LETTER: SeaTac City Council Has a ‘Pattern of Keeping Citizens in the Dark…’
In a not too surprising move the SeaTac City Council voted 4-3 to shield Citizens from hearing about $5K to $35,000 spending authorizations and raising it to $50K in the Council Meeting on April 10. The vote of course went as usual with the Angle Lakers voting for it and those who represent all of us against it.
This is not surprising because the pattern of keeping the Citizens in the dark and without recourse has been the unseen goal of this one sided Council with un-elected mayor Tony Anderson as head Angle Laker. This coincides with moving with eliminating Public Comment on Unfinished Business, disbanding all committees in favor of “Study Sessions” that have no Public Comment, and insuring most things are rubber stamped out of sight of the public by consensus in 4-3 votes in the Study Sessions.
In an interesting side note, Mr. Anderson took credit at the Chamber of Commerce Mayors Meeting on Friday (I was there) for being a member of the LUP (Land Use and Parks) committee, the A&E (Administration and Finance) committee, and the PS&J (Public Safety and Justice) committee. He forgot to mention he eliminated all these committees and put himself in charge of the Study Sessions that replaced the committees and removed all other Council members from being chair/member of anything.
As an un-elected mayor, Mr. Anderson does not have to answer directly to the Citizens for his unilateral actions. He only has to get his fellow Angle Lake Council Members to go along (4-3 votes). I was the driving force behind having a strong ELECTED Mayor. People were afraid that the wrong person would get elected to the Executive position. Since the measure lost and the City Manager remains the un-elected and non-resident Executive, Mr. Anderson has taken every step possible to insure the Public does not see any improprieties by HIS council. So your fears have been realized except in the form of a Politburo with Premier Anderson the anointed.
Comrades Ladenburg, Gregerson, Bush think all of this is great and nod their heads when Mr. Anderson speaks. How neat and tidy.
- Earl Gipson (Aka- The Cactus)
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