Dear Editor: Public Hearing at Des Moines City Hall

Dear Editor,

There will be a Public Hearing at Des Moines City Hall on Thursday, May 14 starting at 7 PM regarding the vacation and sale of a section of well used publicly owned sidewalk on 7th Ave. S. in downtown Des Moines to a private developer. This sidewalk is a necessary part of the system-wide right of way (road and sidewalk) all along that crucial downtown corridor. Public ownership is essential for pedestrian safety and successful commercial development downtown. If a portion of the public right of way is vacated, limited public usage may continue if the private property owner grants an easement of passage. However, other public uses appear to be vacated along with the vacation of public ownership including placement of signs (political/commercial/real estate) and freedoms of speech, assembly, and petition.

This vacation of public right of way of a critical component for downtown access would set a precedent for future vacations/sales of public right of way to private parties under the principle that private property owners are treated equally.

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City of SeaTac Community Meeting Planned for May 21st at Bow Lake Elementary

The City of SeaTac will be hosting a Community Meeting on May 21, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at Bow Lake Elementary School located at 18237 42nd Avenue S., SeaTac, to discuss the results from the recent Resident Satisfaction Survey. All are welcome to attend. The purpose of the survey was to gauge residents’ satisfaction with City services and gain input on what the City can do better to meet the community’s needs and expectations. “This community meeting is an opportunity to directly report the results of the survey to our residents and to receive additional feedback.” said City Manager Todd Cutts. “It is part of our continuing effort to improve engagement and opportunities for conversations with the community.”

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SeaTac United Math Academy Celebrates With Year-End Ceremony

May 11, 2015 (SeaTac, WA) – SeaTac United, a non-profit group that promotes personal skills development and cooperative partnerships for local students, will celebrate the conclusion of its 2014-2015 math academy with a closing ceremony on May 18 at the SeaTac Community Center.

SeaTac United offers the SeaTac United Math Academy (SUMA) to elementary school kids in the SeaTac area as a way to improve their math abilities while having fun. The free academy takes place after-school and offers transportation and a free meal to students at the Bow Lake location.

Designed for students in grades 3-6, SUMA meets twice a week after school where volunteer mentors - both adult and teens - provide personal support and supervision. Aligned with what they are currently learning in school, SUMA math instruction is web-based and uses a system of rewards and team competitions to keep kids enthused about their math studies. SUMA is hosted on Mondays and Wednesdays at two locations in SeaTac -- Bow Lake Elementary and the Matt Griffin YMCA.

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