Federal Way High School Basketball Seniors Pizza Party
As I live within walking distance of Federal Way High School, I hosted a pizza party for the basketball team’s seniors to celebrate their achievements, both on the court and in school. While many of us remember Yattah Reed as a player at FWHS, he is now known as Coach Reed. Congratulations Yattah for your success as a teacher, coach, and parent.
With Coach Yattah Reed, Coach Quinn Gillis, Coach Jeffery Forbes Jr., and the Federal Way High School Basketball team’s senior players
Federal Way School District’s New Memorial Field
I firmly believe that sports programs bring our diverse communities together. As a longtime supporter of South King County schools and their sports programs, I was pleased to have been a part of the groundbreaking for the Federal Way School District’s new Memorial Field. Thank you, Federal Way High School Principal Dr. Matt Oberst, and FWHS Junior Rahshawn Clark for showing me the plans for the new stadium and grounds. EN
With Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell, FWPS Superintendent Dr. Dani Pfeiffer, Deputy Mayor Susan Honda, Council President Linda Kochmar, Councilmember Lydia Assefa-Dawson and students
Redondo Heights Groundbreaking Event
On February 1st, a 334-unit affordable housing development broke ground in Federal Way’s Redondo Heights Community. Adjacent to a Park and Ride, the complex is close to public transit, including the 272nd Link Light Rail station extension.
A partnership between the nonprofit Multi-Service Center (MSC) and housing developer Shelter Resource, Inc., the project received $11 million from King County, spread across three years in 2019, 2020, and 2022. Additional project funders include Amazon and the Washington State Department of Commerce Housing Finance Unit.
With King County Executive Dow Constantine and MSC CEO Robin Corak
“Good Eggs” Breakfast Meeting with Washington Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz
On February 22nd, I was joined by Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz at my monthly “Good Eggs” Breakfast Meeting. Our guests enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about the important role the Department of Natural Resources plays not only in protecting our environment, but in funding important programs like education.
Our firefighters in attendance especially appreciated DNR's commitment to wildfire mitigation and making sure our state has the resources it needs to put out fires fast!
With Federal Way Councilmember Lydia Assefa-Dawson, Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus, Washington Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz, Kent Mayor Dana Ralph, Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell, Pacific Mayor Leanne Guier, and Algona Mayor Troy Linnell
(Top) With Valley Regional Fire Authority Chief Brad Thompson, Deputy Chief of Operations Rick Olson, and Washington Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz; (Bottom) With Commissioner Franz and Federal Way Councilmember Jack Walsh
PAC-12 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships
The Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way is one of the fastest pools in the world! Numerous PAC-12 records were broken at the Swimming and Diving finals, and over 200 world records have been set at the King County facility. No wonder swimmers come from all over the WORLD to use our great facility! The students you see today are the Olympians of tomorrow.
For more information about the winners, please click here.
With PAC-12 Assistant Director of Championships Markel Leonard, who I first met at the 2022 PAC-12 Championships
Anniversary of the War in Ukraine
February 24th marked the one-year anniversary of the unnecessary Russian invasion of Ukraine. I recently met some of those most devastated by the war, the Ukrainian children who were forced to flee their homes, some without their families, just to survive. Thanks to the hard work of non-profits, and individuals like Honorary Consul General Valeriy Goloborodko, these children are in the United States to receive physical and mental health services, including rehabilitation, prosthetics, education, and much more, so that they can begin healing from their experience.
A Token of Appreciation from the Federal Way Korean American Association
While South Korea and our region are divided by over 5,000 miles, there are so many values which unite us. I was honored by Federal Way Korean American Association President Daniel Kim and former Federal Way Mayor Mike Park for my work to build people-to-people bridges, with this magnificent replica from Chuam Beach in Donghae.
With Korean American Association President Daniel Kim and Former Federal Way Mayor Mike Park
“Good Eggs” Breakfast Meeting with Public Health Director Dr. Faisal Khan
Public Health – Seattle and King County Director Dr. Faisal Khan joined me at the “Good Eggs” Breakfast in March to discuss the many responsibilities Public Health has in our county, including working with restaurants and food-service providers to keep customers and business owners safe. His insights into COVID-19 and the current flu season were informative and welcomed by our guests. Thank you, Dr. Khan!
With Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus, Public Health – Seattle and King County Director Dr. Faisal Khan, Des Moines Deputy Mayor Traci Buxton, Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell, and Wild Waves President Jody Kneupper
88th Seattle Sports Commission Star of the Year Awards
Sports not only bring people together, but they provide countless jobs in our region, and I was honored to join my colleague, King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles (JKW), at the 88th Seattle Sports Commission banquet. JKW has been a leader in making outdoor sports accessible to all people, particularly those with disabilities. Ken Griffey Jr. was just one of the many Hall of Famers present. Thank you, Beth Knox and the Sports Commission team, for showcasing the best of our current and past sports moments.
With Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Baseball Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., and the Seattle Kraken mascot
Girl Scout Cookies
They are back: Tagalongs, Samoas, Thin Mints, Carmel deLites, Do-si-dos, Lemon-ups… Since 1917, Girl Scout cookie sales have supported evolving, worthwhile programs! Diet? What diet?
The Best of Federal Way Mirror Celebrates its 25th Anniversary
Federal Way is home to great businesses like the Federal Way Mirror! Many of them have served the community for a long time, including the Mirror which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. Sherry Kerr and Lucia Morena from Federal Way High School baked a cake to mark the occasion, and I enjoyed meeting them, and other entrepreneurs in Federal Way who create jobs for our region!
With Cindy Ducich, Federal Way Mirror Multimedia Sales Manager
With Sherry Kerr, CTE Culinary and Pro-Start Teacher, and her student Lucia Moreno
Lunch with Elections Director Julie Wise and Mayor Jim Ferrell
On March 22nd, I had the opportunity to meet with King County Elections Director Julie Wise for our annual lunch. We talked about King County Elections' operations, her work to expand access to voting, and ballot security. We were joined by Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell, who shared information about current events in Federal Way.
With Director Julie Wise and Mayor Jim Ferrell
Korean School of Federal Way Fundraiser Night
When you think of the Korean School, you may think of brick and mortar, but I think of a bridge. Although different in our creation, the Republic of Korea and the USA have shared VALUES which we need now more than ever in the Pacific Rim today, and the Korean School reminds us of the importance of working together. Thank you Principal Hye Su Han, Mayor Emeritus Mike Park, and Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell.
With Korean School of Federal Way Principal Hye Su Han, Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell, Auburn Deputy Mayor James Jeyaraj, Mayor Emeritus Mike Park, Federal Way Deputy Mayor Susan Honda, and Federal Way Councilmember Jack Walsh at the School’s Annual Fundraiser Night
William J. Wood Veterans House Tour and Book Donation
I had the opportunity to visit the William J. Wood Veterans House, the only permanent housing facility for veterans in the state of Washington. LaFloura Estrada, William J. Wood’s Veterans House Community Manager, and Alan Clapper, Resident Services Coordinator, led the tour of the facility. I also brought some books to add to their collection for their resident veterans to enjoy.
With Community Manager LaFloura Estrada and resident John Ingles
“Good Eggs” Breakfast with King County Flood Control District Director Michelle Clark
Since 1990, King County Floodplains have been declared a federal flood disaster area thirteen times. Michelle Clark, Executive Director of the King County Flood Control District, joined our “Good Eggs” breakfast meeting to talk about the services the Flood District provides to ALL of King County. For example, as the Green River Valley is the breadbasket of our region, Seattle would run out of food in days if it flooded. Thank you, Michelle, for your PREVENTATIVE work in our region.
With Maple Valley Mayor Sean Kelly, Pacific Mayor Leanne Guier, Enumclaw Mayor Jan Molinaro, King County Flood Control District Director Michelle Clark, Algona Mayor Troy Linnell, Des Moines Mayor Matt Mahoney, Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell, and Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus
King County Council Goes to Washington, D.C.
In April, I had the rare opportunity to tour the Pentagon and see the tribute to Gold Star Families. Individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms leave behind Gold Star Families. I hope we keep these fallen heroes in our thoughts and remember all the Gold Star Families who carry on their legacy.
I saw this tribute while on a trip with the King County Council to share our region’s needs with top federal public officials in Washington, D.C. Our delegation met with U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, as well as U.S. Representatives Adam Smith, Kim Schrier, and Suzan DelBene.
(Left) With U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, King County Executive Dow Constantine, King County Councilmembers Claudia Balducci, Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Joe McDermott, Sarah Perry, Reagan Dunn, Dave Upthegrove and Rod Dembowski; (Right) With U.S. Representative Adam Smith, King County Government Relations Director Mac Nicholson, and W2A Representatives Nina Collier and Jeff Bjornstad
Federal Way National Little League Jamboree
I was pleased to be part of the National League Opening Day. It brought back memories of growing up in Lakewood playing for the Spartans. Dedicated parents, committed players (particularly those in wheelchairs as part of the challenger program), and fields of dreams.
Visit https://www.fwnll.org/ for more information on the League’s schedule.
With Federal Way Council President Linda Kochmar and Federal Way Little League Softball Junior Division Fast Pitch Champions
Seattle Mariners Game
I often have said that sports bring people together, and baseball is a cultural bridge between the Republic of Korea and the United States. Recently, I had the opportunity to join Seattle Mariners’ President of Business Operations, Catie Griggs, and Republic of Korea Consul General in Seattle, Seo Eun-ji, at a Mariners ballgame at T-Mobile Park. Catie is the only active female president in an MLB front office and the first in Mariners’ history, while Consul General Seo is the first ever female Korean Consul General in Seattle. What an honor to be joined by two powerhouses in sports and public service, who are leading their organizations forward.
With Seattle Mariners’ President of Business Operations Catie Griggs and Republic of Korea Consul General Seo Eun-ji
King County Hosts a Groundbreaking Ceremony for South County Recycling and Transfer Station
On May 18th, King County hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for a state-of-the-art station in South King County that will make it safer and easier to recycle, compost, and dispose hazardous materials, contributing to the Re+ initiative to cut greenhouse gas emissions by reinventing the region's waste system.
The new station in Algona will make it more convenient to recycle appliances, glass, metals, plastics, wood, and paper, compost yard waste, and dispose hazardous materials. It will support many green jobs in our region and bolster local apprenticeship programs, both of which are essential to our region’s long-term success. Click here to watch King County TV's coverage of the event.
With Muckleshoot Tribe Member and SCRTS Art Coordinator Sam Obrovac, Operations Supervisor Henry Dotson, Living Building Challenge Vice President Kathleen Smith, King County Deputy Executive April Putney, Pacific Mayor Leanne Guier, Algona Mayor Troy Linnell, Solid Waste Division Director Pat McLaughlin, and King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks Director Christie True
“Good Eggs” Breakfast with Metro General Manager Michelle Allison
“Safety and stability are the keys to restoring Metro to its pre-covid position,” King County Metro General Manager Michelle Allison told our “Good Eggs” breakfast group during our May meeting. Michelle also addressed the staffing shortages and noted that Metro has numerous openings available to people with high school diplomas and above. Moving forward, Metro is focused on many areas, including rider safety, route reliability, and rapid transit that will improve the quality of service in our region.
With Pacific Mayor Leanne Guier, Algona Mayor Troy Linnell, Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus, King County Metro General Manager Michelle Allison, Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell, and Maple Valley Mayor Sean Kelly
Whiskers and Paws Gala 2023
Mahatma Gandhi once said: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” This was the focus at the Auburn Valley Humane Society’s Whiskers and Paws Gala held at Hotel Murano in Tacoma on May 20th. The gala successfully raised over $123,000 that will help the Auburn Valley Humane Society save and change lives…four paws at a time.
Memorial Day: City of Pacific Interurban Trail War Memorials
On Memorial Day, May 29th, the City of Pacific hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the Interurban Trail War Memorials, which will commemorate heroes of World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, the Korean War, and the Afghanistan, Gulf, and Iraq Wars. If you are interested in purchasing pavers for $100 each, please contact email@example.com with the subject line “Paver Purchase”.
Martin Luther King Jr. Medal of Distinguished Service Award
On June 6th, I awarded Catherine Carlile the Martin Luther King Jr. Medal of Distinguished Service, an award that recognizes individuals whose work has answered the question asked by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “What are you doing for others?”
Catherine Carlile has responded to Dr. King’s question, “What are you doing for others?” through her leadership at the Looking Out Foundation, which supports social justice and humanitarian causes across the United States and globally, including raising funds to help disaster-stricken communities recover from devastating natural events.
The foundation’s most recent campaigns include raising over $300,000 in seven days for earthquake victims in Syria and Turkey, as well as raising over $500,000 as part of Nashville’s Love Rising benefit.
Despite their international work and success, Catherine and her family have chosen to make South King County their home. Although Catherine retains her English accent, she has adopted the Northwest value of looking back and giving back.
South King County Scholar Athlete with Mariners President Jerry Dipoto
Seattle Mariners President Jerry Dipoto hit home runs at Auburn’s Emerald Downs with softball and baseball teams from South King County school districts. He spoke about the holistic programs they offer to the Mariners baseball players, which contribute to their success on and off the baseball field. An inspiring speaker, great food and an incredible auction helped raise money for local high school sports.
(Clockwise) With Mission Africa Leaders, Seattle Mariners President Jerry Dipoto, Thomas Jefferson High School Coach Joseph Townsend and Baseball Team, Auburn School District Superintendent Dr. Alan Spicciati and son Andrew, and Decatur High School Softball Team
PNW’s Official Major League Cricket Team Name and Logo Reveal Party
It was great being a part of the name and logo announcement of our Pacific Northwest Region’s newest professional team, the Seattle Orcas, one of the six Major League Cricket teams in the United States. The name and logo were officially unveiled to local officials, business leaders, boosters, and youth cricket organizations that have been working to establish the Orcas in Seattle. It was an honor to have been recognized by the families behind the team for my work In supporting the second most popular sport in the world.
(Left) With Phani Chitneni, Seattle Thunderbolts Managing Partner and General Manager, and Jagan Nemani, Major League Cricket Head of Academies and Head of Technology; (Right) Vijay Beniwal, Seattle Thunderbolts Cricket Co-owner, and David Malik, local business leader
Free Mobile Shredding Event
On June 24th, over 200 vehicles lined up for my first, post-covid shredding event at the Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center parking lot. Whether it was old financial papers, personal notes or unnecessary family files, people lined up early to dispose of them at the PAEC to help fight identity theft.
“Good Eggs” Breakfast with U.S. Rep. Kim Schrier
At my June Good Eggs Breakfast, we were joined by Congresswoman (and Doctor) Kim Schrier, whose congressional district includes portions of King, Pierce, Snohomish, Chelan, Douglas, and Kittitas counties. Despite the rhetoric we see on the news, she spoke to the importance and prevalence of bipartisanship, and how those efforts have advanced legislation that work to end hunger in America by supporting food banks and food programs in schools. She also mentioned how she is working to create stronger ties with her community, especially with local government, to improve outcomes for her constituents.
(Top) With U.S. Rep. Kim Schrier, Enumclaw Mayor Jan Molinaro, Des Moines Deputy Mayor Traci Buxton, Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus, Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell, and Kent Councilmember Toni Troutner; (Bottom) Local Business Leader David Malik and Auburn Food Bank Executive Director Debbie Christian
Lower Russell Levee Setback Project and Van Doren’s Landing Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Parks, like the updated Van Doren’s Landing in Kent, give families and individuals a space to gather and relax. I was pleased to see the King County Flood Control District’s partnership with the City of Kent and the Muckleshoot Tribe to ensure the Lower Russell Levee Setback Project succeed as an important community asset, rain, or shine, for people and habitat. The total cost was $58 million, with the Flood Control District paying $48 million.
I joined Kent Mayor Dana Ralph, Former Mayor Suzette Cook, King County Flood Control District Chair Reagan Dunn, Supervisor Dave Upthegrove, and Executive Director Michelle Clark, and other civic leaders for the ribbon cutting ceremony.
The Muckleshoot Tribe were great partners in this project, represented by Warren KingGeorge, Muckleshoot Fishing Commissioner.