I have always wondered how the local Fire department never busted JZ Knight/RSE for breaches of health and safety regulation for gross overcrowding and disabling the smoke and fire alarms at RSE all these years. As most here will attest to the fact that Judith very often jammed in thousands of people to well over the occupancy level of 999 people maximum,also bearing in mind the RSE building is a horse arena....!
I remember attending several events so overcrowded we were jammed in the adjacent horse stalls and we slept on concrete floors. Where was the health and safety departments then? This dangerous and irresponsible situation at RSE has been ongoing for over TWENTY years now.Of the seven years I attended RSE there was not one single inspection by the WA state health and safety agencies or fire department of RSE during an event.
Why was that?, all schools have a mountain of inspections and safety regulations to adhere to,
but RSE slips through the net, its as if RSE doesn't exist under the jurisdiction of local government agencies..!
The RSE arena occupancy level was raised to accommodate up to 1999 people on a temporary special use permit SUP-95-007 that expired Feb 2 2000
(EMF) Online Forum • View topic - RSE business license expired Feb 2 2000
One thing is for sure.....Judith uses well the power of cronyism...$$$$$
JZ Knight Pledges Additional $120,000 Gift To Local Fire/EMS Department
Nov 18, 2009
Southeast Thurston Fire/EMS
JZ Knight has been very impressed with the responsive, proficient and courteous manner of Southeast Thurston Fire/EMS personnel whenever their services are required at Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment or Ms. Knight’s home and she committed $10,000 each month from October to December, 2009 as a way to acknowledge their work.
Southeast Thurston Fire/EMS has reported a budget reduction this year of $180,000 due to tax receipts tied to dropping property assessments in the current economic environment. Knight is very aware of the difficult challenges facing the local Fire Commissioners & the Fire Chief to maintain services and existing response times the public expects and demands in emergency situations. In response, Knight has pledged $100,000 in 2010 to Southeast Thurston Fire/EMS for their general operational fund or to where the greatest community benefit would be derived.
Knight is an advocate for the Fire Consolidation issue to be on the ballot in February, 2010 – a proposal to consolidate the City of Yelm and two neighboring fire districts into the Southeast Thurston Regional Fire Authority. Under the authority, property owners in all three districts would pay the same tax rate for fire and basic emergency medical response at $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The result would entail higher taxes for city residents, yet would not change the rate for those living in the rural fire districts. The City of Yelm’s contract for fire and emergency medical response will expire at the end of 2010. With the consolidation under a Regional Fire Authority, neighboring fire districts will be able to eliminate duplicative administrative positions, allowing them to place additional resources towards front-line response. Additionally, for the first time, residents in the City of Yelm will be able to vote for Fire Commissioners and fire issues.
This is also a gift from Knight to the greater Yelm Community
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