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by Earl Gipson
SeaTac Council Meetings: a place where the Council pats themselves on the back, Citizens speak on issues to blank stares, and everyone and their brother asks for more money from the few SeaTac taxpayers left.
The Majority Council decided not to even read the Consent Agenda into the record at Council Meetings claiming it was redundant. So now the Public won’t even know what Agenda Bills the Council is voting on (nor how much money we spend) unless they attend a Study Session at 4:00 PM in the afternoon two weeks PRIOR! This is same Majority Council that eliminated Council Committees, reduced then restored Public Comments, and is encouraging a reduction in the Open Records Act. Our alleged representative Council is now a private cabal. Whipping off and on their reading glasses (feigning intelligence), smiling faces, and flowery statements sure as heck don’t fool me.
In other news that is only slightly less disgusting:
Cedarbrook Lodge proposed a street name change (at their expense) of the small amount of road (520 feet) that leads to their hotel. Much hemming and hawing about “what if everyone wanted to change the name of their streets”? Un-elected Mayor Gregerson mentioned she had JUST met with the Somali community (coincidence of course) and they wanted part of Military or International Blvd named Somali something or other. A Somali International Blvd does not sound very International to me (or probably anyone else). Making mountains out of molehills but hey our best and brightest are moving elsewhere anyway.
In Public Comments SeaTac Citizen, Vicki Lockwood, asked about the cost of employee buyouts such as the recently “Mutually Terminated” Director of Human Resources. Another infamous termination was the Director of Community and Economic Development, Cindy Baker. That was settled in January this year for $500K paid to Ms. Baker (and of course her attorney). Our General Fund is being depleted by these buyouts by either a rise in insurance premiums and/or payoffs for people to go away quietly and hoping the Public won’t find out about SeaTac’s leadership incompetence. Too late.
Oh, and by the way a new SeaTac Employee survey was done and I obtained it via Public Record Request. It has some damaging comments from Employees in it that only confirm what the Public has been suspecting. Needs some reformatting so I can fit them in this column. I want to again thank the SeaTac Employees for their candor and yes we have a leadership problem and its top down and the Majority Council is very much a part of it. This is what happens when your SeaTac elections are purchased and voters imported.