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OPINION | Cornfield: Governor discusses McCleary [6] Roegner: Council elects to determine new deputy mayor [6] SURVEY | Pros and cons of marijuana retail in Federal Way [7] COMMUNITY | Girl, 8, who helped fire victims named Mirror’s Citizen of the Month [10]

SPORTS | Todd Beamer wears FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2015 | 75¢ down Kent-Meridian in win [4]

POLICE | Somebody has been laying in my bed: Family finds bloody man in their home [12]

Initiative aims to give citizens a say on PAEC spending BY CARRIE RODRIGUEZ


f you are outraged the City Council approved the largest project in city history last year without your official say — get your pens ready. Federal Way residents Matthew Jarvis and Byron Hiller filed a citizen’s initiative with the city on Tuesday that would prevent the cost of operating the nearly $33 million Performing Arts and Events Center from becoming a financial burden to the city, according to the measure. If approved, the initiative would limit the amount the city can spend on subsidizing the project to no more than $100,000 annually.

The city attorney has five days to apHiller said in a media release. prove the legality of the citizen’s initiative. However, Mayor Jim Ferrell said they lack If approved, Hiller and Jarvis will evidence. “And I have to tell have six months to collect all the “That’s baseless. That is baseyou that if there required signatures, which they less,” he said during a phone estimate to be 3,500. The measure was an effort to try interview, as sirens blared in the would then go before voters on the and rollback or stop background while he walked to general election ballot in Novem- this project now, it his next meeting in downtown ber 2016. would be the worst San Francisco during a business “Despite the city’s assurances recruitment trip on Friday. financial calamity that the [events center] will be self in the history of the Ferrell said he hasn’t been funding, we are concerned that provided “anything other than city.” this will become yet another City Mayor Jim Ferrell just pure conjecture and assumpCouncil pet project that diverts tions on the part of Byron Hiller huge amounts of money from and Matthew Jarvis in regard to public safety and infrastructure,” Jarvis and this. [The city is] not approaching this with

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assumptions.” In fact, Ferrell said that is the reason why he put together his Blue Ribbon Panel of experts to examine facts and decide whether the events center project was feasible. Based on those findings that the panel presented in May 2014, the council unanimously approved the events center. The mayor emphasized the city has already spent $8 million of taxpayer money to move forward with the events center. “We have accumulated $16 million of money — $16 million of money,” Ferrell said, noting the project will bring jobs and economic development to Federal Way. [ more PAEC, page 22 ]

Federal agency proves VA whistle-blower’s misconduct claims against center BY RAECHEL DAWSON


A group is seeking donations to open Federal Way’s first day shelter for the homeless by early 2016. With plans to ask the City Council for $50,000 this year and another $50,000 for 2016, the Federal Way Day Shelter Coalition also needs $55,000 to retrofit a proposed 2,000-square-foot space near the Multi-Service Center. To help close the monetary gap, the coalition is launching a fundraising campaign called “Bags of Hope.” “We’ve given presentations on this project in the last several months,” said coalition member Jackie Blair. “We’ve given them to about 20 faith organizations and service organizations.” [ more SHELTER, page 3 ]

Concern for the Hungry Above, Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell (second from right) and City Council members join students during the Mayor’s Day of Concern for the Hungry on Saturday. Volunteers at various local grocery stores collected food donations during the day to benefit the Multi-Service Center. Photo courtesy of Bruce Honda

Left, South King Fire and Rescue staff volunteer with students. Photo courtesy of Shelley Pauls


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The Department of Veteran’s Affairs should have terminated the Federal Way Veterans Center’s team leader after a whistleblower exposed misconduct at the center last year, according to a U.S. Office of Special Counsel letter sent to Congress and President Barack Obama last Thursday. But instead, the agency provided training and letters of reprimand to the team leader and her regional supervisors — actions not in line with the Veterans Affairs’ ethics policy. “I do not find that verbal counseling and letters of reprimand are sufficient disciplinary actions in light of the serious misconduct at issue,” wrote head of the Office of Special Counsel Carolyn N. Lerner to the president, noting that their regulations indicate removal is an appropriate penalty. The team leader also received positive performance reviews for 2013 and 2014. Whistleblower Jonathan Wicks, a former clinician at the center, discovered that employees at the center lied about clinical time spent with clients, failed to contact veterans who requested counseling services and used a paper log [ more CLAIMS, page 28 ]




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ayor Jim Ferrell looked out over the gaping hole in the roadway on First Avenue South, which was closed on Saturday morning after a water main break caused a large section of roadway to collapse. “It is amazing the destructive power of water in a very short period of time,” said Ferrell, who was on-site with Public Works Department staff. “This

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whole bank got washed out.” South King Fire and Rescue officials discovered the water main break at approximately 2:30 a.m. and notified the Lakehaven Utility District, according to John Bowman, general manager of Lakehaven. The water that poured through the 8-inch water main break eroded a 15foot section of roadway in the southbound lane of First Avenue South at South 317th Street, Bowman said. “We’ve got crews on-site; the water is shut off,” he noted. “We’ve got about 10 homes out of service and we’re going to stay on the site until we get the road back open.” Crews closed First Avenue South from 316th Street to South 320th Street. At approximately 10:30


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Mayor Jim Ferrell (center) and city staff assess the damage of the water main break on First Avenue South on Saturday morning. Ten homes were affected. Courtesy city of Federal Way a.m., Bowman said crews were assessing the damage and planned to notify the affected homeowners of how long they may be without water. While Lakehaven doesn’t have an assessment yet of damages, he said it could

Home property values increase 5 percent in Federal Way’s Area 54 FROM STAFF REPORTS

The office of King County Assessor Lloyd Hara recently mailed the 2015 property valuation notices for Area 54 in Federal Way. Residential properties increased 5 On the council Mark will: On thePromote council Mark will: PUBLIC SERVICE percent on average; however, residents job growth policies Promote job growth policies Chair of FWPS Citizens Superintendent Search Committee SERVICE Chair of Parks & Recreation Commission individual property value may vary. PUBLIC Encourage development in our downtown Chair of Independent Salary Commission Member of Civil Service Commission The assessor’s office sets property valuEncourage development in Chair of FWPS Citizens Search Committee ChairofofKiwanis Parks & Recreation Commission Advancing Leadership Board Member Member Improve neighborhood safetySuperintendent ations. It does not set taxes and there is our downtown Chair of Independent Salary Commission Member of Civil Service Commission not a dollar-to-dollar correlation between –Endorsed and supported by Democrats and Republicans– Learnneighborhood more about Mark at Improve safety Advancing Leadership Board Member Member of Kiwanis residents’ property value increase and future property taxes. Learn more about Mark at Learn more about –Endorsed Mark at and supported by Democrats and Republicans–

cost the utility district approximately $100,000 to repair the damage. “We’ve got a lot of people on it and it’s good to have so many dedicated people on their normal day off to get this solved,” Ferrell added.

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“I have been honored to work with Teri on various projects over the years and admire her courage and willingness to bring resolution to important issues and make a positive difference in our great city.” —Lori DeVore Church of the Good Shepherd. [ SHELTER from page 1] Working on a goal of raising $30,000 for retrofitting costs, the coalition will make 10,000 bags for the Bags of Hope campaign. Each bag includes an invitation to a non-event called the “Day Shelter Gala,” where donators “do not have to eat one more rubber chicken dinner” but can instead choose to give from the comfort of home. Retrofitting will include a new bathroom with an additional shower, a laundry facility, kitchen and open-floor concept for Catholic Community Services to monitor. Blair said Catholic Community Services has agreed to sign a lease and operate the shelter if funding is available, however, she did confirm the shelter is not yet secured — that would come from the city. The coalition presented a business plan to Brian Wilson, the city’s chief of staff, in early September and has since presented “Workforce in Transition” to the Human Services Commission on Monday and the Finance, Economic Development and Regional Affairs Committee on Tuesday. Both approved the business plan and request for funding. With plans to present once more to the Parks, Recreation, Human Services and Public Safety Council Committee on Oct. 13, the coalition will meet with the City Council on Oct. 20 – the final step. The coalition has also been filling out grant applications for $100,000 in state planning funds but Blair doesn’t expect that money until next year. If the city allocates the funding, the coalition hopes to secure the location by November, with remodeling soon after so that the facility is open by early 2016 – just in time for harsh winter weather. “[The kitchen] will have maybe a couple of microwaves, a refrigerator/ freezer, stove, something where people can get warm food or maybe even warm up their own food that they bring in,” she said, adding that last year’s One Night Count discovered 105 homeless people in Federal Way, with 37 more in other shelters and 40-50 more estimated by the

Robin LaMoria, with St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Federal Way, said it’s too common to see people holding up signs on the sidewalk, asking for help. “It’s fair to say they’re using the public library as their day shelter now,” LaMoria said. The shelter will serve these people, men and women over age 18, by allowing them to get clean and maintain hygiene. There will be no background checks and it will initially be open five days a week, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. “This is not a permanent place to live,” Blair said. “It’s just a place for them to come get better and move on.” Because they day shelter will be near the Multi-Service Center and other organizations, there will be plenty of resources as well. The three-year pilot program will give the coalition enough data needed for a potential day shelter campus that will have more services and referrals. The campus could include Valley Cities, HealthPoint and the Department of Health. The coalition was formed in August 2013 after a grassroots group of people in Federal Way were searching for solutions to provide homeless with day shelter services. With the organizing support of Sound Alliance, it grew “from concerned parishioners from St. Vincent de Paul church” to many other concerned community members including those from the Church of the Good Shepherd, Saltwater Unitarian Universalist Church, Catholic Community Services, MultiService Center, City Vision, Valley Cities, HealthPoint, King County Public Health, Federal Way Community Caregiving Network and virtually all of the city’s service organizations. If the council approves the funding, the coalition will hold an assembly the last week of October at St. Vincent de Paul to celebrate. For more information about the coalition and its efforts to bring a day shelter to Federal Way, visit fwdayshelter.wix. com/fwdayshelter.-

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Todd Beamer wears down Kent-Meridian in win



he Todd Beamer Titans were the only show in town on Friday night as they downed the Kent-Meridian Royals 20-6 at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. Things took awhile to open up for the Titans, but they are just fine with that. Their game plan is to keep pounding the ball on the ground until their opponent submits and that’s just what happened to the Royals. “We’re not going to be a real explosive team until we wear the other team down,” Beamer head coach Darren McKay said. “We know that. Usually by the second half, even if you’re only getting two to three yards and not opening up as much, you’re wearing down the other team.” The two teams were

locked in a defensive battle in the first half. Beamer was able to move the ball more consistently, but could not quite get into the endzone. Despite moving the ball at a decent rate, Beamer had problems with penalties. Many of the penalties had nothing to do with Kent-Meridian as false starts and other dead ball fouls like illegal motions plagued them. “We’re still making way too many penalties,” McKay said. “We came in the most penalized team in the [South Puget Sound League] and had our fair share again tonight. They were mainly procedure penalties. It’s first and 10 and all of a sudden it’s first and 15 and we’re not built for that. We want it to be second and six. We’re not going to throw the ball all over the place.” The Titans settled for 33 and 35-yard field goals

Andrew Tofaeono breaks loose from a defender for his 33-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter against Kent-Meridian on Friday, Sept. 18. TERRENCE HILL, the Mirror

Beamer players break up a late fourth quarter pass attempt in their 20-6 win over Kent-Meridian on Friday, Sept. 18 at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. TERRENCE HILL, the Mirror from Sean Van Earwage to take a 6-0 lead into the half. The second half was more of the same as Beamer continued to hand the ball to running backs Andrew Tofaeono, Isaiah Lard and Kingsten Sua. The gains grew over time as the Royals wore down from the constant rushing attack. Beamer put up their first touchdown late in the third quarter on a nineyard Tofaeono run, giving them a 13-0 lead. Tofaeono later put the game away in the fourth quarter with a 33-yard run for his second touchdown, giving the Titans a 20-6 lead. He would finish


with over 150 yards rushing on the night. The Titans nearly scored again with under a minute to play, but a late Lard touchdown run was negated by a penalty and the Titans chose to run out the clock instead. Kent-Meridian’s lone score came on a fouryard run by running back Tyshon Jones early in the fourth quarter. The extra point was blocked. The Royals had a chance to tie the game at six with just under six minutes to play in the first half. They drove down the field inside the Titans five-yard line. Daigbe Emmanuel, Kent-Meridian’s star player, was the target

on a fade route, but it was Lard who came down with the ball in the back of the endzone for the interception. Beamer will begin league play at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26 against Mount Rainier at Federal Way Memorial Stadium. “It’s the first money game,” McKay said. “I feel better about how we’re playing defensively. [Kent-Meridian] can score points. Momentum wise, I feel good heading into division play.”


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Volleyball: Federal Way rolls against Jefferson in non-league match BY TERRENCE HILL


verything seemed to go Federal Way’s way in their 3-0 non-league win over Thomas Jefferson on Tuesday night. The two teams entered the contest having winning records in their out-ofconference matchups. Jefferson was 3-2 with wins over Spanaway Lake, Evergreen of Seattle and Decatur. Federal Way was 3-1 with wins against Christian Faith, Chief Sealth and Decatur. They also placed well in two tournaments they played in. Both teams also lost to Todd Beamer in non-league games. The matchup was the last for both teams before they began later in the week. Things quickly spiraled out of control for Jefferson. Federal Way won the first set 25-5, the largest margin of the night. The Raiders had trouble receiving serves most of the night, leading to plenty of aces for the Eagles.

Senior Fernanda Carmona led the Eagles in service aces with nine on the night. Sophomore Talaitupu Lologo was second on the team with eight. Things got a little better for the Raiders in the second set, but Federal Way still won 25-13. There were less errors for Jefferson, but they still struggled to get a consistent attack going. A few unlucky bounces near the boundary lines also did not go their way. The third set also went to the Eagles. They won 25-7 to end the game in straight sets. For Federal Way, it was the exact performance that head coach Donja Walker wanted to see. “The Kent schools are really tough,” Walker said. “I think that we’ve been bonding and playing really well together. I’m excited to see how we do against those Kent schools.” “It’s important to have these kinds of competitive games to prepare us for our conference. Tonight it was a little rough and we were trying some new things so they weren’t as crisp. But it’s always nice to have these kinds of games.” Lologo added six kills and 11 digs to

Federal Way’s Sydney Sanio and Michellay Stewart attempt to block Thomas Jefferson team captain Taylor Sterling’s spike attempt on Sept. 22 at Federal Way High School. TERRENCE HILL, the Mirror

Federal Way team captain Aya Bispham returns a volley against Thomas Jefferson on Sept. 22 at Federal Way High School. TERRENCE HILL, the Mirror her service aces during the game. Carmona led the team with 15 assists. Aya Bispham also had 11 digs on the night. Federal Way (4-1) began league play against Kent-Meridian on Thursday after the Mirror’s publishing deadline. They play again on at 7:15 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 28 at Kentlake (0-4). Jefferson (3-3) will look to regroup in league play when they travel to take on undefeated Kentwood (4-0) at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25.

Renee Tiumalu tied the team lead for digs with 13 and Elisa Chew also tied the lead for assists with 13. Mallorie Post had three service aces on 21 serves. Both teams begin league play on Friday, Sept. 25. Decatur (0-5) will be at home to face the Tahoma Bears (2-2) at 7:15 p.m. Beamer (3-1) will also be at home and will face the Kentridge Chargers (3-2) at 7:15 p.m.



The Titans took down the Gators 3-0 on Tuesday in a non-league game. The Titans won 25-3, 25-16, 25-5. One of the top players for Beamer was Angel Mann who had 13 digs and four kills for Beamer. McKenna Milholland was another top performer with three aces on 12 serves and 13 assists. Leena McKenzie led the team with five aces on 13 serves and had nine digs as well. Camrin Skari led the team in kills with eight.

After a loss to Federal Way to open the season, Christian Faith has won three straight games. They defeated Puget Sound Adventists 3-0 and Evergreen Lutheran 3-1 last week. On Tuesday, they defeated Auburn Adventist 3-0. The Eagles (3-1, 2-0) travel to face Rainier Christian (2-1, 2-1) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25 for their next game.




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Response to ‘Thanks, Planned Parenthood’ Mark Twain once said that one should never argue with stupid people; they drag you down and beat you with experience. Normally, I would just chalk Ms. Cavin’s letter up to sheer ignorance and leave it alone. But in this instance, ignorant remarks like hers can cause real harm, especially in Federal Way where one in 10 residents live below the poverty line, and one out of every four kids don’t complete high school. These are among the many folks most likely to need essential health care services from Planned Parenthood of Federal Way, which has a clinic very close to my

Council elects to determine new deputy mayor Although most residents don’t know it, there is another election underway – in the Federal Way City Council. And while there are only seven voters, they will elect the most visible member of the council, the deputy mayor. You don’t get to vote but you may influence who wins by who you vote for in November. This election isn’t as secret as waiting for the puff of smoke to elect a new Pope, but it does have just as much intrigue as candidates try and round up the necessary four votes in quiet one-on-one discussions. In January, the seven elected members of the City Council will meet in a formal council meeting and cast their votes to elect one of them as deputy mayor. But, like the election of the Pope, how the votes go that evening may not give the casual observer a true picture of what went on behind the scenes. In these columns I always urge voters to note who is endorsing which candidates for election to what position. The reason for that is relationships count for just as much as policy in how things get done on the council. The

deputy mayor has little raw power, but a lot of influence and status. The deputy mayor fills in for the mayor when he is unavailable, organizes the council representation on committees, and meets with the mayor regarding the council agenda. And what if you secretly hold dreams of higher office, such as mayor or the state legislature? Then being deputy mayor would look very good on your resume. In theory, the position could go to anyone of the seven council members, but frequently it has gone to the most senior council member who hasn’t held it. However, intrigue is always part of the process. Mayor Jim Ferrell was so turned off by the process of electing the mayor in the council-manager form of government, the equivalent to the deputy mayor election in the current structure, he started the movement to switch to the strong mayor form of government. State Rep. Linda Kochmar was passed over for the position until the last year of the change in government, and she only got a one-Bob Roegner


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ines are mounting against the state for not having a plan to ensure public schools are adequately funded. When Gov. Jay Inslee met with Democratic and Republican lawmakers on the matter Thursday, it was 43 days since the Supreme Court imposed its sanction. At $100,000-a-day, that’s $4.3 million. Ka-ching! To recap, under the McCleary decision, lawmakers have until 2018 to find a way for the state to cover the tab of a basic education for students. They’ve earmarked billions of additional dollars in the budget for classroom supplies, all-day kindergarten and buses. But school districts still rely too heavily on local property tax dollars to operate and pay their teachers, principals and staff. The court wants such dependence to end. The chasm between the Democrat-controlled House and Republican-run Senate on the best way to do that could not be bridged in this year’s record-setting 176 days of session. So another hour of talking in a SeaTac hotel Thursday didn’t achieve accord either. However, it may reveal how deeply individual lawmakers and the governor are digging in on their positions ahead of the 2016 session and ensuing election season when most of them, including Inslee, will be on the ballot and could face this issue. Democrats think the best way to break districts’ addiction to levies is with injections of dollars from a new capital gains tax. Republicans counter it would be better to make a swap – give districts more from the pot of state property tax collections and direct them to seek less locally. Passing a new tax or swapping levies is a complicated and formidable political task. It’s taken 43 days to get the conversation going again. It could be another 100 days or maybe 400 before they figure something out. That would add up to some serious Ka-ching!



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home. Ms. Cavin’s vicious and ill-informed harangue about Planned Parenthood could sway a teenager or impoverished single mom away from seeking needed help – help in accessing low-cost birth control, HIV and cervical cancer screening, pelvic exams, pregnancy testing, vaccinations, and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases. Yes, Planned Parenthood also provides legal, constitutionally protected abortions, which are funded through private donations. Federal support for women’s health care cannot be used to provide abortions. Indeed, the bulk of the organization’s revenue (75 percent) is spent on contraception and STD testing and treatment.

Only $3 of every $100 the agency receives in revenue is spent on providing abortions. Anyone with a teenage daughter in Federal Way (and I’m one of them) ought to be grateful this clinic exists. Kids have been having sex behind their parents’ backs for centuries. Beating a Bible up side their heads is not going to change that, no matter how hard you pray. I don’t know what Ms. Cavin was up to when she was 19 years old – I applaud her fortitude if she was holding out for marriage. But in truth, one out of every five women in this country has received services from Planned Parenthood at one point in their lives – including me, my sister, my best friend,

my college roommates, my sister-in-law, her sister, my niece and my nephew. As a college student, my relationship with my boyfriend was my business, not my parents’, and I made a trip to the nearest clinic because I had no intention of derailing my future. In truth, people like Ms. Cavin don’t care so much that Planned Parenthood donates embryos to fetal research, despite their sermonizing rants. Their real complaint is about women having sex for fun and not for procreation. If these people really cared about the “babies,” they would be picketing the dozens of fertility clinics in this state that discard invitro embryos. In 2013, some 1.7 million excess embryos

were thrown in the garbage and some smaller, though no less significant number, were donated from invitro efforts to research into Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other debilitating chronic diseases in the same manner that Planned Parenthood donates them. The reason Ms. Cavin and other Bible thumpers like her focus on Planned Parenthood’s practices rather than the fertility clinics is that the former serve women who refuse to be pregnant, whereas the latter serve women who are desperate to be pregnant. Their real purpose is to sit in judgment of women’s sexual behavior— the “right to life” of a human embryo is just a more expedient moral football.

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some of the revenue will go directly to the local jurisdictions that allow marijuana businesses. The allocation will be based on the marijuana tax revenue generated by the jurisdiction and by the population in the jurisdiction. Through August 2015, the total excise tax collected on recreational marijuana in Washington was approximately $90 million. King County makes up $21 million of that total. The law provides that tax revenue be distributed only to local jurisdictions that allow marijuana business. If Federal Way continues to ban marijuana businesses, the city will get none. While I-502 is strict about where marijuana businesses can be located, the new law gives a little extra control to the local governments. It provides that jurisdictions can prohibit the marijuana businesses in areas that are zoned primarily for residential use. The Liquor and Cannabis Board has set extremely strict rules relating to the sale of marijuana. Rules relate to security, store locations, advertising, packaging, etc. and are designed to keep communities safe and marijuana out of the hands of minors. By banning marijuana business, the city of Federal Way is only pushing the sales and tax revenue to nearby cities, or worse, to the black market. Local bans do nothing but undermine



n 2012, King County voters passed Initiative 502 with 63.5 percent approval, legalizing recreational marijuana. Going against the voters, the Federal Way City Council has repeatedly temporarily banned marijuana businesses within city limits. After much hemming and hawing, the council has asked for an advisory vote. On this November’s ballot, the citizens of Federal Way will be given the opportunity to tell the council once and for all that we approve recreational marijuana and that the moratorium on marijuana businesses should be lifted. When I-502 was passed in 2012, it did not give any incentive for local jurisdictions to allow marijuana businesses, in other words, there was nothing in it for them. So why take the chance on a new industry when there were so many unknowns? Many cities, including Federal Way, temporarily banned the businesses. But this summer, Gov. Jay Inslee signed House Bill 2136, a new marijuana law that changed the way marijuana is taxed and where the tax dollars go. The law was designed to encourage more counties and cities to allow marijuana businesses. Instead of all the tax dollars going into a state general fund,

the end-goal of I-502, which is to regulate and treat marijuana responsibly where prohibition tactics have clearly failed. By regulating the marijuana market and reducing (ideally one day eliminating) the black market, we are reducing crime and making the city a safer place. The argument that legal marijuana businesses will increase crime and law enforcement costs is completely backwards and is based on fear and not facts. It is time now, to lift the moratorium and join the regulated market. Since last summer, when retail marijuana stores opened in other cities across Washington, we’ve been able to wait and see how this new industry has affected these cities. With the tax revenue generated by marijuana businesses, Federal Way will be able to grow and prosper with fewer burdens on the city’s taxpayers. By voting “yes” on Advisory Proposition No. 1, you’ll be telling the City Council that Federal Way should allow marijuana businesses and should benefit from its fair share of the tax dollars.

Elise Crick is on the pro committee, who wrote the statement in favor of the advisory vote in the King County voter’s pamphlet.

Take the high road: Vote no to marijuana retail in Federal Way marijuana shops. Since the sale of marijuana is a federal offense, banks cannot touch the industries transactions. This makes it an all-cash business, opening the door to more serious criminal elements as well. Those of us who oppose the licensing of the marijuana industry in Federal Way have a broad spectrum of views regarding the use of marijuana, ranging from those who oppose its use at any time, to those who actually voted for Initiative 502, which legalized the use of marijuana. What we are united on is that pot shops do not belong in Federal Way. Those who support the

licensing of the marijuana industry within the city argue that since the majority of votes cast in Federal Way favored the passage of I-502, that those voters also support bringing the industry to our city. Only a slim margin, 53 percent in Federal Way, voted for I-502 and there is a big difference between supporting the decriminalization of marijuana and wanting pot shops in our town. We are helping people recognize the difference. A “NO” vote does not in any way restrict adults from the private use of marijuana. They also argue that Federal Way is losing out on too many tax dollars, but only a Jack Walsh

another industry seeking lifelong customers. Corner pot shops here in Federal Way will make pot even more readily available to teens. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that use of marijuana interferes with memory, concentration, learning and brain development, lowering the odds of completing high school. The school district’s graduation rate is already critically low. We should be taking measures to improve it, not aggravate it. Retail shops will harm neighboring businesses and increase law enforcement costs by creating an environment conducive to petty crime, as police officers attest from past experience with medical



he Federal Way City Council will soon decide whether or not to allow retail marijuana shops, grow operations and processing plants within our community and has placed an advisory vote on the November ballot. Federal Way has worked hard to foster an environment that is family friendly, attracts quality businesses and enhances the quality of life. The licensing of marijuana establishments is not consistent with these goals. Even though the sale is illegal to minors, pot shops send the message that drugs are the new norm. Following the pattern set by the tobacco industry, teens will now be bombarded with promotional messages from

small percentage of tax revenue will return to the city. It may not even be enough to offset the increase in law enforcement costs. Under current law, 100 percent of the excise tax levied on pot sales goes to the state. Only .85 percent of sales tax will come back to Federal Way! It costs $80,000 to pay the salary and benefits of an entry level police officer. That means it will take nearly $1 million in marijuana sales to pay for just one new officer. There is no guarantee that any of the excise tax will ever be returned to the city. Regardless, our quality of life, and especially the well-being of our youth, should not be for sale at any price! Sixty-four other Wash-


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The Federal Way Forum is a Mirror feature to engage residents in the community and to bridge stakeholders with policymakers. Please fill out the survey below and return it to the Mirror. Responses will be relayed to city leaders. ington cities have already taken the high road and recognized that the social costs greatly outweigh any potential tax revenue. We must help the Federal Way City Council come to the same conclusion. Federal Way is a great place to raise a family, establish a business and enjoy a quality life. It is not the place for pot shops. The well-being of our youth and image of our community demand that we send a strong message to the City Council. Federal Way is NOT the place for pot shops! Vote “NO” to retail marijuana!

Jack Walsh is on the con committee, who wrote the statement against the advisory vote in the King County voter’s pamphlet.

● COMMUNITY SURVEY: 1. How did you vote on Initiative 502? Why?_________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ 2. Would you support marijuana-related business in Federal Way? Why?______________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ 3. Would you shop at a marijuana business in Federal Way? _______________________________________________ 4. Do you currently shop at marijuana businesses elsewhere? If so, where and how frequently?______________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ 5. What are the benefits of have having marijuana retail here?_____________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ 6. What are your biggest concerns about marijuana-related retail in Federal Way?_______________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________

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[8] September 25, 2015 “I don’t know yet,” he [CORNFIELD from page 6] DUNSHEE PONDERING EXIT?

Turns out Rep. Hans Dunshee’s appointment as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee may not be a long term deal. The Snohomish Democrat is in the midst of his biennial soul-searching on whether to continue his legislative career. He said Monday he isn’t sure he’ll seek re-election in 2016.

said. “That decision is a ways off.” Dunshee joked about looking at travel brochures before getting tapped to be the lead budget writer for the majority party which is a huge responsibility in the McCleary era. Presuming Democrats retain control in the House and Dunshee wins re-election, he would be crafting the next two-year state budget in which levies, teacher salaries and the Supreme Court sanction must be addressed. Dunshee’s not likely to walk away from a gig of such importance. Then again, we don’t know what brochures he was reading.

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: Mr. Federal Way, what’s the deal with these political debates that you are hosting? Should I attend this? A: Let Mr. Federal Way get out the Magic 8-Ball. Answer: Your future is uncertain. Look, how would Mr. Federal Way know if you should attend this or not? Are you into politics? Do you care what’s happening in your neighborhood? In your city? Don’t answer those questions. Mr. Federal Way is afraid to know the answers. Mr. Federal Way

knows about as much about politics as the inner workings of the digestive tract, though both seem to produce the same results. Each year, the Mirror hosts these debates as a service to the community. Generally speaking, about 150-200 people show up. Mr. Federal Way shows up only for the fireworks. Every year, at least one can-

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year term rather than the traditional two-year term. This year’s race for the deputy mayor position has no formal candidates as no one wants to disclose their interest too early. But there are a few things voters can watch as the drama unfolds. The current deputy mayor is Jeanne Burbidge, who is the senior member of the council. The second most senior member is Dini Duclos at eight years and she was deputy mayor before Burbidge. Since both have held the position recently, it is unlikely they would be elected again in January. Also, Duclos is up for election this year and needs to retain her position to be part of the process, Burbidge is mid-term and will be one of the seven voting in January. If

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didate produces an inane moment. That’s worth the price of admission right there. This year, Mr. Federal Way thinks one particular candidate makes a bag of rocks look smart, but that would be insulting to the rocks. Show up, grab a seat and enjoy the fireworks. No houses will get burned down but some skin will get fried.

Q: Mr. Federal Way, why do you continue to talk about yourself in the third person? A: I have no idea. Wait, Mr. Federal Way has no idea. Sorry about that. My literary prose failed me once again. And again. Well, Mr. Federal Way wanted to be referred to as “The Czar,” but some bald guy took that one. Mr. Federal Way wanted to be “The Publisher,” but that guy keeps showing up, even after I “helped” him off of the ladder. How would you like Mr.

Duclos returns to the council, she or Burbidge could be a potential compromise candidate if no one else can put together the mandatory four votes. The most likely candidate for the top job is Susan Honda, who has four years of experience and is running unopposed for re-election this year. Another possible candidate is Kelly Maloney. Maloney is not up for election this year and will be voting in January. Both have been rumored to have aspirations for higher office but have been in the council minority on the debates regarding the Performing Arts and Events Center which is favored by a majority of the council. Since it seems unlikely that either would get four votes, an alliance would give them half of the needed votes. Watch Honda. Martin Moore has only been on the council for two years and


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Federal Way to present himself? In the first person? Fine. I will do that. Now, I’ll be accused of sounding too conceited. This I am not, though, I am the most read columnist in this paper. A position that is indeed well-deserved, but consider the competition. A bald guy, an ex-mayor that couldn’t get re-elected and a potty mouth grandma. Not exactly Pulitzer material I’m up against. Q: Mr. Federal Way, why do we still observe daylight savings time? A: Wow, slow news week, huh? Give me a question about the mayor

tearing up another park, another malfunctioning red light camera, but no, another question with zero reference from Mr. Federal Way’s perspective. Mr. Federal Way will blame it on the farmers. Those guys get up before the birds anyhow, so give them a reason to get up an hour later. Bessie can wait. Farmer has to sleep. Actually, Mr. Federal Way had the crack Mirror crew do some research on this and the answer is cloudy. So Mr. Federal Way will rescue them, again. Awhile ago, Mr. Federal Way, err, I, came across [ more MR. FW, page 13 ]

Lydia Assefa-Dawson was appointed to the council and is running for her first term. Moore has been a controversial council member and faces an uphill battle for the job. But he was crucial in appointing Assefa-Dawson to the council and both of them, as Democrats, supported Republicans for office, then Moore switched parties. If they vote together they control two votes. While not likely, what happens if Mark Greene defeats Assefa-Dawson? None of the current council members have a relationship with him and he would be a wild card who could hold a key fourth vote for someone. And if P.K. Thumbi defeats Duclos, his active participation in Republican politics would suggest he would vote for someone who is a Republican or leans that way. Then, the trio of Thumbi, Moore and Koppang, if he wins, would only need one more vote to elect the deputy mayor. Either Koppang or Julie Hiller will be the newest member of the council as one of them will fill Bob Celski’s seat. Koppang ran against both Honda and Maloney, and seems unlikely to vote for either one. Hiller would likely lean toward Honda, which in theory would give Honda three votes if Maloney supports her. In that case Moore, AssefaDawson or Duclos could be the fourth vote. And if Thumbi were to defeat Duclos and Koppang were to win, what happens if they then vote with Moore and Assefa-Dawson to make Moore Deputy Mayor? The seemingly least likely candidate, Moore, could then emerge as the winner. Honda should be the next in line and could get a combination of her own vote, Maloney, Moore, Duclos and Assefa-Dawson. But it could go any number of directions depending on who is elected in November. Moore and Assefa-Dawson hold key votes. But speculation about a compromise is continuing. It could be Duclos, assuming she is re-elected. She would have her own vote, maybe Burbidge, possibly Koppang, and she has been helpful to Moore who might help bring Assefa-Dawson in to the fold. But Burbidge could also get the same set of votes. Getting to four votes is a challenge but everybody is in the game, including Ferrell as he has endorsed Duclos, Assefa-Dawson and Koppang. He wants someone he can work with but won’t run against him. That could have an impact on Honda and Maloney. Who do you want to be deputy mayor for the next two years?

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The Federal Way Coalition of the Performing Arts presented a check to the city of Federal Way at the last Council meeting for $58,888, bringing the total raised for the Performing Arts and Events Center to $735,034. Naming rights have paid for the plaza, the orchestra pit, two meeting rooms, the box office and the culinary arts kitchen, according to Joann Piquette, a member of the coalition. She said a donor also made a pledge for the elevator and several seats have been named. Total current additional pledges are $47,300.

8-year-old Citizen of the Month raises funds for fire victims BY RAECHEL DAWSON


t just 8 years old, Presley Anderson has raised $1,100 for the thousands affected by the eastern Washington wildfires over the summer. Presley heard about the families who lost their homes and the fallen firefighters who battled those fires from her principal at Brooklake Christian School in Federal Way, who urged students to wear yellow on Friday, Sept. 4. “I just felt bad,” said Presley, the Mirror’s Citizen of the Month for September. “I don’t like seeing people in pain or hear about people dying or being dead. But I just didn’t feel good so I thought about it the rest of the day and then when we were going home, I just told my mom that we need to do more, we just have to.” Presley, her 6-yearold brother Terry and her family held a hotdog fundraiser that Saturday at their home in Puyallup. Everyone helped — her father went to a fire station to ask for some boots to fill with donations, her uncle set up a gofundme. com account and her brother had the idea to provide Starbursts for dessert. They were out there for the whole day with 72 hotdogs. “We had a sign that said hotdog lunch with any donation and we had to scratch out lunch and

put dinner on it because it was starting to get late,” laughed Heidi Anderson, Presley’s mother. However, most people preferred to donate without receiving the hotdog lunch or dinner. “We weren’t asking for a dollar amount, we just accepted any donations,” Anderson said. “We ate a lot of hotdogs that day.” But figuring out where and who the money could help was a task in itself. Anderson wanted a place that would match their donation because she felt it was important to be good stewards of that money. Eventually, Anderson found a business in Wenatchee called Jet Pro Auto Wash who has agreed to match up to $5,000. The business will then donate the money with their match to the Community Foundation of North Central Washington. “They were really excited because there’s still a really big need there,” Anderson said. “A lot of displaced people and they’re putting them in temporary tiny houses, which I’d never heard of a tiny house before.” For about $2,400, people can live in the temporary tiny houses while their homes are repaired from the fires or they find other more permanent ways of living. “Mom showed me a map on Friday night [of the fires in Washington] and I’m so glad we’re doing this,” Presley said. As a teacher at Brooklake Christian School but also a mother, Anderson is amazed an 8 year old could have such an enormous heart. “It’s pretty incredible

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because she’s always been this way and she’s always, she’s got a huge heart for Jesus,” Anderson said. “She can’t hear about something [bad] and let it go.” “I can’t, I think about it the rest of the day,” Presley agreed. Presley is part of the Good Samaritans group at her church and, as part of the group, helps collect comfort items and travel-sized shampoo and conditioner to give away to homeless people. They also give away a note with resources for where to find a hot meal or shelter for the night. “She’s just got a special gift and she’s always known that she has a gift for making people feel special and loved and she just wants to help wherever she sees a need,” Anderson said. “It’s really cool to see. I’ve never seen a kid like that and she’s mine!” When Presley grows up she wants to either be a roller coaster engineer (she loves roller coasters) or a teacher. And even if she’s a roller coaster engineer, she has found a way to help people. “She said, ’ You know how you’re always talking about how expensive it is to go on roller coasters? Maybe I’ll start a charity for the kids who can’t afford to go on my roller coasters. We’ll raise money for them and they can come to my theme park for the day,’” Anderson said. Presley and her family plan to drive to Jet Pro Auto Wash in Wenatchee soon to hand them the funds but are still accepting donations in a new account. To donate, visit www.

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Police Blotter The following is a sample from the Federal Way police log: Patient assaults nurse: At 2:12 a.m. on Sept. 20 at St. Francis Hospital, police responded to a report of an assault. A highly intoxicated male had been transported to the hospital because he was having difficulty breathing. A nurse went into his room to check on him and tried to wake the man so he could take a deep breath. He awoke briefly, but passed out again. The second time she tried he cursed at her and passed out. On the third attempt the man closed his hand into a fist and hit the nurse in her face, breaking her glasses and knocking her over. The man was in restraints and passed out on his bed when the officer arrived. Police attempted to speak with him, but he would not wake up. They returned hours later and transported him to the Federal Way Police Department. He stated that he did not remember the incident. He was given a courtesy ride to his friend’s house after being fingerprinted and photographed. Robber grabs woman’s purse: At 12:51 p.m. on Sept. 20 in the H-

Mart parking lot, police responded to a report of a robbery. The victim walked to her vehicle from H-Mart. Once inside, an unknown subject entered through the passenger side and grabbed her purse. A struggle ensued as the suspect was able to gain control of the purse. The suspect ran off to an awaiting car and drove away. Police were unable to locate the suspect. Woman finds previously stolen belongings: At 12:25 p.m. on Sept. 20 at The Commons mall, a woman reported that a man was trying to sell her merchandise that was stolen from her in January. On Jan. 19, the woman filed a police report in Seattle when her husband’s car was broken into and their camera was stolen. She checked Craigslist for months to see if someone was selling the camera and finally found it on Sept. 16. She arranged to meet with the seller and contacted police to assist. She matched the serial numbers with those on the box. The seller told police that he did not know the camera was stolen and his father had bought it at a swap meet. The woman did not want to press charges and just wanted her camera back. Family finds bloody man in their home: At 7:45 p.m. on Sept. 20 in the 32200 block of Military Road S., family members returned home to find a male lying in bed covered in blood. The apartment

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was also covered in blood. The man refused to answer any questions about what happened. South King Fire and Rescue responded and treated him for severe lacerations to his nose and forehead. Police found an empty wine bottle under the bathroom sink covered in blood and could smell the odor of alcohol on the man. He was transported to St. Francis Hospital. Teens rob pharmacy: At 10:41 p.m. on Sept. 20 in the 2100 block of SW 336th St., nine males wearing hooded sweatshirts and hats entered Rite Aid. An employee called for the manager upon seeing them enter. Three of the males approached the pharmacy and one jumped over the counter. He took an armload of prescription medication and jumped back over the counter. The males all fled out of the store together. They left in unidentified white vehicles that had no license plates. Police were unable to obtain any fingerprints from the counter. The manager informed police that video surveillance footage would be provided the following day. Man beaten outside of bar: At midnight on Sept. 19 in the 35500 block of 21st Ave. SW, police responded to a report of an assault at a bar. The reporting caller stated an unknown male assaulted a male in the rear parking lot. The man had swelling on his right eye and bruising and swelling on his left ear and possible lacerations on the right

side of his head. The man stated he did not know who assaulted him. He said he was not concerned with the assault and just wanted to go home. He told police, “I just got got. It happens.” The victim declined to provide a statement and cooperate with any part of the investigation. The man was seen by South King Fire, who advised him to go to the hospital with them. He stated he did not want to go, but fire district staff convinced him to go at least get cleaned up by hospital staff before he went home. He agreed and left with them. There were no witnesses or suspects at the time of the report. The case was closed. Thief steals license plate, replaces with another: At 10:02 p.m. on Sept. 19 in the 100 block of SW Campus Drive, police were dispatched to a theft of a license plate. The victim stated that sometime between July 1 and Sept. 19, an unknown suspect stole his rear license plate off the vehicle and replaced it with another, which police found was taken from a business in Milton. The business had already replaced this plate with another one. Both the front victim plate and the attached plate were seized by police and put into evidence to be destroyed. Thief steals car battery, replaces with another: At 10:14 a.m. on Sept. 18 in the 2200 block of SW 334th Place, a victim

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reported that an unknown suspect unlawfully entered her vehicle’s engine compartment, stole her car battery and replaced it with a nonfunctioning one approximately one week prior. The area was searched for any suspects, witnesses or evidence but none were found. There were no signs of forced entry or damage to the vehicle. Brother assaults younger sister: At 10:20 p.m., on Sept. 18 on 21st Ave. S., officers were dispatched to a report of a juvenile problem. Upon arrival, the reporting person had left, but a police investigation revealed that the older brother of the involved juvenile had assaulted her after an argument. The brother was arrested and booked into SCORE jail for assault. Man steals merchandise, leaves it during chase: At 1:13 p.m. on Sept. 17 at The Commons mall, a male picked out $792.93 worth of Target merchandise. He then passed open, staffed registers and exited the store without paying. When Target Loss Prevention contacted the suspect, he fled on foot, knocking over a customer’s shopping cart, which almost fell on a child. The suspect abandoned the merchandise and fled across South 320th Street and got into an unknown vehicle. An area check was made for the suspect, but he was not located. Second-floor apartment burglarized: At 3:35 p.m. on Sept. 17 in the 1800 block of S. 282nd Place, police responded to a report of a burglary at an apartment complex. One of the victims stated that when

he returned home, he found his house was ransacked and the sliding glass door was open. He stated that over $1,000 worth of clothing and electronics were missing. His roommate was contacted by phone. Upon returning to the house, he told police that over $5,000 worth of clothing and electronics were missing from his room. Neither victim knew the serial numbers of the items. The total value of the items was $7,229. There were no suspects or witnesses as of this writing. Wheelchair-bound man involuntarily committed: At 3:24 p.m. on Sept. 17 in the 31000 block of Pacific Highway S., someone called police and said a wheelchairbound person was harassing customers. The man was slumped over in a wheelchair with an open Magnum wine bottle. He had slurred speech and had problems with operating his wheelchair. He also dropped money on the ground. The man urinated and defecated on himself. Police attempted to call his family but only reached voicemail. Business owners requested he be trespassed. Woman strangled by ex-girlfriend: At 5:21 p.m. on Sept. 17 in the 29300 block of Pacific Highway S., a woman called police to report that her ex-girlfriend had assaulted her. The two women had gotten into an argument after ending their relationship. The victim said the suspect grabbed her around her neck when the argument escalated. The victim was able to kick the suspect off, but was [ more POLICE page 19 ]

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September 25, 2015 [13] went up the ladder and got amateur hour around Which brings me back [ MR. FW from page 9] this article where five monkeys were in a cage with a ladder in the middle and bananas on top. Each time a monkey went up the ladder, the other monkeys would get water poured on them. After awhile, each time a monkey went up the ladder the other monkeys beat up the one on the ladder. It came to pass that no monkey would go up the ladder. The scientist then swapped out one of the monkeys. Naturally, it

beat up. Eventually, all five monkeys were swapped out and still continued to take a beating, though none of them ever knew why and never had water poured on them. This is daylight savings. We continue to do it, though no one knows why. Maybe we all just need a good beating. Q. Mr. Federal Way, can you please bring back Mrs. Federal Way? We like her better. A: No. I go away for one week and it becomes

here. If the publisher wanted another wishywashy columnist, he’d hire another Roegner. Mrs. Federal Way fits that to a tee. Case in point, Mr. Federal Way is writing his beautiful masterpiece of a column and she asks Mr. Federal Way if he wants the chicken fried or baked. Mr. Federal Way says he’s busy here, you decide. I get both fried and baked. Talk about wishy-washy. She has more wash cycles than the family dishwasher.

to the Mirror. Not much of a bench staff around here. Mr. Federal Way goes away, this place falls apart. Their bench is about as deep as the Seahawks. Neither is a winning team when they are down their best player. Q: Mr. Federal Way, boxers or briefs? A: None of your business, darling.

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Christian Faith School staff joined members of the Federal Way and Tukwila city councils, as well as King County Councilman Pete von Reichbauer, for the school’s groundbreaking on Sunday. Courtesy of Christian Faith School

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Jerry Galland Age: 60 Schooling: Cleveland High School How long in Federal Way: Lived in the community for 11 years (in unincorporated King County) Family: Wife Tracey,

children and grandchildren (married 33 years) Hobbies: Working on cars, community activist, real-beard Santa What do you want the constituents of Federal Way to know about you?

…POLITICAL SEASON The challenges of running a write-in campaign. People ask me, Jerry, why in the world do you want to run for fire commissioner? It all started in 2010, when I spotted a tax increase that South King Fire and Rescue put on the ballot. Not only

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would it let them raise taxes immediately, it would let them continue to raise taxes on their own, without asking for another voter approval. I didn’t think that was right, and I was one of the people who helped stop what I considered taxation without representa-

tion. Like you, I have the greatest respect for our firefighters who put their lives on the line to serve the public need. My problem is with a board of fire commissioners dominated by former firefighters, that keeps asking for more tax money without spending existing revenues efficiently. After six years of attending their meetings,

I can testify that there is almost no citizen input. I’m asking you to help me make this situation better. I’m the only candidate with six years of experience bringing your voice to fire district meetings. Simply fill in the blank box below the other candidates’ names and print “Jerry Galland” to cast your vote for me for fire commissioner.

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Dini Duclos

Age: 70 years Schooling: Master’s degree in social work How long have you lived in Federal Way? Moved to Federal Way in the spring of 1995 as I wanted to live and work in the same community so I could be more involved as a citizen. My involvement with the city began as soon as I moved here and pre-dates my running for City Council.

…POLITICAL SEASON Family members: Dwight, Havanese mix dog; Linda Purlee, roommate Hobbies: Scuba diving, walking the beach and collecting shells, reading How long have you been in office? I am in my second term on Federal Way City Council. What relevant commissions/offices have you held? Since moving to Federal Way I have been involved in the community in key capacities, both locally and regionally, including as president of the Federal Way

Chamber of Commerce board of directors; Federal Way Government Affairs, committee member; president, Federal Way Chamber Education Foundation Board and many others. What are the top 3 items you want constituents to know about you? I was rated OUTSTANDING by the non-partisan Municipal League during both this election and the previous election in 2011. I have a proven track record of being a community leader who brings both insight

and good judgment to both city and community groups. I have proven skills in both budgeting and residential/commercial building development/ management. While leading the Multi-Service Center as its CEO for 17 years, I successfully developed projects worth over $64 million dollars and led a staff of over 70 people and over 400 volunteers. Contact:


Proven Leadership for Our City! “Federal Way is at a crossroads. I look forward to working with you as we create a downtown core which will thrive with the Performing Arts and Events Center. The heart of our city can be a job-generating engine! My career experience in finance and project development can work to realize a successful project — on time and on budget. I will continue to prioritize our public safety, neighborhood integrity and beautiful parks — and keep Federal Way a City residents are proud to call home.”

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to the nearby shops on her breaks. Often on a Friday she would get her hair done. It was on one particular Friday at the hair salon that she met her future husband. “The next day he called me to go down to the beach on the train,” she said. It was Jan. 2. Six months later the two were married in Brisbane on July 25, 1944. “After the war, (Roy) was shipped home,” she said. “I didn’t come (to the U.S.) until the next February.” The couple settled in Tillamook, Oregon, where her husband worked in distribution for The Oregonian newspaper for a year. Then they moved to Richland, Washington, where they made their permanent home and raised three children: Marilyn (who was [ more SENIOR, page 17 ]

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was as a seamstress in born in Australia), Australia. This was a Cindy and Scott. skill she continued into Brasfield was born adulthood and used on Feb. 11, 1922, to great effect making on a sheep farm in dresses for her two Rockhampton in the daughters. state of Queensland, “She was an excellent Australia, 200 miles seamstress,” said Cindy north of Brisbane. Ducich, Brasfield’s “My father came daughter. “I didn’t have from England and a store-bought my mother dress until I came from was in junior Scotland,” high.” she said. “My In 1960, mother’s Brasfield family was started a career wealthy. at the Bon They brought Marché store Edna Brasfield Merino sheep at Richland’s to Australia.” Columbia This was at Center. She the turn of the century. worked retail for 22 The Merino sheep wool years. was imported to other Throughout her life, countries. Brasfield always kept Brasfield remembers very active and still always working from does. a very young age. One “I played tennis for of her earliest jobs

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exercise and I did lap swimming,” she said. She loves to watch tennis and recently watched the U.S. Open. She also loves to watch soccer and even loves a little reality television, always catching Dancing with the Stars on Monday nights, Ducich said. Another passion of Brasfield’s is gardening. While in Richland, she was a member of a rose association and received many awards for her beautiful roses. “People would always knock on my door and ask if they could pick a bunch of roses,” she said. Brasfield would kindly say, “No.” Her husband, whom Brasfield was married to for 64 years, passed

Edna Brasfield, left, and husband Roy Brasfield, right. The two were married in 1944. Contributed photo

away in 2008. In August, 2014, she moved to Federal Way and found a new home at Village Green. Lisa Valdes, manager of Village Green retirement campus, said Brasfield is a delight. “(Edna) is a very sweet lady and makes friends easily,” Valdes said.

Brasfield said she enjoys being a grandmother to her five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She will turn 94 this February. The secret to longevity? Activity and a positive attitude, she said. “My cup is always half-full, not halfempty.”-

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Author to share history of Military Road

PowerPoint presentation, “A Lasting Legacy: The History of Military Road” at the Historical Society of Federal Way’s annual meeting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3. The meeting will be held at the Brooklake Community Center, located on 356th Street just west of Highway 99. This event is open to the public; tours


South King Countybased author and historian Karen Meador will share the history of the Fort Steilacoom to Fort Bellingham Road in a

of the historic Brooklake building will be available and light refreshments will be served. Retaining its original name and general route throughout South King County, Military Road is part of the Fort Steilacoom-Fort Bellingham Road constructed under the supervision of the U.S. Army in the late 1850s,

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according to Meador. Hostilities between Natives and settlers and potential threats from foreign naval artillery spurred Congress, with the support of Secretary of War and future Confederate President Jefferson Davis, to appropriate $35,000 in 1857 to construct a land route between the two forts to move troops and supplies and facilitate settlement in the remote Puget Sound Country. Traveling on foot with a pocket compass and an axe to mark trees along the way, Army Captain W.W. DeLacy began surveying the unsettled wilderness accompanied by a crew of six Native Americans and three settlers; the area was so densely-wooded that pack animals could not be used, Meador said. Construction began in 1858 under the supervision of Lieutenant George H. Mendell; the road was completed to Seattle in October 1860. In South King County, Army troops camped at the three lakes the road connects: FiveMile Lake, Star Lake and Angle Lake.


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Then and now: A modern-day photo of Five Mile Lake (above) and a historic photo along Five Mile, showing a telegraph pole along the road (left). Photos

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Fear free SAT prep session Sept. 26 FROM STAFF REPORTS

Thomas Jefferson High School DECA and the Princeton Review are sponsoring a lowcost SAT/ACT prep night. For just $25, students will take the test from 7:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26 and come back at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6 for their results. Students in grades eight and up can participate. Test results will not be reported to colleges — that’s the fear-free part. SAT and ACT tests have differently-timed sessions and will be held in separate rooms.

The results session includes coaching for students on how to improve their scores. Helpful advice will be offered to students on where questions were missed, how to pace themselves, how to score well on the essay portion and more. Thomas Jefferson DECA has sponsored the fear free SAT/ACT for years now. Proceeds from this event help send the Thomas Jefferson DECA team to the International Career Development Conference this year. To register, come to the school’s finance office to pay in person with cash or credit/ debit. You may also send a completed registration form and payment to the school at 4248 S. 288th Street, Auburn, WA 98001. Email questions to

[ POLICE from page 12] once again choked after going into the kitchen. She escaped again, but was then punched in the eye, which left swelling. The suspect left and the victim called police. Police did not find the suspect that day, but called her the next day. She confirmed the altercation happened, but said it was in self defense. She turned herself in and was booked into jail. Girl finds upside-down crosses in her room: At 4:50 p.m. on Sept. 17 in the 32400 block of Second Place S., a female returned home from school to find her room ransacked and three upside-down crosses placed inside. The girl also found her hair extensions hanging on the door handle to her room. Nothing was reported missing. She believes her former friend who she had a recent fight with entered through the garage door using the door code. Nothing else in the house was touched or damaged. Acquaintance carjacks man: At 1:46 a.m. on Sept. 16 in the 300 block of SW 308th St., officers responded to a reported carjacking. Two men went to meet an acquaintance to give him money so he could feed his family. After they arrived at their meeting spot, they stated that a man showed up with his girlfriend and three other males they did not recognize. They approached the two men and they began to argue. The male they agreed to meet then got into the back of the victims’ car and pulled out a large revolver. He said, “I’m gonna kill you, get out of the f*** car” to the victims and pistol-whipped one when he attempted to call 911. The suspect then left in the vehicle. The victim who owned the car claimed he and the suspect were in a previous dating relationship. The other victim said it was the car owner’s nephew. Police found and arrested the suspect. He was charged with first degree robbery, first degree unlawful possession of a weapon and taking a motor vehicle without permission. Man repeatedly punches girlfriend: At 10:54 p.m. on Sept. 16 in the 27600 block of Pacific Highway S., a man punched his girlfriend, who is also the mother of his child, in the face 10 or more times. He also pulled her hair and kicked her in the back. Before police arrived, the suspect fled the apartment. He was later located by officers and booked into SCORE jail. Air conditioner stolen from business: At 12:19 p.m. on Sept. 14 in the 32800 Pacific Highway S., a victim reported that an unknown person stole the air conditioner from their business. He told police that they have a video camera that covers the air conditioner, but it was moved by the suspect prior to the theft and did not capture anything. He told police he did not have any suspect information or the serial number for the air conditioner.

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Curriculum Committee seeks new members FROM STAFF REPORTS

The Federal Way Public Schools is seeking family and community members interested in serving on the Instructional Materials Committee. This committee reviews requests for district adoptions of district-wide basic instructional materials and makes recommendations to the superintendent. In addition, the committee examines requests for review of district-approved and utilized instructional materials and makes recommendations to the superin-

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Federal Way high school swim meets All four Federal Way high schools were present at the Weyerhauser King County Aquatic Center on Tuesday, Sept. 22 as Thomas Jefferson faced Decatur and Federal Way faced Todd Beamer. Thomas Jefferson defeated Decatur 88-77 and Federal Way defeated Todd Beamer 116-67. It was the first league win for both teams. TERRENCE HILL, the Mirror

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and to sound financial planning to move forward and to make this a better city.” “And I have to tell you that if there was an effort to try and He also vehemently disagrees with Jarvis about the goal rollback or stop this project now, it would be the worst of the citizen’s initiative. financial calamity in the history of the city.” “Make no mistake. This effort is to not only to delay, However, Jarvis said this citizen’s initiative does not aim but to kill the project,” Ferrell said, noting the initiative to shut down the project. appears to include both debt service and ongoing opera“We’re not trying to stop [the events center] construction,” he said. “We just want to say, hey, go ahead and build tions. “To say this is not intended to kill the project is not a true statement. It is meant to obstruct and delay and it but let’s just make sure it doesn’t become a money pit and we can’t really trust you at this point to make accurate stop this project.” However, as far as that really happening, “I don’t think projections because your first ones have been so wrong.” there’s community support for that,” he said. He noted Examples of the city’s alleged inaccurate projections aside from Jarvis and Hiller’s concerns, include the city’s operation of the Federal “I can’t tell you the last time I heard Way Community Center and the Knutzen from somebody opposed to the [events Theatre that both “went hugely over budget center] or upset about the direction for years,” Jarvis said. of the [events center]. I think we have The most recent example Jarvis cited is widespread support from the commuthe federal funds from New Market Tax nity.” Credits allocations the city hoped would But during the last council meeting on help fund at least $7 million of a $5-9 milSept. 15, Councilwoman Susan Honda lion shortfall for the events center. The city made a motion for the city to discuss was passed over for the federal funding last exploring public-private partnerships summer and, again, in the first wave of alfor the events center. She also asked the locations in June. The mayor is still hopeful council to postpone the construction bid the city may receive the funding during a award from Oct. 6 to Oct. 20 to allow second wave of federal allocations by next time to get more information on this. week. Both Honda and Councilwoman Kelly “It’s really a matter of, we don’t want to Maloney voted in favor of the motion, see police and public safety further cut,” which failed 5-2. Jarvis said. “In fact, the city already cut one Matthew Jarvis “I made the motion so that as a roads project to fund the construction of council we could have a discussion on the [events center] and so they’re showing the funding for the [events center],” that there is no sacred money when it comes to the [events Honda said in an email. “As you know, we do not have all center] and we’re really concerned with that.” of the funding needed to build the facility. We have not However, Ferrell said Jarvis is wrong in regard to the been successful in obtaining the New Market Tax Credits 352nd Connection Project. The project was temporarily and I would like to explore other options of funding this put on hold “but if Mr. Jarvis had done his due diligence, project.” he would know that we are literally in the process of movHonda said partnerships will be “vital” in making the ing forward on that project. And I have to tell you, his project successful, which can include the school district, facts are provably wrong.” Chamber of Commerce, businesses and citizens. Honda The project, which will connect Enchanted Parkway to said she does believe that “most of our citizens really do Pacific Highway South, was included in the last budget. “These are wrong facts and facts matter,” the mayor said. want this to be built. It will be an important part of our redeveloped downtown. But we need to always be mind“As a prosecutor for 19 years, I put people in prison based ful of how we use the resources that we have.” on facts.” Maloney said that because the city was not awarded Ferrell added that while he respects the citizen’s initiaNew Market Tax Credits, the city is now relying on an tive process, he “fundamentally disagrees” with Jarvis and inter-fund loan that expires in three years. After that, she Hiller’s approach. said the idea is to bond the balance, which could cost up “What they are trying to say with essential services to $15 million. The interest on the loan could potentially is they are trying to scare the public that if we build the be upwards of $1 million per year. [events center] that it’s going to undermine public safety. “As I have always said, I oppose this way of funding the I have spent a career protecting the public, we have been completion of the project and support partnering with a adding police officers and that is a false argument that appeals to people’s fears. And the city administration and the private entity instead,” Maloney said in an email. “There have been initial conversations around the public-private City Council are appealing to the hope of this community

“We’re not trying to stop [the events center] construction. ... Let’s just make sure it doesn’t become a money pit and we can’t really trust you at this point ...”

partnership concept and I support taking the time to see if they develop further. It is my hope they do so the [events center] is built in a collaborative way between the city and private entity for the enjoyment of all.” Both Honda and Maloney said they received an email about the citizen’s initiative but need more time to study the issue. Ferrell emphasized that both council members voted in support of the events center last year and city officials made it “abundantly clear” that the city could move forward with the project without the federal funding. However, he admits the city may have “over-emphasized and put our expectations too high” on the tax credits. “The lesson I’ve learned if I go back in time is that I don’t think that we should have put so much emphasis on New Market Tax Credits,” the mayor said. “We were attempting to be transparent about what our efforts were but we can proceed and I believe there is support among council to proceed, even without New Market Tax Credits. But we are still working on those and they are not a foregone conclusion.” During the same council meeting, Hiller’s wife Julie, who is a council candidate, also implored the council not to proceed with the events center ground breaking on Oct. 21 until the city either waits until all of its funding is secured, builds the project in phases and has firm plans in place to add phases as funding is in place, or explores partnerships with private investors. She said she is excited about the idea of a vibrant downtown core, but she believes the city’s first responsibility in this effort “is to our citizens and if we don’t have the funding needed and have to borrow money to build, that means citizens are going to pay either in increased costs at some point in time down the road, or decreased services. But the money has to come from somewhere. I believe that this is important enough that if the citizens are going to have to bear the responsibility of that decision, they have a right to have input and it should go to a vote before proceeding.” During the next council meeting on Oct. 6, the council will vote to approve the most responsive responsible bidder for the project’s construction. The city received eight bids from local bidders. During that meeting, Jarvis and Hiller plan to ask the council for their support on the measure and also invite residents to join them. “This is probably ignorantly optimistic, but we’re going to present it to the City Council and ask for their support on it because the $100,000 was their number,” Jarvis said. “If you believe this is the right number, then you shouldn’t have any problem backing it into law.”


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The Federal Way donor center of Bloodworks Northwest is offering donors a chance to enjoy the Washington State Fair in Puyallup for free with the first-ever “Pint for a Pass” event. Everyone who registers to donate blood at the Federal Way donor center through Sept. 27 will receive a free pass to the 2015 Washington State Fair for any day of the fair they’d like to attend. The Federal Way donor center is located at 1414 S. 324th St., Suite B101, Federal Way. To contact the Federal Way center, call 253-9458660. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. Appointments can be made online at schedule.bloodworksnw. org or by calling 1-800398-7888. Giving blood is a fast, easy way to save lives and give back to your community. To be eligible to


Reach Out will host its fifth annual fundraising breakfast from 7-8:30 a.m. on Sept. 29 at the Christian Faith Center, 33645 20th Ave. S., Federal Way. Sen. Joe Fain will emcee the event this year and Reach Out will honor local heroes Hope Elder and Andrea Diep for the generous work they do in the Federal Way community. Reach Out, a program of Catholic Community Ser-

Donor Ashley Edens donates blood at Bloodworks Northwest during “Pint for Pass” and receives a free pass to the Washington State Fair. Courtesy of Bloodworks Northwest

donate you must be at least 18 years of age (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health. “Blood collections dipped this summer as a result of heat waves and reduced collections caused by summer vacations,” said Clint Kendrick, senior director of collections and recruitment. “It’s the dedication of local donors that keeps our community’s supply of blood stable and ready for patients in their time of need.”

The need for blood can be higher in summer from patients undergoing surgeries, emergency rooms treating traumatic injuries, people receiving cancer treatment and surgeons performing organ transplants. Donors with type-O blood, the most common blood type, are especially needed. “Bid farewell to summer, support your community blood supply, then go to the Washington State Fair,” Kendrick urged.

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Every year, the International Photography Exhibition at the Washington State Fair draws awe-inspiring photos. This year, Federal Way resident Stan Braaten was recognized for Best of Action and Best of Humor. Braaten’s and other winning photos will be on display for the duration of the fair, through Sept. 27. This year is the 75th anniversary of the photography exhibition. It is considered one of the best international exhibitions around the globe, and has received recognition from the Photographic Society of America. Since its establishment in 1937, the exhibition has been home to some of the latest and greatest pieces in photographic art.


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Chilly Chase 5K: Join this 5K fun run from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26 at Celebration Park, located at 1095 S. 324th St. Cost is $30 and supports Decatur High School’s and Saghalie Middle School’s cross country programs. For more information, contact Ed Barney at, call 253-946-5600 or visit Free Medication Drop-Off: Drop off old or expired medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26 at Federal Way City Hall, police lobby, located at 33325 Eighth Ave S. The drop-off is for all pharmaceutical medicines. These medicines will be safely disposed. Note that medical wastes (such as syringes) and illicit drugs will not be accepted. Chili Cook-Off: Vote for your favorite chili during the Federal Way Farmers Market’s annual Chili Cook-Off from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26 in the Sears parking lot at The Commons mall. The event includes live music and friendly, fun competition. Tickets are $10 and include a portion of each teams’ chili, corn bread, salad, drink and dessert. For more information, call 253-261-8157.

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reimagined approach at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 28, at the Federal Way Library, located at 34200 First Way S. Registration is required. For more information, visit www.kcls. org or call 253-838-3668.

Sept. 29

Reach Out’s 5th Annual Fundraising Breakfast: This year’s breakfast will be hosted from 7 to 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at Christian Faith Center, located at 33645 20th Ave. S. Doors will open at 6:30 a.m. The proceeds from the breakfast will support the operations of Reach Out’s men and women overnight shelter programs. For more information or to register for this event, visit http://

Sept. 30

Open Doors: People ages 16 to 21 years can learn about earning high school credentials through Multi-Service Center’s GED program at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at the Federal Way Library, located at 34200 First Way S. Participants will get one-on-one help with college and career navigation, and learn about resources to help with transportation, housing and financial assistance. For more information, visit or call 253-838-3668. Surviving Domestic Violence Then and Now 25 Years Later: The city of Federal Way Domestic Violence Task Force will present information and host several speakers from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at Federal Way City Hall, Council Chambers, located at 33325 Eighth Ave S. Refreshments will be served. Young Living Essential Oils Introductory Class: Learn how to use essential oils for physical and emotional well-being from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at the Federal Way Library, located at 34200 First Way S. For more information, contact Jean at, call 253-661-2836 or visit

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Oktoberfest: A fundraiser dinner to support life skill programs for people with disabilities will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9 at the Federal Way Community Center. The event will include polka lessons, costume contest, bratwurst bar, auction items and more. Local comedian, John Keister will emcee the event. Cost is $20 with pre-registration. For more information, call 253-835-6900 or visit


Talk Time Classes: Practice speaking English with other English language learners at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evenings at the Federal Way Library, located at 34200 First Way S. Learn about American culture and meet people from around the world. Classes are free, participants can join anytime. For more information, visit www.kcls. org or call 253-839-3668. Seniors in Motion: This strengthening and conditioning program, appropriate for older adults will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:05 a.m. at Federal Way Senior

Center, located at 4016 S. 352nd, Auburn. For more information, email or call 253-838-3604 or visit www. Book Donations: The Friends of Federal Way Libraries is collecting used books, magazines and DVDs in new or like-new condition to support library programming. Donations are tax deductible. Ask library staff for details. Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group: Meetings are held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month, in Room 15 at Church of the Nazarene, located at 1225 29th St. SE, Auburn. For more information contact Val Brustad at 253-854-7658 or visit Federal Way Domestic Violence Task Force: Meets from 12-1:30 p.m. the fourth Friday of every month at City Hall in the Hylebos room. The organization works toward ending domestic violence. For more information, contact Lana Mathew at 253-2328096. Domestic Violence Task Force: The city of Auburn’s Domestic Violence Task Force meets from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month in Room 3 at Auburn City Hall, located at 25 West Main St., Auburn. Freedom From Tobacco Support Group: Group meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday at St. Francis Hospital, oncology waiting area. For more information, call Heidi Henson, at 253-426-6746. One-on-One Resume Assistance: A King County Library

We keep our eyes out for yours. At Virginia Mason Federal Way Eye Care Clinic, our optometrists and ophthalmologists offer patients leading edge eye care in a wide range of areas, from common to complex. Using the most advanced technology available, our staff can diagnose and effectively treat cataracts, glaucoma, disease-related issues and more. You may have seen us in the neighborhood. We’re open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Federal Way Farmers Market will host the Chili Cook-Off from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26. File Photo System volunteer can provide 45 minutes of one-on-one assistance writing or updating resumes. Registration is required. For days and times, call 253-839-0257. One-on-One Computer Help: Library volunteers provide assistance with basic level computer and software questions at the Federal Way Library, 34200 First Way S. For dates and times, please call the library at 253-838-3668 or visit

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Veterans of Foreign Wars: VFW Post 2886 meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month at Steel Lake Presbyterian Church, 1829 S. 308th St. For more information, contact Tom Leonard at or call 253-927-1615. Kiwanis Club: The Kiwanis Club of Greater Federal Way meets for breakfast from 7:30-8:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Denny’s Restaurant on 320th. For more information or to inquire about membership dues, contact Marie Sciacqua at or 253941-7060 or visit Lions Club: The Federal Way Lions Club meets at noon the first and third Tuesday of each month at Denny’s Restaurant on 320th. For more information contact Bob Darrigan at 253-874-4282. Twin Lakes Toastmasters Club: Club meets from 6:30 to 7:55 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club. For more information, contact Don Everly Smith at or call 425241-4888.


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Highline College campus renovation project led by student veterans FROM STAFF REPORTS

During the fall of 2013, Highline College student Kendall Evans was asked a difficult question: “Is this what Highline thinks of its POWs and MIAs?” The question came from fellow student Nikolaos R. Hendrick while the two were looking at Highline’s Veterans Memorial Plaza. Both men had served in the U.S. Army. Created in 1968, the memorial was originally created to honor fallen members of the armed forces from Washington state. Over the years the memorial had become so overgrown with trees and bushes that the most visible part of the memorial was the black and white POW/ MIA flag, which honors soldiers who were prisoners of war or missing in action. Evans was sure that the hidden plaza was not the memorial to veterans that Highline had intended for POWs and MIAs or, for that matter, any member of the armed forces.

“Hendrick was missing flag of white stars on a blue in action for several days background is surrounded while deployed during a by red and white stripes and conflict in the Middle East. anchors a low concrete wall His comment struck a nerve inscribed with the words with me, and I wanted “Past, Present, Future.” to see what I could do to From the original napkin improve the memorial,” said sketch, the design “was put Evans, who at the time was on steroids by Jim Butler working on his associate when we were conceptualizdegree. He has since earned ing the idea,” said Holldorf, his two-year degree and referring to the lead archiis pursuing an applied tect on the project. bachelor’s degree in human With the overwhelming services at Highline. support of Highline staff, Evans took the question including Veterans Services to Jonathan Brown, the AsProgram Manager Brian sociate Dean for Center for Galloway, Evans pursued Leadership and Service at the project with the assisHighline College, who was tance of Hendrick. quick to agree that improveWith a campus project of ments to the memorial this type, getting it done reneeded to be done. quires an advocate, one who Evans and Brown sat is willing to see the project down with Highline’s from beginning Director of Facilities to the very end. and Operations Barry Evans did just Holldorf, who is also that. From an a veteran. Holldorf informal conversawas on board with the tion, Evans and idea that the current Hendrick initiated memorial was unacthe project. Evans Kendall Evans ceptable. During the then took the lead meeting he roughed on the bulk of the out on a paper napkin project, on what the initial idea for the plaza turned out to be a multiyear redesign. process to bring a renovated Holldorf ’s idea was to reveterans memorial to Highcreate the look of a folded line’s campus. U.S. flag — the triangularThe total cost of the shaped flag given to a loved project, which included one to recognize a deceased design and construction, veteran — into the concrete was $102,000, shared nearly that serves as the base of equally by the Associated the memorial. The folded Students of Highline Col-

Architect’s rendering of the Veterans Memorial Plaza at Highline College. Contributed art lege and the college itself. Project partners included Jim Butler of McGranahan Architects, prime consultant and architects; Jeff Glander of Glander & Associates, landscape architect; and Len Sundstrom of Sundstrom Inc., general contractor. Karen Herndon was the project manager for Highline College. Highline will hold a free community-wide event to celebrate the renovated Veterans Memorial Plaza at noon on Oct. 6. Evans will

be the master of ceremonies. The event will include the color guard from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, a bagpipe performance of “Amazing Grace” by Highline alumnus Phillip Thelin, and a keynote address by Brenda Milewski. Milewski served in the U.S. Army from 1983 to 2008 and is now Vice President of the Washington State Women Veterans Advisory Committee for the Department of Veteran Affairs. A reception will follow

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the ceremony in Building 2 on Highline’s main campus. The plaza, which is situated at the heart of campus, now opens wide to a prominent walking path, ensuring it will not become overgrown with foliage. The POW/MIA flag will continue to fly daily alongside the U.S. flag. The plaza’s redesign makes the words on the black and white flag — “You are not forgotten” — ring true again on Highline’s campus.

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