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I still mean what I say on this one, there should have been people in there apologizing, and you know what, they can still can come in the next Monday after Memorial day and apologize, they can apologize on my Facebook, and anyone else´s Facebook. They can apologize through a press conference, they can apologize through a want ad too. They can apologize 50 or more different ways, It´s not going to go away that easy. People and fellow citizens should still be speaking up about this
Right On David,regarding Major Scalise, this guy´s attitude, is very evident. I tried to speak with him at city council, of course he was also on the noise ordinance issue, and was totally against the officers having decibel meters, not only that but wants the police department in spokane to have total subjective standard. They are not going to get rid of him. Now think about why Border patrol came to Riverpark Square, they called activist that were exercising first amendment rights SQUATTERS!!! So is this the term they use to interfere with our rights. They say they take the oath to uphold the constitution, but would not defend actual people exercising their rights. So I and others have even bigger issues with the Border Patrol. Why do they think they have to shadow the police department? And old Major, saying its just one cop helping another. But what about are we not all citizens here? Why the absolute, seperation Cop helping COp, but not cop helping fellow citizen?HMMMMMM
One of the continuing problems in Spokane regarding the Police department, is they have shown to be selective regarding witnesses, on all levels it exist in this city. And in making complaints regarding officer conduct to Spokane Police Ombudsman office, the reports come back, and statement is that there was not enough witnesses, even though the witnesses were directly pointed out to police officers involved. The picture I paint here, is regarding activists and people like the reporters, and attorneys mentioned, when we as individuals step up, whether through word or protest, all of a sudden, there is a time lapse, and the issue is not addressed, then the time passes away, the memories get distant, and if they ever manage to investigate, the witnesses are no more, or have left, or even do not want to talk anymore. Then for some unknown reason there becomes a targeting. Yes a targeting that can even be traced at times to the very AIM police website itself. There is some deep seated problems in this city, not just with the police department, but in other areas, like with certain businesses. Almost like a Mafia style setting where people are protected, and have to give no account all. Or they just pay a fine and it goes away like it never happened. It is however, like they are connected. As one who steps up for the first amendment, I would feel very strongly, that one who takes an oath to uphold the constitution would want to protect the first amendment, and the second, and the 4th and 5th and so on.
Serious attention should be paid to the bottom all the way to the top.
Glad to hear the music from other street performers. And glad the law was changed so street performers do not have to ask business owners permission to play music.
A few things are very interesting in this article. They, the ones speaking about the ([The task force] looked at the entire noise ordinance, bit by bit)Yet they never once mention the research done by Gonzaga School of Broadcast, where there were 5 decibel checks done with accoustical harmonica, and amplified harmonica, in distances from 6´ 12´ 18´ 24´ 36´ and 50´ at locations of Macy´s on Howard and Main, At Wall and Riverside across from STA Plaza, at Riverpark Square, and at RIverfront Park. Downtown Partnership has the documentation, The ctiy Council HAs the documentation. It establishes the validity of the Decibel Meter by an Expert, Univeristy Professor at Gonzaga School of Broadcast. Then there is the Noise Ordinance Law itself, passed by City Council 7-0 Jan 11 2010, None of these businesses showed up to tesitfy, yet they were alerted and were in meetings about it. The research ws done also by Gonzaga U Law students, to help the city out. The cost the price of tution and donated time. There has been a street music week for goingon several years now to show what a street music scene looks like,. Now that the true street music scene is actally starting to manifest, they dont like it. Downtown Partnership amkes this statement (We support street performers. We hire street performers. We make a point of paying street performers. But when you see people walking by somewhere and they’ve got to plug their ears, then it’s a noise level perceived as unacceptable.) Whom do they hire? People they deem a street performer? What do they pay? and do they advertise to let other performers know they are hiring them? Who knows. I know just about every street performer out on the streets. They, the businesses are trying to regulate a well known first amendment protected form of speech. They have no idea, that someone can come along who sings out of tune, or just knows one tune, and loves to play it. And it could be accoustical, and they would grow tired of it and try and regulate it also. They want to put so much restriction on street performers that it wlll go right back to deadness and fear of playing music. What is heard behind the glass is not that loud. It is just not what they like. So propaganda comes out, Fascism is revealed, and denied by the way. But when a police officer appraoches me, and tells me they are being paid by the business owners downtown to answer complaints, and they forgot about taxpayers, kind makes me want to play to the level I am really allowed to play, before they even come close to getting the law on the table. I am not doing that however. The other thing that bothers me, Is the statements from buisiness owners regarding the research of the Greenbusch Group from Seattle. that the noise ordinance proposal is sewed up guaranteed It will pass with no problem. City council has no choice they are going to pass it. Why so much confidence about a drafted law? I dont know. But if it is true what the business owners are saying, that money is talking then we may as not have a legislative branch. I however believe in this country more than that. And hope that people will do a little bit more studying and research before they believe all the other stuff flying around in the air.Harpman Hatte
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