On this episode of The Olympia Standard, we interviewed Congressman Denny Heck. We talked about the nature of the 10th district, what people in Olympia can do when we see distressing policies from the federal government, and national issues that are of significance to our local community, including homelessness and housing.
The Olympia Standard
A calm and reasoned discussion about politics in the city of Olympia.
On this episode of The Olympia Standard, we talk about sea level rise in downtown Olympia with Andy Haub, Water Resources Director for the city. What's up with the current planning process for sea level rise? What is the tipping point where we ditch downtown and move uphill? And why are new buildings going up before the plan is in place?
We interview Dr. Karen Johnson about her work with the Black Alliance of Thurston County, how policing in Olympia has changed (and still needs to change), the De-escalate Washington initiative, and how the race for county prosecutor will impact these issues.
The Olympia Standard interviewed Patrick Murphy, the new superintendent of the Olympia School District, and school board member Joellen Wilhelm. We discussed how McCleary has changed the way schools are funded across the state, and how that has put Olympia schools into a pinch. We also talked about population growth, social and emotional support for students, and how to teach children to engage in respectful discourse. Don't have kids in the school system? We also talked about why you should still care!
We recorded our next episode with Kathy McCormick, retired planner turned housing activist. We talked about the history of growth management in our area, where we are lacking in achieving the goals of our comprehensive plan, and how the Missing Middle is an important piece of the housing puzzle.
We interviewed Ron Thomas of Thomas Architecture Studios. His firm is involved with most of the new development projects downtown, as well as others in the region. We asked him: what are his thoughts on sea level rise? How is "market rate" determined? What is the process to build a building in downtown? And, perhaps the biggest mystery, is Walker John a real person?? Also listener feedback.
The Olympia Standard interview Joel Hansen, associate board member for the Thurston Conservation District. In this episode, we learn about the little known election that is currently underway, along with some serious drama within the TCD. Teaser: it's even worse than we thought!
Dani Madrone and Emmett O'Connell interview retired writer and editor of The Olympian John dodge. We are given a history of the newspaper and reflections on it's changes over his long career. Then everyone discusses hypothetical histories, "What If"s about Olympia's past.
In the new episode of The Olympia Standard, we interview three officials from The Thurston County Democrats and talk about the last election, the state of the party and they drop some dirt. Okay, not really. Kinda? Also, we have on a listener of the podcast who organized a ballot party and we talked about it with him.
Dani Madrone and Emmett O'Connell talk about what The Port Of Olympia is, what it does and why it is a part of this election. They go through the candidates of each race and discuss their merits.
We react to the written responses all of the candidates for city council give to the questionnaire we sent them about what sort of representative they would be. Special guest, City Council Member Jessica Bateman, talks to Dani and Emmett about why these questions are good questions to ask someone running for City Council.