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The Rising Costs to Live Here: Bellingham City Council Passes Climate Action Plan Update

In Common Voices, Local Government, News, Wake Up Whatcom by commonnw

On Monday evening, March 26, the Bellingham City Council passed Agenda Bill 21905, a resolution to enact an updated 119-page City of Bellingham Climate Protection Action Plan. Among other provisions, the plan policy would impose serious future limitations on use of fossil fuels. Reconsideration of a companion proposal for a task force to establish the extent to which it is …

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2018-Feb & Mar: Organizing for Whatcom County – Citizen Journalists Report

In News, Organizing for Whatcom County, Wake Up Whatcom by commonnw

This week, Feb 27th – March 1st, has been brutal with meetings! Tuesday Feb. 27th: We started the day on Tuesday Feb. 27th, at the PUD meeting at 8:00 am -9:30 am, discussion centered on ESSB 6091; Whatcom County Council daytime and evening meetings ran from 10:30 am until 1:15 am Wed. morning; the Whatcom County Council (WCC) included a …

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Feb. 27th, 2018 – Interim Moratorium AB2018-077: Imposing an Interim Moratorium on the Acceptance & Processing of Applications & Permits for New or Expanded Facilities

In Local Government, News, Wake Up Whatcom by commonnw

The Whatcom County Council approved introduction of AB2018-077, an interim moratorium on the issuance of permits for projects related to the exportation of fossil fuels. This action was approved by Councilmembers Buchanan, Ballew, Browne, Donovan, and Sidhu. Voting against the introduction of this item were Councilmembers Byrd and Brenner. The industries at Cherry Point continue to face a County Council …

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Feb. 7th, 2018 – #WakeUpWhatcom Update

In News, Organizing for Whatcom County, Wake Up Whatcom by commonnw

In this update: Last chance to request mail-in ballot for Conservation Dist. Election Whatcom County Planning update on permit exempt wells Realtors’ Association weighs in on County reactions to Hirst fix Growth Mgmt Hearings Board – new ruling on County Hirst compliance Just in – Well Owners meeting scheduled URGENT – URGENT -URGENT Last chance to request a mail-in ballot …

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Jan. 30th, 2018 – Whatcom County Council Meeting – Hirst Initiated Moratorium Report

In Hirst Decision, Local Government, News, Whatcom County Council by commonnw

Councilman Donovan was the lone vote opposed.  The Council Chambers was filled with concerned property owners who need a permit which allows for a private-well to build on their property.  Many of those affected testified, Perry Eskridge and Roger Alsmskaar gave wise testimony which several council members mentioned when it came time to vote. Linda Twitchell of BIAWC sums it …

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Assessing The Local Economy

In Economy, News, Wake Up Whatcom by commonnw

You’ve probably heard news reports about the “Bellingham” economy, reports stressing pretty good jobs growth figures, rising wages, or a fairly-low unemployment level. At the same time, the nation’s Bureau of Labor Statistics demonstrates Whatcom County’s wages are essentially in the bottom 20% (20.06) of average weekly wages in the United States among large counties . Locally, a smaller percentage of …