The city of Walla Walla has been voted “Friendliest City in America” and has the moniker “The Town so Nice they Named it Twice.”
What could have been a masterful public relations opportunity has been turned into vindictive, cover-of-darkness political shenanigans on the part of an inept, small-minded City Council and city manager.
Does the City Council and Nabiel Shawa really not understand the public relations miracle they had in having a toy store and candy store together on Main street? How did they miss the opportunity presented by that giant octopus mural?
That wasn’t just a mural, it was a destination as word spread about the awesome painting on a toy store in the friendliest small town around.
But instead, they squandered the opportunity and showed their true colors.
Toy stores bring joy to kids and families, something that this administration appears to have missed entirely. By attacking that colorful mural, they have shown themselves to be both anti-small business and anti-family. To paint over it in the cover of night is petty and in poor taste.
Quite frankly, the legal case against a toy store (a toy store!) is just the straw that broke the camel’s back.
In the three years we’ve lived here, we’ve seen a failed street project in front of our house, been double-billed for more than two years for our utilities due to city error, and seen the complete ineptitude of the city in their cutting of the curbside recycling program.
This is not a well-governed city.
As someone who wants this to be truly the friendliest small town around and a place where kids and small businesses can thrive, I cannot ignore the incompetence of the current city government.
It is time for Nabiel Shawa and City Council members to all go. The city has had its day, now it is time for families and small business owners to have theirs by seeing all of them thrown out of office.