Thursday, January 11, 2018

Indigenous Occupation Over at State Capitol

Above: The indigenous occupation of the Washington State Capitol Campus is over. One woman was arrested and charged with second degree criminal trespass.

By Janine Gates
Little Hollywood

The occupation of the Washington State Capitol Campus by several indigenous women in a tarpee is over. 

At about 4:00 a.m. Thursday morning, law enforcement arrived and reportedly gave a two minute warning for the women to leave the tarpee.

One woman, Janene Hampton, could not be woken up in time to leave and she was handcuffed and arrested. She said that she was treated with compassion and the officer did not use force. She was charged with second degree trespass.

In an interview with Little Hollywood, Hampton says she plans on being present throughout the 60 day legislative session and will continue the conversations that have been started. She said she feels like she was relocated again. 

During the removal of the women and the tarpee, sacred items were treated with care and returned. 

Paul Cheoketen Wagner provided a live Facebook feed of the events while viewers from Arizona to Australia watched and listened. Wagner and others sang, drummed and prayed while the tarpee was taken down by workers with the state Department of Enterprise Services. It was then loaded into a van. Wagner said that it was done with respect, and “that’s the only consolation.” 

Wagner has been told he can get the tarpee back on Tuesday. 

American Indian Lobby Day at the Washington State Capitol Campus is January 23.

For more photos and stories about the indigenous occupation, and a previous interview with Janene Hampton, go to Little Hollywood, and type key words into the search button.

Indigenous Occupation Continues at State Capitol

Above: Dakota Case, Puyallup, and Eva Ingram, Santee Sioux Niabrara Nebraska, start Tuesday morning with a blessing on the grounds of the Washington State Capitol Campus. Ingram, left, is one of seven women staying in a tarpee overnight outside the Legislative Building.

By Janine Gates
Little Hollywood

Drumming, singing, prayer and ceremony, along with the burning of sage and cedar, continued on day three Wednesday as several indigenous women occupy the land and spend nights in a tarpee on the Washington State Capitol Campus. Supporters are always present. 

At about 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, a second notice was delivered to occupiers to vacate the grounds or face arrest. 

Everyone was respectful as two Department of Enterprise Services representatives handed out the notice, explaining that they just wanted consistency in the application of the rules. The notice cites Washington Administrative Code regarding the prohibition of camping and a process for obtaining a permit. 

According to the notice, the Department of Enterprise Services is open to issuing the group a permit to erect their structures and displays on a nearby location that doesn't damage Capitol grounds.

Robert Satiacum, Puyallup, and others spoke with the representatives and showed them a copy of the Medicine Creek Treaty. That interaction was videotaped on a live Facebook feed by Angie Spencer.

On Wednesday, they were served another notice and were told it would be the final one. The announcement was made that everyone would be subject to arrest, but the order was unclear as to where observers could stand and not be arrested. 

As of Wednesday evening, there was no police presence.

Eva Ingram, Santee Sioux Niabrara Nebraska, of Seattle has been sleeping in the tarpee. She runs her own company, Independent Two Spirit Media, and explained why she was there to Little Hollywood.

“We are here so we can pray over this land – as indigenous people we look to our women as life givers and life bringers. You as women teach our young ones the ways that we should live, and bring them up that this land is for you, and you are to respect it, the four-legged, the two-legged...and that’s the power that the life bringers and life givers hold. It’s more power than any male will ever understand. So that’s something that we needed here. There’s never been in history seven women to occupy a tarpee or teepee or any kind of structure in front of a Capitol Building in the world. No matter what happens, we made history,” she said. 

Ingram and supporters say 2018 is the time for action against the climate crisis. 

The occupation is also to bring awareness of the Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) plant being constructed by Puget Sound Energy at the Port of Tacoma on Puyallup Tribal land. The plant, which will serve natural gas customers and maritime transportation needs, does not yet have all the proper permits. Authorities say the permits will continue to be obtained until it is scheduled to open in 2019.

Dakota Case, Puyallup, explained how the LNG will further threaten the Puyallup tribal way of life.

“We live there, right at the mouth of the river. The Tacoma City Council allowed PSE to do their own environmental impact statement and the site is on top of a 70 acre solvent plume – a Superfund site - that’s over an aquifer...I don’t know how they got the dirt samples clean enough to present them…it’s on top of a leaking arsenic site and they’re trying to figure out how to clean it up. How they got past everything is beyond me….

“The toxic air pollutants will emit 81 pounds of ammonia a day at peak, but they only did the environmental impact statement at 50 percent…It goes up into the air and will come back down right into our water. The air quality in the City of Tacoma is so polluted that we have one of the highest cancers rates in the State of Washington.

He says that in four more years, there will be no more salmon.

Our elders are coming forward and saying it’s a salmon estuary, that’s stated in the land claim settlement. The pH balance is already off in our water – our fish are having a hard time accumulating at the mouth of the river before they head up stream. They’re not able to spawn so we have to gut them to get the eggs out of there and fertilize the river manually instead of them letting them do it the natural way….Only twenty five percent of our salmon run is original, the rest is imported. The fish farms and the LNG are a threat to us so we’re trying to set up a government to government to negotiate. 

Enough is enough – we’re protecting our part of the Salish Sea....

As our interview concluded in the still of night, the rhythmic sound of rain and indigenous drumming and singing got louder.

Case encouraged Governor Jay Inslee to come out from his office or the nearby Governor’s Mansion to talk with them, hoping the drumming and singing was loud enough for him to hear.

Above: The Washington State Capitol Building and tarpee occupied by several indigenous women on Wednesday evening.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Native Women Occupy Washington State Capitol Overnight

Above: Seven Native women peacefully occupied the Washington State Capitol Campus in front of the Legislative Building in Olympia on Monday night. After being told to disperse, a representative for Governor Jay Inslee told them that they would be allowed to stay. Negotiations with a federal representative will occur on Tuesday.

Interview with Water Protector Janene Hampton

By Janine Gates
Little Hollywood

The first day of the Washington State Legislature’s 60 day session in Olympia on Monday began with a climate justice rally organized by and other climate action groups and ended with the overnight occupation of the Capitol Campus by seven Native women.

Major themes for the morning rally were stopping Puget Sound Energy’s liquid natural gas facility which is being built at the Port of Tacoma on Puyallup Tribal land, encouraging renewable energy, an end to fish farming, and protection of the 76 remaining Southern Resident killer whales in Puget Sound.

While the rally was underway, a Native encampment with several tarpees occupied the strip of grass located between the Legislative Building and the Temple of Justice. 

Tarpees are portable shelters made out of tarps and not to be confused with teepees.

Above: The Native encampment occupied the Washington State Capitol Campus in Olympia on Monday.

An unexpected situation for Capitol Campus facility staff occurred when they approached the camp at about 4:40 p.m. and requested that the “tents” be taken down, saying they were in violation of Capitol Campus grounds rules. 

According to policy, the structure could be there but they would have to put a wood floor down, remove the stakes and not have anyone in it overnight and move it every five days. 

One tarpee was occupied by seven indigenous women, including a 12 year old, who were threatened with arrest for trespassing.

When they did not leave, representatives for Governor Jay Inslee came out and delivered a message to say that the Washington State Patrol could be called to clear the camp.

A civil discussion of the issues ensued between Native camp representatives and Inslee’s staff. Inslee was working on his State of the State address, which he will deliver Tuesday at noon.

The land that the Washington State Capitol Campus occupies is Medicine Creek Treaty Land. 

After it was clarified that the Medicine Creek Treaty supersedes the State of Washington, a representative for Inslee came out and said that although they were trespassing and the occupation was unpermitted, the Washington State Patrol would not do a sweep of the camp as long as there was no danger or violence. 

The women were expected to spend the night on the Capitol Campus grounds in front of the Legislative Building. Negotiations with a federal representative will occur on Tuesday.

A live feed posted on Paul Cheoketen Wagner’s Facebook account chronicled the drama as it unfolded.

When Wagner requested that Governor Inslee call a federal government agent who deals with treaty rights, Inslee’s representative asked Wagner, “How long do you want to stay?”

“Fifty-nine days,” replied Wagner. “It’s not so much to ask - we’re on our own land!” Wagner laughed.

Saying that the LNG terminal violates all the treaties and cultural genocide is being delivered, Wagner said, “We’re here…we’re going to be here and exercise our treaty rights…and make sure they know that we’re doing this work, and they need to do this work too.…The luxury of time is gone. The luxury of weak decision making and decision making for the corporations and profiteering – that era is over and we need to realize that we are in a different era today and the choices are limited if we want to have a future....Celebrate the victory we have tonight – for future generations.”

Above: Paul Cheoketen Wagner, Saanich First Nations of Vancouver Island, who is credited with creating the tarpees used at Standing Rock, spoke earlier in the day at the climate justice rally on the Capitol Campus. Elizabeth Satiacum, Quileute, in purple coat, holds up a copy of the Medicine Creek Treaty.

Interview with Water Protector Janene Hampton

The night was quiet at about 9:00 p.m. when Little Hollywood interviewed Janene Hampton, Colville and Pentictan Indian Band, one of seven women spending the night in the tarpee.

A massage therapist and mother of three grown daughters, Hampton says she closed her massage practice to go to Standing Rock and stayed for six months. 

She now works at a spa in Bellevue that is supportive of her being in Olympia. She told them that she may need 60 days off, she says, laughing.

While the Washington State Patrol patrolled the area, the conversation turned more emotional as Hampton described how indigenous people have always known that they are supposed to protect the water.

“...The womb itself is water, the uterus, where the spirit goes from the spirit world into the human form...that is why we are water protectors. The men are the fire keepers but we are the life givers.

“Three hundred Tribes gathered to try and stop the Dakota Pipeline. There are 700 pipelines in the United States, and we are fighting the LNG in Tacoma. It is on a fault line….We have the right to our way of life, so we’re here because we want to be heard. Even today, when we were in [the opening ceremonies for the House and Senate], there were chants - ‘It’s not an Evergreen State if you don’t take care of the water.’ We are literally fighting for our culture not just for us but for everybody and not just here in Olympia.

“I have to talk like you in order for you to listen and that hurts because I’m losing my tradition. This is my family. It’s a sacrifice. It’s not easy. I worked double shifts so I could be here and not fundraise and ask for money. To me it’s really important to be self-sufficient...You don’t want to be a burden to the movement. You want to be able to help. 

“We have until noon on Tuesday and a federal agent will come...I honestly think they [Capitol Campus grounds staff] were stumped as to where they stood legally. I’m in traditional dress and I think they respect me more when I’m dressed traditional. I’m representing the people...I have to be pure of heart and do things in a good way. I cannot be violent, I cannot engage with them. This is a mentality that we got from Standing Rock...[law enforcement] were paid to try to make us engage so that they could fire upon us…and so, that’s the way that I walk, gently, so that I don’t put lives in danger. I am literally in ceremony.”

When you’re in ceremony, you’re not supposed to draw attention to yourself...people take pictures of you all the time, you’re in a spotlight, you still have to represent the people. Just because I’m out here doesn’t mean I want to look broken. There’s a standard that you want to put out there because people look at us like we’re dirty and uneducated, they just don’t have respect. A lot of people don’t even know we exist. They think we’re in history books….

I do educate people when I give massages. They’re on the table for an hour, so they’re like, “So, how long have you been here?” I’m like, “Well….” 

And then Hampton laughs again.

Above: Robert Satiacum, center, holds a copy of the Medicine Creek Treaty on the Capitol Campus on Monday.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

New Olympia Councilmember: Veterinarian Lisa Parshley

Above: Dr. Lisa Parshley, at her veterinarian clinic in Olympia, won election to the Olympia city council last November. Parshley says the environment, homelessness, and living wage issues are all tied together. “The major message I heard while campaigning was to think outside the box….”

With hometown roots, her clinic is in Kurt Cobain's Lucky 7 House 

By Janine Gates
Little Hollywood

Both the massive Women’s March and the March for Science last year mobilized and energized individuals and entire communities to take action on a whole host of issues. 

Highlighting the need for more critical thinking skills and science in policy making, many scientists were inspired to run for public office. Last November, Olympia city voters elected both a scientist and a woman in one person: Dr. Lisa Parshley. 

Parshley handily won her election for Position 5 against candidate Allen Miller with 62.28 percent of the vote.

A veterinarian specializing in oncology, the field of medicine that is devoted to cancer, Parshley, 55, says her training will help her as a city councilmember to look long range while paying attention to today’s risks and threats. 

Receiving her Ph.D. in biochemistry, Parshley employs 40 fulltime and parttime employees on Olympia’s eastside. Her husband, Tim, is also a veterinarian.

The design of her clinic, a “fear free” veterinary practice, is a new concept in veterinary medicine. For Parshley, operating a “fear free” clinic means reducing fear during a consultation for both the animal and family members.  

Her examination rooms look and feel like mini living rooms. Each contains a brown colored, pleather chair and couch set, an end table with a lamp that casts a cozy glow and a box of tissues that undoubtedly comes in handy.

During an interview in one of these rooms with Little Hollywood, Parshley says her scientific training and style toward veterinary medicine will play a big role in how she approaches her council position, priorities, and the issues.

“In the last five to ten years we’ve been looking at ourselves as veterinarians very closely, saying there are some things we can do to reduce fear. The metal table and all the paraphernalia sets them on edge, inducing fear from the beginning. Our behavior changes also – similar to taking your child into a doctor’s office. These exam rooms are meant to try and take that fear away,” says Parshley.

She says this low key setting enables her to take her time through an examination, allowing her to get to know the animal and have a conversation with the family, who is often stressed and upset with their pet’s condition. 

“If I have a conversation with the family, I move slower through my exam with the animal and the family relaxes. When the family relaxes, the animal relaxes, and it tends to be a better relationship all the way through,” said Parshley.

She is working toward obtaining the first Washington State veterinary certification in 2018 for a fear free practice.

Providing Little Hollywood a tour of the facility, which is part old house and part new construction, the clinical area revealed all the equipment and supplies one usually sees in a veterinary office. Walking in, at least eight staff members were actively working on several animals needing care.

The basement of the house portion of the clinic was just as exciting.

According to local law enforcement, the house was part of the underground rock scene in its heyday. Kurt Cobain reportedly had his first concert in the basement of the Lucky 7 House, which is located behind the Lucky 7 convenience store on Fourth Street, kitty corner from the Olympia Fire Department station. 

Parshley is maintaining that portion of the basement as-is, however, much of the history was destroyed when Parshley discovered, to her horror, that carpenters had torn down all the old posters, thinking they were going to sheetrock the area

Above: The Lucky 7 stage where Kurt Cobain reportedly held his first concert in Olympia. The area is in the basement of the house portion of Councilmember Lisa Parshley’s veterinary clinic in Olympia.

Growing up in Portland where her mother was a school teacher, Parshley lived in Olympia during the summers in Boston Harbor.

Parshley earned her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Oregon Health & Science University, her veterinarian degree from Colorado State University and practiced in Michigan, Houston, Texas, and Los Angeles, California. 

She says she appreciated those stints because they gave her real life experiences in addition to her academic career, providing her the knack for balancing the financial needs of the human family and the needs of their family member who is facing a medical crisis.

After receiving her professional credentials, she returned to Olympia about eight years ago. Her hobbies include woodworking and restoring a 50 year old sailboat.

While she has been active in veterinary politics at the state and national level and has testified before the Washington State Legislature on veterinary issues, it was when Donald Trump won the presidential election that she knew she had to get more involved.

She had also learned a lot about the sometimes frustrating city permitting process and city ordinances in order to build her clinic. 

She was encouraged by Washington State Representative Kathy Haigh (D-35) of Shelton, also a veterinarian, to run for a position that she said would put the fire in you because there would be many challenging days.  

“You’ll make people happy and angry, and you have to know you’re in the right place to get you through those times,” Haigh advised her.

Parshley says she is very passionate about the environment and the climate and will work for better relations with the Port of Olympia. Speaking about the need to make plans for sea level rise, she also says she wants to reevaluate the recently completed Downtown Strategy.

The city of Olympia is coordinating sea level rise planning with the Port of Olympia and the LOTT Cleanwater Alliance.

“Rich Hoey, [City of Olympia public works director], needs support from the council – we can’t wait for some other council. I’d like to reevaluate the Downtown Strategy in terms of the current figures for sea level rise. Our climate action plan numbers used old numbers, but the seas are rising at a faster rate…we need to review it with current science. I’m not saying don’t build downtown, because we have a serious housing shortage, but I want to make sure it’s smart and based on science. I like building downtown, but on another level, some data is showing that we could have as many as one hundred king tides a year, as early as 2030.

“King tides don’t mean we’ll flood, but it means we’ll have 100 chances of flooding, so if that data is real, that’s scary to me if we’re not at least asking to put buildings up three or four feet or coming up with ways to deal with this. That means the city and the port - and the people - are going to pay for this. I just want to make sure it’s smart and we have taken into account all the new numbers. We can tap into the state climate action plan experts - we don’t have to do it all ourselves or hire expensive consultants.”

Parsley says she will also be asking questions and not just accepting staff reports at face value.

“I can’t stand it when someone tells me we can’t do something because ‘that’s not how we do it.’ That will lead me to ask, Why are we doing it that way?’ That’s the scientist in me – I will question those things. Tell me why, and then I’ll ask, ‘How do we get around that?’ or, I’ll better understand why that’s how we do it.”

Parshley says she’ll also focus on homelessness issues. Meeting people where they are taught Parshley a lot about the community.

“What I learned in the journey of running for public office has taught me that these are people, first and foremost, that we have put stigmas on that aren’t fair. If you’ve ever had a point in your life that you couldn’t make the rent, much less pay for food, you know how close that is. A very serious illness in our family can put us close to that point…. All of us are vulnerable to this. I came out of this campaign feeling hopeful that the community knows this. 

“The major message I heard while campaigning was to think outside the box – we have to be compassionate. I think, in large part, the reason Renata [Rollins] and I were elected is because the city has to be the leader. We can’t put this off to another jurisdiction. We have to also find legal housing for the houseless, but it won’t be a one-size-fits-all solution. The cities that are successful in addressing homelessness are the ones that have a coalition of people sitting at a table that includes small businesses, different political spectrums, and those who are unhoused. Unless you have that whole group together, any solution is not going to be successful. We have to help stop people from getting on the streets.”

Above: Dr. Lisa Parshley, left, and Renata Rollins after they were sworn in as new Olympia city councilmembers on December 28, 2017. Parshley says she will look to Rollins for guidance on homelessness issues. Rollins is a social worker and community advocate with experience working on homelessness and downtown safety issues.

Speaking about planning for growth and a variety of living options, Parshley referred to the Home Fund, which will be on the ballot for a special election in February 2018. With a one-tenth of one percent sales tax increase, the Home Fund proposes to build and maintain at least 350 affordable homes over ten years.

“The Home Fund part of the puzzle - it’s a good start. I’m proud of the city for starting this,” she says.

She says she’ll also work for a minimum wage bill, ordinance or initiative which is going to provide adequate living wages with progressive and economic values.

“We have to redirect how we think about our town - it’s a living organism. The work of city staff is phenomenal but what I heard most at the door, repeatedly, was that people want us to look at how we do business as a government including examining voter oversight, how the council interacts with people, and how to better utilize our city advisory committees. I think we need an audit of that.

“I want to look at how we govern with the Port, the Tribes, and electronic advancements that support an open planning process for design review, budget and land use,” she said.

Parshley says likes the idea of Portland, Oregon’s model of holding quarterly town halls on Saturday afternoons around the city. She heard over and over again how people said they wanted to go to meetings but couldn’t because they were working or needing to be with their children.

“You may not get a large turnout but you hear from different people.”

The Olympia City Council’s first council meeting of the year is Tuesday, January 9, 7:00 p.m., at Olympia City Hall, 601 Fourth Avenue. Its council retreat will be January 12 – 13, where members will get to know each other, discuss priorities and divvy up committee assignments. That meeting will be held at the LOTT Cleanwater Alliance, 500 Adams Street, and is open to the public.

Above: Olympia city councilmember Dr. Lisa Parshley checks on her patients.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Witness to King Tide in Olympia

Above: A famous image painted on the side of Childhood’s End Gallery in downtown Olympia, Great Wave off Kanagawa, is a likely future for Olympia. A recent city study found that sea level rise will greatly increase wave hazards along Olympia’s shoreline in the future. Budd Inlet experienced an estimated 16.9 foot king tide on Friday. 

-January 31 Meeting of Elected Officials to Discuss Sea Level Rise Planning

By Janine Gates
Little Hollywood

While the Friday morning king tide was not as dramatic as in the past, the sight of high water steadily rising to the edge of the boardwalk at Percival Landing still provided an opportunity to witness the possible future of downtown Olympia.

Not as high as the predicted 17.3 foot level, tidal activity was somewhat uneventful and did not require the type of emergency city response seen for past events.

Still, Olympia area community members walked along Percival Landing and gathered at the Harbor House to witness the event.

Donuts, cookies and coffee helped foster a sense of camaraderie amid uncertainty.

Under a nearby shelter on Percival Landing, Eric Christiansen, City of Olympias water resources planning and engineering manager, observed the tide as it peaked at 8:40 a.m. 

The atmospheric pressure was a little above normal so it came in two to three inches under predictions, he said. Pending verification, Christiansen estimated that the tide rose to 16.9 feet.

“We’re fortunate – we didn’t see water in the streets or in the parking lots,” said Christiansen.

Above: The Capitol Building in Olympia, Washington is witness to the rising waters of Budd Inlet around the Oyster House restaurant in downtown Olympia on Friday morning. At far right is the nine story Capitol Center Building, also known as Views on 5th, currently proposed to be redeveloped and expanded. It stands in a flood zone.

Olympia, located at the southernmost tip of Budd Inlet, experiences one of the largest tide ranges in Puget Sound. Portions of the city’s downtown area and the Port of Olympia are built on fill, creating an estimated 4,000 feet of land north into Budd Inlet.

Many of these areas are susceptible to flooding, and in fact, are sinking. Add to that, Olympia is located in a region that is expected to see a ten to twenty percent increase in annual maximum precipitation by the end of the century.

In 2011, the City of Olympia funded a study to develop an engineered response to sea level rise. The study examined impacts to the downtown area for sea level rise amounts up to 50 inches. 

At 17 feet, water is seen in the streets of downtown Olympia, particularly on Sylvester Street near the Oyster House restaurant. Over 17 feet, water is seen in downtown area parking lots.

Interviewed by Little Hollywood last week, Andy Haub, City of Olympia water resources director, said that improvements were accomplished last year around areas that see the worst flooding such as the parking lot around Budd Bay Café on Percival Landing and around Olympia Supply on Seventh Avenue, which is a solid six inches below a 17 foot tide.

“The work at Columbia and Seventh Avenue has been completed. The stormwater pipe system in that area used to convey a lot of runoff from upland areas such as portions of the Capitol Campus to the low lying area by Olympia Supply. The flows would then struggle to get into Capitol Lake when lake levels were high. We needed to pump the flows, or risk flooding. Now, the upland area has been pipe directed to the outlet as a pressurized system. The flows can’t bubble up out of the street drains - it’s a sealed pipe system. We still need to pump, but only the minor flows in the immediate vicinity of Olympia Supply.  It’s a far more manageable and a far lower risk of flooding,” he said.

An open house and community workshop on January 18, 6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m. and will be held at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia Street NW, in downtown Olympia.

Haub referred to the city’s recently completed sea level rise response planning science review document which will be reviewed at an upcoming meeting of local elected officials on January 31.

The meeting for elected officials will be held at Olympia City Hall in council chambers from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Due to time constraints, public comment at this workshop will be limited to written form.

The document was compiled in October 2017 by AECOM, the consultant used by the City of Olympia, the Port of Olympia and the LOTT Cleanwater Alliance to identify climate hazards impacting the city. It focuses on the three primary climate hazards that will impact Olympia in the future: sea level rise, coastal storms and precipitation.

The document does not make recommendations on adoption of a specific climate change scenario and planning efforts into the city’s sea level rise response plan.

Asked what sea level rise projections the recently completed Downtown Strategy is based upon, Haub said that it doesn’t call out a specific projection.

“Our various planning work has relied on the same projections for several years now. It’s from the National Research Council’s study of potential West Coast sea rise. The numbers are pretty much the same, but we can also add in the likelihood that Olympia is subsiding at eight to twelve inches possibly by the end of the century,” added Haub. 

Besides other factors that make Olympia especially susceptible to sea level rise, the sinking of Olympia could contribute an additional four inches of sea level rise by 2030, six inches by 2050, and twelve inches by 2100, says the study.

Above: Thad Curtz, former chair of the City of Olympia's Utilities Advisory Committee, speaks with Judy Bardin, a former member of the city's Planning Commission, in the Harbor House on Friday morning. Olympia area community members gathered at and around the Harbor House to witness the king tide and catch up with each other in real time.

Editor's Note, January 7: The location for the January 18 sea level rise meeting has been corrected. It will be held at The Olympia Center.

Editor's Note, January 9: A sea level rise open house and community workshop will be held January 18. An elected officials workshop will be held January 31 in Olympia City Hall, council chambers, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The story has been corrected and Little Hollywood apologizes for the confusion. Meetings are often cancelled and locations changed. Go to the City of Olympia's sea level rise planning website for the latest information.

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