Monthly Archives: August 2015

Push to end corporate campaign funding comes to Bainbridge

I-735National effort to amend the U.S. Constitution, declaring corporations are not people and money does not equal speech, is coming to Bainbridge Island.

David Cobb, founding member of the national organization Move to Amend, will be in Washington to support I-735. The bill would ask state officials to push Congress to say corporations are not people and all political contributions should be regulated, as well as made public.

WAmend, the Washington Coalition to Amend the Constitution is the group behind the local  I-735 petitioning effort and the move to get signatures for a 2016 ballot initiative.

David Cobb
David Cobb

Kitsap Sun political reporter Steve Gardner reported on local petition efforts for I-735 on his blog.

Cobb will speak at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church — 105 Winslow Way — on Aug. 17 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

He will talk about how corporations gained constitutional rights, how money influences elections and voters can “win back democracy,” according to WAmend’s website.

Work on Wyatt Hill subdivision begins

A map of the 18-house development on Wyatt Way, known as Ashbury. Photo from DeNova Northwest's website.
A map of the 18-house development on Wyatt Way, known as Ashbury. Photo from DeNova Northwest’s website.

DeNova Northwest has started clearing a 4.5-acre lot on Wyatt Way for 18 homes near Lovell Avenue.

The development, known as Ashbury, was originally for 19 homes, although one lot was removed to save an old Black Locust, said Heather Beckman, an associate planner with the city.

The tree is part of a community park and garden area on the northeast portion of the property. The development will connect to a trail on the south end of the site for access to Winslow and the ferry.

DeNova will begin selling the homes in the fall, according to its website, although no prices are listed.

The Kent-based company also is working on a 17-home development in Burien and 165-home development in Tacoma’s University Place, which will include a playground and dog park.

Work crews clear the way for DeNova Northwest's 18-house development on Wyatt Way. Photo by Rachel Anne Seymour/Kitsap Sun
Work crews clear the way for DeNova Northwest’s 18-house development on Wyatt Way. Photo by Rachel Anne Seymour/Kitsap Sun

Slip into a dock fundraiser

The island's park district received a grant to replace the Hidden Cove dock, which has been closed because of safety concerns. Photo by Tristan Baurick/Kitsap Sun
The island’s park district received a grant to replace the Hidden Cove dock, which has been closed because of safety concerns. Photo by Tristan Baurick/Kitsap Sun

Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation is working to raise $100,000 to help the park district supplement money for a new Hidden Cove dock.

Earlier this month, the park district received a $300,000 matching grant from the state to replace the nearly 200-foot-long dock, which is closed because of safety concerns.

The foundation is having a dock party at Hidden Cove Park on Sunday from 3-6 p.m. with swimming, games and snacks for donations.

Hidden Cove’s dock one of two public float docks on the island. Bainbridge’s other float dock is at Waterfront Park in Winslow.

Hidden Cove dock had been a popular swimming and kayak launching site on the north end of the island.

Another popular swimming and launch site is the Point White Pier on the southwest end of the island.

Hidden Cove dock party attendees are encouraged to walk or ride to the event. Those driving can park at the Hidden Cove ballfields and follow balloons along the trail to the park.