Wednesday, June 28, 2006

** Cinema on the Lawn starts Fri 6/30 **

Lawn behind the South Lake Union Discovery Center ~ 101 Westlake Ave N
Movies start 30 minutes after dusk, beer garden opens at 7
$5 suggested donation supports KEXP and SIFF

A newer kid on the outdoor movie block, you can now spend Friday nights in the grass enjoying movies in the South Lake Union neighborhood. Friday kicks off the season with "Party Girl". Upcoming films include Xanadu and an online-voters-will-decide flick where the ballot is comprised of choices from KEXP DJs. Fun!

Seattle Waterfront Trolley...not coming back

Looks like the Seattle Waterfront Trolley might not be coming back
article in the seattlepi

Two new parks in Seattle

Colman School parking lot to be Jimi Hendrix Park

Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Ken Bounds announced today the naming of two new parks: Jimi Hendrix Park and Chinook Beach Park.

Jimi Hendrix Park
Parks acquired this land, located next to the Colman School at 2400 S Massachusetts St. in Seattle's Central District and once the school's playground, in 1948. Then the Washington State Department of Transportation bought the land for use in staging construction of the I-90 lid project. Since 1997, Parks has leased the land from the state for parking for the adjacent Sam Smith Park. The 2000 Pro Parks Levy provided $309,300 for site improvements that include better pedestrian connections to the park and neighborhood.

The name honors the late '60s rock icon Jimi Hendrix and his childhood ties to Seattle.

Seattle City Councilmember Jean Godden, a champion of naming the park after Jimi Hendrix, said "This recognition is long overdue. I'm delighted the City has finally found a fitting tribute to honor the significant historical and cultural contributions of one of our most famous native sons."

Chinook Beach Park
The City of Seattle acquired the property, located along Lake Washington at the 9500 block of Rainier Ave. S, in the 1930s when Rainier Ave. S was extended to Renton. In 1960, the then-Seattle Engineering Department transferred most of the property to Parks, which then leased the site to the adjoining AquaMarina for the moorage of small boats. This moorage was destroyed in November 2003 by severe wave action caused by high winds.

After the storm, Parks began design work on the conversion of the site to a habitat area for juvenile migrating salmon. These small fish feed and grow before they migrate through the Lake Washington Ship Canal to Puget Sound and the Pacific Ocean, where they spend several years before returning as adults to spawn in the Cedar River. The project involved removal of the parking lot fill and other features from the old moorage, installation of beach gravel, planting of the hillside with native vegetation, and building a small overlook. This work was completed in late 2005.

The name honors Seattle's ties with salmon, and the role this park plays in their life cycle.

The Park Naming Committee is comprised of one representative of the Board of Park Commissioners, one representative of the Seattle City Councilmember who chairs the committee dealing with parks issues, and one representative of the Superintendent of Parks and Recreation. For more information about the park naming process, please contact Paula Hoff, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 206-615-0368 or

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Movies:: Spiderman 3 and Ghost Rider

The New Spiderman 3 Trailer looks amazing. Love the Venom look.


A movie I am not excited for is Ghost Rider.
Who ever thought Ghost Rider would make a good movie should be shot. Same goes for who ever cast Nicolas Cage as the lead character.

Definetly not excited for this movie


City Council to vote on Garage Apartments

City Council will consider a proposal that would change zoning laws allowing people to build or turn detached garages into apartments to help raise more income and hopefully help provide more affordable housing. It will kind of be like Mother-In-Law Units.

from the seattle times

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Anyone Need A Job

Comcast said it will be hiring 284 new workers across Washington. So start contacting Comcast about possible Job Opportunities.

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Monday, June 26, 2006

Number of cities joining Mayor Nickels’ fight against global warming hits 250

Seattle Press Release

Milestone reflects growing demand for action to stem climate crisis

SEATTLE - Mayor Greg Nickels announced that as of today, 250 cities across the country have now joined Seattle in pledging to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help stem the growing threat of climate change.

Last week, the mayors of Tucson, Ariz., and Portland, Maine, formally joined the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. Their commitment means nearly 46 million Americans in 43 states and the District of Columbia have pledged to meet or beat the greenhouse gas reduction goals of the Kyoto accord.

“The leaders of 250 cities across the country recognize that we can no longer wait to take action in the face of this growing threat to our communities,” Nickels said. “Together, we are making a difference and building tremendous momentum, despite the failure of our federal government to embrace this cause. We’re looking forward to this coalition growing to 300 cities and more.”

Tucson Mayor Robert Walkup said he is pleased to join Nickels and his fellow mayors in taking the lead on this critical issue.

“We are working with our businesses and residents to take the everyday steps that are key to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions,” Walkup said. “The citizens of Tucson respect our natural heritage and the Sonoran Desert, and we will do our part to help make a positive difference locally and globally.”

On Feb. 16, 2005, the day the Kyoto Treaty became law in 141 countries, Nickels challenged his mayoral colleagues to commit each of their cities to achieving the treaty’s target of bringing carbon emissions to 7 percent below 1990 levels by 2012.

That day, Nickels also appointed a Green Ribbon Commission of Seattle area business, labor, environmental and government leaders to generate recommendations for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Seattle and the Puget Sound area. The commission’s work will serve as a model for other communities signed on to the Mayor’s Agreement.

The commission, co-chaired by Earth Day founder Denis Hayes and former Starbucks Chairman and CEO Orin Smith, issued a report in March. The report outlines 18 broad recommendations, ranging from instituting regional road tolls to boosting Seattle’s use of clean fuels, such as biodiesel. This fall Nickels will issue the Seattle Climate Action Plan, which will detail steps the government, businesses and residents can take to stem climate change.

Nickels has already taken steps to address the region’s biggest carbon offender - automobiles - in his “Bridging the Gap” transportation package. The mayor proposes spending more than $20 million per year on increased transit, bicycle and pedestrian facilities. The package also proposes raising funds for transportation choices through a tax on commercial parking.

The city is also leading the creation of the Seattle Climate Partnership, a group of key businesses and institutions who will work together to fight greenhouse gas pollution. Starbucks, the University of Washington, the Port of Seattle and REI are among nine founding organizations. The goal is to have 25 of the city’s largest employers join the Partnership by September and the 50 largest employers by the end of 2006.

For a complete list of cities participating in the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement and for more information about the city of Seattle’s climate change work, see

140 new units of affordable family housing coming to Bitter Lake

Seattle Press Release

City Council approves multifamily tax exemption to make project a reality

SEATTLE - Mayor Greg Nickels praised the Seattle City Council today for approving a property tax exemption that will create 140 new rental units of affordable work force housing for families in the Bitter Lake neighborhood.

The Council voted 9-0 to approve the project’s inclusion in the city’s Multifamily Tax Exemption Program, which has now created 438 work force housing units in 17 targeted neighborhoods.

“If you work in Seattle you should be able to live in Seattle,” Nickels said. “With the help of our Multifamily Tax Exemption Program, the Bitter Lake neighborhood is trading long-vacant business structures for family-friendly housing serving Seattle’s work force.”

Multifamily tax exemption is a state program cities may utilize to encourage housing development. Though the state does not require affordable housing as part of the exemption-incentive program, the city does.

Bitter Lake Village Associates, LLC, will develop the 140-unit complex in concert with market-rate senior housing already part of the larger design for a development at 13030 Linden Ave. N. The work force housing will offer one- to three-bedroom units affordable to families making up to $46,740 a year (for a family of four).

“The city has strongly marketed the Multifamily Tax Exemption Program to create housing for working families whose approximate incomes range from $32,700 to $54,530,” said Seattle Office of Housing Director Adrienne Quinn. “Both the mayor and Councilmembers liked the fact that all 140 units will be work force affordable and that the development has three-bedroom units able to accommodate larger families.”

Tacoma goes Retro


Tacoma is looking to get a Streetcar


The intent of Tacoma Streetcar is to:

- Reduce traffic and auto emissions
- Increase participation in public transit
- Encourage economic revitalization
- Encourage and increase tourism
- Provide a sense of historic preservation

The biggest debate is the price. The streetcar would cost about $15 million a mile.

If you would like to share your thoughts on the streetcar there will be a Tacoma City Council Meeting
When: 5 p.m. Tuesday
WHERE: City Hall, 747 Market St.

Hottest day of the year! Seattle Animal Shelter urges pet owners to protect pets

Seattle Press Release

SEATTLE – Today is predicted to be the hottest day of the year, with temperatures reaching into the 90s in the Seattle area. The Seattle Animal Shelter urges pet owners to protect their pets from the heat.

“Whenever it’s hot, we receive hundreds of calls about pets locked in cars,” says Animal Shelter Director Don Jordan. “Many pet owners are unaware that cars left in direct sunlight turn into lethal ovens, reaching fatal temperatures of 130 degrees or more within just a few minutes. Even dogs left locked in cars in the shade with the windows cracked on hot days are at risk of brain damage or death. Dogs must cool themselves through panting and their systems can’t handle high temperatures.”

If you must travel with your pet, Jordan advises carrying water for your pet, and avoiding trips where you have to leave the pet in the car. “It’s not worth the risk,” he says.

Jordan offers the following tips for protecting pets during hot weather:
· Never leave your animal chained or penned up in direct sunlight. Provide a shady area for the animal, such as a dog house, porch or shady tree, and always provide cool water.
· If you must leave an animal indoors, open the windows, keep a fan running, provide plenty of water, and if possible, leave them in a cool location.
· Never leave dogs or cats unattended in a closed, locked car. Temperatures can exceed 130 degrees in a matter of minutes. Animals do not perspire like humans; they cool themselves by panting. Hot air can lead to brain damage or death. Also, be aware that vinyl seats in vehicles get hot under animals’ feet and prevent them from perspiring through their paws. Remember, with the movement of the sun, a vehicle originally parked in the shade may soon be in direct sunlight.
· Avoid overexerting your animal in hot weather. Exercise is fine when taken in moderation, but obesity, old age, underlying disease and previous bouts of heat stroke can predispose an animal to the condition.
Feathered friends:
· Take caution and place the bird's cage away from direct sunlight during the intense heat of the afternoon.
· Provide water and fruits and vegetables with high moisture content.

Pet owners can be held criminally liable for committing cruelty to animals if a pet dies, or is found suffering from heat prostration. If you see an animal that may be in need of assistance or if you have questions, contact Seattle Animal Shelter at (206) 386-PETS (7387).

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Get Ready For The Heat

Temperatures around Washington Today

Shelton: 92
Forks: 92
Olympia: 90
Bremerton: 90
Seattle: 88
Renton: 88
Tacoma: 86
Port Angeles: 86
Friday Harbor: 86
Bellingham: 83
Everett: 81
Oak Harbor: 76

Tomorrow is supposed to be even hotter, possibly upper 90's

Changes to the Old QFC on Capitol Hill

Finally looks like something is going to happen to the old QFC on Broadway. The notice on the property says "develop a six-story, mixed-use building with below-grade parking. The project includes approximately 350 residential units, 25,000 square feet of retail use and approximately 400 parking stalls." I am excited to see something happen on that end of Broadway. It's been pretty dead for far to long.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Road Closures this weekend due to parades & other events

Plan ahead for weekend traffic due to parades and summer celebrations

Several gay pride celebrations will draw thousands of participants and spectators this weekend. In addition, Seattleites will enjoy the Greenwood Classic Cars and several other large events. Drivers should plan ahead for a few closed streets and heavier traffic volumes in some places.

Seattle Center will be a hub of activity Friday evening through Sunday with Seattle Pride 2006 festivities. In addition, there will be a Seattle Storm game at 7 p.m. Friday in Key Arena and a Kiss 106.1 BFD 2006 concert from 5 to 11 p.m. on Sunday, also at Key Arena. The Seattle Men’s Chorus will perform at McCaw Hall at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.


Greenwood Avenue North will be closed between N 72nd and N 90th streets all day Saturday for the Greenwood Classic Car Show. Drivers will be able to cross Greenwood Avenue at two locations: N 80th and N 85th streets.

The Queerstock Festival will take place Saturday from noon to dark in Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill.

The Raise Your Voice March will be held Saturday at 6 p.m., starting at Pine Street, proceeding down Broadway, and ending at Volunteer Park. Pine Street will be closed from Broadway to 12th Avenue beginning at 4 p.m. for parade staging. The parade route itself will close at 5:30 p.m. and all of the streets should reopen by 8 p.m.

The Road and the Radio Tour 2006 concert at Qwest Field will draw an expected 45,000 country music fans. Arrival times will vary as different bands take to the stage starting at 4:30 p.m., but drivers should expect congestion when the concert lets out at 11:30 p.m. Occidental Avenue South next to Qwest field will be closed from 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.


The Seattle Pride Parade will take place downtown on Sunday. The parade staging area on Fourth Avenue between Union and Madison streets will close to traffic starting at 6:15 a.m., but traffic will be open on cross streets. The parade route itself, on Fourth Avenue from Union to Denny and on to the Seattle Center will close as the parade nears, starting at 11 a.m. with no cross traffic allowed except for Metro Transit.

Lake Washington Boulevard will be closed from Seward Park to Madison Street on Sunday from 7:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. for the Shore Run/Walk to raise funds for the fight against cancer.

Between 500 and 1,000 motorcyclists will participate in the Children’s Ride 11 to benefit Children’s Hospital. They will roll out from Qwest Field at 10 a.m. Sunday. Traffic at the south end of the field will be stopped for about 15 minutes to allow the participants to ride from Qwest Field to the I-90 Express Lanes on their way to Pacific Raceways in Kent.

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $8 billion transportation infrastructure. To further Mayor Nickels’ goal to get Seattle moving, the department manages short- and long-term investments in streets, bridges, pavement and trees, that better connect the city with the region.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

AT&T owns your private information

AT&T has changed its privacy policy

It now owns your private information retro active from when you first started an account with AT&T

""While your account information may be personal to you, these records constitute business records that are owned by AT&T"

AT&T will also now collect information on what your view on the internet.
You can read the updated privacy policy HERE

AT&T is also currently being sued for handing over millions of customer calling records to the Government.

Personally I think people should ban AT&T for not protecting its customer information. I don't think a Telcom like AT&T should claim owner ship of your private information.

Vulcan buys up more land in South Lake Union

from seattlepi
92,000 square feet in South Lake Union

Vulcan to begin building townhouses and multifamily residences in 2007

I am actually very glad to read about this. Because this area is kind of dead.

Bellevue’s 24-Hour Relay Challenge gears up for the 8TH year

City of Bellevue Press Release

Bellevue’s 24-Hour Relay Challenge and the Strawberry Festival are teaming up in Bellevue’s Downtown Park on June 24 and 25, in conjunction with the Mountain to Sound Greenway Days. Three great events in one weekend promises more activities, more entertainment, and more fun for everyone!

Bellevue’s 24-Hour Relay Challenge– Bellevue Downtown Park

Over 75 teams of youth and adults from varied backgrounds have formed 10-person teams and are registered for the largest Relay Challenge yet. Beginning on Saturday at 10:00 AM, one member from each team takes a turn walking, jogging, or otherwise moving around the track for a full 24 hours. From noon to 3:00 PM on Saturday seniors, business people, families and small children may join A Relay Within a Relay. To join a 24-Hour team or to be part of A Relay Within a Relay, call 425-452-2846. Don’t feel like walking? Then come for a few hours to simply enjoy the festivities and entertainment. For more information, visit under “other projects.”

Special thanks to the major sponsors of the Bellevue’s 24-Hour Relay Challenge: FedEx Corporation, Overlake Hospital, Group Health Hospital, United Way of King County, King County Community Organizing, Bellevue School District, Radford & Co. Inc., and the Eastside Business Journal.

Strawberry Festival – Bellevue Downtown Park

Food, vendor booths, historical displays and exhibits, a concert with the Beatniks on Saturday night, a classic auto show on Sunday, and plenty of strawberries are all on the menu for this great event. Join the fun on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM and on Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. For more information call: 425-450-1049 or visit

Mountain to Sound Greenway Days

Presenting a weekend of games, tours, music, events and fun, including a100-mile multi-sport Mountains to Sound Relay, Greenway Geocaching, Greenway Classic Car Show, Scavenger Hunt, Treasures Trek. Events take place in communities along Interstate 90, including Bellevue. For more information call: 425-450-0509 or visit

seattle press release Full Funding Plan Presented for Alaskan Way Tunnel

Full Funding Plan Presented for Alaskan Way Tunnel
State Expert Review Panel receives funding plan from state and city

SEATTLE - A funding plan released by the City of Seattle today identifies $5 billion in secured and potential funding sources that exceed the $3 billion to $3.6 billion needed to build the Alaskan Way core tunnel project.

“We have identified the funding sources needed to build the tunnel and cover any unexpected costs,” Mayor Greg Nickels said. “I am confident we can do the right thing and build a cut-and-cover tunnel that will open up our waterfront for the people of Seattle. I look forward to working with the Governor’s Expert Review Panel as they analyze this plan.”

More than $2.4 billion has already been secured for replacing the Viaduct, with another $2.6 billion identified as anticipated or potential funding sources. The bulk of the anticipated funding comes from a Regional Transportation Investment District ballot measure, city utility funds needed for the relocation of utilities under the viaduct, a tax on property owners along the waterfront who will benefit from the viaduct being demolished and future tolling charges.

Here is a breakdown of the revenue sources:

Secured funding sources:
$217 million- Federal transportation funding
$2.2 billion- State gas tax
$1.2 million - Regional grants
$15.8 million - City of Seattle

Anticipated and potential revenue sources:
$280 million - Federal (transportation funding sources extending through two federal funding cycles)
$200 million- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Seawall)
$60 million - Federal Emergency Relief funds for the earthquake damage and risk to the current viaduct
$800 million - RTID
$150 million - Tolls
$177 million - Sales tax rebate on RTID-funded projects.
$400 to $500 million - Utility relocation
$250 million - Downtown area Local Improvement District for areas near the project
$20 million - City of Seattle transportation funds
$200 million - Port of Seattle

The funding plan was presented to a panel of experts appointed by Governor Christine Gregoire earlier this year to review the Alaskan Way Viaduct and Highway 520 bridge replacement projects. By Sept. 1, 2006, the panel will issue its report analyzing whether the plans to replace the two highways are feasible. The panel was created by the Washington State Legislature this year to help make the replacement decisions.

The Next Ten U.S. Cities To Become Tech Hubs

Article in eWEEK

eWEEK editorial scoured dozens of news stories, job reports and technology forecasts, crunched them all together with a dash of insight, and came up with the following 10 cities and their surrounding areas.

  1. Seattle • City population: 570,430 • Companies that call it home: Amazon, RealNetworks, AT&T Wireless, T-Mobile • The details: The June 2006 Dice Report ranks Seattle No. 10 in available jobs, with 1,901 listed, up over 300 from one year ago. ranks Seattle No. 4 in number of tech jobs per capita, with 13 jobs per 1000 people. And a WashTech/CWA report issued this week calls Seattle a "bright spot" of technology growth in a recovering market.

  2. Atlanta • City population: 419,122 • Companies that call it home: Cingular, EarthLink, Internet Security Systems • The details: The June 2006 Dice Report ranks Atlanta No. 9 in available jobs, with 2,366 listed. ranks Atlanta No. 1 in tech number of jobs per capita, with 17 per 1000 people.

  3. Boston • City population: 569,165 • Companies that call it home: Akamai Technologies, EMC Corp., CMGI venture capital • The details: The June 2006 Dice Report ranks Boston No. 7 in available jobs, with 2,699 listed, up over 400 from one year ago. ranks Boston No. 5 in the number of tech jobs per capita, with 11 per 1000 people. WashTech/CWA, in a report issued this week, gives Boston props for holding its own in IT job creation after the recession.

  4. Washington, D.C. • City population: 553,523 • Companies that call it home: Sprint Nextel, America Online (nearby), Computer Sciences Corporation • The details: The June 2006 Dice Report ranks Washington No. 2 in available jobs, with 2,548 listed. ranks Washington No. 3 in the number of tech jobs per capita, with 14 jobs per 1000 people. WashTech/CWA, in a report issued this week, gives Washington props for holding its own in IT job creation after the recession.

  5. Dallas• City population: 1,210,393 • Companies that call it home: Aspen Communications, CompUSA, Electronic Data Systems, Kinkos • The details: WashTech/CWA, in a report issued this week, gives Dallas props for hold its own in IT job creation after the recession. Dallas is home to the "technology corridor," the source of nearly 100,000 jobs before the recession.

  6. Philadelphia • City population: 1,470,151 • Companies that call it home: Unisys, SAP America, Verizon • The details: The June 2006 Dice Report ranks Philadelphia No. 6 in available jobs, with 3,345 listed, up approximately 500 from one year ago. ranks Philadelphia No. 13 in the number of tech jobs per capita, with eight jobs per 1000 people.

  7. Chicago • City population: 2,862,244 • Companies that call it home: Accenture, US Robotics, Telephone and Data Systems, Click Commerce, Motorola (nearby) • The details: The June 2006 Dice Report ranks Chicago No. 5 in available jobs, with 3,648 listed, up almost 700 from one year ago.

  8. Orlando • City population: 205,648 • Companies that call it home: Lockheed Martin, Symantec, Electronic Arts (nearby) • The details: ranks Orlando No. 9 in the number of jobs per capita, with 10 technology jobs per 1000 people. Joel Kotkin, a writer on economic and political trends, lists Orlando among areas ripe to become the next Silicon Valley, noting its quick economic and population growth, and according to Inc. Magazine, among the reasons is that Florida has a job growth of 9.6 percent between 2001-2005, the third highest in the country.

  9. Los Angeles• City population: 3,845,541 • Companies that call it home: DirecTV, Belkin, Univision, Memorex • The details: The June 2006 Dice Report ranks Lose Angeles No. 4 in available jobs, with 5,218 listed, up over 700 from one year ago., a tech job-tracking service, finds that Los Angeles comes in first place in tech job creation.

  10. Charlotte • City population: 651,359 • Companies that call it home: SPX Corporation, Time Warner Cable, Bank of America • The details: ranks Charlotte No. 7 in the number of tech jobs per capita, with 10 technology jobs per 1000 people. Inc. Magazine in its Boomtowns '06 report calls Charlotte the 11th best place in the United States to do business. The cost of living in Charlotte is 30 percent lower than in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Nobody's Watching

There is a pilot for a sitcom called Nobody's Watching (which didn't get picked up) by the creators of Scrubs and Family Guy on Youtube.

It's kind of funny
Link to Pilot on YouTube

Here are the Details on Pride this weekend

Here are the Details on Pride this weekend

I found this in the Seattle Weekly

Presented by Seattle Out and Proud (

Pride Kickoff Party DJ Tracy Young will work this 21-and-older event. Tickets, at the door, are $10 or a ticket stub from that day's Storm game or Seattle Men's Chorus concert. Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center. 5 p.m.–1 a.m. (alcohol sold until 11:30 p.m.), Fri., June 23.

Silent Art Exhibition Visual artists will participate in this inaugural event, "Out and Proud." Harrison Street Gallery, Seattle Center. Sat., June 24– Sun., June 25.

Seattle Pride Festival The fun includes entertainment, a film festival, vendor booths, and food. Seattle Center. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Sat., June 24– Sun., June 25 (music, bingo, and film run until 11:30 p.m. Saturday).

Seattle Pride Parade The parade goes downtown for the first time, with a route from Westlake Park to Seattle Center. 11 a.m. Sun., June 25. KSTW-TV will air coverage from 6 to 8 p.m.

BFD 2006 Summer Concert KISS-FM (106.1) presents the official Pride Festival–sanctioned concert, with the All American Rejects, Pink, Nick Lachey, Rihanna, Ashley Parker Angel, Teddy Geiger, and Aly & AJ. KeyArena, 205 Harrison St., $35–$75. 5 p.m. Sun., June 25.

Meanwhile, presented by the LGBT Community Center up on the Hill (

"Show and Shine" Dykes on Bikes, before the march. Wildrose, 1021 E. Pike St., 206-324-9210. 3 p.m. Sat., June 24.

Dyke Rally & March and the Raise Your Voice March Both will follow the former parade route on Broadway, starting at Seattle Central Community College and ending at Volunteer Park. Dyke Rally at 5 p.m., Dyke March at 6 p.m. (lineup/staging at SCCC at 4 p.m.); Sat., June 24.

Queerfest on the Hill Music, spoken word, film. Volunteer Park. Noon to dark, Sat., June 24.

Carrying on without taking sides

At the Movies Living With Pride: Ruth Ellis at 100 documents the life of the woman who was recognized as the oldest out lesbian in the U.S. Keystone Church, 5019 Keystone Place N. Free; donations accepted. 7–9:30 p.m. Fri., June 23.

Visual Art XY: A Rare Collection of Male Photographs puts more than 50 images on public display for the first time, and many will be for sale (proceeds benefit Gay City Health Project). Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave. S., $25, includes catered reception. 7–9 p.m. Fri., June 23.

Fashion "Out of the Closet" fashions will be shown by local models and benefit the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence's AIDS outreach program. Hotel Monaco, 1101 Fourth Ave., 206-621-1770. $15. 6–8 p.m. Sat., June 24.

The Cuff Complex Stacey Cook, Fri., June 23. DJ Kimberly S., Sat., June 24. Street party: DJ Wayne Shepard in the dance bar with special guests Linda Clifford, Thea Austin, Amber, and Inaya Day. Gates open at noon, $10 cover. Sun., June 25. 1533 13th Ave., 206-323-1525,

Wildrose DJ Shezahipchick and DJ Amature Youth, with a wet T-shirt contest. Beer garden 6 p.m.–midnight outdoors; until 2 a.m. indoors, Fri., June 23. Beer garden 1 p.m.–midnight; bands all day (Ms Led, Go Like Hell, LD & the Pretty Pretties, Daylight Basement, Free Verse, and more). DJ Blu inside from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sat., June 24. Beer garden noon–10 p.m. with DJs Miss A, Julie Herrera, Colby B, Amature Youth, Lady Jane. DJ LuYing inside at 9:30 p.m. Sun., June 25. 1021 E. Pike St., 206-324-9210,


Extra Bus Routes for Pride

• Metro Transit will have extra bus service and shuttles for this weekend's Pride Festival and parade at Seattle Center. A special shuttle will be running from Westlake Center to Seattle Center, starting at 10:45 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. The fare will be $1.25 northbound; the return trip will be free.

There'll also be shuttle service from the Northgate Park-and-Ride and Northgate Transit Center from 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The fare will be $2 each way.

Extra service will be added to Route 8 between Capitol Hill and Seattle Center on both days.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Tour the West Point Lighthouse in Discover Park

The Light House at Discover Park is available this summer for tours.

The West Point lighthouse will be open for tours from 11:30 to 4 p.m. on June 24, and 25; July 8, 15 and 23; and Aug. 12 and 20. A shuttle bus will take visitors to and from the lighthouse for a $1 roundtrip ticket.

The tour dates also coincide with low tides, which will allow visitors to explore the surrounding beaches and tide pools, according to the parks department. Call 386-4236 for information.

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Task Force to clean up Broadway

Looks like the city is planning to clean up Broadway on Capitol Hill

from the seattlepi

Key draft recommendations of the city task force for revitalizing Capitol Hill's main drag:

  • Spruce up the street by removing graffiti, removing or cleaning newspaper vending boxes, removing pay phones, installing designer street lamps, improving bus shelters and encouraging property owners and businesses to clean up.

  • Promote and market the Broadway district and its businesses, and recruit a better mix of stores.

  • Work with Sound Transit and the city to plan a Broadway light rail station that contributes to neighborhood vitality.

  • Form a Capitol Hill chamber of commerce, focusing initially on Broadway and the Pike/Pine corridor.

  • Form a dues-paying Capitol Hill Improvement District to finance an "ambassador" program and advocate for more police protection.

  • Draw up an overall design plan for Broadway development while encouraging more affordable housing.


    The Broadway Economic Vitality Action Agenda Team, comprising business and property owners, will present the recommendations to the public at a meeting tonight from 5:30 to 7:30 in the atrium/cafeteria at Seattle Central Community College, 1701 Broadway. For information, contact Lisa Stewart in the city Office of Economic Development at 206-684-0208 or

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    Possible Toll for the 520 bridge

    Possible Toll for the 520 bridge

    A proposal is being made to the Legislature to possibly add a $4 Toll to the 520 Bridge. Making it a $8 round trip.
    The Toll would raise more then $513 million which would be used for future bridge repairs or for the construction of a new bridge.

    Tolls are also being considered for Tacoma Narrows Bridge, car-pool lanes on Highway 167 between Auburn and Renton, and Snoqualmie Pass.

    Article in the Seattle Times

    If you would like to give the state your thoughts on the Tolling there will be a bunch of open forums to discuss these possabilities starting Today

    Vancouver: today, 5-7 p.m., DOT Southwest Division Building, 11018 N.E. 51st Circle

    Mercer Island: Wednesday, 5-7 p.m., Mercer View Community Center, 8236 S.E. 24th St.

    Bellingham: Thursday, 5-7 p.m., Hampton Inn, 3985 Bennett Drive

    Yakima: June 27, 5-7 p.m., Clarion Hotel, 1507 N. First St.

    Spokane Valley: June 28, 5-7 p.m., Center Place, 2426 N. Discovery Place

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    Sunday, June 18, 2006

    Seattle's growing up. 49 buildings to be built by 2010

    Seattle's growing up. 49 buildings to be built by 2010

    The Seattle PI is running an article on the growth of Seattle.

    I found this interesting
    "Seattle is "playing catch-up" to growing cities such as Portland and Vancouver, B.C., said Dean Jones, president of Realogics, a real estate marketing company in Seattle.

    "The trend seems to be that the market is just growing into what it should have been a few years ago," Jones said."

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    Capitol Hill Independence Day Community Picnic -Sun. July 2

    Capitol Hill Independence Day Community Picnic -Sun. July 2

    Bring a picnic meal and blanket and join with friends
    and neighbors at beautiful new
    CAL ANDERSON PARK, 1635 - 11th Avenue, Sunday, July 2,
    2006, noon until 4 PM.

    Four live bands will play, inflatable toys for the
    kids will be installed on site, and equipment for
    various games will be available. Performing artists
    such as jugglers and acrobats will rove the park, and
    there will be an opportunity for people to meet the
    and talk with candidates in the upcoming 43rd District

    The picnic is sponsored by the Cal Anderson Park
    Events Committee (CAPEC) and Seattle Parks &
    Recreation. For more information, call Randy Wiger at

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    Capitol Hill Independence Day Community Picnic -Sun. July 2

    Capitol Hill Independence Day Community Picnic -Sun. July 2

    Bring a picnic meal and blanket and join with friends
    and neighbors at beautiful new
    CAL ANDERSON PARK, 1635 - 11th Avenue, Sunday, July 2,
    2006, noon until 4 PM.

    Four live bands will play, inflatable toys for the
    kids will be installed on site, and equipment for
    various games will be available. Performing artists
    such as jugglers and acrobats will rove the park, and
    there will be an opportunity for people to meet the
    and talk with candidates in the upcoming 43rd District

    The picnic is sponsored by the Cal Anderson Park
    Events Committee (CAPEC) and Seattle Parks &
    Recreation. For more information, call Randy Wiger at

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    My newest obsession :::The Weepies:::

    My newest obsession :::The Weepies:::

    These guys are amazing.
    It's pop, adult contemporary, alt rock, folk rock, etc.

    Track 3 "World Spins Madly On" off the new album is currently my profile song.

    Press Release from Mayor Greg Nickels

    Press Release from Mayor Greg Nickels

    Mayor launches effort to name Seattle's "Dirty Dozen"
    Nickels calls on people to nominate the citys worst transportation headaches

    SEATTLE- Mayor Greg Nickels today called on the people of Seattle to stand up and nominate their choice for the worst transportation problems in Seattle. After all the nominations are considered, the mayor will announce the citys Dirty Dozen biggest transportation headaches.

    "Everyone has their pick for the worst arterial street, bridge, sidewalk, bike path gap, street sign, graffiti tagging spot or faded crosswalk in the city, Mayor Nickels said. Now is your chance to weigh in and tell me what really gets under your tires - or your feet.

    Currently, one-third of Seattle's bridges need major repair or replacement, and two-thirds of Seattles primary streets are past their intended life. Furthermore, one-third of city sidewalks are in poor condition, and most of the city's 586 retaining walls are in desperate need of replacement or repair.

    The problem is clear, Nickels said. The challenge is where to start. Send us your nomination and well make sure the Dirty Dozen go to the head of our fix-it list.

    Seattle residents can enter and submit as many nominations as they like. Nominations can be delivered online, via e-mail or over the phone. For information on how to enter, go to, call 684-ROAD or send an e-mail to Nominations will be considered as the mayor develops his Dirty Dozen list. The winners will be announced on July 13.

    On May 22, Mayor Nickels unveiled a 20-year plan to eliminate Seattles $500 million transportation maintenance backlog and make investments in major transportation projects, such as fixing the Mercer Mess. The plan addresses mounting problems over the past 35 years from declining transportation investments and deferred maintenance. The mayors plan is before the City Council for review and consideration for placement on the fall ballot.

    We are traveling on borrowed time, said Nickels. City crews work hard to keep our roads and bridges safe for motorists, cyclists, pedestrians. But at some point people have to face facts. We need to repair or construct sidewalks so our children can get to schools. We need to speed up transit moving through the city to improve congestion. We need to improve bike safety and pathways. And we need to start rebuilding our streets and bridges.

    The mayors package will eliminate the current $500 million backlog in transportation maintenance projects. If approved, projects the city would fund include:

    Installing or replacing 80 pedestrian signals annually
    Improving or constructing sidewalks at 60 schools
    Rebuilding 400 lane miles of Seattle roadway
    Doubling the amount dedicated for road resurfacing
    Repairing or rebuilding seismically vulnerable bridges
    Completing Seattles urban trail network
    Replacing 17,000 street name signs
    Removing graffiti from traffic signs within 48 hours
    Increasing street sweeping in neighborhood business districts

    The mayors transportation initiative will also provide money for major projects, such as widening and rehabilitating the South Spokane Street Viaduct, constructing a South Lander Street Bridge, and improving the Mercer Street corridor. In addition, the proposal would renovate King Street Station as a transit hub, and improve numerous transit and traffic corridors, including Aurora Avenue North, First Avenue South, Northgate Way, Montlake Avenue, Greenwood Avenue North, Rainier Avenue South, West Seattle/Fauntleroy, and 15th Avenue Northwest/Elliott Avenue West.

    Our citizens understand the need, said Nickels. This backlog has been growing for far too long and the public is tired of half measures. Its time to get our roads working again and create a better link between funding and those who use our roads.

    The mayor's 2006 Transportation Initiative proposes to raise $65 million in the first year through a levy lid lift, a commercial parking fee, and a business transportation tax.

    The levy would cost the owner of a median-valued Seattle home about $195 the first year. The commercial parking fee would levy 10 percent fee on motorists using commercial parking lots, and generate approximately $13 million annually. The business transportation tax would levy a $25 fee for every full time equivalent employee, and generate approximately $5.5 million dollar annually.

    The city has faced declining dedicated transportation funds over the past 35 years. Because of court decisions, citizen initiatives, and the state's funding formula, dedicated transportation revenue has fallen 66 percent -- or $13.1 million this year from $37.5 million in 1995.

    We need to cure our ailing transportation system, not just address the symptom, such as filling potholes, Nickels said. It is time to make our Pothole Rangers the Maytag repairmen of Seattle.

    To find out more about Mayor Nickels 2006 Transportation Initiative, visit

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    Seattle once again is ranked the smartest big city.

    Seattle once again is ranked the smartest big city.

    An analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data highlights Seattle's No. 1 ranking:

    * Forty-seven percent of Seattle's adults hold bachelor's degrees, which is the highest proportion of college-educated residents in any big city. It's nearly double the U.S. average of 24.4 percent.

    * Seattle is second to Washington, D.C., in the share of people with advanced diplomas. Twenty-one percent of Washington, D.C.'s adults have earned graduate or professional degrees, followed by Seattle at 17 percent. The national average is 8.9 percent.

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    Saturday, June 10, 2006

    Mayor Nickels Awards over $190,000 to Neighborhood Projects

    Mayor Nickels Awards over $190,000
    to Neighborhood Projects

    SEATTLE — Mayor Nickels announced funding for 17 neighborhood projects through the Department of Neighborhoods’ Matching Fund. This season’s awards include projects from all over the city and range from park, playground and street improvements to art projects and community building.

    “These awards show the great spirit of community that is alive and thriving in each of our neighborhoods,” said Mayor Nickels. “These groups and their projects are accomplishing great things for their neighborhoods.”

    Four times a year, Small and Simple Project Fund Awards are given to groups committed to building a better community by matching public funds with locally raised money, donated materials, and volunteer labor. The 17 awards totaling $190,859 range from $1,550 to $15,000. In addition to the city’s contribution to the projects, the communities will “match” the city’s dollars with local resources valued at $238,821.

    “The people who carry out these projects make a huge difference for their neighborhoods and our city. Their work creates a more livable Seattle by improving our parks, making our streets safer and providing art for everyone to experience and enjoy.” said Councilmember Sally Clark.

    Bernie Matsuno, Acting Director of Neighborhoods, said, “We have a great mix of projects from all over the city. They include design and planning, playground renovations in time for summer, and public art projects.”

    The Small and Simple Projects Fund is one of four components of the Neighborhood Matching Fund, and provides awards $15,000 and under to support community driven projects that take up to six months to complete. Seattle neighborhoods have completed more than 2500 projects in the last 16 years using as little as $100 and as much $100,000 from the Neighborhood Matching Fund.

    Get the mayor’s inside view on initiatives to promote transportation, public safety, economic opportunity and healthy communities by signing up for The Nickels Newsletter at

    South Lake Union Open House for Neighborhood Plan

    South Lake Union Open House for Neighborhood Plan
    Updated Plan Nears Completion

    Seattle - The public is invited to an open house to review the new draft plan for the South Lake Union neighborhood. The City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and South Lake Union Friends and Neighbors (SLUFAN) will host the open house June 12 to present ideas from the updated South Lake Union Neighborhood Plan. It is projected that by 2024 South Lake Union will gain 16,000 new jobs and 8,000 new dwelling units.

    Open House Details:

    June 12, 2006 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
    (short presentation at 6:00 p.m.)
    Consolidated Works
    500 Boren Ave. N.

    The open house will present ideas to guide South Lake Union’s (SLU) growth as a vital, eclectic and sustainable neighborhood where people both live and work. City staff has developed this recommended plan with the SLU community, including input from two previous community meetings.

    In 2004, the City’s 10-year Comprehensive Plan update designated SLU an “urban center”—an area with the potential for high job and housing growth. The existing SLU neighborhood plan must be revised to address specific topics as required under King County’s Countywide Planning Policies. DPD is working with the SLU community to update the neighborhood plan to address those issues, and to reflect significantly changed expectations about the amount of growth that the area is anticipated to experience in the coming years.

    The updated SLU neighborhood plan builds on the existing plan; requirements for Urban Center plans under the Countywide Planning Policies; plans for large scale redevelopment of the neighborhood; major public investments planned for the neighborhood; ongoing City work; and the comments and input of many community stakeholders.

    At the June 12 open house, participants will have the opportunity to comment on many of the recommendations of the draft plan. For more information about the open house, or the update to the SLU neighborhood plan, please visit the SLU website at

    New Urban Towers coming to Bellevue, Bothell & Westlake



    "A $125 million mixed-use project will bring the city's first mid-rise structures plus 400 new condominiums, office, retail and restaurant space to an area just north of the University of Washington, Bothell campus along Beardslee Boulevard near Interstate 405."


    Westlake Center
    "Seattle-based developer Lexas Cos. announced Wednesday that construction will begin this summer on Escala, a 30-story condominium and retail tower one block north of Westlake Center at Fourth and Virginia."


    Northgate Project Update

    The Seattle PI is running a story about the Northgate Project

    Here are some drawings of the Northgate Project

    I think this is amazing and feel it is going to do wonders to the Northgate Area. It will become a less expensive alternative to living downtown and you got the convenience of the express lanes.


    SEATTLE -- Homage to mans best friend will be paid again at the fourth annual Canine Festival at Magnuson Park, presented by Sirius about Dogs and co-sponsored by the City of Seattle, on Saturday and Sunday, June 17 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Ive been thrilled to be a co-sponsor since the first festival in 2003, said Councilmember Jan Drago, who worked to establish off-leash dog areas that have multiplied throughout the city. This is a fun event for people of all ages. So bring your dog to the Magnuson Off-Leash Area; then come to the festival in Hanger 27!

    This festival for families and dogs will feature the Sirius Fun match, International Dog Shows, Working Group Fun Match, Specialty Breed Matches, Obedience and Agility and a feature called Ancient Breeds of China. There will be rally parades, various Demonstrations, and clinics, including AKC/CAR microchipping, the latest innovation in recovering lost canines.

    Lana Tsan, who in 2000 helped organize the first dog show in Beijing in 5000 years, will be a special guest at the festival. There will be demonstrations by the Seattle Police Departments police dogs and their handlers. The Retired Seattle Police Dog Fund will again receive most of the net proceeds of the event to help pay medical expenses for retired dogs due to age or disability.

    On the City Council we contend with the tough issues of the citys budget and I am immensely impressed with the philanthropy of Sirius about Dogs in providing medical care funding for our retired K-9 officers, said Drago.

    Seattle Sculpture Park opens in October

    The Seattlepi is reporting that the huge Seattle Art Museum "Olympic Sculpture Park" will be opening to the public on Saturday Oct 28th.

    I am very excited about this park. It's going to completely transform what once was an ugly industrial site to a free beautiful 8.5-acre park.

    Check out the Olympic Sculpture Park Web Cam

    Washington State annual wage tops $40,000

    Here is an interesting big of information.
    According to the Employment Security Department the average Washington State worker made $40,385 last year.
    In 2004 it was $39,038
    In 1992 it was $27,167

    Tim Eyman fails!!

    I am so happy to hear that Tim Eyman failed to recieve the 112,440 signatures needed

    from the seattle times
    "Referendum 65, a measure aimed at repealing Washington's gay-rights law, will not be on the November ballot."

    I think this basically says that Washingtonians, are very accepting people who do not discriminate. Washington Rocks

    This morning on the Today Show / Kathy Griffin & Ann Coulter

    This morning I saw the funniest thing on the Today Show. First Ann Coulter was on talking some crazy stuff. In her new book "Godless" she talks about 9/11 Widows

    "These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by grief-arazzies. I have never seen people enjoying their husbands death so much." Ann Coulter from the book "Godless"

    Matt Lauer talks to her about it

    The really funny part is Kathy Griffin. I love this women. She came on later and started talking about Ann Coulter.

    Kathy Griffin performs this weekend at the Moore Theater. I only wish I had tickets to go see her but sadly its now Sold Out!! Watch her show tonight on Bravo at 9pm

    Seattle gives 9 million to help create affordable housing

    SEATTLE -- The City of Seattle is awarding $9 million to help create five new affordable housing developments, with the majority focused directly on meeting the goals of the Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness.

    This is another important step in the Ten-Year Plan to end homelessness, said Mayor Greg Nickels. These are programs that will make a real difference in people's lives. We have about 500-700 chronically homeless people in Seattle and this funding alone could bring that number down by 115. Were making progress.

    Following eight weeks of thorough analysis of funding applications numbering up to 1,500 pages each, the following five projects were chosen for funding in this round:




    .. Units


    Archdiocesan Housing Authority

    Westlake 2
    801 9 th Ave.

    First Hill, across from St. James Cathedral


    Housing First - permanent supportive housing targeted to chronic homeless men from St. Martin de Poerres emergency shelter

    Downtown Emergency Service Center

    Rainier Housing
    5720 Rainier Ave. S.

    Rainier Valley/Hillman


    Housing First - permanent supportive housing targeted to chronic homeless men and women disabled by mental illness. 24/7 staffing.

    Archdiocesan Housing Authority

    Holden St. Family Housing
    2429 SW Holden St .



    Permanent supportive housing for homeless families. Targeted to Latino families. On-site services provided by AHA.

    Jubilee Women's Center

    Jubilee House

    Capitol Hill/Volunteer Park


    Supportive housing for homeless women with an emphasis on employment and training.

    AIDS Housing of WA

    Kenyon House
    3932-42 S. Kenyon St. & 3939 S. Bozeman St.

    Rainier Valley/Othello


    Permanent housing for individuals disabled by HIV/AIDS

    The Downtown Emergency Service Center development, originally a proposal for 80 units, has been the subject of continued neighborhood conversation. To help address neighborhood concerns the City urged DESC, as part of the Office of Housings good neighbor policy, to reduce the number of units to 60 and look at other ways to address issues raised by the community.

    The City is requiring, as part of the DESC funding award, the creation of a Good Neighbor Agreement between DESC and the neighborhood. The Office of Housing will lead this effort to identify what both DESC and the neighborhood can do to ensure success of the proposed development. A public meeting to discuss the Good Neighbor Agreement will be held Wednesday, June 14, from 6-8pm. The meeting will be at Genesee Housing, located at Rainier Vista, at 2916 S. Columbian Way.

    First Hill is busy busy busy

    The Slog has an awesome article about all the new building and construction coming to First Hill. For those of you who already own a condo or house in First Hill..Congrats. The value will probably increase greatly as these new buildings get finished. For those considering buying in Capitol Hill but discouraged by the Crazy High Prices might consider buying in First Hill before prices start to sky rocket.

    For a list of listings on Cap Hill or First Hill just send me a message.

    Here are some pictures of the construction from the Slog
    Marion and 8th

    M Street Project AR.jpg

    802 Seneca, kitty corner from Town Hall
    06 02 27 RENDERING Seneca Tower sm.jpg

    University Street and Terry Avenue

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    The Lightrail is coming along!!


    Sen. Patty Murray joined Sound Transit Board members recently to tour the regions first two finished light rail passenger stations.

    These new light rail stations offer a glimpse of the future of mass transit in the Puget Sound region, Sen. Murray said. This is an incredibly exciting time as the system takes shape. These completed platforms are undeniable evidence that light rail transit is on the way!

    Seeing these finished stations is a moment weve looked forward to since we broke ground here in SODO 2-1/2 years ago, said Sound Transit Board Chair and Pierce County Executive John Ladenburg. Sound Transit will bring this project in within budget and were on schedule to start passenger service in 2009. Each days progress shows Sound Transit is delivering the projects our region needs to keep moving and stay competitive.

    The two completed stations, Stadium Station and SODO Station, are the first to be substantially completed out of the thirteen along the 15.6-miles between Downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. Construction of the 13.9-mile alignment between downtown and Tukwila is now approximately 45 percent complete.

    Here is a picture from the Sound Transit Website of the first of the Link rail vehicles which are completing final assembly at the Kinki Sharyo Facility in Osaka, Japan

    Check out the New & Improved Heritage Park

    From the SeattleTimes

    Visit the new and improved Heritage Park in Kirkland.

    "Heritage Park in Kirkland completed $1 million in improvements this month, including a new gravel bluff trail with a quarter-mile-long seating wall that offers views of Lake Washington; a lighted asphalt bike and pedestrian trail; and new benches, picnic tables and landscaping. The project was the first phase of a $5 million, three-part plan. "