Council Member Cindy Wolf

Council Member Cindy Wolf San Juan County Council, Residency District 2

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10/27/2023

What is the Destination Management Plan?

This document is a report on what impacts people see tourism having on the community and how people want it handled. The information comes from surveys and outreach workshops that have been conducted with county residents, businesses and visitors. It collects the most frequently talked about problems and solutions in one place. It is a preliminary draft and has not yet undergone any kind of review.

Your feedback is very welcome and helpful in shaping the document because it should reflect what people see as the problems and benefits of tourism and the solutions they want to see. Please email your thoughts to [email protected]. All comments received at that address by the end of 10/31/2023 will be appended to the document and considered in any future drafts.

What isn’t the Destination Management Plan?

The DMP is not a piece of legislation. It has no force of law and never will. Any law, regulation, or fee would have to go through its own separate ordinance process which means three touches, and at least one public hearing before a vote. No tax could be imposed without authority from the State legislature or a vote of the people.

10/11/2023

COVID Impacts Recovery grants offer small, one-time grants to Washington businesses in the arts, heritage, and science sectors to provide funding for recovery from pandemic economic impacts. For-profit and non-profit businesses are eligible.

Congratulations to YMCA Camp Orkila on the addition of two new parcels!  Thank you for the many wonderful things you do ...
04/16/2023

Congratulations to YMCA Camp Orkila on the addition of two new parcels! Thank you for the many wonderful things you do for our community.

Some notable moments in Orkila history:

- Spanish language dinners.
- Providing weekday care for people who’s parents were essential workers during the “stay at home” phase of the COVID pandemic.
- Providing outdoor space for all the public school children on Orcas to have at least one day a week together as soon as it was possible during the first year of COVID.
-Hosting canoe journeys.
-Summer day camp.
- Swimming lessons.
-Many happy Hallowe’ens.
-School field trips to the climbing wall.

You are amazing partners and we look forward to walking side by side in the coming years.

12/15/2022

HOUSING

The time has definitely come. At last Tuesday’s Council meeting, we adopted a set of Federal and State legislative priorities for 2023. I got to do the rewrite and put housing at the top of the list. This is great timing as Governor Jay Inslee just announced today that Housing is the number one priority for his proposed biennial budget!

Yesterday we were notified we have 3 bids to build affordable housing at the Argyle lots owned by the County on San Juan Island.

Today the Housing Advisory Committee voted to recommend that Council adopt a 1/10 of 1% sales tax for the purpose of funding affordable housing with on site support services. That proposal needs further fleshing out by staff, but we can start by considering it at an early meeting, and if Council is interested in exploring the idea, give staff the direction to do the work.

Earlier this Fall we awarded grants for additional affordable housing developments on Lopez and Orcas as well.

A plan for code changes is in the works at DCD to be proposed later this year.

So…. nothing is instant, but I am happy to report we are committed and we are moving!

Excellent news for Senator Lovelett’s constituents here in San Juan County!
12/03/2022

Excellent news for Senator Lovelett’s constituents here in San Juan County!

||| FROM WASHINGTON SENATE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS ||| OLYMPIA – Sen. Liz Lovelett (D-Anacortes) was unanimously selected by her peers in the Senate Democratic Caucus to chair the newly formed Senate Local Government, Land Use & Tribal Affairs Committee in the 2023

11/26/2022

||| FROM SAN JUAN COUNTY COMMUNICATIONS ||| Ahead of the busy, upcoming holiday season, members of San Juan County’s Council met with Washington State officials and representatives from the Washington State Ferries (WSF) to express islanders’ need for reliable ferry service.

Hooray for the Glenwood Inn Land Bank purchase which closed last month!  It effectively doubles the amount of publicly a...
07/13/2022

Hooray for the Glenwood Inn Land Bank purchase which closed last month! It effectively doubles the amount of publicly accessible beach on Orcas Island and gives us a spectacular opportunity to preserve and enhance crucial feeder fish habitat.

Unfortunately, there has been some miscommunication and bad information flying around. Normally I would keep this business limited to email and Council, but I think if people are going to discuss the topic, it is fair to provide some context. It is important to me that you all understand what needs to happen next is a clear conversation between all parties in the context of a formal meeting. An adversarial relationship between Council, San Juan Preservation Trust and the Land Bank serves no one. I deeply appreciate past partnerships and will do whatever is possible to make our communication clear, cordial and productive moving forward.

I was contacted by two constituents in particular who did not understand the background to the resolution Council adopted June 14th. They also had some inaccurate information regarding my own thoughts and actions.

My replies are posted below with identifying information removed

Ms. X,

The reply I made to Xx may be helpful to you. I will include it at the bottom of this thread. To put this in context, I left on a family vacation the afternoon of June 14th and was completely out of touch on matters of County business through my return to the United States July 1st. I have not called for a disciplinary action. Rather, as you can see from the email thread copied below, I refused any further conversation with Mr. Borman until it could happen in front of the full Council, which I was told upon my return was scheduled for the regular July 19th Council meeting.

Kind regards,

Cindy Wolf



Hi Lincoln,

At this point I would like to make sure any further discussions on this topic include Council as a whole, so let’s hold off until the July 19th meeting.

Best regards,

Cindy Wolf


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Cindy Wolf | Vice Chair
San Juan County Council
Office 360.370.7477
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Friday Harbor, WA 98250
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From: Lincoln Bormann
Sent: Wednesday, July 6, 2022 6:27 AM
To: Cindy Wolf


Hi Cindy, I’d like to have a chance to talk with you and Brian and possibly Sandi about the Glenwood situation. I feel that I’ve been caught in the middle of a complex, multidimensional project with multiple players and no effective legal representation for the Land Bank.

Given that this is one of the most important undertakings in Land Bank history (which frankly I never thought we’d pull off), I have been agonizing about how the deed acceptance hearing went and that people seem to think I intentionally misled the Council on key details.

Would you have a chance today to discuss this?



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Dear Ms. Xx

I am sorry for the distress the Council resolution has obviously caused you, but I suspect much of it originates from the same source as the very actions you find so offensive. You are, as I was, missing crucial information about the flow of information and paperwork leading up to the Resolution adopted at the June 14th meeting. For instance, from the time Lincoln first came to Council to discuss the first offer, I repeatedly brought up preserving rights to development of the upland portion of the property against the day when another County department might purchase that land for housing or whatever else the community might dream up. I still had no idea on June 14th that the SJPT was interested in an easement over anything more than the shoreline.

You are correct that I am relatively new, however I do understand that Council is the elected body responsible for the Land Bank. There are dedicated funds, but as with all public funds, a body elected by the public must ultimately be accountable for their use. Because Land Bank is an arm of County government, this incident tells me that preventing future damage to the Land Bank’s relationship with the SJPT will require Council to ask for timely, thorough written documentation of any understandings come to between our employee, the advisory board to his department and any third party before any funds or authorization to do business in the name of the County can be granted. It is true this can slow down transactions. I advocated with Council and counsel in this case to trust Lincoln’s word and honor his request that we move ahead with the purchase and work out the conditions of the proposed sale of a Conservation Easement to SJPT afterwards. I thought that was what we were doing on June 14th.

I agree that we should address this issue in an open public meeting. I also think we can talk about helpful future policies in an open public meeting. We generally give County employees the option to keep any performance related conversations private.

Your remarks about presenting a proposed project to the Land Bank Commission might make sense if there was a project to be proposed. I was interested in preserving the possibility of wider public uses for the part of the land that is not the feeder bluff or the fantastic shoreline and near shore habitat we now have the opportunity to preserve and enhance. This is a sentiment that has been widely expressed in the community. I look forward the good things public ownership of this land will bring to our ecosystem and the people of our county.

Kind regards,

Cindy Wolf
San Juan County Council
District 2
360) 370-7477

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This is a gentle reminder that San Juan County Sustainable Tourism Management Plan (STMP) Community Meeting  #3: Orcas I...
05/18/2022

This is a gentle reminder that San Juan County Sustainable Tourism Management Plan (STMP) Community Meeting #3: Orcas Island will take place on Tonight, May 18 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

See attached for the participant agenda and the updated list of actions based on the discussion at Meeting #2. We’ll be spending the bulk of tonight’s session reviewing and prioritizing the actions.

The meeting will take place on Zoom. See below for the access details.

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San Juan County is working to develop a Sustainable Tourism Management Plan (STMP) with a shared community vision, goals, and implementation measures to thoughtfully guide tourism in the San Juan Islands.

05/13/2022

Today I was honored to be one of four featured speakers at an Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act virtual town hall hosted by Representative Rick Larsen and Mayor Mitch Landrieu, President Biden’s Infrastructure Coordinator. The purpose was to develop guidance on how 1.2 trillion dollars will be allocated between state and local agencies to invest in sustainable infrastructure. Conversation centered on how to access money for building transportation and water infrastructure that prioritizes the health of our food web. By understanding and working with coming climate-related changes to the landscape, we can restore near shore habitats and protect the long term survival of keystone species such as herring, smelt, sand lance, and salmon.

03/08/2022

https://media.avcaptureall.cloud/meeting/56c8ea56-62d1-46c1-9e3f-024837f8ab61

Please join us for tomorrow's jam-packed County Council meeting! We will check in with the IOSA (oil spill response) team, discuss the Planning Commission's findings on Vacation Rental caps, consider this year's proposed changes to the HR handbook, and much more. If you'd like to sign up for public access time, please use the link at the top of the agenda by 9am Tuesday morning.

I just got a GREAT text message from State Rep Alex Ramel on behalf of the LD40 Dream Team!  It looks like the Transport...
02/08/2022

I just got a GREAT text message from State Rep Alex Ramel on behalf of the LD40 Dream Team! It looks like the Transportation Budget is on the way to passing, AND it includes the funding requested by the Governor to fix the workforce issues at WSF:

We have a deal on the multi-year transportation package!

While we still have to go through the committee process, the framework agreement,
called Move Ahead Washington is a huge deal. This came out of priorities we heard
last year in over 90 listening sessions. While the budget is smaller than it might
have been, we are focused on:
- Preserving our infrastructure (roads, bridges, ferries, and sidewalks)
- Reducing carbon emissions
- Expanding safe, accessible, affordable options to get around
- Addressing the harm caused by past transportation policies

Highlights include:
- Construction of 4 more hybrid ferries and funding the Governor’s proposed
workforce investments in WSF.
- 3.1 billion for transit programs and projects
- More than $1 billion for active transportation including safe routes to school and
connecting communities grants
- $2 B to fund fish passage barrier removal (culverts)
- $3 billion towards highway maintenance
- Much smaller investments in new highway projects

The proposed funding plan includes a one-time transfer from the state’s general fund, federal dollars from the Infrastructure and Jobs Act, investments from the Climate Commitment Act, and an exported fuel tax. There is no gas tax increase in this proposal.

The official press conference is happening right now. In about half an hour you’ll be able to see project lists here:

01/31/2022

https://media.avcaptureall.cloud/meeting/ca44b94b-c0f7-4d12-9050-af778c4c9248

Here is the link to tomorrow's Council meeting.

Please note that on the upper left hand side of the agenda there is a link to a virtual sign up sheet for public comment. This will work the way a paper sign up sheet works for in-person meetings and should save the confusion of trying to figure out who has testified already and who has not.

Angela Broderick, our Climate and Sustainability Coordinator, will be presenting the proposal for establishing the new Advisory Committee!

https://www.sanjuanco.com/904/Upcoming-Council-AgendaFollow this link to agendas and the livestream for this week's Coun...
01/24/2022

https://www.sanjuanco.com/904/Upcoming-Council-Agenda

Follow this link to agendas and the livestream for this week's Council meetings.

Monday January 24th is a "Retreat" meeting. We will be hearing from department managers and staff experts, sharing information, and discussing workflow priorities for 2022. This is a great opportunity to find out more about how your County organization works.

Tuesday January 25th is our regular business meeting. I am particularly interested hearing in the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee report.

Happy Birthday, Dr. King.  The Nobel Lecture reads like it was written yesterday, if you add climate change to the list ...
01/17/2022

Happy Birthday, Dr. King. The Nobel Lecture reads like it was written yesterday, if you add climate change to the list of imminent threats. I won’t quote the whole thing, just the “adapt or die” parts. They are a reminder that our biggest most complex problems can, in fact, be solved.

“Another indication that progress is being made was found in the recent presidential election in the United States. The American people revealed great maturity by overwhelmingly rejecting a presidential candidate who had become identified with extremism, racism, and retrogression. The voters of our nation rendered a telling blow to the radical right. They defeated those elements in our society which seek to pit white against Negro and lead the nation down a dangerous Fascist path.”



“Equality with whites will hardly solve the problems of either whites or Negroes if it means equality in a society under the spell of terror and a world doomed to extinction.”



“All that I have said boils down to the point of affirming that mankind’s survival is dependent upon man’s ability to solve the problems of racial injustice, poverty, and war; the solution of these problems is in turn dependent upon man squaring his moral progress with his scientific progress, and learning the practical art of living in harmony… This is the great new problem of mankind. We have inherited a big house, a great “world house” in which we have to live together – black and white, Easterners and Westerners, Gentiles and Jews, Catholics and Protestants, Moslem and Hindu, a family unduly separated in ideas, culture, and interests who, because we can never again live without each other, must learn, somehow, in this one big world, to live with each other.

This means that more and more our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. We must now give an overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole in order to preserve the best in our individual societies.

This call for a worldwide fellowship that lifts neighborly concern beyond one’s tribe, race, class, and nation is in reality a call for an all-embracing and unconditional love for all men. This oft misunderstood and misinterpreted concept so readily dismissed by the Nietzsches of the world as a weak and cowardly force, has now become an absolute necessity for the survival of man.”



“Let me close by saying that I have the personal faith that mankind will somehow rise up to the occasion and give new directions to an age drifting rapidly to its doom. In spite of the tensions and uncertainties of this period something profoundly meaningful is taking place. Old systems of exploitation and oppression are passing away, and out of the womb of a frail world new systems of justice and equality are being born. Doors of opportunity are gradually being opened to those at the bottom of society. The shirtless and barefoot people of the land are developing a new sense of “some-bodiness” and carving a tunnel of hope through the dark mountain of despair. “The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light.” Here and there an individual or group dares to love, and rises to the majestic heights of moral maturity. So in a real sense this is a great time to be alive. Therefore, I am not yet discouraged about the future. Granted that the easygoing optimism of yesterday is impossible. Granted that those who pioneer in the struggle for peace and freedom will still face uncomfortable jail terms, painful threats of death; they will still be battered by the storms of persecution, leading them to the nagging feeling that they can no longer bear such a heavy burden, and the temptation of wanting to retreat to a more quiet and serene life. Granted that we face a world crisis which leaves us standing so often amid the surging murmur of life’s restless sea. But every crisis has both its dangers and its opportunities. It can spell either salvation or doom. In a dark confused world the kingdom of God may yet reign in the hearts of men.”

The Nobel Peace Prize 1964 was awarded to Martin Luther King Jr. "for his non-violent struggle for civil rights for the Afro-American population".

Welcome to my new page! This is where I will be posting Council updates and items of County business.  To help our Count...
01/13/2022

Welcome to my new page! This is where I will be posting Council updates and items of County business. To help our County Public Disclosure Compliance Officer fulfill her duties with minimum frustration, I have not set up messaging for this page. Please contact me through County email and I will gladly reply.
The first San Juan County Council meeting of the year was held last Tuesday, January 4th. It was mostly housekeeping and a COVID update.
Congratulations to Christine Gabler-Minney , Council Chair for 2022!
For the year 2022 we will keep our Advisory Committee https://www.sanjuanco.com/1786/Boards-Commissions-Committees Liaison assignments. We all sit on external boards and on the Board of Health as well. My in-county assignments are:
Climate and Sustainability Committee (New – stay tuned for a call for applications)
Clean Water Advisory Committee
Deer Harbor Plan Review Committee
Eastsound Planning Review Committee
Housing Advisory Committee
Human Services Advisory Board
JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) Landbank sub-Committee
Noxious W**d Control Board
Veterans Advisory Board
Outside of the County I serve on the Boards for the Northwest Regional Council https://www.nwrcwa.org/ , the North Sound Behavioral Health Association https://nsbhaso.org/ and the Opportunity Council, all organizations through which State and Federal dollars flow to programs which benefit our county. Also, I serve as the Washington State Association of Counties Alternate https://www.wsac.org/ on the Criminal Justice Treatment Account Panelhttps://www.hca.wa.gov/.../program/fact-sheet-cjta-2022.pdf , which oversees funding for Therapeutic Drug Courts throughout the State.
The Director of Health and Community Services, Mark Tompkins, briefed us on the Omicron wave. The long and short of it is we will see a lot of infection, but because we are a well-vaccinated county, if indications hold, SJC may not see much hospitalization or death due to this latest wave of COVID. Surges are when your willingness to do your part by getting your booster shot and wearing an N-95 or KN-95 mask indoors with other people really pay off.
- There will be about 10,000 rapid test kits allotted to our geographical area, distributed through different Federal and State allocations to primary care clinics and the County. On Orcas, the Orcas Island Community Foundation is working to set up a drive-through distribution center for people who think they may have COVID and need test kits.
- For information on what to do if you test positive for COVID, please check https://www.sanjuanco.com/1668/2019-Novel-Coronavirus . This is also the page to check if you want to schedule a vaccination or a booster.
I know we are all tired and tempted to just give up and take our chances. People over 65 and people with suppressed immune systems still run an elevated risk of severe disease, as they do during a bad flu season. That high-risk group includes over 35% of your fellow islanders. Thank you for the good work so far and please be careful and considerate about mask wearing and hand washing.
Take care of you, too! Now is a good time to stay out of the overcrowded regional hospitals, emergency rooms and urgent care clinics. By this I mean, take your maintenance meds, drive carefully and don’t wire back that saw blade guard. For the next few weeks we need to make whatever individual choices we can to ease the burden on emergency response and medical treatment. DO call Emergency Medical Services or seek treatment if you have the need!
The next scheduled meetings for Council are January 24th & 25th. January 24th will be a “retreat” style meeting where we will discuss this year’s upcoming projects and priorities. We will conduct regular County business on January 25th. When the agendas are finalized, usually 48 hours before the meeting, they can be found here: https://www.sanjuanco.com/904/Upcoming-Council-Agenda .
The challenges and opportunities already on the table in 2022 require creativity and willing hands. We know how to work together and how to take care of each other. In 2021 we saw each other through some pretty hard times and still managed a very real shift towards long term thinking in County government. I look forward to building a good future together in the coming years.

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Welcome to my new page! This is where I will be posting Council updates and items of County business.  To help our Count...
01/12/2022

Welcome to my new page! This is where I will be posting Council updates and items of County business. To help our County Public Disclosure Compliance Officer fulfill her duties with minimum frustration, I have not set up messaging for this page. Please contact me through County email and I will gladly reply.

The first San Juan County Council meeting of the year was held last Tuesday, January 4th. It was mostly housekeeping and a COVID update.

Congratulations to Christine Gabler-Minney , Council Chair for 2022!

For the year 2022 we will keep our Advisory Committee https://www.sanjuanco.com/1786/Boards-Commissions-Committees Liaison assignments. We all sit on external boards and on the Board of Health as well. My in-county assignments are:

Climate and Sustainability Committee (New – stay tuned for a call for applications)
Clean Water Advisory Committee
Deer Harbor Plan Review Committee
Eastsound Planning Review Committee
Housing Advisory Committee
Human Services Advisory Board
JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) Landbank sub-Committee
Noxious W**d Control Board
Veterans Advisory Board

Outside of the County I serve on the Boards for the Northwest Regional Council https://www.nwrcwa.org/ , the North Sound Behavioral Health Association https://nsbhaso.org/ and the Opportunity Council, all organizations through which State and Federal dollars flow to programs which benefit our county. Also, I serve as the Washington State Association of Counties Alternate https://www.wsac.org/ on the Criminal Justice Treatment Account Panelhttps://www.hca.wa.gov/assets/program/fact-sheet-cjta-2022.pdf , which oversees funding for Therapeutic Drug Courts throughout the State.

The Director of Health and Community Services, Mark Tompkins, briefed us on the Omicron wave. The long and short of it is we will see a lot of infection, but because we are a well-vaccinated county, if indications hold, SJC may not see much hospitalization or death due to this latest wave of COVID. Surges are when your willingness to do your part by getting your booster shot and wearing an N-95 or KN-95 mask indoors with other people really pay off.

- There will be about 10,000 rapid test kits allotted to our geographical area, distributed through different Federal and State allocations to primary care clinics and the County. On Orcas, the Orcas Island Community Foundation is working to set up a drive-through distribution center for people who think they may have COVID and need test kits.

- For information on what to do if you test positive for COVID, please check https://www.sanjuanco.com/1668/2019-Novel-Coronavirus . This is also the page to check if you want to schedule a vaccination or a booster.

I know we are all tired and tempted to just give up and take our chances. People over 65 and people with suppressed immune systems still run an elevated risk of severe disease, as they do during a bad flu season. That high-risk group includes over 35% of your fellow islanders. Thank you for the good work so far and please be careful and considerate about mask wearing and hand washing.

Take care of you, too! Now is a good time to stay out of the overcrowded regional hospitals, emergency rooms and urgent care clinics. By this I mean, take your maintenance meds, drive carefully and don’t wire back that saw blade guard. For the next few weeks we need to make whatever individual choices we can to ease the burden on emergency response and medical treatment. DO call Emergency Medical Services or seek treatment if you have the need!

The next scheduled meetings for Council are January 24th & 25th. January 24th will be a “retreat” style meeting where we will discuss this year’s upcoming projects and priorities. We will conduct regular County business on January 25th. When the agendas are finalized, usually 48 hours before the meeting, they can be found here: https://www.sanjuanco.com/904/Upcoming-Council-Agenda .

The challenges and opportunities already on the table in 2022 require creativity and willing hands. We know how to work together and how to take care of each other. In 2021 we saw each other through some pretty hard times and still managed a very real shift towards long term thinking in County government. I look forward to building a good future together in the coming years.

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