In a lengthy post on Facebook, Mayor Dan Pike explains his rationale for warning Occupy Bellingham protesters to leave their Maritime Heritage Park campsite by 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, or face eviction.
“For better or worse, I accept responsibility for the decision, which was a challenging one to make, and not one made lightly,” Pike wrote.
“People ask me why do this now? Some suggested I could leave this for Mayor-elect Linville. In fact, I could not. For four years I have prided myself on taking what I felt was the right course for Bellingham, regardless of what it meant to my personal image with some groups or individuals. The test has always been, ‘What is in the best interest of the entire community, on a sustainable basis.” I am not going to switch standards now.”
Pike’s term of office ends Saturday. He could easily have walked away from this situation.