Packed house debates SeaTac minimum wage measure

UPDATE:Alaska Airlines and the Washington Restaurant Association failed Friday, July 19 to convince a King County Superior Court judge to halt the SeaTac council from placing the measure on the Nov. 5 ballot.


There was only a week’s notice but the place was packed.

Proponents and opponents of a proposed ordinance that would set a minimum wage of $15 per hour and other employment conditions for some airport transportation and hospitality workers testified at SeaTac City Council chambers on July 16 in a town hall meeting.

The SeaTac City Council is expected on July 23 to formally put the measure on the Nov. 5 SeaTac election ballot. Because the initiative received the required amount of petition signatures, the lawmakers only other choice would have been to adopted the ordinance outright without a citizens’ vote. They refused to do that at their July 9 study session.

Two separate proceedings on Friday, July 19 could halt the council’s action. One is a review of the validity of the signatures by King County Elections. Aug. 6 is the deadline for placing measures on the November ballot.

Two drills scheduled each day, Tuesday - Friday

Press release:

The Port of Seattle Fire Department will be conducting aircraft fire response exercises this week as part of regularly scheduled training on a runway closed due to construction. Two exercises are scheduled for each day from Tuesday, July 16 through Friday, July 19.

Passengers in the terminal may notice fire response vehicles during daytime hours. Again, these are training exercises ONLY and will NOT affect normal operations or airline flight schedules.

Port of Seattle Fire vehicles will respond to a mock aircraft located at several different positions on the closed center runway (16C/34C) during the week.

Firefighter response will include water spray on the mock aircraft. The drills take advantage of the temporary closure of the center runway for pavement maintenance.

These exercises were scheduled prior to the recent aircraft incident in San Francisco as part of the port’s regular training exercises.


Alaska Airlines and the Washington Restaurant Association have filed a lawsuit seeking to block the SeaTac City Council from sending the airport workers minimum-wage Initiative to voters later this fall.

The lawsuit from Alaska Airlines and the Washington Restaurant Association asks the King County Superior Court to prohibit “the City of SeaTac and the City Clerk from taking any further steps to place the proposed Ordinance before the City Council for action or any other steps to forward the proposed Ordinance to King County for placement on a ballot for any election.”


Alaska’s lawsuits specifically ask the court to order the City of SeaTac to pay for the “Plaintiffs’ costs and attorneys’ fees” for filing the lawsuit.

Alaska Airlines and the Washington Restaurant Association, represented by corporate law firm Davis, Wright, Tremaine, filed their demands for an immediate injunction on July 8th. They are joined by Filo Foods and BF Foods, two Sea-Tac Airport concessionaires.


Press release:

USO Northwest and Port of Seattle announce the signing of a long-term lease for a new $1.27 million, 7,000-square-foot USO center opening at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport the summer of 2014. The new center will be more than double the size of the current USO Sea-Tac Center, enabling better service to increasing numbers of local and traveling military personnel, their families and veterans.

With the additional space, the new USO Sea-Tac center will provide greater access to shower facilities, beds, hot meals and snacks, computers and Internet access, a family room, theater room and much more.

“Today’s announcement represents a major milestone and commitment for USO Northwest. We invite local corporations, civic organizations and private donors to show their support for our military and be a part of this historic endeavor,” said Donald Leingang, Executive Director of USO Northwest and retired Commander, U.S. Navy.


A proposed ordinance that would set a minimum wage of $15 per hour and other employment conditions for some airport transportation and hospitality workers will be on SeaTac’s Nov. 5 general election ballot.

SeaTac council members placed the ordinance on the ballot Tuesday, July 9 after declining to adopt it without a vote by residents. Because a petition with sufficient signatures was filed with King County Elections, SeaTac council members were required to either adopt the ordinance outright or send it on to the ballot.

City Attorney Mary Mirante Bartolo and Councilmember Dave Bush emphasized that city officials did not generate the proposed ordinance. The ordinance was proposed and signatures gathered by a group called SeaTac Committee for Good Jobs.

A special “town hall” meeting will be held July 16, 5:30 p.m., at SeaTac City Hall to hear public comments about the proposed ordinance.

Possible public exposures to measles on July 4

Press release:

Local public health officials have learned of a confirmed case of measles in a contagious traveler who arrived at Sea-Tac airport on July 4, 2013. Measles is a highly contagious and potentially severe disease caused by the measles virus. It is mainly spread through the air after a person with measles coughs or sneezes.

Because most people in our area have immunity to the measles through vaccination, the risk to the general public is low. However, people who were in the same locations at Sea-Tac Airport around the same time as the contagious traveler should be aware of their immunity status, monitor themselves for symptoms, and call a health care provider promptly if they develop an illness with fever or an unexplained rash illness sometime between July 11 and July 25, 2013.

People at highest risk from exposure to measles include those who are unvaccinated, pregnant women, infants under six months of age and those with weakened immune systems.

Exhibit now on display near Gate A-1

Press release:

One of the most iconic musicians from the Seattle area is now a visible part of the Experience the City of Music Program at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with the installation of a Jimi Hendrix exhibit presented by EMP Museum.

Located on the secure side of the terminal near gate A1, Jimi Hendrix: West Coast Seattle Boy, is the latest addition to the highly successful music program from the Port of Seattle, Seattle Music Commission and Play Network.

Organized by EMP Museum, Jimi Hendrix: West Coast Seattle Boy traces the early years of one of the most celebrated guitarists of all time. This unique display presents Hendrix’s story from the time he was growing up in Seattle to his early career as a musician, and his brief return home as an international superstar.

Reproductions of intimate family pictures, rare concert photos, posters, and illustrations hand-drawn by Hendrix capture key moments in the life of a remarkable artist whose legacy continues to this day.


Press release:

The City of SeaTac announces their receipt of a Community Transformation Grant (CTG), a federally funded initiative, which will support the upcoming station area planning effort surrounding the $383 million Sound Transit Angle Lake Light Rail Station, set to open in 2016.

The CTG grant will help fund the following planning projects for the City, to help guide the redevelopment of the area:

Angle Lake Station Area Plan Community Engagement Project ($28,000): The community engagement process will provide a conduit for the area’s diverse residential and business communities to voice their vision for how to increase opportunities for active transportation, recreation and access to healthy food within the Angle Lake Station Area.

Angle Lake Station Area Plan Pedestrian and Bicycle Connectivity Study Project ($20,000): The study will assess pedestrian and bicycle connectivity within the Angle Lake Station Area and will increase the City’s understanding of opportunities and deficiencies within the current pedestrian and bicycle networks throughout the station area.

Construction period scheduled for July 8 - August 2

Press release:

The Port of Seattle is alerting area residents to a scheduled temporary center runway closure for pavement work this summer at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

During the closure, airport neighbors may notice changes in runway use as the two outside runways will be used more frequently. All air traffic will be directed to Sea-Tac’s two other open runways during the project.

The construction work, scheduled for July 8-August 2, will extend the life of the runway.

The runway closure will not affect airline flight schedules or passengers. Construction work will occur primarily during daytime hours. The timing takes advantage of dry, sunny weather — ideal construction conditions — to reduce the total time of the closure.


July 8 – August 2 Closure Details


I attended the School board meeting on June 26, 2013 and it was the first time I was allowed to view the information on the surplus school land sale to the City of Burien. What I found especially interesting was Rose Clark/Burien council member standing up and telling the School Board that the approval of this sale was time sensitive as the ground had to be broken for this storm water facility by the City of Burien by this fall.

I regularly attend and follow Council meetings and have never heard about the land deal, the monies that are available for it and how much Burien citizens will have to contribute to this developing this facility.

If this is so urgent of an issue, why hasn't it been discussed at any recent council meetings? Why hasn't there been open public disclosure on what is going on in NERA, and who will really be responsible for this storm water facility and the expense to develop it?

Please see the letter attached I submitted to the Highline School District School board at this meeting.

June 26, 2013
To: The Highline School District School Board/ Highline Schools

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