Humongous Eric Anderson Shaped Pothole: A Legacy

Wanted City Manager Who Wont Lie About How Screwed We All Are
posted Nov 15, 2011
tacoma, Tacomic, Rob McNail-Huff, Rob McNair-Huff, Mayor Strickland, City Manager Eric Anderson, cosmic void
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You can't blame the city council can you?  After all they just react to information spoon fed to them by the City Manager right?  Mentats are supposed to be trustworthy, you can't break the imperial conditioning! Even so, These are idea people. We'll be fine. Unlike the spam-ravaged TNT, I personally am an optimist.  Yeah a few people might feel a slight pinch of the needle going in... but you know, they'll be in a better place.  Everybody gets a year's paid salary and last minute raise like our beloved/departed city manager Eric Anderson who we shall never forget.  You know Tacoma has Got a ton of amazing crap. Our differences are our diamonds and we have more city owned diamond parking lots than we know what to do with--more parking lots than ANYONE knows what to do with! Just gotta market it better. Get Creative!  Like Mr. Rob McNail-Huff here (pictured above)! 

previously on the tacomic: Ruck Fussel, So Long Free Parking, Tacoma Parking Lots Flickr Pool (not a tacomic but whatever). 


by NineInchNachos on 11/15/2011 @ 1:57am

City of Tacoma on Twitter:!/cityoftacoma

Rob on Twitter:!/RobMcNairHuff

Fake Rob on Twitter:!/RonMcNailHuff

by fredo on 11/15/2011 @ 3:58am

Brilliant comparison of the Tacoma City council to characters in the Wizard of Oz. The only real difference is that the Wizard of Oz had a happy ending.

by JesseHillFan on 11/15/2011 @ 6:20am
There is a happy ending in this story too.Eric Anderson and his $$$$$.

by tacoma1 on 11/15/2011 @ 6:28am
Happy endings cost extra $

by boearc on 11/15/2011 @ 8:19am

by CaptainBritton on 11/15/2011 @ 8:20am
I think you should do giant Banksy style xerox cut-outs of the Mayor flowing through the void (panel 2).  Then wheat-paste 'em up all over parking lots!You know like, 6' high by 18' long...It'd be pretty swoooshy!

by The Jinxmedic on 11/15/2011 @ 8:22am
Hmmm...   it looks like I have to change tomorrow's AND NEXT WEEK'S O&J...
That's what I get for doing them in advance, I suppose.

by NineInchNachos on 11/15/2011 @ 8:28am
no no no.  the emergent of the singularity is a phenomenon to be explored. Capture that zeitgeist jinx!   I wanna see!  and the Volume 002 readers of the future want to see! @captain went to library this weekend, Max likes the comic books in the teen section. He found batman and I found a H.P. Lovecraft comic book collection.  Lots of astral projecting into the void in those stories... Tacomic gold! 

by NineInchNachos on 11/15/2011 @ 8:50am

by NineInchNachos on 11/15/2011 @ 9:21am

by low bar on 11/15/2011 @ 9:24am
swoooshy is good

by NineInchNachos on 11/15/2011 @ 9:32am
I like the swoosh bansky idea...  I know where we could find some abandoned urban vertical parking spots! Keep Tacoma Crappy Clear Channel UPDATE

by daubermaus on 11/15/2011 @ 10:11am
Nope - run O&J as written and drawn and quit letting Tuesday's Tacomic influence you.
Maybe you could post O&J on Mondays for a while.......

by NineInchNachos on 11/15/2011 @ 10:16am
Thank you, the WRITER has spoken. Buck up! 

by The Jinxmedic on 11/15/2011 @ 12:20pm
Sigh. Silly writers. Once she gets her beret, she will be INSUFFERABLE, I tell you.

by CaptainBritton on 11/15/2011 @ 12:32pm
NiN, you get them kinkos'd and I'll make the wheat paste!

by NineInchNachos on 11/15/2011 @ 12:40pm
yeah!  oh yeah! 

by low bar on 11/15/2011 @ 2:31pm
Holidays are coming - holidays are coming. Makes me want to eat a big fat pretzel and swoosh through a Target filled with American job killer garbage.

by NineInchNachos on 11/15/2011 @ 2:38pm
the last gift you'll ever buy...

by low bar on 11/15/2011 @ 2:51pm
totally sold

by Jesse on 11/15/2011 @ 3:31pm
Hypercolor option on the t shirts?

by NineInchNachos on 11/15/2011 @ 3:36pm
You can have any color you want as long as it is black.

by NineInchNachos on 11/15/2011 @ 3:36pm

by Erik on 11/15/2011 @ 5:38pm

by NineInchNachos on 11/15/2011 @ 6:21pm
funny email about this cartoon... "Curious .... Has RR ever left Tacoma and seen what happens everywhere else in the world?  Maybe if he explored a little past Pierce County or Washington state, he might get that Tacoma is actually cooler than most.  But I guess hiding behind a comic is easier than actually doing something? "- ANONYMOUS

Hiding behind a comic is kind of my thing as an outrageous underground political cartoonist. Though I'm not really hiding behind it... i'm standing in front with lighted runway stick things (jinx will know the correct name) saying HEY LOOK AT ME LOOK AT ME! Thanks for generating a genuine emotional reaction to my art.
Your pal,

by low bar on 11/15/2011 @ 7:07pm
i got something genuine 

by fredo on 11/15/2011 @ 7:49pm
I wrote a song to go with your cartoon RR
Ha ha ha, Ho ho ho, and a couple of la tee dass
That's how council laughs the day away in the merry old land of AZ
They get up at 12, attend a seminar at one,
Take an hour for lunch and then at 2 they're done, Jolly good fun!
Chug chug here, chug chug there, from a bottle or a glass
That's how they show shift happens in the merry old land of AZ
They can blow through 13 grand without a sound
They can turn their political futures upside down, jolly good fun
Ha, ha, ha, Ho, ho ho, and a couple of la tee dass
Tacoma's council members have a ball in the merry old land of AZ.

by NineInchNachos on 11/16/2011 @ 8:43am

hey I know where we can get some money!

by NineInchNachos on 11/16/2011 @ 8:56am
for posterity...

by NineInchNachos on 11/18/2011 @ 12:55pm

by NineInchNachos on 11/28/2011 @ 8:06pm
more awesome budget press...

by NineInchNachos on 11/28/2011 @ 8:10pm
If you have a problem, and nobody else can help... and if you can find him... maybe you can hire Phoenix Jones

by NineInchNachos on 11/30/2011 @ 8:27am

good stuff...

fan mail:

"Thanks RR for letting the Takhoman use your art work. You've got Strickland as "Marcie down to a tee.
You and hathaway should be running this burnt out Tagro hole. Keep it up both of you. Without you Tacoma would be a total bore. -A Fan"


by NineInchNachos on 12/2/2011 @ 8:53am
some more Strickland weirdness!

with also the volcano reporter dude Mr. Powers

by The Jinxmedic on 12/2/2011 @ 9:09am

by fredo on 12/2/2011 @ 9:20am

dang,,nachos. that's an awsome story from PLU

by NineInchNachos on 12/2/2011 @ 9:22am
drink milk!

by The Jinxmedic on 12/2/2011 @ 9:29am
I'm voting for Edward Woodward for president. True, there are a couple of stumbling blocks:

1) He's not a US citizen
2) He's dead.

But in all fairness, we can overlook look these minor issues. He certainly wouldn't go about calling everybody racist- he would just shoot them with his Walther PPK, instead. Think globally! Act locally!

by NineInchNachos on 12/2/2011 @ 12:15pm
Oh god... look what got pulled out of the nose:

by NineInchNachos on 12/2/2011 @ 12:47pm
YES!!!!  controversy!!!  Sales!!

by NineInchNachos on 12/2/2011 @ 12:50pm

by NineInchNachos on 12/5/2011 @ 12:35pm

by tacoma1 on 12/5/2011 @ 1:00pm
Good thing the fire dept isn't needed very often, or in a hurry. House fires and life saving will have to wait while the boys are stuck in traffic coming from across town.

by NineInchNachos on 12/5/2011 @ 1:17pm
call Phoenix Jones! 

by NineInchNachos on 12/5/2011 @ 3:30pm
KOMO update

by NineInchNachos on 12/6/2011 @ 10:50am
more Strickland press...

by NineInchNachos on 12/6/2011 @ 1:23pm
live blogging budget cuts!

by NineInchNachos on 12/15/2011 @ 2:13pm
Yep.  as my friend Dale says "Bleak"

by NineInchNachos on 12/20/2011 @ 1:28pm
take a paycut you guys!

by NineInchNachos on 1/9/2012 @ 8:37am
interesting budget update

by NineInchNachos on 1/9/2012 @ 8:48am

On the city’s projected $31 million general fund deficit short fall

With a projected $31 million budget short fall in the City of Tacoma’s general fund, as of last Friday an estimated $14 million in savings have been realized according to city Finance Director Bob Biles. Interim City Manager Rey Arellano’s goal was to attain a 75% or $23 million reduction. Despite layoffs, retirements and shifting general fund employees to other fund jobs this still leaves the city $9 million short of the City Manger’s goal.

If rumors prove to be true Tacoma Police Union #6 is currently willing to give up their 3.6 % negotiated wage increase and their 1% COLA to save their brothers and sisters jobs to avoid a Camden, New Jersey spike in crime.

How much this would save the general fund is currently unknown.

However, there are other department heads who appear to be card carrying members of the “ME” generation.

Case in point: Linda Villegas Bremer, Human Rights and Human Services (HRHS) Director, spent $13,829.91 of general fund monies to have her office remodeled, including a custom made desk and book cases. Who authorized the expenditure? She did.

According to city spokesman Rob McNair-Huff department heads have a set amount of discretionary spending to blow through without city council or city manager approval or oversight. As an example he said he could spend up to $15,000 for a sundry list of things, but hasn’t.

Also according to McNair-Huff the Bremer office remodel was planned last summer and was executed in November just after the general fund budget crisis was revealed.

Could that $13,000 been spent on social services we asked former Councilmember Spiro Manthou. His reply, probably, but not without a morass of bureaucratic mastication.

This only indicates that Bremer was aware of the general fund budget crisis when our elected council wasn’t. To make matters worse Bremer also spent $537 on 25 self help books entitled "Strengths Finder" for her staff on October 25, 2011 from in anticipation of general fund layoffs.

Further muddying the waters this same department head charged the City of Tacoma one mile in expenses to travel from the Tacoma Municipal Building to the Hob Nob restaurant for lunch. Records obtained by The New Takhoman do not indicate the purpose of the lunch. In doing so Bremer got a lousy 50 cents stuffed in her back pocket which costs the city considerably more than that in accounting costs.

Bremer’s expense records also show she traveled from the Tacoma Muni Building to Seattle for a meeting and then back to Olympia and charged the city for the full mileage. She lived in Olympia at the time. Now city employees are allowed to charge mileage from home to work?

This isn’t the worst of the charges that have been flung against Bremer. In a written letter to The New Takhoman she has also been charged with treating her staff worse than Pierce County Assessor Dale Washam and having hired an assistant to preform her city paid duties while she attends more than 36 meetings a month.

If and it’s a big if, is the entire City of Tacoma being run under the HRHS Director’s “ME” generation mind set? And that brings into question how many other city departments are being run under the same Stalin-Beria based scenario?

It’s time the entire City Council grew some chest hairs and performed the functions they were elected to do.

by NineInchNachos on 4/3/2012 @ 8:35am
Uh oh.  this does not look good.

by NineInchNachos on 4/3/2012 @ 8:37am
Jake Fey: told ya so... 

by cisserosmiley on 4/3/2012 @ 8:43am
We need this guy to stay on the council and fix what this guy allowed to occur while this guy was on the council. Don't send a guy who was on the council as the problem occurred to Olympia, it's illogical.

by NineInchNachos on 6/24/2012 @ 7:36pm
yikes they sacked Rob!

by NineInchNachos on 6/24/2012 @ 7:43pm
New Takhoman

by fredo on 6/24/2012 @ 9:13pm

Jake Fey voted against the budget as he claims. But he's voted with the rest of the tax and spenders on a vast majority of the opportunities presented. He voted yes on the mental health sales tax increase. Anybody who thinks he's going to clean up Gregoire's mess in Olympia is going to be sorely disappointed. 

by NineInchNachos on 10/3/2012 @ 7:37am

by NineInchNachos on 12/5/2012 @ 8:18am

by cisserosmiley on 12/5/2012 @ 8:37am
I like that Rob keeps tweeting about Tacoma even though he's been made redundant.