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NOTE TO DENIZENS OF CITY HELL:
From my time as a criminal investigator and as the president of a 350 member police union I know my way around City Hall and the potential for “slush funds.” There were several times I was not happy with what I had to do. I’m sure there are others in “City Hell” that have kept “crib notes/files” for things that they were compelled to do that they kept for the event that the ball rolled down the hill to them to be chastised or scapegoated.
I do not have to work in this environment. The Cowles Company can’t control me by their usual means. If there are those who wish to pass along info/docs that are being withheld from the public, I am ready and willing to meet with them. I will treat them as law enforcement confidential citizens informants. I will not divulge their identities to anyone unless I’m called before a court to testify. I will only then may do so “in camera” in a court that I believe to be free of this organized crime corruption. I’m preparing with Sheriff Bamonte to bring a federal class action civil RICO prosecution on behalf of the citizens of Spokane to recover what was stolen from them by this criminal enterprise. I’m sure also if there is a subsequent disciplinary action if you sought competent legal counsel you could retire comfortably on the taxpayers nickel. I will testify in your defense.
BREAKING - Complaint filed with WA State Board of Accountancy alleging Gavin Cooley the CFO of the City of Spokane, WA, violated RCW 18.04.345 regarding the misuse of Certified Public Accountant (CPA) after his name on the City’s webpage.
This is a continuation of a discussion thread at the Spokesman-Review article:
Here’s the cover letter I sent to the WA State Board of Accountancy with my complaint:
ORIGINAL SENT BY
CERTIFIED US MAIL
February 8, 2010
Washington State Board of Accountancy
711 South Capitol Way Suite 400
Olympia, WA, 98501
Re: Complaint re Gavin Cooley, CFO of the City of Spokane - violation of RCW 18.04.345
Dear Sirs and Madams:
Please see my attached complaint alleging Gavin Cooley knowingly is in violation of RCW 18.04.345 – the misuse of the wording “CPA” after his name. This may initially seem a trivial complaint worthy of perhaps a “warning letter” to correct this offense. When viewed with the information I am supplying you, this is a very serious offense, that you must take seriously and compel a complete and thorough criminal investigation. Cooley’s alleged violation came to my attention during my investigation to bring a civil class action RICO prosecution against all those complicit in the RPS Bond Fraud et al that will ultimately cost the citizens of Spokane upwards of $100 million dollars. Mr. Cooley is a principal in my RICO case.
As I conclude in my complaint:
. . . I believe there is strong probable cause to believe that Gavin Cooley knowingly violated RCW 18.04.345. Cooley by allowing his CPA license to expire is no longer constrained by the professional ethics of CPAs and subject to regulation under state and federal law. Cooley either knowingly or tacitly allowed the letters “CPA” to appear after his name on the City of Spokane Treasury Department’s webpage. The effect of which misleads bond agents, bond investors, and bond raters alike. Cooley by his actions aided and abetted a criminal enterprise as defined in the Federal RICO Act to commit a municipal bond fraud. Cooley in his deference to this criminal enterprise allows it to continue. This criminal enterprise will likely commit further frauds that will yet again victimize the citizens of Spokane if it is not destroyed.
I would further call your attention to today’s edition of the Spokesman-Review article:
Pay cuts for other positions would fund extra hours for members’ part-time support staff
Not only has Mr. Cooley allowed his CPA license to expire, the City of Spokane has left the City’s Auditor position vacant. The Auditor is required to have the equivalent of a CPA however the City’s CFO position has no such requirement. This effectively leaves Mr. Cooley in control of the City’s some $500 million dollars without external and independent auditing controls.
I would caution that you not seek the assistance of the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office, as it is complicit in the cover up of the manslaughter death of Jo Savage in the RPS Parking Garage. I realize your criminal cases are forwarded to the WA Attorney General’s Office for filing and prosecution. I would also advise caution in seeking legal advice of the WA Attorney General’s Office as their actions in the review of the Savage murder case were less than professional and in fact gave political support to County Prosecutor Steve Tucker in his decision not to file this case.
I have not yet filed a PDR for the relevant emails as described in by complaint with the City of Spokane City Clerk’s Office’s to allow you time to act. I would caution I have several reliable sources that have told me in the past that certain City records including emails have been “scrubbed” to purge incriminating information. I have taken certain steps to preserve these emails if they still do exist.
I would also request that Board Member Ed Jolicoeur recuse himself from any actions involving my complaint. Mr. Jolicoeur is a close associate of Mr. Cooley and serves on the City of Spokane’s Audit Committee. If there are any other Board Members with associations with Mr. Cooley or the Cowles Co et al, I would request that they recuse themselves too.
I will be happy to share any information and expertise I might have with your investigators.
In conclusion in my 35-year career as a criminal investigator, this is certainly one of the most blatantly criminal enterprises I have ever encountered. It’s hard to find words to adequately describe it.
Det. Ron Wright (Retired)
Your can read related material here:
S & P email (Email to analyst that did the latest S & P bond rating report on Spokane)
Here’s a related discussion thread at the Spokesman-Review regarding Mayor Verner’s State of the City address where she discusses the looming $10M budget deficit that is directly related to the RPS Bailout AKA the RPS Settlement Agreement
More email exchanges with Gavin Cooley:
Thank you for your email.
Responses to questions on the Riverpark Square matter are now coordinated through the City Attorney’s Office.
There are, however, other areas from your prior emails I would be happy to discuss.
If you are available next week I would appreciate the opportunity to meet for coffee. I am available at xxx-xxxx.
Sent from iPhone
Please tell me specifically what you are wishing and willing to discuss. I repeat, if you believe there are errors in anything I have written in any context, please tell me specifically what they are so that I may correct them. If you believe I have committed errors that you are unable to address but the City Attorney’s Office is, please have that office contact me immediately with complete details. I request a written and complete record of any errors that you or the City Attorney’s Office believe I have made. I very much appreciate your assistance. For the purpose of holding myself accountable and assuming full responsibility for my work, I have copied this correspondence openly, as you see above. I have also blind copied it widely for the same purpose. You are obviously welcome to do the same.
Best wishes, Larry Shook
My invitation was simply intended to provide you with a better understanding of the factors contributing to the City’s projected 2011 budget deficit (which, is proportionately smaller than most other cities across the country).
Unfortunately, our email exchanges begin to feel more like a lesson in ‘Catch 22′ so I respectfully withdraw.
Sent from iPhone
Again, thank you. And again, I would welcome receiving from you any written explanation that you would offer to “provide me with a better understanding of the factors contributing to the City’s projected 2011 budget deficit,” as you write below.
As I understand the “Catch 22″ you refer to below, the evidence suggests to me that it is one for which you bare at least partial responsibility. When you and Cowles treasurer Steve Rector recommended that the Spokane City Council settle the RPS securities fraud claim on the disastrous terms that you did, based on the developer’s threat of bankruptcy, I believe your professional credentials suggest you should have known that was an empty threat. Indeed, when the developer tried the identical threat in response to the suit former RPS manager Bob Robideaux brought against her, a federal bankruptcy court judge not only rejected the claim, she penalized the developer for making a bad faith filing. That penalty, I am told, approached $10 million. Yet you and other Spokane officials pretended the threat had merit, allowing the the multi-million cost of the RPS fraud to be passed onto Spokane’s taxpayers. If you deny this, a wall of evidence exposes the falsity of your denial. If you admit it, you acknowledge complicity in what both retired economic crimes Det. Ron Wright and retired Sheriff Tony Bamonte charge was organized crime that led directly to the death of Jo Ellen Savage in the RPS parking garage on April 8, 2006.
I agree with you. Based on the evidence, some of which the city paid the plaintiffs $45 million for in the RPS securities fraud case, I believe you and many others do face a Catch 22 of your own creation. I believe that at some level this must be a terrible burden for all of you to live with. I sympathize with you. My sympathies for the public are greater, though, including Ms. Savage’s friends and family. Greater still is my concern that Ms. Savage’s tragedy could be repeated at any time as a direct result of the Catch 22 you refer to.
Once again, Gavin, if you are in possession of facts that refute these conclusions, I request you provide me with them immediately.
Sincerely, Larry Shook
Dear Mr. Cooley
I’m unclear just which email you were referring to in your email. Was it Larry Shook’s or perhaps mine:
I hate wasting time responding to silly emails but not responding to these rants sends the wrong message.
In 2006 I decided to lapse my CPA certification. The certification is not a job requirement and my busy schedule made it difficult for me to meet the 120 hour continuing professional education requirement (Note: I passed all sections of the CPA Exam on my first try and learned a tremendous amount during my years in public accounting). I therefore alerted my staff I was no longer a CPA and removed the designation from my business cards, letterhead and other areas where it was used. Since then I have never used the CPA designation. Also, whenever I knew I was listed as a CPA by someone else, I immediately corrected the situation. Simple.
That is my response. The many other wild accusations in these endless strings of conspiracy-based emails speak for themselves.
City of Spokane
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Cooley, I’m just a shopworn, battle weary detective of 35-years from large Southern California city that chose to retire to Spokane for it many fine attributes. While traveling back and forth to So Cal I began listening to the old Mark Furhman Radio Show on KGA. Over time I heard people like former Sheriff Tony Bamonte, former Councilperson Cherie Rodgers, former Mayor John Powers, former KXLY TV Reporter Tom Grant, Tim Connors, Larry Shook, Dr. Kim Thorburn, Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, Breean Beggs of the Center for Justice, former Mayor Dennis Hession, and the then Councilperson Mary Verner.
My awakening occurred when I heard US Attorney for the Eastern District Jim McDevitt on the show who came on to rebut what Larry Shook had alleged the previous week of his personal involvement in the RPS Bond Fraud with his former colleague Michael Ormsby at the law firme of Preston & Gates. Once I heard the tension in McDevitt’s voice I immediately understood why no federal criminal investigation had ever got off the ground regarding the RPS Bond Fraud fiasco. This was being covered up. I found what these people were saying wasn’t being reported either in the Spokesman-Review. Why?
Mr. Cooley, I’m sorry if my cynicism as an old gumshoe clouds my judgment. First there was an interesting retiring of bonds on the Sports Arena necessary to secure new bonds for the expansion of the Convention Center. Related to this we have an unelected Public Facilities District Board that has taxing authority. The much touted Kendall Yards Project fell flat on its face even though the City gave it very favorable TIFF funding without voter approval. Not to mention the “bums rush” the Regional Health Board who our Mayor led the charge, gave Dr. Kim Thorburn. Dr. Thorburn was probably seen as impediment to this project by the players because of the location of the public health building. Of course I’ve notice the unique urban redeveloped by arson that occurs in this town e.g., the District 81 Admin Building fire where Nordstroms now sits and the Jamison Building fire (AKA Zukor clothing store) where the STA Transit Plaza now sits.
I’m sure it has faded from the collective memories of most Spokanites but Spokane Fire Department Fire Capt. Hanna was killed fighting this fire at the Jamison Building. This was an arson/murder that has no statute of limitations as the murder of Ms. Savage did. The STA Transit Plaza was built at considerable public expense $20M and is now only appraised by the County Assessor’s Office at about 1/4 of this amount. Sound familiar?
I tried to get the police and fire department reports on this murder case. Since I teach forensics and crime scene investigation I thought there may be physical evidence that could be processed with new forensics techniques. Much to my complete astonishment there were only fragmentary police reports, no fire department reports and no record of any physical evidence being retained. Where I’m from no open murder cases especially involving on duty public safety employees simply disappear. From the reports I’ve read this was no transient warming fire. It was an arson set. There were significant leads regarding potential suspects that there are no supplementary reports indicating that these leads were ever followed up on.
Along the way we had the preventable death of Jo Savage in the RPS Parking Garage which was in my opinion is a First Degree Manslaughter. Her death was the direct result of the actions/omissions of those complicit in these frauds. What is distressing to me is our local law enforcement community all turned a blind eye to her death and did nothing. There was no complete and thorough criminal investigation done that followed the evidence no matter where it would lead. It’s not surprising that County Prosecutor Steve Tucker found “insufficient evidence” to file a criminal complaint. This was because he didn’t compel such a criminal investigation to be done before he rendered his filing opinion. More importantly we still don’t know if the RPS Parking Garage is safe for continued public occupancy because the Mayor and City Council will not ask the probative questions on behalf citizens of Spokane.
This was followed by ill-fated Northside Landfill Little League Project which was a political deal gone bad because the neighbors got wind of this play. This action directed my attention to the Park Board and the great lease deal on the Northbank property that had all the earmarks of being RPS II. Dare I mentioned the YMCA dilemma which the City had to dip into the “Bank of Hine” for a bridge loan? Of course there was the AMR billing fraud?
Mr. Cooley were you referring to the collective works of Tim Connors and Larry Shook in your reference to, “these endless strings of conspiracy-based emails speak for themselves?” This seems incongruous considering what you had to say about their reporting in the past. See Connor’s article, “Regarding Moral Hazard.” He said:
Now, that I don’t get. And, apparently, neither does Gavin’s boss. It was only a few months ago that the Mayor acknowledged the City’s remaining $40 million-plus indebtedness in the RPS fiasco (which, as advertised, wasn’t supposed to cost the city a penny) and said, according to the Spokesman-Review’s Jonathan Brunt: “The pay-down of the River Park Square facilities is far from over.”
I’ve known Gavin for years. He’s very personable, witty, and surprisingly candid at times. Years ago, before he became CFO, he approached me as I was walking up the hill to City Hall from Peaceful Valley, where I’d parked my car. He told me that, in his circles, the view was that the only two people involved in “this” who sleep well at night were “you and Larry.” “This” was the River Park Square fiasco and Larry, of course, is Larry Shook, my reporting partner at the time on the RPS investigation. I’ve written a book about RPS, “Secret Deal,” and Larry and I co-authored a second book “Under the Influence, Spokane, the Cowles Family, and River Park Square.” Both books contain reporting that won national journalism awards and while Larry and I occasionally endure general, ad hominem comments questioning our sanity, no one has seriously contested the facts in either book.
Sheriff Bamonte asked me to compile data regarding the actual damages that the citizens of Spokane suffered in the RPS Bond Fraud fiasco. Dick Adams a former senior executive with USS Steel and very familiar with complex financial statements and corporate bonds ask me to go along to meet with Tim Dunivant. Mr. Adams wanted to check on an insurance settlement from the Northside Landfill he had tracked earlier in the 1990s (See attached S-R articles). I also have a personal interest in the Northside Landfill after the ill-fated Little League Project became an issue so I agreed to go along.
After Mr. Adams concluded his questions with Mr. Dunivant I briefly mentioned that I was doing some work on the RPS Bond fiasco. I told him I had filed some PDRs but I was wondering if he might be able to answer some my questions later without having to file additional PDRS. You were kind enough to oblige, “. . . just call us and we will handle your request from our office and you don`t have to bother and go through a public records request.”
This was the spirit I did email Mr. Dunivant. Mr. Dunivant however had to refer me to Mr. Danek with my follow up questions. This is what precipitated the latest series of email with Mr. Danek. It was after this I received information of the lapse of your CPA license. Since you’re offering an explanation as to why you allowed your CPA license, I have several simple questions that might put to rest this latest furor.
I won’t cover here what former Sheriff Bamonte has written you about his surprise of your allowing your CPA license to expire. I share his concerns. Since you are an “at will” employee and could be dismissed at anytime wouldn’t it be prudent to maintain your license? It would probably take some months before you could make up in service training and relicense.
As you explained the 120 hours of in service training was too much to include in your busy schedule and that your position doesn’t require to to have a CPA license. Your are correct but these 120 hours only need to be completed over three years. Is this really too much of a burden? Besides I would fully support your attendance on City time and reimbursement for your expenses.
I realize in your emails to Larry Shook, questions re the RPS Settlement Agreement must now go to the City Attorney’s Office. I just have a few quick questions regarding your CPA license. In the interest of transparency could you at least answer these questions:
You said you let your your license expire on 06-30-06. Was it then that you advised the City Council and took steps to remove the usage of CPA in conjunction with your name? Or was it later when Ms. McKereghan called this to the attention of Ms. Phister and Mr. Dalton. And if so why did you wait so long?
Since the Treasury Department is under your direct supervision, the City’s Treasurer’s website had your name as chair of the City’s investment committee with CPA after your name? How long has it been there? Why wasn’t it removed after you let your license expire? Did you order it’s removal last week?
Will the City Auditor’s position be filled anytime soon? I see this as an important structural check against these less than ethical transactions.
At the recent Spokane Chapter Meeting of WSCPA where you were a speaker, could you please explain why CPA appeared after your name on the printed bulletin after your name?
Did you sign any documents, emails, correspondence et al with CPA after your name after your CPA license expired?
Again as Larry Shook, I sympathize with your position and your colleagues but had any of those with professional licenses acted based on their professional ethics and state and federal law, the RPS Bond Fraud, the subsequent fraud with the RPS Settlement Agreement and the death of Jo Savage would have never occurred and the citizens of Spokane would not be on the limb for $45M.
Thank you for sharing this with me. It’s a valuable public record of a retired criminal investigator attempting to make sense of Spokane’s extraordinary public corruption. Whether this community can ever heal itself of its serious affliction will depend, I believe, on the involvement of its citizens. With this correspondence you have given the public an opportunity to help itself, if it wants to. If it chooses not to act, it cannot consider itself an innocent victim. At the very least, every recipient of this email can forward it to others to make them aware of your concerns about the evidence you cite.
Dear Mr. Wright,
Thank you for your email (below) forwarded to me this morning by Mr. Shook. I am responding to you directly to avoid a repeat of individuals on Mr. Shook’s distribution list later questioning why I am sharing information with them unsolicited.
The answers to your various questions (see below) regarding my prior certification are generally contained in my February 5th email regarding the same. However, in the interest of clarity, the following is provided:
I removed all known references to CPA at the time I lapsed my license, and I immediately alerted my staff. Inasmuch as CPA’s not working for public accounting firms regularly lapse their licenses later in their careers, I did not deem alerts beyond my staff necessary. Naturally, I responded to the recipients of Donna McKereghan’s email in response to the questions she had raised.
The reference on the Treasurer’s website was unknown to me until you alerted me (thank you!) and I therefore moved immediately to correct the error as per the following emails:
I’m sorry about the mistake. I do remember you mentioning that you had not maintained your standing as a CPA. However, I forgot to update the Treasurer’s website.
Ellen Dolan, CFA
City Treasurer/Investment Officer
From: Cooley, Gavin
Sent: Monday, February 08, 2010 5:14 PM
To: Dolan, Ellen
Cc: Pfister, Terri; Cooley, Gavin; Williams, Laura; ‘email@example.com.
Subject: Correction needed: remove “CPA” designation
It has been brought to my attention that I am listed as a CPA on the City’s webpage for the Investment Committee. Please note that I have not maintained my standing as a CPA and since becoming inactive I have openly requested that the designation be removed from my business cards, letterhead and all other known displays. Accordingly, please have the aforementioned CPA designation immediately removed from the City’s webpage.
As for the Spokane Chapter Meeting at which I spoke last week, I was similarly was unaware I had been listed as a CPA. I had previously sent a bio that did not list me as a CPA and I had not seen the brochure. Again, you alerted me and I immediately moved to correct the situation as per the following emails that were sent addressing the error:
I assume that Sue Megaard was unaware of that fact. Thank you for clarifying.
The bio you submitted did not list you as a CPA.
>>> “Cooley, Gavin” <GCooley@SpokaneCity.org> 2/9/2010 9:26 AM >>>
It was brought to my attention yesterday that I was listed as a CPA on the brochure for tomorrow’s Clair Daniels Symposium. In fact, my license has been inactive for several years so I will make a brief announcement at the front end of my comments tomorrow to assure we do not mislead anyone in attendance. You may want to alert organizers of the event.
Regarding the City Auditor, the City Council, in conjunction with the Audit Committee, is solely responsible for that position. As a practical matter, I strongly believe the position potentially adds tremendous value to the City organization and citizens.
The views of citizens are important and, clearly, you and others believe your City’s CFO should maintain his CPA certification. In that regard, it really doesn’t matter that, in my opinion, my average day at the office contains more relevant education than the same number of hours in a CPE course. Accordingly, I will give proper consideration to regaining my certification.
At the end of your email you state:
“Again as Larry Shook, I sympathize with your position and your colleagues but had any of those with professional licenses acted based on their professional ethics and state and federal law, the RPS Bond Fraud, the subsequent fraud with the RPS Settlement Agreement and the death of Jo Savage would have never occurred and the citizens of Spokane would not be on the limb for $45M.”
Everyone has opinions and you have a right to yours. For my part, I know beyond the smallest doubt, that this assertion is untrue and fundamentally misguided. I was there. Despite the assertions of Mr. Shook and others, I rest very easy in my knowledge that I absolutely acted in accordance with the highest ethical standards and in the best interests of the Citizens of our community.
Thank you for providing information on your background and move to Spokane. You are obviously passionate about the health and welfare of your adopted community and I respect that.
Dear Mr. Cooley,
Thanks for your response to my questions. I might add you should indeed meet for coffee with former Sheriff Bamonte.
I have only one follow up question with several parts.
You say you were unaware of the Treasurer’s webpage with the misleading reference to you having a CPA. You said that when you were notified by me of this error you acted to immediately remove it. This was an appropriate action to take.
My question is as follows. You say I alerted you. By this statement I’m assuming you did not receive notification by the WA State Board of Accountancy after my filing of my complaint on Monday, February 8, 2010. Is this true?
I did not reveal my complaint to the City of Spokane until Tuesday, February 9, 2010, after I discovered in the afternoon this page had been “scubbed.” It was at this time I wrote Mr. Danek and disclosed my substance of my complaint. I did partially disclosed my actions to Ms. Pfister and Ms. Farnsworth on Monday because of my concern that City records were in danger of being destroyed and asked that they take appropriate measures to protect the records. There was a cryptic reference by Mr. Adams in an S-R article thread by Mr. Brunt on the unfilled City Auditor position, however there was no mention of the substance of my complaint.
Could you please clarify again how you received notice of the error on the City’s webpage? Did your notification come by way of Ms. Pfister or Ms. Farnsworth?
Again thank you for your kind reply. Transparency in such matters in the City of Spokane in my opinion has been the direct cause of these financial disasters that must be now borne by the citizens of Spokane and the structural deficit the City is now facing. And I also concur re the importance of filling the City Auditor position with all do haste.
Det. Ron Wright (Retired)
Councilman Bob Apple responds to email by Dick Adams. Followed by a comment from Larry Shook:
State Board of Accountancy
You may find this email exchange of use in your investigation. Councilman Bob Apple is a sitting City of Spokane Councilmember perhaps worth interviewing in the course of your investigation. That is if you proceed beyond the simple misuse of the term CPA and seek to hold Cooley professional responsible for his previous actions that probably were the real reasons why he let his CPA license lapse. If you do you may also wish to consider Steven Rector too. Unfortunately the WSBA did not pursue aggressively the complaint in what Attorney Laurel Siddoway also did in representing the citizens of Spokane in the RPS Settlement Agreement.
Det. Ron Wright (Retired)
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Larry Shook <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, Feb 16, 2010 at 8:45 AM
Subject: Councilman Bob Apple on Spokane CFO Gavin Cooley
To: Larry Shook <email@example.com>
Cc: “Cooley, Gavin” <GCooley@spokanecity.org>, “Verner, Mary” <MVerner@spokanecity.org>, CityCouncil@spokanecity.org
Retired U.S. Steel executive Dick Adams has been one of Spokane’s most tireless budget hawks for years. Mr. Adams is extremely critical of the role played by Spokane C.F.O. Gavin Cooley in the city’s budget crisis and the public corruption associated with it. He recently exchanged emails with Councilman Bob Apple on this subject. Councilman Apple’s response, below, suggests that he shares at least some of Mr. Adams’s views.
Allegations have been made for years about the pivotal role played by key Spokane public servants in what both retired Det. Ron Wright and retired Sheriff Tony Bamonte allege is the continuing organized criminal enterprise that victimizes Spokane. O. Yale Lewis, Spokane’s first special counsel concerning what emerged as the River Park Square federal securities fraud, immediately found evidence of this very pattern when he signaled in court filings that he intended to investigate whether there had been a “civil conspiracy to improperly divert public money for private purpose” between public officials and the RPS developer. We now know that Mr. Lewis never got a chance to pursue that evidence. We know that the developer mounted a secret campaign to remove Mr. Lewis’s client, former Mayor John Talbott from office. (Please see the article “How a publishing heiress went after an uncooperative mayor at http://www.camasmagazine.com/
What Councilman Apple below refers to as “dirt” is presumably the broad pattern of corruption that Det. Wright and Sheriff Bamonte say proves the existence of organized crime in Spokane. It is this organized crime, they say, that caused the death of Jo Ellen Savage in the RPS parking garage on 4/8/06. (Please see “Death by Parking” and “Deathtrap” at www.girlfromhotsprings.com.) Sheriff Bamonte alleges that Ms. Savage’s death was uncharged first-degree manslaughter. “That means Savage was murdered,” says Bamonte,the retired sheriff credited in the book, Breaking Blue, for solving the oldest open murder case in U.S. history. Presumably, the “dirt” referred to by Councilman Apple is the same evidence of corruption that, according to Spokesman-
Review reporters, left a permanent stench, both in the paper’s newsroom and the Spokane community, because of the paper’s poor reporting of the RPS scandal and Spokane’s continuing toleration of the chronic public corruption that caused it. As the fourth anniversary of Ms. Savage’s death approaches, these facts, I believe, are worth remembering by everyone who longs to see Spokane become a health community.
Subject: RE: PRESIDENTS DAY
Date: Tue, 16 Feb 2010 00:16:38 -0800Dick Adams:Taxes, such as property taxes that the voters have passed most often and at least had a say or well until last year when those outgoing hacks, jacked up those utilities. It is frustrating when you want to encourage building that results in more jobs and revenue so that you will not have to directly pay an increase but right now the economy just isn’t working so, the new hacks want to increase taxes. I’m also feeling that unreasonable large School Bond but the voters said OK and I’m happy the voters said the same for Streets and Parks but it is going to be tough this year with; EMS, Fire Bond and some Kids Initiative. Honestly, I’m just happy the voters get to decide some because staff and council are looking at fees, fines and anything else that can be imposed by those you have chosen.As for Cooley well I’ve been expecting the last three Mayors to make a change however he has become to well aligned with the self professed power brokers and the dirt has been shared for his salvation. Worse, he is only one of a wealth of the problems that have resulted in unbelievable pay increases for upper management and they all work hard only at covering the tracks but I still point occasionally such the Fire Chief receiving $225 Thousand annually now, in wages and benefits. When I was in Olympia, visiting last month I was told we need to find more money for programs from republicans and try to hold the line from democrats so when I got done shaking my head I, was happy to get home.The fact is we are looking at a $10 Million shortfall and this Council cannot decide whether to accept $5 Million from Conservation Futures public funds already charged you or make the estimated shortfall $15 Million. As you can guess I’m shaking my head here and know if we do not act now to curb the problem it will be unmanageable by August like it was the first year I was on the Council and well, they just won’t listen. You see, I now know what you must understand and that is that they really do believe your pockets are endless, really unfortunate huh.Bob Apple