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Morning Press: Review of Vancouver and homelessness; declining enrollment; attempted kidnapping at mall

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In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories from the weekend:

San Diego nonprofit reviews Vancouver’s approach to homelessness

One reason a Vancouver City Council vote on a major reorganization of Clark County’s homelessness response didn’t happen as scheduled was because city officials were working behind the scenes with the Ed and Dollie Lynch Fund to hire Alpha Project, a San Diego-based homelessness nonprofit, to conduct a third-party review on the city’s approach to homelessness.

The review included the Vancouver Navigation Center, a homeless services center that has been the subject of neighborhood complaints and criticism from the city council. The decision to pull the vote was made quickly and involved decisions made outside of the city council’s normal public procedures.

Although the city wanted the review, it was paid for with private philanthropy, which Andy Silver, a longtime local housing advocate and former executive director of the Council for the Homeless, described as a source of confusion. The move raised questions over just how transparent the city had been in calling for the review, and officials have been tight-lipped about its scope.

Read the full story: San Diego nonprofit reviews Vancouver’s approach to homelessness

Clark County school districts see ups and downs in enrollment

As Clark County’s largest school districts grappled with budget cuts this summer, most faced a somewhat surprising culprit: declining enrollment.

Vancouver and Evergreen Public Schools projected enrollment drops of hundreds of students this school year, and with that, millions of dollars in lost state allocations – projections that have largely held true as school kicked off.

But with sprawling growth in Clark County, why are the area’s most urban districts apparently shrinking? Blame those darn millennials.

Read the full story: Clark County school districts see ups and downs in enrollment

Attempted kidnapping of teen reported at Vancouver Mall

A 49-year-old Vancouver man with a prior attempted kidnapping conviction was arrested Saturday, accused of trying to kidnap a 14-year-old at the Vancouver Mall.

Steven Hayes is being held at the Clark County Jail on suspicion of first-degree kidnapping, second-degree assault and felony harassment.

Grocery workers union calls for Fred Meyer boycott

A union representing thousands of grocery workers has called for a boycott of Fred Meyer stores in Southwest Washington and Oregon.

The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555 called for the boycott Sunday in a news release. The announcement comes after 15 months of labor negotiations.

Read the full story: Grocery workers union calls for Fred Meyer boycott

Columbian photographer’s cameras in Space Needle time capsule

A time capsule in the Seattle Space Needle to be opened in 2062 will include two cameras that were with Columbian photographer Reid Blackburn when he died in the May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens eruption.

Blackburn’s widow, Fay, donated the cameras, which were among items in the trunk of his Volvo that day.

Read the full story: Columbian photographer’s cameras in Space Needle time capsule


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