Exploring a better way to fund Washington’s transportation

In the Aug. 22 editorial “Construction ahead: WSDOT’s budget is wearing thin,” WSDOT shared concerns about stretched budgets for state road and bridge funding. As a local elected official, with almost 20 years of experience, I have seen firsthand, “Band-Aid” approaches to highway maintenance in the Yakima Valley. More importantly, I have witnessed the difficult choices cities and towns must make when it comes to funding their transportation systems.

Which poses the question: Is there a better solution that will address our strained transportation budgets? Continue reading

The Washington Autonomous Vehicle Edition (WAVE – Volume 1, Issue 2)

Welcome to the second edition of the Washington Autonmous Vehicle Edition (WAVE)! Highlights from this edition include: A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) policy update regarding autonomous vehicle (AV) crash reporting, A recap of the May 25, 2021 AV Workgroup Executive Committee meeting Details on the TRB’s Automated Road … Continue reading

WSTC to discuss the nexus of clean fuels and transportation

OLYMPIA – The relationship between green energy and transportation will be explored at the Washington State Transportation Commission’s March meeting. As the adoption of electric vehicles grows, centralizing EV charging within multimodal transportation hubs will be a dramatic, technology-driven transformation for transportation – and one that few state and local governments are prepared for. Continue reading

Governor fills open seat on State Transportation Commission

Washington State Transportation Commission – NEWS Transportation Commission Office – PO Box 47308 – Olympia, WA 98504-7308 – 360-705-7070 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 23, 2018 Contact:  Reema Griffith, Transportation Commission Executive Director, 360-705-7070 OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee recently appointed James (Jim) A. Restucci, Sunnyside, to fill an open seat on … Continue reading

New American Legion office in Sunnyside will be used to help process vets’ service claims

With the donation of a new computer, printer and office space, Sunnyside American Legion Post #73 is ready to begin processing local veterans’ service claims from a new downtown Sunnyside location. According to Post Commander Troy Monholland, the equipment was donated to the post by Benton REA, the state American … Continue reading

New Blogging Platform

Recently I switched my blogging platform to WordPress.  Some of the links on this site may be broken. If you do find a broken link, please contact me so that I may address it. Hope you like this new platform. Regards,jim

Steve Jobs dies at 56

LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) — Apple Inc. said late Wednesday that the company’s founder and former chief executive Steve Jobs has died. Jobs was 56. “We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today. Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve … Continue reading