I spoke with Jan Angel this morning on Thursday’s Vision 2040
vote by the Puget Sound Regional Council. She said a reporter at
the Seattle Times had sought her out “by name” for an interview for
comment on her “no” vote on the plan, which she described as a
Keith Ervin, in his
article today, cited University Place Mayor Linda Bird and
Angel, who were among a handful of naysayers to the regional growth
plan that offers a strategy for accommodating the addition of 1.7
million people to the Puget Sound Region over the next three
Ervin wrote: “Kitsap County Commissioner Jan Angel, who also
voted no, said she fears jurisdictions could lose federal
road-building money allocated by the Regional Council if they fail
to comply with the plan. ‘My concern is the lack of local control,’
she said. ‘This will be another level of regional government.’”
Angel was also concerned that members of the PSRC general
assembly were signing on to a document that they did not fully
understand. She said, as a member of the PSRC’s economic
development board earlier in the Vision 2040 approval process, she
asked her fellow board members who among them had actually read
through the plan, which is about as thick as a medium sized phone
book. “Not one hand went up,” Angel said.
She asked to postpone the vote, but the board moved the plan
“Is that rubber stamping? I think it is,” Angel said.
Kitsap County’s vote on the plan was split between Angel and
Central Kitsap Commissioner Josh Brown, whose response to Angel’s
assessment of Vision 2040 is covered in an
article currently posted on the kitsapsun.com homepage.
Angel, with urging from the Kitsap Alliance of Property Owners,
has called for a discussion of Kitsap’s membership in the PSRC,
which is on the agenda for the Kitsap Regional Coordinating
Council’s May 6 meeting, 9 to 11 a.m. at the Norm Dicks Government
Center in Bremerton. KAPO is calling for Kitsap’s withdrawal from
Brown and Mary McClure, executive director of the Kitsap
Regional Coordinating Council, say an equally germaine discussion
would be the relative clout of Kitsap County as a member of the
PSRC, which also includes King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.
“If we stay in the PSRC, there’s plenty of room for increasing
our effectiveness,” said McClure.
Brown said, “We as a community can have much more influence than
our size would indicate by showing up for meetings and being
Brown, who serves on the executive board and transportation
committee of the PSRC, went on to comment on Angel’s participation
on PSRC committees.
“I haven’t seen historically Commissioner Angel come to many of
the meetings,” he said.
“My goal is to get more Kitsap elected leaders getting involved and
getting leadership positions on the PSRC.”
Brown pointed to the economic benefits of Kitsap’s membership in
the PSRC over the past 15 years.
County officials have calculated that Kitsap’s involvement with
the PSRC has reaped more than $30 million in state and federal
transportation funding than than would have been available under
either of the other arrangements being considered as alternatives
to the PSRC: Kitsap forming its own regional transportation
organization or joining up with the entity that over sees
transportation in Mason, Clallam and Jefferson counties.
He challenged critics of the PSRC to come up with viable
alternatives for replacing that $30 million as well as examples of
how Kitsap’s membership in the PSRC (and living under its Vision
2020) have reduced local autonomy.