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    The Daily Troll: More Viaduct closures? McGinn wins bike club endorsement. 'Gentrification' vs. fishing jobs?

    Boeing announces a new wave of layoffs, this time among engineers.

    Viaduct closures?

    The start of tunneling work on the Seattle waterfront could lead to closures of the Alaskan Way Viaduct as a safety precaution, according to the West Seattle Blog. As editor Tracy Record's big scoop notes, officials from other agencies recently began to raise the possibility of a closure of unspecified duration when tunneling starts. A decision could be made this spring. Last year, she notes, a press release had said that reinforcement work on the Viaduct would allow traffic to continue during the tunneling.

    Bikers pedaling for McGinn

    The Cascade Bicycle Club announced this morning that it has endorsed Mike McGinn for mayor. It's an indication that activists who supported him in 2009 are sticking with him, which could provide plenty of energy to ensure he emerges from the crowded August primary field as one of two November general election finalists. The local Sierra Club endorsed McGinn, its onetime leader, for re-election back in January

    The club is also endorsing Seattle City Council incumbents Sally Bagshaw, Richard Conlin and Mike O'Brien (disclosure: Bagshaw is married to the chair of Crosscut's Board of Directors, Bradley Bagshaw). The club said it will make additional endorsements later.

    Boeing layoffs

    Boeing today said it will reduce its engineering workforce by 1,000 to 1,500 people by the end of the year. The Herald reports the first layoff notices will go out Friday. This follows last month's announcement that the company will reduce its machinist workforce by 800 people this year.

    Ray Goforth, a representative of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, criticized the layoff and attrition plan here at a time when Boeing is hiring engineers for its design center in Russia. Boeing's long-term plans include additional engineering positions. This is just the latest in a growing pattern of Boeing jobs packing up out of Washington.

    Fishing, the port and gentrification

    Fishermen’s News sponsored today’s Bering Sea Fisheries Conference in Seattle, a major home to the nation’s Bering Sea Fleet. Crosscut Publisher Greg Shaw reports:

    Mixing his metaphors a bit, Seattle Port Commission President Tom Albro told a gathering of commercial fishermen today in Seattle that “our barn is on fire.”

    Albro, who comes from a farming family and admitted to never having sailed on a commercial fishing vessel, told the fishermen, ship-builders and maritime industry leaders that when your barn — or in this case a home dock and port — is on fire, you stop everything you’re doing to put it out. The fire in this case is what he described as encroachment of residential and retail space on maritime industrial land — gentrification.

    While the fishing industry must tend to national and international environmental and safety regulations, he said, it’s also the home port the industry needs to be minding. He encouraged leaders to create a big tent movement, and to get involved in local politics.

    While Albro cited condo associations as one example of those who are starting the fires, Seattle mayoral candidate Peter Steinbrueck fingered the proposed public arena. Steinbrueck said he’s all for the return of the Sonics, but he’s not for taking away important maritime industrial lands to build it. “The Sodo arena will take away industrial land,” and we need to protest that, he said.

    Shelter beds

    King County and the city of Seattle have teamed up to keep shelter capacity at winter levels through June 15. That means a total of 215 beds will continue to be offered nightly at Seattle City Hall, the King County Administration Building and Angeline's Center for Homeless Women (2030 Third Avenue in Seattle). The beds had been set to close this week. A big factor in the extension was the appropriation of an extra $150,000 by Seattle City Council, according to County Executive Dow Constantine.

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    Posted Sat, Apr 20, 11:01 p.m. Inappropriate

    …officials from “other” agencies? …raising the possibility of unspecified viaduct closures? Wasn’t that the big plus for the tunnel…putting off the eminent grinding gridlock at least until the digging was complete? Who might they be? Was this yet another mistake? Could all those movers and shakers and blue ribbon committees and stakeholders and action groups and PR spinners and the intelligent design folks and political retreads who hustled this 5 Billion dollar mess together be wrong again? How can this be?

    Just a reminder that no other proposed configuration for the AWV (particularly this tunnel) matches the existing viaduct in any transportation related category. The rights of ways already exist. The viaduct can handle 110,000 vehicles a day. It already provides a bypass for downtown and off ramps for the core, Ballard and West Seattle. It already meets the demands for commercial vehicles. It can incorporate modern seismic protections and other enhancements for noise abatement, bikes, pedestrians and aesthetics. It provides the only effective way to modulate traffic in the core. It also acknowledges the fact that rubber-tired, multi-passenger vehicles are still the choice of over 90% of us. And it’s billions of dollars cheaper than this present mistake in the making. Would’ve handled the demands of the new stadium too.


    Posted Wed, Apr 24, 9:23 a.m. Inappropriate

    AMEN!! The hell is just beginning, although the lies are well underway


    Posted Tue, Apr 23, 6:50 a.m. Inappropriate

    Wow, the Cascade Bicycle Club endorsed McGinn? Who knew?! What's next, The Stranger?


    Posted Mon, Apr 29, 1:10 p.m. Inappropriate

    It's no surprise that McGinn would receive the CBC's endorsement. Let's just keep remembering that McGinn is not the only environmentalist on the ballot for Mayor.

    On a related note, Tim Burgess is receiving active support from Greg Nickels and his cohorts, including Tim Ceis. Does this mean another bully boy administration? Voting the Nickels administration out was how the City got McGinn. Also, is it true that Burgess thinks that a city administration would be the majic management bullet for the Seattle Public Schools? Not likely. Taking the schools under the wing of the City would, however, have schools competing with roadway maintenance and human services for general fund money. Not to mention dealing with the teachers' union. Does the City really want or need that job? And,m if so, why??

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