3 hrs August 1, 2015 Sandy Robson
An example of the attempted manipulation of our Whatcom County land use policies by Gateway Pacific Terminal proponents and their advocacy groups is this July 24, 2015 letter from Northwest Jobs Alliance (AKA Gateway Pacific Terminal) to the Whatcom County Planning Commission.
According to the July 29 Northwest Jobs Alliance (NWJA) email promotional piece, they (NWJA) also sent a letter to County Executive Jack Louws, and Sam Ryan, Director of Whatcom County Planning and Development Services.
The NWJA stated in its July 24, 2015 letter to the Whatcom County Planning Commission that the group’s mission is to “Promote the growth of family-wage jobs in the context of sound environmental practice.”
Since its inception in 2011, and until the fall of 2014, the Northwest Jobs Alliance’s mission had also included this sentence that had originally published on its Facebook page in the “About” section:
“The Alliance focuses their efforts on supporting the Gateway Pacific Terminal—one of the largest industries to ever enter Whatcom County.”
In September 2014, the NWJA had removed the sentence which had stated that their efforts focused on supporting GPT. While they no longer advertise that sentence in their mission, their efforts clearly are still focused on supporting and promoting the GPT project.
Also, up until September 2014, the phone number listed on NWJA’s Facebook page had been a non-working phone number, and the website listed on its Facebook page had been www.gatewaypacificterminal.com, which is the official website for the GPT project. Only in the last 10 months or so did NWJA start to have a website presence other than the website for GPT.
I think it is misrepresentative for John Huntley and Brad Owens who are the current “faces” of the NWJA, to write this letter when the reality is that the NWJA is powered and driven by SSA Marine/Gateway Pacific Terminal.
If such a letter is to be submitted by the Northwest Jobs Alliance, then SSA Marine should be signing such a letter.