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Bainbridge Island Legislative Priorities at the 2o24 WA State Legislature

COBI Engages State Lobbyist, Finalizes 2024 Legislative Priorities

Over the past couple of year’s Washington State legislative sessions, a wide-ranging slate of house and senate bills have been passed with great impact to local land use, waste reduction, transportation, and utilities. In response to those actions, the City of Bainbridge Island has recently …

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Ted Spearman Justice Center

Event Gallery: Grand Opening of the Ted Spearman Justice Center

On Wednesday November 15, our island community came together to celebrate the grand opening of the Ted Spearman Justice Center – a $20 million facility housing Bainbridge Island’s new police station, municipal court, and emergency operations center. The project was designed by local architect Matthew …

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Housing Options To Meet Affordability Challenges. Image courtesy City of Bainbridge Island.

Planning Commission Unanimously Backs Housing Action Plan, Adds Recommendations

Commissioners Decide Plan Represents Best Practices Road Map for Addressing Affordability & Lack of Housing Diversity Bainbridge Island’s Draft Affordable Housing Plan was recommended without reservation by the planning commission at its meeting May 25th. All 7 members unanimously backed ECONorthwest’s draft plan and its …

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Affordable Housing Bainbridge Island Housing Action Plan

Housing Action Plan Is Critical Element To Address Decades-Old Bainbridge Issue

Crucial Planning Now Underway To Support Population Growth, Affordability  Housing has long been said to be a priority on Bainbridge Island. It’s been studied and re-studied throughout recent years, policies have come forward only to die before being enacted, though our community land trust – …

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Washington State Government Legislature Building. Image courtesy of Washington State Democrats

Local Government 101 – The Washington State Legislature

How the House, Senate, Governor, Supreme Court + Citizens work together to govern our state  Like our local island and county politics, state-level politics in Washington are increasingly impactful and important to post-pandemic life. From setting the statewide policy which guides and frames local decisions, …

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Bainbridge Island Police Department Vehicle along waterfront. Image courtesy of BIPD

Crime On Island Returns to Pre-Pandemic Levels, Awareness Is Key To Prevention

Police Chief Provides Quarterly Public Safety Update Statistics from Bainbridge Island Police Department’s most recent report show that many of the types of crime rates on Bainbridge Island in 2022 rebounded to historic averages, and are generally much in line with the numbers seen prior …

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PFAS The Forever Chemicals

Washington State, Bainbridge Island Aim To Eliminate Forever Chemicals

Local PFAS Timelines Among Most Progressive, Aggressive In The Nation There’s A LOT happening in the world of consumer packaging and waste in the State of Washington and at the City of Bainbridge Island these days. In addition to the local waste reduction and food …

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