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Entries from January 2011

Rep. Carlyle assumes vice chair of Higher Education Committee, aims for ‘genuine reform’

January 26th, 2011 by Jesus Chavez

Rep. Reuven Carlyle of Seattle’s 36th district began the new legislative session and his second term in Olympia as vice chair of the Higher Education Committee this month.

“What I hope to do is to really bring about some genuine reform in our education system—in K-12 and higher education,” said Carlyle. “I have four young children, and that’s the heart and soul of who I am and why I ran for office.”

Carlyle has worked on the committee during the last two sessions, but this is his first in a leadership position.

The state’s education system is moving in a troubling direction that warrants immediate and profound action, according to Carlyle. He said this area of state government distresses him the most and characterizes the shift of funding from the state to the students as “a disaster waiting to happen.”

“The state is retreating from its obligation to open the doors of access to higher education, and it’s going to become more and more elite and privatized,” Carlyle said. “But there’s many of us giving it all we have fighting tooth and nail to try to educate the public about the value of changing course and really being much more aggressive about allowing everybody to access higher education, not just a small segment of society.”

Photo from Carlyle’s Facebook page.

Carlyle will also serve as a member of the budget-writing Ways and Means Committee. This is his first time serving on the committee, which is especially critical given the state’s current economic woes.

 

“Our economy is going through the most extraordinary structural change in generations,” Carlyle said. “This is a time to break down old clichés and old stereotypes about state government and about taxes and services and to really honor the will of the public to rebuild our state.”

From Washington’s House Democrats website:

In the December special session, $588 million of the $1.6 billion budget deficit for the current budget cycle was addressed. How to address the remaining amount is the Ways and Means Committee’s first problem, before moving onto the projected $4.6 billion shortfall in the two-year budget starting in July.

“It’s time we thoughtfully lay out our state’s priorities and do our best to fund them,” Carlyle said.  “I’ll be challenging colleagues to start fresh with our budgeting, and put dollars where we can unleash opportunity and the entrepreneurial spirit in our state.”

Also serving on the Ways and Means Committee are Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles and Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson, both representing the 36th district.

Carlyle will continue to serve on the Technology, Energy and Communications Committee, and hopes to use his voice to bring technological efficiency to the state infrastructure. The current session will run from Jan 10 to April 24.

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Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson introduces bill to legalize marijuana to ease budget shortfall

January 25th, 2011 by Cory Bergman

36th District Representative Mary Lou Dickerson is once again calling on the state legislature to legalize marijuana. House Bill 1550, which was introduced this morning, would legalize the use of cannabis for adults age 21 and over.

Rep. Dickerson says that legalizing marijuana could generate $400 million per biennium for the state. “Subjecting cannabis to a licensed, regulated system would not only improve public health and safety, it would generate hundreds of millions of dollars for health care at a time when Washington’s budget is being decimated,” said Dr. William Robertson, founder of the Washington Poison Control Center.

Under the bill, cannabis would be sold through state liquor stores with growers applying for a license through the Liquor Control Board. The LCB, according to a press release, has a 96 percent success rate in preventing alcohol sales to minors.“Drug cartels and black-market dealers have made it easier for kids to get cannabis than alcohol,” Dickerson said. “The Liquor Control Board has a proven track record of shielding kids from its products. I’m confident our bill will break the back of cannabis crime-syndicate profits and make it possible to preserve vital health services across Washington in these very difficult budget times.”

In 2010, Dickerson submitted a similar bill, HB 2401, which didn’t make it past the Committee on Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness.

House Bill 1550 is not to be confused with legislation introduced this year by 36th District Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles concerning medical marijuana reform (Senate Bill 5073 and House Bill 1100). Read more about these bills here.

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Uptown Triangle planning meeting Thursday

January 25th, 2011 by Thea

The area bounded by Denny Way, Broad, and Aurora, squeezed between the Seattle Center and South Lake Union, has been called by many names, but is probably most known as the “Uptown Triangle.” Some like to call it the “the lost triangle.”

The 36-acre area just southeast of Queen Anne, highlighted in pink above, is currently filled with wide roads and industrial buildings. But over the last year the Uptown Alliance and representatives from the Queen Anne Community Council have been working to get the city to redevelop the area, alongside development plans already in the works for the nearby Mercer corridor and deep bored tunnel projects.

In September QACC Land Use Regulation Commission and Planning chair Craig Hanway presented the City Council’s Committee on Built Environment with a plan (.pdf) to fix up the space. From the report:

A 36 acre area in Seattle’s Uptown Urban Center [is] surrounded by a vibrant community, rich with jobs, public amenities and cultural assets. However, the Triangle remains neglected and underutilized. It’s time to heal the scars created by Broad Street and the “Mercer Mess”.

At 12 p.m. on Thursday, January 27 Hanway and Uptown Alliance and QACC transportation chair John Coney will present the recent planning recommendations for the Uptown Triangle in a public forum.

With ideas on everything from building bike lanes and parks, mixed-use retail and apartment complexes, and promoting connections between the urban centers of Lower Queen Anne, South Lake Union, and downtown, Hanway and Coney envision creating a more residential, family friendly, transit-served, bike and pedestrian friendly neighborhood with its own identity. The ultimate goal of the Uptown Triangle development project is to create a vibrant urban community that serves as a crossroads between the high-tech, telecommunications, and arts and global health hubs that surround it.

Some of the early ideas being considered for the Uptown Triangle include:

  • Adding a major bicycle route to John Street;
  • Running streetcar lines on Thomas Street, 5th, and Republican;
  • Envisioning Thomas Street as a café-lined thoroughfare with ground-floor retail;
  • Townhouses on John Street, Taylor, and 6th;
  • Diversity of housing types and affordability;
  • Transit and walkable links to Denny Park and the Seattle Center;
  • Using trees and green space to offset the urban environment at the Harrison Street portal to the SR 99 tunnel.

Thursday’s meeting will take place at GGLO Architecture, at 1301 First Avenue, Suite 301 (located on the north side of the Harbor Steps, across from the Seattle Art Museum). The QACC and Uptown Alliance are eager to hear comments from the community about the plan. For more information, contact John Coney at 206-283-2049.

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SSIA hosts elementary math workshop for parents

January 25th, 2011 by Gladys

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Successful Schools In Action presents an elementary math workshop designed specifically for parents and guardians.  This is designed for parents who may be feeling frustrated or ineffective when helping their children with their math homework or who want to learn more about the elementary math curriculum.

The workshop is on Wednesday, February 2 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
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KeyArena could change its name in 2011

January 24th, 2011 by Thea

The KeyArena may be getting a new name this year. The Seattle Center announced Friday that it is seeking a new naming rights partner for the event hall, after KeyBank’s contract expired on December 31, 2010. The facility, which hosts concerts, sporting and other events, and is home to the WNBA’s Seattle Storm, has worn the Key’s name for 15 years.

Seattle Center says it is in the midst of discussing naming opportunities with a number of interested parties, but are not yet ready to announce a successor. The facility will keep the name KeyArena until a new naming rights partner is selected.

“KeyBank has been a wonderful partner over the past 15 years, and we hope to continue to explore opportunities with them in the future,” said Seattle Center Director, Robert Nellams in a press release. “There’s very strong interest by local and national companies that recognize this kind of title sponsorship opportunity doesn’t come around often. The 2011 event line-up, capital improvements and the upcoming 50th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, The Next Fifty, make this naming opportunity very appealing.”

Despite the difficult economic climate, the KeyArena has had quite a year. From Seattle Center:

KeyArena earned the top spot on a 2010 year-end industry list (Venues Today) of the best concert venues in the northwest. It also made it to Pollstar’s worldwide top 50 venues and stadiums list, ranked on ticket sales, for the first time ever. The number of events at KeyArena also saw a significant bump from 2009 – a 26% increase in events and a 40% increase in concerts. By year’s end, gross ticket sales exceeded $17.5 million (not including WNBA Storm and Seattle University Men’s Basketball games).

KeyArena 2011 calendar is already out-pacing last year’s schedule. This year’s lineup will include Seattle University men’s basketball games, the 2010 WNBA Champions Seattle Storm (their season starts on June 4), and the Rat City Rollergirls. Some new events debuting at the KeyArena this year include the Professional Bull Riders, UFC Fight Night 24, at Street League Pro Skateboarding. Touring shows in 2011 will bring Eric Clapton, Katy Perry, Keith Urban, and the Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour by Cirque du Soleil to the venue.

See the full list of confirmed events at the KeyArena in 2011 here.

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FOLKpark hosting rummage sale to benefit Lower Kinnear Park, looking for community donations

January 24th, 2011 by Thea

Friends of Lower Kinnear Park (FOLKpark) and the Uptown Alliance are hosting a rummage sale next month to raise money for the redevelopment of Lower Kinnear Park, an effort that has been several years in the making by the FOLKpark community volunteers. (Peruse our past coverage of FOLKpark’s work to redesign and clean up Lower Kinnear Park here).

While the rummage sale won’t take place until the last weekend of February (Friday, Feb. 25 through Sunday, Feb. 27), but FOLKpark is already collecting donations to be sold at the sale. The rummage sale will be held at 512 1st Ave N in Lower Queen Anne. Community members who’d like to donate their old stuff to FOLKpark for the rummage sale should contact Jean Sundborg at 206-283-6140 and arrange a time to bring their donations to the sale site.

FOLKpark is also looking for volunteers work the days of the sale, and in the weeks coming up to the event, helping to prepare. If you’d like to volunteer, reach out to FOLKpark via its Facebook page, or by calling the number above.

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Pedestrian struck, seriously injured by car on Denny

January 24th, 2011 by Thea

At approximately 6:48 p.m. on Sunday, January 23 a pedestrian crossing the street mid-block in the 100 block of Denny Way was hit by a Toyota traveling eastbound on Denny Way, according to a report by the Seattle Police Department released today.

The pedestrian sustained “serious head injuries” and was transported to Harborview Medical Center by the Seattle Fire Department. From SPD:

The driver of the Toyota was evaluated at the scene for any signs of impairment, but did not exhibit any signs of any intoxication.  The driver was interviewed and released from the scene.

SPD Traffic Collision Investigation Sqaud detectives are continuing the investigation into the collision.

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Where is QA on a Saturday night?

January 22nd, 2011 by Thea

Where do Queen Anne-ers like to hang out on a Saturday night?

Apparently at the Molly Moon’s ice cream truck that’s been hanging out in Upper Queen Anne five nights a week all month long. The truck is parked outside Pizza Hut, at 2231 Queen Anne Ave N, until 10 p.m. tonight (it is in QA from 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, and from noon to 10 on Saturdays and Sundays).

Molly Moon’s is testing out Queen Anne as a possible location for its third store. Over the next month the local ice creamery will be deciding between QA, Ballard and Madrona.

Want Molly Moon’s to come to Queen Anne? “Like” the official “Bring Molly Moon’s to Queen Anne” Facebook page—the number of fans each neighborhood brings in will be a determining factor in which hood will be home to the new shop. As of 8 p.m. Saturday Queen Anne’s Facebook page is in second place with just 367 ‘likes’. The Ballard page is leading with 532 ‘likes’ and the Madrona page is in third with 173 ‘likes’. Want Molly Moon’s in QA? Vote here.

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Kitten adopt-a-thon at All the Best Pet Care Sunday

January 21st, 2011 by Thea

All the Best Pet Care, at 2127 Queen Anne Ave N in Upper Queen Anne, is hosting a kitten adopt-a-thon event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday, January 23.

All of the kittens (and the store’s resident cats) up for adoption are from non-profit, no-kill animal shelters, and are looking for permanent homes. All have passed recent health checks, are spayed/neutered, have tested negative for FIV and feline leukemia (FeLV), are de-wormed, flea treated, and are up to date on their vaccinations.

The adoption fee for one kitten under one year of age is $125, or $200 for a pair. Adult cats may be adopted for a fee of $100 each, or $150 for a pair. One hundred percent of the adoption fees go to the shelters to support their rescue work.

For more information on adopting a kitten or cat, and adoption procedure at All the Best, refer to the adoption section on their website.

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Seven Hills concludes final public meeting before breaking ground as early as March

January 20th, 2011 by Jesus Chavez

The City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development held the last public design review meeting of the Seven Hills Apartments development project last night at the Queen Anne Community Center.

Emerald Bay Equity’s design was approved, although the board offered various recommendations regarding certain details of the façade’s appearance. This concluded the review and recommendation process of the long stalled project.

As mentioned is yesterday’s post about the design review meeting, the developer had originally planned for the project to house medical offices above the ground-level retail, but opted to change out the office space for residential apartments due to the economic downturn. The property was temporarily put up for sale by Emerald Bay Equity in April of last year.

Construction at 1919 Queen Anne Ave. N. is slated to begin as early as March, according to Emerald Bay Equity principal Joe Geivett, who has seen this project through six screenings by the City of Seattle and the Queen Anne Community Council. He said the building will take approximately a year to complete.

The four-story building will be primarily dedicated to one-bedroom apartments, with a total of 57 units on three floors. The first floor will be dedicated to retail stores and restaurants, and two levels of parking will be provided below ground.

Artist rendering courtesy of Emerald Bay Equity.

“It’s a little more modern, but I wouldn’t call it a modern building,” Geivett said. “I think the building fits in real nicely with that block.”

Much of the interaction between the board and the members of Emerald Bay Equity revolved around aesthetic details, such as the mosaic of the ground floor and the contrast of color tones.

“The great thing about these developers is they take recommendations really seriously,” said Design Review Board Member Jill Kurfirst. “You can tell they have thought about what you said and are really trying to follow through.”

Public turnout was low – only one person attended who was not associated with the board or Emerald Bay Equity. The meeting was improvised in the game room of the community center after a room mix up prevented the use of originally scheduled room 3.

The design review proposal can be viewed here.

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Uptown optometrists office changes name

January 20th, 2011 by Thea

The optometrists office at 166 Roy Street, formerly known as Eye Doctors Ltd., changed its name to Eyeballs last week.

The new name and signage is just a small face lift for the practice, which is staying under the same ownership, according to an employee.

Longtime Queen Anne resident and optometrist Dr. James McCrum and his wife Paula Whelan remodeled the building themselves in 2005, creating a 1,700 square-foot urban home above the office. Read The Seattle Times’s large Pacific Northwest magazine piece on the project here. McCrum continues to operate the practice below.

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QuallyQue names QA “Neighborhood Gems”

January 20th, 2011 by Thea

QuallyQue.com, a website that works to helps connect businesses and neighbors within communities around Seattle, has asked Queen Anne residents to vote on our neighborhood’s business, organization and service gems—stores with staff that always have smiles on their faces, non-profits that consistently do great work to help the community, and restaurants with dishes so delicious you’d gladly break a diet for a bite.

The results are in in several categories, and every day QuallyQue is announcing a few more of the winners. Take a look at which businesses in Queen Anne have made the list so far:

Want to put in your two cents about your favorite gems in Queen Anne? There’s still time to vote here.

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