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SeaTac Police Seek Help in Catching Carjack Suspects

August 6-Anyone recognize these carjacking suspects? On June 27, 2020 around 11:20 PM, the victim and his passenger were driving west on S 176 in SeaTac in a 2007 Honda Accord. Two male suspects (pictured) approached the victim’s vehicle, and one pointed a black handgun towards the driver. The suspects ordered both the driver and passenger to get out of the car, which they did. The two suspects got in to the victim’s vehicle and left quickly, driving northbound on International Blvd S. The victims wallets and cell phones were also both left in the vehicle.

If anyone has any information on the identity of these two suspects they are urged to call the King County Sheriff’s Office at 206/296-3311 and reference case C20020358. Or, you can leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at P3tips.com.

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Stolen Generator on the Loose

August 5-Well, you don’t put this in your pocket and walk away. Stealing this generator took some doing. On July,27, SeaTac Police were called to a business, located in the 19000 block of Des Moines Memorial Dr S for a commercial burglary report. The victim reported that, over the prior weekend, someone broke into a fenced lot and broke in to several vehicles. They then stole a generator (pictured).

At the time of the theft, the generator had a WA license plate of 6968XL, attached to the back of the generator. It may now have been changed. If you have any information on where this generator is or who took it please call the King County Sheriff’s Office at 206/296-3311 reference Case #C20023561. Or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at P3tips.com.

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Federal Way Link Extension Construction Updates

August 6- Ongoing and upcoming traffic impacts:

•             Single lane closure and flaggers on 32nd Ave from 212th St to Dead End 7am – 4pm until Aug. 14th

Ongoing and Upcoming construction:

•             Large excavation for at-grade guideway near the west side of I-5 for about 3 months

•             Roadway work- installing and paving curbs, sidewalks, and driveways in the Mansion Hill Neighborhood on 32nd Ave between 211th St and 212th St until approximately Aug 10th. See the public works activity tracker for additional details.

Community engagement opportunities:

•             Find more information and sign up for construction updates here

•             24-hour service for reporting construction issues: 1-888-298-2395

•             Watch the virtual ground-breaking event

•             See the project flyover video

•             See the Environmental Impact Statement

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Applications for 2021 Comprehensive Plan/Development Regulations Amendment Process are Due September 30, 2020

August 6-The Comprehensive Plan presents the community’s vision for how the city should grow and change to meet the demands of a growing region.  The biennial amendment process (with adoption occurring in odd-numbered years) is an opportunity for community members to propose changes to the Comprehensive Plan.  Additionally, in order to maintain consistency between SeaTac’s development regulations and the Comprehensive Plan’s goals and policies, the City is conducting a concurrent development regulations amendment process.

Application Information

  • Application Packets:  Information and amendment application packets are available on the Comprehensive Plan web page at www.seatacwa.gov/compplan.
  • Application Deadline:  The submittal deadline for Comprehensive Plan and Development Regulations amendment applications is Wednesday, September 30, 2020.

For more information, contact Senior Planner Kate Kaehny at (206) 973-4834, or kkaehny@seatacwa.gov.

To learn more, click here.

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SeaTac Officers Protect Elderly Woman from becoming a Crime Victim

August 6- On Tuesday, July 29, SeaTac Deputies responded to a reported burglary in progress at the home of a 74-year-old woman. A man had come into her home through an unsecured back door. The man had fled before police arrived, but the officers found that the woman’s home had security deficiencies, particularly regarding one of the locks. 

SeaTac Police Officers Kristofferson and Brubaker, along with Community Service Officer Burke, coordinated to help the woman, returning to the home the next day.  They installed a new hasp and lock on the door improving its security. They also referred the woman to the SeaTac’s Human Services Coordinator, Kim Cooper, for the City’s Home Improvement Program to continue assisting her with safety upgrades to her home.

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Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority Weekly Incident Summary July 26-August 1, 2020

August 6-Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority Weekly Incident Summary for July 26-August 1, 2020.

EMS/Rescue                              470

False Call                                    36

Fire                                              35

Good Intent                                  36

Haz Condition                               11

Other                                              5

Service                                         21

Weekly Total                             614

Annual total year to date              16615

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Puget Sound Fire Announces New Customer Service Survey Program

August 5-The Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority is your partner in helping to build safe and healthy communities for us all to enjoy. We are driven by our purpose to professionally and compassionately care for people! Our mission is to provide effective and sustainable services that meet the needs of a changing community with the resources entrusted to us.

To help meet that goal, the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority is launching a new Customer Service Survey program! The program will assist in collecting feedback from the community from a variety of interactions, including emergency response, Public Education events, and inspections. The survey will be accessible via a variety of methods including QR codes on apparatus and fire stations, social media links, and on our website at http://www.pugetsoundfire.org.   The survey will be voluntary, and participants can remain anonymous or share contact information and request a follow up from a member of Puget Sound Fire.  

Survey data will be shared with the Governance Board and stakeholders as well as the community at large on a quarterly basis. It will become a tool to measure our successes and identify areas of improvement. 

When announcing the survey program, Fire Chief Morris stated: “In these challenging times it is important to listen to our community….and this will help us to be better, and to better serve our community.”

To learn more click here.

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SeaTac to Distribute Free Face Coverings while Promoting Census

Aug 5-The City of SeaTac is holding a community face covering giveaway while also supporting the U.S. Census efforts. This event is part of the State’s effort to ensure everyone has access to face coverings.

On Friday, August 7, from 2-4 PM, the City of SeaTac will be giving out approximately 10,000 face coverings to residents. As part of this drive-thru distribution event in the parking lot of the SeaTac Community Center, Census workers will be on hand to help residents take the Census. 

This event is limited to SeaTac residents.

Date: Friday, August 7, 2020

Time: 2 PM to 4 PM

Location: SeaTac Community Center Parking Lot – 13735 24th Ave S, SeaTac, WA 98168

There is a limit of two free face coverings per person with an eight mask limit per household. Each vehicle will be asked to verify their neighborhood of residence.

This event is part of the City of SeaTac’s distribution of 18,000 free, personal protective equipment (PPE) masks it received from King County this summer. The City is working with local partners on a variety of ways to distribute the masks.  

The City’s Emergency Manager prioritized the quick distribution of the masks with community and faith-based organizations that directly serve the residents of SeaTac. The City gave masks to the SeaTac Senior Center to distribute to the vulnerable seniors who are served by our Meals on Wheels Program.  A thousand masks were given to New Futures Community Center which provides critical services in significantly under-resourced communities of Southwest King County. New Life is located in the Windsor Heights Apartment complex run by King County Housing Authority. In addition, thousands of free masks were given to faith-based organizations: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Hope of the City Church and Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church & School and the Ethiopian Muslims Association of Seattle. The City is partnering with other organizations to continue the distribution of the no-cost protective equipment.  

In addition, the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce along with other King County Chambers of Commerce and business organizations all around the region, have come together in partnership with King County to provide more than half-a-million cloth face coverings, disposable masks, and hand sanitizer to businesses in King County to help keep employees healthy and safe.

The U.S. Census Bureau has been working in SeaTac for more than a month in order to increase the self-response rates to the census questionnaire. Currently, SeaTac has a 56.4% self-response rate which is 7.1 % below the 2010 self-response rate.  Below are census self-response averages for the Nation, State, County and City.

JurisdictionCurrent 2020 % 2010 % Difference
National 62.80%79.30%-16.50%
WA State 68.20%67.20%1.00%
King County 72.10%70.30%1.80%
City of SeaTac 56.40%63.50%-7.10%
City of Tukwila 62.20%64.00%-1.80%
City of Federal Way 65.90%67.10%-1.20%
City of Auburn 68.20%68.40%-0.20%
City of Kent 67.80%67.80%0.00%
City of Burien 68.50%68.00%0.50%
City of Renton 70.20%67.20%3.00%
As of Aug. 3
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Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority Weekly Incident Summary for July 19-25, 2020

July 31-Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority Weekly Incident Summary for July 19-25, 2020 

EMS/Rescue                                   439

False Call                                          42

Fire                                                    28

Good Intent                                     47

Haz Condition                                   7

Other                                                 1

Service                                                13

Total                                                         581

Annual Total Year-to-Date              16,001

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Governor Inslee Announces Clarification to Restaurant Guidance, New Summer Camp Guidance

July 31- Gov. Jay Inslee today announced updates to the July 24 guidance for restaurants, taverns, breweries, wineries and distilleries as part of Washington’s Safe Start phased reopening plan.

Changes include clarification about which establishments can offer indoor seating, temporary outdoor seating guidance and counter-style seating clarifications. 

Read the full restaurants, taverns, breweries, wineries and distilleries guidance document here

Read the attached memo here

Inslee also released additional guidance related to overnight group summer camps. 

Per the guidance, overnight group summer camps or similar activities must ensure strict adherence to all measures established by the Governor’s guidance, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) Coronavirus (COVID-19) Prevention: General Requirements and Prevention Ideas for Workplaces, and the Washington State Department of Health Workplace and Employer Resources & Recommendations (DOH). 

Read the full overnight group summer camps guidance here.

Read the attached memo here

Find a full list of current reopening guidance here

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SeaTac Police Shutdown Narcotics Network

July 31-For the past 18 months, the SeaTac Street Crimes Unit (SCU) has been at the forefront of an investigation into the narcotics trade in the Puget Sound region. On Tuesday, July 28, 19 people were indicted as part of this year-and-a-half-long investigation.

SeaTac’s SCU invested substantial time and effort accumulating evidence against members of this narcotics sales network.  When it came to the culmination of the investigation and the coordinated service of numerous search warrants throughout the region, SeaTac SCU, along with partner units from the King County Sheriff’s Office, including the SWAT team, played a critical role.  As a result of those warrants, authorities recovered 20 pounds of methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, 200 fentanyl pills, nine firearms, and more than $250,000 in cash

This criminal organization was impacting the City of SeaTac and other neighboring cities.  This was an outstanding team effort, bringing widespread relief.

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Highline Students to Start 2020-21 School Year in Full Distance Learning

When Infection Rates Decrease, Highline Public Schools Plans to Move into a Hybrid Model

July 22Highline Superintendent Susan Enfield announced today that Highline schools would begin the school year with distance learning, where students in all grades will learn from home. The district had been planning for in-person instruction on alternating days to allow for social distancing.

“I have been fiercely hoping to have our students back in our schools this fall,” said Superintendent Enfield. “But after reviewing all the data and feedback, and as the person who ultimately bears responsibility for the health and safety of our students and staff in our schools, I cannot in good conscience open schools for in-person instruction in September,” 

In a survey of all employees, over 35 percent of staff reported they are in a high-risk group for COVID infection, and nearly 29 percent of teachers say they live with or care for someone who is at high risk.

This announcement comes on the same day as five other south King County districts announced similar plans. 

Countries that have successfully reopened schools in-person have done so with declining infection rates. COVID-19 cases are rising in King County, and over half of all new cases are among people ages 20-39 according to Public Health – Seattle & King County. 

When infection rates decrease, the district plans to move into a hybrid model. Families will have the option to continue distance learning, with students remaining with their teachers and classmates while learning from home, or choose in-person instruction two to four days a week, depending on grade level and special needs. 

For more information, visit highlineschools.org/coronavirus.

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Weekend Traffic Alert

July 24- If you are planning to drive along International Boulevard South near the Airport this Saturday afternoon, you are advised to take an alternate route.

On Saturday, July 25 between 2 PM and 4:30 PM, International Boulevard South between South 160th Street and South 144th Street may be blocked due to activity. Those wishing to travel north should also avoid Military Road South near South 160th Street.

Travelers are advised to take Air Cargo Road or Des Moines Memorial Drive South as alternatives to travel north and south through the City.

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City of SeaTac Launches $350,000 Economic Recovery Emergency Relief Grant Program for Local Small Businesses

July 24-The City of SeaTac is supporting the business community adversely effected by COVID-19 by launching an economic recovery grant program for small local businesses.

On July 14, at its Regular Council Meeting, the SeaTac City Council approved up to $350,000 in funding for the administration and distribution of grants to small businesses. The new grant program is designed to support local merchants who have experienced economic interruptions causing hardship and significant loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related closures. Federal CARES Act funds are distributed to cities through the State of Washington and King County. One of the eligible uses is provision of economic support and grants to small businesses.  Grants will be available for up to $2,500.

Key Eligibility Requirements

  • Have no more than 15 full-time employees pre-COVID-19, January 1, 2020
  • Have been in business for at least three years as of June 30, 2020
  • Have gross revenues of $1.5 million or less per year
  • Domiciled in SeaTac with a physical SeaTac business address & possess a SeaTac Business License as of March 1, 2020
  • Be current on all city business licensing, and not delinquent in payment of taxes or fees owned to the City of SeaTac as of December 31, 2019
  • If closed due government mandates, intend to reopen when allowed under Washington’s Safe Start plan and other government mandates
  • Home occupation businesses operated from the owner’s primary residence may qualify if the residence is physically located in SeaTac city limits and the business must be the primary source of income for the owner, although priority will be given to “brick and mortar” businesses serving the broader public
  • Must be engaged in a type of business eligible to receive funding by the U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Must be a for-profit business negatively impacted by COVID-19

Grant applications will open on Friday, July 24 at 12 PM through Friday, August 7 at 4 PM with the possibility of the program being extended depending on grant funds availability and demand. Grant information can be found on the City’s website at www.seatacwa.gov/C19-business-grants.

In April, Governor lnslee announced the award of nearly $300 million to local governments across Washington from the state’s allocation of the CARES Act federal funding. The amount the City of SeaTac received was determined by population. The City was allocated approximately $785,000 in federal funding to help the City with reimbursable costs incurred in response to the COVID-19 public health impacts. City Manager Carl Cole recommended designating up to $350,000 or nearly 45% of the fund grants for SeaTac small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and business interruptions. The remaining dollars are being used to help support City Operations, Services and Programs adversely effected by COVID-19.

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Grocery Store Stabbing Suspect Captured

July 24-On Sunday, July 19 at around 10:40 AM, a male walked into a grocery store in the 2800 block of S. 200th Street. The male walked around the store and picked up a bottle of water to purchase.  Then, in front of several other customers, the male attacked the clerk behind the counter with a knife, stabbing him multiple times.  The suspect had not been spoken to, or provoked in any way.  Customers in the store made an attempt to intervene, but backed off when the suspect turned on them.  The clerk attempted to flee and the suspect began stabbing him in his back.

After the attack, the suspect fled out of the back door of the business.  The call to 911 was delayed, but once it was made, SeaTac Police Officers arrived on scene within seconds.  One officer located someone matching the suspect description a short distance away and as the officer attempted contact, the suspect took off running.  The suspect was quickly captured.

Witnesses were able to positively identify the person detained as the suspect.  A records check revealed the 34-year-old male was wanted in DeKalb County, Georgia as the suspect in a multiple homicide incident. 

The victim was transported to Harborview Hospital.   As of this writing, he is scheduled to be released.  

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Puget Sound Fire Weekly Incident Summary July 12-18

July 24-Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority Weekly Incident Summary July 12-18.        

EMS/Rescue                              454

False Call                                    45

Fire                                              32

Good Intent                                56

Haz Condition                            8

Other                                           0

Service                                        21

Total 613

Annual total year to date              15420

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2020 CENSUS GOES DOOR TO DOOR

July 24-Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau counts every person living in the United States. In order to get to 100% participation, the Census Bureau goes door-to-door to collect responses from households that did not respond to the census on their own. 

The 2020 Census is a way to get back what you put in. Census data are used to determine the number of seats in Congress each state receives and distribute more than $1.5 trillion in federal funding that support necessities in local communities, like schools, health care, food assistance (SNAP), treatment for clean drinking water, and road repairs that benefit everybody.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Beginning as early as mid-July in some locations, the Census Bureau will begin the operation of interviewing households that have yet to respond to the 2020 Census.  “Census takers” will visit housing units that have not responded to the questionnaire between 9:00 AM and 9:00 PM. If someone answers the door, the census taker will ask 10 questions to collect basic information about your household and the people who live in it. Everyone who lives with you — including young children and newborns — are counted! Parents should count all babies born on or before April 1, 2020.

Census takers will visit homes up to six times and they will follow a series of procedures if no one responds. First, the Census taker will leave a “Notice of Visit” at the door. It will inform the householder of the visit and include an invitation to participate in the census online at www.2020Census.gov. After the third attempt (and if the occupant does not self-respond), the census taker will seek a reliable, nearby “proxy” to collect information necessary to complete the census. A “proxy” could include a neighbor, landlord, or letter carrier. Census takers will attempt to reach householders up to six times. 

WHEN AND WHERE 

Starting in mid-July, census takers will begin interviewing households in some areas that have yet to respond to the 2020 Census, they will continue adding additional locations on a weekly basis. In response to COVID-19, the Census Bureau will be going door-to-door where and for how long they deem it is safe to do so. 

Find out if there are census takers walking in your area by texting “DOOR” to 442020 or by taking a photo of the QR code below. 

IS IT SAFE TO TALK TO A CENSUS TAKER AT MY DOOR? 

COVID-19

During the COVID-19 public health crisis, in-person interactions are not completely safe, however precautions to prevent virus transmission can be taken. Census Bureau workers will use personal protective equipment (PPE), including cloth masks and hand sanitizer, and have received safety training on social distancing protocols.  Maintaining at least 6 feet of physical distance and wearing a mask is recommended if you interact with a census taker. Remember, instead of interacting with a census taker you can always respond to the census online at 2020Census.gov, by phone at 844-330-2020 or by returning your paper questionnaire by mail. 

Confidentiality 

Federal law keeps individual data or personal responses collected by the Census Bureau confidential for 72 years. Census takers will not ask about citizenship and immigration status or your Social Security number; request money or donations; or solicit support for a political party. Your information cannot be shared with immigration authorities or ICE, law enforcement or police, or your landlord, and it won’t affect any public benefits you receive.

HOW TO IDENTIFY A CENSUS TAKER:

Time of Day: Census takers and field representatives will conduct their work between the hours of 9 am and 9 pm, local time.

Ask for their ID Badge: Census takers or field representatives will present an ID badge that includes their name, their photograph, a Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date.

They Should Carry: Census takers or field representatives will wear a mask, have an official 2020 Census bag and Census Bureau-issued electronic device, such as a laptop or smartphone, bearing the Census Bureau logo. There will be an “official business” notice on their car.

Not Sure? Look up in the online directory (www.census.gov/cgi-bin/main/email.cgi) or call your regional census center to confirm the identity of the person at your door. 

Los Angeles Regional Census Center: 213-314-6500

(AK, CA, HI, ID, NV, OR, WA)

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Puget Sound Fire Weekly Incident Summary for July 5-11

July 17-Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority Weekly Incident Summary for July 5-11, 2020.                                              

EMS/Rescue                              433

False Call                                    35

Fire                                              40

Good Intent                                46

Haz Condition                             8

Other                                            0

Service                                        15

Total 577

Annual Total Year-to-Date          14,807

Total Calls by Type  2020

EMS:     11,401

Fire:      488

Others: 2,918

Recap of July 4th from 8 AM through 2 AM July 5th

  • More than 60 aid service calls
  • 21 fire calls including:
    • Brush Fires
    • Structure Fires
    • Minor Fires
  • 5 Residential Fires
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Census Returns to SeaTac after Successful Launch

July 17- The U.S. Census Bureau held the state’s first Mobile Questionnaire Assistance (MQA) site of the 2020 Census at SeaTac City Hall this week. The MQA is part of the Census field operations and outreach plan to assist residents with filling out their Census self-response forms.

During the four-hour event, Census staff spoke with more than three dozen individuals and had about 10% of those contacted complete the Census.

Refugee & Immigrant Services Northwest (ReWA) participated in the event and brought Census pens sanitizing hand wipes to give out during the event.

The MQA is returning for a second visit on Monday, July 20 from 10 AM to 2 PM, on at SeaTac City Hall parking lot located at 4800 South 188th Street. Census workers in uniforms will have secure tablets issued by the bureau for residence to fill-out their forms.  Census staff will practice all safety protocols, including social distancing and will be wearing masks.  Census workers also have multilingual forms to help non-English speaking residents complete the form.

MQA sites are set up in Census tracts that have a low response rate. SeaTac has been identified as having one of the lowest response rates Census tracts, at 47%, and this tract’s boundaries is in the City of SeaTac, encompassing Military Road, 200th Street, to 188th.  The self response rate for the whole City is 55.60% which is 7.90% below the 2010 census response rate of 63.50%.

Its never been easier to take the Census. Click here to fill-out your form. It only takes about 10 minutes.

Why Take the Census?

It’s is vital for every household in SeaTac to take the Census because over the next decade, lawmakers, business owners, and many others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions. The results will show where communities need new schools, new clinics, new roads, and more services for families, older adults, and children.

The results of the 2020 Census will inform decisions about allocating hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding to communities across the country—for hospitals, fire departments, school lunch programs, and other critical programs and services. The results will also inform how federal funding is allocated to more than 100 programs, including Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP. 

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Hotel Burglars Caught by SeaTac Police

July 10- At 10 AM on Wednesday, July 8, a SeaTac hotel manager called 911 requesting assistance for a burglary that had just occurred to one of the hotel rooms.  Hotel staff witnessed the suspects on the premises in the 19000 block of International Blvd and had captured video of the suspects before they fled the scene.

Officers arrived soon after the call, some going to the hotel to contact management and others searching the area around the hotel for the suspects.  A short time later, an officer located one suspect inside a nearby convenience store.  Soon after that, another officer located the female suspect inside an adjacent hotel.  Once the suspects were taken into custody, the King County Sheriff’s Office, the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) staff responded to the scene to process the scene for fingerprints.

Both suspects were booked for investigation of burglary.

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Puget Sound Fire Graduates

July 10-Recently, Puget Sound Fire had ten recruits graduate from the South King County Fire Training Consortium. These ten recruits have now joined their respective stations as probationary firefighters. Congratulations and welcome to Puget Sound Fire the following:

Julia Hendrickson

DeShainte Slaughter

Emily DePauw

Josh Kraght

Michael Soler

Jeremy Wood

Brooke Robinson

Andy Davis

Ewan Robson

Kyle Wade

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SeaTac Hosting Census Mobile Questionnaire Assistance Site

July 10- The City of SeaTac is hosting a US Census Bureau Census Mobile Questionnaire Assistance (MQA) site. MQA is the next phase of the Census field operations and outreach to assist residents to fill-out their Census self-response forms. 

The MQA will be set-up at from 10 AM to 2 PM, on Thursday July 16 at SeaTac City Hall parking lot located at 4800 South 188th Street. Census workers in uniforms will have secure tablets issued by the bureau for residence to fill-out their forms.  Census staff will practice all safety protocols, including social distancing and will be wearing masks.  

MQA sites are set up in Census tracts that have a low response rate. SeaTac has been identified as having one of the lowest response rates Census tracts, at 47%, and this tract’s boundaries is in the City of SeaTac, encompassing Military Road, 200th Street, to 188th.  The self response rate for the whole City is 55.60% which is 7.90% below the 2010 census response rate of 63.50%.

Its never been easier to take the Census. Click here to fill-out your form. It only takes about 10 minutes.

Below are the Census self-response rates for the State, County and South King County cities.

JurisdictionCurrent 2020 % 2010 % Difference
National 62.00%79.30%-17.30%
WA State 67.30%67.20%0.10%
King County 71.20%70.30%0.90%
City of SeaTac 55.60%63.50%-7.90%
City of Tukwila 61.20%64.00%-2.80%
City of Federal Way 64.90%67.10%-2.20%
City of Auburn 67.10%68.40%-1.30%
City of Kent 66.90%67.80%-0.90%
City of Burien 67.70%68.00%-0.30%
City of Renton 69.30%67.20%2.10%

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Recycling Event is Huge Success

July 9-On Saturday, June 27, the City of SeaTac Public Works hosted their bi-annual recycling event at a new location in North SeaTac Park. The event was a huge success with over 95,000 lbs. of recyclable material collected from 825 cars over a 6-hour period.

The SeaTac Recycling Collection Event provided an opportunity for King County residents to recycle motor oil, antifreeze, batteries, scrap metal, porcelain, shredded paper, latex paint, CFL light bulbs, cardboard, non-ecycle electronic items, household goods. clothes, and Styrofoam.

This is over twice as much compared with last Fall where 43,197 lbs. of material was collected from 426 cars. Thank you to all who participated and stay tuned for our next recycling event this Fall.

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City Wraps Take to the Streets

July 9-You might have noticed some recent colorful additions to International Boulevard South. At two separate intersections, bright utility wraps were installed on utility boxes.

The first installation occurred at the southeast corner of International Boulevard South and South 188th Street. These wraps, which sit in front of Taco Bell, are part of a pilot City program initiated by a request from longtime Councilmember Pam Fernald Position #6. The utility wraps, which are similar to an industrial wallpaper, are designed to beautify the main corridor of the City and enhance the pedestrian and driver experience.

The family friendly designs reduce blight, graffiti, stickers and vandalism. In addition, the heavy-duty vinyl wraps also improve the sense and feel of streets, intersections and neighborhoods.

The City Manager’s Office project allowed the City to incorporate more public art into the streets of SeaTac. The designs were initiated by City staff and approved by City Council and the City Arts, Culture & Library Advisory Committee (ACLAC).

This is the initial wraps of the pilot project, cost $12,000 for three utility box wraps. However, the coverings reduce City maintenance costs by cutting down on City workers maintenance time for graffiti and sticker removals. The weather-durable covers last five to 10 years.

The second set of wraps were installed at the southwest corner of International Boulevard South and South 192nd Street in front of the new Alaska Air Hub building.  The airport-themed wraps cover several silver utility boxes.  The wraps were part of a City requirement for the new multi-building construction project.

SeaTac joins cities such as Tacoma, Olympia, Seattle, Renton and Federal Way with the utility wrap pilot project.

The City is exploring opportunities to expand the utility wrap project to SeaTac neighborhoods to promote community identity.

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Fireworks Prohibited in SeaTac

July 3–The City of SeaTac wants you and your family to have a safe and happy 4th of July holiday weekend.

In order to keep everyone and their property safe, fireworks are prohibited in the City of SeaTac.

To learn more click on this Puget Sound Fire link.

To learn more about King County burn bans and fireworks click on this link.

We hope you and your family have a fun and safe 4th.

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SeaTac Police Make Marijuana Bust

July 3-On July 1, Detective Frazier of the SeaTac Street Crimes Unit observed activity occurring in the SeaTac grocery store parking lot that appeared narcotics related.  Further investigation led to the seizure of a moving van believed to contain a large amount of marijuana, along with an SUV. 

As the investigation continued, detectives discovered that the primary subject involved had a storage unit here in the City.  Detectives summoned a narcotics detection dog to the storage facility and the dog alerted on the unit belonging to the subject.  A search warrant was then obtained for both vehicles and the storage unit.

Upon performing the searches, detectives found that the moving van contained approximately 208 pounds of marijuana, along with a plethora of packaging materials and equipment.  The storage unit contained approximately 267 pounds of marijuana.  The SUV was found to contain approximately eight pounds of marijuana as well as small amounts of methamphetamine and cocaine.  Charges are pending for three subjects, all of whom reside out of state.

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Apply by July 10 for a King County Small Business Assistance Grant

July 2-King County Local Services is helping small businesses in unincorporated areas receive funds through the county’s Small Business Assistance Program.

If you own a small business in unincorporated King County and you meet basic eligibility criteria, you can apply for a Small Business Assistance Grant. To be eligible, a business must:

  • Be active and licensed in the state of Washington, with a physical business address in unincorporated King County
  • Be a small business, with no more than 15 full-time employees
  • Have been in business for at least three years
  • Have gross revenues of no more than $1.5 million per year
  • Have not received any other federal funding related to COVID-19, including grants and loans

Local Services and the King County Council developed criteria to guide grant selection and awards, with the goal of helping small businesses that have been hit hardest by the pandemic in all parts of unincorporated King County. Applicants must be able to demonstrate and document financial need resulting from the COVID-19 closures.

The program will accept applications for two weeks, ending at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, July 10. Materials and detailed instructions for applying are posted in English and eight other languages on the project website.

The program also offers language/interpretation services as well as technical assistance and coaching from a U.S. Treasury-certified community development financial institution. Technical assistance coaches can help businesses in unincorporated King County with…

  • Information about the latest (federal, state, and local) funding and loan resources
  • Utility bill assistance
  • Filling out grant or funding application forms
  • Coaching to help your business survive the impacts of Covid-19 closures
  • Other advice and assistance

Learn more

  • www.kingcounty.gov/LocalBusinessHelp
  • Call 206-331-3275 (Relay 711) – Leave a message with your contact information and question, and a technical assistance coach will call you back within two business days.
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McMicken Heights Recognized for Continuous Improvement for Black Students

1 of 31 Schools in State to be Part of Study

June 30- Congratulations to the administration, staff and community of McMicken Heights Elementary School for being recognized by The Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) for continuous improvement for Black students.

McMicken Elementary School was selected from over 2,200 individual schools across Washington state as one of only 31 schools that met the criteria for positively influencing outcomes for either Black, Latinx or low-income students. 

The Center for Educational Effectiveness study, Educational Landscape and Systems Analysis of Washington State, is supported through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation.

The purpose of the study is to gain a deep understanding of the highly effective continuous improvement efforts that support continued improvements for students. This study will produce a comprehensive analysis of access to essential data, the programs, partnerships, and systems elements driving the improvement. 

The knowledge gained from this project is intended to be used by school districts and their supporting professional organizations to enhance their local continuous improvement efforts. The study includes interviews with district and school administration, school staff, students, families and community members. A final report is due April 2021. 

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Family Fourth of July – Cancelled for 2020

July 2-For the first time, the Parks, Community Programs & Services cancelled the Family Fourth of July out of concern for public safety and to comply with Governor Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy and Safe Start orders.

Traditionally, thousands of parkgoers would gather at Angle Lake Park to celebrate and watch a safe professional fireworks display. The event originated with the Angle Lake Shore Club and was taken over by the City after incorporation.

This year Angle Lake Park will remain open from 7 AM to 10 PM.  In order to practice social distancing, the following will not be available on July 4:

  • Water Spray Park
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fireworks cancelled for 2020
  • Parking/Transportation

Parking will not be permitted at Angle Lake Park parking lot on July 4th. Limited free parking spaces will be available offsite at the following locations:

  • Alaska Airlines Headquarters, 19300 International Blvd.
  • IBEW Union Office, 19415 International Blvd.
  • The parking lot at Angle Lake Park will be closed on July 4th to the general public.

Food & Beverage

You are welcome to bring your own food and beverages into Angle Lake Park. Coolers are allowed into the park.  Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

Prohibited Items

The following are prohibited from SeaTac parks:

  • Smoking of tobacco or marijuana (SMC 2.45.365)
  • Alcoholic beverages (SMC 2.45.550)
  • Fireworks (SMC 2.45.530)
  • Unauthorized firearms or weapons (SMC 2.45.540)
  • Enclosed tents/camping (SMC 2.45.280, SMC 2.45.290)
  • To look up SeaTac Municipal Code click here.

Notice to Swimmers

The swimming area will be open on 4th of July this year.  There will be no lifeguards on duty.  Swim at your own risk.

Notice to Boaters

The public boat launch at Angle Lake Park will be closed all day on July 4.  There will be no boat launch or parking lot access.

Event Sponsors, Hosts and Financial Contributors

The Family Fourth of July is presented by the City of SeaTac.  Even though the event is cancelled for 2020, we’d like to thank the following businesses and community groups for their past sponsorship and for their community spirit!  We look forward to their continued support for future events.

  • Alaska Airlines
  • Recology CleanScapes
  • MasterPark
  • Angle Lake Shore Club
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SeaTac Distributes Thousands of Free Masks to Those in Need

June 30-The City of SeaTac has already distributed nearly half of the 8,000 free personal protective equipment (PPE) masks it received from King County this month. The City is working with local partners on a variety of ways to distribute the masks. The City plans more distributions over the coming weeks.

The City’s Emergency Manager prioritized the quick distribution of the masks with community and faith-based organizations that directly serve the residents of SeaTac. The City gave masks to the SeaTac Senior Center to distribute to the vulnerable seniors who are served by our Meals on Wheels Program.  A thousand masks were given to New Future Community Center which provides critical services in significantly under-resourced communities of Southwest King County. New Life is located in the Windsor Heights Apartment complex run by King County Housing Authority  In addition, thousands of free masks were given to faith-based organizations Prince of Peace Lutheran Church , Hope of the City Church and Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church & School.

The City is partnering with other City partners to continue to distribution of these no-cost protective equipment. Stay tuned for details.

All of the free masks were provided by King County.  In a June 11 press release, the County Executive announced $12.3 Million to leverage bulk purchasing power to provide low- or no-cost personal protective equipment (PPE) needed to kick start a safe reopening across the County. PPE would be distributed across County government, as well as to business, community based organizations, and faith based organizations. To learn more about the County masks distribution click here.

In addition, the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce along with other King County Chambers and business organizations all around the region have come together in partnership with King County to provide more than half-a-million cloth face coverings, disposable masks, and hand sanitizer to businesses in King County to help keep employees healthy and safe. To learn more, click here.

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Fares on many ST Express bus routes to resume July 1; flat fare to be implemented systemwide

June 17-Sound Transit is planning a July 1 resumption of fares on ST Express bus routes that have returned to front-door boarding with the installation of health barriers and other protections for operator safety. A new system-wide flat fare will align with other regional agencies, irrespective of trip distances. 

“Fares are important for funding our operations,” said Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff. “The resumption of fares on ST Express, along with the increase in service, is a sign that our region is starting to move to the next phase of recovery.”

While Sound Transit expects buses across the ST network will have protections installed by July 1 or soon thereafter, routes that have not returned to front-door boarding due to ongoing installation work will continue to be fare-free. A list of routes where fares will be implemented will be posted on the Sound Transit website prior to July 1. Fares resumed on Link light rail and Sounder trains on June 1. 

Sound Transit will implement a flat adult fare of $3.25 on all ST Express bus routes when fare collection resumes. The new fare structure eliminates the previous two-zone fare system in favor of one simple fare throughout the ST Express service area. Previously, adult ST Express fares for one-zone trips has been $2.75 and for two-zone trips has been $3.75.The Sound Transit Board approved the move to the adult flat fare in April 2018, with an implementation date of July 2020. Flat fares for ORCA LIFT, youth and senior/disabled riders were implemented in July 2018.
 
Regional elected officials took action to simplify fares in preparation for the Next Generation ORCA system, and other regional transit agencies had already adopted a flat fare. Consistent with the other transit agencies, prior to the Board decision, Sound Transit conducted a fare change process that included public outreach and Title VI analysis. More information about the flat fare is available at https://www.soundtransit.org/ride-with-us/changes-affect-my-ride/st-express-flat-fares



Sound Transit is encouraging income-qualified passengers to apply for ORCA Lift, a reduced-fare program that offers discounts of up to 66% on Sound Transit and other regional agencies’ services.  At this time, passengers can now apply for ORCA Lift online or over the phone without having to visit a processing site. 

Effective June 22, full service will be restored on Saturdays to ST Express route 550. Otherwise, the current service levels on ST Express bus routes will remain in effect. Sound Transit is not anticipating any additional service changes to ST Express bus service until the fall. The agency will closely evaluate service levels for fall and thereafter in connection with rider demand and funding reductions caused by the economic impact of COVID-19.

Riders will find more information on the specific trips at https://www.soundtransit.org/ride-with-us/changes-affect-my-ride/reduced-service and via rider alerts, which they can sign up to receive electronically.

All Sound Transit passengers are directed to wear face coverings consistent with expanded public health directives. Under current health directives customers are reminded to limit travel to essential trips. Riders should also follow social distancing and other critical health guidelines to protect the community.

During the COVID-19 response riders should take into account that electronic resources such as Google maps, One Bus Away and other applications and websites may not have accurate information for all trips, including service reductions affecting other agencies.

Sound Transit remains committed to working closely with its partners to continue serving the public. Efforts will continue to prioritize serving riders who depend on Sound Transit’s services, including seniors, people with disabilities, Title VI protected populations (race, color, national origin), low-income and limited-English-proficiency populations. To the greatest extent possible, we will continue to run trains and buses at our earliest and latest normal weekday hours. At this time normal service will continue on Tacoma Link.

Riders should sign up for rider alerts to ensure that they receive up-to-date information about service changes, or visit www.soundtransit.org. The language line 1-800-823-9230 is available to provide translation assistance for limited English proficiency persons.

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King County Sheriff’s Office Memorial

June 26-On December 2nd, 2016 the King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) unveiled a memorial honoring the 18 members of our department who lost their lives in the line of duty since the founding of the KCSO in 1853.

Today, on the anniversary of the passing of Sergeant Samuel A. Hicks, we want to take a moment and honor his memory.

Sergeant Samuel A. Hicks: June 24, 1982

On Thursday, June 24, 1982, Detective Sergeant Sam Hicks and his partner that day, Detective Leo Hursh, of the King County Sheriff’s Office were in the area south of Flaming Geyser State Park searching for Robert Wayne Hughes. Hughes, 29, was a suspect in the murder of John Timothy Early on June 17th in the SeaTac area. Early had been shot and killed during a burglary at his residence, located at 4735 S 182nd Street.

Sergeant Hicks and Detective Hursh were acting on a tip that Hughes, better known as “Bad Bob,” was staying at his girlfriend’s house. Sergeant Hicks picked up Detective Hursh from the county precinct in Kent to accompany him in the search. At around 1115 hours, they spotted Hughes standing outside his girlfriend’s house next to a white 1967 pick-up. The pick-up eventually left and they began following it in their unmarked white Chevrolet Camaro. The truck contained Hughes, his brother Mark Hughes behind the wheel and his girlfriend’s 12 year-old son.

After following the pick-up for some time, it turned north onto 224th Avenue SE from SE 368th ST. It then turned right onto a gravel driveway at 36606 224 Avenue SE. As the truck stopped, Hughes exited, removed his H&K 91 .308 rifle, with a 20-round magazine, from its case and ran behind a milking barn. There, he fired a single shot that struck the Camaro’s windshield and shattered it. Glass from the windshield cut Hursh’s face.

The pick-up continued down the driveway and around the barn, to a knoll to the south of Sergeant Hicks and Detective Hursh. Sergeant Hicks and Detective Hursh thought they were being surrounded and got out of the Camaro with hopes of finding cover. They were both able to scramble to an area near a pump house; hardly adequate cover. At one point, Hughes asked them who they were and they identified themselves as police, with Detective Hursh displaying his badge.

That’s when more shots rang out. After a lull in the gunfire of about five minutes, the two thought they were going to get out alive, but that’s when Hughes fired the fatal shot that struck Sergeant Hicks in the chest. Sergeant Hicks was wearing a vest, but it couldn’t stop the .308 round.

During the gunfight, Detective Hursh was able to call for help over the radio, but it took units another four to five minutes to arrive. By the time they arrived, Hughes was gone; last seen westbound on foot, crossing 224 AVE SE. The pick-up was gone as well.

Sergeant Hicks was transported to Harborview Medical Center, where he died in surgery at 1332 hours.

A massive manhunt was undertaken for Hughes by the King County Police and surrounding agencies, to include as many as 115 police officers, state troopers and K-9’s at one time. The rifle was recovered a short distance away from where the gunfight took place. Pieces of clothing were located and thousands of tips were received. Searching officers slept in nearby firehouses between shifts.

On June 26th, Frank Cuddy, along with his wife and daughter, saw a man matching Hughes’ description walking along the Auburn-Black Diamond Highway, shortly after 1430 hours. Cuddy drove to the command post in Black Diamond to report the sighting. Numerous units converged on the scene and a K-9 team consisting of King County Officer Gary Davis and Satan, assigned to King County Tac-30, tracked into the brush. With several King County and local agencies on perimeter, Tac-30 and the K-9 team located Hughes lying on the ground, covered in brush and leaves. Hughes was taken into custody without further incident in the woods about ¼ mile north of SE Green Valley Road off of 218th Avenue SE.

Hughes went on trial in February 1983 where he admitted to watching searchers look for him as he sat in trees fifty to sixty feet in the air. He never denied shooting Sergeant Hicks or at Detective Hursh. He said that he did it merely in self defense because he believed they were hit men. The jury didn’t buy it and he was convicted of killing Sergeant Hicks and the attempted killing of Detective Hursh on March 12, 1983. He had earlier plead guilty to killing of John Early. On April 14, 1983, Hughes was sentenced to three consecutive life terms in prison.

The King County Sheriff’s Office Southeast Precinct 3 in Maple Valley was named for Detective Sergeant Sam Hicks and Detective Mike Raburn, who was killed in 1984, until its closure in December 2011. The Hicks Raburn Precinct also had memorials for both men located along the walkway in the rear of the precinct.

Sergeant Samuel A. Hicks was 38 years old and had served with the King County Sheriff’s Office for 13 years.

Our thoughts are with Sam’s family and friends as we pay tribute to him on this day.

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Car Thieves Strike Again

June 26-King County sheriff’s Office continues to see cars being stolen as they are warming up or left running in front of homes.

On June 18, a deputy was dispatched to a vehicle theft which had occurred near the 18800 BLK of 33 AVE S in SeaTac. The owner explained he had left his vehicle running, unattended, in front of his residence. He said he went back inside his residence to brush his teeth and get his coffee. When he returned to the vehicle a few minutes later, it was gone.

Please remember never leave your car running, unlocked and unattended. Car thieves drive around looking for this very thing.

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Build an Emergency Kit

June 26-As we know, earthquakes and other natural disasters can strike at any time. We always encourage people to put together a good emergency kit that will allow your family to survive several days on your own.

Water is a critical part of any plan to prepare for emergencies, disasters, etc. After a disaster, clean drinking water may be hard to come by. Regular sources for drinking water could be contaminated or cut off. Be prepared by storing some water now.

• How much should you store?
Generally, you need to store one gallon of water per person per day for 3-5 days. While figuring out what to store, you must take into account a few things; children, nursing mothers and sick people may need more water. Warm weather climates may require more water and medical emergencies might require additional water.

• How to store your water?
The easiest way, is to buy commercially bottled water and store it in its original container in a cool, dark place. If you have to, or want to, prepare your own water buy food grade water storage containers. Before filling, thoroughly clean and sanitize the inside of the container. This water should be replaced every six months.

Read more at https://www.ready.gov/water

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King County Sheriff’s Office Most Wanted

June 22-King County Sheriff’s Office Most Wanted is Wayne L. Rattler. Rattler has a felony warrant for Vehicular Assault/ Felony Hit and Run. The court has set bail at $25,000.00.

On January 20, 2019, around 7:55 PM, near S 176/ Military RD S in SeaTac the victim driver and his mother along with a backseat passenger were making a left turn on a green light. Witnesses saw a Suzuki, driven by Rattler, approach the victim vehicle from behind at a high rate of speed, enter the left turn lane and continue into the intersection, colliding with the victims vehicle. One of the occupants in the victim vehicle suffered a broken collar bone as well as three broken ribs.

Rattler got out of the driver’s seat of the Suzuki after the collision, along with a female carrying a baby and a car seat, and they fled on foot. Deputies located Rattler, the female and baby a few blocks away.

Rattler, the female and the baby were uninjured. Rattler had the odor of intoxicants on his breath and was processed for DUI. He blew a .124 and was booked into jail. Rattler also had a suspended license and was not supposed to be driving.

Rattler is 25 years old, 6’1” and 160 lbs.

If you see him do not attempt to contact him, call 911. His last known address shows is in the SeaTac area.

If you know Rattler’s whereabouts you can submit an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound through p3tips.com with any information.

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Fireworks Safety in a Pandemic

June 26-Every year in the U.S., about 9,000 people are injured using fireworks at home, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Most of these injuries take place around the July Fourth holiday. This year, as we have been dealing with the COVID 19 pandemic most public fireworks displays have been cancelled.

If you decide to use consumer fireworks, please do so with caution and follow local rules and regulations. In addition, remember that if gathering for the holiday, social distancing, wearing a face covering and hand-washing are still very important.

•             Fireworks are banned in many cities

•             Fireworks purchased from approved firework stands are only allowed to be discharged in unincorporated King County on July 4, and they should be sold only by reliable Washington State- and King County Fire Marshal-licensed retailers

•             Fireworks not purchased from a state-licensed fireworks retailors are not approved to be discharged in unincorporated King County. They may be considered explosive material.

•             Fireworks are not allowed in King County Parks, per King County Code.

•             Fireworks are not allowed on school properties.

•             Where legal, fireworks can only be discharged between the hours of 9:00 AM and midnight on July 4th. 

•             If you choose to discharge fireworks on the 4th follow these rules and safety tips:

o             You must be at least 16 years old, with photo identification, to purchase fireworks.

o             Always have a responsible adult light all fireworks.

o             Have a garden hose or a fire extinguisher handy.

o             Use fireworks outdoors only—away from buildings, houses with wood exteriors, trees, and dry fields.

o             Avoid aerial fireworks.

o             Light one item at a time, move away quickly, and have everyone keep a safe distance.

o             If a device does not light or fire, an adult should wait at least five minutes before approaching it.

o             Soak used fireworks in water before disposing of them.

o             Keep pets safe. Use eye protection. Clean up all debris. (Regional Animal Services of King County provides information about fireworks safety for pets)

o             If it has a stick or fins and it goes up, or if it explodes, it is illegal in Washington State.

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June is LGBTQ Month

June 23-At the Regular Council meeting, Mayor Erin Sitterley issued a proclamation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Pride Month for the City of SeaTac. 

The Mayor proclaimed June 2020 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Pride Month; and encouraged all community residents to fight discrimination and prejudice wherever it exists and to celebrate our beautiful community by honoring our LGBTQ family, friends and neighbors.

Here is the full text of the proclamation.

WHEREAS, the battle for dignity and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning people is reflected in the tireless commitment of the LGBTQ community, as well as dedicated advocates and allies who strive to forge a more inclusive society; and

WHEREAS, LGBTQ members of our American family, including those who live in our local communities, may yet face hate and discrimination simply for being who they are and there remains much work to do to extend the promise of our country to every person; and

WHEREAS, the City of SeaTac, being an inclusive community, rejects discrimination of any kind and continues to affirm our belief that we are all freer when we are treated as equals.

NOW, therefore, I, Erin Sitterley, Mayor of the City of SeaTac, on behalf of the City Council, do hereby proclaim June 2020 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Pride Month; and encourage all community residents to fight discrimination and prejudice wherever it exists and to celebrate our beautiful community by honoring our LGBTQ family, friends and neighbors.

Given under my hand and the seal of the City of SeaTac this 23rd day of June 2020.

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Sheriff’s Office Reforms Policy, Seeks Approval from Eight Can’t Wait

June 19-The King County Sheriff’s Office is always evaluating our current policies and looking for ways to evolve and improve. After the tragic and troubling death of George Floyd on May 25th in Minneapolis, Sheriff Mitzi G. Johanknecht ordered a further review of our Use of Force policies to look for opportunities to clarify or strengthen them.

Although the King County Sheriff’s Office made considerable changes to our Use of Force policies last year, we asked Campaign Zero to audit KCSO policies against the 8 Can’t Wait. 

The 8 procedures were developed by Campaign Zero, a nationwide police reform campaign to reduce Use of Force and police brutality. 8 Can’t Wait consists of:

  1. Ban Chokeholds and Strangleholds
  2. Require De-escalation
  3. Require exhausting all reasonable means before resorting to deadly force
  4. Ban Shooting At Moving Vehicles
  5. Require Use of Force Continuum
  6. Require Comprehensive Reporting (of force)
  7. Duty to Intervene
  8. Require Verbal Warnings Before Shooting

On June 11, 2020, Campaign Zero determined that items 1 through 6 are already contained in existing policy in our General Orders Manual (GOM).  The General Orders Manual sets forth professional standards for the performance, behavior, and service of our employees. 

Although KCSO already complies with 7 and 8 in practice, KCSO agreed that policies need clarification on these points.  KCSO reached out to union leadership, who fully supported the Sheriff’s efforts and promptly agreed with the need to clarify policy.  Collaboration with the King County Police Officers’ Guild (KCPOG) and the Puget Sound Police Managers’ Association (PSPMA) and the King County Sheriff’s Office Marshals’ Guild (KCSOMG) resulted in policy revisions to require a Duty in Intervene (GOM 6.00.055) when a member of KCSO observes another member using force that is clearly beyond what is reasonable under the circumstancesand Verbal Warnings (GOM 6.00.045) before discharging a firearm.  We accomplished these revisions in only 5 working days.

The King County Sheriff’s Office is grateful to Campaign Zero and union leadership. This is an example of how collaboration can work to effect change.

On Monday, June 22nd, we will send our revised policies to Campaign Zero for feedback and final sign off.

We look forward to more opportunities to collaborate on issues that improve transparency and accountability.  Another recent project that increases transparency on use of force can be found at https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/sheriff/on-line-reporting/dash-boards.aspx  This interactive dashboard contains information on all uses of force from 2014-2019.

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Puget Sound Fire Weekly Incident Summary for June 14-20

June 23-Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority Weekly Incident Summary for June 14-20, 2020.          

EMS/Rescue:                              440

False Call :                                   43

Fire:                                              12

Good Intent:                                  42

Haz Condition:                                8

Other:                                             3

Service:                                        19

Total: 567

Annual Total Year-to-Date:              13,065

The South King County Fire Training Consortium (SKCFTC) is proud to announce the graduation of the Firefighter Training Academy Recruit Class #9 on Thursday, June 25, 2020. This the culmination of the 21 week recruit training academy that started on February 3.  Puget Sound Fire has 10 recruits in this class to fill vacancies created by retiring senior firefighters. 

Due to the COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, attendees are limited to recruits and their immediate family only However, we invite you to join us as we live stream the graduation ceremony on the consortium Facebook page. Information can be found in the attachment above.   The graduation ceremony will also be shared on the Puget Sound Fire Facebook page. 

Please help us congratulate the Academy #9 Graduates, 

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Governor Inslee Announces Statewide Mask Mandate

June 23-Beginning June 26, every Washingtonian in an indoor public space, or in an outside public space when unable to physically distance from others, will be legally required to wear a face covering

Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman today announced a statewide mandatory face covering order that will take effect Friday, June 26.

The order comes after a Saturday announcement of a mandatory mask proclamation for Yakima County starting this week. The order was in response to reports of increasing case counts and a potential overwhelming of the county’s health care system.

Residents of Yakima County must wear face coverings in public and businesses must require customers and clients to wear masks to operate, and may not serve anyone who enters their business without a face covering, with some limited exceptions.

After subsequent reports of cases increasing in additional counties, the governor and Wiesman extended the face covering requirement today to include the entire state of Washington.

“As necessary economic activity increases and more people are out in their communities, it is imperative that we adopt further measures to protect all of us,” Inslee said during a press conference Tuesday. “Until a vaccine or cure is developed, this is going to be one of our best defenses.”

Starting Friday, every Washingtonian must wear a facial covering when in a public space, as mandated by the public health order signed by Wiesman. This includes both indoor and outdoor public spaces.

“The science is clear that when we use face coverings, we limit the spread of droplets being passed on to others when we talk, cough or sneeze. While some of us are wearing face coverings in public, we must increase usage to best control the virus. Washington’s strategy to restart the economy and get people back to work will only be successful if, together, we act safely and follow health recommendations,” Wiesman said.

Wearing a mask is one of the most effective things people can do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Recent models suggest that the incidence of COVID-19 cases can be reduced if the majority of the population are wearing masks. This correlation has been seen in other countries that have been able to lower the curve through mask usage.

As with previous orders, there will be specific exemptions for those who may be adversely impacted by wearing a facial covering. These exemptions include those with certain medical conditions and children under the age of two, who should not wear a face covering. Children aged two, three and four are encouraged, but not required, to wear a face covering in public with the assistance and supervision of an adult.

In addition, individuals may remove face coverings under certain circumstances, including while eating or drinking at a restaurant; while communicating with a person who is Deaf or hard of hearing; and while outdoors in public areas, provided that a distance of six feet is maintained from people who are not members of their household.

The order is in addition to the other guidelines counties must follow in each phase of reopening. Physical distancing, appropriate and regular sanitation actions and other requirements are still expected from Washingtonians and businesses. Businesses are already required to adopt face coverings or more protective requirements for their employees. In cases where local officials or other agencies have also adopted face covering requirements, the more protective requirement must be followed.

Face coverings will help protect the health of Washingtonians and our communities, including essential workers and those returning to the workforce as counties advance phases. Such a requirement will be much more effective when the majority of the population wears masks.

“Essential workers face higher risk of exposure to COVID-19 in order to serve our communities. Many are already required to wear masks at work for 8 to 12 hours or longer, and we do that to help keep everyone safe. We’re very glad the public is joining in and we appreciate the governor’s proclamation, because face coverings are most effective when we’re all wearing them to protect each other. The safety of workers and our entire community, and the stability of our health care system, is dependent on customers and patients joining in a shared effort to prevent transmission and keep bending the curve. To all our customers and patients: We care for you and your family. When you come into a store, pharmacy or clinic wearing a face covering, we see you caring about us and our families. We know we can protect each other,” said Faye Guenther, president of UFCW21.

As more counties progress through the phased approach to re-opening, it’s even more important to follow the order and phase guidelines in order to help reopen the economy.

“Masking up is not just something that saves lives, it can save economies,” Inslee said. “If we don’t want to turn the dial back on phases in counties, we need every Washingtonian to join us in this effort.”

For the latest information click here.

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Preschool Grads Receive Special Ceremony

June 19-On Thursday, June 18, the SeaTac’s ABC…123 Preschool held its annual graduation for those students moving on to Kindergarten next fall. 

Teacher Nina Zacharias has stayed in touch with the families over the last few months and wanted the students to be celebrated for their accomplishments.   Of course, a traditional graduation was not possible.  So instead families drove their students up ‘curbside’ at the SeaTac Community Center and Teacher Nina spent a moment acknowledging them and giving them their diploma and a special gift.  

Even though the school year was cut short, the students worked hard and are ready to launch into kindergarten next fall.

Congratulations to our young grads!

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Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority Weekly Incident Summary for June 6-13, 2020

June 19- Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority Weekly Incident Summary for June 6-13, 2020.

EMS/Rescue:                               391

False Call:                                    29

Fire:                                              15

Good Intent:                                 46

Haz Condition:                             8

Other:                                           3

Service:                                        14

Total: 506

Annual Total Year-to-Date:       12498

This week is National Firefighter Safety Stand Down week. The King County Fire Chiefs Association issued a statement.

The organization also released some new statistics.

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New Project Activity Web Map for June 19

June 19-SeaTac’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has worked collaboratively with the Public Works Department to create a new interactive Project Activity Web Map. This shiny new web portal allows you to not only see the public project being constructed but it also allows you to interact with the map. All of these projects are being constructed to improve the City.

There is a whole team of people from GIS and Public Works Engineering who work diligently behind the scenes to put these weekly maps together. The maps were created to help everyone better understand the construction projects around the City. The new web portal compiles all active Public Works projects into one place.

Check it out and spend some time playing around with the functionality of the new web maps.

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City Council Chooses Stanley Tombs as New Councilmember

June 17-During a Special Council Meeting tonight, the SeaTac City Council appointed Stanley Tombs, Jr. to fill vacant Council Position # 2 and complete the current unexpired term. The appointment took place after the Council reviewed seven applicants who previously applied and interviewed for a vacant council position in October of 2018. In June, Councilmember Joel Wachtel vacated his seat creating the opening.


Mr. Tombs will be sworn in at the June 23, 2020 Regular Council Meeting and will serve until the certification of the November 2021 General Election.


Tombs is currently serving on the Sidewalk Committee and previously served as a Councilmember from January 2019 to November 2019. He was chosen by Council to fill the Position #5 seat after former Councilmember Amina Ahmed passed away.


Tombs was born and raised in SeaTac even before the City was incorporated. Tombs is retired from the legal industry. He is the former Vice-Chair of the SeaTac Planning Commission and was a member of the committee from July 2017 to January 2019. In addition, Tombs attended the previous City of SeaTac Community Leadership Academy which teaches residents about how the City government operates.


The City of SeaTac has a seven-member City Council elected by the residents. The Council chooses from among themselves who will serve as Mayor and Deputy Mayor for a two-year term. The Mayor is recognized as the head of the City for ceremonial purposes and is the chair of the Council Meetings.


The City Councilmembers are the leaders and policy makers elected to represent the community and to concentrate on policy issues that are responsive to the needs and wishes of the residents and businesses. The SeaTac Council makes policy, land use, and budget decisions for the City.


The City Council appoints a full-time City Manager to oversee the daily operations of the City and to advise, implement, and administer the policies adopted by the City Council.

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City Council to Choose New Councilmember

June 15—The SeaTac City Council will be choosing a new councilmember to fill the Position #2 seat vacated by former Councilmember Joel Wachtel.

The Council will be holding a Virtual Special Council Meeting on Wednesday, June 17 at 5 PM to discuss the issue. The City Council will recess into an executive session to review the qualifications of the candidates. They will then reconvene in open session where they will nominate candidates and vote until there is a majority vote for one candidate. This new member is scheduled to be sworn-in and begin as a Councilmember at the June 23 Regular Council Meeting at 6 PM.

At the June 9, Regular Council Meeting, Council provided direction to consider the pool of applicants which were used in January 2019 to fill the current vacant position. There are seven interested applicants. Council was provided with the applications and the link to the audio of the interviews to review before the Special Council Meeting.

List of candidates to be considered (in first name alphabetical order):

1.      Andrew Ried-Munro

2.      Brandon Pinto

3.      Deborah Myers

4.      Jennifer Corona

5.      Nimco Bulale

6.      Parmbir Singh

7.      Stanley Tombs

The June 17, Virtual Special Council Meeting will be audio recorded and placed on the City’s website at some point after the meeting. This meeting will not be livestreamed due to the potential length of the closed session which would leave a long period of silence online. The public may call in to the conference line to listen to the meeting. The number is 206.973.4555. While you will be able to hear the meeting; you will not be able to participate in the meeting. Please note that if you are unable to mute your phone, everyone else on the call-in line will be able to hear you, so please refrain from speaking. No one will be able to physically attend this meeting.

PUBLIC COMMENTS (related to Position #2 Council Vacancy): In an effort to adhere to the social distancing protocols, pursuant to the Governor’s and public health officials’ orders, and in order to keep our residents, Council, and staff healthy, the City Council will not hear any in-person public comments during this COVID-19 public health emergency. If you wish to submit a public comment, please email your comments to PublicComment@seatacwa.gov by 3 p.m. the day of the meeting. The public comment will be mentioned by name and subject and then placed on the City’s website for viewing. Public comments submitted to an email address other than PublicComment@seatacwa.gov, after the deadline, or outside the topic of this public comment period, will not be included as part of the record.

Click here for Agenda

Here is a link to the audio of the October 13, 2018 interviews with all of the candidates who were seeking the seat of then vacated Council Position #5.  This audio includes interviews with more than the seven current candidates. The audio link includes additional candidates who have since served on the Council or who have withdrawn from the current council selection process.

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Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority Emergency Incident Responses May 31-June 6

June 12-Each week, Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority releases its weekly incident summary. This is the summary for the week May 31- June 6.         

EMS/RESCUE:                                401

FALSE                                               41        

FIRE                                                  16

GOOD INTENT                                36

HAZ CONDITION                              4

SERVICE                                           14

OTHER                                               2

Weekly Total:  514

This past week Puget Sound Fire has been working to acknowledge the graduating seniors in our response area.  Several messages have been posted here on Facebook.

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Community Center Gets New Doors

June 12-When the SeaTac Community Center reopens to the public, the entrance will have new automatic doors.  These doors, which were completed on June 9,  will make it easier for people with mobility issues to access the Center and not having to use a door handle will decrease the amount of shared germs.   These doors were funded entirely by the King County Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy.

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SeaTac Art Attack Yard Art Contest Launches

SeaTac, WA (June 10, 2020) –  The City of SeaTac Parks, Community Programs & Services has partnered with a SeaTac based non-profit, Vibe Hunters, to launch the first ever City Yard Art Contest.

Yard Art is defined as any man-made aesthetic experience occurring in a private yard or garden, as well as those found in outdoor spaces such as pastures, nurseries, community gardens and vacant lots. The art contest began in June and runs through Labor Day. To enter the contest, SeaTac residents must sign up by August 31.  There is no fee.  Here is a link to the application.

The week of September 7, judges will drive around to all of the participating households to view the art pieces.  Trophies and prizes will be awarded.  Maps of all art pieces will be available for anyone in the community to drive around and enjoy the art.  Art must be visible from the street and should be at least semi-permanent. For more information on the contest here is a link to Vibe Hunters.

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Supplemental COVID-19 Community Response Fund

New Funding Opportunities: 

(PLEASE NOTE: THE APPLICATION DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JUNE 23RD, 2020 at 11:59PM)

On May 5, the King County Council approved a second emergency supplemental budget proposed by Executive Dow Constantine to provide additional resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Included in the legislation is $1 million for the Office of Equity and Social Justice (OESJ) to expand funding for the COVID-19 Community Response Fund.  First launched in March 2020 in response to immediate effects of the local outbreak, the COVID-19 Community Response Fund invested $800K in grant awards to community-based organizations providing health literacy and awareness, language access, anti-bias and stigma response, and outreach in communities located near isolation, quarantine, and recovery facilities.

As the pandemic has progressed, we understand more about its effects and the disproportionate impact it inflicts on communities of color.  OESJ will continue to prioritize funding to partners working with communities at the highest risk of immediate and long-term negative health, social and economic impacts.  Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to organizations based on the priorities defined in the Overview & Criteria for Community Responses Fund document.

Click here to download the Community Response Fund Application Form.

Federal Way Link Extension Construction Updates

July 31-Ongoing and upcoming traffic impacts:

•             Road construction on 32nd Ave on August 1 from 9 AM – 5 PM.

•             Single-lane closure and flaggers on 32nd Ave from 212th St to Dead End

7 AM – 4 PM until August 14.

Ongoing and Upcoming construction:

•             Large excavation for at-grade guideway near the westside of I-5 for about three months.

•             Roadway work- installing and paving curbs, sidewalks, and driveways in the Mansion Hill Neighborhood on 32nd Ave between 211th St and 212th St until approximately August 10. See the public works activity tracker for additional details.