Month: November 2015

All I want for Christmas is…

Between the Thanksgiving turkey and the Christmas ham sit those few magical weeks of Adventures in Capitalism. I'm not so big on the shopping sprees that have detracted from the real […]

Giving thanks for Clark County politics

In honor of the holidays, I'm toning down my usual snark to reflect on some of the things I'm thankful for this Thanksgiving. I'm thankful for those who read my stories, […]

Anna Miller out as councilor’s aide

It's official: Anna Miller is out as Councilor David Madore's personal assistant. Miller tendered her resignation to Madore and Acting County Manager Mark McCauley more than a week go, McCauley confirmed […]

We love Joyo, Japan (but like a sister)

Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt returned to work last Monday from his week-long business trip to Japan still aglow from his travels, even answering “hai,” the Japanese word for yes, when […]

D is for…

[caption id="attachment_5887" align="aligncenter" width="3968"] County facilities managers Darrel Stump, left and Mike Wright put glue on the back of a letter as the "In God We Trust " slogan is […]

A fast-moving target in growth plan

Understanding a subject as dense as Clark County’s Comprehensive Growth Management Plan update is difficult. It’s further complicated when information regarding the growth plan appears to change in the blink […]

Cities demand county show its work

[caption id="attachment_5872" align="aligncenter" width="770"] Aerial photo of homes in a rural area of Clark County photographed April 10. (Kaitlin Gillespie/The Columbian)[/caption] The problem with tight deadlines — Thursday's Clark County Planning […]

The one-man Madore show

[caption id="attachment_765" align="alignright" width="170"] Clark County Councilor David Madore[/caption] A funny thing happened on my way to the Clark County council meeting Tuesday. County legal staff had to give Councilor David Madore […]

Homeless state of emergency? Not yet

Portland’s done it. So have Seattle, Los Angeles and Hawaii. So why hasn’t the city of Vancouver declared a state of emergency on homelessness, too? The question has arisen in the weeks […]

Washington scores D+ for transparency, open government

A D+ is an abysmal grade by any measure, but there’s a special sting when that grade is given for government transparency. But that’s the grade Washington received in the Center […]

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