Sunday, November 23, 2014

Increasing Crime in Port Angeles: Perception vs. Reality

According to statistics, crime and homelessness in Port Angeles are down. But try telling that to the people who live and work downtown.

Nathan West said:

“Our businesses are being negatively impacted by the environment being created as the result of transients. 
They are directly impacting the comfort level of the businesses.  Sometimes, we hear about it daily.”

Leslie Robertson, moderator of the newly formed group, Revitalize Port Angeles, has talked to about 25 downtown business owners.  She said:

“When you start talking to people, you hear it over and over and over again.  They're not feeling safe, and it's getting worse.”

She thinks we need a second downtown resources officer, “so people feel safe when going there.”

Maybe.  Or as one commenter said at the end of the linked article:

Why not just rotate one officer each shift to walk the downtown area instead of riding around all day in a police cruiser?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Victoria Elects New Mayor

Victoria's 2-term mayor, Dean Fortin, has been defeated by city councilwoman Lisa Helps.  According to the linked article, Fortin lost the election partly because of voter frustration over the failure to construct a sewage treatment system to stop pumping raw sewage into the Strait.

Homelessness and lack of affordable housing also contributed to his defeat.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Local Officials Beg Kenmore Air to Retain Flight Service

City, county and port officials sent a letter yesterday to Kenmore Air president Todd Banks, suggesting “ideas and commitments” for keeping Kenmore on the Peninsula.  Suggestions included the idea of having local government entities purchase blocks of airline tickets for employees' official travel at a volume discount.

The letter was written by Ken O’Hollaren, Port of Port Angeles executive director; Port Angeles City Manager Dan McKeen; and Clallam County Administrator Jim Jones.  

Monday, November 10, 2014

Final Vote Count for Clallam County

[sigh]  It's official.  Sissi Bruch has lost.  Bill Peach will be “representing” us as a Clallam County Commissioner.  Mark Nichols will be the County Prosecuting Attorney.

Click here for a complete rundown on Clallam County's final election results.

One other closely contested race had a slightly better result:  Clint Didier (welfare recipient disguised as a self-reliant Bootstraps Libertarian) will NOT be the next congressman from Washington's 4th congressional district.  He lost (barely) to the somewhat more moderate Dan Newhouse.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Repeal or Continue Obamacare?

I'll probably rant about the local election after the final results are in.  In the meantime, today's Peninsula Poll question is:

Do you want the Affordable Care Act -- aka "Obamacare" -- to continue or be repealed?

Number of votes cast: 1236

Friday, October 31, 2014

Kenmore to Suspend Passenger Service in Mid-November

After its current flight schedule expires on November 14th, Kenmore Air Express will be discontinuing its passenger service between Port Angeles and Seattle's Boeing Field.  Anyone who had reservations for after November 14th will be reimbursed.  Airline president Todd Banks said:

“This decision was reached with great difficulty.  We have worked very hard for more than 10 years to establish an economically viable route between Seattle and Port Angeles. We are proud of the safe, convenient service our dedicated flight crews and ground staff have provided on the Olympic Peninsula and are grateful for the loyal patronage we have received.  But despite our best efforts, we have been unable to sustain sufficient passenger volumes at sufficient fares to adequately cover our operational costs in the market.”

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Green Creek Wood Products to Close This Saturday

Green Creek Wood Products LLC will be closing this Saturday.  Thirty-five employees are being laid off, according to Green Crow President Randy Johnson.