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Voters Could be Asked to Raise Car Tab Fees
Car tab fees have never been very popular, but Yakima City Manager Tony O'Rourke believes now may be the time to ask voters for the fee to pay for city street repairs. The city council will talk about putting the issue in front of voters during a study session this morning...
Yakima Police Gang Unit to Add More Officers
The Yakima Police gang unit is set to double in size, thanks to a increase in city tax revenue. Five officers are in the unit, they work a five day rotation. City Manager Tony O'Rourke and Police Chief Dominic Rizzi, Jr. want to double its size...
City to Discuss Ideas to Re-energize Downtown
The closure of 4th Street behind the Capital Theater will be on the agenda of the Yakima City Council tomorrow night. City Manager Tony O'Rourke says it is part of the plan to energize the downtown area.  The closure, between Yakima Avenue and Chestnut will create an area where thousands o…
Cost of Prisoner Housing Rising… Officials Looking for Solutions
Costs continue to rise as city and county officials look for solutions to housing local prisoners. Today, a joint city/county study session was held to address the problem. A number of ideas were talked about including the possibility of having one regional jail instead of one in the city and one in…
Yakima Officals Seeking Money Saving Options for Jails
Both city and county officials in Yakima are looking for cheaper ways to house local prisoners. The Yakima City Council today will hold a study session with county officials to talk about housing more city prisoners in the county jail or expand the current city jail...
Downtown Park Open for Now
The downtown park at Second Street and Yakima Avenue will remain open for now. Last week city officials removed pavers and basically ripped up the park. But, now the barren lot will change once more.  In just a week, the owner Terry Powell had a change of heart to let the city to use the space …
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.
But city leaders have a new plan to cut those costs dramatically...

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