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EPIC FAILURE … HOW BELLINGHAM LEADERSHIP’S FAILURE TO LISTEN COST THE LOCAL ECONOMY AND THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE

In News, Wake Up Whatcom by commonnw

Jack Petree – September 22, 2017 In a recent news story posted by the historic Hearst news publication, the Seattle PI, detailed the results of a new United States Census Bureau wage estimates. Data which points to the City of Bellingham’s abysmal economic performance in recent years.  No surprise!  We warned them. The Census Bureau data which lead the P-I …

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

In Local Government, 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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Searching for Sustainable Living in Whatcom County – The Challenge to Balance Rural and Urban Living Styles

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Proper planning ensures for future success. Proper planning for growth is the important piece needed to ensure that we harmonize rural and urban living; a planning model that brings communities together. Whatcom County continues to struggle to find this balance of planning for our rural and urban centres. There are many ways to achieve popular-approval and retain our uniqueness. As we …

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THE ART OF PILING ON – ADDING INSULT TO INJURY

In Local Government, 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 Local Government, 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 …