August 12, 1996 in Nation/World

Public Periscope

Compiled By Kristina Johnson And
 

Zinger of the week

“How will either form of government combat the entrenched bureaucratic unresponsiveness of department heads who have been working in government all their lives without real-world business experience?” That from a question jotted on a notecard by a slightly bitter audience member who attended the Spokane Chamber of Commerce breakfast debate over the strong mayor initiative.

Short talk

During the above-mentioned breakfast, Councilwoman Roberta Greene followed debate moderator and Washington Water Power engineer Bob Mansfield to the microphone … “I’m a little bit taller,” said Greene, who stands 5-foot-8 plus three-inch heels, adjusting the microphone after Mansfield spoke. “I’m short,” said 5-foot-9 attorney Steven Eugster, who debated Greene, readjusting the mike during his rebuttal. Later, Mansfield, at 5-foot-8-1/2, stood up to signal to Greene that her time was up … “I can’t see you over there. I can’t tell whether you’re standing up,” Greene said when she realized she’d exceeded the time limit. “I’m a protected group,” the slightly balding Mansfield shot back with a smile. “I’m both vertically and follically challenged.”

Absence makes the heart grow fonder …

Eugster drew a hearty laugh from the 200 or so people at the debate when he noted his strong mayor proposal limited council absences to four consecutive meetings … “We have a problem with that,” Eugster said, referring to Councilman Chris Anderson’s eight-week absence … Anderson, by the way, e-mailed Mayor Jack Geraghty last week that he was driving “Dante’s Peak” movie equipment from Wallace, Idaho, to Los Angeles and wasn’t sure when he’d be back on the council podium.

Jumping on the values bandwagon

Former City Councilman Jack O’Brien and his wife, Charlotte, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last weekend … To commemorate the event, Geraghty declared the week “Jack O’Brien Family Values Week.” “Jack and Chotsie have 13 kids or something like that,” Geraghty said, as if to add credence to the declaration. “It’s a lot.”

Subtle

Each month, Councilwoman Phyllis Holmes clues in her colleagues to how tourism and conventions affect Spokane’s economy … Visitors are expected to dump nearly $7.6 million on food, shopping and entertainment during August, she said recently, adding “This ought to be in the paper. This ought to be in the paper. This ought to be in the paper.” OK, already.

Everything you always wanted to know …

The city of Spokane has a home page dedicated to … the proposed street bond. The page includes a map of arterials slated for repaving, answers to “frequently asked questions” and budget information. It also lets you jump off the page onto other department’s Web pages … The address is: http://www.spokpl.lib.wa.us/traffic/roadbond.html

Fire Safety

The state Department of Natural Resources is giving away “Wildfire Safety-Backyard Forest Stewardship” kits … Each kit includes an illustrated guide that teaches landowners how to improve the forests’ health, as well as reduce fire risks … For more information, call 1-800-527-3305 and press “0.”

, DataTimes MEMO: Public Periscope, published Mondays, is compiled by Kristina Johnson and Jim Camden from staff reports. If you’ve got a question about local government, growth or development, we’d like to help you find an answer. You can write us c/o The Spokesman-Review, Box 2160, Spokane, Wash., 99210. Or e-mail to jimc@spokesman.com. Or fax to (509) 459-5482. Or call Cityline at 458-8800 on a TouchTone phone, then press 9120 to leave a message.

This sidebar appeared with the story: HOT TOPICS The state Boundary Review Board will hold a public hearing on whether the city should annex 135 acres around Central Pre-Mix, which would hold nearly 1,300 “high-density” homes. Today at 3:30 p.m. in the Public Works Hearing Room, 1026 W. Broadway

The following fields overflowed: CREDIT = Compiled by Kristina Johnson and Jim Camden from staff reports

Public Periscope, published Mondays, is compiled by Kristina Johnson and Jim Camden from staff reports. If you’ve got a question about local government, growth or development, we’d like to help you find an answer. You can write us c/o The Spokesman-Review, Box 2160, Spokane, Wash., 99210. Or e-mail to jimc@spokesman.com. Or fax to (509) 459-5482. Or call Cityline at 458-8800 on a TouchTone phone, then press 9120 to leave a message.

This sidebar appeared with the story: HOT TOPICS The state Boundary Review Board will hold a public hearing on whether the city should annex 135 acres around Central Pre-Mix, which would hold nearly 1,300 “high-density” homes. Today at 3:30 p.m. in the Public Works Hearing Room, 1026 W. Broadway

The following fields overflowed: CREDIT = Compiled by Kristina Johnson and Jim Camden from staff reports


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