Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Cardboard Kingdumb

Here's a snippet of a recent comment on the previous subject...

The solution is to attract a diversity of real jobs, something that PA genetically resists. Mills and tree harvesters and ships waste can't support a 21st century economy. But the townfolk have no interest in other pursuits. Nor any interest in financial management. Just delusions of grandeur.

And here's a picture of the "new" sign put in place by the new owners of the old Nippon Mill...

So, there it is. The proud new owners just took the old sign, turned it inside out, then slapped a bumper sticker on the blank side and...Viola! And so I ask you, per the comment above, oh gatekeepers and brown-nosing mill-fanatics of Port Angeles...Which does the above look like? The 21st century economy...Or just some more delusions of grandeur? 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Housing Hypocrites

In case you didn't know, there was just a "panel discussion" held on the topic of "addressing the affordable housing crunch in Port Angeles." If that's an issue you're concerned about, I trust you'll be able to keep your hope in check when you check out who was on this panel.

First, you've got Mary Budke, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club. You know, the group that just got a sleazy, backroom deal done that diverted tax dollars in what could generously be called an "unnecessary" manner.

Second, you've got Mike Chapman, rising/back-stabbing political star of Clallam County. You know, the guy with no fixed political affiliation or moral compass.

From the City, you've got Nathan West, who sold his soul for pennies on the dollar years ago. Ever since he's been proposing and propping up some of the most ridiculous ideas ever to sprout from the deeply poisoned soil of City Hall.

Then there's Kevin Russell, the first vice president of the Building Industry Association of Washington. Why the hell was her there, you might ask? Well, to rail against the stringent (wink, wink) regulations that people like Nathan West (wink, slink) put in place that make it so hard for guys like him to "do the right thing."

And then there was Doc Robinson, director of Serenity House, an organization whose ownership of property has been somewhat controversial in the past.

Missing from this panel: Any discussion of the negative effects of bad policies coming from local governing bodies - such as those represented here. In other words, the elephant in the room went unremarked upon. (A baby elephant might be the exorbitant utility rates the City charges...Nathan?)

Also missing from the panel: Anyone who is right now, currently, struggling with housing issues. You know, someone with real, lived experience on this topic. Instead you got a collection of the usual (well-off) connected (corrupted) suspects, blowing a little hot air around in the middle of summer.

Friday, August 18, 2017

No, No, Negus ***UPDATED!***

I've never known a place like Clallam County for candidates suddenly dropping out - creating a shoe-in cake walk of an "election" for their "opponent" who is left behind...

Port Angeles Council candidate Todd Negus said Thursday he is dropping out of the race for Position 1, conceding the Nov. 7 election to his opponent Jim Moron.

Didn't one of you actually (and accurately) predict this a while back? And what is with this? And what is with Negus going so far as to drop out and even conceding the election, but he can't tell us why...Until a "future interview."

What the..?

This is such a bizarre, and may I say, blatantly corrupt, state of affairs. Another great day in Port Angeles, and another only in Clallam County story. But hey, at least Negus served his purpose, right? I mean, gee, his presence did keep Marolee Smith from making it to the general election - which meant it kept her from having a forum for months and months in which to ask "uncomfortable" questions about how City Hall conducts business.

"I told Negus to get out of my damned yard, and he did! 'Nuff said!"

That won't be a problem with Jim Moron. Even though he's not a Rough Rider by birthright, he's a good ol' boy through and through. He won't make any waves, or cause even a slight ripple of disturbance in City Hall's incestuous cesspool. He'll be like having Karen Rogers back, with a mustache.

More of the same lame game.


And now comes the not-even-fooling-a-third-grader "explanation" for dropping out, as well as the inevitable logrolling...

Moran said he was surprised that Negus is bowing out.

“To step away takes some personal courage, and I admire that,” Moran said. “Obviously, the guy has high moral character.”

In departing the race, Negus also praised Moran, calling him “a stand-up guy.”

“I feel that Jim Moran is in a position where he would represent the city of Port Angeles better than me as far as time he has to put on the council,” Negus said.

Hey, guys, if you wanna blow each other, get a room. But don't waste your hot air in public, thinking you're fooling anyone.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Buy High, Sell Low!

Another sign of the decline...Literally.

What aisle is meat on? Well, there's dead meat on every aisle...

In 2015, Sprint SPE HG2015-1, LLC (one of those again) paid $9,567,378 for the old Haggen market building in Port Angeles. (Need I remind you that said LLC is way behind on their taxes?)

The building was "appraised" as being worth about half that - $4,787,471.

It's up for auction, and the original minimum bid was just a fraction of that - $250,000.

As of Monday, they'd received a whopping one bid on it - for just $25,000.

The auction has thus been extended, I guess because they haven't reached rock-bottom yet. So if anyone is interested in picking up a derelict supermarket for $250...Just wait a bit

You can follow the auction action online at: amcbid.com

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Ohole's LLCs (Looks Like a Con)

Hello, Port Angeles! The con is on! Yes indeedy do. Today's PDN will tell you all about the latest nut with a gun in Port Angeles, but won't touch the endemic underlying conditions that facilitate so many nuts with guns (and bulldozers...and cars...and even a moped or two) literally running wild in Clallam County. Hint: Fluoride ain't the cause.

Today's PDN will also tell you about the ever-expanding plans for the convention and, oh yeah, arts center downtown. Why the scammers, er, that is, the planners behind it have "listened to the community" and are just growing all sorts of things off of one dead woman's bequest. They're gonna have 300 - no, make that 500! - seats and a place for the PAFAC (R.I.P. PAFAC) and the tribe and the Feiro and everything! (Well, everything but parking, that is...) It'll be great, it totally won't be a scam, it totally won't compete with the supposedly upgraded Lincoln, it totally will be good for the PAFAC, it will be totally sold out for every show - always - and, jeepers, did we mention it'll be great?

Again, no real voices of reason required or questions allowed. After all, this is the PDN we're talking about. It's really just pre-smeared toilet paper.

Meanwhile, back in the real world...

Hey, how about that previously mentioned "revitalized" Lincoln, and the dashing young entrepreneur behind it who is also - wow! - running for City Council? Is he a go-getter, or what?

Well, if you look into things, you might focus in on the "what" - as in, "what is he up to?"

If you Google "Jake Oppelt Port Angeles LLC" you get a lot of hits. (Sidebar: For searches related to that search term, Google suggests "port angeles city council candidates" first, and then second, "port angeles shooting." I am not making this up. Try it yourself.) Taken all together, these hits raise a lot of questions...Ones that you can rest assured the PDN will never, ever ask.

Link #1: For the J. Oppelt Development & General Contracting, LLC. Filed on 10/28/2016. Governor of this LLC is just Jake, and the address listed is 303 W. 9th St. This LLC is active.


Link #2: For the J. Kangella, LLC. Filed on 6/1/2010. Governors are Jake, Angela Oppelt, and Justin Tognoni. The address is the same as above. This LLC is also active.


Link #3: This takes you to the primary voter's guide. Jake lists NOTHING for education, and NOTHING for community service. In his statement, he namechecks the J. Oppelt Development & General Construction, LLC (which is different than the "Contracting" name listed above); the OOT Properties, LLC (which "focuses on downtown development") and the JAM Properties, LLC.


Link #4: For the OOT Properties, LLC. This was filed on 5/22/2015, and expired on 5/31/2017. This lists an address of 603 E. 88h S., Suite C. The governors are, again, Jake, Angela and Justin Tognoni.


Link #5: For something called Liquid General Contracting, LLC. This was filed on 9/13/2010, and expired on 9/30/2013. Jake is the sole governor listed.


Link #6: or the memorably named DLDNJ, LLC. this one was filed on 8/1/2012. The governors are Jake, Hayley Croxford, and Nicole Johnson. The address listed is 303 W. 9th St.


Link #7: More info on the above LLC, only this time with the listed address being 120 W. 1st St.


Link #8: For JAM Properties of PA, LLC. This one was filed on 4/22/16, and apparently expired on 4/30/2017. Once again, Jake is the sole governor listed, and the address of record is the 9th St. one.


And finally, link #9: This one (you gotta scroll down) shows Jake to be a "Licensed Construction Contractor" - license #LIQUIP*931BP. For this one, Jake lists an address of 272 N. Ridgeview, as well as a phone number.


So, what's it all mean? I don't know, but it all raises a lot of questions that voters might want to have answered. Maybe there's nothing weird or suspicious about all these LLCs, and their shifting names and addresses. (Maybe Jake just likes filing out paperwork?) Maybe there are no red flags among his known cohorts. Maybe Jake is just sloppy and forgetful with all these registrations. (And maybe there are voters who think those are good qualities in a candidate.) Maybe there are no inherent conflicts of interest between any of these LLCs and Jake serving on the City Council. And, of course, maybe there are even more LLCs out there, waiting to be discovered with a more thorough search.

Maybe...Maybe someone ought to ask Jake about all this. Of course, we all know Jake is reluctant to put himself into situations where he might be expected to answer direct questions, so maybe, just maybe, that's a red flag in and of itself. Maybe...Who knows?

Oh, and then there's this: Jake registered his campaign with the PDC on 4/21/2017. In his official statement for the voters guide, Jake (as mentioned above) cites JAM Properties, LLC - the registration for which seems to have expired on 4/30/2017. So, depending on when he filed his candidate's statement, he may have lied in said statement. Maybe. And that may be against the law. Maybe.

Hey, I honestly don't know. But I do know I doubt that good ol' Ohole Jake is going to honestly answer to any of this, unless seriously pressed to do so.

Anyway, have at it, folks. Please share any thoughts you have or information you uncover.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Warning: May Contain Nuts

He's back!

Yes, that grand old waster of time and tax dollars, William Sheehan, has made five more public records requests in Clallam County...

In total, William Sheehan has made five broad records requests to the two offices in the past two weeks: two to the prosecutor’s office and three to the Sheriff’s Office.

“I have no plans with the data until such time I receive it,” Sheehan said in an interview Thursday. “It doesn’t make sense to make a plan with something I don’t have.”

Sheehan has asked the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to make available for inspection “any and all” documents providing information about all employees, agents and temporary workers, including phone numbers, compensation, employee files and personal records. He also requested “any records that show terminated employees in the last 5 years and any records you may have that will lead to the requested data, including all cell phone records.”

You know, I really resent someone, like William Sheehan, who puts me in the position of agreeing with Bill Benedict. Fine, yes, we get it, Mr. Sheehan - there's a lot of personal information out there available to the public. Wow, gosh, thanks ever so much for making that obvious point over and over and over and over again and again and again. We get it.

A picture of William Sheehan's brain...

The thing that has people upset, sir, is that it is pretty presumptuous and  arrogant for a nutjob like you to stick your oar in in a county where you don't even live. What's more, by doing so you do indeed tie up many, many, many hours of government employees time, wasting untold amounts of taxpayer dollars in the process. All to make an obvious point - one that you have been making for years, you jackass - in a place you do not live.

All of which means, Mr. Sheehan, sir, that you are not a patriot. Not a freedom-loving truth-teller. You're just an obnoxious asshole. Which, as stated before, means it makes a certain amount of sense you'd end up involved with things in Clallam County.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

No, You CAN'T Tech That to the Bank

Remember that recent talk about Port Angeles becoming a tech town?

Ray Chirayath, treasurer for United Way of Clallam County, said the United Way recently found that more than 7,000 working-age people in the area lack even a GED, a general educational development certificate, or a higher degree.

He said the United Way is working to find ways to motivate people to earn their GEDs and increase their earning potential.

Uh, wow. Given the low population of Clallam County, and given that we're only talking about "working age" people, that 7,000 seems like a really high percentage of the overall population. And am I correct when I read this and think he's lumping a high school diploma in with "higher degrees"? I mean, why else would you zero right in on those without GEDs?

And in this day and age - year 2017 in the 21st century, the future! - is it really reasonable to tell people that all they need to do to "increase their earning potential" is to get a GED? How about telling them not to drop out of school in the first place? How about leveling with them that 99% of jobs that pay decently will likely require at least  a passing (literally) familiarity with college?

Without an honest to goodness, large-scale ramping up in quality of the local workforce - including getting more education - the only "technology" anyone from Clallam County will be working with will be a state of the art deep fat fryer...

And yes, by all means, check out Clallam County's drop out ranking...Clallam County is number two, and we all know what number two is...

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Clallam County: The Crazy Magnet (The Shorts Changed Edition) ***UPDATED!***

Because, really, we just needed this to get even more bizarre, right?

An Edmonds man with a history of publishing the private information of law enforcement officers has asked the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office to hand over pet licensing information of more than 2,000 pet owners and information about county law enforcement.

William Sheehan made the request Monday to “make available upon inspection any and all documents that will show all of the licensed pets in Clallam County, including license numbers, owner information and all other pertinent information,” according to an email Sheehan sent to the Sheriff’s Office Monday.

It’s nearly identical to a request Port Angeles resident and thrice convicted felon Adam Chamberlin rescinded last week after public response when the Sheriff’s Office made his request public. Chamberlin said Thursday he does not know Sheehan.

Part of the reason for the second request, according to a Facebook post by Sheehan, is that Sheriff Bill Benedict “shamed the original requester.”

Soon to be mandatory for all Clallam County residents...

Who is this nut? Here's a little context from a New York Times article from 2003:

His low opinion of the police has its roots, Mr. Sheehan says, in a 1998 dispute with the Police Department of Kirkland, Wash., over whether he lied in providing an alibi for a friend charged with domestic violence. Mr. Sheehan was found guilty of making a false statement and harassing a police officer and was sentenced to six months in jail, but served no time: the convictions were overturned.

Clallam County's crazy has gotten so powerful, it's now sucking in other regional craziness. It's almost - almost - enough to make you feel a little bit sorry for Bill Benedict.


Thanks to whomever sent the link in...Here's a little more Clallam County crazy for you, wherein an elderly candidate for Port Commissioner says:

“No blows were struck. No medical attention was necessary. However, I think he did have to change his shorts."

I think Michael Cobb may have soiled his reputation with this one...Enjoy!


Friday, August 4, 2017

A Simple Lesson in Business for the trolls Out There

Just a little bookkeeping lesson here for the troll(s) who keep insisting that I am Dale Wilson.

First, let's forget all the PAINFULLY OBVIOUS differences between my writing style and Dale's. I mean, really, that alone should be enough to make this clear to you, but, what with you being a troll (or trolls) and all, it's clear your mind itself isn't clear.

So, let's move on to the dollars and cents (not sense!) side of things. That involves money, and, given that trolls tend to congregate on the greedy Republican end of the social/political spectrum, maybe this will sink in to your thick skull(s).

Okay, follow along: Dale Wilson owns and operates the Port O Call. Can we all at least agree on that? And the POC is a commercial enterprise. right? In other words, the hope for Dale Wilson is that the POC will make money. Still with me trolly?

Now, a big, big part of that whole money-making thing is selling ads. Yes? And, in this modern world - the one that has given us internet trolls - ad rates for such a paper, which exists both in print and online, almost certainly are based to some degree on readership. In other words, the numbers of eyeballs you can show advertisers are looking at your paper, or your website, on a regular basis.

Are you still with me, troll(s)? Am I typing too fast?

Every time you "show me," troll, the only thing you show
is how utterly clueless you are.
Now, get ready, because here comes the "hard" part for you to understand...

In basic terms of trying to get people to visit a website, and get eyes on a webpage, this blog is competition for the POC. In other words, if someone is only going to go online and look at just one Port Angeles-related website on any given day, then the POC, KONP, this blog, the PDN, and even Peter Ripley's blog, and hell, even the Chamber of Commerce's website, are all competitors. We're all vying for those eyeballs, those clicks.

Now, as stated above, this is just a blog. I make no money from this, and don't have ads. (Though Google has pushed that at me before, since the numbers here apparently warrant such a thing...) I do this as a form of social justice or activism. It's a freelance thing I do in my free time. Money never enters into it for me.

Not so for Dale Wilson, or for the POC website. He wants those eyeballs, too, and those page clicks, to show potential advertisers to motivate them to buy ads. That's his business, his livelihood. (And, to be clear, that's great, more power to him - this is not a criticism of his capitalistic endeavors.)

And that being so...There is no way on earth he would create and maintain a free blog that competes with his for-profit business website. Now, I know you are simple, troll(s), so I can only hope that you can grasp this simple concept. This blog gets a fair amount of traffic, and, generally speaking, it sure seems like the conversations here get a lot more activity than they do on the POC website. From a making money, dollars and sense perspective, it makes NO SENSE AT ALL that Dale Wilson would spend any time maintaining this blog simply to undercut his own ability to make money elsewhere.

Now, my apologies to my mostly non-troll readers, because I know that you all grasp this incredibly simple, blazingly obvious concept. But obviously, this troll (or troll) does not, and they keep sending in comments that will never get published, bashing me for being Dale, and...Well, you get the picture.

Needless to say, these twin tendencies - latching on to a ridiculous theory or idea, and then pursuing it to no definable end - are very evident in the larger Port Angeles community. Look at the sad state of affairs in Clallam County, and you'll see this ill-informed, pointless troll mindset manifested in every governing chamber. (People call Cherie Kidd a harpy, but in a very real sense, she is just a troll.)

So, trolls, sad, sad trolls, get a clue, and get a grip. I'm not Dale Wilson, and Dale Wilson is not the problem with Port Angeles. If Port Angeles is held back, is backwards, it's because of people like you.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

No Taste, No Clue and No Accountability: The Shape of Things to Come (and the Same Old Shape for Port Angeles)

Sometimes short statements or seemingly simple acts carry a lengthier message that it might first appear. Let's look at a couple of current City Council candidates...

“I do think Port Angeles voters were looking for a change,” said French, a Port Angeles native and owner of First Street Haven restaurant. “You can kind of see that none of the other incumbents even filed to run. You had a lot of rancor last year in the City Council. Jake and I, we look young, we are smart businessmen. You need the voice of a younger generation.”

Oppelt did not return calls for comment Wednesday on the primary election results but issued a prepared statement:

“We sincerely appreciate the support from our community throughout the primary campaign process and we are very excited to gain more of it as we move into the general election...We will continue to stay positive and look forward as we bring a new, focused vision to the City of Port Angeles.”

With this warm French kiss to a flamingly obvious Ohole, Mr. French demonstrates that he has no taste in who he associates with - along with several other red flags waved.

"Jake and I, we look young..." What the hell does that even mean? "...We are smart businessmen." A claim that is debatable in many ways. "You can kind of see that none of the other incumbents even filed to run." We can "kind of" see that? And what part of term limits and health problems (and I've got enough graft already) doesn't he understand?

Finally, we've got the beetle-brained centerpiece of his statement: "You had a lot of rancor last year in the City Council." Offered as if there was no reason for such rancor, and then he just segues right into the youthful good looks he and Ohole share. Huh???

Taken as a whole this shows someone who has not thought a lot about what they're going to say when asked some of the most blindingly obvious questions you could (easily, easily, easily) anticipate. This is a meandering mumble of a message.

On the other hand...

Handsome, youthful Ohole is so concerned about talking to the press live and in person (see also: skipping out on debates and forums) that he, in the most pompous manner possible, "issues a statement" to the waiting press...One that uses the royal "We" over and over again, which is paired with an absolute lack of details or emotion. It's a checked-out robocall of a "statement," and shows the gee whiz kiddo Ohole to be just as removed from reality and accountability as has been feared. And all done in the service of avoiding two or three softball questions from the Gaul Potleaf.

All of which is to say, both these guys are naturals for the Port Angeles City Council. Whether mush-mouthed and rambling (Pat? Cherie? Is that you?) or entitled and self-important (Karen Rogers, Dan Gase, your minion is calling) it looks like it'll be more of the same for the City Council.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Gone with the Whetham

Preliminary primary results are in folks...

Initial results of balloting in tonight’s primary election show Moran with 1,359 votes, or 45.87 percent, to Negus’ 1,018 votes, or 34.36 percent. Marolee Smith won 586 votes or 19.78 percent.

In the Position 2 seat race, French won 1,207 votes, or 39.41 percent, to Oppelt’s 1,052 votes, or 34.35 percent. Whetham won 804 votes, or 26.25 percent.

Ouch! Lee Whetham got shown the door in no uncertain terms.

Lee Whetham: Sleazed in; squeezed out.

Ouch - but the pain stops now (for her). Marolee Smith is also now out of the race.

Because, OUCH! Jim Moron won. (Hey, spellcheck didn't catch it, so why should I worry?)

It'll be another great day in Port Angeles,

The only bright spot - and it's only about four watts of bright, at best - is that Young Ohole came in second. Of course, that's cold comfort, since it was close, and he will proceed to the general election.

Anyway, I look forward to seeing what you all can read in these tea leaf ballots. The only thing I can also confidently look forward to is a great deal of money being spent on these races...WAY more than they are worth.

At least to the untrained eye...