From Andy Valrosa:

We need to vote for Rick Hannold for Island County commissioner, District 3, this November. Here’s one big reason why: “Progressives” backing liberal Karla Jacks for the District 3 job are after Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.

Make no mistake about it. Jacks and company want NAS Whidbey gone. This week, a Jacks backer was the star of a hit piece in the Stanwood/Camano News that flayed the hide off the Navy for flying training runs for the Growler squadron.

The hit piece star — a California refugee in Chanel makeup who wouldn’t dream of shopping outside of Whole Foods — said the Growler noise was just awful. Then the article went on to tout the Whidbey Island “Progressives” who want the Navy to stop using Coupeville’s Outlying Field for training landings.

More Jacks supporters, of course.

Look, folks, if the Navy cannot train its pilots because a selfish band who have theirs and don’t give a darn about the rest of us succeeds in stopping it, we can kiss NAS Whidbey goodbye.

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At the Island Transit Board meeting today the Board entered executive session for over an hour with the result being that Martha Rose tendered her resignation effective immediately. The vote was unanimous with all Board members voting yes to accept her resignation.

We all knew this was coming especially with the addition of Oak Harbor Mayor Scott Dudley as an alternate board member and present at the meetings. Mr. Dudley certainly has no problem taking action on important issues and it is likely that it was his actions that encouraged the board to make this decision.

The Board will meet again next week to start the process of finding new management for Island Transit. Bob Clay the chair of the board of Island Transit will serve as interim director until replacement management can be found.

It is a new era for Island Transit.

 

The first meeting of Citizens for Better Island Transit was held last night at Whidbey Coffee. Not a lot was accomplished but there was a lot of good information presented and a lot of questions answered. Anna Marie Nunez, Island County Treasurer was at the meeting and gave an overview of how the treasurer interacts with Island Transit. She answered all questions and was very informative, open and answered all questions presented to her.

There was no one present from Island Transit with the exception of alternate board member Scott Dudley.

As the meeting was a short one it ended rather early as the room was reserved for only 1.5 hours. Most of the discussion was held after the meeting ended and those that stayed had a lot of good ideas and a lot of concerns.

One thing that did come out of the meeting was the knowledge that the Treasurers office has very little if no control over what happens internally at Island Transit. As the Island Transit funds are deposited into one account at the treasurers office there is no way that the treasurer has any control or knowledge over what funds are spent from or for what account. This is obviously something that could be changed to give another level of control over Island Transit funds. As it is now there is no way for the treasurer to tell Island Transit if they are running low on one fund or another as all funds go into the same account.

It will be interesting to see today what happens at the board meeting that started at 9:30 AM. More to come.

Below is a link to the Island Transit Draft budget for 2015:

http://www.islandpolitics.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/2015-Budget-DRAFT-1.pdf

The link below is to a letter that Martha Rose sent to the Board of Directors on September 16th 2014.  The letter outlines the 1 million dollar mistake in the previous years budget, lot’s of missing documents, misfiled documents and claims of shock and mystification. I am not quite sure what to say about this letter to the board but it just goes to show the depths of the mismanagement that has occurred at Island Transit. Below is a link to this document:

http://www.islandpolitics.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Septbd2014.pdf

Be sure to attend the meeting of Citizens for a Better Island Transit tonight at 5:30 at Whidbey Coffee on HWY-20 in Oak Harbor.

Here is a link to a map of of tonight’s meeting:

http://goo.gl/maps/JGaiB

For those of you that do Facebook here is a link to the Citizens for a Better Island Transit Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/citizensforabetterislandtransit

Hat’s off to the creator!

 

At tonight’s Oak Harbor City Council meeting the City Council voted to appoint an alternate board member to the Island Transit Board. Jim Campbell, the current representative from Oak Harbor, is on an extended vacation until the first part of October and with all of the emergency meetings of the board it was clear that this was a necessary move.

Who did the City Council appoint as the alternate? Mayor Scott Dudley. Mayor Dudley will be a positive force in helping make the necessary changes we all know is needed at our local transit agency.

A new citizens group has been formed, Citizens for a Better Island Transit. This group will be attempting to make Island Transit a better more accountable organization to serve the citizens of Island County.

The first meeting will be held at:

Whidbey Coffee
31275 SR 20
Oak Harbor, WA
98277

5:30PM to 6:30PM

The next meeting of the Island Transit Board will be held on Friday the 19th of September and this meeting will be important for those looking to help and improve Island Transit.

 

 

Heads Up! Another Island Transit Board of Directors Meeting will be held this Friday, September 19th at 9:30 a.m. at Island Transit.

 If you can please attend, educate yourself, and let your voice be heard.

Please share this on your face book sites.

Island Transits insolvency is a serious and very expensive community issue that has cost tax payers unnecessary millions so far.

Washington State suffers from Gang Green and the Government Staff Infection.

Coming soon to Island County farmers near you.  Drainage ditches magically morph into type F streams and salmon habitat.  All in the name of Growth Management.  Can you say WEANie Whackos and Island County government?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPJSAnm3NTQ

 

From Rufus Rose:

1. A meeting about Para Transit service cuts was arranged by Lynae Slinden, Director of the South Whidbey Senior Services, on Thursday, 11 Sept. About 30 citizens and 4 members of the Operation staff of Island Transit attended. It was an informative meeting for folks who find themselves in a bind resulting from service cuts that have resulted from mismanagement of Island Transit. Solutions for the problems must come from the Administrative end of Island Transit and its Board of Directors. Sadly, that is where the problems were created. Transit users and other attendees voiced their concerns and offered suggestions to help. Several Para Transit users wondered why they have not been allowed to pay for, or toward, their needed transportation.

2. The Board of Directors of Island Transit called an Emergency meeting of that Board on Friday morning, 12 Sept. to deal with the serious money shortage. Emergency procedures have been instituted and Route Schedule reevaluations are underway but will take three months to be implemented. Several special meetings of the Board of Directors and for Transit users are being scheduled to explain, understand, and fix the problems. It will take many months to fully address the money shortage. The issues of management evaluation and Board oversight are in progress by management and the Board. They discussed hiring another Consultant at their Special meeting Friday.  That will take months and thousands of dollars. What they need is new Administration and more responsible and decisive Board direction, now.

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From Chelle Brunke’s Common Sense report:

Well, I went to the emergency meeting at Island Transit today, and all I can say is that I’m concussed. The meeting was such a dizzying experience, I sincerely doubt that I’ll be able to think in a linear fashion again, ever.

An example: 

The board and the director didn’t seem to have ANY idea what they were doing. The chairman of the board insisted that the board never voted on a particular issue, the director said they did.

What is amazing is that there should be a record, minutes, for God’s sake, that will outline what these folks have been doing for the last 20 years. It didn’t occur to any of them that the discussion was non-productive.

Another example:

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On August 22nd I attended the Island Transit Board of Directors meeting to learn more about why Island Transit found itself with $0.00 dollars in the bank and had to borrow $850,000.00 dollars to pay its employees and $1.3 million to pay off their remaining cost share of the new IT facility.  

As I walked from the parking lot to the lobby of the IT facility to the Rose conference room where the meeting was held, I viewed nothing but outrageous decadence for a transit maintenance facility. Outside the facility I viewed very “artsy” clearly pricey bench, gazebos, atrium workout facility, and fancy concrete sidewalk.  Inside I viewed extravagant woodwork, floor to ceiling artwork and the state of the art Rose conference room where the meeting was held.  As I waited for the meeting to begin, it all became instantly clear to me how IT management managed to spend over $410.00 per square foot for this facility. What a shameful betrayal of the public trust and waste of $23.2 million hard earned tax payer dollars.

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A Special Meeting of the Island Transit Board of Directors will be held on Friday, September 12, 2014, at 9:00 AM at the Island Transit Operations & Administration Building, 19758 State Route 20, Coupeville, WA.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the following:

1) Audit Update;

2) Service Update and Financial Status;

3) Community Communication Plan with possible action;

4) Fare Study Discussion;

5) PTBA Board Election of Officer for 2014 – Treasurer; and

6) Formation of an Island Transit Finance Subcommittee and Appointment to such Subcommittee.

Accommodations will be made available upon request.

The meeting room is accessible and is open to the public.

For more information, please call (360) 678-7771 or email info@islandtransit.org.

 

Wednesday, September 10th, from 6 to 8 PM Rick Hannold will be hosting a meet and greet at the VFW Hall, 3037 Goldie Road in Oak Harbor.

View the details and more on Rick Hannold’s blog:

http://rickhannold.wordpress.com/

 

A few months ago, I saw an article quoting the current Island County Treasurer, Ana Maria d Nunez, describing her thoughts and actions when she learned that Wanda Grone, Chief Deputy Treasurer in the office, had filed to run for the Treasurer’s position.

According to the article, Ms. Nunez said she “deliberated, cried and prayed over what to do.” Apparently Ms. Grone had not let her boss know that she planned to run against her.

I’m curious. Assuming that Ms. Nunez prayed to God, I wonder if God told her to fire Ms. Grone?  If so, how? Did He agree that Ms. Grone had no right to run against her? Was she visited by a supernatural being? Did she experience a vision? “Crying and praying” sounds like hysteria driven by emotion.

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