Jail Tax: Third Time’s a Charm?
Council Rebukes Justice Advocates and Voters
This website was started in 1995 as a one person blog by John Servais to report local Bellingham news that the Bellingham Herald did not report. His political junkie friends, Tip Johnson and Paul deArmond also wrote occasionally. In 1998, NW Citizen provided the Whatcon Watch with its first online home as a section, with it later moving to its own website. Paul’s “The Public Good” site was also given a home as a section of NW Citizen for several years.
In January 2008 the website changed from the simple hand coded website it had been, into a database driven site that allowed comments and multiple writers. By 2018 it has morphed into a venue for over 25 independent local citizen journalists, some regular writers and some occasional. In September 2018, John sold the site to Northwest Citizen LLC. The company was formed to ensure the site continues into the future, as John is now in his late 70s. He is one of the LLC members, and continues to write.
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Council Rebukes Justice Advocates and Voters
Your PayByPhone app sends a flat fee of 25 cents per transaction to the coffers of Volkswagen Financial Services AG2 comments, most recent 4 days ago
Vague language in the current permit may result in not getting a badly needed extension for Unity Village for the homeless in Fairhaven.
A tour d’horizon of the state of the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission.11 comments, most recent 1 day ago
Electrified scooters may bring with them unintended and undesirable consequences, some ecological, some financial, and some lethal.
Council moved to have staff develop a resolution in support of public banking legislation in Washington state.5 comments, most recent 1 week ago
Alex Ramel was chosen today by votes of three county councils to a vacated seat on the state Legislature.
A superb update of where we are as a community on protecting Bellingham’s only Great Blue Heron colony.
A timely update on Unity Village temporary homes in Fairhaven - plus the petition being circulated to allow the village a permit extension.
For the third time this year Sen Hasegawa will travel to Whatcom County to deliver a talk on public banking in Washington State.4 comments, most recent 1 month ago
A comprehensive and touching explanation of the Bellingham effort to help homeless folks, the HomesNOW project, and its disappointments and successes.8 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Bellingham to revise and update its codes to control motorized bikes, scooters and skateboards. Motorized scooter rentals are also on the docket…but beware.3 comments, most recent 1 month ago
MADA (Make America Dinner Again) Invites You to Dinner… Across the Aisle
Some of my picks for local races in 2019.
A million here and a million there, pretty soon you are talking real money1 comment, most recent 2 months ago
Sage Jones responds to Dick Conoboy’s article on Chanan Suarez who is a candidate for Bellingham City Council. Suarez is running for the 5th Ward seat against Lisa Anderson.1 comment, most recent 2 months ago
Why the Port selected Harcourt to be “master developer” should be an inquiry submitted through bullhorns and accompanied by clacking pitchforks.18 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Electoral Perspective from a long-time neighborhood advocate8 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Donations tell a far different story. Grass roots/local support is weak.
Today marks 50 years since I returned home to the U.S., from Vietnam.4 comments, most recent 3 months ago
California becomes the second state to enact public banking legislation. And the Evergreen State? Quo vadis?
Senator Hasegawa’s briefing before the County Council on public banking followed his talk on the topic before the Bellingham City Club this summer.3 comments, most recent 3 months ago
When voting for sheriff implies structural change2 comments, most recent 3 months ago
April Barker accepted money from the same organization that funds right wing candidates in Whatcom County. Why?1 comment, most recent 4 months ago
Sen Hasegawa returns to Bellingham to address the topic of public banking before the Whatcom County Council on Tuesday, 24 September
Jamie Donaldson urges us to contact the Bellingham City Council again as it appears there is foot dragging on acquiring the buffer woods by the heron colony nests.1 comment, most recent 3 months ago
North Dakota just celebrated 100 years of public banking to the benefit of its citizens. Why is Washington lollygagging?1 comment, most recent 4 months ago
Several dozen Puget and Samish Neighborhood residents vented their ire at the 19 Aug City Council Meeting.2 comments, most recent 5 months ago
The herons that we enjoy watching all over Bellingham actually all live in one colony of nests in Fairhaven. This is an overview of efforts to protect their colony.
Plans for a 408-bed, student-style dormitory apartment building, CityView, in the Puget Neighborhood move forward.1 comment, most recent 5 months ago