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Detectives are investigating two separate shootings that occurred Sunday evening, the second one sending a 25-year-old gang affiliate to a hospital for treatment of 3 gunshot wounds.

The first report was called in at 5:33 p.m. of several shots being fired in the area of 4th Avenue and Chestnut Street. Witnesses gave conflicting information about a possible suspect vehicle, or if a vehicle was involved in the shooting. It appeared the target of the shooting is a multi-family rental located in the 200 block of West Chestnut. There were no injuries reported and no arrests have been made at this time.

The second shooting was reported at 11:43 p.m. in the alley south of the 200 block of Eagan St. The victim—Salvador Duran Saucedo, was walking in the alley when a vehicle pulled up and began firing at him. He was transported by ambulance to a hospital for treatment of his injuries and is currently in stable condition.

Saucedo, who is a known gang affiliate and has been arrested by local law enforcement at least 12 times, refused to give a statement to law enforcement.

It is not known at this time if the shootings are related, although each occurred within a few blocks of the other during a 6-hour period.

For more information, please contact Tim Bennett, Public Information Officer at the Walla Walla Police Department at.

 

CITY OF WALLA WALLA 2014 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT CONSOLIDATED ANNUAL PERFORMANCE EVALUATION REPORT (CAPER) NARRATIVE

At the end of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program Year (January 1 to December 31), each Entitlement grantee is required to provide a report to the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that summarizes the grantee's performance for the program year. The report is known as the Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER). In addition to a report to HUD, the grantee holds a public hearing to inform the public of the progress made in meeting the goals of the CDBG Five-Year Consolidated Plan (Plan). An Overview of Walla Walla's CDBG program is attached. It fills in the gaps in this report with a discussion of what a HUD designated Entitlement city is, and lists the goals incorporated into the CDBG Consolidated Plan. Funds from HUD, a citizen-driven Strategic Plan, and specific actions will help to realize those goals. This is a summary in narrative form of the 2014 Action Plan CAPER.

We submitted the Five-Year CDBG Consolidated Plan and 2014 Action Plan to HUD a few days prior to the legislatively set deadline of August 16. Accomplishments for the Program Year consisted of:

  • Outreach to individuals, agencies, and neighborhoods with a focus on the needs of those persons with low incomes; substandard housing; special needs; and homelessness.
  • Establishing a CDBG Advisory Group.
  • Development of the Five-Year Consolidated Plan the 2014 Action Plan.
  • Training: primarily webinar based.
  • Formation of a city employee committee from GIS; engineering; and CDBG divisions; which developed a "conditions" rating system for sidewalks and ADA ramps.
  • Surveying the target census tracts 9205 and 9206 to determine areas of greatest need, using the conditions rating system and input from citizens with physical impairments whose ability to move about is adversely impacted by deteriorating or non-existent sidewalks and ADA ramps
  • GIS produced Mapping of sidewalk and ADA conditions to inform our selection of areas of greatest need and impact.
  • Conducting an RFP process and selecting a subrecipient for administration of a home repair program; and a subrecipient for administration of a public services program.
  • Communicating with other city departments about different aspects of the CDBG program: finance; engineering; GIS; police department; legal department; city clerk; parks and recreation; library; planning and building; and others.
  • Public Services delivery: Pro-bono legal services; literacy; Asset Building; and C2C.

Numbers of low/mod income persons receiving public services are estimated, based on a point- in-time count of city and county program participants. The estimated number of city residents served from October 2014 through December 2014 is 72. Of those, an estimated 42% were Hispanic. New software is being acquired to aid in the provision of more accurate data.

All activities included in the 2014 Action Plan are underway, with the exception of the picnic shelter at Washington Park. We have had preliminary discussions with the Parks and Recreation Director to determine where best to site the structure. One concern is the budget amount which may be significantly under what is needed. The project will be the next work item for staff. With that, all systems are on track.

The HUD allocation for 2014 was $384,079. The initial 2014 Grant Year's activity budget is attached. All expenses through December 31, 2014 were Administration and Planning costs. The amount expended through December 31, 2014 was $44,644.

 

 

Street repair work to start May 4

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Street repair work to occur throughout town starting next week

Starting Monday, May 4 until approximately mid-June, the Street Division will be performing rut repair work on Isaacs Avenue from Wellington Avenue to Rose Street. Motorists should expect intermittent closures. The work to be completed is a "band aid" approach to keep Isaacs Avenue in a functioning state until it is reconstructed over the next several years.

Please drive slowly and with caution through the work zones.

The Street Division will also start crack sealing arterial streets throughout the city next week. Over the next several months, you may encounter this work happening on arterial streets such as Isaacs Avenue, Tausick Way, East Alder Street and Fern Avenue, etc.

For additional information, please contact the Street Division at.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone has different preferences when it comes to transportation, but there's one that all road users share – everyone is a pedestrian. Unfortunately, pedestrians were one of the few groups of road users to experience an increase in fatalities in the United States according recent statistics. Nationwide, 4,743 pedestrians were killed in 2012 which was a 6% increase over the previous year. Locally, six pedestrians have lost their lives in the past six years and many near misses have been reported.

In an effort to curb fatalities or possible serious injuries in the city, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC), in collaboration with the Walla Walla County Traffic Safety Task Force, has initiated a pilot for a new pedestrian safety program that it hopes will spread city wide. The first pedestrian flag program for the city has been installed at the crosswalk of 6th and Poplar. While crossing with the flag in hand should serve to make the pedestrian more visible, pedestrians are reminded that safety is a shared responsibility and they should still take precautions before crossing the street. The newly installed signs remind pedestrians to make sure they are seen first, make eye contact with the driver, wait for traffic to stop and then cross the street. "We hope the flags will help make pedestrians more visible, especially at our busy intersections." says BPAC chairman Erendira Cruz. "But the flag is not a safety shield. We need to make sure we are seen before stepping into the path of a vehicle".

 

If the pilot program proves to be successful, the Traffic Safety Task Force is hoping to secure funds to establish it in other locations throughout the city. For more information, you may contact the Task Force coordinator Nancy Walters at 524.4425.

 

pedestrian flag polePedestrian flag sign

 

 

 

Safety is a shared responsibility. At one time or another, we are a driver, pedestrian or cyclist. With warmer weather and vacations just around the corner, the Walla Walla Police Department and Walla Walla County Traffic Safety Task Force want to remind everyone – pedestrians, cyclists and drivers – to be aware of those around you and to follow the rules of the road.
As a cyclist:

  • Be predictable. Signal your intentions to others. Use hand signals, look over your shoulder before changing lanes, ride in a straight line on the right side of the road. Expect that other vehicles do not see you.
  • Go with the flow of traffic, not against it.
  • Be ready to stop at driveways and intersections.
  • Watch for uneven pavement. Ride on bike paths and bike trails if they are available.
  • Give parked cars a 3-foot berth in case someone opens a door in your path.
  • Make yourself and your bicycle visible at all times, especially at night and in dim light. Wear bright, reflective clothing and use white lights in front and red reflectors or lights in the rear as required by all States.
  • Do NOT blind oncoming traffic by using headlights in strobe or flash mode after dark.
  • Wear a properly fitted, certified helmet on every ride.
  • Ride sober. Alcohol affects balance, judgment and reaction time.

As a pedestrian:

  • Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
  • Walk on sidewalks. If sidewalks are not available, walk on the edge of the road facing oncoming traffic.
  • Cross at marked crosswalks or intersections. This is where drivers expect to see you.
  • Make eye contact with stopped drivers to make sure they see you before crossing in front of them.
  • Be visible at all times. Wear bright clothing during the day and wear reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.
  • Watch your kids. Small children should not cross streets by themselves or be allowed to play or walk near traffic. Kids cannot accurately judge vehicle distances and speeds and may make unpredictable movements.
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking. They impair your judgment and your abilities.

When you are driving:

  • Be predictable. Signal your intentions to others and anticipate what other road users may do.
  • Put cell phones down.
  • Look out for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Use extra caution when driving in hard-to-see conditions such as nighttime, bright sunshine or in bad weather.
  • Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or entering a crosswalk.
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Stop well back from the crosswalk to give other vehicles an opportunity to see the crossing pedestrians too.
  • Never pass a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk.
  • Follow the speed limit.
  • Follow slower speed limits in school zones and in neighborhoods where there are children present.
  • Be extra cautious when backing up. Pedestrians and cyclists can easily be in your blind spot.
  • Allow enough room when passing bicyclists, as you would when passing another vehicle.
  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

For more information, please contact Tim Bennett, Public Information Officer at the Walla Walla Police Department at.

 

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 2, 2015
CONTACTS:

• Jim Dumont: parks and recreation director
  City of Walla Walla; 509‐524‐4545

• Elio Agostini: executive director
  Downtown Walla Walla Foundation; 509‐529‐8755

Mumford and Sons Announce 'Gentlemen Of The Road' Stopovers in 2015
Mumford and Sons, an internationally popular and Grammy award winning British folk rock band, has
selected Walla Walla, Washington as one of their 2015 Gentlemen of the Road (GOTR) Stopovers in the
United States. The City of Walla Walla and the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation in cooperation with
Whitman College and DeSales Catholic High School are pleased to host this exciting community
celebration scheduled for Friday and Saturday, August 14 and 15, 2015.


Mumford & Sons will headline the Saturday show on the Main Stage, located at the Whitman College
Athletic Fields, along with an eclectic and energetic roster of artists selected by the band themselves. A
series of smaller music events and activities involving local businesses, artists and, most importantly,
local people will happen in and around downtown Walla Walla on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of that
week.


Each Stopover combines the intimacy of a community celebration with the excitement of a world‐class
music event. The Walla Walla Stopover features downtown performances by local and regional bands
beginning Thursday evening but also Friday and Saturday afternoons and after the Main Stage closes.
About this year's upcoming Stopover tour, Mumford & Sons says, "The Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers
are all about live music. We get to put them on in towns not normally frequented by touring bands in
busses or splitter vans. We deliberately look for towns that have something unique, or some vibe of
which they are proud, explore them and enjoy what they have to offer."


The outdoor Stopovers will take place in four carefully‐selected and unique locations across America
including Salida, Colorado; Waverly, Iowa; Seaside Heights, New Jersey; and Walla Walla, Washington
The Downtown Walla Walla Foundation was thrilled when it received an e‐mail from the band's
promoter Madison House Presents in September of 2014 indicating that Walla Walla was being
considered for the 2015 'Gentlemen of The Road' Stopover. Immediately the City of Walla Walla Council
members and the leadership team welcomed the promoters and began seriously considering the
possibility of over 30,000 people visiting our valley. "A delegation from the city visited Troy, Ohio to
check out how the stopover worked in that city of 25,000," stated Jim Dumont, the Parks and Recreation
Director for the city, "We were impressed with what we heard and decided to make it happen here".
The City of Walla Walla, the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation, Whitman College, the Walla Walla
Catholic Schools and several other community partners have worked together over the past five months
with Madison House Presents to make this once‐in‐a‐lifetime experience for the Walla Walla community
a reality.


Walla Walla was attractive to the band and concert producers due to its vibrant, picturesque and
historic downtown; the scenic Walla Walla Valley; the proximity to park space and camping; the warm
and comfortable summer weather; and performing venue options. Walla Walla Mayor Jerry Cummins
welcomes the anticipated thousands of visitors from around the world to our Valley, "We are proud that
our community and our downtown has been recognized for its historic character and amenities and
singled out for this unique opportunity," he stated.


Attendance at the two‐day Stopover in Walla Walla is expected to more than double the city's
population and generate a significant positive economic impact for the region. According to Nabiel
Shawa, City Manager, the region can expect an economic impact in the millions of dollars.
The Walla Walla GOTR Stopover will begin with a performance on Friday evening, August 14th featuring
the Foo Fighters. A daylong of music will continue on Saturday, August 15 with the sounds of
international known bands including The Flaming Lips. Mumford & Sons will perform on Saturday
evening.


The 'Gentlemen Of The Road' series began in 2012 and continued into 2013. Previous Stopovers
occurred in Troy, Ohio; St. Augustine, Florida; Bristol, Tennessee; Portland, Maine; Dixon, Illinois;
Guthrie, Oklahoma; and Simcoe, Ontario in Canada.


Tickets to the two‐day Stopovers will be $199, with no additional fees or hidden charges. Tickets for all
Stopovers will be available at gentlemenoftheroad.com beginning on Friday, March 6th at 10:00 AM.


A limited number of Walla Walla Stopover tickets will be sold to the local community at the Tourism
Walla Walla Visitor Center located at 26 E. Main Street in downtown Walla Walla. The Visitor Center will
accept credit card purchases only and will be open Friday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and on Saturday
and Sunday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Ticket purchases will be limited to six per person.

January City Central Newsletter now available

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Click here to view the January 2015 City Central Newsletter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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