Here’s episode #73 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation:

SoKing News Weekly Recap for Oct. 21-24, 2016: Burien man its 63 years for killing 2 at gas station; SeaTac council ponders audio recording; Burien council reviewing new branding/logo for city; Puget Sound Weather Geek forecast; Jack Mayne on future airport ideas; ‘The Final Take’ on a local beer biz & more…

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Burien’s 1st Pot Shop is now OPEN!

Just 5 minutes from Sea-Tac Airport, Burien’s first Pot Shop – Kush21 – is located at 17730 Ambaum Blvd. South, in the same complex as BZ’s Sports Bar, and across from a public storage facility.

In this prime location Burien’s first Pot Shop is superbly located to offer a premium cannabis shopping experience to both tourists and locals. Visitors will find expert advice and consultation from friendly budtenders who are customer focused, knowledgable and courteous.

Whether you are discovering cannabis products for the first time, rediscovering them, or are a connoisseur, you will appreciate the prompt and courteous service that emanates from their core value of respect. This same respect for the customer is what inspires their commitment to offer premium selection with an eye to value. You will not find artificially overpriced goods, rather Kush21 aims to be your go-to purveyor, at the lowest price possible. For the month of October they are offering an astounding 33% off their entire inventory. But hurry, because come Nov. 1st these deals are gone!

Value can also be found in their loyalty program. This enticing VIP Club offers a 5% discount for every 10th check-in. After registration, simply visit the electronic kiosk on every visit, and before you know it, you’re cashing in on the savings.

Kush21 owners have further plans to enhance your experience with an express window, up-to-date automatically populated online menus and more. For now, they continue to build out their inventory and aim to carry the best that Washington state has to offer at competitive prices.

They are excited and honored to be the first pot shop in Burien. Their neighbor BZ’s Sports bar is too and is celebrating with a welcome party this Sunday, Oct. 23 from 7-10 p.m. BZ’s is just a few doors down from Kush21 at 17730 Ambaum Blvd S.


Here is a little more info from their website:

We carry industry leading products & have a wonderful staff of cannabis enthusiasts for your pleasure. We’ve slashed all of our prices by 33% for the month of October, so get in here and check us out!

We are currently building out our inventory but aim to carry the best that Washington state has to offer, at competitive prices.

To celebreate our soft & grand opening, we have slashed all of our already competitive prices by a whopping 33%! Come in and get the best deals you can find and get to see our brand new store, just 5 minutes from Seatac Airport!

Valid until Oct. 31, 2016.

This discount does not stack with any others. Prices on the products/shelf are already priced with the discount and taxes included.

Address: 17730 Ambaum Blvd. South, Burien 98148 (map below)


  • Sun-Thurs: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Fri/Sat: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Phone: 206.402.6955



Here’s a look at their brand new store:





Some of their products:










View from the Burien Transit Center shows the extent of the smoke plume from the July 2016 fire at the Firs Mobile Home Park in SeaTac. Photo by Scott Schaefer.

The owner of the Firs Mobile Home Park, located at 20440 International Blvd., is planning to close the park and redevelop the property, according to the City of SeaTac.

As we previously reported, the mobile home park suffered from a fire that displaced numerous residents in July.

Although the State of Washington’s Office of Mobile Home Relocation Assistance has primary authority for overseeing park closures like this, the City also requires an owner to submit a relocation plan for review and approval.

On Monday (Oct. 17), the City approved the relocation plan, as it complies with the standards of the SeaTac Municipal Code. Anyone objecting to this action can appeal that decision to the City’s Hearing Examiner no later than 5:00 PM on Monday, Oct. 31. Appeals must be filed at the City Clerk’s office.

“City staff worked to ensure the main body of the relocation plan was accurately translated in Spanish, as the Firs is a predominantly Hispanic community,” the City said. “The owner of the park is obligated to provide a copy of the plan to each park tenant. Once the park owner provides an official notice of intent to close the park with the State of Washington, tenants are given 12 months to relocate.”

Firs Mobile Home park is located at 20440 International Blvd.:

EDITOR’S NOTE: South King Media is an active member of the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce.

The Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce announced on Friday (Oct. 21) that it is endorsing Prop. 1, the Highline School Bond on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Here’s more from the chamber:

The Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce is an active member of the South Sound Chambers of Commerce Legislative Coalition. Together, with the Association of Washington Business, the Chamber advocates locally and regionally for the best interests of our business community and our members.

One of the Chamber’s 2017 legislative priorities is to support human infrastructure. The most valuable resource in the South Sound region is the people who live and work here. Our businesses and communities can only prosper with the right investments that improve the ability for people to thrive and find jobs. Finding a balanced approach to fully fund education that does not adversely impact the economy of the state or our South Sound region is paramount to the economic vitality of our region.

Therefore, the Chamber offers their support for the Highline Public Schools Prop. 1 on November 8th because it will make a long-term investment for education and workforce development by providing the space, tools and resources teachers need to do their best work as well as for the next generation of students whom we depend on for future development and economic success in our region.  The Chamber does not offer this endorsement without reservations as the increased property taxes and the subsequent potential risk to the health of our business community is concerning. However, the potential risk to the safety and health of our students and future generations of Highline residents does appear to be real and palpable if this bond were to fail.  The Chamber looks forward to continued partnership with the community and the school district to ensure that all risks and priorities are managed transparently for the benefit of all in the Highline community.

About the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce
The Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit business organization that has served the communities of Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac and Tukwila since 1989. The mission of the Chamber is to be a leader in Southwest King County and a regional voice and resource for building business success. The Chamber focuses on business advancement in the region by helping to build and maintain a strong economic environment.

More info at

By Jack Mayne

The Highline School District has asked all the cities it serves – including Des Moines – to approve school impact fees to help it build funds to upgrade and replace aging and outdated schools, and the Burien City Council was the first to take up the request.

The Burien Council last Monday (Oct. 17) unanimously held up establishing the impact fee program until there could be a collaborative agreement on a proposal from Des Moines, SeaTac and Normandy Park.

Impact fees are one-time charges assessed by local governments on new development projects to help pay for new or expanded public facilities that will directly address the increased demand created by that development.

State law says such impact fees may only be used for capital facilities that are reasonably related to the new development, will directly benefit the new development, and will also serve the community at large – impact fees may not be used to pay for private facilities that solely benefit the new development.

All fees that would be collected by cities would go to the school district so, in effect, the city would collect money that the schools could use for upkeep or new facilities.

Collaboration wanted
The Highline district encompasses all of Burien, SeaTac, Des Moines, Normandy Park and a part of Kent, plus parts of unincorporated King County.

State law must base any such school impact fees based on a capital facilities plan approved by the school board, but also part of all cities’ comprehensive plans.

Former Burien Deputy Mayor Rose Clark said this is a fee “that will help build and maintain schools that need to be enlarged … so I feel very strongly that it is a fair proposition to have growth pay for growth.”

Burien’s community development director, Chip Davis, pointed to a letter from Highline Superintendent Susan Enfield that supports the impact fee and “provides a defensible fee and accurately reflects capacity costs related to new development.”

Burien City Councilmember Austin Bell supported the fee to “keep our schools from being overcrowded.”

Ask the other cities
But Burien Councilmember Nancy Tosta said that the Highline District is complicated because there are cities and a portion of the city of Kent, plus unincorporated King County in it with Kent and the county already paying into the fund.

“For me it would make sense for us to do this as a group of cities in the Highline School District and to do it simultaneous because if we pass this fee and Des Moines, SeaTac and Normandy Park don’t, what kind of an inequity does that create in terms of development potential – or disincentive?” Tosta said.

Davis such a move in terms of the other cities would take time to put together.

Tosta added that the Highline Forum was created for such discussions and since it has not met in some time, perhaps this was an item that could be discussed by all the cities in the complex Highline School District.

Burien Mayor Krakowiak said “the timing of this is not the most effective” and also suggested a tiered fee might be better and suggested “we work with other cities in Highline, we are the first ones looking” and the impact fees.

Burien Deputy Mayor Bob Edgar said he would like to look at tiered fees rather than the flat fees contemplated in the proposed ordinance.

But Burien Councilmember Steve Armstrong disagreed that the fee was needed, noting “not every new development is going to have children that will impact the schools … and I don’t think we should consider it at this time.”


Volunteers are needed for a Blood drive on Monday Oct. 24, 2016 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in SeaTac.

Here are the details:

WHERE: Prince of Peace Lutheran Fellowship Hall, 19030 8th Ave. S. SeaTac WA 98148

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 24: 12:30 pm to 6:30 pm (closed 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm)

This is a WALK-IN blood drive – no appointment necessary.

For more info:

Nikki Watkinson
Bloodworks Northwest Representative
[email protected]

Here’s episode #72 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation:

SoKing News Weekly Recap for Oct. 14-17, 2016: Gunshots in Burien remain a mystery; woman found dead in car; Burien City Council selects Tony Piasecki as Interim City Manager; Redondo boardwalk re-opened; Puget Sound Weather Geek forecast; Jack Mayne on local politics; ‘The Final Take’ & more…

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Burien General dentist office seeking full-time chairside Dental Assistant.

Experience and references required.

  • Salary-negotiable, DOE.
  • Mon-Thurs 8-5.
  • Must be dependable.

Please email resumes and references to: [email protected].

By Jack Mayne

Whether or not to audio record committee meetings was debated at the SeaTac City Council during Tuesday’s session, along with setting meeting dates and times for those committees, then the decision was delayed to its next meeting.

Mayor Michael Siefkes wanted the schedule and the requirement to record each meeting so the public could hear them on the city website was one of a variety of items at the Tuesday (Oct. 11) study session and official Council meeting.

Eventually, the city staff suggested the recording and the meeting dates should be in two resolutions – not one – and will be considered at a later date.

Mayor ‘not a fan’ of recording
“I am not really a fan of the recording because it limits our ability to ask stupid things … because a year down the road you can pull up the recording and say ‘here you sound like an idiot when you asked this question” do I don’t agree with the recording part personally, at all,” said Mayor Michael Siefkes.

But Councilmember Rick Forschler said recording was a good idea.

“People can come and record a meeting at any time, they can take it out of context, they can do anything they want with it. We have no control over what somebody does with a recording,” Forschler said. “If we record the meeting then we can show what occurred in context. …”

“People are going to do what they are going to do so I just want to go to meetings and do my job and, if you don’t trust me, then you don’t trust me,” said Deputy Mayor Pam Fernald. “I just want to do my job and if you want to record them, record them.”

Mark Johnsen, senior assistant city attorney, said staff would prepare two resolutions, one for the committee meeting schedule and another one for recording meetings so the council could make decisions on each separately at a future Council meeting.

Chronic nuisances
Assistant City Attorney Julia Yoon presented a proposal for city legislation to hold people “responsible when chronic nuisance activities occur on their property.” There are laws already for public nuisance but this proposal would cover private property problems, and other South King County cities already have such ordinances, Yoon said.

The legislation’s purpose is needed, her proposal said, is “despite repeated and continued police efforts, some property owners and/or persons in charge of the property continue to allow their properties to be a nuisance to the community. They fail to take any affirmative actions to stop or prevent the repeated criminal activities occurring on their property.”

Councilmember Peter Kwon said much of the need for the ordinance is to stem continual public safety problems.

The proposed ordinance would provide the city with administrative and judicial remedies to clamp down on the problems. The maximum fine that could be imposed by a court is $25,000.

The Council will consider final adoption of the ordinance at the next Council session.

Later the Council was told that Yoon was leaving the city legal staff after 12 years.

The Council gave preliminary approval of a $33,600 contract for governmental affairs and State lobbying services with Gordon, Thomas, Honeywell, the firm that employs Briahna Murray, a vice president in the firm, and who works with SeaTac’s interests at the Washington Legislature and state government.

Firs Mobile Home Park seeks closure
Acting City Manager Joe Scorcio told the Council there is a request to close the fire-ravaged Firs Mobile Home Park located in the 20400 block of International Boulevard. The blaze destroyed five homes and sent a thick plume of smoke over SeaTac in July.

Scorcio said the park has complied with city requirements to close, but there is a state law requirement prior to closure of a mobile home park. When the city sends a letter approving the closure, state law requires an appeal process of a year before the facility can be closed. The city cannot interfere with the closure if the state approved the move.

Appointments and Additions
The Council confirmed re-appointment by Mayor Michael J. Siefkes of Roxie Chapin and Tom Dantzler to the Planning Commission, Alice Belenski and Victoria Lockwood to the Senior Citizen Advisory Committee, and Wendy Morgan and Roger McCracken to the Hotel/Motel Tax Advisory

Scorcio introduced newly promoted Recreation Supervisor Nicole Jones, who has been with the city for 14 years, and Public Works Inspector Chris Anderson. Plans Examiner/Inspector Bill Buterbaugh has returned to employment with the city.


The Port of Seattle will be holding a Community Meeting and Open House on the Flight Corridor Safety Program – intended to remove around 2,800 trees at and around Sea-Tac Airport – on Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 6 – 8:30 p.m. at Bow Lake Elementary in SeaTac.

Removal and replanting of the trees will ensure Sea-Tac complies with all Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations protecting approach and departure surfaces into and out of the airport.

The Community Meeting and Open House will provide airport communities with additional details about the program, including information stations with subject matter experts and an opportunity to offer questions and comments to Port of Seattle Commissioners.

More than 4,000 native, low-height trees will be planted by the Port in the first phase of the three year program to replace approximately 1,200 trees on Port property. The Flight Corridor Safety Program is divided into phases for trees on Port properties, publicly owned and commercial properties, and residential properties.

Overall, the program has identified approximately 2,800 trees to be removed in the three phases based on location: 1,200 trees on Port property, 1,400 on publicly owned or commercial properties (about 1,200 on Washington State Department of Transportation property, many on land set aside for future Hwy 509 expansion), and an estimated 180 on residential properties. Trees on residential properties will not be affected until 2018. Each resident will be contacted and offered a number of alternatives to choose from to best meet their needs.

For more information and Frequently Asked Questions on the program, visit the project webpage here or visit


Event details:

WHAT: Port of Seattle Community Meeting on tree removal plan

WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 1, 20166 to 8:30 p.m. – program begins at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Bow Lake Elementary School, 18237 42nd Ave S., SeaTac, WA.  map link

WHO: Port of Seattle Commissioners and Flight Safety Corridor Program project staff