Self-entitled disrespect needs to end

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The City of Port Townsend is the no-term-limit city council and mayor they appoint from within. Their sole employee is the city manager, just retired after around 20 years and $2.5 million without any current plan to deal with parking.

No enforcement was the answer approved by the city council. Any new city manager will have the same bosses.

There is simply not enough parking for residents, business owners and employees. Many harm their own community and business by taking limited posted two-hour parking all day.

The job of the city manager and council for the last two decades was to keep ahead of this problem. Failure and denial are easily seen, don’t believe their spin. The solution now means fixing self-entitled no-rules parking, a cultural shift easily traced to city hall.

There has recently been minimal enforcement for the sake of appearance. I have sent over three years of photo and text documentation to the city, stepping it up recently. Customers complain about parking many days. Business owners, employees and residents are abandoned to work parking out among themselves. Thoughtlessness flourishes. Unknowing visitors obeying signage are discriminated against. I meet them daily.

Booster organizations and others turn a blind eye. A perfect storm of complicity.

I now believe the problem is “us,” who blindly allow a no-term-limit council to appoint from within, and ignore cultivated problems.

Parking is a difficult issue anywhere you go. Creating a negative damaging culture has been the answer. We get the government we deserve and enable. The long road back starts with term limits, and an elected mayor. Special interests and incompetence exist in many forms. Self-entitled disrespect needs to end. Conversation need to begin. Term limits. Elected mayor. Who is threatened by that?

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Harvey Windle
Port Townsend

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Tom Camfield

I'm happy to comment. I spent 10 years on the council, my wife 13. between us we have 160 years' residence in Port Townsend.

So people move into town and start themselves downtown businesses. Gradually there develops no more room for the parking of both their employes and potential customers. The land does not grow as does the population.

When we talk parking, were talking about how it affects businesses that ween't here not too long ago.

I don't see that kicking out elected representatives who have seen the effect of growth will solve a damned thing. And I, for one, don't think turning Pope Park into a parking lot will benefit our community. I went around on that as a council member back in the '70s. Let's start by having employers and employers using mass transit—or bicycles.

Wednesday, June 12
HarveyW

I chime in early Tom, because as a former newspaper writer and local politician you know that to misdirect the issue and answer falsehoods can derail reasonable conversation. You seem to dismiss me as having no clue of were I am and what I and others see. You do paint the picture of parks being paved and kicking no term limit council members and their non elected mayor out rather than a smooth transition. You say "Gradually there develops no more room for the parking of both their employees and potential customers." Absolutely, Tom. The 20 year 2.5 million in pay to the City Manager overseen by the no term limit Council should have understood density maximums, education of shuttle options, and acceptable parking enhancement options in some form to work on, with public input. Gradually and in an orderly fashion. With actual results instead of mute denial.

The point is that nothing, not a thing is in place to move to shuttles as you mention or educate visitors and those that work in the Historic District of options. No options have been developed with an overall multi faceted plan. There are no two ways of saying that businesses, and visitors from just up the hill to far away were abandoned. It is well documented. This week the lot at Don's pharmacy put out flyers warning all day parkers there. The crunch will flow elsewhere virtually unchecked as it is. Now its catch 22 because you can't enforce parking when you have trained a population to "cheat". What is government for Tom? Is this one special because you know the community?

The combination of a no term limit council overseeing a 20 year well paid city manager leads us to today and a helter skelter future. Condos I know of had no parking requirement to be permitted. The result as parking enforcement purposefully faced away was predictable. Parking discrimination, and changing the very culture of respect to no rules parking is not acceptable. Those that broke it can't fix it because they would have to address failure. Sorry to be long, Tom. Just wanted to stay on track. My letter was for a conversation. If "the public" is happy with the status quo that picks and chooses which laws to enforce and doesn't need no stinkin' plan, so be it.

Thursday, June 13
Tom Camfield

Well, we do seem to be conversing; that's for sure. And this is one way to get more words on the matter into print.

It occurs to me that we have a growing demand for fresh water from the city's transmission system along with a seeming diminishing supply. And we have city water meters. We have increasing demand for parking with limited supply—but no parking meters. We used to have 'em. It played merry hell with me, running in and out all day with my car while working at the Leader and didn't have a designated space in the now-adjoining lot.

Someone should do a survey and determine how many cars parked in the business district belong to employees of the businesses affected. A bit more car-pooling might help—if everyone didn't just figure it should be done by everyone else but them.

I also see by a nearby advertisement here that finalist candidates for the City Manager position will be introduced from 5 to 6:30 p.m. June 18 at the Community Center.

Thursday, June 13
Debbie Jahnke

Tom’s analogy is spot on. We pay for limited resources by metering them. This link https://cityofpt.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=4&clip_id=1312&meta_id=123204 will get you to a Main Street Parking Study brought before LTAC in 2016. Check it out - if the link doesn’t work, visit the City website for the May 5, 2016 LTAC meeting. Why are we asking people if they want to pay for parking? Of course they don’t! I don’t want to pay property tax or utility bills, but nonetheless I pay them. Parking spaces are an expensive use of resources. Among ideas offered by the survey respondents: build a parking structure at Memorial Field. Never mind that it is a) a County asset and b) the only lighted sports field in the County. Of course your car is more important than school sports! There are also many good suggestions that have not been considered, let alone implemented.

Thursday, June 13
HarveyW

I understand the political system here has organized supporters. I understand the tactic of moving the dialogue away from the issue of a no term limit council and appointed mayor, and the damage they have done. Parking mismanagement and inaction is a symptom of the same power core being in charge with no one accepting responsibility for todays problems. They are a result of no meaningful planning or action by those charged with doing so for the last 20 years. I have been here 23 years and see a very drastic change, at City Hall on the less than friendly street. Government is the guardian of culture. Me first is the New PT.

Analogies are a great way to avoid specifics in this situation. I think if no one who is damaged and knows the failure first hand speaks up or takes action we do deserve the government we get. In reading Tom Camfield over the years I thought on a national level he would be in favor of term limits, making those in political office responsible, and not concentrating power. My mistake.

Debbie and Tom both deflect the point that City Government simply didn't deal with parking for years. They left business and visitors on their own, and it has not always been rainbows and unicorns. The most self serving take the parking resource without any sense of it being abnormal. The data base I kept has many details furnished to the City to make informed decisions with. Doing nothing and avoiding what public servants are put in place to oversee is easy, at least here in Port Townsend. Supporting doing nothing is extremely questionable. Tribalism and groupthink are at play. What is government for Tom? What is government for Debbie? You cite a less than in depth Main Street Lite survey that didn't cover the heart of the parking issue from 2016. You don't ask the specific questions you don't want to hear the answers to. Why not ask if anyone likes not getting parking that others take all day on a regular basis? Why not ask if its OK for some in government to bypass laws and choose which to enforce and which not to. Its 3 years after a meaningless poll, with a worsened situation. But, some were kept busy.

At what point was it OK to stop following laws written by previous responsible leadership rather than make solid plans and take real action? Are some correct in treating others like fools? The answer to parking in PT is complex. I don't see qualified leadership to address the problem, because they haven't even really begun to. The proof is on the streets today, the product of how the current political system works. Anyone out there who didn't drink the kool aid? If not this has been a very enlightening conversation for me. Perhaps "the masses" are easily led and taken for a ride.

Analogies don't have anything to do with the root cause. They can help some to fool themselves and perhaps some others. I do expect more of the same from representatives of the status quo who don't know the reality and dynamics of anarchy first hand. Looking for thinking people to help address the changes that need to occur.Term limits on City Council. An elected not appointed Mayor. Change wont happen from a letter to the Leader. It does flush out some supporters of totally ineffective local government.

Thursday, June 13
Debbie Jahnke

Mr. Windle,

I apparently did a poor job of explaining my position because I agree with you completely, especially about the lack of enforcement of existing code in many areas of City government, not just parking. It is pervasive and it is the direct consequence of inaction by our current administration and council.

Friday, June 14
HarveyW

It takes a spine to step up in PT. Thanks for the clarification Debbie. Thanks also the Leader or providing a public forum to discuss openly the manifestations of a no term limit council and appointed mayor. At least historians can look back and see the dark point in PT politics. Tom had mentioned doing a survey to assess what percentage of all day parking was merchants. The point is once again Tom, that those numbers and other relevant ones are known and not acted on by the entrenched no term limit council, appointed mayor, and specific interests within. The volunteer that once oversaw the very cost effective volunteer parking enforcement that was ended once corrected me when I said I thought at that time it was over 50 spots a day lost. He said much more. A Port Townsend police officer I spoke with called PT politics the "self licking ice cream cone". Everyone knows. When does it end? Not by the hands that create the problem. The data is simply ignored because no action is felt to be needed by the no term limit Council that picks and chooses which laws to enforce. The 20 year City Manager told me once in his only response, b "parking is being studied". I don't need to study what happens if I leave the doors to my business open regularly with no one there. Busy work with no action. Cash paycheck.

One of my main concerns is that the very culture has changed due to the message sent out by "Leadership". Virtually every morning at the start of day there are all day spots up the hill towards the post office on Washington, and other locations. "Regulars" choose instead to park in front of my business and other spots meant for visitors and customers rather than use available all day parking to save a few steps. I used to walk about 6 blocks to a job each way. The new PT culture can't be bothered, crapping in its own nest and choking off the folks that pay all of our wages. Extremely limited and predictable enforcement starting only after social media posts have no impact. I have chided Main Street and the Chamber for not doing smiley faced feel good handouts and more, reminding all that public parking is for the public. The answers are multi faceted and include education. Don't rock the boat was the theme in many of my data laden emails to the city, booster organizations, and others in positions of responsibility. That parking issues exist at all is he third rail for some who want to fit in to the system here. My personal motivation is the face to face interactions I have regularly with people who ask me for parking advice relative to posted limits as I look out and see rampant all day parking anarchy by the changed culture. I am put in a very bad position and several times asked the appointed mayor what the response should be. No answer. No responsibility. Parking is the manifestation of a root cause. As Debbie pointed out there are other issues related to the root cause. Is term limits on the City Council and an elected Mayor radical? Anarchy is.

Friday, June 14
Marge Samuelson

Just one point, the city has been dealing with the parking problem since the first cars showed up in town. Parking meters have come and gone, two hour parking, 24 hour parking. When I worked downtown in the 1990s I often parked at the park and ride and walked to work because with all of the festivals going on it was impossible to find a parking space. Actually I didn't mind walking.

As to PT city manager, I attended meetings off and on with Mr. Timmons and I feel he has done an amazing job. It wasn't easy, every time a new council came in he was the first one they blamed for everything. Sorry to see him go.

And lets just remember Memorial Field is for the county's young people. One of the few places where families can meet and enjoy watching their kids participate in sports. The community has given many hours over the years to keep the facility available to Jefferson County Schools, so lets all just enjoy the facility. Maybe doing a little research on the history of the town would help to get to know what a special place Port Townsend is.

Friday, June 14
Tom Camfield

This conversation all sort of started with talk about term limits for our city council members. I agree that term limits look good to various people at various times. In my case, such limits would be handy for dealing with U. S. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Having served since 1984, he will be 78 when gets back on the ballot. He almost single-handedly has shut down our system of government by refusing to allow Senate votes on all manner of issues. He's also ripped off the system for personal gain.

However, over all, I don't want term limits that would throw the baby out with the bath water. I really wouldn't want our Washington State Seiners Patty Murray (in office since 1993) and Maria Cantwell (first elected in 2001) tossed out when their current terms expire—just to give some perennial candidate such as Gino Rossi an easier shot at finally getting into the spotlight.

Friday, June 14
HarveyW

Marge and Tom. Great respect for the years you have here. Great respect for the history of this place. Dark and light. I do my best to be an asset to this town, and am very grateful for having been able to do my work here and share it with people from very near and very far. The main reason for yet another comment in this interesting conversation is to make sure that there is no confusion that the ballfield is and never was as far as I know in any danger. At all. Ever. Fair Parking Facilitation is a multi faceted task. Job. Obviously endless parking lots are not an option. We should not focus on just enforcement and more space, but Fair Parking Facilitation. Sounds helpful. Is helpful.

Tom, regarding term limits, who is the baby in our bath water in danger of being thrown out? The oldest one? The second oldest? What skills does that amazing baby have? You didn't mention the second part of the focus of my letter, a elected fully responsible mayor, and the benefit of having different perspectives vie for the position, butting heads and talking issues. Parking for me is a moot point. It is so totally deconstructed, no one in sight can put it back together. It will take years at best. Never, with the current babies.

Marge- with great respect, it is my understanding that a whole new council never comes in. Perhaps a few members or less. One past council member submitted a letter I read in the leader of being greeted, not with "we are glad to have fresh ideas", but rather the equivalent of "don't rock the boat". It was in this paper. There is more. When we speak of history, certain archetypes emerge in every place and every time. Power is seductive. The money that is here is mind boggling. We can't forget the people like Marge and Tom and Debbie and visitors who often become residents, "regular" people. What I used to call funkytown became Monterrey North, soon Carmel North. Getting out of touch happens at City Halls everywhere. Term limits on City Council. An elected, not appointed by City Council, Mayor. Rock the boat. If you get seasick, get off. Both captain and crew. History will always be our final judge. Today is tomorrows history.

Friday, June 14
Justin Hale

Has anyone considered turning Memorial field into a parking lot? There is still plenty of available raw land outside the downtown area where a new field could be built. One property that comes to mind is that field at the corner of San Juan and F street.

Saturday, June 15
Justin Hale

I didn't read all of the comments before making mine, and I see that the Memorial field option was already mentioned by Debbie J. and Marge S.

Of course there needs to be a field for the local sports teams and Memorial field would stay until a new and improved field was built.

Saturday, June 15
Tom Camfield

And where exactly, Justin, would we put the athletic field? In the present municipal golf course? All of this sort of thing has been gone over and over in years past. It all comes down to matters such as who would benefit and for whom it would create hardships. Whose ox is being gored. Just where is all this "raw land" of which you speak? The upcoming 4th of July, by the way, also would be an appropriate time to cruise by Memorial Field and road off a salute (if it's been replaced) to the cenotaph with the names of some of warriors to whom it was dedicated for their having devoted their very lives to the rest of us.

As far as which baby would be thrown out with the bathwater, Harvey, that's my point. The "which" factor. Everyone would have different babies in mind. And so we fall back on what the public says it wants, at the polls. I've always felt a little "be careful; you might get what you wish for" about it all. Basically, perhaps it's best all decided by the public in our of, by and for the people system. Personally, when we get an obvious efficient and unbiased person in office I like to see them stay there and continue to give us the benefit of their experience and wisdom. One of my favorite all-time officials actually was a Republican, Governor Daniel j. Evans.

We did have an elected mayor during my 10 years on the council. There was a limit to what could be effected by someone in that office. It was basically an honorary position, and the piddling pay wasn't anything that would have attracted anyone to devote full time to the job.

Incidentally, sort of on the humorous side: when I first went onto the council, we got attendance pay of $10 per meeting. Miss one of two meetings during a month and your monthly pay would be $10. And once I recall an earlier mayor vetoing the council's approval of a 4th of July fireworks display. Canadian-born Mayor Bangerter vetoed the council—which in turn over-rode his veto.

Saturday, June 15
HarveyW

Again, with respect Tom. This is not years and years ago. Its now. It is a different set of circumstances and numbers of people here in your town. Both living here and visiting here. Its a differently valued PT to some. Not to you of course. Towns and situations evolve. I have seen it in my mere 23 years here. Many like myself deal in real time currently with the out of touch City Council that has created a negative environment culturally, and one which discriminates against unknowing visitors.

The point over and over and over that you move away from is that the current no term limit Council and the Mayor they appoint from within have abandoned and ignored this community and laws regarding parking. All the data and options they need have been around for some time. It is a broken system that sees no problem with itself. Right now I could send you a photo of all day parkers taking customer spaces today, Saturday. After endless studies. You distort, I hope not purposefully, my answer to your baby bathwater analogy.

It is not "which" baby. As you well know all "babies" in term limits are equally moved out so none have undue influence. If the city budget needs to include paying for a competent Mayor and or Council, perhaps it is time. I have had to budget in my business for things I once had no need for. If I were the current status quo you would be a welcome voice to derail this discussion. The system we all are subjected to, to fix todays parking problem, created todays problem. The problem and solutions are once again, multi faceted. How many years can this go on and on and on? We need term limits on the City Council and a fairly elected Mayor. Corrupted thinking can happen in any system. Some systems have more, not less, checks and balances. Your groupthink and tribalism are showing through. As a hugely intelligent writer and past politico you would see it in others. It is a necessary task, not pleasure for me to deal with the negative impact of the no term limit Council and appointed Mayor. Focus. Focus. Focus. The letter is about the make up of this failed city government.

Saturday, June 15
Justin Hale

Tom, how many days a year does the Memorial field sit empty, how many days a year does the downtown need more parking spaces? There are plenty of places where a new and improved field could be created. How about HJ Carrol park?

Sunday, June 16
HarveyW

Justin- All options have been known for years. Those administrating options are the cause of needing some of them. The subject is the no term limit council and appointed mayor.

Tom-

I am able to write this latest attempt to pull the conversation out of the ditch you continually drive it into even before I see your latest thoughts published here. From now on I will call you Tom Status Quo, please call me Collateral Damage. Collateral Damage is how I have signed several of my data laden emails to all no term limit council, appointed figure head mayor, Main Street, Chamber, and others over many years. Years Tom Status Quo. All are mute. Status Quo is what you represent, he who thinks he is free thinking Tom.

To provide false information, or show that I can't follow a train of thought would damage more than just my credibility, it would damage those I believe I speak for. You seem not to have those concerns as the Leader Comment Section Elder Troll. These days a troll is different that what it was in fairy tales. They blocked bridges, you obscure the bridge of reason, and at times spin fairy tales. Sorry, I have lost all respect for you, even accounting for my widespread automatic respect for my elders. It occurred to me last night that your life has been lived within the confines of fitting into the power structure here, and have evolved or devolved with it as many have.

I will bore all with just one "old man story" of my own that is very relevant. They all start.... "many years ago"...… I was Executive Director of the Daystall Tenants Association under the autonomous PDA that was formed to keep the Pike Place Public Market under control. It too became valuable to some after years of being not so valuable. One of my issues was daystall fraud, people selling items as handmade and locally grown by permit holders that were not. It impacted all credibility and the little economy we had. It divided the community. A huge costly bureaucracy created the problem that was over one million dollars a year in fraud. The power core could never self assess to fix it. The State Attorney General turned away and became Governor. I attended endless meetings and put forth carefully put together reports with data on that and other relevant damaging management practices. At the beginning of each meeting the minutes had to be approved. Regularly, my comments and points were edited by top level staff. I had to often spend my allotted time unsuccessfully trying to amend the minutes of the last meeting and was run out of time for the current meeting. End of old man story.

You serve a similar function with your off point responses, Tom Status Quo. As an early response to you stated "as a former newspaper writer and local politician you know that to misdirect the issue and answer (with) falsehoods can derail reasonable conversation." Many in town are welcomed into the fold you choose to support and represent. The need to belong is strong. It is unfortunate they are not actually respected by those they serve. They are actually "the public" as well. It is a tool shed with some dull tools that get to feel sharp. I think any analytical mind that reads this string of comments can see what goes on. The data is there on parking, and ignored. The total purposeful deconstruction of parking enforcement and refusal to implement multi faceted Fair Parking Facilitation by current out of touch players is seen daily. To paraphrase Einstein, to look to the same power core over and over and expect different results is insanity.

There was even the fear tactic you would credit to a certain President that the ball field was in danger. Some hit on the bait. Few will venture this far down the string of comments which I have unfortunately had to repeatedly to bring back from the ditch Tom Status Quo drives it into. That certain President is also known for being rather egocentric and bringing the spotlight to self. You would see no similarities. Tribalism. Groupthink. Good soldier for the cause. Aim for the ditch.

The system is purposefully deconstructed and broken regarding parking and things others know more about than I. The cornerstone of access to business and fairness to all visitors, local and others, is gone.

Discrimination and favoritism is officially birthed by The No Term Limit, Appointed Mayor, City of Port Townsend. The Municipal Code that is not up for grabs to be ignored by a few in power is and was bypassed. Support that, Tom Status Quo. Focus on just that and support it here in print for history to digest. Do it now, out of the ditch. I challenge the appointed Mayor and no term limit council, especially the most senior to respond here and now. There will be mute silence. That is what is wrong, Tom Status Quo. Our neighbors, seduced by power, hide behind the curtain and damage their community.

We do need to peek behind the curtain here in PT. It is really a thin veil easy to see through with open eyes. Checks and balances should be welcome everywhere. Elected Mayor. Term limits on Council. Corruption happens. Get the best, of course imperfect, vaccine that you can today in the form of term limits and elected mayor.

It makes no difference who the next city manager is. They are being screened by no term limit individuals who will control them. The same no term limit individuals responsible for deconstructing fair parking and more. If you think public input really plays a part, I disagree. Perhaps there could be a poll.

Is the Status Quo 1) Great. 2) Freakin' Great. 3) Absolutely Freakin' Great. 4) Sorry, option 4 was removed due to its potential to damage the Status Quo's image of itself and might promote open government that follows law. Thanks for participating! The absolutely freakin' great results will be released soon!:)

We each get the respect we earn from critical thinkers. I look to those I respect, far smarter than I, for regular reality checks. Many who have slipped away into the Status Quo don't know they have.

Its not Mayberry any more Tom Status Quo. If anywhere ever really was. The old buildings hide the real glass tower/ivory tower mentality. The public is so easy to manipulate Tom Status Quo. They get what they deserve, Status Quo does what it wants. Tell us another story of the good old days from the ditch of misdirection. It may keep yourself and others from really seeing what is going on around you. It is parking Anarchy, designed observing Roberts Rules of Order, and perhaps breaking some laws or City Charter. Those that purposefully broke it can't fix it. The resulting discrimination is OK for some, if you are on the dishing out side of it.

There is free Kool Aid at City Hall. All you can drink. "Drink, Don't Think". Still looking for comments from non drinkers damaged by the Status Quo. Is everyone sipping, or just born a door mat? Beware of the ditch, keep focused and on point. Elected Mayor. Term limits on City Council. Focus Focus Focus Focus. Can we? In my experience, in all honesty, statistically improbable. I can walk away knowing the truth was out there. At least until someone in the near or far future hits DELETE.

Signed Truthfully

Collateral Damage

Sunday, June 16
Tom Camfield

Well, Justin, closing down shop for children's athletic pursuits to accommodate business somehow doesn't seem quite right to me. And I will go to the wall to defend a monument to our fighting men who died before their time in our defense.

As for field use, even back in my time, it was a fairly busy place. As a reporter, I was there a great deal of time. A typical year at the high school level might have included P. T. football on Friday, Chimacum football on Saturday, two Little League football games on Sunday. And then there was baseball. At various times I covered high school baseball, Little League baseball, girls' softball. For a time even a city semi-pro baseball team. And, of course, there would have been practice turnouts on the side. I suppose nowadays soccer is involved.

And, of course, there are occasional special events—auto shows, festival carnival, whatever.

Carroll Park is nice for the Tri-City area, but how far out would we have to build a facility for Port Townsend? How far would how many cars have to drive how often? How does that fly in the face of your continual criticism of governor Jay Inslee uising air travel to campaign against free-rein/reign Donald Trunp, his personal pep rallies and Air Force One?

Sunday, June 16
Tom Camfield

Aha, Harvey, I now have a nickname. Shades of Donald Trump! I am now Status Quo Tom. Quite a misnomer, actually. But no matter. I give Donald nicknames myself. They seem to roll off one's tongue.

I had to put on special boots to wade through your last posting. I've long felt that sudden change under the name of "progress" can be like a cancer, steadily eating away. Or, in a more immediate way, like a wolf in sheep's clothing. It quite often is something with financial involvement for someone with short-range and/or self-serving thinking. I've always been receptive to a certain amount of change in our community—especially when it's demanded by ever-increasing population. I just like to keep a keen eye our for such things as individual capitalistic opportunism that would do more harm than good.

I prefer low-cost housing over condos or something like Walmart, so I"m not in tune with a lot of property developers to whom trees are just a nuisance.

I am certainly status-quo to some extent when it comes to environmental resources. including green open spaces within our crowded community. That would include our downtown Memorial Field and Pope Park, our municipal golf course and what's left of the original Kah Tai Lagoon. Once gone, they can never be replaced. Same goes for bits like that little stretch of beach west of the ferry landing.

I remain flagrantly progressive with regard to a number of social considerations--such as homelessness, minimum wage, racial equality, sexual preference, women's rights, etc. On the commercial side, I'm a supporter of the arts community and marine industry, even tourism.

My old-timers' town has been gone for quite a long by==number of years. Port Townsend began as "my" town back when Herbert Hoover was still president. There are parts of it, as much abstract as concrete, that i continue to cling to—and periodically defend against newcomers who move in and tell us all how we must change things to suit their vision.

I am basically just part of the "collateral damage" these years.

Sunday, June 16
HarveyW

As predicted Status Quo Tom, your response is off point, from the ditch. Checks and balances. Elected Mayor. Term limits on City Council. Call me what you want. Cancer is in the eye of the beholder. Perhaps the cancer is people with close to 20 years on the City Council, and the City Manager they oversaw. I feel great about this letter. More folks have come and seen me in person than reply in this forum. Just today I was told of the $800,000 pond going in where the visitor center used to be, as potholes need to be fixed. Others are far more aware of the debt taken on by the slow growing cancer in City Hall, that feeds at the little people. Perhaps what you see as cancer are white cells, now signaling each other that the city or Port Townsend needs a cure. We will find out what the cure rate is. The symptoms are showing. This Leader Letter is just to find out if anyone is interested in a cure. Checks and balances. Elected Mayor. Term limits on City Council. That is the point you consistently distort for the Status Quo, that must eventually fall from its own greed and weight. :) Got news of a new person running for City Council. Harvey Windle at Forest Gems Gallery, here 23 years, that believes the town is corrupted, supports Monica MickHagger and thanks Debbie Jahnke for stepping up on the record. Neither is a Kool Aid junkie. Go get a drink Status Quo Tom. Tell em Collateral Damage sent you.

Sunday, June 16
Justin Hale

"closing down shop for children's athletic pursuits to accommodate business somehow doesn't seem quite right to me." I said build a new facitlty and then turn the Memorial field into a parking lot. The games and other events need not be interupted.

Sunday, June 16
Tom Camfield

I'm a traditionalist in many ways when it comes to our town. It's a roots sort of thing, I suppose.

As for maintaining such tradition, long with moving along with the demands of progress, I leave that to the people for whom I vote on election day. They must balance the scales. When a person with obvious intelligence and broad, encompassing, long-range vision comes along—with more than a single ax to grind—odds are I will vote for him/her.

Monday, June 17
HarveyW

I mis spelled Monica MickHager's last name. See how easy it is to admit a mistake. I guess its more difficult when your mistakes damage so much and many. The challenge I gave Status Quo Tom and the appointed Mayor to address bypassing Municipal Code, purposely deconstructing parking enforcement, goes unanswered. Add to that the lack of enforcement of existing code in many areas of City government as mentioned by Debbie. Many know more than I do. It is the direct produce of a corrupted no term limit council and their appointed Mayor.

It was pointed out to me that the senior council member and past appointed mayor is at 18 years of continuous influence. You can see the favorite ax ground Tom Status Quo. The curb appeal massively expensive pond going in as potholes and parking are not prioritized. Same for many years past. The real estate market is great!!!

There has been no parking enforcement on my block for weeks if not months, let alone parking education. Regulars park all day taking visitor space and enjoying the City sanctioned and created culture of Parking Anarchy. Our first week here 23 years ago the Mayor and police chief came to greet and welcome us in person. Now you can't get even an email response to broken laws and broken government. We as a people have handed off our very souls to neighbors who act as remote administrators rather than those who can look us in the eye and answer straight questions. They no longer need to obey laws meant to keep them honest and doing the work of all the people. You can lead the masses to facts, but you can't make them think. Thanks again to the Leader for this format. Those I have recently connected with will continue the effort towards what this was about. A no term limit council and fairly elected Mayor. Watch the corner of Washington and Adams for more of moving to term limits and an elected Mayor. It is going to be a long slow haul against a headwind of self entitlement and apathy. We really do get the government we deserve. Monica MickHager for City Council.

Thanks to Tom Camfield for playing the part of the clueless Kool Aid drinking Status Quo Tool. He is really a double agent who's function was to allow me more space to present more fact as I tried to herd the cat he played. Obviously he knows better than to be a disrespected tool of the Status Quo. :) Hey appointed Mayor, come see me to talk eye to eye and face to face and explain not obeying laws, if your handlers will let you.

Collateral Damage

Tuesday, June 18
Tom Camfield

Well Harvey, in your personal view, local government may be "broken." But I believe most of the rest of us are looking our different windows. My own memories here go back to the Great Depression, for instance, and my 90 years on the scene sort of trump your 23. I've watched the town grow and change, shrugging off occasional discord, doing a pretty good job in keeping pace with "progress."

I've been disheartened a bit by some of the things that have been paved over on the values scale along the way, but have accepted them as necessary in the public interest. Having been a part of the city council myselft for the decade of the '70s, i actually played a major role in major changes--adoption of city zoning and a comprehensive plan, the new city sewer system and treatment plant, adoption of building and fire codes, contract garbage service, creation of Pope Park to preserve some open waterfront, and various things that escape my memory a bit these years later.

As for dealing with officials, I also feel that not just the squeaky wheels should be greased by them--and soft voices are more likely to be heeded than loud shouts. And I might add that I used that same philosophy when dealing with the public during my newsoaoer career.

Tuesday, June 18
HarveyW

Gee, I love that story Status Quo Tom. These are my good old days, and broken is an appointed Mayor with no responsibility and the no term limit City Council ignoring established laws and social norms that keep our great neighbors great. I did initially try to get a response in a very respectful quiet voice I could give you copies from 4 years ago, and dozens of follow ups. 4 years of a hands off parking policy. The voice got louder as the reality of broken became undeniable.

Because you won't just let it be, I will add this from an email to some in PT who are on the term limit elected mayor page.

In writing the leader comment Camfield replies it has gelled with me that the real change from a personal small government here began with the Timmons and (NAME DELETED) era. Small town neighbors became the behind the curtain "administration", even though the population did not explode as in other

places in the region. It was a management style with a definite gentrification goal that created buffers. Just my observation.

It is broken, Status Quo Tom. Unless you are on the dishing out side. You consistently say the polls should decide. I agree. Lets put the issue of no term limits vs term limits and appointed mayor vs elected mayor before the people. You do trust them don't you SQT? I do. Lets make the best cases for both and vote. I trust the people. Do you really? Answer yes and prove it. No going to the ditch. Smart people are watching. Smart people.

Answer that specifically as well as the question you avoided 2 times now, The Municipal Code (and others according to Debbie) that is not up for grabs to be ignored by a few in power is and was bypassed. Support that, Tom Status Quo. Focus on just that and support it here in print for history to digest. Do it now, out of the ditch.

I challenge the appointed Mayor and no term limit council, especially the most senior to respond here and now. There will be mute silence. That is what is wrong, Tom Status Quo. Our neighbors, seduced by power, hide behind the curtain and damage their community. If you spin another story from the ditch with no substance but a deep love for the status quo you define yourself and what you are doing here once again. Be done Status Quo Tom. Another Leader comes out tomorrow and you can have a new Tom Camfield show. Elected Mayor. Term Limits. Checks and Balances.

Tuesday, June 18