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Fill the Goodwill truck BHS fundraiser on this Saturday

January 13th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Are you running out of space in your closets, garage and other storage spots in your home? Just box or bag those items you no longer need and drop them off at the Goodwill Truck fundraiser for the Ballard High School Performing Arts program.

The truck will be parked in the BHS parking lot on NW 67th Street from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. this Saturday, January 14.

Locals are encouraged to bring electronics, used cell phones, clothes, shoes, toys, kitchen items and small furniture.

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Ballard Development Update January 12: More subdivisions

January 12th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

One application and one decision make up today’s update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Application:

9032 14th Ave NW

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel into three parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 743 sq. ft., B) 1,186 sq. ft., and C) 3,547 sq. ft. Project also includes unit lot subdivision of Parcel C into four unit lots. The construction of two live-work and four residential units have been approved under Project #6414916. The subdivision of Parcel C is only for allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards for Parcel C will be applied to Parcel C and not to each of the new unit lots.

Decision:

2432 NW 60th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 3,043 sq. ft. and B) 1,604 sq. ft. Existing structures to be demolished.

Appeals of the above decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 1/26/2016

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Mike O’Brien to host Missing Link Q&A happy hour

January 11th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Locals are welcome to join Councilmember Mike O’Brien on Friday, January 27, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Ballard Bay Club/Ballard Elks Lodge (6411 Seaview Avenue NW) for a Happy Hour to express your opinion about completing the Missing Link of the Burke Gilman Trail in Ballard.

City Councilman, Mike O’Brien, will discuss the current status of the project at 6 p.m.

Complimentary Beer, Wine, Food, and other beverages will be provided.

Sign-up deadline is Friday, January 20th. Space will fill up quickly, so please RSVP soon to reserve your seat. Plenty of free convenient parking for vehicles and bicycles.

Locals can RSVP online.

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Ballard Boys and Girls Club to host blood drive this weekend

January 10th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Ballard Boys and Girls Club and Bloodworks Northwest will be hosting a Scholarship Blood Drive from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 14, at 1767 NW 64th St.

Donating one pint of blood can save up to 3 lives, so locals have the potential to make a big impact in our local community!

If 50 donors participate, one of Ballard High School’s graduating seniors, Elena Olafsson, will be awarded $500 in scholarship money for college expenses.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Jon Raduazzo, jraduazzo@positiveplace.org or reserve a time slot online.

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Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association to host annual meeting this month

January 10th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association will hold its 2017 Annual Meeting  on the mezzanine level of the Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th St) on Sunday, January 22, from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

The meeting will comprise of the review of the 2016 program highlights and help shape the program for the 2017 Fifty-Year Jubilee, followed by the nomination and election of officers. Attendees can also enjoy a slideshow presentation from Bergen and light refreshments in the tradition of Norwegian hospitality.

Following the meeting, attendees will have the opportunity to experience the gallery exhibit “People, Places, Changing Lands: The Photography of Anders Beer Wilse,” which features turn-of-the-century scenes from Norway and the Pacific Northwest. Free admission will be available for SBSCA meeting participants.

For more information, ticket prices and group reservations, please email the SBSCA at seattlebergensistercities@gmail.com or call the museum directly at (206) 789-5707.

Space at the annual meeting is limited, so please reserve your seat(s) early via Eventbrite. You may also pay your annual dues or contribute to our Fifty-Year Jubilee fund online. Please note that the SBSCA is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible.

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Ballard Development Update January 9: Subdivision applications

January 9th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Two applications make up today’s update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

519 NW 44th St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted  to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. The construction of residential units are under Project #6528759. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

1128 NW 52nd St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to allow a three story, 63,195 sq. ft. light manufacturing building. Parking for 46 vehicles to be provided. Existing structures to be demolished.

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Seattle’s minimum wage reaches $15 per hour for large employers

January 6th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Seattle’s minimum wage increased to $15 per hour on January 1 for employees working for the largest businesses in the city.

Mayor Ed Murray marked the increase this week, which is a milestone for the 2014 minimum wage ordinance that called for a phased-in increase of the minimum wage for workers. The ordinance was the first of its kind for a major city to chart a course to a $15 minimum wage.

“Seattle workers are getting a well-deserved raise in 2017, when our minimum wage hit $15 for the first time,” said Mayor Murray. “Nearly three years on, our local economy is thriving and more cities, as well as the state of Washington, have begun following Seattle’s lead to create a more equitable economy.”

The wage increase will impact an estimated 70,000 low-wage workers in Seattle. A study by the University of Washington found that one year after implementation, Seattle’s economy continues to expand. Data from 2016 also shows that Seattle’s unemployment rate continues to fall and currently sits near its lowest level in years.

Changes to the minimum wage in 2017 include:

Large Employers (501 or more employees worldwide)

  • $15.00/hour: If the employer does NOT pay towards the individual employee’s medical benefits.
  • $13.50/hour: If the employer DOES pay towards the individual employee’s medical benefits. 

Small Employers (500 or fewer employees worldwide)

  • $13.00/hour: If the employer does NOT pay at least $2.00/hour towards the individual employee’s medical benefits and/or the employee does NOT earn at least $2.00/hour in tips.
  • $11.00/hour: If the employer DOES pay at least $2.00/hour towards the individual employee’s medical benefits and/or the employee DOES earn at least $2.00/hour in tips

“We want to ensure that all workers in Seattle earn a living wage. My staff have been fielding calls from Seattle businesses making sure they are ready for 2017, as well as calls from employees asking about their rights,” says Dylan Orr, Director of the Seattle Office of Labor Standards. “I encourage both workers and employers to call us at 206-684-4500 or email us at laborstandards@seattle.gov for answers to questions about the minimum wage and other labor standards laws.”

Seattle’s minimum wage will continue to increase each year on January 1 until reaching $15 per hour for all workers in 2021.

Once Seattle’s hourly minimum wage reaches $15, further percentage changes will be based on the rate of inflation as determined by the Consumer Price Index for the Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton area. For more details, see the Office of Labor Standards Minimum Wage website.

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Ballard business owners make Forbes 30 Under 30 list

January 6th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Earlier this week Forbes Magazine named the three co-founders of Seattle company Rad Power Bikes (Mike Radenbaugh, Ty Collins, and Marimar White-Espin) winners of the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 award in Manufacturing & Industry for 2017.

Judged by industry leaders and innovators, making the 30 Under 30 list is extremely competitive, with Forbes choosing less than 4% of those nominated, making it even harder to get into the list than Stanford (4.85%) or Harvard (5.2%).

“Words can only begin to describe how exciting this is,” says co-founder Collins. “We can’t believe we get to wake up everyday and indulge in our passion and are so thankful that we have been able to share this with the world. Recognition like this is nice, but it’s not the end, we know this is only the beginning and are more motivated than ever!”

Rad Power Bikes was originally founded in 2007 and relaunched in 2015. It is now one of the top electric bike brands in the USA.

As a consumer direct brand, Rad Power Bikes is able to sell directly to the end user while bypassing the multiple levels of distribution that add up to a larger price tag to the consumer.

“A few years ago finding an ebike with a balance between performance and cost was almost an impossible task,” says Collins. “We wanted to put an end to that and manufacture and market bikes that we would want to ride, but at a far lower price tag versus comparable bikes on the market.”

By making ebikes more accessible to the public, Rad Power Bikes believe more people will start viewing alternate forms of transportation as a viable option.

Congratulations to the Rad Power Bikes team!

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Seattle School Traffic Safety Committee seeks new members

January 5th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The Seattle School Traffic Safety Committee is accepting applications for new members to help make walking and biking to school in Seattle safer and easier.

The volunteer board, which was created by the Seattle City Council in 1975 to improve traffic safety for all of Seattle’s school children, advises the Mayor and City Council with respect to school traffic safety, including adult crossing guard locations, school traffic signs and signals, school safety patrols, bicycle facilities, sidewalks and student traffic safety education.

Board members serve a three-year term, with an opportunity to serve a second term. Members must be Seattle residents and may not be City employees.

The board meets the fourth Friday of each month from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. typically at Seattle Public Schools headquarters with occasional field meetings at school sites or school crossings. Ideal committee members may include parents of school children, frequent walkers and bikers, people interested in pedestrian or bicycle encouragement and those with expertise in public health or child injury prevention.

The City of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in the City’s boards and commissions. Women, young persons, seniors, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, persons of color and immigrants are encouraged to apply.

Interested Seattleites should submit a resume and cover letter explaining their interest via email by 5 p.m. on January 29, 2017, to Serena Lehman at serena.lehman@seattle.gov.

For more information or questions, call Serena Lehman at (206) 684-7577 or send an e-mail to the address above.

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Local concierge service launches to connect non-smart phone users to Uber and Lyft

January 5th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

A new members-only concierge service has launched that connects non-smart phone users with the app-based services of Lyft and Uber.

The new service, called Arrive, allows members to book rides with Lyft and Uber over the phone with a representative as opposed to needing a smart phone to utilize the app.

According to co-founders Elizabeth Legg and Amy Stice, Arrive seeks to connect these users to safe, reliable transportation by serving as an intermediary between the rider and established ride services.

Legg and Stice had the idea for the company when looking for transportation solutions for Stice’s 92-year-old grandmother.

“I was looking for a way for my grandmother to get around that felt as easy as going out into her driveway and getting into her Camry,” says Stice. “Arrive was created to be that. My grandmother talks to a friendly person on the phone and a ride can pick her up from home in under ten minutes. Like a lot of her friends, she carries a flip-phone, so it’s simple for her to call us again to get picked up from her destination.”

To use the service, Arrive members pay a one-time sign-up fee of $30, and a $5 monthly membership fee. Each ride costs $3 over the cost billed by the ride service.

Arrive also maintains detailed records on each member, including their favorite destinations, so ordering a ride will always be easy and members never need to worry about looking up addresses in advance of requesting a trip.

The Arrive concierge line (866-ARRIVE-8) is now open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pacific time, seven days a week, and is currently staffed by Arrive’s co-founders.

Arrive is able to dispatch rides in any market served by Uber or Lyft, and to schedule rides in advance. Every dispatched ride is monitored by an Arrive concierge.

Click here to learn more about Arrive.

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Development Update January 5: A subdivision and Salmon Bay maintenance

January 5th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Two decisions make up today’s update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Decisions:

2425 NW 54th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to allow 2,000 cu. yds. of maintenance dredging within the Salmon Bay waterway.

1546 NW 62nd St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6483373. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

Appeals of the above decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 1/19/2016.

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Panda the dog is lost in Ballard

January 4th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Update:

Panda has been safely found. Thank you to all who helped to look for her.

Original Post:
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Panda the dog is lost in Ballard and was last seen this morning (Wednesday, January 4).

She was last seen wearing a red collar (with a Rainier Vet Tag and Panda Lee tag with phone numbers attached) and a black harness going across 15th in Ballard towards Fred Meyer.

“Please share and keep an eye out in the Ballard/Fremont area for her as we hope to get our dog back,” writes Panda’s owner Ian.

If you see Panda call (425) 381-0017, (425) 205-7885 or click here to comment on the Facebook post.

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