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BACK TO SCHOOL | See our special section about the upcoming school year [13]

VOL. 15, NO. 33



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OPINION | Roegner: Primary election surprises [8] Q&A with Mr. Federal Way: Superintendent’s pay raise, ‘sexting’ [9] CRIME BLOTTER | Bat-wielding man says he doesn’t like lesbians [3] BUSINESS BUZZ | Local coffee roaster and wholesaler Caffe D’arte is coming to FW [6]

SPORTS | Local Seahawks fan brews a FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2013 | 75¢ beer especially for Seahawks fans [31]

‘Credit card’ for the PACC?

Fire board approves lawyer for firefighter

Loan application splits city council


South King Fire and Rescue (SKFR) will retain legal counsel for a firefighter who is under investigation by the state Department of Health. Firefighter Brandon Church — who is the son of Fire Chief Al Church — was disciplined by SKFR in 2012 after sending a Facebook message with “sexual innuendo” to a woman he treated during an emergency response earlier that day, according to documents. The content of that message has not been disclosed. SKFR disciplined Church and charged him with professional misconduct. Until recently, the case appeared closed. The investigation stems from a complaint filed in July with the health department by Jerry Galland, a candidate for SKFR’s board of commissioners in the general election. Galland said SKFR failed to notify the health department of Church’s misconduct as required by the Washington Administrative Code’s (WAC) mandatory reporting laws. [ more FIRE, page 26 ] NEWSPAPER RACKS: To see a list of rack locations for the print edition of The Mirror, visit

COMMUNITY CALENDAR | Events include Desna Cup, Lions Classic Car Show [12]


Friendship Theatre featured on cover of national magazine

Apostrophe is a national magazine for, about and by people with developmental disabilities. The 21st issue of the 64-page, full-color quarterly features Federal Way’s Friendship Theatre on the cover. The story was written by writer Kari Mar with photos by Rod Mar. Pictured above: Michelle Ruckwardt sings during dress rehearsal as the cast of Friendship Theatre’s production of “The Music Man” performs a musical number at the Knutzen Family Theatre in Federal Way. Apostrophe, a concept developed by AWARE Inc. CEO Larry Noonan, advocates for people with developmental disabilities and gives them another way to advocate for themselves. Every story, column and section in the magazine relates to “can” and “do” — instead of “can’t” and “don’t” — and eliminating apostrophes in peoples’ lives. The magazine is also sold at Barnes and Noble stores across the United States. To learn more, visit PHOTOS BY ROD MAR/COURTESY OF APOSTROPHE MAGAZINE The Federal Way Mirror is hosting two council pos. 4; and Diana Noble-Gulliford and Martin Moore for council pos. 6 public forums for candidates in the general election. Both forums will The second forum will run 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 23. This forum includes: Bill Gates be held at the Twin Lakes Golf ELECTION and Jerry Galland for South King Fire and and Country Club. Rescue board pos. 1; Don Miller and MarieThe first forum will run 6 to 8 p.m. Anne Harkness for Lakehaven Utility District Oct. 9. This forum includes: Mayor pos. 2; Ed Barney and Geoffery McAnalloy candidates Skip Priest and Jim Ferrell; Kelly for Federal Way School Board pos. 1; and Carol Maloney and Mark Koppang for city council Gregory and Medgar Wells for school board pos. 4. pos. 2; Jeanne Burbidge and John Fairbanks for




With a 4-3 vote, the Federal Way City Council approved moving forward with the application process for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 108 loan program. Section 108 is a specific program that allows cities to borrow against their Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding in order to fund capital projects — like the proposed Performing Arts and Conference Center (PACC) — or for economic revitalization efforts. Using current numbers, what would essentially be a “balloon” payment would be made to the city for approximately $3.03 million, and would be repaid, if the city is the principle borrower, by diverting approximately $150,000 to $200,000 annually from the city’s CDBG funds over the term of the loan. The dissenting votes were Deputy Mayor Jim Ferrell and Councilmembers Susan Honda and Kelly Maloney. All three expressed reservations that the projected $3.03 million total that’s possible from the Section 108 program would go toward the PACC, and essentially means the city would pick up extra debt to finance the formative project. [ more PACC, page 25 ]


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PACC FACTS • Seattle-based developer Lorax Partners estimates that a 700-seat arts center with a 3,000-square-foot conference space could cost about $31.7 million. Preliminary designs include green landscapes, and an option to build a hotel. • In 2010, the city bought the 4-acre site on 20th Avenue South with a state grant worth $5 million. As a condition, the PACC must be built within 10 years, or the city must pay back the money with interest. • So far, Federal Way’s economic development department claims the city has access to nearly $16.3 million for the PACC project, including a recent state grant for about $2.3 million. The city hopes to make up the difference with a New Markets Tax Credit worth up to $7 million in a best-case scenario, along with about $6.3 million in best-case scenario fundraising through naming rights and grants. • The city has promised to build the PACC project without creating debt because the funding plan requires raising the construction money upfront. • According to the HUD website, Section 108 loans are not risk-free: “Local governments borrowing funds guaranteed by Section 108 must pledge their current and future CDBG allocations to cover the loan amount as security for the loan.” • A 2012 study of the Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program notes: “Though most guaranteed loans are repaid using an income stream from the activity assisted by the loan proceeds, borrowers can use CDBG grant funds (and program income) to repay the loans.”

Federal Way Mirror, August 16, 2013