Central Committee Meeting on Sept 30th (and the news digest)

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Central Committee Meeting 

Sept 30th, 12 pm

Heritage Bank meeting room

in Friday Harbor 

535 Market Street 

(go around back)


And Announcing an Encore Event:

with Ed Kilduff, Hydrologist 

Oct 7th

Orcas Island 

More details forthcoming

Save the Date!


Public Service Announcements: Flu Clinic, Burn Ban lightened 

First a public service announcement — fall flu clinics are coming shortly, between Sept 20th and Nov 15th, depending on your island.


Also, campfire restrictions are being eased. It’s been a bad year for fires!


Lasty, the “local newspapers are producing the second annual Senior Resource Guide. Like last year, it will feature information about local services that strive to meet just about every senior need from housing to healthcare. We have incredible organizations and dedicated volunteers in San Juan County… If you have a business or program that you would like to be in the guide, please call Colleen Armstrong at the Sounder at 360-376-4500.”

Housing and Land Use


After being in the hands of the Ericson family for decades, 380 A Street, the property housing Friday Harbor Freight Lines, Susie Mopeds, Groovy Things, and KFD Construction, sold to JAC 175 Web San Juan LLC of Seattle, for $1,770,000 on Aug. 21.”
On a related subject:


The county is attempting to increase the amount of affordable housing. “The San Juan County Land Bank has owned the 1.7 acres of empty lots at the corner of Malcolm Street and Argyle Avenue since 2003, according to data from the county assessor’s office… A public hearing on the sale is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 3”


It’s hard to see how 1.7 acres of land would make a difference unless they build apartments, and I’ve never seen them do that. Also, some conservatives have serious concerns about some of thes organizations. But it might be a great idea, who knows? If you do, let me know.
Also, the Comprehensive plan update meetings begin in a couple weeks, Oct 2-4. I posted this link last week as well. This matters quite a bit for land use and housing.


The county has quite a bit of detail on their website here. It also has a calendar for the upcoming events and access to many of the documents.


This stuff isn’t sexy, but it matters quite a lot. I’d like to publish some research based work by conservatives that deal with these subjects. If you’re interested, you know the number (as it were): sjcrpchair@gmail.com . I actually do check it, and answer it; many of you have taken me up on that offer.



Councilman Rick Hughes on ferries and the sanctuary county measure. Do you agree? Orcas public hospital district to be on April 2018 ballot. Last week there were at least 6 letters. I posted some of those last week.


A few weeks ago I mentioned a major state transportation meeting in our county. Sound Publishing posted this account, titled “Ranker speaks to Washington State Transportation Commission about summer ferry interruptions.” It notes that more coverage is forthcoming.


A few weeks ago I noted that hunting season opened, and that our deer density is too high currently. The paper published an article on that, though they posted it two days before the event it mentions so part of the article is irrelevant. Article titled “The impact of deer on the San Juan Islands



“The release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) analyzing an increase of EA-18G Growler aircraft at the NAS Whidbey Island complex, originally scheduled for autumn of this year, is being extended for about 10 months.”


Cali Baby’s editorial this week was on agriculture in the county. “Many ways to savor the San Juans.”


TED(x), the local version of TED talks is Sat 9/23 (today) in San Juan County. You may have seen signs around about it. if you’re attending, I’d be interested to hear how it went.


SJC Council Monday Meeting

September 25, 2017, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Legislative Building


OPALCO Open Houses
Sept 25-28th, Lopez, SJI, Orcas, Shaw; OPALCO website has more info


Building Advisory Council Meeting
September 28, 2017, 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM @ Large Legislative Conference Room


Veterans Advisory Board Meeting
September 29, 2017, 11:45 AM - 1:45 PM @ Large Legislative Conference Room


Eastsound Plan Review Committee Meeting
October 5, 2017, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Eastsound Station 21


Noxious Weed Control Board Meeting
October 6, 2017, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM @ WSU – Skagit Campus


NOTE: Herb Meyer is speaking to Skagit Republicans on Oct 4th. Email Bob Eberle for details: bob@eberlecb.com