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by Earl Gipson
Step right up folks! Here in SeaTac we got Town Hall meetings, Petition Review Hearings, and a cast of hundreds.
The big SeaTac Jobs Initiative (choose any name you would like to give it) and its petition signatures were discussed, dissected, and looked at sideways. Yes this was the big week where we found many do not know how to fill out a form with only three entries and sign their name (tax time must be wicked for you). You remember those 4 boxes of petitions that were turned in to much ballyhoo in front of City hall? Well those boxes contained 2506 signatures (which incidentally would have fit in three legal sized envelopes-not even a box worth) of which only 1579 or 63 percent were valid. This was enough however since 1536 were needed. Made it by 43. You got 63 percent correct (or an F on a test) and you want a raise?
That was just Act One of this circus. Act Two. Tuesday’s SeaTac Council meeting had 250 people in attendance (that number is not exact but I’m not off by 63 percent) to “discuss” and/or “testify.” There was clapping and booing (none which is allowed in Council Meeting by the way) and fun was had by all with humanity squeezed into an under air conditioned City Council Chambers. Now of course with the required amount of signatures the Council had no choice but to send it to the voters after declining to enact it directly. That did not stop everyone (myself included-sorry) from talking it to death. The 10 page Initiative contains what amounts to is a union boss in the form of SeaTac’s City government (paperwork, personnel, and all).
Act Three headed your way. As we approach November polish your No Trespassing/Solicitor signs and check your doorbells. Your signs most likely will be ignored (remember the 2011 election) but your doorbells won’t. This is the political mess outside interests have made SeaTac.
Should this ill thought out measure pass we most likely will have Act Four. That would be the lawsuits continuing that most likely will have the whole thing thrown out for too many reasons to go into here. I have read the whole thing and sitting on the edge of my seat. Not really. There is going to be a lot of money thrown around this SeaTac election (probably going to be another record) and it may all be for naught.
Since my day job/business is an aviation advisor I thought living close to an airport was a smart thing. Hmmm.