On May 30, 2018, the Port of Seattle gave a presentation on its Sustainable Airport Master Plan (SAMP) to nearly 150 residents at the Burien Community Center.

This was the Port’s first open house – of three total – for its 2018 SAMP.

The public meeting consisted of six stations where attendees could learn more about different aspects of the SAMP process and speak with Port staff and representatives from the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC), Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The meeting was held from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. and 147 people signed in, according to the Port.

After learning about the SAMP at the stations, Aviation Managing Director Lance Lyttle, along with Jeffrey Brown, Director of Aviation Facilities & Capital Programs, and Arlyn Purcell, Aviation Director of Environment & Sustainability, gave a presentation and answered questions from the public.

Download a PDF of the Port’s summary of this meeting here.

South King Media was able to videotape the Public Comment period, which included many direct questions from concerned residents and activists (EDITOR’S NOTE: We apologize for the tardiness of posting this video, as we had some technical glitches).

Here’s the full video of the Public Comments, with the Port’s transcription following:

At 6:00 pm, Michael Stringer opened the presentation portion of the meeting by welcoming the attendees and thanking them for coming to learn more about the SAMP. He explained the format of the meeting and introduced Aviation Managing Director, Lance Lyttle, who launched the presentation and was followed by Jeffrey Brown and Arlyn Purcell who provided additional context:

  • Overview of the SAMP (Lance Lyttle)
  • Planning Update (Jeffrey Brown)
  • Environmental Review Process Introduction (Arlyn Purcell)

Question & Answer
Following the presentation, Lance Lyttle was joined by Jeffrey Brown; Arlyn Purcell; Clare Gallagher, Public Affairs Director Capital Projects Delivery; and Tom Hooper, Aviation Planning Manager to respond to attendees’ questions about the SAMP. In some cases, staff needed to report back on the answer to the question, and this is provided in brackets below the question.

Questions from Attendees

Q: There was no mention of the tripling of the cargo in your presentation, is that still on track? In regard to the goal of 56 million enplanements, that’s equivalent to JFK and SFO, which are both about 5,000 acres and have four runways. How are you planning to increase enplanements if you can’t grow physically? Will it be in frequency? How is it going to be safe to increase that many operations?

A: The tripling of air cargo is an aspirational goal or target that was established in the Port’s Century Agenda. These goals were adopted by the Port Commission to reflect attainment in 2037. Last year, air cargo grew by about 16%. In the SAMP’s near-term projects, the Port has planned to add cargo facilities to accommodate growth, recognizing though there are constraints.

[From the Port: The amount of activity a particular airport is able to handle depends on a number of factors, including (among others) the number, length, and spacing of runways; size and character of other airport facilities; and aircraft fleet mix. The fleet at Sea-Tac includes larger aircraft, so Sea-Tac doesn’t need to have as many flights to achieve the same number of passengers. During the environmental review process, the Port will provide more specific information on the number of planes and time of day.]

Q: How much air cargo do you expect/forecast as part of the SAMP?

A: The Port will need to go back to the technical memo to give you a specific answer.

[From the Port: The SAMP forecast is approximately 10,000 cargo aircraft operations in 2027, which is just over 2% of the approximately 480,000 total forecast aircraft operations in 2027.]

Q: You mentioned that there is a lot of wealth and big companies in the region. The airport now has a Microsoft Line and Amazon Line—the communities being impacted are predominantly minority and low income. The people bearing the brunt of the impacts are not the ones who are benefiting from the airport. Additionally, the Port doesn’t always do what they say it’s going to do. For example, the hush house isn’t in your plan.

A: The Port would agree that the communities closest to the airport are the most impacted by the airport. However, the Port also recently completed an economic impact study in which the consultant looked at the impacts of the airport on surrounding communities. This study showed the number of jobs created in each individual city and the benefits to the region. We have to have some sense of balance that the airport doesn’t have a 100% negative impact on the surrounding communities. As the airport grows, one of the challenges is to grow responsibility and to grow sustainably, both socially and environmentally.

The hush house is in the long-range plan. There isn’t adequate space on the airport currently available to build the hush house. While there is airfield property that could physically fit a hush house, in order to be effective, it has to be in a certain location and face a certain direction.

Q: I have a comment about full disclosure. When you talk about an operation, it is a takeoff or a landing. But it’s also a flight. When you show 56 million passengers, can you also show how many additional flights it means to help the lay person at these meetings understand the impact? In your economic impact study, only $405 million is being spent on environmental and noise mitigation. This is a drop in the bucket compared to the billions of dollars generated.

A: Thank you for bringing that jargon to the Port’s attention and Port staff, going forward, will state how many additional flights that number translates to in the future.

[From the Port: Forecast activity in 2027 is approximately 56 million annual passengers and 480,000 annual aircraft operations. Please see below for additional detail.]

Q: My understanding is that the footprint of Sea-Tac won’t expand, it’s just going to utilize more efficiency to make the expansion happen. It isn’t that Sea-Tac isn’t looking at becoming a 24- hour airport?

A: The Port is not looking at expanding the footprint.

[From the Port: The proposed Near-Term Projects would not expand the footprint. The Long- Term Vision includes the South Aviation Support Area, which would represent an expansion.]

Q: I didn’t hear an answer to whether you are planning on increasing flights to occur 24 hours per day.

A: When the Port created the model for accommodating more enplanements, it is based on the airport’s current level and schedule of operations. If you receive FAA funds, an airport cannot refuse to let an airplane land regardless of the time of day. An airport can have a discussion with the airlines and try to influence when they take off or land. The Port is having some of those discussions now. The Port can influence – however, the Port cannot mandate when aircraft operate at Sea-Tac.

Q: Can you clarify whether the Port of Seattle serves only Seattle or King County and is it for profit? You showed us that, in past five years, enplanements have gone up 40 percent. The noise, pollution, etc. from that increase… I shudder to think what the effects will be. We have other airports in King County. Why aren’t we spreading out enplanements among other airports? Jobs in our local communities aren’t all from the airport. Why can’t there be a more aggressive approach to a regional answer?

A: The Port of Seattle serves King County and it is not for profit; it is a government agency. What you’ve outlined in terms of looking to other airports and considering building a second major airport is exactly what the FAA and the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) have stepped up to do. The Port is a local government agency. The Port doesn’t control the other airports and doesn’t have the unilateral authority to send airplanes somewhere else. It’s a question of service, availability, and market demand.

Q: The number one figure we need is how many more planes are going over our heads every day. Please make that very clear in the future.

A: The Port will get that number from the technical memo and provide it to you in the notes for this meeting.

[From the Port: In 2017, there were 416,124 total aircraft operations (takeoffs and landings), or an average of 1,140 per day. In 2027, the SAMP forecasts approximately 480,000 aircraft operations which would result in an average of approximately 1,315 operations per day. The forecast demand would be an increase of about 175 operations per day, on average, over 2017 levels. The actual number of operations per day varies depending on airline schedules and changes in demand throughout the year.]

Q: When the third runway was being built, we were told it was only for cargo aircraft. Then it was for passenger aircraft and the flight patterns changed. I don’t understand why the third runway is being used as a runway for passenger aircraft. What will happen to the flight patterns as part of this plan?

A: In the near-term, the Port assumes existing flight and airspace patterns will continue. You are correct, that the third runway is being used for arrivals to accommodate the increase in demand discussed tonight. The SAMP does not assume a significant change in runway use or in how the airspace is utilized. Additionally, it is important that you comment during environmental review so that the Port can capture your concerns about the existing flight patterns.

Q: I used to go out on my balcony to enjoy the view of Mt. Rainier and the airplanes. Since the third runway was built, I don’t go out on my balcony anymore. Now there is a layer of black soot that accumulates on my balcony. This soot is some of the most carcinogenic stuff there is. I haven’t heard any discussion about the biofuels or clearing up the pollution that causes this black soot that falls from the airplanes.

A: The Port encourages you and other people to come back during the environmental review process to officially submit that comment. The airport is pursuing sustainable aviation fuel, which reduces carbon emissions and also reduces air pollution. It is something the Port is first in the nation on addressing and continues to work on as hard as possible.

Q: Why don’t you charge cargo flights more to influence them to fly elsewhere?

A: I think there is a perception that all cargo flights are older and noisier. Newer cargo flights that are quieter also operate at Sea-Tac. The Port cannot tell the cargo flights to go somewhere else. If they request to land at Sea-Tac, the Port has to accommodate them as long as the airport receives FAA funding. The Port has to charge the airlines on a cost recovery basis and can’t distinguish between different users.

Q: I don’t equate the EIS results of impacts with the true impacts on the community.

A: Thank you for your comment.

Q: There are inconsistent statements being given to the community and other groups such as the Chamber of Commerce. If you gave this presentation to the Chamber of Commerce, you’d be focusing on the Century Agenda and growth. You need to help site a second airport and not compete for that business. You are selling the advantages of Sea-Tac while you’re also saying wouldn’t it be great if we had a second airport.

A: Thank you for your comment.

Q: How does the one percent growth in population translate to a 10 percent growth in enplanements?

A: There are multiple factors associated with the growth in enplanements. Low unemployment and higher incomes mean that people have more disposable income and can travel more. And, as Seattle becomes a more international city, more people (their friends, family, etc.) come here to visit.

Q: The comments we make in this process, are they shared with others FAA, WSDOT, etc.?

A: Yes, the Port will share all comments. This meeting is the first public meeting in the planning process. The Port has two more similar planning public meetings scheduled at different locations. The Port is capturing a record of comments tonight that will be presented to the Commission and be made available to the public.

When the Port moves to the environmental scoping phase, during those public meetings, the comments will be captured by a court reporter as a complete transcript and then shared with the FAA and other agencies.

Q: How many on panel live on flight corridor?

A: Clare Gallagher and Jeffrey Brown raise their hands.

Q: Since the 1980s and 1990s, the approach to noise mitigation has always been to cocoon up the house. Since then there have been advances in noise cancellation technology. Why haven’t we used noise cancellation technology for noise mitigation?

A: Port staff will need to look into what technology is available and get back to you.

[From the Port: It’s the Port’s understanding that this technology has never been perfected on a scale of magnitude where the source and receptor of the noise are continually at different ranges. The cost alone of placing microphones and speakers around a home would be prohibitive with today’s technology. If in the future this technology is perfected and implemented for aircraft noise reduction on the ground, the Port would be receptive to its use.]

Q: I am disturbed about the classist approach you are taking when you talk about demographics. The people who are using the airport because of their disposable incomes aren’t the people living in these communities. How much mitigation, such as sound proofing, is included in the SAMP? Is there any plan to pay dividends to the people who are having to deal with impact of the airport?

A: The SAMP doesn’t have plans for noise mitigation in it. The Port is continuing to insulate homes within the current noise remedy boundary. The mitigation for impacts of proposed projects will be discussed in the environmental review process.

Q: I drove along East Marginal Way and there is some sort of noise wall Boeing Field put up. Can those be put up in any part of the airport area? Could Sea-Tac figure out a way to somehow be a noise absorber rather than a noise reflector?

A: The Port is not aware of Boeing Field doing that, but will look into it and get back to you.

[From the Port: Port staff talked to staff at Boeing Field and they confirmed there are no noise walls at Boeing Field. What the individual described is actually a blast fence which isn’t designed for noise reduction capabilities. It’s designed to safely protect people and vehicles from the thrust generated by an engine blast.]

Q: I heard you talk about traffic, jobs, etc. and the impacts that they could have. I’m wondering if you coordinate your activities with cities and with the development of their Comprehensive Plans.

A: As part of the environmental scoping process, the Port will also hold agency environmental scoping meetings. Planning staff attend those and share information during those scoping meetings. The Port works regularly with the neighboring cities. Port staff likes to think the Port has a good relationship with those cities, and Port staff is able to engage at the staff-to-staff level. The cities have done a good job of implementing noise abatement guidelines in their building codes. Both the cities and the Port do work hard to try to keep each other updated. However, there’s always more than can be done.

Currently, there are two groups that represent the local cities that meet to address this type of issues. The first is the Highline Forum, which meets every other month and includes elected officials from the Port, Highline College, the cities, and the school district to talk about airport issues and issues within the community. The second is a new group called START that includes stakeholder representatives and the city managers that meet to develop a shared understanding of the issues, concerns, and how the airport operates.

For more info, visit https://www.portseattle.org/plans/sustainable-airport-master-plan-samp.

On Wednesday, June 20, Congressman Adam Smith introduced the ‘Aviation Impacted Communities Act,’ which – if passed – will help communities located near airports.

As airline travel has increased, communities near airports across the country have been experiencing an increased and disproportionate share of noise and other environmental impacts stemming from commercial aviation. This has been the case even as many other areas have experienced reduced overall noise burdens. The concerns of residents of these increasingly impacted areas are not being adequately addressed.

The Aviation Impacted Communities Act seeks to help cities, localities, and neighborhoods to better and more productively engage with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  This legislation would require that the FAA communicate directly with residents and locally nominated leaders on issues of aviation noise and environmental impacts.  Through the creation of community boards, affected areas will more effectively work toward achieving relief from the impacts of civil and commercial aviation.

Here’s a list of some of Smith’s recommended actions:

  • Aviation Impacted Communities Act (H.R. ####) – Congressman Smith advanced this legislation to enable communities around the SeaTac airport and other U.S. airports to better engage with the FAA. It requires that the agency to come to the table to address noise and environmental concerns affecting areas near airports. The bill designates communities under flightpaths as “aviation impacted” and allows them to create community boards that interface with the FAA to better communicate the concerns of residents. These boards can petition the FAA for noise and environmental impact studies as they work with the agency to create action plans that address those issues. The Aviation Impacted Communities Act also expands which communities are eligible for mitigation by allowing communities in the 55 DNL contour to receive funding for insulation.
  • Introduced the Protecting Airport Communities from Particle Emissions Act (H.R. 4087) – Rep Smith also introduced a billthat directs the FAA to conduct a national study on the emission of ultrafine particles around the nation’s twenty largestairports. The study would examine the percentage of these particles that comes from aviation, their dispersion, and how they affect the health of residents in communities around airports.
  • Highline Schools Mitigation Funding Amendment – Congressman Smith successfully advanced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 5515) that would ensure funding for noise mitigation remains available, as agreed upon in a 2002 Memorandum of Understanding (MOA) between the Port of Seattle, the FAA, and Highline School District. Two of the remaining schools in the MOA were recently deemed ineligible for federal funds to complete noise mitigation projects because of recent modifications to the noise contours around the airport. These changes left two schools outside of areas where the FAA could legally provide mitigation funding, despite the prior agreement. Congressman Smith’samendment allows for the FAA to provide the promised funding to the remaining schools based on the earlier noise contours so that they can acquire insulated doors, windows, and other forms of sound mitigation.
  • Engaging the FAA Administrator on the 65 DNL noise metric and timely use of FY 2018 Omnibus Appropriations –Congressman Smith wrote Acting FAA Administrator Elwell to encourage the agency to quickly implement provisions passed in the FY 2018 Omnibus bill related to increasing FAA engagement with communities. This legislation provides funding for dedicated community engagement members at FAA regional offices around the country to interface with communities on aviation noise and environmental issues.In his letter, Congressman Smith also requested an update on the FAA’s survey to measure the effectiveness of the Day Night Average Sound Level (DNL). In this survey, which began in 2015 and was further authorized by the FY 2018 Omnibus, the FAA is studying alternative metrics to the DNL.
  • Joined the Washington Delegation to Call on the FAA to Quickly Implement Aviation Provisions of FY 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act – Congressman Smith cosigned a delegation letter circulated by Senator Murray, which urged FAA Acting Administrator Elwell to quickly implement noise provisions passed in the FY 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act.
  • Quiet Communities Act – Congressman Smith is a cosponsor of Representative Grace Meng’s bill to establish an Office of Noise Abatement at the EPA. This office would promote the development of effective state and local noise control programs, carry out a national noise control research program, and carry out a national noise environmental assessment program.
  • Air Traffic Noise and Pollution Expert Consensus Act – Congressman Smith cosponsored legislation introduced by Representative Stephen Lynch that would require the FAA to enter into an arrangement with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to study the various health impacts of noise and air pollution from aviation. The report would draw from experts convened by the National Academies and to set forth current scientific knowledge on airplane noise, environmental pollution, and other impacts from aviation.
  • Community Engagement – Congressman Smith actively encouraged the Port of Seattle to increase its engagement with airport communities and their representatives. During a community engagement meeting organized by Congressman Smith at the Port of Seattle, the concept for the Port’s SEA Stakeholder Advisory Round Table, or StART, came about. StART brings together residents, elected officials from various localities, Port officials, and the FAA to discuss issues of aviation noise, environmental pollution, and how to manage with the growth of SeaTac airport.

“The burden of airplane noise and environmental impacts should not fall disproportionately on any single group, neighborhood, or community. The Aviation Impacted Communities Act will help to bring some relief by streamlining the FAA’s engagement processes, allowing residents to bring their concerns directly to the FAA and airport operators, comprehensively assess the effects of aviation in a given area, and seek mitigation for those impacts,” said Congressman Adam Smith. “Community engagement by the FAA on the negative impacts of aviation is long overdue and this legislation will provide a pathway to solutions and much needed relief for my constituents and communities across the country.”

“Rep. Smith’s aviation impacted communities will help our beloved Seattle Beacon Hill neighborhood and other affected neighborhoods. We are under the flight path. Airplanes fly over us every 1-3 minutes. 70% of inbound flights go over our heads.  The noise is obnoxious, bad for our health and is disruptive.  We are a poor vulnerable neighborhood and this bill will help relieve this unjust burden,” said Estela Ortega, Executive Director, El Centro De La Raza, located in Seattle, Washington.

“The Aviation-Impacted Communities Act comes at a critical time and crossroads for our national aviation system. The Act provides an essential new voice and role for communities that have supported, and have been disparately impacted by, aviation industry growth. By seating impacted communities at the same table with government and industry, the Act provides a meaningful tool-kit for better, balanced, collaborative decision-making that can include noise and emission studies, long-term regional plans for reducing impacts, and expanded eligibility for mitigation. Quiet Skies Puget Sound supports and endorses the Aviation-Impacted Communities Act! We greatly value the work, advocacy, and leadership of Congressman Adam Smith on this legislation that so directly targets the preservation of our environment, human health, and quality of life,” said Sheila Brush, Founder of Quiet Skies Puget Sound.

The Aviation Impacted Communities Act will:

  • Establish a new “aviation impacted communities” designation for areas suffering from excessive noise or environmental impacts.
  • Define a community eligible for that designation as any residential neighborhood, locality, municipality, town, or city located 3000 feet below, and one mile on either side of any commercial jet route.
  • Require that the FAA alert these communities of their eligibility for the designation of aviation-affected community.
  • Establish a process for communities to bring together airport operators, designated community leaders, and the FAA to discuss solutions in Community Board meetings.
  • Require that appropriate FAA representatives attend community board meetings and respond to community questions and concerns about issues involving aviation or the FAA.
  • Allow communities to petition the FAA for comprehensive impact studies.
  • Require that the FAA develop action plans to respond to communities concerns and the recommendations for mitigation provided in the impact studies.
  • Allow communities to ask for additional noise measurement instrumentation on the ground.
  • Expand the availability of mitigation funding for aviation impacted communities outside of the current 65 day-night average sound level (DNL) contours.
  • Allow sound insulation for communities in the 55 DNL contour

The Aviation Impacted Communities Act is cosponsored by Representatives Ro Khanna (CA-17), Jackie Speier (CA-14), Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08), Eleanor Holmes-Norton (DC) Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), and Stephen Lynch (MA-08). The Act has been endorsed by both Quiet Skies Puget Sound and the Beacon Hill Community Group.

Rep Smith has worked directly with impacted communities and taken extensive action to mitigate noise and environmental impacts in the 115th Congress. You can read more about his work HERE.

A section by section of the bill can be found HERE.

On Tuesday, June 19, at approximately 3 p.m. Des Moines Detectives contacted six individuals associated with the assault incident that occurred at Redondo this past weekend.

Police say that an off-duty police officer was trying to get his boat out of the water, and asked a group to move their vehicles out of the way.

The group then verbally and physically assaulted the man, including hitting him in the head.

Reports are that one member of the group brandished a gun and pointed it at the officer.

As a result of the investigation three subjects have been arrested.

  • An 18-year old Federal Way resident arrested for investigation of Assault 2 involving a firearm
  • An 18-year old Federal Way resident arrested for Assault 4 and Malicious Mischief 3
  • A 16-year old Federal Way resident arrested for Assault 4

This investigation is ongoing and will be submitted to the prosecutor’s office for filing of charges.

After a chase through Des Moines, Kent Police arrested an adult male Tuesday night, June 19, in the investigation into the suspicious circumstances surrounding an 18-year old Des Moines woman’s death.

As our sister site I Love Kent previously reported, on Saturday, June 16, 2018, at approximately 7:42 p.m., Kent patrol units responded to a welfare check on a trail in the area of 24600 26th Place S. in Kent.

Upon arrival, an adult female victim was located next to the trail in the wooded area. The victim was unconscious and unresponsive with labored breathing. Lifesaving efforts were attempted; however, she succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim was later identified as an 18-year-old Des Moines resident. She sustained one fatal gunshot wound, and it was determined that this would be a homicide investigation.

Investigators worked tirelessly on the case, and Tuesday night (June 19) around 11:45 p.m., Kent Detectives received information that led them to a house in South Seattle where the victim’s missing car was located, parked in the driveway. Detectives believed the suspect, identified as a 19-year-old SeaTac resident, was inside the location.

While personnel and resources were being staged, Detectives applied for an arrest warrant, and the suspect left the residence fleeing in the victim’s vehicle. A felony stop was attempted; however, the suspect fled and a pursuit ensued leading into Des Moines. The suspect traveled westbound on Kent Des Moines Road and went north on Marine View Drive.

Officers were able to successfully spike the vehicle tires during this pursuit, causing the tires to go flat. Shortly thereafter, officers were able to initiate a successful PIT maneuver, disabling the vehicle and ending the pursuit. Kent Police with the assistance of Des Moines Police were able to take the suspect into custody without incident.

“This arrest comes as a result of continuous hard work around-the-clock by our Detectives. It is also a great example of how well Law Enforcement agencies work together with one common goal, to get the bad guy off our streets. I would like to thank Des Moines PD for their assistance. This is a terrible tragedy, and we are working hard to bring justice to the family of the victim,” stated Kent Police Chief Rafael Padilla.

Investigators have not yet named the suspect, as he has not officially been charged.

On Tuesday, June 19, 2018, new Des Moines Police Chief issued a letter to the community discussing some recent crimes in the area.

The letter discusses recent crimes, including an assault at a boat launch, a possible drowning at Redondo, a homicide in SeaTac as well as other incidents.

Thomas promises that there will be “an increased police presence in Redondo, starting this weekend and continuing throughout the summer.”

” I would like to update you on these incidents and then provide you with our short and long-term plans to address crime and quality of life issues,” Thomas said in the letter.

Here’s the letter in its entirety:

June 19, 2018

There have been several incidents recently in South King County that have caused concern for our community. I would like to update you on these incidents and then provide you with our short and long-term plans to address crime and quality of life issues.

  • Redondo Beach boat launch assault — The suspects in this incident have b.n identified and their arrests are pending.
  • Homicide in Kent — A suspect has been identified and an arrest is pending.
  • Possible drowning at Redondo Pier — Still under investigation, but nothing so far to indicate foul play involved.
  • Homicide in SeaTac — A suspect has been identified and an arrest is pending.

The assault case at Redondo was made a top-priority case for our department and I am pleased to say that the suspects have all been identified and their arrests are imminent.

Beginning this weekend, and continuing throughout the summer, we will be staffing the Redondo area primarily on the weekend with extra officers as available to maintain order and ensure a family friendly environment.

Our department will be working with our City Attorney to explore closing/permit only parking at the City lot in Redondo after 10:00 p.m. We will be discussing with the City Manager and City Council ways to create a residential parking zone to address parking issues that may be caused by closing the Redondo lot, and we will work with local businesses to ensure that parking is available for their customers.

We have identified other crime and quality of life issues in Des Moines that we have not been able to address as effectively as we would like due concerns with our current staffing resources. We are actively working to identity some short-term initiatives to aggressively address these issues.

Our top priority as a police department is to keep Des Moines and our officers safe. We also want to provide for a high quality of life in our neighborhoods. To make this happen we will need strategic deployment of personnel. I have been working with our City Manager to identify and effectively deploy our resources in the most effective manner possible. We have been working with the Washington State Fusion Center to get us up and running with a credible crime analysis program. This will allow us to better utilize intelligence led policing and deploy our resources to be in the right places at the right times. We are also strategizing to get street crime detectives that will have the primary mission of problem solving community concerns and quickly following up on crime issues that are impacting our businesses and neighborhoods.

As your new Chief, I am instilling a proactive policing philosophy where we go after criminals and work to address problems before they occur. Our staff are committed to this change in philosophy and we will do everything in our power to effectively serve our community.

Finally, if you see anything suspicious or have any concerns regarding your safety, or the safety of others, please call 911 and officers will respond accordingly.

Thank you,
Ken Thomas
Police Chief

Des Moines Police responded to a possible drowning in the 28700 block of Redondo Beach Drive (map below) on Sunday, June 18.

Police say that a family had been walking together on the boardwalk just after midnight Sunday morning when they observed a subject “flopping” in the water.

One of the family members called 911 from their cell phone to report the incident.

Des Moines Police Officers responded with members of South King Fire & Rescue. SKFR deployed a rescue swimmer and the 56-year old woman was removed from the water.

SKFR began life saving efforts, and the subject was transported to Highline Hospital for further treatment.

It is unknown how or why this individual came to be in the water.

This incident is still under investigation by the Des Moines Police Department.

Local attorney, activist and filmmaker Steve Edmiston took a break from his ongoing project – to brief the Port of Seattle Commissioners on the impact of aircraft operations on our communities – to talk to the Port Commissioners this week about film theory.

In two minutes on Tuesday, June 12,, Edmiston referenced Aristotle’s teachings on story, great film quests from Star Wars to Saving Private Ryan, heroes from To Kill a Mockingbird and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and villains from a James Bond movie.

His purpose? To make sure the Commissioners recall that he’s making a film, that “in our film, the heroes are the citizens that speak for two minutes, seeking only to protect the environment and the health of their families,” and that “we don’t know what role the five of you play. Hero? Sidekick? Villain? You’ll get to decide.”

Watch Edmiston’s “Intermission” below:

The Briefing Project is a documentary blending investigative journalism, citizen activism, editorial commentary, and a bit of reality-show “it’s happening right now” intensity.

Permitted only two-minute public comments, a citizen seeks to provide a ten-month briefing to five elected officials making a choice between untethered economic growth and harm to humans and the environment. At the fastest growing airport in the U.S.

View more episodes here: https://www.quadrant45.com/#/thebriefingproject/

Learn more here:

About Steve Edmiston
Steve is a Seattle business, intellectual property, and entertainment lawyer, screenwriter, and independent film producer. He has written and produced many feature-length and short films which have won festival awards and accolades (including “Crimes of the Past,” “A Relative Thing,” “The Day My Parents Became Cool,” and most recently “The Maury Island Incident”). He serves on the Port Townsend Film Festival Board of Directors, has juried for the Washington Film Works Innovation Lab, has taught screenwriting and producing at Seattle University, University of Washington, and the Seattle Film Institute, and is a frequent speaker on the subject of the business of independent film.

By Jack Mayne

Des Moines City Manager Michael Matthias has asked Washington state investigators to probe charges that a city employee purposely deleted city records regarding the change in management of the city senior center.

Introduced by Mayor Matt Pina at the opening of the City Council session Thursday night (June 14), Matthias read a prepared statement that said that a city employee is to be investigated for deleting records from the city’s official website regarding a Council approved two year pilot program to Wesley Homes, a private company in the city.

Matthias said no one would speak further until there is a completed investigation by the Washington State Auditor’s office.

Here’s video of Matthias’ statement:

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The Council meeting was opened by a statement from Matthias regarding comments made “at or after” the June 7 meeting where it approved a two-year pilot program to replace the retiring head of Senior Services with a contract for management by Wesley Homes.

At the June 7 meeting, Matthias said “public concerns were voiced about the lack of transparency over recent administrative and Council decisions.

“The community has made it clear to me they wanted more communication and input and so I am providing this update on a relevant issue tonight,” he said.

The city manager said to assist the change of management at the center, the city sought the contract with Wesley and it began “compiling electronic records that were on the city’s server to assist in the review.”

Compromise probe
“Yesterday, it was confirmed that a city employee was acting in a way to compromise that investigation, specifically deleting large numbers of files from the city’s server,” said Matthias. “These actions put the city at great risk.”

But the records were “fully recovered and have been made available to our third party investigator,” the Washington State Auditor.

“I have contacted the state auditor’s office as required by state law and they will be completing their own investigation,” Matthias said. “I can provide updates to Council as needed, however at this point the matter is being investigated by outside parties and it is appropriate that they be allowed to complete their investigation without further delay or interference.

“In the spirit of transparency, this is all myself, staff and City Council can say about this at this time,” he said.

With that, the Council went on with its routine business.

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The first is a move-in ready Rambler in Burien’s quiet Blakley Manor neighborhood:

3BR with 1.75BA on a generous 8395 sq ft lot with a shed and covered patio for year-round use.

Kitchen features newer SS appliances and butcher block counters.

Baths were also recently updated while the roof and HWT are less than 6 years old!

Central AC just in time for summer.

Fresh exterior paint and big driveway with room for an RV or boat!

Close to the new PCC, Trader Joes and access to highways 509 and 518.

Come see!


  • Saturday, June 16: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 17: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.


  • 16519 4th Ave S., Burien, WA 98148 (MAP, or see below)


  • List Price: $460,000
  • MLS Number: 1289176
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1.75
  • Year Built: 1954
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,220 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 8,395 s.f.


  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Cable TV
  • Fenced-Partially
  • Gas Available
  • Outbuildings
  • Patio
  • RV Parking
  • Garage-Attached

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view the full, detailed listing.

Next is an amazing home with 180 degree unobstructed views of the Puget Sound & Olympic Mountains with fantastic privacy:

Enjoy Views of the ferries, Three Tree Point, shipping lanes and whales from your cover patio or cantilevered deck.

3180 square foot 4 bedroom 3 bath home on a .654 Acre lot.

100 feet of accessible waterfront with stone bulk head.

Great room style, kitchen, dining and family rooms flow together over beautiful hardwood floors.

Incredible property minutes to Seattle and the airport.

Lot A Beach Rights


  • Saturday, June 16: 1 – 3 p.m.


  • 19229 Edgecliff Dr SW, Normandy Park, WA 98166 (MAP, or see below)


  • List Price: $1,690,000
  • MLS Number: 1305666
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Year Built: 1957
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,180 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 28,488 s.f.


  • 180-degree views!
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • French Doors
  • Cabana/Gazebo
  • Cable TV
  • Fenced-Partially
  • Patio
  • RV Parking

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.

The next Open House is a picturesque 1918 Craftsman style home in West Seattle:

Original charm remains throughout including wax glass, original windows, laundry shoot and knobs.

Covered front porch. Spacious living room and dining room.

Dining room is complete with a beautiful chandelier.

Well-sized kitchen has eating nook and adjoins an entertainment sized deck.

Downstairs has one bedroom and craft room/shop area.

Upstairs has three bedrooms.

Master bedroom has city view.

Located on one of North Admiral’s best streets and locations.


  • Friday, June 15: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Saturday June 16: 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday June 17: 1 – 4 p.m.


  • 2121 41st Ave SW, West Seattle, WA 98116 (MAP, or see below)


  • List Price: $949,950
  • MLS Number: 1305242
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2.25
  • Year Built: 1918
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,540 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 5,750 s.f.


  • Dining Room
  • French Doors
  • Pantry
  • Deck
  • Outbuildings
  • RV Parking

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.

The final Open House is an impeccable 1901 Craftsman in the heart of Phinney Ridge:

Charming front porch.

Picturesque main floor has spacious rooms, beautiful wood work and built-ins, den (4th bedroom), fireplace and striking dining room.

Fully finished basement has ideal over-sized utility room and large family room.

Private back yard with entertainment size deck.

True two car garage and long driveway.

Rare opportunity on this sought-after tree-lined street.

High walk-ability to shops, metro and easy access to downtown.


  • Saturday, June 16: 1 – 4 p.m.


  • 7016 Sycamore Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117 (MAP, or see below)


  • List Price: $999,950
  • MLS Number: 1308782
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 1.5
  • Year Built: 1901
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,190 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 4,600 s.f.


  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • French Doors
  • Security System
  • Skylights
  • Walk-in Closet

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.

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

From our sister site The B-Town Blog:

By Scott Schaefer

A huge police turnout on and around SR 509 near where south Burien meets the SeaTac City limits was in response to an ‘active shooter’ who shot and hit four vehicles on the freeway Wednesday afternoon, June 13.

The Washington State Patrol said that shots were fired on the freeway around 1:30 p.m., and that four vehicles traveling southbound were hit by a shooter who may have been hiding in the trees.

Despite some dramatic damage to vehicles – including one large bullet hole in a driver’s side window – there were no injuries.

SR 509 was closed or very restricted most of the afternoon, and motorists were advised to stay away from the area.

Troopers and police spent 4-5 hours searching for the shooter, and were asking anyone nearby to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity.

Despite the huge police response and search, as of 8 p.m. no shooting suspect(s) had been found.

WSP announced that it completed its investigation at 8:37 p.m. and that all lanes of the freeway were re-opened.

Here’s video released by @KCSOAirsupport showing some scenes from the intense search east of SR 509 near S. 168th Street on some abandoned roads near the airport, looking like a scene straight out of a war film with fully-armed police, K-9 units and even a drone scouring the landscape:

Burien resident Jennifer Fichamba sent us this photo – which she took from her bedroom window – showing an armed police sniper laying on top of an SUV on SR 509 aiming a long rifle during the intense search:

Side streets were also heavily affected as traffic was re-routed off the freeway.

One witness who drove through the area on S. 188th Street near Des Moines Memorial Drive in SeaTac told The B-Town Blog that he saw numerous heavily-armed Troopers and police with high-powered rifles on the scene:

Here’s a short statement from Trooper Rick Johnson courtesy KING-5:

Read the full story here.

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South King Fire & Rescue – along with Des Moines Police and the water district – responded to a water main break at 21300 3rd Ave S. in Des Moines North Hill neighborhood early Tuesday morning, June 12.

The break occurred sometime around 2-2:30 a.m.

Several houses were impacted by the gushing water, and a small slide was caused on 1st Ave South.

Eventually, the water main was shut off around 3:15 a.m.

There were no injuries reported, and it is unknown how much damage was caused to nearby homes

Area resident Del Rivero wants everyone to know that a recent “Challenger Game” he set up at Garfield High School resulted in several members of the starting lineup for the Seattle Mariners showing up and playing with local special needs kids.

“I would like to share the video the Mariners sent me with everyone,” Del told The Waterland Blog. “The Challenger teams are made up of special needs kids from our community. They play little league Baseball just like everyone else.”

“It’s a great program where no kid is left out!” Del added.

On Friday, June 8, the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce held its annual ‘State of Our Cities’ membership luncheon, with guest speakers from five regional cities, including Des Moines Mayor Matt Pina.

Download a PDF of Pina’s PowerPoint here, and watch his speech below (running time 6:20):

And here’s full video of the event as broadcast live on our Facebook page (“Like” us here to get alerts for other live videos) – with speeches from Tukwila Council President Verna Seal, SeaTac Mayor Michael Siefkes, Normandy Park Mayor Jonathan Chicquette, Burien Mayor Jimmy Matta and Pina, as well as a post-speech Q & A (running time 48:37):

On Friday (June 8), Highline Public Schools threw a long-bomb touchdown of a party for graduating seniors, who jammed the Museum of Flight in Tukwila to celebrate their milestone with none other than Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

Flanked by aircraft, the students high-fived @DangeRussWilson as he exited a 787 and made his way to the stage.

Students heard positive, powerful messages from Wilson, as well as from Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden, retired NASA astronaut Dorothy “Dottie” Metcalf-Lindenberger and Highline Superintendent Susan Enfield.

Then 13 outstanding seniors were surprised with college scholarships presented by Alaska Airlines and its “Chief Football Officer” Russell Wilson.


Photos courtesy Highline Public Schools

District officials, architects and project staff broke ground for a new Des Moines Elementary School at Zenith Park on Friday, June 8.

This is the second groundbreaking in Highline this year. The new elementary school in Des Moines will open fall 2019, along with the new Glacier Middle School in SeaTac.

A steady drizzle didn’t dampen spirits, as ‘Thank yous’ were rained down on taxpayers and leaders at all levels for the hard-won opportunity to build a modern learning facility.

A 750-student elementary school for kindergarten through fifth-grade students will soon take shape on the 17-acre site. Absher Construction Company will build a facility designed by Hutteball + Oremus Architecture. Des Moines Elementary Principal Rick Wisen welcomed attendees to the groundbreaking.

“Our old school served many generations. The hardwood floors echo the memories of decades of students and staff,” Wisen said. “But we won’t miss the plumbing, heating, leaky roof or connectivity issues. We are looking forward to a grand opening in fall 2019 when we can welcome all the students and staff and families to a modern school building that will serve this community for generations to come.”

Superintendent Susan Enfield thanked state Senator Karen Keiser, Representative Tina Orwall and Representative Mia Gregerson for continuing the work of funding education for all students. She also expressed appreciation to Christine Nhan, representing U.S. Congressman Adam Smith, for his support of an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to fund noise mitigation for Highline Public Schools. The amendment clarifies that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) can provide funding for noise mitigation to schools that are outside the new noise contours of SeaTac Airport–a critical assist from the congressman to ensure the FAA can keep its promise to help the two new schools.

Port of Seattle Commissioner Peter Steinbrueck praised Superintendent Susan Enfield for her accomplishments at Highline and underlined the Port’s commitment to support and partner with Highline schools and students, including mitigation funds and Port internships for local students.

City of Des Moines Mayor Matt Pina, and four city council members took a turn with some of the first shovels of soil and added their thanks and excitement to the event: Councilmembers Robert Back, Traci Buxton, Luisa Bangs and Vic Pennington.

School Board President Joe Van thanked Rose Clark, Danielle Houle and Aaron Garcia, co-chairs of Highline’s community-led Capital Facilities Advisory Committee. Clark and Houle led the planning of the successful 2016 bond measure that includes funds for the $57.8-million new elementary school.

Superintendent Enfield thanked Chuck Tuman, former chair of the Highline Citizens for Schools campaign,for his leadership in passing the bond. Current co-chairs Chad Harper and Aaron Garcia joined Tuman for the groundbreaking.

Diana Garcia, director of education specification & transition planning for Highline, introduced Architect Ingrida Sanders of Hutteball + Oremus Architecture. Sanders and Principal Wisen both expressed appreciation for the thoughtful work of the Des Moines Elementary staff and other district staff on the programming committee for the new school. They also thanked the design review committee and the naming committee.

By Jack Mayne

The Des Moines City Council at study session Thursday (June 7) approved a two year pilot program to replace the retiring head of Senior Services with a contract with management by Wesley Homes, a private company that has been long involved in business in the city.

City Manager Michael Mathias said the longtime manager, Sue Padden, has decided to retire after 22 years. and her retirement puts the city “in a difficult position of finding a suitable replacement of finding a suitable replacement, which in actuality is very difficult.”

That gives the city “an opportunity to take a fresh look at the manner in which the city provides and manages services to senior …,” a Council packet briefing paper said.

Agreement for two years
“Unless earlier terminated” the agreement “shall be for two years” and with agreement of both the city and Wesley and it can be extended for an additional two year if both sides agree. The agreement can also be terminated “in whole or in part, at any time, by either party without cause upon 90 days written notice …”

EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier version of this story said there was a six month trial period. That was a comment by participants at the Council meeting and not part of the official contract agreement. We regret the error.

Matthias said the city will largely base its initial review of the Wesley program on talking with people using the Senior Center. The city manager said that Wesley “is accountable to us and there is no part of the agreement that yields city control of the process.

He said the city turned to Wesley Homes and Judson Park to discuss “ways to partner as part of a pilot project” to allow the evaluation of a potential “public-private partnership at the city’s Senior Activity Center.”

Matthias’ memo to the Council noted that Wesley is “currently in the process of redeveloping their campus” with a $175 million remodeling and upgrade of Judson Park which “when completed it will be their flagship facility within the region.” He also noted that Wesley has “contributed to and participated in several city capital improvement projects” including donating the property on which the City Hall is located.

The city did not attempt to find an individual to take over as manager of the Senior Center because of Wesley’s availability.

‘Falsehoods create disruption’
At the Thursday night Council study session, Matthias said there has been many allegations over the potential agreement with and “setting the record straight” he said the senior center would not be moved, nor will the building housing he center be torn down, as rumors have suggested.

The city manager told Council that no changes to programs or services at the center, that “the same quality services and , but “opportunities for enhanced services may be identified.”

“The city has no plan other than complete commitment to the senior center,” Matthias said. “Anything else is a distraction. Falsehoods create disruption, they create tension, they create uncertainty. I bet they raise blood pressure because I know that has happened for me. Those are not caring qualities of being concerned about the well being of our senior population.”

“We are excited about the Senior Center,” he said, and “we have put resources into it. In the very near future to have more resources dedicated to social service referral,” he said, adding they the city has have grant applications with King County government to “provide infrastructure improvements” to the center.

The city also said the change won’t increase the current budget. “The contract with Wesley is anticipated to break even with city’s current expenditures for the senior services manager.”

The city manager said that a recent disruption to Catholic Services providing lunches at the Senior Center meant “you all ate a lot of pizza and that will never happen with Wesley. They have kitchen, they have resources, continuity of services” at Wesley.

“Those are the truthful conditions of this agreement,” he said.

Review pilot contract
Mathias said he was “excited about the future” with the Wesley contract.

“We will have community engagement and stakeholder engagement as we review this going forward to evaluate its success and to evaluate what people’s feelings about the services they are receiving, the manner in which they are receiving them,” he said, and made adjustments as needed.

Kevin Anderson, CEO of Wesley Homes (pictured, right), told the Council study session that his company is investing $175 million to upgrade their Des Moines facilities and they are “long term stakeholders, we’ve probably been her as long as most people that are in this room. Our role is not only to run Wesley Homes but be a part of the community.” Wesley Homes will soon have its 75th anniversary in Des Moines (1943) longer than the city has been a city (1959).

“It’s a challenge to find good people who understand the industry as far as senior services or anything so it is very difficult to find employees and it is difficult to find resources so when we are able to partner with the city or Judson Park or with staffers, we do those things,” Anderson said. “Why? Because it makes good sense because we think that it enhances the services that we can deliver to seniors in our community.”

“We’re excited about the future,” he said.

Council comments
Councilmember Luisa Bangs people should “give an opportunity for this to succeed because if there isn’t that, what’s the alternative and the alternative really doesn’t look good.” She added the Wesley Homes proposal should be given a chance to succeed. She added that Senior Center Manager Sue Padden and Parks and Recreation Director Patrice Thorell have been unhappy about the proposed change but they have “their program’s best interests at heart. But you know what? Their program is the city’s program and we are the city.”

Councilmember Traci Buxton said she received some unpleasant and even threatening letters but also some respectful and thoughtful letters from community residents. She wondered if a quality manager for the Senior Center could be found that the wages paid. She added that this test pilot program offers long term public and stakeholder input and that there are ways to get out of the contract “if it turns out terrible.”

Councilmember Matt Mahoney said he was “personally attacked that I don’t like seniors … it hurt and I’ve been there and I understand,” noting he spent the last three months with his father “until he took his last breath. It is very important to me how the seniors end their quality of life.” Retiring Sue Padden was in charge of the Senior Center for 22 years and that means there are many new and updated things to look at, decide on and perhaps accept. He said regardless of any questions about the process of selecting Wesley Homes, “I am going to support this program.”

‘Incredible foundation’
Deputy Mayor Vic Pennington said taking over the longtime roles of Senior Center Manager Padden and Parks and Recreation Director Thorell have built “an incredible foundation. I hate to see this community so divided.”

Pennington added that “it casts a pretty heavy shadow to have the level of misinformation that has been out this last week and I would ask of everybody, everybody have an open mind. We have a contract that keeps the program going and that’s real, true measure of whether the program was good to begin with.” He added the 90 day pilot program has built-in guarantee.

“I am going to support this and I am going to monitor it like all of us are,” he said.

Mayor Matt Pina read a statement on the issue from excused absent Councilmember Jeremy Nutting. “I am convinced that this is the best way to serve our seniors,” said Nutting. “There is great value in this approach. I want to assure the public that the programs and services you are currently receiving today will continue.”

‘Many mistruths’
Pina, in his own statement said, “It is frustrating to me how many mistruths were put out into the public and how many people grabbed on to that.” He said he got only one phone call but many e-mails and many were discourteous adding “we value our seniors” even though some of the comments stressed the opposite. Many of the things on the rumor mill on this issue, and others, are “so far from true, (but) people still believe.

The half truths hurt members of the Council, but they asked for that when they ran for office.

“But the half truths also hurt the senior population because it puts fear in people,” Pina said. “And, to me, that’s horrible.”

Part of the comments damaged the reputation of Wesley Homes and is bad because the company has a “wealth of resources that can make what we have better.

“I support this, I support Wesley and I support this Council,” Pina said.

Councilmember Rob Back said Wesley role is to “serve seniors” and that he could not find a better way to continue senior services. “Change is never easy, I don’t like change … but changes happen.”

Citizen comments
Resident Bonnie Reister said she was concerned at the way the city made its decision to use Wesley and the lack of transparency. She wondered what benefits the mayor and city manager may get from the selection, and whether the services to the seniors could be changed at will.

Resident Scott Eliason, who said he volunteers and works often at the Senior Center, and “I found out about this three days ago, and I find that appalling. How did that happen when this is a transparent process?”

Former Des Moines Council candidate Harry Steinmetz said there was not enough time for the community to make an appropriate decision. “I have not seen anything that says this is going to lead to something for the city,” but will for Wesley Homes. He added it should be held so the public can better understand the proposal.

Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate will be holding five great Open Houses this weekend!

The first is beautiful classic Cape Cod View home in Des Moines with endless possibilities!

The elegant and inviting main house has 3 bedrooms and 2.25 baths that is truly a work of art.

The large entertainment size kitchen is a chefs dream.

The upstairs master suite has french doors to a private view deck.

The lower level has 2 full M.I.L. apartments!

1 apartment can be connects to the main house and could be used as 4th bedroom and rec room.

The garage has a loft space above.

The options are endless!


  • Friday, June 8: 3 – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 9: 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 10: 1 – 4 p.m.


  • 24037 Marine View Dr S., Des Moines, WA 98198 (MAP, or see below)


  • List Price: $900,000
  • MLS Number: 1303386
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Year Built: 1986
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,090 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 10,000 s.f.


  • 2nd Kitchen
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • French Doors
  • Loft

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.

Next up is an amazing Rambler on a nearly half acre lot in Des Moines:

Nearly a half acre lot, 930 sq ft garage, 2280 sq ft rambler wrapped w/decks & a patio to enjoy the serenity of the creek and more!

The living room has vaulted wooden ceilings, beautiful Basalt fireplace and shares an entire wall of window/sliders with the dining room and kitchen to the deck overlooking the creek.

Huge master w/bath, a bedroom w/FP (or cool den), add 2 more bedrooms another bath, large rec room w/wall of sliders to deck, extra storage, RV parking & more!


  • Saturday, June 9: 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 10: 1 – 4 p.m


  • 26309 13th Place S., Des Moines, WA 98198 (MAP, or see below)


  • List Price: $442,000
  • MLS Number: 1306097
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Year Built: 1967
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,280 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 19,166 s.f.


  • Bath Off Master
  • Dining Room
  • Skylights
  • Vaulted Ceilings

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.

Next is a better-than-new 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home in Beacon Hill/Columbia City:

Location, location, location!

This home is perfect for anyone needing extra space in the city.

Minutes to downtown & light-rail!

The territorial & mountain views create great natural lighting.

Entertain in the living room, or spacious great room & kitchen w/dining area, or maybe the covered deck!

Upper floors have generous sized bedrooms & master w/his & her closets, 5-pc bath.

Terraced backyard, 2-car garage & huge unfinished area!


  • Saturday, June 9:  11 a.m. – 2 p.m.


  • 5045 31st Ave S., Seattle, WA 98108 (MAP, or see below)


  • List Price: $889,950
  • MLS Number: 1297374
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Year Built: 2015
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,540 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 5,280 s.f.


  • VIEWS: Mountain, Partial, Territorial
  • Covered deck
  • Terraced backyard
  • 2-car garage
  • Huge unfinished area

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.

The next home is a Cape Cod Seahurst beauty with majestic Sound & Mountain views located on a serene & manicured corner lot:

Located on a quiet, sought-after street in Burien/Seahurst!

Cozy view front porch & extensive new Timberteck wrap around & backyard entertainment size deck.

Huge kitchen w/new SS appliances, large island & views.

Soulful sunsets from the main level & even more impressive from the large upper master bedroom.

Hickory floors, updated windows & indoor sauna.

Newer roof, furnace & H2O.

Large lower TV/family room w electrical fireplace.

Epic opportunity!


  • Saturday, June 9: Noon – 2 p.m.


  • 14331 22nd Ave SW, Burien, WA 98166 (MAP, or see below)


  • List Price: $949,950
  • MLS Number: 1302272
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2.75
  • Year Built: 1948
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,300 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 9,900 s.f.


  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Sauna
  • Skylights

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.

The next Open House is a competitively priced 4-Star Green home located atop of N. Beacon Hill:

This tastefully done project was built by boutique builder Green City Development.

1st Floor has a bedroom w/bathroom.

2nd floor features LDK boasts high ceilings and a capacious feel w/ lots of natural light.

The 3rd floor you have your generous size bedroom and a full bath.

Expansive roof deck for sunsets and bbqs.

Only 5 homes left!


  • Saturday, June 9: Noon – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 10: Noon – 3 p.m.


  • 1740 12th Ave S., Unit C, Seattle, WA 98144 (MAP, or see below)


  • List Price: $674,999
  • MLS Number: 1255354
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1.5
  • Year Built: 2018
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,113 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 577 s.f.


  • VIEWS! Bay, City, Lake, Mountain, Sound, Territorial

PHOTOS (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

Click here to view full, detailed listing.

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

UPDATE: Unfortunately, tonight’s Highline Bears game against the North Sound Emeralds has been CANCELLED due to rain.

“Although our infield is artificial turf, our outfield has a hard time handling water. For the longevity of our field, and the safety of our players, staff, and fans we have decided that we will not be playing this evening.

Any tickets pre-purchased may be exchanged for a ticket to a game at a later date.”

By Payton Dineen

It was a weekend full of fun and entertainment at Mel Olson Stadium, where hundreds of fans came through the gates to watch some Highline Bears baseball and take part in the activities and promotions that were being offered.

Opening day saw over 400 fans, 250 of whom were able to snag a magnet of the season schedule. Director of King County Parks and Recreation Kevin Brown was present to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, kicking off the 2018 season. Later, as older fans watched from the Bear Den, several kids got the chance to compete on the field for a coveted candy prize in games such as the dizzy bat race and musical chairs, both of which had some tough competition.

The Bears were also able to present a check to West Seattle Baseball on Friday night, having raised over $1,200 for the little leaguers.

The concession stand and all new root beer garden also saw no down time, having a line wrapped around the stand for nearly the entire game. Fans who came out both Friday and Saturday saw two very close games, with the Bears just falling short of their first win in both. If opening weekend is any reflection on what the rest of the season is going to look like for the Bears and fans alike, then there is an exciting summer ahead for everyone.

One thing in particular to look forward to is Buntly’s birthday, which is coming up quick on June 16.  Buntly will turn four years old, and 200 fans will be able to take home a celebratory bobblehead of the beloved bear. Not only that, but the Seafair Pirates will also be in the house to meet and greet fans, as well as celebrate Buntly’s birthday with the Bears community. There is a lot to look forward to from here on out, so if you haven’t already, make your way down to a game that is sure to be entertaining for fans of all ages.

Their next home game will be against the North Sound Emeralds this Friday, June 8, with the first pitch set for 7:05 p.m.

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Des Moines Gospel Chapel will be holding a witty performance by Actor/Storyteller Chuck Neighbors – a Christian actor and storyteller – at their church on Sunday, June 17 at 11 a.m. for Father’s Day.

Chuck will be performing “Go Ask Your Mother…a Father’s Story.”

The event is FREE of charge.

This is a theater presentation of Master’s Image Productions.

Des Moines Gospel Chapel
21914 7th Avenue South
Des Moines, WA 98198

Website: dmgc.org

Phone: 206-878-2145