THE CACTUS SPEAKS: ‘I needed a few laughs Tuesday so I wandered over…’


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by Earl Gipson

I needed a few laughs Tuesday so I wandered over to the joint SeaTac City Council/Planning Commission meeting. I was not disappointed and it started almost immediately.

First off our Community and Economics Director introduced our new Planning Manager, Steve Pilcher (previous Community Development Director of Black Diamond). Un-elected Mayor Anderson then turns and says ‘is that the same Steve Pilcher I went to high school with?’ Turns out why yes, yes it is. Okay before anyone gets any ideas – this could be totally coincidental and/or passes for disclosure in the City of SeaTac. I had to leave the room so my snickering did not disturb the meeting but that’s just me.

The Commissioners and Council Members then dived right into the issues as in what the heck happened on the parking codes when the Council ignored EVERY ADVISORY committee’s recommendations after 3 years of work (including the staff)? Did we miss a meeting that happened between certain Council members? Un-elected Mayor Anderson stated no, “that would be illegal.” Well duh. But when 3 of our Council Members were as blindsided as the Commissioners and there was no discussion prior to the other 4 deciding the recommendations were to be ignored you have to wonder (and unfortunately the Angle Lake Council members spring to mind). I didn’t leave this time, just snickered very quietly. And to some of the other people there I saw you crack a smile too.

Mr. Anderson, did you and Mr. Pilcher play basketball together?

As they hemmed and hawed about how to fix the “communication” issues between the Council and Commission I began to realize the only thing changing was the clock on the wall. Yes the Commission annual action plan will be submitted and yes the Commission will be invited to discuss issues jointly at the next Council retreat. As with most government entities the solution will be more meetings. Maybe something useful will result like filling a hot air balloon.

Did you guys have a secret handshake?

One of the issues on the Commission’s agenda was the perception that the Angle Lake Council members may not be as transparent as they should be. Unexpectedly, un-elected Mayor Anderson skipped over that particular item. I went and had a politically incorrect smoke break.

Did you date any of the same girls?

Last but not least of the laughs, Council Member Gregerson suggested everyone become educated on the issues and possibly attend some classes offered. I wonder if her home contains any mirrors.

That’s all for now. I’m off to see what Mr. Pilcher did for/to the City of Black Diamond. Forever the optimist I hope its good stuff.


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