JANUARY 4, 2017

ELECTIONS/GOVERNANCE

State ordered to pay $121,000 for failed campaign-finance lawsuit involving local initiatives

Sean Robinson, January 3, 2017, The News Tribune

The state Attorney General’s Office owes more than $121,000 in attorney fees to a trio of public and private entities that challenged two local ballot measures last summer, but an appeal could be in the works.

A ruling entered last week in Pierce County Superior Court awards the bulk of the fees to the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce ($60,458) and the Port of Tacoma ($53,934). An additional $7,000 goes to the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County.

The decision by Judge Ronald Culpepper is the follow-up to an earlier ruling that found the three entities did not violate state campaign-finance laws when they challenged the validity of ballot measures filed by Save Tacoma Water last year.

Read more here:  http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/politics-government/article124388569.html

 

LAND USE

Port of Vancouver, Wash. Unveils Terminal 1 redevelopment plans

Ben Myer, January 3, 2017, American Shipper

The Port of Vancouver in Washington state has submitted a Concept Development Plan (CDP) application to the City of Vancouver for the redevelopment of a former marine cargo terminal, according to a statement from the port.

The CDP covers the development of the port’s Terminal 1 facility on the Columbia River, and includes plans for a hotel, public marketplace, commercial and retail space, public art and connection to Vancouver’s Renaissance Trail.

The port expects the city’s review process, which includes an internal review as well as a 30-day public comment period, to be complete some time in 2017.

Read more here:  http://www.americanshipper.com/main/news/port-of-vancouver-wash-unveils-terminal-1-redevelo-66395.aspx?source=Little4

 

MARINE TERMINALS

NWSA sets container throughout record in November

Ben Meyer, January 3, 2017, American Shipper

The Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA), which comprises the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, Wash., handled 336,381 TEUs in November, a 20.2 percent increase from the previous year and a monthly record, according to figures from the port authority.

Through the first 11 months of 2016, total container throughput at NWSA stood at 3.2 million TEUs, up 1.6 percent from the same 2015 period.

Loaded export container volumes rose 13.7 percent from the first 11 months of 2015 to 897,785 TEUs, but exports of empty containers fell 22.5 percent to 325,290 TEUs.

Read more here:  http://www.americanshipper.com/main/news/726f1463-959e-4f58-8dbd-17d213768937.aspx#hide

 

RAIL

Union Pacific acquires Railex assets

January 4, 2017, Progressive Railroading

Union Pacific Railroad has acquired Railex LLC‘s refrigerated and cold storage distribution assets in California, Washington and New York, the Class I announced yesterday.

The acquisition does not include Railex Wine Services LLC, according to a UP press release.

A refrigerated rail service and third-party logistics leader, Railex plays a key role in UP’s food network transporting fruit, vegetables and other temperature-sensitive cargo across the United States.

Read more here:  http://www.progressiverailroading.com/union_pacific/news/Union-Pacific-acquires-Railex-assets–50513?email=cherman@washingtonports.org&utm_medium=email&utm_source=prdailynews&utm_campaign=prdailynews1/4/2017

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