Monday, January 28, 2013

Fwd: End paid family leave?

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Fwd: Bills your Rep. Overstreet is pushing

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Next meeting of the 42nd Legislative District Democrats is Saturday, February 9, 10 am at the Machinists Hall, 2064 Vista Drive, in Ferndale.
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Fwd: NWCAA seeks analysis of proposed export terminal’s effects on local air quality - Jan. 22, 2013

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Fwd: Deadline Tuesday: Stop Coal Exports!

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Fwd: 5 more days to submit your GPT scoping comments!

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Fwd: Wolf Hatred and Bigotry

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Fwd: Jan. 15, 2013 - NWCAA seeks voluntary burn ban this week

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Of Bellingham's Downtown, Public Spending, and Capitalism: Part I

Ten years ago my wife and I moved to Bellingham, WA for many typical "ex-urban" reasons: safer neighborhoods, less crowding, more park access, less traffic. I couldn't envision owning a home and raising children in an ever crowded and expensive Bay Area. Ultimately, the verdict on our decision to emigrate will always be mixed; debate over some decisions never quite leaves you.

I probably spend $40 or so dollars each week while I stroll my children or walk  downtown. Most of this is food, coffee, bread, bagels, etc.  Some significant additional amount goes to museum memberships, violin rentals, the farmer's market, evenings at Mt. Baker Theater or The Pickford (or The Limelight), eating lunch and  dinner out with friends and family at places like Avenue BreadBoundary Bay, Taco Lobo, Mt. Bakery, La Fiamma, The Table  etc. So figure $200 - $300 each month gets spent in downtown locations from our family. Multiply this by some few ten thousand families and you've got an economy that is truly sustainable and worth while. But when you travel downtown with your stroller early mornings in Bellingham, a parent still perceives many of the characteristics of small town urban decay that can be seen in too many of WA rural towns:

Monday, January 14, 2013

"Lessons from..."

Al Krause and Ruth Higgins have published a small but thoughtful book: "Lessons from the Obama 2012 Grassroots Campaign".  The softcover is available at Village Books. Their political website: has additional information and a well mannered, thoughtful blog on Whatcom County politics. Their book reveals tension between OFA's top down organizational hierarchy and local Whatcom County politics. I found the discussions of such provocative.

Michelle Alexander will speak on Thursday January 17th at WWU PAC at 7:00 PM.  Ms. Alexander will speak on or about  Race, Immigration, Poverty and Prisons : . Her book is available at Village Books as well. I will remind the reader that academic background on the current prison system could be informative for Whatcom County residents given or proposed new jail.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Economic impacts forum on the GPT coal terminal

CommunityWise Bellingham is sponsoring an economic impacts forum on the GPT coal terminal on Tuesday, January 8th, 7 PM at the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth Street, Bellingham. The Forum will include:
  • Local Economic Risks and Costs of GPT
    Shannon Wright, Executive Director, Communitywise Bellingham
  • Tax Implications of GPT
    David Stalheim, Former Planning Director, Whatcom County
  • Overview of the City of Bellingham’s Concerns and Actions to Date
    Michael Lilliquist, City Councilor, City of Bellingham
  • Coal Export Impacts on Rail Infrastructure and Local Communities – A Regional Perspective
    Ross McFarlane, Senior Advisor, Climate Solutions
  • South Fork Rail Route & Impacts to Agriculture
    Nicole Brown, Safeguard the South Fork, WWU Professor, Co-owner Moondance Farm
  • Brief Overview on Submitting a Scoping CommentTerry Weschler, Co-Founder, Protect Whatcom

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Fwd: SEP Newsletter: The "fiscal cliff" deal and the attack on the working class

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Socialist Equality Party Newsletter


The fiscal cliff deal

By Barry Grey
03 January 2013
The bill passed by Congress averting tax increases and spending cuts dubbed the "fiscal cliff" sets the stage for a campaign by both parties and the US media for sweeping attacks on social programs that provide health coverage and retirement income for the elderly, the disabled and the poor.