This just in at City Hall today (the 4th)...Addressed to the Ethics Board from Sensitive Cherie and Doughy Dan's Big City Attorney...Highlights from his letter reproduced below.
"Re: Motion for Reconsideration - Decision Regarding Deputy Mayor Cherie Kidd
Dear Board Members:
Thank you for your service on behalf of the Port Angeles community. We applaud your commitment to your city, and recognize the difficulty of your assignment.
As you may be aware, we represent Deputy Mayor Cherie Kidd and Councilmember Dan Gase in a matter now before a separate Board of Ethics. This matter involves...complaints regarding Deputy Mayor Kidd.
We write because we understand that this Board issued its verbal decision last Friday, dismissing the complaint against Deputy Mayor Kidd in all respects except one.
On behalf of Deputy Mayor Kidd, we respectfully request that this Board reconsider its verbal decision, and enter written findings of fact and conclusions of law rejecting all claims against the Deputy Mayor. The Deputy Mayor's action in presiding over a tumultuous City Council meeting are fully consistent with applicable constitutional and other legal authority, with the City Council's own adopted Rules of Procedure, and with Robert's Rules of Order.
Under the Open Public Meetings Act, the Deputy Mayor had the clear and express statutory authority to remove from the Council chambers any speaker whom she had ruled out of order, to clear the Council chambers, or to reconvene the meeting to another place away from the disruption. RCW 42.30.050.
The Deputy Mayor declined to take...drastic actions, and instead chose absolutely the least intrusive means to restore order - declare a short recess, and try again. Certain audience members ignored this olive branch, and continued to disrupt the meeting.
The Board's decision has potentially far-reaching consequences. If the Board's verbal decision from last week carries the day, a real risk exists that the Mayor or another presiding officer at a future City Council meeting would simply decline to apply the correct legal standard and to enforce its own rules for fear of facing further political reprisal disguised as an "ethics" violation.
We urge this Board to reconsider its verbal decision, and to enter written findings of fact and conclusions of law rejecting this complaint in its entirety. Please let us know if you would like further information or analysis. Thank you.
Very truly your,
Michael R. Kenyon
Kenyon Disend, PLLC"
There's more to it - much more, with footnotes and citations - but I think you get the drift. "Hey, Rubes! Smarten up and do what the big city lawyers are telling you! Please let us know if you would like further information or analysis. In the meantime, obey!"
So you tell me...Does this latest salvo seems like "the least intrusive means to restore order"? Or is it just one more one fingered salute to the irate citizens of Port Angeles?
Just so you all know...Cherie Kidd has sent a letter to the members of the Ethics Board asking/instructing them to, essentially, do what the letter above tells them to do. She just can't let it go, can she? She is so stupid, so utterly clueless, that she can't see that the one sure way to start making this better would be to be a little humble, a little contrite, and stop being arrogant and condescending.
Instead, she just keeps chewing and chewing and chewing on this like a crazed weasel.
Or is that a shrew?
Fresh from City Hall...Cherie's pea-brained plea has been heard...
Notice is hereby given that the Board (1) of Ethics will hold a meeting on Friday, April 8, 2016, at 10:00 a.m., in the Jack Pittis Room at City Hall, 321 East Fifth Street. The purpose of the meeting is to continue deliberations and evaluation of the ethics complaint filed against Deputy Mayor Cherie Kidd. As allowed by RCW 42.30.110(1)(f), the meeting will not be open to the public. No action will be taken at this meeting.