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 only financial source - 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.
King County Transit is looking beyond asphalt for transportation options in the coming years.
Harkening back to the days of the Mosquito Fleet, when hundreds of boats carried people as well as mail, merchandise and supplies around Puget Sound, King County Transit recently completed a study of the future potential for water taxis, passenger-only ferries and other vessels to help move people around.
Planners are quick to point out that waterborne transit could never replace cars, trucks, buses or van pools.
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?
Compiled by Ralph Nichols
The Times/News recently submitted questions to Highline-area candidates on the ballot in the Sept. 20 primary election.
These races include King County Sheriff, the Burien and Des Moines city councils, and tWater District 49 and the Highline Water District.
The candidates' responses appear below . An * by a name denoted an incumbent.
King County Sheriff
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.
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,"
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.
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.
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.