Summer on Alki: it has begun

Riding the bus home last night was a little bit of an adventure. Not in usual way – although there was some of that as well – but in the fact that riding through West Seattle was a little surreal. First, there were a few police vehicles and a fire engine at the gas station at the corner of Admiral and California. When I looked out the window, I could see at least 5 men tending to one woman, who was sitting up against the station wall holding something to her head. A scene that reminded me somewhat of my Memorial Day weekend. The bus trundled on and I got back to Julia Child’s Life in France.

A few minutes later when we arrived at the last stop on Alki, I disembarked the bus to a large crowd of teenagers. It was after 11 so I was a little shocked. Not that I think teens can’t be out at that hour, but that the beach park closes at 11. Huh. As I turned towards home, I saw a huge crowd of people and several police cars and heard the worst ear-piercing noise that I think the police were using to disperse the crowd. I should have tried to figure out what was going on, but with the bull horn announcements for people to leave, I just turned on my street and went home.

West Seattle Blog reported yesterday that there was some end of the school year shenanigans at Alki around 8 p.m., but otherwise there’s no mention anywhere of what was going down last night. That can’t be the same thing, can it? Anyone have a clue what was up?

5 Comments so far

  1. wesa on June 18th, 2008 @ 11:36 am

    I’m noticing a lot of glass and other bits in the Cal Anderson water feature since the schools let out. Bored teenagers likely.

  2. jessejb on June 18th, 2008 @ 11:46 am

    hmm.. maybe if the city gave the youth something to do besides sit quietly in a field of grass..

    Just a suggestion.

  3. Patricia Eddy (patriciaeddy) on June 18th, 2008 @ 1:06 pm

    There were also a lot of police cars headed to Golden Gardens last night. We ran through there around 9:15 and saw a very large group of teens and about a quarter mile after we passed them we heard other teens talking about a fight. Then on the way home we saw at least 3-4 police cars speeding towards Golden Gardens.

  4. westseattleblog on June 18th, 2008 @ 1:11 pm

    Sigh, against my better judgment I registered so I could comment here. Even though I was deadset against the concept. Too much registering in the world. But I digress. We talked to Lt. Paulsen at the crime council meeting last night and he said basically they were chasing groups left and right all day and all night. So this was likely just another one of ’em. I have to check in with him today and see if there are any arrest totals or other notable followup.

  5. wesa on June 18th, 2008 @ 1:14 pm

    Glad to see you jump in with a comment, though you had to register to do so.

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