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.
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.
The City proposes to create more affordable housing by changing the Multi-Family Tax Exemption (MFTE) structure. There will be a public hearing 3/16/2022. You can download the Agenda and Packet here, to see all the details: https://meetings.municode.com/PublishPage/index?cid=BREM&ppid=d33416d7-25d1-44e6-9d32-55b97fa53824&p=-1. Email Council. Attend the Public Hearing. Let your voice be heard. For years the City has given developers … Continue reading Affordable Housing: MFTE Public Hearing 16 March
Two unarmed security guards for 3 downtown City parking garages, 5pm-4am. From the Parking Fund, they'll take almost $97K of "budgeted funds", i.e., money already budgeted. They’ll refer homeless to a shelter. After 9pm, when shelters close, they’ll “move them along”. Will call 911 for any dangerous situations. Interlocal agreement with other Kitsap Co. fire … Continue reading 16 Feb 2022, City Council General 5:30-7pm, the really pretty typical meeting
Short meeting with only one general business item, replacing old used equipment at Gold Mtn Golf Course with newer used equipment from a pool where wealthier municipalities toss their outmoded equipment. It’s Bremerton. We know how to fix old, honest, metal machines. We scoff at the rich know-nothings who’ll toss a mower for scrap just … Continue reading 2 February 2022 City Council General – 5:30-6:04pm; a very short 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
Your ballot has arrived! Vote for the Mockler of your choice (lol)! Seriously, I've been very heartened by the many people who want to vote for a Councilor who will get things done for our district. People are glad that 13th & Wycoff will become a 4-way stop. They want me to work for safe … Continue reading Campaign Update 25 Jan 2022
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.
Good news! Election season has definitely begun — first of my signs was stolen.If you have a sign, please put it up. If you want a sign, email me & I’ll install.Ballots will drop Jan 21st. I’m asking you to talk to neighbors, remind them there’s an election & this one actually counts. Also, I … Continue reading Campaign Update 14 Jan 2022
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
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
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
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.
This is an email I received from Director Cami Apfelbeck, answering my questions at 6:00 this morning. Very much NOT a slacker, Dir. Apfelbeck. My original questions are in italic, for your reading pleasure. As of 12:45pm, I've reviewed it after 3 readings. My comments are in bold italic, following Cami's responses. "Good morning, Anna: … Continue reading Lusignan Forestry Update 12/1
Lusignan Forestry will clear-cut 20.3 acres of 70 year old watershed forest, directly above reservoir. I received Forest Plan and map of watershed roads this morning. Here are my questions to Public Works after review, and the Forest Plan and map, as attachments to today's email from Public Records: Dear Dirs Apfelbeck & Knuckey, My … Continue reading Lusignan Forestry Update 11/29
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
Dear Supporters,Thank you for all your kindness, friendship, and support in this campaign. With your backing, I am only 3 votes behind my opponent, and there are still ballots to count. I’m really grateful for everything you did to bring a progressive, representative voice to Bremerton City Council. You believe in me. You cooked soup … Continue reading The adventure continues …
As of 5pm last night, I'm one vote behind the opponent. Unless our margin is greater than 37 votes, pretty unlikely at this point, Kitsap Auditor will call for a new election. This will probably be in February. I will have run FOUR times for this position! Primary and general in 2019; general in 2021; … Continue reading Sometimes you just have to laugh
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