County Councilmember Joe McDermott to formally propose fireworks ban today

February 27th, 2020 Tracy Posted in King County, Safety, White Center news 2 Comments »

(Also published on partner site West Seattle Blog)

(Reader photo: Fireworks debris, July 2018)

After years of clamor for a fireworks ban in unincorporated King County, last year’s deadly fire has finally ignited action.

As promised, King County Councilmember Joe McDermott – whose district includes White Center – is about to introduce legislation that would ban fireworks in the unincorporated areas. See a summary below (or here in PDF):

See the full text of the legislation below (or here in PDF):

We talked with Councilmember McDermott as he prepared to officially get it into the system today.

McDermott notes that 25 jurisdictions within King County – including Seattle and Burien, which bookend White Center – already ban fireworks. And in addition to the deadly fire in North Highline, he’s heard from constituents with other concerns, including wildfire worries on Vashon Island.

Yes, he’s heard the concerns raised before – what does this really do if there’s no extra enforcement? “It sets a new norm,” McDermott contends, and use will be reduced. What about the organizations that have raised money through fireworks sales? They’re going to have to find a new, not potentially deadly way to raise money. McDermott says the fundraising-related concerns were a factor in a related bill that has died for the year in the State Legislature, 34th District Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon‘s proposal to change state law so that fireworks bans could take effect faster. The stalling of that bill means that if McDermott’s proposal passes, it wouldn’t take effect until next year, so fireworks would still be legal in unincorporated King County this summer.

What are the chances it will pass? McDermott says he can count on support from at least a couple council colleagues, but he’s not taking anything/anyone for granted. If you have a strong opinion on the proposal, contact all the county councilmembers (here’s how). There also will be a hearing on the proposal, in the Local Services Committee chaired by Councilmember Reagan Dunn, to which the legislation will be referred after the council officially receivesit next week (no date for that hearing yet).

P.S. Professional fireworks displays would still be allowed in unincorporated King County – as they are in the cities with fireworks bans – by permit.

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VIDEO: Guardian One helicopter assists with auto-theft suspect in Top Hat

February 26th, 2020 Tracy Posted in Helicopter, King County Sheriff's Office, Top Hat, White Center news No Comments »

We got a few questions about the Guardian One helicopter’s presence over east White Center/Top Hat this afternoon. That video shows what it was all about – assisting as King County Sheriff’s Deputies on the ground chased after an auto-theft suspect. The accompanying summary:

The suspect initially evaded police and then was relocated at a house. The suspect got into the passenger seat of a vehicle and then ran from police again when confronted. Guardian 1 tracked the suspect with the FLIR camera and he was taken into custody in a backyard shed.

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MONDAY: First commute with new downtown Seattle pathway for buses from White Center, Burien, West Seattle

February 23rd, 2020 Tracy Posted in Metro, Transportation, White Center news 1 Comment »

Buses from White Center, Burien, and West Seattle are now on the new downtown Seattle pathway – Monday’s the first weekday since the switch. Here’s the map and route list:

Columbia Street, once best known for an onramp to the southbound Alaskan Way Viaduct, is now carrying buses to and from surface Alaskan Way, connecting to Third Avenue. This Seattle Department of Transportation post shows its configuration.

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Shooting victim found in White Center

February 21st, 2020 Tracy Posted in Crime, White Center news 3 Comments »

King County Sheriff’s Deputies are trying to sort out a shooting in downtown White Center. We got a tip that a shooting had been reported at 16th/Roxbury and went over to find out more. Between the last deputies at the scene and KCSO spokesperson Sgt. Ryan Abbott, here’s what we have learned: A man was found with a gunshot wound to the knee – found in the 9600 block of 15th SW, per Sgt. Abbott, but they don’t know exactly where the shooting happened; he says the victim, a 30-year-old man, has been “uncooperative” so far. Deputies at the scene said they first responded to a report of multiple gunshots. No arrests so far.

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Evergreen High School student serves as State House page

February 21st, 2020 Tracy Posted in Politics, White Center news No Comments »

(Photo courtesy State Legislative Support Service)

A White Center student will have a unique experience to share at school next week. Here’s the announcement we received:

Maddy Rice, a student at Evergreen High School, served as a page this week in the Washington State House of Representatives.

Sponsored by State Rep. Eileen Cody (D-West Seattle), Maddy is the child of Bobby and Andy Rice of Seattle. Pages assume a wide variety of responsibilities, from presenting the flags to distributing amendments on the House floor. Pages support the efficient operation of the Legislature while also receiving daily civics instruction, drafting their own bills, and participating in mock committee hearings.

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State Gambling Commission arrests 11 after investigating ‘a café in White Center’

February 19th, 2020 Tracy Posted in Crime, White Center news No Comments »

(Photos from Washington State Gambling Commission)

Announced by the Washington State Gambling Commission:

Gambling Commission agents made 11 arrests following an investigation into a Seattle business that has been operating illegal gambling.

For the past year, our agents have been conducting a joint investigation with the Seattle Police Department into illegal gambling activities occurring at a café in White Center. The café does not have, and has never had, a license to operate gambling. While serving a search warrant on Feb. 5, agents located evidence of illegal gambling, including: electronic gambling machines, cards, dice and gambling records.

During interviews, agents learned that the business was charging players an hourly fee in order to participate in the gambling activities.

This isn’t the first time we’ve been to this location. Our agents have conducted six other investigations into the café’s illegal gambling activities, beginning in 2004.

Seven players and three employees were arrested and booked into the King County Jail. The players were charged with professional gambling in the third degree, which is a gross misdemeanor. The employees were charged with professional gambling in the first degree, which is a Class B felony. One of the employees was also arrested in 2011 when we served a search warrant at the same location.

The business owner was arrested at the airport on Feb. 14 as he returned from an international trip. He was booked into the King County Jail on the following charges: ownership or interest in a gambling device; professional gambling in the first degree; money laundering; use of proceeds of criminal profiteering; and leading organized crime (class A felony).

The WSGC did not identify the business, but its announcement on social media showed SPD cars in the street on Delridge just north of Roxbury.

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FRIDAY: Bingo for seniors in White Center on Valentine’s Day!

February 12th, 2020 Tracy Posted in Fun, White Center news No Comments »

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! That means this event is almost here:

The White Center Teen Program is hosting the a FREE Bingo Event for Senior Citizens on Friday, February 14th from 1-3p m at the Historic White Center Fieldhouse (also known as the White Center Community Center), in Steve Cox Memorial Park (1321 SW 102nd).

On Friday, February 14th, the staff and participants of the White Center Teen Program are once again hosting a special Bingo Event for Senior Citizens. Doors open at 1 pm and games (two cards at a time) are FREE. Coffee, snacks and prizes are also provided at no charge. Teen volunteers will be on hand to assist with calling the Bingo Games. All White Center Senior Citizens are invited to attend.

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SUBAREA PLAN: Got questions? Your next 2 chances to get answers

February 10th, 2020 Tracy Posted in Development, King County, White Center news No Comments »

If you still have questions about what’s under consideration for the North Highline Subarea Plan after the open house and NHUAC meeting earlier this month – two more chances to get answers, as announced by King County’s David Goodman:

On Wednesday, February 19, we will be attending a Greenbridge (King County Housing Authority) Community Meeting from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (see attached fliers) to discuss our latest North Highline Subarea Plan proposals. The meeting will take place in the Joe Thomas Room at 9800 8th Avenue SW (across the courtyard from Dubsea Coffee). Vietnamese and Khmer interpretation will be provided, as will light refreshments.

On Thursday, February 20, we will hold our regular office hours at the White Center Library (1409 SW 107th St) from 1 to 5 p.m.

The maps and summaries from presentations so far are here.

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Open space, future zoning, crime & safety @ North Highline Unincorporated Area Council

February 8th, 2020 Tracy Posted in King County, North Highline UAC, White Center news No Comments »

By Tracy Record
White Center Now editor>

Three hot topics comprised this month’s North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting, first one of 2020.

OPEN SPACE: Sarah Brandt from King County Parks leads this program and tackled several topics, starting with the Land Conservation Initiative.

The county’s been accelerating protection of habitat and acquisitions in the past couple years. While several different types of open space are covered, she primarily spoke about urban greenspace. To make greenspace more equitable in urban areas, they used several criteria to identify areas where it’s most needed – including parts of White Center. The Parks Levy provides up to $10 million a year for acquisition, and there’s a tax that can be used too.

What’s in the potential pipeline includes:

-White Center Heights Park – a house nested in the park was purchased and will be demolished (on 8th just north of 106th)

-Forested 5-acre parcel toward the east (8th S., 101 to 103) – they’re in negotiations for this

-Looking at opportunities to grow Dick Thurnau Park

-Looking at an area south of Roxbury

“We’re doing more and want to hear more from the community …it can be a pocket park, a trail connection ..” She opened the floor. NHUAC president Liz Giba suggested that the current WC Food Bank site would be better used as open space (currently it’s slated for mixed-use development).

What about an area near Grace Church? someone asked. Discussions are under way, in fact.

Another suggestion: Consider the health impacts when you remove trees. Concerns were voiced about the removal of street trees. And another: Take into consideration residential development and how kids living there will get to parks.

Question: Once the county buys the land, what happens? Answer: Thy’re trying to cultivate partnerships. Washington Trails Association is one such organization. Grant programs can help with that. “We’re trying to help people understand how to fit together these funding sources.”

Question: What about the big open area near The Bog? Answer: Parks will endeavor to work more closely with Natural Resources.

There was also some discussion of what would happen to open-space-designated areas if North Highline were annexed. It was pointed out that the city zoning code is more complicated than the county’s, and in an annexation the annexing city might try to match its closest comparable zoning with what’s there now.

Another suggestion, when the subject of currently vacant land came up, 1st and 112nd.

Next topic – trees. A new climate-action plan is due out before year’s end. The county is close to its promise of planting 1 million new trees, she declared. By the end of this year, they hope to have a 30-year plan/vision. They want to remove barriers for people working to enhance that. “Our business district has one tree,” pointed out NHUAC vice president Barbara Dobkin. “Vocal advocacy” was advised by Brandt.

Some other concerns were voiced, including unstable trees and how to deal with them – before and after something disastrous happens. That spun off into a discussion of replacement policies – in King County and some of its cities. Hugo Garcia from the county said he’d look into what the policy is when government crews have to remove a tree.

Big question: Is access to greenspaces – like sidewalks – part of the plan? “Tell us that’s important,” urged Brandt. A discussion ensued of sidewalk challenges like this swamped section on the south side of Roxbury between 12th and 14th (photo courtesy Gill Loring):

NORTH HIGHLINE SUBAREA PLAN: David Goodman brought an update on the taking-shape plan, first one since October. He’s talked to “all sorts of people” in recent months, including schools, businesses, and “came up with this general proposal.” (Get a closer, clearer look via the PDF on the Subarea Plan website.)

The residential-zonng overview: “Housing affordability was a big theme,” he began. So they’re “slightly increasing the allowed density” near the 16th Ave. corridor. Where there’s one house now, there could be two units. They tried to focus on areas close to a commercial core and/or near a bus line. A zoming change, he stressed, wouldn’t mean you HAVE TO make a change if you didn’t want to. Greenbridge isn’t included “because it’s already at a higher density than we’re proposing.”

There’s a “P” designation – where you see that, the dimensions wiil be restricted to what they are now.

One person asked about Accessory Dwelling Units – they can be up to 1000 square feet. They would drop the current rule for one to be awner-occupied. (UPDATE: Goodman later clarified with the following:

The requirement that when a property has both a primary dwelling unit (a regular house) and an accessory dwelling unit (allowed to be up to 1000 square feet in size) one of them must be owner-occupied will stay the same. The difference under our proposed zoning for particular neighborhoods is that you could have two primary units (such as in a duplex or a townhouse-style development) in many cases where you are currently only allowed one; in this case, with two primary units, neither has to be owner-occupied because neither is an accessory dwelling unit.

In both of these cases you have two units on the property; the difference is that in the first case one is a primary and one is an accessory, and in the second case both are primary. In practice there is minimal difference between these two situations, but the regulations for owner-occupation kick in only when one of the units is considered accessory.

Regarding sidewalks – they would be required with increased density, Goodman noted. He also addressed the proposals for commercial areas – first, expanding the pedestrian area, so future new construction would be “less car-oriented.”

Two parcels that are east of 15th and south of 100th and that are currently industrial would be changed to commercial and mixed-use – retail ground floor, apartments over it, mindful of the fact that RapidRide H Line will be running on 15th SW. They would be required to be 20 percent housing that’s “affordable.” Meantime, in the heart of downtown White Center (along 16th), they do NOT plan to go higher-rise – “mostly at the scale it currently is,” limited to three stories.

Who would be trying to attract new investment/development? Prospective buyers/developers could work with Garcia’s Economic Development department, he said.

What about parking? King County still has requirements for that, Goodman said.

Seguing to Top Hat, Goodman pointed out that the last plan for this area was written in 1994. Unlike WC, Top Hat would allow some industrial uses – “small manufacturing,” for example. What’s zoned commercial now will remain that way, but certain small industrial uses will be allowed – a special “additional allowance,” if you will.

Garcia said they’re hoping that over time more such things – a small firm making dog accessories was mentioned multiple times – will move in.

He also said the King County Conservation Corps is moving further into WC and they hope to expand it to Top Hat. And Garcia urged people to get more deeply involved in the plan because there’s still time to have a say before this goes to the County Council.

As mentioned in our coverage of last week’s open house, what’s ahead in the Subarea Plan process includes:

-Public draft plan mid-March to mid-April
-Official draft to County Council in June (there’ll be commenting opportunities while they consider it too)

The county reps were invited to return in April to talk about other things such as the Opportunity Zone and the Hub project (on the WCFB site).

KING COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE: Deputy Bill Kennamer first offered praise for Local Services, saying “it’s kicked butt” in improving downtown White Center.

Crime stats are “pretty even year to year” – auto theft’s still high, burglary is down.

Problem properties: Two of the worst are moving well along, the deputy said – code enforcer Nick Stevens has been working on a house whose owners are a “large property management company” that just got a $12,000 fine and is suddenly up for sale, not far from Holy Family. Then there’s a “drug house” near 98th/13th; its owner died without a will, a family member moved in and allowed people to stay there in exchange for drugs – with no water service. It was in horrible condition, Kennamer said. But the probate’s since been settled; it’s expected to be sold, and the problem relative has been arrested three times. A cleanup crew’s been there and it’s been sealed with plywood. Regarding another one, near 1st/106th – they’ve spoken with the landlord and the problem tenant’s out, with the house being remodeled.

A variety of other quick questions were addressed. Deputy Kennamer noted the past month included about half a dozen firearms-involved crimes with people who shouldn’t have had guns. Earlier Thursday, he added, they were chasing a suspect wanted on warrants.

Kennamer also mentioned that LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) is on the way to White Center.

NEXT MEETING: If you care what’s going on in your community – be there in person next time! 7 pm March 5th, North Highline Fire District HQ (1243 SW 112th). Options for White Center youth will be discussed.

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Need help with your property taxes? You might qualify for this

February 6th, 2020 Tracy Posted in King County, White Center news Comments Off on Need help with your property taxes? You might qualify for this

Announced by King County:

King County Executive Dow Constantine and King County Assessor John Wilson launched King County’s new online portal to allow people to apply for a reduction in their property taxes.

Last year the legislature expanded eligibility for the existing property tax exemption and deferral programs for low-income senior citizens, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. And until today, citizens could only apply for these programs by filling out paper forms.

“Rising property values around King County can hit seniors and disabled veterans in the pocketbook,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “The new online tool will make it easier and more accessible for those eligible to apply for the exemption they deserve, and honor our neighbors who have built this community and defended our country.”

“The expansion of this program is literally going to help people stay in their homes; and this new online tool is going to make it much easier for taxpayers to get the help they are entitled to,” said King County Assessor John Wilson.

The change in the law lowers the disability rating qualification for the disabled veteran’s property tax exemption program from 100 percent to 80 percent. In addition, the legislature raised the income threshold for these programs, making thousands of more people eligible for help. King County Taxpayers who are 61 years or older, own their home, and have an annual income of $58,423 or less after certain medical or long term care expenses, may be eligible. The previous income threshold in King County was $40,000.

Taxpayers should visit taxrelief.kingcounty.gov for more information and to apply online.

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SUBAREA PLAN: NHUAC update tomorrow, one week after White Center open house

February 5th, 2020 Tracy Posted in King County, White Center news Comments Off on SUBAREA PLAN: NHUAC update tomorrow, one week after White Center open house

If you haven’t been paying attention to the North Highline Subarea Plan development process, it’s time to start. Part of the plan calls for zoning changes that will define major local areas like White Center for years to come. You can hear about them at the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council‘s meeting tomorrow (Thursday, February 6th, 7 pm); we got a preview at last week’s open house.

Along with a chance to browse highlights of what’s under consideration so far – displayed on easels around the community room at North Highline Fire District HQ (same place NHUAC will meet tomorrow) – attendees heard a short presentation from point person David Goodman and colleagues.

Key points:

*Draft “vision statement” for North Highline:

*Changes in the heart of White Center encouraging mixed-use development

*Changing “R-6” (six housing units per acre) zoning to something more dense

Where do you come in? Goodman repeatedly stressed that they want to hear from North Highline residents, workers, etc., “what they’d like their neighborhood to be like in the future,” what it should “reflect.” Hugo Garcia from Economic Development was there, too:

He said the plan needs to help retain businesses and to draw businesses more representative of the community.

So here’s what happens next, in addition to the NHUAC discussion/briefing:

-Public-review draft goes public in March
-Comments taken on that
-Final draft developed
-Goes to King County Council in June
-They have a year to review it

So it’s not too late to get involved and take a close look at what’s being discussed.

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White Center scenes: Winter and wildlife

February 5th, 2020 Tracy Posted in White Center news, Wildlife 1 Comment »

Beautiful sights around White Center – thanks to Gill Loring for sharing the photos. Above, the moon rose during that stretch of weekend sunshine. In the more prevalent grayness, though, the birds stood out:

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FYI: New ‘adult-beverage ordinance’ now in effect in White Center and other parts of unincorporated King County

February 4th, 2020 Tracy Posted in Beverages, King County, White Center news Comments Off on FYI: New ‘adult-beverage ordinance’ now in effect in White Center and other parts of unincorporated King County

A reminder sent by the county’s Department of Local Services:

King County’s Adult Beverage Ordinance 19030 went into effect on Jan. 3.

This ordinance updates development regulations related to all adult beverage businesses—including wineries, breweries, distilleries, and remote tasting rooms—in unincorporated King County.

This ordinance will help King County prepare for and support the future evolution of the adult beverage industry in the region. It better implements and complies with the policies of King County’s Comprehensive Plan, Growth Management Act, and countywide planning policies.

The county’s Permitting Division, in coordination with the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and Public Health-Seattle & King County, has developed a process for implementing the new law for both new and existing businesses.

Under the new ordinance, a business license is required in unincorporated King County for all businesses that manufacture adult beverages and including tasting rooms. The license fee is $100. A separate Temporary Use Permit may also be required for special events.

To get an adult beverage business license application, please call the county’s Permit Center at 206-296-6600 or email DPERWebInquiries@KingCounty.gov.

Within 30 days of receiving an adult beverage license application, King County will notify the applicant whether their application has been approved.

If approved, the business license is valid for six months. Before it expires, King County will send each applicant a letter notifying them of any additional actions needed to bring their adult beverage business into compliance with the ordinance.

To renew an adult beverage business license at the end of six months, each applicant must demonstrate substantial progress toward bringing their adult beverage business into compliance.

After the initial six-month license period, all adult beverage businesses must renew their licenses annually.

King County Permits is beginning the process of notifying affected individuals and businesses about these changes this month. Details are available at https://kingcounty.gov/adult-beverage

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RAT CITY RETURNS TO RAT CITY! Roller Derby this Saturday

February 3rd, 2020 Tracy Posted in southgate, Sports, White Center news Comments Off on RAT CITY RETURNS TO RAT CITY! Roller Derby this Saturday

(WCN photo from 2013 Rat City bout at Southgate)

You may remember back when the Rat City Rollergirla were based in White Center. This Saturday, they’re returning (as Rat City Roller Derby)! Here’s the announcement:

Rat City Roller Derby is going back to where it all began for a special single-header, mash-up bout at Southgate Roller Rink in White Center. On Feb. 8, the Big Grief Maples will play the Western HemBlocks in a nod to not only RCRD’s roots, but also its home in the Evergreen State.

Details
Time: 6:45 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m.
Date: Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020
Location: Southgate Roller Rink, 9646 17th Ave. SW

For the founders of RCRD, the throwback game is an important acknowledgement of the league’s history and how far it has come.

“Rat City Roller Derby has come a long way since its days at Southgate,” said Carmin Thomas, also known as Clobberin’ Mame, who was one of the founding members of RCRD and still skates with the Sockit Wenches today. “And we’re thrilled to be returning to where it all began for this very special game.”

During the game, RCRD will give back to the community that supported it in its early days by collecting donations for the White Center Food Bank. Audience members are invited to bring unopened, unexpired, non-perishable goods to the game to help RCRD support the food bank’s mission to keep White Center fed. In addition, local band Burn Burn Burn will play a live halftime show.The after party will be held at Zippy’s Giant Burgers, 9614 14th Ave. SW, immediately after the game.

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Parks, Subarea Plan, more this Thursday @ North Highline Unincorporated Area Council

February 2nd, 2020 Tracy Posted in North Highline UAC, White Center news Comments Off on Parks, Subarea Plan, more this Thursday @ North Highline Unincorporated Area Council

This Thursday night, you’re invited to the first meeting of 2020 for the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council, which sent this preview:

When: Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 7 pm

Where: North Highline Fire Station at 1243 SW 112th Street in White Center

(Parking and Entrance are in the Back of the Station)

The Opportunity to Be Informed, Be Involved and Be Heard!

The first NHUAC meeting of 2020 will provide you and your neighbors a new opportunity to be informed, involved and heard about important decisions, which will determine the future of our North Highline community.

The quality of our natural environment affects the quality of our lives. Sarah Brandt, King County Parks, Open Space Program Manager, will join us to discuss the Land Conservation Initiative; why access to green space is important; and the gaps discovered when King County looked at the intersection of health outcomes, proximity to existing parks, and income. Sarah looks forward to hearing our preferences for green space and amenities in North Highline.

King County is also working on the North Highline Subarea Plan, which will guide development in North Highline over the next 20 years. The plan will focus on zoning, long-term land use, and issues like housing, commercial and industrial areas, and community character. A vision statement describes what community members want their neighborhood to be like in the future. County planners drafted this vision statement for the North Highline Land Use Subarea Plan: “North Highline is a diverse, inclusive, and family-friendly community that supports a thriving small business community, enjoys proximity to urban amenities and greenspace, and provides opportunities for people of all socioeconomic backgrounds to live, work, and thrive.” The big question is: How do we get there from here?

To discuss these important, long-term decisions, NHUAC will be joined by North Highline Subarea Plan subject matter experts, David Goodman and Kevin LeClair; Opportunity Zone subject matter expert, Hugo Garcia; and HUB Project subject matter expert, Isaac Horwith.

NHUAC is always happy to see White Center Storefront Deputy Bill Kennamer, who will update us once again about police activity in our community.

Knowledge is power.

Learn, share and help make North Highline a better place.

February 6, 2020 at 7 pm – Bring a Neighbor

For a preview of the Subarea Plan discussion, check back here tonight/tomorrow; we will be publishing a report on Thursday night’s open house.

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FOLLOWUP: Southside Pizza robbery suspect back in court

January 31st, 2020 Tracy Posted in Crime, White Center news 1 Comment »

As reported here last week, the suspect in the violent, video-recorded Southside Pizza robbery is out of jail after a judge cut his bail. Thursday was 27-year-old Vernon Jackson Jr.’s first scheduled court appearance since leaving jail.It was a short one – a routine “case-setting” hearing, at which his lawyer told the judge they’re still putting the case together. Jackson’s next hearing is set for February 27th.

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REMINDER: North Highline Subarea Plan open house tonight

January 30th, 2020 Tracy Posted in King County, White Center news Comments Off on REMINDER: North Highline Subarea Plan open house tonight

Tonight’s open house is your next major chance for Q&A and info about the in-progress North Highline Subarea Plan. Here’s the reminder:

This is a final reminder for the North Highline Subarea Plan Open House on Thursday, January 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the North Highline Fire District (1243 SW 112th). Food and interpretation in Spanish, Vietnamese, and Khmer will be provided. Organized childcare will not be provided, but children are welcome to attend the event.

If you haven’t already, please fill out our survey about our latest Plan proposals. It’s available in English and Spanish. Summaries of our draft land use plan proposals are available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Khmer, and Somali on the right-hand side of the North Highline Subarea Plan website, along with lots of other information about the Subarea Plan.

We checked with the project lead David Goodman; a short presentation is planned at 6:15 pm, but otherwise, this is a “drop-in” event.

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FOLLOWUP: Potential fireworks ban advancing on two political fronts

January 29th, 2020 Tracy Posted in King County, Safety, White Center news 3 Comments »

(Reader photo: Fireworks debris in West Seattle, July 2018)

Are the days – and nights – of legal fireworks in unincorporated North Highline coming to an end?

The calls for a ban intensified after last year’s deadly fire. King County Council Vice Chair Joe McDermott says he supports a ban. This week he told us that he’s been working on the ban proposal with both the county permitting division and King County Executive Dow Constantine, and that he expects Constantine to send the proposal to the council next week.

Even if a ban passed quickly, though, state law requires a year before it could take effect, so there would be at least one more year of legal fireworks. When this all came up for discussion last September at a North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting, 34th District Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon talked about legislation to change that. Now, he’s introduced it – HB 2307, “to allow local governments to ban fireworks immediately” – and tells us it’s progressing in the House. Our area’s senior state Representative, Eileen Cody, is a co-sponsor. The Local Government Committee took action to advance it last Friday, two days after a hearing. Now it’s moved on to the Rules Committee for review.

To comment on that bill, you can go here. As for the proposed county ban, we’ll publish a followup when it’s introduced.

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ON THE WAY: El Buho gets its liquor license for downtown White Center spot

January 27th, 2020 Tracy Posted in Beverages, Food, White Center news Comments Off on ON THE WAY: El Buho gets its liquor license for downtown White Center spot

Earlier this month, the Instagram feed for Capitol Hill’s Tacos De La Noche shared that sneak peek inside the future El Buho, which has just been granted its liquor license for 9640 16th SW in downtown White Center. The captioo noted, “We unlocked the door to this space almost 6 months ago. … We hoped to be open two months ago but as always, there are things that will go wrong. It is important to remember that plans exist so that hardships can be endured. The plan, the goal, the light at the end of the tunnel, it guides us. The road has been long and hard and isn’t quite over yet, but We are getting Excited to share what we’ve been working on. Stay tuned, more to come soon.” (El Buho means “The Owl.”)

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TODAY: Open house at new pet-food mini-shop in White Center

January 25th, 2020 Tracy Posted in Pets, White Center news Comments Off on TODAY: Open house at new pet-food mini-shop in White Center

(Photo courtesy JustFoodForDogs)

Happening today – here’s the announcement:

JustFoodForDogs is holding an open house at Cascade Heights Veterinary Center. It is our mission to make dogs healthier and we have partnered up with the team at Cascade Heights to achieve that mission. JustFoodForDogs offers healthy whole food diets for dogs and cats, made locally in our South Lake Union kitchen and we have finally opened our doors in White Center and are so excited to start making dogs healthier in this community.

Bring your pup to try out fresh food and healthy snack samples! We’re giving you 50% off your two week transition to a healthier pet and a Free Swag Bag to the first 50 customers! Follow the link for directions: https://get.justfoodfordogs.com/cascade-heights/

It’s happening noon-3 pm at 9832 15th SW.

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