Mia Gregerson, left, will debate Jeanette Burrage on Sept. 30.

REMINDER: A forum featuring the two candidates running for State Representative, District 33, Position #2 will be held this Tuesday night, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m.

The debate will take place at the Des Moines Library, located at 21620 11th Avenue South.

Mia Gregerson, the incumbent, will face off against the challenger, Jeanette Burrage.

Gregerson also serves as mayor of SeaTac.

Burrage has served previously in the Legislature, was a King County Superior Court Judge and is currently a Des Moines City Councilmember.

The event is free and open to everyone and anyone, and is sponsored by The SeaTac Blog, Normandy Park Blog and The Waterland Blog.

Questions will be taken from the floor, so bring your thinking cap!

A Walk-In Blood Drive will be held Monday, Sept 29 from 12:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, located at 19030 8th Avenue South in SeaTac.

The drive will take place at Fellowship Hall, and will be closed for lunch from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

THIS IS A WALK-IN BLOOD DRIVE. NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY.

The following patients were supported by Puget Sound Blood Center donors this past week:

  • 9 year old female – car accident – 17 blood components used
  • 60 year old male – acute respiratory failure – 28 blood components used
  • 51 year old male – pedestrian vs auto accident – 19 blood components used

For questions on eligibility, please e-mail BCSCollectionsReview@psbc.org

Reminder: Photo identification required at registration check-in.

STB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Sunday, Sept. 28 – is a quaint Normandy Park home with Lot A Beach Rights!

With a great new price, you will appreciate the details of this home with its beautiful wood-wrapped Pella windows, hardwood floors, fireplace w/wood stove insert, designer colors, large rooms and skylights in both the kitchen and bath.

The kitchen offers lots of storage and room for a bistro table.

Great size master suite.

Mature landscaped yards bring fruit/vegetables to the table & flowers too.

RV parking, fenced backyard & shop!

All this AND Lot A Beach Rights for fun on the Sound, Tennis, pools, & clubhouse.

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. 28 from 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 405 SW 207th Place, Normandy Park, WA 98166

INFO:

  • List Price: $285,000
  • MLS Number: 678324
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Year Built: 1954
  • Approximate House SqFt: 820
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 6,200

Site Features:

  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • High Tech Cabling
  • Security System
  • Skylights
  • Fenced-Partially
  • Gas Available
  • High Speed Internet
  • Patio
  • RV Parking
  • Shop

Marketing remarks:

Great new price!

You will appreciate the details of this quaint home; beautiful wood wrapped Pella windows, hardwood floors, fireplace w/wood stove insert, designer colors, large rooms and skylights in both the kitchen & bath.

The kitchen offers lots of storage & room for a bistro table.

Great size master.

Mature landscaped yards bring fruit/vegetables to the table & flowers too.

RV parking, fenced backyard & shop! All this AND Lot A Beach Rights for fun on the Sound, Tennis, pools, & clubhouse.

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses.

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The City of SeaTac will be hosting an open house about the future of the City on Wednesday, Oct. 8 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the SeaTac Community Center located at 13735 24th Ave South.

“We want to hear your thoughts about land use, transportation, housing, parks and other aspects of City development,” reads an announcement. “Please join us!”

Please email questions to 2035@cityofseatac.com.

The City of Seatac is supporting the “Mayors’ Day of Concern for the Hungry this Saturday, Sept. 27.

“Our City and neighboring communities have a high percentage of individuals and families living in poverty and in need of meeting basic food needs,” reads an announcement. “The City urges everyone to donate to the local food banks and other food distribution organizations to help nourish those who are hungry.”

Collection bins for non-perishable food items only will be available in the first, second and third floor lobbies of SeaTac City Hall (4800 South 188th Street) as well as the SeaTac Community Center (13735 24th Avenue South) starting Thursday, September 25 during regular business hours.

The collection will also take place at SeaTac City Hall’s first floor lobby through Prescription Drug Take Back Day – also on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 24 and continuing nightly through Wednesday, Oct. 15, Sound Transit’s contractor, PCL Civil Constructors, will be lifting pre-cast concrete segments over the terminal roadway system at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport which will require the closure of the following roadways:

  • The full closure of the Departures ramp to Parking from Wednesday, September 24 to Wednesday, October 15 between 9:00pm and 6:00am. The Departures curbside will remain open to the traveling public and Parking can be accessed from the Northern Airport Expressway.
  • The full closure of the South Parking Entrance from Monday, October 6 to Friday, October 10 between 11:00pm to 5:00am. The South 182nd Street entrance from International Blvd will remain open to the traveling public and Parking can be accessed from the ‘Return to Terminal’ ramp. During these closures there will be no access to the Overheight Parking area but parking customers can still exit Overheight Parking.

For more detailed information please see Sound Transit’s Construction Alert.

STB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Saturday, Sept. 20 – is a North Hill Gem that has it all!

Bright and inviting, this home has room for everyone, with 5 bedrooms and an office for a single family or TWO complete units with separate entrances, full kitchens, bath and laundry. Tons of rental potential!

Huge fully-fenced yard with sunny patio overlooking fruit trees and plenty of grass.

Rear drive around access gate for boat or RV as well as carport, garage & storage shed.

Convenient location & walkable to parks & desirable North Hill Elem.

LOT A rights too..a 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: Saturday, Sept. 20 from Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 19021 8th Ave S., Burien, WA 98148

INFO:

  • List Price: $299,999
  • MLS Number: 695959
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Year Built: 1953
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,400
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 10,956

Site Features:

  • 2 Fireplaces
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Hardwood
  • Laminate
  • Wall to Wall Carpet
  • Carport-Attached
  • Garage-Detached

Marketing remarks:

This North Hill Gem has it all! Bright and inviting, this home has room for everyone, 5 beds & office as a single family or TWO complete units with separate entrances, full kitchens, bath and laundry.

Tons of rental potential!

Huge fully fenced yard with sunny patio overlooking fruit trees & plenty of grass.

Rear drive around access gate for boat or RV as well as carport, garage & storage shed.

Convenient location & walkable to parks & desirable North Hill Elem. LOT A rights too..a must see!

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses.

The City of SeaTac on Wednesday (Sept. 17) issued the following statement in response to a recent report that the city ranks as the “7th most dangerous” in Washington state:

The City of SeaTac is offering perspective on the recently released report from LawStreetMedia.com which ranked the city as the 7th most dangerous city in Washington State.

The report bases its rankings on a city’s resident population and calculates the crime rate score using a statistic known as “population grouping statistics”. In fact, the report itself offers the following cautionary statement about the validity of this very basic ranking tool:

“Although the information is very important by itself, it is important to consider the context. There are several different factors that contribute to a city’s total number of violent crimes, including but not limited to economic conditions, population density, climate, and education levels, as well as a number of issues with the uniform crime report itself.”

For the City of SeaTac this statement is relevant, because, unlike most cities of less than 30,000 residents, the City is home to the Sea-Tac International Airport which serves nearly 100,000 people daily. The City has an employment base of over 40,000 jobs and is home to over 5,500 hotel rooms which provide 1.6 million room nights annually.

“We are more similar to a City with a population of 75,000 than we are to a city of comparable size without all of the other attributes that present issues unique to our community”, said City Manager Todd Cutts. “Our 27,000 resident population doesn’t reflect the daily boost generated by our International Airport, 69 hotels, mass transit and other businesses. As a City, we work to continually improve upon the services we provide. Having said that, we are proud of our crime prevention efforts and believe they have led to a safe community. The fact that over 3 million people on an annual basis continually choose to stay here for business and leisure travel is evidence of that fact.”

[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

Summer’s over so the Cactus’s party must end and say a few words about our Council Meeting this last Tuesday.

Highline School District Begs for money (again)
The majority of the SeaTac City Council wants you to open your wallets wide again on behalf of the Highline School District. The Council passed a resolution (5-2) endorsing Prop #1 (bond measure) for the school district to the tune of $385 million dollars. They conducted a Public Hearing required for them to tell me/us how to vote.

I read the thing. The cost to taxpayers is nebulous and open ended (not to mention full of “feel good” stuff). Note the following from the bond measure: Section 4, second paragraph:

“Each series of the Bonds shall be issued as fully registered bonds; shall bear interest payable as permitted by law; shall mature within 21 years from the date of issuance of such series of the Bonds (but may mature at an earlier date or dates as fixed by the Board); shall be paid by annual property tax levies sufficient in amount to pay both principal and interest when due, which ANNUAL PROPERTY TAX LEVIES SHALL BE MADE IN EXCESS OF REGULAR PROPERTY TAX LEVIES WITHOUT LIMITATION AS TO RATE OR AMOUNT but only in amounts sufficient to meet such payments of principal and interest as they come due; and shall be issued and sold in such manner, at such times and in such amounts as shall be required for the purpose for which each series of the Bonds are to be issued, all as deemed necessary and advisable by the Board and as permitted by law.”

In the Public Hearing, four Highline Citizens spoke against the School Bond measure and two persons for the measure. The against citing the money we have given them recently, their $700,000 PR budget, and leaking roofs do not require entirely new buildings. Those for the measure; one worked for the district and one seemed to volunteer for it what I could tell through the rambling discourse. Highline School Superintendent Dr. Enfield was in the audience but remained mum. The gist was some schools were getting 100 years old, poorly maintained (they also previously cut the maintenance budget), and a deluge of sob stories which the pro Council members added to when it came their turn to yak (and yak they did).

I don’t have kids in the schools but I don’t want them producing dolts either (not getting my wish right now). After doing some searching I found http://www.greatschools.org/cgi-bin/wa/district-profile/108#toc which rates our schools (hard to navigate but you’ll get it). Have a look yourself and see if old buildings are the problem.

You Have Been Proclamated!
In the “I have nothing better to do” part of the meeting, un-elected Mayor Gregerson proclamated Gay Pride something, Diaper Week, and Day of Recovery. No one showed up to receive the Day of Recovery proclamation (must have been a rehab meeting). Gregerson photo ops all around for her 33rd legislative
campaign.

Un-Elected City Executive/Manager Actually Living in the City They Manage? Preposterous!
In New Business Council Member Fernald wanted to discuss the City Manager RCW’s requirement to live in the City. The City Council can waive this by law but it does not seem it had ever been formally documented. Apparently Council Member Fernald wants the Executive to live in what they wrought (as do I and others) however, the intent was turned around by Council Member Tony Anderson, and with an additional motion the RCW requirement was waived by the Council (5-2, of course).

The DEA National Pharmaceutical Take-Back Day will be held at SeaTac City Hall on Saturday, Sept. 27.

The Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and participating local law enforcement are coordinating a nationwide drug “take back” day on September 27 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

This one-day event will provide residents with no cost anonymous collection of unwanted or expired medicines.

The State of Washington had 89 collection sites and collected 16,677 pounds of expired and unwanted medications last April–the second-largest collection of pharmaceutical drugs in eight Take Back events for the state.

“Your continued participation is appreciated,” reads an announcement.

Why Take Back Your Meds?
All medicines that your family and pets use should be properly disposed of at a drug take-back program.

Medicine take-back programs are the only secure and environmentally sound way to dispose of leftover and expired medicines. Also, take-back programs:

  • Reduce access to medicines for misuse. Prescription drug abuse is the fastest-growing drug problem in the country. In Washington State 11% of teens use prescription medicines for non-medical reasons — a rate among the highest in the nation. Over half of teens abusing medicines get them from a family member or friend, often without their knowledge.
  • Reduce potential for accidental poisonings.
  • Unwanted medicines left in the home endanger our children, seniors and pets. Over half of the calls to the Washington Poison Center were for young children poisoned by medicines found at home. The elderly are also at risk of accidental poisonings and human medications are the leading cause of pet poisoning.
  • Reduce medicines in the environment. Don’t flush! Don’t trash! Flushing drugs send them into our waters. Throwing them in the garbage makes them available for others to take and use and can still get into the environment.