Oak Harbor City Council passes resolution in support of NAS Whidbey Island and it’s training activities and facilities

Author:Cliff Howard

At the City Council meeting on August 7th 2013 the Oak Harbor City Council passed resolution 13-20 which states:

CITY OF OAK HARBOR RESOLUTION NO. 13-20

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF OAK HARBOR, WASHINGTON, SUPPORTING
NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND AND ITS TRAINING ACTIVITIES
AND FACILITIES.

Mayor Scott Dudley and the Oak Harbor City Council showing support for NAS Whidbey

WHEREAS, the sum total of the positive economic impact on Oak Harbor and Island County from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island directly and indirectly is staggering; and

WHEREAS, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is, by far, the County’s largest employer, constituting 43 percent of the all jobs in Island County; and

WHEREAS, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island contributes $409,000,000 directly to the Island County economy in wages paid to military personnel, which is 44 percent of all County wages, not including the civilians it employs; and

WHEREAS, military personnel receive medical benefits and veterans receive medical benefits, pensions, and disability payments that total $61,100,000, much of which is spent at Oak Harbor and Island County businesses; and

WHEREAS, veterans make up 29 percent of the Oak Harbor population and 17 percent of the Island County population and these veterans are vital to the social fabric of Oak Harbor now and in the future; and

WHEREAS, military personnel provide the majority of volunteer hours in community institutions including schools, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Little League, churches, and other community programs, and;

WHEREAS, the training needs of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island for unimpeded airspace, low altitude flights, touchdowns, and takeoffs in Oak Harbor, Outlying Field, and south central Washington are crucial to preserving existing and future operations of the base; and

WHEREAS, the training activities of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island prepare military personnel to defend the United States of America in theaters around the world; and WHEREAS, the Oak Harbor City Council, Mayor, and citizens are indebted to the sacrifices made by the military personnel of the United States of America, and in particular those of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island;

WHEREAS, the military personnel stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, who have selflessly sacrificed, are also the fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters of this Country, State, County, and City;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Oak Harbor expresses strong support for Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, its personnel, its operations, and its training activities and expresses gratitude for the service of its personnel to their fellow countrymen and women.

PASSED by the City Council and approved by its Mayor this 7th day of August 2013.

See resolution in .pdf format here

Many thanks to the Mayor and City Council of Oak Harbor for taking a stand in supporting NAS Whidbey and it’s personnel, operations and training. This is the stand that all of our local politicians should be taking in support of what is important to us here on the Island.

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21 comments

  1. avatar

    In the Navy, we called this a “no-brainer” decision, meaning that it’s intuitively obviously the correct choice.

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      “No-brainer” versus NO brains in the anti-OLF group. Paula Spina bought the Crockett Estate sight unseen, set up her $3,000 per gig Party Barn, and is one of the biggest LOUD MOUTH complainers about jet noise. Then there’s the Rose Hip Farm and Garden clan who set up their business just down the road from Crockett Estate. Yep, set up a business near an active runway then demand the Navy to shut down the OLF.

      These Progressive Democratic Socialist DemonRats suffer from “the world revolves around me” syndrome.

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        It’s such a “no-brainer”, I wonder if all three of our Island County Commissioners could actually agree to sign a similarly worded proclamation?

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          Are you kidding? Helen Price Johnson would rather play limp noodle politics on this issue. HPJ doesn’t have a spine. HPJ would rather walk the tightrope on the fence to get herself re-elected. HPJ is “playing the game” rather nicely.

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            Right Ken…and, IMHO HPJ will throw the RINO under the bus whenever the time comes to save her sorry butt to get reelected to (she wishes) a state level job and poor niave Jill doesn’t even realize she is being “USED”

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          I would assume that if the proclomation is as well put together as Oak Harbor’s then of course all three commisioners will vote yes.

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            “Assume”, eh?

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          HPJ has bee bought and paid for by several members of the CER. I’m sure she will do nothing to upset them and cost herself contributions. Have you seen the the tripe she and Mayor Conrad have written for the WNT? That’s the way to stand up for our military…. I hope they are never elected to any office again. They do not deserve it.

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            HPJ survives off of special interest groups like the CER. HPJ is also one of the commissioners that overruled planning and the hearing examiner to alow expanded operations at the Crocket Barn. HPJ was also one of the commissioners that encouraged building the new transit facility and interpretive center for Ebeys Reserve directly under the flight path of the NOLF…

            She is no friend of the Navy by allowing and encouraging development that is bound to be incompatible with the Navy’s mission. Death by a thousand little cuts or in this case decisions…

          2. avatar

            In that article, Coupeville mayor Nancy Conard and Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson wrote “We value and respect the presence of the Navy at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.”

            “Allow the legal process to resolve issue rather than draw lines in sand | Sound Off”
            http://www.whidbeynewstimes.com/opinion/218873701.html

            So, let’s see if she means that enough to sign this proposed proclamation, or if she instead uses the lame excuse that doing so would be drawing a line in the sand against her neighbors.

  2. avatar

    I’ll be satisfied with just two votes if I can get it. I put the proclamation together on Tuesday after bringing it up at the Monday meeting.

    There was agreement at the Wednesday workshop to put it on the agenda this coming Monday. It is attached to the agenda which is posted on the website if you would like to take a look at it.

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      There were two commissioners in agreement to put it on Monday’s agenda. One voted against.

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        This calls for my fake look of surprise. :-o

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      Thankyou for your efforts to have this put on the agenda.
      I am encouraged that this will certainly pass on Monday and I am very hopeful that Island County can stand united on this very important issue as did Oak Harbor.
      Three votes in favor of this resoloution is what Island County demands.

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        Your welcome. It was my pleasure and I hope we get three votes.

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      Here is the proclamation that the Commissioners will be voting on Monday:
      http://www.islandpolitics.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/081213-COMM-2.pdf

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        I would be amazed if Helen Price-Johnson actually attends this meeting and votes “yes”.

        Then again, in the WNT SoundOff she wrote with Coupeville Mayor Nancy Conard, she said: “We value and respect the presence of the Navy at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.”

        If she refuses to sign the proposed proclamation, it goes to show her duplicitous nature, which I suspect is paramount here.

        Prove me wrong, Helen.

      2. avatar

        what are touchdowns? = Landings??

  3. avatar

    HPJ has to cater to the Crocket cronies, they are her bread and butter as far as donations go. Espina and the others are giving her quite a nice nest egg to work with in battling the pro OLF crowd. She also has a spine..it is Obama and the progressive socialists democrats of Whidbey Island, the state of Washington and the Federal Government..These progressive groups all have donated a lot of monies to her coffers. She is an established arm of the progressive movement in Island County.
    Power and greed will start to show its ugly head and the progressive machine will try to destroy Island life..wait till they start to push gun control again!

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      Don’t overlook the fact that Price-Johnson is an active leader in the local Sustainable Whidbey Coalition ( http://www.sustainablewhidbey.org/‎ )
      which is the local group supporting implementation of the United Nations with regard to sustainable development, a product of the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992. It is an action agenda for the UN, other multilateral organizations, and individual governments around the world that can be executed at local, national, and global levels. The “21″ in Agenda 21 refers to the 21st Century.

      http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2012/11/19/what-is-agenda-21-after-watching-this-you-may-not-want-to-know/ … and

      http://www.infowars.com/agenda-21-is-being-rammed-down-the-throats-of-local-communities-all-over-america/

      When HPJ and Homola were trying to foist the 40 million dollar sewer system on Freeland with their undocumented plan for population growwth there, Homola said, “We are trying to put people where they belong” and that “where they belong” is what Agenda 21 says must be
      I hope HPJ and all other elected officials or management are not spending one cent of our tax money for their actions in trying to force Agenda 21 on us

  4. avatar

    Agenda 21 is another progressive mandate to control the masses and force us to live in urban areas and use the public transportation systems rather than drive ourselves.
    Thank God congress voted down the UN resolution to ban arms for citizens, but Obama and Hillary voted for it and completely support it. It is about control. As far as I am concerned these progressives can go to hell.

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