Opinions

Charter Review Commissioner Questions Council’s Ethical Accountability to the People

To continue our coverage on the Whatcom County Council’s attempt to muddy and confuse the voters, keep their urban-command and control of all Whatcom County by district wide voting, KGMI’s host for “The Morning Show,” Dillon Honcoop interviewed Charter Review Commissioner, Farmer Ben Elenbaas on his program today. One comment made by Farmer Ben Elenbaas towards the end of the show was: When the people of Whatcom County ask the Whatcom County Council to support and pass actions that the people of the community want, the Council says; “Well we can’t do that!” And when you ask them why?, they say, “Because we’ll get sued.” Who, or what entity is it that keeps the Whatcom County Council tied-up in lawsuits? Is it the people to whom they are to represent? Or, is it these same organizations to which they give hundreds of thousands of your tax dollars to? When Futurewise and Re Sources for a Sustainable Community are using your tax dollars to control your personal property and business properties, it’s time to start asking the Council why? June 24, 2015 KGMI Morning Show Podcast

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Whatcom County Council Plans to Protect their Majority by Denying Voters Theirs

The Whatcom County Council in an unprecedented move have added four items at the last minute to their Tuesday, June 23rd agenda. At this writing the ordinances may already have been approved by a “consent agenda,” whereby the members would not have to publicly discuss and vote on each individual ordinance. The Council’s actions show that they desire to deny the voters (who placed the Charter Review Commissioners into office) the opportunity to bring forth their suggested revisions to the County Charter. The Charter Review Commission (elected by the voters from each of the three Districts in Whatcom County) have approved to amend the Charter to allow for District Voting as opposed to the countywide voting that is the current law. Countywide voting gives District 1 a distinct advantage to elect representatives that are beholden to the City of Bellingham and an “urban” agenda. If the voters approve District Voting in the upcoming November General Election, then each County Councilperson would be elected by the people who live in their district, and would be directly responsible to represent the people who actually live in their district. Stay tuned for more on this desperate move by the current County Council who received a …

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Saturday Morning Live for June 20, 2015

Host Kris Halterman will speak to three Whatcom County residents who are concerned about the encroachment and conscious publication of a Whatcom County Parks map that includes private property, but does not identify it as such…and much more.       

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Landlords Consider Lawsuit from Intrusive Bellingham Licensing Program

Saturday Morning Live received notice of a meeting for Landlords to discuss their legal options and protections from the recent Landlord Licensing ordinance that was imposed and becomes effective on July 1st, 2015. The email notice for this meeting is posted below. We met last week and discussed a potential lawsuit against the city for overstepping the laws and intruding upon the rights of property owners.  The attorneys Scott Swanson and Pete Dworkin believe we have a case.  The attorneys are estimating the research for the case will cost $5k to $10k and litigation would cost between $30k to $50k.  This meeting will help answer questions for anybody interested in joining the lawsuit or being a financial backer.  Be sure and spread the word to any landlord you know! Who – Landlords in Bellingham, Washington Where – Law Office of Belcher Swanson Attys, 900 Dupont Street, Bellingham, WA  98225 When – June 17th, 2015, Wednesday, 6:00 pm Why – Intrusion of Property Rights just for starters Hope to see you there! For more information email mybellinghamrental@gmail.com

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Is Cherry Point a target for Tribal Expansion?

The Lummi Indian Business Council (LIBC) was solicited in 2012 by the “Center for Salish Community Strategies,” to ask the Washington State Army Corp of Engineers to deny the permitting of the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal project. Currently the land is owned by SSA Marine, who has been working to develop their property at Cherry Point for a dry bulk exporting facility. Saturday Morning Live – Liberty Road has received documents which show that the LIBC were solicited by the “Center for Salish Community Strategies,” with the goal to not only prevent SSA Marine from developing their property, but to help them to acquire this property as part of the LIBC Trust property in perpetuity. How will this affect Whatcom County? Will Whatcom County be fiscally harmed by this objective to take the last industrially zoned, deep water port land off of the tax roles and into the financial benefit of the LIBC? And, how would this affect the nearby industries of the refineries, BP and Phillips 66, and the Intalco Aluminum sites? What about the other approximate 250 other businesses who service these industries? These industries bring 25% of the best paying jobs into the community, but the documents …

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Saturday Morning Live for June 13, 2015

Host Kris Halterman discusses the need for the proposed new WC Jail, why it’s needed, how the County is proposing to pay for it, and the activity going on behind the scenes to delay its approval for construction.      

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Saturday Morning Live for June 6, 2015

“The American’s are Coming.” Host Kris Halterman interviews Allen Brown and others, about the Washington State Chapter of Liberty Watch.  

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Saturday Morning Live for May 30th, 2015

Host Kris Halterman interviews Maxford Nelsen, the Labor Policy Analyst for the Freedom Foundation about their FOIA and formal complaints against LERC with the Public Disclosure Commission, the Executive Ethics Board and the State Auditor’s Office with regards to public funds abuse. The Labor Education and Research Center has received public funds to and are using them to train union members to push back against anyone who should attempt to transform Washington State into a Right to Work state. Is it legal for a nonprofit to use public funds in this manner?  

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Saturday Morning Live for May 23, 2015

Guest Host Todd Hausman interviews two public school teachers about the Washington State “Smarter Balanced” assessment test, and why so many students and their parents are protesting it.  

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Saturday Morning Live for May 16, 2015

Guest host Todd Hausman interviews Marilyn McKenna about her personal journey and new book Eat Like It Matters.  

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