The Community Values Ordinance would have pushed the legal evelope, City attorney Bob Sterbank argued to the City Council. From the Olympian:
"There are both substantial legal hurdles and significant practical questions inherent in a municipal attempt to establish and enforce a regime regulating ... 'good citizenship' on ... a segment of the business community," Sterbank wrote.
The summary says: There aren't enough federal laws or court rulings that officials can lean on. And, in some cases, federal law already sets guidelines for which Olympia lacks the power to supersede.
Under the proposed "Community Values Ordinance" pitched by a local group last summer, a report card would have been used to grade businesses on whether they discriminate against employees, pay a living wage, pay overtime, let workers unionize and create a "town square" where people could assemble and exercise free speech.
Businesses scoring below 50 percent would have had to shut down within two months. Those scoring between 50 percent and 89 percent would be put on probation to raise their score or face closure.
The proposal targeted national and multinational chains, not regional chains or mom-and-pop stores, proponents said.
But it would have been hard to legally differentiate between large corporations and smaller ones, the city's memo argues. And imposing a report card on certain businesses could be viewed as overly burdensome or discriminatory, the memo continued.
I don't get this. First, if a city can decide, based on community values, not to have strip clubs, then why can't it decide, also based on community values, not to have a company with exploitative labor practices? Second, why is our City Attorney such a chicken? If there are no precedents, then why not work to establish some?
I'm going to re-activate the "profile" function on the site as another way that we can all learn a little about each other (or you could just come down to the Brotherhood on Monday night). I thought I'd give folks a "heads-up" first, in case anyone wanted to filter out some information (or put some up). Anyway, user profiles will probably become accessible in the next day or two.
[Comment from "Who's your favorite nazi"]Vote for Boyer -- check out his anagrams
For whom to vote. Hmmm. I decided to use the age old technique for voter decisions of making anagrams from the list of names. It is frustrating that Jill Laoch's and Jim Ramm's names offer nothing creative to add to their vacuous personas. I don’t imagine anything can be gained from interacting with them on any level. [I think I’m just gonna switch the first letters of their last names and refer to them as the terrifying nazi mascot beasts Roach and Lamb.]
With ‘Mark Martin’ is at least something fairly intelligible: KNIT RAM ARM. I think a conversation with him [I think I’m just gonna call him Markie Mart] would consist of nonsensicle monosyllabic grunts and nazi slogans.
As I move through the list I believe I have uncovered an internal battle raging within candidate Bill White. His name reveals in anagrams a few tell-tale proclivities: WITH LIBEL and I BLEW HILT. Is the last one his obsession with Paris Hilton and his longing for the simple life. Surely if he publicly promoted that he’d achieve the first anagram of his name. His struggle of obsession and fear is diverted perhaps in nazi costuming? I’m concerned that any conversation with him informally or on the hard facts of fascism will always turn back to “did you see what Paris wore to the Emmys?
Shareholders of Caterpillar Inc., the giant U.S. machinery maker, are scheduled on Wednesday to vote on several proposed corporate governance changes at its annual meeting that could, among other things, weaken the influence of Chairman and Chief Executive James Owen.
Outside the afternoon event, critics of the company's equipment sales to Israel and its decision to force some retirees to pay for their health-care benefits are expected to stage protests.
Proposals put forward by stockholders include a call for Caterpillar to split the chairman and CEO positions; eliminate the staggered three-year terms that directors currently serve and replace them with annual elections; and establish a requirement that directors win the votes of a majority of shareholders — not just a plurality — in order to qualify for the board.
Peoria, Illinois-based Caterpillar has recommended shareholders vote against all three proposals.
A number of religious groups, including the governing body of the Church of England, have criticized Caterpillar for supporting what they characterize as Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories.
The company sells bulldozers to the Israeli army, which has reinforced them with armor and used them to demolish homes of supporters of the Intifada.
Three years ago, a 23-year-old woman from Olympia, Washington named Rachel Corrie was crushed by one of those tractors in the Gaza Strip as she tried to stop it from demolishing a house. Her parents were expected to be outside Wednesday's meeting here.
[by crackhole; reposted as event by Rick]
Tiem Thuc Forgotten: 3 generations of women's oral histories from the vietnam war.
A short film by Amanda Nguyen, depicting a struggle contrasting what is ingrained in our subconscious minds and the forgotten experience of a lived reality.
Amanda, currently attending TESC, went to her homeland of Vietnam and documented three generations of struggle with the war. Knowing Amanda, there's going to be some serious power behind this. Amanda doesn't poke at things with a stick, she hits them with purpose and effect.
I promise, this will be worth seeing.
TESC, Thursday, June 15th Recital Hall in the Com Building - Films start at 7:00 pm - Amanda's starts at 7:25