In order to respond to increased mail theft problems, the City of SeaTa has launched a citywide neighborhood mailbox program.

Locking mailboxes will be available to SeaTac residents and businesses located within the City. Owners of single-family residences, duplexes, triplexes and business property owners that have individual mailboxes are eligible to participate in the program. Tenants may also participate with written permission from their landlord.

Locking mailboxes will be offered at the City’s cost of $108, with free installation. For those property owners with incomes below 50 percent of the median (based on HUD Income Guidelines for King County), the cost of the mailbox will be subsidized 50 percent by the City.

For further information or to download an application, please go to the City’s website at http://www.seatacwa.gov/government/city-departments/mailbox-program

Mailboxes are in stock, and applications will be accepted starting Monday, July 16.

Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate will be holding six great Open Houses this weekend!

The first is a home so nice you can vacation where you live!

Waterfront living at its finest!

Captivating great room concept floor plan is an entertainer’s dream complete with vaulted ceilings and lots of natural light.

Impeccable chef’s delight kitchen with cherry wood, designer tile floors, Viking appliances, eating bar and well-sized dining area.

Main floor spacious deck has gas fireplace.

Desirable master on the main!

Lower level has another kitchen.

Studio apartment with its own kitchen, entry and parking.

Easy access to everything!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, July 14: 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 15: 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 3208 S. Star Lake Rd, Auburn, WA 98001 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $1,095,000
  • MLS Number: 1324494
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Year Built: 2008
  • Approximate House SqFt: 4,716 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 19,630 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • 2nd Kitchen
  • Wine Cellar
  • Bath Off Master
  • Built-In Vacuum
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • French Doors
  • High Tech Cabling
  • Security System
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet
  • Deck
  • Outbuildings
  • Patio
  • RV Parking
  • Sprinkler System

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


The next Open House is a garden oasis in a spacious lot:

Warm, light filled 4 bedroom 2.75 bath home.

Generous size kitchen lots of counter space, opens to a spacious living room.

Entertain more? Open the slider to a large deck overlooking wooded backyard.

Large master has its own bath with slider that opens to deck for morning coffee.

Bonus room large enough for a pool table, 2 fireplaces, 2 car garage. New exterior paint, doors & windows.

Home at the end of a quiet street close to everything!

Ready to move right in.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, July 14: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 15: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 4004 S 181st Street, SeaTac, WA 98188 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $524,999
  • MLS Number: 1325985
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2.75
  • Year Built: 1980
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,260 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 10,183 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Ceiling Fan(s)
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • French Doors
  • Vaulted Ceilings

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


Welcome to the Vineyards of Renton Highlands!

This well-crafted home sits at the end of Cul-de-sac, and flows naturally from front living area into the great-room concept kitchen w/entertainment island, gas range, lots of cupboard space, & w/in pantry!

Relax in the family room w/fireplace, or enjoy the refreshing back patio.

Be at ease in your large master w/vaulted ceiling, 5pc bath & walk-in closet, great-sized additional bedrooms, large full bath & utility.

All of this and plenty of parking!

WHEN:

  • Friday, July 13: 4 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 14: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 15: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 670 Vashon Place NE, Renton, WA 98059 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $589,950
  • MLS Number: 1327233
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Year Built: 2003
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,730 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 6,809 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


The next Open House is a charming Cape Cod home in the quiet Lakeridge neighborhood with easy access to Seattle and Renton:

This solidly built 1944 home offers 4 bedrooms, 1.5 baths and an eat-in kitchen that opens to the family room.

Hardwood floors and a wood-burning fireplace showcases the living room.

Fully-fenced backyard features a nice deck, fruit trees and lots of space for a garden and entertaining.

Detached garage can be a great workshop since theres plenty of off-street parking.

Great schools and parks nearby!

WHEN:

  • Friday, July 13: 4 – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 14: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 11224 Woodley Ave S., Seattle, WA 98178 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $449,900
  • MLS Number: 1326925
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 1.5
  • Year Built: 1944
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,600 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 6,050 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Ceiling Fan(s)
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Security System
  • Deck
  • High Speed Internet
  • RV Parking

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


Next is a rare new construction in Gregory Heights:

Beautiful views of Mountains and Valley.

High quality 5 bedroom, 4 bath home features nine foot ceilings and plenty of natural light.

The main floor includes a junior master bedroom.

Open concept great room design with dining area and designer kitchen with walk-in pantry.

Ideal home management room.

Upstairs master suite has a five-piece bath and view deck.

Three car garage (one double bay and one single).

Plus extra parking.

Minutes to downtown Seattle.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, July 14: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 15: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 16016 9th Ave SW, Burien, WA 98166 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $924,950
  • MLS Number: 1212007
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,076 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,620 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Brand New Home
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet
  • Beautiful views of Mountains and Valley

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view the full, detailed listing.


The final Open House is this Dream New Construction:

Completely finished and ready for move-in!

Impeccable 3,340 sq ft two story home with 5 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms.

Main floor has junior master suite with its own full bath and walk-in closet.

Main floor also has chefs delight kitchen with quartz counters, breakfast bar, spacious pantry and stainless appliances.

Upstairs master has 5-piece bath and large walk-in closet.

Well-sized bonus upstairs with deck.

Located on a large lot and has easy access to everything.

WHEN:

  • Friday, July 13: 4 – 7 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 3527 S 198th Street, SeaTac, WA 98188 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $724,950
  • MLS Number: 1311628
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,340 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 12,900 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • 2nd Master BR
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.

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

Non-profit City Fruit is seeking tree owners in South King County to join its growing fruit sharing community as the organization prepares for its first major Harvest outside Seattle.

Earlier this year City Fruit announced its biggest expansion to date to commemorate its 10th anniversary. As part of the ‘Harvest for All’ expansion campaign now City Fruit not only serves all neighborhoods in the City of Seattle but also is expanding beyond the city borders to some South King County communities including Seatac, Burien, Renton, Des Moines, Tukwila and Kent.

City Fruit is a non-profit organization whose mission is to put urban fruit trees to their best and fullest use so that everyone in the community shares in the value of fruit. Each year the organization harvests tens of thousands of pounds of fruit and share the vast majority of it with more than 50 food banks and community partners across the City. Last year City Fruit harvested more than 34,000 pounds of fruit and nearly 20,000 pounds of it was donated to food banks. Some of the rest was also sold to local restaurants and pressed to make City Fruit Cider by Seattle Cider Company.

Harvests in the South King County cities will be conducted in partnership with the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

Residents with fruit trees in those South King County communities can participate in the Harvest this year by becoming a City Fruit member and registering their trees at www.cityfruit.org.

“By sharing their fruit the South King County tree owners can help build strong community that empowers its newest members and help them make a meaningful connection to their new home.”

SEATTLE (July 5 2017) Matthew Cullen, National Weather Service Portland Forecast Office meteorologist provides a weather briefing and forecast during the morning’s operational briefing of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games Emergency Management Task Force. (Photo by Joseph P Cirone/Released)

A 2018 Special Olympics USA Games Emergency Management Task Force volunteer, assigned to the task force medical branch’s command tent at the University of Washington, makes updates on the situation unit’s medical staff deployment status board. (Photo by Joseph P Cirone/Released)

Gail Coburn, left, Planning Section Chief for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games Emergency Management Task Force looks on as planning section team members work to prepare an Incident Action Plan for the next operational period during the Games. (Photo by Joseph P Cirone/Released)

Elizabeth King, University of Washington Emergency Management, left, coordinates with other public safety agency representatives during the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. Left to right – Elizabeth King, University of Washington Emergency Management; Lt. Chris Jaross, University of Washington Police Department; Ted Buehner, 2018 Special Olympics USA Games Emergency Management Task Force Liaison Officer; Capt. Sean O’Donnell, Seattle Police Department; and Sgt. Jessica Taylor, Seattle Police Department. (Photo by Joseph P Cirone/Released)

Andrew Haner, left, National Weather Service Seattle Forecast Office meteorologist inputs on-scene real-time weather data from the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games soccer venue at Seattle University, while Dr. Blair Becker, MD, the venue’s Medical Director, right, keeps an eye on members of his medical team deployed throughout the venue, Special Olympics athletes, volunteers and spectators in the hot sun, moments after Haner determined weather conditions reached “yellow flag” levels, requiring increased caution during sporting activities. (Photo by Joseph P Cirone/Released)

Scott Preston, 2018 Special Olympics USA Games Emergency Management Task Force Operations Section Chief, right, coordinates with the crew of Seattle Fire Department Engine Company 17. (Photo by Joseph P Cirone/Released)

Robin Fox, left, National Weather Service Spokane, Wash. Forecast Office meteorologist measures on-scene real-time weather data from the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games flag football venue at the University of Washington as lead forecaster Jon Fox records the measured data. (Photo by Joseph P Cirone/Released)

Story & Photos by Joseph P Cirone
Emergency Management Group
Washington Special Olympics USA Games Task Force

The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games’ legacy is one of being among the most significant sporting events in Puget Sound history.

The games showcased the awe-inspiring abilities of thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities, modeled the ideals of inclusion among people and celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics movement.

More than 4,000 Special Olympics athletes from all 50 states and the District of Columbia competed in a variety of sports, including basketball, bowling, gymnastics, softball, tennis, volleyball, golf, power lifting, swimming, flag football and soccer at venues in Kenmore, SeaTac, Redmond, and Federal Way, and at the University of Washington, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle Center, CenturyLink Field and Seattle University.

Athletes, family members and friends also participated in festive events on July Fourth and at a Seattle Mariners baseball game in Safeco Field.

More than 70,000 spectators and 10,000 family members and friends helped cheer the athletes on and celebrate their success. The closing ceremony held on the shores of Lake Union was attended by 7,600 Special Olympics athletes, family members and friends.

Many of the delegation leaders told senior Special Olympics officials that the 2018 Games was a wonderful experience that their athletes will remember for the rest of their lives.

The tremendous success of the games and associated events was made possible by the combined efforts of more than 15,000 volunteers, including 934 highly dedicated and skilled emergency services personnel and hundreds of other public safety professionals in external agencies, some of whom traveled from distant states.

Emergency services personnel with a diverse set of professional skills, and from a wide variety of organizations, job disciplines and geographical areas contributed thousands of hours, working behind the scenes as a task force to keep the games safe, secure and successful. The task force began its operational work on June 29, 2018 and concluded on July 7, 2018.

Emergency management field supervisors, physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, athletic trainers, security officers, federal law enforcement and homeland security, local and university law enforcement and emergency management, regional emergency management and fire-rescue agencies, and National Weather Service meteorologists worked together to ensure the safety and security of the Special Olympics athletes at each sports venue.

Other emergency management professionals and support staff worked around the clock in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) providing emergency communications, conducting planning, meeting logistical needs, overseeing emergency and medical operations, coordinating with Special Olympics, law enforcement and security personnel, and conducting incident command.

Among the 77 emergency management volunteers was Gloria Rodriguez, a postgraduate student at Evergreen State, who is legally blind and needs to rely on her guide dog, “Silo.” Rodriguez worked in the Operations Section of the EOC performing tasks in a manner that equaled her peers. “I am sometimes underestimated, but my work here positively and directly benefitted Special Olympics and Silo provided morale boosts in the EOC” she proudly said.

A pre-planned event of this size and complexity spread out over a very large geographical area for more than a week parallels the impact of a disaster. There are a lot of challenges, risks and unknowns, some of which are life threatening that present themselves. Emergency management professionals are trained and experienced to develop an emergency incident action plan and coordinate the interagency resources available to handle the situations in an effective, efficient and safe manner.

Scott Preston, the emergency management business continuity program manager for MultiCare Heath System, who volunteered as the task force Operations Section Chief said emergency services volunteers worked up to 15 hours per day. “These career professionals adjusted to changing and challenging situations on the fly. They identified issues, dealt with the stress and frustrations associated with the unexpected, while quickly adapting, remaining flexible and calm,” he stated.

The need for the task force to be nimble and adapt its strategy and tactics quickly to meet unexpected situations was illustrated at the very beginning of the event.

“The opening ceremony had nearly 40,000 people in attendance, double what we expected,” said Chris Nelson, a retired federal law enforcement officer, who served as the task force’s Law Enforcement and Security Branch Director. “Traffic congestion was the main issue.” In response to the increased security and traffic concerns, Nelson increased the security and law enforcement staffing, he said.

Nelson also related the unrelated and illegal appearances of unmanned aerial vehicles (“drones”) that appeared over a venue on two different occasions. “The pilots were unaware of the laws and meant no harm,” he reported.

Attesting to the professionalism and effectiveness of the task force’s planning, operations and management, Amie Dugan, vice president of organizational development for Special Olympics North America, said, “This is the most amazing EOC we’ve ever had.”

Emergency Management Group – Washington officials began pre-event planning and coordination with Special Olympics personnel in June 2016.

The advanced planning, coordination and liaison between organizations made emergency operations smoother, according to firsthand accounts and reports.

Dr. Blair Becker, a family & sports medicine physician at Kaiser Permanente Capitol Hill in Seattle, volunteered as the Seattle University Venue Medical Director for the task force. “The amount of support and communications that happened was really impressive. It was the highest level I’ve ever experienced in my seven years doing event medical care,” he proclaimed.

The effectiveness and efficiency of interoperability among the emergency services forces was displayed when a paddleboarder fell into the water at one venue. A Puget Sound Fire Authority boat quickly assisted the person to the shore, where task force medical personnel further assisted the person.

Throughout the week, 857 volunteer medical providers attended to more than 1,200 people, most with abrasions, sprains and other minor injuries, which normally occur at sports events.

The correction of potential tripping hazards, along with proactive safety measures coordinated by the task force safety officer, combined with messaging encouraging the abundant hydration of athletes, spectators, volunteers and guests helped to significantly reduce the number of medical emergencies that could have happened.

“The quality of the medical care provided by our task force volunteers at the sports venues kept the number of patients transported to hospitals or urgent care facilities for follow-up to less than a half-percent of the total number of patients,” according to Jessie Fudge, MD, the chief activity sports and exercise physician at Kaiser Permanente Washington, who volunteered as the task force’s Chief Medical Officer.

Even with the challenges, changes, stress and long hours, emergency services volunteers benefit from the experience gained during such a large operation, according to Preston. “They are dedicated to helping others,” he said.

“I would do this job again,” proclaimed Alli Smith, resource manager for the Washington State Department of Health and Social Services Developmental Disability Administration, who volunteered as the Logistics Section Chief.

Nelson said, “This has been a great experience that I would look forward to participating in again.”

Rodriguez added, “As a Special Olympian working in the EOC has enabled me to experience joy, dignity and inclusion. It has further empowered me.”

“I am so pleased how smooth it has been,” concluded Beth Knox, President of Special Olympics USA.

Restaurant Job Fair
HMSHost Proudly Operating
@ Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
Monday, July 16: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Work for a company that’s passionate about food and making travelers feel good on the move!

Dungeness Bay, Seattle Taproom, Sbarro’s, Sports Page, Seahawks 12 Club, Burger King, Great American Bagel, Starbucks, Alaska Lodge, Vintage Washington, Wolfgang Puck, Dish D’Lish, Anthony’s.

WHAT: HMSHost Hiring Event Job Fair

WHEN: Monday, July 16, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

WHERE: HMSHost @ Sea-Tac Airport
-Go to the Ticketing Level of the Main Terminal.
-Look for Alaska/Spirit ticket counters.
-Walk toward the Starbucks located beyond the ticket counters (near the security checkpoint).
-Just behind the Starbucks you will see a hallway. Follow the hallway to the end to find the elevators.
-Using the elevator on the left, go to the second floor.
-Upon exiting the elevator, our main offices are on your left
-The HR Office is the first cubicle area on your right upon entering our offices.

Family-Friendly Benefits and Work/Life Balance:

  • Competitive pay
  • Medical/Dental/Vision/ ONLY $50/month for you and your eligible family members (Full Time only)
  • 50% employee meal discounts
  • Free uniform shirts

Full & Part Time positions:

  • Shift Supervisors (Leads) – starting at $14.53
  • Utilities – starting at $14.08 (FT/Temporary*)
  • Cooks – starting at $15.74 (FT)
  • Baristas – starting at $14.08 with tips (FT/PT Temporary*)
  • Servers – $14.28 with tips (On Call/Temporary*)
  • Bartenders- $14.28 with tips (On Call/FT/Temporary*)
  • Food Prep- $14.08 (Temporary*)
  • Warehouse Loader/Driver – $14.08 (FT)

Sign-on Bonus for Cooks:

  • $250 after 30 days on the job
  • $250 after 60 days on the job
  • $250 after 90 days on the job
*Cook candidates receive a free $10 Orca pass!

Sign-on bonus for Restaurant Shift Supervisors:

  • $250 after 30 days on the job
  • $250 after 60 days on the job
  • $250 after 90 days on the job

Please apply online before the Job Fair at: www.hmshost.com/careers. We recommend bringing your resume to the Job Fair!

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must have OPEN availability to work
  • Must pass pre-employment background screening

About HMSHost
Global restaurateur HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates in more than 120 airports around the globe and at more than 100 travel plazas in North America. The company has annual sales of nearly $3.3 billion and employs more than 41,000 associates worldwide. HMSHost is a part of Autogrill Group, the world’s leading provider of food & beverage services for people on the move. With sales of €4.6 billion in 2017, the group operates in 31 countries and employs over 58,000 people. It manages approximately 4,000 stores in about 1,000 locations worldwide. Visit HMSHost.com for more information and connect with HMSHost on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

  • EOE
  • Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled
  • DFWP
  • Background checks will be required prior to beginning employment.

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Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate will be holding five great Open Houses this weekend!

The first is a rare new construction in Gregory Heights:

Beautiful views of Mountains and Valley.

High quality 5 bedroom, 4 bath home features nine foot ceilings and plenty of natural light.

The main floor includes a junior master bedroom.

Open concept great room design with dining area and designer kitchen with walk-in pantry.

Ideal home management room.

Upstairs master suite has a five-piece bath and view deck.

Three car garage (one double bay and one single).

Plus extra parking.

Minutes to downtown Seattle.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, July 7: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 16016 9th Ave SW, Burien, WA 98166 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $924,950
  • MLS Number: 1212007
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,076 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,620 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Brand New Home
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet
  • Beautiful views of Mountains and Valley

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view the full, detailed listing.


The next Open House is one of the finest waterfront homes in Normandy Park:

Imagine yourself here!

Step onto the beach waterfront home on Normandy Terrace.

100 (per KCR) of no bank Puget Sound waterfront footage.

Finest waterfront home opportunity in a long while in Normandy Park.

Expansive, wide views of Puget Sound, Mountains & shipping traffic.

Ideal outdoor deck and hot tub.

All located on a large, fully fenced, gated flat lot with ample parking.

Home is move-in ready w/new carpets.

Lot A Beach Rights which includes boat launch.

Easy access to downtown and airport.

WHEN:

  • Sunday, July 8: 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 18505 Normandy Terrace SW, Normandy Park, WA 98166 (MAP, or see below).

INFO:

  • List Price: $2,400,000
  • MLS Number: 1166940
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Year Built: 1979
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,210 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 28,063 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Wired for Generator
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Walk-in Closet
  • Deck
  • Gated Entry
  • Hot Tub/Spa
  • RV Parking
  • Shop

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

Click here to view the full, detailed listing.


Next up is this Dream New Construction:

Completely finished and ready for move-in!

Impeccable 3,340 sq ft two story home with 5 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms.

Main floor has junior master suite with its own full bath and walk-in closet.

Main floor also has chefs delight kitchen with quartz counters, breakfast bar, spacious pantry and stainless appliances.

Upstairs master has 5-piece bath and large walk-in closet.

Well-sized bonus upstairs with deck.

Located on a large lot and has easy access to everything.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, July 7: 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 8: 1 – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 3527 S 198th Street, SeaTac, WA 98188 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $724,950
  • MLS Number: 1311628
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,340 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 12,900 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • 2nd Master BR
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


The next open house is a stunning contemporary craftsman home in desirable N. Seattle:

Main level features L/D/K with hardwood floors & gas FP, 1/2 bath & SS appliances.

2 generous rooms upstairs with vaulted ceilings & laundry closet in hall.

Bottom level has BR/office & a separate 3/4 bath plus 1-car garage!

Walk Score of 85!

Easy access to freeways and close to UW, Green Lake, shopping, restaurants, bus & future light rail station!

Look no further!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, July 7: 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 8: 1 – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 11316 8th Ave NE Unit B, Seattle, WA 98125 (MAP, or see below).

INFO:

  • List Price: $595,000
  • MLS Number: 1318832
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2.25
  • Year Built: 2007
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,381 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 916 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • High Tech Cabling
  • Security System
  • Skylights
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Pantry

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


The final open house is a rare opportunity – a beautiful home in a very sought-after neighborhood with easy access to I-5 & 405:

Easy to maintain landscaping with covered patio includes gas and electrical outlets.

Open concept living, stunning quartz counters in kitchen.

Light, bright and inviting entry with cathedral ceiling.

Cul-de-sac on private rd. Master on upper level with 3 additional bedrooms.

Main floor bedroom/ office with 3/4 bath for guests.

Everything is done, move right in!

NOTE: Follow driving directions, not GPS.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, July 7: 1 – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 19411 Meridian Ave S., Bothell, WA 98012 (MAP, or see below; NOTE: Follow driving directions, not GPS.)

INFO:

  • List Price: $724,950
  • MLS Number: 1315688
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2.75
  • Year Built: 2016
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,433 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Alarm System
  • Balcony/Deck/Patio
  • Insulated Windows
  • Jetted Tub
  • Master Bath
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk-in Closet
  • Yard

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.

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

The Seattle Storm’s Kaiser Permanente Community Practice will be Thursday, July 12 at the Seattle Christian School in SeaTac.

The event, which takes place from 6-8 p.m., is FREE and open to the public. It will mark the fourth consecutive year in which the Storm holds an open practice in SeaTac.

The event is part of the StormFit presented by Kaiser Permanente platform, which also features a series of basketball clinics and the annual Storm Basketball Camp. To register for clinics or camps, please visit the Storm Cares website.

“The Kaiser Permanente Community Practice offers youth a special opportunity to connect with our players in a fun environment to learn about basketball,” said Storm President & GM Alisha Valavanis. “We are honored to continue this partnership with Kaiser Permanente, the City of SeaTac and Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority.”

Hosted by the City of SeaTac and Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority, the Community Practice is a fun event for kids and families to go behind the scenes at a Storm practice. Fans can watch the team and participate in some of the drills directed by the coaching staff.

The event will feature a chance to watch Storm players practice, games and contests with prizes, autographs, an appearance from Doppler the mascot, and a special performance by the Storm Dance Troupe. Giveaways include water bottles, t-shirts for the first 200 participants courtesy of Kaiser Permanente and tickets to Seattle’s home game against New York on Aug. 17 for StormFit Night presented by Kaiser Permanente.

WHAT: 2018 Seattle Storm Community Practice

WHEN: Thursday, July 12, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Seattle Christian School, 18301 Military Rd S, SeaTac, WA 98188

WHO: Seattle Storm, Doppler, Storm Dance Troupe

COST: Free!

SeaTac’s FREE Theatre Performance in the Park will be a performance of “The Merry Wives of Windsor” on Friday, July 27 at Angle Lake Park.

Presented by Seattle Shakespeare:

“On the make in the sleepy suburb of Windsor, the fat knight John Falstaff hopes to score a pretty penny by seducing two of the town’s wealthy wives, Mistress Page and Mistress Ford. But it’s the women who know how to play the game better. They soon orchestrate a scheme to scam the scammer. A warm-hearted and antic romp with some of Shakespeare’s most clever and comic characters.”

Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.

Additional parking is available at Alaska Airlines which is located just north of Angle Lake Park.

This is a free performance.

Sponsored by the City of SeaTac and supported by 4Culture.

WHAT: “The Merry Wives of Windsor” By William Shakespeare; Presented by Seattle Shakespeare, Directed by Corey McDaniel

WHEN: Friday, July 27, 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Angle Lake Park is located at 19408 International Blvd., SeaTac:

Free Concerts in the Park!
Angle Lake Park
19408 International Blvd., SeaTac

SeaTac’s FREE Summer in the Park concert series starts Wednesday, July 11, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. with an opening night performance by the Cory Wilds Band at Angle Lake Park.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.

Additional parking is available at Alaska Airlines, which is located just north of Angle Lake Park.

Concerts are sponsored by the City of SeaTac and supported by 4Culture.

  • Cory Wilds Band: Wednesday, July 11, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
    Energetic three piece unit that blends elements of traditional Rock, Blues and Jazz with a more modern tonality to create their unique and powerful guitar driven sound.
  • Platinum Soul: Wednesday, July 18, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
    Funk, Soul, R&B. Prepare yourself for a musical ride full of funky hits, cool grooves, and good times. Platinum Soul has the ability to generate the excitement and enthusiasm that will have every crowd on their feet.
  • Jessica Lynne: Wednesday, July 25, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
    Home cooked Country music with Miranda Lambert like spunk, Jessica Lynne has taken the Northwest by storm.

More info here.

With estimates of up to 10,000 by the King County Sheriff’s Office, protestors gathered outside the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac on Saturday, June 30, to voice their opposition against President Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy.

Saturday’s event was part of over 700 similar demonstrations held around the country, protesting Trump’s policy that separates undocumented immigrant children from their parents.

Protesters apparently have three demands:

  1. They want separated migrant families to be reunited immediately.
  2. They want the government to end family detentions.
  3. They want the Trump administration to end its zero tolerance policy.

Here’s some coverage of the event:

By Jack Mayne

The Firs Mobile Home Park real tragedy is because of poor advice from those who guided the 170 mostly Hispanic residents.

Continually ignored by attorneys and political guidance for the residents is the fact the city had absolutely no choice to allow eventual closure of the facility, and because state law directs them to do exactly what they have done: allow Jong Park to redevelop his property to its “highest and best usage.”

State law said all along – and still says – the old and crumbling mobile home park is not the highest and best usage of the land.

Potentially, the lawyers and supporters of Firs would have much better aided the people who have lived in the park for many years if they had gone to the Washington Legislature instead of the streets of SeaTac and its city hall.

The state could have helped, but the city was powerless to do so.

Just more time
King County Superior Court Judge LeRoy McCullough on June 7 gave the residents a three month extension when he ordered the city and the park’s owner to redo some of the paperwork required for the park’s closure, effectively reversing a portion of an earlier ruling and buying the residents additional time. The ruling sent the case back to the SeaTac Planning director for review.

Judge McCullough made it clear it was a technical delay and it is not a real win for the residents of Firs. They needed better help in the SeaTac Blogs’ opinion.

“So that’s where we are, I am reversing and remanding it so that the particulars that were adopted by the people of SeaTac can be followed, all right?” Judge McCullough ruled on June 7.

So most Hispanic residents have been under virtually certain eviction since October 2016. That is when park owner Jong Park said they must leave within a year because he was going to develop a hotel and apartments on the land.

Most of the mobile homes on the pads are old and cannot be moved, exacerbating the issue for the residents. Pads and the property near them are what mobile home owners rent from the park owner, and those rents have apparently been properly paid.

The real issue is the way a property owner, under state law, uses his land.

City hasn’t jurisdiction
SeaTac, and all other cities in Washington state, have no authority to not follow state law. Only the Washington Legislature can make changes in state law. Some action on the matter has been made at recent legislative sessions, but nothing to change the rules governing the Firs decision.

Jong Park followed all the rules, said Judge McCullough. But with an apparent interest in ameliorating the residents’ situation, he made some changes in its June ruling. That gave the residents a few more months before what appears to be the inevitable closure of the park.

The essential problem is what about the residents?

The judge said he was not requiring a new State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) decision in the matter.

“As I’ve indicated, the … decision timeline passed and I’m not going to undo that. Nevertheless, the plan can be revised pursuant to proper input in a proper appeal period.”

There were complaints that not all papers and required lists were property distributed to all of the residents.

Spanish not required
In addition, the major resident complaint seemed to be that the city did not publish their documents in Spanish that virtually all Firs’ residents have as their first, often only, language.

“Spanish interpretation of some of the notices is encouraged, as is City facilitation of a certified interpreter, but I will indicate that that’s not required,” Judge McCullough said in his June 7 oral decision.”

With other provisions earlier, Judge McCullough said 90 days will be enough time for the city to make its determination.

“Within 90 days, the owner will issue a mobile home park relocation plan,” and the city will have 90 days to “approve that plan, deny that plan, or require some modification.”

“If that plan is approved, the director may then follow with a certificate of approval and the process that’s been followed before will be followed again.”

That means the residents have to leave, under state law and with interpretation of Judge McCullough.

SeaTac had no choice
What bothers us is the way the residents were guided by political and legal overseers.

The law is clear and SeaTac city officials followed the law. There is absolutely no way the city of SeaTac could have acted in the manner that would have helped Firs’ residents. The state law spells out ways these matters are handled.

Judge McCullough simply gave the outcome a bit more time to come to fruition.

It is the same result as it was in the beginning, it just took longer.

Where was the action in the Legislature to get the state laws on mobile home parks changed so the inevitable outcome could be different?

Political manipulators kept Firs’ residents demanding the City of SeaTac should violate state law and deny Mr. Park’s “best and proper use” of his property.

That would have just prolonged the inevitable.

But those same people giving resident’s guidance in SeaTac did nothing about changing the state law.

What changes that were made in Olympia were not suggested or guided by South King County lawmakers because they were not asked to do so. We also note that one former city official and current state legislator kept urging Firs residents to demand city officials change the outcome of the Firs matter, even though she apparently could have been knowledgeable and helpful.

Firs’ residents should have received better help and guidance.

SeaTac’s annual Family 4th of July will be held at Angle Lake Park, and here’s the schedule:

WHEN: Wednesday, July 4, 2018

WHERE: Angle Lake Park, 19408 International Blvd., SeaTac

INFO: 206.973.4680

Water Spray Park
A safe, fun alternative to cool off at Angle Lake Park. The spray park features numerous spray nozzles for kids to run through and play in. If you dare, endure a drenching from the Mega Soaker, a 55 gallon container that fills with water and spills over onto the surface and anybody in the way every few minutes.

  • Hours: 11:00 AM-8:00 PM
  • Cost: Free

Children’s Bouncers
Bouncer Hours: July 4, Noon-8:00 PM

  • Cost: Wristband – $5 per child

Live Entertainment
1:00-10:00 PM
Entertainment is sponsored by the City of SeaTac.  Family friendly entertainment begins at 1:00 PM and continues through approximately 10:00 PM.

Entertainment Lineup

  • Miller Campbell
  • Cirke’
  • Darby Picnic
  • Enloe
  • Travis Larson Band
  • Mr. Von
  • Big Wheel Stunt Show
  • Decent at Best
  • Fireworks with National Anthem sung by Izzy Parker

Fireworks Show
Approximately 10:00 PM
The show is produced by Halo Fireworks.  The show will feature numerous shells lifted to fill the sky in an artistic display for ultimate viewing pleasure.

Parking/Transportation 
Parking will not be permitted inside Angle Lake Park on July 4th. Limited free parking spaces will be available offsite at the following locations:

  • Alaska Airlines Headquarters, 19300 International Blvd.
  • IBEW Union Office, 19415 International Blvd.
  • On July 4th patrons with special needs may use the disabled parking spots at Alaska Airlines Headquarters on a first come, first serve basis.
  • The parking lot at Angle Lake Park will be closed on July 4th.

Event attendees are encouraged to use alternate forms of transportation. Cyclists are welcome however there are limited amount of bike racks inside the park. Buses will be running on a reduced holiday schedule, limiting the number of buses operating and the amount of guests they can accommodate after the fireworks.

Bus – Take Metro’s RapidRide A Line to the Family Fourth of July!
http://metro.kingcounty.gov/travel-options/bus/rapidride/a-line/

Train – Ride the Wave and take Sound Transit Link Light Rail to the Family Fourth of July! Angle Lake Park is approximately .5 miles (about a 10 minute walk) from the Angle Lake Station in SeaTac.
https://www.soundtransit.org/Schedules/Link-light-rail

Please remember to bring a flashlight for increased safety.

Food & Beverage
You are welcome to bring your own food and beverages into Angle Lake Park. Coolers are allowed into the park.  Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

Pets
Loud fireworks, lots of people, and pets don’t make a good combination. For the safety, health, courtesy, and enjoyment of your pets and all festival goers, we recommend you leave pets at home. If you do bring a pet, they must remain on a leash and are not allowed on the beach. (SMC 2.45.330)

Prohibited Items 
The following are prohibited from SeaTac parks:

  • Smoking of tobacco or marijuana (SMC 2.45.365)
  • Alcoholic beverages (SMC 2.45.550)
  • Fireworks (SMC 2.45.530)
  • Unauthorized firearms or weapons (SMC 2.45.540)
  • Enclosed tents/camping (SMC 2.45.280, SMC 2.45.290)
    To look up SeaTac Municipal Code click here.

Notice to Swimmers 
The swimming area will be open on 4th of July this year!  Lifeguards will be on duty from noon until 8:30 PM.

Notice to Boaters 
The public boat launch at Angle Lake Park will be closed all day on July 4th.  There will be no boat launch or parking lot access.

Thank You!
Events of this size cannot be done without the help and cooperation of many people.  Thank you to all of you who contributed.

  • All our Volunteers who helped make this event possible.
  • Alaska Airlines for providing overflow event parking and for their generous financial contribution.
  • IBEQ Union Office for providing overflow event parking.
  • MasterPark for their generous financial contribution.
  • Recology CleanScapes for their generous financial contribution.
  • Port of Seattle for their sponsorship.

Information ~ 206.973.4680

Brent Arancio, 40, was shot and killed during a robbery June 15 at America’s BestValue Inn in SeaTac (read our previous coverage here).

While the crime and apprehension of the suspect have been widely covered in the news, little has been shared about the victim.

Here’s more info on Brent – including how you can help his family – we received from Brandie Nabors:

Brent Arancio was a loving and devoted husband, father, friend and veteran of the United States Army and National Guard. He spent his whole life serving others – survived multiple deployments to war zones – only to have his life taken by a career criminal during a robbery. He leaves behind a wife and three kids who are in desperate need of help to recover from this tragedy.

Born in South Korea as Bon Chu Choi, Brent moved to the U.S. and became a U.S. Citizen at the age of five years old. Brent loved this country and served in the U.S. Army from 2000-2015.

Honorably discharged from the Army in 2015, Brent continued serving in the National Guard until last year. Despite recent financial hardships – including impending foreclosure and their only working vehicle breaking down beyond repair – Brent never gave up on his faith and never stopped trying his best to provide for his family. He took three city busses to reach the SeaTac motel where he lost his life. At the time of his death, Brent had already started the process of re-enlisting, with plans to re-enlist with the National Guard in August. He aspired to be a chaplain and to work in law enforcement. His life has always been about service, even volunteering to work the wildfires in Washington State.

Brent and his wife, married in August 2006, have two young sons and a daughter. There is no life insurance, and due to the timing between discharge and his death, there are few military benefits. With his wife’s permission, a gofundme account has been established for those who feel led to contribute:

http://gofundme.com/brent-arancio-memorial-fund

Brent was the sole provider for his family. All donations will go directly to his wife and will be used for his final expenses and to sustain the family in the months to come. Brent’s wife asks for prayers, especially for their youngest children, ages 5 and 10.

Inquiries from those interested in helping this family should be sent to Brandie Nabors at [email protected].

Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate will be holding five great Open Houses this weekend!

The first is a rare new construction in Gregory Heights:

Beautiful views of Mountains and Valley.

High quality 5 bedroom, 4 bath home features nine foot ceilings and plenty of natural light.

The main floor includes a junior master bedroom.

Open concept great room design with dining area and designer kitchen with walk-in pantry.

Ideal home management room.

Upstairs master suite has a five-piece bath and view deck.

Three car garage (one double bay and one single).

Plus extra parking.

Minutes to downtown Seattle.

WHEN:

  • Friday, June 29: 4 – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 30: Noon – 2 p.m.
  • Sunday July 1: Noon – 2 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 16016 9th Ave SW, Burien, WA 98166 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $924,950
  • MLS Number: 1212007
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,076 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,620 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Brand New Home
  • Beautiful views of Mountains and Valley

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view the full, detailed listing.


The next home is a Cape Cod Seahurst beauty with majestic Sound & Mountain views on a serene and manicured corner lot:

Quiet sought after street in Burien/Seahurst!

Cozy view front porch & extensive new Timberteck wrap around & backyard entertainment size deck.

Huge kitchen with new stainless steel appliances, large island & views.

Soulful sunsets from the main level & even more impressive from the large upper master bedroom.

Hickory floors, updated windows & indoor sauna.

Newer roof, furnace & H2O.

Large lower TV/family room with electronic fireplace.

Epic opportunity!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, June 30: 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 1: 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 14331 22nd Ave SW, Burien, WA 98166 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $899,950
  • MLS Number: 1302272
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2.75
  • Year Built: 1948
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,300 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 9,900 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Sauna
  • Skylights

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


The next Open House is a conveniently located home just minutes to I-5 and easy access to I-405:

This is a spacious 1 BR, 1 BA unit with an open layout and fresh paint.

Featuring a generous bedroom with a walk-in closet and utility room with full sized W/D.

Enjoy your morning coffee on the deck with plenty of room for a grill too!

Ample storage available in the attached 1-car garage.

Community includes a sport court and playground.

Perfect commute to SeaTac, Boeing, Westfield, Amazon and more!

No rental cap!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, June 30: Noon –3 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 1: 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 21507 42nd Ave S. Unit E4, SeaTac, WA 98198 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $239,000
  • MLS Number: 1318718
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Year Built: 2004
  • Approximate House SqFt: 802 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 9,900 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Balcony/Deck/Patio
  • Insulated Windows
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk-in Closet

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


Next up is this Dream New Construction:

Completely finished and ready for move-in!

Impeccable 3,340 sq ft two story home with 5 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms.

Main floor has junior master suite with its own full bath and walk-in closet.

Main floor also has chefs delight kitchen with quartz counters, breakfast bar, spacious pantry and stainless appliances.

Upstairs master has 5-piece bath and large walk-in closet.

Well-sized bonus upstairs with deck.

Located on a large lot and has easy access to everything.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, June 30: Noon – 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 1: Noon – 2 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 3527 S 198th Street, SeaTac, WA 98188 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $724,950
  • MLS Number: 1311628
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,340 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 12,900 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • 2nd Master BR
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


The final Open House is in the Issaquah School District:

Ideal, large 1,520 square foot rambler in desirable Maple Hills location.

Classic and traditionally styled one level home.

Home has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with 2 car garage with new insulated door and motor.

Interior boasts both a living room and sunken family room with fireplace.

Master bedroom has its own bath.

Gas furnace and hot water.

Spacious lot has extra parking available along side garage.

Don’t miss the ideal generator.

Maple Hills Amenities.

Must see!

WHEN:

  • Friday, June 29: Noon – 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday June 30 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 1: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 14826 206th Ave SE, Renton, WA 98059 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $439,950
  • MLS Number: 1311628
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Year Built: 1978
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,540 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 13,020 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Wired for Generator
  • Bath Off Master
  • Ceiling Fan(s)
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • High Tech Cabling
  • Pantry

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.

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

By Jack Mayne

It was a minor affair, but a group of Somali business operators in the International Boulevard area wanted to protest plans by the city to let the area be developed for major new businesses, and attempted to speak after the public presentation time had passed.

Council also approved a series of small cellular antennas and gave departing a key to the city to Community and Economic Development Director Jeff Robinson, who is leaving SeaTac to become Tacoma’s Community and Economics Director.

Demand to speak rejected
At the opening of the SeaTac City Council session, Mayor Michael Siefkes called the names of two Somali citizens who had signed up to speak during the normal public comment period at the opening of regular Council session. Neither of the people who were signed up where apparently in the council chambers at the time, so the mayor moved on to others.

People identified as Somali business operators in the International Boulevard business area the city wants to get redeveloped, then demanded to be heard out of turn, adding he was going to disrupt the meeting.

“No, you are not, no you are not,” said Siefkes.

A female asked if they would be arrested, Siefkes said “you are out of order” and called upon Police Chief Carl Cole to “take care of this.” The matter moved to the building lobby where Cole reportedly had to ask additional officers to come to eventually clear the City Hall.

There had voices of a conversation in other parts of the City Council chamber while Councilmember Peter Kwon made telephone comments but noise of voices elsewhere in the chamber were growing louder. Kwon finished his committee report and was followed by Councilmember Joel Wachtel, also on the telephone. Bother were attending a meeting elsewhere.

Councilmember Pam Fernald was giving a report on her committee assignments when she commented that noise in the back of the Council chambers were disturbing her.

Apparently the minor disruption was caused by some of the many small businesses have sprung up in the four-acre parcel and commercial structure located at 15247 International Blvd. The property is located directly across International Boulevard from the Tukwila International Boulevard light rail station.

Robinson will be ‘missed’; Pilcher named
City Manager Joe Scorcio has named Steve Pilcher, the city planning director, as Robinson’s successor as community and economic Development director, effective July 8.

Scorcio said Robinson and Pilcher have been “a good economics team.”

“I am going to seriously miss Jeff every day in the work that he has done,” Scorcio told the Council. “Jeff has been a great asset to the city – his loss will be noted in the city and not necessarily for the things you see here in front of the Council … but for the thousands of things he does every day to make our organization better and work more effectively.

“The leadership team will certainly miss his input and judgement,” Scorcio said.

Mayor Siefkes said Robinson knew how to unlock doors “I didn’t even know existed” and he would miss his work that includes “over a billion (dollars) in investment in a city of 29,000 people.”

Other Councilmembers also lauded the departing Robinson for his service to the city before the Council recessed for cake and conversation.

Pilcher has worked with Robinson, said Scorcio, and has been involved with the dealings with the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and continuity is important for the development director’s position. He will take on the job officially when Robinson leaves on July 9.

“Steve is deeply imbedded in all of the major issues that we are facing right now,” said Scorcio. “His ability to move into this position and to maintain the momentum and all of the positive changes that have been going on … is the reason Steve is the right guy at the right time, in the right place.” He added that he originally hired Pilcher as the planning manager and “his credentials in the planning area are absolutely solid. His credentials in the management area are equally as solid, and I want your support … in Steve’s new task.”

Small Cell wireless
The Council considered and approved unanimously three franchise agreements for small cellular phone and data services with Verizon, Mobilitie, and New Cingular (AT&T). The services are seeking arrangements with all cities and counties in the Northwest.

The staff prepared Council packet says “this service deploys smaller cellular antennae for installation, typically on existing pole structures, (for example) street light poles, utility poles) in the right-of-way. These small cells contain radios and antennas (often multiple) as well as power and fiber optic wires to transmit cellular phone and data signals. This infrastructure augments capacity for data traffic in dense areas, “dead zones,” and downtown cores and residential neighborhoods.”

The small antennas must be above ground because they are communicate antenna to antenna line of sight.

Council also approved a contract with Lockridge Grindal Nauen “to provide environmental consulting services for review of environmental documents issued by the Port of Seattle in regards to the Sea-Tac International Airport Sustainable Airport Master Plan and particularly concerning airport noise. Costs will be shared by all four cities with SeaTac’s share $43,000, said Planning Director Steve Pilcher. He said The Inter local Agreement with the Port of Seattle specifies SeaTac will be the contract administrator and Burien will be responsible for fiscal management.

The Council also unanimously approved a development agreement with Alaska Air Group Real Property to allow the development of the Copper River Project on property located between International Boulevard and 28th Avenue South at South 192nd Street.

In other business
The City Manager introduced two new, accounting technician Tracy Hansen and legal assistant Brenda Cruz. The Council confirmed mayoral appointment of Richard Whaley to the cities’ Hotel/Motel Tax Advisory Committee.

From our sister site The Normandy Park Blog:

An officer-involved shooting in Normandy Park sent one to the hospital early Friday morning, June 22.

The incident happened just before 5 a.m. Friday, when a subject was shot in the shoulder by a Normandy Park Police officer during a traffic stop in the 21600 block of 6th Ave South (map below).

Reports are that there was a confrontation outside the man’s car, and police back-up had to be called.

Read the full story here.

Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate will be holding five great Open Houses this weekend!

The first is a rare new construction in Gregory Heights:

Beautiful views of Mountains and Valley.

High quality 5 bedroom, 4 bath home features nine foot ceilings and plenty of natural light.

The main floor includes a junior master bedroom.

Open concept great room design with dining area and designer kitchen with walk-in pantry.

Ideal home management room.

Upstairs master suite has a five-piece bath and view deck.

Three car garage (one double bay and one single).

Plus extra parking.

Minutes to downtown Seattle.

WHEN: Grand Opening!

  • Saturday, June 23: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday June 24: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 16016 9th Ave SW, Burien, WA 98166 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $924,950
  • MLS Number: 1212007
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,076 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,620 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Brand New Home
  • Beautiful views of Mountains and Valley

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view the full, detailed listing.


Next is a beautiful Classic Cape Cod View home with endless possibilities!

The elegant and inviting main house has 3 bedrooms and 2.25 baths that is truly a work of art.

The large entertainment size kitchen is a chef’s dream.

The upstairs master suite has french doors to a private view deck.

There lower level has 2 full M.I.L. apartments! 1 apartment can be connects to the main house and could be used as 4th bedroom and rec room.

The two car garage has a loft space above.

Income Opportunities!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, June 23: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 24037 Marine View Dr S Des Moines, WA 98198 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $900,000
  • MLS Number: 1303386
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Year Built: 1986
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,090 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 10,000 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • 2nd Kitchen
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • French Doors
  • Loft

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.


The next Open House is this Dream New Construction:

Completely finished and ready for move-in!

Impeccable 3,340 sq ft two story home with 5 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms.

Main floor has junior master suite with its own full bath and walk-in closet.

Main floor also has chefs delight kitchen with quartz counters, breakfast bar, spacious pantry and stainless appliances.

Upstairs master has 5-piece bath and large walk-in closet.

Well-sized bonus upstairs with deck.

Located on a large lot and has easy access to everything.

WHEN:

  • Friday, June 22: 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 23: 2 – 5 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 3527 S 198th Street, SeaTac, WA 98188 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $724,950
  • MLS Number: 1311628
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,340 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 12,900 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • 2nd Master BR
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

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Next is an extraordinary home with sweeping, unobstructed views of Mt. Rainier, City, Bay and Port:

This 4000+ sq. ft. 4 Bedroom 3.5 Bathroom house has it all.

Great room style, kitchen, dining and family room.

The formal dining room and living room are adjacent the great room giving a rare opportunity for large gatherings or formal entertaining!

There are two large master suites one on the main floor and one on the lower level.

Huge rec room and impressive office.

WHEN:

  • Sunday, June 24: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 906 Browns Point Blvd., Tacoma, WA 98422 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $749,000
  • MLS Number: 1270289
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Year Built: 1988
  • Approximate House SqFt: 4,898 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 13,000 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Wet Bar
  • 2nd Master BR
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Fireplace in Mstr BR
  • French Doors
  • Security System
  • Vaulted Ceilings

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

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The final Open House is a picturesque 1918 Craftsman style home in West Seattle:

Original charm remains throughout including wax glass, original windows, laundry shoot and knobs.

Covered front porch. Spacious living room and dining room.

Dining room is complete with a beautiful chandelier.

Well-sized kitchen has eating nook and adjoins an entertainment sized deck.

Downstairs has one bedroom and craft room/shop area.

Upstairs has three bedrooms.

Master bedroom has city view.

Located on one of North Admiral’s best streets and locations.

WHEN:

  • Friday, June 22: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 23: 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE:

  • 2121 41st Ave SW, West Seattle, WA 98116 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $949,950
  • MLS Number: 1305242
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2.25
  • Year Built: 1918
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,540 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 5,750 s.f.

SITE FEATURES:

  • Dining Room
  • French Doors
  • Pantry
  • Deck
  • Outbuildings
  • RV Parking

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

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On May 30, 2018, the Port of Seattle gave a presentation on its Sustainable Airport Master Plan (SAMP) to nearly 150 residents at the Burien Community Center.

This was the Port’s first open house – of three total – for its 2018 SAMP.

The public meeting consisted of six stations where attendees could learn more about different aspects of the SAMP process and speak with Port staff and representatives from the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC), Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The meeting was held from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. and 147 people signed in, according to the Port.

After learning about the SAMP at the stations, Aviation Managing Director Lance Lyttle, along with Jeffrey Brown, Director of Aviation Facilities & Capital Programs, and Arlyn Purcell, Aviation Director of Environment & Sustainability, gave a presentation and answered questions from the public.

Download a PDF of the Port’s summary of this meeting here.

South King Media was able to videotape the Public Comment period, which included many direct questions from concerned residents and activists (EDITOR’S NOTE: We apologize for the tardiness of posting this video, as we had some technical glitches that may make the audio out-of-synch).

Here’s the full video of the Public Comments, with the Port’s transcription following (total running time 53:56):

Presentation
At 6:00 pm, Michael Stringer opened the presentation portion of the meeting by welcoming the attendees and thanking them for coming to learn more about the SAMP. He explained the format of the meeting and introduced Aviation Managing Director, Lance Lyttle, who launched the presentation and was followed by Jeffrey Brown and Arlyn Purcell who provided additional context:

  • Overview of the SAMP (Lance Lyttle)
  • Planning Update (Jeffrey Brown)
  • Environmental Review Process Introduction (Arlyn Purcell)

Question & Answer
Following the presentation, Lance Lyttle was joined by Jeffrey Brown; Arlyn Purcell; Clare Gallagher, Public Affairs Director Capital Projects Delivery; and Tom Hooper, Aviation Planning Manager to respond to attendees’ questions about the SAMP. In some cases, staff needed to report back on the answer to the question, and this is provided in brackets below the question.

Questions from Attendees

Q: There was no mention of the tripling of the cargo in your presentation, is that still on track? In regard to the goal of 56 million enplanements, that’s equivalent to JFK and SFO, which are both about 5,000 acres and have four runways. How are you planning to increase enplanements if you can’t grow physically? Will it be in frequency? How is it going to be safe to increase that many operations?

A: The tripling of air cargo is an aspirational goal or target that was established in the Port’s Century Agenda. These goals were adopted by the Port Commission to reflect attainment in 2037. Last year, air cargo grew by about 16%. In the SAMP’s near-term projects, the Port has planned to add cargo facilities to accommodate growth, recognizing though there are constraints.

[From the Port: The amount of activity a particular airport is able to handle depends on a number of factors, including (among others) the number, length, and spacing of runways; size and character of other airport facilities; and aircraft fleet mix. The fleet at Sea-Tac includes larger aircraft, so Sea-Tac doesn’t need to have as many flights to achieve the same number of passengers. During the environmental review process, the Port will provide more specific information on the number of planes and time of day.]

Q: How much air cargo do you expect/forecast as part of the SAMP?

A: The Port will need to go back to the technical memo to give you a specific answer.

[From the Port: The SAMP forecast is approximately 10,000 cargo aircraft operations in 2027, which is just over 2% of the approximately 480,000 total forecast aircraft operations in 2027.]

Q: You mentioned that there is a lot of wealth and big companies in the region. The airport now has a Microsoft Line and Amazon Line—the communities being impacted are predominantly minority and low income. The people bearing the brunt of the impacts are not the ones who are benefiting from the airport. Additionally, the Port doesn’t always do what they say it’s going to do. For example, the hush house isn’t in your plan.

A: The Port would agree that the communities closest to the airport are the most impacted by the airport. However, the Port also recently completed an economic impact study in which the consultant looked at the impacts of the airport on surrounding communities. This study showed the number of jobs created in each individual city and the benefits to the region. We have to have some sense of balance that the airport doesn’t have a 100% negative impact on the surrounding communities. As the airport grows, one of the challenges is to grow responsibility and to grow sustainably, both socially and environmentally.

The hush house is in the long-range plan. There isn’t adequate space on the airport currently available to build the hush house. While there is airfield property that could physically fit a hush house, in order to be effective, it has to be in a certain location and face a certain direction.

Q: I have a comment about full disclosure. When you talk about an operation, it is a takeoff or a landing. But it’s also a flight. When you show 56 million passengers, can you also show how many additional flights it means to help the lay person at these meetings understand the impact? In your economic impact study, only $405 million is being spent on environmental and noise mitigation. This is a drop in the bucket compared to the billions of dollars generated.

A: Thank you for bringing that jargon to the Port’s attention and Port staff, going forward, will state how many additional flights that number translates to in the future.

[From the Port: Forecast activity in 2027 is approximately 56 million annual passengers and 480,000 annual aircraft operations. Please see below for additional detail.]

Q: My understanding is that the footprint of Sea-Tac won’t expand, it’s just going to utilize more efficiency to make the expansion happen. It isn’t that Sea-Tac isn’t looking at becoming a 24- hour airport?

A: The Port is not looking at expanding the footprint.

[From the Port: The proposed Near-Term Projects would not expand the footprint. The Long- Term Vision includes the South Aviation Support Area, which would represent an expansion.]

Q: I didn’t hear an answer to whether you are planning on increasing flights to occur 24 hours per day.

A: When the Port created the model for accommodating more enplanements, it is based on the airport’s current level and schedule of operations. If you receive FAA funds, an airport cannot refuse to let an airplane land regardless of the time of day. An airport can have a discussion with the airlines and try to influence when they take off or land. The Port is having some of those discussions now. The Port can influence – however, the Port cannot mandate when aircraft operate at Sea-Tac.

Q: Can you clarify whether the Port of Seattle serves only Seattle or King County and is it for profit? You showed us that, in past five years, enplanements have gone up 40 percent. The noise, pollution, etc. from that increase… I shudder to think what the effects will be. We have other airports in King County. Why aren’t we spreading out enplanements among other airports? Jobs in our local communities aren’t all from the airport. Why can’t there be a more aggressive approach to a regional answer?

A: The Port of Seattle serves King County and it is not for profit; it is a government agency. What you’ve outlined in terms of looking to other airports and considering building a second major airport is exactly what the FAA and the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) have stepped up to do. The Port is a local government agency. The Port doesn’t control the other airports and doesn’t have the unilateral authority to send airplanes somewhere else. It’s a question of service, availability, and market demand.

Q: The number one figure we need is how many more planes are going over our heads every day. Please make that very clear in the future.

A: The Port will get that number from the technical memo and provide it to you in the notes for this meeting.

[From the Port: In 2017, there were 416,124 total aircraft operations (takeoffs and landings), or an average of 1,140 per day. In 2027, the SAMP forecasts approximately 480,000 aircraft operations which would result in an average of approximately 1,315 operations per day. The forecast demand would be an increase of about 175 operations per day, on average, over 2017 levels. The actual number of operations per day varies depending on airline schedules and changes in demand throughout the year.]

Q: When the third runway was being built, we were told it was only for cargo aircraft. Then it was for passenger aircraft and the flight patterns changed. I don’t understand why the third runway is being used as a runway for passenger aircraft. What will happen to the flight patterns as part of this plan?

A: In the near-term, the Port assumes existing flight and airspace patterns will continue. You are correct, that the third runway is being used for arrivals to accommodate the increase in demand discussed tonight. The SAMP does not assume a significant change in runway use or in how the airspace is utilized. Additionally, it is important that you comment during environmental review so that the Port can capture your concerns about the existing flight patterns.

Q: I used to go out on my balcony to enjoy the view of Mt. Rainier and the airplanes. Since the third runway was built, I don’t go out on my balcony anymore. Now there is a layer of black soot that accumulates on my balcony. This soot is some of the most carcinogenic stuff there is. I haven’t heard any discussion about the biofuels or clearing up the pollution that causes this black soot that falls from the airplanes.

A: The Port encourages you and other people to come back during the environmental review process to officially submit that comment. The airport is pursuing sustainable aviation fuel, which reduces carbon emissions and also reduces air pollution. It is something the Port is first in the nation on addressing and continues to work on as hard as possible.

Q: Why don’t you charge cargo flights more to influence them to fly elsewhere?

A: I think there is a perception that all cargo flights are older and noisier. Newer cargo flights that are quieter also operate at Sea-Tac. The Port cannot tell the cargo flights to go somewhere else. If they request to land at Sea-Tac, the Port has to accommodate them as long as the airport receives FAA funding. The Port has to charge the airlines on a cost recovery basis and can’t distinguish between different users.

Q: I don’t equate the EIS results of impacts with the true impacts on the community.

A: Thank you for your comment.

Q: There are inconsistent statements being given to the community and other groups such as the Chamber of Commerce. If you gave this presentation to the Chamber of Commerce, you’d be focusing on the Century Agenda and growth. You need to help site a second airport and not compete for that business. You are selling the advantages of Sea-Tac while you’re also saying wouldn’t it be great if we had a second airport.

A: Thank you for your comment.

Q: How does the one percent growth in population translate to a 10 percent growth in enplanements?

A: There are multiple factors associated with the growth in enplanements. Low unemployment and higher incomes mean that people have more disposable income and can travel more. And, as Seattle becomes a more international city, more people (their friends, family, etc.) come here to visit.

Q: The comments we make in this process, are they shared with others FAA, WSDOT, etc.?

A: Yes, the Port will share all comments. This meeting is the first public meeting in the planning process. The Port has two more similar planning public meetings scheduled at different locations. The Port is capturing a record of comments tonight that will be presented to the Commission and be made available to the public.

When the Port moves to the environmental scoping phase, during those public meetings, the comments will be captured by a court reporter as a complete transcript and then shared with the FAA and other agencies.

Q: How many on panel live on flight corridor?

A: Clare Gallagher and Jeffrey Brown raise their hands.

Q: Since the 1980s and 1990s, the approach to noise mitigation has always been to cocoon up the house. Since then there have been advances in noise cancellation technology. Why haven’t we used noise cancellation technology for noise mitigation?

A: Port staff will need to look into what technology is available and get back to you.

[From the Port: It’s the Port’s understanding that this technology has never been perfected on a scale of magnitude where the source and receptor of the noise are continually at different ranges. The cost alone of placing microphones and speakers around a home would be prohibitive with today’s technology. If in the future this technology is perfected and implemented for aircraft noise reduction on the ground, the Port would be receptive to its use.]

Q: I am disturbed about the classist approach you are taking when you talk about demographics. The people who are using the airport because of their disposable incomes aren’t the people living in these communities. How much mitigation, such as sound proofing, is included in the SAMP? Is there any plan to pay dividends to the people who are having to deal with impact of the airport?

A: The SAMP doesn’t have plans for noise mitigation in it. The Port is continuing to insulate homes within the current noise remedy boundary. The mitigation for impacts of proposed projects will be discussed in the environmental review process.

Q: I drove along East Marginal Way and there is some sort of noise wall Boeing Field put up. Can those be put up in any part of the airport area? Could Sea-Tac figure out a way to somehow be a noise absorber rather than a noise reflector?

A: The Port is not aware of Boeing Field doing that, but will look into it and get back to you.

[From the Port: Port staff talked to staff at Boeing Field and they confirmed there are no noise walls at Boeing Field. What the individual described is actually a blast fence which isn’t designed for noise reduction capabilities. It’s designed to safely protect people and vehicles from the thrust generated by an engine blast.]

Q: I heard you talk about traffic, jobs, etc. and the impacts that they could have. I’m wondering if you coordinate your activities with cities and with the development of their Comprehensive Plans.

A: As part of the environmental scoping process, the Port will also hold agency environmental scoping meetings. Planning staff attend those and share information during those scoping meetings. The Port works regularly with the neighboring cities. Port staff likes to think the Port has a good relationship with those cities, and Port staff is able to engage at the staff-to-staff level. The cities have done a good job of implementing noise abatement guidelines in their building codes. Both the cities and the Port do work hard to try to keep each other updated. However, there’s always more than can be done.

Currently, there are two groups that represent the local cities that meet to address this type of issues. The first is the Highline Forum, which meets every other month and includes elected officials from the Port, Highline College, the cities, and the school district to talk about airport issues and issues within the community. The second is a new group called START that includes stakeholder representatives and the city managers that meet to develop a shared understanding of the issues, concerns, and how the airport operates.

For more info, visit https://www.portseattle.org/plans/sustainable-airport-master-plan-samp.

On Wednesday (June 20), a 26-year old suspect was arrested in Dayton, Ohio, in connection with the recent murder of a motel clerk in SeaTac.

Police allege that the suspect robbed and killed the clerk at America’s Best Value Inn on June 15 (read our previous coverage here).

King County Sheriff’s Detectives will be flying to Ohio to continue the investigation.

The suspect will eventually be extradited back to Washington to face charges.

This case was solved by King County Major Crimes Detectives, with a lot of help from all of the nearby Hotels and Motels in SeaTac that cooperated and assisted with their investigation.

“Also a huge thanks to Montogomery County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio that was able to arrest the suspect,” Sgt. Ryan Abbott said.

On Wednesday, June 20, Congressman Adam Smith introduced the ‘Aviation Impacted Communities Act,’ which – if passed – will help communities located near airports.

As airline travel has increased, communities near airports across the country have been experiencing an increased and disproportionate share of noise and other environmental impacts stemming from commercial aviation. This has been the case even as many other areas have experienced reduced overall noise burdens. The concerns of residents of these increasingly impacted areas are not being adequately addressed.

The Aviation Impacted Communities Act seeks to help cities, localities, and neighborhoods to better and more productively engage with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  This legislation would require that the FAA communicate directly with residents and locally nominated leaders on issues of aviation noise and environmental impacts.  Through the creation of community boards, affected areas will more effectively work toward achieving relief from the impacts of civil and commercial aviation.

Here’s a list of some of Smith’s recommended actions:

  • Aviation Impacted Communities Act (H.R. ####) – Congressman Smith advanced this legislation to enable communities around the SeaTac airport and other U.S. airports to better engage with the FAA. It requires that the agency to come to the table to address noise and environmental concerns affecting areas near airports. The bill designates communities under flightpaths as “aviation impacted” and allows them to create community boards that interface with the FAA to better communicate the concerns of residents. These boards can petition the FAA for noise and environmental impact studies as they work with the agency to create action plans that address those issues. The Aviation Impacted Communities Act also expands which communities are eligible for mitigation by allowing communities in the 55 DNL contour to receive funding for insulation.
  • Introduced the Protecting Airport Communities from Particle Emissions Act (H.R. 4087) – Rep Smith also introduced a billthat directs the FAA to conduct a national study on the emission of ultrafine particles around the nation’s twenty largestairports. The study would examine the percentage of these particles that comes from aviation, their dispersion, and how they affect the health of residents in communities around airports.
  • Highline Schools Mitigation Funding Amendment – Congressman Smith successfully advanced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 5515) that would ensure funding for noise mitigation remains available, as agreed upon in a 2002 Memorandum of Understanding (MOA) between the Port of Seattle, the FAA, and Highline School District. Two of the remaining schools in the MOA were recently deemed ineligible for federal funds to complete noise mitigation projects because of recent modifications to the noise contours around the airport. These changes left two schools outside of areas where the FAA could legally provide mitigation funding, despite the prior agreement. Congressman Smith’samendment allows for the FAA to provide the promised funding to the remaining schools based on the earlier noise contours so that they can acquire insulated doors, windows, and other forms of sound mitigation.
  • Engaging the FAA Administrator on the 65 DNL noise metric and timely use of FY 2018 Omnibus Appropriations –Congressman Smith wrote Acting FAA Administrator Elwell to encourage the agency to quickly implement provisions passed in the FY 2018 Omnibus bill related to increasing FAA engagement with communities. This legislation provides funding for dedicated community engagement members at FAA regional offices around the country to interface with communities on aviation noise and environmental issues.In his letter, Congressman Smith also requested an update on the FAA’s survey to measure the effectiveness of the Day Night Average Sound Level (DNL). In this survey, which began in 2015 and was further authorized by the FY 2018 Omnibus, the FAA is studying alternative metrics to the DNL.
  • Joined the Washington Delegation to Call on the FAA to Quickly Implement Aviation Provisions of FY 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act – Congressman Smith cosigned a delegation letter circulated by Senator Murray, which urged FAA Acting Administrator Elwell to quickly implement noise provisions passed in the FY 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act.
  • Quiet Communities Act – Congressman Smith is a cosponsor of Representative Grace Meng’s bill to establish an Office of Noise Abatement at the EPA. This office would promote the development of effective state and local noise control programs, carry out a national noise control research program, and carry out a national noise environmental assessment program.
  • Air Traffic Noise and Pollution Expert Consensus Act – Congressman Smith cosponsored legislation introduced by Representative Stephen Lynch that would require the FAA to enter into an arrangement with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to study the various health impacts of noise and air pollution from aviation. The report would draw from experts convened by the National Academies and to set forth current scientific knowledge on airplane noise, environmental pollution, and other impacts from aviation.
  • Community Engagement – Congressman Smith actively encouraged the Port of Seattle to increase its engagement with airport communities and their representatives. During a community engagement meeting organized by Congressman Smith at the Port of Seattle, the concept for the Port’s SEA Stakeholder Advisory Round Table, or StART, came about. StART brings together residents, elected officials from various localities, Port officials, and the FAA to discuss issues of aviation noise, environmental pollution, and how to manage with the growth of SeaTac airport.

“The burden of airplane noise and environmental impacts should not fall disproportionately on any single group, neighborhood, or community. The Aviation Impacted Communities Act will help to bring some relief by streamlining the FAA’s engagement processes, allowing residents to bring their concerns directly to the FAA and airport operators, comprehensively assess the effects of aviation in a given area, and seek mitigation for those impacts,” said Congressman Adam Smith. “Community engagement by the FAA on the negative impacts of aviation is long overdue and this legislation will provide a pathway to solutions and much needed relief for my constituents and communities across the country.”

“Rep. Smith’s aviation impacted communities will help our beloved Seattle Beacon Hill neighborhood and other affected neighborhoods. We are under the flight path. Airplanes fly over us every 1-3 minutes. 70% of inbound flights go over our heads.  The noise is obnoxious, bad for our health and is disruptive.  We are a poor vulnerable neighborhood and this bill will help relieve this unjust burden,” said Estela Ortega, Executive Director, El Centro De La Raza, located in Seattle, Washington.

“The Aviation-Impacted Communities Act comes at a critical time and crossroads for our national aviation system. The Act provides an essential new voice and role for communities that have supported, and have been disparately impacted by, aviation industry growth. By seating impacted communities at the same table with government and industry, the Act provides a meaningful tool-kit for better, balanced, collaborative decision-making that can include noise and emission studies, long-term regional plans for reducing impacts, and expanded eligibility for mitigation. Quiet Skies Puget Sound supports and endorses the Aviation-Impacted Communities Act! We greatly value the work, advocacy, and leadership of Congressman Adam Smith on this legislation that so directly targets the preservation of our environment, human health, and quality of life,” said Sheila Brush, Founder of Quiet Skies Puget Sound.

The Aviation Impacted Communities Act will:

  • Establish a new “aviation impacted communities” designation for areas suffering from excessive noise or environmental impacts.
  • Define a community eligible for that designation as any residential neighborhood, locality, municipality, town, or city located 3000 feet below, and one mile on either side of any commercial jet route.
  • Require that the FAA alert these communities of their eligibility for the designation of aviation-affected community.
  • Establish a process for communities to bring together airport operators, designated community leaders, and the FAA to discuss solutions in Community Board meetings.
  • Require that appropriate FAA representatives attend community board meetings and respond to community questions and concerns about issues involving aviation or the FAA.
  • Allow communities to petition the FAA for comprehensive impact studies.
  • Require that the FAA develop action plans to respond to communities concerns and the recommendations for mitigation provided in the impact studies.
  • Allow communities to ask for additional noise measurement instrumentation on the ground.
  • Expand the availability of mitigation funding for aviation impacted communities outside of the current 65 day-night average sound level (DNL) contours.
  • Allow sound insulation for communities in the 55 DNL contour

The Aviation Impacted Communities Act is cosponsored by Representatives Ro Khanna (CA-17), Jackie Speier (CA-14), Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08), Eleanor Holmes-Norton (DC) Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), and Stephen Lynch (MA-08). The Act has been endorsed by both Quiet Skies Puget Sound and the Beacon Hill Community Group.

Rep Smith has worked directly with impacted communities and taken extensive action to mitigate noise and environmental impacts in the 115th Congress. You can read more about his work HERE.

A section by section of the bill can be found HERE.