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November 6, 11:52 AM click here to comment > 0

The Reader – Get your ballots in today

From the Office of Mayor Mike McGinn
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Election Day is here – have you voted?
Today is the last day to send in your ballots. If you are sending your ballot by mail, make sure it gets postmarked today at any Post Office.

King County Elections has several places in Seattle where you can turn in your ballot until 8:00 p.m. today:

Ballard Branch Library – Corner of NW 57th Street and 22nd Avenue NW
King County Administration Building – 500 4th Avenue
Magnuson Park – 6344 NE 74th Street
Van at University of Washington Campus Red Square (no parking or vehicle access)
Van at West Seattle Stadium – 4432 35th Avenue SW

Then use the Ballot Tracker to make sure your vote counts (note it may take up to four days to appear there).

King County Elections can also be reached at 206-296-VOTE (8683).

Coal trains would significantly increase delays at railroad crossings
An increase in coal trains running through Seattle would increase delays at railroad crossings by between one and three hours per day by 2026, according to a Parametrix study commissioned by the Seattle Department of Transportation. These delays could increase police and fire response times for emergencies in the affected areas, particularly in SODO.

“This study suggests that 18 coal trains per day, each one more than a mile long, could significantly increase traffic delays between our waterfront and our maritime and industrial businesses,” said Mayor McGinn. “The public and policymakers need to take a close look at these findings as we examine the proposal to export more coal.”

Budget update
The City Council will be discussing changes to Mayor McGinn’s proposed budget on Wednesday and is expected to vote on each change on Friday. Changes they’re considering include reductions to community center hours, youth violence prevention programs, and planning for high-capacity transit.

Please take a moment to contact City Councilmembers to let them know your priorities. Council is offering public comment in Council Chambers at City Hall at the following times:

Wednesday, November 7 at 9:30 a.m.
Friday, November 9 at 9:30 a.m.

If you are unable to attend, click here for contact information.

Safe Communities meeting Thursday
The last of the Safe Communities large precinct-based meetings is this Thursday, November 8th, in the East Precinct. Sign-in is at 6:45 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7:00 at Miller Community Center (330 19th Avenue East).

Upcoming events (for more see
Nov 8, 5:30 p.m. – Seattle Bicycle Master Plan Public Meeting, New Holly Gathering Hall (3815 S Othello St)

Nov 8, 7:00 p.m. – Safe Communities public meeting: East Precinct, Miller Community Center (330 19th Ave E)

Nov 13, 5:30 p.m. – Seattle Bicycle Master Plan Public Meeting, University of Washington, Gould Hall (NE 40th St & University Way NE)

Nov 13, 6:00 p.m. – City Neighborhood Council Neighborhood Matching Fund Committee, Uptown Espresso (2504 4th Ave)

Video highlights (for more see

Natalie Swaby on Domestic Violence Awareness Month Cliff Mass discusses UW-City partnerships

What we’re reading:
Food trucks setting up at Second and Pike

Inattentive driving could soon cost you $124 in King County

Cue the math: McKibben’s roadshow takes aim at Big Oil

Metro to Add More C Line Trips

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Posted by: Nathaniel Merrill