John Servais

Citizen Journalist and Editor • Fairhaven, Washington USA • Member since Feb 26, 2008

John started Northwest Citizen in 1995 to inform fellow citizens of serious local political issues that the Bellingham Herald was ignoring. With the help of donors from the beginning, he has improved the site, invited other writers to join him, and enabled commenting with verified real names for informative community dialog. He is proud that NW Citizen is now perhaps the oldest political blog in the world.nn

Articles by John Servais

County Council Plays Politics With Our Judges

By John ServaisOn Jul 21, 2021

Judge David Grant told us two months ago he was resigning a year early, on June 30. Unfortunately, our County Council still does not have a plan for appointing his replacement [...]

City Hall is Third World

By John ServaisOn Jul 13, 2021

A tempest in a teapot, indeed.  Yet it is indicative of how our city hall is run these days.  One staff person takes a few days off and [...]

The basics of Mayor Fleetwood’s attack on the Municipal Court

By John ServaisOn Jul 02, 2021

A reader comment, under my brief article reporting city attorney James Erb being found guilty of “unethical behavior” by the Superior Court, says she backs the mayor because he is [...]

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Recent comments

"Now 3 pm and still the Bellingham Herald has nothing on this news.  I have word that the county court system was - and still is - trying to keep [...]

Jun 03, 2021 on
District Judge David Grant Resigns

"Dick, no question. The council would be far more independent and effective in representing the people who elect them if they actually asserted their own independence from the mayor and [...]

May 28, 2021 on
Bellingham Municipal Court Judge Lev Sues the City

"The Washington Post has this morning posted an article on the Census Bureau attempt to water down and perhaps make useless the 2020 census data.  Their article quotes several times [...]

May 27, 2021 on
The Census: Protecting Privacy versus Creating Useless Data

"Karen, No one owes you an apology.  Indeed, my guess is you know little about me yet you were quite casual about demeaning me and imagining my motives.  [...]

Jan 28, 2021 on
City Hall Clutches its Pearls

"Aaron, correct that we have not yet been told where she was shot and killed, but it was not at this door.  There is video and the windows [...]

Jan 07, 2021 on
The Same Door - Six Hours Apart