February 5, 1996 in Nation/World

Public Periscope

 
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Hit the road, Chris

Spokane city Councilman Chris Anderson frequently has chided his colleagues for letting taxpayers pick up their travel tabs. But last week, Anderson hopped a plane for Olympia to testify before the state Legislature. … Seems Anderson is keen on a bill that would give cities more of the state’s take of real estate excise taxes.

Cities, in turn, could use the money to build roads and sewers. … “I’m proud to go over in support of this bill,” Anderson said, adding he knows the city’s travel agent must be “chuckling.”

Said Planning Services Director Irv Reed: “He promised me he’s going to thumb his way over.”

During those long layovers

At a recent panel discussion on the O.J. Simpson trial, someone asked Spokane Police Chief Terry Mangan how he thinks the media affected the justice system in that case. … The chief - who is, a story in last week’s Spokesman-Review noted, a very well-traveled guy - admitted he hadn’t followed the trial closely at all. … “I did catch bits and pieces of it in airports,” Mangan said.

Out in the cold

For a man known to jump out a courthouse window to avoid news reporters, this is normal behavior. For the rest of us, well, maybe not.

… County Commissioner Steve Hasson was spotted last week standing behind a snowbank on North Monroe waving to motorists while the temperature was a frigid 7 degrees. The sign he was holding? “Just warming up.” … It was not completely clear whether he was talking about the weather or his re-election effort.

But since the weather dipped to minus-22 the next night, we’d have to guess the latter.

Pumping up

Last year was bad for Washington’s gas stations but good for lungs.

According to the state Department of Transportation, gasoline consumption dropped in 1995 for the first time in more than 10 years. No one’s sure why. … State residents used about 2.433 billion gallons. That’s a 1 percent drop from 1994, while per capita consumption dropped 2.44 percent. … The figures were reported in the Spokane Area Good Roads Association newsletter, which noted that revenues from the gasoline tax also dropped.

The money helps pay for street construction, among other things.

Such a deal

Want a bird’s-eye view of part of Spokane or another northeastern Washington county? The state Department of Natural Resources may have just the thing: aerial photos. … The department has eye-in-the-sky shots, in which 1 inch equals one mile, for most townships in the six northeastern counties.

The price is $8 per photo. … Write Photo and Map Sales, Department of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 47031, Olympia 98504-7031. Or call 360-902-1234 for more info.

, DataTimes MEMO: “Public Periscope,” published Mondays, is compiled by Jim Camden from staff reports. If you have a question about government, growth or development, we’d like to help find an answer. Write us c/o The Spokesman-Review, Box 2160, Spokane 99210, or send us a fax to 459-5482 or e-mail to jimc@spokesman.com. Or call Cityline at 458-8800 on a Touch-Tone telephone; then press 9120 to leave a message.

“Public Periscope,” published Mondays, is compiled by Jim Camden from staff reports. If you have a question about government, growth or development, we’d like to help find an answer. Write us c/o The Spokesman-Review, Box 2160, Spokane 99210, or send us a fax to 459-5482 or e-mail to jimc@spokesman.com. Or call Cityline at 458-8800 on a Touch-Tone telephone; then press 9120 to leave a message.


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