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Jail Planning

Final Election Returns: Jail Tax Rejected

By John ServaisOn Nov 06, 2015

The jail sales tax is dead. Rejected by the voters of Whatcom County. A simple majority of 51.42% of voters has said 'NO' to the measure that was strongly promoted by [...]

NWCitizen Publisher’s Voting Choices

By John ServaisOn Oct 31, 2015

I stopped by to visit our county auditor, Debbie Adelstein, Friday afternoon. Of the estimated 75,000 to 80,000 ballots expected this election, only 23,908 have been received so far. Only about 30%. That is [...]

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 [...]

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