Oct 18th

Why I support Edna Morris for School Board in District #4

By Pam Carter
I’m supporting Edna Morris for Tukwila School Board Director in District #4 because I believe she is the best choice for this time.
 
Did you realize that when the new Board members take office in December, only ONE Board member will have more than 4 months experience on the Tukwila School Board? This is very unusual, so it is especially important to elect a new Board member with a strong understanding of our district, who knows what a well-run District looks like, how it functions. Edna understands that students must remain the primary focus for our district. She understands the importance of parent and community support for our schools, and what that looks like. Edna knows that all students can be successful, and what kind of programs and policies support student learning.
 
Another reason for my support of Edna is that she is the only candidate for this position who was registered to vote in Director District #4 before she filed to run for this office, and she continues to live in Director District #4. Honesty and transparency – that’s Edna Morris.

 

 
Oct 16th

documentary - "The Great Leveler" - Oct. 19

By Pam Carter
Action Tukwila will be showing the documentary "The Great Leveler" at the Action meeting this coming Thursday, Oct. 19 The meeting is from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the Valley View Sewer District meeting room, 3460 S. 148th St., Tukwila.
 
Come join us!
 
The Great Leveler is a documentary examining the effects of inequality in communities. This documentary looks at many different social determinants, and how these determinants can create a social hierarchy leading to many issues facing our neighborhoods today. This documentary illustrates the importance of increasing community cohesion in an effort to combat the power structure of inequality.
Oct 11th

Action Tukwila meeting Thursday, Oct. 19

By Pam Carter
Action Tukwila meeting

6:30-8:00 pm, Thursday, Oct. 19
Valley View Sewer District meeting room, 3460 S. 148th St., Tukwila

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If you're interested in making Tukwila an even better place for all to live, we invite you to joint Action Tukwila. We're the folks who put on the HUGE community potluck just over a year ago. We're planning a World Dance Party when Tukwila Vilage opens, and we're starting a series of storytelling events.
 
We're just getting started! So we invite anyone who shares our values to come join us -- or attend a meeting to see if we're a good fit. There are no dues. We just ask that you support our Mission and Values.
 
Pam Carter
Action Tukwila Chair 
 

Who can join?

 Any person who supports the Action Tukwila Mission and Vision is eligible for membership.

Mission — Residents pursuing conversations and grassroots actions that build community and improve the quality of life for everyone who lives in Tukwila.

Vision — A future where every resident of Tukwila has equitable access to a quality standard of living, a healthy environment, and the opportunities that a vibrant, sustainable economy provides.

Sep 25th

LLS - Target

By Marie Parrish

I just saw an article about Target.  Target will be raising the mininum wage they pay their workers to $11 an hour next month.  Currently, the mininum wage at Target is $10 an hour.  The Target mininum wage will be $15 an hour by the end of 2020.  Good for them and their workers!

Sep 20th

Masonic Lodge - Outstanding Police Officer Recognition Day

By Pam Carter

Outstanding Police Officer Recognition Day at Historic Delta Masonic Hall

 

 The Master of Delta –White Center Lodge No. 172,W.B. Richard D. Chapman, takes great pleasure in announcing the 4th Annual Outstanding Police Officer Recognition Day. The ceremony will take place in Historic Delta Masonic Hall at 13034 41st Ave .So. in Tukwila on September 30, 2017 at High Noon. This event includes a delicious gourmet lunch , served in the Banquet Hall of the oldest ( 91 years) non- governmental building in Tukwila, along with an award ceremony for one of Tukwila’s Finest. These people  are the Best of the Best and being able to honor them for what they do is truly a joy to behold . Do not miss this opportunity to show the Officers in Blue our appreciation for what they do on our behalf.

   For planning purposes we are asking for RSVP’s. Please call Rick Chapman at 253/229/5399 or Mike Shafa at 206/715/8080 to reserve your place at this great event and bring your friends and neighbors too.

 

   The luncheon is on a donation basis. Please join us, don’t miss this one, be there.

Sep 18th

Action Tukwila meeting Thursday, Sept. 21

By Pam Carter
Action Tukwila meeting

6:30-8:00 pm, Thursday, Sept. 21
Valley View Sewer District meeting room, 3460 S. 148th St., Tukwila

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If you're interested in making Tukwila an even better place for all to live, we invite you to joint Action Tukwila. We're the folks who put on the HUGE community potluck just over a year ago. We're planning a World Dance Party when Tukwila Vilage opens, and we're starting a series of storytelling events.
 
We're just getting started! So we invite anyone who shares our values to come join us -- or attend a meeting to see if we're a good fit. There are no dues. We just ask that you support our Mission and Values.
 
Pam Carter
Action Tukwila Chair 
 

Who can join?

 

Any person who supports the Action Tukwila Mission and Vision is eligible for membership.

Mission — Residents pursuing conversations and grassroots actions that build community and improve the quality of life for everyone who lives in Tukwila.

Vision — A future where every resident of Tukwila has equitable access to a quality standard of living, a healthy environment, and the opportunities that a vibrant, sustainable economy provides.

Sep 18th

Confluence Tukwila: Arrivals

By Pam Carter

Confluence Tukwila: Arrivals

Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 6:30 PM - 8 PM· 
 

Welcome to CONFLUENCE TUKWILA, a new storytelling series featuring YOU, Tukwila's residents!

The first of these events will take place September 20, 6:30-8pm, at the Tukwila Library. All ages welcome.

Featured storytellers will include Charis Hnin, Armen Papyan, and Mady Martin. An open mic will follow, so bring your stories!

RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/479593922398364/

Featured storytellers

Charis Hnin writes, “My name is Charis May Hnin. My husband, Adam Joseph Loeffler, and I bought our first home in Tukwila after house hunting around the area. We fell in love with the view and the story of the house. It was built by Finnish immigrants who lived out the rest of their lives in the house they built. Now we are enjoying their labors as an interracial couple living in this multiethnic community. We love our home and the people around us. If I'm not at home playing with my bunnies or hiking with my hubby, most likely I am working at Highline College as Director of Creative and Innovative Programs.”

Armen Papyan writes, "In 2011, at the age of 13, I emigrated from Armenia to Tukwila without my parents with the goal of getting a better education. When I started my freshman year at Foster High School, I couldn't speak or write in English. With the help of a strong community, I have accomplished far more than my original dream of just getting a better education. I have been a candidate for the Tukwila City Council, campaigned for the Tukwila School District Levy and Public Safety Bond, and opened a student store at Foster High. I have actively advocated to address homelessness, immigration issues, the opioid epidemic, and affordable housing at the state capitol in Olympia and in Washington, D.C. I'm currently a full-time student majoring in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at the University of Washington-Tacoma, where I serve as the Associated Students of the University of Washington Tacoma (ASUWT) Director of Legislative Affairs."

Mady Martin, adorable granddaughter of life-long Tukwilan Sharon Nakata and current student of the Tukwila School District, loves to dance the hula, concoct homemade slime, and make gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches for her friends. Mady will tell the story of her family’s four generations living in Tukwila.

Sep 18th

Questionable campaign tactics

By Pam Carter

When I filed a PDC complaint, I never expected to be bullied in return.

I begin each local election season optimistic, hoping for straightforward campaigns without deception or what we now refer to as “fake news.” So I was disappointed to see the website of Tukwila Council candidate Laura Garris display a photo of her posed with a uniformed Tukwila Police Officer in front of a Tukwila Police vehicle. The photo is the banner over the headline, “Community Endorsements for Laura Ann Garris for Tukwila City Council.” It certainly leaves the strong impression that either the officer or the Tukwila Police are endorsing Ms. Garris, but that is not the case. The officer was not aware the photo would be used in a campaign, and the TPD is prohibited by law from endorsing any candidate. The Tukwila Police Officers Guild is also not making any endorsements.

I didn’t think this was right so I filed a complaint with the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC). Her reply was that the law prohibiting the use of public facilities (including City employees in uniform) applies only to elected officials and public employees; since she is neither, she is not breaking any law. So it seems that appearing to deceive voters is fine with Ms. Garris. The photo is still up on her campaign website.

AND a funny thing happened after I made the PDC complaint – a complaint was filed against me by Glen Morgan, a Thurston County property rights activist. It’s pretty hard not to come to the conclusion that the bogus complaint was meant to intimidate me or to retaliate against me. That is bullying behavior plain and simple. The complaints against me are not valid except that I forgot to check a box I had checked all other years.

 

While campaign shenanigans including deception and “fake news” abound in other cities, Tukwila has mostly seen local races in which candidates campaign on the issues and actual facts. I hope that Ms. Garris will choose to campaign in the “Tukwila way.”

Sep 8th

LLS - Stamp show at Tuk Community Center

By Pam Carter

Now, I know nothing about collecting stamps but the big stamp show this weekend (Sept. 8-10) at Tukwila Community Center sounds intriguing. One item caught my eye - "What's in Your Attic?" -- apparently they give advice on what to do with a stamp collection that you've inherited, found, or whatever. http://www.seapexshow.org/

Sep 4th

New School Board Director for District 2

By Marie Parrish

Jan Bolerjack has been appointed to serve out Steve Mullet's remaining term as the Tukwila School Board District 2 Director.  She is the Pastor of Riverton Park Methodist Church.  Jan has been an active volunteer in Tukwila schools and was recently named the Tukwila School District's Volunteer of the Year for the second time.  Her volunteer experience and her work with families and children give her a unique perspective on the issues our school district faces. We are very fortunate she is willing to serve our community in this additional way.  Thank you, Jan.