City Government

Last week, an important dignitary from the Republic of Korea visited Federal Way.

Jae-Joung Lee, a Vice Prime Minister in the Korean government, is spending the month of November touring the United States in his role as senior vice president of the Advisory Council on Democratic and Peaceful Unification (ACDPU).

The ACDPU was founded in 1981 to mitigate the effects of the Korean War and the division of Korea into North and South.


Photo by Seth Bynum / Federal Way News

Jae-Joung Lee, right, Vice Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea discusses his nation's views on nuclear disarmament with Federal Way Mayor Dean McColgan and members of the city council. Vice Prime Minister Lee serves as the Senior Vice President of the Advisory Council on Democratic and Peaceful Unification (ACDPU), which seeks to mitigate the effects of the Korean War and the division of Korea into North and South. Lee and his entourage visited western Washington to gather information on unification from Americans and Koreans living in the US.

North Highline Unincorporated Area Council members gave a preliminary recommendation on Nov. 3 that North Highline annex to Burien.

Ten council members approved the recommendation with Doris Tevaseu opposed and Karen Veloria abstaining.

The recommendation came despite protests from some audience members, who asked council members to postpone a decision.

They said North Highline residents have not had enough time to study annexation or incorporation as a separate city.



"Welcome to Burien" may be the message for North Highline residents after North Highline Unincorporated Area Council members issued a preliminary recommendation that the area annex to Burien. Officials caution this is a very early step in the process.

The Burien City Council has begun its review of a preliminary budget for 2006.

The proposed spending plan maintains and enhances the current level of services using existing revenue sources.


The Woodland Park Zoo is building a new edition but instead of animals, this one holds cars. Plans call for a four floor parking garage in the north west corner of the zoo, with capacity for 700 automobiles. Some neighbors feel officials ignored public input on the design of the garage, after a design committee advocated an underground garage be built on the opposite side of the park.

"Ten days prior to the first public hearing, it was announced ...


I am no Greg Nichols fan but I have to give credit to the mayor for being reasonable.

He was a strong monorail supporter for years. He believed the Seattle Monorail Project board phony information for a long time.

When it was announced that the project "had no clothes," even Nickels had to agree it was time to oppose it.

For Stockmeyer and Laws to blame Horn and Weeks for the current situation is a bit disingenuous. They were on the board. A board is supposed to provide oversight and guidance.


Once again the Seattle mayor's budget for the new fiscal year fails to properly reflect Seattle City Library needs.

Specifically the library needs funding to restore library hours and collection budget cuts made in previous years. Currently only a few branches are open Sundays and those that are open are limited to four hours.

Most branches close by 6 p.m. on workdays for half the days they are open. At least two days a week the libraries do not open until 1 p.m. No branch is open after 8 p.m. any day.

Seattle library users are avid readers.


Board member says mayor a 'flip-flopper'

By Tim St.



The Growth Management Act and "secret" city council meetings occupied the attention of Normandy Park candidates at a forum Oct.


As Richard Benjamin scurries around town waiving a letter from the Public Disclosure Commission and seeking absolution for his role in the theft of the 2001 Des Moines City Council election, let us remember that the PDC simply dismissed the charges because it could not find specific evidence that Benjamin knew what was going on.

Lack of evidence is not exoneration.

The incident did indeed take place, as finally admitted by the conveyor belt investors and ex-mayor Don Wasson (who, incidentally, vehemently denied the charges right up until that moment, two days before Chris


I appreciated the Herald's report (Oct. 12) that "all of the candidates" at a recent forum now accept what the common man has known for months: that a Yes I-912 vote sends State Route 99 plans "back to the drawing board." Praise be!

Back in 1996 the Washington Department of Transportation estimated a viaduct retrofit at $344 million and then again in 2001 at $720 million.

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