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Day that rocked the world, rocked Bremerton as well
1. The United States, Bremerton and the world were rocked on Sept. 11 when terrorists attacked and leveled the World Trade Center and also attacked the Pentagon with three hijacked passenger jets. A fourth hijacked jet was brought down by passengers over Pennsylvania. The Navy immediately stepped up security at all facilities. Ships patrolled Sinclair Inlet in Bremerton. Memorials were held and flags flew at half mast. Later, the Navy announced plans to level the block of buildings on the west side of Pacific between Burwell and First to create a park-like safety zone for the east end of PSNS.
2. Campaigning for the November General Election actually began in January, when former Mayor Louis Mentor hinted hed run again. He was beaten by incumbent Mayor Lynn Horton eight years ago. On the Council, David Farr resigned, Eric Younger was appointed in his place. Former council-elected mayor of Bellevue, Cary Bozeman, announced his candidacy for mayor. Council President John Law announced he will retire at the end of his term. Conrad Esser resigned the Council July 20. Horton announced she will run for a third term. Councilman Ed Rollman announced he will run for mayor. Rod Johnson will run again. Political newcomers Brian Hughes and Thomy Vanshur join the race for mayor. Wayne Olsen announces his retirement. Will Maupin was appointed to fill Essers seat.
Horton got bounced in the primaries. In the General Election, Bozeman beat Mentor, and Glen Jarstad, Daren Nygren, Mike Shepherd, Eric Younger, Carol Arends, Will Maupin and Mike Short were elected to the Council.
3. Bremerton goes after some $10 million from the Public Facilities District with plans to build a small conference center/hotel/parking complex on the waterfront. The PFD money is a one-time rebate of state sales tax available for regional projects of public benefit. The Silverdale Chamber, McCormick Woods Land Development Co. and the countys fairgrounds also applied for funds. After a long process among applicants, on Dec. 18 Bremerton came out ahead with a PFD award of $6.9 million and the fairgrounds received $4.2 million for upgrades.
4. Bremertons plans for a new city-county-state-federal office complex downtown are protested by Port Orchard. They fear the loss of more than 250 jobs from the Courthouse and loss of income from employees spending. Port Orchard feared moving that many functions to Bremerton would be a de facto relocation of the county seat without a required public vote. The complex would be 140,000 square feet and cost about $33 million. County Commissioners voted $400,000 toward the complex. Both cities go to court. The issue should be decided this month.
5. Begun late in 2000, the battle between the mayor, Council and then-City Attorney Glenna Malanca continued into the first quarter of 2001. The bickering revolved around the mayor wanting Malanca gone, many Council members wanting her to stay. The mayor and Council planned to go to Superior Court. After four months of bickering, the Council and mayor reach an armistice: They agreed to hire a new interim city attorney, allow Malanca to stay until the end of the year, meet with a facilitator to improve relations, and suspend all legal actions.
6. A deadly night in Lions park came early July 30 when Bremerton Police K-9 Officer Buddy was shot and killed. Police were responding to shots being fired in the park at 1:43 a.m. Two 21-year-old brothers were arrested in the shooting: Aaron Phillip Williams and Maurice Francisco Jackson. Williams was hit in the exchange of fire with police, and taken to Harrison Hospital in critical condition.
7. In April, new Building and Planning chief, Chris Hugo, admits to the Council the B&P is in disarray and understaffed. The aging comprehensive plan and zoning map is a mess, he said. Hugo gets the go-ahead to hire three new planners and other staff. Work begins on overhauling and updating the comp plan and map work considered critical to Bremerton redevelopment.
8. A citizens group studying the finances of Bremerton School District recommended the district hold a vote in March 2002 to renew the current levy for four years to raise $27.5 million for maintenance and operations. The board endorses it.
9. A 6.8 magnitude quake hit Bremerton and the greater Olympic region at 10:55 a.m. Ash Wednesday, Feb. 28. It set off car and building alarms, sent people running into the streets, and caused minor to moderate damage. Both the Warren and Manette bridges were closed for a while. Merchandise rained from shelves in supermarkets and video stores. Loose bricks from old chimneys toppled onto parked cars. Cracks appeared in many buildings. The brick facade of a bar on Naval and a plate glass window on Fourth Street shattered. A house fire on Lebo Boulevard may have been triggered by the quake. More than 200 homes were damaged. Some homeowners lost thousands of dollars when items toppled from shelves.
10. The party of the century was held downtown in Bremerton on the citys Centennial Oct. 13. A day of activities in the downtown area brought in thousands of revelers.