Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Fact Check

LIE: PARDner-in-Chief TV Reed claims that Pullman has Laura McAloon on retainer, and appealing at the different court levels does not put a financial strain on the city. He claims, “The issue over attorney fees is just another way to take the focus off the threat Wal-Mart poses."

FACT: Litigation is an extra cost that is beyond the regular $7,000 per month rate. The city's contract with Preston Gates Ellis (Laura McAloon's law firm) reads as follows:

General Counsel. It is agreed that Counsel will bill the City a monthly rate of $7,000 per month. This retainer will purchase up to forty-six (46) hours per month of general counsel work, exclusive of litigation or specialized contract work. Hours worked in excess of the retainer hours will billed at the discounted hourly rate given to municipal clients, which is ten percent (10%) less than the attorney's lowest hourly rate.

Litigation. Litigation, to include administrative, land use, or other adjudicative proceedings, shall be billed at the firm's regular lowest hourly rate for the attorney assigned and those matters shall be billed separately by each litigation matter.
But, what can you expect from a man who over wrote a year ago:

"At the same time, news arrives that a store that makes much more sense for Pullman, Target, has plans to build here."
Note to Ryan Bentley: You might want to do some simple fact checking of your own before you publish Reed's ravings.

Meanwhile, one egomaniacal liar and his kooky cronies hold up the progress of a whole city.

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April E. Coggins said...

When have they told the truth? We have endured lies about Wal-Mart that include:

The cemetery will be torn up and all the trees chopped down.

The majority of downtown merchants are against free-enterprise and Wal-Mart. A "sampling" of said merchants knowingly signed a petition against Wal-Mart.

10,000 people in Pullman are against Wal-Mart. (that's still less than half, but who's counting)

If elected to City Council, Judy Krueger and Gary Johnson could and would stop Wal-Mart.

The UFCW is not backing PARD.

Wal-Mart is a communist front.

PARD represents the majority, and the minority (us) are making them feel threatened.

Someone outside of PARD thinks Chris Lupke is a hero.

Our government has conspired against them and they haven't had the opportunity to be heard.

Matthew Root and the Rowlands are not a members of PARD, they are coincidental supporters.

It's against the law for someone to stand on the corner of Main and Grand and declare support for Wal-Mart.

There are so many, I can't remember them all. It would be fun to have a trip down memory lane and everyone post their favorite memories of PARD.

Sarcastic Housewife #1 said...

If PARD is so against expansion - let's remember it isn't Wal-Mart it's the dangers we all face with increased traffic and riff-raff roaming Pullman - how come we haven't heard anything about how they feel about the Pullman Building Supply Building?