Clean Water Act Violation Conviction Vacated

July 10, 2019: Today the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the conviction of Navy veteran Joe Robertson, who was sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay $130,000 in fines after he dug fire-fighting ponds near his home in Montana. Sadly, Joe passed away in March, but his wife, Carri Robertson, continued his legal battle.

“We are very pleased that the Ninth Circuit agreed that Joe’s convictions should be vacated and very pleased for Carri, who will no longer have a $130,000 federal judgment hanging over her head,” said Tony Francois, a senior attorney at Pacific Legal Foundation. “It has been an honor to represent Joe and now to be able to complete his vindication on behalf of his wife, Carri.”

Federal regulators said that Robertson polluted a “navigable water” — a small ditch with a trickle of water — when he dug the ponds. The Environmental Protection Agency said the ditch was a federally protected waterway under the Clean Water Act and required a federal permit — even though his home is 40 miles from the nearest navigable waterway.

In April, the U.S. Supreme Court granted Joe Robertson’s petition to review his Clean Water Act convictions, and immediately vacated the Ninth Circuit’s judgment in the case and sent it back to the Ninth Circuit for further review.

Pacific Legal Foundation Press Release

Jul 25: Dinner Speaker John Powers Executive Director Kitsap Economic Development Alliance (KEDA)

Our July 25 Dinner Speaker will be John Powers,  Executive Director Kitsap Economic Development Alliance (KEDA).

“Kitsap’s economic future is bright and growing stronger with each generation. Our future is clearly centered around the strength and stability of Kitsap’s core industries: defense, manufacturing, maritime, health care, professional services, and tourism; as well as emerging sectors such as technology. And from my perspective, Kitsap’s economic opportunities are also tied to the dynamic, vibrant future development of the entire Seattle regional market … and the ever expanding and important role Kitsap plays in our region’s future.”

Here are ten highlights that profile Kitsap’s critical role: Continue reading

Final Resolution Louisana Dusky Gopher Frog Property Rights Case

New Orleans; July 3, 2019:Today, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana ruled that Louisiana property owners Edward Poitevent and his family, along with Weyerhaeuser Co., are the winners in a long-running national battle over property rights and the reach of the Endangered Species Act.

The plaintiffs’ victory represents the ultimate resolution of a case that reached its climax in November with the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous rulingin Weyerhaeuser Co. v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in favor of private property rights.

Today’s settlement marks the complete capitulation of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and invalidates its wrongful 2012 decision to designate the family landowners’ and Weyerhaeuser Co.’s property as critical habitat for the endangered dusky gopher frog, a species that did not even live on their property. Continue reading

Conservatives are Nudging the Supreme Court to Dismantle Affordable Housing Policy

When it comes to conservatives and the U.S. Supreme Court, abortion and labor rights are often considered among their prime targets. Brett Kavanaugh’s ascension to the court last fall, though, opened the road for a host of other challenges for which conservatives have quietly been laying the groundwork for years. This month, the Pacific Legal Foundation, a conservative law firm based in California, made moves on one of those fronts, asking the Supreme Court to take up a case challenging the constitutionality of inclusionary zoning — a popular tool cities and states employ to increase affordable housing and promote residential integration.

Inclusionary zoning generally works by requiring real estate developers to reserve a certain number of units in new housing complexes for tenants who live on more modest incomes; some jurisdictions also allow developers to alternatively pay a fee so the city can construct more affordable housing elsewhere. Conservatives argue that the policy effectively violates a provision of the Fifth Amendment that says private property cannot be taken without just compensation. Continue reading

Aug 29: KAPO Dinner Speaker Robert Gelder Kitsap County Commissioner

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

Aug 15: PSRC Vision 2050 Workshop

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.

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

 

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