City Government

While the tax cutters chop away at the public purse, Seattle and many other juristictions are dithering while the infrastructure crumbles and collapses.

08/24/2005

With a smile that lights up the air around her, Grace Mason O'Neill takes up her sewing every Thursday morning at the American Cancer Society's Discovery Shop on California Avenue.

She is called "Amazing Grace" not only because of her magical smile or the bright brown eyes that concentrate so intently on her mending, nor is it her nimble fingers that guide fine steel instruments so surely along their restorative path.

08/24/2005
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GRACE IN 1927. The year Grace Mason O'Neill became Miss West Seattle.

A few minutes after a corps of Seattle city department heads outlined the fact taxes would not soar nor would services be severely curtailed in the unincorporated North Highline area of it annexed to the city, a report on four focus groups showed residents of the area are not really hot about anything except keeping the status quo.

One of the four groups couldn't come to any decision on whether the area should remain in King County, become their own city, join Burien or annex to Seattle.

"To conclude, age, taxes and lack of information made for an often inflexible discuss

08/24/2005

Acting chair for the Seattle Monorail Project, Kristina Hill, said she believes that with the support of the Seattle City Council and the community, the Monorail Project still has a chance to emerge as a successful mass transit system for the city.

Hill said since the project originated with the people, the project is not getting a fair share of attention from the state or the city.

"I think they see us as a different kind of project than Sound Transit who had two years to do a turnaround," said Hill.

08/24/2005

While the tax cutters chop away at the public purse, Seattle and many other juristictions are dithering while the infrastructure crumbles and collapses.

08/24/2005

Times/News

The man once convicted of murder for killing 20-year-old Kristopher Kime in 2001 now faces a lesser charge of manslaughter in connection with the crime.

Jerell A.

08/23/2005

Times/News Correspondent

Revenue created by a property tax levy lid lift could help reduce Des Moines' crime rate to 1999 levels, Police Chief Roger Baker told city council members on Aug. 18.

Baker emphasized that no new police officers would be added to the department with revenue generated by the levy increase.

Instead, he said it would allow the department to restore positions that were cut after passage of Initiative 695 in 1999.

If council members agree on Sept.

08/23/2005

There is $500 million worth of city-street and bridge repairs that have been ignored too long and Seattle City Council President Jan Drago says it is time to get to work on that.

"The next four years, the focus needs not to be on big capitol development, but on maintenance, both major and routine," she said. "The era of big capitol budgets is over for a while as far as I am concerned. We need to focus on the smaller things that are more realistic for us to deal with.

08/17/2005

ROBINSON NEWSPAPERS

Monorail planners should figure out how many miles of guideway and how many stations can be built for $1.5 billion and, if necessary, get ready to put an altered version of the Green Line before the voters this fall, said Cleve Stockmeyer, one of two elected representatives on the Seattle Monorail Project board of directors.

Stockmeyer also recommended building a dual-beam guideway on the West Seattle Bridge instead of a single-beam guideway as had previously been planned.

Mayor Greg Nickels weighed into the fray last week with a letter

08/17/2005

Times/News

Against the backdrop of a sharply divided Burien City Council, 34th District Democrats declined on Aug.

08/17/2005
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