Honor the ancestors

An interesting diary over at DKos. Relevant to the discussion of whether grassroots organizing really makes a difference. Also relevant to making the argument that hippie preserves like Olympia (Eugene, Berkeley, Santa Cruz, Northampton...) are critical for generating alternative voices that add to the national debate.

Looking for a safe place

I blogged previously (here and here) about the portrayal of street people in news stories in the Daily Olympian. As I mentioned, there appeared to be a highly stereotyped view of "the homeless." I thought it might be informative to actually talk to folks on the street and hear what they had to say. Today, I had a conversation with Jonathan, a self-described "spanger" in Olympia. I asked him why there were so many folks out on the streets:

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"It scares me"

I also spoke with Karen, who is living on the street. She said, "I'm not adjusting well. I don't like it."

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Law on the side of citizen-journalists

bOING bOING has the scoop on citizens shooting video of the police at work.
The activities of the police, like those of other public officials, are subject to public scrutiny...Videotaping is a legitimate means of gathering information for public dissemination and can often provide cogent evidence, as it did in this case. In sum, there can be no doubt that the free speech clause of the Constitution protected Robinson as he videotaped the defendants on October 23, 2002....Moreover, to the extent that the troopers were restraining Robinson from making any future videotapes and from publicizing or publishing what he had filmed, the defendants' conduct clearly amounted to an unlawful prior restraint upon his protected speech....We find that defendants are liable under § 1983 for violating Robinson's Fourth Amendment right to be protected from an unlawful seizure...

Remember: bring the camera with.

No need to go to Tacoma for a movie ever again

The Tacoma News Tribune reports on the opening of the new Regal 16. And it looks like you'll never have to stand in line again as well:
Movie theater attendance has been dropping across the nation since 2002, according to the National Association of Theater Owners. Marketing manager Browning and others in the industry say it’s because the movies haven’t been that good. Still, Regal has opened nine theaters this year, and Browning is convinced that lure of movie houses will stick around.

More Oly-related music news

Critical acclaim for musicians from Olympia.

Olyblog is great and Hyperlocal

I know its only been a week since I ran into Olyblog, but I have giddy high hopes for a local blog community here.

The last few days I've ran into a few posts about hyperlocal journalism (which seems to be what Rick is doing here) and how it can help community discourse.

Already on Olyblog we're seeing more discussion of Olympia City Council candidates then I've seen anywhere else so far.

Just for giggles, here is wikipedia on hyperlocal.

The only thing I would change about Olyblog right now is the tagline: "This ain't CNN." Please, Rick, change it. Without the deep James Earl Jones voice, it isn't funny.

Traffic delays

Here's an updated list of construciton projects in Olympia.
"We apologize for the inconvenience. With typically dry and sunny days, August is prime construction time in the Northwest,: said Michael Mucha, public works director. "Our goal is to complete City projects as efficiently and quickly as possible."

Weyerhaeuser move = more log trucks

log truckNow comes the whole story:
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Weyerhaeuser's move next spring to the Port of Olympia will more than double daily log truck traffic on city streets in Olympia. The forest products company will add 75 trucks a day to port traffic and bring the total number of trucks visiting the port each day up to 125.

Various and sundry

City contracts for GIS data

Spacial News: The city has contracted with Geographic Technologies Group, Inc. to provide the city with GIS data about storm water run-off.
The City of Olympia has selected GTG to implement a UML/Geodatabase Design and Development project for the Water Resources Division of the Public Works Department. The project will enable field personnel to manage and maintain storm water site data in both the office and the field.

New director for Red Cross in Thurston/Mason counties.

Tacoma News Tribune:
Keriann Cockrell has joined the American Red Cross Mount Rainier Chapter as director of the Thurston-Mason counties office. Cockrell’s knowledge of the greater Olympia community will help the local Red Cross chapter increase services, raise visibility and create a greater understanding of the vital services provided by the Red Cross, the agency said. She worked for 16 years in rehabilitation counseling, serving as Washington state manager and director of marketing for a national rehabilitation counseling firm in Olympia.

No more mold

KOMO reports that School will be "mold-free" in time for classes:
OLYMPIA - Olympia school officials say they expect to meet an Aug. 31 deadline for finishing a mold removal project at Capital High School. All the mold has been cleared and the bottom few feet of all contaminated walls have also been removed. Workers now are wrapping up the project's second stage, which involves replacing the wall sections with mold-resistant sheet rock.

[update 8-25-05] Ooops. Looks like the mold isn't gone after all:
OLYMPIA -- A consultant has found trace amounts of mold inside two more hallway walls at Capital High School, Olympia School District officials announced Wednesday.
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