A man was killed when he was struck by a train in Tukwila on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Tukwila Police said the victim is a 39-year old adult male from Seattle.

“Initial indications are that the victim was exhibiting suicidal behavior just prior to being struck by the train,” police added.

The tragic accident happened on tracks just south of I-5.

Tracks were closed between Seattle and Tukwila after the accident, which involved an Amtrak train.

Starting on Tuesday, Feb. 26, the Community Police Academy is a 12-session program that provides Tukwila residents and merchants with first-hand information about the operations of Tukwila’s Police Department.

This program is designed to strengthen working relationships vital to problem solving and quality-of-life issues in our community. There is NO COST to attend this class.

Beginning Feb. 26, 2019, the Academy classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6 – 8:30 p.m. at the Tukwila Fire Station #51. Graduation will be on Tuesday, May 28. There will be a Saturday class with a firearms simulator, on a date to be determined and posted closer to the start of class.

Return a completed application to Chris Partman at the Police Department no later than February 20, 2019.

Tukwila Councilmember Kathy Hougardy announced this week that she will be running for re-election to the Tukwila City Council this year.

She was originally elected to office in 2007, and is currently the City Council President.

Here’s more from Kathy:

Ms. Hougardy feels it’s important to continue her work on the Tukwila City Council, saying:

“Our Public Safety plan is in the implementation stage and needs continued time and resources devoted to it. In addition, we are in the middle of developing important plans and policies including housing, economic development and transportation. I’ve been a significant regional player in all of these projects, and would like to continue this good work.” She continues, “I’ve got the experience and the relationships with other key stakeholders to keep Tukwila at the table and to get things done that will benefit our residents.”

Ms. Hougardy notes that while the regional issue of affordable housing continues to be a challenge, she has encouraged and supported innovative ideas to ease housing shortages. For example, the Tukwila City Council has approved planned low-income developments that include both apartments and individual homes using public-private partnerships. In addition to city-wide efforts, the Council has approved a partnership agreement with neighboring cities to address housing accessibility.

Lastly, Ms. Hougardy believes an emphasis on “the Missing Middle” – affordable housing for middle income people – is important. This includes condominiums, townhomes and smaller houses that would be feasible financially for people just getting into the housing market (or downsizing) in our region where housing costs have skyrocketed.

Ms. Hougardy believes that there must be an ongoing emphasis on reducing crime in the city; increasing safety in the city’s residential areas; pro-active code enforcement; and improving neighborhood infrastructure such as sidewalks and roads.

Projects that Ms. Hougardy has been connected with include oversight of the Tukwila Village Plan, now nearing completion; the new King County Library; and growth and development in the Southcenter area.

Ms. Hougardy supports the Tukwila’s economic efforts by serving as the chair of the Soundside Alliance for Economic Development Board, and the chair of the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee. She represents the City in regional transportation issues by serving on the South County Area Transportation Board, and is a key advocate for Tukwila as a member of the King County Regional Transportation Committee, which reviews and makes recommendations to the King County Council on countywide policies for public transportation services operated by the County.

She is the past chair of Tukwila Equity and Diversity Commission, and the co-chair of the Highline Forum. She is also a member of the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce and the Tukwila Historical Society. Ms. Hougardy organizes the annual National Night Out Against Crime for her street, and has led the block watch for her immediate neighborhood since the late 90s. She formerly served on the Tukwila Pantry Executive Advisory Board, and has volunteered in the school district, including organizing a parent advisory group at Showalter Middle school for six years.

Kathy and her husband Ed have lived in Tukwila since 1993. They have three sons; Andrew, who graduated from Foster High School in 2016; Dan, graduating from Foster High School this year; and Tim, who resides in Georgia.

Kathy graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Visual Communications. Her career has included working as a marketing support representative and owning a small business. She taught Graphic Arts at Seattle Central Community College for 12 years.

A hazmat unit responded to a building at Minkler Blvd. and Industry Drive on Thursday afternoon, Jan. 31.

Officials say that the unit confined the hazardous material, and that the building is safe and occupants were returning.

Tukwila Police and Fire responded as well.

At Toysmith we deliver play, fun, sharing and discovery every day.

Tired of your commute into Seattle or the Eastside? Toysmith in Sumner is looking for an IT Analyst!

Toysmith, a leader in B2B toy distribution since 1981, is looking for an IT Analyst to make an immediate impact by fully using your proven analyst and process improvement skills. As part of a small department, this role will wear many hats. A customer-centric attitude is essential as a high degree of visibility and end user interaction is involved.

Our generous benefit package, upon eligibility, includes: Medical/Vision, Dental/Orthodontia, an employer-matched 401(k), Paid Time Off (PTO), Basic Life, AD&D, and Short Term Disability insurances, paid holidays, and an employee discount on product.

Position Summary:  This multi-faceted position IT position implements new software, works throughout the company to develop better technological processes with an eye towards ROI, works with data and develops custom financial reporting.  The role will work closely with staff and managers to design/develop/support applications while collaborating with others in IT and cross-functionally to create the needed solution.  Other activities include supporting our ERP (Sage 500), WMS (Accellos) and occasionally providing desktop support.  As part of a small department, this role will wear many hats.  A customer-centric attitude is essential as a high degree of visibility and end user interaction with customer service responsibility is involved.  The position’s responsibilities require independent analyses, communication and problem solving. This job requires initiative and judgment.  We expect IT staff to give excellent service with as much grace and kindness as possible.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

  • Bachelors degree in IS, computer science or a related field or a combination of relevant education and work experience
  • Demonstrated ability to project manage multiple, parallel projects and prioritize them accordingly
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong customer service skills and dedication to meeting end users’ needs with patience, grace, professionalism, empathy and understanding.
  • Understand the implications of installing software, patches and updates on computers and servers.
  • Experience troubleshooting basic network, software and printing problems.
  • 5 or more years of combined experience, and/or education in software development using the Microsoft stack especially SQL, Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Windows 8.0/8.1, Windows 10 and Macintosh OS X, Microsoft Office Suites 2010/2013/2016/2019

Possible Projects:

  • Supply and Demand forecasting implementation 
  • Digital Asset Management
  • Revamp costing process
  • Learn ERP (Sage 500) from A-Z
  • Learn WMS (Accellos)
  • Extracting data from SQL (using BI tools like PowerBI)
  • Implement a Workflow/BPM product (like Bonitasoft)
  • Other projects as assigned

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • ERP, WMS, Financial and/or CRM experience.
  • Crystal Reports/SSRS/PowerBI etc.
  • Sharepoint/BPM tools

If you meet these qualifications and are interested in this position, we want to hear from you! Please send your resume to [email protected] and let us know which blog you saw our posting on.

If you’d like a more complete job description prior to sending in a resume, please visit https://www.toysmith.com/careers/.

The City of Tukwila Scholarship Program was established in 2014. The mission of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to individuals enrolled for undergraduate study in community colleges, colleges, trade schools and universities. Selection criteria include but are not limited to academic accomplishments, community service, references, financial need, and personal essay. 

The deadline to submit scholarship applications is March 29, 2019 – no exceptions. 

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Must be a resident of the City of Tukwila. Proof of residency is required at the time of application: most recent utility bill. 
  • Must be equivalent to a senior in high school. 
  • Must demonstrate a substantial financial need as indicated on the FAFSA Student Aid Report. 
  • Must have applied to an undergraduate program at a community college, trade school oruniversity. 
  • Must demonstrate leadership qualities as evidenced by involvement in extra-curricular activities. 
  • Must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher. 
  • Must have completed a minimum of 15 hours of community service. 

For more information, contact Cheryl Thompson, Executive Assistant, Mayor’s Office, [email protected], (206) 433-1850. 

From Advertiser CG Construction Services:

Business is Strong at CG Construction,
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General Contractors CG Construction Services provide distinctive quality and exceptional customer service centered on honesty and integrity. With a commitment to professionalism, expertise and superior quality in everything they do, the strength of their success depends on reliable and dedicated craftsmen. Does this describe you?

Business is booming at CG and they are looking for a full time carpenter with at least 10 years’ experience. The ideal candidate should be well versed in carpentry and able to shift gears easily. Working knowledge of blueprints and building codes is a must. 
This position is typically full-time, offering Medical, Dental, Vacation /Sick Pay, and a 401k included after 90 days successful employment.

Read on for more details from CG Construction:
Non-negotiable requirements:

-10 years’ experience with Construction Company
-Valid driver’s license 
-Ability to lift up to 50 pounds on a regular basis
-Dependable transportation
-Own hand tools

Negotiable requirements:

-Ability to satisfactorily communicate in English with customers, management and co-workers
-Own small power tools (drills, etc.)

This position is typically full time Monday through Friday 7:00am to 4:00pm. Being in the construction industry also means being flexible. We do occasionally ask employees to work overtime, or adjust start/stop times according to job-site requirements. Starting pay is depending on experience. Medical, Dental, Vacation /Sick Pay, and a 401k is included after 90 days.

Please submit your resume with at least 3 references that we can contact regarding your construction knowledge to [email protected]. Please put “experienced” in subject line when responding. We will get in contact with qualified applicants within 48 hours.

Please join local police and fellow residents on Thursday, Jan. 24, from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. for the annual ‘Tip-A-Cop’ fundraiser at the Old Spaghetti Factory to help support the Special Olympics Washington.

“The tips our officers receive all go towards supporting the Special Olympics. We are always extremely proud and honored to participate in this event. We will have quite a few officers on hand for this and will be joined by officers from several other agencies in the area.”

If you live outside of the Tukwila area, see below for a location near you. All Old Spaghetti Factory locations in WA will be participating in this event on January 24th from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m.

The Old Spaghetti Factory is located at 17100 Southcenter Parkway in Tukwila.

Join us for Tip-A-Cop at any Old Spaghetti Factory location in the state:

  • Lynnwood: 2509 196th Street SW | Lynnwood, WA 98036
  • Spokane: 152 South Monroe Street | Spokane, WA 99201
  • Tacoma: 1250 Pacific Ave. | Tacoma, WA 98402
  • Tukwila: 17100 Southcenter Parkway, #160 | Tukwila, WA 98188
  • Vancouver: 730 SE 160th Avenue | Vancouver, WA 98684

More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/339161650014008/

By Scott Schaefer
Founder/Publisher/Editor

The South (King) County Area Transportation Board (SCATBd) on Tuesday (Jan. 15) released a ‘Legislative Request for Support’ that recommends siting a second airport in addition to Sea-Tac Airport.

This is kind of big news for all cities located around the growing – and noisier – airport.

“Siting of a second regional airport is critical,” the request said. “The State Legislature must spearhead this effort immediately by creating a regional airport siting commission. This is important for economic development, to relieve congestion around Sea-Tac Airport and to improve air, noise and traffic congestion for surrounding residents.”

THE PORT RESPONDS
As many of our Readers may recall, the Port of Seattle has never come out and endorsed a second, regional airport (“We don’t have a position on the specific topic of an airport siting commission at this time”); here’s how the Port responded to our inquiry about this news:

“Our region’s growing economy has resulted in significant increases in demand for commercial air service. As the largest such facility in the Puget Sound, Sea-Tac Airport is working to ensure that we are doing our part to safely and efficiently meet the current air transportation needs. As our region continues to look toward how we address future air travel demand, the Port of Seattle will be an engaged and active partner with our local communities –continuing to make necessary investments in our facilities while working to ensure that everyone shares in the benefits of this growth.

“We don’t have a position on the specific topic of an airport siting commission at this time. If something is introduced, likely we would bring it to the Commission, and that is generally our process for legislative matters. The Port of Seattle has often stated that we support a regional approach in setting the stage for future aviation planning.”

The Port’s Century Agenda (adopted Dec., 2017) states that their mission is to:

“Meet the region’s air transportation needs at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport for the next 25 years and encourage the cost-effective expansion of domestic and international passenger and cargo service.

And according to Seattle Business Magazine:

“Ultimately, people think we really need another regional airport,” says Weidenfeld. “Air cargo being moved to Moses Lake is one thing that is being looked at. Even 20 years ago, I think it was being talked about. It’s beyond time to do that.”

The Puget Sound Regional Council, which coordinates regional infrastructure planning, is launching a study of the regional air transportation system. But Rick Olson, the council’s director of government relations and communications, says there has been no discussion of creating a second regional airport.

“The basic regional policy right now is that we should maximize the abilities of our current airfields before considering new ones,” Olson says. “Siting a new airport is a complex proposition that involves understanding the markets, airlines’ interests, community impacts and all kinds of access issues.”

For their part, Port of Seattle officials say they have their hands full simply dealing with existing demands.

“Right now,” notes Perry Cooper, the port’s senior manager of media relations, “the region is growing so fast that we’ve got to manage what is here.”

“The $3.2 billion of investments that we are making is just playing catch-up,” Port of Seattle Executive Director Stephen Metruck admits. “This summer, we are engaging the public in our sustainable aviation master plan that will take us out 10 years. Then, the whole region needs to look at a regional approach [to the possibility of additional major airports.]”

QUIET SKIES RESPONDS
Local activists at Burien’s Quiet Skies Coalition, as well as Quiet Skies Puget Sound, also responded to this announcement.

“This is a truly forward-thinking initiative and it’s powerful to see that this organization – with membership including 15 cities and the Port of Seattle – has endorsed immediate legislative action to site a regional airport for the benefit of all,” said Larry Cripe, President of the Burien Quiet Skies Coalition.

“Kudos to the Port for working with this important organization – an organization that represents so many impacted communities and that is demanding a legislative commission right now to site a new airport. What a difference the Port’s involvement with the SCATBd and its legislative agenda can make in Olympia to improve air, noise and traffic congestion for our citizens,” added Sheila Brush, Founder of Quiet Skies Puget Sound.

Steve Edmiston, creator of The Briefing Project and a member of Quiet Skies Puget Sound, noted that the SCATBd action was in complete agreement with the Project’s recently proposed Port of Seattle Airport Neighbor Community (POSANC) Accords.

“The Eighth POSANC Accord calls for the Port to adopt as a policy priority the establishment of a regional airport to promote and preserve statewide economic growth while reducing the unfair burden placed upon human health and the environment in the airport neighbor cities,” Edmiston said. “If the Port’s membership in SCATBd reflects support for SCATBd’s legislative agenda, this is an extremely encouraging step by the Port that will be widely applauded across South King and North Pierce counties.”

The South (King) County Area Transportation Board (SCATBd) is a collaboration of local elected officials and stakeholders that serve:

  • 15 cities in South King and North Pierce Counties
  • Seattle and Tacoma Ports
  • King County METRO; Pierce Transit and Sound Transit
  • 721,300 people and over 329,000 jobs stretching through the 5th, 11th, 27th, 30th, 31st, 33rd, 34th, 37th, 43rd and 47th Legislative Districts

The South (King) County Area Transporta on Board Members include:

  • Algona
  • Auburn
  • Black Diamond
  • Burien
  • Covington
  • Des Moines
  • Enumclaw
  • Federal Way
  • Kent
  • King County
  • Maple Valley
  • Normandy Park
  • Pacific
  • Renton
  • SeaTac
  • Tukwila
  • Pierce Transit
  • Port of Settle
  • Port of Tacoma
  • Puget Sound Regional Council
  • Sound Transit

On Friday, Jan. 12, 2019, City Administrator David Cline delivered an Economic Forecast for the City of Tukwila at the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce Luncheon.

He also showed a new video that demonstrates the city’s commitment to helping some recently out-of-work Stormtroopers find jobs in Tukwila: