West Seattle

The walls of the Page Ahead Children's' Literacy Program in downtown Seattle are covered with words of revelation from children from all over King County who have recently realized the value literacy can have in their lives.

"We fly to our dreams with books," wrote one child.

08/04/2005

BOOKS TO LOCAL KIDS. Through their different programs, and collaborations with educational and civic organizations Page Ahead has distributed more than 22,000 books to about 7,500 students at West Seattle elementary schools. Both Junctions in West Seattle were targeted for participation for The Book Plates fundraiser and two restaurantshave joined; Amante Pizza and Pasta and Angelina's Trattoria.

Exhibiting the no nonsense attitude she has displayed for the past nearly two decades on the Port of Seattle commission, Paige Miller was blunt and direct when she said she not only wants to end the Richard Conlin's time on the Seattle City Council but openly covets his job as chairman of the council's transportation committee.

"I've accomplished what I set out to do with the port and I want to take my skill, experience, tenacity, and persistence to the city where they really need some help, particularly on transportation issues which I know a lot about," Miller says.

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08/04/2005

Searching for information in past issues of newspapers is like looking for a potato chip in a landfill.

Most newspapers keep copies of previous editions in large bound volumes arranged in chronological order. Libraries frequently have microfilm copies of past editions too.

08/04/2005

Tim Robinson

TECHNOLOGY REVIVES NEWSPAPER HISTORY. Paul Jeffko of West Seattle is helping to revolutionize newspaper archives with a computerized way to search for specific data in decades-old newspaper articles, advertisements and even photographs. Here he holds up old pages from the West Seattle Herald that is not stored as a searchable database online. He is in front of the mural on 44 Avenue Southwest.

West Seattle might get its part of the monorail before the downtown portion is built, and those gigantic support columns may be much smaller, says Cascadia Monorail Co.

Jim Devine, project manager for Cascadia, told the Seattle Monorail Project board of directors it would be quicker and easier to build the monorail in residential neighborhoods because there are fewer utility lines.

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Cascadia Monorail Co.

SMALLER MONORAIL COLUMNS. Cascadia is trying to reduce the dimensions of its oval design to 3 feet 6 inches by 4 feet 3 inches. By using thicker steel reinforcements and a different type of concrete, the columns would be able to withstand an earthquake as powerful as any quake in a 2,500-year time span, the company says. This artist's sketch shows what it would look like on Second Avenue, downtown.

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.

07/27/2005

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.

07/27/2005

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.

07/27/2005

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

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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.

07/27/2005

(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.

07/27/2005