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BLOTTER | Graffiti gang tags vacant property in Federal Way [2]

VOL. 16, NO. 18




OPINION | Results of Mirror’s PACC survey [4] Roegner: The zany, wacky world of the 30th District [4] AWARD | Mirror editor wins Key Award for unopen government [3] SCHOOLS | Loss of No Child Left Behind waiver means complications for district [14]

SPORTS | Beamer’s Bliznyuk finishes FRIDAY, MAY 2, 2014 | 75¢ with 29 points at NW Shootout. [10]

What’s next for Metro?

Four Metro routes in Federal Way are set to be eliminated, which include routes 178, 179, 901 and 173. FILE PHOTO rejected Metro. They have voted against this particular means of funding Metro he defeat of Proposithe only one available under tion 1 last week has state law. A state transportalocal leaders scramtion package has always been bling to figure our first choice. out what’s next. “But everyone must But, after years The measure recognize that with of trying, time was set to allow ran out for acthe loss of funds, King County tion in Olympia,” to create a it will take a little King County Transportation longer to get there Executive Dow Benefit District and you may have to Constantine (TBD) to fund in an April go farther to get to said King County 23 press release. Metro and the bus you need.” “We gave the address infravoters a choice, Larry Phillips structure issues and presented in the county’s a proposal for transportation saving Metro system. Transit and The 55-45 defeat of the maintaining our roads. They measure had county leaders have chosen a reduced level in a grim mood. of service, and we will carry “The voters have not out the will of the voters.” BY GREG ALLMAIN


Constantine said he planned on immediately sending a resolution to the King County Council to “reduce service by 550,000 hours and eliminate 72 bus routes.” According to maps provided by King County Metro, the anticipated cuts will be felt in Federal Way. Routes 178, 179, 901 and 173 are set to be eliminated altogether, while the remaining routes in Federal Way appear as though they will fall under the “reduced or revised” category. Those include routes 181, 182, 187, 197 and 903. County Council chair Larry Phillips, who also chairs the King County Transportation District, said the will of the voters will be carried out, and cautioned patience for all who find themselves using Metro going forward. “The defeat of Proposition 1 means King County will make adjustments necessary to ensure that Metro Transit provides service with the funding that’s available,” Phillips said. “King County’s focus will not waver: We will continue to maintain a public transit service that has been nationally recognized for doing our level best to get people where they need to go. But everyone must [ more METRO, page 9 ]

Earth Day clean-up

CALENDAR | Roger Freeman to host community Cinco de Mayo event [21]

A convoy of wheelbarrows move a mountain of bark to the play structure at Steel Lake Park on Saturday. Dozens of volunteers helped to beautify Federal Way during the city’s annual Parks Appreciation and Earth Day event. Work parties did projects at four parks, including Celebration, Saghalie, Steel Lake and Sacajawea. PHOTO COURTESY OF BRUCE HONDA

Federal Way man sentenced to 6 1/2 years in fatal DUI crash BY CARRIE RODRIGUEZ

A Federal Way man was sentenced on April 25 to

six-and-a-half years in prison for the DUI accident that killed a Tacoma man last December. Jeffrey Lowell Waterfall, 56, who pleaded guilty in March to vehicular homicide, drove his Ford Mustang into a power pole on Dec. 23, 2013 in the 28900

block of Redondo Way S. time he got in the car The crash killed to take his friend for a 52-year-old Kurtis D. drive,” wrote Dana E. Nevin, who was a Cashman, senior passenger in WaFEDERAL WAY deputy prosecutterfall’s vehicle. ing attorney, in “On the night an April 2 preof this incident, he sentence statement. drank hard liquor “His friend was and beer right up to the killed when the defendant


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During the sentencing hearing, the judge also ordered Waterfall to pay restitution in an amount to be determined at a future hearing, attend a alcohol/drug information school, attend a DUI victim’s impact panel and to submit to DNA testing.

Federal Way Mirror, May 02, 2014