Tagged with 'Politics'

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]

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]

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 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]

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]

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]

Recology prices could be endangered by China’s halting import of recyclables

Recology prices could be endangered by China’s halting import of recyclables

By Jack Mayne The trash and recycling service is being impacted by the decision by China to halt importing many recyclables, and that could have a future impact on its service prices to Des Moines residents.... [Read more]

Prepaid postage ballots approved by King County Council Monday

Prepaid postage ballots approved by King County Council Monday

No Stamp? No Problem! The Metropolitan King County Council on Monday (May 7) approved legislation allowing the Department of Elections to send voters postage paid envelopes to return their ballots in this... [Read more]

Marina paid parking fears have not materialized despite ‘overwhelming number’ of vehicles

Marina paid parking fears have not materialized despite ‘overwhelming number’ of vehicles

By Jack Mayne Concerns that paid parking at the Des Moines Marina would cause unintended problems have turned out wrong as few have happened and some concerns have actually lessened. The Council was also... [Read more]

Council expresses support of efforts to redraw Highline School boundaries

Council expresses support of efforts to redraw Highline School boundaries

By Jack Mayne After Highline School District officials explained that efforts to produce a new school boundaries decision that would meet as many objections and suggestions as possible, the Des Moines... [Read more]

Council hears from citizens’ committee on changes to school boundaries

Council hears from citizens’ committee on changes to school boundaries

By Jack Mayne The Des Moines City Council at their Thursday (April 12) meeting unanimously approved placing a resolution on its April 26th agenda objecting to a Highline School District proposal to change... [Read more]

Des Moines drafting new ordinance to allow low powered cell network expansion

Des Moines drafting new ordinance to allow low powered cell network expansion

By Jack Mayne The Des Moines City Council was briefed at a study session Thursday (April 5) on city legislation being drafted to allow the expansion of new low-powered cellular networks that will provide... [Read more]

LETTER: An Open Letter to the Des Moines City Council

LETTER: An Open Letter to the Des Moines City Council

[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 Des Moines City Council, I am... [Read more]

Des Moines has a surplus of over $7 million for first time in years

Des Moines has a surplus of over $7 million for first time in years

By Jack Mayne The city of Des Moines has had many budget woes over the past few years, often scraping up unusual responses, but that has changed this fiscal year – City Manager Matthew Matthias told the Council study session…

Port of Seattle, neighboring cities launch new ‘Airport Round Table’ group

Port of Seattle, neighboring cities launch new ‘Airport Round Table’ group

The Port of Seattle – in partnership with the cities of Burien, Des Moines, Federal Way, Normandy Park, SeaTac and Tukwila – are launching the Sea-Tac Stakeholder Advisory Round Table (StART) to increase... [Read more]

Des Moines seeks potential new airport study & possible state ferry connection

Des Moines seeks potential new airport study & possible state ferry connection

By Jack Mayne The City of Des Moines has joined SeaTac city officials in wanting consideration of a second international airport, and says a potential connection of the state ferry system could be another... [Read more]