GOOD NEWS! JUDGE MONICA BENTON GRANTS OUR MOTION FOR PARTIAL SUMMARY JUDGMENT
On Thursday, April 2, 2015 Judge Benton issued an order that the Island Landmarks bylaws were correctly followed on June 4, 2012 when a large number of members took action to displace the then existing board of directors. She ruled " The Court finds that the persons duly elected as directors at the special meeting of members on June 4, 2012, Glenda Pearson, Helen Meeker, Bob Horsley, Rayna Holtz, Ellen Kritzman, Bruce Haulman, Sally Fox, Anita Halstead, Lynn Greiner, Kelly Robinson, and Yvonne Kuperberg, are lawfully empowered to act as the governing body of Island Landmarks."
We are gratified by the Court decision; we are ready to act as the "governing body" of Island Landmarks and work to secure and restore the landmark Mukai property.
We thank each of you for continuing to support us throughout this long effort. We are grateful to the community, our members, members of the Japanese-American community, elected officials, agencies and others who have remained steadfast with us as we worked to restore the Mukai property to public use.
Agencies who have been particularly supportive include 4 Culture, The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, King County Department of Historic Preservation, King County Parks and Recreation, Historic Seattle, The National Park Service, Vashon- Maury Island Heritage Association, and Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust.
We particularly want to thank our stellar Legal Team of David Brenner and Charles Maduell, of Riddell Williams, and our own board member/attorney Lynn Greiner, who together worked on this challenging and unprecedented case. They have donated countless hours of their professional legal time working with great dedication, skill, and imagination to allow us to prevail against a formidable, well-financed opponent represented by an iconic legal firm.
Though the judge's order on partial summary judgment is final, several issues remain to be addressed before the case can be completely settled, and our legal team continues their efforts to resolve them.
Meanwhile, after too long a delay, we want to move forward, and we will need your help.
We plan to:
- Re-enlist our community and broad group of supporters in securing the future of this historical landmark of Vashon's Japanese and agricultural heritage.
- Work out the expeditious ownership transition of the property.
- Secure the site, professionally assess the condition, complete plans to stabilize, and restore house and garden.
- Hold an Open House Thank You Celebration!
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Friends of Mukai Celebrate Poetry Month
Friends of Mukai will present an evening of verse to celebrate Poetry Month at the Vashon Maury Island Land Trust on Wednesday, April 15th, featuring Lawrence Matsuda and Lonney Kaneko. Joseph Okimoto will host the program and introduce the poets at the free 7 p.m. event.
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Report from the Court Hearing:
On Friday March 13th, 2015 supporters of our effort to gain control of the Mukai house and garden filled Judge Monica Benton's court room in the King County court house. Our attorney, David Brenner with the Seattle law firm of Riddell Williams, did an excellent job of outlining all the arguments why we should be given governance over Island Landmarks and the Mukai property- all in support of our "motion for summary judgment."
Judge Monica Benton did not issue a ruling on Friday; we expect to receive her decision sometime in the next few weeks. While we wait for the ruling, we will continue to prepare for trial which is scheduled for May 18th.
We will post the decision from the Court as soon as we receive it.
Thanks to all who attended the hearing, including our many members, friends, and stakeholder partners. This show of support was powerful.
Click on our Motion for Summary Judgment. Many additional documents were filed as well. If you want to review these, let us know.
Tracing the Japanese Presence on Vashon
Tracing the Japanese Presence on Vashon a presentation by Alice Larson and Bruce Haulman This presentation provides an overview of work being done by The Friends of Mukai to recognize and honor the Japanese Residents of Vashon Island
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The Friends of Mukai is an organization that seeks to restore the Mukai House and Garden, to reunite it with the Mukai Cold Process Fruit Barreling Plant, and to turn them into a place that celebrates their important role in the immigration and agricultural history of Vashon-Maury Island and the Pacific Northwest.
We want you to join us to make this happen, because This Place Matters!
Over 250 members of the Friends of Mukai agree that This Place Matters.