For those of you who may not know who Tim Blanchard is, he is an Orcasite and Common Sense Alliance Vice President who has donated enormous amounts of effort and time to shed a little light on the CAO process. It doesn't look like his efforts are much appreciated by Lovel.
And despite the appearance of Erik Stockdale being well integrated into many aspects of the County CAO process, I have to wonder about (yes, here it is again) the recent quote by Ecology that says:
"We don’t have regulatory authority in local critical areas ordinance issues. We don’t make rulings or issue enforcement actions under local critical areas ordinances. Those tasks are on local government turf" (Gordon White, Eco-Connect Blog, February 14, 2012.)
I read on the Island Guardian that Tim Blanchard is the guest speaker at tomorrow night’s CAPR meeting (at the Grange). Prior to last Tuesday’s meeting, Richard met with Tim and told me that he was hopeful that Tim is interested in working productively – and expeditiously – on the CAO update. I am not convinced of that given the communications I received from him last week (attached - and for some of those copied here FYI the Council’s identified next steps for the CAO update process).
Tim has some wrong assumptions about the CAO adoption process. During public testimony last week (where he outlined what is included in the attached documents) there were no responses from the Council or staff to refute his wrong assumptions regarding the CAO update process. While he was present to hear the Council’s later discussion (with the PA there answering questions) about the CAO update process, I’m not sure that he now has and will be presenting accurate information at the CAPR meeting.
My bottom line question is: How do we best get accurate information about the CAO update process to the public?
I would appreciate any insight and ideas you have!
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