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Olympia Port Commissioners rely on lobbyists for a key financial commitment

PORT REPORT The Port of Olympia in July approved a proposal to develop almost 200 acres of land on its New Market Industrial Campus (NMIC). The new Panattoni Lease Option Agreement (Panattoni Agreement) is fraught with potential negative impacts on the community. There are financial, environmental, public health, school safety,…

The story behind the “rad” benefits of a warehouse project

In a document addressing questions about the Panattoni Lease Option, the Port used findings by the Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC) to present the lease as a highly attractive economic opportunity: any potential future development is estimated to have an economic impact of 942 jobs, $142 million in labor income,…

“Strike for Black Lives” action wins a victory for Seattle transit workers

Rallying in sync with the July 20 “Strike for Blacks Lives,” over 250 union and community activists picketed King County Executive Dow Constantine’s offices in the heart of downtown Seattle. They called for immediate action in response to racist incidents at Metro transit bases and other county worksites. They demanded…

Corrections

In the July issue, in the chart on page 12, the figure for the Tumwater police budget should be: $7,860,304..... Aristides Pappides was responsible for contrasting Donald Trump’s order to open up churches as essential for worship, with Jesus’ reminder that people should pray in their room with the door closed... Chase Patton created July’s back page infographic showing racial disparities in the US system of mass incarceration...

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