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Marijuana is still illegal under federal laws. This creates a situation where it is prudent for local venues to approach with caution. There are other counties in the state responding in like manner. They do not want to fall prey to federal enforcement, or legal action. Many folks still feel the need to abide by ALL laws. If Feds were enforcing their laws, this item would have never been on the ballot. It is not nearly as cut-and-dried (literally), as you seem to believe it is. Regarding drug dealers…. If Washington models the same approach as Colorado, the illegal vendors will increase business and profits. The supply and demand created an increased selling price due to greed for more taxes. Why would a regular user not just continue buying from his normal sources for a lower price? Growing your own will also seem much more appealing, since possession penalties have been minimized. Bury your stash in your backyard and only carry small amounts, right? I am amused at the administration in Olympia presenting and passing a bill that had never been thought out as to how it was to be administered. I believe this to be more of the source of your frustration as anything. Pass the bill and then read it, right?
“Shawa will start on Oct. 19, 2009. He will fill a vacancy left by Duane Cole, who resigned in April. Shawa will receive $140,000 per year, roughly $30,000 more than Cole, who earned just under $110,000 per year”.
OK… so from the start Shawa was given 30k more than the previous city manager – not a bad hike? With the current job market then and now, there are many applicants that would be happy to take the position at 110k. Poor decision making in the whole hiring of Shawa.
Since 2009 when Shawa started, his salary has escalated up to an increase to a new salary of plus $147k – a 7k increase in roughly 4 years. I know of no private sector job that has made those kinds of gains. In fact, the trend has been towards pay freezes, reductions, and a compromise in benefit packages. Mind you, with a salary that already started out at 30k more than it ever should have. Do the math.
As far as Donaldson, he has already turned down increases twice. What a man of ethics and integrity. He deserves his increase for that reason and for what he has invested in his educational background and skills.
As far as Shawa doing a great job, I am not so sure. He has done more to damage the goodwill in this community than any manager I have ever seen. Showing up at dawn to oversee the Octopus removal was a personal vendetta I will not soon forget. He needs replaced!
I am frankly amazed.......when I initially read this article and saw the $300k bail; my first thought was "Finally, for once; Judge Wolfram has made a rational decision behind the bench". Unfortunately, this simply is not the case with this change of mind regarding the bail. These gun toting cowards in no way deserve bail of kind.
It is fortunate none of the victims died. The way criminals are coddled in Walla Walla County only gives a nod of approval that little punishment is in store for them when caught. It is business as usual for most gang-bangers.
I am still reeling from the local decision that gave the Blue Mountain Mall pre-meditated slashing a break in sentencing, after she slit her victims throat in cold blood until she died. She also had intentions to scalp the poor girl. What a barbaric and painful way to die? She in no way deserved a break. the victims are never given consideration and their lives are treated as worthless by local judges.
I pray for the cyclists safety since the drivers in town totally disregard the safety of anyone else , be it two-wheelers or pedestrians - and the police turn a blind eye. I hope nobody gets killed. However this does not include the joggers that run two abreast down the middle of the road on Bryant Street early every morning. They have no idea just how invisible they are in the dark of morning and seem to have a death wish.
Yes.....the Obama / Geithner depression!
OK so let me get this straight.....this rather large mural is perfectly fine within the city of Walla Walla? Yet the downtown Octopus was not?
I surely agree with you my man!
I am really amazed that more pedestrians and bicyclists do not get hit and killed in Wall Walla. The intersection of Wilbur and Pleasant has had numerous accidents – there needs to be a STOP LIGHT there! The section of Wilbur Avenue from Alder to Bryant has a speed limit of 25 MPH. Cars travel this stretch of road night and day at an average speed of 40 – 80 MPH. Nobody is ever going 25! I have pleaded with law enforcement to patrol and issue citations in this area – they will not. They could write tickets all day long and put money in their coffers than they would know what to do with. Mark my words – there are many children and pets in this area and someone will end up dying – not to mention the poor individual who may be attempting to back out of a driveway when these cars come racing down the street. I do not understand…at one time you were expected to abide by the speed limit in town – NOW anything goes. There is not a police officer in sight anywhere?
Why on earth would Judge Wolfram vacate the current default order when plainly Gilbert's lawyer failed to respond? No second chances for most folks....this is incredible....he is playing the court system like a fiddle too!
I am so glad I did not purchase my new Honda from this company back in August. I wanted to shop local but even at that time something looked very wrong with the dealership, when I drove by. to see what my options were No Hondas on the lot, and every other type of used vehicle you can imagine. I made the right decision by going out-of-town with a company I know will be in business for a long time to come.
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