Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Still Room for Denial and Doubletalk

Ah, it’s been far too long since Citizen Hosick imparted one of her nuggets of city planning wisdom to us. She doesn’t disappoint in today’s Moscow-Pullman Daily News.
The recently so-called Wal-Mart “war” in Pullman may be considered costly by some, but many others believe that the costs in the long run will be much greater if this development is not adequately addressed. [So, $400,000 plus is NOT considered costly by “many others”? I’d like to meet those people. And what "long run costs" is she referring to?] The Pullman Alliance for Responsible Development charted a plan to bring awareness of these costs to the community – a plan which has followed the processes allowed by law. [Oh goodie, they’ve “charted a plan for community awareness”. The BS is really starting to pile up. What a bunch of self-important, arrogant jerks. They know exactly how much their fruitless appeals are going to cost Pullman? Let’s see the numbers. While we’re at it, let’s see how much money PARD has obtained from the unions.] The Superior Court appeal is simply the next step in that process. [Only because they refuse to give up. There is no gun being held to anyone’s head forcing an appeal. The only reason this is “simply the next step” is because the UFCW is footing the bill, and probably calling the shots.]

The location chosen by Wal-Mart for its development is a poor one. Even though the C3 zone allows such a development, better long-term planning could have produced commercial development in that location with much less impact to the neighborhood and the city. [WHERE ELSE?? They have said this publically a million times and have yet to suggest an alternate location. BECAUSE THERE ISN’T ONE! This is just another canard to distract from their real motives. They wouldn’t want a Wal-Mart Supercenter on Mars. AND WHO ARE THEY TO DECIDE ANYWAY?????] Since that did not happen, PARD continues to work for additional mitigations to the Wal-Mart development that will benefit not only the Pioneer Hill neighborhood in particular, but the entire Pullman community. There is still lots of room for improvement. [Let me get this straight, Citizen Hosick. High-powered attorneys from Seattle, hired by the national grocery worker’s union, are going to work for "additional mitigations that will benefit Pioneer Hill". I see. From the March 23, 2006 edition of the Whitman County Gazette:
"The [PARD appeal] petition asks the court to void the site plan and remand it to the city with directions to deny it. It also asks for an order reversing the city's determination of non-significance and remanding it for an environmental impact study."
That doesn’t sound like “additional mitigations” and “room for improvement” to me.]
And STILL no mention of UFCW attorneys Bricklin Newman Dold from either Lupke or Hosick? Why are you still hiding PARDners? Everyone knows the real story now.

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