12/03/2006: "The Day Has Come"
On Monday December 4, 2006, a day that will live in the minds of Islanders for many years to come, our full County Council will be seated. It is the hope of this Islander that we are on the dawn of a new day. I am optimistic that our Home Rule Charter will finally be implemented and the Spirit of this Charter will be followed. No longer will special interest groups have the power to dictate, behind closed doors, how our government is operated.
They will, of course, try. Now that two or three Council members can meet without it constituting a meeting/quorum, and open to the public (not that it has mattered lately), these groups will certainly be working even harder behind the scenes to keep control. I call upon the three new council members to be vigilant in following the rules of the Charter.
We have witnessed again and again, this council of three ignore the Charter of the people, to further their own special agendas. They have meddled in the Executive and Administrative Branches of our government in direct violation of our Charter; hopefully for the last time. They are the Legislative Branch and they should confine their actions to that branch alone; Article 2 Section 2.31 of the Charter reads in part: "...individual Legislative Body members shall not interfere in the administration of the Executive Branch. They shall not give orders to, or direct, either publicly or privately, any officer, or employee subject to the direction and supervision of the County Administrator, Executive Branch, or other elected officials"..
We the people have elected those that we choose to run our government under a Home Rule Charter that dictates how that government will be run. I would propose that Chairman Lichter place on the agenda for the first meeting of the full Council a complete reading of the Charter. I would also propose that this reading be done by a qualified attorney, in such a manner that there can be no misunderstanding of what its content or its intent. I guess you could call this a training session or Charter 101 of you will.
I am cautiously optimistic and hopeful that we are on the Dawn of a New Day.
San Juan Island