Briefs 10/13

Obama to visit Seattle
United States Sen. Patty Murray will welcome President Barack Obama back to Washington for a "Get Out the Vote" rally on the University of Washington campus on Thursday, Oct. 21. The rally will be free and open to the public.
"President Obama has been a true leader in the effort to help Main Street and middle class families get back on their feet. In this election, we have a clear choice on whether we want to continue to move forward or go back to the failed policies of the past. President Obama has always been someone who pushes to move forward and fights for the working families of Washington state and our nation," said Murray. "I am proud to welcome him back to the state and to the University of Washington."
Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to or 206-286-9199. The rally begins at 9 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 21 at the Hec Edmundson Pavilion at 3870 Montlake Blvd. N.E.

Properties close in
Jones Lang LaSalle has closed the sale of the Promenade at the Park, a 17-unit multifamily property located in Seattle's Magnolia neighborhood, on behalf of its client, BlueStar Construction.
BlueStar Construction purchased the vacant property at 3855 34th Ave. W. from Whidbey Island Bank and intends to sell the individual units as condos. Built in 1959, and renovated in 2008, the building includes six two-bedroom/one bath units, 11 one-bedroom/one bath units, and permits for the construction of an additional unit.

The Nutcracker cometh
Pacific Northwest Ballet's production of "Nutcracker," now celebrating its 28th season returns to Seattle Center's Marion Oliver McCaw Hall for 36 performances Nov. 26 through Dec. 27. Tickets to Nutcracker may be purchased by calling the PNB Box Office at 206-441-2424, online at, or in person at the PNB Box Office at 301 Mercer St. A limited number of tickets are also available at select Ticketmaster outlets, by calling 206.292-ARTS or online at

No more phonebooks?
The Seattle City Council voted 8-1 Monday in favor of a new ordinance which creates an enforceable opt-out system restricting unwanted delivery of yellow page phone books.
In addition, the distributors of the books will pay the city a per book ($0.14 per book) and per ton fee ($148 per ton) to recover the costs to the city to recycle the phonebooks and set up the opt-out registry. The mayor is expected to sign the council bill.
Council member Mike O'Brien led the effort.
"This is a big step forward for citizens who are tired of getting unwanted phonebooks dropped on their doorsteps," said Jeanette Henderson who has been one of the grassroots activists as part of Zero Waste Seattle promoting this legislation for the past year.
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