ReSources turns in out of town signatures

In County Council by Ashley Butenschoen

On July 12, 2016 Kate Blyston from ReSources turned in petitions to Whatcom County Council concerning the Comprehensive Plan update that includes many many names from out of Whatcom County. Should out of town folks be able to petition our County Council? This is just one of the 8 files of signatures we obtained through a Public Records Request.  Each …

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Common Threads delivers letter to Whatcom County

In County Council, Lawsuit by Ashley Butenschoen

n November 2015, the voters of Whatcom County voted to change our County from 3 County Council Districts to 5 County Council Districts. Common Threads had brought the issue of the County Council taking the action of putting this issue on the ballot before a judge in August of 2015.  The judge would not interfere with the issue going before …

Why We Sued Whatcom County

In County Council, Lawsuit by Ashley Butenschoen

Here in the West, we value citizens’ right to know and question actions of our government leaders. We passed laws to bring sunshine and transparency into the actions and decisions of our government.  With narrow exceptions, decisions must occur in open meetings. Public records are subject to examination.  These requirements serve the interests of people of every persuasion. So we were stunned …

CT commissions EIS analysis

In County Council by Ashley Butenschoen

When the Draft Environmental Impact Statement was released Spring of 2015, Common Threads Northwest commissioned an analysis of the document. The results of analysis were included in multiple testimonies submitted to Whatcom County Planning Staff. Staff is required to address the submitted comments, questions, and concerns in the final Environmental Impact Statement. Since its release Spring of 2015 the analysis …