THE CACTUS SPEAKS: ‘Citizens continue to watch in semi amusement (and a bit of disgust)’


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by Earl Gipson

Tuesday night the saga of SeaTac continued with some high notes and some low notes. The readers and Council watchers will have to decide which is which.

It was SeaTac’s Police Chief Graddon’s last Council meeting in that capacity. His well earned retirement is a loss to SeaTac and I hope he comes to some Council meetings as a civilian. We have had some fun in the “back rows” at Council meetings over the years and I hope he misses my jokes and poems. We will all certainly miss him and his service to our city.

The SeaTac Community Building Committee is off to a pretty un-Community Building start. Having obtained and read all the public application records of the appointees and listening to the Council’s discussion we have some problems right out of the box. 4 of the 9 nine appointees (includes alternates) are not residents of SeaTac and reading the applications it sounds more like a Social Services committee if anything. SeaTac residents who applied did not even get interviewed and many were those who consistently attend Council meetings and work with the community. Council members Forschler, Fernald, and Terry Anderson brought these points up to no avail and appointees were approved by a vote of 4 to 3 (not a real shocker there).

The justifications for the bizarre appointments/process were equally entertaining. Some of the reasons for rejections/non-interviews, were “does not play well with others” or not “diverse enough” (go define that one but we can read between the lines here). There were even notes on the applications that said “old” and “slow”. I don’t know who wrote those notes but I have a fair idea from some of the Council Member’s habit of public name calling. Probably started in kindergarten.

Next Council comments (probably my favorite part of Council meetings). Council Member Fernald noted that in approving additional Council/Study Session comments last Council meeting by the Public, Council Member Bush had said that the Public must be respectful. Two sitting Council Members (herself and Mr. Forshler) were called bigots by Mr. Bush from that very Public podium during HIS Public comment
BEFORE he was a Council Member (see http://www.seataccoverup.com/p/improper-influence.html). There’s setting an example for respect if I ever seen one. Remember that kindergarten comment and name calling?

All in all things are normal in SeaTac (for SeaTac anyway). The Council members who bought the last election continue with their agenda (they were the interviewers of Community Building thingy) and three Council members continue to fight back and for the City as a whole. We Citizens continue to watch in semi amusement (and a bit of disgust) as the politics play out and just hope no one buys this next election.


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