I have been observing Jack Block, Sr. for over 30 years.
This former White Center schoolboy is a graduate of Highland Park Elementary, West Seattle High and the U-Dub class of 1957 with a degree in international studies who went on to become a Port of Seattle commissioner for a record of 28 years. He is now retired and living with a new wife in a beautiful home overlooking the ferry dock in West Seattle.
Not bad for a working guy, a longshoreman, crane operator on Seattle's waterfront.
Up until now, the so-called "missing link" of the Burke-Gilman Trail was purely a matter of semantics. The construction of the $3.5 million segment along 54th Street and Seaview Avenue, between the Ballard Locks and Northwest 60th Street, gives the bicycling lobby exactly what they wanted: a true missing link to the controversial trail.
In and of itself, the new trail segment is not a bad thing, unless you want to count the $1.8 million from the city's general fund spent on the 0.7-mile project.
Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin said his success in getting legislation passed and his ability to go into any neighborhood and point his accomplishments is what makes him feel he is ready for a third term.
As chairman of the council's Transportation Committee, Conlin says his goals for the next four years are to continue to largely concentrate on addressing transportation issues and setbacks, and road, street and bridge repairs, both regionally and locally.
He is a member of a regional committee that has been lobbying for legislation to provide adequate money fo
One of West Seattle's leading liberals, Tom Weeks recently announced his resignation as chairman of the monorail project after helping create the $11 billion fiasco. If I remember correctly, previously he took his financial expertise to the Seattle School District and then resigned after the district lost $35 million.
When you have lunch with Mary Gates and Betty Huff, you have to accept a periodic interruption from friends of theirs. At Indochine recently, where Mary ordered a shrimp dish with a five-star degree of hotness, and Betty a more demure Thai salad, we gnoshed and talked symphony and the exciting pops program planned for August 13. Now and again, someone they knew would drift by the table (Mark Clirehugh, then Peggy Laporte) to say hello.
The very good reason for this is that these two women are among the leaders and shakers in town who makes things happen.
Burien Councilwoman Sally Nelson announced last week that she is a candidate for re-election to the city council.
"I have been honored to serve the citizens of Burien as mayor, deputy mayor and council member," Nelson declared. "I have helped provide a strong foundation for our city.
"Who remembers empty storefronts, and a grim Main Street?
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Mayor Noel Gibb recently had a chance meeting in Burien with another mayor - from across the Pacific Ocean.
Gibb and his wife, Margie, stopped at "Little Pat's Place," 13611 Ambaum Blvd. S.W., for dinner, where they enjoy visiting with owners Nena and Pat Payoyo.
Unknown to the Gibbs, another mayor was also in the house that evening - Municipal Mayor Corazon J.
Each Thursday I drive down First Avenue South in Burien, and when I go through the intersection at Southwest 152nd Street and First Avenue I see these A-frame signs telling people there is a farmers market in Burien.
This really gets people to notice there is a function going on and most likely brings people to the farmers market.
Since these folks are creating business this way, it must be OK to do it. Excuse me, wrong.
A-frames are prohibited in the city of Burien as per the Burien municipal code (BMC 19.30.040 l).
In the city of Tukwila, there are four city council positions expiring in December of this year. Council Members Duffie, Haggerton, Linder, and Fenton currently occupy the seats opening for election.
You may contact Tukwila City Hall or King County Elections for more information.
There are two school director
Highline public schools will spend $147.9 million during the 2005-06 fiscal year if a general operating budget presented July 13 is approved.
Under the proposed plan outlined for school board members by budget director Melissa Patterson, the district will take in revenue of $147.4 million and use $500,000 from the general fund balance.
The district would still have $7.4 million in reserves.
The $7.4 million is within district guidelines of maintaining an unreserved general fund balance of between 3 and 5 percent, P