Late last year (while she worked for the County), Linda Lyshall applied for a grant from the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, where Amy Windrope now works. The purpose of the grant was to report on the County's progress in implementing the San Juan Initiative's work. When the grant was awarded, it became the subject of a County discussion when the then-Council found out about it after the fact. It was covered in a story in the Island Guardian at the time:
Council Chair Patty Miller, while supportive of accepting the invitation to join in and hold a public meeting to review progress made towards implementing the Initiative’s previous recommendations, questioned who, exactly, applied for the grant in San Juan County’s name in the first place?
Miller also asked how many more grants has the County applied for, and by whom?
And just like that, the San Juan Initiative came back to life like Lazarus ... even though it's still not clear how this undead bureaucracy rose again or who constituted it. Now, after spending another $77K in grant and matching funds during its afterlife, a group calling themselves the San Juan Initiative is set to present a follow-up report to the Council on Monday. Incredibly, the list of report preparers includes Patty Miller ... the very woman who questioned how the grant came to be in the first place.
It is not clear who appointed these people. Were they appointed by the Council or did they appoint themselves? It's not clear if they think they are the San Juan Initiative or some group following up on the San Juan Initiative. Their letterhead says "San Juan Initiative," and the all-too-familiar list of serial participants includes:
- Jonathan White, Co-Chair
- Lovel Pratt, Co-Chair
- Lisa Byers
- Patty Miller
- Linda Lyshall
- Stephanie Buffum Field
- Peter Kilpatrick
- Tom Cowan
- Marilyn O’Connor
Were Pratt and Miller working for the San Juan Initiative (and voting to receive their own grant money) while they were on the Council?