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Spokane Declares an Emergency…

Good evening, Netizens...

A few hours ago, Mayor Mary Verner declared an emergency, hoping to obtain some state and/or federal funding to help Spokane deal with plowing the city's streets. In the meantime, snow is beginning to fall hard in Spokane and the current weather forecast is for 4-9 inches of more snow before Christmas Day.

“I am declaring an emergency in order to allow my departments the greatest flexibility possible to gain additional resources as needed and to start the process to seek any state and federal assistance that is available to our city,” Mayor Mary Verner said.

In my opinion, it is too little, too late. After days and days of optimistic, glowing reports about how well the city was doing at plowing its streets, suddenly now the light bulb comes on and Queen Mary suddenly realizes what a terrible mess our city streets are in? How many days will we wait for the plows this time? When will we be able to return to work after this storm passes?

Administratively, yours is the right decision. Unfortunately you should have made this decision last Friday when City Hall was closed, the STA buses could not run because of waist-deep snow and most major thoroughfares in Spokane were nearly impassable.

This is not about politics. This is about genuine human misery and a perceived lack of caring on the part of our City Government.


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