Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County, WA
Minutes June 2013
CRCJC General Assembly Minutes – June 1, 2013
Meeting Minutes Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County WA – General Assembly-June 29th, 2013
Meeting called to order at QUUF June 29th, 2013 at 9:30AM
In attendance; Frank-facilitator, O’Neill-notes, Val-stack, Allma-timekeeper, Sidney, Ellen, Norm, Carol G., Doug M., Kevin
Chartering Taskforce Report by Val-800 signatures to date, some of the Task Force have been attending BOCC meetings on Monday mornings and plan to continue, invite folks to show up. There will be a OP ED in the paper this week. People on a learning curve and beginning to get the message. If continue to get at least 60 signatures daily then the target at the end of July will be met. Val out there
7 days a week, Norm and Mike P. and Ellen also very busy getting signatures almost daily. Using email to be in contact with each other about their messages to BOCC. Carol G. wants to join the Task Force. Gave Val her email address for notices.
-Sidney cautions we keep in touch with the bigger picture while working locally.
-Val-there have been no frivolous issues in the other counties with home rule. A law is now in effect in Washington that there can be no paid-for signature collecting.
Study Group Report-Val-We are keeping the name “Study Group”-the Study Group researches, studies and refers to GA for possible actions. Groups (Task Forces) need to gather their materials to submit to Ellen to put under a tab on the website. PLEASE- please, generate well-written
materials to publish and send to Ellen. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bruce Cowan came to give the Democrats take on Chartering. No new information, except that we now know the Dem position on it, which at this time isn’t positive.
Some words from participants paraphrased:
-Doug- make clear where our decisions come from and do our best not to alienate.
-Norm-We need to heed CELDF’s teaching-“go outside the box.”
-Sidney-We can work within and without at the same time and remain open to the community.
Allma and Virginia asked to address the Smartmeter situation that has been brought to their attention in an article in The Leader on June 26th.
Virginia-The City is voting on Monday night about installing over 4,600 Smartmeters to monitor water usage. They said there are many health and safety concerns and that there are communities world-wide fighting the installation of and experiencing problems from the installation and moratoriums
have been declared. Among the problems are adding to accumulating Radio Frequency (RF) and other concerns. Virginia sent a letter to The Leader which was not published, but sent to David Timmons, the City Manager. She came to CRC because she felt it was wrong that her letter be sent on to him and not published and that there has been no public debate. She sees it as an example of corporate influence and not enough information to those impacted. The Smart meters are tied into the possible sale and maybe even a clear-cut of 82 acres the city owns.
Virginia has talked to the City and to the State Attorney General’s office and more.
Allma-moratoriums on Smartmeters in England and Italy. 40 cities and counties are presently fighting Smart meters. The plan in Port Townsend is to install them by December. Allma will send information and links she has gathered to be sent out by those who wish to. She said that on July 10th in in City Council Chamber 3 there is a meeting about clear-cutting 82 acres in Port Townsend. Carol concerned about the surveillance capabilities of Smartmeters, along with the RF problems. Allma-pulses in both directions. Need to know potency of spikes in charges.
Frank – County has electric meters in county.
-Kevin said there is an Energy meeting monthly which he attends and the next meeting is on July 5th at 4PM at First Federal. He will put it on the agenda.
-O’ Neill will get the word out about the City Council meeting on July 1st at 6:30PM.
-O’Neill-CRC members invited to join GAG 4th of July parade. Carpooling from Val’s. Leaving at 4PM. Information will be sent out to list serve and posted on FB and our website.
Val-Wrote a song for I-522-we practiced it!
Community Rights Coalition all-group picnic July 20th, 2013 4-6 PM at the Rosewind Commons House (off San Juan on Umatilla. Please bring you own dish to share, your own plate or bowl and eating utensils. Also bring your own drinks.
(The group has no “budget” for the pic mic-we will have to provide for ourselves-the venue is available because Doug and Nancy Milholland are sponsoring-THANK YOU, DOUG and NANCY.)
PLEASE, BRING YOUR INSTRUMENTS AND YOUR VOICES AND GAMES, IF YOU WISH INVITE A FRIEND OR FRIENDS . WE WILL HAVE ACCESS TO THE OUTSIDE AND THE INSIDE-BEAUTIFUL VENUE
No fragrances because some community members have dire allergy problems. No shoes inside.
Help would be appreciated. Please come at 3:00 PM to help set up and please stay after to clean up. CONTACT: email@example.com
-O’Neill-O’Neill speaking at QUUF on June 30th and a CRC table will be in the Fellowship Hall to distribute information and gather signatures for Home Rule as well as distribute information about CRC.
-O’Neill showed the GA a banner Joannie Muryama made that is reusable for rallies. It has a see-through plastic pocket to change messages.The group agreed that for rallies we need a very large banner and that it have slits to let the wind through. Someone said that there are end rolls
of paper available from The Leader for banners as well.
PROPOSAL put forth by Frank. “I propose that we form a task force to facilitate the creation and passage of a Bill of Rights for Jefferson County.”
It was passed. A sign-up sheet was circulated. The first meeting will be at Kevin’s on July 11th at 5:30PM. Frank will send directions to those on the list after he receives them from Kevin. If Kevin’s doesn’t work, the Co-op will be the default location.
-Frank wants to talk to farmers and others, go out around the county and hold public events to talk about the Bill of Rights and get input. He thinks there should be some “kick-off” event.
-Discussion: Rolling in of Bill of Rights into Charter, if it goes through. Parallel process. Long process-possibly 2 years
-Doug-Be ready to apply as a Freeholder. Need Freeholders from different corners of the county-Quilcene, Brinnon, Businesses, Farmers, etc.
-Kevin-Rights of Nature a major issue for him. Sees no reason to connect the Charter to a Bill of Rights. Discussion of that.
4,5000 hits on the website as of this morning. Go in to URL, has tabs where can go in to see rolling blog, etc. There is lots of information, but need folks to send in good materials. There are tabs for all of the GA minutes month by month, but because there weren’t many for 2012 those are batched. O’Neill has sent them in and will continue to do so. Waiting on Rick to send farmer information.
Ellen wants direction on what to do with issues and projects folks bring to CRC that are not yet CRC issues. Will possibly make a tab “Friends of CRC.”
Out of discussion: Flow from projects>Task Force, bring back and report to GA and GA acts on them.
If someone brings an issue to CRC it is advised that they write up something to put under the tab.
-Kevin-20/20 has a calendar and that has solved their problem about “kindred announcements.”
-Doug-Maybe more thought needs to be processed as to how to aid Ellen in her big task.
-Norm-Write good articles to send to Ellen.
-Val-Someone needs to come with a proposal for the next GA as to the protocol for follow through.
-Doug-Run a proposal by Ellen or have Ellen write it to bring to GA.
THANK YOU TO ELLEN FOR ALL OF HER WORK. BEAUTIFUL SITES SHE HAS CREATED.
PROPOSAL by Sidney. ” Propose that CRC allow informational tabs for “Other Community Issues” be on the website.” Passed.
Allma and Virginia send their information about Smart meters to Ellen.
Meeting adjourned at approximately 11:30