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2nd CYCLES HOSTS GROUP WORKING FOR CLEAN ELECTRICTY

A couple weeks ago, a group of dedicated activists, local business owners and ordinary citizens met in the back room of 2nd Cycle, a local non-profit bike shop. This community event, convened by Environment Washington, was the first local meeting to discuss efforts for 100 percent clean electricity in Washington State.
Judging from last year’s battle for 100 percent clean electricity, it’s fair to say that passage of the statewide bill will be tough, and utilities will fight it every step of the way. But the group, with experienced organizers from Environment Washington and Audubon Washington that were in the negotiating room last legislative session, remains hopeful. If Washington, a state already running on nearly 70 percent renewable energy, can’t commit to 100 percent clean electricity, how can we expect others to?
The group has plans to organize friends, family, neighbors, community leaders and fellow activists to make this movement diverse and broad-based – which it is shown to be. Grassroots organizing is the only way any social movement has been successful, many of them similarly starting in living rooms or back rooms of a local (bike) shop. It’s time to show the nation that Washington is a clean energy leader. It’s time to pass 100 percent clean electricity.
Join us in bringing change to Tacoma and Washington: email cconnolly@environmentwashington.org to learn how you can help.

 

HOLIDAY WREATH-LAYING TO HONOR VETERANS

Tahoma National Cemetery will host Wreaths Across America, an annual holiday wreath-laying ceremony to honor and remember our nation’s Veterans. This year’s theme is “Be Their Witness.” The inspiration for this year’s theme stems from the 2009 drama “Taking Chance,” which was based on the experiences of U.S. Marine Lt. Colonel Michael Strobl, who escorted the body of a fallen Marine, PFC Chance Phelps back to his hometown in Wyoming from the Iraq War. Chaplain Lt. Col. William Adam, USAFA/CAP, will emcee the Wreaths Across America event. Colonel Jay Rodne, USMC and current 5th Congressional District Representative, will be the keynote speaker. Covington Mayor Jeff Wagner will provide the opening remarks and read the city proclamation.

The event takes place on Saturday, Dec. 15, 9 a.m. at Tahoma National Cemetery Flag Pole Assembly Area, 18600 S.E. 240th St., Kent, WA 98042

The Worcester Wreath Company, through a campaign called Wreaths Across America, began donating holiday wreaths in tribute to Veterans laid to rest at VA national cemeteries and state Veterans cemeteries in 2006. In the spirit of honoring Veterans at this time of year, Washington Civil Air Patrol is coordinating a wreath ceremony at Tahoma National Cemetery as a part of the national Wreaths Across America effort. For more information on this event, visit the website at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.

 

TACOMA’S HOME FOR WORKSOURCE IS MOVING

Two WorkSource locations will become one next month in a move that will improve job search assistance and workforce services for Pierce County businesses.

Starting on Monday, Dec. 10, customers can access an array of no-cost employment and training services at the new WorkSource, at 2121 S. State St. in Tacoma. This new one-stop center will bring all of Pierce County’s workforce partners together into a single location to provide better and faster services to customers.

The new office is located right off Pierce Transit Route 57 and is less than two miles from the previous locations at 3650 S. Cedar St. and 1305 Tacoma Ave. S. Customers can reach the new center at (253) 593-7300.

Dec. 7 was the last day people could go to the South Cedar Street and Tacoma Avenue South offices. Both of those locations will be closed as of Dec. 10.

“Bringing multiple organizations together under one roof to better serve individuals looking for work and businesses looking for talent is an opportunity to be innovative in how the county and the Pierce County Workforce Development Council meet workforce needs as we enter into the next decade,” said Lori Strumpf, one-stop system operator and workforce strategist.

Certified WorkSource locations are also available to jobseekers and employers at other sites in Pierce County, as well as special services for military personnel at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Certified WorkSource affiliate sites can be found at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom in Lakewood and at the Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier Region WorkSource Affiliate on South 27th Street in Tacoma.

Those who have been laid off from a job, are rethinking their career or are just starting out can go to WorkSource to look for work, assess and build skills, explore careers and connect with employers. Studies have shown that people who use WorkSource job-search services tend to find work faster and earn more money than those who don’t.

Services for businesses include candidate recruiting and screening, job fairs and hiring events, training and skills acquisition for existing workers and labor market data.

WorkForce Central strengthens the Pierce County economy by identifying skill gaps between jobseekers and employment opportunities, fostering data-driven decision making, and connecting workforce development partners into a cohesive, collaborative and effective network.

 

CITY, COUNTY WORK TO PREVENT FAMILY VIOLENCE

Pierce County and the City of Tacoma are launching efforts to comprehensively assess and strengthen key family violence prevention and domestic violence services in Pierce County.

“There should never be a life lost due to domestic violence,” said Pierce County Councilmember Rick Talbert. “This process will allow us the opportunity to gather information and implement strategies that deliver the best possible resources and services to Pierce County residents facing a domestic violence situation.”

Resolution 2018-166, requested by Executive Bruce Dammeier, and Resolution 40179, requested by Mayor Victoria Woodards, will formally kick off the partnership between the county, city, Crystal Judson Family Justice Center, YWCA and other non-profit service providers.

“Domestic violence costs lives, destroys families and devastates our communities,” said Dammeier. “We believe we can leverage existing domestic violence programs more effectively and expand them to deliver better support to more people suffering from family violence. We can, and we must do better.”

The County Council and Tacoma City Council acted on the resolutions on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

“We should always be evaluating and looking for ways to ensure that we are providing the best possible resources and services to those facing domestic violence,” said Woodards. “The legacy of Crystal Judson is to address domestic violence and ensure that victims have the services they need. We must redouble our efforts, so that her death continues to drive change and provide safety for those in our community who need it.”

In 2005, an interlocal agreement combined City of Tacoma and Pierce County’s domestic violence treatment and prevention services, and named the center the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center. This process builds on prior work and will result in a strengthened interlocal agreement between the City of Tacoma and Pierce County and a commitment to deliver better services to more people. There will be no change to resources and budget funding in 2019 to the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center or the YWCA.

Anticipated next steps include:

Dec. 2018: County Council considers initiating resolution (R2018-166).

City Council considers companion resolution.

Jan.-July 2019: Pierce County, City of Tacoma, Crystal Judson Family Justice Center, YWCA and other regional service providers help identify opportunities where services can be better aligned, strengthened and potentially expanded.
July 2019: Stakeholders review and comment on tentative findings.
Aug.-Sept. 2019: County and city negotiate revised interlocal agreement and financial commitments.
Oct.-Dec. 2019: Interlocal agreement presented to County and City Councils for consideration and incorporation in respective 2020 budgets.

 

 

WILSON HIGH SCHOOL INTRODUCES COACHING FOR STUDENTS WITH ADHD

Wilson High School for the first time is training staff to provide executive-style coaching to students with executive function challenges often experienced because of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) or trauma, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and/or non-traditional learning styles.

Wilson High School is the sixth school in the Tacoma School District to use a coaching program designed and administered by the non-profit Edge Foundation. Other Tacoma schools that are using Edge coaching include Jason Lee, Giaudrone, Mason and Truman middle schools and Oakland High School. Students in those schools have shown significant improvements since the coaching program was introduced in 2011.

The Edge Foundation has proven that providing personalized coaching to at-risk students helps them succeed and meet their potential. The foundation was founded by Neil Peterson, who has led public transportation agencies in Seattle, Oakland and Los Angeles and was founding chief executive of Flexcar, now known as Zipcar. He started the foundation after seeing how executives benefit from coaching. The foundation was established to test whether providing specialized, one-on-one coaching could turn around students who are at risk of dropping out of school due to adverse childhood experiences and executive-function challenges (such as ADHD) that inhibit social and emotional learning. The foundation’s goal is to provide coaches to all 7- to 24-year-olds in the country.

“In schools throughout the United States, teachers and counselors work with a significant number of youth whose poor executive function skills inhibit their social and emotional learning. They’re creative, disorganized, bright, forgetful, likely to be caught up in school disciplinary problems, and worry their parents day and night,” Peterson said. “They have trouble making good decisions and lack the skills needed to succeed in school – the ability to plan, prioritize, initiate, stay on task, focus, follow up, and adjust to change.”

In the school setting, these executive function challenges get in the way of student success. These students:

  • make bad decisions,
  • are bright, but underachieve,
  • work hard, but forget to turn in their homework,
  • try to fit in, but are impulsive and disruptive,
  • want to do their best, but don’t possess the right executive function tools,
  • are struggling at school, yet know that a diploma is critical to breaking the poverty cycle, and
  • are chronically absent or are at risk of dropping out of school and unlikely to go to college.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), which include abuse, neglect, and family/household challenges, are common with nearly two-thirds of participants in a landmark study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kaiser Permanente. More than one in five in the study reported three or more ACEs. The CDC also estimates that 5.2 million children in the United States have formal diagnoses of ADHD, one of the best-known barriers to social and emotional Learning. The National Health Interview Survey estimates that nearly 10 percent of school-aged children have ADHD. These numbers do not include those who are undiagnosed.

The Edge Foundation helps students succeed at school by training school personnel – teachers, para-professionals, security personnel, counselors and administrators – to provide one-on-one, weekly, 20- to 25-minute coaching to individual students.

“Edge coaches help students develop the executive function skills that allow them to make good decisions in school and in life,” Peterson said.

Edge Foundation coaches currently work in more than 30 schools in Washington State, California, New York, Washington, D.C., and North Carolina.

Why has Wilson High School signed on with the Edge Foundation? Because Edge Foundation coaching works. A study by Wayne State University looked at Edge Foundation coaching methods involving students from 10 universities and community colleges. The study was the largest and most comprehensive study of ADHD coaching conducted to date. The research team determined that the Edge Coaching model was four times more effective than any other educational intervention in helping students improve executive functioning and related skills as measured by the Learning and Study Strategies Inventory. (LASSI; Weinstein and Palmer, 2002).

“Edge Foundation coaching not only helps individual students, but schools as well. Educators who are increasingly held accountable for student performance and outcomes recognize the importance of executive functioning skills and other social and emotional learning strategies,” Peterson said. The standards movement requires schools, individual teachers, and curriculums to produce results, close performance gaps, boost achievement and reduce drop-outs – with particular attention paid to subgroups such as special education, poor and minorities.

Helping students improve their executive function skills helps schools succeed. Students who don’t get help with these challenges make it difficult for schools to meet their goals because these students not only underachieve, but also tend to disrupt other students’ learning due to their poor impulse control and frustration.

“We’re excited to see Wilson High School join our Edge program,” Peterson said. “With Edge Coaching training, the students, staff, school and community will benefit.”

 

COUNTY COUNCIL PASSES SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET

The Pierce County Council voted unanimously on Tuesday, Nov. 27 to adopt a supplemental budget with funding for homeless youth, courts and abatement.

“Funding projects like Coffee Oasis where homeless youth will be served and provided with the resources they need are a must for our community,” said Pierce County Council Chair Doug Richardson. “This supplemental budget reflects the Council’s continued commitment to public safety and abatement.”

Investments include:

  • $150,000 allocated for the Blighted Property Maintenance Fund,
  • $25,000 to Coffee Oasis Tacoma Project to create opportunities for homeless youth,
  • funds for additional jury trials, and
  • $100,000 for the Pierce County Law Library’s increased costs and supplies.

This will be the final supplemental budget for 2018.

 

TACOMA GOES ‘GREEN’ WITH BREAKTHROUGH SUSTAINABLE WORKFORCE HOUSING

Building sustainable workforce housing in a major metropolitan city has been as elusive as world peace; until now. From the Pacific Northwest, which gave birth to many of the world’s greatest business innovators – Boeing, Starbucks, Costco, Nordstrom, Amazon, Zillow, and Redfin – comes a potential breakthrough, an affordable home building prototype that will produce Green Harbor Communities in Tacoma.

Green Harbor Communities’ The Preserve is an approximately 30-acre development in South Tacoma that preserves 22-acres of wetlands and develops the remaining acreage with between 50-70 small sustainable two- and three-bedroom cottages. These single-family detached homes are 950 and 1,250 square feet on leasehold land, purchased from Tacoma Public Schools. The eco-friendly community being built by a for-profit developer as workforce housing, with both income and local resident qualifying requirements. The cottage homes are expected to be priced in the mid-$200,000 – a remarkable $50,000 to $75,000 below market.

“Green Harbor Communities may not have discovered the Holy Grail for building affordable housing, but what they have done comes remarkably close,” said Tacoma City Council member Ryan Mello.

“This effort of working together – neighbors and the city – is producing a future project that will preserve valuable habitat and provide housing for working Tacoma families. It truly can be a blueprint for national replication,” he added.

City Council member Chris Beale, District 5, noted that this effort helps address one of the critical issues of our housing crisis: helping those “stuck in the middle.” He points out that workers are often force into an endless cycle of renting because they either make too much to qualify, or don’t earn enough to qualify.

“This affordable housing development, by catering to the working families of Tacoma helps solve this problem. It also protects wetlands and other critical habitats and that makes it a win-win for the City of Tacoma,” Beale said. “I have been working with Green Harbor Communities and the surrounding neighbors on this project for a few years. It’s refreshing to see a developer’s dedication to communicating with the neighbors and local government to produce a project that checks so many boxes. I look forward to see how this project turns out.”

Uniquely, Green Harbor Communities addresses many of the most vexing problems builders face – developing workforce homes that meet the requirements of the local government, local neighbors, the local environment, local home-buyers, and still make a profit.

The new eco-friendly community offers:

  • homes that are affordable to the average local worker: $50,000 to $70,000 below market;
  • homes built with quality building materials found in more expensive homes;
  • minimizing environmental impacts most developments leave a tree canopy of 20 percent or less. Green Harbor will leave an approximately 70 percent tree canopy, will manage stormwater onsite, and create “Learning Labs” and walking trails within the 22 acres of wetlands;
  • Workforce housing for local residents who qualify: those with a total household income of $75,000 or less and currently work within 15 miles of the site;
  • and a profit for the developer.

Green Harbor Communities is striving to become the first privately developed LEED-Platinum housing community in Tacoma. It would also become the first LEED-Platinum Certified housing community of single-family detached homes in Tacoma. The eco-friendly community is built on a leasehold. The leasehold is for 99 years with an auto-renewal for 99 years.

The new community is the brainchild of group of “passionately local” Tacoma residents. Bill and Tiana Rehe, Nichole Strivens-Pressnall, and Michael Pressnall. They have worked closely with the city, nearby residents, environmental organizations and community leaders over the last three years to bring Green Harbor Communities into fruition.

“We believe what we are doing in Tacoma can change the world of workforce housing as we know it,” said Strivens-Pressnall. “We want to make Green Harbor Communities a start of a wave of change nationwide – to catch on, to make workforce housing viral,” she added.

“We also want the world to see the unsung heroes of this story by shining a spotlight on the City of Tacoma, the neighbors next door to Green Harbor, our Tacoma Public Schools district and everyone else who supported this effort, as collaboration makes the magic happen,” she added.

“We all watched friends and families struggled locally to find ways to own their own home,” said Tiana Rehe. “With the arrival of our daughter, we started thinking more about the future. What kind of futures is there for our children? It’s time to take action.”

“We also believe the only way to solve America’s affordable housing crisis is with local solutions and out-of-the-box thinking,” said Bill Rehe. “Green Harbor can be replicated elsewhere. By building an eco-friendly community, builders can tear down the walls that have kept them from building in our cities and help solve America’s housing shortage.”

“Many people told us over the last three years that what we were trying to do won’t work: they said, ‘Don’t do it,’” recalled Michael Pressnall. “We were told you could choose to be environmentally friendly (sustainable), or affordable, or high quality, but there is no way you can be all three.”

“I’m sure Starbucks was told countless times that no one would pay $5 for a cup of coffee. Every other Pacific Northwest innovation that dominates our culture nationwide today faced legions of skeptics. But we share more than just the DNA of location of these brilliant innovators: we share the same passion and tenacity in the belief that what we are doing is going to make consumers lives better. For us, Green Harbor Communities will help make many Tacoma families lives better,” he added.

 

CAREGIVER FILM FOCUSES ON FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Caregiving can be complicated. It is not just a two-way street between caregivers and care receivers. Caregiving creates a web of relationships between spouses, children, parents, other relatives, friends and neighbors. Often those relationships move to a new level – sometimes drawing people together and other times moving them farther apart.

Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources is offering another film in our caregiving series. The film “The Descendants” will be shown on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Grand Cinema, located at 606 S. Fawcett Ave. in Tacoma. The film begins at 10:45 a.m. with doors opening at 10:30 a.m. Complimentary popcorn will be provided by Family Resource Home Care. The film is free, but tickets must be reserved online through Brown Paper Tickets (www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3822229) or by calling the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) at (253) 798-4600.

“The Descendants” stars George Clooney and focuses on end-of-life issues and the emotional responses that come with major life changes. The film, recommended for caregivers by SeniorAdvisor.com, focuses on family endurance and reminds us of our ability to heal in the face of hardship. The film is rated R for strong language, including sexual references.

“It doesn’t matter how much money a person has or the vast array of possessions,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, Pierce County Aging and Disability resources manager. “Accidents can happen to anyone, even those in perfect health. This film shows what happens when a spouse has a boating accident and husband and children become caregivers.”

“The Descendants” explores the strong and realistic emotions that can arise as families confront their past and their future. The film swings between light moments of humor and dark moments of conflict. As the plot unfolds, the emotions are raw, but the family draws together and heals.

Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources offers this film as part of our Family Caregiver Support Program. The program helps unpaid family caregivers with many supports including education, counseling, adaptive equipment, housework and errands services and respite care. The program offers support to families of all incomes. For more information about the program or to reserve your tickets, call the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center at (253) 798-4600.

 

STEILACOOM SCHOOLS HOLDS DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES APPLICATION NIGHT

Steilacoom Historical School District and Pierce County Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) invite families to an upcoming DDA Application Night. District staff will partner with DDA staff to assist families in learning about systems and supports for children and young adults with disabilities. Staff will assist families in determining eligibility for services and provide a hands-on workshop to complete on-line applications.

This open house style event will be held Tuesday, Dec. 11 from 5-7 p.m. in the district Professional Development Center. Steilacoom Historical School District Offices and the Professional Development Center are located at 511 Chambers St., Steilacoom, WA 98388.

It is suggested that families bring proof of diagnosis and copy of current IEP/evaluation. View DDA’s Guide to Eligibility Supports and Services at www.dshs.wa.gov/dda/publications/dda-brochures.

 

HASBRO TEAMS UP WITH TOYS FOR TOTS

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program and global play and entertainment company, Hasbro, Inc. announced their annual holiday matching campaign – a combined effort to help double the impact of community donations this holiday season. For every new, unwrapped toy or game donated to any Toys for Tots local campaign during the 2018 holiday season, Hasbro will match the donation with another toy or game, up to one million gifts.

“Holidays are an especially trying time for families in need and purchasing gifts is a luxury few can afford,” said Lieutenant General H.P. Osman, USMC (Ret), President and CEO, Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. “In 2017, Hasbro’s generosity helped our volunteers expand the reach of our program and bring smiles to the faces of even more children by inspiring action throughout December, a time when we’re often low on donations.”

Through the generosity of individuals, organizations and businesses, combined with a dedicated corps of over 35,000 volunteers working in 800 communities across the country, Toys for Tots plays an active role in inspiring others to make a difference in their communities. According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, there are 15.5 million children living at or below the poverty level. In 2017, Toys for Tots reached nearly half of the children in need through donating 18 million, toys, games and books.

A corporate partner for more than 20 years, Hasbro has helped to deliver more than 4.5 million toys and games nationwide through its annual support of Toys for Tots. Hasbro’s signature philanthropic initiative, BE FEARLESS BE KIND, is inspiring youth to be kind and make a difference. For the second year in a row, the company will match up to one million gifts for every toy or game donated, inspiring kindness in individuals knowing that one donation to their local Toys for Tots unit will provide two gifts for children in need.

“At Hasbro, we’re proud to continue our longtime partnership with Toys for Tots – an organization that embodies exactly what it means to be fearless and kind,” said Karen Davis, senior vice president of Global Philanthropy and Social Impact. “We’re excited to help double the impact of toy and game donations again this year, knowing the need will be great this holiday season.”

BE FEARLESS BE KIND is Hasbro’s signature philanthropic initiative, designed to empower kids to have the compassion and courage to stand up for others, to be inclusive and to make a difference in the world. In 2017, the company impacted more than 4 million children worldwide through its many philanthropic programs like BE FEARLESS BE KIND and partnerships with organizations like Toys for Tots.

To find a local Toys for Tots unit and learn how to donate, please visit: www.toysfortots.org/donate. Families or volunteers who have been impacted by Toys for Tots over the years are encouraged to share their stories at: www.stories.toysfortots.org.

 

STUDENTS INVITED TO CREATE 1968 ORAL HISTORY PROJECTS

Students throughout Washington in grades 9-12 are invited to enter a statewide oral history competition to complement the new exhibit 1968: The Year that Rocked Washington by Legacy Washington, a program of the Office of the Secretary of State.

The competition will open Jan. 1 and run until April 30, with finalists invited to a reception in June. Entries are to consist of a 4-10 page written profile or essay, based on interviews and research, telling the story of a person who experienced the tumult of 1968. Winning works will be published online by the Office of Secretary of State. Legacy Washington invites educators to participate in this special event by sharing it with their classrooms.

“This competition gives students in our state a wonderful opportunity to participate in telling the story of an immensely significant time in Washington and world history,” Secretary of State Kim Wyman said. “I’m proud that the Office of Secretary of State can sponsor this statewide contest, and I’m eager to read the entries sent in by students after interviewing relatives, family friends, and other fascinating members of communities across Washington.”

Legacy Washington’s 1968: The Year that Rocked Washington homepage features educational resources including Common Core-aligned lesson plans, 16 extended profiles of Washingtonians deeply involved in the year’s historic events, and more details about the oral history competition, including instructions on how to conduct an oral history interview. Further information on the Legacy Washington project can be found at www.sos.wa.gov/legacy.

Washington’s Office of Secretary of State oversees a number of areas within state government, including managing state elections, registering corporations and charities, and governing the use of the state flag and state seal. The office also manages the state archives and the state library, documents extraordinary stories in Washington’s history through Legacy Washington, oversees the Combined Fund Drive for charitable giving by state employees, and administers the state’s Address Confidentiality Program to help protect survivors of crime.

 

WASHINGTONIANS INTERVENE TO PREVENT DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

When it comes to driving under the influence of both cannabis and alcohol, most Washingtonians do not believe it is safe and do not engage in this behavior. That’s according to a new study of Washington’s traffic safety culture, commissioned by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC). The study explores the values, beliefs and behaviors regarding driving under the influence of alcohol and cannabis (DUICA).
“We’ve seen an increase in the number of traffic deaths where the drivers involved were under the influence of two or more substances, or poly-drugs, usually cannabis and alcohol,” said Shelly Baldwin, WTSC spokesperson. “The good news is most people in Washington believe driving impaired is unsafe and unacceptable.”
The survey showed that nine percent of Washingtonians report driving after marijuana and alcohol use. These people were also most likely to believe, mistakenly, that using cannabis after drinking helps sober them up.
“This mistaken belief is playing out with deadly consequences on our roadways,” said Baldwin. “The fact is using marijuana after drinking alcohol increases crash risk. While some people surveyed felt that using marijuana after drinking calms them, this feeling of calmness should not be interpreted as a sign they are safe to drive.”
The study, conducted by the Center for Health and Safety Culture (CHSC) in the Western Transportation Institute of Montana State University, found that among adults in Washington:

  • 81 percent are concerned about traffic safety,
  • 78 percent donot drive within two hours of consuming alcohol,
  • 85 percent donot drive within two hours of consuming cannabis,
  • 91 percent donot drive within two hours of consuming both,
  • 81 percent have a negative attitude about DUICA,
  • 83 percent believe it is unacceptable to drive within two hours of consuming alcohol and cannabis, and
  • most agree that impairment begins as soon as you start consuming alcohol or cannabis.

The survey also explored “intervening behavior,” or helpful actions people take to prevent someone from driving impaired. Among adults in Washington who were in a situation to intervene, 81 percent took steps to prevent someone from driving impaired.
People who intervened were most likely to arrange a ride for the impaired person, engage someone else to prevent the person from driving, or arrange for the person to stay until they are sober.
Nicholas Ward, Ph.D. of the Center for Health and Safety Culture and who conducted the study, said, “These results show that Washingtonians have healthy beliefs, attitudes and behaviors about intervening to prevent driving after consuming alcohol and cannabis, but there are opportunities to improve. Intervening should be normal and appreciated.”
Baldwin said, “Most Washingtonians are reaching out to help keep impaired drivers off the road. It’s what we do as friends, family and neighbors, and is part of being a good Washingtonian. While I remain concerned about people who drive impaired, this study gives me hope that all of us have the desire to help. I am thankful for all the people who help keep impaired drivers off our roads by intervening.”

 

SECRETARY OF STATE CERTIFIES HISTORIC VOTE TURNOUT

More voters participated in the 2018 General Election in any Washington state midterm before, according to vote counts certified by Secretary of State Kim Wyman that totaled 3,133,448 ballots.

Statistics compiled by the Office of Secretary of State show that General Election turnout approached two additional participation records. The 71.83 percent of all registered voters who cast ballots in 2018 nearly topped the midterm record turnout of 71.85 percent set in 1970. Participation by 1,101 more voters would have set a new turnout record.

The total number of votes cast was the third-most in state history, behind only the Presidential Elections of 2016 and 2012. According to U.S. Census Bureau estimates, about 60 percent of the total population of Washingtonians eligible to vote participated in the General Election, which was among the nation’s top participation rates.

“This year’s excellent turnout shows how strongly Washingtonians engaged with the issues and races on the ballot,” Secretary Wyman said. “To continue this trend in future elections, it’s vital to keep voters confident that their voices will be heard. We’ve done a great job creating an accessible and secure election system, but we’re constantly vigilant about the need to build upon those achievements.”

Secretary Wyman added that this year’s successful efforts to register more eligible Washingtonians to vote, which can be done online at MyVote.wa.govby mail, or in person at county offices, helped produce the historic vote totals.

“Getting registered is a simple step an adult citizen can take to help decide how government is run,” Secretary Wyman said. “Years of dedicated effort have made voting in Washington convenient and trustworthy. From voting by mail to the comprehensive Voters’ Pamphlet we supply, voters in Washington enjoy the nation’s best resources to learn about and participate in our system. I urge every eligible Washingtonian to register and take part so we can set even more records.”

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