Aug 29: KAPO Dinner Speaker Robert Gelder Kitsap County Commissioner

Commissioner Robert Gelder

Our August Diner Speaker is County Commissioner Robert Gelder. Commissioner Gelders ‘s priorities include efficient and effective government in the current economy – maintaining Kitsap’s quality of life and promoting business vitality – advocating for our most vulnerable residents and veterans – and keeping Kitsap safe – and, above all, service.

Come out and learn about  Commissioner Gelder’s plan for the future, transportation needs and Vision 2050. Join us at 5 PM  Thursday August 29 at the Bremerton Dennys 5004 Kitsap Way, Bremerton.  For more information call Pat Ryan at (360) 692-4750 pat.ryan58@comcast.net

This will be our last meeting at Dennys. The September meeting will be at the Kitsap Way Family Pancake House 3900 Kitsap Way.

Aug 13: Bremerton East Side Employment Center Workshop

You are invited to the City of Bremerton’s Visioning Workshop for the Eastside Employment Center. With Harrison Hospital leaving this area, what will this area become? Help create that vision!
DATE: August 13, 2019 from 5 to 7pm
Location: Sheridan Park Community Center (680 Lebo Blvd)
A short presentation and then interactive sessions will start at 5PM. City of Bremerton Staff will be on hand to help answer questions and this will be a family friendly event with activities for all age groups.
If you want to see more information, please visit the City’s website on this topic: http://www.bremertonwa.gov/1144/Eastside-Employment-Center
Any questions or comments prior to the meeting? Please contact me.
Allison Satter
Senior Planner
City of Bremerton | 345 6th Street | Bremerton, WA 98337
Physical Location: Suite 600 | Mailing: Suite 100
(360) 473-5845

Puget Sound Regional Council Rolls out Vision 2050 Draft for Public Review

Share your values about the Puget Sound region and give input on future growth strategies at a Kitsap workshop and open house Aug. 15 in Port Orchard.

By 2050, the central Puget Sound region will be home to nearly 6 million people – a 40 percent jump from today. The Puget Sound Regional Council’s VISION 2050 is the guide for how this growth can support thriving communities, a strong economy, and healthy environment. Input from Kitsap County citizens is sought during a facilitated workshop 3 to 5 p.m. and drop-in open house 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15 in the Kitsap County Commissioners Chambers, 619 Division Street, Port Orchard.

The workshop includes a brief overview of VISION 2050 and small group facilitated discussions focused on key policy areas. The open house follows with PSRC staff giving a brief presentation on the draft from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. with the remaining time open for questions and reviewing key components at your own pace. Continue reading

PSRC Vision 2050 Draft Overview

Introduction & Overview: The Region’s Vision for 2050

The central Puget Sound region provides exceptional quality of life, opportunity for all, connected communities, a spectacular natural environment, and an innovative, thriving economy.

Read the Introduction

Download the Draft PSRC Vision for 2050 Document

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Washington AG Ferguson sues EPA for accepting Washington State Water Quality Standards

Editorial: It’s hard to believe, but state officials rejected their own water standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has agreed that a state water quality plan crafted three years ago is acceptable — reversing its previous ruling.

You would think that would be good news.

After all, state officials were discouraged when the Obama-era EPA dismissed most of the state’s proposal in 2016, forcing Washington to adopt several federal clean-water standards that many stakeholders considered impossible to meet with current technology. But instead, Washington state democratic leaders are now blasting EPA for changing course.

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed a lawsuit challenging the change, claiming it is in violation of the Clean Water Act. Ferguson now has filed 39 lawsuits against the Trump Administration. Continue reading

Reform the Endangered Species Act by respecting property rights

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is the nation’s most popular and powerful environmental law. There has been much discussion (and disagreement) over whether the law is a success or failure. On the one hand, almost no protected species have gone extinct since the ESA was enacted. On the other hand, equally few species have fully recovered. In fact, less than 3% of protected species have achieved recovery.

So why have so few animals recovered under the ESA? Too little regard for property rights.

By respecting property rights more, this 45-year-old law can better serve landowners and wildlife advocates alike.

The ESA imposes burdensome regulations on property owners whose land provides habitat for rare species and threatens massive fines or criminal prosecution for many ordinary land-use activities. Instead of incentivizing landowners to help recover an endangered species, the ESA punishes them for accommodating species. According to scholars across the political spectrum, this encourages landowners to preemptively destroy habitat when we should be encouraging habitat restoration.

To understand how the ESA creates these perverse incentives, we must understand what happens when a species is listed under the Act.

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Widlife Corridors Conservation Act

THE WILDLIFE CORRIDORS CONSERVATION ACT – What You Need to Know

The 2019 Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act.(WCCA) is perhaps the most significant attack on private property rights in decades, perhaps ever.  A simple look at the list of sponsors of the proposed legislation provides plenty of warning about what this new law portends.

The WCCA was  introduced in Congress in May 2019. In the Senate, the bill is being led by Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), and was cosponsored by Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Cory Booker (D- NJ), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Jon Tester (D-MT), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Ron Wyden (D-OR).  The bill was introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressmen  Don Beyer  (D-VA) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL).

REWILDING advocates and their minions in Congress  are ecstatic over what this “ACT” will lead to once it is enacted.  Don’t be fooled folks! This legislation doesn’t SAVE wildlife!  Non-endangered species such as grizzly bears and wolves don’t need your private property or more Federal land to survive. Continue reading