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The Reader – Tunnel-related traffic

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Nelson/Nygaard report on tunnel-related traffic released

Seattle Department of Transportation Director Peter Hahn forwarded to the City Council yesterday a report prepared by Nelson/Nygaard on dealing with the effects of traffic diverted by tolling on the proposed deep bore tunnel. Peter Hahn’s letter can be found here and the report can be found here. The report has been covered by The Stranger, the Seattle P-I, the Seattle Transit Blog, Publicola, and the Seattle Times.

Update on Nightlife Initiative

Mayor Mike McGinn today announced a pre-payment option for those who park their cars before going out, and updated the public on the Nightlife Initiative’s Code Compliance Team, taxi zones and a new Amplified Sound Rule for the city. Starting today, April 21, people will see new blue and yellow informational stickers on the pay stations in the Pike-Pine and Capitol Hill neighborhoods. The stickers explain that after 10 p.m. two hours of parking for the following morning from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. can be purchased to give drivers more time to get home safely and retrieve their vehicles the next day. The stickers will eventually be applied to all pay stations. You can read more about the sticker, the Code Compliance Team, taxi zones and the Amplified Sound Rule here.

Bernie Matsuno to become permanent Neighborhoods Director

Mayor Mike McGinn made several personnel announcements yesterday, including the appointment of Bernie Matsuno as permanent director of the Department of Neighborhoods. Matsuno had been serving as interim director since February 1. Matsuno had served as interim director in 2006 under Mayor Greg Nickels before Stella Chao was hired, and has a long background in Neighborhood work with the City of Seattle.

The Mayor also announced that David Stewart has been named permanent director of the City’s Personnel Department. Stewart has been assistant director of the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries’ (L&I) Office of Human Resources since 2003. Mayor McGinn also named Beth Hester as his director of communications. Hester has served as the general manager at the Seattle Channel for the last three years. You can read more about these changes here.

Help plan a better transportation system for Seattle

It’s no secret that there are more transportation needs than there is funding. To help prioritize the work that the Seattle Department of Transportation does and recommend funding sources, the Mayor and City Council have convened the Citizen’s Transportation Advisory Board (CTAC) III. Over the next few months the CTAC is undertaking a full review of the city’s transportation needs, funding system and evaluating the potential for a future ballot measure. Guidance from all city stakeholders is needed so they can make well informed decisions.

There are a number of ways you can help. You can take the online survey by clicking here, or you can attend a roundtable meeting and give us your thoughts in person. Click here to see the schedule of roundtables. The first one, focusing on Business and Freight, is on Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. in Room 4050/4060 at the Seattle Municipal Tower.

Upcoming Events (for more see


April 23: Dedication for Hubbard Homestead Park, 10:00 a.m., 11203 5th Avenue Northeast.

Earth Day/Arbor Day celebration, 12:00 p.m., Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop, Fairview Avenue East & East Blaine Street.

April 25: CTAC III Business/Freight Roundtable, 9:30 a.m., Room 4050/4060, Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue.

Neighborhood matching fund online grant help, 6:00 p.m., Garfield Community Center, 2323 East Cherry Street.

April 27: CTAC III Social Justice North Roundtable, 10:30 a.m., Douglass-Truth Library, 2300 East Yesler Way.

Public Meeting – Broadview Groundwater Infiltration Reduction Sewer Project, 6:30 p.m., Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Avenue North.

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Posted by: Robert Cruickshank