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September 2013


Is the Public Records Act Working? Can it Be Improved? Let’s Find Out.

Is the Public Records Act Working? Can it Be Improved? Let’s Find Out.

September 25, 2013 by Joe Levan
Category: Public Records Act

An important effort is currently underway that I think merits the particular attention of local government officials and employees throughout Washington state. This collaborative effort relates to exploring improvements to our state’s Public Records Act (PRA), chapter 42.56 RCW.

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Exempting or Redacting a Record? Give a Brief Explanation.

Exempting or Redacting a Record? Give a Brief Explanation.

September 11, 2013 by Paul Sullivan
Category: Public Records Act

A recent state Court of Appeals decision, City of Lakewood v. Koenig, held the City of Lakewood liable for costs and attorney fees when the city redacted information from a requested public record but failed to provide a "brief explanation" for the redaction.

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Flying Lessons for Leaders and Managers

Flying Lessons for Leaders and Managers

September 3, 2013 by Lynn Nordby
Category: Leadership

I’ve always been fascinated by powered flight. From the earliest days of aviation to the heroes that pushed the boundaries of technology and braved combat high above the earth, it has been a lifelong interest. I think there are some “flying lessons” every manager can use on the ground or in the air.

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Reprioritizing in the Rebound

Reprioritizing in the Rebound

August 31, 2013 by Tracey Dunlap
Category: Financial Management , Fund Balance and Reserves , Guest Author

At a recent retreat, the Kirkland City Council discussed how to proactively plan what to do with increased revenues as the economy recovers; in other words, reprioritizing in the rebound. Some of the key points from that discussion are provided below and might be of use in putting recent positive economic news into context. I began the discussion of the topic with the following quote:

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What's Important Now?

What's Important Now?

August 31, 2013 by Cabot Dow
Category: Collective Bargaining , Guest Author

A simple but powerful acronym that comes from the well-known and entertaining football coach and ESPN commentator Lou Holtz is W.I.N. In the gospel according to Lou Holtz, it stands for 'What's Important Now?'

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