Month: December 2012

Does Larry Patella have a ghostwriter?

Larry Patella, a longtime critic of the Vancouver City Council and the Columbia River Crossing, sends out frequent complaints about city government. Patella, 83, always signs off, "And so it […]

Ring Those Bells

Vancouver City Mayor Tim Leavitt and Councilors Bill Turlay, Bart Hansen, Jack Burkman and Larry Smith took turns Saturday afternoon ringing bells for The Salvation Army. The men of the council […]

Breaking down the C-Tran tax vote

Remember all that subdistrict-or-no-subdistrict talk earlier this year? It may not have mattered. Turns out, most of the Vancouver urban area said no to C-Tran's sales tax increase in November anyway. […]

Please stop, his ego is big enough

So Willamette Week had fun this week with its Vancouver issue, or, as they call us on the front page (apologies to Axl, Slash & Co.) -- "Paradise City." "Take me […]

Seattle police prefers you get baked inside, but won’t cite smokers in public

Man, I love a police department spokesman with a sense of humor. As earlier reported, the Seattle Police Department compiled, "Marijwhatnow," a Q & A about Initiative 502; we had our […]

Parks measure didn’t win a single precinct

We knew on Election Day that voters had overwhelmingly rejected Vancouver's proposal for a new tax that would have provided dedicated funding for parks and recreation. Sixty-six percent of voters […]

Grab a cup of Joe at Mielke’s Coffee Shop

Head up to the sixth floor of the Clark County Public Service Center and Commissioner Tom Mielke will buy you a cup of coffee. But he'll do it begrudgingly. The sixth floor […]

Deck The (City) Hall!

The lobby at Vancouver City Hall has received a Christmas makeover. In a Nov. 30 email to city councilors, City Manager Eric Holmes reassured them that any changes in holiday decor […]

Brownies, anyone?

You know the drill when you go to a concert: Before the headlining act takes the stage, you hear from an opening act or two. Local government meetings work the same […]

Clark County injury report

The mavens wish a speedy recovery to Clark County Administrator Bill Barron after he took a fall off a ladder over the weekend. Barron gets points in the stoic department for […]

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