A White Center food manufacturing company – La Mexicana – has agreed to repay the state for its efforts to clean up vegetable oil that spilled into a White Center pond last year (read our previous coverage here).

The company has also committed to fund a local environmental restoration project.

The Washington Department of Ecology, other agencies and contractors spent weeks cleaning up the vegetable oil, and catching and cleaning more than 80 oiled birds in November and December 2015. The response efforts and cleanup work totaled $333,729, and about $250,000 of this amount was dedicated to wildlife response. La Mexicana said it will pay for the bill.

La Mexicana voluntarily accepted responsibility after realizing the spill had occurred at its White Center facility.

Photo courtesy Dept. of Ecology.

Photo courtesy Dept. of Ecology.

The spill happened on Oct. 30, 2015, when a 200 gallon container of cooking oil accidentally tipped over and spilled an estimated 175 gallons into a storm drain. That storm drain emptied into the White Center pond a few blocks away.

“La Mexicana became an involved response partner as soon as they realized the oil in the pond and the impacted wildlife were a result of the spill at their facility,” said David Byers, Ecology’s spill response supervisor.

Since the spill, La Mexicana has purchased spill response equipment, posted instructions and trained employees to contain, clean up and immediately report future spills.

Cooking and other edible oils, while less toxic to wildlife than petroleum products, cause environmental harm. The oil coats birds’ feathers causing them to lose insulation and buoyancy. Oil also damages habitat for other aquatic life by reducing oxygen levels and creating physical impacts on the water surface and shoreline.

“La Mexicana cares deeply about our community and the environment. We are grateful that we were able to partner with the Department of Ecology to restore the pond and the impacted wildlife. La Mexicana has implemented robust programs to ensure the protection of our natural resources, and the continuous improvement of our processes, products, and services,” said William Fry, general manager of La Mexicana.

Along with cost recovery, the state issued a separate $4,813.83 damage assessment to La Mexicana for harm to natural, cultural and publically owned resources. The assessment is based on the amount spilled and the resources placed at risk.

Ecology also fined La Mexicana $2,000 for spilling oil and failing to promptly report the spill. Ecology penalties may be appealed to the Washington State Pollution Control Hearings Board.

Here’s episode #73 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation:

SoKing News Weekly Recap for Oct. 21-24, 2016: Burien man its 63 years for killing 2 at gas station; SeaTac council ponders audio recording; Burien council reviewing new branding/logo for city; Puget Sound Weather Geek forecast; Jack Mayne on future airport ideas; ‘The Final Take’ on a local beer biz & more…

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Burien’s 1st Pot Shop is now OPEN!

Just 5 minutes from Sea-Tac Airport, Burien’s first Pot Shop – Kush21 – is located at 17730 Ambaum Blvd. South, in the same complex as BZ’s Sports Bar, and across from a public storage facility.

In this prime location Burien’s first Pot Shop is superbly located to offer a premium cannabis shopping experience to both tourists and locals. Visitors will find expert advice and consultation from friendly budtenders who are customer focused, knowledgable and courteous.

Whether you are discovering cannabis products for the first time, rediscovering them, or are a connoisseur, you will appreciate the prompt and courteous service that emanates from their core value of respect. This same respect for the customer is what inspires their commitment to offer premium selection with an eye to value. You will not find artificially overpriced goods, rather Kush21 aims to be your go-to purveyor, at the lowest price possible. For the month of October they are offering an astounding 33% off their entire inventory. But hurry, because come Nov. 1st these deals are gone!

Value can also be found in their loyalty program. This enticing VIP Club offers a 5% discount for every 10th check-in. After registration, simply visit the electronic kiosk on every visit, and before you know it, you’re cashing in on the savings.

Kush21 owners have further plans to enhance your experience with an express window, up-to-date automatically populated online menus and more. For now, they continue to build out their inventory and aim to carry the best that Washington state has to offer at competitive prices.

They are excited and honored to be the first pot shop in Burien. Their neighbor BZ’s Sports bar is too and is celebrating with a welcome party this Sunday, Oct. 23 from 7-10 p.m. BZ’s is just a few doors down from Kush21 at 17730 Ambaum Blvd S.


Here is a little more info from their website:

We carry industry leading products & have a wonderful staff of cannabis enthusiasts for your pleasure. We’ve slashed all of our prices by 33% for the month of October, so get in here and check us out!

We are currently building out our inventory but aim to carry the best that Washington state has to offer, at competitive prices.

To celebreate our soft & grand opening, we have slashed all of our already competitive prices by a whopping 33%! Come in and get the best deals you can find and get to see our brand new store, just 5 minutes from Seatac Airport!

Valid until Oct. 31, 2016.

This discount does not stack with any others. Prices on the products/shelf are already priced with the discount and taxes included.

Address: 17730 Ambaum Blvd. South, Burien 98148 (map below)


  • Sun-Thurs: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Fri/Sat: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Phone: 206.402.6955

Website: http://kush21.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Kush21Seattle/

Here’s a look at their brand new store:





Some of their products:











King County immigrants and refugees will be sharing their stories tonight – Thursday, Oct. 20 – at Dubsea Coffee in White Center, starting at 7 p.m.

Here’s more from the county:

Twenty-two percent of King County’s population are foreign-born, including refugees from all around the world and all walks of life. Join ART WORKS Projects and KCLS for a conversation on resettlement.

Through audio and visual stories, examine the impact of displacement on the lives of migrants in our community, understand the issues they face and explore how we can better welcome, work to counter negative stereotypes and promote a more nuanced understanding of our new neighbors.

Observe and learn more about ART WORKS Sanctuary & Sustenance photography and media exhibit as well as KCLS’ Immigrant Stories Project, a collection of audio recordings.

Sponsored by the KCLS Foundation and ART WORKS Projects and the University of Washington Center for Global Studies. www.artworksprojects.org.

  • Greenbridge Library, Thursday, October 20, 7pm
    Held at Dubsea Coffee, 9910 8th Avenue SW, Seattle WA 98106.
  • Renton Library, Tuesday, October 25, 7pm
    100 Mill Avenue S • 425.226.6043


The Coalition for Drug Free Youth is conducting a short community survey, seeking residents’ perceptions of drug and alcohol use and abuse in youth and in the community.

To take the short survey, click below:

The data from these surveys will be used to implement evidence-based prevention programs in middle and high schools in our community.

Adults ages 18 and over, who live, work or frequent the North Highline (White Center, Top Hat, Boulevard Park, etc.) and Burien areas are eligible to take this survey.

“Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey!”

The Coalition for Drug-Free Youth educates, inspires, and empowers our community to support youth and to create a safe, healthy environment aimed at addressing alcohol, tobacco and other drug problems.

Upwards of 60 White Center Heights Elementary School staff plan to participate in the Oct. 19 #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool action by wearing Black Lives Matter shirts to school “to address institutionalized racism in our schools and offer a space for dialogue among school staff.”

The action – which is also taking place in schools across Seattle – demonstrates that educators across the city stand together with the community of John Muir Elementary, which received racist threats in response to their planned Black Men United to Change the Narrative event last month.

“White Center Heights staff members are hoping to spark a larger conversation in our classrooms, across our community and the Highline School District at large,” reads an announcement.

White Center Heights is located at 10015 6th Ave SW.

For further information, contact Ryan Reilly at [email protected].

Here’s episode #72 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation:

SoKing News Weekly Recap for Oct. 14-17, 2016: Gunshots in Burien remain a mystery; woman found dead in car; Burien City Council selects Tony Piasecki as Interim City Manager; Redondo boardwalk re-opened; Puget Sound Weather Geek forecast; Jack Mayne on local politics; ‘The Final Take’ & more…

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WCB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for both this SATURDAY, Oct. 15 and SUNDAY, Oct. 16 – is a one of a kind 1919 Tudor style home on a large corner lot in Seahurst!

This unique home awaits your creativity and hard work to be restored to its original glory!

Views of the sound from the main and up, with 2 bedrooms on the main and 2 upstairs.

Finish the basement to add even more living space.

Close to schools and parks and it’s an easy walk to Olde Burien and Town Square.

Don’t miss this one!!

OFFERS: Seller will review offers on Offer Review Date (may review/accept sooner): 10/20/2016

Here are some photos (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):












Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Realty Open House.

WHENBoth SATURDAY, Oct. 14: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. & SUNDAY, Oct. 16: 10:30 – 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: 2404 SW 151st St, Burien 98166 (click for MAP, or see below)


  • List Price: $350,000
  • MLS Number: 1041840
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 1.5
  • Year Built: 1919
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,340 s.f.
  • Approximate Lot SqFt: 10,530 s.f.

Site Features:

  • Corner Lot
  • Cable TV
  • Gas Available
  • Value In Land

Marketing Remarks:

Wonderful opportunity in coveted Seahurst neighborhood.

This one of a kind 1919 Tudor style home on a corner lot awaits your creativity and hard work to be restored to its original glory!

Views of the sound from the main and up.

2 bedrooms on the main and 2 upstairs.

Finish the basement to add even more living space.

Close to schools and parks and it’s an easy walk to Olde Burien and Town Square.

Don’t miss this one!!

Offers: Seller will review offers on Offer Review Date (may review/accept sooner) – 10/20/2016

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses, and click here to “Like” them on Facebook.

by Chris Scragg
Puget Sound Weather Geek

If the transition from summer to fall felt like a comfortable adjustment, then buckle up; because this weekend will make you feel like you stepped into December…in 2006.

The typical hallmarks of stormy weather are expected this weekend; incessant heavy rain, blustery winds and dark days. Saturday however, may bring more than the typical Northwest storm.

Super Typhoon Songda

Category 3 Typhoon Songda is churning 700 miles southeast of Japan. All forecast models are projecting this monster to get caught up in strong west winds. From there, the remnants of the typhoon transitions into a post-tropical storm and hitches a ride all the way to our shores. At that point, the future is unclear.

There are two options provided by the weather models:

  1. Former Typhoon Songda swings north. Fierce winds batter the Oregon and Washington Coasts, but winds further inland are much less intense.
  2. The center of the storm landfalls on Vancouver Island, sucking strong winds into the Puget Sound causing much damage to the region.

This has the potential to be an historically catastrophic windstorm for the Northwest – the effects could be similar to the major Hanukkah Eve windstorm of December 2006.

Meteorologists have not yet issued warnings due to the lack of certainty in the forecast.

My advice: prepare for the worst case scenario and stock up supplies.

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Highline Public Schools wants area residents to “Get Informed on the School Bond” by attending free and open School Tours & Open Houses this week.

“See for yourself,” the district said in a statement. “You are invited to come learn more about the school bond that will be on November 8 voter’s ballots. Hear from community members who developed the plan, and tour a school. All schools in the district will be impacted by the bond. All are welcome.”

Here are the upcoming events:

  • Wednesday, October 12: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
    Evergreen Campus (Cafeteria)
    830 SW 116th Street
    Seattle, WA
  • Thursday, October 13: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
    Highline High School (Cafeteria)
    225 S 152nd Street
    Burien, WA

If you can’t attend the open houses or want more information, please visit the district’s website all about the school bond.

From Advertiser Attorney W. Tracy Codd:


Washington’s Wrongful Death Statute – An Overview

Each year, thousands of Americans die in auto and motorcycle accidents on our roadways. Losing a family member or loved one as the result of an auto accident or motorcycle accident that could have been prevented is a tragedy. Sadly, this happens far more often than you might think. According to the most recent statistics available from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, over 33,000 people die in auto accidents each year on our roadways.

If you have lost a family member or loved one and you believe that another person, or entity, was responsible for the death, then you may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim in the State of Washington.

A wrongful death claim in the State of Washington is the equivalent of a personal injury lawsuit in the sense that it holds a person or entity responsible for causing the death of your loved one. For example, if your loved one was killed in a car accident and the other driver was at fault, you may have the basis for a wrongful death claim. There are, however, important differences between a personal injury accident claim and a wrongful death claim. A special statute was created for wrongful death claims, in part because of the complexity of this area of law.

The State of Washington Legislature created our wrongful death statutes in the early 1900s, and they have been modified several times since.

To begin, a wrongful death claim can be filed only by certain people. A claim may be filed by the estate of the decedent for items such as the cost of burial and income the decedent would have earned had the accident not happened. Certain relatives may also be entitled to file a claim for both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are based on what the decedent would have provided to the claimant had he or she lived.

Non-economic damages, often called “pain and suffering” are attempts to quantify the emotional impact the decedent’s death had on the claimant. There is also a special type of compensation allowable to a claimant when the decedent was a child.

In Washington, we use a two prong system when determining who has the right to file a wrongful death claim. Certain individuals are automatically entitled to file a claim based on their relationship to the claimant. This first prong includes the spouse and children. The second prong includes parents and siblings. Second prong claimants can file a claim only if they were financially dependent on the decedent at the time of death. The exception to this is if the death was that of a child, in which case the financial dependency test is not required.

Determining the value of a wrongful death claim can be extremely difficult from a legal point of view. It can also be emotionally painful for the survivors. Actuaries and Economists can assist the parties in valuing the economic loss of life. Testimonials and other illustrative tools, including video, audio and print can assist a claimant in valuing the more subjective aspects of a general damages claim.

Time limits apply when filing a wrongful death lawsuit as well.

If you think that you or someone you know may be entitled to file as a claimant in a Washington State wrongful death claim, please contact the W. Tracy Codd of W. Tracy Codd, Inc.

W. Tracy Codd has been representing persons involved in serious auto accidents since 1987. 


Call for a free consultation:

Phone: 206-248-6152

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.TracyCodd.com