Port issues RFP for events that could shut down any of three public parks, up to three times per year / Facebook post, Noisy Waters Northwest

Click the graphic to access this post on the Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce website

April 30, 2019 Dena Jensen

Folks may remember discussion last year of the Port of Bellingham allowing some of their public parks to be shut down to non-paying members of the public for private events due to requests from event organizers. Port Commissioners decided to try a “pilot program” that resulted in, I believe, ultimately just one event in August of 2018 that shut down Zuanich Point Park. 

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Port Commissioners’ comments on Cherry Point amendment process and Climate Strike youths, at their 3/19/19 meeting / Letter to Port of Bellingham Commissioners

Click the graphic to access the full platform of the US Youths Climate Strikes

April 23, 2019 Dena Jensen

I sent off an email today to the Port of Bellingham Commissioners about statements they made at their March 19, 2019 Port Commission meeting about the Cherry Point amendment process of the Whatcom County Council and about the youths that participated in the Climate Strike in Bellingham on March 15, 2019.

I was discouraged and disappointed in the Commissioners’ rehashing of Whatcom-Business-Alliance-promoted, pro-Cherry-Point-Industry (at the expense of community members and the environment) talking points.

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After the June 5, 2018 Port of Bellingham Commission meeting / Letter to the Port Commissioners, Dena Jensen

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Click on the graphic to listen to the section of the June 5, 2018 Port of Bellingham Commission meeting regarding Action Item #2

June 8, 2018  Dena Jensen

Dear Port of Bellingham Commissioners:

I have been able to listen to almost all of the June 5, 2018 Port Commission meeting.

I want to thank Port Commissioners for deferring until early fall of 2018, any vote on authorizing the Executive Director to enter into agreements with event organizers to close Port parks and hold private events for up to three uses per year.

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Port Commissioners Bell and Shepard’s disrespect for public process at 5/15/18 Port Commission meeting / Facebook post, Sj Robson

Discussion of Zuanich Point Park event

Click the graphic to listen to the Port of Bellingham Commission discussion and vote on the Summer’s End Music and Arts Gathering Event that will close down Zuanich Point Park to public access on 8/17/18

May 16, 2018  Sandy Robson

NWNW Admin’s Note: I am adding links to video clips of the 5/15 Port of Bellingham Commission meeting where the material discussed in this post of Sandy’s took place. Watching the video can help reader’s have a clearer sense of how it was that public process was overridden.  – Dena Jensen  Continue reading

Notes from the 11/28/17 Riveters Collective Live event: Waterfront AMA with Pinky Vargas and Michael Shepard / Noisy Waters Northwest

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Click the graphic to access the hour long video on Facebook of the AMA event on the Bellingham Waterfront with Bellingham City Council Member Pinky Vargas, and Port of Bellingham Commissioner-elect Michael Shepard


 December 1, 2017  Dena Jensen

Over the last number of months, local civic action group, the Riveters Collective has held a number of Ask Me Anything (AMA) events with candidates who were running for office during the 2017 election season and also held some of these events focusing on issues of high public interest.  For these events, members of the Riveters Collective Facebook group can submit questions in the comment section under the event to ask candidates or people with specific expertise on designated issues. On the date of the event many of those questions get answered.  Sometimes answers continue to come in over the course of the days soon following the event. Continue reading