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Tag: Tracey Eide


Digital signs on state highways? Don’t go there

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

Here’s something you don’t hear a lot of Washington residents saying:

“Sure wish we had more billboards cluttering up the landscape – especially the big, really bright kind you can hardly take your eyes off of.”

These signs don’t have a lot of fans among the public, who tend to view them as visual blight. So it’s hard to figure out who, exactly, state lawmakers are trying to please in sponsoring House Bill 1408 and Senate Bill 5304, which would let cities approve electronic billboards along state highways that cross their boundaries. (State Sen. Tracey Eide, D-Federal Way, is the only South Sound legislator among the co-sponsors.) Read more »


South Sounders share Federal Way’s transit frustration

This editorial will appear in Wednesday’s print edition.

Some Federal Way-area officials are so unhappy with Sound Transit that they’re contemplating secession from the tri-county transportation agency. There’s no mechanism for such a move, but that’s not stopping them from talking about it.

Their pain is our pain – to a point.

Sound Transit has determined that sales tax revenues from the South King County sub-area have fallen so steeply that the agency must delay extension of light rail to Federal Way from 2023 to 2034 or later. That delay means that the next light rail leg – to Tacoma – will be delayed as well. Originally projected to be completed by 2029, it’s now looking like sometime in the 2040s.
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Our choices in the 30th: Asay, Eide and Miloscia

This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.

Two Democratic incumbents are hoping to keep their jobs in South King County’s 30th Legislative District, which includes Federal Way, Milton, Algona and Pacific. And what has been a safe Republican House seat – held by Skip Priest – is up for grabs.

When Priest announced he was stepping down to run for Federal Way mayor, it touched off the political equivalent of a feeding frenzy to replace him. Four Republicans and one Democrat vied in the August primary for what some in the district informally consider “the Republican seat.”

Voters chose well, advancing two strong candidates to face each other Nov. 2 – Republican Katrina Asay and Democrat Carol Gregory. The district can’t go wrong with either candidate, but we’re giving the edge to Asay because of her real-world experience in dealing with a public-sector budget in the toughest of times.

The next Legislature will have to make brutal choices – something Asay’s already had to do as mayor of Milton for the past seven years. She knows what it’s like to slash budgets and lay off workers – about 25 percent of city staff, with more possibly to come. And she knows what it’s like for local governments struggling to comply with regulations and mandates handed down by the Legislature. Read more »