Fish Rules

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A Duwamish River bottom clam might be easier to digest than Governor Inslee’s new proposal for water quality regulations to protect fish consumers. The proposal is described in a Seattle Times story here.

The proposal will be discussed with an expert panel July 22 during the monthly MIC meeting, 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Room C-122, Colin Education Hall, Georgetown Campus of South Seattle College.…

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Growth Sectors

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In 1994, environmental consulting firms in Washington posted sales of $8 million. In 2013, the statewide total was $264 million.

That was an increase of 3200%. That’s astounding. But, that news might not surprise you if you are worried about new Washington state stormwater regulations – or, new City of Seattle stormwater regulations, or new state regulations for fish consumption, or the Duwamish Superfund.…

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On The Same Page?

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Until now, the City of Seattle freight plan was a little like the homework the dog ate. The city meant to do a freight plan. It just never finished one.

Mayor Ed Murray now pledges to complete the freight plan and state Rep. Judy Clibborn believes he will, a view she will share at the June 24 meeting of the Manufacturing Industrial Council.…

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Forklift Found

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A Seattle school teacher sent out the call last month for a forklift and he found one thanks to Washington Liftruck.

Five companies responded to the request by teacher Chris Names. Washington Liftruck vice president Jeff Darling was able to make the necessary arrangements by the end of the school year, with the South Park firm providing training to the teacher and a forklift used by the students.…

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Bring Back Shop Class (And a Forklift!)

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A teacher helping to revive vocational education in Seattle is attempting to secure a forklift.

Chris Names wants to use the forklift to help round out the instruction he provides to students through the Aerospace Science and Technology Skill Center program of the Seattle Public Schools. The program is based at Rainier Beach High School.

“We want to get the kids certified in forklift operation to help them prepare for work,” Names said.…

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Forewarned and Forearmed

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“Red Letter Day” comes to us from the Medieval Age with multiple meanings – some good, some bad. That’s why today, Wednesday, April 23 qualifies as one.

The day includes one of six weekday daytime games that will take place at Safeco Field during the 2014 Major League Baseball season.

For some, it will be a fun day off from work to enjoy a baseball game.…

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Think Globally. Act Locally. Move to Kent?

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It was a mantra of the 1970s to think globally and act locally. That concept drives the minimum wage debate in Seattle. But, one challenge to tackling international income inequality through Seattle City Hall is, well – Seattle City Hall.

City authority on the issue stops at the city limits and neighboring or nearby cities are not upping the statewide minimum wage within their boundaries.…

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Minimum Wage Reality Checks

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Forty hours of pay per week, overtime pay, benefits and good prospects for wage and career growth.

Those are still hallmarks of entry-level industrial jobs in Seattle and they must be factored into Seattle’s debate over a $15 minimum wage. On Tuesday, March 11, 10am – 12pm, at a meeting in Georgetown, you will have an opportunity to make that point or any others that you might choose to regarding the minimum wage issue.…

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Taxing SODO

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Most SoDo property and business owners would pay a new tax for neighborhood business promotions, networking and clean up services starting in 2014. The tax would be assessed through a new SoDo Business Improvement Area. The BIA initiative will be discussed at a community meeting Tuesday, October 29, at SoDo POP, 2424 1st Avenue South, 5 – 7 p.m.

Jodi Opitz, who owns SoDo Pop, feels the tax is both unfair and unknown.…

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Mayor’s Race In a Crossroads Year

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Back to Nature?

The 2013 race for Seattle Mayor is on the agenda for the June 25th meeting of the Manufacturing Industrial Council. The meeting is next Tuesday, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., at the Georgetown campus of South Seattle Community College.

Two candidates expressed interest in meeting with the MIC – Peter Steinbrueck, who is scheduled to speak at Tuesday’s meeting at 5 p.m., and Charlie Staadecker who has yet to RSVP.…

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Manufacturing 101

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State School Superintendent Randy Dorn and Seattle Community College District Chancellor Jill Wakefield are guest speakers Tuesday, January 22, at Manufacturing 101, an event from 4-5:30 p.m. that will highlight good news and new opportunities emerging in the realm of industrial arts.

Nobody uses that phrase anymore because terms like “industrial” or “vocational” were long ago scrubbed from the education lexicon in the drive to emphasize the value of baccalaureate college degrees.…

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Lesson Plan

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The machine shop teacher left. The shop was slated for closure. The drama teacher was already making plans to grab the space for the theater program. And Bill Sunderland, the chair of the industrial arts program, decided to fight to keep the shop open.

“I dug in my heels,” Sunderland said. “I went to the principal, and explained the value of the shop to him, and he was very supportive.”

The principal decided to reopen the shop.…

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What Would Ivar Do?

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Bob Donegan is hilarious. No wonder. He’s the president of Ivar’s Inc. and a sense of humor is one of the job requirements if you’re following in the footsteps of Ivar Haglund, the Olde Seattle icon who back in 1938 founded the restaurant and seafood company that bears his name.

But while he’s one of the funniest people you’ll ever meet, Donegan is serious about the need for Seattle’s business community to pull together – a topic he’ll address Tuesday, February 26, at the next monthly meeting of the Manufacturing Industrial Council.…

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Old Machine Shop Made New at Rainier Beach H.S.

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The Rainier Beach High School machine shop in south Seattle was mothballed for almost as long as Carlos Sanchez had been alive.

But when the doors for the revamped shop re-opened in September, Carlos was among the first students who walked in. Four months later, his only complaint is he didn’t find it sooner.

“I wish I could have started this when I was younger,” he says.…

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