Commissioners Vote to Rescind Mandatory Recycling at Public Meeting 6PM Monday April 22

Author:Bill

UPDATE:  WE WON    WE WON    WE WON

KELLY AND  JILL HELD THEIR GROUND AGAINST A  RUDE  BUNCH  HOMOLA  FANS

There’s a lot of behind the curtains  activities that  could  stop  the  recision, starting  with …

…John Dean, in his last act as Commissioner signed a budget with this comment,

“I have friends who are deputies and friends who are Beach Watchers
Therefore, I must treat them equally in this budget”

So he supported Homola and Price-Johnson with his vote and deputies were terminated
With that vote HPJ and Homola realized they still had 2 votes and with that did whatever they wanted and continued to use Dean’s budgeting methodology

Then this year Homola was replaced as commissioner
That fiscal stupidity in decision making can and must must be stopped
At least Commissioners Emerson and Johnson can prove they are worthy of our trust with a serious change of attitudes in decision making processes when funding projects and associated other “feel good” programs, trips, memberships in useless groups, etc, etc
However, the DEAN budgeting methodology is not dead

Now Ex-Commissioner Homola is trying to get her followers to make a show of support at the Commissioners meeting Monday April 22, to help her old Taxing Twin, Commissioner Price-Johnson, prevent termination of their Recycling program which was supposedly needed to solve a non existent problem

Homola’s appeal, using Dean style logic is, “…. are pitting cops against recycling when we clearly need both. Don’t let this turn into a one or the other fight. To truly be safe and independent – we require clean air and water and the resources necessary for long-term job and national security. We can’t afford not to preserve our resources.”

Also remember next Monday at the Commissioners meeting, it was Commissioner HELEN PRICE-JOHNSON who said when she and Homola approved the Recycling ordinance,

“Doing the right thing is not always the most convenient or the least expensive, but I believe that in the long run … (the benefits) far outweigh the cost to this community at large,”


Obviously ex-Commissioner Homola, the “has been” fails to realize it was her history of this type of thinking and doing TO, not FOR citizens that resulted in the majority of voters replacing her as Commissioner last November

This is not the Commissioners’ meeting. It’s the people’s meeting  and the Commisssioners are there only to serve the will of the people!

Please, attend the Monday  evening  meeting  or  call or send  an Email to  the  Commissioners:

Helen Price Johnson (D) Commissioner from District Number One which encompasses all of Whidbey Island south of the greater Oak Harbor area.
E-mail:district1@co.island.wa.us

Cell phone:360-632-1168

Office phone:360-679-7357

Jill Johnson (R) Commissioner from District Number Two which encompasses all of the greater Oak Harbor area.

E-mail:district2@co.island.wa.us

Cell phone:360-544-2961

Office phone:360-679-7354

Kelly Emerson (R) Commissioner from District Number Three which encompasses Whidbey Island area north of Oak Harbor and all of Camano Island.

E-mail:district3@co.island.wa.us

Cell Phone:(360) 544-2958

Office phone:360-679-7356

11 comments

  1. avatar

    Unfortunately, I had to leave early, as I had children to get to bed. I hope someone can give me a run-down of how the evening went after I left around 8:15. This was the first public hearing I have been able to attend due to the timing of other hearings in the middle of the day. I have to say, I was very surprised at the terrible manners of those opposing the repeal of the ordinance when those supporting the repeal were speaking, as well as their hypocrisy when a mumble popped out when the man from Island disposal was speaking. Not to mention that one woman refused to acknowledge a question from someone that happened to have an opposing view from her. Have county issues such as this always resulted in such unkindness and lack of common courtesy in people?

  2. avatar

    UPDATE:
    WE THE PEOPLE WON
    WE THE PEOPLE WON
    WE THE PEOPLE WON
    And it was the Peoples meeting;not the Commissioners Commissioners were only there do the will of the people and conduct the people’s business

    KELLY AND JILL HELD THEIR GROUND AGAINST A RUDE BUNCH HOMOLA FANS

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    I wish I could have attended. Usually I cannot attend the daytime meetings because of having to work. The one night in the last 2 months I have had to work was last night….and I missed all the fun…

    There is nothng better than seeing rude uncivilized liberals lose…

    Jill J. and Kelly did good, make sure to thank them both.

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    “KELLY AND JILL HELD THEIR GROUND AGAINST A RUDE BUNCH HOMOLA FANS”

    “Have county issues such as this always resulted in such unkindness and lack of common courtesy in people?”

    Well, we all know that the Democrats are the Party of Stupid and Mindless Mob Violence:
    http://youtu.be/wUO4Ukxyoas

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      I was Proud of Commissioners Kelly Emerson and Jill Johnson

      In spite of all the emotional guilt laden rhetoric from Homola and Price-Johnson’s environmental fans about save the world, the beauty of Whidbey etc, Jill and Kelly made a fiscal management decision based on facts especially important in today’s economy
      Their’s was not a repeat of the all too often used budget planning and spending methodology legacy left by ex-Commissioner John Dean i.e, “I have friends who are deputies and friends who are Beach Watchers. Therefore, I must treat them equally in this budget”

      Homola and Price-Johnson tried to use the Dean method again with these calls to action:

      “….cops against recycling when we clearly need both. Don’t let this turn into a one or the other fight. To truly be safe and independent – we require clean air and water and the resources necessary for long-term job and national security. We can’t afford not to preserve our resources.”

      And from Commissioner Price-Johnson, “Doing the right thing is not always the most convenient or the least expensive, but I believe that in the long run … (the benefits) far outweigh the cost to this community at large,”

      Homola and Price-Johnson’s words have nothing to do with financial decision making or justification for spending tax payer dollars!

      Commissioners Emerson and Johnson proved they are worthy of our trust with this serious change of County government’s attitude in decision making processes when funding projects and associated other “feel good” programs, trips, memberships in useless groups, etc, etc

      Obviously ex-Commissioner Homola, the “has been” fails to realize it was her history of this type of thinking and doing TO, not FOR citizens that resulted in the majority of voters replacing her as Commissioner last November
      Too bad HPJ wasn’t also replaced, but at least she is no longer able to control every action by county Commissioners

      Wait until county posts the video of the Commissioners Monday 4/22, meeting
      Words can never describe the clowns actions that you’ll see in that video

      http://www.islandcounty.net/commissioners/video/

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        Bill Strowbridge delineated:

        “…from Commissioner Price-Johnson (we heard), “Doing the right thing is not always the most convenient or the least expensive, but I believe that in the long run … (the benefits) far outweigh the cost to this community at large”

        It seems that in this case Commissioner Price-Johnson relied on the fallacious argument known as the Contrarian Argument: http://www.don-lindsay-archive.org/skeptic/arguments.html#contrarian

        ..which is..”in science, espousing some thing that the speaker knows is generally ill-regarded, or even generally held to be disproven.”

        (I base this conclusion and reaction from the information I previously delineated at “The successful rural residential recycling programs appear to be community drop off recycling centers.” : http://www.islandpolitics.org/?p=9275

        As an elected representative of the people, Commissioner Price-Johnson apparently is a rather disrespectful bugger of both ecological science and the wishes of the majority of the electorate which she represents.

        Moreover, given the widely known conclusions about the better effectiveness of recycling programs in rural communities OTHER than the one that was just rejected, Commissioner Price-Johnson has also quite evidently exposed herself to be little more than a Pious Fraud!

        which is…”a fraud done to accomplish some good end, on the theory that the end justifies the means”

        See: http://www.don-lindsay-archive.org/skeptic/arguments.html#pious_fraud

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    “In spite of all the emotional guilt laden rhetoric from Homola and Price-Johnson’s environmental fans about save the world, the beauty of Whidbey etc,… ”

    NOTHING presently stops people living on Whidbey Island from recycling, and many of them do so already.

    Moreover, as I have previously delineated in ““The successful rural residential recycling programs appear to be community drop off recycling centers.” ( See: http://www.islandpolitics.org/?p=9275 ):

    – The just-rejected program “was rather decidedly the OPPOSITE of what the WA State Department of Ecology has observed to be most successful for rural counties, such as Island County”.

    – There are “ALREADY EXISTING “eight multimaterial drop-off collection stations for recyclable materials in Island County. Seven of the stations are located on Whidbey Island and one is located on Camano Island.”

    - “Waste collected by Island Disposal is brought to a processing facility near the Coupeville Transfer Station, where a portion of the newspaper, corrugated cardboard, mixed waste paper, glass, aluminum and tin cans, scrap metals, yard waste, wood waste, gypsum board and batteries are recovered for recycling.”

    – Island County Government has recently propagandized the desire of residents for curbside recycling as being “High”, but their OWN surveys INSTEAD indicate that (in 1999) only “35 percent of the customers would be willing to pay an additional $5 to $7 per month for biweekly collection of recyclables AND in (in 2004) “Out of 310 responses, 46 percent did not want to pay anything for curbside recycling and 39% were willing to pay a only minimal amount ($5 to $10 per month).”

  6. avatar

    Here’s my problem with the “I have friends who are deputies and friends who are Beach Watchers. Therefore, I must treat them equally in this budget” logic. Deputies/safety are a MANDATED CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY TO ISLAND COUNTY CITIZENS and Beach Watchers IS NOT. This is a perfect example of our previous commissioners spending our tax dollars in the wrong place for the wrong reason.

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      Dean’s arguments are classic examples of how liberals argue using fallacious arguments.

      All I needed to read is “I have friends who are deputies and friends who are Beach Watchers.”

      Seems to me that Dean was first making a fallacious “Appeal to Celebrity” type of argument (his friends all being equal “celebrities in his world-view)

      Appeal to Celebrity: http://www.fallacyfiles.org/apcelebs.html

      Then when he said: “Therefore, I must treat them equally in this budget” he was simply making an emotional appeal.

      Emotional Appeal: http://www.fallacyfiles.org/emotiona.html

      Once elected officials start making budgetary and fiscal decision based on with whom they are “friends”, they will soon find themselves on a slippery slope to bad decision-making.

      Slippery Slope: http://www.fallacyfiles.org/slipslop.html

      You can never please everyone when making tough decisions, but that’s apparently what Dean was trying to do.

      That’s not real leadership, and it’s not sound decision-making.

      The voters were quite correct in ousting Dean from office.

  7. avatar

    Hmmmmm, I wanted to get the latest news concerning the City Council Meeting last night and didn’t find anything about it on WNT. Glad I could come here to get the latest!

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    VIDEO OF LAST NIGHT: http://www.avcaptureall.com/Sessions.aspx#session.8f0ed8ee-ade7-4991-9b95-a2bf29e03974

    Here you go.

    Of course, the whining about thunder from EA-18G Growlers just had to make an appearance. Frankly I wish we would, er, arrange a four-ship of EA-18Gs to fly over the Island County Commissioners to kick-off the meeting.

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