Overseeing the fight for civilian oversight to protect immigrants and people of color in Bellingham / Noisy Waters Northwest

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Graphics show one postcard front side (top), and multiple reverse/message sides of postcards sent to Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville by community members in June of 2017

May 23, 2018  Dena Jensen

The following report offers information gained through a public records request I made of the City of Bellingham on January 18, 2018.

Protecting vulnerable members of our community is a shared responsibility that none of us should take lightly. As much as government agencies may strive for and purport transparency, it is generally human nature to not be able to recognize our own flaws and, if others point them out, to do our best to excuse them or deny that this flaw, which another person sees, is really there.

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Additional Ferndale Schools donkey basketball records info: Junk Mail / Noisy Waters Northwest

April 24, 2016  Dena Jensen

Here’s a little additional information gained from Ferndale School District records regarding the controversial February 13 Donkey Basketball event that was held at Ferndale High School this year.  This info did not make it into Sandy Robson’s recent report that is also posted here on Noisy Waters NW, “Was more diligence due for students and donkeys? Following up on the February 13, 2016 Ferndale Donkey Basketball Event.”   Continue reading

Thoughts and Recommendations Regarding Public Records Requests / Facebook post, Whatcom Hawk, Wendy Harris

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6 hrs  March 16, 2016  Wendy Harris

There are few laws as important for Washington residents as the Public Records Act and the Open Public Meetings Act and yet, they are under constant pressure from cities and counties who wish to minimize the public’s access to information.You do not respond to a few alleged abusers by reducing access to information for everyone. Continue reading