A good Inlander story regarding the less than transparent Condon Administration and SPD.

The only thing I would disagree with is ‘big step backward’ in the headline. I can’t see where they ever moved forward.

This story of mine from April of 2016 might help as far as background is concerned.


If you go to my story linked above and click on some of the IA Case summaries which used to be posted on the IA Website, it would be helpful to you in understanding where I’m coming from (note the years on the cases).

Another must read for perspective and context purposes is this link I provided in the same story. 

This email then Director of Strategic Initiatives, and now Probationary Patrol Officer, Tim Schwering sent to Mary Muramatsu, Erin Jacobson, and Nancy Isserlis after receiving the Gleason letter might give you some idea of just how seriously the Condon Administration and SPD take the Public Records Act.


You should love this kind of stuff from back in 2015!


So how many years does it take for Mayor Condon and SPD to start complying with the Public Records Act?

Hold on just one second here!!!

How in the world could there be a staffing problem at SPD when the Mayor officially committed to increase the budget amount allocated for addressing public records requests????


You have to take a step forward before you can take a step backward… unless of course you really don’t want to move forward!




No not really, there never are Final Chapters in sad stories someone always lives with them.

At tonight’s City Council Meeting the Council will be asked to approve a settlement agreement between the Estate of Stephanie Meier AKA Stephanie Bender in the amount of $250,000.00.


I didn’t want to let this end up in the Fade and Forget File, because at the time the very, very sad story helped to demonstrate the problem Spokane faces with mental health and homeless issues. Problems I might add that in most cases Law Enforcement have to initially deal with.

Here are a few media stories to refresh you memory:

I think it is important to keep in mind that even though there was a settlement the family and driver of the truck along with his co-workers will never really have a Final Chapter in their memory.

Fortunately, Mayor Condon, and the City Council have tried to help address the problem, and for that I give them both credit.

The truth is, that no matter how many shelters you provide a segment of those suffering from mental illness simply won’t participate in the services we provide and in most cases those folks at one time or another become a problem-solving dilemma for our first responders.

There are no Final Chapters in the issues surrounding mental health problems, and likely never will be. The death of Stephanie Meier, sad as it was for everyone involved, helped in some small way to emphasize how important the issue is. This story is simply intended to be a reminder for everyone, including myself.



When I opened my email this morning I found this very congenial and highly professional email from OUR elected Spokane County Sheriff responding to my simple question asking if he was planning a run for Mayor. The email was sent from his iPhone using his private email account. As you can see as of February 25th, 2017, at 11:14 PM Ozzie says he has NO Plans to run for Mayor.





Since the email was so congenial and highly professional, I of course had to respond in like manner, while at the same time pointing out some FACTS.




Here are the links I’m hoping Ozzie will try and remember… 🙂


Eighth Grade Playground Bullies aside, I’m just a simple man, seeking the answers, to simple questions, who never was afraid of Bullies!




Several sources indicate he very well may be considering a run. Could that be the real reason behind his move from the Reardan acreage he sold to the rental in North Spokane? Pre-election who is going to run rumors always circulate but this one interested me.

Usually when asked potential political Candidates will reply with a “Yes,” or a “No,” “I’m not ruling anything out,” or just refuse to comment. But Ozzie has his own way of answering the simple question.

Since my information comes from several different sources including some folks considered very knowledgeable in the Political Arena, I thought I would simply ASK OZZIE, so I sent him this email.


Ozzie responded with this:


I still can’t figure out why Ozzie is so fixated on Scott Maclay and me, I’ve never met the man. I feel sorry for Scott Maclay since Ozzie continues to try and link him to a lying deplorable like myself. No Ozzie NOT Maclay. Seriously Ozzie no politics on County email? Okay if you say so.

I try and tell Ozzie the facts and since he blocked me from Twitter, I simply asked for his email. Ozzie of course does have my email so if he really wanted to answer he could.


Well, Ozzie says “If I have it” referring to his email address.



I’ve got several old ones, I guess I’ll have to come up with the new one.


Ozzie says he isn’t with one of the old emails any more.


Ozzie still has that Maclay thingy going, but pay attention to this one because apparently there is some kind of a cryptic message in it that answers my question whether or not Ozzie is running for Mayor.



So I give it another shot.


Ozzie says he already answered my question about running for Mayor in the last email he sent imaged above. I tried deductive, inductive, predictive, and everything else I could think of but I still don’t see where I got an answer.

So I gave him the facts, figuring I would get either a yes or a no… I forgot he was a Politician!



This is the last email I received from Ozzie!


I actually believe I did read all the emails “correctly” and it appears to me that Ozzie simply doesn’t want to answer the question, but you can read them and decide for yourself.

It will be interesting if Ozzie does run for Mayor, if he does I wonder if he will have learned by then that people talk, lots of people talk, and sooner or later things surface.

Since no one has officially announced they are going to run for Mayor things could get real interesting with both the “Rs” and “Ds”.

Ozzie has filed with the PDC to run for Sheriff again but I haven’t seen any new big billboards with his picture on them. His campaign coffers for Sheriff are kind of getting off the ground thanks primarily to the Douglass folks, so I guess if he decided to change course he could move that money to Ozzie for Mayor instead of Ozzie for Sheriff.



If Ozzie does run for Mayor, I bet the guys and gals at SPD will be puckering a bit since Ozzie offered, but was turned down, to run SPD and the SO both at the same time if you remember. The SPD folks will probably go through the Metro Police Department scare they had a while back with Condon and Straub. If Ozzie does run I wonder if Mayor Condon another “R” would back Ozzie’s play.

I’m just a simple man, seeking simple answers, to simple questions!