INSIDE | State High Court to review city’s medical marijuana case [3] R EP O RTER .com FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014 NEWSLINE 253-872-6600 KENT Sports | Allen’s ways direct turnaround for the Royals [12] BY STEVE HUNTER [email protected] Aſter hearing Kent spends about $4.8 million per year to support the financially struggling ShoWare Center, City Coun- cilman Jim Berrios pulled no punches with a pointed question to city staff. “For the next 30 years we’re tied to a debt, a payment to the city regarding ShoWare that’s going to be pretty signifi- cant, especially when we start experiencing the big hits on the interest rate,” Berrios said at a heated council workshop on Oct. 7. “So $4.8 million per year is where we are at now. ere’s been talk about the benefits of ShoWare to the city, can somebody say it outweighs the deficit? Can somebody honestly say that?” Ben Wolters, city economic and commu- nity developer director, quickly replied. “Sure I can,” Wolters said about the economic impact. “It’s $750 million over a 30-year period.” “No, I’m talking about now,” Berrios said. “I don’t want a forecast. You’re just forecasting what it could be. Based on the last five years, can you honestly say ShoWare has been a financial improvement to our city?” Wolters said he could say that, based on an economic impact study in 2012 that showed the 6,025-seat arena brought in an estimated $25 million to the local economy in 2011, according to an economic impact analysis by Community Attributes, Inc. of Seattle. e consultant company concluded in its report that the arena “is a regional magnet, at- tracting more than one million visitors to Kent for sports events, entertainment, conferences, civic events and more.” Wolters then explained about ShoWare’s lofty losses create rift among leaders Berrios [ more SHOWARE page 7 ] Holocaust survivor Henry Friedman, an award-winning author and long-time volunteer in the Kent School District, received an honorary high school diploma at an Oct. 8 ceremony. ROSS COYLE, Kent Reporter Kent Police Chief Ken Thomas shares a tale with children at Sunrise Elementary. MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter BY MARK KLAAS [email protected] With a turn of a page Kent Police Chief Ken omas read a story, engaging a small group of imaginative minds huddled in the corner of a classroom. e picture book’s friendly tale described the connection between dutiful police and those they help, youngsters. e message was clear, a tone expressing Kent Police’s responsibility and commit- ment to the safety and wel- fare of kids. at association between early childhood and law enforcement is extremely important. So says omas. “It’s a start to building a relationship,” said omas, who visited a group of 3- and 4-year-old children enrolled in the new ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program) classrooms at Sunrise El- ementary School last week. “I think it’s all a big piece of keeping our community safe and improving the qual- ity of life in the Kent com- munity,” omas said. “And it starts early on.” Growing program builds relationships at early age [ more LEARNING page 4 ] BY STEVE HUNTER [email protected] Kent city officials are trying to find ways to track down businesses that apparently are not pay- ing the city’s business and occupation (B&O) tax even though they are required to pay. City staff revealed at a City Council workshop on Tuesday that nearly 5,000 businesses are licensed in town. But only 2,800 have set up B&O accounts. Of those, 1,600 are paying the tax while 1,200 are not required to pay because of gross revenues lower than the $250,000 exemption or other waivers. Mayor Suzette Cooke proposed in her prelimi- nary 2015-16 budget last month an increase in the B&O tax to bring in more revenue to the general fund as well as hiring four more employees to help get more businesses to pay. e tax became effective in January 2013 and brought in $5.2 million in 2013 (dedicated to street maintenance) with $300,000 spent on two auditors. Cooke proposed raising the B&O rate and lowering City seeks businesses not paying B&O tax INSIDE: Chamber of Com- merce opposes hike in tax, pages 5 [ more TAX page 4 ] R ISING FROM THE ASHES BY ROSS COYLE [email protected] It was 68 years in the making, but Henry Friedman has finally got his high school diploma. A Holocaust survivor, Fried- man lost his childhood in the 1940s, when Jews were pro- hibited from attending school. He survived the nightmare by hiding in a barn, and received a piecemeal education from the family’s retained teacher. But he never received a diploma, and on Oct. 8 the Kent School District rectified that. e 86-year-old Friedman received an honorary KSD di- ploma at a ceremony honoring early graduates from Kent-Me- ridian, Kent Phoenix Academy [ more FRIEDMAN page 3 ] Holocaust survivor earns diploma

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Aft er hearing Kent spends about $4.8 million per year to support the fi nancially struggling ShoWare Center, City Coun-cilman Jim Berrios pulled no punches with a pointed question to city staff .

“For the next 30 years we’re tied to a debt, a payment to the city

regarding ShoWare that’s going to be pretty signifi -cant, especially when we start experiencing the big hits on the interest rate,” Berrios said at a heated council workshop on Oct. 7. “So $4.8 million per year is where we are at now. Th ere’s been talk about the benefi ts of ShoWare to the city, can somebody say it

outweighs the defi cit? Can somebody honestly say that?”

Ben Wolters, city economic and commu-nity developer director, quickly replied.

“Sure I can,” Wolters said about the economic impact. “It’s $750 million

over a 30-year period.”“No, I’m talking about now,”

Berrios said. “I don’t want a forecast. You’re just forecasting what it could be. Based on the last fi ve years, can you honestly say ShoWare has been a fi nancial improvement to our city?”

Wolters said he could say that, based on an economic impact study in 2012 that showed the 6,025-seat arena brought in an estimated $25 million to the local economy in 2011, according to

an economic impact analysis by Community Attributes, Inc. of Seattle. Th e consultant company concluded in its report that the arena “is a regional magnet, at-tracting more than one million visitors to Kent for sports events, entertainment, conferences, civic events and more.”

Wolters then explained about

ShoWare’s lofty losses create rift among leaders


[ more SHOWARE page 7 ]

Holocaust survivor

Henry Friedman, an

award-winning author and long-time volunteer

in the Kent School District,

received an honorary high

school diploma at an Oct. 8


ROSS COYLE, Kent Reporter

Kent Police Chief Ken Thomas shares a tale with children at Sunrise Elementary.

MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter


[email protected]

With a turn of a page Kent Police Chief Ken Th omas read a story, engaging a small group of imaginative minds huddled in the corner of a classroom.

Th e picture book’s

friendly tale described the connection between dutiful police and those they help, youngsters.

Th e message was clear, a tone expressing Kent Police’s responsibility and commit-ment to the safety and wel-fare of kids. Th at association between early childhood

and law enforcement is extremely important.

So says Th omas.“It’s a start to building a

relationship,” said Th omas, who visited a group of 3- and 4-year-old children enrolled in the new ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program)

classrooms at Sunrise El-ementary School last week.

“I think it’s all a big piece of keeping our community safe and improving the qual-ity of life in the Kent com-munity,” Th omas said. “And it starts early on.”

Growing program builds relationships at early age

[ more LEARNING page 4 ]


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Kent city offi cials are trying to fi nd ways to track down businesses that apparently are not pay-ing the city’s business and occupation (B&O) tax even though they are required to pay.

City staff revealed at a City Council workshop on Tuesday that nearly 5,000 businesses are licensed in town. But only 2,800 have set up B&O accounts. Of those, 1,600 are paying the tax while 1,200 are not required to pay because of gross revenues lower than the $250,000 exemption or other waivers.

Mayor Suzette Cooke

proposed in her prelimi-nary 2015-16 budget last month an increase in the B&O tax to bring in more revenue to the general fund as well as hiring four more employees to help get more businesses to pay. Th e tax became eff ective in January 2013 and brought in $5.2 million in 2013 (dedicated to street maintenance) with $300,000 spent on two auditors.

Cooke proposed raising the B&O rate and lowering

City seeks businesses not paying B&O tax

INSIDE: Chamber of Com-merce opposes hike in tax, pages 5

[ more TAX page 4 ]



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It was 68 years in the making, but Henry Friedman has fi nally got his high school diploma.

A Holocaust survivor, Fried-man lost his childhood in the 1940s, when Jews were pro-hibited from attending school. He survived the nightmare by hiding in a barn, and received

a piecemeal education from the family’s retained teacher. But he never received a diploma, and on Oct. 8 the Kent School District rectifi ed that.

Th e 86-year-old Friedman received an honorary KSD di-ploma at a ceremony honoring early graduates from Kent-Me-ridian, Kent Phoenix Academy [ more FRIEDMAN page 3 ]

Holocaust survivor earns diploma

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Th e ongoing battle between the city of Kent and medical marijua-na supporters reached a new high with the state Supreme Court’s de-cision to review a lawsuit against the city.

Steve Sarich, executive director of the Cannabis Action Coalition, fi led the initial lawsuit against the city in June 2012, the same night the Kent City Council voted 4-3 to approve an ordinance to ban medical cannabis collective gardens. Th e suit seeks to prohibit the city from enforcing its ban on collective gardens because the

state regulates medical marijuana collectives, and cities cannot enforce federal law over state medical marijuana laws.

So far, the Court of Appeals and King County Superior Court affi rmed the city’s authority to prohibit medical marijuana col-lective gardens from operating in the city.

But the Supreme Court voted unanimously last week to review Steve Sarich, et al vs. City of Kent, et al.

“We fully expected that the Supreme Court would agree to re-view the case, but you never know for sure, so I was very pleased that, aft er more than three years,

we’d fi nally get this case before the Supreme Court,” Sarich said in an email.

Sarich and his supporters had objected to the city’s stance against medical marijuana even before the council passed the ordinance. Th e council passed temporary moratoriums banning medical marijuana facilities prior to the ordinance.

Th e council also recently passed an ordinance to ban recreational marijuana businesses from operating in the city. But that is a separate issue from the medical marijuana case.

“It is nothing more than a mere grant of the plaintiff s’ petitions for

review,” Assistant City Attorney David Galazin said about the Supreme Court’s decision.

Lorrie Th ompson, communi-cations offi cer for Washington courts, said when a petition for review is granted it basically means, “that members of the Supreme Court have determined there is a suffi cient question of law in the case that it needs to be heard/reviewed by the Court.”

Galazin remains confi dent in the city’s stance.

“I am not privy to the reason-ing behind why the petitions were granted, though the city’s case in chief rested on several distinct legal bases, and a contrary ruling

by the Court on one would not necessarily invalidate the city’s zoning ordinance altogether,” Galazin said.

Parties in the case have the next several weeks to fi le briefs and responses. Th ompson said there is no fi rm timeline on that process because it depends on who fi les and when. Eventually, most cases are set for an oral argument with attorneys from the diff erent par-ties coming to the Supreme Court to make their arguments and an-swer questions from the justices.

State Supreme Court to review Kent’s medical marijuana case

and Kentwood high schools. Pat Gallagher, a teacher at Kent

Phoenix Academy, recommended that the district award Friedman the diploma aft er his 26-year post-retirement career of speak-ing at public schools about his experiences during the Holocaust.

Dressed in a black robe and mortarboard, Friedman ad-dressed the assembled crowd of reporters, parents, district offi cials and students.

“You are looking at a person who has risen from the ashes,” he said. “It was against the law for me to live.”

Friedman grew up in Brody, Poland, tending to his father’s farm and textile business. In 1942, it was pure happenstance that a young girl overheard Nazi Ge-stapo talking about picking up the family next to put them on trains. Understanding what would hap-pen, the girl ran a mile through woods and snow to the farm to warn the Friedman family, who went to their neighbors for refuge.

Th e family disappeared from

existence, hiding in the barns for two years. Th e family’s retained teacher, Clara Singer, also escaped with them and made a lasting impression about the value of education on Friedman.

“I have received many awards,” Friedman said, ”but this is some-thing special.”

Friedman grew up, married and

raised a family of his own. He attended his children and grandchildren’s high school and college gradu-ations, but realized that he had never been to a graduation of his own.

“It always felt like I had missed something,” he said.

Aft er the war, Friedman traveled around Europe as a displaced person, work-ing jobs where he could fi nd them until 1948, when he immigrated to America. At the time his resume included tap dancing, shoe polish sales and clothing importer.

Arriving in the states with few possessions and resources, and not even

speaking English, it wasn’t long before the 22-year-old Friedman was draft ed into the U.S. Army, where he served for two years. Despite Friedman’s only tenta-tive grasp of English, his First Sergeant asked him to deliver an anti-communism speech before a deployment to Japan. It was the

start of a career in speech. Aft er the Army, he used his

speaking talents to sell jewelry wholesale and made a great career of it. But it took a near-death ex-perience to get him into his work speaking at high schools.

It was 1988, and Friedman was in a car accident on Mercer Island. He had been angry with God for many years, but while on the ambulance, he had an epiphany.

“I said to God, ‘I was not ready yet,’” he said.

Over the next few months, he retired from his work as a salesman and transitioned into speaking at Washington high schools about the Holocaust. He remembers his fi rst speaking experience, where the teacher felt almost guilty by association of her German ancestry. Friedman extended an understanding hand to her, reconciling that nothing her family did was her or her grandmother’s fault.

“Any normal human being would have a very diffi cult time believing what happened without being there,” he said. “When I tell

my story, I have to pinch myself. How did I survive? For a normal human being it’s very diffi cult to understand.”

His underlying message when speaking comes back the impor-tance of education, love and hope. First, he emphasizes, learn all you can, because that will be the biggest factor in improving your life. An informed citizenship is a powerful citizenship, he said. Second, let go of hate. Friedman said he spent many years angry at his family, at God and at the world for what happened to his people, and has fi nally learned to let it go because “hate is a poison in your blood.”

Lastly, he hopes his message will give hope to those he speaks to, to not give up, no matter how bleak the future looks. While in hiding, he fought with his father on studying religion, and while he resented it, he also realized later that it helped sustain his hope that eventually the nightmare would end.

“No matter how bad today is,” he said, “tomorrow may be a bet-ter day.”

Henry Friedman, a Holocaust survivor, received his high school diploma after a 68-year wait. ‘I have received many awards,’ he said, ‘but this is something special.’ ROSS COYLE, Kent Reporter

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ECEAP is the state’s pre-kindergarten program that prepares children from low-income families for

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From humble beginnings, ECEAP – in partnership with Kent Youth & Fam-ily Services (KYFS), Fight Crime Invest in Kids and other advocacy groups, and the Kent School District – has grown.

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“If you really want to get ahead of crime, you need to start at the very beginning,” said Laura Wells, state direc-tor of Fight Crime Invest in Kids, a nonpartisan anti-crime organization of nearly 5,000 law enforcement lead-ers and crime survivors.

“A lot of poor kids do just fine, but we also know pov-erty is a risk factor for school failure,” Wells said. “So law enforcement has been really supportive of ECEAP over the years and encourages the Legislature to invest more in ECEAP to expand it.”

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the business exemption from $250,000 of gross revenues

per year to $150,000. She said those changes would bring in an estimated $3.4 million

more per year to help pay for general government services and pay off city debt.

The council will decide over the next several weeks whether to go along with Cooke’s proposal or come up with a plan of its own.

“To date we have not done a single audit,” City Finance Director Aaron BeMiller told the council. “It has been voluntary by businesses to pay their B&O taxes. We don’t have the staffing or the means at this point to go out and verify whether a business should be paying or not paying. The audit work that we’ve done is by look-ing at the returns of those voluntary compliance and collecting or reimbursing based on those payments.”

BeMiller said the two-per-son staff spends a lot of time on taxpayer account mainte-nance from handling refunds

to penalty assessments.“It’s a lot of work and we

are just barely scratching the surface,” he said. “It’s a labor intensive body of work (to process returns). With the small staff that we have, we are able to process only the voluntary compliance.”

The two city B&O auditors collected an extra $278,000 based on reviewing returns, said Barbara Lopez, city financial planning man-ager. Audits determined one company had paid in the first and second quarters but not the third and fourth quarters. Another business thought it owed no tax but a city review showed it owed money.

Councilman Bill Boyce asked city staff if it could reach out to the 2,200 busi-nesses that haven’t set up

B&O accounts.“So the 2,200 we know

who they are,” Boyce said. “Could we send a letter to those 2,200 saying according to our records you should be filing?”

Lopez said it is possible to compare the business license list with the B&O account list.

Councilman Dennis Hig-gins said he definitely would like to see that step taken.

“If you can get from 50 percent compliance to 80 percent that’s 30 percent you don’t have to go out and hunt down and then you can focus on the (remaining) 20 percent,” said Higgins, con-cerned about staff reluctance to take on the task.

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T Q U O T E O F N O T E : “We know specifi cally of businesses that kept their doors open because of people we brought into the city. Where would Kent be without ShoWare? There would be some missing businesses.” – Mayor Suzette Cooke

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City leaders, regard-ing the City’s Business and Occupation (B&O) tax, the Kent Chamber of Commerce’s stance has not changed.

We reluctantly agreed not to oppose the enact-ment of this unreasonable tax with the faith that you would honor your

promise that it would be used only to fi x our crumbling street infra-structure.

Th e Kent Chamber of Commerce faced and accepted criticism

regarding our willingness to compromise and be part of the solution regarding a B&O tax to

fi x our streets. We were told by city staff that roads were failing at an emergency rate and that we had to come up with a solution. We understood this need, collaborated with the city to fi nd a solution and worked to implement a limited tax to pay for the streets.

Unfortunately, the proposed 2015-16 budget fl ies in the face of

the years of relationship building, trust and collaboration by increas-ing the B&O tax rates and applying all the increased revenue to expens-es other than street maintenance, including general fund expendi-tures of across the board raises for city staff , a city funded radio station and heft y savings accounts.

Meanwhile, the businesses that pay taxes and provide employment struggle. Th e proposed budget and increase in the B&O tax is







Fall blast takes me back to the past

Kolten Wong hit an inside pitch out of the park Sunday to hand the St. Louis Cardinals a win over the San Francisco Giants in the National League Championship Series.

For some reason, the home run took me back to my favorite baseball player when I was a kid – Roger Maris and 1961.

Most remember Maris playing for the New York Yankees in 1961 when he broke Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record of 60. Maris turned on an inside curveball and took it out for No. 61, Oct. 1, 1961 – the last day of the season. His record stood for 37 years.

Maris was traded in 1966 and played his last two season in the majors for the St. Louis

Cardinals. I remember a throw Maris made from left fi eld that won the World Series for St. Louis (to me). Th at perfect strike from left fi eld is etched in my memory far more than his home runs.

I’m not sure why Maris captivated me as a kid, rather than Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford or countless other baseball players. Maris seemed like a guy who made himself a great player. He had a lot to fi ght through.

He was attacked by writers and pontifi ca-tors from all over the country for breaking Ruth’s record. Some folks were hysterical about Ruth’s record falling to Maris, a regular guy. You would think Maris said God didn’t like TV, which was one of the 7-3/4 deadly sins in ’61.

My dad and I watched games (the few that were on) on a black and white Zenith TV he bought from Gronvik’s in Enumclaw in the early 1960s. It had a disk with little buttons you pushed and it would spin and fi nd the channel. I still think it is the coolest thing ever invented except for maybe permanent press T-shirts.

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Do the right thing, council

According to local TV coverage, the city of Kent continues to subsidize the ShoWare Center to the tune of over $600,000 from the general fund. Th is has been on a con-tinuing basis.

Th e administration and council plan to sell property (the par 3 golf course) for a short-term budget replace-ment.

We as taxpayers will pay for fi re, police coverage and traffi c on a two-lane road and bridge.

Time for the council to do the right thing for the Kent community.– Betty Kennedy

Vargas’ exit shows no loyalty

I fi nd it ironic that the Kent Reporter's announcement that Kent School District Superin-tendent Ed Vargas is quitting his post is buried on page 8 in

the Oct. 10 edition. Th is announcement comes

on the heels of newspaper's reporting on Sept. 5 how the same Ed Vargas received a new $263,320 salary loaded with outrageous perquisites. How can this be?

At the risk of generalizing, these bureaucrats have no loyalty. How much time do the bureaucrats spend look-ing for their next job? What

does Vargas' abrupt leaving suggest about the Kent School District?– Stanley McKie

Thanks to all for successful wine walk

Th e Kent Downtown Part-nership wants to thank the 400-plus people who attended our Kent Wine Walk on Sept. 19. Our fi rst wine walk was last May with 266 people in attendance.

Our goal for hosting the wine walk was to bring aware-ness to the businesses in down-town Kent. I think we achieved that with fl ying colors.

It felt good to have our participants thanking us for introducing or reintroducing them to our downtown and the downtown businesses. “We didn’t know all these stores were downtown. We can’t wait to come back to shop.”

Events like these don’t hap-pen without volunteers.

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S. Leon ThompsonLeon passed away peacefully at the age of 86 on October 12,

2014 following a gradual health decline. Leon is survived by 2 brothers and 1 sister. Leon was born June 30, 1928 in Ranger TX to Earnest P. and

Mary Elizabeth Thompson. He grew up in Wink TX and enlisted in the Army in 1946. He served as a medic in Japan. Upon discharge he returned to Wink and later moved to Washington State where he was employed by the Boeing Co. Later he opened his own art shop in Pike Place Market.

Leon was an accomplished artist, photographer, collector and published writer and in his earlier years a model. He enjoyed sharing his entertaining history and stories with people.

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irresponsible as the cost to do business in Kent rises above our neighboring cities. This causes us great concern and also leaves the business community with substantial distrust of the city.

We were warned by many of our members who dis-agreed with our willingness to work with the city that once the tax was enacted

it would be increased and used for general funds. The proposed budget now proves that those concerns were valid.

Despite our frustration with the proposed budget, we remain hopeful that we can work with the city to fix our crumbling infrastruc-ture. The chamber remains adamantly opposed to a B&O tax in the city of Kent because it is based on gross revenue versus profitability.

Such a tax hinders growth of the business community and puts businesses in Kent at an economic disad-vantage with competitors outside the city.

The chamber supports well maintained streets as they are a crucial contribu-tion to economic develop-ment and growth. Poorly maintained roads constrain mobility; significantly raise vehicle operating costs and increase accident rates. The economic and social impor-tance of regular road main-tenance is incredibly im-portant for a viable city. We must preserve the streets of the city of Kent and look to the future financial health and sustainability of these public assets.

The chamber urges you to not increase the current B&O tax rates or change

the exemptions protect-ing our small businesses in Kent. The proposed budget increases the B&O tax to the highest possible rates for the service and whole-sale and more than doubles the current rate on manu-facturing and retail.

Furthermore it re-places the exemption of $250,000 with a threshold of $150,000, which will cripple our small business economy.

We ask you to honor the years of collaboration and relationship built between the city and the chamber, and not increase this funda-mentally unfair tax.

Andrea Keikkala is chief executive officer of the Kent Chamber of Commerce. Reach her at 253-854-1770, ext. 140, or [email protected].

December of that year when Barbie finally found Ken and the balance re-turned to normal.

The ’61 worry warts didn’t know it, but they had much more to wring their hands about than Maris.

By 1961, John Lennon had figured out how to tune his guitar.

I thought Maris was cool guy when I was kid, and I still do.

Reach Dennis Box, Coving-ton Reporter regional editor, at [email protected] or 425-432-1209, ext. 5050.

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They worked hard, and we appreci-ate everything they did to contribute to the success of the wine walk. We hosted 12 wineries and two breweries. We also appreciate the wineries and breweries who participated and for their patience as we were learning the ropes.

We know we have a special historic downtown, and now more and more people are discovering their down-town as well.

We can’t wait for our next wine walk, which will be May 8. – Barbara Smith, executive director, Kent Downtown Partnership

Reichert leads fightI am writing to praise Congress-

man Dave Reichert for his contribu-tions to the House of Representatives Task Force on Human Trafficking, which led to passing of his legislation to combat sex trafficking of foster children.

His original bill, HR 4058, ad-dresses certain risk factors that put foster children in danger of becoming

victims of sex trafficking.This legislation was recently pack-

aged with other bills addressing hu-man trafficking, passed by Congress, and signed into law by the president.

At a time when Congress is plagued by gridlock, it is comforting to know that our representative, Congress-man Reichert, is able to compromise and pass important legislation that protects some of the most vulnerable individuals in our society.

I urge others to join me in casting their vote for Congressman Reichert this election.– Susie Aschenbrenner

Vote no on Prop AComparing the facts of the ShoW-

are Center vs. the money being asked for the new public safety building, ShoWare was listed in 2008 at $68 million, $30 million was to come from the state, $38 million from the prop-erty owning taxpayer.

In 2009, that figure was then increased and listed at $78 million. At the end when it opened in 2010 it was listed at $84.5 million, adding about $1.5-2 million in losses since then the real tag is about $86.5 million

at 154,770 square feet equals $558 a square foot, beginning at $439 a square foot.

The city is asking the taxpayer for almost $700 a square foot just four years later to build a simple two-story office building to house 200-250 employees.

I never did see an article detailing the final funding for the ShoWare, nor did I see the city compensate the kids in Kent for the land they took from them for alternative sports fields. The city has this hanging and they want $34 more million. They are getting enough taxpayer money to have put aside this requirement they should have seen coming years prior.

No more emotional pleas for safety. How about some common business sense with priorities? No on Prop A.– Craig Dougherty

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how much revenue that brings in directly to the city budget.

“It’s roughly about $500,000 to the city in terms of tax revenue from the sales tax and the admissions tax,” he said.

Th e city spends about $4.8 million per year to sup-port the city-owned arena by paying off construction bonded debt ($3.1 million), repaying an internal loan ($1.2 million) and covering operating losses ($500,000), City Finance Director Aaron BeMiller told the council.

Th e arena is projected to lose $700,000 in 2014, BeMill-er said. Th at will send the Sho-Ware Center operating losses to nearly $3.2 million since its opening in 2009, according to SMG (arena operator) income statements.

Mayor Suzette Cooke jumped into the discussion to respond to Berrios and talk about the positive eco-nomic impact of the arena.

“You can look at the num-ber of businesses still open today because of ShoWare,” Cooke said. “We know specifi -cally of businesses that kept their doors open because of people we brought into the city. Where would Kent be without ShoWare? Th ere would be some missing busi-nesses.”

Cooke said the arena also has value because of gradua-tions and other community events held at the ShoWare. She added not all value measurements are strictly in dollars.

“One could look at cost comparisons to the Kent Senior Center,” Cooke said. “Th e Senior Center costs us a good $1 million a year for

operations but I don’t know of anyone who would look to eliminating the Senior Center. Th at’s just operations because the debt has been paid off but we were in debt for years.”

Th e council continues to take a close look at the $84 million ShoWare Center as part of its discussions about the 2015-16 city budget. Cooke proposed in her bud-get to the council that the city keep paying $500,000 per year out of the general fund to help cover the arena’s operating losses.

SMG, which operates the arena, hasn’t been able to book as many as concerts as city offi cials had hoped to bring in more revenue. Th e Seattle Th underbirds junior hockey team has a 30-year contract as the anchor tenant of the facility. Disney on Ice, the Harlem Globetrotters and the Ringling Bros. circus have become annual events

at the arena that do bring in a good chunk of money.

But arena offi cials haven’t been able to halt the revenue losses.

“Unless the ShoWare starts adding some massive revenue, we’re pretty much down this track here for a good little while,” Coun-cilman Bill Boyce said to BeMiller. “I see no other way out of this, correct?”

“I think that’s a very reason-able statement,” BeMiller said.

Th e city formed a Public Facilities District to issue $63.3 million in construc-tion bonds to help build the arena. Th at annual debt service payment is about $3.8 million. Th e city receives a sales tax refund from the state that brings in about $700,000 per year to go towards debt service. Th e other $3.1 million in pay-ment comes out of the city’s capital improvement fund.

City offi cials planned when building the arena that event revenue would help pay the debt, but so far that hasn’t happened with the major fi nancial losses.

“Going into this we were projecting that we would have a net profi t, and that profi t would go towards debt service,” Wolters said.

City offi cials also are spending $300,000 a year to pay debt out of a fund that was supposed to be used to build reserves to replace or make improvements to the ShoWare Center.

“Th e other element that hasn’t worked out is the $300,000 really goes to replace the shortfall in sales tax,” Wolters said. “We were estimating closer to about $1 million (in sales tax rev-enue). What really skewed that is the streamline sales tax. Th ese estimates were generated in 2006 and 2007

and assumed the tax struc-ture we had at the time.”

Th e city also borrowed $9.7 million from the city water fund (utility tax) to cover construction cost changes that boosted the cost to about $73 million. City offi cials are using $1.2 million each year from the capital improvement fund to repay that loan. Th e fi nal $84 million arena construction cost included a $3 million state grant and payments from the general fund and capital improvement fund.

“We’re obligated to pay back those bonds, we don’t have a choice,” Berrios said. “We’re kind of stuck with this. … My point is we’ve got to do something to improve our po-sition. Turn every rock, look at every possibility. Th e suites aren’t all getting sold.”

Th e T-Birds oversee arena suite sales at hockey games while operator SMG over-sees suite sales at all other events, a recent change to the original 30-year contract

with the hockey team.“Th is gives us a good

foundation to go back and look at the contracts and as we start working through the budget we will have ad-ditional conversations about the ShoWare,” said Council President Dana Ralph, with plans to put the arena on another workshop agenda. “Th e goal of the presentation was to bring us up to speed on exactly what the building is costing and where that money is coming from.”

Boyce then summarized the challenge to city offi cials.

“It’s safe to say that noth-ing is going to change unless we do something about the revenue coming into the ShoWare,” he said.

[ SHOWARE from page 1 ] THE NUMBERSKent’s annual support to ShoWare

• Bonded debt: $3.1 million

• Interfund loan: $1.2 million

• Operating losses: $500,000

Total: $4.8 million

ShoWare Center revenue losses

2014: *$700,000

2013: $370,874

2012: $707,541

2011: $487,855

2010: $427,119

2009: $480,851

Total: $3.2 million

*Projected for 2014

Businesses and restaurants wait for passersby in their booths at the Best of Kent and Taste of Kent expositions at the ShoWare Center on Oct. 9. ROSS COYLE, Kent Reporter

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Kent Police arrested two men for investigation of second-degree assault after they reportedly beat up a man who asked them not to litter after they threw beer cans into a Shell service sta-tion parking lot.

A witness called 911 at

about 12:53 p.m. on Oct. 6 to say a man was bleeding from the head in the park-ing lot at 23953 104th Ave. S.E., and that two men had fled in a red minivan, ac-cording to the police report.

Witnesses said one man straddled the other man and banged his head against the pavement six or seven times.

Officers tracked down the van and the two men, a father and his son, at a business parking lot at 23914 100th Ave. S.E. The

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Paramedics transported the man to Valley Medi-cal Center in Renton to be treated for head injuries. The injured man told officers he saw the two men throw beer cans into the parking lot and he asked them to pick up their garbage and not litter. The man said the older man then came inside the store and asked him, “You have something to say to me bro?”

A fight between the three men then started outside of the store. The father who

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The wife of the injured man also was at the store. She denied her husband had made any type of racial slur toward the two men.

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EventsRiverview Fall Festival: 4:30-7 p.m. Oct. 26, Riverview Community Church, 4135 S. 216th St., Kent. Fun fall event for families Trunk or Treat, face painting, popcorn, cookie walk, carnival games and candy. Come dressed in your costume. Free admis-sion. Corn dogs and pizza slices on sale for $1. For more information, call 253-872-8881 or visit www.rcckent.org.

Halloween Trick-or-Treating & Cos-tume Contest: 4-6:30 p.m. Oct. 31, Kent Station, 417 Ramsay Way. Merchants will pass out tasty treats to your little ghosts and goblins. Costume contest from 4-6 p.m. Judging begins after 4 p.m. on the fountain stage in the plaza next to ColdStone Cream-ery. Winners of the best individual costumes and best group costumes will be announced from 6:10-6:30 p.m. Must be present to win. Prizes are Kent Station gift cards. For more detailed information, visit www.kentsta-tion.com.

Soul’d Out Kent Candy Explosion: 6-9 p.m. Oct. 31, Washington Army National Guard, Kent Armory, 24410 Military Road S. A free event that offers a safe and dry en-vironment for your children. Lots of candy, games and more. www.souldoutkent.org.

BenefitsDoll Tea Party for Pediatric Cancer Research: Noon-5 p.m. Oct. 19, Kent Bargain Boutique, 215 W. Meeker St. Sup-porting the cancer awareness campaign for Dr. Michael Jensen’s research and the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer. Seattle Children’s Research Institute is one of the nation’s top five pediatric research centers. Even features a selection of dolls, wonderful teapots and vintage linens. 253-850-8216

New Connections of South King County: 5-8 p.m. Oct. 24, Golden Steer Steak N’ Rib House, 23826 104th Ave. SE, Kent. Dinner fundraiser; silent and live auction with prizes ranging from a trip to Mexico to a week in Ocean Shores, as well as gift cards from Trapper’s Sushi, the Melting Pot, 90-minute Swedish massages at The Wellness Sanctuary, Disney on Ice at Sho-Ware Center and much more. Kent-based New Connections of South King County helps provide some of the basic needs to clients such as Washington State ID’s and hygiene packs. These items are a necessity to someone seeking employment. If you are unable to attend and would like to make a donation, send your tax deductible donations to New Connections, 422 West Titus St., Kent WA 98032. For more informa-tion and to reserve seats at the dinner, call 425-241-1247.

Autumn Craft Fair: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 1, Sunrise Elementary School, 22300 132nd Ave. SE, Kent. Support local artisans. More than 40 vendors to shop from. Free admis-sion. For more information, email [email protected].

Gettin’ In The Holiday Spirit Sale: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 1, Green River Com-munity College campus, 12401 320th St., Auburn. Asking for donations of nonperish-able food items to assist the food bank with holiday help or cash donations to help fight juvenile diabetes. More than 50 vendors and crafters selling items. For more information, contact Mary Kirkman at 206-383-9006 or [email protected].

KentHOPE’s “Hope Springs Forth”: 6-8:30 p.m. Nov. 1, New Beginnings Chris-tian Fellowship, 19300 108th Ave. SE, Kent. Proceeds support the continued operation of the KentHOPE’s day center and future acquisition of a permanent facility. Sponsor-ships available. To register or to learn more,

visit kenthope.wordpress.com or contact Pat Gray at [email protected].

Party Like It’s 1985 Auction: 6 p.m. Nov. 1, Fairwood Golf and Country Club, 17070 140th Ave. SE, Renton. Proceeds benefit Kentridge Grad NIGHT 2015, a long-established tradition for a “safe” all-night party for graduates, with secret destina-tions and entertainment, and all food and transportation provided. Live auction items include: seats for Super Bowl XLIX; tickets to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”; South African photographic safari; Napa, Calif., getaway, plus chauffeured wine tour or cooking class. Cost: $40 per person includes dinner, silent and live auctions, and dancing. Open to the public. Reserve your seats by Oct. 24 at [email protected] or send your name, num-ber of attendees, and check to Kentridge PTSA, PO Box 59806, Renton, WA 98058.

28th Annual Holiday Craft Market: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 7; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 8, Kent Senior Activity Center. City of Kent hosts large, creative gift boutique. Juried show features 70 booths of handcrafted gifts. Figgy Pudding Café and Bake Sale, hourly door prizes compliments of the Craft Market artists and live entertainment by Tammy Davenport (Friday) and John Anso-tigue (Saturday). Free parking. No admis-sion charge. Sponsored by Farrington Court, Judson Park, Stafford Suites, and Regence. Proceeds benefit the programs and services of the senior center. For more information, call 253-856-5162.

P.E.O. Holiday Marketplace & Bazaar: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 8, Kent First Presbyteri-an Church, 9425 S. 248th St. Kent. Bake sale, homemade items, plant sale, raffle baskets, new and gently used items. All proceeds to benefit scholarships for women. P.E.O. is a nonprofit organization that focuses on furthering education for women. Contact email: [email protected].

Kent Commons Holiday Bazaar: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Dec. 5; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 6, Kent Commons, 525 Fourth Avenue N. City of Kent bazaar features more than 100 vendors with handcrafted gifts, musical entertainment, food and beverages. Free admission. For more information, visit www.kentwa.gov/kentcommonsholiday-bazaar/

SeniorsFall Harvest Ball: 7-9:30 p.m. Oct. 21, Kent Senior Activity Center, 600 E. Smith St. Senior center and Stafford Suites host the event that features hors ‘d oeuvres and des-serts beginning at 7. Andy Burnett provides dance music from 7:30 to 9:30. Semi-formal dress optional. Limited tickets available for any size donation to the Kent Senior Lunch Program in person or by phone at 253-856-5150 weekdays. If available, tickets may also be acquired at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m.


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Lecrae – Anomaly Tour: 7 p.m. Oct. 19. Featuring Grammy Award-winning artist with special guests Andy Mineo and DJ Promote. Tickets are $25 and $35. ($40 deluxe seats sold out).

Seattle Impact season opener: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8. Kent’s new indoor pro soccer team takes on San Diego. Tickets: $9-$39.

Disney On Ice presents Let’s Cel-ebrate!: 7 p.m. Nov. 12. It’s one colossal party on ice, with all your favorite Disney friends. Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they celebrate a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter. Tickets: $22-$65.

100.7 The Wolf – Hometown Holiday: 8 p.m. Dec. 10. Starring Randy Houser, Lee

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1964 The Tribute: 8 p.m. Dec. 11. Tribute band brings back the sound of the legendary Beattles. Tickets: $20-$75.

HOT 103.7 – Hot House Party: 8 p.m. Dec. 12. Featuring Bobby Brown, Tony! Toni! Toné!, Ginuwine and Rob Base. Tickets $48.50, $70.50 (reserved seats) and $114 (premium seats), which include the best floor seats, pre-party and after party in the club lounge with appetizers and cash bar, souvenir laminate and chance to take a photo with some of the artists performing.


Old World Masters: 7 p.m. Nov. 21, The First Christian Church of Kent, 11717 SE 240th, Kent. Four members of the Auburn Symphony Orchestra perform: Dvorak, String Quartet in F Major (The American Quartet); Haydn, String Quartet in D Major (The Lark); Mozart, String Quartet in B Flat Major (The Hunt). The concert is sponsored in part by the Kent Arts Commission. Festival seating: $17 adults, $10 students. Call 253-887-7777 or purchase online at www.auburnsymphony.org


Tickets at kentarts.com, by calling 253-856-5051 or at the Kent Com-mons, 525 Fourth Ave. N. Hours for phone and in-person sales are Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The box office is closed on Sunday.

The Four Bitchin’ Babes present “Jingle Babes!”: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, Kent-Meridian PAC. Original tour de force musical comedy theatre troupe. These accomplished musician-actress-comediennes fill the stage with whimsical songs, hilarious shtick, and luscious girl group harmonies. Tickets: $25 general, $25 senior, $15 youth

Magical Strings 28th Annual Celtic Yuletide Concert: 3 p.m. Dec. 7, Kent-Meridian PAC. The Boulding Family’s musical celebration of the holiday season is a treasured tradition in Kent. Pam and Philip Boulding are joined by their children, grandchildren and guests for an afternoon of enchanting Yuletide music. Tickets: $22 general, $20 senior, $15 youth


“Things That Go Bump”: 7 p.m. Oct. 24, Kentlake High School Performing Arts Auditorium, 21401 SE 300th St., Kent. Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra’s first concert of the 2014-2015 season. The fun and somewhat spooky music includes Saint-Saens’ “Danse Macabre,” Johann Strauss II’s “ Overture from Die Fledermaus,” highlights from the musical “Wicked,” and more. Performers in costume. Admission: $5 suggested donation. Proceeds support the orchestra. For more information, visit www.mvyso.org or call 425-433-6009.

“Phantom of the Opera”: 7 p.m. Oct. 26, Kent Lutheran Church, 336 2nd Ave. S. Featuring Organist Nathan Jensen accompanying the classic Lon Chaney film. Refreshments available. Tickets $12.50 at the door or from BrownPaperTickets.com with student admission and seniors in groups of 10 at $5. For more information: www.chancelarts.com or 206-954-7602.

PoetryWorkshop: 2:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 18, East Hill Friends Church, 22600 116th Ave. SE, Kent. Participants will create artwork and write poetry. Materials will be provided, however, participants are welcome to bring supplies of their own. Supplies include: magazines, construction paper, scissors, glue sticks and writing materials. No regis-tration necessary. Come early and enjoy a walk along the Meditation Trail behind the church. Free.

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See MarianneMarianne Binetti hosts “Dig In Seattle,” a garden and cooking show that is back on the air. You can watch the show via podcast at www.diginseattle.com or on Channel 22 KZJO TV at 12:30 p.m. Saturdays. The show focuses on local garden-ing tips and cooking demos from local chefs.

Th e second week of Oc-tober is when the fi rst hard frost can sometimes put a sudden end to summer plants.

Make this the week you remove pitiful petunias and pull up other annuals with fading fl owers.

Now is the time to dig and store tender bulbs such as canna and dahl-ias, move any houseplants back indoors and try your hand with lady luck when it comes to being a gambling gardener.

Saving tender plants over the winter can be risky business and the stakes are death defying – in the literal sense. Th e payoff is not having to purchase new plants in the spring. Lucky winners can recycle favor-ites year aft er year.

Here are a few tips for “saving summer” by winter-ing over tender plants even if you don’t own a green-house.

Saving dahlia and canna tubers:

You can dig and store tender bulbs each autumn or leave them in the ground but cover the soil to keep out the rain. It is the wet winter weather that rots these tender bulbs more oft en than the cold that freezes them to death. A covering of oil cloth, plastic

or even a pile of water-repelling sword fern fronds placed on top of the soil will give tender dahlias, cannas and even bananas a chance to survive winter.

First, cut back the stems to just above soil

level. Spread the water barrier on top and add a wood mulch or stones to keep it in place. Remove the covering in late spring and see

what pops up.

Move tender potted plants up close to the house - under the eaves:

You can easily overwinter many succulents and tender plants that have gray or sil-ver foliage such as licorice plants, lavender and dusty miller by keeping them away from heavy rains and in potting soil that drains quickly. Th is is the reason why your neighbor with a container garden on a covered porch or patio claims her Dusty Miller has lived for years in the same pot while the same plant in your garden must be replaced every spring.

Winter Warning: Very tender succulents such as echeverias must be moved indoors to survive the win-ter. Keeping them dry un-der the eaves of the house is not enough protection from

the freezing nights ahead. Store fuchsia baskets and

geraniums in a garage or shed:Miracles do happen and

aft er a mild winter your hanging fuchsia basket or potted geranium might just make a Lazarus move and surprise you with their resurrection in the spring.

You can dramatically increase the odds that these plants will be with you next summer by cutting them back by one half now and moving the plants to a cold but not freezing garage or shed.

Let the soil dry out to encourage winter dorman-cy and add a little water only on the major holidays – a little drink to toast Th anksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and St. Pat’s. Once Easter arrives you can repot these survivors and bring them indoors to a bright window. In May these bonus plants can be moved back outdoors and you’ll have a second sum-mer of blooming beauty.

Full disclosure here: Overwintering geraniums, tender hibiscus, hanging fuchsias and other patio plants can be a bit messy. You must also be willing to put up with these plants inside your home in the month of April when they are just waking up and still in the ugly stage.

When you overwinter plants in a garage, basement

or shed they are also likely to suff er leaf blights and mite infestations.

Finally, overwintered plants won’t fi nally fl ower and start looking great until mid-summer or even August. If you don’t have a greenhouse and don’t enjoy a challenge, just uproot these tender plants now, add them to the compost pile and enjoy buying professionally grown and perfectly beautiful new plants in the spring.

Marianne Binetti has a de-gree in horticulture from Wash-ington State University and is the author of “Easy Answers for Great Gardens” and several other books. For book requests or answers to gardening ques-tions, write to her at: P.O. Box 872, Enumclaw, 98022. Send a self-addressed, stamped en-velope for a personal reply. For more gardening information, she can be reached at her web-site, www.binettigarden.com.

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GREEN KENT DAY: Volunteers are invited to join the Green Kent Partnership (GKP) Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. for a morning of restoration work and community camaraderie in celebration of the third annual Green Kent Day. The event is a celebration of the GKP’s work, restoring more than 1,300 acres of pub-licly owned forests and natural areas. All are welcome and no experience is necessary for participation in restoration and planting projects. Volunteers are needed at the Green River Natural Resources Area, located just north of 22306 Russell Road, and at Morrill Meadows Park, 10600 SE 248th. A barbecue lunch at that site will be provided at noon to volunteer groups, thanks to support from Farrington Court. Registration is required at KentWA.gov/ComeVolunteer.

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Kent-Meridian coach Brett Allen goes over a playbook at a recent practice as the Royals prepare to play Kentwood in a SPSL Northeast Division showdown game on Friday night. ROSS COYLE, Kent Reporter


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Kent-Meridian High School head football coach Brett Allen moves around the sidelines with a mea-sured, steady pace and then switches to a run to bark orders to his players, then immediately regains his steady composure.

Kent-Meridian English teacher Brett Allen is a diff erent man who casually strolls from the front to the back of the class and only rarely raises his voice to emphasize a point.

Th ere’s more to Allen than just the coach who’s turning the Royals this year from lost hope to league powerhouse in his fi ft h year. Th e Royals (3-0 league, 5-1 overall) play Kentwood (2-0, 5-1) in a South Puget Sound League Northeast 4A showdown at 7 p.m. Friday at French Field.

Th e 10-year teaching veteran has also worked in public relations, written sports columns and gone through his own personal trials in college. Allen’s coaching style, focusing on constant dedication to the task at hand, has brought the Royals their fi rst win-ning season in more than a decade. His stepfather’s motto of placing things of value fi rst in life have in-

fl uenced his decisions and helped keep him on track through diffi cult times.

But for much of his life Allen never considered working with kids, looking instead to be a sports writer.

Allen grew up in South Seattle and moved to Skyway aft er his parents divorce. Aft er spending a few years in Skyway, his mother settled in Renton where he graduated from Hazen High School in 1992. Allen played football at Central Washington Univer-sity in Ellensburg and double

majored in print journalism and public relations with a minor in sociology.

His stepfather, Ed James, impressed upon him at an early age the importance of planning and patience as well as the importance of big things of substance like family, God and other people instead of himself.

“He’s always passed on work ethic, and looking at your life and making small improvements, waiting for the long-term gain,” Allen says. During several years

at CWU, he fell off of that mantra.

While the coach has been praised for his work, he says that his time at CWU was one of the roughest of his life, when he got into drink-ing and drugs while on the football team. He spent almost six years in school — and nearly dropped out — before fi nally changing his attitude in 1996.

James’s watch words of looking at the things that mattered in the future, such as family, God and others

that helped him turn his life around and he refocused on his studies.

Th e year was also a pivot-al moment for Allen, when he met Aisha Duckett, who would become his wife.

“I knew within a few weeks that I was going to marry her,” Allens says. Th e couple were engaged fi ve months later.

He says that Duckett’s drive and motivation to fi nish school (she had come out of community college and made it clear that she was there for two years and moving on) also helped motivate Allen to change his study habits.

Aft er graduating they moved on to the Tri-City Herald in Kennewick. Brett wrote sports columns while Aisha worked on the paper’s business and marketing side.

“Th at’s the best job I’ve ever had. If I was single I’d go back to doing it,” Allen recalls. But Brett’s long night hours and Aisha’s day hours weren’t working, and they moved back across the mountains when she found work at the Tacoma News Tribune in 2000. Allen found work at a PR fi rm, but it was short lived.

“I hated what I did,” he says. “Working for someone

Coach Allen turns Royals into powerhouse

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The Seattle Thunderbirds hockey team acquired

defenseman Scott Allan in a trade on Monday from the

Medicine Hat Tigers for a fi fth-round selection in the 2016

Bantam Draft.“We are down to fi ve

defensemen heading into a very busy time in our schedule,”

T-Birds general manager Russ Farwell said. “We feel there is

huge potential with Scott and look forward to adding him to

our team.”The 6-foot-6, 235-pound Allan,

from Thornton, Colo., has played in three games with the

Tigers this season and has not registered a point. In his rookie

season last year Allan played in 34 games.

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else’s bottom line, cold calling journalists and glad-handing people made me feel so fake and I felt empty.”

While he was able to write occasionally, most of the work was trying to sell reporters on article pitches.

“The majority of it was the slimy, glad-handing stuff and my personality doesn’t really go that way.”

His father’s lessons of putting value in things that last such as a family and others guided him away from that job and into his teaching career.

The firm turned out to be an unexpected boon for Allen, when a co-worker approached him to speak at his wife’s journalism class at Renton High School. The positive atmosphere from the class gave him a major incentive to consider changing careers, and he spoke with his wife about it that night.

“I wanted to do some-

thing that mattered to the world,” he says, “not just some company’s bottom line, and mattered to me.”

Allen became an instruc-tional assistant at K-M working in the Read Right program, where he helped struggling students bring their reading skills up to grade level. He also enrolled at Antioch University in Seattle for a masters in teaching program and a teaching certificate. He completed his student teaching at K-M and was emergency certified in 2004 to teach freshman English. He took his first teaching job at Mill Creek Middle School in 2005.

If he weren’t teaching English, he says, he would like to pursue social studies or history because “I’m a nerd for those things.”

Teaching and coaching have gone hand in hand for Allen, who says that the goal in both instances for him is to build life lessons into his teaching, not just

the immediate material that he places in front of his students.

“There are some guys who coach the game strictly through Xs and Os, we try to teach the game so that kids truly understand it at all levels, and teach life lessons.”

Allen’s mantra of goal setting, confidence, work ethic and self respect come into this way of teaching. Whether it’s teaching ninth graders in his English class to speak publicly through 30-second speeches or getting the varsity team to believe in themselves and their abilities, it always comes back to teaching something more than just how to pass or how to write.

With the football season and school eating up his time, Allen looks to his family for relaxation, in-cluding his daughter Kaiya, 4, and son Mekhai, 2.

“They just crack me up at this stage in the game.”

It’s also a challenge for

him to have a classroom, a football family and a per-sonal family.

“I do sometimes feel like I’ve got a million balls in the air,” he says.

Allen finds himself much more distanced from his

[ ALLEN from page 12]

Woods leads Royals past Tahoma 42-36 in SPSLBY ROSS COYLE

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Ben Woods threw for 440 yards and four touchdowns, leading Kent-Meridian High School to a 42-36 come-from-behind vic-

tory over Tahoma in a South Puget Sound League Northeast 4A game last Saturday at French Field.

The win sets up a showdown between the Royals (3-0 in league, 5-1 overall) and Kentwood (2-0, 5-1) for the division lead. Kickoff is 7 p.m. Friday at French Field.

“This game means a lot for a lot of[ more ROYALS page 14 ]

[ more ALLEN page 14 ]

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Published in the Kent Reporter on October 3, 2014, October 10, 2014 and October 17, 2014. #1145478. NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE PURSUANT TO THE REVISED CODE OF WASH- INGTON CHAPTER 61.24 ET. SEQ. THIS NOTICE IS THE FINAL STEP BEFORE THE FORECLOSURE SALE OF YOUR HOME. You have only 20 DAYS from the recording date on this notice to pursue mediation. DO NOT DELAY. CONTACT A HOUSING COUNSELOR OR AN ATTOR- NEY LICENSED IN WASH- INGTON NOW to assess your situation and refer you to media- tion if you are eligible and it may help you save your home. See below for safe sources of help. SEEKING ASSISTANCE Hous- ing counselors and legal assis- tance may be available at little or no cost to you. If you would like assistance in determining your

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MARGIN 75.56 FEET TO THE TRUE POINT OF BEGINNING: SITUATE IN THE COUNTY OF KING, STATE OF WASH- INGTON. Commonly known as:841 SOUTH 146TH STREET BURIEN, WASHINGTON 98168 APN: 202304-9064-09 which is subject to that certain Deed of Trust dated 12/4/2007, recorded 12/10/2007, as Audi- tor’s File No. 20071210001901, records of King County, Wash- ington, from JON E HOLLEY, A SINGLE PERSON, as Gran- tor(s), to FIDELITY NATION- AL TITLE INSURANCE COMPANY, A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION, as Trustee, to secure an obligation in favor of MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., AS NOMINEE FOR LEH- MAN BROTHERS BANK, FSB, A FEDERAL SAVINGS BANK, ITS SUCCESSORS AND AS-

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(Previously billed in TESS)($300.00) Mailings $32.70TOTAL DUE AS OF 7/2/2014$52,370.78 IV. The sum owing on the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust is: The principal sum of $195,078.93, together with interest as provided in the Note from 4/1/2011, and such other costs and fees as are pro- vided by statute. V. the above de- scribed real property will be sold to satisfy the expense of sale and the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust as provided by statute. Said sale will be made without warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, posses- sion or encumbrances on 11/14/2014. The defaults referred to in Paragraph III must be cured by 11/3/2014, (11 days before the sale date) to cause a discon- tinuance of the sale. The sale will be discontinued and termi- nated if at any time before 11/3/2014 (11 days before the sale) the default as set forth in Paragraph III is cured and the Trustee’s fees and costs are paid. Payment must be in cash or with

a State or federally chartered bank. The sale may be terminat- ed any time after the 11/3/2014 (11 days before the sale date) and before the sale, by the Borrower or Grantor or the or the Grantor’s successor interest or the holder of any recorded junior lien or en- cumbrance by paying the princi- pal and interest secured by the Deed of Trust, plus costs, fees and advances, if any, made pur- suant to the terms of the obliga- tion and/or Deed of Trust and curing all other defaults. VI. A written Notice of Default was

Trustee to the Borrower and Grantor at the following ad- dress(es): SEE ATTACHED EX-

proof of which is in the posses- sion of the Trustee; and the Bor- rower and Grantor were person- ally served, if applicable, with said written Notice of Default or the written Notice of Default was posted in a conspicuous place on the real property described in Paragraph I above, and the Trus- tee has possession of proof of such service or posting. VII. The

Trustee whose name and address are set forth below will provide in writing to anyone requesting it, a statement of all costs and fees due at any time prior to the sale. VIII. The effect of the sale will be to deprive the Grantor and all those who hold by, through or under the Grantor of all their interest in the above-de- scribed property. IX. Anyone having any objections to this sale on any grounds whatsoever will be afforded an opportunity to be heard as to those objections if they bring a lawsuit to restrain the sale pursuant to RCW 61.24.130. Failure to bring such a lawsuit may result in a waiver of any proper grounds for invali- dating the Trustee’s sale. X. NOTICE TO OCCUPANTS OR TENANTS – The purchaser at the trustee’s sale is entitled to possession of the property on the 20th day following the sale, as against the grantor under the Deed of Trust (the owner) and anyone having an interest junior to the Deed of Trust, including occupants who are not tenants. After the 20th day following the sale the purchaser has the right to evict occupants who are not ten- ants by summary proceedings under chapter 59.12 RCW. For tenant-occupied property, the purchaser shall provide a tenant with written notice in accordance with RCW 61.24.060. THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFOR- MATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PUR- POSE. Dated: 7/7/14 CLEAR RECON CORP., as Successor Trustee For additional informa- tion or service you may contact: Clear Recon Corp. 9311 S.E. 36th Street, Suite 100 Mercer Is- land, WA 98040 Phone: (206) 707-9599 EXHIBIT “1”NAME ADDRESS JON E HOLLEY 33720 9TH AVE S STE 7 FEDERAL WAY, WA 98003-6735 JON E HOLLEY 841 S 146TH ST BURIEN, WA 98168-3629 JON E HOLLEY 841 SOUTH 146TH STREET BURIEN WASHINGTON 98168 Published in the Kent Reporter on October 17, 2014 and October 31, 2014. #1095081.



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The applicant requests a Shore-line Variance to construct a two-story single family home, a

in a wetland buffer and within the 150-foot shoreline setback from the Green River. The sub-ject parcel is vacant, but entirely encumbered with a wetland and its buffer. The proposed home will have a building footprint of approximately 2,152 square feet with a 400 square foot deck. The proposed development footprint,

will impact approximately 11,528 square feet of wetland buffer. The applicant proposes approximately 26,817 square feet of wetland buffer enhancement, to include removal of invasive plants and replacement with na- tive trees and shrubs, in order to mitigate for the buffer impacts. The site is located at 24519

King County parcel number 2222049030 and is zoned SR-1, Residential Agricultural. Comments are due for the above project by 4:30 p.m., October 31, 2014, to City of Kent Planning Services. For more information, contact Kent Planning Services at 220 Fourth Avenue S., Kent, WA 98032, Telephone: (253) 856- 5454. Any person requiring a disability accommodation should contact the City for more infor-mation. For TDD relay service, call 1-800-833-6388 or the City of Kent at (253) 856-5725.

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family during football season. One night, while tucking his daughter into bed, she said that she didn’t want him to coach football.

“It was like a punch in the stomach. She understood that I wasn’t with her because I was with football.”

It’s helped to bring the kids to games and practices, so they can see just what he does and why it’s important to him. It also helps when he ties it back to those family values.

“They know that my job is to teach peo-ple, so they do understand that part, and I talk to them how football is the same way. That’s one thing my wife is trying to teach the kids, is putting other people first is important.”

reasons,” said K-M coach Brett Allen of this week-end’s showdown. “There’s the (Claude) French trophy (emblematic of the top Kent football team), No. 1 seed at stake, division title at stake. The fact that it’s got this much laying on the line makes it that much bigger.”

Against Tahoma, Kent-Meridian trailed 36-21 in the third quarter before rallying for the victory.

Woods hit Vinnie Ma-lietufa for a 23-yard touch-down, pulling the Royals to within 36-27 late in the

third quarter. Woods then found Emmanuel Daigbe on a 4-yard scoring strike to cut the Bears’ lead to 36-34 with 8:42 left in the game.

Gabe Gallman’s 4-yard TD run and two-point conver-sion smash pushed the Royals in front to stay, 42-36, with 6:03 remaining.

The Royals prevailed de-spite distractions, including increased media attention, rain delays and the school celebrating senior night.

“I felt it was kind of a win-ugly situation,” Allen said. “There were a lot of distractions. Right before the thunder delay we were in a pretty good groove. To

the boys’ credit, they stayed faithful.”

Marc Dennis, a junior, led the Royals with six recep-tions for 169 yards and two touchdowns. Daigbe, also a junior, had six catches for 118 yards and two TDs.

Malietufa finished with 41 yards on the ground for the Royals.

For Allen, the challenge is to keep his team hungry.

“What I talked to them about is that all of our goals are still in season,” he said. “Our goal was not to clinch a playoff spot, our goal is to play in Tacoma in Decem-ber.”

[ ROYALS from page 13 ] [ ALLEN from page 13 ] Conf. Overall


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