By Lois Krafsky-Perry
for Citizen Review
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Port Angeles, WA – Elected Clallam County Home Rule Charter Commissioner (District 1) Sue Forde, spoke to approximately 45 attendees at the Phone Tree meeting on Saturday. The event was held at Joshua’s Restaurant in Port Angeles. Forde was elected as 1st Vice-Chair of the Commission and was invited to explain the Home Rule Charter, its history, about the current elected commission and its work and issues, and to answer questions.
“I believe government should be from the bottom up and not top down,” declared the Sequim resident, who has lived on the Olympic Peninsula for 25 years. “I want to look out for individual rights in this county,” she announced.
She gave the caveat that she was speaking as an individual citizen, and any opinions and statements about the Charter and its issues were her own opinions and not in any way to be considered representing the Charter Commission.
Forde gave an overview of the county charter and its history, discussing the differences between the county forms of government.
Thirty-two of the 39 counties in Washington State operate under the “Commission” form of government. Only seven operate under the “Home Rule Charter” form. Those are: Clallam, Whatcom, Snohomish, Pierce, King, San Juan and Clark.
The Clallam County Home Rule Charter (HRC) provides for the powers of initiative, referendum, mini-initiative and recall. It also includes an elected Director of Department of Community Development (DCD), the only one in the nation.
Forde explained that our Charter has been amended five times by the voters since it was established in November 1976.
The Charter is reviewed periodically by 15 elected commission members.
Prior to 2007, it was reviewed every 5 years; that changed, and now it is reviewed every 8 years, she said. Five members are elected from each commissioner district, chosen in the general election.
Forde reviewed what had transpired so far in the Commission review process, from election of chair (Norma Turner), a first and second vice chair (Sue Forde and Barbara Christensen) and parliamentarian (Rod Fleck).
A schedule of meetings has been set up, including six public hearings, of which three have already been held (one each in Sequim, Port Angeles and Forks), to gather input from citizens.
There are also two public comment sessions held at each meeting, to allow citizens to further let the Commission know their thoughts and desires for change to the charter to better serve the people. Written testimony is also being received by the Commission through the form at the county website (www.clallam.net) – click on Home Rule Charter on the left sidebar.
Forde explained that the elected officials plus the appointed county administrator were interviewed by the Commission, to receive their input about what they do, and how any changes could make government run more smoothly.
At this time, subcommittees have been established with several commission members serving on each, to review the Charter Article by Article (there are 13 Articles in the Charter).
Forde then talked about what will happen next: The Commission will continue to receive public testimony while they formulate possible amendments to the Charter based on that input. They will meet as the whole commission to present their suggested proposed amendments and to discuss and debate those as a whole Commission.
According to the calendar, the Commission should be ready to present proposed amendments that will go on the ballot by May 5th.
The Issues Under Discussion
Forde briefly reviewed some of the issues that were debated and sent to the ballot in 2002 and in 2007.
In 2002, the citizens voted to change the position of the Director of DCD from an appointed position to an elected one – the first in the nation.
While serving as an elected Commission member in 2007, she said she was brought a proposed amendment which had been presented to the commission by Kaj Ahlburg of Port Angeles which offered protection for citizens from Eminent Domain where property acquired from owners would be resold for a profit. The commission agreed to send it to the ballot, where it passed.
The issue of whether to appoint, rather than elect, the Director of Community Development (DCD) returned to the ballot in 2007, and the voters once again decided to keep the position as elected, rather than appointed.
Another amendment that passed changed the number of years between Charter reviews from five to eight.
Forde then reviewed some of the current issues under discussion, which are listed at her website: sueforde.com.
She then entertained questions from the audience.
Several people asked questions and made comments. Several said they believed land ordinances need to be voter-approved.
Another determined that agencies must take into account our county economics.
Unfunded mandates was also a topic of discussion.
Pearl Rains Hewett asked how many non-partisan attorneys were on the charter commission.
Someone asked, “How many times can people run for the charter?”
Another said it would be good to have term limits.
Ed Bowen asked if issues not being sent to the ballot could be sent to the county commissioners. Many in the group agreed with that suggestion.
The issue of “coordinating” with state and federal agencies was raised, which would give the county an equal voice with proposed regulations. Many agreed that it was a good idea.
All the proposed amendments will go to Prosecutor Mark Nichols for correct language, before being placed on the ballot.
The Phone Tree, led by Col. Don Roberts, will meet again May 16, at Joshua’s Restaurant in Port Angeles.
In our information age, we’re bombarded with statistics on every danger the number crunchers can conjure — people struck by lightning, airplane vs. automotive deaths, and even drownings in bathtubs. But one statistic is curiously missing from the list. Even though President Obama and other global-warming alarmists warn of a looming climate apocalypse, they avoid giving a metric to prove their claims. They blame man-made climate change for a vast array of ills, including floods, droughts, wildfires, and tornados. But they never quantify what they say is the driving force behind it all: temperature. Continue reading
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Citizen Review by Lois Krafsky-Perry
Port Angeles, WA – A local group, “The Phone Tree” met at Joshua’s Restaurant, where forty citizens listened to Clallam County Commissioner-elect, Bill Peach, District 3 and Mark Nichols, Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney.
Col. Don Roberts of Port Angeles facilitated the meeting.
Peach stated that property rights and jobs are his main priority. Continue reading
August 27, 2014
By Lois Krafsky-Perry
for Citizen Review Online
Sequim, WA – Sign wavers crowded the street in front of the Sequim Transit Center, August 25, to express support with some showing disdain for two Propositions submitted to the City Council for either passage or placement on the ballot, as required by law.
Proposition 1 and Proposition 2, both regarding workers and citizens’ rights regarding union meetings and dues, were submitted on time for the November ballot, but after a late executive session, the council voted to visit it again at the September 8 meeting. This decision made it impossible to make the August 28 deadline for the November 4 ballot, to be decided by the voters. Mayor Laura Dubois stated they had received an email from Board member Ken Hayes, who did not attend the meeting. He asked that a decision not be made until the whole board attended. The matter was brought before counsel/attorney Craig Ritchie. Continue reading
The New York Times is running a pretty fair profile of University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) climatologist John Christy today. As Reason readers know, I blog every month the global satellite temperature trend produced by Christy and his UAH colleague Roy Spencer. I have relied on Christy as a source of honest data and insight ever since I began reporting on the science and policy issues related to man-made global warming over two decades ago. Based on empirical temperature data he has long questioned the computer climate model projections of rapid and dangerous warming, which has gained him no friends in what he calls “the climate establishment.” Continue reading
By Lois Krafsky-Perry
for Citizen Review
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Port Angeles, WA – Filled almost to capacity, Independent Bible Church (IBC) hosted family and friends, August 6, to pay tribute to David Cummins. The longtime Sequim resident was active in his Church at IBC and was presently serving as chair of the Elder Board.
He suffered a stroke Tuesday, July 29, and went to meet his Lord July 31st. Pastor Mike Jones shared that David’s deep abiding faith was because he had the life of Christ with him. “He lived that daily,” Jones declared.
“David knew how he became who he was…He knew the source of who he was…He knew the source of how to live–it came from God, “affirmed Pastor Jones.
Many family members and friends shared stories of David’s life and how he affected everyone for good. Continue reading
An inundated border. Victimized children wandering through the desert. Ranchers being hung out to dry. And a population finally mobilized to fight back against their corrupt and venal pro-amnesty politicians.
All of it was predicted in Jeremy Boreing’s The Arroyo.
As the fallout continues from Rep. Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) defeat in his primary at the hands of unknown economics professor David Brat over Cantor’s support for immigration reform, Boreing’s The Arroyo looks more timely than ever. Continue reading
Approximately 7 out of every 10 doctors in California have said they will not participate in California’s Obamacare health insurance exchange, according to the Washington Examiner and several other media sources on Friday.
The California Medical Association’s president, Dr. Richard Thorp, said it doesn’t surprise him that there is a high rate of nonparticipation. The California Medical Association is the state’s largest medical association in existence. It represents 38,000 of the approximately 104,000 doctors in the state of California.
Thorpe said that doctors need some recognition that they are doing a service to the community – but, he asserts, they can’t do it for free or at a loss – as no other business would work for free or at a loss.
William Scott, former editor of Aviation Week, former official, National Security Agency; and author of Space Wars, speaks on “Fire Wars” at an American Center for Democracy event as a panelist.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the nation’s broadest school voucher program in a ruling supporters say could set a national precedent as other states look to build or expand programs that use public money to allow students to attend private schools.
The state’s highest court unanimously upheld a 2011 law providing vouchers for low- and middle-income families and cleared the way for an expansion being debated in the Indiana Statehouse. But more importantly, it could settle the case law for other states where voucher programs face legal challenges, supporters contend.
“I think it will be incredibly influential,” said Bert Gall, senior attorney for the Washington-based Institute for Justice, who helped defend the Indiana law. Continue reading
“Although this response did not specifically answer the reporter’s question, your first directive would appear to involve potential actions by the U.S. military,” McKeon said in a letter sent to Obama on Monday. “Since you personally provided this directive, I have a series of additional questions that I am confident you can answer in advance of the conclusion of any formal investigation.” Continue reading
In a move that could have an impact on the final result of the presidential election, Barack Obama’s campaign has sued Ohio to block a measure which extends early voting for members of the military.
The action brought quick responses from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and as many as 15 military groups.
DeWine told Fox News on Friday that he found the July 17 action by Obama campaign, the Democratic National Committee and the Ohio Democratic Party “quite shocking.”
The tradition for allowing special circumstances for military personnel in voting dates back to the civil war, he said.
Republicans traditionally have had the lock on the military vote, and with Ohio being a key battleground state especially this year — Obama leads GOP challenger Mitt Romney there by only 6 points in the latest Quinnipiac University poll — these military votes could swing the Nov. 6 election to either candidate.
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