Five districts pass; GOP incites conservatives to fight map in court

Thu, Apr 21, 2016, 8:40 pm   //   Ralph Schwartz

Democrats are confident and are celebrating victory after getting the five-district map they wanted at the final meeting of the Whatcom County Districting Committee on Wednesday, April 20.…
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Proposed Options High will be on 10 inch gas pipeline

Tue, Apr 26, 2016, 2:20 pm  //  John Servais

Elisabeth Britt has just posted on her blog, Latte Republic, an article telling us there is a 10 inch gas pipeline running under the proposed site for the new Options High School on Franklin Street.  The present temporary buildings for the school are set adjacent to the pipeline. She points out that in California this school would not be permitted.  And in our county it is recommended against. 

She does not mention the high tension power lines running directly over the school.  With emmissions raining down, this is hardly the location for a school for kids with various hinderances to being in our conventional high schools.  

The more we learn of this school - the weirder it seems.  We are all in favor of matching facilities and curriculums to students in need.  But the planning of this school by our Bellingham School District appears to be slip-shod and intended to hide the facts from taxpayers, nearby residents and our City Council.  Thanks to Ms Britt for revealing yet another problem with this plan. 

Local news: an invitation

Thu, Apr 21, 2016, 1:05 pm  //  John Servais

Last evening, our county changed from three voting districts to five. In a single vote of a few seconds, it became law. It is a change that now dramatically changes how we citizens of Whatcom County will be represented in our local government. And perhaps in the Port of Bellingham government also. After the Districting Committee decision and dissolution of their committee, I rushed home to write the article of this news and post it here. And then....nothing.

No other local blog or webite posted the info last night. The Whatcom Hawk, which had been aggressively commenting on this issue for months, had nothing. It had become a non-issue.  No interest. The Bellingham Herald this morning, nothing, even though the vote was before their deadline. Today on the Herald website - nothing. Apparently it was not important for residents and citizens of Whatcom County to know this.

This morning Prince died. Within 30 minutes the Herald had three stories online about this - including graphics. Still nothing about important local political news.  

For years, I bashed the Herald for not reporting important local issues. It is why I started Northwest Citizen in 1995, to post what the Herald covered up, what it ignored, often to the benefit of a local government agency that was screwing up. For the past couple years, I've eased off as the Herald staff was decimated and austerity caused those remaining to just hope to keep their jobs for a while longer. Last summer the Herald noticeably stopped covering local government and started covering car accidents, minor crimes and weather events as major and even headline stories. These may be interesting reads, but such stories do not provide us with the information we need to act intelligently as citizens. Our local newspaper has stopped being our source of important local news.

As the Herald continues to deteriorate, I find I am even more committed to providing a forum for citizen journalists and reader comments at NWCitizen. Through donations I hope to pay the expenses of managing this site. Through advertising, I hope to make a modest living so I can devote full-time to this endeavor. 

We have several writers now who are knowledgeable in different public areas and are committed to informing their fellow citizens of important issues: planning that impacts how we live; politics that impact those who make our public and political decisions; corporate action that endangers us or compromises our environment; government processes that waste our money or lie about what they are doing with our tax dollars. And more.  

If we residents - we citizens - are informed about what is happening around us, we can participate in decisions about our future and vote intelligently. We can actually act as citizens and not subjects or pawns. But first of all, we need to know what the hell is happening.  

I am looking for a few more writers. If you are knowledgeable about some issue that impacts us locally and can write decently (we have an editor who can help smooth out your articles), and if you want to join us, please contact me. We can meet for coffee to see if we both feel it might work. We could start with some guest articles to see how it goes. If it works, then you can help your fellow citizens know more about important issues in our local communities. If you feel you are qualified and are interested, please write me:  - John Servais, owner and publisher

Latte Republic: Move RR tracks away from coastline

Sun, Apr 17, 2016, 10:41 pm  //  John Servais

Over at the Bellingham Latte Republic, Elisabeth Britt has posted up a fine idea. Petition BNSF to move their railroad tracks away from our coastline. For safety reasons.  

Before you - or myself - think this idea is beyond the feasible or reasonable, you should read her article. Seems the city of White Rock in Canada, a mere 21 miles from Bellingham, is petitioning BNSF to reroute the railroad tracks away from their waterfront. The effort is several years along.  And it is now getting support from the Canadian government. They are serious and determined. 

Have a seat.

Sat, Apr 16, 2016, 10:48 am  //  John Servais

Soo - do they expect someone else to pick it up and take it to a trash can?  We also find these along trail edges around Bellingham.   But really - why put it on the seat?  The edge of the trail is better - if they are going to do this.  




US Is Massively Leaking Methane

Thu, Apr 14, 2016, 5:03 am  //  Dick Conoboy

A few years ago during a visit to Berkeley, CA I saw a man sleeping on the sidewalk. On his chest was a piece of cardboard on which he had written "We are all fucked." I said to myself that he must be the only man in Berkeley who knows what is going on. Speaking of knowing what is going on, Harvard researchers have found that with all our focus on lowering CO2 levels, we have ignored the increase in the even more dangerous gas, methane (CH4). "Between 2002 and 2014, the data showed that US methane emissions increased by more than 30 percent, accounting for 30 to 60 percent of an enormous spike in methane in the entire planet’s atmosphere." If those figures frighten you, and they should, you also now know what is going on and...we are indeed all fucked. The US is massively leaking methane from its gas infrastructure and there may be no way to stop or reverse the phenomenon.   It may also be too late. 

"The EPA insisted this wasn’t happening, that methane was on the decline just like CO2. But it turns out, as some scientists have been insisting for years, the EPA was wrong. Really wrong. This error is the rough equivalent of the New York Stock Exchange announcing tomorrow that the Dow Jones isn’t really at 17,000: Its computer program has been making a mistake, and your index fund actually stands at 11,000.

These leaks are big enough to wipe out a large share of the gains from the Obama administration’s work on climate change—all those closed coal mines and fuel-efficient cars. In fact, it’s even possible that America’s contribution to global warming increased during the Obama years. The methane story is utterly at odds with what we’ve been telling ourselves, not to mention what we’ve been telling the rest of the planet. It undercuts the promises we made at the climate talks in Paris. It’s a disaster—and one that seems set to spread."

The article from which this quote came is entitled Global Warming’s Terrifying New Chemistry by Bill McKibben.  It appeared here in the March 2016 of the Nation.


Peabody Coal files for bankruptcy

Wed, Apr 13, 2016, 7:38 am  //  John Servais

The bigger they come, the harder they fall.  Who's next?

Peabody Energy, recently the world's largest private coal company, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this morning.  With the price of coal dropping and demand declining, Peabody got caught with excessive debt from their grand expansion plans of a couple years ago and no way to service the debt.  

Reuters, among many news outlets, has the story and does a good job with business news. 

Peabody was expected to be the big client for the Cherry Point coal port that SSA Marine and a changing cast of 49% partners have been planning since 2011 - or secretly even earlier.  It was Peabody that expected to ship 48 million tons of coal a year from their mines in Wyoming to Cherry Point here in Whatcom County and on to China.  Well, the Chinese market is not growing as expected, among other factors.  Basically, the price of coal dropped and dropped and is not expected to rebound.

Of course, if you read the trade press, Obama is responsible due to laws that prevent coal companies from trashing huge sections of grasslands and/or woodlands and polluting vast areas with their mine tailings.  In truth, these costs are not the reason for Peabody's financial difficulties.  Cheap shale oil and gas are responsible - and they are causing their own environmental nightmares.  The environment is probably not a net gainer in all this.

This bankruptcy is no surprise. Yesterday, their share price was one percent of what it had been just a year ago in April, 2015.  And in 2011, when plans were announced, Peabody was a monster $18B - eighteen billion dollar - corporation.  Yesterday, the value was $38M. 

The Guardian - a great news site in England - also has a very informative article about the future of coal.

Arch Coal Company, another monster coal company, filed for bankruptcy in January.  The business day before filing, they paid $8 million in bonuses to investors and laid off 400 workers.  This information has only been revealed this week by WyoFile, a great news source located in Casper, Wyoming, the very center of the state.  While Arch is not directly related to today's bankruptcy, its activities suggest we should stay tuned for further news even months from now on Peabody.  These guys will not go quietly. 

Joan Casey has died

Tue, Apr 12, 2016, 10:53 am  //  John Servais

Joan Casey died this morning about 9 am.  Her husband, John Watts, has posted a memoriam to Joan on his Hamstertalk blog.  

Most folks in the Bellingham political community knew Joan and of her love of the northwest outdoors and socially responsible politics.  She was a sweet person who loved knowing people and learning about them. She had the natural quality of making each of us seem special in some way to her.  She loved the political scene and being the partner of a prominent local politician in her husband John.

Down The Rabbit Hole

Mon, Apr 11, 2016, 1:15 pm  //  Dick Conoboy

This article entitled Wages of Sin by Chris Hedges that appears today at Truthdig contains an excellent summary description of what we are witnessing with this collosally bizarre, corrupt and predictable election this year at the national level.  Note that it applies to both parties.  Unfortunately, even the relatively sane voice of Bernie Sanders is blown away by the moronic, vicious and unconscionable news coverage that ensures that an ignorant electorate remains in place. 

 "The loss of civic virtue, Plato wrote, left a population hypnotized by the illusions flickering on the wall of a cave. Such distorted images of reality—our electronic hallucinations are beyond Plato’s imagination—fuel irrational beliefs and desires. They foster a visionless existence. Our images are skillfully manipulated by the elites to keep the population entertained and passive. Those who seek to question the illusions are, Socrates warned, usually attacked and killed by the mob, which does not want its comforting myths punctured. When reality is too painful to bear, a population does not seek freedom or truth; it becomes an accomplice to its own enslavement. Epicureanism, the reduction of life to the pursuit of fleeting individual pleasure, seduces the public. Cynicism rules. Distrust is everywhere. The community breaks down, and, as Plato writes, “all goes wrong when, starved for lack of anything good in their own lives, men turn to public affairs hoping to snatch from thence the happiness they hunger for. They set about fighting for power, and their internecine conflict ruins them and their country.” This collapse creates a dream world 'where men live fighting one another about elaborate shadows and quarreling for power, is if that were a great prize. …' "

Joan Casey health update

Mon, Apr 11, 2016, 2:20 am  //  John Servais

A personal note and link to more information for the many friends of Joan Casey. Her husband John Watts has written a substantial update about her serious health situation. They are in California and hope to get back to Bellingham, but her care is the challenge. You can read the update over on John's HamsterTalk blog site.  

If you do not know Joan and John, he was a long time Bellingham city council member and both were political junkies and attended many of Paul deArmond's camp fire evening to late night sessions where anything was discussed so long as it involved politics. This link is probably only of interest for those who know Joan.  

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Citizens: BPD dismissive of people of color

Group cites failure to investigate assaults on anti-police-racism marchers

Ralph Schwartz
Tue, Apr 26, 2016, 7:04 pm
3 comments; last on Apr 28, 2016

An Open Letter to U.S. Representative Rick Larsen

Also to all U.S. Representative candidates in the 1st and 2nd U.S. Congressional districts for the election in 2016

David Camp
Tue, Apr 26, 2016, 3:46 pm
1 comments; last on Apr 27, 2016

Five districts pass; GOP incites conservatives to fight map in court

Republicans rolled over and approved the Democrats' map to set the stage for a legal challenge

Ralph Schwartz
Thu, Apr 21, 2016, 8:40 pm
3 comments; last on Apr 24, 2016

Unanimous Yes vote for 5 county council districts

GOP vote for Democratic plan to prevent locked committee and then county council becoming decision makers of districting boundaries

John Servais
Wed, Apr 20, 2016, 8:01 pm
1 comments; last on Apr 21, 2016

Report on City Council Retreat

The Bellingham City Council conducted a retreat on 16 April to discuss a number of issues, including a set of proposed strategies to ensure "sustainable services."

Dick Conoboy
Tue, Apr 19, 2016, 5:14 am

OregonLNG quits: Cherry Point may be new target

Liquid natural gas terminal is rumored to be in planning stages for Cherry Point as the Oregon proposed LNG plan is abandoned.

John Servais
Mon, Apr 18, 2016, 11:55 am
6 comments; last on Apr 19, 2016

Deck stacked against Republicans at Districting Committee hearing

Fate of new county five-district map remains uncertain.

Ralph Schwartz
Wed, Apr 13, 2016, 10:43 pm
5 comments; last on Apr 14, 2016

Don’t speak at tonight’s Districting Committee hearing

If you do, you better make sure you have something to say that's going to change someone's mind.

Ralph Schwartz
Wed, Apr 13, 2016, 9:09 am
3 comments; last on Apr 14, 2016

Bellingham Planning tries to sneak one through

The Sunnyland residents have just learned they have only today to comment on a huge impacting building project in their neighborhood.

John Servais
Mon, Apr 11, 2016, 1:06 am
11 comments; last on Apr 23, 2016

No sign of agreement as districting committee enters final phase

After a public hearing next week, the committee will be asked to vote on a five-district map for Whatcom County in two weeks.

Ralph Schwartz
Wed, Apr 06, 2016, 9:18 pm
5 comments; last on Apr 09, 2016

Proposed redistricting map for your review

The Districting Master (the official title) has submitted his map for review by the Districting Committee this evening. Here it is for your review.

John Servais
Wed, Apr 06, 2016, 1:14 pm
5 comments; last on Apr 07, 2016

BNSF: A casual approach to railroad safety

At Clayton Beach, we have tracked increasing erosion under railroad tracks and written to the railroads and federal inspectors. To no avail.

John Servais
Mon, Apr 04, 2016, 8:17 pm
2 comments; last on Apr 05, 2016

$15 Minimum Wage - Assured Debt Peonage

Accelerating efforts across the U.S. to install a $15 minimum wage are playing into the hands of big business and codifying enormously insufficient wages for years to come.

Dick Conoboy
Mon, Apr 04, 2016, 5:25 am
1 comments; last on Apr 05, 2016

Cherry Point coal port development put on ice

Work on EIS put on hold as coal companies wait for Army Corps of Engineers decision. Well, it was not in March. This is not an April 1…

John Servais
Fri, Apr 01, 2016, 3:49 pm
3 comments; last on Apr 02, 2016

Fuller calls on Coast Guard to ‘stand on the right side of history’

Activist contests $10,000 fine for climbing on a Shell oil vessel. Rob Lewis guest writes this report.

Guest writer
Wed, Mar 23, 2016, 2:37 pm

Voting guide for Whatcom Conservation District

Updated Wed, Mar 16. Tuesday, March 15, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., any registered voter of Whatcom County can vote in person at the conservation district office.

John Servais
Wed, Mar 16, 2016, 8:26 pm

Will Cherry Point coal port be denied this week?

Updated 4:30pm. Helena, Montana newspaper says GPT may be denied this week by Army Corps of Engineers. US Rep Zinke panics and accuses Army of politics.

John Servais
Wed, Mar 16, 2016, 12:19 am
4 comments; last on Mar 24, 2016

Dems, GOP primed for legal fight over districts

Not even a letter from a coal terminal spokesman can save them now.

Ralph Schwartz
Tue, Mar 15, 2016, 12:04 am
2 comments; last on Mar 17, 2016

Districting maps E and F for reference

We post the next two maps to be discussed at the Districting Committee today, March 14. For the few who might study them and later contribute perspectives.

John Servais
Mon, Mar 14, 2016, 1:53 am

Democrats threaten legal action on districting

Legally threatening letter sent by Seattle law firm retained by prominent leading Democratic Party leaders.

John Servais
Sun, Mar 13, 2016, 1:06 pm
1 comments; last on Mar 14, 2016

The state of citizen journalism is strong: Two receive deArmond awards

The third annual deArmond dinner celebrated the work of Sandy Robson and Neah Monteiro.

Ralph Schwartz
Fri, Mar 11, 2016, 11:28 pm
2 comments; last on Mar 13, 2016

Potential Oil Exports From Cherry Point—Something else to put on your radar

What almost happened on the coast of Maine could happen here at Cherry Point. Portland, Maine, stopped oil exports - and Whatcom County can also. If we act.

David Camp
Wed, Mar 09, 2016, 11:20 pm

Durham, NH, - Surprise! - Rental Inspections Worked

Durham is an example of the efficacy of rental inspections, putting to bed the unsupported objections of landlords by presenting facts about conditions.

Dick Conoboy
Wed, Mar 09, 2016, 2:20 pm
1 comments; last on Mar 12, 2016

Dogged Pursuit of a Failed Vision?

Wherein, we correct some misassumptions but still ask the questions

Tip Johnson
Tue, Mar 08, 2016, 2:47 pm

Districting Committee: GOP accuses Democrats of gerrymandering

The Republicans made concessions on their district map but took a final stand at Nooksack, Everson and Sumas.

Ralph Schwartz
Tue, Mar 08, 2016, 1:15 am
6 comments; last on Mar 12, 2016

Idea for Our Times: Puget Sound Repair Project

Could this address the real problem with Puget Sound?

Tip Johnson
Mon, Mar 07, 2016, 10:40 am
6 comments; last on Mar 08, 2016

Districting Committee: Republicans lack legal compass

Republicans and Democrats remain far apart. Democrats have the legal high ground, but Republicans would go to court to challenge that if necessary.

Ralph Schwartz
Sun, Mar 06, 2016, 11:39 pm
1 comments; last on Mar 07, 2016

Punishing the Wrong Guys

Wherein someone's gotta do the right thing

Tip Johnson
Tue, Mar 01, 2016, 3:40 pm

D’Angelo undaunted by fine: ‘I had to make the moral choice’

Chiara D'Angelo comes across as emotionally intelligent and uncompromising in her high-stakes Coast Guard hearing.

Ralph Schwartz
Mon, Feb 29, 2016, 11:55 pm
1 comments; last on Mar 01, 2016

Elfo: Enforcement, Litigation or Risks?

Wherein inquiring minds want to know!

Tip Johnson
Sat, Feb 27, 2016, 1:24 pm

‘Goodwill’ wanted but lacking on Districting Committee

Republicans focused their efforts on torpedoing the Democrats' five-district proposal at the second committee meeting.

Ralph Schwartz
Tue, Feb 23, 2016, 5:01 am
4 comments; last on Mar 01, 2016

Anchor-chain activists face hefty fines

The Coast Guard has levied $30,000 in fines on two Bellingham climate activists. They will fight to have the fines dropped.

Ralph Schwartz
Thu, Feb 18, 2016, 5:01 am
16 comments; last on Feb 22, 2016

Jail Reform: Music to My Ears

Wherein sanity may finally be approaching a nagging jail issue

Tip Johnson
Sun, Feb 14, 2016, 8:54 pm
2 comments; last on Feb 19, 2016

Redistricting: Democrats may have upper hand

Republicans and Democrats traded barbs on the first day of the Districting Committee, but Dems may have won the first battle.

Ralph Schwartz
Tue, Feb 09, 2016, 5:02 am
5 comments; last on Feb 10, 2016

Stop the Rental Fires Now!

Inspections of rentals cannot begin too soon. Seven fires in rental units since 2011 and almost half with ONE landlord. No but the clock may be running out.

Dick Conoboy
Mon, Feb 08, 2016, 6:26 am

Super Bowl 50 - Wretched Excess

From all the monumentally boring hoopla to the shameful rousting of the homeless Super Bowl 50 exceeds all expectations for greed and excess.

Dick Conoboy
Fri, Feb 05, 2016, 12:45 pm
4 comments; last on Feb 12, 2016

Harriet Spanel has passed on

Harriet Spanel was many years our representative in the state legislature and served Whatcom County and Bellingham very well.

John Servais
Wed, Feb 03, 2016, 5:49 pm
4 comments; last on Feb 04, 2016

Mayor Picks Lisa Anderson for City Planning Commission

Lisa Anderson will fill the remaining term of real estate broker, Cerise Noah. who left the Bellingham Planning Commission several months ago.

Dick Conoboy
Wed, Feb 03, 2016, 2:53 pm

In White Skin

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Ralph Schwartz
Mon, Feb 01, 2016, 4:00 am
2 comments; last on Feb 04, 2016

Say Nein to Uber

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Dick Conoboy
Sun, Jan 31, 2016, 12:04 pm
3 comments; last on Feb 04, 2016

WA State Minimum Wage Initiative - A Race To The Bottom

Raising the minimum wage to $13.50/hr by 2020 cements workers into permanent slave wages that cannot pay the bills.

Dick Conoboy
Mon, Jan 18, 2016, 6:35 am
1 comments; last on Jan 20, 2016

Eagles on the Nooksack

They are less famous than the eagles on the Skagit but closer to Bellingham, fewer people and still lots of eagles. A great January afternoon outing.

John Servais
Tue, Jan 12, 2016, 12:18 am
1 comments; last on Jan 13, 2016

Earthquake lightly shakes Bellingham

Earthquake near San Juan Island felt in Bellingham late Tuesday night

John Servais
Wed, Dec 30, 2015, 1:15 am

Kremen & Weimer tell us of Clinton & Sanders

What the campaign styles of local politicians Pete Kremen and Carl Weimer tell us about presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders

Whatcom Citizen
Tue, Dec 29, 2015, 12:06 pm
4 comments; last on Dec 31, 2015

Bye Bye

Shell Polar Pioneer floating oil drill rig left the Pacific Northwest for Norway today. Nice holiday gift for all of us.

John Servais
Fri, Dec 25, 2015, 11:31 am
2 comments; last on Dec 25, 2015

Unregulated vacation rentals on Lake Whatcom

Tani Sutley writes on the continuing issue of houses in residential zones that are used essentially as hotels and disrupt quiet neighborhoods.

Guest writer
Mon, Dec 21, 2015, 3:14 am

Whatcom Farmers and Eric Hirst Dialog

Statement by Whatcom Family Farmers on “Eric Hirst and his water ideas” and Hirst's Reply

Guest writer
Sat, Dec 19, 2015, 12:11 pm
1 comments; last on Dec 20, 2015

Request for Citizen Evidence

Wherein inquiring minds just want to know!

Tip Johnson
Mon, Dec 14, 2015, 4:58 pm

PDC - The Missing Documents

Wherof we cannot speak, thereof we must be silent?

Tip Johnson
Wed, Dec 02, 2015, 9:31 pm
3 comments; last on Dec 06, 2015

Planning Commission Opening Calls for Neighborhood Rep

The Planning Commission has a vacancy. Now is the time for the appointment of a member who represents the interests of the neighborhoods.

Dick Conoboy
Mon, Nov 30, 2015, 6:29 am

Update on Lincoln Street Student Housing Project

The student housing project for 648 individuals called NXNW (North by Northwest) on Lincoln Street is moving forward briskly. This is an update.

Dick Conoboy
Mon, Nov 23, 2015, 6:41 am
7 comments; last on Dec 27, 2015

Tax incentives proposed for Fairhaven apartments - Updated

Council to allow three weeks for written comments on tax exemption proposal for high density buildings in quiet Fairhaven neighborhood

John Servais
Mon, Nov 16, 2015, 11:41 pm
9 comments; last on Nov 19, 2015

Accessory Dwelling Units - There Is No Rush

There is no reason to rush an updated ordinance on ADUs when we do not even know what the current number is or where existing illegal units are…

Dick Conoboy
Mon, Nov 16, 2015, 5:30 am
9 comments; last on Dec 10, 2015

Bellingham Updating Accessory Dwelling Laws

By Shannon Maris. Detached ADUs - the 'mother in law' mini cottages - are being considered by the city of Bellingham. This impacts every home owner.

Guest writer
Sat, Nov 14, 2015, 6:33 pm
3 comments; last on Nov 19, 2015

Veterans Day and Thanking Veterans

Some personal thoughts on thanking our veterans for their service

Dick Conoboy
Wed, Nov 11, 2015, 5:23 am
1 comments; last on Nov 11, 2015

Whatcom Co.: Voting and Vote-Counting with Integrity

An overview of Whatcom County's method of processing ballots and counting votes.

Guest writer
Sun, Nov 08, 2015, 10:25 pm
3 comments; last on Dec 29, 2015

Final Election Returns: Jail Tax Rejected

Satpal Sidhu wins council seat. Virtually all the ballots are now counted. Challenges and a few special are left.

John Servais
Fri, Nov 06, 2015, 5:37 pm
1 comments; last on Nov 07, 2015

Thursday Voting Update

Jail sales tax is being rejected - and the NO vote is increasing. Sidhu - Kerschner still undecided. Props 2, 3, 9 and 10 all should pass.

John Servais
Thu, Nov 05, 2015, 10:17 pm
1 comments; last on Nov 06, 2015

Wednesday Vote Changes

Second tally of 10,000 more ballots is in. Jail sales tax is now being rejected. Probably 15,000 or more ballots to go.

John Servais
Wed, Nov 04, 2015, 7:45 pm
2 comments; last on Nov 05, 2015

Important Election Issues Undecided

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

John Servais
Wed, Nov 04, 2015, 1:05 am
7 comments; last on Nov 04, 2015


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