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Two concept plans for the David Rodgers Park play area as presented during a public meeting at the end of October. Courtesy of Seattle Parks & Recreation
Two concept plans for the David Rodgers Park play area as presented during a public meeting at the end of October. Courtesy of Seattle Parks & Recreation
Monday, January 29, 2018 1:57 PM
Community members of all ages are encouraged to provide input
  • Committee reviews tiny house expansion legislation, timeline for regional authority
    Councilmembers received a status update on the formation of a new King County Regional Homelessness Authority and were briefed about legislation that would allow up to 40 tiny house villages across the city.
  • Assistant attorney general making House bid in the 36th
    Washington Assistant Attorney General Sarah Reyneveld says her 15 years as a public servant inspired her to run for political office. The Ballard mother-of-two is running for a House seat in Washington’s 36th District currently held by Rep. Gael Tarleton, who is making a bid for secretary of state this year.
  • Seattle Center arena work on its way up
    Construction crews began pouring concrete for the first of many columns under the iconic Seattle Center arena roof. While 2019 was about digging down, 2020 is about building the arena back up, said Ken Johnson, executive vice president of construction at Oak View Group.
  • Plymouth Housing breaks ground on Uptown affordable housing project
    The sun came out for Plymouth Housing’s groundbreaking ceremony in Uptown, where it will spend the next 18 months constructing more than 90 affordable housing units above a nonprofit community arts space. The cold, however, underscored the need for more affordable housing stock in order to bring those experiencing homelessness inside.
  • City council approves Battery Street Portal Park concept design funding
    A newly sworn-in Seattle City Council unanimously approved amending the budget earlier this month. One new line item was $625,000 to fund developing a concept design for a Battery Street Portal Park in Belltown.
  • WSDOT refunding drivers incorrectly charged photo enforcement fees in SR 99 Tunnel
    WSDOT continues to test its tolling equipment for the State Route 99 Tunnel after it was discovered that some motorists with Good To Go! passes were incorrectly being charged a photo enforcement fee.
  • Berry launches 36th District campaign
    Washington 36th District House candidate Liz Berry launched her campaign after spending the past month earning endorsements from progressive Seattle councilmembers and state legislators.
  • SDOT urges preparedness ahead of expected snowfall
    SDOT is asking Seattle residents to start planning early for next week’s predicted snowfall.
  • Committee passes campaign finance reform legislation to city council
    The Seattle City Council Select Committee on Campaign Finance Reform voted a bill out of committee on Jan. 7 that would prohibit foreign-influenced corporations from contributing to political campaigns and PACs, and another that would increase transparency in political advertising.
  • SDOT releases final North Downtown Mobility Action Plan
    The Seattle Department of Transportation has published the final North Downtown Mobility Action Plan to guide the next 10 years of projects meant to address growth in Belltown, Uptown and South Lake Union, coupled with a future influx of people to the new Seattle Center arena.
  • District 7 councilmember delivers UpGarden reprieve during swearing-in ceremony
    District 7 Seattle City Councilmember Andrew Lewis came to his New Year’s Eve swearing-in ceremony with good news for Uptown gardeners.
  • Year in review
    As we leave 2019 and enter a new decade, it’s time for reflection. A lot happened last year that will carry over into 2020, and then there were stories that were hot for a while and then fizzled. There are also changes to the neighborhood — some still in the pipeline — the effects of which remain to be seen.
  • Seattle Public Utilities offering free Christmas tree, greens composting through Jan. 31
    Seattle Public Utilities will be accepting Christmas trees and other holiday greens for free composting through Jan. 31.
  • East Link work to reduce light rail service for 10 weeks
    Sound Transit will begin 10 weeks of construction to build new tracks to connect downtown Seattle to the Eastside on Jan. 4.
  • Leaders ink agreement to form King County Regional Homelessness Authority
    King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan signed an interlocal agreement on Wednesday with structural changes to a regional homelessness authority they had proposed in September, but both elected leaders expressed confidence those with lived experience will guide this new coordinated effort to help those living unsheltered.
  • SDCI clears Smith Cove Park redevelopment plans

    Seattle Parks and Recreation has received the green light to proceed with plans to redevelop Smith Cove Park. The director for the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections has approved a Shoreline Substantial Development Permit application and determined an environmental impact statement will not be required for the project. The decision was published on Dec. 13, and any appeals to the Seattle Hearing Examiner must be submitted by Jan. 6

  • Priorities in the 36th

    Washington’s 36th District representatives have a long list of goals they hope to see realized during next year’s short legislative session. The Legislature will convene in Olympia for a 60-day session on Jan. 13, where lawmakers will work on legislation and adopting a supplemental budget amid uncertainty whether a state initiative to reduce car-tab fees will require backfilling transportation funding. 

  • City seeks schedule change in Fort Lawton redevelopment case
    U.S. District Court Judge John C. Coughenour is being asked by the City of Seattle to change the case schedule in an ongoing legal battle with Elizabeth Campbell and her Discovery Park Community Alliance group over redevelopment plans at the decommissioned Fort Lawton Army Reserve Center site in Magnolia.
  • Sound Transit ready to begin Ballard extension environmental review
    Sound Transit updated the community on plans for a Ballard light rail extension during a recent neighborhood forum. The agency expects to publish a draft environmental impact statement by early 2021 and a final EIS in 2022, and then begin station designs. Sound Transit expects to complete the project and begin service in 2035.
  • King County Council approves emergency funding for courthouse security, social service outreach
    The King County Council voted Wednesday to declare an emergency situation outside King County Superior Court’s Third Avenue entrance, which remains temporarily closed following the Nov. 27 attack of public defender Kevin McCabe by a person on the street.
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