The Cascadia Weekly also covered this issue. Although the Herald said that the $50,000 amount was approved "unanimously," the Weekly noted that Carl Weimer was the lone vote against it, presumably during the morning committee meeting. As the Weekly observed,
"These petitioners agreed to sit down with the county and mediate outstanding issues with (pro bono) legal counsel. Most council members scoffed, declaring mediation was tantamount to surrender.
An exception was Council member Carl Weimer, who voted against the $50,000 appropriation.
'I actually agree with the appellants on many of the issues they are challenging,' Weimer explained, 'particularly many of the water resource issues. I don’t want to waste taxpayer money chasing bad policy.'”
Of course, since the money comes out of our pockets (as the Weekly explains). it's easy for the Council to hang tough.
Life is too short to muck about in the cesspool that is the Herald's online presence to explain our side of the story, but those who read this blog probably know why we are involved in this litigation. I wrote three blog entries explaining the Growth Management Hearings Board's decision when it came out in January:
The Growth Management Hearings Board’s Decision on Whatcom County’s Rural Planning, In a Nutshell: Part 1, Sprawl
The Growth Management Hearings Board’s Decision on Whatcom County’s Rural Planning, Part 2, The Elements: Earth, Water and Fire
What Next? Growth Management Hearings Board Decision, Part 3
And, in reverse chronological order, here are some additional blog entries that explore some of the relevant issues:
Science and County Government: The Perfect Storm – development around Lake Whatcom.
Stuck in Lake Whatcom
If It Ain’t Broke – agricultural land loss
Rural Element: No Peace In Our Time
The Golden-Brown Rule – problems with septic tanks in Whatcom County
Wet and Wild Whatcom County – water quality issues
Graphic Interlude – growth in Whatcom County
We Won’t Know What We’ve Got “Till It’s Gone – value of wildlife
It’s Only Money – impervious surfaces and flooding
Rural Sprawl: Blame Bellingham?
Whatcom County’s Rural Element: The Sequel
All of these blogs really explore one issue: what kind of world will we leave our kids?