Cheers: To Cruise the Couve. It is rare that we applaud traffic jams, but we make an exception for the annual event that packs Main Street in downtown and uptown Vancouver. Drivers of all manner of automobiles are welcome to partake in the event from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today, but it is the vintage cars that draw the crowds and invoke an American tradition.
The contest for Clark County Council representative from District 1 presents a new opportunity for voters. This marks the first time residents in the district — most of which lies within the city of Vancouver west of Interstate 205 — will select their own councilor. Before implementation of the home rule charter approved by voters in 2014, all members of the board were selected in a countywide vote.
n the primary election for state representative from the 17th Legislative District, Position 1, coming up with a recommendation for voters is rather simple. And when it comes to the general election, the guess here is that the choice for most voters will be simple, as well.
While Vancouver is a well-run, thriving city, there are some pressing issues. Dealing with homelessness and a lack of affordable housing, playing a role in transportation upgrades and setting an agenda that will bolster the economy all come under the purview of the city council.
Cheers: To parking regulations. One small effort to address parking problems near downtown Vancouver appears to be helping. After city officials posted signs prohibiting cars on one side of Anderson Street, east of Interstate 5 along the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, motorists have heeded the warning and left space for emergency vehicles to pass.
Thanks to robust public health efforts and widespread vaccinations, measles have mostly been eliminated in the United States. But it remains important to combat an anti-vaccination movement and fraudulent science by frequently sharing accurate information regarding disease prevention.
Whether or not it makes it onto the November ballot, Initiative 1639 is certain to be polarizing. By dealing with steps designed to curb gun violence, the proposed initiative wades into an inevitable firestorm, the kind that generates heated discussion from both sides of the issue.
A ban on plastic straws and utensils in Seattle restaurants will not immediately reduce the amount of plastics fouling the environment. But it represents a good start and is one that should be copied by officials in Clark County.