23 March 2022 City Council Study Session: 4pm-10:10pm, a possible record for meeting length.

Denise Frey was appointed to the District 2 vacancy after Special session from 4-5:10pm. Some parts of MFTE proposal are approved for incorporation by Council. Other parts require more data, say a majority of Council. Humanity continues to read each Power Point slide out loud, even though they were provided in advance and are up … Continue reading 23 March 2022 City Council Study Session: 4pm-10:10pm, a possible record for meeting length.

16 March 2022 General Meeting – 5:30-7:55 – The Outpouring of Community Support for Leslie Daugs. We will miss her sorely.

Oh, and Public Hearing on changing MFTE to get truly affordable housing. Many people spoke. Most were in favor – even Realtors Assoc! – and several spoke of wanting even stronger measures to secure affordable housing. Sound West said the exact words Jane Rebelowski predicted developers would say: adding more housing drives rent down. Jane … Continue reading 16 March 2022 General Meeting – 5:30-7:55 – The Outpouring of Community Support for Leslie Daugs. We will miss her sorely.

26 Jan 2022 Council Study Session, 5-5:55pm, The Mostly-Golf-Course Meeting

Gold Mtn Golf Course buying > $500K of used equipment to replace even older equipment. Apparently 100% fossil fuel powered. All $$ comes from golf course revenue of $5.5-$6M / yr. More about golf course income & expenses. Should we consider fireworks ban like Port Orchard? Younger asks. Rest of agenda was Committee reports: 2 … Continue reading 26 Jan 2022 Council Study Session, 5-5:55pm, The Mostly-Golf-Course Meeting

19 Jan 2022 City Council General: 5:30-7-ish.

Not only are we getting a second Behavioral Health Navigator, as funded by 2022 Budget, $50K of their salary will be grant-funded. Waste Management is compassionated for the many complaints they’re being subjected to. WSDOT Ferries are also objects of our compassion. Chamberlin notes that pick-up delays have resulted in garbage strewn over all roads … Continue reading 19 Jan 2022 City Council General: 5:30-7-ish.

City Council General Meeting 5 January 2022: The Effluent Bombshell Briefly Resurfaces

Goodnow Pres., Daugs VP. Derek Kilmer talks infrastructure for 40 minutes, describing the gold in them thar bills. Mayor claims that people had nothing but praise for snow-removal during Ice Week. This was not my experience or the experience of anyone I know. The City is appealing DOE's General Nutrient Permit, instead of spending big … Continue reading City Council General Meeting 5 January 2022: The Effluent Bombshell Briefly Resurfaces

15 Dec Council General Mtg – 5:30-7:55pm, The Stormwater, Wastewater, Sewage Meeting

Summary will come soon. Left arm not working after laying floorboards in kitchen yesterday. 2. MAYOR’S REPORT Appreciate everyone’s work. We’re at 86.3 cases/100K, vaccination 71.2% of pop have initiated (emphasis mine) vaccination. We’re prepared for inclement weather. The Street and Sidewalk program mean there are more employees available to be trained for snow removal … Continue reading 15 Dec Council General Mtg – 5:30-7:55pm, The Stormwater, Wastewater, Sewage Meeting

8 DECEMBER 2021 CITY COUNCIL STUDY SESSION: 5:00 PM – 6:55pm, The get your geek on meeting

Changes to Floodplain Mgmt met with indifference tinged with resentment: tacit response was, why does Government have to interfere with our god-given right to use our land however we see fit? Other whinging: why do we have to keep paying $30K/yr for a Salvation Army security guard? (Item A6) IMHO, Possible reasons why we should … Continue reading 8 DECEMBER 2021 CITY COUNCIL STUDY SESSION: 5:00 PM – 6:55pm, The get your geek on meeting

1 Dec 2021 General Meeting: 5:30-8:20pm, The Meeting Where the Better Angels of our Nature Almost Prevailed.

A tough defeat. Although many people spoke and wrote to Council, Lusignan Forestry contract renewed. At no time did City acknowledge that cutting 97% of volume equals a clear-cut. And, apparently, the clear-cutting is already happening, this contract is just a renewal. So a forest of large trees, 32”->42” wide, directly above the reservoir, will … Continue reading 1 Dec 2021 General Meeting: 5:30-8:20pm, The Meeting Where the Better Angels of our Nature Almost Prevailed.

17 Nov 2021, City Council General – 5:30-7 ish

New election in District Six on Feb 8, 2022. Budget approved, Simpson opposing. Lobbyist re-hired, Simpson opposing with remarkable outburst on lobbying as “morally objectionable” and “a secret way to tax the people”. Annual ordinance authorizing City to collect property taxes approved, Simpson opposing. More $$ for rental assistance from CDBG grants. Parks will get … Continue reading 17 Nov 2021, City Council General – 5:30-7 ish

3 Nov 21 General Council Meeting – 5:30-6:39

I got my Covid booster shot at 6pm, earliest post-election appt I could get. There were holdups, so I missed almost the entire meeting, which ended at 6:39. Synchronistically, I arrived just in time for Simpson to speak. Here's what he said, followed by my rebuttal of his facts and logic: 18:31:36 – Mike Simpson … Continue reading 3 Nov 21 General Council Meeting – 5:30-6:39

27 October 2021 City Council Study Session

First Public Hearing on Budget is Nov 3. The workshops are all happening right now, you can review the first two presentations at https://www.bremertonwa.gov/1267/2022-Proposed-Annual-Budget. Final Budget Workshop is Nov 1. Zero increases to utilities in 2022! Except General Utilities charge, which is codified to rise 2.7%. Why? ARPA paid for capital improvements AND City did … Continue reading 27 October 2021 City Council Study Session

20 Oct 2021 City Council General Meeting – 5:30-some time after 8:45pm

Roy Runyon confirms no systemic racism against white men in Bremerton. Callow Ave area to allow light industrial uses, like block-long plant at 1123 N Wycoff that is naval contractor. Though Bremerton voters went to meetings, hearings, and walks & formed a vision for Charleston Area, a 4-block-wide corridor with Callow Ave as its spine … Continue reading 20 Oct 2021 City Council General Meeting – 5:30-some time after 8:45pm

City Council October 1-13: The Most Minimal Reporting

Important Public Hearing 10/20! Details below. Council reports have been sketchy, I know. I've been busy. My opponent is a daily inspiration to me. I'm taking every daylight hour I can to walk up to voters' doors, knock, and ask them about their hopes and concerns for Bremerton. Streets and homelessness. Over 1400 doors and … Continue reading City Council October 1-13: The Most Minimal Reporting

6 October 2021 General Meeting – Communism’s Dark Threat Unveiled.

Simpson warns that communism is the #1 killer – over 100 million – and we shouldn’t let it happen here. He comes out strong for My Body, My Choice … but I’m pretty sure that only applies to vaccines. In reality-based actions, (5A) Lt Elton explains that BPD is not purchasing any militarized equipment through … Continue reading 6 October 2021 General Meeting – Communism’s Dark Threat Unveiled.

8 September 2021 City Council Study Session, 5- 5:22pm. The Most Minimal Meeting

No summary for this 22-minute meeting. Vice-President Daugs was Acting President, as Council President Gorman was absent. A. BRIEFINGS on AGENDA BILL ITEM 1. Confirm Reappointment of Benjamin Burnette to the Parks & Recreation Commission Moved to Consent Agenda 2. Confirm Appointment of Andre Henderson to the Bremerton Housing Authority Board of Commissioners Moved to … Continue reading 8 September 2021 City Council Study Session, 5- 5:22pm. The Most Minimal Meeting

1 September 2021 City Council General Meeting, 5:30-8:20pm

Council moves to urge Mayor to appoint Tom Wolfe as BPD Chief. New police contract approved. Drive-throughs in neighborhoods approved. Simpson claims that “lockdowns don’t work because it didn’t stop the spread of this stuff”. He supports people who have questions about masks and vaccination, but is ok with people wearing masks and getting vaccinated … Continue reading 1 September 2021 City Council General Meeting, 5:30-8:20pm

25 August 2021 City Council Study Session – the Effluent Bombshell Meeting

City sewage treatment center releases TEN TIMES above allowable levels of nitrogen effluent. Aging sewage / wastewater system can’t comply with WA Dept of Ecology standards. $200M or more to bring us into compliance. (Item C) Public Hearing 9/1 on Amendment to Allow Drive-Throughs. Planning Commission and DCD believe we need more drive-throughs in Bremerton. … Continue reading 25 August 2021 City Council Study Session – the Effluent Bombshell Meeting

18 August 2021 City Council General Meeting, 5:30-6:29pm – the 59-minute meeting

Please get vaccinated. Until most of us are vaccinated, young people are at risk. Children were generally more immune in the first three or four waves of Covid. We got used to that. Now 14 year old kids are on ventilators. We’re seeing healthy 35 year olds cough, sicken, and die in days. Even a … Continue reading 18 August 2021 City Council General Meeting, 5:30-6:29pm – the 59-minute meeting

4 August 2021 City Council General Meeting, 5:30 PM – 8:04pm

Half of this meeting occupied by Councilor & public attempts to re-design projects already approved, up for cost overrun approval (5A, Warren/Wheaton & Kitsap Way); feasibility study for Warren Ave bridge ped/bike/wheelchair lane (5B) – and this one’s 100% grant-funded!; and road painting & bike signal installation downtown & along Austin Way (5C). Clarity on … Continue reading 4 August 2021 City Council General Meeting, 5:30 PM – 8:04pm