Sunday, December 19, 2010

Low-income disabled and seniors benefit from City’s utility tax rebate program

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December 08, 2010

Brook Lindquist
Executive Assistant

Low-income disabled and seniors benefit from City’s utility tax rebate program

Federal Way low-income disabled and low-income senior citizens can once again seek a rebate on their utility taxes thanks to the City of Federal Way’s Utility Tax Rebate Program. Low income senior citizens have qualified for the program since its inception in 2003 while low income disabled citizens have been eligible since 2007.

The rebate program, which helped 103 seniors and 51 disabled citizens last year, represents the
City’s utility tax (7.75%) on gas, electricity, telephone, cell phones, garbage/recycling, and cable TV charges. In 2009, rebates averaged $133; actual amounts vary depending on household utility consumption. Taxes on wastewater/water charges and prepaid cell phones are not eligible.

Applicants must live within city limits and meet federal income limits: $30,000 for a one-person
household, $34,250 for two, $38,550 for three, and $42,800 for four-person families. Required
documents include a tax return or bank statements, and the customer’s complete utility bills.
Low-income senior citizens must be 65 years-old or older. Low-income disabled citizens must
establish disability status for all or part of 2010 by providing one of the following: proof of
Social Security disability income; proof of supplemental security income; or a physician’s
disability certificate.
Applications are being accepted from Jan. 1 through April 30, 2011. Applications are available
online. To download an application, go to the City of Federal Way’s website at and click on Utility Tax Rebate Program under the Quick Links
section. Applications are also available at City Hall, 33325 8
Ave. S. Applications can be
delivered to City Hall or mailed to the City. Applications must be submitted no later than April
30, 2011.
For more information, contact the City, 253.835.2403.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Federal Way Pursues Land Purchase for Civic Center/PACC

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December 12, 2010

Patrick Doherty
Economic Development Director

Federal Way Pursues Land Purchase for Civic Center/PACC

On November 16, 2010, the Federal Way City Council disclosed a tentative agreement to purchase 3.8 acres of land in the downtown core for the future development of a Civic/Performing Arts Conference Center. The property is located on the corner of S 316th and 20th Avenue South and is the former site of the Toys R Us retail business.

The property purchase for $5.375 million is expressly contingent upon receiving approximately $5 million from the State of Washington that was awarded in June of 2008. This agreement (with pending contingencies) is another step towards the vision of a vibrant downtown and a gathering place for citizens.

City Manager/Police Chief Brian Wilson stated that “the purchase of this property in the heart of our downtown provides a tremendous opportunity for the community to collaborate on the development of a Civic/Performing Arts Conference Center. We are fortunate with our timing and that this property is available. This is a significant step to establish a vibrant and desirable downtown”.

Robert Neu, Superintendent, Federal Way Public Schools stated, “This is a wonderful opportunity that allows the City, the Public Schools, and the Chamber of Commerce to collaborate on an initiative that will benefit the entire Federal Way community.”

City Manager/Police Chief Wilson reiterated the importance of community involvement in the future development of this Civic/Performing Arts and Conference Center and that the opportunities for business, government, and citizens to collaborate and partner on this project are to be determined. Securing this property will enable this process to begin. Wilson described the transaction as “buying the anchor for the downtown” and that future development efforts will assist property owners and promote business growth in the downtown core.

Susan Streifel, CEO, Woodstone Credit Union stated, “I am excited about what this means for the future of Federal Way and our downtown. I look forward to working together as a community to collaborate on this vision and our future.”

Mayor Linda Kochmar stated, “Once the sale is final, the City will begin an open public process – similar to the initial visioning process – for public input to develop this asset in the community. Community and business partnerships will be explored to bring the vision of a Civic/Performing Arts and Conference Center facility to fruition.”

Final action regarding the purchase of this property is scheduled for December 21, 2010 where the City Council must approve the purchase and authorize the Mayor to execute the necessary closing documents.

Brian J. Wilson
City Manager/Police Chief


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

City Announces Public Inauguration Events for Mayor-Elect Priest

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November 18, 2010

Carol A. McNeilly, CMC
City Clerk


FEDERAL WAY - Anticipating certification of the November 2, 2010 election by King
County, City Clerk Carol McNeilly will administer the official Oath of Office to Mayorelect Priest on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at
City Hall.


The public is also invited to attend a reception celebrating the inauguration of Federal
Way’s first elected Mayor, Skip Priest on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers.

Mayor-elect Priest stated, “I am honored to be Federal Way’s first elected Mayor. I very much look forward to working with the City Council, staff, and community to achieve our joint vision of an improved quality of life for all our City residents.”

The Mayor’s ceremonial oath of office will be administered by Municipal Court Judge David Larson later in the evening during the City Council’s regular meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Notice of Vacancy - Arts Commission

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Do you have a passion for art? Do you want to be involved in your community? If so, you may want to apply to serve on the City of Federal Way Arts Commission.

The Arts Commission is an advisory board to the City Council on matters relating to fine, cultural and performing arts. With the support of city staff, the Commission works to further public awareness and interest in art and the cultural heritage of the City. To the extent practicable, appointments to the Arts Commission shall reflect a balance of interests in fine and performing arts, and preservation of cultural heritage.

The commission is comprised of nine-members who are appointed by the City Council. Members serve three-year terms without compensation and must be a resident of Federal Way.

Current Vacancies Include:

  • One unexpired position with a term ending December 31, 2011
  • Two expiring positions with three-year terms ending December 31, 2013

The commission meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 a.m. Subcommittee meetings are also conducted as needed.

If you are interested in applying, applications are available at:

  • City Hall, 33325 Eighth Avenue South Federal Way, Washington 98003; 
  • On the City’s website
  • By calling the City Clerks Office to have one mailed to you 253-835-2540.

To apply, submit your completed application to the City Clerk’s office no later than
5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 24, 2010.

City Of Federal Way
Attn: City Clerk
PO Box 9718
Federal Way, WA 98063-9718

City of Federal Way City Hall
City Clerk’s Office
33325 Eighth Avenue South
Federal Way, WA 98063-9718

For additional information, please contact the City Clerk's Office at 253-835-2540.

Monday, November 8, 2010

City announces new hours for passport applications

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October 27, 2010

Linda Farmer
Communications & Gov. Affairs Mgr.
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211

City announces new hours for passport applications

Effective Nov. 8, 2010, the City of Federal Way is reducing the number of hours it will accept passport applications on a drop-in basis. New passport hours are from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Friday at the second floor Permit Center Help Desk at City Hall, 33325 8th Ave. S.

The City is an approved Passport Acceptance Facility, allowing staff to assist with applications for a United States passport, provide general information on passport procedures, and serve as a liaison between applicants and Passport Services Agency. The actual decision to issue or deny a passport is made only by a Passport Services Agency, not the City of Federal Way.

For more information: 253.835.7000, or, or under ‘Passports.’

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Stephanie Twigg’s watercolors-on-location featured at Dumas Bay exhibit

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September 15, 2010

Leah Fraine
Cultural Events & Arts Coordinator

Stephanie Twigg’s watercolors-on-location featured at Dumas Bay exhibit

Before retiring in 2007, local artist Stephanie Twigg had little time for drawing and watercolor painting. Since that time, though, she’s been happy to focus more on creating the art she loves, such as painting on-site. Some of her favorite locations include the Northwest, the Southwest, Mexico and last winter in New England.

From Oct. 6, 2010, through Jan. 5, 2011, the public is invited to a free exhibit of Twigg’s work at Dumas Bay Centre’s Knutzen Family Theatre, 3200 SW Dash Point Rd. Presented by the Federal Way Arts Commission, the exhibit runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and additional hours when the theatre is open for a show.

In addition to traditional landscapes, Twigg also enjoys painting the more gritty and industrial urban landscapes. “I feel urban subjects have their own beauty, though they are often aging and neglected,” Twigg said.

The City of Federal Way Arts Commission is sponsoring nine art exhibits in 2010. Displayed at both City Hall and Dumas Bay Centre, the exhibits feature local artists and are free and open to the public. For more information on art exhibits, contact Leah Fraine, Cultural Events and Arts Coordinator, 253.835.6900 or


Saturday, November 6, 2010

Near-record crowds take advantage of new perks at City’s recycling event

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October 14, 2010

Jeanette Brizendine
Recycling Project Manager

Linda Farmer, APR
Communications & Gov. Affairs Mgr.
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211

Near-record crowds take advantage of new perks at City’s recycling event

Free electronics recycling and other no-cost perks drew near record crowds at the City of Federal Way’s Fall Recycling Event on Sept. 18. The City also recorded the widest range of recyclables collected in the 16-year history it has staged the twice-yearly recycling event.

A total of 1,193 vehicles brought 141,868 pounds of material. The City holds the special event to collect materials that are difficult to recycle and that are not collected at curbside: mattresses, tires, electronics, stumps, Styrofoam blocks, fluorescent tubes and more.

This fall, the City focused on electronics recycling (defined as “anything with a cord”). Residents brought 22,000 pounds more electronic waste, roughly five times the usual amount collected. TruRecycle, a not-for-profit organization, disassembles the material by hand, then sells the marketable components (metal, plastic, glass, cords, etc.) to recyclers.

Bicycles were also collected for reuse through Marine View Presbyterian Church’s “Bikes for Kids” program. A total of 155 bicycles will be refurbished and given to the needy in the community.

“The turnout was truly incredible,” said Jeanette Brizendine, event coordinator and recycling project manager for the City. “If it were not for our amazing staff and volunteers, we could not have handled all the things residents brought to the event.”

Seven recycling event volunteers will be recognized at an upcoming City Council meeting for their outstanding efforts at the recycling event. They include: Hilary King, Danette Lam, Erik Lam, Jessica Lam, Shawn Lam, Tyler Ohmie and Ben Summers.

Missed the event? Check out King County’s calendar at for dates and locations of other recycling collection events, or see for everyday recycling options for a variety of materials.

Please visit for a complete list of items accepted at the event and
other recycling information, or call Jeanette Brizendine, City of Federal Way Recycling Project
Manager, at 253.835.2771.


Friday, November 5, 2010

Lifejacket Loaner Program will kick off in 2011, thanks to local Boy Scout and others

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October 5, 2010

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

Christie Welsh
Aquatics Assistant Coordinator

Lifejacket Loaner Program will kick off in 2011, thanks to local Boy Scout and others

Every year, more than 800 children age 14 and under die from accidental drowning, and the incidence from May to August is nearly twice what it is over the rest of the year. The City of Federal Way will fight to bring these numbers down when it kicks off the Lifejacket Loaner Program on opening day of swimming season 2011 at Steel Lake Park.

The City recently established the program with help from Safe Kids King County South, the Paris White Foundation, which donated life jackets, and local Boy Scout Jordan Stiver, who led his Troop 330 in building a storage rack for the equipment.

“Whether they’re swimming, fishing or boating, child and adult visitors to Steel Lake will be able to check out a properly fitted lifejacket to use during their visit to the park. There are no fees — people just need to return the lifejackets before they leave,” said Christie Welsh, assistant aquatics coordinator for the City who also manages the Lifejacket Loaner Program.

The Paris White Foundation, which was created by Seattle residents Paul and Deanna White following the 2005 drowning death of their 2-year-old daughter Paris, donated dozens of new lifejackets to the program. Since its creation, the foundation has raised funding to purchase lifejackets for similar stations all over Washington state.

To store the lifejackets at Steel Lake, Jordan Stiver and his fellow scouts from Troop 330 chose to build a rack as an Eagle Scout project. The sturdy rolling rack holds most of the lifejackets and will provide easy storage for the equipment during winter.

Jordan also is teaming with Safe Kids King County South, part of the nationwide network of organizations working to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability for children ages 1 to 14. Safe Kids is providing the signage and safety information that will be included on the lifejacket rack. More information about the organization is available at

Federal Way Aquatics Assistant Coordinator Christie Welsh thanks local Boy Scouts Jordan Stiver  and Carl Gray for their help in building a rolling rack that will store lifejackets donated to keep swimmers safe at Steel Lake Park. The boys and their fellow scouts in Troop 330 chose the rack construction as an Eagle Scout project.


Thursday, November 4, 2010

Restaurant Takeover Fundraiser (11/8)

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Federal Way Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services offers Inclusive Recreation programs designed to teach life skills to people with developmental disabilities. The programs include classes in health & fitness, arts & crafts, cooking, sports, theatre, and more. Many of the participants don't have the financial means to participate in recreation. The Rec Inc. program depends on donations and fundraisers to sustain it and keep costs low.

Want to help? Join us for dinner on November 8th as we "take over" Joeseppi's Italian Ristorante in Tacoma. 20% of all food orders will go toward Rec Inc. Eat great Italian food, participate in a silent auction, and help keep this great program running.

Read the PDF for more details

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

EV Charging coming to Federal Way

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Federal Way will play host to one of 1,200 ECOtality EV charging stations to be installed in the Central Puget Sound region. (Looks to be one of 22 fast-charging stations.) Most likely at Best Buy.

Read the ECOtality Press Release (includes map) and here's even more from Engadget.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Vote Today

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Federal Way Graffiti doesn't much appreciate others trying to tell people how to vote. And in the mayor race, with both candidates at least mildly opposed to the towers (Jim Ferrel moreso), there's no clear winner there.

But by way of general reminder... a vote for 1098 is a vote for income taxes. For now, only the top 1/2 1.2% of wage-earners in the state. But once it's in place, changing that % is a far easier prospect.

Either way, go vote.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Does your company recycle? Apply for Leadership in Recycling Award

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October 21, 2010

Jeanette Brizendine
Recycling Project Manager

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

Does your company recycle? Apply for Leadership in Recycling Award

The City of Federal Way Solid Waste and Recycling Division is accepting applications for the annual Leadership in Recycling Award until Nov. 1, 2010. This award recognizes local businesses that work to increase recycling, reduce the generation of waste and employ other sustainable practices.

Any Federal Way business, regardless of size, is eligible to apply. A winner will be selected by Dec. 31. The winner will be recognized at a January 2011 City Council meeting and also will be recognized on the City’s website.

Frito Lay’s Federal Way Distribution Center won the City’s 2009 inaugural Leadership in Recycling Award for its remarkable improvements in shipping container reuse, packaging recycling and composting, and on-site energy conservation practices.

If your business does not recycle yet, it’s not too late. Federal Way businesses can sign up for two free recycling carts through Waste Management, even if the landlord pays the garbage bill separately. Contact Waste Management directly at 800.592.9995 or

The Leadership in Recycling Award application and more information on business recycling can be found at Applications can be emailed to, faxed to 253.835.2709, mailed to PO Box 9718, Federal Way, WA 98063-9718, or can be dropped off at City Hall, 33325 8th Ave S.


Sunday, October 31, 2010

Proposed Amendments: Related to the Keeping of Fowl and Small Domestic Animals

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Proposed Text Amendments to Federal Way Revised Code Title 19
‘Zoning & Development Code’

Related to the Keeping of Fowl and Small Domestic Animals
(Non-Project Action)

File No: 10-103481-00-SE

Description: Proposed text amendments to the City’s zoning and development code that would decrease the minimum lot size for keeping a limited number of domestic fowl on single family residential properties. Scope of changes may also include the banning of roosters and reduction in lot size minimum for keeping more than four rabbits per household.

Location: Citywide

Applicant: Department of Community Development Services

Lead Agency: City of Federal Way

Staff Contact: Matthew Herrera, Associate Planner, 253-835-2638

The lead agency for this proposal has determined that it does not have a probable significant adverse impact on the environment, and an environmental impact statement (EIS) is not required under RCW 43.21C.030(2)(c). This decision was made after review of a completed environmental checklist, Federal Way Comprehensive Plan, and other municipal policies, plans, rules, and regulations designated as a basis for exercise of substantive authority under the State Environmental Policy Act pursuant to RCW 43.31C.110. This information is available to the public on request.

Further information regarding this action is available to the public upon request from the Department of Community Development Services. This DNS is issued under WAC 197-11-340(2); the lead agency will not act on this proposal for 14 days from the date below. Comments must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on October 27, 2010.

Unless modified by the City, this determination will become final following the above comment deadline.

Any person aggrieved of the City’s final determination may file an appeal with the City within 14 days of the above comment deadline. You may appeal this determination to the Federal Way City Clerk, at the City of Federal Way, 33325 8th Avenue South (PO Box 9718), Federal Way, WA 98063 no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 10, 2010, by a written letter stating the reason for the appeal of the determination. You should be prepared to make specific factual objections.

Printed in the Federal Way Mirror on October 13, 2010.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

City shares new resource conservation manager with Auburn

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Deke Jones

Resource Conservation Manager 

Linda Farmer, APR
Communications & Gov. Affairs Mgr.
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211

City shares new resource conservation manager with Auburn

A combination of grants is helping the cities of Federal Way and Auburn share a full-time Resource Conservation Manager. Deke Jones started work for both cities this month to help identify and implement energy cost savings for their municipally owned facilities, and to promote conservation habits among the cities’ employees.

Jones, a Burien resident, has more than a decade of experience in environmental education, facilities management and commercial real estate.

Funding for the position comes from the Washington State Department of Commerce and Puget Sound Energy, along with program support from Washington State University’s Energy Program. The position has a two-year funding commitment and is the first of its kind for both cities.

In Federal Way, Jones will look at cost savings for City facilities such as City Hall, the Federal Way Community Center and Dumas Bay Centre/Knutzen Theatre. He’ll also look at street lighting and investigate green opportunities such as electric car charging stations. In Auburn, he’ll examine City Hall, City Hall Annex, Auburn Senior Center, Parks and Recreation Administration Building, and the City Operations and Maintenance complex along with other city-operated facilities.

Funding for Jones’ position comes with a caveat. He must help the cities realize a 10-15 percent energy cost savings by the end of his term. Jones believes that number is achievable. It will take both technology upgrades and a new culture of conservation on the part of the cities’ employees and visitors to their public facilities.

First on the list is the low-hanging fruit, Jones said. “There are many low-cost/no-cost initiatives we can do right away to save energy.” For example, Jones said, he’ll look at operation schedules for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and lighting systems. He’ll monitor the demand spikes and then adjust the schedules accordingly.

“Through the grant program, sophisticated software is available to us that tracks site-specific energy usage and billings, and allows us to adjust our energy use immediately to maximize operating efficiencies and reduce costs,” he said. “We’ll also capitalize on energy rebates and “green” initiatives that will allow us to operate more efficiently,” he added.

Even something as simple as a lighting audit — tracking when lights are turned on and off at various facilities — could result in significant savings, Jones said, but they’re not likely to come overnight.

“Making sure we turn off the lights and the water when we’re not using them are easy fixes, and the cheapest, most effective way to conserve. But that involves changing our attitudes and our behavior, and that happens gradually over time,” he explained.

“Once we’ve looked at how we can save energy with little or no cash outlay, and people are beginning to change their usage and habits, then we’ll turn to some of the conservation activities that involve heavier capital investments and large-scale changes,” Jones said. “I’m passionate about this kind of work, and it’s exciting that WSU, PSE and the State are supporting the project.

“Twenty-five years ago, you didn’t have this kind of position at a city — I would have been called a tree-hugger, something kind of extreme,” he observed. “But now it’s just a practical reality of good business and carefully managing the bottom line. And it’s not only for financial reasons — it’s socially and environmentally relevant, too.”

Friday, October 29, 2010

Centerstage 2010/2011 Schedule

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The 2010/2011 schedule appears to be on the Centerstage website (though the title says "2009/2010"):

  • A Celebration of Chopin
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • The Gingerbread Boy
  • My Way: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra
  • Lost Chances: Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre
  • The Woman in Black
  • Hole in Shoe
  • The Frog Prince
  • Pandas of China
  • Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Derek Evans as Theodore Roosevelt
  • I'm Into Something Good
  • The Belle of Amherst
  • Don Juan in Chicago
  • A NEW PLAY by Vincent Delaney
  • Red Tag Presents Tales of a Park Bench

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Agenda for Special Council Meeting (10/28)

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Budget presentations for police, law department and more. View the Agenda (PDF) for more information

Agenda for FEDRAC (10/26)

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Finance/Economic Development/Regional Affairs Committee Meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 26
View the agenda (PDF)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Sea-Tac Airport Noise Study Workshop (10/27)

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Wednesday • October 27 • Mount Rainier High School

6:30 to 8:30 P.M.

22450 19th Avenue South, Des Moines

Part 150 Noise Study Public Workshop

A Part 150 Noise Study is designed to address and mitigate the effects of aircraft noise within the airport communities.

The public is encouraged to participate in the Part 150 solution and recommendation process through a series of topical public workshops.

At the October 27 workshop, facilitators will lead small group sessions focused on particular Part 150 elements. Participants will take part in all sessions, which will be followed by a general Q & A session.

For more information and to sign-up to receive e-mail updates throughout the
process, visit:

Planning Commission: Proposed Changes to Signs

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Text unavailable -- posted online as an image file.  View the PDF.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Proposed Zoning & Development Code Amendments Related to the Keeping of Chickens and Ducks

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Proposed Zoning & Development Code Amendments

Related to the Keeping of Chickens and Ducks

File No: 10-102048-UP

The City of Federal Way’s Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on Wednesday, November 3, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers located at 33325 8th Avenue South, Federal Way, WA 98063-9718. The commission will consider text amendments to Federal Way Revised Code (FWRC) Title 19 “Zoning and Development Code.” Proposed amendments include: (1) allowing a limited number of chickens and ducks on lots less than 35,000 square feet; and (2) banning roosters citywide, with the exception of those areas zoned Suburban Estate.

The official file is available for public review at the Department of Community Development Services (address above). Any person may submit written comments to the Planning Commission prior to the hearing, present comments to the commission during the hearing, and/or may appear at the public hearing to provide verbal testimony.

For additional information regarding the proposed amendments, please contact Matthew Herrera, Associate Planner at 253-835-2643 or

Published in the Federal Way Mirror on October 20, 2010.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Federal Way TV produces feature on new business incubator

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October 12, 2010

Linda Farmer, APR
Communications & Government Affairs Mgr.
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211
Cosette Gibson-Pfaff
Executive Director/SSRBI

Federal Way TV produces feature on new business incubator

Tired of hearing bad economic news? Want to hear a positive story for a change? Federal Way
Television (FWTV) showcases the good news coming out of the brand new South Sound
Regional Business Incubator (SSRBI).

SSRBI literally “incubates” new businesses and start-up firms located in the South Sound region,
nourishing their ability to grow and prosper. In addition to critical support services and low-cost
office space, small business tenants receive invaluable benefits in the form of training, access to
financing, and the chance to learn business savvy from experts.

The FWTV program features SSRBI’s Executive Director Cosette Gibson-Pfaff and two of the
incubator’s clients, EcoInsulate NW and Moore & Associates. The incubator, which is located in
Federal Way, has only been up and running for a few months, but is already seeing positive
results. A primary goal is to graduate as many companies as possible in 24 months or less,
putting strong, self-sufficient small businesses into play in the economy – which means new

The 8:43 segment was written, filmed and produced in-house by FWTV host Natalie Rees and
now-contract videographer Sid Lee. Communications and Government Affairs Manager Linda
Farmer served as executive producer. The segment can be viewed several times weekly on
Channel 21 within city limits for Comcast subscribers, and can be watched on-demand at

In Brief - RapidRide A launches

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Metro’s new RapidRide service made its debut in October 2010. The RapidRide A Line replaced Metro’s Route 174 along Pacific Highway S / International Blvd. between Federal Way and Tukwila, and offers twice as many bus trips as the previous service. Click here to read more on King County's website

Monday, October 11, 2010

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Madsen, McKenna spotlight domestic violence issues and discussion on Oct. 26

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October 4, 2010

David Larson
Municipal Court Judge

Linda Farmer, APR
Communications/Gov. Affairs Mgr.
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211

Madsen, McKenna spotlight domestic violence issues and discussion on Oct. 26

Washington State Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Madsen and Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna headline October’s "Preventing Domestic Violence Through Knowledge" panel discussion in Federal Way.

The program, held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 26 at Todd Beamer High School, 35999 16th Ave S., features a panel with real victims of domestic violence followed by a panel discussion with Madsen and McKenna. The panel, moderated by Federal Way Municipal Court Judge Dave Larson, also includes King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, nationally renowned domestic violence expert Roland Maiuro, Ph.D., and criminal defense counsel Pat Valerio from the Associated Counsel for the Accused.

The event will give attendees insight into what victims of domestic violence experience. Defendants convicted of a domestic violence crime must attend at least one victim’s panels as part of their sentence in order to make them more aware of the effect of their conduct.

The event will also focus discussion on domestic violence issues, best practices, and the effectiveness of rehabilitation versus punishment as a means to address domestic violence.

Domestic violence and emotional abuse cut across all socioeconomic, ethnic, racial, religious and age groups. Although victims are primarily women and children, they can also include husbands, boyfriends and the elderly. Over 70 percent of domestic violence is not reported.

Victims of domestic violence are not the only ones who suffer. Children who witness violence in the home experience behavioral problems and increased aggression and have less developed social and conflict resolution skills. These youth are also at risk of engaging in violence in the future.

"Preventing Domestic Violence Through Knowledge" is sponsored by the Federal Way Domestic Violence Community Coordinated Response Steering Committee and the Todd Beamer High School Street Law class. The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. For more information, call 253-835-2405.

Monday, October 4, 2010

World Champion of Sand Sculpture held over until Oct. 10

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See some photos right now on the City of Federal Way homepage.

SEPTEMBER 28, 2010


(Federal Way, WA) The local director and the producers of The World Championship of Sand Sculpting in Federal Way are holding over the event due to popular demand.

"The rain’s really changed a lot of people’s plans," said Charlie Beaulieu, one of the event producers, "We’re getting calls and e-mails from all over saying they wished we could stay open longer so they could get here and see this once-in-a-lifetime art exhibit. By the very nature of the event, these same sculptors will never all be here again."

"We are also getting people through who want to come back and bring their families but couldn’t do it in time. We want as many people as possible to see this art, " he said, "so we decided to extend the date a week to accommodate the sand sculpture fans and others who haven’t been yet."

Sculptors from 17 nations have created a gallery of art that stretches for four-and-half acres. The completed works have awed thousands of visitors over the past three weeks. Master sculptors continue to do display carving throughout this week on pieces such as Michael Velling’s, "Dedicated to Liberty." Velling is expected this weekend.

The World Championship of Sand Sculpting is located four blocks north of the Commons Mall at 31510 20th Avenue South, Federal Way.

Tickets are:
Family of 4 Day Pass: $25,
Adults: $8.50,
Children over 4: $6.50
Seniors: $6.50.

Hours are 9AM - 7PM, Monday - Saturday, 10 - 6 Sunday.


Doc Reiss,
World Championship of Sand Sculpting
(360) 461-0613

Planning Commission: 2010 BC Code Amendments

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Originally posted as an image-only PDF here. Here's Adobe's best attempt to translate it back into text you can read.

City of Federal Way



2010 BC Code Amendments

File No: lO-103393-00-SE / lO-103538-00-UP

The City of Federal Way's Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on Wednesday, October 20, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers (City Hall, 33325 8th Avenue South, PO Box 9718, Federal Way, WA 98063-9718) to consider amending the Federal Way Revised Code (FWRC) 19.220.050 "Multi-Unit Housing," 19.220.080 "Senior Citizen/Special Needs Housing," and 19.115.090(n) related to increasing heights of multi-unit housing and senior citizen housing, allowing residential and parking uses on ground floor, specifying parking requirements, reducing front yard setbacks, removing density caps, reducing open space requirements, and alleviating pitched-roof requirements within the design guidelines.

The official file is available for public review at the Department of Community Development Services (33325 8th Avenue South). A staff report will be available to the public on October 13,2010. For additional information on this code amendment, please call Associate Planner David Lee at 253-835-2622 during normal business hours. Any person may submit written comments to the Planning Commission prior to the hearing, present them to the Planning Commission during the hearing, and/or may appear at the public hearing to give public testimony.

Published in the Federal Way Mirror on October 2, 2010.

Doc. I.D. 55884

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Facts About Washington Coyotes

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from the City of Federal Way website...

Coyotes and wildlife can be difficult to have as neighbors. Most of us don’t expect “wildlife” in our backyard when we move into a city the size of Federal Way, but the reality is they are here with us.

Raccoons and coyotes can be trying neighbors and yet they provide us a tremendous service.

Here are some interesting facts:">Click here to read the rest (PDF)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

First Annual Fun Run

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Oct. 30.  Click through to the PDF to read more.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

City’s energy-efficiency program expanded with new incentives through Oct. 20--or until funding runs out

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September 28, 2010

Kellie Stickney, Marketing and Outreach Mgr.
Sustainable Works

Bryant Enge, Financial Services Administrator
City of Federal Way

City’s energy-efficiency program expanded with new incentives through Oct. 20--or until funding runs out

Homeowners throughout Federal Way are eligible to apply for additional incentives to make energysaving improvements to their homes through Oct. 20 or until funding runs out.

The City of Federal Way and Tukwila-based SustainableWorks are again teaming up to offer free and reduced-cost energy audits, weatherization and energy-saving retrofitting to all single-family residents within city limits. Candidates must be owner-occupied homes or rental property with landlord agreement located within Federal Way.

The process begins with a pre-audit to determine eligibility followed by a professional energy audit.

Worth approximately $600, the cost of the audit to the homeowner is $95. Residents making below 80 percent of King County median income qualify for a free audit. After the audit, an energy consultant maps out the best retrofits, the cost and the resulting energy savings.

There are also new incentives to help residents working with SustainableWorks complete the identified retrofit work. These discounts cover up to 10 percent of the total project cost (up to $500) for all residents; and up to 20 percent of the total project cost (up to $1,000) for residents with incomes below 80 percent of King County median income. SustainableWorks can further assist participants by helping them locate financing through low-interest loans.

The new round of incentives is available to residents who already signed up through the City’s earlier energy-improvement partnership with SustainableWorks, as well as to residents who are new to the program. The funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications will be accepted through Oct. 20 as long as funding is available. To apply, visit or contact SustainableWorks’ Kellie Stickney at 206.575.2252.

How the program is funded

The City is allocating $52,667 to this program from its original $777,000 federal ARRA stimulus grant. SustainableWorks will contribute $170,000. Coupled with favorable financing, this investment is expected to generate approximately $640,000 in energy retrofit projects throughout the city.

About SustainableWorks

SustainableWorks is a non-profit focused on creating quality jobs and improving the environment with residential and small commercial energy retrofit projects facilitated through community engagement and participation. SustainableWorks utilizes a $4 million Community Energy Efficiency Program Grant to retrofit up to 2,000 homes and small businesses in moderate-income neighborhoods in Spokane, Pierce, King, and Snohomish counties over the next two years. This activity should produce approximately 120 full-time jobs and $12 million in retrofit work, as well as reduce carbon emissions by 3,000 tons.


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Public input sought on budget gap

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August 16, 2010

Brook Lindquist
Executive Assistant

Bryant Enge
Financial Services Administrator

Public input sought on budget gap

The city of Federal Way is developing its biennial budget for 2011 and 2012. The City takes great pride in the efficient and effective services provided to our citizens such as police/public safety, parks and recreation services, the quality of our roads and infrastructure, community development services, and the quality of life we support in our community. As with every household and business, our revenues have declined and it is important for us to prioritize the services we are able provide given the revenue we have. The good news is our budget is balanced in 2010.

City Manager/Police Chief Brian J. Wilson has received direction from the City Council to submit a balanced budget for years 2011 and 2012 and address an ongoing structural deficit estimated at approximately $4.5 million in years 2011 and 2012 (total of $9 million for both years). In order to finalize and submit a budget to the City Council, CM/PC Wilson is asking for input from the public in order to balance and prioritize the budget for these years. Your input is valuable and appreciated and will aid in this final budget submission to the City Council.

A budget recommendation must balance on-going revenue with on-going expenses. The city does have some one-time money available for the budget years 2011 and 2012 which makes the public's input essential regarding the prioritization of services and what could be funded on a one-time basis.

Below are opportunities to provide input at public meetings, community and service groups, as well as on-line.

Town Hall budget meetings

The City will hold two Town Hall-styled budget meetings for the general public:

(date passed) 6:30 p.m. City Hall, Council Chambers, 33325 8th Ave. S.

September 30 6:30 p.m. City Hall, Council Chambers, 33325 8th Ave. S.

Service club meetings (* Meals available for purchase)

The general public is welcome at a series of budget meetings set for local service clubs:

(date passed) August 24 7:30 a.m. *Budget presentation to Kiwanis Club of Greater Federal Way
Denny’s on 320th - 2132 South 320th Street

(date passed) 12:00 p.m. *Budget presentation to the Noon Kiwanis ClubOld Country Buffet - 1816 South 320th Street

(date passed) 6:45 p.m. *Budget presentation to the Soroptimist International Club
Black Bear Diner - 32065 Pacific Hwy S

(date passed)  12:00 p.m. *Budget presentation to Noon Rotary Club
Twin Lakes Golf & Country Club - 3583 SW 320th Street

(date passed) 11:45 a.m. *Budget presentation to Noon Lions Club
Denny’s on 320th - 2132 South 320th Street

September 28 7:00 a.m. *Budget Presentation to Federal Way Sunrise Rotary
Marie Callender’s - 31920 Gateway Center Blvd S.

Council Committee Meetings

(date passed) 5:30 p.m. Finance, Economic Development & Regional Affairs
City Hall, Hylebos Conference Room, 33325 8th Ave. S.

(date passed) 5:30 p.m. Parks, Recreation, Human Services, & Public Safety
City Hall, Hylebos Conference Room, 33325 8th Ave. S

Regular City Council meetings

The general public is also welcome at regular City Council meetings where the City Council will review the budget. All meetings held at City Hall in Council Chambers, 33325 8th Ave. S.

October 19 7:00 p.m. Budget Overview (during regular City Council Meeting)

October 27 6:00 p.m. Budget review for Community Development, Public Works, and

October 28 6:00 p.m. Budget review for Police, Law and Municipal Court

November 2 6:00 p.m Budget review for City Manager’s Office, City Council, Human
Resources, Finance and IT

November 2 7:00 p.m First public hearing on 2011/12 budget

November 16 7:00 p.m Second/final budget public hearing

Review the budget and comment by email

By Aug. 24 or sooner, residents may view the City Manager’s proposed budget and other financial related documents at

Suggestions will also be taken by email. Send your comments to:

More information

Budget meetings: 
Brook Lindquist, Executive Assistant, 253-835-2401

The budget itself: 
Bryant Enge, 253-835-2400

Tho Kraus, 253-835-2520

Monday, September 27, 2010

Need to renew your pet license? Good news! Now you can do it online.

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September 1, 2010

Kelly Crouch
Animal Services Coordinator

Linda Farmer, APR
Communications & Gov. Affairs Mgr.
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211

Need to renew your pet license? Good news! Now you can do it online.

Life just got a little easier for pet owners in Federal Way. Pet license renewals can now be done online at

Once your King County license has expired, please renew with the City of Federal Way.

Pet owners may still renew through the mail or in person. Applications may be downloaded at, or picked up and dropped off at the Federal Way Police Department, City Hall, 33325 8th Ave. S., Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

First license? Get one in person or by mail.

All original pet license applications must be done in person or by mail, with proof of alteration (if appropriate) and rabies vaccinations.

It is important to license your pets. It helps the police in returning lost pets to their owners. License fees assist in paying for the medical fees of sick or injured animals, spaying/neutering programs and caring for homeless or abandoned pets.

The Federal Way Police Department launched its Animal Services Unit on July 1 of this year. It is focused on public education related to pet licensing, keeping pets safe by using leashes, and the importance of responsible pet ownership.

For questions, concerns, or lost and found information, call 253-835-PETS.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Link to FW in Jeopardy

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First it was great news - the slump in economy meant better prices on construction materials and real estate.  But now it's catching up... Seattle Transit Blog is reporting that softer-than-expected revenue for Sound Transit is putting some South King County initiatives at risk. Read more here...

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Arts Alive juried exhibition entries accepted TODAY

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Leah Fraine
Cultural Events & Arts Coordinator

August 23, 2010

Arts Alive juried exhibition entries accepted on Sept. 22

Arts Alive — a juried arts exhibition program designed to give regional artists an opportunity to display their works in a public setting — returns to Federal Way Sept. 23 through Jan. 5.

The Federal Way Arts Commission invites artists working with a wide range of media to bring their entries to City Hall, 33325 8th Ave. S, on Sept. 22 between 3:30 and 6 p.m. A panel of artists will select works for the exhibition, which begins the following day.

An Arts Harvest Reception will be held at City Hall at 6 p.m. on Oct. 5 to honor artists in the exhibition. The evening includes presentation of a Juror’s Choice award ($200 cash and a one person exhibition at City Hall in 2011) and Commission’s Choice award ($150 cash). A People’s Choice award ($100 cash) will be decided by popular vote during the exhibition.

The exhibition is open to residents within the following 98___ zip codes ending with: 001, 002, 003, 023, 031, 042, 047, 055, 058, 059, 146, 148, 158, 166, 168, 178, 188, 198, 254 and 422.

Each artist may submit two entries, and all media will be considered except video and wearable art. There is a $5 entry fee per piece of art, with checks payable to the City of Federal Way.

All must be original, recent work, not completed under an instructor’s guidance and not previously exhibited at City Hall or more than two juried shows in the boundaries of the show area. Work selected for the competition must remain in the exhibition until it closes.

Paintings and two-dimensional work must be suitably wired for hanging. All flat artwork may not exceed 36"x30", including frame. Three-dimensional artwork may not exceed 35 pounds and may not be more than 9.5' high and 9.5' wide.

For more information, contact Leah Fraine, Federal Way’s Cultural Events & Arts Coordinator, at 253.835.6926 or

Thursday, September 16, 2010

City accepting applications for fall tourism enhancement grants

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September 2, 2010

Lillian Yeh
Economic Development Coordinator
253.835.2501 or

City accepting applications for fall tourism enhancement grants

Not-for-profit organizations that want to increase tourism and overnight stays in Federal Way can get a little financial help from the City of Federal Way.

Applications for the City’s Tourism Enhancement Grant (TEG) program are due Sept. 30.

Applicants will be invited to a committee review in October and grants will be awarded by December.

TEG supports the promotion of cultural, arts, sports and community events that occur in the Federal Way area. This is the second of two rounds of grants for 2010, with approximately $22,000 available after the spring award cycle. There is no cap on individual grant requests.

Funds will be awarded based on the following:

  • Eligible organizations: Non-profit 501(c) organizations or municipal organizations of the State of Washington that plan, sponsor or host eligible events.
  • Eligible events: Amateur sporting, arts/cultural events, membership meetings, trainings and conferences, or other events that will bring participants to Federal Way.
  • Eligible costs: Grants can be used for securing, marketing, promoting and advertising eligible events. Grants cannot cover entry fees, travel, salaries, material items, facility upgrades, capital campaigns or operating expenses.

Organizations and events that were funded in the spring cycle of 2010 include the Federal Way Symphony, USSSA Men’s Softball championship tournament, CenterStage Theatre’s productions of “Ain’t Misbehaving,” Sudden Impact Invitational Girls Fastpitch Tournament and the Twin Lakes Women’s Golf Tournament.

Download an application by visiting and clicking on “2010 Tourism Enhancement Grant Packet” near the bottom of the page. Applications also are available at City Hall, 33325 8th Ave. S.; or by contacting Lillian Yeh, Federal Way economic development coordinator, 253.835-2501 or

City Council Presentation: King County Prop 1 (Oct. 5)

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* * * *
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN the Federal Way City Council will facilitate a presentation on King
County Proposition No. 1 Sales and Use Tax for Criminal Justice, Fire Protection, and Other
Government Purposes.

Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: City Hall – Council Chambers

The Metropolitan King County Council adopted Ordinance 16899 concerning funding for criminal
justice, fire protection, and other government purposes. This proposition would authorize King
County to fix and impose an additional sales and use tax of 0.2%, spilt between the county (60%)
and cities (40%). At least one-third of all proceeds shall be used for criminal justice or fire protection
purposes. County proceeds shall be used for criminal justice purposes, such as police protection,
and the replacement of capital facilities for juvenile justice. The duration of the additional sales and
use tax will be as provided in section 6 of Ordinance 16899.

DATED this 15th day of September 2010
Carol A. McNeilly, CMC
City Clerk

Monday, September 6, 2010

Level 3 Sex Offender Community Notification

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Notification from FWPD of a level 3 sex offender living in the 29800 block of Pacific Highway South.  PDF

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

More on the Triangle Project

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Souce: WSDOT.  Click to go to project page.
Really confused... thought this was supposed to eliminate weaving and swerving.

Seems like the 18W and Weyerhauser Way onramp are into their own lane, but 18W to 5N will require a lane change, as well Weyerhauser to 5S.  (Reminder, no Weyerhauser to 18W or 161 in phase 1.  Current rumor is only a 3-month closure starting Sept. 2011.)

And then 348E to 5N  merges with 18W.

And the scariest part - the 18W to 5S and 161S - you've got the yellow traffic coming up to a stop-light in one lane while traffic in the other lane in moving along at assumedly 30-35 miles per hour.  This just seems like a recipe for trouble.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not a WSDOT naysayer, I think they do great work and I enjoy following their projects.  (In general, projects in this state seem to be done really well, whether it's local, transit or state projects.)  But this project just seems a painful solution to an admittedly painful project to begin with.

And doesn't address any of the mess made by large trucks trying to get to the 99.  It's a shame Crossings was built at all.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Federal Way Marketing

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PRIZM is a marketing classification for geographic regions designed to help companies target their specific demographics. For each grouping, you can see neighborhood demographics and social group.  More detailed information requires becoming a member, naturally. The website prevents deep linking, so you'll have to go back and enter the zip code yourself, but Federal Wayans are classified with names like Second City Elite, Upward Bound, White Picket Fences, White Picket Fences and "Bright Lights, L'il City"

They're all happy sparkly names because they want marketers to spend money, of course.

Enter your favorite Federal Way (or Bellevue or whatever)
zip code here.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Delays on 320th.

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Delays this week on 320th. due to overlay repaving.  See the PDF here. You can use Federal Way's other arterial 340/336/Campus/whatever as long as you avoid the construction at 1st. which is causing lane closures from time-to-time.

Sunday, May 16, 2010


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Federal Way Graffiti is going on hiatus.  Truth be told, it's really already been on hiatus for some time now.  Not intentionally, but things have just been far too busy to keep up with the news of Federal Way.

The graffiti problem seems to have largely been stemmed.  As some suspected, it probably was a small group of people responsible for a majority of the graffiti.  

The city will be led by an elected mayor.

Things are peachy in Federal Way, right?  Well, not so fast.  Federal Way's coming along.  It's not coming apart at the seams and things could be better, but it's not on fire, either.

The best way to follow this blog's erratic posting schedule will be to subscribe to its RSS feed.  Future posts will probably focus on Federal Way's development.  Will it continue to feature a zoning layout where everything is segregated and no matter what you want to do, you'll need your car?  Or will a real downtown emerge with places to live, work and play?  Will it continue to be a place the Seattle Times leaves off maps, or will it be Bellevue South?  Time will tell.

We'll still be here, and maybe at some point, life will allow us to pick up a more regular posting schedule.

Monday, April 5, 2010

You Can't Get There From Here

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When the WSDOT Triangle Project kicks off later this year, a funding gap means that the project will be done in phases.

If you live or work off of Weyerhauser Way and are accustomed to travelling into Federal Way by hopping on the 18 for a few seconds and then continuing down 348th., you're going to need to find a new alternative. (Confirmed this morning by Bruce Nebbit with the WSDOT.)

While that may suit the anti-Federal Way county residents just fine, this means no more quick trips to Starbucks for office workers at World Vision and other businesses in the area, not to mention a more convoluted commute for anyone working in East Federal Way and living in West Federal Way.

Most likely, it will drive traffic to businesses and restaurants on 320th., but in some cases (between added traffic or added travel time) it will probably result in less money spent at Federal Way restaurants and service establishments (especially by out-of-town residents who travel into Federal Way for work).

FWG has said it before and we'll say it again.  Federal Way needs to get better about zoning.  Not sure if there's a push for sustainability and environmentalism in Federal Way like there is in Seattle, but there really ought to be restaurants and service retail (banks, dry cleaners, car washes, minor medical) near these business parks to cut down on vehicle miles driven.

Your alternate routes:

Transit service implications were not researched in time to include in this post.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Reminder: Guest Policing This Friday

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Walsh (
There was a broadcast over the Federal Way CodeRED phone network yesterday evening alerting residents that on Saturday (update: Friday) many patrol and response duties normally handled by the Federal Way Police Department would instead be handled by neighboring cities, allowing police officers to attend the memorial for Officer Brian Walsh (34) who died of a heart attack last Sunday while on duty at a crime scene.

Unfortunately, I can't easily find reference to this on the city's website so I have no link to provide.

Information about the memorial itself can be found in the box on the right-hand side of this page.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Psssst..... Federal Way Secret

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Secret Federal Way is a Facebook (presence? fan page? personna?) that encourages Federal Wayans to talk about Federal Way, especially things they like and things they remember from past years.

Oh.. and another secret. Did you know Federal Way is celebrating its 20th. anniversary of cityhood on this weekend? The festivities seem a little low-key, perhaps this explains the minimal promotion.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

45-story condo tower proposed for low-profile Federal Way

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SEATTLETIMES.COM -- Would be the tallest building between Seattle and Portland and 34 stories taller than the current tallest building in Federal Way and mean a green card for investors. Click through for a beautiful rendering. Would be situated on the old Azteca location (bottom right of this map), close to the Federal Way Transit Center (upper left). With a hotel, residential and commercial, would benefit now from bus access and later from light rail.

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Saturday, February 13, 2010


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You won't often find much sports reporting on here, but you can't deny this is huge.

Way to go @ApoloOhno and @celskeet 

Friday, February 12, 2010

We'll Be a Real City Soon!

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Actually, the problem seemed to be mostly fixed shortly after we suggested everyone contact Google.  Hopefully this fixes the remaining few problems.  (Ironically, the City of Auburn has now started sending Federal Way Graffiti its press releases and other stuff.  For a city that's mostly just train tracks and speed cameras, it sure does send a lot of email.)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Google Fiber

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Google's looking for some partner cities to do fiber tests.  Anyone in power with Federal Way want to see about getting us in on that test?

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Letter: 194 Closing

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FWG welcomes your letters and relevant press releases.  Email

There is an upcoming Feb 9th closure of the 194 bus route between Federal Way and Seattle, and most riders on this route don't seem to realize that it's even closing.

Riders using this route are going to now have to pay $2.00 to ride to the Seatac airport, and then have to pay an additional ticket fare to use the lightrail to get the rest of the way (unless you have an orca card). The 194 bus route is a direct route, and is packed during all hours of the day. It seems that it's only being removed to gain additional riders for lightrail - and squeezes the pockets of poor and lower middle class riders who are already being hurt by the recent bus fare increase.

I hope you'll write something about it before the bus closes down. It bothers me deeply that our city council hasn't made any effort to let riders know this would happen, and I am hoping that riders will write to them and tell them how this has an impact on their lives.

-- T. Young

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Common Sense Prevails

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The Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club Bailout proposal was not approved by the Twin Lakes Homeowners Association.  Not a slam dunk, but a defeat is a defeat.  Bring on the bulldozers.  The Twin Lakes area would benefit from small scale office/commercial or retail in the area as well as green space everyone could use. 

Sunday, January 24, 2010

What a difference 30 years makes...

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We can't get Symphony's ground broken, but the Hampton Inns along the freeway is rising quickly. (More of Federal Way visible from the freeway!)

We've got lots of residential and lots of people traveling to Seattle and Tacoma. Imagine if we made places for them to work here in town. Does the council have the will (or desire?) to remake Federal Way into a bustling metropolis?

Bellevue, 1970 (click to enlarge - from Vintage Seattle)

Bellevue, 2009 (click to enlage - from Wikipedia)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Schools Brace for Lean Budget

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FEDERAL WAY MIRROR -- $12.1 cut from budget by governor's plan. More...

Monday, January 18, 2010

Letter: Twin Lakes Deal is a Waste of Money

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Dean McMullen's letter advocating for the proposed agreement between the Twin Lakes Homeowners Association and the Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club continues the proponents' argument that the amenities package the golf club is offering is a good value. Read more in The Federal Way Mirror.

Judge Rules Against Developers in Northshore

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A Jan. 7 ruling upheld a longstanding zoning requirement that had allowed for higher density around the golf course in exchange for the golf course providing required open space. Read more in the Federal Way Mirror.

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Odds and Ends

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Graffiti's starting to pick back up. No photos, but a commonly hit fence at the corner of 336th. and 337th. has been hit yet again (poor homeowners, maybe they ought to plant some shrubs or make it less appealing to cut through their yard from the neighborhood to the bus stop) as well as the utility boxes outside Brigadoon Elementary School.

The speed cameras on 21st. by Fred Meyer were happily flashing for every single car that drove by at 2:50 this afternoon. Guess they forgot to program in today as a holiday. (The school lights, for once, were not lit.)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Another Federal Way Murder

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Two Renton men shot, one at Harborview expected live, the other pronounced dead at the scene // 30800th block of 20th. Ave. S. in Federal Way // Police looking for three Hispanic males in their 20s and 30s.

Northwest Cable News, Seattle Times, Tacoma News Tribune, Federal Way News, Seattle P.I., KOMO, Google News

Update, 8:40 pm - Federal Way Police make an arrest in Issaquah - man linked to killing, but not the shooter. (Issaquah Press)

Update, 4 pm 1/18 - Police have arrested and charged a 21-year old Federal Way man with conspiracy to commit murder. Two additional men are being sought. (Seattle Times)

Update, 2:30 pm 1/19 - Man previously arrested in Issaquah now released (Issaquah Press); Second suspect identified (Tacoma News Tribune)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Friday, January 8, 2010

Warning: Twin Lakes Elementary Speed Camera

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Federal Way Graffiti's Jr. Research Assistant alerts to two instances recently where the camera did not function as she expected:

- At 8:55 on Tuesday with no school crossing lights flashing, her car and another car passed the camera doing close to the speed limit (if over, no more than 2 mph) and the camera flashed multiple times. (Does it ever flash in warning?)

- At 11:40 on Thursday, with school lights flashing, our researcher passed through the zone doing 20 and a car blew past her going 7-10 mph greater and no flash was evidenced. (Does it always flash, or only when there's low light levels?)


On a related note, our research also noted that she entered the intersection of 320 and Pacific Highway later on Thursday, the light turning yellow right after her tires crossed the line - too late for her to safely stop.

So she proceeded through the intersection. While it did not appear that she was ticketed (or at least there was no flash), she still was unable to cross the intersection safely before the light had turned red. When it was first announced that the City of Federal Way was introducing red light cameras, Federal Way Graffiti asked if Federal Way would be reducing yellow timing to the lowest legal limit (to make cameras more profitable) or keeping yellows longer (to emphasize safety). To date, no one has addressed this issue to FWG's (albeit limited) knowledge.


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