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Supporters set up the organization’s signature, controversial signs along Jensen Way outside of the Poulsbo Post Office.
“This is about removing Obama prior to the outbreak of general war that we are now headed toward with Russia and China, spilling out of the Middle East and the Ukraine,” said Paul Glumaz of the LaRouche PAC.
Glumaz stood next to a table with informational fliers, eager to talk with passersby.
“This is also about getting Obama out before the financial system goes into a total crisis, so we can deal with it from a national perspective,” he said. “Obama does not represent the United States in any way. He has nothing to do with the United States.”
The LaRouche PAC has garnered attention with controversial signs often showing President Obama superimposed with a Hitler-style mustache. Founded by political activist Lyndon LaRouche, the political action committee most commonly promotes the notion that the British Empire still exists — though, more covertly — and that President Obama is its puppet. It also opposes many aspects the current financial system in the United States. These stances, and others, back a call for the president’s impeachment.
Other causes that the organization promotes range from the colonization of Mars to creating a worldwide network of nuclear power plants.
In Poulsbo, LaRouche supporters were calling for the president’s impeachment.
“Right now we are motivating people to get to their congressmen before they go back to Washington because the Clintons are now breaking with Obama,” Glumaz said, referencing the book “Blood Feud” by Edward Klein.
“It is submitted that Hillary (Clinton) was ordered by Obama to lie about Benghazi, and this requires that Congress act now,” he said. “Only one congressman is necessary to get up on the floor to start the impeachment process.”
“Once Obama is gone we have to immediately implement Glass-Steagall to break up the banks,” he added. “Then we are going to have to go for a re-industrialization.”
The Glass-Steagall Act was legislation from the 1930s that limited relations between banks and securities firms.
POULSBO — Leaders of three governments will meet tonight — July 1, 7 p.m. — in Poulsbo City Hall council chambers to discuss cooperative law enforcement and transportation issues related to State Route 305 and the Agate Pass Bridge.
The special joint meeting of the Poulsbo City Council, Bainbridge Island City Council and Suquamish Tribe Council is open to the public.
A total of 21 lawmakers are expected to attend. From Bainbridge: Mayor Anne Blair, council members Sarah Blossom, Steve Bonkowski, Wayne Roth, Roger Townsend, Val Tollefson and David Ward.
From Poulsbo: Mayor Becky Erickson, council members Linda Berry-Maraist, Jim Henry, Connie Lord, Jeff McGinty, David Musgrove, Gary Nystul, and Ed Stern.
From Suquamish: Vice Chairman Wayne George, council members Irene Carper, Nigel Lawrence, Bardow Lewis, Jay Mills, and Robin Sigo.
On the heels of the Poulsbo City Council effectively banning medical and recreational marijuana establishments within the city, resident Branden Heinemann has created a video to voice his opinion on the matter.
Heinemann’s video splices together past council meetings that discuss the issue of marijuana in Poulsbo, along with his own opinion mixed in, ultimately crafting a video op-ed piece. The video is posted on Youtube.
A few moments in the video, however, may require further explanation to understand the context of Poulsbo’s marijuana conversation so far. For example, when Councilman David Musgrove was commenting that no retailers would be coming to Poulsbo, it was because the Washington State Liquor Control Board has not slated any Poulsbo applicants for consideration for licenses. Kitsap County will receive seven licenses for retailers, but there were so many applicants vying to get a license, the board held a lottery. No Poulsbo applicants made the top 10, making it unlikely that any retailer will end up within Poulsbo. Musgrove’s other comment, that some people have likened marijuana to porn, was based on previous conversations that objected to the marijuana zoning codes proposed at the time. The codes mimicked the zoning for adult businesses, isolating them in a small corner at the north end of the city.
Another moment that may require clarification was when a woman—a medical marijuana manager from Port Townsend—offered to answer any questions about medical marijuana that the council may have. The council did not respond, however, their silence was due to policy. The council is not allowed to respond during time for public comment.
Heinemann was quoted in the North Kitsap Herald’s June 12 article about the ban. He spoke during the June 11 public hearing on the matter in the council chambers, and later commented on his disappointment that the council banned both the medical establishments and recreational businesses. He was among other Poulsbo residents who spoke at the hearing, asking that businesses and collective gardens be allowed locally; many speaking from the perspective of medical marijuana users. There were others in the community who countered that support and pleaded with the council to ban all marijuana establishments.
The council cited a range of reasons for the ban, such as protecting the well-being of Poulsbo residents and children, caution of legal ramifications from state and federal conflicts with the law, and financial motivations. Some council members pointed out that local jurisdictions do not receive a share of any taxes gained from the recreational marijuana market, and therefore, Poulsbo would see no benefit from local marijuana businesses.
Poulsbo’s ban doesn’t address the use of recreational or medical marijuana, rather, access to it. No producers, processors, or retailers of recreational marijuana are allowed within the city. No collective gardens for medical marijuana access are allowed either.
The video can be found here.
KINGSTON — Commissioners from Poulsbo Fire and North Kitsap Fire & Rescue will meet June 16, 7 p.m., to discuss potential areas of cooperation.
The commissioners will meet at the NKF&R station at 26642 Miller Bay Road NE, Kingston. The meeting is a special meeting and is open to the public.
Both departments have long sought ways to maintain service levels and reduce expenses as the economy drove assessed property valuations, and property tax revenues, down. Both departments have reduced positions. North Kitsap, Poulsbo and Bainbridge share a facilities maintenance employee, at a cost of $25,000 each. The departments also train together.
In 2011, a consultant recommended that Poulsbo and NKF&R consolidate; doing so would require the approval of voters in both fire districts. But consolidation is not a new concept on the peninsula. North Kitsap Fire & Rescue is the product of the consolidation of Kitsap County fire districts 4, 5, 10 and 14. The consolidations took place in 1987, 1994 and 2001. Poulsbo Fire District and Kitsap County Fire District 18 merged in 1999.
The city is inviting Poulsbo residents to attend a special City Council workshop on April 23.
The April 23 meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at Poulsbo City Hall. The workshop aims to apprise council members and the public on the various construction projects slated to break ground in 2014.
The city’s engineering department will lead the workshop. The scope and timing of construction projects, as well as traffic and other effects are expected to be discussed.
Taprock, off of Highway 305 in the Poulsbo Village, is owned by Elmer’s Restaurants, Inc. The building will go under a slight remodel to give it the Elmer’s feel, and open under the new name on Feb. 1. A new menu will be among the changes.
A company representative said that the location will benefit from Elmers’ name, which has become known around the Northwest.
The North Kitsap Herald will publish a full article on the change over later this week.
POULSBO — The community meeting to discuss the future of the old city hall property has been cancelled.
The meeting originally scheduled for 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27 aimed to engage a community discussion on what to do with the old city hall property that stands vacant in the shadow of the new building in downtown Poulsbo.
“After meeting with the council at the Economic Development Committee and the Public Works Committee on Wednesday the sentiment was expressed to delay this meeting,” Mayor Becky Erickson said.
Council members had reservations about mixing too many topics into the public gathering. In addition to old city hall, the meeting was also slated to discuss solid waste in downtown and a slow pedestrian zone.
“There is too much to talk about,” Erickson said. “We will split these topics and hold the meetings separately.”
The Port of Poulsbo currently has the first option to buy the property, but that reservation will only last until March. The port also is fielding ideas on what to do with the property. In the mean time, the old city hall building will be demolished in 2014 and prepped for sale. Ideas for the site have ranged from a downtown hotel to more retail shops, or a parking lot.
The Poulsbo City Council will hear public testimony on Feb. 5, 7:15 p.m. on a proposed six-month extension of interim zoning regulations for marijuana-related businesses.
The public hearing will be in the Poulsbo City Hall council chambers, 200 NE Moe St.
The city issued this notice Jan. 17:
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In response to recent amendments to RCW 69.50 as the result of the passage of I-502, and in response to the establishment of medical marijuana collective gardens under RCW 69.51A, the Poulsbo City Council adopted interim regulations on August 14, 2013, to assign zoning districts and provide zoning regulations for medical marijuana collective gardens and for producers, processors and retailers of marijuana.
RCW 35A.63.220 and 36.70.390 provide that a city may adopt interim zoning regulations as long as a public hearing is held within 60 days after adoption. Pursuant to the statutes cited, the Poulsbo City Council held a public hearing on September 11, 2013 and continued to September 18, 2013, in order to take public input on the interim regulations. The City Council did not change the interim zoning regulations adopted on August 14, 2013, and [the interim zoning regulations] have been in place since then.
A public hearing is scheduled for February 5, 2014 to extend the interim zoning regulations for marijuana related activities for a period of up to six months in order for the City to continue the appropriate zoning ordinance amendment process for the interim zoning regulations to be adopted permanently and codified into the City’s Zoning Ordinance. A work program has been established in conjunction with the extension for the codification of the interim zoning regulations.
Additional Information: The public hearing will provide an opportunity for public comment before the Poulsbo City Council. Additionally, the public may comment in writing. Written comments may be submitted to the Poulsbo City Clerk at 200 NE Moe Street, Poulsbo, WA  or in person at City Hall.
All interested people are invited to attend the hearing. If you are unable to attend the hearing, your written comments, received no later than the date and time scheduled for the hearing, will be given careful consideration by the City Council and made a part of the record.
THE CITY OF POULSBO STRIVES TO PROVIDE ACCESSIBLE MEETINGS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. PLEASE CONTACT THE CITY CLERK’S OFFICE AT (360) 394-9880 AT LEAST 48 HOURS PRIOR TO THE MEETING IF ACCOMMODATIONS ARE NEEDED FOR THIS MEETING.
Emily Ward wants to use her tenure as Miss Poulsbo to spread the word about anti-bullying.
Emily, 16, is a student at North Kitsap High School and a Running Start student at Olympic College. She was crowned Miss Poulsbo at the scholarship pageant Jan. 11 in Bremerton.
Titleholders customarily use their year to put the spotlight on an issue of concern. Miss Poulsbos are often active in their communities after they’ve crowned their successors.
Miss Poulsbo 1955 Donna Jean Milton — you know her as Donna Jean Bruce — served as a Poulsbo City Council member from 1988-99 and as mayor from Jan. 6, 1999 to Dec. 31, 2005.
In a Q&A, Bruce shared how serving as Miss Poulsbo impacted her life.
Q: What are your favorite memories from your year as Miss Poulsbo?
A: The Daffodil Parade in Tacoma, the Christmas festivities, and when townspeople joined Chamber of Commerce members and painted the storefronts on Main Street. Lots of fun!
Q: What are you up to now? Tell us about your career and what you like to do.
A: I’ve been married to Ron Bruce for 40 years. We have two children: John, a law enforcement officer; and Julie, a personal chef; and one granddaughter, Taylor, age 3.
I became interested in city politics and after serving on the city’s Board of Adjustment and Appeals was appointed to the City Council in 1988. I served 11 years on the City Council and in 1999 became mayor.
In my spare time, I like to do needlework and have done a considerable amount of genealogy.
I can’t imagine living anywhere but Poulsbo!
Above: Donna Jean Milton, Miss Poulsbo 1955, visited the local Navy base. She later served as a Poulsbo City Council member and mayor. (Courtesy: Miss Poulsbo Miss Silverdale Miss Kitsap Scholarship Pageant)