City leaders headed to Washington DC for federal money

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Yakima city leaders have about a month until they head to Washington, D.C., to lobby for money here at home.

Three city council members, the police chief and the city manager will make the trip. They do it every year.

They plan to ask about money for public safety and gang reduction, transportation and the old mill site.

"It's a lot harder, frankly, to say no to somebody that you've actually met in person than it is to someone you've just had an email conversation with," Yakima City Spokesperson Randy Beehler said. "So, touching base with those people, seeing them face-to-face, meeting them face-to-face is absolutely invaluable."

The group will meet with Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and hopes to see Congressman Doc Hastings as well.