Category Archives: Kitsap Alliance News

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

June 27: Kitsap Alliance Dinner Speaker Liz Willams Kitsap County Long Range Planner

Our Dinner Speaker for June is Kitsap County Long Range Planner Liz Williams. She has embarked on a program to streamline and revise the County Zoning Codes and Use Tables.

The goal of the program is to streamline the requirements for what can be built in your neighborhood and the process to obtain approval to build. We want to understand where you feel housing, businesses, and services should be built across the county. Your feedback will help the Department of Community Development draft proposed changes for further review later this year.

​The goals for this project include:
  • Modernize and streamline the requirements for what can be built in in your neighborhood and across Kitsap County.
  • Reduce the level of permit review, where appropriate.
  • Remove barriers to investment.
  • Reduce surprises during the permit review process and clarify development standards.
  • Ensure consistency and predictability across sections of the Kitsap County Code.

This project will NOT include updates to site design and development standards. For example, setbacks, density allowances, building height, and parking standards

The dinner will be at our new location of Dennys 5004 Kitsap Way, Bremerton at 5PM on Thursday May 30. For more information call More info? Pat Ryan at (360) 692-4750 pat.ryan58@comcast.net

May 30: KAPO Dinner Speaker Meredith Green, Kitsap County Treasurer

Meredith Green

Our Dinner Speaker for May is Kitsap County Treasurer Meredith Green.The Treasurer serves as the bank for the County as well as all 42 junior taxing districts. They collect and distribute property taxes, process transactions, pay debt, run an investment pool, and much more. Come out and hear Treasurer Green’s thoughts. The dinner will be at our new location of Dennys 5004 Kitsap Way, Bremerton at 5PM on Thursday May 30. For more information call More info? Pat Ryan at (360) 692-4750 pat.ryan58@comcast.net

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

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