First responders drill means big water and air action today near Magnolia

If it seems like the end of the world on Magnolia this afternoon, don’t worry.

Several law enforcement and emergency agencies, including SPD, King County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol, Coast Guard, FBI, U.S. Customs and King County Medic One, will be performing an active shooter and hostage drill in Elliott Bay this afternoon between Harbor Island and Discovery Park from 4-11 p.m.

It will also, according to the Seattle Times, include two helicopters and possibly an out-of-service ferry or a container ship, and smaller Coast Guard and State Patrol boats:

Sheriff’s Sgt. Jason Houck said multiagency drills are staged roughly every year. When we can get all these entities together … it’s when the stars align,” he said. Houck said the sheriff’s SWAT team and marine units train for various scenarios throughout the year, but not on this scale.

Expect Pier 5 on Harbor Island to be closed to the public during the drill.  If you are in the area, you might see people rappelling out of helicopters and other action.

24-hour per day road closure on W Commodore- expect road closure, traffic and bus delays

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is continuing emergency repair work on a broken sewer line and roadway void in the 3200-3300 block range of W Commodore Way. The road closure begins just south of 33rd Ave W. The already-present emergency closure in the area will now be in effect 24 hours per day. The road is expected to reopen on Wednesday, June 1, although weather may extend the schedule.
Traffic will be rerouted at 40th Ave W. and 27th Ave W. during this time. Impacts will extend to the surrounding area; expect traffic and bus delays. Construction activities will be ongoing while crews continue to repair the area.

Learn more about Seattle Public Utilities here.

Join the American Legion Post #123, Magnolia for Memorial Day

All are invited to join in Magnolia’s two Memorial Day services. The first will take place in front of the Post Office on West McGraw at 10 am and the second at the Fort Lawton Cemetery at *11 am. Here’s what to look forward to:

10:00 am:

The American Legion will start the service, approximate 20 to 30 minutes long. 
  • Present the Colors – Boy Scouts & Cub Scouts
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • National Anthem – Girl Scouts
  • Prayer – Legion Chaplin
  • Legion speaker
  • Guest speaker – Washington State Air Force National Guard
  • Legion invites all to Fort Lawton Cemetery
11:00 am:
The American Legion will start the second memorial service at Fort Lawton’s  cemetery.  This service is approximately 30 to 45 minutes long.
  • Present the Colors – Boy Scouts & Cub Scouts
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • National Anthem  – Girl Scouts
  • Prayer – Washington State DAR Rainier Chapter Chaplin
  • Legion speaker
  • Guest speaker – Washington State Air Force National Guard
  • Taps is played – Boy Scouts
Bagpipes played at the conclusion of the service at Fort Lawton Cemetery.

Enter Discovery Park through the east entrance off West Government Way. The cemetery is located about 300 yards west of the park entrance. You are welcome to park at the cemetery, but please do not park in the front lane by the flag pole.

You can also park at the Discovery Park Visitor Center. It’s on the left side of the road approximately 150 yards in the park. There is a short walk (150 yards) up the hill to the cemetery for those that park at the Visitor’s Center.

* Go directly from the post office to the cemetery in the event of adverse weather as the service at Ft Lawton will start immediately after.

Clean up! Clean out! June 4th

Windermere Real Estate/Wall Street, Inc. Magnolia is once again hosting the Community Service event  CLEAN UP! CLEAN OUT!, Saturday, June 4th from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Recycling is the theme. Windermere will provide a Goodwill Truck for all your donation items, a Shredding truck and even electronics recycling. You can bring everything from small electronic devices to old appliances. Windermere brokers will be on site to help you unload your cars and keep things moving.


The event will take place on 33rd Avenue West, between McGraw and Wheeler. Questions? Call their offices at 206-284-8989.

City Councilmember O’Brien releases proposal to make it easier to build backyard cottages

By Doree at our sister site

Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien (District 6, NW Seattle) released a proposal today that would make it easier for homeowners to build backyard cottages.

Councilmember O’Brien’s bill makes a series of changes to the existing backyard cottage and mother-in-law unit building code, including:

  • Allowing both a backyard cottage and mother-in-law unit on the same lot, which provides additional housing options while maintaining the character and appearance of the property.
  • Increasing the height limit for backyard cottages by 1-2 feet, depending on lot width, which would allow enough livable space to make two-bedroom units more feasible. Setback requirements from property edges would not change.
  • Removing the requirement for owners to include an off-street parking space for backyard cottages or mother-in-law unit. Currently, this requirement often requires removal of green space on the property. Feedback found the parking requirement was prohibitive in creating new backyard cottages, as additional parking spaces were either unnecessary or unable to fit on the lot. For single-family lots outside urban villages or urban centers, the one required off-street parking space for a single-family house requirement will still apply.
  • If a backyard cottage is only one-story, its floor area may cover up to 60% of the rear yard (currently 40%), creating a large enough livable space for those unable to use stairs. Existing setback requirements from the lot edge would not change.
  • Requiring that the property owner live on-site for at least one year after a backyard cottage or mother-in-law unit is created, rather than the current requirement that the owner live on-site at least 6 months out of every year in perpetuity. The requirement prevents speculative developers from acquiring property and building backyard cottages that don’t fit the character of the neighborhood, while allowing the owner future flexibility for those who don’t want, or are unable to continue living on-site.
  • Allowing backyard cottages on lots 3,200 square feet or greater in area (currently 4,000 square feet), which would make approximately 7,300 additional parcels eligible to provide this additional housing option.
  • Increasing the maximum gross floor area of a backyard cottage to 1,000 square feet (currently 800 square feet), which would provide more livable area and increase the likelihood of two-bedroom backyard cottages to better serve families with children.
  • If a backyard cottage is built above a garage, the garage square footage will no longer count toward the maximum floor area, which often results in an unreasonably small living space.

The city’s Office of Planning & Community Development released its SEPA determination of non-significance today. The public can comment on the proposal through June 2 by emailing Nick Welch at, or by mail at City of Seattle, OPCD, Attn: Nick Welch, PO Box 34019, Seattle WA 98124-4019.

The proposal is scheduled for consideration in the Council’s Planning, Land Use & Zoning Committee in July.


Shop AND get your hair cut at Vixen!

Vixen Dayspa & Boutique is thrilled to announce they are now full service. Retail Manager Lauren Ebright is open for business as Vixen’s first hairdresser, bringing over 10 years of experience and specializing in cuts and colors. Lauren loves empowering women through their style, and enjoys the personal connection afforded by her new single-chair studio. “I’m particularly excited to offer an environment that is tailored to the client and to provide a focused, attentive experience,” she says.

Lauren values the seven years she spent at James Alan Salon in Shoreline before leaving to stay home with her young son. A Magnolia resident for the past decade, Lauren jumped at the chance to work in her own
neighborhood as Retail Manager at Vixen. This additional line of service combines the community she adores with her beloved craft of many years. In short, Lauren says “cutting and coloring hair in Magnolia is a dream come true.”


Lauren is available Mondays and Tuesdays (she plans to add more days soon). In addition to women’s cuts and color, she also offers men’s and children’s cuts. Call Vixen at 206-281-9399 for an appointment.  In the meantime, stop by to browse the latest fashion and accessories and check out Lauren’s fabulous
new hair studio!

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