by Jack Mayne
A minor flap at the SeaTac City Council meeting Tuesday night occurred when city critic (and SeaTac Blog columnist) Earl Gipson asked recently-named Mayor Mia Gregerson to resign from the Council.
The issue, lasting a brief time at the Council’s opening, came when Gipson spoke during citizen comment time,
“I am going to ask for the resignation of our current mayor from the SeaTac City Council,” he said.
He was interrupted by a point of order from former Mayor Tony Anderson, noting that Council rules forbid pointing out a specific member for comment, but Gipson said he was selecting a city position for comment, not a person.
Mayor Gregerson then suggested Gipson “finish up, please.”
Gipson responded by saying he believes Gregerson got the “gist of what I am saying. I don’t think you can serve those two positions.”
She made no response to his comments. Council members have a rule that they will not respond to citizen comments at the public sessions.
New Mayor Mia Gregerson was appointed to replace state Rep. Dave Upthegrove, who was elected in November to the King County Council. The appointment of Gregerson was unusual because it went against the first choice of Democratic precinct committee officers in the 33rd Legislative District. It had favored Kent City Councilmember Elizabeth Albertson for the position. A member of the same political party as the departing member must fill vacancies.
A state legislator is paid $42,000 a year and the mayor of SeaTac is paid $14,000 a year.
With that, he left the podium and the Council meeting continued with other matters.
Gipson started his comments by restating a request of the past few years.
“I am going to ask again for a city-wide code of ethics. I have been doing this for … three years. We don’t have a code of ethics for our city and I see a dire need for it. I have watched over the past few years the different elections.”
He commented the city Proposition 1 election had over $2 million spent and only a “point 02 percent better turnout.”
“I want people to actually pay attention to what is going in our city.”
The Council voted to pre-approve travel for its members and the city manager.
City Manager Todd Cutts and new Council member Kathryn Campbell was approved to spend $239 each for a City Action Days meeting.
Former Mayor Tony Anderson, City Manager Todd Cutts and Council member Kathryn Campbell were allotted $2,570 each for the National League of Cities’ Congressional Cities Conference.
The Council also approved a motion authorizing use of Angle Lake Park budget funds to construct a lifeguard building, new fishing dock and boat dock.