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SUNDAY, JULY 5, 2009

Envisioning isn’t scary

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

Christopher Bass is convinced that the sky will fall if the Community Bill of Rights is allowed to move to the ballot in November. Gotta watch those Marxist Envision Spokane folks every minute.

First, groups of citizens convened in meetings open to anyone who wanted to observe and over a year put together a draft proposal. Then volunteers walked the streets in nearly every neighborhood in Spokane to get the word out and invite anyone interested to a series of town hall meetings.

Then they amended the Bill of Rights to reflect the resulting input. And then they gathered over 5,000 signatures from registered voters who thought it a good idea to have a conversation about the Community Bill of Rights. Did I mention the Web site?

The City Council isn’t required to cite grounds to declare illegality, and it will be on the hook for $2,000 of the petitioner’s costs in a legal action.

Looks like Mr. Bass wants to shift the conversation from the merits of the initiative to a legal fight that will eat up time and resources.

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

Bernadette Powers


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