Category Archives: Climate Change

April on Bainbridge: Planning, Politics, and Poetry

Jon Quitslund Forget April in Paris!  There’s lots to do close to home.  Spring in the air . . . but as Groucho Marx said to Margaret Dumont, If I sprung in the air I’d fall in the lake! April … Continue reading

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“Nature Must Not Win the Game”

Jon Quitslund This post was composed last month, and then the holidays intervened.  As is appropriate in January, it looks both backward and forward. Back in December, my friend Charles Schmid showed up, as he usually does, as a watchdog … Continue reading

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“NO on KXL”: Does This Change Anything?

Jon Quitslund In the days since President Obama announced that he was, at long last, nixing the KXL pipeline, stories about the decision have had prominent places in the news cycle, and my email inbox has been crowded with messages … Continue reading

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Comp Plan Update: Working on the Environmental Element

Jon Quitslund In recent weeks, Joni Mitchell’s catchy lyrics have been running in a loop at the back of my mind: “how it always seems to go / you don’t know what you got ‘til it’s gone.”  Doesn’t that just … Continue reading

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Comp Plan Update: “Completion” of the Land Use Element

Jon Quitslund At the August 13 meeting, the Planning Commission agenda included an all-but-final review of the Land Use element, which has been through several stages of revision.  The meeting was sparsely attended (the crowd gathered nearby for the ‘Farm … Continue reading

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The Update: What’s Happening in July

Jon Quitslund Here’s another sketchy account of developments in the month ahead pertaining to the Comprehensive Plan.  There will be two Planning Commission meetings, on the 9th and the 23rd, and two Workshops for public comment: on the Environmental element, … Continue reading

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Lines for the Summer Solstice, 2015

Jon Quitslund Lines for the Summer Solstice, 2015 The sun stands still, Our heads are spinning; We’re in the middle of a long emergency. O father sun, enlighten us. The human heart is a dark place, The human world, the … Continue reading

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Comp Plan, Land Use Element Workshop, Before & After

Jon Quitslund As sometimes happens, this post has been a long time in the works, subject to stalls and other calls on my time.  I’m writing now on the eve of yet another Planning Commission meeting, May 28th.  What happens … Continue reading

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“A Lot of Live Wires in the Room”

Jon Quitslund I have two topics in this essay; maybe I should call them ‘areas of interest’ rather than topics.  I want to write from my impressions at the end of the six ‘Listening Sessions’ that have brought groups of … Continue reading

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Riffing on Themes from “The Sixth Extinction”

Jon Quitslund Elizabeth Kolbert’s book, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, published in 2014 and already available in paperback (New York: Picador, USD $16), has been celebrated among the best books of 2014.  It’s a serious and intellectually daunting work … Continue reading

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