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Tuesday, January 8, 2013


Dear San Juan County Neighbors and Friends,

CSA Budget and Donations

Our Newsletter of last week with respect to donations to CSA, prompted some of you to inquire as to what is the CSA budget; how many contributors are there; and what is an appropriate or suggested amount of a single donation?  Please contact Dave Cable directly for answers to all of these questions by contacting him at dcable@rockisland.com or 425-444-0041.

Officers and Directors

By unanimous vote of our CSA Board on January 5, Mike Carlson, our highly esteemed Chairman over the last three years, has moved into the position of President Emeritus.  Dave Cable who has been the Executive Director during this period of time, will move into the role of President, and Alex Gavora becomes the new Executive Director.  Other board members were unanimously approved.  Their biographies may be seen at About Our Leadership on our CSA website.

Critical Primary Election of New Council Members on February 12

An unprecedented event occurred with the November General Election and the passage of the revisions to the Home Rule Charter that creates a need to elect a completely new council of three members to replace the existing Council of six members.  Candidates Who Have Filed for the Primary

It is anticipated that the voter turn out will be low.  The ballots will be mailed on or approximately January 23 for the February 12 primary.  If you need to have your ballot forwarded to a different mailing address, permanently change your address or register to vote in San Juan County, contact:

San Juan Elections Office
PH (360) 378-3357

The deadline to take action is next Monday, January 14.  (San Juan County Elections site for more information)

To read more about the Special Election see the article written by Milene Henley, SJ County Auditor.  "Charter changes usher in more elections:  What next?"

Year End Lawsuits Filed Against San Juan County

  1.  On October 16, the CAPR organization filed a lawsuit against the County for violation of the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) during the County’s revisions to the Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO) and Shoreline Management Plan update (SMP).  Read more about this lawsuit and the CAPR Complaint on the CSA website. 
  2. On December 4, a number of citizens filed a suit against the County in Skagit County Superior Court for declaratory and injunctive relief permanently invalidating the November approval of Proposition 1, 2 and 3 to the Home Rule Charter and enjoining the State and County from holding the elections required by the passage of Proposition 1 to elect a Council of three to replace the newly elected 4-year term Council Members in November.  

A Motion for Partial Summary Judgment has been filed and will be heard by the Skagit County Court on February 4.  Read more and the Complaint on the CSA website.

Times are interesting!

Common Sense Alliance 

Common Sense Alliance
P.O. 1249 Friday Harbor, 98250

Common Sense Alliance (CSA) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization based in San Juan County.  CSA depends upon individual donors to support its efforts in your behalf.  Funds provided by you are used to retain outside legal counsel, subject matter experts and to pay other expenses necessary to fund these activities.

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