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Mon, Apr 30, 2012, 10:54 pm // John Servais
A group of citizens are planning attend the Port meeting on Tuesday to urge the commissioners to expand the port commission from 3 to 5 members by placing the issue on the August ballot. The initiative process has begun, but the Port has the power to save us from weeks of signature gathering. State law allows the issue to be put on the ballot via either an initiative or a vote of the current three port commissioners.
After the messy dismissal of Charlie Sheldon, this is an opportunity for the commissioners to show some respect and trust for the voters of Whatcom County. We are not asking the commissioners to endorse expanding the commission to 5. We are just asking them to allow the voters to decide this question.
If the commissioners do not place this on the ballot, we are sure we will easily get enough signatures to put it on the ballot. And "we" is a rapidly increasing number of people who are asking for petitions. We need only 7,000 from the entire county.
We urge others to join us tomorrow at the Port meeting at 3 p.m. and ask the commissioners to place this issue on the ballot for the August primary election. The meeting is at the port offices on Roeder Avenue.
Here is what the ballot would ask:
Should the number of Port Commissioners be increased from three (3) to five (5) by adding two at-large positions? yes?___ no? ____
Then the pros and cons of approving this can be hashed out over May, June and July. Many of us feel this expansion is long overdue and will provide a better decision-making commission. By approving this in August, we can elect the two new commissioners inthe November general election.
Mon, Apr 30, 2012, 10:54 pm // John ServaisSeveral people will be urging the Port of Bellingham commissioners to place the question of expanding to 5 commissioners on the ballot.
Sat, Apr 28, 2012, 10:09 am // John ServaisA county wide initiative will allow voters to decide whether to expand the Port of Bellingham commission from 3 to 5 commissioners.
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Tue, Apr 24, 2012, 12:07 pm // Riley SweeneyRiley attended the Whatcom GOP Convention and reports back
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Tue, Apr 24, 2012, 9:25 am // John ServaisToday's Bellingham Herald carries an article from Sheldon, with facts, falsehoods and his perspective on his forced resignation as Executive Director of the Port of Bellingham.
Tue, Apr 24, 2012, 1:02 am // Guest writerDevelopers are gaming the system with help from the county government - and big changes are made in multiple small changes.
1 comments; last on Apr 27, 2012
Sun, Apr 22, 2012, 7:28 pm // Tip JohnsonWill donuts prove more important than street trees?
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Wed, Apr 18, 2012, 12:28 pm // John ServaisA 26 minute video of the port commissioners explaining their positions on the firing of executive director Charlie Sheldon is posted.
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Tue, Apr 17, 2012, 12:51 pm // John ServaisAt 3 p.m. today - Tuesday, April 17 - the Port of Bellingham meets. Let's attend and support rehiring Charlie Sheldon.
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Sat, Apr 14, 2012, 4:09 pm // John ServaisThe Titanic struck the iceberg at 11:40 p.m. This post is non political - unless you want to draw a parallel with recent Port of Bellingham events.
Fri, Apr 13, 2012, 5:47 pm // John ServaisFriday update: Herald reports Jim Jorgensen could change his mind on firing of Port of Bellingham Executive Director Charlie Sheldon
3 comments; last on Apr 17, 2012
Tue, Apr 10, 2012, 8:52 pm // John ServaisAn illegal serial Port Commission meeting should be investigated by the State Auditor, and two commissioners should be made accountable for their actions.
5 comments; last on Apr 11, 2012
Sun, Apr 08, 2012, 11:33 am // Tip JohnsonWherein the shenanigans start smelling too fishy to tolerate
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Sat, Apr 07, 2012, 2:05 pm // Dick ConoboyThe issue is not sprawl or infill, but the money to be made by the type of infill and its placement
7 comments; last on Apr 09, 2012
Fri, Apr 06, 2012, 8:16 am // Guest writerKen Mann writes a guest article of his personal support for the Padden Trails development inside the Bellingham city limits.
3 comments; last on Apr 07, 2012
Thu, Apr 05, 2012, 4:00 pm // John ServaisAn Online petition has been posted where citizens can sign on to request the Port Commissioners revote on Charlie Sheldon's termination.
5 comments; last on Apr 06, 2012
Wed, Apr 04, 2012, 3:16 pm // John ServaisState law allows us to pass an initiative and increase the number of port commissioners from three to five. Thanks to Harriet Spanel.
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Tue, Apr 03, 2012, 6:25 pm // John ServaisPort Commissioner Mike McAuley did everything he could do to change Jim Jorgensen's mind. Jim and Scott Walker forced Charlie Sheldon out.
6 comments; last on Apr 06, 2012
Mon, Apr 02, 2012, 12:43 pm // Larry HorowitzWhere to begin? Misinformation. Disinformation. Truths. Myths. Same old, same old. Paradigm shift. GMA. OFM. Growth pressures. Population loss. Growth subsidies. Proportionate share.
36 comments; last on Apr 11, 2012
Mon, Apr 02, 2012, 12:35 pm // John ServaisThis morning, Charlie Sheldon, unexpectedly resigned as Executive Director of the Port of Bellingham.
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Mon, Apr 02, 2012, 1:03 am // John ServaisA thanks to Kelli Linville for her quiet and effective solution to the onerous red light cameras dilemma.
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