City Government

Following last week's demise of the monorail, Mayor Greg Nickels ordered the Seattle Department of Transportation to conduct a transit study for West Seattle, Ballard and the rest of the western half of the city.

The study will compare buses, bus rapid transit, light rail and streetcars, said Patrice Gillespie Smith, Seattle Department of Transportation chief of staff. Neither subways nor monorail will be part of the new analysis, she said.

The study will consider transit that mingles with street traffic, such as buses.

11/15/2005

North Highline Unincorporated Area Council members gave a preliminary recommendation on Nov. 3 that North Highline annex to Burien.

Ten council members approved the recommendation with Doris Tevaseu opposed and Karen Veloria abstaining.

The recommendation came despite protests from some audience members, who asked council members to postpone a decision.

They said North Highline residents have not had enough time to study annexation or incorporation as a separate city.

11/13/2005

ERIC MATHISON

"Welcome to Burien" may be the message for North Highline residents after North Highline Unincorporated Area Council members issued a preliminary recommendation that the area annex to Burien. Officials caution this is a very early step in the process.

The Burien City Council has begun its review of a preliminary budget for 2006.

The proposed spending plan maintains and enhances the current level of services using existing revenue sources.

11/13/2005

The Woodland Park Zoo is building a new edition but instead of animals, this one holds cars. Plans call for a four floor parking garage in the north west corner of the zoo, with capacity for 700 automobiles. Some neighbors feel officials ignored public input on the design of the garage, after a design committee advocated an underground garage be built on the opposite side of the park.

"Ten days prior to the first public hearing, it was announced ...

11/09/2005

I am no Greg Nichols fan but I have to give credit to the mayor for being reasonable.

He was a strong monorail supporter for years. He believed the Seattle Monorail Project board phony information for a long time.

When it was announced that the project "had no clothes," even Nickels had to agree it was time to oppose it.

For Stockmeyer and Laws to blame Horn and Weeks for the current situation is a bit disingenuous. They were on the board. A board is supposed to provide oversight and guidance.

11/04/2005

Once again the Seattle mayor's budget for the new fiscal year fails to properly reflect Seattle City Library needs.

Specifically the library needs funding to restore library hours and collection budget cuts made in previous years. Currently only a few branches are open Sundays and those that are open are limited to four hours.

Most branches close by 6 p.m. on workdays for half the days they are open. At least two days a week the libraries do not open until 1 p.m. No branch is open after 8 p.m. any day.

Seattle library users are avid readers.

11/04/2005

Board member says mayor a 'flip-flopper'

By Tim St.

10/26/2005
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As Richard Benjamin scurries around town waiving a letter from the Public Disclosure Commission and seeking absolution for his role in the theft of the 2001 Des Moines City Council election, let us remember that the PDC simply dismissed the charges because it could not find specific evidence that Benjamin knew what was going on.

Lack of evidence is not exoneration.

The incident did indeed take place, as finally admitted by the conveyor belt investors and ex-mayor Don Wasson (who, incidentally, vehemently denied the charges right up until that moment, two days before Chris

10/25/2005

Times/News

The Growth Management Act and "secret" city council meetings occupied the attention of Normandy Park candidates at a forum Oct.

10/25/2005

Times/News Correspondent

Des Moines council candidate Ed Pina said at a candidate's forum last week that, if elected, he will give budget priority to critical city services such as police and street improvements.

The former planning commission member spoke at the Oct.

10/19/2005
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