Tag Archives: Community input

Head of WSF to visit Lopez for Town Hall – August 11 at 4 p.m.

The following reminder comes from John Whetten, our representative on the local Ferry Advisory Committee:

Lynne Griffith, head of Washington State Ferries, will be visiting Lopez Island on Thursday afternoon, August 11.  She will conduct a “Town Hall”-type meeting at the Lopez Community Center from 4-5:30pm.

The head of ferries doesn’t visit the islands very often.  This is a chance for you to hear what is going on with our ferry system, to impress upon her the importance of ferries to our economy (and our survival!), and to ask questions relative to service, fares, reservations, and anything else relative to ferries.

Please attend if you can.  And, please spread this message to others.


WSF Public Outreach Meetings in the San Juans

WSF is holding a series of Public Meetings from August 9 -11 in the San Juan Islands.  The purpose of the meetings is to discuss topics of interest regarding the Washington State Ferry system with WSF Assistant Secretary Lynne Griffith.

Locations, dates and times are as follows:

Orcas Island – Orcas Island Senior Center

62 Henry Rd, Eastsound, WA 98245

Tuesday, August 9 – 4:30 – 6:30 pm

San Juan Island – San Juan Island Yacht Club

273 Front St, Friday Harbor, WA 98250

Wednesday, August 10 – 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Shaw Island – Shaw Island Community Center

Thursday, August 11 – 10:30 – 11:30 am

Lopez Island – Lopez Island Community Center

204 Village Rd, Lopez Island, WA 98261

Thursday, August 11 – 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Follow Up: Community Forums

Readers who are curious about what transpired during the community forum held in Friday Harbor in late May may access the meeting video by clicking here.

Minutes for the Ferry Advisory Committee meeting held on Lopez Island on June 8th will be available as soon as they are approved during the July FAC meeting.

Remember, there is one more meeting on June 15th on Orcas Island from 4-6 p.m. in the Eastsound Fire hall at 45 Lavender Lane.

Community Forum on Orcas, 6/15/16

The San Juan County Ferry Advisory Committee will be holding a public forum
on Wednesday June 15, 4-6pm in the Eastsound Fire hall at 45 Lavender Lane.

The FAC is a volunteer committee appointed by the county council to provide
a liaison with Washington State Ferries, and provide feedback to ferries on
issues that affect our routes.

This will be an open forum for comments and discussion regarding any aspects
of our local ferry runs, and in particular questions and concerns regarding
recent changes to our reservations system.

Everyone is welcome, and we will accommodate work and ferry schedules as
best we can. For those unable to attend, questions and comments can be sent
via email to: fac@sanjuanco.com

WSF Community Meeting: Friday Harbor, June 25

The following reminder regarding the upcoming WSF community meeting in Friday Harbor comes from our local Ferry Advisory Committee.

WSF is holding a community meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 25 in Friday Harbor at the San Juan County Council chambers, 55 Second Street.

This meeting will be streamed live from the San Juan County website video page: http://www.sanjuanco.com/council/video.aspx#mode.live

Questions will be taken during the meeting via email to: coursem@wsdot.wa.gov Discussion topics include route-specific issues, liquefied natural gas, new vessel construction, and long-range planning.

Meet the final candidates – Ferries chief

The following press release comes from out local Ferry Advisory Committee. This is a big deal and it would be wonderful to have a good turn out at this coming Monday’s meeting in Friday Harbor.

Please join us on Monday, June 9, 4-6 pm at the Friday Harbor House for an open
house and an opportunity to meet the two final candidates for the position of
ferries chief. This is one of only two such events being held, and is a huge
honor and opportunity for our county. So please join us to meet the candidates
and find out about their backgrounds and visions for the ferry system.

Here’s the official announcement from WSDOT:

Following a significant recruitment effort, the Washington State Department of
Transportation has narrowed the pool of candidates for Assistant Secretary of
Transportation, Ferries Division, to its top two candidates:

Captain George Capacci: Currently serving as interim Assistant Secretary,
Capacci held the position of WSF deputy chief of Operations and Construction. He
also served as vice president of Fleet Operations with the Alaska Marine Highway
System and is a retired commissioned officer of the U.S. Coast Guard.

John Ladenburg: A practicing private attorney, Ladenburg has an extensive
background in local and regional government including being elected as Pierce
County Executive, Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney and to the Tacoma City
Council. He has also served as chair of Sound Transit, president of Puget Sound
Regional Council of Governments and president of Puget Sound Economic
Development Board.

There will be two open house events for the candidates, the first in Friday

When: 4 to 6 p.m., Monday, June 9
Where: Friday Harbor House, 130 West St. (corner of First St.), Friday Harbor

When: 7 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 10
Where: Norm Dicks Center, 345 6th St., Bremerton

After brief introductions from the meeting hosts, participants will have an
opportunity to talk with the candidates. There will be no formal question and
answer session.

Semi-annual Community Meeting

The second community input meeting for 2013 will be held next week on Wednesday, Dec. 4. In a departure from past, the San Juan Islands meeting will be held mid-day, making it possible for residents or Orcas Island to attend (previously, the meeting was scheduled during the evening, and there was no ferry for Orcas residents to take home). Here is meeting time and location information. In addition, residents of Orcas and Lopez can attend the meeting virtually at their public libraries.

WSF is holding two community meetings on Wed, Dec. 4:  11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the San Juan County Council Chambers, 55 Second St., Friday Harbor; and 5-7 p.m. at Anacortes City Hall Council Chambers, 904 6th Street, Anacortes.

The Friday Harbor meeting will be streamed live from the Orcas and Lopez libraries and on the San Juan County website (http://www.sanjuanco.com/council/video.aspx#mode.live ). Viewers can submit questions to coursem@wsdot.wa.gov.

Discussion topics for both meetings  include: route-specific issues, legislative session, liquefied natural gas, new vessel construction, and long-range planning. We look forward to your participation! For more information, visit http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Ferries/commuterupdates/pub_meetings.htm.