Dumping snow on sidewalks is illegal. So is leaving it there.
Section 8.24.020, paragraph E, of the Olympia Municipal Code says that “[o]bstructing or encroaching upon or rendering unsafe for passage any…sidewalk…in the city” constitutes a public nuisance.
Section 12.36.060 of the Code says, “Each and every occupant or owner of property within the city along or adjoining which property are sidewalks are [sic] required to keep the sidewalks free from all snow, ice, mud or other obstructions.”
Apparently, every snow plow operator who pushed snow onto the city’s sidewalks in a manner that obstructed them, encroached upon them, or rendered them unsafe for passage, deserves to be cited for violating a city ordinance. The same appears to be true for each and every occupant or owner of property with a sidewalk, who neglected to clear said sidewalk.
This tale begins with a lump of snow.
This particular lump of snow was pushed from the driveway of the Memorial Medical Center by a snow plow belonging to GVA Kidder Matthews. It was pushed onto the sidewalk next to the mouth of the driveway. Here it lay, standing about three feet high, stretched all the way across the sidewalk, blocking the path of anyone on wheel or foot who was unwilling or unable to leap or climb over it, and here it lay untouched for the next two weeks. It not only blocked the medical center from one side, it also blocked the bus stop on the other side. Yes, GVAKM had effectively placed a barricade between a medical center and the bus stop that serves it.
Where: Traditions Cafe
When: Dec. 1st, 7:00pm
If you are a Special Ed student, or you have a child in Special Ed at Capitol High or Olympia High, please come to this event--
End Special Ed Forced Labor Now!
The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, abolishing all forms of slavery, was ratified in 1865. The Fair Labor Standards Act, establishing basic rights for workers, was passed in 1936. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, guaranteeing all children a Free, Accessible Public Education, was passed in 1975. The nation’s first state-level special education law was passed in Washington in 1978. The Americans with Disabilities Act, protecting people with disabilities from discrimination in state programs and services, was passed in 1990.
Why then, in 2008, in Washington’s public schools, are special ed students forced to work as janitors and groundskeepers, for no pay, with no training and no protective gear, under conditions only considered acceptable for general ed students who are being punished, while their parents are told lies, if they are told anything at all?
Join us at Traditions Café, Monday 1 Dec at 7 pm, to learn the answer to this question, share your story of special ed slavery, and join the fight for the rights and the dignity of our young sisters and brothers, as students, as workers, as human beings.
Sponsored by the Cascadia Center for 5th World Studies and the Olympia General Membership Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World
In November of 1999, Initiative 695 was passed by the voters of WA. The purpose of I-695 was to eliminate the Motor Vehicle Excise Tax, and to replace the sliding scale for license tab fees (which tied the amount paid to the value of the vehicle) with a flat fee of $30. Before 695, license tab fees had ranged from about $10 to about $200. You do the math. People in the top bracket saved big bucks. People in the bottom bracket got screwed. 30 bucks may not sound like much, but I know at least a couple of people who had to get rid of their cars because they could no longer afford to keep them legal. The irony of this is that the MVET had been the primary source of funding for public transit in WA. For IT, the passage of 695 meant the immediate loss of 42% of their total budget. Other transit systems were hit even harder. Some of the smaller systems in rural areas were forced to shut down completely.