Month: December 2015

Craving some crazy for 2016

Reflecting on the Vancouver City Council’s performance this year, there haven’t been a lot of hijinks to blog about. No shouting matches or punches thrown. Disagreements are polite. All council members […]

Looking back on an explosive 2015

Last February, I arrived in Vancouver with a car full of junk and a heart full of optimism. I was back in the state I loved, closer to my family […]

It’s a gamble

Things are looking up, though everything can still go wrong for the proposed Cowlitz casino — a federal appeals court rescinds the tribe's reservation, the county council somehow overcomes tribal sovereignty and jurisdiction, financing […]

A literary end to 2015 for Clark County council

A coworker of mine on Tuesday described the Clark County council’s four-hour meeting as "Kafkaesque." It was an appropriate end to a meeting peppered with literary references. One-time Vancouver Port commissioner […]

Friends of Clark County gearing up for legal action

At least one organization is already gearing up for legal action over Clark County’s 20-year growth plan. Land-use and conservation group Friends of Clark County, whose members have been vocally opposed […]

County website sees significant upgrades

  [caption id="attachment_5947" align="alignright" width="362"] The homepage of Clark County's shiny new website.[/caption] Clark County got a much-needed upgrade to its website this week. The county hasn’t had a significant upgrade to its […]

Clark County council agenda like Grinch’s heart: Growing

[caption id="attachment_5943" align="alignright" width="300"] If you look too quickly, you'd think this public meeting the council has scheduled is a public hearing.[/caption] UPDATE: I rewrote this blog post to reflect the […]

C ya, C-Tran?

There was an unusually empty chair at Tuesday's C-Tran board meeting. Arriving after an hourlong executive session, I shuffled into the library's meeting room and did not see David Madore's […]

Christmas week Clark County council meeting feels like a lump of coal

[caption id="attachment_5937" align="alignright" width="299"] Merry Christmas, Clark County. Have eight public hearings.[/caption] T’will be just before Christmas, and on the sixth floor Our own Clark County council has hearings galore. The meeting’s been […]

He earned that brick

Twenty-five years of service for the city of Vancouver, and all Larry Smith got was a lousy brick. To be fair, it was a replica of a brick installed in front […]

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