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March 12, 2013 at 5:26 PM
For many people, flash mobs are a delightful fad. Videos of performers breaking into dance in train stations, parks and shopping malls are popular on YouTube. But Washington state senators are worried the trend could take a more sinister form: flash robs.
Sen. Mike Carrell said he introduced a bill in response to a group of teens staging a flash rob at a Portland Nordstrom last April. The Lakewood Republican said there haven’t been any flash robs in Washington, and he hopes the legislation will prevent them from occurring.
Under Senate Bill 5178, groups of at least six people who steal at least $500 in merchandise can be charged with organized retail theft. The group must also have used electronic communication – emails, text messages or social media – to organize the theft.
February 15, 2013 at 11:52 AM
The Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee heard yet another education reform bill this morning, this time one that would create bonuses for math, science and special education teachers working in middle schools and high schools.
Proposed by State Sen. Mike Carrell, R-Lakewood, Senate Bill 5278 would offer bonuses to teachers deemed “experts” by the state. The bonuses, paid in a lump sum, would be equal to 10 percent of the teacher’s base salary.
Committee Vice Chair Bruce Dammier, R-Puyallup, said the bill could be a good way to lure promising scientists and mathematicians into teaching. But Jerry Bender, spokesman for the Washington Association of School Principals, said the bonus isn’t high enough to provide a real incentive. He opposed the bill, arguing that Washington schools have no difficulty in finding qualified math and science teachers.
“You want to have key people in all your roles,” Bender said. “And my experience is if you start hiring early, if you pick the fruit early in the season, there are good hires out there.”
Schools have a harder time finding speech therapists and retaining special education teachers, said Lucinda Young, a lobbyist for the Washington Education Association. She said state money would be better spent reducing class sizes and providing more classroom support to special education teachers. Young also argued that the state shouldn’t favor certain subjects over others.
“I think we would all agree that every single [subject] is important,” Young said.
February 1, 2013 at 6:00 AM
Good Morning, Happy Friday.
This definitely puts a damper on flash mobs:. A Lakewood state senator is trying to get ahead of a weird twist on flash mobs. Flash mobs, as you probably know, are groups of people who gather at a set time and place and begin, say, dancing in a well choreographed manner. Flash robs are altogether different. These are groups of people who gather and rob places. This has happened from Portland to Chicago. Sen. Mike Carrell, R-Lakewood, has offered a bill in Olympia — SB 5178 — that would toughen up on those who use email or text to organize themselves and steal $250 or more of merchandise from a store.
Below is one of the better uses of this organizational and technological phenomenon, the famous flash mob in Belgium.
U.S. Rep Denny Heck’s observations from D.C. (Shout out to The Olympian for excellent. blog fodder, by the by). The Olympian interviewed new U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, the representative from Washington’s brand new 10th Congressional District. He has been in office less than a month and is surprised to find the partisanship in the nation’s capital even more pronounced than he expected. And Heck knows stuff.
Valentine’s Day with Al Gore. Darn, the Seattle Arts & Lectures event featuring Al Gore is sold out. The former vice president is coming to Seattle for a conversation with Professor David Domke, chairman of the University of Washington Department of Communications. The event is billed as a clear-eyed discussion of the emerging forces shaping our world. Gore has had a rough week following the sale of his network, Current TV, to Al Jazeera. Comedian Jon Stewart interviewed, I mean, grilled, Gore this week on his show.
Is she or isn’t she? PubliCola asks a good question. Is Washington Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond, who occupies a very important profile position with so much happening in transportation around the state, staying or going in the new Gov, Jay Inslee administration? Worth watching.
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