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Lent bests Botkin, tax issues routed

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:31PM

When Republican Patty Lent outpolled incumbent Tim Botkin in the September primary ballot for Kitsap County Commissioner, nobody thought the die was cast for the general election. Only voters in the Central Kitsap area, which the candidates were seeking to represent, could vote in the primary. When the general election came around, and all county voters could cast ballots, the thinking was that Bainbridge Island’s traditionally high and Democratic turnout would return Botkin to office. It didn’t happen.

Voters stick with names they know

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:30PM

For Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap’s legislators, the 2002 election was just like 2000, only more so. Incomplete returns show Congressman Jay Inslee and incumbent legislators Phil Rockefeller and Beverly Woods leading their challengers, in each case by a larger margin than in their victories two years ago. And while the county elections department Friday still had to count some 16,000 ballots from the areas in question, Kitsap County Auditor Karen Flynn did not expect the results to change.

Tight schedule, tight site

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:30PM

With a boost from the weather and a relatively new construction method, crews are making up for lost time on the Winslow, the mixed-use project with the truncated name on the corner of Winslow Way and Ericksen Avenue. “We’re digging a pretty darn big hole,” said Ed Rice of MRJ Construction, which has moved some 10,000 cubic yards of dirt in the month that work has been under way. “It’s a tight schedule and a tight site, but we’ve been lucky with the weather – only one day of rain.”

Digging down, building up in Winslow

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:30PM

After a year of relative calm, downtown Winslow promises to be a storm of construction activity for the next few years. Projects in various stages of the planning process could add 500 or more residences to the island’s urban core. If all those projects materialize – history suggests some may fall by the wayside – they would go a long way towards fulfilling the Comprehensive Plan’s goal of putting half of Bainbridge’s growth into the historic boundaries of Winslow.

Are island building costs too high?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:30PM

With its open spaces, miles of shoreline and environmental consciousness, Bainbridge Island isn’t like other cities in Western Washington. But are those differences sufficient to explain why the costs of issuing a building or planning permit are higher on Bainbridge than in certain other cities in the region – in some cases, almost 10 times as high?

Stolen car found ablaze -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:30PM

A car stolen in Seattle was abandoned and set ablaze off West Port Madison Road Thursday. Neighbors reported that two suspicious vehicles were driven onto the property shortly after noon, and disappeared from view behind a large storage building. Minutes later, suspects left the scene in one vehicle, and the second car, a newer Ford Taurus, was found engulfed in flames.

Ferry searches v. Fourth Amendment

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:30PM

Coast Guard guidelines intended to increase security levels on ferries raise significant constitutional questions, says Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Bainbridge Island, especially since the ferries are part of Washington’s highway system. “It’s sort of like trying to stop every vehicle on I-90 and searching for contraband,” Inslee said in an interview Friday. “I’m not sure you can do that under the Fourth Amendment.”

New furor over ferry security

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:30PM

Proposed federal guidelines to increase security aboard Washington State Ferries vessels has drawn fire from commuters and local lawmakers. Drafted by the U.S. Coast Guard, the measures could subject ferry commuters to airport-style screening. But on Monday, Admiral Tom Collins, Coast Guard commandant, apologized for not informing members of the Washington State congressional delegation about the proposed measures.

Deliberation, or just rambling?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:30PM

Councilman Michael Pollock would like to see Bainbridge City Council meetings start at 6 p.m. and adjourn by 9. But at last Wednesday’s meeting, discussion of Pollock’s proposal began at 10:16 p.m., more than four hours into the session – facts not lost on the councilman. “The irony of this is killing me,” Pollock said, introducing what he hopes will be steps toward more efficient council meetings.

Appleton: Government provides what constituents want

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:30PM

After ringing over 9,000 doorbells during her campaign, Sherry Appleton has learned one thing – voters aren’t as engaged in state-level politics this year as they have been in the past. That disengagement exists even on Bainbridge Island, despite its reputation for political awareness, Appleton said. “People are afraid of war, and of what’s happening in the economy, and don’t seem as concerned about what’s going on at the state level,” she said. “But what happens at the state level affects them more directly than anything else.” That apathy is just one of a number of obstacles facing challengers, she said. Other barriers are the lack of effective forums, and the short period of time between primary and general elections.

Woods counts herself among GOP moderate

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:30PM

Rep. Beverly Woods believes Kitsap County benefits by having her voice inside the closed-door Republican Party caucus. Without it, she says, issues vital to the county – especially ferry funding – could be lost within a party that draws most of its support from Eastern Washington and the Seattle suburbs. “I was the one pushing to include funding for passenger-only ferries in the transportation measure,” Woods said. “I keep trying to convince my colleagues from Eastern Washington and from the Eastside that we need funding for our ferry system.”

Islanders get a new waterfront park

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:30PM

Islanders have a new beach. And a new forest. And a new marsh. Natural features as varied as any Bainbridge has to offer come with the 12-acre Hall property, approved for purchase Wednesday by the Bainbridge Island City Council. Purchase price was $790,000, with funds coming from the $8 million in open space bonds approved by voters last fall. “This is a wonderful piece of property,” Councilwoman Christine Nasser Rolfes said. “We’re all going to enjoy it.”

Citizens berate city planning department

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:30PM

The city’s planning department came under blistering attack Thursday night from shoreside property owners, who said permit delays and requirements add tens of thousands of dollars to the costs of relatively simple projects. The consistent theme: Information given was inconsistent, and requirements were imposed arbitrarily. “The concept of flexibility has been turned upside down,” said Gary Tripp. “It should be used to give citizens the freedom to fulfill requirements in different ways, but instead, it’s used to give the city the ability to impose endless conditions.”

Botkin, Lent a study in contrasts

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

The race for Kitsap County Commission appears to be a war over the word “smart” as it is applied to growth – incumbent Tim Botkin favors “smart” growth, while challenger Patty Lent is anti-smart. But they also show very different understandings of what the concepts of managed growth might mean. “Smart growth isn’t about telling people what they can’t do with their property, but it’s about planning ahead,” Botkin said. “We’re trying to build communities, not housing developments.” Said Lent: “I’m in favor of putting development where it makes sense, but I’m against telling people they can’t build on their land.”

City gets better marks in audit

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

Better bookkeeping earned the city passing marks in the most recent audit by state officials. It was a signficant improvement over the previous review, when auditors found the books in such disarray that they simply abandoned the audit. “The city has shown commitment to resolve issues identified in the prior year’s audit,” state officials wrote in an “Accountability Audit Report” covering city operations for January-December 2001, which was released last Friday. “(The city) made several internal control improvements, and implement several recommendations in a short period of time.”

Another go-round for shoreline regs

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

While the Bainbridge Planning Commission is not going to throw out all the work that has been done on the city’s Shoreline Master Program, it will take a fresh look at the issues that have sparked public outcry. The commission plans to hold a series of public workshops, probably beginning next year, on questions involving a native vegetation zone, docks and bulkheads, and on whether current shoreline uses will be considered non-conforming. But first, it wants to find out at its meeting this Thursday exactly how current regulations are being applied.

Large: Washington needs business development

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

The answer to Washington’s budget crisis is economic expansion that will create more tax revenues, Don Large says. But for that to happen, he says, the state needs to become more competitive, which he thinks will require less regulation of business, particularly from the Department of Ecology. “Instead of protecting the environment, Ecology is becoming an overbearing police agency that is hampering business and growth,” Large said.

Rockefeller: Olympia can deal with tough times

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

Washington has seen tough times before, and has worked its way through them, Rep. Phil Rockefeller says. He is convinced the state will do so again. “Twenty years ago, when I was on the governor’s staff, we faced a budget deficit of 11 percent, and we found a way to come up with a balanced budget,” Rockefeller said. “I’m confident that somehow, we will once again find a way to meet our constitutional obligations of a balanced budget.”

Lynwood Center Road reopens -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

Lynwood Center Road -- both lanes, no less -- reopened to traffic Tuesday afternoon. City public works officials announced in a new release that Ace Paving crews put down two “lifts” of asphalt on the stretch near Emerald Way, and the road was opened. All that remained was installation of a guardrail on Wednesday; the road was to remain open during that work, although flaggers were likely.

Marine on Middle East: Security first

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

Energized supporters can compensate for a lack of money, 1st District Congressional candidate Joe Marine says. And Jay Inslee’s vote against the resolution to give President George W. Bush the authority to use force against Iraq has created that energy, he said. “That has really energized our campaign,” he said. “It shows how ultra-liberal Jay Inslee is.”

Inslee cites record on environment, local issues

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

If his opponent wants to turn the election into a referendum over Iraq, Jay Inslee invites the debate. But to the extent he can frame the issues, Inslee also wants to talk about his work on other local and regional affairs that he thinks are important to his 1st District constituents. “There are a broad range of environmental issues that I think are important,” Inslee said, “like protection of old-growth forests, resisting efforts to weaken clean air laws, and making sure there are adequate funds to complete the Wyckoff Superfund cleanup.”

Ped-crossing project stalls -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

Higher-than-anticipated project costs have pushed back pedestrian improvements around Winslow, at least until next year. The Bainbridge Island City Council had earlier approved construction of median islands and crosswalks at several points on Madison Avenue and High School Road.

Voters asked to curb county cuts

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

Kitsap County – remember them? Chris Endresen, county commissioner representing Bainbridge and North Kitsap, hopes islanders do – and that they still see enough value in county services to support a property tax hike for 2003. “I think they’re all applicable to Bainbridge,” Endresen said, particularly criminal justice services that are imperiled by budget cuts. On the Nov. 5 general ballot, Kitsap voters will decide a property tax levy “lid lift” that would head off some county budget cuts slated for 2003.

Sales tax hike would fund sports fields

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

Bainbridge Island would get $1.5 million for sports facilities and other “active” recreation projects, if voters approve a countywide sales tax hike on the Nov. 5 ballot. Proposition 1 would raise the Kitsap County tax on retail sales by one-tenth of 1 percent – 10 cents on a $100 purchase. The current tax is 8.5 percent. Park advocates are lining up behind the measure, and hope to rally youth sports families to the cause. Dave Lewis, Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District director, said the proposal has “no downside that I can see, for consumers or property taxpayers.”

Shoreline dreams: a new public beach

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

Scattered along the shoreline are the landmarks of Mary Hall’s youth. The twin pilings left over from an old Mosquito Fleet dock, the apple tree laden with tart autumn fruit, the big round rock she and her siblings used to clamber up for plunges into the cold waters of Eagle Harbor. And while Hall had the privilege of growing up with a waterfront playground, she recognizes that those opportunities are increasingly rare. “It’s so sad when you’re driving around the island, trying to get to the water,” Hall said. “There’s so little, it’s only attainable by the wealthy or those who were able to buy it years ago.”

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