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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
14 July 2021 City Council Study Session – Happy Bastille Day! Downtown Library can’t find a buyer for $1.00. City on the hook for complete HVAC revamp. New traffic signals & painted bike lanes for Kitsap Way & Warren/Wheaton -- pedestrian refuges at 2 wide locations (11&Kitsap, Brother Don’s) planned, drawing outrage from Simpson who’s … Continue reading 14 July 2021 City Council Study Session – Happy Bastille Day!
FIVE HRS 18 MINS!!! Noise Ordinance postponed, after much discussion, to 5/26 or later; red-light camera agreement renewed for 2 years; 2 new full-time managers at Public Works and 1-1/2 full-time positions in Legal; our own City Charter requires an in-house attorney so no contract with the excellent Kylie Finnell as interim replacement for the … Continue reading 19 May 2021 Council General Meeting
Wetland and stream protections to be much reduced or eliminated to "streamline the process" to favor homeowners with waterside property; our lobbyists earned their money and then some; DPW budget process to be made more common-sense; new Noise Ordinance presented with lots of Council pushback to buy a decibel meter already! Proposed Kitsap Co Fire … Continue reading City Council 14 April 2021
Dr Karen Bolton demands investigation into BPD laxity in response to her being spat at -- they didn't even file a police report; 2 calls for greater diversity and inclusion; Warren Ave bridge redesign to study feasibility of Iverson proposal (1 wide passage for non-motorized); 3 FTEs at DCD and DPW approved to start 7/1 … Continue reading City Council 7 April 2021
Warren Ave Bridge proposed redesign (one wide side for all non-motorized, Dianne Iverson proposer) championed by Younger; police body cams contract proposed by Capt Wolfe, a strong advocate; major culvert repair imperative for McDougal Creek / Wheaton Way; review of 3 add'l FTEs for Permitting Development & Inspection. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 2021 MINUTES by Anna … Continue reading City Council 24 March 2021
Public recognition may well be restored to its pre-pandenic position at top of agenda; lots of hazzurai about 2nd amendment re replacement of Kitsap County Sheriff Dept at VERY short notice as Municipal Court security; Viva Alejandra Pulido, Mayor's Youth Council Award winner. City Council 17 March 2021, Notes by Anna Mockler 1. CALL TO … Continue reading City Council 17 March 2021
Kitsap Sheriff' Dept abruptly withdrew from their long-term contracts to provide security to Bremerton Municipal Court, and other nearby municipal courts, new contractor proposed, unarmed. Additional hires sorely needed by DCD and DPW to process unprecedented surge in building permit applications, to be funded by corresponding surge in permit fees (see Mayor's Report, 3 March … Continue reading City Council 10 March 2021
Mercury and PCBs & more contaminants found in well sampling near PSNS; 2nd ADUs allowed per Planning Commission recommendation; Waste Mgmt to repeat in 2021 cart-tagging with info cards, an outreach technique to reduce recycling contaminants that had no effect in 2019; Designated Crisis Responder to be hired by Kitsap Mental Health & contracted by … Continue reading City Council 3 Mar 2021