In a major 2017 document, Seattle DOT fails to inform their employees to worry about costs, efficiencies, or the taxpayers in their guiding principles.
Happening in Olympia
Governor Inslee tweeted, “We don’t have to choose between building a strong economy and fighting climate change. In Washington state, we’re doing both.” Wasn’t it a Department of Ecology spokesperson who last month said the reason why greenhouse gas emissions have gone up in Washington under Inslee’s environmental policies is because of the good economy? Apparently, they are not all reading from the same script in Olympia. (Twitter)
Crosscut obtained the results of a recent survey of Seattle police that found only 13% of Seattle officers would refer friends or family member to work for the department. In the survey commissioned by Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan to study recruitment problems, officers complained about the lack of support from elected officials as the primary cause of their negative attitude. (Crosscut)
Mariya Frost from the Washington Policy Center has dug up the Seattle Department of Transportation’s 2017 “New Mobility Playbook.” Included in the 48-page document are the “5 Principles of New Mobility” (page 32) which the document states must “guide our actions.” Unsurprisingly, controlling costs, promoting efficiency, and respecting the taxpayers didn’t make the cut. (SDOT)
Responding to Restaurants Unlimited bankruptcy filing statement that the minimum wage hike ate up 5.6% of their revenue, Seattle Times columnist Denny Westneat believes the company shouldn’t have informed their customers why their meal cost more. The restaurants itemized the cost increase on the bill yet Westneat believes they should “Just roll it into the food prices and be done with it.” Apparently Westneat believes restaurants shouldn’t make political statements regarding political actions that impact the cost of their product. (Seattle Times)
ShiftWA was on KIRO-FM discussing why some want to take away the public vote for electing King County Sheriff. Members of the King County Charter Review Commission have been discussing the idea that would once again make King County the only Washington county to not elect their sheriff (KIRO Radio)
Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife have authorized the killing of some wolves to protect livestock in Northeast Washington. Due to the ongoing problem of wolves killing cattle, agency director Kelly Susewind authorized the state to kill members of a specific wolfpack to alter their behavior. (KREM)
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