Angel Interviewed on Vison 2040 for Seattle Times Article

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 “done deal.”

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 decades.

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 forward.
“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 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 the PSRC.

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 involved.”

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.

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