A lawyer who is a city attorney of a city on the Gulf Coast, had read one of my cases and wanted to talk with me. She called me on my mobile phone as I was walking with my dogs in the far reaches of a the Rimrock Drive Conservancy areas west of my home in Browne’s Addition of Spokane, less than a mile. (It is good living on the Northern Tier, we live in the immediate world — of what is happening in the world at the moment (I watched six KC 135’s inflight fuel stations flying from Fairchild Air Force Base, Spokane going north (and then west?) to fuel planes, “fighters?” [not sure I am much impressed by that] while my dogs and I were walking on a path I have been studying) and yet, we live in area much different than Seattle, Vancouver, B.C., Portland, Oregon, San Francisco or Minneapolis – St. Paul — the next metropolitan area east of Spokane larger than the Spokane Metropolitan Area (about 500,000).
After a few moments we became acquainted enough to begin talking about the issues she was raising having to do with the power of a mayor in her state to make decisions without council approval and council appropriation to fund an agreement the mayor had entered into. I liked the issues she posed and which she needed some help understanding. The case she knew about and the place where she got my name, was WPTA v. City of Spokane, 69 P. 3d 351 – Wash: Court of Appeals, 3rd Div. 2003. WPTA means Washington Public Trust Advocates. The case dealt with the authority of a mayor under a strong mayor form of government to make decisions about litigation. See this description, at Eugster Law Office.
I found myself telling her what I was doing and when I got back to my office I would like to have an email from explaining the situation in more detail. I told her at the moment I was west of Spokane wandering in a land conservancy area following old paths created years before Spokane was populated by people like myself. As soon as I told her I paused, somewhat surprise as what I was saying. I had to smile, that is exactly what I was doing, exploring and old Indian trail through Indian Canyon.
Living on the Northern Tier is a good thing.
We emailed back and forth, and she was able to find the answers to her issues. I think I may have been of some help. It was a good, interesting, important issue.
I am glad we met,