Politics Section

VIDEO: Watch Public Comments from Port of Seattle’s first SAMP meeting

VIDEO: Watch Public Comments from Port of Seattle’s first SAMP meeting

On May 30, 2018, the Port of Seattle gave a presentation on its Sustainable Airport Master Plan (SAMP) to nearly 150 residents at the Burien Community Center. This was the Port’s first open house... [Read more]

Rep. Adam Smith introduces legislation to support airport impacted communities

Rep. Adam Smith introduces legislation to support airport impacted communities

On Wednesday, June 20, Congressman Adam Smith introduced the ‘Aviation Impacted Communities Act,’ which – if passed – will help communities located near airports. As airline travel has... [Read more]

UPDATE: Local Filmmaker gives Port of Seattle Commissioners an ‘Intermission’

UPDATE: Local Filmmaker gives Port of Seattle Commissioners an ‘Intermission’

Local attorney, activist and filmmaker Steve Edmiston took a break from his ongoing project – to brief the Port of Seattle Commissioners on the impact of aircraft operations on our communities – to... [Read more]

Alaska Air HQ construction, new cell antennas considered by SeaTac Council

Alaska Air HQ construction, new cell antennas considered by SeaTac Council

By Jack Mayne A major new Alaska Air Group construction project and a possible 20-year agreement to permit cellular companies to place new antennas on utility poles citywide dominated a lengthy SeaTac... [Read more]

VIDEO: SeaTac Mayor Siefkes speaks at Chamber’s ‘State of Our Cities’ luncheon

VIDEO: SeaTac Mayor Siefkes speaks at Chamber’s ‘State of Our Cities’ luncheon

On Friday, June 8, the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce held its annual ‘State of Our Cities’ membership luncheon, with guest speakers from five regional cities, including SeaTac Mayor... [Read more]

Governor, King County Executive speak at protest in SeaTac Saturday

Governor, King County Executive speak at protest in SeaTac Saturday

On Saturday, June 9, a protest against the detention of asylum-seeking mothers was held outside the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac, with special appearances and speeches by Gov. Jay Inslee and King... [Read more]

City of SeaTac expresses ‘strong concerns’ over Dow Constantine’s proposal

City of SeaTac expresses ‘strong concerns’ over Dow Constantine’s proposal

On Tuesday, May 29, the City of SeaTac sent a letter to King County Executive Dow Constantine, expressing “strong concerns and displeasure over your proposed ordinance to reallocate funding from... [Read more]

Seattle Southside RTA concerned with King County Exec’s new tax proposal

Seattle Southside RTA concerned with King County Exec’s new tax proposal

By Scott Schaefer King County Executive Dow Constantine on Wednesday (May 23) announced a proposal that would change the intended allocation of lodging tax dollars away from the local tourism industry,... [Read more]

Permit parking implemented by Council, but it hesitates over free street vacation

Permit parking implemented by Council, but it hesitates over free street vacation

By Jack Mayne The SeaTac City Council on Tuesday (May 22) officially started its long studied plan to allow permit parking in neighborhoods overwhelmed with for hire and airport employee parking. But it... [Read more]

Amendment funding noise mitigation for Highline School District passes house

Amendment funding noise mitigation for Highline School District passes house

On Wednesday, May 23, ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee Adam Smith offered an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, to provide for noise mitigation for the Highline School... [Read more]

Some SeaTac officials object to Burien Mayor Matta siding with residents of Firs

Some SeaTac officials object to Burien Mayor Matta siding with residents of Firs

By Jack Mayne Burien Mayor Jimmy Matta created a small controversy when he wrote a letter to the King County Superior Court judge presently considering an appeal of the residents of the Firs Mobile Home... [Read more]

Alaska Airlines to build new office building; Council considers govt. relations manager

Alaska Airlines to build new office building; Council considers govt. relations manager

By Jack Mayne Alaska Airlines will begin developing a property on International Boulevard with an office building and parking garage, the start of a more elaborate development later, and the SeaTac City... [Read more]

SeaTac Council on new sidewalks and state legislation on airport, Firs

SeaTac Council on new sidewalks and state legislation on airport, Firs

By Jack Mayne Whether new sidewalks should be discussed with residents before being made city projects was debated by the SeaTac City Council during its regular session Tuesday night (April 10). While... [Read more]

The Cactus Speaks: Municipal Capital Improvement/Slush Fund? Budgets are boring…

The Cactus Speaks: Municipal Capital Improvement/Slush Fund? Budgets are boring…

[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 always seeking additional regular... [Read more]

State auditor finds SeaTac error that city blamed on ‘shortage of staff’

State auditor finds SeaTac error that city blamed on ‘shortage of staff’

By Jack Mayne The Washington state auditor has found that the City of SeaTac did not have adequate internal controls in 2016 to be certain that funds were accurately reported, identified and transferred... [Read more]

SeaTac Council approves pioneering locked mailbox program, food trucks

SeaTac Council approves pioneering locked mailbox program, food trucks

By Jack Mayne First in the nation, the SeaTac City Council approved on March 27 an ordinance intended to reduce and eventually eliminate mailbox theft in the city by encouraging residents to replace non-locking... [Read more]

Judge postpones Firs Mobile Home appeal decision; says more time needed

Judge postpones Firs Mobile Home appeal decision; says more time needed

By Jack Mayne King County Superior Court Judge LeRoy McCullough on Friday morning (March 30) postponed the decision on an appeal by the residents of the Firs Mobile Home Park of approval by a SeaTac hearing... [Read more]

Deadline extended for 2018 Spring Community Leadership Academy

Deadline extended for 2018 Spring Community Leadership Academy

Registration for the 2018 Spring Community Leadership Academy has been extended through March 26. Apply online, or print and return your application by March 26: http://www.ci.seatac.wa.us/how-do-i/apply-for/community-leadership-... [Read more]

33rd District Democrats Legislative District Caucus will be Sat., March 24

33rd District Democrats Legislative District Caucus will be Sat., March 24

From new Advertiser the 33rd District Democrats: We all know that our nation needs new leadership; now is the time we focus locally to make that happen! We need to be prepared to fight for every vote... [Read more]

SeaTac City Council eliminates study sessions; meeting times moved to 6 p.m.

SeaTac City Council eliminates study sessions; meeting times moved to 6 p.m.

By Jack Mayne Unless there is a special reason to do so, there will be no future study sessions each Tuesday night the SeaTac City Council meets, just a “regular” City Council meeting, with the first... [Read more]