Spokane Better Business Bureau office shuts down

Based on personal experience with a consumer complaint, the BBB was a scam. They closed the complaint, falsely saying the complainant’s issue was resolved, without ever contacting the complainant. The complaint was pursued elsewhere and led not only to an insurance settlement but to changes in state regulations. The BBB (this was not the Spokane office) not only dropped the ball, they lied about it. And gave the offending business an “A” rating.

Based on experience with a small business, the BBB seemed primarily interested in shaking down businesses into be becoming members and sending them money.  Presumably to get a better business rating. Others have said the BBB is a scam and does just that as those news reports from 2010 discussed. Our experience was before that date.

Better Business Bureau closes Spokane office

Spokane Mayor pitches Spokane as great alternative to Seattle for businesses and jobs

This is good – and it is a clear, effective message – Seattle is a bit of mess in terms of horrible traffic and exorbitant housing costs. Even better, its getting press coverage in Seattle 🙂 Spokane mayor seeking to lure jobs and residents to city

Updated – A Seattle Times columnist, however, strikes back and discusses the crime problem, low wages and insufficient research university presence to land high tech companies.

It’s 2018 and it’s still business as usual in Spokane

Despite an overwhelming verdict, the Spokane Public Schools board should ignore the results of Tuesday’s advisory vote on the location of a new football stadium and build it downtown anyway.

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The stadium needs to go downtown. Period. We shouldn’t let a misinformed advisory vote impact a project that would positively affect the city and benefit the youth sporting community for the next 30 years.

Source: Dave Nichols: Board should ignore advisory vote, build stadium downtown | The Spokesman-Review

Democracy sucks, doesn’t it? If you don’t get what you want, then the voters are obviously stupid so the elite should just over rule those stupid peons.

Big downtown landowners deserve subsidy programs and every one knows they are so much smarter than you! The newspaper publisher is the largest landholder downtown but … oh never mind that!

Nothing has changed in Spokane. It’s still the same old powerful elite pulling the strings. This one is just so obvious and embarrassing.

Rachel Dolezal (Nkechi Diallo) back in the news

Many are searching for information about the unusual history of Rachel Dolezal who is back in the news again. You can find historical posts here.

 

 

Great news – EWU Expansion to U-District

Eastern Washington University plans to move three degree programs and around 1,000 students from its Cheney campus to a building along East Sprague Avenue.

Source: EWU plans major expansion into Spokane’s University District as anchor tenant of Avista’s planned 150,000-square-foot Catalyst building | The Spokesman-Review

EWU’s computer science and electrical engineering programs are likely to make the move. This is great news for Spokane, together with the previous opening of the WSU Elson S Floyd College of Medicine.

The blog is not coming back to life but this is important. May also update some charts for 2018.

Spokane Airport and PFD Chart Updates

I was asked to update some charts (this blog is not coming back to life but I may update some additional charts too).

Spokane International Airport and Felts Field Usage Trends

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Passenger usage has been a flat line for 30 years. When passenger counts went up from 2003 to 2007, the Airport and local officials said passenger counts were a proxy for the local economy. A larger post on airport trends through 2014, including links to data sources, is here.

The next chart measures take offs and landings at Felts Field.

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Data: US Bureau of Transportation Statistics, FAA

Spokane PFD Facilities Trend

image-9Data: Spokane PFD and Community Indicators of Spokane.

Since the economic depression in Spokane, the PFD’s attendance has rebounded but remains below the 2010, 2007 and 2001 peaks. A regression line drawn from 2001 to the present is a slight downwards trend.

Through 2015 end of year:

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Reminder: The PFD conducted local economic impact studies for 2007 and 2010 and claimed these two years were representative of every year. 2007 and 2010 are represented by the two large spikes in the orange curve above; history shows they were not representative of the PFD’s normal impact on the Spokane economy.

How Many Events at the Spokane Arena Required the 2012 Seat Expansion?

In 2012, the Spokane PFD went to voters with a campaign to expand the Spokane Arena, saying the NCAA would require 12,000 “sellable” seats to hold future NCAA events at the Arena. The then 12,000 seat arena did not have enough seats to have 12,000 “sellable” seats (many seats are used by media, bands, cheer teams and others and were not “sellable”). The expansion led to a total of 12,638 potential seats in it largest seating configuration.

After the election was held, the NCAA reset the seating requirement  down to 10,000 “sellable” seats. The PFD kept this quiet and local media hid this change for months. See NCAA reduces seating requirements; Spokane PFD’s Arena expansion no longer required.

But at least the Arena would have more seats to fill at other events, they said.

How many events in 2015 filled the new seating capacity?

Zero.

Source: 2015 Year End Report, page 52 (published by the Spokane PFD).

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In 2014, a state high school basketball tournament exceeded 13,000 attendance, but this is not individual game attendance for two reasons:

  1. The maximum seating capacity for the Arena, when configured for basketball, is 12,210. The maximum seating for any configuration is 12,638.
  2. They combined attendance of multiple games played on the same day at the Arena (which is how the PFD typically presents attendance figures). Old event schedules indicate there were 3 to 8 games played each day of the tournaments. Thus, the Arena did not reach the new full capacity.

Related old posts:

EXCLUSIVE: They can publish a Mohammed cartoon, but not these charts

Free speech, sensitivity clash in media outlets – Spokesman.com – Jan. 15, 2015.

The Spokesman-Review published an image of Mohammed (also known as Muhammad) that offends many, with editor Gary Graham saying

The cover illustration itself is a significant news development and I believe we have an obligation to our readers to let them see it for themselves and form their own opinions about it.”

The “Mohammed” charts of Spokane: the charts that must not be seen!

The Spokesman-Review believes it is not important for readers to form their own opinions about the airport and Public Facilities District usage trends.

Click on any chart for the full size version. See previous posts on this blog for additional information, sources, other confirmations of the data, and the raw data

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Propaganda

“In this sense, propaganda serves as a corollary to censorship, in which the same purpose is achieved, not by filling people’s heads with false information, but by preventing people from knowing true information. What sets propaganda apart from other forms of advocacy is the willingness of the propagandist to change people’s understanding through deception and confusion, rather than persuasion and understanding.” SourceWatch.

The Spokesman-Review has demonstrated its inability to report on important local issues by “preventing people from knowing true information” – the definition of a propaganda outlet.

Local media completely missed – and in fact, enabled – Rachel Dolezal’s long term deceptions – a story better reported in the national and UK press than local Spokane media which has reached a new low since then. Under the circumstances, Spokane and Rachel Dolezal were a match made in, well, the scam and fraud capitol of America. Update Sep 2015: The nonsense just goes on and on.

What has ailed Spokane for the long term is now quite apparent.

There is no longer much purpose for this blog.  The problems are apparent: lies, the liars that tell them (see this blog for a long list of tall tales, lies and local myths and exaggerations), deception, fraud, and the propaganda industry that enables this culture (and the latest set of lies).  No one gives a shit that everyone here lies all the time. Indeed, bull shit is the area’s leading economic output.

That is the end of the story. Our questions have been answered.

From “The X Report”, good bye.

Continue on to re-read our final words reprinted from an earlier post.

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