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Monthly archives for May, 2008
Those of us in elected office in Renton are very aware of the extra effort Renton’s police are making to add officers and patrol districts for Benson Hill, and to knock down some chronic problems we have had in our city.
Denis Law summarized our collective feeling in this letter today: READ MORE »
Here is a touching story from yesterday’s PI about organizations working to provide homes in times of need, including work by Renton’s Vision House. (Several Renton officials attended this unveiling…I’m hoping to get some pictures).
From the story: “Last week, she was in Renton when Vision House, an agency that provides transitional housing for women and children, unveiled four new apartments in the Renton Highlands. The HEDCO Foundation provided $250,000 for the project. CamWest Development of Kirkland served as contractor, recruiting subcontractors at substantially reduced costs. The four units bring to 20 the number of apartments the agency has available. Another three apartments are under way.”
Depositions and email about the Sonics arena give increasing insight. This article explains why we never got a clear indication of how much the Sonics would spend, or how much they expected Renton to spend. Clay Bennett did not want anyone to know…
“The city’s attorneys continually pounded away in the pretrial interviews about how Bennett never indicated how much money his group would contribute to a proposed $500 million Renton arena, thus making it difficult for Seattle politicians and residents to get behind the plan.
After a Seattle P-I reporter sought comment from Bennett over how much money his Professional Basketball Club would commit to the project, Bennett e-mailed Gooden, “Please stay WAY AWAY from talking about our investment in the building.”
Here is the story in today’s Seattle PI.
The Renton Sonics Arena proposal had even less support than I thought. While Renton was spending money studying it, even SEATTLE was lobbying against it. Here is the article in The Oklahoman
Here is a Myspace posting by my son Andy, who appears to have been the first to spot a serious one car accident on Maple Valley Highway last night. He could still see the dust cloud from the car crash when he called 911 from his mobile phone. He said that numerous City of Renton Emergency vehicles were there extremely quickly after he made his call… which from the sounds of it was the first one received by ValleyCom.
The Seattle Times ran a story on the aggravating sunken dry docks sitting off shore in Renton, a few hundred yards from the new Seahawks headquarters.
“We can’t afford to educate our children, but we can waste money on things like this,” Renton Mayor Denis Law said with disgust.
This is fascinating to me… movie-makers will have to chose their villains carefully in the new information age.
MSNBC pointed out the Russian Communist party members are pretty ticked off about the latest Indiana Jones Movie. They provided a link, which I checked out, (and so far I don’t seem to have the Department of Homeland Security knocking down my door.) The link is full of Russian and English conversation about how unfair it was to Russian Indiana Jones fans to vilify the Russians…many of the Russian fans grew up when Indiana Jones was a fighter of Nazis, something everyone could get behind. Here is the Link
I saw the movie, and I personally didn’t think it was that bad. It is set in 1957, and makes many references to the Cold War. The Russians were treated as the enemy in the movie, but they were not depicted as inhumane. And Cate Blanchette was extremely charismatic as the Russian leader looking for the Crystal Skull.
For those of you that have seen this movie…what do you think?