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The Price of No-Growth

In County Council, News, Wake Up Whatcom by commonnw1 Comment

Analysis and Opinion By Jim McKinney Whatcom County and Bellingham are unique and special places to live.  Outsiders must agree, as proven by the population growth and skyrocketing housing prices.  I believe that most residents want it to stay special.  They want to protect the environment.  They want to avoid urban sprawl.  They want a green economy.  They want to …

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Wake Up Whatcom County-wide Candidate Forum ~ It’s Going to Take All of Us to Make A Difference

In Cherry Point Industrial Area, County Council, Information Sources, News, Wake Up Whatcom, Whatcom County Council by commonnw

On Oct. 5th, 2017 a number of local organizations came together to sponsor a Whatcom County-wide Candidate forum. The forum was limited to County Council and Port of Bellingham races due to time constraints. The questions asked of each of the candidates came from the organizations themselves and each candidate was required to first answer, “Yes” or “No,” to each …

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Whatcom County Needs A Growth Plan That Promotes the Economy And Ignites Employment Opportunities

In County Council, News by commonnw

WHATCOM COUNTY EMPLOYMENT UNDER GROWTH MANAGEMENT  May of 2016 the Whatcom County Council was presented with a study Failing To Plan Or Planning To Fail.  The work was sponsored by Common Threads and was intended to inform the Council’s decisions regarding Growth Management in Whatcom County’s future. Data made available to researchers by the well respected and widely cited Pacific …

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THE ART OF PILING ON – ADDING INSULT TO INJURY

In County Council, News by commonnw

Widely seen as the “father” of the “FAIR AND EQUAL” disenfranchisement of Whatcom County’s citizen voters, Todd Donovan, who would have been at risk of losing his seat on the Council under the new redistricting scheme put forward by the County Council in 2015, was assigned, instead, to the At-Large Position B seat on the Whatcom County Council.  Along with …

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HOW’S “FAIR AND EQUAL” WORKING OUT FOR YOU?

In County Council, News by commonnw

Approximately two-years ago this month, the Whatcom County Council took action in an attempt to consolidate its power permanently. They placed on the ballot a measure calling for the reorganization of Whatcom County’s system of representation by Council District, from the original three-Districts to the newly formed five-Districts.  The new five-District designs required by the Council’s measure, shameless gerrymandering, and …