Is it Time to Step Away From the WBA? / Facebook post, The Searchlight Review, Sandy Robson

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May 6, 2017

Local business advocacy and non-profit organization, Whatcom Business Alliance (WBA), sent out a May 2, 2018 email blast to its members, thanking those who attended the “Leaders of Industry” event hosted by the WBA the week before, and promoting its “Step Up for Business Advocacy” program. The email was signed by WBA’s recently hired Public Policy Director, Brett Bonner, who has been involved in Republican politics in Whatcom County for many years.

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Water protectors targeted by WBA president’s false alarms / Noisy Waters Northwest, Sandy Robson

Screenshot photo of WBA President Tony Larson’s “Leading Off” column featured in the Fall 2017 issue of Business Pulse Magazine. Click the graphic to access the Fall 2017 issue of Business Pulse, and the page 10 article

February 24, 2018  Sandy Robson

The Fall 2017 issue of Whatcom Business Alliance’s support publication, Business Pulse Magazine, featured WBA President Tony Larson’s “Leading Off” column, titled “Apparently doing the right thing is just not enough: How to protect your business against, [sic] unwanted, uninformed demonstrators.” Continue reading

A Tea Party by any other name / Noisy Waters Northwest, Sandy Robson

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March 26, 2016  Sandy Robson

The Whatcom Tea Party is ostensibly defunct.  A March 12, 2017, email newsletter sent by the Whatcom Tea Party’s “Town Crier,” to the group’s email mailing list subscribers, stated in part:

“It is with some regret, but also the knowledge that it was a great catalyst, that the Whatcom Tea Party closed its doors effective January 27, 2017, so that we can continue to move forward with our new projects. The tea party lives on, but with new names and new organizations.

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Letter to BP’s Associate Director, NW Government and Public Affairs regarding Cherry Point Amendments / Dena Jensen

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You can view the full version of the Whatcom County Council’s September 14, 2017 Proposed Cherry Point Amendments by clicking the graphic above.

Saturday March 12, 2017  Dena Jensen

I am posting a letter that I sent on March 11, 2017 to BP’s Associate Director of NW Government and Public Affairs Pam Brady, who is on the Board of Directors of the Whatcom Business Alliance.  The Whatcom Business Alliance (WBA) is increasingly promoting their campaign against elements of the Whatcom County Council Proposed Cherry Point Amendments to our County’s long-term planning document, the Comprehensive Plan.   Continue reading

WBA, under the leadership of President Tony Larson, uses propaganda that can mislead the public /Facebook post, Sj Robson

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Initial text and graphic displayed, as of this writing (02/25/2017), by Whatcom Business Alliance on preservecherrypoint.com , a webpage used by the WBA for eliciting oppositional emails to proposed Whatcom County planning policy that would study legal ways the County can work to limit unrefined fossil fuel exports above levels in existence as of July 5, 2016

2 hrs  February 25, 2016  Sandy Robson

Once again, Cherry Point fossil fuel industry advocate Whatcom Business Alliance (WBA), under the leadership of its President Tony Larson, uses propaganda that misleads the public, in an effort to motivate people to submit WBA’s form-generated comments on the Cherry Point Amendments to the County Comprehensive Plan Update, currently under review by Whatcom County Council. Continue reading

WBA SEPA appeal of Cherry Point Amendments scheduled for mid-March / Facebook post, Sj Robson

 

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Click the link to view a PDF file of the WBA’s SEPA Appeal paper work

 

1 hr  February 9, 2017

–Whatcom Business Alliance’s SEPA appeal of the DNS issued for the Cherry Point Amendments is scheduled for a March 15, 2017 hearing, at 1:30 PM–

The Whatcom Business Alliance (WBA), headed up by President Tony Larson, filed a SEPA appeal of the Determination of Non-Significance (DNS) that was issued by Whatcom County Planning and Development Services, for the Cherry Point Amendments to the 2016 County Comprehensive Plan Update. Continue reading