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On June 16 the Regional Transit Committee, a committee composed of elected leaders from across King County, unanimously voted to approve a new vision for our Metro Transit bus system by adopting a the Strategic Plan for Public Transportation 2011-2021. The plan is the first of its kind in the nation, guiding where and how Metro delivers transit service to you and other King County residents for the next decade.
Two of Renton’s instiutions, its libraries and Valley Medical Center, are undergoing monumental change that while emotional and controversial will in the end bring better services to residents of the city.
This month I sublet my column to the future to see what they have to say. On June 14, 2011, an historic event took place at Renton High School as 200 seniors graduated at the school’s 100th commencement. So I went right to the source – the graduates themselves – to see “what are you thinking?” at this historic time.
Any first responder on the scene of a drowning tragedy can tell you they will never forget the horrifying heartbreak of families and friends standing next to the river while rescuers try to locate their loved ones. In many cases, these incidents are easily preventable.
It is my belief that both hospital Commissioners Anthony Hemstad and Aaron Heide conspired with Renton resident Chris Clifford to file an ill-conceived recall petition against me, in an all-too-obvious effort to hijack my vote on the UW Medicine strategic alliance. Mr. Clifford is widely recognized as a serial petitioner of recalls; indeed, he previously filed an unfounded recall petition against hospital Commissioner Don Jacobson. As in the case of Commissioner Jacobson’s recall petition two years ago, a judge recently threw out Mr. Clifford’s petition against me because it lacked both factual and statutory legitimacy. The bogus recall petition filed against me was intended to hijack my vote on the UW Medicine strategic alliance and to impugn my reputation.
It’s been quite a week in Renton. We’ve had visitors from the Philippines, Norway, Africa and India.We’ve heard their music, their stories, their fears and… Continue reading
The only sure thing about a new strategic alliance between Valley Medical Center and UW Medicine was the 3-2 vote to set it in motion,… Continue reading
Coming before the Valley Medical Center commissioners Monday is the most important issue they or any hospital board has faced, whether to form a strategic… Continue reading
Clearly, where to locate a new library downtown has split the community and the City Council.The split really mirrors the narrow outcome when Renton voters… Continue reading
Mayor Denis Law and the Police Department are to be congratulated for taking yet another step to make residents of Renton feel safe in their… Continue reading
Valley Medical Center’s commissioners came with their game faces on Tuesday night to ask tough questions about a strategic alliance between the medical center and… Continue reading
To our readers: This editorial contains a link to the draft agreement to form a strategic alliance between Valley Medical Center and UW Medicine. Typically,… Continue reading
EDITOR'S NOTE: Following are two commentaries about a strategic alliance between Valley Medical Center and UW Medicine. The details of the alliance are being negotiated… Continue reading
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of anything is, practically speaking, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And so it is with Renton High School, that architecturally wonderful building on… Continue reading
As a taxpayer and resident of Public Hospital District No. 1, my primary concern is whether the Board of Commissioners is taking actions that enhance… Continue reading
April 22nd is Earth Day, so I thought this would be a good time to check with Waste Management to see how Rentonites are doing… Continue reading
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s popular 7(a) Loan Guaranty Program guarantees loans of up to $5 million. Many small businesses in Renton, however, need much… Continue reading
Two words aptly describe Renton’s library over the river – iconic and anachronistic.Both also give a strong hint why it’s so hard to say goodbye… Continue reading