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Archives: May 2010

May
26th

Dino Rossi will appear at Tacoma event

Dino Rossi will make one of his first public appearances since announcing as a Senate challenger in Tacoma Thursday evening as part of a candidate debate sponsored by 28th District Republicans.

The event is at 7 p.m. at the Weatherly Inn, 6016 N. Highlands Parkway. Reservations are recommended, but not required. After opening remarks from Rossi, voters can hear from several legislative candidates.

Below is the the full press release, including contacts for RSVP.
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May
26th

Rossi announces Senate campaign

Former state Sen. Dino Rossi announced this morning he will run against U.S. Sen. Patty Murray.

A video making the announcement has been posted to Rossi’s website as promised:

In the video, Rossi criticizes the federal deficit, the stimulus package, Wall Street bailouts and the health care bill and said he would bring ideals of limited government to Washington, D.C.

We’ll start by replacing the Pelosi-Reid health care bill with something that will actually reduce cost and increase access.

He says new taxes

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May
25th

Tacoma City Council passes opposition measure to AZ law

It took two council meetings, several hours of public testimony and a split vote, but in the end the Tacoma City Council tonight approved a measure opposing Arizona’s controversial law cracking down on illegal immigration.

Re-written several times by co-sponsors Ryan Mello and Lauren Walker, the final version approved by the council is largely symbolic: It urges the southwest state to rescind or amend its law; urges the federal government to adopt comprehensive immigration reform, and directs City Manager Eric Anderson to send copies of the measure to President Barack Obama, Tacoma’s Congressional delegation and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.

The council passed the measure by a 5 to 3 vote, with one member (David Boe) abstaining.

Under the city’s charter, all resolutions need five votes to pass. Mayor Marilyn Strickland, who was out of town when the measure first came before the council last week, ultimately cast the deciding vote.

Walker called the public debate over the resolution — which sparked divisive public sentiment over the matter  — “one of the best dialogues I’ve heard in a long time.”
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May
25th

Rossi to announce next morning; Gregoire says he’s been running all along

If Dino Rossi is running for U.S. Senate, as Republican Party sources say, it looks like we’ll know it for sure at 7 a.m. Wednesday.

Rossi just updated his Facebook page and Twitter feed with the promise of a morning announcement on his Web site. Unless it’s another solicitation to invest in apartment buildings like the one posted there now, it will probably be the starting gun in his race against Sen. Patty Murray.

So what does his old sparring partner, Gov. Chris Gregoire, think about Rossi’s plans? Reporters asked her today.

“I think he’s

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May
25th

State agency closures could be confusing

Visitors to many state buildings will find their doors closed on a number of weekdays over the next year as they implement the unpaid leave for employees that legislators approved.

Which days? That could get confusing.

For one thing, lawmakers exempted most state employees in their furlough bill, so some agencies won’t close at all. But beyond that, Gov. Chris Gregoire today said there are problems with the bill that will make for a patchwork of closings.

Some agencies will achieve the required savings by closing as few as three days, others will take up to 10 days and

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May
25th

Public hearing tonight on proposed changes to Tacoma’s Comp Plan and Land Use code

Tonight’s Tacoma City Council meeting will include a public hearing on proposed amendments to the city’s Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Regulatory Code — essentially the city’s guiding policies for development planning and land use priorities to manage future growth.

At today’s council study session, Donna Stenger of the City’s Community and Economic Development Department, provided members with a detailed presentation of the proposed changes.  Among other items, they include adopting an “Urban Forest Policy Element” and a “Mobility Master Plan,” and meeting “Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Regulations.”

The urban forestry proposal would add a chapter to the Comp Plan that recognizes and promotes urban forestry programs for such benefits as clean air, water quality and other environmental and quality of life improvements.

The ultimate goal seeks to achieve “30 by 30″ — 30 percent tree canopy coverage in the city by 2030. (The latest data, from US Forest Service satellite photos taken in 2001, put the city’s canopy coverage at 12.9 percent, said Raime Pierce, the city’s uban forester). Stenger said that 30 by 30 is an ambitious goal — done intentionally so. It would require buy in and partnership from private property owners, she said.
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May
25th

Gov. Chris Gregoire says she’s not job hunting. But what if the president calls her to serve?

Gov. Chris Gregoire repeated her statements about a potential federal appointment Tuesday – essentially that she has work to do in Washington state and isn’t looking for another job.

But she hesitated when asked if she could tell the president no if he called on her to serve as U.S. Solicitor General.

“It’s one thing to say I have a job. But you don’t look the president in the eye when he asks you to serve and say no,” she said. “I don’t know what I’d do.”

“The state needs consistent, stable leadership,” Gregoire said during a conversation in her

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May
25th

Budget town halls planned

Gov. Chris Gregoire is making plans for town hall meetings on the state budget this year, in part to correct what she said is a common misapprehension that Olympia is flush with money while taxes go up.

Gregoire told reporters today the meetings will aim to collect public input and change public opinion with an eye toward next year’s budgeting process — not November’s voting. But the meetings will come not long before voters may be asked to repeal some of this year’s new taxes.

Gregoire’s budget director, Marty Brown, not Gregoire herself, will host the meetings around the state.

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