King County Executive Dow Constantine says the escalation of global interest in a bus placard critical of Israel introduces significant security concerns and makes Metro buses vulnerable to disruption.
Because of this, he’s approved an interim policy that calls for a halt to the acceptance of any new non-commercial advertising on King County buses.
Metro expects to complete work on a permanent transit ad policy by the end of January.
Local Air Force nurse attends signing of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal; a bus ad controversy heats up in Seattle; speculation grows about who'll get the state's newest Congressional district; and the Pacific claims another Grayland home.
There for the Signing
She's been asking for her job back, and soon Maj. Margaret Witt will get her wish. The Air Force flight nurse, a lesbian, is anxious to rejoin the Air Force Reserves soon, now that President Obama has signed the repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.
A sign scheduled to run on Metro buses next week has King County officials debating the limits of free speech in transit advertising.
The ad features the words, “Israeli war crimes your tax dollars at work” next to a group of kids staring at a demolished building.
King County Councilman Peter von Reichbauer called for a re-evaluation of the proposed ads, set to roll out Dec. 27. The date coincides with the two-year anniversary of Israeli military action in Gaza.
Nearly two years ago, heavy snow and ice from an unusual mid-December storm and cold snap left roads and sidewalks treacherous for a week or more. Road and transit agencies in Seattle say the hard lessons they learned during the big snowstorm of 2008 are showing up in their response to this snowfall.
Metro buses will be running on snow routes Monday. It's a precautionary measure due to the threat of snow. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory, warning of possible snow accumulations during the day on Monday of one to three inches from southwest Washington northward, perhaps as far as Seattle and Everett.