University regent supports the rebuilding of PP

From staff reports

A Washington State University regent plans to raise funds to rebuild Pullman’s damaged Planned Parenthood center, according to the Seattle PI.

Don Barbieri, retired CEO of West Coast Hotels and member of WSU’s Board of Regents, has called upon surrounding universities – the University of Washington, University of Idaho and Eastern Washington University – to aid in the rebuilding effort.

“We decided to do a $$ to $$ match to the university communities of students, faculty, administrators, alumni, regents/trustees of our Washington/Idaho schools to accelerate the rebuild,” he wrote, in a Facebook message reported in a blog post by the Seattle PI.

The Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund will be in charge of running the university matching fund. The progressive fund is a joint project between Barbieri and Sharon Smith.

“Sharon and I couldn’t stand on the sidelines as hundreds of thousands of dollars will now be needed to get the clinic reopened,” Barbieri wrote.

A federal arson task force is assisting Pullman police with investigating the alleged Planned Parenthood arson. Authorities said they have security footage of an individual throwing a flammable object through the window of the clinic around 3:30 a.m. on Sept. 4.

The center has set up a temporary facility on Grand Street in downtown Pullman. The center serves both the Moscow and Pullman communities.

Reporting Ethen Ashcraft

Editor’s note: This story has been modified to clarify that Dan Barbieri is a member of the WSU Board of Regents, who is initiating this fundraising effort.