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I first met Greg Ayers in early December when I responded to his Letter to the Editor, inviting locals to meet with him as he considered running for county council. Never one to turn away from an interesting opportunity, I took him up on his offer, and I’m glad I did.
We tried the six-member district council form of county government and I am pleased that we will now have three commissioners as recommended by the Charter Review Committee and adopted by voters in November.
I had seen Lovel Pratt in action at council meetings before. She had always seemed thoughtful, well-informed and thorough. So last summer, even though she was not our representative on the council, I approached her about the concerns a number of us on Lopez had about possible environmental damage from the transit of Cape-size ships through our waters to the proposed Gateway Pacific Coal Terminal at Cherry Point. She was terrific.
Lopez needs to ensure that the members of our county council represent all the islands and have strong countywide knowledge and perspective.
This letter intends to express my support of Lovel Pratt for county council. As many of you know, the solid waste (garbage) facilities on San Juan Island and the entire county have been experiencing issues for quite some time.
Listening to the candidates for county council at the Eastsound Firehouse on 1-26-2013, brought out again and clearly that Greg Ayers offers outstanding qualifications and experience.
I enthusiastically support Rick Hughes in the upcoming primary election! Rick has a deep understanding of our islands. His family has a long history here, which gives him a good sense of what has come before, how we got here, and why it matters.
I have had the privilege of collaborating with Greg Ayers for many years in the field of bio-medical engineering. Greg provided valuable assistance in working with the FDA, to obtain approval for the AED (automatic external defibrillator), developed by our team for citizen response to cardiac arrest.
Greg Ayers will bring a wealth of practical problem solving business experience to the San Juan County Council.
San Juan County is fortunate in the three candidates to be considered from Orcas when voting in the primary on Feb. 2. All are good people who are genuinely concerned about and have contributed significantly to our island community.
Many concerned citizens from San Juan County have submitted comment letters regarding the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal Project at Cherry Point, Wash., On Nov. 3, 2012, there was an important scoping hearing at the Friday Harbor High School for this project, and the turnout was over 400, as reported in the Journal.
We are writing to you to express our support for Lovel Pratt in the upcoming county council election.
I watched online or attended every council and public meeting as the San Juan county council deliberated for months about awarding the solid waste contract for Orcas.
We are writing this letter in support of Lisa Byers for San Juan County Council. We are fortunate to have such a candidate. She is strong and principled, yet an effective negotiator. What’s more, she is an administrator with an impressive track record.
I write to recommend Lisa Byers who is seeking office #2 on the county council. I think she is an outstanding candidate for that office who will serve the public well.
In response to John Evans’ letter to the Editor (published 1/15/13) I want to first say that I am proud of my contributions and accomplishments on the council, as a volunteer, and in my previous jobs. I am also pleased with the grants that San Juan County has been fortunate to receive, and the many local jobs that resulted from those grant funds.
The League of Women Voters of the San Juans would like to publicly endorse the letter of Nov. 27, 2012 written by the San Juan County Council to the lead agencies for the Gateway Pacific Terminal Environmental Impact Statement.
I am writing to express support for Greg Ayers. My support is based on:
On Feb. 12, Lopez voters will have the opportunity to approve the first levy increase since 2004 for local fire protection and emergency medical services.
Kudos to all the volunteers working at new Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District facility. Today, we had a short lunch break and lots of recycling to do.
The upcoming council election has candidates from each district who give voters a welcome alternative to the prior council’s approach to governing.
I am writing to endorse the candidacy of Lovel Pratt for county council. I have know Lovel for many years, including her time helping with the creation of the USDA mobile meat processing unit on Lopez, as executive director of the San Juan Community Home Trust, as a planning commissioner, and finally as a council member.
We are writing to endorse Lovel Pratt for county council. While we were serving on the Land Bank Commission (Nancy) and as Mayor of Friday Harbor (David) we worked with Lovel to make the Brickworks project a reality.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Lovel Pratt on county, state and national issues and she has repeatedly proven herself to be an effective and energetic leader. Lovel has both the skills and temperament to lead San Juan County through these difficult and often contentious times.
In light of the unusual transition time and changes in county government, there are some very good reasons to return Lovel Pratt to county council: knowledge of complicated issues, county-wide experience and good judgment. She is pro-active and tenacious. Her reputation for accessibility, responsiveness and follow-through are well known.
I first met Greg Ayers after we both moved to the island, nearly simultaneously. We both had experience in starting businesses and had frequent discussions.
Bob Jarman was my supervisor at PTI Communications (now Centurylink) and we were Board members at the Portland Fair development. We’ve worked on many projects and the Bob Jarman I know is motivated by the ideals that have been our nation’s legacy. Hard work, perseverance, lending a helping hand and bringing a smile to brighten someone’s day.
It is very clear to me why I am supporting Lisa Byers for county council position #2 (Orcas). Director of OPAL for years, she has navigated the complex waters of bureaucracies and personalities in order to achieve a stable, thriving community based organization.
My father once told me that in management there is no such thing as an irreplaceable person.
When we first discovered the San Juan Islands, we – like many others – were primarily attracted to their natural beauty. But after living here for over 12 years, what keeps us so attached to this beautiful place has more to do with the dynamic sense of community that thrives here. This is why we are supporting Lisa Byers for San Juan County Council.
We islanders sometimes boast that having no bridges makes these real islands. We kind of like that. But there’s one case where bridges are good. It’s the collaborative kind we need between nonprofits and businesses, and between islanders of divergent interests.
I want to thank Lisa Byers for running for county council. Having served with her on the Eastsound Planning Review Committee for a number of years, I know first hand how she can be a thoughtful and diligent leader.
For the past six and a half years, I have served on the board of OPAL Community Land Trust, the organization for which Lisa Byers has been executive director for 17 years. Based on those years of working with Lisa, I enthusiastically urge you to vote for her for county council. Frankly, we will miss her at OPAL, but she is so remarkably good that the whole county deserves her.
We have many problems demanding our attention, but ocean acidification is one which could forever change our islands.
Did you know that volunteers have been providing ongoing care for our County Day Parks since 2009? That year, our day parks were slated to be closed. Then, community volunteers came to the rescue and they continue to provide needed support today.
It is with regret and concern that we write this letter to you. We had an unfortunate and serious bullying issue take place at our school, and many rumors are flying in our small and concerned community.
The recent election saw the recommendations of the Charter Review Committee affirmed by the voters, substantially changing the operations of our government in San Juan County.
On Nov. 3, approximately 450 citizens attended the Gateway Pacific Terminal scoping hearing – an unprecedented number for one day of environmental action in our community.
Twelve years ago, whenever salmon was on the family dinner menu, I would go out fishing and within a few hours, dinner would be in the boat. I heard many stories about how fishing used to be, before my time, when you could catch dinner in about 10 minutes.
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