By Rebekah Schilperoort
Many Ballard residents, business and organizations are rolling up their sleeves in an effort to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. The Category 5 hurricane pounded the Gulf Coast and led to the destruction and evacuation of New Orleans, LA and other cities almost two weeks ago.
Now hundreds of thousands of American people are left to wonder where their next meal will come from and where they and their families will sleep. How will they start over?
On Sept. 6, just in time for rush-hour, the Alaskan Way Viaduct was closed south-bound. Commutes that should have been 20 minutes stretched past two hours as downtown became gridlocked.
Following the earthquake, when the Viaduct was closed in both directions, it was even worse, with commutes out of West Seattle sometimes spanning three hours. Now imagine this happening every day!
(Mayor Greg) Nickels says the Viaduct may not be replaced?
A financial adviser hired to recommend new ways to pay for the monorail presented a plan to cut costs from $11 billion paid over 50 years to $7 billion that could be paid off in 39 years.
Kevin Phelps predicts revenue from Seattle's motor vehicle excise tax - the monorail's financial fuel - will grow in the future, not shrink as forecasted in a previous economic study. Phelps is credited with straightening out the financial woes of Sound Transit's light rail project.
On SW Holden, two women involved in a neighborly dispute live across the street from each other. They have resorted to posting derogatory signs about one another in their streetside windows. Officers have advised the two to get anti-harassment orders and to refrain from posting the signs.
On 7th SW, two pitbulls got loose, entered a nearby garage, and killed the neighbor's $2,000 Pomeranian. This is the second time the dogs have attacked. The owner said he would call Animal Control and have the two put to sleep.
A burglar made it easy for officers to track him down.
Chopping the cost of the Green Line from a ridiculed $11 billion to $7 billion puts the monorail project back into the "realm of reasonableness," said Cleve Stockmeyer, a member of the Seattle Monorail Project board of directors.
Last week, a hired consultant presented financial recommendations to the monorail board that also could reduce the time it would take to pay off the project, from 50 to 39 years.
The announcement in late June of the $11 billion financing proposal was a surprise to the monorail board and its release to the public hadn't been approve
I'd like to say thank you to the business owners for signing the petition to "Improve Public Safety" (about under-age drinking, disorderly conduct, vandalism, loitering, harassment, littering on numerous businesses parking lots and illegal street vending in the White Center business district). And thank you to King County Sheriff Sue Rahr for responding to our concerns with a letter dated Aug. 16.
"Sheriff's Office staff has begun to put a team together with a goal of solving crime and disorder problems,"
The smell of freshly brewed coffee filled the air of a banquet room buzzing with business. Between bites of quiche and sips of Starbucks, Federal Way's business professionals exchanged ideas and contact information at the Chamber of Commerce's monthly networking meeting, held last Wednesday at Marie Callender's.
"I see so much business flying around here today," Chamber Director of Member Services Rose Ehl told the Federal Way News during the breakfast gathering.
In 1992, Angel Bolanos moved to Seattle from Ecuador without any ability to English speaking ability, but now he is running for a second time for the Seattle City Council.
He said in an interview last week that he will win the primary in two weeks.
Bolanos ran against Council member Jim Compton in 2003 and came in third with 18,000 votes. Compton was re-elected.
"I was an unknown, no one knew about me," said Bolanos. "People believe we need change."
At the time, Bolanos said he was working full time and raising a family.
Veterans, religious leaders, social service advocates, representatives of suburban cities and concerned citizens all expressed strong opposition last week to a proposal that would provide funding only for military veterans and their families, and leave behind the vast majority of those in need of human services.
"Today at our Budget and Fiscal Management Committee meeting, we took up the proposed veterans-only levy with an overflow crowd of interested citizens in attendance. Nearly 90 percent of those who registered to testify expressed opposition to a veterans-only levy.