Come on out to TL Sea Diving’s jolliest event of the year – on Tuesday, Nov. 22 – and discover a Scuba intro, Dry suit experiences, Peak Performance Buoyancy, and the excitement of underwater photos with Scuba Santa!

Is your personal Santa asking what you want for the holidays? Maybe it’s time to ask for a new adventure. The holidays are a great time to  feed your hobby needs and request equipment and supplies that will bring pleasure and enjoyment all year long and maybe even pick up a new passion.

Local gem TL Sea Diving is your launch pad for exploring the Puget Sound or tropical waters in far flung locales. It all starts at TL Sea where friendly staff LOVE to welcome those new to the sport or seasoned divers of all kinds. Working from their own passion for diving adventures, they offer courses and all the equipment to turn you into a diving enthusiast too!

Discover Santa pool night is a great time to refresh skills or see if diving is right for you. Don’t miss this opportunity to embrace a new adventure all in a comfortable and safe environment, and have a souvenier  underwarter photo with Santa. Imagine the social media possibilities!

Space is limited, register today – Scuba Santa is on the way!

23405 Pacific Hwy South (map below)
Des Moines, WA 98198

(206) 824-4100 – TEL

(888) 44-TLSEA – TOLL FREE in WA

(206) 824-9700 – FAX




Little ghouls and goblins will be out on Marine View Drive near 7th Ave S. from 3 – 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31, as they Trick-or-Treat through Des Moines businesses.

This is a FREE, safe trick-or-treating event open to all (costumes encouraged!).

Also, look for Stamp Cards from participating businesses, as well as the Mount Rainier High School Key Club crossing guards. 15 stamps from participating businesses gets you $1 off of admission at the Des Moines Parks, Recreation & Senior Services Halloween Carnival at the Field House, which runs from 5 – 8 p.m. that same day.

Family Fun in our Waterland Community!

Here’s episode #73 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 Oct. 21-24, 2016: Burien man its 63 years for killing 2 at gas station; SeaTac council ponders audio recording; Burien council reviewing new branding/logo for city; Puget Sound Weather Geek forecast; Jack Mayne on future airport ideas; ‘The Final Take’ on a local beer biz & more…

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Burien’s 1st Pot Shop is now OPEN!

Just 5 minutes from Sea-Tac Airport, Burien’s first Pot Shop – Kush21 – is located at 17730 Ambaum Blvd. South, in the same complex as BZ’s Sports Bar, and across from a public storage facility.

In this prime location Burien’s first Pot Shop is superbly located to offer a premium cannabis shopping experience to both tourists and locals. Visitors will find expert advice and consultation from friendly budtenders who are customer focused, knowledgable and courteous.

Whether you are discovering cannabis products for the first time, rediscovering them, or are a connoisseur, you will appreciate the prompt and courteous service that emanates from their core value of respect. This same respect for the customer is what inspires their commitment to offer premium selection with an eye to value. You will not find artificially overpriced goods, rather Kush21 aims to be your go-to purveyor, at the lowest price possible. For the month of October they are offering an astounding 33% off their entire inventory. But hurry, because come Nov. 1st these deals are gone!

Value can also be found in their loyalty program. This enticing VIP Club offers a 5% discount for every 10th check-in. After registration, simply visit the electronic kiosk on every visit, and before you know it, you’re cashing in on the savings.

Kush21 owners have further plans to enhance your experience with an express window, up-to-date automatically populated online menus and more. For now, they continue to build out their inventory and aim to carry the best that Washington state has to offer at competitive prices.

They are excited and honored to be the first pot shop in Burien. Their neighbor BZ’s Sports bar is too and is celebrating with a welcome party this Sunday, Oct. 23 from 7-10 p.m. BZ’s is just a few doors down from Kush21 at 17730 Ambaum Blvd S.


Here is a little more info from their website:

We carry industry leading products & have a wonderful staff of cannabis enthusiasts for your pleasure. We’ve slashed all of our prices by 33% for the month of October, so get in here and check us out!

We are currently building out our inventory but aim to carry the best that Washington state has to offer, at competitive prices.

To celebreate our soft & grand opening, we have slashed all of our already competitive prices by a whopping 33%! Come in and get the best deals you can find and get to see our brand new store, just 5 minutes from Seatac Airport!

Valid until Oct. 31, 2016.

This discount does not stack with any others. Prices on the products/shelf are already priced with the discount and taxes included.

Address: 17730 Ambaum Blvd. South, Burien 98148 (map below)


  • Sun-Thurs: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Fri/Sat: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Phone: 206.402.6955



Here’s a look at their brand new store:





Some of their products:










EDITOR’S NOTE: South King Media is an active member of the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce.

The Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce announced on Friday (Oct. 21) that it is endorsing Prop. 1, the Highline School Bond on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Here’s more from the chamber:

The Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce is an active member of the South Sound Chambers of Commerce Legislative Coalition. Together, with the Association of Washington Business, the Chamber advocates locally and regionally for the best interests of our business community and our members.

One of the Chamber’s 2017 legislative priorities is to support human infrastructure. The most valuable resource in the South Sound region is the people who live and work here. Our businesses and communities can only prosper with the right investments that improve the ability for people to thrive and find jobs. Finding a balanced approach to fully fund education that does not adversely impact the economy of the state or our South Sound region is paramount to the economic vitality of our region.

Therefore, the Chamber offers their support for the Highline Public Schools Prop. 1 on November 8th because it will make a long-term investment for education and workforce development by providing the space, tools and resources teachers need to do their best work as well as for the next generation of students whom we depend on for future development and economic success in our region.  The Chamber does not offer this endorsement without reservations as the increased property taxes and the subsequent potential risk to the health of our business community is concerning. However, the potential risk to the safety and health of our students and future generations of Highline residents does appear to be real and palpable if this bond were to fail.  The Chamber looks forward to continued partnership with the community and the school district to ensure that all risks and priorities are managed transparently for the benefit of all in the Highline community.

About the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce
The Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit business organization that has served the communities of Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac and Tukwila since 1989. The mission of the Chamber is to be a leader in Southwest King County and a regional voice and resource for building business success. The Chamber focuses on business advancement in the region by helping to build and maintain a strong economic environment.

More info at

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

Dear Editor,

South King Fire & Rescue (SKFR) needs your support to continue the expiring Maintenance and Operations (M&O) Levy. The M&O Levy is a funding measure previously supported by voters to bridge a budget gap required to maintain quality fire department services.

SKFR continues to offer higher quality fire and emergency services at a lower cost to taxpayers in surrounding communities. In order to maintain these services, please VOTE YES to continue SKFR’s maintenance and operations levy in the election on November 8, 2016.  This four year levy will allow the district to continue to bridge the gap between current funding and the actual cost of operating at an efficient level for our community and our firefighters.

This is not a new tax, rather a renewal of an existing levy at a lower rate. With improving property values, SKFR is able to reduce the necessary levy amount. At a proposed nineteen cents (.19) per thousand of assessed property valuation, this measure is a savings of ten (.10) cents per thousand over the current levy rate!

Everyone must vote, every vote counts. When you get the ballot, please fill it out and send it right back!! This levy requires a 60% super-majority to pass. This is the only chance to provide a stable funding source for the next 4 years.

SKFR NEEDs OUR HELP!!!  Vote YES in SUPPORT of our community’s and our firefighter’s safety!

– Wayne S. Corey

[Have an opinion or concern you’d like to share with our Readers? Please send us your Letter to the Editor via email. Include your full name, please remain civil, cite any sources, and, pending our review, we’ll consider publishing it.]

by Dave Markwell

Each morning I wake up and go for a walk. I contemplate my day as I take my little two-mile stroll from my house around the Marina. My little morning jaunt is more meditative than a part of any fitness strategy. It’s just a walk and talk…with myself.

I try to walk around the same time of day and, as such, I tend to encounter the same people. I like this part. I see the little Asian gal jogging and stopping to do some air squats. I see “Bob”, a pretty old guy that I meet “again” about every two weeks. And I see an older couple who walk holding hands and smiling and seem as happy to see me as I am them. I enjoy seeing them, though I may really just enjoy the smell of lady’s perfume. It’s nice…

These mornings, I am reminded of my past, consider my present, and ponder my future. I breathe in some sea air and exhale the little toxins compiled since the day before. It’s a cleansing time. I take steps and think thoughts and don’t think thoughts. I feel the wind or the sun or a raindrop on my face.

A thought which danced across my mind recently was my/our “destination”. My thought played out like this:

A great fallacy of life is that there is a finish line, besides the grave. There is a great tendency to believe in the fantasy that upon arrival at a particular milepost in life, we will find the peace, certainty and security we seek.

This deception is diabolical in its power to create false expectations which set us up for disappointment. We never arrive. The finish line keeps moving. For every hill we conquer, another pops up in the near horizon. This fact is not meant to be depressing or disheartening. When we understand this truth we can avoid the pain of believing a lie. And I much prefer an uncomfortable truth to a happy lie.

When we know the truth, we can respond with our own truth. And our own truth – while sometimes being flawed, scarred, bruised and afraid – is also beautiful. It is real and human, and the best of us lives inside of this truth.

Our doubts and fears and insecurities – all of the weird little confusions we suffer as human beings walking this earth – are where our truth lives. They are our power and they are our beauty. All these little things that scare us and shame us, also serve us. All life stories are survival tales of over-coming, of facing our fears and keeping moving. All of us.

On my whiteboard at my CrossFit gym, I had a couple of quotes. The first was, “Learn to love the climb.” This addressed the idea that certainly fitness, but really life, is a forever climb. No finish line exists. We can always get stronger, smarter, better…forever. This idea softens the expectations of an “arrival place” and gives permission to simply enjoy the process of living life in forward motion.

The second quote was, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” Certainly in the context of a gym, this quote served to disarm the tendency to define ourselves by standards other than our own; the idea that somehow we are less; that others possess something that we do not. And while sometimes it is true that others possess things we do not, it is also true that we possess things that they do not. We are all wonderfully unique and enjoy strength beyond our mind’s eye.

This reminder is especially potent when the hill we’re climbing feels steeper than we believe we can climb. Trusting in the power of our personal and powerful little truth changes the grade of every hill we climb and can transform raindrops into sunbeams on an early morning walk by the water…and at all other times, too…

[EDITOR’S NOTE:”Feel Good Friday” is a regular column written by Des Moines resident Dave Markwell, whose first book is called “A Feel Good Life” (buy it on Amazon here). He also runs the new Waterland Arcade, located at 22306 Marine View Drive South. Dave extols to all neighbors: “Enjoy where we live. Put your feet on the pavement and truly feel how great it is to live here!” Also, Dave needs more friends – find him on Facebook here.

By Jack Mayne

The Highline School District has asked all the cities it serves – including Des Moines – to approve school impact fees to help it build funds to upgrade and replace aging and outdated schools, and the Burien City Council was the first to take up the request.

The Burien Council last Monday (Oct. 17) unanimously held up establishing the impact fee program until there could be a collaborative agreement on a proposal from Des Moines, SeaTac and Normandy Park.

Impact fees are one-time charges assessed by local governments on new development projects to help pay for new or expanded public facilities that will directly address the increased demand created by that development.

State law says such impact fees may only be used for capital facilities that are reasonably related to the new development, will directly benefit the new development, and will also serve the community at large – impact fees may not be used to pay for private facilities that solely benefit the new development.

All fees that would be collected by cities would go to the school district so, in effect, the city would collect money that the schools could use for upkeep or new facilities.

Collaboration wanted
The Highline district encompasses all of Burien, SeaTac, Des Moines, Normandy Park and a part of Kent, plus parts of unincorporated King County.

State law must base any such school impact fees based on a capital facilities plan approved by the school board, but also part of all cities’ comprehensive plans.

Former Burien Deputy Mayor Rose Clark said this is a fee “that will help build and maintain schools that need to be enlarged … so I feel very strongly that it is a fair proposition to have growth pay for growth.”

Burien’s community development director, Chip Davis, pointed to a letter from Highline Superintendent Susan Enfield that supports the impact fee and “provides a defensible fee and accurately reflects capacity costs related to new development.”

Burien City Councilmember Austin Bell supported the fee to “keep our schools from being overcrowded.”

Ask the other cities
But Burien Councilmember Nancy Tosta said that the Highline District is complicated because there are cities and a portion of the city of Kent, plus unincorporated King County in it with Kent and the county already paying into the fund.

“For me it would make sense for us to do this as a group of cities in the Highline School District and to do it simultaneous because if we pass this fee and Des Moines, SeaTac and Normandy Park don’t, what kind of an inequity does that create in terms of development potential – or disincentive?” Tosta said.

Davis such a move in terms of the other cities would take time to put together.

Tosta added that the Highline Forum was created for such discussions and since it has not met in some time, perhaps this was an item that could be discussed by all the cities in the complex Highline School District.

Burien Mayor Krakowiak said “the timing of this is not the most effective” and also suggested a tiered fee might be better and suggested “we work with other cities in Highline, we are the first ones looking” and the impact fees.

Burien Deputy Mayor Bob Edgar said he would like to look at tiered fees rather than the flat fees contemplated in the proposed ordinance.

But Burien Councilmember Steve Armstrong disagreed that the fee was needed, noting “not every new development is going to have children that will impact the schools … and I don’t think we should consider it at this time.”

The Des Moines Police Department on Thursday (Oct. 20) announced that they have arrested a suspect in the Jan. 7, 2016 shooting death of 29-year old George Brown.

Police said that on that day at about 3:40 p.m., Brown was found shot to death in an abandoned house in the Pacific Ridge area of Des Moines.

After several months of investigation, a 44-year old male was arrested by Des Moines detectives Thursday (Oct. 20, 2016) at the SCORE Jail.  He was in custody there on unrelated charges. The investigation determined there was an argument between Brown and the suspect, but a specific motive for the murder is not known.

The suspect will be transferred from the SCORE Jail to the King County Jail in Seattle where he will be booked on one count of Murder in the Second Degree.

“We anticipate formal charges will be filed by the King County Prosecutor’s Office early next week,” Sgt. Doug Jenkins said.


A Dedication and Ribbon Cutting for the newly renovated Redondo Boardwalk will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, starting at 1 p.m.

Guests will include Senators Karen Keiser & Mark Miloscia; State Representatives Mia Gregerson, Teri Hickel, Linda Kochmar, & Tina Orwall; TIB Executive Director Steve Gorcester.

The rebuilt boardwalk – which cost just over $4.7 million – consists of a concrete deck with wood stamp finish, stainless steel cable railing, and low level deck surface illumination, all while using the existing pile encapsulation.

With support from the Federal Highway Administration, Washington State Department of Commerce, Transportation Improvement Board and the City Council the Boardwalk has been restored and is recently re-opened to the public.

Here are the details:

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, 1 – 2 p.m.



1-1:30 p.m.:

  • City Manager Michael Matthias – Welcome
  • Mayor Matt Pina – Acknowledgments
  • Elected Officials – Collaboration & Success

1:30 – 1:40 p.m.:

    • Ribbon Cutting, Plaque Dedication, & Photos

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THEN: In Nov. 2014, the Redondo Boardwalk was shredded by a storm. Photo by Gene Achziger.


NOW: The renovated Boardwalk has re-opened!

As a way of saying “thank you” to our military, Brown Bear Car Wash – including the Des Moines location – will offer FREE washes to all current or former members of the military on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11.

The free “Bear Essentials” washes will be offered at Brown Bear’s 22 tunnel wash locations from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Des Moines automated tunnel wash is located at 22706 Marine View Drive S.

The offer operates on an honor system and no verification or documentation is required. Drivers should identify themselves as a current or former member of the military to the wash attendant upon arrival. See for a list of Brown Bear’s 22 automated tunnel wash locations.

Brown Bear will also proudly donate $1 for every car washed on Veterans Day to Puget Sound Honor Flight. For the past two years Brown Bear has donated more than $18,400 to support Honor Flight’s mission of transporting Western Washington war veterans to visit memorials in Washington, D.C. For more information visit

The event is the company’s way of demonstrating appreciation for those who currently serve our country and have made sacrifices on behalf of all of us.

Over the past 10 years the family-owned, Seattle-based company has provided nearly 280,000 free “Beary Clean” washes to celebrate its August “birthday” and to honor former and current service members on Veterans Day.





South King Fire & Rescue paid a visit to Midway Elementary in Des Moines on Monday (Oct. 17) as part of a nationwide effort known as “Operation Warm.”

South King County Professional Firefighters Local 2024 in conjunction with the Firefighters Foundation and the Des Moines Aid Fund provided brand new “made in the USA” winter coats to 211 kids.

This is the fourth year that SKFR has put on an Operation Warm event and it was the biggest yet.

In addition to every Kindergartner and first grader getting a brand new coat there were tours of a fire engine and a visit from Sparky the fire dog.

Principal Rebekah Kim and Captain Ryan Herrera brought together nearly 30 volunteers to make it all happen.

For more information about Operation Warm please visit

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Many documents can comprise of one’s estate plan, including:

  • Revocable Living Trusts
  • Wills
  • Power of Attorneys
  • Health Care Directives
  • Community Property Agreements
  • Cohabitation Agreements
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Directive to Control Remains and Burial Instructions

Many clients think that they don’t need an estate plan because of their assessment of the size of their assets. Unfortunately, if something happens to you and you don’t have a Will, a probate court is going to decide what happens to your assets according to state law, without any consideration given to what your intentions may have been. In addition, having an estate plan is not only about your assets. You also want to ensure your spouse and children are taken care of, and also is very important for you to decide who you want to make decisions for you if you are unable to do so yourself.

It’s important to remember that an Estate Plan doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive, it just has to be done properly and serve your needs. As your needs change over time, you can always update your Estate Plan to ensure your plan continues to serve your needs.

Contact our office today at (206) 408-8158 for a consultation to ensure that you have a proper estate plan in place.

DAL Law Firm is conveniently located in Normandy Park, Washington. We serve clients in Washington cities such as Normandy Park, Des Moines, Burien, SeaTac, Tukwila, Federal Way, Renton, Kent, Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, Issaquah, Kirkland and others throughout King County.


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Close to 50 local employers with full-time, part-time and temporary job opening will be represented at Highline College’s FREE Fall Job Fair, which will be held from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

The event is free and open to the public; no advance registration is necessary.

Employers from a wide variety of industries will be represented. Attendees should be prepared to speak with recruiters, dress professionally and bring extra copies of their resume.

Free career workshops are also available to prepare for the fair. Learn more at

Participating Employers:

  • Advanced Health Care
  • Aegis Living
  • Apartment Advantage Staffing
  • Aquatic Management Group
  • Associated Recreation Council
  • Bahama Breeze
  • Camp Fire Central Puget Sound
  • City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation
  • Comcast
  • Confluence Health
  • Creative Living Services
  • Digestive Health Specialists
  • Express Employment Professionals (Kent)
  • Federal Way Public Schools
  • FedEx Ground
  • Highline College Human Resources
  • Highline Public Schools
  • Iden’s Dealer Services
  • Keiro Northwest
  • Korean Women’s Association
  • Life Care Centers of America
  • Macy’s
  • Northwest Hospital & Medical Center
  • O’Brien Auto Group
  • Phoenix Protective Corporation
  • Port Jobs – Airport Jobs
  • Primerica Manivanh & Associates
  • Puget Sound Educational Services District (PSESD)
  • Renton School District
  • ResCare Homecare
  • Robbins and Company
  • Seattle Goodwill
  • Silver Cloud Inns & Hotels
  • Sound Transit
  • State of Washington, Department of Corrections – Monroe Correctional Complex
  • Tacoma Community College
  • The Hertz Corporation
  • University of Washington Medical Centers
  • US Bank In-Store Greater Seattle
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • Uwajimaya
  • Village Green Retirement Campus
  • Washington State Convention Center
  • Washington State Patrol
  • Wesley Homes
  • Wyndham Vacation Ownership
  • Young Minds Development Academy

WHEN: Wednesday, October 26, 2016: 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

WHERE: Highline College’s main campus, Building 8. Highline College’s main campus is located midway between Seattle and Tacoma at South 240th Street and Pacific Highway South (Highway 99); address: 2400 S. 240th St., Des Moines, Wash.

INFO: For details, visit

Des Moines United Methodist Church will be holding a unique concert of Music with Julia Adams (violin/viola) and two Composers – Justin Henderlight (oboe) & Steven Luksan (piano/organ) this Saturday, Oct 22, at 7 p.m.

Free Admission – $10 donation encouraged for Hope for Children of Africa.

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

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Community members are invited to a wide range of events sponsored by Highline College’s Marine Science and Technology (MaST) Center during fall quarter 2016.

All events are FREE and open to the public, and will be held at the MaST Center in Redondo unless otherwise noted (the MaST Center is located on the Redondo Dock next to Salty’s at 28203 Redondo Beach Drive S.).

The event schedule is subject to change.

For updates and more information, visit

Here’s the schedule:

October 22, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

October 26*, 5:30–7 p.m.

Marine Mammal Stranding Team Training
Attend an orientation session to learn about the MaST Center’s Marine Mammal Stranding Team. This unique team provides hands-on experience with marine mammals, public education and public outreach while helping the amazing creatures in Puget Sound. The content of each session will be identical. Open to participants 16 years of age and older. *October 26 training will be held at Foss Waterway Seaport, 705 Dock St., Tacoma, Wash.

October 29, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Fear on the Pier
Visit the center for a Halloween-themed Discovery Day event featuring creepy and cool critters of Puget Sound, skeletons, slime and more. Underwater pumpkin carving, hosted by Underwater Sports, will begin at 1 p.m. Visitors will be able to watch the carving live on big screen TVs. Marine-themed costumes encouraged.

November 54–7:30 p.m.

This annual event is put on in conjunction with the Des Moines Arts Commission and features art and science activities for all ages. Enjoy hot chocolate and coffee as well as Salty’s chowder available for purchase. Learn more:

December 15, 7:30–9:30 p.m.

Argosy Christmas Ships
Get a front row seat to the annual Argosy Christmas Ships Festival. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the aquarium while they wait or warm up with a bonfire on the beach. Performance at Redondo: 9–9:20 p.m.

More Free Fun: The MaST Center also offers monthly presentation as part of its Science on the Sound series as well as weekly Discovery Days, when its aquarium is open for public viewing each Saturday10 a.m.2 p.m. Learn more:

About the MaST Center:
Highline’s MaST Center promotes understanding, appreciation and preservation of the marine environment through hands-on research, education and community activities that highlight the beauty, complexity and importance of the south Puget Sound ecosystem. It offers an aquarium, research space and a unique waterfront laboratory and classroom and provides a venue to educate and engage the community in issues impacting Puget Sound, including coastal development, storm water runoff, marine pollution and salmon recovery.

Here’s episode #72 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 Oct. 14-17, 2016: Gunshots remain a mystery; woman found dead in car; Former Des Moines City Council takes temp gig in Burien; Redondo boardwalk re-opened; Puget Sound Weather Geek forecast; Jack Mayne on local politics; ‘The Final Take’ & more…

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By Jack Mayne

Des Moines Police are investigating the shooting of a woman’s dog in a city neighborhood last week, but no charges have been filed pending its outcome, said Interim City Manager Michael Matthias.

The dog is owned by Mica Purcell, who told the Des Moines City Council on Thursday evening that a 7th Ave neighbor shot her dog. Purcell she was hoping her appearance at the Council meeting would get some support from residents.



On her Facebook page last Wednesday Purcell wrote:

“My precious Roma was shot in the face Sunday night. I am not allowed to take her home per Des Moines Animal Control officer at this time. The man who shot her will not be charged with anything according to Des Moines Police Department.”

To the Council, she said, “my dog was shot (in the face) by my neighbor.”

“I think we should all be concerned that anyone pull out a gun and use it for any reason – I thought there was a law against … discharging a firearm in Des Moines and I know there is but apparently there are reasons that this can be permitted and I just don’t think that other than a human life being in danger I cannot see any reason that we should be able to use deadly force for anything.

“It is very scary for myself, its very scary for everyone who lives in my neighborhood that is not doing very great right now, we are all very uncomfortable with what has happened.

Resident Harry Steinmetz, an attorney, told the Council “discharging a firearm in a residential neighborhood has implications that you simply cannot see.” He said a firearm gets discharged and then “the bullet gets pulled out of a kitchen cabinet” across the street.

“Discharging a firearm at an animal that is not threatening your life should not be allowed in the city of Des Moines. It is unsafe for the people of the city of Des Moines.”

Steinmetz said the city should look at whether the city ordinances cover the situation outlined by Purcell, and if the law does not cover the situation, changes should be made.

Sound Transit 3
Chelsea Levy, Sound Transit government and community relations officer, told the Council that the Sound Transit third bond issue request, termed ST3, was a major multi-billion dollar expansion of the currently under construction portion that will continue through Des Moines to the Federal Way transit center. Current expansion will end at Highline College.

The new issue would expand heavy rail tracks, add highway bus routes and add “116 miles throughout the region,” said Levy. The expansion would link Everett through Seattle and King County to downtown Tacoma and eastward to Issaquah.

SeaTac resident Joel Wachtel, during comment period, said the upcoming Sound Transit $54 billion dollar bond issue would take “at least” 25 years to pay off.

“You don’t get what you pay for with ST3,” he said, and added he was representing Smarter Transit, a group formed to oppose the issue. To put the issue into context, he told Des Moines Councilmembers their budget was only $18.8 million.

Wachtel said Sound Transit has admitted that the issue would not reduce traffic “which has been Sound Transit’s main selling point.” Further, the tax will be collected for as long as it takes to pay off the multi-billion dollar issue.

“ST3 is a forever tax without firm termination date,” he said.