Another victory in our lawsuit
On Tuesday April 28th, Judge Monica Benton entered a final order and judgment in our Island Landmarks lawsuit. She affirmed her April 2nd ruling that Island Landmarks is governed by the eleven island activists we elected on June 4, 2012. She ordered the Matthews group to give us the keys to the house and to turn over all Mukai archival property that was taken out of state.
In response to this final judgment, the Matthews defendants filed a Notice of Appeals with the State Court of Appeals. In addition, they have asserted that they have the right to control the Mukai house and garden during the appeal.
We intend to challenge Matthews’ assertion that they should continue to control the property during the appeal. If this is allowed, the house will continue to deteriorate; the roof is covered in plastic sheeting that was improperly applied over two years ago. The public is fenced out.
The property was purchased with public money, for the benefit of the public. While we are disappointed that the Matthews’ group cannot see that the Mukai house would be best served by active community involvement, we will continue to fight for local control of this community treasure. We have been before the state Court of Appeals before and received a good ruling from them. We have won every single legal battle since the beginning of 2013; momentum is on our side.
Thank you for your support as we continue to work to secure the Mukai house and garden for the benefit of all of us.
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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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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.