Port of Seattle http://kplu.org en San Francisco Officials: Living Wage For Airport Workers 'Has Gone A Long Way' http://kplu.org/post/san-francisco-officials-living-wage-airport-workers-has-gone-long-way <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143779002&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Since San Francisco set a higher minimum wage for its airport workers back in 2000, the city has seen a positive effect, officials from San Francisco International Airport told Port of Seattle commissioners Tuesday.</span></p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 23:27:27 +0000 Ashley Gross 15824 at http://kplu.org San Francisco Officials: Living Wage For Airport Workers 'Has Gone A Long Way' Seattle Port Commission Pushes Back Against Pressure To Adopt SeaTac Living Wage Law http://kplu.org/post/seattle-port-commission-pushes-back-against-pressure-adopt-seatac-living-wage-law <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Port of Seattle commissioners are pushing back against pressure from other elected officials to adopt the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">SeaTac</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> living wage ordinance at Sea-Tac Airport.</span></p><p>A total of 57 state lawmakers, King County officials and SeaTac city officials have urged the commission to drop its opposition to the SeaTac minimum wage ordinance.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last November, </span><a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/recount-confirms-seatac-voters-approved-15-minimum-wage" style="line-height: 1.5;">SeaTac voters approved Proposition 1</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to lift wages for some workers in and around the airport to $15 per hour.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 01:13:36 +0000 Ashley Gross 13541 at http://kplu.org Seattle Port Commission Pushes Back Against Pressure To Adopt SeaTac Living Wage Law Catholic Seafarers' Center Provides A Lifeline To Sailors During Their Hours In Seattle http://kplu.org/post/catholic-seafarers-center-provides-lifeline-sailors-during-their-hours-seattle <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">These days, Seattle’s </span>Belltown<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> neighborhood is dominated by wine bars and night clubs. But on one block of First Avenue, there’s a living reminder of the city’s dependence on the waterfront. Outside a two-story corner building, a few doors down from a Starbucks, is a vertical sign that reads "Catholic Seamen’s Club." &nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 13327 at http://kplu.org Catholic Seafarers' Center Provides A Lifeline To Sailors During Their Hours In Seattle Ports of Seattle and Tacoma Invest for Growth—But Will it Come? http://kplu.org/post/ports-seattle-and-tacoma-invest-growth-will-it-come <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Container volume is down more than 8 percent at the ports of Seattle and Tacoma in July, most likely a reflection of the weak economy. But</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;the ports also face longer-term challenges.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Competition from Canadian ports is fierce. Then there’s the widening of the Panama Canal, set to be done in 2015, which some people say could divert ships away from the Pacific Northwest. And then there’s the Chinese economy to think about.</span></p><p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 00:21:16 +0000 Ashley Gross 9733 at http://kplu.org Ports of Seattle and Tacoma Invest for Growth—But Will it Come? Murray, Cantwell Want to Change Tax on Cargo Coming to U.S. Ports http://kplu.org/post/murray-cantwell-want-change-cargo-us-ports <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington’s senators say they want to change the tax that applies to cargo coming into U.S. ports. They say the tax, as it stands right now, is pushing shipping companies to divert containers to Canada and Mexico.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 20:56:58 +0000 Ashley Gross 9642 at http://kplu.org Murray, Cantwell Want to Change Tax on Cargo Coming to U.S. Ports Seattle, Tacoma and Vancouver ports aim to reduce air pollution http://kplu.org/post/seattle-tacoma-and-vancouver-ports-aim-reduce-air-pollution-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The ports of Seattle, Tacoma and Vancouver, B.C., are working together to dramatically reduce emissions. And they’re trying to do that without scaring away any cargo companies.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Most of the diesel air pollution at the ports comes from ocean-going ships, but also from tug boats, cranes, trucks and trains.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 22:19:34 +0000 Ashley Gross 9263 at http://kplu.org Seattle, Tacoma and Vancouver ports aim to reduce air pollution Seattle Port Commission gives itself sevenfold pay raise http://kplu.org/post/seattle-port-commission-gives-itself-sevenfold-pay-raise <p><span style="font-size: 15.454545021057129px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;">Port of Seattle commissioners voted Tuesday for a sevenfold pay raise to $42,000 a year, about the same as a Washington state legislator.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Port spokesman Jason Kelly says Commission President Tom Albro proposed the pay hike to make the job more attractive to applicants. The vote ties commission salaries to the pay of state lawmakers.</p><p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 18:08:38 +0000 The Associated Press 7971 at http://kplu.org Seattle Port Commission gives itself sevenfold pay raise Seattle surveillance cameras have ACLU's antennas up http://kplu.org/post/seattle-surveillance-cameras-have-aclus-antennas <p>Civil liberties advocates are raising concerns about a <a href="http://spdblotter.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Screen-Shot-2013-02-06-at-11.51.30-AM.png">network of 30 surveillance cameras </a>installed along Seattle’s shoreline, purchased with a $5 million dollar federal grant. When the measure first came up in city council last year, Seattle Police Assistant Chief Paul McDonagh said it was all about Port security. &nbsp;</p><p> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 00:27:08 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7811 at http://kplu.org Seattle surveillance cameras have ACLU's antennas up A record crusie ship season in Seattle http://kplu.org/post/record-crusie-ship-season-seattle <p>A record number of cruise ship passengers shoved off from Port of Seattle this year, according to Port officials. Hitting a new height of 933,900 passengers aboard 202 ships. Each of those ships generates $2.1 million for the local economy, according to the consulting firm Martin Associates, including everything from taxes to tourism to stocking the galley.</p><p>Peter McGraw of the Port of Seattle said the city has become the premier point of origin for Alaska cruises. He credited a big investment in infrastructure at the Port, including a new cruise terminal completed three years ago.</p> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 21:57:48 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 6639 at http://kplu.org A record crusie ship season in Seattle Abandoned rail line may become an Eastside bike trail http://kplu.org/post/abandoned-rail-line-may-become-eastside-bike-trail <p>The dream of a bike trail stretching from Renton to Woodinville has moved one step closer to a reality. The Port of Seattle commission <a href="http://www.portseattle.org/Newsroom/News-Releases/Pages/default.aspx?year=2012#308">today voted to approve a $15 million sale of former rail land to King County</a>.</p> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 15:47:52 +0000 Ashley Gross 5976 at http://kplu.org Abandoned rail line may become an Eastside bike trail Tacoma takes cargo shipping business from Seattle http://kplu.org/post/tacoma-takes-cargo-shipping-business-seattle <p>TACOMA, Wash. &mdash; A new cargo ship called Monday at the Port of Tacoma.</p><p>The containership Dusseldorf Express was the first ship from the Grand Alliance of three shipping lines that once called at the Port of Seattle.</p><p> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 17:02:00 +0000 The Associated Press 5483 at http://kplu.org Cruise ships sailing from Seattle to Alaska down from 2010 peak http://kplu.org/post/cruise-ships-sailing-seattle-alaska-down-2010-peak <p>The number of cruise ships sailing to Alaska from Seattle remains down from the peak of two years ago.&nbsp; In 2010, 223 ships made the trip.&nbsp; This year, 202 ships will sail from Seattle.&nbsp; It&#39;s a slight uptick from last year when 196 ships used Seattle as a homeport during the summer Alaska cruising season.</p><p>The Port of Seattle says&nbsp; revenue from the cruise business remains strong .</p><p> Mon, 07 May 2012 19:05:15 +0000 Paula Wissel 4950 at http://kplu.org Cruise ships sailing from Seattle to Alaska down from 2010 peak Preview: Traffic concerns legitimate for proposed new arena http://kplu.org/post/preview-traffic-concerns-legitimate-proposed-new-arena <p>Members of the King County Council this week raised concerns about a proposed new arena in Seattle&#39;s SoDo district. Among the concerns is increased traffic - the same reason the Mariners, Port of Seattle and many SoDo businesses have come out against the idea of building third arena in the area.</p><p>KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel shares his insight on this issue tomorrow morning at 5:35 and 7:35 on 88.5 KPLU. Check back here for a blog of our conversation.</p> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 20:00:00 +0000 Kirsten Kendrick & Art Thiel 4803 at http://kplu.org Preview: Traffic concerns legitimate for proposed new arena Tacoma grabs port business from Seattle; sour grapes ensues http://kplu.org/post/tacoma-grabs-port-business-seattle-sour-grapes-ensues <p>TACOMA, Wash. &mdash; A Port of Seattle commissioner says the Port of Tacoma&#39;s winning away three shippers Thursday represents a &quot;race to the bottom&quot; that hurts the region.</p><p> Fri, 09 Mar 2012 18:36:58 +0000 The Associated Press 4384 at http://kplu.org Tacoma grabs port business from Seattle; sour grapes ensues Short-haul truckers heading back to work after two-weeks out http://kplu.org/post/short-haul-truckers-heading-back-work-after-two-weeks-out <p>The two-week work stoppage by several hundred drayage drivers at the Port of Seattle ended this afternoon at a hastily-called press conference. The truckers who haul cargo containers from port terminals to distribution centers and rail yards walked off the job Jan. 30.</p><p>Demeke&nbsp;Meconnan, one of the first drivers to walk, said they&#39;re headed back to work, but their campaign isn&#39;t over.</p><p> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 00:55:36 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 4153 at http://kplu.org Short-haul truckers heading back to work after two-weeks out