Politics Section

Furloughs delayed by Des Moines City Council, but chickens are promoted

Furloughs delayed by Des Moines City Council, but chickens are promoted

by Jack Mayne The Des Moines City Council was expected to discuss furloughing city staff this year to save nearly $286,000 and moved the issue to the Council meeting of Feb. 11, but the Council did hear... [Read more]

Massive demand for release of cities’ public records dropped by Tim Clemans

Massive demand for release of cities’ public records dropped by Tim Clemans

THEN: InsideYourGovernment.com promised “to make government transparent by default and to do as much good with that transparency as possible…” NOW: Not so much… by Jack Mayne The... [Read more]

Highline Schools praised as President announces Computer Science Initiative

Highline Schools praised as President announces Computer Science Initiative

The White House cited Highline Public Schools as a leader in computer science education, as President Obama announced in his weekly address a $4 billion plan to give all students across the country the... [Read more]

‘Landmark on the Sound’ sold for $14 million; city wants to retain its façade

‘Landmark on the Sound’ sold for $14 million; city wants to retain its façade

by Jack Mayne The Des Moines City Council was told the Masonic ‘Landmark on the Sound’ has been sold for “in the area of $14 million” and the city will meet with representatives of the new owners... [Read more]

UPDATE: WSDOT inspects bridge; Des Moines Creek Trail remains closed

UPDATE: WSDOT inspects bridge; Des Moines Creek Trail remains closed

An overhanging strut on the left has moved. It should be flush like the one on the right, according to City of Des Moines staff. On Wednesday (Jan. 27), the Washington State Department of Transportation... [Read more]

Neighborhood meeting about Des Moines Marina Redevelopment is Wednesday

Neighborhood meeting about Des Moines Marina Redevelopment is Wednesday

The Des Moines Marina Association, in conjunction with the Des Moines Yacht Club, will be holding a community and marina stakeholder meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the yacht... [Read more]

Des Moines Council hears about 2,000 new jobs, tall trees & pot sales locations

Des Moines Council hears about 2,000 new jobs, tall trees & pot sales locations

by Jack Mayne For years, the financially struggling city of Des Moines has cut staff and scratched some plans, but the future will be brightening over the next couple of years, the Des Moines City Council... [Read more]

VIDEO PODCAST: Major drug bust disrupts quiet neighborhood & more…

VIDEO PODCAST: Major drug bust disrupts quiet neighborhood & more…

Here’s episode #35 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... [Read more]

PODCAST: Fatal shooting victim identified; Jack Mayne Commentary…

PODCAST: Fatal shooting victim identified; Jack Mayne Commentary…

Here’s episode #34 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... [Read more]

Des Moines City Council will explore additional retail marijuana store

Des Moines City Council will explore additional retail marijuana store

by Jack Mayne Since the one retail pot store in Des Moines is “raking in the money,” a realtor came to the City Council to seek an additional opportunity for another store in the city limits... [Read more]

$4.7 million, re-built Redondo Boardwalk scheduled to open this Summer

$4.7 million, re-built Redondo Boardwalk scheduled to open this Summer

Artist rendering of re-designed Redondo Boardwalk courtesy City of Des Moines. A public update meeting was held on Friday, Jan. 8 at the MaST Center, and City of Des Moines Transportation Engineer Andrew... [Read more]

Public Disclosure Commission rejects Wasson complaint over use of election funds

Public Disclosure Commission rejects Wasson complaint over use of election funds

by Jack Mayne The Washington Public Disclosure Commission rejected a complaint by Donald F. Wasson of Des Moines that the Highline Public School District violated state law when it sent out a brochure... [Read more]

Senator Keiser visits Pacific Middle School, discusses politics with students

Senator Keiser visits Pacific Middle School, discusses politics with students

Contributed by Abigail Gerken, Payton May, Taylor Nelson, Ashley Nyguen, & Polina Worthington Photos by Zoe Cressi and Billien Tesefay Last Wednesday (Jan. 6) 7th and 8th grade Pacific Middle... [Read more]

Highline College to host Martin Luther King Jr. Week celebration Jan. 19-25

Highline College to host Martin Luther King Jr. Week celebration Jan. 19-25

The public is invited to free events and workshops Jan. 19–26, 2016, as Highline College hosts its 21st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week celebration. United by the theme “Justice: Beyond a Dream,”... [Read more]

PODCAST: Burglary suspect arrested; bank robbed; Jack Mayne Commentary

PODCAST: Burglary suspect arrested; bank robbed; Jack Mayne Commentary

Here’s episode #33 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... [Read more]

Des Moines City Manager Tony Piasecki to retire later this year

Des Moines City Manager Tony Piasecki to retire later this year

by Jack Mayne Des Moines City Manager Tony Piasecki told the City Council Thursday (Dec. 7) he was retiring later this year. “I informed Council that I intend to retire from service to the City of Des... [Read more]

Matt Pina elected Des Moines Mayor; new court defense contract approved

Matt Pina elected Des Moines Mayor; new court defense contract approved

New Mayor Matt Pina, shortly after he was elected Thursday night, Jan. 7, 2016. by Jack Mayne The Des Moines City Council elected Councilmember Matt Pina as Mayor and Councilmember Vic Pennington as Mayor... [Read more]

Community Conversation with Tyrone Curry Sr. of Highline School Board is Saturday

Community Conversation with Tyrone Curry Sr. of Highline School Board is Saturday

Families and community members are invited to join members of the Highline School Board for a series of conversations at locations across the district, with the next meeting set for this Saturday, Jan.... [Read more]

Update on the Redondo Boardwalk will be at MaST Center this Friday, Jan. 8

Update on the Redondo Boardwalk will be at MaST Center this Friday, Jan. 8

All are welcome to a free update event on the Redondo Boardwalk at the MaST Center this Friday, Jan. 8 from 4 – 6 p.m., featuring Andrew Merges, engineer from the City of Des Moines. As many will recall,... [Read more]

Pacific Middle School Leadership Students to meet with Sen. Keiser Wed.

Pacific Middle School Leadership Students to meet with Sen. Keiser Wed.

Washington State Senator Karen Keiser will meet with over 30 Pacific Middle School students this Wednesday, Jan. 6, to discuss numerous house or senate bills that appealed to students. As part of a two-quarter... [Read more]

New Highline College program aims to combat South King County’s Food Desert

New Highline College program aims to combat South King County’s Food Desert

Andy Satkowski waters the edible garden at Highline College earlier this year. The garden gives students like Satkowski, who is enrolled in the college’s new Urban Agriculture certificate program, hands-on... [Read more]

LETTER: An update on the Normandy Park Police Dept. fundraising drive

LETTER: An update on the Normandy Park Police Dept. fundraising drive

[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, Our fundraising drive... [Read more]