When it comes to forcing transparency why do I always have to be the bad guy? Other reporters file Public Records Requests why don’t they hit? Oh… wait a second I forgot about some of those emails I have! 😊
The gals in the City Clerk’s Office were right on top of the situation and shortly after I published my September 20, 2017 story concerning Debra Conklin they were able to find some responsive records which they sent to me right away on September 20, 2017 at 11:37 AM.
The images below show OPOC Chair Debra Conklin’s response to Terri Pfister’s certified letter and email trying to get some action out of Conklin. Keep in mind this was a May 21st, 2017 PRR and at this point MOST people identified in the PRR have provided responsive records to the City Clerk’s Office. The City Clerk’s Office, and City Legal I’m sure, are currently in the process of reviewing those records for proper redactions etc.
I’m not going to say much at this point about Conklin’s responses, I will mention that given what I know I find them odd at best.
She FINALLY turns in her phone via her trusted companion Martha Huseman (more later). You always want to wait on signing any affidavit until you can figure out what Breen has! 😊
Although a bit late in the game the gals in the City Clerk’s Office are trying!
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I’ve been holding off on this until the Freeman School shooting subsided at least a little bit, but two City Council Members, Lori Kinnear and Breean Beggs, are letting fear of the wrath of the “Shaded Lady” stand in their way of doing the right thing. The question is, are they afraid that OPOC Chair Deb Conklin’s very liberal backers, which make up a big part of their own election constituency, will be unhappy?
You can see some of that wrath, which several others have experienced, displayed on the video of the September 6th, 2016 OPOC Meeting starting at the 11:37:29 mark.
“How shaded you are in particular on this commission.”
If you happen to watch the entire video you might notice Member Ladd Smith’s comments about being interviewed by the City Council prior to HIS reappointment.
As many of my followers are aware I have known for some time about the dysfunctional OPOC, have been reporting on it, and will continue to do so.
There is quite a bit more coming soon, this is just kind of a teaser, Deb Conklin wasn’t reappointed to her current position even though her term ran out on September 15th, 2017, the reason was that there weren’t enough votes on the City Council to reappoint her, so now her existence on the OPOC is entirely in the hands of Kinnear and Beggs. She can stay in her position without reappointment for 90 days and both Beggs and Kinnear are aware of among other things a press for an Human Resources Complaint against her, so this should be interesting. At least Mayor Condon dispatched Rachel Dolezal rather quickly, but for some reason the City Council can’t seem to get it done in Conklin’s case.
At this point I’m waiting for City Clerk Terri Pfister to provide me with Conklin’s response to the certified letter they had to send to Conklin since she simply ignored the first responsive documents request they sent to her about my May 21, 2017 Public Records Request. Yes that’s right May 21, 2017!
I think the gals in the City Clerk’s Office have a pretty good idea that I know prior to submitting a PRR what is in the responsive records, you would think by now that the City Attorney’s Office who carefully scrutinize my PRRs and help Ms. Pfister and Ms. Farnsworth out with the email responses they send me would realize that also.
Anyway, since the gals in the Clerk’s Office kind of follow my blog a bit… Here you go Terri!
The third paragraph of Deb Conklin’s response states exactly this;
“Mr. Breen’s attempt to smear me with the recording of the June 6 OPOC meeting is even less successful. Once again, it is clear from the whole of that meeting that the problem is HOW, NOT WHETHER, to get the texts to the city. There has never been any suggestion, in private or in public, that I would not comply fully with this PRR.”
I hope that will help you find the document Ms. Pfister.
Ms. Conklin, you should probably take note as well, that as far as the two Assistant AGs you were with on your vacation, one since retired, who supposedly “strongly urge” that the City should immediately get a subpoena to serve on T-Mobile, surely, they must know that an Administrative Subpoena likely wouldn’t work in this case, and there isn’t an open Civil or Criminal case. So why don’t you just get the data from T-Mobile yourself as was done in the Nissen case? Also, since you often mention that you were a Prosecutor for a short time, you certainly don’t want to be accused any “egregious misconduct” like the Court held you were guilty of in State v Stephens… just get it done lady!
Don’t think the Spokane Police Guild when they agreed to a contract change allowing for an OPO Commission didn’t know that any Oversight Commission would be dysfunctional, they are laughing their heads off again.
Lots more on the way!!!
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There is a saying in politics that “Any Press is good Press!”, something Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich is obviously a firm believer in. The question that must be asked is whether or not Ozzie is using a despicable political tactic in using the horrific Freeman School shooting to “Gin Up” his base, so I’ll present a few facts and you can decide for yourself. Ozzie will of course chalk up the facts as being “Fake News”.
As we all know our man Ozzie being the politician that he thinks he is, jumped right in to what he thought might be Cathy McMorris-Rogers open spot head first, that of course didn’t work out for him.
You might recall that other politicians, City Council President Ben Stuckart, State Sen. Michael Baumgartner, and State Rep Matt Shea were also considering jumping into the fray.
Since Ozzie has made his political aspirations, other than being Spokane County Sheriff well known, coupled with his move in residency from the County into the City there is a lot of speculation that Ozzie intends to run for Mayor of the City of Spokane. It would be pretty easy for him to simply move his contributions which are now primarily from big business from the run for Sheriff to a run for Mayor.
Now that Ozzie has recently paved the way to leave the Sheriff’s Office by hand picking Dave Ellis as his Under Sheriff the speculation that Ozzie intends to run for something has increased.
For now, Ellis is still settling into the office down the hall from his boss, who has already announced his bid for re-election in 2018. Down the road, Ellis says a run of his own isn’t out of the question.
“It’s something I’ve considered,” he says, adding that he wouldn’t launch a campaign until Knezovich retires.
During Ozzie’s press conference where in most cases a law enforcement officer would stick to the facts, out of respect for the families and fear of helping to set the stage for Bevin Maxey to use a mental health or insanity Defense strategy, Ozzie uses the presser to espouse his usual rhetoric blaming, the media (Fake News), the Mental Health System, other elected officials, a counterculture of violence, a culture that is enamored with school shooting, video games, and on and on, even before any of the true facts are known.
At least this time he didn’t blame Obama!
As any politician, including President Trump, knows in this age of social media where we have things like Facebook and Twitter it offers a good way to get your electoral message out, and Ozzie is no different, at every opportunity he continually uses social media, pressers, and even videos to get his out, which of course is a proven strategy, no matter what the cost to others might be.
As an example; any politician knows that if during a presser you call out the media you are likely to get a story from the media supporting their own position that will bring out at least some of your base to extol what they perceive to be your virtues, and it worked for Ozzie, at least to an extent, of the 60 comments the majority were from Ozzie’s base.
Not all the comments were rosy for Ozzie, I think Phil Tyler and I agree on this one… NOT THE TIME FOR IDEOLOGY. Of course, one would have to consider Ozzie’s wife Paula Knezovich part of Ozzie’s base.
Ozzie got more play on his own Re-Elect Ozzie Knezovich FB Page with 863 comments at this point. The odd thing about that FB Post of Ozzie’s is that this time he blames the Freeman Shooting on “those who have adopted violence as a way to achieve their political goals” and “those who preach radicalized hate”. It’s pretty hard for me to believe that wasn’t a run at Matt Shea and crew. The thing about this FB post is that Ozzie is now getting some push back… imagine that!
If you have any question in your mind about how widely Ozzie wanted to use the horrific Freeman School Shooting tragedy to disseminate his political views these might give you the answer.
Then again, maybe the speculation about Ozzie running for Mayor or some other local position is all wet and Ozzie has political aspirations far and above. Perhaps President Trump should keep an eye on this guy?
I can’t help but wonder if Ozzie does run for something and with football season upon us if we will see his Elect Ozzie adds during NFL games. The problem is if he did a spot during at an ongoing game he would have to leave his weapon locked up somewhere!
One thing is for sure, If you intend to run for a local office, make darn sure you clarify you are only attacking the National Fake News, and not the Local Fake News! 😊
The sheriff is known for his commentary on certain issues- violence and mental health among those. He acknowledged that in today’s press conference.
“Folks, you’re going to find that I am very much not politically correct, and the older I get the less my filter works,” he said.
Knezovich did have strong words for media and elected officials.
“This young gentleman got sucked into a counterculture of violence, a culture that is enamored with school shooting. And, media, you are to blame for that,” he said. “To those in the political world, knock it off. Enough.”
Knezovich did later clarify to KXLY that the comments were directed at national news specifically, though both national and local crews were present at the press conference.
He did not offer specifics on how to change the “culture of violence” he described, but did extend a call to action.
I don’t make this stuff up, it’s all out there for you to decide.
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I thought all the blame was that of “those who have adopted violence as a way to achieve their political goals” and “those who preach radicalized hate”?
Now it’s the “media” and “problems with the mental health system for furthering school shooting culture”?
“Knezovich said investigators were increasingly convinced a preoccupation with school-shooting culture played a large part as opposed to bullying, which was the explanation offered by Sharpe.”
If investigators were “convinced” part of the motive was “preoccupation with school-shooting culture”, did the Probable Cause Affidavit state that fact?
Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich blamed a breakdown of society, the media and problems with the mental health systems for the tragedy at Freeman High School.
Knezovich on Thursday pointed the finger at the media for furthering “school shooting culture” that played into Sharpe’s fixation.
“This young gentlemen got sucked into a counter culture, a culture of violence,” he said. “And you media, you’re to blame for it. You keep using headlines. You keep giving them names.”
Knezovich said investigators were increasingly convinced a preoccupation with school-shooting culture played a large part as opposed to bullying, which was the explanation offered by Sharpe.
Knezovich accused people dressed in black who “commit all types of violence in the name of getting their own way,” and violent video games for influencing Caleb Sharpe
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