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December 2017


New JLARC Guidance for PRA Tracking Mandate

New JLARC Guidance for PRA Tracking Mandate

December 21, 2017 by Brooke Frickleton
Category: Public Records Act

This post describes the new public records tracking mandate and a handbook the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee created to help agencies meet this new requirement. 

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Mobile Home Parks: The Newest Front for Housing Affordability

Mobile Home Parks: The Newest Front for Housing Affordability

December 18, 2017 by Lynn Nordby
Category: Housing

One under-recognized inventory of affordable housing is the mobile home park. Consultant Lynn Nordby looks at  how communities across the country are protecting this affordable housing resource.

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CPI Changes for Washington Indices Effective January 1

CPI Changes for Washington Indices Effective January 1

December 14, 2017 by Toni Nelson
Category: Economic, Population and Historical Tax Data

On January 1, 2018, the Consumer Price Index will begin to implement its update for sampling areas. Finance Consultant Toni Nelson looks at how this will impact Washington local governments. 

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The Distinction between ‘Legal’ and ‘Ethical’ Behavior

The Distinction between ‘Legal’ and ‘Ethical’ Behavior

December 11, 2017 by Jim Doherty
Category: Ethics and Conflicts of Interest

The line between what is legal and what is ethical is not always clear. Legal Consultant Jim Doherty looks at the definitions of each and the role these concepts play in the public sphere. 

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 Understanding Municipal Rights-of-Way: From Centerline to Edge (Part 3)

Understanding Municipal Rights-of-Way: From Centerline to Edge (Part 3)

December 7, 2017 by Oskar Rey
Category: Streets and Sidewalks

In Part 3 of Legal Consultant Oskar Rey's series on municipal rights-of-way, he looks at utilities, franchises, small cell facilities, and right-of-way use permits. 

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Top Picks: Ending Homelessness, ‘Aging in Place’ Impacts, Enhancing Walkability

Top Picks: Ending Homelessness, ‘Aging in Place’ Impacts, Enhancing Walkability

December 4, 2017 by Byron Katsuyama
Category: Cycling and Walking , Homelessness

From strategies to end homelessness to seniors ‘aging in place,’ Policy Consultant Byron Katsuyama reports on emerging issues for local governments.
 

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