Annual Duwamish River ‘Spooky’ Halloween Boat Tour

The Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition invites you to their annual Halloween Haunted Toxic Boat Tour

Save the date: Sunday, October 30!  The boat tour begins at 1:00 pm and ends at 3:00 pm.  Meet at Harbor Island Marina, Gate C , 1001 Klickitat Way SW, on Harbor Island’s south side, take the West Seattle Low Bridge.

Several spooky guides will lead you on a two-hour boat tour of the Duwamish River. You’ll hear local Native American supernatural legends, spooky settler stories from Georgetown and South Park, and learn about the terrifying toxic chemicals in the Duwamish River.

The tour happens rain or shine.

Guests must RSVP through Brown Paper Tickets ($25 donation). Space is limited, so sign up quickly! The tour is appropriate for people of all ages. 100% of the tour donations will go to support our Education and Outreach Programs of the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition.

For more information contact Alberto at alberto@duwamishcleanup.org or 206-453-9803.

Murray Basin CSO Project (Lowman Beach) Public Meeting Set

Learn more about the King County clean water facility coming to the Lowman Beach area.

King County Wastewater Treatment Division is holding a Murray Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Control Facility Public Meeting on Thursday, October 20, from 6:30 pm to  8:30 pm at the Fauntleroy Church Fellowship Hall, 9140 California Avenue SW, just north of the Endolyne area.

King County is beginning design of the Murray CSO Control facility near Lowman Beach Park that will protect public health and clean up Puget Sound. Take this opportunity to meet the project team, review the facility design process and project schedule, and learn how you can help King County design a facility that fits the community.

For more information contact Doug Marsano at 206-684-1235, doug.marsano@kingcounty.gov, or visit http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/wtd/Construction/Seattle/MurrayCSOStorage.aspx.

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SDOT Sets Transit Master Plan Public Outreach Meetings

Join the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) at an upcoming open house to learn about the Transit Master Plan (TMP), share your feedback, and see where we’re going from here.

The TMP is a 20-year vision for transit in Seattle. SDOT recently released the draft report, available online here.

Open house dates and locations:

All open houses will run from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and will begin with a brief presentation and overview. You’ll then have a chance to walk around and view project boards, talk to staff, ask questions, and provide comments.

Each meeting will cover the same information, so feel free to attend any or all. More details (room numbers, how to get there) can be found at http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/tmp_outreach.htm.

For more information, contact Allison Schwartz at allison.schwartz@seattle.gov or call weekdays 206-386-4654.

State Transportation Commission Asks for Priorities on Survey

What transportation needs are most important to you?

The Washington State Transportation Commission has created an online survey so people can tell local and state leaders what our transportation priorities should be. This is an opportunity for you to help shape the future of your local, regional, and statewide transportation system.

The survey asks what type of transportation is most important to you, how it should be paid for, how tolling revenue should be used, and similar questions.

Find the survey at www.voiceofwashingtonsurvey.org. It takes about 20-30 minutes to complete.

The Transportation Commission provides a public forum for transportation policy development. It reviews and assesses the entire transportation system and issues the state’s 20-year Transportation Plan. It also adopts tolls for state highways and bridges and fares for Washington State Ferries.

The survey is part of the Commission’s statewide outreach program; the Commission asked King County to help inform people about it. Findings will be reported to the Governor, Legislature, policy makers, and advisory groups such as the Connecting Washington Task Force.

 

An Open Letter to Occupy Seattle

To The Honorable Representatives of the 99%:

The last ten years have shown that our nation’s economic and political systems are clearly broken.  In the wake of a dramatic recession, the economic health of average Americans has been devastated and our national leadership has been ineffective, if not downright counter-productive, in bringing forth a remedy.  As long as most Americans remain complacent or silent in their frustration, this horrid situation is unlikely to improve.

Your actions, however, have helped to awaken our country from that stupor.  It’s simply inspirational to see so many now demanding to be counted and refusing to back down.  Encouraging public participation and awareness on these subjects is vital to the mission of Sustainable West Seattle, as we educate, create, and advocate for urban sustainability.  We therefore seek to pursue our own mission by offering our firm support to the peaceful and powerful efforts of Occupy Seattle.

Over just the course of the last year, our organization has held numerous community forums on reforming campaign finance, seeking alternatives to a growth economy, and protecting our natural resources.  We are delighted to hear those sentiments and others echoed in the persistent voices of the 99%.

Your outspoken efforts here in Seattle are a grand invitation for Americans everywhere to demand representation as we sustainably rebuild our nation for the inclusive benefit of all rather than the exclusive benefit of a powerful few.  We gratefully support you, and look forward to the continued growth and influence of the Occupy movement in every city, community, and household throughout our country.

Thank you for raising your voices here in Seattle.  Stay warm.

Sincerely,

Sustainable West Seattle

Aaron’s Bicycle Repair Sponsors Full Moon Bike Ride

You are invited to come ride bikes with us!  On Tuesday, October 11, at 7:30 pm join other West Seattle cyclists on a FULL MOON BIKE RIDE, CHEESE & CRACKERS!  Meet at Aaron’s Bicycle Repair.

This is just a fun ride. Everyone is welcome. Especially newbies! Anyone can do this ride. We will wait for you! No one gets left behind. We ride slow. Ride any bike. We will ride through quiet neighborhoods to a park or Alki Point and back to the bike shop. Our route is less than 12 miles and is ridden at a slow, social pace.

Bring fancy Cheese and Crackers to share. This week, we will be going to a park with lanterns!  For more info, go to the ride page: http://www.rideyourbike.com/fullmoonride.shtml

It is a really good idea (and the law) to have lights on your bike since we will be coming back after dark. Aaron’s Bicycle Repair has them for sale if you do not own them.

If you need a bike, remember Aaron’s has them to loan.

Aaron’s Bicycle Shop will closed that day, but we are still meeting there. I will have the door open at 6:00 pm to fix anyone’s bike before the ride!  Bring beer (IPA) for payment!

For more information contact Aaron Goss, President & Master Mechanic of Aaron’s Bicycle Repair, Inc., 6527 California Avenue SW in Morgan Junction.  Call 206-938-9795 or go to RideYourBike.com, or check out Aaron’s facebook page at www.facebook.com/aaronsbicyclerepair.

Ecology Department Report on Toxins in Seattle Urban Soils

This September, the Washington State Department of Ecology issued a report on the concentration of two toxins in urban Seattle soils.  The full report is at http://www.ecy.wa.gov/pubs/1109049.pdf.

Urban soil samples were collected and analyzed for dioxin/furans and cPAHs in the following six Seattle neighborhoods:

  • South Park
  • Georgetown
  • West Seattle
  • Capitol Hill
  • Ballard
  • Ravenna

The neighborhoods selected were intended to represent the range of historical conditions likely to be found in Seattle residential areas. Neighborhoods were selected based on presumed differences in land use history (industrial, non-industrial) and factors affecting deposition or accumulation.

The immediate take-away from this report is that residents of West Seattle have the least-toxic (dioxin and PAH) soils of these neighborhoods.  See abstract graphic from report below:

Delridge Forum on Proposed Homeless Housing Project

This Tuesday, October 11, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, Main Theater, 4408 Delridge Way SW, the Delridge Community Forum will present a facilitated conversation to provide information about the Downtown Emergency Services Center’s (DESC) proposed apartment building in Delridge for homeless people dealing with mental illness and other challenges, such as substance abuse.

DESC will offer an in-depth presentation on this project and the population it expects to serve, as well as on the work the agency does to help the homeless in Seattle.  The meeting will focus on delivering unbiased information and providing an opportunity for community building. Neighbors will have an opportunity to express their opinions and concerns about the project.

The proposed DESC project will be a four-story building with affordable, permanent housing for up to 75 formerly homeless individuals living with serious mental/addictive illnesses or other disabling conditions and supported by full-time staff.  The location for this project is on the 5400 block of Delridge Way, across from the Delridge Library and the Shell station near SW Findley St.  DESC (www.desc.org) is a non-profit organization in Seattle dedicated to helping the most at-risk homeless population through clinical services and supportive housing.

This will be the first forum of many to help keep our community informed on large community issues that affect us all.  The forums are intended for the residents and interested friends of the Delridge Community.

Delridge Community Forums is an organization set up by the North Delridge Neighborhood Council and funded by a Small Sparks grant to provide unbiased, educational information to address neighborhood concerns.

This first forum will present a facilitated Town Hall meeting to provide information about the Downtown Emergency Services Center’s (DESC) proposed apartment building in Delridge for homeless people dealing with mental illness and other challenges, such as substance abuse.

Neighbors will have an opportunity to express their opinions and concerns about the project.

More information at http://delridgeforum.blogspot.com/2011/09/desc-town-hall-tuesday-october-11-2011.html

WSDOT Open Houses for 10-Day Viaduct Closure

WSDOT is hosting two open houses to provide information about the upcoming Alaskan Way Viaduct nine-day closure, commute options during the closure and how SR 99 will change for drivers when it re-opens.

West Seattle open house

  • Monday, Oct. 10
  • 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, presentation at 6:30 p.m. includes King County Councilmember Joe McDermott and Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen
  • West Seattle High School Commons
  • 3000 California Ave. SW, Seattle

Ballard open house

  • Wednesday, Oct. 12
  • 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm , presentation at 6:30 p.m. includes Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen
  • Adams Elementary School
  • 6110 28th Ave. NW, Seattle

Film Screening Oct. 17: The Power of Community

Power of Community Movie

The Power of Community filming at the Admiral Theater

Join Sustainable West Seattle for a unique film event: “The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil.” The screening will be 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Admiral Theater.

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba’s economy went into a tailspin. With imports of oil cut by more than half — and food by 80 percent — people were desperate. This film tells of the hardships and struggles as well as the community and creativity of the Cuban people during this difficult time. Cubans share how they transitioned from a highly mechanized, industrial agricultural system to one using organic methods of farming and local, urban gardens.

It is an unusual look into the Cuban culture during this economic crisis, which they call “The Special Period.” The film opens with a short history of Peak Oil, a term for the time in our history when world oil production will reach its all-time peak and begin to decline forever. Cuba, the only country that has faced such a crisis — the massive reduction of fossil fuels — is an example of options and hope.

This fascinating and empowering film shows how communities pulled together, created solutions, and ultimately thrived in spite of their decreased dependence on imported energy.

Following the film, Sustainable West Seattle will host a discussion on building community in West Seattle. The Admiral Theater is located at 2343 California Avenue SW. $5 suggested donation per attendee.

 

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