Arch Miller and his kids have tremendously benefited from being in the downtown mafia.
You remember, don't you, Miller's attempt to implement the biggest tax increase in Southwest Washington history a few years back?
Jon Russell, fake conservative was their consultant. That and the substance of that rip off, going after money their Director indicated they didn't even need, led to the increase being crushed at the polls and Miller getting kicked off the Port Commission onto his ass.
And his kids? Well, there may be no "free lunch," but if you're "connected," then there is CERTAINLY "free rent."
FRIDAY, APRIL 01, 2005
So, there's this restaurant, see?
They’re located in one of Vancouver’s pet money drains, The Grant House, a smaller part of that HUGE taxpayer-waste money drain, Ft. Vancouver.
Well, see, the two women running it, being business geniuses, over-estimated their revenue JUST a bit… $2 million. And now, they can't pay the rent.
Obviously, they lied about their projections as a way to get their collective foot through the door, becoming what… the zillionth restaurateur to fail in The Grant House?
Except for one thing.
They haven’t failed.
Now, anyone else; say, you or me, would have been bounced out on their keisters. “Can’t pay the rent? SEE ya!”
Unless…. Well, unless your daddy is Arch Miller.
See, if your daddy is Arch Miller, not ONLY do you NOT fail… a city and their taxpayers (did I mention they’re going to get hammered for $60 million or so on that hotel “deal?”) GREATFUL for getting screwed by you, let you stay there, in business, FOR FREE.
Clearly, when you’re doing business with the city of Vancouver, it’s not who you are… it’s who you know.
This is just sad. But it’s also altogether typical of the political incest common in downtown Vancouver.
And it also begs the issue: why wasn't this reported in The Columbian?
Gee. I can't imagine.
City gives Grant House restaurant a break on rent
Owners of the Restaurant at the Historic Reserve report a shortfall of $2 million after operating for nearly a year
Thursday, March 31, 2005
VANCOUVER -- The company operating a restaurant and other amenities at the Vancouver National Historic Reserve is $2 million short of expectations after nearly a year in business.
To help the owners of the Restaurant at the Historic Reserve, the city will not charge rent on the historic Grant House on Officers Row. The city also will explore strengthening the Grant House's second-floor veranda, which is limited to 30 people in groups of no more than four people.
The owners think the $2 million shortfall resulted mostly from delays in launching a business plan for a culinary arts and hospitality management program at the Reserve.
The restaurant owners, sisters Suzy Taylor and Lynn Rullman, also own the International Air and Hospitality Academy. The academy, in turn, operates the restaurant.
Along with their father and academy founder, Arch Miller, also a Port of Vancouver commissioner, the sisters announced plans in February 2004 to begin a culinary and hospitality arts program, which would be operated in the West Barracks and be part of their technical classes. Their plans represented the first commercial interest in the World War I-era and other historic buildings the Army is expected to deed to the city this year. The academy leases some of the buildings from the city.
"If it's important to Clark County... you'll read about it in The Oregonian."
Is it any surprise that Miller, then, hates the conservatives on the commission and wants to replace them with Pridemore?
MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2011
He sent this crap out, for example:
Subject: RE: Important Invitation- Event Next Week We all need to work to vote Craig Pridemore as our next County Commissioner, or we will have three (3) “R” Commissioners. We receivd[sic] word today that the State of Washington Republican Party has spent $35,000 in TV advertising for Steward, $35,000 that apparently was paid by David Madore. Craig needs an additional $25,000 to complete the advertising planned during the next two (2) weeks. Please help us by attending this Fundraising Reception at the home of Jane Jacobsen. Thank you. Arch MillerWho knew that Miller hated the GOP so much?
Who knew he was a worse speller than I am?
And why would people want to waste their money on this moron's say so?