I received an email yesterday morning from Kari Ulatoski of the FCP. In the next 2/12 weeks, the FCP needs two things from San Juan Islands residents:
- Signed petitions to the Governor
- Data from local businesses on the fiscal impact of cuts in ferry service
Here is the text of Kari’s email.
On Friday, 12/10, some of the FACs and FCP members went down to Olympia to meet with members of the legislative ferry caucus. Due to the special session, most were not able to participate directly, but many stopped by to drop off notes and wish us well. We were fortunate to see many Legislative Assistants there. Reps Bailey, Smith, Angel were able to attend in person and Sen-elect Nelson phone in.
It was clear from the get go that all of us are on the same page. The most important information we can provide is on how cuts in service will affect businesses, tourism, property values. Any and all hard data on how ferry cuts threaten our livlihoods, jobs, etc. is absolutely essential so that it can be determined just how much money could be saved by cuts versus what could be lost in income to ferry communities. I’ve also attached a copy of the FCP petition.
Over 250 people signed and attended our WSF meeting on Vashon on 12/9. More have signed since then. If you need copies of the petition to carry around the ferries, to your meetings, etc., I’ve attached one here as well in both pdf and word. I strongly suggest getting as many signatures and the hard data to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or your FACs by no later than 12/31. We may have a few more weeks after that, but keep up the momentum!
We had 8000 signatures 2 years ago, so we need at least that many or more! The ferry caucus in Olympia has asked if we could meet early in the session after the holidays and we have committed to doing so. Please help us by getting information on your businesses, commuters, etc in your communities and get those petitions signed and back to your FAC chairs.
Thanks in advance for all your help.
FHCRC Protocol Office
Phone: (206) 667-5802
Fax: (206) 667-6068
The petition form referenced in Kari’s email can be accessed here and Kari’s email address is in her email. You can also fax the information to her. Please do what you can to spread the word on all the islands. In addition, petitions are available for signing at the library, Caffe la Boheme, Isabel’s, Islehaven Books, and Paper, Scissors on the Rock. If you are in the village and haven’t signed one, please do. Thanks! Petitions also now available at Sunset Builders’ Supply and Islandale.