San Juan County Superior Court Case
“Rarely do I see an opinion so bungled and riddled with logical cul-de-sacs as the CSA opinion,” said Brian Hodges, Managing Attorney for the NW Office of the Pacific Legal Foundation, in his summation of San Juan County Superior Court Judge Eaton’s decision signed on June 19th in the case of Common Sense Alliance, et al. v. Growth Management Hearings Board of Western Washington.
In September of 2013, the Pacific Legal Foundation filed an Amicus Curiae Brief in support of the Common Sense Alliance and the P.J. Taggares Company. In his decision, Judge Eaton found that the Growth Board had not erred in any of the issues brought by CSA, Taggares or the Friends of the San Juans (FOSJ).
Yesterday, Mr. Hodges posted his entire comments to PLF's Blog,"Washington Trial Court Fumbles the Ball in Post-Koontz Case." Judge Eaton's decision was the first post-Koontz decision and is "far from the doctrinal clarity we predicted," said Hodges.
CSA is pleased to announce that Rich Peterson and Dave Hyde have been elected to the Board of Directors of the Common Sense Alliance (CSA).
Rich had a career as a Fire Chief with 29 years of service in Santa Barbara, California. Upon retirement, his family moved to San Juan Island where he began to serve the community in many ways.
Notice: Growth Board requests yet another hearing before making a decision. The two-hour hearing will be in Anacortes on July 10 at 10:15 AM. The location has not been announced.
The Growth Board held a Compliance Hearing in Friday Harbor on April 24 to decide if the County met the Board's directive of September 2013 to become compliant with the GMA. The Board said they would publish their decision within 45 days. With another finding of non-compliance on any one of the eight issues, the amended CAO of March 5, 2014, would be returned to the County. Or, either of the petitioning parties may file an appeal on the amended CAO.
Newsblog uses facts derived from Public Records Requests and reveals the not-so-friendly side of environmentalists and agencies working in San Juan County. Along the way, it seems that concerns over the CAOs and SMP may be more political than driven by environmental concerns.
Read factual stories about how the "Friends of the San Juans (FOSJ)" are treating our neighbors in this special series of articles with links below and visit the trojanheron.blogspot.com for other local news.
The Common Sense Alliance (CSA) was created in response to, what seemed like to us, complete disregard for the property owners. We stated to the San Juan County Council, “If there are tangible, logical reasons for the proposed very burdensome regulations, the public might accept them as necessary for the greater good”. We asked over and over again, “What are the problems?” We saw reams of big solutions created for undefined problems.
None of us wanted to “get involved” as we were all very busy with our lives. We saw an urgent need for someone, anyone, to step up and do something. None of us had anything personal to gain, we were just incensed that our
Common Sense Alliance (CSA), a local non-profit organization, has recently been accused in the press of being “over-represented” on the Planning Commission because 3 out of 9 comissioners serve on the Board of CSA. The implication is that one’s free associations with people they choose may disqualify them from serving on purely advisory committees in San Juan County. The following is a response to this from the CSA:
The board of Common Sense Alliance is made up of talented people who are making a difference in our community. Our members are tireless volunteers who have served San Juan County on boards and committees for many years and will continue to do so in the future. That’s how we know about the issues we address, and are able to keep you informed.
If you are looking for legal pleadings or Mr. Mackie's letters to San Juan County, please look in the Library found at the top of this page in the "Legal" category.
The legal pleadings are filed in two categories that will pop up when you put your cursor on "Legal" in the Library. The categories are the CAO Review by GMHB and the Superior Court Review of GMHB.
If you are looking for science reports, look in the Library in the "Science" category.
If you are looking for previous stories, cartoons or Newsletters, they will be found in the Library as well.
On March 19th, San Juan Superior Court Judge Don Eaton held a hearing in the case of Common Sense Alliance, P.J. Taggares Company, et al. v. Growth Management Hearings Board, Western Washington Region. Judge Eaton’s task is to review the Growth Board’s decision of September 6, 2013, regarding San Juan County’s Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO).
On February 21, in accordance with the Briefing Schedule Reply Briefs were filed by the parties below in the matter of Common Sense Alliance, P. J Taggares Company, and Friends of the San Juans, Petitioners vs. Growth Management Hearings Board, Western Washington Region, et al., Respondents.
Petitioner, Common Sense Alliance's Reply Brief
Petitioner, P. J. Taggares Company's Reply Brief
Responsive Briefs were filed January 30 and 31, 2014 in the matter of Petitioners Common Sense Alliance, P.J. Taggares Company, and Friends of the San Juans v. Growth Management Hearings Board, Western Washington Region, which is the request of CSA, Taggares and FOSJ for the San Juan County Superior Court to review the September 6th decision by the Growth Board on San Juan County's Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO). The briefs can be read as follows
Common Sense Alliance and the P.J. Taggares Company respond to the Friends of the San Juans. You can read the brief at this link.
Friends of the San Juans responds to Common Sense Alliance and P.J. Taggares Company. You can read the Friends brief here.
Late in September after CSA received the final Order from the Growth Hearings Board, word came to CSA that the Board of Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) had approved PLF’s participation with CSA in the matter of Common Sense Alliance v. Growth Management Hearings Board, Western Washington Region, which is CSA's request for the court to review the September 6th decision by the Growth Board on San Juan County's Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO). The hearing on this matter is set for 8:30 a.m., March 19, 2014, in the San Juan County Superior Court. You can read PLF's Amicus Brief Curiae at this link.
On February 21, 2014, San Juan County files its Response to Amicus Curiae brief of Pacific Legal Foundation.
On February 21, 2014, the Friends of the San Juans files their Response to Amicus Curiae Brief of Pacific Legal Foundation
Believing that the Growth Management Board failed to address several critical and fatal flaws in the County's December 2012 Critical Areas Ordinance, both Common Sense Alliance and the Taggares Company will file tomorrow (October 2, 2013) with the Superior Court of San Juan County, Petitions for Review of the Board's decision. The Court will be asked to stay the Growth Board Order to remove the pressure of any compliance deadline.