Candidates speak: exclusive interviews with City Council District 1 candidates

By Gwen Davis

Who are you going to vote for Seattle City Council District 1? To date, nine candidates have joined the race to replace retiring Council Member Tom Rasmussen coveted seated. This past week we asked the candidates two questions:

What are the top two issues in West Seattle that are most important to you?
What do you have that your competitors do not?

Here is a summary of how each candidate responded to the questions.

Dave Montoure

Montoure’s two main issues are development and public safety.

“Impacts of development and assuring that public investment in our infrastructure keeps pace with private investment in our communities [are important to,” Montoure said.

Montoure also said that crime and public safety are among his top concerns.

West Seattle needs a 24/7 emergency medical facility, he believes, especially given the high number of elderly people, children and families who live in the area.

What makes Montoure the best candidate?

“I have a proven record of volunteer civic involvement,” he said. “I remain vested in our local economy and provide jobs in our community.”

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On the Go Week of 2-23-15


Volunteer Soccer Coaches Needed
High Point Community Center
South Park Community Center
Spring 2015, Mon. and/or Wed. afternoon / evenings. Both Centers are looking for volunteer soccer coaches to start up a new soccer league in their neighborhoods. Coaches will teach soccer skills to 5-7 & 8-10 year olds. Games will be on Friday nights. If interested contact:

Community Information Meetings for Charter School
Summit Public Schools is applying to open a free, public charter school, grades 6-12, in West Seattle. We invite the community to join us at an upcoming Information Session and to share their input.

Southwest Branch Library
9010 35th Ave. S.W.
Thurs., Feb. 26, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

White Center Library
11220 16th Ave. S.W.
Tues., March 17, 6:15-7:15 p.m.

Discovery Shop

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New “Vision Zero” effort to reduce vehicle speeds on streets

By Gwen Davis

Last Thurs., Seattle mayor Ed Murray along with officials from the Seattle Police Department and Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) announced Vision Zero, “an effort to end traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030,” according to the city.

In 2015, officials will lower speeds on specific streets around the city, including West Seattle. Targeted streets will be reduced to 25 mph, replacing the standard 30 mph.

The five streets in West Seattle include:

· 35th Avenue SW

· SW Roxbury Street/Olson Place SW

· Delridge Way SW

· Fauntleroy Way SW

· Harbor Avenue SW

According to the document describing the details of Vision Zero, “each year, more than 150 people sustain life-changing serious injuries and approximately 20 people die on our streets. People over age 50 are particularly vulnerable and have made up 70 percent of pedestrian fatalities in the last three years.”

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