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.


The Associated General Contractors said it all in a recent flyer.

"I don't want to create or preserve thousands of jobs, including my own.

"I support neglect of our state's bridges and roads.

"Our roads will fix themselves.

"That is what your signature on I-912 means."

The contractors are absolutely correct.


(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.


When it comes to summertime, West Seattleites live for the weekend. And while many may try to get their chores and duties of domesticity done during the week in order free up their Saturdays and Sundays for fun and sun, now there's a reason to save your shopping for the weekend and combine it with a day at the beach.

Introducing Alki Open Market.

Just steps away from the mile-plus stretch of sand, south of Coastal Surf Boutique, the Alki Beach Open Market is a fun way to spend a weekend day shopping without crossing the bridge to Pike Place.

From 9 a.m.


Matthew E. Durham

ENJOY ALKI MARKET. Alki Open Market for the fresh cut flowers and crafts - just a few of the items that can be purchased in the scenic outdoors.

On July 19, a number of secondary streets heading up to the Admiral District of West Seattle were chip sealed creating a hazardous situation to what was previously a safer alternative to a cycling route up the main arterial, Admiral Way.


One of West Seattle's leading liberals, Tom Weeks recently announced his resignation as chairman of the monorail project after helping create the $11 billion fiasco. If I remember correctly, previously he took his financial expertise to the Seattle School District and then resigned after the district lost $35 million.



Are Burien's best days behind it?

The question popped into my head abruptly during an interview following Melba Eyler's death.

Melba Eyler, who passed away May 2, ran a Burien dance studio in the '50s, publicized Highline student achievements in the '60s and co-authored the definitive Highline history book in the '70s.

The then-Burien Chamber of Commerce named her 1972's "Woman of the Year."

My interview subject concluded Melba Eyler was one of Burien's prime movers and shakers during its "heyday."

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