WSF Public Meeting, December 1

Washington State Ferries will be holding a public meeting on Thursday Dec. 1 from 5:30-7:00 PM at the Council Chambers, 55 2nd Street in Friday Harbor. Full information about this meeting is posted on the San Juan County FAC (Ferry Advisory Committee) website. Please be sure to click on the link and read what’s posted there.

This is an important meeting for San Juan Islanders. Not only are we dealing with issues related to service levels, an aging fleet, and ongoing funding, but apparently WSF plans to move forward with the reservation system sooner rather than later.

It is feasible for residents of both San Juan and Lopez to attend the meeting in person. Lopezians, take the 3:50 p.m. inter-island (arrive in F.H. at 5:10 p.m.) and return home on the 7:45 p.m. boat (arrives at Lopez at 8:25 p.m.). John Whetten did try to arrange to video-conference the meeting in the Lopez Library meeting room, but wasn’t able to make it happen this time. We will continue to work on this with him for future meetings.

Unfortunately, there is no way for residents of Orcas or Shaw to attend in person and still go back home that night on a ferry. However, the meeting will be streamed live and can be viewed if you have an Internet connection (please use the link above to the FAC website for more information about streaming). Our FAC has spent a lot of time working on improving the streaming experience.

If you plan to go to the meeting in person, or plan to stream the meeting at another location, would you please reply to this post in the form of a comment (be sure to state if your’re going to F.H. or streaming) so we have a rough idea of how many island residents will be participating in the meeting in some way. Lopezians, we may also be able to set up some car-pooling to the ferry, based on replies.


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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.

6 thoughts on “WSF Public Meeting, December 1

  1. sjbrooksyoung Post author

    I plan to go to the meeting. I would be happy to offer a ride from the Southend of Lopez to the ferry terminal. Leaving home a little after 3 p.m. Post here if you need a ride.

  2. Beverly Zapalac

    I would like to go to the meeting and if your car is not full, Susan, could I hitch a ride with you? I live near the intersection of Cross and Fisherman Bay Road and would wait at that intersection for you. If you have a full load, I will go ahead to drive, too, and pick up anyone from Cross on north.

    1. sjbrooksyoung Post author

      Thanks for letting us know. We really appreciate the time the FAC spent on making the streaming more reliable. If you have questions for David Moseley of WSF, you can email them ahead of time or during the meeting using the email address provided in the main post above.


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