Public Decency Issue: Whatcom County Officials still under Investigation.
The Public Disclosure Commission is still investigating the complaints of sixteen local residents who have filed complaints with the PDC sparked by the promotional jail tax mailer sent by the county. Our President, Joy Gilfilen was one of the complainants, and here is her complaint in full.
This complaint is directly confronting the local behavior of our elected officials who have a track record of dismissing taxpayers concerns and are instead continuing to push policies that have lead to mass incarceration. The people directly named in this complaint are Sheriff Elfo, Executive Louws, and Prosecutor McEachran, for they are the participants in the mailer and they have been campaigning to pass this tax to build an oversized regional jail rather than embracing restorative economics solutions that would reduce over-criminalizing our local citizens.
Click to View full PDC Complaint filed by Joy Gilfilen. Then you can also view the alternative Stop Punishing Taxpayers, Start Rebuilding Community taxpayers report that highlights how we could promote public safety and strengthen our community using very different methods of prevention, recovery, early childhood education, and more. Here is a simple abstract, but be sure to click on the link to download the full complaint.
Here is a brief snapshot of kind of ALLEGED VIOLATIONS – that are related to the mailing of the WHATCOM COUNTY DIRECT MAILER called the “Whatcom County Community Report: Whatcom County Jail”
- Public Disclosure Commission: RCW 42.17A – Election Law Violations and WAC 390-05-273 – Normal and Regular Conduct Violations.
- OTHER VIOLATIONS MAY HAVE BEEN ONGOING PRIOR TO AND CONCURRENT WITH THE 2016 Political Campaign and ELECTIONEERING TO COMPEL VOTERS INTO PASSING A DECEPTIVE TAX, such as:
- Whatcom County Charter and Whatcom County Code Violations
- Revised Code of Washington Violations
- Washington Administrative Code Violations
- American Bar Association Standards Violations regarding Housing of Inmates
- Washington State Constitution Violations
- United State Constitution and the Bill of Rights Violations
Please download the document and read the size of the complaints. These issues should be cause for serious public scrutiny, for they occurred while these officials were using their authority to design, negotiate for, and then promote the jail sales tax as the only solution to over-crowding. They did not offer any other alternative to the taxpayers – even though people were being harmed inside the facility.
Note that there is another substantive Civil Rights / PDC Complaint filed by five members of the Bellingham Racial Justice Coalition which deals with the mailer as it relates directly to civil rights violations at the same time. Also, you can go to the Public Disclosure Commission website to read the entire first 500 pages of the investigation that started out as a small case, but that has now mushroomed into a far bigger investigation.