Analysis of comparable wages for social service workers; Eastern marginal road project; Pillars of Pride honors LGBTQIA+ seniors; Virtual office opening hours


West Seattle Bridge and Transportation Updates

The most recent update for the West Seattle Bridge indicates that concrete pours are expected next week and the week after. Work is also underway to replace overhead signs and support structures on the West Seattle Bridge.

SDOT will share the reopening date approximately one month before reopening to traffic. Once construction is complete, SDOT will test the strength and resilience of the bridge – this test is expected to take approximately two weeks.

SDOT has released the Reconnect West Seattle Projects Quarterly Update. 56 of 70 projects have been completed. Here is a guide to the report:

SDOT released the Q1 2022 Levy to Move Seattle report. The update highlights the completion of two projects in District 1.

One of the completed Safe Routes to Schools projects is a new pedestrian ramp on the South Cloverdale underpass below SR99, to provide a buffer between the sidewalk and the vehicle lane.

The seismic retrofit of the SW Andover Street Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge is complete.

The Move Seattle Levy Oversight Committee released its 2021 report. In a letter to They noted, regarding thoughts on a future levy, the importance of bridge maintenance as a priority. I appreciate their early focus on this. The nine-year Move Seattle Levy was passed by voters in 2015 and will run through 2024.

Here is an SDOT update form on road construction in West Seattle and South Park this weekend:

Construction in West Seattle this weekend

Starting Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., we will be working in South Park to replace the sidewalk on Dallas Ave S near 12th Ave S as part of our Reconnect West Seattle work. We will have a detour in place for people walking and biking while we complete the upgrade. This work will take several days and the impacts on drivers will be minimal, as we will be working mainly from the parking area. Please anticipate delays and navigate the area with caution.

On Sunday, we will replace two traffic signs on SW Spokane St westbound. We anticipate that this work will begin as early as 7 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. We will have to reduce the two lanes of traffic to one lane and there may be delays for drivers

Be aware that this work is weather dependent. If there is a schedule changewe will include an update in next week’s email.

Sound Transit West Seattle/Duwamish Community Advisory Group Meeting May 10, City Comments

The Sound Transit West Seattle/Duwamish Community Advisory Group will meet May 10 from 5-7 p.m.

The topic of the meeting is listed as “Comments Consolidation”. You can access meeting information on the “Advisory Groups” tab on the Sound Transit Light Rail website in Seattle and Ballard.

This is where you can watch the meeting live.

Seattle Executive City Departments submitted comments on the draft EIS; here is SDOT’s update on this. The principles guiding this review are Reliable Transit, Equity, Climate Action and Vibrant Communities, with core values ​​being Racial Equity, Safety and User Experience, Community, Privacy environment and stewardship. Community members prioritized these principles and values ​​in a public poll.

A summary of the city’s comments on the draft EIS is available on the city’s website for planning the West Seattle and Ballard Link expansions.

A team of approximately 100 subject matter experts from 17 Seattle city departments reviewed the draft EIS and submitted approximately 1,500 comments to Sound Transit.

Celebrating National Small Business Week

I joined my Council colleagues and Mayor Harrell in supporting a proclamation celebrating National Small Business Week, May 1st until May 7and. As a resident of District 1 for 22 years, I am daily grateful for the vibrancy that our local small businesses bring to our community! To help celebrate, consider hanging out with your favorite small business this weekend. Additionally, we know that some small businesses in our neighborhood business districts have been hit hard by crime. All the more reason to come out and support them.

And while we sing the praises of small business, thank you to the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce for recognizing these winners:

Of course, the pandemic has hit small businesses hard and we must continue our efforts to support them as we begin to re-emerge. I am proud that the Seattle City Council approved funding for the Small Business Stabilization Fund at the start of the pandemic, which provided more than $10 million in direct funding to nearly 1,500 small businesses that have been impacted by the pandemic economic downturn in Seattle. Many of our beloved small businesses in District 1 have received cash assistance.

The city’s Office of Economic Development provides strong support for small businesses in Seattle, including the Only In Seattle initiative, which provides grants and staff support to foster inclusive neighborhood business districts that empower small businesses to prosper. From business coaching, community festivals and litter cleanup, to murals, outreach and real estate development, Seattle’s business districts have used Only in Seattle to solve tough problems, attract new investment and take care of their communities. Explore Business District Victories to learn highlights of the initiative at work in Seattle’s business districts.

Funding Opportunity: Analysis of Comparable Wages for Social Service Workers

The Department of Social Services is seeking proposals to conduct an analysis of comparable local social service industry wages, using funds I sponsored to address high turnover among frontline workers.

We’ve heard a lot about the difficulty our nonprofits are having hiring and retaining frontline workers, while working under difficult pandemic conditions. Social service workers, who are disproportionately BIPOC and women, especially among frontline staff, are precariously underpaid for the difficult work they do. Their salaries do not reflect the education required, the difficulty or the value of their work. High turnover and unfilled positions are the inevitable result.

The study will examine the main functions and requirements of jobs in social services, including level of authority and responsibility, training required, autonomy, environment, difficulty, working conditions, hours, and determine a value for these elements in all sectors.

Applications are due May 24and, with work to begin in July. Learn more and apply here.

Eastern Marginal Way Project

City Council recently voted to accept a federal grant that will allow SDOT to proceed with the northern portion of the East Marginal Way project. This segment runs from Spokane Street to Atlantic and is now fully funded.

The project includes the construction of a protected two-way bike path along the 1.4 mile segment between S Atlantic St and S Spokane St to increase visibility and protect the approximately 1,000 people who cycle on this corridor every day. This is a major connection for people biking between the West Seattle Bridge Trail, downtown, and SODO.

SDOT expects design to be completed this month and construction to begin later this year.

Pillars of Pride honors LGBTQIA+ seniors

Celebrate the National Day of Honor our LGBTQ Seniors Day on May 15th with GenPride, as they prepare to open Pride Place, a new LGBTQIA+ affirming affordable seniors housing and community center on Capitol Hill, scheduled to open in 2023.

Pride Place is the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest – it will include affordable housing and a community and health services center for seniors. This has been a long time coming, after years of community advocacy and Council action to support it. Funds raised through the Pillars of Pride event will support this project.

This generation of seniors fought for – and won – many of the rights we enjoy today. Their tremendous courage in the face of hatred, discrimination and violence has resulted in a stronger and more loving community. Learn more, register to attend and donate here.

Virtual office opening hours

On Friday, May 27, I will be hosting virtual office hours between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., with the last meeting of the day starting at 5:30 p.m.

Due to the nature of virtual office hours, please contact my scheduler Alex Clardy ([email protected]) to receive call information and schedule a time.

Here is a list of my tentatively scheduled office hours which will continue as virtual office hours until otherwise specified. These are subject to change.

  • Friday, June 24, 2022
  • Friday, July 29, 2022
  • Friday, August 19, 2022
  • Friday, September 30, 2022
  • Friday, October 28, 2022
  • Friday, December 16, 2022


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