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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!