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  • in reply to: Where to buy some Plexiglass!? #809425

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    Since you don’t specify what kind of Plexiglas you wish to use, I am not sure how to recommend.

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    TAP plastics at south end of Lake Union has large selection and knowledge base for whatever application you have in mind. They will cut and fabricate also. I don’t use them myself much, since I have a TAP close to my office in Bellevue, but I love them!

    in reply to: Dogs Off Leash #808957

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    MIWS missed a park that for all intents and purposes is now West Seattle’s favorite unofficial dog play, swim and toilet park and beach — Lowman Beach Park. Can’t even begin to tell you how popular it has gotten now that Pooh City Construction has made it even more “private” (unobservable).

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    But, of course, as has been historically true at this blog, Lowman Beach Park and its nearby neighbors are expendable at the most, and “trailer trash” at the least. It must be the name, right, “low man” on the totem pole beach….

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    Most recently, what’s left of renters in the nearby neighborhood have been working to rename the area “Poohville” — “I stink, therefore I am” to clarify the real underground and, now, above-ground identity of the area.

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    Poohville Poop will be the official blog “All the s*it that’s fit to print.” ™

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    Local tourism signs will help guide visitors to the “Aromatic Route.”

    in reply to: Big Bertha #807263

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    Hi: Don’t visit here much anymore… since we have been locked up down Lowman Beach Way… if you only knew.

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    Thought you all would like a few reminders of one of the very influential folks who clearly helped to bring the tunnel fiasco to us, one of our very own, West Seattleite Patrick Gordon.

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    See http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Expert-Viaduct-bored-tunnel-would-be-1302762.php

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    http://djcoregon.com/news/2009/05/07/seattle-tunnel-bill-goes-to-governor/

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    http://downtownseattle.com/pdf_files/resources/08-09DSA_AnnualReport.pdf

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    Check page two of the 2008-09 DSA Annual Report, and I quote Mr. Patrick, the DSA Chair that year “As we entered this past year we paused to celebrate the Downtown Seattle Association’s Fifty Years of Vision, Growth & Community – a golden anniversary theme that proved quite prophetic in our historic 51st year. Of course I’m referring to the 100-year-impact decision to replace the aging Alaskan Way Viaduct with a deep-bored tunnel – a decision for which DSA has been a tireless advocate for the better part of the past decade.”

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    All this kind of “reshaping” the earth in “man’s image” to “improve it” smacks of the usual “if you have the power, don’t be ashamed to use it” and a kind of lurking “manifest destiny” evil streak….

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    I was hoping they would just knock the old viaduct down and let a north and a south Seattle organically develop and adapt to the new geography. It would. The theory that the centralization of industries, retail, residences and entertainment is the best way to go is so out-dated at this point in time and has been shown to be so unhealthy for humans, that I was just hoping for no replacement of I-99.

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    The pain we would experience is called “withdrawal.” Some day “cold turkey” will be forced on us as this kind of engineering over-reaching collapses en masse…

    in reply to: Salmonella #796274

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    JanS: Such a typical, unresearched, pejorative, “I am better than thou,” arrogant response. Anyone who knows me, knows I am so far from miserable it would take a Mars explorer to get there. Geez, woman. Do your research, then open your godforsaken mouth.

    Tons of people I represent. Not just me. I have been the point person for this neighborhood since I moved in in late 2004. Check out the history, if you care, at http://www.onegoodflushdeservesanother.com , http://www.whatnowwestseattle.com , http://www.ronsterling.com/protectlowmanpark.htm and check the West Seattle Herald article several of my neighbors’ efforts to save the neighborhood at

    http://www.highlinetimes.com/2011/05/06/news/lowman-beach-park-neighbors-protest-murray-pump-s

    When I say “neighbors” I am mostly referring to renters and rental properties occupied by said renters in this neighborhood, since, due to the lack of leadership by our “leaders” the recent land use related processes and decisions devolved into landowners versus renters and continues to this day.

    I rent, for a whole lot of good reasons — proven to me by King County, for sure. If you owned and wanted to live where they are destroying the homes — SUPER PRIME PROPERTY — you would have been kicked out. Just so happens, it was just 19 measly rental units with 30 measly tenants, and landlords that had held 4 of the 6 properties for their whole lives (40+ years) and 2 speculators who got nailed by the recession, who were willing to part with the property for the right price, and screw their renters.

    Previously, renters had to die here before you could get into one of those units, including, the one I am in, a two story incredibly cute cottage. I am not joking. The vacancy showed up here when the previous tenant died from breast cancer. Macabre, but true. SUCH PRIME RENTAL AREA THAT SOME FOLKS HAVE RENTED HERE FOR 25 YEARS.

    So, Jan, if anyone is miserable and wants to make sure anyone else who may have a down day has no idea of what hurt, pain, near-death fears, and such are really like, since you do, you would be the one. Full of “wow, you think you have it bad” arrogance. Give it a rest.

    Good luck with all that. As for me, I smile in the face of death, and would never lord that over anyone.

    in reply to: Salmonella #796272

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    shed22 and kgdlg…… kgdlg, you got it right, probably won’t be hanging around here too long if there is no fix in sight. So, you got that right.

    shed22, not much hope on the air pollution, since the agencies just love to finger point and do nothing much. SPU has pipes, grates, problems in this area unrelated to King County’s mess. They just use excuses and stall, hoping we will get distracted or experience citizen burn out and just go away, with our tails between our legs.

    in reply to: Salmonella #796267

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    Not gonna argue with someone who has that kind of belief system. Latest research on that one boils down to “soil ain’t what it used to be.”

    Also, you should be interested, but, then, maybe not. KCWastewater is selling biosolids (sewage sludge) to many customers as compost and the RWSP believes that they are beneficial as fertilizers and soil amendments. Check the RWSP 2011 Annual Report.

    Good luck with that exposure to germs thing.

    As for “hostile”? Tried all the others, so, it don’t matter, actually. Being nice, being scientific, quoting sources, you name it — the only thing that talks is money. Rationality walks. On this blog, the bullies abound with unalterable belief systems. So, no point. Sayonara.

    in reply to: Salmonella #796265

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    Here are a few sources for you.

    http://deadlydeceit.com/airborne_aerosols.html

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19345977

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3409368/

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22865940

    http://aem.asm.org/content/74/5/1502.full

    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1574-6976.2009.00200.x/full

    Airborne, the word — carried in the air. Borne by air. Get it. What can be borne in the air are things that are much heavier than air, correct? It all depends on updrafts, downsdrafts, agitation, etc. Mists are known to be present in air. Hmmm, like fog, like updrafts from sewage lines caused by pressurized lines due to so many possible factors, I can’t even begin to list. Just think about it. Cooking sewage, sitting in tubes during the summer, with nothing to wash them out and along to the West Point processing plant, create updrafts of hydrogen sulfide, among other things. (I really don’t have time for this)

    So, just use your scientific mind.

    This summer we have had the worst updrafts, airborne sewage mists arising out of intake fan shafts where the air pressure in the pipes was actually strong enough to blow back through an intake fan and exit at a high rate of updraft into the environment.

    The worst air pollution and clearly the worst odor pollution in 25 years at least (according to long-term residents in the Lowman Park area, including 600 feet up the hills, east and southeast)

    Honestly, if you let your kids roll around in Lowman Park in the grass, and don’t keep their hands out of their mouths, good luck. The park is a major dog toileting site for up to 100 urinations and close to that in fecal deposits, that are only, as you know, partially or not at all cleaned up.

    Wouldn’t let me kid in the park to play even if you paid me.

    Additionally, I clearly had two cases of enteritis, with classic Salmonella symptoms, two weeks apart during the worst odors and mists here in early August, with the last episode evolving into a diverticulitis.

    Uh, really, folks. I won’t be chilling out for some time. More like amping up for some major shit flinging with governmental agencies.

    Also, for any fans (which there weren’t that many anyway) of the Lulu Duckies, please not, don’t waste your time coming down. They are gone, forever. You can thank King County for that.

    Take care, it is a jungle out there…

    in reply to: Salmonella #796263

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    Kgdlg… you are a damn know it all aren’t you? Do some research before you mouth off. Want some footnotes with that research? I am NOT GOING TO DO THE RESEARCH FOR YOU SINCE YOU ARE SO DAMN SMART. Geez, what is your problem?

    Vapors? Did I say vapors? Really. I think I said “several routes” and “airborne contaminants.” Hint: look up aerosolized sewage sludge…

    in reply to: Salmonella #796257

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    There are many ways to be exposed to the salmonella other than through food. For instance, do you live near or often walk by a sewage pump station? King County and SPU maintain a large number of such pump stations, and there are several routes of possible exposure near them. Also, swimming in “polluted” water can lead to salmonella exposure.

    Some other things to think about.

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    Where I live, on the southeast corner of Lowman Beach Park, very near the Murray Sewage Pump Station, we have had a huge problem with airborne contaminants and very obnoxious and sickening odors this whole summer, with no help from any department or agency or councilmember. None. It is completely unacceptable, but it continues.

    in reply to: A Time to Remember #790653

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    At the usual risk of being accused of “self promotion,” this here Duckman has created and posted two Memorial Day tributes that, although using the usual performing subjects (rubber duckies and such), will make you cry…. see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWUjFxgfoC0

    I salute my awesome Vietnam Vet Blood Brother, Dennis, and I remember and honor all the friends and comrades he lost in Vietnam. Dennis, the shipwright you would know from his creation of the dinghy squad boats in the Pirates of the Caribbean series. Love you, bro…

    in reply to: Where'd ya go, Joe? (McDermott, that is!) #784720

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    DBP! That is hilarious. You get my Duckster nomination for the best election comedy skit of 2013! Well, I know, I am jumping the gun… there could be more. Still, this is going to be hard to beat.

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    Take care and keep the faith! (What faith? he asks…. Faith in intelligent, rational discussions…) laters.

    in reply to: Where'd ya go, Joe? (McDermott, that is!) #784716

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    Melly Mel makes a good suggestion. However, in terms of the concerns expressed in this thread about the genuine responsiveness to significant and substantial constituent issues, Shannon has been no help. You may get a response, but whether your concerns actually advance along the road to the person who has the power, um, good luck.

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    With respect to any of the communications, whether by phone or by e-mail, by petition or by snail-mail letter, Shannon and her cohorts in other offices (Mike’s, Dow’s, and Tom’s) have no real say in what the elected official finally says or does. They are there to try to pick up balls that may get dropped, but, in my experience, both as the Chair of the King County Mental Health Advisory Board and in my attempts to advocate for my neighbors and myself and others situated like us, admin staff of those offices have consistently been obstacles in the way of obtaining significant engagement with the elected official. In other words, with only one or two exceptions over the last 10 years, they have been there to help smooth ruffled feathers, and that is about it.

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    Money clearly talks — the principles of protecting minority abuse by majority irrationality, in other words, showing real concern for all constituents, and leadership, walks.

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    BTW, Dow’s first major fundraiser for the next election cycle is tomorrow at the local estate of David Jones and Maryanne Tagney-Jones. You can get in for $100 minimum.

    in reply to: Where'd ya go, Joe? (McDermott, that is!) #784709

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    Re: Jim McDermott (Dr. Jim, a fellow psychiatrist)… uh, totally entitled and asleep while the bus moves along. I don’t even begin to understand how he gets reelected time after time. The last time I actually got to talk with him personally through an appointment at his local office site, he fell asleep while we talked.

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    I am ashamed to call him a colleague. So, really important things, like huge, lengthy, and highly problematic shortages of several medications used in the treatment of the low working memory central to the downside characteristics of ADHD, barely got his attention, even when constituents were essentially “yelling” at him.

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    As I said, I am ashamed to have him as a colleague, much less as a “representative” of the smart, engaged, mindful, and caring people of his district (like the people writing here).

    in reply to: Where'd ya go, Joe? (McDermott, that is!) #784708

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    Hi All: So nice to see people thinking clearly about establishing an adequate (hmmm, not a perfect word, but a start) politician feedback loop other than that thing called a vote.

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    As DBP has so deftly pointed out, certain politicians of certain parties seem to think they have it “made in the shade” and there are no threats to their continued employment whether they stay tuned to their constituents or not… or do more than the minimum required to look reelectable…

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    I can’t tell you how much all of our local politicians have been MIA for our neighborhood, here in the Lowman Beach Park area, over the last five years. They don’t care to respond to even nice, respectful, logical questions or requests for assistance that would be considered even minimal in most relationships… a word of support or understanding, even.

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    So, due to that incredibly disrespectful treatment, a number of my neighbors and I have been consistently putting out the message to take the pledge NOT to vote for Dow, Joe, Tom, or Mike the next time around. The pledge can be taken at http://www.OneGoodFlushDeservesAnother.com

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    Our latest editorial can be found at http://www.DaffyCounty.com, entitled “What Would MLK Say?”

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    Not only have these politicians completely ignored several individual communications from my neighbors and myself, they completely ignored a petition hand-delivered to them with over 2,500 signatures. No response, whatsoever. You can read about it also at http://www.DaffyCounty.com

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    Again, thank you so much for having this discussion. Take care, Ron

    in reply to: Lincoln Park Off Leash Enforcement Coming… #777366

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    wakeflood, DBP, and all who have taken up this off-leash cause — THANKS!

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    Many moons ago, I got nowhere with this issue for Lowman Beach Park off-leash nonsense… must have been ahead of the curve. Of course, it has gotten much worse over time and is so out of control, I gave up. No point. No patrols, no tickets, not disincentive.

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    My guess is, unless the Lincoln Park “patrols” include Lowman Beach Park, that Lowman Beach Park will become the new unofficial popular “dog park with beach access.” Oh, boy….

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    For all the years (2004 to now) I have played tennis and sailboarded at Lowman Beach Park, I have essentially spent significant time with off-leash dogs on the court, and in the water… I call that book “Swimming with Dogs and Dodging Doo.”

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    I hope the promised patrols are more than just promises. Animal Control is completely overloaded with work and enforcement of off-leash laws is dismal.

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    I really think they should pass a law to allow for the training of “marshalls” who could be “bounty hunters” and get a cut of all the tickets handed out. Use helmet or pocket cams to record all ticket processing, and cite aggressive offenders for misdemeanor harrassement, etc. Give some motivated people a chance to some good, clean, community-minded work!

    in reply to: For DBP — What Fun! #775060

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    Yep! And, you can view discussions and polls and even make a pledge at either http://www.WhatNowWestSeattle.com or http://www.OneGoodFlushDeservesAnother.com

    in reply to: For DBP… Daffy Part 2 #769726

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    Hi DBP! Thank you so much! Little did I know that you were a fan of the Ducky Wonderland… I had been thinking that “Dux” might be pejorative… but, now I know better. Henceforth, I will think of Dux as a contraction of Duck-Deluxe…. heehee…

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    Won’t be changing unless dementia sets in… then, whoa, look out…

    in reply to: Duckitude . . . is that you? #768842

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    Hi All: So, Dr. Duckitude would be a stretch… heehee… but, please, I agree with datamuse, the analysis of the use of so-called “nicknames” could be a book. You may remember how George Bush, Jr. used nicknames… it was all about putting people “in their place.”

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    As for CSO control, I AM ALL FOR IT. In fact, I argued as much as possible, and I did the number crunching to prove it, that the tank they are building is TOO SMALL. They should be building a bigger tank or connected tanks close to each other that would hold way more than 1 million gallons. However, you can’t cram that one into a small residential neighborhood.

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    Are you kidding? Do I support CSO construction? Yes, but rationally! Heck, I sailboard on the Sound from Lowman Beach Park, almost exclusively. However, there is more than one way to build a tank with respect for community wishes, needs, and safety.

    in reply to: Duckitude . . . is that you? #768834

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    As usual… the self-interest perspective reigns. Don’t know what to say. I rent. I don’t own. I think bulldozing homes for the purpose of unneeded green space in this area is pretty ludicrous. You’re welcome to be ludicrous… really.

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    Such community spirit, my dear DBP. And, it’s Duckitude to you… not “dux.” Grow up.

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    As for renter’s experiences with “relocation” and owner’s experiences with being bought out. Yes. Does it matter, really?

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    So, the renter’s were rumored to be offered $20,000 each (it’s confidential, I imagine, so no one is going to talk about it, probably). Same thing with the selling prices… jacked up so no one would resist and confidential. As for the threat of eminent domain, if you don’t accept the offer as an owner of a “needed” property, the risk you take is an all or nothing risk. No one goes down that road. People like to refer to the hold-out in Ballard… that was a private acquisition, not government.

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    Purhase and destruction of valuable and unreplaceable rental units was the last thing on the list of all residents of both this neighborhood (owners and renters) and tons of other folks from close-by neighborhoods. Siting was recommended and doable in some other place.

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    What I know of renters is that several resisted and held out until eviction was on the table. But, as you can see from all this, you can’t fight city hall.

    in reply to: Duckitude . . . is that you? #768830

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    Hi All: Yes, it’s me… and, given what has been written about me in this thread, so far, I guess I got a lot of ‘splainin to do.

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    There is a ton of misunderstanding and spinning going on in this thread so far, so my work is cut out for me. I don’t know if I can cover it all in one post.

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    However, I will say a couple of things.

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    I handed what I wanted to say to the Mayor to him directly. You can read what I handed to him at whatnowwestseattle.com at this page http://whatnowwestseattle.wordpress.com/posts/

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    Mayor McGinn was very personable and as he scanned the opinion piece, he assured me that he and his office would take a closer look at what is going in the Lowman Park Neighborhood.

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    As for the allegations in this thread by metrognome that “neighbors” (plural) complained about me operating a business in a residential neighborhood — it is way off topic and, I guess, meant to impugn the messenger (the usual tactic found all over the place in this blog and others). Generally, this is known as a “cheap shot.”

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    Fact is, if you have done your homework, and I don’t see anyone here who looks like they have — the 17-member Community Advisory Group (I was an active member) that “assisted” King County Wastewater in siting the underground sewage tank spent close to 60-100 hours each during June to October 2011, and were ultimately betrayed. You can read about the betrayal in the opinion piece “The Case of the Missing Neighborhood.” To do your homework properly, you should read the final reports that have been issued. You can find them at http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/wtd/Construction/Seattle/BeachCSO/Library/TechInfo/WS-FacPlan.aspx.

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    As for the definition of “neighborhood”? As for the definition of “ugly” or “oogly” homes? Wow. Lots of inhumanity around…. Whatever you think is “pretty” or “architecturally” sleek is tantamount to you forcing your value system on other people’s value system (control freaks unite!). Within limits, our value systems, each one of them, deserve respect. In fact, those “ugly” homes are more along the lines of historic cottage and “play” houses. In other words, the product of love and personal sweat and not so much your basic corporate/developer/architect so-called “pretty” ideas or upscale “gentrification.” If your definition of a neighborhood is a more-or-less empty parkland (not park, because there is no space for picnicking or playing) as compared to a thriving, populated by non-transient visitors, home-sweet-homes, you have my sympathy.

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    As for my involvement in advocating for the Lowman Beach Park neighborhood, I have been doing it since 2004. You can read a lot about that history at http://www.ronsterling.com/protectlowmanpark.htm

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    As for the “mandate” to “clean up and protect Puget Sound”? There are mandates and there are mandates. In other words, pick one. They are not all the same, and this state decided on mandates that are unscientific and rationally unsupportable based on event numbers rather than yearly volume of spills into the Sound. In addition, there is no significant data that shows that limiting spills to one per year (on average over a 30-year period), per every single outfall (hundreds of them) will do anything more significant than just fixing the historically large spill sites first, then focusing on other run-off capture. The state decided to set spill limits to one per year. The feds had recommended a limit of 4-6 per year. What the hidden agenda is for “new-oil profits” (alleged ecology spending) is difficult to know. I can tell you this. Washington State knows how to keep contractors wealthy at the expense of ratepayers and taxpayers.

    in reply to: Design Meetings — Tank at Lowman Beach Park #751947

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    Hi kgdlg: That is more or less what I am trying to bring about. See my crude drawing at http://www.ronsterling.com/MurrayCSO_BeachDrive_Design_RonSterling_v2.pdf

    Let the CSO folks know that is what you want. Contact info at http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/wtd/Construction/Seattle/MurrayCSOStorage/MeetingCalendar.aspx

    in reply to: Design Meetings — Tank at Lowman Beach Park #751945

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    kgdlg – as you may or may not know, I live right on the southeast corner of Lowman Beach Park and have an excellent view of the park and Beach Drive clear up to the three point intersection.

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    The idea that narrowing the street and putting “bump outs of parkway into the street” will “calm” traffic has no scientific basis. No one has studied it in this neighborhood, nor has SDOT carried out any study of the dangerous traffic and constant drive-way turnarounds that take place in this section of Beach Drive.

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    There is no plan to widen the sidewalks to be bicycle, runner, walker, or infant stroller friendly. People will NOT stop using the road surface for such activities and have the right to do that (in my opinion, since it is a grandfathered use). They will continue to do it until there is some better alternative.

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    So-called “traffic calming” techniques do nothing to reduce the mix of traffic that occurs, but by narrowing the lanes, the chances for collisions increases exponentially, especially for bicyclists who will have to get even better at dodging doors being opened into the narrow lane.

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    As for a lookout being part of the CSO design plan, I agree, cool! Hopefully, they will make it disabled-friendly, since the park itself has no real friendliness for wheelchair users. Although, I have seen some folks on mobility scooters haul out right across the lawn downhill and make it… scary.

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    As you will note on my crude concept drawing linked from the WSB article noted in the first post above, I support relatively no parking on the street, a narrow street that allows only for two-way vehicle traffic, an early turn-around alternative to reduce traffic further south on the street, where no sidewalks can be built, and double wide sidewalks or larger on either side of the much narrower, vehicle-only, street.

    in reply to: RIP Buffy Muffin (the coyote slayer) #706222

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    Hi: Buffy will be missed! Big time! If you want to view the video of Buffy the Coyote Slayer (chasing a coyote out of our backyard at high speed), go here.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/ADuckyLife?feature=mhum#p/u/31/H3pbG0xb3Zc

    in reply to: Ducky Water Park Blown Up! **ck! $500 reward #703680

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    The FOX news piece on the firebombing of my home was posted at youtube by a guy who claims to cover the news in a comprehensive manner — MOXNEWS.com

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHH9MnFDRIA&feature=related

    in reply to: Ducky Water Park Blown Up! **ck! $500 reward #703677

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    A memorial video has been posted for Ducky Bongo. It is at http://www.youtube.com/user/ADuckyLife?feature=mhum#p/a/u/0/uEpkBrxi9DI

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    I would call it PG rated since it involves the destruction of a ducky entertainer toy that was loved by hundreds of children.

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