[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Waterland Blog nor its staff:]

Yesterday, my first time, I went to Olympia to engage my government. I came back disheartened disappointed, shellacked by politics. Yes the marble was grand – the ceilings lofty – the ideas wonderful, yet the rhetoric knee deep. McCleary and dollars weighed heavy on all.

I met Mia, Tina and Karen shaking hands, all with affirmative nods. Around the sundial, I heard the chatter of the boys from the east side of the state.

Where is the power? Gate-keepers? Corporations with deep pockets? Those that allow information in or set meetings? I can’t see the dog from all tails wagging here.

I jostled in the priority and rankings of those present to be heard. Professional lobbyists in nice suits, milled about staffers “not in my network”. Us amateurs, bussed in, waited in the hall – the credit union printed tote bags and an epidemic of AIDS / HIV Red T-shirts. A day amidst nursing assistances, credit unions, and State Fair peoples. All jockeying for their slotted 15 minute face time yet it felt like media day for the Seahawks and answers were Richard Sherman non-answers.

What am I saying? I am scared. OMG WTF? State government is microcosm of our nation.

Be aware. Start with local government keep the politics at bay. Vote. Read.

– Jim Otremsky
Registered Voter
Washington Resident
(Canary via coalmine. Yes there is a problem – sadly I don’t have any answers.)

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by Dave Markwell

As a young boy, I remember watching my beloved Seahawks games with my dad. He sat in his orange chair with the orange ottoman, while I sat on the orange couch. The seventies had some color. So did my dad’s language watching these games. He was a true fan and responded to their shabby play in his own unique way: swearing and cleaning the garage.

When the Seahawks were sucking too bad for him to continue watching, he left. He mumbled a low-voiced curse and left the room. He headed downstairs to the garage and swept and cleaned tools and dusted the shelves. I left him alone during these times. I was not a particularly bright boy, but I knew enough to steer clear during these delicate moments.

For many sorry years, we had the cleanest garage on the block.

As it always does, time changes things. While my dad witnessed his last Seahawks game in 2011, I have no question about how pleased he would be with their recent success. He would be smiling and laughing and jumping out of his “new” chair…not orange. And the garage would be a mess. It’s a trade I would be happy to make.

Being my dad’s son, I carry his propensity for creative swearing with me into every game-watching experience. It used to scare my young children, but they’ve gotten used to it, as I did. As kids, we grow accustomed to our parents being one way. It’s fun when they aren’t that way. I enjoyed seeing my usually fairly mellow dad blow his stack. When his team did well, he was happy in the ways that good fans are happy. He cheered and leapt from his chair and smiled a lot. When they weren’t good, he was mad and sad. He was never indifferent.

Heading into this year’s big game, I realize that I am carrying my dad with me. We all carry our young lives into our old lives. I will cuss with his tremendous gusto if things don’t go our way. And I will rejoice if they do. We are the same, but different. If the results displease me, I will not clean the garage. I will mow the lawn. We all have our own special little therapies for handling disappointments. I am hopeful that my lawn remains unmown…Go Hawks!!!

[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 CrossFit!]

The Grand Opening celebration of Recology’s new recycling-focused retail store will be this Saturday, Jan. 31.

“The Recology Store is a resource offering our customers drop off for special recycling items, healthier and lighter on the planet products, and face-to-face customer service,” reads an announcement.

The new store is located at the Five Corners Shopping Center in Burien at 15858 1st Avenue South, #A100.

Here are the details:

WHAT: A grand opening to celebrate the new Recology Store Highline!

WHY: This unique retail and customer service concept is a resource offering our customers drop off for special recycling items, healthier and lighter on the planet products, and face-to-face customer service.

WHO: Anyone interested in re-thinking how to use materials and be better stewards of the environment.

WHEN: Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 10am to 6pm

WHERE: Five Corners Shopping Center, 15858 1st Avenue South, #A100, Burien, WA 98148

Directions via Google Maps

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Saturday – is a completely updated large 5 bedroom in Gregory Heights!

It’s got hardwood floors on the main level and new carpeting on the lower level.

The kitchen and baths have been elegantly remodeled and all rooms newly painted.

Spacious rec room opens out to the serene fenced back yard.

Bonus room available for crafts, projects, gear… whatever you need.

Close to Gregory Heights community pool.

This home is move-in ready – the work has all been done!

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, Jan. 31: Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 1938 SW 166th Street, Burien, WA 98166

INFO:

  • List Price: $419,999
  • MLS Number: 700749
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 1.75
  • Year Built: 1955
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,060
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,920

Site Features:

  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Fenced-Partially
  • Gas Available
  • Outbuildings

Marketing remarks:

Completely updated large 5 bedroom in Gregory Heights!

Hardwood floors on the main level, new carpeting on the lower level.

Kitchen and baths have been elegantly remodeled and all rooms newly painted. Spacious rec room opens out to the serene fenced back yard.

Bonus room available for crafts, projects, gear… whatever you need.

Close to Gregory Heights community pool.

This home is move in ready, the work has all been done!

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses.

South King Fire & Rescue’s first of three town hall meetings will be at 6 p.m. TONIGHT – Thursday, Jan. 29 – at Des Moines fire station #67, located at 2238 S 223rd Street.

They are conducting a series of Town Hall/Community Conversation Meetings (Special Board of Commissioners meetings) to gather feedback on their capital needs now and in the foreseeable future.

The public is welcome to attend any of these meetings to learn more about the fire department that protects our communities.

This will be an excellent forum to ask questions, clarify information, and give input to the District about the proposed Firefighter Safety and Emergency Response Bond Measure.

The other meetings:

  • Feb. 3rd at station #62 at 31617 1st Ave S, Federal Way at 6 p.m.
  • Feb. 5th at station #61 at 3202 S 360th, Auburn at 6 p.m.

Click SKF&R for more information on your fire department.

Debra Zimmerman

UPDATE Jan. 29 9:55 a.m.: Debra Zimmerman has been FOUND.

“We are still trying to determine the exact circumstances behind her disappearance but we do not suspect any foul play,” Sgt. Doug Jenkins said.

Debra is currently being evaluated at a local hospital and possibly being treated for hypothermia.

PREVIOUSLY:

The Des Moines Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing and endangered adult.

The family of Debra Jean Zimmerman filed a missing person report on Wednesday, Jan. 28, saying that Debra was dropped off by a taxi cab at Highline Medical Center at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday so she could receive medical treatment.

“When a taxi cab returned to the hospital at about 4:30 p.m. to pick her up, she was not there,” Sgt. Doug Jenkins said. “The family is extremely concerned and is hoping you can help find Debra.”

Her current whereabouts are unknown, and she does not have a cell phone or a vehicle.

Debra is a 53-year old white female. She has gray thinning hair, is five feet seven inches tall and weighs about 170 pounds. She was last seen wearing a light blue fleece jacket and blue jeans. She also walks with a cane.

At about 4:30 a.m. Thursday morning a state-wide alert regarding Debra was sent out using the Endangered Missing Person Alert system.

If you see Debra please call 911 immediately.

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Seems that just before every election, political signs get defaced, removed or destroyed – and that’s just what happened overnight Tuesday (Jan. 27), as numerous anti-school bond signs were tampered with, mostly in an area between Des Moines and Normandy Park.

One sign was defaced with hand-written expletives apparently aimed at Sensible Spending on Schools (SSOS), the organization that opposes the bond:

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Kathleen Waters says that a total of 11 signs were tampered with, four stolen, two defaced, and five obscured with other signs including this “copycat.”

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“I can’t say how disappointed I am to see any voter abuse the system that we should cherish every day of our lives – a democracy – with freedom and liberty for each of us AND our children,” Waters said. “What kind of message is sent to the kids we ALL care about with this kind of abuse of the voting privilege we all share?”

Obviously, this kind of activity is illegal.

According to Sgt. Bryan Howard of the Burien Police Department, this kind of tampering is considered a misdemeanor, and violates city law 29A.84.040, which states:

“Political advertising, removing or defacing.
A person who removes or defaces lawfully placed political advertising including yard signs or billboards without authorization is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable to the same extent as a misdemeanor that is punishable under RCW 9A.20.021. The defacement or removal of each item constitutes a separate violation.”

Des Moines Police would also enforce the same state law (RCW) that Burien does, Sgt. Doug Jenkins of DMPD told us.

“Anytime there is a political issue or candidate that generates significant interest one way or another we frequently hear reports about political signs that have been damaged or removed,” Jenkins told The B-Town Blog. “Actually being able to arrest someone for damaging or removing a political sign is extremely difficult.  Rarely is there a witness to the crime.  We would encourage anyone that sees anyone tampering with or damaging a political sign to get a good description of the suspect, the exact location where it is occurring and call 911 or the non-emergency line for your local police department.”

We contacted Catherine Carbone-Rogers, Communications Director for Highline Public Schools, who said:

“Highline Public Schools absolutely does not condone removing or defacing political signs under any circumstances. We call on all citizens to participate in the political process respectfully and lawfully.”

We also received this statement from Lois Schipper, Chair of Highline Citizens for Schools:

“It has come to our attention that political signs for the opposition have been damaged or stolen. We want to be very clear: Highline Citizens for Schools does not, under any circumstances, condone or encourage this behavior. It is against the law and detracts from our primarily focus, which is to run an honest and ethical campaign that supports all of our students.

We also want to be clear that we do not know the individual or individuals that have damaged or stolen the signs.

While we recognize many of our own signs have been removed, it’s important our supporters don’t damage or remove our opposition’s signs. We value the political process and want to ensure its integrity.”

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Waterland Blog nor its staff:]

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My daughter (10-years old) is seeing a professional counselor this week because this guy has given her nightmares. She has suffered nightmares and tries to hide herself now when we go through that intersetion. She hasn’t slept in her parent’s bed for 5 years, but now climbs into our bed when she has nightmares about him. She has never had specific, repeating nightmares before in her life. She believes he kills and cuts up children, now that he’s seen her and shoved the poster at her window, she thinks he’ll come for her. Though as her dad I have worked with her, that is what is set in her mind by his materiel, by his singling out of children in cars.

“Save the babies harm the children here and now,” should be what his sign reads.

He has 5 or six signs front and back. 1. Dead infants, 2. dissected fetuses, 3. bloody vagina with a dead fetus, 4. disected hands, and what looked like a 5. mass grave of dead nude bodies.

Secondly when I tried to present case law history to DMPD, I was hustled out the door with the words “our command staff has met, nothing we can do, have a good day sir.” They didnt want to hear anything they may have had to act on.

Simple question: if this guy was legit, why try and run from PD when they show up? Why try and hide his sign in the bushes as he did when DMPD showed up early on.

Obviously I’m upset by this guy, but I think Des Moines needs to get a refund from their lawyer. I believe that there are roads available to the city and PD if they “wanted” to do something; i.e.:

First off I don’t believe he’s protected under Freedom of Speech. Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire shows that disturbing images are not free speech (Google “Freedom of Speech exceptions”). There is a great quote in the Wiki about it under fighting words “Speech might be unprotected if it either intentionally knowingly, or recklessly inflicts severe emotional distress.”

- Normandy Park Dad
(name withheld at writer’s request)

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Highline Public Schools has named seven community members to its newly-formed Capital Projects Oversight Committee, which will provide oversight of school construction projects, including the projects named in the Feb. 10 ballot measure.

The seven-member committee will provide oversight of revenues and expenditures; give guidance on planning for future capital bond measures; and advise the district on best practices in construction and related fields.

The committee will also ensure all capital projects support academic achievement in Highline schools.

Committee members, who will serve two-year terms, have expertise in business, real estate, finance, public works, facilities management, and construction.

Committee Members:

  • Dave Bush, Real Estate Broker, Windermere Realty
  • Heather Downey, Technology Business Development, Amazon Web Services
  • Scott Gifford, Attorney, Scott Gifford Law
  • David Hohimer, Managing Director of Investments, Wells Fargo
  • Kamuron Gurol, City Manager, City of Burien
  • Pat Patterson, Facilities Manager, City of SeaTac
  • Brooks Powell, Owner/General Manager, Powell Homes

For a complete bio of each committee member, please visit www.highlineschools.org/CapitalProjectsOversight.

“I think it is important that the committee has members who not only have longevity in the community, but also a deep understanding of school construction in order to objectively determine real needs and cost effective methods to meet them,” said Pat Patterson, SeaTac Facilities Manager.

The committee will meet quarterly and provide regular comments and recommendations to district staff regarding capital projects. The committee will submit semi-annual reports to the Superintendent and School Board
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“The educational system is the glue that holds our communities together,” said Brooks Powell, General Manager of Powell Homes. “Having been in the real estate and community building business for 106 years, our company, and we as owners, understand the critical importance of good schools.”

For more information, please visit www.highlineschools.org/CapitalProjectsOversight.

The City of Des Moines released a memo related to a protestor who stands on Marine View Drive near 216th Ave. S. holding an anti-abortion sign that depicts what appears to be a dead fetus.

As we posted on Jan. 22, numerous residents have expressed concerns about the protestor and his sign, both to The Waterland Blog and directly to the city.

Many parents have also shared their concerns over young children seeing the man’s sign.

“The City has received a number of complaints in the last few weeks from concerned citizens regarding an individual demonstrating on City sidewalks with a graphic anti-abortion sign,” said Assistant City Tim George. “This issue is one that has been addressed many times across the country in all levels of courts as well as the Ninth Circuit Federal Court and the United States Supreme Court.”

The city’s statement was prepared late last week by the City Attorney’s Office, and it’s been shared with the City Council and the Des Moines Police Department.

“Understandably this exhibition has caused a public outcry due to the graphic nature of the display and has resulted in calls to the City for action to stop the demonstration,” the city said.

However – despite the public outcry, the city has decided that it cannot force the man off the public sidewalk, due to his protections under the First Amendment.

The only action the city might take “could be regulated under City Codes unrelated to speech such as the City’s Noise Ordinance or Traffic Code if the conduct interfered with pedestrian or vehicle travel,” the city added.

The city’s statement concludes:

“This case clearly states that controversial speech that may be seen by children is given the same Constitutional protection as any other type of protected speech. City intervention in this issue must be limited to actions unrelated to the content of the speech.”

Here’s the full statement (download PDF here):

Date: Jan. 22, 2015

To: Des Moines City Council

From: Tim George, Assistant City Attorney

Re: Freedom of Speech, Obscenity, and Minors

This memo provides an overview of the state of the law on Public Speech, Obscenity, and the exposure of controversial speech to minors. Recently in the City of Des Moines, an individual has been displaying a large sign on the public sidewalk exhibiting what appears to be a dead fetus presumably in support of a “pro-life” agenda. Understandably this exhibition has caused a public outcry due to the graphic nature of the display and has resulted in calls to the City for action to stop the demonstration. This memo highlights a few of the significant number of cases addressing this type of issue and ultimately concludes that City intervention must be limited to action unrelated to the content of the speech.

Public Speech:

Picketing and leaf-letting are expressive “speech” activities protected by the First Amendment. United States v Grace, 461 U.S. 171, 176, 75 L. Ed. 2d 736, 103 S. Ct.1702 (1983). The United States Supreme Court has held that citizens in public debate must tolerate insulting and even outrageous speech in order to provide adequate breathing space for the freedoms protected by the First Amendment. Speech does not lose its protected character simply because it may embarrass others or coerce them into action. NAACP v Claiborne Hardware Co., 458 U.S. 886M 910, 73 L. Ed. 2d 1215, 102 S. Ct. 3409 (1982).

Furthermore, places historically associated with the free exercise of expressive activities, such as streets and sidewalks, are considered “public forums”. Grace, at 177. In such places, the First Amendment sharply curtails the government’s ability to permissibly restrict expressive conduct.

Nevertheless “the First Amendment does not guarantee the right to communicate one’s views at all times or places or in any manner that may be desired.” Heffron v. International Soc’y for Krishna Consciousness, Inc., 452 U.S. 640, 647, 69 L. Ed. 2d 298, 101 S. Ct. 2559 (1981). A state may impose reasonable time, place and manner retractions upon all expression, whether written, oral or symbolized by conduct. Clark v. Community for Creative Non-Violence, 468 U.S. 288, 82 L. Ed. 2d 221, 227, 104 S. Ct. 3065 (1984). Such restrictions are valid if they “are content-neutral, are narrowly tailored to serve a significant government interest, and leave open ample alternative channels of communication.” Grace, at 177 “A major criterion for a valid time, place, and manner restriction is that the restriction ‘may not be based upon either the content or subject matter of speech.’” Heffron, 425 U.S. at 648.

In this situation, the corner of 216th Ave S. and Marine View Drive would be considered a public forum as it has historically been used as a site for political demonstrations. The City’s ability to restrict expressive conduct at this location is sharply curtailed under the Constitution and would be limited to time, place, and manner restrictions upon all expression and only if the restrictions are narrowly tailored to serve a significant government interest. It is unlikely any restriction on speech at this location would survive constitutional analysis.

Expressive conduct at this site could be regulated under City Codes unrelated to speech such as the City’s Noise Ordinance or Traffic Code if the conduct interfered with pedestrian or vehicle travel.

Examples of state regulation of protests and expressive conduct that have been found Constitutional include prohibiting anti-abortion protestors from protesting within 30 feet of an entrance to a medical clinic, limiting the use of a “bull-horn” that produced excessive noise in violation of a nice ordinance, and arresting anti-abortion protestors who entered a roadway and created a danger to passing vehicles.

Obscenity:

A number of citizens have questioned whether the content of the display, specifically a dead fetus, would be prohibited under obscenity laws. Obscene speech is not protected under the First Amendment.

RCW 7.48A.010 states that “lewd matter” is synonymous with “obscene matter” and means any matter:

(a) Which the average person, applying contemporary community standards, would find, when considered as a while, appeals to the prurient interest: and

(b) Which explicitly depicts or describes patently offensive representations or descriptions of:

(i) Ultimate sexual acts, normal or perverted, actual or simulated; or
(ii) Masturbation, fellatio, cunninglingus, bestiality, excretory functions, or lewd exhibition of the genital area; or
(iii) Violent or destructive sexual acts, including but not limited to human or animal mutilation, dismemberment, rape or torture, and

(c) Which, when considered as a while, and in the context in which it is used, lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value.

To meet the state law definition of obscenity, the matter must meet all three requirements above. Importantly, the matter must contain some aspect of sexuality found in subsection (a) and (b).

Here, the photograph of what appears to be a dead fetus is not sexual in nature and therefore would not meet the definition of lewd matter or obscene matter under state law.

Exposure to Children:

A number of citizen comments and objections have related to the location of the demonstration along a bus route and the potential exposure of graphic images to school children. This issue was specifically addressed in the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, in Center for Bio-Ethical Reform v. Los Angles County Sheriff’s Department (download PDF here). In this case, the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform posted large images of first term aborted feasts on the sides of trucks and drove them around local schools in the Los Angeles area in order to expose school children to the “reality of abortion.” After receiving complains from school officials, the Sheriff’s Department stopped one of the trucks and ordered the vehicle not to return to the area of the school. The Center subsequently sued the Sheriff’s Department.

The Court found that “the government cannot silence messages simply because they cause discomfort, fear, or even anger; in our system, undifferentiated fear or apprehension of disturbance is not enough to overcome the right to freedom of expression.”

In regards to children, the Court went on to state:

[c[hildren may well be particularly susceptible to distraction or emotion in the face of controversial speech, and may not always be expected to react responsibly…. There is, however, no precedent for a “minors” exception to the prohibition on banning speech because of listeners’ reaction to its content. It would therefore be an unprecedented departure from bedrock First Amendment principles to allow the government to restrict speech based on listener reaction simply because the listeners are children. Center for Bio-Ethical Reform at p. 790.

This case clearly states that controversial speech that may be seen by children is given the same Constitutional protection as any other type of protected speech. City intervention in this issue must be limited to actions unrelated to the content of the speech.

Photographers Michael Brunk and Francis Zera braved the throngs of crazed 12th Fans in SeaTac on Sunday (Jan. 25), as they lined the streets to send the Seattle Seahawks onto their second straight Super Bowl.

Click ‘Play’ to watch the slideshow:

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This week, Highline Public Schools will be hosting two community meetings about the bond and levy measures on the February ballot – a Telephone Town Hall on Tuesday and a Public Meeting on Thursday.

All are invited to participate.

Live Telephone Town Hall on Tuesday
All community members, families, students, and staff are encouraged to join Superintendent Susan Enfield and School Board President Bernie Dorsey for a live Telephone Town Hall on Tuesday, January 27.

Callers will be able to ask questions about the bond and levy.

Tuesday, Jan. 27: 7 – 8 p.m.

All households for which the district has landline phone numbers will receive a call between 6:55 and 7:10 p.m. To participate, simply pick up the call and stay on the line.

You can also register online here. The deadline to register is 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 27.

Zenith Public Meeting on Thursday
Homeowners in the Zenith neighborhood are also encouraged to attend a public meeting regarding the potential redevelopment of the Zenith site for a new school.

Meeting participants will:

  • Get the facts on the future of the Zenith site
  • Share their concerns, interests, and ideas with district representatives
  • Learn what a school could look like on the Zenith site
  • Hear Highline’s plan for preserving trees and critical areas

Thursday, January 28: 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Des Moines Elementary School cafeteria (22001 9th Avenue, Des Moines)

A Capital Improvement Bond on the February ballot proposes to replace the district’s two oldest schools, build two new schools to accommodate growing enrollment and lower class sizes, and make critical repairs and technology upgrades districtwide. This includes building a new school on the Zenith site to serve students at Des Moines Elementary School.

To learn more, visit the levy and bond sections of the district website.

Parkside Elementary School, located at 2104 South 247th Street in Des Moines, was put into lockdown mode on Friday afternoon, Jan. 23, according to police.

Children were not allowed to leave the school until about 2:45 p.m. as police searched for a robber nearby.

“There was a report of a robbery with a gun,” Kent Police Commander Jarod Kasner told The Waterland Blog. “The victim had chased the suspect into Des Moines, near the school.”

School administrators decided to initiate a lockdown as police continued their search nearby.

“We later learned that a gun was implied by the robber, but a gun was never seen,” Kasner added. “The suspect was not located. Our Detectives have the case for further investigation.”

The area around the school was deemed clear and safe, and the school resumed their normal schedule without incident.

“Parents received a robocall,” said Catherine Carbone-Rogers, Chief Communications Officer of Highline Public Schools. “There was obviously not time to send a letter since this happened right at dismissal.”

Below is raw audio of Thursday night’s (Jan. 22) Highline Public Schools’ Town Hall meeting, held from 6- 7:30 p.m. at the Highline High School Library.

Between 50-60 people were in attendance at the event, which was moderated by journalist Kristin Fraser.

Families, community members, students and staff were encouraged to participate in the open meeting, which consisted mostly of Q&A from the audience. Superintendent Susan Enfield and School Board members held the meeting about district finances and the bond and levy measures coming up on the Feb. 10 ballot.

Here’s the raw audio, which runs 1-hour and 15-minutes long:

Also, here are some photos by Scott Schaefer (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

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WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Saturday, Jan. 24 – is a beautiful, modern designed home with city views!

Impressive, tasteful finishes include: stainless steel appliances, 8-foot glass front door, modern base trim, upgraded interior doors, skylight and soaring ceilings.

The main floor is very open with great room and open concept kitchen complete with eating bar and pantry.

The master bedroom has its own full bath and walk-in closet.

A second master bedroom has a full bath and walk-in closet.

All located on a large lot with generously-sized patio and plenty of parking. Must see!

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WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 24, Noon – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 223 SW 102nd Street, Seattle, WA 98146

INFO:

  • List Price: $459,950
  • MLS Number: 729869
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Year Built: 2015
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,600
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 7,563

Site Features:

  • 2nd Master BR
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Skylights
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

Marketing remarks:

Modern Designed Home with City Views!

Impressive, tasteful finishes including: stainless steel appliances, 8 ft glass front door, modern base trim, upgraded interior doors, skylight and soaring ceilings.

Main floor is very open with great room and open concept kitchen complete with eating bar and pantry.

Master bedroom has its own full bath & walk-in closet.

Second master bedroom with full bath & walk-in closet.

All located on a large lot with generously-sized patio & plenty of parking. Must see!

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses.

The Highline Schools Foundation announced several new scholarship opportunities on Thursday, Jan. 22.

“The Highline Schools Foundation strives to be a bridge to opportunity for Highline Public School students,” reads an announcement. “One of the many ways the Foundation makes an impact is with its generous scholarship program. This year, HSF offers more scholarship opportunities than ever before.”

Here’s more info:

Thanks to the generosity of District Alumnus CM Garrity—The Highline Schools Foundation announces two new scholarship opportunities for students in Highline Public Schools, available starting this year to students in the Class of 2015. The CM Garrity Scholarship will award one male and one female graduating student in Highline Public Schools $5,000 per year for four years. This is the only 4-year scholarship opportunity provided by Highline Schools Foundation. Scholarship criteria include Financial Need, Academic Performance, Leadership and Community Service or Extra Curricular Activities. Deadline March 20, 2015.

The long-established Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Scholarship awards two $14,000 scholarships and one $8,000 scholarship each year. In 2014, the Foundation added two scholarships to its program—the Alaska Airlines Scholarship for $5,000, and the “Light and Love” Scholarship for $1,000:

  • The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (STIA) Scholarship is a needs-based scholarship and is awarded annually to three graduating seniors from Highline School District who will be pursuing a college education. Students pursuing a STEM based college education or career are strongly considered, although not required. Two $14,000 awards (paid over 2 years) are made to students who will be attending four-year colleges and one $8,000 award (paid over 2 years) is made to a student attending a two-year college or vocational school. Deadline March 20, 2015.
  • The Alaska Airlines Scholarship is a $5,000 scholarship that will be awarded annually to one graduating student attending Highline Public Schools. The Scholarship will be based on financial need, academic merit, achievement and the student’s future goals. Deadline March 20, 2015.
  • The Light and Love Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Dominick Curtis Pappas, who lost his life due to heart complications around the age of five. Dominick’s family are long-time Highline Public Schools supporters, and established this scholarship in his name this year, the year Dominick would have graduated from Highline Public Schools. One (1) $1,000 scholarship awarded to one graduating student attending a 2 or 4-year institution who exemplifies genuine kindness to adults and peers in all endeavors. Deadline March 20, 2015.
  • The Bill Maynard Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the memory of the late Bill Maynard, a beloved figure in the Highline School District. Bill was the coordinator of the Steps to Success program, and he cared deeply for the students that he worked with. One (1) $500 scholarship will be awarded toward university/college, vocational or community college education. Deadline March 20, 2015.

All Highline Schools Foundation Scholarships are available to graduating seniors who live in the Highline Public Schools service area and will graduate with a diploma from Highline Public Schools by June 30, 2015.

More information and the online scholarship application can be found at www.highlineschoolsfoundation.org/scholarships

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A gathering called ‘Meet Des Moines at Redondo Beach’ will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 18, from 4:30 – 7 p.m. at the MaST Center, and all are invited.

“We welcome community members to enjoy a casual evening meet and greet with Mayor Dave Kaplan, Highline College President Jack Bermingham, City Officials, Police Officers, Fireman and neighbors!” reads an announcement. “Get to know your city and the people who support it.”

Organizers are also promising an update on the Redondo Boardwalk, which was severely damaged in a windstorm in late November (read our previous coverage here).

Hosted by Highline College’s Marine Science and Technology Center, which is located at 28203 Redondo Beach Dr. S. in Des Moines on Redondo Beach.

Attendees will have access to the entire MaST facility, including the aquarium and pier, as well as informational booths, and updates concerning the Redondo boardwalk, all FREE of charge.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Waterland Blog nor its staff:]

Just curious! Is anyone else bothered by the man who stands on the street in front of the former QFC with the graphic photos of aborted fetuses? He seems to prefer standing on this major Des Moines street anywhere from 2-2:30 pm to 5pm to maximize the number of people who are forced to see his pictures.

On one particular day just after 2:30 pm he was standing in his usual spot; in front of me stopped for the traffic light, were two Highline School District school buses – one from Mt Rainer High School and one special needs bus with only a few riders. The students were craning their necks to see what he was showing with no opportunity for them to ask questions or understand the content or issue. This should be a subject discussed at home with parents NOT on a school bus with other kids. Is Highline School District aware of this visual being forced on many of their students?

First, I personally, find his material quite distasteful and unnecessary! I must drive through downtown Des Moines a number of times a week to pick up grandchildren from school. I eat at several restaurants in Des Moines, go to the Des Moines Pharmacy , the quilt shop, meat store and my investment firm is there as well. Should I stop going to those places until the City of Des Moines stops this graphic display? Pornography is legal too. Many people object to it. Does that give someone the right to stand on a public street with pornographic images to show their support for it? How about photographs of euthanized animals – do we need photographs from people against that too. Where does this stop?

Secondly, why should any man be dictating what women should (legally) do with their bodies? I will not force him to have an abortion or to watch one, but he is forcing others to see the results without any understanding of the particular woman’s plight in life. He should walk a mile in a woman’s shoes who needs to consider having an abortion!

Thirdly, his religious beliefs should be just that – HIS beliefs, not forced on me or other people. What does this man’s Bible say about judging others? He can’t have it both ways by picking and choosing what parts of God’s word he supports.

Thirdly, today is the anniversary of the decision on Roe vs Wade making the CHOICE of an abortion, LEGAL.

I understand “freedom of speech” fully, but there is such a thing as going to far – he should stand with a written sign but these photos are to much!

I’d like to see some discussion on this subject.

– S. Peters

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