A new city hall, sports stadium, concert venue?

Someone to build something somewhere near East Bay waterfront, says the Olympian:

At one point, Commissioner Bob Van Schoorl quipped: "Maybe we should build City Hall on top of the sports and events center."

Don't stop in traffic circles

From the Kitsap Sun (reg. required):
Luke Carpenter, Bainbridge Island Fire Department operations chief, remembers well the encounter he had at the island's roundabout a few months ago.

With his emergency vehicle's sirens blasting, Carpenter was headed south on Madison Avenue toward High School Road. Meanwhile, a woman traveling east on High School Road approached the roundabout and arrived at the same time as Carpenter.

The woman looked at him, entered the circle and stopped before the next exit, causing Carpenter to consider whether to stop himself or climb the inside curb.

I guess Olympia and Lacey were proactive about getting the word out:
Some cities launch education campaigns to help drivers figure out how to use roundabouts. Lacey and Olympia created such a program after they began building roundabouts and saw the confusion some drivers were having. Lacey's Web site links to "Driving Modern Roundabouts," a 10-minute video produced by the two cities and the Washington Department of Transportation.

Here's a link to the website with the video.

Spreading culture throughout the known world

Olympia: the source for all good things:

Ladyfest Ottawa began in 2002 after some local gals were inspired by the original Ladyfest in Olympia, Washington. Each year they keep getting bigger and better.

Live theater in Olympia

The Tacoma News Tribune covers a family-run operation in Olympia with an interesting mission:
Harlequin created a mission from the beginning to generate high-quality productions of new works, neglected works of merit and unconventional treatments of classics.

YDs holding local candidates forum

The Thurston County Young Dems will be holding the first public candidate forum following the primary election. This forum will focus primarily on the concerns and issues effecting young voters in Thurston County.

We're inviting ALL candidates in Thurston County, including Port Commission (think Army shipments, Weyerhauser, etc...), Yelm and Tumwater city councils (think Walmart), and everything in between.

An "idea summit" for artists in Olympia

Lois Maffeo in the Olympian:

All local artists and groups -- including those involved in everything from performing to visual to literary arts -- will have a chance to network and discuss the arts at the Yashiro Japanese Garden for what city arts staff and commission volunteers hope will be the first of many casual monthly meetings.

It's an effort to strengthen and unify Olympia's growing and diverse arts scene, said arts commissioner, musician and writer Lois Maffeo.

"It's going to be an opportunity for artists and organizations. It could be someone representing the Olympia Film Society or Harlequin or another arts group -- writers and poets, filmmaking. Anybody is welcome to come," Maffeo said. "We are deliberately casting our net very wide. It's going to really be an idea summit."

Information: Contact Erin Conine at 360-570-5858 or econine@ci.olympia.wa.us. See www. ci.olympia.wa.us/ par to learn more about the commission and arts in Olympia.

More "organic material" allowed in Puget Sound

From the Olympian:

The LOTT Alliance permit, written by the state Department of Ecology, sharply restricts the amount of organic material in the effluent during the summer.

But at the same time, LOTT will be allowed to increase the flow of wastewater into Budd Inlet during the winter. The sewer partnership serves more than 85,000 customers in Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater.

Review of S-K record

Here is a very positive review of the new disc from Sleater-Kinney.
city hallSleater–Kinney is one of those rare bands that has never released a duff album, even if some long– term fans may grumble about the loss of the energy and rawness that drove its first recordings. Then a few months ago Sleater–Kinney gave listeners The Woods, a gloriously rock—in the scorching riffs, thunder–and–lightning drums (courtesy of long–time drummer and rock goddess Janet Weiss) and speaker– blowing sound sense—record that scared some people off, but made others sit up and take notice. If you’d never paid attention to Sleater–Kinney before or brushed them off as a girl band, The Woods confirms that three women rock hard, while maintaining a stellar level of songwriting.

All the news that's fit

Sorry for the non-local news, but this is important to me.


–We are in Jefferson Parish, just outside of New Orleans. At the National Guard checkpoint, they are under orders to turn away all media. All of the reporters are turning they're TV trucks around. Things are so bad, Bush is now censoring all reporting from NOLA. The First Amendment sank with the city.–

I found this on DailyKos

Which came from here

Which gives me a Forbidden message, are you guys able to access it?

This is covered by the media here

To me, this is an embarassment. It's not enough that the government won't allow the media to talk about what's really going on in Iraq, but now this. All I can say is that I am outraged. This is happening on our own soil. Americans are dying because of the Bush Adminstration's "Inarguable Failure", as Jon Stewart so eloquently stated on The Daily Show last night. To those who would point the finger elsewhere Stewart offered, "No. Shut up". From what these folks are saying, it sounds like media suppression. Authorities don't want the people, you and I, to see what they caused. Most notably, the thousands and thousands of deaths that were caused by the woefully inadequate and delayed response and the budget cuts made over the years, by both Bush adminstrations, to money that would have gone towards prevention of a catastrophy of this magnitude.

I was given great hope by the media's reaction to Bush's nonreaction to Katrina, and they deserve praise for their return to pull-no-punches journalism. I just hope that journalists will find the guts to either sneak past the checkpoints and risk prosecution or make enough noise about this that authorities have no choice but to let them in.

Housing for Katrina refugees

Refugees from Katrina are headed this way, according to the Olympian. One family is taking in 25 relatives:
"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."

Khaos has an idea:
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.

Sounds like a good idea.
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