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I don't have an issue with 'scaling down' the event and the grounds at WWCC are a beautiful place to gather and launch balloons; however, the prevailing winds will no longer carry the balloons over neighborhoods like it formerly did. I can remember once a balloonist was low enough I could talk to him from my backyard ~ those days are gone!
When the wine industry was in it's infant stages in our valley, Walt recognized the need for the wheat and grape industries to communicate about spraying crops and he facilitated that conversation.
No, but I'll bet the Criminal Justice Training Commission can answer that question. 206.835.7300
These two links may answer some of your questions.
Like in all other phases of life, the bad make it 'bad' for the good! It's pathetic that our elected officials need 'policies' in place to do what is right or what is expected without the need for a policy! Management positions carry the burden of 'getting the job done' no matter how many hours it takes ~ that comes with the territory. It is understood in the private sector and it should be understood in the public sector as well. When you apply for the job, you know that up front!
My point exactly so why waste the money on UB advertisements?
We all appreciate the street repairs and being made aware of updated information; however, spot ads in the UB don't say anything for the most part; i.e., no relative info, etc. just HELLO PROGRESS GOODBYE POTHOLES! I think for the most part, the signage around town and the website is more than adequate information without spending money on ads!
I couldn't agree more with your assessment of the 'advertising' about the street repairs.
As you may recall, the voting public approved an increase in sales tax to fund these repairs. The ballot measure read follows and was approved by 3,919 YES votes to 2,473 NO votes on February 14, 2012.
The Walla Walla City Transportation Benefit District Board adopted Resolution TBD-2011-04 concerning a sales and use tax to fund transportation improvements. This proposition would authorize a sales and use tax of up to two tenths of one percent (0.002) to be collected from all taxable retail sales and uses within the district in accordance with RCW 82.14.0455 for a term of ten years for the purpose of paying the costs of transportation improvements identified in section 2 of the resolution. Should this proposition be approved?
Information regarding traffic diversions is appreciated and applauded; however, I believe the voting public deserves the major credit for the repair of the potholes since they are the ones who approved the tax to repair the streets!
The Walla Walla City Council could have gained so much credibility with the public by paying the bond down. Unfortunately, the City Manager and the City Council are not exercising much vision for the future of Walla Walla or they would NOT jeopardize future bond proposals with this decision. This is a very short-sighted move on their part.
I'm certain the utilization of 'leftover' school bond funds for projects other than those identified in the bond proposal is a major reason the school district is having a difficult passing new bond proposals.
Overall, in my opinion, this decision is NOT in the best interest of Walla Walla.
Capital improvements are a budgetary item that the City has apparently ignored and/or neglected for some time.
NOT a good move by the City Council.
DeadDawg, I agree with you; however, I want to clarify one point; i.e., department heads are accountable to the Board of County Commissioners in all aspects of their positions where elected officials are only accountable to the board on budgetary matters.
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