West Seattle

Recently there has been some repaving of West Seattle roads. I am fortunate to live on Beach Drive, however it seems that Seattle Department of Transportation has been repaving various side roads coming off of Beach Drive (where I leave/enter my residence), using a method called "chip-sealant."

This was developed for and should be used on dirt roads (only!), as the Seattle Department of Transportation website explains.


Bravo to the Herald for the courage to shed light on another Seattle School District scandal (Arbor Hts. Parents Question Spending, July 20).

Substitutes should be paid by the salaries of whom they are replacing, instead of using the Gates Foundation grant!

Does the district realize that acts like this jeopardize not only private funding but also public support of levies.


The Seattle Monorail Project is desperately attempting to find a way to keep the Green Line alive.

Many ideas are being put forth by die-hard advocates to resurrect the financially troubled project. Most ideas are based on reducing scope or phasing the Green Line. None are legal!

In November 2002, Seattle voters barely approved (by a 0.5 percent margin) a single phase, 19-station route, with twin guideways from Ballard to West Seattle with a four minute headway between trains at peak hours, and at a cost of $1.75 billion.


I have been observing Jack Block, Sr. for over 30 years.

This former White Center schoolboy is a graduate of Highland Park Elementary, West Seattle High and the U-Dub class of 1957 with a degree in international studies who went on to become a Port of Seattle commissioner for a record of 28 years. He is now retired and living with a new wife in a beautiful home overlooking the ferry dock in West Seattle.

Not bad for a working guy, a longshoreman, crane operator on Seattle's waterfront.


What can West Seattleites expect if an earthquake takes down the Alaskan Way Viaduct?

The Seattle city police, transportation planners and emergency managers proposed an emergency closure plan for the viaduct to the Transportation Committee of the Seattle City Council July 18.


A man leaned on his elbows at the Seattle Monorail Project board of directors' conference table and urged the board members to divide the Green Line into two $800 million halves which would cut interest payments significantly.

First build the monorail from Seattle Center to West Seattle, the man suggested.


Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin said his success in getting legislation passed and his ability to go into any neighborhood and point his accomplishments is what makes him feel he is ready for a third term.

As chairman of the council's Transportation Committee, Conlin says his goals for the next four years are to continue to largely concentrate on addressing transportation issues and setbacks, and road, street and bridge repairs, both regionally and locally.

He is a member of a regional committee that has been lobbying for legislation to provide adequate money fo


Dean Wong

FEELS SECURE FOR NEW TERM. Despite early on drawing several opponents, some of whom have changed targets, Councilmember Richard Conlin says he feels he has a strong neighborhood base for reelection.

It is amazing how the downtown media are able to forget that the people of Seattle voted four times to create and build a monorail. Columnist after columnist has declared the whole idea of a monorail dead and buried. The P-I said on Monday that what the Seattle Monorail Project needs now is not a new executive director, but an undertaker.

It seems that in the plush environs of the daily media the only ideas worth supporting come from their own scribes or from the hordes of professional transportation planners.


(Editor's Note: This is a copy of a letter sent to the board of directors of the monorail project.)

In the past, I have been a strong supporter of the monorail project. However, I find my support for the monorail waning, as is true for so many in Seattle.

I am disturbed by the proposed financing of the project. To pay for the construction of the monorail, debt service on the construction cost may have ballooned to as much as $11 billion to be paid perhaps as long as 45 years.


In response to your quote from Gary Dawson (Herald, July 13) that the traffic from Fauntleroy has an impact on West Seattle, I would point out there is also a great deal of commerce and inter-dependence between Vashon and West Seattle.

This was demonstrated in our Community Council's survey of Vashon businesses and services last year, which was taken into consideration during the ferry system's planning. Under the long-range plan, if Southworth car traffic is re-directed to downtown Seattle, the total traffic through Fauntleroy will be less than current levels, even out to 2030.

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