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Reduced Fare Options will Accompany June 1 Reintroduction of Fares on Link and Sounder

Recovery Fares to be offered through June 30 during promotion of ORCA LIFT to riders experiencing financial hardships; campaign will emphasize face coverings directive

May 18-Effective June 1, Sound Transit will offer temporarily reduced Recovery Fares in response to the economic impact of COVID-19 as the agency re-introduces fares on Link light rail and Sounder. Service on Link will also increase at the same time, with trains running every 20 minutes during the day until after the p.m. peak. Link will continue to run every 30 minutes during evenings and on weekends.

The Recovery Fares come as the region prepares for the next phases of recovery and the expected gradual return of riders. The fare of $1 on Link and $2 on Sounder will be available from ticket vending machines through June 30. During this period, Sound Transit will redouble its promotion of ORCA Lift, a reduced-fare program that gives income-qualified riders discounts of up to 66% on Sound Transit and other regional agencies’ services. Passengers can now qualify apply for ORCA Lift online or over the phone without having to visit a processing site.

In addition to ticket vending machines, Recovery Fare tickets will be available on a contact-free basis through the Transit GO Ticket app. ORCA cards will continue to be charged full fare and can be used for transfers, while Recovery Fare paper tickets and Transit GO tickets cannot be used for transfers.

All transit staff will continue to wear face masks, and all Sound Transit passengers will be 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. Sound Transit will continue expanded disinfecting of transit vehicles and facilities, with particular emphasis on ticket vending machines and other high-touch areas including hand rails.

Beyond providing money to support transit operations, the resumption of fares will also allow Sound Transit to increase safety and security for essential riders. The agency saw a dramatic increase in unsanitary conditions, rider complaints and incidents of vandalism after fares were temporarily suspended in March. The issues have been associated in part with riders taking repetitive trips without apparent destinations.

For now ST Express buses will continue to remain fare-free on a temporary basis to enable rear-door boarding to protect bus operators. By contrast, rail operators are protected in their own compartments. Even so, seats outside those enclosed compartments will continue to be cordoned off as an extra safety measure.

Beginning Tuesday, May 19, fare enforcement officers will begin educating riders about the resumption of fares, including the Temporary Recovery Fare, and providing information about ORCA Lift. Once fares resume, fare enforcement officers will follow social distancing guidelines and request that riders show an ORCA card, a Transit GO Ticket app activated ticket, or a ticket as proof of payment.


The Sounder reductions that have been in effect will continue at this time. Sounder South weekday service is reduced to seven round trips. The cancelled northbound trips are the 1502, 1506, 1508 and 1518 departures from Lakewood, and the 1516 and 1522 departures from Tacoma. The canceled southbound trips are the 1503, 1505, 1509, 1517, 1519, and 1523 departures from Seattle. 

Sounder North weekday service remains reduced from four round trips to two round trips, with cancellation of the 1701 and 1705 departures from Everett and the 1700 and 1704 departures from Seattle. 

Riders will find more information on the specific trips cancelled 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.

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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City Manager Speaks at Chamber Virtual Resiliency Summit to help our Local Economy Recover

May 22-In the midst of so much uncertainty in today’s economy, as businesses and communities attempt to navigate an increasingly volatile and changing market, the Seattle Southside Chamber has planned a gathering of industry experts and economists to help sift through the data at the PNW Resiliency Virtual Summit on June 24, 2020. This event will be a gathering of minds, providing real and relatable insights to help our local economy recover efficiently and remain resilient.

“Resiliency has always been vital in business,” said President/CEO Andrea H. Reay, “However, the current economic climate requires us to recover more quickly. It is possible for businesses and communities to thrive in inconsistent markets, but only when they have the tools and willingness to embrace change and evolve.”

The PNW Resiliency Virtual Summit is the third in the Chamber’s signature Summit Series, created to support the mission to connect, convene, and create economic opportunity for South King County. That mission and focus have not changed with the pandemic, but the delivery methods have. This is why the event will feature the same engaging and dynamic elements of an in-person summit translated onto a virtual platform.

The Chamber is grateful to SeaTac City Manager, Carl Cole, who will be on hand to kick off the event and welcome the virtual attendees.

“As the impacts of this pandemic continue to expand, I am seeing hope start to diminish,” offered Cole. “I want to assure our community and partners that this is an opportunity to shine and not lose hope. If we work together, we will emerge from this tragedy stronger and better. I believe that and look forward to hearing more reasons to hope at this event.”

Chris Mefford, President & CEO of Community Attributes, will then deliver the keynote message, setting the stage for an engaging discussion and Q&A session with our panel of speakers including:

  • Kris Johnson, President & CEO of the Association of Washington Business
  • Scott Alexander, President of Alexander Party Rentals
  • More to be announced

After the keynote, panel discussion, and Q&A, there will be an opportunity for virtual breakout sessions for industry sectors to share specific trade and business opportunities and challenges as well as to seek counsel from local experts.

The PNW Resiliency Summit is open to all, but registration is required. More details and registration link below.

2020 PNW Resiliency VIRTUAL Summit

Date: June 24, 2020

Time: 11:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Virtual via ZOOM

Register Here

The Chamber is proud to serve our community and is committed to creating economic equity in South King County by encouraging investment and supporting a thriving business environment. A special thank you to Alaska Airlines for their contribution and to DoubleTree Suites Southcenter for being our event Host. Sponsorship opportunities are still available and are a great way to connect your business with the Southside Community. Please contact Renatta Emerson at Renatta@SeattleSouthsideChamber.com for a custom package tailored to serve your marketing and advertising goals.

We hope that you can make it and that everyone is staying healthy and staying safe at home.

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Puget Sound Fire Weekly Incident Summary for May 10-16

May 22-Puget Sound Fire Weekly Incident Summary for May 10-16:

Total:                   551

EMS/Rescue:       422

False Call:              37

Fire :                     15

Good Intent:      56

Hazardous Condition:  7

Service:                13

Other:                   1

Annual Total Year-to-Date:  10,495

This week is national EMS Week! Did you know King County has a nationally renowned Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program? Thanks to the Medic One program and the ongoing training Puget Sound Firefighters receive, this region’s first responders are some of the best in the world. Every Puget Sound Firefighter is a trained Emergency Medical Technician and about 70% of the calls Puget Sound Fire responds to are EMS related. This #EMSWeek, Puget Sound Fire encourages you to call 911 if you need us. Our staff are highly trained and are here to serve our community.

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Memorial Day Flag Lowering

May 22-The flags at SeaTac Government Facilities will be lowered Memorial Day weekend. Governor Inslee has ordered that all Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff on Monday, May 25, 2020, in recognition of Memorial Day. This federal holiday is in remembrance of the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.

Flags will remain at half-staff until noon on May 25 or first thing Tuesday morning, May 26, 2020.

Everyone is encouraged recognize service members who have died while serving our country .

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Public Works Project Locations

May 15-Public Works Project Locations

Spot Drainage Repairs

This project will repair storm drainage infrastructure at eight locations within the City.  The project is currently in design.

S 180th St Flood Reduction Project

This project will construct a flood reduction facility to eliminate flooding at the end of S 180th St.  The project recently completed the planning and feasibility assessment stage and now will begin the design phase.

S 221st St Drainage Improvement

This project will construct a drainage conveyance system to intercept drainage flows on Military Road causing erosion of the embankment on Military Road and private properties as well as localized flooding of septic systems at nearby residences.  The project is currently in design.

Military Road South and South 152nd Street

Improvements for this road reconstruction and safety project include construction of bike lanes, curbs and gutters, sidewalks, new pavement, installation of street lighting, upgraded and interconnected signalization with pedestrian crossings, construction of a right turn lane on Eastbound South 152nd Street, and the elimination of the skewed intersection at Tukwila International Boulevard and Military Road South. Johansen is the contractor on the project and is currently working on completing installation of underground infrastructure to support power, cable, and telecommunications services.

Des Moines Memorial Drive South and South 200th Street Intersection

Improvements for this intersection include construction of bike lanes, curbs and gutters, sidewalks, new pavement, installation of street lighting, a new traffic signal system with pedestrian crossings, left turn lanes for all approaches, and construction of a right turn lane on westbound South 200th Street. Rodarte Construction is the contractor on the project and is currently working on installing utility infrastructure.

34th Avenue South Project

This “Safe Routes to School” project includes construction of sidewalks, curbs and gutters, storm drainage facilities, installation of an enhanced crosswalk, pedestrian lighting, landscaping, and underground conversion of aerial utilities. Design and right-of-way acquisition are ongoing. The project is scheduled to start construction in 2020.

South 200th Street Shared-Use Path

This project includes building a new separated shared-use path along South 200th Street between 12th Place South and the Des Moines Creek Trailhead. The project will provide pedestrian connections to street improvements that will be constructed at the intersection of Des Moines Memorial Drive South and South 200th Street, and a connection to existing pedestrian and bicycle facilities accessing the Angle Lake Light Rail Station. Design and right-of-way acquisition are in progress. The project is scheduled to start construction in 2020.

International Boulevard Corridor Safety Improvements Plan

The purpose of this project is to provide recommendations on enhanced safety improvements for all along the International Boulevard Corridor (from South 152nd Street to South 216th Street). The plan will allow for the City to move forward with identifying the safety concerns, prioritizing the order of addressing the concerns, assigning treatment measures to address the concern, and listing construction initiatives. Part of Citywide Local Road Safety Plan Toole Design was selected as the consultant to help with this plan.  The contract scope and fee are being negotiated prior to Council review and action.

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FACE-COVERING DIRECTIVE GOES INTO EFFECT MONDAY

May 15-The King County directive requiring face coverings be worn in public goes into effect Monday, May 18. Health leaders are asking everyone to keep in mind that face coverings should not be worn by everyone and are committed to ensuring that individuals who are unable to safely wear face coverings are not harassed or discriminated against.

Those who are exempt from wearing a face covering include someone who has a physical disability that makes it difficult to easily wear or remove a face covering; someone who has been advised by a medical professional to not wear one; someone who has trouble breathing or cannot remove a face covering without assistance; or someone who is deaf and uses facial and mouth movements as part of communications.

Approximately 33,000 King County residents have an intellectual or developmental disability that could affect their ability to wear a face covering.

“Wearing a face covering is important; if you can, you should. It is also important to understand that some people cannot wear face coverings for health, sensory, or communication reasons. If you meet someone without a face covering, please give them grace. It is not always obvious who has a disability,” said Robin Tatsuda, Executive Director of The Arc of King County, an organization that works to promote and protect the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and actively support their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

Public Health – Seattle & King County convened a task force on older adults and people with disabilities to help understand the ways COVID-19 may be impacting people with disabilities and to help inform guidelines and decisions. This includes identifying gaps in data.

“We value the many contributions that people with disabilities have made in our COVID-19 response, and support information and outreach efforts that promote equity and inclusion as we all work to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” said Magan Cromar, Director, Developmental Disabilities and Early Childhood Supports Division of the King County Department of Community and Human Services.

More about the face covering directive:
Starting on May 18, most people who live in King County should wear face coverings in most public settings.

This includes buses and light rail, stores, and take-out restaurants – any place inside or outside where you may be within 6 feet of someone who does not live with you.

You do NOT have to use a face covering while walking, exercising, or otherwise being outdoors if you can stay 6 feet away from people who do not live with you. Face coverings can be cloth, scarves, or bandannas. They should cover the nose and mouth.

Some people need special medical-grade masks; please don’t use those if you don’t need to. They can be hard to find.

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Large Affordable Housing Complex to Open in SeaTac

May 15- Construction on 365 units of affordable workforce housing is scheduled to begin prior to the end of the month, as the SeaTac City Council approved one of if not the largest new affordable housing complex in King County built in the past few years. At its Tuesday night Regular Council Meeting, the Council voted 6-1 to approve the sale of City-owned land to CAP Acquisitions, LLC (AKA Inland Group) and approved the plan for the construction of 365 units of affordable housing.

“We hear time and time again from both employers and residents that affordable workforce housing is desperately needed in the city,” says Mayor Erin Sitterley. “This complex will allow hundreds of our hard-working families to live near light rail and access jobs and amenities”

The new affordable housing development, to be named Polaris at SeaTac, is part of a 585 unit mixed use residential project that will include three residential towers, 27,000 square feet of new commercial space, underground parking, and convenient access to the Tukwila International Boulevard Light Rail Station.  This project will be constructed on at 4.5-acre site at 15245 International Blvd S. which currently contains a vacant 65,000 square foot commercial building and a structured parking garage.  On March 12, 2018, tenants of the commercial building were given nearly 18-months-notice of the sale and eventual redevelopment of the property, and all 11 tenants with leases moved out by August 31, 2019.

This 585-unit complex fits the high-density, urban village Transit Oriented Development model championed by the City, County and State.  In 2006, the City of SeaTac first envisioned this multi-family project with the passage of the South 154th Street Station Area Action Plan.  At that time, with light rail heading into the SeaTac, the City wanted to create high-density residential hubs around the three light rail stations that serve the residents and visitors of the City. 

The Polaris at SeaTac development will consist of two residential towers with 365 units of workforce housing which is affordable for individuals and families earning less than 60% of area median income.  The remaining 220 housing units of market rate housing will be located in one residential tower to be named Adara at SeaTac.

The City and CAP Acquisitions previously agreed to an $11,000,000 price tag for the sale of the property.  The resolution passed on May 12 allows for the 4.5-acre site to be sold as two separate parcels.  The affordable housing development, Polaris at SeaTac, would be built first and CAP Acquisitions will pay the City $6,930,000 for this portion of the property.  The remaining $4,070,000 of the purchase price will be received by the City upon closing of the second portion of the property for construction of the Adara at SeaTac development.  Until the closure of the Adara parcel, the City will also receive an additional payment of one thousand dollar-a-month, plus 12.84% leasehold excise tax, as a payment for the ground lease. CAP Acquisitions will use the Adara portion of the property as a staging area for the construction of the two Polaris buildings.

CAP Acquisitions says it was forced to split the property after the COVID-19 Pandemic hit and the financial lending markets for large-scale multi-family residential properties all but dried up. “I feel incredibly fortunate that we were as far along with the Polaris funder and investor as we were,” said Inland Group Development Lead Keith James. “The risk we would have is in another week or two or three, I don’t think the COVID situation will be clear that the lending markets would unfreeze to speak.”  

Originally, the proposed project would have created 665 units of housing along with 30,000 square feet of new commercial space.  A pre-existing parking easement for the next-door Pancake Chef restaurant caused CAP Acquisitions, LLC to downsize its original plans by over 13% in order to relocate the parking required by the pre-existing easement.

With the Council’s final approval, CAP Acquisitions, LLC will close on the property on May 21 and begin demolition of the existing structures and grading of the property the following week. As part of the redevelopment of the property, site wide improvements to the water, sewer, and stormwater facilities located on both parcels of the property will be made, in addition to internal roadway improvements that connects the two properties.  The Polaris project is expected to be completed in approximately two years.

To learn more about the project, click here.

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National Police Week

May 15-This is National Police Week.

18 King County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and 1 K-9 have been killed in the line of duty over the years. All are honored on our Memorial Wall outside the Sheriff’s headquarters in the courthouse in downtown Seattle.

All 19 souls are heroes who died protecting us. We will never forget their sacrifice.

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Murder Suspect Sought

May 15-King County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Detectives are attempting to locate a second homicide suspect in the April 24, 2020 shooting death of a 22 year old man in SeaTac.

King County Prosecutors have charged 17 year old Eddie Lee Lewis Sulcer with Murder 2nd degree and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 1st degree. Sulcer has a 2 million dollar warrant, extraditable in all 50 states.

Detectives and prosecutors believe Sulcer is the second shooter in the murder of a man found in his vehicle in SeaTac near S 200th and International Blvd S. The victim and suspects got into an argument at a nearby 7-Eleven store prior to the shooting. Another juvenile male is already in custody and has also been charged with Murder 2nd and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 1st Degree.

Sulcer is considered armed and dangerous and has ties to confirmed gang members who may be hiding him. He frequents or has ties to the Auburn, Federal Way, Burien, Lakewood, Puyallup and other areas of Pierce County.

If you see Sulcer, call 911 immediately. Or you can leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at p3tips.com.

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U-Visa/T-Visa Programs

May 15- Ensuring the safety of all people in King County is our number one priority. The U-Visa/T-Visa programs can help certain crime victims feel safer reporting crimes.

We’re committed to serving our immigrant and refugee communities and these programs provide an opportunity for immigration protection for victims of qualifying crimes, and qualifying family members, who are helpful to law enforcement in the detection, investigation, or prosecution of criminal activity.

For more information on the U/T-Visa programs, visit https://www.kingcounty.gov/dep…/sheriff/services/u-visa.aspx.

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Help Catch School Vandals

May 15-The King County Sheriff’s Office has seen quite a few of these school break-ins lately.

This time Madrona Elementary School, located in the 20300 Block of 32 AVE S, SeaTac was targeted. On May 6, 2020, around 11:30 AM, unknown suspect(s) threw this large rock at an exterior door breaking the glass.

Once inside, the suspect pulled the fire alarm but did not take anything. He or she fled prior to Highline School Security or the police arriving.

If anyone has information on who is responsible for this, they are asked to call the King County Sheriff’s Office at 206.296.3311 and reference case #C20014820 or leave an anonymous tip with crime stoppers at P3tips.com.

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Four-Legged Officer Catches Suspect in SeaTac

May 15-Early Friday morning, May 8, just before 2 AM, deputies were out on a court order violation where the suspect had fled from the 21000 Block of International Blvd S, SeaTac. The suspect had not only violated the no contact order he had two other warrants for his arrest for Domestic Violence related crimes.

Deputy Nelson deployed his K9 partner Teno and they began to track from the suspect. Teno immediately began tracking northeast of the location and quickly came across a tree where it appeared a person dressed in all black clothing was trying to hide. Deputy Nelson yelled out for the suspect to show his hands, the suspect who was in fact attempting to hide put his hands out to surrender. He crawled out from his hiding space and was taken into custody quickly by SeaTac Deputies.

The suspect was later booked into SCORE Jail for the new violation of a no contact order and the two unrelated warrants. Job well done by Teno to quickly locate the suspect.

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SeaTac Officers Catch Bike Thieves

May 15- On Monday afternoon, May 11, a SeaTac Police Officer was on patrol in the area of S. 166th St. and 24th Ave. when he was flagged down by a teenager.

The teen said that he witnessed two male suspects steal three bikes from his residence.

Deputies searched the area and saw two men riding bikes that matched the description of the stolen bikes. One of the men was located as he attempted to stash a bike near S. 166th. St. and 40th Ave. S and he admitted that the bike was not his. He was arrested and booked into SCORE Jail.

A suspected accomplice was arrested after deputies stopped her as she pushed a bike matching the description of a stolen bike down S. 166th St. She was also arrested and booked into SCORE Jail.

The 3rd suspect was not found but all three bikes were recovered.

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Fraudulent Unemployment Claims on the Rise

May 15-Reports of fraudulent unemployment claims continue to come in at an alarming rate. In the past 24 hours, 135 reports of ID theft have been filed on our online system and that does not include reports forwarded to other agencies.

So here is a reminder: If someone uses your identity to file a fraudulent unemployment claim, and you live in the King County Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction or any of our contract cities, please make a report online at reporttosheriff.org. Select “Identity Theft” as the crime you are reporting.

The unemployment security department also advises you to go to their website and make a report here: https://esd.wa.gov/unemployment/unemployment-benefits-fraud

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Give Hope Drive-Thru Food Box Distribution

May 15-The Salvation Army is “Giving Hope” in the form of Food Boxes to all who need it. Drive-Thru Food Box Distribution.  The event will take place Monday, May 18 from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Southcenter Mall “South” entrance. These food boxes are free to all.

The boxes were packed by an incredible group of volunteers who sorted food for the 4,500 food boxes. The Salvation Army is packing then distributing next week. Thank you to everyone who helped and a BIG thanks to Papa John’s Puget Sound for feeding the entire crew!!

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Closures on I-5 for Federal Way Link construction

Closures will be along southbound I-5 near Midway Landfill in Kent

May 15- Sound Transit crews working on the Federal Way Link Extension will need to close lanes on southbound I-5 from milepost 148.8 to milepost 147.6 beginning Monday May 18 through Thursday May 21 for paving an access road to the construction area and setting concrete barriers.

On Monday May 18, crews will close one right lane of southbound I-5 from 8 p.m. to 10 a.m. for paving. Tuesday May 19 through Thursday May 21, crews will close two right lanes from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. to place concrete barriers. All project construction work is done under stringent COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.

The Federal Way Link Extension will open for service in 2024. For more information on the Federal Way Link Extension and to sign up for project updates, visit www.soundtransit.org/fwlink.

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Port Updates Cloth Face Coverings Policy for Workers, Visitors, and Passengers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

May 9-The Port of Seattle announced that it will require all passengers, visitors, and workers, including Port employees, to wear cloth face coverings in the public areas of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport starting on May 18.

“Airport workers keep our region’s supply chain moving and support safe essential travel,” said Port of Seattle Executive Director Steve Metruck. “I am deeply grateful for the dedication they bring to their work. Many Port employees and partners and members of the public already wear cloth face coverings. This policy makes clear our commitment to public health, safety, and well-being.”

The safety and security of employees and passengers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is the top priority for the Port and its partners. As part of its response to the global coronavirus pandemic, the Port began providing cloth face coverings to staff working in public facing roles on April 17 and encouraged employees to follow the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance to wear cloth face coverings in situations where it is difficult to maintain physical distancing. Many partners across Port facilities already recommend or require face coverings for employees and passengers as an added safety measure – this includes airlines, retail and dining tenants, and government agencies including Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and CDC, and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

The requirement will not apply to certain groups, such as those who cannot medically tolerate facial coverings and very young children. The Port will formally refine its policy in the coming days.

On Tuesday, May 12, Port Commissioners will be briefed on the work underway to design and implement additional protocols at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to protect our community, airport passengers, tenants and employees as we prepare for future phases in our state and nation’s re-opening.

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U.S. News and State Board of Education Spotlight 10 Highline Schools

6 High Schools Make National List & 5 Schools Receive State Honors

Seven Highline high schools, one middle school and two elementary schools were spotlighted in state and national news this month.

“In the midst of all the challenges we are facing right now, it is wonderful to have some good news,” says Superintendent Susan Enfield. “I could not be prouder of our Highline students, staff and families who worked so hard to earn this distinction.”

U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report released its annual list of 2020 Best High Schools. All four of Highline Public Schools’ comprehensive high schools are ranked this year, in addition to two of its choice high schools. U.S. News lists Raisbeck Aviation High School in the No. 3 spot statewide. 

Mount Rainier High School (#70) and Highline High School (#109) also qualified for special recognition. More Highline high schools made the rankings list for the first time, including Big Picture, Evergreen and Tyee high schools. In Washington, 310 high schools were ranked out of almost 700 that were reviewed.

U.S. News focused on six factors: college readiness, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth and graduation rates. College readiness measures participation and performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams. Data is from the 2017-18 school year. 

Washington State Board of Education

The Washington State Board of Education recognized CHOICE Academy, Raisbeck Aviation High School, Pacific Middle School, and Midway and McMicken Heights elementary schools for improving student outcomes.

The State Board of Education re-imagined school recognition to honor schools that have received support and are thriving, and to highlight positive school systems changes happening all over the state. The Washington School Recognition Program is based on state-level and local information for 2018-19. Schools are recognized for:

  • Closing Gaps: These schools are closing opportunity gaps for specific student groups, (e.g. Hispanic students) and making systems changes to improve outcomes for all students;
  • Growth: Schools recognized for growth show progress one year to the next; or
  • Achievement: Schools recognized for high achievement show high performance in many measures. Measures include English language arts (ELA) and math state test scores and graduation rates.

 School Recognition 

  • CHOICE Academy — Achievement for ELA, graduation, and 9th grade on track)
  • Raisbeck Aviation High School — Achievement for ELA, Math, Graduation, 9th Grade On-Track, and Dual Credit
  • Pacific Middle School — Closing gaps for one or more student groups at a targeted support school
  • Midway Elementary School — Closing gaps for one or more student groups at a targeted support school
  • McMicken Heights Elementary School — Growth for students who qualify for the free and reduced price lunch program

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Public Works Project Locations

May 8-Public Works Project Locations

Spot Drainage Repairs

This project will repair storm drainage infrastructure at eight locations within the City.  The project is currently in design.

S 180th St Flood Reduction Project

This project will construct a flood reduction facility to eliminate flooding at the end of S 180th St.  The project recently completed the planning and feasibility assessment stage and now will begin the design phase.

S 221st St Drainage Improvement

This project will construct a drainage conveyance system to intercept drainage flows on Military Road causing erosion of the embankment on Military Road and private properties as well as localized flooding of septic systems at nearby residences.  The project is currently in design.

Military Road South and South 152nd Street

Improvements for this road reconstruction and safety project include construction of bike lanes, curbs and gutters, sidewalks, new pavement, installation of street lighting, upgraded and interconnected signalization with pedestrian crossings, construction of a right turn lane on Eastbound South 152nd Street, and the elimination of the skewed intersection at Tukwila International Boulevard and Military Road South. Johansen is the contractor on the project and is currently working on completing installation of underground infrastructure to support power, cable, and telecommunications services.

Des Moines Memorial Drive South and South 200th Street Intersection

Improvements for this intersection include construction of bike lanes, curbs and gutters, sidewalks, new pavement, installation of street lighting, a new traffic signal system with pedestrian crossings, left turn lanes for all approaches, and construction of a right turn lane on westbound South 200th Street. Rodarte Construction is the contractor on the project and is currently working on installing utility infrastructure.

34th Avenue South Project

This “Safe Routes to School” project includes construction of sidewalks, curbs and gutters, storm drainage facilities, installation of an enhanced crosswalk, pedestrian lighting, landscaping, and underground conversion of aerial utilities. Design and right-of-way acquisition are ongoing. The project is scheduled to start construction in 2020.

South 200th Street Shared-Use Path

This project includes building a new separated shared-use path along South 200th Street between 12th Place South and the Des Moines Creek Trailhead. The project will provide pedestrian connections to street improvements that will be constructed at the intersection of Des Moines Memorial Drive South and South 200th Street, and a connection to existing pedestrian and bicycle facilities accessing the Angle Lake Light Rail Station. Design and right-of-way acquisition are in progress. The project is scheduled to start construction in 2020.

International Boulevard Corridor Safety Improvements Plan

The purpose of this project is to provide recommendations on enhanced safety improvements for all along the International Boulevard Corridor (from South 152nd Street to South 216th Street). The plan will allow for the City to move forward with identifying the safety concerns, prioritizing the order of addressing the concerns, assigning treatment measures to address the concern, and listing construction initiatives. Part of Citywide Local Road Safety Plan Toole Design was selected as the consultant to help with this plan.  The contract scope and fee are being negotiated prior to Council review and action.

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Senior Meals Expansion

May 8- The Parks, Community Programs and Services Department is happy to announce an expansion to the meals available for seniors.   Since the temporary closure of the Community Center, senior program staff have continued to serve an expanding Meals on Wheels program and in partnership with SeaTac Police, have worked with the Food Innovation Network to provide hot meals to selected homebound seniors two days a week.

As of Tuesday May 5th, additional meals are now available for seniors at the SeaTac Community Center for curbside pickup.  Hot lunches will be served on Tuesday and Thursdays and a cold lunch will be provided on Wednesdays.  These meals are provided by the Catholic Community Services and are available from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM in the south parking lot of the Community Center.  There is a suggested donation of $4.50 per meal or a 10 lunch punch card for $45.    Cash and check payments are accepted on site.

With questions about any of our meals options for seniors or for availability, contact the senior programs at 206.973.4690.

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Car Prowlers Caught In the Act

May 6-Monday morning, May 6, an alert neighbor called 911 from the 4000 block of S. 188th Street in SeaTac as she watched two male suspects prowling cars. The suspects were attempting to use several shaved keys to enter the vehicles.

Deputies arriving in the area saw two suspects matching the caller’s description walking in a parking lot, and the men took off running as they approached. One suspect was quickly caught and taken into custody. The second suspect was caught nearby and struggled with deputies as they attempted to gain compliance.

Heroin, drug paraphernalia, and several burglary tools including screwdrivers and window punches were found during a subsequent search.

One suspect was transported and booked into SCORE jail for charges of vehicle prowling, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of burglary tools.

The other suspect was transported and booked into King County Jail for charges of vehicle prowling, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of burglary tools.

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Car Prowler Caught Red Handed

May 3- At approximately 10:48 AM on Sunday, May 3, deputies were dispatched to an in-progress vehicle prowl call in the 3200 block of S. 208th Street in SeaTac.

The caller interrupted the suspect as he was breaking into a second vehicle and the man fled the scene. Deputies searching the area noticed a man, matching the suspect’s description, running between buildings and covered in blood with bleeding hands.

The man was detained. The wounds on his hands were consistent with reaching through a broken window. He was interviewed by deputies and stated “I was only looking in the windows” and offered to pay for the damage to the vehicles.

The victim positively identified the suspect as the man she witnessed breaking into the vehicles, and he was arrested and booked into South Correctional Entity (SCORE Jail).

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SeaTac Hand Sanitizer Thief on the Run

May 5- The true character of people often comes out during tough times, like this COVID pandemic. Hand sanitizer, as we know, has been very hard to find. But stealing it off the wall at a gas station is not the way to get your own. So do the right thing and turn this guy in!

On Friday , May 1, around 11:30 PM, the thief in the video can be seen ripping a hand sanitizer station off the wall and putting it in his car prior to fleeing.

This took place at the 76 gas station located at 4600 Block of S 188th in SeaTac. The suspect is a white male, 30-45 years old, tall, wearing an orange/black bandanna, glasses, an orange hoodie with grey sleeves, black/gray shorts and black boots.

If anyone has information on who the suspect is they are asked to call the King County Sheriff’s Office at 206/296-3311 reference case # C20014324 or you can leave an anonymous tip at P3tips.com.

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SeaTac Officer Save Public from Runaway Backhoe

May 8- On Monday, May 4, around 7 PM, SeaTac Police were called to the 4800 Block of S 175 Street. The caller reported a backhoe at a construction site had been slowly sliding, ending up about 12 feet from where it had been parked and hung up on a curb.

According to the officer report:

“Upon arrival deputies found that the backhoe had indeed come out of gear and had been slowly, but surely, rolling down the hill,” said the deputy who was among the first to arrive. He continued, “I carefully walked around the piece of machinery and immediately noted a plethora of levers, pedals etc. bristling from inside the cab of the machine. Not knowing what any of these pedals, levers etc, actually did, I was a bit apprehensive about getting into the cab.”

Hmm. What now? “As myself and another deputy were pondering the situation, Deputy Good arrived on-scene. As a former heavy equipment operator/construction foreman, Deputy Good approached the large machine with extreme confidence. He hopped into the cab, fired up the machine and quickly deployed the outriggers and bucket, securing the machine in place.”

By now several neighbors had gathered to watch the drama unfold and, let’s face it, likely amused by the puzzled deputies. When Deputy Good managed to secure the backhoe, they broke out in applause.

Badge-wearing, backhoe driving, applause gettin’ Deputy Good, you’re one of us!

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Cascade Warbirds Members to Fly in V-E Day Remembrance Flight

May 8- Friday, May 8, 2020 is the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe. The end of WWII for half the world. Cascade Warbirds members will be flying in a special formation over Puget Sound cities that day to commemorate the event. This is part of a national effort by the Veterans Airlift Command’s Tribute Wing and is being coordinated by Cascade Warbirds Commanding Officer John “Smokey” Johnson.

The formation of twelve warbirds, flying with the callsign Victory Flight, plans to depart Arlington Airport promptly at 11:30AM and fly a route south over Naval Base Everett, Paine Field, South Snohomish County, North King County, Downtown Seattle, Boeing Field, South King County, and down to McChord AFB. The planes will then turn northwest to fly over Bremerton Naval Shipyard, where the flight will end.

The pilots for the flight are all volunteers, members of Cascade Warbirds. Most of the aircraft are pilot owned, with one contributed by Historic Flight Foundation. The majority of the planes were manufactured by North American Aviation. All are considered warbirds, as the models have been used by air forces around the world.

The weather forecast for Friday is excellent. During the same time period on Friday, two C-17 Globemaster III aircraft flown by pilots from the 62nd Airlift Wing West Coast Demonstration Team will be flying a special Salute to American Heroes to say thank you to all of the American heroes at the forefront of the battle against COVID-19. The routes for both formations have been coordinated through flight controllers with the FAA and communications between the flight leaders to assure safe skies.

V-E Day Victory Flight Roster

North American AT-6/SNJ
Flight Leader, Pilot-owner John “Smokey” Johnson
Pilot Bob Jones, owner Historic Flight Foundation
Pilot-owner Roger Collins
Pilot-owner Lee Oman
Nanchang CJ-6
Pilot-owner Justin Drafts
Pilot-owner Larry Pine
IAR 823
Pilot-owner Victor Norris
North American / Ryan L-17/Navion
Pilot-owner Dave Desmon
Pilot-owner Dave Osgood
Pilot-owner Eric Olson
Pilot-owner Tanner Matheny
Pilot-owner J F Vallee

FAA-approved flight route graphic

It is the goal of Cascade Warbirds to promote the restoration, preservation, operation and public display of historically significant military aircraft; to acquire and perpetuate the living history of those who served their country on these aircraft; and to inspire today’s young people to become the aviation pioneers of tomorrow.

Cascade Warbirds is a tax-exempt charitable organization as defined in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

https://www.cascadewarbirds.org

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Hundreds of Baby Salmon Have a New Home Thanks to the City of SeaTac

May 7– City of SeaTac re-introduced hundreds of “baby” salmon, called fry, to the Des Moines Creek this week.  Once released into the wild, the fish immediately adapted to their new fresh water creek environment.

Public Works Programs Coordinator Mason Giem headed up the release. Giem transported the more than 200 salmon to the creek in a large cooler with an air pump.  Giem then released the salmon from the cooler into the creek. Also on hand for the big release, was Mayor Erin Sitterley who gave some advice to the soon to be parr. “Follow your curiosity, see the path ahead of you, in a minute you’ll be free, and splashing in the sea… free!”

This big release was a result of months of planning and effort. The Public Works Department spearheaded the effort as an education project for the community.  In late December, a large fish tank was placed in the front lobby of the SeaTac Community Center.  In January eggs, from a local hatchery, were added to the fish tank. For several months, City staff meticulously fed and raised the salmon.  Educational materials surrounded the tank where the public could watch the salmon hatch and grow. 

“I hope this display and salmon release causes people to think about their actions before dumping anything into stormwater drains,” says SeaTac Public Works Director William Appleton. “This project shows the strong connection between stormwater and the health of our native salmon which is one of the region’s most iconic species.”

The purpose of the salmon project was to help citizens understand everyday actions they can take that will protect salmon re-introduced to Des Moines Creek. The water from storm drains pours into local creeks such as Des Moines Creek. Some things that you can do at home to protect salmon include:

•           Only washing your car at car washes

•           Only using organic fertilizers

•           Not pouring paint or chemicals down the storm drains.

To learn more about how you can help protect salmon and the health of the Puget Sound, please visit this website https://www.pugetsoundstartshere.org/

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Puget Sound Fire Emergency Incident Summary

May 1- Each week, Puget Sound Fire releases its Weekly Emergency Incident Summary. This is the summary from April 19 through 25.

Total:                          492

EMS/Rescue:               368

False Call:                     40

Fire:                               17

Good Intent:                49

Hazardous Conditions:   3

Service:                         13

Other:                            2

Annual Total:              8912

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City Issues Proclamations on Sexual Assault, Discrimination, and Military Appreciation

May 1- On Tuesday, April 28, SeaTac Mayor Erin Sitterley issued three proclamations on behalf of the City Council at the Regular Council Meeting which was held virtually.

The first proclaimed April 2020, as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in SeaTac. The second proclaimed discrimination of any kind will never be welcome in SeaTac and all residents are urged to continue to honor our heritage of inclusivity and care for all. The third proclaimed May 2020 to be Military Appreciation Month and encouraged SeaTac residents and visitors to celebrate the commitment of our Armed Forces to preserving our way of life and in special appreciation for the support for local communities during this time of national emergency.

Below if the full text of each proclamation.

City of SeaTac Proclamation

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Whereas, in Washington State, 45% of women and 22% of men report having experienced sexual violence in their lifetime; and

Whereas, in King County, more than 7,400 adults and children received specialized assistance from organizations with programming for sexual assault victims in 2019; and

Whereas, demand for services to help survivors heal has increased significantly since 2016, reflecting the cultural shift that is taking place that has prompted many survivors who have remained silent to now speak up and seek the help they need to heal; and

Whereas, King County is home to many organizations that provide culturally and linguistically specific services for survivors from various racial/ethnic, faith, and cultural communities, survivors who are immigrants and refugees, survivors who are LGBTQ, and survivors with disabilities, and these culturally specific services are critical to effectively respond to the specific needs and barriers many survivors face; and

Whereas, negative impacts of sexual violence trauma on women, men, children and youth include fear, concern for safety, symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, injury, and missed work or school; and

Whereas, working together to educate our community about sexual violence, supporting survivors when they come forward, speaking out against harmful attitudes and actions, and engaging in best-practice sexual violence prevention work helps end sexual violence.

Now, therefore, I, Erin Sitterley, Mayor of the City of SeaTac, on behalf of the City Council, do hereby proclaim April 2020, as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in SeaTac.

                                Given under my hand and the seal of the City of SeaTac

                                this 28th day of April 2020.

Erin Sitterley, Mayor

CITY OF SEATAC PROCLAMATION

AGAINST DISCRIMINATION DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

WHEREAS, on March 12, 2020, the City of SeaTac, King County, the State of Washington, and the United States of America declared the COVID-19 pandemic a state of emergency; and 

WHEREAS, the City of SeaTac is an inclusive and healthy community; and

WHEREAS, COVID-19, also known as SARS-CoV2 or coronavirus is not caused by race, nationality, or ethnicity; and

WHEREAS, there have been instances of discrimination reported in connection to COVID-19 in King County; and

WHEREAS, the City of SeaTac has been fortunate to have not received any reports of this type of discrimination; and

WHEREAS, the City of SeaTac has always stood firmly against discrimination of any kind, vigorously upholding all Federal, State and Local Laws regarding same.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Erin Sitterley, Mayor of the City of SeaTac, on behalf of the City Council, do hereby proclaim the following:

  1. Discrimination of any kind will never be welcome in SeaTac and all residents are urged to continue to honor our heritage of inclusivity and care for all.
  2. Everyone should refer to reputable sources for information on the COVID-19 pandemic such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), Public Health – Seattle & King County, and the City of SeaTac.
  3. Individuals who have been affected by discrimination during this COVID-19 pandemic should contact the Police Department by calling 9-1-1.

                                            Given under my hand and the seal of the City of SeaTac

this 28th day of April 2020.                                                                                                                   

Erin Sitterley, Mayor

CITY OF SEATAC PROCLAMATION

AGAINST DISCRIMINATION DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

WHEREAS, on March 12, 2020, the City of SeaTac, King County, the State of Washington, and the United States of America declared the COVID-19 pandemic a state of emergency; and 

WHEREAS, the City of SeaTac is an inclusive and healthy community; and

WHEREAS, COVID-19, also known as SARS-CoV2 or coronavirus is not caused by race, nationality, or ethnicity; and

WHEREAS, there have been instances of discrimination reported in connection to COVID-19 in King County; and

WHEREAS, the City of SeaTac has been fortunate to have not received any reports of this type of discrimination; and

WHEREAS, the City of SeaTac has always stood firmly against discrimination of any kind, vigorously upholding all Federal, State and Local Laws regarding same.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Erin Sitterley, Mayor of the City of SeaTac, on behalf of the City Council, do hereby proclaim the following:

  1. Discrimination of any kind will never be welcome in SeaTac and all residents are urged to continue to honor our heritage of inclusivity and care for all.
  2. Everyone should refer to reputable sources for information on the COVID-19 pandemic such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), Public Health – Seattle & King County, and the City of SeaTac.
  3. Individuals who have been affected by discrimination during this COVID-19 pandemic should contact the Police Department by calling 9-1-1.

                                            Given under my hand and the seal of the City of SeaTac

this 28th day of April 2020.                                                                                                                   

Erin Sitterley, Mayor

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SeaTac Officers Arrest Suspected Mail Thieves

May 1-On Thursday, April 30, the SeaTac Police Department received a report of a collision on S. 154th Street, near the U.S. Post Office.  The collision involved one car, occupied by two people that reportedly had driven into a pole.  There were no injuries reported.

Officers Shoblom and Chapman arrived on the scene. The officers became suspicious of the circumstances leading to the collision. After contacting the drive of the car, officers discovered apparent stolen checks and narcotics paraphernalia in the vehicle.  Deputies also discovered the female driver of the car had multiple warrants issued for her arrest.  The passenger in the vehicle initially provided officers with a false name.  Officers used a portable fingerprint scanner which revealed his true identity and the fact that he too had warrants for his arrest. 

Both subjects were arrested.  A search of the car revealed the pair was also in possession of narcotics and counterfeit currency.  The suspects were booked into jail.  SeaTac detectives will follow up on the case and forward the case to prosecutors to charge the pair.

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Washington’s phased approach to reopening

May 1-On May 1, 2020, Gov. Jay Inslee discussed the phased approach (pdf) he and public health officials will take for resuming recreational, social and business activities. Every phase will still require social distancing and appropriate health precautions including the use of personal protective equipment in a number of workplaces. As of May 5, fishing, hunting, playing golf and day-use of state parks and lands is allowed, and officials are working with industry on guidance to soon allow for retail curbside pickup, automobile sales, car washes, landscaping and house cleaning services, and drive-in spiritual services with one household per vehicle.

Below is a list of social distancing recommendations that are currently in place. 

Gov. Jay Inslee has issued a Stay at Home, Stay Healthy order. 

The order requires every Washingtonian to stay at home which will be effective through May 4, except for people:

Governor’s Phase 1 construction restart plan

The governor today announced that certain low-risk construction projects can restart as long as they can comply with the COVID-19 Safety Plan. The safety plan was developed as part of a working group that included contractors and workers. The plan includes requirements related to safety training, physical distancing, PPE, sanitation and cleanliness, monitoring employees for symptoms, and logging job site visitors. The governor did not announce restart plans for any other industry or activity.

What’s open

  • All grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, food supply chains and other things necessary for continued operations will remain open.

What’s prohibited

  • All gatherings of people for social, spiritual and recreational purposes are prohibited. This applies to both private and public gatherings which include everything from sleepovers for children to weddings. All of these types of events must be postponed for public health and safety.
  • All businesses, except for essential businesses. Businesses that can operate using telework should continue to do so. For businesses where individuals cannot work from home, the Governor’s Office has provided guidance on what businesses are essential, building on the federal government’s and California’s definition of “essential critical infrastructure workers.” You can clarify status, or request inclusion on the list. Businesses and entities that provide other essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least six feet.
  • Governor Inslee has issued several orders, including the Stay Home-Stay Healthy proclamation, prohibiting people from leaving their home or place of residence except to conduct or participate in essential activities, and/or business services. Suspected violations of the governor’s orders regarding essential business functions and social distancing can be reported.

Access to state lands

  • To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, all campsites, roofed accommodations (such as cabins, yurts and vacation houses), group camps and day-use facilities are closed through May 4, 2020. If you have an existing reservation, you will be contacted for a refund. Learn more at the Washington State Parks reservations website
  • All state parks (including day uses areas), state recreational fisheries, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recreational lands are closed through May 4, 2020.
  • WDFW has closed recreational fishing and shellfishing statewide until May 5, 2020.
  • Beginning May 5, the governor has authorized partial reopening of certain recreational activities. Day use will be allowed at state parks and public lands for fishing, hunting and other recreational purposes. Playing golf will also be allowed. People are still required to follow physical distance requirements, limit activities to only people within their immediate household, and more. 

Read the full order on the Governor’s Medium page.

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Parks Status Update – Updated May 6, 2020

May 6-Park hours are from dawn until dusk unless specified differently below.

  • Angle Lake Park – Park gates will be open by 7:00 AM.  Gates, parking lot, and fishing dock open.  Restrooms, picnic shelters, and playgrounds will remain closed.
  • Des Moines Creek Park – Trail and trailhead open.  Parking lot open.
  • Grandview Dog Park – Open.  Parking lot open.
  • Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden and Community Gardens –  Gardens are open by 7:00 AM.  Enter through gate off of 24th Avenue S. Gate on S. 136th Street is closed.
  • McMicken Heights Park – Active recreation and the playground remain closed.
  • Neighborhood Park at SeaTac Community Center remains closed.  This includes the skate park, basketball court, and playgrounds.
  • North SeaTac Park – Small parking lot open (off Des Moines Memorial Drive).  Large parking closed. Restrooms, playgrounds, and basketball court closed.
  • Riverton Heights Park – Gate open by 7:00 AM.  Parking lot open. Basketball court and playground remain closed.
  • Sunset Park – Park and parking lot open.  Restroom closed.
  • Valley Ridge Park – Parking lot gate open by 7:00 AM. Parking lot and fields are open to small groups (not scheduled activities). Playgrounds, restrooms, and Valley Ridge Community Center remain closed. 

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SeaTac Part of #SupportPugetSoundSmallBiz Map

April 28– The City of SeaTac is making it easier for residents to find small business that provide takeout or delivery in their neighborhoods. SeaTac is one of 16 cities and counties participating in the Support Puget Sound Small Businesses interactive mapping program now available at seatacwa.gov/eatlocal.

The new interactive mapping program joins SeaTac’s “Stay In. Eat Out” campaign launched earlier this month.  The two “eat local” campaigns support the more than 50 restaurants, food trucks, convenience stores and ethnic markets that operate in the city. Many of those small businesses are struggling financially during the pandemic.

“Our small businesses are vital to the community,” said Mayor Erin Sitterley. “Even small purchases can help sustain these businesses. If you are able, please visit your “go-to” place to get something to go or try something new.”

Visitors and residents can also support the businesses by buying gift cards.

The City of SeaTac will update the interactive map as more information becomes available. If you own a food-related business in SeaTac and information is missing on seatacwa.gov/local or has changed, please contact Aleksandr Yeremeyev at ayeremeyev@seatacwa.gov 206.973.4843 or Tanja Carter at tcarter@seatacwa.gov 206.973.4838.

To learn more about the regional effort .

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SeaTac Permit Center New Hours

May 8 UPDATE-Beginning Monday, May 11, the City of SeaTac Permit Center will alter its hours to accommodate construction activities allowed under the Governor’s Order The new Permit Center Hours are 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM.

As per Governor’s Order, safety precautions will be in place to protect customers and staff:

  • Only two parties allowed in the permit center at one time.
  • No customers will be allowed to loiter or wait in the City Hall lobby.

Appointments need to made in advance in order to apply for or pick up an approved permit.

Please call 206.973.4750 or email permittechnicians@seatacwa.gov to arrange an appointment.

All inspection requests for permitted work must be received by 4:00 PM the day prior. Inspections will only be made consistent with the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, as amended.

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Washington WIC an essential service and continues to be available to pregnant women, new moms, and young children

April 24- During this challenging time, Washington WIC is here for vulnerable families. WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. WIC gives families access to nutritious foods, nutrition education and breastfeeding support, health assessments and referrals. WIC is for pregnant people, new and breastfeeding moms, infants, and children under five. These services help diverse communities address their health needs during and after pregnancy and in early childhood.

“WIC has been identified as an essential service. We are committed to supporting families,” said Paul Throne, Washington WIC Director. “WIC agencies across the state are providing services by phone or online to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. We want to protect both WIC participants and clinic staff.”

Given recent employment changes and layoffs, people may be seeking WIC services for the first time or returning to services. WIC has the capacity to serve additional people.

People seeking WIC services do not need to visit a WIC clinic. WIC services are available by phone or video chat even when physical buildings are closed. To find WIC services in your area:

Washington WIC has recently added many nutritious food options to help ensure WIC participants can find foods when shopping. WIC clinics can answer questions about these foods. Download the WIC Shopper app for more information.

In this uncertain time, information changes rapidly. WIC staff are the best source of information and can answer questions about WIC.

The DOH website is your source for a healthy dose of informationFind us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Sign up for the DOH blog, Public Health Connection

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Pet Food Bank

Kent shelter

For pet owners experiencing economic hardships, RASKC has a community pet food bank located outside of our main entrance doors. This humble pantry is stocked with generous in-kind donations received by the community. Interested in donating? Note our link to RASKC’s Amazon Wish List which supports this project, our collaborative project below, including foster and shelter animals.

Throughout King County

In addition, RASKC is proudly working with a number of public and private organizations to provide pet food and supplies to the communities we serve. Thanks to the generous donations of national charities, we are working together to distribute food to various locations (see map below). Mobile pet food banks are also organized throughout the King County area. These pop-up pet food banks will be announced on throughout our social media channels and events calendar. Read more about this partnership on our Tails from RASKC blog.

If you or someone you know needs help feeding their pet, please fill out this online application form via Seattle Humane.

For more information click here.

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WHEN GRANDPARENTS LIVE WITH YOU: HOW TO PROTECT OLDER ADULTS AT HOME FROM COVID-19

Illustrations by Kelly Froh

Living with multiple generations in one home can be a wonderful way for children to bond with grandparents and for older adults to be an active part of family life. During the coronavirus pandemic, however, living in a multigenerational home requires some additional steps to prevent COVID-19. When there are multiple people in the household, there can be additional risk for older relatives who are more vulnerable to serious illness from COVID-19. This may be a particular worry for the essential workers who have to leave the home to provide the needed services for the community–like workers in healthcare, postal and delivery service, warehousing, food and grocery service, transportation, and sanitation.

If you have older adults living at home, or family members with medical conditions, take the following steps to protect them from possible infection.

If You Have to Go Outside the Home

If you need to leave your home to go to work or run errands, please take these steps to protect yourself and prevent carrying the virus into your home:

  • Wear a cloth mask which covers your mouth and nose.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others.
  • Carry hand sanitizer or disinfecting wipes with you so that you can disinfect surfaces before you touch them or sanitize your hands if you don’t have access to running water. 
  • Travel alone, if possible.  Try not to bring children with you. They are more likely to touch things in public and could carry those germs back to your home.

If You are an Essential Worker

Before leaving work, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When returning home from work, change your clothes and shoes and wash your hands, especially if you’ve had any interaction with others. Children who go to childcare should take the same steps.

With children home from school,grandparents and older relatives may enjoy taking care of children in the home. Unfortunately, children can carry the coronavirus disease and infect others. Grandparents, older relatives or adults with health conditions should not be the main caretakers for children whenever possible.  

If you need childcare and are an essential worker living or working in King County, you can receive free childcare.

  • If you live or work in King County, outside Seattle, please call the Child Care Aware of Washington Family Center at 1-800-446-1114.
  • If you live or work in City of Seattle, please fill out an interest form.

Inside the Home

If you are exposed to coronavirus, you might not know it.  So even inside your home, it is important to maintain social distancing as best you can. If possible, spend time in separate rooms from vulnerable family members.

If you cannot separate, try to stay 6 feet away from vulnerable family members when in the same room. We know it may be difficult or impossible to follow these recommendations in your home–after all, young children naturally want to cuddle and get close.  Do the best that you can for your situation. It is most important to avoid close contact with vulnerable family members. 

Providing Care

If you are the primary caregiver for an older adult in your home, and you help them with daily activities like bathing and getting dressed, take extra precaution. If possible, ask someone within your household who is not leaving the home for work to help them with these activities.

If you are the only one available to assist, please do the following:  

  • Wash your hands thoroughly before providing care.
  • Wear a cloth face covering when providing care. Cloth face coverings should be worn by you and the person receiving care. You can use cloth masks, bandannas, or a piece of cloth tied snugly over the nose and mouth.
  • If you use towels and wash cloths, make sure to use clean ones each time.  

Preparing and Sharing Meals

When you cook meals:

  • Wash your hands before, during, and after preparing food.
  • Wash utensils and surfaces after each use.
  • Cook foods to a high enough temperature to kill germs that can make you sick or give you food poisoning. 

During meals, try to maintain 6 feet of distance between family members. If your table or dining space does not allow for this distancing, consider eating at different times, eating in separate rooms, or in a larger space that allows everyone to maintain six feet of distance.

To protect vulnerable family members:

  • Every family member should wash their hands before and after eating.  
  • Wash serving utensils and dishes before vulnerable family members serve themselves foods. 
  • If prayer is part of your family’s mealtime routine, pray without holding hands. 

Cleaning the Home

Clean and disinfect surfaces that your family frequently touches. Use a household cleaner to disinfect countertops, door knobs, handles and buttons in the kitchen, TV remotes, sink faucets, and anything else that people touch often. Do this more than once a day, if possible. 

How to wash laundry

When doing laundry, take these steps to protect your family:

  • Use the warmest temperature setting and dry items completely. If hand washing, use the warmest temperature possible and soak clothes for 20-30 minutes before rinsing.
  • If you use a laundromat or shared laundry room, try to go at times when it’s least crowded. Stay at least six feet away from others.
  • Wash your hands after handling dirty laundry.

Practice Healthy Habits

Every family member should practice healthy habits so they don’t get sick and expose vulnerable members of the household.

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or a sleeve.

Enjoy Time Together

Despite the challenges of this outbreak, living with older family members has so many benefits, including keeping strong bonds across generations. The daily social interaction also can lift the mental health of everyone in the home. Finding safe ways to continue to interact and demonstrate your affection for one another is important. Keep those conversations, stories and laughter coming, just from across the room! Thank you for all you do to protect and care for your family members who are in the high risk groups for COVID-19.

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SeaTac Police Celebrate Admins

April 22-On Wednesday this week, we celebrated Administrative Professionals Day.  Due to COVID 19 guidelines, the celebration in the Police Department was a little bit limited.  Some of the festivities will need to be enjoyed at a later date.  Even so, it is appropriate at this time for us to express our appreciation to both Sandi Hutchinson and Denise Dickinson for the work they do for us in the SeaTac Police Department. 

Both Sandi and Denise provide tremendous support to all levels of the organization, from the officers, to command; from detectives to Community Service Officers.  It is nearly impossible to capture in a small space, the assortment of functions addressed by these two.  In simple terms, Denise and Sandi have a large role in insuring that everyday our personnel have what they need to serve the community. Then, after the work in the field is done, it is the two of them that put the “finishing touches” much of what was initiated by our officers, CSOs and Parking Compliance staff.  Impressively, the two of them do all of this, while still providing their own direct services to the citizens, like responding to a wide array of questions, searching for case information and providing fingerprint services, just to name a few.

When the average person thinks about a police department, they think of those who carry badges.  They often remain unaware of the substantial amount of behind the scenes work that is necessary for us to be successful and the individuals who do it.  For us, those individuals are Sandi and Denise.  We owe them a huge THANK YOU!

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AT-HOME TESTING EFFORT IMPROVES OUTBREAK DATA; ADDITIONAL TESTING AVAILABLE FOR FIRST RESPONDERS, HEALTH CARE WORKERS

April 24-Cases of COVID-19 that might have gone undetected are now being identified across King County, thanks to volunteer participants using a new at-home test kit to collect a nasal sample and return it to a lab for testing.Public Health — Seattle & King County and the team behind the Seattle Flu Study launched the greater Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network—or SCAN for short, on March 23, 2020.

SCAN is the first COVID-19 surveillance program in the U.S. to use “swab-and-send” test kits. These kits allow individuals to collect their own nasal sample and return it to a lab for testing without leaving home to observe physical distancing guidance and reduce exposure to others.

In its first 18 days, SCAN tested 4,092 samples. Nearly two-thirds of the samples were returned by individuals who in the seven days prior to enrollment had reported COVID-like illness (fever, cough, or shortness of breath). However, more than three-quarters of these individuals indicated they had not yet sought medical care.

“SCAN is a way for King County residents to help us better understand the true extent of the outbreak,” said Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health — Seattle & King County. “As more representative samples from people all across the region are collected and tested, the findings will become increasingly valuable,” he said, emphasizing the importance of efforts to ensure greater diversity among SCAN participants

SCAN testing among those reporting COVID-like illness returned 44 (1.6%) positive results for COVID-19 — a proportion lower than that being returned through testing within the medical system, but one that may still represent thousands of unrecognized infections in the community.

Testing resources for first responders and health care workers

If you are a first responder or a health care worker and are currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (typically fever, cough, or shortness of breath) and cannot access testing through your health care provider or occupational health services at your workplace, there is COVID-19 testing available.

Please go to our COVID-19 website under “Resources for service providers and health care providers,” for more information and to complete a survey to see if you meet criteria for these tests, or call 206-477-3977.

Public education campaign videos available in 21 languages

Access to information is vital so that everyone understands why staying at home remains the best way to decrease illness and death in our community. To support our residents who speak languages other than English, Public Health has released public education campaign videos in 21 languages. View the videos on Public Health’s YouTube page, or find them on Public Health’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

In addition, the following resources are available in multiple languages:

Case updates
Daily totals for new COVID-19 cases and deaths are available on Public Health’s Data Dashboard webpage, which updates as soon as data are available, typically between 1-3 p.m.

Isolation and quarantine facilities update
Isolation and quarantine is a proven public health practice for reducing the spread of disease. Examples of people who may need this assistance include people who cannot safely isolate from a family member who is elderly or medically fragile, or people experiencing homelessness. Individuals can only be placed into the King County sites after a health professional with Public Health has determined that they need isolation or quarantine.

Seventy-four people are currently staying in King County isolation, quarantine and recovery facilities. The number of residents at King County’s isolation and quarantine sites is included in regular updates provided by Public Health. No other identifying or personal information will be provided.

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New King County COVID-19 Community and Small Business Resource Guide

April 24-This resource guide is a tool that was requested by community leaders and will be updated over time as new resources become available. It includes the following information:

  • How to apply for unemployment
  • Housing resources
  • Information on utilities and internet
  • Cash assistance
  • Food assistance
  • Childcare resources
  • Resources for undocumented communities
  • Small business loans and disaster assistance
  • In-language resources

New King County COVID-19 Community and Small Business Resource Guide

The resource guide is also available in the following languages:

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Puget Sound Fire Weekly Emergency Incident Summary April, 12-18

April 24-Last  week, Puget Sound Firefighters participated in a hospital appreciation event at MultiCare Covington Medical Center with several of our first responder partners. The event was coordinated all across King County.  Here is a  video of the event by the King County Fire Chiefs. This is a weekly summary of Puget Sound Fire emergency incident summary for April 12-18.

Total :                   532

EMS/Rescue:    402

False Call:             41

Fire:                      30

Good Intent:       42

Hazardous Condition:   5

Service:                11

Other:                   1

Annual total year to date:  8420

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Earth Day 2020

April 22-Local hero, Dennis Hayes, is credited with the starting Earth Day 50 years ago as a way to help save planet Earth from environmental destruction. The annual event inspires countless actions every year, and today, the City of SeaTac is proud to report on the steps we’ve taken during the last year to help fulfill this important mission.

  • We worked with local non-profit, Forterra, to plant over 200 native plants at Angle Lake Park.
  • We have begun re-introducing salmon to Des Moines Creek.
  • We provided tools to help 100’s of citizens collect litter around the City.
  • We’ve installed 20 street side litter cans around the City.
  • We helped divert 8,589 tons of material away from the landfill.

For more information on actions you can take to help protect Mother Earth, please visit: https://www.earthday.org/

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State funds community-based program to ensure COVID-19 information gets to hard-to-reach communities

April 18– In an effort to make sure all Washingtonians have the information they need to stay healthy, the state is funding a $500,000 community-based outreach campaign. Community-rooted organizations will provide emergency language and outreach services to groups disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic but less likely to be receiving timely information through government agencies and traditional news media.

“It’s crucial for every Washingtonian to understand how to stay healthy, stop the spread of COVID-19 and find resources to help them during this difficult time,” said Washington State Secretary of Health John Wiesman. “By engaging trusted members and leaders of our state’s diverse communities to develop and share that information effectively, we’ll be much better able to fight this pandemic together.”

The state Department of Health has made information available in at least 26 languages and strives to ensure educational materials are appropriate for many cultures. However, community-rooted efforts led by trusted messengers are often the most effective in communicating critical health information.

Some groups may be affected by COVID-19 more than others due to the disease’s health impacts, systemic health care inequities or an individual’s living situation or increased risk of exposure. These groups may need information provided in different formats or languages than what many media outlets and government agencies provide. 

Successful applicants are to use the state funding to offer culturally relevant and linguistically appropriate information, education, and outreach about COVID-19 to diverse communities affected by the disease. 

Community-rooted organizations, small businesses, and tribal governments interested in applying can download an information sheet or email DOH-CETF@doh.wa.gov for more information. Applications are due May 3, but the department will begin reviewing them April 27. Because of the urgent need, applying by April 26 is encouraged. Contracts will run through July 31, 2020. Individual awards will vary and could be up to $30,000.

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SeaTac Police Save Goose From Traffic

On April 9, an injured goose was struggling and wandering in and out of traffic on Military Road, adjacent to SeaTac City Hall.  Community Service Officer Regina Burke and Parking Compliance Officer Darren Parks, spotted the goose while driving by in her van.  Concerned for the safety of drivers attempting to avoid the goose, along with safety of the goose itself, the pair sprang into action.  They momentarily held traffic, just long enough to get the goose out of the roadway. 

Once the goose was safely in the grass on City Hall grounds and traffic was once again flowing, Regina and Darren attempted to determine what agency was best equipped to deal with the issue.  After making some calls Thursday night and getting no results, they called Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) on April 10 and found they were willing to help.  The catch was that Regina and Darren would need to capture, the goose and deliver it to the PAWS facility. 

Regina and Darren quickly created a plan.  Then, using a box, a blanket and a dog catcher’s pole, the two of them were able to easily capture the goose.  Soon thereafter, the goose was in its way to PAWS to recuperate from its injuries.

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PSE offers bill assistance for customers impacted by COVID-19

April 13- Puget Sound Energy will make funds available to help customers who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through its Crisis-Affected Customer Assistance Program (CACAP). This includes customers who recently became unemployed, partially unemployed, or cannot work. The $11 million are carry-over funds under PSE’s Low Income Program. With approval from the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, PSE made revisions to its program to make these funds available to a broader group of customers.

Puget Sound Energy will make funds available to help customers who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes customers who recently became unemployed, partially unemployed, or cannot work. The $11 million are carry-over funds under PSE’s Low Income Program. With approval from the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, PSE made revisions to its program to make these funds available to a broader group of customers.

Funds are also available in PSE’s other assistance programs, including the Warm Home Fund, PSE Home Energy Lifeline Program and Weatherization Assistance Program for income-eligible customers.

“We know this pandemic is deeply affecting many of our customers, and we have been working since its start to ensure no one is without electricity, heat or hot water during this time,” said PSE President and CEO Mary Kipp. “We are in unprecedented times, and it will take continued partnership and creativity to help as many people as possible.”

This program will be available to PSE’s residential customers in Island, King, Kitsap, Kittitas, Lewis, Pierce, Skagit, Snohomish, Thurston and Whatcom counties who meet the household size and income criteria.

Depending on average monthly usage, a qualified PSE customer:

  • Must have a monthly household income limit up to 250% of Federal Poverty Level
  • Can receive up to $1,000 in PSE utility-bill credits per household

This table outlines the monthly household income limits at the Federal Poverty Level for households up to 10 people.

NUMBER OF PERSONS
IN HOUSEHOLD
QUALIFYING MONTHLY
HOUSEHOLD FPL INCOME
NUMBER OF PERSONS
IN HOUSEHOLD
QUALIFYING MONTHLY
HOUSEHOLD FPL INCOME
1$2,6586$7,325
2$3,5927$8,258
3$4,5258$9,192
4$5,4589$10,125
5$6,39210$11,058

PSE was able to launch this program with the help of Avertra, the company that developed the application process and did it at no charge, so more funding could be made available to customers.

PSE continues to offer payment plans and allow customers to change bill’s due date for those who may need additional assistance. For more information on this program and other program offerings, visit www.pse.com/covidhelp.

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Public Works Current Project Locations

April 17– Public Works Project Locations

Spot Drainage Repairs

This project will repair storm drainage infrastructure at eight locations within the City.  The project is currently in design.

S 180th St Flood Reduction Project

This project will construct a flood reduction facility to eliminate flooding at the end of S 180th St.  The project recently completed the planning and feasibility assessment stage and now will begin the design phase.

S 221st St Drainage Improvement

This project will construct a drainage conveyance system to intercept drainage flows on Military Road causing erosion of the embankment on Military Road and private properties as well as localized flooding of septic systems at nearby residences.  The project is currently in design.

Military Road South and South 152nd Street

Improvements for this road reconstruction and safety project include construction of bike lanes, curbs and gutters, sidewalks, new pavement, installation of street lighting, upgraded and interconnected signalization with pedestrian crossings, construction of a right turn lane on Eastbound South 152nd Street, and the elimination of the skewed intersection at Tukwila International Boulevard and Military Road South. Johansen is the contractor on the project and is currently working on completing installation of underground infrastructure to support power, cable, and telecommunications services.

Des Moines Memorial Drive South and South 200th Street Intersection

Improvements for this intersection include construction of bike lanes, curbs and gutters, sidewalks, new pavement, installation of street lighting, a new traffic signal system with pedestrian crossings, left turn lanes for all approaches, and construction of a right turn lane on westbound South 200th Street. Rodarte Construction is the contractor on the project and is currently working on installing utility infrastructure.

34th Avenue South Project

This “Safe Routes to School” project includes construction of sidewalks, curbs and gutters, storm drainage facilities, installation of an enhanced crosswalk, pedestrian lighting, landscaping, and underground conversion of aerial utilities. Design and right-of-way acquisition are ongoing. The project is scheduled to start construction in 2020.

South 200th Street Shared-Use Path

This project includes building a new separated shared-use path along South 200th Street between 12th Place South and the Des Moines Creek Trailhead. The project will provide pedestrian connections to street improvements that will be constructed at the intersection of Des Moines Memorial Drive South and South 200th Street, and a connection to existing pedestrian and bicycle facilities accessing the Angle Lake Light Rail Station. Design and right-of-way acquisition are in progress. The project is scheduled to start construction in 2020.

International Boulevard Corridor Safety Improvements Plan

The purpose of this project is to provide recommendations on enhanced safety improvements for all along the International Boulevard Corridor (from South 152nd Street to South 216th Street). The plan will allow for the City to move forward with identifying the safety concerns, prioritizing the order of addressing the concerns, assigning treatment measures to address the concern, and listing construction initiatives. Part of Citywide Local Road Safety Plan Toole Design was selected as the consultant to help with this plan.  The contract scope and fee are being negotiated prior to Council review and action.

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SeaTac House Fire

April 8- At 5:44 PM on April 8, an alert SeaTac Police Officer reported a house fire in the 3400 block of S 187 St in SeaTac.

The initial report was of smoke from the eves of the house.  Due to the location of the address the residential fire response drew units from Burien, Tukwila, and the Port of Seattle (SeaTac Airport) as well as the units from Puget Sound Fire.  The first arriving engine company found fire from the back corner of the house that had extended into the attic.  The fire was reported out in about 25 minutes but due to an addition to the house and some unique construction features it took some extra time to extinguish remaining hot spots.  Crews were on scene until 10:30 PM. 

Five occupants were displaced and spent the night in a local hotel.   There were no injuries to occupants or firefighters and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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Puget Sound Fire Weekly Emergency Incident Recap March 29- April 4

April 17- Puget Sound Firefighter Montero begins the agency’s series of Firefighter Read Alouds with The Fire Engine Book. Grab your kiddos and enjoy a story!

Every week, the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority releases its emergency incident response summary. This is the totals for the week of March 29-April 4. According to the statistics, there has not been much of an overall change in response numbers during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Total                            535

EMS                                 406

False                                 49

Fire                                   21

Good Intent                    41

Hazardous Conditions      7

Service                            10

Other                               1

Annual total to date      7403

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Governor Inslee expands eviction moratorium and adds additional protections for residential and some commercial tenants

April 16-Gov. Jay Inslee expanded protections for renters today as COVID-19 continues to impact the finances of Washingtonians statewide.

“It is clear that as we deal with the challenges around COVID-19, the financial impacts on Washingtonians are significant,” Inslee said. “People have lost their livelihoods through no fault of their own and we must continue to take steps to ensure they don’t also lose the roofs over their heads. Continued support and protection for tenants is the right thing to do and I am extending and expanding the moratorium on evictions through the beginning of June, which will allow for two additional rent cycles.”

The governor first proclaimed a moratorium on evictions in mid-March. The original moratorium applied only to dwellings that are captured in the Landlord Tenant Act, and prevented a landlord from evicting or seeking an unlawful detainer order; prohibited landlords from serving any eviction order, or otherwise assisting in an evictions and provided exceptions for property damage, danger posed by a person to the safety/health of others or property.

Notably, the original order did not cover all living situations or every circumstance, nor did it cover commercial rentals and leases. 

Inslee’s new proclamation extends and expands the original order through June 4th

Just as in the original order, the new order prevents landlords from evicting in all situations that fall within the Landlord Tenant Act, and prohibits law enforcement from assisting in any evictions, but today’s proclamation also:

  • Prohibits residential evictions in other dwelling situations, including but not limited to:
    • Lots/parcels (some motor home owners own the vehicle but lease the lot)
    • Transitional housing
    • Public lands – camping grounds
  • Prohibits enforcement of agreements to vacate.
  • Prohibits a landlord from requiring a non-paying tenant to move to a lesser unit, and prevents landlords from threatening to take action against tenants.
  • Prohibits landlords from assessing or threatening to assess late fees or other charges for non-payment.
  • Prohibits landlord from assessing (or threatening to assess) rent for housing/parcel where the tenants access or use was prevented as a result of COVID. Such as:
    • Seasonal/college housing closed;
    • People who planned to move in but are prevented from doing so due to COVID-19;
    • People who were forced to leave due to COVID needs of their own or others.
  • Prohibits landlords from increasing rents or deposits for residential and commercial units.
    • As it relates to commercial rental properties, this prohibition applies only if the commercial tenant has been materially impacted by the COVID-19, whether personally impacted and is unable to work or whether the business itself was deemed non-essential or otherwise lost staff or customers due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
    • This proclamation protects commercial tenants by prohibiting rent increases or threats of rent increases.
  • Prohibits landlords from treating unpaid rent and charges as an enforceable debt, unless the landlord demonstrates by a preponderance of the evidence to a court that the resident was offered, and refused or failed to comply with, a reasonable repayment plan that was reasonable based on the individual financial, health, and other circumstances of that resident.

Note: All rent payments delayed through this moratorium will still be owed but a landlord must offer a tenant a reasonable repayment plan to enforce any collection of that debt.

Read the full proclamation here.

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Sound Transit to temporarily reduce service further on Link and some ST Express routes

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Agency asks riders to only take essential trips and wear face masks

April 16-Because of fluctuating staffing availability to operate service, Sound Transit will introduce additional service reductions on Link starting on Monday, April 20 and on certain ST Express routes operated by King County Metro starting Saturday, April 18.

The further service reductions also reflect an 87 percent system-wide reduction in ridership, with Link and almost all ST Express routes, as well as Sounder service, already operating at reduced levels. Trains will operate with the maximum length of four cars to increase space for social distancing.  

Sound Transit is reminding customers that they should limit travel to essential trips and follow social distancing and other critical health guidelines to protect the community. Consistent with recent health guidance the agency recommends that riders wear protective face masks.

Reductions to Link light rail
Trains will run every 30 minutes instead of the previous service level of every 20 minutes. A revised schedule is posted online at https://www.soundtransit.org/ride-with-us/changes-affect-my-ride/reduced-service.

Sound Transit security officers and law enforcement officers are working to respond to an increase in vandalism and unsanitary conditions that has occurred since Sound Transit suspended fares in response to COVID-19. Riders who encounter conditions that they consider unsafe should contact Sound Transit Security by calling or texting 206-398-5268.

Reductions to ST Express routes 542 and 550 operated by King County Metro

Starting Saturday, April 18, service will be reduced on ST Express routes 542 and 550. Route 542 will have 17 fewer trips, and route 550 will have 12 fewer trips.

Previously announced service reductions include:

ST Express routes operated by King County Metro 
Routes 522 and 545 are operating on a reduced schedule with cuts to some trips. Route 554 is operating with close to full service with only two trips reduced.  Routes 541, 555 and 556 have been temporarily canceled. 

ST Express routes operated by Pierce Transit

Routes, 560, 566, 574, 577, 578, 590, and 594 are running at reduced frequency similar to typical Sunday schedules, with some enhancements. In order to preserve service on more heavily traveled routes, Routes 544, 567, 580/596 (Sounder connectors), 586, 592, and 595 have been temporarily canceled.

ST Express routes operated by Community Transit

Routes 510, 511, 512, 513, 532 and 535 are running on a reduced weekday schedule that preserves the overall span of service but at a reduced frequency for select trips.

Sounder trains
Sounder South weekday service remains reduced to seven round trips. The northbound trips previously canceled are the 1502, 1506, 1508 and 1518 departures from Lakewood, and the 1516 and 1522 departures from Tacoma. The canceled southbound trips are the 1503, 1505, 1509, 1517, 1519, and 1523 departures from Seattle. 

Sounder North weekday service remains reduced from four round trips to two round trips, with cancellation of the 1701 and 1705 departures from Everett and the 1700 and 1704 departures from Seattle. 

Riders will find more information on the specific trips cancelled 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.

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.

Sound Transit has suspended fare requirements on all buses and trains until further notice to help protect transit employees and riders through social distancing. In addition, ST Express passengers will board and exit buses through rear doors whenever possible, increasing separation from operators whose dedication enables Sound Transit to continue service. People with disabilities who need to use the boarding ramp or the lowering feature of the bus may still board via the front door and use the priority seating area.

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.

Sound Transit: Connecting more people to more places to make life better and create equitable opportunities for all. Visit www.soundtransit.org

Public Works Project Locations

May 22-Public Works Project Locations

Spot Drainage Repairs

This project will repair storm drainage infrastructure at eight locations within the City.  The project is currently in design.

S 180th St Flood Reduction Project

This project will construct a flood reduction facility to eliminate flooding at the end of S 180th St.  The project recently completed the planning and feasibility assessment stage and now will begin the design phase.

S 221st St Drainage Improvement

This project will construct a drainage conveyance system to intercept drainage flows on Military Road causing erosion of the embankment on Military Road and private properties as well as localized flooding of septic systems at nearby residences.  The project is currently in design.

Military Road South and South 152nd Street

Improvements for this road reconstruction and safety project include construction of bike lanes, curbs and gutters, sidewalks, new pavement, installation of street lighting, upgraded and interconnected signalization with pedestrian crossings, construction of a right turn lane on Eastbound South 152nd Street, and the elimination of the skewed intersection at Tukwila International Boulevard and Military Road South. Johansen is the contractor on the project and is currently working on completing installation of underground infrastructure to support power, cable, and telecommunications services.

Des Moines Memorial Drive South and South 200th Street Intersection

Improvements for this intersection include construction of bike lanes, curbs and gutters, sidewalks, new pavement, installation of street lighting, a new traffic signal system with pedestrian crossings, left turn lanes for all approaches, and construction of a right turn lane on westbound South 200th Street. Rodarte Construction is the contractor on the project and is currently working on installing utility infrastructure.

34th Avenue South Project

This “Safe Routes to School” project includes construction of sidewalks, curbs and gutters, storm drainage facilities, installation of an enhanced crosswalk, pedestrian lighting, landscaping, and underground conversion of aerial utilities. Design and right-of-way acquisition are ongoing. The project is scheduled to start construction in 2020.

South 200th Street Shared-Use Path

This project includes building a new separated shared-use path along South 200th Street between 12th Place South and the Des Moines Creek Trailhead. The project will provide pedestrian connections to street improvements that will be constructed at the intersection of Des Moines Memorial Drive South and South 200th Street, and a connection to existing pedestrian and bicycle facilities accessing the Angle Lake Light Rail Station. Design and right-of-way acquisition are in progress. The project is scheduled to start construction in 2020.

International Boulevard Corridor Safety Improvements Plan

The purpose of this project is to provide recommendations on enhanced safety improvements for all along the International Boulevard Corridor (from South 152nd Street to South 216th Street). The plan will allow for the City to move forward with identifying the safety concerns, prioritizing the order of addressing the concerns, assigning treatment measures to address the concern, and listing construction initiatives. Part of Citywide Local Road Safety Plan Toole Design was selected as the consultant to help with this plan.  The contract scope and fee are being negotiated prior to Council review and action.

Lost Elderly Woman Helped by Good Samaritans and Officers

May 22- On Tuesday May 12, Community Services Officers (CSO) Sana Wight and Regina Burke were called to a report of a vulnerable elderly woman who was found wandering and confused. The woman showed up at a stranger’s house believing she had lived at the house for the last 30 years. Neighbors quickly banded together and brought the woman a chair, blanket, and refreshments and sat with her. Their quick actions kept her safe until law enforcement could arrive on scene.

When SeaTac CSOs arrived, there was a language barrier and it was initially challenging to determine what language the woman spoke.  SeaTac CSOs reached out to King County Sheriff’s Office CSO Peter Truong.  CSO Truong’s speaks five languages, but despite his best efforts, he was unable to determine which language was her primary one. 

Still working through the issue, the CSOs noticed that the woman had made her trip from some unknown place in stocking feet. Looking at her feet to try to determine how far she had walked, they discovered her name on a label on the bottom of her feet, suggesting of her living in a family group home. CSO Wight decided to drive down the street to see if she could find a group home.  CSO Burke stayed, continuing to comfort the woman, while attempting to glean more information. The homeowners meanwhile stood by to provide support. Three workers from the home where the woman lives eventually arrived.  They were able to provide her name and other details. The elderly woman was happy to be on her way home and the neighbors were glad she found where she belongs.