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New search for SeaTac City Manager set after recent finalist takes job elsewhere

New search for SeaTac City Manager set after recent finalist takes job elsewhere

By Jack Mayne At the beginning of 2019 the SeaTac City Council will begin its second search for a new city manager to replace retiring Joe Scorcio. Previously selected top candidate Christopher J. Dennis... [Read more]

Highline Education Association reaches tentative agreement with school district

Highline Education Association reaches tentative agreement with school district

Late Monday afternoon, Aug. 27, Highline Public Schools announced that they reached a tentative agreement with the Highline Education Association (HEA). “This agreement honors the valuable work our... [Read more]

Highline Teachers vote to authorize strike if agreement can’t be reached by Sept. 4

Highline Teachers vote to authorize strike if agreement can’t be reached by Sept. 4

On Thursday afternoon, Aug. 23, members of the Highline Education Association – the union that represents Teachers in Highline Public Schools – voted to authorize a strike should no agreement with... [Read more]

Pending contract negotiations, Christopher Dennis will be new city manager

Pending contract negotiations, Christopher Dennis will be new city manager

By Jack Mayne Christopher J. Dennis was voted unanimously to become the new SeaTac city manager to replace retiring Joe Scorcio at Tuesday night’s city council meeting. The city will now work on... [Read more]

Retired Navy captain unanimously chosen city manager to replace Joe Scorcio

Retired Navy captain unanimously chosen city manager to replace Joe Scorcio

By Jack Mayne On Tuesday night, Aug. 14, Christopher J. Dennis was voted unanimously to become the new SeaTac city manager, to replace retiring Joe Scorcio after a three month overlap period. The city... [Read more]

Meet the final 4 City Manager Candidates at Open House on Wed., Aug. 8

Meet the final 4 City Manager Candidates at Open House on Wed., Aug. 8

Four finalists have been selected for the new City Manager Position at the City of SeaTac, and residents and business owners will have an opportunity to meet and ask questions of them at a public Open... [Read more]

Councilmember Peter Kwon has been appointed to 4Culture Board

Councilmember Peter Kwon has been appointed to 4Culture Board

The King County Council this week unanimously appointed SeaTac City Councilmember Peter Kwon to the 4Culture Board for the remainder of a three-year term, to expire on Dec. 31, 2020. 4Culture was established... [Read more]

Port of Seattle now accepting comments on its ‘Sustainable Airport Master Plan’

Port of Seattle now accepting comments on its ‘Sustainable Airport Master Plan’

The Port of Seattle began the environmental review process of the Sustainable Airport Master Plan (SAMP) Near-Term Projects for Sea-Tac Airport on Monday, July 30, by asking for public comment on environmental... [Read more]

SeaTac to have meeting for tenants of international market that city wants to sell

SeaTac to have meeting for tenants of international market that city wants to sell

By Jack Mayne The SeaTac City Council has agreed to set up a meeting with the tenants of the SeaTac Center which the city has put up for sale, and residents have interpreted to mean closure of their mostly... [Read more]

City of SeaTac launches locking mailbox program, which opens Monday

City of SeaTac launches locking mailbox program, which opens Monday

In order to respond to increased mail theft problems, the City of SeaTa has launched a citywide neighborhood mailbox program. Locking mailboxes will be available to SeaTac residents and businesses located... [Read more]

Thousands protest outside Federal Detention Center in SeaTac Saturday

Thousands protest outside Federal Detention Center in SeaTac Saturday

With estimates of up to 10,000 by the King County Sheriff’s Office, protestors gathered outside the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac on Saturday, June 30, to voice their opposition against President... [Read more]

ANALYSIS: Despite decision, Firs Mobile Home Park will close unless law changes

ANALYSIS: Despite decision, Firs Mobile Home Park will close unless law changes

By Jack Mayne The Firs Mobile Home Park real tragedy is because of poor advice from those who guided the 170 mostly Hispanic residents. Continually ignored by attorneys and political guidance for the... [Read more]

Minor disturbance at SeaTac Council, good wishes for departing Jeff Robinson

Minor disturbance at SeaTac Council, good wishes for departing Jeff Robinson

By Jack Mayne It was a minor affair, but a group of Somali business operators in the International Boulevard area wanted to protest plans by the city to let the area be developed for major new businesses,... [Read more]

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]