The Cactus Speaks: A Request for the Council

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by Earl Gipson

February 10, 2014

Dear SeaTac City Council,

I have now requested that the SeaTac Council establish an enforceable City wide Code of Ethics for employees and Elected Officials alike on numerous occasions such as in Council Public Comments, in writing, and in the media.

Over the years most of you have come to know me to be relentless in my pursuit of accountable City government. A City wide, enforceable, and codified Code of Ethics is part of that pursuit. Rather than Citizens continuing to point out ethical lapses by some, lets do something different.

I request that one or more Council members put this forward as a resolution, perhaps form a committee to evaluate options (there are many examples of ethics codes out there- see MRSC). Further, it is my request that a Code of Ethics be established by the end of this year by the Council.

It should be the initiative of the Council and not Citizens such as myself to insist on ethical behavior but insist I/we will if some movement is not shown by the Council soon in this regard. Those who oppose a Code of Ethics, in my view, must have a reason and from what I have seen and read it is fairly obvious who and why.

While I maintain a sense of humor, do not think for a minute this is some kind of game to me nor is it funny that I/we has thus far been ignored.

Thank you for your service to our City.

Earl Gipson


5 Responses to “The Cactus Speaks: A Request for the Council”
  1. Jim Thomson says:

    I think it is a good idea for our city officials to hold themselves to standards beyond reproach.

  2. Dorinda says:

    Mr. Gipson’s heart may be in the right place but his request is fraught with
    problems. Look who he is asking? The biggest ethics violators would be the ones
    assigning people to his proposed committee.

    His best bet would be to write the Code of Ethics himself and put together an
    Initiative and/or Proposition. Then he could collect signatures, import some
    voters, and shove it up the council’s backside like the $15 wage B.S. just got
    shoved up SeaTac businesses. Hopefully we could kick some of the union bought
    incumbents out of office at the same time.

    No Mr. Gipson, sorry to say, I think you may be swinging at windmills here. If
    Council members Fernald and Terry Anderson were not on the committee (possibly
    the new member-Campbell) there is little or no chance a Code of Ethics having any
    teeth. The rest have some severe ethical baggage to deal with as it stands and
    are not about to show themselves as any more hypocrites than they already have.

  3. Janice Taylor says:

    Every city, in its charter, should have a Code of Ethics. Isn’t it funny how We the People tend to think unscrupulous politicians only live in “other” “big” cities. Seatac needs something to prevent City Hall from using the city as its private playground and laboratory culture dish.
    As a lifelong jouster of windmills, I support Mr. Gipson’s proposal. Will the Code be backed up with a guillotine or dismemberment? I do believe we’ll need strong punishment as some in our city government don’t think ethics apply to them.

  4. Eugene Cruz says:

    Earl, great job!!!! “YES” for your support.

    And “YES” to Janice Taylor in Earl Giposon’s support.
    Why don’t you tell Sean Hannity on FOX NEWS, “Hannity”.
    He’s the one who says “We the People” : – ))))
    Or to “Mike Huckabee” show, or “Bill O’Reilly” show.
    How about this, “The Kelly File” is also on FOX NEWS.
    The best one is “Stosel” show. John Stosel has his own show
    that tells alot aobut Govenment waste on FOX NEWS.
    That would be your best bet if you correspondant.


  5. Doris Cassan says:

    You, young voters, should pay close attention to what Mr. Gibson has suggested. If you do not do so and the Council continues to make decisions that have long term consequences, the City of SeaTac will be in the same condition as Bell, California. Your generation will be left with the bills, no city services and no parents around to bail out the damage.

    A code of ethics for elected government officials and staff should be a reality rather than a discussion.