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Seattle’s waterfront business and labor leaders elated by anti-arena vote

Excerpts from the Puget Sound Business Journal:

Seattle waterfront leaders expressed delight and surprise Tuesday that the Seattle City Council has thwarted plans to build a basketball arena next door to the Port of Seattle’s busiest cargo terminal.

“People are happy, everyone’s in a pretty good mood today,” said John Persak, vice president of the […]


Seattle City Council vote is a victory for port jobs

From a Seattle Times article called ‘Seattle City Council kills sale of street for Sodo arena’:

Sally Bagshaw, Seattle City Councilmember who championed port jobs

The Seattle City Council on Monday voted 5-4 to reject giving up part of Occidental Avenue South to Chris Hansen so he can build a half-billion-dollar arena in Sodo.

Councilmember […]


Editorial: Don’t be fooled by arena politics: Vote down Occidental vacation

Excerpts from an editorial from the Seattle Times in advance of Monday’s City Council vote:

If Seattle wants an NBA team back as soon as possible, the last thing it should do is transfer a street to developer Chris Hansen under terms proposed by Mayor Ed Murray and the City Council.

Doing so is likely […]


40 state lawmakers oppose new Seattle arena to protect maritime jobs

From KIRO 7:

Forty state lawmakers wrote Seattle City Council in opposition of the new Seattle Sonics arena in effort to protect maritime jobs.

In order for construction to happen on an arena, council would need to vote to vacate a block of Occidental Avenue.

“This action is intended to pave the way for a […]


Seattle’s Sodo arena plan filled with subsidies, foes say

From the Seattle Times:

Seattle taxpayers would subsidize the proposed new sports arena in Sodo to the tune of $731 million over 32 years, according to a financial analysis commissioned by an opponent group.

The group, Sonics Without Subsidies, threatened to sue if Mayor-elect Ed Murray and the Seattle City Council don’t revise the agreement […]


Seattle City Council members: PMA's 'destructive negotiating tactic' has cost the US economy up to $2 billion a day

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Dear James C. McKenna:

We would like to express our strong disappointment in the Pacific Maritime Association’s (PMA) decision to repeatedly suspend port activity along the West Coast. These temporary lockouts are a destructive negotiating tactic that has caused shipments to be delayed […]


Seattle port officials oppose big marijuana operations in Sodo

Recently the Port of Seattle urged the Seattle City Council to pass marijuana zoning laws that would keep grow operations to 10,000 square feet or smaller in the Sodo neighborhood.

The council is considering three options: 10,000, 20,000, or 50,000 square feet. The council decided not to vote on the issue, instead pushing a decision […]


ILWU Local 19 files legal challenge to proposed arena near Port of Seattle

Proposed arena interferes with Port traffic

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) local 19, filed a lawsuit in King County Superior Court Thursday challenging the decision of the City of Seattle and King County to move forward with an agreement to build a sports arena in Seattle’s industrial Sodo district. Union leaders and their […]


Survey: Seattle voters don't want a SoDo arena

The results of a two-question phone survey say more than half of Seattle voters don’t like the plan for the new arena.

The group Pacific Public Affairs says they polled 300 people this week, and first asked if they were opposed to using public bonds to finance part of the arena.

Second, they asked if […]


Port of Seattle, Unions Voice Opposition to New NBA Arena

Port of Seattle and Mt. Rainier

The Port of Seattle, a business association and the longshoremen union characterized a proposed new events arena in Seattle’s industrial district as a “land grab” that threatens jobs because it could increase traffic and land value.

“This is just not about a basketball arena. This is about a […]


City council asks Port of Seattle to improve truck safety

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The Seattle City Council has jumped into the fray over truck safety at the Port of Seattle.

All nine city council members signed a letter addressed to the Port of Seattle Commission President […]