Kelli Linville has taken oath as mayorPermalink +
Fri, Dec 30, 2011, 3:07 pm // John Servais
In a quiet ceremony shortly after lunch today, Kelli Linville took the oath of office for Mayor of Bellingham. She assumes official control of city government as of the beginning of January 1, 2012. State law allows the oath to be taken ahead of the exact time of assumption of office. A formal swearing in will take place at the first City Council meeting on Monday, January 9.
Mayor Dan Pike was not present for the transition ceremony. He left town on Wednesday about noon for Seattle. This was just about the time police started their military action of clearing Maritime Park of Occupy protestors. It was only because Dan Pike decided to evict the protesters that the eviction took place. He did not stay around to face accountability for his actions. Basically, in the end, he was a coward.
In talking with many local citizen activists, political operatives, and city hall watchers, it appears Dan only issued the eviction order to be vindictive toward the Bellingham community as a whole and to cause problems for Kelli. Knowing Kelli moderately well, I know she is much more creative and innovative than Dan and will work well with this situation.
Kelli effectively starts work as mayor on Tuesday morning, January 3. She is the first woman mayor of Bellingham. In 1983, Shirley Van Zanten became the Executive of Whatcom County and was the first county executive in Washington state history. Also this year, Cathy Lehman was elected to the all male Bellingham City Council. She assumes office on January 9. I just feel that the slow but real progress of women should be recognized. One of the biggest hurdles women politicians have is getting the female vote. (You didn't come to this website to read pap, did you?)
This writer looks forward to Kelli's work as our mayor. All we ask for is law abiding city government - something that has been missing from Bellingham for about 56 years.
Fri, Dec 30, 2011, 3:07 pm // John ServaisKelli assumes office of mayor at midnight Dec 31
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Fri, Dec 30, 2011, 12:59 pm // Wendy HarrisDecide for yourself if this blog comment, posted under my own name, should have been flagged and removed from the Bellingham Herald Online Edition.
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Fri, Dec 30, 2011, 12:14 pm // Wendy HarrisAnyone can "flag" a blog posting, resulting in immediate removal of your comment, regardless of merit. This is occuring for comments supporting OB.
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Wed, Dec 28, 2011, 9:26 pm // Wendy HarrisThe City infringed on the public’s right to peaceful assembly in a public park by enforcing an inappropriate public safety law
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Tue, Dec 27, 2011, 12:55 pm // Riley SweeneyRiley questions Pike's timing, and Occupy's choice of tactics
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Tue, Dec 20, 2011, 3:19 pm // Riley SweeneyWhere Riley provides more info on the City of Bellingham employees moonlighting issue and Crawford's ethical troubles
Sun, Dec 18, 2011, 9:43 pm // Wendy HarrisRelocation of a dock to Bloedel Donovan Park underscores failure to protect Lake Whatcom from invasive species
Thu, Dec 15, 2011, 1:44 pm // Riley SweeneyLocal blogger Shane Roth files ethical complaint over Crawford's sweetheart deals
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Wed, Dec 14, 2011, 8:05 am // Wendy HarrisClaiming it is unfair to treat large property owners different than small property owners, the Commission refuses to remove industrial areas from buffer mitigation proposal.
Tue, Dec 13, 2011, 10:58 am // Riley SweeneyRiley has a conversation with Rick Perry
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Sat, Dec 10, 2011, 10:32 am // Riley SweeneyRiley discusses his love of board games and some good gift ideas
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Thu, Dec 08, 2011, 1:47 pm // Riley SweeneyPlease take my reader's survey, I'm planning 2012
Wed, Dec 07, 2011, 8:00 am // Wendy HarrisTell the Planning Commission to eliminate this loophole
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Tue, Dec 06, 2011, 12:12 pm // Riley SweeneyRiley attends a public meeting on equality
Sun, Dec 04, 2011, 5:53 pm // Tip JohnsonWherein the sooty prospect of economic necessity rears its ugly head
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Fri, Dec 02, 2011, 2:08 pm // Wendy HarrisPlanning Staff's recommended revision will not prevent SSA from reducing wetland buffers.
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