Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Chris Hansen Group Proposes All Private Financing

Chris Hansen shocked the area with a new proposal to get his sports arena project on track.  The bay area financier has proposed an all privately financed project.  This will make the current memorandum of understanding which was near expiration null and void.  It will, however, still require concessions from the Seattle City Council which include vacating one block of Occidental. Earlier this year, one vote stopped the vacation, and after bitterness from the fallout of the vote, As the vote coincidentally went across gender lines, many of the voters against the proposals found themselves inundated by death threat and insults.  In addition, the Port Of  Seattle, reportedly is dead set against the proposed locations.   Still others will question the logic of building an half billion dollar building with neither an NBA team or a Hockey team currently looming in the horizon.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Wrigley Field--Co Hosting This Year's World Series

In 1999, I attended my first Outdoor Major League Baseball game at Wrigley Field.  I had seen many Seattle Mariner games, but they were in the Kingdome.  Later this week, Wrigley will host it's first World Series game since 1945.
Sources say Wrigley Field was built in 1914. It was originally known as Weeghman Field.  The original tenants were the Chicago Whales of the Federal League.  The Cubs began playing at the field in 1916.
It is the only professional ball park with ivy growing on the outfield walls.  It also has a hand operated scoreboard, Safeco Field, which opened in 1999, also has a hand operated scoreboard, paying tribute to Wrigley.  The field was named for the family that made Wrigley gum. They acquired the Cubs in the 20s and own the franchise for several decades.
By coincidence, I also saw my second outdoor game later that summer.  That was on the opening day of Safeco.  In both cases, the other team was the San Diego Padres.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Chicago Cubs Break Curse--Head To World Series

The Chicago Cubs have since their last appearance in a World Series in 1945, have alternated between bad teams and great teams with bad luck. This year, for the first time since 1945, they have won the National League pennant. The Cubs play in historical Wrigley Field, in which many of the newer baseball stadium have been modeled.
In order to win it's first world championship since 1908, the Cubs will have to defeat the Cleveland Indians, who are trying to also overcome a draught.  The Indians have not won a World Series since 1948.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Live Music In Maple Valley

The Lost Dutchman in the Lake Wilderness Shopping Center rocked out tonight with The Hipsters.  The 4 piece band played late 80s and 90s classics while the dance floor was soon full.  A great time was had by all.

NFL Domestic Violence Controversy Has Local Twist

Many Seahawk fans remember kicker Josh Brown.  In the team's first Super Bowl run, Brown hit some crucial field goals.  When Brown took a better deal to join the then St. Louis Rams, he lost his local luster.  What we didn't know is that Brown remained in the area and has brought national notoriety to the area. 
Brown received a one game suspension for alleged domestic violence against his then wife.  Apparently, in an attempt to turn his life around, Brown illustrated a multi year history history of abuse. After harsh penalties against African-American players for similar crimes, the big outcry is that the league was softer on Brown
The local controversy is the report that  King County Sheriff's office would not share information on Brown's arrest records. The Sheriff's office says it could not verify that it was indeed the NFL.
 Brown is currently a kicker with the New York Giants, one of the NFL's storied franchises. In light of the Brown controversy, it was announced that he would not travel to London for the team's next game against the LA Rams.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Maple Valley Candidate Forum Part 2

In a couple more pictures from last night's 5th District Candidate forum.  Top picture is moderator Grifan Cayce. Bottom picture Republican Paul Graves, who is running for the vacated position  in the  state house, sat by himself, as Darcy Burner did not attend due to illness.  The tone was civil and candidates agreed more than disagreed.  Ritchie and Mullet were positive on the ST 3 where Magendanz, Rodne, and Graves felt that it was a wrong solution.  Rodne voiced his opposition to legalized marijuana to which Mullet (owner of Zeek Pizza) quipped about the advantages of legal pot to his restaurant, causing the room to break into laughter.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

5th Legislative Candidates Meet In Maple Valley

As you would expect, transportation took center stage as candidates for state legislature of both parties met at Rock Creek Elementary School in Maple Valley, one of Seattle's most remote suburbs.  Candidates attending were Senator Mark Mullet (above left), house member and challenger Chad Magendanz (above right), Representative Jay Rodne (bottom left) and Challenger Jason Ritchie (above right).  Mullet was the first Democrat in 20 years to be elected from the 5th.   Democrat Ritchie is challenging incumbent Republican Jay Rodne.
Republican Paul Graves, who is running for Chad's open seat in the house, attended the forum, however, Darcy Burner was home with the flue.  Burner had her manager make a statement on her behalf. 
Topics were proposed Sound Transit expansion, education, taxes, and gun regulation.  They also tackled the subject of "predictive scheduling".  Local attorney Grifan Cayce, moderated the debate.  The three Republican candidates are attorneys.  Democrats Mullet, Ritchie, and Burner each own small businesses.  The event was sponsored by the Maple Valley Chamber Of Commerce.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Another Fall Day In Maple Valley

Looking East down South East 244th Street in Maple Valley, you can definitely see the colors of Autumn.