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Two concept plans for the David Rodgers Park play area as presented during a public meeting at the end of October. Courtesy of Seattle Parks & Recreation
Two concept plans for the David Rodgers Park play area as presented during a public meeting at the end of October. Courtesy of Seattle Parks & Recreation
Monday, January 29, 2018 1:57 PM
Community members of all ages are encouraged to provide input
  • Michael George says the Seattle City Council has lost the people’s trust, and the District 7 candidate wants to earn it back. George has lived downtown for 11 years, and is a senior project manager at commercial real estate firm Kidder Mathews who is focused on transit-oriented development.

  • King County and Catholic Community Services representatives took more flak on Tuesday for plans to develop and operate a low-barrier enhanced modular shelter on Elliott Avenue starting this summer.
  • When the Uptown Alliance wanted to better celebrate and promote arts and culture, it formed a coalition. When the Uptown Arts & Culture Coalition wanted to promote unity and identity in the neighborhood — a newly formed arts district experiencing growth and change — it started a branding campaign.
  • The State Route 99 on- and off-ramps at the stadiums closed last week, and the Seattle Squeeze officially starts when the Alaskan Way Viaduct closes permanently at 10 p.m. Friday. Here's what folks need to know about how traveling in Seattle will change when the viaduct closes and after the State Route 99 Tunnel opens.
  • Washington’s 36th District lawmakers will head back to Olympia next week with big climate and tax reform goals for the 2019 legislative session, and to attempt to push through legislation backlogged for years under a GOP majority.
  • King County is suing Ace American Insurance Company for more than $20 million in costs incurred from repairing an underground conveyance pipe at its south Magnolia wastewater storage facility due to a rejected insurance claim and subsequent snubbing for more than two years.
  • Mayor Jenny Durkan used the Seattle Aquarium as the venue to announce Thursday that there is enough support from property owners to transmit legislation to the city council for creating a local improvement district for the $712 million Waterfront for All project.
  • A retired Air Force major general passed up for the job as Seattle’s transportation director has been hired by Mayor Jenny Durkan to serve in the newly created position of Director of Citywide Mobility Operations Coordination.
  • WSDOT is closing the State Route 99 northbound on-ramp at Royal Brougham Way and southbound off-ramp at South Atlantic Street on Friday, giving the transportation department an extra week to prepare for February’s scheduled opening of the new SR 99 Tunnel from Sodo to Seattle Center.
  • Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has suspended Dental Health Services’ ability to sell new dental plans for a year, after the insurance company not only failed to address hundreds of customer grievances, but also ended up double-charging people for premiums and cancelling numerous policies.

     
  • Commuting in Seattle is about to change immensely, with more tolls and traffic after the Alaskan Way Viaduct closes on Jan. 11.
  • The back-and-forth between the City of Seattle and Queen Anne Community Council over accessory dwelling units continues, as a March 25 hearing looms and the potential dismissal of a portion of QACC’s appeal remains uncertain.
  • District 7 Seattle City Council candidate Isabelle Kerner’s lawsuit against the Seattle Police Department is proceeding in U.S. District Court.
    Kerner alleges that officers mishandled her assault by a group of men on Capitol Hill on Oct. 8, 2017.

  • While frustration and anger over how the police department handled an assault against her in 2017 factors into Isabelle Kerner’s decision to run for city council, the District 7 candidate says there are many more issues she wants to fix in Seattle.
  • The King County Prosecutor’s Office has filed sexual misconduct and molestation charges against a Ballard High School staffer alleged to have engaged in a sexual relationship with a student since 2016.

     
  • The Queen Anne Community Council is conceding that the City of Seattle may have met its public outreach requirements for developing legislation addressing accessory dwelling units, but challenges arguments that portions of its appeal have already been addressed.
  • After three months of committee meetings and candidate interviews, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced Sam Zimbabwe as her nominee to be the next Seattle Department of Transportation director.

     
  • While opening a needed light rail project in 2035 may seem like a long wait for regular Seattle commuters, for Sound Transit planners they are rushing to meet a deadline.
  • A number of Queen Anne residents got hot under the collar in church on Wednesday, where a presentation for a new 24/7 enhanced modular shelter received little praise.
  • The Seattle City Council on Friday filed a motion to partially dismiss an appeal to a final environmental impact statement based on issues raised by the Queen Anne Community Council regarding the city’s proposal to incentivize the creation of more accessory dwelling units.
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