The "Hirst Fix" law as passed the legislature and as effective on January 18, 2018 entitled "Water Availability" provides legislative intent to the Department of Ecology and counties within Water Resource Inventory Area in establishing water availability through in stream flow rules. http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2017-18/Pdf/Bills/Session%20Laws/Senate/6091-S.SL.pdf?cite=2018%20c%201%20%C2%A7%20201
A suite of Tenant/Landlord Bills have been introduced and are progressing through the legislature. It is self-evident that no genuine effort has been made by bill sponsors to solicit input from industry-wide stakeholders. Tenant advocates have been candid (and successful) with their opposition to landlords having a seat at the table. That is why these bills are generally so short-sighted.
Tenant/Landlord relationship and interaction is dynamic and complex, and these bills fail to recognize the on the ground circumstances created with real people living real lives. Additionally the bills do not consider that both landlords and fellow tenants can suffer the consequences of a bad apple tenant.
By Cindy Alia
January 27, 2019
As much as I would like to take credit for this article, a very savvy and critically thinking facebook follower often has very in depth and well thought out comments to articles posted there. Grateful for this kind of response and the research behind it, I feel compelled in this case to share the thoughts and conclusions reached from the research the follower had done.
Until this summer, property owners have never been represented on the Washington State Department of Health Onsite Sewage System (OSS) policy and technical rule revision Committee (basically an ad hoc committee to determine Washington State’s rules regarding septic systems).
Historically, only bureaucrats, environmental extremists, and industry representatives (septic pumping, designers, etc.) were involved. This may have been one reason why these policies seem to keep getting worse and more hostile to property owners over the years.
by Cindy Alia, December 8, 2108
The Energy and tenacity of Citizens' Alliance for Property Rights (CAPR), Spokane Treasurer Rob Chase who pursued coordination under the the National Environmental Policy Act of 1970, Idaho based Avista Customer Group, and many concerned and commenting citizens of both Washington and Idaho were very effective in putting pressure on the Washington State Utilities and Transportation Committee (WUTC), who in Washington State had the final say in determining if Avista, a United States owned utility company could be purchased by a Canadian utility company, Hydro One!
Skagit County – Winning The Fight to Defeat the Charter Initiative
Twenty-one days after the November 6th election, the excruciating slow process of counting votes in Skagit County was over. However, after only a week of sorting through ballots, it was evident the initiative to transform Skagit into a county that resembled its dysfunctional neighbors was soundly beaten back. In the end, voters turned down charter government by a 2 to1 margin.
Asphalt Plant Near Renton?
It has been said that the first (and perhaps the last) question of philosophy is, “What is the good?” With respect to shaping and managing growth in Washington, that question was supposed to be addressed by a model designed to make sure laws and regulations are in place so that competing considerations are addressed fairly and consistently. That model consists of the Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA) as the top-level guidance, followed by a county comprehensive plan for a regional focus, followed by zoning for specific uses within a county, and completed by the permitting process. That model is again in danger of failing the residents of unincorporated King County.
Only seven counties in Washington State have adopted the charter system of government. Seven out of 39 is almost 18% which is not an amount that signifies a large interest in this governing format statewide. The majority of residents of the 32 traditional counties see no advantage in changing their style of local governing. In fact, an argument can be made the charter system is not a good fit for the seven which adopted it. Charter counties become expensive in increased salary costs, bureaucracy laden, and less responsive to constituents.
CAPR ALERT--Do you want to testify?
THE PENDING SALE OF OUR FIVE STATE REGIONAL AVISTA UTILITY TO A CANADIAN COMPANY, WILL HAVE SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY FOR GENERATIONS TO COME! So you're an American? What can you do about it?
Watch this fact filled power point video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMkTv44XxHA
Watch this video: https://youtu.be/E0n3l5s19Os
Northwest Property Owners' Alliance is very concerned about the Avista Sale! See their website for more information and Idaho meetings!