Politics Section

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: ‘The Legacies of Thelma and Louise.’

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: ‘The Legacies of Thelma and Louise.’

By Dave Markwell Last night I attended a grand event. It was a retirement party for two of Des Moines finest gals, Sue Padden and Patrice Thorell. For twenty-plus years, these two forces of nature led... [Read more]

Des Moines Clerk Bonnie Wilkins honored as summer doldrums hit Council

Des Moines Clerk Bonnie Wilkins honored as summer doldrums hit Council

By Jack Mayne The major item on the Des Moines City Council agenda on Thursday night (July 29) was the oft postponed interlocal agreement with Highline College for the College Way connection project –... [Read more]

Des Moines City Council approves small cellular antenna ordinance

Des Moines City Council approves small cellular antenna ordinance

By Jack Mayne The Council approved by a 5 – 1 vote a draft ordinance that would allow the expansion of new low-powered cellular networks to provide cellular and data coverage to smaller geographic areas... [Read more]

VIDEO: ‘The Briefing #9’ Port of Seattle public comment episode released

VIDEO: ‘The Briefing #9’ Port of Seattle public comment episode released

‘The Briefing Episode #9: By the Numbers’ – Steve Edmiston’s ongoing attempt to “take on the Port of Seattle, one public comment at a time” – has been released: This... [Read more]

VIDEO: Area residents read the Declaration of Independence

VIDEO: Area residents read the Declaration of Independence

We first posted this video on July 4, 2010, but we love it so much we thought it was worth a rerun on this national holiday: Out of the red, white and blue, it occurred to us that our third President,... [Read more]

City Manager responds to comments from last week’s Council meeting

City Manager responds to comments from last week’s Council meeting

By Michael Matthias City Manager, Des Moines In response to certain statements and questions that have been circulating and were brought forward at a recent Des Moines City Council meeting, I offer this... [Read more]

Senior Center Director Sue Padden says she’s innocent, now retired after 22 years

Senior Center Director Sue Padden says she’s innocent, now retired after 22 years

By Jack Mayne When Des Moines City Manager Michael Matthias personally and publicly ordered longtime Senior Services Director Sue Padden out of the senior center at lunch hour on June 14 – just days... [Read more]

VIDEO: Watch Public Comments from Port of Seattle’s SAMP meeting in Burien

VIDEO: Watch Public Comments from Port of Seattle’s SAMP meeting in Burien

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... [Read more]

Adam Smith introduces legislation to support airport impacted communities

Adam Smith introduces legislation to support airport impacted communities

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... [Read more]

Des Moines Police Chief issues letter to community regarding recent crimes

Des Moines Police Chief issues letter to community regarding recent crimes

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,... [Read more]

UPDATE: Local Filmmaker gives Port of Seattle Commissioners an ‘Intermission’

UPDATE: Local Filmmaker gives Port of Seattle Commissioners an ‘Intermission’

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... [Read more]

Des Moines seeks state probe of deleted city records over senior center

Des Moines seeks state probe of deleted city records over senior center

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... [Read more]

VIDEO: Mayor Matt Pina speaks at Chamber’s ‘State of Our Cities’ luncheon

VIDEO: Mayor Matt Pina speaks at Chamber’s ‘State of Our Cities’ luncheon

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... [Read more]

Wesley Homes selected by Des Moines City Council to run Senior Center

Wesley Homes selected by Des Moines City Council to run Senior Center

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... [Read more]

New Police Chief Ken Thomas named President of state law organization

New Police Chief Ken Thomas named President of state law organization

New Des Moines Police Chief Ken Thomas has been named the President of the board of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC). He was elected to the leadership of the 15-member executive... [Read more]

Dr. John Mosby named new President of Highline College

Dr. John Mosby named new President of Highline College

Dr. John Mosby has been named the next president of Highline College, as unanimously determined by the college’s Board of Trustees on Thursday, May 31. He is slated to start at Highline in July, 2018. “Our... [Read more]

Seattle Southside RTA concerned with King County Exec’s new tax proposal

Seattle Southside RTA concerned with King County Exec’s new tax proposal

By Scott Schaefer King County Executive Dow Constantine on Wednesday (May 23) announced a proposal that would change the intended allocation of lodging tax dollars away from the local tourism industry,... [Read more]

New Des Moines Police Chief, other hires introduced to Council Thursday night

New Des Moines Police Chief, other hires introduced to Council Thursday night

By Jack Mayne The Des Moines City Council was introduced to a number of new city department heads by City Manager Michael Matthias at their Thursday (May 24) meeting. Matthias had earlier appointed Police... [Read more]

Amendment funding noise mitigation for Highline School District passes house

Amendment funding noise mitigation for Highline School District passes house

On Wednesday, May 23, ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee Adam Smith offered an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, to provide for noise mitigation for the Highline School... [Read more]

LETTER: Delgado move shows ‘poor leadership from the City Manager’s office’

LETTER: Delgado move shows ‘poor leadership from the City Manager’s office’

[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:] As recently reported in The Waterland... [Read more]