Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Light Up The Lincoln

Light Up The Lincoln is Scott Nagel's plan for raising $235,000 to purchase the shuttered Lincoln Theater in downtown Port Angeles and turn it into a nonprofit performing arts center.

He has until the end of March to gather the $235,000, hopefully from 235 donors giving $1,000 each.  So far he's raised over $35,000 from “about 15 people.”   People who pledge $1,000 will be designated as “founders.”  Their names will be inscribed on a plaque in the theater lobby.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Do You Have Enough Law Enforcement Protection in Your Community?

Today's Peninsula Poll question is:

Do you think that you have enough law enforcement protection in your community, not enough or too much?

Number of votes cast: 598 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Lincoln Theater to be Discussed at PABA meeting

Scott Nagel and Dan Gase will be the guests at this Tuesday's meeting of the Port Angeles Business Association.  They will be discussing the possible Lincoln Theater renovation.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Fireworks Debate to Continue into Next Week's City Council Meeting

Last night's City Council meeting included a contentious debate over whether personal fireworks should be banned in Port Angeles.  Fourteen people spoke in favor of the proposed ban within city limits; ten spoke against it.  The debate will continue at the March 3rd City Council meeting, 6 p.m. in the City Council chambers.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Jim McEntire to speak at PABA meeting

Clallam County Commissioner Jim McEntire will be the guest at this Tuesday's meeting of the Port Angeles Business Association.  He'll be discussing his newest schemes involving the Opportunity Fund and the Clallam County Economic Development Council.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Should School Bond Measures Need Only a Simple Majority to Pass?

State Reps. Kevin Van De Wege and Steve Tharinger are cosponsoring legislation that would allow school bond measures to pass with a simple majority, instead of 60% of the vote as currently required. This bill, HJR 4210, is an amendment to the state constitution and therefore will require a two-thirds supermajority of both houses of the state legislature as well as approval of a simple majority of voters statewide.

Van De Wege said that under the present system, “a minority of people are making bond decisions.”

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Rep. Kevin Van De Wege Takes on the Music Mafia

State Rep. Kevin Van De Wege has introduced HB 1763, which would slightly mitigate the arbitrary steamrolling tactics and complete unaccountability of the Music Mafia:  BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.), ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and SESAC (Society of European Stage Authors and Composers. 

Van De Wege introduced HB 1763 after talking with the owner of The Oasis Bar and Grill in Sequim. The above-mentioned music enforcers have tried to extort almost $9,000 from The Oasis Bar and Grill for copyright infringement, i.e. featuring live or recorded music at the nightclub.

Van De Wege's bill would require music licensing companies to file with the Washington Secretary of State and pay an annual fee of $1,500.  This money would be used for a consumer alert campaign to make sure club owners who feature music know their rights and responsibilities when dealing with music licensing companies.  Van De Wege said:

“Live music venues are being unfairly targeted by New York and Tennessee-based licensing companies that force payments at random, threaten business owners, and seemingly vanish once they receive payment.  By regulating their activity and verifying their claim to certain performing rights, we’re protecting small businesses all across the state and generating revenue to make sure these venues know their rights.”

The owner of The Oasis Bar and Grill said:

“In the end the fees that they sought made music not viable for our business.  Nobody wins and one thing that is certain, no one buys music that they can’t hear.”