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Seattle in the Spotlight: July 26th – August 1st, 2019

Questions About Seattle’s Streetcars, Washington House Democrats Select Laurie Jinkins of Tacoma to Succeed Speaker Frank Chopp, and more in this week’s Seattle in the Spotlight.

What Questions Do You Have About Seattle’s Streetcars, Including the Proposed First Avenue Line?

Seattle Times | Michelle Baruchman | August 1

“The First Avenue streetcar line that would link Seattle’s two existing lines has had a troubled path. In July 2014, the Seattle City Council voted to add a streetcar line on First Avenue. But in March 2018, Mayor Jenny Durkan halted the streetcar expansion and ordered an independent review of its finances and ridership projections after The Seattle Times reported that costs to operate the new system could be 50% higher than what the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) had publicly stated.”

Washington House Democrats Select Laurie Jinkins of Tacoma to Succeed Speaker Frank Chopp

Seattle Times | Joseph O’Sullivan | July 31

“Washington House Democrats opened a fresh chapter in state politics Wednesday, selecting Rep. Laurie Jinkins of Tacoma to succeed Frank Chopp as speaker of the House. When she’s formally voted in at the start of the new legislative session in January, Jinkins, 54, will be the first woman to ever hold that position in Olympia. She’s currently one of only three openly LGBTQ lawmakers in the nation serving as the leader of a state legislative chamber, according to the Victory Institute, an advocacy organization that seeks to increase LGBTQ people in elected office. And the selection of Jinkins provides a bookend to the two-decade-long reign of Chopp, D-Seattle and the longest-serving speaker in Washington history.”

Public Can Learn More About Improvements to Seattle’s Pioneer Square

KING 5 |Brittany Moorer | July 30

“As the Alaskan Way Viaduct comes down, Seattle’s waterfront continues to take new shape. Residents are learning more about some of the changes that could be coming to Pioneer Square and what it means for the Waterfront Project. The Office of the Waterfront and Civic Projects is working with Alliance for Pioneer Square to come up with ways to enhance and connect both areas. This includes portions of Main, Washington, King and Yesler Way.”


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