What would you pay for an all you can drink soda at Comcast Arena Everett? How about Safeco Field or Tacoma Dome?
$6.00? $7.00? $8.00? Right now patrons pay $11.00 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego and Centerplate, the food vendor for that stadium, is considering bringing an all you can drink soda to Everett. In addition to running the concessions at Comcast Arena Everett, Centerplate also runs the concessions at Safeco Field and the Tacoma Dome. Last week during the monthly meeting of the Everett Public Facilities District, Centerplate executives told the board that they were considering adding the all you can drink option here. While they said they know that $11.00 was way too high to charge in Everett, they were looking at what price people here would pay. So I ask you, what would you pay for an all you can drink soda and would you pay more at Safeco Field or the Tacoma Dome?
Jim Scharf, EPD Chief. Click photo for his bio.
First hired in February of 1995, Everett Police Chief Jim Scharf is set to retire at the end of March. He says first up is a lot of cooking dinner for his wife and a long honey do list. I asked him what prompted him to decide to retire and after some thought, he told me, “You just know when its time, when you’ve accomplished your goals and you step aside and let someone younger take over.” With 16 years of service to the City of Everett and a long career at the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office including two terms as Sheriff, I was glad to catch him at the end of a recent city council meeting and ask him Five Questions About Everett. Click the audio button below to hear his answers.
One very big building…Boeing Everett
More celebration than work getting done at the Everett Boeing plant this morning as workers are setting up for a huge victory rally to celebrate the winning of the Air Force Tanker contract. Once the party is over though, they better get back to work, Boeing has to deliver 18 of the KC-46As to the Air Force by 2017.
Check out this great image from Boeing Defense
Lots of reaction coming from the folks in Everett, here’s a sample…
Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson’s response to today’s tanker award announcement:
Naturally, I am elated with the Air Force’s decision to award the tanker contract to The Boeing Company. It is reasonable to expect that tankers for the United States Air Force be built by a reliable, knowledgeable and experienced workforce with an established supply network and proven track record.
That workforce is Boeing and that workforce is Boeing-ready!
I look to Congress to act on this decision quickly. Congress can embrace this bid award for the integrity of the nation’s security, the competitiveness of American industry and the recognition of a skilled, seasoned workforce.
Statement from Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon on the Pentagon’s decision regarding its refueling tanker project:
“There is only one airplane that has consistently and reliably served the U.S. military without fail and that is the Boeing 767.
“The women and men of Snohomish County who build the best airplanes in the world are without question the most capable workers with whom to entrust the lives and safety of our U.S. military. For generations, our local workers have been building trusted, reliable airplanes that keep the women and men of our U.S. military safe. Their craftsmanship has not only saved lives overseas but it has also protected the lives of our citizens back home as well.
We know how to build tankers. America’s defense is best provided by skilled American hands.
Thanks to the Pentagon Channel for the audio from Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley. The part you really want to hear is the last 15 seconds, but here’s the whole announcement. Just click on the audio player above the picture to listen.
AP, ABC, Bloomberg News and many others are reporting that Boeing has won the contract to build refueling tankers for the Air Force.
At yesterday’s Everett City Council meeting the vote was unanimous, (with Council Members Stonecipher and Gipson absent), to approve a half million dollar settlement with the family of Niles Meservey who was shot by Everett Police Officer Troy Meade in June 2009. Here’s the note I got from Everett public information director Kate Reardon about what happens next…The Everett City Council today approved a $500,000 settlement with Tanda Louden to resolve the $15 million lawsuit she brought on behalf of herself and Niles Meservey’s estate.
The money for the settlement comes out of the City’s annual budget, which is used to pay claims of this nature up to $1 million. Amounts greater than that are covered by the City’s insurance.
Now that both the civil and criminal cases have concluded, the City will begin the next stage, the Police Department’s internal review to determine whether any Police Department action will be taken regarding the incident. It is not known how long the review will take. Police Officer Troy Meade will remain on paid administrative leave during this review. The City cannot make any further comment regarding this matter until the review is complete.
Public Information Director
City of Everett
The City Council also approved a $12,500 payment to settle a $100,000 claim filed by Athena Doolittle who suffered what the city called a “trip and fall incident” on West Marine View drive on July 4th 2006. That case had been in arbitration for some time.