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Is Whatcom County Council skirting Whatcom County Charter by retaining seats?

In Local Government by Ashley Butenschoen

Have you seen these signs and wondered what this is all about?  Does the Whatcom County Council represent you?     Some history: In July of 2015 the Whatcom County Council passed an ordinance that would put what became known as “Proposition 9” or “5 Districts” on the November ballot. Proponents of the 5 District plan assured us they would …

ReSources turns in out of town signatures

In Local Government 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 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 …