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Pedal faster, Lorenz – we need you

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:29PM

Where’s Lorenz Eber when you need him? The answer is, “Down Under” – but not for much longer. The once and future engineer with the city public works department – who achieved minor fame hereabouts as the father of the Madison Avenue roundabout – is in New Zealand with his wife, Paula Holmes, and their two daughters, completing the final foreign leg of an around-the-world bicycle ride to raise funds for asthma research (www.bikeforbreath.org). At last report, having conquered Europe and Asia, the Eber-Holmes clan was crossing the vast expanses of Kiwi Country, bound for Wellington (although a 200-mile stretch was being traversed in a bus, after one daughter banged up her foot and couldn’t pedal for a week).

Rally around a new chief

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:29PM

How did the search for Bainbridge Island’s next police chief go? Here’s one measure: At the conclusion of formal interviews of the four finalists, by a panel that included several of our region’s police chiefs, an island attorney and former judge, and the local fire chief, several on that panel agree the mutual sentiment was: You couldn’t go wrong with any of them. That’s a fine position for the mayor to be in as she appoints a new chief, and one that should give administration, City Council and the Bainbridge public alike confidence and pride. At tonight’s council meeting, Mayor Darlene Kordonowy will announce her preference of Matt Haney as Bainbridge Island’s next chief of police. Whether the council will make the leap of faith – for that is what hiring always is, under even the most controlled circumstances – that, we shall see.

Few options for mobile home park

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:29PM

To get some idea of the economic realities facing the Islander Mobile Home Park, one need only look north across Madrona Way to where “luxury townhomes” are under construction. Under present zoning – the most dense on the island, as it happens – and under private redevelopment, that is the likely destiny of the six-plus acres on which the mobile home park’s 60 or so families now reside. It is one of the tradeoffs inherent in our island’s Comprehensive Plan: high-intensity development in the Winslow core, in hopes of forestalling demand for housing out in the Bainbridge hinterlands.

Dry runs on opening day

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:29PM

We went into this edition expecting to bring readers good news, or at least some news, about the resumption of ferry galley services. But, after vowing that new kitchen and ferry terminal concessionaires would be announced yesterday, Washington State Ferries veered off course and instead confessed that interviews are ongoing. Too bad, as the galley shutdown continues to inspire pique among some riders and union officials, while a deadline of sorts draws nigh.

Plumbing the depths of our ‘new ocean’

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:28PM

Sometimes it is a good idea to look back at where we’ve been – even when what we can expect to see is a pillar of salt. The Aquarius mission, described elsewhere in these pages, is a reminder that a good deal of scientific discovery lies in the renewed examination of the familiar. In the case of the mission that islander Gary Lagerloef sends skyward in 2008, the salinity of our planet’s oceans – a critical contributor to Earth’s climate, well known but sparsely measured – will be mapped for the first time, in just eight days. That’s a treasure trove of information, and it’s made possible by one of NASA’s most overlooked extraterrestrial enterprises: unmanned, near-earth scientific study.

Tax ‘reform’ clouds local planning

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:28PM

relative merits of lid lifts versus new user fees and special levies, and which of those options might be, in the new parlance of public planning, “Eyman-proof.”

Public school needs are interrelated

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:28PM

Levies, bonds, trusts, taxes. With no fewer than four requests for school funds announced over the last few weeks, islanders might be pardoned for considering zipping pockets that are – in some instances, at least – shallower than they were a few years back. Or could we blame our friends and neighbors if, besieged by the increasing costs of food, transportation, home repairs and other essential bills, they decided to pick one from column A, and leave alternatives B, C and D for another year?

Museum move was quite a show

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:28PM

There was something refreshingly small-town about Wednesday’s move of the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum building from Strawberry Hill Park into Winslow. It had something to do with the sheer novelty of seeing the historic red schoolhouse trundling along under tow, but it was also more than that – it was how that sight emptied businesses and public buildings all along its route. Library patrons, restaurateurs, school kids, shoppers, random passersby – everyone, it seemed, put their regular business aside for a little while to watch history crawl past.

Teachers and textbooks: a prime cut

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:28PM

Folks of a certain age may remember a Seattle-area used-car dealer who didn’t have much use for public education. For several years in the 1970s, whenever a school levy was on the ballot, the businessman paid for television ads in opposition; against the visual image of a butcher’s knife carving through a piece of lardaceous pork, he urged citizens to “vote no” to “cut the fat” out of the school budget. The message worked; levies went down to defeat, programs were cut and a junior high school was closed.

‘Co-location’ the new key for cell towers

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:28PM

Back in the 1960s, the hero of archetypal spy spoof “In Like Flint” wielded a hi-tech lighter with no few than 82 distinct functions – “83, if you wish to light a cigar.” One can only wonder what the film’s eponymous character, played to suave perfection by James Coburn, would make of the gadgetry embedded in today’s cellular phones – email and instant messaging, digital cameras and music players, streaming video and animation, Ms. Pac-Man games. What once was fantastic, the stuff of science fiction, is now de riguer even for teenagers.

Fire levy raises tough questions

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:28PM

When does “enough” become “too much”? That question informs the decision-making each time a property tax measure goes before voters. Earlier this month, islanders could not be rallied in sufficient number to approve an 8 percent per year hike in the park district’s tax receipts; park officials are considering new revenue streams and cutbacks as they plan a second levy attempt. And come May, those same voters will decide the Bainbridge Island Fire Department’s proposed levy “lid lift” – raising the base property taxes collected by the department – a tax hike of fully 20 percent per year, to fund operations and new equipment purchases through 2010.

Blue skies, black roof

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:28PM

Thanks to a grant of clemency by the weather gods, we’ve been out Battle Point Park way a few times in the past week. Besides the abundant blue (!) sky, others of like mind and leg may have noticed some activity around the old transmitter building inside the park’s front gate.

Many steps toward grand endowment

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:28PM

The challenge: to build a “community portfolio.” Month by month, in steps that may pass without much notice if you’re not paying attention, that challenge is being met through the Bainbridge Island Community Endowment. We thought it might be time to connect a few of those steps into a coherent path.

For one day at least, issues matter

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:28PM

Who’s the frontrunner this week? Who’s falling behind, and who do the insiders think has the best chance to rebound? And (what really seems to matter), who’s bringing in the most money? Those are the usual themes in the depthless, poll-driven “horse race” coverage of our national elections, no more so than in the selection of the Democratic Party challenger to President Bush.

Land Trust is worth its weight in green

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:28PM

It’s tough to quantify the absence of change. It’s a concept that comes into clear relief over time, and only then by contrast with whatever happens around it. The absence of change takes patience to observe, and a certain vision to foster. Credit the Bainbridge Island Land Trust for promoting the value that islanders seem to value above all others – year-in, year-out consistency in the natural landscape around us – so effectively and for so many years.

Bus investment starts at home

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:28PM

Why can’t more people ride the bus? That has been among the questions raised by the downtown planning process, specifically, parking garages to meet the needs of shoppers and service patrons. Given the huge expense of garages, one argument goes, mightn’t money be better spent “investing” in transit?

Pritchard Park project turns corner

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:28PM

“Plainly, maximum benefits flow from public ownership and use, not from private development of another handful of homes... The only question is whether the benefits will go to many, or to only a few. We urge our delegation to side with the many, and to act.”

Consulting the park oracle

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:28PM

When we grow up, we want to be a consultant. We’re not quite sure what career track to follow to reach that mysterious position – a modicum of knowledge in a given field and acceptable writing skills sometimes looks to be enough – but you can’t beat the money.

Vote ‘Yes’ for parks – you asked for more

  • Jan 17, 2004 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:28PM

'What's in it for me?' Let's find out

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:27PM

“Is this public money spent for the benefit of private business?” So asks a brilliantly colored flier distributed around Winslow this week, calling citizens’ attention to local business and property owners’ proposals for parking garages, roundabouts, sidewalk treatments and other improvements in the downtown core.

Optimistic for new council, new start

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:27PM

A new year, a new council. And, we are confident, a new perspective. We find ourselves highly optimistic as the 2004 Bainbridge Island City Council convenes for the first time this coming week. With the ascension of impressive newcomers Bob Scales and Nezam Tooloee, and voters’ resounding endorsement of Jim Llewellyn’s return to the council after two years away, we count on a return to the style of mutual respect and cooperation that defined the first few post-annexation councils and their excellent members.

West Home honors a real activist

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:27PM

Not quite 11 years ago it was, that a cub reporter with this newspaper asked Janet West if she would describe herself as an “activist.” West, who then served as president of the Helpline House board of directors and was a regular contributor to the Review as a columnist, was one of four islanders who had stepped forward to challenge incumbent Sam Granato for the office of mayor of the newly created all-island city.

How will we clean up galley mess?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:27PM

Cross-sound ferry service enjoys its share of happy paradoxes. For professionals heading east to Seattle each morning, the 35-minute commute – nightmarish for workers approaching the city from any other direction – is spent in the luxurious lap of cushioned seats, morning papers, aisleways with ample stretch-your-legroom, and peerless water and mountain views.

The wit, the Walt

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:27PM

Over the past couple of editions, we’ve enjoyed sharing with readers the musings of our revered editorial forebear Walt Woodward. The opportunity, of which we should probably avail ourselves more often, has given the regular editorialist some respite for other pursuits, mostly the consumption of holiday cookies. (It’s not too late; donations are still being accepted.)

Reliable issues, year in and out

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:27PM

There’s nothing like a saunter through the Review’s “morgue books” – the dusty old volumes of newspapers past, in newsroom parlance – to remind us that many of our island preoccupations transcend years, decades, generations even.

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