April 30, 2013
It is well known now that the CRC is a very unpopular project among citizens and many business owners. We know it, elected officials know it and of course, even though they try to deny it, the Columbian knows it.
We also know the Columbian is in the tank for the light rail project and instead of investigating numerous concerns reported over the years about the CRC, will run damage control trying to minimize those concerns.
They also have shown themselves unfriendly towards candidates running for office that openly oppose the CRC light rail project and many can attest, do not treat those candidates very equitably, digging up dirt, casting aspersions and opposing just about any candidate who runs against the CRC.
And yet, the Columbian was puzzled when some candidates began bypassing them during campaigns, seeking other outlets to reach voters.
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March 12, 2013
We’re all familiar with the term, Kangaroo Court meaning “a mock court in which the principles of law and justice are disregarded or perverted.” Maybe it is time we also applied it to townhalls by elected officials who have no intent to listen to constituents and instead seem to think they have to sell us on a defective project the majority of their constituents’ have indicated they do not want.
A Townhall is supposed to be an “informal public meeting where everybody in a town community is invited to attend, voice their opinions, and hear the responses from public figures and elected officials about shared subjects of interest.”
But as we continue to see, many of those elected officials appear reluctant to listen to constituents areas of concern in Washington State 49th Legislative District, especially where the overly ambitious Columbia River Crossing Project is concerned.
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December 4, 2012
It never ceases to amaze me how Vancouver City Council Members can be so selective in how they choose to represent the city and voters within the city, picking and choosing when they will support the voters’ choices or just ignore us.
We all know by now how Mayor ‘Teflon’ Tim ‘The Liar’ Leavitt lied his way into office by strongly opposing tolls on the proposed new Interstate Bridge, only to quickly come out of the closet once winning in 2009 to advocate tolls.
We have seen Jeanne Harris melt down on citizens speaking before council in opposition to dragging Portland’s financially failing light rail into our community.
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July 6, 2012
Vancouver City Council member Jeanne Harris, known worldwide for her “Gavel Down” meltdown is a gift to bloggers and reporters. She just doesn’t know when to quit.
We recently saw about her filing a $500K claim for an eye injury against the city of Ridgefield in the Columbian with this blog breaking the news that she was photographed wielding a pugil stick at a charity boxing match 2 months after she alleges the injury occurred here.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, she has now left an angry, profanity laced voicemail message for Columbian reporter, Andrea Damewood, who wrote the initial story
STRONG LANGUAGE WARNING
What can be said except WOW!
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July 5, 2012
Poor Jeanne Harris, I guess she just can’t help surrounding herself in enough drama to gain frequent mention in the Columbian pages.
We all recall her viral “Gavel Down” video and subsequent ethics panel slap down. We recall earlier that same day looking out in the audience at workshop and yelling for someone to stop shaking their head at her.
Of late was a mini-meltdown when Mayor Tim Leavitt switched his expected vote at council for the sales tax resolution to be sent to the C-Tran Board, drawing an astonished “are you kidding me” from her and leaving her first speechless then stuttering to explain her astonishment.
To be fair, she offered a sincere apology towards the end of the council meeting.
Now comes word from the Columbian that Ms. Harris has filed a “$500,000 insurance claim with the city of Ridgefield, saying that Ridgefield Mayor Ron Onslow hit her with a stress-relief ball, leading to the potential loss of sight in her left eye.”
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March 21, 2012
Vancouver City Council Member Jeanne Harris is a gift that just keeps giving.
“CVTV footage, obtained pursuant to the Public Disclosure Act, in no way is intended by CVTV, the City of Vancouver, or Clark County to either promote or oppose any candidate for public office or any ballot proposition.”
Background of this latest from council member Harris can be read at the Columbian’s All Politics Is Local
Left to ponder, was this greatly toned down Jeanne Harris due to the encounter being with a fellow council member, Bart Hansen and knowing she could face another ethics panel should she fully meltdown again?
The best comment so far at APIL comes from Brighton West of Vancouria, “We didn’t even ask City Council to help write Vancouvria episodes…”
December 27, 2011
That our national economy remains strained in this “Great Recession” is evident almost everywhere we look. Private sector jobs remain hard to find and we see median wages falling or remaining low.
According to a chart released by Washington State, Clark County’s median wage dropped over $3,000 a year between 2008 and 2009. 2010 showed an estimated increase in median wages in the county of a paltry $200 per year with a further estimate for 2011 of just $400 for the year, hoping to see a median wage of $54,951, still $3,000 below what was seen in 2008.
Many in the county, who are lucky enough to still have a job, have seen no wage increase at all and some have actually seen a significant drop in wages while at the same time we see taxes, rates and fees increasing across the board from city and county government.
However, not all of us have to sacrifice during these dire economic times. The Columbian tells us in November, “131 OPEIU members will get a 1.5 percent raise next year and another in 2013, followed by a 2 percent wage increase in 2014” as the city and the union reached their contract agreement. A small increase, but an increase just the same.
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December 6, 2011
A brief excerpt from a much longer testimony by Vancouver Washington city council member, Jeanne ‘Gavel Down’ Harris, expressing her view on why banning all tobacco products in city parks is necessary.
Full testimony may be seen by visiting http://www.cityofvancouver.us/cvtv/cvtvindex.asp?section=25437&folderID=3136 and clicking on “Revisions to Vancouver Municipal Code Chapter 15.04 – Park Code”
November 20, 2011
By PROFESSOR ROBERT DEAN
Tim L: Welcome to the first annual meeting of the Clark County Gang of 14. The meeting will now come to order. Tap! Tap!
Jeanne H: Gimme that gavel!
Tim L: Back off, Jeanne. We had that one gilded.
Jack B: Bravo, Tim!
Tim L: First order of…
Jack B: Business
Tim L: Business - we need to…
Steve S: Congratulate.
Tim L: Congratulate ourselves for pushing through the new admissions tax for the giant trash burning woodstove Downtown.
Steve S: Oh God!
Scott H: Point of order! The tax was for the baseball stadium.
Tim L: Quite right. I was getting ahead of myself. Which brings us to the second order of business – we need a mission statement.
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November 12, 2011
Updated November 14, 2011 to include links to updated YouTube videos of the meltdown. Ms. Harris might have succeeded in having David Madore remove the video, but CVTV archived video of the meetings which are part of the Public Record remain!
Sometimes the sheer audacity of our elected officials just amazes me. I am left wondering just what world they live in to come to the thinking they have.
Such an example is Vancouver, Washington city council member Jeanne Harris who made a complete ass out of herself last September with her now famous ‘gavel down’ meltdown at council meeting.
At the time of the incident, Harris “explained” her conduct was because fellow council member Jeanne E. Stewart “provoked her,” and that she was also “going through a difficult divorce.” She labeled the subsequent ethics investigation and censure as “rash and uncalled for.”
She issued a “public apology” immediately followed by a terse email to fellow council members ending with the note, “thanks for making my life hell.”
Since accepting the outcome of the ethics investigation, she has come out expecting a public apology for how she thinks she was treated over her own outburst and expects the famous video to be removed from the internet.
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November 1, 2011
Jeanne Harris, the embittering Vancouver, Washington city council member known internationally for her ‘gavel down’ outburst and subsequent efforts in wanting it forgotten, continues to amaze in how she can’t get passed it herself.
It’s well known she received a slap on the wrist for her outburst against fellow council member Jeanne E. Stewart, since city ethics policy did not address her overbearing treatment in ‘gaveling down’ citizens and she sort of apologized as she forgave the community for her outburst.
Since, she has ‘requested’ the famous video be taken down, apparently not realizing that once something is on the internet, it’s there forever. She has also come forward seeming to expect a public apology from others over her outburst and the subsequent ethics investigation that she only received the slap on the wrist for.
Her conduct and disdain for those who disagree with her reach legendary proportions as she has been noted to single out people in the audience, demanding they “stop shaking their heads at her,” and speak down to citizens as if she were a teacher speaking to a kindergarten class.
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October 20, 2011
Although we complain often, the bias seen in our media is glaring. What doesn’t get mentioned much is their hypocrisy. That is seen no brighter in the latest bash of businessman David Madore for the following flier a PAC he formed sent out.
Neither candidate had anything to do with the ad and what is stated is the brutal truth, save the claim of Clark County having the highest unemployment. Four counties are now higher, but we are not too far behind. We have been in double digit unemployment for over 2 years now.
But, for the Columbian to express any outrage over the ad is as hypocritical as can be.
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June 26, 2011
Vancouver city council member Jeanne Harris, who made International news last year for her melt-down, has publicly apologized for her behavior, expressed embarrassment over it and wishes it would go away. No doubt, any of us would, given the embarrassing nature of the famous “gavel down” incident.
However, once something is on the internet, it is there forever and only time drops people’s interest as they move on to something else.
I was a little surprised to find on Victoria Taft’s blog a posting of someone claiming to be Jeanne Harris posting a bombastic email purportedly from Ms. Harris to a constituent that is little more than a vitriolic blaming of everyone else for the incident.
I expressed my doubts then that the sender, a val380 was in fact Ms. Harris and quite honestly I’m still not convinced it is her.
val380 Seems to be going all over YouTube with comments like seen below.
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June 24, 2011
An email copied to Victoria Taft just today
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First off, whoever “Jeff Nice” is, the description of “basement blogger” hardly applies as my house doesn’t have a basement.
Did Pat Campbell actually issue the reply to this insult laden email?
If so, what is so “encouraging” about it, Pat?
No one is forced to listen to Victoria Taft or any radio program for that matter. Just as no one is forced to read the Columbian or vote for Pat.
Then too, there is always that sticky little matter of the first amendment.
If you did in fact issue the reply, Pat, I’d really like to know what is so “encouraging” about it.
I’m sure your opponents and voters within the city limits would too.
June 21, 2011
After the attack of 9 year-old boy by unlicensed pit bulls, many in Vancouver have called for a complete ban on pit bulls, joining in with the hysteria once seen directed towards other breeds such as Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherds and others.
The subject came up in the June 20, 2011 city council meeting with one council member adamant about holding a “discussion” on such a ban.
As shown here, while there is a call for banning certain breeds of dogs, many are coddling wild predators known for even more vicious attacks
May 17, 2011
Vancouver city council woman Jeanne Harris at the May 16, 2011 council workshop where changes to the city council ethics policy were being discussed. Just a portion of the over all exchange, but the portion I now believe she expects and has asked to receive a public apology for, as reported in the Columbian newspaper.
Ms. Harris, known for last years “Gavel Down” incident accepted the slap on the wrist deemed appropriate by the first ever council ethics committee. As Larry Smith states, it was imperfect but what council had been given to work with.
Telling her that it was her behavior, not his behavior that brought it about is not verbally attacking, it is pointing out the error of her way.
I am left wondering, will we now see Ms. Harris continue her bizarre behavior while sitting on council? Will she jump at any and every opportunity to “get back” at those she has now decided “wronged” her?
Larry Smith says she has no apology coming and I agree.
Move on, Ms. Harris. Or resign.
May 7, 2011
At the May 2, 2011 Vancouver, Washington City Council Meeting, Council Member Pat Campbell relayed the above description of a trip he took on Portland, Oregon’s Light Rail Max Line that sent Pat to a Bar, er, actually it was a Starbucks. Knowing that Pat is a strong supporter of extending Light Rail into our community, I thought I’d have a little fun by editing in comments from others taken from earlier meetings. The trip description itself is unedited, though.
In a previous Columbian article on new group formed in support of Loot Rail, Pat Campbell applauded them with, “Great to see some forward thinking, common sense folks taking this on!”
Of course, that was before his nightmare trip that had him end up in a bar, well, actually a Starbucks.”
Has his view of Loot Rail changed any?
My guess is NO!
March 22, 2011
The ongoing saga of Vancouver City Council versus the citizens of Vancouver was elevated up a few notches with a request made under Washington Public Records Law.
The Zero Reports;
“Members of the Vancouver City Council, six of them the subject of a public records request for months of email correspondence, lamented the wide net cast by the request and the cost of the request to the city at a council meeting Monday.”
“Mitch Copp of Vancouver filed two public disclosure requests with the city earlier this year. The first, filed in January, asks for all of Mayor Tim Leavitt and Councilman Jack Burkman’s email correspondence from June 1 to Jan. 11. The second, filed in March, asks for email correspondence for council members Larry Smith, Jeanne Harris, Pat Campbell and Bart Hansen.”
“The number of documents we’re talking about can number in the tens of thousands, and every one of those documents has to be read by somebody to determine whether it’s disclosable or not,” Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes said. “We will be responsible to those to fulfill our responsibility under the statute, but it is a pretty substantial burden on our staff resources.”
Leavitt, still licking his chops over successfully modifying citizens speaking rights before the ruling class said, “It’s going to cause a use of city dollars and resources we could otherwise be putting out on the streets in the form of police officers and firefighters.”
This from the same Mayor who doesn’t have a problem hanging the albatross of the Columbia River Crossing Project, including Portland’s financially failing Loot Rail around future generations necks.
Perhaps he shouldn’t have lied to voters on opposing tolls to be elected Mayor.
March 22, 2011
As taxpayer opposition to the boondoggle Columbia River Crossing Project grows and citizens continue to appear before the Vancouver City Council to express that opposition, especially to extending Portland, Oregon’s financially failing Loot Rail to Vancouver, action had to be taken.
From Washington State Senator Patty Murray to Portland’s Mayor Sam Adams, Vancouver’s ruling class seems to have received orders to squelch the dissent, Murray saying in August 2010, “If there is complete controversy at the local level, it [federal funding] has no chance.” Hence, my calling Vancouver “Portcouver” now, since the ruling class seems to receive marching orders from Portland and beyond.
Nearly everybody has seen or heard of the now famous melt-down of council member Jeanne Harris in September 2010, taped by citizens in attendance that evening, removing any chance of the ruling class erasing the incident. This most embarrassing conduct I have ever witnessed from an elected representative towards those they supposedly represent earned Ms. Harris a minor censure and removal from some committees.
Citizens, on the other hand, faced the scorn of the ruling class with efforts to shut them up, but only if they oppose this bloated project that is destined to be an albatross around future necks. Those wishing to speak in favor of the boondoggle have always been well received by the ruling class, who might have expressed minutes before that Portcouver’s city council has no voice in the project, tolls or extending the bankrupt Loot Rail across the Columbia River.
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March 3, 2011
As was previously posted here, Monday evening, February 28, 2011 saw Vancouver city council member Jeanne ‘Gavel Down’ Harris once again confront successful Vancouver businessman David Madore. This time however, instead of berating Mr. Madore, she, acting as contrite as she is capable, placed blame for the subsequent negativity associated with her previous meltdown on Mr. Madore, asking him to please remove the video of her now internationally famous “Gavel Down” incident.
As council meeting was wrapping up, council member Jack Burkman, for whatever reason decided to publicly add his two cents and admonish Mr. Madore as well.
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