Karen Steen

Citizen Journalist • Member since Jan 11, 2020

A native of New Orleans, Karen has now lived most of her life in the PNW. She worked for 30+ years as a RN/FNP, mostly in community and public health settings; she supports using public health indicators to frame community, social, and economic concerns. She is also a lifelong student of astrology and practiced professionally for six years; her priority astrological interests are geopolitical and historical. Her most recent calling was to provide business administration for an open source hydroponic gardening initiative and regenerative economy.

Articles by Karen Steen

Who’s Running Your Neighborhood Association? And Why Care?

By Karen SteenOn Jan 14, 2020

When I moved to Bellingham from a rural community in 2012, I was delighted to learn of the City’s designated neighborhoods and the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission (MNAC). I [...]

Recent comments

"I understand North Dakota was the only U.S. state economy that did not go into recession/depression following the real estate/bank failures of 2007-08. The Bank of North [...]

Feb 17, 2020 on
Stop The Nonsense Talk About Public Banking

"Larry & Dianne, thank you for your further comments here. Larry’s resources for direct citizen legislation are much appreciated - reminds me of our Proposition 2 in 2012-13 that [...]

Feb 12, 2020 on
Who’s Running Your Neighborhood Association? And Why Care?

"Alex, thank you for speaking to the overarching influence of the city planning department in determining quality of life in our neighborhoods. As you also note, anemic citizen participation in [...]

Feb 05, 2020 on
Who’s Running Your Neighborhood Association? And Why Care?

"Thanks for your comments that are each and all knowledgeable, pertinent, and wise. Collated, your suggestions offer an outline for Bellingham to discern a way forward and revitalize our city [...]

Jan 25, 2020 on
Who’s Running Your Neighborhood Association? And Why Care?

"To their credit, lawn signs for meeting/event announcements have consistently been deployed by the LSNA Board. Throughout last year, though, short notices and a venue change for the meetings/[...]

Jan 15, 2020 on
Who’s Running Your Neighborhood Association? And Why Care?