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Common Threads delivers letter to Whatcom County

In Lawsuit, Local Government 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 …

Flaws in Proposition 9 revealed by local author

In Charter Review Commission, Common Voices, Whatcom County Council by Ashley Butenschoen

This year Whatcom County voters are asked to decide whether Whatcom County should be split into five County Council districts instead of three. Each district would send one representative to the County Council with an additional two representatives elected to “at large” positions. Billed as “fair and equal” by proponents, the Proposition actually makes a monumental mess of a system …

Why We Sued Whatcom County

In Lawsuit, Local Government 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 …

Whatcom County Council Swaps Out Ballot Proposal: Additional Allegations of Wrongdoing Considered

In Uncategorized by Ashley Butenschoen

From Richard C. Donahue, Chair Media Inquiries: C. Thomas Moser, Attorney for Common Threads NW (360) 428-7900(Whatcom County)-Out of the view of the public, members of Whatcom County Council keep changing their proposal on how people should be elected to that body. The Council’s actions are so confusing that it is unclear what proposal they properly voted upon, if they …

CT commissions EIS analysis

In Local Government 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 …