Monthly Archives: August 2013

Film Series Highlighting GMO issue comes to Port Townsend

GMO CORN needlesFree Film Series on GMO issues comes to Port Townsend.  Just in time to support the I-522 Statewide initiative to label GMO’s, the film series starts on August 26th. The Film series is organized by Local 20/20 and co-sponsored by several other community organizations including The Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County.

This provocative film series shines a light on what has happened in the past two decades to our global food system. You will learn how to make food choices that will keep you healthy, help our local farmers stay viable, and protect nature’s ecosystems.

Here is a film series schedule –  All Films start at 7:00 PM

 

The World According to Monsanto

  • 8/26 Quimper Unitarian
  • 8/28 Quimper Grange
  • 8/29 Quilcene Community Ctr
  • 8/30 Chimacum Grange

Seeds of Death

  • 9/2-Quimper Unitarian
  • 9/4 Quimper Grange
  • 9/5 Quilcene Community Ctr.
  • 9/6 Chimacum Grange

Genetic Roulette-The Gamble of our Lives

  • 9/9 Quimper Unitarian
  • 9/11 Quimper Grange (coincides with Howard Vlieger’s visit)
  • 9/12 Quilcene Community Ctr.
  • 9/13 Chimacum Grange

Seeds of Freedom

  • 9/12 Quilcene Community Cr.
  • 9/16 Quimper Unitarian
  • 9/18 Quimper Grange
  • 9/20 Chimacum Grange

This film is part of the PT Film Festival Weekend:

GMO OMG

  • 9/21 9:30 PM at the Rose Theatre
  • 9/ 22 6:15 PM at the Peter Simpson Free Cinema

With the exception of “GMO OMG,” all the films have been provided for free in collaboration with Meaningful Movies of Seattle with help from the Food Co-op, Local 20/20, the Rose Theatre, Port Townsend Film Festival, the Quimper and Chimacum Granges, Jefferson County Farm to School Coalition, Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship’s Green Sanctuary Committee and the Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County.

Although all of these films are free, donations at the door are welcome.

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General Assembly of the CRC meets this Saturday. Join us!

Salish BeeThe General Assembly of the Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County, Washington will meet Saturday, August 24th– 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM at the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Port Townsend, Washington … 2333 San Juan Avenue. We meet every two weeks. All Friends are welcomed to attend.

 

AGENDA ITEMS INCLUDE:

Updates from each of the workgroups:

  • Community Bill of Rights
  • Study Group
  •  Home Rule Charter Taskforce
  •  Sponsorship of the film series on GMO’s and in support of I-522
  • Other projects

Important information will be provided about the on-going public education project of the Home Rule Charter Taskforce.  Members of the taskforce have formed a Ballot Measure Committee (legal state registered) in order to raise funds to pay for educational materials, advertising, and other expenses. The Ballot Measure Committee is called “Yes! On Home Rule” The group  will act outside of the CRC umbrella and will have its own website with links to campaign materials and candidate information. This committee will be able to collect donations, keep accurate financial records, and file follow-up paperwork with the PDC while advocating for the passage of a Home Rule Charter in Jefferson  County.

The Home Rule Task Force (the original group of the CRC) will be sponsoring 3 public “Meet the Candidate” forums in September and October.  These will be PUBLIC INFORMATION forums that allow the candidates in each district to present their statements and platforms and also to answer questions from the public.

The “Yes! On Home Rule” committee will be holding a volunteer strategy meeting to plan future events and activities.  All friends are welcome to attend.  The Meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 28th at the Tri-Area Center in Chimacum.  The meeting will start at 6:00 PM.

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51 citizens sign up to run for Freeholder

August 14th, 15th and 16th fifty-one Jefferson County citizens signed up to run for Freeholder in the November election.  Elected Freeholders will use regularly scheduled Open Meetings and citizen input as a basis for decisions, and will design the Home Rule Charter and form of government to go on the ballot at a future date (hopefully in 2014)  That form, which the CRC taskforce hopes will include Initiative and Referendum as well as a simple Bill of Rights, can then be adopted by voters.

Here is a complete list of candidate for Jefferson County Freeholders.

Candidates for Freeholder – Jefferson County Washington

District #

Name

City

District 1 Raven Port Townsend
District 1 David L Goldman Port Townsend
District 1 Richard Wojt Port Townsend
District 1 Kevin Coker Port Townsend
District 1 Douglas Milholland (CRC Member) Port Townsend
District 1 Jim Rough Port Townsend
District 1 Peg Furey Port Townsend
District 1 Dennis A Schultz Port Townsend
District 1 Gary Engbrecht Port Townsend
District 1 John Wood Port Townsend
District 1 Julia B Cochrane (CRC Member) Port Townsend
District 1 Joan Best Port Townsend
District 1 O’Neill D Louchard (CRC Member) Port Townsend
District 1 Michael Legarsky Port Townsend
District 1 George D Randels Port Townsend
District 1 David Wayne Johnson Port Townsend
District 1  Tim Thomas Port Townsend
District 1 Bernie Arthur Port Townsend
District 1 Bob Sokol Port Townsend
District 1 Jack Westerman Port Townsend
District 2 Dick Shipman Port Townsend
District 2 David Cunningham Port Townsend
District 2 Ravey Kierann Chimacum
District 2 Robert W Jackson Port Hadlock
District 2 David C Harrah Port Townsend
District 2 Jim Fritz Port Townsend
District 2 Michael Regan (CRC Member) Port Hadlock
District 2 Paul Richmond Port Townsend
District 2 John Jamison Port Hadlock
District 2 John D. Gieser Port Townsend
District 2 Gene Farr Port Townsend
District 2 Jim Pearson Port Hadlock
District 2 Henry Werch Port Townsend
District 2 Mark Clark Port Townsend
District 2 Chris Hanson Port Townsend
District 3 Davis Steelquist Quilcene
District 3 Diane Johnson Quilcene
District 3 Norm Norton (CRC Member) Port Townsend
District 3 Jim Boyer Port Ludlow
District 3 Craig Durgan Port Ludlow
District 3 Larry J Hovde Quilcene
District 3 Ed Jaramillo Port Ludlow
District 3 Nicole Black Brinnon
District 3 Dan Toepper Port Ludlow
District 3 Bob Pontius Port Ludlow
District 3 Wayne G King Sequim
District 3 David L Dickson Forks
District 3 Jim Davis Port Townsend
District 3 Ron Gregory Port Ludlow
District 3 Bill Eldridge Port Ludlow
District 3 Sunday Pace Chimacum

 

 

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Smart Meter update!

prohibit smart metersTONIGHT AT A PUBLIC MEETING OF the Port Townsend CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL PROJECTS COMMITTEE DAVID TIMMONS DECLARED THAT THE CONTRACT WITH HONEYWELL WILL NOT BE PURSUED.  THAT MEANS, THAT, FOR NOW, THE PROPOSED SMART(water) METER PROJECT IN PORT TOWNSEND HAS BEEN TABLED. For now, the City has tabled the issue because of public outcry and other emerging issues they must address in regard to the water system. 

WE WILL CONTINUE TO BE VIGILANT. 

 

THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO SHOWED UP AT THE CITY COUNCIL AND WROTE LETTERS AND SENT EMAILS.

 

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Meeting today: Smart meters may be coming to Port Townsend: city plans to cut forest to pay for it!

smart metersA meeting we should all attend today:  Wednesday, August 14th –  The cutting of a forest to pay for Smart Meters that are opposed by many citizens.

The city of Port Townsend wants to install Smart Meters.  There is much research to show that smart meters can cause health issues. The meters emit an electrical field that can be read from a remote location.  The installation of the smart meters by Honeywell would cost millions and the city proposes to cut a nearby forest to pay for it. This from Virginia Wald – PT community member:

According to City Hall, the meeting today,  Wednesday, 4-6 pm is NOT about smart meters.  It is, however, about selling  the timber on approximately 100 acres of woods that the city “owns”.  This  is supposedly to help fund our utilities, although the water rates have  increased by $240 a year in 2014.  80-acres of these trees provide a buffer  to the pollution from the pulp mill.  If you care about these trees, please  who up at today’s meeting;

Council Special Projects  Committee: Dates: Wednesday, August 14, 2013  Title: Council Special Projects  Committee  Description: Surplus  property and timber sales  Times: 4:00 PM – 6:00  PM

 

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Important County-wide meeting for all potential Freeholders

IMPORTANT UPCOMING COMMUNITY MEETINGS:

don't forgetCharter information meeting to be presented by Jefferson County personnel for potential Freeholders: MONDAY AUGUST 12th at 6:00PM in the Superior Court at the Jefferson County court house. Jefferson county personnel will present the rules for applying for Home Rule Charter Freeholder.  Packets of information will be passed out.  Forms that need to be filled out will be distributed.

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The next General Assembly meeting of the CRC is this Saturday!

crc logo welcomThe General Assembly of the Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson county will meet August 10th, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM at the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Port Townsend, Washington … 2333 San Juan Avenue. We meet every two weeks. All Friends are welcomed to attend.

AGENDA ITEMS INCLUDE:

  • Update on the Community Bill of Rights process from the Community Bill of Rights taskforce.
  • Update on the Home Rule Charter progress including a report back on a well attended Freeholder and Home Rule information meeting held on Wednesday, August 7th at the Tri-Area Center in Chimacum.
  • Next steps for the finding qualified Freeholders who will create a charter that will bring the right to Initiative and referendum to the people of this county, include a bare-bones Bill of Rights into the initial charter, and create an initial charter that will be easily pass by the voters in future.  Strategy for helping the charter and freeholder process to pass this November 5th.
  • The Home Rule Charter taskforce will be at the Jefferson County Fair this next weekend.
  • Other agenda items may be added

Other CRC working group meetings you might want to attend:

  • Study Group – Every Tuesday 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM at the QUUF
  • Community Bill of Rights taskforce – Thursdays – 5:30 to 7:00 PM at the Port Townsend Community Center.
  • Charter Taskforce – Contact Val Phimister  Meetings are held at irregular times depending on the projects in motion. – Looking for boots on the ground members – this is not a study group.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING COMMUNITY MEETINGS:

Charter information meeting to be presented by the County for potential Freeholders: MONDAY AUGUST 12th at 6:00PM in the Superior Court at the County court house. If this changes, we will let you know. 

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Becoming We the People: Jefferson county chartering to be on November ballot. The search for Freeholders begins.

freeholders 3Today, Monday, August 5th at the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners meeting, the Resolution for Home Rule to be placed on the November 5 ballot was passed unanimously by the three commissioners. However, the commissioners have given us a very short time frame in which to get organized, so we must move quickly.  Filing as a Freeholder starts 8:30 a.m. on August 14 and ends at 4:30 p.m. on August 16.

Now that the petition for Home Rule Charter has been validated by the Auditor, anyone who has been a resident of the County for at least 5 years and is a registered voter can pay the $25 fee to be placed on the ballot as a Freeholder.

The Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County is looking for people to run for freeholder positions from all three commissioner districts.  We are looking for people who will support the position of creating a basic charter that includes the right for citizens to use initiative and referendum and  a basic Community Bill of Rights to help direct the county.  If you are that person, please come to an informational meeting for prospective Freeholders.

The Community Rights Coalition Home Rule Charter Task Force will hold an Informational Meeting for prospective Freeholders.

Date:  Wednesday, August 7

Time:  6:00 p.m.

Place:  Tri-Area Community Center, Chimacum, Washington

 At this meeting, members of the Task Force will cover the following information:

  • Who can qualify to be a prospective Freeholder under State requirements
  • How to register as a Freeholder Candidate
  • How a Freeholder is elected
  • What tasks Freeholders are given once they are elected
  • What is a Freeholder Platform?

 

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So Your Community is Going to be Fracked, Mined, Sprayed, Factory Farmed, or fill in the blank…

RIGHTS BASED ORGANIZING  IS THE ANSWER!

From the Community Environmental Legal defense Fund (CELDF) website

together we can do so much...“Communities across the country, trying to stop a wide range of threats – such as fracking, spraying, mining, factory farming, sewage sludging, water privatization, coal shipments, unsustainable energy development, and genetically modified seeds – all run into the same problem: they don’t have the legal authority to say “no” to them.   The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund organizes in communities facing such threats.  We’ve created this short video to share with you how a structure of law has developed that stands in the way of us saying “no” to harmful activities such as fracking, and prevents us from building sustainable food, energy, water, and other systems. It walks step-by-step through the barriers we face in our communities and what communities are doing – and what you can do – about it.”

Watch a 20 minute video on what a citizen can do to stop the insanity.

http://celdf.org/so-your-community-is-going-to-be-fracked-mined-or-fill-in-the-blank

 

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Historical event: petition signatures to begin process of Home Rule turned over to county auditor

collage2500 signatures were submitted to place Home Rule Charter on the Jefferson County ballot in November.  The vote would also include picking “freeholders” to work on drafting a charter for the county.   Supporters and petitioners met early July 30th .  The petitions were turned into the county auditor and the elections supervisor.  The local newspapers were there and asked plenty of good questions and then both the Port Townsend Leader reporter Tristan Hiegler, and the  Peninsula Daily news reporter wrote excellent stories about the event.

IT’S NOT OVER UNTIL IT’S OVER

The Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County Chartering Taskforce is continuing to collect signatures right up to the deadline of August 6th.  The group wants to make sure that they have enough valid signatures to make the November ballot.  2010 are needed, 2500 were handed in and another 500 are now being collected.  Please consider circulating a petition for the effort.

NEXT STEPS

Once enough signatures are validated the County Board of Commissioners will put out a call for “Freeholders”  and those who wish to file for the unpaid positions will have three days to apply to be listed on the ballot.  According to the county auditor Donna Eldridge, there will probably be a filing fee.  The amount exact amount for the filing fee will be set by the county commissioners.

Here are links to the online edition stories.

Port Townsend Leader article:

http://www.ptleader.com/news/home-rule-advocates-submit-charter-petition/article_2688fb74-f962-11e2-83d1-0019bb30f31a.html

Peninsula Daily News article

http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20130731/NEWS/307319985/citizens-group-seeking-charter-for-jefferson-county

Excellent Video footage by supporter Nancy Botta as petitions were turned into the Jefferson  county elections office on this historical day.

http://vimeo.com/71364040

 

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