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Magnolia Bridge Replacement Progress – Your Action is needed NOW for the Seattle Budget

This update is an effort to crystalize ongoing behind the scenes multi-agency efforts to support a 1:1 Magnolia Bridge replacement, and identify immediate action you need to take to continue the progress. 

Progress, next steps, and immediate action needed from YOU
Dear Neighbors,
Our community’s unified message about a 1:1 Magnolia Bridge replacement has been heard; it has led a series of high level meetings including our 36th District legislative delegation, the Port of Seattle, our King County Councilmember’s staff, Sound Transit, Metro, and the City, all coordinated and led by our District 7 Councilmember, Sally Bagshaw.

In a nutshell, multiple governmental agencies, elected officials and decision makers are cooperating to strategize a regional solution to replacing our bridge. The 1:1 Magnolia Bridge Replacement can happen if it is part of a regional transportation corridor that involves freight mobility, Port operations, emergency response, ST3, and Metro.

There are a lot of moving parts to this effort, and with that, potential for regional funding in the upcoming state biennial budgets. All of that hinges on the City earmarking some funds and/or grant opportunity for the Magnolia Bridge to be part of an arterial system. If such a placeholder appears in the City budget, that will give our State delegation a two year window to prepare a comprehensive budget and plan to start replacing Magnolia Bridge.

At the moment, there is no allocation for the Magnolia Bridge replacement in the Mayor’s SDOT budget. LET’S CHANGE THAT!



We need to encourage City Council and the Mayor to make sure the budget reflects good-faith effort of near-term planning to replace the bridge. This will enable our wonderful 36th District delegation to pursue funds in next session’s state budget. 



The time to comment on including ongoing funding of the Magnolia Bridge replacement in the City budget is NOW.



Your comment can be as simple as, “I’d like the budget to reflect an investment in the 1:1 Magnolia Bridge replacement as part of a regional transportation corridor for freight, Port operations, emergency response, and transit.” 


Here are several ways to have your voice heard. We have been assured that emailed, written, or in-person comments are given equal weight.

Get your comments in by October 23rd:
* Click here to email your comments to the City Council Budget Hearing Your own words and reasons are most effective.

* Click here to download the Written Comments form You can email a scanned copy of the form to Council@seattle.gov, please copy Emilia.sanchez@seattle.gov. Make sure to use the subject line “Budget Public Hearing 10/23, Written Comment”.

* Attend the Budget Public Hearing on October 23rd. Click here for details. Details about the meeting, which starts at 5:30pm, are on the agenda. Sign-in for speaking begins at 4:30pm, and you will have 2 minutes to speak.

As long as you’re in action mode, forward this email to your neighbors. Click here to send an email to MagnoliaBridgeSeattle letting us know that you’ve added your comments, or will attend the October 23rd Public Hearing on the budget. Then take an extra minute and click on any or all of the highlighted names to thank them for their collaborative work so far, and to encourage them to continue their efforts to include the 1:1 Magnolia Bridge replacement as part of a regional transportation corridor.

Clicking on their name will take you directly to an email: CM Sally BagshawMayor DurkanSenator Reuven CarlyleRep. Gael TarletonRep. Noel Frame, CM Jeanne Kohl-Welles, and Port Commissioner Peter Steinbrueck.

Letter to Port Commission Candidates, Unanswered Questions from the Community – September 19, 2017

Response from candidate Peter Steinbrueck – September 22, 2017:

Since the Port candidates forum in Magnolia, I met with members of the Shilshole Marina liveaboard community,  and now have a much better understanding of their concerns over parking and add-on moorage fees for liveaboards at Shilshole Marina. I believe the fees should be fair, reasonable, and equitable. If I’m elected to the Port Commission, I will be happy to hold a community forum to hear concerns, and review and consider changes to Shilshole Marina’s liveaboards’ added moorage fees and parking rate structure.

Peter Steinbrueck


Response from candidate Preeti Shridhar – September 20, 2017:

Thanks for the opportunity.

My key considerations are:
1) The first parking decal for long-term moorage customers is free;
2) There will be less parking available during the next two years of construction and therefore supply and demand would affect the fee;
3) Parking fees were raised at the direction of former CEO Ted Fick. Now with a new Executive Director and Maritime Division Director being hired I would want to revisit that decision with them. Primarily I want to know why the fee went up and what the money is being used for.

Based on those factors, I would consult with the two new executives and the marina staff and either roll back the fee immediately or when construction is done.

Preeti Shridhar


Response from candidate Ryan Calkins – September 20, 2017:

Thank you for following up with the question. While this may seem like a fairly simple question, I think it points to a larger question, which is, what role does the Commission play in the day-to-day operations of the Port of Seattle. My philosophy about the Port Commission is that it should play an oversight role, ensuring that the Port, a significant public asset for our region, continues to serve its mission of economic growth and to promote the public good. Commissioners should be providing guidance for the management team of the Port of Seattle. Returning to your question about the rate of the second parking decal for those mooring at Shilshole Marina, my answer would be to request information from Port staff about why the rates had increased so precipitously. If there is a compelling case for why rates needed to increase (for example, to pay for unexpected maintenance costs or to reduce demand), I would support the decision of the Port staff. If there were no compelling reason, and if the rate increase were creating undue hardship for the tenants, I would support reconsideration.

Sincerely,
Ryan Calkins


September 19, 2017

Dear Port Commission Candidates,

Thank you for attending our September 12 Forum here in Magnolia presented by the Queen Anne, Ballard, and Magnolia community groups, the Nordic Heritage Museum and The Queen Anne Magnolia News. We appreciate your stepping forward to stand for election to this important post.

At our Forum, we promised the attendees that we would submit unanswered written questions to the appropriate candidates and post the responses on our Magnolia Community Council website. The following question was received for Port Commission candidates: Please respond within a week.

Port Commission candidates:

2nd parking decal at Shilshole was $30 in 2004

2nd parking decal at Shilshole was $65.76 in 2015

2nd parking decal at Shilshole was $240 in 2016

2nd parking decal at Shilshole was $300 in 2017

If you are elected to the port of Seattle will you propose rolling back the second parking decal at Shilshole bay marina to $65?

Thank you,

Bruce D. Carter

Magnolia Community Council