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Archives: Nov. 2007

Nov.
30th

Water on the agenda

Our lead editorial today chiding the Cascade Water Alliance for snubbing the leaders of two Pierce County cities concerned about Lake Tapps got noticed by the alliance.


By noon we heard from the alliance’s public-relations firm, which asked for an editorial board meeting with alliance leaders. We’ll probably meet next week.


See our news story about the snub here.


Water availability is likely to be the most contentious natural-resource issue for the growing Puget Sound metro region. The cities east of Seattle want to develop a future water supply independent of Seattle. To

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Nov.
30th

Adam Smith on relevancy — his and Washington voters’

Congressman Adam Smith came calling yesterday to give us an update on his work in the other Washington. His job has changed dramatically since the Democrats won the House last year.


Smith spoke with surprising candor about his years in the minority as “a constant battle for relevance.” He described taking meeting after meeting, knowing he couldn’t help the people seeking his support but having to act like he could because to admit his irrelevance would have made him even more irrelevant.


Life is a lot different these days. Smith is chairing the Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and

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Nov.
30th

Weekend editorials: Extend Sounder, but do it right

Saturday:


Habitat for Humanity’s approach to cleaning up a distressed neighborhood in Federal Way is not its usual one-house-at-a-time approach, but it will truly make a difference.


Sunday:


Sound Transit’s Sounder commuter rail service must be extended from Tacoma to South Tacoma and Lakewood. But Sound Transit must do it right, paying close attention to the best principles of urban design to minimize the impact of a heavy-rail line cutting through the Dome District west of Freighthouse Square.


Pierce County, long a laggard in growth management, moved to the forefront last week when the County Council

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Nov.
30th

Immigrants: Liabilities or assets?

No one who follows presidential politics (or watched Wednesday’s CNN/YouTube debate among the GOP candidates) can miss the fact that illegal immigration has become the hottest of hot-button issues in this country.


Sizzling the keypad is a new “Profile of America’s Foreign-Born Population” released this week by the Center for Immigration Studies. Click this link to see it. The CIS thinks the U.S. is letting in too many immigrants, especially illegal immigrants. Regardless of bias, it’s a serious outfit, and its numbers – crunched from Census data – are generally solid.


Some of the report’s more incendiary

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Nov.
29th

Fred Kiga moves to Boeing

Fred Kiga is regarded as a heavy hitter in political circles. For the past four years, he’s been the Tacoma-based Russell Group’s go-to guy in


government and community matters. Before that, he was chief of staff for Gov. Gary Locke. He’s also a member of the University of Washington Board of Regents.


Now he’s picked up even heavier clout – as a newly-hired top political operative for the Boeing Co. (The old saying in Olympia is that if a bill dies for no discernible reason, Boeing is against it.)

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Nov.
29th

Trains in Tacoma and New Orleans

Pierce County Executive John Ladenburg talked about a trip to New Orleans Tuesday to help sell the Tacoma City Council on Sound Transit’s commuter rail plans. I asked him afterward to repeat the tale. You’ll see his point.


My wife, Jake Fey, Rick Talbert and Spiro Manthou (all four are Tacoma City Council members) went to the National League of Cities convention in New Orleans November 12-17. I tagged along for a vacation. We were sitting in a cafe by the waterfront and remarking what a beautiful Riverwalk they have.


Along the river is a great

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