Friday, January 30, 2009

Walkability / Tear Down the Viaduct

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A little further to the north: This makes the case for tearing down the viaduct (yay) and what could replace it. (That is we should save the four billion and not build the awful tunnel, either.)

Closer to home, just watch this video and imagine people actually traveling the Federal Way core in something other than a car. We don't have the picturesque waterfront or as many days of the beautiful sun, but we still have the chance to develop a pedestrian-friendly city, especially if we move the core north to the Symphony, Transit Center and ex-Target areas.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Sound Transit seeks public input on proposed express bus expansion plan

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SOUNDTRANSIT.COM -- Sound Transit is seeking public comment on proposals for expanded express bus service [including Federal Way] that was included in the Sound Transit 2 system expansion plan approved by voters Nov. 4, 2008.

Federal Way combats shopping cart clutter

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PNWLOCALNEWS.COM -- A 16-hour mass collection of abandoned shopping carts on Jan. 24 made a dent in an ongoing problem. More...

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

There Was a Starbucks at Top Foods?

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Well, seeing as how dropping off clothing donations at the unmanned back-end of a semi parked in the parking lot as close as I've ever gotten to Top Foods, guess I wouldn't have known there was a Starbucks there (though the name is/was no doubt mounted somewhere on the front of the building). So far, it's the only Federal Way location on Starbuck's store closure list (PDF), but I don't know if that also includes the 300 additional closures announced today.

Turn to your right travel east and you'll also see the closed Roadhouse Grill. The similarly themed restaurant in Crossings is much better.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

'Sweetie' busted for shoplifting? Call in a bomb threat

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SEATTLEPI.NWSOURCE.COM -- What to do if your "sweetie" is caught trying to shoplift from a Wal-Mart?

Court documents say a Puyallup man answered that question New Year's Eve with a bomb threat. It hasn't gone well for him. More...

Federal Way Community Center: Breaking the bank?

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PNWLOCALNEWS.COM -- The Federal Way Community Center is approaching its second anniversary, but council members are still questioning how to offer citizens an affordable service without breaking the city bank.

A Jan. 20 conversation about the center's struggle to bring in revenue, followed by a vote to temporarily hold off on spending money on an approximately $81,000 marketing plan, soon dove-tailed into a discussion about the center's purpose to the community and the city's obligation to help fund the facility. More...

Monday, January 26, 2009

Free Right Turns

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Still looking for rationale from the city of lack of right turn lanes at major and minor intersections around town.  

Federal Way Video Tour Book

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Think there isn't anything going on in Federal Way?  The videos here do a great job of showing you what you might be missing.  It also really shows how much we need Symphony.  While we have some more attractive from the helicopter shots of our city, they don't show the downtown.  The shots in the video show just how flat and uninspired Federal Way is from the sky, currently.  While most of us don't approach Federal Way by helicopter, a few signature structures like Symphony will really put Federal Way on the map and really kickstart an upwards development trend.  As Seattle's height caps cause fights with developers, maybe Federal Way needs to take an area in the core and zone it with minimum height requirements.

What To Do With Ugly Utility Boxes?

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In Playa Vista, an artist has been allowed to paint the boxes (more photos here).  An interesting trick, he's painted the boxes to match what's behind them.  That is, he's made them nearly invisible from the right angle.  Kind of fun.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

A year of art exhibits in Federal Way

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January 12, 2009

Mary Faber
Recreation and Cultural Services Superintendent

A year of art exhibits in Federal Way

Acrylics, photography, mixed media – satisfy your art palette in 2009 with nine exciting art exhibits sponsored by the City of Federal Way Arts Commission. Displayed at both City Hall and Dumas Bay Centre, the exhibits feature local artists and are free and open to the public.

Mark your calendars for the following Federal Way art exhibits:

City Hall, 33325 8th Ave. S.
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • January 8 – March 12: Peter Gallagher, acrylic on paper canvas
  • March 19 – May 14: Jeanie Campbell, mixed media
  • May 21 – July 16: Past commissioner’s exhibit
  • July 23 – September 17: Lou Anne Knutzen, watercolor and gouache
  • September 25 – January 5, 2010: Arts Alive Juried Exhibit
Knutzen Family Theatre/Dumas Bay Centre, 3200 SW Dash Point Rd.
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and select hours when the theater is open for a show.
  • January 13 – April 2: Fran Velling, water color
  • April 7 – June 25: Pat Longley, encaustic on panel
  • June 30 – October 1: Chaim Bezalel-Yonnah Levy, mixed media w/photography and oil pastels
  • October 6 – January 7, 2010: Jay Galvin, natural photography
The artists are selected by the Federal Way Arts Commission, a nine-member group that advises the City Council on all areas of the arts, including the fine arts, literary, performing, visual and cultural.

Treat your sons and daughters to a night out on the town

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January 12, 2009

Leah Fraine
Interim Cultural Events & Arts Coordinator

Treat your sons and daughters to a night out on the town

The City of Federal Way Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department is hosting its annual nights out for sons and daughters.

Daughter’s Night Out slated for February 7

Dance the night away at the City’s Fourth Annual Daughter’s Night Out dance and dessert extravaganza. Dress for a special occasion and treat your daughter to a memorable night where all your attention is devoted to her. Music by Melody Music out of Federal Way and dessert will be provided. Photography by Jamie Mitchell and flowers for your special date will be available for purchase. This event will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on February 7 at the Federal Way Community Center. The cost is $20 per couple and $5 for each additional person in your party.

City hosts Son-Sational evening March 14

Treat your son to a mad night of pure fun and delight at the Second Annual Son-Sational Evening. Dress for a special occasion and treat your son to a memorable night where all your attention is devoted to him. Scientific entertainment by Mad Science and dessert will be provided. The event will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on March 14 at the Federal Way Community Center. The cost is $20 per couple and $5 for each additional person in your party.

The Community Center is located at 876 S 333rd St. Space is limited, pre-registration is required for both events. For more information or to register, call 253.835.6900 or visit:

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Press Release: Public invited to Feb. 11 open house on City Center Access Project

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January 9, 2009

Maryanne Zukowski, P.E.
Project Manager

Public invited to Feb. 11 open house on City Center Access Project

The public is invited to the next open house on the City Center Access Project from 4 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 11 at the Truman High School Cafeteria, 31455 28th Ave. S. Korean and Spanish interpreters will be available along with materials translated into those languages upon request.

The purpose of the open house is to advise the public of the recommended project action moving forward and to provide an opportunity for input on the preferred “build” alternative.

The public is invited to learn more about the preliminary selection of Alternative 1 (the North Alternative at South S 312th Street) by the Core Interagency Team and the Public Stakeholder Team. Public comment at this open house will be reviewed by the Federal Way City Council prior to its final preferred “build” alternative recommendation, expected to occur at its meeting on March 3. Preliminary design drawings, informational boards and an animated presentation will be available for review as well as all of the documentation about the process to-date.

Also presented at the open house will be a preliminary de minimis 4(f) finding related to project impacts to Steel Lake Park. The de minimis process requires an opportunity for public comment. Additional opportunities for public comment on the 4(f) impacts and mitigation plan for Steel Lake Park will also be provided later in 2009 and 2010.

The City Center Access Project is designed to relieve traffic safety concerns and congestion at the I-5 and S 320th Street interchange. The project started five years ago and has been led by the City of Federal Way, the Washington State Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration and a team of community stakeholders, citizens, and consultants.

The parties worked extensively with the public to narrow the original 47 alternatives down to three in 2005 using a variety of methods and a technical scoring process.

The final three alternatives are scored in three main categories: transportation benefits, impacts to the natural environment (plants and animals, water resources, earth and air), and impacts to the human environment (land use, protected resources, and neighborhoods). A summary of the scoring process is available at by clicking on the “City Center Access Project” link. Scoring summaries will also be available for review at the open house.

Next steps

The City Center Access Project Team will continue to hold public meetings and community briefings in early 2009. For a complete schedule, visit the City Center Access Project’s page on the City’s Web site. The Federal Way City Council will make a final decision on moving Alternative 1 forward with the No-Build Alternative to finalize the Environmental

Assessment at its meeting on March 3. Public comment is welcome at all meetings. Comments can also be sent at any time to Project Manager Maryanne Zukowski, P.E., 253.835.2707 or

This project is identified in the City’s 6-year Transportation Improvement Plan and its 20-year Capital Improvement Plan. The project is driven by the City’s plans to expand and widen the S 320th Street interchange over I-5 and implement other local roadway improvements in those plans.

For more information in English, visit and click on the City Center Access Project link, or contact Maryanne Zukowski, P.E., 253.835.2707 or

For information in Korean, call 253.835.2605. For Spanish, call 253.835.2606. For Russian call 253.835.2612. Persons with disabilities may request this information in alternate formats by calling 253.835.2730. For TTY, call Washington State Telecommunications Relay Service at 711 and ask to be connected to 253.835.2730.

City of Federal Way Title VI Policy Statement

The City of Federal Way assures that no person shall on the grounds of race, color, national origin, or sex, as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and as amended, and the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 (P.L. 100.259) be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance from the Washington State Department of Transportation. The City of Federal Way further assures every effort will be made to ensure nondiscrimination in all of its programs and activities, whether those programs or activities are federally funded or not.

Tacoma: Clean and Safe Initiative a twist on urban renewal

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This excellent and inspiring article's been sitting in my email inbox for months waiting for me to post it. It's just amazing what happens when someone puts forth an audacious goal, challenges people to say it's not a good idea, and then when everyone (obviously) agrees it's a good idea, then throws it back at them: "Ok, how will you accomplish this goal? You have no budget. Go." (Reminds me a favorite quote: Creativity happens when you begin slashing zeroes off the budget.)

THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM -- In late April, Tacoma City Manager Eric Anderson called city workers together and set a 14-month goal of reducing crime by 50 percent and making the city cleaner. Prettier, even. It’s an ambitious goal, especially since there is no extra funding for it. But the Clean and Safe Initiative has some neighborhoods buzzing with possibilities, and some city workers finding new ways to do more. More...

Sunday, January 18, 2009

On a personal note...

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Popped out between church and Sunday school to make a Starbucks run and noticed two things... the hypocrites that usually protest the "war" were not manning their post at the corner of 320 and Pacific Highway. And remember the article in the Tacoma News Tribune about graffiti from August 2007 where I posed in front of graffiti on the fence that surrounds the bus barn on 320 -- assumedly owned and maintained by Federal Way Public Schools? Still there.

(I put "war" in quotes not because I am commenting on the war, but because we all know what they were really protesting.)

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Federal Way police ponder pros and cons of hiring volunteer reserves

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PWNLOCALNEWS.COM -- The Federal Way Police Department and a city council sub-committee discussed Jan. 13 the pros and cons of employing volunteer police officers. The discussion provided information only on a reserve officers program, and no action has been taken. More...

Friday, January 16, 2009

Man held in fatal 2008 shooting at Federal Way Transit Center is freed

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SEATTLETIMES.COM -- A young man accused in a fatal shooting at the Federal Way Transit Center a year ago has been set free. Glenn C. Proctor, 21, of Tacoma had been charged with second-degree murder and was in the King County Jail for nearly a year awaiting trial. More...

Thursday, January 15, 2009

School district wants parents' OK to show Obama inaugural

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KING5.COM -- Millions of people will be glued to the TV next week when President-elect Barack Obama takes his oath of office. But in Federal Way, students will need to get permission from their parents to watch the historical inauguration in school. More...

Daughter's Night Out

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Dance and Dessert
Saturday, Feb. 7, 6:30-8:30 pm
$20/couple, $5/additional daughter

I Hate Hamlet

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Federal Way killing leads to 72-year prison sentence

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SEATTLETIMES.COM -- A man who fatally shot one man and wounded another during an attempted drug rip-off in 2005 was sentenced today to about 72 years in prison. More...

The City of Federal Way Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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Federal Way Diversity Commission
PO Box 9718
Federal Way, Washington 98063-9718


Since 1994 the City of Federal Way, together with the City of Federal Way Diversity Commission has sponsored the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Celebration to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for his contributions to humanity, to encourage peace and harmony amongst the people of Federal Way, and to provide a venue for our city of promise to experience the magnificent power of a unified community.

In the past, each Celebration has had various themes with a clear focus as set goals to achieve. For 2009 the theme is entitled, “Take Action…Engage the Dream” with its focus on Youth Development.

As with past MLK Celebrations, the 2009 MLK Weekend will be a culmination of three events.

It begins on Wednesday, January 14th, with a Teen Summit, continues with the Community Service Project on Saturday, January 17th with a City-Wide Food Drive to benefit the Multi-Service Center, and finally concludes with the Community Celebration on Monday, January 19th at Decatur High School.

Both the City of Federal Way and the Federal Way Diversity Commission ask for your support and help in the second part of its MLK Celebration Weekend, the City-Wide Food Drive.

Mission Statement: The purpose of the MLK Day Community Service Project is to provide an outlet for members of the community to come together in a united purpose – to produce some altruistic work, to show that individuals, from a myriad of backgrounds and with a myriad of talents, can work in concert for a common good.

Please help us support our community mission in allowing us to provide much needed assistance to the Multi-Service Center Food Bank by volunteering your time by staffing one of the chosen stores that have agreed to host this special event.

Again, the City-Wide Food Drive is scheduled to occur on Saturday, January 17, 2009, 9:00am to 3:00pm.

For more information and to sign-up for this event please contact the City of Federal Way’s Volunteer and Neighborhood Programs Coordinator, Kimberly Paterno at 253-835-2654 or e-mail her at

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Federal Way performing arts center money gets yes vote ... and a serenade

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THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM -- Efforts to build a performing arts center in Federal Way cleared another hurdle Tuesday night when the City Council voted to ask the Legislature for $5 million to begin funding construction. Dozens of supporters turned out to show their support for the proposed 700-seat center, which would cost at least $40 million. They spoke about the need for a facility for arts groups to perform and how the building could spur economic development. More...

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

City’s utility tax rebate benefits low-income disabled, low-income seniors

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December 22, 2008

Linda Farmer, APR
Communications & Government Affairs Manager
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211

Krystal Roe
Deputy City Clerk

City’s utility tax rebate benefits low-income disabled, low-income seniors

Low-income disabled persons and low-income senior citizens can once again seek a rebate for their utility taxes thanks to the City of Federal Way’s Utility Tax Rebate Program. Low-income seniors have qualified for the program since its inception in 2003 while disabled citizens were eligible for the first time last year.

The rebate program, which helped about 55 seniors and 20 disabled citizens last year, covers the City’s portion (7.75%) of tax on utilities -- gas, electricity, telephone, cell phones, pagers, garbage/recycling, and cable TV charges. Rebates average $133, actual amounts vary depending on household utility consumption. Taxes on wastewater/water charges are not eligible.

Participants must live within city limits and meet the federal government’s maximum allowable income limits. The income limit has been increased to $28,500 for a one-person household, $32,550 for two, $36,650 for three, and $40,700 for four-person families. Required documents include a tax return or bank statements, and the customer’s complete, original utility bills.

Low-income seniors must be 65 or older. Low-income disabled must establish disability status for all or part of 2008 by providing one of the following: proof of Social Security disability income, proof of supplemental security income or a physician’s disability certificate.

Applications will be accepted Jan. 2 through April 30, 2009. They are available for download at by clicking on “Forms and Applications,” can be picked up at City Hall, 33325 8th Ave. S.; or will be mailed to you by request at 253.835.2541.

For general questions or a more comprehensive explanation of the requirements, contact the City Clerk’s office, 253.835.2541.

Joe Piscatella headlines free community health fair January 10

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FEDERALWAYNEWS.NET -- Learn about raising healthy kids with Joe Piscatella, learn what's up with your health, and sample an exercise class at next month's Community Health Fair, a free event sponsored by the City of Federal Way. More...


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