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SCHOOLS | School board authorizes refinancing of old bonds, saves taxpayers $4 million 
South King Fire approves $53 million bond on ballot
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he South King Fire and Rescue board of fire commissioners unanimously voted to place the Firefighter Safety and Emergency Response bond on the April 28 ballot at their last meeting. If passed by voters, the $53 million bond would replace technical equipment, facilities and vehicles, as well as fund an additional fire station and a new fleet maintenance shop. South King Fire Assistant Chief Ed Plumlee said the board’s reasons for the unanimous decision to put the bond on the ballot was consistent with the feedback they received from the community during town hall meetings — the fire district is in great need of the bond. Board Chair Bill Gates was unavailable for comment. “Our citizens seemed to understand the need to purchase new emergency
response apparatus and cardiac equipment,” Plumlee wrote in an email. “… The only consistent question raised by citizens was the timing of the ballot and getting the message out to voters.” South King Fire first introduced the need for a bond in September 2014 for $45 million. Their initial goal was to have the bond on the February special election ballot, but instead revisited the dollar amount changing the bond to $53 million. After three town hall meetings to gauge community input in February, the fire commissioners approved the bond for the April special election on Feb. 24. The proposed 20-year general obligation bond, as it currently stands, would cost taxpayers, who own a house costing $250,000, $6.50 a month or $78 a year. But the bond measure
State champs Illahee’s Brave Cave welcomes families in need BY ANDREW FICKES For the Mirror
For years, Illahee Middle School in the Federal Way school district has maintained a successful
The Federal Way High School Eagles celebrate following their victory and hold up a trophy during the Class 4A state boys basketball championship at the Tacoma Dome on Saturday. Federal Way cruised past Davis 65-46 in a title game. For more sports coverage, see page 10. DENNIS BOX, For the Mirror
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Christmas time program called Braves Helping Braves, which provides gently used clothing to more than 15 families annually. Starting last summer, Maggie Pierce, a sixth grade science teacher at Illahee, along with a core group of teachers, students and parents,
decided to expand the program and make it year-round. “It’s been community helping community,” Pierce said. On May 31, Pierce and the school’s Builder’s Club repurposed a portable classroom on the sprawling Illahee Middle School grounds into what is now
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called the Illahee Brave Cave Clothing Closet. The Brave Cave had a grand opening last November and since has been open on Wednesdays from 2:30-4 p.m. to families served by the school district in need of clothing and toiletry items. Victoria Furniss, 13, is [ more BRAVE, page 3 ]
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Decatur High School graduate Quincy Henry remembers when he first saw an overpriced CasioRapman-like keyboard at the former PayLess, now Rite Aid, on 21st Avenue Southwest. The then-fourth-grader would play the keyboard while his mom picked up her prescriptions. But one day he saw it was misspriced for $5. He had to have it. “That got me into playing keys,” he said, noting he drew inspiration from his father, mother and brothers but ultimately taught himself how to play. “I overheard my dad play old James Brown [growing up].” Now, at 30 years old, Henry, who goes by the stage name Q Dot, is making waves as he tours across the country promoting his new album “Black Gold.” And he has reason to celebrate after learning his new EP (extended play), also named “Black Gold,” hit the iTunes Hip Hop chart at No. 17 on March 2. “I’ve gotten more out of this release than any other release,” Henry said, adding he’s created about 300 songs. “Black Gold,” the song, is a lyrically heavy piece with Henry rapping and playing piano. The song rips into racism, injustice and AfricanAmerican history but, in spite of it all, Henry affirms, “You are black [ more HIP HOP, page 17 ]
Victoria Furniss, 13, said she personally benefited from the Brave Cave this year when she was given new shoes. ANDREW FICKES, For the Mirror
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preparation for the workforce. “With the recent stories on data security breaches—which are growing in number—it is essential that our students are out here learning how to deal with network intrusions and cyberattacks,” said Dr. Amelia Phillips, Highline Computer Information Systems faculty member and the regional director of the event. Teams from 14 colleges and universities, including Highline College, are scheduled to participate in the annual competition. Each team consists of between six and eight students with a cap of two graduate students on each team. Students from at least two high schools will be on hand
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College students from around the Pacific Northwest will have the chance to practice thwarting hackers during the 8th Annual Pacific Rim Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. Scheduled for March 21–22 at Highline College, the event provides students with real-world challenges while maintaining a corporate network that cannot be replicated in a typical classroom. This type of competitive practice gives students better training and
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Puget Sound’s emergency radio network. “Voters evaluate ballot issues each time they vote so from that perspective this is like any other election,” Plumlee wrote. “South King Fire and Rescue commissioners voted unanimously to place the Firefighter Safety and Emergency Response bond measure on the April 28 ballot with full knowledge that King County’s lid lift might be on the same ballot.” Although Plumlee said many in the fire district agree the emergency radio system needs to be upgraded, there’s concerns a levy lid lift might reduce
to participate in the National Initiative for Cyber Security Education Challenge Project and observe the competition with the hope that the students will be inspired to pursue cybersecurity as a profession. “During the competition, students may be dealing with power outages, network installations or other challenges while being under attack by professional hackers—also known as penetration testers,” said Phillips. The hackers will be trained professionals from government agencies, National Guard, Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command and local industry. Open to two- and four-year colleges
revenue for the fire district due to pro-rationing. However, there’s currently an interlocal agreement in place with the fire district that puts protective measures in place of up to $1 million total for districts affected by prorationing. “The bottom line is the fire district commissioners weren’t included early enough to make any sort of persuasive input to change this to a different funding mechanism,” Plumlee said, noting the levy lid lift needs to only be approved by 50 percent. South King Fire’s bond will need to pass by 60 percent.
and universities in Washington, Oregon and Idaho, the Pacific Rim Competition serves as the regional competition for the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. The Pacific Rim region boasts national status with the University of Washington Seattle winning both the regional and national competitions in 2011 and 2012. Western Washington University won the Pacific Rim Competition in 2014. This year’s national championship is scheduled for April 24–26, 2015, in San Antonio, Texas. This is Highline’s sixth year hosting the regional event.
The department has not run a general obligation bond issue in Federal Way to upgrade equipment, vehicles and stations since 1992, Plumlee said. “Our needs are real, necessary and in some cases overdue,” he said. “Every penny will go directly towards equipment, facilities and apparatus, ensuring we can respond to the emergent needs of our community for many years to come.” The bond is designed to sustain the department’s needs for the next 20 years, but if voters don’t pass it, Plumlee said the board of fire commissioners would need to make some “very
difficult decisions.” “What those decisions would look like is too early to tell,” he said. The fire district serves Federal Way, Des Moines and parts of unincorporated King County, all cities that are expected to increase in population and, therefore, service need in the near future. In just four years, calls for service have increased by 14 percent with 15,500 emergency calls in 2010 to 17,695 in 2014, according to fire officials. For more information on the bond, visit www. southkingfire.org.
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Victoria Furniss, left, Gavino Duenas and younger brother Hernan were part of the Builder’s Club that helped to paint and furnish the interior of the Brave Cave. ANDREW FICKES, For the Mirror
[ BRAVE from page 1] a member of the Builder’s Club and remembers on May 31 bringing in the donations of clean clothes to the Brave Cave and installing the donated furniture. “I enjoy that people who don’t have the value of clothes to wear can come here and get clothes,” Furniss said. She appreciates the value of the Brave Cave on a personal level. “I was one of those people this year,” she said. “I broke a shoe and I was able to come down here and I was provided shoes.” Two brothers, Gavino Duenas, 13, and Hernan Duenas, 11, are members of the Builder’s Club. The two boys moved in furni-
ture and helped paint the interior and exterior walls. “I like to volunteer, because I’m a caring person,” Gavino said. Pierce said there are many businesses, organizations and individuals to thank for the quick mobilization of the Brave Cave. Among them, she thanks local laundromat Lighthouse II for allowing her to wash 41 loads of donated clothing free of charge; Lowe’s for a monetary donation toward new paint on the interior of the room; the Todd Beamer High School Dance Team’s donation of clothing from their rummage sale; the support of the Noon Kiwanis’ Builder’s Club; JK Construction’s donation of stainless steel racks to
hang clothing; and the PTSA’s supply of volunteers to man the Brave Cave. Something unexpected from this new service opportunity was an educational component for Val Patterson’s Functional Core special education class. This school year Patterson has 10 students in her class who learn important life skills. Pierce suggested that Patterson’s students could help in the folding, counting and organizing of donated clothing coming in. Patterson jumped at the opportunity. Clothes that are donated at the front office to the Brave Cave are brought by Patterson’s students to a portable adjacent to the Brave Cave for counting, organizing and folding. When something is in short supply at the Brave Cave, Patterson’s students restock. These basic retail skills retained by Patterson’s students can be applied to future employment in the retail industry. Pierce said donated clothes either to the office or at the Brave Cave between 2:30-4 p.m. on Wednesdays should come washed and gently used. Toiletries are also accepted. Her goal is to allow families served by Federal
Way Public Schools to come to the Brave Cave up to four times a year. Each family member can select up to 15 items per trip, Pierce said. Family members are not required to show identification to qualify.
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Illahee Middle School is located at 36001 1st Ave. S. in Federal Way. For more information about the Brave Cave, call the school at 253-945-4600.
Homemade trade events coming to Federal Way FROM STAFF REPORTS
Residents will soon be able to gather and barter homemade goods with other local creators. The city of Federal Way is hosting a new series of trade/barter events starting on Sunday, March 15, 1-3 p.m., at City Hall, 33325 Eighth Ave. S., Federal Way. Common items to bring to events include baked goods, homegrown produce/herbs, plants/seeds, jams/ jellies, jewelry, soap, honey, eggs, knitted items, artwork or anything homemade. Residents can bring as little or as much as they want, or just come to watch. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/HomemadeTradeFW or call 253-835-2771.
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hen Mirror staff attempted to interview the new Performing Arts and Conference Center executive director last week, we ran into a challenge. As we mentioned in last week’s story, Federal Way city spokesman Chris Carrel initially attempted to facilitate a phone interview between the Mirror and Theresa Yvonne. However, after he insisted to be part of the interview due to city policy, the Mirror declined based on the newspaper’s editorial standards. To be clear, we did not decline the conversation with Yvonne; we declined Carrel’s presence during the interview. Carrel explained to me it is the city’s policy to have a media affairs person present when a reporter speaks with city staff regarding city business. He said his presence in an interview allows him to have a “better appreciation” for the topic at hand and helps him to determine what follow-up information a reporter may need following the interview. When the Mirror challenged this policy — as we have in the past — the issue was avoided on a seemingly political technicality. Mayor Jim Ferrell ultimately decided that Yvonne was still a city of Lancaster employee and turned the matter back over to city officials there. But the issue resurfaced this week. Our staff requested to speak with the city’s finance director, and Carrel asked our staff to send him questions that he would “handle at his level.” When we insisted on speaking with the finance director himself, the city’s spokesman attempted to facilitate an interview but, again, said he or the chief of staff would be present, in accordance with city policy. What our staff experienced is unfortunately becoming all too common between government agencies and media, on a local and national level. The Society of Professional Journalists released the results from two surveys in 2014 about jourCarrie Rodriguez
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Q&A with Mr. Roegner, city criticism to marijuana Mr. Federal Way gets far more entertaining questions than I do, but here are some asked of me along with my answers. The questions are not exactly as I received them, as I deleted the naughty words, because my church pastor sometimes reads the column. Q. Did you agree with the mayor firing the parks consultant? A. Mayor Jim Ferrell did the only thing he could do. But the mayor shouldn’t have been put in that position in the first place since there were questions about the consultant’s presentation last year. Nothing should be put on a public agenda, like the retreat, that has not been vetted for content and accuracy. It was obvious that the financial costs caught everyone in attendance by surprise. More care should have been taken by whichever staff person held the responsibility. Q. Over the years, your column seems to have become more pointed when writing about city politics, is that true?
A. Yes, when I first started the column the city had a council-manager system. The manager was a trained professional and the politics were at the council level. As a result, I focused the readers’ attention more on the council’s dynamics and what was really going on behind the scenes. I still do that, however the switch to the mayor-council form of government brought a more political focus to city government through the mayor. The mayor is a politician and sits in the biggest chair of responsibility in town. As a result, I write more about accountability. The mayor has a lot of staff and money to tell readers what he wants them to know. So more of my job has become raising questions and urging citizens to think for themselves and ask questions of their government, not just accept what they are told at face value. Transparency and civil discourse are essential to a healthy [ more ROEGNER, page 5 ] Bob Roegner
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$12 per hour is right thing to do As a local business owner here in Federal Way I have a strong interest in the economic well-being of our community. The state House just passed a measure to increase the minimum wage to $12 per hour phased in over four years. I believe this is the right thing to do and the proposed implementation is a very reasonable and modest approach. The economic well-being of our community means
employees earning a livablewage. We should strive to make sure our employees are able to live in the communities they work in and enjoy a good quality of life. Thanks to Rep. Carol Gregory for voting in support of the minimum wage increase. I was surprised and disappointed to see Rep. Linda Kochmar’s vote against this measure. Hopefully, we will get the chance to see Sen. Mark Miloscia’s position during this legislative session.
Dan Olmstead, Federal Way
Story sensationalizes PACC director What a lovely welcoming story for the Performing Arts and Conference Center’s first executive director! Who knew the National
Enquirer had moved to Federal Way? Sensationalize first, to get readers interested. Put many important facts at the end of the story. Interview only one uninvolved citizen, known publicly to be against the arts center project, for his opinion. Don’t interview any citizen who is involved, who might know any actual details. The fact the city of Lancaster, where the executive director is from, has had the model to subsidize its performance hall for decades isn’t important. Don’t ask if by chance that model has helped low-income citizens there get reduced cost or free tickets, or if non-profits are allowed to utilize the facility for lower fees. If bringing in special events and performances only happens when the city subsidizes them, but it results in more people vis-
iting the various restaurants and other nearby businesses, that shouldn’t be considered. Just blame the current executive director for the model, and claim she is obviously responsible for the need to subsidize. Don’t check to see how many other performance halls owned by a city are also subsidized. Be sure to save for the last part of the article that 55 new businesses have sprung up around the Lancaster Performing Arts Center since it was built. And emphasize that numbers are all that count. Anything that implies overall city benefits or spurring economic development isn’t worth mentioning. Also apparently unimportant is that out of 39 applicants for the executive director position in Federal Way, she was in the final six, and impressed the two interview panels the most
after they read her detailed application and listened to her responses in the interview sessions. So welcome to Federal Way, Theresa Yvonne. Those of us who actually met and interviewed you have confidence you will do a fantastic job. Many, many of us are here ready to support and assist you.
Joann Piquette, Federal Way
Inflammatory, biased attack on PACC director The headline and article about the newly appointed Performing Arts and Conference Center director Theresa Yvonne is an inflammatory and biased attack on her performance as director of the Performing Arts Center in Lancaster, California. Our community deserves a publication that promotes [ more LETTERS, page 6 ]
March 13, 2015 
Missing Auburn teen used debit card in Federal Way
His debit card was used in Federal Way on Friday and a friend reportedly gave him a ride from Federal Way to the Kent Station Transit Center. There were possible FROM STAFF REPORTS sightings of Laurel on Saturday and The King County Sunday at the Sheriff ’s Office Crossroads Mall in is searching for a Bellevue. missing 19-yearHe frequents old, who was last Gregory Laurel gaming stores, seen at his home primarily Gamenear Auburn last Stop locations. He Friday morning and he may may be going to libraries be headed to the Seattle or for computer access, police Bellevue areas. said. Gregory Laurel has a If you have contact with medical condition requirLaurel, contact Jan Gregory ing medication and was last at 206-263-2068 or 911/ seen wearing a red T-shirt Communications at 206and dark jeans. 296-3311.
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political environment. As you may have noticed, not everyone at City Hall, or their supporters, like questions. Q. What do you think the mayor and council should do about marijuana? A. I voted against it and was disappointed it passed. However, we have elections for a reason. It was passed by the voters of our state and it passed among constituents here locally. The mayor should come out strongly in favor of implementing the voters’ will and the council should pass the legislation to allow marijuana to be sold in town. Q. Why were you critical of the mayor and council on supporting the day shelter — didn’t they say they were for it? A. Yes, they did. However, their actions suggest some of them see
the issue as a low priority. It isn’t and shouldn’t be. Spending $8 million of local tax money to purchase the former Target building and then asking the state Legislature for money to fund the day shelter rather than step up with city money isn’t a subtle gesture. It’s a message. Q. In your column, you frequently use unnamed sources. The city has been critical of you for that. Why do you do that? A. Because all politicians, many staff and even some citizens, will be much more candid and open when they know they won’t be quoted in the newspaper. Of course City Hall, and a lot of other people, want to know who my sources are. Not tellin!
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Q&A with Mr. FW: Pickleball fall and media control Q
: Mr. Federal Way, I read in the most recent issue of the Mirror (front page) that the city settled to pay $125,000 to a woman who fell at the city-owned Federal Way Community Center. Really? I don’t buy it that a slip could cause an injury worth that much. What do you think about the incident and the fact the city had to pay taxpayers’ money to this woman? A: Mr. Federal Way was originally taken aback by the $69,000 price tag for a broken hip. Then Mr. Federal Way looked at a bill from a recent simple check-up and was thankful for insurance and the fact that no bones have been broken recently. But then again, if they had been broken in the right location, maybe Mr. Federal Way could have taken a couple years away from work. Mr. Federal Way believes that until the majority of the lawsuits such as this one go unrewarded, you will continue to see people suing cities and corporations for
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nalists’ experience with obtaining public information. The surveys documented reporters’ perceptions about whether government press offices interfered with reporting. The vast majority of the 4,000 reporters who took
absurd amounts of money. As it stands, it is hard for Mr. Federal Way to fault anyone for looking to a payday at the expense of taxpayers. The city should be commended for clearing the employee who may or may not have properly maintained the pickleball court. There’s no reason why they shouldn’t have a “sticky spot” on their record for not cleaning a court of a sport created in this very state. The city also found a way to pay only 28 percent of the original amount they were being sued for. They have shown they like to spend money recently, so spending less is a bit of a surprise to Mr. Federal Way. Perhaps they could find a way to do the same for a few other expensive projects they have around the city? It’s only a suggestion. Lawsuits like this always make Mr. Federal Way wonder just what the price of emotional and economic distress really is? If Sabrina Martin could pay for her medical
the survey said the amount of control is increasing and they see it as only getting worse. Journalists agreed that public information officers’ current level of media control is an impediment to providing information to the public.
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bills and still have $56,000 left over, how much could Mr. Federal Way get if a coffee is too cold from Starbucks? Now that Mr. Federal Way thinks about it, Mr. Federal Way’s paychecks seem to cause both types of distress. Maybe it is time to have a talk with the boss. Q: Mr. Federal Way, I am shocked and disappointed that the Mirror printed a front cover story about the city’s new Performing Arts and Conference Center director. Why do you think the editor and publisher thought it was OK to publish such a biased report? A: Mr. Federal Way attempted to interview Editor Carrie Rodriguez but Publisher Rudi Alcott wouldn’t allow an interview without his presence. Rodriguez seemed OK with this but, who knows, maybe deep down inside she was annoyed
As a journalist who has worked in five cities throughout my career, I have encountered several agencies — including the cities of Kirkland, Bellevue and Bothell — who did not require a public information officer present during interviews. But this issue goes beyond mere inconveniences for journalists. More and more, agencies are attempting to control what information the public receives and how the media gathers that information. The Mirror’s paramount duty is to provide as much information as we can to our readers, so that you may make informed decisions. When an agency tries to manage the message, control what information we disseminate or how we receive that information, it threatens the very core of democracy. People need as much
that her boss was listening in on our conversation. Nevertheless, Mr. Federal Way asked the editor and publisher of this newspaper, “What gives?” Mr. Federal Way thought the report seemed fair but why not ask the newspaper Gods themselves. Turns out that Mirror staff pulled numbers straight from city of Lancaster documents. And Mirror staff also spoke with Lancaster’s city manager — the only city of Lancaster employee, frankly, that would return any of their calls. Staff also hit a roadblock when they tried to interview the new executive director. City of Federal Way staff said, and Mr. Federal Way paraphrases this, you may interview her but only under our terms. Mr. Federal Way has heard city officials throw around the word
information as possible to be free and self-governing — whether it’s the city’s hiring decision of a new executive director or a basic expenditure. With a media affairs person present during an interview, government officials may be less inclined to speak freely with journalists. While the level of inhibition is impossible to measure, reporters learn early on through journalism training that the most effective interview is one between the reporter and the interviewee. While Federal Way’s media policy is unwritten, it is an approach city officials have followed for years, according to previous Mirror staff. We need more direct — and unfettered — access to our government officials. We need to be able to pick up the phone, call city staff directly when we have a
“transparency.” Perhaps the city’s understanding of transparency is not as clear as the word’s definition? Mr. Federal Way thinks that several people missed the point of the article. The objective was to show that people around town are whispering, talking and asking questions about the city’s hiring decision. The Mirror was not conjuring up some ghost that doesn’t exist, although, that would be a fun act to see at the new Performing Arts and Conference Center. The point is, the new executive director managed a struggling facility in Lancaster and its funding model is completely different from Federal Way’s. It may be possible to successfully run the Performing Arts and Conference Center but Mr. Federal Way thinks it will be challenging. Q: Mr. Federal Way, were you nominated for any categories in the Mirror’s Best of Federal Way? A: None of your business.
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question, without any strings attached and without seeking permission to do so. The Seattle City Council has an Open Government Committee in which city leaders and others discuss how to improve communication between the city and its constituents. This may be a good model for Federal Way to follow. As we move into Sunshine Week that begins on March 15 — an annual nationwide celebration of access to public information — I urge Federal Way officials to reconsider their approach to the media in an effort to increase their transparency and gain the community’s trust. Moreover, this isn’t a battle between the media and government. It’s about the information the public receives to self-govern. That information belongs to you.
[ LETTERS from page 4] ethical and responsible journalism.
Betty Huff, Federal Way
Mirror’s headline raises concerns The Mirror’s recent front page headline was: “New Federal Way PACC director’s history raises concerns.” According to the Mirror, the California performing arts center managed by our new director is described as “wildly successful.” And, according to the Mirror, their town, because of it “redid the entire boulevard and it’s brought in 55 new businesses and 9001,000 jobs.” Sounds like the headline should have been, “It’s brought in 55 new businesses and 900-1,000 jobs!”
Margaret Nelson, Federal Way
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P.K. Thumbi announces run for Federal Way City Council serve is based on the belief that “America remains the most powerful and exceptional nation ever devised in human history and that it is the only nation on earth that any person, irrespective of their origin or humble beginnings, can rise and achieve the highest echelons of their dreams.” An immigrant from Kenya, Thumbi stated his agenda is based on the economic vitality for the city, public safety and community engagement with council government. Some of the ways he would do this is by implementing more measures and policies to attract business to Federal Way, put more of an emphasis on community policing and he will seek to improve communication between the public and its government by establishing “cafes and town hall sessions with residents in their specifics, such as on age, gender and cultural differences, to encourage more discussions on city projects and programs with respect to residents’ needs and wishes.” Thumbi said he will continue to support parks maintenance if he becomes a councilman and promote the continued development of Town Square Park but ensure
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.K. (Paul Kirehu) Thumbi recently announced he will run for Federal Way City Council Position 7, the seat currently occupied by Councilwoman Dini Duclos. “[Duclos] is a very fine Councilwoman but we need some new leadership,” Thumbi said in a phone interview. “She’s been here two terms and I think it’s time for some new leadership, for a new approach.” Thumbi, 35, serves on the city’s Arts Commission and Parks and Recreation Commission and applied to be appointed to the vacant Council seat, Position 1, in early 2014 but the seat was filled by his good friend Lydia AssefaDawson. “I’m a young committed Federal Way resident who is now seeking to provide community service in this level of our city government,” Thumbi said in a news release. “It is a nonpartisan office and I intend to run a nonpartisan race, based on my history as a person, as well as history in community service in this great city of Federal Way.” Thumbi said his desire to
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record of political involveCongress as a third party ment, including chalcandidate. As lenging Sherril Huff chairman of the for director of Elecnewly found tions in King County Revived Citizens in 2011, garnering 22 Party — which percent of the vote, is an offshoot according to his press of the original release. Citizens Party that Mark Greene Last year, he also was founded in challenged and 1979 by the late lost to Congressenvironmentalman Adam Smith for U.S. ist Barry Commoner —
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in 2014. Executive Council’s work led KeHe’s an active member of the nya to attain new people to drive Federal Way Kiwanis group, the constitutional order in August Federal Way Lions 2010, he said. Club and has been Thumbi immigrated involved with the to the United States in Federal Way City ViJune 2012 and eventualsion initiative. ly settled in Federal Way Thumbi was after joining and being born in Kenya to a honorably discharged low-income, small from the U.S. Army in Christian family. He September 2012. grew up in a family “My active involvecommunity and atment in community P.K. Thumbi tended local schools service made me learn but lived in hardship, so much about our he said. beautiful and great “Living through these critical Federal Way community by meetinstitutions taught me so much ing so many people — many now and most importantly, to believe good friends — and [I’ve been and always live through the valinvolved] in so many community ues of faith, family, freedom and initiatives, through numerous hard work,” he said. and very active local groups and After high school, Thumbi initiatives,” he said. learned about public policy, Thumbi is active in his human rights and governance Christian faith and attends the initiatives in college and was Trinity Tree of Life Church. He trained in journalism and public is currently pursuing a bachelor’s relations. He worked with the degree in theology at the Tacoma National Convention Executive branch campus of the United Council, an organization in KeTheological Seminary and Bible nya, and worked towards “public College. mobilization and education on So far, Miloscia has supported constitutional reform issues” and his campaign, as well as a number process that had started in early of other community members, 1990s. The National Convention Thumbi said.
Greene announces run for council, position 1 Mark Greene announced this week he is switching his bid for state representative and will instead run for the Federal Way City Council, Position 1. Greene will challenge incumbent Lydia AssefaDawson for her seat, as well as Anthony Murrietta. Greene has a long-time
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public money is spent wisely and on priority phases. He also believes the city should join a partnership with other cities in the region to build the homeless day shelter. “This project brings out the caring nature of our people — for the vulnerable amongst us, and I will seek to pursue on the noble project as a City Council member,” he said. And as a former skeptic of the Performing Arts and Conference Center, Thumbi said he will oversee funds for the project’s construction and beyond. “My concerns with the project were solely on economic affordability of it in relation to its returns after completion,” he said. “Since its economic viability has been professionally resolved, I seek to provide oversight in its building and subsequent operation, in ensuring [the] project doesn’t end up operating on our city residents’ backs — economically, thus messing up our future generations.” Thumbi has volunteered in political campaigns for Rep. Linda Kochmar, R-Federal Way, in 2012, Diana Noble-Gulliford in 2013 and Kochmar and Sen. Mark Miloscia, R-Federal Way,
MEET THE FINAL CANDIDATES FOR FWPS SUPERINTENDENT Students, staff, parents, and community members are invited to meet the finalists.
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Greene said he is committed to ensuring the political system has “full and credible choices” outside of the Republican Party and Democratic Party twoparty format. He said that format is “set up by custom, not the Constitution, which doesn’t refer to a two-party system but opens the system to many parties.” [ more GREENE, page 9 ]
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FROM STAFF REPORTS
The search for the district’s next permanent superintendent is down to four candidates. On a March 7 meeting in executive session, the Federal Way Public Schools Board of Directors reviewed 11 applications for the position, and reduced the pool to four semifinalists based on criteria developed during the last three months. Using input from telephone and online surveys, public meetings and advisory committee input, the board and search firm worked together to establish screening characteristics, interview questions and the selection process. The characteristics and qualities identified include instructional leadership, administrative capacities and communication skills, as well as specific issues relating to the strengths and challenges of the district. The search firm, Ray and Associates, connected with 266 individuals from 41 states regarding the vacancy. Of these, 41 completed applications were received by Feb. 25, the deadline. Ray and Associates recommended 11 applicants from the pool of 41, based on the board’s criteria. Those 11 applicants included six individuals from Washington state, and others from Michigan, Georgia, Minnesota, Texas and
Wisconsin. The search firm also conducted a thorough investigation of the top 11 applicants — contacting references, state officials, other school administrators, and individuals who know the applicant. The four semifinalists have been invited to interview with the board on March 17, also in executive session. Following that interview, the board will again reduce the pool to either two or three finalists. The finalists will return to the district to interview on March 25 and 26, with two community forums scheduled for the public. For more information on the search process, and updated information on the community forum schedule, visit the superintendent search page at http://www. fwps.org/blog/super-fourcandidates/.
Ericka Pegues, TAF Academy senior and young scientist, at home in the lab. Courtesy of Chris B. Bennett of The Seattle Medium
While attending to her studies as a high school senior at TAF Academy, Ericka Pegues balances an internship at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, all the while inventing a new delivery mechanism for cancer medicine, and co-authoring scientific journal articles. Pegues now has another achievement to be excited about: engaging underserved communities in the U.S. Bone Marrow Donor Registry. Pegues was interested in
this topic after she found that individuals of mixedrace or African-American descent have a far smaller chance of finding a match in the registry compared to an individual of European descent. Their likelihood of finding a match is 70 percent, as opposed to an African-American person, who has only a 20 percent chance of finding a donor match. Pegues’s own mixed ethnic background prompted the decision to get involved in this work. She plans to engage community members in events that raise awareness about the donor shortage. Her goal is to register 100 new potential donors by this spring. The young scientist’s accomplishments have recently been recognized by Interim Superintendent Sally McLean at the annual State of the Schools event hosted by the Chamber of Commerce in January. Pegues also presented her work with the donor registry at a recent Board of Education meeting. If you are interested in
as storm water drainage and sewer systems, water resources, roads and bridges are kept up to par, and that budgeting concerns prioritize basic city responsibilities, including
public safety, health, provisions for persons without homes, and infrastructure repairs and upgrades, as our most important city obligations,” he wrote in his press release.
Student raises awareness of bone marrow donor disparities FROM STAFF REPORTS
learning more about the donor registry, or becoming a donor yourself, Pegues recommends visiting www. bethematch.org. Registering requires only a cheek swab.
South King Fire’s assistant chief Olson hired as new chief in Colorado FROM STAFF REPORTS
The city of Thornton hired South King Fire and Rescue’s Gordon “Gordie” Olson as its new fire chief on March 5. Thornton City Manager Jack Ethredge made the appointment final to bring Olson from Federal Way to Thornton, according to a city of Thornton news release. Olson has served the
South King Fire district and their ability to prepare for 29 years, where he will themselves to lead,” Church retire as the assistant chief said. “Gordie is ready to of operations. He has been accept the challenge to lead in firefighting since 1983, the Thornton Fire Departspending three years as a ment, much as Jerry was firefighter for the city of ready to lead East Pierce Buckley Fire Department Fire. I applaud Gordie’s before coming to Federal efforts over the years to Way. educate and develop him“I am excited for the self to get into the position opportunity to work for a of being named the formal well-positioned city and leader at Thornton. I have a young, enerthe utmost faith in getic and talented his character and department,” abilities, and know he Olson wrote in the will do a great job.” news release. “I Church added Olwas struck by the son’s retirement from amount of pride South King Fire will they have in themprovide new opporGordon Olson selves and the job tunities for district they do. They are staff, “of which I have focused on building future no doubt they will rise to leaders from within and I the challenges of leadership find that very appealing for as well.” this position.” Ethredge said the city City officials expect did an extensive search to Olson to come to Thornton find the right person for soon to find a home in the the chief position and he is area. His first day of work is “confident Gordon brings April 30. the right mix of fire and “My wife and I are truly emergency operations leadlooking forward to being ership to continue the tradipart of the Thornton comtion of excellent service in munity for years to come,” Thornton,” according to Olson added. the press release. “Gordon South King Fire and is coming to a departRescue Chief Allen Church ment that has a great deal said the district will miss of talented and dedicated Olson as he moves on to people and I am certain new challenges. they will work together to “However, much like move Thornton’s fire and when Jerry Thorson left emergency medical services our department as a deputy in the right direction as our chief to become the chief of city continues to grow.” East Pierce Fire and Rescue For more information, six years ago, I am very visit www.cityofthornton. proud of every member of net. our administrative team Reach
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Greene, who has lived in Federal Way for five non-consecutive years, is a legal assistant and chairman of Democracy in Election Process, which is a civic-minded organization dedicated to helping citizens with civic affairs, legal matters, election processes, including voter registration and maneuvering governmental bureaucracy. This organization and the general Revived Citizens Party apparatus has helped to register around 1,000 voters in Washington state in the last 10 years, Greene said. Greene was the sponsor of last year’s Initiative 1338, which attempted to label genetically modified foods. Regarding local issues, Greene is an advocate for “making sure that our basic infrastructure needs, such
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Edward Arthur Nitsche was called home by his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 5, 2015 by a COPD related heart attack. Born June 29, 1927 in Seattle to Arthur and Lydia (Swanson) Nitsche, he retired from the US Post Office in 1982. Ed was a member of the Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in SeaTac, a longtime member of the Federal Employees Credit Union board, and a permanent resident of the south end since 1952. He and Dolores recently celebrated their 70th Wedding anniversary. Edward was known for his reliable steadfastness, humor and humility. He enjoyed being with his family. Survivors include wife, Dolores, daughters Brenda Isbell, Susan Slate Scharnikow (Mark), and son, Edward Jr.; grandchildren, Nikki Mulligan (Jim) and Tina Saastad (Peter); great-grandchildren Angela Capron (Blake), Tyler, and Danny Dobbs, and Canyon Cardinal; great-great-granddaughter Mia Capron. Edward was preceded in death by granddaughter Alexis Cardinal. A memorial will be held on March 21st at 3:00 pm at King of King’s Lutheran Church in Renton.
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TJ PLAYER REACHES FINALS IN BASKETBALL COMPETITION
Will Osborn, a senior basketball player at Thomas Jefferson High School, was recently nominated for the American Family Insurance High School Slam Men’s 3-Point competition. The competition is for the best high school three-point shooters across the nation and winners of each round are determined by fan votes. The winner will take part in the high school three-point competition in Indianapolis, Indiana during the NCAA Final Four weekend. Osborn has reached the finals of the competition after a late comeback win in the semifinals. The voting period for the final round ends on Wednesday, March 18 at 10 a.m. Voting can be done on the Men’s 3-Point section of highschoolslam.com.
SEASON-OPENING MATCH FEATURES 3 LOCAL PLAYERS
Sunday’s season-opening match between the Seattle Sounders and the New England Revolution featured three players from Federal Way. Lamar Neagle, a winger for Seattle, attended Thomas Jefferson High School. New England starting midfielder, Kelyn Rowe, attended Federal Way High School. Sean Okoli, a forward for New England who was traded to them from Seattle this offseason, attended Todd Beamer High School. All three players were on the field at the same time after Okoli was subbed into the game in the second half. Contact and sports submissions: Terrence Hill email@example.com or 253-925-5565 ext. 5054
Federal Way Eagles boys basketball state champs BY DENNIS BOX For The Mirror
he Federal Way Eagles began a journey in December and finished by hoisting the Class 4A state boys basketball championship trophy at the Tacoma Dome Saturday. Federal Way cruised past Davis 65-46 in a title game that ended a few minutes before midnight. Despite the late start — due to the 4A girls title game going into double overtime — the boys executed a near flawless game plan designed by coach Jerome Collins, beginning with defense. “I thought the kids really stepped forward and executed,” Collins said. “We changed up our pressures. We have eight or nine or 10 pressures and we kept changing them. I thought we confused them.” Offensively, the Eagles kicked into high gear in the second half, shooting 52 percent after hitting 11-30 for 36.7 percent in the first half. “I thought it took the second half to really settle down,” Collins said. “We came out and ran some good offensive sets. We got some easy quick baskets, some backdoors and misdirections and I thought that was the difference. We gained momentum of that.” Senior Viont’e Daniels handled the ball well when working the point and scored eight points,
added five assists and pulled down six rebounds. “My teammates stepped up big time,” Daniels said. “I am never going to forget this the rest of my life. Good group of guys, good group of coaches.” Junior guard D’Jimon Jones said, “We went out there and knocked down threes and when they stepped up on us we passed it in to the big men.” Jones and Ferron Flavors each went 3-for-5 from 3-point range. Jones scored 12 points with three boards and two assists. Flavors hit for 11 with four boards and two assists. Jalen McDaniels, the Eagles’ 6-foot 9-inch junior center, dominated the paint and lead all scoring with 16 points, hitting 61 percent from the field. He grabbed eight rebounds, three on the offensive end, and added three assists. Junior Christian Jones scored 12, hitting 80 percent of his field goals and went 4-5 at the line. He was the leading rebounder with 13, four on the offensive end. Center Timoney Buckley, a junior, scored two with three boards and two assists. Collins credited the team’s success to the work the boys put in both during and after the season. “Shooters are not born, shooters are made,” Collins said. “The kids really bought into the program. We shoot a minimum of 700 (shots) a day. You do
Federal Way High School Eagles forward Christian Jones dribbles up court at the Washington Interscholastic Association state championships on March 7. DENNIS BOX, For the Mirror it enough and it becomes second nature.” Collins led the Eagles to a state title in 2009. He said this title was even more fulfilling than 2009 because of the challenges the team faced, including an injury to Malik Montoya, a leading scorer the previous two seasons, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, ending his season. “Not to take anything away from what was accomplished then, but with Malik going down the way he did, a week before the season, we had total buy in and they dedicated the season to Malik,” Collins said. “Complete journey, and that’s what it is was.” The Eagles opened the
tournament March 5 with a 74-63 win over Moses Lake sending the team into the semifinals. Federal Way faced Union March 6 at the Dome, which was the closest game. Federal Way won 61-58. The Eagles jumped out to a 14-4 lead in the first quarter, but Union made adjustments and in the second half the game became a dogfight. Collins said because of foul trouble the boys had to back off on the defensive pressure and Union began double teaming Daniels, causing turnovers. Union tied the game in the fourth period and it became a battle to the
wire. Jones said Union matched up well with the Eagles, making for a very competitive game. In the end Jalen McDaniels helped seal the win for the Eagles with three late game rebounds. “I thought Jalen was really big on the glass,” Collins said. “He got into foul trouble and we had to make some adjustments. Timoney came in and did a good job. Then Ferron picked up his fourth and we had to sit him. D’Jimon Jones gave us good minutes…. It came down to who wanted it the most. I’m so happy and proud for what they have accomplished this year.”
Todd Beamer girls basketball take home bronze at state game was the Titans shot 28.6 percent in the first half and 50 percent in the The Todd Beamer Titans second. took the bronze at the Junior Quinessa Caylao4A state girls basketball Do lead all the scoring championship Saturday at with 18 and four rebounds. the Tacoma Dome. Nia Alexander, also The girls clinched a junior, hit for third beating Moses 17 with three LOCAL Lake 45-42. boards. The Titans started In the semifinal the tournament with game the Titans a late evening game battled the two-time March 5 beating Walla state champions Gonzaga Walla 55-48. Prep to the final ticks of The Titans went down the game clock, losing 41early against the Blue 39 on a three-point shot Devils with the first frame from the top of the key by ending with Walla Walla Laura Stockton, daughter up 18-8. of NBA Utah Jazz star In the second quarter John Stockton. Beamer began establishBeamer lead the ing its game and outscored Bullpups for nearly the Walla Walla 13-7. entire game. The difference in the The Titans came out hot, BY DENNIS BOX
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scoring 12 in the first to 5 for Prep. Caylao-Do scored 11 in the first half. The game tightened in the second and with 1 minute, 22 seconds remaining for a ticket to the title game, Beamer took the lead 39-37 on an Alexander two-point shot. Gonzaga hit a foul shot to close within one. On the next Gonzaga possession the Titans forced Prep into a shotclock violation. Beamer turned the ball over on its next possession giving Prep one last look at the basket with under 8 seconds to play. The Titans 19-0 game win streak ended in the semifinal game.
Gonzaga Prep player guards against Todd Beamer guard Nia Alexander at the girls 4A semi-finals on March 6. DENNIS BOX, For the Mirror
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Convicted sex offender suspected of taking photos of women in bathroom in the 34500 block of Ninth Ave. S., St. Francis Hospital staff reported unknown suspects had stolen three nitrous oxide tanks from an outside gated and locked area at the hospital. Felon takes pictures of women in bathroom: At 9 p.m. on March 6 in the 1800 block of S. 320th St., police were called to the Old Country Buffet on reports
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The following is a sample from the Federal Way police log: Man jumped by three others: At 1:53 a.m. on March 8 in the 1800 block of SW 347th Place, a 25-year-old man was assaulted by three unknown males while walking to his friend’s house. The victim stated he lost consciousness during the attack and had a knife to his neck before the assailants fled. Schizophrenic man committed: At 5:40 a.m. on March 8 in the 2900 block of SW 323rd St., a man was involuntarily committed after police discovered he set off his mother’s house alarm. The police report states he suffers from schizophrenia and is on meth. Due to his “sporadic behavior” and his inability to answer simple questions, police determined he was a danger to himself, nor could he care for himself. The man was later taken to St. Francis Hospital. Police hear gunshots: At 5:29 a.m. on March 8 in the 2400 block of S. Star Lake Road, police responded to the sound of gunshots near an apartment complex. The police report states the shots were 15 seconds apart. Sounding like they came from the Riverstone Apartments, they conducted a search but were unable to locate any guns, shell casings or victims. One reporting party had also called 911 after hearing the shots. Intoxicated woman committed: At 9:56 a.m. on March 8 in the 27900 block of Pacific Highway S., a citizen discovered a female passed out, face down in her own vomit. She appeared under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The police report states she passed out multiple times and urinated on herself. She was later involuntarily committed. Mother finds son’s body: At 10:19 a.m. on March 8 in the 30000 block of 24th Ave. SW, an 89-yearold mother found her 52-year-old son downstairs, deceased next to a partially unfinished suicide note near several empty prescription bottles. The note said some hurtful words and he thinks he’s a failure. The medical examiner was notified and responded to the scene. Mail stolen from apartment complex: At 2 p.m. on March 8 in the 900 block of SW Campus Drive, a manager of Glen Park Apartments reported sometime over night the locks on four large multi-unit mailboxes in the complex were damaged and someone had gained access to tenants’ mail. A postal employee responded and attempted to secure the mail. Children witness deadly dog attack: At 12:45 p.m. on March 8 in the 2800 block of S. 288th St., two children witnessed a large dog attack a small dog at the bus stop near the entrance to Camelot Square. One of the children contacted an officer and brought him over to his sister who sat there, covered in blood, crying. The small dog was wrapped in a sweater on her lap as she told police it died. The girl said the dog who attacked the other dog was a large white dog with brown spots
outside of his residence banging on the door and threatening to damage his vehicle. Officers noted red marks on the victim’s neck. The woman told police she had been a victim of domestic violence throughout their five-year relationship but she declined to provide a written statement for this assault. Nitrous oxide stolen from hospital: At 6:59 a.m. on March 6
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and ran across 288th Street. The children said the big dog shook the little dog and then tossed it into the air. People in cars honked, yelled and stopped their vehicles. The girl said a man in his 20s came out of his residence, scolded the big dog and took it into his home. The children tried to take the small dog to Crestwood Vet but it was closed and the dog looked to already be deceased. The owner of the dog called to let police know they take full responsibility for the incident as it was out of character for the dog and her son was watching it at the time. Son breaks into dad’s car: At 3:38 p.m. on March 8 in the 30100 block of Third Place SW, a woman called 911 to report her grandson had broken the window out of her son’s car and was sleeping in it. Her grandson was gone prior to police arrival and her son was unavailable for contact to complete the police report. Daughter finds father’s body: At 3:52 p.m. on March 8 in the 32500 block of 41st Ave. SW, police arrived to the scene of a deceased person. A 19-year-old woman discovered her father unconscious and had vomited on himself. Police discovered a suicide note near an empty bottle of painkillers and half consumed bottle of alcohol. There was also “easy listening” music being played over his sound system at a “louder than average volume level,” and he was wearing a suit and tie, according to the police report. The note read he believed it was his time to go because he was “tired, sore and just done.” He said his greatest accomplishment was seeing his children to adulthood and asked his grandmother to take care of his dog. Woman slashes man’s tires: At 6:36 p.m. on March 8 in the 36000 block of 14th Ave. SW, a woman was arrested for slashing a male’s truck tires with a kitchen knife. The two were involved in an argument and the man left his home. He returned a half hour later to gather his belongings and noticed his vehicle was damaged. Man causes ruckus at transit center: At 1:05 a.m. on March 7 in the 31600 block of 23rd Ave. S., a man was arrested at the transit center because he was intoxicated and was causing a disturbance by urinating, flipping over trash cans and knocking things out of random passersby’s hands. He was detained and put in SCORE jail for unlawful conduct and urinating in public. Suspect asks for drugs in parking lot: At 5:12 p.m. on March 7 in the 2200 block of S 320th St., police received a radio call of a suspicious person in a vehicle asking people for drugs in the mall parking lot. Police conducted a traffic stop on the suspect and discovered he or she had a warrant for driving with a suspended license. But the suspect fled and couldn’t be located. Police find heroin on man: At 6:25 p.m. on March 7 in the 2100 block of S. Commons, a man was arrested for attempting to steal clothes at Kohl’s. He admitted to stealing socks from Zumiez and wearing unpaid Kohl’s clothes under his clothing. Police discovered he also had a felony Department of Corrections warrant for $7,600 and a $5,100 warrant for posses-
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Organizations step up to house, staff homeless day shelter Homeless advocates question city’s process, sense of urgency BY CARRIE RODRIGUEZ firstname.lastname@example.org
s plans come together for a potential new day shelter in Federal Way, some community partners have stepped up to house and staff the shelter. The biggest initial challenge will be finding a building. Greg Sigrist, a clinical manager for housing services at Valley Cities in Federal Way, said the organization’s lease at its current location will soon expire. Valley Cities CEO Ken Taylor “has been very serious” about finding a building in Federal Way to purchase and has committed to finding a space big enough to house both Valley Cities and the day shelter, Sigrist said. “So that puts right there a lot of services [together] — mental health, substance abuse, we have a very strong veterans’ program,” Sigrist said. “So it’s going to be an outstanding partnership. This is going to be a very good thing for Federal Way. I was really pleased to hear
that Ken Taylor has made this commitment.” In addition, Catholic Community Services, which runs the Reach Out organization in Federal Way, has expressed interest in staffing the shelter, said Rev. Dr. James Kabal-Komoto, minister of Saltwater Church in Des Moines and a member of Sound Alliance. Sound Alliance — a faith, labor, education and community nonprofit in King and Pierce counties — and other local organizations, including Reach Out, have been speaking about a homeless day shelter in Federal Way for years. But the organizations gathered momentum for a day shelter when they hosted an assembly last November, when approximately 250 people convened at St. Vincent de Paul Parish to speak out about the need for a shelter. During the event, Mayor Jim Ferrell also announced his commitment to work with the group and help them find an appropriate site. The day shelter will
provide a place for homeless and low-income people to bathe, wash their laundry and connect with other human services providers. Sound Alliance estimates the proposed day shelter would cost approximately $174,000 per year to operate, not including lease expenses or start-up costs. Initial plans for the shelter call for two bathrooms for men, two for women, four showers, a kitchen, an open area with space for computers, a laundry area with three washing machines and four dryers and offices where staff can provide case management. Jackie Blair, a member of the Federal Way Community Caregiving Network who coordinates meals at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Saturdays, frequently works with those in need. “They need to have a place where they can take showers — there’s no place in our area where they can take showers and quite often I can smell the campfires on them, as well as other things,” Blair said. “There’s no place where they can wash their clothes for a decent rate because even if
you go to the laundromat, it costs a lot of money to use those machines.” Blair said in the past year, the Caregiving Network has twice offered laundry services to homeless and low-income people. The organization paid for their laundry services at a Dash Point laundromat and provided detergent and other cleaning supplies. “There’s been a few homeless people that bring their sleeping bags in, but most of the people who come in come in with mountains of clothing that need to be washed that they haven’t been able to wash for the last six months because they can’t afford it,” Blair said. “The people that need something like this find it’s easier to go out and get used clean clothing some place than to wash what they have.” Kabal-Komoto said it’s crucial that people have access to these types of services that will help them find and maintain a job, get help for underlying issues, such as mental health services and to feel a sense of dignity. “There’s so much shame,” he noted. “There’s some
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Despite some progress, several homeless advocates believe the process of establishing a day shelter in Federal Way is still struggling in a mire of bureaucracy. Ferrell said a day shelter can’t happen overnight. “There’s a brick and mortar phase but I think we’re in a very preliminary process,” Ferrell said during a phone interview. “It’s important to be talking about operations but I think we’re putting the cart before the horse. We need informational pieces.” Ferrell said the city is already pursuing state funding for the project and will continue to seek “as many partners as it will take.” But as far as city funding, “ultimately, this is a work in progress,” he said. Any city funding for the day shelter “needs to get run through the Human Services Commission. We have dedicated volunteers to make sure we go through
this process. I don’t think it’s appropriate to bypass the Human Services Commission — that is something I need them to weigh in on.” He also said the shelter is not just a one-time expenditure and he wants to ensure the Human Services Commission weighs this need with other human services needs in the city. “I’ve met with [Sound Alliance] several times,” Ferrell noted. “I asked did you apply for human services funding, they made the decision not to seek that funding at that time. I remain concerned about bypassing that entire process.” Ferrell added the city already does a “tremendous amount” for those in need in Federal Way. Chief of Staff Brian Wilson presented the city’s data for human services per capita spending during the March 3 council meeting to highlight the city’s continued commitment to funding these services. In 2014, the city spent nearly $765,000 on human services, including over $97,000 of community development block grants. The city’s expense per capita was $8.48 per citizen. This year, [ more SHELTER, page 15 ]
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the city spent over $1 million on human services, including $221,000 to keep the Public Health Clinic open. That equals $11.14 per citizen. During the meeting, council members addressed their concerns regarding the city’s process to help the group establish a day shelter. Councilwoman Kelly Maloney asked Wilson whether the city has explored how homeless people access services and barriers from going from one area to another for services. Wilson said the city has a lot of data available and that will be part of the analysis as the city moves forward. However, he said, “We want to make sure that we don’t have analysis paralysis, that we really want to get to some action stage.” Wilson said the city seeks to enhance the human services that are available here “but also recognizes that we’re dealing with a regional issue and looking for solutions in that regard as well.” Ferrell emphasized that while words are not enough, this discussion is also about process. “When talking about a
public project, we need to ensure the process is in place,” he said during an interview. Councilman Martin Moore asked whether the city has any plans to establish benchmarks for the shelter project. “I do not have a timeline established,” Wilson said. “This is going to be an iterative process and the identification of partners and timing is going to be critical to how to meet those services. I would anticipate having some interim type services that we work towards, that we have a permanent solution that we’re working towards and assessing the partnerships …” Sound Alliance members and some council members have also expressed concern about the city’s desire to address the homeless issue on a regional scale. “I would also like a definition of the region,” said Councilwoman Susan Honda. “Are we talking Pierce County and King County because Federal Way is so close to Pierce — there’s a really great day shelter in Tacoma — but I do believe our homeless population might have an issue with traveling back and forth because it is pretty expensive to get on
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gold” to the unsung heroes. Although he said people may immediately think “Black Gold” is about a “racial thing,” it’s ultimately about people understanding the true value of themselves and the people around them. “We’re all rare and valuable — like black gold — but with the recent issues of police brutality, especially against young men of color and the backlash and violence that accompanied it, with the gender bias in our workplaces, with the socioeconomic disparity that separates many of us from one another, I wanted to make a statement that Decatur High School graduate Quincy Henry plays the keyboard during a recent concert. The Hip Hop artist, even through all of these known as Q Dot, made the iTunes Hip Hop chart recently. Contributed photo obstacles we all still shine and we all have something for social issues and disBetween 2010-2011, his life. to contribute.” enfranchised groups who Henry found himself nomi“Nobody had asked me Statements such as, were ignored by the rest nated for a Grammy. Althat before,” Henry recalled. “Shout out to Jimi Hendrix, of the country and that’s though he attributes it to an “He said I needed to create Charles and Quincy Jones, been missing,” he said. “So “odd year for the Grammys” my break.” and all the black gold that I wanted to make a record because of their submission Next thing he knew, he ever called Seattle home,” that had a little bit of that deadlines, he said it was was playing in Pennsylare coupled with “Shout edge in it and would make nice to be nominated in the vania, New York, Idaho, out to the slaves who had to some people a little uncom- “Best Urban Alternative” Texas, Kentucky and Monlive through the crazy times fortable or at least make song category. tana before stopping at and still made love and them think about things.” “I put my name in the home in between some of made babies” in his EP. But Henry played basketball hat for nine different cathis shows. it’s Henry’s own and egories,” he said, adding it “If I’m going to do it, I’m stories of a Cau“So I wanted to basedidn’t win that category but gonna do it,” he said. “I’m casian girl who ball at it was “validation that [his] going to take every opporhad never seen an make a record that Decatur art was good enough.” tunity I can.” African-American had a little bit of High Currently a student at During his current tour, in person before School Full Sail University, Henry he looked up Macklemore’s him during college that edge in it and while is in the process of working old tour itinerary and has or his grandfapartoward his master’s degree reached out to many of the would make some ther’s stories of the ticipatin Internet marketing. venues, taking whatever he KKK that show his people a little ing in After that, a doctorate in could get. passion behind the DECorganizational leadership, Although he hates to uncomfortable or lyrics. CA as a program that he’s applied sound cliche, Henry advises In fact, his at least make them well. for. He hopes to eventually young aspiring artists to whole album Durteach the music business to simply get out there and think about things.” deviates from the ing that others and consult on the work hard. norm of today’s Quincy Henry time, he side. “I remember being a topics — sex, said his Until then, the Tacoma younger musician and drugs and violence brothresident is staying busy with thinking there was some— that often ers were big athletes in touring and using social thing else to it, but there’s permeate throughout Hip Federal Way and went off to media to get his name out. no magic pill,” he said. “It’s Hop. pursue sports in college but According to a music getting out and working. “… From where I sit, he knew “college athletics analytics website, nextYou’ve got to get out and get Hip Hop has lost its fire for wasn’t in the cards” for him. bigsound.com, Henry has in front of people.” speaking about certain topAfter graduating in 2001, determined his music is Having studied Taylor ics,” he said. Henry attended Central seeing 32 times the amount Swift’s former manager, one But in his song, “The Washington University and of social media activity of thing that stuck with him Revolution,” also on his was offered a record deal someone with his audience was in order to sell one milnew album, Henry points from Interscope Records size — 10,000 people on so- lion records, it would take to nationally known young his freshman year. Howevcial media — as he visits 20 meeting one million people. African-Americans Mike er, he never got to sign the cities around the country. “Believe what you’re doBrown and Trayvon Martin deal because the man who Henry will never forget ing and surround yourself who were unjustly killed offered it to him was fired the moment he decided to with supportive people,” he because of what many soon after. dedicate his life to his music said. people think were racist “But he taught me a lot and create his self-booked Henry hopes to perform tendencies. about music at the time,” tour. a local show sometime in “The revolution will not Henry said. “He told me On Nov. 22, 2013, he quit the future but is waiting for be televised but it will be several times that you don’t his job at Comcast. “Black Gold” to make the screened on YouTube and need a label.” “I had a show offer at Billboard charts first. Spotify,” the chorus sings. Henry never heard from the Jack Pot Music Hall in Until then, Q Dot, a Henry said it seems to him again but that’s when Lawrence, Kansas and my nickname that stuck with him that most “guys and he began to write raps and job would not let me off of him from high school, is gals that are in the spotlight practice the piano in his work to go,” he said. “So I looking forward to his next are only worried about dorm room. said, ‘Ok, I need to make a big show on March 20 in making radio/club friendly “That’s when I said I decision.’” Houston, Texas. records and not so much needed to learn the busiHe remembers one of his For more information the kind of art that is being ness,” he said, adding that best friends asked him if he or to listen to Henry’s put on display.” he would eventually get his was going to “hang up the music, visit www.iamqdot. “We (Hip Hop) had a bachelor’s degree in music microphone” and piano to bandcamp.com or www. history of being the voice business. sell Internet for the rest of Facebook.com/iamqdot.
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School board authorizes refinancing of old bonds Minimum savings to Federal Way Public Schools’ taxpayers is $4 million BY ANDREW FICKES For the Mirror
ederal Way Public Schools’ taxpayers gain to save $4 million in interest costs, thanks to the school board’s unanimous vote to approve the refunding of the 2007 and 2008 issue of bonds. Jeri Carlson, executive director of business services for the school district, ex-
plained to the board during Tuesday’s meeting that the $4 million represents a savings target of 6.5 percent. This surpasses the 5 percent minimum savings target on the refunding of the 2007 and 2008 bond series. “This is a nice chunk of money,” Carlson said. The 2007 and 2008 bond series is part of the $149 million bond authorization approved by voters in 2007.
Local sisters make Dean’s List at Linfield FROM STAFF REPORTS
Kasey Johnson, a 2013 graduate of Todd Beamer High School, is currently in her sophomore year at Linfield College in
Also approved by the school board on Tuesday night was the sale of $10 million in new bonds. This is the fifth and final issue of new bonds in the $149 million bond authorization. “This is new money,” Carlson said. “Proceeds will the support the rebuilding of Federal Way High School.” Carlson explained the refunding of the 2007 and 2008 issue of bonds refinances the old bonds by issuing new bonds. “It doesn’t create new
Oregon where she has made the Dean’s List for her third consecutive semester with a 4.0 GPA. Kourtney Johnson, Kasey’s younger sister, is a 2014 graduate of Todd Beamer High School. She is a freshman at Linfield College, where she also made the Dean’s List for fall semester with a 4.0 GPA.
money,” she said. “It simply retires that old debt. This reduces interest rates and passes savings on to taxpayers.” The resolution approved by the board declares the bonds to be sold competitively. Bonds will be sold to the bidder that offers the lowest interest rate, Carlson said. The bonds are scheduled to go up for bid on April 9. A second resolution the board approved on Tuesday authorized the school district to participate in
the state-run School Bond Guarantee Program. “It provides credit enhancement for the school district by the state pledging its full faith and credit to cover those bond payments in the unlikely event that the district would default on those bonds,” Carlson said. Carlson also reported good news in regards to the school district’s management of its total tax bill. “Within the next 10 years, 70 percent of our current outstanding debt
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will be retired,” Carlson said. “So, as we look to some of the future needs of our construction here in the district, that is some exciting news.” Following board approval, interim Superintendent Sally McLean congratulated Carlson on her perseverance throughout the bond selling process. “I just want to give a shout out to Jeri for being willing to take this on during a year where the business office continues to be short staffed,” McLean said. “I want to say thank you for saving our taxpayers $4 million. That is a significant contribution.”
Des Moines area by 2023. The project also develops a shovel-ready plan for extending light rail to the vicinity of the Federal Way Transit Center when additional funding is secured. Sound Transit has been meeting with affected property owners about the potential impacts of the alternatives and will continue outreach until the board identifies a preferred alternative this summer.
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Community CALENDAR March 14
Participants will bring homemade items to trade such as baked goods, homegrown produce/herbs, plants/seeds, jams/jellies, jewelry, soap, honey, eggs, knitted items, artwork and other items. Tables and instructions will be provided. For more information, email email@example.com or call 253-835-2771.
Nurturing the Parent-Child Relationship with Home Organization: Stacy Erickson, professional organizer, early childhood specialist and owner of Home Key Organization will address the common problems of family’s clutter at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14 at the Federal Way Library, located at 34200 First Way S. For more information, visit www.kcls.org or call 253-838-3668.
Italian Dinner & Silent Auction: Phi Beta Psi Sorority, Gamma Delta Chapter presents a sit down dinner with live entertainment at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 14 at Belmor Park Community Clubhouse, located at 2101 324th St. Tickets are $12 through March 13 and $15 at the door. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. For more information contact Patty Law at 206-276-5787.
Cerebral Cinema-Movies on the Mind: Join Lance Rhoades in a multimedia presentation and conversation about movies, intelligence and creativity at 7 p.m. on Monday,
Park Pals General Meeting and Board Election: All patrons of French Lake Park are invited to attend this meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 16 at the Federal Way Library, located at 34200 First Way S. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit parkpals.org
March 16 at the Federal Way Library, located at 34200 First Way S. For more information, call 253-838-3668 or visit www.kcls.org/ mindmatters. Rainier Audubon Society: The Rainier Audubon Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 16, at Federal Way United Methodist Church, located at 29645 51st Ave. S. Presentation entitled “COASST - What Dead Birds Can Tell Us,” delivered by Charlie Wright.
March 18 Women’s Club of Federal Way: Lunch meeting begins at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18 at Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club. Kent Station Chico’s wardrobe stylist, Lisa Fischer, will present the newest spring fashions. Newcomers welcome. Cost is $15; call 253-927-2766 to reserve a spot.
Home Buyer Class: Learn about the home-buying process, local real estate market, financing options, credit scores, and more from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18 at Total Wine, located at 32095 Pacific Highway S. Presented by Tina Hilden, Keller Williams Realty PS and Sarah Riley, Caliber Home Loans. Complimentary light dinner provided. Please RSVP to Tina at 206718-2453 or email email@example.com Anime Club for Teens: Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18 at the Federal Way Library, located at 34200 First Way S. Some anime titles may be rated PG-13. For more information, call 253838-3668.
March 19 Game On: Middle school, junior high and high school students can play video games at the library beginning at 4 p.m. on Thursday,
March 19, at the Federal Way 320th Library, located at 848 S. 320th St. For more information visit www.kcls.org or call 253-839-0257. FUSION Volunteer Recruiting Event: Learn about the many ways you can volunteer for FUSION and help make a difference from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 19 at Berkshire Hathaway HS NW Real Estate Conference Room, located at 622 S. 320th St. FUSION provides transitional housing and support services to homeless families and is an all-volunteer organization. New volunteers are needed to assist with the upcoming annual fundraiser, the FUSION Décor Boutique, and the housing units. For more information, contact Paula Freeman at 253-874-1257 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 20 Twentieth Anniversary Celebration
of Learning at Meredith Hill Elementary: This free family event will be hosted from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 20 at Meredith Hill Elementary. For more information, contact T.J. Navilio at tnavilio@ fwps.org. Federal Way High School Vaudville Night: Federal Way High School Choir will host an evening of entertaining performances and dinner by Costa Vida from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, March 20 in the Decatur High School Cafeteria, located at 2800 SW 320th St. Tickets for dinner and show are available for presale only for $20. Tickets for the show only can be purchased for $13 presale or at the door. For more information, contact Merlyn Ahern at email@example.com or call 253-945-5459.
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March 15 Homemade Trade Event: A new barter and trade event will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 15 at Federal Way City Hall, located at 22214 Eighth Ave. S.
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