January 2023

HERBOLD: SDOT releases final Reconnect West Seattle report


SDOT has released the 4th quarter 2022 Reconnect West Seattle report.

This will be the final quarterly report for the program developed to ameliorate the closure of the West Seattle Bridge in West Seattle and the Duwamish Valley communities.

64 of 70 Reconnect West Seattle projects have been completed, and 56 of 64 Home Zone project elements in South Park, Highland Park and Georgetown.

Here are upcoming projects.

upcoming projects

The design was completed: for intersection improvements at Dallas Avenue South and 14th Avenue South


Sound Transit seeking more input on light rail extensions

Next System Expansion Committee meeting is set for Feb. 9

Information from Sound Transit

In July, after reviewing the Draft EIS and the comments from Tribes and public and agency partners, the Sound Transit Board identified the preferred alternative for the West Seattle Link Extension and requested further studies before identifying a preferred alternative for the Ballard Link Extension. Since then, Sound Transit staff have been busy hosting open houses and workshops; engaging in nearly 100 briefings; engaging in meetings and tours with community members, property owners, residents, and businesses; and sharing information at community events.

Thank you to those who have been involved, asked questions, and provided feedback along the way!


Sewer overflow reported on Beach Drive in West Seattle

Information from Seattle Public Utilities

On January 26, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) responded to a sewer overflow at 5080 Beach Dr SW. Approximately, 4,000 gallons of sewage reached the public drainage system that leads to Puget Sound.

SPU crews quickly installed a pump and bypass system to stop the flow.

The beach is not closed to water activities; we are sending this message simply to make people aware.

If you find flooding or sewer backups, please report them to the SPU 24/7 Operations Response Center at (206) 386-1800.

To learn more about our Spill Response Program, please visit: https://www.seattle.gov/utilities/protecting-our-environment/community-programs/pollution-control/spill-response


Seattle Public Schools enrollment now available

Admissions Fair & Open House this weekend

Information from Seattle Public Schools

Families new to Seattle or those with children who will be age 5 by Aug. 31, 2023 are urged to enroll their student for the 2023-24 school year at Seattle Public Schools (SPS).

To better assist those who need to enroll, SPS is hosting an Admissions Fair and Open House at school district headquarters on Saturday, Jan. 28.

What: Admissions Fair and Open House
When: Saturday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence 2445 3rd Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98134.


Online or in-person

Online enrollment

Enrollment is also available online at the SPS website. Please visit


In-person enrollment


Preston Anderson announces run for District 1 City Council seat

Preston Anderson announced last week that he will be a candidate for the soon to be vacant District 1 Seattle City Council seat currently held by Lisa Herbold.

He released a statement on his website:


"Preston Anderson, a career social worker and former Army Medic who served two combat tours during active duty with over 5 years of service, has announced that he will seek the Seattle City Council District 1 position being vacated by incumbent Lisa Herbold. If elected, he would be the only homeless and behavioral health service provider elected to Council, and the first person of color elected to District 1, a diverse district that includes the neighborhoods of West Seattle, South Park, Georgetown, Sodo, and Pioneer Square.


Maren Costa announces run for District 1 City Council race

Maren Costa has announced her candidacy for the District 1, Seattle Council race. Costa made news in 2019 when she organized an Amazon Employees for Climate Justice campaign. That led to a lawsuit by the National Labor Relations Board which was ultimately settled. In her announcement online she states:

"Maren Costa has more than two decades of experience and holds more than a dozen patents as a Design Leader at tech companies including Adobe, Amazon, and Microsoft. She is an advisor for three climate start ups: Power Bloom Solar, Carbon Zero, and Impact Karma. A passionate advocate for women’s rights, workers’ rights, and ethics in AI, Maren is also a founding member and the current President of Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, a worker-powered organization credited with monumental wins, such as Amazon’s Climate Pledge, and Jeff Bezos’s $10 billion Earth Fund.