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.
The Whatcom County Democrats have lots to do to hone our message, manage our organization, outreach new members, and get out the vote. But that’s not all we do. Each year we put on several low cost, and a few moderate cost events which are not only fun, but are also an important component to meeting our annual budget.
Here’s what you can look forward to in 2011. Actual dates have not been set, so stay tuned by reading your newsletter or going online to whatcomdemocrats.com.
This is a profoundly complicated matter, so I will attempt to sum up the basics.
On December 22nd, the Growth Management Hearings Board (GMHB) issued a "Determination of Invalidity" of a portion of Whatcom County's Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan (Comp Plan) is what it sounds like, a plan for how our county will grow. See previous article for more discussion about this.
In the beautiful 42nd, a new set of leaders have risen to tackle the challenges of retaking their district. Sherry Zielstra, a passionate Ferndale activist, will be taking the helm as chair of the 42nd, with Steve Lydolph sliding into Vice-Chair, a position he has been looking forward to for a while. Teresa Taylor-Oliver and Peggy Borgens round out the leadership as Treasurer and Secretary respectively. Catherine Chambers and Al Jensen were soundly elected as State Committee People.
We met last January and were treated to a presentation from our County Auditor Shirley Forslof about the redistricting process. She outlined what the timeline is for the state, and county to redraw the various political boundaries. She then took questions on the size of precincts, and where the line between the 40th and 42nd legislative district will move (most signs point towards north).