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  • Lake Washington public marinas slated for overdue replacement
    Seattle Parks and Recreation has determined an environmental impact statement won’t be necessary before three city-owned Lake Washington marinas in poor shape are replaced, which could start as early as this fall.
  • Madison Valley Community Council holds annual election

    The Madison Valley Community Council held its annual meeting on May 15, before taking a summer break.
    Following a quick election, Penelope Karovsky is staying on as council president, as is secretary Diane Zahn. Sally Van Over stepped in as treasurer, taking over for Cherie Sato. A vice president position remains open. 

  • Council passes reduced employee-hours tax
    After copious meetings and negotiations, the Seattle City Council on May 14 reached a compromise for an employee-hours tax for affordable housing development and homeless services.
  • County council approves paid-postage ballots
    King County will be the first county in the state to offer paid-postage ballots, the county council voting by a wide margin to cover those estimated costs for the 2018 primary and general elections.
  • Madison Park Hub a neighborhood emergency resource

    Seattle is due for a destructive seismic event, and the potential for any manner of disaster has neighborhoods banding together to plan for what comes next. Madison Park volunteers tested their readiness in late April, during a simulated citywide power outage hosted by the Seattle Emergency Communications Hubs and Seattle Auxiliary Communication Service.

  • Getting ready for disaster
    When a citywide disaster strikes, cutting off power, blocking roads and toppling buildings and other structures, Seattle residents will be on their own for days to come.
    “Really, neighborhoods do fend for themselves,” said Debbie Goetz, community planning organizer with the Seattle Office of Emergency Management.
  • Councilmembers to talk head tax at Capitol Hill Chamber roundtable
    Seattle City Councilmembers Lisa Herbold and Lorena González will join the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce on Friday, May 11, for a roundtable discussion of a new head tax being proposed to fund housing and homeless services.
  • State Department takes control of Russian consular's residence
    The U.S. State Department took control of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation’s Madison Park mansion on Wednesday, April 25, in what Head of the Consular Division of the Embassy of the Russian Federation Nikolay Pukalov called “a sad day for Russian-American relations.”
  • WSDOT plans late 2018 start of 'The Rest of the West'

    Also referred to as “The Rest of the West,” the Montlake Phase of SR-520 reconstruction — slated to begin in late 2018 — will make major changes to the Montlake interchange that includes a lid over 520 and a new West Approach Bridge South for eastbound traffic that will connect to the floating bridge over Lake Washington.

  • Seattle mayor proposes congestion pricing to help meet carbon-reduction goals

    Congestion pricing could be coming to the city’s downtown core, as part of a new push to reduce carbon emissions announced Wednesday.
    But Mayor Jenny Durkan says downtown tolling is only one part of a larger slate of “meaningful changes” needed to meet carbon goals and relieve traffic congestion in the face of inaction from the Trump administration.

  • Mayor halts Center City Connector over capital deficit

    Mayor Jenny Durkan halted the project last week after a preliminary assessment of costs concluded the city could face a large capital deficit.
    “Right now, we have a $23 million deficit, and clearly that’s resources the project doesn’t have,” said interim SDOT director Goran Sparrman during a council briefing on Monday, April 2.

  • Seattle finance committee assesses potential head tax business impacts
    The Seattle City Council’s Finance and Neighborhoods Committee is sorting out potential impacts an employee hours tax could have on local businesses.
  • Trump administration closing Russian consulate in Seattle

    President Donald Trump has ordered the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats and the closure of the Russian consulate here in Seattle.
    The decision by the president is in response to the March 4 chemical attack of former Russian spy, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, England, which is being blamed on the Russian government.

  • SDOT collecting more traffic data for Lake Washington Loop Greenway

    SDOT started gathering additional traffic data for the Lake Washington Loop Greenway earlier this month as design work along a final route continues.
    “I’ve been trying to get that going for five years now,” said Bob Edmiston with Madison Park Greenways of the new greenway. “It’s a long time in the making.”

  • Council considering even larger employee hours tax
    The Seattle City Council is once again considering an employee hours tax, which is being recommended by the Progressive Revenue Task Force it formed after having rejected such a proposal last November.
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