You may have involuntarily cruised the Puget Sound waters with
your governor Monday.
Democrats met at the conference center Monday in what Mayor Cary
Bozeman described as a caucus. He was invited to give a “Welcome to
Bremerton” speech, after which he was to be escorted out. Private
stuff, you understand.
You remember on 9/11 when there were
stories about stores charging exorbitant prices for water? While
the accident that happened Monday with the bus running into the
building was nothing like that day, let’s not overlook the little
bit of goodness that showed itself. From the story:
Contractors Ed Sangil and Joseph McCrary were working on a house
nearby and rushed to help the crash victims before rescue units
arrived. “We went into the store and grabbed bags of ice,” Sangil
said. “They told us to take anything we needed.”
Way to go Sangil, McCrary and the store employees.
You may have seen
our poll on the proposal to put in parking kiosks downtown. As
of this writing, six out of 97 thought it was a good idea to put
the kiosks in as soon as possible. Three liked it if concessions
were made for low-income employees and volunters. Some allowed that
paid parking will be worthwhile someday, but well more than half
said not today, not anytime soon.
The Bremerton Area Chamber of Commerce has two surveys available
until July 7. Silvia Klatman said they will share the results with
Businesses, organizations and employees should click here for their survey.
Everyone else who would like to comment should click here.
Some parting comments from David Porter, the Kitsap Economic
soon-to-be former executive director, are worth pondering. No
doubt it’s pretty here. But does Kitsap County have a “quality of
community” that would make people vow to stay forever?
Some of his conversation was in explaining the context for a
statement Porter made last week to the Kitsap Regional Coordinating
“My sense is there is an undercurrent of meanness in this
community that needs to be addressed.”
On Wednesday, the City Council was in a study session discussing
the sale of
the Capital Hill fire station. There was more than one reference to
disrepair and ugliness. The building is in City Councilwoman Carol
district and she was a bit upset by the continued references. She
out that if the city took better care of things, the station would
the way it does now. Then she made this statement:
“We’re not going to get rid of everything old and ugly in this
city, or some of us wouldn’t be sitting here.”
On Tuesday, the city discussed its proposed parking kiosks for
one there asked the question I asked in the previous blog entry: Is
One reason I would guess that was the case was because everyone
there is a problem that requires a solution sooner rather than
I’ve heard people say
pay parking will be the reality someday in Bremerton, I’ve also
heard people say it’s too soon.
What do you think?
Is this the right time to introduce pay parking for short
visits? Or should the ongoing revitalization continue before the
new parking kiosks are brought to town?
Or do you think no one should ever have to pay for a short stay
A few readers let me know they were disappointed I didn’t
include a list of who voted “yes” and who voted “no” on the
Highland height question. They were probably right. That would have
added good information to the story.
Here’s how it went down and, from my recollection, the
Gehring: (pause) No
Brockus: (pause) No
McConnell: I knew they would do this to me. Yes.
Weeks ago it seemed all was happy news about the building on
11th and Warren. The city signed a deal to give the Girl Scouts and
Camp Fire organizations two to three years in the current site
before having to leave. The city wants to improve the intersection
there for traffic reasons.
The evening was a feel-good event, with leaders from both groups
leaving thinking perhaps they could get the historic building
Then the details. The cost to move the building even a short
distance was estimated to be $417,000. A bit too much, the Scout
and Camp Fire leaders say, to consider as an option. Now what?