Monday, October 14th, Pacific WA Council Meeting videos are online:
Part one: http://youtu.be/Odhjbe45jRk
Mayor, Department and Council Committee Reports “tell” HOW the City works.
Part two: http://youtu.be/sutjZRg464w
Tonight’s New Business includes a Resolution opposing pending Closure of 3 Public Health Clinics in South King County.
(see jpgs below for full text of Resolution 2014-203)
Agenda Changes, and Reports from Mayor, Departments and Committees provide insightful details on how the city works, and how city policy is formed.
This week’s meeting included information on When the City Park will be closed for the flood season, How the 2015 Budget will be created„ and How proposed King County Public Health Clinics closures could adversely affect city residents. “Reports” also Show how well new department heads are doing. And in Reports, Council members can bring up questions about city procedures, and/or policies, for referral to the Mayor, City Administrator, a Department Manager, or to a Council Committee.
My point here is that an item shared in Comments and Reports might be of little or no importance to you, but that something else might be VERY important to you.
Examples: Is the City Park being closed next week for flood control as a necessary precaution, is it an early inconvenience to park users, or is it a hardship for city residents who have no “back yards” in which to play? Does the RCW allow or not allow the cop shop to have unmarked cars, and if so, when and how many? Does an early afternoon time for a committee meeting cut out public participation, or does a later time cut out a councilman’s attendance, and slow the process?
On these and other subjects were discussed Monday.
I guess you’ll have to watch to see if a topic which is important to you is talked about.
Posted 10-19-14, Pacific WA. USA
excerpts from EPA Monthly Consumer Newsletter 10/02/2014
“GO GREEN! EPA News You Can Use - October 2014”
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Recent EPA Video Releases highlight Clean Water and the Clean Water Act:
Posted 10/09/2014, by pcs editor
Oct 8, 2014- Pacific WA.
The event is free but space is limited; registration is recommended.
DR. PATRICIA K. KUHL
The Bezos Family Foundation Endowed Chair for Early Childhood Learning, Dr. Kuhl is Co-Director of the UW Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences and Director of the Science of Learning Center.
DR. ANDREW N. MELTZOFF
The Job and Gertrud Tamaki Endowed Chair, Dr. Meltzoff is Co-Director of the University of Washington Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences.
Former Oklahoma state legislator Peters introduced legislation to establish a public-private partnership to promote early-childhood education. Oklahoma was the first state in the nation to adopt universal preschool.
Washington State Rep. Kagi represents the 32nd District, including North King and South Snohomish counties, and chairs the House Early Learning and Human Services Committee.
MAYOR ED MURRAY
Seattle Mayor since January 2014, Murray is a proponent of the Seattle Preschool Program Levy, proposed in tandem with the City Council. The Levy will be up for vote for Seattle residents in the November election.
The P-3 Director of the Highline School District, Arnold is tasked with leading and implementing the District’s strategic objective to ensure that 95 percent of all students entering Kindergarten in 2013 and beyond meet or exceed standard in core subjects by third grade.
The K-12 Education Reporter for The Seattle Times, Higgins was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from 2012 to 2013.
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10/3/14 Copied off City Website, Public Hearing.Public Meeting Notices,
“The Public Safety Committee will hold their meeting tomorrow, October 2, 2014, at 6:30 in City Hall.” writes City Clerk Stevenson-ness.
The Committee Agenda is posted in their box, on the city website, at http://www.pacificwa.gov/departments/city_clerk/public_meetings.htm.
9-22-14 Council Meeting Videos
Part 1 http://youtu.be/eoxPrlGdruI
3 Local Public Health Clinics to Close
After Agenda additions (Public Safety Committee meeting changed), and a mayoral Proclamation for Constitution Day and Week (Sept 17-23), the Council heard Public Comments.
The first speaker asks for Pacific to join with Auburn to advocate keeping open 3 local Public Health Clinics which serve Pacific residents. Clinics to be closed due to King County 2015 budget cuts are Auburn, Enumclaw, & Muckleshoot. PCS FYI: Public Health Clinic in Federal Way will remain open, due to funding contributed by City of Federal Way. http://www.kingcounty.gov/exec/news/release/2014/September/22_federal-way-health-clinic.aspx
The next two persons want police patrols on their street, to curb late night scofflaw drivers who are speeding through neighborhood.
The next-to last speaker is all about the great job the mayor, council and the police department are doing…no murders or drug raids…just speeders… and how wonderful Pacific is.
Final speaker elaborates on the impact King County Health Clinic closures will have on Algona and Pacific families and other residents of ”this corner of the county”.
PCS FYI: It appears there are more cuts in S. King than other parts of county).
Part 2 http://youtu.be/fb8P2rXX-vY
Department reports, More on Police budget and policy
Agenda Item 6.A) Department Reports includes announcements about Police Department Accreditation, Town To Towers Run (NYC NY), September 29th is “5th Monday chat with Mayor (city hall, 6:30 pm); IT Tablet upgrades; Public Safety “team effort”, re accreditation process; ; Public Works on road stripping, City Hall air quality, and staffing; and Community Development on King Co’s Wt River Levy Improvements, the Manufacturing Industrial Center Zoning overlay, and upgrading Ordinances; and Community Services on Up-coming Youth and Senior activities, such as Hallowe’en youth “parade” to city offices, and all-city Holiday Bazaar (usually November).
During 6.G, City Council, Council member Steiger challenges statements, made last week at the workshop, regarding a past bomb threat, the police budget, and policies of county and state regarding vehicles taken home by patrol officers. PCS FYI—the Pacific Police Vehicle “take-home” Policy was brought under scrutiny during the workshop when a citizen’s question, about Why Pacific officers, who live out of town, drive cars home. It was referred to the Public Safety Committee, which Ms. Garberding chairs, and of which Mr Steiger is a member.
PCS research: the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) website, under “programs, policies and services”, provides members with many “Model Policies”, including one for police department vehicles, https://www.waspc.org/stage.dll/$/ .
Also, the City of Pacific has adopted by reference all RCW statures for Vehicles. http://www.codepublishing.com/WA/pacific/ 10.04.010 ”10.04.010 Adoption by reference. The following statutes of the state of Washington, as they presently exist and as amended in the future, are adopted by reference as if set forth in full.”
PCS FYI: We found no Pacific Police Department policies posted on the City Website, nor any by searching the Pacific Municipal Code (PMC). http://www.codepublishing.com/WA/pacific/ The Council has passed one “exemption” to the RCW blanket adoption, in 1976, Ordinance 591, re “marking” police vehicles. PMC 10.04.030 Amends RCW 46.08.065 – Exemption of law enforcement vehicle. “One law enforcement vehicle owned and/or operated by the police department is exempt from the marking requirements of Chapter 169, Laws of 1975. That one vehicle is to be selected by the chief of police. (Ord. 591 § 1, 1976).” PCS FYI: the Public Safety Director and a PPD Lieutenant drive unmarked city-owned, police-assigned vehicles. This reporter/editor has seen a PPD detective in an unmarked pick-up truck. We at PCS do not know if that vehicle is owned by the City. Our count: 2.
Part 3 http://youtu.be/c8QshZlE2RI
Reports include Finance (finance director on garbage fees, cable franchise fees for roads, impact to general fund, police staffing levels, city hall air quality improvement project; next meeting: Oct 14 6:30PM). Public Safety (is rescheduled to ?? ), Public Works (rescheduled to Oct 1), Technology (Tablets for Council, council meeting recordings to be converted to MP3 digital files for tablet and city webpage accessibility), and lastly VRFA rep Walker ( vrfa budget meetings schedule)
Part 4 http://youtu.be/_XoQO5gVJr0
The Council considers a motion to approve an Ordinance adopting “facts” from the last Public Hearing on Marijuana. It then considers passing a resolution to accept property taxes collected by King County for parks, adopting two ordinances to replace utility fees resolutions, and approving the consent agenda (payroll, vouchers, and minutes of meetings).
Posted by PCS Community News September 28, 2014
National Hispanic Heritage Month: Modesto Cartagena, the most decorated Hispanic soldier of the Korean War
Today we remember Modesto Cartagena, the most decorated Hispanic soldier of the Korean War.
Cartagena was a humble man born to a poor family who lived in the small town of Cayey, Puerto Rico. He was among the first from the island to volunteer for military service when the United States entered World War II. He served in the 65th Infantry Regiment, an all-Puerto Rican regiment also known as “The Borinqueneers,” during World War II and later in the Korean War.
During the Korean War, Cartagena earned the nickname “One Man Army.” Hill 206 near Yonchon, Korea, was heavily guarded on April 19, 1951, by a well-entrenched and fanatically determined hostile force. While under attack, Cartagena destroyed four enemy emplacements before he was wounded, thus saving the lives of the men in his unit and enabling the company to take the hill.
Keep reading (and en español) at: Prologue: Pieces of History » Modesto Cartagena, the most decorated Hispanic soldier of the Korean War / Modesto Cartagena el soldado hispano más condecorado de la Guerra de Corea.