MRSC Insight Blog
Posts for October 2015
Practical tips for how to update your sign code in order to address the implications of the recent Reed v. Town of Gilbert case.
With winter storm season soon upon us, here are six tips for responding to emergency situations.
After the U.S. Supreme Court released its decision in Reed v. Town of Gilbert four months ago striking down that Arizona town’s sign code as being unconstitutionally content-based, some commentators, including one from The New York Times, were quick to raise the alarm that the decision would have consequences far beyond local sign codes. Although the decision has undoubtedly created uncertainty, it has not yet led to any such consequences so far in the Ninth Circuit, the federal circuit that includes Washington State.
Spokane Police Department's 2015 Community Outreach Strategy shows some innovative community policing techniques.
In my work with teams and organizations, it pains me to witness people being bullied with performance measures, well-intentioned as these efforts may be.
New law grants cities and towns the authority to negotiate a fair and reasonable water storage asset management service contract with firms that submit the best proposals for services.
The Washington State Supreme Court last week, in Citizens Alliance v. San Juan County, finally confronted head-on the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) issue of when a committee of a governing body “acts on behalf of” the governing body so as to have to comply with the OPMA. It did so by adopting, in a 6-3 decision, the reasoning of a 1986 attorney general opinion, concluding, among other things, that the OPMA does not apply to purely advisory committees of a governing body. The court’s opinion also touches on related OPMA issues that merit attention.