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?)

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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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