Good morning, Netizens…
Spokane City Code Section 02.01.030 (Right to Speak) says this:
All meetings of the city council are open to the public except an executive session. Members of the public shall have the right to speak to an item on the city council’s legislative, special consideration or hearing agendas that are not adjudicatory hearings. Members of the public may attend but do not have the right to speak when the city council is meeting in briefing, study or other workshop sessions or acting in an adjudicative capacity. It shall be the duty of the presiding officer to determine and allot whatever time is necessary due to the number of public participants and extent of the proposed participation.
Joe Shogan has invented his own three minute egg rule: if you speak during the public forum, or to a piece of legislation about to voted upon by the City Council for longer than three minutes, you are out of order. Three lousy minutes. He even gaveled down Ron_the_Cop one time. If you persist in talking past Joe’s egg limit, he will summon the armed guards to escort you from the building, whom may even gratuitously Taser you a time or two if there aren’t any witnesses and it’s a slow night.
Council President Joe Shogan is a demagogue, a Wagnerian flapping jaybird, a tyrant of unimaginable proportions. As a lawyer, he interprets the portion of the above law to set his three minute rule. He is wrong. It says “It shall be the duty of the presiding officer to determine and allot whatever time is necessary due to the number of public participants and extent of the proposed participation.”
We have a queen running the town, in the form of Queen Mayor Mary Verner. Now being good little Netizens we can all stand before the dais during City Council meeting and, rendering a proper salute, bellow out, “All Hail to King Joe.” Yes, that might fly.
Of course, this is the same Joe Shogan who admits to police authorities that he is scared of David Elton on a rooftop. I can hardly wait for the rest of that story to unfold.