Tuesday, December 31, 2013

What I'm Looking For In 2014

Forget all the pundit wisdom as 2013 ends; the story continues and the end's not in sight so any conclusions others might wish to draw are, well, masterful or maybe not so masterful self gratification.

Since the story goes on, I'll be watching how Governor Jay Inslee figures out how to get something done with a GOP-led state Senate and whether there's any real political muscle in getting rid of turncoat Democrats like Rod Tom and Tim Sheldon.

Watch with me how much more of a threat is posed to Puget Sound and the Salish Sea as oil shipments by rail and pipeline ramp up, and vessel traffic numbers get tossed around for oil tankers and coal cargo ships.

I really don't know what's happening to the star fish and why they are wasting away along the West Coast and in the Salish Sea. Until the biologist figure out what's happening, it's hard to be sanguine about the health of our waters. I hope we figure out what's happening soon in 2014.

Next year is the 40th anniversary of the Boldt decision which recognized Washington treaty tribes as co-managers of fish harvest in their usual and accustomed tribal areas. I'll be watching for some fine words being written and spoken.

I'll also be watching and listening for some news from the Puget Sound Partnership and its Leadership Council on the real work that's being done and needs to be done to make Puget Sound fishable, swimmable and diggable. There's a lot of money being spent and, if making meaningful progress by 2020 is no longer a goal, then let's have a public discussion on what's the real timeline.

Looks like it'll be an interesting year. Stick around and see how the stories unfold. Thanks for reading.

--Mike Sato


  1. Thanks for keeping us all connected to Puget Sound, Mike! Wishing you a Sound New Year...

  2. Good work Mike. I agree with your assessments. Keep up the good work.

  3. And thanks to you, Mike - your newsletter is invaluable and always interesting. About the only thing I'll predict for 2014 is that I will continue reading it regularly. Wishing you a very happy new year and all the best in the coming year.

  4. Happy 2014! The - FINALLY! - great prime rib year-end dinner from your recipe put a grand capper on 2013. Thanks for that and all the good reading and links.

    A big second to much more, broader, deeper public discourse on the future we will support for Puget Sound and the greater Salish Sea.

    And also looking forward to the events and results/plans/ambitions from the Salish Sea Conference in late April.


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