Reader Editorial: Where’s the Leadership Around Planned January 2019 Closure of SR 99 in Seattle?

January 2019 Closure of SR 99 in Seattle brings nightmares

STATEWIDE MEDIA & BUSINESS ALERT- 
3 WEEK INTERSTATE HIWAY CLOSURE STATE & PUGET SOUND TRANSPORTATION NIGHTMARE. 
WHY THE MADNESS? WHY NO LEADERSHIP? 

Dear Editor:
Hello. You may or may not have seen the friendly reminder emails that state of Washington plans to CLOSE DOWN a major north-south interstate hiway 99 in the middle of Seattle for (a minimum) of 3 weeks in January 2019 (the middle of the winter) while they tear down the viaduct and open the new toll tunnel. What is truly astonishing is that there is absolutely NO help from any government agency to help emergency providers, citizens, business and transporters that drive through this state, the Puget Sound region and the City of Seattle except periodic friendly reminders and a sad list of homey tips- if you happen to subscribe to email from WSDOT-Seattle Area Traffic News.. 
Where the hell is leadership and resources to get this state’s residents through 3+ week closure Hiway 99 viadict? INTERSTATE HIWAY 99 carries 100,000 cars a day. IT’S beyoe APPALLING. NO PLANS NOR no BUDGET FOR ADDITIONAL TRANSPORTATIOM MEASURES HAVE EVEN BEEN DISCUSSED.

This is it folks: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Viaduct/realign99 . See below for the list of friendly suggestions for geting through this traffic nightmare. And they promise ONLY 3 weeks? Really. Hmmm.
Where are the EXTRA BUSES that should have been brought into the region, staffed and ready to go along with the extra service and additional routes before this closure is put in place? NOTHING has been done. EXTRA TRAINS? NOPE. What’ coordination has been done with major employers to handle commuting traffic? Has the state/region/city reached out to small and medium business? How will this KILL business even further. How about small service providers. How do working mom’s get to daycare before they close? (Editor’s Note: although mom’s definitely have the toughest job in the world, ALL parents’s and citizen’s needs should be met).  What’s the EMERGENCY PLAN? What if we have THE earthquake?

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Eastside Business Now Part of JoeKennedy.biz

As the first part of Phase 1 of my web experiment, I have imported the content from Eastside Business to this site Joe Kennedy.biz.

Eastside Business Monthly

When I first started printing Bellevue Business Journal newspaper in February 2005, it was really meant to be simply a local real estate newsletter and a way to reach real estate clients and potential clients.  Since Bellevue, Washington was just beginning to start a huge real estate boom – it just kind of took off.  More and more people wanted to be involved and the entire business kind of sucked me in again (I had previous owned and published The Valley Business Journal in Temecula, California).

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Delta Dental of Washington Announces Named New CEO Mark Mitchke

The Boards of Directors of Washington Dental Service and Delta Dental of Washington (DDWA) today announced the appointment of Mark Mitchke, the veteran Amazon executive who led Amazon Global Fulfillment Services, as CEO of the two companies.

“Mark Mitchke is an innovative, driven executive with a tremendous balance of operating and strategic capability,” said DDWA Board Chair Dr. Gerry Phipps. “Mark is a long-range thinker and adept at navigating complexity, and he has successfully balanced the needs of the sellers, customers and Amazon in his role leading Amazon’s fulfillment services. His experience leading Amazon’s small-businesses marketplace is directly applicable to Delta Dental’s core business.”

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Cascade Bicycle Club and Partner Organizations In Business Bike Summit

Cascade Bicycle Club and Nintendo, in partnership with King County Metro, City of Bellevue, City of Renton, City of Kirkland, City of Redmond, City of Issaquah, Choose Your Way Bellevue, Greater Redmond Transportation Management Association, and REI, will kick off the 4th annual Business Bike Summit on Friday, September 21 at Nintendo of America’s Redmond campus between 1 – 5 p.m.

Cascade Bicycle Club and Partner Organizations In Business Bike Summit

Cascade Bicycle

Richard Smith, Executive Director of Cascade Bicycle Club, says “We are thrilled to co-host the Business Bike Summit on the Eastside. It’s clear that businesses see healthier, happier employees when they invest in bicycling. It’s a smart move – from improving productivity and building a fun, inclusive company culture to reducing healthcare costs and building employee retention, we can see that bikes are good for business.”

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Drone of Eastside Rescue’s Inaugural Flight

The Medic One Foundation will present a newly donated tactical drone to Eastside Fire & Rescue to assist first responders in the growing number of backcountry and waterway medical emergencies on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at the Eastside Fire & Rescue North Bend Station.Funding for the drone was made possible by Foundation donor Barbara Hamer and her family.

Drone of Eastside Rescue’s Inaugural Flight

Drone

“We are grateful to Barbara, her family and the Medic One Foundation for this generous donation,” said Rich Burke, Deputy Chief, Eastside Fire & Rescue. “The drone will allow us to better respond to search and rescue operations, natural disasters, structural fires and more.”

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Dale Chihuly As A Master Collector

America’s Automotive Trust (AAT) will confer the title of Master Collector to Dale Chihuly, an avid car enthusiast and world-renowned blown glass artist, during the Wheels & Heels Annual Gala at America’s Car Museum (ACM) on September 8.

Dale Chihuly as a Master Collector

Dale Chihuly

AAT’s Master Collectors are auto enthusiasts whose passion for cars lead them to preserve and protect automotive heritage through the restoration and maintenance of historic automobiles. Chihuly, a Tacoma native and one of the world’s leading glass sculptors, is being recognized for his a commitment to automotive heritage and collection of many iconic vehicles.

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Member Access Pacific New corporate Name

Member Access Pacific (MAP), the largest aggregator of VISA card services for credit unions in the United States, announced today that the company is changing its corporate name to Member Access Processing, effective September 1, 2018.

Member Access Pacific New corporate Name

Member

“Our new name, Member Access Processing, fully represents our role as the best card service provider and processor for credit unions,” said Cyndie Martini, President and CEO of MAP. “As consumer habits change and evolve, credit and debit cards are often the most important connection members have to their credit union. Our job is to make sure that connection is secure, easy to navigate, and a major benefit to members. We take pride in being the best partner to credit unions.”

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Ben Bridge Jeweler Launches In-Store

Ben Bridge Jeweler, the distinguished family-run fine jeweler with over 90 retail stores in 11 states and one province, has announced a progressive new store concept and full interior and exterior redesign. Award-winning, Seattle-based architecture and interior design firm SkB Architects was commissioned to develop an engaging, interactive environment to optimize the shopping experience. The redesign has begun with its Westfield Southcenter Mall heritage store, which is now open. The store will celebrate the official grand re-opening on September 12, 2018, and the redesign concept will roll out to additional store locations in the near future.

Ben Bridge Jeweler Launches In-Store

Ben Bridge

Ben Bridge was founded by a watchmaker and today has one of the largest cohorts of watchmakers in the country. Thestore showcases this impressive heritage in the art of watchmaking, and the new store concept capitalizes on this artisanal tradition, putting it at the literal forefront as the first thing shoppers experience when entering the store. The all new ‘Alchemy Lab’, crafted with meticulous details like the woven leather watchband door, allows customers to actually observe watchmakers at work, seeing firsthand the craftsmanship that goes into fine timepieces.

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Art Exhibition of three Artist’s Closes Soon

The Seattle Art Museum’s summer exhibition, Double Exposure: Edward S. Curtis, Marianne Nicolson, Tracy Rector, Will Wilson, closes Sunday, September 9. Featuring iconic photographs by Edward S. Curtis (1868–1952) alongside contemporary works—including photography, video, and installations—by Indigenous artists Marianne Nicolson, Tracy Rector, and Will Wilson, the exhibition offers powerful portrayals of Native identity.

Art Exhibition of three Artist’s Closes Soon

Art Exhibition

For the final weeks, visitors can attend My Favorite Things tours on Fridays and Saturdays at noon; in these 30-minute tours, Indigenous community members, artists, and educators share their perspectives on the works on view. Also, visitors can attend free Drop-In Studios held on Sundays at 11 am; these hands-on workshops feature Indigenous artists leading art-making activities.

Finally, the exhibition’s education gallery features the Post Human Archive, an interactive installation by artist RYAN! Feddersen (Okanogan /Arrow Lakes) that explores conflicts in Curtis’s work by inviting visitors to put themselves in a similar position of being documented and defined by an outside force.

EXHIBITION ORGANIZATION AND SUPPORT

Double Exposure: Edward S. Curtis, Marianne Nicolson, Tracy Rector, Will Wilson is organized by the Seattle Art Museum in partnership with the New York Public Library.

Special exhibitions at SAM are made possible by donors to the
Jeffrey & Susan Brotman Fund for Special Exhibitions

Major Sponsor
Ellen Ferguson &
The Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation

Supporting Sponsors
4Culture
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
Port Madison Enterprises

Additional Support
Contributors to the SAM Fund

Photo credits: Installation view of Double Exposure: Edward S. Curtis, Marianne Nicolson, Tracy Rector, Will Wilson at the Seattle Art Museum. © Seattle Art Museum, Photo: Natali Wiseman.

Bill Warner ‘s Nicola Bulgari Award

America’s Automotive Trust (AAT) has announced that Bill Warner will be awarded its highest recognition, the Nicola Bulgari Award, as part of its annual Wheels & Heels AnnualGala, taking place September 8 at America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington.

Bill Warner ‘s Nicola Bulgari Award

Bill Warner

Warner – who founded the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, published countless articles across a wide swath of enthusiast publications and participated in the Cannonball Run, the American Road Racing Amateur Championships at Road Atlanta and the IMSA Firehawk Series – will join the likes of other industry influencers as Bulgari Award recipients.

Since founding the Amelia Island Concours in 1996, the organization has raised more than $2.25 million for charitable organizations including the Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Spina Bifida of Jacksonville, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society and the Shop with Cops Program of Fernandina Beach & Nassau County.

“Each year we look at who exemplifies the spirit of our nation’s motoring tradition when choosing a Nicola Bulgari Award winner,” said AAT Vice Chairman David Madeira. “This year, we are proud to recognize the immense contribution Bill has made to the promotion of America’s automotive heritage through the course of his life. He is a tremendous individual who is well-deserving of this recognition.”

Prior Bulgari Award winners include Jay Leno; GM Designer Ed Welburn; Hemming’s publisher Jim Menneto, RM Group founder Rob Myers, NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick; McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty; Dr. Frederick Simeone, founder of the Simeone Automotive Museum; and Edward Welburn, former vice president of global design for General Motors.

The Nicola Bulgari Award – named after the famous luxury goods magnate, renowned car collector and AAT board member – is presented annually in recognition of an individual’s lifelong efforts to promote America’s automotive heritage through education, car restoration and/or collecting classic cars.

“Nicola Bulgari’s commitment to preserving America’s automotive treasures are unparalleled as exemplified by his wonderful collection, his efforts to create the NB Center for Automotive Heritage, his long service to America’s Car Museum and America’s Automotive Trust, and his generosity to countless heritage organizations,” added Madeira. “We are proud to once again confer this tremendous honor in his name.”

Warner will receive the Award trophy at the Wheels & Heels AnnualGala, taking place atAmerica’s Car Museum on September 8. Proceeds from the event will support AAT’s commitment to preserving America’s automotive heritage through America’s Car Museum, the RPM Foundation, Club Auto, and the Concours Club.

For more information about the Wheels & Heels Annual Gala, visit americascarmuseum.org/gala.