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Help us Push Emergency Transit Funding Over the Finish Line

Help us save bus service in King County!  Last week, Senate Bill 5457 successfully moved out of the House!

The House made some changes and the bill went to a conference committee to negotiate the differences between the House and Senate versions. A compromise has been reached on the legislation in the conference committee. This is great news!

Now the House and Senate need to do one more “yes” vote on the legislation before it becomes a law. This is where you come in.

CLICK HERE to tell your State Senator and Representatives to pass Senate Bill 5457 one more time, the emergency transit funding act. Our transit riders and community as a whole can’t afford a reduction of 600,000 service hours at King County Metro.

Senate Bill 5457 would give emergency funding to King County Metro to help the stave off cuts equivalent in size to all of Metro’s service in East King County.

Spread throughout the system, such cuts would have dire consequences for the transit-dependent folks, many of whom reside in Seattle.

CLICK HERE and urge the officials you elected to pass the emergency transit funding act.

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KING 5 News on Streetfood today via: Proposal aims to make Seattle more street food friendly | KING5.com | Seattle Area Local News.

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An update from Olympia on one of our priorities for this legislative session, emergency funding to soften the impact of recession-induced cuts to service for those most transit-dependent:

A Seattle lawmaker is trying to kill part of a transit-assistance bill that requires a two-thirds majority approval by the King County Council before $20 license tab surcharges can be imposed for two years.

Rep. Reuven Carlyle, a Democrat, said he supports the “essential” additional financing that Senate Bill 5457 would provide but not the two-thirds local vote requirement it would impose on local officials.

Carlyle said it’s possible his move could kill the legislation, which barely cleared the Senate with the two-thirds requirement in it. He said he doesn’t take lightly the strong voter endorsement of Initiative 1053, which imposed the two-thirds requirement on state legislative tax and fee votes.

via Seattle lawmaker may trip up King Co. transit bill – seattlepi.com.

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From the law blog of GordonDerr:

The City of Issaquah recently announced a complex agreement involving a transfer of development rights (TDR) transaction that will preserve more than 140 acres of forested land in and around the City, including the entire Park Pointe area at the base of Tiger Mountain. Several years ago, a developer had proposed to build hundreds of homes at Park Pointe. The TDR agreement shifts new development away from Park Pointe and into the area around the Issaquah Highlands master-planned community.

This project, like many other TDR success stories in Washington State, was the result of fairly unique and fortuitous circumstances. Land conservation efforts always require vision and dedication, and in this case, local officials, planners, and other partners worked for years to preserve Park Pointe. However, as reported in the Issaquah Press, a key factor in the ultimate success of the project was the recession: between early 2009 and late 2010, the property’s value dropped from $18.9 million to around $6 million.

TDR is an intriguing concept that has been studied and debated at length. It has been used in a variety of one-off, opportunistic projects in Washington (ranging from historic preservation and affordable housing to conservation of working forests and farms). But it remains to be seen whether TDR can be used on a broader scale for more strategic and proactive conservation.

…more: via Can Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) Programs Work in Washington State? : Northwest Land Matters : Seattle Lawyers & Attorneys for Land Use, Real Estate, Environmental & Water Law : GordonDerr LLP.

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From our friends at the Sightline Institute, we learn that our neighbors to the north will see 19 more street food businesses this summer:

The catering career that led Cindy Hamilton to work on such films as Kill Bill and Mission: Impossible III was born during a rock-climbing trip in China. For Zach Berman and Ryan Slater, the dream of owning a juice truck came to fruition after a backpacking trip through Southeast Asia.

The City of Vancouver announced Monday the three entrepreneurs are among those who will operate 19 new street-food vendor carts this summer, joining the first wave of street carts that started up last year. The new carts will feature an array of cuisine, from Indian to Mexican to the Vietnamese stylings of Kiss Kiss Banh Banh.

More than 100 applications were judged in all, and Mayor Gregor Robertson said during a news conference that his city “now has a selection of street food that represents [its] cultural diversity and culinary skill.” The 19 carts can begin operating as of May.

via City of Vancouver adds to street food à la cart menu – The Globe and Mail.

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