Monday, December 21, 2009

Overlake Hospital Medical Center rewrites the recipe book on hospital food and it tastes great!

Overlake Hospital Medical Center introduced patients to their new room service program last week, featuring restaurant-quality food and hotel-style service.

The new room service program provides an improved patient experience by giving patients more control over their meals. The new dining program focuses on using the highest-quality, freshest ingredients to create dishes that look appealing and taste great. The new menus have a broad range of ethnic, organic, seasonal and fresh, locally-grown items to choose from. There is a “regular” menu that a majority of patients will use, but other menus to address specific diet needs are also provided. Those menus include a heart-healthy menu and low-sodium and low-fiber menus as well.

On December 16, Head Chef Chris Linaman brought in food samples from the new gourmet menu to the KIRO Radio morning show. Listen to the segment below:

Family's property being taken by the City of SeaTac

You recognize that spinning key at SeaTac? It’s the signature sign of the Park ‘n Fly business near SeaTac Airport, owned by Doris and James Cassan and it is likely being taken in a condemnation action by the City of SeaTac.

The Cassans have owned the Dollar-A-Day rent-a-car and Park ‘n Fly facility across the street from SeaTac Airport since 1968. Now, despite a development agreement with the City of SeaTac and the fact that the Cassans’ Park ‘n Fly has been a part of the City of SeaTac’s economic foundation for almost half a century, the SeaTac City Council just passed an ordinance directing that the Cassans’ property be taken from them by eminent domain.

Two years ago the Cassan Family entered into a six-year development agreement with the City of SeaTac that provided them with the opportunity to evaluate the redevelopment of this particular property for a broad combination of uses. The Cassans, working closely with the city of SeaTac and in good faith, submitted a formal proposal that included a hotel with a park and fly facility below, but the City of SeaTac has refused to endorse it because they have stated they do not “want a city made entirely of park and flys and parking lots.” Nonetheless, the city council now wants to confiscate the Cassans’ property to, believe it or not, build a public parking garage.

This is the sixth parcel of property in SeaTac owned by the Cassans that has been taken from them by eminent domain in the last four years. On Oct. 8, 2009 the Cassans filed a lawsuit against the City of SeaTac, their latest step in the fight to keep their land.

For a more in-depth look at the Cassans' battle with the City of SeaTac, read this article by Eric Mathison of The Highline Times.

The Cassans also appeared on the Dori Monson Show on KIRO Radio, click here to listen to the interview.

Finally, check out the TV coverage of the Cassans' effort to save their property: