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November 5, 2013 at 7:09 AM

Incumbents leading in Port Commission races

UPDATE, 8:25 p.m.: Incumbent Port Commissioner John Creighton was holding a lead over Auburn Mayor Pete Lewis in Tuesday’s initial election results, and three other incumbents were also leading their challengers. In initial returns, Creighton was leading 69 percent to 31 percent. Voters were supporting two appointed commissioners, Courtney Gregoire and Stephanie Bowman. Gregoire was beating Socialist…


Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: Courtney Gregoire, John Creighton, John Naubert

September 30, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Port commissioners: arena threatens jobs, gambles with city money

The Port of Seattle Commission sent a strongly worded letter to Seattle Mayor McGinn today, urging the city to start over on the review process for a proposed sports arena in Sodo.

The Port has opposed the arena from the start, saying it would tangle traffic near the city’s seaport, threatening its competitive position and crowding out maritime and industrial businesses that support middle-class jobs in Seattle. The commission’s letter today is a reaction to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed arena.

“Not only are arena proponents risking Sodo’s full-time, middle class jobs, they are also gambling with city finances,” the letter says.

The Port claims that the city should have analyzed alternative sites for an arena, even though a private investment team led by Chris Hansen is only interested in the Sodo site near Safeco Field. The letter also says the traffic analysis in the report “lacks all credibility.” The letter urges the city to start the process over.


Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: arena, Mayor Mike McGinn, Port of Seattle

February 4, 2013 at 7:00 AM

About 30 people apply for open Port of Seattle seat

About 30 people applied to be appointed to a vacant seat on the Port of Seattle Commission. The deadline was Friday to submit an online application. One of the applicants will be appointed to the seat left vacant by Gael Tarleton, who was elected state representative. Voters will select a commissioner in November 2013, but…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, Port Commission | Topics: Courtney Gregoire, Gael Tarleton, Jan Drago

November 27, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Port puts off proposal to add personal assistants

Port of Seattle Commissioner Rob Holland put off indefinitely a proposal to allow commissioners to hire interns to act as personal assistants. At the port’s meeting this afternoon, Holland withdrew the budget amendment he had planned to introduce last-minute. He said he supports the proposal to have the five commissioners be able to hire…


Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest | Topics: Bill Bryant, Gael Tarleton, John Creighton

July 19, 2012 at 6:05 AM

Consultants team up for and against arena

People on both sides of a debate over a  new basketball and hockey arena in Sodo are building teams of their own. That would be teams of consultants, and they have hired more than a few to handle the political and communications hurdles they anticipate. We’ve covered former Seattle City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck’s $40,000 contract with the…


Comments | More in Basketball arena, homepage, Politics Northwest | Topics: arena, consultants, Peter Steinbrueck

July 6, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Steinbrueck was still ‘just a citizen’ during June 18 arena testimony

Former Seattle City Councilman Peter SteinbrueckPhoto credit: Seattle Times Former Seattle City Councilman Peter Steinbrueck told Seattle Times reporter Bob Young this week that he “had no communication with them (the Port) prior to the testimony,” he gave at a June 18 meeting of the Metropolitan King County Council. Critics of the partnership have suggested that…


Comments | More in Basketball arena, Politics Northwest | Topics: Peter Steinbrueck, Port of Seattle, Tay Yoshitani