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The single biggest difference you can make in this issue is to SHOW UP! Remember that Legislators at every level respond to numbers. Below are the events you need to provide public comment and people you need to write to.

Upcoming Events

Here are some one-off events you need to show up for in order to make a difference. Most of these events will have a registration form to keep you informed by e-mail. (Past events are grayed out.)

Place Description Date/Time
Regular Meeting. Agenda TBD2019-01-24 7:00pm
Hosted by City of Burien. Location: City Hall StART Update -Stan Shepherd. Noise Program Manager, Port of Seattle UW Ultra-Fine Particle Study Update Dr. Edmund Seto, Dr. Tim Larson Dept. of Environ. & Occup. Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Washington 2019-01-23 2:30pm
There will be a presentation and an update on the StART.2019-01-22 12:00pm
Second reading of four important resolutions by the Burien Airport Committee. Please read the Agenda under Item 13. 7:00pm City Hall, 400 SW 152nd St., Council Chambers2019-01-21 7:00pm
There should be a discussion of changes to the four proposed council resolutions. The Burien Airport Committee provides guidance to the City Council on topics related to the airport. Topics include: Positive and negative impacts of the airport to the City of Burien Land use issues and interlocal agreements Mitigation of airport impacts Recommendations on ways to protect residents from negative impacts, and ways for residents and businesses to take advantage of positive airport impacts When: Third Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. Where: Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Ave SW, Burien, WA 981662019-01-15 6:00pm
Regular Meeting. Agenda TBD2019-01-10 7:00pm
2019 Local Maritime and Aviation Legislative Agenda presentation by Dave Kaplan. Pier 69. Free parking at the Bell Street Parking Structure on Elliot. 2019-01-08 12:00pm
Several important resolutions by the Burien Airport Committee. Please read the Agenda under Item 13. 7:00pm City Hall, 400 SW 152nd St., Council Chambers2019-01-07 7:00pm
SeaTac City Hall, Council Chambers 4800 S 188th St. SeaTac Meeting Objectives: To confirm next steps based on the work of the Aviation Noise Working Group. To hear and discuss Federal Congressional efforts related to airports and airport communities. To propose and discuss an additional Working Group. Meeting Agenda 6:00 pm Welcome Lance Lyttle, Sea-Tac Airport Managing Director; • Member Introductions StART members • Opening comments Lance Lyttle 6:10 pm Facilitator’s Update Phyllis Shulman 6:15 pm Federal Congressional Briefing – Fernando Ruiz, Legislative Assistant, Aviation Issues U.S. Representative Adam Smith; Lyndall Bervar, District Representative, U.S. Representative Adam Smith • Discussion StART Members 6:45 pm Proposal for Additional Work Lance Lyttle, Sea-Tac Airport Managing Director Group • Discussion StART Members 7:15 pm Aviation Noise Working Group Stan Shepherd, Airport Noise Programs Manager, Briefing and Discussion Port of Seattle; Vince Mestre, Consultant • Report Out on Work Plan • Discussion StART Members • Next Steps Lance Lyttle, Sea-Tac Airport Managing Director 7:45pm Public Comment Public 7:55 pm Meeting Wrap Up Lance Lyttle & StART Members • Closing Comments Next Meeting: January 23, 2019 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Location TBD2018-12-19 6:00pm
Tuesday Dec 18, 2018, 6:00PM to 7:30PM Burien City Hall in the Multipurpose Room on 1st Floor. 400 SW 152nd St., Burien, WA 98166 The Burien Airport Committee (BAC) will have its last meeting of the year The public is welcome. Here is a draft resolution we find very interesting. AGENDA 1. CALL TO ORDER 2. APPROVE DRAFT MINUTES 2.1 Approve minutes from October 16, 2018 and November 15, 2018 Burien Airport Committee meetings. 3. BUSINESS AGENDA 3.1 Review of 3 Draft Airport Related Resolutions. (All) A Draft Resolution on Airport Growth B Draft Resolution on Airport Noise C Draft Resolution on Airport Health Impacts Talking Points for Resolutions 3.2 Discussion on Burien Airport Committee Composition and Purpose. (All) Resolution No. 384 Establishing BAC 3.3 Update on Applications for Burien Airport Committee. (Lori Fleming) 3.4 Other Updates/Other Business. (All) 4. PUBLIC COMMENT 5. NEXT MEETING TIME 5.1 Burien Airport Committee Interviews and Appointments are scheduled for Monday, January 7, 2019. 5.2 The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Burien Community Center. (Regular meeting time is the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m.) 6. ADJOURNMENT COUNCIL COMMITTEE MEMBERS Councilmember Nancy Tosta, Chair Mayor Jimmy Matta Councilmember Pedro Olguin BUSINESS COMMITTEE MEMBERS Jill Esau Larry Cripe Matthys van Leeuwen RESIDENT COMMITTEE MEMBERS Debi Wagner Sharyn Parker Vacant City Staff: Brian Wilson, City Manager; Lori Fleming, Management Analyst , Phone # 206-248-5518, e-mail: 6:00pm
SOUTH COUNTY AREA TRANSPORTATION BOARD (SCATBd) MEETING AGENDA Tuesday December 18, 2018 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. SeaTac City Hall 4800 South 188th Street SeaTac 1. Open Meeting (Breakfast treats provided by the City of Algona) • Introductions • Approve November SCATBd Meeting Summary Action 9:00 a.m. 2. Reports and Communications • Chair or Vice Chair • Participant Updates (from RTC and Other Regional Committees) Report and Discussion 9:05 a.m. 3. Conversation with Congressman Adam Smith, 9th Congressional District Discussion 9:10 a.m. 4. 2019 SCATBd Legislative Agenda Discussion and Possible Action 9:40 a.m. 5. 2019 Work Planning Discussion 10:10 a.m. 6. • Public Comment • Update on 2019 Coffee Service for SCATBd Meetings • Update on 2019 SCATBd Leadership • Next SCATBd Meeting: Tuesday, January, 21, 2019  Breakfast treats will be provided by the City of Auburn Discussion 10:25 a.m. 2018-12-18 9:00am
ACLU, Burien People Power and Boulevard Park Place Active Retirement Community will be welcoming 33rd Legislative District Rep. Tina Orwall to meet with the community on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. The location for this meeting is the Boulevard Park Place Retirement Community, located at 2805 S. 125th Street in Burien. Doors will open at 6:45 For up to date information, please see our Facebook Event or email


Representative Tina Orwall has served the 33rd Legislative District (Burien, Des Moines, Kent, Normandy Park, Renton & SeaTac) since 2009, where she brings over 20 years of experience working in the public mental health system, as well as expertise in strategic planning in workforce development and affordable housing. Rep. Orwall’s experience also comes from working for the City of Seattle’s Office of Housing, as well as both King and Pierce County governments, and being an active partner in forging governmental partnerships on mental health, housing and veteran needs. Her long list of awards includes commendations from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington State Psychological Association, Youth Suicide Prevention Program, the National Alliance on Mental Illness Washington and many more...
2018-12-12 7:00pm
Pier 69. --2019 State and Federal Legislative Agenda --Discussion of Aviation and Maritime priorities for 2019 2018-12-11 12:00pm
Strictly for hard core Port geeks. Not a Commission Meeting, but Commissioners Felleman and Steinbreuck will attend. A chance to hear how the Port's accounting and internal control systems will function for 2019. This is where one finds out how the Port really works.2018-12-07 12:00pm
Study Session (2019 Legislative Agenda) We strongly urge everyone who can to attend this meeting. The City Council has a long list of items for their part-time lobbyist, some of which are airport-related, but no obvious priority or focus. At their first discussion of this topic back in November I wrote the Mayor to ask him to focus on the Council on this. You can read that letter here. It is our belief that pursuing a winning legislative strategy is not only the best but the only winning strategy for the future of Des Moines. We refer to this as The Long Game and we believe it is easily as important as any short term strategies and tactics such as the SAMP. We need a full-time aviation professional to compete with the Port Of Seattle's lobbyists and further a winning agenda for the airport communities. 2018-12-06 7:00pm
The meeting will be held at the Highline School District’s Educational Resource Activity Center (ERAC) located at 15675 Ambaum Blvd SW, Burien, WA 98166. Highline Forum Agenda FINAL 28 Nov 2018 2018-11-28 2:00pm
Vote on 2019 Budget--including Tax Levy Seatac Conference Center 2019 Budget & Tax Levy Presentation 2018-11-27 12:00pm
We strongly encourage you to attend the next Port Commission Meeting, which is a Special meeting. And by 'attend' and don't just mean make a comment and split. I mean study the memos and stay for the presentations on the mitigations on 3 mitigation areas, which total over $100 million dollars as this will give us insights into how this process works. In preparation, we will be posting a LOT of materials on the Port's Maritime business and history over at I always encourage people to bone up on the Maritime side of the Port's biz for a few reasons: 1. The Maritime biz is vast. It dwarfs aviation. It has been and continues to be filthy in a way that aviation can't begin to touch. 2. And yet, the Port has made some real progress on that side of the house. Despite making almost none with aviation. 3. A lot of the Maritime progress comes began with former CEO Yoshitani, the only true environmentalist the Port has ever had. Unfortunately, he was also a bit corrupt so he had to go. (another thing to know about the Port is that corruption has been an ongoing problem in leadership, but I digress.) My point: Study the Maritime biz... at least a little. Ask if we can help in any way. The Port isn't as intractable as they seem when it comes to aviation. Perhaps a way in may be found on the other side of the house. As always: Do your own research. Parking is free, Free, FREE! 😀 Sea-Tac Airport Conference Center.2018-11-13 12:00pm
Study Session. Pier 69, Seattle. Parking is free (with validation) in Bell St. Garage2018-11-07 12:00pm
A State Initiative to charge a carbon tax on fossil fuels. Although it exempts both commercial marine and commercial jet fuels (bad) we nevertheless support this measure. If passed, the law affords large grant opportunities to heavily impacted communities. We expect that these grants will be highly competitive. It will therefore be necessary for airport cities to apply for and lobby for such grants.2018-11-06 6:39pm
Study Session "2019 Legislative Agenda"2018-11-01 7:00pm
Come meet your candidates, hear their stances on issues and voice yours too at APACEvotes' FIRST EVER South King County Candidate Forum! Featuring your candidates from Legislative Districts 30, 31, 33, 47 Everyone interested in Airport issues should attend. We must start building a coalition of State lawmakers that understand and support our issues in order to reduce noise and pollution. Eight candidates have confirmed: Legislative District 30 State Representative Pos. 1 Candidate Mike Pellicciotti Legislative District 30 State Representative Pos. 2 Candidate Kristine Reeves Legislative District 30 State Senator Claire Wilson Legislative District 31 State Representative Pos 1 Candidate Victoria Mena Legislative District 33 State Representative Pos. 2 candidate Anthony Lamb Legislative District 33 State Representative Pos. 2 candidate Mia Gregerson Legislative District 47 State Representative Pos. 1 candidate Debra Entenman Legislative District 47 State Senator Mona Das Friday, October 26, 2018 at Kent Memorial Park Building, 5:30-8pm. Doors open and food served at 5:30pm. Forum starts at 6pm. Open to the public, free! RSVP Here2018-10-26 5:30pm
Sea-Tac Airport Conference Center. Discussion of 2019 Preliminary Budget2018-10-23 12:00pm
Study Session "Potential Litigation"2018-10-11 7:00pm
Pier 69, Seattle. Parking is free (with validation) in Bell St. Garage2018-10-09 12:00pm
1011 Western Avenue, Suite 500 Seattle, WA 981042018-10-06 10:00am
2018-10-04 7:00pm
On-line form E-Mail US Postal: Mr. Steve Rybolt Port of Seattle Aviation Environment and Sustainability P.O. Box 68727 Seattle, WA 981682018-09-28 11:59pm
Hosted by City of Normandy Park. Location: Normandy Park Community Club/The Cove 1500 SW Shorebrook Drive, Normandy Park. DRAFT agenda 2:30pm Convene meeting/Introduction - Highline forum co-chairs 2:35pm-2:50 (15 min) Public Comments 2:50pm Sustainable Airport Master Plan Update by Arlyn Purcell 3pm StART Update by Marco Milanese 3:10pm Infrastructure Improvements Mark Happen City Mgr Normandy Park. 3:30pm SR 509 & SR 518 Update by WA Dept of Transportation 4:10pm Emerging Issues 4:25pm Selection of November Meeting Host2018-09-26 2:00pm
Sea-Tac Airport at the Conference Center (Mezzanine Level). Parking is free (with validation)2018-09-25 12:00pm
Come give public comment and learn more about the environmental scoping process.2018-09-19 5:30pm
Come give public comment and learn more about the environmental scoping process.2018-09-17 5:30pm
Leech Tishman Partner Steven M. Taber will outline how to potentially use the Federal Torts Claims Act ("FTCA") as a method of pursuing claims against the Federal Aviation Administration ("FAA") for damages caused by aviation noise.2018-09-13 10:00am
Come give public comment and learn more about the environmental scoping process.2018-09-12 5:30pm
There will be a presentation on the new International Terminal.2018-09-11 12:00pm
Come give public comment and learn more about the environmental scoping process.2018-09-10 5:30pm
Study Session on the Sustained Airport Master Plan (SAMP)2018-09-06 7:00pm
Presentation by Yarden Weidenfeld starts at 2:59:00. Their contribution is $70,000. Federal Way Resolution #18-375. He discusses why the Port was able to get the phrases "quality of life" and "crime" removed from the study as well as providing a time line for how this happened, culminating with a meeting on August 27.2018-09-04 7:00pm
The League of Women Voters and the Resident’s Council of Foundation House will be sponsoring a forum for the 30th district legislative candidates on Wednesday night, Sept. 19 at 6:30PM Foundation House, 32290 1st Ave S., Federal Way, WA 980032018-08-27 6:58pm
Presentation by Port Of Seattle Commissioner Fred Felleman2018-08-20 7:00pm
Report from Aviation Committee.2018-08-14 7:00pm
Port Of Seattle presentation to City Council on SAMP. Regular meeting to follow immediately. Video may be found here: 5:30pm
June Regular Meeting @ Seatac City Hall2018-07-17 9:00am
Burien City Halll2018-07-16 1:30pm
7pm Regular Meeting2018-06-28 7:00pm
2018-06-27 6:00pm
Sea-Tac Conference Center. Presentation will be Aviation Budget for 2019.2018-06-26 12:00am
Jun 20, 2018 ; 4:30pm Bellevue City Hall | in the Concourse 450 110th Ave NE | Bellevue, WA 98004. There will be a Port presentation followed by Q&A at 6:00pm.2018-06-20 12:00am
Thursday June 14 4:30 - 7pm South Seattle College 6737 Corson Avenue S., Seattle, WA, 981082018-06-14 12:00am
2018-05-31 12:00am
2018-02-22 12:00am

Regular Events

Here are some regular events that you need to show up for in order to make a difference. Many of these places (eg. The Port Of Seattle) have signups to keep you informed by e-mail for upcoming events.

Place Description
Regular Meetings are the first and third Monday of every mon th at 7pm. 400 SW 152nd St Burien, WA Tel: (206) 241-4647
Group meetings are typically the second Monday of every month.
Meetings are typically the 1st, 2nd and 4th Thursday at 7pm. Contact information for individual Council Member here.
Meetings are at 7:00 pm First and third Tuesdays of each month 33325 8th Ave. S. Federal Way, WA 98003
A forum of King County cities and the Port Of Seattle which meets to discuss airport issues which affect the cities. Typically meets every 2 months. Sign up at the Port Of Seattle site to get e-mail notifications.
The County Council functions through the work of its standing committees and regional committees, which scrutinize proposed legislation prior to consideration by the full Council. Regional committees include elected officials from other jurisdictions. View meeting agendas and our calendar for the time and place of specific committee meetings, or call 206-477-1000. Meetings are carried live on King County Television on Cable Channel 22, and streamed live through the King County TV website. Council meetings are scheduled for replay on King County TV on Mondays at 7:00 p.m. Archived videos of Council meetings are available anytime. Council Meetings and Standing Committees Full Council Meetings Every Monday at 1:30pm Motions and ordinances are referred from standing committees to the full Council for consideration and action. Committee of the Whole 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 9:30am
Preview of 2019 Maritime Budget

Advocacy Organizations

You are definitely not alone! There are a number of groups working on reducing noise and air pollution in the communities surrounding Sea-Tac Airport and across the United States.

Site Description
The Burien Airport Committee provides guidance to the City Council on topics related to the airport. Topics include: Positive and negative impacts of the airport to the City of Burien Land use issues and interlocal agreements Mitigation of airport impacts Recommendations on ways to protect residents from negative impacts, and ways for residents and businesses to take advantage of positive airport impacts When: Third Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. Where: Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Ave SW, Burien, WA 98166
Environmental Protection Agency Contact Region 10 Seattle main office: 206-553-1200 or 800-424-4372 Email:
Members are primarily from airport communities (Des Moines, Seatac, Federal Way)
A network to counter aviation – for a just transport system
Vashon Island group fighting the increased number of flights over the island as a result of NextGen.


Here are some important people you need to write to in order to make a difference.

Who Description
Representative 9th Congressional District. This page has contact information and a direct e-mail, although I recommend phoning his office.
King County Council Member from Des Moines E-Mail: Web: Phone: 206-477-1005
Seattle Times Aviation reporter
State Senator 33rd District for Des Moines
Managing Editor
United States Senate 511 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC, 20510 Phone Number (202) 224-3441
Mary Christina Wood is the Philip H. Knight Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the school's Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center. She teaches property law, natural resources law, public trust law, and federal Indian law; she has also taught public lands law, wildlife law, and hazardous waste law. She is the Founding Director of the school's nationally acclaimed Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center and is Faculty Leader of the Program's Conservation Trust Project, Sustainable Land Use Project, Native Environmental Sovereignty Project, and Food Resilience Project.
Representative 33rd District (Des Moines)
Representative 30th District (Federal Way)
United States Senate 154 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC, 20510 Phone Number: (202) 224-2621
Meetings are typically the 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 6pm. Contact information for Council Members is here also.
Environmental Management Specialist (contact person for SAMP Environmental Review)
Representative 33rd District
Meetings are at 7:00 pm First and third Mondays of each month 6200 Southcenter Blvd. Tukwila, WA 98188
Covers Port of Seattle and airport communities

Media Outlets

Places to write to and pitch to get coverage.

Site Description
A local printed paper and news site which provides coverage of the Port Of Seattle, Burien and Des Moines as well as West Seattle and Ballard.
The local news site for Des Moines. Provides coverage of the City Council and their Aviation Committee.
A web site devoted to public policy. Has many articles on Sea-Tac Airport with well-balanced reporting.
The local news site. Provides coverage of the City Council.
Environmental reporter. Already done several stories on airplanes and Sea-Tac.
The local printed paper and site for Federal Way. Provides coverage of the City Council and their Aviation Committee. Environmental reporter