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November 2013


The Paralysis of Analysis

The Paralysis of Analysis

November 21, 2013 by Lynn Nordby
Category: Management

“A good plan violently executed right now is far better than a perfect plan executed next week." - George S. Patton
Clearly the General was talking about a battle plan, but I've heard this point paraphrased in regard to just about any activity. What makes this so?

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Do We Really Need to Pass a Budget by Year’s End?

Do We Really Need to Pass a Budget by Year’s End?

November 20, 2013 by Paul Sullivan
Category: Budgets and Budgeting

Is it really necessary for our city or county to adopt a budget by December 31? I mean, how bad could it be if we don’t? It could be bad! State law requires that cities and counties adopt a budget for ...

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Local Government Authority and the New Marijuana Industry

Local Government Authority and the New Marijuana Industry

November 13, 2013 by Jim Doherty
Category: Marijuana

On November 5th, the state attorney general’s office posted a notice of a request for an opinion from Sharon Foster, chair of the state Liquor Control Board, regarding the authority of local governments - cities and counties - to directly or indirectly prohibit recreational marijuana uses in their jurisdictions. The purpose of the notice is to seek public input on the requested opinion. Here are...

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E-Cigarettes - Can They Be Used in Public Places or Places of Employment?

E-Cigarettes - Can They Be Used in Public Places or Places of Employment?

November 6, 2013 by Paul Sullivan
Category: Licensing and Regulation

In 2005, the voters approved Initiative 901, prohibiting smoking in public places and places of employment; that initiative is now codified in chapter 70.160 RCW.  Under RCW 70.160.020(1), the terms “smoke” and “smoking” are...

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The Keys to Becoming a

The Keys to Becoming a "Leader"

November 1, 2013 by Stan Finkelstein
Category: Leadership , Council-Commission Advisor

In this era of declining approval ratings for national, state and local leaders, strong and effective leadership is one of those qualities that the citizenry is seeking from its elected officials. This article will explore the questions of what is leadership; what are the characteristics and attributes of leadership; how can elected officials become leaders and re-instill confidence in...

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From Vision to Reality: Implementing your Comprehensive Plan

From Vision to Reality: Implementing your Comprehensive Plan

November 1, 2013 by Joseph W. Tovar
Category: Comprehensive Planning-Growth Management , Planning Advisor

Cities and counties planning under the Growth Management Act (GMA) are required to periodically update both their comprehensive plans and development regulations (codes). King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, and their 77 cities, are required to update their plans and codes by June of 2015, while other local governments in the state ...

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