Instead, City Manager, "Do Nothing" Dan McKeen, has meted (not feted) out two mild slaps on the wrists, suspending one employee (light Operations Manager George Drake) for one week, and another (Warehouseman-Purchasing Agent Sean Hairell) for two weeks, without pay.
Call me old fashioned, but, given the scale, scope and dishonest nature of what the whole Slush Fund Follies represents, this doesn't seem enough. I mean, at a minimum, is it too much to expect your employees to cooperate with a law enforcement investigation? Honesty anyone? Transparency? Accountability? Hello? Anyone?
This seems like just the opening bars of what is increasingly looking like a chorus of disappointment that will be coming the way of those who are hoping for some sort of higher legal/ethical standards to be upheld in City Hall. Marolee Smith's ethics complaint is creaking forward, with most of the creaking coming from the Bullfrog of Bullshit, Bill Bloor, as he "assists" the ethics panel with their decision-making process, while stonewalling Marolee at every turn. (Again, it must be noted that it seems odd at best that someone who is themself the subject of an ethics complaint is so instrumental in guiding this first foray into Ethicsland.)
Meanwhile, across the street, poor Yvonne Ziomkowski's much, much, much delayed trial is also grinding along, with the City's expensive Seattle attorney scoring point after point while Yvonne's local attorney Karen Unger sits, smiles and nods.
Or, to sum up all of the above: The fix is still in.
So the question becomes...How does a community find, get, extract something resembling fairness and justice when the whole rotten system is, well, rotten? How do you get to accountability when the people in charge are no accounts with no ability?