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Pelican Town from a Urban Planning Perspective

Any other urban planners/policy folks play this game? I’m an urban planning student who has spent too many quarantine hours playing SDV and at the risk of deeply questioning how I spend my time, I’ve been thinking about it from a planning perspective. Please tell me someone else has thought about this.
Pelican Town (pop. ~35) is a small, rural town within a few hours of the nearest big metropolitan area. The town appears to have had an industrial past, with all the decayed mining infrastructure. Like many rural towns that were once anchored by industry, Pelican Town has struggled to rebuild its post-industrial economy and identity.
The Mayor’s strategy is to look towards tourism, culture, and recreation for the town’s future. He holds an abundance of traditional festivals to preserve the town’s cultural identity and market its quaint, rural character to visitors from neighboring areas. He hopes the farmer’s high-quality local produce and artisan products will contribute to Pelican Town’s renewal. He also thinks the arts could drive the town's revitalization (Leah's art show). The town also has an abundance of natural assets, although I'd worry about point source pollution from the sewer pipe and the quarry is totally a brownfield site.
Encouraging tourism is a sound strategy in Pelican Town, but it’s not a panacea - it won’t necessarily increase the tax base to help the town’s financial problems, and the jobs created will mostly be in the service sector. The neighboring town, Calico Desert, is another post-mining economy that is looking to tourism and has opened a casino.
Economy: No matter how you calculate it (does the wizard have a job?) the unemployment rate is high. The jobs are not well-paying (the town was chosen for a discount Jojamart, like many rural towns attract dollar stores). Without good jobs for young people and lacking educational opportunities, the town is at risk of losing the younger population to other towns/the city. There’s potential for more small businesses if tourism increases, or for more remote work (though it doesn’t seem like Pelican Town has good internet infrastructure and computer ownership is low.)
Transit: The town also suffers from a lack of transportation. Vehicle ownership is low (just the Mayor and Sebastian’s motorcycle, I think), the town is looking for private investment to restart bus service (should really form a regional transit authority with Calico Desert and get government funding), and though the train with the platform hints that there may have once been commuter rail, it’s currently only used for freight.
Population: Pelican Town’s population, as it stands, will decline. There are only 2 children (Vincent and Jas) but close to 20 residents who are 40+. There are 12 residents in the 20-40 age group (the bacheloettes), who need to stay in Pelican Town and start families to reverse the decline. As in many rural areas, substance abuse is a problem in Pelican Town. There are a few alcoholics and I’m not gonna get on Sebastian’s case for smoking a little weed and who knows what’s in Pierre’s stash, but there’s clearly little else to do in town besides hang out at the Saloon.
Housing: If young people choose to marry and stay in Pelican Town, where will they live? The vacancy rate is 0 and most bacheloettes live with their families. New housing will need to be built to retain them, but most probably cannot afford to build a house. The town will also need to carefully choose areas for development to maintain the natural assets that draw tourists. The town seems to use a form-based code in the town center (two-story mixed-use buildings).
Solutions: The town is relying on the goodwill and prosperity of a private citizen (the farmer) to revitalize the Community Center, build houses, etc. - Mayor Lewis should rely less on one-time private investments and focus on more reliable funding sources and economic growth that will increase the tax base. The town is facing a housing crisis and should consider mixed-use development/apartments in the Community Center neighborhood to prevent sprawl. The town needs to invest in transportation and communication infrastructure to improve access to jobs and education. The vacant land near the train station is a great spot for a TOD and some denser development if the Valley could start commuter rail service, but I bet Robin & Demetrius would be NIMBYs who don’t want development near their mountain home.

TL;DR: Mayor Lewis is making you do the flower dance to stimulate the economy.
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[Lost in the Sauce] Trump admin hides Paycheck Protection program details; lawmakers benefit from loans

Welcome to Lost in the Sauce, keeping you caught up on political and legal news that often gets buried in distractions and theater… or a global health crisis.
Title refers to: The Trump admin is blocking IGs from getting info on over $1 trillion in relief spending, including corporation bailouts. The admin is also withholding PPP info from Congress, meaning we don't know if Trump or his family took taxpayer money. Additionally, we learned that at least 4 members of Congress have benefited from PPP money, but aren't required to disclose it.


Inspectors general warned Congress last week that the Trump administration is blocking scrutiny of more than $1 trillion in spending related to the Covid-19 pandemic. According to the previously undisclosed letter, Department of Treasury attorneys concluded that the administration is not required to provide the watchdogs with information about the beneficiaries of programs like the $500 billion in loans for corporations.
Treasury Secretary Mnuchin refused to provide Congress with the names of recipients of the taxpayer-funded coronavirus business loans. After criticism, Mnuchin began to walk back his denial, saying he will talk to lawmakers on a bipartisan basis “to strike the appropriate balance for proper oversight” of PPP loans “and appropriate protection of small business information.”
At least 4 lawmakers have benefited in some way from the Paycheck Protection program they helped create. Politico has been told there are almost certainly more -- but there are zero disclosure rules, even for members of Congress.
  • Republicans on the list include Rep. Roger Williams of Texas, a wealthy businessman who owns auto dealerships, body shops and car washes, and Rep. Vicky Hartzler of Missouri, whose family owns multiple farms and equipment suppliers across the Midwest. The Democrats count Rep. Susie Lee of Nevada, whose husband is CEO of a regional casino developer, and Rep. Debbie Mucarsel Powell of Florida, whose husband is a senior executive at a restaurant chain that has since returned the loan.
Mick Mulvaney dumped as much as $550,000 in stocks the same day Trump assured the public the US economy was 'doing fantastically' amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Mulvaney unloaded his holdings in three different mutual funds, each of which is primarily made up of US stocks. The next day, the value of the mutual funds tanked.

Cases rising in many states

Good summary: There was supposed to be a peak. But the stark turning point, when the number of daily COVID-19 cases in the U.S. finally crested and began descending sharply, never happened. Instead, America spent much of April on a disquieting plateau, with every day bringing about 30,000 new cases and about 2,000 new deaths. This pattern exists because different states have experienced the coronavirus pandemic in very different ways…The U.S. is dealing with a patchwork pandemic.
As of Friday, coronavirus cases were significantly climbing in 16 states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Washington.
Oklahoma is experiencing a massive increase in coronavirus cases just days before Trump’s planned rally in Tulsa. In Tulsa county itself, 1 in roughly 390 people have tested positive. Yet Trump plans on cramming 20,000 people in an event with voluntary face mask policy and no social distancing. Attendees must sign a waiver that absolves the president’s campaign of any liability from virus-related illnesses.
  • On Monday, Pence lied saying that Oklahoma has “flattened the curve.” As you can see at any of the resources immediately below, this is not even close to true. Over the past 14 days, the state has seen a 124% increase in cases and reports 65% of ICU beds are in use.
  • Tulsa World Editorial Board: This is the wrong time and Tulsa is the wrong place for the Trump rally. "We don't know why he chose Tulsa, but we can’t see any way that his visit will be good for the city...Again, Tulsa will be largely alone in dealing with what happens at a time when the city’s budget resources have already been stretched thin."
  • Earlier in the day, Trump tweeted that he is a victim of double standards when it comes to perception of his decision to resume campaign rallies in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, declaring that attempts to “covid shame” his campaign “won’t work!”
Resources to track increases: There are many different sites with various methods of visualizing the spread of coronavirus. Here are some that may be particularly useful this summer… Topos COVID-19 compiler homepage and graphs of each state since re-opening. How we reopen Safely has stats on each state’s progress towards meeting benchmarks to reopen safely (hint: almost none have reached all the checkpoints). WaPo has a weekly national map of cases/deaths; the largest regional clusters are in the southeast.
On Monday, Trump twice said that “if we stop testing right now, we’d have very few cases, if any,” (video). Aside from the fact that cases exist even if we don’t test for them, we cannot explain the rising number of cases by increased testing capacity: In at least 14 states, the positive case rate is increasing faster than the increase in the average number of tests.
  • Reminder: In March Trump told Fox News that he didn't want infected patients from a cruise ship to disembark because it would increase the number of reported cases in the US. "I like the numbers being where they are," Trump said at the time. "I don't need to have the numbers double because of one ship that wasn't our fault."
Fired scientist Rebekah Jones builds coronavirus dashboard to rival Florida’s… Her site shows thousands more people with the coronavirus, and hundreds of thousands fewer who have been tested, than the site run by the Florida Health Department.

Equipment and supplies

More studies prove wearing masks limits transmission and spread of coronavirus… One study from Britain found that routine face mask use by 50% or more of the population reduced COVID-19 spread to an R of less than 1.0. The R value measures the average number of people that one infected person will pass the disease on to. An R value above 1 can lead to exponential growth. The study found that if people wear masks whenever they are in public it is twice as effective at reducing the R value than if masks are only worn after symptoms appear.
Meanwhile, Trump officials refuse to wear masks and Trump supporters copy his behavior… VP Mike Pence, leader of the coronavirus task force, published a tweet showing himself in a room full of Trump staffers, none wearing masks or practicing social distancing. Pence deleted the tweet shortly after criticism. A poll last week showed that 66% of likely-Biden-voters “always wear a mask,” while 83% of likely-Trump-voters “neverarely wear a mask.”
  • Trump’s opposition to face masks hasn’t stopped him from selling them to his supporters, though. The online Trump Store is selling $20 cotton American flag-themed face masks.
  • Yesterday, we learned that South Carolina Republican Rep. Tom Rice and family have tested positive for the coronavirus. Just two weeks ago, Rice was on the House floor and halls of the Capitol without wearing a mask.
Internal FEMA data show that the government’s supply of surgical gowns has not meaningfully increased since March… The slides show FEMA’s plan to ramp up supply into June and July hinges on the reusing of N95 masks and surgical gowns, increasing the risk of contamination. Those are supposed to be disposed of after one use.
Nursing homes with urgent needs for personal protective equipment say they’re receiving defective equipment as part of Trump administration supply initiative. Officials say FEMA is sending them gowns that look more like large tarps -- with no holes for hands -- and surgical masks that are paper-thin.
More than 1,300 Chinese medical-device companies that registered to sell PPE in the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic used bogus registration data… These companies listed as their American representative a purported Delaware entity that uses a false address and nonworking phone number.
Florida is sitting on more than 980,000 unused doses of hydroxychloroquine, but hospitals don’t want it… Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered a million doses of the drug to show support for Trump, but very few hospitals have requested it.

Native American communities struggle

The CARES Act money for Native American tribes, meant to assist people during the pandemic, came with restrictions that are impeding efforts to limit the transmission of the virus. For instance, the funds can only be used to cover expenses that are "incurred due to the public health emergency." On the Navajo Nation, the public health emergency is inherently related to some basic infrastructure problems. 30% of Navajo don’t have running water to wash their hands, but the money can’t be used to build water lines.
Federal and state health agencies are refusing to give Native American tribes and organizations representing them access to data showing how the coronavirus is spreading around their lands, potentially widening health disparities and frustrating tribal leaders already ill-equipped to contain the pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has turned down tribal epidemiologists’ requests for data that it’s making freely available to states.
A Hospital’s Secret Coronavirus Policy Separated Native American Mothers From Their Newborns… Pregnant Native American women were singled out for COVID-19 testing based on their race and ZIP code, clinicians say. While awaiting results, some mothers were separated from their newborns, depriving them of the immediate contact doctors recommend. New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that state officials would investigate the allegations.

Personnel & appointees

Former IG Steve Linick told Congress he was conducting five investigations into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the State Department before he was fired. In addition to investigating Pompeo's potential misuse of taxpayer funds and reviewing his decision to expedite an $8 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia, Linick’s office was conducting an audit of Special Immigrant Visas, a review of the International Women of Courage Award, and another review "involving individuals in the Office of the Protocol."
  • Pompeo confidant emerges as enforcer in fight over watchdog’s firing: Linick testified that Undersecretary of State for Management Brian Bulatao, a decades-old friend of Pompeo’s, “tried to bully [him]” out of investigating Pompeo.
Trump has empowered John McEntee, director of the Presidential Personnel Office, to make significant staffing changes inside top federal agencies without the consent — and, in at least one case, without even the knowledge — of the agency head. Many senior officials in Trump's government are sounding alarms about the loss of expertise and institutional knowledge.
Trump’s nominee for under secretary of defense for policy, retired Army Brig. Gen. Anthony Tata, has a history of making Islamophobic and inflammatory remarks against prominent Democratic politicians, including falsely calling former President Barack Obama a Muslim.
Amid racial justice marches, GOP advances Trump court pick hostile to civil rights. Cory Wilson, up for a lifetime seat on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, has denied that restrictive voting laws lead to voter suppression and called same-sex marriage “a pander to liberal interest groups.”
Interior Secretary David Bernhardt has indefinitely extended the terms of the acting directors of the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service, sidestepping the typical Senate confirmation process for those posts and violating the Federal Vacancies Reform Act,

Courts and DOJ

The Supreme Court declined on Monday to take a closer look at qualified immunity, the legal doctrine that shields law enforcement and government officials from lawsuits over their conduct. Developed in recent decades by the high court, the qualified immunity doctrine, as applied to police, initially asks two questions: Did police use excessive force, and if they did, should they have known that their conduct was illegal because it violated a "clearly established" prior court ruling that barred such conduct? In practice, however, lower courts have most often dismissed police misconduct lawsuits on grounds that there is no prior court decision with nearly identical facts.
The Supreme Court ruled that federal anti-discrimination laws protect gay and transgender employees. Justice Neil M. Gorsuch and Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. joined the court’s liberals in the 6 to 3 ruling. They said Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination “because of sex,” includes LGBTQ employees.
  • Alito, writing more than 100 pages in dissent for himself and Thomas, accused the court's majority of writing legislation, not law. Kavanaugh wrote separately: "We are judges, not members of Congress...Under the Constitution and laws of the United States, this court is the wrong body to change American law in that way."
  • Just days before the SCOTUS opinion was released, the Trump administration finalized a rule that would remove nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people when it comes to health care and health insurance. The SCOTUS ruling may make it easier to challenge the changes made by Trump.
The Supreme Court also declined to take up California’s “sanctuary” law, denying the Trump administration’s appeal. This means that the lower court opinion upholding one of California's sanctuary laws is valid, limiting cooperation between law enforcement and federal immigration authorities. Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, two of the Court's conservative members, supported taking up the case.
A federal appeals court appeared unlikely Friday to stop a judge from examining why the Justice Department sought to walk away from its prosecution of Michael Flynn. "I don't see why we don't observe regular order," said Judge Karen Henderson. "Why not hold this in abeyance and see what happens?" Judge Robert Wilkins told Flynn's lawyer that if Sullivan doesn't let the government drop the case, "then you can come back here on appeal."


Good read: Fiona Hill on being mistaken as a secretary by Trump, her efforts to make sure he was not left alone with Putin, and what the US, UK and Russia have in common. “It’s spitting in Merkel’s face,” said Vladimir Frolov, a former Russian diplomat who’s now a foreign-policy analyst. “But it’s in our interests.”
  • Russia’s Foreign Ministry welcomed Trump’s plan to withdraw more than a quarter of U.S. troops from Germany.
  • Op-Ed: Why cutting American forces in Germany will harm this alliance
According to a new book, the Secret Service had to seek more funding to cover the cost of protecting Melania Trump while she stayed in NYC to renegotiate her prenup - taxpayers paid tens of millions of dollars to allow her to get better terms. Additionally, NYPD estimated its own costs conservatively at $125,000 a day.
Georgia election 'catastrophe' in largely minority areas sparks investigation. Long lines, lack of voting machines, and shortages of primary ballots plagued voters. As of Monday night, there were still over 200,000 uncounted votes.
Fox News runs digitally altered images in coverage of Seattle’s protests, Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone
Fox News Mocked After Mistaking Monty Python Joke for Seattle Protest Infighting
In addition to holding a rally on the day after Juneteenth (originally scheduled the day of), Trump will be accepting the GOP nomination in Jacksonville on the 60th anniversary of “Ax Handle Saturday,” a KKK attack on African Americans.
Environmental news:
  • Ruling against environmentalists, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that the federal government has the authority to allow a proposed $7.5 billion natural gas pipeline to cross under the popular Appalachian Trail in rural Virginia.
  • Trump administration has issued a new rule blocking tribes from protecting their waters from projects like pipelines, dams, and coal terminals.
  • The EPA published a proposal in the Federal Register that critics described as an assault on minority communities coping with the public health legacy of structural racism. The rule would bar EPA from giving special consideration to individual communities that bear the brunt of environmental risks — frequently populations of color.
  • The Trump administration is preparing to drill off Florida’s coast, but says it will wait until after the November election to avoid any backlash from Florida state leaders.
Immigration news
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection used emergency funding meant for migrant families and children to pay for dirt bikes, canine supplies, computer equipment and other enforcement related-expenditures… The money was meant to be spent on “consumables and medical care” for migrants at the border.
  • ACLU files lawsuit against stringent border restrictions related to coronavirus that largely bar migrants from entering the United States.
  • Under Trump’s leadership, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has mismanaged its finances so badly that it has sought an emergency $1.2 billion infusion from taxpayers. When Trump took office, USCIS inherited a budget surplus. A large amount of funding is drained by its deliberate creation of more busy work for immigrants and their lawyers — as well as thousands of USCIS employees. These changes are designed to make it harder for people to apply for, receive or retain lawful immigration status.
  • Asylum-seeking migrants locked up inside an Arizona ICE detention center with one of the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases say they were forced to clean the facility and are 'begging' for protection from the virus
  • ICE plans to spend $18 million on thousands of new tasers and the training to use them
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/u/astroboy37 on Should the “minimum wage” be “minimum livable wage”?

The issue with the internship angle is that an internship by definition must detriment the employer for the benefit of the intern. You get away with not paying them at all because you're teaching them essentially and taking a business hit. I'm not in the business of running a paralegal school I'm in the business of practicing law. Further, someone truly entry level like a 16 year old can be legally an employee and still be too fundamentally unskilled to turn a profit at minimum wage. By pricing them out like that they fall into the trap of staying unskilled because I can't pay them $100 a week for 20 hours of clerical work while gradually escalating responsibilities.
I think you attribute too much benefit to the minimum wage as is. Your example of low skilled workers not being able to demand higher pay, and not moving on to other jobs, I'd ask why not? There are plenty of places right now hiring. In fact October 14 last year Pew published a report stating that 39 states had more jobs than they have applicants. There are several entire fields of work in Alaska where the average time to fill a vacancy is over a year. People aren't stuck at low pay because no one will offer them more pay. They're stuck at low pay because no one will offer them more at the exact duties they want (maybe a ditch digger just doesn't wanna do janitorial work for the school district or be an apartment handyman's assistant), or they won't offer a job in the zip code they want even if a company in rural Idaho is perfectly willing to offer them a year long contract at triple their current pay, or they can't get the schedule they find ideal (I personally have a policy that I never work weekends and have turned down higher paying jobs that wanted me to have Saturday rotations back when I worked IT while going through university), or they don't realize that the lower pay they'll get elsewhere is vastly better for them because the cost of living would decrease (for example the average pay for a fine dining server in San Francisco is more money than the average income of an American household, yet half that pay by bartending in an Indian casino in southern Oklahoma is actually a huge step up in take home pay between cost of living decreases and significantly less taxation.
As far as good faith, there's nothing good faith about capitalism, that's what courts are for. Everyone is out to maximize their end goal, usually money and that includes workers. If a company knows that they're the only one hiring in a small town and figure they can get away with $3.75 an hour then by all means let them. Nothing stops those employees from unionizing. Nothing stops them from all just walking off the job one day. Without any doubt that company will have high turnover as any employee making that little is blasting resumes every day and night and in this vast country someone is sure as hell going to beat $4. In fact even today nothing stops an individual employee from going to. Their boss and saying "You know I've been here a year now and I've learned these additional skills from when I got hired and my rent has increased $75 a month because of the property tax hike so I'm actually making less money today than a year ago due to me staying in this area and working for you. I'm going to need atleast another $2 an hour to make this work for me". With or without a minimum wage, high turnover is the death of a company as I illustrated above how expensive an endeavor it is to get train people into being quality.
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Lost in the Sauce: March 22 - 28

Welcome to Lost in the Sauce, keeping you caught up on political and legal news that often gets buried in distractions and theater… or a global health crisis.
Figuring out how to divide the COVID-19 content from the “regular” news has been difficult because the pandemic is influencing all aspects of life. Some of the stories below involve the virus, but I chose to include them when it fits into one of the pre-established categories (like congress or immigration). The coronavirus-central post will be made again this Thursday-Friday; the sign up form now has an option to choose to receive an email when the coronavirus-focused roundup is posted.
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Congress passes stimulus

Last week started out with a Republican-crafted stimulus bill that was twice-blocked by Senate Democrats, who objected to the lax conditions of aid to corporations, too little funding for hospitals, and a $500 billion “slush fund” for big companies to be doled out by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin with no oversight.
Conservative-Democrat Joe Manchin (WV) even criticized the GOP bill:
“It fails our first responders, nurses, private physicians and all healthcare professionals. ... It fails our workers. It fails our small businesses… Instead, it is focused on providing billions of dollars to Wall Street and misses the mark on helping the West Virginians that have lost their jobs through no fault of their own.”
Through negotiations, Democrats shifted the bill in a more-worker friendly direction. The version that passed includes the following Democrat-added provisions: expanded unemployment benefits, $100 billion for hospitals, $150 billion for state and local governments, direct payments to Americans without a phase-in (ensuring low-income workers get the full amount), a ban on Trump and his children from receiving aid, and oversight on the “slush fund” (see next section for more info). Senate Democrats also managed to remove a provision that would have excluded nonprofits that receive Medicaid funding from the small-business grants.
Echoing sentiments expressed during debate on the previous coronavirus bill (the second, for those keeping track), Republican senators derided the $600 a week increase in unemployment payments as “incentivizing” workers to quit their jobs. Sens. Ben Sasse (Neb.), Rick Scott (Fla.), Tim Scott (S.C.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.) delayed passage of the bill in order to force a vote on an amendment removing the extra unemployment funding. "This bill pays you more not to work than if you were working," Graham said. Fortunately for American workers, the amendment failed and the improved bill passed the Senate and the House.

The giveaways in the bill

While Senate Democrats were able to add worker-friendly provisions, the bill still required bipartisan support to pass the chamber and some corporate giveaways remained in the final version.

Trump’s signing statement

While signing the latest coronavirus relief bill, the president also issued a signing statement undercutting the congressional oversight provision creating an inspector general to track how the administration distributes the $500 billion “slush fund” money.
The newly-created inspector general is legally required to audit loans and investments made through the fund and report to Congress his/her findings, including any refusal by the executive office to cooperate. In his signing statement, Trump wrote that his understanding of constitutional powers allows him to gag the special IG:
"I do not understand, and my Administration will not treat, this provision as permitting the [inspector general] to issue reports to the Congress without the presidential supervision required" by Article II of the Constitution.
The signing statement further suggests that Trump does not have to comply with a provision requiring that agencies consult with Congress before it spends or reallocates certain funds: "These provisions are impermissible forms of congressional aggrandizement with respect to the execution of the laws," the statement reads.
While some have said that Congress fell short in this instance, one Democratic Senate aide told Politico that Congress built in multiple layers of oversight, including “a review of other inspectors general and a congressional review committee charged with overseeing Treasury and the Federal Reserve's efforts to implement the law.”
Legal experts have pointed out that a signing statement is “without legal effect.” But that ignores the fact that oversight is not equal to enforcement. The problem, in my opinion, isn’t that Congress won’t be notified of any abuses of power by Trump. The problem is that congressional Republicans and the judiciary have largely failed to hold him accountable and enforce our laws even after learning of his abuses.

Concerns about the IG

Another potential weakness in the oversight structure is the inspector general position itself. The special inspector general for pandemic recovery, known by the acronym S.I.G.P.R., is nominated by the president and confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate. As we’ve seen from Trump’s previous nominees, particularly judicial, many unqualified individuals have been confirmed. The Democrats will not have the power to stop the president and Mitch McConnell from jamming through a loyalist to fill the SIGPR role.
Former inspector general at the Justice Department Michael Bromwich: “The signing statement threatens to undermine the authority and independence of this new IG. The Senate should extract a commitment from the nominee that Congress will be promptly notified of any Presidential/Administration interference or obstruction.”
You may recall that Trump has already proven that he’s willing to interfere with the legally-mandated work of an inspector general. When the Ukraine whistleblower filed a complaint last year, the IG of the Intelligence Community, Michael Atkinson, investigated and determined the complaint to be “urgent” and “credible.” Atkinson wrote a report and gave it to Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire to hand over to Congress. However, the White House and DOJ interfered and instructed Maguire not to transmit the report to the Senate and House Intelligence Committees. Chairman Adam Schiff had to subpoena Maguire to turn over the report and testify before his committee.
Further, there are already five IG vacancies in agencies that have a critical role in responding to the pandemic. The Treasury itself has not had a permanent, Senate-confirmed IG for over eight months now, and Trump hasn’t nominated a replacement. The Treasury Dept. has taken a lead role in the coronavirus response, with Secretary Mnuchin handling most of the negotiating with Congress on Trump’s behalf. The fact that the lead agency doesn’t have IG oversight should be troublesome in itself; replicating the situation with a special IG doesn’t seem to be a promising solution.
UPDATE: The nation's inspectors general have appointed Glenn Fine, the Pentagon's acting IG, to lead the committee of IGs overseeing the coronavirus relief effort.
This is one of several oversight mechanisms built into the new law. They include:
A committee of IGs (now led by Fine), a new special IG (to be nominated by Trump), a congressional review panel (to be appointed by House/Senate leaders)

Direct payments

Included in the stimulus bill is a $1200 one-time direct payment for all Americans who made less than $75,000 in 2019 (less than $150,000 if couples filed jointly). More details can be found here. I have read that the Treasury will use 2018 information for those who have not filed yet this year, but I am not 100% sure that’ll happen.
Mnuchin has said that Americans can expect to receive the money within three weeks, but many experts expect that timetable to be pushed into late April. Additionally, that only applies to Americans who included direct deposit information on their 2019 tax returns. Those who did not include their bank’s information will have to be sent a physical check in the mail… which could take anywhere from two to four months.
Other options are being discussed, including partnering the Treasury Dept. with MasterCard and Visa to deliver prepaid debit cards. Venmo and Paypal are reportedly lobbying the government to be considered as a disbursement option.
Future payments?
House Speaker Pelosi is already planning another wave of direct payments to Americans, saying that the $1,200 is not enough to mitigate the economic effects of the pandemic: “I don’t think we’ve seen the end of direct payments.” Republicans, meanwhile, are taking a ‘wait and see’ approach, using the next couple of weeks to measure the impact of the $2 trillion bill passed last week.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy: “What concerns me is when I listen to Nancy Pelosi talk about a fourth package now, it’s because she did not get out of things that she really wanted...I’m not sure you need a fourth package...Let’s let this work ... We have now given the resources to make and solve this problem. We don’t need to be crafting another bill right now.”
For the fourth legislative package, Democrats have said they would like to see increased food stamp benefits; increased coverage for coronavirus testing, visits to the doctor and treatment; more money for state and local governments, including Washington, D.C.; expanded family and medical leave; pension fixes; and stronger workplace protections.
Trump’s signature
Normally, a civil servant signs federal checks, like the direct payments Americans are set to receive. According to a Wall Street Journal report, Trump has told people that he wants his signature to appear on the stimulus checks.


War on the poor continues

Amid the coronavirus crisis, Trump has defended his continued support of a Republican-led lawsuit to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, which would result in 20 million Americans losing health insurance if successful. The Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments in the case this fall. Contrasting with his position that the ACA is illegal, Trump is considering reopening enrollment on, allowing millions of uninsured individuals to get coverage before potentially incurring charges and fees related to COVID-19.
Joe Biden called on Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is leading the charge against the ACA, and President Trump to drop the lawsuit:
“At a time of national emergency, which is laying bare the existing vulnerabilities in our public health infrastructure, it is unconscionable that you are continuing to pursue a lawsuit designed to strip millions of Americans of their health insurance and protections under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the ban on insurers denying coverage or raising premiums due to pre-existing conditions.”
The Trump administration is also pushing forward with its plan to kick 700,000 people off federal food stamp assistance, known as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). The USDA announced two weeks ago that the department will appeal Judge Beryl Howell’s recent decision that the USDA’s work mandate rule is “arbitrary and capricious."
Additionally: The Social Security Administration has no plans to slow down a rule change set for June that will limit disability benefits, the Department of Health and Human Services still intends to reduce automatic enrollment in health coverage, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development will continue the process to enact a rule that would make it harder for renters to sue landlords for racial discrimination.

Lawmakers’ stock transactions

The Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission are beginning to investigate stock transactions made ahead of the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. CNN reports that the inquiry has already reached out to Senator Richard Burr for information. “Under insider trading laws, prosecutors would need to prove the lawmakers traded based on material non-public information they received in violation of a duty to keep it confidential,” a task that won’t be easy.
Sen. Burr is facing another consequence of his trades: Alan Jacobson, a shareholder in Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, sued Burr for allegedly using private information to instruct a mass liquidation of his assets. Among the shares he sold were an up to $150,000 stake in Wyndham, whose stock suffered a market-value cut of more than two-thirds since mid-February.

Environmental rollbacks

Using the pandemic as cover, the Trump administration has begun to more aggressively roll back regulations meant to protect the environment. These are examples of what Naomi Klein dubbed “the shock doctrine”: the phenomenon wherein polluters and their government allies push through unpopular policy changes under the smokescreen of a public emergency.
On Thursday, the EPA announced (non-paywalled) an expansive relaxation of environmental laws and fines, exempting companies from consequences for pollution. Under the new rules, there are basically no rules. Companies are asked to “act responsibly” but are not required to report when their facilities discharge pollution into the air or water. Just five days before abandoning any pollution oversight, the oil industry’s largest trade group implored the administration for assistance, stating that social distancing measures caused a steep drop in demand for gasoline.
  • Monday morning update: In an interview with Fox News this morning, Trump said he was going to call Putin after the interview to discuss the Saudi-Russia oil fight. A consequence of this "battle" has been plummeting prices in the U.S. making it difficult for domestic companies (like shale extraction) to turn a profit. It's striking that the day after Dr. Fauci told Americans we can expect 100,000 to 200,000 deaths from COVID-19 (if we keep social distancing measures in place), Trump's first action is to talk to Fox News and his second action is to intervene in an international tiff on behalf of the oil and gas industry.
Gina McCarthy, who led the E.P.A. under the Obama administration, called the rollback “an open license to pollute.” Cynthia Giles, who headed the EPA enforcement division during the Obama administration, said “it is so far beyond any reasonable response I am just stunned.”
The EPA is also moving forward with a widely-opposed rule to limit the types of scientific studies used when crafting new regulations or revising current ones. Hidden behind claims of increased transparency, the rule would require disclosure of all raw data used in scientific studies. This would disqualify many fields of research that rely on personal health information from individuals that must be kept confidential. For example, studies that show air pollution causes premature deaths or a certain pesticide is linked to birth defects would be rejected under the proposed rule change.
Officials and scientists are calling upon the EPA to extend the time for comment on the regulatory changes, arguing that the public is unable to express their opinion while dealing with the pandemic.
“These rollbacks need and deserve the input of our public health community, but right now, they are rightfully focused on responding to the coronavirus,” said Representative Frank Pallone of New Jersey, the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Other controversial decisions being made:
  • A former EPA official who worked on controversial policies returned as Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s chief of staff. Mandy Gunasekara helped write regulations to ease pollution controls for coal-fired power plants and vehicle emissions in her previous role as chief of the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. In a recent interview, Gunasekara, who played a role in the decision to exit the Paris Climate Accord, pushed back on the more dire predictions of climate change, saying, “I don't think it is catastrophic.”
  • NYT: The plastic bag industry, battered by a wave of bans nationwide, is using the coronavirus crisis to try to block laws prohibiting single-use plastic. “We simply don’t want millions of Americans bringing germ-filled reusable bags into retail establishments putting the public and workers at risk,” an industry campaign that goes by the name Bag the Ban warned on Tuesday. (Also see The Guardian)
  • Kentucky, South Dakota, and West Virginia passed laws putting new criminal penalties on protests against fossil fuel infrastructure in just the past two weeks.
  • The Hill: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Friday that it will extend the amount of time that winter gasoline can be sold this year as producers have been facing lower demand due to the coronavirus. It will allow companies to sell the winter-grade gasoline through May 20, whereas companies would have previously been required to stop selling it by May 1 to protect air quality. “In responding to an international health crisis, the last thing the EPA should do is take steps that will worsen air quality and undermine the public’s health,” biofuels expert David DeGennaro said.
  • NYT: At the Interior Department, employees at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have been under strict orders to complete the rule eliminating some protections for migratory birds within 30 days, according to two people with direct knowledge of the orders. The 45-day comment period on that rule ended on March 19.
  • WaPo: The Interior Department has received over 230 nominations for oil and gas leases covering more than 150,000 acres across southern Utah, a push that would bring drilling as close as a half-mile from some of the nation’s most famous protected sites, including Arches and Canyonlands National Parks… if all the fossil fuels buried in those sites was extracted and burned, it would translate into between 1 billion and 5.95 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide being released into the air. That upward measure is equal to half the annual carbon output of China

Court updates

Press freedom case
Southern District of New York District Judge Lorna Schofield ruled that a literary advocacy group’s lawsuit against Trump for allegedly violating the First Amendment can move forward. The group, PEN America, is pursuing claims that Trump “has used government power to retaliate against media coverage and reporters he dislikes.”
Schofield determined that PEN’s allegation that Trump made threats to chill free speech was valid, providing as an example the White House’s revocation of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta’s press press corps credentials:
”The threats are lent credence by the fact that Defendant has acted on them before, by revoking Mr. Acosta’s credentials and barring reporters from particular press conferences. The Press Secretary indeed e-mailed the entire press corps to inform them of new rules of conduct and to warn of further consequences, citing the incident involving Mr. Acosta… These facts plausibly allege that a motivation for defendant’s actions is controlling and punishing speech he dislikes.”
Twitter case
The president suffered another First Amendment defeat last week when the full 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals declined to review a previous ruling that prevents Trump from blocking users on the Twitter account he uses to communicate with the public. Judge Barrington D. Parker, a Nixon-appointee, wrote: “Excluding people from an otherwise public forum such as this by blocking those who express views critical of a public official is, we concluded, unconstitutional.”
Trump-appointees Michael Parker and Richard Sullivan authored a dissent, arguing the free speech “does not include a right to post on other people’s personal social media accounts, even if those other people happen to be public officials.” Park warned that the ruling will allow the social media pages of public officials to be “overrun with harassment, trolling, and hate speech, which officials will be powerless to filter.”
Florida’s felon voting
U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle ripped into Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s administration for failing to come up with a process to determine which felons are genuinely unable to pay court-ordered fees and fines, which are otherwise required to be paid before having their voting rights restored.
“If the state is not going to fix it, I will,” Hinkle warned. He had given the state five months to come up with an administrative process for felons to prove they’re unable to pay financial obligations, but Florida officials did not do so. The case is set to be heard on April 28 (notwithstanding any coronavirus-related delays).

ICE, Jails, and COVID-19

One of the most overlooked populations with an increased risk of death from coronavirus are those in detention facilities, which keep people in close quarters with little sanitation or protective measures (including for staff).
Last week, U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee ordered the federal government to “make continuous efforts” to release migrant children from detention centers across the country. Numerous advocacy groups asked for the release after reports that four children being held in New York had tested positive for the virus:
“The threat of irreparable injury to their health and safety is palpable,” the plaintiffs’ lawyers said in their petition… both of the agencies operating migrant children detention facilities must by April 6 provide an accounting of their efforts to release those in custody… “Her order will undoubtedly speed up releases,” said Peter Schey, co-counsel for the plaintiffs in the court case.
On Tuesday, 13 immigrants held at ICE facilities in California filed a lawsuit demanding to be released because their health conditions make them particularly vulnerable to dying if infected by the coronavirus. An ACLU statement says the detainees are “confined in crowded and unsanitary conditions where social distancing is not possible.” The 13 individuals are all over the age of 50 and/or suffering from serious underlying medical issues like high blood pressure.
“From all the evidence we have seen, ICE is failing to fulfill its constitutional obligation to protect the health and safety of individuals in its custody. ICE should exercise its existing discretion to release people with serious medical conditions from detention for humanitarian reasons,” said William Freeman, senior counsel at the ACLU of Northern California.
Meanwhile, ICE is under fire for continuing to shuttle detainees across the country, with one even being forced to take nine different flights bouncing from Louisiana to Texas to New Jersey less than two weeks ago. That man is Dr. Sirous Asgari, a materials science and engineering professor from Iran, who was acquitted last year on federal charges of stealing trade secrets. The government lost its case against him, yet ICE has had him in indefinite detention since November.
Asgari, 59, told the Guardian that his Ice holding facility in Alexandria, Louisiana, had no basic cleaning practices in place and continued to bring in new detainees from across the country with no strategy to minimize the threat of Covid-19...Detainees have no hand sanitizer, and the facility is not regularly cleaning bathrooms or sleeping areas…Detainees lack access to masks… Detainees struggle to stay clean, and the facility has an awful stench.
State jails are making a better effort to release detained individuals, as both New York and New Jersey ordered a thousand people in each state be let out of jail. The order applied only to low-level offenders sentenced to less than a year in jail and those held on technical probation violations. In Los Angeles County, officials released over 1,700 people from its jails.
A judge in Alabama took similar steps last week, ordering roughly 500 people jailed for minor offenses to be released to lessen crowding in facilities. Unlike in New York and New Jersey, however, local officials reacted in an uproar, led in part by the state executive committee for the Alabama Republican Party and Assistant District Attorney C.J. Robinson. Using angry Facebook messages as the barometer of the community’s feelings, Robinson worked “frantically” to block inmates from being released.
  • Reuters: As of Saturday, at least 132 inmates and 104 staff at jails across New York City had tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus… Since March 22, jails have reported 226 inmates and 131 staff with confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to a Reuters survey of cities and counties that run America’s 20 largest jails. The numbers are almost certainly an undercount given the fast spread of the virus.

Tribe opposed by Trump loses land

On Wednesday, The Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs announced the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s reservation would be "disestablished" and its land trust status removed. Tribal Chairman Cedric Cromwell called the move "cruel" and "unnecessary,” particularly coming in the midst of a pandemic crisis. Rep. Bill Keating (D-Mass.), who last year introduced legislation to protect the tribe's reservation as trust land in Massachusetts, said the order “is one of the most cruel and nonsensical acts I have seen since coming to Congress.”
The administration’s decision is especially suspicious as just last year Trump attacked the tribe’s plan to build a casino on its land, tweeting that allowing the construction would be “unfair” and treat Native Americans unequally. As a former casino owner, Trump has spent decades attacking Native American casinos as unfair competition. At a 1993 congressional hearing Trump said that tribal owners “don’t look like Indians to me” and claimed: “I might have more Indian blood than a lot of the so-called Indians that are trying to open up the reservations” to gambling.
More than his past history, however, Trump has current interests at play in the Mashpee Wampanoag’s planned casino: it would have competed for business with nearby Rhode Island casinos owned by Twin River Worldwide Holdings, whose president, George Papanier, was a finance executive at the Trump Plaza casino hotel in Atlantic City.
In the Mashpee case, Twin River, the operator of the two Rhode Island casinos, has hired Matthew Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union and a vocal Trump supporter, to lobby for it on the land issue. Schlapp’s wife, Mercedes, is director of strategic communications at the White House.
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Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Nov. 6, 2000

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
1-3-2000 1-10-2000 1-17-2000 1-24-2000
1-31-2000 2-7-2000 2-14-2000 2-21-2000
2-28-2000 3-6-2000 3-13-2000 3-20-2000
3-27-2000 4-3-2000 4-10-2000 4-17-2000
4-24-2000 5-1-2000 5-8-2000 5-15-2000
5-22-2000 5-29-2000 6-5-2000 6-12-2000
6-19-2000 6-26-2000 7-3-2000 7-10-2000
7-17-2000 7-24-2000 7-31-2000 8-7-2000
8-14-2000 8-21-2000 8-28-2000 9-4-2000
9-11-2000 9-18-2000 9-25-2000 10-01-2000
10-09-2000 10-15-2000 10-23-2000 10-30-2000
  • Bret Hart officially announced his retirement this week due to concussions he suffered starting back at Starrcade from a Goldberg kick. Doctors actually speculated that Hart may have had a concussion going into the match, but the kick magnified the damage. Following the Goldberg match, Hart continued to wrestle for a couple of weeks and got rocked again several times, particularly in a hardcore match with Terry Funk. Doctors said he's suffered about 10% brain damage, some of which may be permanent. Despite the injury, there was always the possibility that he could have remained an on-screen character in some role. But Hart was fired by WCW last week, which basically left him with no real options, since he has no intention of ever working for WWF again and said he doesn't want to end his career by working his way down the minor league food chain like so many other wrestlers do. Dave says Hart will be remembered for many things, and while his career had no shortage of memorable moments, the name Bret Hart will always be mostly associated with what happened in Montreal 3 years ago and with the death of his brother Owen. The first was the most historically influential match in modern times and Owen's death was the biggest mainstream news story in wrestling history. The last 3 years of Bret's life have been hell, from a disappointing WCW run, injuries, and the utter destruction of the Hart family in the wake of Owen's death. Dave thinks it's sad because if this was Japan or Mexico, the wrestling culture there is different. If a star on the level of Bret Hart retired there, they would have elaborate retirement ceremonies and make a huge deal of it. But here in America, he was double-crossed out of the WWF to avoid giving him a fond farewell, and then he was unceremoniously fired from WCW rather than having a chance to officially retire in the ring or give a speech for his fans. Then again, with the state of WCW, nobody would have believed a Bret Hart retirement speech anyway, since everyone would just suspect an angle. But it sucks that he's having to hang up the boots while unemployed and with no outlet to be given the send-off he deserves.
  • Dave recaps Bret's career, starting as a teenager in the Amarillo territory with Dory Funk, his time in Japan, and then starting in Stampede and working his way up the ladder there (he started as an opening match jobber). Forming the Hart Foundation with Neidhart, their years together in WWF, his singles run, becoming IC and WWF champion when business was down and Vince needed someone who wasn't exploding with steroids to be the face of the company. As WWF champion, business was weak in the U.S. but Hart was a huge draw when WWF toured internationally (which they did a lot more back then because U.S. business was so bad). And then of course, Shawn Michaels, the Screwjob, and off to WCW where he was the hottest star in the business upon arrival. But from there, he was the victim of injuries and horrible booking and Hart in WCW never clicked. Dave goes on and on about the countless times WCW dropped the ball with how they booked Bret. Anyway, Hart has ruled out ever wrestling again, for fear of more brain damage and not wanting to live the rest of his life as a drooling vegetable. He also shot down the idea of ever being a manager because he's unhappy with the direction of the business and says he's leaving the industry entirely, not just the in-ring part. He plans to spend the next year working on a book about his life and doing some acting. Luckily, he should be well off financially. He earned north of 7 figures during his last four years in the business and has a Lloyds of London disability policy that will pay him the equivalent of 6 months salary, which will be another million or so.
  • Bret Hart announced his retirement in his Calgary Sun column and since you can't just easily find this online anymore, here's what Bret wrote:
There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That'll be the beginning." -- Louis La'Amour.
I'm really sorry to have to say that my professional wrestling career is over--forever. Although I've expected it to end for some time now, I could in no way ever prepare for it.
I suppose it doesn't do much good to speak negatively about how this or that has gone for me. I feel it is more fitting right now to remember the more positive aspects of my long and great career. I have not one regret. I'm proud of all my achievements, especially my seven World Heavyweight Championships.
I will miss the cities, the countries, especially the people--all colours, all religions, all ages, all languages. I've always tried my absolute best in every match, in every city, big or small, in countries all around the world.
I cannot begin to explain how proud I am to have touched so many people with the ability to wrestle. My heart is filled with memories. Like when I was mobbed at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem by Palestinian children, tears in their eyes, kissing my hands. In Belfast, Ireland, being cheered on by both Catholic and Protestant fans, the emotions that poured out as I walked around the ring high-fiving our victory together. The time I was in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, where they waved Canadian flags and chanted O Canada! I could go on endlessly, but maybe it's easier to say I was privileged to be the only world champion who really travelled the world.
I hope that my fans who have kept the faith, believing in me, may in some small way take some lesson from me that will help them in their lifetime. I will never forget how touched I was in Rochester, N.Y. in one of my last matches, when a bunch of die-hard fans held up a sign that read: Parking $10, Program $5, Ticket $35, watching Bret Hitman Hart wrestle--priceless."
I'm forever grateful for the doors that opened bringing me to America. Thank you for having me, for giving me so much. I thank all my fans everywhere. I owe you all for everything I am.
As for the wrestlers, it would mean a lot to me to always be remembered as "one of the boys." I've made great friendships that will last my lifetime and look forward to an easier life filled with reminiscing.
To all of you who worked with me, carried me, and trusted me, those who allowed my success to continue while theirs did not, all from a deep sense of tradition and honour. I tried to always work hard to be champion in your eyes first. My greatest accomplishment is knowing that I never seriously harmed one wrestler. It may not seem important, but I want it remembered that in all the years I never, ever refused to lose to another wrestler--except once--and that was that fateful day in Montreal, where it's clear that I stood up for "the boys."
I could begin to list all the great wrestlers I either watched or worked with, but it would take forever. I will simply say that I'd give anything to climb into the ring with so many of you just one more time. To most people, wrestling is stupid, it's fake, it doesn't mean anything. When I think about it, I'm reminded of a quote by George Braque: "Art is a sound turned to light."
I drift back to a time when I was 23 years old, wrestling for my father, in Regina, making $150 a night. It looked like it was going to be a near full crowd on hand to see me take on my arch rival, The Dynamite Kid, in a ladder match. The title and a bag supposedly containing $5,000 dangled from a string above the ring. Whoever could climb the ladder and grab it first would be the winner.
We were both so young when I look back on it now, so intense, when the bell rang, we tore into each other, ferociously, eventually spilling out onto the floor. I went to slam Dynamite's head into a steel chair. He, of course, had his hands up for protection, but I had no idea he would hit it so hard. His head bounced back, I tried to turn, but our heads smashed. I split the back of his head open and shattered my face, one of those rare accidents.
I could tell it was bad. I could poke my finger through a gaping hole in the middle of my nose. The blood poured. We fought on. I remember Dynamite jumping up high, gripping that heavy steel ladder coming down straight down on my head. I didn't move. The crowd gasped. I dreamed a smile--because he never even touched me. He really was the best. Finally, I had him right where I wanted him, but the referee was down. That's when J.R. Foley crept up on the apron and whacked me across the back with his heavy walking stick. Down I went. The crowd was furious--so unfair. Dynamite began to climb to the top, his fingers reaching. Suddenly, I jumped up, throwing a perfect desperation drop kick, just like he asked me. "...just barely touch the ladder with your toes. I'll control how I go over."
Sure enough, the ladder wobbled and tipped, he grimaced, over they both went, with amazing timing. Dynamite leapt off, straddling the top rope, bouncing up and out right on top of J.R. Foley. But the ladder hit the top rope with such force, bouncing all the way back, heading right toward me. I was lucky I saw it. I rolled and rolled as fast as I could. It crashed with a thud, missing my head by only inches. I sat up, checking to see if Dynamite was hurt. He appeared to be all right, but still both of us knew we'd be going for some stitches.
He was riding with me, so he had to duck down when we drove past the fans on the way to the Pasqua Hospital. From there, we drove back home, all night, so that we could wrestle the following night, too tired to say a word to each other.
But if I can stop right somehow try and explain just what it is that I will miss the most about wrestling, I loved it all so much. I stood that big steel ladder up, one step up, climbing higher and higher, the crowd soaring with me, louder and louder, the blood dripping off my nose...reaching...I pulled that belt down and there it was--it happened. The crowd exploded.
We blew the roof loud I could not hear a single sound except the beating of my own heart. If you're lucky enough to find a way of life you live, you also have to find the courage to finally say goodbye.
I'll put my guns in the ground. I can't shoot them any more.
  • The WWF/Owen Hart lawsuit was verbally settled out of court, pending a court approval scheduled later this week. Various sources have pegged the settlement at $18 million. It's believed Stu and Helen Hart will receive somewhere between $2-3 million, with the rest going to Martha Hart and her two young children. Martha told the Calgary Sun that the whole ordeal has been a nightmare and she can't say much more for legal reasons but that she's satisfied with the settlement. It's believed that WWF may file suit against the company that manufactured the rigging equipment, but Vince McMahon would only say that they are exploring their options on that. Martha Hart had previously vowed she would never settle before the case went to court, but those close to her say she was tired of the stress and was particularly upset that the case had torn the Hart family apart. Stu and Helen in particular were eager to settle and get it over with. The first round of settlement talks went poorly, with McMahon reportedly offering $17 million and refusing to budge, while Martha's initial asking price was said to be $32 million. It ended with Martha "cutting a promo" on Vince (oh Dave...) and talks broke off. The case was made more complicated by different Hart members' inability to stop talking to the media against lawyers' advice. At one point, Ellie Neidhart (Nattie's mom), who has sided against her parents and with WWF in the case, took a document from Stu Hart regarding all of the Hart children getting money out of the case and passed it on to WWF's lawyers, which engulfed the Hart lawyers in a storm of controversy and nearly blew up their whole case. The original Feb. 2001 court date was postponed indefinitely following that and with no new court date in sight so it was likely to continue dragging on for months and maybe even years. So ultimately, Martha decided to settle (yeah I think to this day, Martha blames Ellie for almost destroying the case and that's why she was forced to settle). As of press time, Bret Hart hasn't yet commented on the settlement, but he knew it was coming. He was on the Observer Live online show the day before it was finalized and said he understood Martha's position and would support whatever decision she made.
  • The downward spiral of Davey Boy Smith hit a new low this week when he was arrested on 2 separate occasions for allegedly threatening the life of his estranged wife, Diana Hart-Smith. Dave talks about Smith's worsening drug problems in recent years along with all his health issues in between and how he's been in and out of the hospital constantly in the last two years. He also had a motorcycle accident a few weeks ago, multiple rehab stints, etc. Anyway, Smith was arrested on Oct. 25th and again on Oct. 26th. The first time, it was on 2 counts of threatening to kill his wife and her sister Ellie (again...Nattie's mom). After being released the next day, he allegedly threatened his wife again and was arrested again. She thought he was still in custody and went back to the house and was surprised to find him there and that led to the second arrest. Police have been to their house several times in the last few months for domestic disputes. There was also an incident a while back with Smith getting into a fight with Diana's new boyfriend, a Stampede wrestler who wrestles under the name Dick Butkus Jr. during which 85-year-old Stu Hart had to get involved and help break it up. Anyway, Smith spent this past weekend behind bars in Calgary, spending his time signing autographs for other inmates, but was released on the 30th on bail. But he faces 5 charges related to all his threats. Part of the conditions for his release were paying a $10,000 fine and he's not allowed to have any contact with Diana, Ellie, Bruce Hart, or Diana's new boyfriend. (Dave later mentions that Davey Boy is shacking up with Bruce's estranged wife Andrea now. Man, this fuckin' family, I tell ya...) He's also not allowed to drink or take any non-prescribed drugs and is ordered to stay away from where his wife is staying, along with staying away from Bruce Hart's home and Stu Hart's home. He was also ordered to enter rehab, even though he denied in court that he still has a drug problem.
  • Davey Boy is still under WWF contract, though he hasn't wrestled a match in months. But the WWF has suspended him pending the company's own investigation of the charges. In the past, he blamed his drug issues and back problems from taking a bump on Ultimate Warrior's trap door in the ring when he was in WCW. Dave recaps the series of events that led to him getting rehired by WWF and talks about how they hired Jim Neidhart back as well and it was no secret that Smith, Diana, and Neidhart's wife Ellie were all planning to testify against the family in the Owen Hart case if it had gone to trial. So it wasn't exactly a coincidence that both Smith and Neidhart got jobs that neither of them really had any business getting (Neidhart was hired as a trainer, which everyone knew he wasn't qualified for and Smith was brought back as a wrestler despite a crippling back injury and more crippling drug problem). Neidhart was quietly released a few weeks ago and with the Owen Hart lawsuit finally settled, it probably doesn't look good for Smith (indeed, he never stepped foot in the WWF again).
  • WCW Halloween Havoc is in the books and was possibly the worst wrestling PPV of the year. At this point, you'd think everyone in WCW would be putting their best foot forward to impress potential buyers, especially if that buyer ends up being the WWF and Vince becomes their new boss. But it was almost all bad matches and abysmal booking. The only bright side is that it was in Vegas and a lot of the tickets were sold to casinos for giveaways, so the show ended up being one of the biggest live gates WCW has had in awhile, even if the crowd wasn't exactly all wrestling fans. Russo is now out of the picture (claiming post-concussion syndrome and stress), but the show was booked by guys like Ed Ferrara and Bill Banks, who are basically mini-Russos and are just keeping his chair warm. So it wasn't quite the same scattershot chaos as most Russo-booked shows, but it still had the same lack of understanding about what makes a good wrestling show that Russo has perfected. Everyone involved (Ferrara, Banks, Terry Taylor, Johnny Ace, etc.) were told to continue Russo's stories rather than changing direction so everything mostly stayed the same.
  • Other notes from Halloween Havoc: the opening tag title three-way match was the best and really only good match on the show., due to Mysterio, Kidman, and Alex Wright's performances. In typical WCW fashion, they had a top notch snafu showing Palumbo and Stasiak in their street clothes backstage, just seconds after being in their gear and doing a run-in on the previous match. So they put up a thing on the screen that said "taped earlier in the day" to cover for it, but then during the segment, Palumbo and Stasiak were talking about what they just did in the ring minutes earlier. David Flair looked totally lost in his first blood match with Bagwell and even though he's been a midcard star in WCW for over a year now, Dave says if he went to OVW, he'd still be the worst guy on the roster. David Flair is just not ready for the big leagues and it shows. Negative star. Mike Sanders vs. The Cat in a kickboxing match was a total clusterfuck that Cat apparently refused to do the job for since it's "his" gimmick match, so he lost by count-out instead, even though the time limit for the last round had already expired and it was just a mess. Negative half star. Mike Awesome vs. Vampiro is negative 2.5 stars. That's three matches in a row in the negatives, with 2 DUD rankings book-ending them. Dave expected Awesome/Vampiro to actually be good but it had more blown spots than any match he's seen on PPV in years. They were apparently supposed to do a table spot to end the match but they couldn't find any tables under the ring and the match fell apart and Vampiro ended up taking a top rope powerbomb that gave him a concussion and shook him up badly (didn't stop WCW from having him take another powerbomb at the Thunder taping the next day, even though he told them beforehand about the concussion, but we'll get there). And babyface world champion Booker T was booed by a good chunk of the crowd during his match with Scott Steiner.
  • The latest PRIDE event in Japan drew a sellout crowd mostly due to so many pro wrestlers being involved. It also saw Naoya Ogawa defeat Masaaki Satake in a match most people believed was worked. Ogawa is Antonio Inoki's protege and he's keeping Ogawa protected. Dave says it definitely helps Ogawa keep his name and star power in a highly publicized match, but it doesn't say a lot for PRIDE's credibility. There's also suspicion that Nobuhiko Takada's fight against Igor Vovchanchyn was somewhat worked. Takada lost, but Igor is one of the top ranked heavyweights in the world and Takada went nearly 2 full rounds with him. Most people suspect the finish wasn't worked, but that Igor was told to take it easy on him because Takada is still a big draw and they wanted him to look strong in defeat against a guy he had no chance with. There were several other wrestlers on the card as well. Inoki came out at intermission and announced he was putting together his own show at the Osaka Dome for New Year's Eve (this ends up being the Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye show, which also sees Inoki come out of retirement for his final "match" ever. More on all this in a bit).
  • Genichiro Tenryu, at age 51, defeated Toshiaki Kawada to win the tournament and be crowned AJPW's newest Triple Crown champion, filling the vacancy left over after previous champion Kobashi left for NOAH. This complicates the AJPW/NJPW angle. There's 2 Tokyo Dome shows coming up in January. The first is NJPW's Jan. 4th show and there's another one near the end of the month that's an AJPW show, but will have some NJPW involvement. But Motoko Baba wants to protect the champion because she's hoping AJPW will still survive after the NJPW angle is over. In the past, companies like UWFI and WAR were desperate to survive and started working with NJPW, only to be devoured by NJPW's booking and left to die after the angle ran its course. Mrs. Baba is hoping to avoid the same fate, so she's not going to let Tenryu work a NJPW show and lose (remember, at the last show, NJPW's champion Kensuke Sasaki lost to Kawada and they won't let that happen 2 times in a row). Now that he's not the champion, it frees Kawada up to have a rematch with Sasaki, where he will presumably return the favor and do the job, but it won't be to unify the titles anymore.
WATCH: Genichiro Tenryu vs. Toshiaki Kawada - AJPW Triple Crown Championship match
  • Let's look at some various poll results. Every issue has results for the polls they run online every day or so. Usually I skip over these because they're boring but they're kinda interesting this week. "How should WCW handle the situation with Kevin Nash and Scott Hall" got 55% of voters saying Nash should be suspended for going off script on live TV. As for the future of ECW, 30% of voters think it won't last much longer, while most everyone else thinks it will struggle but continue to survive. Whoops. And finally, Bret Hart's greatest match was 35% for the match with Owen at WM10 and 33% for the match with Austin at WM13.
  • Stan Hansen has an autobiography that was released in Japanese that is selling like crazy in Japan. Hansen is near the end of his career, but he's probably the most popular American wrestler in Japanese history and has been a top star there since the 70s. (Hansen had an English autobiography released in 2012 called The Last Outlaw. I'm not sure if it's the same book translated to English or if there's another one out there in Japanese from 12 years earlier).
  • NOAH will hold tournaments early next year to crown their first heavyweight, tag team, and junior heavyweight champions.
  • Shinya Hashimoto was pulled out of upcoming NJPW shows because they're apparently doing an angle where he is starting his own promotion, in order to do a feud with NJPW (turns out this wasn't an angle at all. Hashimoto really did get fired from NJPW around this time and started Pro Wrestling Zero-One. The real story there is murky and no one seems to know for sure exactly what led to his firing. I think he ended up doing one or two more matches for NJPW over the next year or so, but otherwise, this is the end of Hashimoto in NJPW).
  • Dave recently had a chance to read the book "Bodyslams!" by former WCW ring announcer Gary Michael Cappetta and liked it. It's not better than Mick Foley's book or anything, but Dave gives it credit for accuracy. Mostly it glosses over a lot of the scandalous stuff and is more about Cappetta's personal experiences rather than giving much detail on what was happening in the business at the time. Dave thinks the book could have gone into more detail on the things going on behind the scenes in WCW during pivotal periods like when Jim Herd, Kip Frey, or Bill Watts was in charge. Overall, definitely better than The Rock's farce of a book but still lacking what made Foley's and Dynamite Kid's books so fascinating.
  • Steve Allen, the famous comedian and first ever host of the Tonight Show, died last week at age 78. This is only relevant here because most recently, Allen has been one of the lead spokespeople for the PTC and has been one of the most vocal opponents of WWF programming. Ironically enough, early in his career, Allen worked on TV as a wrestling announcer in the 1950s, though he never took it seriously, and in 1990, he appeared at Wrestlemania 6.
  • The documentary "Gaea Girls", which is about a young woman trying to get into Japanese women's wrestling, has been winning some awards and been admitted to some film festivals.
WATCH: Gaea Girls documentary
  • "Walker: Texas Ranger" this week did an episode loosely based on Owen Hart's death. It's about a wrestler, in costume, who fell from the ceiling during a show. Although in the case of this show, it was a murder ordered by a ruthless promoter trying to take over the territory of another promoter, who's a kind, older guy. The obvious parallels were a more evil version of Vince McMahon and a gentler version of Stu Hart. Dave thought the episode sucked and also got really sad by it. Dave says he hasn't watched Over The Edge again since Owen's death and seeing it fictionally re-enacted for a TV show was really depressing.
WATCH: Walker: Texas Ranger re-enacts Owen Hart's death
  • Scott Hall was arrested this week for probation violation while he was already in court for a child custody hearing. This charge stems from some 1998 case where he keyed up a limo outside a strip club in Orlando. At the time, Hall had been given probation and ordered to complete a bunch of community service by April of 2000. He never completed the community service, so....probation violation. Hall was in court with his estranged wife Dana and he filed for sole custody of their 2 children, claiming Dana is "emotionally and mentally unstable and an unfit parent" but then Hall got arrested at the courthouse and the hearing was postponed. Speaking of, Dana herself has had 2 contempt-of-court charges against her recently for refusing to let Hall have visitation with their kids when she was supposed to.
  • PPV news: CMLL in Mexico is holding a big year end show in December and are negotiating for it to air on PPV in the U.S., which would be the first Lucha Libre PPV to air here since When Worlds Collide in 1994. And remember a few months back when a promoter in Australia brought in Dennis Rodman and a bunch of other kinda big name stars and ran a show? Well it will also air on PPV in the U.S. and Canada and Mexico next month. That show was headlined by Rodman vs. Curt Hennig which ended in a double-count out because apparently Rodman refused to do the job. Word is that show was terrible, like this year's version of Heroes of Wrestling, but Australia is so starved for live wrestling that the crowd heat was still off-the-charts.
  • Juventud Guerrera worked an indie show in Puerto Rico and right now, he's trying to get hired in WWF, or at least stay out of trouble long enough to get rehired by WCW. Guerrera has reached out to WWF through friends he has there, but after what happened with him last month in Australia, WWF apparently isn't interested.
  • The latest OVW show saw Nick Dinsmore win the OVW title from Rob Conway. On the same show, Brock Lesnar wrestled a dark match against former UFC fighter Ron Waterman. Lesnar won and hey, who knows, maybe he's got a future in beating up UFC fighters.
  • Ted Dibiase and Nikita Koloff are on a church tour together where they wrestle matches against each other and then preach sermons or something.
  • The lines between wrestling and MMA got blurrier this week when Atsushi Onita went to the PRIDE offices and met with their promoter. Onita then issued a challenge to Antonio Inoki for a match, saying he wants to retire (of course) and his last match has to be with Inoki. PRIDE officials put out a statement saying they wouldn't promote one of Onita's exploding barbed wire matches, but that they would gladly promote Inoki vs. Onita under PRIDE rules in their ring. Inoki responded, telling reporters that he's retired. There's rumor that Onita will be appearing at Inoki's New Year's Eve show to set up some kind of angle.
  • Paul Heyman and Sabu have a court date scheduled for later this month over their issues. If you remember, Sabu left ECW to go try to go to WCW but his contract prevented it. Heyman then sued Sabu for breach of contract when he started working other shows (particularly for XPW). Meanwhile, Sabu has also filed some legal paperwork to try to get out of his contract, so hopefully that will all be settled soon.
  • Speaking of ECW, there doesn't seem to be anything new happening on the TV front. Negotiations with USA have apparently stalled. So....not great news. The latest episode of ECW Hardcore TV shows the signs of how things are going. The in-ring action was good but the show is beginning to look more and more low-budget by the week, as the company continues struggling to stay afloat. The announcers weren't flown in (it was dubbed in later in post-production) and the lighting was terrible.
  • Still nothing new on the sale of WCW but rumors are flying like crazy because everyone is paranoid. For the first time, in an interview, Linda McMahon acknowledged that it's true that WWF is in discussions to purchase WCW but word is no substantial progress has been made yet.
  • Notes from Nitro: it was a sad episode because the crowd was tiny and it almost felt like a bad indie show, especially because the small crowd was pretty dead. It was a disaster, with a total of 1,454 fans in the building and only 768 of them paid. Even worse, they tried to paper it but only 33% of the free tickets that were given out were used. WCW literally can't even give this shit away. Ric Flair returned as the new CEO of WCW and got almost no pop at all from the crowd, then cut a boring promo. Dave thinks it's sad that this is where things have gotten for him. The greatest of all time, cutting middling promos in front of a small crowd for a dying company. Then Jarrett came out to talk and the mic went dead. The fans chanted for Scott Hall all through the Kronik/Palumbo & Stasiak match. Kevin Nash was on commentary but after last week, he was finally ordered to stop talking about Hall. So instead of mentioning Hall himself, when the crowd started chanting, Nash kept asking, "What are they chanting?" but the other announcers wouldn't acknowledge him.
  • Thunder was taped immediately after Nitro and the only notable thing there was a Lance Storm vs. Norman Smiley match that was apparently so bad that Storm went on his website afterward and pre-emptively apologized to the fans for the match. As of press time, it hasn't aired yet so I guess we'll see (the 2000 Thunders aren't on the Network and I can't find this online, so no idea how bad it was or wasn't).
  • Backstage morale in WCW isn't great, which probably goes without saying. Word is much of the crew, wrestlers and backstage employees alike, are so drained by all the negativity and sale rumors that everyone has pretty much mentally quit. They're all just going through the motions every week now while waiting to see what's going to happen with their jobs.
  • Buff Bagwell did an interview with the Observer website a few days before the Halloween Havoc PPV and had plenty of interesting things to say. He ripped on Vince Russo for the way he booked himself along with guys like Luger and DDP and basically just how awful Russo's booking is. He also complained about WCW fining people for showing up late. He complained about not getting a big raise like everyone else got back in 1998 because he was out with a neck injury when Bischoff was giving raises and complained about being underpaid compared to all the other "A-talent" like himself. Talked about how screwed up WCW is, saying Lex Luger is being paid $1.3 million a year to do jobs for Hugh Morrus. "Are you kidding me? Hugh is a great guy and all that, but he's not A-talent. I love him to death, but he's never going to draw a dime. We're talking about drawing money and he's never going to draw a fuckin' dime. And Luger is putting him over at house shows? Nothing is adding up. I know for a fact that if they try to get me to job for (David) Flair at Havoc, I'm going to walk out the door. I'm not doing it." In response to all this, WCW put Hugh Morrus over big on Nitro while they had Bagwell job to Luger in 2 minutes on the same show. Well, at least someone in WCW gets punished for the shit they say.

IMPORTANT NOTE: For only the second time ever in writing these Rewinds, I have hit the 40,000 character limit. So once again, the rest of this Rewind will be posted in a comment below, so keep scrolling. Upvote it for visibility I guess?

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The Best Jobs In Canada You Can Get

Jobs in Canada have been in a lot after the recession is over, and the problem is improving. Canada is considered a leading market in the world and also a country - a member of G8. Post-industrial revolution, Canada has come up with lots of power in growth and development. Also and exceptionally attractive growth prospects to people employment option in Canada is considered as good as good of the US and Western Europe.
As has been admitted Canada jobs are knowledge. Canada is currently hoping to build a knowledge-based industry that isn't only challenging the other players also although growing at a fast pace. The growth and development in the Canadian market are less or more similar to the USA and the nations have similar growth rate. Workers from around the world flock in large numbers to make their livelihood in Canada.
Leading businesses offering work in Canada such as Franchising, News websites, Hospitality industry (e.g. restaurants, resorts, casinos), Consulting, Legal practice, Healthcare/hospitals, Waste disposal, Real estate, Personal services, Business services, etc. attract youngsters not only from Canada but from around the world also.
Neighboring countries: the US is not as popular, although popular in Canada as it pertains to receive employment in Canada. Employment options in various and Canada Jobs in Jobs or Toronto in Victoria have been in a lot. However, Montreal and Ottawa offer vacancies that are popular for obvious reasons. Notwithstanding, jobs in Canada are very popular for the reason that there is full respect for human labor and salaries are higher in comparison to other countries.
Work in various businesses in Canada
Though Canada has plenty of lands that are tractable, agriculture is a job. However, the soil is fertile and produces a good deal in less input which makes agriculture a profitable occupation in Canada. It was the industrial revolution that helped Canada come out of the agricultural market to the economy. Various sectors of Canada's economy such as the retail industry, financial services, real estate, education, health, high-tech, entertainment, and tourism, etc. are some of the biggest employers in Canada.
Canada has enormous materials and mines that are exported to gain Foreign Exchange. From agriculture into service, the Canada market has come strength to strength. The economy of Canada is calling businesses across the world to run out of genera employment chances and here. The Canadian market has been assisted by globalization at great length and new opportunities for growth and jobs have come up recently.
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State of Downtown Takeaways

Biz Courier put out an article on Five Takeaways from the new State of Downtown Report that 3CDC put together. The takeaways are:
  1. Population estimated for CBD, OTR, part of West End at about 10K.
  2. Office vacancy continues to decrease as much of older office space is converted to residential.
  3. Cincy has 67.82 jobs per acre downtown (total of about 65K jobs), which is the most dense if the compared cities (Indy, Cbus, Charlotte, Lville and KC)
  4. Biggest attraction downtown is JACK Casino at 2.5M visitors per year. More than Reds at 1.63M/yr, Findlay Market at 1.2 M.yr
  5. Parking at about 40K spaces, spaces and rates continue to increase.
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The Martini Police in “She Looks Like Fun”

So maybe I’ve listened to this album too many times, but I have a theory: “She Looks Like Fun” is from the perspective of the martini police at Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino.
The first clue to their presence is the lounge singer’s line in Star Treatment: “So who you gunna call? The martini police?” What I first took as just a cool alternative to ghost busters, I now think might be a sarcastic response referencing the quality of security at TBH+C.
Whether TBH+C isn’t raking money in (prompting “advertising in imaginative ways” on Four Out of Five), or people just aren’t looking to visit the moon, they can’t afford the finest security has to offer. So they hire a couple of retired cops. The ex-cops aren’t getting paid much, so what do they do? Get trashed on martinis and ogle passing guests. I’ll take the song line by line, but that’s the tl;dr of it.
The first line and chorus of the song: “she looks like fun”
Tells us what they’re doing with their day: staring at the women at the hotel. It’s a stretch to say the deep, growling vocals and staggering piano keys imply getting drunk, but that’s what it reminds me of.
First verse: “Smile like you’ve got a straw in something tropical,”
Indicates they’re in the pool area. Whether you’re at a resort in the Caribbean or on the moon, the bar by the pool is generally trying to look like margaritavile.
“I’ve got the party plugged right into my skull”
Could just be referencing them looking at the guests or recording them. Given the sci fi bent of the album, my money is on them using X-ray technological advances (maybe the same device that helps Mark at reception get his voyeur kicks off?).
“Wayne manor, what a memorable NYE,”
Maybe a little background on these two retired cops: Ex-Gotham PD reminding each other of the best night of their lives when they got shitfaced in Batman’s attic.
Chorus: “Good morning,” They greet passing guests.
“Cheeseburger,” The meal they eat.
“Snowboarding’,” Maybe a hint at virtual reality fun, maybe a reference to spying on ladies’ slopes (admittedly, another stretch).
Second verse: “Finally I can share with you through cloudy skies every whimsical thought that enters my mind”
Chumming buddies enjoying a relaxing day of cloud gazing, indicating that whatever business TBH+C saw at open has trickled down to a rate that indulges their laziness
“There ain’t no limit to the length of the dickheads we can be”
Without fear of repercussion (perhaps they’re the only ones apathetic/drunk enough to take a job as security at the moon hotel), they can exchange vulgarities through the business day, OR they can have visible hard ons.
Third chorus: “Bukowski”- duke of dirty realist literature. Maybe referencing the depravity they’re thinking but sparing us from the worst of it, maybe they read more than they greet people (see the second chorus’ “good morning”), another indication of declining visits.
“Dogsitting”- Maybe a reference to struggling to keep it in their pants? Maybe a reference to boredom
“Screwballin”- Drinking orange juice and vodka, goofing around, likely both.
Third verse: “Finally there’s a place where you can wet your tongue”
After a drought of guests, these guys salivate at the sight of the first woman in a while.
“Baby but why can’t we all just get along”
The guest clearly took offense to what the martini police drunkenly shouted about her.
“Dance as if somebody’s watching, ‘cause they are.”
The martini police warning the new guests, likely under their breath, that they get a little gawky.
Bridge: The sad guitar to the bridge could signify that the passage of time has not gone well for the kicks of our alcohol ex-officers.
“No ones out on the street”
Vacancies leading to desperate boredom.
“We moved it all online as of March”
Virtual reality pack as referenced in American Sports and the Four Out of Five music video.
“I’m so full of shite, I need to spend less time stood around in bars waffling onto strangers all about martial arts and how much I respect them”
With no one to ogle and little else to do, they bother people with their own interests. Also, can’t imagine being a Gotham cop and not appreciating martial arts. Really, can’t imagine being without respecting martial arts.
Chorus: “Key changes”- The move to virtual reality has negatively impacted the lives of the incorrigible martini police.
“Re-thinking”- Maybe they shouldn’t have taken this gig after all.
“New order”- Restructuring, a change in process.
Unlike the previous choruses, this one reflects doubts and unwanted alterations. However, the “She looks like fun” continues, showing that, while their roles have changed, they aren’t likely to.
Just a theory I thought I’d share. Whether you agree or disagree, I’d like to hear your thoughts. Hope all of you are enjoying this album as much as I am.
Edit: tl;dr- TBH+C employed ex Gotham’s finest as security guards. They spend their days getting drunk (thus “the Martini Police”) and staring at guests.
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Subreddit Stats: SandersForPresident top posts from 2019-04-30 to 2019-05-30 04:01 PDT

Period: 29.70 days
Submissions Comments
Total 1000 24295
Rate (per day) 33.67 791.73
Unique Redditors 325 6318
Combined Score 435526 181426

Top Submitters' Top Submissions

  1. 37764 points, 26 submissions: Cadet-Bone-Spurs
    1. Bernie Sanders: If I'm elected president, we'll create a national minimum that must be spent per-pupil to educate our kids. No matter where you live, whether your community’s property values are high or low, your kids' schools will be guaranteed a certain minimum level of education funding. (13539 points, 546 comments)
    2. 38 Years Ago, Bernie Marching for Womens Rights (5227 points, 148 comments)
    3. Bernie Sanders' divisive proposal to give all prisoners voting rights is already a reality in countries like Canada and Israel (5128 points, 355 comments)
    4. Bernie: “The workers in the fossil fuel industry aren’t our enemies. They are working to feed their families. And that is why we will provide a just transition in the Green New Deal.” (5035 points, 145 comments)
    5. Bernie Sanders: The truth is that our country has had a long and shameful history of voter suppression. This should not devolve into a debate about whether certain people are “good enough” to have the right to vote. Voting is not a privilege. It is a right. (4308 points, 169 comments)
    6. Bernie: Betsy DeVos is the worst Secretary of Education in the modern history of our country. We need an Education Secretary who is a fierce advocate for public education and working class children and works to integrate our schools—not who is doing everything she can to undermine them. (796 points, 24 comments)
    7. Bernie Sanders didn't need to evolve or be told which side to be on. He's been a staunch defender of women's autonomy 100% of his adult life. (505 points, 24 comments)
    8. Bernie Sanders: When Harry Truman first proposed guaranteeing health care to seniors the idea was billed as radical, “un-American” and an attack on basic freedom. Medicare is now one of the most popular government programs. We can make health care a right to all if we have the political will. (372 points, 1 comment)
    9. Bernie: Did you know that from 1911-1967, Americans could bank at their local post office? At one point our postal banks serviced 4 million customers. We must ensure all Americans can access basic financial services by allowing every post office to offer basic banking services again. (331 points, 16 comments)
    10. Bernie Sanders currently has the largest twitter following of any declared presidential candidate besides Donald Trump (281 points, 12 comments)
  2. 33655 points, 36 submissions: puppuli
    1. Bernie: I was right about Vietnam. I was right about Iraq. I will do everything in my power to prevent a war with Iran. I apologize to no one. (24414 points, 909 comments)
    2. GOP Officials Publicly Denounce Bernie Sanders’ Obamacare Expansion, Quietly Request Funding - Fascinating story from 2015 on how Sanders’ political savvy substantially improved the ACA & directly saved lives (1351 points, 17 comments)
    3. Bernie's rally attendance cross 100,000 🔥🔥 (825 points, 32 comments)
    4. Sanders argued in a CNN town hall that a major sign of inequality can be seen in how much people pay for housing. He was correct (817 points, 15 comments)
    5. Bernie Sanders wrote to Margaret Thatcher demanding an end to the British government's abuse of Irish republican prisoners on hunger strike in the 1980s (742 points, 32 comments)
    6. Iowa Caucus Poll (15-19 May, Change Research): Sanders 24%, Biden 24%, Buttigieg 14%, Warren 12%, Harris 10%, O'Rourke 5%, Klobuchar 2%, Yang 2% (578 points, 121 comments)
    7. Bernie: I understand President Trump is blocking a resolution at the WHO that would require drug companies to disclose actual R&D costs for pharmaceutical drugs. Nobody should believe Mr. Trump when he talks about taking on Big Pharma. (565 points, 4 comments)
    8. Bernie Sanders explains his plan to cut military spending (486 points, 26 comments)
    9. Bernie Sanders Had His Own TV Show. We Found the Archives (427 points, 24 comments)
    10. 24 Million With 'Good' Insurance Are Struggling With Medical Bills (318 points, 15 comments)
  3. 30269 points, 149 submissions: cmplxgal
    1. Glenn Greenwald: Bernie Sanders is 77 years old, grew up with immigrant parents in working-class Brooklyn, spent his entire adult life earning a modest salary as an elected official, and now the media is turning him into a gluttonous, oligarchical mogul because he wrote a book when he was 75. (5741 points, 239 comments)
    2. Bernie: McConnell said he’d fill a Supreme Court vacancy in 2020 after blocking hearings for Merrick Garland. What a hypocrite. Make no mistake about it, McConnell's goal has always been the same: lifetime appointments for extreme rightwing judges by any means. (2386 points, 68 comments)
    3. Bernie: "If we are a nation that can pay baseball players hundreds of millions of dollars, don't tell me we can't afford to pay teachers the salaries they deserve." (2223 points, 181 comments)
    4. Glenn Greenwald: "One of Sanders' best 2016 moments was when he replied to Hillary's boasting of her friendship with Henry Kissinger by proclaiming how proud he was that Kissinger is not his friend. His refusal now to feign respect for murderous neocons & their wars is even better. Very promising." (935 points, 25 comments)
    5. Bernie now has six events this weekend in Iowa! (620 points, 31 comments)
    6. NEW: Bernie Sanders will march tonight w/ abortion rights activists in Birmingham. He will go to the march directly after his rally there this afternoon. (492 points, 15 comments)
    7. "If you’re ever sad, just remember the world is 4.543 billion years old and you somehow managed to exist at the same time as Bernie Sanders." (483 points, 24 comments)
    8. "There are 612,000 people locked in local jails across this country and 462,000 haven’t even been convicted of a crime. In America, you are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, not jailed until you make bail. Criminal justice reform must include ending cash bail." (472 points, 17 comments)
    9. Bernie: "Instead of recognizing and addressing the concerns of workers, American Airlines has moved to sue @MachinistsUnion. Machinists keep passengers safe and on time. My message to American Airlines is simple: Stop the intimidation and bullying!" (472 points, 7 comments)
    10. CNN reporter: In Concord, @berniesanders was asked if he would federally recognize a third gender. “The answer is yes.” Sanders added, “Everything that I’m talking about is trying to create a non-discriminatory society.“ (448 points, 67 comments)
  4. 21192 points, 11 submissions: kaffmoo
    1. Bernie Sanders on Joe Biden saying he's most progressive: "Joe voted for the war in Iraq. I led the effort against it… Joe voted for the deregulation of Wall Street, I voted against that… I don't think there's much question about who's more progressive" (10211 points, 576 comments)
    2. Hindsight is 2020 (9978 points, 653 comments)
    3. Bernie Sanders “Our Revolution is about reaching out and bringing new people into politics.” (222 points, 4 comments)
    4. Ady Barkan a dying Man with ALS Explains to Congress.“In this Country, the wealthiest in history, we do not have an effective or fair or rational system for delivering that care.High costs, bad outcomes, mind-boggling bureaucracy, racial disparities, geographic inequities, and obscene profiteering.” (205 points, 8 comments)
    5. How to keep wages low and working conditions poor (144 points, 13 comments)
    6. How A Plan To Cap Credit Interest Rates Would Affect Your Wallet | Better | NBC News (93 points, 0 comments)
    7. Bernie 2020 Town Hall in Londonderry, New Hampshire. A honest debate with locals about Major Issues. (86 points, 1 comment)
    8. Senator Bernie Sanders: I Can ‘Absolutely’ Swipe Donald Trump’s Base Back (76 points, 4 comments)
    9. The casualties of war we often forget: Veteran victims of overdose and suicide deserve special attention on Memorial Day and year-round (67 points, 0 comments)
    10. Tuition or Dinner? Nearly Half of College Students Surveyed in a New Report Are Going Hungry (56 points, 2 comments)
  5. 14438 points, 4 submissions: relevantlife
    1. Bernie Sanders says all teachers salaries should start at $60,000 (13255 points, 1056 comments)
    2. Bernie Sanders: "Billionaire Robert F. Smith's gift to forgive the student debts of the graduating class of Morehouse College was extremely generous. But the student crisis will not be solved by charity. It must be addressed by governmental action." (598 points, 19 comments)
    3. Bernie Sanders to demand Walmart workers get a board seat at annual shareholders meeting. “Walmart workers are sick and tired of being paid poverty wages, while the Walton family is worth over $170 billion." (550 points, 4 comments)
    4. This Memorial Day, I am reminded why I am voting for Bernie. As of this year, we will have been sending our men and women to Afghanistan to die for OVER HALF of my life. Bernie understands that endless war for two decades is unsustainable. Today, let’s make a commitment to BRING OUR SOLDIERS HOME. (35 points, 0 comments)
  6. 14182 points, 18 submissions: lrlOurPresident
    1. Bernie responds to Biden: "There is no 'middle ground' when it comes to climate policy. If we don't commit to fully transforming our energy system away from fossil fuels, we will doom future generations. Fighting climate change must be our priority, whether fossil fuel billionaires like it or not." (4362 points, 111 comments)
    2. In the mid 1980s, Joe Biden was publicly praising a segregationist at the same time Bernie Sanders was fighting for justice alongside Jesse Jackson’s rainbow coalition. (3810 points, 152 comments)
    3. Yesterday, Bernie marched for abortion rights, just as he did 33 years ago. Issue by issue, unlike many other politicians, you don't have to wonder if Bernie has been on the right side of history. (1079 points, 18 comments)
    4. Bernie Sanders: "Uber says it can't pay its drivers more money, but rewarded its CEO with nearly $50 million last year. People who work for multibillion-dollar companies should not have to work 70 or 80 hours a week to get by. I stand with the Uber and Lyft drivers going on strike on May 8." (1006 points, 20 comments)
    5. Bernie Sanders just announced that if elected president, he will use executive action to block cuts to workers' promised retirement benefits, and will push his own legislation to permanently block future cuts (583 points, 13 comments)
    6. Bernie Sanders: “One out of every three senior citizens in America relies on Social Security for virtually ALL of their income. I don't think the wealthiest country in history should have seniors living in poverty. Trump wants to slash Social Security. I believe we must expand it.” (486 points, 2 comments)
    7. Bernie Sanders: "Walmart workers are sick and tired of being paid poverty wages, while the Walton family is worth over $170 billion. I’m honored to have been invited by Walmart workers to demand they have a seat on the company’s board." (457 points, 2 comments)
    8. Average annual interest rates on payday loans: Delaware 521%, Idaho 652%, Nevada 652%, Texas 661%, Utah 652%, Wisconsin 574%. It's time to end exploitative lending that keeps Americans trapped in debt. We will cap interest rates on consumer loans and credit cards at 15%. (341 points, 12 comments)
    9. Bernie Sanders vows to end cash bail nationally (316 points, 11 comments)
    10. Bernie Sanders: "This is shameful. A fourth child has died after being detained by Border Patrol since December. Our job is to provide protection and due process to those fleeing violence and persecution—not to threaten the safety of families and children at the border and tear families apart." (284 points, 10 comments)
  7. 11630 points, 38 submissions: amplify-twenty20
    1. J. Cole didn't vote, but he has an interesting perspective (3654 points, 443 comments)
    2. Bernie Sanders will fight the total abortion ban in states such as Alabama (652 points, 6 comments)
    3. Private prisons are a failed experiment (612 points, 14 comments)
    4. Bernie Sanders is a strong criminal justice reform candidate (541 points, 7 comments)
    5. Bernie Sanders wants a responsible foreign policy (530 points, 11 comments)
    6. End cash bail nationwide (512 points, 16 comments)
    7. Legalize marijuana (472 points, 7 comments)
    8. How terrible! (445 points, 6 comments)
    9. Bernie Sanders thinks a high-quality public education should be a right (390 points, 5 comments)
    10. Bernie Sanders wants to root out institutional racism (381 points, 17 comments)
  8. 11109 points, 2 submissions: SherSinghz
    1. Bernie Sanders refutes Dick Cheney’s daughter Liz as she attacks Socialism. (10120 points, 499 comments)
    2. Bernie Sanders on Twitter: "This is the richest country on Earth and our people don't have clean water. That's an international disgrace. Our solution: the WATER Act, which would create more than a million jobs to overhaul our nation's water infrastructure. (989 points, 12 comments)
  9. 8764 points, 21 submissions: sonofspy
    1. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders call for investigation into TurboTax and H&R Block for allegedly steering customers away from free tax filing (6302 points, 158 comments)
    2. A 10-year-old girl’s $67,957 snake bite is the exact reason we need Medicare for All (589 points, 24 comments)
    3. Bernie Video: GM got a $514 million tax break from Trump. It pays nothing in federal income taxes. Its CEO made $22 million last year. (387 points, 9 comments)
    4. During 2020 Bid, Sanders Looks To Convince Young Voters To Turn Out In Record Numbers (295 points, 37 comments)
    5. Sanders pushes back against Biden's claim he's the 'most progressive' candidate in the Democratic field (287 points, 20 comments)
    6. Pointing to Disastrous History of US Intervention, Sanders Warns Against Military Action in Venezuela (96 points, 18 comments)
    7. Bernie Sanders slams Joe Biden for downplaying China's economic threat to the US (82 points, 14 comments)
    8. 'Tired of Getting Ripped Off,' Key Swing District Voters Want Candidates Willing to Take on Big Pharma: Poll (79 points, 0 comments)
    9. Daniel Desnoyers died after he couldn’t afford his mental health meds. (78 points, 1 comment)
    10. Bernie Sanders announces a farmers' right-to-repair and antitrust proposal similar to Elizabeth Warren's (66 points, 1 comment)
  10. 7805 points, 2 submissions: WhiskeyInferno
    1. 2020 election poll: Joe Biden's lead shrinks to zero against Bernie Sanders in critical Iowa (7225 points, 410 comments)
    2. Shaun King: Joe Biden is the father of modern mass incarceration (580 points, 30 comments)
  11. 7651 points, 12 submissions: roku44
    1. Bernie Sanders Decides to Play Rough This Time. The senator is playing to win, drawing sharp contrasts with his opponents far more quickly and aggressively than he did four years ago. (4835 points, 193 comments)
    2. Pollster Frank Luntz Predicts Bernie Sanders Will Be The 2020 Democratic Nominee. Ironically, some of the same fears that helped Trump win in 2016 could deliver the Democratic nomination to the Vermont senator, the GOP pollster says. (1434 points, 175 comments)
    3. Bernie-Biden Is a War for the Future of the Democratic Party (322 points, 57 comments)
    4. Are centrist candidates really the most "electable"? It may be the opposite. Despite the mainstream media's centrism fetish, voters want someone inspirational, not just "nicer than Trump" (212 points, 32 comments)
    5. Fox News viewers are more likely to support Bernie Sanders than people who watch MSNBC (184 points, 16 comments)
    6. 'Let's Expand Employee Ownership': Bernie Sanders Backs Plan to Give Workers Power Over Corporate Decisions. "We can move to an economy where workers feel that they're not just a cog in the machine—one where they have power over their jobs and can make decisions." (156 points, 1 comment)
    7. NBC News| Meet The Press| "We're going to create the kind of excitement that we need to bring out the large voter turnout," Sanders said. "The truth is that our campaign, I think, can generate that excitement." (126 points, 2 comments)
    8. 'Caravan' of Americans Crossing Canadian Border for Affordable Medical Care. A group of Minnesotans with diabetes said they were traveling five hours north to buy insulin for a tenth of what it costs in the U.S. (111 points, 13 comments)
    9. Sanders Calls on 2020 Candidates to Pledge Opposition to 'Unfair' Trade Deals That Put Corporate Interests Ahead of US Workers. "What we have seen over the last many years is one disastrous trade policy after another... It has led to a race to the bottom." (76 points, 1 comment)
    10. Bernie Sanders Speech Iran War (72 points, 2 comments)
  12. 7282 points, 7 submissions: bourgeoisfunctionary
    1. Bernie Sanders appears to be the favorite to secure Ocasio-Cortez’s prized endorsement in the Democratic presidential primary (6102 points, 408 comments)
    2. THREAD: It’s almost as if @JoeBiden & @BernieSanders are literally opposites. So the question is: which side are you on? Scroll through this thread (704 points, 102 comments)
    3. Young voter turnout increased by 79 percent in 2018 midterms (184 points, 13 comments)
    4. Indiana: Biden 33, Sanders 23, Buttigieg 20 (105 points, 90 comments)
    5. A plurality of Democratic voters (46%) support giving felons the right to vote (89 points, 14 comments)
    6. NATIONAL PRIMARY POLL (May 17-18, 2019, The Hill/Harris X): Biden 33 (-13), Sanders 14 (0), Warren 8 (+1), Buttigieg 6 (-2), Harris 6 (0), O'Rourke 5 (+2) (58 points, 23 comments)
    7. Morning Consult: Biden 39, Sanders 19, Warren 8, Harris 8, Buttigieg 6 (40 points, 11 comments)
  13. 7184 points, 12 submissions: MightyMane6
    1. Sanders to join Ocasio-Cortez at rally as climate fight heats up (5811 points, 199 comments)
    2. Tomorrow I will be out Canvassing in Downtown Tampa and I brought hundreds of Bernie business cards to give out! I challenge everyone to go out and Canvass! Sign up for a Canvassing event near you at: (323 points, 17 comments)
    3. We NEED to aggressively begin distinguishing Bernie and Warren!! (281 points, 95 comments)
    4. Bernie is asking for our help! We need to reach 20,000 individual donations by midnight tomorrow! We are already at 3,000! Let's crush this goal!! (206 points, 81 comments)
    5. Yesterday the Sanders Campaign sent out an email setting a donation goal before the next FEC Deadline. The goal is set at 20,000 Individual donations by midnight tonight! (115 points, 24 comments)
    6. Paula Jean and Amy Vilela from Knock Down the House are fully endorsing Bernie! 🔥 (86 points, 13 comments)
    7. The Crowd in Birmingham AL (86 points, 36 comments)
    8. NEW Hear the Bern Episode is out | Bernie back in the day with David Sirota, Jeff Weaver, and Chuck Rocha. (69 points, 1 comment)
    9. Road to a Green New Deal - ft. Bernie & AOC | LIVE (68 points, 4 comments)
    10. Sen. Bernie Sanders visits River Region | 27 Photos (54 points, 0 comments)
  14. 6988 points, 43 submissions: axiomsofdominion
    1. For those counting at home, @BernieSanders has now been accused of being in the pocket of Big Poor, Big Human Rights and Big Elementary School (2091 points, 34 comments)
    2. Bernie Sanders says the U.S. should be like Iceland and legally enforce equal pay (831 points, 74 comments)
    3. “Nevada's powerful teachers unions are applauding Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' new education plan, which would put a moratorium on charter schools and end funding for for-profit charter schools nationwide.” (301 points, 18 comments)
    4. Bernie Sanders is making 2 stops in South Carolina this weekend. Here’s where you can see him (248 points, 1 comment)
    5. BREAKING: Common Defense surveyed our 125,000 members to see how politically engaged progressive military veterans are feeling about the 2020 primary. Here’s what we found: 1) @BernieSanders 29.1% (up 5.1% from Jan) 2) @ewarren 20.7% (up 10.7% !!) 3) @JoeBiden 18.2% (up 0.2%) (234 points, 28 comments)
    6. Bernie rolls out New Hampshire endorsements: Alderman at-Large Brandon Laws, City of Nashua, Representative Josh Adjutant, (Ashland) Grafton, Representative Mark King, (Nashua) Hillsborough, Representative Skip Cleaver, (Nashua) Hillsborough, Representative Tim Smith, (Manchester) Hillsborough, etc. (174 points, 9 comments)
    7. Shaun King: "In 1989 @BernieSanders gave the strongest speech in Congress opposing the @JoeBiden Crime Bill. Bernie then fought against it for 5 years. This speech, which I think may be the best Bernie ever gave in Congress, was in April of 1994 opposing the Crime Bill once again." (172 points, 23 comments)
    8. Amazing Bernie Video: "The first thing Bernie says when he meets you: 'What can I do for you?' And then...he delivers." (171 points, 5 comments)
    9. "Just listened into the Bernie Sanders rally in Montpelier, Vermont and the speaker is boasting about how Bernie came to a farm to milk a cow and didn't leave until all 130 cows had been milked. Among Democratic presidential candidates in history, can even Jimmy Carter claim that?" (168 points, 7 comments)
    10. No Democrat has ever won I-Bernie Sanders's Senate seat. It was held by JimJeffords from 1989-2007, Robert Stafford from 1971-1989, and Winston Prouty from 1959-1971. All 3 men previously held Vermont's House Seat, which was held only for one term by a Dem between 2007 and 1933. Bernie Is Electable. (161 points, 18 comments)
  15. 6902 points, 7 submissions: BERNIN_FOR_BERNIE
    1. Labor Leader Chuck Jones who took Trump to task endorses Bernie Sanders (5621 points, 107 comments)
    2. Bernie Sanders is an accomplished, effective leader (699 points, 15 comments)
    3. BERN UP the New DailyKos Straw Poll! (200 points, 109 comments)
    4. BERN UP the May 1 DailyKos Straw Poll! (159 points, 42 comments)
    6. Over 70 Civil Rights Groups urge Democratic candidates to support the right to vote for those incarcerated (42 points, 1 comment)
    7. Bernie Sanders has a campaign machine that is crushing it! (39 points, 1 comment)
  16. 6855 points, 1 submission: nolesfan2011
    1. Bernie Sanders will call for ban on for-profit charter schools (6855 points, 360 comments)
  17. 6714 points, 1 submission: zxlkho
    1. Bernie Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez want to cap credit card interest rates at 15 percent (6714 points, 467 comments)
  18. 5586 points, 1 submission: donkijote97
    1. Bernie is leading among voters under 50. Each and every one of us should talk to the older people in our lives and convince them that voting for Bernie would be in everyone’s best interest. (5586 points, 380 comments)
  19. 5431 points, 1 submission: sirtinykins
    1. God this at the casino last night. I’m starting to agree. (5431 points, 155 comments)

Top Commenters

  1. BopTheDrass (2387 points, 151 comments)
  2. Listen2Hedges (1720 points, 87 comments)
  3. caraperdida (1578 points, 205 comments)
  4. 4now5now6now (1387 points, 227 comments)
  5. axiomsofdominion (1309 points, 201 comments)
  6. EcoSoco (1272 points, 148 comments)
  7. skralogy (1179 points, 18 comments)
  8. mnbvcxz123 (1141 points, 138 comments)
  9. shatabee4 (1065 points, 75 comments)
  10. edenfairy (1001 points, 46 comments)
  11. MightyMane6 (994 points, 54 comments)
  12. ExpensiveCancel (981 points, 56 comments)
  13. wehaveengagedtheborg (979 points, 3 comments)
  14. ClockworkBlues (913 points, 1 comment)
  15. IsherwoodWilliams87 (893 points, 24 comments)
  16. FireWaterBern (869 points, 89 comments)
  17. Nwprogress (846 points, 43 comments)
  18. bullbear101 (836 points, 13 comments)
  19. IronicEyeCancer (830 points, 23 comments)
  20. cmplxgal (805 points, 145 comments)
  21. Brockstroturf (805 points, 11 comments)
  22. b778av (798 points, 4 comments)
  23. BootsieBunny (777 points, 1 comment)
  24. HBdrunkandstuff (772 points, 43 comments)
  25. TheRamJammer (771 points, 129 comments)
  26. Yarongo (765 points, 43 comments)
  27. AGuyWhoLikesDunks (733 points, 15 comments)
  28. 00matthew2000 (732 points, 76 comments)
  29. Person51389 (731 points, 207 comments)
  30. Pixiechicken (717 points, 119 comments)
  31. saintnicklaus90 (710 points, 2 comments)
  32. bourgeoisfunctionary (691 points, 27 comments)
  33. DrCarsonsCure (681 points, 86 comments)
  34. YumYumPickleBird (657 points, 150 comments)
  35. waheifilmguy (639 points, 3 comments)
  36. WayTooFuckingOnline (632 points, 8 comments)
  37. SernyRanders (614 points, 59 comments)
  38. skellener (603 points, 30 comments)
  39. baxtus1 (602 points, 52 comments)
  40. BerryBoy1969 (591 points, 64 comments)

Top Submissions

  1. Bernie: I was right about Vietnam. I was right about Iraq. I will do everything in my power to prevent a war with Iran. I apologize to no one. by puppuli (24414 points, 909 comments)
  2. Bernie Sanders: If I'm elected president, we'll create a national minimum that must be spent per-pupil to educate our kids. No matter where you live, whether your community’s property values are high or low, your kids' schools will be guaranteed a certain minimum level of education funding. by Cadet-Bone-Spurs (13539 points, 546 comments)
  3. Bernie Sanders says all teachers salaries should start at $60,000 by relevantlife (13255 points, 1056 comments)
  4. Bernie Sanders on Joe Biden saying he's most progressive: "Joe voted for the war in Iraq. I led the effort against it… Joe voted for the deregulation of Wall Street, I voted against that… I don't think there's much question about who's more progressive" by kaffmoo (10211 points, 576 comments)
  5. Bernie Sanders refutes Dick Cheney’s daughter Liz as she attacks Socialism. by SherSinghz (10120 points, 499 comments)
  6. Hindsight is 2020 by kaffmoo (9978 points, 653 comments)
  7. 2020 election poll: Joe Biden's lead shrinks to zero against Bernie Sanders in critical Iowa by WhiskeyInferno (7225 points, 410 comments)
  8. Bernie Sanders will call for ban on for-profit charter schools by nolesfan2011 (6855 points, 360 comments)
  9. Bernie Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez want to cap credit card interest rates at 15 percent by zxlkho (6714 points, 467 comments)
  10. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders call for investigation into TurboTax and H&R Block for allegedly steering customers away from free tax filing by sonofspy (6302 points, 158 comments)

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  2. 913 points: ClockworkBlues's comment in Bernie Sanders says all teachers salaries should start at $60,000
  3. 777 points: BootsieBunny's comment in Bernie Sanders on Joe Biden saying he's most progressive: "Joe voted for the war in Iraq. I led the effort against it… Joe voted for the deregulation of Wall Street, I voted against that… I don't think there's much question about who's more progressive"
  4. 761 points: IsherwoodWilliams87's comment in Aisha Moodie-Mills on MSNBC calling out the new CNN where no one under 45 was polled.
  5. 731 points: IronicEyeCancer's comment in Bernie Sanders refutes Dick Cheney’s daughter Liz as she attacks Socialism.
  6. 719 points: bullbear101's comment in 2020 election poll: Joe Biden's lead shrinks to zero against Bernie Sanders in critical Iowa
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  8. 707 points: saintnicklaus90's comment in Bernie Sanders says all teachers salaries should start at $60,000
  9. 634 points: Nwprogress's comment in Bernie Sanders Decides to Play Rough This Time. The senator is playing to win, drawing sharp contrasts with his opponents far more quickly and aggressively than he did four years ago.
  10. 634 points: waheifilmguy's comment in Sanders to join Ocasio-Cortez at rally as climate fight heats up
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By calling Ms. Omarosa "a dog" and insulting other persons of color, Trump has proved that he'll die with the title of "The Most Racist Person of all time". After all his racist remarks aimed at the Blacks and minorities,if any minority person is still working for Trump then I say "Shame on You".

In "The Revenge of the Lesser Trumps", Frank Bruni has aptly subtitled his Op-Ed in today's NYT with this, "They're imitators. They're operators. And they're turning their teacher's lessons against him."
Just like Mr. Bruni, I also think many of the lesser evils who idolized Trump the evil, have caved in to his desires of making thousands of his alter egos or mini-Trumps or mini-me, the character from two of "Austin Powers" movies.
They sucked in whatever low esteemed and low energy fat boy and thoroughly racist Trump exhaled through his extreme levels of nastiness that he acquired by virtue of being born to a totally racist and ruthless father Fred who taught our illegitimate president Trump at a very young age that to be a successful businessman, "Donny boy, use your real estate talent by only pandering to the White Jews and White Christians, no body else. Understand ?"
Trump did just that. He placed clear instructions to his managers of high rise apartments in Queens, NY and elsewhere owned by his father and said, "Do not rent my apartments to any Black or minority renters. Am I understood ?"
When asked for further clarifications, Fred Trump's Donny Boy said, "Just show the 'vacancy' signs to the White Jews and White Christians only. And change that sign immediately to 'No Vacancy' anytime you see a Black or minority person coming in to your rental office. Am I making myself very clear, you bunch of idiots ?"
No wonder, in later years upon arriving for inspections with his wife Ivana at his casinos in Atlantic City, NJ if he ever saw any Black bookkeeper or any minority person counting his money at any of the hundreds of cash registers in any of his four casinos, he kind of yanked them out of their jobs by yelling at his casino managers ,"I told you many times before, that I want only White Jewish people wearing yarmulke counting my money." He also said in the same breath , "Black people are lazy. I don't want them here doing anything, especially counting my money. Am I clear enough ?"
So if some Black or minority people are still working for him in his businesses or in his administration after he tweeted "that Dog" meaning his longtime Black female employee Ms. Omarosa Newman whom he fired first and then used physical force to remove her from the boundaries of White House, then shame on those Uncle Tom's brothers and Uncle Tom's sisters for pandering to the devil himself and trying to be "Lesser Trumps".
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Mayor Franklin Delivers First “State Of Everett” Speech, Here's the Text

Y'know, if you're curious and didn't want to spend $40 to see it in person.
State of the City Jan. 24, 2018
Intro Good morning!
Thank you, Congressman Larsen, for that wonderful introduction. And thank you to Patrick Pierce and Economic Alliance Snohomish County for hosting this great event.
It’s truly a privilege to be here this morning and to share my vision for Everett. As I look around this room, I see a wealth of creativity, experience and passion for our city – you’re absolutely inspiring.
I want to acknowledge and thank my fellow elected officials who are here today. After just two years as a councilmember and now three weeks as mayor, I have an even greater respect for the tremendous commitment and energy it takes to do this job well.
I especially want to recognize our Everett City Councilmembers who are here this morning: Council Vice President Scott Bader, and Councilmembers Jeff Moore, Scott Murphy and Judy Tuohy. And a special welcome to our newest councilmember, Ethel McNeal.
I also want to thank the members of our City team who are here today, including my executive team: Chief of Staff Lyle Ryan, as well as Nick Harper, Paul Kaftanski, Bob Bolerjack, Jim Iles and Meghan Pembroke.
And most importantly, I want to thank my husband, David, for being a wonderful partner and father, and for his unending patience and support over the past year and always.
Strong foundation It is both an absolute honor and incredibly humbling to take on this leadership role in our community.
Throughout my career, I have had a passion for serving others, primarily in the nonprofit world. When I was asked to serve on the Community Streets Initiative task force in 2014, I saw firsthand what an important impact public servants can have in their communities. I also saw an opportunity for me to contribute my skills and experiences – and my deep love for our city – to help Everett grow and prosper.
I am fortunate to follow in the footsteps of incredible City leaders. When I became a councilmember, I joined a team of dedicated and thoughtful elected officials. It was an honor to serve with my council colleagues, and I look forward to working even more collaboratively with the council as we move forward.
And I am also incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Mayor Stephanson while I was on the council, and to have had his support and guidance during the transition. Mayor Stephanson leaves such a remarkable and wide-ranging legacy that it’s difficult to sum up what his 14 years of service has meant to Everett – and what it will mean to future generations.
Everett’s future is what I want to talk about this morning.
Our strengths are well known. In Snohomish County we have more manufacturing jobs than any other county in the state and we’re number 2 in tech-based jobs. Everett is the hub of all of that activity.
We have an amazing arts and music scene, exciting restaurants, pubs and breweries, and beautiful parks and open spaces. Combined with our unique location between Port Gardner Bay and the Snohomish River, there is no better place to live and work.
We have incredible opportunities in front of us, and we have a lot of hard work to accomplish if we want to take advantage of those opportunities.
This morning I’d like to share my team’s priorities for public safety, economic development and community engagement, and to preview the directives that will guide our work in 2018 and beyond. Each of these areas contributes to our economic vitality as a city, and helps to attract new people and businesses to our region.
Before I begin, I want to acknowledge and thank a special group of people who played a role in shaping my team’s short- and long-term goals.
In December, I asked 55 community leaders to serve on my transition advisory team and to provide feedback on Everett’s strengths and the opportunities they want to see us pursue. We had representation from across the city, and from different age groups, income brackets and industries. The team provided incredibly valuable input that helped influence the priorities I’ll share with you today.
Public Safety:
Our first priority is public safety. Everett is fortunate to have exceptional police officers and firefighters. I’d like to ask our chiefs and our first responders in the audience to please stand and be recognized for your service to our community.
One of the strong themes of the transition advisory team’s work was the importance of fully staffing our police department. I’m pleased to report that we have made significant progress toward that goal this past year.
The department has lost 52 commissioned officers since 2014, largely due to retirements. In response, we’ve taken several steps to accelerate hiring while still maintaining our high standards, including offering incentives for lateral officers.
We hired 16 new officers last year, and are down to just 10 vacancies – our lowest vacancy rate since April 2013. Our goal for 2018 is to fill those remaining positions. The department will begin participating in virtual career fairs this spring, offering another platform to engage potential candidates.
This month Everett Police is launching a new data-driven initiative, known as E-stat. The program will allow us to analyze crime, develop responses and evaluate what we’re doing using timely, accurate data. After the initial rollout, we’ll expand the work group to include other City teams to help tackle more persistent problems.
In our fire department, my main priority is developing a positive working relationship with our firefighters.
These men and women provide exceptional, selfless service to the people of Everett, whether they are responding to a car accident, a heart attack or a house fire. Rebuilding a cooperative, mutually respectful partnership will be vital as we move forward.
Chief of Staff Lyle Ryan and I are working with interim Chief Tim Key and his team to gather data that will help us assess our current fire operations and community needs. We’ll use that information, and the input of our firefighters, to determine where we need to go in terms of deployment.
Looking ahead: We are making progress to address our public safety challenges. But as we’ve heard from our community, we still have work ahead of us.
We are seeing far too many violent crimes involving teens and young adults, including the murder of 14-year-old David Sandoval last fall, allegedly at the hands of a 13-year-old boy. Any loss of life is heartbreaking, but it’s especially painful when the victim is so young.
On January 11, I issued the first directive of my administration, focused on reducing this devastating violence and providing positive pathways for our youth.
There were 219 gang-related offenses reported in Everett in 2017 – a 59 percent increase over 2016. There were 24 drive-by shootings last year – a 167 percent increase. These numbers are unacceptable. Our response, which will be led by Chief Templeman, balances prevention and intervention programs with targeted, proactive enforcement. We will also engage communities affected by gang violence and launch a public education campaign to encourage gun safety.
Work is already underway to fulfill the directive, and I look forward to updating you on our progress over the next year.
Another complex challenge is the visible effects of addiction, mental illness and homelessness on our streets.
We are not unique. Communities large and small across the country are facing these challenges. And while I share the frustrations of our residents and businesses, I believe we are ahead of the curve in bringing innovative, collaborative solutions to our community.
Yesterday Catholic Housing Services broke ground on the Safe Streets Supportive Housing facility. The building will provide homes and around-the-clock support for 65 chronically homeless individuals when it opens next year. Housing is absolutely critical to a person’s chance of achieving stability and overcoming addiction, and I’m thrilled to see construction get underway.
Other programs launched under the Safe Streets plan are also seeing results. The Everett Police Community Outreach and Enforcement Team, which includes two embedded social workers, provided more than 1,300 services last year to those on our streets – everything from ID cards to mental health resources.
We have sent 27 individuals to out-of-state treatment – at no cost to the City – through the Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative (PAARI).
While I am encouraged by our initial progress, it’s clear we have more to do.
This week I will issue a Mayoral Directive that builds on the programs Everett has already implemented and the partnerships we’ve developed with our service provider network. We will not solve these problems on our own, and we will have the greatest impact by working collaboratively.
Under the first initiative, we will continue to advocate for more permanent supportive housing options and will support projects being developed by our community partners. At the same time, we must expand our temporary and emergency shelter options. I’m directing staff to work closely with Snohomish County and our current shelter providers to identify potential ways to grow our shelter capacity.
Under our diversion efforts, I’ve directed staff to explore the possibility of expanding our Safe Streets Work Crew program. Last year, participants picked up more than 11,000 gallons of garbage from streets and homeless camps, and many of those individuals were connected to housing and services.
This program has been well received by our businesses, and I believe it could make a visible, positive impact in other affected areas of the city.
For many of the individuals we work with, the next step after housing and treatment is reentering the workforce – and that’s a goal our entire community supports. We will explore the potential for a pilot program that would help promote existing supportive employment opportunities and connect local businesses with individuals who are ready to work.
Responding to the opioid epidemic will remain a priority for the City. Our officers have reversed 71 overdoses using Naloxone since 2015. And we continue to pursue our lawsuit against Purdue Pharmaceuticals for allowing OxyContin to flood the black market.
But even as we respond to the immediate, visible effects of addiction on our streets, we must also step up our efforts to stop the disease before it starts.
We will continue to partner with Snohomish County and the Snohomish Health District through the Multi-Agency Coordination effort to keep opioids out of our community and to expand our prevention and intervention programs. I want to thank Executive Somers for his leadership in this important work.
I’ve also asked our team to explore how we can expand our pilot program for medication-assisted treatment to connect even more individuals with treatment at the moment they’re ready.
Under the directive, we’ll increase our use of data to evaluate our current programs and will develop tools to track our spending on street-level social issues. This analysis will help us fine tune our approach as we move forward and give our residents and businesses a better understanding of how our efforts are positively impacting the community.
Everyone in our city deserves to feel safe. Achieving that goal will be critical as we encourage new employers and families to make Everett their home.
Economic Development: Our next priority is economic development.
Everett is poised for prosperity. We have all of the ingredients we need to promote positive growth and create a vibrant, attractive community. I am thrilled to help lead the charge as we strengthen our economy, bring new jobs and job centers to Everett, and take advantage of the innovative, creative institutions that are the foundation of our city.
We have a strong base to grow from and many incredible developments currently underway. It all begins with our large job centers.
The entire Everett community benefits from the jobs and opportunities created by our major employers. From Boeing and the aerospace sector to Providence Regional Medical Center to the waterfront presence of the Port of Everett and Naval Station Everett, these institutions are the bedrock of our economy and a magnet for future growth.
Boeing, which broke records for airplane deliveries last year, began assembly of the 777X in October. The first jets are expected to be delivered in 2020. Boeing, its workers and their families are an incredible piece of Everett’s identity, and an inspiring and vital force in our community. Boeing employees also broke records for giving last year, donating more than $350,000 to local charities and families during the holiday season.
Last summer Funko, another homegrown company, opened its doors on Wetmore, to the delight of Everett families and “funatics” from around the world. Funko is more than a toy maker – it’s a creative powerhouse, and the perfect anchor for fun, innovative, and community-oriented businesses. I am thrilled that they have decided to invest in our downtown and I’m excited to partner with them as they continue to innovate and grow.
In August, Seattle Children’s Hospital will open a new branch on the Providence campus, adding to our world-class health care sector. The new branch will offer more than 15 pediatric subspecialties of care, and will be an incredible asset for the city and families throughout our region.
We must continue to advocate for and support these institutions and industries to ensure they have the workforce, transportation networks and resources they need to thrive. When they succeed, we all succeed.
We continue to see more positive changes taking place throughout the city.
Last month Angel of the Winds Casino Resort became the naming sponsor of our events center, bringing an infusion of new energy and the chance to attract new and bigger acts to Everett.
Our downtown is transforming with new restaurants, breweries, shops and major attractions. Farms & Market on Grand Avenue will celebrate its soft opening in February, and expects to announce several exciting tenants very soon. The year-round market will feature a kitchen and deli, and provide space for area farmers to sell their produce and other goods.
New housing and retail options are taking shape after being on hold for years during the recession. At the Riverfront, 140 homes have already sold and another 42 are pending. At the Port, construction is beginning on Fisherman’s Harbor, the first phase of their Waterfront Place Central development. This district will be a hub of activity, with more than 260 apartments and a 142-room hotel with meeting and event space.
Our Grand Avenue Park Bridge project – currently under construction – will provide a new way for Everett residents and visitors to connect to waterfront attractions, concerts, shops and restaurants.
And after far too long, one of the missing pieces of our economic landscape is finally nearing reality – commercial air service at Paine Field.
United Airlines and Alaska Airlines have both signed on to provide daily flights out of the two-gate terminal now under construction. We expect the first flights to begin before the year is out and – like many of you in this room – I hope to be on one of them.
Economic development also relies on a quality education system. As the proud mother of an Everett student, I can vouch for the priceless asset we have in our local school districts.
Everett School District students outperform the state on assessments in every subject and every grade. Nearly 91 percent of students graduate in four years; nearly 95 percent graduate in 5 years. The district also has the highest graduation rate in the state for students who speak a language other than English in their homes.
Mukilteo School District boasts equally impressive outcomes and a track record of partnering with nonprofits and service providers to provide community-based programs for our students. The district also hosts the Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center, which offers hands-on training for students as they consider their future careers. We are fortunate to have two amazing local K through 12 partners achieving remarkable results with our youth.
Under Mayor Stephanson’s leadership, we’ve seen higher education opportunities in Everett expand greatly.
Our world-class higher education partners are constantly evolving to respond to the needs and opportunities presented by Everett industries. Everett Community College is the first college in the state to offer an advanced avionics program, equipping students to maintain, troubleshoot and repair aircraft electronic systems.
Washington State University at Everett is in its new home on North Broadway, and now enrolls about 200 full-time students – nearly 600 for the University Center as a whole.
Students can earn degrees in a growing range of programs that are relevant to our region, such as electrical engineering and organic agriculture systems.
WSU’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine welcomed its first class of students this fall, many of whom will spend their third and fourth years training at health care institutions in Everett. We will continue to advocate for WSU and support its plans to expand its physical footprint here, as well as its academic offerings.
Looking ahead: While we have a strong foundation to grow from, we also have immediate needs to address to sustain our existing job centers and recruit new businesses and ideas to Everett.
As Boeing considers its new mid-market airplane, I will work tirelessly to make sure that plane is built here in Everett.
Without question, there is no better place for Boeing to build. We are home to the country’s biggest aerospace cluster, which accounts for almost half of the state’s aerospace workforce. We have the suppliers, subcontractors and transportation networks that Boeing relies on.
Most importantly, we have a community that understands Boeing’s incredible value and takes immense pride in being at the forefront of the aerospace world.
At the same time that we are working to retain and support our major employers, we have to be focused on what comes next.
One opportunity for growth is entrepreneurs, and I’m so excited about the Innovation Center that we are developing in partnership with Snohomish County, the Economic Alliance, Everett Community College and the Northwest Innovation Resource Center.
The Innovation Center will be a hub for entrepreneurs, providing them with co-working space and the resources and mentors they need to turn their ideas into successful businesses.
We’ve received a grant from the Community Economic Revitalization Board to help plan the center, and we’ve identified potential locations near the community college. Stay tuned for details on the center later this spring.
With our region’s incredible beauty and strong sense of environmental responsibility, Everett also seems a natural fit to become a leader in sustainable, green technologies. At the same time that we work to reduce the City’s carbon footprint through our own climate action plan, I will also support efforts to recruit new businesses and jobs in the emerging clean energy economy.
Another opportunity is at the City itself, as Lanie McMullin, our longtime economic development director, will retire next month. Lanie has provided tremendous service to our community as a champion for Everett, and has helped bring exciting new businesses to our downtown core.
We will soon begin recruiting for a new economic development director, who will work closely with Deputy Mayor Nick Harper and Planning Director Allan Giffen to help us capitalize on the incredible opportunities ahead of us.
Today I’ll issue a Mayoral Directive that builds on our existing programs and takes advantage of this transitional time to realign our staff and strategic plans to help us achieve our economic development goals.
We have so much going for us – from incredible schools and colleges to leaders in industry and health care to an amazing natural setting. There is no better place to live or to start a business. We need a comprehensive, proactive marketing and branding effort that highlights those strengths.
My directive establishes an Office of Communications and Marketing, under the leadership of Executive Director Meghan Pembroke. This team will create and manage our marketing campaigns, including our tourism initiative, and support the economic development team with targeted recruitment and retention campaigns.
We will also establish an Office of Community Planning and Economic Development. In the short term, this team will accelerate our efforts to attract and promote more startups and entrepreneurs in Everett and to recruit new investment in key industrial and commercial properties throughout the city.
Commercial air service at Paine Field opens up potential for new private investors and family-wage jobs, and I’ve directed our team to come up with a plan to make the most of those possibilities.
We must also be actively pursuing and advocating for our long-term priorities, which are in line with those identified by the transition advisory team: transportation and critical infrastructure needs, education and workforce training, and a comprehensive affordable housing strategy.
One of our greatest strengths as a community is the passion and expertise of our business leaders – and many of you are in the room today.
Under my directive, we’ll establish an economic development advisory committee of local business leaders, as well as representatives from our City Council. The committee will work closely with the City team on economic development initiatives and will provide an avenue for two-way communication with the business community.
The final two initiatives in the directive are focused on activating key corridors and business districts within the city.
Our planning department is finalizing the Metro Everett plan, which includes innovative strategies and incentives to encourage and guide future growth downtown and near the event center and Everett Station. With City Council’s approval of the plan and its components, I will direct City staff to immediately begin implementation.
The Metro Everett vision includes using developer incentives and tax credits to encourage job growth and additional market-rate housing in our metropolitan center. It also includes strategies to make the district more inviting and attractive to new businesses and residents by addressing vacant properties and creating new paths and destinations.
Finally, I’ve directed the team to take a closer look at key business districts throughout the City, including the college district and North Broadway, Paine Field, Evergreen Way, and the Everett Mall. We can do more to support small businesses and share prosperity throughout our city.
I believe there are opportunities to apply the tools we’ve developed during the Metro Everett effort in other parts of the city, including simplifying our regulations to streamline development.
Our plans for these areas should consider future opportunities, such as transit-oriented development, and should help facilitate coordination among stakeholders.
Community Engagement: My final immediate priority as mayor is community engagement and inclusion.
As a councilmember, I brought forward a resolution affirming Everett’s commitment to ensuring a safe and welcoming community for everyone who lives, works and visits here. I want to again recognize and thank our City Councilmembers, who were unanimous in supporting that resolution.
Everett is rich in diversity of cultures, experiences and faith, and I believe we should not only protect and preserve that diversity, but look for ways to include those diverse voices in the City’s work.
In my conversations with community members, both as a candidate and now as mayor, I have been energized by how much our residents care about our city and how much they want to be a part of Everett’s success. Our community wants a government that is approachable, transparent and responsive, and I am committed to delivering on those fronts.
I believe that the City – and especially its leaders – has a responsibility to connect with and engage our residents in a meaningful way. What we do is vitally important to the lives of our community members, and they deserve the opportunity to ask questions, share concerns and have a say in how we conduct our work.
We have a strong base of engagement to build on, especially when it comes to our community leaders. Our nearly 160 board and commission volunteers invest their time and expertise to serve our City and provide community representation on important projects and programs.
For instance, last year the Board of Park Commissioners worked to update the six-year Parks Capital Improvement Plan and advised staff on key projects, including the potential YMCA partnership. Planning Commissioners provided input on the changes and incentives included in the Metro Everett plan.
We also convened the EnvisionEverett Committee, which met throughout early 2017. Members updated Everett’s 2005 vision report and set new goals and strategies for the City to pursue.
I’m grateful for the contributions of our boards and commissions, and I’m eager to get more people involved – particularly those who are not currently connected to their City government.
Over the past year we’ve stepped up our efforts to diversify of our boards and commissions, which often serve as a pipeline to elected office or City employment, and we’re seeing initial progress.
The 22-member EnvisionEverett Committee had representation from 14 of our 19 neighborhoods. In December, nearly 30 individuals applied for my former City Council seat, representing 13 neighborhoods.
This month we welcomed eight new members to the Diversity Advisory Board, and I am excited about the new energy and vision that they are bringing to such a critically important area of our work.
We’ve also added new ways for our residents to engage with the City and each other.
Last summer we launched the Community Sparks program, which provides small matching grants for community projects and events. Nine new projects were completed under the inaugural program, including the SnoHomo Pride festival, a historical walking tour and a “wall of kindness,” dreamed up and put into action by Evergreen Middle School students.
These kinds of events and programs, generated by creative, community-minded residents, cultivate important civic pride and can help us reach people that we aren’t currently reaching.
Last fall we also launched Everett Essentials, the City’s first-ever civics academy. Twenty-nine Everett residents spent nine weeks in an intensive, hands-on course that gave them a behind-the-scenes look at City services and programs.
The course received positive feedback from students and City instructors. And we’re already seeing how this kind of investment in our community members can pay off: Four of our graduates were appointed to boards and commissions positions, and several more have stepped up as neighborhood leaders.
Looking ahead: As Mayor, I will continue to support our community leaders and volunteers and recruit new residents to take on these important roles. I’m committed to ensuring that our community members have a voice in what we do, especially when it comes to public safety.
This summer Chief Templeman and I will launch a Chief’s Community Advisory Committee made up of community members and leaders. The group will work with the Chief to advise the department on recruiting, training, community outreach and promoting public awareness of police services and programs.
I also believe that our City workforce must reflect the population we serve.
Everett is increasingly diverse. In the Everett School District, 88 languages are now spoken in students’ homes, and 13 percent of students are learning to speak English. In the Mukilteo district, one in five students is learning to speak English, and 91 different languages are spoken in students’ homes.
Currently, nearly 90 percent of City employees identify as white, compared to 76 percent of Everett residents. We have a great opportunity to diversify our workforce and find new and better ways to reach and engage all members of our community.
This week I will issue a Mayoral Directive on Community Engagement and Inclusion, which will help guide our efforts in this vitally important area.
Our first task will be to develop a clearly defined vision for an engaged community. This was a strongly supported recommendation from the transition advisory team, and something I’ve heard repeatedly from our residents and neighborhood leaders.
With a clear vision for engagement we can identify the tools and policies we need to support City staff in providing effective outreach and meaningful engagement opportunities for all members of our community.
My directive also calls for a plan to improve inclusion and equity at the City and develop a workforce that represents the diverse population we serve. An interdepartmental City team will evaluate our current practices and develop recommendations to make sure the way we recruit, hire and train is in line with our inclusion and diversity goals. The team will work closely with the Diversity Advisory Board and Chief’s Community Advisory Committee.
Under the directive, we’ll also look for ways to increase access to City government. We’ll start by evaluating our facilities and service hours for accessibility and the potential for co-locating related City services to provide easy, “one-stop shopping” for our residents and businesses. We’ll also launch a citywide data initiative, to make it easier for the public to find and explore City data through our website.
The directive establishes a second interdepartmental team focused on customer service and complaint resolution. This team will recommend ways to improve how we interact with our community members when they have a question or concern, and how we identify and respond to recurring issues.
We’ll also make sure our City employees are engaged and informed about what the City is doing; our City team members are our best ambassadors to the broader community.
Finally, the directive includes a youth engagement initiative to encourage youth participation in boards and commissions and other City programs, and to evaluate a potential City-wide internship and apprenticeship program for high school and college students.
Conclusion It is so exciting to reflect on all of the milestones Everett has achieved in the last several years. It’s even more exciting to consider all of the incredible opportunities in our future.
I believe that leaders are most effective when they have a deep, personal connection to the people and places they serve, and I couldn’t be prouder to be Everett’s mayor.
I love this city. Everett is full of creative, compassionate people who recognize its strengths and potential, and want to be a part of its successes. That’s why I moved my family here. That’s why I’m excited to raise my daughter here. And that’s why I’m so eager to help move Everett forward.
Thank you for the chance to share my vision for our city, and thank you for all of the passion and energy you invest in our community. We have truly unlimited possibilities ahead of us, and I can’t wait to see what we accomplish together.
Thank you.
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