Help us stop failing the jail / Noisy Waters Northwest

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January 24, 2018  Dena Jensen

On Tuesday, January 30, 2018, now that new Council Members are officially sworn in, the Whatcom County Council’s Finance and Administrative Services Committee (freshly composed of Council Members Rud Browne, Tyler Byrd, and Satpal Sidhu) and Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee (which now is served on by Council Members Barry Buchanan, Tyler Byrd, and Satpal Sidhu) will be discussing some issues related to urgently needed renovations of the Whatcom County Jail in downtown Bellingham.  The Council will then revisit, and potentially vote on, results of the earlier committee discussions at their evening meeting at 7 p.m. that night. Continue reading

Legal Action Moves Forward Against Top Whatcom County Officials / Press Release, Whatcom Civil Rights Project

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November 3, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 3, 2017

Legal Action Moves Forward Against Top Whatcom County Officials

Bellingham, WA- Community leader, Rosalinda Guillen, filed a lawsuit for over $230,000,000 on October 10, 2017 in Whatcom County Superior Court against Defendants, Sherriff Bill Elfo, County Prosecutor David McEachran, and County Executive Jack Louws, based on their unlawful actions in the 2015 election year. The lawsuit alleges that Louws, Elfo, and McEachran violated Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 42.17A by using county resources for their reelections and publishing a biased and deceptive mailer to registered voters. Continue reading

‘An unwillingness to spend money’ to keep the Whatcom County Jail facility functioning: Where does the buck stop? / Facebook post, Sj Robson

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3 hrs  September 1, 2017  Sandy Robson

Back on August 2, 2017, I had written a piece about having heard Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo, who was a guest on KGMI’s “Saturday Morning Live” (SML) July 22, 2017, conservative talk radio program, hosted by local Tea Partier, Kris Halterman. Sheriff Elfo was there to discuss the proposed new Whatcom County Jail which would be funded by a sales tax, a tax that would last for the next 30 years. The jail sales tax proposition will appear on the November general election ballot, to be rejected or approved by Whatcom County voters. Continue reading

Email response from Sheriff Elfo to my 3/30/17 email to the Jail Stakeholder Work Group / Facebook post, Noisy Waters Northwest, Dena Jensen

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May 11, 2017  Dena Jensen

I got an email from Sheriff Elfo this morning in response to an email I wrote back on March 30, to the Jail Stakeholder Work Group (my email is shown in the graphic). This resistance-is-futile kind of quote from the Sheriff bugs me the most: “Despite all that is being done and can be done outside the context of the jail, there will continue to be a need for a jail. The law requires it.” Continue reading

A “Proclamation of Emergency” was considered for May 2016 Trump rally in Lynden / Facebook post, Sj Robson

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16 hrs  August 17, 2016  Sandy Robson

Remember the May, 7, 2016 Donald Trump rally at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden, that so far, has cost Whatcom County taxpayers approximately $130,000 in terms of law enforcement and agency response expenses?

Did you know that a “Proclamation of Emergency” (dated May 6, 2016) was prepared by Whatcom County’s Division of Emergency Management for County Executive Jack Louws to sign regarding the Trump rally? Continue reading

Lynden “Tea Party” Tribune continues its long-standing policy of exclusively promoting Republican and Tea Party views / Research and commentary, Bill Warner, Ph.D.

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August 15, 2016  Bill Warner, Ph.D.
Dear Neighbors,

As a long-time subscriber to the Lynden Tribune and a concerned citizen, I continue to research the Tribune’s editorial/forum pages and “news” pages and the clear conclusion is that: Lynden “Tea Party” Tribune continues its long-standing policy of exclusively promoting Republican and Tea Party views.  Calvin Bratt and Michael Lewis have no interest in publishing any Community Forum columns or letters to the editor that favor Democrats or progressives. Continue reading

Seeking information for seeking reimbursement: A follow-up with officials on the Trump rally in Lynden / Noisy Waters Northwest, Sandy Robson

 

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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump addressing the crowd at the May 7, 2016, Trump political rally held at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden, WA. Lynden Mayor Scott Korthuis is shown on the right. The photo is from a video posted on YouTube, featuring a full replay of the rally.

June 20, 2016  Sandy Robson

The information in this report is intended as a resource. It is comprised of my communications (via email and phone conversations) with some of the local elected officials and Lynden city officials, who were involved in the decisions which led to the Trump campaign rally being held at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds.

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