Brian Kelly

Brian posted 560 stories to South Whidbey Record.
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South Whidbey races bring out familiar voices

Discontent with the status quo is inspiring some on South Whidbey to step into the political arena.

  • Jun 8th, 2011 8:02pm

Candidates line up to run for spot on Langley council

Three residents who have been passed over by Langley leaders for a spot on the city council are now hoping voters will give them the chance to serve the city.

  • Jun 8th, 2011 5:38pm

Langley councilman questions secrecy on lawsuit

With a new lawsuit against the city now underway in Island County Superior Court and making headlines in the local newspaper, Langley City Councilman Hal Seligson is wondering why the council wasn’t given a head’s up that the city was getting sued.

  • Jun 8th, 2011 5:30pm

Langley council picks Prop. 1 groups

Picking the people they don’t agree with was the easy part for the Langley City Council. The council quickly and unanimously selected three residents on Monday to be the “pro” committee in the August election where voters will be asked to switch to a council-manager form of government in Langley.

  • Jun 8th, 2011 5:28pm

Another Edgecliff resident jumps into Langley council race

Another Edgecliff resident has jumped into the race for Langley City Council.

  • Jun 7th, 2011 8:54pm

Langley Passage foe to run for Langley City Council seat

Robin Adams, an Edgecliff resident who led the opposition group that fought the controversial Langley Passage housing project, said Monday that he will run for a seat on the Langley City Council.

  • Jun 6th, 2011 5:54pm

Some Langley council members hope to see smaller pay package for mayor

LANGLEY — The debate over the size of the mayor’s pay is coming down to a battle between here and there.

  • Jun 4th, 2011 4:53pm

Campaigns for Langley’s Prop. 1 begin to take shape

If you live and vote in Langley, Daniel Prewitt is going to try to convince you to get rid of your mayor — the elected kind, at least — before you cast your ballot in August’s primary.

  • Jun 2nd, 2011 5:00pm

UPDATE | Kwarsick announces candidacy in Langley mayor’s race

Langley Planning Director Larry Kwarsick is running for mayor in the Village by the Sea. Kwarsick announced his candidacy for the mayor's job in Langley on Wednesday. He said he would run as a part-time mayor, for part-time pay.

  • Jun 1st, 2011 10:41pm

South Whidbey pays tribute to its fallen heroes

It was proud yet personal. Historical but heartfelt. Washington State Rep. Norma Smith stepped into the empty place where, six years ago, her late husband had humbly stood: a patch of grass between graves near the entrance of the Clinton Cemetery, before a crowd gathered to mark Memorial Day.

  • Jun 1st, 2011 6:06pm

South Whidbey School Board to resume talk on combining schools on Maxwelton Road

With the search for a new district superintendent over, the South Whidbey School Board will turn its attention back to its controversial consolidation effort.

  • Jun 1st, 2011 5:53pm

Langley mayor’s salary may stay near current level

The city’s mayor may keep getting some of the plumpest paychecks in the state — if voters decide to reject a ballot measure in August that would eliminate the position of an elected mayor.

  • May 28th, 2011 4:12pm

UPDATE | School board picks Moccia to take reins on South Whidbey

Josephine Moccia already knew what Rich Parker, chairman of the South Whidbey School Board, was going to say when she picked up the phone. She got the job.

  • May 25th, 2011 5:42pm

HOW MUCH MAYORS MAKE | Langley council plans review of mayor’s salary

The Langley City Council will take a new look at the mayor’s salary at a special meeting on Monday, and city officials have vowed to take a comparative look at what mayors are paid elsewhere in the state as they decide how much Langley’s mayor should pocket for his work at city hall.

  • May 22nd, 2011 6:20pm

South Whidbey School Board selects Jo Moccia as next superintendent

The South Whidbey School Board has unanimously chosen Josephine "Jo" Moccia, the current superintendent of the Averill Park Central School District, to be South Whidbey's next superintendent of schools.

  • May 21st, 2011 12:53am

New vote tally on WGB bond vote: Measure defeated

Whidbey Island voters have rejected a $50 million expansion proposal to expand Whidbey General Hospital, according to a second tally of votes on Thursday afternoon.

  • May 19th, 2011 10:58pm

UPDATE | Horse facilities at Island County Fairgrounds closed as precaution against EHV-1 outbreak

Island County Fair officials announced an immediate closure of the horse arena and equestrian facilities at the county fairgrounds in Langley in light of the EHV-1 outbreak in the Western U.S.

  • May 19th, 2011 11:29pm

Former Langley worker files $4.5 million damage claim against city

A public works employee who was laid off last year as the city began trimming its budget has filed a $4.5 million damage claim against Langley.

  • May 19th, 2011 3:59pm

Langley council to have another do-over on ordinance that sets mayor’s salary

Langley has once again taken up the topic of the mayor's salary, a subject that has cursed the council since late 2008, as questions started to stir inside city hall about vacation pay for the mayor.

  • May 18th, 2011 10:51pm

UPDATE | Langley pushes for early vote to get rid of mayor

Faced with a choice of bad timing in August, or bad timing in November, the Langley City Council has decided to grease the skids for an earlier election on whether the city should change its form of government.

  • May 18th, 2011 12:11am

Langley voters will get early chance to decide fate of mayor

Faced with a choice of bad timing in August, or bad timing in November, the Langley City Council has decided to grease the skids for an earlier election on whether the city should change its form of government.

  • May 17th, 2011 5:43am

Most ballots still not returned for Whidbey General Hospital bond measure

Island County voters are staying true to history: Most voters have not yet mailed in their ballots for Tuesday's special election.

  • May 16th, 2011 5:53pm

Langley to talk about pay for mayor, council

Langley council members will talk about their paychecks — somewhat reluctantly, it now seems — at their next meeting on Monday.

  • May 14th, 2011 10:48pm

Councilwoman Abel won’t seek election to retain seat on Langley council

Langley City Councilwoman Fran Abel said Wednesday she will not run to retain her seat on the city council in November.

  • May 12th, 2011 2:59am

Recycling a good idea: Work day gives back in more ways than one

Volunteers with this year’s Hearts & Hammers work day said they seemed to have a great grip on garbage this year, from the inside out.

  • May 11th, 2011 11:13pm

UPDATE | Superintendent search is down to three finalists

Three finalists — including two from out of state — have been chosen in the search for a new superintendent for the South Whidbey School District.

  • May 11th, 2011 5:00pm

Finalists announced in search for new chief of South Whidbey schools

Three finalists — including two from out of state — have been chosen in the search for a new superintendent for the South Whidbey School District.

  • May 9th, 2011 7:05pm

Trouble with Langley Passage has council looking for outside help

The city’s ham-handed handling of the Langley Passage project has city council members eager to hire a hearing examiner to handle appeals on land-use matters.

  • May 7th, 2011 4:43pm

UPDATE | Mayor question headed to ballot

The clandestine effort to change Langley’s form of government and do away with the position of an elected mayor has gathered enough signatures to force a vote at the ballot box.

  • May 7th, 2011 12:00am

Where Falcons fly: New leaders eager to take over as principals

John Patton, currently the athletic director and assistant principal at SWHS, will be promoted to principal of the school in July. And Eric Nerison, the career and technical education director for the high school, will take the helm of LMS, also in July.

  • May 6th, 2011 2:13pm

Langley voters will get to decide if they keep their elected mayor, petition drive gets enough signatures to force vote

The clandestine effort to change Langley's form of government and do away with the position of an elected mayor has gathered enough signatures to force a vote at the ballot box.

  • May 5th, 2011 4:47pm

Four of five on Langley council oppose petition drive

Four of five members of the Langley City Council said they don’t support the movement now afoot in the Village by the Sea to change the city’s form of government.

  • May 1st, 2011 5:12pm

Effort launched to rid Langley of its elected mayor

A low-key petition drive has been launched in Langley to force a vote in August to change the city’s form of government.

  • Apr 23rd, 2011 3:54pm

Visser workers quit in protest

A paperwork foul-up has cost the director of Visser Funeral Home her job and has led to the mass resignation of the staff at the Langley business.

  • Apr 21st, 2011 3:34pm

Langley council questions grant request for tram project

A proposal to build a tram on city property to connect the Langley Marina with Cascade Avenue has thrown some on the city council for a loop.

  • Apr 20th, 2011 7:54pm

Langley council committee suggests parking changes

The city may enforce “designated parking areas” for people working or volunteering downtown, and then target those drivers who shuffle their cars around spaces on Second and First streets during the day for more costly parking tickets.

  • Apr 20th, 2011 6:36pm

New planning chief says PAB’s new subdivision regulations are ‘legally questionable’

The Langley Planning Advisory Board needs to back up and try again, according to the city's new planning chief, because its efforts to write new development regulations have resulted in rules that are "too complex for a small town such as Langley" and "legally questionable."

  • Apr 20th, 2011 12:09am

Langley council stands by decision to approve Langley Passage

LANGLEY — The city council won't rethink its decision to approve the controversial Langley Passage housing project.

  • Apr 19th, 2011 3:48pm

Langley Passage foes ask for second look

Opponents of a proposed subdivision in the Edgecliff neighborhood have asked the city council to reconsider its decision to let 20 new homes be built on the city’s northeastern end.

  • Apr 15th, 2011 10:08pm

Langley Passage developer won’t fight added restrictions

The developers of the controversial Langley Passage development said this week they wouldn’t ask the Langley City Council to rethink last week’s decision to approve the new subdivision. At least, not yet.

  • Apr 14th, 2011 7:15pm

Merrell announces plans to leave LMS, SWHS

Rod Merrell, the principal at South Whidbey High School and Langley Middle School, has been offered the job of principal at Mount Vernon High School.

  • Apr 13th, 2011 6:39pm

UPDATE | Council approves Langley Passage

After four hours of what seemed like constant corralling by the city’s attorney, the Langley City Council approved the preliminary plan for Langley Passage at a special meeting Tuesday.

  • Apr 9th, 2011 10:06pm

Experts share insights on different ways of running city hall

LANGLEY — Just go with whatever works. That was the message from Ken Carter, the city manager of Carnation, to Langley residents who have been wondering if there may be a better way to run city hall.

  • Apr 10th, 2011 5:03pm

Langley Passage hearing continues Tuesday

Though the Langley City Council made a dramatic about-face at its last meeting on its decision to reject the preliminary plan for Langley Passage, the proponents of the new housing project aren’t ready to say it marks a reversal of fortune for the embattled subdivision.

  • Apr 2nd, 2011 4:43pm

Clover Patch Café will make the switch to locally grown beef

There’s some really good moos on the horizon for local burger lovers.

  • Mar 28th, 2011 7:12pm

UPDATE | Langley council reverses course on Langley Passage

The Langley City Council did an about-face earlier this week and unanimously reversed its four-month-old decision to reject the controversial Langley Passage housing project. The surprise move came during a special meeting on Tuesday, and it put the 20-home project on the path for approval, much to the confusion and anger of a near-capacity crowd of opponents in council chambers.

  • Mar 26th, 2011 5:28pm

Langley council votes to clip wings of new finance committee

If there was any lingering doubt that an outsider has taken a seat on the Langley City Council, it was erased Monday night. In a meeting that at one point hovered on the verge of a shouting match, city council members attempted to abolish a new oversight committee chaired by the council’s newest member, Hal Seligson, before the committee could schedule its first meeting.

  • Mar 23rd, 2011 9:16pm

Langley City Council blinks, takes back vote against Langley Passage housing project

Facing the continued threat of legal action from the developer of Langley Passage, the Langley City Council unanimously rescinded its vote to shoot down the controversial Langley Passage project at a special meeting on Tuesday.

  • Mar 22nd, 2011 10:35pm