As expected, City Council members voted 5 to 2 Tuesday to adopt an ordinance barring anything related to nuclear weapons within town.
The ordinance, which takes effect in 30 days, also specifies that companies doing business with the city will be asked to affirm in writing that they are not involved in nuclear weapons production. Officials will then try to avoid doing business with those that don't provide such an affidavit unless there is no reasonable alternative.
A late change to the ordinance -- the result of an executive session held earlier that night -- will protect Olympia from the most significant legal threat, said Bob Sterbank, city attorney.
Under that change, the federal government and use of national roadways -- which locally means Interstate 5 and U.S. Highway 101 -- for transporting nuclear weapons or their components is exempt from the law. That same exemption also might cover Plum Street, which officials say might be considered part of the national highway system. City staff was asked to check on the Plum Street's status.
• Generate about 38 jobs and an additional 17 longshore positions, according to Kari Qvigstad, the Port of Olympia’s marketing and business development director. Twenty-three longshore members, plus added casual workers, now work at the port.
• Bring in an estimated $1.47 million in revenue a year.
• Provide the port with some tenant stability. The port and Weyerhaeuser will sign a five-year lease, with options to extend it after that, Qvigstad said.
The Port of Olympia plans to do $4 million worth of improvements to the site before Weyerhaeuser moves in. The port commission was scheduled to approve the lease at its meeting Monday night.
First-run features include "The Cave," "The Brothers Grimm," "The Constant Gardener" and "Undiscovered."
Community Values Ordinance: Through the Community Values Ordinance, we as citizens can have some authority by dictating values to business in our community. This ordinance would keep profits within the local community, promote fair competition, provide for living wages, maintain free-speech rights for the employees and citizens (human citizens), and promote ecological sustainability. Under the community values ordinance, large business entities, including big box stores, would get a report card score based on the community values listed above. Corporations that score below the minimum standard would be unable to locate in or remain in our community.
The city does business with 32 companies that make the components used in nuclear weapons, according to a list compiled by and borrowed from the city of Arcata, Calif. These companies supply cars and other major items to the city.
Under the ordinance, the city still would do business with companies that don't sign the affidavit if there isn't a reasonable alternative. But officials would announce the company's name at a public council meeting and write a letter asking the company to stop producing nuclear weapons or their components.
Officials would take the companies at their word when they sign the affidavit because they lack the staff and expertise to monitor whether companies are telling the truth. They'll depend on watchdog groups to raise those questions.
This flash movie is an interesting information design project reportedly done as a senior project.
Reminds me of Charles Minard's antiwar statement in his Napoleans March to Moscow diagram.
The exception being that Tim didn't necessarily start out with an antiwar slant.
September 20 & 21: 16-Hour Facilitating Effective Meetings Training
October 3-5: 20-Hour Multi-Party Mediation Training*
October 20-22 & 27-29: 40-Hour Basic Mediation Training
November 17-19: 20-Hour Family Mediation Training*
December 3: Beyond Power; Process Work Contributions to Wisdom & Eldership in Times of Conflict
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Like "Paris is Burning" or "Style Wars" before it, "Rize" illuminates an entire community by focusing on an artform as a movement that the disenfranchised have created. But the true stars of the film are the dancers themselves: surrounded by drug addiction, gang activity, and impoverishment, they have managed to somehow rise above. The film offers an intimate, completely fresh portrayal of kids in South Central as they reveal their spirit and creativity. These kids have created art – and often family – where before there was none.
Daniel Bruhl plays Andrea. A gifted young Jewish violinist from Krakow, Andrea is bound for America when he is swept overboard by a fierce storm. When the Widdington sisters discover the handsome and mysterious stranger on the beach below their house, they nurse him back to health. However, the presence of the musically talented young man disrupts the peaceful lives of Ursula and Janet and the community in which they live.