Hello Loyal Readers,
Are you sitting comfortably? Let’s begin!
There has been a flurry of activity on facebook about the City’s “True or False” page. It is unclear whether it is a new page or has been up for a long time and just freshly discovered or reactivated. When I called the mayor’s office, the only person who knew (Janice Keller) was out for the day so they could not answer for certain. But more to the point, why is this controversial?
The page says that they are looking through social media and want to use this True or False page to set the record straight. This riled some in the community because it portrays the city administration combing through the internet looking for any mention of the city’s business.
Obviously, some elected officials do that – I’ve had my facebook page end up in the Sheriff’s email box and I know another public official that angrily emailed anyone who reposted my blog post critical of him. I understand the desire to set the record straight – there is a great deal of misinformation that can blossom online.
However it is essential that communication with the city be a two-way street. I would hope the city uses this page as a starting ground but keeps other avenues open to go back and forth. So while this page is not a problem, I hope it is not the entire solution.
Moving on, there are some great public forums coming up. I am delighted to participate in the North Sound Media Alliance forum happening on Oct 3rd at 7p.m. in the County Council chambers. This firmly non-partisan association of local media outlets will be hosting the County Council candidates in a lively and spirited debate. I hope the remaining candidates who have not RSVP-ed will do so and that this event is a success.
Finally, my day job is working for a great company called Enna. They do business education about a Japanese efficiency system known as Lean or Kaizen. This last week, we launched their latest business venture called üttana. Below is the advertisement we produced for our website. It is a little odd.
üttana is website where you can stream hundreds of high-quality training videos about Lean and Kaizen. It really is a phenomenal resource, so if you are thinking about “Going Lean,” this is a great place to start, continue and advance. So check it out, and follow us on facebook, twitter or youtube today!
Okay, enough shilling for my really cool company. This weekend I have an update about the jail and next week an expose on some campaign money coming into our county.