Bob Severns blamed for continuing problems with Meth House his son was using.
“Jack Daniel, another neighbor, said the issue has been going on for four years. It’s been so troublesome that he and the condo association haved hired lawyers to try and get Severns barred from the neighborhood but with no luck. He blames the man’s father, City Councilman Bob Severns, and soft judges for not doing enough to solve the problem.”
Bob Severns is a horrible choice for Mayor. He chooses to do nothing about our youth drug problem, even his own son was terrorizing the community and he allowed it to continue. He has been in a position to help as a councilman and has done nothing…it is as if the problem does not exist.
According to a study in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, which cites the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the United Nations International Study on Firearms Regulation, the more guns a nation has, the less criminal activity.
Bob Severns has no respect for our Open Meeting Laws:
The city’s sub committees were meeting with a quorum of city council members present until the attorney general issued a decision that the sub committees, or standing committees were meeting illegally if a quorum of councilmen were present and was against the law if not advertised as a special meeting.
Mr. Severns was all in with violating our open public meetings act and voted to keep our subcommittee meetings from changing to keep the city from violating the law.
Bob Severns has no respect for the appearance of conflict laws:
During the Pioneer Way revitalization where Pioneer Way traffic was to be turned into a one way with the other leg of the one way being on Bayshore Drive their were calls for Mr. Severns to recuse himself because he was partners in property owned on Bayshore Drive. Mr. Severns refused to recuse himself. Mr. Severns made jokes at a subsequent city council meeting where the issue of a contract for dredging the marina was on the table.
No real details but he has cleaned out his desk and is no longer employed by the county.
Not too surprising as I knew of several people who have had some pretty major issues with the planning department.
I am sure time will eventually tell us what happened. Or…not. In the way of all good government employers we may never hear the real reason for his departure. Our last planning director left the county, sued and the county settled the lawsuit. The citizens never did get any explanation and probably never will because discussion amongst the commissioners was held under executive session and the settlement was all handled by the county’s insurance pool who then claim an exemption to our public records act for lawyer/client privilege.. Nice eh? They pay, we lose and we never even get to know why. Are not we the ones paying those bills?
This Saturday, October 10, at 9:00 AM at the Oak Harbor Elks Lodge, the Island County Republican Party will be training its Precinct Committee Officers and others interested in helping at our caucus which will be held in February 2016.
Caucus is the first step in having your voice heard on a state and national level and also in becoming a delegate to your county convention, which could lead to your being a delegate at State and then National convention.
We need helpers in many capacities for this event. Things like efficiently checking folks in, running the individual precinct meeting, (which are held in 3 different locations around our county), helping with speakers and just making sure things run smoothly in general.
Last week Criminal Weatherman, bomber, community organizer and writer,. Bill Ayers, President Barack Obama’s mentor, stated he is ready and available now to become our national head of Education. That’s action Number 6 in Saul Alinsky and Bill Ayers plan for Social Justice reform movement i.e.,How To Create a Social State. He is generally considered to be the founder of modern community organizing. He is often noted for his book: Rules for Radicals.
Hillary Clinton wrote her term paper on Alinsky’s work and President Obama also studied him.
Just this week Obama took action to take guns away from all of us using his bogus “Executive Orders” power in an attempt to complete action 4 in their plan action. Action 2, Poverty has been accomplished as has Actions 1, Health care, 3 Debt, and 5 Welfare.
Religion and class Warfare Actions 7and 8 are well underway for their total Socialization or our once great nation
Following as I referenced are their 8 levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to create a social state:
1. The Growth Management Act was created over twenty-five years ago by our Legislature (in spite of being rejected by the voters of Washington State) to benefit the Metropolitan areas of Washington State. It is a poor and very expensive fit for rural Counties, including Island County. It is difficult to dig our way out of the, “That’s the way we have always done it,” mindset.
2. All three County Commissioners have acknowledged that the GMA approach, as presently required and adopted in Island County, is a poor fit for Island County. The current review of our County Comprehensive Plan ‘tweaks’ our Plan, but does so following the #1 (above) mindset. The existence of interminable badgering and lawsuits by the Whidbey Environmental Action Network (WEAN) will continue to drain the Staffs and financial resources of Island County and the Cities/Town until a good fit for Island County is found.
3. I propose that “Performance Zoning” can be fashioned that does fit Island County, the Cities of Oak Harbor and Langley, and the Town of Coupeville. Planning Directors and their Staffs have the experience and ability, along with the dedicated Members of our several Planning Commissions/Board, to fashion a widely popular Code based on Performance Zoning concepts.
A shortfall of funding and staffing at the Island County Sheriff’s Office is leading to a lack of crucial policy updates, security measures and long-term planning, according to a report released this week by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.
The voluntary review, sought by county’s Law and Justice Council to both improve the department and move closer toward accreditation, has been long in coming. Island County Sheriff Mark Brown had requested the assessment since he took office nine years ago, but budget constraints have prevented it.
Commissioner Rick Hannold, who serves on the Law and Justice Council, said the report reflected the issues he expected to see and said he was confident the sheriff and the Council would be able to address the issues listed.
With the recent news that the Friends of Swan/Bos Lake wish to place the Fakkema Farm into a conservation easement to lock up this land from development we need to ask ourselves whether the Conservation Futures program has gone too far. We live on an Island that is already home to more state parks than any other county in the state and with much of our land locked away by already being in parks, cities and military installations what is left?
Island County has a total land acreage of 133408 acres, of that 133408 acres we have 8012 acres under the control of the cities of Oak Harbor, Coupeville, Langley, Freeland* and Clinton*. This leaves 125396 acres under county control. When you add in Whidbey NAS with a total of 8000 acres you end up with 117396 acres. With the addition of the many state parks we have here on Whidbey that total figure drops to 111085 acres under control of Island County.
The above figure does not include already existing county parks land and the parks and facilities built by the individual cities. The above figures also do not reflect the land we have under wetlands and critical areas in the county and that are undevelopable.
Fischer’s letter stated, “Oak Harbor has been unfortunate in the last four years to be saddled with a mayoral administration which, despite some achievements, has suffered from what might be called Washington, D.C. syndrome. It has been plagued with divisive, dysfunctional politics, aggravated by executive arrogance, secrecy, midnight massacres and habitual cost overruns. Our thriving, friendly community was turned into something akin to Oak Harbor on the Potomac. I think we will all agree that this is something we should strive to avoid in the future, and the coming election is our chance.Whether Jim Campbell, who is close to Mayor Dudley, would follow in the mayor’s unfortunate footsteps, if elected, is open to discussion. I for one, am not willing to take that risk and will therefore enthusiastically support Bob Severns”.
An interesting video and website with information concerning resettlement of people from countries that have not been good friends with the United States. There is a lot of concern over the funding of these refugees and the potential of refugees coming to the United States that wish to undermine and damage our way of life.
Refugees have been a major topic in the recent political debates thanks to Donald Trump, it is time that we all look at what our Federal Government is doing with our tax dollars and just who is allowed into our country.
1. When Bill Clinton was president, he allowed Hillary to assume authority over a health care reform. Even after threats and intimidation, she couldn’t even get a vote in a democratic controlled Congress. This fiasco cost the American taxpayers about $13 million in cost for studies, promotion, and other efforts.
2. Then President Clinton gave Hillary authority over selecting a female Attorney General. Her first two selections were Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood – both were forced to withdraw their names from consideration. Next she chose Janet Reno – husband Bill described her selection as “my worst mistake.” Some may not remember that Reno made the decision to gas David Koresh and the Branch Davidian religious sect in Waco, Texas resulting in dozens of deaths of women and children.
The supposed “preservation” group called “Swan Lake Watershed “Preservation” Group” headed by our ex county commissioner Angie Homola is at it again with more new demands placed on area landowners.
The Fakkema Farm has applied for a logging permit to log their acreage on North Whidbey unfortunately they have a group of relative newcomers to the Island that wish to stop this in the name of preservation.
We have seen in the past how this group has attempted, under the name of “preservation”, to rebuild the area surrounding Bos/Swan lake to suit their concept of an idyllic watershed blessed by man using any and all funding sources available.
Their last attempt at rewriting history was when the county was rewriting the GMA plan Angie Homola attempted to insert wording into the GMA plan that would have made Bos/Swan lake and the drainage ditch that feeds it a salmonid stream. This would have made the “restoration” of Bos/Swan lake available for state funding to preserve existing and historic salmonids stream in an attempt to recover salmon rearing areas and boost salmon recovery in the state. The problem was that there has never been any history of any salmon ever being in Swan/Bos lake or in the ditch that is now called Swantown Creek. Several hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayer funds were spent proving what we already know, Bos/Swan lake has no salmonids in it. Read about that attempt here