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A Western Style Bicycle Rodeo will be held this Saturday, May 30 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Angle Lake Neighborhood Church in SeaTac.

  • Bring your own helmet and bike
  • Test the Course
  • Guardian must be present and “Hold Harmless” must be signed
  • Bicycle Helmet Fittings & Helmets (Only $7.50 each)
  • Raffle for a New Bicycle!
  • **Games, Food and Fun!!!!!!
  • Police Cars and Fire Engines on Display

Angle Lake Neighborhood Church is located at 18617 42 Ave. S.

“In consideration for the privilege to distribute the attached materials, the Highline School District shall be held harmless from any cause of action, claim or petition filed in any court or administrative tribunal arising out of the distribution of these materials, including all costs, attorney’s fees, and judgments or awards.”

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It’s National Dog Bite Prevention Week, and Advertiser Priceless Pet Clinic has some tips:

  • Each year, more than 4.5 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs.
  • Almost 1 in 5 (800,000) people bitten by dogs require medical attention; at least half of them are children.
  • Children are, by far, the most common victims of dog bites and are far more likely to be severely injured.
  • Most dog bites affecting young children occur during everyday activities and while interacting with familiar dogs.
  • Senior citizens are the second most common dog bite victims.
  • Letter carriers and delivery drivers are frequent victims

Big or small, male or female, young or old, any dog can bite. Even the most well tempered dog can bite under the right circumstances. Certain breeds receive more attention than others, but this does not guarantee either danger or safety. It has been my experience that small breed dogs are much more likely to bite than large breed dogs. Small breed dogs don’t receive the same attention as large breed dogs because the severity of the bites tend to be less damaging or life threatening. There are breed predilections to be aware of, but the environment and training are equally important.

Dogs bite as a reaction to something. If the dog finds itself in a stressful situation, it may bite to defend itself or its territory.Dogs can bite because they are scared or have been startled. They can bite because they feel threatened. They can bite to protect something that is valuable to them, like their puppies, their food or a toy.Dogs might bite because they aren’t feeling well. They could be sick or painful due to injury or illness.

One of the more common situations I’ve seen are when owners are injured while trying to break up a fight between dogs playing together. Off leash parks are becoming more and more popular and can be great places for dogs to get exercise. The draw back is, these are very common places for dog fights. I have seen countless injuries that took place in these semi-controlled environments. Owner’s are often injured trying to separate dogs or trying to protect their own pet. Lots of bites to owners occur by their own pet after the fight because the pet is scared or painful. Bite wounds are some of the worst injuries to deal with from a medical standpoint. What appears to be a small bite, can have severe crushing injury below the surface of the skin. Big dog, little dog fights are very common and often result in tragic consequences.

Educating yourself and the children you know on how, or if, they should approach a dog is also very important when it comes to preventing dog bites. Information is one of the best ways to prevent dog bites.

  • If the dog is not with its owner stay away.
  • If the dog is with its owner but the owner does not give permission to pet the dog, or the owner does not have control of the dog with a leash.
  • If the dog is on the other side of a fence, don’t reach through or over a fence to pet the dog.
  • If a dog is sleeping or eating.
  • If a dog is sick or injured. Call your local animal control agency, or the police department
  • If a dog is resting with her puppies or seems very protective of her puppies and anxious about your presence.
  • If a dog is playing with a toy.
  • If the dog is a service dog. Service dogs are working animals and shouldn’t be distracted while they are doing their jobs.
  • If the dog is growling or barking.
  • If the dog appears to be hiding or seeking escape.

There are additional steps to prevent dog bites that should be observed.

Make sure your pet is socialized as a young puppy so it feels at ease around people and other animals. Gradually expose your puppy to a variety of situations under controlled circumstances; continue that exposure on a regular basis as your dog gets older. Don’t put your dog in a position where it may feel threatened or teased.

Never leave your child alone with a dog. Some suggest waiting until your child is older (Over 4 years of age) because so many dog bite injuries happen to young children.

Train your dog. The basic commands “sit,” “stay,” “no,” and “come” can be incorporated into fun activities that build a bond of obedience and trust between pets and people. Avoid highly excitable games like wrestling or tug-of- war. Use a leash in public to ensure you are able to control your dog.

Keep your dog healthy. Have your dog vaccinated against rabies and preventable infectious diseases. Parasite control and overall health care are important because how your dog feels directly affects how it behaves.

Neuter your pet. The available science suggests neutered dogs may be less likely to bite, roam, etc.
Be alert to your pet’s behavior, changes in health, attitude, etc. We hear the statement “he/she’s never bitten before” all the time. Though you know your pet better than anyone else and they may not bite you, does not mean they can’t or won’t bite.

Be a responsible pet owner. License your dog with your community as required. Obey leash laws. If you have a fenced yard, make sure the gates are secure. Dogs are social animals; spending time with your pet is important. Dogs that are frequently left alone have a greater chance of developing behavioral problems. Walk and exercise your dog regularly to keep it healthy and provide mental stimulation. Links to the local licensing agencies are below.

Priceless Pet Clinic
Normandy Park Towne Center
19893 1st Ave South
Suite 202
Normandy Park, WA 98148

206-592-6454

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Hours:

  • MWF: 9am-7pm
  • T & TH: 10am-7pm
  • Sat: 9am-5pm

Here’s episode #3 of our SoKing News Podcast, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation:

STB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Sunday, May 24 – is a beautiful Normandy Park home with plenty of room for everyone and lots of room for entertaining – all on a 1/4 acre lot!

With 4 large bedrooms, 3 baths, craft room, office and incredible out door spaces, this home is waiting for you, with a beautiful deck for summer BBQs and a fully fenced yard.

It’s got hardwood floors, a new furnace (2015), and a large family room with a fireplace downstairs in fully finished basement.

Oh, and there’s also a fireplace in the dining room for cozy dinners.

This home is located on a quite dead end street with plenty of parking.

Here are some pics (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

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Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Sunday, May 24 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE: 203 SW 176th Street, Normandy Park, WA 98166

INFO:

  • List Price: $562,950
  • MLS Number: 777713
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Year Built: 1969
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,590
  • Lot Square Footage: 11,520

Site Features:

  • Cable TV
  • Deck
  • Fenced-Fully
  • High Speed Internet
  • Patio
  • Bath Off Master
  • Built-In Vacuum
  • Ceiling Fan(s)
  • Dining Room
  • Vaulted Ceilings

Marketing remarks:

This beautiful Normandy Park home offers plenty of room for everyone and lots of room for entertaining all on a 1/4 acre lot!

4 large bedrooms, 3 baths, craft room, office and incredible out door spaces.

Beautiful deck for those summer BBQs and fully fenced.

Hardwood floors, new furnace (2015), large family room with a fireplace downstairs in fully finished basement. Fireplace in dinning room for cozy dinners.

This home is located on a quite dead end street with plenty of parking.

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses, and click here to “Like” them on Facebook.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: This column by Earl Gipson is a view of SeaTac city government. It does not necessarily reflect the views of The SeaTac Blog nor its staff. We are seeking additional regular columnists to reflect different opinions and views of SeaTac residents. Those interested can e-mail us at editor@seatacblog.com.]

by Earl Gipson

The “discussion” of the SeaTac Resident Satisfaction Survey put on by the City last night (Thursday) went according to the Delphi Method of group manipulation. The Delphi Method was developed over 50 years ago to control outcomes of groups and has been used by government entities to make attendees feel like their input is valid while feeding them propaganda and convincing them that the result of the groups’ input magically matched the facilitator’s desired “correct” responses. PLEASE read this article (especially if you attended) http://www.vlrc.org/articles/110.html and you will realize this is exactly what occurred.

What the City did not want was actual feedback. Consider the extremely small and targeted survey distribution. The City staff/Council know what and where the problems are and none of them happened overnight but they desire for you to think the results are new to them and they will get right on the solutions. They will not and mission accomplished using the Delphi Method.

What is the alternative? When the survey results were received (weeks ago) I requested the results be posted immediately on the City website. The City refused. Next I did a Public Records Request for the results. They stalled until the day before the meeting and then sent me an unreadable copy. Had the City posted the results before the meeting the Public would have had a chance to formulate their own questions and pose their own solutions BEFORE the meeting. That was the last thing the City wanted.

Last night’s meeting was a City catered affair. The attendees were plied with food and drink before being broken into groups and then FED the questions the City wanted asked and received the answers/concerns they already knew. Some might think I am just seeing a conspiracy when none exists. Hardly and it is not a conspiracy. It is a method that you will see in School Board Public meetings and elsewhere. Read the article above and you will recognize it and then you must break it to actually get results from our government entities.

I always try to break the Delphi Method as I did last night but it takes more than just me. It must be recognized and assaulted for what it is. It is group manipulation for a desired and pre-planned outcome and not community involvement as was advertised. My vocal and fun input last night was greeted with dismay by City staff. City Manager, Todd Cutts, stated to me “I was making a fool out of myself.” He’s been doing that for years and of course I said that to his face. Thankfully my wife had to work and could not attend. She would have hid under the table and disavowed any relationship to me.

On the bright side the active Citizens got to meet each other and I got the “socialization” a Cactus needs on occasion. See you at the Council Meetings and hopefully you can attend the Town Hall meeting on June 6th. Should be more fun and don’t worry about introducing yourselves to me. I’m harmless, really.

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by Jack Mayne

A tiny percentage of SeaTac residents say they often feel unsafe and that was expressed in the concern for both auto thefts and general thefts, but residents also believed the city was a good place to live and the residential areas are well kept and clean.

The survey was made public Thursday night at a dinner meeting at Bow Elementary School (download PDF here).

The real problem of the city staff-created 2015 SeaTac Resident Satisfaction Survey is that it was responded to by less than 1 percent of the city’s 26,000 residents. It was not drafted by a professional survey organization and the city did not mail out the questions to the entire city population, but instead depended upon people finding the survey online plus some surveys taken out by city officials or collected by volunteers some filled out at the King County Library branch.

Only 299 surveys were turned in, 127 via email, 13 people used a printed form; people talking with citizens filled out another 149 surveys. Volunteers working at the library collected 10 more.

Professional surveys that can be relied upon for accurate information require that well over half, or in this case, 13,000 responses would be needed in order for it to be a valid survey. In a survey of this small a return, the city should only report that these are the opinions of a small number of the entire population, which it appears to be doing.

Not all respondents replied to every question.

Good place but often unsafe
A majority of the respondents think SeaTac is a good place to live, with 19 percent strongly agreeing, 44 percent just agreeing, the survey showed. Another 18 percent said they were neutral, and 18 percent said it was not a good place, with 6 percent of those strongly disagreeing that SeaTac is a good place to live.

Feeling safe living in SeaTac was another topic of the survey and here only 94 percent of those returning the survey replied. Figures showed that 28 percent of the respondents thought SeaTac made them feel safe, 26 percent had a neutral view and 40 percent said they did not feel safe living here.

Auto thefts and all other kind of theft were cited by 92 percent as the reasons they felt unsafe in the city, while 69 percent cited drug problems and that were not enough sidewalks as reasons for not feeling safe.

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Unsafe areas
The report included a color-coded map (above) showing areas that survey respondents felt unsafe in. The areas included all along International Boulevard, areas around Sunset and North SeaTac Park, as well as the McMicken Heights area and Valley Ridge Park area. Another area residents felt unsafe in was the area on the west side of Angle Lake area long the main highway.

The survey showed that 73 percent of respondents were either neutral or felt they could find the kinds of housing they needed in SeaTac, but 24 percent said they could not, and cost and safety were the reasons for 56 percent of respondents, along with overall housing quality and whether it was clean and well kept for another 47 percent of respondents, the study report showed.

Most said they felt their neighborhood was clean and well kept, but 23 percent did not agree with that assessment.

A 70 percent majority agreed that they could easily access goods and services but 23 percent said they could not.

The survey said over half said it was difficult to find healthy restaurants and a farmer’s market while 46 percent said it was a bit easier to find groceries and medical care.

Right parks mix
Despite a high media reaction to trash and dangerous junk at North SeaTac Park a couple of weeks ago, 43 percent of residents answering the survey thought the parks have “the right mix.” Another 30 percent has no opinion and 24 percent said the parks did not have that “right mix.” More play equipment was the most cited need, along with a lesser demand for picnic shelters and “water spray parks.”

Most people in the survey agreed by 70 percent that “I can easily access goods and services,” while 18 percent did not.

People wanted more art, youth and preschool programs.

And the respondents were in agreement that they were able to get the information they needed, although 20 percent said they were not able to get that information.

The survey also showed that people preferred getting information from the city by telephone and email, and did not like getting it from social media or from the city’s cable television channel.

Most SeaTac residents get around alone in their cars (75 percent) and would expect to continue to but at a lower percentage (47 percent).

And, most residents taking the survey would like to better connections to existing transit and many would like more transit routes in neighborhoods.

Highline Public Schools Teachers will be “walking out” of classrooms this Thursday, May 21 – all school is canceled for the day – and will be striking at the following sites, including a big rally at Moshier Field in Burien set for 1 p.m.:

“Our walkout is a principled non-violent protest in support of a value we hold deeply — the promise afforded by universal public education to create individual opportunities for our students, and stronger communities for all,” reads an announcement.

Here’s more from the Highline Education Association:

Parents and others in our community support great schools and can be strong allies. You can help build support with them for the issues we care about by helping the community understand what’s at stake and why we’re taking this action.

  • We need less time spent on testing, and more time spent on teaching.
  • We need smaller classes so we can help every single one of our students learn.
  • We need professional pay and benefits so that we can feed our own families, pay our own bills, and afford to stay in our current careers.
  • What do teachers want? We want kids in our community to get a great education.

We’ve tried for years with letters and emails and rallies to convince lawmakers they need to comply with state constitutional mandates and court orders to adequately fund public education, but without success. Answer questions openly and honestly, but avoid getting into a debate or disagreement. If you are talking to parents you know in the community, encourage supporters to join us on picket lines or at our joint rally on May 21 at Moshier Field, 430 S. 156th St, Burien at 1:00 pm.

Spread the word by explaining to their friends why these issues are important, either on social media, or in quick conversations in grocery store checkout lines, or in letters to the editor in local newspapers.

Help feed a hungry child on May 21: Bring a can of food

We’re not just walking in support of public schools on May 21. We’re trying to support another good cause, too: feeding the hungry. To support families of Highline, we are supporting our local food banks. Please bring a can of food or other non-perishable food item to the midday rally at Moshier Field. We’ll have a collection site so that donations can go to help families here in our community.

Join the Sign Waving Efforts on May 21, 2015 – Site Locations:

  • North Zone, Site 1: SW 107th & 16th Ave SW
  • North Zone, Site 2: SW 128th St. and 1st Ave. S
  • North Zone, Site 3: SW 148th St. and 1st Ave. S
  • North Zone, Site 4: SW 160th St. and 1st Ave. S (“Five Corners”)
  • South Zone, Site 5: S 188th St. and Pacific Highway S (99)
  • South Zone, Site 6: S 216th St and Marine View Drive
  • South Zone, Site 7: Kent-Des Moines Road and Pacific Highway S (99)

Map of Locations:

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SeaTac Mayor and State Rep. Mia Gregerson will have two candidates running against her in the City Council primary election.

Jonathan Standridge, one of the opponents who filed to opposed Gregerson, withdrew from the primary election on Monday, May 18.

Strandridge is a project manager at Boeing.

Leonard B. Luna and Erin A. Sitterley are still in the race to face Gregerson.

The King County Elections Division says there can be other withdrawals reported tomorrow.

The SeaTac City Council announced Monday (May 18) that it will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting from 1 – 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 6 at Bow Lake Elementary School, located at 18237 42nd Ave South.

The meeting will take place in the cafeteria.

This is a free meeting, open to the public.

“Attendees at the meeting will have the opportunity to write questions for the SeaTac City Council on notecards,” reads an announcement. “If time limits the number of questions the Council can respond to, the public may choose to receive a return phone call from a Councilmember after the meeting.”

If there is a need for interpreter services, please contact the City at 206.973.4800 by May 29th, and the City will attempt to accommodate your request.

To sign up for notifications of other City-hosted meetings, please visit the City website at www.ci.seatac.wa.us and choose the “I want to…” pull-down menu and choose “Sign up for…” to reach the eNotifications page.

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by Jack Mayne

SeaTac Mayor Mia Gregerson has filed for reelection and has three candidates to oppose her, while a former Councilmember is challenging a member seeking reelection.

In addition, Terry A. Anderson, who has served on the Council since the city was founded in 1990, has filed for reelection. Filing against her are Peter Kwon and Sally Andrews.

Opposing Gregerson are Jonathan Standridge, Leonard B. Luna and Erin A. Sitterley. They did not respond to emails asking for comments.

Bush, Ladenberg draw opposition
Councilmember Dave Bush has filed for reelection to Position 5 and Michael Siefkes filed against him.

“Over the next few weeks I will explain why I am running and why those currently serving on the City Council are not doing a good job,” Siefkes wrote on a website.

Incumbent Barry Ladenberg drew former SeaTac Councilmember Rick Forschler as an opponent.

Also filed to run for the Position 1 seat is Craig Baker.

Forschler said he was running to restore economic responsibility to SeaTac.

“I opposed the recent 6 percent increase in utility taxes by the city and I believe SeaTac needs to live within its own income, rather than continually extract more money from its citizens.”

“Prior to serving on the City Council I was a member of the SeaTac Human Services Committee for five years, and three years on the SeaTac Planning Commission. I served as the chair on both those committees.

“I was a Manufacturing Engineer and Systems Analyst at Boeing for 30 years, before retiring in 2009 to run for City Council.

Forschler said his experience “helps me to know where SeaTac can improve. The city can and should operate far more efficiently than it does today. Long before raising taxes on its citizens SeaTac needs to maximize its own efficiency.”