Apr 25: Dinner Speaker County Commissioner Ed Wolfe

Our Dinner Speaker for April is Commissioner Ed Wolfe. Homelessness and affordable housing are current issues affecting the Puget Sound region. Come out and hear Commissioner Wolfe’s thoughts. The dinner will be at our new location of Dennys 5004 Kitsap Way, Bremerton at 5PM on Thurs April 25.

Apr 30: Washington Landlord Association Meeting

Washington Landlord Association
Bremerton Speaker Meeting
Monday, April 30th | 5:30 pm

Speakers & Topic: WLA President & Attorney, Rob Trickler, speaking on Senate Bill 5600. An ACT Relating to residential tenant protections. Passed both House and Senate. 

Digest:

Modifies the residential landlord-tenant act regarding termination of a tenancy–armed forces exemption; sixty days’ notice for rent increase; relief from forfeiture; forcible entry or detainer; removal or exclusion of tenant from premises; prohibited rental agreement provisions–recovery of damages by tenant; and substantiating damage charges.

LOCATION: 
Cloverleaf Sports Bar & Grill | Address: 1240 Hollis Street, Bremerton, WA 98310

DATE AND TIME:
04/30/19 5:30pm – 04/30/19 8:00pm
Meeting is $5/person. Attendees can order dinner at the Cloverleaf.

Meetings are open to members and non-members!

You can register by contacting the Everett Office.

Everett Contact Info: everett@walandlord.org | 425-353-6929

www.walandlord.org

THE GROWING ASSAULT ON PRIVATE PROPERTY – ARE SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES “RACIST?”

One of the main indicators used by economists to measure the health of the nation’s economy is housing starts – the number of private homes being built around the nation. In 2018 housing starts fell in all four regions of the nation, representing the biggest drop since 2016.

While many economists point to issues such as higher material costs as a reason for the drop in housing starts, a much more ominous reason may be emerging. Across the nation, city councils and state legislatures are beginning to remove zoning protections for single-family neighborhoods, claiming they are racist discrimination designed to keep certain minorities out of such neighborhoods. In response to these charges some government officials are calling for the end of single-family homes in favor of multiple family apartments. Continue reading

Apr 30: WLA Meeting Revised Tenants Rights

Speakers & Topic: WLA President & Attorney, Rob Trickler, speaking on Senate Bill 5600. An ACT Relating to residential tenant protections. Passed both House and Senate. 

LOCATION: 
Cloverleaf Sports Bar & Grill | Address: 1240 Hollis Street, Bremerton, WA 98310

DATE AND TIME:
04/30/19 5:30pm – 04/30/19 8:00pm
Meeting is $5/person. Attendees can order dinner at the Cloverleaf.

Idaho court refuses to look the other way as agencies try to avoid democratic accountability

Unelected bureaucrats hold tremendous power over us, thanks to decades of Congress delegating evermore authority subject to the vaguest of constraints. However, Congress has imposed some checks on federal bureaucrats to ensure a modicum of democratic accountability over the administrative state. One of those checks is the Congressional Review Act, which requires agencies to submit every rule they wish to impose on us to our elected representatives in Congress for review.

The CRA experienced a renaissance in 2017, with Congress disapproving sixteen burdensome and controversial rules. However, as PLF has long pointed out, many more rules must still undergo this scrutiny, thanks to decades of agencies simply ignoring the CRA’s requirements. There are literally thousands of rules being enforced today that have never received even this minimal democratic scrutiny.

Thanks to a decision last night from the District Court for the District of Idaho, those rules may finally receive the scrutiny they deserve. Representing ranchers unlawfully subject to controversial rules regarding the greater sage grouse, PLF sued the Departments of the Interior and Agriculture, demanding that they finally send these rules to Congress as required. Indicative of how adamantly opposed agencies are to democratic oversight, the government sought to have the case dismissed, arguing that agency violations of the CRA—no matter how clear cut—cannot be reviewed by any court.

In this case, the Court recognized that argument for what it is—a claim that agencies are free to behave lawlessly—and squarely rejected it. “[W]ithout review,” the Court explained, “an agency would frankly have no reason to comply with the CRA.” The Court continued: “[I]f the agency never submits its plans—as required—the Court is troubled with Defendants’ position that essentially any rule or law can go into effect without oversight or approval and there is no legal remedy available[.]” Continue reading

Owners of Dewatto Bay tideland property take state to court

In court filings, the state has noted that if the court finds that the Iddings have legal title to the tidelands, the state can still take them without compensating the Iddings, since for decades the public has harvested on those tidelands. State lawmakers this month have filed bills in the Senate and House of Representatives that would restrict how the state goes about acquiring lands through this process, known as adverse possession.

Read the Feb 2 2019 Kitsap Sun article here

 

 

Apr 25: Dinner Speaker Commissioner Ed Wolfe

Our Dinner Speaker for April is Commissioner Ed Wolfe. Homelessness and affordable housing are current issues affecting the Puget Sound region. Come out and hear Commissioner Wolfe’s thoughts. The dinner will be at our new location of Dennys 5004 Kitsap Way, Bremerton at 5PM on Thurs April 25.