We should be talking about this!
I've added a couple of new features:
I notice a lot of conversation going on in the comments about the merits (or lack thereof) of the "Community Values" Ordinance. I wonder if the commenters wouldn't mind consolidating their thoughts into a post for the front page (I'm thinking of TFI & Rob Richards, but anyone would be welcome to contribute). Waddaya think?
Do we really need a third Lowe's in the area? The Olympian:
The home improvement chain has a store on Martin Way and submitted plans for a 166,000-square-foot store at College Street and Yelm Highway in Lacey. A west-side Olympia site would be its third in the county.
Newsday.com reports on a new book by Olympia resident Jim Lynch.
We're eating lunch at Seattle's Pike Place Market, high above the life-choked waters of Puget Sound, talking about Lynch's debut novel. "The Highest Tide" (Bloomsbury, $23.95) tells the story of Miles O'Malley, a 13-year-old boy who discovers a lot of misdirected sea life near his house in Olympia, Wash. Miles, a marine biology prodigy, knows what belongs in his part of the sound - sand dollars, clams, crabs - and what doesn't belong. For instance, a giant squid with a single eye the size of a dinner plate. When he finds just such a rare squid on a midnight reconnaissance, Miles becomes a local hero, a media attraction, and then even a kind of minor-league environmental saint.
Meet the author: Tacoma Public Library AUTHOR Series Jim Lynch, author of “The Highest Tide,
This morning's short article in the Olympian got me thinking about the series of upcoming candidate forums, and that more of happened should be shared here.
I'm going to blog the results of the forum next Wednesday.
There are three other forums that I know of:
Thurston County Progressive Network and South Puget Environmental Clearinghouse Forum, September 27 at the General Admin. Building Auditorium (210 11th Ave. SW – 11th & Columbia Street) from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
League of Women Voters, October 8. Other than the date, I don't have any other information on this one.
And, something called the "South Sound Forum" on October 11. I don't know the sponsors, time or locaiton, but its up on Phyllis Booth's wesbite.
Anyone willing to attend and share their views here?
UPDATE: I just realized that SPEECH president Keith Cotton just signed up to olyblog last night. Maybe he can share his views post-SPEECH forum (hint hint).
The BuyBlue website has been revamped to include user ratings and other features. Contrary to my assumptions, it turns out that 7-eleven is very blue. I also heard a rumor yesterday about Venezuela distributing gas through 7-eleven. Does any one know about this?
Parks planners continue to negotiate for 12 more pieces of land for future parks, said Jonathon Turlove, senior program specialist. They hope to have all of it in the city's hands within the next two years and for a combined $15 million.One point that stands out is the increased access the public will have to Budd Inlet when the parks along West Bay are in place. Go here for a tool to examine shoreline access.
That includes coveted property on West Bay, which officials have touted as key to creating a continuous walkway around Budd Inlet to Percival Landing. It has taken longer than expected to secure land for a park and shoreline trail for several reasons, including getting an appraisal at a time when appraisers are backlogged due to the housing boom.