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8 Friday, August 5, 2011 West Seattle Herald Wine, beer tastings could come to Farmers Market 10 markets chosen for pilot program by Liquor Control Board 10 farmers markets including West Seat- tle will be invited by the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSCLB) to partici- pate in a pilot program that allows wine and beer tastings at farmers markets beginning in September. As directed in Substitute House Bill 1172, which created the pilot program, the markets were selected in a manner to ensure geo- graphic representation. The pilot runs from Sept. 1,2011 to Nov. 1, 2012. The WSLCB will provide guidance and oversight for the pilot and will submit a report on the pilot to the Legislature in December 2012. "This pilot is another avenue for Wash- ington's breweries and wineries to educate customers about their products" said Sharon Foster, WSLCB Chair. "Because farmers markets take place in a community setting, there are safeguards in place to ensure tast- ings are conducted with public safety in mind." Participating farmers markets Farmers markets must have authorization from the WSLCB to allow in-state wineries, brewer- ies or microbreweries to sell bottled wine or beer at their market. Farmers markets must meet the qualifications identified in RCW 66.24.170, RCW 66.24.240 and RCW 66.24.244 to receive this authorization. As directed by the legislation, farmers markets must have been authorized by Jan. 1, 2011 in order to participate in the pilot. The 59 qualified farmers markets were invited to submit a letter indicating their interest in participating. The 40 markets that responded indicating they were interested were then separated into geographic regions and a pro- portionate number of markets from each region were randomly selected at today's Board meeting. The following list is tentative, pending verification that the markets meet the pilot requirements. West Seattle Farmers Market, 4400 S.W. Alaska St. in Seattle. Magnolia Farmers Market, 2550 34th Ave. W. in Seat- tie. Vancouver Farmers Market, 605 Esther St. in Vancouver- Everett Farmers Market, Inc., 1600 W. Marine View Drive in Ever- ett- Vashon Farmers Market, Village Green, 17511 Vash0n Highway S. in Vashon Lib- erty Lake Farmers Market, 1421 N. Mead- owwood Lane in Liberty Lake- Proctor Farmers Market, N. 27th St. between Proc- tor and Madison in Tacoma Pasco Farmers in the pilot, they must have obtained their endorsement by May 1, 2011. There are 47 wineries and four breweries qualified to offer tastings at the pilot markets. Only one brewery, microbrewery or win- ery may offer samples per day. Samples must be two ounces or less and customers can have up to a total of four ounces. Staff from the brewery, microbrewery or winery Market, Fourth and Columbia in Pasco - Pike must be able to observe all tasting partici- Place Market; Street Farmers Market, Pike Place, between Pine and Steward Streets, in Seattle. Wenatchee Valley Farmers Market, Columbia Street between First and Palouse in Wenatchee A confirmed list of the 10 participat- ing markets will be available soon on the WSLCB website at www.liq.wa.gov. Pilot requires each farmers market to have at least six days of tastings during the pilot. Tastings can be offered by an in-state win- ery, brewery or microbrewery with a farmers market endorsement from the WSLCB. The endorsement allows these businesses to sell bottled beer and wine of its own production for off-premises consumption. To participate pants in a designated tasting area to ensure that minors and apparently intoxicated per- sons cannot possess or consume alcohol. They must also have food available or be next to a vender offering prepared food. Enforcement activities during tast- ings WSLCB liquor enforcement officers will conduct announced and unannounced visits and compliance checks throughout the pilot to monitor compliance with the pilot's guidelines and ensure state liquor laws and regulations are followed. For a complete list of requirements for the tasting pilot, please visit www.liq.wa.gov. School Board candidate Nick Esparza challenges Sundqulst By Steve Shay Nick Esparza is running for Seat- tie School Board, West Seattle Dis- trict VI, He is challenging Martha "Marty" McLaren, Joy Anderson and incumbent Steve Sundquist in the Aug. 16 primary. The West Seattle Herald interviewed McLar- en, Sundquist, Anderson and now Esparza, all West Seattle residents. The top two vote-getters are cho- sen by voters in their district where there is a primary race, four of the seven districts in this election. Then all of Seattle votes for their favor- ite candidate in all four districts: In addition to Sundquist, other incum- bents being challenged are Peter Maier in District I, Sherry Cart in District II and Harium Martin-Mor- ris in District IN. Nick Esparza was born in Yaki- ma, raised in Pullman, attended Yakima Valley Community College, went on to Central Washington Uni- versity. He received his BS Degree in Political Science from the Uni- versity of the Ozarks in 2008. He is a graduate student at Arkansas Tech University online pursing his College Student Personel degree. He has worked with children with disabilities, at-risk youth, in Student Support Services, Upward Bound and mentored first-year college stu- dents. He advocates for parents who do not receive what they believe to be reasonable accommodation WE BUY, SELL & TRADE USED RECORDS, CDS DVDS OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK , AND WE MAKE HOUESCALLS! EMAIL MATT@EASYSTREETON LINE.COM ]OR STOP 8Y AT 4559 CALIFORNIA AVE. S,W. OR 20 MERCER STREET! 0 for their children around ADA. He currently resides in the Gatewood neighborhood of West Seattle. "When my challengers just talk about math, there is a danger. You have to have to be able to do a lot of other things. The University of Washington looks for a whole list of things, not just math. "When I go out and talk to fami- lies, they talk a little about math, but they also talk about school closures, financial accountability, why there are no grade school counselors. But every time I turn around there is money going in every other direc- tion than to frontline staff. They say there is no money for sum- mer school and yet the District and School Board talk about closing the achievement gap. They would have to cut waste to fund summer school. They didn't have to give 25 admin- istrators a non-promotional raise in a budget crisis year. People in the private sector don't always get a raise in this economy. "We don't need to hire more administrators that are draining the budget. If you want to close that achievement gap you need to hire more teachers and frontline staff. "Staff at West Seattle schools are like people working with a house on fire but working really hard to get everybody out of the house with fewer people than they need. They are committed people who don't feel like the Central Administration Office is supporting them. I watched the School Board make poor deci- sions on school closures and other financial things and thought, 'It's got to get better' but nobody was responding and it was at that point I said, 'OK. I'm going to run.' "We need to reduce class sizes. It is unacceptable that there would be a class of 35. Large class sizes do affect learning outcomes (nega- tively). I would go to Olympia and use the bully pulpit to try to get these people to do a better job to fund K to 12 education. If these kids don't graduate and get incarcerated, we will pay more money long term. The Running Start program had been a real drain on public education. I'm not saying Running Start should never be used, but in the current bud- get environment we'd do better tak- ing that money to reduce class size and to bring back frontline staff to schools and maybe improve math, science and English scores, not just in Seattle but all over the state. "If you go online and type in 'Seattle Public Schools' you will see that there is an assistant super- intendent job that pays almost $200,000 a year, and four or five application specialist jobs earning over $100,000. If we're going to be making budget cuts we need to kick every stone over downtown first to find money for frontline instruction because kids have a right to learn. They always seem to find money for whatever else they want. "I don't look at is as being a nay- sayer. I think that there is a dan- ger in giving the District whatever they want. If I ask tough questions it is because I want to make the hard decisions. We have a right to say, 'What is the money being used for?' It is our money. We've had a board that has had the unwillingness to ask questions that got us into losing $1.8 million while selling schools at a rock-bottom loss. "I've been asked a lot on the cam- paign trail, 'Why are you running? You don't have children?' Because I don't have children, schools still matter to me. Failing schools affect the entire community. Microsoft and Boeing understand that. They pump millions of dollars into col- lege scholarships. They want to have Steve Shay West Seattle resident Nick Esparza is running for Seattle School Board District VI, chal- lenging Steve Sundquist, Joy Anderson, and Marty McLaren. quality workers when they gradu- ate?' "The Board needs to advertise in the newspapers, place flyers in the libraries when they make changes that affect students in every com- munity. In general their way of get- ting out information is on the World Wide Web, not everyone has a com- puter." Steve Shay can be reached at steves @robinsonnews.com. tickets On Sale Now