Max Mania got elected and started asking questions and voting "No" on stupid things. This was bad news from the perspective of the powers that be, so they tried to silence him by filing false ethics "charges" against him.
That went nowhere, because he hadn't actually done anything, and because - Oops! - the City didn't have any ethics code on the books. In a sudden rush of supposedly ethical energy, the City Council passed an ethics ordinance. (See also: Bill Bloor, failure.)
Skip ahead a couple of years, and Marolee Smith decides she doesn't like the petty princess dictatorial antics of Cherie Kidd, and so she files an ethics complaint against her for her unprofessional, discourteous and unethical behavior. Then another complaint gets filed. And another. City Council members are targeted. The City Attorney is targeted. (See also: Bill Bloor, laughing stock.)
An Ethics Board is empaneled. And another. The City has such a need for these boards that they have to approve notorious homophobes and other assorted cranks to flesh them out. The PDN does their best to protect Cherie and Dan Gase and Bill Bloor (See also: Bill Bloor, kingpin of bad advice.) But new media sources in town get the truth out. Recalls are started. Calls to step down are heard. Pitchforks and torches are distributed to the angry villagers.
Cherie Kidd isn't cut out for a tough racket.
So, the City just has to cut out the potentially tough parts for her.
In the swirling chaos of trying to deal with multiple ethics complaints, further problems arise. Ethical and professional lines are blurred, then crossed. (See also: Bill Bloor, morally bankrupt.) Put under oath, Cherie Kidd, as shucks sweetheart of Port Angeles tries to blame a fellow Council member and lies her little heart out.
And so we come to this little announcement in today's PDN:
Port Angeles City Council members will consider revisions to the City's ethics ordinance when they meet Tuesday. At the meeting, the Council will go through a first reading of an addition to the ethics ordinance that would address instances of multiple complaints and claims made against a public official based on conduct arising from a single action or event.
To translate: Now that the City's own sharp stick has been used by citizens to poke the corrupt City Council and severely compromised staff, the City wants to start cutting said stick back. The whittling begins Tuesday night.