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Mayor To Host Telephone Town Hall Meeting

Mayor To Host Telephone Town Hall Meeting

Spokane residents will be able to be get informed on the developing 2014 budget at a Telephone Town Hall meeting hosted by Mayor David Condon on Wednesday at 6pm

 

Residents can call in from 6 to 7pm at the toll-free number 888-409-5380, to ask Mayor Condon questions about the budget and give other input. The city will also send out thousands of calls asking residents if they would like to participate in the meeting.

 

“Our intention is to provide citizens with information early and throughout the process of developing the 2014 budget,” Condon said. “Last year’s budget approach taught us a lot about how to provide citizens more information earlier and help the public participate in the process.”

 

This will be the first of many opportunities for Spokane citizens to voice their opinions on budget and other concerns including community presentations by members of the Mayor’s cabinet and neighborhood council meetings. There are no specific dates yet for these events.

 

Nethercutt announces Citizenship Tournament

The George Nethercutt Foundation announced on Thursday that they will be holding a Citizenship Tournament in the fall of 2013.

 

The tournament will feature self-paced activities that test student's knowledge of U.S. history, current events, economics, government and foreign policy. It is open to students in grades four, eight and twelve.

 

“I wanted to have the input of young people in policy making,” explains George Nethercutt about why he started his foundation back in 1996. He goes on to say that this tournament is a great opportunity to show students what it's like to participate in the civic life.

 

Nethercutt describes the tournament challenges as being things that will encourage students to be “more immersed in government”. The first round tasks could include things like interviewing a veteran, attending a city council meeting or writing a letter to the editor or to their congressman to see what response they get.

Knights of Columbus Denied GU Recognition

Knights of Columbus Denied GU Recognition

In a statement earlier this week, Gonzaga University said they will review a decision made by the Student Life office not to recognize the Knights of Columbus as an official campus organization.

 

In a letter initially published in the Cardinal Newman Society, Sue Weitz, Vice President of Student Life, said that the rules of membership for the Knights goes against the policy of student of life organizations.

 

“The Knight of Columbus, by their very nature, is a men's organization in which only Catholics may participate via membership,” Weitz wrote, “These criteria are inconsistent with the policy and practice of student organization recognition at Gonzaga University, as well as the University's commitment to non-discrimination based on certain characteristics, one of which is religion.”

 

3rd District Delegation wants to hear from constituents at townhall meetings

3rd District Delegation wants to hear from constituents at townhall meetings

 

Three politicians serving Spokane's 3rd Legislative District want to hear your concerns.

State Sen. Andy Billig, and Reps. Timm Ormsby and Marcus Riccelli will hold two townhall meetings to “hear from constituents and answer questions.”

The 3rd District Delegation is prepared to discuss education, transportation, job creation, the state budget and "others."

The meetings will be at:

March 16, 10 a.m. to noon
Shadle Park High School Auditorium
4327 N. Ash St., Spokane

March 16, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Emmanuel Family Life Center
631 S. Richard Allen Ct., Spokane

For more information, contact the offices of the representatives at the following numbers:

Sen. Andy Billig - (360) 786-7604
Rep. Timm Ormsby - (360) 786-7946
Rep. Marcus Riccelli - (360) 786-7888

Day of Action held for GMO labeling advocates

Day of Action held for GMO labeling advocates

 

Washington Food & Water Watch held a Day of Action today to mark their food-labeling initiative being added to November's ballot.

Initiative 522, also known as “The People's Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act”, “would require most raw agricultural commodities, processed foods, seeds and seed stocks, if produced using genetic engineering as defined, to be labeled as genetically engineered when offered for retail sale,” according to a news release from Brian Zylstra, spokesman for secretary of state office.

Genetically-modified food initiative certified, Day of Action planned by proponents

Genetically-modified food initiative certified, Day of Action planned by proponents

 

Although turnout should be quite low, political action groups around Washington state are gearing up for a fight surrounding a food-labeling initiative slated to be on November's ballot.

Initiative 522, also known as “The People's Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act”, “would require most raw agricultural commodities, processed foods, seeds and seed stocks, if produced using genetic engineering as defined, to be labeled as genetically engineered when offered for retail sale,” according to a news release from Brian Zylstra, spokesman for secretary of state office.

I-522 turned in 353,153 signatures with an error rate of 17.02 percent, which is “slightly less than the historic average.”

Now that the initiative has been certified and will be on the ballot, its campaign is organizing events to bring awareness to the community. Michelle Kim, field organizer for Food & Water Watch Spokane is inviting everyone to come to a Day of Action outside of Main Market Co-op (44 W. Main Ave.) to learn more about the initiative.

Sen. Murray issues statement about PTSD review

 

Washington Senator Patty Murray responded to Secretary of the Army John McHugh's completion of the army-wide PTSD examination by saying more still needs to be done for vet mental health.

“Murray pushed for the review after hundreds of service members at Joint Lewis-McChord had their PTSD diagnoses taken away then, in many cases, restored over the past two years,” read a news release.

Read the senator's full statement below:

 

“While I’m pleased that the Army has announced they have completed this study, it’s far more important that they take quick action to remedy the problem. The Pentagon should also follow through on their commitment to extend this review to all branches of the military so servicemembers aren’t slipping through the cracks. In the coming weeks I will be meeting with Secretary McHugh to get the specific recommendations that came out of the study.