Monday, September 20, 2010

CITY HALL EYEBALL: What to feed the inmates? Urban chickens?

Posted on Mon, Sep 20, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Hear ye, hear ye!

To all citizens of the fair 'burg of Spokane: The members of the esteemed City Council tonight will announce a public hearing for the month of October, day of the 11th, to discuss the establishment of a transportation benefit district, or TBD.

Come one, come all, to discuss the benefits and disadvantages of joining together with all other municipalities in the Inland Empire into one mighty body — the TBD — in order to secure larger transportation funds, grants, etc., from various state and federal agencies.

We will finish the North-South Freeway! We will build light rail! We will fill potholes!

Actually, none of that will probably happen. Unless you come and tell 'em what's important! Say something, dammit.

And tomorrow: Who will feed our inmates? We don't know! But at the weekly Spokane County Commissioners meeting tomorrow afternoon, they'll award the jail's dairy products bid, the "quarterly meat and poultry" bid and "quarterly staple food" bid to the winners. Between you and me, I hope it's Fery's Catering. So good.

And, for your consideration in the Valley, the City Council tomorrow evening will discuss whether or not to allow the rearing of chickens within city limits. Resident Valerie Dunn raised the issue last month, writing in an email to the council: "People have started to realize that maintaining a close connection to our food is a positive, not a negative, and is part of living a more sustainable lifestyle." Three cheers for urban livestock!

Happy guvment-ing!

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