an area that savors the final remnants of the sweltering season quite like the Mount Baker community.

Since 1909 neighbors in the community have congregated in Mount Baker Park towards the end of summer to break bread, imbibe in drink, and otherwise engage in merriment with each other. The event was seen as essential to reinforcing communal bonds while forging new ones and was officially christened the Day In The Park in 1971 with the Mount Baker Community Club taking responsibility for its organization.

Recently, however, South Seattle’s longest running event faced serious danger of dying an untimely death as the Community Club found itself without any event chairs to coordinate the annual celebration. Realizing its essentialness to the community of Mount Baker, resident Erin Bruce took it upon herself to breathe new life into the event.

“Event planning is my background, and my husband and I used to put on music festivals, so it just was a perfect fit when we heard it might not happen this year. The Day In The Park really means a lot to us. We felt that we had the skill set to really do it justice and there was no way we were going to just let it up and disappear.” Said Bruce who now works as Programs Coordinator for the Community Club.

Bruce has not only assured its continuation, but has returned the Day In The Park – with its 43rd installment under the that banner taking place this Sunday- to its origins as a gathering that engaged the entire community, as the event in recent years had gradually become geared towards young children.

“The last few years had basically filled the park with bouncy houses and not much else, which isn’t all that appealing to someone over the age of 7. This year I’m really excited about the activities we have including an all neighborhood field day. We’re going to have tug of war, a watermelon eating contest, and parent and child piggyback races.”

“We’re also partnering with Amy Yee Tennis Center to do a Tennis Tournament, and Wilderness Awareness school is going to create an obstacle course for the kids along with a treasure hunt throughout the park.” Exclaimed Bruce.

As this year’s theme for the event is the Summer of Love, Bruce reflected that it was her own for the neighborhood of Mount Baker and South Seattle in general that inspires her community involvement.

“South Seattle just really has a cool orientation towards community involvement, which I love, and within that we have Mount Baker which has this small town feel to it. That’s the most endearing thing about this area to me. We really are this tight knit community and we really know our neighbors, not just the ones next door, but the ones across the street and the ones around the corner. You can always knock on a door here if you need help.”

The Mount Baker Day In the Park Festival will take place Sunday, September 14th at Mount Baker Park from 10:00am to 3:00pm

This Weekend In South Seattle: Arts Gumbo, Summer’s Last Day In the Park, and Sawant’s Housing Town Hall

Events this weekend in the South Seattle area


Friday, September 12th

Movies: Opening of Calvery showtimes at 12:45pm, 4:15pm, 7:15pm, and 9:30pm @ Arklodge Cinemas. Also: Opening of Trip to Italy showtimes at 1:30pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm, 9:45pm.  More Info:

Community: VFW Meat Raffle from 4 to 7pm @ Skyway VFW Hall 7421 S. 126th St Seattle, WA 98178. More Info: email

Music:  Sundae + Mr. Goessl’s CD Release Extravaganza begins at 8:00pm@ The Royal Room 5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle 98118.  Cost: Free. More Info:


Saturday, September 13th

Community: Jefferson Park Jubilee from noon to 10:00pm @ Jefferson Park. More Info:

Culture: Arts Gumbo: Mako and Munjuru from 6:00 – 9:00pm @ The Rainier Valley Cultural Center 3515 South Alaska St. Seattle, WA 98118  More Info:

Music:  African Music Nights begins at 9:00pm@ The Royal Room 5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle 98118.  Cost: Free. More Info:

Community: Detective Cookie’s Urban Chess Club with Pro Chess Instructor H.R.Pitre. From 12:00pm – 2:00pm @ Rainier Beach Community Center: 8825 Rainier Ave South Seattle. Ages 7 and Older. More Info: 206-650-3621 (Detective Cookie)


Sunday, September 14th

Community: 43rd Annual Day In The Park: Summer of Love presented by the Mt. Baker Community Club from 10:00am – 3:00pm @Mt.Baker Park.  More Info:

Civics: Affordable Housing Town Hall featuring City Council member Kshama Sawant at 5:00pm @ The New Holly Gathering Hall: 3815 S Othello Street, Seattle, WA 98118  More Info:

Music: Columbia City Beatwalk: Electric Circus begins at 7:30pm @ The Royal Room 5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle 98118.  Cost: Free. More Info:


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“Big Chickie” Hatches in Hillman City

by Robin Boland

Big Chickie ( , located on Rainier & Findlay, is the newest addition to Hillman City. Occupying an area that previously housed a gas station the owners have gotten creative with the space. All seating is set up outside under a covered area & they’ve added waterproof ‘drapes’ to protect customers from the inevitable wet weather ahead. There is some on-site parking and one imagines there will also be quite a bit of take-out business.

The "before" photo.
The “before” photo.

The restaurant specializes in charcoal roasted rotisserie chicken (also known as pollo a la brasa), marinated overnight, roasted and then carved to meet your needs (half, quarter, large chicken, small chicken, dark or light meat).  Beer, wine and soft drinks as well as an amazing array of sides and homemade sauces complete the menu. Note that vegetarians could easily be sated with the salads, rice & other side dishes.

After a number of little known ‘soft openings’ were successful Big Chickie took down the construction fence and officially opened its doors to Hillman City September 9th, selling out long before the hungry masses were ready. Day two was more of the same with those who missed out on the previous day showing up early to get in line. With only a few kinks to be worked out (when to start the chicken & how much to make) it seems unavoidable that Big Chickie will be a success.

My resident chicken expert (aka my 11 year old boy) provided the following feedback: “We’re going to need more chicken”.

Robin Boland is a contributing columnist, South Seattle Enthusiast, and often is referred to as “little bird” by her friends with heights over 5 ft 7




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