For the third time in the past five years, the parking lot of Trinity United Methodist Church will serve as host to Tent City, which acts as temporary housing for about 100 homeless people and has moved around the city and its suburbs in the past years.
But unlike past years, when tempers have run high and accusations amuck, hardly any protests have come from Ballardites so far with Tent City's planned visit of Aug.
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A King County Superior Court judge ruled in favor of Burien Aug.
Exhibiting the no nonsense attitude she has displayed for the past nearly two decades on the Port of Seattle commission, Paige Miller was blunt and direct when she said she not only wants to end the Richard Conlin's time on the Seattle City Council but openly covets his job as chairman of the council's transportation committee.
"I've accomplished what I set out to do with the port and I want to take my skill, experience, tenacity, and persistence to the city where they really need some help, particularly on transportation issues which I know a lot about," Miller says.
The Community Center building at the Emergency Family Shelter operated by the Multi-Service Center just off Military Road and the Kent-Des Moines Highway, was showing its age. Then three area corporations recognized the need, stepped forward, and have created a local version of "Extreme Makeover."
Once base housing for the Navy's Nike Missile Base in the '60s and '70s, the four-block area was deeded to King County several years ago by the federal government. The King County Housing Authority then sublet the single family homes to three non-profit organizations, including MSC, to be used for housing programs. Although the site has been well-maintained since then, the homes are definitely '50s vintage architecture, and the majority of the maintenance funds have been spent for basic, functional needs...plumbing, wiring, paint and cleanup.
The Community Center, once one of the base homes, serves as a meeting ground, intake office and counseling office for the three current housing providers sharing the units: Highline Mental Health, St.
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?