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by Michael Lilliquist
A while back, I was asked to share a few of my thoughts as one of Bellingham’s newer city council members. At first I was at a loss, but recent events surrounding controversial subjects before the city and county councils has put matters into a new light for me, and I must say I am damn glad to be part of this particular team.
In April, the PCOs and membership gathered at our regular monthly meeting and adopted changes to the Bylaws and Endorsement Policy. The PCOs created a new board position of 2nd Vice Chair, so that we now have two Vice Chair positions, and abolished the Corresponding Secretary position. A search for qualified Vice Chair candidates is on-going.
April was a busy month for Party decision-making. About 100 local Democrats gathered at the biannual County Convention on April 10 to adopt a new platform and set the priorities for the next two years. The two-year policy priorities will guide the party leadership in allocating resources and volunteer efforts on the issues that are the most important to local Dems. Read the Platform HERE
by State Sen. Kevin Ranker, 40th LD
In January I arrived in Olympia for our 2010 session. It didn’t take long to see that what we already knew was a daunting task — balancing our $2.8 billion budget shortfall — would take more than 60 days. It was important for us to take the time to be thoughtful and weigh all of the options before making these difficult decisions.
We finally get the last installment of the Ward Nelson appointment scandal that has filled this newsletter for the last three months. The ethics commission considered Shane Roth’s complaint seriously and deliberated for two hours over the issue. Their final decision was that Ward Nelson had done nothing wrong because an appointment is neither a “matter of law nor policy”, therefore the ethical standards did not apply. Shane Roth wrote a personal account of the whole ordeal and you can read it here:
Sam Crawford and the rest of the conservative Whatcom County Council are pushing a new scheme that is literally written by development lawyers. Their back room deal is going to take another chunk of our County agricultural land, and zone it for cheap subdivisions. His schemes will pave over farmland, put sprawl into our watersheds and cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. Now is the time to speak up and stop this.
The Ethics Commission determined that the act of appointing a replacement member of the County Council was "not a vote on a matter of law or policy" and therefore the ethics code does not apply. The decision on who would have a vote on matters of law and policy on the County Council is not a matter of law or policy? If the decision to appoint a member of the County Council is so unimportant that the ethics code does not apply, then we might as well just put that decision in the hands of some County staff person, so they can pick their out-of-work brother-in-law
The meeting is Thursday, April 15, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Norway Hall, 1419 N. Forest St, Bellingham (between Champion & Magnolia) MAP
On March 21st Congress and President Obama accomplished substantive healthcare reform.
The bills have enormous implications for our state as demand for health and long term care services continues to increase. In sum, the legislation will help preserve the state’s insurance safety net, strengthen small businesses and provide important consumer protections.
Regular readers of our newsletter will be familiar with the controversies that surrounded Ward Nelson’s appointment to a vacant seat on the County Council last December. Two separate lines of action will unfold in April that will attempt to “resolve” the controversy: adopting clear and specific nomination rules for the future, and a public hearing on an ethics complaint dealing with past actions.