Tag Archives: Council

Seeking Affordability: Will Efforts by the City of Bellingham to Upzone (infill) Residential Zoned Areas Work?

A recent editorial article in the Northwest Citizen, by Dick Conoboy, has signaled the alarm to protect single-family zoned land within the City of Bellingham. At the heart of Mr. Conoboy’s argument is a study that shows infill does not reduce the costs of housing and that there is adequate land available to allow for more development already. Why should we care?  Because if our planners make the wrong decision, it will impact the future of where we live and if we or our children can afford to live here. In an effort to secure more housing the City of Bellingham is considering changes to their urban, single-family and other residential zoned properties. The City of Bellingham seeks to shrink the size of minimum lot requirements to build new single-family housing and to allow for more Accessory Dwelling Units or ADU (think houses converted to include rental apartment / room) and Detached Accessory Dwelling Units or DADU. There is no question that there are not enough affordable, single-family homes available within the Bellingham city limits. This is the result of a vision, or plan, that is referred to as new-urbanism, although a more visual name would be “Stack ‘em and Pack ‘em.” When the City …

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Saturday Morning Live for Dec. 9, 2017

Part 1: Kris Halterman will talk to EJ Ledet about how Whatcom County is proposing to “fix” Lake Whatcom. Part 2: Kris Halterman will interview Jacob Deschenes, ERA Capital CEO, about what people should know about the coming 2017 Trump Tax Cuts. What steps should be taken now to be ready for the end of the year which will benefit you economically and a brief discussion on “what is a bitcoin?”  

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Saturday Morning Live for Dec. 2, 2017

Glen Morgan, from We the Governed, will be filling in for Kris Halterman. Glen’s topic de jour will be going over the recent local PDC filings and the 2018 Agenda for the Washington State Legislator’s. What outcomes should the residents and tax payers of Washington pay attention to?

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Causes of Low Dissolved Oxygen (DO) in Basins 1 and 2 Hypolimnions of Lake Whatcom and Proposed solutions to increase DO and improve other Water Quality Properties

Prelude Before we get into the details of “Causes of Low Dissolved Oxygen (DO) in the Lake Whatcom and Proposed Solutions to Increase DO and Improve Water Quality Properties” please consider the following analogy to the Lake and try to create a mental picture in your mind. Let’s take carbonated drinks as an example. You may like drinking cold soft drinks/soda pops, beer, or carbonated water, especially on a warm summer day. What happens when you open that carbonated drink container? It loses pressure and begins going flat. It loses pressure because pressure was used to force, a gas, in this case carbon dioxide (CO2), into the liquid and that contained pressure was higher than the outside atmospheric pressure; which is why you hear a “swoosh” when that pressure is released. At the same time and in the same place, you may also observe that the gas (CO2) begins to “bubble out” of the liquid. As the temperature of the liquid becomes warmer the solubility of the gas in that liquid decreases; the effect of this is that the gas separates and bubbles out of the liquid as it warms. Like a flat soft drink, flat beer, or flat water, the …

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Saturday Morning Live for Nov. 11, 2017

Host Kris Halterman will interview Enoch J. Ledet, about the issues facing Whatcom County to comply with the Dept. of Ecology’s mandates regarding TMDL (total maximum daily load), phosphorus loading, how the county is currently treating pollutants, and how best these issues can best be addressed. Correction: I repeatedly used the word turbidity which should have been turbulence. I wish to apologize for any confusion this might have caused. Abbreviated Vitae for EJ Ledet: BA in Biology (70 -UNO), and MS in Biochemistry (72- UNO), and Over 30hrs towards a PhD in Biochemistry (72-74). I worked as a graduate assistant from 1970-74 for the College of Sciences, University of New Orleans in Biochemistry.      Whatcom County Flood Zone Financial Data:     

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WWU – Politics – Elections – And the Future

The Whatcom County Council Candidates were invited to attend a forum at Western Washington University tonight. Having observed some of the candidates and their answers at the Whatcom County Sierra Club forum and the WBA Whatcom County-wide forum; it interested us to attend this forum because of the student audience that would be there, to see how or if the candidates would respond differently to this audience. A welcoming like no other. The Student Master or Ceremony (MC) began this evening’s event by informing the audience that the forum was being held on land that had been stolen from the Coast Salish People. And, next the MC  let the audience know that outside the lecture hall doors there were generational bathrooms’ available for our use. We were definitely in the land of the politically correct. The video clips shared here are not the best, but we do not claim to be professional videographers. The videos do provide some additional insight into each of the candidates and their fitness to represent the constituents of each District and Whatcom County as a whole. Present were all of the candidates running for office: District 1 (South Bellingham) – Phil Morgan and Rud Browne (incumbent), District 2 …

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Saturday Morning Live for Oct. 21, 2017

Host Kris Halterman and Lorraine Newman will discuss recent events. The Whatcom County-wide forum and the #wakeupwhatcomcounty event held at Meridian HS with Tim Eyman, Glen Morgan, and Lars Larson. Their question for the listening audience, “What are your concerns, your vision, and your solutions for Whatcom County and our neighboring counties?”  

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Saturday Morning Live for Oct. 14, 2017

Host Kris Halterman will interview Bellingham City Council Candidates: Gene Knutson, Michael Lilliquist, and Eric Bostrom, on their vision and concerns for the future of the City of Bellingham and other current issues. Candidates Pinky Vargas, Quenby Peterson, and Roxanne Murphy were invited to participate in today’s program, but either emailed their inability to attend or did not respond to my invitation.

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Like Pilgrims

Last evening at the Whatcom County Council’s public meeting they voted to continue their moratorium which prevents the issuance of a building permit for homes residing in the Nooksack watershed which would require a private-well for their potable water. Early in the evening, before the Council voted, they took public comments from the audience. Overwhelmingly the audience communicated their desire to have this moratorium lifted. One of those commentary’s was given by Mary Beth Teigrob. Mary Beth served on the Whatcom County Planning Commission and has given a lot of her personal time to public service. Mary Beth gave her permission for Liberty Road to share the poem she wrote and read to the Whatcom County Council on last night. ~ LR Like Pilgrims Like pilgrims before us, we dreamt of our land, Where children and livestock could flourish we planned. This dream came to be, In the previous century. Sandy loam soil with some dark rich peat, A place for country kids! Oh how sweet! Over the years we toiled and sweat, A house and a barn to keep out the wet. Fencing, cross fencing to protect the land, Carefully cared for by our own hand. But while we were …

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Saturday Morning Live for Oct. 7, 2017

Host Kris Halterman will interview Whatcom County Council Candidates: Clean Phil Morgan, Councilmember Rud Browne, and Mary Kay Robinson, on their vision and concerns for the future and other current issues.

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