Eastern Washington Voters has endorsed Randy Ramos for Spokane City Council over that of incumbent Republic Mike Fagan for the 1st City Council district. All it takes is a google search to see that Fagan has been an embarrassment to Spokane. He has been widely criticized in the national media for his crazy ideas and telling parents not to immunize their children against deadly diseases like measles.
On the other hand, Randy Ramos is a level head guy who wants to focus on recreating more jobs and opportunities for people in Spokane. These are serious issues that affect our City. In contrast, Fagan is constantly distracted from the needs of Spokane by his imaginations of United Nation’s plots and the dangers of bikini baristas.
Randy’s practical focus probably has a lot to do with having to work hard for a living, understanding what it is like to have to pay bills, and go to work every day. Randy is a painter by trade and works seasonally as a recruiter for the local Indian colleague. Randy Ramos of Hillyard will represent Spokane well.
Here is an update from the Northwest Leadership PAC on the lack of paid sick leave in Spokane and work on the issue by City Council.
~ In 2014, a comprehensive community survey indicated 87% of Spokane residents agreed: “working people who are sick or have sick children should be able to take paid sick days.”
Currently, about 40,000 workers in Spokane lack earned sick and safe leave- risking the health and safety of themselves, the public, and their families. Access to earned sick and safe leave reduces employee turnover, protects the safety of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, increases employee morale and productivity, and ensures workers don’t spread illnesses.
Mike Fagan‘s eighth man circus has caused another ruckus. I support what Councilman Jon Snyder wrote about it. Still, there is a lot of confusion about what free speech really is. The City Council did not ban any words the other day, and it is hyperbola for KXLY to claim that it did. A TV station should have a better grasp of the legislative process and what the word banning really means.
If I want to, it is within my personal 1st amendment rights to ask you to stop talking. I most likely would not do that, because it is a bit overbearing and disrespectful. However, it is also not even what the Spokane City Council did the other day.
I might, however, ask you not to use a word that I consider offense or respectful. Freedom of speech is not restricted simply because someone is advised not to use a word. It is their right to ask you, and it is your right to ignore their request if you choose.
Conservative candidate Mark Hamilton is finding out that there is more to winning and loosing elections that just the vote count on election day. Often times it comes down the details of the law. In fact, Hamilton could lose his race for the Spokane City Council against sitting Councilwomen Amber Waldref months before the first ballots are mailed. It looks like Mark Hamilton is not a legal resident of the City Ward in which he is running to represent.
The picture to the right is the house in which Mark Hamilton is presently residing. The problem for him is that he has only been there for a few months . . . not long enough to meet the eligibility requirements to run for office. (The story is also being covered at EWPolitics on this page). Read the rest of this entry
(Editorial) There will be a proposition on your February 12 ballot to hamstring our Spokane City Council and make it harder for them to do their jobs. Prop 2 is a confusing idea what would allow a small minority (2 out of 7) sitting council member to stop some of it the most important work. It is undemocratic and unnecessary.
Here is a video of Ben Stuckart, President of the Spokane City Council asking for you to vote “No” on Prop. 2 in Spokane and against minority rule.
I am asking you to vote “No” on proposition 2. On February 12 we have an election, and Proposition 2 is a charter change to require a 5/7 majority or over 70% of the people elected to the Spokane City Council to change any existing taxes or any new taxes.
Spokane is the major city in Eastern Washington. For a century, it has been a cultural, economic, and political hub of the Inland Northwest. It was once a railroad town. However, the trains are now few. Our economy has become more centered on light industry and the information economy.
We held the World's Fair in the 70s, and we still host Hoopfest, Pigout in the Park, and the Lilac Festival. If you like small town's that feel big. You will like Spokane.