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Jail Planning

Louws Regrets Jail Mailer

By John ServaisOn Oct 20, 2015

Whatcom County Executive Jack Louws has written an email to perhaps a dozen public officials throughout the county expressing his regret over the controversial bias of the jail mailer. In [...]

Let’s not squander the next 30 years

By John ServaisOn Oct 18, 2015

The jail proposition must be stopped. Of all the items on the ballot, this one is the most onerous and devastating. In 10 years - or less - we, as a [...]

Making a Jail: Bamboozle!

By Tip JohnsonOn Oct 16, 2015

The jail proposal is wrought with troubling contradictions. The only way to prevent a massive misappropriation of public funds - a tax heist - is to vote down Prop. 2015-1 [...]

Just Say No - to the Incarceration-Industrial Complex

By David CampOn Oct 02, 2015

Key data to help you make your decision on the county’s proposal to borrow $97 million to build a new jail: Amount borrowed: $ 97,000,000 Annual Interest Cost: $ 4,850,000 (Based on 5% coupon) Total [...]

Alternative Jail Proposal for City Center

By John ServaisOn Sep 22, 2015

Is there a good alternative for a decent jail if we vote down the county sales tax proposition? There are several serious issues with the current proposition, any one of [...]

County Releases EIS, Prepares to Purchase Jail Site

By Riley SweeneyOn Nov 18, 2013

In all the flurry over curious Port results, Doug Ericksen for Congress and my all-male Odds and Ends last week, the recent activity on the jail almost went unnoticed. However, [...]

Zero Public Process for New Jail

By John ServaisOn Jul 12, 2013

A stunning post by Riley over at the Political Junkie. He went through the considerable effort of requesting, getting and reading the emails related to siting and planning our new [...]

The Public Locked out of Jail Selection Process

By Riley SweeneyOn Nov 10, 2012

On Wednesday, I was politely kicked out of a Whatcom County Council meeting while they discussed the property they planned to buy for the new jail. Because they were discussing [...]

From the Political Junkie: Judges, Jails, and Local Politics

By Riley SweeneyOn Jul 04, 2012

Hello NWCitizen Readers, It has been a little while since I posted over here at NWCitizen (a.k.a. “The Huffington Post of Whatcom County,”) so I wanted to take [...]

The New Jail: Pete? Let’s have a talk

By Riley SweeneyOn Feb 04, 2011

County Executive Pete Kremen? Can we have a talk? Look, I know you did not want to hold a public hearing about this proposed jail. That's why, after seven [...]

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