JUNE 6 NHUAC MEETING
Please join us on Thursday, June 6 at 7pm at the
North Highline Fire Station for our monthly meeting when we will be
hosting Deanna Martin from King County Metro. Metro is facing some
serious potential cuts to bus service, which will adversely impact all
commuters (if you ride the bus, you may have longer wait times or your
bus may be eliminated - if you drive, there will be more cars on the
roads as people will be forced to drive if they no longer can commute by
bus). Deputy William Kennamer, from the King County Sheriff's Office
will also be on hand to discuss issues related to safety concerns on
Metro and at bus stops.
We are also pleased to have King County Library
System Director, Bill Ptacek, who will discuss future plans for the
White Center and Boulevard Park Libraries.
Our White Center Storefront Deputy, BJ Myers, will also be on hand to provide updates regarding crime trends/stats in North Highline.
The White Center Storefront Deputy has proven to be
essential for public safety for residents, businesses and anyone who
visits the White Center Community.
During periods when this position was left vacant,
we saw an increase in crime, public intoxication, and prostitution.
Gangs, drug and gun dealers, took over our streets culminating in the
ATF operation dubbed “Center of Attention” that yielded 53 arrests,
along with the seizure of 68 guns, 51 pounds of methamphetamine, two
pounds of crack cocaine and over ten pounds of powder cocaine.
The special funding that was set aside in 2011 for
this vital position expires at the end of 2013. We ask that you
take the time to send an email, call, or write the following individuals
and urge them to include funding for the White Center Storefront Deputy
in the 2014 budget.
Address: King County Courthouse
516 Third Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
Executive: Dow Constantine
Address: King County Chinook Building
401 5th Ave Suite 800
Seattle, WA 98104
Representative District 8: Joe McDermott
Address: 516 Third Ave. Rm 1200
Seattle, WA 98104
A petition has also been started – if you would like to sign it, please contact Barbara Dobkin at email@example.com
COMMUNITY MATTERS – STAY INVOLVED – BE INFORMED
See questionable activity? Call 911
State Liquor Control Board (to report violations): 888.838.3956
Deputy B.J. Myers (White Center Storefront): 391.1651
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING CHANGES TO METRO SERVICES
Metro continues to face a funding shortfall. The state Legislature is considering new transit funding tools, but if none is approved, Metro faces a $75 million annual shortage after some stop-gap funding runs out in mid-2014. As a valuable community partner in serving our region, we want you to know what’s at risk and join our conversation about Metro’s future service.
Over the past five years we have made deep cost cuts, raised fares four times, and taken many other actions to keep buses on the road, but we would have no way to close the projected budget gap without making major service reductions. A report we released today says we would have to eliminate, reduce or change about two-thirds of Metro bus routes.
The Metro transit system was analyzed using measures of productivity, geographic value, social equity, and ridership and is published in the 2012 Service Guidelines Report. The analysis shows us where we need to increase service to reduce crowding, keep buses on time, and meet growing demand. It also identifies service that we might consider reducing if necessary. The report offers the first glimpse at which Metro routes are at risk of elimination or reduction if a funding solution isn’t found.
Without additional revenue, Metro will have to reduce up to 17 percent of bus service. A reduction of this magnitude would be felt by all riders, employers, and drivers in the region. An estimated seven out of 10 riders would lose some or all service and might have to go farther to get to the bus, take a longer trip, or transfer more. Riders throughout the system might have to crowd onto packed buses or wait at the curb while full buses pass by. A reduction of this size would add 23,000 trips every day to our freeways and arterials – or the equivalent of one lane of traffic on the I-90 Bridge during an average weekday.
While the report provides an illustration of specific routes that might be eliminated, reduced or changed, the actual proposed reductions will take more planning, including public outreach on the first potential reductions this fall. Reductions would be made starting in September 2014 and continuing through the following year.
We’ll keep you informed as the funding and policy
issues evolve. In the meantime:
· Help those you serve be aware of what’s at risk
· Share your story about why transit is important to your business
· Join our conversation on the Metro Matters blog
· Request a presentation for your group or organization
This funding shortfall puts both Metro Transit and King County roads at risk – learn more.
Thanks in advance for your time and consideration.
DeAnna Martin & Alice Ann Wetzel
Community relations planners
King County Department of Transportation
King County Regional Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS)
AFIS provides criminal identification services to officers, investigators, prosecutors, and corrections staff. Program staff fingerprint and identify all inmates booked into county jails. This helps to identify possible wanted or dangerous offenders before they are released, even if they provide false names and incorrect information. Staff also recover and process fingerprints from major crime scenes. The AFIS Program’s existence aids in solving crimes throughout King County, and contributes to the safety of both officers and citizens.
The AFIS website is www.kingcounty.gov/afis and includes the annual report, videos, and other information.
KC Metro Zone Boundary Line
The NHUAC has requested that KC Metro review it's policy regarding the
southern Zone Boundary, currently SW Roxbury (SW96th). The northern Zone
Boundary is at 145th North. We have requested that they move the
southern boundary to the Burien Park and Ride (148th SW) which would
make a trip from North Highline to Seattle a one zone ride. Click
here to see our
letter. And this is their