Thrilled Robinson is willing to serve
I have known Michael Robinson as a friend and fellow educator for many years. I was thrilled when I learned that he filed as a candidate for the Ocean Beach School Board of Directors seat. Michael possesses all the attributes necessary to become an outstanding board member; he is smart, inquisitive, thinks things through and always does his due diligence.
Our community will be well-served by Michael’s presence on the school board. When you mark your ballot, please consider voting for Michael Robinson.
911 proposal a disappointment
It’s very disappointing that the top two achievements of the administrators of our 911 service are to select a ballot title that is tantamount to a threat where no threat exists and to have obscured from the 911 advisory board (which includes representatives of public safety service providers) the insertion into the budget of a $50,000 commuter car for the deputy director. Couple those hoodwinks with management shortcomings — no plans, no evaluation processes, no fiscal discipline, and no measurements of performance — and it’s obvious that the sales tax measure is a trick to get voters to throw money (and our county’s economy) into a black hole.
The singular argument for more sales tax is that the decline in the number of wired telephone lines has reduced telephone excise tax revenue. Between 2002 and today the annual revenue has slipped less than $10,000. The proposed sales tax hike is estimated to raise $250,000 annually.
The residents and taxpayers of Pacific County deserve officials who hold themselves accountable for understanding the outcomes of their decisions upon those they are sworn to serve. Faithfully carrying out the duties of one’s position for the maximum benefit of the public is not merely a suggestion, it’s both an expectation and a responsibility. A few hours of researching census data and Washington Department of Revenue statistics was sufficient for me to identify a range of adverse effects on the various demographic groups within our population together with the reach of the economic injury of this tax. The proponents of the tax attempt to justify their indifference to the collateral damage by judging a minimal education as too expensive and time consuming. That excuse doesn’t pass the sniff test. Staff time and public resources have been appropriated to develop and deliver one-sided campaign talking points and the cost of running the election is significant. Using taxpayer funds to keep voters in the dark can be characterized with many unflattering terms. They should be ashamed of themselves.
Exploitation of the fears of the electorate by public officials is deplorable. Our 911 service is facing no threat, whatsoever. Reject this measure for two reasons. First, because the sales tax hike inflicts harm while doing nothing to protect or enhance service and, second, as a demand for needed corrections to behavior.
Write in Colvin for port board
I am a Chinook resident who cares deeply about the future of the Port of Chinook. It has recently been found that the district is having financial problems. While these are being addressed, I ask Chinook voters to please consider voting for a write-in candidate, Kathy Colvin. She is currently working with the new port manager to help resolve some of the issues. Being a long time Chinook resident and business owner, Kathy has filed as a write-in candidate because she believes the health of Port of Chinook is vital to our area.
So please, Chinook residents, when you receive your mail-in ballot, locate the “Port Commissioner #1” position. Write in “Kathy M. Colvin” and vote for a thriving Port of Chinook. Thank you,
Perez explains Facebook comments
I thank those who submitted letters regarding the alleged slander comment on my campaign site at www.facebook.com/markperezformayor. I have a post concerning Remote Interest-Public Trust. I asked the State Auditor’s Office if a council member should recuse himself when payments to his company or to a board association are on the consent agenda. The State Auditor’s Office recommended they recuse themselves, an easy solution to maintain and earn public trust.
Is the alleged slander concerning my post about Councilor Phillips’ two DUIs? Why bring it up? Everyone makes mistakes. These happened while he was an elected official, and instead of taking responsibility for his actions, he attacked the officers’ credibility, training, certification and judgment. The mayor oversees the police department and should have the highest regard for city, county and state officers who patrol our streets.
So it was asked, how can I make a statement without any basis. On my campaign site I’ve added letters, case files, ledgers and supporting documentation. Please look over the site — the first post is an introduction and contains links to all the other topics.
Regarding the other letter in support of my opponent from a member of the Visitor’s Bureau executive board. I attended the county Lodging Tax Advisory Committee meeting and witnessed the group, which included the Visitor’s Bureau director and a board member, advocate for reducing the sheriff’s request for Fourth of July and Rod Run funding and eventually removing funding for the sheriff from the lodging tax fund. Then I was invited to the Visitor’s Bureau board meeting where they discussed how their director was instructed to bring up the reserve fund and how important the reserve fund is for an unforeseen event or opportunity. The Fourth of July mayhem was an actual unforeseen event and cutting the Sheriff’s funding in half and raising the Visitor’s Bureau’s reserve fund is not going to improve next years 4th of July.
The Daily Astorian wrote an editorial about our 4th which read “But the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau is quite right in shifting our marketing focus away from bringing people in during months when the beach is automatically popular.” If our beaches are automatically popular during summer, then why are we paying so much to draw people who are coming here anyway and stripping away at the law enforcement tourists and residents need to be safe? If you don’t adequately fund a portion of law enforcement out of the Lodging Tax, then you put that burden on the residents or they go without.
As for working with other team members, for the most part our council meetings are smooth, business as usual, but on occasion they have been contentious. I’m not there to give up my integrity and go along with the others in lock step. I’m there to voice my opinion on issues and, yes, sometimes it’s a different opinion, and I will not hesitate to call the council or mayor on a topic.
Don’t ignore the ballot measures
Shortly, citizens across the state will be receiving the Nov. 3 ballot. Included are six state-wide measures: two initiatives and four advisory questions. The Pacific County Democrats encourage all voters to research these measures and vote. Initiatives to the People, if passed, become law. Included in the upcoming ballot are I-1366, a Tim Eyman proposal to blackmail the legislature into a constitutional amendment, and I-1401, that would prohibit trafficking in endangered animals.
The Washington State Constitution balances majority rule and minority rights and sets out how the people can participate directly in law making by using initiatives. Our Constitution requires involvement of both the legislature and the people to be amended. I-1366 seeks to force our elected officials to vote for a Constitutional Amendment. It does so by threatening a 1.5 billion dollar per year reduction in revenue. Honest people can disagree on what the tax rate should be, but I-1366, is neither honest nor an attempt to lower taxes. It is an attempt to force elected officials to vote as Tim Eyman wants rather than voting their consciences. The amendment that is I-1366’s actual goal would create a requirement for a two-thirds supermajority in both the Senate and House in order to raise taxes. This would allow a minority of either house of our legislature to block funding for programs that both parties agree need to be funded. Funding for schools, roads, and local services in rural counties would all be in jeopardy. The Mainstream Republicans as well as the Washington state Democrats oppose this bill. The Constitution sets the correct balance and should not be amended; our elected officials should not be coerced.
This initiative would criminalize the trafficking in 10 endangered or nearly extinct animals. World wide illegal ivory trade is a multi-billion dollar a year “business.” “Every day, endangered species like elephants and rhinos are slaughtered to fuel a lucrative trade in unnecessary products made of ivory or horn.” (Paul Allen). While admittedly this is a greater problem in other countries, it is wrong everywhere. The wrongs of the illegal wildlife trade include not just the harm to the nearly extinct species: the industry often supports other organized crime and militias that victimize local communities. This initiative would help ensure that Washingtonians are not adding to these crimes but instead are setting an example for other states and countries.
The Pacific County Democrats hope that the voters will join us in voting no on I-1366 and yes on I-1401.
Chair, Pacific County Democrats
Perez will work for fair policies
I would like to support Mr. Mark Perez. I have worked with Mark for a couple years now, on the City Council and indirectly now as a planning commissioner. One cannot find a smarter or more efficient person for this mayoral job. I have watched how He uses His skills in tracking and finding inequities in the Our Cities budget and found Him to be very knowledgeable with all aspects of working with and putting together computer programs. Mark will work for all the citizens of Long Beach with fairness to everyone, not just some. Please put your vote to work with Mark. It is a vote that you won’t regret!
‘Phillips is my choice’ for mayor
Jerry Phillips has all of the qualities needed to be the perfect fit for the city of Long Beach. He is personable, well liked, and he is always available to listen. Jerry and I have different world political outlooks, but, I can say that hes is a very good friend. I have been there when he was approached by others with concerns about our city, and he has always made a point of seeing it through.
Councilman Perez has been a pariah even before he was elected in a very close race. He has attempted self-serving change which would harm our city. He has stirred up problems that didn’t exist and then abruptly, walked away leaving his bamboozled followers flat. He has made a mockery of our traditions and has worked to change them to what he considers a proper government. He has rarely attended city functions (the Loyalty dinner or the parade itself for example) and pays no attention to tradition at all.
While these are my observations and opinion, I share them with many of our citizens.
Councilman Perez does not play well with others. In his earlier many attempts at writing about how he will he bring people together but, he has in fact has managed to make friends political enemies.
Jerry loves this town and its festivals, its low crime rate, and more than anything, the fantastic people that have made this town a great place for tourists to enjoy. Most of all, he cares for all the citizens that live here.
I stand for tradition. I stand with others who want to see this town continue to thrive as a destination vacation city. Councilman Perez has indicated that we should spend less or nothing on festivals, because as he has said, (paraphrasing: We don’t need these festivals, the people will come because we’re at the beach).
Jerry has the knowledge and the temperance to keep our town we love and our enormous amount of people who return for the culture, the lodging and restaurants. It’s not just the beach, Mark.
Robinson will set positive tone
The attitude, direction, fiscal responsibility, and policies of our local schools are determined by our locally elected school board members. We have been incredibly fortunate to have Sandy Stonebreaker serving on the Ocean Beach School Board of Directors in Position #5 for the past 12 years. Under her leadership our local community schools have made great strides. As she takes a well-deserved break from this demanding volunteer position it is vitally important that we as voters replace her with someone who has a deep understanding of the educational process and will continue to move our district in a positive direction. I believe Michael Robinson is the candidate for the job.
Mike has taught the children of the Ocean Beach School District for 26 years, spanning Ocean Park, Long Beach, and Hilltop Elementary. He knows and cares for our kids, he knows and cares for our staff, and he understands and cares about what kind of educational experience we as community members want for our children. Mike is approachable, he listens, and he is action-oriented. There is no doubt that any member of our community could share their thoughts and concerns with him and expect resolution.
Please join me in voting for Michael Robinson for Ocean Beach School District Board of Directors Position #5.
South Bender weighs in on initiatives
You should have or will soon receive your Voters’ Pamphlet for 2015. I’m pleased to see Initiative 1366. Great, finally a measure which will limit the growth of government and their intrusion into our lives. I have received calls from the Governor’s Office whining about Initiative 1366, stating it will destroy their ability to help us — great! We should all know by now, government could be given all the money we have and they would still need more. Government’s problem is they can’t manage a two-car funeral, much less a bloated dysfunctional bureaucracy.
Just look at our local and state representatives. While I’m sure for the most part are well meaning, they have no real experience in management and actually creating jobs. They sign the back of the check, not the front. Having been in management in aerospace and owning a business for over 52 years, I can testify these are two different worlds. As an employee, the company/government has your back, and in business when you screw-up, it’s on you. As a result, our elected officials see no consequences from poor decisions; they have the full resources of our money to back them, and no incentive to keep costs low.
I-1401, Advisory numbers 10, 11, 12, and 13 reflect this lack of common sense and big-government-think put forth by our legislators. I see in the local papers city councils are struggling with funding their organizations. Their solutions: more tax on business and more regulations. Great, so more business will close and move out, jobs lost...
This is my judgment on these issues which I believe will help create jobs and reduce taxes:
Initiative 1366: yes
Initiative 1401: no, we don’t need to enable an already dysfunctional WDFW to run around the state looking for parts of elephants, rhinoceros — making highway stops to inspect your car or home.
Advisory 10, 11, 12, 13: repeal them; just more big government in your face.
Remember: governments don’t create jobs, they create debt.
Check out author’s new Kindle book
Special thanks to Keleigh at beachdog.com in north Long Beach for her artistic talent in making “Skooter and Bandit” the beautiful little Kindle book it is. I provided her the photos and words, and she did the rest! And thanks to the patience of Wendy for answering all my questions.
This book is available on Kindle Direct Publishing. It is available at www.beachpets.com/long-beach-wa-shelter/kindle-book-benefits-spchs. All proceeds go to no-kill shelters with 90 percent going to our local shelter.
Write in Crater for Ilwaco council
Dear Citizens of Ilwaco:
I have decided to run as a write-in candidate for the Ilwaco City Council Position #05 because I can no longer stand to watch Mayor Cassinelli govern this city without regard for the best interest of the public while the City Council does little to nothing to hold him accountable. The Chinook Observer reported on glaring examples of this recently in the articles “Ilwaco Mayor Ends Contract with City Planner,” “Ilwaco Council Raises Questions about Mayoral Authority,” “Ilwaco Terminates Wastewater Staff, Contracts with Gray and Osborne.”
After talking to people all over town, I’ve realized that there are many different complaints about the way Ilwaco is being run. Many of the people I’ve spoken to are afraid to stand up to the current administration for fear of retaliation. I want to change the hostile climate at City Hall and address the issues raised by Ilwaco’s citizens head on.
The citizens of Ilwaco deserve better and I truly believe it’s time that the City Council starts holding the mayor accountable for his actions or lack thereof. If elected, I will be an engaged, active member of the Council. I will seek out participation from the public and will strive to conduct city business in the light of day.
Below are two issues (of many) that I have personally experienced with Ilwaco. I am including these just to give you an example of the systemic disorganization and lack of accountability that currently exists:
• DECISIONS ARE MADE WITH NO REGARD FOR THE LAW: The mayor has overall responsibility to ensure that state and local laws and codes are followed. During my time as the City Planner and on the Planning Commission prior to that, it is my opinion that he consistently failed to do his job. I often provided verbal and written instructions to the mayor, his staff, and the City Council about how to accomplish procedural planning tasks in compliance with the law. Even after doing this, my instructions were rarely regarded.
The city is currently struggling to follow the correct procedures to approve their draft Comp Plan. There have been delays and miscommunication that could have been easily avoided had my advice been followed. Being out of compliance with the law is a liability for Ilwaco that impacts service to the public, gives the city a bad name, and could potentially lead to loss of funding.
• MAYOR ABRUPTLY CANCELS PLANNING CONTRACT: It is my position that the mayor misused his power when he canceled CREST’s contract for planning services. I worked as the Planner assigned to Ilwaco, and I went above and beyond to improve planning services in my short time working with them. I believe the mayor canceled the contract due to his own personal agenda.
When the mayor canceled the contract, he obviously did it with little forethought, failing to provide the City Council with reasoning and or proper notice of his proposed actions. It is my opinion that he chose to abruptly cancel the contract with CREST because as City Planner I issued a Bed and Breakfast Permit to the Tuna Club. I carefully reviewed the City Code prior to making this decision, and feel confident that in issuing the permit I was acting within the bounds of the code and my authority as City Planner.
Canceling the City Planning contract without having a replacement lined up was not in the best interest of the citizens of Ilwaco. The city has been without a planner since July. Now they are preparing to contract with a planning outfit that is almost two hours away, which I think will likely increase costs for development permits. As a citizen of Ilwaco who will be effected by this, I find this action completely unacceptable!
I am asking the voters of Ilwaco to please write-in Ryan Crater for Ilwaco City Council Position #05. I intend to clean up Ilwaco! Please let me know about any struggles you’ve faced with the City of Ilwaco. I’d like to help you address them if elected. Thank you,
Retired principal supports Robinson
When I heard that my friend and colleague, Michael Robinson, had declared candidacy to represent District 5 of the Ocean Beach School District Board of Directors, I couldn’t have been more pleased that he stepped up to take on this challenging position.
Michael is one of those rare people who put their heart, soul, and mind into everything they do. He is an outstanding educator of both children and adults, an eager volunteer for many community events, and a dedicated and involved citizen of the Long Beach Peninsula. He’s a good listener, able to see different points of view, and a team player, yet can arise easily to a leadership role. Michael does his homework!
Since moving to the east coast almost two years ago, I have continued to follow the political aspirations of my friends, colleagues, and students who are devoting their energies in making the Peninsula the truly special place that it is. I can’t vote in this or the other upcoming elections, but I surely hope you do and cast your vote in favor of Michael Robinson for OBSD school director.
Former Principal, Ocean Park Elementary School
Time for change on Chinook board
I have read your reporting in the Chinook Observer and the editorial in the Daily Astorian about the troubles of the Chinook port. I have fished out of this port for many years and it concerns me to learn of their problems. I live in eastern Oregon and come to the coast often to visit relatives.
Just by chance I was here when the port was having a meeting on what to do to get themselves out of this financial problem. I decided that I would attend the meeting to see if I could learn what their problems were. The meeting I attended apparently was a workshop about making the 2016 budget. Nonetheless, it quickly turned to “how to fix” the port’s financial problems so that they could “create a budget.” I was glad to see that there were people there from Pacific County government that are trying to help in solving the problem as well as many concerned citizens of Chinook.
What was most disturbing to see was the lack of input from the port commissioners themselves. They were sitting at one end of the room and listening to the government officials and residents talk of how to fix THEIR problem. It was apparent that these commissioners had not been doing their due diligence in the overseeing of the port’s operation. It appears from their lack of diligence that the residents of Chinooks could, in the future, see a tax increase from 26 cents to 90 cents per $1,000 on their property taxes to help run the port.
The port users will also see increased moorage charges as well as some new charges. I would have to say the port for all of the years I have moored there, been on the cheap side for moorage, and was more than due an upgrade on their rates. Increased rates, etc., should have kept the port running in the black, with maybe some small property tax increases to help out.
To increase to the maximum tax rate the county can charge for taxpayers in the port district seems unfair to the taxpayers. However, if this is what is required to save the port, then I believe it would only be fair to the taxpayers of Chinook for the three commissioners to step aside now and appoint new commissioners to tackle this problem! To allow the current commissioners to continue would in my opinion be a path to failure. No commercial fisherman or recreational fisherman would want to see the loss of the Chinook port.