Topic: Sen. Maria Cantwell
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October 13, 2012 at 9:35 AM
Weather: In a word: Wet. Showers are likely throughout the day and don’t expect the clouds to dissipate much. Tonight and Sunday will be pretty much the same. The National Weather Service forecast.
Traffic: Traffic map and cams.
Saving the seawall: Seattle voters will be asked Nov. 6 to approve a $290 million bond measure to replace the waterfront seawall, which has badly eroded over the years by marine borers and tides. The 30-year bond measure would cost $59 per year for the owner of a median-valued, $360,000 home. The measure requires 60 percent approval to pass.
Arena lawsuit: The union representing about 3,000 longshoremen plan to sue Seattle and King County over a proposal to build a new sports arena near Port of Seattle shipping terminals, saying the project will threaten freight movement to port facilities and jeopardizes jobs. The Seattle City Council and Metropolitan King County Council are scheduled to vote Monday on a Memorandum of Understanding that outlines the terms under which the city and county will contribute public money to the arena construction.
Baumgartner attacks Cantwell: Michael Baumgartner on Friday used the only debate of this year’s U.S. Senate race to hammer incumbent Maria Cantwell for supporting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Republican and former diplomat said Cantwell has “consistently been in support of poorly planned wars that are bankrupting this country and putting a tremendous, tremendous strain on our troops.” Cantwell said she voted for tax increases on the wealthy to fund the wars and has pushed President Obama to withdraw troops faster than he has proposed.
Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com:
August 23, 2012 at 5:29 PM
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood chose Seattle’s Harbor Island on Thursday morning to announce creation of a Freight Policy Council. His goal is to propose corridor improvements for U.S. ports and a strategy to better move freight.
U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell joined LaHood in the warehouse of PCC Logistics, where LaHood referred to her as “the freight senator.” She faces a re-election challenge from Republican state Sen. Michael Baumgartner of Spokane, whose signature issue is bringing home troops from Afghanistan.
Shipping industry executives, including BNSF Railway CEO Matt Rose and Port of Seattle CEO Tay Yoshitani, groused about the U.S. government’s lack of a freight policy at a Seattle convention last fall, while Canada invests heavily in its British Columbia terminals and inland railways.
There’s no new money or freight project list, but Cantwell and LaHood mentioned this state’s $150 million Vancouver (WA) Rail Project – where state and federal higher-speed rail funds will separate freight trains from Amtrak passenger trains, to reduce delays for both – as the kind of work that needs to be done. In Seattle, a South Lander Street overpass in Sodo was proposed years ago but lacks adequate city and state money.
LaHood said his federal board will be modeled on the Washington State Freight Mobility Investment Board. He said Washington state performs better than most in coordinating trucks, trains, and ships.
Seattle port backers worry about the 2014 widening of the Panama Canal. About 70 percent of cargo entering Seattle winds up in markets beyond the region, therefore the biggest ships can deliver their goods by passing through the enlarged canal to Gulf of Mexico ports. Would a national freight strategy tilt the balance away from the Northwest?
“These ports are going to very well when the Panama Canal opens, becuase they’re ahead of the curve on this,” LaHood said. Rather than pit regions against each other, Cantwell predicts USDOT would endorse projects aiding West Coast ports to increase their Asian trade, while competing against Canada and Mexico.
Lacking specifics, Thursday’s visit seems mostly about relationship-building, or keeping Puget Sound on a cabinet member’s mind.
At the photo-op site, PCC Logistics, a cornucopia of products is being loaded rail-to-truck or truck-to-rail: solar panels from China, pomegranate juice from Azerbaijan, peas and hay from eastern Washington, pork from Kansas.
History buff LaHood could have mentioned how federal stimulus programs for trade date back to Henry Clay’s “American System,” in the 1820s. He stopped at the river port of Lewiston, Idaho before Seattle and at a north Spokane freeway project afterward.
June 15, 2012 at 11:10 PM
An approximately 20-foot boat that washed ashore Friday at Cape Disappointment State Park in Pacific County is being studied to see if it was swept from one of last year’s Japanese tsunamis.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is working with the Japanese consulate in Seattle to find out if the boat came from Japan and to locate the owner.
Several state and federal agencies will continue evaluating the boat’s origin and make sure no hazardous materials such as oil are also washing up on Pacific Northwest shorelines, according to a press release from the Washington Department of Ecology.
The Washington Parks and Recreation Commission asked the public to stay clear of the boat in Ilwaco as the state Department of Fish and Wildlife stream cleans the vessel to remove potential invasive plant and animal species. A 65-foot dock that was swept onto Central Oregon’s coast in early June contained about two tons of sea life including invasive species.
Reports of debris thought to be carried over the Pacific Ocean from last year’s tsunamis in Japan have increased over the last month.
Sen. Maria Cantwell, who has repeatedly sought more federal funding for tsunami debris cleanup, said she still wants the federal government to be taking the financial and administrative lead on the project on Friday.
“The debris from the tragic tsunami in Japan is a national problem,” Cantwell said. “West Coast states and communities cannot and should not carry the burden and cost of dealing with tsunami debris on our own.”
According to one of Cantwell’s press releases, the floating debris field from Japanese tsunamis is five times the size of Washington state.
The Washington Department of Ecology is asking anyone encounterig oil or hazardous materials on Washington beaches to call 1-800-OILS-911.
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