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Island-wide issues lose their resonance

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:19PM

We are deafened, if such can be fairly stated, by the shrugging of shoulders. Asked their preference as to how the island should be redistricted for selection of future city council members, the electorate has responded with a resounding and nearly unanimous vote: indifference.

Moratoriums need a much harder look

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:19PM

Are we making progress by standing still? The chief topic before the city council this month will be moratoriums of different sorts. Tonight, the council will consider extending its halt to applications for new docks, piers and bulkheads; on deck in two weeks is the public hearing required to support the recently imposed moratorium on new subdivision applications. City planners sought the moratoriums for breathing room while regulations are being developed (in the case of shorelines) or defended (with subdivisions). Both were adopted with relatively little discussion.

Some sit in the stands; Our man in D.C.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:19PM

When Tom Hujar emerged from the dugout this week, he headed straight for the stands. Hujar says his group Parents for Better Parks won’t be throwing any high heat at the upcoming park levy for operations and maintenance; neither will it go to bat in support.

Open space: Let's talk first, fight later

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:19PM

It’s too predictable. The Washington Supreme Court invalidates an open-space requirement similar to Bainbridge Island’s ordinance. The city passes a quick moratorium, then digs in for defense. City calls its lawyers. Developers call their lawyers. All express hope for peace, and gird for war.

Maybe it's time to catch our breath

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:19PM

Last week, the city’s chief money guy, Ralph Eells, gave the council a rosy rundown on the first six months of the year. Income is over budget. Expenses are under budget. Cash reserves are strong. With the new mid-year financial reports, and the attempt to get more folks thinking about the city budget, we relay his comments here. And while the news is good – certainly better than the alternative of excess spending or low revenue – it’s not quite as unusual as it might appear. As Eells explained to us, the apparent “surplus” is a fairly common feature of government, and especially of Bainbridge Island government. It’s a matter of budgeting revenue conservatively.

Of two minds on four islands for Madison

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:19PM

If, heaven forbid, a pedestrian were struck down at Winslow Way and Madison Avenue, could aid crews reach them in a timely manner? Perhaps not, Bainbridge fire officials argue – and they cite, ironically enough, the planned construction of four pedestrian “refuge islands” in the Madison Avenue center lane in the vicinity of city hall. Over on today’s op-ed page, our three-member fire board weighs in against the traffic-calming project that was approved by the city council last month.

Preserving non-city gets more difficult

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:19PM

For the last decade or more, since all-island cityhood and the passage of the state’s Growth Management Act, Bainbridge Island has lived in a legal limbo. Legally, we are a city. But in our hearts, there’s still a good bit of country, wanting as we do our farms, fields and trees.

What's left to debate on sewers?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:19PM

The obvious metaphor would be “wading into a cesspool.” Undaunted, or at least amply girded with hip waders, we hereby slosh forward on the issue of south-end sewers. We’re pleased to report that the Bainbridge City Council took a step forward this week in approving a $120,000 contract for preliminary engineering work on sewers for Emerald Heights, Rockaway Beach, Pleasant Beach and Point White. But the council once again punted on the volatile issue of whether all folks within the geographic service areas must help pay the costs to lay the lines.

Pare down the 'to-do' list

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:19PM

The announcer at our Grand Old Fourth parade gamely described one political candidate, striding confidently down Winslow Way, as being for “good jobs” and “good education” in Kitsap County. And indeed, we thought, what fine things to be for...until we asked ourselves whether we could recall any candidate ever being against jobs or education, at least in so many words.

Focus on problems, not enemies

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:19PM

Noted editorial columnist William Raspberry recently gave a commencent speech at North Carolina State University, recycling his thoughts as a syndicated column. “The best advice I can give those who would change – who would improve – our world,” Raspberry told graduates, “is to learn the difference between problems and enemies.”

Now you can be bullish on Bainbridge

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:18PM

You don’t have to die to leave your community a better place. In fact, that’s now just one of a half-dozen options you have to invest in the island’s future, under a new tax-exempt charity called the Bainbridge Island Community Endowment. As Ed Kushner describes it: “It’s one of the basic building blocks of the community. We’re just redesigning it, so it’ll work better for everyone.”

It's a driving mess doozy

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:18PM

To school district officials and, no doubt, many Bainbridge High School students, driving a car is an important part of making the transition from childhood to adulthood. And while the officials might prefer that students ride the bus, they can’t require them to do so, the district says.

Enough talk on Ericksen -- let's move on

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:18PM

A riddle: What’s the difference between God and a doctor? Answer: God doesn’t think he’s a doctor. Another riddle: What’s the difference between an engineer and a city council member? Answer:....

Problems of Dickensian measure

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:18PM

“You don’t consider me ill-used when I pay a day’s wages for no work.” The words of Dickens’ beloved Scrooge, uttered to his down-at-heels bookkeeper Bob Cratchit one holiday eve of yore, came back to us this week after seeing the results of the latest state audit of Bainbridge Island city finances.

Republic won't fall over car searches

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:18PM

“Would you open your bag, please?” If you’ve been to a Seattle Mariners game of late, you know the routine of giving access to handbags and other containers before you’re allowed through the turnstile. Too, the county courthouse and the federal building. Too, for heaven’s sake, the airport. Pocket contents are disgorged, luggage inspected, a few steps taken through a scanner before admittance is allowed.

Two more reasons to support PUD

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:18PM

There are reports, and then there are reports worth sitting through. In the latter category we put the comments of David Jones, representing the Kitsap Public Utility District at Monday’s Economic Vitality Conference. Amid reports by emissaries from local communications providers Qwest and AT&T Broadband to the effect that expanding Bainbridge Internet access isn’t on their plate for the immediate future, Jones gave an update of his own: “We have been building, we are continuing to build, and we’re looking forward to it.”

Department of Loose Ends

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:18PM

In which we take a random romp through the Review mailbag, and tie up ends left dangling and frayed: Ticket-tape parade: Several weeks ago in this space, we noted the advent of “Click It or Ticket,” a law-enforcement campaign targeting motorists who, by indifference or resolve, flout the state’s mandatory seat-belt law. The campaign preceded a law change that takes effect mid-month, by which officers will be able to stop drivers specifically for lap-strap violations.

Take the long view on parking

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:18PM

While studying Winslow parking and the feasibility of a merchant-financed garage, Anthony Gibbons gave considerable thought to the relationship between people, prosperity and automobiles. As detailed elsewhere in this issue, his report dashes hopes that a garage could come courtesy of downtown property owners and merchants. Either the garage won’t happen, or it will become a city responsibility. And because the latter scenario involves your tax money, his views are worth considering.

'We've got the votes'

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:18PM

We described it as “a moment of surprising candor.” The moment in question occurred during an interview with Councilman Bill Knobloch, concerning his written “request” to reduce the mayor’s role at council meetings.

Time to end nonsensical power struggle

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:18PM

There is a rule for surviving politics in a small community: Make it about the issue, not the person. Adherence to that simple maxim ensures that at the end of the day, regardless of which way the votes fall, everyone goes home friends and neighbors. Unfortunately, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to tell where issues end and personalities begin, as one watches the new city council and mayor at work. A time that should be dynamic with policy debates and initiatives of substance has instead fostered a petty turf war, leaving the council divided and, we dare say, the public embarrassed for all concerned.

Time for us all to play 'Slice the Isle'

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:18PM

If you’re the type who enjoys the puzzle page in your daily newspaper, you won’t want to miss playing the Bainbridge Reapportionment Game: Follow along as the city council divides the island into equal districts, for purposes of electing council members.

Information can't vanish with paper

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:18PM

Because our job description includes letting readers know what their city officials are up to, we view our right of access to government documents with professional concern. So during a recent committee-level debate about furnishing laptop computers to city council members – said to herald a new, less wasteful age of “paper-free government” – we asked how that nirvana might include ordinary citizens.

Nothing to fear from housing choice

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:18PM

Do you have any teachers in your neighborhood? Police officers? Other public employees? We were intrigued by a report in the regional media this week, passed along to Chamber of Commerce members by Executive Director Kevin Dwyer. The story concerned an initiative for subsidized housing in another affluent island community to the east – Mercer.

Top honors for Marge Center; sunny cycling

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:18PM

Bainbridgers get pretty skittish when our comfortable little island winds up in the sights of the big, ugly world outside. Sometimes, though, it’s nice to be noticed. And this week, we’re pleased to pass along the news that our favorite community project, the Marge Williams Office Center, has been honored by the state Office of Trade and Economic Development.

What should we get for our $8 million?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:18PM

Forty acres of public open space – a half-dozen contiguous parcels, most purchased in the past year with $850,000 in city general and water utility funds – sit protected from development at the head of Eagle Harbor. Yet few folks, including the immediate neighbors, can probably say with precision where the 40 acres are, or even that they’re publicly owned.

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