Wants wage certainty for redevelopment

COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALDNovember 27, 2013 

There are unfinished issues regarding the waterfront redevelopment plan. The details surrounding the plan seem to be drawing to a close, but there are still things that I believe need to be discussed. I understand that this plan has been drafted and revised for a number of years, and it is probably refreshing to know that the planning process is almost complete. However, finishing for the sake of finishing is dangerous and unwise. The city and the port will spend millions of dollars redeveloping the waterfront. We are holding on to the hope that living-wage jobs will be created along with the redevelopment. We are operating under the assumption that these industrial jobs will provide a living wage of $17.35 an hour. But, there is no reason to rely simply on an assumption when we could take steps to ensure that this is the case. It is imperative that details regarding this issue are included in the plan. Along with that, there must be a metric to ensure that jobs really do provide a living wage.

Kendyl Daniels

Bellingham

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