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How will ferries fare in Olympia?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:36PM

Faced with popular demands to spend less while doing more, local legislators are more than happy to hand the ball off to someone else. And if that means letting someone else try their hand at operating passenger-only ferries, they’re happy to go along.

Robinson named to park board

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:36PM

Volunteerism piqued Kirk Robinson’s interest in the Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District board, and it earned him a place on it. “I think it helps any community when people get involved,” said Robinson, a youth sports volunteer appointed by unanimous vote of the four sitting park board members last week.

Survey reveals problems, unnamed

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:36PM

While much has been done to improve the operations of city government in the last six years, city employees have an array of new concerns about leadership, trust, respect, public perception and credibility, according to a consultant’s preliminary report. Wanting to hear more, the Bainbridge Island City Council will authorize consultant Sandra Davis to interview employees and elected officials and help develop a work plan to address those issues.

Council endorses 'Joel Pritchard Park'

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:36PM

The “Wyckoff property” is dead. Long live the “Joel Pritchard Park Project and Japanese American Memorial.” The name endorsed by the Bainbridge Island City Council this week may lack the brevity of the old. But invoking the memory of a widely beloved state and federal political figure and summer islander may help market the concept to state and federal legislators, some say.

City launches new web site -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:36PM

A revamped city website is set for launch today. While the site address is unchanged – www.ci.bainbridge-isl.wa.us – city officials promise better aesthetics and organization, new information on city departments, citizen committees and ongoing projects, and various downloadable forms.

Peace portrait raises a few hackles

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:36PM

To the hundreds of islanders who assembled at the high school football field, the Portrait for Peace was an expression of community sentiment against going to war with Iraq. But for others, the assembly was an attack on a United States president doing what they believe right and necessary to protect the nation’s interests. And they are unhappy with what they see as an endorsement of the anti-war position from the school district, which provided a site for the event, and the fire department, which lent its ladder truck to the undertaking.

State joins fray over apartment/hotel complex

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:36PM

An apartment/hotel complex on High School Road would pour too much traffic into an already congested area, say neighbors and environmental activists appealing city approval of the project. The state of Washington agrees, saying the project should die unless developers pay for substantial improvements to Highway 305. But it’s unclear whether the state has either the persuasive power or the legal authority to make the city changes its decision.

Home looted, suspects caught -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:36PM

A Bremerton day laborer and his roommate are suspected in the looting of a Wing Point home last weekend, Bainbridge Police say. No arrests were made, but the case was referred to Kitsap County prosecutors after the suspects helped police recover all of the stolen items – including “some we didn’t even know were missing,” Bainbridge Police Detective Scott Anderson said – at various homes in the Bremerton area.

Lewis leaving parks post for California

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:36PM

You can go home again. If you’re lucky, there’s a job waiting. Mom, too. Citing family needs and the chance to return to his hometown, Dave Lewis has accepted a job as director of recreation for the city of Arcadia, Calif., and will leave his post as Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District director in March. “It’s a personal motivation to take the job, more than a professional one,” said Lewis, who has served as the island’s park district director since 1998.

School levy earns whopping 78 percent support

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:36PM

Island voters Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a $24 million levy to fund school operations for the next four years. The resounding 78 percent “Yes” vote bettered the 72 percent support for the previous levy three years ago. “I couldn’t be more pleased,” said Ken Crawford, superintendent of Bainbridge schools. “Considering the economic circumstances, the community really stepped up. I couldn’t ask for more than that.”

Cooper off to private sector -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:35PM

Bainbridge Police Chief Bill Cooper is retiring from public service and will take a job with Microsoft, he announced Tuesday afternoon. Cooper will be based at Microsoft’s Redmond office, working in emergency operations management and overseeing corporate security in the Puget Sound region. He was recruited by the company in December, and was offered the job after a series of interviews over the past month, he said.

‘Affordability’ gets new look

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:35PM

In what could signal the end of a requirement that developers include affordable housing in their projects, the Bainbridge Island City Council’s finance committee has recommended a plan to let builders buy their way out. Affordable housing advocates endorse the plan, saying it would mean more money for the city’s Housing Trust Fund. “The model we put together shows that the proposed plan would bring more money to the trust fund than the present plan, and would bring it sooner,” said HTF consultant Karen Monson.

Changes afoot as BAC hangs on

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:35PM

Bainbridge Arts and Crafts celebrates its 55th anniversary this year. The gallery plans a written history and special events – but equally noteworthy may be the very survival of the venerable organization through 2002 and into the new year. Profits were down through much of last year, including usually solid summer months, to the point that the gallery board dipped into an unrestricted fund to keep the operation afloat. “July and August were terrible,” said Gail Temple, BAC board president. “We had months of craziness where we trimmed hours but the work load was the same. Several shows didn’t sell at all – we were able to support it for a while...but then we came to a point of near-collapse.”

Znetix sparks new round of lawsuits

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:35PM

If investors in Bainbridge-based Znetix and Health Maintenance Centers are to see any of their money again, the court-appointed receiver will have to find a “deep pocket” to successfully sue. Receiver Michael Grassmueck in January filed an action against 41 former officers and directors of the now-defunct corporations, including retired sports luminaries Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Eric Dickerson, and boxer Laila Ali, daughter of ring legend Muhammad Ali.

Polls open for levy Tuesday -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:35PM

Polling places will be open Tuesday as islanders consider a four-year, $24 million levy for school maintenance and operations. The levy would bring in $5.7 million in 2004, increasing each year and reaching $6.6 million in 2007. The “millage rate” is estimated at between $1.70 and $1.75 per $1,000 assessed valuation on island properties each year, but could go down depending on reassessments and the value of new construction during those years.

It's official: 'Paski Gymnasium'

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:35PM

He was known as an inspirational coach. But even his players must have been surprised when, before a big football game in November 1954, Tom Paski told his team: “Win this one, and I’ll walk to the island.” It was quite a gambit. For one thing, it was raining. For another, the Spartans were playing in Port Orchard.

Times change with traffic flow

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:35PM

Islanders have strong opinions about traffic flow, but those opinions are subject to change. Two years ago, a then-proposed roundabout at Madison Avenue and High School Road was almost universally reviled. But this week, when a sampling of islanders were asked how they would prefer to handle congestion at intersections, roundabouts beat stoplights by a margin of 19-1.

Six vying for park vacancy -- News roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:35PM

Six islanders have applied to fill a vacancy on the Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District board of directors, district director Dave Lewis said Monday.

New strategies for fighting crime

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:35PM

Bainbridge Island’s 2002 crime profile looked quite familiar. Violent crime: low. Property crime: high. But the latter numbers ballooned with several high-profile burglary sprees and a rash of vehicle thefts at the ferry terminal, atop an ongoing vandalism problem. “We’re busier than we’ve ever been,” Bainbridge Police Chief Bill Cooper said, “but we’re not overwhelmed like some other cities are.”

In-house law: savings for the city?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:35PM

With legal fees for civil work exceeding $250,000 in seven of the last 10 years, reaching $555,000 in 2002, the question arises of whether the city could save money by hiring a full-time, on-staff attorney – what’s known in the trade as “in-house” counsel. The question has been asked before, most recently in 1997, in the wake of a consultant study of city management. “We talked about it then, but never got into a detailed analysis,” said Andy Maron, an attorney who served on the council at that time. “We couldn’t see much advantage in terms of costs.”

Mayor: city going ‘virtual’ -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:35PM

On-line information is key to improving communication with island residents, Mayor Darlene Kordonowy said this week. Her comments came in a 20-minute “state of the city” address at Wednesday’s council meeting. Kordonowy confessed that she had until recently “felt more like a Luddite than a techno-weenie,” and had resisted reliance on the Internet for fear that older citizens or those without computer access would be left behind.

Highways, byways, the road ahead

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:35PM

If major changes are not made to Highway 305, it will not only become parking-lot slow within a few years, but will become a semi-permanent wall, cutting Bainbridge in half. While that scenario could be avoided, changes will be expensive and will have their own down-sides, said Public Works Director Randy Witt. “There is no way to say that there will be easy solutions,” Witt said. “The question is whether we want to have the highway divide us.”

Bellevue lawyer, Bainbridge law

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:35PM

When Sam Granato took up the gavel as mayor of Winslow in January of 1990, one of his first actions was to replace islander Bob Conoley as city attorney. He instead appointed Bellevue lawyer Rod Kaseguma and his firm of Inslee, Best, Doezie & Ryder. Charles Averill, a member of the city council at the time, said the versatility of a law firm was the principal attraction of the new arrangement. “(Kaseguma) was affiliated with a law firm that had expertise in a number of areas related to city government,” Averill said. “There was a feeling that it was time to move away from a solo practitioner.” The move has proved enduring. After 13 years and five mayors, Kaseguma remains Bainbridge’s city attorney, giving him a longer tenure with Bainbridge Island than city Administrator Lynn Nordby or any of the city’s department heads.

If the suit fits, bear it

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:34PM

On the frontier of yesteryear – at least in the Hollywood version – sheepmen, cattlemen and farmers traded gunfire over land and water. Today, environmentalists, homeowners and developers still fight over land and water, but their weapons are lawsuits. The frontier is Bainbridge Island. Over the last three years, the city has been involved in no fewer than 18 lawsuits, some as plaintiff, some as defendant, and some as an unwitting third party caught up in disputes between neighbors.

Is every day the city's day in court?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:34PM

With 500 or more attorneys in residence or practice, Bainbridge Island is a city of lawyers. In some respects it’s a city for lawyers as well, spending significantly more money for legal services than other cities of comparable size in the Puget Sound area. In 2002, the city spent $555,610 on civil attorneys and another $95,000 to prosecute and defend misdemeanor cases.

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