Severe weather homeless strategies: picking up the pace to come from behind / Noisy Waters Northwest

Click the graphic of Bellingham City Council Member Dan Hammill wearing a gray and white plaid shirt sitting in a black chair in Bellingham City Council chambers to access video of the 8/26/19 Bellingham City Council Committee of the Whole meeting

August 30, 2019 Dena Jensen

“Okay, I’ll just take a quick point of privilege just to say that we absolutely recognize we have the need for shelter, especially – we have it all year round – but especially in the winter months. The group I believe, that Council Member Lilliquist is referring to, is the Homeless Strategies Workgroup. Council Member Barry Buchanan from the County’s side of the street organized that group. Stakeholders, several of us, attend that every two weeks. We take that issue very seriously and we want to come to a resolution on providing safe shelter for our most vulnerable neighbors. So, we absolutely take it very seriously.” – Bellingham City Council Member Dan Hammill

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What it takes to be a sheriff / Facebook post, Joy Gilfilen

Photo from Joy Gilfilen’s Joy for Sheriff Facebook Page

August 25, 2019 Joy Gilfilen

You know what everybody? The incumbent Sheriff is out in public making up stories about what it takes to be a Sheriff. 

The fact is and according to law – it takes getting elected. 

The buffoonery story about fighting 24 year old combatants is like saying that I want to be called the romanticized “Sheriff of Boon County”. I have no desire to be that kind of Sheriff. I will be a sheriff who works differently in the 21st Century. 

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Whatcom County Council Member censors comments on two posts on their social media pages / Letter to Rud Browne, Sandy Robson

Screenshot of Sandy Robson’s comment on an August 20, 2019 Facebook post made at 7:01 p.m. on the Rud Browne – County Councilmember Facebook page

August 25, 2019 Sandy Robson

Editor’s Note: In Facebook’s Help section it states: “When you hide a comment from a post on your Page, the comment will only be visible to the person who wrote it and their friends.” This means that the original commenter and anyone who is Facebook friends with that commenter can still see the comment. All other Facebook users who view the post will not be able to see that comment after it has been hidden.

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Some things voters should know about Sheriff Bill Elfo / Noisy Waters Northwest

Screen shot of Sheriff Bill Elfo’s photo on the 2015 Whatcom County Jail mailer that was sent out to voters that year

August 22, 2019 Dena Jensen

Here’s a quick recap of some key information regarding Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo who is seeking reelection this year.

Sheriff Elfo supported Minutemen in 2005

In 2005, Sheriff Bill Elfo affirmed his support of the Minutemen vigilante group, which had formed around that time and was associated with the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps. This was in response to publicity about people entering Arizona illegally. That year about 100 Minutemen volunteers were recruited here in Washington State.

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Some Facebook comments County Council Member Rud Browne hid on his post endorsing Sheriff Elfo / Noisy Waters Northwest

Screen shot of photo of Whatcom County Council Member Rud Browne’s profile picture from his personal Facebook page

August 21, 2019 Dena Jensen

On August 20, 2019, Whatcom County Council Member Rud Browne made a Facebook post announcing that County Council Members “unanimously” endorse Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo. That’s his right, but sad that he had to depict it with the initial appearance that Council Members somehow voted to do so. He indicates in a footnote, however, that they did not.

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It looks like a workgroup on immigration will be moving forward for Bellingham City Council’s Justice Committee / Noisy Waters Northwest

Click the graphic of a quote from Bellingham City Council Member April Barker at the 8/19/19 Council Meeting to hear her remarks at that meeting regarding a presentation on immigration issues by community members

August 20, 2019 Dena Jensen

Last night’s Bellingham City Council meeting provided a pretty good lesson in what white fragility does – and doesn’t – look like.  To the majority of the Council Member’s credit that night, most of them did not seem to exhibit “discomfort and defensiveness on the part of a white person when confronted by information about racial inequality and injustice,” which is the definition of white fragility offered by Oxford’s Lexico dictionary.  But a couple of them did. 

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