Apologies for the delay in posting these. Some highlights:
[Senator] Ranker: We need to get to a place where Ferries are taken seriously in the budget. Cuts would be devastating to all runs. We are united in opposing all cuts. Also troubling is the Communications and Marketing Budget. We were told by the Governor’s Office that the Reservation System will happen. I understand the reason to avoid expanding terminals, but not in this year. I think the position should be to postpone any expansion of Reservations System until sustainable funding has been achieved.
[Representative] Lytton: A lot of people don’t understand how vital efficient ferry service is to the economy. The perception is that everyone in the San Juans is rich, which is definitely not true. We must find sustainable funding or we’ll have this battle every year. The Ferry Caucus proposed to Paula Hammond to table the reservation system. She wouldn’t negotiate.
Draft goals for the Ferry Community Partnership in 2013:
- Support Long term Sustainable Funding for operations and capital
- Keep Current Service Levels and postpone implementation of reservations system until at least 2015
- Support Plan to replace three 60-year old boats by 2019 – One can be a 3rd Olympic Class funded now for economy of scale
- (Optional) Support Conversion of one Issaquah-class to LNG
Read the minutes here: FCP Anacortes Meeting Sept. 22, 2012
Here are my notes from the Ferry Community Partnership meeting that was held on November 5th in Anacortes:
FCP Meeting Notes 11-5-2011
We had twenty-one participants, with both Representative Jeff Morris and Representative Larry Seaquist attending. In attendance also were representatives from two Ferry Advisory Committees, a member of the Transportation Commission, the Mayor of Friday Harbor, a representative from the Port of Anacortes, and numerous citizens from the Islands.
Rep. Seaquist opened his remarks by saying that the “FCP has become a
serious player – they’re well organized have a clear message.”
For those folks who didn’t have a chance to attend, I’d like to say that the Ferry Community Partnership meetings are an incredible opportunity to hear the “straight scoop” from our legislators. Both Jeff and Larry are strongly committed to supporting the needs of ferry-served communities. They will be introducing important ferry-related legislation this fall and winter, and we will be giving you info on these bills and what you can do to help support them.
We will also announce the next FCP meeting that will be held in Anacortes. This was the fourth meeting that the Ferry Community Partnership has hosted in our area. Their members come up from Vashon, Bremerton, Gig Harbor and other locations to the south. The FCP encourages San Juan Islanders and residents of Anacortes and Whidbey Island to participate.
A big shout out to Kari and Susan for organizing this meeting!
FCP Meeting Notes 11-5-2011
Here are the draft minutes for last week’s Ferry Community Partnership meeting. For those of you planning to attend tomorrow’s meeting in Anacortes, it may be helpful to look these over to get a feel for the focus of these meetings. If an agenda is sent out later today, I will post it.
For those of you who are tracking minutes from the Ferry Community Partnership’s weekly Saturday meetings, you can click here to access minutes from the 2/26/11 meeting.
Remember, this group (FCP) will be meeting in Anacortes at the public library on Saturday morning, March 12, to make it feasible for residents of Anacortes and the San Juan Islands to attend. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about recent lobbying efforts and their impact. Full information about this upcoming meeting is available here.
If you have not already responded to the earlier meeting announcement post, but do plan to attend the March 12 meeting, please let us know by posting a comment to this entry. It is especially important for you to do this if you need a ride to the library.