K9Jimmy

Early Saturday morning (April 18), King County Sheriff’s Office K-9 ‘Jimmy’ was killed after being struck by a vehicle along SR 599 in South Park.

He was a two-year old black German Shephard that had been working with the Sheriff’s Office since November 2014.

Jimmy was not tracking at the time.

Police say that around 1 a.m., Deputy Travis Brunner and his partner K-9 Jimmy were at Cecil Moses Park in Tukwila getting some exercise while on shift, as they had done many times.

Jimmy had his harness and strobe light on but got through a break in a chain link fence and out onto the highway where he was hit by a semi truck.

The truck did not stop, and it is unknown if the driver even knew what occurred.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Tukwila Blog nor its staff:]

Hi

I am one of very few words, and I am sorry Paul that I am going to take one of your comments in your recent post that hits very close to home for me.

“City Councilmembers currently hold and march strongly on, not “some time in the future”, but now. It is the Council’s responsibility to have trust in our community that the torch will burn on brighter and stronger by empowering citizens in leadership roles: a 5 person independently elected commission.”

This is exactly my thoughts for how I feel about the city of Tukwila. The time is now to allow citizens who have volunteered many hours of their time to sustaining the Tukwila Pool and to help put Tukwila on the map in a good light by getting involved. We can all sit back and complain, but until you step up and do something nothing will change. I believe in this and I know if empowering the citizens in leadership roles will only help grow our city to be the best city to live in.

I was also at the March TP MPD meeting where the Commissioners (City Council) listened to all the citizens again only to toss us aside. I do know the Council has many hats that they wear and they are spread very thin. This is why allowing dedicated citizens the opportunity to help them not hinder them to sustaining the Tukwila Pool is the right thing to do. I do believe I came across a sign the other day “Tukwila the city of opportunity, city of choice” Give the opportunity to the citizens for a 5 person independently elected commission, make the choice to empower citizens in leadership roles.

– Jeri Frangello-Anderson

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Unfortunately, there never came a discussion of why Tukwila citizens, after buying themselves a swimming pool, can’t define the policies to regulate it. Apparently, there is distrust of citizens to be able to conduct their own business.

At the most recent meeting of the Metropolitan Park District (pool), the issue of publicly elected Commissioners to replace Ex-officio Tukwila Council members was brought up. After much outcry from Commissioners describing unexplained fear about turning over control to an elected Commission, I waited to hear what the horrors they embrace are, and how the public may help to resolve the Commissioners’ issues. Particularly, since the Tukwila Council had rejected the pool when the opportunity arose for them to step up and make room in the City budget to pay for it. Subsequently, the people created a separate Public Municipal Corporation named the Metropolitan Park District (MPD) and agreed to tax themselves to pay for their pool. Mind you, they legislated an MPD equivalent to Tukwila, a Public Municipal Corporation. In addition, the people appointed Tukwila Councilmembers as ex-officio commissioners to stand in while the people prepared to establish a structure of elected officials to govern their pool. The last step, transferring the Commission for public policy and direction to Commissioners the people elect, awaits the ex officio stand-ins to overcome their fears – whatever the fears may be?

I did hear Councilmember Duffy declare he hasn’t heard from the public yet. He wants to hear from the public – after four years? The thought occurred to me the public cannot help them without hearing the fears Councilmembers exhibit toward having their public voice included in the decision.

Think about this: As you know, our system of government is that elected officials are to deliberate public business in the presence of the people at designated official forums such as Council meetings. Behind the curtain, or retreat outings, or private telephone calls is out of bounds ethically and by the laws defining public business.

To assist Councilmember Duffy with his lament, let me kick off the public discussion about placing the MPD (pool) under an elected commission.

Let’s begin by having each ex-officio Commissioner declare their fears about the change so we may discuss it publicly. Moreover, it has been four years; let us declare that forthwith we want all of our business deliberated before the public in open sessions. It is a matter of conscience and law.

Yours truly,
P. Willoughby

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Save-the-Date

‘April Pools Day’ is coming to the Tukwila Pool on Saturday, April 18, from 1 – 3 p.m., and all are invited!

Over 100 kids collected eggs from the shallow end to the deep end at the pool at the Easter Egg Hunt. Jayden, Gavin and Ava were the 3 winners in the cannonball contest, and Anders guessed the jelly bean jar with 2009, taking home all the beans!

The Tukwila Pool is located at 4414 S. 144th St. Tukwila, WA 98168, between Foster High School and Showalter Middle School.

For more information, visit http://www.tukwilapool.org.

Have you heard the news? The Community Power Works program recently expanded to include all Seattle City Light customers in Tukwila, Burien, SeaTac, Shoreline, and Lake Forest Park. Upgrades like a new energy-efficient heating system and insulation can help Seattle City Light customers increase the warmth and comfort of their home, while reducing energy use and saving money!

Weatherizing a home is easier and more affordable than ever with generous rebates, high quality contractors, and a customer service team to help customers along the way! The program starts with a low-cost home energy audit of only $125, which includes the use of specialized equipment, such as infrared cameras, to pinpoint insulation gaps in your walls, ceilings, and floors. Additionally, an energy auditor will perform a blower door diagnostic test to determine home leakiness and will uncover the source of drafts. Customers are provided a customized report that identifies recommendations and available rebates for upgrades.

After the audit, the Community Power Works customer service team provides customers with a list of participating contractors who will provide bids and complete the energy upgrades. Seattle City Light customers may be eligible for up to $4,500 in rebates for energy-efficient upgrades including: heating systems, insulation and air-sealing, windows, and water heaters. Plus, our program offers affordable financing options for all your energy efficiency related work. The program team is available to provide quality oversight on each project to make sure customers maximize available rebates and to ensure things go smoothly.

Past program participants have seen as much as 30-50% reduction of their energy bills resulting in big savings! For more information about Community Power Works:

Community Power Works

home@communitypowerworks.org

(206) 449-1170

Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 12.48.41 PMThe Seattle P-I on Sunday posted a very interesting story about the local film “The Maury Island Incident,” in which journalist Jake Ellison dives deep into a ‘rabbit hole’ about the 1947 UFO case and uncovers some great new information about an FBI agent.

“But soon after my first interview with the moviemakers, I found myself on a little trip through the looking glass into a world where coincidence spawns suspicion, and fact and myth get all tangled up,” Ellison writes, “…when I settled in to do a brief story on the movie’s latest successes … a simple question derailed me for a spell: Did the FBI agent who wrote the declassified FBI memos central to the movie even exist?”

The film, which was shot in Tukwila, Burien, Des Moines, and off the waters of Maury Island, world premiered last year at the Big Island Film Festival in Hawaii, then had its North American premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival. Since then it has played over a dozen festivals and screenings, and won two awards – audience choice award for “Best Short” at the Gig Harbor Film Festival, and “Best Short” at the International UFO Congress in Tempe, AZ. It also premiered as Indieflix’ first “Original Series” and six webisodes can be seen for free on Hulu here.

The film will screen next at the Burien UFO Festival on April 1st.

Read Jake’s full story – which includes a video interview with filmmakers Steve Edmiston and Scott Schaefer – here.

TukwilaPoolEgghunt

An ‘Egg-citing’ Egg Hunt is coming to the Tukwila Pool on Saturday, March 21!

Celebrate spring with the Tukwila Pool staff:

  • Swim and collect your eggs in the pool
  • Trade in your eggs for prizes
  • Egg hunts organized by age range
  • Enjoy spring treats
  • Photo ops

Please note that Egg hunters 6 or younger must be accompanied by an adult in the pool.

The Tukwila Pool is located at 4414 S. 144th Street.

More info at www.tukwilapool.org.