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and -page 7 STATE OF lands at Rosary NATION -page 24 Armonica featured at Vaudville Festival -page 10 YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD NEWSPAPER SINCE 1923 in renew in prin' The West Seattle Herald/White Center News editorial staff recent- ly sent a questionnaire to mayor candidates. The fellowing is a syn- opsis of their responses. Several candidates did not respond to our questionnaire, so their views are not represented. They include: Scott Breen, Max Englerius, Jim (Davy Jones XLV) Guilfoil, Gor- don Herr, Stan Lippman and Mike The Mover. Howwill you address and pay for the safety concerns on the Spokane Street viaduct? All of the responding candidates indicated that improving safety on the Spokane Street viaduct would be a priority under their leadership. They differed in their approaches, however, in fixing the roadway. "I will work with the county, the Port of Seattle, the federal govern- ment and the leadership in the state House and Senate to get funds to rebuild and widen the.Spokane Street Viaduct," said City Coun- cilmember Charlie Chong, who, as an Admiral resident, is all t0o i .... .... familiar with the traffic issues in Campiilgn' t hslih Sth Af, en Somnv e : West Seattle. Another Admiral resident, King increase safety," he said. County Councilmember Greg However, that's a temporary Nickels, was equally enthusiastic solution," Schell added. "The for a resolution, viaduct was never intended to "I will increase the udget for become a freeway but since it has, street and bridge repair by $10 mil- we must persuade the Legislature lion per year from existing to give us funds for a permanent resources. Some of these funds solution." will be set aside for the Spokane Three-term City Councilmember Street Viaduct," Nickels said. "I Jane Noland wants to prioritize will aggressively pursue matching needs before pursuingafix. funds from the state Department of "I would have SEATRAN, Seat- Transportation and the federal tie Police Department and repre- ISTEA (Intermodal Surface Trans- sentatives of major stakeholders portation Efficiency Act) pro- prioritize a list of steps to enhance grams." safety -- temporarily and perma- Port Commissioner Paul Scheil nently -- with price tags. Then I agrees with Chong, that the Port would implement them," she said. should play a role in developing "... Ultimately, the viaduct must be answers, rebuilt -- soon -- with state, fed- "As Seattle Port.Commissioner, eral and local funds," Noland said. I support the Port, city and state Candidate Cheryl Chow con- jointly funding a barrier that would veyed that the city has already ensured funding for future changes. "The 1997/98 Capital Improve- ment Plan provides safety funding for the Spokane Street Viaduct which together totals $7.8 mil- lion," Chow said. "The projects specifically address traffic safety by installing a safety barrier in the viaduct's median and .by doing localized repaving. The two pro- jects leverage city, state and other regional thnding sources." Landslides decimated West Seattle last winter and spring. How would you change any of the regula- tions for development on steep slopes? Charlie Chong and Jane Noland agree that the city needs to stand firmly behind current regulations. Bruce Savadow/stafl "We need to do a better job enforcing the environmentally crit- ical areas ordinance that we already have," said Charlie Chong. "I would also encourage the city's Department of Construction and Land Use to use their discretionary power to declare particularly diffi- cult areas unbuildable." "I will ensure the city takes appropriate steps to reinforce its own policy," said Jane Noland. "First stabilize, then fix!" "Cheryl Chow wants to aggres- sively penalize those who perform illegal grading and removal of veg- etation through increased staffing and improved technology. Greg Nickels believes that steep slope development is a public'safe- ty ~ssue. - See MAYOR RACE, page 7 e@@ Bruce Savadow/staff the five-mile course during Sunday's Terry Fox Run at Alki Beach, a Cancer Research Center. The annual event, sponsored by the Four Seasons Terry Fox, a young Canadian who ran 3,300 miles across Canada on an cer research. By Gloria Kruzner NERALD.NEWS The Starbucks Coffee legal department arrived at White Cen- ter Heights Elementary Friday morning, ready to share stories, not coffee. More than 100 SAFE- CO employees converged on/he grounds of West Seattle High School, not in the interest of insurance, but to ensure a positive start for the school year. The two businesses participated in the United Way Day of Caring, a volunteer event that kicks off the 76th annual United Way of King County campaign. The Day of Caring is a mobilization of nearly 4,000 volunteers from businesses and organizations throughout King County who work on various hands-on pro- jects. Starbucks employee Kelli Dev- ereux suggested that the company volunteer for the "Books for Kids" program asits project. Lit- eracy is a major focus for Star- bucks this year, she said. Buoyed by 30 volunteers and $1,800 in donations ---including a $1,000 grant to promote literacy from the Starbucks Foundation -- Devereux's plan was realized. Starbucks would purchase a book for every child af White Center Heights Elementary, and volun- teers would spend the day with the youth, reading stories and cre- ating colorful book marks. - See DAY OF CARING, page 2