On Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at about 12 a.m., Tukwila Police Officers in the vicinity of Southcenter Blvd and Tukwila International Blvd heard the sound of an illegal discharge.

Police say that a 32-year-old male from Tukwila – with life-threatening injuries – was located by officers in the parking lot of a gas station in the 15200 block Tukwila International Blvd. (map below).

The victim was rushed to Harborview Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.

Tukwila Police Officers arrested a 24-year-old male from Renton in connection with the shooting. A 9mm firearm that had been reported stolen during a burglary in Monroe, WA was recovered at the scene along with multiple shell casings.

The suspect was booked into jail on a charge of Murder in the 2nd Degree.

Police add that, during the investigation, a 26-year-old male from Kent repeatedly tried to enter the crime scene and refused to follow multiple commands to remain outside of the crime scene. He was arrested for Obstructing a Public Servant. He also had a felony warrant out of the King County Sheriff’s Office for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and was booked into jail.

Local, family-owned online business Shoe.Cabinet is seeking a part time ‘Superstar’ to join their team:

We are a small online sales company and we are looking for a part time Superstar to join our team.

The ideal candidate will be a driven self starter with a knowledge of fashion as well as an aptitude for business and a desire to grow. Reliable transportation is a requirement. This is an hourly position. Monday through Friday part time schedule to be discussed at interview. This position is detailing / prepping product for photography. Compensation will depend on experience. If interested, please send a copy of your resume and schedule availability.

Essential Functions:

  • Utilize a variety of detailing tools to meet required daily productivity quotas.
  • Receive and sort items from vendors.
  • Keep premises clean, organized and free of hazards.
  • Follow all Loss Prevention guidelines and security measures.
  • Ensuring that safety standards are met.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Education: High School Diploma.
  • Experience: Experience listing items on eBay preferred, but not required, will train the right candidate. Familiarity with digital photography preferred, also not required, will train the right candidate.
  • Specific Skills/Knowledge/Licenses: Able to read, write, and speak English clearly and fluently.
    Excellent computer and Internet skills.

Essential Physical Abilities:

  • Occasionally lifting and carrying approximately 35 pounds; Developed fine motor control (grasp, handle, manipulate objects with fingers);
  • Frequent bending, kneeling, reaching, stooping, squatting, pushing; climbing ladders; standing for long periods of time; able to travel across a variety of surfaces (stairs, ramps, uneven terrain). Ability to communicate clearly and effectively.

Essential Mental/Sensory Abilities:

  • Organizing, sorting, categorizing, counting, adding, subtracting,
  • Interpreting data
  • Problem Solving
  • Creating written communication
  • Completing written orders

All offers of employment are contingent on satisfactory results of a criminal history background check.

If this position sounds like it would be a good fit for you, please send us your resume: [email protected].

Tukwila Mayoral candidate Ojay Dubow has withdrawn his candidacy for the position, and has endorsed incumbent Mayor Allan Ekberg.

“I’ll be supporting him (Allan Ekberg) all the way,” Dubow said.

Ojay Dubow endorses Allan Ekberg for his re-election bid for Mayor of Tukwila, WA!

Tukwila Mayor Allan Ekberg is honored to have the support of community leader Ojay Dubow. Thanks, for the support Ojay! Together we can move Tukwila forward!#reelectekberg Re-Elect Allan Ekberg Tukwila Mayor

Posted by Re-Elect Allan Ekberg Tukwila Mayor on Thursday, April 18, 2019

Mr. Dubow declared his candidacy for the position in January, but changed his mind and posted this on April 12:

Peace be to all of you !

I am honored by the outpouring of support I’ve received since announcing my candidacy for mayor of Tukwila. In the last few months, many of our diverse community members have indicated their desire to participate in my campaign in order to fight for real change in the interests of ordinary people instead of a City Hall run on behalf of big businesses.

Unfortunately, in spite of a lot of strong support from my family, friends,everyone who reached out to me and my lovely campaign team, it’s my regret that at this point I will no longer be able to seek this mayoral seat for personal reasons.

I understand this will be a disappointment to all my supporters and community members who supported me throughout the campaign.

As we go forward I will continue the fight against homelessness, gentrification, education Disparities and discrimination of all kinds. As always, I will continue to work with others who we share values to create better city for our communities. As we stay engaged I will continue to help build a movement where the voices of ordinary working people are heard and to challenge and dismantle injustice where ever it is .We need real solutions to address the growing inequality in our city. We need to tax on big business to build affordable housing and fully fund education, and we need a $15 minimum wage for Tukwila workers. We need commercial rent control to stop the gentrification of small businesses and residents out of our city.

Tukwila is a city that I love and raised my children, Tukwila is my home and I will continue the fight for justice and peace for all.

As we go to the polls in the upcoming primary and the general elections, I hope we can all remember this, and cast our votes for a different kind of politics, rooted in social justice. We have a responsibility to our families, to our people, and to all we represent for a better future with prosperity and happiness.

Thank you all for all the tremendous love and support you have showed me during my campaign….

Love and Peace.
Ojay Dubow

“I am extremely honored to have the support of such a highly respected community leader like Ojay,” Ekberg said. “Ojay has fantastic intentions for our community. We have had a couple recent meetings and I am very impressed. Mr. Dubow and I intend to keep the lines of communication open and he’s even promised to make an appearance at my Birthday Party!”

EKBERG PARTY WILL BE SUNDAY, MAY 5
The Re-Elect Ekberg campaign will be throwing a party for Allan Ekberg on Sunday, May 5 on the 19th Floor of the Hotel Interurban, where Tukwila residents and guests will learn more about Ekberg’s bid to win the Tukwila Mayoral position for a second time and his plans for Tukwila if re-elected.

Those interested in attending the event at 2:30 p.m. are encouraged to RSVP at https://www.mayorekberg.com/rsvp.

Marvelle – the newest development in luxury 55+ active lifestyle living at Southcenter – invites all to an exciting Open House on Tuesday, April 23, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Hotel Interurban in Tukwila.

Guided tours of their Welcome Center, located just across the street from the hotel, will be available.

Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and beverages in the elegant surroundings of the tallest building between Seattle and Tacoma, the sleek and stylish Hotel Interurban, while they preview the modern collection of apartment homes designed to provide convenient living with ideal access to shops, restaurants, entertainment and more!

You will not want to miss this insider’s event where you will experience not just one but both of the newest luxury developments to emerge in the Southcenter skyline.

RSVP by calling 833.276.7209 or emailing [email protected]
…and act now to ensure your entry to this fun and festive gathering!

For more information:

Address: 406 Baker Blvd., Suite 160, Tukwila, WA 98188

Phone: (833) 304-4900

Website: https://www.marvellesc.com

Floor Plans: https://www.marvellesc.com/floorplans.aspx

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MarvelleatSouthcenter/

Hotel Interurban is located at 223 Andover Park E., Tukwila:

King County Metro, Sound Transit and City of Seattle today launched a new on-demand shuttle service called Via to Transit that will make it more convenient to take transit in southeast Seattle and Tukwila.

Customers in the service areas can use the Via app or call 206-258-7739 to hail a ride to and from five Link light rail stations where they can board a Metro bus or a Link light rail train. They can pay with their ORCA card, which will automatically apply as a transfer toward a trip on a bus or train.

Download the Via app here:


“We are making it more convenient than ever to hop on board our high-capacity regional transit system,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “The on-demand service we are bringing to southeast Seattle and Tukwila reflects our commitment to outstanding customer service, making it easy to take transit to work, school, or play, and back home again.”

“This project is a boon to Sound Transit’s mission: Connecting more people to more places,” said Redmond Mayor and Sound Transit Board chair John Marchione. “The innovative partnership with Via looks to a future where on-demand services work seamlessly with mass transit and builds ridership.”

“As we continue to build a city of the future, we are providing new ways for our neighbors to access transit. Reliable, affordable transit creates pathways to jobs, training, school, and opportunity, and we will continue to provide more choices for Seattle residents,” said Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan. “Thanks to the City’s investment and strong partnerships, this new first-last mile connection will help ensure that South Seattle residents have more options for safely and quickly getting to key transit hubs as we continue navigating the Seattle Squeeze.”

The five Link light rail stations where Via to Transit will offer service to and from are Mount Baker, Columbia City, Othello, Rainier Beach and Tukwila International Boulevard. Customers also have the choice to hop on board one of the many bus routes that connect to the Link light rail stations.

Via to Transit costs the same as a Metro bus trip. Passengers can tap their ORCA card upon boarding Via to Transit and will automatically transfer fares between Via to Transit and buses or Link light rail.

The yearlong pilot project is partly funded by $2.7 million from the voter-approved Seattle Transportation Benefit District. Sound Transit also successfully applied for a Mobility on Demand Sandbox grant from the Federal Transit Administration to test the effectiveness of providing on-demand ride-share connections to transit stations.

Via to Transit will make it more convenient for customers to connect with the region’s growing transit system. On-demand services like this make it easier for residents who do not own a car or prefer not to drive and park, live within a long walking distance of a transit hub, or can’t find open spaces at park-and-rides to take transit.

The service is provided by Via, a leading provider and developer of on-demand shared mobility solutions. Via works with cities and transportation agencies around the world to connect more people to transit. Via has partnered with some of the world’s largest public transit agencies to solve pressing transportation needs including Los Angeles Metro, Singapore’s Land Transportation Authority, Transportation for London, and Berlin’s Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe.

“Via’s technology is redefining mobility across the globe, and we are thrilled to partner with King County Metro, an innovation-forward agency, to provide residents with a convenient, affordable, and congestion-reducing dynamic transportation alternative,” said Daniel Ramot, Co-founder and CEO of Via. “Via’s powerful passenger matching and vehicle routing algorithm is the solution to solving the first-and-last mile challenge, seamlessly integrating into the existing public transit infrastructure to connect residents to transit hubs in their communities.”

The Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce will be presenting its ‘State of Our Cities’ Luncheon on Friday, May 10, 2019, at the Four Points by Sheraton Seattle South in Des Moines.

This luncheon is presented in partnership with the five cities within the Chamber’s service area of Southwest King County. This luncheon will feature representatives from the cities of:

  • Burien
  • Des Moines
  • Normandy Park
  • Tukwila
  • SeaTac

This event will also include a panel discussion and Q&A.

“We look forward to this opportunity to bring city and regional business leaders together to interact, strengthen ties, and forge new relationships,” said President/CEO of Seattle Southside Chamber, Andrea Reay, “We hope that you will join us for an opportunity to learn about the progress in each of our cities and how local businesses can partner towards success.”

The luncheon will be held on Friday, May 10, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Four Points by Sheraton Seattle South in Des Moines. Thank you to the Event Sponsors, Crain Photography and South King Media.

Space is limited at the luncheon so don’t forget to register early to reserve your seat – register online here:

https://www.seattlesouthsidechamber.com/events/details/state-of-our-cities-luncheon-2769

Or call the office during regular office hours at (206) 575-1633.

For more information about this event, email Renatta Emerson, Membership & Programs Manager, at [email protected].

About the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce
The Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit business organization that has served the communities of Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac and Tukwila since 1988. The Chamber focuses on business advancement in the region by helping to build and maintain a strong economic environment.

For more information, visit https://www.seattlesouthsidechamber.com.

The Tukwila Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying the following burglary suspect:

Police say that on April 2, at around 11 p.m., the pictured suspect broke into an occupied home in the 4000 block of S. 152nd Street (map below) while the residents were upstairs.

He stole a MacBook and fled.

He has a distinctive tattoo on the inside of his right arm

If you recognize this suspect please email [email protected], or call 206-433-1808 and reference case number 19-1928.

The Tukwila Police Department on Tuesday (April 9) released the following dramatic footage showing last Friday’s utility pole failure near the Museum of Flight, which landed on a car and injured two people:

As we previously reported, this incident knocked power out to over 15,000 customers in the south end on Friday, April 5, trapping two people in a car that was pierced by a falling pole. They were safely extracted by Tukwila Police and emergency workers. One victim had a superficial injury, and the other had non-life threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to a local hospital.

UW Meteorologist Cliff Mass theorizes that the failure and toppling of 24 utility poles on E. Marginal Way were possibly caused by weather:

“A well-defined front was moving through the region at the time, which is clear from a weather satellite image at 2 p.m.”

“The coincidence of the passage of this band with the failure of the power poles can hardly be an accident. But the winds at nearby sites don’t seem strong enough to take down properly maintained poles. To me there are two possibilities:

  1. There was one pole (or several) that were rotted or weakened. It failed in the moderate winds and took down the adjacent lines though the interconnected power lines.
  2. That the winds were stronger in the location of the Museum of Flight.

“One possibility is some kind of localized microburst, but that does not seem probable considering the modest heights of the convection and lack of dry air near the surface (which helps rev up the descending air from evaporative cooling).”

Photo courtesy Tukwila Police

Utility poles that fell onto an occupied car on E. Marginal Way in Tukwila knocked out power to thousands in the south end Friday afternoon, April 5.

Numerous squalls with strong wind and rain came through the area during the afternoon, but it is unknown yet whether that was related to the downed utility poles or not.

The poles fell near the Museum of Flight in Tukwila, trapping two people in a car. They were safely extracted by Tukwila Police and emergency workers. One victim had a superficial injury, and the other had non-life threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to a local hospital.

City Light says the outage – which happened around 3:50 p.m. – affected over 15,000 customers.

Most customers had their electricity restored around 5 p.m.

Reports are that 14 utility poles were down over one mile of road in the area.

Seattle City Light has not yet confirmed the cause, but from the looks of the videos below, this looks pretty legit:

On Friday, April 5, the City of Tukwila announced that it will be offering discounted locking mailboxes to residents at cost – just $108.

The city said this new crime prevention program has been in the works for some time.

“In an effort to help reduce mail theft, we have purchased high-security mailboxes at a steep discount of $108 to provide at cost, to interested Tukwila residents who do not have cluster/shared style mailboxes in their neighborhood,” the city said. “There is also a program available to assist low-income residents who could not otherwise afford the $108 cost of the mailbox.”

If your current mailbox is on public right of way, you can also have the option to have it installed by the City of Tukwila Public Works.

If you have a drill or want to do it yourself, installation takes about 15 minutes.

Because this program is only open to Tukwila residents, there is an application. You can fill it out online here:

http://TukwilaWA.gov/mailbox

Once your application is approved, Community Policing Coordinator Chris Partman will contact you for payment and pickup arrangements.

“Please pass this information on to any Tukwila residents who you think might be interested.”

For more info:

Chris Partman
Tukwila Police Department
Community Policing Coordinator
Phone: 206-431-2197
Email: [email protected]