RIDGEFIELD — Clark County should carefully look at how it pays for public safety, and do so in a way that takes into consideration costs to the entire justice system, Commissioner Steve Stuart said Thursday.
Southwest Washington's three representatives in Congress all struck a hopeful tone in response to President Barack Obama's call for action on immigration, tax reform and other issues during the State of the Union address Tuesday night.
Reformers who pushed for a new Clark County charter envisioned an elected county executive as the key to accountability. A majority of the freeholders elected to write the document, however, are leaning away from that approach.
A key Oregon backer of the Columbia River Crossing said he believes his state "is done" with the issue, and the proposed Interstate 5 Bridge replacement won't make it to a vote when its legislature convenes in February.
Immigration reform is a task that should be tackled with a systematic, piece-by-piece approach in Congress in the coming year, U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler told a small gathering in Vancouver on Thursday.
A Wednesday discussion on allowing smaller minimum lot sizes in certain agricultural and forest zones included a lesson on property taxes for Clark County Commissioners Tom Mielke and David Madore, both of whom questioned why property taxes would increase even if property owners didn't decide to split up their land.