It’s a great location with friendly people, beautiful scenery & a nice climate- unfortunately there has been much in the way of bad news over the past year or two:
Father of late inmate leads protest of Island County jail conditions
Large crowd marches through Coupeville, encircles county jail in protest of inmate’s death
Negligence a role in Island County Jail inmate’s death, investigation concludes
Why no arrests in death at jail?
County leaders call for Island Transit director to resign
“…former administration of the transit agency, despite warnings, spent a $58,666 federal grant on a system that doesn’t work.”
Island County Prosecutor-
Rape conviction vacated over prosecutor’s omission
Recent release of convicted felon and rapist- released due to a technical mistake made by the county prosecutor’s office at the time of his trial.
Whidbey hospital, agencies remain noncompliant with state auditor
Whidbey General Hospital cited by state for staffing plan lapse
Island County Sheriff-
Federal grant money goes to “…gain a better grasp on cross border activity and to prevent illegal crossings.”
“Funding for the boat was issued through the Homeland Security Grant Program under Operation Stonegarden.”
“But the sheriff’s office, after getting a $225,000 grant through the Homeland Security Grant Program, will be purchasing a new vessel.”
If public meetings were held on Whidbey Island & people were asked to state their top local law enforcement priorities- would a Homeland Security patrol boat show up anywhere on the list?
If the Sheriff was interviewed & asked for his wish list- is there any possibility that it would include a Homeland Security patrol boat?
Took a quick look on the web to see if there is a post 911 history of maritime “cross-border activity” on Whidbey & could not find anything. If anyone has info, please post in comments.
Local crime problem unrelated to Homeland Security concerns:
Sheriff talks about Whidbey Island burglaries at meeting
Whidbey burglary victims up in arms over lack of arrests
“Tingstad said he sees the burglary increase as a direct result of budget cuts and the loss of 10 deputies since 2008. He said it’s “incredibly important” to have a detective dedicated to drug crimes, but that position was lost in the layoffs.”
The federal government has money to share- but not to curb the sorts of crimes that concern local communities:
Public safety emergency declared due to Whidbey Island crime wave
Let the Sheriff & the people he serves set funding priorities for the Island County Sheriff’s Department.
More federal cash to increase border security-
Whidbey Island police get federal funding
Newspeople post press release instead of asking questions.
Code violations that never seem to get resolved-
Family-friendly Riepma Ave.
Supporting the local economy on Whidbey Island
Why is the Rolling Hills community included in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve?
Strange & meaningless political boundary?
Whidbey Island- Land of Make Believe
Recent hard-hitting report:
“Property clutter poses problems for county regulators”
“But a few properties — about eight a year countywide — receive multiple complaints, and the owners are unable or sometimes unwilling to do anything about it.”
Looks like there was no time to send a reporter out to take a few photos of these properties. No time to interview land owners or neighbors. County employees are the only folks interviewed for the story?
Different approach described here:
“County tightens junk car ordinance”
Photo- Hill Road