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Invitation from Greg Nickels [Jul. 19th, 2006|05:05 pm]
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Invitation from Greg Nickels

I got this yesterday from the Greg Nickels Newsletter
Dear Friends:

Please join me to celebrate the city's plan for our central waterfront. The plan, which I am transmitting to Council this July, is the result of many hours of work by hundreds of volunteers, as well as city staff, and shows us how, with the removal of the viaduct, our waterfront could become the most exciting destination in Seattle, truly a place for everyone.

Meeting Details:

July 26 - Wednesday
10:00 a.m.
Waterfront Park - 1301 Alaskan Way

Sincerely,

GREG NICKELS
Mayor of Seattle

View a summary of the Central Waterfront Plan - Acrobat PDF
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100 best places to live (2006 money magazine) [Jul. 19th, 2006|05:05 pm]
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100 best places to live (2006 money magazine)

Bellevue made the top 100 places to live according to Money Magazine ranking in at #21

100 best places to live

States on Seattle
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Mayor announces biggest City Light rate cut in 35 years [Jul. 19th, 2006|05:04 pm]
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Mayor announces biggest City Light rate cut in 35 years

SEATTLE- Mayor Greg Nickels today proposed the most sizable rate cuts for City Light customers for at least the past 35 years. Under the mayor’s 2007 and 2008 plan, rates would drop between 2.2 percent for Seattle City Light residential customers and 14 percent for medium-sized commercial customers.

The mayor’s new rates proposal sets the stage for steady and reliable power rates for Seattle City Light customers in the years ahead.

"This proposal signals the end of the 2001 energy crisis for Seattle’s electricity customers," said Nickels. "With prudent planning and good financial management, we have dug ourselves out of the financial hole we were in five years ago. The days of using our credit card and racking up debt are over. We are now in a position to begin work on some major projects such as Alaskan Way tunnel utility relocation while reducing rates and paying down debt."

City Light is projecting net revenues for the biennium of $317.6 million from sales of surplus power. The utility also has reduced its annual operating and capital spending by $22 million since 2000.

"We’ve put City Light back on solid ground by using conservative financial practices and living within our means," Nickels said. "The hard work is paying off for the utility and the ratepayers."

The new rates mean that Seattle has the lowest commercial rate and the second lowest residential rate of comparably-sized cities in the nation. In addition to general rate relief, the proposal achieves City Light’s long-term goal of setting rates to reflect the actual cost to serve its various classes of customers. As a result, Seattle residential and low-income customers will pay a lower rate, as will commercial and industrial customers. Other customers may experience a small rate increase to reflect cost of service delivery.

The rate proposal now goes to the City Council for review and consideration. Once passed, new rates will take effect on January 1, 2007.

"The proposed rates will generate sufficient revenue to operate our utility, maintain our physical plant and infrastructure, pay down the debt incurred as a result of the energy crisis, align rates with the true cost of service, and provide more financial flexibility to carry us through good and bad water years," said Jorge Carrasco, superintendent of Seattle City Light.

"These rates are fair and equitable," Carrasco said. "No customer classes will be unfairly subsidizing others. The mayor’s proposal delivers on the rate relief we promised our customers, it will address our remaining energy crisis debt and it will put us in a sound financial position to meet any future challenges."
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6 Month Old West Seattle Condo for Sale [Jul. 19th, 2006|05:04 pm]
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6 Month Old West Seattle Condo for Sale

Unit: 208 / 4752 41st Ave SW Seattle 98116 West Seattle
$257,000
Beds 1 / Baths 1 / Fireplaces 1
Appx. SQFT 603
1 Parking Space
1 Storage Space

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donate $287 million to AIDS vaccine development [Jul. 19th, 2006|04:53 pm]
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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced 16 grants totaling $287 million to create an international network of highly collaborative research consortia focused on accelerating the pace of HIV vaccine development.

The grants will support a range of innovative approaches for designing an effective HIV vaccine, and bring together more than 165 investigators from 19 countries to tackle some of the biggest scientific challenges facing the field.


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Invitation from Greg Nickels [Jul. 19th, 2006|09:00 am]
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I got this yesterday from the Greg Nickels Newsletter
Dear Friends:

Please join me to celebrate the city's plan for our central waterfront. The plan, which I am transmitting to Council this July, is the result of many hours of work by hundreds of volunteers, as well as city staff, and shows us how, with the removal of the viaduct, our waterfront could become the most exciting destination in Seattle, truly a place for everyone.

Meeting Details:

July 26 - Wednesday
10:00 a.m.
Waterfront Park - 1301 Alaskan Way

Sincerely,

GREG NICKELS
Mayor of Seattle

View a summary of the Central Waterfront Plan - Acrobat PDF
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Decatur apartments is converting to condos [Jul. 18th, 2006|10:00 pm]
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The Wysong Group bought the Decatur apartments on First Hill / Capitol Hill. The 146 apartments will become condos ranging in price between $200,000s to the mid-$300,000s. I am surprised that they arent going to run more pricey.
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Bite Of Seattle and Transit Schedule [Jul. 18th, 2006|09:12 pm]
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The Northwest's Premier Food Festival

July 21, 22 and 23, 2006
FREE ADMISSION
LOCATION:
Seattle Center
FESTIVAL HOURS:
Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Bite of Seattle Transit Service
Friday, July 21 - Sunday, July 23, 2006
Click here for information on transit
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Some Family events Friday Nights at Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center [Jul. 18th, 2006|12:49 pm]
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<P>Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Ave. NE, offers some great Friday night activities in the coming weeks - bring the family and check them out!</P><P><B>Movie: "The Parent Trap." </B>Friday, July 28, 7 to 8:30 p.m. This is not the remake, but the 1961 classic, starring Brian Keith, Maureen O'Hara, and Hayley Mills. See these twin girls meet for the first time at summer camp, then pull a fast one on their parents to reunite them. Ages: all. Cost: $2. Snack: S'mores. Please note: parents must accompany their children.</P><P><B>Music in the Park: Emerald City Jazz Ensemble.</B> Friday, August 11, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Join us for a night of music in the park, rain or shine. If it's nice outside we'll hold the concert in the upper part of the Ravenna-Eckstein Park playground, on the grass field. If it's rainy, we'll move into the community center. Please bring a favorite picnic chair and some munchies. Ages: all. Cost: $5 per person, $20 per family with five or more members. Please note: parents must accompany their children.</P><P><B>Movie: "101 Dalmations." </B>Friday, August 25, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Come and enjoy another 1961 original classic, where we find two lovable Dalmatians and join them on their quest to find their 15 puppies. Along the way watch them meet a few new friends and gain 84 new brothers and sisters. This is a feel good movie for the child in all of us. Ages: all. Cost: $2. Snack: Oreos and milk. Please note: parents must accompany their children.</P>
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Saturday Activity [Jul. 13th, 2006|04:33 pm]
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Get Inside the Mansions on Capitol Hill Get an insider's peek at how the other half lives, in this tour of 18 homes located on Federal and 10th avenues east, between Aloha and Lynn streets. A fund-raiser for the Seattle Architecture Foundation and the nearby Gage Academy of Art, the tour will also include an open house of the academy. Tour begins at the Gage Academy parking lot, 1501 10th Ave. E. 206-667-9184, www.seattlearchitecture.org. $25. Noon–5 p.m. Sat., July 15.
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