Here’s episode #38 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation:

Weekly Recap for Feb. 12-14, 2016: Police seeking armed robbery suspect; big drug bust in Burien; boom truck makes ‘Downtown Burien’ sign go boom; Puget Sound Weather Geek forecast; Jack Mayne says that SeaTac Mayor Rick Forschler should resign; ‘The Final Take’ & more…

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Four Mt. Rainier High School students have been accused of raping two 15-year-old girls while on an overnight school trip, according to documents released by the King County Prosecutor’s office, as well as KIRO and KCPQ.

The prosecutor’s office is accusing the suspected teens – two of whom are 17, the other two 18 – of rape in the third degree.

Reports are that the incident occured after the suspects invited the underage girls to an after-hours party during a conference at a Seattle hotel in October.

Claims are that the suspects provided the girls alcohol before they took turns raping them.

The report says the girls were given shots of alcohol. One of the victims told police she felt “totally out of it” after the drink, and when she walked around she could not keep herself up, according to KIRO.

Police say that both of the girls had rape kit tests done the next day.

The 18-year-old suspects were named as Keegan Tarabochia, who also uses the last name Piper, and Donnie Moore. Both are charged as adults. They also face charges of supplying liquor to minors.

“The safety of our students is our highest priority,” said Catherine Carbone-Rogers, Chief Communications Officer for Highline Public Schools. “From the time we learned of these allegations, we have taken appropriate actions to ensure the safety and well-being of all students.”

Carbone-Rogers added:

“When we were informed of the allegations by Seattle authorities, we proceeded in coordination with the Seattle Police Department. Because this is an open investigation, and to protect the privacy of all students, we cannot share details about this case.”

Highline Public Schools later issued the following clarification about this incident:

It was reported in error by one news source that Highline Public Schools does not require bed checks on overnight field trips. This is not accurate. Please see chaperone guidelines below:

Overnight Trips:

  • All student and chaperone room keys will be distributed by the designated leader. Chaperones will be responsible to get the keys (both their own and their groups’) from the designated leaders.
  • On arrival at the hotel, review the expectation with all students. Those expectations should include:
  • Expectation of quiet and respectful behavior. The hotel is shared with other guests and we are representing our respective schools and Highline School District.
  • Designated time for “lights out” and designated “wake-up” time along with schedule of mealtimes and check out times as appropriate.
  • Physically check attendance (use written room assignment check list) and assure each student is in their assigned room.
  • Expectation of random “room checks” throughout the night. Male chaperones will do room checks on rooms with male students and female chaperones will do room checks on female students.
  • There will be no co-ed time in any hotel room at any time of the day or night, under any conditions, without exception. NO STUDENT OTHER THAN THOSE ASSIGNED MAY BE IN A ROOM.
  • Discuss the condition of the hotel room on arrival with students, and the expectation the condition will be the same at check out.

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WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for both this SATURDAY and SUNDAY, is an impressive, newly constructed, two-story, 5-bedroom home with nine-foot ceilings on the main floor along with plenty of natural light.

Located in Westwood Highlands, this home has 5 bedrooms, 2.75 bathrooms, a 3-car garage, mud room and den (or 5th bedroom).

The main floor living space is an expansive open area that encompasses a designer kitchen, dining room, great room, media room, along with an outdoor living space perfect for accessing the large yard.

Upstairs master suite has a five-piece bathroom and walk-in closet.

Upstairs laundry.

Ideal location!

Here are some pics (click images to see larger versions):

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Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Both SATURDAY, Feb. 13, and SUNDAY, Feb. 14 from 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 20006 6th Ave S., Des Moines 98198 (MAP)

INFO:

  • List Price: $649,950
  • MLS Number: 893796
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2.75
  • Year Built: 2016
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,391
  • Lot Square Footage: 8,304

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dbl Pane/Storm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • High Tech Cabling
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk-In Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

Marketing Remarks:

Westwood Highlands!

Impressive new construction two story home offers nine-foot ceilings with eight foot doors on main floor & plenty of natural light.

5 bedrooms, 2.75 bathrooms, 3 car garage,mud room and den (or 5th bedroom).

Main floor living space is an expansive open area that encompasses a designer kitchen, dining room, great room, media room, outdoor living space perfect for accessing large yard.

Upstairs master suite has five piece bathroom and walk-in closet.

Upstairs laundry.

Ideal location.

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses, and click here to “Like” them on Facebook.

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New Advertiser Salon Michelle welcomes Stylist Jamesa, and Clients save big!

SalonMichelle-JamesaJust in time for Valentine’s Day romance, Salon Michelle is ready to help you turn up the style for cupid’s delight. Salon Michelle’s newest stylist Jamesa is offering a deal too good to pass up. For a limited time clients can refresh their look with a root touch up color treatment and haircut, all for just $59.00! This is an amazing value as any style diva knows.

Jamesa joins the Salon Michelle team with an enthusiasm for color techniques including Balayage and current training in cutting techniques. She has the skill to bring out the best in her clients natural beauty and allure.

Salon Michelle is your local full-service beauty salon located in the heart of Des Moines, just off Marine View Dr. From cutting-edge hair colors and hairstyles, to beauty treatments, their team of seasoned professionals has you covered. Salon Michelle has been in business for 20 years, so rest assured that they know how to deliver great results.

Call Salon Michelle today to take advantage of this special offer with Jamesa. or book online by clicking here!

…and be sure to mention this special in the comments section. Hurry though, because an offer this good can’t last. Call or click, and get ready to dazzle!

Salon Michelle is located at:

21923 Marine View Drive S., Des Moines, WA 98198 (map below)

Hours of Operation:

  • Tuesday – Thursday10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Friday10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Website:

Phone:

(206) 824-3431

Map:

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Volunteers are needed to share their love for Puget Sound as Beach Naturalists:

As a Beach Naturalist, you’ll learn more about Puget Sound beaches and their inhabitants, and you’ll be trained to help visitors enjoy the beach without harming it.

Receive 22 hours of training from March through May, then spend three or more days educating beach visitors through the late spring and summer.

Volunteer at Richmond Beach, Carkeek Park, Golden Gardens, Olympic Sculpture Park, South Alki Beach, Lincoln Park, Seahurst, Des Moines Beach Park, Saltwater State Park, Redondo Beach or Dash Point State Park on low-tide weekdays and weekend days from May 23 through August 3, 2016.

Help us protect the places and things we understand and care about. Volunteer!

To register, email BeachNaturalist@seattleaquarium.org.

For additional program information:

The Beach Naturalist program is sponsored by the following partners:

Seattle Parks and Recreation • The City of Burien • The City of Des Moines • The City of Shoreline

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Poverty Bay Wine Festival Volunteers get FUN benefits!

Do you want to help your community and have fun at the same time?

The 12th annual Poverty Bay Wine Festival – sponsored by the Rotary Club of Des Moines and Normandy Park – will return to the Des Moines Beach Park Auditorium (22030 Cliff Ave. S.; just north of the Marina) on Friday, March 4 from 5 – 10 p.m. and on Saturday, March 4 from Noon until 9 p.m.

Twenty great wineries, great food and great unplugged entertainment by Arron Jones, Brian Butler and other fabulous blues artists is lined up and now all we need is your great support!

Poverty Bay Wine Festival volunteers (21 years of age and older) reap the following rewards:

  • Free entry to the Poverty Bay Wine Festival
  • Five tokens for wine tasting after your volunteer shift
  • Pride knowing that you have helped support local charities including the Des Moines Area Food Bank, Youth Scholarships, Music For Live, Highline Schools Foundation and many other programs for children and families in need!

Volunteer shifts are typically 3.5 hours long and an opportunity to make new friends! The shifts are as follows:

  • Friday, March 4:   4:30 – 8:00pm and 7:45 pm- 10:30 pm
  • Saturday, March 5:  11:30 am- 3:00 pm2:45pm – 6:15 pm and 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Volunteer positions are available in the following areas:

  • Parking Lot Attendant
  • Greeter
  • Ticket Sales
  • Token Counters
  • Token Sales
  • Wine Shop Assistant

Please contact Poverty Bay Wine Festival Volunteer Coordinator Patrice Thorell at patricethorell@gmail.com to learn how you can make the Poverty Bay Wine Festival a great success this year!

Festival tickets are also available for sale at www.DrinkToMusic.org.

Here’s more info:

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Advertiser Seattle Christian Schools invites you to discover why families in Seattle and South King County continue to choose Seattle Christian Schools!

They invite you to an Open House on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, at 7 p.m.

Is it the commitment to academic excellence? The caring and positive learning environment? Or perhaps the desire for a Christ centered education? If you asked them, most enrolled families would certainly say “Yes!”, it’s these reasons and so many more, that have inspired them to choose Seattle Christian Schools. In these rapidly changing times, preparing your child for a successful future may seem a daunting challenge, and finding the best educational environment is increasingly important. The staff and teachers at Seattle Christian know that this is a very important decision for parents and students.

They invite all interested families to come visit their single K-12 campus located just off I-5 in SeaTac, where they serve Christian families from over 20 communities. They offer excellent Athletics, Fine and Performing Arts and Co-curricular Programs including Robotics and Theater to nurture well-rounded students. Their upper level courses even include a Dual Credit Program allowing high school students to earn college credits while completing their high school careers. This rigorous program provides an academic advantage as graduates pursue post secondary education. This advantage is easy to see when you learn that in 2015 Seattle Christian graduates were offered $4.8 Million in college scholarships. (Class of 2015, 53 students)

Come discover if Seattle Christian Schools is right for your family. The Open House will take place on Thursday, Feb. 25 starting at 7 p.m., or contact them for a personal campus tour.

Seattle Christian Schools–Educating Minds–Nurturing Hearts–Honoring Christ

18301 Military Road South • SeaTac 98188 • 206-246-8241 www.seattlechristian.org

It’s time for mid-Winter Break at local schools, which means your Mount Rainier Pool is having another special event from Feb. 15-16:

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Here are the details:

  • Mid-Winter Break for Highline and Federal Way school districts is coming up next Monday and Tuesday, and for parents looking for something to do with the kids, Mount Rainier Pool will host a special event each day from Noon to 2 p.m.
  • On Monday, Feb. 15 it’s Hail to the Chiefs when kids can dive for coins featuring the likeness of presidents.
  • On Tuesday, Feb. 16 we’re putting the Panda in Pandamonium with special beach balls.
  • There will be special treats both days and we’ll have the Wobble Walk in the pool.
  • Just $3.75 each day.

“Bring the kids in, we’ll wear them out!”

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Coffee with a Cop brings Des Moines Police Officers to Highline College on Tuesday, Feb. 16 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., and provides an opportunity for students and employees to talk about issues and the community – over a cup of coffee.

WHERE: Highline College, Building 8 (Student Union), 1st floor.

INFO: Contact Public Safety for more information at (206) 592-3218.

Here’s episode #37 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation:

Weekly Video Recap for the weekend of Feb. 5-7, 2016: Activist drops request for public records; President Obama cites Highline Public Schools; Puget Sound Weather Geek says a change is in forecast; Jack Mayne Commentary on homelessness; ‘The Final Take’ & more…

Please subscribe to our Podcast, hear previous episodes and rate us on iTunes here!

Robbins & Co. is looking to hire an Office Assistant at their Burien office:

  • Compensation: Starting at $16-$18 DOE
  • Employment type: full-time

Office assistant needed for small family-owned construction company that has been in business since 1952 and is located in Burien.

Join our happy team of 30 employees.

Hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

We offer a competitive salary and complete benefits.

Our company has a very low turnover rate.

We are looking for an applicant with the following skills and mindset:

  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Good proofreading skills
  • Pays attention to detail and accuracy
  • Works independently and takes initiative to stay busy
  • Thrives in a small office environment and wears several hats
  • Answers phones and communicates in a friendly manner while working in a hectic and busy environment
  • Must be an optimistic, independent thinker who wants to be a “team” player
  • Knowledge of double entry accounting, ACT sales management software, payroll and job costing is a plus but we are willing to train the right person.

Please no phone calls.

You may respond by sending a resume and cover letter. In your cover letter, please explain:

  • Why you would thrive in a small office environment with a family owned business
  • A time when you learned a new skill or job function effectively
  • A time when you effectively multi-tasked in a busy environment
  • A time when you spoke to an upset customer and helped them recover with a satisfied experience

Please send resume to info@robbinsandco.com

THANK YOU!

by Jack Mayne

The Des Moines City Council was expected to discuss furloughing city staff this year to save nearly $286,000 and moved the issue to the Council meeting of Feb. 11, but the Council did hear a proposal to allow chickens to be raised by residents.

The postponement came when Councilmember Rob Back said he wasn’t able to vote on the issue and used Councilmember privilege to remove the issue from the Council’s consent agenda.

The Council also on Thursday night (Feb. 4) got a routine update on Sound Transit’s proposed work on the Kent-Des Moines and Highline College station.

Budget balancing furloughs
The idea came about after the city’s attempt to levy a utility tax on water and sewer districts stirred up a controversy during last fall and winter’s biennial budget discussions. But the postponement of the tax led to need to cut the budget to match income.

The city agenda said City Manager Tony Piasecki and Human Resources Manager Maureen Murphy have “met several times with committee members from the non-represented employee groups to give staff the opportunity to have a voice in determining how furloughs would be applied. While no consensus was reached with the non-represented employee committees, it is still necessary to implement mandatory furlough days in order for the city to meet its budget constraints.”

The city said “alternatives to furloughs include further reductions in force by way of layoffs or additional cuts in services and programs.

The city said it had set a target cost reduction in 2016 personnel compensation for the general fund of $284,720 and several employees switching to the high deductible medical plan met that target.

“The rest of the 2016 savings will come from the furlough program,” the Council agenda document said.

That will apparently be discussed at the Feb. 11 meeting.

Fresh chickens and eggs
Resident Tom Sneath told the Des Moines Council Thursday night (Feb. 4) that he was asking the Council to make chickens legal in the city. In a letter to the Waterland Blog last week, Sneath said he was representing the a group called the Top Secret Chicken Society of Des Moines and outlined the their proposal.

“Our goal is to bring backyard chicken ordinances in line with all of the bordering cities,” Sneath wrote.

He told the Council and said in his letter to the Waterland ‘Blog that his group was “interested in providing fresh, natural, eggs for our families,” and said many in the city are already raising the chickens illegally.

“The word out there is ‘don’t ask don’t tell.’ As long as you care for your birds and don’t keep roosters or become a nuisance, the city really doesn’t have time to bother you.”

Sneath said he realized while chickens are “not on the big list of what’s wrong in this city, many chicken keepers want to come out of the shadows.”

The Waterland Blog asked City Manager Tony Piasecki what the regulations are currently.

“For most of our single-family residential zones, our code says the minimum lot size for chickens is 22,000 square feet,” he said in an email. “You can have up to 10 chickens and an additional 5 chickens for each 11,000 square feet of property over the minimum 22,000.

“The code does not specify that roosters are not allowed,” Piasecki said.

After Sneath outlined their proposal, resident Cheryl Johnson broke a “fresh egg” and showed it to the staff and Council, saying it was much fresher than any egg bought in a store, which she said were 30 days to six month old.

No furlough for Marina
Todd Powell of the Marina Association said the marina has its own funds and is self supporting and should have no effect on the city’s general fund and furloughs of the staff would cut staff availability beyond what is necessary to get needed work done. He also suggested that with employment opportunities growing, city and marina staff could seek other opportunities and their loss could harm the city and marina.

“Whatever benefit we would possibly get f rom a furlough could be erased completely by having to go through a period of rehiring and retraining and bringing a new staff member to speed if we lost one of the great staff we have now,” Powell said.

Resident Bill Linscott said the Council should look at how the furloughs are allocated, noting also that the marina’s funds are separate. He noted the budget issue is in the general fund and that is where changes should be made.

Linscott said he saw nothing in the material about the furlough about how costs can be cut and how morale of the staff can be retained and improved.

Keep Woodmont safe
Erica Schindler said she is a resident of the Woodmont area, a parent and a medical professional, told of her father seeing two homeless men talking about going to the nearby library.

“How are we going to make sure this is a safe place to live and grow as a community ¬– I’m concerned about that.”

The proposed scaled-down community would have food service and some medical supplied and “will draw the homeless to our community.”

She asked the Council for “what our next step should be, we’re kind of stuck right now.”

Des Moines United Methodist Church’s annual Spaghetti Dinner is this Saturday, Feb. 13, from 5 – 8 p.m, in Fellowship Hall.

Raffle tickets for beautiful baskets.

Candle lights, table service, 3 course meal.

$15 adult, $8 child, $45 family.

Des Moines United Methodist Church is located at 22225 9th Ave Des Moines 98198.

Contact the church at 206-878-8301 for more information.

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by Dave Markwell

Every day, in every room, hands are raised. These hands climb from the uncertain pockets or desk tops to do the difficult, but important things. While many secure their sweaty palms firmly in place while deliberately avoiding eye contact with the challenges we face, a special few raise their hands and say, “I’ll do it.” These people are our heroes.

Many years ago when my now teenage son was in kindergarten, I stood at the end of the breezeway waiting for him to leave his classroom at the end of his school day. When the bell rang and doors opened, kids scurried down the path, eager to move on to their afternoon activities. During this melee, a little girl dropped her notebook and her papers scattered across the concrete. While the other kids laughed or made a game out of jumping over her disaster, I saw my little son’s big head strolling then stopping. He took off his back pack and began picking up papers. He “raised his hand” to help.

In this moment, I understood that for all the ways that this boy would drive me crazy, he was going to be ok. His character was strong and with his hand in the air, he would change the world. I was and remain proud. And his hand is still in the air.
Raising our hands is scary. We risk our peace and security and comfort. We become “responsible” for something. We stake our time and effort and reputations on outcomes that we have limited degrees of control over. Yet, we still try. The courageous and creative minds of our innovators and educators raise their hands and think and serve and give what they have to create a better world. We can all do this.

Life is a complicated business. Many challenges exist. We have projects to do and problems to solve. And we need sharp minds and big hearts to do this. This mission is a collective one and we need more hands raised. “All of us is smarter than any of us.” We are better working together with uniquely fresh ideas and perspectives as we face our issues. We all have these things. And now is the time to use them. All of us have hands and hearts. Worthy of note is the fact that the beautiful consequence of raising our hands is that we elevate our hearts, too…

[EDITOR’S NOTE:”Feel Good Friday” is a regular column written by Des Moines resident Dave Markwell, whose first book is called “A Feel Good Life” (buy it on Amazon here). Dave also extols to all neighbors: “Enjoy where we live. Put your feet on the pavement and truly feel how great it is to live here!” Also, you can “friend” Dave on Facebook here. Or work out with him at his exercise company Waterland Fitness]

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this SATURDAY, Feb. 6 – is a spacious, bright and welcoming 5-bedroom home with plenty of space!

Smart design with 4 bedrooms up AND office/den – or 5th bedroom – and bath on main floor.

Abundant parking with attached 2-car garage, detached shop/garage with space for additional room to be finished off.

Huge master bedroom with double closets and master bath.

Large lot with side driveway to rear garage for possible RV parking…all this and excellent access for commuters via freeways or light rail.

Here are some pics (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

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Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: SATURDAY, Feb. 5, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE: 2625 S 150 St, SeaTac 98188 (MAP)

INFO:

  • List Price: $419,999
  • MLS Number: 890408
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2.75
  • Year Built: 2013
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,350
  • Lot Square Footage: 7,410

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Outbuildings
  • RV Parking

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses, and click here to “Like” them on Facebook.

Registration for the 2016 South Highline National Little League is now underway!

Please stop by Sylvester Middle School Gym (16222 Sylvester Rd SW in Burien) on Thursday nights from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. through the end of February to register your player.

Tryouts are just around the corner (Feb. 20-21) for all AA / AAA / Majors at the Normandy Park Community Center.

Walk-in registration is also available during the tryout times.

Visit www.shnll.com for registration forms and more info.

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The Rotary Club of Des Moines/Normandy Park  this week presented a check for $10,066 to David Endicott, CEO of Highline Music4Life.

These funds will help provide instruments for children in our region who couldn’t otherwise afford them.

Donations were generated by people who graciously attend and support great events like the Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Festival, as well as the upcoming Poverty Bay Wine Festival, to be held March 4-5 at the Des Moines Beach Auditorium.

You can help support Highline Music4Life by buying early bird tickets now at www.DrinkToMusic.org #DrinkToMusic

The City of Des Moines is looking to hire a Recreation Facility Attendant I:

The pay is $9.50 to $13.00 per hour DOQ.

Hourly Extra-Hire Variable-Hour Part-time.

This position is not eligible for benefits such as retirement, paid vacation, holidays, sick leave, or health insurance.

Closing Date: Open Continuously

To Apply: Complete the online application at www.desmoineswa.applicantpro.com, and attach a resume and cover letter explaining how you meet the qualifications for the position.

Status and Work Hours:
These are extra-hire positions with no benefits. Hours vary and include primarily late afternoons, evenings, and weekends. Generally, from October through May, the hours range from 0 to 15 per week; during the high season, June through September, the hours range from 20 to 40 per week.

Nature of Work:
The Recreation Attendant I works under the direction of the Recreation Coordinator, Events and Facilities Coordinator or designee to provide customer service, facility monitoring and security, and custodial/maintenance.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Assists with patron use of the Department, City, and community facilities where Department programs and events are being held.
  • Provides ongoing indoor/outdoor facility monitoring and security to minimize vandalism.
  • Secures, closes and locks facility when event is complete.
  • Assists facility users/staff with facility set-up and takedown, equipment checkout and inventory, lost and found, and general site supervision and security.
  • Assists customers with requests and provides information, set up and tear down events.
  • Attends to injury and incident victims, provides assistance and first aid when needed. Contacts appropriate emergency services (911) if needed.
  • Accurately completes all City/Department forms for supervisory review and action.
  • Assists the Park & Recreation staff with departmental projects as assigned.
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative, effective working relationships with coworkers, other City employees, and the general public using principles of good customer service.
  • Reports for scheduled work with regular, reliable and punctual attendance.
  • Performs other duties as assigned, including but not limited to being assigned to work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, equalize peak work periods, or balance the workload.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks in high paced environment.
  • Ability to deal with public with poise and tact in sometimes stressful situations.
  • Ability to be flexible and self-starting in work assigned for the event or shift.
  • Ability to follow directions and work with other employees.
  • Ability to read, interpret, direct, and follow rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Ability to recognize safety hazards.

Education and Experience:

  • High School graduate or GED preferred

Special Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds, set up tables and chairs, arrange room equipment, etc.
  • Valid Washington Driver’s License with satisfactory driving record.
  • Must obtain First Aid/CPR Card within three months of employment.
  • Non-smoker; because of the known effects of tobacco use, the City of Des Moines does not hire applicants who use tobacco products.
  • Employment is contingent upon passing a criminal history background check.

Working Conditions

  • Environment: Work location varies depending on facility rentals and scheduled events, usually work independently at multiple locations at various times.
  • Physical Abilities: Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs. in order to arrange tables, chairs and room equipment.
    Hazards: Contact with dissatisfied or abusive individuals. Responsible for closing and locking facility alone at end of shift. Work will require the individual to use cleaning supplies at every shift.

Extra-Hire Employment

  • The City defines an “extra-hire employee” as one who is appointed to a position that is not eligible for benefits except those mandated by law or regulations, such as Social Security and workers’ compensation insurance.

Equal Opportunity Employer

  • The City of Des Moines is committed to hiring a diverse workforce and all qualified applicants, including all ethnic backgrounds and persons with disabilities, are encouraged to apply. The City is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law.
  • In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, an employer is obligated to make a reasonable accommodation only to the known limitations of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability. In general, it is the responsibility of the applicant or employee with a disability to inform the employer that an accommodation is needed to participate in the application process, to perform essential job functions or to receive equal benefits and privileges of employment.

General Information

  • The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions for this job, the level of knowledge, skills and abilities typically required and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods, or to balance the workload.
  • The City of Des Moines is a drug-free, tobacco-free workplace.
  • The provisions of this job announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained herein may be modified and/or revoked without notice.

THEN: InsideYourGovernment.com promised “to make government transparent by default and to do as much good with that transparency as possible…”

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NOW: Not so much…

by Jack Mayne

The man who asked Des Moines, Burien and SeaTac – and most other cities in the state – for every single public record they had, dropped his request all of a sudden via email on Monday, Feb. 1.

Tim Clemans told the cities of Des Moines and Burien that he was withdrawing his demand by email.

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His email to Burien was somewhat cryptic:

“Decided requesting records is a waste of time for the most point (sic). Most of my request cancelled. Focusing my efforts on coding at Washington COG.”

The reference to “Washington COG” is an apparent reference to the Washington Coalition for Open Government, a Seattle-based non-profit that says it “advocates for the people’s right to access government information.”

Everybody’s records
In December, the Des Moines City Council was told Clemans demanded release of all public records of the city – and of all 39 cities in King County – because it would be “significantly better” if all public business was online.

“Essentially what he has asked for is every single record – paper record, electronic record, emails, meta data, text messages, everything,” City Manager Tony Piasecki said at the time, adding “of course that is hundreds of thousands of documents, thousands and thousands of hours of staff time retrieving them.”

In December, Clemans said in an email to this reporter that government “will be significantly better when virtually everything about it is online especially when the time from an action to time of disclosure is very short.”

Clemens did not respond to an email Monday night (Feb. 1) asking for his reasons for quitting his requests of records.

Why do this?
“People simply do better when watched,” wrote Clemans last year. “The free open source software I’m developing will allow people to get alerts about new information for a particular search. For example if you are a homeowner concerned about violent crime in your neighborhood in the near future you’ll be able to get any violent crime data within your set radius in your inbox.

“For journalists and activists their queries will be much more involved like say ‘immediately tell me when a manager is accused of misconduct’”.

Clemans added, “There’s a lot of work to be done.

“Installment number one is focused on getting the basic information detailed profiles about government employees.”

Worked for Seattle Police
After earlier demands of records from Seattle Police, he ended up being hired by the department only to be fired soon after.

The Stranger newspaper last Oct. 29 had a story about Clemens departure from Seattle’s employ.

“Tim Clemans, the award-winning programmer who bombarded the Seattle Police Department with public disclosure requests until it took the unusual step of hiring him resigned today — the culmination of months of mounting tensions between him and the department. ‘I’m really just fed up at this point,’” Clemens said according to The Stranger.

Apparently tensions began in August when Clemens said he had “created a computer program that helps 911 dispatchers do their jobs more efficiently by highlighting the most serious calls.”

But the weekly newspaper said here was a dispute with a Seattle Police captain, who demanded changes to that system had to “go through him and Clemens, says the Stranger story, “admits that when that happened, he ‘blew up,’ yelling and cursing the captain … and was escorted out of the building and hasn’t been allowed back to SPD headquarters since then.”

Clemens in the Stranger story said, “I’m going to PDR (public disclosure request) the shit out of you.”

Last week, Highline College was named one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program.

The honor gives Highline the chance to compete for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million in prize funds.

“Being recognized as one of the top 150 community colleges in the nation reflects Highline’s innovative efforts to support student access and attainment” said Dr. Jack Bermingham, president of Highline College. “My colleagues take great pride in their success in making a difference in the lives of our students, working together every day to create equitable and inclusive opportunities.”

 The Aspen Prize is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges. It recognizes institutions for exceptional student outcomes in four areas: student learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings, and access and success for minority and low-income students.

Started in 2011, the Aspen Prize is awarded every two years. Washington two-year colleges have fared well in past competitions. In 2015, Renton Technical College was one of 10 finalists. In 2013, Walla Walla Community College was a co-winner with California’s Santa Barbara City College.

Highline, along with the other 149 community colleges, was selected from a national pool of more than 1,000 public two-year colleges using publicly available data on student outcomes in three areas:

  • Performance: retention, graduation rates including transfers, and degrees and certificates per 100 full-time equivalent students.
  • Improvement: awarded for steady improvement in each performance metric over time.
  • Equity: evidence of strong completion outcomes for minority and low-income students.

Nearly half of America’s college students attend community college, with more than seven million students—youth and adult learners—working towards certificates and degrees in these institutions across the country.

“Community colleges have tremendous power to change lives, and their success will increasingly define our nation’s economic strength and the potential for social mobility in our country,” said Josh Wyner, executive director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. “This competition is designed to spotlight the excellent work being done in the most effective community colleges, those that best help students obtain meaningful, high-quality education and training for competitive-wage jobs after college. We hope it will raise the bar and provide a roadmap to better student outcomes for community colleges nationwide.”

Ten finalists will be named in fall 2016. The Aspen Institute will then conduct site visits to each of the finalists and collect additional quantitative data. A distinguished Prize Jury will select a grand prize winner and a few finalists with distinction in early 2017.

Recognition by the Aspen Institute adds to Highline’s recent awards and honors:

  • Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award three years in a row, 2013–2015, from Insight into Diversity magazine (one of the few two-year colleges recognized nationally).
  • 2014 Award of Excellence for Advancing Diversity from the American Association of Community Colleges.
  • Community College Week top 100 associate degree producers in 2014 (48th in associate degree producers for Asian-American students) and in 2013 (53rd in associate degree producers for Asian-American students, 29th in certificate producers for African-American students).
  • Great College to Work For recognition in 2015, 2013, and 2010 by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Nine other Washington colleges are among the top 150, recognizing the state’s strong two-year system:

  • Columbia Basin College
  • Clark College
  • Everett Community College
  • Olympic College
  • Pierce College-Fort Stellacoom
  • Renton Technical College
  • South Puget Sound Community College
  • Tacoma Community College
  • Whatcom Community College

A full list of the selected colleges and details on the selection process are available at aspenprize.org.

People call their Fire Department for help with medical emergencies every day – in fact, if you add up the calls received in the Federal Way, Auburn and Des Moines area last year people called 911 nearly 30,000 times – and 80% of those calls were for medical issues.

Not all of those 911 calls for help are what you might call a “lights and sirens” type of emergency. An example would be that a person just doesn’t have the strength in their legs to stand up and is literally stuck in a chair or has chronic pain that is flaring up or another minor medical problem and don’t know where to turn for help. The rise in this type of call has led the fire service industry to look at innovative ways to fulfill our mission of helping people that don’t require resources that are designed for life and death emergencies.

On Feb. 1, South King Fire & Rescue in cooperation with Valley Regional Fire Authority (the fire department in the Auburn area) and King County Emergency Medical Services, launched a pilot program to address these numerous non-emergency calls that fire departments receive each day.

The program is called the Community Medical Technician response vehicle or CMT for short.

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What is a CMT car?
It is an SUV with two firefighter/EMT’s and full complement of medical equipment that will respond to non-emergency 911 calls for help. Firefighters will respond to calls that are not time critical and be able to spend more time with a patient than a fire engine usually can. The CMT crew will provide needed medical attention and also be able to get patients connected to social services or make contact with healthcare providers.

Funding for the 2 year pilot project is provided through a grant from King County covering 50% of the cost with South King Fire & Rescue and the Valley Regional Fire Authority splitting the remainder. Our objectives is to reduce the call volume for the fire engines, leaving them in service for more acute emergencies and provide additional services to folks that need help which doesn’t fall into the traditional definition of a 911 emergency.

Look for CMT36 on the road from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days per week.

For more information contact South King Fire at CAO@Southkingfire.org or Valley Regional Fire at askthevrfa@vrfa.org

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The White House cited Highline Public Schools as a leader in computer science education, as President Obama announced in his weekly address a $4 billion plan to give all students across the country the opportunity to learn computer science.

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[NOTE: The President did *not* mention Highline in his video address above; the district is included in the document]

Highline was one of 25 school districts in the nation praised for their commitment to supporting the President’s vision of expanded computer science curricula for K-12 students (download PDF here).

“I appreciate the President’s commitment to expanding computer science in schools,” said Susan Enfield, Highline Superintendent. “In Highline, we are proud be preparing all our students to graduate tech-savvy and tech-literate.”

In his weekly radio address, President Obama announced he will ask Congress to provide funding over the next three years for computer science learning in elementary, middle, and high schools “In the new economy, computer science isn’t an optional skill – it’s a basic skill, right along with the three ‘Rs.’ … Yet right now, only about a quarter of our K through 12 schools offer computer science,” said Obama.

Highline offers computer sciences on all its high school campuses, including several new computer programming classes and Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles. Highline is also expanding computer science offerings to the middle school level. Pacific Middle School was the only school in Washington to receive a $10,000 grant from Code.org to buy technology to support computer science learning in the classroom. This year the district held its first ever hackathon for girls to practice computer coding and explore a computer science career.

See President Obama’s Computer Science For All Initiative and Fact Sheet for more information.