February 5, 2016

UPDATE: Cell Tower Appeal Hearing set March 7, 2016

Photo Courtesy: Deschutes Neighborhood Group, Yelm

The Deschutes Neighborhood Group is pleased to announce the Thurston County Hearing Examiner has set Monday, March 7 for the Appeal Hearing in order to accommodate the Appellants, which was agreed to as the date upon which the greatest number of necessary parties could be present.
The group appealed a Determination of Non-significance (DNS) that would permit the construction of a proposed Verizon cell tower on the former sheep farm at 16224 Vail Road SE, Yelm.
Read more on this from Thurston County Permitting & Land Use.
Click here for the case document.

The public is invited to help by signing an Affidavit and/or Declaration.
* An affidavit: a legal term for an official written statement made under oath before a notary public.
* A Declaration: a written statement submitted to the Hearings Examiner in which the writer swears ‘under penalty of perjury’ that the contents are true.

The affidavits and declarations that will be provided will cover the following topics:

1. Decline in Property Values by the proposed cell tower in the Lake Lawrence area
2. Mt. Rainier view ruined by proposed cell tower
3. Personal knowledge that you already have wireless cell coverage in the Lake Lawrence area
4. Adverse health effects of cell towers
5. Balloon test notification & lack of public meeting
6. Lake Lawrence letter saying the club wants the tower, yet many in Lake Lawrence were not polled
7. A statement that simply says: states I do not want the cell tower with no further explanation/reason

Times to come and sign your affidavits and/or declarations at the Yelm Food Coop.
February 7, Sunday:
11:00 am to 3:00 pm – Declarations only (no Notary available)

February 13, Saturday:
11:00 am to 1:00 pm – Affidavits and Declarations
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm – Declarations Only

February 20, Saturday:
11:00 am to 1:00 pm – Affidavits and Declarations
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm – Declarations Only

From the Deschutes Neighborhood Group:
“We are a group of individuals in rural Thurston County, Washington State who have come together to protect our local environment and ourselves, so that we may all enjoy the full measure of our unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Our current focus is to prevent a cell tower construction in our rural/residential area, which would radiate 24/7 harmful microwave radiation to all of life.”
Click here

– Editor’s Note:
That the Thurston County Hearing Examiner has agreed to an Appeal Hearing is a huge accomplishment for this group, who requested rescinding the DNS (denying Verizon a special use permit) and a refund of the appeal fee and compensation for their work in this appeal.

* Carroll Cobbs on a then-proposed May 2007 Clearwood tower is pertinent today.
Then Rainier resident Bioengineer and former Radiation Health Physicist Carroll Cobbs (now deceased) worked with Dr. Henry Lai at the University of Washington. Lai is the renowned researcher and Professor Emeritus at UW’s Department of Bioengineering. Cobbs penned his views from his vast experience on the the cell tower debate.
Read more

Recent associated news story of note
* “EMF Controversy Exposed”
January 20, 2016 by Dr. Mercola.
Read more

Blogger Klein is a Deschutes Neighborhood Group contributor.

February 4, 2016

JZ Knight’s compelling interview from Yelm with an energetic Host-
Listen on audio replay

John Burgos, Beyond the Ordinary Show Host
Photo credit: Beyond the Ordinary Show

The Beyond the Ordinary Show with Host John Burgos conducted a live interview with JZ Knight from Yelm on February 3rd.
The session’s topic was “The Spiritual Life of Aliens: Understanding our brain’s connection to alien life” and included questions via an interactive call-in format with the public.

Click here for the 2+ hour audio replay.

Editor’s note:
This was a robust and dynamic conversation with a well-prepared interviewer and excellent questions from listeners around the country. The upliftment, inspiration and hope conveyed throughout will leave you with “jazz.” Bravo! As host John Burgos said, “Truth [is] being shared on this call.”

Click here for a Special Offer to access to Creating Your Future Now, a self-paced, online course “where you will be introduced to Ramtha’s philosophy and techniques to create your future – the way you want it to be.”

Blogger Klein is in his 31st year as a continuous student of Ramtha.

February 4, 2016

Yelm Business Assn. announces support of Yelm Schools Levy & Bond

Click here for the YCS Replacement Maintenance & Operations Levy/New Construction, Renovation & Safety Bond Fact Sheet.

Click here for the Yelm Business Assn. (YBA) website.

Yelm Blogger Steve Klein is a Yelm Business Assn. founding Board member.

February 4, 2016

Yelm Community School Levy and Bond ballots in the mail –
Be sure to vote by Tuesday!

The Yelm Community Schools (YCS) Construction Bond and Replacement Levy are the two items on the ballot, which are required to properly provide facilities and staff for our area children to have the foundation for a proper education.
* The Construction Bond is designed to fund facilities to relieve several of Yelm Community Schools overcrowded and out-of-date campuses.
* The Replacement Levy is to renew the current/expiring 2-year Levy, which funds operations: maintenance of facilities, transportation, custodial services, para educator salaries, curriculum and special education.
Click here for the YCS Replacement Maintenance & Operations Levy/New Construction, Renovation & Safety Bond Fact Sheet.
Won’t you consider voting YES!

“VIDEO: Olympia and Yelm school districts offer February levy measures”
By Steve Bloom, The Olympian.
Click here to see the issues with having Yelm Middle School students educated in 12 portable class buildings.

– “School officials hope money requests aren’t muddied by court decisions, Legislature”
“Every school district in Thurston County is asking for money on the Feb. 9 ballot”
“Some levies raise as much as 20 percent of a district’s budget”
“Yelm, Olympia schools seek construction money to alleviate growing pains”
Excellent report filed by Lisa Pemberton, The Olympian.
Read more

From Yelm Community Schools (YCS):
Why does the school district need a construction bond election now?
Growth: Since our 2003 bond was passed, enrollment has grown by over 850. A study funded by the state forecasts we will grow by another 900 students by 2019. In response to our rapid growth, we have added portable classrooms and bathrooms throughout the district, converted computer labs and stages to classrooms, and made boundary changes; but we are running out of options. New legislation requiring smaller class sizes will only add to the problem.

Safety: Security needs have changed dramatically since many of our schools were built. Security features such as cameras, fences, and visitor management systems along with upgraded fire and water systems that are necessary in today’s educational environment.

Low interest rates and a competitive construction market will help make this investment in schools more affordable. The projects selected will generate the maximum state assistance funds, stretching our local dollars further. The longer we wait, the more serious the deterioration and more costly to repair or replace in the future.

Why are we running a replacement levy?
The current levy expires in December 2016. In order to maintain the level of education and services provided to students and families, a renewal of the levy is needed. The replacement levy request is not an increase and continues to be below the allowable levy ceiling set by state statute. Yelm Community Schools runs the levy every four years in alignment with surrounding school districts to save money on election costs.
Read more

– UPDATE: January 30, 2016
* “School bonds deserve support, too”
By The Olympian Editorial Board
Read more

* “Support schools: Vote yes for Feb. 9 levies”
By The Olympian Editorial Board
“Eight school districts across Thurston County are depending on voters to approve property tax levies”
“Lawmakers’ work on school funding reform won’t eliminate need for levies any time soon”
“Without property tax support districts could need to reduce staffing in future school years”

Griffin: 4-year, $9.15 million maintenance and operations levy. Some of that is used to send high school-age kids from the K-8 district to neighboring districts. Homeowner cost: $2.19-$2.33 per $1,000 of assessed property each year through 2020.

North Thurston: 4-year, $163.5 million M&O levy. Homeowner cost: $3.57-$3.66 per $1,000 of assessed property through 2020.

Olympia: 4-year, $106.8 million M&O levy. Homeowner cost: $3.06-$3.12 per $1,000 of property each year through 2020.

Rainier: 4-year, $6.76 million M&O levy. Homeowner cost: $3.66-$3.77 per $1,000 of property each year through 2020.

Rochester: 4-year, $16.3 million M&O levy. Homeowner cost: $3.89 per $1,000 through 2020. Passage would qualify the district for nearly $1 million more in state levy equalization funds due to the low tax base.

Tenino: 4-year, about $12.14 million M&O. Homeowner cost: $3.23-$3.32 per $1,000 each year through 2020. Passage would qualify the district for roughly $250,000 in state levy equalization funds.

Tumwater: 4-year, $64.96 million M&O levy. Homeowner cost: $3.35-$3.45 per $1,000 each year through 2020.

Yelm: 4-year, $45.9 million M&O levy. Homeowner cost: $3.94-$4.01 per $1,000 each year through 2020. Passage qualifies the district for about $3 million in levy equalization funds.
Read more

Won’t you consider voting YES!

Blogger Klein is a donor and supporter of the YCS Levy & Construction Bonds.

February 3, 2016

Uber and ride-sharing to be considered by Yelm Council –
NYC drivers strike reveal many Uber flaws

Driver display of Lyft and Uber stickers in downtown LA.
Photo credit: Richard Vogel, AP, Jan. 12, 2016.

Thurston’s 4 largest cities should learn the impacts of the perils and pitfalls of ride-sharing services.
Steven Hill’s prophetic book “Raw Deal: How the “Uber Economy” and Runaway Capitalism Are Screwing American Workers” is being currently demonstrated in New York City, with a 72-hour NYC Uber drivers strike (read below).

Coordinated and strict regulations are key.

Yelm and 3 largest county cities drafting rules for Uber
“Regional approach best for dealing with Uber”
“South Sound cities are moving to cooperate”
“City councils could consider proposal in February or March”

“The cities of Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and Yelm are moving to draft rules for the ride-hailing business known as Uber.

With Uber, drivers use their own cars and act as independent contractors who are connected to their customers via a smartphone app.

Unlike taxi cabs that are dispatched by a cab company, Uber customers and drivers find each other using the app. The customer pays using the app so no cash is used.”

“A draft ordinance has emerged after preliminary discussions between the cities. Formal proposals might go to city councils in the four jurisdictions in February or March.”

“Certainly other cities have had difficult fights between existing taxi businesses and Uber or its cousins known as Lyft and Sidecar.

Unless there is good evidence to the contrary, it makes sense to apply similar standards to taxi operations and ride-hailing services,” quoting Brad Shannon, for The Olympian Editorial Board.
Read more

“NYC Uber drivers strike over fare cuts”
“Hundreds of angry Uber drivers unplugged from the car-service app on Monday [Feb. 1] to protest the company’s new rate cuts, which they say have drastically slashed their take-home pay.

More than 400 hacks rallied outside the company’s Queens headquarters for the start of a 72-hour strike, which will continue on Tuesday [Feb. 2] at La Guardia and Kennedy Airports.

‘Uber is killing us,’ said Paul Ryan, 50, who has been driving for the company for a year and a half.’They call us partners, but we have no vote. We’re not partners — we’re slaves to them,'” by Danielle Furfaro and Kenneth Garger, New York Post.
Read more

UberX serving LAX after a year of very difficult disputes were resolved
“After months of negotiations and political infighting, the wait is over: Drivers for Uber’s lowest-cost ride service will be allowed to pick up travelers at Los Angeles International Airport starting at 8 a.m. Thursday [Jan. 21].”

“Uber and Lyft spent months proving to officials that they could comply with the terms of their contracts,” quoting Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times.
Read more

“Uber is Tracking Drivers to Catch Them If They Speed”
“Uber drivers might want to think twice about flooring it with a passenger in the car. The company has been tracking some rides in a pilot program to see if drivers are going too fast or braking too hard.”

The goal of the program, the company said Tuesday in a blog post, is to get to the truth when a driver gets a low rating from a passenger.

“Uber told NBC News that it was testing whether the pilot program was effective before making any decisions about rolling it out across its entire network,” by Keith Wagstaff, NBC News.
Read more

“How the ‘Temporary’ Economy affects American workers”
“Raw Deal: How the “Uber Economy” and Runaway Capitalism Are Screwing American Workers”
By Steven Hill
Read more, covered on this Blog January 9, 2016.

February 2, 2016

Groundhog Day: Property Rights Bills reintroduced in Statehouse

Groundhog Day 2016
Photo credit: Mark Pynes/PennLive.com via AP

– Groundhog Day 2016 – 4th time in the last year these Bills were reintroduced.
At least some Legislators support our property rights!

* On January 11, 2016, six Washington State Representatives “reintroduced and retained in present status”
HB 1584 – 2015-16
Prohibiting the use of international law to infringe on property rights.
Click here for the Bill from the Washington State Legislature website.

– Support this Bill in two easy steps.

1. Print the bill, read and comment by clicking on the green button.
2. Pass it on to your email friends, neighbors and family.

* On January 11, 2016, two Washington State Senators “reintroduced and retained in present status”
SB 5191 – 2015-16
Prohibiting the state of Washington and its political subdivisions from adopting and developing environmental and developmental policies that infringe or restrict private property rights without due process.
Click here for the Bill from the Washington State Legislature website.

– Support this Bill in two easy steps.

1. Print the bill, read and comment by clicking on the green button.
2. Pass it on to your email friends, neighbors and family.

“If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable.”
Louis D. Brandeis, American litigator and Supreme Court Justice.

February 1, 2016

5 months and counting: City Administrator post still vacant

Mayor Ron Harding

– The City Administrator announced 8 months ago her job would be vacant –
and still no replacement!

* Yelm City Administrator Shelly Badger formally gave notice to resign on Friday, June 5.
* Badger set Tuesday, September 1, 2015 as her day last in this position.
* Late October 2015, the city officially posts the position, 4 1/2 months after Badger gave notice.
* After 5 months since the City Administrator post became officially vacant (September 1, 2015), the city still has not found a qualified applicant.


If Mayor Harding were REALLY serious about getting this position filled with a qualified candidate, he would have already hired an Executive recruitment agency to locate talented applicants.

Qualified applicants would recognize some issues with City of Yelm management:
A. The city staff overwhelmingly voted to unionize after City Administrator Badger left. That can be indicative of a “toxic” work environment.
B. The unfilled positions and under-staffing in departments such as Public Safety and Public Works reflect issues from the top down, not the bottom up, because the city’s Department Heads have all expressed the need for more staffing, as did then-Council candidates in last Fall’s election.
C. The Yelm Mayor is paid $30,000 per year for his part-time services as chief executive, according to the Yelm Municipal Code (YMC), yet has been running the daily activities of the city for 5 months, which can be a warning sign to the well-trained applicant.
D. The Yelm Administrator is paid $104,000 – $125,000 per year for their full time services to “coordinate activities of all city departments,” which is a fair wage for this position. The city’s website for this position is blank, as Mr. Harding has said the duties are being re-evaluated. This can lead to the perception of job-function instability, which can add to qualified applicants hesitancy in applying.

– City Clerk retiring in October – this position needs to be posted now
City Clerk Janine Schlempf is retiring in October, so applicants for this position should be accepted now and a replacement hired by September 1 so the new person can train with her before she leaves, rather than waiting to post the position after she leaves and the new person gets no training, as was done with the City Administrator.


January 31, 2016

JZ Knight live from Yelm in interactive, free webinar –

Copyright © 2016 JZ Knight.
Used with permission.

Click here for the flyer’s online version.

Click here to register for this free interactive webinar.

Blogger Klein is a retired employee of JZK, Inc. and in his 30th year as a continual student of Ramtha.

January 31, 2016

“Yelm Star Wars Superfan Builds Working Holochess Table”

“Ian Martin crafts Star Wars memorabilia
in his Yelm garage.” Photo credit: Ian Martin.

“Take Ian Martin, a perfectly normal, socially well adjusted, happily married web developer living on a quiet back nook of the Nisqually Pines subdivision in Yelm. Ian also happens to be one of Tech Insider’s World’s Biggest Star Wars Fans.”

“Now, tinkering in his garage, he’s built a real, working version of the Holochess game (also known as Dejarik) that appears in a twenty-second scene in the original Star Wars movie. You read that right. You can actually sit at a replica of the table from the Millennium Falcon and play the game.”

“Ian has a YouTube channel, where he shares details of his creations, and it’s more than possible that you’ll run into him at a comic store or convention around the area. You can also follow Ian’s creations on his Facebook page,” quoting Thurston Talk.
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January 30, 2016

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines refreshes look with modern style

Photo courtesy: Alaska Airlines

“Alaska Airlines Unveils First Major Brand Change in 25 Years”
“Alaska Airlines today [January 25] unveiled its first major brand change in 25 years to a crowd of about 1,800 employees. The refreshed brand was introduced on a newly painted Boeing 737-800 and soon will be featured throughout the airport experience, on all digital channels, in marketing materials and across Alaska’s entire fleet.

‘Our company has a unique personality and a vibrant spirit that our Eskimo has personified for almost half a century,’ said Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden. ‘We believe our refreshed look reflects the warm relationships our employees have built with our customers, and makes us stand out in a compelling and consistent way as we expand into new markets, build loyalty and attract new customers.’

In addition to the newly painted plane, starting tomorrow travelers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport will see a more welcoming lobby and 41 newly branded gates. Customers can view the refreshed logo, plane and airport design online at www.alaskaair.com/welcome,” quoting Alaska Airlines.
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“Sea-Tac Airport sees record passenger traffic again in 2015″
“Officials say 2015 passenger traffic at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport set a record — again.

Port of Seattle officials said in a news release more than 42 million people traveled through the airport last year, an increase of 12.9 percent over the previous year,” quoting the Associated Press.
Read more

Editor’s note:
Alaska Airlines is a major contributor to Sea-Tac International Airport’s record growth.