Here’s episode #69 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, 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:

SoKing News Weekly Recap for Sept. 23-26, 2016: Stabbing at local restaurant; Burien City Council wants to meet with FAA about increase in airplane noise; Susan Enfield opens up about school policy; Puget Sound Weather Geek forecast; Jack Mayne commentary on fighting the FAA; ‘The Final Take’ & more…;

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Photo courtesy Sound Transit.

Photo courtesy Sound Transit.

Light rail to Sound Transit’s new Angle Lake station in SeaTac begins at 11 a.m. this Saturday (Sept. 24), with a grand opening celebration that runs until 2 p.m..

A dedication ceremony and inaugural train ride sponsored by Alaska Airlines will mark a major milestone in expanding mass transit, as second quarter Link ridership jumped 76.8 percent after the Capitol Hill and University of Washington stations opened in March.

Sound Transit estimates that the South 200th Link Extension will serve 5,400 average daily boardings coming and going at the station by 2018. Angle Lake Station will serve as the southern terminus for Link until service to Kent/Des Moines starts in 2023.

Riders using the elevated station and guideway will reach Sea-Tac Airport in four minutes, Westlake Station downtown in 41 minutes, and the University of Washington Station at Husky Stadium in 48 minutes.

Here’s a video of a test drive at the new station:

Angle Lake Cab Ride from Sound Transit Video on Vimeo.

“We open our third light rail station in six months on Saturday—another achievement in a historic year for high-capacity light rail in our region,” said Sound Transit Board Chair and King County Executive Dow Constantine. “South King County commuters will be able to get out of gridlock and reach their destinations using Link’s fast, reliable service. Thanks to our federal delegation—U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, Congressman Adam Smith, FTA Regional Administrator Linda Gehrke, and our partners at the U.S. Dept. of Transportation—as well as the Puget Sound Regional Council, for their tireless support of this project.”

The Federal Transit Administration provided $37.3 million in grants to the new line, including $10 million in TIGER funding championed by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, senior member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee. Washington State provided $5.2 million in Regional Mobility Grant funding, and the Puget Sound Regional Council awarded $7 million in Congestion Mitigation Air Quality dollars for the project.

“This station opening is yet another milestone in Sound Transit’s work to expand accessible transportation options to families in the Puget Sound region, and builds on our larger effort to invest in transportation projects that ease congestion, make communities safer, and create jobs,” said Sen. Murray. “I’m proud to support this step toward providing transit‎ that is safe, reliable, and ready to meet 21st Century needs in the South Sound.”

“The Angle Lake Station opening is an exciting celebration in our community,” said State Rep. Mia Gregerson. “A place for community gatherings and celebrations, the station and plaza are more than a way to come and go, but also a place to visit. I am proud of state, regional, and local governments for working together to start the project as quickly as possible, and building in community input on the station’s design.”

The South 200th Link Extension project will open four years earlier than envisioned in the 2008 voter-approved Sound Transit 2 plan and is trending $40 million under its $383 million budget. The success of the project can be attributed to a collaborative design-build team and strong federal partnership that helped secure funding to expedite the start of construction. The Port of Seattle has also been a key partner, working closely with Sound Transit during construction of the extension.

“The Port of Seattle welcomes the extension of Sound Transit’s rail line to the new Angle Lake Station. Light rail ridership to SeaTac/Airport Station keeps climbing – up 11.5 percent for the year,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner Fred Felleman. “Making Sea-Tac more accessible is a win for the environment and a win for the traveling public, particularly with record-breaking growth at the airport.”

The 1.6-mile rail line from Angle Lake connects to the existing 18.8-mile Link system operating between Sea-Tac Airport and the University of Washington. It provides a 1,050 parking garage and 70 surface parking spaces, which will relieve demand for transit user parking in a congested corridor. Four charging stations for electric vehicles are housed in the garage, and storage for 52 bicycles is available on site.

Saturday will be a big day for the people of Angle Lake and further south who will use the new station to bypass highway congestion,” said Sound Transit Boardmember and King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove. “Thanks to the Port of Seattle for its close collaboration on this project, and the City of SeaTac for hosting the community celebration. A special thanks to Alaska Airlines for sponsoring the dedication ceremony and inaugural train ride.”

Saturday’s morning dedication includes a speaking program and ribbon-cutting, followed by a community celebration hosted by the City of SeaTac that will include entertainment, refreshments, and other activities.

More information on opening activities are available at anglelake2016.org.

“The Angle Lake Station will spur the redevelopment of many nearby properties and provide new housing and economic development in this part of our city,” said SeaTac Mayor Michael Siefkes. “The new station allows residents easier access to jobs and education to the north and direct access for workers and visitors coming to SeaTac. We invite everyone to help celebrate with us on the new public plaza.”

“Alaska Airlines is proud to sponsor Sound Transit’s opening ceremonies on such a momentous day,” said Shaunta Hyde, Managing Director for Community Relations. “As a longstanding member of the SeaTac community that employs 15,000 people, we consider the new Angle Lake Station a tremendous asset to our local and regional economy.”

The elevated station and guideway, garage and roadway improvements was the first design-build project completed by Sound Transit. The team included PCL Civil Constructors, Inc. to design and construct the aerial station and guideway, Parsons Brinkerhoff for project management services, joint venture Harbor Pacific Graham, along with Berger ABAM and Brooks + Scarpa, to design and build the plaza and garage, Johansen Excavating Inc. to construct roadway improvements, and Hewlett Zollers for pre-design and design services.

A total of 2,853 union workers affiliated with the Washington State and Seattle/King County Building and Construction Trades Council and affiliated unions of the Northwest Construction Alliance logged one million work hours building the extension. Crews cast 1,170 concrete segments weighing 30 to 40 tons each to build the elevated guideway. The blue aluminum façade to the garage was constructed with 8.81 miles of blue anodized aluminum plank.

STB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for both this SATURDAY and SUNDAY – is a brand new, beautiful West Seattle townhome!

Junction 5 is a collection of townhomes with two different plans for you to choose from. This home has one bed and a full bath on the lower level, an open and bright kitchen with living room on the main, and 2 bedrooms up top with an oversized ‘Jack and Jill’ bathroom.

Enjoy skyline and mountain views from the rooftop deck.

Hardwood floors, quartz countertops, tank less water heater, high quality fixtures, and stainless steel appliances all for an affordable price.

Prices range from $470k – $515K.

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

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Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Realty Open House.

WHEN: Both SATURDAY, Sept. 24: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. & SUNDAY, Sept. 25: from 1 – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 6525 34th Ave SW, Seattle 98126 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $499,900
  • MLS Number: 1030336
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Year Built: 2016
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,502 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 1,557 s.f.

Site Features:

  • 2nd Master BR
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dbl Pane/Storm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • High Tech Cabling
  • Walk-in Closet

Marketing Remarks:

Junction 5 is a collection of townhomes with two different plans for you to choose from.

This home has one bed and a full bath on the lower level, an open and bright kitchen with living room on the main, and 2 bedrooms up top with an oversized jack and jill bathroom.

Enjoy skyline and mountain views from the rooftop deck.

Hardwood floors, quartz countertops, tank less water heater, high quality fixtures, and stainless steel appliances all for an affordable price.

Prices range from $470k – $515K.

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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By Jack Mayne

The City of SeaTac has told the Port of Seattle it objects to its plan to cut down 2,750 trees in the flight paths of the airport because of its failure to conduct a full environmental review of the project.

The City’s problem with the review done by the Port is that it did an environmental study of the impact of only one of the three phases of the removal program.

Although the appeal is at the discretion of the SeaTac city staff, the City Council had signaled its solid support for the action at its meeting Tuesday (Sept. 20).

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First phase studied
At the Council meeting, Acting City Manager Joe Scorcio said the Port’s environmental standards for the tree program was reviewed by the city even though state environmental law says the Port has wide latitude on what those environmental standards are.

The first phase – on Port-owned property – was the only part the port did a study of, said Scorcio.

The second phase of the tree program, which would see replacement trees and vegetation accomplished, would take place in 2017. It would include all commercially owned lands and publicly owned properties in Burien, Des Moines, SeaTac, on state owned land like highway rights of way, and on land owned by the Highline School District.

In 2018, the Port would carry out the final portion, phase 3. That would include trees considered too tall or that would grow to a prohibited height on all residential properties in the flight corridors.

For this reason, conducting an environmental review only of the first phase, airport property, and not on the other lands is a “piecemeal and segmented environmental review” that is flawed.

‘Failure to analyze’
The city says in its appeal that the Port’s “failure to analyze the cumulative impacts of the program when it conducted its environmental review was contrary to law. As a result, the environmental statement issued by the Port was in error and the City of SeaTac seeks judicial review” of that phase of the tree removal program.

At the Council meeting Tuesday, Councilmember Peter Kwon said it did not make sense that the Port was going to cut down 1,100 trees on its own property, but would not make an environmental impact study of the area where another 1,580 trees would be removed.

“The environmental document is not about the proposal (to cut down the trees), but about (whether) did they analyze the impacts of the proposal adequately,” Scorcio told the City Council.

The city is not appealing the decision to cut down the trees, only that there was not enough environmental review of the action to support the project.

It would be difficult, if not impossible, to challenge the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) basic national order to all airports that have air traffic control towers. The FAA order to clear airport flight paths of obstructions requires the Port, as the operator of a flight control facility, to carry out the clearance order.

Scorcio said the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) “says that if you already know you are going to do three phases, then you should do an environmental review of all three.”

The phasing of the project into three segments is something the city has objected to all along, he said, not that it is necessarily wrong, but not the way SeaTac officials would do it.

In addition, the law puts the burden of proof on the City of SeaTac that the Port did not do enough work or that the review was improperly done, Scorcio said.

The city’s appeal says, “Probable impacts from the entire Flight Corridor Safety Project include noise, air quality, light, glare, and soil erosion, and have not been identified and mitigated in this subject environmental review and Final Mitigated Determination of Non Significance.”

The appeal says that since a majority of the program is located within the city, “any quantitative change in the land at or surrounding the airport has a direct impact on the environmental factors considered under the SEPA process, i.e. noise, light, glare, air quality, etc., and would result in ‘immediate, concrete and specific’ harm to the city.”

SeaTac adds, “Conducting piecemeal environmental review of the Flight Corridor Safety Program and failing to conduct a cumulative impact analysis constitutes a procedural defect under SEPA that directly impacts the city.”

The city appeal said that even though it is asked that the “Port analyze the cumulative impacts of not just Phase 1, but all three phases in the same environmental document, the Port has refused to do so. The Port’s decision is contrary to SEPA and should not be allowed.”

Port officials said that because “any of the individual obstructions can be removed without necessarily compelling the removal of other obstructions in different locations.”

But SeaTac’s appeal says, “Frankly, this assertion by the Port is without merit. Stated a different way, cutting down one tree doesn’t require cutting down another, so there is no close relation.”

Therefore a court should rule the Port is not in compliance with the state environmental law.

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Click the ‘Play’ button to hear the unedited, raw audio of Monday night’s ‘Conversation with the Superintendent’:

By Jack Mayne
Photos by Scott Schaefer

With an eye towards being open with parents and staff, Highline Public Schools Superintendent Susan Enfield held a public meeting at Highline High School Monday night (Sept. 19), that resulted in detailed conversations over the controversial in-school suspensions that some say lack adequate punishments for repeat and often dangerous student offenders.

Enfield said the district has refined, and will continue to shape the in-school suspensions, so that those in need of more serious help will get it from hired professionals and internal assistance from the school administration.

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Too many teachers quitting?
Persistent critic Laura Castronover of Des Moines (pictured above) – who was also on the district’s 40-person Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) that created the latest bond – said she pulled her child out of Highline schools because of the number of teachers leaving the district.

“How do you say that losing 200 teachers since June is normal,” asked Castronover.

Enfield said that number is about normal for a district this size.

“We actually keep very careful track of the rate at which teachers leave, so my first year it was a little over 10 percent, my second year it was 12.9 … after that it was 11.6, and last year it was 11.1 (percent),” Enfield said, adding that the number “sounds very scary” but looking at other districts it isn’t “off the charts” and the rate is going down.

She added that the district does exit surveys and “they leave for lots of different reasons.”

But the district is getting better at hiring teachers “so they will know what they are signing on for because we are a very special place” adding that as they hire better then can improve retention.

“We monitor it really, really closely,” Enfield said.

Castronover said she had heard that many left the district because they could not teach because of the disruption of some students as a result of the zero suspension policy.

‘No zero suspension policy’
“How much (money) has been budgeted for the zero suspension policy?” Castronover asked.

“We don’t have a zero suspension policy as that stands alone,” Enfield said. “Unfortunately, I think the confusion people make is we have a zero out of school suspension except when critical for staff or student safety policy,” Enfield said. “That is very, very different.

“As I said last year, we out-of-school suspended almost 475 times – that is very, very different from zero. I met with a principal today who was talking about an out-of-school suspension.”

Enfield said the district supports school staff in doing “what we need to do” if the student should not be on campus or if a student is a danger to the teacher, staff, or to students, “the issue is taken incredibly seriously.”

The district has spent money on specialists in re-engaging with students and pays for de-escalation training and specialists with the in school and out-of-school suspension programs.

Also, training is sought to help staff and teachers with calming down a student who is getting out of control.

“Rest assured that when a student needs to be taken off the campus, they will be,” the superintendent said.

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No support for quality
A parent said she did not see what the district has done to support quality teachers.

“I understand from my son at Sylvester (Middle School) that fights break out regularly and they are not taken care of and the staff doesn’t want to take care of them but because I feel that they feel … they don’t think that they can,” she said. “Our kids have become guinea pigs for your zero suspension policy. I don’t think that is fair to our students.

“Proactive is better than being reactive and I think currently, this district is being reactive,” the parent added. “There are other things you need to do to make our schools safe.”

The parent said some parents are sending their children to Vashon Island and some also would send their children to private school if they could afford it. She added that there are good teachers in some schools.

Enfield dissed
“But I am not impressed at all with you, actually,” the woman told Enfield. “I don’t think you have done a good job for our district. I am surprised that they extended your contract.”

Enfield said the comments were fair, noting that when a person is in a public position “there is the price of that.”

The superintendent said language does matter, and there is a difference between zero suspensions and zero out-of-school except for safety of staff and students.

“I am not trying to minimize your concerns, they are real,” said Enfield, “but you do have to be clear in the language that we use.”

The parent said she feels the staff feels they get information “from the top and they think their hands are tied.”

When asked what was meant by “hands tied,” the parent spoke of an incident at Evergreen High School when there were no suspensions “because the administrators did not believe they could actually suspend kids.”

She noted that one principal did keep suspending students but “she is not a principal now – interesting, isn’t it?”

Enfield said there were concerns over safety, which spurred the beginning of reflective meeting to “monitor what is going on here.”

When a parent said there needs to be more than just sending a student out of a class for a while, there must be more serious consequences for the student, Enfield referred the parent to the school principal for a discussion because “this is a new year.”

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Feeling unsafe
A Mount Rainier High School teacher says does not feel safe, noting that last year a student threatened her life, was given a one day suspension in school, then followed her around and continued to walk the halls when given a three day in-school suspension.

“I think a lot of staff has been afraid and fearful of what is going on and that this was put out in the media,” the teacher said.

Enfield said she would meet with the teacher because if she did not feel safe, it “is a concern for me because I take those concerns incredibly seriously.” She noted that no one has lost their job because they expressed concerns about problems, or criticized her or her job performance.

A former district teacher said she left Highline because she did not feel supported by her principal. Enfield said that that was a concern because all teachers and principals need to have support and feel support is coming from the administration.

“We are really working hard to get the right messaging out,” the superintendent said.

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Have you registered for the Oct. 2 Burien Brat Trot yet? Online registration closes next Thursday, Sept. 29 at midnight:

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE!

The Burien Brat Trot is a flat and fast 5k and one mile race throughout the streets of Burien followed by the best street party around…

Bavarian Fest – complete with beer gardens, live bands, pretzels, sausage, beer fraus, bouncy toys, food trucks, cavorting, and carousing!

Check out this Brat Trot SWAG for 2016:

Presidential Race T!

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Brat Trot Beanie!
$10 on race day or included with your V.I.P. Pub crawl registration:

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Strideline Socks!
Limited supply! Available on Race Day:

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Pub Crawl is Friday, Sept. 30!
Do the Brat Trot Pub Crawl on Friday, September 30, with the Yodeling Dominatrix and local celeb, Manuela Horn! (purchase tickets online in advance or pay at the Tin Room, between 6 and 7 p.m.) Crawl starts promptly at 7 p.m.!

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It’s not too late to enter the Wandering Brat Instagram Contest!
Pick up your Bret the Brat at the Tin Room, take photos of him out and about in interesting places, post them to Instagram @thewanderingbrat and you’re entered to win some cool prizes!

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Beat Bret Contest!
Bret the Brat has been doing his training and is ready to run faster than YOU–ok, maybe not all of you!

It’s Burien’s version of Beat the Bridge – just finish the 5k race before Bret the Brat (he’ll be clearly marked and hard to miss) and you’re automatically entered to win two free tickets anywhere Alaska Airlines flies!  Pretty cool! There’s no telling how fast Bret will go!

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STB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for both this SATURDAY and SUNDAY – is the LAST brand new, 4-bedroom Lake Burien Townhome that offers a spacious open concept floor plan that perfectly complements the Northwest lifestyle!

This the last one available!

Priced out of downtown or West Seattle? Discover Burien!

Welcome to King County’s best kept secret, which has a small town feel, yet is just minutes from downtown.

Ideal, affordable, spacious, luxury Townhomes within a very short walk to all downtown has to offer, including outdoor dining at the Mark and 909, movies and comedy nights at the Tim Room Bar & Theater and work out at Hot Feet Yoga. Burien even has Oilerie Burien – gourmet olive oil.

Burien has a friendly neighborhood atmosphere and is just 10 minutes from downtown. Exceptional transit system to Seattle.

Now is the best time to buy in Burien before everyone discovers the best kept secret in King County.

The main floor is centered on an expansive living area that encompasses a designer kitchen, dining area, great room and opens to a covered deck.

A master suite with five-piece bath and walk-in closet is located on the upper floor, plus three more bedrooms, a bonus room and a laundry room.

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Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Realty Open House.

WHEN: Both SATURDAY, Sept. 17 and SUNDAY, Sept. 18, from Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 1051 SW 150th Street, Burien 98166 (MAP, or see below)

INFO:

  • List Price: $484,950
  • MLS Number: 822326
  • Year Built: 2016

Marketing Remarks:

We will be open Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 3.

Last one!!!

Open Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 3. Address is 1051 SW 150th St. Burien (Olde Burien).

Priced out of downtown or West Seattle? Discover Burien!

Welcome to King County’s best kept secret, which has a small town feel, yet is just minutes from downtown.

Ideal, affordable, spacious, luxury Townhomes within a very short walk to all downtown has to offer, including outdoor dining at the Mark and 909, movies and comedy nights at the Tim Room Bar & Theater and work out at Hot Feet Yoga. Burien even has Oilerie Burien – gourmet olive oil.

Burien has a friendly neigbhorhood atmosphere and is just 10 minutes from downtown. Exceptional transit system to Seattle.

Now is the best time to buy in Burien before everyone discovers the best kept secret in King County.

Priced at $484,950 and represented by Stuart Steadman, Realtor, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services.

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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By Jack Mayne

The proposed cutting down of “the draconian 2,270 trees” in the flight path corridors at Sea-Tac Airport was highlighted at the SeaTac City Council session Tuesday night (Sept. 13), with the Port of Seattle plan being opposed by the administrator of the South King County Cultural Association.

Councilmembers, however, were told that the Port was only carrying out the mandate of the Federal Aviation Administration. Not to do what the FAA requires could have drastic implications, even to curtailing the number or type of flights, or possibly even losing federal grants to help finance the airport and the area.

Barbara McMichael, the administrator of the cultural association, said “one of the things that has come up increasingly (from her members) is about trees,” and the fact that the “wholesale removal of so many trees from our community is becoming of increasing concern for our members … and the Port of Seattle’s plan to remove anywhere from 1,600 to 2,270 trees.”

She said that not all of the trees can be saved, but perhaps most not would have to go.

Don’t blame Port
The Port of Seattle is not the instigator of the tree removal program, as it is mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration that controls all planes when they are taking off, landing or are in flight.

Plus, Port officials in charge of the program say the removal of trees on private property will not begin until 2018, and after a thorough research of each situation.

All federally charged airports are required each five years to survey landing and takeoff zones by the FAA, and it requires removal of anything over a set height. The official name of the program is the “Flight Safety Corridor Program.”

Unlike some cities in the nation, at Sea-Tac Airport there are no buildings that have to be removed. In one city a tall apartment had to be torn down.

Here, the Port of Seattle plans to replace the removed trees with 4,000 native species trees to replace 2,270 trees taken down. The replaced trees are of a type that will not grow high enough to be problems in the future, Port officials told The SeaTac Blog on Thursday.

Here are some graphics provided by the Port; click images to see larger versions/slideshow:

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A larger (27MB) PDF version of this graphic can be downloaded here.

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Since the phase of removing trees from private property will not begin until 2018, there is time for individuals to work with Port officials on individual solutions. Residents with tall trees on their property can call a phone number on the Port website to have someone come to their property to see potential problems and advise people individually. Or they can email to [email protected].

For more information on this project, visit http://www.portseattle.org/Business/Construction-Projects/Airport-Projects/Pages/safe_corridor.aspx

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Acting City Manager Joe Scorcio presented a resolution that states the Council’s “intent to amend the Municipal Code related to parking and the commercial parking tax.” This is an issue that has been raised many times in the recent past and includes whether to increase the short term parking tax, whether to increase the tax periodically and whether a parking permit system should be adopted to “mitigate the impacts” of the airport and Sound Transit light rail stations “on the city’s streets, especially in residential neighborhoods.”

The current system was approved in 2005.

But the resolution notes that it “does not bind the City Council to any decisions regarding” changes in the tax amounts

Mayor Michael Siefkes asked Scorcio if the Port met the performance standards in the current parking law.

“They have not. The agreement provides for adjustment of the rates if the parking tax revenue does not achieve 90 percent of the estimate” but the tax only raised 76 percent of the tax income estimate – “well below the estimated we perceived.”

Alcohol in the park?
Rick Harwood, representing Duwamish Southside Rotary Club, said the group and others want have the city waive or change its ban on alcoholic beverages in SeaTac city parks so a fundraising event can take place next June at the Highline Botanical Garden that would include wine and beer tasting. He said the event would be private and an entrance ticket would be required, and that normally the Rotary club supported the ban on beer and wine in parks except for special occasions, as this one would be.

Harwood said the fundraiser would be to support Rotary giving to various local school and community needs.

New employees
Acting City Manager Joseph Scorcio introduced newly promoted Cultural Service Manager Brian Tomisser and new city employees including GIS analyst Anna Yost, recently promoted Recreation and Community Service Officer Sana Toutai-Wight, Associate Planner Brianna Burroughs, and Judicial Support Specialist Nelda Medina.

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Humans are not the only ones who need to make healthy food choices and get sufficient exercise to stay healthy and live long lives. The difference is, your kitty or pooch depend on you to ensure that they are getting the right nutrition and activity to keep them fit as a fiddle. But how do loving pet owners provide the best for their best friends if they work long hours, travel, or discover their pets have special dietary needs? bde01a_f3564aec77044c45bb4db80784b0e6db~mv2_d_3038_3352_s_4_2-3 Brittany Shelton of Sit’n Stay Pet Sitting can help. Along with offering dog walking, help with pet playdates, group field trips and general pet sitting, Brittany is also an experienced Veterinary Technician.  She knows how to provide healthcare for animals on a casual or emergent basis and is also well versed in holistic dietary counseling.

Brittany can help you develop a nutrition plan to meet you individual pets needs. She can even help you learn how to pamper your pet with special home recipes that your pet will beg for, while secretly delivering the nutritional benefits they need. Shhhh! don’t tell them it’s good for them…

Follow this link to learn more about these services:

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New clients receive 20% off their first booking when they mention the Blog!

Intrigued? Why not check out this fun gummy treat recipe and Flipagram courtesy of Brittany, then give her a call or click to keep Fido or Fluffy happy and healthy:

Gummy Bear Paws for Dogs and Cats:

Ingredients:

  • 1 TBSP Beef Bullion (or any low sodium broth)
  • 1C Water
  • 2 packets Knox Gelatin

Boil water and add bullion. Stir until dissolved.  Remove from heat and let sit 5 minutes.  Stir in gelatin until all dissolved.  Let sit 10 minutes. Pour into molds and place in refrigerator for 1 hour.  Once firm, remove from molds and let your Furkids enjoy! Store in refrigerator in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Check out the Flipagram Brittany made:

CONTACT INFO:

Sit ‘N Stay Pet Sitting, LLC
Serving Burien, Normandy Park, Des Moines, Kent, S. Seattle, and SeaTac

Phone: 206.370.0169

Website: http://www.wesittheystay.com

Email: [email protected]

WSDOT is warning drivers who use southbound Interstate 5 in South King County to expect extended overnight work hours from Friday evening, Sept. 16, through Sunday morning, Sept. 18.

The additional lane reductions and hours will allow Washington State Department of Transportation contractor crews to expedite paving and grinding work on three segments of southbound I-5 between Interstate 405 in Tukwila and South 320th Street in Federal Way.

This weather-dependent work will reduce the number of future overnight lane closures for a rehabilitation project that began in March.

I-405 to State Route 516:

  • Lane reductions will start at 8 p.m.Friday and Saturday.
  • By 10 p.m.nightly, traffic will be reduced to one right lane.
  • Lanes will begin reopening at 10 a.m.Saturday and Sunday.

South 260th Street to Military Road:

  • Lane reductions will start at 8 p.m.Friday.
  • By 9 p.m., traffic will be reduced to three left lanes.
  • Lanes will begin reopening at 9 a.m.Saturday.

Military Road to South 320th Street:

  • Lane reductions will start at 8 p.m.Friday and Saturday.
  • By 11:59 p.m.nightly, traffic will be reduced to one left lane.
  • Lanes will begin reopening at 4:30 a.m.Saturday and Sunday.

Ramp closures:

  • The South 188th Street on-ramp to southbound I-5 closed 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.nightly.
  • The South 200th on-ramp for southbound I-5 closed 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.nightly.
  • The South 272nd Street off- and on-ramps closed 9 p.m.Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday.