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Newest Boeing 787 Too Long To Be Assembled in Everett Factory

July 30, 2014

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The 787 assembly line in Everett, WA. Image courtesy Boeing Co.

While production of the 787-8 and 787-9 will remain in Everett, the newest version of the Boeing 787, the 787-10 will be built entirely in South Carolina. Here’s the full press release issued today from Boeing…

Boeing announced today that final assembly of the 787-10, the newest and longest member of the 787 Dreamliner family of airplanes, will take place exclusively in North Charleston, S.C.

Boeing will continue to assemble both 787-8s and 787-9s in Everett, Wash., and North Charleston. Design of the 787-10 is underway in Everett, with final assembly of the first 787-10 scheduled to begin in South Carolina in 2017.

“We looked at all our options and found the most efficient and effective solution is to build the 787-10 at Boeing South Carolina,” said Larry Loftis, vice president and general manager, 787 program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “This will allow us to balance 787 production across the North Charleston and Everett sites as we increase production rates. We’re happy with our growth and success in South Carolina, and the continued success at both sites gives us confidence in our plan going forward.”

The 787-10 will be 18 feet (5.5 meters) longer than the 787-9. With 10 feet (3 meters) of that increase in the midbody section, the 787-10 midbody is too long to be transported efficiently from North Charleston, where systems integration work is performed, to the Everett facility for final assembly. In addition, introducing the 787-10 in North Charleston takes advantage of that facility’s capacity while allowing the Everett facility to continue improving productivity as it focuses on the 787-8 and 787-9.

The 787 production system includes three production lines: two in Everett (including a temporary surge line) and one in South Carolina. The integrated production system currently operates at a production rate of 10 airplanes per month. As announced last year, the 787 production rate will increase to 12 airplanes per month in 2016 and 14 per month by the end of the decade.

The Everett facility will continue to assemble seven airplanes per month, while Boeing South Carolina final assembly will gradually increase from three 787s per month today to five per month in 2016 and seven per month by the end of the decade.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner family of airplanes offers airlines unmatched fuel efficiencies and environmental performance, while providing a new level of comfort for passengers through the thoughtful application of new technologies. To date, the 787 family has won more than 1,000 orders and more than 165 airplanes have been delivered to 21 customers worldwide.

The 787-10 will leverage 787 technology to provide more passenger and cargo capacity along with unparalleled seat-mile economics in the medium twin-aisle market. Since its launch in June 2013, the 787-10 has won 132 orders from six global customers.


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UPDATE: 1st Official Meeting of Everett Transportation Benefit District Set For Wednesday

July 27, 2014

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Everett, WA TBD

A license tab increase of $20 is on the agenda for the 1st meeting of the Everett Transportation Benefit District.

Looking at the agenda for Wednesday Night’s Everett City Council meeting, there will be a break in the regular council session so the council members can transform into the board of directors for Everett’s first Transportation Benefit District…

EVERETT TRANSPORTATION BENEFIT DISTRICT BOARD

AGENDA

6:30 P.M. JULY 30, 2014

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

SPECIAL MEETING

Recess from City Council

Reconvene as Board of Directors of Everett Transportation Benefit District

• Call to Order
• Roll Call
• Items for Consideration:
1. Resolution No. 1 – Charter
2. Resolution No. 2 – Bylaws
3. Resolution No. 3 – Approving a Twenty Dollar Vehicle License Fee Public Hearing for Resolution No. 3

Adjourn Everett Transportation Benefit District Board of Directors Meeting

In June, as part of the city’s deficit reduction plan, the Everett City Council agreed to form the Everett Transportation Benefit District to raise money for street repair projects within the city limits. This can be done two ways. By either raising license tab fees by up to $20 per vehicle registered in Everett or by an increase in the general sales tax. From the agenda, it appears the Everett City Council aka the Everett Transportation Benefit District will only be discussing the license tab option. The Everett City Council Meeting is set for Wednesday night at 6:30pm in the council chambers at 3002 Wetmore. You can also view it online and on the city’s cable access channel. You can learn more about the Everett Transportation Benefit District here.


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Mother Of All Garage Sales Coming To Northwest Everett Next Weekend

July 26, 2014

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Mother of all garage sales

Check out the Northwest Neighborhood website for more information. Just click the sign above.

We understand people wait for this all year. With the addition of food trucks and strategically placed “port-a-potties” around the neighborhood this year should be the biggest. Here’s all you need to know…

The 6th Annual MOAGS “Mother of All Garage Sales” kicks off on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Northwest Everett Neighborhood Association, MOAGS is a great way to for interested shoppers to find the antiques, furniture or knick-knacks they’ve always wanted. This year MOAGS will be even bigger since Bayside Neighborhood has joined as well. For seven hours on Saturday, August 2nd customers will browse over 120 blocks of garage sales involving well over 100 families, in a sales area stretching from 23rd Avenue north to Legion Park and from Grand Avenue to east of Colby Avenue.

Participating families will post distinctive MOAGS signs on their lawns to identify their sales, and sale locations will be posted on the NW Everett Neighborhood’s website, http://NorthwestEverett.org or at Yardsaletreasuremap.com after Friday, August 1st as well as on printed maps available during the event at Drew Nielsen Neighborhood Park.

For MOAG’s sixth year well over 3,000 eager shoppers are expected, and we’ll be more than ready for them. Printed maps, three commercial food trucks and “port-a-potties” will be available in Drew Nielsen Neighborhood Park at 13th Street and Colby Avenue, and “port-a-potties” will also be found at 1501 Rucker (across the street from Under the Red Umbrella Restaurant), and in Legion Park, at 145 Alverson, public restrooms are available.


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K-Mart Store in Everett, WA Closing

July 13, 2014

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Everett K-Mart

The Everett K-Mart is going the way of White Front, House of Values and Ernst.

After holding on at the corner of 79th and Evergreen Way for more than 40 years, the K-Mart store in Everett will be closing. An inventory reduction sale has started and the Everett store no longer accept coupons or deals in the weekly circular. A supervisor told me they received word four days ago that the store would be closing sometime in September but the final date depends on when they get rid of the remaining inventory. Clerks were referring customers to stores in Marysville and Burlington for future purchases and coupon redemptions. No word on if the opening of the new Wal-Mart on Everett Mall Way had any impact on the corporate decision to close the Everett K-Mart store. The Wal-Mart will be opening at about the same time K-Mart closes. It will however, be another hit to the retail sales tax base for the City of Everett.


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Plenty of Marijuana in Everett, Just None For Sale Legally

July 8, 2014

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Everett retail Marijuana

Here are the 1st 25 retail marijuana locations. None is in Everett

The Washington State Liquor Control Board issued the first 25 retail licenses for recreational marijuana retailers yesterday and no location in Everett made the list. The City of Everett clerks office has yet to issue a business license for a retail store in Everett and no word yet on when that may happen. For now the nearest locations are on Whidbey Island, Camano Island or in Arlington. Here is an article we featured in May with the list of potential locations for retail marijuana stores in Everett. So far, none have been approved or are in operation. Everett is approved for 5 retail locations within its city limits.


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20th Habitat For Humanity Home Dedicated in Everett

July 2, 2014

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Habitat for Humanity in Everett

The 20th Habitat for Humanity Snohomish County Partner Family, Shindano and Deta, receive the keys to their new home.

Everett got another new homeowner this weekend when Habitat of Humanity turned over the keys to a newly rehabilitated home in north Everett. Here are the details from Marnee Chua at Habitat for Humanity…

Habitat for Humanity of Snohomish County celebrated its 20th home dedication on Saturday in Everett. The home was donated by Chase Bank and has been rehabilitated to welcome our partner family, Shindano, Deta and their children.

Habitat homes are generally sponsored by local faith-based groups, businesses, foundations and civic organizations. Sponsor support covers the upfront construction costs required to build the home. Costs are kept low through the use of volunteer labor and some donated materials. Major sponsors for this Everett home included Chase Bank, Curley Electric, Dow, the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, Intermec, the Rotary Club of Everett, Taper’s Union School – One Union, and Whirlpool.

“Chase is firmly committed to helping families pursue affordable homeownership through our home donation program,” said Ronald Branch, Vice President of Community Reinvestment & Community Partnerships for Chase. “We are pleased to partner with Habitat for Humanity of Snohomish County, which shares our commitment to revitalize neighborhoods and help low-to-moderate income families achieve affordable and sustainable homeownership.”

Rehabilitation of the Chase home began in January. Over the past six months, more than 50 group and individual volunteers, led by a core of dedicated volunteer leaders, have been involved in the effort.

“We have a great team of volunteer supervisors. They are passionate about our mission and believe that the homeownership opportunities provided through Habitat should be extended to folks throughout our service area,”said Guinn Rogers, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Snohomish County. “We are so thankful for that commitment.”

The Habitat Partner Family, Shindano and Deta, are looking forward to becoming a permanent part of their new neighborhood. Shindano is already so thankful that he was able to bring his family to the USA through the assistance of the World Relief Organization. Before that, they were forced to live in a refugee camp in Tanzania after fleeing war in the Congo. Partner Families contribute over 500 hours of sweat equity and take on a no-interest home mortgage through Habitat. Thanks to Chase Bank, we are thrilled to welcome them into their safe, decent and affordable home, right here in Everett.

 

About Habitat for Humanity of Snohomish County

Habitat for Humanity of Snohomish County works to eliminate substandard housing and break the cycle of poverty through a unique and well-tested process of partnering with families in need to build, acquire, and refurbish homes. Through mentorship, training and volunteer ‘sweat equity’, our partner families are empowered to purchase these homes through the provision of no interest mortgages.

Through donations of money, materials and volunteer labor, Habitat for Humanity for Snohomish County was able to refurbish the home and provide it to this family at an affordable price. The Khrapko’s purchased the home with their contribution of 500-hours of sweat equity and a no-profit loan. Their monthly mortgage payments will be used to build more Habitat for Humanity houses.

To support more home builds in Snohomish County, please call 425-258-6289 or send an email to mchua@habitatsnohomish.org. Please visit our Website for more information about applying for a Habitat home, volunteering, or how to make a donation.


 

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Half of Everett’s New Taxes and Fees to Kick in July 8th, Others Start January 1st

June 27, 2014

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Everett's new fees and taxes

It’s soon going to cost you more to live and do business in Everett, WA.

Meghan Pembroke, communications director for the City of Everett sent out a helpful press release today explaining the various taxes and fees requested by the Mayor and approved by the City Council to help reduce Everett’s budget gap. Some of them will take effect on July 8th while the others begin the 1st of the year…

Mayor Ray Stephanson signed seven ordinances into law on Monday, June 23, after they were passed by the City Council last week. The ordinances were developed to bring Everett’s rate and fee structures into line with other jurisdictions and to better reflect the cost of providing city services.

Three of the ordinances, related to planning fees, vehicle-impound fees and business licenses, take effect Tuesday, July 8, 2014:

  • By amendment of an existing ordinance, vehicle owners now must pay any unpaid parking infractions in full before their vehicles can be released from impound. Illegally parked vehicles can be impounded after four or more parking infractions.

 

  • A new ordinance establishes a revised fee structure for land-use applications, permits, review processes and other services provided by the city’s planning department. The full list of fees is included within the ordinance. Beginning in 2016, the fees will be adjusted annually in accordance with the most recent change in the Consumer Price Index.

 

  • By amendment of an existing ordinance, business owners will be required to obtain a business license for a fee of $75, plus $20 for each additional business location within the city. The ordinance also establishes an annual renewal fee of $75 for businesses with a gross income of $20,000 or more in the preceding year. Businesses making less than $20,000 will pay an annual renewal of $25. Currently, the city charges a one-time business license fee of $10, an amount that has not increased in more than 30 years.

 

Three ordinances related to utility taxes, and impact and mitigation fees will become effective on Jan. 1, 2015:

 

  • Under Everett’s new utility tax ordinance, rates will increase from 4.5 to 6 percent for natural gas, electricity and phone service beginning in January 2015. The tax rate for garbage and cable will be 2 percent in 2015, increasing to 4 percent in 2016 and 6 percent in 2017. The city’s utility tax rate has not been revised for more than 15 years.

 

  • The city’s traffic-mitigation and small-project impact fees will increase from $900 to $2,400 per peak trip. The traffic-mitigation fee applies to most construction projects within the city limits. The small-project impact fee applies to smaller projects that are not subject to State Environmental Policy Act review. The proceeds from these fees fund city projects to help mitigate transportation impacts from construction. The fees will be reviewed annually using the Washington State Department of Transportation’s construction-cost index and adjusted accordingly to account for inflation.

 

Finally, a new ordinance establishes a transportation benefit district, effective Tuesday, July 8. Once the district is enacted, the City Council, as its governing board, can establish a funding ordinance for the district, which could include a $20 car-tab fee for vehicles registered in Everett. The car-tab fee would likely not take effect until early 2015. Funds from the car-tab fee would be used for street preservation and maintenance projects.

 

Budget work continues

The next phase of the city’s ongoing deficit-reduction work includes comprehensive studies of several large departments, including the fire and police departments and Everett Transit. The city has issued a request for qualifications for a fire department assessment and expects to award the contract to an independent consultant this fall.


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