Union to march; recount decision set for Tuesday; Cedarbrook to expand

by Jack Mayne

Even as King County Elections schedules the recount of Proposition 1’s razor thin win at the polls, “Working Washington” has slated a march down International Boulevard Thursday (Dec. 5) morning from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Working Washington, an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union, plans the march to continue beyond SeaTac to Tukwila and on to Seattle.

The SeaTac Police and the city’s public works department will escort the “moving march,” says a SeaTac city press release, adding the union expects 100 people and to be supported by “a sound truck in the front and a bus in the back.” No stops, but the city says to “be aware of the potential impact on vehicular traffic as they proceed north.”

City Council member Pam Fernald objects to the street closure.

“I object to the city of SeaTac closing International Boulevard – for what I believe is the third time this year – for this labor activity,” Fernald wrote in an e-mail to city officials. “I see no reason they cannot walk on the sidewalk and shoulder. Let them walk – we have ‘safe streets’ in SeaTac, but do not close our main drag. It is time for some balance.

“I think closing International Boulevard is a mistake.”

Following Fernald’s e-mail to City Manager Todd Cutts, the city Website added a paragraph to the initial permit approval of the march on the city street.

“In order to ensure the safety of the participants, the city requires a permit when city right-of-way will be impacted,” the city said. “As part of this permit, the permit applicant is required to reimburse the city for the cost of any services that are provided.”

Ballot Recount
Meanwhile, the King County Elections Department says the hand recount of Proposition 1 ballots will be done by a canvassing board next Monday.

Sherril Huff, director of the elections department, told Scott Ostrander, general manager of Cedarbrook Lodge and head of the committee opposing the measure that the recount will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday (Dec. 9) at the King County Elections Building.

Huff said the county Canvassing Board will certify the results of the recount at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.

People who want to view the recount proceedings can do so at the King County Elections Building in Renton, “subject to reasonable and equitable guidelines.”

Heather Weiner, of the “Yes” committee, says in an e-mail the unions supporting the measure “will have our trained observers and lawyers there, though we are confident the recount will not change the outcome of the vote.”

Cedarbrook plans expansion
Then Weiner says Cedarbrook Lodge plans an expansion, “despite passage of Proposition 1.”

Even though it was a prime opponent of Proposition 1, Weiner said Cedarbrook Lodge announced a groundbreaking on Dec. 12th for a “massive expansion, including a new guestroom building, featuring 67 guestrooms; two Presidential Suites; and a full service, and a ‘quintessentially Northwest resort spa.’”

Scott Ostrander in a telephone interview Wednesday morning confirmed the expansion but said he would not characterize the expansion as “massive,” but “we are adding 67 rooms” for a total of 171 rooms.

“By moving forward with the expansion, in spite of the passage or defeat of Proposition 1, we are going to be adding jobs to the SeaTac market and that is something we are proud of.”

Ostrander said passage of the measure would increase Cedarbrook’s labor costs “quite significantly.”

“Labor costs already account for 60 percent of our total expenses and we will be obviously increasing (wages for) at least 82 of our 117 employees if Proposition 1 passes,” Ostrander said. “There is certainly a significant financial impact, or burden, if Proposition 1 were to pass. By us moving forward with expansion, that simply allows us to drive more revenues, create greater efficiencies and attempt to over come the expense – the burden placed on us by the potential passage of Proposition 1.”

Cedarbrook is and will continue to be one of the smaller lodging properties in SeaTac, but is considered the city’s only luxury facility.


19 Responses to “Union to march; recount decision set for Tuesday; Cedarbrook to expand”
  1. Dorinda says:

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  2. Mike Condon says:

    I find it hard to believe that the City of SeaTac has shut down International Blvd for this. The expense to the business with in the area shut down and customers not being able to get to them, But the city shut down military road and is making the business’s in McMicken Heights suffer and us not doing anything trying to help those business’s. But then this city council does not support local business anyway, and that is why it has the reputation as the worst city in Washington to open or have a business in. Anyone in their right mind would not want to put a business here. It is time to look at the next election and turnover all the members on the council.

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  3. Hmmm says:

    Mike, Prop 1 passed….. Are you going to keep your promise?

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  4. Hmmm says:

    Mike, what was your promise on tv if prop 1 passed?

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  5. Mike Condon says:

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  6. Hmm says:

    Mike, wow… You sure like tooting your own horn?

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    • Mike Condon says:

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    • erika says:

      I will have enough guts to use a real name. Unlike hmmm that likes to bring down small business owners names cause they aren’t adult enough to go talk to another adult. Grow up my father has done A LOT for seatac with no help back. I understand why he is frustrated with the road closure. Because obviously the people in charge of the city didn’t think it through because they care less about businesses in their city. The $15 min wage thing is ridiculous. People think it’s all fine and dandy until prices of EVERYTHING go up then they will be complaining about that. My dad has done so much and I look up to him because of that. Is there any other small businesses in seatac that have helped the community? No one not even close to what my dad has done. If you aren’t adult enough to use your REAL name shut up.

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  7. Hmmm says:

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    • Kathie Brave says:

      Starbucks makes the WORST coffee ever. I will drink almost any coffee but theirs. Mike’s is great and he’s a wonderful man, does so much for the community unlike others around the area. I don’t think that was a promise just a possibility. Our community would be so lessened if he left. I pray he doesn’t.

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    • Tammy Johnson says:

      There are other ways to get there, I have family that live there and picked up a nephew for a visit. You take the detour. I take it you do not go to the Safeway by there either. Have you tried the coffee and the atmosphere there? ARE you aware what Mike and the shop does for the community and the local schools? You can Love your Starbucks, that is okay. That has nothing to do with getting to Mike’s for Coffee. Are you going to take up the slack if Mike has to leave?

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      • Hmmm says:

        I dont even live in the city so it doesnt matter! Have a wonderful Christmas

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  8. Concerned Business says:

    Looks like Outside Observer changed their name, someone outside the city so concerned about the health and welfare of SeaTac. since you seem to be so politically correct should you not be saying Have a Happy Holiday??

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    • Outside Observer says:

      Nope. “Hmmm” is not me, Concerned Business. I’m still here, though.

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  9. Denise says:

    Personally I don’t think we should give Hmmmm any effort at all. Really if you can’t state your intent and do it right, then don’t do it at all. Don’t hide behind vague comments. Mike has done so much to help this community, especially the schools. I have seen first hand what he does. So Hmmm…you don’t even count with your random bs statements.

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  10. Hmmm says:

    Nope Merry Christmas is politically correct. It is amazing on how much you people get all riled up because I just asked Mike if he was going to keep his promise? Just curious??? I guess the citizens didnt hear you with your ultimatum….. Im done, either way Merry Christmas, and happy new year…. $15 an hour is a joke

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