Important Election Issues Undecided

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Wed, Nov 04, 2015, 12:05 am  //  John Servais

Joy Gilfilen talking with her supporters an hour after news of her election loss.

What to make of the returns?  Me thinks that some bets are on hold.  We have a low number of counted ballots as of this morning - about 40,500, or 31% of all registered voters.  This is probably only two thirds the total ballots that will be counted.  A low turnout of 45% to 50%, about 62,000 seems more likely, IMO, than the earlier thinking of 59% or 78,000 ballots.  Either way, elections can easily adjust 1 or 2 percentage points. And could adjust more.

In order of which could change between now and next Monday when all ballots should be counted:

Kathy Kirshner and Satpal Sidhu are tied for County Council.  Either can win.

Jail sales tax: This can go either way with 51% approval now.  We may not know this for sure until next Monday. 

Propositions 1 and 9 are both ahead with just 54%.  These could reverse, but it is unlikely.

Todd Donovan has almost 55% for County Council and will probably win.

Bobby Briscoe has 55% for port commissioner.  He will probably hold that for a win. 

But all of the above could reverse.  At least 17,000 more ballots will be counted, and it could be as high as 25,000 more. Ballots are slow coming in this year and the count is below earlier estimates by our auditor. 

The sure win is Jack Louws with 71% over Joy Gilfilen. Jack will serve a second term of four years as our county executive. 

Back to the charter propositions.  Several have less than 53% and so they might reverse.  But three propositions put on the ballot by the Charter Review Commission are easily passing, and they show a distrust of elected officials and a trust of citizens and direct participation in government.

Term limits of three terms will be law for the council and county executive with an overwhelming 70% support.  And a technically minor but important increase in the number of descriptive words allowed for initiatives was passed with 84% approval. People do want to understand a ballot measure.  And the number of signatures required for an initiative to amend the charter was lowered from 20% to 15% of voters.  This brings the percentage in line with other initiative rules. All good moves towards citizen direct participation in government.

With the possible passage of charter propositions 2, 3 and 10, our council and courts will come into play as these are contradictory amendments.  Not the place here to dive into them, but political junkies will have fun the next couple years. There is a modest chance one or more of these three will fail.

Basically, this was caused by the liberal County Council - under the direction of a small and semi secretive group of operatives - working to thwart the work of our Charter Review Commission.  Well, they did it.  Two poison pill amendments will probably pass - Propositions 9 and 10 - and the liberals will no doubt blame the Charter Review Commission.  One, conservatives, worked in the open under the rules and the other, liberals, worked secretly and illegally. 

A bit of disheartening trivia.  As of this election, the only City Council member we have who was actually elected - actually chosen by us voters - is Pinky Vargas.  All six other City Council members got into office by simply filing for office.  They all ran unopposed, either this year or two years ago.  Oh, we cast votes for them, but it did not matter as the candidates and their families could have elected them. 

With that in mind I want to thank Joy Gilfilen for filing and running against Jack Louws.  She brought to the public’s attention issues that we would not have heard without her.  She knew from the beginning that she had little chance of winning but she felt the jail issue was important, as were some other issues.  It is sad the Herald referred to her as a “gadfly,” and that reflects more on where the Herald has sunk to than on Gilfilen.  Supposedly it was because the jail tax was her main issue.  But then, Bruce Ayers was not called any names for making the jail his main issue.  A double standard and, naturally, it insults the woman. 

This evening, I attended a couple election gatherings, as I have every election night for many decades.  But this year I saw something I’ve never seen before.  A crowd of about 40 supporters of a losing candidate stayed an hour after the results confirmed their loss. And all were happy and congratulating Gilfilen.  And she gave a speech during which she pointed out most individuals by name and thanked them for specific talents and accomplishments.  There was camaraderie in that crowded banquet room.  To this old political junkie, it was a clear signal that Joy Gilfilen can be a serious candidate next time, and may have a very real chance of winning if she runs again.  Not a gadfly at all. She entered her first political contest and has emerged a more savvy citizen, ready to work with others toward needed changes.

Joy Gilfilen  //  Wed, Nov 04, 2015, 7:55 am

Thank you, John, for a smart summary.  And congratulations to so many people who worked so hard on campaigns that will change our community dramatically. It is true that more ballots must be counted before people will truly know the results - there are many close calls.

It was fun to do this meeting.  It was especially outstanding to feel the intellectual and capable power of an engaged group of smart citizens who are thrilled to have participated in this election, and they are ready for what is next. A good number of them have never been political, but they are savey in business and life.  This is a new leadership movement, and I feel that a new voice for independent action has been born.  They will be a rising tide of activists with their own opinions backed up by solid information.  To me, that is a huge win.

I am looking forward to the new counts. I do believe that the later returns will show the Jail Tax going down.

Personally, I am delighted with my showing. As a political novice, I had to fight in two rings against a gang of political power-mongers including the jail industry lobby. And I started behind the 8 ball with no team at all, and no money backers. 

While I am not apparently going to take office, I now know that there are at least 10,000 voters who voted for me.  And these are new thinkers who are now awake in Whatcom County listening to a whole new view of politics, and aware they have a pile of all new ideas and choices to advocate for that will help our community be stronger and safer. 

That means that politics as usual is old news.  There is a new game that will roll out over the next few months. I am looking forward to it.

Tip Johnson  //  Wed, Nov 04, 2015, 10:02 am

Both props 1 & 9 passing.  I guess that means folks want district only voting with five districts????

Walter Haugen  //  Wed, Nov 04, 2015, 10:34 am

Pretty good summary John. However, let me correct you on one point. The Whatcom County Council is not a “liberal” council. It has 6 moderates and a conservative. It is generally accepted that the Democratic Party has not been a liberal party since Bill Clinton, when he was willing to throw welfare mothers under the bus to compromise with Newt Gingrich and his Contract on America. (Whoops! Contract WITH America - or did I have it right the first time?) In fact, we could probably discount Jimmy Carter as a moderate too, evidence being the “Carter Doctrine” which formed the basis of our current wars for oil in the Mideast.

Those young folks who are now politically active have never seen a liberal administration, even one as two-faced as the Johnson Administration, or as war-mongering as the Kennedy Administration. Nor have politically active young folks ever seen a moderate Republican Administration, such as the Eisenhower Administration. So it is important in my mind to keep things straight. Ken Mann is no liberal - he just appears liberal in relation to the whacko Tea Party extremists. Carl Weimer is no environmentalist or a liberal - he voted for (and justified!) using glyphosphate on county roads, as did the other Council members. Rud Browne and Barry Buchanan are obviously moderates and not liberals. Barbara Brenner is a moderate, as is Satpal Sidhu. Pete Kremen is the lone conservative left on the Council.

Just because someone belongs to the “liberal wing” of the Democratic Party does NOT make them a liberal, simply because the Democratic Party has moved so far right, even Richard Nixon would be too liberal for them! (This is a common internet trope, by the way.)

The people who would actually qualify as “liberals” nowadays are the so-called “progressives.” People like Naomi Klein are an example. Check out the picture of Klein on this New Yorker story from 2008. She is wearing a Move the Center button, because that is what needs to be done - to move the center back to where liberals are liberals and not moderates. + Link

John Servais  //  Wed, Nov 04, 2015, 11:09 am

Walter, as an old guy myself - and I watched live the first televised political convention, the 1952 GOP - I agree that you do parse the historic liberal vs conservative correctly.  And to folks alive back in the 1970s, today’s organizations are all more to the right. 

That said, the terms liberal and conservative are relative descriptions for each generation.  In the future the trend could go in the liberal direction. In 30 years, an old conservative could complain that those who call conservative in 2045 are actually liberals by the old terms of 2015.  And the 1950s liberals were not nearly as liberal as those of the early 1970s.

That said, I doubt that most county council members would self describe themselves as liberal because the word, like socialism, has been made to be a pejorative description.  I’ll have to ask them. 

Relatively speaking, I generally agree with your descriptions of each of them.  But the giveaway of your descriptions being too personal to your viewpoint is your statement that “Carl Weimer is no environmentalist or a liberal,...”.  Tilt.  Carl is a fine environmentalist, in my opinion and that of most locals.  I suspect you are letting your disagreement with some of his votes get in the way of the greater description of Carl.

Dick Conoboy  //  Wed, Nov 04, 2015, 11:19 am


Did you feel a shift in the “force”? :-) I agree entirely with your statements regarding liberals. Neither of our councils are liberal by any stretch of the imagination let alone progressive.  As I have said before in comments here and on the Hawk and the Watch, a dinner for true progressives in this county would require a small table.

Walter Haugen  //  Wed, Nov 04, 2015, 11:26 am

John - I have been an environmentalist for over 45 years and the effects of glyphosphate on the environment, as well as the social fabric, are HUGE. My opposition to glyphosphate is because I do the science every day, as well as do plenty of research every day. Glyphosphate really IS a deciding issue. The other deciding issue for calling oneself an environmentalist is whether one acknowledges recession/depression/collapse as necessary to have a clean planet. This is well documented too, by the way.

So it is not a personal bias. It is just that I have integrated the science into my personal views. This is a big difference. Most scientists want to do their research and still have their cozy lifestyle. This is intellectually bankrupt.

Dena Jensen  //  Wed, Nov 04, 2015, 12:47 pm

I’ll start by quoting a section from the above article that I am addressing:
“With the possible passage of charter propositions 2, 3 and 10, our council and courts will come into play as these are contradictory amendments.  Not the place here to dive into them, but political junkies will have fun the next couple years. There is a modest chance one or more of these three will fail.
“Basically, this was caused by the liberal county council - under the direction of a small and semi secretive group of operatives - working to thwart the work of our charter review commission.  Well, they did it.  Two poison pill amendments will probably pass - props 9 and 10 - and the liberals will no doubt blame the charter review commission.  One, conservatives, worked in the open under the rules and the other, liberals, worked secretly and illegally. ”

I am here again, to just continue the refrain of alerting everyone here at NorthwestCitizen to the fact that the Charter Review Commission should not be allowed to be protected from their part in semi-secretive behaviors that made the public, and some commissioners, feel like completely secretive maneuvers were going on to push through a coal-fueled agenda.  So far, to my knowledge, no concrete proof of that complete secrecy has been made available to the public.

If it ever turns out to be proven that illegal actions were taken in the process of approving Prop 9 to be allowed onto the ballot for voters to decide, those illegal actions cannot be assigned to anyone but the people who committed them.  But the adoption of a strategy to offer the voters more choices on the 2015 ballot definitely should be considered as a valid response to conservative commissioners effectively shutting down voters’ options regarding their voting system in the election. And I certainly believe the Charter Commission process should be closely looked at, especially by virtue of the fact that their 6 months of operation and public participation in that process went on up to and including the approval by County Council of Proposition 9.

Why did certain commissioners deny sending or receiving any commission emails (when there was proof of at least a number of emails that had been sent to them by other Charter Commissioners and copies of email they had sent were found in the emails of other commissioners who had provided their emails).  And why would some commissioners NOT be using emails, that would be subject to public review, to interact with the public, when citizens like myself, were clearly writing them with their issues and concerns?

Why was consultant for the Gateway Pacific coal terminal Dave Brumbaugh consulting with commissioners “semi-secretively” about district only voting.

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Ask Eli Mackewicz about about his assessment that there was an across-the-political-spectrum appeal from citizens to Charter Review commissioners to investigate the possibility of a different district set-up for Whatcom County.

Here is one public comment that I feel was echoed by many people who participated during the Charter Review Commission’s operation and who were concerned by the influence of coal money in pushing forward the agenda of conservative commissioners.

Here is a link to the meeting with this public testimony: + Link Review Commission May 18 2015.mp3?dl=0

Ronald Colson (at about 25:50 on the audio recording and part way through his public testimony, for May 18, 2015) : “And my concern is that if this ‘district only’ voting goes to the [a few words are indistinguishable here] and if your goal is to have a coal export facility built, well then, don’t beat around the bush. Talk about that. Let’s address the issues pro and con and make a decision based upon that. But if this is a back door thing to get a measure on for a vote that would isolate us into areas that certain groups that would have a preponderance of weight or control over much larger populations, I can see that the money would be poured into this election to literally confuse the voting public. And to make ‘em think that if they vote for the “district only” voting, why that’s the American Way or some such, when really what their goal is, is to build the coal export facility. So let’s not hide behind things. Let’s talk about the value of the district voting, and who it hurts, ‘cause I understand living in a little town and being steamrolled by a large population. That’s, that’s a problem and it needs to be addressed, but the ‘district only’ voting for the purpose of allowing outside corporate influences to bring in large dollars to achieve their corporate goals: that’s oligarchy. That’s not democracy. Thank you.”

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P.S.  When I click the link above from this comment, I get a 404, so here is a link to the full page of agendas, minutes and audio and this comment came from the 5/18/2015 Special Charter Review Commission Meeting - 6:30 p.m. at The Firs Conference Center, 4605 Cable Street, Bellingham
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Important Election Issues Undecided

Wed, Nov 04, 2015, 12:05 am  //  John Servais

The first returns - probably 60% of the final vote - shows contradictory propositions passing and most candidate races decided.

7 comments; last on Nov 04, 2015

A Learning Moment - Hopefully

Sun, Sep 13, 2015, 8:42 am  //  John Servais

Beware walking RR tracks on the Fairhaven waterfront in the event of unexpected encounter with a high speed train

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Chiara D’Angelo comes down from anchor chain

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Young Chiara spent 3 nights hanging from the anchor chain of Shell Oil's Arctic Challenger as a protest to arctic oil drilling.


A Perspective on Port Politics

Sat, Apr 04, 2015, 12:15 pm  //  John Servais

The port's latest bone-headed deal calls for the good citizens of Whatcom County to consider the options...unless we're enjoying our Groundhog Day.

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Port Gives Away Our Bellingham Waterfront

Tue, Mar 31, 2015, 11:20 pm  //  John Servais

Port of Bellingham today sold out our public waterfront to a foreign shell company formed 6 days ago. Sold it cheap and with a screwy arrangement.

32 comments; last on Apr 05, 2015

Robyn du Pre` Has Passed On

Thu, Mar 12, 2015, 12:06 pm  //  John Servais

Add your thoughts and remembrances. Robyn du Pre` was a stalwart and true environmental advocate for Bellingham and Whatcom County. She died this week.

9 comments; last on Mar 23, 2015

Ship Breaks Loose at Port of Bellingham

Tue, Dec 09, 2014, 12:31 pm  //  John Servais

The Horizon Lines ship - the many year resident of the Port of Bellingham - broke loose this morning due to failure of some system. A few photos.

3 comments; last on Dec 10, 2014

Action Alert for Tonight: Waterfront Wildlife and Habitat Threatened

Mon, Apr 21, 2014, 10:43 am  //  Wendy Harris

The public needs to support city council and request that a waterfront habitat assessment include terrestrial species and habitat connectivity.


Reid Boiler Works Burns Down

Sun, Feb 09, 2014, 9:13 am  //  John Servais

The old empty Reid Boiler Works industrial building in Fairhaven burned to the ground Saturday night.


Port’s Alternative Marina Analysis a Scam

Tue, Jan 14, 2014, 2:19 pm  //  Guest writer

Do we actually need to say that we, as citizens, want accurate information from government officials?

1 comments; last on Jan 14, 2014

Port Memo Addresses Marina Fraud Allegations

Fri, Dec 20, 2013, 3:56 pm  //  Wendy Harris

A Port of Bellingham internal memo tries, but fails, to justify changes in cost estimates for alternative marina sites.

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On Monday, City Council Votes “third and final” Approval of Waterfront Plan

Sat, Dec 07, 2013, 12:33 pm  //  Wendy Harris

Local activist calls on Bellingham City Council to table the unpopular waterfront plans and engage in meaningful public process

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Video Exposes City Council Dysfunction on Waterfront Plan

Thu, Dec 05, 2013, 11:58 am  //  John Servais

The Political Junkie has posted a 3 minute video showing Bellingham City Council members explaining their idiocy for all of us to watch.

2 comments; last on Dec 06, 2013

Cascadia Weekly Blasts Waterfront Plan

Wed, Dec 04, 2013, 10:53 am  //  John Servais

Bellingham City Council and Port of Bellingham finalize the waterfront plan. In his weekly Gristle, Tim Johnson blasts the corrupt public process.

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Port Unable To Protect Public Safety

Fri, Nov 22, 2013, 9:01 pm  //  Wendy Harris

If the port can not construct the airport safely, should it be entrusted with dangerous waterfront cleanup work?


Election Analysis: What Happened with the Port Races?

Tue, Nov 12, 2013, 10:21 am  //  Riley Sweeney

Riley crunches the numbers on Renata and McAuley's races to find answers

2 comments; last on Nov 13, 2013

Election Results - November 2013

Tue, Nov 05, 2013, 8:21 pm  //  John Servais

With lots of outside county money flowing in to our local races, this election is weird. But real - and we county residents have spoken.

11 comments; last on Nov 09, 2013

Boulevard Park Reopens

Sat, Oct 26, 2013, 7:36 pm  //  John Servais

Beach reconstruction is done at Boulevard Park on the Bellingham waterfront. Paths along shore are again open - and it looks good.

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Ken Bell and Renata for Port

Sun, Oct 20, 2013, 7:07 pm  //  John Servais

Ken Bell has my vote over Mike McAuley for port commissioner. And Renata Kowalczyk has it over Dan Robbins.

8 comments; last on Oct 30, 2013

Treaty Rights and Public Rights Ignored In Overwater Walkway

Tue, Oct 08, 2013, 2:22 pm  //  Wendy Harris

The city staff considers the overwater walkway a done deal before official approval or resolution of treaty right conflicts

4 comments; last on Oct 16, 2013

How the Coal Industry Funneled $40,000 into Whatcom

Wed, Oct 02, 2013, 5:40 am  //  Riley Sweeney

Riley uncovers how the Coal Industry is funding conservative candidates in Whatcom County

11 comments; last on Oct 03, 2013

Wildlife Impacts Missing In COB Waterfront District EIS

Sat, Sep 28, 2013, 5:05 pm  //  Wendy Harris

The city and port have not addressed wildlife impacts from waterfront development and this should be done before a waterfront plan is enacted.


Over $330,000 raised and spent on elections in Whatcom County

Thu, Sep 19, 2013, 6:08 am  //  Riley Sweeney

Riley examines who is donating to which candidates


Sen. Doug Ericksen Co-opts rather than Cooperate

Fri, Jun 28, 2013, 6:29 am  //  Riley Sweeney

Riley Sweeney examines Sen. Ericksen's legislative methods


Who is filing for elective offices???

Fri, May 17, 2013, 4:44 pm  //  John Servais

Tuesday morning and nothing in today's Bellingham Herald. Nor online. We provide the basics to fill in this latest omission by our "daily" newspaper.

9 comments; last on May 23, 2013

Waterfront “Planned Action Ordinance” Limits Restoration and Public Input

Tue, Mar 26, 2013, 8:59 pm  //  Wendy Harris

The City Planning Department has included a technical document in the waterfront proposal without disclosing important impacts.

1 comments; last on Mar 30, 2013

Valuable Article in the Whatcom Watch

Sun, Mar 17, 2013, 8:42 pm  //  John Servais

Wendy Harris writes about the proposed $8 million concrete bridge along the Bellingham waterfront - using Greenways funds to build.

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Waterfront EIS Revised Without Public Process

Tue, Feb 19, 2013, 9:40 pm  //  Wendy Harris

An "Updated Preferred Alternative" reduces the number of waterfront jobs and expands the boundary of the waterfront district.


Stealth Politics Returns

Sun, Nov 04, 2012, 9:21 am  //  Paul deArmond

The Whatcom county Voters’ Pamphlet containing misleading and untrue statements by unregistered, unaccountable and anonymous front groups.

3 comments; last on Nov 06, 2012

Election Predictions

Wed, Oct 31, 2012, 7:29 am  //  Riley Sweeney

Here's your shot at fame and glory as a political pundit

4 comments; last on Nov 02, 2012

Why Vote for Five Port Commissioners

Mon, Oct 01, 2012, 11:07 pm  //  Guest writer

Harriet Spanel and Ken Hertz on why we should vote YES to increase the Port of Bellingham to 5 commissioners.

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The Political Junkie interviews “Power Past Coal”

Mon, Aug 20, 2012, 8:00 am  //  Riley Sweeney

Riley sits down with Matt Petryni with Power Past Coal to get the latest scoop


Efforts to save the Granary building

Fri, Aug 03, 2012, 11:18 pm  //  John Servais

Graphics projected on building each night in effort to bring attention to threatened building

3 comments; last on Aug 11, 2012

Motivated Reasoning Yields Useless Planning

Mon, Jul 23, 2012, 6:05 pm  //  John Servais

Where a planning staff desire for view corridors in the Fairhaven plan yields a view corridor that does nothing for views.

1 comments; last on Jul 25, 2012

Surprise Port Meeting on Thursday

Wed, Jun 27, 2012, 12:46 pm  //  John Servais

A special - short notice - Port of Bellingham Commission meeting on Thursday, June 28 starting at 8:30 a.m.

6 comments; last on Jul 03, 2012

Port attempts to kill initiative for two new seats

Sun, Jun 17, 2012, 8:52 am  //  Paul deArmond

Port Commissioner Scott Walker and attorney Frank Chmelik get caught ballot-rigging again

20 comments; last on Jun 21, 2012

Port Commissioners Secretly Meddling

Mon, Jun 04, 2012, 4:51 pm  //  John Servais

Port Commissioners plan to change their Port Expansion resolution on Tuesday - based on advice from port attorney Chmelik. No notice of this item on the agenda.

6 comments; last on Jun 05, 2012

Cascadia Weekly again on target with the Port

Wed, May 16, 2012, 3:15 pm  //  John Servais

In today's Cascadia Weekly, Tim Johnson analyses the Port Commissioner meeting and the shenanigans of Walker and Chmelik.


Port Commission Expansion to be on November Ballot

Mon, May 14, 2012, 5:07 pm  //  John Servais

Port Commissioners McAuley and Jorgensen voted to put on November ballot the question of expanding commission from 3 to 5 members.

5 comments; last on May 15, 2012

Cascadia Weekly Rips Port - Urges 5

Wed, May 09, 2012, 5:11 am  //  John Servais

Today's Cascadia Weekly rips the Port staff on changed waterfront plans and sees 5 commissioners as possible solution to poor decision making.

2 comments; last on May 10, 2012

Port 5 - Hour of Audio Information

Thu, May 03, 2012, 8:23 pm  //  John Servais

The Joe Show had John Servais on the air for a full hour on Thursday - and we link to the pod cast.

3 comments; last on May 05, 2012

New Facebook Page for Port Reform

Tue, May 01, 2012, 9:24 am  //  John Servais

Bellingham Port Reform has a Facebook page, courtesy of Tip Johnson.

1 comments; last on May 02, 2012

Port Loses New Boat Builder Tenant

Tue, May 01, 2012, 8:34 am  //  John Servais

Port of Bellingham signed lease a month ago to hoopla and now the boat builder is exiting for Anacortes.

11 comments; last on May 08, 2012

Speakers to address Port on Tuesday

Mon, Apr 30, 2012, 9:54 pm  //  John Servais

Several people will be urging the Port of Bellingham commissioners to place the question of expanding to 5 commissioners on the ballot.


5 Port Commissioners Initiative Now Circulating

Sat, Apr 28, 2012, 9:09 am  //  John Servais

A county wide initiative will allow voters to decide whether to expand the Port of Bellingham commission from 3 to 5 commissioners.

1 comments; last on Apr 28, 2012

Charlie Sheldon has Herald Op-Ed

Tue, Apr 24, 2012, 8:25 am  //  John Servais

Today'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.


Video of port commissioners is posted

Wed, Apr 18, 2012, 11:28 am  //  John Servais

A 26 minute video of the port commissioners explaining their positions on the firing of executive director Charlie Sheldon is posted.

7 comments; last on Apr 19, 2012

Port Meeting Today, Tuesday, at 3 p.m.

Tue, Apr 17, 2012, 11:51 am  //  John Servais

At 3 p.m. today - Tuesday, April 17 - the Port of Bellingham meets. Let's attend and support rehiring Charlie Sheldon.

3 comments; last on Apr 18, 2012

Jim Jorgensen May Reverse His Vote

Fri, Apr 13, 2012, 4:47 pm  //  John Servais

Friday 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

Two Port Commissioners Held Illegal Meeting

Tue, Apr 10, 2012, 7:52 pm  //  John Servais

An 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

Petition to Keep Charlie Sheldon is Online

Thu, Apr 05, 2012, 3:00 pm  //  John Servais

An 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

We Can Expand Port Commission to Five

Wed, Apr 04, 2012, 2:16 pm  //  John Servais

State law allows us to pass an initiative and increase the number of port commissioners from three to five. Thanks to Harriet Spanel.

4 comments; last on Apr 05, 2012

Two Commissioners Demanded Charlie Resign

Tue, Apr 03, 2012, 5:25 pm  //  John Servais

Port 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

Charlie Sheldon resigns as Port Director

Mon, Apr 02, 2012, 11:35 am  //  John Servais

This morning, Charlie Sheldon, unexpectedly resigned as Executive Director of the Port of Bellingham.

10 comments; last on Apr 03, 2012

Port attempts to kill initiative for two new seats

Tue, Jan 31, 2012, 8:36 am  //  Paul deArmond

Port Commissioner Scott Walker and attorney Frank Chmelik get caught ballot-rigging again


Morning after thoughts on the election

Wed, Nov 09, 2011, 9:31 am  //  John Servais

Will close races shift to the other candidate? Just how many ballots are left to count? When will we know for sure?

1 comments; last on Nov 09, 2011

Charlie Sheldon reorganizes Port staff

Wed, Oct 19, 2011, 8:16 pm  //  John Servais

Charlie Sheldon shifts Port staff to help economic development of private business and to support needed infrastructure.

4 comments; last on Oct 23, 2011

Scott Walker asks for Charlie Sheldon’s resignation

Wed, Oct 19, 2011, 12:13 am  //  John Servais

Bellingham Port Commissioner Scott Walker motioned for the port to ask Executive Director Charlie Sheldon to resign.

5 comments; last on Oct 20, 2011

From the Political Junkie: Why is Dan Pike talking about Coal Trains?

Thu, Sep 08, 2011, 9:37 am  //  Riley Sweeney

Look at the title, it spells it out.

6 comments; last on Sep 12, 2011

From the Political Junkie: A Petree-Eye View of Downtown

Tue, Aug 09, 2011, 4:44 pm  //  Riley Sweeney

Riley interviews Clayton Petree about his view of Downtown Bellingham

6 comments; last on Aug 12, 2011


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