Friends and neighbors –
I am continuing my work to address issues surrounding airplane noise and air quality through collaboration with other state and federal elected officials. Read about my recent efforts below.
Meeting with Congressman Adam Smith about Air Traffic
We must do more to address airplane traffic in our area. Recently I met with U.S. Representative Adam Smith, State Senator Karen Keiser and State Representative Tina Orwall, King County Port Commissioners Courtney Gregoire and John Creighton, and other local elected officials from Federal Way, Des Moines, and SeaTac. The goal of the meeting was to discuss what action Washington state is taking to improve airport-related air quality, what the Port of Seattle is doing to mitigate aircraft to local communities, and where the state can collaborate with federal efforts.
Letter to the Port
Joined by Sen. Keiser and Rep. Orwall, I sent a letter to the Port of Seattle to request information about night-time flight activity at SeaTac International Airport. I have heard from constituents about increased night-time aircraft noise. Accordingly, I requested the following information:
- How many flights took off or landed between 10 pm and 6 am?
- What was the time of takeoff and landing for each flight within the time frame?
- Which runway was used for each flight?
- Which flights were take offs to the South?
- Which flights were landings from the South?
- Which flights were freight carriers?
- Which carrier was associated with each flight?
You can read the entire letter by clicking here.
Funding UW Air Quality Study in State Budget
I joined with Rep. Tina Orwall to secure $250,000 in the state operating budget for a study to determine noise, vibration, and air quality issues — including the ultrafine particulate matter — in our area. This will help our South King County region determine the impact to our families and ensure our communities remains livable and secure.
Justice Olukayode “Olu” Ariwoola visits Federal Way
Federal Way Judge Dave Larson and City Hall recently hosted Justice Olukayode “Olu” Ariwoola of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. Justice Ariwoola is the brother of the finance director for the City of Federal Way and met with local officials on his visit to Washington State. I was pleased to welcome him to our area.
Discussing safety in our communities
I was happy to meet with the Federal Way Rotary last month to update them on the past legislative session. We spoke about my leadership on government reform, as well as some of the public safety work I’ve done in Federal Way. I was glad to mention the passing of my new legislation to combat sex trafficking and keep our communities safe.