"We're going to put them up in tents," she said. "We're going to have the little kids in the house. And try to find them housing as soon as possible, so they can get back to normal living conditions."
Earlier in this blog the Olympian was quoted as saying "As many as a couple dozen vacant downtown storefronts have become an issue in recent months for neighboring businesses and tourists." See More Vacancies Downtown.
What better way to put this space to use than to house hurricane evacuees. I can't put anyone up as I'm currently houseless myself, but I am totally willing to volunteer at a local shelter for evacuees.
The Emma Goldman Youth & Homeless Outreach Project has leased a new facility at 1015 4th Avenue which will house a thrift shop called Emma’s Closet where donations not applicable to street life will be sold. The proceeds of these sales will support EGYHOP’s community outreach efforts. These efforts include provision of warm clothing, blankets or sleeping bags, medical attention, and a familiar, friendly face to those who need them.
EGYHOP’s bike project will be housed in the basement of the facility. EGYHOP Bike Project provides free bikes to low/no income people.
Please drop by to see the new facility and hear more about our plans. We look forward to your visit.
For more info (360) 791-2241 or EGYHOP
This grass roots organization survives totally on the support of the community; we spread the love that our community donates to EGYHOP.
Closing are the Lacey Cinemas (eight screens) and the Capital Mall 4. Both will close Thursday, Aug. 25. A local church will acquire the Lacey Cinemas space this year. The fate of the Capital Mall space (which is actually inside the mall) is not decided. Century Theaters, however, has announced plans to build a 14-screen theater on the mall campus.
Labor leaders downcast on movement's holidayA few facts that were not included in this article:
BY JIM SZYMANSKI AND ROLF BOONE
On this Labor Day, amid the barbecues, beer and merriment of a holiday, state labor leaders are searching their souls about the state and future of the union movement.
Boeing Machinists are striking against a backdrop of an overall state work force that is 80 percent nonunion. Gasoline prices are at record highs, eating into family budgets, and health care premiums continue to rise as state labor leaders gird for a slow, long-haul campaign to win back the relevancy of workers uniting to improve their lots in life rather than succeeding or failing on their own.
"Anyone who's out there eating hot dogs or carrying balloons on Labor Day ought to be thinking differently," said David Rolf, president of the 28,000-member Service Employees International Union, Local 775, in Seattle.
"Labor unions today," he said, "are totally irrelevant to entire sectors of our economy."
"The value these local newspapers bring to the table is their ability to generate local content," Vallecillo said. "If you're good at developing that content, packaging it and distributing it effectively, you can still make some good money in this business."
Council members should allow the proponents of the community values ordinance an opportunity to speak their mind and air their proposal. But council members should not waste staff time or city resources pursuing this feel-good measure that is unlawful, unworkable and just plain silly.
"Our community wants to embrace diversity, yet when it comes to businesses, some people in this community want to put all businesses into 'good' or 'bad' categories based on subjective measures.