Politics Section

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]

PODCAST: Normandy Park puts Levy back on ballot; Jack Mayne, more…

PODCAST: Normandy Park puts Levy back on ballot; Jack Mayne, more…

Here’s episode #32 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]

City Council honors departing member Bob Sheckler, passes budget changes

City Council honors departing member Bob Sheckler, passes budget changes

by Jack Mayne The Des Moines City Council completed a review and unanimously approved required changes in the biennial budget, and honored retiring member Bob Sheckler at his last meeting. The Council... [Read more]

PODCAST: Mudslide destroys Burien home; Jack Mayne Commentary & more

PODCAST: Mudslide destroys Burien home; Jack Mayne Commentary & more

Here’s episode #31 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]

WSDOT Open House on extension of SR 509 will be Thursday, Dec. 17

WSDOT Open House on extension of SR 509 will be Thursday, Dec. 17

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will be holding an Open House on the extension of SR 509 on Thursday, Dec. 17 at Highline College. Project staff will be on hand to answer your... [Read more]

LETTER: Des Moines Mayor Kaplan says utility tax is off Dec. 17 council agenda

LETTER: Des Moines Mayor Kaplan says utility tax is off Dec. 17 council agenda

[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:] Based on conversations with fellow... [Read more]

PODCAST: Jack Mayne Commentary on recent massive public records request

PODCAST: Jack Mayne Commentary on recent massive public records request

Here’s episode #30 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]

Citizen Activist seeks public release of all documents – for all King County cities

Citizen Activist seeks public release of all documents – for all King County cities

Tim Clemans @tandrewclemans by Jack Mayne The Des Moines City Council was told Thursday night that a citizen named Tim Clemans has demanded release of all public records of the city – as well as for all... [Read more]

MAYOR: State voters, Legislature have taken away much of Des Moines’ income

MAYOR: State voters, Legislature have taken away much of Des Moines’ income

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a letter released Nov. 24, 2015 by Des Moines Mayor Dave Kaplan: State voters, Legislature have taken away much of Des Moines’ income by Mayor Dave Kaplan For... [Read more]

Utility tax hike, budget approval postponed to Dec. 17 by City Council

Utility tax hike, budget approval postponed to Dec. 17 by City Council

by Jack Mayne The much-debated utility tax increases were put off until December by the Des Moines City Council, because some members were unsure that compromise figures in a solution hammered out during... [Read more]

PODCAST: Mental health facility to be built in Kent; Jack Mayne Commentary

PODCAST: Mental health facility to be built in Kent; Jack Mayne Commentary

Here’s episode #29 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]

Normandy Park citizens launch campaign to raise money to keep police officers

Normandy Park citizens launch campaign to raise money to keep police officers

From our sister site The Normandy Park Blog: by Jack Mayne Citizens of this small city on the shores of Puget Sound have taken the extraordinary step of going to an Internet fundraising website to raise... [Read more]

No Woodmont drug treatment facility for Des Moines; facility will be in Kent

No Woodmont drug treatment facility for Des Moines; facility will be in Kent

by Jack Mayne The drug and alcohol treatment facility slated for Des Moines’ Woodmont neighborhood will be moved to downtown Kent, Valley Cities said in a news release Thursday morning. “The Recovery... [Read more]

The Genesis Project’s ‘A Night of Hope’ Auction will be Saturday, Dec. 5

The Genesis Project’s ‘A Night of Hope’ Auction will be Saturday, Dec. 5

The Genesis Project’s 5th annual ‘A Night of Hope’ Auction will take place on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at the Seattle Airport Marriott in SeaTac. Auction activities will include:... [Read more]

Des Moines Police Foundation’s ‘Shop with a Cop’ will be Wednesday, Dec. 16

Des Moines Police Foundation’s ‘Shop with a Cop’ will be Wednesday, Dec. 16

The Des Moines Police Foundation will be holding its first-ever ‘Shop with a Cop’ on Wednesday, Dec. 16. The Des Moines Police Foundation welcomes the opportunity to engage with every... [Read more]

Remembering Rosie the Newfoundland 5 Years after she was shot, killed

Remembering Rosie the Newfoundland 5 Years after she was shot, killed

Memorial where Rosie the Newfoundland was shot on Nov. 7, 2010. by Ralph Nichols A tranquil November Sunday in Des Moines five years ago was shattered when a gentle Newfoundland named Rosie was murdered... [Read more]

PODCAST: Police seeking help finding burglary suspect; storm forecast & more

PODCAST: Police seeking help finding burglary suspect; storm forecast & more

Here’s episode #28 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]

Mayor lashes out at new SeaTac Councilmembers for lecturing city

Mayor lashes out at new SeaTac Councilmembers for lecturing city

by Jack Mayne Two still unseated SeaTac City Council members went before the Des Moines City Council on Thursday night to tell its members to not believe its staff on advice about a proposed 16 percent... [Read more]

Des Moines Council bans homeless encampments within 1,000 feet of schools

Des Moines Council bans homeless encampments within 1,000 feet of schools

by Jack Mayne Despite a warning that it was unconstitutional to infringe on freedom of religion, the Des Moines City Council effectively banned most of the city’s churches from housing homeless encampments... [Read more]

PODCAST: 16% tax increase in Des Moines? Jack Mayne Commentary & more

PODCAST: 16% tax increase in Des Moines? Jack Mayne Commentary & more

Here’s episode #27 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]

ELECTION RESULTS 2: Bangs will won council seat; Fire Prop. 1 will pass

ELECTION RESULTS 2: Bangs will won council seat; Fire Prop. 1 will pass

The second round of results for Tuesday’s (Nov. 3) General Election have been released by King County Elections, and Luisa Bangs still holds a commanding lead over Alexander Szabo for Des Moines... [Read more]

ELECTION RESULTS: Bangs leads; Fire passing; Gregerson losing in SeaTac

ELECTION RESULTS: Bangs leads; Fire passing; Gregerson losing in SeaTac

The first round of results for Tuesday’s (Nov. 3) General Election have been released by King County Elections, and the early tallies for Des Moines City Council shows that Luisa Bangs will win easily,... [Read more]