STB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Sunday, Sept. 6 – is a high-end upper Three Tree Point home with sweeping views!

Enjoy amazing Puget Sound and mountain views from this updated home.

Upper and lower decks are ideal for enjoying breath-taking sunsets and July 4th fireworks.

Beautiful Northwest-inspired interior with dream kitchen, vaulted ceilings and skylights.

Downstairs has second kitchen/bar, second master and utility room – a perfect Mother-in-law or second living area.

This is a high-end home with hardwoods, incredible woodwork and air conditioning.

Lower level room is ideal for office/studio and 2 storage rooms. Must see!

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

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Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 6: 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 16823 33rd Ave SW Burien, WA 98166 (MAP)

INFO:

  • List Price: $995,000
  • MLS Number: 796892
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Year Built: 1973
  • House Square Footage: 4,040
  • Lot Square Footage: 15,411

Site Features:

  • 2nd Kitchen
  • Wet Bar
  • 2nd Master BR
  • Wine Cellar
  • Bath Off Master
  • Ceiling Fan(s)
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • French Doors
  • Skylights
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

Marketing remarks:

Sweeping Puget Sound, Olympic Mountains and Sylvan Views from this Upper Three Tree Point updated home.

Upper & lower decks are ideal for enjoying the breath-taking sunsets & July 4th fireworks.

Beautiful Northwest inspired interior w/dream kitchen,vaulted ceilings & skylights.

Downstairs has second kitchen/bar, second master & utility room. Perfect MIL or second living area.

High end home w/hardwoods, incredible woodwork & ac.

Lower level room is ideal for office/studio & 2 storage rooms.

Must see!

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.

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What rhymes with “plate“?

Why, “Fete” of course!

That is if you’re in England and talking about any of the thousands of charming “Village Fetes” that occur all over the countryside or even some cities. Festive village fetes are fairs complete with their own style of carnival games like Splat the Rat, Smash the Crockery, Wet Sponge Throwing and more. Other staples of these annual events include live music, cake stalls, car shows, raffles and of course beer, tea and lots of traditional English foods.

Now for the second year in the row this tradition has crossed the pond and landed in historic old Renton, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, and coming Saturday, Sept. 12, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.!

And the Weather Gods are calling for a 0% chance of rain, sunny skies and a high of 79 degrees!:

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Drawing on their Anglican roots, St. Luke’s 2nd annual English Fete will offer sales of traditional English foods such as Banger’s & Mash, Shepherd’s Pie and Ploughman’s Lunch, along with English beers and sweets, classic English carnival games, live music by Celtic Check! and fun for all ages.

New this year is a High Tea in the Garden. A select lucky few will enjoy finger sandwiches, sweets and tea, served in St. Luke’s brimming vegetable and flower garden. Complete with an audience with the “queen”! Reserve early to snag one of the few seats available for the two seatings. For more information or to reserve please contact info@stlukesrenton.org.

A bouncy castle and face painting round out the many family friendly activities which kids will enjoy. While adults might like to quaff a beer or cider in the pub.

All proceeds benefit the operation of St. Luke’s and their many community ministries including, ARISE, an interfaith traveling homeless shelter for men, St. Luke’s Community Garden whose bounty is shared with Renton’s needy, and warm-up breakfasts on various weekday mornings.

Admission is free and open to all (Please contact info@stlukesrenton.org for special accommodations or information).

Pip! Pip! Cheerio! let’s all go to the Fete!

St.Luke’s Episcopal Church is located at 99 Wells Ave South in historic downtown Renton; phone: (425) 255-3323.

Here are some photos from last year’s Fete:

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by Jack Mayne

The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded a $5 million grant to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to redevelop and create 732,000 square feet of air cargo-related warehouse space and support 1,072 new jobs in Burien’s Northeast Redevelopment Area (NERA).

Sen. Maria Cantwell announced the FAA grant Monday afternoon, Aug. 31.

NERA is located between 8th Ave South, Des Moines Memorial Drive, and South 138th Street.

Burien Mayor Lucy Krakowiak said the “grant award leverages city and port investments, state funding, and the hard work that our community has already put into redeveloping this area. Thanks to the efforts of our federal delegation, the funds will help us attract private sector investments and quality jobs to further boost our economy.”

The goal of the plan is to transform the area from a mixture of vacant, residential, public and small commercial land uses to uses compatible with airport operations and existing and planned surrounding land uses.

Much of the redevelopment will be on land on which a redevelopment plan has already been completed in partnership with the Port of Seattle.

The Port, in partnership with Burien, will redevelop 66.54 total acres of airport land within a portion of NERA, an area heavily impacted by Sea-Tac Airport activity.

The completed project would result in approximately 732,000 square feet of air cargo-related warehouse space for new tenants and support 1,072 new jobs, said a news release by Sen. Maria Cantwell.

“This $5 million FAA grant is a big win for Burien and Washington state,” said Cantwell. “By redeveloping this area, we support SeaTac’s growing air cargo business, ensure goods are shipped more efficiently … Smart investments in our transportation infrastructure means greater opportunities for Washington small businesses.”

Port of Seattle Co-President Stephanie Bowman said the money pushed for by Cantwell indicates “the strong economic development partnership between the port and the City of Burien…” adding that the “redevelopment of this property provides direct economic benefit to the Burien community.”

Last fall, Cantwell wrote a letter in support of the Port of Seattle’s grant application to FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta, requesting the Port and City of Burien’s plans for economic redevelopment be approved.

Here’s episode #17 of our SoKing News Podcast, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation:

Tukwila biker gang member with ‘HATRED’ tattooed on forehead on the run after shooting at police; International Festival coming to SeaTac; Kids’ Day coming to Burien Fire Station; Puget Sound Weather Geek has the weekend weather forecast (BIG CHANGE ahead!); Jack Mayne Commentary & more…

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

by Earl Gipson

There were more changes to the Council Procedures in the last Council Meeting on August 11th that I did not have time to cover in the last column. The new Council Procedures can be found here.

Council Travel (Section 13)
It has been the majority Council’s contention that all their travel was pre-approved in budget discussions and this is just memorializing it in the Council’s procedures. In the previous Council Procedures travel expenses were capped at $4,000 annually per Council Member (Section 13). Now it is open to abuse if they can sneak it into the budget discussions (closed working groups). Do we trust them?

“When determined to be in the best interests of the City of SeaTac, Council members may attend conferences and workshops within the City Council’s total adopted budget limit. Travel pre-approval and final approval of related expenses will come before the City Council for approval on the Consent Agenda as set forth in Section 5 (6)(a).”

In unfinished business the Council discussed this excessive (my opinion) travel. Tony Anderson said, “I think we are getting our money’s worth out of this” and “it brings a significant amount of money into our city.” Please explain why we needed a Council imposed 6.25 percent Utility Tax to balance the budget if the money is rolling in.

Tony Anderson defended their gallivanting by stating “many of the ‘benefits’ are intangible.”

Intangible is defined in Webster’s: not made of physical substance: not able to be touched: This would apply to the revenue and money coming into our city as a result of our Council member’s travel.

Why is it important to talk to our national politicians in Washington D.C.? They all have local offices here, they all return frequently to the geographic place that they represent, they all have email, and they all have phone numbers. Why can’t our issues be discussed with these national representatives using these other venues?

Council member Bush stated the Council needs to look at this travel at the 40,000 foot level. Well that’s great but apparently some may need more oxygen. We are sending a quorum of Council members to Nashville for the National League of Cities Conference. Mr. Bush said two Council members should be adequate. He seems to be getting more oxygen than some other Council members.

Council Procedures for phoning it in (Section 9 Para D)
Another overlooked part of Council Procedures is that Council members are able to vote and participate by phone. This allows consistently non-attending Council members to call in their votes, participate in debate while feathering their political nests, or sitting on the toilet.

This has been in the procedures for a long time, however it had never been abused, till recently by a particular Council member. Perhaps there should be a limit of how many times you can do this in a given period (or just resign if you are simply too busy to show up or face your constituents a couple times a month). Other suggestions/comments on this would be appreciated.

A million bucks, so what (Section 5 (C) (6) (a))
Things that will be placed on the Consent Agenda: 7th bullet point.

This Section used to say

Final Acceptance of Public Works projects valued at under $50,000 in total cost.

It now says

Final Acceptance of public works projects within the authorized expenditure amount.Under $1 million in total cost – placed directly on the consent agenda, however the City Manager will provide the City Council with a brief written description of the project and a budget synopsis (performance to budget) with the City Council packet. $1 million or greater in total cost – placed directly on the consent agenda with a presentation made the same night at the beginning of the RCM to present before and after pictures prior to Consent Agenda action.

What this means is you ain’t gonna hear about any cost overruns unless a Council Member removes it from the Consent Agenda and it is discussed in Unfinished Business if its under $1 million. It also means the Council members need to read their packets carefully.

In Summary
The City Manager and staff only tell the Council members what the City Manager and staff wants the Council to hear. The City Council only tells the public what the City Council wants the Public to hear. When in doubt bury it in the Council Packet and put it on the Consent Agenda. (These packets can be in excess of 500 pages, and are not available until the Friday afternoon prior to their Tuesday meeting. It is apparent that some citizens read these voluminous packets more thoroughly than some Council Members.) This is the new transparency.

One last thing…

Was this campaigning?
I don’t criticize Council member Bush often (he may disagree). However his spiel during Council Comments was nothing but pure campaigning to retain his Council seat in November. For three minutes he listed all the stuff he’s done and volunteered for. Please put it in your campaign brochure. He stopped just short of saying “please vote for me” which would have been blatant. Don’t get me wrong, they all do it but it is getting a tad over the top. Election season does that to you I suppose. Perhaps you may peruse the SeaTac Council video Comments (08/11/15) at the meeting here and judge for yourself.

STB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for both Saturday, Aug. 29 and Sunday, Aug. 30 – is a well-kept Blakely Manor rambler!

This home is in move-in condition, and could be just what you’ve been looking for:

3 bedroom, 2 bath home with extra large family room, complete with gas fireplace.

It features wonderful hardwood floors and a spacious kitchen with stainless appliances.

Home has two driveways – one leading to the attached 1-car garage and the second driveway leading to the attached carport.

Level, flat corner lot with garden space and shed.Easy access to everything and easy commute to downtown.

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

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Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 29: 1 – 3:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 30: 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 315 S. 168th Street, Burien, WA 98148 (MAP)

INFO:

  • List Price: $350,000
  • MLS Number: 839949
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1.5
  • Year Built: 1985
  • House Square Footage: 1,470
  • Lot Square Footage: 7,405

Site Features:

  • Ceiling Fan(s)
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Security System
  • Fenced-Fully
  • Fenced-Partially
  • Outbuildings
  • Patio
  • RV Parking

Marketing remarks:

Well kept Blakely Manor rambler is in move-in ready condition! Just what you’ve been looking for!

3 bedroom, 2 bath home with extra large family room complete with gas fireplace.

Home features wonderful hardwood floors and spacious kitchen with stainless appliances.

Home has two driveways – one leading to the attached 1 car garage and the second driveway leading to the attached carport.

Level, flat corner lot with garden space and shed.

Easy access to everything and easy commute to downtown.

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.

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This year, the Rotary Club of Des Moines & Normandy Park will be supporting families impacted by forest fires in Washington with ticket sales for this Saturday’s Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Festival.

Five dollars from every ticket sold between now and Saturday will be donated to the victims of Washington wildfires.

BUY TICKETS ONLINE HERE!

Event organizer Brian Snure said Rotarians usually hope for sun on the festival weekend each year, but when rain appeared in the forecast, it was a welcome sign.

“We’ve all been watching the devastating fires, and we can’t be upset about rain since it is so sorely needed right now in Washington,” Snure said. “We are pleased to be able to make this donation and are confident that many people will come out to attend Blues & Brews in the rain! Folks 21 and older are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, umbrellas and their best pair of beer-drinking shoes.”

The festival will go on – RAIN OR SHINE – this Saturday, Aug. 29 from Noon to 8:00 p.m.!

The event will also raise funds for Highline Music4Life, a program that provides musical instruments to children in Highline Public Schools who otherwise couldn’t afford them.

Four world-renowned Seattle-area blues acts will take the stage:

Nineteen local breweries will have craft beer on tap. Hard cider and wine will also be featured. Barbequed tri-tip and other beer-friendly foods will be available for purchase.

Last year’s event saw record breaking attendance, with over 1,600 people from across the Northwest and Canada coming to enjoy world-class blues and dozens of tasty craft brews.

You can find more information at www.DrinkToMusic.org.

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[EDITOR’S NOTE: Our newest column – by Janice Taylor – is her personal viewpoint of current issues and the City of SeaTac. It does not necessarily reflect the views of The SeaTac Blog nor its staff. We are seeking additional regular columnists to reflect different opinions and views of SeaTac residents. Those interested can e-mail us at editor@seatacblog.com.

by Janice Taylor

I am a great fan of the Comedy Central “News” send-ups. They use current events to point out the utter absurdity of how we consider and handle those events. They serve as our modern day court jesters. In days of olde, court jesters were actually quite privileged. They could lampoon the royalty’s lifestyles and proclamations while keeping their heads (literally)—as long as they maintained certain boundaries. Of course, a major difference between then and now is that back then the peasantry didn’t dare noticeably agree with the jester. Their heads were not held so sacred.

One thing I wish to impress is while Comedy Central news is comedy, they do their research, generally better than most of the hard news stations. John Oliver, a Comedy Central alumnus, hosts a show on HBO titled “Last Week Tonight”. His show has the luxury of spending upwards of twenty minutes devoted to one topic. The delivery is satire, but the facts are spot on. A recent topic was Washington DC and its citizens’ inability, thanks to how Congress wrote rules over 200 years ago, to govern their own city. Here’s a clip from the show – please take the time to watch it before you proceed (Warning: Salty Language):

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If that clip illustrates one thing, it’s the blatant injustice of outsiders dictating a city’s policy.

We folks residing in “the other Washington” would never have that problem, right? Not legally dictated by Federal law anyway. But we have do outside influences influencing our state and local policies. An insightful peruse of the State’s Public Disclosure web site uncovers who spends what to influence our candidates and stump their agendas to our lawmakers in Olympia. Some entries are expected, others not, as are the dollar amounts spent.

Did you know the forces for I-594, the gun law initiative, spent five times more last year than the forces against? The NRA’s $489,000 seems paltry compared to the WA Alliance For Gun Responsibility’s almost $10.5 million. I-522, Labeling Genetically Modified Food, saw advocates spending a total of just over $9 million, while opponents shelled out almost $33 million. (Money spent does not necessarily mean victory though that is often the case.)

Lobbying is big business with over $56 million ponied up for advertising, entertainment, personal expenses and “Total Compensation.” The top categories: General Business – $6.16 million, Governments – $5.50 million, Health Care Facilities – $3.42 million (All health care interests combined was $8.99 million), and Trade Unions – $3.25 million. And just who particularly is lobbying? Everyone from the various Indian (their choice of wording) tribes and gaming interests, to our cities, counties and ports, utilities, chambers of commerce, to developers, cannabis and e-cigarette companies, the funeral industry, Google, Uber and even the American Suntanning Association.

With all those interests working and spending, who’s getting left out? That would be We the People. Several months ago at a Democratic District meeting, the audience had the opportunity to meet and speak with members of our state Legislature. To a newer member, I asked a question regarding the uneven handling of Business & Occupation and sales tax enforcement between small business and large corporations. (Any smaller business subject to a state audit knows what I mean.) The member’s remark was, “I haven’t been lobbied about that yet.”

That exact quote exposes the norm. Just as our police cannot be everywhere at once, our representatives cannot know what we want UNLESS we tell them. If we stay silent, outside interests gain and hold the podium, and those interests might not be best for our little parts of the world. Most of us cannot afford the time to go to Olympia, hoping to gain audience with a legislator, nor can we afford the bucks to play with the big dogs. We can; however, write. E-mail is better than nothing, but a well-worded letter gets far more attention. Yes, it takes time, but if an issue matters enough to you, you should make the time.

More importantly, our local and county officials really need to know citizens’ thoughts as their decisions hit very close to home. We have the power to affect our cities and neighborhoods, and writing brandishes that power. Residents of Washington D.C. would love the representation opportunity we have. If we do not keep our government in our hands, it will get into someone else’s hands.

Washington Public Disclosure Commission: www.pda.wa.gov

How To Write Your Representative: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2011/06/17/how-to-write-your-congressman/

Meet the Candidates Reception - Invite

The Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a “Meet the Candidates” Reception on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, Seattle Airport Southcenter.

Candidates from Burien, Des Moines, SeaTac, Tukwila and the Port of Seattle are invited to introduce themselves to the members of Southwest King County Chamber.

Brad Goode, News Anchor from KOMO 4 News will be the emcee for the event which is scheduled from 5 – 8 p.m. Candidates will each have three minutes to introduce themselves and will have campaign material available to attendees. The event is open to members of the Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce and their guests.

The Reception will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015 at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Seattle Airport Southcenter, 16500 Southcenter Parkway, Tukwila.

The cost to attend the reception is $20.00, paid by Wednesday, Sept. 16. There will be appetizers, wine and beer provided. Registration can be completed on the Chamber’s website at www.swkcc.org or via the phone by contacting Carol Kolson at 206-575-1633. The event is open to SWKC Chamber members and their guests.

Presenting Sponsors of the event are Boeing and MasterPark. Supporting Sponsors are Louise Strander and Printcom, Inc.. For more information about being a Supporting Sponsor for this event contact Carol Kolson at 206-575-1633.

EDITOR’S NOTE: South King Media will be in attendance, and we’ll be photographing and recording audio of the event for relevant blog posts.

About the Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce
The Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit business organization that has served the business communities of Burien, Des Moines, SeaTac and Tukwila since 1989. The mission of the Chamber is to be a leader in Southwest King County and a regional voice and resource for building business success. The Chamber focuses on business advancement in the region by helping to build and maintain a strong economic environment.

More information available at http://www.swkcc.org.

Here’s episode #16 of our SoKing News Podcast, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation:

Burien bank robbed; community advocate killed in tragic motorcycle crash; angry Des Moines residents protest methadone clinic; Jack Mayne Commentary; weather forecast & more…

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