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SeaTac’s 2015 ’Music in the Park’ Summer Concert Series starts Friday, July 10 at Angle Lake Park, from 6:30-8:00 p.m.:

  • Friday, July 10 • Raucous (Classic Rock & dance music)
  • Friday, July 24 • Reggie Garrett & the Snake Oil Peddlers (Urban Acoustic Folk & Soul)
  • Friday, July 31 • Darrius Willrich (Sweet Urban Soul)
  • Friday, August 7 • Triple Treat Band (R&B dance music)

Seating:
Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Parking:
Additional parking is available at Alaska Airlines which is located just north of the park.

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

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

The Washington State Department of Transportation announced on Tuesday (June 30) that three state highways in south King County are about to undergo “much-needed work to repair and preserve the roadways,” beginning in July.

Starting Monday, July 6, contractor crews working for the WSDOT will kick off projects to replace 8 miles of worn and damaged pavement on state routes 509, 518 and 164.

“These highways were last paved almost two decades ago,” said WSDOT Engineering Manager Cathy Arnold. “Repaving them will extend their lifespans, prevent additional damage and reduce annual maintenance costs.”

Details for each project:

SR 518 between the I-5/I-405 interchange and 24th Avenue South near Sea-Tac Airport

  • Tucci & Sons will also repave more than 2 miles of westbound SR 518 along with 11 on- and off-ramps.
  • Work is scheduled to begin Monday, July 6.
  • Drivers should plan for overnight lane and ramp closures.

SR 509 between Burien and Normandy Park

  • Contractor Tucci & Sons will repave a half-mile of SR 509/First Avenue South between South Normandy Road and South 174th Street.
  • Work will begin in mid-July.
  • Drivers should plan for nighttime closures of multiple lanes.

SR 164 between Auburn and Enumclaw

  • On Monday, July 6, contractor crews from ICON Materials will begin work on a $3.9 million project to repave 5.5 miles between Hemlock Street Southeast and Southeast 408th Street . Crews will also upgrade three pedestrian crossings.
  • This work requires daytime and nighttime lane closures during off-peak commuting hours, but drivers should still plan for delays.
  • In the event of a concert at the White River Amphitheatre that will attract more than 3,000 people, there will be no construction closures.

These are three of eight pavement-preservation projects on area highways this summer. Work on these projects is scheduled to be complete this fall.

Resources for drivers
WSDOT offers many tools to drivers to help them know before they go:

[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

Once upon a time in the City of SeaTac the public was engaged and invited to Council sub-committees and ad hoc committees (even allowed to comment). This was before the cabal took over and our 2011 election/Council was purchased by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and its affiliates.

Three of our Council members now up for re-election received over 100K from these groups. Go to www.pdc.gov if you want proof. That is unheard of for a city our size and exceeded all spending combined for SeaTac Council elections since our incorporation in 1990.

Previous Committees
The public was invited to the committee meetings, they were on the city calendar, and even allowed to comment. The chair of each committee was a different Councilmember and leadership was shared.

  • Land Use & Parks Committee (LUP)-ELIMINATED
  • Administration & Finance Committee (A&F)-ELIMINATED
  • Public Works & Safety (PWS)-ELIMINATED
  • Code Reorganization Ad Hoc Committee-DISBANDED (recommendations ignored by Council).

Private Meeting System
Un-elected Mayor Gregerson now establishes “work groups” (on a whim) of Council members where the Public is not invited, have no idea when or where they occur, and the Council members of the work group are not published anywhere.

The budget workgroup got us a 6.25 percent Utility Tax and the Code Enforcement workgroup has got us slogans thus far. The new Code Enforcement policies was to be revealed at the Council Retreat on Monday (June 29) at 1 p.m. when everyone is at work. They would rather not have the Public around like at a Council meeting.

Further the workgroup (or whatever they called it) for the Residential Satisfaction Survey got us a skewed report, unknown and unnamed “Community Liaisons”, and a whopping 299 participants out of a city of 27,000. Until Councilmember Fernald informed the public we had no idea this survey existed and you could do it online. The city did not promote this and really only wanted the input from the mysterious “Community Liaisons” and their targeted participants.

Even in the public meeting reviewing the survey, the liaison’s names were not revealed when Program Manager Soraya Lowry was asked (a couple of times). At the Council Meeting on Tuesday (June 23) the survey was presented as gospel. The manure keeps flowing.

I could go on but hopefully we are all getting the picture. It took me a while and I wanted to believe the Council majority had our best interests in mind. That illusion/hope left in the 2011 election and will not return until the purchased Councilmembers are replaced.

Council Majority Collusion?
Any single item from the above does not make the case. Together, quacks like a duck.

Can you spot the sociopaths?
Here are some 10 helpful hints that may help you identify a SeaTac Councilmember or so (staff-not so much, they just want to keep their jobs):

http://www.naturalnews.com/036112_sociopaths_cults_influence.html

I’m not a shrink but I do watch/evaluate body language, word usage, and reactions from Council Members when someone disagrees with them in the meetings. You can’t see this on the video but if you attend the meetings you can see and judge for yourself.

We all have quirks just some far more destructive than others.

Former SeaTac Councilmember and un-elected Mayor Ralph Shape has died
Ralph Shape passed away on June 22nd.

Ralph and I verbally jousted for years but I think we both kept a sense of humor about it and mutual respect. His leadership/honesty was vital to the city and we now know that we took him for granted.

I still laugh at some of our encounters. The “potato chip incident” still makes me laugh. I was speaking at the microphone at an RCM during Public Comment and Ralph was crinkling a potato chip bag into his microphone to distract me and make it harder to hear me. I was irritated at the time but I wish others would have the guts (it didn’t and won’t phase me while speaking anyway).

Many may have thought we disliked each other but it was just our politics and we each thought we were smarter than the other. He was a good man and our City will miss him, his intelligence, and dedication to any task he took on. My condolences to his family.

STB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for both this Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28 – is an amazing 3-bedroom waterfront home near the tip of Three Tree Point!

This home has 60-feet of no bank waterfront with a small boat launch, spectacular views of shipping traffic, ferries and mountains and a front-row seat to all the awesome marine life of Puget Sound.

A world of living awaits, with a massive rock fireplace, two kitchens and great room concept, all in a classic Northwest nautical lifestyle design by Alexander Sasonoff, with an abundant use of natural wood.

It’s also go an oversized garage, large driveway and guest house.

First-time offered for sale, this is the former home of Highline Times and West Seattle Herald publisher Gerald Robinson!

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, June 27, and Sunday, June 28, from 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 3774 SW 171st Street, Burien 98166-3108 (MAP)

INFO:

  • List Price: $2,125,000
  • MLS Number: 784089
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Year Built: 1980
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,360
  • Lot Square Footage: 22,394

Site Features:

  • 2nd Kitchen
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dbl Pane/Storm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Hot Tub/Spa
  • Loft
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk In Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet
  • Wet Bar

Marketing remarks:

Dream No More – Near the tip of Three Tree Point!

60’ feet of No Bank Waterfront with Boat Launch (for small boats), Spectacular Views of Shipping Traffic, Ferries & Mountains.

A world of living awaits – massive rock fireplace, two kitchens and great room concept!

Classic Northwest Nautical Lifestyle, design by Alexander Sasonoff, abundant use of natural wood.

Over-sized garage & large driveway.Guest house.

First time offered for sale, this is the former home of Highline Times & West Seattle Herald publisher Gerald Robinson.

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

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

[EDITOR’S NOTE: 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

Recently, the city of SeaTac asked its citizens to help name a “new” code compliance effort. To fill you in on some background: Years ago, SeaTac had two code enforcement officers who split their territories up between the north and south ends of the city. Besides fielding citizen complaints, these officers proactively patrolled for problems. Somewhere along the line, we lost one officer yet gained supervisors and coordinators, and code enforcement now acts only on direct complaints. Well, okay. But it seemed the same people were complaining about the same problem children again and again with little results. So the good citizens took after City Council to shame them into action.

The City took a bold approach, utilized by public entities all over the country—they devised a something of marketing campaign, a press release and a survey of possible names. Webster defines marketing as “the activities that are involved in making people aware of a company’s products, making sure that the products are available to be bought, etc.”

I’ve been involved in numerous marketing campaigns and they typically start with a group brainstorming ideas. Think “Mad Men”. That still happens, now using computer programs and mostly minus the booze. Brainstorming is fun, loose and creative, not for the meek or business stodgy. You look at the product, its functions, its appearance, its perceived value to the targeted demographic, then you let the ideas fly like spaghetti against a wall. Through process of elimination, you discover the best name/slogan/logo/etc. for the product.

Ideally, the chosen name, etc., should communicate some sense of product identity or use. Example. Years ago I worked for a music company who created tapes (I said years ago) designed for dental offices to give patients something to listen to other than a drill. That product was named “Novotunes”, a nod to Novocain, with the sub-title of “Aural Anesthesia.”

Seattle City Light bills itself as “The Nation’s Greenest Utility.” That moniker would have been impossible years ago when “green” meant a color, not an ecological condition, and the word had to be marketed to become definition #10 in Webster. City Light spent two years and countless dollars surveying customers, which I participated in, gleaning the information it wanted to hear, creating the slogan and accompanying logo. The great thing is that no one really knows what “green” as it applies to City Light actually means! Yet, they are the greenest and Northwesterners are proud. At least we know they are a utility.

When I spoke at SeaTac City Council Tuesday, June 23rd, I chided them for not taking their marketing far enough, and used their survey’s offered names—SeaTac Shines, Brighter SeaTac, and SeaTac Soars—to inspire my own logos, one incorporating a turn-of-the last-century shoe shine boy, the second a sparkly dental office smile and the third a flying superhero. Hardly suggestive of code compliance. Those names fell short because the City has NO shiny, bright or high-flying product to offer. And after listening to citizens testifying of their personal code enforcement purgatories, one realizes the actual product is totally opposite those descriptions.

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Of course, one cannot sell a product by calling it a dud, and we citizens must understand our city officials were trying to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. Their bad. What they can do to be more credible is to go back and fix their product, at least improve it. SeaTac already has the laws in place, they need to enforce them and penalize offenders. That is what citizens want–no showy marketing, just results.

I’ll offer the city a good start at improvement, free of charge. The cities of Seattle, Burien, Tukwila, Renton, Des Moines, Kent, basically every city around SeaTac, web sites offer on-line complaint filing features. With SeaTac, you have to download the form, print it out, fill it in, and either scan and e-mail, mail or fax it back. As the kids say, “Whisky, Tango, Foxtrot!” If the City has money to rebrand code compliance, they can find the money to put the city web site into the 21st century. Find form, fill it in, hit submit.

Finally, I’ll offer one more thing. How about we call our “new” program “Code Compliance Counts”? It tells what the product is, and that it matters. I’ll even offer a couple of logos:

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by Jack Mayne

Many SeaTac citizens jeered at a suggestion that the city’s code enforcement agency get a bright new name and wondered if the ideas put out for public vote were for real.

Earlier this month, the SeaTac administration sent out a news release about a survey of citizens about revamping the public view of the city’s department that is meant to enforce city building and health standards.

SeaTac wrote to its residents that the “approach is a broad-scale coordinated program, involving multiple city departments and addressing the full range of the most common code-related complaints such as garbage, trash and junk, overgrown vegetation, abandoned buildings, graffiti and junk vehicles.”

“We’re asking your help in developing a name for this coordinated city-wide program. We hope the name will convey the intent, focus and goal of the program. We also plan to use this as a slogan and key message for the outreach and education portions of the program.”

The names proposed by the city for the new code enforcement program are “SeaTac Shines,” “Brighter SeaTac,” and “SeaTac Soars.”

Citizens not impressed
The citizens who signed up for public comment period on Tuesday were simply not impressed with the names and whether the real change ought to be more strict enforcement of the city’s laws.

Resident Vicki Lockwood said she recently received the city flyer in the mail and wondered, “What’s wrong with the terms ‘Code Enforcement’ or ‘Code Compliance’? Are they not descriptive of the activity?

“Could my city be serious?” asked Lockwood.

“Imagine getting a letter from your city that you were not shiny enough, that you did not soar high enough or that you were not bright enough.

“I emailed all seven of you and I asked for a written explanation of this survey,” Lockwood said. “I received two written responses, and one reply to my email. The reply said, ‘call me.’

“Four of you did not even acknowledge receipt of my email. I thought you worked for the citizens. I wonder who some of our councilmembers are working for.

Hazardous Waste Dump
Resident Doris Moe told the Council that her north SeaTac neighborhood has “become the dumping ground for hazardous waste” and that she got “the royal runaround” when she tried to complain to City Hall.

One city employee, though, a woman who she said writes building permits, “tried ever so hard to help me – to no avail.” She “finally told me to call Olympia – I live in SeaTac, for heaven’s sake.”

But, as a result of “this lady’s efforts,” somebody called Moe from King County, but said he could not help either.

“I got absolutely no help from anyone and I really think something needs to be looked into to see if there can’t be some kind of assistance when this kind of a situation arises,” she said.

Moe said whenever she calls the city, “it is always ‘there’s no money’ … or ‘we are going to hire some more people’ and now they’ve hired more people and they still don’t do anything.

“I really think it is time that SeaTac city steps up and gives some support to those of us who are trying to make this a better place to live …”

“When everything we bring up falls on deaf ears, I think I have to be worth more than just a garbage picker-upper.”

Rats, Roaches and Nothing
Laura Lee Hildner, from “the south end of SeaTac,” said the city’s code enforcement people “are really helpful,” with problems on their dead-end street.

She said the people in Code Enforcement have “just kind of let us know that one of our neighbors has been red-tagged” over the past four years and ignores them but “there isn’t really anything they can do after that.”

The person has towed in a motor home than she and her neighbors think is being rented out.

“What can be done if Code Enforcement’s hands are tied? What else can we do?”

Another neighbor of the offending property also said problems remains, especially concerning sewage.

Rats, cockroaches, birds and other problems are plaguing the neighbors, she said, adding that the city says there isn’t anything they can do.

Resident Jeff Wells said he talked with some councilmember’s who thought they agreed that “code enforcement needed to be more strict and I don’t think making a shiny name really throws out that image.” He said he had an issue with some fill dirt that violated city codes but was told by city officials it was “a civil issue.” Wells said it should be “the burden of the city to prove it.”

‘Stand at mike and whine’
Chuck Darielli said he has told City Manager Todd Cutts and other city officers about code compliance problems and keeps being told that someone will call him, but no one does.

“I know it’s popular for some of you to think we just like to stand in front of a mike and whine and do nothing ourselves,” Darielli said. “Nothing could be farther from the truth – we’ve brought pictures, surveys and told them where to find pictures on parcel viewers that show the infraction. I’d like to never come here. How hard is it to stand by your word and return a phone call or an email?”

Janice Taylor, who has started writing a column for The SeaTac Blog, said she also read the city press release about renaming Code Compliance program.

“I must say I was rather disappointed – I mean who does your marketing?

“They really stopped far short of a project of this importance and magnitude. Now, the names are a good starting point, but for true success this campaign needs a logo and a mascot … and bling.”

She showed some drawings of the mascots to illustrate the three proposed renaming choices for the enforcement program – “SeaTac Shines,” “SeaTac Soars,” and “Brighter SeaTac.”

Then she said she did “come up with what I think if a proper mascot, it’s kind of cute which is always good for a mascot … and forget that it’s a pig, it’s marketing, right?

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City Manager Todd Cutts said there would be a full discussion of code compliance plans during the Council’s retreat next week.


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by Chris Scragg
Puget Sound Weather Geek

Hey folks! Summer is certainly here and you have two weather possibilities for this weekend:

  1. Hot
  2. Or stormy!

Lets talk about it…

The Heatwave: Saturday – Monday

So far this month we’ve been warmer than normal, which is a continuing trend for almost a year and a half. This weekend’s upcoming heatwave will build upon the already warmer than normal temperatures, and boost the mercury up to about 90°F and possibly beyond.

The cause is a combination of a strong dome of high pressure developing over the Western U.S and the excessively long days we’re having due to the summer solstice.

We’ll start our steady climb on Friday and by the end of the day we’ll be into the low 80s. Saturday will be the warmest day of the heat spell, and it will be downright hot. The Puget Sound may see temps in the 90°F range. Sunday may be a dash cooler but the errant 90°F reading is still possible further inland.

These temperature forecasts are subject to change within the next 48-72 hours due to the possibility of additional moisture or thunderstorm activity.

Thunderstorm Possibility: Saturday – Sunday

To understand the complex possibility for thunderstorms this weekend you should first have some context of the basic ingredients that thunderstorms need to develop.

  1. Instability: Where buoyant air rises (like a basketball from the bottom of a pool).
  2. Moisture: Suspended water vapor that condenses into clouds and rain.
  3. Lift: A trigger mechanism which pushes unstable air to finally become a thunderstorm.

Lets take a look at each one of these ingredients forecasted by our weather models to evaluate our chances of seeing storms develop this weekend.

Firstly, instability. The heat caused by the high pressure and 15 hour long days will cause warm currents of air (updrafts) across the Northwest to climb into the sky. This is the primary cause of the unstable atmosphere.

One measurement form of instability is C.A.P.E. (Convective Available Potential Energy).

The WRF-GFS model by the UW is showing a large amount of CAPE located mostly over the mountains on Saturday. The instability does migrate towards the Puget Sound by about 11PM.

On Sunday the most unstable areas in western Washington will be the southern portions of the region.

Instability is mostly harmless unless paired with moisture. Moisture is the fuel that when combined with an unstable updraft can create clouds, and eventually thunderstorms and rain.

As our huge dome of high pressure develops, a swath of atmospheric water vapor will rotate around it and push directly into the Pacific Northwest as seen at 10,000 ft. on this 700mb humidity model run.

The last mechanism needed to spark thunderstorms this weekend is lift. Instability and moisture alone usually aren’t sufficient to create storms. Lift can be generated in many ways, from air being forced up a mountain range, to upper level low pressure systems.

There is a slight inkling that a upper level disturbance might enhance thunderstorm activity this weekend, but the most likely scenario that the only lift available will come from the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges.

If your weekend plans take you into the mountains this weekend, make sure you stay updated and keep an eye on the skies!

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Thanks for visiting! If you have any comments, suggestions, or feedback please email me at info@pswxgeek.com

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The City of SeaTac on Monday (June 22) announced that it’s starting a new ‘Good Neighbor’ Award, looking for a resident who “goes the extra mile and makes noteworthy contributions to improve the quality of life of those on your street, in your neighborhood, or for the community.”

“The Good Neighbor Award gives you the opportunity to recognize other individuals for their acts of good will and call attention in a positive way to the benefits of being a good neighbor,” the city said in a statement.

The inaugural award will be presented at the SeaTac International Festival held at Angle Lake, to be held Sept. 12-13.

To download an application, click here (PDF file).

Here’s more from the city:

Your special neighbor can be any age or background; he or she may be a youth, a teenager, a longtime resident, a recent immigrant, a senior citizen or business that makes a positive difference in your neighborhood. For example, a person may voluntarily mow the lawn for someone ill or elderly; or may help in planning or volunteering at neighborhood clean-ups or block parties; someone who helps you out in a crisis or checks on neighbors regularly to make sure they are safe; the person that brings their property into code compliance or the person that helps a neighbor with getting their property into compliance. Whether known by everyone or an unsung hero, your good neighbor is a person who does special things to make your neighborhood a better place.

To nominate an individual/group for the award, please complete the nomination form and attach a description of why you believe that person(s) exemplifies the qualities of a good neighbor.

Nominee requirements:

  • Be a resident or work in the City of SeaTac.
  • May not be employed by the City of SeaTac.
  • Nominated activity may not be part of any paid employment.
  • Nomination must be to honor someone who makes a positive contribution at the neighborhood level without seeking recognition for their services.
  • The 2015 Good Neighbor Award is restricted to actions for January 2014 through July 2015.
  • Nominated activity may not be for previously recognized Fire or Police Recognition Awards for lifesaving.

The recognition program will have one Good Neighbor Award and three honorable mentions, with the announcement being made at the SeaTac International Festival held at Angle Lake September 12-13.

All nominations will be recognized on the City website.

Both nominator and nominee for the 2015 Good Neighbor Award and the three honorable mentions will be notified by September 4, 2015.

For more information, contact Resource Conservation/Neighborhood Programs Coordinator Trudy Olson at 206.973.4763 or tolson@ci.seatac.wa.us.

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