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City Issues Statement About Failing Prop. 1

This evening, November 3, three minutes after Kitsap County released unofficial election results, City Manager Doug Schulze issued a statement about the failing Proposition 1, or public safety facility bond. Voters are soundly defeating the bond measure, 74.6 to 25.4 percent. Here is Schulze’s statement: “The City of Bainbridge Island remains committed to replacing our current outdated…

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Unofficial Election Results: All the Numbers

Here are the unofficial election results from tonight’s races. Registration and Turnout  Total ballots cast: 37,636 votes, 24.4 percent Initiative Measure No. 1366  Yes 20,196, 55.1% No 16,433, 44.9% Initiative Measure No. 1401 Yes 26,678, 72.5% No 10,127, 27.5% Advisory Vote No. 10 Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1449  Repealed 17,989, 50.0% Maintained 17,959, 50.0% Advisory…

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Elections 2015: Prop. 1 Going Down, City Council Race Too Close to Call

Kitsap County has just released unofficial election results for this evening, November 3. Proposition 1, the police facility bond, is failing, 74.6 to 25.4 percent. The race for the City Council At-Large seat is too close too call, with Ron Peltier leading Pegeen Mulhern 54.1 to 45.6 percent. In the race for School Board, Lynn…

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Council to Vote Tonight to Increase City Manager’s Pay to $170K

When Doug Schulze was hired in September of 2012, he was offered a salary of $150,000 per year plus benefits. Tonight, November 3, the Bainbridge Island City Council will vote on whether to approve a renegotiated employment contract with Schulze, increasing his salary from its current level of about $155,000 to $170,000. If the contract is…

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Letter to the Editor: Unanswered Questions Regarding Prop. 1

There are nagging questions regarding Proposition 1. Who at the City and on City Council knew that the preferred site was contaminated? When did they know and why wasn’t this important information made public by the City until just before the ballots arrived? These are the biggest unanswered questions. It appears that at least five…

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Letter to the Editor: We Don’t Need $15 Million Taj Mahal

No Blank Check: Vote NO on Prop. 1. The City Council has asked the Community for a blank check for $15 million (plus 20 years of interest) to spend towards pursuing a Public Safety/Court facility. Their own studies show this is nearly twice what is needed to build on existing Community property. Our officers already have…

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Letter to the Editor: Regarding Prop. 1, Consider Most Vulnerable

When voting, please consider our most vulnerable community members. Safety and privacy are two important goals missing in the proposed move of the police and court next to City Hall. Directly across the street from where City Council wants to place a police station/court is the Peacock Family Center, an early childhood center and family…

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Letter to the Editor: Man Talks to Dog About Island Leash Law

I talk to my dog. I am not embarrassed to admit that I do it frequently. Based on recent island developments, I thought a sit-down face-to-face with Coop, my 100 lb. black lab, was in order. I faced the difficult task of explaining to him that it is a civil infraction for a dog to…

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Letter to the Editor: Wrong Location, Too Costly, Contaminated

The Police may need better facilities, but siting the police station on Madison Avenue is not the place. WRONG LOCATION: I concur with City Manager Doug Schulze that “it did not make sense to locate a police station in a shopping center.” Although he was talking about the Visconsi property, his comments are even truer for…

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Candidate Mulhern Addresses Proposition 1 in Statement to Public

City Council Candidate Pegeen Mulhern, who is running for the Council’s at-large position being vacated by Steve Bonkowski, issued a statement this morning (October 22) outlining her position on Proposition 1, which, if it passes, will authorize the Council to issue $15 million in general obligation bonds and pursue building of a new facility for the Police…

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Letter to the Editor: Contamination Is Opportunity, Not Barrier

No doubt the recent report of toxic pollution on the proposed site has been greeted by opponents of Proposition 1 as an “I told you so!” moment. Rather, it is an opportunity to fix two problems simultaneously. The first problem lies at the crux of Proposition 1, which is to replace our current police and…

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Letter to the Editor: What’s Wrong with Prop. 1

Prop. 1 proponents talk about investing in our future; let’s take a closer look. Investing in the future on a small Island with limited tax revenues and limited water supply requires governing within our means, including upgrading police facilities. It is definitely not assuming more costly hazardous waste liability on behalf of citizens. Planning for…

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Letter to the Editor: Families For Fiscal Responsibility Say No to Prop.1

Bainbridge Families For Fiscal Responsibility is a grass roots movement composed of Island citizens who oppose Prop. 1, the so-called “Public Safety Facility” bond measure that seeks $15 million to build some sort of “campus” adjacent to City Hall on toxic, contaminated property. Bainbridge Families For Fiscal Responsibility does not have a website nor an email…

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How Dry Cleaning Contam- ination Further Confuses the Debate Over Prop. 1

The ballots that just arrived in voters’ homes ask Islanders on Proposition 1 whether they authorize the City of Bainbridge Island to “finance the design, construction, land acquisition and related costs of developing and equipping a new public safety facility, including police, municipal court and related functions.” Nowhere does the measure’s text mention the site located just…

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Letter to the Editor: Three Questions About Prop. 1

Next month, voters decide whether to pay for a new police complex on Madison Avenue next to the new city hall. Cost estimates seem to range from $15,000,000 to $28,500,000. The recently disclosed high contamination of the proposed site suggests the costs may be much higher. Three questions have arisen: Isn’t the current location better for…

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Letter to the Editor: Correction to Prior Prop. 1 Letter

I am the Treasurer of the Islanders for a Secure Bainbridge campaign committee that is working for the passage of the bond measure to build a new police station, municipal court, and emergency operations center facility next to City Hall. In a recent Letter to the Editor, I tried to address statements about the measure…

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Letter to the Editor: No to Revisionist Island History on Prop. 1

Re. Proposition 1:  First, please no revisionist-Island-history—never has the concept of a government “campus” been a community priority. Why are we being asked to vote for a $15 million-plus-interest Public Safety Facility bond? Some history: During consideration of fire station upgrades, the Fire District asked the City to explore co-locating new fire and police stations, yielding…

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Letter to the Editor: The Inside Story to Prop. 1

For most cities there are public stories and backroom stories about how land gets developed. The real history is tough to figure out at times. Bainbridge Island’s Proposition 1 (Police/Courthouse Bond) is no different. The Pro-bond people have developed a revisionist history of our Island’s desire for a government campus smack in the middle of…

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Candidates Respond to Quality Bainbridge’s City Council Questionnaire

Quality Bainbridge, a Bainbridge-based political action group that started in 2013, has provided candidates for this fall’s elections with questionnaires to help define their positions. Not all the candidates responded, but the answers of the ones who did are provided below. Candidates Ron Peltier and Pegeen Mulhern are running for the At-Large seat. Kol Medina…

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Letter to the Editor: Incorrect Data About Police Station

Incorrect data on COBI police station web pages has convinced me to vote NO on Proposition 1. Sept 25 Manager’s Report map representing “Analysis of emergency calls involving light and sirens in the Winslow area.”  There is no field in the CENCOM file identifying light and sirens calls. The map reflects 24,300 Island-wide calls for police…

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