- Naughty: You’ve parked sloppily and over the lines, at worst taking up two spots, or at best increasing the chances that neighboring shoppers can’t get in and out safely or without dinging their cars or side mirrors.
- Nice: You’re looking out for pedestrians (especially children), pets, and other vehicles as you back out of your spot.
- Naughty: You’re walking through the parking lot texting or talking on the phone, oblivious to the cars around you. According to the National Safety Council, more than 500,000 crashes occur in parking lots and garages annually, and numbers spike during the holidays.Back in the driver’s seat, you check your phone for messages while others are waiting for your space.
- Nice: You return your shopping cart to the store or cart receptacle so it’s not rolling into cars, taking up precious parking spaces, or illegally blocking the cross -hatched zones needed by people with disabilities who use wheelchair ramps to exit their vehicles.
- Naughty: You borrow your grandfather’s disabled parking placard even though he isn’t with you. This and other abuses practiced daily deny millions of people with disabilities the ability to shop, or lead an independent life, according to the Accessible Parking Coalition.
- Nice: You park in the back of the lot where spaces are plentiful – after all, walking is healthy exercise that helps counter all that holiday overeating!
- Naughty: Going too fast around a parking facility in order to secure an open space. If no speed limit is posted, assume it’s 15 mph.
- Really Nice: When someone wants that parking spot you’ve coveted, you smile and gesture for him or her to take it, knowing another space will free up soon.
Small businesses that file their taxes once a year will use a new online system when filing their tax return, due Jan. 31.
The Washington State Department of Revenue is doing its part to help businesses get prepared. Revenue is offering a series of free training webinars to teach the basics of the new My DOR portal. Topics include how to set up your online tax account, file and pay your taxes, and print your reseller permit.
For the complete webinar schedule, visit www.dor.wa.gov/mydor. Webinars begin Thursday, Dec. 6.
Because January is the busiest time of year for Revenue’s customer assistance center, businesses that know they are done for the year are encouraged to file early. If a business had no activity for 2018, it must still file a tax return and report “no business.”
As the Jan. 31 deadline nears, wait times for help from Revenue’s tax specialists get increasingly longer.
Revenue offers several options to help businesses file their returns on time:
- Call and talk to Revenue’s tax specialists: 1-800-647-7706.
- Email tax questions.
- Use Revenue’s Live Chat service.
- Visit one of Revenue’s offices located across the state.
Callers can reach Revenue tax specialists between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays. Automated phone services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Some tasks can be completed through the automated phone system, including filing a “no business” return, and requesting forms to be mailed.
The Department of Revenue is Washington state’s primary tax agency, nationally recognized for innovation and quality customer service. Revenue administers nearly 60 categories of taxes that help fund education, social services, health care, corrections, public safety, natural resource conservation and other important services counted on by Washington residents.
Recent movements in several housing indicators, including mortgage rates, existing home sales, real house prices and the momentum of residential investment, could suggest another housing downturn may be on the horizon. William Emmons, assistant vice president, and chief economist of the St. Louis Fed’s Center for Household Financial Stability looks into the possibility that current housing market signals may mean a broader economic downturn in 2019 or 2020.
The key takeaways for this quarter’s Housing Market Perspectives are:
- Recent movements in several housing indicators resemble those seen in the late stages of past economic expansions.
- Not all housing indicators point to a slowdown
- Key indicators to watch include mortgage rates, existing home sales, real house prices and the momentum of residential investment.
In this latest report, Williams compares the four housing indicators with their trajectories near each of the three previous recessions to gauge whether the housing market is now at a stage that, in earlier decades, led towards housing downturns and recessions. Williams does warn “to keep in mind that the degree of advance warning from any particular signal has varied substantially. All four housing indicators discussed have generated false alarms and instances of housing weakness that were not followed by a recession within the next few years.”
Williams believes the risk of a broad-based economic recession is possible if the housing market were to weaken further, given the forecasting track record of housing market downturns.
Seattle Parks and Recreation, University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the Arboretum Foundation host meeting for Environmental Education Center Pre-Design Study
The Washington Park Arboretum partners invite the community to learn about the Environmental Education Center Pre-Design Study at an Open House on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Graham Visitors Center, 2300 Arboretum Drive E. Please join us to learn about the proposed project for the Washington Park Arboretum and provide input on three concept designs.
This new facility will allow the current youth and adult education programs to provide more robust educational experiences and meet the growing demands of the current programs. The desired goal as stated in the Arboretum Master Plan is to serve 20,000 children and adults annually from diverse communities across the region. In early 2018, Seattle Parks and Recreation, University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the Arboretum Foundation contracted with Mithun to complete a pre-design study for the proposed Environmental Education Center.
For more information please visit: https://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/washington-park-arboretum-environmental-education-center-predesign-study For special meeting accommodations please contact Susanne Rockwell at Susanne.email@example.com or 206-684-7133.
Dear Neighbors, A community meeting will be held Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at the Rainier Beach Community Center, located at 8825 Rainier Avenue S. in Seattle. The meeting will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room at 7:00 pm to continue discussion regarding the Polaris at Rainier Beach proposal.
Polaris at Rainier Beach is a proposed mixed-use development offering street-level commercial spaces and affordable workforce housing intended to mitigate Seattle’s continuing affordable housing crisis while contributing to the Rainier Beach community. The Project site is located at 9400 Rainier Avenue S., the current home of the Hong Kong Seafood restaurant and adjacent vacant land to the west.
Additional information can be found at https://cosaccela.seattle.gov/portal/welcome.aspx under Record Number 014322-18PA.
King County International Airport-Boeing Field will have new leadership in the New Year. John Parrott, who has four decades of experience in the aviation industry, has been selected as the airport’s next director as part of a highly competitive, nationwide recruiting effort. Parrott will begin his duties on January 14, 2019.
“I’m excited to join the team at King County International Airport,” Parrott said. “The airport is a key driver of economic growth for the region, and I look forward to building on its legacy of success.”
Parrott worked at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in Alaska for nearly 20 years, including nine years as director. Most recently, he managed his own aviation consulting business, facilitating client relationships with local, state, and federal agencies around the country. Before moving to airport management, Parrott was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the Air Force Academy, and a master’s degree in education and management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. In 2007, he earned his Accredited Airport Executive (AAE) credential from the American Association of Airport Executives.
Currently managed by the King County Department of Transportation, the airport will officially become a division of the county’s Department of Executive Services (DES) on January 1. The reorganization, proposed by County Executive Dow Constantine earlier this year, was approved this fall by the County Council as part of the 2019-2020 budget.
“John brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to King County International Airport,” said Caroline Whalen, DES director and the county’s administrative officer. “He is well-regarded in the aviation community in the Pacific Northwest, and I’m confident he has the vision to lead the airport as we finalize the Master Plan update and set the stage for the future of this strategic county asset.”
King County International Airport-Boeing Field is one of the busiest primary non-hub airports in the United States. Along with its large cargo operation, KCIA serves as the delivery point for all of the Boeing Company’s 737 aircraft. The airport is also home base for about 150 businesses, including flight schools, charter operations, and helicopter services. Tenants at KCIA include hundreds of small aircraft owners. There are an average of 200,000 takeoffs and landings at King County International each year, everything from widebody jets to small private planes. The airport has an annual regional economic impact of more than $5 billion, and directly or indirectly supporting more than 16,000 local jobs.
MHA in Action: $13.28 Million Toward New Affordable Housing in Seattle
We have started to see the impact of Seattle’s Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) policy, which helps ensure that growth brings affordability. MHA works by requiring new development to include affordable homes or contribute to a City fund for affordable housing.
MHA is now in effect in six urban areas across Seattle – Downtown, South Lake Union, University District, Chinatown-International District, 23rd Avenue in the Central Area, and Uptown. We’ve just completed a tally at the Office of Housing of our 2018 MHA payments, and so far MHA has generated $13.28 million for affordable housing in Seattle.
The Office of Housing will put the MHA money directly into the construction of affordable housing when Mayor Durkan makes the City’s annual affordable housing investment announcements in December. The City will invest these funds in high quality, green, affordable homes for low-income individuals and families, seniors, and our neighbors experiencing homelessness. We support buildings right next to transit, with active ground floor spaces for community uses like arts and childcare in locations all across our city. Over the next 4 years the City expects over 2,500 new affordable homes to come online.
How You Get Around is Changing
Beginning with Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT) permanent closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct on January 11 and continuing over the next five years, Seattle is entering a new era of tough traffic. As we make important public and private investments to help keep pace with our fast-growing city, our bad traffic is going to be even more difficult for everyone. We need your help to get ready!
Please join the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and the Seattle Department of Transportation for an information session on the upcoming permanent closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct as WSDOT realigns SR 99, the new SR 99 tunnel that will open in early February, and the other upcoming challenges to our transportation system as we build a better city.
We hope you can join us at any of the five following information sessions:
Monday, November 26
Delridge Community Center
4501 Delridge Way SW
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 28
Belltown Community Center
415 Bell St
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 29
Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave N
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 5
Northgate Community Center
10510 5th Ave NE
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 6
3518 S Edmunds St
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.