STB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for both this Saturday, Oct. 3 and Sunday, Oct. 4 – is a beautiful, newly-remodeled 4,880 square foot home located on just a little over a full, secluded acre!

This 5-bedroom, 3-bathroom home has a Master Bedroom on the main floor, along with a very large fully finished basement.

The updated kitchen has amazing cabinets, granite countertops and backsplash, along with custom slate flooring.

The home includes a top of the line tankless heater and hydronic heating system as well.

Impressive deck right off the living room overlooks a large backyard with surrounding trees.

Here are some pics (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

















Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Both this Saturday, Oct. 3 and Sunday, Oct. 4, from 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 838 S. 176th Street, Burien, WA 98148 (MAP)


  • List Price: $550,000
  • MLS Number: 851999
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Year Built: 1983
  • Approximate House SqFt: 4,880
  • Lot Square Footage: 46,174

Site Features:

  • Ceiling Fan(s)
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • High Tech Cabling
  • Jetted/Soaking Tub

Marketing remarks:

Beautiful newly remodeled 4,880 sq ft home on just a little over a secluded acre.

5 bedroom 3 bathroom, master on main, and a very large fully finished basement.

Updated kitchen w/ amazing cabinets, granite countertops + backsplash, custom slate flooring.

Top of the line tankless heater and hydronic heating system.

Impressive deck right off living rm that over looks large backyard w/ surrounding trees.

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses, and click here to “Like” them on Facebook.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The SeaTac Blog nor its staff:]

How to Abuse Position:

This is a story of abuse of position and power, and of intentionally misrepresenting the facts to gain an edge. As many of you know the current SeaTac City Council Election is just four weeks away and the campaigning has been furious. This election year has seen some interesting situations created by some candidates.

On September 12, 2015, one candidate in particular, Dave Bush, contacted another candidate, Rick Forschler, with the following text message:

“Hi Rick, could you please tell the people that puts the signs out for your side that the Rotary Park next to Galleano’s is private property and only Mia, Sally and my signs can be be placed on that property. Thank you, Dave”

“Rotary Park” is actually known to SeaTac residents as “Peace Park” by Safeway on the corner of Military and s166th Street. The search of property records shows that the park is actually owned by Integrated Living Services (ILS) located in Kent. ILS is a nonprofit corporation which was voluntarily helped by the Rotary club years ago in preparing Peace Park for public use.

Dave Bush is a member of the Rotary club that assisted ILS in the past. The Rotary club does not own that park.

This is unethical on so many levels:

  1. If this is an issue, why doesn’t Dave Bush have the actual property owner contact the candidates?
  2. Why is Dave Bush speaking for Mia Gregerson and Sally Andrews, when Rick Forschler, Erin Sitterley, and Peter Kwon are not his opponents?
  3. There have been no signs on that property for over 3 weeks since the Primary Election ended, why is this even an issue?
  4. And most importantly: Why is Dave Bush using his Rotary membership as leverage in his campaign when it is a Rotary ethical violation?

I personally went to the offices of ILS and they verified that the Rotary had helped them in the past but they had no knowledge as to whether anyone had given Dave Bush the ability to use the property for his campaign signs while denying it to the other candidates. I was referred to Greg Miller at ILS and Peter Kwon contacted him to request permission to place his campaign signs at the park. Below you will find Mr. Miller’s response to that request:

“From: Gregory Miller
Date: Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 10:15 AM
Subject: Re: SeaTac Peace Park signs
To: peter kwon Cc: “Joseph Emmanuel

Good morning Peter;
I apologize for not responding sooner than this. I tried to respond from my iPhone but for some reason I am not able to send email using this address.

ILS is a private, not-for-profit organization (501(c) (3)) organization which serves disable people throughout King County.

I regret to inform you that we will not be able to accommodate your request. It has always been our practice at ILS to not allow political signs on our property unless it is a position or cause sign that ILS endorses. This position is consistent with law.

As it relates to your opponents signs on our property, he has continued to place signs on our property without our permission even though our staff have consistently removed them. I have asked our staff to contact the campaign for that candIdate and direct them to cease the placement of the signs. I also understand from our Group Home Administrator who is responsible for that park that questions may exist as to the ownership of the property. That park is owned solely by Integrated Living Services and is private property. While we have historically allowed access to the park for the enjoyment of the neighborhood, it is not a public park.

Thank you for reaching out to me. ILS believes in the election process. I hope you can appreciate our practice of only promoting position issues that may come up from time to time in election cycles. Best of luck to you with your campaign.

Yours truly,
Greg Miller”

This response begs the question, did Dave Bush intentionally misrepresent his relationship with ILS to pick which candidates can place signs on this property? It’s clear from Mr. Miller’s response that this policy has been in place for some time. It’s also clear that the Rotary does not control this property.

This incident with campaign signs is a minor one that reveals major character and moral issues, specifically:

  1. Dave Bush does not respect other people’s private property
  2. Dave Bush abuses his authority (perceived or real) for personal gain
  3. Dave Bush does not abide by the Rotary club’s own code of ethics

One example of many from the Rotary’s “Policy on Conflicts of Interest and Code of Ethics”:

“Members will not utilize their office for personal prestige and/or benefit. With the authority inherent in an office of importance comes access to special privileges not available to other Rotarians. Taking advantage of such privilege distracts from critical responsibilities and calls into question the commitment to the Objects of Rotary.”


For some time now the SeaTac city council has refused to adopt a code of ethics that would bind the Council members to behave appropriately within their political roles. This incident raises issues that go directly to the need for such a code to be adopted because it is clear that some council members go out of their way to abuse their authority when given the opportunity.

Citizens of SeaTac, please vote for candidates in this election who support implementing a Code of Ethics.

P.S As of this writing at 9/29/15 12:00 pm, the campaign signs for Dave Bush, Sally Andrews and Mayor Mia Gregerson are on the site against the property owners wishes.

– Joel Wachtel

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[EDITOR’S NOTE: This column by Earl Gipson is a view of SeaTac city government. It does not necessarily reflect the views of The SeaTac Blog nor its staff. We are seeking additional regular columnists to reflect different opinions and views of SeaTac residents. Those interested can e-mail us at]

by Earl Gipson

Council Committees remain closed to Public.

Getting a straight answer from this majority Council is like pulling teeth. Since Council Committees and “working group’s” definitions can’t be kept straight by the Council or the City Manager (watch the meeting), we all might as well start using them interchangeably.

The 45 minutes spent on this at the study session was tedious, confusing, and full of irrelevant points. Many (including me) sat through this and came away with the feeling the majority Council had no intentions of changing anything from the get go.

A stab at a summary of the lowlights
City Manager Todd Cutts made ridiculous comparisons to other city committees and then tried to pass them off as working groups (i.e. Festival Committee, Fire Station Design Committee, Tukwila/SeaTac Conference Committee). These are composed of citizens, staff and possibly a Council member or so. They are not SeaTac Council Committees nor are they called working groups. Standing Citizen/business Committees are identified/defined in the SMC (SeaTac Municipal Code-Title 2) are open to the public, and appear on the City Calendar. The Hotel/Motel Tax Advisory Committee is addressed in the SMC Title 3.80 and the same rules apply.

Councilmember Bush said he has personally invited certain citizens to the “working groups” and no one took him up on it. So I guess he would like it to be by invitation only. This elitist attitude should disturb everyone. None of us are the sharpest pencil in the box on every subject. We need all the help/input we can get.

Councilmember Campbell said that anyone can call her or any Councilmember/staff if they want to find out what is going on in a “working group.” I would call a staff member. No one likes B.S and does anyone want to talk with Councilmember Campbell for any reason?

Councilmember Tony Anderson couldn’t keep the committee/“working group” nebulous definition straight either and was corrected by un-elected Mayor Gregerson when he lost track of which entity he was talking about.

I may be beating a dead horse (the majority Council) but nowhere in Council Procedures, the SeaTac Municipal Code, or on toilet paper rolls are Council “working groups” mentioned or defined. Their scope, method, and/or reasons to justify their formation appears nowhere except in some of our Council members head’s. No one on the Council majority/City Manager seems to want to see it or admit private “working groups” were and are a bad idea. Even though Ms. Gregerson suspended the formation of such meetings/committees, the damage has been done and everyone smells it like dirty laundry.

Disrespectful tone at Regular Council Meeting
In public comments at the regular meeting, citizen Joann Hill requested Council committees be again open to the public and was accused by Gregerson of using a “disrespectful tone.”

Ms Hill fired back “like you do with Pam Fernald?” (Ref. Councilmember Fernald in a previous meeting). Ouch! Ms. Hill continued to mention a gentleman living at Ms. Gregerson’s address spreading falsehoods about her on the social network NextDoor. Ms. Hill’s question to Gregerson “is this coming from you?” Double ouch! Was Gregerson too stunned to find her gavel?

Former Councilmember/candidate wants open committees restored
Also in Public Comment, Rick Forshler spoke in favor of Council Committee meetings open to the public and restoring the phrase “and its committees” to Council Procedures. Of course the majority Council will ignore him and the rest of us until they are no longer the majority.

Hey look! An election Nov. 3!

Getting weary
Should all this be necessary?

When the Council committees/”working groups” were open to the Public very few members of the public showed up unless there was a particular agenda item they had an interest in or could provide some unique insight for the Council members. What was so wrong with that?

Let’s just put “and its committees” back in the Council Procedures and/or define working groups, open them to the Public and move on.

Enough already.

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STB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Sunday, Sept. 27 – is an amazing 3-bedroom waterfront home near the tip of Three Tree Point!

This home has 60-feet of no bank waterfront with a small boat launch, spectacular views of shipping traffic, ferries and mountains and a front-row seat to all the awesome marine life of Puget Sound.

A world of living awaits, with a massive rock fireplace, two kitchens and great room concept, all in a classic Northwest nautical lifestyle design by Alexander Sasonoff, with an abundant use of natural wood.

It’s also go an oversized garage, large driveway and guest house.

First-time offered for sale, this is the former home of Highline Times and West Seattle Herald publisher Gerald Robinson (read more about it here).

Here are some pics (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):















Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 27, from Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 3774 SW 171st Street, Burien 98166-3108 (MAP)


  • List Price: $1,995,000
  • MLS Number: 784089
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Year Built: 1980
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,360
  • Lot Square Footage: 22,394

Site Features:

  • 2nd Kitchen
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dbl Pane/Storm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Hot Tub/Spa
  • Loft
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk In Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet
  • Wet Bar

Marketing remarks:

Dream No More – Near the tip of Three Tree Point!

60’ feet of No Bank Waterfront with Boat Launch (for small boats), Spectacular Views of Shipping Traffic, Ferries & Mountains.

A world of living awaits – massive rock fireplace, two kitchens and great room concept!

Classic Northwest Nautical Lifestyle, design by Alexander Sasonoff, abundant use of natural wood.

Over-sized garage & large driveway.Guest house.

First time offered for sale, this is the former home of Highline Times & West Seattle Herald publisher Gerald Robinson.

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses, and click here to “Like” them on Facebook.

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A Fall Recycle Collection Event will be held from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Tyee Educational Complex Parking Lot, located at 4424 S. 188th Street.

Yard Debris is NOT accepted.

Recycle appliances (those containing CFC’s such as refrigerators and freezers, are $25 per unit), scrap metal, tires, oil, transmission fluid, batteries, electronics, flourescent tubes/bulbs (limit 10 per vehicle; no broken tubes acceptedd), reusable household goods, EPS Styrofoam, and more!

Some restrictions and fees apply, and vendors at the evetn reserve the right to reject any items that do not meet their requirements.

For residential quantities only; no commercial loads allowed.

FREE – Confidential material shredding. Limit to three boses per vehicle.

Rainbarrel Sale – SeaTac Residents Only:

  • 9 a.m. – Noon, or until sold out
  • $25 each cash only; limited two (2) per customer

by Jack Mayne

Working groups of the SeaTac City Council were not abolished by the Council, but Mayor Mia Gregerson said they were on suspension for the rest of the year.

Gregerson said after the lengthy study session Tuesday evening (Sept. 22) that if there were a need for a working group “for the remainder of the year” the issue would first be fully discussed in a public session.

Most Councilmembers said they had no reason to want secret sessions, but they also saw reasons why three people should gather without the public present in order to hash out complicated issues.

Councilmember Pam Fernald was the only one who believes each and every meeting of Councilmembers should be open to the public and that the meetings be announced in advance.

‘We’re your bosses’
Later, in the official regular Council meeting, an Angle Lake resident again told the members they should not have removed the term “and Committees” from the procedures of the Council.

JoAnn Hill said she did not care what the meetings were called.

“I don’t care what you guys call them, they should be open to the public. It should transparent for us. We should all be allowed to have input,” said Hill.

“We’re your bosses, we pay your salaries. We are the ones who need to be present and vocal at these (committee or working group) meetings. You need to hear what we have to say. It seems to me that what is going on is that you guys determine before we get up here and talk into the air because you’ve already decided what you are going to do and it doesn’t matter what we say.”

Then former Councilmember and now Council candidate Rich Forschler said that Council committees, “or whatever you call them” should be open to the public in every instance.

‘More accessible’
City Manager Todd Cutts said there used to be four standing Council committees, Administration and Finance; Public Safety and Justice; Land Use and Parks and Transportation and Public Works. Each met monthly and he noted that often there was an overlap that meant the item had to go before more than one of the committees.

Now the Council has study sessions at 4:30 p.m. of each Council regular meeting, usually every other week a time Cutts said was “more accessible to the public.”

An issue is discussed in Study Session, he said, and when an item is approved at a study session then goes to he next regular Council session two weeks later. Issues are often put on the consent agenda, where it is usually routinely passed without further discussion.

Items sent to the Action agenda usually are for public hearings and public comments are allowed.

At the beginning of the new study sessions, there were no public comments permitted, but that was later changed to permit public remarks. Often no one comments at the meetings.

Cutts said the idea of “Working Groups” was proposed in early 2014. There would be three members of each group and they would be able to have comprehensive discussions of items.

Date and times of meetings was left to the groups themselves, Cutts said, along with the decision as to whether each meeting would be open to the public.

Only two working groups
There have been “two formal working groups,” he said. The first was the Code Compliance Working Group, when he said was appointed at the February 2014 Council retreat. It met five times last year on “how to improve our code compliance program,” and “brought forward a recommended program enhancement on how to improve our code compliance program.” The Council implemented some of the Working Group’s recommendations, he said.

The second is the Budget Working Group, which met three times since its appointment in June of 2014. He said the Council did largely pass its recommendation “but with some revisions.”

He said the city has other “de facto” groups that have been around for a long time, for example a Festival Committee and a Tukwila/SeaTac Conference Committee.

“It has been determined that these Working Groups are not subject to the Open Public Meetings Act and this is why they are advisory in nature,” Cutts said.

No more meetings
Mayor Mia Gregerson said that since the discussion of Working Groups and potential public meeting act difficulties, there have been no meetings of any group.

Cutts added the working groups have all “effectually been suspended.”

Gregerson said that was done “out of respect of the community being concerned, out of respect out of how difficult it was to understand what we were talking about.”

She said the Council could decide to end the working groups and bring all those matters to the semi-weekly study sessions or open up the groups to public, or continue as before with groups not affected by the open meetings restrictions.

Councilmember Kathryn Campbell said, if people need to be at a working group, “that’s fine. That’s not the issue. The issue is people who don’t come to those meetings are going to hear from people who are neither Councilmembers nor staff. If they get feedback from what they think they heard from a citizen … they may decide to run with this and this is what they are going to do …

In fact, Campbell said by the time the work group finishes and the matter it may change completely.

“It is a good way to keep the froth down,” she said. “I do see the point of having it between the Council and staff until a recommendation is decided upon. When if comes to the Council, of course the public has a right to speak about it.”

No problem with public
Councilmember Barry Ladenburg said the budget group he chaired “worked pretty well” and that only minor changes were made by the full Council. The study sessions before each regular Council meeting made this less of a problem for staff members and less costly. “I don’t think it’s broke.”

Councilmember Pam Fernald said the working groups should be open to the public and have published meeting times and agendas. Any meeting the city has, Fernald said should be an open meeting.

Councilmember Dave Bush said he has invited people to come in to hear about matter, but “no one ever came in … if they want to come in and watch the working group … and put some feedback in, I personally do not have a problem with it.”

He said there never was intent to have a secret meeting and no one ever asked him to attend the meetings he chaired.

“If they had, I probably would have said yes.”

Bush said, “its political season and people are bringing it out and I don’t think it is justified. There isn’t anybody up here who wants to keep a secret from anybody.”

Deputy Mayor Tony Anderson said any member of the Council or staff would be interested to give or find the answer to a question from a citizen.

If there are any questions about the budget, one of the non-public working groups, Anderson said he and fellow members Ladenburg and Fernald “would be happy to answer those questions.”

School resource officer okayed
Police Chief Lisa Mulligan asked the council to approve $122,399 to continue a school resource officer at Tyee Educational Complex and Chinook Middle School. The Highline School Districts’ cost would be $58,449, for a total of $180,848. The cost of the program has increased by $1,292 increase to SeaTac of SeaTac and a $2,463 increase to the Highline Public Schools.

The measure was approved and moved onto the Council’s Consent Agenda that basically ensures its passage.

Mulligan said the resource officer mentors troubled teens and both the high school and the middle school, and the new officer is working with teens on problems caused by and the result of bullying.

Asked by Councilmember Kathryn Campbell what the officer does during school vacation periods and Mulligan said the officers remain involved in youth activities through the summer.

“And they do a lot more patrol work during the summer,” said the chief.

“It is well worth every dime we spend for it,” said Councilmember Dave Bush.

Deputy Mayor Tony Anderson said the cost to the city was worth the investment by having officers involved with schools and helps keep youth out of crime and get to know potential troublemakers.

‘No downside’
“There is no downside to this one,” Anderson said.

When Councilmember Pam Fernald asked just what the school resource officer does, Mulligan said the officer now assigned to the job interacts with the students, talks to them, gets to know them and interacts with the youth so they get to know a police officer.

The chief said the officer “is a sports fanatic” and often engages in basketball or other activities with them as a way to actually know them.

“They (school resource officers) are trying to mentor in any way they can,” said Mulligan, including working with parents, something not always appreciated but done.

The Burien City Council on Sept. 21 did not approve its proposed school resource officer contract largely because of objections of Councilmember Lauren Berkowitz. The issue is expected to return at a later Burien Council meeting.

Story by Jennifer Muscolo
Photos by Isabel Herbruger

If you have not seen a Free Little Library in your neighborhood, they look like “Magical mailboxes full of good books to read,” according to Claudia Marshall, local Girl Scout.

And now, you can count the Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden as another Free Little Library spot thanks to the tenacious work of local Girl Scout Troop #42263.

Once the girls finished the library in April. they set out to put it in just the right location. They requested the approval of the Highline Garden Foundation Board, who unanimously agreed to have the library reside next to a bench in the garden dedicated to the late horticulturist, Elda Behm.

On a recent beautiful morning, the troop finally oversaw the installation of their work, which was achieved with the help of the City of SeaTac Parks and Recreation members.

Anyone who knows the history might agree that Elda would have been pleased to share her landscape with youngsters in this way. Today, Troop 42263 consisting of Abbey Riggs, Bella and Octavia Bettger, Claudia Marshall, Isabel Herbruger, Amina Martin, and Sophie Hoff made history, adding a whimsical touch to the Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden.

You can enjoy a good read from the Free Little Library from dawn until dusk in Edna Behm’s Paradise Garden located at 13735 24th Ave South in SeaTac.

This is a great partnership between the Sea-Tac Botanical Gardens, Parks and Rec, and Girl Scouts.

The Library was made as part of our Girl Scout’s Annual Thinking Day Event we host each February. Over the summer we painted it with the song “Make New Friends, but Keep the Old” in mind.

It was exciting to help bring several groups together today to finally have it installed and ready for the public. The last thing we have to do is place the registration plaque, which is currently lost in the mail.

Here are some photos, courtesy Isabel Herbruger:


First the scouts had to wait awhile for the auger to drill the hole…


Then they decided to test all the books going into the library while waiting.


Then Abbey and Bella placed the pole and cemented it in.


Next they put in the support brackets with help from Blake from Parks and Rec.




Jennifer and her daughter from Sea-Tac Gardens, Isabel and Claudia from troop 42263, and Blake and friends from Park and Rec.


Top row: Isabel, Abbey, Octavia, Claudia. Bottom row: Bella, Amina, Sophie.


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The City of SeaTac is inviting residents to provide input in the ‘Pea Patch Garden Site Selection Survey.’

The City defines a “Pea Patch” garden as “any land gardened by a group of people. Some gardens help provide fresh produce to the area’s food shelters and soup kitchens, while others feature allotments for members to garden individual plots.”

Officials anticipate having 38 plots for individuals, and each plot size will be approximately 4’ x 12’.

“The purpose of the survey is to help identify the best location for the City’s first pea patch, sometimes called a community garden,” the city said in a statement. “The results of the survey will help guide the final decision on the garden’s location.”

Here’s a map of the proposed locations:

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The project will be partly funded by a $117,000, two-year “Partnerships to Improve Community Health” grant awarded to the City by Public Health Seattle & King County. Other partners in the program include Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Healthy King County Coalition.

The survey can be completed by clicking here: (PDF file).

Surveys are due no later than Sept. 29, 2015 and can be mailed, hand delivered or emailed to Kit Ledbetter at

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