A Letter To Earnest Thompson

Mr. Thompson is a member of the StART Committee for Normandy Park and a candidate for City Council in that town. This letter is in regard to a failed Resolution #944 voted on at their City Council Meeting 09/10/2019. Hi Earnest, Again, I’m sorry that I was unable to make the Normandy Park City Council

StART August 28 2019 Meeting Recap

The Sea-Tac Stakeholder Advisory Round Table (StART) meeting took place on August 28, 2019 with a focus on recapping the Aviation Noise Working Group’s latest efforts, reviewing and discussing the Federal Policy Working Group’s Work Plan, and conducting a panel discussion on Part 150 Studies. This voluntary, advisory roundtable, convened by Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Managing

Aviation Capital Planning & Preliminary Design Action Item

An update to near-term projects for the Sustainable Airport Master Plan (SAMP). Delivered at Port Of Seattle Special Meeting in Kirkland, WA. Key feature is addition of Glideslope antenna mod for 34L (Third Runway) based on StART recommendation. Authorization to expend capital funds for project definition and preliminary design on Sustainable Airport Master Plan Near-Term

Bad College Lecture: StART Meeting June 2019

June 26th Meeting Recap may be found here It’s been almost a year and a half since the Sea-Tac Airport Roundtable (StART) made its debut and I have to say I am not thrilled with the current state of play. I’m not talking about its accomplishments (work product) or its process (which I call ‘Bad College

Quit Whining (StART Meeting 4/24/19)

Last time I checked, the Port Of Seattle ran Sea-Tac Airport and the Port Of Seattle Commission was elected by the voters of King County. There are currently about 2.1 million residents of King County. And there are maybe 150,000 people living in ‘the airport communities’ so the airport communities are at best a mere


I attended my first StART meeting in a while last night. The first thing I noticed was how ‘official’ it has become. By that I mean, it was sparsely attended, quiet and the attendees were engaged in some very fine-grained the work, mostly on the whole Glide Slope thing. The second half of the meeting

It’s not about the policy.

…It’s about getting the work done. —Joe Scorcio. As tortured as those two sentences sounded (at least to my ear), I think I knew  what the former City Manager of SeaTac meant at today’s Port Of Seattle Commission Meeting. There are many, many flaws in the StART process, but I have to agree with the

Real Sustainability

So the past couple of days I’ve been ‘slumming’–attending the Des Moines ‘Ad Hoc’ Aviation Committee meeting and then a Burien City Council Meeting on Monday. And then the last StART meeting on Tuesday. I’ve made no secret of my disdain for these groups but that has little to do with the people who are,