For those of you that do Facebook here is a link to the Citizens for a Better Island Transit Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/citizensforabetterislandtransit

Hat’s off to the creator!

 

At tonight’s Oak Harbor City Council meeting the City Council voted to appoint an alternate board member to the Island Transit Board. Jim Campbell, the current representative from Oak Harbor, is on an extended vacation until the first part of October and with all of the emergency meetings of the board it was clear that this was a necessary move.

Who did the City Council appoint as the alternate? Mayor Scott Dudley. Mayor Dudley will be a positive force in helping make the necessary changes we all know is needed at our local transit agency.

A new citizens group has been formed, Citizens for a Better Island Transit. This group will be attempting to make Island Transit a better more accountable organization to serve the citizens of Island County.

The first meeting will be held at:

Whidbey Coffee
31275 SR 20
Oak Harbor, WA
98277

5:30PM to 6:30PM

The next meeting of the Island Transit Board will be held on Friday the 19th of September and this meeting will be important for those looking to help and improve Island Transit.

 

 

Heads Up! Another Island Transit Board of Directors Meeting will be held this Friday, September 19th at 9:30 a.m. at Island Transit.

 If you can please attend, educate yourself, and let your voice be heard.

Please share this on your face book sites.

Island Transits insolvency is a serious and very expensive community issue that has cost tax payers unnecessary millions so far.

Washington State suffers from Gang Green and the Government Staff Infection.

Coming soon to Island County farmers near you.  Drainage ditches magically morph into type F streams and salmon habitat.  All in the name of Growth Management.  Can you say WEANie Whackos and Island County government?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPJSAnm3NTQ

 

From Rufus Rose:

1. A meeting about Para Transit service cuts was arranged by Lynae Slinden, Director of the South Whidbey Senior Services, on Thursday, 11 Sept. About 30 citizens and 4 members of the Operation staff of Island Transit attended. It was an informative meeting for folks who find themselves in a bind resulting from service cuts that have resulted from mismanagement of Island Transit. Solutions for the problems must come from the Administrative end of Island Transit and its Board of Directors. Sadly, that is where the problems were created. Transit users and other attendees voiced their concerns and offered suggestions to help. Several Para Transit users wondered why they have not been allowed to pay for, or toward, their needed transportation.

2. The Board of Directors of Island Transit called an Emergency meeting of that Board on Friday morning, 12 Sept. to deal with the serious money shortage. Emergency procedures have been instituted and Route Schedule reevaluations are underway but will take three months to be implemented. Several special meetings of the Board of Directors and for Transit users are being scheduled to explain, understand, and fix the problems. It will take many months to fully address the money shortage. The issues of management evaluation and Board oversight are in progress by management and the Board. They discussed hiring another Consultant at their Special meeting Friday.  That will take months and thousands of dollars. What they need is new Administration and more responsible and decisive Board direction, now.

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From Chelle Brunke’s Common Sense report:

Well, I went to the emergency meeting at Island Transit today, and all I can say is that I’m concussed. The meeting was such a dizzying experience, I sincerely doubt that I’ll be able to think in a linear fashion again, ever.

An example: 

The board and the director didn’t seem to have ANY idea what they were doing. The chairman of the board insisted that the board never voted on a particular issue, the director said they did.

What is amazing is that there should be a record, minutes, for God’s sake, that will outline what these folks have been doing for the last 20 years. It didn’t occur to any of them that the discussion was non-productive.

Another example:

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On August 22nd I attended the Island Transit Board of Directors meeting to learn more about why Island Transit found itself with $0.00 dollars in the bank and had to borrow $850,000.00 dollars to pay its employees and $1.3 million to pay off their remaining cost share of the new IT facility.  

As I walked from the parking lot to the lobby of the IT facility to the Rose conference room where the meeting was held, I viewed nothing but outrageous decadence for a transit maintenance facility. Outside the facility I viewed very “artsy” clearly pricey bench, gazebos, atrium workout facility, and fancy concrete sidewalk.  Inside I viewed extravagant woodwork, floor to ceiling artwork and the state of the art Rose conference room where the meeting was held.  As I waited for the meeting to begin, it all became instantly clear to me how IT management managed to spend over $410.00 per square foot for this facility. What a shameful betrayal of the public trust and waste of $23.2 million hard earned tax payer dollars.

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A Special Meeting of the Island Transit Board of Directors will be held on Friday, September 12, 2014, at 9:00 AM at the Island Transit Operations & Administration Building, 19758 State Route 20, Coupeville, WA.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the following:

1) Audit Update;

2) Service Update and Financial Status;

3) Community Communication Plan with possible action;

4) Fare Study Discussion;

5) PTBA Board Election of Officer for 2014 – Treasurer; and

6) Formation of an Island Transit Finance Subcommittee and Appointment to such Subcommittee.

Accommodations will be made available upon request.

The meeting room is accessible and is open to the public.

For more information, please call (360) 678-7771 or email info@islandtransit.org.

 

Wednesday, September 10th, from 6 to 8 PM Rick Hannold will be hosting a meet and greet at the VFW Hall, 3037 Goldie Road in Oak Harbor.

View the details and more on Rick Hannold’s blog:

http://rickhannold.wordpress.com/

 

A few months ago, I saw an article quoting the current Island County Treasurer, Ana Maria d Nunez, describing her thoughts and actions when she learned that Wanda Grone, Chief Deputy Treasurer in the office, had filed to run for the Treasurer’s position.

According to the article, Ms. Nunez said she “deliberated, cried and prayed over what to do.” Apparently Ms. Grone had not let her boss know that she planned to run against her.

I’m curious. Assuming that Ms. Nunez prayed to God, I wonder if God told her to fire Ms. Grone?  If so, how? Did He agree that Ms. Grone had no right to run against her? Was she visited by a supernatural being? Did she experience a vision? “Crying and praying” sounds like hysteria driven by emotion.

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- Oak Harbor City Council attends out of town conference, holds private quorum outside of the conference at a private residence. City Council has a breach of trust with the citizens?

- Another Oak Harbor City Council meeting with the Council member’s bad behavior on display. And two firsts for the Council.

- Oak Harbor City Council is Broken and Out of Order

- Rick Hannold’s Excellent Analysis of Island Transit’s Financial Debacle

- Oak Harbor’s Country Club City Council

- Warning Labels for COER and other Idiots

- County’s GMA Plan Includes ex- Commissioner Homola’s Failed 2012 Plan to Make Swan Lake a Salt Water Estuary

- Is the Oak Harbor City Council following Parliamentary Procedures? Or are Parliamentary Procedures being used as a disruptive tool by the council?

- Attention Whidbey News Times

- Whidbey Has Future Leaders in Three Young Girls

Following are quotations from an article recently published by Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times

Amazon.com founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos … named Frederick Ryan as the publication’s new publisher, turning to the founding chief executive of Web-savvy Politico to lead one of the nation’s premier news organizations….
Bezos, the founder and chief executive of Amazon, bought the Post for $250 million last year….Since then, he has been working to expand the publication’s digital readership as it and other traditional news organizations have struggled to adjust to an Internet-focused world and the decline of print subscriptions…

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Island County’s current draft of the GMA plan required by State includes for fish and wildlife protection in Island County what Commissioners Johnson and Johnson DO agree upon is a plan to designate as a Salmon Stream”.

During the winter months when it rains, this “stream” runs into Bos / Swan Lake, despite the actual scientific fact that there has never been salmon in that stream, there isn’t any salmon now, and there never will be.

So, why do this? Simple: so they can use this bogus / phony designation as a weapon against the City of Oak Harbor to prevent the city from ever expanding its Urban Growth Area, or UGA, westward on Whidbey Island.\
This, as Yogi Berra: would say,”…is like déjà vu all over again.”

I can’t believe the Commissioners are dumb enough to once again TRY TO CON Tax payers into accepting past Commissioner Homola’s November 2012 plan that would make this designation and would also convert Bos / Swan Lake into an Estuary with a permanent open channel to Puget Sound. Homola’s plan with all it’s bogus claims that Swan Lake it was an estuary 100 years ago was soundly rejected

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The Spokane Spokesman-Review reported yesterday that the overwhelming majority of financial support for Initiative 594, the 18-page gun control measure pushed by the Seattle-based Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility (WAGR), comes from just ten zip codes in and around — surprise! — the Seattle area.

Seattle Gun Rights Examiner by Dave Workman August 24 2014

 Read the rest of the original article at the link below:

http://www.examiner.com/article/it-s-ten-zip-codes-against-the-rest-of-state-on-gun-control

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