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BREAKING: First Washington State Tree Sit Since 1999!
Chiara D’Angelo blockades environmental destruction on Bainbridge Island
Contact: 206-940-5082 or 425-495-5320
10060 High School Rd NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
**UPDATED 10:32am** NOW VIDEO FOR DOWNLOAD HERE. Images for download HERE & HERE
Visconsi has just threatened to press charges if she doesn’t come down by 4pm today (8/18) – she plans on staying indefinitely.
VIGIL AT 5PM-8PM TODAY (Monday 8/18) look for red banner on left road down PROBuild’s drive way past their green and white sign at 10060 High School Dr, across the street (NORTH) of McDonalds enterance.
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND – Bainbridge High School graduate Chiara Rose D’Angelo is sitting 70 feet up on a platform among the canopy of an evergreen. The tree is one of 830 approved to be clear-cut for the KeyBank/Visconsi Mall where a Walgreens, among others, is expected to be built. Chiara is demanding a halt to the project and looking to raise awareness about the environmental devastation setting the stage for our future. She is calling citizens to send 830 letters and post cards to Key Bank in opposition to the development – one for each tree cut.
“The tree sit is an effort designed to create more time for the community of Bainbridge to move into action and voice their opposition to this unsustainable development. There will be an ongoing presence at the site as well as a letter writing campaign and sign ons for boycotting the mall. I am hoping this sit leads to expanded dialog about what we want this Island to look like in our future.”
Chiara’s roots are here on Bainbridge. Her Grandfather Art Patricio was a Ferry Boat captain for 50 years. Her grandmother Lora Hart worked at Streamliner Diner to raise her children. Chiara was raised by her mother on the island.
A formal boycott has been initiated and is growing in size as residents express their intention to never do business in the new shopping center.
According to Kent Bridwell, Lead boycott organizer “A new shopping center is wholly unnecessary on Bainbridge. Too many local businesses have already failed and there are vacant storefronts everywhere. This includes the former Union Bank building, which remains available for lease or purchase.”
Saturday, August 16th, Chiara, accompanied by 80 residents of all ages,spokeat an on site vigil to acknowledge the loss that will occur from thisproject.Now Chiara sits in a tree to hold space for more community action andsupport.
“The ‘expedited approval and development’ that Visconsi, an Ohio based developer, brags about on there website, seems to be manifesting itself onto the Island. Bainbridge has the potential to serve as a healthy watershed, helping to preserve the Puget Sound. For the well being of the Sound, and future generations, we need to turn the tide on the status quo by bringing a halt to this unwanted and unneeded development,” says Chiara.
Please support Chiara’s efforts and send your letter to Key Bank’s Chairperson and CEO: Beth Mooney, Chairperson and CEO; KeyCorp; 127 PublicSquare; Cleveland, OH44114-1306
Call at 800-625-3256
And sign the pledge at
King County Sheriff’s Department Arrest Jean Barton and Her Son, Drag Disabled Veteran Byron Barton to The Hospital
Two weeks ago, SAFE activists held a press conference where they asked the question, “Who runs this town?” Today, Sheriff Urquhart, stepping up to the role of corporate goon, answered the question definitively; property developers do. Thanks to a hastily-obtained search warrant, a mother and her son have been handcuffed, stuffed into a cop car, and taken down to county jail to be held. Byron Barton has been removed against his will from his childhood home and taken to a undisclosed hospital. The Bartons’ home is now occupied by unknown “renters”.
This was not an eviction; it was a raid against Seattle citizens outside the primary jurisdiction of the King County Sheriff’s Department –an extraordinary move to place a family in jail at the behest of Triangle. The Sheriff’s department forced their way into the Barton home with a search warrant and detectives. They did not have an unlawful detainer, which is the specific court document that would have allowed the Sheriff’s department to enact a legal eviction. The current unlawful detainer is under appeal.
The Sheriff issued a contradictory statement about today’s arrests. Sheriff Urquhart said of the arrests that “Triangle Property Development…is a victim of bureaucratic inaction…I was not willing to let that continue.” Does this mean that he will not allow elected officials to interfere with his interpretation of the law?
This is a clear about-face from just last week. At a court hearing regarding the Barton’s case, a representative of the Sheriff’s Department argued that the enforcement of criminal statutes, including trespassing charges, was in fact the purview of the Seattle Police Department, not King County Sheriffs. The Judge agreed. Why has the Sheriff’s Department now gone out of their own stated jurisdiction, and arrested the Bartons as criminal trespassers?
“This is a total violation of civil rights,” the Barton’s attorney Jill Smith said of the forcible eviction and arrest.
At this time, Byron Barton’s whereabouts within the hospital system are unknown. “The helplessness, I’m sure, is overwhelming for him,” Jean Barton said.
Was there an election last week? Well, yes there was, but most people seemed to be more interested in the Blue Angels than participating in our seasonal exercise in democracy.
It’s pretty easy to vote at your own kitchen table, filing in the little ovals with your choices while sipping a cup of coffee, and then putting the ballot in the mail. So why did most people do what my son did, just let the ballot sit on the counter until it was too late? Probably because there has settled on our country a certain sense of dispiritedness, disengagement, and dissatisfaction with politics. So why vote?
This question becomes harder to answer when considering the way our legislative districts are designed. We have a redistricting commission. It takes redistricting out of the hands of the Legislature, so that it doesn’t favor one party or the other. But it hasn’t opened up competition. The commission, with two Republicans and two Democrats, draws the district lines that favors incumbents of either party, and cuts up the state in a way that cordons off some districts (mainly east of the mountains) to the Republicans and other districts (mainly in Seattle and its suburbs) to the Democrats. Makes you wonder why bother to vote.
Add to this status quo determination of districts the top-two primary. This system makes it impossible for either Republicans or Democrats to even advance to the general election in some districts. And that means that our choices as voters are further limited. Perhaps that’s why voter turnout was 31% of registered voters statewide, and only 25% in Snohomish County. Compare that to turnout in a comparable election year, 2010, when turnout was 41% statewide and in Snohomish County over a third more people cast their votes than this year.
All this adds up to the fact that in over one-third of all the races for state house and state senate there was no Democratic or no Republican candidate in the primary election. And because the top-two primary eliminated two more Republicans and one more Democrat from advancing to the general election, all in all over 36% percent of the general election contests will be missing either a Democrat or a Republican.
State Representative Dan Kristiansen, R-Snohomish, has a free ride in the upcoming November election. So do State Representatives Derek Sanford, D-Mountlake Terrace, and Cindy Ryu, D-Shoreline. State Representative Mike Sells, D-Everett, has only a Libertarian candidate to worry about.
We could say kudos to these already-elected officials. But it is not as if Democratic or Republican voters don’t exist in these districts with one-party elections. In Representative Kristiansen’s district, Barack Obama beat Mitt Romney by 1,000 votes. In Mike Sells’ district, Obama beat Romney by 12,000 votes, but Romney still received almost 20,000 votes in that district. So these voters, both Democrats and Republicans, are effectively disenfranchised from voting for candidates who represent their parties and their political beliefs. So much for multi-party voting in a democracy!
What’s interesting is that it does not have to be this way. We could create a new system of elections and districts, ensuring that voters’ choices are proportionately represented in the Legislature. If we were to adopt three-member districts, with the members chosen proportional to the votes for their party, we would have much more fair and indeed democratic representation. Republicans would get elected in Democratic strongholds like Everett, and Democrats would get elected in Eastern Washington. For example, if Democrats garnered one-third of the vote in an Eastern Washington district, one Democrat and two Republican representatives would be elected.
Keep in mind that being represented isn’t just about a political party but also about race and ethnicity and gender and how these translate into party affiliation. With proportional representation, the majority Latino constituents in Yakima and other eastside areas would finally get representation. Changing the system could also help recruit candidates reflective of the diversity and strength of our citizens, including people of color and women.
Proportional representation gives voters a reason to mail in their ballots. They would know that their votes would count equally and would result in truly fair and proportional representation in the Legislature. That would be a breath of fresh air for all of us.
Originally published at EOI Online