PCC urges City to rethink hazard pay for grocery store workers

PCC Community Markets is asking Seattle City Council to reconsider the hazard pay ordinance to increase grocery store workers’ hourly rate by $4. Seattle City Council last week passed the Hazard Pay for Grocery Store Workers Bill, set to be signed by Mayor Jenny Durkan this week. The bill requires all Seattle grocery stores to […]

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Restaurants, museums, fitness centers allowed to reopen at 25% capacity starting Monday

Gov. Jay Inslee yesterday announced easing of COVID-19 guidelines for King County, allowing many business to reopen indoor service starting Monday, Feb. 1. Under the easements, King, Snohomish, and Pierce Counties will be in Phase 2 of the new Roadmap to Recovery plan. That means restaurants, indoor fitness centers, and live entertainment venues including bowling […]

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January Q&A with District 6 Councilmember Dan Strauss

In our January Q&A with District 6 Councilmember Dan Strauss, we sourced reader questions from the My Ballard Group, many of which centered around the homelessness crisis. If you want to submit questions for future Q&As, email us at tips@myballard.com. When will your homelessness plan be implemented? “This is the sixth year of a civil […]

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A look at the renovated Ballard Pool

While it’s not open quite yet, the Ballard Pool has undergone an impressive transformation over the past year. The pool closed in December 2019 for a major renovation project including replacing the concrete pool deck, drains, pool and spa plaster liners, and filtration system. It was due to open last year, but some delays in […]

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Beaches reopen following last week’s wastewater overflow

Local beaches have reopened after closing for several days for water quality concerns. Golden Gardens, Carkeek, Medina, and Richmond Beach closed last Wednesday due to wastewater overflows from West Point Treatment Plant and Richmond Beach pump station. Over 11 million gallons of sewage and stormwater poured into Puget Sound when both stations lost power from […]

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Local beaches close after 11 million gallons of stormwater and sewage overflowed into Puget Sound

The widespread power outages caused by Tuesday night’s storms resulted in massive sewage overflows at three different water treatment plants in Seattle. King County reports stormwater and sewer overflows into Puget Sound from West Point Treatment Plant and Richmond Beach pump station. Lake Washington was also affected when the Medina pump station lost power. Between […]

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Spice Waala opens today in Ballard

Ballard gains an Indian restaurant today: Spice Waala is opening today in the former Boar’s Nest location (2008 NW 56th St). This is the second Spice Waala location for owners Aakanksha Sinha and Uttam Mukherjee—they opened their first location in Capitol Hill in 2019. Spice Waala will be open for lunch and dinner starting today, Friday, Jan […]

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Cougar spotted at Discovery Park

Over the holidays, a number of people reported sightings of a cougar in Magnolia and Discovery Park. According to Friends of Discovery Park, the cougar was spotted in the park and the surrounding neighborhood over the past couple of weeks. “Please be cautious when visiting the park; especially when running, with small children or pets […]

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Local charity installs port-a-potty and dumpster at Leary Triangle

Local charity Seattle Compassion has installed a portable toilet and dumpster at the Leary Triangle (NW Leary Way, Leary Way NW, and 9th Ave NW). According to Seattle Compassion volunteer Ted Dubinsky, there are about a dozen or so people living at the Triangle who are using it, and at least a couple of nearby […]

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SPD investigating Woodland Park homicide

Police are investigating after a 38-year-old man was found dead at Woodland Park. According to the SPD Blotter, the man was found at 2:30 am Wednesday in the 5000 block of Aurora Ave N after a passing motorist spotted a person lying in the road and called 911. Police say the cause of death is […]

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