Notes from the Whatcom County Council Meeting appointing members to the Business and Commerce Advisory Committee

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Click the Graphic to access the portion of the July 10, 2018 Whatcom County Council meeting related to appointments to the Business and Commerce Advisory Committee

August 4, 2018  Dena Jensen

On July 10, 2018 at the Whatcom County Council meeting, Council Members embarked on the muddled process of nominating and approving the applicants for the newly formed Business and Commerce Advisory Committee. The process was kicked off on a controversial note because a motion was quickly made by Council Member Byrd and seconded by Council Member Buchanan to approve two applications that had arrived after the application deadline.

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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 Commission to vote 6/5/18 on letting Exec. Director shut down public Port parks 3 times per year for private events / Noisy Waters Northwest

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June 1, 2018  Dena Jensen

Next week, on Wednesday, June 5, 2018, the Port of Bellingham Commission will be voting on whether to authorize, “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