PDC findings released on Jail Mailer complaints / Noisy Waters Northwest

pdc finding mailer.jpegNovember 30, 2015  Dena Jensen

Findings have been released by the Public Disclosure Commission on the investigation into the “Whatcom County Community Report” (otherwise known as the Jail Mailer) that was sent out during the height of the 2015 Whatcom County election. County Executive Jack Louws and jail project consultant, DLR Group worked together with others on the mailer. Continue reading

The Mysterious State of the Whatcom County Jail / NorthwestCitizen, Tip Johnson

The Voice of Authority

Mon, Oct 26, 2015, 2:57 pm Tip Johnson

This election, featuring a huge jail tax proposition, has seen much talk about the “dilapidated” jail that is “literally falling apart.”  In a questionable jail mailer Sheriff Elfo cites, “severe and unsustainable conditions within the jail that jeopardize staff, visitors and inmates.”

This begs the obvious: Why has the jail not been fixed after taxpayers approved a sales tax to do so?  According to a letter from Elfo to County Executive Jack Louws on April 22, 2015, Elfo says, “it would be imprudent to invest major capital to remodel and continue utilizing a facility” described as “inadequate, failing and dangerous.”  That makes their 2004 jail tax campaign look like a bait and switch.  And when was that decision made?  By whom? Does Elfo really have the authority to overturn the electorate’s intentions? […]

Read Tip’s complete article on NorthwestCitizen here.