Monday, January 27, 2014
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Farms Look To Update Property Tax Program with New Bill
The Open Space Act
Bill Died in Senate Last YearLast April, E2SHB 1437 passed out of the House of Representatives with a vote of 92-1.
Laich, like many farmers, uses her house as an integral part of her farm.
“Essentially, farms are small, medium and large, and we're going for the equal treatment of farms of all sizes,” she said.
New Statewide Small Farm Study
Those who testified last year in support of the bill include Common Ground Farm, Thurston County Commissioner Sandra Romero, the State Grange, the Thurston County Farm Bureau, the South of the Sound Farmland Trust, the Thurston County Agricultural Advisory Board, shellfish growers, farming professors, and others.
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Monday, January 20, 2014
“An individual has not started living fully until they can rise above the narrow confines of individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of humanity.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Washington CAN! is a grassroots community organization with over 44,000 dues paying members from every legislative district in the state. Emphasizing racial, social and economic justice, about 140 members of that organization came to Olympia today to meet with their legislators on four main priorities:
Thursday, January 16, 2014
According to a press release, Sahandy has worked for the City of Bellevue since 2006, where she has served as the assistant to the city manager and was responsible for creating Bellevue’s first city-wide environmental stewardship initiative.
Sahandy earned her Master of Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government where she concentrated her studies on climate, energy and environment. She earned a Juris Doctorate from Columbia University’s School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley, where she studied environmental design and the biological sciences.
Billy Frank, Jr. said that the Tribes stand with Inslee, ready to move.
“We have a lot of problems…the salmon can’t get through the Narrows Bridge before they die…same with Squaxin Island coho...there are no flounders anymore, the little critters are all gone….”
The Leadership Council will meet again tomorrow to receive a 2014 State Legislative update and hear a panel discussion on vessel traffic safety, coal trains, and oil by rail transport.
Meanwhile, the Partnership has plenty of critics.
The Freedom Foundation, a conservative think-tank based in Olympia, issued a report last month calling for the abolishment of the Puget Sound Partnership. The Foundation says the Partnership is politically corrupt, squanders millions of dollars, and has failed to fulfill its responsibilities as a state agency.
"Instead of spending money on environmental restoration, the Partnership has squandered millions on 'marketing' and 'branding' campaigns that do nothing to benefit the health of Puget Sound...and it's long past time the state's taxpayers pulled the plug."
The Partnership coordinates the efforts of citizens, governments, tribes, scientists, businesses and nonprofits to set priorities, implement a regional recovery plan and ensure accountability for results.
Marc Daily served as the Partnership’s interim executive director after the resignation of retired Col. Anthony Wright in early 2013.
Above: Governor Jay Inslee and incoming Partnership executive director Sheida Sahandy meet with the Puget Sound Partnership Leadership Council today.
Sunday, January 12, 2014
by Janine Unsoeld
The Olympia Farmer's Market is open on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., through March 29.
A few vendors providing produce, seafood, crafts, cheese and bakery items were available to help customers yesterday, but it felt just a wee bit quiet, perhaps, due to the Seahawks game in the NFC divisional playoffs.