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The uncertain future of Cascadia's climate

Climate change in Cascadia, Mercer Island issues anti-camping ordinance, vaccine rollout in Langley, and COVID-safe micro venues.

The Mercer Island City Council voted to approve a ban that prohibits camping in public spaces, including sleeping overnight in vehicles. Police plan to direct those who continue to camp or sleep in public spaces to shelters. The only problem is that Mercer Island doesn't have any homeless shelters. PubliCola editor Erica Barnett joins Bill Radke about how this could play out and what it means for anyone experiencing homelessness in King County.

Back in 2007, Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia were the first regions in Northern America to promise to reduce greenhouse gases. But are these areas living up to their promises? Reporter Peter Fairley from InvestigateWest discusses this with Bill and why he's writing a new series called Getting To Zero, Decarbonizing Cascadia.

There has been a lot of talk about how vaccine rollout is going in Seattle and King County, but what about more rural places? Tim Callison, mayor of Langley on South Whidbey Island, speaks with Bill about why he and other elected officials in Island County think the state has ignored their needs, and why they're asking to be released from the state Covid restrictions.

Since January of 2020, the pandemic has shuttered event spaces and halted wedding planning across the nation. No one understands this better than Seattle residents and couple, Laura and Sean Vergara. When their own wedding plans were put on hold, the couple came up with a solution: The Micro Venue. Laura and Sean talk with Bill about the launch of their new intimate event space and how it operates during a pandemic.

Individual segments are available in our podcast stream or at www.kuow/org/record.

Mercer Island's anti-camping ordinance

The Mercer Island City Council overwhelmingly approved a ban on people camping in public places including sleeping overnight in vehicles. Police will direct those people to shelters, but Mercer Island doesn't have any homeless shelters. What does last night's move say about who will shelter and help homeless people in King County and who will pay for it? Joining Bill Radke to discuss this is PubliCola editor Erica Barnett. My guest is Publicola editor Erica Barnett.

Cascadia's climate future

Shorelines are eroding and water temperatures are rising across Washington, Oregon and British Columbia -- the region known as Cascadia. As one of the first regions in North America to require greenhouse gas reductions, is the region living up to our its own climate standards? Reporter Peter Fairley from InvestigateWest is writing a series called Getting To Zero, Decarbonizing Cascadia, and he spoke to Bill Radke about whether Cascadia has fulfilled its promises.

Langley's vaccine rollout

In Island County, elected leaders say the state has ignored their needs during the pandemic. Tim Callison, mayor of Langley on south Whidbey Island spoke to Bill Radke about why the county is now asking the governor released them from the state Covid restrictions.

The Micro Venue for your micro wedding

The Covid pandemic has shut down event spaces and one effect of that is that wedding plans get derailed. That happened to Laura and Sean Vergara. When they couldn't have the big wedding they had been planning for, they down-sized, and they realized they could help other couples downsize, too.