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August 16, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Woodland Park Zoo: Open records

Kudos to the editorial board for its unwavering advocacy for the Woodland Park Zoo elephants — and its demand that the City Council live up to the accountability and transparency promises of Proposition 1 advocates by requiring the zoo to open its records [“Council can pressure zoo,” Opinion, Aug. 10].

In addition to the City Council’s action, a further step must be taken by the state Legislature to expand the types of entities covered by the Washington Public Records Act, which was designed to shed “sunshine” on public agency activities.

Unfortunately, according to a recent Superior Court ruling, the zoo is not covered by the act because it is not considered a city “park” or “agency” — despite receiving $10 million a year in taxpayer funding with more to come via Proposition 1.

As the number of taxpayer-funded public-private partnerships grow, it is imperative that their records be covered under our sunshine laws — or else the sunshine is going to fade away. The zoo is a poster child for the necessity of legislative action.

Beverly Marcus, Seattle

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