Chuck Parrish

Chuck posted 48 stories to Tukwila Reporter.
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Business, development opportunities abound in Tukwila | CHUCK PARRISH

Good things are coming to the business sector of Tukwila. Here are…

  • Oct 17th, 2017 1:30pm

Examine the tactics of political campaigns | Chuck Parrish

More inside politics. Last month, I wrote about the plethora of complaints…

  • Sep 19th, 2017 1:00pm

Partisan politics, money at play, even in local races | Chuck Parrish

Let’s talk “inside” politics for a moment. The Democratic and Republican parties…

  • Aug 15th, 2017 9:00am

Understanding political correctness can be complicated | Chuck Parrish

Political correctness (PC) is confusing. It can be positive or negative.

  • Jul 20th, 2016 12:52am

Two road projects in Tukwila to watch closely | Chuck Parrish

These are long-term projects. Residents must be patient. Who will pay the bill? Will BNSF choose to participate and to what degree? Are there any reasonable prospects for grants? When preparation meets opportunity, good things can happen. We shall see.

  • Jun 17th, 2016 9:29pm

Replace city facilities, but how, when, where? | Chuck Parrish

Building new structures offers the opportunity to address these challenges and to make it so that departments that work in close cooperation with each other (court and police, for example) will be better situated to do so.

  • Apr 20th, 2016 5:43pm

When to run for the hills when politicians speak | Chuck Parrish

If we hear single-issue messages or vague appealing principles, then we are being asked to join their side and don’t worry about the details.

  • Mar 17th, 2016 10:35pm

Who will step up to increase the minimum wage? | Chuck Parrish

During the mayoral campaign, CM Quinn said that, as mayor, he would propose legislation to increase the minimum wage. Perhaps Quinn is willing to do it as a council member. If not, how about our other council members or our mayor? If not, why not?

  • Feb 16th, 2016 6:26pm

Changing of the mayoral guard will bring change | CHUCK PARRISH

Allan Ekberg will need some time to get up to speed. Having had considerable experience with Tukwila government, this should go pretty smoothly.

  • Jan 18th, 2016 11:11pm

Campaign is a means to an end | Chuck Parrish

A professionally run campaign is aware of how we think, how we react and what encourages or discourages us to vote. The campaigns are run accordingly.

  • Nov 18th, 2015 11:39pm

Information drives who we should pick as leaders | Chuck Parrish

And now the tough part. We have done our homework. How do we decide? That, friends, is up to each of us. However, let’s not succumb to the worst reason ever to vote for someone: Because they asked us first, and they are nice people.

  • Sep 18th, 2015 12:42am

Racial progress comes when people work together | Chuck Parrish

The last couple of years has revealed the manner in which some police departments have treated black individuals in stressful confrontational encounters.

  • Aug 19th, 2015 11:15pm

Tukwila: We’re on the move | Chuck Parrish

The future of Tukwila is looking good. Have you noticed that the Museum of Flight is building a new aviation pavilion on their west campus? More aviation enthusiasts will be visiting our community.

  • Jul 17th, 2015 10:47pm

America: keep hubris in check | Chuck Parrish

In areas where we seem to be going off the rails, America would be wise to consider public policies that seem to work well in other countries.

  • Jun 18th, 2015 6:45pm

Prudent budget policies brought city through the Recession | Chuck Parrish

The General Fund ongoing revenue numbers reflect the most predictable regular streams of revenue upon which the most predictable regular expenses are budgeted.

  • Feb 22nd, 2015 4:20pm

When all is said and done, Tukwila staff, process is good | Chuck Parrish

Some believe that policy makers automatically give a thumbs up to staff recommendations. This belief is simplistic. Staff is critical to a decision-making process.

  • Jan 21st, 2015 11:23pm

The arts make for a wonderful gift any time of the year | Chuck Parrish

We enrich our lives and the lives of our children when we provide opportunities to appreciate the creative arts.

  • Dec 17th, 2014 11:44pm

Ballots in good hands of hundreds of election workers | Chuck Parrish

Ballot processing takes place in a large secure convention-like area with desks, tables, computers, white boards and special equipment everywhere. Everyone wears a lanyard with an identification tag. A 40,000-unit-per-hour Pitney Bowes machine scans the envelope signatures. Every signature is compared to a previous signature.

  • Nov 18th, 2014 9:42pm

How would you vote if gun pointed at your family? | Chuck Parrish

Soon we will be voting on the issue of background checks and gun ownership. Let’s put aside our sterile arguments regarding background checks and gun rights. These arguments incline us to look past the grim realities of gun-related deaths in our communities.

  • Oct 15th, 2014 10:53pm

Public spoke, so find a place for marijuana store | Chuck Parrish

Have you noticed that there are no retail marijuana stores in Tukwila? Don’t hold your breath. You are not likely to see any for a long time.

  • Sep 13th, 2014 12:19am

Let’s go deliberately in making facilities decision | Chuck Parrish

The City of Tukwila is looking at its needs for public facilities for the next several decades. Here, Tukwila Reporter columnist Chuck Parrish offers his advice to the community.

  • Aug 19th, 2014 10:47pm

Who are you going to call? The police, of course | Chuck Parrish

Why have a law if it is not going to be enforced? It’s a common question. After July 4, one usually hears about illegal fireworks. Other times, it is illegal parking, exceeding the speed limit, talking on cell phones. The list is long.

  • Jul 15th, 2014 11:34pm

Think now about your end-of-life choices | Chuck Parrish

I have spoken with my doctor and, when referrals are needed, I seek out those who will take care of me and support my end-of-life choices. How about you?

  • May 23rd, 2014 6:44pm

This is Tukwila’s chance to get TIB right | Chuck Parrish

As time goes by, Tukwila will be looking to buy other properties on Tukwila International Boulevard within the urban renewal area. This will have to be balanced with some major upcoming transportation projects that may require some significant dollars.

  • Apr 17th, 2014 9:43pm

Tukwila needs to tend community partners | Chuck Parrish

Late last year, Tukwila made a smart move by contracting with Global to Local (G2L) to serve as a consultant to the city’s Community Connector program. The program focuses on housing, neighborhoods, food access and transportation.

  • Mar 21st, 2014 8:16pm

Global to Local making a difference daily | Chuck Parrish

If there is a sustainable way to improve health-care outcomes at low cost for our under-served neighbors, Global to Local is likely to be there. Gender-based swims at Tukwila Pool, exercise classes, cooking and shopping classes, health screenings and referrals, all of these constitute a holistic approach.

  • Feb 20th, 2014 1:34am

Look within to meet community needs | Chuck Parrish

It is likely that some City Council members will run for mayor in 2015. If the past is prologue, it is also likely that those campaigns will reveal little about the specific vision of candidates.

  • Jan 15th, 2014 11:04pm

Job satisfaction critical in Tukwila schools | Chuck Parrish

For the moment, it makes sense that the TSD deny the determinations of the EEOC because there is a separate concurrent Superior Court case brought by the same employees. Tukwila School District expects vindication through the court case next year.

  • Nov 20th, 2013 9:04pm

Election enemy? Look in the mirror | Chuck Parrish

When it comes to politics, we are our own worst enemies. Many of us are willfully ignorant of what goes on around us and choose not to vote. In the August primary, 82 percent of Tukwila voters did not vote.

  • Oct 14th, 2013 11:13pm

Support the businesses that support us | Chuck Parrish

If you are like me, you like to patronize local businesses that believe in giving back to the communities in which they do business. It may surprise some to know that the local casinos do just that.

  • Sep 20th, 2013 6:24pm

Emergency services biggest Tukwila employee pool | Chuck Parrish

The majority of city revenues is spent on salaries and benefits of employees who provide the services that we expect. As of June 5, 2013, we employ 327 regular full-time and part-time employees.

  • Jul 18th, 2013 7:28pm

Tough times for schools, board | Chuck Parrish

Change is in the air at Tukwila School District (TSD). A new superintendent. A new Foster principal. School board elections are coming soon. Voters districtwide will be the decision makers.

  • Jun 24th, 2013 4:15pm

Tukwila’s parks offer us a respite | Chuck Parrish

We have 29 parks, trails and playfields, including a couple of cooperative efforts with other communities. Many are what I think of as respite stops. Little spots here and there where one can get away for a break from routine. About 10 parks have substantial amenities. These often require reservations so check the reservations column.

  • May 30th, 2013 10:14pm

Tukwila’s finances handled competently | Chuck Parrish

When times are tough, people offer a lot of ideas about what the city should or should not do. It’s a good time to look back at what the city administration and council did when it became clear that the Great Recession was going to hit Tukwila hard financially.

  • Apr 22nd, 2013 7:35pm

Renovation of Tukwila Pool paid by city taxpayers | Chuck Parrish

You’re all wet! Or you can be if you visit the Tukwila Pool in the near future. After a $1.6 million to $1.7 million refurbishment project, the pool opened a few days ago. The grand re-opening celebration is scheduled for April 20.

  • Mar 22nd, 2013 7:54pm

The meaning of the city’s sales tax | Chuck Parrish

There were some bright spots. Total Wine and More, Bev Mo, Big Lots and Sears Outlet stores opened and will have a positive economic impact.

  • Feb 19th, 2013 7:55pm

My City Council MVP, MIP, LVP | Chuck Parrish

Guess what? There’s another election in November! OK, you can stop cheering now. In November, we will vote for City Council positions currently served by Councilmembers Verna Seal, Allan Ekberg, De Sean Quinn and Joe Duffie. Our City Council functions reasonably well; there are no chairs thrown and police do not have to be called in. Pretty low bar, right?

  • Jan 25th, 2013 6:57pm

A high bar for Waste Management customer service | Chuck Parrish

The bar is high for Waste Management. Customer service in the form of timely response to phone calls and timely resolution of problems is critical to how Waste Management is perceived in the community. WM is well positioned to provide good customer service.

  • Nov 21st, 2012 7:15pm

Balanced approach is best approach | Chuck Parrish

Most of us have sufficient life experience to know what makes sense. For example, we know that the president is the chief executive and yet he or she cannot do everything that he or she promises. The president depends on the cooperation of Congress to implement domestic policies. This does not always happen and, lately, rarely happens.

  • Oct 16th, 2012 9:20pm

Tukwila is meeting its human-services needs | Chuck Parrish

Tukwila is a generous and caring community. In an improving but still challenging local economy, the City of Tukwila, on behalf of its residents, continues to fund human service organizations that serve individuals and families in challenging circumstances. Human Services Department, staffed by director Evie Boykan and Stacy Hansen, facilitates the process. Few services are provided directly by the City of Tukwila. A call to Human Services Department will likely result in a caring and informed referral to one or more of the organizations.

  • Aug 14th, 2012 9:53pm