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Dear %%Greeting%%,

I appreciate citizens taking their own time, attending government meetings and providing elected officials with personalized input–even if I don’t agree with thier point-of-view. In exchange for this time and effort, we expect that elected officials treat citizens with respect–even if they don’t agree with them. This is the fundamental exchange that makes our representative government work.

I was shocked when I heard the following story:

The Thurston County Public Utility District has been considering purchasing Puget Sound Energy and forming a government-owned power district. Justin Kover, a local activist, has been consistently attending the PUD meetings and providing public input–and his testimony is often in opposition to the PUD Commissioner’s plans.

Recently, Justin questioned the transparency and process used by the PUD Commissioners. He provided a three-minute public comment. Then Commissioner Corwin berated him and called Justin an idiot.

Here is the audio file of Justin’s testimony and Commissioner Corwin’s comments.

Right at the end, you can hear the other two Commissioners gasp in reaction as well.

Will you join me in standing up for a fellow activist?

Join me in asking PUD Commissioner Alan Corwin to 1. Appologize to Justin Kover and 2. Learn how to be respectful to the public.

All you need to do is click this link and write a few sentences to PUD Commissioner Alan Corwin. Your email will already be addressed, and copied to the other jurisdictions the PUD serves.

Thank you for your time and effort. This small step will help us to put elected officials on notice that we expect them to be respectful, and listen to all opinions–even if they don’t agree with them.


Scott Roberts

Citizen Action Network, Director

San Juan activists illustrate their point

San Juan activists are using humor to illustrate their point.

Citizens all over the state are tired of our centralized planning scheme called Growth Management, and all the regulations that ensue.

Here is a little humor from San Juan County and the group called Common Sense Alliance [ website ].



Thurston County regulations snare business owner

Linda Reichel realized her life-long dream of owning a restaurant when she opened The Ranch Cafe 2 months ago. She needs to sell food—as well as coffee—so she can make enough money to keep her doors open.

Thurston County has been on the lookout for what they call “menu creep”—that’s when business owners like Linda increase their menu without Thurston County’s permission.

Now, Thurston County will not work with Linda and let her add menu items. She has already been forced to layoff her only employee and faces the real possibility of losing her business.

Linda Reichel Ranch Café owner


Spokane’s Proposition 1 lacks common sense

spokaneIt doesn’t take intense critical thinking to come up with lots of unintended consequences likely to result from Envision Spokane’s Proposition 1. The measure, which is being sold as a “Community Bill of Rights,” swings the door wide open to democratic tyranny, radical environmentalism, union expansion, and anti-business laws.

The measure, on the ballot for Spokane city voters, contains four distinct and separate issues. I’ll discuss them each. It’s worth noting, however, than the Spokane City Charter contains a single-subject rule for all ordinances including initiatives. If passed, this ballot measure will almost certainly face a legal challenge and could be struck down because of the single-subject rule violation.


Commissioners top 10 worst policy choices

The top 10 worst policy choices by Sandra Romero, Cathy Wolfe and Karen Valenzuela in their roles as Thurston County Commissioners. Thurston county is asking for public input on the top 7 wonders of Thurston County—we thought it would be good to announce out top 10 bad policy choices list.

Sandra Romero, Cathy Wolfe, Karen Valenzuela–bad policy choices

Thurston County Commissioners out of touch

Thurston County, WA—There is a long and growing list of bad policy decisions the Thurston County Commissioners are making these days. I made a video blog with Glen Morgan where we highlighted the top ten worst policy choices, and you can view it here.

In these tough economic times, government should be working to prioritize government and getting their financial house in order—just as everyone employed outside of government is having to do.


OR legislators need cash, allow more logging

Environmental regulation has a cost. Spotted Owl protection, and the resulting timber harvest reductions in the 90’s, meant less money for schools. Oregon and Washington suffered the same fate.


Washougal quietly dismisses ICLEI

Last Year during budget negotiations, city Councilman Jon Russell asked Mayor Sean Guard to strike their membership to the International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) from the budget. He obliged, and ICLEI was ousted from Washougal.


Florida repeals smart growth law

Wendell Cox reports [read entire article here],

The state of Florida has repealed its 30-year old growth management law (also called "smart growth," "compact development" and "livability").


Purchasing Development Rights–good or bad policy?

Snohomish County is jumping on the ‘development rights’ bandwagon along with other local governments all over the state.

Purchasing development rights is billed as a volunteer, free market way of limiting development in the rural areas. A buyer of development rights purchases any remaining development potential from a seller and in turn the seller puts a cloud on their title that restricts future development.

Is purchasing development rights good policy or bad?