Daily Archives: July 25, 2011

Show The Yakima Bears the Door

[Updated to reflect a major correction by the Columbian in who owns the stadium]

[Update 2: More on specific ownership of the stadium from Stephanie Rice added]

Vancouver’s city council got their first formal presentation for the Class A ball Team, Yakima Bears planned move to Vancouver. All council members except Pat Campbell have given City Manager “Erik Holmes the OK to research the issue and engage in potential discussions with Clark County” for adding a 5% entertainment tax throughout the county pay for construction of a $23 Million stadium adjacent to Clark College.

The Columbian

There are several pros & cons to relocating a Class A ball team to Vancouver, a large con being that 5% entertainment tax added to movie tickets, golf courses and several other forms of entertainment.

Although Clark County taxpayers will be on the hook for 70% of the costs of the proposed stadium, we were told “the stadium would be owned and maintained by Short Season LLC.” Stephanie Rice, the writer of the article posted this morning, “Key correction: the sentence should read (and now does) ‘the stadium would be publicly owned but maintained by Short Season LLC’.”

UPDATE: Comment from Stephanie Rice, “Lew, to be even more specific, the team would own it while the debt was being repaid, then it would be publicly owned. Here’s what I was told by the team when I asked why in documents it says the team would own it: ‘Ownership is during the period in which the facility is indebted. It secures the asset until the debt is retired. Then it is free and clear a public facility’.”

City council members Larry Smith and Jack Burkman asked to hear alternatives to the entertainment tax and were told of none.

Asked why taxpayers should pay for the stadium, Mike Thiessen of Short Season LLC said that “the team would be putting up 30 percent of the construction costs for a stadium it would use 13 percent of the time.”

That’s not exactly reassuring.

I have kept an open mind on this proposal, even though voicing concerns over its location next to the Vancouver Campus of the Veterans Hospital, but reading “After the workshop, co-owner K.L. Wombacher said the team does have alternate plans, but they don’t involve the city of Vancouver seals it for me.

(Video from earlier council meeting)

It’s time to close the books and show these people the door.

We do not need to be threatened into coughing up tax dollars for a new stadium to be owned by a private enterprise “at a time when public services are being cut, a fire station closed, federal grants used to keep cops on the street and the city lacks money to fill all its potholes,” as expressed by Tim Leavitt’s former campaign manager, Temple Lentz as she “questioned the rationality of raising a tax for a stadium.”

Ms. Lentz expressed, “The terms political will and vision were used as qualities to make this happen. But giving $20 million of other people’s money to the first guy who comes up and asks for it is not political will or vision.”

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Jim Moeller, Democrats and Unions vs Washington Voters

I can’t really say I was surprised to read in the Columbian: Moeller joins lawsuit to overturn Eyman initiative

Just last year, Tim Eyeman’s Initiative 1053 was passed by voters with a wide 64% margin, requiring a 2/3 majority for the Washington Legislature to be able to rise of impose new taxes upon us.

Democrats including 49th L.D. Jim Moeller and Teachers Unions don’t like that and have filed a lawsuit challenging the initiative in court, seeking to have it overturned.

The Columbian tells us, “Democratic leaders could not get Republicans to support any tax increases this year, forcing lawmakers to balance the budget with heavy cuts to education.”

The article also tells us those heavy cuts “reduces salaries for teachers and classified educational staff by 1.9 percent while slashing pay for administrative staff by 3 percent. It suspends programs designed to keep class sizes low.”

Chris Korsmo, CEO of the League of Education Voters is quoted saying, “Washington’s constitution makes it clear the state’s paramount duty is to ‘make ample provision’ for the education of every child. This statute, and similar measures enacted in recent years, hamstrings our state’s ability to invest in the quality public schools our children need to succeed in life.”

“Investment,” if you recall, is a left-wing catch word for “tax increase.”

The Teachers Union adds that the constitutionally passed initiative (they seem to forget that citizen initiatives are also written into our constitution), “unconstitutionally infringes on the power of the Legislature to pass laws and prevents the state from fulfilling its constitutional obligations to adequately fund education.”

Nowhere is the union and Democrats willing to “share in the sacrifice” by accepting marginal cuts far less than what the private sector has sacrificed since this Great Recession began.

Other Democrats who have signed on to be able to take more of our hard-earned money and thumb their noses at the constitutionality of the citizen initiative are Laurie Jinkins of Tacoma, David Frockt of Seattle, Reuven Carlyle of Seattle, Deb Eddy of Kirkland, Sam Hunt of Olympia, Timm Ormsby of Spokane, Eric Pettigrew of Seattle, Chris Reykdal of Tumwater, Cindy Ryu of Shoreline and Mike Sells of Everett.

These are names that the middle class taxpayer in Washington State needs to remember next election.

They need reminded that they are elected representatives, not “Diktatoren.”

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Survey USA Just Called Me And Here’s What They Were Asking

Do you approve of the way:


Barack Obama, John Kitzhaber, Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley are doing in office.

Are you a member of the Tea Party?

Are you a Conservative, Moderate, Liberal?

Do you believe same sex couples should have no legal recognition at all?
Civil unions?
Marriage?

Do you have a passport?

What level of education have you finished? High school, some college, graduated from college?

What’s your family income? Under $40K, between $40-80K, more than $80K?

Are you receiving this phone call via cell, home, business line?

Do you have a cell phone?

How often do you text messages?

Do you make most/all/some of your calls via cell phone?

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Top Reasons Why It’s Good David Wu Isn’t Resigning

1. We’re assured of even more sex scandals besmirching DEMOCRAT name before election because–let’s face it–we know there have to be more in this pattern of behavior.
2. Maybe the Zero will finally report the other sex attack/s that they didn’t have the guts to publish years ago when Republicans fielded one of its finest candidates for that seat.
3. It again confirms for the sentient public the Democrat tradition (Kennedy, Dodd, Clinton, Adams, Weiner, Wu) that misogyny is tolerated by “feminists” as long as the candidate has a 100% NARAL voting record.
4. Maybe we’ll finally get a look at all the pictures people have of Wu splayed out on the floor drunk at local parties.
5. It will confirm for voters that you can have: Rape, multiple other kinds of sex attacks, sex with teens, drug use, constant partying, drunken behavior and you can still be re elected in Oregon. Just remember that if Republicans in Oregon ever engage in that behavior and still expect to be re-elected it’s perfectly ok to elect them!

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Top Reasons Why It’s Good David Wu Isn’t Resigning

1. We’re assured of even more sex scandals besmirching DEMOCRAT name before election because–let’s face it–we know there have to be more in this pattern of behavior.
2. Maybe the Zero will finally report the other sex attack/s that they didn’t have the guts to publish years ago when Republicans fielded one of its finest candidates for that seat.
3. It again confirms for the sentient public the Democrat tradition (Kennedy, Dodd, Clinton, Adams, Weiner, Wu) that misogyny is tolerated by “feminists” as long as the candidate has a 100% NARAL voting record.
4. Maybe we’ll finally get a look at all the pictures people have of Wu splayed out on the floor drunk at local parties.
5. It will confirm for voters that you can have: Rape, multiple other kinds of sex attacks, sex with teens, drug use, constant partying, drunken behavior and you can still be re elected in Oregon. Just remember that if Republicans in Oregon ever engage in that behavior and still expect to be re-elected it’s perfectly ok to elect them!

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Politico: Wu is Through, But Won’t Step Down

Received through email;

“Embattled Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) will not run for reelection in 2012, but Wu won’t resign from office despite allegation of an “unwanted sexual encounter” with teenage daughter of a family friend last Thanksgiving.”

For more information… http://www.politico.com

Also in email from Politico,

“House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Congressional Committee Chairman Steve Israel are calling for an Ethics Committee investigation into the conduct of Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.), who allegedly had an “unwanted sexual encounter” with the teenage daughter of a family friend last Thanksgiving.”

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