Seattle City (spot)Light: Sang Ah Koh

Sang Ah Koh joined City Light in August 2016 and currently serves as the employee relations manager. “People know us as the ‘investigations’ group since we handle workplace investigations and matters that pertain to equal employment opportunities. It’s not very exciting or fluffy,” Sang Ah explained. “However, we’re also the team that processes leaves like parental and sabbatical which can be exciting!”

Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Sang Ah received a BA in International Studies from Ewha University. She studied law at West Virginia University where she obtained her JD. Sang Ah lives in Capitol Hill with her husband Jason and their golden doodle Agi. “My identical twin sister and most of my family live in South Korea so I try to visit once a year,” Sang Ah said. In this week’s (spot)Light, Sang Ah shares what she loves most about her job and what she enjoys about living in Seattle.

A sunny stroll with Sang Ah and Agi

“We’ve lived in Seattle for three years. When my husband and I were deciding where to move, Seattle was always number one in so many good categories. We liked how politically progressive the city is and how environmentally aware the people are. Protecting the environment matters here and there’s also a strong focus on education. These were all attractive and admirable attributes. It was a culture I wanted to be part of.”

“Seattle has also won me over with its food scene—wow! So many celebrity chefs rave about it and I’ve read many articles about it. I get so excited when I talk about food. Some of my favorite places to go are in Capitol Hill. That neighborhood has anything and everything great about food, ranging from bar eats to high-end dining. I have my favorite for each category of food—Japanese, Korean, Mediterranean, Indian, etc. So far, Stateside has been my favorite dining experience. I also like its smaller bar, Foreign National, which is another go-to of mine.”

“We have a seven-year old golden doodle, Agi, which means ‘baby’ in Korean. My husband and I treat her like our child. People in Charleston, West Virginia (where Jason and I met) loved dogs, but not quite at the level that we expressed. When we moved here, it became very clear that people love dogs just as much as we do. We see so many dogs walking around Capitol Hill. It’s another thing I absolutely adore about Seattle.”

“I’m a very proud City Light employee. This position attracted me because of its reputation. The utility’s human resources division is well known and I wanted to be part of it. I’ve also always craved people skills—talking to people on a personal level and having the ability to connect. Every day, I’m fortunate to talk to people with various backgrounds, both professionally and personally. It’s a humbling experience and an aspect of my job I truly enjoy. It never gets boring.”

Pet of the Week: Mojo

Mojo (ID 34167710) is a very handsome, sweet and energetic pit bull mix. He is in great physical shape and absolutely loves to play! He understands basic commands but can be distracted easily. Mojo would fit in very well in an active home with previous dog handling experience. His youthful exuberance will keep you both young and full of love for years to come!

If you’re interested in meeting Mojo, come by the Seattle Animal Shelter, located at 2061 15th Ave. W., Seattle. We are open from noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday, for adoptions and licensing. Check out our website to learn more about the adoption process.

Seattle Fire Department receives donated pet oxygen masks

SEATTLE – (July 14, 2015) Today, Seattle Fire Department Chief Harold Scoggins received 20 donated pet oxygen masks from the Invisible Fence Brand of Seattle. The masks will be used to resuscitate animals overcome by smoke inhalation at fire scenes.

“I am very thankful for Invisible Fence’s generous donation,” said Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins. “These masks are another tool in our tool belt that firefighters can use to save pets overcome by carbon monoxide.”

In 2006, the Seattle Fire Department began carrying pet oxygen masks on Battalion Chief vehicles. The masks are used on animals overcome by smoke at building fires and other types of emergencies. Each mask contains a small, medium and large face piece. The cone-shaped design allows a snout to fit inside while a rubber gasket on the large end allows a seal to be maintained. They can be used on small animals like mice and guinea pigs too.

“When a family suffers the tragedy of fire, lives are turned upside down,” said Ed Hoyt, Director of Invisible Fence Brand.” Pets are valued family members, so we want families to know that their pet can be cared for if tragedy strikes.”

While the priority for firefighters is saving lives and property, the first responders are able to rescue and resuscitate trapped or injured pets.

Since the pet oxygen program began, the masks have been used at more than a half dozen fire scenes to successfully resuscitate pets.

On March 26, 2014, firefighters and paramedics revived two cats trapped in a burning home in the 3200 block of South Hudson Street in the Rainier Valley.

Rainier Valley Cat Rescue

On March 22, 2013, Firefighter Blake Bidleman and other fire crews revived two cats after they were rescued from a burning North Seattle condo building located in the 11500 block of 15th Avenue NE.

North Seattle Cat Rescue

On January 9, 2012, Firefighter Jeff Blevins revived a cat found inside a burning West Seattle home located in the 3800 block of 46th Avenue Southwest.

West Seattle Cat Rescue

Firefighters Save Cat in Burning West Seattle Home

There are steps homeowners can take to protect their pets during a fire or medical emergency. We have a fact sheet on our website.

Pet Safety Tips

 

 

 

 

 

Green Lake algae scum with toxins found; only harmful where scum is found

Toxic algae has been found in accumulated scum along the shores of Green Lake; however the lake is not closed and remains open to many activities.

King County Department of Natural Resources has been conducting weekly testing of water collected at the east and west swimming beaches at Green Lake as well as scum samples submitted through the State Toxic Algae Program. After each test, the information is reviewed by Public Health – Seattle & King County. Tests have revealed that the toxins are currently found in the scummy algae that accumulate and drift in some places along the lakeshore. Due to toxicity levels and algae movement, Public Health does not recommend closure at this time.

People and pets should not wade or play in the lake where the scum has accumulated. Dog owners should be especially cautious not to allow animals to drink from the lake in these areas. If there is water contact for a pet, it is important to rinse  the pet well to remove all algae.

The lake remains open to fishing, boating, stand-up paddling boarding and other recreational activities. Seattle Parks and Recreation’s lifeguarded beaches do not open until Saturday, June 20. Before that date, individuals who chose to open water swim are recommended to swim only when accompanied by a boat and to stay away from scum patches.

An early summer-like spring has promoted the algae bloom, and continued warm weather continues to promote it.

Green Lake is home to cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae that are regularly present in small numbers. When nutrients are plentiful and the weather is warm, the conditions are right for an algae bloom to take place. Winds can concentrate the buoyant cyanobacteria into accumulations or scums along the shoreline, which may increase the amount of toxin that could be ingested by pets or people using the lake recreationally.

Symptoms of illness from liver toxin are flu-like and may include abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting.  If symptoms occur after ingesting lake water, park users should consult a health care professional immediately. Pets are at highest risk.

For more information on cyanobacteria, please visit the Washington Department of Health toxic algae website at www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/Contaminants/BlueGreenAlgae .