Jade quoted in the Olympian today

Under the title of:
Land-use initiative attracts protest

Other activists, like campaign staffer Dan Stonington, carried signs that asked why taxpayers would have to pay for lawyers' fees if property owners make claims. They made their way along city sidewalks talking to voters, including Jade Sousa, a Thurston County native whose family has a farm.

"I don't know enough about it" to support or oppose it, Sousa said, clasping her half-dozing baby, Ezra, in her arms. "As someone who lives on a small farm, I'm concerned about taxes and growth, and what kind of growth we encourage."

Sousa said she would hate to see anything that encourages sprawl, which I-933 foes imply is a potential result of the measure's loosening of land-use controls.

New buildings on campus, Capitol Way (oh I'll be so happy when we're not talking about that) and Town Hall meetings

Three things of interest to me this week in the packet, the most of which is the decision about what we're going to talk about on September 28 during our Town Hall meeting. Go here and comment if you think you have a better idea than the city council.

Trust me, you probably do, unless you want to talk about Zero Waste.

The other two things are the Capitol Way compromise and what things will look like when they finally take down the ugliest building in Oly.

Read my report here.

Download the packet here

Solve a Mystery

OperaGirl would like to adopt this Nazi, who is he?

[Photo courtesy of Groundview Productions]

Unity in the Community Festival

Please join your friends and neighbors for the Unity in the Community Festival, Sunday, July 2nd from 10 am till 5 pm in Sylvester Park located in Downtown Olympia.

This Unity in the Community Festival will be a family -friendly event featuring speakers, music, dance performance, spoken word performance, food booths and kid's activities. This event is intended to celebrate the broad diversity of our community and to encourage unity in the face of hate groups which seek to divide us.

Please note that the actual National Socialist Movement (Nazi) rally will be held the following day, July 3rd on the State Capital Steps. This event is intended to be entirely separate from that event.

For more information please email us at: info@olympiaunityinthecommunity.org

To see the event flyer, please go to: here.

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Welcome and please enjoy being anagramed in true OlyBlog style.
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Arkan (too short of a word)
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Music Appreciation for Nazis

The National Socialist Movement says it will target Olympia, Tumwater, and Lacey with a teen recruitment campaign. They state they will use CDs and video games to lure youth. 

Not to worry. We know where to toss such items, the circular file will do nicely.

Besides, we already have a rich music and gaming scene. The NSM is welcome to join in but they will be asked to leave the hate at home.  For now, maybe we can create a list of music we would like them to listen to. Any ideas?

 Turn It Down - A Campaign against white power music 


Eastside Neighborhood meeting minutes for June 15

I love neighborhood associations. I wish more of them were like the ENA with rocking websites.

This is a long post, so catch up on it after the break. There is stuff in there about the troop training at Madison recently and that the ENA gives away ice cream before the Lakefair fireworks (note to Elaine, my family watches the fireworks just south of the GA building on the grass... hint/hint).

From our Elaine, via email:

On not becoming the Olympian comments section

As has been noted and discussed recently, conversations on OlyBlog are typically better than on other public forums. I've been thinking about this and why it is the case. At base, there is little difference in the structure of the different websites. People can post anonymously on the Olympian, as well as on OlyBlog. The one difference that may hold people slightly more accountable is that one does have to give a valid email to post on OlyBlog, but not on the Olympian.

But, I don't think that's it. In general, I don't think people do or don't do things because of rules or being held accountable. So, what causes the quality of conversation to be so much better on OlyBlog? I think people do things because they want to and it is a part of their nature. They also need the skills. With respect to communication, the thing that differentiates OlyBlog from the Olympian is the use of the language of compassion.

It happens to be the case that most of the communication on OlyBlog includes a genuine attempt to hear what others are saying before asserting a message. There is a sensitivity of the needs of the other in framing and discussing issues. There is little time spent characterizing or generalizing about those who hold differing opinons. And people ask for what they really need from others, allowing them to receive that which can help to move forward in understanding a difficult issue.

I'd like to preserve this type of communication. I want OlyBlog to be a refuge from the more caustic forms of argument. And so, I ask everyone to learn about compassionate communication, and practice it here. After all, it's the thing that makes OlyBlog so special.

One week left to apply to the citizens' budget committee

Only one week remains for applications to be submitted to the city of Olympia's "Budget Ad Hoc Committee." This group of 20 or so typical Olympians will takea long deep look at the city's budget and, hopefully, come up with something better than our elected officials usually do.

While probably not an exact match, this is close to what they refer to in other countries as "Participatory budgeting":
...a process of democratic deliberation and decision-making, in which ordinary city residents decide how to allocate part of a municipal or public budget. Participatory budgeting is usually characterized by several basic design features: identification of spending priorities by community members, election of budget delegates to represent different communities, facilitation and technical assistance by public employees, local and higher level assemblies to deliberate and vote on spending priorities, and the implementation of local direct-impact community projects. Various studies have suggested that participatory budgeting results in more equitable public spending, higher quality of life, increased satisfaction of basic needs, greater government transparency and accountability, increased levels of public participation (especially by marginalized residents), and democratic and citizenship learning.
I'm interested to see if an Olybloggers sign up for this. Even though I'd love to, I'm not going to be able. What I am curious to see if any of the 20 Ad-hocers blog the process, here or at there own blog. The city is supposed to set up some kind of website to track their process, but whether than website will encourage outside conversation, I don't know.

decorabilia on the new teachers' contract

This would have been news had I noticed it a few days ago, but good for Jim for blogging it so soon after it happened:
Move over, old media. Today at 4:45 the Olympia Education Association voted overwhelmingly in favor of approving the district's latest contract offer. By a 175-27 vote, the OEA chose to accept a compensation compromise adding 9 hours of optional time and twelve hours of staff development over two years, among a raft of additional changes.

David Johnston, union president and member of the bargaining team, announced the results, clearly glad to end the impasse. If the union had voted against the proposal, Johnston said he would ask for the formation of a new bargaining team and "fresh ideas."

After a brief question-and-answer period, union members filed down out of the Olympia High School bleachers to collect and turn in their ballots, as Johnston stood at the microphone waiting for anyone to speak for or against the proposal.

This teacher successfully graded fifteen final exams as the discussion and voting took place, and then cast his ballot in favor.

Details of some of the contract changes are available below.
Comment over there.
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