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Wind Power: Lets find out how good (or bad) it is

September 29, 2013 J

Tracy Warner, editorial page editor of The Wenatchee World, raises the question of whether the wind energy Washington consumers are required to buy is worth the cost. Actually, he seconds the question that has been raised by others, in a petition to State Auditor Troy Kelley. I’ll third it, then. I didn’t vote for Initiative 937, which legally mandated Washington [...]

Sick leave is business of business, not cities

September 29, 2013 J

City-mandated paid sick leave would leave Tacoma healthier, wealthier and wiser — without costing anyone a dime. So suggest the idea’s champions. As the adage goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The City Council, which has been contemplating such a mandate for Tacoma’s employers, shouldn’t take the idea any [...]

Lynnwood audit finds problems

September 29, 2013 J

LYNNWOOD — The city of Lynnwood is still struggling to produce accurate financial statements and keep tabs on its own accounts, according to a recent state audit. An analysis of the city’s 2012 finances found a number of recurring problems and concerns, in addition to some progress made. The preliminary audit reports were presented to [...]

Maritime unions cry foul on grain companies

September 29, 2013 J

Two maritime unions say United Grain Corp. at the Port of Vancouver and Columbia Grain in Portland are employing an unqualified, nonunion tug and towboat operator to move grain amid the companies’ ongoing lockout of union dockworkers, exposing people and the environment to danger on the region’s waterways. The International Organization of Masters, Mates & [...]

Council looks to tap the brakes on Seattle ride-sharing

September 29, 2013 J

Ride-share drivers using apps like Lyft, Sidecar and UberX to connect with passengers could soon face new city-imposed licensing and vehicle inspection requirements, if the City Council adopts regulations similar to the ones they discussed at a committee meeting on Thursday. The council’s central staff will work to draft new “near-term” regulations over the next four weeks. [...]

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