Monthly Archives: April 2007

Budget Diversion

Obviously I’m getting to this a few days late, but I think it worth mentioning the story about the $2 million that was pulled from the J.C. Penney building project that could create another grand monument to downtown Bremerton redevelopment.

The Penney project still has $1 million in the state Senate budget, but state Sen. Phil Rockefeller, D-Bainbridge Island, pulled $1.1 million for the Kitsap SEED project and $900,000 for the Kitsap Community Resources building.

Mayor Bozeman was irritated, but you could make the case that the KCR building is an actual construction project. SEED can’t make that claim, but the project has received budget allocations from the federal government that need matching state dollars to be fully maximized.

The J.C. Penney project is in the dream stage and trustees for the the building’s owner, the Bremer Trust, say they haven’t found a plan, not yet anyway, that assures them they’ll be able to build something new and still meet their commitment to provide funds for Olympic College. That funding is about $300,000 a year.

Ferry Butters

You’re in your car, you’re waiting to get to the ticket turnstile and someone comes from your left and squeezes in front of you and gets there first.

According to legislators, this is a problem at ferry terminals. The Seattle Times has a story about it today. State Sen. Mary Haugen, a Camano Island Democrat, has a bill that would fine ferry line cutters $101, though in most cases that would come after the driver refuses to move to the back of the line.

“This is road rage beyond road rage. I had one person tell me how he jumped up and down on somebody’s hood because they crowded in front of him,” Haugen said. “You sit in line for an hour or two and somebody crowds in front of you, and they get on [the ferry] and you don’t. There are some rather strong feelings.”

In reading the story I’m struck by how I can’t recall a single instance where this has happened to me, but I also have the uneasy feeling that I might have done it myself.

Sgt. Craig Johnson, a state trooper, said that when officers catch people cutting in line, they ask them to go to the back. Many times, drivers are just confused about where to get into the line.

Still, some people won’t budge and say something like, ” ‘I’m going to get on this boat. If you try to make me do something, I’ll get a hold of my attorney,’ ” said Johnson, who works in the State Patrol’s homeland-security division.

“In that case, we really don’t have a tool to use,” he said.

If I’ve done it, put me in the “confused” camp. I do remember one time on Bainbridge that I misread the signs at the intersection of Winslow Way and Highway 305. I can see this happening on Bainbridge, because of the signage and the opportunity at that intersection. And if the island residents’ reputation for litigiousness is warranted, I can see an offender threatening to sue.

Is Bremerton’s terminal entrance set up so that this can’t become as big an issue, or is it possible to line cut and get on the ferry ahead of and instead of someone else?