Thinking about what happened to the trees at the ferry terminal parking I wondered about existing city regulations elsewhere. Just google parking lots and trees: here comes the regulation adopted by the city of Sacramento. It is about shading trees but it makes perfect sense to require the presence/planting/maintenance of trees on parking lots. Looks like the city is going to hire a consultant...and as usual such regulations already exist.
Reading the February 20 issue of the Bainbridge Review we don't learn what firm was responsible for this job. A manager for Diamond Parking does not provide any specific information nor apologize for anything wrong. The City acquiesces by saying nothing inherently wrong (illegal) was done and we get the usual argument about private property. Diamond Parking is a big corporation, they claim to be the biggest private parking company in the world (and I bet they are). It is not clear that they were in charge of this "pruning" as they could only be in charge of operating the parking while the property is owned by somebody else. This somebody else could be an entity called Winslow Marine LLC but the property tax map does not provide any clue about who they are, but for the address of an accounting firm in Bellevue. I think the people deemed "responsible" should publicly say so and offer a compensation to our community or explain to us why all is well. What type of compensation? They could plant more/new trees in this parking lot and/or provide money for trees to be planted. They should come up with internal guidelines to avoid such bad practices in the future.
We have been frequently shocked by the hiring of consultants by the City: any problem seems/ed to deserve a (usually very pricey) consultant. Local blogs Bainbridge Island Postscript and Bainbridge Island Notebook detail (once more)this costly (and not very effective) practice that also raises questions of basic trust, lack of transparency, eventual conflicts of interests :(
Should programs about tattoos be part of library programs? I am not so sure. Not that I have anything against tattoos (I have nothing for them either): I am just not sure this is relevant to the library's missions. Especially when there is a significant financial problem that remains to be actively addressed. On the other hand, starting to install "self service" machines goes into the right direction. A better presentation of the DVDs would also be welcome.
The American Legion is sponsoring
a New England-style town meet on Tuesday, February 5 at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall near Hyla to give
people a chance to voice their feelings and concerns and pose questions to
elected officials about island government.
The Legion has asked Charlie Bermant to
moderate the discussion, and he will work with a roving microphone, giving
people time to follow up their questions and to have a real community
dialogue. The Legion has invited
the Mayor and City Council members to attend, listen, and respond to