According to the YouTube video and its corresponding website, Spokane County Commissioner, Todd Mielke, has used his position to pass unlawful land use amendments to the county code. He has helped buy property for Spokane County to the lucrative benefit of his friends that own the land and at the cost of tax payers in Spokane County.
The Spokane County Commissioners voted to accept a settlement with a developer that now appears to be fraudulent. When Commissioner Todd Mielke was asked by Lancze Douglass to look into the matter, Republican Todd Mielke turned around and asked the guy for a campaign contribution.
I don’t know about you, but to me that smells like a request for a bribe.
Todd Mielke is running for re-election for Spokane County Commission, and his past may be catching up with him. The site details his history as an aid for Jim West, as a tobacco lobbyist, and as a politician. In 1995 Republican Todd Mielke resigned from the Washington State Legislature to become a high paid lobbyist for big pharmaceutical companies and the tobacco industry. A few years later the Republican ran for the Spokane County Commission. Read the rest of this entry
A new jail will not make us safer. But it will make us poorer. It will cost every resident of the county nearly $3,000 over the course of the project. I don’t know about you, but I can’t afford an increase in my taxes unless it’s absolutely essential.
What would make a new jail absolutely essential? Would it be an overflow of dangerous violent offenders, so many we would be renting beds in other jails because we had no room for them in our existing jail? Even if this was the case, and it is NOT, we could still explore more cost-effective options, like remodeling existing buildings. If the state can do that, why can’t the county?
Bonnie Mager has a knack for turning opponents into friends. At Unity in the Community, primary candidate Steve Salvatori and incumbent Bonnie Mager laugh it up. By the time this photo was taken, Salvatori had already conceded defeat and was taking down his signs.
This photo is to the credit of both Steve and Bonnie. Too many politicians and people in general take themselves too seriously. Sure . . . the problems that our community and society face are serious, but as individuals we need to be humble about our own role in solving them.
According to Bart Haggin, Bonnie and Phil Harris are now getting along well also.
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.