City Government

Pac, Hwy, hotel backed by Chinese investors

Press release:

The City of Des Moines is pleased to announce that permit applications have now been received from Yareton Investment Fund for the luxury Artemis Hotel project to be built on Pacific Highway South.

The development is the result of a trip by former Mayor Bob Sheckler, who met investor contacts while on an outreach effort to China.

The project was slowed during this last year due to additional processing time taken by the federal agency USCIS to approve the Chinese investors’ application for EB-5 foreign investor visa designation.

The investor group has decided to move forward with the permitting process in anticipation of approval. The building will be almost 300,000 square feet and have 235 hotel rooms.

Plans include an authentic four-star Chinese restaurant of a quality and authenticity currently unavailable in the Puget Sound region, as well as an upscale spa and other high-end amenities.

Further details and renderings are available at the Artemis Hotel website


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The City of SeaTac is pleased to announce the opening of SeaTac Market, a multicultural grocery store and bakery. The 10,500 square foot grocery opened to a crowd of 500 people on January 24.

“This is the only grocery store of this size to serve the nearby community,” said Jeff Robinson, economic development manager for the City. “Not only does this market allow the neighborhood to have access to fresh produce and a large selection of grocery items, but it creates a more walkable community where people don’t have to get in the car or on the bus to shop.”

Located in the SeaTac Center on 152nd and International Boulevard, the store is dedicated to a mix of food and grocery options including American, African, Asian and Mexican food, a bakery and coffee shop. The second floor includes a growing collection of furniture from around the world that is for sale.


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The City Council will celebrate the City of Burien's 20th birthday at its Monday, March 4 meeting, 7 p.m., at City Hall first floor Council Chambers.

Past Councilmembers in attendance will be recognized and Mayor Brian Bennett will speak.

The public is invited to come and enjoy some birthday cake and help celebrate the city's birthday.

Burien officially became a city on Feb. 28, 1993.

The 2013 Citizen of the Year also will be honored at the meeting.


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The City of Burien Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services is pleased to present the works of artist Richard Jahn.

Mr. Jahn writes:
Most of my paintings are fairly straight-forward scenes that are part of my life. I tend to paint the most obvious things in the most obvious ways. I do however try to infuse my own personality into each painting which is something that has no specific formula… but somehow it happens.

My earliest love of art came from looking at psychedelic posters and album covers back in the ‘60s. I also love the early Dutch artists and their depictions of everyday life. I hope that you see at least a little bit of these influences in my paintings.

I am self-taught; I have no desire to copy or paint like any other artist. Ultimately I want my paintings to be reflections of who I am.
I see painting as somewhat of a "Calling" that comes from somewhere higher than myself and I’ve made it a point to heed this call. It's more than a hobby….but it is still a hobby....and I'm having a good time with it!

In addition to painting I am a 21-year veteran, full-time, professional fire fighter.


How did the corruption in the Bell, California government happen? How did the North Highline Fire Station financial problems happen a few years ago?

Both of these were forms of governing that did not allow sufficient citizen involvement and didn’t have a system of checks and balances.

Control is taken from citizens by constantly rewriting ordinances until citizens virtually lose their voice over how things are handled.

Recently, the Burien city staff, at the direction of Mike Martin, has rewritten how often citizens could request a change to the Burien Comprehensive Plan.

In most Washington state cities, citizens can apply for a change once a year. However, the Burien Department of Growth and Development felt they were overworked so they changed the ordinance. Now citizens are allowed to put in for a change and be put on the docket once every four years.

Also, if Mike Martin feels that it would cost too much to consider a citizen request to be put on the docket, he can ask the council to turn down a citizen request indefinitely.


Press release:

In a dramatic departure from the traditional paper newsletter, the city of Des Moines is pleased to announce the introduction of its own glossy-format magazine “City Currents.” The four-color glossy format of the new magazine will allow the city to highlight its spectacular scenery, and feature editorial content and style to engage readership.

“This is a phenomenal opportunity to promote our community, capitalize on taxpayer assets, and reaffirm to all of us in Des Moines why we choose to live in one of the very most beautiful places in the world,” said Mayor Dave Kaplan.

Philips Publishing Group has been selected to produce the redesigned Des Moines City Currents Magazine and Rec’n Roll recreation brochure, the city’s front line source for communicating with Des Moines residents.

Philips Publishing will redesign the magazine, handle all distribution and administrative functions, and employ dedicated sales staff to generate advertising revenue sufficient to underwrite the costs of production. The city will retain ownership, and all editorial control.


The city of Des Moines will ask its residents to raise their utility tax by 2 percent for 20 years to pay for preserving and maintaining the pavement on city streets.

A proposition to increase the city’s utility tax from 6 percent to 8 percent will be on the Aug. 6 primary ballot. The extra 2 percent will be earmarked for the paving projects.

Interim Public Works director Dan Brewer proposed to lawmakers that the increase be for 10 years.

But Councilmember Jeanette Burrage said ten years is too short a time. Burrage added that the city could repeal the tax increase before the 20-year deadline if it was not needed. She noted the utility tax increase rejected by voters last year would have been permanent.

Burrage said she couldn’t see another source of funding available for maintaining the street pavement.

Brewer noted that preventative maintenance costs a lot less than replacement of roads.

“You get more bang for your buck,” he noted.

The goal would be to maintain 4 to 5 miles of pavement each year, he said. Brewer reported the city has 215 lane miles of city roadway.


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The Des Moines Legacy Foundation is pleased to announce the receipt of a generous $7,000 grant from the Puget Sound Energy Foundation.

The funds provide the seed money to help pay for a Civic Readerboard to be installed at the Des Moines Senior Activity Center located at 2045 S. 216th St.
The Puget Sound Energy Foundation is a nonprofit entity operating independently of Puget Energy and PSE. None of the foundation’s funds come from PSE’s utility customers.
The Puget Sound Energy Foundation began accepting grant requests in early 2007 and in its first year of operations focused on the Human Services, Education and Environmental sectors. Currently, the Puget Sound Energy Foundation's primary focus of support is Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

The intended use of the energy efficient LED Readerboard is to reach people of all incomes and abilities with civic messages to inform Des Moines citizens and visitors on important community events, services and meetings, emergency management and preparedness and safety topics.


Daytime, forced-entry house burglaries suddenly spiked in December around the region, SeaTac Police Chief James Graddon reported to City Council members on Jan. 22.

Graddon is King County Sheriff's Office commander for Precinct 4, which includes SeaTac, Burien and North Highline. SeaTac and Burien contract with the county for police services.

Burglary rates have come down a little bit in January, he noted.

Graddon said the burglars are using items found outside residences to smash windows or pry open doors to get inside.

Once inside, burglars snatch small items such as laptop computers or jewelry, according to Graddon. Since the stolen items are so portable, the thieves can get away on foot without needing a vehicle.

Graddon suspects many of the burglars are transients.

He advised victims to check places like Craig’s List to see if their stolen items turn up for sale.

Councilmember Pam Fernald said she had been told burglars often come back to a residence after the stolen items have been replaced. Graddon said that some times happens but is not a common occurrence.


Prior to the last City Council election, whatever the city manager proposed was accepted and approved by the City Council majority with few questions.

City business went forward like a “well oiled machine.” Even project over runs and lawsuits didn’t slow down the process.

Then some of the new council members began to ask the city manager for more detailed information concerning progress on city goals, objectives, and finances. Unfortunately the city manager hardly ever gets around to producing the information so council can make educated decisions concerning his proposals.

As an example, for the last six years Mr. Martin has not provided the council with the quarterly budget reports, (required by state law), even though some of the council have requested to see them.

There are four council members who are in lockstep with the city manager to provide a majority vote to approve his agenda.

When one or two of these four are absent, he can’t be sure his agenda will be followed, so it appears the city manager has put on hold, a lot of work to which the council should be attending.

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