Hi. I’m back at the office after a little quality time welcoming my daughter into the world. That’s her up top. She’s as perfect as they come.
I kinda dropped the blog for a while, without notice. Thanks for your patience. Expect regular posts once again…
Frustrated by a lack of funding and support from the city, two members of the Housing Trust Fund Committee resigned Wednesday.
Here’s my story:
Two members of the city’s Housing Trust Fund Committee, including its chairman, resigned Wednesday in protest of what they call a lack of action on affordable housing initiatives.
“We’re a housing trust fund with no funds,” said committee member and housing industry consultant Joseph Honick. “The commitment from the city has disappeared.”
Honick joined committee chairman John de Chadenedes in announcing their resignations at Wednesday night’s City Council meeting.
De Chadenedes, who serves as the coordinator of the King County Housing Finance Program, told the council that the 2008 budget “abandoned” affordable housing initiatives by failing to put dollars toward new preservation and building projects. The lack of funding makes his committee a “purely symbolic” entity.
By order of the mayor’s office, the city’s affordable housing planning staff declined to comment on the resignations and on the activities of the HTF committee. Mayor Darlene Kordonowy did not return calls for comment.
The City Council took a first step last night toward the long-planned and long-debated project to upgrade Winslow Way and its underground utilities.
In a 5-2 vote, the council authorized the city to enter into a $135,400 contract with Heery International that will jumpstart the larger $12.2 million project.
The contract will fund initial design work, prepare planning documents, provide weekly updates to city staff and update the city’s project website.
Public Works Director Randy Witt called the contract a “trimmed-down version” of an earlier proposal that had included about $100,000 more for public outreach.
Former London Times and Chicago Daily News music critic Bernard Jacobson now writes restaurant reviews for the Kitsap Sun.
This week, Jacobson treks up to Bainbridge Island to try Sawatdy Thai Cuisine.
BERNARD JACOBSON RESTAURANT REVIEW: A Thai Treasure on Bainbridge
Steering clear of the wild disagreements I have seen in online reviews of this restaurant, and of the family feuds that are hinted to underlie the Thai restaurant scene on Bainbridge Island, I want simply to celebrate this place as one of the best restaurants — of any style of cuisine — that I have yet discovered on the island.
Approaching it from the outside, you will not be impressed: the Island Center location is in a rather tired-looking little strip of businesses, including a gas station. But once through the door, you will find a pleasant room decorated with some folksy artifacts, comfortable seating, and a very cordial and efficient wait staff. (The Poulsbo Thai restaurant I reviewed a year or so ago should take lessons from Sawatdy, not only in cooking but in charm.)
Here’s the Kitsap Sun’s view on the vandalized police vehicles:
What happens when high school pranks turn malicious?
That’s an issue facing Bainbridge Island residents after thousands of dollars of damage was done in vandalism attributed to this year’s Bainbridge High School graduating class.
For decades, there’s been a tolerated tradition of high school seniors painting graduation messages on roads around Bainbridge Island. But this year, things went too far. Last Friday night, in addition to painting some roads, persons presumed to be students also vandalized a hand-carved “Welcome to Bainbridge Island” sign with a sloppily spray-painted “08.” Police estimate repairs at more than $2,000. In addition, a 15-foot-long “2008″ was painted across seven lanes at the high school track. Removing it was a five-hour job, costing the school district about $500.
Then early Wednesday morning, vandals painted and slashed the tires of seven Bainbridge Island Police Department vehicles at the police parking lot, and spray-painted Chief Matt Haney’s police car at his home. Police believe the graduating class of 2008 may be to blame; “08″ was spray-painted on the hood of one police car.
Islander columnist is extreamly distressed by islanders’ extreame spelling mistakes.
Errant Spellings Punctuate Need for Correction
By Becky Fox Marshall
I nearly caused a traffic accident one morning last week, when I passed a large, homemade, plywood sign on the side of the road near the gravel pit on Lynwood Center Road on Bainbridge Island. The stenciled sign stated, in red paint: “Extreame Danger.”
I tapped the brakes just as I passed, thinking, “Did I really see that?”
In deference to the poor fellow behind me undoubtedly trying to make a ferry (judging by the look he was burning at me via the rear-view mirror), and because I was too far past the sign to get a real look, I continued. But on the way home that night, I slowed down to get a second look. Yup. “Extreame.” Right there in red letters about a foot tall.
It gnawed at me like a muscle ache, and not just when I had to drive by. But I figured it was a mistake discovered too late by its author. It was, after all, a temporary sign made of plywood so maybe the guy just let it go.
Speaking of ‘Paint Night,’ have you gone past the police station lately?
Every police vehicle at the station was doused with white paint
and spray painted.
A few tires were slashed, and a couple windows now sport a bright blue “08.”
In a bold and calculated move, the painters struck Chief Matt Haney’s police car….at his home.
I’ve traced the ‘Paint Night’ tradition as far back as 1966 (thanks to Patti Ritchie). Can you trace it back farther? Fess up, old timers.
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Check out Rachel Pritchett’s story on how a Seattle-based nonprofit is helping local businesses get off the ground, including an islander’s environmentally-friendly house cleaning business.
My favorite part of Steve Landau’s story on Kitsap County’s (but mostly Bainbridge’s) winery boom is island winemaker Hugh Remash’s comment comparing wine-making to cooking up a pot of stew. Kinda deflates the hoity toity-ness of it all.
This week, a drunk driver tried to pass off his boozy breath on having sloshed a late night shot of Listerine.
The cop didn’t buy it, and the driver eventually confessed to having rinsed his molars with beer.
Also this week: In an apparent campaign to rid the island of public waste receptacles, homemade bombs were used to annihilate a school port-o-potty and a park trash can.
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