Bob Roegner

Baruso appointed to Federal Way Council amid chaos

There will be many other interpretations of the mayor’s actions, and this episode will have repercussions among the eight elected officials that run City Hall.

 

State of the City

Elections are next year, and with the high profile marketing for the event, the speech always sounds more like a “please vote for me” campaign kick-off.

 

Welcome to Olympia Mr. Johnson

Sometimes making a law isn’t pretty, and by the time everybody weighs in, that great idea may look completely different.

 

19 want to join Federal Way City Council

The six remaining council members will decide who the new council member will be, and politics will play a role.

South King Fire and Rescue needs to think of public transparency

The “old boy’s club” that is our fire department doesn’t appear all that interested in having the taxpayers, who pay the bill, actually understand what is going.

Short legislative session turns left

With a progressive agenda including comprehensive sex education, clean fuel standards and gun violence, Democrats will need to be cautious about overreach.

Mayor’s style divides Federal Way community

Ferrell’s pattern of behavior is dividing the community in such a negative manner he needs to rethink his entire style if he hopes to be an effective leader.

Federal Way in 2030 or beyond

Federal Way needs a community-wide shuttle bus system, interesting shops, better permitting and more.

Federal Way public official awards for 2019

The “It’s the Right Thing To Do” Award goes to Mayor Ferrell as he agreed to fly the pride flag.

Intrigue and strategy of replacing Rep. Kristine Reeves

Although the new appointee for the vacant 30th District seat must be a Democrat, the alignment opens the door for political mischief.

Honor those who went before

These officials and many others served with distinction even on the occasions when you disagreed with them.

Political quotes and odd comments

Ferrell’s tendency for hyperbole got the better of him as he quoted President Ronald Reagan at the Berlin Wall with “tear down this wall.”

Strained relationship between legislators, city of Federal Way

Legislators were seeking information and accountability from City Hall and did not appear happy with some city answers.

Council punts pride flag back to mayor

It’s rare when a public official gets a second chance to do “the right thing.”

Possible vacant Federal Way City Council seat in 2020

Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell is endorsing Jesse Johnson because it will look good to Democrats.

Pride flag resolution, inclusion or politics?

The Federal Way mayor has control of all city facilities and could have used his authority to join other cities and direct the flag be flown.

What will elections mean to Federal Way mayor-council alignment?

Election revealed some relationships that will provide clues to new potential voting blocks.

Uneven turnout despite issues

In the short-term, the big news was the defeat of the advisory vote to allow pot stores in the city limits.

Elections aren’t done, but candidates thinking ahead

Planning for 2020 state races has been going on for months, as has the maneuvering for the next city and county races in 2021.

Turnout key in off-year election

Here are the likely local winners of this November’s election.