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Mayor’s Blog: Something Has to Give if We Cut the Utility Tax
Yakima City Council meetings can get heated, especially when the topic involves taxes. For some reason it's tough to have a civil conversation and debate when dealing with an issue like that.
At last night's meeting, Councilman Rick Ensey made a motion to lower the utility tax by 2 percent,…
His Honor ‘Super’ Sam Wilkenson [VIDEO]
Today 'Super' Sam Wilkenson was sworn in as Mayor of Yakima for the day. This little boy who beat the odds to live has stolen our hearts and shown all of us just how good we have it here in Yakima. The NICU and Children's Village are such a blessing to the valley. Super Sam and his awesome family ra…
The Bottom Line on The Troubled Tiger Mart Sites [MAYOR’S BLOG]
If you can remember way back when there was a time when the Tiger Marts were successful gas stations in prime locations throughout the City of Yakima. Today (like they have for many years) sit vacant as the owner refuses to clean them up and so they can once again become productive pieces of propert…
My View On The Complicated Marijuana Issue [MAYOR’S BLOG]
I've been through quite a few contentious issues during my 8 years on the Yakima City Council but the legalization of Marijuana is by far one of the worst. I'm not sure if it's because people don't follow the process that local governments go through to determine how to handle these types of issues …
In Local Government Today You Can’t Win – Mayor’s Blog
In today's world with a stressed electorate and tight local budgets creates a difficult environment to improve the quality of life in Yakima. The last 8 years I've been on the city council we have been struggling with the challenge of fixing our streets while combating the gang and crime issue in Ya…
Construction is Almost Complete on The New Franklin Park Pavillion
Thanks to major fundraising efforts by Yakima’s Sunrise Rotary Club, construction is almost complete on a pavilion at Franklin Park valued at $200,000, which will serve as a home for family picnics and community events as well as a stage for the City’s summer concert …

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