Bremerton is considering using cameras to help cut down on
red-light runners and speeders, and to create enough revenue to add
five new police officers. In preparing
the story I called reps from two cities — Bonney Lake and
Auburn — to find out how the programs are working there. Neither
city is using the program hoping to generate revenue, they said.
Bremerton’s not shy about wanting to make some money for the
program, enough for the officers.
In Auburn the mayor said most of the complaints he gets are from
people who don’t live in town. He shared one of the letters with
me, and his response. Early hint: The part written in all caps (the
Internet version of yelling) is from the complainer. The Bremerton
council will begin discussing the issue in a workshop Thursday.
Sorry, couldn’t resist the obvious pun. Bremerton appears poised
reduce its B&O tax, which charges business owners a tax on
their revenues. Over the years I’ve heard gas station owners
complain the most about this tax, because it relies on revenues,
not profits. Not that they would like taxes on profits either, but
one on revenues is even worse. So if gas prices go up, your B&O
tax goes up even if your bottom line doesn’t.
A couple months ago my son and I were about 30 seconds late for
the 5:30 p.m. ferry. We were on our way to a Mariners game, so we
drove around rather than wait for the next boat.
Had we not been in such a hurry and had it been, say, next year
we might have waited in
the new downtown park.
Photographer Lenna Himmelstein and I got a sneak peak last week
at the park and I’m guess some of you are going to find the place
downright impressive. You can get a good look at it now from the
platform in front of the ferry terminal. There are some who think
the money would have been better spent dealing with other issues,
such as the one quoted in the story.
What do you think? You looking forward to this park or do you
think something else?
Christopher Dunagan had a story Sunday
about a station in Bremerton
If you’re thinking, “Yahoo! The end of the stinky diesel car
smell,” think again. The thing to remember is it’s 20 percent
biodiesel, so you won’t quite get the popcorn aroma you get when
cars burn the full kernel.
Yesterday evening as I was driving home I hit a spot along
Trenton Avenue in which there is no cell coverage. When I got into
Ilahee my phone buzzed and showed I had a voice message. I figured
it was probably my wife asking when I’d be home. It wasn’t.
Thursday’s Kitsap Sun detailed some of
the elements in Kitsap Transit’s hopes to change the transit
district size. OK, so there’s some element of fixing its boundaries
to reflect the agency serves. But Richard Hayes, executive director
of the agency, comes forward with no hesitation in saying he hopes
the changes will help the agency get approval from voters in
February for a passenger-only ferry system financed by a
three-tenths of one-cent sales tax increase.
Never mind that outside the district the sales tax will actually
go down. Never mind that people in those excluded areas will still
get Access service and rideshare and vanpool programs. I got no
e-mail today about that. I also got nothing about the fact that
those residents probably still do most of their shopping in the
areas they’ll pay the higher sales tax.
What I got e-mails about today was “gerrymandering.”
Is there such a thing?
On Sunday you may have read two stories, one that shows that
despite all the planning and intentions of locals within the past
the bridge Bremerton gets to replace the Manette Bridge may not
be the bridge locals thought they were getting.
The second story was in the business section and relates that
the waterfront condominiums under construction
will likely have their occupants early next year. So in about
four or five years residents there will have good seats to watch
the new bridge go up and the old one go down.
The Bremerton City Council
voted 5-4 Wednesday in favor of a
tax break for developers of multi-family condos within
downtown, and eventually for other areas designated “city
In June a man on San
Francisco’s list of the 10 most wanted was arrested on suspicion of
DUI in Westpark.
Fingerprint matches linked him to the Bay Area.
Last week a man wanted for allegedly
murdering his former girlfriend in Reseda, Calif.
was arrested in Port Orchard, where he was staying with friends
who apparently didn’t know he was wanted.
Then Monday, police
descended on a neighborhood in Bremerton to find a man who was
hiding out after allegedly murdering a guy in front of 500 to 800
people in Ohio.
I’ve let my subscription to “Fugitive’s Digest” lapse, so I
missed the advertisement encouraging murders to come to Kitsap
County to hide out. What is it about this area in the past few
months that has revealed that
if we’re not committing violent crimes, we’re harboring people
Eric E. Robertson, the U.S. Marshal for Western Washington,
gives us reason to keep our chins up and not take it personally.
“You’re just the lucky neighborhood,” Robertson said in Josh
Farley’s story Tuesday.
Wow, thanks. I feel better.
Those at Friday’s event
the Wright Creek Business Park emphasized the risk the company
was taking. Olympic Property Group is banking that the site’s
location makes it a natural place to plant a business, especially
for a company wanting to own its own building as well as the
So whaddya think? Is this a good move?