Thursday, April 19, 2012
Whatcom Women Democrats Discuss Child Protective Services
On April 9, Spring made an appearance in Bellingham, WA as the Whatcom Women Democrats held their monthly meeting at the Super Buffet off the Guide Meridian.
A recurring topic of passionate discussion in Whatcom County is the governance of the Port of Bellingham. According to law, the Port of Bellingham is to be run by an elected committee of five Commisioners, but in fact there an now only three. Actually only one person has been making the decisions that impact the Port. Currently serving are Scott Walker, District 1, Michael McAuley District 2, and Jim Jorgensen District 3. Website portofbellingham.com gives enlightening and informative news and notes on how the Port operates. To participate in the process, the public is welcome to attend monthly Port meetings on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 3pm - location and details available on the above website.
The April program featured a presentation about Child Protective Services (CPS) and the lawsuit and legislative changes designed to privatize CPS case management services. Unionized social workers object to case management services being contracted out to for profit non-union companies without adequate testing by the State of Washington.