THE CACTUS SPEAKS: Diversity…On Steroids

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by Earl Gipson

Tuesday’s Council Meeting and Study Session were relatively uneventful. In the Study Session we had the ULI (Urban Land Institute) give the Council recommendations for the Angle Lake Station. The only thing missing was their track record of successes/failures of those other Cities that took their advice. They see beautiful walkways, plazas, and all the happy stuff where others may see high crime/gang gathering areas, high density (10 pounds of crap in a 5 pound bag), and other negatives light rail has blessed other Cities with.

Now for something possibly politically incorrect (as if that’s ever stopped me).

I also attended the State Refugee Advisory Committee meeting held at SeaTac City Hall on Friday (the 7th). Un-elected Mayor Anderson (flanked as always by un-elected Deputy Mayor Gregerson) gave the introductions with diversity his buzz word of the day and bragged that SeaTac has plenty of affordable housing. Well Mr. Anderson, there is always lots of affordable housing in aspiring slums.

According to their data, the faucet of refugees headed for SeaTac, Tukwila, etc. is still on full blast. This committee showed not the least concern of what this is doing and has done to the existing community, its schools, and services. They gave the impression it was humorous that some refugees don’t know how to use a toilet, stove, and used the refrigerator to keep their clothes cool and their bed frames to dry food. It’s not so funny when people are relieving themselves in your backyard and the building owner wonders why he as to keep replacing refrigerators and bed frames.

One must wonder how many people would have stayed in SeaTac if they knew we were going to be part of a grand social experiment in the last decade. I don’t have to wonder too much. We lost a third of our registered voters from 2001 to 2011. Spokane, a City of 200,000 seems to get about 500 refugees per year. Perhaps they can absorb that amount but little SeaTac (pop. 27K) and Tukila (pop. 15K) cannot.

I can remember a year or so ago a group called NewFutures presented to the SeaTac City Council a young lady with two or three small children who had lived in SeaTac King County Subsidized Housing for 8 years. She spoke no English and needed a translator to speak before the Council touting NewFutures and KCH. If this is a success story, what does a failure look like?

I implore this committee and the other “do gooder” organizations to turn off the refugee faucet to South King County and give the existing residents (those that remain). new residents, and our schools/services some time to breathe and adapt. You are killing what’s left of our community. Of course we need a Community Building Committee. It should be called the Community Rebuilding Committee because you broke the old one!


5 Responses to “THE CACTUS SPEAKS: Diversity…On Steroids”
  1. Kathie Brave says:

    You are so right Earl. This is just a little bit of what’s going on in SeaTac, formerly McMicken Heights. I just do not understand why the powers that be can’t see what they’re doing to our city. I guess they just don’t care. I used to live in a nice area and now live in a very small slum town with the 2nd highest crime in the entire state with Tukwila, 2 blocks from me, number 1. Just breaks my heart and soon to get even worse if the gang of 4 keeps getting their way. People who have gotten to their station in life should be a lot smarter than they are but guess they’ve just buried their heads in the sand. Or, they got bought by the unions which makes more sense. I will continue to fight! Getting old but not weak.

  2. Darrell Jacobson says:

    You are right on Earl!!
    At times I fell like I’m living in a foreign Co.
    Why are all these people being brought to our area?
    Foster High school is the most diverse High School in the United States. The students come from just under 100 foreign Co.s. Can’t imagine teaching there!!
    Went to the Burien Farmers Market today. They had a Wig station there for people to receive the benafits. The line was so long they had to make it into 2 lines. Never seen so many mothers, many expecting, in one place. I had no idea the amount of people receiving gov. help. Looked to me many of the Mom’s were not born here as they were not speaking english. I found this event a bit shocking!!
    Look’s like Tukwila is buying up property near Foster High due to the high crime rate in the area. It’s in the SEATAC news.
    Keep up the fight Earl!! We support your work!!

  3. Grammi says:

    Earl said what the rest of us thinks. We’re not here anymore because we want to be. We’re stuck because our property isn’t worth enuf to move. We have the 4 council people and there leader to blame but they don’t care because none of this garbage is in there back yards. No sireee. The Unions are calling the shots. Wave goodbye to the businesses. Wave hello to more subsidized housing occupants who are so busy popping out babies so fast they can’t pick up their own garbage and put it in a trash can. They don’t learn our language so we give them free translators forever. Well there not free really. We taxpayers get to pay for them. They just take and take and take and give nothing back to socitey. Like Earl said turn off the faucet or break the pipe.

  4. Rebecca says:

    Right On, Earl!
    I am thankful everyday that we didn’t have kids after we bought our house. I can’t imagine how hard it must be for the teachers in our school district to actually teach.
    We live near Tukwila Trading Company and one day I watched refugees loading their kids onto the bus – many of them with another one on the way.
    I’m tired of my tax dollars going to support these people and crime running rampant in my neighborhood. There are at least three drug houses on my street and the police don’t do a thing. I just keep watching my property values go down and crime and immigrant population going up – there must be a correlation.

  5. Laurie says:

    I agree with all that’s been said above. I grew up in Tukwila in the late 80s-early 90s, then moved to McMicken Heights area when my husband and I bought a house. Now we have a family and I dare not send my children to the nearby elementary school because we have heard from various sources, including two neighbors who have their own kids attending, that having an active PTA or any sort of parent involvement is like pulling teeth – and what can you expect when the parents speak no English? And how can I expect my child to learn what should be taught at the appropriate grade level when there is the huge hurdle of making sure the kids know how to speak, read, and write English?

    I agree with Earl in that there is a tipping point when the number of immigrants negatively affects businesses, schools, and everything else in the community. There is no incentive to learn English or learn our ways if the community just becomes a mini foreign country transplanted into our neighborhood. It’s admirable to to want to help people who flee their own countries for legitimate reasons, but it needs to be done on a much smaller scale and spread out over a larger region.