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Yakima City Council Meeting Determined the Fate of the Southeast Community Center Tuesday Night

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YAKIMA, Wash. - A large crowd showed up at the Yakima convention center for tonight's yakima city council meeting, where it was expected that council members would decide the fate of the southeast community center.

The meeting was moved to the Yakima convention center with the expectations of a large showing from the community to voice their opinions before the city council made its decision.

After an hour-and-a-half of emotional public testimony in favor of keeping the center open, the crowd left happy as city council members decided to keep the community center open.

The gates foundation recently offered to bring the "Ready by Five" educational program to Yakima and the community center was chosen as a prime location for it.  However, East Yakima Early Learning Initiative executive board President Rick Linaway said he didn't want the "ready by five" program born out of conflict and will search for a new location to house the program.

For now the plan is to keep the southeast community center open and operate as normal.

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