State Government

Your article "Initiative fights tunnel" on the front page of the Feb. 4 edition was very interesting. Vlad Oustimoviitch thinks that if Initiative 99 passes, the viaduct will be torn down and not replaced with anything.

If this were to happen, can you imagine what the citizens of Seattle would do to the governor? They would probably tar and feather her and give her a ride to the border.

The existing Alaska Way Viaduct should be retrofitted (strengthened) and thereby save the taxpayers much money.

Wm. D. Ward
Civil and Structural Engineer


Facing the biggest deficit in state history, our Legislative leaders have an enormous task ahead of them as they work this session towards balancing the nearly $6 billion gap in the budget.

One thing is clear: relying solely on devastating cuts would have drastic consequences for families trying to weather the worst economic recession in at least a generation and would seriously weaken our long-term efforts to strengthen the economy and stabilize the middle class. It simply isn't an option.

The legislature's response to our budget crisis in the coming months will determine our ability to not only weather the current storm, but to emerge from the recession with an economically secure future.

I implore our legislative leaders to seek solutions that will not only protect the most vulnerable in the short-term, but that also set us up for economic recovery in the coming years.

Kursten Holabird


The public is invited to the second open house on the City Center Access Project from 4 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 12, 2008, at the Macy's courtyard at The Commons at Federal Way, 1928 South Commons Way (near the I-5 interchange and south of S 320th Street).


Kiewit Pacific Co. last week was awarded a $67 million project to build a new State Route 519 interchange near the Seattle sports stadiums.

"SR 519 is a crucial connection from I-5 and I-90 to the waterfront for cars and freight, and this investment improves our ability to send Washington goods to a global market," said Paula Hammond, secretary of transportation. "The coalition of organizations supporting this project - including the sports teams, the city and county and Port of Seattle - worked hard to combine resources and get this project built."



Only a few steps from the Federal Way Transit Center will soon stand the mixed use senior housing project spearheaded by the Korean Women's Association (KWA) known as "Senior City."

"Senior City" will combine housing for over 122 low-income seniors, 3,000 square-feet of commercial space for the KWA social services office to serve tenants and the general public of south King County, and a social hall.

Last Thursday, September 25, marked the groundbreaking ceremony for "Senior City," and community leaders from across the region came to celebrate this historic project.


The clock is ticking for Washington residents who haven't registered to vote in the Nov. 4 General Election.



Julie Enevoldsen clutched a stack of handouts, folded maps of the eight scenarios proposed for replacing the viaduct.

"I definitely like this process better," she said. "It's vastly improved from before, where we had to vote between A and B with no information about either."

Enevoldsen was among more than a hundred people who attended the scoping open house for the Alaskan Way Viaduct, at the Fauntleroy Church in West Seattle last week, Sept.


The decision to make the Aurora Bridge more dissuasive to potential suicides has brought up mixed feelings to potential designs for a planned suicide-prevention barrier on each side of the overpass.

Because the bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a citizens' advisory committee formed to ensure the fence design reflects community values and issues, has decided the barrier should be removable for major maintenance and should not deface any part of the original bridge.

Aiming for a 12-foot- high fence, the committee discussed at a public meeting las


Money the city set aside in March to help renters displaced by apartment-to-condominium conversions has sparsely been used, but the program has been extended two months to aid those not eligible for assistance from a new state law.

The state Legislature passed earlier this year a bill requiring developers to provide relocation assistance equal to three month's rent to households earning 80 percent or below the median income. The new law went into effect August 1.


The Monorail Project Board has set a deadline of April 6 for Executive Director Joel Horn to have a date for the completion of talks over details of a contract to design, build, operate and maintain the monorail.

Discussions have been going on for close to six months between the Seattle Monorail Project and Cascadia Monorail Co.

"Negotiations are taking so long because I'm trying to get everything," Horn said in an interview Thursday. "We don't want to give on station design. We don't want to give on anything.


Dean Wong

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