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ELECTION 2010 | Federal Way mayor candidates write directly to readers [6]

VOL. 10, NO. 276




OPINION | Hobbs: City’s land sale dilemma [4] Letters: Topics include election, Dumas Bay Centre, traditional education [4] BUSINESS | P.J. Pockets Casino will open Oct. 1 under a revised gambling tax [7] CRIME BLOTTER | Subjects are caught having sex at Hylebos Park [3]

SPORTS | Beamer grad suffers spinal SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2010 cord injury, but vows to walk again [10]

ARTS and CALENDAR | The latest events and happenings in Federal Way [2]

Council to developer: Where’s the business plan?

Twin Development’s skyscraper proposal hangs in limbo over property sale

Twin Development and the Federal Way City Council each dropped a bombshell Tuesday. The developer announced it could not meet its Sept. 30 deadline to purchase the former AMC Theatres property from the city. The council voted 4 to 3 to extend the closing date on the land for the seventh time.

The extension is the latest in a series of controversial decisions regarding the 4.1-acre property the council hopes will be the key to spurring economic development downtown. The extension comes just three months after the council sternly told Twin Development it would walk away from the deal if the


developer did not find the money to purchase the property by September’s end. The extension was granted at the city council meeting after a nearly 90-minute discussion marked by tension, opposing viewpoints and Twin Development’s refusal to provide a business plan or marketing plan to the city council.

Mayor Linda Kochmar and city council members Jack Dovey, Roger Freeman and Jeanne Burbidge voted for the extension. Deputy Mayor Dini Duclos as well as council members Jim Ferrell and Mike Park voted against the measure. “We need to have a backbone and put an end to this now,” Fer-

rell said. Twin Development is proposing a $350 million, unnamed project consisting of two 45-story high-rises and a third 35-story high-rise holding residential, retail, office and motel space on the property at 31600 20th Ave. S. A parking garage and 1.2-acre park are also planned. The developer has had trouble securing the [ more PLAN page 7 ]

Community gardens harvest a vision Sound Transit delays BY ANDY HOBBS

“We’re looking at building up to 20 of these gardens in Federal Way.”

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With community gardens, Federal Way can cultivate more than just food. The Federal Way Senior CenMike Stanley, ter Community Garden, which Federal Way opened in May 2009, has fueled a small movement to spread gardens Community Gardens across the city. The volunteerFoundation driven senior center garden has supplied more than 10,000 pounds of produce to feed local residents and stock food pantries. The garden also sets an example for forging connections that raise Federal Way’s quality of life. On Sept. 22, a groundbreaking ceremony at Truman High School welcomed the city’s second community garden. Modeled after the senior center garden, the Truman garden will occupy a 10,000-square-foot parcel near Interstate 5 at South 317th Street. The Truman garden marks a partnership between the recently formed Federal Way Community Gardens Foundation and the Federal Way School District. Mike Stanley, executive director of the nonprofit foundation, praised the new garden as a place for learning as well as bringing people together. “We’re looking at building up to 20 of these gardens in Federal Way,” said Stanley, a master gardener who runs the senior center garden. “This is kind of a major step.” Bulldozers will begin clearing land for the garden this week, and fruit trees will be planted this winter, Stanley said. In April, Truman students will start planting vegetables and eventually choose where to donate their harvest. Community gardens have the potential to A groundbreaking ceremony for Truman High School’s community supplement education in all subjects, said Nancy garden was held Sept. 22. Pictured left to right: Carol Stanley, Cynthia Kannenberg, Mike Stanley and Nancy Hawkins. ANDY HOBBS, The Mirror [ more GARDEN page 7 ]

Revenue loss leads to re-evaluation of voter-approved transportation package BY JACINDA HOWARD

Sound Transit announced Thursday that dipping revenues will impact 2008’s Sound Transit 2 transportation package, likely preventing light rail from reaching Federal Way by 2023. The announcement was part of a budget overview given by CEO Joni Earl to Sound Transit’s board of directors. According to the latest projections, Sound Transit is experiencing a $3.9 billion long range (through 2023) revenue loss. This is $800 million more than it had previously projected. The loss reduces the company’s overall revenues by 25 percent and poses problems for Sound Transit’s voter-approved ST2 package, which will bring bus, sounder and light rail improvements and expansions to subareas served by Sound Transit — Snohomish County; North, East and South King County; and Pierce County

— by 2023. “The reality means we can’t afford the whole program,” Earl said. The $17.9 billion (in 2008 dollars) ST2 package was approved by voters in 2008, when Sound Transit requested a .05 percent (5 cents on a $10 retail purchase) sales tax increase within the subareas to help help pay for the breadth of projects included in the package. The tax will be collected through 2023. Now, a re-evaluation of all of ST2’s projects has been triggered. Earl has recommended that each project either be: • Designed and constructed as previously planned; • Moved forward as planned with the knowledge that the project’s completion schedule could be altered; [ more TRANSIT page 2 ]

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[2] September 25, 2010 Jazz is back: Marine View’s Jazz LIVE monthly concert series is kicking off again this month after a summer break. Up first is the jazz band Groove For Thought. The band will be backed by keyboard

that depicts the life of Emily Dickand percussion. GFT, as the group inson, played by Maria Glanz. The refers to itself, is a Seattle-based vocal group that has been singing play is set in Dickinson’s Amherst, Mass., home and uses her work, together since 1998. Groove for diaries and letters to depict her Thought will play at 5 p.m. years of seclusion. Shows Sept. 26. All shows take are at the Knutzen Family place the last Sunday of the month at the FEDERAL WAY Theatre, 3200 SW Dash church, 8469 Eastside Point Road. Tickets are Drive NE in Tacoma. $25 for adults, $20 for Upcoming shows include seniors, military and colHook Me Up, Cocoa Marlege students and $10 for tini and Michael Powers, who youth. Call (253) 661-1444. is returning again for a Christmas Symphony season: The Federal special. So far, the church has Way Symphony presents their hosted 15 shows. For more inforseason premiere, “The Brilliance mation: of the Classical Era.” It will feaor (253) 229-9206. ture Ukrainian violinist Sergey Emily Dickinson: “The Belle Suhobrusov, who will join the of Amherst” will kick off the fall symphony in playing Beethoven’s theater season. The play, about “Violin Concerto.” The event starts American poet Emily Dickinson, at 2 p.m. Oct. 3 at St. Luke’s, 515 S. 312th. Tickets are $30 for adults runs through Oct. 10 with shows and $25 for seniors (65 and up). at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Students 18 and under are free. and 2 p.m. Sundays. There is also Tickets: (253) 529-9857 or a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. Oct. 9. The play is a one woman show


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TOWN World Championship of Sand Sculpting: Federal Way’s World Championship of Sand Sculpting competition will run through Oct. 3 at the Hillside Plaza parking lot, 31510 20th Ave. S. Sculptors from across the world will compete on-site. Cost is $8.50 per adult and $6.50 for seniors to watch the artists work. Dozens of finished sculptures are on display now. Watch videos at Community Emergency Response Team: The next CERT class is scheduled to begin Sept. 30. This free program, offered through Federal Way Emergency Management, consists of 24 hours of hands-on instruction including, basic first aid, search and rescue, team organization and more. Course runs 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays for eight weeks. Visit or RSVP to Kaylie Bergen: Federal Way resident Kaylie Bergen, 6, was diagnosed last winter with a rare incurable brain tumor called diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. A fundraiser to support Kaylie’s medical and family expenses will run 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Nash family home, 3632 S. 334th St., Federal Way. Tupperware, cosmetics, jewelry and more will be available. To donate or learn more, contact TaShawna Nash: Check out a short video at Child care center: The Highline Community College child care

Olympic View teachers win a small boost for kids

Federal Way Wal-Mart presented $100 gift cards to 10 teachers at Olympic View Elementary who won a drawing Sept. 22. The gift cards are intended to purchase classroom supplies. Recipients picture above: Iran Kaveh, Connie White, Ann Imbimbo, Terumi Anderson, Steve Stewart, Sue Ann Bube, Kathryn Smith, Jennifer Loper, Rachel Schiefer and Laura Eberle. Also pictured are Wal-Mart’s Dick Mayer, Natalie Davis-Harlan and Shawn Lizarraga-Ortiz. ANDY HOBBS, The Mirror center is reopening. The program, which was cut due to finances, has been revived with Children’s Home Society of Washington operating it. The early learning center will be available for students, staff and the community. It has the capacity for 110 children from infancy to age 5. Parks Levy Oversight Board: The Metropolitan King County Council confirmed the appointment of Federal Way resident Stephen Freeborn to the Parks Levy Oversight Board. Freeborn’s appointment is for a term expiring Dec. 31, 2014. The board’s mission is to review and report to King County Executive and the County

Council on the division’s spending of parks levy proceeds. Federal Way Co-op Preschool: An open house runs 5 to 6:30 p.m Sept. 27 at 29645 51st Ave. S., Auburn. Now enrolling ages 2-5. Call (206) 650-2861. Did you know: Federal Way Public Schools spends 11 percent of its general fund budget on administrative costs, according to the school district. That makes Federal Way the school district with the lowest percentage of the budget spent on administrative expenditures in the state, according to the school district.

Council fought hard for light rail

Thank you, Federal Way.

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HealthPoint’s Back to School Fair was a great success. With your help we provided backpacks, well child checks and sports physicals to over 74 children. Thanks to you and many others in our community, these children were able to start school ready to learn. World Vision • Multi-Service Center • Federal Way Regional Library • YWCA Peace in the Home Federal Way Community Center • Public Health – Seattle & King County • Federal Way Fire Department Applebee’s • Gymnastics Unlimited • Consejo • HCC’s Latin Rhythm Dance Group • Payasito Trampolin and Lucesita, Tachuelita y Lechuguita

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• Move ahead with no funding for the project, but limited funding to go toward a $2.5 million analysis to identify alternatives or alterations that could be implemented if revenues improve or in the future, • Suspended from the plan, or • Deleted regardless of future revenues. All jurisdictions served by Sound Transit will be affected by Earl’s recommendations if the board approves them. Sound Transit’s south corridor, consisting of South King County and Pierce County, will feel the biggest impacts. Many of the corridor’s ST2 projects will now either move forward with an uncertain completion date, or will only be funded enough to provide alternatives to the original project. Light rail from the Sea-Tac airport to South 200th Street in the Kent/Des Moines area is fully funded and will proceed with a yet undetermined completion date. Earl is proposing the board accept her recommenda-

tion to bring light rail to South 200th Street by 2016 instead of 2020. However, she is also proposing holding back from delivering light rail further south into Federal Way by 2023, and preparing for a future extension into Tacoma. As originally proposed, the $809 million to $952 million (in 2007 figures) portion from South 200th Street to South 272nd Street would have connected Federal Way directly to the Sea-Tac airport, and would have added two new light rail stations near Highline Community College and the Redondo Heights parkand-ride lot. Five hundred parking spaces would have been added in the areas. Future right-of-way acquisition for a light rail connection to the Tacoma Dome were planned. The Federal Way City Council fought hard in 2008 to convince Sound Transit that light rail service to Federal Way and farther south was essential. Building the light rail before 2023 guarantees it will reach far and wide, city council member Jim Ferrell said at that time. If Sound Transit

proposes a partial rail line, the remainder may never be built due to inflation and voters’ potential hesitation to approve another transit measure at a later date, he said. Now, it’s hard to say if, and when, light rail will reach Federal Way and beyond. Ferrell is let down, but understands Sound Transit’s situation. “It’s a real reflection of the current economic climate, and tough decisions do need to be made,” Ferrell said Thursday. “But I am disappointed.” Ferrell hopes Sound Transit will continue to consider extending light rail to Federal Way. The south corridor will be hit hardest by the reworked ST2 package due to steeply decreasing revenue in South King County. Revenues are down 31 percent from 2008 projections. The area has a lower tax base and a lower overall income level compared to some of the other ST2 subareas, Sound Transit staff said. “There’s some serious financial constrictions in that subarea, more than others,” Earl said.

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Sexcapades at Hylebos Park a student’s cell phone, valued at $300, was stolen from her backpack during school hours. • Domestic assault: At 10:34 p.m. Sept. 15 in the 32000 block of 14th Avenue Southwest, a victim reported that her husband punched her in the face when she tried to retrieve her property from him. • Home burglary: At 7:17 p.m. Sept. 15 in the 35800 block of 15th Avenue Southwest, a residential burglary took place. Electronics valued at $1,900 were taken, as well as a suitcase. • Aggressive begging: At 12:03 p.m. Sept. 15 in the 34500 block of 16th Avenue South, a suspect was arrested for holding a sign soliciting goods toward traffic. • Assault: At 11:51 a.m. Sept. 15

in the 32100 block of 20th Lane Southwest, a pregnant victim reported her baby’s daddy assaulted her. • Prescription fraud: At 1:10 p.m. Sept. 17 at 35100 Enchanted Parkway South, pharmacy staff reported a fraudulent prescription for oxycontin. • Theft of an iPhone: At 11:43 a.m. Sept. 17 at 2420 S. 320th Street, AT&T reported the theft of an iPhone 4. • Overnight stay: At 8:26 a.m. Sept. 17 in the 31400 block of 23rd Avenue South, two subjects were seen exiting an onsite laundry room with blankets. The individuals were not recognized as tenants. Police questioned the subjects and they admitted to using the laundry room as a sleeping quarters.

insects that feed on the skin and blood of a host’s scalp. In Federal Way schools, currently the policy is “no Interstate 5 was shut nit.” Nits are the lice eggs down for 11 hours overthat attach to the hair. night Sept. 21-22 after a Students found with head fuel tanker carrying 1,000 lice or nits in their hair gallons of diesel and 10,000 will be sent home when gallons of gasoline overthe lice and/or nits are turned southbound near discovered, and families Federal Way. will be notified about The incident treatment. Parents began around 10:15 In OTHER must then inform p.m. Tuesday, the school by phone when a disabled or note the method semi stopped on and date of treatthe right shoulder ment. Students must and was hooking up be checked and cleared by to a tow truck. A second a school nurse. Generally semi stopped behind it speaking, the students must to provide assistance. As be clean of lice and nits to the second semi pulled off return to class, but a nurse of the right shoulder into can allow the student back the right lane, it struck in class if treatment has octhe fuel tanker, causing it curred and the student is no to roll onto its side. The longer communicable. threat of an explosion and Also stated in the the debris on the roadway policy is that in elemeninitially caused all but the tary schools (where lice is HOV lane to close to traffic. most prevalent), a letter Around 1:30 a.m. Wedneswill be sent home with all day, the HOV lane closed classmates. The custodian and all traffic was diverted off of the freeway onto State Route 99. Several fire departments from around King County, the Department of Transportation and the Department of Ecology were on scene throughout the night assisting with containment of the spill.

must vacuum the room that night and students will be reminded not to share hats, combs and brushes.


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Police Blotter Following is a sample from the Federal Way police log: • Lewd conduct: At 3:29 p.m. Sept. 17 at 411 S. 348th Street, a complainant reported seeing two subjects having sex in Hylebos Park. The subjects were cited and released. • Residential burglary: At 5:39 p.m. Sept. 16 in the 1800 block of South 330th Street, a home burglary took place. Electronics and $11,600 worth of jewelry were stolen. • Stolen phone: At 3:32 p.m. Sept. 14 at 30611 16th Ave. S.,

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Fire district will save money South King Fire and Rescue has been accredited by the ProBoard Fire Service Qualifications System, which can lead to lower training costs for the district. The training division of SKFR will be able to train officers and certify firefighters to the National Fire Protection Agency standards within the district. Previously, those going through the training had to travel to the Washington State Training Academy in North Bend. The setup keeps responders in the area in case of a major emergency and saves in overtime and travel expenses. SKFR is the second fire district in Washington state that has been accredited under the ProBoard system.

Head lice policy in FW schools Everett School District is making the news after health officials decided that students can stay in school while being treated for lice, citing that it’s more damaging to miss class. The Edmonds School District is only sending students home when the situation interrupts the classroom. Monroe is voting soon on how to handle the situation. Lice are small parasitic

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Throwing money at Dumas Bay The surest, foolproof, quickest way to reverse the trend of operation expenditures for the Dumas Bay Centre is to sell it. For one simple reason: Neither Cipalla Communications, Lee Iacocca nor Donald Trump can turn a business into a “going Jesse” that lacks an owner’s entrepreneurial leadership. Government employees, no matter how trustworthy and honorable they are, lack that essential ingredient. The biggest reason is they’re not risking anything and thus

Guilty of teaching diversity in school BY CHRIS MCCRUMMEN

Federal Way resident



I feel it is my duty as a Federal Way Public Schools history teacher and a citizen of the United States to challenge the arguments columnist Mark Knapp made in his Sept. 18 editorial (“Rest assured, they teach U.S. history in Federal Way”). I find it quite interesting that you question “how much of our history, civic and social studies are taught from a curriculum designed to promote diversity objectives at the expense of traditional American education.” First of all, I will assure you that “diversity objectives” are not the focus of my history classes or any other teacher I know. I teach specific history, civics, economics and geography learning objectives. If, however, you are worried that I, as a public school teacher, am promoting and encouraging a diverse learning environment, then I am “guilty as charged!” I teach my students to look at historical events from various viewpoints. Is it not important to teach students how to think critically? Providing diverse viewpoints based on primary source evidence and then allowing students to evaluate and judge historical events is incredibly powerful. An example of this would be the way Christopher Columbus is “traditionally” taught in schools. Would it be “traditional” to teach Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492, or would it be more important to provide students with Columbus’s own diary along with De Las Casas and the Taino natives’ perspective so that students learn what really happened? Education is constantly changing to effectively meet the needs of the “diverse” American student. America was, and continues to be, built on a diverse population. Please remember the “winners” write history while the “losers” are left out, therefore whose tradition is traditional? This argument coupled with your comment about “gay, lesbian, and transgender issues” shows your true agenda. Finally, your issue with Todd Beamer High School and the denial of your ad in their school events calendar is outrageous and laughable! I saw your ad and was deeply troubled by it. Your ad had a picture of an AK-47 type assault rifle on it. Public schools do not need this type of message. Planned Parenthood has advertised in the schools before, yet they do not have an ad with a condom on it. If they did, would you be first in line to call them out? Why don’t you advertise in Columbine High School with your message and see the reaction there? In this day and age of violence in schools, your ad must be banned. You are forcing your ideology on the very people you [ more YOUR TURN page 5 ]

How about those trade secrets? For now, let’s forget about that proposal to build three skyscrapers in downtown Federal Way. What we have here, aside from a failure to communicate, is a real estate problem. The latest friction between the city and Twin Development centers on buying a 4.1-acre chunk of vacant land for about $6 million. The developer is having a hard time finding the money. Twin Development needs at least 10 foreign investors to contribute $500,000 each, just to buy the land. That purchase must happen before a $350 million high-rise project breaks ground near the Federal Way Transit Center. With the EB-5 program, the developer hopes to exploit a loophole in U.S. immigration laws and tap the wallets of rich foreigners eager to score a green card. The developer intends to ride the coattails of a few hundred investors who, apparently at this time, don’t exist. Last week at a tense public meeting, the council granted the developer an extension, moving the property’s closing date to March 31. A split city council demanded a business plan from the developer, or at least some evidence of the project’s direction. This request raised a few flags. The developer refused to present a business plan, prompting three council members — Jim Ferrell, Dini Duclos and Mike Park — to reject an extension for closing on the property. According

to Steve Smith of Twin Development: “We’re hesitant to disclose our trade secrets.” Regardless of whether there’s a business plan in the first place, the developer’s “trade secrets” for this project are obviously not working right now. On that note, did the city council really go this far without seeing any type of business plan for the proposed $350 million project? It is certainly in Federal Way’s best interests to sell that land and spur economic development. After a Canadian developer failed to secure financing for the land, Twin Development took over the pursuit. The city owns the land outright. If the developer walks away, Federal Way will survive and eventually court another buyer. Whether that buyer will find the cash is another story. Perhaps the city can find a developer with a more practical vision for the property. Skyscrapers paint a sexy picture that in reality seems like little more than wishful thinking. Of course, Twin Development could deliver what is promised, prove all the naysayers wrong and build an economic savior in Federal Way. Consider that so far, the developer’s “go big or go home” approach is leaning in the direction of “go home.” Granted, the developer entered the picture just a few months ago. But is this proposal meant to be? Believe it when you see it. Andy Hobbs

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To submit an item or photo for publication in The Mirror: email; mail attn Letters, Federal Way Mirror, 1414 S. 324th St., Suite B-210, Federal Way, WA 98003; fax (253) 925-5750. Letters may be edited for style, clarity and length. critical decisions are not ever truly critical. Because private owners risk their capital, tough decisions are made and made quickly. Unlike Dumas Bay Centre, a private owner doesn’t have the luxury of an inexhaustible source of money to bail them out. Spending money on a marketing plan for Dumas Bay is throwing good money after a bad cause. The city should sell it and cut its losses to zero. Federal Way should not be involved in any business

that competes with free enterprise.

Robert E. Morgan, Federal Way

Sand n’ parking (RE: World Championship of Sand Sculpting): Awesome! Exceeded my expectations. International. Creative. Bright spot in today’s world. Good decision by Federal Way. Food booths and perks. They should not charge anything on any day for

parking. Instead of 10 people in five cars, they may get 20 people in 10 cars. The day I went was Sept. 17, and one of the busiest. I counted room for about 80 more cars. I have never seen the parking lot full.

Joe Mahoney, Federal Way

Effort behind Celebration Park We will always be grateful to Skip Priest for his crucial role in making our vision of an expanded play-

ground in Celebration Park a reality. As three former Parks and Recreation Commission members, we knew the original playground was inadequate. We knew what we wanted, but couldn’t figure out how to make it happen. Through the fall of 1999 and most of 2000, we brain-stormed ideas about how to achieve our goal. We finally came up with the idea to beautify the park’s entry road with banners, while raising funds for the

playground. The banners cost $175 to make. By setting the banner price at $3,000, we accumulated the residual $2,825 per banner to fund the playground expansion. The original playground had been built by Kompan Pacific Company of Olympia. That’s where Skip Priest came in. We sought his assistance in talking with Kompan about developing the expanded playground. Several discussions resulted in Skip proposing that Kompan move a playground display from their Olympia headquarters to [ more LETTERS page 5 ] [ LETTERS from page 4] Celebration Park. Modifications could be made during installation or in the first few months of operation. Kompan contributed to the project by reducing some of the delivery and installation costs. The complete proposal was presented to the Federal Way City Council in January 2001, and approved that month. We sold the banners and raised the funds in about six months. The playground opened in August 2001, and the banners flew for three years, starting in November 2001. The expanded playground remains as a permanent installation. You can see re-creations of the “Nature” banners in the Community Center hallway by the climbing wall. A nearby plaque lists all the banner sponsors. Thank you, Skip, for your help. We know that you can bring the same creativity and ability to bring people together for solving problems to Federal Way as our next mayor.

Barbara Reid, Bob Kellogg and H. David Kaplan, Federal Way

Mayor: Make your vote count Several years ago, the voters voted someone onto the Federal Way City Council whose #1 priority was and continues to be to work for the people. That someone was Jim Ferrell. He’s faced his share of adversity, often standing alone against the powers-that-be. But he’s persevered. His detractors resort to accusations of grandstanding. What nonsense. Those who have something beneficial to say, say it. Think of any good leader. Did he sit back and allow conditions to stagnate around him? No, he was out there making his case. Ferrell wins awards like “Most Inspirational Prosecutor.” That’s not grandstanding — it’s working for the people. And it’s the kind of leadership this city needs. The local press has referred to Ferrell as the “polarizing” candidate. I’ll cut them some slack on this, only because that’s what a candidate appears to be when he fights for what he believes to be right. Ferrell clearly demonstrates that he doesn’t want to simply stay the course — when the course needs fix-

ing. He represents change. But his opponents do not want that, and that’s why they will band together to oppose him. They fought against giving the voters the right to elect their mayor —and lost. By the way, how many of you saw that four-person debate before the primary vote? Ferrell showed transparency, and had answers. The others? Not even close. And the press failed to point out the significance of Skip Priest conveniently sidestepping the issue of the skyscrapers headed our way. He couldn’t talk about it? C’mon — he has to talk about it! We tend to speak loudest when we see our city leaders falling down on issues that affect us and our neighborhoods. I have seen my share of that, and have written about it on several occasions. There’s an issue pending (on hold) right now which would, if city planners get their way, change our neighborhood — and not for the better. Mr. Priest had not been involved in our initial fight on this issue and in our talks with the city. But when he was going door-to-door asking for votes, and this

issue came up, what did he tell affected residents? First, that he would “take care of it,” and later, that he had “taken care of it.” I knew that wasn’t true because I helped form the committee dealing with this issue. Even if he had wanted to “take care of it,” he was in no position to do so. Summary: One of the candidates for our mayor will apparently say whatever he thinks someone wants to hear. That is, unless he wants to “take the 5th,” as he did at the July

September 25, 2010 [5] debate. The other candidate [ YOUR TURN from p. 4] is Jim Ferrell. And when he speaks, he means it. What a contrast between the two candidates. And yet, with all this, apathy is still rampant. Voter turnout is typically low. How tragic it is to know that this election could go wrong because not enough people are paying attention. Please, don’t be one of those people. Make your vote count.

Dave McKenzie, Federal Way MORE LETTERS ONLINE: For more letters, visit

accuse of forcing “diversity” in public schools. I support the Second Amendment and require my students to memorize the Bill of Rights. However, gun rights have gone too far. George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and other Founding Fathers supported gun rights. However, that was over 200 years ago. They would never support a citizenry armed with such destructive power. Assault rifles are not an American “tradition.”






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Meet the candidates for Federal Way mayor What is your first goal upon taking office, if elected mayor of Federal Way, and how do you plan to achieve that goal?

cut unnecessary programs or projects that do not serve the interests of all Federal Way citizens. While doing so, I will keep in mind that the primary purpose of our local government is to provide for the safety of all of our citizens. That being said, the current budget proposal to cut 18 police officers in the next two years does not further that goal. I will find the resources to avoid those cuts, if that has not already been achieved in our budget discussions. This will be a re-priori-

Jim Ferrell On my first day as your mayor, I will begin the process of a top to botJim Ferrell tom review of each and every program and project that the city is currently undertaking. I will search for ways to save money and

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tization of city resources to be more in line with what the people of the community need and deserve. I will accomplish this goal by scouring the budget documents, meeting with key staff members, conducting town hall meetings, and looking at other cities to find innovative ideas to deliver necessary services. I will also meet with each member of the Federal Way City Council and work collaboratively with them to ensure their ideas are brought forth and integrated into our approach. Additionally, I will meet with the entire city staff to discuss my hopes and vision for the future of this city and relay how important they are in this process. I will instill an approach at City Hall that we work for the people.

Fast facts: Ferrell was first elected to city council in 2003. Last fall, Ferrell led an effort with voters that created the elected mayor position. He is a King County prosecuting attorney. Website:

Skip Priest My first priority will be to get the city’s economic house in order. Skip Priest Federal Way’s budget model is broken and the city’s current $4.4 million shortfall is only the beginning of our financial challenges. In addition, current ballot measures may also significantly impact our city’s resources. As such, my first goal will be to develop a short- and long-term sustainable budget strategy for our city. This will require two immediate steps. First, we must implement a “priorities of government” approach to city spending, much different than the traditional government approach to budgeting. Working together, the Federal Way City Council, staff and mayor must identify citizen priorities and develop clear outcomes to

ensure that limited dollars are spent wisely. After visiting thousands of homes the last five months, I believe the citizens want our city to remain one of the safest in King County, so I will ensure that the budget funds enough officers to achieve that level of public safety. Second, we must quickly act to improve Federal Way’s economy and create jobs for our residents. Neither increasing taxes on our struggling small businesses and homeowners nor cutting essential services can provide the long-term answer. As mayor, I will aggressively pursue economic development opportunities using my many existing relationships with local and regional business leaders. I will also ensure that there is a “business friendly” City Hall environment to help both new and existing businesses be successful.

Fast facts: Priest served on the Federal Way City Council from 1991 to 1997, and was first elected to the state House of Representatives in 2002. Website:

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$6.156 million needed to purchase the property and needs more time to market the project, the partners said. The developer now has until March 31 to close on the property. It must deposit $100,000 into an escrow fund by January. The city will keep the money regardless of whether Twin Development purchases the land. “We’ve been talking to various investors and (finding financing has) been tougher that we thought, admittedly,” Twin Development partner Steve Smith said.

Financing and marketing Twin Development continues to bank on its coveted EB-5 status to garner financing. The federal EB-5 program designates Federal Way’s downtown as a “regional center.” Twin Development is the only local developer approved by the federal government to take advantage of the program by offering a two-year permanent residency status to foreign investors who pump $500,000 into any project Twin Development undertakes in downtown Federal Way. The EB-5 program is the only way the city will see the mixed-used project come to fruition in these tough economic times, Smith said. “It’s difficult for us, but I think it’d be fair to say that for any other developer, it would be impossible,” he said. Twin Development needs 10 to 12 foreign investors to buy into the project at $500,000 each before it can afford to purchase the land, Smith said. The developer will need another approximately 240 investors to fund the construction of the project, slated to break ground next summer, Smith said. A major marketing effort is needed. David Cho was hired three weeks ago to begin that process. The city council questioned why marketing had not already begun and asked for a business and a marketing plan from Twin Development. Smith agreed to present the plans, but then back-stepped when partner Luke Hwang objected. The company is hesitant to disclose proprietary information. “We’re hesitant to disclose our trade secrets,” Smith said. The developer agreed to reveal a busi-

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Artist rendering of the high-rise project by Twin Development. The full Purchase and Sale Agreement can be found on the city’s website, www.cityoffederalway, in the city council’s Sept. 7 regular meeting packet. COURTESY IMAGE ness and marketing plan only if they could be shielded from public view. Assistant city attorney Amy Jo Pearsall dismissed the idea, informing the partners that the documents would be available to the public under the Public Records Act. The developers refused to budge, turning three of the seven council members away from voting for the extension. “What concerns me is not having any documentation as to where you’re going,” Duclos told Twin Development. “I’m just hearing vague things right now; I want details here.” Ferrell said it seems as though Twin Development knew it couldn’t gather financing by this month and planned to request an extension all along. “I haven’t seen any bona fide effort to get this accomplished,” he said. Smith denied Ferrell’s statement. The city council and the developer’s credibility has taken a blow, Federal Way resident Tim Burns said. Burns said he doesn’t feel Twin Development has a business plan to show. He suspects the developer will request an eighth extension on the purchase and sale agreement: “I hope it works out, but I’m not optimistic,” he said. For more background information, see this story on

P.J. Pockets Casino, whose closure in May sparked a revision of Federal Way’s gambling tax, will re-open Oct. 1. The casino laid off nearly 100 employees last May, and a majority will be rehired, said general manager Steve Griffiths. The casino and property landlord Harsch Investments finalized a fiveyear lease this month — a process that delayed the reopening, he said. “We anticipate bringing back well over 100 people,” Griffiths said about hiring. A lagging economy and a high local gambling tax contributed to the casino’s closure in May. Federal Way’s gambling tax rate was sliced in half June 1 in an effort to save P.J. Pockets as well as tax revenues generated from the business.

P.J. Pockets Casino is located at 1320 S 324th St. FILE PHOTO The city council enacted tax on pull tabs from 5 an emergency ordinance to percent to 3 percent. change the city’s gambling P.J. Pockets is the only lotax, as it applies to card cal gambling establishment rooms, from 20 percent of offering a card room. Under gross gambling receipts to the 20 percent tax model, it 10 percent. generated roughly $840,000 “The city council, much of the $1.1 million in gamto their credit, did an amaz- bling taxes collected by the ing job of moving quickly city. Reducing the tax on to resolve the tax issue,” card rooms means the city Griffiths said. stands to lose approximateThe new rate went into ly $420,000 per year, based effect June 6. On June on revenues generated by 15, the city council voted P.J. Pockets in 2009, accordunanimously to lower the ing to past reports.

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as Enterprise, Nautilus and Green Gables elementary schools, Stanley said.

Hawkins, the school district’s director of career and technical education. For example, culinary students can grow their own food, while science students benefit from lessons in botany. The gardens relate to topics in social studies such as sustainability, and also promote community service among the students’ families. Hawkins has championed the idea for Federal Way schools ever since the senior center garden opened last May. “I just thought, why can’t we do this?” she said. “The time is right.” Plans are under way to build gardens at Camelot Square mobile home park as well

Learn more Dozens of businesses contributed toward the cost of materials to establish the senior center garden. Each garden costs about $15,000 to start, according to an April 2010 Mirror report. The Federal Way Community Gardens Foundation, which formed this past spring, held its first fundraising event Aug. 26 at the Federal Way Senior Center Community Garden. The event raised $3,275. To learn more, e-mail Mike Stanley at Michael_ or visit www.federalway

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which is located in Snohomish County. Silvana is a small town not far from Standwood, WA and rests near the mouth of the Stillaguamish River. After arriving in Silvana the family settled on a farm. There are many fond memories Ing has of the days growing up on the farm. Ing also enjoyed his frequent travels by train to Seattle to visit his aunt who lived in the Woodland Park area of the city. Ing attended Arlington High School where, in addition to excelling in his studies, he was a star athlete participating in both football and baseball. One of his favorite subjects in high school was History. In fact, if Ing had attended college he says he would have majored in history. Besides enjoying all the fun a child can have on continued on page 9

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Jefferson boys tennis remains unbeaten with a pair of wins By CASEY OLSON

The Thomas Jefferson Raiders boys tennis team remained unbeaten in the South Puget Sound League Central Division with two more wins Monday and Tuesday. The Raiders (6-0) beat Auburn Riverside Monday, 4-1, and swept Beamer Tuesday, 5-0. Jefferson didn’t lose a set against Beamer and got singles wins from Brandyn Gomez and Tyler Hamashima. Against Auburn Riverside, TJ got victories from Kainoa Rosa at No. 1 singles and Brandyn Gomez and Alex Lee, Makoa Rosa and Cameron Sharpe and Andrey Streltsov and Connor Howard in doubles. The Decatur Gators swept a pair of SPSL 3A matches this week. The Gators beat Auburn Mountainview Tuesday, 4-1, and Enumclaw Wednesday, 3-2. Against Enumclaw, the two teams played an astounding four threeset matches with the Gators winning two. Decatur’s wins came from Abishak Murali at No. 1 singles, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, Christian Scognamiglio at No. 2, 6-1, 6-3 and Darrel Delvin and Peter An at No. 1 doubles, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5.

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Obungen: ‘I’m just lucky to be alive’ Beamer grad, UPS football player suffers severed spinal cord injury while diving into the ocean in Hawaii, but vows to walk again By CASEY OLSON

Corey Obungen had just accomplished what every teenager dreams about. The 2008 Todd Beamer High School graduate had recently finished his first year at the University of Puget Sound and just moved out of his parents’ Federal Way house. Obungen was also preparing for his second season on the Logger football team. The undersized, 5-foot-6, 150-pound defensive back played in five games his freshman year, totaling three tackles. Everything seemed to be rolling right along for Obungen, who snared 11 out of a possible 12 letters while at Beamer. But that newly-acquired independence didn’t last too long. “I had just moved into a house in Tacoma,” he said with a laugh. “I stole all my parents’ food and was on my own. I was very, very excited. Then I left for Hawaii.” It was that trip to the island paradise that would change Obungen’s life forever. Just two days after arriving on Oahu and watching his cousin’s graduation, Obungen went to Lanikai Beach with a couple of buddies from the University of Puget Sound football team. “I just went there to hang out with friends from UPS,” Obungen said. “We went to the beach. We were having a good time, doing nothing “I went from out of the ordinary.” being completely Obungen then did independent to fully something he had done dependent. Every a hundred times before. now and then I still have some dark days. He ran into the surf and dove into the ocean. But But then I think, this dive wasn’t like all ‘I’m young and I the other ones. Obungen, could have died.’ ” a Hawaiian native, didn’t Corey Obungen pop out of the water. “I hit the bottom kind of awkwardly,” he said. “The bottom looked deeper than it was.” During the dive, Obungen’s head landed perfectly on the bottom of the ocean and the fall broke his neck, shattering his C-5 vertebra and basically severing his spinal cord. The injuries left Obungen without any movement in his legs and very limited movement in his upper body. He now faced the likely possibility of never being able to walk again. “When I went down, I felt a big shock,” he said. “I couldn’t flail my arms and I was just hoping that somebody would pull me up. I knew right away that I broke my neck. Luckily, the guys on the team pulled me up before I drowned. “It was weird because the day before I was jumping off cliffs at a different beach. I was jumping off the rocks from 20 feet up.” In the three and a half months since the life-changing injury, Obungen has made some progress. Immediately following the accident, he was forced to stay in a Hawaiian hospital for three weeks until doctors deemed him healthy enough to fly back to Seattle. “I flew on a commercial flight in first class,” Obungen said. “I was in a neck brace and could hardly move my arms. I came to the airport on a

Beamer graduate Corey Obungen earned 11 letters during his tenure as a Titan, including a trip to the Mat Classic state wrestling tournament. He was a first-team, All-SPSL South defensive back and played as a freshman at UPS. file photo stretcher. It was pretty intense, but I made it.” Obungen wondered how he would make it After landing at SeaTac, Obungen was taken through. directly to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center, “Being in the hospital and seeing myself in the where he spent the next five weeks in rehab mirror for the first time was tough,” he said. “I doing adaptive therapy for his injuries, which went from being really fit to having no function required the fusing of a massive metal cage over below my waist. I went from being completely four vertebras in his spine. The surgery, which independent to fully dependent. That kills you. also included having a cadaver bone inserted to Every now and then I still have some dark days. replace his shattered vertebra, was necessary to But then I think, ‘I’m still young and I could stabilize his neck. have died.’ I allow myself only to be mad for 10 “It’s actually pretty crazy when you think minutes or so.” about it,” he said. Obungen wasn’t just a run-of-the-mill athlete Obungen was initially bound to a power during his time at Beamer. He was selected as an wheelchair, All-City defensive “which is someback during his thing you never senior football seawant to be in,” he son after interceptsaid. He didn’t ing four passes for have any flection the Titans. He was in his wrists and also named firstcould barely lift team, All-South his arms. After Puget Sound two months of League South therapy, doctors Division by the moved Obunleague’s coaches. gen to a manual But football wheelchair. He wasn’t the only can now flex sport he excelled his wrist and at. Obungen was thumbs, and has a rare three-sport movement in his athlete. Obungen Corey Obungen (right) poses with former Seattle Seahawk Mac shoulders, biceps was a district Strong and his sister, Codie, at a recent fundraiser. courtesy photo and triceps. qualifier as a long “Things are jumper for the coming,” ObunBeamer track team gen said. “The one thing I didn’t like was that and wrestled at the Mat Classic state wrestling doctors don’t tell you much and they are kind of championships as a 130-pound senior. negative. But they will tell me that every spinal “I think being an athlete helped me,” Obungen cord injury is different. My goal is to walk again. said. “I have that notion of always pushing myCrazier things have happened.” self. I think that gives you an advantage. I think Doctors aren’t making any promises, in terms the wrestler mentality sets me apart.” of Obungen’s ability to walk or being totally Obungen has already accomplished one of independent in the future. But just being alive is his goals following the injury. He’s currently enough to keep him moving forward. enrolled in one class at UPS and on his way to “I’m just lucky to be alive. That’s what keeps getting his exercise science degree. The school is me going.” providing him a note taker. But that wasn’t always the case. Immediately “The school has taken care of everything and following the accident, there were days that [ more obungen page 11 ]

September 25, 2010 [11] that feels really good,” Obungen said. “Seeing familiar faces on campus is awesome. It felt like I needed to be here.” Obungen was already planning on the exercise science degree before the accident, but he is even more passionate now about getting into the field. “Now that I’m injured, there are so many different kinds of therapy and exercise to help gain function back,” he said. “That is

something I would really like to get into.” The University of Puget Sound is also hosting “Team Corey Day” during today’s (Sept. 25) home football game against Whittier. Proceeds from the game will be donated to the Corey Obungen Trust to help with medical costs, as well as his potential enrollment into Pushing Boundaries, a Redmond-based facility that offers people with spinal cord injuries a

place to go to become more independent. “Right now that place is doing amazing things,” Obungen said. Pushing Boundaries describes itself as a facility that preaches repetition. According to its mission statement, Pushing Boundaries “combats the inactivity that has traditionally been the ‘norm’ for those living with paralysis. New research shows that the more time a person is out of their chair and engaging in

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the Redhawks play at home at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 26 against Sacramento State. “I just want to say thank you to everybody. I’m very lucky and very fortunate to have my mom around,” Obungen said about his mother, Shari, who is a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way. “But also everybody in the Federal

Way community, Beamer and Sherwood Forest (Elementary). I just want to say thanks.” Tax-deductible donations can also be made to the Corey Obungen Supplemental Needs Trust at any Bank of America Branch or send to Bank of America, Corey Obungen Trust, 2100 SW 336th St., Federal Way, WA 98203.


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Federal Way Mirror: Sept. 25, 2010  

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Federal Way Mirror: Sept. 25, 2010  

WNPA general excellence