West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle online http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:32:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 1 1/2 months until mandatory food-waste composting: City asks about your ‘most compostable’ holiday dish http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/1-12-months-until-mandatory-food-waste-composting-city-asks-about-your-most-compostable-holiday-dish/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/1-12-months-until-mandatory-food-waste-composting-city-asks-about-your-most-compostable-holiday-dish/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 02:02:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292394 On New Year’s Day, the new city rules about food-waste composting kick in. To keep that top-of-mind, Seattle Public Utilities just launched a mini-survey with an incentive – asking what food you’re most likely to compost this holiday season. 14 options (or write in your own) on one page, with a chance to win a kitchen compost bin if you choose to include your e-mail address. Friday’s the deadline.

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‘West Seattle Hack Night’ tomorrow; sign up today http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-hack-night-tomorrow-sign-up-today/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-hack-night-tomorrow-sign-up-today/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:44:58 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292355 Before we get to what’s up today/tonight, here’s an advance alert about an event tomorrow night – Ben shares the invitation for the first West Seattle Hack Night:

We’re inviting local professional and amateur programmers to come out to a West Seattle Hack Night. The purpose of the meetup is to connect technologists in West Seattle, share information, network, and collaborate to make something cool or useful. We’d also welcome any non-profits or local businesses are looking for tech help or just want to pitch an idea for people to work on.

It starts with meet-and-greet at 6:30 pm tomorrow (Tuesday, November 18) at West Seattle Office Junction (6040 California SW; WSB sponsor) – if you’re interested, here’s where to sign up.

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Faster Internet service in West Seattle? Two updates http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/faster-internet-service-in-west-seattle-two-updates/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/faster-internet-service-in-west-seattle-two-updates/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 03:25:33 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=291951

Thanks to Jeff for sharing that photo with word that CenturyLink crews were spotted installing fiber in Arbor Heights today. That led us to check back with CL on the status of its promised megafast Internet access. Regional spokesperson Meg Andrews replied:

CenturyLink is currently building out the network in the Ballard and the West Seattle area — enabling homes along the way. We are still on track to offer the service to tens of thousands of customers in Seattle by 2015.

Andrews added that if you want to get on the list to be contacted when the upgraded service is available at your house, you can do it here.

Meantime, several readers pointed out the Seattle Times (WSB news partner) report noting that Wave Broadband is rolling out service in Eastlake, expanding its CondoInternet service to all kinds of housing. Pauline looked beyond the Times story to call attention to the company’s suggestion that it might choose future neighborhoods depending on interest expressed – so if you want to tell them to come here, here’s where to go.

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Faster Internet? What’s next after City Council vote http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/faster-internet-whats-next-after-city-council-vote/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/faster-internet-whats-next-after-city-council-vote/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:11:47 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287265 CenturyLink‘s plan to offer 1-gigabit Internet service in neighborhoods including West Seattle got a boost from the City Council today. Councilmembers voted to change the rules for the cabinets that are required to extend fiber service. Full details are in this city news release. A PR firm for CLink pinged us afterward, saying that the company’s local leadership is working with “aerial fiber” to extend service this year and next. We asked if they had any West Seattle specifics yet – where, when, etc. – short answer, no.

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One year after survey, city’s out with ‘how you use tech’ report http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/one-year-after-survey-citys-out-with-how-you-use-tech-report/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/one-year-after-survey-citys-out-with-how-you-use-tech-report/#comments Fri, 23 May 2014 20:01:59 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=274269 More than a year after city government invited Seattleites to take a survey about how we use technology – the Internet, cell phones, etc. – the results are out. Along with the online survey, the city says it also polled some residents by phone, and other via in-person focus groups – 2,600 participants overall. Here are the highlights (sample finding – almost everybody wants faster Internet!); here’s the full report.

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Updated: Apologies after SDOT tweet calls West Seattle Bridge drivers ‘scumbags’ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/funny-or-not-sdot-tweet-calls-west-seattle-bridge-drivers-scumbags/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/funny-or-not-sdot-tweet-calls-west-seattle-bridge-drivers-scumbags/#comments Mon, 05 May 2014 20:18:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=272465

1:18 PM: If you haven’t already seen this via The Seattle Times or via Reddit … someone at SDOT thought it was funny that the eastbound bridge was backed up this morning while the westbound bridge was closed for a rollover/spinout crash (as reported here), and proclaimed drivers on the eastbound side to be rubberneckers. If you use social media, you may know it’s considered cool for government agencies to use humor (major case in point, SPD/pot/Doritos). What do you think?

P.S. We have a question out to SDOT’s communications director for his thoughts. The West Seattle Transportation Coalition has already had something to say.

P.P.S. The “scumbag hat” reference is to this meme.

(You might also recall it was just a few months ago SDOT said it only had interns to staff the Transportation Management Center during peak hours – see this December story).

2:42 PM UPDATE: We contacted both SDOT communications director Rick Sheridan and Mayor Murray’s commmunications director Jeff Reading. Their responses both just came in. From SDOT’s Sheridan:

The use of the hat meme was not intended to insult drivers but to highlight a roadway problem and help drivers make decisions about their trips. We apologize to anyone that was offended by the tweet.

Our traffic management center personnel typically use humorous memes to highlight problematic situations for drivers. The staff member was trying to note that rubbernecking near a collision site was creating delays.

We have removed the tweet from our Twitter feed. The staff member’s supervisor will also reinforce the department’s standards for social media. Again, we apologize if anyone was offended.

And from Reading in the mayor’s office:

It’s never acceptable for a city employee to ridicule members of the public. I understand the tweet in question was meant humorously, but many — myself included — took it quite differently. Mayor Murray holds a high standard of respect for communications with the public across all city departments. We will ensure that this type of offending humor is not repeated in communications to the public by City of Seattle employees.

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Looking for more/better police/crime info online? West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network hosts SPD Web rep Tuesday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/looking-for-morebetter-policecrime-info-online-west-seattle-block-watch-captains-network-hosts-spd-web-rep-tuesday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/looking-for-morebetter-policecrime-info-online-west-seattle-block-watch-captains-network-hosts-spd-web-rep-tuesday/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:47:19 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=270784 Wish you could get more/better/faster information about crime/police activity online? Have ideas for how Seattle Police could improve/beef up what they offer online now? Come talk about it in person with Shanna Christie from the SPD Web team, next Tuesday (April 22nd) at the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network. As explained by WSBWCN leaders Karen Berge and Deb Greer:

She wants our feedback about the online tools that are currently available on the SPD website, how they work and how they don’t. Are you able to find the information you need? Is the Block Watch Toolkit useful to you? She will talk about the plans in the works for a re-vamp of the precinct webpages, starting with the SW Precinct. They hope to provide better information, and more timely information, about what is happening in our neighborhoods. Your feedback is needed!

That’s 6:30 pm Tuesday in the meeting room at the Southwest Precinct (Webster/Delridge).

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Lights out? Stuff dumped? 2 new options for city’s ‘Find It, Fix It’ problem-reporting app http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/lights-out-stuff-dumped-2-new-options-for-citys-find-it-fix-it-problem-reporting-app/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/lights-out-stuff-dumped-2-new-options-for-citys-find-it-fix-it-problem-reporting-app/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 04:52:48 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=270104 Quick update about the city’s Find It, Fix It app, which you can use to report various problems via your smartphone. From the announcement:

… Smartphone users now can use the app to report illegal dumping and streetlight outages, in addition to abandoned vehicles, graffiti, potholes and parking enforcement issues, which have been features of the app since it launched in August 2013. …

Since its launch last summer, Find It, Fix It has been downloaded to 6,350 mobile devices and users have submitted 6,393 requests through this new channel (graffiti, 2,551; other, 1,744; pothole, 1,012; abandoned vehicles, 558; and parking enforcement, 528).

Don’t have it? You can download it by going here.

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From the WSB Forums: Tell the city what you think of Comcast http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/from-the-wsb-forums-tell-the-city-what-you-think-of-comcast/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/from-the-wsb-forums-tell-the-city-what-you-think-of-comcast/#comments Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:54:10 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=267976 Thanks to WSB Forums member Wakeflood for opening a discussion about this – the city is asking for your feedback right now about Comcast‘s franchise, before deciding on a potential 10-year-renewal. As Wakeflood points out, you can just answer a few quick questions here – or follow the link on that page to a full-fledged more-detailed survey (here).

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WSB site note: Sorry about the outage! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/02/wsb-site-note-sorry-about-the-outage/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/02/wsb-site-note-sorry-about-the-outage/#comments Sun, 02 Feb 2014 03:47:48 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=263660 Our apologies for WSB having been mostly unreachable for more than an hour this evening. Thanks to those who checked to make sure we knew – our 24-hour hotline, 206-293-6302, text or voice, is the best way to reach us with something urgent. Downtime is rare – our last major problem was almost five months ago – but if WSB ever doesn’t come up for you, please check our main social-media channels – Facebook (facebook.com/westseattleblog – if you “friended” us in the early days at facebook.com/wsblog, please note the “WS Blog” page is long-decommissioned, so you need to “like” WSB at /westseattleblog instead) and Twitter (twitter.com/westseattleblog). We also have a blog-format backup site at westseattleblog.wordpress.com. Thanks for your patience and support!

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Gigabit Squared high-speed Internet service deal reportedly ‘dead’ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/gigabit-squared-high-speed-internet-service-deal-reportedly-dead/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/gigabit-squared-high-speed-internet-service-deal-reportedly-dead/#comments Tue, 07 Jan 2014 22:18:25 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=261251 The plan for a startup called Gigabit Squared to bring high-speed Internet to neighborhoods including part of West Seattle is dead, the Puget Sound Business Journal says this afternoon. This comes days after GeekWire reported that Gigabit Squared wasn’t paying a $52,000 bill it had racked up for city engineers’ time, and shortly after Publicola pointed out a Chicago report that GB2 was on the rocks there. Last year, then-Mayor McGinn announced in his 2013 State of the City speech that the plan would expand to include part of West Seattle, and GB2 announced its pricing plan in July, but there had been no updates since then.

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Comcast trouble in West Seattle? Should be over, or soon http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/comcast-trouble-in-west-seattle-should-be-over-or-soon/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/comcast-trouble-in-west-seattle-should-be-over-or-soon/#comments Mon, 06 Jan 2014 21:37:57 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=261106 Several have asked about Comcast trouble in the past hour-plus. Via Twitter, @ComcastWA said a few minutes ago “Washington state customers whose services were affected by issues should be back up or coming back up.”

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Halloween event planned? Please let us know ASAP! http://westseattleblog.com/2013/10/halloween-event-planned-please-let-us-know-asap/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/10/halloween-event-planned-please-let-us-know-asap/#comments Fri, 04 Oct 2013 02:24:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=251759 jackols.jpgExactly four weeks from tonight, it’s Halloween! We’ll be publishing our special page of Halloween/harvest-season events/activities soon, so we’re sending out the request tonight: If you have a seasonal event planned, open to the public, at your business, school, church, etc., please let us know. E-mail the what/where/when (etc.) basics to editor@westseattleblog.com ASAP – even better if you have a weblink and/or Facebook link to info about it (not mandatory, though). As with all event-calendar listings, we request that you send the info as plain text, NOT as a Word/PDF/image attachment. Thanks!

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Find It, Fix It: New city app for graffiti, potholes, abandoned cars… http://westseattleblog.com/2013/08/find-it-fix-it-citys-new-app-for-graffiti-potholes-abandoned-cars/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/08/find-it-fix-it-citys-new-app-for-graffiti-potholes-abandoned-cars/#comments Tue, 13 Aug 2013 22:48:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=160929

Just announced by the city: “Find It, Fix It,” an app for your iPhone or Android phone that can be used to report graffiti, potholes, abandoned vehicles, parking-enforcement issues, and more. The announcement explains that you can use the app to take a picture, add details, pinpoint the location, and send the report to the city. What happens from there?

Submissions are entered into the City’s Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) system, and departments responsible for providing that specific service will manage and track requests. The City of Seattle began using the CRM system in December 2011. There may be some initial delays in response time as City departments adjust to any increase in service requests. …

The City anticipates adding other request types in the future and welcomes feedback on the app and ideas for additional features. Users should choose the Find It, Fix It app’s “other inquiry” category – found under the “New Request” icon – to submit feedback.

Read more about it here – and/or, if you have an Android or iPhone, go to Google Play or the App Store (respectively) and check it out. The city says it’s looking forward to feedback from the first round of users to figure out how to improve it in the long run.

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Apologies yet again http://westseattleblog.com/2013/08/apologies-yet-again/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/08/apologies-yet-again/#comments Fri, 02 Aug 2013 05:30:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=159769 We are in the “you can’t make omelets without breaking a few eggs” technical mode – that’s no excuse, but there’s really nothing else we can say about being offline for a few hours. Some people had trouble seeing the site earlier in the day too – and that has to do with the nature of the problem, which involved the ultimate destination you’re pointed to when you ask your computer or phone to take you here. As of right now, everything’s pointed to the correct place. It’s been a fairly quiet day, so you haven’t missed much, but again, we’re sorry – even on slow days, we work hard to have interesting information here, updated at least every few hours, so we’re behind now and we’ll be catching up on a few things overnight as a result. – Tracy & Patrick, WSB co-publishers

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