Eleanor Roosevelt Dinner Tickets!
Monthly Membership Meeting
Thursday, March 17, 7-9 pm
Norway Hall, 1419 N. Forest St, Bellingham, (between Champion & Magnolia)
Open to the public. Membership meeting follows the program
With the census data in and voter trends analyzed, come see a presentation on what is happening to our voters, our economy and our county at large at the next membership meeting.
We will also be considering a pair of resolutions concerning the events of Sept. 11th. Discussion and voting on all business is open to members of the Whatcom Democrats. JOIN
We've had a flurry of resolutions recently, presented to the membership for adoption at our monthly meetings. At the our February meeting, we adopted two resolutions, one supporting ferry worker unions, and one calling for the repeal or amendment of the 3-strikes law.
The Whatcom County Democratic Women's Club are excited to host a conversation in honor of the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day on March 14th at the Fairhaven Park Pavilion in the lower park area from 11:30-1:30.
What is the County up to now on the Order of Invalidity?
What Happened: The Growth Management Hearing Board (GMHB) considered Whatcom County's motion to rescind the Order of Invalidity on February 9th. The GMHB decided to grant the motion and had rescinded the order. The Council's response to the Order of Invalidity was to impose an interim moratorium on sub-dividing land in the invalidated portion of the Comp Plan (the so-called "Rural Element"). The County then argued that this moratorium was sufficient grounds to rescind the order. The Growth Management Hearings Board concurred and lifted the Order.
Translation: To continue the parking ticket/car boot analogy from last month, the County couldn't pry the boot off the car, and still doesn't want to pay the parking tickets so instead they let the air out of the tire and said "See, we can't drive the car now, even if the boot is taken off." So the GMHB took the boot off the car, along with a sternly worded warning to "pay those gosh darned parking tickets by the time we are done counting to a thousand or by golly there will be heck to pay. Heck, I tells ya!"
The proposed SSA Gateway Pacific dry bulk cargo terminal must undergo a rigorous environmental review process before it can be built. On March 1st, 2011, SSA stated that it hopes to have all permits in place by December 2012, but Denis Horgan, vice president and general manger of Westshore Terminals, and partner in the last effort to build this facility told the Vancouver Sun that he suspects, “any new terminal is several years away from completion.”
SATURDAY, Feb 26 Rally to Save the American Dream
Stand in solidarity with Wisconsin's embattled public employees
The Northwest Washington Central Labor Council and the Whatcom Democrats are encouraging labor activists and supporters in Whatcom, Skagit and San Juan counties to show up in Olympia from noon - 3pm this Saturday for the rally to stand in solidarity with Wisconsin's embattled public employees! This is a nationwide effort that is being held in every state. Let's show them what WA has got going on!
Over 120 citizens packed into Norway Hall to hear a spirited discussion of the proposed Cherry Point Facility sponsored by the Whatcom Democrats. A panel representing various groups interested in the project presented their viewpoints and answered questions from the crowd.
The panel of experts included Craig Cole, a leading proponent of the project spoke, as well as Bob Ferris, executive director of RE Sources, Dave Warren, president of the Northwest Washington Central Labor Council, and David Roberts of the Department of Natural Resources.
At our monthly membership meeting on February 17, Whatcom Democrats resolved to support the Washington State Ferry Workers, who are being targeted by the state legislature for massive and unjust cuts to their pay and bargaining rights.
Come discuss the proposed Cherry Point Facility and the trains it will need at our next membership meeting, Feb 17th. Arrive early for a simple but delicious dinner at 6 p.m. Join other members for dinner and conversation. The dinner menu is a baked potato bar, salad, coffee/tea and dessert. The cost will be $5.00 Donations of desserts are appreciated. Please rsvp to the office at 647.7661 so we can get a count.
The Whatcom County Democratic Women's Club monthly meeting will be held on February 14th, at Round Table Pizza located in the Sunset Plaza Shopping Center at 1134 E. Sunset Dr., in Bellingham from 11:30 (program starts at noon) until 1:30. The program this month will focus on legislative updates and re-districting and plans for the year. Possible guest speaker as well. Lunch is available for a reasonable cost; salad bar $5.49 or salad and personal pizza for around $7.50. For questions or further information please contact Catherine at 647.3888 or 305.2252.