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City Council Approve Graffiti Removal Program
A new graffiti removal program, approved by the city council this week is expected to be in operation in Yakima  within the next two months. A volunteer staff will remove the graffiti from area homes and businesses, but before graffiti is removed Yakima police gang officers want to be able to v…
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...
Car Tabs Could be Back on The Ballot
The Yakima City Council will meet for a study session Tuesday to talk about the possibility of putting a car tab fee on the ballot. Council members had decided against it in the past. In a recent survey, the city learned that 50 percent of residents support a car tab fee, which is why the issue is b…
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 ca…
4th Street Closing will Create Downtown Entertainment Area
The closure of 4th street behind the Capitol Theater will happen soon after the Yakima City Council voted last night in favor of the closure to create an entertainment area drawing more people to downtown Yakima. The closure between Yakima Avenue and Chestnut Avenue will create an are…
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...
City Must Move on Mill Site or Lose Matching Funds
Yakima officials are working to develop the former mill site along i 82. The old mill site has been an ugly welcome sign into Yakima for years. Plans for development could transform the area into a center for retail, industry and recreation...
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 ar…

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