Letter: Treasurer wrong about public banking

Filed on 31. Dec, 2018 in Letters, Opinions

Re “Is a Public Bank Right for Washington? Treasurer Says No” (BBJ Today, Dec. 20th): the article cites a report released by the Treasurer’s office compiling data from 12 other states, territories and cities on a publicly-run bank, of which the article concludes, “All except one — American Samoa — ultimately decided against the idea.” [...]

Building Permits, Dec. 17-21

Filed on 28. Dec, 2018 in Data, Public Records

Includes commercial building activity in Bellingham with an estimated valuation listed at $10,000 or more. Records are obtained from the City of Bellingham’s Permit Center. Applied 202 E Holly St., $150,000 to convert existing retail space to rental studios – EWHA. Contractor: TBD. Permit no.: BLD2018-1207. Dec. 18. 1609 Broadway St., $435,000 for interior remodel [...]

Liquor and Marijuana Licenses, Dec. 17-28

Filed on 28. Dec, 2018 in Data, Public Records

Records include license activity in Whatcom County. They are obtained from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, online at www.liq.wa.gov. Applied Starbuds, applied to change the location of a marijuana retailer, medical marijuana endorsement license from 2119 Lincoln St. to 141 Samish Way Suite 145, Bellingham. License no.: 420800. Dec. 19. California Tacos and [...]

PeaceHealth hires new Bellingham providers

Filed on 27. Dec, 2018 in Business Briefs, Contents, People On The Move

PeaceHealth Medical Group recently hired ten new providers to Bellingham practices Samiollah Gholam, MD, joined PeaceHealth’s Internal Medicine team. Gholan earned a Doctor of Medicine degree at Ross University School of Medicine in Portsmouth, Dominica. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and supports the management of chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. He also [...]

Building permits, Dec. 10-14

Filed on 21. Dec, 2018 in Data, Public Records

Includes commercial building activity in Bellingham with an estimated valuation listed at $10,000 or more. Records are obtained from the City of Bellingham’s Permit Center. Applied 400 Sequoia Drive 200, $15,500 to divide one suite into two #200 and #202 – Comcast. Historical owner: Tay Ku LLC 50 percent and Cordata Venture LLC 50 percent. [...]

Is a public bank right for Washington? Treasurer says no

Filed on 20. Dec, 2018 in Contents, Features, News

Is a public bank right for Washington? Treasurer says no

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal Has the time come for a state bank? Not if Washington State Treasurer Duane Davidson has anything to say about it. The idea of publicly-run banks has been popular lately – the issue went before Los Angeles voters in November (they rejected it), and in Washington, state Senator [...]

Two Bellingham nonprofits merge together

Filed on 20. Dec, 2018 in Business Briefs, Contents

Sustainable Connections and Cloud Mountain Farm Center announced that they will be merging together to form one nonprofit. Completion of the merger was set to be complete Dec. 31, when the Cloud Mountain Farm Center was scheduled to become part of Sustainable Connections Food and Farming Program. The organizations have a long history of collaboration, [...]

Whatcom awardees receive First Federal Community Foundation awards

Filed on 20. Dec, 2018 in Business Briefs, Contents

The First Federal Community Foundation recently announced it has awarded $500,000 to 16 nonprofits in the state. That includes three grants benefiting Whatcom County nonprofits. Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center received $50,000 to redevelop its recently acquired new location. Whatcom Family YMCA received $10,000 for scholarships to low-income families for afterschool programs in Whatcom County. Financial [...]

Boost engagement by encouraging your employees to become storytellers

Filed on 18. Dec, 2018 in Business Toolkit, Contributors

By Mike Cook From the time I began playing golf at age 11 until he stopped playing in his mid 70s, many of my most memorable moments with my father took place on a golf course. Summer afternoons in Michigan, dry breezes blowing, flat landscapes and lots and lots of trees. Neither my father nor [...]

Drivers: Swift suspensions begin in 2019 for DUI arrests

Filed on 18. Dec, 2018 in Marketplace

Drivers: Swift suspensions begin in 2019 for DUI arrests

Drivers arrested for DUI in 2019 face a swift suspension rule that takes effect in January. According to Washington DUI lawyer Ziad Youssef, here’s how the law works: Starting in January, if the Department of Licensing gets notice that a driver has been arrested for DUI, they will suspend that person’s drivers license unless they [...]

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