• April 30, 2015

May 27th forum for City Council District 1 candidates – first one in South Park

checkbox.jpgThe next candidates’ forum for City Council District 1 will be the first one held in South Park. Just announced on the SP community mailing list, a 7 pm forum on Wednesday, May 27th, at the South Park Neighborhood Center (8201 10th Ave. S.). Organizers promise an “exciting and interactive event” with unique features including Spanish-language interpretation, voter registration, on-site child care, pizza, and a visit from a fire engine. It’s being organized by a committee of South Park community volunteers. This will be a week and a half after the filing deadline, so the final slate of candidates for the August 4th primary will be set.

SIDE NOTE: Coverage links via our partner site West Seattle Blog, from the three forums held so far, all in West Seattle (all of which we recorded on video):

–April 8th, presented by the 34th District Democrats @ The Hall at Fauntleroy
–March 14th, presented by VIEWS @ Senior Center of West Seattle
–February 5th, presented by WSB @ Highland Park Improvement Club

  • April 28, 2015

State Ecology accuses cargo-handling company of polluting Duwamish-feeding Hamm Creek

News release from the state Ecology Department:

A Seattle cargo firm faces a $14,000 fine for allowing stormwater with excessive levels of oil and silt to discharge to the North Fork of Hamm Creek, which flows to the Duwamish Waterway in Seattle.

Samson Tug and Barge operates a cargo handling facility at 9228 10th Ave. S. in Seattle. Ecology inspectors have repeatedly observed oily and muddy runoff from the 4.8-acre, partially paved yard, including during site visits in January, February and March of this year.

Samples of the facility’s direct stormwater discharge to the creek showed silt content more than a thousand times higher than acceptable levels. The stormwater also contained oil four times above the acceptable level.

The facility is subject to the state’s Industrial Stormwater General Permit.

Other permit violations at the site included:
· Failure to produce a stormwater pollution prevention plan, which should describe pollution controls specific to the site.
· Failing to provide an above-ground fuel tank with secondary containment to hold fuel in case of a spill or tank leak.
· Failure to immediately clean up petroleum spills and leaks.
· Allowing vehicles to track dirt onto 10th Ave. S. when exiting the facility.
· Unauthorized discharge of polluted stormwater onto 10th Ave. S., which also drains to the Hamm Creek North Fork.

“By disregarding the basic elements of the stormwater permit, Samson had virtually no measures in place to prevent and control water pollution,” said Kevin Fitzpatrick, regional supervisor for Ecology’s Water Quality Program. “That led to these violations, including one of the highest readings ever seen in Washington for muddy runoff from an industrial site.”

Oil products are toxic to fish and other aquatic and marine life. Silt particles in muddy water can damage fish gills and may carry metals that settle in sediments.

Samson may appeal the penalty to the Washington State Pollution Control Hearings Board.

The Lower Duwamish Waterway is listed as a federal Superfund site due to sediment contamination from PCBs and other compounds. Ecology and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency co-manage the cleanup of the site, which covers a 5-mile stretch along the waterway. Ecology’s industrial water compliance efforts support that cleanup.

  • April 18, 2015

King County Sheriff’s Office K-9 killed on Highway 599

The King County Sheriff’s Office is mourning Jimmy the K-9 officer, who was hit and killed overnight. Here’s the KCSO news release:

Early this morning, King County Sheriff’s Office K9 Jimmy died after being struck by a vehicle along SR 599 in South Park. Jimmy was not tracking at the time. He was a two-year-old black German Shepherd that had been working with the Sheriff’s Office since November 2014.

At about 1 am, Deputy Travis Brunner and his partner K9 Jimmy were at Cecil Moses Park in Tukwila getting some exercise while on shift, as they had done many times. Jimmy had his harness and strobe light on but got through a break in a chain link fence and out onto the highway where he was hit by a semi truck. The truck did not stop, unknown if the driver even knew what occurred.

  • April 9, 2015

Spoken up about the draft Transportation Levy yet? South Park coffee chat coming up; online meeting; survey…

The city is hoping to hear from you before tweaks are made to the draft Transportation Levy to Move Seattle announced last month. This update includes three major ways you can do that, including one happening right here in South Park:

In March 2015, Mayor Ed Murray introduced a proposal for a nine-year, $900 million levy to replace the existing $365 million Bridging the Gap levy that will expire at the end of 2015. The Transportation Levy to Move Seattle proposal focuses on taking care of the basics, maintaining our streets, bridges, and sidewalks, while also investing in the future with improvements that will provide more transportation choices to move more people and goods around our growing city.

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has held three open houses since introducing the levy proposal across the city, and presented it to numerous community and business organizations, in addition to city advisory boards and commissions.

Over the next three weeks, SDOT will host an additional round of opportunities for the public to learn about the proposal and provide feedback. “It’s our goal to include community priorities in this importation transportation proposal that Mayor Murray will submit to the City Council in May,” said Seattle Department of Transportation Director Scott Kubly.

Here are ways to participate:

1. Take the survey (it is available in multiple languages) to share your transportation priorities at: moveseattlesurvey.com

2. Participate in an online meeting where you’ll hear from SDOT Director Scott Kubly and have the opportunity to ask questions on Monday, April 20 from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Please click here to sign up.

3. Join SDOT Director Scott Kubly for coffee and informal conversation:

• South Park: Via Vadi Caffèe 8600 14th Avenue S on Monday, April 20, 8 to 9 a.m.

City staff will also be providing information and seeking feedback around the city at various locations including farmers markets, community centers, and other public places. For the full list of engagement opportunities and more information on the levy proposal, visit: www.seattle.gov/levytomoveseattle

After Mayor Murray transmits his proposal to the City Council, the Council will deliberate and engage the public throughout the spring. For a levy to be considered for inclusion on the November ballot, the City Council will need to send a final proposal to King County by early August.

  • April 5, 2015

South Park Senior Center’s next Rainbow Bingo: May 2nd

From the online announcement:

Sylvia’s Rainbow Bingo
Saturday, May 2, 2015
7pm (Doors open at 6 pm)
South Park Neighborhood Center
8201 10th Ave S

Now in South Park! Join us for a fun-filled evening of bingo. This event will support programs for seniors within the South Park area. And join us for Dinner.

Sylvia O’Stayformore will be our caller! Enjoy an evening of great food, snacks, and bingo fun.

Theme: MAY DAY
Dress to match the theme!

  • April 3, 2015

Fire response in industrial South Park – but no sign of fire

If you’re wondering about the big Seattle Fire response to 7700 2nd Avenue South – so far, while they’re finding a “water flow” inside the building, they’re not finding any sign of smoke or fire, so most of the units are being dismissed.

  • April 1, 2015

See where you can help during Duwamish Alive! on April 18th

The next Duwamish Alive! mega-work/restoration-party day is coming up fast, on April 18th. Here’s where you can help:

Go here to find out more and to sign up for a site.

  • March 27, 2015

Weekend traffic reminder: Closures, closures, closures

Just a reminder if you haven’t heard or if you’ve forgotten: Road closures this weekend to the north and east of us. They’re all detailed here, but in short: Highway 99 is closed from the Battery Street Tunnel northward, both directions, all weekend, from late tonight (Friday) until early Monday. Highway 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct is closed between the West Seattle Bridge and the south end of the BSTunnel from 6 am to 6 pm Saturday and again 6 am to 6 pm Sunday, for the twice-yearly inspection. And if you’re eastside-bound, westbound I-90 will be detoured onto the express lanes because of work in the tunnel, and trust us, the last time that happened, it meant extremely slow going on I-5 just south of I-90, as well as for that first stretch of 90.

  • March 27, 2015

South Park Bridge overnight closures are … over

DeAnna Martin from King County sends word: “Nighttime closures of the South Park Bridge for painting and finishing work ended Thursday morning ahead of schedule. King County wishes to thank residents, businesses and travelers in the area for their patience while this work was completed.”

  • March 23, 2015

Free Tai Chi at South Park Neighborhood Center!

And that’s just the start of big Friday nights at the center. From Dagmar Cronn:

The Senior Center has a new Tai Chi teacher, Dan Van. He will be teaching Tai Chi every Friday from 4:45 to 5:15 pm at the Neighborhood Center, 8201 10th Ave S. The classes are for adults age 50 or older. You can stay for an Asian cuisine dinner ($3 donation requested) followed by karaoke until 8:30 or so.