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Get your tickets now – the 7th annual Blues and Brews festival is coming back this SATURDAY, Aug. 27 to the Des Moines Beach Park with music, beer and a great cause.

This year’s fundraiser – which runs from Noon – 8 p.m. – is expected to have around 1,800 guests.

Go to http://www.drinktomusic.org/ to get your tickets today!

While listening to blues there will be plenty of local brews to sip on. With over 15 breweries, everyone is sure to find a tasty beverage. A few of the breweries include Airways Brewing, Tin Dog Brewing, and Stoup Brewing. Maybe wine is more of your thing? Well be sure to check out the Rotary Club’s other popular event, the Poverty Bay Wine Fest, which is going on its 13th year.

With the Blues and Brews main beneficiary being Music4Life the cause is personal for some of the band members. Randy Oxford, who is playing during the festival with his blues band Randy Oxford’s All-Star Slam said:

“I strongly believe in how a Musical instrument can change the life of a young person. Getting a Trombone in the 6th grade definitely changed my life.”

Without the help of great sponsors such as Normandy Park Market, this community event wouldn’t be possible. Be sure to thank them, including other valued sponsors that include: Alaska Airlines; Muckleshoot Casino; Lamar Advertising Company; The Waterland Blog; Recology CleanScapes; Marvin J. Osterhout, Family Dental Practice; Burke Law Offices; Seattle Southside; Green Latrine; Doug Myers, CFP with Edward Jones; HC Foundation, Highline College; Wesley Homes; Zenith Holland Gardens; Gehrke, Baker, Doull & Kelly, Attorneys at Law; Olympic View Dental; Judson Park; Snure Law Office, PSC; Club Pilates; Murray’s Carstar; Airport Touchless Car Wash; South Sound Blues Association; Great Northwest Insurance Brokers; Groove Merchant Northwest; Washington Blues Society, Russell Associates, Certified Public Accountants; Rotary Club of Des Moines & Normandy Park; Brian Seth with Allstate; Marina Medical; The Razor’s Edge Barbershop Rotary International; and Tall Town Design.

Don’t forget your low back lawn chairs and sunscreen! Free parking will be abundant. Also, please keep in mind that pets are not allowed at this 21 and over event. Additionally, outside food and drink will be turned away. There will plenty to eat and brews to drink in the festival

Go to http://www.drinktomusic.org/
to get your tickets today!

DMLF The Coats with logos

The final Beach Park Summer Concert will feature “The Coats” and be held this Wednesday night, Aug. 24, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at Des Moines Beach Park.

Here are some videos of this great acapella band:

Destination Des Moines will be there with their beer garden, supporting both the foundation kids programs in Des Moines and free family festivals like the Waterland Festival and 4th of July Fireworks.

And it’s your last chance to buy $5 Raffle Tickets for two round trip tickets anywhere Alaska Airlines flies (drawing will be held at 8 p.m.!) All proceeds fund Youth Recreation Scholarships.

Donations are also being accepted to help fund these events, AND there’s also a Beer and Wine Garden!

Also, the Des Moines Legacy Foundation needs some help:

Coats Concert appeal

Here’s episode #64 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation:

SoKing News Weekly Recap for Aug. 19-22, 2016: 18-year old shot & killed in Tukwila; New City Manager hired in Des Moines after finalist quits; Burien Police rescue O.D. victim using new technique; Normandy Park Police saved by passing of bond; Jack Mayne commentary on school suspensions; ‘The Final Take’ & more…

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WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for both this SATURDAY and SUNDAY – is a new townhouse that offers a spacious open concept floor plan that perfectly complements the Northwest lifestyle!

The main floor is centered on an expansive living area that encompasses a designer kitchen, dining area, great room and opens to a covered deck.

A master suite with five-piece bath and walk-in closet is located on the upper floor, plus three more bedrooms, a bonus room and a laundry room.

Other features include a two-car garage.

And it’s all just a short walk from Olde Burien and minutes to downtown!

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
















Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House.

WHEN: Both SATURDAY, Aug. 20 & SUNDAY, Aug. 21: from Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 1041 SW 150th Street, Burien 98166 (MAP, or see below)


  • List Price: $500,000
  • MLS Number: 1016121
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Year Built: 2016
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,301 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 3,810 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Balcony/Deck/Patio
  • Insulated Windows
  • Master Bath
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk-in Closet
  • Yard

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The main floor is centered on an expansive living area that encompasses a designer kitchen, dining area, great room and opens to a covered deck.

A master suite w/five-piece bath & walk-in closet is located on the upper floor, plus three more bedrooms, a bonus room & a laundry room.

Other features include a two-car garage.

Short walk from Olde Burien and minutes to downtown!

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


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Mackenzie Bull won the 2015 kid’s costume contest with this amazing, haunting look. Photo by Scott Schaefer.

SAVE THE DATE: Join 2,000+ zombies on Saturday, Sept. 17 for Zombie Fest Northwest, a FUN festival with live music, food, prizes and more!

This FREE event will take place from 2 – 6 p.m. at the Normandy Park Towne Center, located at 19900 1st Ave South (map below).

Zombie Fest also features live music, food, beverages, commemorative t-shirts, raffle baskets, business booths, a mock disaster vehicle display, arts & crafts for kids, and a Zombification Booth! People line-up and enter the 20/20 tent, and then THANKS to some amazing make-up artists and “zombified” clothing donated by Value Village, festival-goers exit the tent as zombies! You’ll have to see it to believe it!

Normandy Park Zombie Fest now draws nearly 2,500 people from King, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston counties. The annual festival raises awareness about emergency and disaster awareness, and partners with emergency agencies, civic groups and utilities including Normandy Park police and fire, Republic Services, King County Library Services, Puget Sound Energy, Highline Schools Foundation and Friends of Normandy Park Foundation (501c3). Dozens of generous local businesses, organizations and individuals also support this festival and provide FREE items for children to collect for disaster preparedness kits.


Zombie Fest serves as a fundraiser for the Highline Schools Foundation Excel Grant program, Highline Food Bank, Des Moines Food Bank and Friends of Normandy Park Foundation (501c3).

“Join us at Zombie Fest! Learn about disaster preparedness, raise money for local charities, and see the generosity of Normandy Park and our surrounding communities!”

Here’s a partial video of the Seattle Thrillers doing their thing at last year’s event:

By Jack Mayne

Former Highline High School teacher Jasmine Kettler has forcefully condemned the “out of school suspension policy” that has been cited by Highline Public Schools Superintendent Susan Enfield as one solution to improving the school district’s low graduation rate.

Jasmine Kettler

Jasmine Kettler

“Something needs to change. Teachers need to feel free to express their issues without fear of losing their jobs or being undermined,” wrote Kettler (read her full blog post here).

Superintendent Enfield told The B-Town Blog that there is no reason for fear.

“There is never, ever fear of retaliation or retribution,” Enfield said. “That will not happen on my watch. I do not want people to feel they can’t speak out.”

Serious implications
“I am writing this because I think people care, but aren’t aware of the serious implications that come along with a one-size, fits-all strategic plan, without the necessary resources and funding or utilizing valuable insight from veteran teachers,” said Kettler.

“I am writing this because there was an article published that blamed the increase in teachers leaving on the new teacher evaluation system.”

That system passed here with a high rating, she wrote.

In her blog, Kettler stated her opinion that the suspension policy is producing a climate of fear for teachers and supporting the outrageous actions of some students. Kettler wrote the suspension policy “is absolute chaos.”

“I don’t think that the district office fully understands the implications of the policies put in place, because things are being swept under the rug and teachers are afraid to speak up …,” Kettler said.

Didn’t talk to Enfield
Enfield said Kettler never asked for a meeting with her and that Highline staff never needs to be afraid of being critical about district policies.

“I have an open door, open email, open phone policy and I always want to hear and very often hear concerns from teachers and staff across the system.

“There is never, ever fear of retaliation or retribution. That will not happen on my watch. I do not want people to feel they can’t speak out.

“I wish that Jasmine had come to me at some point during her time in Highline and shared this and had this conversation. She didn’t, but I have had conversations with Highline teachers on this very issue.”

The superintendent said she did not understand why Kettler did not get an employment exit interview because the district “goes out of our way to encourage exit interviews. I can say with absolute fact that we would never deny” giving someone who asks an exit interview.”

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‘Extortion … harassment’
Kettler resigned this year and now is on a tour of Southeast Asia and Thailand at present. Her column was posted on her “Believe in Bangkok” website. The subhead of the article she published is a laundry list of problems she believes the “no suspension” policy suborns.

“Vandalism. Extortion. Burglary. Theft. Possession of Stolen Items. Discrimination/Harassment. Lewd Behavior. Inciting aggression. Gang Activity. Forgery. Fraud. Fighting (not assault). Disruptive/Unsafe Activity. Negligent Driving.”

Kettler says that is an “incomplete list” printed in small type on the “district behavior” form that teachers fill out when reporting incidents (click image to see larger version:)


“This list represents just some of actions that do NOT warrant out of school suspension at Highline High School, and a glaring reminder of my decision to leave,” she wrote. “I’ve seen the implications of this list, but just recently discovered that the district put it into writing, on a district form.”

She says she usually writes in an optimistic way, but “not this time.”

System ‘is broken’
Kettler says the Highline School District has been getting positive publicity of late, “which they deserve.”

“The successes of diverse students and staff who work tirelessly at school and often, at-home, in less-than-ideal living situations, is absolutely inspiring,” Kettler writes.

“But that doesn’t mean that we can just ignore the bad. Inequities exist within our school district; ranging from unsafe facilities to transportation to hiring practices and more.”

She said not discussing the problems make it look as though things are fine but they aren’t.

“I have been part of the problem by not being more vocal in my opposition to the many inequities to which I’ve been exposed.

“The. System. Is. Broken.”

Increase graduation rate
She said that when she started teaching the Highline school board implemented a “progressive, strategic plan” to increase the graduation rate but that “eliminating out of school suspensions topped the cake.”

Enfield said the district has not eliminated out of school suspensions, but also uses in-school suspensions where problems are addressed in special processes.

Kettler asserts  that while it sounded good to “keep kids in school, instead of sending them away,” it is not.

According to her, district staff were “being asked to work more, assess more, ‘discipline’ less, and compromise teaching practices in order to appease the district’s strategic plan.”

“I understand keeping kids in school,” Kettler wrote. “I really, really do, but the manner in which we are approaching strategic goals is alarming, at best, when dealing with behavior. Schools (and school districts) make up a mock society. Violence is rampant and behavior management is non-existent within our school community.”

Kettler wrote that as a teacher, “I am very proactive in my management strategies. I let students create their classroom expectations, so if they break a rule, they’re breaking their own. If chaos ensues, it is the result of their own behavior, and with reflection, they learn to both take responsibility for their role in a situation, and to self-monitor their behavior. In most cases this has worked very well.”

But Kettler wrote that there are “obvious exceptions to this management strategy, which include any illegal activity and any derogatory, discriminatory language and/or actions.”

But what the system did, she wrote, was to let students make up their own rules.

“When a student breaks the law, gets into a fight, uses derogatory language, is suspected of being under the influence, or any of the many behaviors I witnessed daily while working at HHS, there needs to be a consequence that is similar to societal expectations,” Kettler wrote. “I witnessed time, and time again, a complete failure at meeting these very-minimal expectations, at the expense of both our students and staff.”

Sent back to class
The students and the teachers felt unsafe at school, Kettler said.

“Fighting, harassment, and incited aggression are present during passing periods, after school, and at-lunch.”

Kettler said behavior reports written by teachers were “often modified so as to ‘protect the student’ and will often times not be reported at all.”

She said she wrote less than 10 referrals in her three years as a Highline High teacher, and remembers every one of them.

“On multiple occasions, the wording that I used was changed, the students were sent back to my class within the same hour, and there was no follow-through,” Kettler wrote. “I was always told that this was to protect the students.”

Once she said she was called a dirty name and the student knocked over a table and threw a chair at Yoga students.

“She was in my class the next day,” Kettler wrote. “When confronting administration about why she was in class, I was told that she met with the principal and they worked it out. Apparently their version of ‘working it out’ was having a meeting in which that student stood up, said “f*** this”, left the room, and slammed the door.”

“When she continued to come to my class that week, without addressing her outburst, my coworker stepped in and told her to go to the office, the student told my … coworker, ‘protecting your girlfriend, dyke?’

‘But since discrimination/harassment is not a suspendible action, she continued to show up to class,” Kettler wrote. “And the precedent was set that calling a teacher a c***, using hate speech, and throwing a chair was ‘shmeh’.”

‘Unbelievably insulting’
Kettler said her goal as a teacher is not to punish students and not get them in trouble or to show power.

“My goal is to prepare students, to the best of my ability, to exist and excel in society. By not addressing behavior issues, we are failing our students. When the power is taken away from the teacher, students are going to push boundaries, people are going to get hurt and good teachers are going to leave.”

Kettler told of an administrator asking “what I did to contribute to a situation” it is “unbelievably insulting.”

She cited a number of other incidents, all illustrating angry, out of control students.

“What did I do that warranted a student to walk into my classroom, make a gun out of his hand, and pull the finger trigger towards my head?

“In that case, I asked that student to step outside if he was going to talk during classroom presentations.”

How about a student “flipping me off and yell f*** during a lecture? I refused to show his 20 second video that had zero educational value and multiple cuss words. Definitely my fault.”

Request denied
Kettler said she was once asked if “I had a vendetta against these kids. The answer is a resounding NO! I care about those kids and their future. I didn’t ask to walk in on them smoking weed, but I did, and by not reporting it, I made it okay. I didn’t want to ruin their future, but I wanted to set societally-appropriate boundaries.”

She said that once a “19 year old student chased a freshman around the gym with a chair over her head, screaming ‘I’m going to f***ing kill you!’ This lasted for upwards of five minutes. Students were scared. My department asked, repeatedly that she not be allowed in gym classes. In a classroom, it is easier to monitor aggressive behavior, but in PE, she was a risk to other students. Our request was denied.”

Five months later the same student grabbed a girl’s head and smashed her head into lockers, knocking out her front teeth, then said to her, “if you snitch, I’ll f***ing kill you.”

Kettler said “a trail of blood led to the bathroom stall,” where the girl was hiding.

“The girl who was attacked spent the night in the hospital, and was sent on a redeye flight back to her home country the next day. Because my school couldn’t protect her,” Kettler said.

Quit or compromise
“Over the course of this past school year alone (2016), 23 staff members left Highline High School,” Kettler wrote. “One school. One year. 23 educators, student advocates, and public servants left within one year, and no one bats an eye. I am one of those 23, and it’s breaking my heart.

“One campus police officer quit because they are expected to compromise their integrity and bend the rules within the school system, which don’t coincide with the legal system. It’s inexcusable. I’ve felt unsafe at school on several occasions. The response from admin has been bureaucratic and final.”

While 23 people quit, Kettler says the “district is showing videos and statistics of a small increase in graduation rates – which is quite simply a result of the system enabling students into passing).

Exposing the ugly
“I have always been encouraged to tell my story,” Kettler wrote. “I’ve been told that people need to hear about it. So here it is.

“Something needs to change. Teachers need to feel free to express their issues without fear of losing their jobs or being undermined.

“I am writing this because I think people care, but aren’t aware of the serious implications that come along with a one-size, fits-all strategic plan, without the necessary resources and funding or utilizing valuable insight from veteran teachers.

“I am writing this because there was an article published that blamed the increase in teachers leaving on the new teacher evaluation system (a system that in which I passed with flying colors).

“I am writing this because even though I completed three exit-surveys, and asked for an exit-interview in each survey, I was not granted the opportunity. My three years at Highline High School and my experiences and my reason for leaving were not considered.”

Enfield said she did not understand why Kettler did not get an employment exit interview because the district “goes out of our way to encourage exit interviews. I can say with absolute fact that we would never deny” giving someone who asks an exit interview.”

Kettler said “sometimes it takes exposing the ugly, to appreciate the beautiful. There is so much to celebrate in education, but there is an ugly side to education. There is corruption, ignorance, and inequality. And I think we should talk about it.”

Enfield responds
Superintendent Enfield sent out an email to school staff in response to Kettler’s blog post – read it here (PDF file).

NOT an excuse to vote NO on school bond
At the end of her post, Kettler included this note:

*This is NOT an excuse to vote NO on school bonds. The condition of the school largely contributes to the students’ perception of unworthiness and the accepted delinquent behavior. The physical condition of the school needs to be changed, along with the social condition.

open house (3)

4:30-7:30 P.M.


Park across the street behind the old Ace hardware, we have permission!

Cake & coffee will be served.

Come tour the big house, meet the staff, the kids and some parents. Talk to any of them and they will be happy to share their story with you!

Please come learn more about Battlefield Addiction and Big Change Recovery Homes. These organizations are making a powerful impact in our community and to those touched by addiction…the families and the addicts. Come meet the fast growing Team and show your support!

The Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market experienced its first really hot day this year last Saturday and you could tell that shoppers were timid about coming out in it.

The Clutter 2 Cash was a huge success this season, so save up your treasures so you can be ready next year. Remember, the Pancake Breakfast on August 20th has been canceled. Check calendar listings below.

BloodThanks to everyone who donated much needed blood. If you missed and would still like to donate, check out the Bloodworks Northwest web site for their van’s next locations. There is an urgent appeal for blood and platelet donors as a shortage has developed in the Northwest.

B&B ImageThe Rotary Club of Des Moines and Normandy Park has a booth every Saturday to promote their Annual Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Festival. The festival this year is on August 27th at the Beach Park. At the booth you can buy your discount tickets in advance ($30, $35 at the door). You can also enter a raffle for two Alaska Airline round trip tickets, cooking classes at Eat Local and season pass ($1,000) to Centerstage in Federal Way. The proceeds benefit the Highline Music 4 Life program which put instruments in the hands of kids who otherwise might not be able to afford them.

Market Sponsors – Seattle Southside

Music – Moe Ribbs

Food Trucks – A Fire Inside, Nibbles, & Sweet Bumpas

DMFM_sunsetlogo whiteThe Wednesday night Sunset Markets are under way. They are every Wednesday in July and August from 4 to 8pm. There will be food trucks, farms and lots of goodies. Then you can stroll over to the Beach Park for the free music in the park series brought to you by the Des Moines Art Commission.

Seniors, the market and the King Conservation District, with partner Sound Generations, are offering the HYDE Shuttle providing local door to door transportation to and from the market for seniors 55 and older and people with disabilities of all ages living in Des Moines, Normandy Park, Burien and Sea-Tac. Call 206-727-6262 to schedule a ride.

Upcoming Events

Waste Zero is again our slogan for this season.

Pitch It In to do your part.

To keep up with all the special events, featuring what’s fresh and entertainment at the market, please log onto the website and sign up for our e-newsletter which comes out once a week. You can also keep up on the activities by visiting the markets Facebook page.

A FREE concert called ‘Sacred Music for a New Century’ will be performed at Des Moines United Methodist Church on Saturday, Aug. 20.

The show, which starts at 7 p.m., will be a performance of music that explores the deep connection between spirituality and sound.

Original compositions by Steven Luksan (piano) and Julia Adams (viola).

Free admission, donation encouraged to support Eastern Washington wildfire relief.

Des Moines United Methodist Church is located at 22225 9th Ave S, Des Moines 98198; phone: 206-878-8301.

More info at desmoinesumc.org


Multiple opportunities available! Interview directly with hiring managers!

WHO: HMSHost at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

WHAT: Job Fair – HMSHost is seeking to fill restaurant positions at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Positions available include Starbucks Baristas, Cooks, and Utility positions.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 10am –NOON

WHERE: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 17801 International Blvd, Seattle, WA 98158. Room # – MT 272 2F (head towards pre-security Starbucks and you should see the signs) Interviews on site. Immediate hires.

Apply online prior to Job Fair: www.hmshost.com/careers

Onsite Contact: Allison Newsham, [email protected] – 206.433.5644

About HMSHost
Global restaurateur HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates in more than 120 airports around the globe, including 44 of the 50 busiest airports in North America. The Company has annual sales in excess of $2.8 billion and employs more than 37,000 sales associates worldwide. HMSHost is a part of Autogrill Group, the world’s leading provider of food & beverage services for people on the move. With sales of around €4.3 billion in 2015, the Group operates in 31 countries and employs over 57,000 people. It manages approximately 4,200 stores in over 1,000 locations worldwide. Visit www.HMSHost.com for more information. We can also be found on Facebook atfb.com/HMSHost and on Twitter at @HMSHost.

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Des Moines United Methodist Church’s annual Community BBQ will be this Tuesday, Aug. 16, starting at 5 p.m. at Fellowship Hall.

Des Moines United Methodist Church is located at 22225 9th Ave S, Des Moines 98198; phone: 206-878-8301.

More info at desmoinesumc.org

Lemonade Stand

Natalie & Lilah Nutting are hosting a Lemonade Stand Fundraiser to raise money for the Des Moines Police Foundation TODAY – Monday, Aug. 15th – from 1-4 p.m. at 20819 4th Ave S., Des Moines, 98198 (map below).

They hope the funds will be used for the Des Moines Police Foundation Shop with a Cop Event in December.

Here’s a video of the girls pitching the idea to the Des Moines City Council on Aug. 11, 2016:

The girls started off their summer with a ‘Summer Bucket List’ of items they wanted to accomplish. One item on the list was having a Lemonade Stand to support a local charity. The girls then made a list of the local charities they would like to support and then narrowed it down to the Des Moines Food Bank, Des Moines Legacy Foundation and the Des Moines Police Foundation.

Their final decision was the Des Moines Police Foundation as they recalled being able to attend the Shop with a Cop Event last year and loved helping out at the event so much they wanted to see how they could help this year!

The Des Moines Police Foundation was established in 2014 to raise awareness and provide recognition and support of the Des Moines Police Department by receiving and administering funds exclusively for charitable, scientific, or educational purposes, without pecuniary gain or profit (either direct or indirect) to its members, all within the meaning of Section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Law.

Both girls attend North Hill Elementary School in Des Moines. Natalie is 9 and will be entering the 4th grade and Lilah is 8 and will be entering the 3rd grade.

Their father, Jeremy Nutting, serves on the De Moines City Council and their mother, Yvonne Nutting, serves on both the Des Moines Legacy Foundation Board, the Des Moines Police Foundation Board and is an extremely active member in the North Hill Elementary School PTSA where she served the last two years as their President.

If you are unable to attend the event, you can make a donation via the website:


EDITOR’S NOTE: This updated story replaces one from earlier Saturday that had incomplete information about this council meeting. We apologize for the error.

By Jack Mayne

Assistant Des Moines City Manager Michael Matthias was selected by the City Council to be the next city manager, after a previously selected candidate mysteriously and without reason withdrew his application.

Withdrawal of previously approved candidate James Nichols of Douglas County, Nevada, left the Council to consider the second place contender, Matthias. After an executive session Thursday night (Aug. 11), the Council approved Matthias 6-1, with Councilmember Robbie Back opposed. Matthias’ job is contingent upon negotiating a satisfactory contract with the city and getting that contract approved by lawyers and the Council.

Time has been wasted
Mayor Pro-tem Victor Pennington moved to hire Matthias and Councilmember Luisa Bangs seconded the motion.

Pennington said he had been disappointed “at our time being wasted by someone,” referring to the withdrawal of Nichols.

Mayor Matt Pina had started the Council meeting with remarks elaborating on the earlier news release about the surprise withdrawal of Nichols who had been unanimously named by the Council on July 28, but he withdrew before there were any negotiations, and gave no “specific reason.”

Councilmember Back said Nichol’s withdrawal from the offered job “is his loss, the city is going in a good direction. Back said he was disappointed at the candidate research firm and the fact they has a weak group of candidates after a highly endorsement of Nichols.

Back noted current City Manager Tony Piasecki is retiring soon and said he thinks Matthias is a good candidate but said he “felt rushed” at the Council action so he was “not going to vote for this” and was the lone “no” vote.

‘Wonderful things’
“Michael (Matthias) has just done wonderful things with economic development,” said Councilmember Melissa Musser, adding “I have the confidence in Michael to move economic development forward … I think Michael is a lot different that the man he replaces and be that agent of change.”

Musser said that Matthias was the first person to recognize the was time to stop cutting the budget and to suggest seeing new forms of revenue to the city.

Councilmember Bangs said the process of getting a new city manager has been difficult but with support of the staff and the citizens “I don’t see any reason why Michael can’t succeed … with our guidance, our input and our concerns.”

“To wait, for me, made no sense,” Bangs said.

Councilmember Dave Kaplan said the Council had placed a lot of faith in Nichols but “he let us down before we even hand an opportunity to have a conversation about what a contract would look like and that doesn’t mean we haven’t a lot of faith in Michael Matthias …”

“While he was not our first choice, Michael is going to do a good job for the city … and with all of our support will be able to carry out the goals we have set out.”

Pennington noted that Matthias and other department heads “have been brought in from outside with fresh eyes to change the direction of the ship. Change from three people that we hired from the outside and so if you are looking for a city manager from the outside, Michael is new here in the world of longevity.”

Mayor Pina said change from the outside is something Matthias has done elsewhere and he “understands what is going on here in Des Moines.” Pina noted that change is necessary for the city to advance and be successful.

“It is a new day, it’s a new direction,” Pina concluded.

A ‘great conversation’
Pina said earlier in the Council session that Nichols did not get any further information after his selection on which to base his withdrawal, and had not seen what the city might have offered in a contract.

He had “a great conversation” on the phone with Nichols, said the mayor, but Nichols gave no reasons, “he just asked a whole slew of questions.”

“But in my opinion, it is my opinion,” Pina told the council, “it was pretty apparent that this candidate was having some anxieties about assuming the role, the top leadership position within the city, and that probably led to the withdrawal.”

A citizen asked why the name of the selected applicant was publically announced before employment negotiations took place and was told by the city attorney that was required under the state open public meetings act.

Mayor Pro-Tem Vic Pennington said he was disappointed at Nichol’s withdrawal from becoming city manager. “A lot of people devoted a lot of time” to get to Nichol’s selection.

“Right now, I don’t want to know a reason. He pulled out, he left, so be it, we have to move down the road,” Pennington said.

‘Mutual separation’
Nichols was unemployed when he sought the Des Moines job. Until January, Nichols had been Douglas County, Nev., manager. Then there was a “mutual separation agreement.”

“Neither Nichols nor the county issued notice that would have been required under his three-year contract,” reported The Record-Courier newspaper in Minden, Nev. “According to Deputy District Attorney Doug Ritchie, if commissioners were to terminate Nichols’ contact, they would have had to provide him with two months notice, during which he would continue to be paid and then he would receive six months severance.

“The heart of the issue is that Nichols would effectively leave the county,” Ritchie said of the agreement.

“The key phrase is ‘the best interest of the county,’” Commissioner Greg Lynn said in January. “That’s what we’re serving.”

An earlier story in the Record-Courier, Nichols said he “still question the value of my leadership in this organization relative to the board make-up that we have right now,” he told commissioners in January.

“During his Nov. 4 evaluation earlier in the year, Nichols said he felt he’d routinely not met expectations from the county commission as a whole.

“This has been the most challenging period of my entire career,” Nichols was quoted in the Nevada newspaper. “I may have met expectations of individual board members, but I haven’t met the five sets of divergent expectations on a day-to day-basis.”

Nichol’s last day as Douglas County, Nev., county manager was Jan. 29, 2016.


Experienced non-profit, business consultant and community organizer Andrea H. Reay will assume the position of President/CEO of the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce, it was announced Friday, Aug. 12.

Reay replaces Dena Guttridge, who left the position in July.

Ms. Reay was formerly the Executive Director of the Discover Burien Association, a position she held since 2013. She will assume her new position effective immediately.

“We are very excited to have Andrea aboard,” said Judy Coovert, Chairwoman of the Board. “She is a committed member of our community and brings a wealth of experience and talents to our fast growing region. She will work closely with our partners and members as we focus on providing opportunities for our members, promoting our communities, providing networking opportunities, representing the interests of business with government, and promoting sustainable business practices.”

“I am honored and humbled to have been chosen for this role.” Ms. Reay added. “I look forward to working with the board, staff, members and partners to further benefit our communities. We know that we are all stronger and better when we work together. The Chamber is committed to developing new and exciting ways for business professionals to network, showcase and promote their businesses, and provide training and educational opportunities. I look forward to also expanding our government advocacy work and partnership relationships.”

The Chamber invites all to join them at their luncheon from Noon – 1 p.m.on Tuesday, Aug. 16 where they’ll discuss how they’re working together as a region to grow our economy and the collaborative culture in our area with speakers Calvin Goings from the Small Business Administration, and Congressman Adam Smith.

The event will be held at the Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center.

To register, please visit www.sschamber.com/events

Congrats to Jeff High of Burien for winning two free tickets to the Rotary Club of Des Moines/Normandy Park’s ‘Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Festival’ which will be held on Saturday, Aug. 27 at Des Moines Beach Park:

Jeff will join hundreds of others who enjoy live music, craft brews and helping local kids in need.

For more info, or to purchase tickets, visit:



Advertiser El Dorado West will be holding a Car Show & Food Bank Fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at their campus, located at 1010 SW 134th Street in Burien.

Here’s what to expect:

  • Live music from the Tim Turner Band
  • Lindy Hop Dance performance by the Sister Kate Dance Company, with dance lessons to learn “The Charleston”
  • Hot Dogs, chips and soda for sale
  • $20 per car entry fee (for the Car Show)

“El Dorado West residents will be judges of your beautiful cars!”

All proceeds will benefit the White Center Food Bank.