A man leaned on his elbows at the Seattle Monorail Project board of directors' conference table and urged the board members to divide the Green Line into two $800 million halves which would cut interest payments significantly.

First build the monorail from Seattle Center to West Seattle, the man suggested.


In response to your quote from Gary Dawson (Herald, July 13) that the traffic from Fauntleroy has an impact on West Seattle, I would point out there is also a great deal of commerce and inter-dependence between Vashon and West Seattle.

This was demonstrated in our Community Council's survey of Vashon businesses and services last year, which was taken into consideration during the ferry system's planning. Under the long-range plan, if Southworth car traffic is re-directed to downtown Seattle, the total traffic through Fauntleroy will be less than current levels, even out to 2030.


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One of the annual mysteries originating in Congress is the concession made in the heat of battle to various groups of taxpayers. Someone proposes a concept, the code writers and computer whiz kids come up with acceptable verbiage and behold, a new law.

United States Code section 199 was added by the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 [Public Law 108-357]. The purpose of the law was to offset some of the losses American manufacturers sustained through new international agreements.

A whole new concept was created.



If the North Highline area were to incorporate and become Washington's newest city, its residents and businesses would generate about $11.3 million in tax revenue every year, according to a study released last week.

If North Highline became part of Burien, North Highliners would pay about $10.8 million annually to the city of Burien.

If Seattle annexed North Highline, the community would pay an estimated $10.6 million to the city of Seattle.

It takes a lot of money for a city to build streets and sidewalks, pay a po


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).


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After several years, a tug-of-war between the city of Des Moines and the Port of Seattle over the use of 90 acres of land south of Sea-Tac International Airport has been settled.

Both the city and the port recently adopted unanimously the first development agreement for the Des Moines Creek Business Park at this location.

"This is very significant," Des Moines Mayor Bob Sheckler declared.

The land, which City Manager Tony Piasecki said has sat vacant for almost 20 years, will be transformed from a property that was almost d


What can West Seattleites expect if an earthquake takes down the Alaskan Way Viaduct?

The Seattle city police, transportation planners and emergency managers proposed an emergency closure plan for the viaduct to the Transportation Committee of the Seattle City Council July 18.



Block parties and other neighborhood events will celebrate the 22nd annual National Night Out - "America's night out against crime" - in the Highline area and across the country Tuesday, Aug. 2.

National Night Out is a crime and drug prevention event, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, which is celebrated community by community.

Margie Gibb, a Burien Block Watch captain, said about 40 of the city's 110 Block Watch neighborhoods are planning National Night Out events.

"Take a stand against crime ...


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Port of Seattle commissioners have approved the first of three agreements with the city of Des Moines that could lead to development of a business park on 90 acres of Port land near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

This is the first of three properties slated for redevelopment following completion of a study that examined development opportunities on parcels of vacant airport-owned land that can be returned to productive business use.

Construction could begin as early as 2007.

The study was conducted by the airport and


On July 31, the West Seattle Farmers' Market may be the only place in town you can get a 'poopsicle,' toss a diaper, and help a needy child all in the same place.

Local charitable nonprofit group, Westside Baby, will hold its fifth annual Stuff the Baby Bus With Diapers fund-raising campaign at the market this year. The organization hopes to raise twice the amount of diapers brought in by last year's event, said Lisa Perry, resource coordinator.

"We are asking everyone we know to contribute a pack of diapers," said Perry.


Matthew E. Durham

DIAPER SHOWER. Members of Gatewood School Day Camp excitedly shower the photographer with diapers as they prepare to lend their bus to Westside Baby for a July 31 Diaper Drive.

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