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Red light fight? Competing bills would standardize cameras

Cameras at intersections have become a controversial tool to keep drivers from running red lights, and the Legislature may put new restrictions on them this year.

There’s a feeling in city halls and in Olympia that if lawmakers don’t, voters will.

Two competing efforts are emerging. A bill being drafted with the support of the Tacoma City Council would try to standardize how cities adopt the cameras, what signs they put up and whom they ticket. Meanwhile, a couple of bills about to be introduced by the conservative Democrat who chairs the House Public Safety Committee, Rep. Chris Hurst, would set up more stringent standards and give voters in each city a veto.

Requiring voter approval would make it harder for more cities to join the list of cities that use red-light cameras — which already includes Lakewood, Puyallup, Federal Way, Fife and Tacoma.

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WA’s 29th Legislative District going all blue: Conway, Ladenburg and Kirby headed toward victory

Expect no Republican breakthroughs in the blue stronghold of Washington’s 29th.

With the first ballot counts now posted, it’s looking all Democrat for the legislative district that covers South Tacoma, Parkland and parts of Lakewood and University Place.

Here’s the latest breakdown of the district’s races:

Steve Conway (D) vs. Terry Harder (R)

Veteran state Democratic representative Steve Conway appears headed to an easy victory tonight in the battle for the 29th District state Senate seat left open by longtime lawmaker Rosa Franklin’s retirement.

After tonight’s initial ballot counts, Conway, 66, the secretary-treasurer for UFCW

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Republicans Cook, Harder enter 29th District House races

Filing week is officially open.

Some time today, Secretary of State Sam Reed’s office will start posting online those candidates who have sent in their information to file for office. (They’re having some technical difficulties putting it up this morning.) We could see surprises this week, though anyone starting to campaign now is already behind in the money chase.

There are already some newcomers. Over the weekend, a pair of Republicans announced they will run for House seats in the 29th Legislative District centered on South Tacoma.

Steven T. Cook says he’s seeking the seat left open by Rep.

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Connie Ladenburg first to declare for open House seat from South Tacoma

Two-term Tacoma city councilwoman Connie Ladenburg has jumped into the race for the House seat being vacated by Steve Conway.

Ladenburg, who represented much of the area on the council, said she has lived in the 29th District from more than 30 years.

“I am excited by the prospect of serving my community and working on the issues that affect families most such as job growth, education and public safety,” she said.

She described her qualifications this way: former PTA President, co-Founder and member of the Alliance for Youth of Pierce County, founding member of Communities in Schools, Tacoma,

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Tacoma City Council: Ladenburg will not seek appointment

In an email sent late Sunday to her fellow council members and The News Tribune, Tacoma City Councilwoman Connie Ladenburg withdrew her name from consideration for appointment to two soon-to-be vacant council seats.

CLadenburgThere is currently much discussion about the possibilities of who will be appointed to the Council. My name has been mentioned in the paper and at City Hall; and, although I appreciate being considered for the appointment, I need to remove my name from the rumors, discussions, the press, and consideration of an appointment. This is not to say that I am not interested. I just believe that it is placing undue pressure on the Council. I have to be honest, though…this is not an easy decision for me.

With Councilwoman Julie Anderson set to be sworn in as Pierce County Auditor tomorrow, and with Councilwoman Marilyn Strickland taking over as mayor in January, the City Council is now accepting applications for both seats, the terms of which each have about two years remaining.

Under the city’s charter, when a council seat is vacated, remaining council members have 60 days to appoint a replacement.  If the council fails to do so, the decision falls to the mayor, whose nominee, in turn, must win council approval.

Such appointments are not new to the Tacoma City Council, but several scenarios this time have made these appointment processes entirely different:  For one, the process for appointing Anderson’s replacement could straddle two calendar years and two different councils (the 2010 council, which convenes in January, has three newly elected members).
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