Business and Commerce Advisory Committee seeks emergency housing measures to import workers / Noisy Waters Northwest

Click the graphic with a KGMI logo, some text and links, and a picture of Don Goldberg holding a phone receiver to access the July 27, 2019 Saturday Morning Live podcast

July 29, 2019 Dena Jensen

The Whatcom County Business and Commerce Advisory Committee is recommending that Whatcom County declare a housing emergency – not from the perspective of current residents not having affordable and ample shelter – but from the perspective that employers who want to grow their businesses want to potentially import hundreds of workers at a time from outside of our county. The committee gave a presentation to the County Council’s Finance and Administrative Services Committee on July 9, 2019. 

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Lest anyone forget – ever – Craig Cole was for coal and posed a threat to Lummi treaty rights / Noisy Waters Northwest

Click the graphic to access a page of articles referencing Craig Cole’s involvement in promoting the Gateway Pacific coal terminal

It has come to my attention that some of our community leaders may be in need of a refresher course on Bellingham public figure, Craig Cole’s years of avid advocacy for the Gateway Pacific coal terminal.

Someone alerted me to an email sent to the 42nd LD Democrats list-serve in response to some concern expressed by local investigative journalist Sandy Robson about contributions to the campaign for candidate for Whatcom County Executive, Jim Boyle.

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Satpal Sidhu’s responses to my questions about a sanctuary ordinance and farm workers on the Riveters Collective Ask Me Anything event / Dena Jensen

July 27, 2019 Dena Jensen

One of the great election-related services that the Riveters Collective — which organizes and supports actions in Whatcom County and local communities — offers to our community, is their Ask Me Anything (AMA) events on Facebook, where members of their Facebook group can ask questions to find out what they want to know about candidates running for office during election season.

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Why there was reform to talk about at the Whatcom County Community Justice Forum / Noisy Waters Northwest

Click the graphic image of the Whatcom County Courthouse with people on the steps and a branch in the foreground to access audio recording of the Whatcom Community Justice Forum on Soundcloud

July 26, 2019 Dena Jensen

I listened to the KGMI recording of the Whatcom Community Justice Forum today. There was a lot of good information presented, however it did seem rather like a giant campaign ad for Sheriff Elfo with a final plug for a new jail thrown in at the end. There was actually less focus on a new jail in the forum, though, than there was when Sheriff Elfo was on KGMI’s Saturday Morning Live radio broadcast last weekend.  

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Notes on the 7/15/19 Bellingham City Council Justice Committee meeting regarding immigration, Part One / Noisy Waters Northwest

Click the graphic to access the YouTube video of the Bellingham City Council’s 7/15/19 Justice Committee meeting

July 21, 2019 Dena Jensen

Due to my own time constraints and a desire to get some information out about this as promptly as I can, I am going to provide my notes in installments, on this July 15, 2019 meeting where Bellingham City Council’s Justice Committee discussed work-plan items related to immigration.

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On prohibiting additional fossil fuel refineries at Cherry Point / Facebook post, Sj Robson

July 18, 2019 Sandy Robson

In listening to part of the audio recording of the County Council Special Committee of the Whole (SCOTW) meeting held Tuesday, July 9, 2019, Council member Barbara Brenner made a motion to remove a proposed code amendment which would prohibit additional fossil fuel refineries at Cherry Point. Council member Satpal Sidhu seconded that motion, and then there was a discussion by the Council. The code amendment pertains to Whatcom County Code, and would be to address the County’s Comprehensive Plan policy specific to Cherry Point.

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Don’t let Council Members confuse you about whether Bellingham is a sanctuary city / Noisy Waters Northwest

Click the graphic to access the July 15, 2017 Bellingham City Council Justice Committee meeting on YouTube

July 17, 2019 Dena Jensen

On Monday, July 15, 2019, Bellingham City Council’s Justice Committee met in Council Chambers at City Hall, with their one focus being, “Deliberation Regarding Work-Plan Items Related to Immigration.  I will work on publishing notes on this meeting soon. But first, I did want to draw people’s attention to a particular statement of City Council Member April Barker’s at that meeting. Council Member Barker serves on the Justice Committee, with Council Member Pinky Vargas, along with Council Member and Justice Committee Chair Hannah Stone.

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