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An Open Letter To Jack Louws

Mr. Louws,

I have some gripes that I want to air (again) and election time seems as good a time as any to do so. (Is there a better time?)

First, our unfinished business:

Bill Elfo is no longer credible. He’s now a proven liar and proven manipulator through the federal courts and through the process of a recent bill that Governor Inslee signed, but I’m not telling you anything. I’m sure you already know that. (I do still have all the court documents and records obtained from the discovery process to prove to any reasonable person what I’ve said here is true.)

When I first brought my whistleblower complaint to you, you were an unknown to me. I had hoped that you would be the man I thought you were, but as I found out in both of the cold and terse whistleblower denials from your office, …you aren’t. You couldn’t be bothered with employee rights, right and wrong, corruption, those sorts of things. You just wanted it and me to go away. I get it.

It’s too late for me to take that vote back though, isn’t it.

You know, and I know, that my claim of political retaliations and internal plotting, the reasons for them, as well as fraud, waste and abuse, were proven in spades. Even though your hand picked ‘independent’ county-paid ‘investigator’ did her very best to minimize what was reported to you, there were facts on the table that even she could not make ‘go away.’

So, just to set the record straight; I know what really happened and I know you also know what really happened, yet you chose to back Elfo’s scheme anyway. You didn’t uphold the law, high standards or even try to stand for what is right. You did so because you had to protect the county power for your later plans. I was just a fly in the ointment and I wouldn’t be able to do a thing about it.

I went to you seeking help from what was being done to me and instead of doing what was right, you fell in line and aided the process along. The complaint remains valid even now should you choose to reopen it, but I know you won’t take any action on it because people like me who will stand up and tell the truth to power about such things are apparently  bad for the jail industry business.

Now onto the current matter:

Like most corrupt politicians, you use ‘plausible deniability’ skillfully to justify your actions and to shield yourself and your decisions from scrutiny. If a person doesn’t have rock-solid irrefutable proof, you ignore or deny all of it, even though you really do know, because it’s ‘plausible’ to do so in the eyes of the uninformed.

Sorry, but that does not a man of good character make.

Keeping people in jail longer than necessary to boost population numbers is wrong. Denying bail or PR (personal recognizance) to people who aren’t public safety or flight risks to boost numbers is wrong. Incarcerating people in the first place who aren’t public safety or flight risks to boost jail numbers is wrong. Repeated court continuances to boost jail numbers is wrong. Manipulating jail population numbers in any form is wrong and you know that.

It’s also wrong to personally profit from a government sector public safety plan that you, as an elected official, have personally manipulated into one carefully defined direction when it’s crystal clear that other viable and cost-effective options do exist. That alone warrants further investigation and I do hope someone is on that. I would and could, because I have the skills and the training, but I just don’t have the time.

In closing:

Despite all of the recent redefining of the term ‘integrity’ into something that sounds warm and fuzzy, like a verbal hug, integrity is not about ‘how you treat people.’ Integrity is about doing what is right. Even if it’s inconvenient. Even if no one else is watching.  It’s honesty, even when it costs you and even when it hurts to do so. Integrity is an unwavering adherence to truth and facts, period.

You, along with the willing co-horts, will probably dismiss this with a wry chuckle as a ‘disgruntled former employee’ or some such thing, but this isn’t just some random, anonymous ‘rant on the internet.’ I have my own personal firsthand experiences with ‘the county,’ 11 years worth, and you for a short time, to rely on that I think other citizens of this county need to know about as well.

Since you, the Bellingham Herald and KGMI can’t suppress, filter or censor this, there’s a good chance some of your voters will see it and may even read it. I’ll let the reader decide for themselves what it is or isn’t. If this costs you even one vote, I will consider it worthy of any scorn directed at me, my time and my effort to write it.

You should also know that I do plan to vote for Joy Gilfilen to replace you. She and I don’t agree on a lot, but we do agree on the important things, like local economics, senseless taxation, government overreach, over spending, protecting the ‘little guy’ and such. Perhaps most importantly, I’m confident that she does have integrity and that things would have turned out differently for me if she were the county exec.

Good day,
Paul Murphy

The Louwsy Jail Deal: A Whatcom County Jail Boondoggle…

Public Corruption Files: The Louwsy Jail Deal: A Whatcom County Jail Boondoggle…

….that put a few cool million in Whatcom County Executive Jack Louws’ pockets. $4.19 Million to be exact.
(Edit:  I’ve been corrected on the dollar amount since it’s really not known exactly how much Jack Louws made on his property deal. It’s believed to be closer to $3 million and I said ‘Oh, is that all?’  Apparently he had to pay a company to construct a building on that property first, before selling it,….a company he owns…..;/ )

Well no wonder Jack Louws is so set on railroading the project and ramrodding the suspiciously ‘chosen’ jail location….. that Whatcom County residents have already paid for, $150,000 per acre, in an area that is assessed at an average $30K per acre.

That’s kind of a coin-ki-dink, isn’t it?

What other purpose would Jack Louws have had to buy an adjacent property in a nowhere location,….unless he knew in advance that would also be the location he would himself secretively select, stick to and defend, when many other much more cost effective options exist, as the one and only location that would be acceptable for a jail project that he is also pushing?

This is unacceptable and the way this process has been undertaken from the outset is corrupt.

Sorry, but there is no other word for it.

It didn’t quite make sense then, but I can see now why Jack repeatedly denied my well proven whistleblower complaints, requesting he intercede in Bill Elfo’s manufactured termination of my employment from Whatcom County.

Good work over at Northwest Citizen. I wish I had more time to do that sort of gumshoe investigative work, but I can’t. I’m too busy trying to survive.

Click here for the original report by Northwest Citizen.

Cliff Notes: League Of Women Voters meeting

For your consideration.
(Notes and references below.)

This is a reprint (with her permission) of a comment by Whatcom County Exec candidate Joy Gilfilen on social media that I thought was a great summation of the larger issues surrounding the proposed county jail project: 

via Joy
I do not think this is party politic as much as it is the degenerative passion of an imploding prison industry…and we have to do the work to pull us out of the down-spiral.

Wednesday night at the League of Women Voters meeting, the speaker from Sea
ttle who has been working on these kinds of issues validated everything that the Coalition has been testifying and writing to the County Council, the County Executive, Mayors and Councilmen.

1) No Needs Assessment and no SWOT analysis to base this project on…there is no fiscal basis, no analysis of market trends. The County Executive continues to say there is one, yet has not produced it for the Jail Task Force, for the Council, nor upon request by the Restorative Community Coalition. Why not?

2) The prison industry has spiked and is in a downward trend now, so it is unwise to build a prison for the past, rather than one that reflects the future. This is the opposite of the (county) Executive Branch actions.

3) Over-criminalization is a problem in Whatcom County…with our Prosecutor in charge of the capacity to change it, the Sheriff has the ability to change it, the judges can change the overcrowding issues…all by simple bureaucratic actions. He was very clear that the roots of the problem with excessive incarceration is right here, right now. This is a locally controlled issue – and we were delighted to be second voiced by a man of this caliber. This flies in the face of what the Executive Branch (Louws) has been telling the Council on record.

4) He reiterated the stats provided by the Prosecutors a few weeks ago…that major crime has dropped 25 % in Whatcom County in the past few years. And that juvenile arrests are down about 80% in that same period of time. So why do we need to plan for expansion, when the stats clearly show a dramatic downturn? Furthermore, why are the jail bed stays/days increasing? He stopped short of saying that this might be an administratively created crisis. What he did recommend was to look at what they are doing in Spokane to bring a community coalition together with the Smart Justice banner.

All of this is true, and yes, this is happening on our watch. And it is time to stop the games of politics, and get down to solid business analysis…and on that level it fails also. More later…I gotta go.”

The comment (above) was in response to some back and forth on her original social media post commentary on the Herald article Bellingham council’s resistance casts doubt on jail plan

‘So the Executive says, “the county is likely to ask for something like a 20 cent per $1,000 property tax hike in 2016 to fund emergency medical services.” My gosh, where does he think this money is coming from? This is why it is critical to not put this ballot up to the voters – and to give the public time to find and propose alternatives.’ 

The comments references to the related Smart Justice meeting of the League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County can be found on their website, along with a pdf of the meeting PowerPoint which I’ll also link here. SmartJusticeFairJustice – Cook

The incarceration reference information that was cited during the meeting presentation are found here. Smart Justice Fair Justice Incarceration data.

The exec and the sheriff are not presenting the full picture. They are presenting a terribly slanted view that not-so-coincidentally backs up their claims. Please share this information because a complicit local media that seems bent on backing anything the exec and the sheriff say are unlikely to present any of this information to you.

~PM