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by Earl Gipson
Anyone related to our Council Members? If so the SeaTac City Council may have a committee appointment just waiting for you to apply. You go to the head of the line and will be recommended by campaign law violators to boot. Here’s how our SeaTac Council meeting went Tuesday.
In a “we don’t need no stinking Code of Ethics” frenzy Deborah Anderson, wife of Deputy Mayor Tony Anderson, was appointed as an “alternate” to the Human Services Advisory Committee which advises the Council on where to spend 1.5 percent of our General Fund. Tony Anderson surprisingly recused himself from voting on her appointment (how gracious of him) and Council Member Fernald voted no after delivering a lecture on why its not a good idea, nepotism and all that. Thanks Ms. Fernald but the yes votes were already in the bag and believe it or not SeaTac has no Code of Ethics.
After reading Ms. Anderson’s application, she was recommended by un-elected Mayor Gregerson and Colleen Brandt-Schluter (Human Services Manager). Both these Public Servants were fined by the PDC (Public Disclosure Commission) for using SeaTac’s resources in the 2009 election in violation of RCW (it took the PDC 3 years afterwards to do so). Feeling all warm and fuzzy yet?
The interviewer for the Human Services Committee, Council Member Bush, was asked by Council Member Terry Anderson if there were other applicants and his brain fell out. He could not recall. Well I can. At least 2 others.
How about some goods news? The City’s new waste hauler (starting in June), Recology/Cleanscapes has its routes laid out, new recycle facility almost ready (I want a tour), and translators ready to go for customer service. Notification/info cards also ready to go. Looks good for a smooth transition per the presentation at the Council Meeting.
Now that I am talking trash lets review some Public Comment at the Council Meeting. Two separate parties in Public Comment informed the Council of ongoing (we are talking YEARS) problems with Code violations and trash build up on their neighboring properties. One even had satellite photos. Both parties did not blame our solitary Code Compliance Officer but did blame the Council for its lack of leadership/policies for repeat offenders and the continuing property devaluation that comes with it (as if we needed more of that).
Finally, and I’m not sure this is a good thing but our new jail seems to be full. An update from our SCORE committee member stated since we are getting inmates from around the region and the bonds may be paid off sooner. Who says that crime doesn’t pay?