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Good things are coming to the business sector of Tukwila. Here are…
More inside politics. Last month, I wrote about the plethora of complaints…
Let’s talk “inside” politics for a moment. The Democratic and Republican parties…
Political correctness (PC) is confusing. It can be positive or negative.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Allan Ekberg will need some time to get up to speed. Having had considerable experience with Tukwila government, this should go pretty smoothly.
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.
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.
The last couple of years has revealed the manner in which some police departments have treated black individuals in stressful confrontational encounters.
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.
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.
The General Fund ongoing revenue numbers reflect the most predictable regular streams of revenue upon which the most predictable regular expenses are budgeted.
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.
We enrich our lives and the lives of our children when we provide opportunities to appreciate the creative arts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.