Monthly Archives: October 2011

Kitsap Sun editorial: Civil service examiner should be independent

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.

Safe roads meeting on Monday

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.