ABERDEEN, Wash. - The Downtown Parking and Business Improvement District agreed today to order signs to discourage panhandling. Police Chief Bob Torgerson said Aberdeen has no ordinance against the panhandlers "we're not saying they can't panhandle or anything else, we're just trying to inform people that the best choice is to give it to a charity that can really help people in need."
In at least one case the committee will have to approach WalMart to place a sign on their property, one of the hotspots for panhandlers in Aberdeen. The signs will cost the city between 32 and 53 dollars depending on size. Mayor Bill Simpson said the issue of panhandling seems to be getting worse in Aberdeen "You get them downtown, a little more on the aggressive side."
The Supreme court has ruled that panhandling is a form of free speech protected under the first amendment of the US Constitution.
The signs were inspired by signs found in Spokane, and say "Keep The Change, don't support panhandling." Then state under a 'no change' symbol that the majority of change given goes to drugs and alcohol. and says you can help more by giving to charity.
SPOKANE, Wash. - Financial and technical assistance is now available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)for producers interested in conserving energy on their property, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced today.
NRCS and producers develop Agricultural Energy Management Plans (AgEMP) or farm energy audits that assess energy consumption on an operation. NRCS then uses auditdata to develop energy conservation recommendations. Each AgEMP has a landscape component that assesses equipment and farming processes and a farm headquarters component that assesses power usage and efficiencies in livestock buildings, grain handling operations, and similar facilities to support the farm operation.
SEATTLE – The Washington Attorney General’s Office declared a major victory for consumers today in response to a judge’s order that a notorious foreclosure rescue scammer must pay more than $3.2 million to victims he wronged plus $179,000 in penalties for violating the Consumer Protection Act.
“Joseph Kaiser’s a cunning real estate investor who made his living by claiming to help people facing tax foreclosure – then taking their homes, land and money,” Attorney General Rob McKenna said. “Thanks to the hard work of our Consumer Protection Division, he will no longer be able to prey on struggling homeowners.”
The Attorney General’s Office also obtained an order permanently stopping Kaiser from participating in real estate transactions with people facing foreclosure.
Kaiser, of Tacoma, was the first foreclosure “rescuer” to be tried by the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division, which works to enforce a fair marketplace for consumers and businesses. He is the author of several books describing tactics for making quick profits from real estate and has conducted seminars to teach his methods for earning large amounts of money through deals involving distressed properties.
OLYMPIA, Wash. - With tax season in progress, the Washington Better Business Bureau says identity thieves know that W-2s are now in mailboxes, vehicles and other unsecured locations.
Some tax forms contain personal identifiers such as Social Security numbers and birthdates-which thieves can use to steal identities. Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington reminds employees to securely transport and store sensitive paperwork:
- Lock important items in file cabinets or safes.
- Don't leave paperwork unattended in vehicles or offices.
- Pick up mail quickly if secured mailboxes or P.O. boxes are not an option.
BBB offers more identity theft prevention tips at akorww.bbb.org/identity-theft-prevention.