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Prop 1. How about the flip side? What about businesses that may choose to locate in Spokane because the river is clean, the acquifer is clean and full and the neighborhoods are liveable and not chopped up with big box store parking lots? If Walt Worthy wants to leave, let him. Someone will take his place.Read the words of internationally recognized author Derrick Jensen who endorsed Prop 1 , " It’s why Spokane’s Proposition 1, on the ballot in November (with similar versions on the ballot in several other cities and towns) is so important. It envisions a new system of law which recognizes rights for neighborhoods, nature, and workers; while subordinating the rights and powers of corporations to the community’s new Bill of Rights. It’s an example of what happens when people stop begging and pleading for change from governmental officials, and take their future into their own hands. It’s what happens when a cultural shift is underway – people using the law itself to support that shift, instead of the dominant culture using corporate law to abort it." . Are we going to keep operating the old way out of fear of lawsuits? At City Council meeting when Prop 1 was introduced, it was the Homebuilders Assoc that threatened to sue over this. Does that get them what they want? Maybe. But this fear of changing things makes me crazy. It took women 70 years to get the right to vote.....lots of fear around that.....change scares people. The Community Bill of Rights fights corporate control and corporate personhood. Lots of us behind that including the Occupy movement. Read Derrick Jensen´s article "Spokane Community Bill of Rights -- An Idea Whose Time Has Come" http://envisionspokane.org/2011/8/31/derrick-jensen-an-idea-whose-time-has-come.
Thank you for your reporting. This goes a lot further than Karl Thompson. Why the city of Spokane wants someone like this representing them I will never understand. The buck stops with the mayor. Sounds like the scheming and covering up started moments after Zehm was attacked. How many times have they all gotten away with this? We will never know.
Thanks for this article. Many of Sheriff Knezovich´s policies are needlessly punitive. This is one of them. More work to do on incoming mail.
I think Rick Eichstaedt has nailed it with his prediction that the bond for the new jail on the April ballot will fail. Spokane´s jail population is less than 700 right now. A few years ago it averaged almost 1200. Spokane´s violent crime rate dropped 24% from 1994 to 2009. Washington state and the counties are facing huge budget cuts. Does it make sense to ask voters to vote on an almost half-billion dollar bond for a new jail in April? Not to me. Yakima County Jail announced last week they have 200 empty beds. Thurston County finished a new jail last year and cannot afford to operate it. King County is considering closing their Kent Regional Jail if their jail population continues to drop. Their "county-responsible" inmates dropped from 2000 in 2007 to 1500 in 2009. What will Spokane do with over 1200 new beds? Sounds like the jail bed rental market has dried up so that is not an option.
I wish someone on the city council would have called him out on this. Or even in the audience. He gets away with that behavior. So crabby. Ach!
Bonnie Mager takes initiative. She has found innovative solutions to County problems. To name a few:Worked with citizens and state legislators to preserve Ben Burr Road for continued public use.* Brought together elected officials and department heads to address the budget crisis and work toward efficiencies in the 2010 Budget. She personally paid to bring in a consultant to facilitate collaborative strategy meetings with Electeds and Department Heads to address solutions to necessary budget cuts.* Successfully averted park restroom closures this summer by working with citizens, industry (Sunshine Disposal) and Parks Dept. to come up with creative solutions.* She negotiated an unprecedented agreement between the county and the city for a revenue sharing agreement as part of the West Plains annexation agreement. This saved money on useless litigation and facilitated a seamless transition of services and revenues during the annexation process.Bonnie Mager is fiscally conservative. She has been attacked by Al French for discussing tax increases. The County is tasked with funding the Sheriff´s office, the jail, the courts, and other essential services. Bonnie Mager made the point that as the city annexes more County industrial proporty, the County´s tax base is eroded. Bonnie would not propose tax increases unless absolutely necessary to fund basic services. In addition, as Bonnie points out, tax increases have always gone to the voters. Some examples of Bonnie´s fiscally conservative decisions:1. She voted against spending 4.3 million (7million total with interest) on the contaminate Raceway Park and she voted “no” to spend over 655K on additional upgrades to the Raceway Park.2. She voted against putting the new jail site miles from the County Campus where the courts and needed services are. Maintenance and operations will out weigh any difference in savings for building costs, costing more in the long run.3. She voted to postpone signing the contract to build the wastewater treatment plant because construction costs were dropping and by waiting I believe we could have locked in at a more favorable rate.Even Al French proposes tax increases. He drafted legislation to repair a street utility tax law. The state Supreme Court blocked it on constitutional grounds.
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