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NEWS GLEAMS | Sound Transit Resumes Fare Enforcement; Youth After-School Programs From Seattle Parks & Recreation

A roundup of news and announcements we don’t want to get lost in the fast-churning news cycle!

by Vee Hua 華婷婷

✨ Gleaming This Week ✨


Photo depicting a light rail train stopped at a Seattle station.
Sound Transit’s Link Light Rail gets ready to depart a station in July 2009. Photo is attributed to SoundTransit (under a Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 DEED license.)

Sound Transit Resumes Fare Enforcement; Launches Passenger Survey

Sound Transit has once again resumed its fare-enforcement practices after a multiyear hiatus during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tickets will be issued by Sound Transit fare ambassadors, who will inspect ORCA cards or paper tickets to ensure riders of the light rail and Sounder have paid prior to boarding.

Those who have not paid and are caught will receive two warnings a year before being fined $50 for their third. Following that, riders will be fined $75 for their fourth infraction and may be fined $124 for their fifth infraction; if the fifth happens within a 12-month period, it would be considered a civil infraction, and may be considered a misdemeanor if left unpaid.

According to KING 5 News, Sound Transit is opting for this practice after estimating that only 55% of those who ride the light rail pay for its services — although that number includes riders 18 and under who are not required to pay. However, Sound Transit also conducted a study with a small sample size that included 1.4% of its ridership and discovered that 86% of riders were in compliance. The fare-enforcement practices may help it more accurately determine the percentage of riders who pay. It will be hiring additional fare ambassadors to assist in the work.

Riders of Sound Transit who have opinions on its services are now invited to participate in a systemwide evaluation. The survey will track passenger satisfaction and their opinions about the organization’s performance, cleanliness, and safety of its services. The survey can be found via an online portal.

Photo depicting a playground at Jefferson Park in Beacon Hill, Seattle, with children on swings and climbing frames, adults seated and standing, a clear blue sky overhead, and the distant Seattle skyline.
Jefferson Park in Beacon Hill in 2022. (Photo: Jaidev Vella)

Youth After-School Programs From Seattle Parks and Recreation Still Open for Sign-Ups

Seattle Parks and Recreation maintains a comprehensive list of youth after-school programs on its website. The programs are available at reasonable costs and take place throughout the city. Many are still open for registration and cover topics such as child care, swimming, small crafts, tennis, and much more. Some are more in demand than others and may fill quickly, but interested participants are encouraged to sign up for the waitlist in such scenarios.

Those of particular interest to South Seattle communities may be the following:


Licensed child care programs that aim to create supportive and engaging programs that provide safety as well as celebrate individuality and original thinking. Available in Monday, Wednesday, Friday segments or Tuesday, Thursday segments.

Alki @ Schmitz Park: After School 2023-2024

Schmitz Park, 5551 SW Admiral Way

Genesee Hill: After School 2023-2024

Hiawatha Community Center, 2700 California Ave. SW

High Point: After School 2023-2024

Childcare Room, High Point Community Center, 6920 34th Ave. SW

Jefferson: After School 2023-2024

Hasselberg Hall, Jefferson Community Center, 3801 Beacon Ave. S.

John Muir: After School 2023-2024

Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. S

Lafayette: After School 2023-2024

Hiawatha Community Center, 2700 California Ave. SW

Magnolia: After School 2023-2024

Blaine Gym, Magnolia Community Center, 2550 34th Ave. W.

Rainier Beach: After School 2023-2024

Pool Childcare Room, Rainier Beach Community Center, 8825 Rainier Ave. S.

Rainier CC: After School 2023-2024

Multipurpose Room, Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. S.

Van Asselt: After School 2023-2024

After School Room, Van Asselt Community Center, 2820 S. Myrtle St.

See the entire list on Seattle Parks and Recreation’s website.

Promotional graphic for Sonic Guild Seattle featuring the Class of 2023 grant recipients, with a central logo and a collage of images representing diverse musical acts such as All Star Opera, Black Belt Eagle Scout, BYLAND, LIV†, Maya Marie, MONSTERWATCH, Richard Simeonoff, Tekla Waterfield & Jeff Fielder, Terror/Cactus, and TeZATalks.
(Image courtesy of Sonic Guild.)

10 Seattle Musicians Receive $100,000 in Grant Funding From Sonic Guild

Ten Seattle-area artists have received $10,000 each in unrestricted grant support from Sonic Guild Seattle, a nonprofit that was established in 2020 to help support the local music scene. The grant is intended to support the development of each artist’s music career and will culminate in a celebratory show on Saturday, Feb. 17, featuring current and past Sonic Guild artists. The show takes place at The Triple Door in Seattle, and tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. on Nov. 20 via the Sonic Guild website. All proceeds from the event go to support the 2024 grant pool.

Formerly known as Black Fret, Sonic Guild has contributed over $4 million to musicians in grants and direct payments since 2013. The project operates on a membership model and has outlets in other cities.

Musicians who have received funding in Sonic Guild’s 2023 grant cycle include the following individuals:

Those who wish to join Sonic Guild or learn more about its projects can visit the Sonic Guild website.

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the editor-in-chief of REDEFINE, a co-chair of the Seattle Arts Commission, and a film educator at the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they previously served as executive director and played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences. After a recent stint as the interim managing editor at South Seattle Emerald, they are moving into production on their feature film, Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multilingual POC buddy comedy. Learn more about them at

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