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Wednesday, April 18, 2007


posted by on April 18 at 17:05 PM

As noted in this morning’s Morning News, the P-I has an impressive (and kind of shocking) scoop today: Port Commissioner Pat Davis authorized a severance package for outgoing Port CEO Mic Dinsmore extending his $340,00 salary for a year, without consulting the other commissioners.

Appropriately enough, her colleagues were stunned. The P-I got great quotes from Davis’s fellow commissioners:

“Mic Dinsmore retired of his own accord, and granting him a large severance package is entirely inappropriate,” Port Commission President John Creighton said.

[Port Commissioner Alec] Fisken said it made no sense for the commissioners to be discussing Dinsmore’s severance so far in advance of knowing his plans.

“This is outrageous, and I can’t imagine where it came from,” Fisken said. “Pat said we had approved this, but I have no recollection of it at any meeting—it would still have to come to a formal vote for payments to be made.”

And my favorite one, from Lloyd Hara:

“Pat claims it was authorized, and that she prepared it based on, well, whatever, I don’t know,” Hara said.

Here’s the potential follow-up story, people. I mean, seriously. WTF?

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Could someone explain to me why the incredibly incompetent and corrupt Port O' Seattle needs money from property taxes? Seriously, could someone walk me through it? Please let me know in advance so I can pop some of my Oxycodone and get myself into a mellow frame of mind.

Thank You

Posted by wile_e_quixote | April 18, 2007 7:23 PM

We can only hope - exactly what the recall law was intended for.

If reformer Lawrence Molloy had been re-elected in 2005, he would have had a majority, with Alex Fisken and Lloyd O'hara, to give Dinsmore the boot and clean up that cesspool. But, alas, Molloy was crushed by the downtown powers that be.

Posted by Bill LaBorde | April 18, 2007 8:07 PM

Pat Davis has to go. She's spectacularly stupid, spectacularly incompetent, spectacularly corrupt. Fucking filth is what she is. Maybe the Port needs to folded back into city government.

Dinsmore: the highest paid port commish in the country. Even though they lose money hand over fist, require huge subsidies, are shedding business like crazy, build mega-million-dollar facilities that are determined to be obsolete just a couple of years later.

Maybe they should go work for the Sonics.

Posted by Fnarf | April 18, 2007 8:36 PM

Fnarf -- The Port Commission is elected county-wide. Conceivably, it could be beaten, whipped, and "folded in" to metrokc.

And if Pat Davis has a career-saving explanation for this caper, it's gotta be a beaut.

Posted by RonK, Seattle | April 18, 2007 9:14 PM

My bad. Yes, the county would be better. And appointed commissioners, not elected. If there ever was a better argument against elected commissioners than Pat Davis, I don't want to know what it looks like.

Posted by Fnarf | April 18, 2007 10:21 PM

I was just about to write a snarky post about how it's like this because there are no contribution limits for Port races, but I just was fact-checking myself and found that they were actaully instituted next year. What will the cruise ship companies do now that they can't just buy candidates pretty much outright.

BTW - Josh, if you're reading - it isn't the occasional lunch that actually buys politicians, it's campaign contributions - yours, and the ones you can deliver from your friends and your friends' friends (and your friends' friends' friends!)

Posted by Mr. X | April 19, 2007 1:22 AM

X - "Citizens for a Healthy Economy" ran a $100K independent expenditure campaign for their slate of candidates in 2005 (and got in trouble for it).

They only made one direct contribution - $10K to Pat Davis - which would have been subject to contribution limits if we had them at the time.

Posted by RonK, Seattle | April 19, 2007 7:53 AM

If you think contribution limits will keep money out of politics you're naive.

Posted by watcher | April 19, 2007 9:27 AM

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