Daily Archives: October 1, 2009

New poll: Do you support the ratepayer lawsuit?

As I noted in a previous post, the question of whether the six City Council candidates support the Bainbridge Ratepayers Lawsuit against the city was posed at a recent public forum. Some candidates skirted a direct answer, some focused on whether they support the right of the alliance to sue, and at least one said he opposes the suit.

So, what do you think? Is the lawsuit an important effort to hold the city accountable to Winslow utility ratepayers or is it having an overall negative impact on the community? Cast your vote in the new poll on the right side of this page.

If you need to study up before voting, read some of our previous stories:

Bainbridge Council Moves Toward Bonds for Sewer Upgrade, March 2009

Bainbridge Group Sues City Over Use of Utility Fees for Sewer Plant, April 2009

Judge’s Ruling Puts Bainbridge Wastewater Project Back on Track, September 4, 2009

Winslow-Area Sewer Customers Could See Big Rate Increase, September 23, 2009

You can also read more about the alliance’s position at their website. For an opposing view, visit Councilman Barry Peters’ blog, which has a new post about the lawsuit.

Ed Kushner wins humanitarian award

KushnerMugAs the first recipient of the Bainbridge Community Foundation’s new humanitarian award, longtime volunteer Ed Kushner was given the opportunity to do what he’s done for decades: spread support to a variety of island organizations.

The award gives Kushner, who was noted for his work with affordable housing and arts organizations, the privilege of designating the local nonprofits to receive portions of a $25,000 annual grant. He awarded $5,000 each to the Housing Resources Board, Helpline House, the Japanese-American internment memorial construction project, the Bainbridge-Ometepe Sister Island Association and the Marge Williams Office Center.

“(Kushner’s) compassion for others, his hands-on, can-do attitude, and his ability to lead is a combination that has benefited so many in our community,” foundation president Tom Croker said.  “His volunteer work for so many organizations has literally touched thousands of residents.”
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Poll result: three-way tie for Lynwood Center’s new name

Looks like Bainbridge Conversation readers are sharply divided over what Lynwood Center’s new name should be.

After two weeks of polling, the votes show “Walt’s Town,” “The Other, Better Lynwood, Not The One North of Seattle,” and “The Historical, Fantastical, Magical Lynwood Center” netted an equal amount of support.

Now what? I guess the proponents of each of the three winning names will just have to fight it out on the streets. I suggest all 27 of you meet at noon on Saturday at that big gravel lot across from the Treehouse Cafe to have it out. Rain or shine. The winners can then take it up at the next council meeting for formal re-naming approval. If the council balks or brings up some section in Robert’s Rules of Order, simply wave your bloodied fists for added emphasis.

Surprisingly, “Springfield” came in second, with six votes. “Tree House City” and “Schel-chelbton” (my pick) drew two votes each. “Tudorburg” got one and “Tudorsville” got nothing.