Seattle City (spot)Light: Katie Seling

Katie Seling has served on City Light’s Customer Energy Solutions (CES) team for the past six years. “In my current role, I evaluate the effectiveness of conservation programs,” Katie explained. “Are our customers saving what we think they’re saving? Are people participating in areas we think they are? How well is a program designed—is this something we can make more streamlined for our customers? Have we reached all of our customers and made programs available equitably?”

A native Washingtonian, Katie grew up in Lake Stevens and lives in Shoreline with her husband, Peter. They have two young sons with whom they enjoy the area’s parks and activities. “Green Lake is one of our favorite places to hang out during the summer,” she said. In this week’s (spot)Light, Katie talks about her family, her love of music and how her philosophy degree from the University of Washington laid a strong foundation for her job.

Katie and her sons at a Pride parade

“I really like living here. I love that we’re so close to the water and that we have such easy access to the mountains. I also like the climate—maybe not ten months out of the year when it’s raining, but it does make everything green. My husband and I have traveled around and can imagine living in other places, but not for long. We talk about taking our family to live abroad for a year or two, but we’d always return home to the Northwest.”

“Right now, baseball is kind of taking up the bulk of our family time. My older son is a baseball fanatic. My husband is also a huge Mariners fan. We’re a Mariners family. Even when they’re losing, we cheer them on. So, we’re either watching our son play baseball at the park or have it on TV, the radio or getting updates on Peter’s phone.”

“Music is also another family activity. When he’s not teaching middle school kids, my husband is a musician—he plays guitar, primarily—so the kids are constantly playing the various instruments we have at home. Seattle has a great music scene. Some of our favorite places to catch a show are Neumos and the Neptune. Lo-fi and the Columbia City Theater are amazing little venues. I like it when my husband plays there and at the Vera Project, where our kids sometimes join him on stage. We’re very proud to be KEXP supporters, too.”

“I like to write and am a creative person, but philosophy grounded me in analysis and critical thinking. So, I’ve applied those traits to my work with our conservation programs. I also love data and determining who is taking advantage of our programs and who isn’t. Another huge focus of mine is ensuring that the utility is creating good equity-focused programs. It’s important that RSJI (the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative) is broadly integrated into various aspects of our organization like internal operations, our programs and our evaluation process.”

“I like working at City Light because we’re serving the community. I don’t like doing work that doesn’t connect to my values. Community service, education and social justice are my three top values, and if I’m not part of those things, I just can’t whole-heartedly invest in my work.”

Seattle City Light Teams Up with Mariners, Sounders for Energy Conservation Power Play

Seattle City Light has teamed up with the Mariners and Sounders this year to increase customer awareness of energy conservation and efficiency programs.

City Light customers will encounter advertising through television, radio, print, online, social media and in-stadium experiences.

Mariners right fielder Nelson Cruz is featured in two television ads, which describe the advantages of energy efficient LED lighting and how customers can help people in financial crisis pay their utility bills through Project Share.

Safeco Field also is displaying a City Light Power Meter on the 100 level councourse, showing the electricity, solar power and natural gas being used at the stadium in near real time.

Upcoming advertising with the Sounders will include Spanish language spots on El Rey 1380 AM in addition to the English versions on KIRO 97.3.

For more information visit seattle.gov/WePower or in Spanish at seattle.gov/energizamos.


Seattle City Light Presents On-field at Seattle Mariners Game

Seattle City Light recognized ArtHouse Apartments on-field at the Mariners’ game Aug. 26 for their participation in the Powerful Neighborhoods Program.

Apartment Manager Cassandra Bretscher was welcomed on the field to receive a certificate from Craig Smith, City Light’s director of conservation resources.

By participating in the program, ArtHouse Apartments will save over $31,000 a year on electricity costs.

City Light’s Powerful Neighborhoods Program provides energy-saving upgrades to save money and improve tenant satisfaction in Seattle neighborhoods. Properties with five or more units receive free energy-efficient LED lighting directly installed in all units, as well as free water saving showerheads and faucet aerators for installation.

To learn more about our Powerful Neighborhoods program, visit: http://www.seattle.gov/light/conserve/multifamily/install.htm


 

Weekend trafficPride-full weekend and much more…

Pride events over the next three days are happening on Capitol Hill, in Downtown Seattle and at the Seattle Center. Additionally, at the Seattle Center, both the Seattle Storm and Seattle Reign are set to play, plus Cher brings her D 2 K Tour to the Key Arena. And if that’s not enough, the Seattle Seafair Pirates land on Alki Beach Saturday to mark the official start of Seattle Seafair while in the Greenwood District, car buffs can enjoy the ever-popular annual Greenwood Car Show.  You’ll find details about these and other events below.

The Seattle Department of Transportation encourages motorists to consider joining the ranks striving to  reduce air pollution by not driving alone and trying one of the many alternate forms of transportation available  – Metro Transit, the Sounder, Link light rail, West Seattle Water Taxi, the Seattle Streetcar, the monorail, carpool, bicycle, or even walk – if feasible.

Friday, June 27

Wildrose Pride 2014: 6 p.m. – 2 a.m.

11th Avenue (E Pike – E Union St; E Pike Street from Tenth Avenue – 11th Avenue)

900 expected

Streets closed from 7 a.m.  Friday, June 27 – 5 a.m. on Monday, June 30: 11th Avenue from E Pike Street to E Union Street and E Pike Street from Tenth – 11th Avenue E.

For more information, please see:  http://www.thewildrosebar.com/

 

Trans Pride Seattle 2014: 6 p.m.

Seattle Central Community College and surrounding area.

975 participants

March route:  Starts at  Seattle Central Community College at Broadway and E Pine, south on Broadway to E Pike Street;  east on Pike to 11th Avenue, north on 11th into Cal Anderson park at E Olive Street.  Seattle Police will escort.  There may be a rolling slowdown as marchers move along. Afterwards, there will be events in Cal Anderson Park.

For more information, please see:  http://www.transprideseattle.org/schedule-route/

 

Storm vs. Minnesota Lynx:  7 – 9:30 p.m.

Key Arena, Seattle Center

5,000 attending

Expect Congestion on west side of the Seattle Center

 

Mariners vs. Cleveland Indians: 7:10 p.m.

Safeco Field

35,000 attending

Expect congestion surrounding the stadium before and after the game.

 

Saturday, June 28

Greenwood Car Show:  8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

40,000 attending

Streets closed from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.:  Greenwood Avenue N between N 90th Street and N 65th Street;   N 85th Street and N 80th Street will remain open for east-west traffic.

For more information please see:  http://greenwoodcarshow.com/

 

Seafair Pirates Landing on Alki: 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Alki Beach

10,100 expected

Pirates will land between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.; no street closures, but expect congestion in the area.

For more information please see:  http://www.seafair.com/AnEvent.aspx?ID=4&SecID=889

 

PURR Block Party: 2 p.m. – 2 a.m.

11th Avenue between E Pine Street, and E Pike Street

1,000 attending

Streets closed from 6 a.m. on Saturday, June 28 to 1 p.m. Sunday , June 29:  11th Avenue between E Pine Street and E Pike Street.

For more information, please see:  http://www.purrseattle.com/events

 

Capitol Hill Pride Festival: 11.a.m. – 10 p.m.

Broadway E between E John Street and E Roy Street

20,000 attending

Streets closed 8 a.m. to 12 Midnight: Broadway E between E John Street and E Roy Street

For more information, please see:  http://capitolhillpridefestival.info/

 

Seattle Reign vs. Sky Blue:  6 – 18 p.m.

Memorial Stadium

3,000 attending

Expect congestion on Fifth Avenue before match.

 

Seattle Dyke March: 7 p.m.

Broadway and E Pine Street

900 participants

March route: starts at Broadway and E Pine Street; moves east on Pine to 12th Avenue; north on 12th to E Mercer Street; west on Mercer to Broadway; south on Broadway to E Pine.   Seattle Police will escort.  Expect a rolling slowdown as the march moves along.

For more information, please see:  http://seattledykemarch.com/

 

Wildrose Pride 2014: 1 p.m.  – 2 a.m.

11th Avenue (E Pike – E Union St; E Pike Street from Tenth Avenue – 11th Avenue)

3,000 expected

Streets closed from 7 a.m.  Friday, June 27 – 5 a.m. on Monday, June 30: 11th Avenue from E Pike Street to E Union Street and E Pike Street from Tenth – 11th Avenue E.

For more information, please see:  http://www.thewildrosebar.com/

 

PrideFest Capitol Hill Street Festival:  4 – 9:30 p.m.

Cal Anderson Park and on 11th Avenue

3,500 attending

Streets closed from 10 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.:  11th Avenue between E Pine Street and E Howell Street

For more information please see:  http://www.seattlepridefest.org/caphill/

 

Mariners vs. Cleveland Indians: 7:10 p.m.

Safeco Field

24,000 attending

Expect congestion surrounding the stadium before and after the game.

 

Cher D 2 K Tour concert: 8 p.m.

Key Arena, Seattle Center

13,000 attending

Expect normal congestion adjacent to the Key Arena before and after the game.

http://www.keyarena.com/events/detail/cher

 

 

Sunday, June 29

South Park Bridge Grand Opening: 12 Noon – 3 p.m.

Bridge and adjacent streets

8,000 attending

Streets closed from 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.:  Those on the south side of the bridge, including 14th Avenue S, S Cloverdale Street, and Dallas Avenue S.

For more information please see:  http://kingcounty.gov/transportation/SouthParkBridge/AboutTheOpening.aspx

 

Seattle Pride Parade and March: 11 a.m. – approximately 4 p.m.

Downtown Seattle (parade stages on Fourth Avenue between Columbia  and Union Streets at 7 a.m.)

350,000 attending

Parade route: starts at Fourth Avenue and Union Street; north on Fourth to Denny Way; west on Denny to Second Avenue N; north on Second into Seattle Center.

Expect heavy congestion in Downtown Seattle and surrounding the Seattle Center.

For more information, please see:  http://www.seattlepride.org/pride-parade/

 

Seattle PrideFest: 12 Noon – 8 p.m.

Seattle Center

50,000 attending

Expect heavy congestion surrounding the Seattle Center.

For more information, please see: http://www.seattlepridefest.org/

 

RVNAF Day 2014 Parade: 1 p.m.

Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Day – International District

300 attending

Parade route:  Starts at 20th Avenue S and S Jackson Street; moves  west on Jackson to 12th Avenue  S; south on 12th to S King Street; west on King to the Asian Resource Center at Tenth Avenue and S King Street.

Seattle Police will escort; expect a rolling slowdown as march moves along.

 

Wildrose Pride 2014: 1 p.m. – 11:59 p.m.

11th Avenue (E Pike – E Union St; E Pike Street from Tenth Avenue – 11th Avenue)

3,000 attending

Streets closed from 7 a.m.  Friday, June 27 – 5 a.m. on Monday, June 30: 11th Avenue from E Pike Street to E Union Street and E Pike Street from Tenth – 11th Avenue E.

For more information, please see:  http://www.thewildrosebar.com/

 

The Cuff Pride Day Celebration:  12 Noon – 2 p.m.

13th Avenue between E Pine Street and E Pike Street

4,500 attending

Streets closed 6 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.:  13th Avenue between E Pine Street and E Pike Street

Expect congestion on surrounding streets.

For more information, please see:  http://www.cuffcomplex.com

 

Mariners vs. Cleveland Indians:  1:10 p.m.

Safeco Field

23,000 attending

Expect congestion surrounding the stadium before and after the game.

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SR520 and I-5 closures, June 27-July 30

Washington State Department of Transportation – June 27

Seattle special events, closures on SR 520 and I-5 could hamper weekend travel plans.

Wishing you could turn back time? You may be unless you plan ahead for a weekend packed with major road closures, baseball games, a downtown parade and a Cher concert all in Seattle.

Beginning Friday, June 27, contractor crews working for WSDOT will begin weekend-long closures of the State Route 520 floating bridge and two lanes of northbound Interstate 5 at the West Seattle Freeway.

Here’s what’s happening (all roadways will open by 5 a.m. Monday, June 30)

  • 10 p.m. Friday: The two left lanes of northbound I-5 at the West Seattle Freeway close to replace the left half of seven aging expansion joints. No ramps will be closed.
  • 11 p.m. Friday: Both directions of the SR 520 floating bridge will be closed between Montlake Boulevard and Interstate 405 for annual maintenance inspection and concrete pouring on the West Connection Bridge and Eastside Transit and HOV Projects.
  • 11 p.m. Friday: The intersection of Northup Way and 108th Avenue Northeast in Bellevue will be closed for improvements.

Maintenance on Northbound I-5 at the Ship Canal Bridge

  • Work is confirmed for Sunday, June 29. Two right lanes of northbound I-5 on the Ship Canal Bridge will close from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. One lane will remain closed until 4 p.m. WSDOT maintenance crews will be performing bridge deck repair during the closure.

A number of local events this weekend will add to travel times and traffic congestion.

Special events

  • Friday, June 27: The Mariners open a three-game series at Safeco Field against Cleveland at 7:10 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 28: The second game of the Mariners/Indians series begins at 7:10 p.m., and a Cher concert at Key Arena begins at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 29: The Seattle Pride Parade will close the southbound I-5 exit-only ramp to Union Street from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., and the Mariners/Indians series wraps up beginning at 1:10 p.m.

Reminder: Toll rates go up next week

Remember that next Tuesday, July 1, toll rates increase on our two tolled bridges. The increase is 25 cents on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, and approximately 2.5 percent on the SR 520 Bridge – about 5 to 10 cents for drivers with a Good To Go! pass. You can see the new toll rates for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and SR 520 Bridge on our website.  And if you missed it, be sure to check out our blog post “Where do my toll dollars go?”

 

Questions or comments? Call 206-440-4702 or HarriGr@wsdot.wa.gov. – Graham Harrison