July 2009


daryl-daugs-downloadThis is the first in a series of interviews with the men and woman who want to be Bremerton’s next mayor. I’ll have my conversation with Will Maupin up soon. Promise.

In my takeaway remarks from last week’s Eggs & Issues breakfast with the mayoral candidates I noted that “Daryl Daugs sounds almost as anti-Bozeman as Shepherd.” The first thing he did when we sat down to eggs and issues at the Coffee Club, recently, was inform me that he was nothing like Councilman Mike Shepherd. “My campaign is not that everything that’s happened over the last eight years is crap.”

Among the topics discussed, Daugs had the following to say over a taco omelet and more cups of coffee than I can count:

On the notion that the Bozeman administration focused on downtown at the expense of neighborhood streets and sidewalks:

We have (some) original pavement and original sidewalks. The idea that we haven’t been maintaining and replacing sidewalks and the streets in the neighborhoods suddenly in the last eight years is not true. It’s been like that for a long time. As far as the stuff that’s gone on downtown. I haven’t liked how everything’s been accomplished downtown, but I like the flavor.

On neighborhoods other than downtown:

If you look at cities like Seattle and Bellevue … they used to have neighborhoods with distinct flavor and they become very homogenized. Take for example the community of Ballard. Ballard used to be the great little quirky little Norwegian fisherman community to go to. It’s completely lost that flavor. Everything in Seattle kind of looks the same no matter where you go to.

The people that have brought houses in Manette want to focus in Manette and the unique flavor of Manette. Same with the newer people who are moving into the downtown corridor. We really need to focus on that. (more…)

All illustrations by Jessica Randklev

All illustrations by Jessica Randklev

Dear The Bremelogger: Not that I expect you to know the answer to this. From the look of your “news” blog, it appears that you were completely oblivious to the fact that there was a fire downtown. So you’re probably hearing about this for the first time now. Not that it’s any surprise, you being oblivious to local happenings and all. Nobody’s ever accused your bile to be “comprehensive,” “useful,” “or “informative.”

But I must tell you, Logger, that my heart skipped a beat when I saw that pillow of inevitability rise from your city. Bremerton, I thought, has finally burned itself to the ground.

You were too consumed with your bottle of purple stuff to report on the events, so I was forced to look to the Bremerton Sun for the news that “Bremerton Crews Snuff Stubborn Waterfront Brush Fire.” Why? It is you city’s destiny. And it’s what everybody wants. Your slumlords will get checks from their insurance companies, your political leaders will have a beautiful city, and I will sleep better than I have since you clearcut the Island.
Sincerely,

Old Man Winslow

Mike Shepherd:

“It is a serious job, a very serious job.”

Patty Lent:

“Now that we have a pedestrian friendly downtown, we need pedestrians.”

Will Maupin

“Let’s continue to move Bremerton forward and maintain the momentum.”

Daryl Daugs:

“This is not Seattle or San Francisco.”

Carlos Jara:

“The parks are great.”

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Who says there’s no life in Navy Yard City’s single seniors scene?

votefercarlosWhen Carlos Jara told the Kitsap Sun editorial board, in a mayoral candidate roundtable, that he envisioned an IKEA in East Bremerton, we thought he had merely misspoke. (Las Vegas and Tennessee don’t even have IKEAs.) And we Tweeted to the effect of: “Delusion alert: Carlos Jara thinks we’re gonna have an Ikea in 2015.”

To our great surprise, he wasn’t kidding. Yesterday Jara responded — in all caps, unfortunately — to our Tweet on K-Sun’s Kitsap Caucus blog saying:

THERE IS NOTHING DELUSIONAL ABOUT THINKING BIG. WHEN LOOKING AT TO WHAT CAN BE A HUGE DRAW FOR WHEATON WAY, COMPANIES LIKE IKEA COME TO MIND (NO, I DON’T SHOP THERE REGULARLY, BUT HUNDREDS OF KITSAPERS DO MONTHLY). THE REASON I LIKE A COMPANY LIKE IKEA IS THAT IT WOULD BE A GREAT DRAW THAT WOULD PULL FOLKS IN FROM HANSVILLE TO GIG HARBOR. IN FACT, WE WOULD ALSO PULL FROM THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA (PORT TOWNSENT/PORT ANGELES). CREATING A DRAW CREATES PERIPHERAL OPPORTUNITY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF OTHER BUSINESSES THAT WOULD SURROUND AN IKEA. MY GOAL IS TO FIGURE OUT WHO OUR PARTNERS CAN BE, AND WORK TOWARDS ENTICING THEM TO COME TO BREMERTON IN ORDER TO CREATE LOCAL JOBS, DIVERSIFY OUR SALES TAX BASE, AND CREATE A SUSTAINABLE BREMERTON.

If Carlos Jara thinks he can bring one to East Bremerton, we wanna hear more. Maybe he can bring the Sonics to town?

Watch the whole roundtable at KitsapSun.com.

Don’t believe the flyer you got in the mail from the Port of Bremerton that Bozeman — the new CEO — starts with: “After serving two terms as the Mayor of Bremerton …” He quit near the end of his second term to spend more time at Anthony’s.

All illustrations by Jessica Randklev

All illustrations by Jessica Randklev

Dear The Bremelogger: I’m sure you’re still sleeping off an Independence Day bender of tater tots and Mike’s Hard Lemonade, so, you’re hearing this for the first time: The Bremerton Underground Transportation Tunnel (BUTT) is finally open for business. I can hardly contain my excitement.

Yes,  occasionally my dementia kicks in at Coleman Dock and 45 minutes after I board the ferry I realize that the boat smells of cat vomit and I’ve still got 15 minutes till I reach shore, and not possibly en route to my own private tree house that is Bainbridge. It is during these senior moments that I’ve prayed for a way out of downtown Bremerton faster. Even if only 3 minutes faster. $54 million for this luxury? Peanuts! Worth every penny! Do you need more? I’m sure I can find some cash for the cause. I know you got the tunnel with funding from the feds. I’m sure that was a hard pitch to make.

I can hear Norm pitchin’ this on the floor of the House: “Hey, Jay, for $54 million I’ll get your people out of downtown Bremerton faster than you can say Bjorn Lomborg.”

Inslee, sounding like a three-pack-a-day man: “Well, heck, Dicks, if I get you $300 mill, can you take us all the way to Kitsap Way?”

The whole country can’t wait to get out of Bremerton fast enough. I love it.

Bremerton’s all about building its downtown, and they built a quick way to get people out of it. Sure, sure, you want to make it a walkable town. And that’s exactly what both those people walking downtown wanted, a safer walk. Those pesky cars shooting off the ferry, what, three times a day were really gummin’ up the works, weren’t they?
Sincerely,

Old Man Winslow

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