Friday, July 1, 2016

You're Not the Boss of Me!

It was like a minor time warp reading the article about the City's Light Operations today. For just a minute, it was like the arrogant and bullying Glenn Cutler had never left when I read...

The City's Public Works and Utilities director, Craig Fulton, balked this week at a recommendation by the State Auditor's Office that his department's Light Operations scrap copper and aluminum wire should be better protected from theft.

Craig Fulton's just an anagram for Glenn Cutler.
But has he also taken on the icky duty of being a
father figure for Paul Gottlieb?

Balked? At a recommendation from a State agency that has a great deal of leverage to tug on your leash? And that is riffing on a past problem your department had? And you balk?

Meanwhile, coming out of the mouth of the person who is supposedly in charge of Mr. Fulton, we hear both a different story and tone...

City Manager Dan McKeen said at Wednesday's City Council meeting that ensuring public trust in the City exceeds the monetary value of the copper and aluminum wire. "We are on the same page," he told the Auditor's Office staff...

Yes, but what page is your own Public Works director on? Don't you two talk before he goes out to shoot his mouth off in public? Has he no shame for the trouble he has brought to the City? Who is really in charge in City Hall? Is it you, Dan McKeen, or the malevolent Ghost of Glenn? Progress? Learning? Growth? I don't think so. What year is it in Port Angeles City Hall?

And speaking of time warp questions...How much time does it take to charge someone in Port Angeles for hitting, running, and killing someone? From what's been presented to the public, you've got the victim, the car, and the driver, all identified. So..?

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Correction: $300,000 - It's Only (Your) Money

Well, it appears previous  reports were exaggerated. Clallam County is not going to spend $550,000 to try and sweep their failures and fuck ups under the rug. They are going to pay a mere $300,000 to do so.

Thanks to the "screw the process and spend the money" duo of Bill Peach and Mark Ozias.

Transparency? Accountability? Fiduciary responsibility? Proven need for a new park? Demonstrated ability to pay for maintaining a new park? Public comment?

All totally unnecessary - at least from the "let's hurry and get this done" perspective of Peach and Ozias.

How messed up and irresponsible is all this? Let's leave it to Mark Ozias to - unintentionally - sum it up:

"What we are talking about here is a systemic failure. There are a number of individuals, well-intentioned over the course of time, that have made decisions that have led us to be where we are now."


So sure, we're talking about a systemic failure, engendered by (supposedly) well-intentioned people. In that context, I guess go-along-to-get-along Mark Ozias is just trying to fit in by engendering one more piece of the failure pie. I don't know if he's a conscious hypocrite, or an unconscious idiot, but either way, Mark Ozias sounds awfully stupid saying these things. For a would-be progressive, he sure seems most comfortable with progressing backwards into the good ol' days of the good ol' boys in the backroom.

Or, as another well known political figure might say: "Sad!"

Sunday, June 26, 2016

$550,000 - It's Only (Your) Money

What does a half a million bucks buy you in Clallam County? Or, putting it another way, what in Clallam County is worth buying for over half a million bucks? Would you advocate spending that much to get a new park? How about to protect your reputation?

What if you could get both for that one price? Would that be a wise and prudent use of taxpayer dollars?

Please, please check out the recent article at the Port O Call at the link below. It's interesting stuff, and raises a lot of pointed questions. Just how pointed said questions are can be seen by the County's willingness to spend over half a million bucks of your money to try and dull that point - and bury it all under the heading of a "budget emergency."

http://portocallpublishing.com/2016/06/debatable-budget-emergency-debated/
 
Well, it's not actually fabulous, but it absolutely
is a cover up.

Then, once you've read the article, and considered the depths of dysfunction and desperation it outlines, ponder a little more about just how many people are likely to come out to a meeting to discuss it on Tuesday, July 5th. It's hard not to think that that date - so close to a big, distracting holiday! - was chosen very intentionally.

Be that as it may, hopefully some people will save some of their fireworks for the 5th...

Thursday, June 23, 2016

You Can't Make Stuff This STUPID Up (Unless You're Cherie Kidd) ***UPDATED with Photo***

OH GOOD LORD...

Someone done went and turned Cherie Kidd's idiot switch to "Full Power" at the last City Council meeting, especially during the discussion about homelessness...

Kidd repeatedly described panhandlers as entrepreneurs at Tuesday's meeting..."We are talking about people who are entrepreneurs and stand there with a sign and make cash. These are people who want to live a lifestyle by standing on corners and getting tax-free money."

Though, really, he couldn't hope to even be competitive with Cherie in the moron's race to the bottom, Dan Gase at least gave it a try...

"I am hearing our citizens are afraid to walk downtown and shop in downtown stores," Gase said.

If this guy is really an entrepreneur, maybe Cherie
could recruit him for the EDC Board?

But Kidd was at the top of her game, spewing forth her predetermined and fact-deficient views again and again. When they conflicted with reality, she just bulldozed ahead. When Jennifer Linde, the EDC rep from PA Forward, reported that 96 people had signed a petition calling for "tougher measures" Kidd smacked her down by saying that "more than 200 people had complained" about "aggressive begging."

And when the City's own police officer, Sgt. Jason Viada, said that no one had ever - as in ever - described panhandling as a job, or a way to avoid paying taxes, his words couldn't penetrate the forcefield of fake facts Gavel Gertie had surrounded herself with. Still in full-on stupid mode the next day, Kidd just regurgitated her same set of fantasy facts...

"They get tax-free money," she said. "They are living a free lifestyle. They panhandle because it pays off."

***UPDATE!***

 
Be sure to add your sign to the Fence of Folly. This is a limited time offer, and spaces are going fast!


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Whose Pan Are They Handling?

Hey, here's a simple question for the simple minds that make up the majority of the Port Angeles City Council:

If you're going to pass "enhanced" restrictions on panhandling in Port Angeles, will you make yourselves subject to those very rules? In other words, will you stop coming at your tax and rate payers all the time with harebrained projects and wastes of their money? Will you stop spending inordinate amounts of money on unnecessary vanity projects (like Nathan West's Boondoggle Beach) and start budgeting wisely? Will you instead spend to maintain essential (if unglamorous) infrastructure?

Will you, in short, stop looking at your tax and (especially) your utility rates as a big, juicy cash cow to be milked, and instead try to see the mountain of existing debt you're all already sitting on? Will you please, please try to grow up, and govern with some small amount of sense and accountability?


In other words, will you listen, really listen, to the many, many, many voices in your own community who keep shouting "Throw the bums out!" and realize that they're talking about you and not some homeless guy downtown?

Sunday, June 19, 2016

(No) Sign of the Times

Yeah, yeah...To no great surprise, Cherie Kidd, Deputy Mayor and Major Ignoramus, has been cleared in the latest round of ethics charges leveled against her - this time centering around her heavy-handed, go-it-alone, cowardly and un-American banning of signs in the City Council chambers during "that meeting."

Though we can all understand the urge to want to "get" Gavel Gertie for any number of her failings, transgressions and crimes, it was always a stretch to call her unilateral and unnecessary banning of signs an "ethics" violation. Thus the outcome is, as stated above, no great surprise.

But once again, this could have been an opportunity for Cherie Kidd to fill in some small portion of the vast empty space in her head and learn something. That, apparently, did not happen. "I really think the charges themselves are rather frivolous," says Kidd, missing the point that her banning of signs might also meet that criteria, and, again, missing the chance to learn and grow. Instead, she's "very grateful that the community has given me so much support and encouragement through this time. I do my best to serve...I try to serve appropriately and I did my very best."

Hmmm...

Just imagine that the frying pan is a sign, the brown cat
is a City Council member, and the garbage can is City Hall,
and you can see that Cherie was justified to be cautious.

I guess for me it all comes down to what the hell Cherie Kidd, Deputy Moron, was so fearful of at "that meeting" on that night. Was she afraid that someone was going to swat her down with a sign? That people would pile their signs up and start a revolutionary bonfire in City Hall? What was the potential, theoretical dreaded outcome that she was just so motivated to avoid? Certainly it couldn't have been merely to protect her own fragile (but steel panty-clad) ego?

And going forward, I have to wonder just what a sign is. Can a t-shirt be a sign? A lapel pin? A political button? Will she want the police to check cars in the City Hall lot before a Council meeting for bumper stickers?

Given Cherie Kidd's failure to lead, learn, grow, govern or apologize for her many, many weaknesses and shortcomings and blind spots and her embrace of obstruction, rudeness and ignorance, I can think of only one sign that would be appropriate to show her...




Wednesday, June 15, 2016

$4,645 is More Than $650, but Less Than $7,361

Here we go again...A fat boy and three stale leftovers talking nonsense...

Four Clallam County commissioner candidates discussed timber management, the economy, jobs and climate change at a primary election forum Tuesday.

Gabe Rygaard, Randy Johnson and Maggie Roth said the economy and jobs are top priorities, while Ron Richards said addressing climate change is his No. 1 goal.


Richards also told the group he can’t afford the kind of spending on political signs that Roth, a former candidate for the position, has purchased.

Richards has raised $4,645 in campaign contributions to Roth’s $650, Johnson’s $7,361 and Rygaard’s $3,700, according to state Public Disclosure Commission records as of Tuesday.

Richards also expressed confidence that a majority of District 2 residents vote Democratic most of the time, adding, “I feel a little outnumbered by all these Republicans.”

Johnson disputed that the GOP party affiliation applies to himself, saying he is an independent.

He said he believes in collaborative leadership and that the county is “on the cusp of great growth.”


On climate change, he said people should be “careful about what we think about climate change, about what happens.”

Richards, who will be 71 by Election Day and a Democrat, is a commercial fisherman who was elected Clallam County commissioner in 1976. He served one term before going into law practice.

Johnson, who will be 73 by Election Day and who registered as a candidate with no party preference, is former president of the timberland and wood products company Green Crow Corp. of Port Angeles and current chairman of the board.

Roth, 62 by Election Day and a Republican, is a civil process server and a former owner of Northwest Duty Free and Currency Exchange in Port Angeles who ran and lost against Chapman in 2012.


Rygaard, 45 by Election Day and a Republican, is co-owner of Rygaard Logging Inc. and a former reality TV star on the canceled History Channel TV series “Ax Men.”

The winner of the general election will make $69,864 in salary and $95,032 in salary and benefits in 2017.


Ron Richards is NOT a commercial fisherman.

Randy Johnson IS a Republican, NOT an "independent."

Maggie Roth serves NO processes.

Gabe Rygaard...Ugh...Just obviously, desperately needs a job. And craves attention.

And look at the salary one of these people will be pulling down...

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Dead Air, Wet Streets

 
Just a quick note that you can feel free to comment on if you like...I just really need to note that I have never lived or heard of a place that has SO MANY water main breaks as Port Angeles has. It's a regular, almost scheduled occurrence.

"What time is it, Ma?"

"Gettin' close to noon, Pa."

"Oh, alright then. 'Bout time for the water main to break, I reckon."

Now, I know that this could be a false impression. Maybe water mains are breaking all around me every day and I just don't know about them. Maybe they're just so noticeable in Port Angeles because the Peninsula Daily News does such a great, great job of covering local issues both big and small.

Broken water mains are just a symptom
of a totally broken system.

Or maybe...Just maybe...There really are a disproportionate number of water main breaks in Port Angeles because the City Council (at staff's direction, of course) directs a disproportionate amount of money away from basic infrastructure projects and into crazy, loco, lunatic, needless and pointless projects.

Maybe? Ya think?

Dead Air

Riddle me this: What do you call it when a slimeball hosts a do-nothing?

I call it Monday's Todd Ortloff show on KONP, when Todd's action-packed guest will be Bill Greenwood, executive director of the Economic Development "Corporation." This sure-to-thrill combo will be befouling the airwaves from 1:05 PM to 2 PM. Here's hoping that some real people call in with some real questions, to put both Todd (good old boy lapdog) and Bill (ditto) through their paces.

In the meantime, here's the question I'd start off with, if I was that renowned journalist Todd Ortloff: "So, Bill, can you tell me, in clear and detailed terms, what concrete and undeniable results Clallam County has to show for the hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars that have been poured into the EDC over the years?"