Important pieces of mail have been arriving in the mailboxes of voters in the Renton School District.
That famous (infamous) Public Hospital District No. 1 election of two years ago to expand Valley Medical Center’s service area to better reflect its size is an example of how victory sometimes just isn’t enough for some – and how the bitter taste of defeat can linger.
Sylvia Cavazos has it all wrong when she blames politicking for the groundswell of opposition to Valley Medical feeding at the public trough. I’m no enemy of Don Jacobson and no great fan of Pam Roach, but this time the senator has an idea that makes sense. Far from “interjecting” herself, she is doing just what I wish the legislators in my district would do — acting in the interest of the taxpayers she represents.
A neighbor of mine – Tony – is trying his best to take this “going green” thing seriously. For example, he tells me that he’s recently begun recycling his newspaper each week. “The entire newspaper?” I asked. He shook his head. “No, “he admitted. “ Just your column.”
Last year, I was shocked to discover that nearly half of all property owners in King County did not receive an itemized breakdown showing where their property taxes go. Property owners who pay their taxes through a mortgage company were not seeing their tax bill. In response to this, I introduced legislation requiring King County to mail a courtesy tax statement to 100 percent of all property owners. My ordinance unanimously passed the King County Council.
Thousands have found medical care, not to mention food, in the last few years at that wonderful building on South Tobin Street, The Renton Rotary Salvation Army Food Bank and Service Center.