Commentary by the Gold Bar Reporter
The Gold Bar Reporters believe in "free speech", " right to freely associate" and " freedom of the press" as Americans'
best tool or defense to fight corrupt government officials acting under color of law to accomplish and further their corrupt and
unethical goals. As a person criminally harassed using county resources while engaged in the practice of law by corrupt government
officials like John Pennington ( Pennington and his RICO gang are being sued in federal court for violation of civil rights) Aaron
Reardon, Jon Rudicil, Kevin Hulten, Joe Beavers, Crystal Hill Pennington, Michael Kenyon, Ann Marie Soto, Margaret King, Sean
Reay, and several others named in a 42 USC 1983 complaint filed in US Federal District Court on February 18, 2014, writing this
story, which is just part one of several more anecdotal stories to come, our system of government has failed and must be
corrected/reformed by each and every one of us who cherish our founding fathers' principle that "we the people" have an civic
duty to investigate and expose government officials using every legally permissible tool. RCW 42.56 is one of the best tools of all.
If every Snohomish County resident reading this blog ( totaling over 6,000 per day) requested access to email
communication pursuant to RCW 42.56, Snohomish County would not be in the mess its in today ( the county is being sued as a
result of Executive John Lovick's inability to lead, people dying in his country jails, criminal harassment of a protected Whistleblower
Tamara Dutton, John Pennington's lack of education and skills to mitigate Oso before 41 residents became his latest victims ( most who
were under the age of 14), abusing women and children, Prosecutor Mark Roe ( who is also personal friend to John Pennington) refusing
to investigate John Pennington's mistress and Gold Bar Mayor Crystal Hill even after objective physician reports documented that Crystal
Hill, while sitting Mayor of Gold Bar ( Nov. 2008), violently threw a six old child around like a rag doll leaving bruises on a defenseless
child ( Dear Sweet Child, if You are reading this blog, please pick up the phone and call 911 each and every time Crystal Hill or Daddy
lays on a hand on you. There is help available but YOU must call 911!) and continues to mentally, physically and emotionally abuse the
same child with the assistance of Snohomish County Superior Court, and the Snohomish County Council's admission that the County
did not run a criminal background check on John Pennington prior to his political appointment as Snomhomish County's Department of
Emergency Management, could be a great place to live and build business once we rid the county of the criminals that are ruining it.
Perhaps 41 people in Oso, Washington, would still be alive today had the County Council performed a criminal background check on
John Pennington ( a man named as a prime suspect in a child rape case from Colwitz County in 1992, convicted of criminal harassment,
charged with beating up ex wife # 3 while she was in her third trimester of pregnancy.. a real Ted Bundy sociopath) or at least legislated
that an important position like Emergency Management Director have the qualifications to perform basic functions of his job. But
instead, the County appoints a unqualified child/wife abuser named John Pennington and fails to perform a background check on
Pennington. Tort claims were filed against Snohomish County as a direct result of his failure to respond for three days.
The PRA subjects every agency, including the WSBA, to release our records once requested to do so within five (5) business
days. However, as of the today, lawyers sworn in to uphold Washington State laws, continue to violate and obstruct access to public
records in favor of hiding crimes, and more importantly, violating the civil rights of the people they were sworn in to protect.
I disgracefully call Snohomish County Prosecutors' Office "criminals in suits." Such conduct is not acceptable under basic civil
rights statutes and must be challenged at all cost to the American people. " If good people do nothing, evil people flourish."
Our readers should know that our overall goal is to bring about change where change is resistant. Corruption and abuse
of power harms all of us, but mostly the weak, the sick, and the poor. As a former New York City police officer ( who we admire as
one of the 20th Century's Most Admired Public Officials in US history) said “ The fight for justice against corruption is never easy. It
never has been and never will be. It exacts a toll on our self, our families, our friends, and especially our children. In the end, I believe,
as in my case, the price we pay is well worth holding on to our dignity.” Frank Serpico
In my spare time, I will continue to file lawsuits seeking access to our records, turn over those records to others so they can sue
unethical government officials, and I am now writing a book involving many Snohomish County corrupt government officials.
My book will mix a little fiction with non-fiction and my main purpose will be to expose corrupt government officials, shine a heck of a
lot of light on criminals like John Pennington and Mark Roe, add a little humor and emotion, and instigate good people into an activist
role. 90 % of all lawyers are useless and unethical. It's the 10 % of the lawyers from open government that restore my faith in our
founding fathers' concept that that each and every one of us must address and expose corrupt government officials.
Thomas Jefferson, an Atheist and one hell of a great writer, once said " in matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle,
stand like a rock."
Requesting public records pursuant to RCW 42.56 is a great way to uncover corruption inside government agencies.
Snohomish County Public Records can be requested by sending an email to: PublicRecordsOfficer@snoco.org.
The Gold Bar Reporters enjoy requesting " all email communication sent to or from John Pennington." There is
no limit under RCW 42.56 ( PRA) on how many records you can request, just keep it professional. After Carolyn
Wiekel took over Information Services, we have seen a significant change in how the county responds to requests.
Ms. Weikel's efforts are admirable! I predict that Carolyn Weikel will be the next County Executive and I will contribute
as much money as I can to ensure that corrupt politicians are removed from office.