In 2016, the Washington State Department of Ecology began a targeted harassment program accusing small farmers and property owners of having a "potential to pollute" the watershed because they have an animal on their property. In Whatcom County alone, many people have been forced to euthanize or give away their pet goats, sheep, horses, llamas, or other farm animals to avoid the targeted legal and financial threats.
This is the first of a series of videos, Tales of Tyranny, produced by Citizens' Alliance for Property Rights (CAPR) in Washington State. These short video stories about people who have been harmed by abusive government regulation, zealous prosecution of ridiculous rules, criminalization of minor code infractions, and the destruction of property rights. Ordinary citizens have been harmed by government as policy.
This video is of interviews done at the conclusion of CAPR's first banquet.
The video contained in this blog post is of the keynote address by Attorney General Rob McKenna at CAPR's first annual banquet.
This video was produced for CAPR's first ever annual banquet. It was shown to the standing room only crowd of nearly 400 at Emerald Downs.
On behalf of our member households and businesses, I am submitting this testimony on the draft ordinance, which will replace the emergency moratorium ordinance passed October 25 2016. We are a county wide public interest group affiliated with the larger regional CAPR organization, with many county based chapters and hundreds of members in our state and California.
As CAPR enters our 14th year, we are reflecting on our many recent successes in our efforts to identify, educate, train, and mobilize property rights advocates, and to restore and defend property rights. Our ongoing efforts and successes in 2016 encourage us to keep working for the rights of all! Please help CAPR in this fight for freedom!
The recent Washington State Supreme Court decision Hirst vs. W. Washington Growth Management Hearings Board (“Hirst”) opens a new offensive against individual property rights and common sense; and it continues the trend of legislative rule making by our Supreme Court. The ruling is disastrous for property rights. This is just part of the story. The impacts are likely to be much greater than people realize. There are actions you can take to make a difference.
The following letter from Jacob and Wendy Tellberg to Department of Ecology Hydrologist and GIS Analyst John Rose provides further proof of the burden that the flawed Skagit Basin In-stream Flow Rule is causing citizens of our county. Like many others, Jake and Wendy continue to suffer serious financial harm in the aftermath of the 2013 Swinomish decision. Their property has been dramatically devalued and they are unable to do anything with it. Their retirement plans are in complete disarray.
Many persons seek the protection of their property rights and relief from over-reaching or misapplied regulatory actions and want to have that relief from our Judicial system. But what if the highest court in our State has strayed from the rule of law and constitutional decision making and into the arena of problem solving with decisions best left to another branch of government, the legislature?