Homer City Council

Homer voters head to the polls for recall election

Jun 13, 2017
Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Homer residents are deciding the fate of three city council members today. Absentee voting was high and there were long lines at the polls this morning. Supporters on both sides of the fence also gathered along Pioneer Avenue, waving signs and soliciting honks from passing traffic.

Homer residents are voting on whether to recall city council members Donna Aderhold, Catriona Reynolds and David Lewis.

City of Homer

The Homer City Council held what could be three of its members’ last meeting Monday. Donna Aderhold, Catriona Reynolds and David Lewis are all subject of a recall election, closing Tuesday.

Nothing very contentious was on the agenda, but the council chambers were full, some wearing pro-recall shirts.

Mayor Brian Zak read a statement several times throughout the meeting, reiterating the council would not comment on the recent court case or the recall election.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Contentious small town politics took on a festive vibe over the weekend. Political action committees on both sides of the Homer City Council recall issue held rallies with live music and likeminded people. Both groups aimed to energize voters before they head to the ballot box Tuesday, deciding the fate of the three liberal members of Homer’s local government.

The Coffee Table - Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Jun 7, 2017

Homer City Council members Donna Aderhold and David Lewis were live in the studio on this week's Coffee Table. Aderhold, Lewis, and council member Catriona Reynolds, who pretaped an interview, are subject to a recall election to be held on Tuesday, June 13th.  KBBI's Aaron Bolton was the host, moderated the discussion, and took questions from the listeners.

Homer City Council recall organizers
Heartbeat of Homer were the guests on this week's Coffee Table. Political action committee spokesperson Sarah Vance and recall supporter Ralph Crane spent the hour live in the studio taking questions from the listeners.

Shahla Farzan/KBBI

An Anchorage Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday against three Homer City Council members seeking to halt a recall election next month. Council members Donna Aderhold, David Lewis and Catriona Reynolds are subjects of a recall election sparked over two resolutions they crafted and sponsored. The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska represented the council members and is still weighing the possibility of an appeal.

City of Homer

An Anchorage Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday against three Homer City Council members seeking to halt a recall election next month. Council members Donna Aderhold, David Lewis and Catriona Reynolds are subjects of a recall election sparked over two resolutions they crafted and sponsored.

Oral arugments in recall case set for Monday

May 19, 2017
City of Homer

A decision in the Homer City Council recall case could come as soon as Monday, just a month before voters are scheduled to decide whether to oust council members Donna Aderhold, David Lewis and Catriona Reynolds.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The group leading a recall effort to oust three Homer City Council members held a rally Saturday in downtown homer. Heartbeat of Homer, the newly formed political action party, has also been granted standing in a lawsuit against the city.

Challenges for Homer businesses, what are they?

May 10, 2017
City of Homer

What are the challenges businesses face in Homer? That’s what the Homer Economic Development Advisory Commission hopes to answer by surveying business owners in the city.

Commissioner Rachel Lord presented a plan to the Homer City Council Monday that would survey businesses within city limits.

The commission hopes the data collected will help the city better understand ways it can help businesses.

“Our job growth and our economic development really is going to likely come most from the success and retention of the businesses we currently have,” Lord said.

City of Homer

The city of Homer is moving forward with a lawsuit. The city council held a special meeting Tuesday, May 2, to discuss its options.

 

The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska is backing the suit on behalf of the three council members facing recall: David Lewis, Donna Aderhold, and Catriona Reynolds.

 

 

Listen to a recording of Monday night's Homer City Council meeting.

Commentary: City Council Recall

Apr 5, 2017
City of Homer, Alaska

A recall petition naming Homer City Council members, Aderhold, Lewis and Reynolds
is under review by the city of Homer. Homer resident, Brenda Dolma has this commentary.

The views expressed in this commentary are the speaker's own
and do not reflect the views of KBBI, its staff, board or volunteers.

KBBI welcomes submissions of commentary on this or any subject of local interest.
To submit a commentary, email kathleen@kbbi.org.

Proposed Naval Training Causes Concern

Jan 13, 2017
U.S. Navy

Homer City Council passed a resolution on Aug. 8, formally requesting changes to US Navy training exercises in the Gulf of Alaska. The proposed training area is 24 nautical miles from the Kenai Peninsula shoreline, just south of Prince William Sound and east of Kodiak Island. It covers over 59,000 square miles, an area slightly larger than the state of Georgia.

LEDs Will Light Up Homer Harbor Next Year

Oct 14, 2016
Photo courtesy of G. Franklin de Matos

Homer will soon join the list of U.S. cities making the switch to LED lights.

On Oct. 10, the Homer City Council passed an ordinance authorizing the installation of new LED lights on seven high mast poles around the Homer Harbor.


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