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Oct 2021

Lacamas Lake North Shore Development Land Purchases

Camas paid, on average, 700% of appraised value for "Legacy Lands" acquisitions
Watch Camas, Apr 9, 2020: This brings the total amount paid for these properties to over $22M. Yet the combined appraised value for the entire portfolio amounts to only $3.1M, according to 2018 tax records."

Camas City Council approves $17 million land purchases
Clark County Today, Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Making space for nature in Camas City, county work to protect 100 acres of natural space near Lacamas Lake
Post Record, January 11, 2018: "The city estimates that it will cost about $4.8 million to purchase the land."

Project would bring trail full circle around Lacamas Lake
Columbian, December 21, 2017: "The Camas project is expected to cost $4.8 million."

Aug 2021

The Camas Detox Center Controversy
LifePac's concern is governmental corruption, whether The Common Good was subverted by a special interest capturing city government in the process that led to the approval of the drug rehab center by a hearing examiner.  The detox center developer, after some documented and possibly some yet to be documented (see below) wranglings with the City of Camas, eventually submitted a "Type III permit pre-application" for a convalescent center.  This path to approval did not involve a change of code which would require a public hearing, but instead an interpretation of what a convalescent center is by a hearing examiner. Camas follows this linked recommendation by the Municipal Research and Services Center for resolving such land use challenges, which recommends that a decision on whether such a classification is correct should go to a hearing examiner.  A public hearing was not an option available to the council.  Due to a citizen law suit against the City of Camas, the issue of whether a convalescence center classification covers a drug detox facility will be taken up in Superior Court.  LifePac has heard, but has not yet unconfirmed, that a Washington State court previously ruled that drug rehab centers are convalescent centers.

Of special concern is why a type III permit pre application was made.  Also, why there is an absence of seven weeks of any relative emails as shown in three separate public records requests made by the Dorothy Fox Safety Alliance covering the time period just prior to the Type III permit application?  Further, the city at one point asked to have the Superior Court case dismissed, though it has since retracted that request.  It's abundantly clear that a drug treatment facility that allows its patients to leave at will should not be at the Prune Hill location.

Dorthy Fox Safety Alliance

Citizen group formed in opposition to the drug treatment center to be sited next to an elementary school and a church.

DETOX Facility Update
City Council Candidate Leslie Lewallen, Sept 15, 2021

Camas sued by citizens over drug detox facility process

Clark County Today, June 17, 2021

Camas DETOX Fiasco Front and Center on Lars
YouTube, Jun 14, 2021

Citizens question Camas process in allowing detox center next to school
Clark County Today, June 11, 2021

Drug rehab opponents file petition for reconsideration
Post Record, May 20, 2021

Hearings examiner OKs Discover Recovery permit Decision will allow drug rehabilitation center to operate in Camas
Post Record, May 1, 2021

Prune Hill drug detox center decision pending
Post Record, April 1, 2021

Substance abuse treatment and recovery center proposed for Camas
Post Record,
Feb 18, 2021

Sept 2021

Crown Pool Removal
LifePac has been told that the Clark County Health Department was pressing the City of Camas for the pool's demolition, imposing fines while it was operated.  It's removal just prior to the 2019 Aquatic Center Proposition 2 vote may have been intended to manipulate citizens to vote for the proposition.

City Council Moves To Demolish Crown Park Pool — To Plan For New Pool Complex
Lacamas Magazine, Jan 2018

June 2021

City of Camas Facebook post below celebrating promiscuous sexuality, which in society contributes to the incidence of abortion and other social ills, such as family instability.

Camas group’s efforts to get cannabis on the ballot unsuccessful for now
Clark County Today, September 1, 2020

Petition signatures returned this week; final count found insufficient by auditor’s office CAMAS — The Camas-based PAC Camas for Cannabis Access submitted over 2,400 signatures for adding Initiative 1 to the November general election ballot, but was returned an insufficiency result from the Clark County Auditor’s Office. In the last 10 days more signatures were collected, but were also found insufficient.

2019 Aquatic Center Proposition 2:

Camas voters sink aquatics center
Post Record, November 6, 2019

Camas Aquatic Center plans face community opposition
Clark Co Today, September 27, 2019

Camas officials, residents wade into pool controversy
Columbian, October 20, 2019

Camas City Council Eyes New Aquatic Center Site; To Seek Public Input, Vote
Lacamas Magazine, April 2, 2019

Camas City Council bans retail marijuana sales
Public hearing draws a large crowd
Post Record
October 26, 2015

The Camas City Council voted Monday to prohibit the retail sale of marijuana within city limits.

The 5-2 decision came following nearly two hours of public testimony reflecting both sides of the issue. City council members Don Chaney, Greg Anderson, Steve Hogan, Tim Hazen and Bonnie Carter voted for the ban, while Shannon Turk and Melissa Smith voted against.

Chaney indicated that he strongly opposes allowing retail marijuana sales in Camas. “Tonight, the question before us is whether or not we should allow retail sales of marijuana,” he said. “It’s not about the use or possession of marijuana, at least as far as I’m concerned. And, it’s not about the personal qualities or business opportunities of the proponents. That’s not an issue here for me. The issue is, what’s it going to do to our community, and how does the fact that we do or do not [allow retail marijuana businesses] reflect the culture of our community? We get to steer that a little bit because of decisions before us.”