THE MYSTERIOUS CASE OF PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST C000679-061319

BACKGROUND:

As is often the case with me when it comes the possibility of misconduct in City Government “on or about” June 13, 2019, months before the COVID-19 pandemic I received information from sources that former Spokane Police Department Lieutenant Dave McCabe who played a prominent role in many Spokane Police Department issues in his role as President of the SPD Lieutenants and Captains Association, including the Cotton/Straub Affair, had been terminated from his employment with the Spokane Police Department and the City of Spokane wanted the termination kept super-secret so the public wouldn’t find out. Subsequently I learned that Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl had placed McCabe on Administrative Leave “on or about” March 5, 2018 to initiate an IA Investigation into McCabe altering a Physicians’ Disability Statement so he didn’t have to return to work. It gets somewhat complicated but since the City of Spokane is self-insured when it comes to their own workers compensation exposures, in other words the Citizens end up paying even for false claims if they are identified. In McCabe’s case his time loss benefits exceeded $100,000 so the City had to dig into reserves.

As I do in most cases on June 13, 2019 to corroborate the information I have I submitted a Public Records Request to the City of Spokane.

When I received the required five-day response from the City of Spokane on June 20, 2019 and was told it would only take “approximately 60 days on or about August 19” to respond to my PRR my first thought was… gosh maybe this won’t end up being as hard as I anticipated it would be. How wrong I was!

My last interaction with the City of Spokane regarding PRR C000679-061319 was on November 18, 2020 when they informed me that a response to my PRR “may be available in approximately 30 days, or on or about December 18, 2020. I have to be honest I didn’t get really excited about the possibility of getting a response to my PRR yesterday…for rather obvious reasons.

The question I have for my readers is do you think this is really a “MYSTERIOUS CASE? If you really think it is maybe this link to all my interaction with the City of Spokane regarding PRR C000679-061319 will help you to come to a conclusion.

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ARE THE CURRENT SJWs AND SELF-PROCLAIMED LEADERS OF THE LBGQT CAUSE HELPING OR HINDERING THE CAUSE???

Certainly, a question that should be asked so I will!

The LBGQT cause has most certainly come a long way since 1969 when I first became involved with the LBGQT Community and was asked by a friend to work security as a Police Officer for the yearly Imperial Ball (Gay Ball) held at the Grotto Hall. My job was primarily to keep any “Straights” from causing trouble, but that primary responsibility soon evolved into many other responsibilities one of which included being the Judge of each and every Drag Queen Show and picking the top Drag Queen performance based upon criterion set up by the Lilac Court. That particular responsibility wasn’t without its drawbacks because no matter who I chose someone was unhappy especially if I choose one of the many out of town DQs. Soon I became the SPD go to person for all issues involving the LBGQT Community and was often contacted by its leaders Jack Allen and Sharon Wilson who became good friends of mine. When the Grotto Hall Venue became too small for the yearly Imperial Balls Jack, Sharon, and I had several meetings with bigwigs at the Sheridan Hotel and were able to convince them to hold the yearly program there.

This old SR story by Chris Peck will give you some idea of what it was like back in the day, something that is really easy to tell just from the SR Headline. The Headline speaks for itself and boy did I get calls.

Back during those times, the leaders of the LBGQT cause were well respected members of the Spokane Community some gay but not “out” and others who were quietly “out”. But today it is a completely different story and taking a look at some of the current supposed and self-proclaimed leaders would have to make most people wonder what their agenda is.

One of the self-proclaimed leaders we all know, and love is Thomas Haugen AKA Tom Robinson who along with one of the other “leaders” Nicolette Ocheltree, started two activist groups known as “500 Drag Queen Strong” and “Stronger Together Spokane”.

https://www.facebook.com/500DragQueenStrong

https://www.facebook.com/StrongerTogetherSpokane

Tom Haugen is rather infamous for not only for his false claim of being a retired Law Enforcement Officer, but also his finger waving propensity and as some have reported his efforts to provoke people into confrontations.

Another rather infamous “leader” is none other than former failed write in Mayoral Candidate Nicolette Ocheltree who attempted to parlay the library Drag Queen Shows for kids into a winning Mayoral bid which didn’t even come close to working. During her campaign Ocheltree portrayed herself as a victim, including being the victim of domestic violence and only recently admitted to being the perpetrator of DV and acknowledging her domestic violence arrest.

Then of course we have the always armed, pretend tough guy, and self-promoter Tanner Rowe who consistently backs members of the LBGQT community and purports to have no problem with the LBGQT cause or issues.

Having said all that recent evidence has come to light that in fact these leaders do have a serious problem with at least some homosexual interaction which can be clearly observed in their recent public social media comments.

The public statements by these leaders of the local LBGQT cause belie all of their many past statements and represent a hypocrisy second to none.

I must admit, even though I am not gay, I have several times in the past held another man’s “dick” in my hands. Each and every time was when I didn’t have a rookie around so I had to put the gloves on swab the “dick” and pull pubic hair during the investigative process, so the accusations I have held a man’s “dick” in my hand for sexual gratification are not in the least bit true and as far as Matt Shea is concerned I have never met or been close to the guy to even talk to him face to face.

In my opinion the local Spokane LBGQT Community should take a close look at who they have adopted as their leadership and start questioning whether or not the Politicians and Power Structure here actually pay any attention to them, or even should pay any attention to them.

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ARE NON-POLITICAL FUNDRAISERS FOR POLITICIANS ETHICAL???

Certainly, anyone can give a money within the legal limits for political contributions as can groups for the most part as a result of the US Supreme Court case in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. There is some accountability attached to actual political contributions from the standpoint of documenting and reporting however there is no accountability attached to “Fundraisers” which benefit Politicians from a personal financial perspective and the question in my mind is “Should there be?”. Money of course has always bought influence in our political system and when one thinks about money and politics some people conjure up images of FBI surveillance video showing some politician taking a cash bribe. I’m certainly not saying that non-political fundraisers represent some type of bribe and they don’t necessarily buy influence but in my opinion they sure don’t look good because there is no way of telling where and how the contributions were actually spent, something that appears to be a philanthropic endeavor may be just that and the contributions may well have been spent the way they were intended but there is really no way of telling without the politician benefactor being transparent as to exactly how the money was spent.

Generally, you don’t run across many non-political Fundraisers for politicians, but I did run across this one which is a “Fundraiser for Dez’s Medical Expenses”.

https://www.facebook.com/donate/586032255402075

As you can see from the fundraiser page “Dez” is the dog of Spokane Valley Council Member and Deputy Mayor Brandi Peetz and her husband Chad Peetz. The individual who initiated the fundraiser is a gal by the name of Carla Blazek whom I’ve heard nothing but good things about. Carla like myself is a dog lover and has done fundraisers for various dog related causes including local law enforcement K9 Units so there is nothing unusual about this particular fundraiser for “Dez” and I’m very happy to see “Dez” is doing well.

The big question as I see it regarding fundraisers like this one is could they end up being a not so good thing should the contributions go to someone that isn’t particularly ethical who ends up spending the money on a new boat, car, or remodeling project, etcetera and do they buy influence for the contributors. At a minimum I just don’t think it looks good, and appearances count in the political game.

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A TWOFER DAY FOR MATT SHEA!!!

February 9, 2020 marks another “Twofer Day” for Matt Shea in the Spokesman Review, two stories in one day about Matt Shea one by Chad Sokol and one by Jim Camden, both kind of interesting if you have been following the Matt Shea issues.

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2020/feb/09/a-look-at-rep-matt-sheas-legal-career-recently-lai/

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2020/feb/09/democrats-split-on-any-action-regarding-shea/

The interesting things to me in the Sokol story were these statements;

“In an email, attorney Marshall Casey said he’s downsizing his office and going into business with attorney Jim Sweetser, who served a term as Spokane County prosecutor in the 1990s.”

“I’m in the process of that transition,” Casey wrote. “ I needed to downsize my office for the transition and I let (Shea) and my assistant go. I may rehire my assistant through the transition of my office since I may need the help.”

“Shea’s personal finance statements submitted to the Public Disclosure Commission show he had been earning between $24,000 and $47,999 per year from Casey’s firm – relatively little, for a lawyer. (The PDC form requires lawmakers to select income ranges, not give precise salary figures.) That’s on top of the $52,766 he makes as a legislator.”

What was interesting about those statements is that it is old news and something I followed up on right away when convicted bank robber with drug and psychological issues, Tanner Rowe Crew Member, and Ozzie Knezovich sycophant Keith Carpenter made this Facebook post about 9 weeks ago.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1564228930331669/permalink/2630633787024506/

(Looks like some of Keith Carpenter’s posts have since been deleted…you have to be quick with these folks! 😊)

Even though Mr. Carpenter’s credibility could be in question the public statements he made regarding a Grand Jury being is being conveined {sp} on Shea.”, and “Shea’s law partner kicked him out today” an investigative reporter has to take a look at that kind of stuff, so I did and contacted Marshall Casey. Who told me his move had been planned for well over a year and the Rampart Report had nothing to do with his decision to move, when I mentioned to Mr. Casey that it looked like there was a possibility his office was being surveilled he indicated he wouldn’t be surprised. Mr. Casey also told me he was surprised I was the first reporter to contact him about the move. ( Chad Sokol, or any other can check with Mr. Casey to see if my characterization of the interaction I had with Mr. Casey is accurate).  I also checked with sources to find out there was in fact a Grand Jury going on regarding Shea and was unable to establish that this was/is.

I thought this statement in the story was also interesting;

“Casey declined to say whether he had any concerns about the findings of the House-commissioned investigation or about Shea’s involvement in armed confrontations with federal agents, such as the 2016 standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.”

I would think that the Washington State Court’s Rules of Professional would prohibit Mr. Casey from commenting publicly on any concerns he may or may not have about another lawyer. That is the kind of stuff you do privately over a glass of Whiskey. 😊

“Shea’s personal finance statements submitted to the Public Disclosure Commission show he had been earning between $24,000 and $47,999 per year from Casey’s firm – relatively little, for a lawyer. (The PDC form requires lawmakers to select income ranges, not give precise salary figures.) That’s on top of the $52,766 he makes as a legislator.”

It is always a good idea for reporters to check Candidates F-1s submitted to the PDC as they are signed under the penalty of Perjury. Here is one that might need some looking into since it appears Brandi Peetz neglected to report some things.

https://examplepro.me/2020/01/08/the-wick-peetz-plan-and-the-city-of-spokane-valley-budget/

“There are others who feel that he’ll be a martyr whatever we do … and we have an obligation to speak out and take action,” Jinkins said. “We’re in the place of trying to navigate what we want to do.”

I’m wondering if the “split” in Jim Camden’s story “House Democrats split on any action regarding Shea” has anything to do with some of the information, including from witnesses which contradicts the Rampart Report has anything to do with the possibility that if there was some type of name clearing hearing it would make a whole bunch of people Democrat and Republican alike look real bad.

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I REPORT FACTS YOU DECIDE!!!