Journal of the San Juan Islands


County Council ignores 'appearance of fairness' with appointment| Letters

February 9, 2013 · Updated 5:27 PM

I am concerned with the precedent being set by the appointment of Tim Blanchard to the San Juan County Planning Commission.

In the county's own words, this committee should be made of of individuals who represent a balance of viewpoints: "It is crucial to have a balanced citizen advisory committee with all stakeholders and community viewpoints represented to avoid any potential conflict of interest or questions about the appearance of fairness".

As attorney, board member, and vice president of the Common Sense Alliance, joining a planning commission already made up of two active members of the CSA, Mr. Blanchard's appointment is a blatant disregard of this policy.

I also find it startling that the county would appoint an individual to any position volunteer or otherwise, who is personally or as part of an organization, actively engaged in a lawsuit against the county. I believe the San Juan County Council should put fairness and democracy back into the center position.

Mr Blanchard should be immediately removed from the from the planning commission, and the net recast.

Liza Michaelson/San Juan Island



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