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WaLeg Day 93: A hair-raising day at the Capitol

OLYMPIA — There are days at the Capitol that can make your hair stand on end. Usually that's due to something the Legislature is doing. But not always.

Tuesday it was courtesy of the Pacific Science Center, which brought some of its mobile exhibits to the Capitol Building and set them up in the hallways, entry ways and Rotunda. Among the most prominent was Volts and Jolts, an exhibit on electricity at which people pausing in the Rotunda were invited to put a hand on a metal globe to see the effects of electricity on their body.

Peter DeFranco, of Seattle, was among dozens of members of the Audubon Society who had come to Olympia to encourage members of the House of Representatives to support an oil transportation safety bill. Scheduled debate on the bill fell behind schedule, and DeFranco accepted an invitation for a science center staffer to get a charge out of the ball. 

Private City Park Board Meeting/executive session

Good afternoon Netizens…

Several sharp-eyed Netizens, including Ron_the_Cop, have made note of the City Park Board Executive Session meeting that was held at 7:00 AM this morning at the Maintenance Shed at Manito Park during which the MOBIUS Group contract language and lease were discussed. According to Nancy Goodspeed, the Marketing and Communications Manager for the Park & Recreation Department, no other issues regarding Park Board Business were discussed.

According to Goodspeed this meeting was not open to the public.

After talking with Dick Adams and Jock Swamstrom earlier this morning, and after several e-mail messages, I am told this lease is in support of the Pacific Science Center which was soundly rejected by the voters the last time around. Just a few million dollars more than before is all. Bigger plans, More clandestine than before and no clear means of paying present or proposed debts.

All the same, rumors abound about land on the north side of the river being leased, and vast expansive plans are being hatched. There is a great deal about this of which we are unaware, but given the players, the potential cost to the taxpayers and the secretive manner in which the MOBIUS Group Lease is being drafted, something is rotten in this deal.

Is the City of Spokane, doing the city’s business in public only when they want?