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Archive for October, 2011

Kitsap Sun editorial: Civil service examiner should be independent

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

The Kitsap Sun’s editorial board called the city’s decision to transfer the independent Civil Service Commission examiner’s duties to the city manager’s secretary a “a nickel-and-dime move” that has eroded accountability and public trust.

Read the full editorial here.

There’s been plenty more news since the transfer occurred earlier this month.

This week, the last of the three civil service commissioners resigned just before the city Ethics Board concluded that the commissioners had violated ethics rules by holding secret meetings with the city manager and city attorney.

VIDEO: Blossom and Dashiell interview

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Here’s the Kitsap Sun editorial board’s discussion with South Ward City Council candidates Sarah Blossom and Robert Dashiell.

For more information about the eight council candidates, head over to our most recent story on the races.

Also, check out the Sun’s election guide here.

Police blotter: Tire slasher threatens to slash man’s throat

Thursday, October 13th, 2011


This week, police arrested a man after he slashed five tires and said he wanted to do the same to a man he thinks slept with his wife.

Blotter’s below…


Halls Hill Road repairs set for next week

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Halls Hill Road on the island’s south end will get some long-awaited fixes and a fresh coat of asphalt next week.

For more info, read the city’s press release below…


Safe roads meeting on Monday

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Photo: Brad Camp

Non-motorized transportation supporters are hosting a meeting on Monday night to discuss speed limits, education, traffic enforcement and possible construction projects aimed at improving bike and pedestrian safety on Bainbridge.

“Everyone should have the right to travel safely on our roadways,” said Dana Berg, president of Bainbridge bicycle advocacy group Squeaky Wheels. “All community values surveys on the island during the last decade have shown that increasing safe biking and walking spaces is a number one priority.”

Bike paths have been installed on two sections of island roads over the last three years. That’s not enough, considering the backlog of projects in the city’s 2003 Non-Motorized Transportation Plan, Berg wrote.

A key challenge for bicycling and pedestrian advocates is finding money to fund improvement projects. The city has had to reduce its planned improvements in recent years, and little money is expected on the horizon.

The meeting is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Winslow Commons, 402 Bjune Drive.

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