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SEATTLE (AP) — The city of Shoreline's failure to turn over email records in response to a Public Records Act request is costing it nearly $539,000.
King County Superior Court Judge Monica Benton on Friday ordered the city to pay more than $438,000 in attorney costs and fees, in addition to the $100,000 officials already agreed to pay to the plaintiffs, Beth and Doug O'Neill.
The nearly seven-year dispute began at a September 2006 City Council meeting in which then-Deputy Mayor Maggie Fimia read aloud an email she said she had received from Beth O'Neill. O'Neill didn't send the message, so she filed a records request to see who did.
Before handing it over, Fimia removed the part of the email that indicated the sender. And then she deleted the email itself.
The case went up to the state Supreme Court, which ruled that email “metadata” — data about data itself, in this case the “from” field — is public under the law.
The Seattle Times reports (http://is.gd/V4jILt ) that Shoreline spokesman Eric Bratton said the city is disappointed in the ruling and evaluating its options.
Joshua Bailey, 5, enjoys a kiwi during lunch with fellow kindergartners on Wednesday at Broadway Elementary in Spokane Valley. SR photo/Tyler Tjomsland
There is a strange, golden orb in the sky on this Monday morning. While we are enjoying some sunshine, check out some highlights from Saturday's Valley Voice. Reporter Lisa Leinberger has a story on an experiment in Central Valley schools to serve lunch to half-day kindergartners. It's being tried at Broadway Elementary, where 72 percent of students quality for free or reduced price lunches.
Valleyfest organizers are once again waiting to see if they will receive lodging tax funding from the city of Spokane Valley. For the second year in a row the organization was not recommended to receive any by the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee.
Correspondent Valerie Putnam has a story on the discussion at the recent Millwood City Council meeting over the public access requirement for properies on the shore of the Spokane River under the state-mandated update of their Shoreline Management Program.
The town of Fairfield is looking for donations of personal hygiene items for gift baskets for local teens. There is still a week to make a donation. SCRAPS is also looking for donations as it hosts several adoption events and fund raisers during December.
Skyway Cafe owner Sandy Melter, left, talks with Jerry Martin, center, and Ron Webber, right, at the “pilots table,” Tuesday. Located at Felts Field, the Skyway is 63 years old and filled with aviation memorabilia. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley
Welcome to another hot and sunny day in Spokane. To celebrate we have a tour of today's Valley Voice. Reporter Lisa Leinberger is continuing her tour of places to see in the Spokane Valley area and this week she visited the Skyway Cafe at Felts Field. The cafe is known for its good food and prime location that allows diners to watch planes taking off and landing at the airport.
The Spokane Valley Fire Department and Spokane County Fire District 9, both of which serve residents in the Spokane Valley area, have replacement maintenance and operations levies on the August ballot. Both districts get a significant amount of their annual budget from the levies. The ballots should begin arriving in the mail this week and must be returned by Aug. 7.
The Spokane Valley City Council got its first look this week at draft goals and policies for the shoreline plan that have been recommended for approval by the city's planning commission. There will be a lot more dicussion on this at future meetings.
Lisa also wrote about new West Valley School District assistant superintendent Jean Marczynski, who most recently worked for the Central Valley School District for many years.
Spokane Valley kayaker Steve Bailey surfs the “Sullivan Hole” on the upper Spokane River in August 2011. The wave is a Spokane low water play spot for whitewater enthusiasts. SR file photo.
The Spokane Valley Planning Commission will continue its discussion on the proposed goals and policies for the Shoreline Master Program update tonight at 6 p.m. The attorneys hired by the city to counsel the city on the update of the shoreline regulations will be in attendance. There won't be a public hearing tonight, but people can come and listen to the discussion. The meeting is at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague.
Spokane Valley councilman Arne Woodard is known for his ties. Many are bright, loud and a few are a bit wild. He owns about 60 of them and since his appointment to the council last year, Woodard has tried to wear a different tie every Tuesday night. SR photo/Dan Pelle
Saturday's Valley Voice was so packed with stories that I'm really not sure how we fit them all in. Here's your chance to take a look if you missed them. Spokane Valley City Councilman Arne Woodard has been making a name for himself by wearing colorful and unusual ties to council meetings. He thinks the ties make him more approachable and they fit his sense of humor.
Reporter Lisa Leinberger has several stories on local schools. The East Valley School District is considering purchasing portable classrooms for its elementary schools to create room for seventh graders. There will be a public hearing on the subject during the school board's meeting Tuesday. Lisa talked to students at University High School last week who were taking part in a distracted driving demonstration. They tried texting while driving and also driving with special goggles that simulated a drunk person's vision.
Students at University Elementary School spent some time last week planting seeds to grow in their new donated greenhouse. The students seemed happy to get out and have fun in the dirt.
Nineteen people have applied to serve on Spokane Valley's new economic development committee. The story includes a list of those who have applied. Mayor Tom Towey will make his appointment recommendations on Tuesday. Last week there was a public hearing regarding a retroactive substantial development permit being sought by a Liberty Lake homeowner for shoreline improvements that were put in without a permit. The owner, Lloyd Herman, was ordered to remove the improvements but has not done so.
The agenda for tonight's Spokane Valley City Council meeting is quite lengthy and we'll probably be there a while. It's a study session, so no votes are scheduled and there won't be any public comment taken. People are always invited to come and listen, however. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 11707 E. Sprague.
Items on the agenda include a discussion on what type of sign to use at gateway areas of the city, the city's shoreline goals and policies, the speed limit on Indiana Avenue, a bike lane striping project and the city's Bike and Pedestrian Master Program. Of course, if you'd rather stay home in comfort you can now watch the meetings live on the internet. Just go to the city's web site at www.spokanevalley.org and click on SVTV.