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ELECTION | Mike Pellicciotti to challenge Rep. Linda Kochmar for 30th District [2]

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OPINION | Dawson: Mirror reporter introduces new diversity section [4] Roegner: 2016 will be great political year [4] POLICE | Man throws coffee at couple in vehicle, flees [7] DIVERSITY | Fairy Godmother for transgender community reveals challenging past [14]

SPORTS | Titans overcome slow FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2016 | 75¢ start to defeat Rams [10]

CALENDAR | The city will host its annual Styrofoam collection event through Jan. 15 [22]

City seeks to mitigate air traffic impacts as part of legislative priorities Air traffic increased by 13 percent during first quarter of 2015 BY ANDREW FICKES For the Mirror


ommercial airplanes flying into and out of SeaTac Airport are making their approaches more and more over residential areas in Federal Way. Now, residents and city leaders are saying enough is enough. The Federal Way City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved passage of the council’s 2016 federal and state legislative priorities. Working with the congressional and state legislative delegations to seek ways to mitigate the environmental and public health impacts of commercial aircraft topped the list. “Our efforts are ongoing in terms of dialogue with the Port of Seattle, Sea-Tac (airport), and with the (Federal Aviation Administration),” said Brian Wilson, Federal Way’s chief of staff. “Part of this has been us understanding really what the environment is in terms of policy and procedure. What we’re seeing is there appears to be a difference between the south approaches and takeoffs versus the north from a policy standpoint.” Wilson said he and city staff are assessing the environmental approvals that have taken place over history and seeing what flexibility the city has within that current environmental review. “We are waiting for a report from the FAA pertaining to that exact issue in terms of what options are available for us to make potential policy changes in terms of approaches and takeoffs to the south, which is the biggest concern for our residents,” Wilson said. “There has been a good deal of information, cooperation provided by the Port and the FAA during this process. We have had good [ more AIR TRAFFIC, page 3 ]

Prayer for peace Dozens of strangers turned to one another in the lobby of City Hall, put their arms around each other and prayed during the second annual prayer rally. On New Year’s Eve — a night police were out in full force — the Federal Way church community prayed for their safety, the health of local firefighters and peace between city officials and citizens during the rally. Andre Sims, a pastor at Christ the King Bible Fellowship, co-organized the event with approximately 20 pastors from the area. The group also prayed for education, business and the media. Photos courtesy of Bruce Honda

Federal Way native to spread global health awareness on cross-country trip BY ANDREW FICKES For the Mirror

A 2006 Thomas Jefferson High School graduate and now fourth-year medical student at Ohio State University has the opportunity

this spring to bicycle 3,300 miles across the United States, educating small, underserved communities about the disparity of resources affecting access to basic healthcare. Victor Nguyen, 27, specializing in general surgery at the university’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, will join Ohio

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“These are some of the most underserved. We call ahead to communities to ask what health concerns they have to customize our visit to their community.” In many of the communities that are visited, Ride for World Health presents a lecture series that hits on topics that include infectious diseases, mental

health and poverty and health. These lectures bring to the forefront Ride for World Health’s goal to not only educate about domestic healthcare, but also global health. This year, as part of the trip, Ride for Global Health wishes to fund[ more HEALTH, page 3 ]


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Pellicciotti to challenge Kochmar for 30th District

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Mike Pellicciotti — former south King County prosecutor, past Equal Justice Coalition chair and state prosecutor — announced Thursday that he will challenge Rep. Linda Kochmar this November for state representative of the 30th Legislative District. Pellicciotti, a Democrat and Federal Way resident, is a prosecutor and cur-

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rent state attorney who has been managing efforts to protect public dollars and combat health care fraud. Over the past decade, he has prosecuted fraud, as well as sex trafficking, felony DUI, domestic violence and elder abuse cases throughout the 30th District. He has most recently managed teams of state investigators and prosecutors to convict healthcare providers who steal from taxpayers, returning over $30 million back to taxpayers from healthcare corporations committing fraud. “It’s time for a change in Olympia,” said Pellicciotti in a media release. “We need new independent leadership to preserve families’ hardearned tax dollars, stand up to corporate special interests and offer creative solutions to the challenges of public safety, education funding and job creation in our community.” Pellicciotti has significant grassroots support. In December, over 200 people contributed to his campaign,

raising nearly $32,000. release. “During his time Pellicciotti grew up in a as chair of our state’s Equal family of educators and at Justice Coalition, Mike has an early age was instilled shown a commitment to with the value that educaensuring the legal rights of tion can transform lives. He veterans, homeowners and was a United States Fulthe most vulnerable in our bright Scholar, who studied community. With his depth economic of experience development. and willingHe currently ness to take serves as the on tough alternate votchallenges, he ing member would do a of the Federal great job repWay Human resenting the Services people of the Commission. 30th LegislaPellicciotti tive District.” has already Pellicciotti received plans to run endorsean energetic, Mike Pellicciotti grassroots ments from Congressman campaign that Denny Heck, will prioritize Attorney listening to General Bob Ferguson and all voters. By reaching out Port Commissioner Courtto the community and goney Gregoire. ing to families’ doorsteps, “For over a decade, I have Pellicciotti seeks to hear known of Mike’s committhe concerns, priorities and ment to public service, and ideas of residents in the 30th I’m glad to see him step up Legislative District. to run for state representaFor more information, tive,” Heck said in the media visit

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January 8, 2016 [3] [ AIR TRAFFIC from page 1] [ HEALTH from page 1] dialogue with them.” Wilson said a factor that is clearly present is the “tremendous increase in air traffic” that has occurred as a result of the improving health of the Puget Sound regional economy. A report published by the Port of Seattle last spring showed that during the first quarter of 2015, domestic and international air traffic had risen 13 percent, a figure three times what airport officials had anticipated. During the same first quarter, the report showed that air freight, pushed by demand in international shipments, increased by 1.5 percent. In November, the FAA and representatives from the Port and Sea-Tac Airport were part of a public meeting at Federal Way City Hall where more than 200 residents attended to voice their concern. Mayor Jim Ferrell said it was a good turnout and at times, the conversation turned heated. Wilson promised the City Council on Tuesday that this is a priority the city will continue to pursue through 2016. Wasting no time, the Port’s chief executive officer will visit with Ferrell and Tim Johnson, the city’s economic development director, on Jan. 13. Wilson said mitigation efforts could include the consideration to have planes fly at a much higher altitude and over commercial areas, as opposed to residential areas where there is a significant impact to public health and the environment. The council on Tuesday also considered before them legislative priorities covering topics that comprised economic development, community development, transportation and public records reform. Another priority with significant momentum around it is the goal to request from the legislative delegation $50,000 in capital funding to help finance a Veterans’ Monument to be located at Town Square Park. The Washington state 2016 Legislative session starts Monday. It will be a 60-day session, much shorter than the 2015 session that made record books as being the longest in state history.

raise for two global health organizations: Ohio State University-Greif Neonatal Survival Program and Esperanca. The OSU-Greif Neonatal Survival Program, founded in 2012, has a goal to improve the lives of mothers and infants in third-world countries through continuing education and training programs that raise the rate of in-country healthcare workers. Esperanca focuses on improving health in the world’s poorest countries. When Nguyen was an undergrad at the University of Washington, he was granted the opportunity to visit Vietnam — his mother and father’s home country — where he and a team of doctors set up mobile health clinics in rural communities. “Before Vietnam, I never considered global health because I thought, ‘Why don’t I help people here (in the U.S.) first?’” Nguyen said. “It was a game-changer for me to travel to Vietnam. To be in rural communities is a reminder that there is still a lot we can do in healthcare.” Nguyen applied what he learned in Vietnam during

Victor Nguyen, a 2006 Thomas Jefferson High School alumnus and now fourth-year medical student at Ohio State University, plans to bicycle across the U.S. to educate underserved communities about the disparity of resources affecting access to basic healthcare. Contributed photo his second year in medical school when he traveled to Honduras with Ohio State University’s organization Partnership for Ongoing Developmental Educational and Medical Outreach Solutions. To many people living in rural communities of Honduras, Nguyen said the organization provided primary care and taught good nutrition. “We brought orthopedic surgeons who looked at people’s joints,” Nguyen added. “We were focusing

on teaching public health and health awareness. We connected them to local healthcare.” Now as a fourth-year medical student, Nguyen thinks he is better equipped with more medical knowledge to really make a difference in the communities Ride for World Health will visit. “I want to visit with these communities and connect with them and learn different lifestyles and how they go about their day,” Nguyen said. “I

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Why 2016 will be a great political year

This is what political columnists live for, as 2016 could be one of the most exciting political years in history. Heading the list of reasons why is the race for president, with candidates more than happy to say dumb things for the media. We could have our first woman president, or our first Latino, or our first doctor whose own staff says he isn’t qualified, or our third Bush, or a businessman who likes to put his name on things. Or it could be a disaster of global proportions — it’s all up to us! Although, I am curious how “Trump Manor” in 20-foot-high letters would look on the front of the White House? Control of Congress, our state Legislature and all statewide offices are up for grabs. Not many people know Republican candidate for governor, Bill Bryant, but that is also a plus, as he can define himself for the voters. The numbers favor Jay Inslee’s re-election, as he has done a good job of protecting his base.

But he can’t afford too many more computer issues, such as what occurred in the Department of Corrections. Sen. Patty Murray seems likely to beat Chris Vance and help Inslee increase the Democratic turnout. But we also could see big upsets. Is this still a blue state or are we closer to purple? Reps. Linda Kochmar and Teri Hickel will be hard to beat, but watch the House races as the Democrats are shopping two good names. One of those candidates — state prosecutor Mike Pellicciotti, of Federal Way — announced on Thursday morning that he will challenge Kochmar. We’ll see if the other candidate actually gets into the race. Current Auditor Troy Kelley will not run for re-election. But it will be an uphill battle for local Sen. Mark Miloscia to replace him as two Democrats will be in the race, state Rep. Derek Stanford from Bothell and Jeff Sprung, Bob Roegner


The Mirror’s editorial board: Rudi Alcott, publisher; Carrie Rodriguez, editor; Karen Brugato, community volunteer; Bruce Biermann, community volunteer; Karen Feldt, active retiree, Rotarian; Patrick Godfrey, political consultant; and Phil Sell, retired professor. Contact the board: editorialboard@


veryone has a story. It’s what I told readers nearly two years ago when I joined the Federal Way Mirror. It’s something I still strongly believe in to this day. But we haven’t told everyone’s story — not even close. It is why the Mirror is launching its first monthly diversity section in this issue, which can be found on page 14. In it, you will find stories about Lonness Valenna, who was born intersex but forced into malehood before starting grade school, only to transition to a woman later in life. You’ll find the results of our month-long survey that questioned readers about their own diverse backgrounds and asked for feedback as we venture forward into unknown territory. Despite concerns and apprehension from some, 62 percent of the 59 respondents said the community would benefit from a diversity section in the Mirror. Diversity Commission Chair Greg Baruso also asks readers what the word “diversity” means to them as he shares a bit of his background and what the 20-plus year old commission does for the city of Federal Way. The section’s intent is to give a voice to those stories that might fall by the wayside when a primarily white city government and community often make headlines. It is not a “separate but equal” section, in the sense that we’ll stick a story about a successful community leader who happens to be Muslim, lesbian or blind in the section for the sake of it. That’s news. Arts sections, business sections and opinion sections have a focus and this will too. This sections’ intent is to be inclusive, create more awareness and be a reflection of its current community, which is comprised of so many different types of [ more DAWSON page 6 ]



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Mr. Federal Way doesn’t understand moist Mirrors I am writing in response to the comment from a reader about all of the wet newspapers that had been received. Mr. Federal Way’s recent comments indicate that he does not have a full understanding of what happens in regard to the delivery of the Federal Way Mirror, at least in some parts of the city.

First of all, my paper has not been delivered on Friday afternoon for several years or more. It sometimes arrives as late as 11 a.m. or so on Saturday. Surely you would not expect me to stay at home and watch for the paper to arrive so that I can collect it from my “driveway as soon as it is delivered.” There are numerous times in the past year when I have shown up at your office on Monday to pick up a paper since I never did receive one over the weekend. Earlier last year, I discovered that papers were being delivered to the house next door, which had been empty for over two years, but not to my house. The next problem has been the manner of delivery. A few weeks ago it was tossed on the sidewalk in front of a large shrub in

my front planting bed and totally hidden from view of the house. I didn’t find it until Sunday as I pulled out of my driveway. Another time I found the paper laying flat in another garden area with the plastic bag nearby on a drizzly day. The plastic bag usually is not tied shut, just tucked in. Therefore, if it is windy and rainy the paper will still get wet. Now and then I’ve found the paper lying in the gutter when it was raining. When that happens, there is no way I can even pull it apart to dry it out without tearing it into unreadable segments. In all fairness to the current carrier, I will say that the paper has been delivered prior to 7 a.m. on Saturdays so far last month. I usually check again before I go to bed on Friday nights

and know that it was not in my driveway at that time. Also, last month the paper was usually several feet into my driveway instead of on the sidewalk or in the gutter, which had become the norm prior to that. Once it was even tied shut and therefore remained relatively dry. (Sometimes the bag tears when it’s tossed as it slides across the concrete. Probably an unavoidable situation). I do enjoy reading this paper. I’ve lived in Federal Way since 1978 and this is where my kids spent their entire school years. It is good to read of current happenings in this city. Thank you for your reflections on this letter.

Betsey Grayson, Federal Way

Retirees, make

your voices heard With the upcoming 2016 presidential and Congressional elections fast approaching, it is critical that federal candidates remember seniors and focus on our crucial issue of retirement economic security. Currently, there is no presidential candidate standing up for this problem confronting older Americans. Which one will call out modern corporate executives who believe the companies they lead have zero responsibility to their loyal retirees? This is not a Democrat or Republican issue, it is about protecting older Americans and millions of retirees in need of national solutions that protect us. Old fashioned lip service from politicians can no longer be acceptable. [ more LETTERS page 6 ]

January 8, 2016 [5]

Q&A with Mr. FW: Stonewalled by City Hall and frosty football Q

: Mr. Federal Way, it seems like there are not a lot of choices for better Internet in Federal Way. Is there any chance you think the City Council would be open to applying for Google Fiber? A: Mr. Federal Way was very interested in this question because Mr. Federal Way agrees with you. The options in the entire state of Washington seem to be lacking, not just in Federal Way. The current providers have little incentive to improve their service since they have no one in the area pushing them to be better. Mr. Federal Way would love to hear that the City Council would apply for Google Fiber. Sadly, Mr. Federal Way will have to get back to you

about this request because Mr. Federal Way will be waiting on a public records request to go through the city on some information Mr. Federal Way wanted to gather. Mr. Federal Way had a colleague ask City Hall nicely for this information, as Mr. Federal Way has done in the past, but this time the response from Chief of Staff Brian Wilson was: “The mayor’s office will not be providing information to or for a fictional character’s satire/opinion column in the Federal Way Mirror.” The last time Mr. Federal Way checked, the skin, and

what may possibly be some muscle, on Mr. Federal Way’s bones is very real. The only thing Mr. Federal Way knows to be fictional at the Mirror is Mr. Alcott’s sense of humor. Mr. Federal Way will wait on the information to allow for a better answer to this concerned citizen’s question. There’s no reason for Mr. Federal Way to try to double-dip on the questioning after being rejected once already. Well maybe there is, but Mr. Federal Way is not the type of person who wants to get rejected multiple times.

Q: Mr. Federal Way, I haven’t seen you talk about the Seahawks in awhile. How are you feeling about the game in Minnesota this weekend? A: You’re right, it has been awhile since Mr. Federal Way really talked sports, hasn’t it? Well, Mr. Federal Way’s first feeling is that Mr. Federal Way will be much happier watching the game in front of the fireplace instead of in the stands on Sunday. Temperature’s have been estimated to be from -1 to 4 degrees on Sunday in Minneapolis. That’s even before the wind chill kicks in and makes it even colder. Mr. Federal Way was cold just looking out at the snow this weekend, there’s no way any sane person would

want to be in those frigid temperatures. Luckily, some of those insane people are Hawks fans. With the frosty forecast, Vikings fans haven’t been buying tickets like most would expect for a playoff game. Many of those crazy Seahawks fans have scooped them up for cheap and Mr. Federal Way expects there to be a decentsized contingent of Hawks fans making the trip. The Seahawks already made Minnesota feel just like home earlier this season with their 38-7 win a month ago, so Mr. Federal Way isn’t too afraid of the Vikings ending the Hawks season. But it is the playoffs, so who knows what can happen. Maybe Teddy Bridgewa-

ter figures out how to throw the ball more than 10 yards down the field. Maybe Adrian Peterson actually realizes that his goal is to hold onto the football. Maybe Matt Kalil and the rest of the Vikings’ O-lines stop looking like the turnstiles at the entrance of the stadium. It’s possible, but it’s not likely. Mr. Federal Way likes the Seahawks in this one by a couple scores, even with the freezing conditions. Stay warm out there Hawks fans. Q: Mr. Federal Way, did you play in the snow on Sunday? A: None of your business.

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Stop whining and participate

School district launches new website

When my wife Margery and I walked to the Dash Point Starbucks in the morning, we would remark to each other, “Look at all the trash on the side of the road. Aren’t people taught litter control anymore? It used to be that you would be fined $500 for throwing trash out of your car. It just looks terrible.” One day, I said to her, “I am sick and tired of complaining about this. I am just going to pick it up myself,” which we did for eight years. We also looked at each other and said, “Let’s choose to participate in volunteer activities in our community that improve it but aren’t rocket science. Things that don’t take all our

Federal Way Public Schools recently launched the first phase of the district’s new website, with a new look and improved navigation experience. As the district continues to build the site and add functionality, parents and students will see more information and new pages over the next few weeks. Some information has not yet been moved from the district’s old site, so users might be redirected to the old site or pointed to the equivalent or relevant information. New school websites are coming soon, meanwhile users can still access the school websites. However, due to the significant changes in the website architecture, district officials know there may be digital hiccups and users may experience virtual roadblocks along the way. This is where the district needs the public’s help. Email the district at if you see a broken link or feel that something should be reviewed or enhanced.

Pat Godfrey


time but together with others of like mind could make a small difference.” This is the way I feel about being a volunteer member of the Mirror’s Editorial Board. I saw it as an opportunity to participate in a unique way that might, just might, have a positive influence on our community. And I believe my participation has been a positive thing. I am ever so grateful that I have been allowed to participate on the Ed Board (that’s what we call it now that we are on the “inside” of the media).

Guess what? It is not what people might think. It is enthusiastic discussion about issues important to our community, the quality of our lives, our families, our kids and their education, our merchants, our leaders, you name it — we talk about it. And laugh, oh my goodness. If you like to laugh, this is for you. Your time invested will be rewarded tenfold. Go for it. Your community needs you. If you are a rocket scientist, you probably shouldn’t apply. The Ed Board is for “regular” people.

Pat Godfrey is a member of the Mirror’s Editorial Board. His term ends in March. If you are interested in applying for this volunteer board, email publisher Rudi Alcott at


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an attorney from Seattle. If Miloscia is successful, then the King and Pierce County Councils will pick a Republican to fill out Miloscia’s term in the Senate. Several people want the appointment. Watch to see if a new face might surface. The blood pressure at City Hall will go up steadily the closer the calendar gets to 2017, the next city election year. As Mayor Jim Ferrell moves toward 18 months left in his term, he will need to stop the unforced errors in his administration, and that may result in changes at City Hall. And speaking of blood pressure, pay very close attention to the City Council this year. There will be a lot of maneuvering as incumbent council members decide whether or not to run again in 2017 or consider higher office. In a 5-2 vote, the council has placed a “minor little item” on the mayor-council retreat agenda about the

[ DAWSON from page 4 ] franchised minority. people and perspectives. So, what is diversity? Who are considered “diverse?” The Mirror has defined this to mean people who are not just of the ethnic minority, but of sociological diversity, which includes the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning) community, those with disabilities, mentally and physically, different religions and those who are the disen-

According to NPR’s “Code Switch,” a team comprised of seven NPR journalists who cover race, ethnicity and culture, “the U.S. is in the midst of a big demographic shift” and soon people of color will come to comprise a majority of the country’s population. It’s already happening in Federal Way, which used to be a predominantly white/Caucasian city. Recent statistics by the U.S. Census Bureau’s

mayor’s authority. Most of the mayor’s authority is spelled out in state law, but there is some room for interpretation. Also, since most of the council members are Republicans, pay attention to their moves if either Kochmar or Hickel lose their seats in the Legislature to a Democrat. That would open up options for council Republicans, and they could run against a Democrat in 2018. Ferrell has not been able to build a loyalist majority among council members

American Factfinder suggest that Federal Way is shifting to half of the population as people of color in a population of 93,425 residents. Same-sex marriage is legal nationwide and Caitlyn Jenner, a transgender woman, has her own TV show. Yet, there’s still an imbalance of media coverage. There needs to be steps taken. The diversity section is our first step. But the Mirror needs

that he can count on when he needs them. On the positive side for Ferrell, no one else has either. As expected, Jeanne Burbidge was re-elected on Tuesday as deputy mayor. But getting all council members on the same page is a challenge as there are several different agendas in play at any one time. So far that has worked to Ferrell’s advantage. With every new personality, council political relationships change. Pay attention to how new

your help. What is a diversity section without community input and involvement? Send me your story ideas, invite me to community events that you wouldn’t normally invite a young white woman. Because, let’s face it — that is who I am and it can’t, nor shouldn’t, be changed. Yet, our ability to connect as a community through this newspaper can. Share your voices — this section will be nothing if the Mirror is the

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The Boomers (age 51-69) alone were 31.8 percent of the voting population in the 2012 presidential election and age 65-plus were 22.3 percent of voters. Older voters are a powerful voting block, and to ignore our needs and loyalty is a big mistake. I urge my fellow retirees to join me and the nonprofit, ProtectSeniors.Org, (www.ProtectSeniors. Org), in fighting for retiree protections and making our voices and votes valued this election season.

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Police Blotter Witness claims woman kicked dog: At 8:23 a.m. on Jan. 3 in the 31700 block of Pacific Highway S., an anonymous caller reported seeing a woman yell at one of her two Yorkies at a pet store. The caller advised that as the woman was nearing the front entrance, she saw her kick the Yorkie, causing the dog to travel approximately 3 feet. The caller said the dog only stopped because the leash ran out of give and snapped. Police located the woman in the business and she said the dogs belonged to a recently-deceased family member and she was adopting them. She saw when she was walking in, the dog wrapped his leash around her legs, which caused her to have to step out of it. When she got out of the leash, she put her foot against the dog’s rear and pushed him away from her so she could keep walking without impeding her. She described the push as a gentle motion. Police checked the dog, which appeared to be well taken care of and found no signs of injury.

Someone spray paints victim’s cars blue, green and red: between 3-9:40 a.m. on Jan. 3 in the 1700 block of SW 309th St., the victim called 911 to report that someone spray painted his entire vehicle that was parked outside overnight. The vehicle was spray painted on all sides in blue, green and red colors and consisted only of straight lines. The victim insisted he does not know who did this and does not have any current conflicts or disagreements with anyone. The victim’s other vehicle was also spray painted, however, the victim’s father took the vehicle out prior to police arrival. Police were unable to examine the second vehicle and took photos of the one on scene. No other vehicles in the apartment complex appeared damaged. Man claims sexual offender playing with children: At 2:40 p.m. on Jan. 3 in an unknown block of Second Place SW, the reporting party called police dispatch to report a juvenile, who he believed was placed on Child Protective Services’ Sexually Aggressive Youth Program, was playing with neighborhood children without adult supervision. He believed this was in violation of the program. When police officers contacted the child’s parents, they stated he was not on this program and they were unaware of any

restrictions placed on their child regarding a previous sexual offense. The parents said that if they have to watch their child at all times while playing in the neighborhood, it’s “not feasible.” The parents were advised to contact Child Protective Services to clarify if their child was placed on the program. The reporting party had no proof of the juvenile’s placement on the program and believed he got this information after a criminal case was dismissed. He was advised to contact Child Protective Services to clarify the matter. The reporting party’s children were the victims in the criminal case that was dismissed by King County Juvenile Court. Someone spray paints victim’s cars blue, green and red: Between 1-5 a.m. on Jan 3 in the 1700 block of SW 308th Place, a female reported that her vehicle was spray painted with the colors green, blue and red on the driver’s side and rear of her vehicle. The spray paint did not have design or letters. The female stated it would cost about $500 to repair the damage to the vehicle’s paint. She said no other vehicles were damaged by spray paint. The case was deemed inactive until more evidence becomes available. Man attempts to pass counterfeit money: At 5:48 p.m.

on Jan. 3 in the 2100 block of SW 336th St., officers responded to a report that a male had attempted to pass a forged $100 bill. Drunk driver’s vehicle rides median: At 1:45 a.m. on Jan. 2 at 35700 Enchanted Parkway S., police stopped a driver after his vehicle struck a yellow median and caused sparks to explode from his vehicle after it rode the median for several hundred feet. The driver was arrested for DUI. Drunk male passed out in drive-thru: At 5:26 a.m. on Jan. 2 in the 27000 block of Pacific Highway S., a male was found sleeping in the McDonald’s drivethru and he performed poorly on field sobriety tests. A blood warrant was obtained and executed, after which the male was booked into SCORE jail. Suspect breaks into 30 mailboxes: Between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. on Jan. 1 in the 2100 block of SW 334th Place, someone broke into approximately 30 mailboxes at the Parkway Apartments. The suspect or suspects appeared to have pried open a section to gain access to the mailboxes. No cameras are on the property. Maintenance responded to the scene and was going to work on replacing the mailboxes. Apartment management is in the process of ordering cameras for the property. It is

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curred over the phone, then the two men left on foot in opposite directions. He said he never saw the phone and that the two did not acknowledge having the phone with them. Police could not locate the two men. Group commits dine and dash: At 7 p.m. on Jan. 1 in the 2000 block of S. 320th St., a group of four people walked out of the restaurant without paying a $145 bill. The waitress attempted to get a license plate number as the group left but the number returned no record found. The suspects left in a cream colored Cadillac Escalade. The suspects were caught on surveillance video but the restaurant was unable to provide a copy. Suspicious suspect resembles serial restaurant robber: At 1:03 a.m. on Dec. 31 at 34900 Enchanted Parkway S., police responded to a report of a suspicious suspect inside of Shari’s restaurant. An employee told police the man walked around the restaurant without ordering anything. He grabbed straws and a spoon and began eating something. He was acting suspicious and attempted to get into the register. The employee said he resembled a recent robbery suspect she had seen in a police bulletin, which police had circulated to the public. Police confirmed the suspect resembled a suspect involved in several recent restaurant robberies throughout King and Pierce counties. An officer asked the suspect if he had any weapons on him and he turned away from police with his right hand in his pocket. Officers controlled the man’s arms and conducted a pat down but didn’t find any weapons. The suspect told police he only did minor crimes and was not trying to steal money or commit a robbery. He told police several times he would be willing to cooperate with police regarding some “big name players” located in Federal Way and Tacoma and involving criminal activity. However, when police asked him about the names, the suspect was evasive and nodded off several times during mid-sentence. The suspect gave police a false name and he was arrested for providing a false statement and booked into SCORE jail. Police noted the sweatshirt he was wearing did not contain any markings on the front or back of it like the images of the suspect in the bulletin. A police spokesperson said there was no indication that the suspect was the same suspect in the serial restaurant robbery case. Wheelchair-bound nursing home residents argue: At 8:54 p.m. on Dec. 31 in the 1000 block [ more POLICE page 13 ]

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unknown if any mail was stolen. Woman claims boss punched her: At 7:25 p.m. on Jan 2 in the 1600 block of S. 312th St., a woman reported to police that while working in the kitchen area of the restaurant, her boss was moving a box and struck her in the face with it. She said she told him she was hurt and he asked her why she didn’t move out of the way and did not apologize to her. She said an argument ensued, they both became more upset and her boss stated, “I want to hit you.” She said she replied, “Go ahead.” The woman said her boss punched her in her jaw and when she began walking away he tried to grab her so he could talk to her. The boss told police that his employee is sometimes moody, as she was that day, and that he did not intentionally hit her with the box. He also denied punching her. The case was forwarded to Federal Way prosecutors for review. Someone steals TV from senior dining room: At 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 1 in the 31000 block of 23rd Ave. S., police responded to a theft in SHAG’s senior dining room. An employee said when she arrived for work, a resident told her that someone stole the flat screen TV in the dining room. This room is left unlocked but the entry doors were all locked and have controlled access. There was no sign of forced entry to the entry doors. The TV was removed from a wall bracket and all the cables were undone. There were no signs of evidence in the area the TV was last seen. Thief steals gifts from couple’s car: Sometime between Dec. 24 and Jan. 1 in the 1000 block of SW Campus Drive, the victims stated that someone stole gifts from their parked vehicle while they were out of state on vacation. They later found out that a co-worker’s daughter who they hired to feed their cat had friends over and someone used the keys to access the couple’s vehicle and gifts. Thieves find lost phone, demand money: At 6:38 p.m. on Jan. 1 in the 33000 block of Pacific Highway S., the victim reported he accidentally left his phone on the bumper of his car and drove away, causing the phone to fall onto the ground. He said that a while later his friend received a call from someone who claimed to have the phone due to the friend’s number being in the phone as a number to call if it is found. He said the suspect told him that he would have to pay $350 to get the phone back and agreed to meet at a nearby business to make the exchange. The victim reported that two males approached his vehicle and a verbal dispute oc-


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by commanding the driver to stop, according to the police report. The driver allegedly stopped briefly in front of the officer on the bike, before accelerating and striking the officer with his vehicle to elude capture, according to Federal Way police spokeswoman Cathy Schrock. A mirror on the vehicle grazed the officer’s arm but he was not injured. A second officer located the fleeing vehicle southbound on Pacific Highway South. As the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver continued to elude police and drove at low speed south on Pacific Highway South. The driver allegedly committed a hit and run at approximately 330th Street and Pacific Highway South, damaging two vehicles. He continued south and increased speed. The police pursuit was terminated at South 348th Street, where the suspect’s vehicle collided with three additional vehicles at the intersection of South 356th Street and Pacific Highway South. One of the drivers suffered a serious injury and he was transported to Harborview Medical Center for treatment, Schrock said. The suspect was booked into King County Jail and faces charges for first-degree assault of a police officer, vehicular assault, eluding, hit and run and additional theft charges from the originating incident. The suspect’s criminal history includes misdemeanor warrants for third-degree theft and resisting arrest out of Federal Way. unwanted junk moving forward. Goals include achieving a more simplified life, better health, increased personal energy, plus a cleaner and easier-to-care-for home. Frakes returns Feb. 10 to share her seven essentials for a healthy home. This workshop will demonstrate residue-free cleaning techniques and easy ways to minimize exposure to toxins and allergens in the home. These workshops are part of Federal Way’s monthly Green Living workshops. Workshops are held on the second Wednesday of each month from 6-8 p.m. at City Hall. Other 2016 topics include edible gardening, rain barrels, plant identification, solar energy, climate change, hydroponic gardening, eco-friendly pet care and more. For more information and to register, visit

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counties with a regional light rail system,” Strickland said. “The benefits to our economy and environment will exceed the costs of these investments many times over and enable us and our children to thrive as our population grows dramatically.” “The light rail extensions that we are on track to complete in 2023 will lay a foundation for transforming the way our residents commute and our cities grow years into the future,” Roberts said. “To realize the benefits of these investments for our mobility, economy and environment the Sound Transit 3 measure must finish the job by creating a truly regional system.” The Sound Transit 3 measure will decide where the regional transit system continues growing after current projects are complete. The University Link light rail extension, with new stations on Seattle’s Capitol Hill and near Husky Stadium, is on track to open in early 2016, ahead of schedule and approximately $150 million under budget. Later in the year the Angle Lake extension will reach one stop further south from the airport. Light rail service will reach Northgate in 2021 and by 2023 extend further north to Lynnwood, south to Kent/Des Moines and east to Redmond’s Overlake area. The extensions are expected to increase Sound Transit’s overall weekday ridership to more than 350,000 by 2030.

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Cadet John Muralt of Thomas Jefferson High School shakes the hand during commencement proceedings on Dec. 19. Contributed photo


Ten teens from Federal Way were among the record 152 cadets who graduated from the Washington Youth Academy on Dec. 19 – more cadets than any previous class in the history of the Academy – established in Bremerton in 2009. Cadets from each corner of the state attended the free residential school, geared at teaching teens discipline and helping them recover credits so they can go back to high school and earn a diploma or seek an alternative path to finish their high school education, such as a GED or by joining Running Start. Cadets from Federal Way were Courtney Bolden, Paulina Gomez Chavez, Teven Thomas, Rachel Zuniga, Mateo Wegzyn, all of Decatur High School; Domingo Garcia Salazar, John Muralt, Marcos Valdovinos, Emily Solis-Capuchino, all of Thomas Jefferson High School and Fabien King of Todd Beamer High School. Wegzyn received special honors during his stay at the Washington Youth Academy, winning both a local and district speech

writing contest. He’ll move on to state. There were actually more cadets that went through the commencement ceremonies than actual beds in the bunkers with 50 beds in each of the three platoons, prompting cots to be setup in the hallway for the entire fiveand-a-half-month cycle. The highest number of credits possible for the 22-week session is eight credits. Comparatively, a full year of high school is six credits. The Washington Youth Academy is a division of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program. Established under authority of both federal and state law, the academy is a state-run residential and post-residential intervention program for youth who have dropped out of high school or are at risk of dropping out. The next class starts on Jan. 16. Learn more about the program at youth-academy.



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Federal Way National Little League is conducting online registration for the spring 2016 season at The organization will be conducting in-person registrations at the Federal Way Regional Library from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16 and Saturday, Jan. 23 and at the Baseball Complex from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb 1. Federal Way National Little League has divisions for boys and girls age 5-14, from t-ball through juniors and a Challenger program for those with special needs. T-ball through AA baseball/softball (ages 5-8) can register through March 21. Older boys and girls, age 9-14, play AAA, majors and juniors baseball and softball (ages 9-14) can register through Feb. 12.


Titans overcome slow start to defeat Rams BY TERRENCE HILL


he Titans overcame a sluggish start to defeat the Rogers Rams 5547 in a non-league game on Saturday. Gio Jackson’s 13 secondhalf points led the way for Todd Beamer. He was held scoreless in the first half. Beamer scored fewer points than they had played minutes as the buzzer sounded to end the first quarter. They trailed the Rams 10-7. “We just didn’t have any energy,” Beamer head coach Brent Brilhante said. “We’re coming out sometimes just thinking we can show up and take care of whoever is in front of us, not really preparing for a battle. Rogers is a well-coached team and I knew they would be prepared and we just came out flat.” The second quarter only went slightly better for the Titans, but both teams still struggled. They outscored the Rams 12-6 in the quarter and took a three-point lead into the half. It took an eight-point scoring burst last in the quarter just for the Titans to take the lead. Ke’Mar Schimmelfennig came off the bench and made two three-pointers to give them


more life heading into the half. Those were the only two baskets he made in the game. Scoring for both teams picked up in the second half. Rogers was led by Braden Hannold, who scored a game-high 16 points for the Rams. Rogers cut the Beamer lead to two points by the end of the third quarter. Jackson took over and scored eight of his 13 points in the fourth as the Titans pulled away for the 55-47 win. Patrick Kennedy and Stef ’fun Singleton each added 11 points for the Titans. “It was a little bit better [in the second half],” Brilhante said. “When you get in that lull it’s hard to get out of it. It really is. They had a good game plan against us and they dictated the pace. We need to dictate the pace.” The win was the fourth consecutive for the Titans since falling to Bellevue on Dec. 21. Along with Rogers, they defeated Mount Rainier, Emerald Ridge and Auburn Riverside in that span. On Tuesday, Beamer defeated the Tahoma Bears 75-69. Their record is currently 10-2. They played Kent-Meridian on Thursday after the Mirror’s publishing deadline. Their next game


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The Federal Way Eagles were busy over the winter break as they traveled to Mesa, Arizona to take part in the Basketball Challenge again this season. D’Jimon Jones led the way in their first game on Dec. 28 against Basha High School as the Eagles took down the previously undefeated Bears, 57-41. Jones had 17 for Federal Way. Federal Way faced Corona del Sol on the second day. Last season, the Aztecs handed the Eagles their first loss of the season.

After trailing 34-26 at the half, Federal Way clawed their way past the Aztecs in the second half, winning 66-59. Jalen McDaniels had a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds. On the third day of the challenge, the Eagles took down the Perry Pumas 6050. McDaniels led the team again with 22 points, but it was Christian Jones who had the double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Eagles picked up their largest win on the final day of the challenge against the Gilbert Tigers as they won 59-42. McDaniels again led [ more BOYS, page 11 ]

Eagles offense stifled by Falcons in loss BY TERRENCE HILL


t was a rough night for the Federal Way Eagles girls basketball team as they fell to the Kentlake Falcons 57-14 on Tuesday. The Eagles split a couple of games during the winter break. They played in a two-day tournament on Dec. 29 and 30 at Spanaway Lake High

School. They defeated the host Sentinels 48-31 in their first game of the tournament. They then faced Kent-Meridian in the championship, but were beaten 36-26 by the Royals. They were hoping to get back to the better side of .500 against a good Falcons team. Both teams currently sit near the top of their divisions.

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the team with 21 points. Ferron Flavors and Marcus Stephens both added 10 points. The four non-Arizona based high schools – Federal Way, American Fork (Utah), Archbishop Wood (Pennsylvania) and Orange Lutheran (California) – were a combined 15-1 against their Arizona opponents. Federal Way (11-0) returned home to Washington and defeated Kentlake 64-50 on Tuesday. They played Tahoma (1-10) on Thursday after the Mirror’s publishing deadline. The Eagles will play Kentwood (9-2) at home on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m.


Decatur traveled to the Yakima Sundome for two games over the holiday break. The games were a part of the Sundome Shootout. The Gators were defeated 86-54 by Squalicum on Dec. 29. They were outscored 24-6 in the first quarter and were unable to recover. Rashon Slaughter led the Gators with 18 points.

Kentlake’s pressure proved too much for Federal Way all game. The Eagles were forced into more than 20 turnovers, stalling their offense all night. The Falcons were led by Sydney Peterson who scored 14 in the game. Anna Kruse was the second leading scorer, adding 11 for the Falcons. The point total was [ more GIRLS, page 12 ]

Decatur rebounded in their second game with a 54-46 win over Cedarcrest. Slaughter had 20 points to lead the Gators once again. Devon Kelley added 10 points for them as well. They lost 66-58 to Kent-Meridian on Tuesday. They played Kentwood on Thursday after the Mirror’s publishing deadline. Their next game will be on Saturday on the road against Kentridge (6-6) at 7:30 p.m.


The Raiders were a little less busy over the holiday break than the rest of the Federal Way schools. They defeated Graham-Kapowsin 68-43 on Jan. 2. They held the Eagles to just 13 points in the second half of the win. Alex Sommerfield led the team with 17 points. Darius Anderson added 15 points. The Raiders (6-5, 2-2) lost to Kentwood, 76-47, on Tuesday. They faced Kentridge on Thursday after the Mirror’s publishing deadline. They travel to face Kentlake (6-5) at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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the lowest this season for the Eagles. They are now 5-6 overall and 3-1 in league play this season. Federal Way played Tahoma (5-3, 2-2) on Thursday after the Mirror’s publishing deadline. Their next game will be a rematch from the winter break tournament against Kent-Meridian (5-5) at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at home.


The Thomas Jefferson Raiders got back on the court on Dec. 30 after a brief break. They defeated the Charles Wright Academy Terriers, 50-44. They were in action again against the Kentwood Conquerors on Tuesday. The Conquerors pulled away in the fourth quarter as they won 45-38. Bailey Nelson had a game-high 12 points for the

Raiders. Julia Walker was second in scoring with 10 points for Jefferson. The Conquerors were led by Zaria Jones’s 11 points. The Raiders played Kentridge (9-2) after the Mirror’s publishing deadline on Thursday. They will take to their home court again at 7 p.m. on Saturday against Kentlake (8-3).


The Gators picked up their first win of the season on Dec. 21 in a 64-44 win against Highline. They fell 57-32 to Hazen on Dec. 30. Kent-Meridian defeated them on Tuesday, 59-32. Decatur (1-7, 0-4) played Kentwood (4-8) on Thursday after the Mirror’s publishing deadline. Their next game is at Todd Beamer High School against Kentridge.


Todd Beamer picked up more momentum over the winter break with wins over Kennedy Catholic and Bellarmine Prep on Dec. 28 and 29. Makenna Woodfolk, Eboni West, Darion Brown and Makenzie Bond were all double-digit scorers against Kennedy Catholic. Brown led the way with a game-high 12 points. Nia Alexander powered the Titans to their win over Bellarmine Prep with her 29-point effort. The Titans were tied with the Lions after three quarters, but pulled away in the fourth for the 53-40 win. The Titans (8-1, 4-0) defeated Tahoma on Tuesday, 54-25. They played Kent-Meridian on Thursday after the Mirror’s publishing deadline. Their next game is against Kentwood at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at home.

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Fairy Godmother for transgender community reveals challenging past tually, every paycheck, she’s given 10 percent to us.” Valenna is the president earing a twoof the Gender Alliance of piece bikini, the South Sound, a nonLonness Valenna profit support and social slid down one of Wild group for the transgender Waves Theme Park’s many community, which includes water slides. those from Federal Way. “I stand up, swipe the She goes by the moniker water off my face but then “Fairy Godmother” for the I noticed my little bottom help she’s given to people came off,” she said. “‘Oh, starting out quick, come over “I’m a very unique during their and get it and put individual ... I was transition it on’ and then I — including turn around and born with both providing a see the lifeguard organs, female and place to stay right there and male, it is a very for transgender she’s like … that rare occurrence ... people who was that.” My genetic structure find themselves It was her first homeless. is different from trip to the park But her life with the Gender others.” hasn’t always Lonness Valenna Alliance of the been a Fairy South Sound. Godmother Knowing there helping the was no way to avoid the homeless. lifeguard, Valenna deBorn in 1982 as intersex cided to own the awkward to Jenny Kiser in Houma, encounter despite her Louisiana, Valenna was mortification. named Harley Sturgis Kiser “So I go right up to her by her father who promptly and I said, ‘the first show left just after her birth. is free, the second will cost “I was two fetuses that you.’” merged together in the Luckily, the lifeguard womb,” Valenna said. “I’m a burst out laughing but had very unique individual … I some obvious questions. was born with both organs, “I proceeded to take the female and male, it is a next 15 minutes of my livevery rare occurrence … My lihood away and explained genetic structure is different to her what transgender from others. In fact, there people are,” Valenna said. are only 27 known cases.” “… I told her about G.A.S.S. Because of her differand everything and now ac-

ences, and growing up in the south, Valenna said her mother wasn’t entirely aware of her condition. “I was raised as a girl until the age of 7,” she said, bluntly. Because her mother was a truck driver, Valenna went on trips with her as a child. To keep her occupied, she delved into children’s activity books and learned to read at a young age. Her first experience with gender identity came when she stumbled upon L. Frank Baum’s Oz books, the author of the “Wizard of Oz.” “There was 14 of them and one of my favorite characters in there was Princess Ozma,” she recalled. “She was actually a boy named Tip that went through and basically lived the life of a slave, and eventually became the princess of Oz, finding out that she/he was the heir to everything.” Baum’s books go back to 1904, very radical ideas at the time. Once Valenna was old enough to start school, the two settled down in Anderson, Indiana. However, signing Valenna up for school proved to be a challenge with a birth certificate that stated “intersex” as the gender. At the time, Valenna said the school system told her

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Lonness Valenna, 33, stands in her front yard in her fairy godmother garb. Valenna is the president of the Gender Alliance of the South Sound. RAECHEL DAWSON, the Mirror mother that they “couldn’t have that” because it wouldn’t be safe if bathroom issues came up. “They basically said, ‘We can’t have your child in school until he gets an operation,’” she said. “Because, in their minds, penis equals male no matter what.” In 1988, Valenna had a traumatic “normalization surgery,” which was paid for through financial aid. Valenna said her mother

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Each year, the city of Federal Way and the Diversity Commission sponsor the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Celebration to honor him for his contributions to humanity and to celebrate the diverse community. The commission will host a food drive at local grocery stores with a community festival on Monday, Jan. 18, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The festival will be from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Thomas Jefferson High School with Erin Jones, Mayor Jim Ferrell and Superintendent Tammy Campbell as speakers. A day of service will follow from 12-1 p.m. where people can participate in service projects.




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know what diversity is? What does it mean to create a diverse workplace? What does someone mean when they state that they live in a diverse neighborhood? Before I delve into what I believe diversity to be, I’d like to take you back to my childhood neighborhood,

thought it was just a bit of corrective surgery, but it turned out to be a “full blown hysterectomy.” Valenna said she was forced into malehood and every feminine thing she loved was taken away from her. “It’s the equivalency of a child being raped,” she said. “This felt like your soul was being raped. Your very being, your existence, your [ more GENDER, page 20 ]

the community that developed what we can call my culture. I grew up in Seattle, four blocks away from Garfield High School in the heart of what is known as the Central District. Back in the 1960s, even in that area, Filipinos like myself were not well known as [ more DIVERSITY, page 21 ]

Survey participants sound off on Mirror’s diversity section BY CARRIE RODRIGUEZ | | Twitter: @fwps210

The Federal Way community would benefit from a monthly diversity section in this newspaper, according to the majority of people who responded to the Mirror’s recent online diversity survey. Of the 59 people who replied to the 10-question survey, 62 percent, or 36 people, said the community would benefit from a diversity section, while 38 percent, or 22 people, said the community would not. Starting in this issue, the Mir-

ror is launching a three-month pilot project, which will include a monthly, one-page diversity section comprised of stories, columns and other media. These stories are not limited to ethnic diversity, but sociological diversity, which includes the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning) community, those with disabilities and those who are the disenfranchised minority. To assist in this project, the Mirror asked readers to complete a short survey. The survey asked respondents about their gender, race/ethnicity,

age, if they identify with the LGBTQ community and whether they had disabilities. Approximately 50 percent (29 people) of those who took the survey identify as male, while 47 percent (27 people) identify as female. One respondent also identified as a maleto-female cross-dresser and another as a trans woman. The majority of survey respondents — 32 people — described their race/ethnicity as white/caucasian, 12 as multi-racial, five people as African-American and six as vari[ more SURVEY, page 23 ]

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ticing what they called at the time “diversity work.” These companies wanted to compete in the world markets and needed to show other countries that they could fit in and do business. How does Federal Way embrace diversity? Up to one-third of the city’s residents are Asian-American, African-American, and Hispanic-American and at least 130 languages are spoken in the Federal Way school district. Compared to Seattle’s Central District in the 1960s and according to the current neighborhood profile of Federal Way’s “City Center,” 22.8 percent of the center’s residents mostly identify their ethnicity as Mexican with 33.6 percent of the residents of this neighborhood identifying that they were born in another country. Because of their understanding of the city’s “melting pot,” in 1993 our city’s leaders created the city of Federal Way Diversity Commission. The commission was created with the purpose to advise the City Council and city staff on policy matters to ensure all members of the community

to reviewing and establishing the city’s vision of a diverse community. The commission consists of nine members who are appointed by the City Council every three years. Over the years, the Diversity Commission has accomplished many projects and continues to serve the community in many ways. The commission is mainly known as the prime sponsor for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration each year, partnering with different local high schools in bringing a community festival of weekend activities during the Martin Luther King holiday to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy and teachings of encouraging peace and harmony among the city’s communities to celebrate diversity. There it is again, diversity. Did Dr. King know at the time that eventually his teachings and writings would culminate into this one powerful word that many of us use today in our everyday language? If alive today would he, himself, be utilizing this word in his everyday conversations? I did state earlier that I

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Jazz LIVE at Marine View: Special guests Kareem Kandi on saxophone and Jared Hall on trumpet will join 200 Trio to perform from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday Jan. 10 at Marine View Church, located at 8469 Eastside Drive NE, Tacoma. For more information, contact Jim Foster at or call 253-229-9206.

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FAFSA/WASFA Workshop: Free assistance with the FAFSA and WASFA application for postsecondary education funding will be available at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14 at Todd Beamer High School. For more information contact Fonda Mongrain at fmongrai@ or call 253-945-2581.


Free Styrofoam Block Drop Off: The city of Federal Way is hosting the annual Styrofoam winter collection event through Jan. 15 at Federal Way City Hall, located at 33325 Eighth Ave S. Collection carts will be located in the northeast corner of City Hall parking lot, with resident access available during daylight hours. Only clean, white, dry Styrofoam blocks can be accepted. Please do not bring cups, food trays, foam sheeting, plastic wrap or other plastics. For more information, contact Jeanette Brizendine at or call 253-835-2771. Community Coffee at MaST Center Aquarium: Enjoy coffee and refreshments from 8:30 to 11 a.m. every second Monday of the month at the MaST Center Aquarium located next to Salty’s on Redondo Beach. Community members can tour the museum and listen to guest speakers. For more information, contact Jillian Mayer at, call 941-321-9430 or visit mast.

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About six years ago, Federal Way resident Keith Ono suggested the city collect and recycle Styrofoam blocks following the holiday season. The collection was successful and the city continues to offer the service. This year’s collection runs through Jan. 15. Contributed photo 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. The St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary: Group meets at 6:30 p.m. with meeting beginning at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month in the Medical Office

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newspaper staff adequately covers these kinds of stories. “The Mirror provides a wide variety of stories that do seem to highlight the minority populations within Federal Way,” one participant noted. Another said, “The current coverage is sufficient without coddling special interest groups.” However, 17 people said the Mirror’s coverage of diverse issues is inadequate. “No. I’d like to believe they try but where I see the largest lack of diversity is socioeconomic,” one person noted. “I am a homeowner now but Federal Way has numerous apartment residents that have a different experience and perspective. What I see in the paper are the white homeowners complaining and the voiceless minorities …” “Not yet. Our perceived minorities lack representation in many areas,” another person said. Several participants said they were unsure whether the Mirror’s coverage of diversity-related issues is adequate, have never thought about it or that the Mirror covers too many diverse issues. So how can the Mirror improve its coverage of

“I think you have to have someone actually from the communities you are talking about to write the stories. As far as I know, the staff at the Mirror isn’t very diverse,” said one person. Eight people suggested the Mirror find people from these communities to tell their stories in their own voice. Other suggestions included for the Mirror to connect with a good cultural competency trainer, to ask people from diverse communities what issues are important to them and for staff to go out to the various churches, schools and events to learn more about others. “Some groups are hard to engage,” a respondent said. “Have a topic listing in the paper and invite people from those groups to weigh in. Talk to public officials (they should already be leaders in this area). Search your own families. Everyone knows someone addicted to drugs, has cancer, knows interracial families, has knowledge of blended families, etc.” The Mirror also asked participants if there are any challenges or if they have any concerns about a monthly diversity section. Eight people were

section would create an “other” mentality and several suggested the Mirror to integrate all types of news. “It looks like segregation,” said one participant. “Integrate the news from different groups throughout the paper. My own family includes me, an older white man, my wife, a Hispanic/ Asian woman and a son, who’s a mixture of both of us. Your paper should reflect the spectrum of people and interests in the city and

January 8, 2016 [23] in an integrated way.” “I would read it, but separate is not equal,” another said. “There is no reason to separate the news into cultural articles and regular articles. My son is gay and I’m very proud of him but if he did something interesting that was part of a story in the paper, being gay would probably have nothing to do with the story. So, putting a focus on his sexuality would be unnecessary, nor would it matter what his race is. It’s people’s actions that makes

the story.” Two people said they were concerned about the challenge of who is writing the section and ensuring “that it is accurate and reflective of the interests shared and it doesn’t come from an us versus them mentality, it’s about bridging respect and understanding.” Another respondent recommended the Mirror ensure the section is a celebration of diversity in Federal Way — a huge strength for the city.

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