Thursday, October 20, 2016

Stiff 'Em AKA Our Wallet is Empty, But the Turd Tank is Still Full of Shit

Of note yesterday was a tip that the grotesque and gargoyle-like Glenn Cutler has been brought back into City Hall as a consultant. This should come as no surprise, since cash and carry Cutler is all about skimming...I mean, earning, all the money he can. After all, he's an old man just barely making ends meet with his two full pensions.

But whether or not ghoulish Glenn Cutler physically came back or not, his presence, his legacy, will be felt in City Hall for a long time. Case in point: His signature project, the expensive and foolish Turd Tank, is back in the news.

From an article written by Cutler's wannabe son and ardent admirer, Paul Gottlieb:

A $1 million dispute centered on building delays and construction costs has bubbled up between city officials and the builder of key components of the city's new $47 million Combined Sewer Overflow system, the priciest public works project in the city's history.

"We are saying some of the costs are not valid," said Craig Fulton, Public Works and Utilities Director for the city. Fulton told City Council members Tuesday that negotiations, if unsuccessful, could lead to litigation.

This is all classic Port Angeles bullshit, ineptitude and sleazy behavior. First, approve and embrace "the priciest public works project in the city's history" even though it's backbreakingly expensive, and doesn't actually solve the problem it's supposed to address. Two, sit back and watch those costs soar! (Remember when this was "only" a $30 million dollar project? And the $47 cost cited is lowballing it by a shameful amount.) Three: Balk at paying all the bills for your own stupid project. And four: Balk at paying your own bills, but happily shell out for consultants to "review" the costs you're contesting.

Words that no one in City Hall can read...

It's practically a recipe: Take a big slug of stupid, mix in ludicrous amounts of tax dollars, simmer until costs overrun, and then spice it liberally with consultants. Cook until your debt load crushes your citizens, and voila! You've got a Port Angeles stew.

I have to wonder if all the construction and engineering firms in the region are waking up to the fact that fact that Port Angeles is a bad risk. Business-wise, it's risky getting involved with the City, since they have no problem placing big orders, but are increasingly stingy when the bill comes.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

In the Spirit of Adam Chamberlin

Since online shaming is obviously something Adam Chamberlin is a big believer in, let me do my part in helping to spread his newfound "fame" online. Below is a photo of Mr. Chamberlin, just so we all know what a big, bad tough guy looks like. Any unfortunate readers who are in possession of nude photos of Mr. Chamberlin are encouraged to submit them for publication.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

I've Been Gone, But Port Angeles is Doggone!

So, I've been away for a couple of days (to lovely Astoria, Oregon), and it seems like I didn't miss much.

Oh, well, there was this one item...

Child rape, animal cruelty charges filed against Port Angeles woman

Deanna Marie Wilson, 41, was charged for allegedly raping a 15-year-old boy, having sexual contact with a dog, and for taking pictures of the incidents.

Other than that, looks like it's been business as usual in happy, functional Port Angeles.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

One Picture, and Not Quite a Million Words

Here's a picture that was sent in, along with a little commentary...

 I know, it IS a rainy day.  But, I just had to take this picture. It just seemed to sum up so much that is "Port Angeles".

In the foreground, those multi-million dollar fake beaches, still devoid of any human life. Yes, some might say people don't go to beaches in bad weather, but as you know, other places make big money with just that:

Also highlighted are those wonderful wind machines Nathan is so excited about.

But the real point is the backdrop. That Chevron Company blue oil tanker. Or is that ARCO blue?

Do I sense a certain irony in all this? Beaches and oil tankers? Has such a warm and positive connotation to it!

The vision to conceptualize and approve spending millions of taxpayer money to create this juncture of popular culture.

Also on this rainy day, thoughts turn to the homeless, and the shelters the city has no money to create or operate. But beaches with up close views of oil tankers under repair?!? Hell yes!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Dan Gase's Role Model - Busted!

The following is a tip I got from a reader...I verified that (as of this writing) Adam Chamberlin is still in jail. See below for details...

Chamberlin is the leader of the vigilante wing of "Our Town."

You may be aware Adam C. Chamberlin of Port Angeles was arrested and jailed Thursday charged with taking someone's cell phone, lifting personal photos off the cell phone and posting the nude photos of the cell phone's owner on a website. 

He was also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.

Chamberlin is also under investigation by Clallam County Sheriff's Department for spraying pepper-spray, or other noxious chemical, into a car containing a family of three, as they were driving on a county road.

Finally, Chamberlin is under investigation by the Washington Department of Licensing, who sent him a letter advising him he must show cause why his Private Investigator's license should not be suspended.

Click on Statute to go the the RCW. (Launches in separate window.)
Click on Court Case for dates & details. (Launches in separate window.)
Charges for this booking.
Date #Statute/Description/DispositionCntsCourt Case
10/13/2016 1 9A.86.010 GSMD

2 9.41.190 (5212)


Sunday, October 9, 2016

Crap Fest Undercooked and Uncovered

From a concerned and informed reader:

CrapFestering does nothing to help any other business in downtown PA.

It actually makes all the other restaurants suffer. It is not a community event, it is an event to line the pockets of a very few, and relies on "volunteers" and hype.

So, work for free and get a t-shirt and half-a-crab dinner, a volunteer drawing. While you sell crab that has a wholesale price of $2.90 a pound, for 10X the amount.

It is NOT benefiting any 501(c)3, it is ONLY a WA nonprofit corporation (and not listed as a "charity" on the WA Secty of State pages).

It is not to help a club or organization. It is not fundraising. It is not a community event. It is a community rip-off.

It is pure and simple profit for a very few. The corporation doesn't have a board of directors, only a president and secty.  (Oooh, gee, and aren't THEY RELATED?)

It also has, in the past, violated a number of health codes (using salt water from Hollywood Beach to hold the crabs in. (Nom nom, more sewage, please, we just had a big rain!)

These violations, as well as poor food handling practices, and lack of sanitation (have a smoke, go serve food, without washing hands) are all overlooked.

Food prepared by unpaid volunteers is always questionable in my book.

YUM. More please? No thanks. I wouldn't be caught dead at that rip-off.

First, you take a big ol' dump in my living room.
And now, you want to eat me, too?
You people are sick!

And let's not forget that the same people in charge who think this is a wonderful, tourism-inducing event are the exact same people who will deny that climate change is real - the effects of which are making it ever more difficult for crustaceans to form shells. (Run that one by Cherie Kidd, eh?) Also, as mentioned above, let's not forget all the times that Crab Fest really has been Crap Fest due to the fact that it occurred right after a CSO (combined sewer overflow) event - with said CSOs having been engineered by those very same geniuses in charge.

Yes, that's Port Angeles for you. A place that's flush with good ideas...

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Words Fail Me

...Or at least, words fail the Port Angeles City Council, who think that verbally admonishing someone is beyond the pale.

Congratulations and thanks to the two City Council members (Lee and Michael) who at least had enough guts to say...We should say something.

As for the rest of them...Pathetic.

Just in time for Halloween...
Goes well with the No Spine makeup kit.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Secret? What Secret?


The never-ending repetition of unhealthy behaviors on display in Port Angeles continues unabated. The latest example comes from, well, the latest example. Port Angeles is really, really good at harebrained projects run by a recycled circle jerk of incompetents and crooks.

So, yeah, I'm talking about the Composite Recycling Technology Center. Their board chairman has stepped down - or sideways, anyway - to become their new chief operations officer. And he will be replaced by another board member who is stepping up - or over - to take his place as chairman.

All of this shuffling, and spending, is being done in the service of bringing the Top Secret Product to market At A Time To Be Announced. No, really, they'd like to tell you, but then they'd have to kill you. Nothing personal.

Or, even more likely, just plain nothing. Check out the photo below and tell me if you think this looks like a place that is ready to ramp up to do anything.

The hot item for Christmas 2016: Composite placemats!

One guy, one machine, and a couple of desks. Oh, and a lot of empty floor space. A thriving, Secret Product-producing factory this does not look like.

Now, maybe I'm wrong. Maybe this is all on the up-and-up and it will soon be raining money down at the ol' CRTC. Maybe. But maybe the real secret there is no secret at all. Maybe the secret is that, yes Virginia, it's just another Port Angeles scam. One that will, in the end produce no real jobs, and very real piles of composite crap that will ultimately need to be disposed of.

Meanwhile, another not-so-secret aspect of Port Angeles is playing out in the news again. (Keeping that "Crime" section filled, eh?) Yet again, some creepy guy has been arrested for sexual abuse of a kid. That's another scenario where someone is undoubtedly saying, "Don't tell, it's a secret!" Yet here it is, out in the open again, and it really does seem to be happening with depressing regularity.

Drugs, scams, crimes, creeps and sexual predators. Port Angeles, are you really ready to realize your potential? Are you really ready for your close-up? Really?

Saturday, October 1, 2016

When is a Puff Piece NOT a Puff Piece?

In case you haven't heard, Ron Judd over at the Seattle Times did what is clearly supposed to be a warm, huggable, puff piece on Port Angeles a few days ago - one of those, "Is Port Angeles on the cusp of greatness at long last?" type things. Only it didn't really turn out that way...You can read the piece for yourself here:

It seems pretty clear that Mr. Judd has a soft spot in his heart for Port Angeles, but maybe he doesn't see all the soft spots in his story, the ones that let the unvarnished truth come through all too blightly. A sampling follows:

These treasures make PA a true Port of Angels for outdoor lovers of all stripes. More than 3 million per year venture onto national park lands; most of them drive through — alas, often straight through — Port Angeles on the way.
Was it a sign…Might it be an omen that Port Angeles was finally about to become something more than, as a local pub server put it recently, “a somewhat nicer Forks”?
Maybe. A better question for a town long struggling with low household incomes, high unemployment and a population that stubbornly clings below 20,000: Does it even want to be?
(Downie’s) optimism is shared, perhaps not quite so exuberantly, by local economic development officials who acknowledge the accompanying challenges. The same unfinished, out-there persona that makes Port Angeles attractive to residents can be a challenge to businesses that must operate in something of an economic bubble.
To date: Numerous nibblers, few big biters.
Low wages. Worrisome levels of drug abuse. A lack of skilled workers.
There are other tells as well, in this attempt to promote Port Angeles as not being as old, out of date and out of touch as it is. No pictures of elderly Mayor Downie, for instance, and no mention at all of daffy Deputy Mayor Cherie Kidd. (She must be heartbroken!) No mention of the City's mountain of debt. They refer to the rundown and moldy Lincoln Theater as "stately," which is a lie Donald Trump would be proud of. You get the picture - but those from elsewhere might not.
That is, unless they read the comments piling up at the end of the article. Those, for the most part, tell a darker, more hopeless tale of Port Angeles...
PA seems to be bigger and uglier every time I visit. Maybe the population is stable but the sprawl of car lots and strip malls only gets worse...And seriously, that whole county needs an intervention for the drug problem.
PA sucks and always has. Such a beautiful setting wasted on a crappy town full of ugly, hateful people.
What PA is on the cusp of is destroying any beauty it has left...Now it's miles of strip malls and traffic.
Land of the redneck. Very unwelcoming to outsiders.
The biggest problem with PA is that it is literally infested with drug addicts and rampant crime. I'd wager 5% or more of the population is deep in the heroin/meth and theft scene. Until the community wakes up and makes a concerted effort to change things, PA will just be a good place to come and get robbed or have your kids get hooked on drugs if you're fool enough to bring a family here. (Please note the use of "here" here. Apparently a local wrote this comment.)
(Responding to the comment above.) You have hit the biggest problem with PA. I wonder if residents actually walk around downtown, or go to the parks, or walk the waterfront, to find the dirty needles and heroin foils lying around everywhere! Do they not see the empty buildings everywhere? Even though many communities across the nation are experiencing the heroin epidemic, this community is as rampant with the problem, more so than many others. City officials and others act as if there is no problem and don't want to recognize it.
I looked at PA as a possible place to relocate. Druggies and homeless on the streets downtown spooked me. I understand that Clallam County has one of the state's worst overdose rates per capita.
Mind you, these are but a few of the comments that follow the article...