“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.
Proposed Ordinance 2014-1875.
Greetings, News Readers,
How will “City of Pacific” determine the extent of these (highlighted) “negative impacts and secondary effects associated with the marijuana uses” ?
The agenda summary says the budget impact is nil, “$0.00”.
Are the data or “facts” to be considered going to jump out of the air to the Council?
We at PCS News think not.
Posted from Pacific WA 9/19/2014
Pacific WA September 16, 2014
September 15th Workshop was chaired by Council President Josh Putnam.
Part 1_ New Technology (Council gets tablets)
Part 2_Money, money, money
(Agenda additions: Costs of City Hall repairs questioned; Police Department gets over 50% of General Fund budget… & a council person suggests a trim)
National Hispanic Heritage Month/Mes de la Herencia Hispana
National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15 in celebration and recognition of the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
AFIS billboard posters. Hispanic Heritage Month. Defense Billboard #81, 01/01/2000.
National Archives Identifier: 6507500
This celebration started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was later expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.
The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for the Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.
According to this Census, 50.5 million people or 16% of the population are of Hispanic or Latino origin. This represents a significant increase from 2000, which registered the Hispanic population at 35.3 million or 13% of the total U.S. population.
Share with us in this special annual tribute by learning and celebrating the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.
More about National Hispanic Heritage Month at: Prologue: Pieces of History » National Hispanic Heritage Month/Mes de la Herencia Hispana
Visit the National Hispanic Heritage Month Web Portal at http://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/, featuring resources from the National Archives and Records Administration, the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
PCS Editor’s Notes:
Hispanics make up about 10 to 20% of the Population of the City of Pacific, depending on the 2 sources I quote below:
1) Census Data: http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/53/5352495.html
Want more? Browse data sets for Pacific (city) People QuickFactsPacificWashington Population, 2013 estimate 7,0346,971,406 Population, 2012 estimate 6,8336,895,318 Population, 2010 (April 1) estimates base 6,6046,724,543 Population, percent change, April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013 6.5%3.7% Population, percent change, April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012 3.5%2.5% Population, 2010 6,6066,724,540 Persons under 5 years, percent, 2010 7.7%6.5% Persons under 18 years, percent, 2010 28.1%23.5% Persons 65 years and over, percent, 2010 7.2%12.3% Female persons, percent, 2010 50.0%50.2% White alone, percent, 2010 (a) 69.2%77.3% Black or African American alone, percent, 2010 (a) 3.1%3.6% American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent, 2010 (a) 1.9%1.5% Asian alone, percent, 2010 (a) 9.0%7.2% Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent, 2010 (a) 1.8%0.6% Two or More Races, percent, 2010 6.4%4.7% Hispanic or Latino, percent, 2010 (b) 15.1%11.2% White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent, 201064.7%72.5%
2) Source for Graphics below: : http://www.city-data.com/city/Pacific-Washington.html … “cut and paste”
How to make your house smell wonderful: Pick a half bucket of purple (Italian) plums from Resolute’s tree, follow Gen MacManaman’s instructions in “Dry it~You’ll like it” (copyright 1973), put 5 trays of sliced fruit in my Excalibur dehydrator [Thanks, Frosty], turn it on, at 145° for 2 hrs, then 110° til prunes are leathery, about 20 hours. A wonderful plum aroma permeates my whole house!! I am a happy camper! :-)
So! For the 6th annual Constitution Day Celebration (which is premature as that day is actually September 17th), Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, spoke about her experiences as a women, and as an observer of the women’s rights movement in the law. Some of my observations and her opinions:
- Justice Ginsburg has a fantastic memory for dates and cases.
- At one point the justification for women not being able to vote despite being persons and citizen entitled to rights under the Constitution was that children were also persons and citizens and they shouldn’t be able to vote either.
- There were 9 women in her matriculating law school class of 500 at Harvard.
- Law firms were pretty open about not wanting to hire women. One of the reasons was that women were thought to be too fragile to be exposed to the bar brawls that might occur between men (lawyers are notorious drinkers). Justice Ginsburg found this illogical. Why then they didn’t prohibit women from also being waitresses as they were far more exposed to brawls than women lawyers would be.
- If female lawyers found that when they could get a job, if they were as good or better than their male counterparts, they could find another job at another law firm easier.
- She wrote the plaintiff’s brief for the Supreme Court case Reed v. Reed. The background for the case was a fight over the executorship of a son’s estate. Unfortunately, the Reeds’ son was depressed and committed suicide, and Sally Reed wanted to be the executor of her child’s estate (which was not more than $1000 in value). However, Idaho law stated than when two people equally situated sued for executor, the man must be the preferred choice. This law was the first struck down under the 14th amendment.
- In Justice Ginsburg’s brief, she added as coauthors Dorothy Kenyon and Pauli Murray (coined the term “Jane Crow” laws, about the sexism black women faced) because at the time they were older and could no longer write the brilliant briefs they once did, and she felt that their work deserved to be recognized. She felt she was building off their successes.
This is Part 1. Part 2 (just a text post) coming up!
Let progress continue!
225th Anniversary of the First Congress: We’ll be posting documents and stories highlighting the establishment of the new government under the Constitution through March 2016.
On August 31, 1789, a bill to Provide for the Safe Keeping of Acts, Records, and the Seal of the United States was introduced in the Senate. The bill was signed into law on September 15, 1789.
The Act set precedent for record keeping as an important function of the government. The Act renamed the Department of Foreign Affairs to the Department of State ( statedept) , and its leader was named the Secretary of State. The Act stated that the Secretary of State was to see that each bill, order, resolution, or vote was printed in at least three public newspapers in the United States; sent to each congressman and each state’s Executives; and that the original records would be kept with the Secretary of State. Finally, the Act established the Great Seal of the United States, and the Secretary of State as the seal’s custodian. Believe it or not, the Secretary of State still retains this responsibility!
Record keeping was a monumental task for the government. Each bill, order, resolution, and vote was kept and stored wherever space was found. This meant some legislation was stored in office basements or garages, some hidden away in file cabinets, some simply lost or destroyed, and almost all were poorly preserved. With the intention of this Act in mind, Congress established the National Archives in 1934 to properly preserve the records of the federal government.
An Act to Provide for the Safe Keeping of Acts, Records, and the Seal of the United States, and for Other Purposes, 8/31/1789, SEN 1A-C1, Records of the U.S. Senate
I am re-posting this for Kathryn Hull.
Constitution Day/Citizenship Day is September 17th.
"The United States functions under the longest living Constitution in the history of the world. The only way it might continue is if political knowledge is passed on, “says Director of the Mount’s Institute for Leadership, and Professor of Political Science, Dr. Paul Manuel.”
“Constitution Day became a national observance in 2004, when the U.S. Senate passed a bill designating the day for citizens to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution and learn more about our founding document. September 17 is the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787 in Philadelphia.”
For more information, please see the Constitution Day resource page hosted by Phillips Library, at http://msmary.beta.libguides.com/constitution. [Quoted from Mount St Mary University Tumblr page.]
Kathryn Hull petitioned the City of Pacific Council and Mayor Leanne Guier to proclaim September 17, 2014 as Constitution Day in Pacific WA. And so I expect it to be so, tonight at the Council Workshop, ‘cuz you don’t mess with a Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) “Honarary (Washington) State Regent”, her DAR colleagues, or friends (including me, pcs editor).
9-15-2014, Pacific WA.