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City of Yakima to Change Graffiti Ordinance

For years, the City of Yakima has had a graffiti ordinance that holds property owners responsible for the clean up and fines them if the graffiti is not removed. City Manager Tony O'Rourke says the city council changed the policy Tuesday and created a new system in which property owners can report the problem to the city for action

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City of Yakima Looking to Add More Public Defenders

Yakima city leaders faced the reality of contracting up to 20 more public defenders and spending a million more of your tax-payer dollars; all to meet a mandate that limits public defenders caseloads to 400 a year

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Water/Fire Service Installation to Disrupt Traffic Near John I. Haas

Drivers are encouraged to avoid 16th Avenue between River Road and Madison Avenue if possible on the morning of Monday, September 24th and for most of the day on Tuesday, September 25th while a project is underway to install City drinking water service and fire service to a new facility being built on the John I

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Special Hearing for Adult Entertainment Ordinance Set for Tonight

A special hearing is set for tonight to talk about the county adult entertainment ordinance.  The hearing in front of the Yakima County planning department will deal with changes that would remove the compatibility review currently required under both the Yakima County and the Yakima urban growth area zoning ordinances and would instead rely on an existing predetermined list of protected uses

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Yakima Finding Ways to Fight Graffiti

In an attempt to get a handle on the ever growing problem of graffiti the City of Yakima will
soon create a hotline and call on volunteers to help wipe out the problem.  City
Manager Tony O'Rourke says the hotline will be created so people can report the
graffiti vandalism

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Bike Patrols to be Tested in Yakima This Fall

Police officers are now testing bike patrols in downtown Yakima.  The city manager suggested the idea to police.  For now, officers on bikes will patrol downtown on First Fridays including this Friday

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2012 Yakima Citizen Survey Results Released

Results from the 2012 Yakima Citizen Survey have been released and they show people who took the survey believe several aspects of the community should be improved, ranging from street repair and employm

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ACLU Files Suit Against City of Yakima

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Mateo Arteaga has closely watched the demographics change in Yakima since he moved here in 1988. A longtime educator, Arteaga visits kindergarten classes where smiling Hispanic faces dominate the room

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ACLU Filing Voting Rights Lawsuit Against The City of Yakima

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — The ACLU of Washington says it plans a news conference Wednesday to announce the filing of a major voting rights lawsuit against the city of Yakima.

The group declined to provide details Tuesday

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Tightening of The Belt Starts For Yakima Says City Manager O’Rourke

Tony O'Rourke hasn't been here long, but he's certainly being proactive in his role as city manager. At Tuesday evening's city council meeting he proposed multiple long-term strategies to help better balance the budget

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