Comments for West Seattle Blog... http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:58:12 +0200 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Comment on Admiral Theater’s future: ‘Ticking clock’ forcing decision soon by Gina http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/admiral-theaters-future-ticking-clock-forcing-decision-on-its-fate/#comment-1424390 Gina Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:58:12 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280371#comment-1424390 The interior was much nicer before the twinning. http://pauldorpat.com/2009/05/05/a-bonus-seattle-now-then-we-shall-overcome/ The interior was much nicer before the twinning.

http://pauldorpat.com/2009/05/05/a-bonus-seattle-now-then-we-shall-overcome/

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Comment on Admiral Theater’s future: ‘Ticking clock’ forcing decision soon by Jonel http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/admiral-theaters-future-ticking-clock-forcing-decision-on-its-fate/#comment-1424373 Jonel Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:37:32 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280371#comment-1424373 I love going to the theatre in West Seattle and know if they can remodel that others will go too. Whether it is an indie format or a bar/movie format or whatever people want to go to the movies in their own neighborhood. Kickstarter is a great idea - but sounds like landlord is first hurdle - so perhaps if West Seattle can show enough support he might come around.... I love going to the theatre in West Seattle and know if they can remodel that others will go too. Whether it is an indie format or a bar/movie format or whatever people want to go to the movies in their own neighborhood.

Kickstarter is a great idea – but sounds like landlord is first hurdle – so perhaps if West Seattle can show enough support he might come around….

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Comment on Arbor Heights Elementary: Demolition on hold pending hearing on new appeal by Rosslyn http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/new-arbor-heights-elementary-old-schools-demolition-on-hold-pending-hearing-on-new-appeal/#comment-1424360 Rosslyn Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:26:57 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280319#comment-1424360 One of the appellants is a former AH teacher who transferred to another school at least 6 years ago. He testified before the school board numerous times about how he was wronged by a former AH principal. Makes me wonder if he still has some beef with AH? -Another AH parent One of the appellants is a former AH teacher who transferred to another school at least 6 years ago. He testified before the school board numerous times about how he was wronged by a former AH principal. Makes me wonder if he still has some beef with AH?

-Another AH parent

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Comment on Terminal 5′s last cargo-ship call for now, after half a century by Thomas M. http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/terminal-5s-last-cargo-ship-call-for-now-after-half-a-century/#comment-1424356 Thomas M. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:23:08 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280333#comment-1424356 How about a light rail and bus system park and ride? Maybe even run bigger water taxis from there to downtown? It is one heck of a big parking lot. How about a light rail and bus system park and ride? Maybe even run bigger water taxis from there to downtown? It is one heck of a big parking lot.

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Comment on Followup: Mayor tells police to stand down in post-foreclosure West Seattle eviction case of Byron and Jean Barton by Thomas M. http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/followup-mayor-tells-police-to-stand-down-in-post-foreclosure-west-seattle-eviction-case-of-byron-and-jean-barton/#comment-1424351 Thomas M. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:16:32 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280164#comment-1424351 I am not in the business of sorting the good from the bad. My reference to the dot com ripoff artists comes from reviewing the files of people who have paid thousands to out-of-state "foreclosure stopper" businesses who proceeded to provide no service or useless service. Some of these are out of state law offices, many of which have been shut down by their respective state bars. I am aware of the dot org phenomenon. I suggested people get their guidance from pro bono and low bono organizations dedicated solely to helping those who are at risk of loss of their housing, and who make absolutely nothing on the deal. There is no better credibility than that. I am not in the business of sorting the good from the bad. My reference to the dot com ripoff artists comes from reviewing the files of people who have paid thousands to out-of-state “foreclosure stopper” businesses who proceeded to provide no service or useless service. Some of these are out of state law offices, many of which have been shut down by their respective state bars. I am aware of the dot org phenomenon. I suggested people get their guidance from pro bono and low bono organizations dedicated solely to helping those who are at risk of loss of their housing, and who make absolutely nothing on the deal. There is no better credibility than that.

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Comment on Admiral Theater’s future: ‘Ticking clock’ forcing decision soon by JD http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/admiral-theaters-future-ticking-clock-forcing-decision-on-its-fate/#comment-1424314 JD Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:40:54 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280371#comment-1424314 Marc Gartin is the problem here w/ the Month to Month lease. Trying to work with him is like pulling teeth from a scared unsedated dog assuming you can even get an answer from him or even acknowledge that he's read your e-mail or snail mail letter. I wish the owners of The Admiral luck, our group knows what you're likely dealing with. Marc Gartin is the problem here w/ the Month to Month lease. Trying to work with him is like pulling teeth from a scared unsedated dog assuming you can even get an answer from him or even acknowledge that he’s read your e-mail or snail mail letter. I wish the owners of The Admiral luck, our group knows what you’re likely dealing with.

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Comment on Followup: Mayor tells police to stand down in post-foreclosure West Seattle eviction case of Byron and Jean Barton by Ms. Sparkles http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/followup-mayor-tells-police-to-stand-down-in-post-foreclosure-west-seattle-eviction-case-of-byron-and-jean-barton/#comment-1424296 Ms. Sparkles Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:22:12 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280164#comment-1424296 Heather (or anyone who may know) I'm under the impression that you have to have some ability to pay the loan (in addition to being at least 3 months behind) to get a change in terms, and you actually have to be underwater (owe more than the home's current value) to get a principal reduction; am I wrong? I don't understand how the Barton's could qualify for a principal reduction when there's still equity in the home- that wouldn't make any sense, because there's no reason for "forgiveness of debt" when the asset securing the debt is valued higher than the debt. So that would leave modification of the terms (interest rate/ length of loan)- but if there just isn't enough income comming in to cover the loan under any terms, then how is sale/ foreclosure not the only possible outcome? They pulled out $663,500 in equity between 2005 - 2007 (per 2007 refi docs showing a 1st mortgage for $456,000 and a 2nd for $207,500, we know the home has been in the family for 3 generations, so at some point it was owned free and clear) and then couldn't pay it back; essentially pre-selling their home. Finally to Zark - am I wrong that they had to miss payments before QLS became involved? Isn't QLS the trustee who is supposed to (but clearly did not) act as a neutral party between the bank -Chase - and the Bartons? Are you saying that QLS is falseifying documents to the point where they're claiming the Barton's missed payments when they did not? That QLS is comming in uninvited by Chase to do a fast forclosure? Heather (or anyone who may know)

I’m under the impression that you have to have some ability to pay the loan (in addition to being at least 3 months behind) to get a change in terms, and you actually have to be underwater (owe more than the home’s current value) to get a principal reduction; am I wrong?

I don’t understand how the Barton’s could qualify for a principal reduction when there’s still equity in the home- that wouldn’t make any sense, because there’s no reason for “forgiveness of debt” when the asset securing the debt is valued higher than the debt.

So that would leave modification of the terms (interest rate/ length of loan)- but if there just isn’t enough income comming in to cover the loan under any terms, then how is sale/ foreclosure not the only possible outcome?

They pulled out $663,500 in equity between 2005 – 2007 (per 2007 refi docs showing a 1st mortgage for $456,000 and a 2nd for $207,500, we know the home has been in the family for 3 generations, so at some point it was owned free and clear) and then couldn’t pay it back; essentially pre-selling their home.

Finally to Zark – am I wrong that they had to miss payments before QLS became involved? Isn’t QLS the trustee who is supposed to (but clearly did not) act as a neutral party between the bank -Chase – and the Bartons? Are you saying that QLS is falseifying documents to the point where they’re claiming the Barton’s missed payments when they did not? That QLS is comming in uninvited by Chase to do a fast forclosure?

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Comment on Admiral Theater’s future: ‘Ticking clock’ forcing decision soon by Anne http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/admiral-theaters-future-ticking-clock-forcing-decision-on-its-fate/#comment-1424255 Anne Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:36:00 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280371#comment-1424255 hopey- I think both are needed- first -they need a commitment from the landlord to move forward- then the updating - equipment & building. That will cost plenty & funds will need to be raised. hopey- I think both are needed- first -they need a commitment from the landlord to move forward- then the updating – equipment & building. That will cost plenty & funds will need to be raised.

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Comment on Arbor Heights Elementary: Demolition on hold pending hearing on new appeal by Ann http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/new-arbor-heights-elementary-old-schools-demolition-on-hold-pending-hearing-on-new-appeal/#comment-1424251 Ann Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:27:06 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280319#comment-1424251 While Chris Jackins championed AHE being moved up on the BEX Levy timeline, he has never been in support of an AHE rebuild. He has referred to the new design as the "Taj Mahal" and "Mega School." Chris believes that the school should be remodeled and remain at the same capacity. Chris' argument is that the new "mega school" capacity numbers will have an impact on Roxhill Elementary enrollment and the school will be closed and absorbed by AHE. This argument is unfounded. AHE in its current building once held almost 1000 students. For most of the past two decades, enrollment was 500 or more. It declined from about 2006 to present. Roxhill has high enrollment numbers and will not close. It was made clear by Carmella Delino that Roxhill will not be absorbed by AHE. I attended a community meeting at Roxhill for a BEX hearing and their community spoke loud and clear that they wanted to stay together, but wanted a new facility in a safer location (off of Roxbury). I am really confused about his new agenda. While Chris Jackins championed AHE being moved up on the BEX Levy timeline, he has never been in support of an AHE rebuild. He has referred to the new design as the “Taj Mahal” and “Mega School.” Chris believes that the school should be remodeled and remain at the same capacity.

Chris’ argument is that the new “mega school” capacity numbers will have an impact on Roxhill Elementary enrollment and the school will be closed and absorbed by AHE. This argument is unfounded.

AHE in its current building once held almost 1000 students. For most of the past two decades, enrollment was 500 or more. It declined from about 2006 to present. Roxhill has high enrollment numbers and will not close. It was made clear by Carmella Delino that Roxhill will not be absorbed by AHE. I attended a community meeting at Roxhill for a BEX hearing and their community spoke loud and clear that they wanted to stay together, but wanted a new facility in a safer location (off of Roxbury).

I am really confused about his new agenda.

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Comment on Admiral Theater’s future: ‘Ticking clock’ forcing decision soon by Fantastic Modern Times http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/admiral-theaters-future-ticking-clock-forcing-decision-on-its-fate/#comment-1424205 Fantastic Modern Times Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:30:54 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280371#comment-1424205 I hope they keep the facade (to keep all of the sentimental types happy), but gut what they can legally and build another gorgeous boxy shaped condo/retail building in its place. The theater had a good run, but it is now time to move on and make it look like what the rest of what West Seattle is becoming. Square sexy box designs everywhere, I say. They're fabulous!!! I hope they keep the facade (to keep all of the sentimental types happy), but gut what they can legally and build another gorgeous boxy shaped condo/retail building in its place. The theater had a good run, but it is now time to move on and make it look like what the rest of what West Seattle is becoming. Square sexy box designs everywhere, I say. They’re fabulous!!!

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Comment on Admiral Theater’s future: ‘Ticking clock’ forcing decision soon by ws guy http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/admiral-theaters-future-ticking-clock-forcing-decision-on-its-fate/#comment-1424203 ws guy Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:30:18 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280371#comment-1424203 So a kick starter I think is a fund raiser? Whers and when? .......... So a kick starter I think is a fund raiser? Whers and when? ……….

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Comment on Arbor Heights Elementary: Demolition on hold pending hearing on new appeal by Julie http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/new-arbor-heights-elementary-old-schools-demolition-on-hold-pending-hearing-on-new-appeal/#comment-1424184 Julie Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:09:38 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280319#comment-1424184 I think the fact that a dedicated teacher is part of this appeal should give people pause. Clearly, he is very aware of the crying need. That he believes it is important to slow the process to improve the outcome says volumes about the district's process. I think the fact that a dedicated teacher is part of this appeal should give people pause. Clearly, he is very aware of the crying need. That he believes it is important to slow the process to improve the outcome says volumes about the district’s process.

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Comment on Admiral Theater’s future: ‘Ticking clock’ forcing decision soon by heather http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/admiral-theaters-future-ticking-clock-forcing-decision-on-its-fate/#comment-1424172 heather Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:02:15 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280371#comment-1424172 I'd certainly go more often. I love the theater but would welcome better seats and carpet...and the drapes being cleaned. I love Eltteas Bay in Ballard. I’d certainly go more often. I love the theater but would welcome better seats and carpet…and the drapes being cleaned. I love Eltteas Bay in Ballard.

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Comment on Admiral Theater’s future: ‘Ticking clock’ forcing decision soon by cjboffoli http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/admiral-theaters-future-ticking-clock-forcing-decision-on-its-fate/#comment-1424164 cjboffoli Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:53:00 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280371#comment-1424164 There are hundreds of houses – with thousands of potential moviegoers – within an easy 5-10 minute walk of the Admiral Theater. And for people farther-afield there is street parking available on the surrounding blocks. The problem is not a lack of parking so much as it is people who are averse to walking and who expect to always find a space with 20 feet of where they're going. There are hundreds of houses – with thousands of potential moviegoers – within an easy 5-10 minute walk of the Admiral Theater. And for people farther-afield there is street parking available on the surrounding blocks. The problem is not a lack of parking so much as it is people who are averse to walking and who expect to always find a space with 20 feet of where they’re going.

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Comment on Terminal 5′s last cargo-ship call for now, after half a century by wetone http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/terminal-5s-last-cargo-ship-call-for-now-after-half-a-century/#comment-1424157 wetone Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:46:01 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280333#comment-1424157 Another only in Seattle well thought out plan that follows many other of our projects in this town. 1st problem I see is funding oh wait they have unlimited funding, just raise the taxes once more since we already have one of the highest subsidized ports in the nation. 2nd is it's location. Could not pick a worse location from the standpoint of egress/ingress. How about all the increased traffic activity's onto Seattle Sodo area surface streets, W/S fwy, I-5 ? from big rigs, more road closures from increased port trains and don't forget they want to run a lot more coal trains through this area. Between the trains and increased surface street usage that will be coming from the hwy99 2 lanes (both n/s) toll tunnel once it's done Sodo area traffic and access in/out of W/S will be flat out terrible. I also see no mention in the Port's plan for a new railroad bridge being built for crossing the Duwamish river ? as the old one is well very old, who will pay for that ? along with all the environmental studies/clean up cost ? Just one more thing that will impact W/S traffic is any increased marine traffic in that area will most likely cause more lower bridge openings. Another only in Seattle well thought out plan that follows many other of our projects in this town. 1st problem I see is funding oh wait they have unlimited funding, just raise the taxes once more since we already have one of the highest subsidized ports in the nation. 2nd is it’s location. Could not pick a worse location from the standpoint of egress/ingress. How about all the increased traffic activity’s onto Seattle Sodo area surface streets, W/S fwy, I-5 ? from big rigs, more road closures from increased port trains and don’t forget they want to run a lot more coal trains through this area. Between the trains and increased surface street usage that will be coming from the hwy99 2 lanes (both n/s) toll tunnel once it’s done Sodo area traffic and access in/out of W/S will be flat out terrible. I also see no mention in the Port’s plan for a new railroad bridge being built for crossing the Duwamish river ? as the old one is well very old, who will pay for that ? along with all the environmental studies/clean up cost ? Just one more thing that will impact W/S traffic is any increased marine traffic in that area will most likely cause more lower bridge openings.

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