B&B not anticipating shortage of beans

The Monterey Herald has the scoop on the potential affect of Katrina on the distribution of coffee in the U.S.:
Coffee roasters, who buy green coffee beans on the global market and roast them for grinding and consumption, said the Asian tsunami last year caused a spike in prices, but it dropped quickly.

"It dissipated rather quickly, and there is so much coffee in the world and so many places to ship it," said Lois Maffeo, a spokeswoman for Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters in Olympia, Wash. "My spine isn't tingling yet.

Immunization clinics

The Centralia Chronicle reports that there will be immunization clinics at local sites next Saturday in Olympia:
The Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Department will offer two immunization clinics Sept. 7 from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Yelm Community Center and Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Health Department on Lilly Road in Olympia.

The service costs $10, but:
...no one will be refused service because of inability to pay. Medical coupons will be accepted, and Spanish and Vietnamese translation services will be on hand.

Time to empty out the change jar...

city hall ...and make a donation to the relief effort in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina.

Read before you sign

The Olympian recalls what happened the last time big promises were made about a new tenant at the port of Olympia:
Remembering Sunmar

Taxpayers will remember the excitement port commissioners generated when they announced that Sunmar Container Lines was going to do business out of the Budd Inlet marine terminal. That was back in 1997.

As with the Weyerhaeuser deal, commissioners promised the creation of dozens of jobs with ships of containerized cargo leaving the port every three weeks.

Port commissioners borrowed $6.5 million to make dockside improvements to accommodate the new shipping company. They purchased two cranes from Los Angeles and had them shipped to Olympia via barge.

The berth improvements were made, the cranes were erected and Sunmar started shipping general cargo across the port docks.

After just one year, Sunmar pulled out of Olympia, sticking taxpayers with a decade of debt that, at the time, amounted to $768,700 a year.

The port's lease with Sunmar -- negotiated and signed in secret -- allowed the Seattle-based shipping company to get out of the lease without penalty if there were a downturn in the Russian economy.

It was a faulty lease that port officials never should have agreed to. The community was rightfully outraged over the investment of tax dollars and Sunmar's hasty departure.

The two cranes seldom are used today. That's not likely to change with the Weyerhaeuser deal. Cranes could be used to load lumber, but Weyerhaeuser plans to ship logs -- not lumber.

Local organic farming reaches Tacoma

There is a cool write-up of a local farmer in the Tacoma News Tribune.

Lady Washington comes to Olympia

city hallFrom the Olympian:
The Lady Washington's arrival Monday was a booming reminder that the annual Harbor Days Festival will offer plenty of entertainment in Olympia this Labor Day weekend.

Reactions to NFZ ordinance

The Tri-City Herald doesn't think much of Olympia's NFZ ordinance:
It's an almost textbook case of textbook liberalism in the extreme.


Of course, constituents might have been even happier if the council stuck to fixing roads, keeping up parks and enforcing meaningful ordinances that would actually do something to benefit the city.

Nor does the Olympian Editorial Page:
Olympia is now a nuclear-free zone. Big deal! When will the Olympia City Council stop wasting its time and the public's money on meaningless, unenforceable ordinances that have little direct impact on the lives of community residents?

And a bit of advice from a letter to the editor of the Tacoma News Tribune:
Re: “No nukes here – council votes to keep out all related materials

Olympia NFZ Ordinance Needs Citizen Enforcers

Part of the new Ordinance requires companies that contract with the city for a variety of jobs; from transportation, to communication, to heating and cooling, etc: to be free from involvement in the nuclear weapons industry.

It's clear already that many of the corporations (or business entities otherwise) which are doing business with the city are currently involved in the nuclear weapons industry. Some examples are Chrysler, Honeywell, IBM, Motorola (nextel). There are many others.

The ordinance which the City Council passed and adopted as legislation (to go into effect in 30 days) requires citizen oversight of the matter of "Eligibility For City Contracts." Citizens will need to provide conclusive proof of the corporations' activities in the nuclear weapons industry.

Here is the relevant text of the Ordinance:

Section 6. Eligibility for City Contracts

A. The City of Olympia shall grant no awards or contracts for any purpose to any person, firm, corporation or entity which is knowingly or intentionally engaged in the development, research, production, maintenance, storage, transportation and/or disposal of nuclear weapons or their components. It will be the responsibility of any recipient of a city contract or award to certify by a notarized statement to the City Clerk that it is not knowingly or intentionally engaged in the above defined activity. Notice of this certification shall be included in all "Requests for Proposals" issued by the City.

B. Exceptions may be granted if the City Manager makes a specific determination that no reasonable alternative exists, taking into consideration the following factors:

  1. 1. The availability of alternative services, goods and equipment, or other supplies substantially meeting required specifications of the proposed contract; and,
  2. 2. Quantifiable additional costs resulting from use of available alternatives.

C. If such certification is not provided, the City of Olympia shall make public the contractor’s

Ask the mayor -- tomorrow!

MarkThe mayor of Olympia, Mark Foutch, has kindly agreed to an interview with OlyBlog-- scheduled for 9/7. This gives us some time for collecting questions that are important to the readers of OlyBlog. What would you like to ask the mayor?

[update 9/6/05]

The interview is tomorrow, so if you have any burning questions for your mayor, now is the time.

[update 9/7/05]

Interview completed. Video to follow.

Further Update from an Olympian in Crawford

Chris posts another update from a local who is resident at Camp Casey.
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