Notes from 2-05-11 FCP Meeting

The FCP continues to meet weekly, focusing its attention now on lobbying efforts. Kari Ulatoski emailed notes from last weekend’s meeting. I’m sharing relevant sections of her email below and also a link to the meeting notes. Still hoping we will be able to host one more FCP meeting up our way.

Attached are the minutes from the Ferry Community Partnership Meeting on 02/05. Adam Brockus kindly facilitated the meeting and wrote the minutes. We came to consensus that we need to lobby for HB 1830 to be given a hearing by the Transportation Committee. Rep. Clibborn has stated that she wants all Ferry Savings Suggestions by 2/18.

The important thing is to keep telling your story regarding economic impacts. Also, the more businesses the better! Realtors, construction companies, retailers are all going to be hit hard if these cuts go through, not just commuters. We could even lose our military on Whidbey, as there is another downsizing in the offing. Do you think the Navy will want to keep a base open if there is minimal ferry service? I personally went to some businesses on Vashon and they want to participate.

Time is running out. We need your suggestions about funding no later than 2/17, so let’s get going. We’ve made some suggestions including a tire tax that would be used for developing transportation in the state – and only transportation- including ferries, a 3-decade request for eastern Washington’s North-South freeway, and such.

AND REMEMBER, THERE IS NO BACKUP BOAT FOR 90% OF THE ROUTES SERVED. WHO WANTS THE HIYU WITH A CAPACITY OF 34 CARS? NO ONE!

Kari Ulatoski

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Susan Brooks-Young has been involved in the field of instructional technology since 1979. She was one of the original technology users in the district where she taught and has continued to explore ways in which technology can be used to facilitate student learning. She has worked as computer mentor, technology trainer, and technology curriculum specialist. Prior to establishing her own consulting firm, Susan was a teacher, site administrator, and technology specialist in a county office of education in a career that spanned more than 23 years. Since 1986, she has published articles and software reviews in a variety of education journals. She is also author of a number of books which focus on how school leaders can implement the NETS*A Standards. Susan works with educators internationally, focusing on practical technology-based strategies for personal productivity and effective technology implementation in schools. Susan and her husband live on Lopez Island, WA.

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