Happy Holidays to All! We hope that everyone enjoys a wonderful holday season. Following are some updates on what has been happening with regards to commercial flights at Paine Field.
We are glad to see that even after outspending Brian Sullivan roughly $400,000 to $67,000, the majority of voters did not buy into the misleading smear campaign run by Tisdel. Brian is an important voice of reason on the Snohomish County Council, and his continued presence is good news for SOC supporters. The vote was a bit close for comfort, so a huge Thank You to all who voted!
You may have heard that the lawsuit against Snohomish County and Propeller Airports Paine Field, LLC was dismissed. What you may not have heard is that Mukilteo and SOC are appealing that ruling. The appeal has a better chance of succeeding since it is based on the opinions of more than one judge, and will allow more time for all the facts to be considered. Also, Propeller, whose CEO publically stated that they want to work with the community, filed a lawsuit against the City of Mukilteo and SOC for “frivolously” challenging the County’s deal with Propeller - they wanted attorney fees as they ironically spent quite a bit on what they deemed to be a frivolous case. That lawsuit was dismissed. Apparently Propeller considers your views frivolous.
Meanwhile, the Federal lawsuit is still active and the Ninth Circuit granted a motion to lift the stay previously ordered. The court now finds sufficient interest in commercial flights via the Propeller lease to justify making a decision on the merits of the case, so the panel will now take it under submission and issue a disposition as soon as practicable.
As you can see, there is a lot happening, and this is far from a done deal. SOC will be holding our annual meeting Sunday, January 31st, 7:00 PM, at the Mukilteo City Hall. We encourage everyone to attend.
More to come in January!
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