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Governor’s speech tomorrow and meeting reminder

This afternoon Governor Gregoire said that she will announce her transportation package during the State of the State speech she is making tomorrow, (Tuesday) Jan. 10 at 10 a.m.

Please plan to attend our local Ferry Advisory Committee meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 11 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the meeting room at the public library.

January 7 FCP meeting

Susan Brooks-Young will be attending this very important FCP meeting this coming Saturday. If anyone else from the San Juans can attend that would be excellent!

From Adams Brockus, Ferry Community Partnership:

Attached is the DRAFT Agenda for our very important January 7 Meeting at the Norm Dicks Government Center in Bremerton, WA. Our Leader Kari Ulatowski will not be able to attend as she has a prior commitment, so we will move the Vigor/Martinec Issue to a later meeting. Also, because of the WSF Winter Schedule, the earliest Susan Brooks and our San Juan Islands members can arrive is noon, so we will not be making any votes before they arrive.

However, we will still have a full agenda with discussions on the Pt. Defiance-Tahlequah run, the results of the Connecting WA Task Force that the Legislature & Governor wish to put before the voters, and how we will need to lobby for adding more new ferries into that plan. We hope to also arrange with Mayor McGinn’s Office to have two meetings
in Seattle.

Please bring your calendars, your ideas, a few dollars for printing more buttons, and maybe a small blanket because we all know it takes a while to warm up the chambers. This will be the most important meeting of the year for good ferry service into the next decade.

Adam C. Brockus, PE
Bremerton City Councilman, District 3

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DRAFT Agenda
Ferry Community Partnership

January 7, 2012

Norm Dicks Government Center, Council Chambers
345 6th Street, Bremerton

10:30 am – 2:30 pm
No votes until San Juan Islands contingent arrives (around noon)

10:30 – 11:00 Updates from Legislators and other elected officials

11:00 – 11:30 Discussion of M/V Chetzemoka being assigned to Pt. Defiance- Tahlequah Route

11:30 – 12:15 Briefing on Connecting WA Task Force Results

  • $20 Billion in 10 years
  • 2 new Ferries included under WSDOT O&M
  • 1 or 2 more new Ferries required
  • Bill to go through Transportation Committee
  • To go to voters for November 2012 ballot

12:15 – 12:55 2012 Legislative Goals:

  1. Connecting WA Capital Bill
  2. HB 2053 – raise fees to pay for 2nd 144-car boat
  3. Marine Jobs Bill
  4. WSF Reform/“Skunk Works”
  5. ?

12:55 – 1:30 Planning for Next Meetings and Lobbying Days (Please bring your Calendars)
Meeting Days – 14 Jan, 21 Jan, 28 Jan, 4 Feb, 11 Feb
Lobbying Days – 16 Jan, 18 Jan, 24 Jan, 25 Jan, ?

1:30 – 2:00 Arranging for Skype/Conference Calls

2:00 – 2:20 New Business

2:20 – 2:30 pm Adjourn & Put up Chairs

After-Drinks at Bremerton Bar & Grill – 2nd Street & Pacific Ave

Note: VIGOR/Martinec issue to be discussed at a later date when Kari, Susan, and Adam can all attend

Notes from November 29 Connecting Washington Task Force meeting

The notes from the November 29th meeting of the Connecting Washington Task Force have been posted:

CWTF November 29, 2011 Meeting Notes

The meeting documents (presentations, Revised Investment Principles, etc) can be accessed here under the Meeting #4 – Tues., Nov. 29 section: Connecting Washington Task Force.

Connecting WA Task Force Meeting: November 29

When we met with members of the FCP and Reps. Seaquist and Morris in early November, one action item we agreed on was to contact individual members of the Connecting WA Task Force to express our concern about the importance of identifying ongoing, sustainable  funding sources for the statewide transportation system. Now is the time to do this.

The Nov. 15 task force meeting was canceled, but the task force will be meeting this coming Tuesday in Olympia. Based on the revised agenda linked below, it appears that a great deal of time will be spent discussing revenue streams.

While it may not be possible for readers to get to Olympia to speak during the public input portion of the meeting, you can review the agenda and notes from the Oct. 4 meeting (also linked below) and send an email to one or more members of the task force. A partial list of members and their email addresses is linked here.

Revised agenda

Oct. 4 notes

Directions to meeting

Please take a few minutes to express your concerns to members of the task force (by Monday, Nov. 28). Thanks!

Tourism next topic for transportation task force

Kari Ulatoski of the Ferry Community Partnership wrote today to let us know that the focus of the next Connecting WA Task Force meeting will be tourism and transportation. Kari is hoping that residents of the San Juan Islands will either attend the October 4 meeting in Olympia to testify about tourism, our local economy, and how we are impacted by the ferry system or contact the task force using their online form (click here).

If you are a resident of the San Juan Islands whose livelihood relies on tourism, or whose business is impacted by changes in service and fare hikes, please take the time to speak up now. Decisions made by this task force could impact you for years to come.

Reminder: Connecting WATask Force

The Connecting WA Task Force is meeting again today. They currently have meetings scheduled through November 29th, so they are working on a very short timeline. If you have not yet responded to the brief survey on the task force’s website, now’s definitely the time.

The agenda for today’s meeting is also linked on the website. While most islanders are not in a position to attend a meeting to testify, in addition to completing the survey, you can email individual members of the Task Force. Their names are listed on the website as well. You may want to start with the following legislators who are on the task force:

clibborn.judy@leg.wa.gov

haugen.marymargaret@leg.wa.gov

armstrong.mike@leg.wa.gov

king.curtis@leg.wa.gov

When you complete the survey or email, it’s important to remember that we need to not only sustain, but also improve our statewide multimodal transportation network to create and maintain jobs and our ability to move goods and provide services throughout the state. According to the state constitution, this transportation system includes ferries. We’re not asking for special ferry funding. We are asking for funding for a fully functional statewide system and ferries are an integral part of that–particularly for thoseof us who reside in ferry-dependent communities.

Yesterday the San Juan County Council sent a letter to Gov. Gregoire as chair of this task force. The text of that letter follows:
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Connecting Washington Task Force

Last month, members of the Connecting Washington Task Force were announced. There are 30 (or so) people on this task force which is charged with recommending statewide transportation funding solutions for the next 10 years. There is broad representation, but no one on the task force specifically speaks for the ferry system. For those of us living in ferry-dependent communities, this could be problematic.

The task force will be working between now and Thanksgiving. It is critical that readers take the time now to contact the task force to express concern about how ferry funding issues will be addressed.

Our local Ferry Advisory Committee has done a great job explaining the role of the task force and in providing one-click information for reaching out to the task force. Please click here to access the FAC website, read the information, and submit your comments. I’ve completed the survey. It’s quick and easy to do.

Share this post widely. I will add it to Lopez Rocks for residents of Lopez. Residents of other islands, please post links to this message on your local news sites. Let’s be sure the task force knows we care!