For once, Paul Clotlieb accurately captured the essence of a moment with his writing, in the very first sentence even:
As the City Council awarded a $15,000 contract for 2015 to the Clallam County Economic Development Council, some were displeased that no one from the group attended the meeting.
For once, even dopey Pat Downie managed to encapsulate the essence of the problem, as reported in the second line of the same article:
“Is there any reason why they shouldn’t be here?” asked Patrick Downie, Port Angeles deputy mayor, before the 5-1 vote approving the agreement Tuesday night.
Of course, Pat's "concerns" didn't keep him from voting to give the money away. Hey, it's only $15,000, right? Does it really matter which failed organization (the City or the EDC) gets to fritter it away?
Breaking from tradition on funding allocations, Nathan West did not make a recommendation to the council on the contract because the council has given a lowest-priority rating to funding outside groups such as the EDC.
Sure, the EDC is a failed organization. Sure, the City keeps pleading poverty (at least when it's useful to do so). Sure, the City Council gave this type of outside funding their own lowest priority rating. And sure, no one from the laughable EDC could be bothered to even show up to snag the check (or to answer questions). But hey! Why should any of that stand in the way of giving away the public's tax dollars? Especially when the rationale for doing so is...
Councilwoman Cherie Kidd, a former mayor, called it a positive proposal. “They are working hard on behalf of Clallam County,” she said.
"Working hard," eh, Cherie? I suppose it's also "another great day in Port Angeles!" You know, your vapid clichés have never been very convincing, Cherie. Especially in the face of ongoing laziness, incompetence and, as mentioned above, the utter failure that has become the brand of Port Angeles. I mean, even an ATM makes you show up to get the money. Apparently the City has lower standards than that. And you'll doubtlessly get "results" to match those low, low standards.
Port Angeles: Where the money flows free...for freeloaders.