The News Tribune in Tacoma has a story Friday likening Bremerton’s waterfront
transformation with Tacoma’s.
Kitsap County’s most urban city, known for years as a rough Navy
town with views of the Olympic Mountains, is redefining its
frontyard stretch of waterfront. No longer is it dominated by empty
storefronts and taverns in the shadow of the Puget Sound Naval
The city of 36,000 is relying on an active waterfront, new
businesses and condos to restore its core.
It’s a journey similar to the one Tacoma started in the
The story has comments from the mayor, a naysayer, and the owner
of Boston’s Deli and Pizza.
Gerald Ford spent a few nights in Bremerton when he was in the
After the fire, Monterey was declared unfit for service and the
crippled carrier reached Ulithi on 21 December before proceeding
across the Pacific to Bremerton, Washington where it underwent
repairs. On Christmas Eve 1944 at Ulithi, Ford was detached from
the ship and sent to the Athletic Department of the Navy Pre-Flight
School, St. Mary’s College, California where he was assigned to the
Athletic Department until April 1945. One of his duties was to
could get money for a school for drop-outs and for improvements
to the J.C. Penney building in downtown Bremerton.
In pointing you to the
latest details on
the killing that took place Wednesday morning, I believe it
also worthwhile to draw your attention again to Josh Farley’s
earlier work asking why Bremerton was considered the most violent
city per capita in the state.
Much of the violent crime in Bremerton is committed against
criminals themselves, and very rarely are strangers the victims.
“The crime we¹re talking about is people that know each other, who
commit crimes against each other,” (Bremerton Police Capt. Tom)
Bremerton had three murders in 2005. Wednesday’s killing was
2006’s first, because the killing outside the pool hall in the
Redwood Plaza happened across the street from city limits.
We’re working on getting more extensive archives available for
you, but until then the best thing I can do is copy it from
archives I can access and post it here. Click on the link below to
read the first of several stories on violent crime in
A 38-year-old Bremerton woman was killed this morning and her
32-year-old brother was arrested. Go
here for the story and continue to check back for updates.
Bremerton Mayor Cary Bozeman was listed as a newsmaker for 2006
in the Puget Sound Business Journal’s Dec. 22-28 edition.
I’d post the link, but you can’t read it online unless you’re a
subscriber, so I won’t bother.
Bozeman was categorized as an “innovator” in a story detailing
Bremerton’s waterfront condo development, new parks, building
renovations, wireless Internet downtown and the future development
of the former J.C. Penney building, owned by the Bremer Trust and
used as a parking lot.
The magazine reports Bozeman “has made it his personal mission
to bring vitality and people to a formerly struggling waterfront,
and as a result his city is on a building binge.”
Bozeman is joined on the innovators list by Expedia and Zillow
Web business builder Rich Barton, Seattle Children’s Hospital and
Regional Medical Center President Dr. Thomas Hansen, China
President Hu Jintao and Ray Ozzie, who replaces Bill Gates as
Microsoft as chief software architect.
Also on the newsmaker list is William Marler, a Bainbridge
Island resident and lawyer who has made a name for himself fighting
companies over E. coli outbreaks. He’s on PSBJ’s list of
“fighters.” Marler first became prominent by fighting Jack in the
Box in 1993 for its E. coli outbreak. Most recently he sued Taco
Bell parent company Yum! Foods after E. coli was traced to green
onions used in its food. Marler is joined on the list of fighters
by Seattle City Council President Nick Licata and U.S. Rep. Dave
The Seattle Times editorial page staff was
highly complimentary of Manette Neighbors, who are willing to
tax themselves to keep a former reservoir as some sort of park.
The best neighborhoods are distinguished by more than an address
or location. The best neighborhoods are defined by a caring
community spirit. Such a spirit is alive in Bremerton’s Manette
neighborhood, where a group of residents want to buy a former
reservoir from the city and turn it into a park.
The other big news in Manette was
the first church service at the New Life Assembly. The church
bought the former Manette School property, which some of the same
people saving the park were instrumental in stopping from becoming
condos. Getting the church service Christmas Eve took some
Church leaders had not planned on unwrapping this gift so early,
but the Internal Revenue Service said they had to have at least one
service in their new building before the end of the year to qualify
for tax-exempt status next year. It took a bureaucratic miracle to
make the deadline. The aging school, built in the 1940s, does not
have a sprinkler system. But Bremerton city officials agreed to
accelerate the temporary permitting process so that the church
could make its IRS deadline.
A power outage gave us an
interesting dilemma. Would it be cheaper to run the car on gas or
beer? I did the math and beer was the clear winner.
wrote Friday about how OC won in the governor’s budget.
We’re going to have more stories in the near future about other
local impact of the budget. Here are a couple worth mentioning
There’s $4.7 million proposed for the Washington Youth Academy,
a special school for 16-18 year-olds who dropped out. Elaine Helm
wrote about this in October.
There’s also $3 million set aside for the public element should
J.C. Penney building get redeveloped.
At a moment when the rain was coming down hardest, I made the
wise decision to drive over to the former Cencom building near the
Warren Avenue bridge to have a look around.
Like many of you, I’ve driven past the building countless times,
perhaps noticing the little green space next to it, but not paying
all that much attention.
Today I walked the green space. It leads to the canyon that
divides Bremerton’s east and west sides and offers a little glimpse
under the bridge. No one was there when I looked, but I wouldn’t
have blamed them for taking cover. The park is nice, but it’s loud
being right next to the busy Warren Avenue.
I’m sure dentists and accountants and their assistants will make
good use of it, now that the city has sold the old Cencom building
to a Renton couple who plan to use it for dental and accounting