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Re: “Game Changer

Jan simply doesn't belong there. She is arrogant, has no respect for her employees, makes too many assumptions about people, and doesn't have the background knowledge to be overseeing the departments. She doesn't deserve the credit for the changes that have been made - other than her willingness to fire people. Those changes were made by other staff from Verner's administration. She isn't a team builder or a good collaborator - her arrogance and lack of respect for others prevents it. Chesney was fired because he's not an a-hole to his staff. If you look at it closely, she's a lot like the mayor. No one enjoys working for either one of them and neither will tolerate anyone who doesn't agree with them. The only reason they want to be challenged is so they know who to fire.

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Posted by SheNeedsToGo on 12/18/2014 at 3:12 PM

Re: “Game Changer

Yes Jan Quintrall's hiring and firing practices in Spokane have been legendary for a very long time.



http://m.spokesman.com/stories/2006/sep/01/felon-works-business-bureau/


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/24/unemployment-older-workers_n_1347438.html

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Posted by BRB on 12/18/2014 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Game Changer

While Jan is far from innocent in how she manages people and handles things, she is correct in her judgments about how Chesney managed his department. He lacked the ability to communicate effectively with his staff, garnered little respect, and made many promises that his staff simply could not deliver on without breaking the law. The staff in that department is AMAZING and the cultural shift that many have seen was started before Chesney arrived. It was started by proactive STAFF who wanted to make things better.

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Posted by SpokaneCan on 12/18/2014 at 8:45 AM

Re: “More Than Skin Deep

What an unusual and wonderful gift, Jacque Gibson Kloehn. Now when Evelyn looks at that little heart scar she will only think of you.

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Posted by Brenda Lynn Martinson on 12/11/2014 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Money Men

Condon- $170 K for Mayor, Nope. how about 100K a year and no other city official above that pay scale.

Posted by Mark Momb on 11/29/2014 at 5:02 AM

Re: “GU Shake-Up

"She expressed skepticism about their demand that any student found to have committed sexual assault be immediately expelled." WTF? ! ! ! ! ! ! !

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Posted by #rapeculture on 11/28/2014 at 10:01 AM

Re: “'I Thought I Had Everything Under Control'

If you are suffering from depression, I recommend the http://destroydepression.com system.
Written by a former sufferer of depression, it teaches a simple 7-step process to eliminate depression from your life.

Posted by Ellie James on 11/25/2014 at 3:41 PM

Re: “'I Thought I Had Everything Under Control'

Congratulations on your hard-won success! Keep it up! I admire you for helping yourself and others deal with an incredibly difficult challenge. Bravo!

Posted by Andrea on 11/25/2014 at 2:43 PM

Re: “'It Just Felt Right'

Bless you. May you continue to find happiness and be an inspiration for others! Being true to oneself, no matter who one is, is the most courageous thing anyone could do.

Posted by Lorelei on 11/25/2014 at 1:10 AM

Re: “The Lives on the Bus

Welcome to my life.

Posted by AmericanErrorist on 11/22/2014 at 2:29 AM

Re: “'It Just Felt Right'

I'm so proud of her. What an insperation.

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Posted by Mirm Stevens on 11/21/2014 at 7:36 AM

Re: “The Lives on the Bus

EdZuck, it was a good story to work on. Thank you.

Posted by Young.Kwak on 11/20/2014 at 5:33 PM

Re: “The Lives on the Bus

Bandannas! One of Mark Richard's and the *legitimate business* community's concerns! That is so hilarious as to be a show stopper. Bandannas! My neighbor, graduate student and Master's candidate at a major university just left his house wearing a...bandanna! It's cold Mr. Richard -- maybe you haven't noticed that from your well-heated DSP office. Oh. And by the way, Spokane is a city. A municipality. Not a shopping mall. Yeesh.

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Posted by urbandweller on 11/19/2014 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Money Men

"When you step off the edge of a cliff it is kinda hard to just walk away..." Should have refused the $7,000 increase in pay, me thinks?

Posted by schmidty on 11/18/2014 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Fault Lines

It looks like the Stewarts and their minions were right.

Posted by Sir Knight on 11/17/2014 at 10:43 PM

Re: “Jesus' Food Truck

Yay Jesus! Good job. God Bless.

Posted by Amanda Ruiz on 11/17/2014 at 11:54 AM

Re: “The Lives on the Bus

As a bus rider, I wouldn't want The Plaza to move. I love the central location. It does need to be cleaned up though. Not just the people who loiter, but in design as well. I try not to go inside because it's too dark and crowded. Certain areas outside don't smell that great, especially during the summer. Having said all of that, however, I think the STA does a good job keeping things secure. I've never felt unsafe at the Plaza.

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Posted by Michael on 11/16/2014 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Money Men

Pleas help the homeless. Look at the mental illness, the racial slurs, the crimes against homeless, the bullying, the slurs and negative assumptions, their growing numbers, their dwindling resources as service organizations run out of money and facilities. Please look at our laws against the homeless that inmply the old saying, "out of site out of mind
".
This week(November 13-23rd is National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week. Resolve to fight hunger, poverty, homelessness. Many people do not realize or know the facts. Twenty percent of the panhandlers do not use their money wisely. Eighty use it for food and clothes. Construction takes away many homeless dwellings. Some have lived there ofer twenty years. Look at Mr. Kohen's interview of Bruce Nunn on KHQ. Let's make a difference. Let the people of Spokane know and look for options. Organize a speaker's bureau if possible. There are many ways to fight hunger ad homelessness. I would like to see our city set a model for achieving the following goals: homes, medicines, physical and emotional/mental care for all poor and homelsess where they can be helped and in turn help others. Walk a mile with the homeless.

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Posted by Mary Ann Ashlock on 11/15/2014 at 10:44 AM

Re: “The Lives on the Bus

The "portraits of the plaza" slides and blurbs are very cool. Thanks to Young Kwak and the Inlander for including them with the article.

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Posted by EdZuck on 11/14/2014 at 12:54 PM

Re: “'Loss of Confidence'

Wouldn't this also apply to the officer that shot and killed the dog last summer in CDA? The City continues to hide behind the "personell matter" cover up.

Posted by Dennis Liming on 11/13/2014 at 9:18 PM

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