September 2020

Op-Ed: Freight mobility and productive marine cargo terminals support a stronger economy for all

By Peter Steinbrueck
Port of Seattle Commission President and Co-Chair of The Northwest Seaport Alliance

The economic woes of 2020 and the global pandemic continue to deepen across our communities. According to data recently released by the Washington State Department of Commerce, the decline in statewide employment is approximately 30 percent greater than the lowest point of the Great Recession.  


West Seattle Outdoor Movie is a first for the Chamber Oct. 9

The West Seattle Chamber of Commerce has a secret. Well, more accurately has The Secret Life of Pets, lined up as their first Outdoor Movie on Friday Oct. 9. 

This is a drive up or in event meaning you stay in your car and enjoy snacks, and the movie. It's a fundraiser for the chamber of course but it's also a chance to get out of the house and have some laughs.

The cost is $50 per carload but that includes a "goodie bag" of popcorn, candy and two sodas (extra bags are another $10).

It is being held in the South Seattle College, North parking lot at 6000 16th Ave SW. The lot will open at 5:30pm and the movie starts at 6:45pm. The event ends at 8:30pm

The movie event is sponsored by a group of well known sponsors, including Westside Seattle.


Local psychic predicts Biden win; Marc Lainhart says it may not be without problems

Well known West Seattle psychic Marc Lainhart is predicting a win for Joe Biden in the Presidential election.

Whether you believe in metaphysical matters or not, Lainhart is an interesting man. Westside Seatttle profiled him in 2017 

At that time he predicted some kind natural disaster might happen in 2019-2020 and it while it wasn't an earthquake, the failure of the West Seattle Bridge might come close to making that prediction feel valid.

He has strong feelings about the Presidential election.

"The numbers/astrology/intuition show a big win for Biden in both popular and electoral college. The problem may be Trump trying to stop the election and we may be faced with our first military coup d'etat or a reaction from those on the right who want a 2nd Civil War." 


HERBOLD: District 1 Town Hall: Public Safety and West Seattle Bridge, September 30th

District 1 City Councilmember Lisa Herbold announced via her newsletter that she will be holding a Town Hall meeting Sept. 30

On September 30, I will co-host a District 1 Town Hall on public safety and the West Seattle Bridge, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

SPD Chief Diaz and SW Precinct Captain Grossman will be attending, along with SDOT Director Zimbabwe. There will also be a representative from LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) to talk about the expansion of the program to the SW Precinct.

The first hour will be on public safety, and the second hour will be on the West Seattle Bridge. There will be plenty of time for questions on each topic.

You can RVSP below; later in the day Tuesday we’ll e-mail information to the RSVP list about how to participate in the Q&A, and view the town hall.


HERBOLD: Her view on the 2020 Rebalanced budget

District 1 City Councilmember Lisa Herbold shared her views on the recent veto override vote on the 2020 rebalancing budget for the City of Seattle.


At a Special Council meeting on Tuesday September 22nd, I joined most of my colleagues in overriding the Mayor’s veto of Council's approved 2020 rebalancing budget.  My vote was not taken lightly. I had participated in conversations about an alternate bill, in the hopes of coming to agreement with the Executive. However, the Executive’s offer did not make either the important investments nor targeted, strategic changes to the 2020 budget that Council made through CB 119825.


Traffic impacts at 1st Ave S/Myers Way SW/Olson Pl SW intersection this weekend and weekend of Oct. 10-11 for repaving

During the two weekends of Sept. 26-27 and Oct. 10-11, weather depending, our crews will be repaving a section of Olson Pl SW and 1st Ave S at the intersection with Myers Way S. Olson Pl SW will be repaved at the intersection, and the southbound lane of 1st Ave S will be repaved just north of the intersection.


SDOT crews will be repaving this section of Olson Pl SW and 1st Ave S the weekends of Sept. 26-27 and Oct. 10-11


Expect traffic impacts the weekends of Sept. 26-27 and Oct. 10-11 for this work. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction during paving. Work will start in the early morning hours to open the travel lanes back up in the early afternoon both days. A noise variance will be issued to complete the paving.


Construction beginning on Duwamish Waterway Park improvements

information from Seattle Parks and Recreation

Seattle Parks and Recreation will begin construction of the Duwamish Waterway Park Improvements at 7900 10th Ave S in South Park in October 2020. SPR purchased the1.3-acre site from King County after a community-led process to make the property a permanent neighborhood riverfront park. Working with the Seattle Parks Foundation, the Friends of Duwamish Waterway Park raised over $1 million for park improvements and catalyzed the renovation effort.


Noble Barton restaurant in White Center closes

John LeMaster and his wife Vanessa shared the sad news that their restaurant Noble Barton at 9635 16th SW in White Center has closed.

See our original coverage of the restaurant here.

The space has been home to a number of other restaurants but none were successful long term and with the advent of the pandemic and the challenges facing all restaurants it appears the pressures grew too great for Noble Barton too.

They shared their announcement via Facebook here:

Hello all.

Sadly it is time to say goodbye.