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Jail Planning

The Jail Tax Ransom is Unacceptable

By Joy GilfilenOn Nov 06, 2017

Contributing writer Joy Gilfilen, is the President of the Restorative Community Coalition a 501C3 nonprofit organization working to implement justice reform, recovery, jobs programs and community based economic alternatives to [...]

Pig in a Poke - Budget Heist and Land Scam?

By Tip JohnsonOn Nov 04, 2017

A poke is a sack or bag. It has a French origin as ‘poque’. Pig in a poke refers to when something is sold or bought without the buyer knowing [...]

Want to Bankrupt Whatcom County?  Vote Yes on the Jail Tax.

By David CampOn Sep 11, 2017

Key data: Here are the numbers to help you make your decision on the county’s proposal to borrow $110 million to build a new jail: Amount borrowed: $ 110,000,000 Annual Interest Cost: $ 4,950,000 ([...]

Vote NO on the New Jail Tax

By Juliette DanielsOn Sep 08, 2017

In November, Whatcom County voters will again consider giving the County an extra 0.2 percent sales tax “for public safety purposes, including costs associated with financing, construction, maintenance, and operation of [...]

Big New Jail Not the Solution

By Amy GlasserOn Mar 01, 2017

Amy Glasser guest writes this article. I have recently declared my intention to run for a seat on the Whatcom County Council. One of the issues motivating me is that 55% [...]

Public Banks Are the Answer

By Dick ConoboyOn Feb 27, 2017

The Case for Public Banking Public banks are an effective way to use public funds for the good of communities, much like public utilities, instead of for the profit of [...]

Coming for your wallet - That persistent jail thing

By Tip JohnsonOn Jan 05, 2017

Many remain amazed at the county administration’s determination to build a too-big jail outside the city - the sheriff’s and executive’s bid for a big, flat, rural [...]

That Big, Flat, Rural Jail or Regional Detention Center?

By Tip JohnsonOn Dec 29, 2016

I don’t really know Amy Glasser, but I’m starting to like her. She recently sent a letter to the County Council, asking some pointed questions about the highly [...]

PDC Staff Suggests Gentle Wrist Pat for Campaign Violations

By John ServaisOn Dec 03, 2016

Washington state’s Public Disclosure Commission staff has completed a year-long investigation into how Whatcom County’s three top elected officials ran the campaign for last year’s jail bond. [...]

Dogged Pursuit of a Failed Vision?

By Tip JohnsonOn Mar 08, 2016

Author's Note: I was wrong and owe the prosecutor an apology. I'm sorry. I am told on good authority that the header designating the Chief Deputy Prosecutor on [...]

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