Join Us to Celebrate Rick Hannold’s 100th Day in Office As Your Island County Commissioner, District 3
When:
Monday, April 13th
6:30—8:00 PM
Where:
Coupeville Recreation Hall
901 Northwest Alexander Street

Dessert will be served
RSVP: eventsandinfo@comcast.net

Oak Harbor City Councilman Bob Severns filed with the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission on 3-16-2015 as a candidate for Mayor of Oak Harbor. His committee is named Committee to elect Bob Severns, Mayor.

I don’t think too many people are surprised at him officially announcing as he previously “announced” to the Chamber of Commerce by stating in his BIO that he was “Mayor Elect”.

You can view his PDC filing here.

Councilman Severns has an interesting history in the Oak Harbor Council, he voted for the Pioneer Way one way street “revitalization” project even though there were claims he should have recused himself for being partners in property along the Bayshore DR. He was at odds with the Washington State Attorney Generals Office over the legality of the standing committee meetings which were considered at the time directly against our open government and transparency rules.

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1. I attended the Wednesday, 18 March 15 Work Session of the Board of Island County Commissioners. Public participation is not usually allowed. You can hear the recording of the Work Session by going on-line to the County Commissioner’s web page. It is an excellent example of doing the public’s business ‘in the open.’ It was not always pretty, but it was genuine and important for the public to hear.

2. Public Works:

a. Grant shuffling encouraged by the State will pay for both a grant related to the 600+ acre Trillium property and for the ‘Local Match’ of money previously required. This seems to be ‘easy money’ gone wild. County and Whidbey Camano Land Trust do not understand why, but are pleased to accept the (free?) money. Listen to the recording.

b. Results of the (South) Whidbey Air Park Access Feasibility Study seem too expensive. Light Industrial Development is permitted at the Air Park, but there are significant transportation limitations. Discussion of the Economic Benefits to individuals, potential businesses and employees, and to County and State revenue was not included in the oral report of the Study. The Economic Development Commission was not part or aware of the oral report. Listen to the recording and look at the Study on line in the Public Works part of this Work Session element.

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Helen Price Johnson visited Washington DC with the Washington State Association of Counties last week and met with Navy officials in the Pentagon. She discussed the local “community impacts” from the Growlers at the Coupeville NOLF and gave the officials a letter signed by her and co-signed by Coupeville Mayor Conard which is linked below.

The letter sounded like it was written by COER (Citizens of the Ebey’s Reserve) the anti Navy special interest group here on the Island.  In the letter to the officials she mentioned “significant impact”, harm to “water, air, soil and wildlife” and health effects like “sleep disruption, hearing damage,blood pressure and cardiac problems, effecting “community members, medically fragile, senior citizens and children”.

Helen Price Johnson IS COER. She is their representative not ours. She is representing a small, increasingly out of county, special interest group over the entirety of the citizens of Island County. At least now we know for sure where she stands on the issue of the US Navy on the Island.

Letter to the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic from Helen Price Johnson and Nancy Conard

It’s official, the downtown “revitalization ” project known as the Pioneer one way street and revitalization project has led to more empty businesses on Pioneer Way than I and many other long time residents have ever seen. I recently walked our historic downtown and was shocked at the number of empty store fronts. Many businesses have gone under since this revitalization project, some have been replaced by new businesses but many others have not. On Pioneer Way between Midway BLVD and SE City Beach Street I counted 14 empty store fronts. (See images at biottom of article).100_1825

In 2007 the board of Island County Commissioners awarded the city $1 million in Rural County Economic Development funds to help move this $8.35 million project forward and it has been everything but a revitalization or economic development success.

Hundred of pages of documentation was presented to the council about the plan and how one-way streets are detrimental to residential shopping areas. All of that evidence was ignored.

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“Dear Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives,

As a private citizen, a firearms business owner, and an avid shooter, I oppose your attempt to thwart our constitution through administrative action, by attempting to reclassify M855 as armor piercing; thereby eliminating a very specific caliber of rifle ammunition used for sporting purposes.

The ATFE bureaucrats can’t change our lives and direct our futures by further attempts at manipulating the GCA, the most obvious connection being the “sporting purposes test” – which matches the Nazi law almost word-for-word once translated – that is now being twisted to ban M855 ammunition.

The merits of the agency position do not pass muster, and are is in direct violation of  the recent rulings by the United States Supreme Court; that the Second Amendment protects an individual\’s right to keep and bear arms, by necessity also protects an individual\’s right to have ammunition designed for use with those arms.

For the discussion, I offer additional points below as argument and evidence against the agency desire to ban M855 ammunition, and request all my comments be entered into the public record for this matter.

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IRAN’S CONQUEST OF AMERICA- Mark Lijek

IRAN – Conquest of America! In 1979, Iran attacked the US Embassy and took 52 Americans hostage. Mark Lijek and his wife were there at the time along with 4 other Americans. Lijek worked in the Foreign Service and his wife worked at the US Embassy. Only by a fluke did these 6 people escape being hostages themselves. They were given refuge by the Canadian Embassy until they could escape. (The movie “ARGO”, Ben Affleck’s top grossing movie, is based on their experiences.)

Mark will share this terrorizing true story, which he calls “The Canadian Caper”, and give us his perspective on the ongoing crises with Iran today. He will also have copies of his book, “Escaping Iran”, available for purchase.

Join us Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 6:30 PM, Coupeville Public Library. No charge; donations appreciated.

Space is limited so please RSVP to 360-341-2355 or RSVP2RIC@mail.com.

Sponsored by Republicans of Island County (RIC).

At the City Council meeting on March 3rd 2015 some of the Oak Harbor City Council went full bore in attempting to make every problem the city has a Mayor problem. Instead of informing themselves, staying educated on city issues and tackling problems our city has they seem only to want to point fingers at the Mayor. I will outline a few of those issues below and also some of the finger pointing that went on…

Whidbey Ave crosswalk:

Rick Almberg questioned the Mayor whether he did or did not direct the police department to target enforcement on jaywalking on Whidbey Avenue as recommended by the traffic engineer. Mr. Almberg apparently believes that the city police force has the resources to station a police officer on Whidbey Avenue to control the illegal jaywalking. As Councilman Almberg has done everything in his power to delay this crosswalk and throw up roadblocks to its installation it is no wonder that we still see problems in this area with recent car-pedestrian accidents. This project should have been started and completed months ago why has it not? Rick Almberg and the council has delayed every effort to start and complete this project. Why? Citizens went to the Mayor with their concerns so the council has decided to make it as difficult and costly to the Mayor as they can in able to obtain this obviously needed crosswalk. This issue should be a non-issue and the crosswalk should have already been built. Of course with political hay to make this council wants to make it a political issue as was done tonight by Councilman Almberg.

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Dear Susan and staff:

Over the last seven years, I and members of my family have contributed more than $12,000 to GOP candidates, mostly at the Congressional level. Last fall, I led a campaign for the successful election of Republican Rick Hannold as an Island County Commissioner. I also supported and carried signs for state senate and legislative candidates. I and members of my family will continue to support selected candidates. However, I cannot in conscience continue to support the Republican Party.

I would like you to remove my name and e-mail – *****@*****.com – from your mailing lists immediately.

There are two major reasons for this. Now, I write this to you as a former journalist – the Associated Press in NYC and ABC News in Boston – and former Communications Director for the King County Executive and the King County Council, and as an economist, an historian, and as the author of two published books. So this is not some emotional tirade, but a thoughtful decision reluctantly reached.

First, at the national level, our GOP-controlled Congress is already getting plenty of money from the Chamber of Commerce and other corporate entities and I believe this is why they support increasing legal and illegal immigration in the face of opposition from the ‘rank and file.’ (Note, my neighbor’s son, who is majoring in Computer Science, cannot even get an unpaid internship in his field because he is the wrong sex and the wrong color. Another neighbor’s wife was forced to train her Indian replacement before she and all of her co-workers were fired by a Washington-state based insurance company. And up the street from here, a middle-aged, hardworking drywaller with a family to support just lost his job to illegals.)

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The new Kraken sculpture is in place on Oak Harbors main street Pioneer Way and it is almost finished. I took a look at it

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today and to say the least I am shocked. It is not the sculpture, the artist, Bill Hunt, did a quality job for what it is a depiction of, a fantasy. It is just so out of place I have serious question questions about the why. $33,000.00 is a lot of money for the city, or the residents of the city through our utility tax, to spend on fantasy art that does not fit in at all with our city. At all…

We have no ties to the Nautilus, a fictional submarine in the Jules Verne novels, we have no ties to a Kraken which is a fictional creature, a legendary sea monster of large proportions that is said to dwell off the coasts of Norway and Greenland. We have no ties to Jules Verne who was French and as far as I know never visited the US much less Whidbey Island. I am struggling to see just where this fits in anywhere in Oak Harbor much less at the entrance to our historic downtown area.

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At the 2-20-15 meeting of Island Transit a resolution was passed in an attempt to bring Island Transit in compliance with RCW 46.08.65 in regards to the marking of publically owned vehicles.

As of yesterday 3-3-15 we still have unmarked Island Transit vehicles being used by administration employees on Camano Island.

In the below images you will see the following vehicle:

car- ADMIN-631-2007-TOYOTA PRIUS-JTDKB20U373217214- 81872C-HYB/GAS

This vehicle is still not compliant with RCW 46.08.65. The resolution passed by the Island Transit board reads as follows:

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Is this for you?

My wife and I laud the efforts of The Heritage Foundation to try and reverse the course that our country is taking under the Obama Administration. However, we are sickened by the lack of action that we see in our new Republican-led Congress. The FCC has now voted to take over control of the internet thanks to another Executive Directive of Mr. Obama. The next time you sit down with some of our Republican led Congress men and women we wish that you would ask them, “When are they going to get off their asses and do something?”

Sincerely,

Dick and Kathy Bowen

Coupeville, WA

The planned new Oak Harbor Clean Water Facility or as it is more commonly known as the Waste Water Treatment plant is way over budget and there are apparently no answers from the city administration as to why.

Talking with Mayor Dudley who recently had a meeting with the city staff he stated that the city staff had no answers as to why this project has grown so over budget.

The City Council had decided to go with a general contractor/construction manager approach to this project instead of a Design Build approach under the guise of keeping costs low. Under this approach the city has no idea what the final costs will be for the project as they would have under a Design Build method. For a good overview of the differences between the general contractor/construction manager model and the Design Build model follow this link.

As of this date the city council has still not hired a construction management firm and the meeting to determine the qualifications and come up with a contract to put out for interested parties has still not occurred. As this project has been mismanaged from the start by the city council this comes as no real surprise.

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Thanks to Gayle Z. the videos of the February 20th Island Transit board meeting is now online at this location:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH1b0HquEszZlk6sjqUL5Ag

Some pretty interesting information in these videos. During the discussion about what information should be posted online before the meetings like the agenda packet given to the board, Jill Johnson wants to be sure that she and her subcommittee controls what financial information the public is privy to. She made a motion that the finance committee which is comprised of Jill Johnson and Jim Sundberg have a chance to make a recomendation to the board as to what financial documents are available online. Never mind the fact that these document would be available through a public document request anyway it just means the public will need to take more steps to find this information out. As we have an agency that has kept the public in the dark for over 20 years this is not a good omen going forward.

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Bob Clay previously the chairman of the Island Transit Board of Directors has been replaced by the City of Coupeville. He is no longer chairman of the Board or on the Board of Directors of Island Transit.

He has been replaced by Councilwoman Jackie Henderson as the representative from Coupeville on the Board.

The only board member remaining after the Island Transit fiscal crisis is Jim Sundberg from Langley.

Hopefully the change in the board will have a positive effect on this agency. We can always hope…

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