City Government

Recognition highest honor in governmental accounting and financial reporting

Press release:

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of SeaTac for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).

The award was given by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011. This award is the highest honor possible in the area of governmental accounting and reporting.

“Receiving this distinct recognition so many times over the past two decades is truly an honor and testament to the incredible team we have here at the city,” said Todd Cutts, city manager for the City of SeaTac. “We have consistently exceeded national guidelines for serving our community, and we are very fortunate to receive this recognition from such a prestigious group.”

Aaron Antin, the City’s Finance Director, specifically cited Brenda J. Rolph, Assistant Finance Director, as the individual most responsible for the achievement.

Facebook lingerie photo nets Block a council censure

Burien will not be divided up into wards for the upcoming City Council election races.

Informed that the King County Elections Department needs to receive adopted ward/district boundaries by April 1, City Councilmember Gerald Robison on March 18 withdrew his proposal to change the way city lawmakers are elected.

Robison emphasized he is not abandoning his idea. He noted there was not enough time before the April 1 deadline to fully discuss and then act on the changes.

He had suggested dividing the city into wards. In the primary, candidates would have to file and run in their own district. In the general election, the entire city would vote on the candidates.

Robison said that would ensure council members come from different areas of the city. He said the current system where candidates can file for any council position favors richer areas west of Ambaum Boulevard Southwest.

However, critics, who have flooded the council with e-mails and public comments, said the ward system would promote cronyism and discourage the best candidates from being elected.


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I am a resident of NE Burien, who was opposed to being annexed into Burien. I did not feel that the City of Burien would be able to represent me. My fears have been confirmed by the recent proposal of the current four member majority of the Burien City Council, to take away my democratic rights through dividing the City Council into wards. Their rationale for breaking apart our city is that there is a lack of geographic diversity and minority representation on the current council. It is really a blatant attempt by the current four member majority of the council to divide our city so they can maintain power.


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On March 27th from 2:30 to 4:30 PM, members of the Highline Forum will meet at SeaTac’s City Hall Council Chambers(4800 South 188th Street). The public is invited to make comments at the start of the meeting. The City of SeaTac is hosting the meeting and the theme is the SR 509 Extension/I-5 Improvement Project.

The Highline Forum includes the southwest King County communities of Des Moines, Burien, Normandy Park, SeaTac, Tukwila and Federal Way and the Highline School District, Highline Community College and Port of Seattle.

Hotel to be built on scenic Angle Lake waterfront

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Seattle-based Ariel Development announced today its plan for construction of Hyatt Place at SeaTac to be built at 19518 International Boulevard in the City of SeaTac. Construction is set to begin before end of year.
Scheduled to open in early 2016, the hotel will feature 150 rooms, adjacent to nearby Angle Lake Park. Amenities will include a pool, fitness room and 2,500 to 3,500 square feet of meeting space
“The City of SeaTac is an epicenter for our region, and is an ideal site for this new property,” said Shimon Mizrahi of Ariel Development. “Its central location between Seattle and Tacoma provides an easy access point to freeways and the airport, as well as the city itself. We see a lot of potential on the scenic Angle Lake waterfront and the amenities guests can enjoy. We know the hotel will not only thrive here—it will create employment opportunities for the residents and neighboring communities.”
The estimated $25 million project has enlisted Seattle-based Linardic Design Group Architects, including all construction and soft costs. Hyatt Place plans to recruit 60 to 80 employees.


Press release:

Join the Burien Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and staff for a dog park planning meeting.

Come discuss a proposal for an off-leash dog play area.

Sites to be discussed include Hazel Valley Park and Salmon Creek Park.

This project also supported by the B-Town dog owners group.

When: March 13, 2013 @ 7 pm
Where: Saint Bernadette Parish Hall
1028 SW 128th ST, 98146

For more information call 206-988-3700

King County Pet Adoption Center among fifty animal shelters nationwide participating in 2013 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge

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Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) has been chosen as one of just fifty animal organizations in the nation to compete in the 2013 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge. The organizations will be vying for more than $600,000 in grant funds, including a grand prize of $100,000 to the shelter with the greatest increase in lives saved through pet adoptions and returning strays to their owners.

RASKC handles animal services for SeaTac and Tukwila.

“Regional Animal Services is committed to improving animal welfare in King County, and participating in the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge will help us further that commitment,” said RASKC manager Dr. Gene Mueller. “Our staff and volunteers are excited about taking part in this competition, but broad community support will also be crucial. So, we hope to engage the residents and businesses of King County to help us connect cats and dogs at the Pet Adoption Center with loving homes.”


The stalled Burien Town Square saga continues as the Burien City Council voted unanimously Monday, Feb. 25, to direct Harbor Urban, owner of the still undeveloped parcels at Town Square, to sell those parcels to another real estate developer, Legacy Partners, as permitted under the city agreements with Harbor Urban.

Legacy wants to complete the multi-family housing-retail project in Burien’s city center and has submitted to the city a redevelopment proposal that calls for a mix of upper-scale multi-family housing and retail.

The remaining undeveloped Town Square property is just north of the current Town Square condominiums and Library/City Hall between Southwest 152nd and Southwest 150th streets.

In agreeing to the switch in developers, Councilmember Gerald Robison commented, “Harbor Urban hasn’t come up with anything.”

Councilmember Jack Block Jr. also agreed but urged Legacy Partners to “keep the city’s vision within current market conditions.”

The council and city staff originally envisioned the remaining parcels would be contain condominiums and retail space much like in the first phase.

Update: Burien council votes to change Town Square developers
Photo credit: 
Photo by Jerry Gay

Burien Town Square condo sales representatives Tamea Duckworth, left, and Julie Knutson are as perplexed as everyone else by the twists and turns in the Town Square saga. They are standing on one of the vacant parcels.

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The City of SeaTac announces Joe Scorcio as Director of Community and Economic Development.

“We’re excited to have Joe join our team as the new Community and Economic Development Director,” said Todd Cutts, city manager. “He brings with him a wealth of experience that we believe will translate into solid leadership in the department and great customer service in the business community for years to come.”

Scorcio has 29 years of experience in public service positions for Pierce County including leadership of the award-winning 930-acre Chambers Creek Property Master Site Plan with Chambers Bay Golf Course as its centerpiece.

He has served on a variety of regional boards and commissions including the Puget Sound Air Quality Authority and the Tacoma - Pierce County Chamber of Commerce.

In 2010, the Tacoma Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau awarded Scorcio the Community Unity Award. He is a member of the American Institute for Certified Planners and he is active in the community supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs, Humane Society and the Chambers Creek Foundation.


A Des Moines couple whose dog, Rosie, was Tasered, then shot four times and killed by Des Moines police in 2010, was offered $51,000 by the department. Legal and other costs will be additional.

Charles and Dierdre Wright had filed a federal lawsuit against Des Moines police, claiming their civil rights were violated when officers shot Rosie, a 3 year-old Newfoundland, November 7, 2010.

This offer of judgement was reached last month according to the Wrights' Bellingham-based attorney, Adam Karp.

The couple is still seeking some $90,000 in investigative and attorney fees from the city.

Karp, who received his law and graduate degrees at UW, told the Highline TImes he wanted to clarify some points in the case that he said some media got wrong or did not include in their stories about Rosie. He also discussed his love for animals.

"The city submitted an offer of judgement," Karp said. "It wasn't really a 'settlement'. Typically, settlement agreements don't result in judgements. The offer of judgement was for $51,000 plus reasonable attorney fees and costs, and that would be decided by the court.

UPDATE: Rosie the dog lawsuit- Des Moines Police Dept. offers $51,000; Additional legal & other fees sought

A Des Moines couple whose dog, Rosie, was shot and killed by Des Moines police in 2010 was offered $51,000 by the department in an "order of judgement." Legal and other costs will be additional.

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