STB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate will be holding three Open Houses this weekend!

The first home – open both Saturday and Sunday – is a great 3-bedroom home in Des Moines for $549,950:

Desirable Westwood Neighborhood!

Impeccable and spacious traditional two story home with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.

Plus, a large 3 car garage.

Upstairs bonus room has extra space for den or 4th bedroom.

Master Bedroom has its own bath and walk-in closet.

Ideal corner lot has fully fenced rear yard.

Coveted neighborhood is complete with sidewalks and a park.

Very convenient location is minutes from anywhere with easy access to everything including bus lines, downtown and airport.

Must see!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Aug. 19: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 20: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 19316 6th Ave S., Des Moines, WA 98148 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $549,950
  • MLS Number: 1178540
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Year Built: 2000
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,610 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 8,473 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Deck
  • RV Parking

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

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.


The second home – also open both Saturday and Sunday – is a stunning Urban Single Family home in Seattle:

With a short commute to the heart of the city welcome yourself home to a 2000 SF + designer finished Urban Single Family with a GARAGE!

Enjoy a full bedroom and bathroom off the main floor as you make your way to the second floor open concept LDK featuring a large kitchen with two tone lacquer soft close cabinets.

On the top penthouse floor enjoy your master bedroom with bathroom & another full bathroom and bedroom off the hallway!

This is a must see home!

Targeting Four Star Built Green.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Aug. 19: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 20: 1 – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 730 26th Ave S., Seattle, WA 98144 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $850,000
  • MLS Number: 1179005
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Year Built: 2017
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,012 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 2,315 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Garage
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Fenced-Fully
  • Drought Resistant Landscape
  • Paved Street
  • Gas Available
  • High Speed Internet

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

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.


The third home – also open both Saturday and Sunday – is another Urban Single Family home in Seattle:

With a short commute to the heart of the city welcome yourself to a designer finished home with a GARAGE!

Enjoy a full bedroom off the main floor as you make your way to the second floor LDK featuring a half bath with a fully equipped stainless steel appliance kitchen & two tone lacquer soft close cabinets.

On the penthouse floor enjoy your master bedroom with bathroom & another full bathroom & bedroom off the hallway!

Last but not least enjoy your evenings celebrated on your roof top deck!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Aug. 19: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 20: 1 – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 732-B 26th Ave S., Seattle, WA 98144 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $750,000
  • MLS Number: 1179072
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Year Built: 2017
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,520 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 1,371 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Garage
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Drought Resistant Landscape
  • Paved Street
  • Fenced-Fully
  • Gas Available
  • High Speed Internet

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

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.

Fall 2017 Skills Clinic – Field Player Training with Highline Premier FC Coaches – starts Sept. 15:

Provides players with essential skills.

Age and level appropriate training emphasizes fun, individual techniques, purposeful actions, 1v1 attacking and defending, receiving and combining with teammates, nishing, and small group play.

Builds character and sportsmanship through competition.

Goal Keeper Training
Provides players with essential skills and confidence to maximize goalkeeper safety and effectivness. Emphasizes proper technique for catching and distributing from hands, punts, goal kicks, and strategies to successfully defend 1 v 1 attacks, corner kicks, and high balls.

2017 Fall Skills Clinic for U8 to U14
Six Friday Evenings, September 15 through October 20:

  • 
Session 1 6:00pm – 7:15pm Birth Years 2007 – 2010 (U8 to U11)
  • Session 2 7:30pm – 8:45pm: Birth Years 2006 and earlier (U12 to U14)
  • Session 2 Goalkeepers 7:30 – 8:45: Birth Year 2007 and earlier (U11-U14)

Cost: $100

Location: Walt Hundley Playfield: 
3200 SW Myrtle Street, Seattle WA 98126

Registration deadline is September 8, 2017.

For additional information, email [email protected]

For more information about Highline Premier FC, go to http://www.highlinepremier.com

*Field training is based on skill-level; therefore, we cannot guarantee player will be placed with friends or teammates.

The Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority Governance Board unanimously approved the contract to hire Matthew Morris as its next Fire Chief at Wednesday night’s meeting (Aug. 16).

Board member Bill Boyce, who accompanied current Fire Chief Jim Schneider on a site visit to Chief Morris’s department in Henderson, Nevada, said that he was “very pleased and encouraged by everything he’s learned about Chief Morris and sees the department continuing to move forward.”

Chief Morris’s first official day will be September 11, 2017.

Since 1892 the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority has existed to maintain and enhance the quality of life within its boundaries by protecting life, property, and the environment. We are an internationally accredited full-service, all risk fire and rescue department that provides services to the citizens of Covington, Kent, SeaTac, and portions of unincorporated King County. The department covers approximately 60 square miles and protects a population of over 177,000.

National and local leaders came to the Port of Seattle on Tuesday (Aug. 15) to celebrate the official groundbreaking for a new International Arrivals Facility (IAF) at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

The new facility will dramatically improve the experience for international travelers and better meet the region’s demand for business and tourism-related international service.

Scheduled to open in late 2019, the new 450,000-square-foot, multi-level facility will be built to the east of the current Concourse A. An iconic aerial walkway, which will span 900 feet across and 85 feet above the existing aircraft taxi lane, will carry arriving international passengers from the South Satellite across the top of Concourse A to the Customs and Border Protection inspection services in the new IAF.

The current 44-year-old facility no longer meets demand. Originally designed to serve just 1,200 passengers per hour, it now serves an average of over 2,000 passengers per hour during peak periods. The new IAF will increase passenger capacity to 2,600 passengers per hour, while improving the customer experience by nearly doubling the number of gates capable of serving international wide-body aircraft and more than doubling the Passport Check positions and kiosks. The new facility means passengers with checked luggage can use a single bag claim process, eliminating the need for international passengers to ride a train to baggage claim.

“Sea-Tac will deliver faster and better service to our international passengers, responding to the region’s demand for business and tourism travel. International travelers tend to stay longer and spend more,’’ said Commissioner John Creighton. “Through modernization initiatives at the airport, we are supporting a stronger regional economy that creates local opportunities and jobs. The Commission is committed to ensuring local communities and businesses have the best chance to seize those opportunities.”

“The International Arrivals Facility we are breaking ground on today will build upon our region’s global competiveness and ensure that Washington State continues to meet the demands of the growing international economy,” said U.S. Rep. Adam Smith. “When the IAF is completed, this facility will support our transportation infrastructure, strengthen local tourism and service industries, and preserve our commitment to sustainability, all while investing back into our local communities.”

“The Port of Seattle is creating the world-class international terminal our region needs as a prominent and growing leader in global commerce and trade,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “Sea-Tac will now better connect local entrepreneurs and international travelers to the best opportunities available around the world.”

National and international airlines also expressed their support for this exciting project
“The new International Arrivals Facility is a critical infrastructure investment that will make Seattle a true global gateway and will serve the people of the Puget Sound region for decades to come,” said John Caldwell, Delta Air Lines’ Vice President – Seattle. “With nonstop service to 16 international destinations in Europe, Asia, Mexico and Canada, Delta is the largest operator of international flights at Sea-Tac. We have worked closely and in partnership with the Port of Seattle over the last three years to help bring this vision to life and look forward to 2019 when our customers will experience the world-class facility they deserve.”

“Improvements to this facility mean a better travel experience for our guests and the millions more who visit our great city each year,” said Andrew Harrison, Alaska Airlines’ executive vice president and chief commercial officer. “With 300 departures a day, 60 percent of international passengers flying into Seattle connect onto an Alaska Airlines flight — the equivalent of filling 12 Boeing 737s every day. With these new terminal enhancements, flyers arriving on our Global Partners British Airways, Emirates, Hainan Airlines, Condor and Icelandair will be able to speed through U.S. Customs and make their connections with time to spare.”

“Seattle is uniquely situated for trans-Pacific growth,” says Hainan Airlines President Jianfeng “Jeff” Sun. “June 2008, we pioneered our first nonstop service to the Western Hemisphere with Seattle. Since then many additional airlines followed in our footprints. It soon became apparent that the arrivals facility was simply not adequate to handle the demand for more capacity in terms of space, logistics and technology. The new terminal expansion has been needed for a long time and we anxiously look forward to when it’s ready to roll out the red carpet to our customers.”

Local business and labor supports IAF
Whether it is jobs at the airport, jobs around the airport, or travel related tax revenue coming back to local cities, the economic impact of travel is felt around our region. The economic impact of one new international route is estimated to generate $89 million annually to the region and create an estimated 8,500 jobs.

Major capital projects at Sea-Tac Airport provide significant tax and business revenue to local communities. The Port projects it will pay an estimated $60 million in construction related taxes to the City of SeaTac between 2017 and 2021. Other local communities also benefit from hospitality and travel related taxes and sales.

“The IAF is another example of the great partnership between the Port of Seattle and the building trades, said Lee Newgent, Executive Secretary, Washington State Building Trades Council. “The Port understands that these kinds of construction projects create good living wage jobs, and they’ve worked closely with us to ensure that not only are their contractors collaborating with labor but that we set high labor standards that meet or exceed other local government projects.”

This spring, the Southside Regional Tourism Authority reported that travel spending in airport communities increased 4 percent from 2015 to 2016, including a $250 million uptick in lodging sales. The City of SeaTac alone has almost 70 percent of all lodging sales and – with more local hotels being built in the area – the trendline for increased revenue is headed upwards.

“Sea-Tac Airport is an economic engine for our region and the increased passenger totals are a driver for more jobs and benefits to business owners who rely on travelers,” said Katherine Kertzman, President & CEO – Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority. “With more than 1,200 new hotels joining the Seattle Southside region by 2018, more jobs will be created now and into the future and the airport is a big reason for this economic surge.”

Here are some renderings of the new terminal:

On Tuesday (Aug. 15), King County Elections released its final, certified election results for the Aug. 1 Primary Election, so now we know the finalists for the SeaTac City Council in the General Election.

The top two vote-getters – five candidates in total – will face off for three open seats, with the voting deadline of Tuesday, Nov. 7.

City of SeaTac • Ballots Counted: 3,133 * Registered Voters: 13,344 • 23.48 %

Council Position No. 2:

  • Kathryn Campbell*: 1,268 • 43.92 %
  • Joel Wachtel: 1,119 • 38.76 %
  • Terry L. Farden: 487 • 16.87 %
  • Write-in: 13 • 0.45 %

Council Position No. 4:

  • Clyde (Fuzz) Hill: 1,143 • 39.10 %
  • Pam Pollock: 903 • 30.89 %
  • Shaunie Wheeler: 862 • 29.49 %
  • Write-in: 15 • 0.51 %

Council Position No. 6:

  • Pam Fernald* (no opponent)

* Indicates incumbent

Each year on the third Sunday in August, the Highline Botanical Garden Foundation celebrates its membership with a fun-packed afternoon of things to do, and this year’s event will be this Sunday, Aug. 20.

There is a scavenger hunt to find clues strategically placed throughout the Garden.

Then there is a speaker presentation on gardening, a plant sale, free ice cream for the first 200 guests, and a free pottery planter for those who renew or contribute a new membership donation to the Foundation.

“There were 200 people at the 2016 event and we hope even more next year on Aug. 20.”

More info here: http://highlinegarden.org/events/ice-cream-social/

The Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden is located at 13735 24th Ave S.:

By Jack Mayne

Mayor Michael Siefkes expressed reservations over what usually is a routine new agreement with the Highline School District for a school resource officer, suggesting that three-year proposal was too long and the $22,500 payment to the city was insufficient.

In the Council’s only meeting in August – the next meeting s Sept. 12 – City Manager Joe Scorcio said the latest estimate of city population shows an increase of 1,040 residents to 28,850, adding the main reason for the growth was the new apartments at Angle Lake.

Most of the activity was at the Council’s 5 p.m. regular study session, with routine approvals during the main Council session.

School Resource Officer
Police Chief Lisa Mulligan said a preliminary agreement with the Highline School District was for a city new three-year financial agreement with the district to “offset a portion of the cost for a School Resource Officer at the Tyee Educational Complex and Chinook Middle Schools” effective next school term and through the 2019-20 school year.

But Mayor Siefkes took exception to a proposed three-year agreement with the Highline School District for continuation of a long-time agreement to provide a city police officer to the district’s school inside SeaTac.

“I don’t think that is fair,” Siefkes said of the three-year agreement if it is just to match the city’s new biennial budget process.

He proposed a single year contract to get into sync with the biennial city budget.

Deputy Mayor Pam Fernald said the length of the agreement was discussed and approved in Council’s Public Safety and Justice Committee and told the mayor, “I’m sorry you missed all the ins and outs of it.”

Councilmember Rick Forschler suggested the staff bring to the next Council meeting a one-year agreement along with a three-year agreement.

“And, of course we will have to talk with the school district about the one-year agreement,” said City Manager Joe Scorcio.

In the end, the matter was held at the behest of Siefkes and Forschler. Unusual because Council rules usually require three members to hold such a proposed agreement.

Increases each year
The proposed agreement would have had the school district paying SeaTac a total of $225,000 as its contribution to the cost of providing the city officer for the next three years. The school district would also pay the city $72,500 for the coming school year said Police Chief Mulligan, an 18.1 percent increase over last year. The schools would pay $75,000 the following year and $77,000 in the third and final year of the proposed agreement.

In the past the city signed single year contracts, and plans to move to a two-year agreements after getting in sync with the biennial budget process SeaTac adopted last year.

Mulligan told the Council that school resource officers are “fully commissioned law enforcement officers who are assigned to designated schools for the duration of the 180 day school year.” They also give the school a “critical, extra layer of security on campus (and) their purpose is to develop positive relationships with the students, staff, parents and surrounding communities in order to address problem behaviors and resolve issues that could otherwise spill over.”

The city has been providing a SeaTac Police officer in this function since 2006. The SeaTac School Resource Officer now is Jason Klinger and he patrols the school campus and coordinate added police assistance as needed along still responding to nearby calls as needed. He also conducts home visits with parents of at-risk students.

Councilmembers Tony Anderson and Kathryn Campbell and Deputy Mayor Pam Fernald were supporting of the proposed contract.

School official needed
Mayor Michael Siefkes was not and asked why the school district did not have a person before the Council with Chief Mulligan.

“This is basically the City of SeaTac subsidizing the school district security for three years for $350,000 and I don’t see anybody here for the school district at all,” Siefkes said, asking the chief if she knew why.

“I didn’t invite the, never have been here before, never has been a consideration for them to be at this table,” said Mulligan.

She said the schools have an armed security officer on campus in addition to the city police officer and also another armed security officer on occasion but “those folks don’t do what our school resource officers do.”

Promotions and appointment
City Manager Joe Scorcio introduced newly promoted Budget Analyst Alexis Briggs, and a new employee, Graphic Design Specialist and Administrative Assistant Janna Kushneryk.

The Council confirmed the mayor’s reappointment of Taryn Hill to the Arts, Culture and Library Advisory Committee.

The Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce’s August Luncheon was held on Wednesday, Aug. 9 at Sea-Tac International Airport.

Managing Director Lance Lyttle was the keynote speaker, and he spoke about new opportunities and service upgrades at the airport – watch the video below:

The Port of Seattle also gave a special airfield tour to a limited number of luncheon guests.

“Thank you to our host and presenting sponsor The Port of Seattle. And to our Media Sponsors, Crain Photography, and South King Media.”

Assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) will examine all aspects of the Port of Seattle Police Department’s (POSPD) policy and procedures, management, operations and support services.

To gain recognition as a CALEA accredited agency, POSPD must show that it has set forth agency-wide policies, procedures and practices that meet specific, industry standard criteria. These standards reflect the best practices in contemporary law enforcement today.

Verification by the assessment team means the POSPD meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain national accreditation. National accreditation is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, which only 2% of police agencies nationwide possess. In Washington State, just 8 out of 269 law enforcement agencies are CALEA accredited.

As part of the assessment, Port employees and community members are invited to speak to the assessment team at a public information session to be held on Tuesday, August 15, from 1:30 – 3 p.m. The session is at the Beijing Room of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

For those who can’t attend, you can offer comments to the assessment team by calling (206) 787-7565 on Monday, August 14, 2017 beginning at 2 p.m.

Telephone comments and appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the POSPD Office, or you can contact Accreditation Manager Sgt. Jason Coke at 206-787-6420.

To offer written comments about the Port of Seattle Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation, write to:

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA)
13575 Heathcote Blvd, Suite 320
Gainesville, VA, 20155

STB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate will be holding three Open Houses this weekend!

The first home – open both Saturday and Sunday – is a great 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home in SeaTac for $359,950:

Great home w/beautiful refinished hardwood floors on main level.

A master bedroom w/double closets & half bath en suite, another bedroom & full bath on main floor.

The kitchen, w/eating area, opens to a huge private covered patio & fenced yard.

The shed has its own little porch.

Downstairs is the great rec room w/fireplace, half bath plumbed for a shower & a large laundry room.

One car attached garage & off street parking.

Just south of Seattle w/easy access to freeways, airport & more.

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Aug. 5: 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 6: 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 2418 S. 139th St., SeaTac, WA 98168 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $359,950
  • MLS Number: 1171873
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Year Built: 1962
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,700 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 8,684 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Fenced-Partially
  • Outbuildings
  • Patio

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

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.


The second home – also open both Saturday and Sunday – is a super cute 3-bedroom Rambler in the quiet Finn Hill neighborhood of Kirkland:

Super cute 3BR, 1BA rambler in quiet Finn Hill neighborhood.

Move-in ready or do some updating to make it your own! Nice Trex deck for entertaining and generous back yard with cool playhouse and shed!

Excellent Lake Washington schools and close to amenities.

Dont miss this one!

WHEN:

  • Saturday, Aug. 5: 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 6: 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 13757 91st Place NE, Kirkland, WA 98034 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $450,000
  • MLS Number: 1170299
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Year Built: 1971
  • Approximate House SqFt: 910 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,380 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Ceiling Fan(s)
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • French Doors
  • Fenced-Fully
  • Gas Available
  • Outbuildings

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

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.


The third home – open on Sunday – is a cute 3-bedroom home in Lakewood priced at just $185,000:

Cute 3 bedroom, 1 bath rambler on quiet street in Lakewood.

Move-in ready with new carpet and counter tops with fresh paint throughout.

Perfect for a starter home or investment property.

Big lot with room for toys.

Level backyard with plenty of room for gardening.

Easy freeway access and close to schools and Lakewood Towne Center.

WHEN:

  • Sunday, Aug. 6: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE: 4829 Diamond Blvd SW, Lakewood, WA 98499 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $185,000
  • MLS Number: 1171222
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Year Built: 1950
  • Approximate House SqFt: 912 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 6,9000 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Fenced-Partially
  • RV Parking

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

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.

The third round of results for Tuesday’s (Aug. 1) Primary Election were released at 4:02 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 3, and with 18.87% of the votes counted, standings for the SeaTac City Council race remain the same.

The top two vote-getters for each non-partisan seat will move onto the Nov. 7 General Election.

Final results will be certified on Aug. 15, 2017.

Council Position No. 2:

  • Kathryn Campbell*: 1,026 • 44.07%
  • Joel Wachtel: 908 • 39.00%
  • Terry L. Farden: 384 • 16.49%
  • Write-in: 10 • 0.43%

Council Position No. 4:

  • Clyde (Fuzz) Hill: 925 • 39.29%
  • Pam Pollock: 746 • 31.69%
  • Shaunie Wheeler: 668 • 28.38%
  • Write-in: 15 • 0.64%

* Indicates incumbent

By Andrea H. Reay
CEO/President
Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce

When my father was the owner of a small independent pharmacy he and I (when I was old enough) spent a large part of our time detailing, networking and marketing in person. We would schedule meetings with Doctors and clinic managers, passing out business cards and information on why they should refer patients to our pharmacy. He would attend Chamber events, belonged to several professional organizations, and worked hard to build personal relationships to grow the business. We didn’t have a website, buy TV spots or billboards, and there were no online reviews for us to respond to. A majority of patients still brought hand written prescriptions into the store to be filled.

Over the last 10-15 years small businesses have been adapting to a digital marketplace. Even if your business is not e-commerce related, you still engage with your customers and clients online. Through this marketing shift, many business owners have begun to believe that in-person networking is obsolete. However, evidence shows that today in our digital age, in-person marketing and networking is more effective than ever. If your company has stopped investing in business to business networking, you are missing out on the most effective marketing strategy there is.

In a study released by the Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs, 75% of respondents said that the most effective B2B marketing strategy is in-person networking events, a 69% increase from the previous year. Analysis of this data confirms what we as Chamber professionals already knew anecdotally – that in-person relationship building is still important, no matter how much time we spend online.

Why is in-person marketing and networking still the most valuable? First, there is no substitute for understanding tone and intent, than a personal meeting. How often are intentions misunderstood over email? Body language, facial expressions and tone of voice help us form opinions and understand each other. Second, relationships are built on trust. It’s harder to trust a person or a company you’ve never met. Finally, many career opportunities come from being recommended by people they already know. Expanding your personal professional network is a smart investment in your future and the future of your business. A survey conducted by The Adler Group found that 46% of active candidates and 49% of passive candidates found employment through networking. Additionally, a study conducted by Banque de France and the University of Toulouse found that half of all jobs in the United States are filled through personal contacts.

We’ve always known the importance on networking for many different business goals. That is why your chamber hosts several events every month around our region. These events are held at different times and days of the month to help facilitate different schedules and are an amazing resource to make life-long connections and help you achieve your goals.

Please visit our website for a complete list of all of our opportunities to help you and your business connect, grow and succeed. Our next upcoming opportunity is our August membership Luncheon and will be August 9th at SeaTac Airport and will feature a key note delivered by Director of Airport Operations, Lance Lyttle. More information on this upcoming event, and all our events can be found here http://www.seattlesouthsidechamber.com/events/calendar/ or give us a call at our office and we will be happy to connect you.

Andrea H. Reay is the President/CEO of Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce – “A voice for business, a leader in the community.” Seattle Southside Chamber has served the communities of Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac and Tukwila since 1988. For more information about the Chamber, including a full list of member benefits and resources, please visit their website at www.SeattleSouthsideChamber.com.

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The second round of results for Tuesday’s (Aug. 1) Primary Election have been released, and with 17.83% of the votes counted, standings for the SeaTac City Council race remain the same.

The top two vote-getters for each non-partisan seat will move onto the Nov. 7 General Election.

NOTES:

  • Shaunie Wheeler moved up by four votes for Position No. 4.
  • Since Pam Fernald is running unopposed, she automatically moves onto the General Election for Position No. 6.

Council Position No. 2:

  • Kathryn Campbell*: 979 • 44.58 %
  • Joel Wachtel: 852 • 38.80 %
  • Terry L. Farden: 355 • 16.17 %
  • Write-in: 10 • 0.46 %

Council Position No. 4:

  • Clyde (Fuzz) Hill: 873 • 39.29 %
  • Pam Pollock: 703 • 31.64 %
  • Shaunie Wheeler: 630 • 28.35 %
  • Write-in 16 • 0.72 %

* Indicates incumbent

Deputies responded to a report of two subjects being shot at a house in the 2400 block of S. 142nd Lane in SeaTac (map below) just before 7 a.m. Wednesday morning (Aug. 2), and when they arrived they found two men on the front deck dead from apparent gunshot wounds.

A witness told police he drove up to the house and saw the two men talking, when one of the men pulled out a gun and shot the other man, then turned the gun on himself.

Deputies said they have responded to the house before for gang related violence, but have not determined if this shooting was gang related. Detectives are trying to determine the motive for the shooting.

Both men are said to be in their 20s. The King County Medical Examiner will release the names of the deceased once family members have been notified.

SeaTac Police contracts with the King County Sheriff’s Office for police services.

The first round of results for Tuesday’s (Aug. 1) Primary Election have been released, and with 14.61% of the votes counted, here’s how the SeaTac City Council race is shaping up.

The top two vote-getters for each seat will move onto the Nov. 7 General Election.

NOTES:

  • Since Pam Fernald is running unopposed, she automatically moves onto the General Election for Position No. 6

Council Position No. 2:

  • Kathryn Campbell* 799 • 44.41%
  • Joel Wachtel 709 • 39.41%
  • Terry L. Farden 283 • 15.73%
  • Write-in 8 • 0.44%

Council Position No. 4:

  • Clyde (Fuzz) Hill 711 • 39.20%
  • Pam Pollock 583 32.14%
  • Shaunie Wheeler 506 • 27.89%
  • Write-in 14 • 0.77%

* Indicates incumbent

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The SeaTac Blog nor its staff:]

Say goodbye to crime by saying ‘Hello’!

Ever wonder why major retailers station employees at the door to greet customers as they enter? Sure it’s a nice gesture of welcoming their customers, but it is also a crime deterrent. Criminals don’t like to be recognized and by acknowledging them at the door, they know they’ve been spotted.

The same can hold true in your neighborhood…see a stranger? Greet them with a kind hello, or ask them if they need help…nothing confrontational, just let them know they’ve been spotted. If their behavior appears suspicious, call 911 and allow law enforcement to ‘greet’ them – this lets criminals know you care enough about your neighborhood.

How do you know if someone is a stranger? By getting to know your neighbors, you soon learn who belongs and who are visitors – you get to know when ‘something just doesn’t look right’ and you are compelled to report it. It doesn’t have to be any more complicated than that!

Therefore my challenge to my community on this day of ‘National Night Out on Crime’ – I challenge you to meet at least four of your neighbors around you. Ideally you already know your neighbors in front, behind and on both sides of you – now expand your network by reaching further down your block. Get to know who belongs, what is ‘normal’ and know when things ‘just don’t look right’ and don’t hesitate to report suspicious activity… Let criminals know you care about your neighborhood – and let them know they’re being watched.

– Clyde “Fuzz” Hill

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The SeaTac Community Center/Senior Center hours will be extended during the heat wave this week, the City announced Tuesday, Aug. 1.

The air-conditioned SeaTac Community Center/Senior Center extended hours:

  • Wednesday, August 2 and Thursday, August 3, 8:30 AM – 9:30 PM
  • Friday, August 4, 8:30 AM – 9:00 PM

The center is located at 13735 – 24th Avenue S., SeaTac (map below); 206.973.4680.

The lobby has tables and chairs, computer games for children, and television.

The National Weather Service has announced an excessive heat watch for this Wednesday thru Friday, August 2-4, with temperatures that will rise into the low to mid 90s. When outside temperatures are very high, the danger for heat-related illnesses rises. Older adults, young children, and people with mental illness and chronic diseases are at particularly high risk.

Public Health – Seattle & King County has provided the following public information:

Stay cool:

  • Spend more time in air conditioned places. If you don’t have air conditioning, consider visiting a mall, movie theatre, or other cool public places.
  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun.
  • Dress in lightweight clothing.
  • Check up on your elderly neighbors and relatives and encourage them to take these precautions, too.

Drink liquids:

  • Drink plenty of water. Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol and large amounts of sugar because they can actually de-hydrate your body.
  • Have a beverage with you as much as possible, and sip or drink frequently. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.

If you go outside:

  • Limit the time you’re in direct sunlight.
  • Do not leave infants, children, people with mobility challenges and pets in a parked car, even with the window rolled down.
  • Avoid or reduce doing activities that are tiring, or take a lot of energy.
  • Do outdoor activities in the cooler morning and evening hours.
  • Avoid sunburn. Use a sunscreen lotion with a high SPF (sun protection factor) rating.

More tips in English, Spanish, Chinese Vietnamese, Russian and Korean are available on our Beat the Heat webpage at www.kingcounty.gov/health/beattheheat.aspx

Water safety:

  • Some people turn to local rivers to cool off, but drowning is a real concern. Please use caution and wear a personal flotation device (PFD) on the water. Find deals on affordable lifejackets at: http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/injury/water/pfd.aspx
  • If you want to swim, choose a safer location – visit a local pool or a beach with lifeguards instead.

By Jack Mayne

The Federal District Court in Seattle has told restaurateur and would-be SeaTac gambling impresario Gerry Kingen that his recently filed federal lawsuit against the City will be put on hold until a state Court of Appeals decides to uphold or reject an earlier state Superior Court decision that awarded him millions of dollars.

The federal court case was filed by Kingen in June, naming just about every leading city official and city councilmember in office at the time.

Federal District Court Judge Thomas S. Zilly ordered the stay of proceedings last Friday (July 28).

Oral arguments on the city’s appeal of the state Superior Court decision will be scheduled later this year.


The federal case
Defendants in the June federal case by Kingen include Stephen Butler, the city planning director at the time in the early 2000’s. Also named in the federal case is Jeffrey Robinson, who was then and remains the SeaTac economic development manager.

Additional defendants in the now stayed federal case by Kingen are Craig Ward, city manager of SeaTac until 2010; former SeaTac City Councilmember Gene Fisher, who was defeated by former Councilmember Barry Ladenburg in 2011; Terry Anderson, former mayor and councilmember from when the city started in 1990 until she retired in 2016; current Deputy Mayor Pam Fernald, City Attorney Mary Bartolo and Assistant City Attorney Mark Johnsen.

The listed plaintiff is K&S Developments, which Kingen owns. The property at 15247 International Boulevard was purchased in 2003 using some money borrowed to develop the property.

Kingen again used the same law firm, Landerholm of Vancouver, Wash., that handled his winning case in King County Superior Court that is the case under appeal that the federal court deferred to in its stay of proceedings on July 28.

Wanted ‘park and fly’
Kingen, as he asserted in the state case, wanted to build a multi-story1,200-stall commercial parking garage for airport customers, which the suit asserts are “are in high demand and highly profitable.”

But the lawsuit says that then SeaTac that in 2005 “Planning Director Steve Butler, City
Manager Craig Ward, and other staff members decided they did not want K&S to be
permitted to build a park-and-fly garage at the SeaTac Center.”

They say the reason for their opposition was that such a facility would “drive up the price of real estate,” and hinder “more preferred” development and the lawsuit says the city was working on a development with Masterpark for a similar parking facility nearby.

City staff, the Kingen suit says, were concerned about how the K&S facility would affect the city plans, but no one from the city told them of the worries.

Behind the scenes, Planning Director Steve Butler and City Manager Craig Ward wanted the SeaTac City Council to an emergency moratorium to stop K&S’s park-and-fly.

The two city officials went so far as to devise “a secret plan” for the Council to pass the “emergency moratorium” without telling K&S.

When Kingen, learned of the moratorium and the city staff leaders plan, he met with several SeaTac Council members including then Mayor Gene Fisher who “were surprised to learn of K&S or its project and said they did not know how the moratorium had affected those plans. Mayor Fisher promised to ‘make things right,’” the lawsuit says.

Agreement reached
The Council then “directed City Manager Ward to work with K&S to allow the park-and-fly to proceed, despite the moratorium and the proposed change in land-use zoning.”

Kingen and the city staff “reached an agreement on the essential terms” by July 2006 and the SeaTac City Council told the staff to get an agreement on the 1,200-stall parking garage for the Council to formally approve.

K&S felt the agreement was in the bag,

But it wasn’t, says the Kingen suit, because “unbeknownst to K&S, (city) staff worked behind the scenes to undermine K&S’s ability to get Council approval” and staff and the city attorney “actually had no intentions of allowing a park-and-f|y at the 154th Station Area.”

The Kingen appeal said city staff concealed “its true plans and intentions” and the city attorney “used delay and deception to frustrate K&S’s plans.”

So, in October 2007, the matter was brought to the Council but “a majority of this same Council stated they would no longer support a park-and-fly at the SeaTac Center,” the federal lawsuit claims, and recommended K&S work with city staff “on a different proposal.”

No money to build
The recession of the time prevented Kingen’s from getting any financing for the project, the suit says, and K&S defaulted on its loans at the end of 2008.

When the city heard about Kingen’s loan default it hired a real estate broker that used deception to force K&S to sell the property to SeaTac for “millions of dollars less” than fair market value, or its potential value as a park-and-fly.

Kingen claims in the suit that the city was the “phantom buyer” but “never agreed to waive or release the City from any other claims.”

After discovering the SeaTac was the buyer, Kingen’s suit says that in 2010 it hired a lawyer to “investigate the circumstances” of the purchase but the city never gave K&S many relevant documents even though it took “over a year” to produce those that it did turn over. Still, “many of the most incriminating public records that were not produced.”

But Kingen “ultimately obtained (the documents) from other sources and not from the City.”

The suit says it wasn’t until it all the information needed that it was realized that city had a “potential claim” against SeaTac for its actions.

The public record request yielded the SeaTac staff’s “true feelings about K&S and the proposed park-and-fly” facility, the lawsuit says. A city consultant discovered that SeaTac city staff felt K&S was “not [a] capable or reliable developer” and the city should learn more about them before “they create a fundamental dysfunction” in the middle of a proposed transit station area.

This case will not go forward, the federal judge ordered, until the state case and the city’s appeal of the $18 million judgment to the Kingen’s is decided.

STB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate will be holding two Open Houses this weekend, on Saturday, July 29, and Sunday, July 30.

The first home – open both Saturday & Sunday – is a stunning beach waterfront home in Normandy Park, with expansive, wide views of Puget Sound and more:

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:

  • Saturday, July 29: 12 – 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 30: 12 – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 18505 Normandy Terrace SW, Normandy Park, WA 98166 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $2,465,000
  • 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 see the full, detailed listing.


The second home – open on Saturday, July 29 – is a rare, impeccable Lake Burien Waterfront Home:

Reward yourself with this rare offering!

Impeccable Lake Burien Waterfront Home.

Move-in ready condition.

Spacious kitchen has large island with seating for seven, Subzero and an over-sized pantry.

New waterfront area is complete with patio and large dock.

Best part of the lake with captivating views including sunsets.

Interior offers one level living on main.

Downstairs could be separate living quarters.

Large lot with ample parking.

Air-conditioned.

Handicap accessible.

Amazing opportunity!

WHEN: Saturday, July 29: 3 – 6 p.m

WHERE: 15700 14th Place SW, Burien, WA 98166 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $1,200,000
  • MLS Number: 1154423
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2.75
  • Year Built: 1997
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,800 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 10,800 s.f.

Site Features:

  • 2nd Kitchen
  • Wet Bar
  • 2nd Master BR
  • Wine Cellar
  • Bath Off Master
  • Ceiling Fan(s)
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Disabled Access
  • Jetted/Soaking Tub
  • Skylights
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

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

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.

The Port of Seattle Commission officially opened its search for an Executive Director to applicants on Thursday (July 27) by posting a job description and announcing the results of an extensive outreach effort seeking input about the critical qualities and attributes for the next Port leader.

The public outreach included a web survey that received more than 500 responses, five employee forums attended by more than 200 employees, and interviews with more than 100 external community leaders and stakeholders, including customers, labor leaders, minority community leaders, environmental leaders, community business leaders, regional community leaders and elected officials. The outreach was carried out by Commissioners, port staff and the executive search firm Herd Freed Hartz of Seattle.

According to a job specification brochure:

“The ideal candidate will be a visionary team leader and culture builder, dedicated to the mission and values of the Port of Seattle. Working closely with the Commissioners and staff, he/she must be committed to a shared goal of achievement through collaborative teamwork. The successful candidate will be a strategic and entrepreneurial executive with a track record of stellar results working in complex organizations, as well as a reputation for forming strong personal and professional relationships. He/She should be aware and effective in complex political environments while respecting the Commission’s political leadership.”

“We value the thoughtful input of our employees and broader community regarding the qualities needed in our next Executive Director,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner Courtney Gregoire.

“We seek a great public servant to lead the Port during this dynamic time to achieve our goals for broadly shared economic opportunity, job creation, environmental sustainability and equity,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner Fred Felleman, who along with Commissioner Gregoire is tasked with leading the effort to find a new leader for the Port of Seattle.

The Commission intends to choose an Executive Director by mid- to late fall this year.

Salary range was not mentioned, but former Executive Director Ted Fick was pulling down $350,000. Fick resigned in February amid allegations that the port had illegally offered $4.7 million in non-performance-related payouts to 642 workers.

“The Commission will continue to engage the community and Port workers as we go forward to hire our next leader,” the Port said. “The final decision will be made by members of this Commission, with input from the incoming Commission.”

Survey responses, employee comments and community feedback all stressed that the Executive Director should be a strategic and entrepreneurial leader with a track record of stellar results working in complex organizations, as well as a reputation for forming strong personal and professional relationships. The Commission chose to redefine the position from CEO to Executive Director to emphasize the importance of an established track record that demonstrates the ability to work collaboratively with an elected Commission and responsiveness to community interests in addition to the bottom line.

In concert with the Commission’s leadership, the next Executive Director will form and maintain excellent relationships with internal and external stakeholders through transparency, authenticity, accountability, diversity, equity, inclusion, and effective community engagement.  In partnership with the Commission, the Executive Director serves as a bridge from this unique institution to the wider King County community and beyond.

Priorities for the Executive Director will include effective leadership of the organization as it modernizes and expands Sea-Tac International Airport to meet industry and regional demand, supports the North Pacific Fishing Fleet, worth billions in economic activity, manages the Port’s real estate assets to create economic opportunity for local communities, and further develops a thriving cruise business that handles over one-million revenue passengers a year. The Port also is expanding its leadership in environmental stewardship and workforce development.  The Port of Seattle is an organization of around 1,900 employees with a $1 billion budget, funded mostly through operational revenue.

Interested candidates can download the job specifications brochure (PDF file) or contact Herd Freed Hartz for more information.