Tagged with 'Politics'

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]

‘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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

Council wrestles with balancing budget with new tax on water, sewer districts

Council wrestles with balancing budget with new tax on water, sewer districts

by Jack Mayne A proposal to impose a new 16 percent tax on sewer and water districts drew the ire of a large number of Des Moines residents at last Thursday night’s City Council meeting. For well over... [Read more]