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Author Archives: Pam James
Time flies when you’re having fun. That’s exactly how I feel about my 20+ years at Municipal Research and Services Center. My work with local governments has been both rewarding and fun. It has also been a privilege. Why am … Continue reading
Several years ago, the Washington State Supreme Court issued a court rule (General Rule (GR) 34) that abolished court fees for low-income people. After enactment of GR 34, state courts waived filing fees for indigent litigants. However, some courts imposed … Continue reading
Many damage claims are brought against municipalities as a result of someone slipping, tripping, or falling on a sidewalk. If a jurisdiction fails to keep its sidewalks in a reasonable state of repair, free of dangerous and unsafe conditions, the results … Continue reading
The Washington State Building Code Council has adopted, with amendments, the newest versions (2012) of the various codes that make up the Washington State Building Code, chapter 19.27 RCW, which contains the minimum construction requirements for the state of Washington. … Continue reading
As a grandmother with grandchildren 3,000 miles away, I’m a big fan of Skype. It’s a reliable and free internet service that allows me to video chat whenever the kids are willing to sit still for a few minutes. We … Continue reading
You received the most votes and the results have been certified; now what? Before you can begin your tenure as an elected official, you will need to complete the final steps to be “qualified” to assume office.
It’s Election Time Again! It’s a Good Idea to Review Your Regulations Regarding Election-Related Political Signs.
It’s election season — the time when planting strips and roadsides bristle with campaign signs, and your city or county is getting calls asking what your local regulations are for political signs. Here’s a quick refresher on the dos and … Continue reading