Westside Story – US Open Breeds Greed

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Chambers Bay US Open Championship breeds greed.

Chambers Bay US Open Championship breeds greed.

I love business and capitalism for all kinds of reasons, but when you add the element of greed to business, I have nothing but disdain for those responsible for giving capitalism a black eye.

A few days ago an incident involving cut-throat capitalism was reported in TV news and print media. It was reported that Mr. Abdulaziz Karim (AKA Aziz), a local business owner and landlord, appears to be using business practices to force at least two families out of their homes in order to make giant bucks renting his homes to B.T.O.s (Big Time Operators) associated with the 2015 US Open Championship. He stands to make $38,000 per house during the US Open Championship in June, 2015. [Read more…]

Westside Story – A Story From Hell

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Have you ever had someone tell you to go to Hell? I have, especially when I was dealing with unhappy criminals. Most criminals are unhappy, especially those who belong to the Felons Club. I remember one, in particular, who told me to go to Hell and then tried to burn me in the face with his lit cigarette. As you might imagine, I made arrangements for him to spend a few days and nights in a non-smoking facility. I guess his threat was not an idle threat. He told me to go to Hell and to Hell I went. At least most of us would think of the Pierce County Jail as a kind of Hell. When he told me to go to Hell, he did not count on my taking him with me. [Read more…]

Westside Story – Kiwanis – Lakewood First Lions Skate Park

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I remember back in the late 90s when I was with the Lakewood Police Department, a proposal surfaced to build a skate park. It was thought a skate park would provide our youth with healthy, safe and legal activity where they could hang out with friends and expend some of the teenage energy that we all wish we still had. Some of our local youth made an organized effort to communicate to our Lakewood City Council their support for building a skate park. Our city council listened and then took action. Isn’t that great? Kids talk and adults listen. Kids and adults working together to make our city a better place to live, work and play. Lakewood is a kid friendly city. [Read more…]