I thought I would re-post the first article ever posted to jokeharbor.org/islandpolitics.org. It was posted on 10-1-2010 and here is what it said:
(See the original post with images below, don’t miss the images!)
“Oak Harbor has recently decided that Pioneer Way, the historic downtown of our city, is to be turned into a one way street. This is being done against the will of the residents and businesses in the downtown area. There have been many accusations of conflicts of interest and of illegal votes by City Council members.”
The re-posting of this is rather fitting because the the issue that this article was about was just the start of a long drawn out saga that is not over yet some 3 years later.
It went from being a street “improvement” project that was not wanted by a majority of the people and the businesses in the area to a story of a hasty project where major warnings were clearly ignored by the existing city administration that was at that time led by Mayor Jim Slowik. It lead to the discovery of Native American graves in an area where Native American graves were known to exist. The rest of the story has cost the city taxpayers dearly.
It was estimated previously that the total costs to the taxpayers for the “inadvertent” discovery” of the Native American graves would be 4 million dollars, If this new claim from the Swinomish tribe is successful the costs to the taxpayers could be 13 million dollars.
The people in this city begged the city to reconsider this one way street project to no avail. There were 3 city council members that had the foresight to stand with the people and object to this fiasco and that was now Mayor Scott Dudley, Jim Campbell and Danny Paggao.
This is why the citizens of Oak Harbor need to take a strong close look at who they have chosen to represent them. Many of the same members of the city council who voted for this one way street fiasco are still serving on the council and they are the same ones that are being obstructive at the council meetings. They want to return our city to what it was with a Mayor and Council that made horrible decisions for our city. Please take a look at the candidates that have announced they are running against the members of this council, we deserve much better than what we have received…
Sandi Peterson- http://www.islandpolitics.org/?p=9849
Lucas Yonkman- http://www.islandpolitics.org/?p=9915
Link to original post- http://www.islandpolitics.org/?p=170
Link to today’s article in the Whidbey News Times- http://www.whidbeynewstimes.com/news/202776131.html
Original article Published 10-1-2010
Oak Harbor has recently decided that Pioneer Way, the historic downtown of our city, is to be turned into a one way street. This is being done against the will of the residents and businesses in the downtown area. There have been many accusations of conflicts of interest and of illegal votes by City Council members.