By Jeff Wright, President, CAPR Legal Fund
July 27, 2019
Citizens’ Alliance for Property Rights supporters are well aware that we are living in a political environment that is unfriendly to property rights, especially in Washington and California. Examples of this run the gamut from politicians and groups who don’t care for our constitutional rights to new layers of regulations which, even if well intentioned merely exacerbate the problem. Think the homelessness problem for instance. With so many “opportunities” to fight for property rights, CAPR Legal Fund continually looks for ways to stretch your support dollars. One of the ways we do that is by collaboration with like-minded organizations.
July 19, 2019 by Cindy Alia
On June 26, 2019 the King County Charter Review Commission has taken up the task of changing your right to vote for a sheriff, replacing that right with an appointment by the county executive:
“AN ORDINANCE proposing to amend the King County Charter to reestablish the office of county sheriff as an executive appointed position; amending Sections 5 350.20.40, 680.10, and 890 of the King County Charter and repealing Sections 645 and 898 of the King County Charter; and submitting the same to the voters of the county for their ratification or rejection at the next general election to be held in this county occurring more than forty-five days after the enactment of this ordinance.”
June 13, 2019 by Cindy Alia
The deadline is fast approaching for commenting on Wolf Delisting, here you can see comments submitted by CAPR on May13, 2019.
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service 50 CFR Part 17 [Docket No. FWS–HQ–ES–2018–0097; FXES11130900000C2–189–FF09E32000] RIN 1018–BD60 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Removing the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) From the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife
Citizens’ Alliance for Property Rights 718 Griffin Avenue, # 7 Enumclaw. WA 98022
Comments on rule-making document Docket No. FWS-HQ-ES-2018-0097
June 29, 2019 by Cindy Alia, photo credit Mai Moeslund
State Board of Health Significant Rule-making has been embarked upon on several topics. CAPR is working to provide oversight of the rule-making process regarding rules changes that will impact property owners' rights. Two areas of concern are the ongoing indepth rule changes for septic system (OSS) permitting and management. Another topic that can impact property owners negatively is "Animal Waste Management". CAPR has gained a seat at the stakeholder meetings on both of these topics with the intention of protecting property rights as rules review takes place.
The OSS rule-making process has been happening for several months and has been reviewing many pages of already burdensome rules.
Septic System Regulations
The "Hirst Fix" law as passed the legislature and as effective on January 18, 2018 entitled "Water Availability" provides legislative intent to the Department of Ecology and counties within Water Resource Inventory Area in establishing water availability through in stream flow rules. http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2017-18/Pdf/Bills/Session%20Laws/Senate/6091-S.SL.pdf?cite=2018%20c%201%20%C2%A7%20201
A suite of Tenant/Landlord Bills have been introduced and are progressing through the legislature. It is self-evident that no genuine effort has been made by bill sponsors to solicit input from industry-wide stakeholders. Tenant advocates have been candid (and successful) with their opposition to landlords having a seat at the table. That is why these bills are generally so short-sighted.
Tenant/Landlord relationship and interaction is dynamic and complex, and these bills fail to recognize the on the ground circumstances created with real people living real lives. Additionally the bills do not consider that both landlords and fellow tenants can suffer the consequences of a bad apple tenant.
By Cindy Alia
January 27, 2019
As much as I would like to take credit for this article, a very savvy and critically thinking facebook follower often has very in depth and well thought out comments to articles posted there. Grateful for this kind of response and the research behind it, I feel compelled in this case to share the thoughts and conclusions reached from the research the follower had done.
Until this summer, property owners have never been represented on the Washington State Department of Health Onsite Sewage System (OSS) policy and technical rule revision Committee (basically an ad hoc committee to determine Washington State’s rules regarding septic systems).
Historically, only bureaucrats, environmental extremists, and industry representatives (septic pumping, designers, etc.) were involved. This may have been one reason why these policies seem to keep getting worse and more hostile to property owners over the years.