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Re: “Is it fair for teachers to attack the legislators' 11.2 percent salary increase?

The competition for teaching jobs in District 81 is fierce. If teacher pay is too low, there would be no or far fewer applicants. Like it or not, basic economic principles refute the suggestion that their pay is too low. And suggesting that higher pay is an issue for students is shameless.

Posted by muddydog on 05/27/2015 at 7:14 PM

Re: “Hiring Among Friends

Heard some rumors about a relationship between Mielke and O'Quinn. That just adds a whole new layer of funny to this situation

Posted by guest on 05/27/2015 at 6:54 PM

Re: “Hiring Among Friends

Same "degree" as Cathy McMoRo got.

Posted by Zelda Krup on 05/27/2015 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Hierarchy of Needs

Interesting how every comment I've left here that mentions the 25% recycled poison indoor air has now disappeared.

Posted by FBH Resident on 05/27/2015 at 9:41 AM

Re: “Hierarchy of Needs

from the article:
"Illegal drugs are never allowed anywhere in Spokane," says Catholic Charities Associate Director for Seniors & Housing Monique Kolonko. "But we don't ask.
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What's very much worse is the fact that management doesn't LISTEN or CARE when presented with evidence of toxic chemical stench everywhere in the building.

The fact that I had to threaten management with Spokanimal to get them to turn the heat down says a lot.

Posted by FBH Resident on 05/27/2015 at 9:30 AM

Re: “Not so fast: Document undermines mayor's case to pay for Davenport Grand cleanup

I'm confused as to how a 2003 property agreement between the city and the PFD can impact a much-later property transfer (the Cloninger property didn't come into the city's hands until 2008 or thereabouts.)

Posted by DavidGreen on 05/27/2015 at 6:27 AM

Re: “Hierarchy of Needs

The beds are built into the walls so it is impossible to move them to clean under them to fight off the bedbugs here. It is that way so Catholic Charities can legally say that they provided us with beds. But we don't get to keep them. It's an expensive and uncomfortable mattress and you don't get any choice to purchase your own bed or mattress. Even though those mattresses were paid for through donations from others. (I have no bedbugs or any bedbugs bites on my body, because I clean a lot.)

There is no oven to cook baked foods. Only an unhealthy microwave and stove top burners that cannot reach high temps so tweekers have a harder time cooking their meth and I cannot bring tapioca to a boil.

There are no stairs available to use, only the elevator.

The front door has two sets of locked doors for our protection and residents have key passes to gain access. BUT ... the backdoor has no lock at all. Anyone can easily climb over the back fence and walk right into the back door into this building. They do it all the time. The management knows, I've complained a lot. Their security claims are a joke.

And nearly every Sunday like clockwork the internet Wi-Fi service random and mysteriously doesn't work until Monday morning. I strongly feel that happens because Catholics like Sundays off and they cannot get a monitor on shift to watch what we do on the internet.

There is no bathtubs here either. The full price of the rental units before subsidy is way over-priced for what is offered.

There is no grocery store around here. The closest one is over a mile away, which is a major hardship for my disability and for others. So it's 7-11 expensive milk.

Posted by FBH Resident on 05/27/2015 at 3:05 AM

Re: “Hierarchy of Needs

As FBH was being planned and built, the businesses in the neighborhood were promised that none of the residents here would ever be needing to park a car on the public street to annoy them. Nobody had the rights to make that promise to them.

I had been using the storage unit across the street for a couple years before moving in here. Mr. Storage Unit was always very polite and friendly to me. Never once rude to me even though he knew full well I lived in my car with my dog.

About 15 hours after I moved into this place Mr. Storage Unit threatened my car that was legally parked on the street. He has a deep hatred for anyone living here. He continued to threaten my car, first on a daily basis and gradually going to threatening my car weekly. Again and again. He threatened to tow it, threatened to have the snow plow dude bury my car. Meanwhile somebody was purposely damaging my car again and again after I spent all my money to fix it. I got to drive it all of 3 weeks total the first year I lived here before I realized I'd have to stop doing that while I live here. So my car sits.

When I called city hall to talk about the no parking signs everywhere here, they immediately emailed the property manager here and tattled about my complaint.. We had to battle the parking problem and the illegal harassment of us for a year and a half before it was finally solved.

That is how serious the "highly supervised community environment" is supervised.

Posted by FBH Resident on 05/27/2015 at 1:56 AM

Re: “Hierarchy of Needs

interesting how when a FBH resident leaves here for a jail cell ... they are not considered moving to homeless.

But when a person moves in here after being released from prison ... they are considered coming in from homelessness.

their definition of homeless morphs a lot.

Posted by FBH Resident on 05/27/2015 at 1:35 AM

Re: “Hierarchy of Needs

This paragraph is not truthful:
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Nonetheless, most residents have embraced the opportunity; 45 percent of Father Bach Haven tenants have regained their footing and moved on. Only three tenants have returned to homelessness, all due to drug addiction and an aversion to the highly supervised community environment.
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I can count at least 8 that were kicked out into homelessness again, I know one that flat out disappeared. I can count at least 2 that were kicked out being arrested, and I can count 3 that have died.

Posted by FBH Resident on 05/27/2015 at 1:23 AM

Re: “Hierarchy of Needs

So why do I still live here?

There is no where else I can afford to live. The rule under section 8 housing is that a person cannot be self-employed. They must take a job hired by another person. That's impossible for me due to my life-long physical disability. That's why I nearly always worked from home. I have always been poor but I always paid my rent and bills with income I earned working at home making and selling decal stickers on the internet. When WSDOT demolished my neighborhood and made me homeless, it took my income too. So I have no legal way to earn any money to ever get out of here.

I'm trapped in this donation-bait-hole and very angry about it.

Posted by FBH Resident on 05/26/2015 at 10:38 PM

Re: “Hierarchy of Needs

My service dog desperately wants us to go back to living in a car like we used to because she was healthier then not having to be exposed to all the chemicals here and no yard. This neighborhood is so dangerous my car no longer works due to all the sabotage from jealous neighbors who simply can't stand that I wouldn't haul them all around wherever they needed. I put several hundred dollars into my car the first year i lived her and only got to drive it about 3 weeks because somebody would break it again. I had been wasting my money on that.

There is still much much more of all the rights violations around this place. It's overwhelmingly a horrid horrid place to live.

It's never cold enough to sleep. They pumped 92 degree heat in my tiny cement room for 21 hours a day. All ya got to do is cook dinner and it's heated plenty, even in winter.

It's never dark enough to sleep. There are bright lights outside the window. With all my room lights off and shades closed, It's plenty light enough still to read something.

It's never quiet enough to sleep. The train never ends. It's next to the train station. The street people are always yelling up at the windows looking for drugs or pimps.

But Big Charity likes it that way. I do believe I'm the only person here that doesn't take pills.

Posted by FBH Resident on 05/26/2015 at 10:32 PM

Re: “Not so fast: Document undermines mayor's case to pay for Davenport Grand cleanup

Looks like Walt bought that. With as many attorneys as he has available and the PDC had available not to mention the City of Spokane's attorneys and counsel throughout the private offices, there is no way that Walt should have made it this far without knowing it was his bill.

Condon is just trying to make a great deal a better deal for Walt at the City of Spokane taxpayers expense. Don't be scuzballs.

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Posted by Teresa Juneau-Simon on 05/26/2015 at 9:01 PM

Re: “Hierarchy of Needs

I became homeless when the Recovery Act demolished my neighborhood of 28 years (99202) for the alleged north-south-freeway in 2010. Then WSDOT relocation assistance strung me along for a long time. After they moved all my neighbors, they said "Unfortunately we ran out of funding" and "You're too poor to be relocated, we're not legally obligated to care" ... but that is a whole other story that angers me much.

FBH and Catholic Charities and HUD and Housing authority are very wrong to assume that anyone who became homeless was because they were lazy or irresponsible or did something wrong, or was a druggy or criminal or mental illness ... because I'm not.
They are extremely wrong when they think that nobody here at Father Bach Haven cares about the giant use of chemical drugs and the pimping. We have several pimps here bringing in girls, some rather young. Every day & every night you will hear customers yelling up to the windows of the dealer they are looking for.

Posted by FBH Resident on 05/26/2015 at 8:59 PM

Re: “The Contenders

Would you leave any one of these people alone in a room with your wallet?

Posted by registered voter on 05/26/2015 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Immigration Reform March

The story of LEGAL immigration is an American story. The story of criminals illegally entering a country, illegally using government benefits they are not entitled too, nor deserve and becoming a blight on our society is NOT an American story.

Try entering Mexico illegally sometime. Mexico is a racist country that force all immigrants to speak Spanish and abide their laws and customs. Maybe that is why they flee to America? Yet, when they arrive, they begin to demand we accommodate them, speak THEIR language and provide them with education and benefits they would have NEVER received in their own country.

You want "reform", we want you to stop being criminals. Get in line with the other immigrants and stop demanding you get all of the privileges of America without any of the hard work of being an AMERICAN.

Posted by Legal immigrant on 05/26/2015 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Walking to Where, Exactly?

My name is Larry Delaney, and I am the president of the Lakewood Education Association. On April 22nd, along with our neighbors in Stanwood-Camano and Arlington, we were the first local teachers union in Washington to walk-out. Contrary to what many in the media want to believe, our labor action - and the action of the more than 60 school districts that followed us - was not based on a directive from WEA. Quite the contrary, this was a grass-roots action born out of a meeting of teacher leaders in Snohomish, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties. When we walked on April 22nd, we had no idea what districts, if any, would follow. What we found was that our reasons for walking-out resonated not only with educators across the state, but comunities too. Our primary reason for walking out was the lack of progress that the legislature has made toward fulling funding K - 12 education statewide. Do the current iterations of the budget make progress? Yes. Is it adequate progress? Not even close! Media outlets across the state seem attached to the "Teacher's Want More Pay" angle. Are teachers, statewide, compensated fairly? No. Are these walk-outs about salary? No. Be assured, if either the Senate or House budgets made adequate progress toward fully funding the McCleary Decision by 2018, you would not see teachers walking-out. This statewide action is about kids - both my children and the children that I teach. I apologize if the actions of any local unions inconvenienced a community for a day. A one day inconvenience is a small price to pay, however, for strengthening our communities for years to come with fully funded schools.

16 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Larry Delaney on 05/25/2015 at 8:52 PM

Re: “Walking to Where, Exactly?

Excellent comments Gayle. You appear better informed than the writer of this article. He says that the legislators are funding at higher amounts than ever before. Well, that is because they have underfunded for decades. If you pay your housekeeper 50 cents an hour for decades and then raise it to $5, that's a significant increase BUT, it's still significantly underpaying.

6 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Karen Adlum on 05/25/2015 at 8:50 PM

Re: “Walking to Where, Exactly?

This is very uneducated article. Obviously the author did not do a lot of research. First of all the WEA did not and cannot force its members to walk out. What they actually did was support those that chose to as well as those that decided to do otherwise. Secondly the legislature has been held incontempt by the supreme court because at the rate they are progressing it will be 2056 before they have met their constitutional obligation. In the past six years, teachers have not received a cost of living allocation and have seen their medical costs soar, sometimes at a thousand percent. Some are receiving significantly lower pay because of this. Currently the senate only plans on putting 1.3 billion back into education. It comes at a heavy price though because it would eliminate collective bargaining rights at the local level and would eliminate local control over healthcare plans. The vague plan would create a new healthcare system, to be overseen by a yet unnamed committee, which would naturally have to receive a salary. The beauracracy is mindboggling. Unfortunately it would cut teachers healthcare to pay for it while state workers and state legislators already receive two hundred dollars more for their health plans. The senate, while giving themselves an 11.2 pay increase, would only give teachers a 2.3 increase over two years which would in no way make up for the 26000 dollars in back pay they owe educators. The house has the highest amount, which would put 1.8 billion but in no way meets the five billion they have been mandated to add. Also this is the second time voters have decreed there should be smaller class sizes. I think it is highly insulting to say that voters didn't know what they asking. Most four through 12 classes have over 30 children in a class. A high school teacher can see upwards of 200 students in a single day. We, as a state, are 47th in the nation in class sizes. This is a major problem. Teachers cannot work individually with students when classes are so large. This is how students get left behind. The legislators have promised to lower class sizes in K-3 but it comes at a price. There are two bills, one in the house and one in the senate, that would add eight students to every four through 12 class. A class of 35 would now be a class of 43. This is a logistical nightmare, not to mention a safety hazard. Many teachers spend 60 to 80 hours a week already on grading and planning. Can you imagine what this extra workload would do? None of the plans coming out of Olympia are good. In a state with the fifth highest economy in the country, I find it interesting that we can give Boeing a nine billion dollar tax cut, refuse to close the loophole that states Microsoft is still a start up (they only pay two percent) but refuse to support the future of our society.

27 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Gayle on 05/25/2015 at 7:17 PM

Re: “Walking to Where, Exactly?

You want to see some walk outs at public schools? Give parents vouchers for their kids' tuition to be spent at the schools of their choosing, and watch the kids go. Then the union would have something to cry about, and deservedly so. But because most parents don't have choices, the union and their members can throw a tantrum with impunity.

5 likes, 20 dislikes
Posted by muddydog on 05/24/2015 at 5:27 PM

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