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Here’s a deal: Trees, cheap (U-plant ‘em)

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:22PM

Developer Kelly Samson, shoreline rights advocate Bill Marler, and Bainbridge city officials coming together in league for the planting of trees? Politics makes odd spade-fellows. Here’s the story:

Time to look at in-house city attorney

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:22PM

For the past 13 years, our city has been getting legal counsel from Rod Kaseguma and his Bellevue law firm. By all accounts, he and his colleagues are superb attorneys, and while the hourly rates may seem high to those who don’t buy legal services every day, they are, in fact, strikingly modest. As long as the city engages outside legal counsel, we don’t think it could do better. Yet as the city’s legal costs soar, mostly because of the volume of litigation, we think it’s high time to revisit our sole reliance on outside counsel, and to bring at least some legal work “in house” through an on-staff attorney.

The paradox of our growing traffic woes

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:22PM

Named for the German mathematician whose formulae first explained it, “Braess’ Paradox” describes the phenomenon by which adding links within a network somehow reduces overall performance. It is most often applied to traffic management to show how adding lane capacity in a road system can by itself result in slower traffic and higher costs for individual motorists. A related and road-specific phenomenon called “induced travel” – the shift in individual driving habits and influx of hopeful motorists caused by the presence of new lanes or routes, filling those lanes up overnight – explains what would otherwise seem highly counterintuitive.

Litigation situation mitigation

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:22PM

Sometimes it vows to “see you in court,” sometimes it’s “dragged” there itself. Willingly or otherwise, our city spends a lot of time these days in the realm of the argument and brief, the bench and gavel.

‘Open space’ harder to define than protect

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:22PM

Ask any islander how they feel about open space, and they’ll tell you they’re for it. Really, really for it. Correspondingly, any island politician worth his or her salt will not only tell you they’re for open space, but will work to preserve it. Saying anything else would be politically ill-advised, at best. So it’s easy to understand the council’s alarm when the Washington Supreme Court struck down an ordinance from another city requiring developers to set aside a specific proportion of their land as “open space.”

Find the way to workable shoreline rules

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:21PM

Despite months of effort, the Bainbridge Planning Commission didn’t resolve the shoreline controversy to everyone’s satisfaction. But like the Seahawks ending a losing season on a winning streak – creating at least some hope about what lies ahead – the commission’s last-minute work does offer promise.

Reconnect with schools this month

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:21PM

A state flush with cash, and overwhelming voter support to funnel funds into local school coffers. November 2000 it was, and a sense of optimism about public school funding was pervasive, contagious even. Twin initiatives – I-728, steering the state’s excess revenues and lottery funds to local districts for new teachers and classrooms, and I-732, mandating long-needed teacher and staff pay raises – had prevailed by wide margins. Projections were that Bainbridge public schools would get $6 million over five years – big money for a district that runs on about $27 million annually. “It could be that the most important thing about the initiative may not be the legislation itself, but that it demonstrates decisively to Olympia that the overwhelming percentage of people in Washington support education,” one school board member told us confidently.

Season of giving -- a drive update

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:21PM

Building a foundation, part 2: Back in October on this page, we called attention to a less-than-encouraging trend in giving – a somewhat surprising one, in a community whose members are known for helping each other along. Our comments were occasioned by the arrival in mailboxes of those distinctive big red envelopes that herald the Bainbridge Foundation’s annual One Call For All fund drive.

Clean it up, or step down

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:21PM

As the year began, so did it end: mayor and council perched on the dais, thrashing each other for perceived slights and subterfuge. The council’s attempt to raise “management concerns” on Dec. 18 (two days after the mayor had vowed to make changes) inspired the mayor’s shrill and overwrought rebuke, which brought in turn the council’s “affront” at being so rebuked. With wisdom and grace nowhere in evidence, the voices mercifully fell silent until the new year.

Ferries still the ties that bind Puget Sound

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:21PM

Wanting answers as to why his preferred ferry service was being eliminated, Eilert Eliasen took his queries to Olympia, to no less an authority than the governor of Washington himself. The governor’s reply suggests that some things never change (including the studied blandness of official responses).

Voters get the Christmas they deserve

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:21PM

Gov. Gary Locke has (grudgingly, we assume) taken on the role of Grinch this holiday season, revealing plans this week for a budget balanced with “deep and painful” cuts but no new taxes.

Bon mots for the 'Non-Mot'

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:21PM

Like all journeys, the development of a Non-Motorized Transportation Plan began with a single step. Thumbing back through our travel journal, we recall it was the inspiration in early 2000 of Marti Stave, then a senior planner with the city, to apply for a state grant to study bicycle and pedestrian facilities around the island.

Modest fixes for parking at least half right

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:21PM

As a committee looking at the issue properly notes, Bainbridge has two downtown parking areas – retail Winslow, where shortages of free on-street parking limit the growth of businesses, and the ferry terminal, where parking is costly but also scarce. While the areas are quite different conceptually, they lie in close proximity geographically. Too often, Seattle-bound drivers who can’t find a spot at the terminal (or want to dodge the daily toll) park downtown, adding to problems there.

Orderliness not answer to ferry mess

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:21PM

For those who love order, the arrival of an evening commuter ferry on Bainbridge is not a pretty sight. Bicyclists pedal furiously uphill in a losing effort to maintain their slight head-start over the motorcycle armada. The first few foot passengers sprint up the loading trestle for reasons that have never really been clear. Then come 200-plus cars, and as many as 2,000 more foot passengers, all taking whatever they perceive to be the shortest route home.

Find new reasons for thanksgiving

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:21PM

Was the table half empty, or half full? In a tough year, it might have been tempting to let our gratitude for the bounty laid before us on Thanksgiving be tempered by the challenges that would remain before us thereafter.

Future is now for Eagle Harbor ferry yard

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:21PM

After a consultant explained the advantages of moving the Washington State Ferries maintenance yard from Bainbridge to Seattle, the reaction around the room was, “What’s the catch?” As reported Saturday, two concerns on the far side of Puget Sound would love to play host to the WSF facility – both the Port of Seattle and Todd Shipyards are offering to build a turnkey facility to replace the aging Eagle Harbor yard.

As the crow flies, so may you ride

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:21PM

If the crow couldn’t fly, we suspect he’d ride a bicycle. And, being the creature generally credited with finding the shortest distance between two points, no doubt he’d find some value in several new shortcuts for those inclined toward more organic modes of travel.

Throw open the doors

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:21PM

One observer took a light-hearted tack: “So are we looking at a complete meltdown of city government? If this was some foreign country, we would be sending in the Marines to help defend the embassy.” Another, a conspiratorial one: “Council is saying, ‘Fire Lynn (Nordby) or we will abolish his position and put you in charge/accountable.’ Fork in the road for the Mayor. If Mayor keeps Nordby, Admististrator’s job abolished: Mayor in charge, City continues to melt down. Next election is run on ‘let’s change to a Council/City Manager form of government.”

Quit arguing, start deciding on shorelines

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:21PM

In what may be a fruitless effort to rechannel our Thursday evenings to a pursuit other than a shoreline hearing, we would propose that all parties enter into the following stipulations: First, that while current science suggests that it would be A Good Thing if we could return our shorelines to pre-settlement conditions, no one can say for certain what impact those changes would have on salmon populations, especially if only the shores of Bainbridge Island were restored.

Looking for truth on the small screen

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:21PM

French filmmakers of the 1960s called it “cinema verité.” The theory was that by using untrained actors, house-next-door locations, and few (if any) cutting-room edits, directors could achieve new levels of realism and authenticity in the cinematic experience. Fast-forward to 2002, in which islanders enjoy their own humble version of the “true cinema” – Bainbridge Island Broadcasting’s coverage of public meetings. Therein, citizen legislators are often observed through a single, endlessly panning camera, discussing local issues in often tedious detail: civic debate as slow-motion tennis match.

Ideas need some passion, or they fail

  • Nov 9, 2002 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:21PM

If it smelled like a tax hike, it didn’t stand a chance. Unless, that is, it was a blank check for firefighter and police pensions, perhaps another illustration of how 9-11 changed America’s political landscape. And backing from business leaders and elected officials seemed like a handicap, rather than a boost. Unless the boost came from President Bush, whose intervention tipped virtually every close race for the Senate into the Republican column.

We're getting just what we planned

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:20PM

Winslow is growing up. Whether that strikes you as good or bad – plans for a particularly tall project on High School Road have incurred the wrath (and appeals) of neighbors – may depend on how you view the success of the Bainbridge Island Comprehensive Plan.

Make simple majority a top issue

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:20PM

Tuesday, we will celebrate and enjoy the concept of “50 percent, plus one vote.” At polling places and through mail-in ballots, voters across the state will exercise the privilege of democracy to decide issues as diverse as local legislative races, a multi-billion dollar transportation plan, arcane rules covering the management of pensions for firefighters and police officers, and whether to build a monorail that would snake through downtown Seattle. For better or worse, simple majority rule will prevail.

Fairhurst, Charles Johnson for court; other state races

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:20PM

Voters face two contested Washington State Supreme Court races on the Nov. 5 ballot. The Review endorses incumbent Charles Johnson for Supreme Court position 4, and Mary Fairhurst for position 3, an open seat.

Rockefeller, Appleton in 23rd District

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:20PM

Voters in the 23rd Legislative District have one easy choice and one tough call Nov. 5.

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